Team New Zealand Will Win, Says Former Oracle Boss ?>

Team New Zealand Will Win, Says Former Oracle Boss

Tom Ehman, the former boss of the Oracle team, feels that the Emirates Team New Zealand is the team that is going to take the 35th edition of the America’s Cup.


He feels that the Oracle Team USA does not have a chance of making such a stupendous comeback in the last part of the race to win the title. He is of the opinion that the Auld Mug is slowly slipping away from Team USA’s hands.

There is no doubt that Russell Coutts is having a close eye over the American boys and doing every bit in order to save Auld Mug. But, Team New Zealand is quite superior and there is every chance for them to lift the cup with a thumping victory. Ehman has over 35 years of involvement with the America’s Cup in various capacities. (more…)

2016 OCC Award Winners Details Announced ?>

2016 OCC Award Winners Details Announced

The Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) every year acknowledges the efforts and achievements made by the blue water sailors. They make these sailors very special by bringing them before the eyes of the sailing community.

Commodore Anne Hammick heaped praises of the blue water sailors and said that they are sailing members who are not sailing for winning any award. They love sailing and are passionate about long distance cruising and enjoy the adventure that they have at the sea. The OCC is happy to acknowledge the efforts of these long distance sailor members.

The 2016 OCC Seamanship Award went to Gavin Reid. He is the skipper of the Mission Performance during the 2015-16 Clipper Round the World Race. He was instrumental in dealing with all difficult conditions, swimming to M3, responding to the distress call, climb the mast in order to free a crew member who was held there for about 9 hours. (more…)

Boats Powered By Human Energy ?>

Boats Powered By Human Energy

The America’s Cup is deemed to be the oldest trophy tournament at international levels when it comes to sailing.


This competition will have six teams fighting it out at Great Sound region of Bermuda for a trophy that is deemed a hard and challenging victory. For those who have followed the 2015 tournament will know that teams have battled it out for the 34th series that had the last round in the chilling waters of Fukuoka in Japan in the month of November. The British team led by Sir Ben Ainslie took the trophy that was a monumental win for Britain.

The highlight of the series is the catamarans that are used to sail. Swift vessels that have a majestic foiling design; these are fast vessels that make competition fierce and close. Indeed, the 34th edition saw many near calamities happen and several teams had to get their boats repaired or face penalties. (more…)

Vendee Globe Race Update ?>

Vendee Globe Race Update

The Vendee Globe race being a solo sailing race around the world, there are several incidents that keep occurring.


For instance, on December 18th Thomas Ruyant realized that his boat had collided with a shipping container. It had nearly broken his boat into two and he had been managing to stay afloat when two technicians came aboard this morning with a pump to help clear out the water and get the boat in sailing condition. The IMOCA boat that Thomas was sailing had become flooded on the bow section and this was making the boat go out of control. Several uncertain hours were spent by Thomas as he fought to keep his boat under control. The steerage was not easy in the big seas and with winds that buffeted his boat at speeds around 55 knots. (more…)

RPAYC in Form ?>

RPAYC in Form

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) looks to be in stupendous form at the ongoing Women’s Match Racing Championship in Australia. The event is taking place on the River Derwent in Hobart and the conditions are not too conducive for racing. In fact, there were just light winds and sometimes no winds during the second round robin competition. Only half the second round robin competition was completed.

The RPAYC from Sydney showed their prowess during the event and Sarah Parker and her crew have taken an unassailable lead in the event. They are currently on a 9 win streak and the youth member of RPAYC Clare Costanzo has notched up 8 victories so far. It looks like no other club can ever come close to the Royal Prince Albert Yacht Club this year. (more…)

Yacht architect Ed Dubois dies ?>

Yacht architect Ed Dubois dies

Dubois Naval Architects have confirmed the passing away of Ed Dubois, 64, a well known yacht designer, following an illness. In spite of not coming from a sailing family, Dubois’s rage for designing boats began quite early. After that, he trained in Southampton as a naval architect, graduating in the year 1974.

After his graduation Dubois became a part of Jersey’s architects Alan Buchanan where he contrived his very first yacht, the Borsalino Trois that won the British Trials for 1976 Three-Quarter Ton Cup, RORC Class IV overall prize as well as the Solent Points Championship. (more…)

Kismet II Superyacht is new lady in town ?>

Kismet II Superyacht is new lady in town

Recently, Lurssen Yachts relished hundred and foety years of producing magnificent custom yachts at 7 yards in Germany’s northern part. It takes state-of-the-art facilities as well as a greatly skilled workforce of 1800 to offer tis type of award winning beauties as Peloris, Limitless, Rising Sun, Dilbar and Ice. Lurssen’s newest launches are Omar, Dilbar III and Orchid. And, Kismet is “the cat’s meow!”

While not the biggest yacht made by Lurssen, Kismet ranks at 40th spot in the world’s biggest yachts and carries the record for the biggest yacht to dock at the Bahia Mar. During her come back visit to the South Florida, concurring with the very recent Miami Boat Show, Kismet’s quayside place overshadowed several of the buildings in downtown Miami. Even though Kismet really pushes the super yacht language into ‘gigayacht’ territory, Lurssen’s largest launch goes to Azzam; the largest yacht in the world at 180 meters and it brags of leading the pack at thirty knots.

Two important points that top her list of superlatives – Lurssen attained a great engineering feat and America is really a great country to nurture this class of economic enterprise.

While it is in the policy of YachtForums to not reveal owners unless it has been broadcast publicly somewhere else. With a 4 foot jaguar roosted on the bowsprit, Kismet’s master either bags it, owns it, or the procedure of voiding by way of internet search leads a person to Shahid Kahn.