Hurricane Irma Diaries

It was a fair amount of time, about three months after hurricane Irma had shown its worst moves on a display, rooting put poles, houses, building, anything to everything, nothing really was spared.

The writer descended upon the affected area by a LIAT plane at the Beef Island Airport and to her shock, she could already see the plight of the landscape which was painted in dozens of strings of wrecked boats here and there. The marine surveyor said that about 80 to 90 percent of BVI’s fleet of the charter was damaged and a major 85% of the island’s buildings and infrastructure was destroyed.
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Cyrano De Bergerac Sailing Yacht Now For Sale

The sailing yacht Cyrano De Bergerac 38.89 meter has had a central agency change and now the yacht is jointly listed for sale by Northrop & Johnson and Fraser.

The yacht is all built in aluminum by Nicholsons and Camper and has been designed by Rob Humphries; the yacht was delivered in 1993 and undergoes refitting in the year 2012. Interestingly, yacht for sale was commissioned by Ermanno Bassani, who is the father of Wally Yachts founder Luca Bassani.
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India-Made Boats By Ratnakar Dandekar Sailing The World

Since 2008 Indian Navy was looking for indigenous sailboat manufacturer and cannot find anyone for that description so they floated tender and precisely two boat builders across the country.

So, Ratnakar Dandekar was one of the best boat builders from the Goa Divar Island.

The Aquarius Shipyard Dandekar’s company never built the ocean-faring sailboat in fact Indian company also has never built the Ocean-faring sailboat so on the basis of cost and track record when Dandekar selected it is a very steep learning curve.

Dandekar in his interview said “challenges come when the hull arrives and 64% humidity content, but the recommended figure was 12%”.

Dehumidifiers and go down is fitted with large go down and then the wood is dried it takes around one month to become material suitability and the project was  about six months/ The outer skeleton of the boat is named as INSV Mhadei.

Next he built is keel which is the backbone of sailboat and its again a hurdle for him, which involved pouring nine tons of lead into keel so Dandekar travelled Vasai manufacturing company to get the knowledge of how to pour the lead in batteries so that he can get help to create the keel.

Indian Navy called Dutch boat builder Johan Vels to supervise and instruct the INSV Mhadei. Vels said to build a sailboat first you have to be a good sailboat, then only you can build and with this Dandekar’s perspective change and they built the boat in 14 months.

Naval Officer Dilip Donde went for a voyage in 2009 then he comments “that this boat will not last for three months in the ocean”.

Dandekar started making sailboats with other instructions and work with other companies also. And now Dandekar Company is ready to take any boat building challenge.

Clipper Race: A Race To The Scoring Gate

Despite, in Cape Town the Finish Line remains the eventual goal for the fleet of Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race in the Stormhoek Race to the Cape of Storms, at present minimum three teams is seeing the Scoring Gate.


Dare To Lead has plunged the line south of the rhomb, but remains in the lead of the remaining fleet. According to the Dale Smyth Skipper reports, “One more fast day down south at place and it is really hard to believe that we have covered shy of 1000 nautical miles in four days already.

“In the western side of this depression, cold has really kicked in and with the condensation, the boat is raining inside. We are striving to stay in the southerly winds as much as possible before it runs out.” Continue reading

Sailing Difficulty On Second Day Of Hobie North Americans

The sailors had a really tough time sailing on the second day of the Hobie 16 and Hobie 20 North American Championships.


The races were so tight that there were many chances for a team to surge ahead and also get pulled to the back. It was an up and down race for the most part of the second day and a condition that many of the sailors did not enjoy.

The winds during the day were oscillating from 5 to 10 knots and this changed the position of the sailors quite frequently. There was a slow persistent right shift as well that did not go well with the sailors. The race officers also had a very tough time conducting the races. The breeze was steady in the early morning and then it picked up speed and became unstable. This puts a lot of hardship on the competitors. Continue reading

Lease Of Annapolis NSHF Extended

The lease of the National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHF) has been extended by the The Maryland Board of Public Works for another three-year.


But, the decision has been taken with a condition, according to the condition; NSHF has to file an annual report once in a year to the board. The report will update MBPW about the fund that has been raised by NSHF.

With the extended lease, MBPW has granted the Sailing Hall of Fame three years more to raise the fund of $9.5 million that will be used for the property’s redevelopment. The state has a lease with the museum pledging to construct the building of 12,000-square-foot. With the extension, the NSHF has lost the lease with the state and this has scaled back the project to about 7,000 sq. ft. Continue reading

Ben Ainslie And His Team

Ben Ainslie and his team faced cold salt waters on the first day of competition of the America’s Cup World Series that is taking place this weekend in Japan.


The teams started off today after having undergone practice races on Friday. This team definitely has all the eyes on them as they are the leading team who are competing in this phase in Japan. It is taking place this weekend after which the competition will move to the warmer waters of Bermuda. The catamaran of Ben’s team had their rigging as well as hulls creaking and groaning under the strain of the wing sails which are about as big as 737 aircraft. The coach has been putting the crew through a gut buster routine which includes periods of intense concentration and exertion as well as making adjustments frequently as per the direction and strength of the winds and currents. Continue reading

Chinese Sailor Missing While Making Record

Guo Chuan’s boat was spotted missing while he was on his mission to create a world record of crossing the Pacific Ocean alone. He is the first person from China who sailed around the world alone. The coast guard and team of Guo Chuan had last seen him near Hawaii Island.

On his mission to break the record of sailing Pacific Ocean alone and reaching to Shanghai within 20 days, Guo Chuan has begun his journey from San Francisco on October 18 2016. He was accompanied by his other team member via monitoring devices. On Tuesday, October 22 2016, he lost contact with his team members at 7:00 GMT. Continue reading

Melges 32 Nationals In Newport

Melges 32 Nationals are a race that is back in Newport in the weekend of August 19th to 21st. There would be strong contenders who would be fighting for the overall positions as well as to gain coveted Corinthian titles.

The race would be for the Melges 32 National Championship trophy of 2016 but it would also signal a march towards the World Championships that would be taking place in the same venue in the subsequent month.

The competition has come back after two years of a lull, during which many of the competitors were forced to get their kicks from Scotland yacht charters instead. The standard teams are practicing hard to be part of the competition, but competition organizers are looking forward to seeing new sailing teams emerge and showcase potential talent for the forthcoming world championship. Jason Carroll had won the last trophy of this tournament and he would be competing this year with his Argo team. They are hoping to win the trophy like they did about four consecutive years before. Continue reading

Belcher Recounts Olympic Win

Many will state of the exhilaration they feel when they stand on the Olympic podium. It is a place that millions have dreamt of being on but few achieve that dream.

Even Mat Belcher from Australia had the experience and the joy was sweetened as he shared the moment with his wife. Mat Belcher sailed and won gold with his team mate Malcolm Page in the Men’s 470 as part of the London 2012 Olympics while his wife achieved gold by representing Germany in the Women’s category in the same year. Continue reading