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Horizon Yachts sells 4 E88 motoryacht in US

By Gemma Fottles

Horizon Yachts have announced the sale of four Horizon E88 motoryachts in the U.S. market, including three new factory build projects and one inventory yacht.

The first factory build E88 motoryacht was sold through Emerald Pacific Yacht Sales and will deliver to a second-time Horizon owner this July. The second factory build will deliver to new owners this September, and the third factory build is slated for delivery in summer 2015. The E88 inventory motoryacht was recently delivered to her owner in Florida and is currently cruising in the Bahamas.


As standard, the Horizon E88 motoryacht offers a four guest stateroom layout and crew quarters aft on the lower deck. The main deck incorporates a salon, formal dining area, galley, and forward country kitchen.


The second E88 new build was intended as an inventory yacht for the U.S. but was purchased during the final construction phase. Per her owner’s request, this E88 will feature a three guest stateroom layout with an oversized master suite. On the flybridge, the owners have customised the aft boat deck with a large sunpad, L-shaped seating area and full bar.


The third E88 new build reverts to the four stateroom layout, with custom elements in the master and guest staterooms, and the main deck layout is as standard, though with several personalised features such as the addition of a hot tub and mini wet bar.

The second new build E88 motoryacht is scheduled to showcase during the 2014 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show held between 30th October until 3rd November with Horizon Yacht USA.

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Sailing: Buckingham captures North American Championships trophy

Charlie Buckingham and Paige Railey have been collecting trophies since they were kids, but Sunday they won some of the more precious hardware: the George D. O’Day trophy for men and Helen Willis Hanley trophy for women in the U.S. Sailing Singlehanded Championships.

The competition hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club was part of the Laser class North American Championships, where the pair also prevailed over fleets of 73 Laser standard rigs and 108 Radials from 14 countries, respectively.

Buckingham, 25, a Newport Harbor High alumnus, held off Brazil’s Bruno Fontes by four points — each won three of the 11 races — while Railey, 26, of Clearwater, Fla., won by 20 points with only two finishes worse than third, both of which were discards.

Chris Barnard, also a Newport Harbor product, staged a fast finish, winning both races Sunday to place third overall.

Conditions over four days on the open ocean trapezoid course varied from a 19-knot blowout Thursday to a wispy Sunday. The constant oscillations in direction from south to southwest and back and velocity from 4 to 8 knots caused several delays, and in the end the race committee was forced to abandon a scheduled 12th race when the 3 o’clock deadline ran out a minute after a botched desperate start by the Lasers, preventing a restart.

The two winners figured it all out better than anyone.

Railey said, “I may be blonde, but I can still think about things.”

Buckingham said, “I felt like I sailed a solid week. Over four days we had everything, and the competition forced you to sail well against good people.”

He also credited other good people: US Sailing and his sponsor, West Coast University and chairman Dave Pyle, a Newport Beach resident.

Gage Wilson of Cape Coral, Fla. won the nine-boat Laser 4.7 fleet with four wins.

Fontes, ranked No. 4 in the world, higher than anyone else in the event, started the day one point behind Buckingham, his training partner, but struggled in the conditions, especially in the next to last race.

“The wind shifted and I went the wrong way,” he said somberly.

Next month he will join US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider members Buckingham, Barnard and Railey at a pre-Olympic training regatta in his homeland, in the meantime continuing to work with them out of ABYC under the guidance of the team’s Laser coach, Mark Littlejohn.

“This showed us things are on course,” Littlejohn said. “It’s good to see a range of conditions to assess the sailors.”

Railey, a former ISAF Woman Sailor of the Year, said, “All the hard work is paying off.”

The men’s Laser and the women’s Laser Radial are Olympic class events; Laser 4.7 features youth participants.

The Laser, a Canadian designed dinghy, is the largest dinghy class in the world with more than 200,000 boats built.

— Rich Roberts

Class winners

(12 races; two discards)


1. Charlie Buckingham, Newport Beach, Calif., 2-3-1-2-1-1-(11)-2-5-5-(9), 22 points.

2. Bruno Fontes, Brazil, 1-1-3-3-3-3-(8)-1-3-(10)-8, 26.

3. Chris Barnard, Newport Beach, 5-8-6-8-4-(10-(22)-4-4-1-1, 41


1. Paige Railey, Clearwater, Fla., 2-3-3-1-2-1-(11)-2-1-3-(10), 18.


1. Gage Wilson, Cape Coral, Fla., 1-1-2-3-2-2-(6)-(6)-1-3-1-3-1, 16.

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TACS still sailing at 20

June 16, 2014

TACS still sailing at 20

BY GRETCHEN MURRAY Special to the Record-Eagle

Traverse City Record-Eagle
The Record Eagle

Mon Jun 16, 2014, 06:00 AM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY — Any Grand Traverse sailor who knows his jib from a jibe likely owes a debt of thanks to a member of Traverse Area Community Sailing. The nonprofit organization that offers sailing instruction for all ages and abilities is kicking off its 20th season today by celebrating the milestone from noon to 3 p.m. at the Cornwell Sailing Center on Boardman Lake.

“West Grand Traverse Bay, with its very dependable north-northwest breeze, is recognized worldwide as a premier sailing venue. We want people to get out and enjoy it,” said TACS member Louis Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, who sails his own 19-foot Interlake, said TACS offers a youth learn-to-sail program; adult learn-to-sail lessons; and adaptive sailing instruction geared for people with disabilities. Classes range from the basics up to handling and racing larger boats on the bay.

He said the organization’s teaching goals are to get people comfortable in a safe boating setting, and teach basic safety and efficient operating techniques. After learning basics, students can fine-tune their skills in an advanced beginner class in which they can learn more about recreational sailing or racing.

“We’ve recently partnered with Bay Breeze Yacht Charters and Sailing School on West Bay where adult students can continue to learn on 20- to 25-foot boats,” he said.

The nonprofit was formed in 1994 by a group of sailors, including James Menzies, who were concerned that sailing interest was on the wane. Menzies, who enjoys sailing his 40-foot CC sailboat on Grand Traverse Bay, recalls how the organization got its start.

“The city let us use Boardman Lake. We brought in an old bus for an office, borrowed some boats, and we went sailing. Our organization started out with 34 students that first year. Last year all our programs combined served 442 students,” he said.



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