The Royal Yachting Association's (RYA) Yachtmaster Offshore Certification is an intense three-week program designed for those with significant maritime experience who are looking to enhance their skills and hold a certification that is recognized and admired worldwide. Upon successfully completion of the program, Confident Captain students join the elite group of Yachtmasters whose certification is recognized by over 22 countries, including all “Red Ensign” countries, and are certified to captain vessels up to 200 tons.
February 11, 2009: One of summer's most cherished regattas, the Storm Trysail Club's biennial Block Island Race Week presented by Rolex, is set for its 23rd running from June 21-26, 2009. The regatta, which traditionally features five days of racing in both handicap and one-design classes, will also serve as the inaugural North American championship for the J/122 class and the East Coast championship for the J/109 class. The Notice of Race and online registration are available on the official event site www.blockislandraceweek.com.
NEWPORT, RI (February 11, 2009) -- The 2009 edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race will feature a 177nm and a 150nm race course over some of the most storied and beautiful sailing grounds in the world. With a spectacular start off Newport, R.I., the race includes turning marks at Castle Hill, Brenton Reef, Block Island, Montauk Point, Martha's Vineyard and Buzzards Tower on its way to a signature champagne finish off the historic Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport Harbor.
2008 Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship:Fleet heads to Miami Beach for three days of fleet racing
Miami Beach, Florida, USA (November 17, 2008) – The world’s most popular one-design racing sailboat class returns to Miami Beach this week for the 2008 Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship. The regatta straddles two seasons – the concluding summer schedule in the U.S. and Mediterranean and the upcoming winter events in Florida. To date, eight of the 40-foot racing machines are registered to compete with nine-person teams of the world’s best sailors. Scheduled for November 21-23, the regatta will be preceded by the Farr 40 Match Race Invitational, November 18-19. Racing will be run by the Storm Trysail Club with Principal Race Officer Peter “Luigi” Reggio and can be viewed in the waters off Miami Beach. At the conclusion of the Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship, the winning helmsman will receive a Rolex timepiece.
Defending champions Warpath, owned by Fred & Steve Howe (San Diego, Calif.), and the 2008 World Champion Mascalzone Latino, owned by Vincenzo Onorato (Portoferria, Italy) will not be competing. However, any of the boats have a chance at winning in this strict owner-driven, one-design class, including two-time World Cup holder Jim Richardson (Boston, Mass. /Newport, R.I.) on Barking Mad; 2003 World Champion Massimo Mezzaroma (Rome, Italy) on Nerone; and HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark on Nanoq, who finished fourth in the 2008 Worlds held on the same waters last April.