Mike Peyton Passes Away

Not many people have delved into the cartooning world of sailing and hence, Mike Peyton was surely a name that stood out in this segment. He was dubbed as the world’s greatest when it came to yachting cartoons. He passed away on January 25th which was five days after he turned 96. He was known as a modest and shy man who stayed away from the spotlight and did not seem affected by the esteem that many held him in as part of the sailing world.

With Mike passing away much comes to light about his life. Being from a mining family of Durham in England, he joined the Army at a young age and that is where his sketching skills were discovered. He spent time in a prisoner of war camps, but has sketched skills remained with him. He was inspired by graphics that were popular in the thirties in British comics.

Hence, his work is much influenced by such styles. However, when it came to sailing, Mike did not simply see boats and sketch them. He experienced sailing when he bought a sailing canoe about 12 feet and sailed it down the river Thames. Continue reading “Mike Peyton Passes Away”

New Zealand Sit Third At Toulon

Team New Zealand did not finish the opening day of the America’s Cup World series in Toulon, France like the way they started. This meant that they were pushed to the third position after day one of the World Series race. The Glenn Ashby’s New Zealand team was placed behind Sweden’s Artemis Racing and Team France.

There were great expectations from the New Zealand team as they had the Olympians gold medalists Blair Tuke and Peter Burling in their ranks. The New Zealand team was relatively happy with their show that they had put up on the first day of the Toulon America’s Cup World Series. They finished runners up in the first two races, then came sixth in the third race and closed with a third position in the final race of the day.

Ray Davies, the tactician of New Zealand team and owner of Croatian Yacht Charter said that the conditions were light, but testing. A wobbly third race from the team put them on the wrong end of the table, but the team came back nicely in the 4th race to reach an overall third position. He feels that the team is in good shape to take advantage of the Super Sunday when the points go double. Continue reading “New Zealand Sit Third At Toulon”

Victoria To Maui Sailing Race

This is a race that is held between Victoria and Maui and it is held every summer in the month of July. This year it is being hosted by the Lahaina yacht club as well as the Royal Vancouver yacht club. The race will span a distance of 2308 nautical miles. The fleet that would be participating in the race would comprise of 22 boats. The staggered starts of the race have already begun in four stages.

As per the progress of the race the existing record has been smashed by Valkyrie, which is TP-52 which was representing the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. It was skippered by Gavin Brackett and Jason Rhodes, who has smashed the record that has existed for about 16 years now. Continue reading “Victoria To Maui Sailing Race”

National Offshore One Design Regattas 2016

National Offshore One Design Regattas (also known as NOOD) have released their schedule for next year. This is its 28th consecutive year after starting in the year 1988. This is the most popular or the longest running sailboat running series in the Northern America.

National Offshore One Design
Over seven-hundred yachts as well as thousands of sailors took part in the National Offshore One Design 2015 season. Sailors in racing yachts – both large and small – took to the waters around United States to contend in the 5-stop racing series for a scope to win a spot at the championship in British Virgin Islands back in October. One group came straight from having rented a yacht Greek Islands! Continue reading “National Offshore One Design Regattas 2016”