Ben Houston Takes up Charge as Chief Executive of Australian Sailing

The President of the famous Australian Commonwealth Games, Ben Houston has taken up the role of the Chief Executive of Australian Sailing with effect from 1 April 2019. The department made this announcement on following Ben’s appointment to this position on March 25, 2019; however, he will officially take up the role April onwards.  Previously, Houston was the head of the Triathlon Australia before he took up responsibility as the president of the Games and now also, Chief Executive of the sailing body.

Post his appointment, Ben was seen to be quite excited with this new responsibility in hand. He said that getting this position is nothing less than an honor sailing has always been a significant factor in building a national and global identity for Australia. He said that he will make up the best of this opportunity and will be aimed at building a stronger link between the sport and the community of sailing at large. Houston said that his main priority at the moment is to have a better connection and bond with sailing clubs and associations present in the market. He also aims to introduce better training and educational classes for amateur sailors all across Australia. Ben also mentioned that now that the Tokyo Olympics are just around the corner, he will work with the team for Australian Sailing to ensure that the preparations for 2020 do not lack any assistance and all needs are met on time.
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Banque Populaire IX Found To Be Dead

The boat was launched in 2017 and it had the plans of terrorizing the ocean records. It raced to become the monster of the multi-hull boats which had been in the emergency. It was in its first time out on the seas, it exceeded about 35 knots and elevated upon its foils. But it lived quite short. Now it has been destroyed.

On its third day during the race of the race across the Atlantic, it was sailed by the French star sailor Armel Le Clea’ch. It had winds which blew as fast as through 30 knots and five meters waves at the 340 miles of northeast of Azores and later got destructed near the port.
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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