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Magnus Olsson Prize Awarded To Stan Honey
Photo of Magnus Olsson by Rick Tomlinson/SCA.

Magnus Olsson The American sailor and navigator, Stan Honey, has been awarded the 2016 Magnus 'Mange' Olsson Prize. As a navigator Stan Honey achieved tremendous success and holds a unique position in the sailing world. But above all, as a positive person and great team player much appreciated by everyone, he is not unlike Magnus Olsson.

Honey's track record includes a victory in the Volvo Ocean Race and eleven wins in Transpac races across the Pacific Ocean. As navigator he holds the speed record for sailing around the World, and across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

However, Honey is not just a successful sailor and navigator with an impressive CV. The 61-year-old engineer has honours and masters degrees from Yale and Stanford universities, respectively, and he has won three Emmy Awards for his work in visualising sport on TV.

The Award is named after one of the world's greatest sailors, and arguably its most colourful, Swede Magnus "Mange" Olsson. Magnus passed away following a stroke in April 2013. Shortly after his death a memorial fund was created in his name with the aim to promote Swedish youth sailing and boating activities by awarding grants to individuals or organisations. It also presents the annual Mange Olsson Award, honouring an individual or organisation that upholds Magnus' indomitable spirit and enthusiasm.

Stan Honey will receive the prize at a ceremony at Skeppsholmen in Stockholm on Friday June 30 at 16:30 in the event area of ÅF Offshore Race – Round Gotland. At the ceremony two scholarships will also be awarded to young Swedish sailors. Scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to receive mentoring support over the course of a year, from the recipient of the Magnus Olsson Award.

Magic Carpet Cubed Takes Line Honours
Lindsay Owen-Jones 100-ft Maxi Magic Carpet Cubed (GBR) has claimed line honours at the 2016 Giraglia Rolex Cup.

Crossing the finish line in Genoa at 15:02:56 CEST today (Thursday), Magic Carpet Cubed completed the offshore race from Saint-Tropez, France in 26 hours, 48 minutes and 56 seconds.

The time is someway off the 14 hours, 56 minute and 16 second race record set by Esimit Europa 2 in 2012.

Magic Carpet Cubed celebrates a second line honours victory at the Giraglia Rolex Cup. The first was in 2013, and was followed up last year with an overall win on corrected time. Whether this year's performance is good enough to secure overall victory for a second time remains to be seen.

Overall Winner Still To Be Decided

Second on the water, and 38-nm from the finish, is Sir Peter Ogden's Maxi 72 Jethou. 16 yachts have rounded the Giraglia, with Magic Carpet Cubed the first at 08.16 this morning.

268 yachts started to the 64th Giraglia Rolex Cup offshore race on Wednesday, 15 June. The prize giving will be held on Saturday, 18 June at the Yacht Club Italiano clubhouse in Genoa.

Rough Ride For 50th Newport To Bermuda Race
As nearly 1,700 sailors who will soon race to Bermuda make their preparations, loading food and gear into their boats and lining up to pre-clear Bermuda customs and immigration, all of them have one question in mind: "What will the weather be?" And one answer: "I just hope it'll favor my boat."

Weather is the deep concern of the 2016 Bermuda Race fleet of 184 boats. There has been some attrition, some due to boat damage during deliveries and in a race. One withdrawal is the Maxi 72 Bella Mente, a frequent candidate to be first to finish that is not sailing this time out of her owner's weather concerns.

Over the past three days, conflicting weather forecasts have stirred up concern about the conditions that will confront the fleet after the start on Friday. One forecast seemed to indicate a high wind at the start, another suggested a hard blow down the course, and a third offered the specter of rough going, with a hard north wind.

That last weather alert has attracted a lot of attention because of the Gulf Stream. The body of water running northeast is Benjamin Franklin's "River in the Ocean." It's more like a drifting octopus—a complicated patch of moving water turning in every which direction and greatly affecting the state of the sea. To quote the race's Gulf Stream expert (and multi-time navigator), oceanographer Dr. Frank Bohlen, "Wind blowing against the current results in a significantly larger wave amplitude and shorter wavelength than what appears when wind blows with current or when there is no current." -- John Rousmaniere

Frank Bohlen's analysis (PDF)

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Stephen May Be The Only American On This America's Cup Boat
Jimmy Spithill invites Stephen Colbert for a ride around New York harbor on the boat he will race in Bermuda during this year's America's Cup.

Henri Lloyd Clipper Race Seamanship Award
It's an honour every team competing in the world's longest ocean race will be hoping to win, with nominations for the Henri Lloyd Clipper Race Seamanship Award opening today.

In recognition of the extreme challenges faced by the crew taking part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, both as individuals and as a team, the race's official technical clothing partner Henri Lloyd is rewarding the coveted Henri Lloyd Clipper Race Seamanship Award for the highest levels of seamanship and safety demonstrated during the 40,000 nautical mile challenge.

To nominate an individual crew member or team, please submit no more than 250 words stating why you are proposing they win. All nominations should be sent to by Sunday 10 July at 1800 BST.

A shortlist of ten nominations will then be featured on the Henri Lloyd website from 0900 BST on Monday 18 July until Sunday 24 July at 1800 BST. During this time the public will have the opportunity to show support by liking their favourite nominees.

The nomination with the highest number of likes will be selected and receive a small trophy and their name engraved on the base of the original trophy. They will also win £250 in Henri Lloyd vouchers.

The award will be presented at the Race Finish prizegiving celebrations at St Katharine Docks, London on Saturday 30 July.

Change Of Pace On Day Two at Coutts Quarter Ton Cup
Cowes, UK - After the opening day's blustery conditions, day two of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup produced a distinct change of pace. Racing was initially postponed for two hours to allow the breeze to fill in and when it did it was accompanied by regular bands of squally rain, plenty of wind shifts and a very strong flood tide. It was certainly a day that gave the navigators and tacticians plenty to think about, and with the breeze constantly up and down the trimmers were also on overtime changing gears.

In the overall standings Bullit continue to lead the regatta by just 1.5 points. After yesterday's ribbing for broaching five times, Etchells World Champion Oscar Strugstad at the helm of Blackfun clearly had something to prove, putting in the best performance of the day with two wins, a second and a joint fifth (with Richard Fleck's Per Elisa in race five), and jumping from fifth overall into second.

Sam Laidlaw and his Aquila crew also sailed very solidly and although they have dropped from second to third overall, they are only half a point behind Blackfun. Ian Southworth's Whiskers found the lighter conditions a little less to their liking and drop down one place to fourth overall, 6.5 points behind Aquila. With two further races remaining to sail on the final day the regatta really will go down to the wire.

Full results (PDF)

Golden Globe: 2 Year Countdown
With just 2 years to go before the start of the 2018 Golden Globe Race (GGR) from Falmouth UK on 16th June, Kevin Farebrother from Australia, Lionel Regnier from France bring the entry list to 30 + 7 on wait list.

2016 Golden Globe Race Skipper/Press Conference

Race founder Don McIntyre says: "With French skippers dominating the entry list, we thought it appropriate to hold the 2016 Golden Globe Conference during the Paris Boat Show between 3-11th December. The date and programme will be announced in July, along with the Final Notice of Race.

The Race in numbers
- The course: 30,000 miles with 4 rendezvous gates - 30 entrants plus 7 on wait list.
- Competitors represent 15 countries (some entrants remain confidential until sponsorship is announced)
- America (4) Australia (3) Brazil (1) Britain (5) Estonia (1) France (7) Germany (1) Ireland (1) Italy (2) New Zealand (1) Palestine (1) Switzerland (1)
- Oldest competitor: Jean-Luc van den Heede (FRA) 71.
- Youngest competitors: aged 26: Roy Hubbard (USA) Susie Goodall (GBR) Neree Cornuz and Eduardo Raimondo (ITA)

Like the original Sunday Times event, the 2018 Golden Globe Race is very simple. Depart Falmouth, England on June 16th 2018 and sail solo, non-stop around the world via the five Great Capes, and return to Falmouth. Entrants are limited to use the same type of yachts and equipment that were available to Robin Knox-Johnston in the first Sunday Times Golden Globe Race.

New ORC Guidebook Now Available Online
The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) is pleased to announce the publication of a new ORC Guidebook that explains the ORC system of handicap racing. This 20-page guide gives an overview of the principal features of this World Sailing-recognized international rating system that is in use in over 40 countries around the world on boats that range in size from sport boats to Superyachts.

Among the many topics explained are the importance of science and measurement, the power of the ORC's VPP, the accuracy and flexibility of offering multiple scoring options, and the importance of openness and rule transparency. The different pathways to obtaining an ORC International or ORC Club certificate are also explained, with descriptions given of the valuable information found on each ORC certificate.

ORC's unique web-based Sailor Services portal allowing self-service public access to the ORC system is also explained: this is found on the ORC's website after a simple and free registration process to create a log-in to the system. Within Sailor Services the user can search for any issued certificate issued by any ORC rating office among thousands of boat types in some 90,000 measurement records; edits made to a measurement record can then be used to run test certificates to explore the rating effects of changes in parameters such as sails, rig dimensions, or crew weight; polar performance data can be generated in an ORC Speed Guide; or Target Speeds for windward-leeward racing can be produced from any existing valid or test certificate, all for a nominal fee.

A PDF version of this publication is available for viewing and download now on the home page of the ORC website, and a hard-copy version will be mailed soon to all current subscribers of Sailing World magazine in their next edition.

For more information on ORC and its rules, classes and events, visit

Gold Cup Sits Out 2016
Competition for the oldest trophy in one-design yachts takes a breather

Hamilton, Bermuda:The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club announced today that the Argo Group Gold Cup will not be held this year. The decision comes after weeks of discussions between the management of the World Match Racing Tour, the RBYC, and the RBYC's title sponsor of eight years, Argo Group Limited.

"With Bermuda playing host to the America's Cup next year, the focus and energy is on that right now. We are looking forward to meeting with Argo Group and its CEO Mark Watson III in the spring of 2017 to plan for upcoming Argo Group Gold Cup Regattas. It's great to have a partner that is committed to the Gold Cup and sailing in Bermuda," said Andy Cox, chairman of the Regatta.

The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club has organised the Argo Group Gold Cup for eight out of its thirty one years in the modern format and has long been recognized as a leader in promoting Match Racing, with the Argo Group Gold Cup being one of the highlights on the Match Racing Calendar. Past winners have included Sir Russell Coutts, Jimmy Spithill and Sir Ben Ainslie.

Royal Bermuda Yacht Club

RORC IRC National Championship: 24-26th June 2016
Grand prix box rule classes to compete at IRC Nationals

Cream of the IRC fleet, from both the UK and abroad, will include several brand new race boats going head to head over 24-26th June at the Royal Ocean Racing Club's IRC National Championship.

The three day long regatta will include a mix of windward-leeward and round the cans courses on the Solent to determine the 2016 IRC National Champion.

At the regatta, attention will be particularly on the two new IRC-based box rule classes making their debut this year: the Fast 40+ and the HP30.

Leading the charge will be the ten Fast 40+ yachts. This new breed is already providing some of the most competitive home-grown grand prix-level handicap keelboat racing the UK has seen since the height of the Admiral's Cup - but this time at high speed.

The class Fast 40+ made its formal debut at the RORC Easter Challenge, which was won by American William Coates' Ker 43 Outra Vez. Since then Peter Morton's Carkeek 40 Mk3 Girls on Film has claimed the Vice Admiral's Cup and appears the campaign to beat.

It is a great endorsement that both these new high performance headline-grabbing box rule boats have IRC at the core of their class rules.

London 1948, The Master Makes His Debut
The Great Dane, Paul Elvstrom, is the hero of heroes; the man the greats of our sport idolize. He is the ultimate Olympian, a master on the racecourse and always a gentleman. His innate sense of sportsmanship and fairplay holds a fame that transcends sailing. His famous line, "You haven't won the race if in winning the race you have lost the respect of your competitors" is quoted across sports, nations and cultures.

But for those in Torquay, Great Britain at the beginning of August 1948 for the start of the Olympic Sailing Competition all this would seem improbable. The Danish Olympic Committee had reportedly voiced misgivings about sending the shy teenager who couldn't speak English. At first their doubts would seem justified; Elvstrom's regatta got off to an inauspicious start with a retirement from the first race following a port and starboard incident with Finnish competitor Erik Palmgreen. In his book, 'Elvstrom Speaks On Yacht Racing' Elvstrom wrote of the incident, saying:

"Before I left Denmark, everybody said, "If you will not be the last we'll be happy," and I felt I couldn't disappoint anyone, and so when I had to leave the course [In Race 1] I was feeling very low inside. Then I said, "OK, you shall not be the last," and in the next race I came sixth... After that it went quite well."

"Quite well" for Elvstrom meant battling back from eighth with two races remaining to clinch the Gold; mastering the rough water in a remarkable feat of intelligence and physical fitness. In a final race where 12 of the 21 boat fleet capsized Elvstrom's reefed Firefly flew.

London 1948 would be the first of four back to back Gold medals and the beginning of a remarkable career which would also include winning 11 world championships across five different classes - an achievement that is yet to be matched.

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