As the admissions for this academic year was concluded
in most universities, a student applicant at Stanford, who initially was
granted admission, was later denied the same on the basis of sailing
credentials that were falsified.
Till now this kind of instance has not taken place when
an admissions scandal has been found for this prestigious university. A female
student was given admission on application but later rescinded as the student’s
application was found to relate to a bribery scandal. The announcement was made
on Tuesday. This student had fabricated credentials related to sailing skills
and achievements in her college application. This is enough grounds for the
student to be expelled. She had initially gained acceptance by standard
procedures and not under athletic category. However, after her admission, there
was a contribution made to the sailing program of the college to the amount of
$500,000. It was facilitated by John Vandemoer, a former head coach who was
fired on charges of having accepted donations. He has been found guilty of
providing recommendations that non-sailors can be recruited as athletes.
This particular student, who has been removed from Stanford’s campus and credits have been removed from the University. She has been expelled after four days of the new session commenced. Admission statistics are not released by the University but there was a statement issued by the president stating that members of the applicant pool of class 2023 and other enrolled students are not found associated with this scandal. It is one of the largest cases of this kind that was prosecuted by the Department of Justice.
What was found a multi-million dollar scam scheme and
that was being facilitated by William Rick Singer, founder of Key Worldwide
Foundation. He has been found guilty of several charges that include Bay Area
patents and charges to parents for whom he helped to inflate standard test
Sailing Team France is young, it was created in 2013December and it was built to take part in the 35th America’s Cup which held in Bermuda. The team has recently announced that the team is lacking the funds and has not enough money to challenge again for the upcoming America’s Cup 2021edition.
Frank Cammas, the skipper of the 2017 cup said, “Muchwork has to be done in France in order to convince the people associated with the sailing team and are decision makers that the America’s Cup trophy is not like a usual championship. They have to be convinced that this is the most reputed championships in the sailing world and its regattas witnesses massive audience. This is a big opportunity to highlight the performance of sports as well as the expertise of French technology.”
The project of Team France is a big and long-term project. Therefore, it will take its mission that was defined at the launch ofthe team with the “Filières d’Excellence” creation. The aim is to promote and develop excellence of France in the area of sports and technology. The objective is also to triumph the international sailing competitions (ISC) in the crew and this includes upcoming America’s Cup.
Cammas further added that “The knowledge and experience team has gathered during the 35th edition of AC has built a solid foundation.The TEAM FRANCE is relying on the same for the preparation of its participation in the 37th edition of America’s Cup as well as to bring the best technical and sporting skills in order to be prepared in early 2021. The aim is to make the team strong in all its skill so that it can give tough competition to sailors participating in the event from all over the world.”
The long time awaited the vote of the City Council on whether the city should sell the Armory on Thames Street to the National Sailing Hall of Fame has been scheduled and it will finally take place on 25th of July 2018, according to Winthrop.
“I believe this is a great opportunity for the city as it will have a second hall of fame located here. The city already has International Tennis Hall of Fame present here,” Winthrop said.
The World Cup Series that is ensuing in Japan had exciting finishes where the Brits took the gold position while there were several other surprising achievements in the different categories. Among the women contestants Maria Branz and Victoria Travascio from Argentina were able to gain the gold position as they moved up from the position for bronze. They confessed that it had been stressful as the team did not have math or point calculations that usually help in strategizing. However the team had been able to perform well when the last race had been held and they wanted to ensure that they were able to repeat it again.
Behind the Argentinian team was the AUT team who picked up the silver medal. The Japan team for women had a four point lead when they headed into the final lap, but they finished only in the bronze position. The Medal Race was single and double pointed for women in the RS: X category. The day in Gamagori was characterized by light rain and the fleet sailed in a tight position. Chan from Hong Kong was sailing despite having suffered an injury and was able to land the gold.
Chan admitted that the injury was on her legs and hip region, which made it difficult to walk, but even then she played to her strengths and was able to complete the race which was with a smaller fleet that what is usually standard in most races. There were other races of the non Medal category, such as the two person dinghy for men and women and the one person dinghy in the Laser Radial and Laser categories. Tom Burton was one of the top three in the Men’s Laser category who was a gold medalist in Rio Olympics 2016.
If you are a youngster who has started to learn sailing or know someone who is keen on picking up the ropes, participating in a Junior Olympic event being organized by Hingham Yacht Club can be a great way to get them started.
This event is organized each year, which is held for kids from the age group of eight to eighteen.
The club would be holding it this year on July 13th and 14th which is seeing participants coming in from far off regions like New York and New Jersey as well. The event is seen as a great step to progress to high levels of competition like the Olympic events. The club organizer feels that kids who are getting into competitive sailing do well once they participate in an event like this. (more…)
The EFG sailing Arabia is greatly welcomed with good weather conditions.
The strong fleet of both amateur and professional crews was off to Abu Dhabi from Khasab with brighter skies and winds around 20 knots. The best part is that the stage is representing the biggest challenge of the fleet to date. The longest stretch of UAE coastline as well as Omani to be navigated is added with fishing boats.
The upcoming leg will indeed be challenging due to the fishing boats of both places as per Fahad Al Hasni, the Omani sailor. He is a skipper of the Team Renaissance. (more…)
‘Festival of Sailing’ Airlie Beach Race Week has been already in positive mode as the New Year is approaching.
The festival is receiving a decent amount of funding from various resources. Now, one more good news is floating towards ‘festival of sailing’. The event is receiving funding of 80,000 Dollars from (QDEP) Queensland Destination Event.
Minister for Major Event and Tourism of country Kate Jones announced that the ‘festival of sailing’, organized by sailing club Whitsunday is set to receive funding of $80,000. The fund has been given by Queensland Destination Events. This way the club has managed to make a collection of enough amounts to successfully organize the event and make it spectacular. The event is going to take place in the month of August.
Now till the Round 5, the QDEP will leverage the important link between destination and events where they will stage to increase the event’s marketing, economic, and social benefits in-order to benefit the region. (more…)
The World Sailing organization has been working on a rebranding exercise and that is complete now. This exercise was planned by the World Sailing for some time as it wishes to take on a unique positioning for the sport. Hence, a new and fresh brand identity has been put up in the same.
Not only is its visual identity stronger and more contemporary, but it also has a new vision along with a redefined mission for the sport. It would be focusing on technology as well as nature as it moves to its new independent form of the previous International Sailing Federation or ISAF identity that it was part of earlier. This had commenced from November 2015.
The new log of the organization can be found on many official publications and blogs as well as forums. The brand identity would be rolled out along with several other digital signatures, and used on sites as far afield as ones to Charter a Yacht in Trogir or race in a Grand Prix. There has also been a short film done on the coaches, the sailors, fans and sports enthusiasts who have been supportive of the new positioning of the brand. (more…)
On July 27th, 2016 the Lightning Youth World Championship was concluded at Salinas in Ecuador. The team of Brazil did not race in the finals as the sixth race saw Rondina with its crew and skipper being in the first place.
This happened in the five races that were held previously as well. The crew that came to represent Argentina finished in the second position with 28 points. The third team was that of the team of Ecuador that acquired a total of 29 points. (more…)
After staying in the 2nd spot after 7 races yesterday, Brad Funk leaned on the gas a bit harder through 5 races today to snatch Moth US National Championship. The wind slightly went toward the right and picked up from Saturday, 14 to 20 knots, offering more coherent conditions.
Downwind speeds counted on how much force was displacing down Buttonwood Sound and who set their sail checks perfectly and then remained on the similar jibe if they were pulling. Brad Funk really owned it. (more…)