895 Sailing Yacht Oyster Design Revealed

The Oyster Yachts of British yard has declared its fresh design, a sloop-rigged sailing yacht of 27.12 meters called Oyster 895.

Developed in association with Rob Humphreys Yacht Design, the yacht Oyster 895 is based on the design of outgoing Oyster 885, which has produced ten hulls. The fresh arrival features of the yacht include a little longer LOA and a deck layout redesigned, however the beam of 6.33 meters and standard draught of 3.46 meters are unaltered.

The main difference between the yachts could be found in the centralized weight distribution and system upgrades which will bring the 27 meters of yard offering more in line with its 118 series flagship Oyster.

CEO of Oyster Yachts, David Tydeman concluded the changes done in yacht by saying “20 major tooling pieces have been used in the yacht to construct the 885 and on the 895; we are reusing only four in them.” Continue reading

Barrows Wins College Sailor Of The Year Award

There was an awards ceremony held after the completion of the Gill Coed National Championship.

This was the awards ceremony to present the Leonard M. Fowle Trophy for the Best Overall Team, Marlow Ropes College Sailor of the Year and the Robert H. Hobbs Sportsmanship Award. The winners who have won these prestigious awards will find their names added to the ICSA Hall Of Fame. This is located in the Robert Crown Center at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis.

The Marlow Ropes College Sailor of the Year is given the Everett B. Morris Trophy every year. This year the trophy was bagged by Ian Barrows of the St. Thomas, USVI. This is an award presented to be the best performance in sailing at the highest level for the collegiate year. The trophy is named in memory of B. Morris, who spent 30 years of his life as a yachting editor and director. There were five finalists named for the trophy and it was Barrows, who won it at the end.   Continue reading

Conrad Colman Faces Challenges

Conrad Colman is one of the solo skippers of the Vendee Globe race who had a unique vessel that was being operated with natural energy resources. He called around 2300 as per French time line and reported to his team that his vessel had been dismasted.

This was his first participation in the Vendee Globe and he had secured tenth place. The distance to the finish line was 793 nautical miles when this happened. He finally reported in on February 18th where he recounts his journey and similar incidents that have occurred in the past. Continue reading