Please select your home edition
Edition
T Clewring - Cruising

XXXX Sail Paradise - Yachting takes teens by storm!!!

by Bronwen Ince on 16 Mar 2013
XXXX Sail Paradise 2013 - XXXX Sail Paradise 2013 Bronwen Ince
XXXX Sail Paradise, hosted by Southport Yacht Club, Gold Coast is being held from 15 to 17 March 2013.

Ever since Jessica Watson’s unbelievable and record breaking voyage around the world there has been a resurgence in yachting, particularly in teenagers.


SYC’s Commodore Ian Hall said 'Jessica Watson has been amazing for the sport of yacht racing. Her stirring journey around the world showed teenagers that anything is possible'.

He went on to say 'It will be particularly prevalent this weekend in the XXXX Sail Paradise regatta being held off the coast of the Gold Coast where 25% of the crews are under the age of 25. Plus in 2011's Sydney to Hobart a local Gold Coaster set the record for the youngest skipper ever in the race at just 18 years of age'.

'it’s great to see the faith that boat owners have in these youngsters. They put the fate of their multi-million dollar boats in their young hands'.

He went on to say 'but that’s yacht racing, whether you’re 8 or 80, it’s a sport you can do your entire life'.

'Who knows, perhaps one of the teenagers will call the winning shot in this weekend's 'Go to Blazers Regatta' incorporated into the Annual XXXX Sail Paradise and teach some of us old dogs some new tricks. If so, I’ll be the first to congratulate them'.

Today we saw world class yachts such as Black Jack, Vamp and Alacrity sailing off the Gold Coast Shoreline in the Queensland IRC State Championships, Black Jack skippered by Mark Bradford is currently taking the lead in Division one with Blunderbuss, skippered by Tony Kinsman leading in Division two, Saturday and Sunday the Performance Racing, Cruising, Multihulls, Blazers and Off-the-Beach Catamarans will join in with the regatta, it would be well worth your while to see these yachts in action.

Tomorrow's forecast is set to be another beautiful sunny day on the Gold Coast, with 10 knot breezes forecasts, great sailing conditions for the 2013 XXXX Sail Paradise.

The best view point to see these fantastic multi-million dollar yachts racing in the XXXX Sail Paradise regatta is anywhere along the Gold Coast beaches this weekend. Or head down to the Southport Yacht Club after each race for a real up-close look at these amazing Event website

Barz Optics - FloatersSchaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82North Technology - Southern Spars

Related Articles

Noroton Yacht Club takes the NYYC Grandmasters Team Race Trophy again
The yacht club from Darien, Connecticut, still out sailed every other club on the water. Every August the biggest question for the NYYC Grandmasters Team Race Regatta is whether this will be the year that Noroton Yacht Club's winning streak ends. Yet even after the age minimums were raised by five years and the event was expanded to 10 teams and three days to stiffen the competition, the yacht club from Darien, Connecticut, still out sailed every other club on the water.
Posted today at 3:48 am
The door’s been flung open – again
Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing gets sexier for Tokyo Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing may get sexier for Tokyo 2020. Yes, the proverbial door has been cast ajar before, often to much fanfare, and not that much has been achieved.
Posted on 28 Aug
Michael Illbruck crowned 2016 Melges 20 World Champion
Although not a simple task, Freides aimed to keep Illbruck behind him, or at minimum out of top nine ranking. Hosted by Marina di Scarlino/Club Nautico Scarlino, the World Championship was the most successful to date featuring four days of incredible sportboat racing.
Posted on 28 Aug
Freides defends leadership at Melges 20 World Championship
The one and only race that was able to take place at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship was a difficult one at best 2016 Melges 20 World Championship - The one and only race that was able to take place at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship hosted by Marina di Scarlino/Club Nautico Scarlino was a difficult one at best, however managed to present some nice new faces at the front of the fleet.
Posted on 28 Aug
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Crew catch up - Meet Dhruv Boruah
After crew members have completed their global ocean adventure, some go back to their previous lives and occupations After crew members have completed their global ocean adventure, some go back to their previous lives and occupations, some decide on a future in the marine industry, some take time out to assess their next move in life and others seek their next challenge.
Posted on 27 Aug
Changing of the Guard at Melges 20 Worlds, Freides takes over
The second day of racing at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship featured two races under shifty conditions 2016 Melges 20 World Championship - The second day of racing at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship hosted by Marina di Scarlino/Club Nautico Scarlino featured two races under shifty conditions, shaking up the standings and making Drew Freides' Pacific Yankee the new leader with a one point advantage over Michael Illbruck on Pinta now seated in second place.
Posted on 27 Aug
Vendée Globe – Yann Eliès and his team relaunch 60-ft IMOCA in Lorient
Yann is now on the final stretch before the event and will be taking part in the three training courses. Yann is now on the final stretch before the event and will be taking part in the three training courses organised at the Finistère Ocean Racing Centre in Port-la-Forêt (Brittany). He will also take part in the Azimut Trophy. Yann Eliès tells us about the work that has been done and what lies ahead in the final part of his preparation.
Posted on 26 Aug
Vendée Globe – A long trip between France and Iceland for Heerema
After completing two solo transatlantic crossings in the spring, Pieter Heerema is currently on his third major trip. After completing two solo transatlantic crossings in the spring, Pieter Heerema is currently on his third major trip. Thanks to this voyage from France to Iceland and back, the Dutch skipper is finding out more about No Way Back, the new generation IMOCA on which he will line up on 6th November
Posted on 26 Aug
Phoenix returns and Cayard is back for the TP52 World Championships
Richard Cohen will compete at the championships in Mahón, Menorca, with Phoenix, which will be skippered by Paul Cayard. The carefully assembled team includes a core group of sailors who have many years of experience in the class, but Cayard cautions that their initial objective is to learn and improve together in line with their long term goal, to be competitive on the 2017 52 Super Series.
Posted on 26 Aug
Michael Marshall triumphs at J/22 World Championship
With a second place finish in Thursday’s only race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are the champions. Heading into the 10th and final race, Marshall and Chris Doyle were tied on points at 30. As the 41 teams arrived at CORK in the morning, the after effects of an overnight storm left breeze in the mid-20s, so the Race Committee postponed on shore.
Posted on 25 Aug