In This Issue
Curtain closes on 2018 World Cup Series
Dongfeng Race Team leads Volvo Ocean Race fleet past Fastnet Rock
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
Admiral on the ascent
Rolex Giraglia - Fickle wind in the Gulf of Saint Tropez
Suhaili 50 Falmouth Parade of Sail
Industry News
David Hough
Featured Brokerage
The Last Word: The Firesign Theater

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Curtain closes on 2018 World Cup Series
Philipp Buhl (GER), Emma Plasschaert (BEL), Jorge Zarif (BRA), Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) and Great Britain's Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre were crowned 2018 World Cup Series Champions as the curtain closed on the Marseille Final.

The final day of competition was plagued with a light breeze that never truly settled from a consistent direction, ensuring both the competitors and race management teams were tested to the maximum.

The Laser, Laser Radial, Finn and Men's 470 all completed their Medal Races but the Women's 470 fleet could not start before the cut-off time, ensuring the results from the previous day stood.

As the dust starts to settle on the 2018 World Cup Series, the competitors are now looking ahead to the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 this August.

The World Championships is the principle qualification event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition and upwards of 1,500 racers are expected to sail in the Danish city.

Following that, it's back to World Cup action with Japan, USA and Italy holding Rounds before a return to the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing venue in Marseille, France. -- Daniel Smith - World Sailing

Round 1 - Enoshima, Japan, 9-16 September 2018
Round 2 - Miami, USA, 27 January-3 February 2019
Round 3 - Genoa, Italy, 22-28 April 2019
Final - Marseille, France, 2-9 June 2019

Final top three Marseille

470 Men
1. Mathew Belcher / William Ryan, AUS, 44
2. Jordi Xammar Hernandez / Nicolas Rodríguez García-Paz, ESP, 59
3. Keiju Okada / Jumpei Hokazono, JPN, 63

470 Women (names not available on World Sailing website)
1. AUS
2. BRA
3. ESP

1. Jorge Zarif, BRA, 34
2. Josh Junior, NZL, 51
3. Andy Maloney, NZL, 55

1. Philipp Buhl, GBER, 53
2. Hermann Tomasgaard, NOR, 54
3. Elliot Hanson, GBR, 56

Laser Radial
1. Emma Plasschaert, BEL, 48
2. Maria Erdi, HUN, 54
3. Tuula Tenkanen, FIN, 73

1. Ruggero Tita / Caterina Marianna Banti, ITA, 32
2. Vittorio Bissaro / Maelle Frascari, ITA, 41
3. Ben Saxton / Nicola Boniface, GBR, 48

RS:X Men
1. Pierre Le Coq, FRA, 33
2. Thomas Goyard, FRA, 36
3. Louis Giard, FRA, 43

RS:X Women
1. Noga Geller, ISR, 48
2. Lilian De Geus, NED, 49
3. Stefania Elfutina, RUS, 52


Dongfeng Race Team leads Volvo Ocean Race fleet past Fastnet Rock
The Volvo Ocean Race's overall leaders Dongfeng Race Team were at the head of the fleet on Monday as the teams passed the iconic Fastnet Rock off Ireland's southern tip.

With just under 24 hours of Leg 10 complete less than three miles split the top six boats as the light wind start to the penultimate stage of the race continued.

Since leaving the Welsh capital city Cardiff on Sunday the fleet has been dogged by fickle breeze, covering less than 250 miles at speeds of no more than 10 knots.

The only boat not enmeshed in the light airs on Monday afternoon is Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag, but David Witt's team is some 77 miles behind the leaders after getting caught in the tide and being forced to anchor last night

Dongfeng, skippered by Charles Caudrelier, shot into the lead on Sunday evening after Leg 9 winners Team Brunel and rivals MAPFRE came to a halt in a patch of super-light breeze.

Although Dongfeng's lead is narrow, Brunel skipper Bouwe Bekking said he is keen not to let them slip any further ahead.

At 1,300 miles Leg 10 is the shortest of all 11 legs, but with just three points separating Dongfeng, MAPFRE and Brunel on the overall leaderboard its significance is huge.

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 10 Leaderboard at 12:00 UTC on Monday 11 June
1. Dongfeng Race Team - 1062.6 nautical miles to finish
2. Team Brunel - 1.6 nautical miles to leader
3. MAPFRE - 1.8 nautical miles to leader
4. team AkzoNobel - 2.2 nautical miles to leader
5. Turn the Tide on Plastic - 2.3 nautical miles to leader
6. Vestas 11th Hour Racing - 2.4 nautical miles to leader
7. SHK / Scallywag - 67.1 nautical miles to leader

Volvo Ocean Race Points Table after Leg 9
1. Dongfeng Race Team - 60 points
2. MAPFRE - 59 points
3. Team Brunel - 57 points
4. team AkzoNobel - 48 points
5. Vestas 11th Hour Racing - 36 points
6. SHK / Scallywag - 29 points
7. Turn the Tide on Plastic - 26 points

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

Seahorse Magazine

Lots of Cup stuff, some outstanding multihull stuff and lots more Cup stuff (it's that time of year). Patrizio Bertelli, Bob Fisher, Jack Griffin, Terry Hutchinson

Not bad (for a Beatle)
The first of a two-part potted biography of one of the kings of the regatta waterfront. Jim Pugh sits down in San Diego with Dobbs Davis

Never a dull moment
Baltic Yachts are bringing expertise and experience to bear on a new selection of 67ft semi-custom fast-cruisers

Swiss composites engineers at Carbo-Link have emerged from the shadows...

Sailor of the Month
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Admiral on the ascent
Sparkling conditions on the second day of the IRC Europeans and Commodores' Cup where two races were eventually held on the Solent following the abandonment of the race around the Isle of Wight.

The Azores high pressure system encroaching on the UK is bringing summer to the Solent, but making life awkward for the race officers at the Royal Ocean Racing Club's IRC European Championship and Commodores' Cup.

Today's much anticipated race around the Isle of Wight got away on time at 0930 BST from the Royal Yacht Squadron line. But just under two hours later the wind died and the race was abandoned, although not before several competitors had kedged. With the boats returned to Cowes Yacht Haven, patience won out and the gradient breeze somehow managed to overcome the thermal. This allowed for two round the cans races to be held in the central Solent, the wind even creeping into the teens towards the end of the second race. The two inshore races were held near the Brambles Bank with reaching and running starts respectively.

While there are three classes competing this week, there are also numerous 'races within races'. In IRC Two the King 40 sisterships Cobra and Nifty enjoyed near match racing in today's first race, finishing first and second respectively. For the Blair family, this was payback - in yesterday's race they had been forced to watch the massive lead Cobra had pulled out evaporate as they fell into a hole. "It was frustrating because we showed what we could do," recounted skipper Stevie Beckett. "So we have just been biding our time." Unfortunately in the second race the whole fleet compressed as the backmarkers brought in the new breeze, causing Nifty and Cobra to finish fifth and ninth respectively.

Tomorrow the forecast is again light and the intention is to try for two inshore races. Whether one or two races is held will determine the schedule for the remaining four days of this IRC European Championship and Commodores' Cup.

Provisional Results can be found at: Commodores' Cup:

Rolex Giraglia - Fickle wind in the Gulf of Saint Tropez
Only the big Wally 100s finished the day's race. Races were cancelled for the other Classes on the second day of coastal racing. An unusually grey day and unstable weather made it impossible for the other groups in the Rolex Giraglia to finish their races. Winner of the day was the Wally 100 Tango

The Rolex Giraglia continues tomorrow, with the third and last day of inshore racing and increasing concentration - especially on weather models - in the run-up to the long race on Wednesday 13th.

The only class that managed to cross the finishing line was that of the big Wally 100s, which thanks to their speed managed to stay ahead of the caprices of the wind. The days when I was the brand-new Tango, with on board two legends, Marc Pajot and Thierry Peponnet, ahead of Magic Carpet Cubed, which can count on a monumental afterguard with champions of the calibre of Jochen Schuemann, Tom Whidden and Marcel Van Triest, and in third place Galateia, with talented Briton Jeremy Robinson on board.

In addition to the action on the water, the Rolex Giraglia is increasingly proving an event of international importance, a privileged setting for world news; this was in fact the case yesterday when BMW presented the new 5 Series at the headquarters of the Société Nautique de Saint Tropez, while this evening it will be the turn of the much awaited ClubSwan 36 from Nautor, the small and aggressive one design created by Juan K.

For the Class ClubSwan, the Rolex Giraglia coincides also with the third leg of The Nations Trophy Med League (after the first leg in Montecarlo and the second in Palma de Maiorca).

Wednesday June 13, at midday the starting gun will fire for the offshore race that will lead the fleet to round the iconic Giraglia rock in Corsica, then head back to the finish line in Genoa for a total of 241 miles.

Suhaili 50 Falmouth Parade of Sail
11th June:
Arrival of the 2018 Golden Globe Race fleet at Falmouth Haven Marina followed by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and Suhaili escorted by a flotilla of yachts representing the Cruising Association

12 - 13th June:
Falmouth Haven (adjacent to Custom House Quay) open to the public to view the historic fleet each day from 11.00am - 20:00pm. There will also be a small marquee with historic images illustrating Sir Robin's achievements 50 years ago.

12th June:
Arrival of Gipsy Moth IV.
2018 Golden Globe Race skipper safety at sea conference
19:00: St Mawes Sailing Club Golden Globe Race cocktail party for skippers, event organisers, friends and families. Suhaili, Gipsy Moth IV and Lively Lady will be moored just off the St Mawes harbour wall. This is a ticketed invite-only event.

13th June:
Midday - 2018 Golden Globe Race Press Conference and public presentation of skippers.
14:00pm - Book Launch and signing: Sir Robin Knox-Johnston on Seamanship & Seafaring at The Falmouth Bookseller, Church Street.
16:00-17.00pm - Illustrated talk at The Poly with Barry Pickthall - former Sunday Times & Times yachting correspondent, Chris Eakin, author of the book 'A Race Too Far' and Bill Rowntree, the former Sunday Mirror photographer who was assigned to cover Robin Knox-Johnston's start and historic return to Falmouth 50 years ago. They will be recalling the highs and lows of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's incredible voyage and triumphant return to Falmouth. A must-attend event! Tickets details available very soon.
18.00pm till late - Suhaili Evening at The Chain Locker Pub with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in attendance early and later into the evening
19:30pm - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston pre-Parade dinner at The Royal Cornwall Yacht Club. This is a ticketed event.
22:00pm - Firework display over Falmouth's harbour and bay, illuminating many of the town's award-winning attractions including the historic waterfront and Pendennis Castle.

14th June:
10:00am: Suhaili 50 Falmouth Parade of Sail. Suhaili leads the historic yachts, the 2018 Golden Globe Race Fleet and a flotilla of supporting boats on a celebratory tour of Falmouth harbour, starting from Custom House Quay and taking in St Mawes and Pendennis Point and Castle.
13:30pm: Start of the SITRaN Charity Race from Pendennis Point to Les Sables d'Olonne, France, the first stage of the 50th anniversary Golden Globe Race which will commence from the French port on Sunday July 1st.

Industry News
UK sail and sportswear retailer and manufacturer Henri Lloyd has entered administration, citing "challenging trading conditions on the high street" as the reason. Established in Manchester in 1963 by former Polish soldier Henri Strzelecki, the administration stands to affect some 31 sales outlets including seven stores and concessions within House of Fraser stores.

A statement from the company says: "Chris Ratten and Jeremy Woodside of RSM Restructuring Advisory have been appointed joint administrators of Henri Lloyd and Henri Lloyd International on 8 June 2018." The exact number of jobs at risk is unknown but as a sign of the times on the UK high street, the House of Fraser recently announced it was closing several stores with the loss of 6,000 jobs.

Since being formed, Henri-Lloyd clothing had become a leading brand in the UK and internationally with a number of overseas dealers in a number of European countries and Australia. Strzelecki partnered with Angus Lloyd in the business and the former became known as 'Waterproof Henri' for his designs and he was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 1985.

One of the administrators suggested: "It's early days but we are talking to potential interested parties and working with our professional advisors to review the status of the business with a view to maximising the returns to creditors."

The company's seven stores are in UK boating centres such as Cowes, Lymington and Beaumaris plus two in Devon. Henri Lloyd clothing was used by the Land Rover BAR America's Cup team.


Discovery Yachts Group Ltd is pleased to announce that Werner Schnaebele, operating through Binti Holding GmbH, has increased his shareholding by 20% from Sean Langdon CEO. This is in addition to his recent acquisition of a 10% holding in the Group during the hugely successful crowd-funding.

Based in Germany, Werner Schnaebele will join the Board of Discovery Yachts Group as a non executive director and will not be involved in the day-to-day running of the Group. He has a Discovery 58 presently in build, which will be on show at this year's Southampton Boat Show along with four other yachts from the group.

Sean Langdon, together with his management team, still retains over 35% of the Group.


From June 18-21, the Newport Charter Yacht Show presented by Helly Hansen Newport will showcase the impressive lineup of world-class yachts available for charter in the region this season. Staged at the mega-yacht friendly Newport Shipyard in Newport, R.I., the annual event is the only one of its kind in the U.S., allowing brokers and industry professionals to tour each yacht's accommodations and get to know the captain and crew. Of the 24 charter yachts currently registered for the show, 18 are new to the event and 13 are measuring in at 100 feet and longer.

A number of sailboats will show, including the 109' S/Y Marae. "Marae was built perfectly for cruising in the Caribbean and New England," said Karen Kelly Shea, president of Nicholson Yachts, "and is just a beautiful yacht with a lovely master stateroom and interior in addition to an excellent crew." Marae sleeps six guests and features a sheltered cockpit and deck area as well as a plethora of watersports toys. She is one of five yachts that Nicholson has in the show this year.

During the Newport Charter Yacht Show, the public is invited to check out exhibiting vendors along the "checkerboard patio" outside Belle's Café at Newport Shipyard. Vendors will be open daily June Tuesday, 19 through Thursday, June 21 from 10am-5pm and include: presenting sponsor Helly Hansen with its mobile pop-up shop; Spades Cosmetics, Pantaenius Yacht Insurance, AERE Marine Group, Newport Yacht Interiors, The Carnegie Tower, CaptureRI, WheelHouse Technologies, Boatique USA, Harbor East Marina, Wharf Marina, Swarovski Optik, a.Clara Boston, Global Satellite USA LLC, Bent & Bree, CUTCO Cutlery, Cloud City Drones, Bluewater, Flint & Flame and Marigot Bay Resort & Marina. The U.S. Superyacht Association will have its own sponsors showing under a special tent.


The Cable-less Code Zero is a sail in which an uninterrupted lens of uni-directional fibers designed in the luff of the sail takes the load from the tack all the way to the head.

The Cable-less Code 0 is a revolutionary sailmaking application that eliminates the use of torsion cables - giving more luff projection for deeper angles, more range and less weight. This advancement will give the ability to ease the tack up effortlessly and get more luff projection for deeper angles, giving the sails constructed with this method more range, lighter weight and less total cost. Part of this stems from eliminating the often heavy and expensive torsion ropes that have become prerequisites to successful deployment of standard Code Zero's.


The programme for ICMAC 2018, the 11th International Conference on Manufacturing of Advanced Composites, has been released.

With over 30 expert speakers and parallel sessions running over two days on the 11- 12 July 2018 in Nottingham, UK, the event will provide a forum for both academic and industrial delegates to share ideas and approaches and showcase world-leading manufacturing research for advanced composites, recognising and responding to industry needs.

The conference will be preceded by a one-day Hub/IDC open day on 10 July, which is free to attend. It offers a mix of keynote papers presented by internationally renowned experts and presentations chosen from peer-reviewed abstracts, all of which will cover a diverse range of industry sectors. Full details will be available shortly.

The event is organised on behalf of the British Composites Society (one of the technical divisions of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining), which aims to provide a single authoritative voice for individuals which are practising science and engineering within the field of composites.

David Hough
David Hough It is with sadness that IBI learnt recently of the death of David Hough.

David joined the forerunner of British Marine, the Ship and Boatbuilders Federation, in the late 1960s. He worked for the industry's longest-serving chief executive, Tom Webb, on a variety of Federation activities including arranging early Congresses of the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) and the International Federation of Boat Show Organisers (IFBSO).

He was responsible for developing the UK boating industry's export activities, including British Overseas Trade Board supported joint stands at boat shows in the USA and Europe and trade missions to several countries which often included IBI staff. He earned the respect and friendship of show organisers and government officials in the UK and abroad.

Transferring to the National Boat Shows team, under Alan Jones, he progressed to become its managing director with responsibility for the London and Southampton shows.

His family are planning a celebration of his life. Friends from the boating industry will be most welcome. Details will be published by British Marine.

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