Yacht Designer Passes Away

A prominent figure in designing racing yachts, Doug Peterson was considered a trail blazing person. He passed away at the age of 71.

There are many memorable moments captured of this iconic designer, especially of the boats he designed that helped win the America’s Cup. He was a free thinking designer and was involved in coming up with designs that were a breakthrough in the world of sailing or racing boats. He passed away on 26th June, in the city of San Diego where he resided. The reason was colon cancer, which was informed to the media by his daughter.

He had become involved in the world of racing boats from the seventies. At that time the world of yacht racing was just emerging in North America. There was a design rule that was established which opened up avenues for new boats to be designed which were affordable as well. Peterson had been a resident of San Diego and part of the yacht designing profession from the time he entered into apprenticeship with Wendell Calkins who was considered a renowned designer at that time. Indeed, Wendell was in the designing of ultra light sailing yachts that were fit for the ocean. Continue reading “Yacht Designer Passes Away”

Vendee Globe- Roura Finishes In 12th Position

Alan Roura is the youngest skipper to compete in the Vendee Globe around the world race.

He finished the race in the 12th position. Roura was happy that the race was over and he was able to make his boat touch the finish line in Les Sables d’Olonne. He has had four sleepless nights for the last few days due to the light winds and the shipping in the Bay of Biscay.

Roura did not waste any time to feature in the press conference. He said that it was like a dream come true for him and he did not expect to complete the tedious Vendee Globe race. His boat is an old one and he was also new to ocean racing. He feels that finishing the race in the 12th position is a big victory for him and said that this was a victory for his team and the sponsor. Continue reading “Vendee Globe- Roura Finishes In 12th Position”

Women In Sailing Convention 2017

There is a sailing convention for women sailors coming up in California. It is being organized by southern California yachting association which will hold the 28th annual convention for women’s sailing. The conference would be held in February which will include women sailors who can participate in the conference at all levels.

The convention indeed will help women sailors from different countries to meet each other. They will be able to discuss the different trends and challenges they face in racing, day sailing and cruising. It would also help women sailing organizations to find out about each other on this common platform.

Women sailors need a platform to learn and the Southern California Yachting Association will offer a perfect platform for the same through the annual convention that it offers, and they’ll be discussing everything from generating more interest in the sport amongst women, to how to charter a Yacht in Split. The upcoming conference would be held on 4th February 2017. The venue for the same would be at Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, which is located in Corona del Mar. Continue reading “Women In Sailing Convention 2017”

Guanabara Bay Water Conditions

The news of debris floating in the waters of Guanabara Bay ahead of the Rio Olympics games is nothing new. There were reports that at the time when the venue had been selected the civic authorities of the city had promised to clean up the bay area.

As the date for the Olympics approached, there were concerns voiced as the water quality did not seem to have improved. Indeed, the civic authorities conceded that it was not possible to do a comprehensive cleanup that they had envisaged as it would require more funds and more time in hand. Continue reading “Guanabara Bay Water Conditions”