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New England Science & Sailing Recognized as Year’s Nonprofit

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 president.

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.”

Harkens International Youth Match Racing Championship On Progress

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!
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Forbes Dominance San Juan 24 Championships

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.
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Techno293 World 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.