Young Sailors Continued Sailing After Irma

Volunteerism, resilience, community spirit, hard work and courage? These are the qualities that the fiercest of storms, man-made or natural, often brings to the surface in a community.

For Marco Island Interscholastic Sailing Team (MIIST) students, there was no disinclination in committing a number of hours to the sailing center of island before and after Hurricane Irma. The team includes the students from Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS), Marco Island Academy and Lely High.

Sailing, The Generation Game Now Starts At Nationals In Napier

Hans Hengst, aged 82, from Napier, with grandson, whose age is just 13-year-old and son, 48, named Noah and Rob respectively will give tough competition in the Hartley 16 at the national regatta in Napier.

The three generations of Hengst family together give an excellent performance on water which will be unforgettable indeed during the three-day national regatta which will begin at Ahuriri waterfront

Hans Hengst of 82 is the most experienced sailor at the Napier Sailing Club-hosted nationals, including the Hartley 16, Ross 780 as well as Europe Nationals classes.

His son, Rob is the skipper of Windsong with his 13-year-old son Noah as an active crew member.

This teenager, will going to be there at Napier Boys High School from Jan 31, gets an opportunity to enter as the youngest sailor in the Hartley 16 class.

Steve Turpin, who is one of the crew members on Hans’ trailer yacht, Kum Lucky, the time during competition, weather letting them to move for three races in a day.

Rob as well as Noah will have their first training sail soon for a few hours in light, the winds and father was really happy the way his son handled jib, the way he lifted the centerboard and fetch the pole out when they moved downwind.

The ex- Napier Intermediate scholar, who has been sailing when he was just eight years old, is perfect in managing the Starling class single person boat.

During the upcoming weekend, he will have tough competition in Starling class at North Island Championship within Wellington.

Rob and Hans facilitated the youngsters with the sailing experience by providing formal training which is creditable to Noah, who has got coaching from so many programs from various classes.

Man charged with yacht theft in Batemans Bay

Next month, a man will appear on the court for an alleged theft a yacht in Batemans Bay earlier on Monday, in Batemans Bay. It was around 7 pm when police got reports of the man as well as three kids were missing from a house located on the Beach Road, Batemans Bay.

Officers in charge to Far South Coast Local Area Command also got reports that a yacht had reportedly been stolen from a marina in bay overnight. A broad search effort was carried on overnight by Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, Fisheries NSW, Marine Rescue and Rescue 24 from Wollongong and Roads and Maritime Services.

On 15th Dec, Tuesday, around 11 am, a forty-two-year-old man and 4 kids aged 8, 12, 13 and 14, were reportedly found on the stolen vessel at North Durras, which is north of Batemans Bay. The group, along with the yacht, was brought back to the Batemans Bay; where the 42-year-old man was arrested and taken to Batemans Bay Police Station. The man has been charged with take and drive imparting without the owners consent. He was given a conditional bail. Now, he will have to appear at Batemans Bay Local Court on 18th January.

Meanwhile, Eric Loizeau, the French champ, and Uka Randmaa, the Estonian solo circumnavigator, are the newest entrants to set their goal on winning the Golden Globe yacht race 2018. The announcement was made at the very first Golden Globe competitor conference, arranged at the Little Ship Club, in London.