In This Issue
Cascais Delivers Vintage Champagne on Day 1 of Rolex TP52 World Championship
Historic sailing around the NAB Tower
It hardly ever rains where we sail
Inaugural Hong Kong to Puerto Galera Yacht Race
J Boats Teams Turn Up the Heat with Multiple Wins in Summer Regattas
Breeze Arrives at Volvo Cork Week for the Fastnet Race
Age Hasn't Mellowed the Fighting Spirit of the 12 Metre Class
DRHEAM CUP-Destination Cotentin
Featured Brokerage
The Last Word: Man Ray

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Cascais Delivers Vintage Champagne on Day 1 of Rolex TP52 World Championship
Photo by Max Ranchi, Click on image for photo gallery.

TP52 World Championship If the first two regattas of the 52 SUPER SERIES season in Croatia were tactical, cerebral and subtle; about moving up and down the gears through small wind variations, choosing the right side of the course and remaining consistent despite big shifts in wind direction; as the Rolex TP52 World Championship started today, Cascais exerted a welcomed reminder of the flip-side of the racing coin – solid winds, surfing waves and big moves that require slick, accomplished crew work.

With 17-28kts of typical NW'ly wind Races 1 and 2 of the Rolex TP52 World Championship Cascais 2018 were sailed in a building swell which, as ever, delivered downwind surfing gains that were as important as the choice of shift or wind pressure. Watching the most polished crews and the top drivers was instructive. And just as the conditions proved typical of what the TP52 fleet sailors have come to know and love about Cascais, so it is the two most seasoned and successful teams on the circuit that share the overall lead. Azzurra won the first race and took second in the next one, but Quantum Racing lead the title charge because their scoreline is the mirror image of Azzurra's. With Dean Barker on the helm, Quantum Racing were second to their old rivals in the first race, and then won the second, and so are credited with the championship lead after Day 1, on countback only.

The forecast for the coming days promises similar brisk conditions. Racing is streamed live every day from 15 minutes before the start at and via the app.

Rolex TP52 World Championship Cascais 2018 Standings:
1. Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos) 2,1 p.3
2. Azzurra (ARG/ITA) (Alberto and Pablo Roemmers) 1,2 p.3
3. Platoon (GER) (Harm Muller-Spreer) 3,5, p.8
4. Alegre (USA/GBR) (Andres Soriano) 4,4 p. 8
5. Sled (USA) (Takashi Okura) 8,3 p.11
6. Phoenix (RSA) (Hasso/Tina Plattner) 6,7 p.13
7. Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre) 5,9 p.14
8. Onda (BRA) (Eduardo de Souza Ramos) 7,81 p.15
9. Luna Rossa (ITA) (Patrizio Bertelli) DNF10, 6 p.16

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Historic sailing around the NAB Tower
Photo by Guido Cantini. Click on image for photo gallery.

Panerai British Classic Week An early start on day three of Panerai British Classic Week as crews prepared to take on the inaugural NAB Tower Race. The fleet rallied for an 8am start for Classes 1-4 on the Royal Yacht Squadron inner line, with the 6 Metres sailing a shorter inshore course later in the morning.

With the tide running west to east, the fleet benefitted from the following currents as they hoisted spinnakers to cross the start line and take an historic sail past the north-east coast of the Isle of Wight.

Planned in favour of the previous, longer Around the Island Race, the NAB Tower course took the fleet between the iconic Horse Sand and No Mans Land Forts on to the NAB Tower directly off Bembridge Ledge in the east of the Isle of Wight. An imposing 27m tall x 12m wide steel and concrete cylinder, the NAB Tower was built in 1918 to help protect the south coast from German submarines during World War One.

To avoid the oncoming tide, most yachts chose to stay close to the shoreline, which paid off for many but a number of yachts found themselves caught out by the swift drop in depth and went temporarily aground before nudging themselves back into the tide. The gusty beat kept crews on their toes as they powered back to the finish, where Spirit 65 Chloe Giselle took Line Honours, followed by Spirit 52 Oui Fling and Spirit DH63 Gwenhyfar.

On corrected time, Flight of Ufford made it three wins from three in Class 1 followed by Spirit 37 and regatta regular Strega in second, and Spirit 46 Helen of Durgan in third. Sparkman & Stephens Masthead Bermudan Sloop Golden Fleece took Class 2, with Opposition in second and Cetewayo in third. Class 3 was won by Whooper, who also tallies three class wins from three, followed by Laughing Gull, a Sparkman & Stephens yawl, and the Fife Gaff Cutter Kismet. West Solent One Design Suvretta took her third win of the week in Class 4, closely followed by Cereste and Dorothy.

The NAB Tower Race was won overall on corrected time by Suvretta, with Cereste in second and Whooper in third.

On Wednesday the yachts will be racing an inshore course in the morning followed by the Ladies Race in the afternoon.


Full Results

It hardly ever rains where we sail
Seahorse Organising big boat regattas without a palm tree in sight seems doomed to fail. With the sun and blue sky as other desired features from there it gets more complicated to put a finger on what makes a successful event, let alone a successful regatta series.

Simply asking 'Where would you like to race next year?' or 'What would make you come back to our event next year?' seems like a good approach if you are not selling a particular club or location, a position 52 Super Series is in. But quite honestly it is not as easy as that because you are most likely to get a real answer only if you ask from August onwards, so when owners traditionally start thinking of and making first plans for 'next year'. Why Copa del Rey is such an interesting – reliable – event for those in the marine business is that all of a sudden next year comes into sight as if a magical switch has been flipped each year.

For club events this autumn timing works, as their event dates and locations are fixed. Then adjusting what is on offer, the menu, so to speak, to the client's wishes is still very possible when it comes to race format, regatta management, choice of staff and the certainly important social menu… the parties.

For clubs the more longterm concerns are sponsors, sponsor contracts and relations with authorities and marinas. As the number and quality of entries are not guaranteed there always is an element of uncertainty in longterm deals made with event sponsors and other stakeholders. For sure, it makes quite a difference to a sponsor whether there are 50 or 100 boats in an event and whether there are a good number of boats and sailors of name and fame or that it is a family affair.

Classes tend to have a number of their own events each year, together forming a series for an overall trophy. Quite a few classes use existing club events for this, in which the class has a start – the easy way as it keeps funding and organisation to a minimum and the events generally offer a quality, certainly on the social side, that is impossible to match for class events. Also, it avoids the hard work of finding sponsors... and pleasing them.

Full article by Rob Weiland in the August issue of Seahorse

Inaugural Hong Kong to Puerto Galera Yacht Race
The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) has released the Notice of Race and opened Online Entry for the inaugural Hong Kong to Puerto Galera Yacht Race.

The main race fleet will start on 17 April 2019 - with IRC Racer 3 / IRC Cruiser and HKPN boats starting on 16 April, for an anticipated finish together with the main race fleet. The start line will be in front of the RHKYC's Kellett Island Clubhouse located in Causeway Bay with Hong Kong's iconic skyline and Victoria Harbor acting as an impressive backdrop.

The Hong Kong to Puerto Galera Race will be the second longest Category 1 offshore race in Asia, second only to the Club's Hong Kong to Vietnam Race and takes competitors on a 650nm passage to Puerto Galera, on the island of Mindoro in the Philippines.

Early entries for the 2019 race include Joachim Isler and Andrew Taylor's Mills 41 Ambush and Raphael Blot's Banuls 60 Cat Mach 2

The Hong Kong to Puerto Galera Yacht Race is planned to take place on alternate years to the Rolex China Sea Race which finishes in Subic Bay in the Philippines. The 2018 edition of the Rolex China Sea Race saw a 29 entries and the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club expects similar numbers for the inaugural Hong Kong to Puerto Galera Yacht Race.

J Boats Teams Turn Up the Heat with Multiple Wins in Summer Regattas
July has brought sizzling good fortune to J Boats teams in the UK & Ireland, with tremendous successes at two of the biggest regattas on their racing calendar.

At the start of the month, eight J Boats entered the bi-annual Volvo Round Ireland Race, where the rule is simply to leave Ireland and her islands to starboard. The most impressive victories of the regatta were claimed by Chris Power Smith's J/122 Aurelia, and John Maybury's J/109 Joker II, who won IRC2 and IRC3 respectively. Joker II finished second in IRC overall, with Aurelia right behind them in third.

Chris commented "A class win was our strong ambition against very experienced and tough competition, including the X41 and the JPK 10.80. After 5 strenuous days and nights of relentless close quarters sailing over the 704 mile course we finally managed to cross the line 150 meters ahead of the higher rated X41 for the Class win. The icing on the cake was that we won top ISORA boat of 18 starters, and third overall in the 52 boat IRC Fleet. The J/122 performed flawlessly and comfortably on all points of sail in winds from near calm to over 25 knots."

Next up was the Round the Island Race hosted by the Island Sailing Club in Cowes. Over 50 J Boats took on the challenge, unaided by light conditions and pockets of no wind at all. J Boats found themselves in silverware positions in an incredible seven IRC classes, with J/109s taking all the podium positions in IRC2A.

Victoria Preston's J/109 Jubilee were the winners of IRC2A, the 15 strong J/109 class, and the extracted J Boats results. Victoria said "The Jubilee team with Bill Edgerton on helm, Felix Trattner on trim and myself on nav, sailing with a crew of family and friends, were delighted with our victory in a long and exciting race, despite periods of little wind. Overcoming a slow start, the crew kept focused and were rewarded with the J-trophy for fastest J/J109 and the Yeoman Bowl for best in IRC Class 2."

The J Boats summer season continues, with more than 20 J Boats lining up for Volvo Cork Week, which kicks off today with the Beaufort Cup.

Breeze Arrives at Volvo Cork Week for the Fastnet Race
The wind gods smiled on the second day of Volvo Cork Week with a 15 knot southwesterly piping up, giving the international fleet a day to remember in the Celtic Sea. Barry Byrne's Irish Defence Forces team came from behind to win the double points scoring Fastnet Race for the Beaufort Cup. During the 130 mile race, four teams swapped the lead in an intense battle around the Fastnet Lighthouse. Meanwhile 100 teams were competing inshore for the second day of Volvo Cork Week. A long coastal race, in good breeze along the wild South Coast of Ireland produced fantastic racing.

The Irish Defence Force team, racing J/109 Joker 2, skippered by Barry Byrne, opened their defence of the Beaufort Cup with a win in the 150 mile Fastnet Race. After digging in for trench warfare, with a beat all the way to the Fastnet Rock, Joker was fourth around the iconic lighthouse, and picked off the leaders to take the gun by just over four minutes from the Baltimore Lifeboat team skippered by Youen Jacob. The Baltimore Lifeboat team, with Olympian Peter O'Leary calling tactics staged their own comeback, sailing offshore into extra breeze to move up the ranks and threaten the leaders. Tánaiste Simon Coveney (Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland) racing J/109 Jedi, with an Irish Defence Force Team, led the fleet for much of the race, but lost out in the last few hours to come third. The Fastnet Race is a double scoring race for the Beaufort Cup, three days of inshore racing will decide the overall winner, who will also nominate a donation of 10000 Euros to the charity of their choice.

In IRC One Jonathan Anderson's J/122 El Gran Senor (Clyde Cruising Club) was today's winner.

In IRC Two, Ronan Harris' J/109 Jigamaree (Royal Irish YC) corrected out to win by under a minute from yesterday's winner, Dunlop & Cox's J/109 Mojito (Pwllheli SC).

In IRC Three, Ronan & John Downing's Half Tonner Miss Whiplash (Royal Cork YC) won Race 2, crossing the finish line just four seconds ahead of Wright, Cronnelly & DeNeve's Corby 27 Kodachi (Howth YC).

Congratulations to all of today's class winners including: Rory Fekkes's Quarter Tonner Fn'Gr8 (Carrickfergus SC), Denis Hewitt & Ors' Mills 36 Raptor (Royal Irish YC), Broadhead, Collins & Stuart's Sigma 38 Persistance (Royal Irish YC), Donal & O'Mahony's Loch Greine (Royal Cork YC), and Patrick Doherty's Tailte (NSYS & RCYC).

Volvo Cork Week continues tomorrow, Wednesday 18th July, with the scenic and tactically challenging Cork Harbour Race, and the start of the One Design Southern Championships for the 1720 Class and the International Dragons.

Age Hasn't Mellowed the Fighting Spirit of the 12 Metre Class
Newport, R.I.: More than three decades after its starring role in the America's Cup came to a close, the 12 Metre class continues to thrill sailors and spectators with competitive racing off the coast of America's first resort. Nine of the historic yachts, including three America's Cup champions, will take part in the 11th edition of Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex, which starts on Tuesday night with an Opening Ceremony and America's Cup Panel Discussion at the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court.

While the nostalgia runs deep for these sleek yachts with their overlapping headsails, flush decks and minimal freeboard, the competition is as fierce as ever as the class gears up for an historic world championship in Newport in 2019.

The New York Yacht Club's Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex was first run in 1998, and will take place July 17 to 21 out of the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court, in Newport. R.I. The biennial summer classic has established itself as one of the premier summer race weeks in the Northeast thanks to its attractive combination of great racing conditions off Newport and the superlative shoreside hospitality at the Club's waterfront Clubhouse overlooking Newport Harbor. Partners for the 2018 edition of Race Week at Newport include presenting sponsor Rolex, regatta sponsor BMW and regatta supporter Helly Hansen.

In addition to the Traditional Division, five 12 Metre yachts will race in the Modern Division. Jack LeFort's Challenge 12 (right) took a one-point win over Dennis William's Defender at the Annual Regatta and will start as a slim favorite. But strong challenges are expected from Defender, the 1980 America's Cup champion, two-time America's Cup winner Courageous, as well Freedom, which was on the short end of the 1983 America's Cup battle with Australia II.

DRHEAM CUP-Destination Cotentin
La Trinite-sur-Mer in south-west Brittany will play host to the prologue for the second edition of LA DRHEAM CUP-Destination Cotentin, the DRHEAM TROPHY. Within the context of the Rêves de Large operation, the event will enable local children aged 9-11 from the Auray Quiberon Terre-Atlantique region to be part of the fun by sharing the daily life of a professional or amateur offshore racer over the course of a race spanning forty miles or so.

These values will also guide the organisation team which, from 19 July, will host participants and the public in the race village at La Trinite-sur-Mer. The vast majority of the organisation team is female in line with the organiser's wishes, who is naturally delighted to see several women signed up for LA DRHEAM CUP-Destination Cotentin. Indeed, there will be five in total: three in Class40 (Miranda Merron, Claire Pruvot, Morgane Ursault-Poupon) and two in Imoca (Sam Davies and Isabelle Joschke).

Thursday 19 and Friday 20 will be devoted to finalising the registrations and scrutineering the boats, whilst festivities will commence with the DRHEAM TROPHY on Saturday 21 July, before the start on Monday 23 July of the main OPEN event between La Trinite-sur-Mer and Cherbourg-en-Cotentin. 80 boats will set sail on two courses, the first stretching 736 miles via the Fastnet and Wolf Rock, which will serve as a qualifier for the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe, the second spanning 428 miles via Wolf Rock. Their progress can be tracked live via Geovoile, a real-time cartography interface.

Thursday 19 to Monday 23 July from 10:00hrs: Opening of the race village in La Trinite-sur-Mer
Saturday 21 July at 11:00hrs: DRHEAM TROPHY, Race prologue (boats leave the pontoon at 9:30hrs)
Sunday 22 July at 12:00 noon with the public: Prize-giving ceremony for the DRHEAM TROPHY
Monday 23 July at 12:30hrs: Start of the DRHEAM CUP - Destination Cotentin (boats leave the pontoon at 11:00hrs)
Finishes in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin scheduled between the evening of Wednesday 25 July to Friday 27 July
Wednesday 25 to Sunday 29 July from 10:00hrs: Opening of the village to the public
Saturday 28 July at 18:00 hrs: Prize-giving ceremony with the public
Sunday 29 July from 10:00hrs: LA DRHEAM PARADE

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