They live in an extraordinary world filled with exotic places, glamorous people and an everlasting ocean breeze while meeting the rich and famous needs – but there’s also a dark side to life as a crew member on a luxury superyacht. While recruiting people are keen to promote the ability of young Australians to collect tax-free income, travel the world and “fall in love”, crew members have also shared their experiences of misogyny, prostitution, and drugs aboard on millions of dollars mega yachts.

Australian Sinead McNamara’s sudden death of a $ 190 million vessel in Greece last week led to the investigation of the superyacht industry where she had been employed. The 20-year-old was on the last day of a four-month style, working as a crew member at Maya Queen IV when she died aboard the luxury boat on Friday when it was anchored near Kefalonia.
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This organization would be adopting a fair process to decide whether a boat should be penalized if a rule is broken by a coach. An annual conference was held in Mexico end of 2017 where the meetings had delegates coming in from the different sailing communities and countries. Proposals were put in to modify racing rules that were discussed and voted upon. The proposals that were accepted were decided to be put into effect from January 1st 2021.


There were certain changes that were deemed urgent and needed to be given effect from an earlier date. There is one definite change that has been implemented and three rules. These have become effective from January 2018. The primary reason is to ensure that a fair method is in place if a coach, support person or a parent breaks a rule. The effective change in the rule would include penalizing a boat without having to hold a hearing. US Sailing wrote to all concerned judges to urge them to impose penalty that can be done as per the revised rules without having to hold a hearing.

Four changes are being implemented as per the proposals and discussions that were held. A process has been put in place so that those who are alleged to have broken rules can put in a protest. The protest committee can have a prosecutor in place who will present the case. In case there is a request for a redress, the prosecutor can put on the case for the boat who requests a redress.

The main change that comes in is the ability to put in a penalty without having to hold a hearing. At the same time the boat or the support person being penalized can defend themselves. This chance to defend themselves is also a major revision that comes with the rules.


Paris Henken, Elizabeth Mignon and Annabel Carrington dominated the B-Division of the championship Navy Fall Women’s on both Saturday and Sunday to push the top-ranked sailing team of College of Charleston to a 14-point win over the Brown.

On Saturday, the Cougars register the victory on the North Points #4 to close one stronger sailing weekend.

Cougars got a win with 24 points in the North Points #4 and edged out at the second-place South Carolina by two points. Charlie Morano (Junior) skippered the Cougars to the A-Division top with 14 points with senior crew Marissa Bamonte. In the second B-Division, the skipper of sophomore Patrick Shannon and crew Laura Masterson of sophomore finished the event first, with 10 points.

The Cougars closed the weekend with a return win at the Navy Fall Women’s (NFW) on Sunday after entering into third and losing first-place Yale by 30 points. Mignon and Henken, Carrington delivered a fascinating and dominating performance with the margin of 35-point margin to get the victory in B-Division. Continue Reading


There is happy news for all the fans and the sailors of the Volvo Ocean Race.

This popular event will switch from a three-year cycle to a two-year cycle. This means that the Volvo Ocean Race will be held every two years. After the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race is over, the change will be implemented.

This change will bring in more commercial value to this professional sport and will also offer better continuity. The host cities, sponsors and the sailing teams are happy with this new change. With this change, there will be some kind of race activity every year. This is a very god chance for the fans to watch their iconic sailor’s race around the world.

The professional sailors will also enjoy this new move as they get more employment. There will be a better return on investment for the stakeholders and hence this decision to hold Volvo Ocean Race every 2nd year will be taken well by all concerned. Continue Reading


Rob Greenhlagh looked back at his victory in Bermuda MothFest last year as the next Moth World event comes near.

2016 was the second consecutive year when Greenhalgh was able to defend his win in MS Amlin International Moth Regatta. Last year it was hosted by Bermuda Yacht Club. Greenhlagh looks back at the win and states that it had been a win that was hard to get. The regatta had been different every year. The first year had offered consistent weather which has made the win easier. In the second year the lead he obtained only on the last day. When weather conditions fluctuate as it did in 2016 it becomes complex and harder to determine one’s position in the competition.

Fletcher-Scott had been his closest opponent in the 2016 race. The difference was quite close and Fletcher-Scott was in second position. Even though he was able to finish ahead of Greenhalgh in the first race the latter was able to gain the first position in the final. This was disappointing for Fletcher, who had been hopeful and had held a steady position in the waters. Continue Reading