Sailing & The 2016 Rio Olympic Games

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How to Watch and cheer for the US Sailing Team competing in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

While the above video is not current (it’s a viral sensation from the 2012 games that is worth repeating) it is certainly relevant with the Olympics going on in Rio, Brazil. There has been a lot of talk about the venue, Rio’s lack of preparedness and the water quality specifically, have been topics that are close to sailors, as they have a good chance of not only sailing in contaminated water, but of having trash in the water foul their blades (rudders, centerboards, etc) which could certainly affect medal chances and make or break a race for any sailor out there.  Continue reading

Woman Power: Good Karma Racing’s Uncharted Waters

Sarah Skeels and Cindy Walker are a success story long before they even reach their goal of winning Paralympic gold. These two ladies have overcome so many physical challenges that start when they get out of bed each morning. But that does not slow them down or deter them from reaching for the stars. These ladies have overcome their physical challenges and are in love with sailing for setting them free and allowing them to be in control.

This video is a wonderful look into their program, their Paralympic dreams and their progress. TotalBoat has been supporting their efforts since they announced their intentions, and we will continue to support them in any way possible. From lending them shop space and all the TotalBoat materials they need – to moral and sailing support- we think their goals and accomplishments are amazing.  Sarah and Cindy have already won, as far as we are concerned. A gold medal from Rio would just be testimony to their efforts and a major achievement.

You can still support their program by donating to the Good Karma Charitable Foundation, A 501(c)3. Click here to get behind Team Good Karma. Go Sarah & Cindy!

The Beat: US Sailing’s New(ish) “TV” Series

US Sailing is all excited about their new video series called “The Beat.” It’s fun and the host, Katy Nastro is entertaining and has a nice way of making you want to keep watching. There is a large focus on the junior sailing element so far (they are on episode 6 now) and that’s the way it should be for a governing sport body wanting to grow the sport. Start with the kids!

This 5th episode is particularly fun since they head to the amazingly salty and killer island of Martha’s Vineyard, AND they hop on our favorite ride, an O’Pen Bic. In fact, it’s a great look at exactly what the Bics are about and why we have been spouting on about them all spring and summer long – they embrace the FUN factor and focus on the joys of capsizing, doing some crazy freestyle moves and they introduce us to the King of the O’Pen Bic movement, Nevin Sayre.

Nevin has been spreading his stoke about the boats and encouraging an increase in the fun factor of sailing since the boats came on the market. The fleets around the country are growing quickly – so see if you can grab a boat and a few friends who drooled all over yours (or our demos) and start a fleet.

Katy tries her hand at kiteboarding and takes us to the very successful sailing program, Sail Martha’s Vineyard and their “Seahab” program – Reachers. It’s a fun place to sail to, and now I want to move there and enroll in the sailing program. (They also have great beaches, a killer hockey! rink and program and of course it’s beautiful 12 months of the year – albeit ccccold on occasion.)

So check out this episode of The Beat and let us know what you think. Ready for another episode? Check out #6 here!

 

US Sailing Youth Championships are in Town

Just as the carnival, parade floats and 4th of July gawkers rolled out of town on Sunday the 5th, there was a parade of youth sailors entering town. Bristol, RI – who, as we told you, is host to the nation’s oldest 4th of July parade – saw over 300,000 people line the red, white and blue striped parade route (the stripe in the road is literally r, w & b). Today marks the start of the US Youth Sailing Championship Regatta bringing over 160 of the top young sailors in the country to the Ocean State for this pinnacle event for youth sailors under 20 in the U.S.

The invite only regatta has five classes racing on Narragansett Bay and Mount Hope Bay beginning today through Friday, July 10. Many of this week’s winners will qualify for the US Sailing Team Sperry Youth World Team and compete at the 2015 ISAF Youth World Championships in Malaysia.

The event marks the grand opening of the nearly completed Richard L. Bready Mount Hope Bay Sailing and Education Center at Roger Williams University.  The sailing center is perfectly suited for the event and allows the University to shine as a recent addition to top college sailing teams.

Classes being sailed are:
– Laser Standard – Laser Radial – Int’l 420 – 29er – F16 catamarans

Check out the photos, viewing info, event updates and more here.

Good Karma Racing

Customer spotlight: US Sailing Team Member Sarah Skeels discusses the upcoming Disabled Sailing Worlds and Paralympic Sailing and how TotalBoat helped her out.

Check out the Good Karma Racing website here.