Jun 292010

East Anglian Sailing Week June 2010

EAORA has been involved in promoting offshore racing in the East Coast for well over 50 years.

National and internationally recognised sailors and yachts have participated in the various races. Currently a strong fleet from up and down the East Coast – and often farther afield. Jan Wise has written a thorough and detailed account of the first fifty years of the East Anglian Offshore Racing Association* telling the story of the yachts and the sailors. Sir Peter Blake wrote the foreword.

In the post-war years the East Anglian Yacht Clubs Conference met annually to coordinate East Coast racing fixtures. Roger De Quincey, a boatyard owner from Southwold, of the St George’s Sailing Society mooted the idea of a new Association to concentrated on cruiser racing and offshore events, in a series to attract entries from up and down the East Coast. This suggestion received enthusiastic support and the inaugural meeting was held in Ipswich at the Crown and Anchor Hotel on January 29th 1950.

The 15 clubs represented at the inaugural meeting were the: Royal Harwich YC, Royal Norfolk & Suffolk YC, St George’s Sailing Society, Aldeburgh YC, Waldringfield SC, Deben YC, Felixstowe Ferry YC, Orwell YC, Pin Mill SC, Wivenhoe SC, Blackwater SC, West Mersea YC, Walton and Frinton YC, Crouch YC and the Royal Burnham YC. Thus all the major East Coast rivers were represented and the Association formed.

The stated aims of the newly formed East Anglian Offshore Racing was ‘to coordinate and encourage offshore racing by East Anglian clubs, to assist in handicapping, organising and advertising events, and to award points to Clubs upon the results of the season’s races’.

EAORA is now supported by 23 member clubs, some providing full teams for the Inter-Club Championship Trophy and others represented by single yachts and crew members.

Many nationally recognised races and trophies are incorporated in the annual events – including as the Houghton Cup, Shipwash-Galloper Race, Buckley Goblets. Each races is run under the auspices of different clubs that cooperate in the planning of courses, starts and finishes. The Royal Thames YC runs a ‘series within a series’ and at least one race is run jointly with RORC with whom EAORA has strong links. Each year an EAORA Race Weeks is held in Northern Europe. The results from this week counting towards the overall season’s results. A minimum of 6 starts are required to count for overall individual points trophies. Three classes generally race – Class I for the Carmen Cup, Class II for the Barnard Cup and Class III for the Gunfleet Cup. Racing – between clubs and between boats – is intensely competitive – and in recent years overall results are rarely decided until the Buckley Goblets – the last race of the season from West Mersea to Ostend.

The social side of EAORA is legendary and most participants can recall a number of post-race parties or annual dinners that were the ‘best ever’. EAORA continues to thrive because it provides great offshore racing with great friendship and camaraderie to sailors of all ages.http://www.eaora.org.uk/

 2:22 pm  Yachts
Jun 272010
Meydan Racecourse and the Dubai World Cup

The 5 star Meydan Racecourse in Dubai plays host to the 2010/11 season for the first time. The Meydan Racecourse comprises of a 1750m all-weather surface and 2,400m turf course. This unique development featuring the Meydan Grandstand accommodates a capacity of 60,000 spectators, incorporating the world’s first five-star trackside hotel aptly named The Meydan, Meydan Grandstand [READ MORE…]

 9:29 pm  Horses
Jun 272010
Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby

Churchill Downs is situated in Kentucky, Louisville, America. Offically opened in 1875, Churchill Downs was named after John and Henry Churchill, who leased 80 acres (320,000 m²) of land to their nephew, Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr. Clark designed his three major stakes races, the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and Clark Handicap, after the three premier races [READ MORE…]

 6:30 pm  Horses
Jun 242010
Golden Gate Yacht Club - GCYB and America Cup

The Golden Gate Yacht Club was founded in 1939, when members built the first clubhouse on a barge located in the San Francisco Marina. Fifty years later, the Loma Prieta Quake severely damaged the Club, but through the hard work and dedication of our members, the Club rose again to become the showcase facility that [READ MORE…]

 9:41 pm  Yachts
Jun 192010
Wadia Digital Stereo

Wadia Digital, founded in 1988, is one of the original companies dedicated to high performance digital audio reproduction. Wadia was formed by a team of engineers from the Minneapolis based 3M Corporation (Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing) who shared many years of experience in advanced digital telecommunications research and development. In the early 1980’s, these engineers [READ MORE…]

 6:05 pm  House & Home
Jun 112010
5 Great Art Galleries ONLINE

Here is a collection of five art galleries that have placed their entire collections online for you to view. They include, The Guggenheim, The Tate, Andy Warhol, National Art Gallery London, and the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam. The Tate Art Gallery – London holds the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present [READ MORE…]

 5:10 pm  Art
Jun 112010
Antony Gormley – Critical Mass, Angel of the North

Antony Gormley is one of the most celebrated artists working in the UK today. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 1994 and the South Bank Prize for Visual Art in 1999 and he was made an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1997. In 2007 he was awarded the Bernhard Heiliger Award for [READ MORE…]

 4:13 pm  Art