In This Issue
Tour Voile: Beijaflore Win Act 2 Super Final, Team SFS Extend | Plenty Wins The Farr 40 Pre-Worlds | Fastnet Checklist | Snakes and Ladders | Team France commenting on a New Zealand Herald article published recently | Faster and Faster: Mylius 65 | Marine Industry News | Letters to the Editor | Featured Brokerage
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Tour Voile: Beijaflore Win Act 2 Super Final, Team SFS Extend
Back for a second challenge on the Tour de France a la Voile after their debut in 2015, Beijaflore Sailing Team collect maximum points today as winners of the Stage 2's Stade Nautique Final in Fecamp on France's Côte d'Albâtre, just east of Le Havre.
With 2012 ISAF Youth 420 World Champion and 470 Junior World Champion Guillaume Pirouelle, from nearby Le Havre on the helm, Kiwi double Olympian Jason Saunders on tactics and skipper Valentin Bellet, Beijaflore overhauled the early leaders of the eight boat Super Final, Coastal Race winners Lorina Mojito-Golfe de Morbihan at the top of the second beat and held on to win.
After brisk 12-14kts SW'ly winds for five sparkling qualifying rounds, the breeze faded to 7-9kts for the Super Final, making the strong tidal flow a key factor in each decision. For Beijaflore, making sure they had set up perfectly for the lighter airs was an important component in their winning mix.
The super consistent overall leaders of the Tour Sofian Bouvet's Team SFS Voile extend their margin to 13pts. They finished third today and now have sailed 1,1,2,3, never off the podium as the circus train moves Julloville where racing starts again on Thursday 13th July. Second overall are Fondation FDJ - Des Pieds et Des Mains (Damien Seguin and Damien Iehl) and third are Teva Plichart's Tresors de Tahiti.
Top three overall rankings:
1. Team SFS, 197 points
2. Fondation FDJ - Des Pieds et des Mains, 184
3. Tresors de Tahiti, 180
Top three Youth rankings:
1. Team Lorina Mojito - Golfe du Morbihan, 174
2. Helvetia Blue by Normandy Elite Team, 142
3. Ville de Geneve - CER 2, 141
Top three Amateur rankings:
1. Installux Aluminium, 148
2. Homkia - Les Sables d'Olonne Agglomeration, 148
3. Dunkerque Voile, 129
Plenty Wins The Farr 40 Pre-Worlds
Porto Cervo, Italy: Today there were three hard fought races in southwesterly breezes between 12 and 15 knots. It was the final day of two days of racing in the waters off Porto Cervo in the Rolex Farr 40 Pre-Worlds organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda.
After a total of six races in two days, victory went to Alex Roepers and his yacht, Plenty. Tactician Terry Hutchinson certainly contributed to today's first and second place finishes. Trailing Plenty were Enfant Terrible owned by Alberto Rossi, with tactician Vasco Vascotto. After winning today's first race, this team finished five points behind the leader.
Plenty and Enfant Terrible have fought it out for the duration of the Pre-Worlds with spectacularly close duels from pre start to finish. The last downwind leg in today's second race saw the two teams battle to the very end in a tight and thrilling match race.
Third place for Asterisk, the Turkish team headed by Hasip Gencer, with the Brit Nick Rogers as tactician. This team looks fast and competitive as does the team aboard the Australian Gordon Ketelbey's Zen. This team has David Chapman as tactician and won the Corinthian Division.
Tomorrow is registration day and the briefing will be followed by a welcome cocktail on the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda's terrace, reserved for the teams competing in the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship that will begin on Thursday July 13th.
Only four weeks to go until the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Rolex Fastnet Race gets underway on Sunday 6th August at Cowes, so it's time to be going through the list of the 40 safety items that you need to have on board to meet Cat 2 offshore special Regulations and RORC prescriptions. Click here to get the free list of equipment from Ocean Safety, and what's more, we stock every single one of those items.
Understanding the equipment you are carrying is vitally important so you can act quickly in emergencies. The biggest and possibly the most important item you will need if all else fails is the liferaft. Knowing what's in it and how to use it is helpful - you've got drinking water, torches and flares and other equipment but plan ahead for what else to take that you can pack into your grab bag. The RORC Notice of Race lists everything. Ocean Safety can help with supply and our team will also be happy to give you advice on the most suitable choices of products like torches and first aid kits.
Snakes and Ladders
Reigning J/80 World Champion, Rayco Tabares (ESP), stamped his authority on the 2017 J/80 World Championship, with two bullets and a second to open up a commanding lead for the regatta, but it was a game of snakes and ladders for the rest of the fleet.
Simon Moriceau (FRA) has climbed to second place after an 8-3-1 today, and Luke Patience (GBR) put into two great races, but slipped up in the last race to remain in third place. J/80 UK National Champion, Kevin Sproul (GBR), had a shocker dropping eight places after a 19-24-13. 2012 J/80 World Champion, Jose Maria Van Der Ploeg (ESP) had a good day, scoring a 5-2-5 to move up to fourth. Whilst last year's runner up, Eric Brezellec (FRA), was called OCS in Race Four, and slips down to fourteenth.
Top ten after 5 races:
1. Hotel Princesa Yaiza, Rayco Tabares, ESP, 7.0
2. ArMen Habitat, Moriceau Simon, FRA, 29.0
3. Ryoko Meka, Luke Patience, GBR, 30.0
4. HM Hotels (Corinthian), Javier ChacArtegui Cirerol, ESP, 35.0
5. APCC Equipe Jeune (Corinthian), Bertheau Simon, FRA, 36.0
6. Gan'Ja (Corinthian), Luc Nadal, FRA, 42.0
7. Cenyt Hospital Marbella Team (Corinthian), Pepequin Orbaneja, ESP, 46.0
8. Ecole Navale (Corinthian), Patrick Bot, FRA, 56.0
9. VSA Comunicacion, Jose Maria Van Der Ploeg, ESP, 57.0
10. J.A.T. , Kevin Sproul / Phil Taylor, GBR, 60.0
Full results on YachtScoring.com
Team France commenting on a New Zealand Herald article published recently
(French America's Cup team refused to help Team New Zealand)
The French challenger informed a journalist from the New Zealand Herald that the answers to his questions would be provided at the beginning of the present week (Monday, July 10th or Tuesday, July 11st.). Despite our reply, an article was published without giving us the occasion of sharing our part of the story.
- Team New-Zealand capsized in Bermuda on June 6th during the semifinals opposing them to the candidate in contention.
- Following that event, the French challenger, who was by that time eliminated, has been contacted to help Team New-Zealand.
Our answer to Team New Zealand was as follows:
The official request was made by Kevin Shoebridge not Grant Dalton, as stated in the article, our answer was negative.
Two reasons mainly explain our decision:
1) We were still sailing after being eliminated to pursue our training and fulfill sponsoring opportunities for the 36th America's cup. Therefore, having no spare parts on site, this would have compromised our plans.
2) By agreement with our sponsor, who owns our material and our boat, we did not want to favor Team New Zealand over Land Rover BAR in the semifinals. Team New Zealand expressed their opposition to the other team's vision for a certain stability towards AC36. Team France being 100% commercially funded and without private investors, this strategy was vital in order to protect the potential future of the team.
For your information Team France never requested any financial compensation.
Finally, regarding the allegations of interference from defender Oracle Team USA, we wish to clarify that it is of course false and unfounded. We are disappointed that such information has been released without checking with the concerned teams first.
Our team continues to work on the future and is looking forward to reading the 36th Americas Cup Protocol.
Following experience gained from the Mylius 19E95 (the name means 19 metres and 95 centimetres, a little over 65ft), the Mylius 65 is the latest model from this Italian brand - an all-new design from masthead to keel-tip compared with its successful predecessor.
Built in carbon, this pretty yacht offers an owner the opportunity to dip a toe into the world of maxi yachts with style, quality and performance… but without needing dozens of expensive crew to go racing. The Mylius 65 is available in a flush-deck version, seen here, or with a raised saloon version - like the second example now under construction. The third boat in the yard will be another flush-deck!
The new Mylius 65 features a better sail area/displacement ratio and slightly more waterline length in comparison with its predecessor. The hull is also significantly beamier, especially in the aft sections, with more form stability, offering improved downwind pace and better directional stability when sailing at high speeds.
The increased form stability was a key goal with the new design, not only while racing with a crew on the rail but, maybe even more important, in cruising mode when a more 'relaxed' smaller crew can benefit from the comfort of less heel.
Full article in the July issue of Seahorse:
Quantum Sails today announced that it has completed an agreement with Hood Sailmakers in Newport, RI to acquire the company's sailmaking rights and manufacturing assets. The acquisition, which includes occupancy of Hood's world headquarters in RI, will increase Quantum's global sailmaking capacity and provide a new home base for Quantum's sales and service operations in the northeastern region of the US.
"This acquisition provides much needed capacity for our growing share of the Grand Prix racing market," said Ed Reynolds, President of Quantum Sails, who cites the TP52s, C&C 30s, RC44s and other offshore classes as areas of strong growth for the company. Quantum is also gaining share in the big boat market, explained Reynolds, which will also benefit from the location and capabilities of the larger facility.
"The Hood and Quantum brands are synonymous with performance and quality," said Hood CEO Rob MacMillan. "In addition to becoming a leader in the Grand Prix and Superyacht markets, Quantum is very strong in the markets served by Hood Sails; our customers will have access to the customer service and support offered by the Quantum Sails network."
Reynolds said Quantum will uphold the terms of warranties held by owners of Hood sails. "We value the long-term relationships Hood has with its customers and will continue the legacy of service and support for which Hood is known. We look forward to introducing Hood customers to the Quantum brand as well."
World Sailing is pleased to announce the appointment of Carlos de Beltran Gutierrez as Director of Technical and Offshore.
De Beltran Gutierrez joins World Sailing, the International Federation of the sport, after 2.5 years working at the America's Cup World Series events, the Challenger Series and the 35th America's Cup Match as a measurer within the Measurement Committee.
Holding an M Sc. In Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and a Masters in Product Design, the Spanish national also served as Chief Measurer for the M32 and RC44 Class Associations alongside his 35th America's Cup commitments.
In advance of his appointment to the 35th America's Cup, de Beltran Gutierrez also served on the Measurement Committee for the 34th, 33rd and 32nd America's Cup. Furthermore, he was the Equipment Inspector for the 2008-2009, 2011-12 and 2014-15 editions of the Volvo Ocean Race.
He has also worked in research and development for the Spanish Olympic Sailing and Canoeing teams at the Canal de Experiencias Hidrodinamicas de El Pardo (CEHIPAR).
De Beltran Gutierrez will join World Sailing full-time in September 2017.
Further bolstering The Offshore Academy's family of partners and sponsors, today The Academy is proud to announce the extension of support from Marlow Ropes - Official Rope Supplier and Elliot Brown Watches - Official Timekeepers to The Offshore Academy.
As a founding partner, Marlow's support to The Academy's sailors often extends to Academy alumni sailors too - who go on to join professional yacht racing teams such as Team Phaedo and Land Rover BAR Academy.
Elliot Brown's renewal commitment coincides with the launch of the Official Timing Partners new female watch the 'Kimmeridge' going on sale later this month.
With four months still to go before the start of the 56th Barcelona International Boat Show, around 75% of exhibitor space is already booked
More than 260 exhibitors are expected to attend the 56th Barcelona International Boat Show this year, which runs from October 11-15 in downtown Port Vell.
The show will take over Moll d'Espanya and Moll de la Fusta in the Port Vell marina where the floating exhibition will be held, showcasing boats up to 8m in length as well as a land-based exhibition area featuring the latest nautical products and services such as engines, electronics, paints, sails, trailers and more.
There will also be a range of themed areas where numerous activities will be taking place for sector professionals and the general public, including the Espai del Mar conferences and seminars, and traditional sailing workshops.
The Barcelona International Boat Show is organised by Fira de Barcelona in collaboration with Spanish marine industry association ANEN.
While the latest agreements for the next Volvo Ocean Race are underway, Alberto Bolzan, already World Champion in a plurality of sailing Classes and only Italian participant to the 2014/2015 edition of the VOR, further strengthened its relationship with Garmine Marine Italy, officially becoming Ambassador of the well-known brand of nautical technology.
The agreement has been concluded at the end of a meeting between Alberto Bolzan, already Watch Captain from Team Alvimedica and helmsman of Esimit Europa 2, and Andrea D'Amato, Sales and Marketing manager from Garmin Marine Italy.
While negotiations are underway for the next VOR, Alberto Bolzan gets ready for the next appointments of the season, among which the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship hosted in Porto Cervo, where he will be racing aboard Enfant Terrible-Adria Ferries of the Italian owner Alberto Rossi.
The conference programme and speakers list for this year's Yacht Racing Forum are taking shape, whilst new partners and exhibitors have joined us. The 10th edition of the event will undoubtedly be memorable.
New Speakers Just Confirmed:
- Thierry Bouvard, sponsorship manager, Banque Populaire
- Marcus Baur, managing director, SailTracks, on behalf of SAP
- Sarah Allan, lawyer, Bentleys, Stokes and Lowles
- Ian Walker, (future) Director of Racing, Royal Yachting Association, UK
- Nick Moloney, sailor and businessman
- Tony Bishop, Founder of Bart's Bash
- David Raison, SEAir, sailor and naval architect
Other speakers include:
- Kim Andersen, President, World Sailing
- Yann Penfornis, CEO, Multiplast Carboman
- Phil Jenkins, Award winning social media expert
- Gary Jobson, Vice President, World Sailing
- Ben Remocker, Manager 49er Class Association and International Nacra 17 Association
- Hasso Hoffmeister, Senior Principal Engineer; Special & Light Craft, IWV and EC, DNVGL
- James Hall, Marketing & Sales Manager, Spinlock
- Philippe Guigne, CEO, Virtual Regatta
- Andy Hunt, CEO, World Sailing
- Keith Lovett, Senior Underwriter, MS Amlin
- Alistair Watkins, Managing Director Influence Sports
- Remi Finiel, Forward WIP
The European Boating Industry has held its Assembly General and Council meetings in Brussels, Belgium. The Assembly General elected the new Council which will act as the governing body of the association for the next two years.
Robert Marx (BVWW-Germany), Jean-Pierre Goudant (FIN-France), Piotr Jasionowski (POLBOAT-Poland) and Piero Formenti (UCINA-Italy) were re-elected as Council members. Carlos Sanlorenzo (ANEN-Spain) replaces Olda Straka (APL-Czech Republic), who has retired from the Czech association. All the Council received the full support of the members.
The Council unanimously appointed Piero Formenti as the president for his second mandate, recognising his efforts in strengthening the association, while Jean-Pierre Goudant and Piotr Jasionowski were re-appointed vice-presidents. In addition, Goudant will continue acting as treasurer.
The call for papers has launched for the next edition of CompIC ME (Composites in Construction Middle East), an international conference taking place 14th- 15th February 2018 at the Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, UAE.
The conference is being held amongst the composite flooded Dubai skyline, and will introduce and educate visitors on the current and future use of fibre reinforced composites in construction, detailing innovations and trends in the industry, potential for weight saving on large span structures, economic advantages, whole life cost, architectural freedom and diversity and challenging traditional architectural design.
Abstracts are now being sought from potential speakers on subjects relating to the use of FRP composites in construction to include, but not limited to;
- Materials and Design
- Reinforcement and Strengthening
- Biocomposites in Construction
- Thermoplastics in Construction
- Standards, Codes and Procedures
- Case Studies
- Opportunities for New Applications
Abstracts can be submitted via the CompIC ME website at www.mecompositesin.construction and the closing date for papers is 29th September 2017.
* From Jonty Sherwill:
The feature on the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta caught my eye. 475 entries is a big success for any regatta so well done to the organisers. With a little help from Google I deduced that the pretty dayboat in the photo was a Colleen but while most classes were mentioned in the report the classic keelboats were not. This varied class of nineteen boats will have included some irreplaceable beauties and with wonderful names, 'Peggy Bawn' and 'Myfanwy' amongst them. The essence of local regattas is the traditional boats from where all our racing developed, so let's see them honoured, and their custodians who lovingly maintain them. All would be most welcome to join us in September for the Hamble Classics.
* From Mark Chisnell:
Nicely said, Adrienne, perhaps Mr Witt would care to make the same offer as Dalts did a few races back? I believe it involved a pineapple?
Alessandro Vismara has been the Baltic Yachts agent in Italy for over 30 years and has been involved in many of the leading projects at this yard. KORENOC, built by Valdettaro, Italy, has benefitted from this vast accumulation of experience. Elegant and extremely well balanced at sea.
Superb example of the Swan 80. New decks and paint in 2016 with excellent inventory for cruising and racing.
Maxi 79 Racer OURDREAM is a beautifully refitted maxi racing yacht that is easily sailed and perfect corporate or fun platform for both inshore and offshore regattas. Recent refit to a high standard means low running costs.
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