PDP Initiative At Antigua

The Paralympic Development Program is an initiative that the National Sailing Academy at Antigua took up this year. They include participants from six different countries. This program and clinic initiative was the first of its kind to be held in Antigua. It was organized from 19th to 25th January. The academy hosted coaches and sailors from different countries like Venezuela, Tobago, Trinidad, Paraguay, Dominican Republic, and Colombia besides having people from the same country.

This was the first PDP initiative to be held in the Caribbean region. It was taken up after sustained development was done in the region by Antigua National Sailing Academy and Antigua Sailability. The clinic featured some onshore sessions to touch on the general sailing rules. They also focused on coaching processes, disability awareness, management and classification of the regatta. The on-water sessions were held to help improve boat handling and performance of the sailors. These sessions were held before a mini regatta was organized.
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RAI Amsterdam is the producers and owners of METSTRADE, The Marine Equipment Trade Show. They have announced that they would be purchasing about fifty percent stake in IBEX, International Boat Builder’s Exhibition and Conference. This stake is being published from Wooden Boat Publications Inc. It is a magazine publisher for Professional Boat Builder that held stakes in the company previously.

Jim Miller, who is said to be publisher and general manager of the magazine, stated that, their company had helped to form IBEX. Now the same ownership is being sold to RAI. The respect that they have for RAI is long standing.

Hence, the company is confident that they will sustain the excellence levels that have been achieved in the show from the time it was conceived, in 1992. The team looks forward to IBEX continuing in the path of success that it has forged since the time it was launched about 26 years back. The show definitely helped to create a positive impact on boat building as well as repairs. Continue reading “METS Stakes In IBEX”

Rowing Difficult In Rio Weather

Sailing races are one category that remains dependent on the weather. Even with forecasts the weather remains the most unpredictable element for the sailing and rowing races. The rowing races that were scheduled had to be cancelled on Wednesday as the high winds proved a deterrent for the same.

The racers like Paul O’ Donovan, Claire Lambe and Sinead Lynch were supposed to be in the waters today, the fourth day of the races. For them it was the second day that the races were cancelled as the high winds proved to be a deterrent. The rowing regatta in the Olympics might be facing more delays which the authorities fear, looking at the winds and the rains that have been prevalent over the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon area.

It was the first day of the rowing finals and the men’s and women’s quadruple sculls would have been contested today. Claire Lambe and Sinead Lynch of Ireland were partners in the double sculls races and they were expected to compete in the semi finals. In the men’s equivalent races Paul and Gary O’Donovan were to compete. Continue reading “Rowing Difficult In Rio Weather”

Competition gets hot for the ISAF Sailing World Cup

The ISAF Sailing World Cup Final 2015 is all set for a striking climax in Abu Dhabi following a magnificent day of racing saw the sailors fighting to hold the endeavor in the gold medal chase. Honors in the 8 Olympic sailing classes and an open kite-boarding contest will be decided in a strain final day of medal races at Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club earlier on Sunday, with many defending champs coming under pressure. Continue reading “Competition gets hot for the ISAF Sailing World Cup”