Issue #3935 - 29 September

In This Issue
Protocol Of The 36th America's Cup Released | Farr 40 2018 Circuit | Registration Open! St. Thomas International Regatta Set for March 23-25, 2018 | Holt and Smit Win 2017 SAP 5O5 World Championship | Chicago Match Cup | Season Nine for the GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series | It's the Season to Save on North One Design Sails | Marina Lanzarote Prepares For Transatlantic Race Fleet | Ran Racing Commissions a Fast40+ from Carkeek Design | Featured Brokerage

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Protocol Of The 36th America's Cup Released
The Protocol of the 36th America's Cup was released today at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron after a focused and friendly period of negotiation between the Defender and the Challenger of Record Circolo della Vela Sicilia following Emirates Team New Zealand's victory in the America's Cup only three months ago in Bermuda.

With the return to monohulls confirmed earlier this month, it was today announced that the AC75 Class of boat will be a 75 foot high performance monohull governed by the AC75 Class Rule which will be published by the 31st March 2018, with initial concepts of the class being released to key stakeholders by the end of November 2017.

Dalton also confirmed that PRADA has secured the right to be the exclusive naming and presenting sponsor of all events comprising the 36th America's Cup including the Challenger Selection Series, which will officially be named The PRADA Cup.

The dates and venue of both the America's Cup Match and The PRADA Cup will be announced by 31st August 2018. The intended venue is Auckland, New Zealand with the Match to be raced in March 2021, preceded by The Prada Cup in January and February 2021.

A series of preliminary regattas will be raced internationally in 2019 & 2020 in the AC75 Class boats, culminating with a Christmas Regatta in December 2020 for all competitors.

Each competitor is permitted to build two boats, the hulls of which must be laminated in the country of the competitor. The first boat is not permitted to be launched prior to 31st March 2019, the second can be launched after the 1st February 2020.

The rules stipulate that no two boat testing will be allowed, except by the Defender only during the period of racing in The PRADA Cup, as they will play no part in this stage of the competition.

An increased emphasis has been placed in the rules around the nationality of the sailing crews when racing.

20% or three crew, whichever is higher, must be true nationals (i.e. citizens) of the competing yacht club. The remainder of the crew can be made up of residents of the challenging yacht club's country defined by being physically present in that country for a minimum of 380 days over a 2-year period between September 2018 & 31st August 2020.

Key dates:

30th November 2017:
AC75 Class concepts released to key stakeholders

1st January 2018:
Entries for Challengers Open

31st March 2018:
AC75 Class Rule published

30th June 2018:
Entries for Challengers Close

31st August 2018:
Location of the America's Cup Match & The PRADA Cup confirmed

31st August 2018:
Specific race course area confirmed

31st December 2018:
Late entries Deadline

31st March 2019:
Boat 1 can be launched

2nd half of 2019:
2 x America's Cup World Series Preliminary Events

1st February 2020:
Boat 2 can be launched

3 x America's Cup World Series Preliminary Events

10th-20th December 2020:
America's Cup Christmas Race

January & February 2018:
The PRADA Cup Challenger Selection Series

March 2018:
The America's Cup Match

Download the Protocol of the 36th America's Cup
Download the key points
Download the Deed of Gift

Protocol Video

Farr 40 2018 Circuit
Organizers of the Farr 40 Class Association are proud to announce that Chicago has been selected as site of the 2018 World Championship. Chicago Yacht Club will welcome the class from October 3 through 9, marking the second time the Windy City has hosted the Farr 40 World Championship.

Longtime Chicago resident Helmut Jahn capitalized on his crew's local knowledge to capture the 2012 World Championship, which attracted 20 entries. It remains Jahn's greatest victory in the class and was extremely fitting since he is also a Chicago Yacht Club member.

The Great Lakes Farr 40 organization annually participates in such events as the Chicago NOOD (June), the Chicago-Mackinac Race (July) and the Verve Cup (August). Those events will provide a steady buildup to the worlds.

In fact, the Farr 40 Class Association has decided to include the Verve Cup as part of the International Circuit, which was also announced. There will be two events in California with Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club hosting an invitational regatta (March 21-24) and Long Beach Yacht Club welcoming the Farr 40 North American Championship (May 9-12).

Credit for the longevity and staying power of the Farr 40 goes largely to Geoff Stagg, who conceived of the design and expertly guided the class for two prosperous decades. Stagg, whose vison and attention to detail were crucial to the boat's success, has announced his retirement.

2018 International Schedule
March 21 -24, Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club
May 9 - 12, North American Championship, Long Beach Yacht Club
August 9 - 12, Chicago Yacht Club Verve Cup
October 3-9, World Championship, Chicago Yacht Club

2017 - 18 Australian Schedule
September 22 Season Launch RSYS
September 23-24 Farr 40 Social Regatta MHYC
October 21-22 Mhyc One Design Trophy MHYC
November 25 - 26 Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship (Ssorc) MHYC
December 9 - 10 Newcastle One Design Trophy NCYC
January 20 - 21 Mhyc/Pittwater One Design Trophy MHYC/RPAYC
February 3 - 4 Nsw State Title MHYC
March 3 - 4 Sydney Harbour Regatta MHYC
March 16 - 18 National Championships: John Calvert-Jones Trophy RSYS

2018 Great Lakes and California Schedule, TBD

Registration Open! St. Thomas International Regatta Set for March 23-25, 2018
St. Thomas International Regatta St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. "Organizers of the St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR) are pleased to announce that 2018 event, set for March 23 to 25, will take place as scheduled despite damage to the island from Hurricane's Irma and Maria.

Never in the 45-year history of STIR has a fall storm, even a major one, interrupted the running of the 'Crown Jewel of Caribbean Yacht Racing', and it will not in 2018. The host St. Thomas Yacht Club suffered some damage and the fleet took more than a few dents, but the venue for fantastic round the island races is still very much here.

The resilience of regatta organizers, sponsors, volunteers, and club members as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands' business community, hotel and tourism sectors is strong.

Show your support and be part of our island's recovery and future by registering now for the Round the Rocks Regatta, March 22 and St. Thomas International Regatta at:

Both events promise challenging courses, professional race management and island-style hospitality. Register in CSA (Racing or Cruising); IRC; ORC; Multihull; Beach Cat or One Design classes with a minimum length of 20 feet.

For more information, contact Regatta Director Chuck Pessler at (340) 642-3204 or Email: . Check STIR out on Facebook Twitter @stirvi and Instagram #STIRVI

Holt and Smit Win 2017 SAP 5O5 World Championship
Annapolis, Maryland: Organizers of the 2017 SAP 5O5 World Championship said from the outset that versatility would prove crucial to winning. That is because Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay figured to deliver a wide range of wind conditions over the course of a week.

Mike Holt and Carl Smit proved to be the best all-around team, which was a surprise even to them. Holt and Smit clinched the championship with one race to spare thaks to a dominant performance on the fourth day of the competition.

Heavy breeze came to the Chesapeake on Thursday and the Holt-Smit tandem sailed superbly - posting an impressive score line of 3-1-3. They were able to throw out a 15th absorbed in Race 3 and mathematically secured the title as a result.

This is the third SAP 5O5 World Championship for Holt, who won in 2014 with Rob Woelfel as crew.

Bertallot and Reifferscheidt, residents of Kiel, Germany, had a tremendous day on the water - tying Holt and Smit with seven points on the day. As previously mentioned, they passed Martin and Lowery on the final downwind leg to win Race 5 then passed Holt and Smit to place second in Race 7.

To be able to pass two world champions on the same day was pretty cool for us. Just very, very exciting," said Bertallot, the driver.

This is the third SAP 5O5 World Championship for the Germans, who finished 25th in Kiel (2014) and 24th in Weymouth, England (2016). They currently sit in seventh place and are hoping a good result in the eighth and final race on Friday will maintain or improve that position.

Andy Smith and Roger Gilbert led the regatta going into Thursday's action and were still right there after posting a fifth and a third to start off. However, a 15th in Race 7 proved costly and forced the British team to keep the 10th it took in Race 1.

Principal race officer Sandy Grosvenor will hold just one race on Friday and there figures to be further shuffling of the standings since a second throwout will come into play with the completion of an eighth race.

Chicago Match Cup
Chicago, USA: Plenty of action at the final day of qualifying at Chicago Match Cup that saw both dominant performances and upsets as the Super 16 Stage roster was decided off Navy Pier.

The day began with Group 2 picking up where they left off and Chris Steele looking to continue his dominance after notching a string of first and second placed finishes yesterday. Sure enough, the master class continued, with the Kiwi skipper racking up a 14-point advantage over next placed Nicklas Dackhammar from Sweden.

Group 3 had Taylor Canfield finishing the business he began the day before with two first-place finishes, however he risked loosing his top seed position in the last race after an uncharacteristic start that saw him needing to climb his way through the fleet to finish fourth.

However, the biggest dramas were reserved for the last flight of the day as Group 1 arrived at Navy Pier to finish the close-knit battle that they'd started the day before.

With the Super 16 Round all but decided, a Sail Off between sixth-place finishers Markus Edegran, Matt Jerwood, and Harry Price saw Edegran the first to be eliminated with the second elimination decided tomorrow morning.

The Super 16 will begin Friday at 9am CST with the full stage aiming to be completed in one day. With the forecast for building breeze, tune in to for the Live Stream of tomorrow's racing as we reduce our 17-strong fleet down to just eight.

Qualifying Results

Group 1
1. Phil Robertson (NZL), China One Ningbo - 20 points
2. Yann Guichard (FRA), Spindrift Racing - 21
3. Jonas Warrer (DEN), Warrer Racing - 35
4. Andrew Campbell (USA), Heart of America - 36
5. Sally Barkow (USA), Team Magenta 32 - 37
6. Harry Price (AUS), Down Under Racing - 40

Group 2
1. Chris Steele (NZL), 36 Below Racing - 15
2. Nicklas Dackhammar (SWE), Essiq Racing Team - 29
3. Ian Williams (GBR), GAC Pindar - 31
4. Quentin Delapierre (FRA), Team Lorina - Golfe du Morbihan - 36
5. Evan Walker (AUS), KA Match - 39
6. Matt Jerwood (AUS), Redline Racing - 39

Group 3
1. Taylor Canfield (ISV), US One Sailing Team - 21
2. Sam Gilmour (AUS), Neptune Racing - 27
3. David Gilmour (AUS), Team Gilmour - 30
4. Pieter-Jan Postma (NED), Sailing Team NL - 34
5. Nevin Snow (USA), 13 Fifty Racing - 36
6. Markus Edegran (USA), E11even Racing - 43

Sail Off 1
Harry Price (AUS), Down Under Racing 2 - 1 Markus Edegran (USA), E11even Racing

Season Nine for the GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series
Entry opens in a few weeks for the ninth edition of the GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series, which kicks off with the Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash on the weekend of 18/19 November 2017. Many sailors like to sign up online early before events get filled to capacity, as many were last year with three events selling out.

Previous winners include multiple national and world champion Nick Craig who won two seasons with various crews in his Merlin Rocket, multiple Fireball World Champion Tom Gillard, and another Fireball World Champion Matt Mee who with Emma Norris won last season's championship in their RS200.

The official launch for the coming Series took placing during the Southampton Boat Show on the GJW Direct stand. Among the guests was Ian Walker, who has recently retired from his illustrious career as a professional sailor to become Race Director at the RYA.

Ian is a past winner of a number of some events in the Series including the Bloody Mary. Last winter he turned up at Rutland Water to celebrate the memory of his late, great friend and fellow Olympic medallist, John Merricks. Not only did Ian make the after-dinner speech but he won the Tiger Trophy too, sailing an RS400 with Keith Bedborough. Ian is a big fan of the close quarters battle of handicap racing, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him out competing again this winter, especially now he doesn't have a Volvo Ocean Race trophy to defend.

The following regattas constitute the GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series 2017/18:

- Draycote Dash, Draycote Water Sailing Club, 18 & 19 November 2017
- Datchet Flyer, Datchet Water Sailing Club, 9 & 10 December 2017
- Brass Monkey, Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club, 27 December 2017
- Grafham Grand Prix, Grafham Water Sailing Club, 30 December 2017
- Bloody Mary, Queen Mary Sailing Club, 6 January 2018
- John Merricks Tiger Trophy, Rutland Sailing Club, 3 & 4 February 2018
- Oxford Blue, Oxford Sailing Club, 17 February 2018

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Marina Lanzarote Prepares For Transatlantic Race Fleet
Start Leg 1 - RORC Transatlantic Race
Marina Lanzarote, Canary Islands to Port Louis, Grenada

Setting off on an epic Atlantic race on Saturday 25 November from Marina Lanzarote, the 4th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race is the lengthiest race in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's offshore calendar. This year the westbound race, hosted by Calero Marinas forms the first leg of the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta (AAR) held in celebration of Hamburg-based Norddeutscher Regatta Verein's (NRV) 150th anniversary in 2018 and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda's 50th year (YCCS).

The joint jubilee celebration, in partnership with YCCS, originally had a scheduled finish in their British Virgin Islands base, but this has now proved impossible due to the devastation caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria in the region.

"It is extremely sad news that the recent natural disasters have decimated the Virgin Islands making it unviable to take the race to YCCS on Virgin Gorda, BVIs," explains RORC CEO, Eddie Warden Owen. "The RORC Committee in consultation with the YCCS and NRV have therefore decided to finish the race in Grenada and we look forward to returning to Camper and Nicholsons Port Louis Marina who have warmly welcomed competitors and our race team for the past three events."

For those competing in the RORC Caribbean 600 - celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2018 - the first leg of the AAR acts as a challenging annual feeder race, as well as a great way to race across the Atlantic in company to take part in the Caribbean winter circuit. The Caribbean Sailing Association accentuates the importance of sailors continuing with plans to bring boats to race in the Caribbean regattas this season as it is the best way to help rebuild tourism and the lives of those affected.

The latest list of entries can be found at:

For entries and further information please contact the RORC Race Team: Tel: +44 (0) 1983 295 144

Follow the RORC Transatlantic Race and Atlantic Anniversary Regatta:

Ran Racing Commissions a Fast40+ from Carkeek Design
After Carkeek Design boats took all three podium places in the HYS One Ton Cup Fast40+ in Cowes at the weekend, both the designer and class were further buoyed by the announcement Tuesday that Ran Racing have commissioned a Carkeek boat that will be delivered in 2018.

The Fast40+ high-performance planing monohulls have stormed onto the scene since debuting as a class in Europe in the Solent in 2016. The arrival of owners like Ran Racing, the champion Swedish-flagged team run by Niklas and Catherine Zennstrom, will take it to the next level. Owner-driver Niklas Zennstrom is one of the founders of the 52 SUPER SERIES and is President of the TP52 Class.

The FAST40+ circuit is an owner-driver class with a Corinthian ethos. There is a maximum crew of 11, which can include no more than five professional Cat3 sailors. The number of sails used and modifications to the boats are also restricted. The FAST40+ Class produces very competitive racing in a boat capable of speeds in excess of 20 knots.

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