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Canfield Wins Second Argo Group Gold Cup Championship
American Stephan Baker dominates RenRe Junior Gold Cup
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
Warrior takes line honours in Antigua to Bermuda Race
Events Committee discuss Olympic events in London
More World Sailing Updates
Plenty Wins Farr 40 North American Championship
Clipper Race 10 Day 13: Light Wind Escape
J/70 Cup 2018
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Canfield Wins Second Argo Group Gold Cup Championship
Hamilton, Bermuda: Taylor Canfield and the USone Sailing Team captured the 68th Argo Group Gold Cup with a 3-1 victory over Johnie Berntsson’s Swedish crew.

Canfield won the venerable King Edward VII Gold Cup for the second time, following his first win in 2012. Canfield’s crew included Mike Buckley, Victor Diaz de Leon, George Peet and Erik Shampain. They won $30,000 of the $100,000 prize purse.

Canfield succeeded in an exciting match that belies the lopsided scoreline. The final four races featured lead changes, penalties and luffing matches, the hallmarks of good, close match racing. In this case, Canfield and crew happened to come out on top versus a very experienced team.

Berntsson, sailing in his ninth Gold Cup, won the trophy in 2008 and ’14, and also has four top three finishes. Berntsson and crew Oscar Angervall, Björn Lundgren and Robert Skarp won $15,000 for placing second overall.

Lucy Macgregor posted the best finish ever by a female crew in the Gold Cup and won the Wedgwood Heritage Trophy, awarded to the sailor who best represents the traditional values and history of sailing.

Final Standings
1. Taylor Canfield (USA) - 19-2
2. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) - 16-5
3. Torvar Mirsky (AUS) - 16-9
4. Lucy Macgregor (GBR) - 13-13
5. Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) - 9-5
6. Nicklas Dackhammar (SWE) - 6-7
7. Charlie Lalumiere (USA) - 7-12
8. Ettore Botticini (ITA) - 5-14

American Stephan Baker dominates RenRe Junior Gold Cup
Stephan Baker of the U.S. won the 16th annual RenRe Junior Gold Cup. The 14-year-old Baker, from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., dominated the regatta with the low score of 14 points and finished 20 points ahead of Bermudian Christian Ebbin.

Baker has been almost untouchable on the Optimist circuit. He currently holds the title of overall winner at the South American and North American Championships, the Mar Del Plata regatta, the Orange Bowl regatta and the 2018 USA Optimist Team Trials along with the title of 2017 US National Champion. He was fourth in the 2017 World Championships in Thailand as well.

This year’s fleet counted 35 sailors from five different continents, including 23 Bermudian sailors. It included Matt Ashwell of South Africa, the first entrant from the African continent, and the largest field of female sailors both locally and amongst the overseas competitors. Females are here from Argentina, Germany, Great Britain, New Zealand, Spain and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The German sailor, Cosima Schlueter, placed sixth overall and was the top-placing female.

The youngest competitor from overseas was Mose Bellomi from Italy, who at home is in the cadetti fleet (under 11) and by Italian requirements is not allowed to sail in their selection trials due to his age yet is in the top half here amongst his world class competitors.

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Warrior takes line honours in Antigua to Bermuda Race
American modified Volvo 70 Warrior sailed by Stephen Murray Jr. has taken Line Honours in the 2018 Antigua Bermuda Race, crossing the finish line at 7:57:48 local time local time on Saturday 12 May 2018. Warrior has set a new race record of 2 days, 18 hours 32 minutes and 48 seconds for the Antigua Bermuda Race.

Warrior smashed their own race record set last year by over 24 hours, much to the delight of Stephen Murray who was greeted at the finish line by Antigua Bermuda Race Chair, Les Crane.

Warrior Crew (All USA unless stated): Stephen Murray Jr., Ryan Breymaier, Nathan Fast, Jesse Fielding, Karl Funk, Ben Lynch (IRL), Jan Majer, TJ Roney, Paul Stanbridge (GBR), Scott Tomkins, Chris Welch.

Jens Kellinghusen's German Ker 56 Varuna finished the race just under four hours behind Warrior on the water. After IRC time correction Varuna has set the time to beat, and the impressive performance has made Varuna strong favourites to win overall under IRC and lift the Warrior Perpetual Trophy.

Varuna IV Crew: Guenter Alajmo; Guillermo Altadill; Jaime Arbones; Reino Unido; Roberto Bermudez de Castro; Tim Daase; Jan Hilbert; Jens Kellinghusen; Peter Knight; Holger Lehning; Filip Pietrzak; Lindsay Stead; Fynn Terveer; Michel Voss.

Events Committee discuss Olympic events in London
World Sailing’s Events Committee met today at the 2018 Mid-Year Meeting in London, Great Britain with the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition Events at the top of the agenda.

Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition

Ahead of the Mid-Year Meeting, World Sailing's Council approved an Events Committee recommendation to review the following Events:

Men's Windsurfer
Women's Windsurfer
Men's One Person Dinghy Heavyweight
Men's Two Person Dinghy
Women's Two Person Dinghy

The review of the five Events meant that the remaining five Events and their equipment remain unchanged by Council for Paris 2024. These Events and equipment are:

Men's One Person Dinghy - Laser
Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial
Women's Skiff - 49erFX
Men's Skiff - 49er
Mixed Two Person Multihull - Nacra 17

The Events Committee were tasked with reviewing, debating and making a recommendation to World Sailing’s Council on whether to retain the Events under review or if new Events should replace them.

After the 2017 Annual Conference, a 2024 Events & Equipment Working Party was formed to consider and make recommendations to the Events Committee on the 2024 sailing events.

The Working Party conducted an extensive program of work to understand the issues relevant for sailing and the sports events programme in the Olympic Games.

A full report was delivered by Events Committee Chair, Sarah Kenny, and the report is available to read here -[23963].pdf

The working party established that it is in the best interests of the sport to strengthen sailing at the Olympic Games. It was stated that no change is not an option and there must be gender equity in events with two or four mixed events. To achieve these objectives, the Working Party identified three key events that included Windsurfer events, Kiteboarding events and an Offshore Keelboat event.

World Sailing received 59 submissions in advance of the Mid-Year Meeting that proposed recommendations whether events under review should be retained or if new Events should replace them.

The Events Committee heard from delegates who put spoke about their submissions before running through the submissions to establish which ones would receive a proposer and a seconder which would enable them to vote.

Submissions M09, M10, M11, M14, M16, M18, M22, M23, M24, M28, M34, M36, M42, M43, M44, M45, M49, M56, M57 and M61 all received a proposer and a seconder.

A secret ballot was held and Committee members were asked to vote on which Submission they supported. In addition, the first vote allowed members to vote to retain the existing Events and Equipment that will be used at Tokyo 2020.

The first round of votes saw M36 and M45 retained. A run off vote was held between M09, M14, M18, M22, M23, M49 and M57.

M18, M22, M23, M49 and M57 were retained. A run off vote was held between M14 and M23 however this was a tie and Events Committee Chair Sarah Kenny had the casting vote and retained M23.

This subsequently saw another vote between M18, M22, M23, M36, M45, M49 and M57.

M18, M22, M36 and M45 were retained and in the final vote, M36 received more than 50% of the vote and was subsequently approved as the Events Committee recommendation to Council for the 2024 Olympic Games.

Click here to view Submission M36-18.

More World Sailing Updates
Equipment Committee meet at Mid-Year Meeting

The Equipment Committee met on Sunday 13 May at World Sailing’s 2018 Mid-Year Meeting which is being held at Chelsea Football Club in London, Great Britain.

Discussions ranged from class associations applications, safety reporting as well as Paris 2024 Events and Equipment.

Paris 2024 Olympic Events and Equipment

The Committee noted the submissions related to the Paris 2024 Events that were debated by the Events Committee the day prior. Read a recap on their meeting here - They discussed criteria that could be used where new Equipment is required.

World Sailing’s Council will vote on the Events that will be adopted for Paris 2024 when they meet on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 May. If any new Events are selected, the Equipment Committee will review the Equipment for the Events. Evaluation events will be held in 2019 ahead of a final decision by November 2019.

As part of a separate equipment re-evaluation process, World Sailing is reviewing the equipment used for the Men and Women's One Person Dinghy Events. Should the Men’s and Women’s Windsurfer Events and Equipment be retained, World Sailing will also re-evaluate the Equipment.

The purpose of a re-evaluation is to ensure there is fair and open competition at regular intervals for the equipment for an Olympic Event. This ensures that sailors, Member National Authorities and Olympic teams are receiving a high-quality service and products from manufacturers at competitive prices.

The Equipment Committee reviewed and approved the Olympic Equipment re-evaluation procedure which can be viewed here

World Sailing’s Council will approve the procedure on Monday and Tuesday.

Safety Reporting Portal

As sailing evolves and develops, the risks in the sport are increasing and World Sailing are taking positive steps to protect the sailors and reduce the risks.

At the 2017 Annual Conference, a safety framework was presented which included the creation of a Safety Panel and an incident reporting web portal.

The incident reporting web portal is available here -

The purpose of this is to ensure MNAs, Classes and Rating systems report relevant information regarding incidents occurring in training or racing, in order to share best practice and raise awareness of increasing safety concerns.

The Equipment Committee will recommend to Council that they approve Submission M01-18 which adds a new Regulation 38 to ensure MNAs, Classes and Rating Systems report any incidents they are aware, that fits a set criteria, within 30 days.

Click here to view Submission M01-18 -

From there, the Safety Panel will assess each reported incident. Depending on the seriousness of the incident, they will make a decision on the next steps and whether to investigate further.

The end goal is to reduce the incidents in the sport and increase awareness of best practice. The next step is for World Sailing Committees to make their recommendations by mid-January to refine the framework.

Class Associations Application

At the 2017 Annual Conference, World Sailing received Class Status applications from the Nacra 15 Class and the Diam 24 Class. These were deferred to the Mid-Year meeting.

The worldwide distribution list from both classes was presented today and the Equipment Committee approved the Nacra 15 and deferred the Diam 24 to the 2018 Annual Conference. Council will ratify the decision over the next two days.

Plenty Wins Farr 40 North American Championship
Long Beach, California: Skipper Alex Roepers and his team on Plenty put forth one of the most impressive performances in the 2018 Farr 40 North American Championship, posting a tremendous score line en route to a commanding victory.

Roeper steered Plenty to first place finishes in 10 of 11 races to post a remarkably low score of 11 points - 22 better than runner-up Struntje Light - to capture his second North American crown. Veteran professional Terry Hutchinson called tactics for Roepers, who has now won both his North American titles while racing off Long Beach.

Plenty was without two of its usual crew as mainsail trimmer Skip Baxter and bowman Greg Gendell were not available for this regatta. Quantum professional Dave Armitage joined the afterguard and handled the main while Sean Couvreux worked the foredeck.

Plenty previously captured the 2014 North American Championship, which was also held out of Long Beach Yacht Club. Needless to say, this particular part of the Pacific Ocean has become a favorite venue for Roepers, a New York City resident.

Owner-drive Wolfgang Schaefer and his team on Struntje Light won a dramatic match race with Australian Temptress in the last race to place second in the overall standings. The German entry placed fourth in Race 11 while the Australian boat finished sixth, a two-point swing that produced a flip-flop in the standings.

Struntje Light trailed Australian Temptress entering the final race and came out of it ahead by one. Sten Mohr made his debut as tactician aboard Struntje Light, which won Race 2 and took second in five other starts in posting a total score of 34 points.

Australian Temptress, skippered by Ray Roberts, won the Corinthian class, with 35 points, bettering the second place boat by 18 points. Mick Schlens on Blade 2 finished second, followed by the CalMaritime team. -- Bill Wagner

Clipper Race 10 Day 13: Light Wind Escape
​After days of speculation and carefully monitoring the looming wind hole off the coast of Mexico, it seems the Clipper Race fleet was let off lightly by the wind gods, with many teams experiencing a shorter time than first predicted in the windless zone.

Today, on Day 13 of Race 10: The Garmin American Challenge, most of the pack is back into breeze and making good headway south towards the first mandatory gate.

Bob Beggs, Skipper of Unicef, reports: "The wind hole and light winds of yesterday have been replaced by an almost perfect wind direction and strength. We are making great progress to the south in company with the Clipper Race fleet and the racing is good."

As the fleet remains compressed, with just 87 nautical miles (nm) separating the top ten teams, there has been change on the leaderboard with the biggest jump coming from Unicef which is up into second place from fifth.

As the breeze continues to fill in, the questions of whether or not to stick with the inshore tactic will be at the forefront for Skippers and their crews.

Over the coming days, Clipper Race Meteorologist Simon Rowell is expecting the conditions to remain largely the same with light patches, though a reasonable overall flow will help the teams proceed south.

The race to Panama is expected to take approximately 23 to 26 days, with the fleet expected to arrive between 23 - 27 May. The brief stopover will feature one of the highlights of the Clipper 2017-18 Race - the Panama Canal - which will see the teams bid farewell to the Pacific Ocean and re-enter the Atlantic Ocean ahead of the final three races of the circumnavigation.

J/70 Cup 2018
Porto Ercole, Tuscany: A battle for the podium until the last jibe characterized the epilogue of the J/70 Cup in Porto Ercole, second act of the Open Italian J/70 Circuit. The event consisted on a three-days of racing, where eight regattas - the maximum allowed by the NOR - have been completed in wonderful sunny conditions and with moderate breeze up to 18 knots.

Arriving at the last regatta of the series with a gap of only 6 points, Enfant Terrible (24-12 today's partials), Calvi Network (9-8) and Petite Terrible (5-15) were the protagonists of a race with the potential to drastically change team placements on the final podium.

The first boat to cross the finish line was Calvi Network in 8th position, four boats ahead of Enfant Terrible, but the gap was not enough to gain the lead of the ranking, thus ensuring access to the highest step of the podium to the crew driven by the Ancona-based owner Alberto Rossi.

The podium of the second event of the J/70 Cup circuit saw then Enfant Terrible awarded with the gold medal, Calvi Network in second position and Petite Terrible, winner of Saturday’s Garmin Cup, on the third step.

In the Corinthian division, reserved for non-professionals, the success went to Uji Uji (8-3) of Alessio Marinelli, who managed to overtake La Femme Terrible (39-22) of Paolo Tomsic, leader of its division in the first two days of racing that eventually closed the event in third place. Second place for Noberasco DAS (10-14) of Alessandro Zampori who maintains the placement gained at the end of the races of Saturday.

In the last day of racing, the races were won ArtTube of the Russian entry Lera Kovalenko (1-19) and Mission Possible (UFD-1) of the German Markus Wieser, both at the first success in the series of Porto Ercole.

The next appointment of J/70 Italian Class is set for July 11th in Malcesine, when the first Open Italian Championship will begin with two days of measurement operations.

Top ten after 8 races, 1 discard
1. Enfant Terrible, Alberto Rossi, ITA, 57.0
2. Calvinetwork, Gianfranco Noei, ITA, 53.0
3. Petite Terrible, Claudia Rossii, ITA, 61.0
4. The Elagain, Franco Solerioi, ITA, 95.0
5. Notar Team-Laws Of Italy, Luca Domenici i, ITA, 108.0
6. Uji Uji, Peppu Marinellii, ITA, 93.0
7. Noberasco Das, Alessandro Zamporii, ITA, 114.0
8. Piccinina, Roberti Stefanoi, MON, 117.0
9. Viva 65, Alessandro Mollai, ITA, 126.0
10. The Femme Terrible, Paolo Tomsici, ITA, 134

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