The Commerce of Eastern Connecticut Chamber has named
the Foundation of New England Science & Sailing an organization as the
year’s nonprofit organization. This is an award category for recognizing those
organizations that provide services related to education as well as the
physical presence in the Connecticut, eastern region.
On March 27, the annual meeting of the chamber took
place and the award was given at the same time.
During the presentation of the award, NESS got the
formal commendation from General Assembly of state and members of the House
of Representatives and regional
senators, endorsed it. The commendation was signed by state secretary and the
While recognizing the efforts of New England Science
and sailing, the Chamber showcased what impact this nonprofit unique curriculum
has left on people associated with it. They showed all positive impact that
this move of NESS has on students as
well as the latest accreditation of NESS by the New England Association of
Schools & Colleges (NEASC) as the
program that school partners.
After receiving the award, Spike Lobdell the CEO and President of NESS “We can’t express how happy we are after receiving this award. We feel really honored after accepting a reputed award from the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut (CCEC), it is a great accomplishment for us. We started this model in the year 2002 and now it’s 2019, we have covered a long way. We started this program teaching 14 kids in small dinghies (dilapidated Optus).”
He further added that “With the change in time, NESS
school model partnerships are getting more difficult to serve our student’s
educational needs however we are trying hard to accomplish our goal and serve
each section of society effectively. This award is another motivation for us as
well as encouraging.”
Sydney is proceeding to host the Harken international Youth match racing competition this year. The weather conditions in the northern side of Sydney have actually brought in bad vibes to the organizers. The match racing is considered to be one of the hardest and most competitive events in sailing, where boats rise up in pairs trying to out-maneuver, force penalties on each other and gain points also staying away from penalties themselves.
Royal Prince Alfred yacht club hosted the welcoming of 12 teams across the USA, New Zealand, New Caledonia, and Australia. Commodore Micheal Lockley and the head coach Tom Spithill hosted the teams’ introductions to the sailors. Leonard Takahashi has joined Nathan Outteridge’s sail GP’s Japanese team. He sailed for New Zealand squadron for the previous Harken international. Spithill already mentioned in his recent statement how the harken international uplifts the sailors. Grant Pellew also added that the Harken youth match racing helps them find the best amongst the sailors and if they continue in this manner, they might even find the next James Spithill!
Continue reading Harkens International Youth Match Racing Championship On Progress
The Oak Harbor Yacht Club (OHYC) would want to get lead the game and engrave the name of Ryan Forbes on the first-place trophy in 2019 North American San Juan 24 Championship regatta. The day was filled with enthusiasm and spirit of competition. There were boats present to beat the heat and witness their win in the races.
Forbes is from Orcas Island and it is skippered by Ekona Juan for his fourth North American title in the span of five years. He claimed his fourth title in the 2018 championship event that happened in Oak Harbor last weekend. He lost the championship with just a few scores in 2015 and ended up second.
Continue reading Forbes Dominance San Juan 24 Championships
Among the different world championships that have been started off in October, a recent one is the Techno293 World Championships for this year. This has been recently kick-started and many are excited about it. The last weekend the championship was started at Salou along the Spanish coastline; those who were eligible completed their registration formalities and were present to experience the opening ceremony.
Ezio Ferin being the class president concluded that the kids were happy to begin the sailing race and that was what mattered. Even though October is nearly at the end, but the coastline offered sunny and beautiful weather; it reminded everyone that summer was not yet over and that is what everyone could make the most of.
The opening races comprised of several events and here an Israeli Junior, Daniel Basik was able to show his mark, gaining first and second place in the two races held in the beginning of the day. Jules Chantrel was another contestant from France who also gained similar points as Daniel.
With these two young sailors playing close to each other they were able to beat out others such as Eden Chen who landed in third position. He had made a strong start and even gained third position when the first race concluded, but the second race saw him behind the first two positions. Even among the girls Israel participants were able to perform well. Ella Benbenisti came away with four points while Sharon Kantor scored nine and Mak Cjheuk-Wing from Hong Kong was at par with Sharon.
The races faced good condition in terms of favorable wind and sun conditions on the first day, which gave the young sailors ample opportunity to showcase their skills. These races are a yearly event and provide a platform for junior sailors to showcase their skills on a competitive platform.
The Ginger crew was over the moon after they won the MC38 Australian Championship for the fourth time in a row.
They won their record 4th consecutive title on Pittwater last Sunday. It was an unpredictable last day that saw final points score changing. Ginger had a good start to the race in the first two days and entered the final day on the defensive mode.
The Maserati skippered by Neville Crichton was able to get the hang of the breeze on the final day to move into the second position overall. They got the better of the Dark Star team. The race started with a 5 to 7 knots southwest wind and went on to increase as the race progressed. There was also a postponement between the races due to the fear of a thunderstorm looming. Continue reading Ginger Wins 4th Straight MC38 Australian Championship
49erFX, 49er, Men’s and Women’s RS: X, Formula Kite and Nacra 17 finished their competition week with Medal Races.
It happened in Stadium course, in front of St Kilda Sailing Precinct. During the entire competition there was a mix of breezes.
On Saturday, the foiling kite boarders were last to race and luckily team had the better of the conditions, the beautiful afternoon sunshine with 12-knot breeze. Those who had raced before foiling kite boarders faced tough time. They raced in shifting breezes of 6-7 knots.
Oliver Bridge participants from Great Britain took the lead of 14-point into three single-point. He shared his view about the race and said, “In first race plan did not turn into action, in upwind I wasn’t at my best and then I caught with something at windward second mark and it hit the deck. In realizing something hiccups on my foil I wasn’t in a position to get started again. The situation was annoying nevertheless, a couple of places I managed to catch up” Continue reading Fantastic Finish Of Foiling Race
A Flackwell Heath resident is getting all set to set off for a grueling yacht race to raise fund towards building a kids’ hospice. 65 year old Stephen Jones is getting ready to fly out to United States on 22nd April to join IchorCoal squad for 7th leg of Clipper Round the World Race, starting on 24th April, from Seattle to New York via Panama Canal as well as the Caribbean.
Broken into 8 legs and fourteen to sixteen individual races, the Clipper race that began in England on 30th August, previous year, involves twelve identical racing yachts, and each of them has a trained captain to safely guide the crew through the forty-thousand mile travel.
Mr Jones will be participating in the postulating race in the help of Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service, which is a charity assemble by Alexander’s parents, who was diagnosed with brain tumor aged 4 and he passed away when he was eight years old.
Now, the charity is working to construct and run a children’s hospice in the White Waltham that would alleviative care for kids in Berks and Bucks, respite care, backing for families as well as a community outreach team.
Continue reading Sailing enthusiast gets ready for hard yacht race to bring up money for new children’s hospice