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Leigh McMillan throws down gauntlet in 2013 Extreme Sailing Series curtain-raiser

The ESS circuit moves to Singapore next month where another new team supported
by Cowes Week sponsors Aberdeen Asset Management will be joining the fleet.


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UAE’s Gulf Craft announces its largest ever yacht project

The luxury superyacht – the largest ever to be constructed in the company’s 31-year history – is expected to be completed in 2015. The announcement signals the UAE-based builder’s positioning within the fraternity of global boat builders with the capability to create craft of this size and complexity. The Majesty 155 represents both, the degree of engineering, design and technological sophistication already achieved as well as the company’s ambitions to embark on larger, more complex projects in line with the demands of the market.

Mohammed Hussain Al Shaali, Chairman of Gulf Craft said, “The Middle East continues to lead demand in the global superyacht market. Moreover, Gulf Craft also highlights the regional marine industry’s capability, sophistication and growing prominence on an international stage with the Majesty 155 being one of the largest composite superyachts ever to be constructed in the Middle East.

“As a market for superyachts, the GCC and surrounding region is maturing rapidly. We are very optimistic about this region as more people are finding their way to the water. The destination building and infrastructure for superyachts in terms of larger berthing facilities, better equipped marinas and superior support facilities has progressed in recent years. With an active sales orientation towards a global client base, we are seeing increased demand worldwide for superyachts over 40m in general, with a particular appetite for the highly customized and individualized products we are able to provide.”


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SAILING : Keelhauler crew overcomes sudden adversity

Going into the sixth Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup/Cal Maritime Invitational Intercollegiate Regatta one might figure the other nine teams are gunning for you since you’ve won the last two. Then, overnight, you learn a crew member is in the hospital with a medical emergency.

No worries. The Keelhaulers of the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, comfortable with a heavy chop and brisk westerly breeze in the mid-teens, won both races on opening day with hardly a misstep.

They have a four-point lead over Cal State University Channel Islands, which placed third last year, with two-time winner Maine Maritime third and a pair of possible surprises – UC Irvine’s unheralded Anteaters and College of Charleston, making its debut in big boat racing, fourth and fifth.

That leaves the likes of the U.S. Naval Academy and USC, a former winner and last year’s runner-up, respectively, scrambling in seventh and ninth places.

All are racing Catalina 37s chartered from the Long Beach Sailing Foundation on an ocean course west of the L.A. Harbor entrance, visible from the bluff of Point Fermin Park. A total of 10 races are scheduled through Sunday starting at 11:30 a.m., conditions permitting.

Late Thursday, Keelhauler skipper Matt Van Rensselaer, the only senior on the boat, learned spinnaker trimmer Jessica Bernhard was hospitalized with possible appendicitis. But she suggested a substitute: her older sister Alicia in San Diego.

“She called me last night and said she was going into the hospital,” Alicia said.

So Alicia, 22, drove north about a hundred miles and jumped aboard while Jessica, 20, took a turn for the better and went home to Walnut Creek to recover.

“I had a great time,” Alicia said. “I love big boats.”

Van Rensselaer said she fit right in. “We’ve been sailing a lot and she can handle sailing in chop,” he said.

They won the races by about 5 and 10 boat lengths. Their only flub was getting their spinnaker down and jib hoisted at the leeward gate in the first race, but it didn’t cost them the lead.

“The forestay got hung up,” Van Rensselaer said. “Now we know not to do that again … to be more conservative.”

The Port of Los Angeles is the event sponsor.


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Tampa Bay Boat Show arrives at Tropicana Field

Row after row of the latest boats, gear and fishing accessories will be on display at the Tampa Bay Boat Show today through Sunday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.

Admission to the event is free, and parking costs $6.

The sales event showcases local boat dealers and manufacturers, allowing guests to compare models and talk with experts in one location.

The event will also feature outdoors-themed exhibits and local fishing guides, who will share tips.

The boat show is open until 6 p.m. Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.


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5 questions with Liz Fletcher, Jeffrey Adam Memorial Regatta organizer

Jeffrey Adam loved to sail and enjoyed sharing his passion with others. That’s how he met his friend Liz Fletcher, who received sailing lessons from Adam at Westwind Sailing.

After Adam’s unexpected death in June 2011, Fletcher knew she wanted to keep his memory alive on the sea. Fletcher, along with the Adam family and the Dana Point Yacht Club, will host the second annual Jeffrey Adam Memorial Regatta on Sunday during the 42nd annual Festival of Whales in Dana Point Harbor. Fletcher agreed to answer a few questions via email about the event and her friend.


Article Tab: The first annual Jeffery Adam Memorial Regatta in Dana Point.

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When: March 10; racing begins at 11 a.m. and dinner will be served at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Dana Point Harbor, 34624 Golden Lantern

Cost: Regatta entrance fees are $30 which includes a commemorative bracelet, lunch, and a buffet dinner. Dinner is open to the public and tickets can be purchased for $20.

Information: DPYC.org/juniors.htm

The regatta will be followed by an evening awards ceremony and buffet dinner at Dana Point Yacht Club. Raffle prizes and presentation of the Jeffrey Adam Perpetual Sailing Award are part of the planned festivities.

Source: Valerie Rhodes


Q. What can people expect from the Jeffrey Adam Memorial Regatta?

A. The Jeffrey Adam Memorial Regatta is a fun celebration of Jeff’s life. The goal of the event is to get as many people as possible out on the water having fun. The day will consist of friendly competition among sailors, watching races from spectator boats and remembering fun times on the water with Jeff.

Q. Can you share a story or two about Jeff?

A. Jeff was all about physical fun, sports of all sorts and active play. He always included as many people as possible, involving kids of all ages and skills. Jeff especially encouraged people to sail and had a particular skill for making sailing extremely fun. Jeff’s big smile and friendly teasing always got people hooked on sailing, striving to become better and learn more. Jeff’s enthusiasm made everything fun. His deep involvement in Dana Hill’s track as an assistant coach and sailing in the harbor positively affected the lives of many.

Q. Why did you decide to combine the memorial regatta with the Festival of the Whales?

A. We have associated the regatta to the Festival of the Whales to help promote the annual standing of the event. The regatta adds to the fun activities across the harbor during the event and the festival will introduce more people to the regatta and to the memory of Jeff.

Q. What would Jeff think of this event?

A. Jeff would love his regatta. He always strived to get more kids sailing and bring together all youth sailing organizations in the harbor (Dana Point Yacht Club, Dana West Yacht Club, Sea Scouts and Westwind Sailing). Jeff’s memory now draws together all organizations to share the love of the ocean. At the event, he would see his goal achieved, with lots of kids out on the water including members from each organization having fun together in boats.

Q. How will this year’s regatta be different from the first year?

A. This year, we have transformed the regatta into a charity event. All proceeds from donations and sales of raffle tickets will go to the Dana Point Youth Charitable Foundation, promoting youth sailing in the harbor. We will keep Jeff’s drive going by getting more kids involved with sailing and expanding sailing opportunities in Dana Point. In addition to that, I expect many more sailors and better raffle prizes this year.


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