The Great Lakes Sailing Club (GLSC) season of year 2017/18 is all set to get underway on Sunday, from 1pm that is on the 17th of September.
For members, the club has just finished two weekends of warm up, with two divisions one is junior and the second is senior and has welcomed a number of fresh boats to the club.
Talk about the division of senior Catamaran, and then now it will include many new A class Cats, a Hobie 16 and Taipans. The Hobie 16 is a mandatory in any Catamaran division.
The divisions of single hull have seen many juniors join the senior division and many of our juniors are moving into their own boats, this includes Lord Howe Island 14.
More than two weeks of sailing in a range of conditions such as stiff 15 knot northeasterly breeze, no breeze the sailors have flattened out a few kinks in their boats as well as in their bodies with for the preparation of the season ahead.
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Every major sailing event showcases performance of the international sailors in a different light.
For instance, Sam Meech who made notable headlines with his performance in Rio Olympics finished in the third position in the final medal races of the World Cup Series that was held in Hyeres, France. He left with mixed emotions as he feels that there were considerable ups and downs in the results.
Being a bronze medalist of the Olympic category, he finished in the overall ninth position in the laser class that had 60 participants in total. The third race of the regatta saw him a winner. He also had four finishes in the top ten in other races. However, he felt that he could have fared better overall that would have showcased in the final medal race. The weeklong series saw him have some good sailing days and he had fun as well. However, in certain cases he disappointed himself and cost himself points that affected the overall results.
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United States Sailing recognizes the best sailor man and woman every year with the Rolex Yachtsman and Woman award.
In 2016 as well, the preparation has begun and the jury is busy in short listing the name. United States sailing has announced the name of eight shortlisted man sailors and six women sailors for the final round.
2016 Rolex Yachtsman, nominees done by US sailing are
- Augie Diaz, winner of Star World Champion from Miami.
- Brad Kendall from Tampa, Hugh Freund from South Freeport and Rick Doerr from Clifton silver medalist of Paralympic.
- Terry Hutchinson from Annapolis winner of Maxi 72, TP52 World Champion and Rolex Farr 40.
- John Kostecki from Fairfax winner of Melges 20 and J/70 World Championship.
- Dave Hughes from Miami and Stu McNay from Providence winner of 470 North American Champions and Melges 24 World Champions.
- Mike Marshall from Jamestown winner of J/22 World Championship.
- Mike Martin from Mill Valley winner of 505 World Championship.
- Caleb Paine from San Diego Olympic Bronze Medalist.
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The season of ice sailing is rapidly approaching as temperatures begin to fall in many parts of the world. Indeed, for those who are sailing enthusiasts, they need to get geared up for winter sailing that is a distinct challenge altogether. Many regions celebrate the cold winter months with ice boating. Indeed, there are several places that invite boating enthusiasts from other regions and clubs to come and join up for iceboating.
For those who are new to the concept of ice boating, it is one of the fastest ways to sail unlike sailing on water. You need to pick up the right kind of gear so that you can try out this innovative form of sailing. Williams Bay at Wisconsin offers ice boarding as part of the annual swap meet at their Skeeter Ice Boat Club. It is considered to be a mega event.
Here equipment change hands between owners as several teams and club members meet up such as Arrows, Nites, Renegades and Skeeters. Hardware manufacturers and boat builders like Trogir Yacht Charter in this specialty also put up stalls to exhibit their equipment and wares. It is the best place to find the big names in the world of iceboating as well as can help people find the right equipment for this sport.
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