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Inaugural European IRC Championship
The International IRC Rating Rule, jointly owned by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and l'Union Nationale pour la Course au Large (UNCL) will be attracting boats from all over the world to the port of Crosshaven in Ireland this year. From 10th to 15th July 2016 the Inaugural European IRC Championship will be take place during the already well-established and popular Volvo Cork Week hosted by the Royal Cork YC.

This exciting addition to the global IRC racing calendar promises to bring boats together from all corners of Europe, where over 4300 boats are IRC rated annually, but is open to all 6000 boats IRC rated worldwide. The Championship invites entries from boats with a valid 2016 IRC rating between 0.850 and 1.320 and the RCYC is expecting entries from around the globe. Early entries include boats from Ireland, Northern Ireland, the UK, France, the USA and Australia, with interest from South Africa, making it a truly international event.

Courses at the European IRC Championship will include Olympic, trapezoid, slalom and windward/leeward buoy courses plus an 8 hour coastal race, so every boat has a chance to shine on their preferred course type.

Mini 6.5 "Innovation" Built From Recyclable Composite
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Mini 65 Recycle JEC World 2016, a world-renowned trade fair currently held in Paris, was the event chosen by Arkema and Lalou Multi to unveil one of the major innovations of their brand new Mini 6.50 Arkema 3 "Innovation" prototype sailboat. The hull and the bridge of this 6.5 m boat were made entirely from a recyclable thermoplastic composite, thanks to the Elium® resin, infused with carbon fibre.

A genuine technological feat in boat building, this boat is the fruit of the open innovation venture set up between Arkema, a world chemicals major, and Lalou Multi - TPE run by Lalou Roucayrol and specialising in ocean racing.

Daniel Lebouvier, Technical Coordinator of the project at Arkema: "This is a liquid thermoplastic acrylic resin. It is processed in the same way as the resins traditionally used in boat building, and features all their mechanical properties, but is recyclable unlike those resins. This means that end-of-life parts made from this resin can be ground and reused to manufacture new parts. This is an answer to the major issue of the treatment of end-of-life composites (a topic that is dear to the heart of skipper Lalou Roucayrol). Arkema is the first company to be marketing a resin of this type, and the mini 6.50 Arkema 3 "Innovation" will be the first boat built with this type of resin to be sailing the oceans."

Atlantic Cup
With 79 days until the start of the 5th Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing, race organizers announced North Sails as the Official Sailmaker and sponsor of the Atlantic Cup's Ask the Expert. In addition, for the first time, the Atlantic Cup will base its New York City stopover in Brooklyn. From May 31-June 4th, teams will be docked at the newest marina in New York City, ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina.

Located in the heart of Brooklyn Bridge Park between Piers 4 & 5, ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina, the newest marina in New York City, is currently under construction with new docks being anchored and a state-of-the-art wave attenuation system now in place. Construction will be completed in the Winter of 2015, with a grand opening spring 2016. A joint venture between majority owner SUTL Group and Edgewater Resources, ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina offers unparalleled water access to the local Brooklyn community, New Yorkers, and boating enthusiasts from around the globe.

At present, a total of ten Class40 teams are registered for the Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing. Of the ten teams, seven have been officially announced. The remaining teams will be announced in the coming weeks.

Dubarry Crosshaven - Preferred By Professionals
Dubarry Crosshaven If you had to invent the most punishing ordeal for offshore sailing footwear - an extreme boot camp perhaps? - then it would be a professional, fully-crewed round the world race: thousands of ocean-bashing, boat-trashing miles around the planet. If there's even the slightest imperfection in boat, man or gear, this race will find it, break it, then tell everyone about it.

For most of us, it's the ultimate contest of man and machine against nature. For Dubarry, it's R&D. After supplying its ever-green Shamrock boot to the professional crew of Ireland's Green Dragon entry in a 2008-09 round the world race, Dubarry's most fanatical designers listened, developed, tested, listened some more, tweaked, analysed and tested again. The result was the Crosshaven boot.

When Green Dragon arrived in Galway at the end of leg 7 for the best party the race has ever seen, elbowing their way through the "craic addicts" was Dubarry's research team, wanting yet more feedback. Their finishing touches sealed the Crosshaven's reputation as the offshore professional's boot of choice. Where's the proof of that? Professional teams chose Crosshaven in the 2011-12 and 2014-15 round the world races.

Dubarry Crosshaven - Born at sea

Round Hayling Island Race
With a record advance entry and a few spaces left, the 2016 Round Hayling Island Race is all set for a great event on Good Friday 25th March. Starting from Hayling Island Sailing Club, the 14 mile circumnavigation is open to WIndsurfers, Outrigger Canoes and Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUPs). For those looking for a slightly easier challenge there are shorter courses within the confines of Chichester and Langstone Harbours.

For many, Hayling is considered the spiritual home of windsurfing, and the Round Hayling Island Race is a great celebration of the sport. First staged in 1980, the 14 mile circumnavigation can take anything from 60 minutes to 6 hours. Recent years have seen the inclusion of Open Canoes and Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUP).

2016 sees the introduction of some great new prize categories and trophies courtesy of our generous sponsors. This year will see "The SUP Company Hayling Island Challenge Trophy" for the first SUP round the Island and a special new Trophy for anyone able to beat the record-breaking time of 2 hours 34 minutes set by Paul Simmons in 2015.

Spectators are welcome at Hayling Island Sailing Club to see the start and finishes, with a few vantage points along the course, particularly the bridge onto the Island. SailRacer will be providing GPS tracking, so friends and family can follow the race online and the competitors can replay all the action after the event.

Finn Masters Magazine - A Masterclass For Athletic Sailors
Finn Masters Magazine The third edition of the annual Finn Masters Magazine has been described as the best yet. As the number of Finn sailors entered for the 2016 Finn World Masters gets ever close to 400 (last count was 386), the 2016 Finn Masters Magazine provides a great insight into what makes the Finn Masters scene so popular among sailors of all abilities, nationalities, ages and backgrounds.

As well as bringing news from the past year and previews of the upcoming championships in Torbole and Barbados, this issue includes interviews with a range of new and old Finn Masters who describe their experiences and what makes the Finn World Masters so special.

The Finn World Masters is rapidly becoming one of the most high profile sailing events in the world, with rock star names returning or jumping in to find out what it is all about - and all being pleasantly surprised - as well as heading to first class venues such as Torbole and Barbados to showcase a master class in athletic sailing.

There is a lot more inside this issue. The 2016 Finn World Masters Magazine is out now and can be read online here

This issue has been produced with the generous support of the Fantasica Sailing Team, Devoti Sailing, Dinghy Racing Centre, Doyle Raudaschl Sails, HIT Trailers, HiTech Sailing, North Sails, Pata Finns and Masts, Pantaenius, Petticrows, Sandiline, Suntouched, Tihany Sailing Club (the) - host club of the 2016 Finn Masters Euro Cup, WB-Sails, Wilke and Zhik.

Industry News
The new Hanse 315 has been awarded the Sailboat of the Year 2016 award at HISWA in the Netherlands.

It was voted for at the boat show by an independent jury of editors from the largest Dutch sailing magazines.

"The Hanse 315 can be sailed single handed and provides a high level of security," said Gert Sonsma, from West Yachting Workum, the Hanse dealer in the Netherlands.

The boat's exterior design has a vertical stem, short overhangs and a deep keel, along with comfortable interior the new Hanse 315 aims to be the perfect cruiser.


JEC World, the largest international composites show, opened at the new Paris Nord Villepinte venue for the first time.

Its content, design and scenery were the object of much admiration. New records have been reached this year, with a total surface of 62,000 sq m, 1,300 exhibitors and 36,946 professional visits in attendance.

One of the show's new features consisted of the "Planets", four new display areas totalling more than 1,800 sqm.

JEC Group presents composites in a completely different style

According to JEC group president and CEO Mrs Frederique Mutel, the unanimous reaction to the show was pride in the composites industry and delight at JEC Group's showcasing of it.


The Transat, the oldest professional solo sailing race, which sets sail from Plymouth to New York on May 2nd, has a new title sponsor in bakerly, a new brand of French inspired bakery goods.

The race now officially becomes "The Transat bakerly".

Founded in 2015, bakerly, is a new consumer brand but it shares with The Transat - which enjoys a 56-year history steeped in adventure and sailing folklore - a common path: both The Transat and bakerly are crossing the Atlantic.

'bakerly' is a US subsidiary of the French industrial food group Norac. With bakerly, American consumers can now experience crepes, brioches, and croissants made without additives or preservatives.

For the Norac group, the sponsorship of the race is something of a homecoming. Crepes Whaou! is one of the most iconic brands owned by the group and sailing fans will remember the many victories of French skipper Franck-Yves Escoffier and his trimaran. Escoffier even took part in the 2004 edition of this solo transatlantic epic.


Dassault Systemes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that it has renewed its partnership with ORACLE TEAM USA, winner of the 33rd and 34th America's Cups, for the 35th America's Cup in 2017 in Bermuda. ORACLE TEAM USA will work to defend its title and seek its third consecutive America's Cup victory on a new boat designed with Dassault Systemes' 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform integrates powerful composite design, simulation and manufacturing applications in a collaborative virtual environment. ORACLE TEAM USA can leverage the skills of its global teams and rapidly develop, test and perfect a technologically-advanced racing catamaran before it ever touches the water.


U.S. Sailboat sales declined 25.3 percent in 2015, returning to 2013 levels after seeing a spike in 2014, when new sales rose 33.9 percent.

Corresponding retail sales were down 24.2 percent and totaled $195.3 million. The average retail price of a sailboat rose 1.5 percent, to $34,876, in 2015, according to new data released by the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

The bulk of sales last year were in the 12- to 19-foot range, followed by 11 feet and smaller.

The data are part of the NMMA's 2015 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract, which is being released in a new format.

The second section of the report, Sailboat Sales Trends from 2004-2015, is available for download for NMMA members.


Volvo Ocean Race team commercial boss Jamie Boag was honoured for his contributions to sailing at the Atlantic Youth Trust's conference and dinner in Galway last weekend, as the Galway Independent reports.

The commercial director of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing - winners of the most recent Volvo Ocean Race - received the trust's Lifetime Achievement Award for his work with its Irish-flavoured predecessor Green Dragon Racing, as well as his hand in bringing the world's most gruelling ocean yacht race to Galway.


Red Funnel operating car ferries and passenger Red Jet services, between the mainland and the Isle of Wight, have agreed to partner the 2016 Etchells World Championship in Cowes.

Red Funnel is providing a superb range of benefits aimed at assisting competitors and spectators for the Etchells World Championship, hosted by the Royal London Yacht Club in Cowes, 5th - 12th September 2016.

Red Funnel will provide a new Trophy along with champagne prizes during the event and a celebratory supper during the regatta with 270 guests expected. Benefits include storage space for incoming yachts in Southampton and assistance with yacht movement between the mainland and Cowes. Red Funnel will also be providing spectator boats to watch as the action unfolds for the 2016 Etchells World Championship with capacity for as may as 975 guests.

The 2016 Etchells World Championship, hosted by the Royal London Yacht Club, will be held in Cowes from 5-12 September 2016.

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