In This Issue
Martin Le Pape wins Figaro Prologue
Quantum Racing Lead on the Bay of Palma
Southern Spars to supply INEOS TEAM UK rig for the 36th America's Cup
Pearson Potts Wins Chicago Grand Slam Grade Two
2018 International 14 World Championships - Day 6
Racing Services Manager
Open Etchells European Championship
Industry News
Featured Brokerage
The Last Word: Haile Selassie

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Martin Le Pape wins Figaro Prologue
In sunshine, on flat calm seas and in a pleasant 10-12 knot breeze the 36 skippers competing in the Solitaire Urgo-Le Figaro enjoyed themselves this lunchtime. The prologue in the bay off Le Havre was raced at good speed with the course completed in less than ninety minutes. Martin Le Pape, (Skipper Macif 2017) was the winner, just 27 seconds in front of British sailor, Alan Roberts (Seacat Services). Sebastien Simon (Credit Mutuel Performance) took the remaining place on the podium while in the rookies category, the sailor from Granville in Normandy, Calliste Antoine came out on top aboard his "Sponsor Wanted". Calliste's blank hull will be painted pink by Sunday to display the colours of his new partner, ImmoNew.

The start of the first stage of the 2018 La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro is next Sunday, August 26 in Le Havre. All 36 La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro skippers, the support personnel and boats have assembled. The race village in Le Havre opened Tuesday, August 21 at 1000hrs for a busy week of entertainment.

Quantum Racing Lead on the Bay of Palma
Photo by Max Ranchi, Click on image for photo gallery.

52 Super Series After a breezy, spectacular Rolex TP52 World Championship in Cascais last month, the Bay of Palma served up a typical Pandora's Box of sea breeze delights for the first three races of the Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week.

Although the general trend was for the gains to be made on the right side of the upwinds on the three windward-leeward races contested, it was never that simple and straightforward and there were small gains and losses to be made all the way through each race.

Three different teams won races today: Platoon, Provezza and Azzurra, but it is the 2018 circuit leaders Quantum Racing that top the regatta leaderboard. After a second, fourth and a second, the crew, which is led by owner-driver Doug DeVos is four points ahead of a logjam of four boats that all accumulated 12 points over today's first three races of this, the fourth regatta of the five that constitute the 2018 52 SUPER SERIES.

Regatta standings after three races:
1. Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos) (2,4,2) 8 points
2. Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre) (4,1,7) 12
3. Azzurra (ARG/ITA) (Alberto Roemmers) (6,5,1) 12
4. Alegre (USA/GBR) (Andres Soriano) (3,6,3) 12
5. Phoenix (RSA) (Hasso/Tina Plattner) (5,3,4) 12

6. Luna Rossa (ITA) (Patrizio Bertelli) (7,2,6) 15
7. Platoon (GER) (Harm Muller-Spreer) (1,10,8) 19
8. Sled (USA) (Takashi Okura) (8,9,5) 22

9. Gladiator (GBR) (Tony Langley) (10,7,9) 26

10. Onda (BRA) (Eduardo de Souza Ramos) (8,9,DNF11) 28

Southern Spars to supply INEOS TEAM UK rig for the 36th America's Cup
Southern Spars Southern Spars, the worlds leading bespoke carbon fibre spar maker, has announced it will be supplying the rig to the INEOS TEAM UK for the upcoming America's Cup.

The company is thrilled to partner with this first class team, who will be using the very best of British technology and boat construction to bring back the trophy to Britain.

On designing the rig for INEOS TEAM UK, Southern Spars will push the performance of monohull yachts to the limit to create a foiling AC 75 that will be both challenging to sail and exhilarating to race - opening new horizons for racing yachts and being a remarkable boost for British sport.

Commenting on the partnership, Grant Simmer, INEOS TEAM UK CEO said: "When it came to choosing a rig supplier capable of helping INEOS TEAM UK bring the America's Cup back to Britain, Southern Spars were an obvious choice. We are delighted to be working with a company who will be able to draw on their profound experience, as well as bringing their distinctive innovative approach. We are positive that together with Southern Spars' expertise and INEOS' world class technology we can mount a successful challenge in 2021."

Read the full press release.

Pearson Potts Wins Chicago Grand Slam Grade Two
Chicago, IL - The US Grand Slam Grade 2 Series kicked off this weekend in Chicago, and Pearson Potts, from Newport, RI won the 2018 Chicago Grand Slam by defeating Chicago-regular, Chris Poole in Finals. Potts sailed a great series and was at the front of the pack the whole regatta. Poole, however made quite the comeback from 7th place in the round robin. In the petite-finals, last year's winner, Will Holz defeated Aussie Finn Tapper for 3rd place. The fleet of sailors included thirteen skippers from all over the world, ten of which were ranked in the top 100 World Sailing International Match Racing Rankings.

Sunday's breeze was light and unstable, and the sea state was extremely choppy from the motorboat wake of hundreds of Chicago Air & Water Show spectators. The quarter-finals were quick and easy, when all four pairs were decided 2-0: Tapper over Lowery, Potts over Curtiss, Poole over Boulden and Will Holz over Peter Holz. Poole's experience in these challenging Chicago conditions proved a weapon over Boulden. But Poole's skills weren't enough to defeat Potts in the Finals, and Potts won 2-1 over Poole to take the overall win. Will Holz made an impressive comeback in the elimination rounds as well, starting in 6th place at the beginning of the day and ending in 3rd when he won the petite-finals 2-1 over Finn Tapper of Australia.

Full Results Chicago Grand Slam 2018:
1. Pearson Potts, Max Lopez, Bryce Kopp and Bobby Savoie
2. Chris Poole, Marcus Edegren, and Patrick Norris
3. Will Holz, Matt Clark and Tim Siemers
4. Finn Tapper, Harry Price and Cameron Seagreen
5. Will Boulden, Taylor Blaugh and Taylor
6. Will Curtiss, Alex Curtiss and Wade Wagner
7. Peter Holz, Meg Six and Alex Post
8. Steve Lowery, Jacob Bruce and Jon Noller
9. Clare Costanzo, Jess Angus, Hannah Lanz and Ruby Scholten
10. Nick Egnot-Johnson, Sam Barnett and Zak Murton
11. David Wood, Mike Pinckney and Daniel Pegg
12. Jeffrey Petersen, Porter Killian and Tyler Wolk
13. James Wilson, Marco Hull, Connor Mashlan

2018 International 14 World Championships - Day 6
Air of tension within the boat park - things are getting serious and the winds dropping allowing the lighter crews the chance to hit the front.

After a postponement ten seconds before the start of Race 5, which would have been a general recall, the fleet turned around for the restart. Left or right or up the middle? Most of the fleet hit the left and a few intrepid skiffs went right - left won and plenty hitting the port lay line. Dan Holman/ Alex Knight (GBR 1556) came in hot and tacked just in front of Andy and Tom Partington (GBR 1559) - their lead didn't last long as 'Penguin Dance' quick stepped over the top of them down the first run.

Tight covering by the Partingtons, father and son duo, allowed the British team to haul in another win - their third in five races. This leaves them fourth overall and discards come into play after the next race. Currently Neale Jones/ Ed Fitzgerald (GBR 1553) are heading the overall table with two Aussie skiff teams alongside them on the podium for now. The German crew, Borkenstein/Dietrich (GER 28), built for heavy winds, had a mid fleet performance but still very much in contention (if the breeze follows through as forecasted). -- Simon Butterworth

Results - Overall

Racing Services Manager
Racing Services Manager Salary: £42,500 - £47,500 per annum
Location: Southampton, UK

The RYA is seeking to appoint an individual to lead, manage and provide strategic oversight to its Racing Services Team, which covers three main areas; (1) Regulatory & Technical; (2) Yachting Keelboats, Offshore and Universities Racing; and (3) Events.

We are looking for an individual to become our Subject Matter Expert in relation to MCA, World Sailing and other relevant bodies legislation, rules and regulations and to work as our representative and negotiator regarding technical legislation, standards and other regulations at National and International level. In addition the Racing Services Manager would work in developing initiatives and programmes aimed at attracting & developing new keelboat sailors, and coordinating bids to relevant Event Organisers, such as UK Sport and World Sailing, with regards to securing key International events and funding.

You should have the ability to understand and interpret complex information (i.e. rules, regulations and legislation), with the ability to communicate this to others in a clear and concise way, as well as be able to effectively build and maintain strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders. You should also have demonstrable experience in effectively negotiating and resolving conflict as well as experience of leading and developing a team. Current knowledge and understanding of World Sailing regulations and committee rules & regulations would be an advantage.

To apply please visit the RYA website,, to view full details of this role.

Closing date: Tuesday 4th September 2018

Open Etchells European Championship
Nineteen teams representing nine yacht clubs from around the world will compete at the 2018 Etchells European Championship, hosted by the Royal London Yacht Club in conjunction with the Cowes Etchells Fleet. Over the Bank Holiday weekend, 24-27 August, up to eight races are scheduled in the Central Solent to decide the Open and Corinthian 2018 Etchells European champions.

Outstanding performers from the 2018 British Etchells Championship will be in action including the open winner, Lawrie Smith with Alfie (Glandore Harbour YC), and the Corinthian Champion Ante Razmilovic with Swedish Blue (YCCS). Runner-up and third place for the 2018 British Championship will also be racing, Marco Pocci with Les Freaks Sont Chics/Bon Vivant (Royal Hong Kong YC) and Peter Rogers with Highlife (Royal London YC). American skipper, Peter Duncan will be in action with Mans Best Friend, and 2011 and 2012 Etchells European Champion, Shaun Frohlich with Exabyte 5 (Royal Southern YC). Cowes local Graham Sunderland will be driving Strait Dealer (Royal London YC), and from Australia Chris Hampton will be in action with Tango (Royal Brighton YC).

Four youth teams, which have all learnt their skills through the Royal London Etchells Youth Academy will be in action. Ellie Cumpsty will skipper an all-women team racing Mano, William Bedford will skipper Shamal , Ted Blowers will be racing Sumo, and Andrew Wishart will be racing Ziggy.

Racing for the 2018 Open Etchells European Championship is scheduled to start at noon Friday 24th August, and conclude on Monday 27th August with a Prize Giving at Cowes Yacht Haven after racing.

For more information including the entry list:

Follow the 2018 Etchells European Championship from the Cowes Etchells Fleet Facebook page:

Industry News
Media Accreditation for Yacht Racing Forum 2018 is now open.

The Yacht Racing Forum 2018 will take place on 22-23 October in Lorient, France.

This is a must attend event for media representatives, yacht racing photographers, cameramen and TV production companies from all over the world:

The conference will focus amongst others on youth sailing, risk management & safety, new classes and events, social networks and new media, the latest technologies and much more.

An intense social programme will also give everyone the opportunity to have fun and provide numerous networking opportunities.

For more information and registration:


The winner of the Gdynia President's Award for the best sailing yacht design at the Wind and Water Boat Show in Poland this year was the N'Fun 30 sailing yacht, locally made in Poland by N'Fun Yachting from Gizycko.

Markek Stanczyk, one of the owning partners of N'Fun Yachting, is a national sailing champion in Poland and the winner of World Cup Match racing regattas.

"It may sound strange, but N'Fun 30 is a yacht for sailing - not for tourism, living on or display in the port," said Stanczyk at the awards ceremony. "It weighs only 2,300kg, it is stable but fast, has a black mast, black sails, a lot of carbon fibre inserts. The most beautiful view is outside. Its interior can be custom finished to the owner's requirements. The Gdynia Yacht Design 2018 award is our assurance that what we do, we do well."

Speaking to IBI at the show, Stanczk said: "The project started with three friends who have been sailing together since we were young. The business started four years ago with our own factory and we have a target to build five boats per annum.

"The boat is not a race boat but designed as a fast, fun boat suitable for shallow waters. It looks sporty but is easy to sail - the equivalent in car terms to an Audi A5.

The N'Fun will be exhibited at the Southampton Boat Show in the UK in September and dealers have already been established in France, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands and the UK.


After 20 years, the Auckland On Water Boat Show will return to The Viaduct Basin and Te Wero Island in 2019, the NZ Marine Industry Association announced today.

Events manager Stacey Cook said that the return to where the show started 20 years ago is fitting tribute to the success of New Zealand's largest on-water boat show.

The 2018 Auckland On Water Boat Show, which runs from September 27-30, is the last time the show will be held at the Viaduct Events Centre, as Team New Zealand will be taking over the site as its America's Cup base.

They have already taken occupancy of the top floor and will be moving into the remainder of the Events Centre immediately after the show.

The MIA has been working hard planning for 2019 and beyond, and securing the new show site at The Viaduct Basin and Te Wero Island.

The 2019 show will be held around the same time in September.


Pendennis Shipyard (Holdings) Ltd, the parent company of the UK group associated with superyacht new-builds and refits, has reported a record turnover of £52m for 2017 - a 12% increase on the previous year. In 2017, 87% of the turnover came from exports compared with 69% in 2016.

In a year in which the shipyard experienced its busiest winter refit season with 11 projects running simultaneously at one point, the group saw its profit arising from 'normal operations' increased by 3.6% to £3.4m, representing 6.5% of turnover. This corresponds with a profit of £3.3m in 2016, equivalent to 7% of turnover.

In the annual accounts filed with Companies House, the UK businesses registration office, Pendennis reported that there were one-off items in 2017. These were respectively, again on the disposal of surplus assets of £828,514, and a provision included in creditors amounts falling due within one year of £2.2m for settlement of a long-term incentive share plan, the targets for which have been satisfied post year-end.

Out of the 2017 turnover, the cost of sales accounted for £39.9m compared with £35.7m in 2016. This resulted in Pendennis's 2017 gross profit rising to £12.5m against £11.1m in 2016. After taxation and the two exceptional items, the group ended 2017 with a net profit of £1.6m compared with £2.8m in 2016.


Team Paradise Sailing in Miami, FL has developed a steering system that enables quadriplegics and other severely disabled individuals to sail and control the helm of a small sailboat. The system is light weight, reliable, cost effective and can be installed by a layman in less than 1-minute and it removes just as quickly. The 4-Helm360 has been tested on the weighted centerboard version of RS Venture with great success.

For some background information on development of the 4-Helm360 please refer to the article "Life after the Paralympic Games - Plotting a new course for sailors!" published in Scuttlebutt Sailing News in October 2016. Several versions later, the 4-Helm360 is now Patent Pending. "Our goal is to provide exciting and thrilling state-of-the-art performance sailing for people with disabilities, without necessarily having the entire crew being disabled," says Magnus Liljedahl, Executive Director of Team Paradise Sailing.

For more information on the 4-Helm360, please contact


Today Doyle Sails announced the exciting news that World Class sailor Tony Rey is joining Doyle Sails as a Partner to the US business and opening a new Doyle sales office in Newport Shipyard in Newport, Rhode Island. Tony will work in partnership with Founder Robbie Doyle as well as Mike Sanderson and the management team of Doyle Sails International.

Tony Rey, American, is a world class tactician, coach and race team leader with years of experience on the winner's podium in racing yachts from 15-200 feet. He is a veteran of the America's Cup, Volvo Ocean Race and Olympics and has raced at the highest levels of Grand Prix circuits from TP52s to maxis and Superyachts.

Tony starts his involvement with Doyle Sails immediately and plans to open the new Doyle Sales Office in Newport Shipyard on 1 September 2018.

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