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“The Race of Your Life… No Experience Required”.
in training for the final 10,000… Clipper Round The World
by Mike Jauncey
There I was, sometime in late mid 2010 – thumbing through mindless You-Tube videos when up popped “The Race of Your Life – No experience Required”. 20 seconds of research later and the pop up is about a round-the-world sailboat race. Now ‘race’ always get’s my competitive heart pumping and ‘no experience required’ meant that I was eminently well qualified. At this point – had I checked with my sailing friends, I think they might have dissuaded me from pursuing this further with their “are you nuts!’’ response I still get even now. However, naive and inexperienced as I was, I thought this looked liked a good gig and I clicked on “send “ for more information.
An introductory e-mail arrived from Clipper Ventures of the UK, a company founded by Sir Robin Knox-Johnson, the first man to sail non-stop around the world, single-handed. An application form swiftly filled out, clearance from my doctor and a successful long distance interview with David Cusworth, the Recruitment Director from the UK and I am accepted and now committed! – dead keen and long past the point of no return…. Click Here for Full Length Article
Waypoints - ALBERG 30 – Celebrating 50th Anniversary
It often seems today, that the primary criteria when selecting a boat is the size of interior, the interior decor and how close the galley appointments resemble the kitchen at home. Seaworthiness, sailing characteristics, ability to cross oceans and handle heavy weather, seem to be seldom discussed and are secondary considerations. If the boat is going to stay at the dock most of the time, then such a selection process may make sense. Looking at almost any yacht club or marina on a splendid sailing day, there they are, at the dock, many never going farther than an occasional short day sail on a calm day, ealaxing or entertaining friends on board. Of course, there are many ways to enjoy a boat, and those who use a boat this way, do indeed have every right to do so. I like to think that Alberg owners are a bit different in that I doubt many Albergs were bought with the intention of staying at the dock. Click Here for Full Length Article
IN THE NEWS
R.H.Y.C. Team Wins Shark Worlds in Germany!
A crew from the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club won the World Shark 24 sailing championships in Robel/Muritz, Germany on Wednesday October 2, defeating 45 other boats from Canada, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland and Austria. The race was convened under the auspices of the International Sailing Federation.
Using a borrowed boat provided by the host Robel Sailing Club, the RHYC team led by Keven Piper along with team mates Tom Nelson and Jordin Clark, won the nine-race series with a total point standing of 31.0.
Sailing under the name of their Hamilton-based sailboat “Bedlam,” the Hamilton-based crew was tied with an Austrian-based boat following the four-day regatta but was awarded the pennant during the tie-breaking process where the team with the highest number of first place finishes is awarded the trophy. Both Bedlam and the Austrian entrant “Alaska” had two first-place finishes but Bedlam prevailed with and additional two second-place finishes during the nine separate races.
Two other Canadian yachts finished in the top ten with “Eager for More”, captained by Greg Cockburn of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club and “Devil with a Blue Dress On” helmed John Brunt from the National Yacht Club in Toronto finishing third and fourth respectively. Piper’s crew was in eighth position after the first day of racing as they struggled with the sails and rigging on the borrowed boat but moved up the standings with a second-place finish in the long distance race Tuesday and posted first, second and third place finishes in the three-race finale on Wednesday. Piper, Nelson and Clark has been sailing together for more than a decade and won the North American Shark Championships last year.
The first 24 foot Shark was designed and built in 1959 by George Hinterholler in his shed in Niagara-in-the-Lake. Since then more than 2500 Sharks have joined the fleet worldwide.
RCYC Team wins 2nd New York Y.C. Invitational Cup
On Monday, September 16,20 yacht clubs from 13 different countries enjoyed sensational racing at the New York Yacht Club’s 2013 Invitational Cup presented by Rolex. It came down to the last two races to determine the winner, with Larchmont Yacht Club from New York just behind the Canadian Team by 6 points. At the start, Larchmont YC managed to get over the top of RCYC, forcing them to the unfavoured right side of the course and for a time,
Larchmont YC looked like they might be able to put enough boats in between them and the Canadian team to win the regatta. However, at the top mark, two yachts were penalized and RCYC made up a few places there before capitalizing on free air to make even more gains on the run. By the bottom mark, Royal Canadian YC was ahead of Larchmont YC on the water, but light wind called off racing for the day and RCYC ‘s score from the previous day after race 10 kept them in the lead! Courtesy Sail Canada – www.sailing.ca