Earlier on Saturday, the Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat station crew rescued a single yachtsman after he ran aground on rocks – south of Inchkeith Island. The 19’ yacht ran aground on Briggs rocks (a reef to the south of the Island) and began to sink after a hull damage.
The crew of the volunteer lifeboat was alerted after 2.00 pm and arrived on the scene to find the boat aground and being beaten-up against rocks by waves. The skipper of the yacht, a man in his 60s from West Lothian, was taken off the yacht as it was listing in the swell, inducing the gunwales to be deluged.
Mark Brown (Lifeboat helm) said that the sailing yacht was going toward the west side when it hit the rocks south of Inchkeith. The skipper broadcast a mayday after the boat became holed and started taking on water. When they arrived at the scene, the boat was being dumped onto the rock because of the swell. So they took the yacht owner onto the lifeboat and transferred one of their crew onto the yacht to setup a tow.
Following what was believed one of the top ‘Inland’ Championships of all time, Inland Lake Yachting Association Annual Championship comes back to Lake Geneva in the year 2016, drawing in top yacht racing captains as well as crew from throughout the United States and some from the yacht racing stage of the world, to take part in the country’s premier inland lake sailing event of this year.
The meet, the 2nd of a 3-year series at the Lake Geneva, is arranged by Inland Lake Yachting Association and arranged by one of the oldest yacht clubs in the United States (founded in the year 1874), the Lake Geneva Yacht Club in Fontana, WI, at the newly built Buddy Melges Sailing Center.
Sailors at the America’s Cup will have a grand presence at the Amlin International Moth Regatta next month. Over twenty sailor from the America’s Cup have registered, and among them are the 2-times Moth world champ Nathan Outteridge s well as his Artemis Racing mate Iain Jensen.
Others participating in the meet include Chris Draper and Dean Barker of SoftBank Team Japan; and Kyle Langford and Tom Slingsby of the Oracle Team USA. The Moth has garnered some popularity with the America’s Cup sailors as it hydrofoils, same to the catamarans used presently in modern day America’s Cup racing.
Regatta organizer Andy Cox (who also runs Yacht Rental Croatia) stated that they were really very excited to host this regatta as of the great interest in the class among the America’s Cup teams. The Moth is a fantastic class with a history of development. Given that it can sail as fast as thirty knots, it must be a week of phenomenal racing on Great Sound.
The group also includes the top 2 from European Championship 2015, England’s Rob Greenhalgh and Chris Rashley, and the top two from the US National Championship 2015, Anthony Kotoun of the United States Virgin Islands and Newport, RI, as well as Venezuela’s Victor Diaz de Leon.
To sum up all, the Amlin International Moth Regatta has pulled in a fleet of sixty sailors from eleven countries who would be vying for a share of US$ 10000 in prize money with the winner to pocket US$ 5000.
Up to seventy percent of the four thousand registered yachts in China are presently moribund with many yacht clubs losing their money, the senior industry members of China stated in an interview with the media earlier on Sunday.
Kuang Xiangrong, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club members with thirty five years of yachting experience, said that yacht industry in China is in an unhealthy state. Several firms are clustering to high-end business yachts, few clubs have equivocal orientations, as well as avenues for profit making are especially narrow, Kuang said, adding that the lack of government policy support and infrastructure means that yachting in country remains in a primitive state.
Around four thousand yachts are filed in the mainland, with most grounded in Shenzhen as well as south China’s Hainan Province, as per China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry. (more…)
People under USCA plan talk about MCA; people under MCA plan sound off regarding USCG. Insurance firms are a well known scapegoat of both sides, and not even the owners break loose the wrath.
In recent years, there have been a few objections from yacht captains who have passed a career working up all the licensing ravel only to be stopped at the top. It appears that the tonnage on their ticket is not really enough to qualify them to deal with the vessels of that tonnage. Probably it should not. There is no shortage of captains — and the brokers and owners as well as insurance people — who would tell that experience is more important infinitely.
Yet the captains of the yacht are still needed to keep a license. Therefore, there is nothing to idea from where all these fuss is coming from. The assembled captains were a very interesting bunch of MCA, USCG, USCG-turned-MCA, commercial and yachting. Just 1 had the biggest MCA yachting ticket; none had the unlimited USCG ticket. (more…)