In This Issue
High Potential wins 2018 Round the Island Race Gold Roman Bowl
'Auf Wiedersehen' Bermuda
GKSS Match Cup Sweden
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
Tour Voile
Youngest Ever Clipper Race Skipper Wins Race To Derry-Londonderry
Goransson Wins 2018 One Ocean Melges 40 Grand Prix
Ramsgate Week
Perfect Sailing Conditions During the 81st Edition of the Warnemunde Woche
Featured Brokerage
The Last Word: A Roman proverb

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High Potential wins 2018 Round the Island Race Gold Roman Bowl
Photo by Ingrid Abery, Click on image for photo gallery.

In what will probably be regarded as one of the most challenging on record, the 87th edition of the Round the Island Race in association with Cloudy Bay was won overall by High Potential.

Ross Applebey and his team, based in Lymington, sailed an impressive race in the light, tactical conditions and after 8:30:03 was deemed the overall winner of the Gold Roman Bowl on corrected time.

Ned Collier Wakefield, alongside Irvine Laidlaw, sailing aboard Tony Lawson's MOD70 foiling trimaran Concise Fling, was fairly accurate in his prediction to record the slowest time for line honours. It may not be official but 8:34:09 is over six hours more than it took last year when they broke the multihull record) is definitely up for debate.

The general lack of wind and seabreeze that failed to materialise, left hundreds of teams struggling to reach the Needles before the tidal gate slammed shut in the early part of the race. Those who sneaked through had little option other than to soldier on and endure a slow, challenging, and extremely hot rounding.

The award for the first monohull to finish went to Tony Langley's TP52 Gladiator who completed the course with an elapsed time of 8:56:47. Chatting after the race, Langley said: "It was the longest one I've ever done; nine hours on the helm which is plenty.

"There were three transitions, two round the back of the Island, and one on the eastern Solent. These transitions from one breeze to the other were the tricky ones; a knot or so of wind, so it was a case of just keeping the boat working to get through to the new breeze."

Mention should also be made of the winner of Raymarine Live Weather Briefing, prize draw. Paul French from the Westerly Regatta 290, Temptation was the lucky winner of the Raymarine Axiom 9 inch and the new AIS700 – total value £2,390.

Full results

'Auf Wiedersehen' Bermuda
The Atlantic Anniversary Regatta race from Bermuda to Hamburg started just after midday local time on July 08, 2018.

Blessed with superb conditions, the international fleet enjoyed 15 knots of SSE breeze, with warm air and ocean swell. Two miles east of Bermuda's iconic St. David's Lighthouse, the intrepid fleet of sailors, from 14 different countries, set off bound for Hamburg, 3,500 miles across the Atlantic Ocean. A highly competitive start was followed by a flexi-course, PRO Stefan Kunstmann sent the fleet on a two-mile windward leeward course around laid marks, with a fetch to a turning mark, before the fleet headed out into the Atlantic under spinnaker.

George David's American Maxi Rambler 88 led the fleet away at an astonishing speed. Under full main and A3, Rambler 88 was flying over 800 square metres of sail area. With a high level of squall activity in the starting area, Rambler 88 put in two uber gybes to chase the rain-storms. The Maxi Racer is the hot favourite for Line Honours, and there was no holding back Rambler 88, which unleashed full power, pounding through the surf at 20 knots of boat speed. Jens Kellinghusen's German canting keel Ker 56 Varuna V was second on the water, ten miles behind Rambler 88. Boris Hermann's German IMOCA 60 Malizia - Yacht Club Monaco is third.

Four hours into the race the vast majority of the fleet were experiencing double-digit boat speed.

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GKSS Match Cup Sweden
Marstrand, Sweden (July 8, 2018) - After five days of glamorous conditions in Marstrand, GKSS Match Cup Sweden delivered crowd pleasers all round in its 25th anniversary year, with local victory in the GKSS Women's Trophy and a photo finish for the WMRT Open Class.

Competing for the GKSS Women's Trophy today was M32 and WMRT regular Anna Ostling, up against the very experienced and former Olympic match racer, Renee Groeneveld. Ostling looked dominative in the first two matches as her experience in the boat was clear. Groeneveld threw down a world-class match racing game, but each time Ostling had the perfect response.

At 2-0 down Groeneveld knew she had to pull something out of the bag. In the pre-start both boats were up against the rocks on Marstrand island, stalling speed neither wanting to lead back to the line. As the gun sounded Ostling led, just, but the crew had an override and lost control of the gennaker, allowing Groeneveld to take the lead.

Into the first upwind gate, the Swedish team were back just ahead and managed to tack just in front of the Dutch. With no overlap, Groeneveld was forced into a difficult situation. She tried to slow and go below but ended up missing the mark. From that point the race was over as Team Anna opened up a strong lead through to the finish line and took the series 3-0.

In the WMRT Open Class, a great duel was set as Yann Guichard, looking impressive all week with his boat handling and match racing game, was up against the six-time World Champion and 2011 Match Cup Sweden winner, Ian Williams.

Coming at the finish line as the metres closed down, Guichard was slowing and Williams was building. The crowd in the grandstand were on the edge of their seats and with a perfect view of the photo finish they roared to see Yann Guichard's Spindrift Racing win by just a metre.

In the Petit Final Stage, Olivia Mackay took 3rd place in a 2-1 victory over Australia's Clare Costanzo. In the Open Class, local skipper Nicklas Dackhammar gave the home fans something to cheer about as he took down Harry Price 2-0, his best result yet at GKSS Match Cup Sweden.

Next up for the World Match Racing Tour is Ris0r, Norway as the Tour stays in Scandinavia. The event will run 26-29th July.

Final results
1. Yann Guichard, Spindrift Racing
2. Ian Williams, GAC Pindar
3. Nicklas Dackhammar, ESSIQ Racing Team
4. Harry Price, Down Under Racing
5. Torvar Mirsky, Mirsky Racing
6. Taylor Canfield, US One
7. Sam Gilmour, Neptune Racing
8. Johnie Berntsson, Berntsson Sailing Team
9. Mans Holmberg, Holmberg Racing Team
10. Markus Edegran, Team Torrent
11. Jonas Warrer, Warrer Racing
12. Joachim Aschenbrenner, Art Sailing

Seahorse July 2018
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Tour Voile
For the first time in the history of the Tour Voile three consecutive days of Stade Nautique stadium racing were contested back-to-back. If the challenge proved as tough mentally as it did physically there is just one point separating the top four teams as they leave Dunkirk and Act 1 of the 41st Tour Voile.

Valentin Bellet's pre event favourites, Beijaflore, and the Oman Sail backed #sailingarabia are tied on exactly the same points aggregate after the three stadium Finals, but the French outfit are credited with the overall lead, and are winners of Act 1 because they won Saturday's Final, while the Oman flagged team co-skippered by Stevie Morrison and Thierry Douillard, went 4,2,2.

If anything the Oman Sail team profited from the increasing pressure and proved the most consistent across all three days. Helm Morrison along with French match racing champion Mat Richard as tactician and powerful, reliable Abdul Rahman finished fourth in Friday's opening Final and then twice finished runners up, to Beijaflore on Saturday and today (Sunday) to Team Reseau IXIO.

Sailingarabia have chosen to run a stadium team and a coastal race team, the latter comprising Douillard and Abdul Rahman will take up the baton tomorrow in Dieppe for the first coastal race of this Tour.

Beijaflore, winners of the Sailing Arabia Tour earlier in the year uphold their ranking as favourites, Valentin Bellet sailing with past 470 youth world champions Guillaume Pirouelle on the helm and Valentin Sipan as tactician, but there while they are tied with Sailingarabia so also Team Reseau IXIO and Lorina Limonade-Golf du Morbihan are also tied on the same tally as each other, just one point the leading duo. Switzerland's Bernard Stamm on Cheminees Poujoulat is fifth.

Overall rankings top three:
1. Beijaflore - 145 pts
2. #SailingArabia by OmanSail - 145 pts
3. Team Reseau IXIO - 144 pts

Youth rankings top three:
1. Team Reseau IXIO - 144 pts
2. Lorina Mojito Golfe du Morbihan - 129 pts
3. Team France Jeune - 128 pts

Amateur rankings top three:
1. Homkia - NIL - Les Sables d'Olonne - 113 pts
2. Dunkerque Voile - 113 pts 3. Toulon Provence Mediterranee - 100 pts

Youngest Ever Clipper Race Skipper Wins Race To Derry-Londonderry
Nikki Henderson, 24, from Surrey, UK, has led her Visit Seattle team to an impressive victory in Race 12 to Derry-Londonderry, the penultimate race of the 40,000 nautical mile Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race.

Visit Seattle crossed the finish line in an area north east of the entrance to Lough Foyle at 00:21:57 UTC on Monday 9 July to complete the 3,000 nautical mile race across the Atlantic Ocean, the fast-paced sixth and final ocean crossing of the eleven-month circumnavigation, in just over 12 days.

Victory in the race from New York to Derry-Londonderry has set up a thrilling duel for the overall Clipper Race Trophy against Sanya Serenity Coast Skipper, Wendy Tuck, 53 from Sydney, Australia, with the pair now vying to be the first female winner in the 22-year history of the Clipper Race.

Derry-Londonderry is a much-anticipated stopover on the global Clipper Race circuit, with each of the 232 crew given a starring role in the award-winning Foyle Maritime Festival. Over the next fortnight, locals and visitors to Derry-Londonderry will be able to get up close to the 70-foot ocean racing yachts and take part in an exciting programme of diverse events in celebration of the Clipper Race crew and their adventurous spirit.

The Foyle Maritime Festival will come to an end when the Clipper Race fleet departs for the final race, to Liverpool, on Sunday 22 July. The circumnavigation will come to an end at the Royal Albert Dock in Liverpool on July 28.

Goransson Wins 2018 One Ocean Melges 40 Grand Prix
Porto Cervo, Italy: Porto Cervo has revealed Richard Goransson and his incredible INGA FROM SWEDEN team as 2018 One Ocean Melges 40 Grand Prix Champions. As proven earlier in the season with wins in Palma, Goransson and his team - tactician Cameron Appleton and crew members Giovanni Cassinari, Federico Michetti, Marco Carpinello, Christian Kamp, Nicola Pilastro, Alex Sinclair and Oliver Tizzard - they were the most capable of winning.

Despite the very light and shifty breeze, a strong performance from Rombelli in Race Eight led to collecting his third bullet in Porto Cervo, followed by Andrea Lacorte's VITAMINA CETILAR (Gabrielle Benussi, tactician). Goransson held on for third.

The final race win of the day went to an over-joyed Lacorte, as it was his first win ever in the Melges 40 Class. Zavadnikov had a great race to take second, followed by Goransson.

The next Grand Prix event for the Melges 40 now goes to Palma de Mallorca's famous Copa Del Rey regatta on August 1-4.

Final results - After Nine Races, One Discard
1. Richard Goransson/Cameron Appleton, INGA FROM SWEDEN; 16
2. Alessandro Rombelli/Francesco Bruni, STIG; 21
3. Yukihiro Ishida/Manu Weiller, SIKON; 23
4. Andrea Lacorte/Gabrielle Benussi, 24
5. Valentin Zavadnikov/Kelvin Harrap; 28

Ramsgate Week
2018 Ramsgate Week is shaping up to be another great event with entries flowing in steadily for both IRC and Cruiser Classes. On the Sunday yachts will compete for the Round the Goodwins Cup, and then Monday morning at 11.00am the Mayor of Ramsgate, Trevor Shonk will fire the cannon to officially start Ramsgate Week. The regatta incorporates the IRC Spinlock East Coast Area Championships from Wednesday to Friday, and this year sees the re-introduction of a Team Event. Teams of three boats from any class, club or country can be nominated before the first race and will compete for the RTYC Commodore's Cup.

This years entry list shows a diverse array of craft from top-flight IRC racers to have-a-go racing novice. We are particularly happy to welcome back Richard Matthews' Oystercatcher XXXI from West Mersea Yacht Club which won the IRC 1 class in 2017. The 2016 IRC 1 winners, Team Heiner from the Netherlands club WV Zeewold, will happily be re-joining us in their Max Fun 35. After an absence of several years we are also pleased to welcome back Niek Spiljard with his X332 Vanilla from Netherlands club WV Arne. A full current entry list can be viewed here:

The cruiser class competition has attracted a slew of entries from the neighbouring yacht clubs in Kent, East Sussex and Essex. Howard Bates' Westerly Fulmer, Mallard, from Rye Harbour Sailing Club and Tim French's Zephros from Medway Yacht Club must surely be ones to watch based on past results. Also of note is Bernard Sealy's Westwind 38, Karibia Breezes, from Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club in Dover as one of his crew is Catherine Westbrook, who was part of the Gold Medal GB Blind Sailing Team at the World Championships in the USA last September.

Perfect Sailing Conditions During the 81st Edition of the Warnemunde Woche
While the heavy wind on Saturday made it impossible for the sailing races to be held, Lasers were eventually offered excellent sailing conditions for three Europa Cup races on Sunday. The OK Dinghies completed the Pre-Worlds and the Musto-Skiffs sailed a total of six races.

Andre Budzien, Schweriner Yacht-Club e.V., won the OK Dinghies Pre-Worlds and gained two first as well as one sixth place. While the 85 OK Dinghies on the Bravo track got accustomed with the spot, the jury on the land was busy checking the boats of the remaining participants for the OK Dinghy World Championship. The weight of the hull, the dimensions of the sails and even the shape of the hull were precisely controlled with templates.

On Tuesday it will start to become serious for the 142 participants in the OK Dinghy World Championship. Before awarding the World Champion on Saturday at 4 pm, ten races have to be completed. From a German perspective, Andre Budzien and Jan Kurfeld count among the favorites. From a more international perspective, other names join the list of favorites such as Fredrik Lööf (Sweden), who has secured three Olympic medals in the Star boat, or Greg Wilcox (New Zealand) who has already won the World Championship in this class. Amongst the top candidates are also Bo Petersen (Denmark) who is currently leading the world rankings and Jorgen Svendsen (Sweden), the current European Champion.

For the German Open of the Musto Skiffs, six races were scheduled. Paul Dijkstra (Netherlands) secured the first position for all races. The 31-year-old, who already won the German Open of the Musto Skiffs in 2013, already made five first places and a third place as string player in the field of 14 boats of this one-man dinghy with trapeze. After his career in the Olympic 49er class, Paul Dijkstra preferred sailing alone and changed to the Musto Skiff.

Tomorrow, the Offshore Race Rund Bornholm with 270 miles of long distance around Bornholm will demand a lot of experience as well as good seamanship from all crews involved. The skippers from more than 40 yachts will start the race on Monday 9 July at 1 pm. They have to make a decision whether they want to circumnavigate the island of Bornholm in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction.

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