In This Issue
2018 World Cup Series Enoshima
ORC European Championship Day Two
New Double-Handed Class to Feature at Antigua Sailing Week
New York Yacht Club 's Resolute Cup
Figaro Stage Three Finish Imminent
Back In Nassau for the SSL Finals in December
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
Letters to the Editor
Featured Brokerage
The Last Word: Groucho Marx

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2018 World Cup Series Enoshima
Enoshima, Japan: As the dust just about settles on the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018, many of the newly-crowned World Champions continue their form at the World Cup Series event in Enoshima, Japan.

The 2018 World Cup Series Enoshima is the first to be held on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition field of play, and competitors who have succeeded on Olympic waters ahead of the Games often achieve glory come showtime.

Out of the 466 sailors from 44 nations, the World Champions crowned in Aarhus have come to the forefront once again, suggesting that their talents and racing know-how can be seemingly transferred from one venue to the next.

Racing continues at 11:40 on Wednesday 12 September.

Top three by class after day one:

470 Men
1. Keiju Okada / Jumpei Hokazono, JPN, 7 points
2. Naoki Ichino / Takashi Hasegawa, JPN, 10
3. Kevin Peponnet / Jeremie Mion, FRA, 11

470 Women
1. Benedetta Di Salle Alessandra Dubbini, ITA, 7
2. Afrodite Zegers / Anneloes van Veen, NED, 7
3.Elena Berta / Bianca Caruso, ITA, 9

49er Men
1. Dylan Fletcher-Scott / Stuart Bithell, GBR, 3
2. Lukasz Przybytek / Pawel Kolodzinski, POL, 5
3. James Peters / Fynn Sterritt, GBR, 7

49erFX Women
1. Martine Soffiatti Grael / Kahena Kunze, BRA, 3
2. Alexandra Maloney / Molly Meech, NZL, 4
3. Ida Marie Baad Nielsen / Marie Thusgaard Olsen, DEN, 4

Finn Men
1. Giles Scott, GBR, 7
2. Josh Junior, NZL, 8
3. Edward Wright, GBR, 10

Laser Men
1. Michael Beckett, GBR, 10
2. Philipp Buhl, GER, 11
3. Matthew Wearn, AUS, 15

Laser Radial Women
1. Emma Plasschaert, BEL, 8
2. Sarah Douglas, CAN, 12
3. Josefin Olsson, SWE, 16

1. Ruggero Tita / Caterina Marianna Banti, ITA, 2
2. Vittorio Bissaro / Maelle Frascari, ITA, 4
3. Gemma Jones / Jason Saunders, NZL, 5

RS:X Men
1. Mattia Camboni, ITA, 2
2. Kiran Badloe, NED, 4
3. Pierre Le Coq, FRA, 7

RS:X Women
1. Lilian De Geus, NED, 2
2. Peina Chen, CHN, 4
3. Charline Picon, FRA, 5

Full results:

ORC European Championship Day Two
Limassol Marina, Cyprus: With a leisurely 13:00 afternoon start, Day Two of the 2018 ORC European Championship commenced the inshore phase of the competition with two close-fought windward-leeward races held today. The two Estonian teams who won yesterday's short offshore race in each of their respective classes continued to excel today with solid results.

Mati Sepp's modified X-41 Technonicol dominated both races today in Class AB, winning the first race by a whopping 4:13 over runner-up Maestro, Oleg Stashkevych's XP 44 all-amateur Corinthian team from Ukraine, and the second by a closer 1:49 margin over Mikhail Kdetov's Skif 42 St Anna from Russia. These second-place results were the best thusfar for both Maestro and St Anna, but the overall runner-up in the Class AB standings is Tomas Dolezal and Radim Parizek's Czech team on their Swan 42 Daring Sisters, who is actually tied in points with Easy Swisha's X-41 Next from Israel.

In Class C another Estonian team - Aivar Tuulberg's Cossutti-designed Katariina II - had a quite reasonable day with scores of 1-2 to maintain their lead, but the margins are tight: in today's second race they lost by a mere 22 seconds to Rudolf Vrestal's Italia 9.98 Giulia, and this team from the Czech Republic is only 3 points back in the overall standings.

Racing resumes again Wednesday at 13:00 local time with two more inshore windward-leeward races scheduled, and a sunny weather forecast similar to today. -- Dobbs Davis

New Double-Handed Class to Feature at Antigua Sailing Week
Antigua Sailing Week In view of the ever growing demand for double-handed racing, the organisers of Antigua Sailing Week (ASW) are pleased to announce 2019 will benefit from the addition of a new double-handed class. Double-handed racing by its nature is all about crew stamina and how to pace yourself. With only two crew on board, both must be good all-rounders and understand the trade-off between pace, performance and physical demands.

Race manager Lorna Saunders says, "This will add an exciting new dimension to ASW. Safety being paramount, the double handed class will have its own start and courses will be carefully planned to accommodate double handed participants. The courses will be a mix of round the cans, with slightly longer legs and some days a coastal race. We look forward to thrilling, competitive sailing."

Antigua Sailing Week takes place from 28 April to 3 May and the Notice of Race is now available. An optional Round Antigua Race takes place on the 27 April, which will also offer a double handed class, and is the perfect warm up event prior to the five challenging days of Antigua Sailing Week where everyone is invited to race, chase and celebrate.

The professional race management team will continue to offer exciting racing for participants who range from fully professional campaigns to crews of family and friends.

Bareboat and mothership charters can all be arranged through our sponsor Dream Yacht Charter plus numerous race charter options are available from reputable partners.

Post-race daily prize-givings and an exciting week-long social calendar including the 10th edition of Reggae in the Park, the mid-week Lay Day Beach Party and the prestigious Final Awards Ceremony are key events on the must do list during the week.

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New York Yacht Club 's Resolute Cup
Four yacht clubs have competed in all five editions of the Resolute Cup: Eastern Yacht Club, Newport Harbor Yacht Club, Larchmont Yacht Club, and Carolina Yacht Club. Three of the aforementioned yacht clubs have won this event. Eastern Yacht Club won the inaugural event in 2010 followed by Larchmont Yacht Club in 2012 and Newport Harbor Yacht Club in 2014. The Eastern Yacht Club has had the most successful reign over the event having competed in Gold fleet in all four previous editions and earned podium finishes in 2010, 2014, and 2016. Bill Lynn, skipper and captain of the Eastern Yacht Club team, returns for his fifth year at the helm.

This year's edition of the Resolute Cup has proudly features four new teams representing Club Náutico de San Juan, Houston Yacht Club, Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club (Blue Hill, Maine), and Sachem's Head Yacht Club (Guilford, Conn.). As the premier national Corinthian interclub regatta, the Resolute Cup has encouraged a growth and interest and competition from yacht clubs across the country.

Over one third of the teams competing at the 2018 Resolute Cup have "junior" sailors under the age of 25 on board, in contrast to the nationwide struggle to attract and engage sailors 25 years of age or younger. In total, there are 15 junior sailors racing in the Resolute Cup. Our featured teams include Chicago Yacht Club, which registered with three U-25 sailors and helmed by 24-year-old Will Holz, American Yacht Club helmed by 22-year-old Walter Florio, and Fort Worth Yacht Club represented by our youngest sailor, 14-year-old Max Nilsson.

Twelve female sailors will take to the water this week representing their yacht clubs at the 2018 Resolute Cup. Four of those females are also "junior" sailors: Eliza Guiness (19) represents Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club, Sammy Shea (21) with St. Francis Yacht Club, Elizabeth Hale Rodriguez (22) from American Yacht Club, and finally Hannah Lynn (24) sailing for Eastern Yacht Club. The Houston Yacht Club is represented by Laura Dalgleish, skipper, and two female crew members Ann Graham and Sandra Baldridge. Other women sailors include Nicole Souter and Suzy Leech representing New York Yacht Club, Carolyn Russell from American Yacht Club, Melissa Purdy Feagin from The San Francisco Yacht Club, and Karen Lau from Indian Harbour Yacht Club.

This year's yacht club teams hail from 13 total states. There are multiple teams from New York, California, Massachusetts, and Texas. Club Nautico de San Juan has traveled from Puerto Rico to make their first appearance in the Resolute Cup and the first appearance from a club based outside the contiguous United States.

Figaro Stage Three Finish Imminent
The leader at Tuesday midday Sebastien Simon has nearly one quarter of a mile of a margin as he rounded the Perrins Chien mark ahead around 0430hrs French time this morning. Winds are only light at Port Joinville on the Isle d'Yeu. Simon lead the group out to the east after Cape Ortegal and has always been among the pacemakers of the top skippers who chose that option.

Ireland's Tom Dolan is hanging on to 11th place at two miles behind Simon as top rookie with half a mile in hand over Thomas Cardrin the second rookie on the water.

Britain's Nick Cherry has slipped to 18th at three miles back. The final section to the finish should be relatively straightforward in a N'ly breeze with the winner expected on the finish at Saint Gilles Croix de Vie at around 0730hrs local time.

Stage four from Saint Gilles Croix De Vie To Saint Gilles Croix De Vie begins on Thursday the 13th. With a distance of just 165 miles, the fleet is expected to finish late on Friday the 14th.

Back In Nassau for the SSL Finals in December
The plan for the sixth edition of the Star Sailors League's most important event will be the same as previous SSL Finals, a four day long Qualification Series after which the top 10 teams will progress to the final knock-out stage of the competition. Top team from the knock-out stage progresses directly to the Final, while the runner-up goes to the semi-finals. Teams from 3rd to 10th in the Qualification Series have to fight in yet one more race in the Quarter Finals. The last rounds will all happen on the last day of competition, Saturday December 8th, and in the late afternoon the winners of the SSL Finals 2018 will be crowned directly after racing at Nassau Yacht Club.

Ten spots are automatically allocated to the top 10 skippers in the Star Sailors League Rankings. The Rankings are currently based on events in the Star class with the intention of adding more classes to it in the future.

There are no races now that can alter the top 10 positions in the Rankings from now to the second Tuesday of September, traditionally the date in which results are frozen for the SSL Finals.

The remaining 15 places are invited positions going to young talented sailors, VIPs who have made significant achievements within their area of the sport or the winner of the Star World Championship, which this year will take place from October 7th to the 14th in Oxford, Maryland, USA.

The top 10 skippers from the SSL Rankings who have been invited to the Star Sailors League Finals 2018 are:

1 - Diego Negri (ITA)
2 - Robert Scheidt (BRA)
3 - Xavier Rohart (FRA)
4 - Lars Grael (BRA)
5 - Mark Mendelblatt (USA)
6 - Paul Cayard (USA)
7 - Eivind Melleby (NOR)
8 - George Szabo (USA)
9 - Augie Diaz (USA)
10 - Paul Goodison (GBR)

All of them have confirmed their attendance with the exception of Paul Goodison - who is waiting for approval from his America's Cup team, American Magic. All of them will be sailing with the best crews in the business.

The action will be streamed LIVE on the Internet with expert commentary from special studio guests. On the water, the latest in hi-tech camera technology, as well as Virtual Eye 3D Graphics, will provide thrilling viewing. Armchair sailors can also join the race with Virtual Regatta.

Seahorse September 2018
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Sharing the love
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The Royal Western Yacht Club of England announces a change of date for the start of their iconic Oceanic Races, the Original singlehanded Transatlantic Race (OSTAR) and the Two-Handed Transatlantic Race (TWOSTAR).

The Races were originally planned for the 25th May 2020 but will now start on Sunday 10th May in Plymouth Sound.

In 2020 The Royal Western Yacht Club will be celebrating the 60 years in which it first introduced then developed and grew the sport of Short-Handed Oceanic Racing. These celebrations will take place from the 1st to 10th May and will culminate in the start of the races. The Race competitors are expected to arrive in Plymouth by the 2nd May to join in the event.

The Event also forms part of Plymouth's Mayflower 400 celebrations whose Chief Executive, Charles Hackett, said "I am incredibly proud to see Plymouth's premier yacht club joining in the promotion of Mayflower 400. The Royal Western Yacht Club's Anniversary celebrations and the start of their Transatlatic Singlehanded and Twohanded Transatlantic Races - the OSTAR and TWOSTAR - on the same day as the professional TRANSAT will be an important part of the extensive portfolio of waterborne activity planned for 2020".

OSTAR/TWOSTAR 2020 is supported by the NewportYacht Club andVisit Newport
Closing date for Entries 16th March 2020
Notice of Race on the RWYC website: or

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* From Peter Morton:

Just opened my latest Seahorse and unless my eye sight is failing there appears to be a pretty big "gaff" by The Commodore in his Editorial. I suspect the picture of this Tschuss is Christians new boat, the Fast 40+ ex Invictus and not the Mills MAT 1180.

He states "same size, same rating system but different takes" or does he mean different rating?

The MAT 1180 and JPK 1180 might be the same size and under the same rating system but one is French designed and built and the other is not. Guess which rates lower!

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