Riccardo Bonadeo has been running the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda for 11 years now of the Seaside Resort in Northern Sardinia. The club provides best luxury playground with more 700 members for aspiring sailors and also organizes the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup annually as Bonadeo won it in the year 1995 and 2000. He is the commodore of the club currently and works behind the scenes to organize club programs and races. There were 4 men, namely Giuseppe Kerry Mentasti, Andre Ardoin, Luigi Vietti and Aga Khan who came up with this idea. 50 years back they could figure out what it could which has now become the reality. It was totally unique and when Riccardo came here 60 years back, there was nothing apart from crystal blue sea water.
The club is a venue for big boat due to its unique conditions. The wind conditions here are strong and have always helped to host races, especially for the big boats. The members of the club most have a powerboat or sailboat and the club is segregated evenly between power boaters and sailors. Riccardo prefers sailboats although he feels a little hesitant to say that. During the early years, Riccardo was a lot more focused on sailing. He reached many years go through powerboat and found the place to be overly beautiful. After a year or so, he returned and purchased a Swan sailboat. He won a regatta there. He was asked by the Aga Khan to become the board of directors and he did agree to join. Riccardo was so fond of sailing post winning the regatta that he was totally focused on sailing and also enjoyed being a part of the Italian team.
A few years ago, the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club (HMBYC) decided to move its focus on its youth sailing program. This year, the same efforts were rewarded as the club has been awarded with the 2017 Nimitz Award for its contribution in advancing the youth sailing.
Commodore Scott Pyne said the award has come from the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association (PICYA), which is made up of Northern California clubs (NCC), predominantly from the Bay Area.
The round robin one in the Youth Match Racing World Championship has come to an end. At the end of the day, the young Australian Harry Price has come on top of the leaderboard. The Youth Match Racing World Championships is hosted by the Balboa Yacht Club. The key match up of the day was between Price and the New Zealander George Anyon. Both of them entered the round robin in great form with no defeats in their first ten matches.
The pre-start was a closely contested one. The round robin had all the thrills of being a very entertaining and exhilarating one. Both the guys were in top form. It was Anyon who gained the upper hand of Price at the final approach to the start line and left it first. Price had to lessen his speed to get clean air. Continue reading