First One Design Offshore Championship In California

The Newport Harbor Yacht Club has decided to host the inaugural One Design Offshore Championship from June 9th to 11th.


This event will be held at the Newport Beach in California. This event has been organized by the yacht club heeding to the demands made by the regional sailors for a competitive championship of offshore racing. This event has been organized just before the Long Beach Race Week that will be held from June 23 to 25.

There will be three classes taking part in the first annual One Design Offshore Championship and they are Pac52s, J70s, and J120s. The regatta chairman, Paul Stemler, said that the event was put together due to the efforts put in by the NHYC and the local sailors of the region. This is an opportunity for the one design classes to enjoy offshore sailing. Continue reading “First One Design Offshore Championship In California”

Helly Hansen National One Design Regatta

Among the few events in the sailing that have started off this year one ongoing event is the Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design Regatta. Held by the Tampa Bay, this regatta brings in class A catamarans that compete in different races during the weekend of 17th to 19th February 2017.

The first event of this regatta started off with light winds that delayed the races till afternoon. However, the winds picked up comparably and the thirteen fleets that were participating were able to complete two of the races scheduled on the first day.

The class of J/70 has about 32 boats as part of the fleet. This race ended in a tie between Brian Keanie from Weston, Massachusetts and Joel Ronning from Minnesota along with their crew. There was also a race that comprised of youngsters known as the Helly Hansen Junior Crew. Here five local teenagers participated. They were able to hold their own when they competed against pros and ended at the eleventh position on day one. Continue reading “Helly Hansen National One Design Regatta”

US Sailing Olympics Program

Preparations are paramount when it comes to sailing and one team that does not believe in taking it easy is the US Sailing team.


After the 2012 Olympic Games were concluded, the US Sailing team had started off its preparations for the 2016 version where Charlie McKee played a key role. Being a two time Olympic medalist of the country, he has played a pivotal role in helping to design the program for training the future team for the Olympics. Now that 2016 is behind us Charlie is now working with the quads who would be participating in Tokyo 2020. Hence, he is one person who can provide insight on how the country team prepares for this gigantic competition.

In general, he states that there are program changes initiated as per the changing rules and conditions that are inherent for every version of the Olympics. The performance of the last Olympics teams also matters which helps to identify the weaknesses and areas of improvement. Continue reading “US Sailing Olympics Program”

Burton And Stipanovic Rivalry

Tom Burton was in the news with his competitive sailing in the Laser category in Rio Olympics this year. There were certain differences that he had with Tonci Stipanovic in the Laser sailing category. Though he did secure the Olympic gold, he states that his rivalry with Tonci will continue next month in the Sailing World Cup finals that would be held in Melbourne.

There had been a heated match that had taken place between the two sailors in the world cup event that had occurred in France in 2015. Stipanovic was disqualified from the event for which the victory went to Burton, with Stipanovic losing a bet that saw him paying for a chartering in Greece. Continue reading “Burton And Stipanovic Rivalry”