EuroSail News #4609 - 5 June
In This Issue
• eSailing Nations Cup - a Nation v Nation knockout challenge launched
• Mirabaud Sailing Video of the Century : Celebrating two decades of passion
• What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
• Sir Ben Ainslie - Shirley Robertson Podcast
• Our Favorite Rules With The Daves - Rule 10
• Enter the 2020 Newport Bermuda Race and Let SailOnline's experts bring you up to speed
• Australian Sailing mourns passing of John Cuneo OAM
• ‘The League’ Is Keeping JJ Giltinan’s International Dream Alive
• Industry News
• Featured Brokerage:
• • Aquarius Alfa - Swan 100S
• • Baltic Yachts 65 Custom
• • Swan 601-002 Wohpe
• The Last Word: Thomas Jefferson
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eSailing Nations Cup - a Nation v Nation knockout challenge launched
World Sailing and Virtual Regatta, the leading digital sailing platform, have launched the eSailing Nations Cup, a nation versus nation knockout challenge to crown the best eSailing nation in the world.
Open to nations who have registered for an eSailing National Championship, the eSailing Nations Cup will see national teams of ten participate in mass fleet races and then an initial knockout round before advancing to Quarter and Semi-Finals. The top two teams will meet in a live streamed Final the week commencing 2 October 2020 with the winning team crowned the eSailing Nations Cup Champion and recognised as the best eSailing country in the world.
The eSailing Nations Cup will commence with Fleet Regattas, determining the seeding for the first round. Following this, Nation v Nation regattas will be held. Each knockout round will consist of 10 races, with a tie break if points are equal.
The winners of each Regatta in the first round will progress to the Quarter Final for the next round of knockouts. The Semi Final will be between the top four Nations from the rounds and will determine the two Nations that will go head to head in the Final the week commencing 2 October 2020.
The winner will earn a free eSailing National Championship for 2021 and a venue development of their choice. More prizes will be announced at a later date.
A low point scoring system for each round will be used and points are cumulative across all eSailors.
More than 70,000 eSailors are taking part in the 2020 eSailing World Championship, with an estimated 450,000 races to be completed at the end of the season.
Mirabaud Sailing Video of the Century : Celebrating two decades of passion
Sailing reaches a wide audience thanks among others to the videos produced by the most creative TV producers, teams, events and classes. In this year 2020 devoid of sporting events, the Mirabaud Sailing Video Award will celebrate the best productions of the 21st century and showcase the most spectacular, moving, exciting and innovative videos produced since January 1st, 2000.
"Sailing videos are at the heart of the development of the sport of sailing. They are often the only way to see and understand what happens on board sailing boats", says Nicolas Mirabaud, Managing Partner of the Mirabaud Group. "Over the last twenty years, some exceptional images have been produced, in the Olympic Games, the Vendee Globe, the America's Cup, the Volvo Ocean Race and many more events. This exceptional edition of the Mirabaud Sailing Video Award will allow us to relive the greatest moments in the history of sailing in the 21st century."
The contest is open to TV, film and video producers, cameramen, editors, filmmakers, TV production companies and independent producers, as well as professional sailors who film their achievements during races (onboard sailing videos).
Each video submitted will be associated to its author - cameraman, filmmaker, editor or sailor. Each author will be allowed to submit one video, filmed between January 1, 2000 and October 20, 2020. TV production companies will be able to submit as many videos as they wish as long as each one of them is attributed to its author.
Each video submitted will be rated by the international jury, while the public will vote online for the Mirabaud Sailing Video Public Award, between October 22, 2020 and November 12, 2020.
The award ceremony will take place on November 24 during the Yacht Racing Forum in Portsmouth, UK, in front of the sports’ leading personalities from all over the world.
Into the third dimension
There has been little noise around the decision to allow in autopilots for crewed offshore races. But with the latest pilots from France things are not going to be quite what many seem to think. Vincent Riou, Fred Augendre and Matthieu Robert set out the new landscape
99 years young
The Anderson course has long been a favourite among team-racers especially; time to catch up with the man who gave it its name. Carol Cronin sits down with Harry Anderson for a lifetime of sailing anecdotes in an hour
The top offshore boat in Australia... no decision there, 'mate'. Rob Kothe digs into the Ichi Ban secrets with Will Oxley and Matt Allen
Starting at the top
Holding up a superyacht mast or getting the power from the engine to the wheels on a 950hp racecar are a relative walk in the park when your first project was creating carbon cables for a 124-metre suspension bridge
A different (round the) world
Without modern media tools and satellite communications there would be no modern round the world racing... it's that simple
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Sir Ben Ainslie shares memories of his unprecedented sailing career with Shirley Robertson in her Sailing Podcast.
Shirley Robertson this month sits down for a two part podcast chat with the most successful Olympic sailor of all time - Britain's Sir Ben Ainslie.
Throughout five Olympic campaigns, Ainslie won four gold medals and one silver in an Olympic sailing career that reached a peak in front of thousands of home fans and a television audience of millions at the London 2012 Games. Standing atop the podium at the sailing venue in Weymouth, Ainslie accepted a fourth gold medal to draw the line under an Olympic career that had started as a nineteen year old in the 1996 Games in Atlanta, USA. Throughout his early appearances on the world stage, Ainslie often found himself locked in battle with Brazilian sailing maestro Robert Scheidt, and as he recounts those early tussles to his then Team GB team mate Robertson, Ainslie's recall and attention to detail is impressive. One false move, one sloppy tack, and against Scheidt, Olympic success could vanish. In 1996 he fell foul of the wily Brazilian, and had to settle for silver, but four years later, as the gold medal went down to the final race again, a determined and steadfast Ainslie sailed circles around his great adversary, in a display of control and aggression that split the sporting world.
Ainslie then goes on to share his version of how the team turned a massive deficit into a famous America's Cup victory, and how lifting the oldest trophy in world sport for an American team, solidified his resolve and convinced him that his future in the sport lay in creating a British team, with a long term goal and vision. His honest and insightful account of the 2013 Cup gives another angle on how this remarkable defence of the Cup unfolded.
The final points of discussion in the podcast relate to Ainslie's current position, leading the British outfit, INEOS Team UK, into the next iteration of the America's Cup. The pair discuss how the initial Team came about, the rigours of raising money for such a financially dependent endeavour, and how lessons learned in the last Cup in Bermuda are helping the effort as the Team prepare for the 36th America's Cup in New Zealand in 2021.
This edition of the podcast is in two parts and is available to listen to via the podcast page of Shirley’s own website, at www.shirleyrobertson.com/podcast or via most popular podcast outlets, including iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcast and aCast.
Our Favorite Rules With The Daves - Rule 10
Masters of the Racing Rules of Sailing, Dave Perry and Dave Dellenbaugh, discuss some of their favorite rules. In this episode, Dave Dellenbaugh discusses Rule 10 - On Opposite Tacks
Enter the 2020 Newport Bermuda Race and Let SailOnline's experts bring you up to speed
The "Thrash to the Onion Patch" will start June 19th at SailOnline.org this year, and we have teamed up with US Sailing to bring you an informal tutorial on virtual racing from two experts on SailOnline.org.
Head to our Online Race Page for more info on racing and registration.
Don't miss the chance to watch, listen and ask questions about online Bermuda racing with a live panel tomorrow, June 5 at 2pm EDT/11am PDT at US Sailing's Starboard Portal.
- Jan van der Puil, No. 2 in the world in SailOnline.org's rankings, will describe how to steer, use the auto-pilot, navigate, and use VPP polar diagram guidance effectively for each of four boat models available.
- Brad Read, world champion sailor and executive director of Sail Newport, is a recent convert to SailOnline and will talk about the learning curve for his community of sailors as well as his own.
- Somers Kempe, vice-chair of the Newport Bermuda Race organizing committee, will moderate the discussion.
Australian Sailing mourns passing of John Cuneo OAM
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John was one of Australia’s most decorated sailors. He won National Championships in the Sharpie and lightweight Sharpie classes in the 50’s and 60’s, the 505 class in 1966 and the International Dragon class in 1968/69 before helming Wyuna to Olympic Gold in the International Dragon class at the Munich 1972 Olympic Games.
“John’s contribution to sailing in Australia cannot be underestimated,” said Australian Sailing President Daniel Belcher.
“He competed against the best in the world in some of the most competitive classes and beat them all. This was at a time where many of our international sailing champions were self-funded, and it is now legend that John’s crew won Olympic gold with a set of sails discarded by the Canadian team not long before the Games.”
Cuneo was a Life Member of the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, with his nephew Barry Cuneo now serving as the club’s Commodore.
In 1974, Cuneo was designated as helmsman of 'Southern Cross' in the America's Cup. At the last moment he was replaced but sailed as tactician in the 3rd and 4th heats. In 1980, Cuneo was appointed as the Olympics Yachting Coach. In all he won over 60 Championships in eight different classes.
Cuneo was inducted to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1986, the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame in 2009, was amongst the second group of inductees to the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame in 2018 (along with Munich teammates Tom Anderson and John Shaw) and was awarded an OAM in June 2018 for his service to sailing.
Australian Sailing passes on its condolences to John’s family and all of those he touched in his time. John is survived by his loving wife Sylvia, sons Ross, David, Bill and Ian and their families.
The League’ Is Keeping JJ Giltinan’s International Dream Alive
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From the moment James Joseph Giltinan conceived the idea of having a Worlds 18 Footer Championship, and the Australian 18 Footers League conducted the first championship regatta for the trophy, on Sydney Harbour in 1938, the League has always been at the forefront of the sport’s worldwide promotion and development. The JJ Giltinan world Championship has always been its major vehicle.
Following Giltinan’s death in 1950, the League was determined to keep alive his dream of a world championship for 18 Footers, and since the 1960s, the club’s administrators have supported regattas in the USA and Europe to help promote the growth of 18-Footer racing.
Their efforts were rewarded and, by 1979, seven countries (Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, USA, UK, France and Italy) had been represented at the JJ Giltinan Championship.
The combined League and Sydney Flying Squadron fleets of 30-40 skiffs in the 1970s had fallen dramatically and international expansion stalled throughout most of the 1980s.
The large sponsorship levels of the 1980s demanded that Sydney boats must compete for the major championship on Sydney Harbour each year, and the previous rotation system between the three 18 Footers centres was not possible as there was no longer regular racing in the traditional areas.
It also became the League’s responsibility to take up the challenge of getting the local competition numbers back on track as well as keeping alive James J. Giltinan’s dream of international expansion.
The first move to rationalise the cost of top level competition came from the talents of Julian Bethwaite, who produced a competitive boat for a fraction of the cost of the skiffs of the 1980s.
Bethwaite refined his original design and, in 1990-91 produced AAMI which won the 1991 Giltinan Championship. A second boat followed for the 1992 JJs and was also successful, which told those responsible for the sport’s future that the new concept was the way of the future.
The success of the Australian 18 Footer League’s clubhouse, situated at Double Bay on Sydney Harbour, has enabled the League to continue to fully fund the racing, despite the challenging times.
Current Australian 18 Footers Leagues’ President John (Woody) Winning has been a central part of the club’s program over the full 16 years of his presidency.
Over many years, his family’s The Winning Group has actively encouraged many of its client companies to become skiff sponsors. A move which has been critical to the future of the sport and the League’s fleet.
Woody, along with the late Bob (Killo) Killick, also had the vision of presenting 18ft Skiff Racing on Sydney Harbour to the world, now the AeroMedia Live Broadcast video team are making sure it happens with the live streaming of all races throughout the season and during the Giltinan world Championship regatta.
Australian 18 Footers League Ltd.
With a global pandemic forcing the adaptation of social distancing in all aspects of life, MarkSetBot, the company that pioneered sailing’s first robotic mark, has partnered with the national governing body of the sport, US Sailing, to facilitate the ability of clubs and sailing organizations to get competitors out racing this upcoming season.
The MarkSetBot inherently allows for social distancing: it utilizes GPS and a smart phone to deploy race marks and set the course. Using MarkSetBot also generates an environmental bonus by eliminating the need to tow buoys out to the course which dramatically reduces the typical fossil fuel consumption of multiple race committee vessels to lessen the carbon footprint of an event. On a practical note, a club -- utilizing two boats to set race marks an average of eight days a month -- would likely see a cost savings by utilizing a MarkSetBot package. For organizations running more races, the savings would be higher. Through a special promotion, MarkSetBot is offering US Sailing organizational members a discount of 33% on a three-bot, three-month lease, essentially the equivalent of a month free. Additional details on the program may be found at www.marksetbot.com/ussailing/
As sailors here in the States begin to get back out on the water after a stay-at-home spring, French sailboat builder Dufour Yachts, now a part of the Fountaine Pajot Group, has announced an innovative new model that will make its North American debut at the US Sailboat Show next fall in Annapolis, Maryland, as well as plans to expand its presence here by adding a new East Coast dealer, whose territory stretches from south of New York to Florida.
Atlantic Cruising Yachts, based in Annapolis, is the largest Fountaine Pajot dealer worldwide, and it will now represent the Dufour range of cruising monohulls as well. Previously the company was the largest Jeanneau dealer in the US. ACY has additional offices in Charleston, South Carolina, and Ft. Lauderdale and St. Petersburg, Florida, as well as the Waypoints Charter Network with bases or partners in Maryland, Florida, the Bahamas and Caribbean.
The Dufour range includes nine models, all Umberto Felci designs, ranging from the 310 to a new flagship, the Dufour 61, which will be headed to the US in 2021.
ACY and Dufour have a number of fall events planned around shows in Maryland and Florida.
With Montenegro having no cases of Covid-19 and no new cases in the last 28 days, the Montenegrin government has introduced further relaxation measures for maritime traffic - in particular international arrivals.
As confimed by Porto Montenegro, the country’s borders are now open to all countries that have fewer than 25 people infected with Covid-19 per 100,000 inhabitants. Yacht arrivals from those countries will not need to be quarantined.
In addition to the measures related to maritime, all businesses and services in Montenegro are now open and fully functioning.
Restrictions were eased for Turkish yacht charter businesses on June 1, allowing them to resume business under new safety measures.
Turkey first entered lockdown on March 24, putting a halt to any charter firm wanting to prepare their vessels for the summer season. Although few companies expect much industry movement in June, many are quickly getting ready for an eventual return to business - most likely in July.
Under new guidelines, Turkish yachts can now charter at their usual capacity if the passengers are from the same family or the same group of friends. If not, they have to be low-capacity charters that take social distancing into account.
Disinfection of the yacht needs to take place before and after each group, and control of the disinfection documents will be overseen by port authorities.
During the charter, new passengers will not be allowed onboard the yacht. Food should be served in maximum hygienic conditions, or in packaging if possible.
Cromwell Littlejohn has been promoted to Northrop & Johnson Chief Commercial Officer and now will oversee all commercial activities of the company, including sales, charter, charter management and crew services, globally.
Crom has dedicated more than three decades of his life to the yachting industry, starting with his tenure as a captain in the 1980s. He spent many years cruising the US East Coast, Great Lakes and The Bahamas before making the transition to a shore-based career as a yacht broker and charter broker with Merle Wood & Associates. Crom spent more than 15 years with the firm, amassing an incredible network of clients and associates, selling multitudes of yachts and booking hundreds of charters. He then joined Northrop & Johnson as a yacht broker, continuing his exceptional record of success within the yachting industry's sales sector. Furthermore, Crom is a dedicated member of the International Yacht Broker’s Association (IYBA) where he spent 11 years on the Board of Directors; he also held a two-year term as president of the organization. In 2015, he was awarded Yacht Broker of the Year.
In 2018, Crom was named Northrop & Johnson Commercial Director North America due to his exceptional brokerage skills, outstanding organizational skills and penchant for leadership. In this role, Crom oversaw US commercial operations, in the sales and retail charter. Under his direction, the divisions all enjoyed amplified growth and successes. Crom helped to bridge gaps and oversaw various initiatives that helped push the company to new heights.
Doyle Sails is proud to strengthen the Newport Rhode Island presence even further with the addition of Rob MacMillan, Dave MacMillan and Alex Clegg.
Doyle Sails is also excited to announce that beginning July 1, 2020, Doyle Sails Newport will be located at 23 Johnnycake Hill Road in Middletown, Rhode Island - offering a full-service Doyle Sails facility in Newport, specializing in new sails, repairs, service and rigging. Along with joining the Doyle Sails Newport team, Alex, Rob, Dave and Tony all continue to cruise, race, coach, and support local sailing.
Tony Rey, a long-time Newport resident, is a world-class tactician, coach and race team leader with years of experience on the winner's podium in racing yachts from 15-200 feet. He is a veteran of the America's Cup, Volvo Ocean Race and Olympics, and has raced at the highest levels of Grand Prix circuits from Etchells and J70s to TP52's, maxis and Superyachts. Tony is also on the Board of Directors at US Sailing where he is working on innovative ways to help promote and participate in sailboat racing and cruising throughout the region.
Local sailor Alex Clegg, who calls East Greenwich, Rhode Island home, has a life-long association with sailing, working his way up from dinghy sailing as a child through competing in the majority of Grand Prix regattas and Offshore races around the world. Alex brings more than ten years of sailmaking experience with him to Doyle Sails Newport. As a member of the New York Yacht Club, Storm Trysail Club and East Greenwich YC he is at the start line of all local and regional races regularly.
Rhode Island resident brothers Dave & Rob MacMillan bring a wealth of sailing and sailmaking knowledge to Doyle Sails. Before joining Doyle, Dave served as the New England Regional Manager for Quantum and COO at Hood Sailmakers. His career started in academics as a teacher and a coach, before becoming the Program Director and President for Greenwich Bay Sailing Association. Alongside his coaching of sailing, Dave sails with a range of yachts at IRC, PHRF, One Design and Team Racing events. Dave acknowledges his success in sailing stems from his opportunity to sail with and learn from some of the most respected and accomplished sailors on a local and international level.
Aquarius Alfa is a sleek looking semi raised Swan 100 S which was designed by German Frers. She is the first SWAN 100S to feature the ‘Semi-Raised Saloon’ configuration incorporating a low-level coach roof. The yacht has four en-suite guest cabins sleeping up to nine people. This yacht is beautifully appointed and in excellent overall condition. Viewing is highly recommended - she is VAT paid. Aquarius Alfa is Malta registered.
Ultra-quick, telescopic keel custom Baltic from 2010, known in a previous incarnation as STIG. Extensively refitted in 2016 and 2019. 100% ready to go. A yacht with no equals.
Swan 601 Wohpe, winner of the Swan 60 class at the 2014 Rolex Swan Cup, is now on the brokerage market and available for sale. Since winning the Rolex Swan Cup in 2014, she has undergone a comprehensive refit and now features a new teak deck, all new painting on deck and superstructure.
The Swan 601 has proven to be a serious competitor in both ORC and IRC classes and difficult to catch in light conditions. Well set up for offshore or inshore events, Wohpe is a turn-key program and ready for the Autumn regatta season.
Currently lying in Monaco, Wohpe is available for inspection by appointment.
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