Sailing

Rio Paralympic Sailing Changes

In the Rio Paralympic sailing events this year it was seen that the sailors of the Paralympic category are at par with other able bodied champions of this world competition.


After the 2016 Paralympics were concluded there is a question as to whether this category needs to be there or can it is merged with the mainstream Olympic Regatta. There are many developed nations that participated in both categories and found success. There are, however, questions being raised as to how the class mix should be for the forthcoming Olympic event in 2020. This decision needs to be made by the end of November. That is about two months away and there would be a final decision that needs to be made by 2017. Continue Reading

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Sailing Duo set to Excel

With different sailors and teams already on their way to the Games, many experienced teams like the duo Blair Tuke and Peter Burling realize that the impressive record they have established will mean little as the challenges are always new and unknown when one is considering the Games.

This duo had achieved the silver medal in the 49er class when they competed in the London Games. They have also won about 27 regattas successively, which have been over the past four years as they geared up for the Games. They definitely have an impressive record as far as the contestants of this class are considered. Continue Reading

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$2 million in damage as fire

Many yachts were destroyed in a two-alarm fire at the Port Orchard Yacht Club on Sunday morning. The fire was seen only before 3 am, by a medic passing by the dockage as he was taking a person to Harrison Hospital in Bremerton, told officials from the S. Kitsap Fire & Rescue. The medic dialed 911 as other reports started pouring in as well, triggering a call for many fire agencies to answer.

Overall, more than fifty firefighters from North Mason County, Bremerton, the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Kitsap County, were on hand to douse the fire. Continue Reading

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Microsoft’s Paul Allen is battling claims that his yacht completely finished the Cayman Islands coral reef

Paul Allen, the Microsoft billionaire, is fighting allegations by Cayman Islands that his yacht, the three-hundred-foot MV Tatoosh, destroyed fourteen-thousand square feet of coral reef when anchored off of Grand Cayman earlier in January.
The Cayman Islands Department of the Environment said that the dragging anchor chain of the yacht did all the damages, hitting up to 80 percent of the coral in the region. But Paul does not agree regarding the magnitude of his obligation. There were differences of plans between plans the Department of the Environment and Allen about restoring the coral.
In a statement, unveiled by the company – Vulcan Inc, Allen as well as his spokespeople note that they have employed coral restoration experts to deal with the situation, as well as submitted a redressal plan to the local government at the beginning this month.

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Airport closed during Rio Olympics sailing

The domestic airport of Rio de Janeiro would shot down for 4 hours and thirty minutes a day during the ten-day Olympic sailing event in the Brazilian citys iconic Guanabara Bay, announced the government today.

Santos Dumont Airport operations that sit at the bays edge should be called off to clear airspace for helicopters shooting the events, stated Rio Olympics committee. Continue Reading

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8 sailors named in GB team

World champ Giles Scott is one of the eight British sailors who are the very first to seal a spot for the Rio Olympic Team GB squad. Scott will contend in the Finn class that was dominated by Sir Ben Ainslie, who earlier retired from the Olympic sailing following his 4th gold came at 2012 London games. He told that this would be a huge honor going to the Olympics.

Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark, the 470 Olympic silver medalists, are also added, as is windsurfer, Bryony Shaw. The 2015 Laser world champion Nick Thompson got his first Team GB call-up while 2012 London Olympian Alison Young goes back in the Laser Radial. Continue Reading