There’s no greater satisfaction for me than watching young sailors excel on the water and wondering where in sailing they will be later on in their lives. Will that smooth-tacking coed Club 420 team someday be leading A division at college nationals or that eager starter in the Optimist class sailing for medals and then joining the ranks of the America’s Cup? It seems today, more than ever, competition at junior sailing events, at both the local club level and the national championships, is dramatically improved. This is because yacht clubs are committed to making junior sailing a priority. I see examples of this all around the country. Parents are willing to help with travel, there’s advanced instruction and individual coaching, and standardized one-design boats, and this all bodes well for the future of American sailing.
For eight years we’ve kept a close eye on the junior sailing scene, each year calling out the sailors that put forward great results and uphold sportsmanship while doing so. There are literally hundreds of them out there, and of all the annual “lists” in which I’m involved my juniors are the toughest…Â More info
Dillon Police are doing more than just slapping the wrists of kids sliding rails and stairs on public property. Riders who ignore warnings will lose their gear, catch jail time and fines if they continue to “disrespect” public property. In early December, police riled the local snowboard scene when they started swiping equipment from riders caught sliding down handrails and concrete barriers around town.
So far, eight riders and filmmakers have plead guilty and been fined for…Â More info
Situated in Wellingborough, Northants Santa Pod Raceway is a popular destination for motorsport fans and attracts people of all ages to its central location in England. Known to be the home of European Drag Racing, Santa Pod is suitably sponsored by one of the worldâ€™s leading turbocharger companies, Turbo Dynamics.
The renowned company, also known as TD, has sponsored the raceway since January 2008 and has a presence at a number of the events with staff and TD girls. As well as designing bespoke hybrid turbos for drag, race and rally applications, the company also supply standard turbos for all car makes and service, upgrade and modify turbos…Â More info…
Already back in 2000, Michel Desjoyeaux worked alongside the Finot Group designers to get them to incorporate some of his ideas to his Open 60. And, again this time the boat which won Desjyoeaux for the second time, built in collaboration with the CDK Technologies yard includes many design ideas based on his experience.
Michel Desjoyeauxâ€™s decision to take part again in the VendÃ©e Globe again was part of his drive to take part in a broad range of sailing activities. In 2006, even before his last Route du Rhum on the GÃ©ant trimaran, (4th behind Lemonchois, BidÃ©gorry, Coville), the Desjoyeaux decided to have an IMOCA Open 60 built to designs by the Farr team.
He just had to wait to find a sponsor. From the outset of the design stage Michel Desjoyeaux paired…Â More Info…