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Rolex Giraglia - The Fleet Sets Off On The Long Race
Clipper Race 11 Day 10: Scene Set For Tight Finish
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
Clipper Race Founder Celebrates 50 Years Since Record Breaking Voyage
Nye and Ecclestone Join Bermuda Race Roll of Honour
Pier View pub, Cowes Closes
Featured Brokerage
The Last Word: Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Rolex Giraglia - The Fleet Sets Off On The Long Race
At 12:50, the race committee of the Yacht Club Italiano fired the start gun for the big 212 yacht fleet for the long race in the Rolex Giraglia. The yachts headed for the Giraglia rock under a breeze of 10/12 kn

The fleet was divided into four separate starting groups, with the smallest (Groups B IRC/ORC) leading the way, followed a 10 minute intervals by Group A, Group 0 and then the IMOCA 60.

241 miles with uncertain weather, with slim chances of beating the record of 14h56m16s set by Igor Simcic's maxi Esimit Europa 2 back in 2012. The expectation on board the faster boats was for a race lasting 24 to 30 hours with good wind pressure on the way out but less on the way back. After the start gun, the big yachts quickly pulled away towards the offset mark at Formigue and then headed south-east for the long sail towards Corsica.

"We haven't yet decided how many of us will be on board" - said Michele Ivaldi, strategist and helmsman on board Momo, the German Maxi 72 that won the 2017 edition, the day before the start - "last year there were 12 of us - the standard crew is 22 - but very light wind was forecast. This year we'll probably be somewhere in between". Nothing is left to chance and the analysis of the race is increasingly fundamental for making strategic decisions, especially for the very fast Maxi 72s where the speed difference over rivals also depends on tiny variations in the weight carried on board.

On the start line, among the many boats of all kinds and sizes, there was also Tuiga, the splendid 15 m S.I. of the Yacht Club de Monaco, in Saint Tropez as ambassador of the Monaco Club which, in the 2019 edition, will host the finish line of the 67th edition of the regatta.

For the first time, saluting the Rolex Giraglia fleet was the 60 m brigantine Nave Italia which, flying the burgee of the Yacht Club Italiano and of the Marina Militare, is engaged on its summer cruise and promotes navigation as a training and therapeutic tool for disabled and disadvantaged people. On board Nave Italia on the special occasion was also councillor Ilaria Cavo, who came to underline the importance of these projects and show the commitment and closeness of the Liguria Region to the Club's sporting and social activities.

The Rolex Giraglia 2018 is live on where you can track the entire fleet online.

Clipper Race 11 Day 10: Scene Set For Tight Finish
The Clipper Race fleet leading pack has entered what should be the final 24 hours of Race 11: Nasdaq Race from Panama to New York, but finishing positions are still very much up for grabs.

Just like the majority of the races so far in the Clipper 2017-18 Race, the end of Race 11 is set to be a close one. The latest Estimated Time of Arrivals has the majority of the teams crossing the finish line within an eleven-hour period, from mid-afternoon UTC time today.

PSP Logistics remains in first place for a fifth consecutive day and has a 30 nautical mile (nm) lead on the second placed GREAT Britain, with just 77nm to run until the finish line. And PSP Logistics Skipper Matt Mitchell is enjoying where his team is at, saying: "We are ghosting along towards the finish line with just under 80 nautical miles to go as I write. It's been a lovely day today with nice clear skies and decent breeze."

Things are far less settled in the chasing pack. Currently, there is just 26nm separating second from sixth, and with the wind is forecasted to remain patchy for the next 24 hours, the final two spots on the podium are anyone's. GREAT Britain Skipper Dave Hartshorn explains: "The interesting bit is, no one knows what the end picture looks like. Earlier we were thundering along at 14-15 knots, now we are just making 7 knots."

In order to podium in its home port of New York, the sixth placed Nasdaq will no doubt be looking for the same speed which saw it win the Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint. Nasdaq picked up three bonus points after completing the 180nm sprint in 15 hours, 14 minutes, and 10 seconds, at a very impressive average speed of just under 12 knots. Garmin was just 29 minutes and 1 second behind to earn two bonus points, whilst GREAT Britain set the third fastest time, 16 hours, 24 minutes, and 25 seconds - just 15 minutes ahead of the fourth placed Qingdao - to collect one point.

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Clipper Race Founder Celebrates 50 Years Since Record Breaking Voyage
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Sir Robin Knox-Johnston At 13:45 on June 14, 1968, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston bid farewell to his parents and the comforts of land, not knowing when he would see either again. As has been well told over the years, it would be an incredible 312 days before his return which cemented him in the history books as the winner of the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, making him the first person to sail solo, non-stop around the world.

Sir Robin and Suhaili, his 32 foot ketch and well-loved partner in that voyage, are back in Falmouth this week to mark half a century since their legendary journey which captivated the world and eventually led him to found the Clipper Race which opened up the experience of circumnavigation to everyday adventurers.

Arriving to Falmouth Haven Marina, welcomed by members of the media and competitors who are preparing to take part in the tribute edition of the Golden Globe race, Sir Robin reported: "It feels good to be back. It's a bit of a different place to how I remember it though of course. There was no marina then so I was out on a mooring."

On the Golden Globe Race, he adds: "There are a great collection of boats for this race and an even greater group of sailors. Many people are asking if I'm tempted to go around with them again. The answer is no as I've been there and done the journey four times now. I'm sure once I'm on the start line I'll feel slightly envious but it's their turn this time now. I'm going to enjoy following it all instead."

The 2018 Golden Globe is designed to take competitors back to the 'Golden Age' of sailing so all entrants are strictly required only to use the same type, or similar, equipment and technology that was carried on board by Sir Robin fifty years ago, meaning they too will have minimal contact with the outside world for the duration of the journey.

On what he thinks will be the toughest about the challenge, Sir Robin says: "Aside from the conditions, I believe the hardest part for these sailors will be the deprivation of communication. Fifty years ago we didn't have the connectivity that people today are used to – the emails, computers, smart phones and social media. We're so dependent on being connected to one another now, they have more to lose in that way than I did."

Nye and Ecclestone Join Bermuda Race Roll of Honour
One hundred years after the first Bermuda Race was held, the Bermuda Race Roll of Honour was created, in 2006, to recognize and celebrate extraordinary sailors who have made the Thrash to the Onion Patch. In 2018, two more sailors were added to the Roll, which now has 10 members.

Richard S. Nye (1904-1988): A pioneer of modern ocean racing, Dick Nye came late to sailing and was in his 40s when he won the 1952 Bermuda Race in the first of his three Carinas. After winning more Bermuda Race silver for high finishes in his class, he again won the St. David's Lighthouse Trophy in 1970.

Famous for pushing hard, as the leaking Carina staggered across the finish line of the rough 1957 Fastnet Race, Dick shouted, "OK, boys, you can let her sink!" They won that race for their second-straight Fastnet victory. The Nyes also won the 1957 and 1972 transatlantic races to Spain. Dick was not sailing just to win. A shipmate described him as "a tremendous example of a guy who just loved to be at sea. He just loved it."

E. Llwyd Ecclestone, Jr: Meticulous in his preparations, ambitious in his boats and goals, Llwyd Ecclestone has sailed 22 Newport Bermuda Races, missing only three since 1968. When he won the St. David's Division in Kodiak in 1998, it was because he took a rare chance, going far to an eastern corner so remote it was called "the Death Zone." To his loyal crew he is the model skipper. Says one: "He is a living personification of the principles and core values of Corinthian sailing." In that spirit, he donated the race's Corinthian Trophy, awarded to the top boat in the Cruiser-Racer Division with an all-amateur crew.

Ecclestone has again entered Kodiak, his Reichel/Pugh 66, in the 2018 race.

The Newport to Bermuda Race starts on Friday June 15 with the first warning signal at 1300.

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Pier View pub, Cowes Closes
The owner of popular Cowes pub the Pier View has called time at the bar - and said she did not know if it would close for good.

Sue Wescomb posted on Facebook : "Sadly, last orders has now been called at the Pier View.

"I would just like to say a massive thank you for all your custom over the last 25 years - they have been the best times.

"It is with a broken heart that I have to say goodbye."

Hundreds of comments have been posted by customers, sharing their dismay at the news and thanking Sue for so many happy memories.

Sue told the County Press today (Thursday) the Pier View was now closed and would not be open tonight, as planned.

She said 'times were tough' as a leaseholder running the pub, which is owned by Enterprise Inns.

Thanking everyone who had sent messages of support, she said: "It really does mean a lot and I'm grateful to every single one of them.

"I've met some lovely people over the years and some real characters."

Sue said she believed Enterprise Inns would try to find a new leaseholder.

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ClubSwan 36 The ClubSwan 36 fuses the best attributes of dinghy and keelboat sailing with the exhilaration of foil assistance makes this yacht the most innovative entry-level one design sports boat of its era. It is a clear message that Nautor's Swan is looking to the future as much as its past in the desire to open new owners to its products and the ClubSwan world. It is proof of the burgeoning appeal of the Swan regatta programme and, in particular, Swan One Design racing.

Leonardo Ferragamo, Chairman of Nautor's Swan, is another enthusiastic proponent of the project and has been ever since the concept was first put forward: "We are always looking to open the world of Nautor's Swan and the ClubSwan soul to an ever-larger audience and especially to the next generation of sailors. 52 years after the launch of the first Swan model, Nautor is introducing a fifth one design class: the ClubSwan 36."

As early as 2019, it will form a part of The Nations Trophy Leagues anticipated for the Mediterranean and the Baltic, plus The Nations Trophy itself scheduled for October in Palma. Ferragamo again, "The great success of the first edition of The Nations Trophy in Palma de Mallorca confirmed a new era for Nautor's Swan's racing soul. Next year, we will have a fleet of ClubSwan 36s racing in The Nations Trophy 2019, we will organize lots of events in the Med and we will create a circuit in the Baltic."

The ClubSwan 36 C-foil is symmetrical, residing in an unobtrusive, internal trunk. With the boat weighing 2.5 tonnes, it is going to be very fast downwind. Upwind the foil will efficiently create side-force turning the keel fin into just a bulb holder. And, the drag downwind will be minimal.

The C-foil is deployed using a block-and-tackle system. Downwind it becomes a central component in determining optimal trim. Generating some side force when the boat is heeled means it is a boat that responds positively to heeling downwind. This has advantages in getting the twin rudders in line with the water flow.

Clubswan 36 Preliminary Standard Specifications

LWL = 11.00m
LOA = 10.50m
Beam Max = 3.60m
Draught = 2.75 m
Measurement = 2,500 kg
Sailing = 2,950 kg
Ballast = 1,400 kg
Twin Carbon Rudders
Carbon curved rotating dagger board

Naval Architect ​​by Juan Yacht Design
CE Approval
Builder ​​TBS - supervised by Nautor's Swan


Monofoil Gonet

The Monofoil Gonet, developed in the strictest of secrecy for the last two years, will make its mark on the sailing world when it lines up on Lake Geneva during the upcoming spring classics. Designed and skippered by talented sailor, Eric Monnin in collaboration with Damian Weiss, this innovative creation was built at Weiss Yachts with the support of some major names in naval architecture and marine engineering such as Simon Bovay, construction manager, Chris Hill, Clemens Dransfield, structural calculations manager and Jean-Claude Monnin. In charge of simulation calculations and foil design, Jean-Claude is Eric's brother and one of the pillars of the Emirates Team New Zealand design team.

The Gonet Monofoil was imagined and designed before the America's Cup made its spectacular and unexpected move to the flying monohull.

The first sail trials demonstrated the Gonet Monofoil's prodigious pedigree: steady on its foils, it quickly notched up 25 knots (approx. 50km/h). Sailed by four crew, it weighs 850kgs and has a relatively modest 80m2 sail area which makes it easier to handle.

The Geneva and Lausanne bank, Gonet & Cie SA, is the title sponsor of this new sailing adventure. The bank has a long history of success on Lake Geneva and as winners of the 2006 Bol d'Or with a Decision 35 and sponsor of two foiling prototypes from 2009 to 2012, it is returning to the leading edge of innovation with enthusiasm.

Technical specifications
LOA: 8 m
Beam: 2.5 m
Displacement (empty): 850 kg
Mast height: 12.2 m
Mainsail area: 32 m2
Headsail area: 16 m2
Gennaker area: 50 m2



Brazilian yard MCP Yachts has revealed plans to build a 24 metre performance sloop on speculation named Flying Ahead Time.

Naval architects Manoel Chaves and Alejandro Bottino set out to design a sailing yacht that was modern, comfortable and energy-efficient, without sacrificing speed and performance. MCP Yachts said: "Flying Ahead Time means a vessel beyond her time. A new age. Good speed, good stability, environment friendly, [and] good efficiency in all conditions".

The yacht will feature the yard's proprietary Sailing Booster system – two electronic hydrofoils which improve performance, as well as comfort and stability when cruising or at anchor. The system also allows for a reduction in keel weight and draft so sailors can venture into shallower waters.

A clean deck layout, self-tacking genoa and twin rudders make for easy handling, while a folding bimini and dodger protect the large cockpit from the elements. An aft lazarette can be used as a small tender garage.

Two electronic hydrofoils improve comfort and stability when cruising or at anchor The yacht's hull will be made from aluminium with a draft of 2.52 metres and a beam of 6.68 metres.

She will be powered by a single 1,015hp Caterpillar C18 diesel engine with Doen water jet propulsion to reduce drag whilst sailing. She has a maximum speed of 25 knots with a total sailplan of 219 metres squared.

Construction of the hull is due to start in August 2018 at MCP Yachts' facility in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The yard has recently revealed details of its forthcoming MCP 92.5 RPH yacht - a 27.74 metre in-house design built entirely from aluminium.


Hoek Design 76

Hoek Design 76ft modern ketch

Unique though, is the layout of the yacht. Designed around a deckhouse that also incorporates a galley, the chef onboard is a part of the action during sailing and the space feels like the heart of the vessel. This is something that is nearly impossible to find in existing yachts as the owner found out. The main deckhouse has the dining and lounging area, with the galley, and is also directly connected to the large aft cockpit. Down below, the yacht has four double cabins, including an owner's cabin forward, a guest cabin amidships and two cabins aft. One of the two aft cabins can be used as a crew cabin and that cabin is connected to a bathroom that also connects to the engine room underneath the deckhouse.

Hoek Design is responsible for the exterior styling, interior styling and all naval architecture work. The yacht is extensively optimised for performance but also great emphasis has been placed on the aesthetics of the vessel. Keel centreboard construction was chosen not only to reduce the draft, but also to increase performance; the draft with the board up is 2.5 meters and the draft with the board down is 4.5 meters. This will create a performance upwind that is very close to, if not better than, a fixed keel and gives a reasonable draft with the board up to be able to go into small lagoons and shallow areas.

The interior is modern, using brushed white oak as wall cladding and dark oak floorboards underfoot.

LOA: 23.4m
Beam: 6m
Sail area: 288 m2

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Raceboats Only 2002 Swan 70-005 Flying Dragon. 1,400,000 EUR. Located in Genoa, Italy.

This Swan 70 combines the exhilaration of performance sailing with the comfort and security of a blue water cruiser. Under her former name 'Fastnet', she won the Swan Cup in 2002 proving to be unstoppable on the race course.

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Nautor's Swan Brokerage - Giorgio Passarella

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Raceboats Only 1993 Nautor Swan 68 - SEA EAGLE OF SHIAN III. 575,000 GBP Located in Scotland, UK.

Handsome German Frers Swan 68 which is perfect for both a cruising and regatta role. She is a capable and fast bluewater cruising yacht with a great layout for owners, 6 guests and crew. She has had some great updates through life including paint, decks, and rod in 2008, new electronics, communications and entertainment in 2011 and she is constantly updated. Now laid up under cover, she is awaiting her next yachting family to awake her from her slumbers.

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Raceboats Only 2007 Oyster 655 - ROULETTE. 1175000 GBP. Located in Lymington, UK.

Performance Oyster from the board of Humphreys with carbon rig and sailors' set up. Stunning maple innards and has the kerfuffle for blue water.

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Ben Cooper
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