Vanguard 15 Fleet From Nashville

The Vanguard 15 fleet from Nashville was not in existence till recently. A team of six sailors decided to pitch in and buy boats as well as committed to a schedule of sailing. With their concerted efforts the area now has a new community of sailors which are made of a mix of veteran and new sailors.

The sailing scene was dying in Nashville when the older racers were moving out and there were no new enthusiastic sailors to continue the sailing scene. At such a time a ragtag group assembled and decided to pitch in, get six boats and commit to sailing over the weekends. The Vanguard 15 of the double handed design was then decided upon which was exciting and fast to sail in the breeze. The group got together used boats as well as parts that were available and even obtained six boat trailers.

Since then the Nashville V15 fleet has grown. Today there are 19 members in total. Some members neither own a boat nor have raced but they are gaining the know how from the others. The less experienced sailors are learning to sail in breeze conditions of 10 knots so that they can gain confidence to sail when the breeze is 25 knots. It is a culture where information is shared and help is given where it is required to encourage learners to sail. LaBorde and Ted Lischer are known to be the godfathers of fleet building in the sailing circles in the Midwest. They are helping to build the learning and sharing culture so that the group can grow quickly. Today it is called a sailing family and they are committed to growing fleets elsewhere as well. The fleet focuses on providing social opportunities to promote the sailing culture which also includes having skippers and crew knowing each other.

HC Rejected To Detain BW Maple From Sailing Out Of Chennai

On Tuesday, The Madras High Court refused to intervene with a No Objection Certificate (NOC) permitting BW Maple.


The NOC was issued by the Director General of Shipping (DGS) on 14th of September 14 which allowed the BW Maple, this is one of the two vessels which is involved in the collision that lead oil spill to a large scale at the port of Kamarajar in Ennore on 28th of January, to sail out of the port.

The first Division Bench of Indira Banerjee (Chief Justice) and M. Sundar (Justice) also recorded the Ennore police submission that they do not need the vessel continued detention as the investigation into a registered criminal case with regards to the incident was in the final stage and the charge sheet for the same would be filed very soon.

The advocate S. Raghunathan, agreeing to a request made by BW Maple owners, to fix a frame of time for completing this criminal investigation, and also the internal inquiry being executed by the DGS, the judges gave the order that proceedings for both should be finished within the four weeks from the court ordered date of receipt. Continue reading “HC Rejected To Detain BW Maple From Sailing Out Of Chennai”

Camden Classics Cup From July 27-29

The 2nd edition of the Camden Classics Cup is all set to take place in New England on July 27 to 29.


This is one of the popular vintage and classic races where traditional boat owners can enjoy the best of the sailing in the New England waters. The 2016 annual Camden Classics Cup was a great hit and it is expected that the 2017 annual event will be an even bigger success. The race will be held in Maine and its event opens the classic yacht racing season in Maine.

A very good lineup of the fleet came to the waters of Penobscot Bay for the inaugural Camden Classics Cup and sailed into the Camden Harbor. The event will include 2 days of CRF, PHRF and the Spirit of Tradition boat racing. There will also be the customary post-race celebrations. Continue reading “Camden Classics Cup From July 27-29”

Sails Of Vendee Globe Fleet

It might be easy to ride the winds when the pressure is high, but areas of low pressure often put challenges for boats.


This was felt by the Vendee Globe fleet that was out there in the South Atlantic waters. The conditions represented low pressure on Saturday morning and it definitely puts up a test for the skippers there who had to regulate the speed as well as how to attack the race. The weather conditions included winds at 25 kts with water at flat levels. The race by Alex Thomson and his leading boat Hugo Boss was trying to maintain speed at 24 to 25 kts. This was along with the British skipper’s tries to stay ahead of the second boat. It definitely helped them in the early morning run.

Race Direction was being briefed by Vincent Rious of PRB who stated that the conditions of the waters proved ideal for the boats to sustain themselves at a record pace for 24 hours. Continue reading “Sails Of Vendee Globe Fleet”