95 teams are ready to race at the Melges 24 World Championship 2015

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95 teams are ready to race

at the Melges 24 World Championship 2015

in Middelfart, Denmark

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Melges 24 fleet in Riva del Garda – May 2015 – photo: IMCA/Mauro Melandri

29 June 2015 – Middelfart, Denmark. – Ninety-five Melges 24 teams have gathered in the Middelfart Marina in Denmark for the Melges 24 World Championship 2015 to be held from June 30 till July 5. The most important event of the year for the Melges 24 fleet is organized by by Match Racing Denmark along with Middelfart Sailing Club in cooperation with International Melges 24 Class Association.

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Opening Day of 470 Europeans gives hat-trick to Israel in 470 Women, USA dominate in 470 Men

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Gil Cohen/Danielle Maman (ISR)

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Race day 1 at the 2015 470 European Championships in Aarhus, Denmark got underway with sun, clouds and a shifty breeze. Story of the day goes to Israel’s Gal Cohen/Danielle Maman who secured a perfect three race wins in the 470 Women.
The 107 boat 470 Men and 470 Women fleets field a mix of seasoned campaigners and Olympic contenders, joined by a new guard of younger teams, and transitions from the 420 Class. Three races for the 470 Women and two for the 470 Men gave an early indicator of form on the opening day of the qualification series. Adding to the intensity of racing, for some teams the event counts towards national selection for the 2016 Olympics.

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Prison time for captain in fatal barge explosion

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VHF recordings leaked following cruise ship collision
June 29, 2015—Though one passenger reportedly said the experience was “like being on the Titanic,” video shows that a collision between the elderly cruise ship Celestyal Crystal and a 38,734 dwt Scorpio Tankers owned chemical products tanker was less serious than that.

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Hansen Sets Pace In Marstrand

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Marstrand, Sweden (29th June, 2015): Bjorn Hansen, defending champion and four-time winner of Stena Match Cup Sweden, has set the pace on day one of Qualifying at the third World Championship Event of the 2015 World Match Racing Tour (WMRT). Hansen and his Nautiska Racing posted 5 wins and 1 loss to finish on top of the leader-board. Eric Monnin Team SailBox from Switzerland and former World Champion Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One both posted 4-2, with defending World Champion Ian Williams (GBR) winning his first 3 matches.

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‘TI’ Wins Big in Marion Bermuda race.

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‘TI’ skippered by Greg Marston was a big winner of the 2015 Marion Bermuda Race Founders Division. ‘TI’, an Alden Mistral 36 sailed under Celestial Navigation by a family crew. The crew of ‘TI’ consisted of Navigators Andrew Howe and Chase Marston, Watch Captain Peter Stoops, and crewmembers John Omeara and Jake Marston. They are all related, and all are from Falmouth Maine.
‘TI’ at the start ©Fran Grenon Spectrum Photo
Crew with prizes ©Talbot Wilson

‘Mischievous’, sailing for the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and skippered Charles Cahill by grabbed line honors in the 645-mile race. She was awarded the Blue Water Sailing Club Board of Governors Trophy for shortest elapse time. ‘Mischievous’ skippered by Charles Cahill crossed the finish line at St. David’s Lighthouse Bermuda during the twilight Lighthouse Committee cocktail party at the finish tower on Monday evening at 6:42 EDT.© Fran Grenon Spectrum Photography

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‘Mischievous’, sailing for the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and skippered Charles Cahill by grabbed line honors in the 645-mile race. She was awarded the Blue Water Sailing Club Board of Governors Trophy for shortest elapse time. ‘Mischievous’ skippered by Charles Cahill crossed the finish line at St. David’s Lighthouse Bermuda during the twilight Lighthouse Committee cocktail party at the finish tower on Monday evening at 6:42 EDT.© Fran Grenon Spectrum Photography

‘TI’ wins Big in Marion Bermuda Race
‘TI’ Takes Founders Trophy for overall division win
‘Mischievous’ wins Blue Water Sailing Club Board of Governors Trophy for shortest elapse time
‘Spirit of Bermuda’ takes Classic Division’s Captain Ed Williams Trophy with stellar performance
By Talbot Wilson

All final results are posted at SCORING
The Prize list is posted at PRIZES

RHADC, Bermuda- June 28, 2015: ‘TI’ skippered by Greg Marston was overall winner of the 2015 Marion Bermuda Race Founders Division and was awarded the Goslings Rum Founders Trophy at the prizegiving held Saturday evening at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club. ‘TI’, an Alden Mistral 36 sailed under Celestial Navigation by a family crew took the big prize and more.

‘TI’ was first in Class D and won the Beverly Yacht Club ‘Polaris’ Trophy as the yacht with the best celestially navigated performance. Her navigators Andrew Howe and Chase Marston were awarded the Navigators Trophy for their winning effort.

The crew of ‘TI’ consisted of the skipper Greg Marston, navigators Andrew Howe and Chase Marston, Watch Captain Peter Stoops, and crewmembers John Omeara and Jake Marston. They are all related, and all are from Falmouth Maine.

‘Mischievous’, sailing for the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and skippered by Charles Cahill grabbed line honors in the 645-mile race. She was awarded the Blue Water Sailing Club Board of Governors Trophy for shortest elapse time ‘Mischievous’ skippered by Charles Cahill crossed the finish line at St. David’s Lighthouse Bermuda during the twilight Lighthouse Committee cocktail party at the finish tower on Monday evening at 6:42 EDT.

‘Spirit of Bermuda’, the Bermuda Sloop Foundation’s sail training vessel chartered by Jim Butterfield for an employee team building adventure, had a strong fourth for line honors and first in the Classic Division. This is her best showing ever in a Bermuda Ocean Race by ‘Spirit of Bermuda’.

His Excellency Mr. George Fergusson, the Governor of Bermuda, was one of 24 crew members aboard ‘Spirit’ for the race. Mr. Fergussen said, “I want to thank Jim Butterfield [charterer of ‘Spirit’] for taking me aboard and also thank the crew of ‘Spirit’ for putting up with me for four days. To all of you sailors who raced to Bermuda in 2015, I invite you to come back again in 2017 and tell your mates to come so there will be even more.”

“Bermuda will really be buzzing,” the governor noted, “with tall ships in the harbor and some guys on foils in the Great Sound, too.” He was referencing the America’s Cup 35 being sailed in Bermuda in foiling catamarans in late June or early July of 2017.

The fleet from the fastest to slowest boats experienced many hours of gale force winds with sustained winds noted at 40-50kts. That was followed by a long beautiful sail in breezy reaching conditions. Some said it was the best offshore sailing they had ever experienced. In a post race survey 90% of the skippers said they would be back for the 2017 race set to start June 16, of that year.

Race Chairman David Patton led the sailors and guests in a moment of silence in memory and honor of Bill Fasnacht who died of natural causes aboard ‘Legacy V’ during the race.

In remarks before the prizes were awarded, Patton acknowledged the efforts and response of Captain Michael Wiseman of ‘Legacy V’ in their efforts to give care and comfort to Mr. Fasnacht.

Patton and the trustees also recognized the skipper and crew of ‘Roust’, Ian Gumprecht and Mark Swanson. Race Chairman Patton said, “Their response to and concern for the sailors and their seamanship in supporting ‘Legacy V’ following their distress calls is commendable. Thank you, ‘Roust’.”

Tragedy struck ‘Legacy V’, a Class B entry, when Mr. Fasnacht died the second night out. His crewmates could not revive. ‘Legacy V’ returned to Connecticut. One of the ‘Legacy V’ crew, Tim Dung, attended the prizegiving on behalf of the entire crew.

All final results are posted at SCORING
The Prize list is posted at PRIZES

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‘Swift’ the US Naval Academy 44 (NA11) took home a treasure trove of prizes from the 2015 Marion Bermuda Race. They were 1st in Class B, won the Offshore Youth Challenge Trophy, the Bartram Trophy (for Academy, Maritime College boat), Naval Academy Trophy (for top Chesapeake Bay boat). the Kingman Yacht Center Marion Bermuda Team Trophy (for a team of Three Yachts). the other two Navy 44’s ‘Defiance’ and ‘Integrity’ were 2nd and 3rd in Class B and shared the team trophy.
Photos © Talbot Wilson

DISABLED DIVE BOAT OFF LONGSTONE ISLAND

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Launch Report 011-012/2015

DISABLED DIVE BOAT OFF LONGSTONE ISLAND

At 13.34hrs on Sunday 28 June 2015, Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses Lifeboat, following a request for assistance from a dive RIB (Inflatable Boat), which had engine failure just north of Longstone Island, at the Farne Islands. Three divers were still in the water. It was decided to launch both lifeboats, in case of any problems recovering the divers. The Inshore Lifeboat reached the scene first and assisted the RIB, ensuring the divers were safely recovered from the water as the All Weather Lifeboat arrived on scene.

Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat began escorting the RIB back to its launch site at Beadnell, but due to the choppy sea conditions, the ALL Weather Lifeboat took over the task, and the Inshore Lifeboat was released to return to station.

Once the RIB was safely ashore at Beadnell, the All Weather Lifeboat returned to Station at Seahouses. It is believed that the kill cord which stops the engine in an emergency, may have been accidently disturbed by one of the Divers, preventing the engine from starting.

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A legacy of giving

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The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 came to a close at the weekend, but the legacy of an unforgettable event will live long in the memory, especially for one team who made sure that a special group of children were among the biggest winners (full story below).
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– Team Alvimedica raise $87,000 for children’s heart charities
– ‘It was great to give something back as we sailed the world,’ says Enright

ALICANTE, Spain, June 29 – The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 came to a close at the weekend, but the legacy of an unforgettable event will live long in the memory, especially for one team who made sure that a special group of children were among the biggest winners.

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