In This Issue
2018 Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar
MAPFRE arrive in Brazil and conclude one of the toughest legs in recent years
Vestas 11th Hour Racing prepares for delivery of Volvo Ocean 65 to Itajai
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
J/70 Cup: Enfant Terrible shines in Sanremo
IMOCA Annual General Meeting
San Francisco To Host Yacht Club World Forum
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition Qualification System published
Keelboat Endeavour Trophy - New UK keelboat champion of champions event at Burnham-on-Crouch
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The Last Word: Gregory Corso

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2018 Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar
Australia's world champions Mat Belcher and Will Ryan, outstanding winners of a strong, competitive 470 class, were awarded the Princesa Sofia Trophy, the top overall award at the biggest ever edition, as the 49th Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar concluded in light, hesitant breezes in Mallorca today. The regatta attracted 870 boats from 62 different and more than 1200 sailors.

The 2016 Olympic silver medallists won the tricky medal race today to cap an impressively consistent performance, counting all their results inside the top 10 in a high scoring regatta, to win by 39pts ahead of Turkey's Deniz and Ates Cidar. Japan's winners of the class last year at this Balearic showcase regatta Tetsuya Isozaki and Akira Takayanagi finished third.

For eight times world chammpin Belcher, winning the top overall award at a personal favourite regatta, one he has been coming to since the first time as a 19 year old in 2001,is a particular pleasure. He wins the class for the fourth time.

Top three final results:

470 Men
1. Mathew Belcher / William Ryan, AUS, 23 points
2. Deniz Cinar / Ates Cinar, TUR, 62
3. Tetsuya Isozaki / Akira Takayanagi, JPN, 66

470 Women
1. Ai Kondo Yoshida / Miho Yoshioka, JPN, 56
2. Hannah Mills / Eilidh Mcintyre, GBR, 58
3. Linda Fahrni / Maja Siegentahler, SUI, 59

1. Yago Lange / Klaus Lange, ARG, 93
2. Dylan Fletcher-Scott / Stuart Bithell, GBR, 96
3. Mathieu Frei / Noe Delpech, FRA, 97

49er FX
1. Annemiek Bekkering / Annette Duetz, NED, 47
2. Alexandra Maloney / Molly Meech, NZL, 95
3. Odile Van Aanholt / Marieke Jongens, NED, 97

1. Giles Scott, GBR, 57
2. Nicholas Heiner, NED, 84
3. Andy Maloney, NZL, 95

1. Matthew Wearn, AUS, 55
2. Sam Meech, NZL, 64
3. Tonci Stipanovic, CRO, 98

Laser Radial
1. Anne-Marie Rindom, DEN, 59
2. Alison Young, GBR, 74
3. Maria Erdi, HUN, 91

1. Ruggero Tita / Caterina Banti, ITA, 51
2. Ben Saxton / Nicola Boniface, GBR, 77
3. Fernando Echavarri / Tara Pacheco, ESP, 90

RS:X Men
1. Pawel Tarnowski, POL, 34
2. Louis Giard, FRA, 36
3. Sebastian Fleischer, DEN, 48

RS:X Women
1. Lilian De Gues, NED, 38
2. Pei Na Chen, CHN, 49
3. Flavia Tartaglinik, ITA, 65

1. Javier Chacartegui, ESP, 5
2. Sebastian Allebrodt, GER, 11
3. Pablo Ariel, ESP, 17

1. Otto Pohlmann, UAE, 11
2. Stephane Baseden, FRA, 17
3. Javier Scherk Serrat, ESP, 20

ORC fleets and full results

MAPFRE arrive in Brazil and conclude one of the toughest legs in recent years
21 days, 6 hours, 59 minutes and 9 seconds to complete 7900 miles from Auckland to Itajai. On Sunday 8th April, at 09:59 Spanish time, MAPFRE crossed the finish line in Brazil in fifth place, after one of the toughest legs in memory, through the greatly-respected Southern Ocean. The result places Xabi Fernandez and his team just one point behind Charles Caudrelier's Dongfeng on the overall scoreboard, to continue their fight for leadership of the race.

After a slow approach to the finish line in the last few miles due to a drop in wind conditions, the team's family and members of the general public came out to welcome the Spanish team (who had been sailing with rationing in place for both food and fuel in the last few days), into Brazil.

It is now time for the team to rest and look forwards. In second place overall on the general scoreboard, just one point from the new leaders Dongfeng, there are still four legs to complete in the fight for the coveted trophy of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18.

Final Results Leg 7 Auckland (New Zealand) - Itajai (Brazil)
1. Team Brunel (NED, Bouwe Bekking), FINISHED on 3/4/18 at 16:45 Spanish time
2. Dongfeng Race Team (CHN, Charles Caudrelier), FINISHED on 3/4/18 at 17:00 Spanish time
3. Team AkzoNobel (NED, Simeon Tienpont), FINISHED on 5/4/18 at 06:38 Spanish time
4. Turn The Tide on Plastic (Naciones Unidas, Dee Caffari), FINISHED on 7/4/18 at 06:12 Spanish time
5. MAPFRE (ESP, Xabi Fernandez), FINISHED on 08/4/18 at 09:59 Spanish time
Vestas 11th Hour Racing (USA/DEN, Charlie Enright), RET
Team Sun Hung Kai Scallywag (HKG, David Witt), RET

Overall - Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 after 7 legs
1. Dongfeng Race Team (CHN, Charles Caudrelier), 46 points
2. MAPFRE (ESP, Xabi Fernandez), 45
3. Team Brunel (NED, Bouwe Bekking), 36
4. Team AkzoNobel (NED, Simeon Tienpont), 33
5. Sun Hung Kai Scallywag (HKG, David Witt), 26
6. Vestas 11th Hour Racing (USA/DEN, Charlie Enright), 23
7. Turn The Tide on Plastic (Naciones Unidas, Dee Caffari), 20

Vestas 11th Hour Racing prepares for delivery of Volvo Ocean 65 to Itajai
On March 30th Vestas 11th Hour Racing was dismasted and forced to retire from Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race, a 7,100-mile leg from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil. The team made landfall in the Falkland Islands, and is currently executing a plan to return to the race in time for the start of Leg 8 on April 22nd. The Volvo Ocean 65 will soon leave Stanley Harbour on the 1,500-mile journey north with an increased fuel capacity, the aid of a temporary mast, and repaired sails sourced from local boat owners.

At the time of the dismasting, due to weather conditions and the location of the breakage, the only option was to cut away the rig to keep the hull from being damaged and risking the safety of the crew onboard.

"The decision did not come lightly," explained skipper Charlie Enright from Itajai. "We never want to put anything in the ocean. We set out in this campaign to be the most sustainable team in the race, and we are not going to let this incident stop that. We are going to offset our entire carbon footprint and we are working with 11th Hour Racing to make sure that is the case."

Damian Foxall, the team's sustainability manager, is analyzing how these changes impact the team's sustainability goals. On top of tracking the daily activities throughout the race, he is also analyzing how the use of new materials and additional fuel impact the overall carbon footprint of the campaign. At the end of the race, Vestas 11th Hour Racing will offset their footprint through a coastal restoration project.

"The team spirit continues to remain strong," commented Towill. "Everybody is still motivated to get back on the water and try and win this next leg into Newport. We really appreciate all the support we have received from our sponsors, from the Volvo Ocean Race, friends and family, and really all of our fans and supporters around the world."

Seahorse April 2018
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine

World news
Armel Le Cleac'h is a happy man, the Class40 is still nuts, a lot of truth in the Kiwi legend, Bill Macartney's latest TV spectacular gets underway. Plus this time we will to make it to Bermuda (really). Patrice Carpentier, Blue Robinson, Dobbs Davis, Ivor Wilkins

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J/70 Cup: Enfant Terrible shines in Sanremo
Sanremo, Italy: The inaugural act of J/70 Cup 2018 comes to an end with a no race day: the too severe weather conditions, with gusts from Easterly Levante over 35 knots, therefore higher than the Class limit, have led the Race Committee to cancel the regattas of Sunday, communicating it to all the crews in a briefing hosted in the Piazzetta of the Yacht Club Sanremo at 10.00 and immediately followed by the prize giving ceremony.

There is then no change in the overall ranking from the results of yesterday, with Enfant Terrible (2-4-1-1-3 the scores of the series, with the worst result to be discarded) of Alberto Rossi and Branko Brcin at tactics that earn, in addition to the Garmin Trophy awarded yesterday, also the first act of the Italian circuit J/70 Cup, moving an important step towards the qualifications for the J/70 Worlds of Marblehead.

Behind Enfant Terrible, with just one point of margin, Calvi Network (1-2-3-2-BFD) in his new clothes with Gianfranco Noè at the helm and Karlo Hmeljak at the tactical choices. Third place for Petite Terrible (9-29-2-3-1), with Claudia Rossi and Michele Paoletti who, in the second day of racing, had been able to lead the crew in an impeccable recovery from the fourteenth to the third position.

There was also great racing among the non-professionals of the Corinthian category, where Paolo Tomsic got the leadership of the ranking with his Società Nautica Grigano (8-27-15-16-12), leaving behind him with 38 points of advantage Gijetta (30- 38-27-13-19) by Edoardo Meroni. Bronze medal for Josette (15*-50-17-26-18) by Marco Schirato.

After the event of Sanremo, crews will head towards Porto Ercole, where Circolo Nautico e Della Vela Argentario will host the second event of the J/70 Cup, last chance to compete with the fleet before the European Championship of Vigo and the Italian Championship of Malcesine.

J/70 Cup 2018 Schedule
Event 1 - 6-8 April - Sanremo
Event 2 - 11-13 May - Porto Ercole
Event 3 - 12-15 July - Malcesine - Open Italian Championship J/70
Event 4 - 7-9 September - Trieste

IMOCA Annual General Meeting
This week was a busy and useful week for the IMOCA class. After the safety course organised in La Trinite-sur-Mer in Brittany on Wednesday 4th April, those involved in the class got together again on the following day in Lorient for the 2018 Annual General Meeting.

Encouragement to use renewable energy on board the boats, agreement to continue talks with the Volvo Ocean Race, a new rule concerning radars... three major decisions were voted on and approved by a large majority.

It was in the premises of the Lorient Football Club that the Annual General Meeting of the IMOCA class was held on Thursday 5th April to determine the direction taken by the IMOCA class. Around sixty people attended, including skippers and team managers. Several decisions were approved with an acceptance rate of between 85 and 90 %.

Encouraging the use of renewable energy on IMOCAs

Those attending the AGM agreed on a new rule, which should encourage the use of renewable energy aboard the boats to stop them using diesel. Some skippers have already announced their desire to modify their boats going from a combustion engine to an electric motor. This move towards eliminating fossil fuel use is certainly in keeping with the times and corresponds to the fact that skippers are more and more aware of the need for boats to be increasingly optimised in terms of their sustainability.

Continuing the ongoing discussions with the Volvo Ocean Race

The IMOCA skippers voted in favour of the possible addition of the Volvo Ocean Race to the IMOCA race calendar. Those involved in the class have agreed in principle to allowing the next crewed round the world race with stopovers to be raced aboard 60-foot IMOCAs. It is now up to the Board to continue talks with the Volvo Ocean Race.

Antoine Mermod, President of the IMOCA class: "In general, the skippers voted massively in favour of bringing these competitions together. Discussions will now continue in the weeks ahead between the IMOCA class and the VOR, so the basic concept can be drawn up for this partnership. The skippers really want to move in that direction and we are ready. The ball is now in the court of the VOR..."

More efficient radars to cut the risk of collisions

Improving the safety of the boats is a major concern for the IMOCA class. A new rule has been put in place to install more efficient radar systems on board from the start of the 2018 Route du Rhum. The aim is to give solo sailors a better watch system to reduce as much as possible any risk of collision.

San Francisco To Host Yacht Club World Forum
The St. Francis Yacht Club and San Francisco Yacht Club have been selected as hosts for the prestigious International Council of Yacht Clubs World Forum, April 16-20. The 11th World Forum will provide opportunity for thirty-three of the world's leading yacht clubs to discuss building the sport of sailing through greater involvement with youth and women sailors, as well as the fostering of forward looking changes as the sport evolves.

Over 100 delegates from ICOYC Member Clubs will participate in week long networking sessions designed to improve the Member Clubs' operations and offerings to their members. A schedule of social events provides opportunity to build international relationships among the clubs and their members. In addition to a number of US clubs, there will be representatives from as far as Sydney, Hong Kong, Marseilles and Copenhagen and, notably, Auckland, New Zealand, the host for the next Americas Cup.

The International Council of Yacht Clubs is an organization of leading yacht clubs around the world dedicated to supporting the sport of yachting and the success of the clubs in serving their members.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition Qualification System published
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition will be held out of Enoshima Yacht Harbour, also the venue for Sailing's World Cup Series event this September, and will feature 350 athletes racing in 250 boats across the ten Olympic events.

As hosts, Japan receives automatic entry into each event.

The Hempel Sailing World Championships will be the first opportunity for sailors to qualify for Tokyo 2020. In Denmark, 101 places, 40% of the total quota, will be available for the highest finishing nations.

Six places will be available in the Men's and Women's One Person Dinghy at the 2018 Asian Games and 2019 Pan Am Games.

Class Association World Championships in 2019 will see the awarding of 61 places and throughout the remainder of 2019, moving into 2020, Continental Qualification events will be held to decide the remaining 68 places.

Two Men's One Person Dinghy and two Women's One Person Dinghy spots will be awarded to eligible National Olympic Committees (NOC) through the Tripartite Commission Invitation Places. The International Olympic Committee will invite eligible NOCs on 14 October 2019 to apply for these places.

Each NOC may enter a maximum of one boat per event, a total of 15 athletes (eight men and seven women) at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition.

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Keelboat Endeavour Trophy - New UK keelboat champion of champions event at Burnham-on-Crouch
The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Burnham-on-Crouch (RCYC), and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) announce the launch of the Keelboat Endeavour Trophy writes Sue Pelling.

The aim of this new event, scheduled to take place on 22-23 September 2018, is to establish the UK keelboat champions of champions', in a similar format to the long-running and successful annual Endeavour Trophy for dinghies.

Using up to six of the RCYC's fleet of 707s, the Keelboat Endeavour Trophy will be run in a British Keelboat League-style knock-out format with 25 plus races over the weekend, and with RYA on-the-water umpires keeping an eye on proceedings.

The team behind the RCYC and RYA joint venture, including Edwin Buckley (RCYC Event Director), Bas Edmonds (RYA Racing Services Manager) and Jack Fenwick (RYA Keelboat Development Manager) say after three years in the planning they are thrilled to finally be able to launch the event.

A total of 24 keelboat teams are expected to contest the title, which will take place over short, windward/leeward courses on the tactical, tidal waters of the River Crouch and Roach.

To ensure your keelboat class is represented at the inaugural Keelboat Endeavour Trophy, email Edwin Buckley:

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