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Record on for Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race
Team Mac Defends Their World Championship Title
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
Doyle Dominates 2018 Star North American Championships
Southern Yacht Club Wins 2018 Hinman Masters Team Race
Hilary Lister
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Record on for Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race
Phil Sharp's Imerys Clean Energy is under 200 miles from the finish, Tony Lawson's Concise 8, skippered by Jack Trigger is stalking the leader. The battle for line honours is expected to conclude tomorrow with both teams well inside the 40 foot world record.

On the eighth day of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race all but three of the 18 teams still racing had rounded Muckle Flugga. Stories are coming in from the yachts about the cold front that brought storm force winds to the fleet. The extreme weather has now passed leaving in its wake patchy breeze and lumpy seas. Far to the south the leading Class40s were still in over 20 knots, beating into the North Sea. The smallest yacht in the fleet, Benjamin Schwartz and Chen Jin Hao's Figaro 2 El Velosolex SL Energies Group, is under 500 miles from the finish and continues as overall race leader after IRC time correction.

After eight days at sea fatigue becomes a big factor. The crews on board Phil Sharp's Imerys Clean Energy and Concise 8 have been on the wind since Muckle Flugga, and the beating is due to continue with the wind expected to veer west. They will need to stay fully alert as they negotiate one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. Just 21 miles wide, the Dover Strait has 400 ships passing through every day!

The race for line honours is likely to be decided by Monday. The 40ft and under world record was set in 2014 by Roderick Knowles GBR, Class40 Swish (8 days 19 hours 6 minutes 49 seconds). To beat the record would require one of the two leaders to complete the race by 07:06:49 on Tuesday 21st August.

Three yachts are yet to round Muckle Flugga. The Oxford University Sailing Club's Prima 38 Talisman skippered by Simon Harwood has approximately 60 miles to go. The two handed team of Charles Emmett and Tim Winsey, racing Sigma 36 British Beagle, are leading IRC 4 and are approximately 136 miles from Muckle Flugga. A seasoned corinthian solo sailor, with more than 20,000 miles of offshore and ocean racing under his belt, Emmett is competing with his good friend Tim Winsey. After making two pit stops to repair her Sun Odyssey 45.2 AJ Wanderlust, Charlene Howard from Michigan, USA who is racing two handed with Neal Brewer from Arundel, UK is still over a thousand miles from the finish.

Sadly, Chris Staples' Sigma 36 Tantrum of Langstone was dismasted, but we are pleased to report that the crew and yacht are all safely in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland.

Team Mac Defends Their World Championship Title
In very tricky conditions, skipper Lucy Macgregor and her British Team Mac with teammates Annie Lush, Nicky Walsh, and Kate Macgregor were declared 2018 Women's Match Racing World Champions in Ekaterinburg, Russia, defeating the French Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team skippered by Pauline Courtois sailing with Maëlenn Lemaitre, Louise Acker, and Sophie Faguet.

The teams of Trine Palludan and Alexa Bezel each had the night to come up with a plan to come back from 0 - 2 deficits in their respective Semi Final matches. They arrived at the yacht club with the intention of winning their matches and advancing to the Finals. Alas, Pauline Courtois' and Lucy Macgregor's teams had plans for a different outcome.

Courtois' Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team won the start over Palludan's Team Kattnakken and was able to maintain control and stay ahead to the finish to win 3 - 0 and advance to the Finals.

In the other Semi Final match Bezel's Swiss Match Racing Team "kept it close, but not close enough" Bezel explained, thus paving the way for Macgregor's Team Mac to also advance to the Finals with a 3 - 0 record.

The Petit Final matches saw some classic match racing with exciting lead changes, tacking duels and close mark rounding. The Danish Team Kattnakken proved just a bit stronger and won two straight matches to secure the Bronze medals.

2018 Women's Match Racing World Championship Final Results (team - crew; nationality):

1. Team Mac - Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush, Nicky Walsh, Kate Macgregor; Great Britain
2. Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team - Pauline Courtois, Maëlenn Lemaitre, Louise Acker, Sophie Faguet; France
3. Team Kattnakken - Trine Palludan, Anne Sofie Munk-Hansen, Louise Ulrikkeholm Bredvig, Joan Wester Hansen; Denmark
4. Swiss Women Match Racing Team - Alexa Bezel, Fiona Testuz, Manon Kivell, Nicole Bolliger; Switzerland
5. ProKaTeam Sailing Team - Ekaterina Kochkina, Svetlana Sidorova, Anastasia Gladysheva, Antonina Tikhonova; Russia
6. BornToSail - Alexandra Martynova, Liudmila Dmitrieva, Anastasia Shcheglova, Yana Stokolesova; Russia
7. BERGAUF Sailing Team - Milena Laverycheva, Olga Ivanova, Ksenia Trushkina, Tatyana Razumova; Russia
8. L2 Match Racing Team - Marinella Laaksonen, Daniela Rönnberg , Marianna Kontulainen, Eva-Lotta Hokkonen; Finland
9. APCC Women Sailing Team - Margot Riou, Clementine Hilaire, Caroline Vandame, Tiphaine Ragueneau; France
10. Matchmoiselles by Normandy Elite Team - Margot Vennin, Marie Zugolaro, Juliette Dubreuil, Adèle Marevery, Sophonie Affagard; France
11. Athena Racing - Octavia Owen, Ruby Riggs, Hebe Hemming, Amber Riggs; Great Britain

Standings in 2018 WIM Series after three events (team, skipper, nationality, points):
1. Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team, Pauline Courtois - FRA, 67
2. Team Kattnakken / Women On Water, Trine Palludan / Henriette Koch - DEN, 67
3. L2 Match Racing Team, Marinella Laaksonen - FIN, 42
4. Team Bergqvist Match Racing, Johanna Bergqvist - SWE, 40
5. Swiss Women Match Racing Team, Alexa Bezel - SUI, 30
6. Team Mac, Lucy Macgregor - GBR, 25
7. ProKaTeam Sailing Team, Ekaterina Kochkina - RUS, 24
8. Team Sköna Vibbisar, Antonia Degerlund - FIN, 24
9. Matchmoiselles by Normandy Elite Team, Margot Vennin - FRA, 21
10. Team Anna, Anna Östling - SWE, 20
11. New Sweden Match Racing Team, Caroline Sylvan / Claire Leroy - SWE / FRA, 16
12. Team BAAM!, Allie Blecher - USA, 16
13. BornToSail, Alexandra Martynova - RUS, 14
14. APCC Women Sailing Team, Margot Riou - FRA, 14
15. NZ Match, Celia Willison - NZL, 12
16. BERGAUF Sailing Team, Milena Laverycheva - RUS, 12
17. Athena Racing, Octavia Owen - GBR, 11
18. Stockholm Match Racing Team, Sanna Hager - SWE, 10
19. Team Skogman, Jassi Skogman - FIN, 8
20. Swedish Women's Match Racing Team, Sanna Mattsson - SWE, 10
21. Peregrine Racing, Hanna Ericksson - SWE, 5

Seahorse September 2018
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Doyle Dominates 2018 Star North American Championships
Marina Del Rey, CaliforniaL After four days of combat on the waters of Santa Monica Bay, Eric Doyle has earned his second Silver Star, winning the 2018 Star North American Championship regatta at California Yacht Club.

Doyle, representing San Diego Yacht Club, and racing with Payson Infelise of Newport Harbor Yacht Club, defeated 36 rival teams in eight races over four days of competition. The 50-year-old sailmaker previously won the Star North Americans and the Worlds nearly 20 years ago, in 1999. He compared this win to his victory 19 years ago, saying, "It hurts a little more to hike out; but the competition is still great, and Bill Stump is still out here running great races."

Giving Doyle the toughest time was the St. Francis Yacht Club team of Paul Cayard/Arthur Lopes who finished second, just five points astern; while Newport Harbor Yacht Club's Charlie Buckingham/Jamie Buchan finished third.

Competitors from the US, Canada and Argentina enjoyed breezes ranging from 6 to 12 knots over the course of the four-day event; plus toasty temps and the warm hospitality of Cal Yacht Club.

The Stars recognize sailors over 50 (Master), 60-plus (Grand Master), and 70-plus (Exalted Grand Master). Stephen Gould received top honors in the latter division. Reynolds was recognized for best finish in the Grand Master division, while Doyle received the Master trophy, in addition to first place overall awards.

Top Five
1. Eric Doyle, 13 points
2. Paul Cayard, 19
3. Charlie Buckingham, 35
4. Mark Reynolds, 37
5. Peter Vessella, 40

In Friesland skûtsjesilen (sailing with historical flat bottom boats) is one of the TOP EVENTS for Dutch tourism. Every year during the northern summer-holidays, over a fortnight, eleven races are sailed by fourteen skûtsjes in order to win the SKS championship. Skippers and their crew do their utmost to gain the much wanted champions pennant and a beautiful challenge trophy: the Sulveren Skûtsje. It's all about the honour of a town, a village or a region. Starting with the race on the Pikmar/De Wide Ie near Grou, via De Veenhoop, Earnewâld,Terherne, Langweer, Elahuizen, Stavoren, Woudsend and Lemmer, the competition is decided on the Snitser Mar near Sneek after a fortnight's sailing.

Skûtsjesilen is a synonym for sailing competitions with old freight ships. These flat bottom boats were built at the beginning of the last century for the transportation of peat, manure and other loads to the farms. For this purpose the ships had to sail in shallow waters. That's why these ships had to be built long and flat. Speed and manoeuvrability is characteristic of a skûtsje and therefore this type of ship is especially suitable for sailing competitions. To anticipate on supply and demand quickly and adapt to changing weather conditions was a daily struggle in those days. In difficult times the skippers mostly sailed on the initiation of the local innkeeper to make some extra money. Then family and furniture were removed from the skûtsje and left on the shore.

These competitions form the basis of the organized skûtsjesilen of the SKS (Sintrale Kommisje Skûtsjesilen). The present skippers still directly come from ancient Frisian skipper families. Together they want to preserve the tradition of sailing contests with classical Frisian flat bottom boats and not just as a foklore. Every summer TopSport is practised on the cutting edge and on board young and old crewmembers compete passionately for the prize. But also on the shore the spectators of different generations together follow the movements of the skippers and their crew. The excitement and most of all the lively atmosphere of skûtsjesilen contribute to the unique experience of young and old, Frisian's and tourists alike.

2018 results:

Southern Yacht Club Wins 2018 Hinman Masters Team Race
Newport, R.I. - There are plenty of easier ways to win a team race. But few are more satisfying than the twisting, 17-year route Southern Yacht Club took to its first victory in the New York Yacht Club Invitational Team Race for the Commodore George R. Hinman Masters Trophy, which was held August 17 to 19 at the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court.

Southern Yacht Club has been one of the stalwarts of the Hinman Trophy, which is one of the most coveted team racing trophies for masters sailors. Skippers must be 45 years old, while each crew member must be over the age of 40.

The storied New Orleans club has competed in the Hinman Trophy 14 of the 18 times it has been held. They have finished second before, in 2009, 2012 and 2013, but were never able to reach the top step of the podium until today.

Winning team from Southern Yacht Club: Dwight LeBlanc (skipper, team captain), Timothy Molony, John Alden Meade, Christian Gambel, John Lovell (skipper), Bruce Levy, Shelby Friedrichs, Sid Charbonnet, Andy Lovell (skipper), Charles Meade, Beau LeBlanc.

Gold Knock-Out Round Results
Finals: Southern Yacht Club (New Orleans) d. Noroton Yacht Club (Darien, Conn.), 3-2
Petit-Finals: Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club (Centre Island, N.Y.) d. Texas Corinthian Yacht Club (Kemah, Texas), 2-1
Semifinals: Southern YC d. Seawanhaka Corinthian YC, 2-1; Noroton YC d. Texas Corinthian YC, 2-1

Round Robin Results
1. Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club (Centre Island, N.Y.), 15 wins - 6 losses
2. Noroton Yacht Club (Noroton, Conn.), 14 - 7
3. Texas Corinthian Yacht Club (Kemah, Texas), 12 - 9
4. Southern Yacht Club (New Orleans, Lou.), 12 - 9
5. New York Yacht Club (New York, N.Y.), 12 - 9
6. Larchmont Yacht Club (Larchmont, N.Y.), 10 - 11
7. St. Francis Yacht Club (San Francisco, Calif.), 9 - 9
8. Eastport Yacht Club (Annapolis, Mary.), 5 - 13
9. Riverside Yacht Club (Riverside, Conn.), 1 - 17.

Hilary Lister
Hilary Lister The first disabled woman to sail solo around Britain has died aged 46.

Hilary Lister, who lived in Dunkirk near Canterbury, was born able-bodied but a degenerative condition left her wheelchair-bound at the age of 15.

She went on to study biochemistry at the University of Oxford, but while studying for a PhD her condition grew worse and at the age of 27 she became paralysed from the neck down.

The first disabled woman to sail solo around Britain has died aged 46.

Hilary Lister, who lived in Dunkirk near Canterbury, was born able-bodied but a degenerative condition left her wheelchair-bound at the age of 15.

She went on to study biochemistry at the University of Oxford, but while studying for a PhD her condition grew worse and at the age of 27 she became paralysed from the neck down.

In 2005 she sailed the English Channel, breaking a world record and fulfilling her own ambition.

Two years later, she sailed solo around the Isle of Wight and in 2009, she sailed solo around Britain.

Hilary managed to secure sponsorship, making it possible for her to fulfil her dreams.

But, recognising the difficulty many have in gaining such backing, she created charity Hilary's Dream Trust which aims to help other disabled and disadvantaged adults.

In 2010, the world record holder also embarked on a four-day, 100-mile jaunt around the Bahrain coastline in aid of disability charity Bahrain Mobility International.

She won a number of accolades for her achievements, including the Helen Rollason Award for Inspiration in the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year Awards, and Vitalise Woman of Achievement Award - and was even a contender for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in 2009.

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