Three Sailors Awarded U.S. Sailing Association Medals For Their Bravery

Three local men who saved a fellow sailor from the Magothy River have been recognized by the U.S. Sailing Association (USSA) for their great efforts. This is the incident of last year, where three sailors saved the life of their fellow sailor in the Magothy River.

Dewey Ward, Ray Racine and Ed Tracey the crew and skipper of Incomunicado, has been recognized with the award ‘Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal’ for their daring efforts in saving Patrick Seidel. Seidel had gone into the drink off his boat and got stuck there.
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Kroker Elected To Commission Of Athletes’

Three-time Paralympics medalist of Germany Jens Kroker has been selected and elected to be the World Sailing’s Athletes’ Commission. He is becoming the first Para World Sailing representative in the commission.

Since the inception of this commission, it was open only for those sailors who had competed in an Olympic Sailing Competition in their sailing career.

At the Annual Conference of 2017, the council of the World Sailing approved the inclusion of Kroker as Para World Sailing representative in the Athletes’ Commission. This was the issue considered by the Commission affect Olympians and Paralympians.

All those sailors who had competed at the World Championships of year 2017 were eligible to vote for a representative who would compete at the world after winning.

Kroker got the vote ahead of Neil Patterson hailing from Australia along with Tomas Saez Raffaeli from Brazil and Shinya Yamamoto from Japan.

On his selection as the representative, he said, “On being selected in the commission, I feel very honored. I really excited that I have been elected by the Para World Sailing community and will represent our sport in the Athletes’ Commission of World Sailing (ACWS)”.

“I am really excited to have the opportunity to be here and contribute my knowledge in the competitive sailing which will help the sport to grow further.”

If you ask my main goal while being in this position then it will certainly be to achieve reinstatement of sailing sport into the Paralympics in the year 2024. Just like the other sailor, I also believe that this sport should be included in the Paralympics and with the support of so many sailors, this is not an unachievable target.”

Kroker has been a regular at Para World Sailing events; he made his first appearance in the year 1997.

35th Edition Of America’s Not Different From Others

In the world of sailing, the America’s Cup has always been a game changer and the same is true with the 35th edition of the race as well.


Twenty years ago, the average max speed of sailing boats was 12 knots. And today, it has reached to 40 knots (in the wind of less than 12 knots). Meaning, the sailor will not be able to hear the sound of wind as they are too fast with the speed.

While sailing with these machines, the crew constantly hovers on the edge between total catastrophe and ridiculously fast, combating G-force speeds and situations when maneuvering.

The goal: the goal is to get around the race course cleaner and faster than their opponent. Basically, it is like keeping two fairy bulls into one china shop and predicts they are not going to bump into anything.

This is for the second edition straight that the ORACLE TEAM USA will defend the America’s Cup. ORACLE TEAM USA won the last cup, which held in the year.  Since then, they have been pushing and developing the limits of sailing so hard that the boat in the race seems more like a rocket ship than the sailing boat. Continue reading 35th Edition Of America’s Not Different From Others