The International Sailing Federation and Rolex announced the 2010 World Sailors of the Year earlier this week in Athens, Greece. Tom Slingsby took home the 2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year award for the men, the first Australian to win the award. Spanish sailor Blanca Machón won the award for the women. Having been nominated three times in her career, Manchon was happy to end the night with the trophy in her hands. “This is fantastic!” she told reporters. “I have my family and friends here with me tonight and we were hoping that this would be the night. I was up against so many amazing women here so I am very moved to have won this award.” For more pictures of the event and to hear clips from the awards ceremony, visit www.sailing.org.
The International Yachts Restoration School (IYRS) in Newport, Rhode Island, is currently underway with their Fall Lecture series. This month, on the 16th, Steve White, a boatbuilder at the Brooklin Boat Yard in Maine, will give the lecture “Bequia, The Construction of a 90-foot Cruising Ketch.” On the 30th of this month, John England will give the lecture “The Restoration of Bolero.” England was the project manager for the restoration of the famous yawl. Both of these vessels will be seen in the pages of Yachting in the upcoming months, if you’d like to get some behind-the-scenes information on these two stunning vessels, visit www.iyrs.org and find out more.
The Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida, will host their 16th Annual Vintage Weekend this December 2-5. The event brings out classic cars, boats and planes all in such pristine condition it would make a museum curator jealous. Friday morning the Morning Road Rally will take place, where classic cars of every ilk are paraded through the marina parking lot. And while the boats are beautiful and the cars over-the-top, the most enjoyable part of the weekend may be the 11:00 am Fly-Out on Saturday, when the classic planes take to the skies from Ocean Reef Club’s private airport and head back to their respective homes. For more information on the event and a full schedule of the weekend’s activities, visit www.oceanreef.com.