Upcoming Nations Cup Grand Final

The Nations Cup Grand Final for 2018 is to be hosted in San Francisco by St. Francis Yacht Club. The event will be held from October 10th to 14th.


This is a tournament that is an international level championship, which is organized by World Sailing. At this event there are top competitors who come to participate from around the world. There is a Women’s division as well as an Open series. The edition of 2018 will have mainly J/22s as the sailing vessels.

The Open Division will have skippers who have finished at the top of the 2017 event of US Match Racing Championship. This Open Division will have a Nations Cup Regional qualifier round as well whose location and date need to be determined. There would be ten teams who would be pre qualified and would be competing for the 2017 US Match Racing Championship which would be held from 13th to 15th of October. The races would be held at the Oyster Bay area of New York at Match 40s venue. Women skippers have been asked to apply and indeed, most applications are in. The teams would have the chance to represent their country as Nations Cup qualifiers. Continue reading Upcoming Nations Cup Grand Final

New Zealand Looking To Do Better At The Youth America’s Cup

The New Zealand sailing team is not having a good time so far at the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup finals.


They were the team that won the Youth America’s Cup title in 2013. They need to do something drastic in the final race if they are looking at repeating the heroics that they showcased in 2013.

The young Kiwi team entered the finals as one of the top contenders to win the title. But, they did not perform to their full potential and now are playing catch up after the first race. They got caught in the traffic and were only able to finish in the 7th position out of 8 boats. This is really a bad result for the team that was looking to win the Youth America’s Cup title.

The second race was also not a good one for the NZL sailing team. They earned a penalty for being over the line at the start of the race and matters got worse when the team picked up a note penalty in the third race for causing interference on the boundary. Continue reading New Zealand Looking To Do Better At The Youth America’s Cup

Navy Lost Kennedy Cup From Students

When in class other students were complaining about the lack of competitive sports in the school campus, Andrew “Ty” Baird decided to step ahead and face the waterfront


Baird just lifted his backpack of USF and but didn’t say any word. He has listened to these comments many times before, could be the reason.

The sailing teams of USF St. Petersburg, varsity and Co-ed, get overlooked often. In November, the Co-ed team of USF St. Petersburg competed in the Intercollegiate Sailing Association competition Kennedy Cup and won the first position. In the competition the team of eight men beats the Naval Academy of United States. The event took place in Annapolis, Maryland.

The victory in Annapolis has allowed the team of USFSP to go to the next level, i.e. 37th annual Student Yachting World Cup (SYWC). The event will take place in France.

Baird grew up in St. Petersburg (a junior business major). Father of Baird is a pro sailor and the mother of Baird also a sailor (world champion)

Baird spent his initial years of sailing at Old Dominion University and returned to St. Petersburg because cold weather. Continue reading Navy Lost Kennedy Cup From Students

India Sailing Fresh Start In December

Seeing the poor performance of Indian in sailing competition in Rio Olympics, Yachting Association of India decided not to renew the contract of national coach Pete Conway who is from England.


The decision to not to renew contract was taken keeping Varun Thakkar-KC Ganapathy (49er) and Varsha Gautham-Aishwarya Nedunchezhiyan (49erFX) in consideration. All four need to clear their academic examination backlog.

But, the cheer came to face all these payers when YAI decided to get a new coach from Australia. From December, the coach from Australia Ian Stuart Warren will join YAI as a coach and will take over the position. In Australia, Warren has produced four Olympians and his recruitment has been done keeping this fact in mind. YAI member said sports ministry has already finalized his name; we are just waiting for his contract finalization that will go for four years.

He is the deserving candidate for the profile as he has a good track record. Moreover, the financial expectations of Warren were within the capacity of YAI and thus he became the first choice. According to sources, the decision to get a new coach for the team was taken keeping the coming Olympics in mind. Continue reading India Sailing Fresh Start In December