In This Issue
Better Day for Sir Ben and Land Rover BAR | 19 Countries Represented in ORC Worlds Trieste 2017 | Sail Wanted | RORC Myth of Malham Race: Epic win for INO XXX | International Moth UK Nationals | 200 off Premier Kru Elite Racer Package from Ocean Safety for limited period | Stockholm International Team Race Regatta | Craig extends again at OK Dinghy Worlds in Barbados | J/70 European Championship | For The Record | ELEVEN | TWELVE | THIRTEEN | FOURTEEN | Letters to the Editor | Featured Brokerage

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Better Day for Sir Ben and Land Rover BAR
Sir Ben Ainslie and Land Rover BAR arrested the run of losses the British team suffered in the first Round Robin stage of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers, kicking off round two with a second win of the competition, again beating Artemis Racing who had a tough day in Bermuda.

There was to be no redemption for the Swedish team from their Round Robin 1 loss to Emirates Team New Zealand at the start of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers Round Robin 2 stage, falling to a second defeat in as many days to the Kiwis.

Todaysaw Emirates Team New Zealand secure their fifth victory out of six races in the qualifying stages, equalling ORACLE TEAM USA's points tally in the standings ahead of the American team's race against Groupama Team France in race 2, albeit briefly.

Artemis Racing helmsman Nathan Outteridge was left to rue poor decisions in their defeat to New Zealand, on a day which also saw them suffer a second successive defeat to Land Rover BAR.

Ultimately, the Kiwis were not level at the top of the standings for long as Jimmy Spithill's ORACLE TEAM USA restored their point advantage with a comfortable and impressive victory over Franck Cammas' team.

Land Rover BAR secured a much-needed victory in the final race of the afternoon (race 3) as they overcame Artemis Racing with a 30 second advantage at the finish line.

RR2, Race 1: Emirates Team New Zealand beat Artemis Racing by 1 minute and 31 seconds
RR2, Race 2: ORACLE TEAM USA beat Groupama Team France by 1 minute and 56 seconds
RR2, Race 3: Land Rover BAR beat Artemis Racing by 30

19 Countries Represented in ORC Worlds Trieste 2017
Trieste, Italy: The ORC Worlds Trieste 2017 Organizing Committee has finalized the entry list for the ORC World Championships taking place in Porto San Rocco-Muggia from 30 June to 8 July 2017

At one month before the start of the competition to determine this year's ORC World Champions, the names of the teams admitted to the regatta were officially selected and announced using assessment criteria drafted specifically by the Organizing Committee in agreement with the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC). The criteria used for entry was devised to ensure the highest quality of competition and greatest geographic diversity within the available space limitations of the event.

The limit of 55 boats was reached in both Class B and Class C, while Class A has a strong turnout of 17 participants. By application boats may still be admitted to Class A, but teams not admitted to Classes B and C were added to a waiting list that will be used to replace any teams who do not confirm their participation prior to the start of racing.

The ORC Worlds 2017 is being held in the Upper Adriatic and the Gulf of Trieste for the first time, and while restricting the number of participants, the event has still managed to attract a broad range of entries from 19 countries. These include: Great Britain, Greece, Russia, Germany, Ukraine, Finland, Turkey, Norway, Denmark, Holland, Spain, Estonia, Czech Republic, Malta, Croatia, Cyprus, Austria, Slovenia and Italy. There are 6 nations competing in Class A, 10 in Class B and 12 in Class C. Italy has a strong presence in all three categories.

More than 1500 athletes will stay at Porto San Rocco during the event with two simultaneous regatta course areas planned by the Regatta Committee to guarantee the best racing for the most anticipated sailing event of the year.

The Organizing Authority of ORC Worlds Trieste 2017 is led by Yacht Club Porto San Rocco and Offshore Racing Council along with Yacht Club Adriaco, Triestina della Vela, Circolo della Vela Muggia, Società Velica di Barcola e Grignano, TPK Circolo Nautico Triestino Sirena and Yachting Club Portoroz, Slovenia.

The event is sponsored by Mureadritta, Ingemar, Porto San Rocco Marina Resort and Hotel Porto San Rocco.

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RORC Myth of Malham Race: Epic win for INO XXX
Cowes - Eddystone - Solent (256 Miles)

Powerful thunderstorms, driving rain and wind speeds ranging from thirty knots to complete shutdowns provided epic conditions for the 256-mile RORC Myth of Malham Race. James Neville's FAST40+ Ino XXX won the gruelling marathon, correcting out under IRC to take the overall win in the 140 boat fleet. Artur Skrzyszowski's Polish Reichel Pugh 48 Selma Racing was second and Windward Sailing's CM 60 Venomous, skippered by Derek Saunders was third.

The RORC fleet was a spectacular sight in the Solent, as they started a memorable race around the Eddystone Lighthouse and back around the Isle of Wight to the finish. George David's American Maxi Rambler 88 finished the course in just over 29 hours, however the smaller yachts endured over three days to complete the course.

Rambler 88 returned to RORC racing in IRC Zero, to take line honours in the Myth of Malham Race, nearly nine hours ahead of any competitor and take pole position in IRC Zero for the season. However, Venomous was the winner of IRC Zero for the Myth of Malham Race, much to the delight of skipper, Derek Saunders

The closest contest in the 140 boat fleet was played out in IRC Three, Rob Craigie's Sunfast 3600 Bellino, racing Two Handed with co-skipper Deb Fish, was the winner by less than nine minutes after IRC time correction from Delamare & Mordret's JPK 1080 Dream Pearls. Ed Fishwick's Sunfast 3600 Redshift Reloaded, also racing Two Handed, was third. The class win lifts Bellino to the top of the overall rankings for the RORC Season's Points Championship, by just 0.6 of a point from Foggy Dew.

After an epic Myth of  Malham Race, the 2017 RORC Season's Points Championship, hardly pauses for breath, with the 181-mile North Sea Race starting today, Tuesday 30 May, from Harwich bound for Scheveningen, Holland.

Full results:

International Moth UK Nationals
Dylan Fletcher did what he had to do on the final day to capture his first UK International Moth Nationals title. Three races were held, meaning the full 12 race series was completed by the host club in what has been a tricky few days wind-wise.

The International Moth World Championship on Lake Garda is a big one for the fleet, with over 200 boats now entered

Dylan unfortunately can't make the Moth Worlds due to his commitments in the 49er, "I'm pretty disappointed not to be going, but it clashes with the 49er Europeans and it's not something we can take the risk on. It's really unfortunate as the boat is going well and it would be wicked fun to go out to Garda and race all the other guys, the quickest guys in the world, and see how we get on. Sadly the 49er is more important so we'll be back into gear for that."

Dylan has teamed up with fellow Moth sailor Stu Bithell in the 49er this year and has enjoyed an impressive start to the season.

Final top five:
1. Dylan Fletcher, 18 points
2. David Hive4y, 23
3. Dan Ward, 43
4. Dan Ellis, 52
5. Ross Harvey, 58

Full results:

200 off Premier Kru Elite Racer Package from Ocean Safety for limited period
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The Premier Kru Elite is tailored for instant fit, with a quick burst zip for fast inflation, a sprayhood, twin harness loops for line attachment and integral crotch strap. It has 195N of buoyancy giving complete support. The rescueME MOB1 is automatically triggered the moment the lifejacket is inflated, transmitting an alert to all AIS receivers and AIS-enabled plotters in the vicinity.  66-channel GPS sends accurate position data back to all the vessels for at least 24 hours. The MOB1 will activate the DSC alarm on the vessel's VHF radio to alert fellow crew members. Finally the AQ40 light will make sure the man overboard is easily spotted in poor light.

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Stockholm International Team Race Regatta
The Stockholm International Team Race Regatta was sailed Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 26-28 May, in the middle of Stockholm between Djurgården and Stadsgården. There were six teams from the world's leading sailing clubs,,eight sailors in each team divided into two boats. The competition's format of competition was; three round robins (all teams met all the other teams), on Friday and Saturday, a total of 53 sailings in two days. Thereafter the finals on Sunday.

It was very intense, and exciting sailing, it was hard to understand that the boats did not crash into each other. The only reported damage was a small boarding between two boats and a close contact with mooring buoy.

Royal Thames Yacht Club won all of it´s 15 races in the Round Robin, unbeatable. Last year's winner Italian Yacht Club Costa Smeralda was second with nine wins out of 15.

The finals was sailed as; Semi final, Petit Final, Final and a match for fifth place.

The participants were enthusiastic about sailing racing  in  the middle of central Stockholm. Good weather conditions made it possible to run 56 races during three days under fair conditions. Stockholm also appeared from its best side with a brilliant summer weather.

New York Yacht Club's team leader, as well as the club's Commodore:  "It could not be better, GSYS had organized another world-class competition".

Final Result
1. Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, ITA
2. New York Yacht Club, USA
3. Royal Thames Yacht Club, GBR
4. Royal Swedish Yacht Club, SWE
5. Gamla Stans Yacht Club, SWE
6. Royal Yacht Squadron, GBR

Craig extends again at OK Dinghy Worlds in Barbados
Barbados delivered yet another challenging day of racing on the third day of the OK Dinghy World Championship in Carlisle Bay. Nick Craig, of Great Britain has built an eight lead after another solid day, while Jim Hunt moves up to second and New Zealand's Paul Rhodes climbs to third. Race wins went to Hunt and Craig.

Out on the race course the strong winds were favouring the left hand corner again, with the fleet heading into the beach to get the pressure into the top mark. The reaches were spectacular, and over all too quickly, with some huge rolling waves adding to the challenge to stay upright and in one piece until the gybe mark. 

Barbados is certainly living up to its reputation for great hospitality, but there are only two more days for the sailors to enjoy the Caribbean lifestyle. Two more races are scheduled on Tuesday from 12.30. The 2017 OK Dinghy World Championship consists of 10 races and concludes on Wednesday 31 May. -- Robert Deaves

Results after six races
1. Nick Craig, GBR, 6
2. Jim Hunt, GBR, 14
3. Paul Rhodes, NZL, 25
4. Luke O'connell, NZL, 28
5. Roger Blasse, AUS, 34

Full results:

J/70 European Championship
Sat 3rd - Fri 9th June 2017

The 2017 J/70 European Championship will be held in Great Britain for the very first time. Since the J/70 was introduced in 2012, over 1300 J/70s have now been launched, making the exciting one design sports boat the fastest growing sailing class in the world.

About 50 teams are expected for the J/70 Open European Championship, from eleven different countries; France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and the United States. Principle Race Officer, Stuart Childerley, is scheduling 11 races, and in early June, medium gradient breeze of about 12 knots is likely, and possibly enhanced by sea breeze later in the day, to provide high octane surfing conditions.

The full podium from the 2016 J/70 European Championship will be competing; reigning European Champion, Italy's Claudia Rossi, last year's runner up from Monaco, Stefano Roberti, and third place, Spain's Gonzalo Araujo. From the United States, Peter Duncan's victorious team from the 2017 Bacardi Cup, which was also third in this year's North American Championship, will also be competing.

The 2017 J/70 European Championship is organised by Key Yachting, exclusive agent for J Boats in the UK and Ireland, and hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club.

The championship is proudly sponsored by Alfa Romeo.

For The Record
The WSSR Council announces the establishment of a new World Record:

Record: Los Angeles to Honolulu. Transpacific record.
Yacht: Phaedo 3. MOD 70
Name: Lloyd Thornburg USA  and 6 crew
Dates:.12th to the 16th May 2017.
Start time: 21;40;15 UTC on 12/05/17
Finish time: 14;32;18 UTC on16/05/17
Elapsed time: 3 days 16 hours 52 minutes and 3 seconds
Distance: 2217 NM
Average speed: 24.95 kts

Previous record: "Lending Club 2" Laplache/Breymaier. USA. Jul 15. 3d 18h 9s.

John Reed
Secretary to the WSSR Council

Letters To The Editor -
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* From Roland Whitehead

We are currently flying flags at half-mast in the UK in mourning for the appalling deaths from the Manchester bombing. I was asked what the history of half-mast flag flying is so checked In there I found this lovely quote:

"It was the habit, after the restoration of the Monarchy in 1660, for ships of the Royal Navy to fly their flags at half-mast on the anniversary of the execution of King Charles I on 30th January 1649, and it is from this custom that, so far as we can trace, the present practice of announcing a death by the flying of a flag at half-mast has evolved. The earlier practice at sea was to fly a black flag or to set a black sail.

We know that the hoisting of black sails was a sign of mourning from the very earliest times. The black sail was superseded by the black flag, probably because it was a nuisance to have to carry black sails for use only on rare occasions. It was probably the position, rather than the colour, that caught the attention, particularly at a distance."

Is the prevalence of so much black on the wings in Bermuda and the black sails in so many of the more expensive racing yachts trying to tell us something?

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