In This Issue
Malizia Wins Line Honours in AAR Bermuda Hamburg Race
Racing Tightens Up In The Hague Offshore Sailing Worlds
Buckle up
Youth Sailing World Championships
The Etchells Gertrude Cup 2018, run by the Royal Thames Yacht Club
Prime Racing Conditions Greet Fleet on Day 1
Price (AUS) and Takahashi (NZL) tied for GovCup lead on 7-1 after Day 1
Vale Jim Bishop
Featured Brokerage
The Last Word: Alice B. Toklas

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Malizia Wins Line Honours in AAR Bermuda Hamburg Race
Following a 10-day, transatlantic bow-to-bow battle, the IMOCA 60 dominated on the water and took the elapsed time record, while Varuna scored the current top spot in IRC Zero

It was the last chapter of an epic 3,500nm transatlantic rivalry between Jens Kellinghusen's Varuna VI, and Boris Herrmann's Malizia - Yacht Club Monaco. In the end, Malizia was the fastest boat on the water and first after elapsed time, but Varuna succeeded over Malizia in IRC Zero after corrected time.

In the early morning hours of July 18, Malizia reached the German finish line at around 03:54am UTC, followed by Varuna at about 04:48am UTC - less than an hour behind their main competitor, after thousands of nautical miles. With the end of this tight maritime battle started another one: NMYD 54 Teasing Machine and TP52 Rockall have already approached the English Channel and could still snatch the IRC Zero podium finish from Malizia by taking second and third place after corrected time.

For almost 10 days, it was match-racing as its finest, when the two Line Honours favourites Varuna VI and Malizia - Yacht Club Monaco sailed almost bow-to-bow from Bermuda to Germany in the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta. In the late hours July 17, just about 200nm away from the ultimate destination, Malizia was finally able to gain distance from Varuna, establish her lead and cross the finish line in Cuxhaven first on July 18. But Varuna triumphed after corrected time in their mutual category and is currently holding the top spot in IRC Zero.

The first days of the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta's final leg were truly breathtaking: After Line Honours favourite Rambler 88 had to retire from the race due to a rudder issue, Varuna and Malizia - Yacht Club Monaco rose up to the challenge of taking Line Honours and IRC Zero, with Teasing Machine currently third in line for elapsed time and second in IRC Zero. In IRC One, ISKAREEN is currently paving the way after corrected time, while in IRC Two, Dantes started outside of competition.

Meanwhile, the Class 40 division was having its own shake-up: RED suffered a rudder damage as well, redirected to the Azores and was later hit by a whale, forcing it to retire from the race. However, there was no stopping Class 40 Eärendil right from the start, when female skipper Catherine Pourre dominated her category significantly.

In ORC, Rockall V skippered by Christopher Opielok, is once more showing an immaculate performance, and leading in front of ISKAREEN and Haspa Hamburg, both on the water and after corrected time.

In comparison with the other German youth crews, Haspa Hamburg has gained an impressive lead on Broader View Hamburg and Bank von Bremen, both on the water and in ORC.

While on their way to the AAR Race Village on the other side of the big pond, the entire fleet's forecast skills were challenged by Hurricane 'Chris', who temporarily increased his speed to about 30 knots. All crews persevered and have been reported safe, the hurricane has since diminished.

Racing Tightens Up In The Hague Offshore Sailing Worlds
Photo by Sander van der Borch, Click on image for photo gallery.

The Hague, Netherlands - While there's no change at the top of the leaderboards in each of the three classes in The Hague Offshore Sailing Worlds, the fight for the other podium positions remains keen as the points totals tighten up going into tomorrow as the penultimate day of the event. And unlike yesterday's booming southerly with its big waves, today's moderate flat-water conditions in a sunny southwesterly helped keep the action tight on both course areas.

Another significance to today's two races is that tomorrow's fifth inshore race will trigger a worst-race discard opportunity, and further compress the results: those teams who are otherwise strong but may have gotten unlucky in the short offshore race or one of the inshore races will now have a chance to advance.

In Class A, leader Karl Kwok's Pac 52 Beau Geste (HKG) continued to have close but definitive racing with her runner-up rival, Tilmar Hansen's TP 52 Outsider (GER), and continued to earn bullets for the scoreboard. Given that they have owned this boat for less than one month and are sailing it for the first time here, Hansen is not unhappy in this runner-up position and has a long-term view.

"We are very happy to be back in the game," said Hansen, whose various boats called Outsider go back to the Admiral's Cup days of the 1980's. "We had a canting keel boat that we enjoyed for offshore sailing, but we were always sailing alone and maybe getting a little rusty on our skills. Competing against a strong team like Beau Geste is great because it is pushing us to be better and breaking this rust. And this racing here is quite close, not only with them but with the smaller boats too - we feel this pressure from both sides and look forward to more racing like this in our future regattas."

The situation is a little similar in the standings in Class B, where Claus Landmark's Landmark 43 Santa (NOR) continues doing quite well, making few mistakes and harvesting strong results. Landmark's optimization of both the boat with new appendages and a having a strong amateur crew bolstered by pro-level Volvo race talent is paying off with their strong lead in the class standings.

However, their nearest rival is another Landmark 43 from Norway, Torkel Valland's White Shadow, who shared first place points today with Santa in the second race. This crew of amateur sailors with a couple sailmakers are a little more "organic", being a team that has raced together for a long time and even enjoyed success against Santa closer to home, such as in the Swedish ORC championship in Marstrand earlier this year.

Unlike Class A, White Shadow as runner-up in the standings cannot be comfortable, because their points margin is very thin with the third-placed team: only two points to Tiit Vihul's modified X-41 Olympic (EST). Sharing first place with Santa in the first race today showed their potential, and while they have a 11-point margin on Michael Berghorn's X-41 Halbtrocken 4.0 (GER), the discard tomorrow could compress this further.

Full results

Buckle up
The ClubSwan 50 is already a great success: fast, even in performance and super-modern at the dock. Now there is the ClubSwan 36 - less a baby sister than a (very) cheeky agent provocateur... a remarkable successor to the iconic and beautiful Swan 36 that in 1967 started the whole ball rolling

The Nations Trophy 2019 was always going to be spectacular anyway. By day there will be thrilling boat-for-boat action on the Bay of Palma, with lead changes at every mark as the world’s best in three ClubSwan one-design classes square up for the title of World Champion. By night the similarly invigorating and equally exclusive social side of the ClubSwan lifestyle spins elegantly into motion. All in all it’s quite the affair... only this time it’s going to be even more spectacular because ClubSwan are introducing a fifth one-design class: the ClubSwan 36.

To blend the trimming alchemy of traditional dinghies and keelboats with the exhilaration of modern foiling concepts Nautor’s Swan have collaborated once more with Juan Kouyoumdjian on the new entry-level sportsboat, the ClubSwan 36.

With the Juan K-designed ClubSwan 50 voted European Yacht of the Year 2018 in the Performance Cruiser category and winner of the US Sailing World prize for the best one-design launched in 2016 (and currently thriving with over 25 boats sold), why introduce another class quite so soon?

Full article in the August issue of Seahorse magazine:

Youth Sailing World Championships
The 48th Youth Sailing World Championships is underway in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA.

More than 382 sailors from 66 nations are competing across nine classes with racing set to conclude on Friday 20 July.

Sailors have been basking in idyllic sailing conditions that result in some of the biggest smiles in Texas at the end of the day. Competition in each fleet is heating up under the beating Texan sun.

Of the nine classes racing at the 48th Youth Sailing World Championships, few are as closely contested as the Girls' RS:X, the Boys' Laser Radial and the Girls' 29er. While the podium is starting to take shape in a few classes, these three still are wide open and up for grabs.

Top three results after three days:

420 Boys
1. Joseph Hermus / Walter Henry, USA, 6
2. Otto Henry / Roma Featherstone, AUS, 18
3. Kacper Paszek / Bartek Reiter, POL, 25

420 Girls
1. Carmen Cowles / Emma Cowles, USA, 5
2. Vita Heathcote / Emilia Boyle, GBR, 14
3. Julia Minana Delhom / Silvia Sebastia Borso di Carminati, ESP, 14

29er Boys
1. Mathias Berthet / Alexander Franks-Penty, NOR, 26
2. Seb Lardies / Scott Mckenzie, NZL, 27
3. Henry Larkings / Miles Davey, AUS, 32

29er Girls
1. Zoya Novikova / Diana Sabirova, RUS, 18
2. Pia Andersen / Nora Edland, NOR, 21
3. Berta Puig / Isabella Casaretto, USA, 37

Nacra 15
1. Teresa Romairone / Dante Cittadini, ARG, 17
2. Greta Stewart / Tom Fyfe, NZL, 37
3. Silas Muhle / Romy Mackenbrock, GER, 47

Laser Radial Boys
1. Josh Armit, NZL, 14
2. Juan Cardozo, ARG, 15
3. Zac Littlewood, AUS, 23

Laser Radial Girls
1. Charlotte Rose, USA, 6
2. Emma Savelon, NED, 11
3. Wiktoria Golebiowska, POL, 14

RS:X Boys
1. Geronimo Nores, USA, 11
2. Nicolo Renna, ITA, 16
3. Fabien Pianazza, FRA, 26

RS:X Girls
1. Veerle ten Have, NZL, 14
2. Giorgia Speciale, ITA, 15
3. Islay Watson, GBR, 17

Nations Trophy
1. USA, 15 points
2. NZL, 32
3. ITA, 34

Full results:

The Etchells Gertrude Cup 2018, run by the Royal Thames Yacht Club
The Etchells Gertrude Cup was 4 days of intense racing with 12 races scheduled and, despite the predominantly high pressure sitting over the UK, was successfully completed. By the final day, 4 boats were in contention for overall victory.

Initially the regatta was reliant on sea breezes to get the racing under way, and somehow PRO Phil Hagan seemed to predict its arrival with remarkable accuracy, arranging for the fleet to be towed to the race course with no breeze in the Solent, only for it to arrive as the fleet did.

Day 4 - final day - saw at last a true gradient breeze and conditions more akin to the Solent - a South Westerly at 12 Kts that slowly built to 18 Its, variable cloud cover giving good wind shifts - a race officer's nightmare, yet Phil Hagen still managed to put on 3 fair races in the now more challenging conditions as the seas started to build. 4 teams could potentially win the event, but Lees needed a bad day to throw it away, and that he nearly did, but such was the overall quality and competitive nature of the fleet that none of the contenders could maintain 3 good race results together. Without doubt though, the top boat of the day was Annabelle Vose’s all-girl crew from the Royal Southern Yacht Club who scored only 9 points from the day's 3 races with 2 podium positions.

Overall winner was helm Mark Lees’ Royal London’s team skippered by Will Bedford, ahead of USA Youth team Blue, Sean Cornell. Cornell won the Youth’s and Corinthian Trophy, a prize he was delighted to take back to the States.

Prime Racing Conditions Greet Fleet on Day 1
The New York Yacht Club’s Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex was first run in 1998, and takes 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.

The use of two distinct scoring formulas - and an average of the results - to score a fleet isn't new to the sport of sailing. But the idea of using this system to determine a major championship is. This week, in The Hague, Netherlands, the Offshore Sailing World Championship is being held, with IRC and ORC, the two leading handicap systems for larger yachts, being used in tandem to decide the winners.

For Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex, the New York Yacht Club is scoring all IRC competitors in two ways. One set of results are based on each boat's IRC rating while a second set mirrors the arrangement in use at the world championships: each race is scored using both IRC and ORC, and a boat's score for an individual race is the average of its finishes under the two systems. -- Stuart Streuli

Day 1 Results
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Place, Yacht Name, Type, Owner/Skipper, Hometown, Results, Total Points
IRC 1 (IRC - 4 Boats)
1. SPOOKIE, TP52 52, Steve & Heidi Benjamin , South Norwalk, CT, USA - 1 -1 ; 2
2. FOX, TP52 52, Victor Wild , San Diego, CA, USA - 2 -2 ; 4
3. Gladiator, TP52 52, Tony Langley , Retford, Nottinghamshire, GBR - 3 -3 ; 6

IRC 2 (IRC - 5 Boats)
1. Interlodge IV, Botin 44 44, Austin and Gwen Fragomen , Newport, RI - 2 -1 ; 3
2. Temptation/Oakcliff, Custon Ker 50 50, Arthur Santry , Newport, RI, USA - 1 -2 ; 3
3. White Rhino 2, Carkeek 47 47, Todd Stuart , Key West, FL, USA - 5 -3 ; 8

IRC 3 (IRC - 6 Boats)
1. Blazer, Swan 42 42.5, Christopher Culver , Newport, RI, United States - 2 -2 ; 4
2. Ticket to Ride, Swan 45 13.83m, Edward Whitmore , Norfolk, VA, USA - 4 -1 ; 5
3. Quintessence, Swan 42 42.5, Roger Widmann , Larchmont, NY, USA - 1 -4 ; 5

IRC 4 (IRC - 5 Boats)
1. Pendragon, X-41 41, Quentin Thomas , Portsmouth, RI, USA - 1 -1 ; 2
2. Avalanche, Farr 395 39.5, Craig Albrecht , Glen Cove, NY, USA - 2 -2 ; 4
3. Maxine, J 44 44.9, William Ketcham , Greenwich, CT, USA - 3 -3 ; 6

IRC/ORC Combination 1 (One Design - 4 Boats)
1. FOX., TP52 52, Victor Wild , San Diego, CA, USA - 1.5 -1.5 ; 3
2. SPOOKIE., TP52 52, Steve & Heidi Benjamin , South Norwalk, CT, USA - 1.5 -1.5 ; 3
3. Gladiator., TP52 52, Tony Langley , Retford, Nottinghamshire, GBR - 3 -3 ; 6

IRC/ORC Combination 2 (One Design - 5 Boats)
1. Interlodge IV., Botin 44 44, Austin and Gwen Fragomen , Newport, RI - 2 -1 ; 3
2. Temptation/Oakcliff., Custon Ker 50 50, Arthur Santry , Newport, RI, USA - 1 -2 ; 3
3. White Rhino 2., Carkeek 47 47, Todd Stuart , Key West, FL, USA - 5 -3 ; 8

IRC/ORC Combination 3 (One Design - 6 Boats)
1. Blazer., Swan 42 42.5, Christopher Culver , Newport, RI, United States - 2 -1.5 ; 3.5
2. Quintessence., Swan 42 42.5, Roger Widmann , Larchmont, NY, USA - 1 -3.5 ; 4.5
3. Ticket to Ride., Swan 45 13.83m, Edward Whitmore , Norfolk, VA, USA - 4 -1.5 ; 5.5

IRC/ORC Combination 4 (One Design - 5 Boats)
1. Pendragon., X-41 41, Quentin Thomas , Portsmouth, RI, USA - 1 -1 ; 2
2. Avalanche., Farr 395 39.5, Craig Albrecht , Glen Cove, NY, USA - 2 -2 ; 4
3. Maxine., J 44 44.9, William Ketcham , Greenwich, CT, USA - 3.5 -3.5 ; 7

J 109 (One Design - 8 Boats)
1. Cleo, J 109 35, Ray Pepi , New York, NY, USA - 2 -4 -1 ; 7
2. Hamburg, J 109 35, Albrecht Goethe , Seabrook, TX, USA - 3 -2 -4 ; 9
3. Rush, J 109 35, Bill Sweetser , Annapolis, MD, USA - 1 -6 -3 ; 10

PHRF Navigator (PHRF - 8 Boats)
1. Flying Jenny, C&C 30 One Design 30, Sandra Askew , Salt Lake City, UT, USA - 1 -1 ; 2
2. The Cat Came Back, Swan 42 42, Lincoln Mossop , Providence, RI, USA - 2 -2 ; 4
3. Incognito, J 121 40, Chris Brito , Bristol, RI, USA - 3 -3 ; 6

Offshore Multhull Class (4 boats)
1. Flow, Gunboat 60, Steve Cucchiaro,, Boston, MA, USA - 2 -2 ; 4
2. Fault Tolerant, Gunboat 60, Robert and Libby Alexander, Rye, NY, USA - 4 -1 ; 5
3. Nala, HH 66, Jim Vos, Sag Harbor, NY, USA - 1 -4 ; 5

Price (AUS) and Takahashi (NZL) tied for GovCup lead on 7-1 after Day 1
Newport Beach, California, USA: The world’s top-ranked match racer, Harry Price (AUS), and his recent match racing nemesis, Leonard Takahashi (NZL), finished the first day of Balboa Yacht Club’s 52nd Annual Governor’s Cup Youth Match Racing Championship tied for the lead against the toughest competition in the event’s history, with records of 7-1.

The prestigious “GovCup”, presented by Farmers and Merchants Bank, is the oldest youth match racing championship in the world.

While Price went to the top of the world rankings last week, in last year’s Governor’s Cup and in more recent youth championships in Australia, Takahashi has come out on top in their matches. With eight flights completed out of eleven in the first of two “round robin” series, where each skipper sails each other once, their one loss records make them early favorites to qualify for the four boat semi-finals, which will commence Friday. However, their positions are by no means safe with defending champion Christophe Killian (USA) close behind at 5-3.

Killian is joined at 5-3 by Chris Weis (USA). Weis, Killian, Takahashi, and Price were the semi-finalists in the 2017 GovCup and were considered the early favorites this year.

While the Governor’s Cup is limited to sailors under the age of 23, the world rankings led by Price are not. Almost all of the GovCup skippers are highly ranked and represent the most talented group ever assembled at the event which, given the careers of many Cup alumni, is impressive. That alumni includes America’s Cup winner, James Spithill, and many winners of the Congressional Cup and the World Match Racing Tour.

Twelve skippers are competing in this year’s event, coming from five countries - Australia, Denmark, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. All the teams are provided with “Governor’s Cup 22” boats, which are high performance sloops designed by Balboa Yacht Club member, Alan Andrews, specifically for Newport Beach conditions. With “flat top”mainsails and masthead spinnakers, they performed well in the 5-9 knots of breeze throughout the day.

The final four races of the first round robin will be completed tomorrow (Wednesday) with the first start planned for 11:30 AM.

Vale Jim Bishop
James DeForest Bishop, whose long career as a successful entrepreneur included the founding of Caithness Energy, LLC, a pioneer in the renewable power industry died May 24 at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 84. A resident of Saddle River, New Jersey and Jamestown, Rhode Island, Mr. Bishop was a graduate of Kent School, Yale University and Harvard Business School, and served as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy.

He was driven by an entrepreneurial spirit that led him to become involved in such varied ventures as oil and gas, mining, real estate, cattle breeding, and finally renewable energy. He remained active as Chairman at Caithness Energy, LLC, one of many companies he founded during his long business career, until his death.

Jim was also an active member of many clubs and organizations throughout his life and was honored to serve on the board of the Intrepid Museum and Mystic Seaport Museum. Jim was a man of many avocations and had a lifelong interest in hunting and fishing, but his true passion was for sailing. The mark he left in the world of competitive sailboat racing through his ardent support of the sport throughout his life is what he will likely be most remembered for. In a sport where success is often determined by outspending the competition, Jim was a staunch advocate of strict one-design classes that promoted highly competitive sailing while limiting the expense of participation. His participation and leadership in the International One Design and J/44 classes were emblematic of this philosophy. While he made numerous contributions to the sport through activities in many club and race organizations through the years, one of his most notable accomplishments was competing in 24 Newport Bermuda Races starting in 1960, with his last in 2014.

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