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In This Issue
Billy Besson, Marie Riou to lead France SailGP Team
New York Yacht Club launches America's Cup test boat
Picture Yourself in Paradise! St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR) - March 22-24, 2019
Seahorse Sailor Of The Month<
San Diego Yacht Club Wins 2018 Lipton Cup
IRC and ORC Agree Continued Cooperation
Hydraulics engineered for high performance - Harken
Industry News
Letters to the Editor
Featured Brokerage
The Last Word: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Billy Besson, Marie Riou to lead France SailGP Team
Marseille, France: Four-time world champion and 2016 Olympian Billy Besson was today announced as the helmsman for the France SailGP Team. Part of a new global racing league setting sail in February 2019, the French team also features Marie Riou, SailGP's first female onboard crew member. The full team was revealed on Marseille Harbor, which will host the final event of the inaugural season (September 20-22, 2019).

The SailGP event in Marseille will serve as the league championship. It will include a third day of racing, highlighted by the thrilling, season-ending winner-takes-all US$1 million match race between the season's top two teams.

The French team includes a pair of Olympians in Besson and Riou - who have together captured four world titles and are campaigning for a berth at Tokyo 2020 - in addition to three America's Cup veterans and one of the country's most talented young sailors. They will be racing against teams from Australia, China, France, Great Britain, Japan and the United States on identical wingsailed F50s - the fastest catamarans in the world, capable of exceeding 50 knots (60mph/100kph).

The five members of the France SailGP Team are: Besson, 37, of Tahiti (helmsman); Matthieu Vandame, 36, of Vannes (wing trimmer); Riou, 37, of Plougastel-Daoulas (flight controller); Devan Le Bihan, 35, of Hennebont (grinder); and Olivier Herledant, 38, of Concarneau (grinder). In addition, Timothé Lapauw, 22, of Nice, will serve as the reserve grinder.

Sanctioned by World Sailing, SailGP racing in Marseille will take place in the Rade Nord, in front of the seawall outside the famous Old Port of Marseille and the Grand Port Maritime de Marseille, with anticipated large on-water and seawall spectator crowds. The event will take place from Friday to Sunday, with daily racing from 2-4 p.m.


New York Yacht Club launches America's Cup test boat
The New York Yacht Club are the second 2021 America's Cup challenger to launch a test boat.

American Magic revealed on their Facebook page images of a weekend launching in Rhode Island of a monohull with foils, looking to be just under the 12m permitted length for test boats for the 75-foot foiling monohulls to be used in Auckland.

Their launch follows INEOS Team UK launching a smaller test version in July that has successfully foiled.

That leaves America's Cup holders Emirates Team New Zealand and Italian challenger of record Luna Rossa still to show their hand in the test department though the Kiwis are understood to have been doing plenty of work on a simulator which was the basis of their leadup work to the successful challenge in Bermuda last year.


Picture Yourself in Paradise! St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR) - March 22-24, 2019
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Don't be left out in the cold! Here's a special shout-out to the Oysters, Farrs, Swans, Corbys, Pogos, Gran Soleils, Beneteau First 40.7s, Whitbread racers and more who depart in November on the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) in the racing division en route to St. Lucia or St. Vincent. Cap off a transatlantic crossing this fall with springtime racing in St. Thomas' 'Crown Jewel of Caribbean Yacht Racing.' Everyone is invited! STIR 2019 features CSA (Caribbean Sailing Association-handicap rule), racing, cruising and bareboat classes; IRC; ORC; Multihull, Beach Cats and One-Design classes with a minimum length of 20 feet. Courses are a competitive and scenic mix of round-the-buoy and round-the-islands managed by a professional race committee. What's more, there are nightly parties ashore at the regatta host, St. Thomas Yacht Club.

Register now @ www.stthomasinternationalregatta.com! Receive a 50% discount! Pay in full for only US $150 between now and 1700 AST January 31, 2019. Entry fees increase to US $300 between February 1 and March 20, 2019. Registration for IC24s: US $200, Beach Cats: $200. World-class racing, the chance to trade tacks with America's Cup, Volvo Ocean and Olympic crews on the water and off is what earns STIR its motto, 'We Love It Here' You will too!

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Seahorse Sailor Of The Month
Billy Besson
Last month's winner:

Tony Lawson (GBR)
'So often you've thrown the kids the keys to the Camaro and just let 'em rip. Respect' - Paul Larsen; 'Tony has given countless youngsters a start in offshore racing... myself included' - Sam Goodchild; 'Tony's generosity turns young sailors' dreams into hard, fast and wet reality!' - Helena Darvelid; 'Tony is not just the sailor of the month' - Henry Bomby; 'He is not only generous but offers youngsters a chance to gain priceless experience' - Pete Goss; 'For all that he has done he deserves a big hand... and he gets my tick in the box!' - James Boyd; 'One sailor who walks the walk' - Miranda Merron.

This month's nominees:

Billy Besson Jud Smith (USA)
They all turned up, 91 boats and half the pro sailors on the planet. And it was a battle. Jud Smith added the 2018 J/70 world title to a busy trophy cabinet after finishing just 1pt ahead of runner-up Bruno Pasquinelli. The top three were covered by 3pt after 11 hard races. Tight. As well as being among the best one-design sailors of his generation (three Etchells world titles for starters) Smith is also one of the most helpful guys in the boat park - here that counts just as much

Billy Besson Hunt Lawrence (USA)
Oakcliff Sailing, with its 100+ boat fleet, wide ranging programmes that teach youngsters about life as well as sailing and a team of world-class sailors like Dave Perry led by Whitbread and AC veteran Dawn Riley, is now a worldwide benchmark. But while it is now largely self-funding Oakcliff Sailing Center only exists because of the foresight and financial backing of Hunt and Betsy Lawrence when the story first began back in 2010

Seahorse Sailor of the Month is sponsored by Henri Lloyd, Harken McLube & Dubarry. Who needs silverware, our prizes are usable!

Cast your vote, submit comments, even suggest a candidate for next month at seahorsemagazine.com/sailor-of-the-month/vote-for-sailor-of-the-month

View past winners of Sailor of the Month

San Diego Yacht Club Wins 2018 Lipton Cup
Skipper Tyler Sinks and the crew of Team SDYC completed the comeback on the final race of the day, outlasting the team from Long Beach Yacht Club to win the 2018 Lipton Cup. The two teams battled each other with SDYC needing to recover from a 3 point deficit, while no other team was in the running for the title by at the start of race 12. SDYC did just that, creating an overall tie in points for the regatta, and winning the tiebreaker. This is SDYC's 3rd Lipton Cup win in the last 4 years, all under the leadership of skipper Tyler Sinks.

t's a marathon, not a sprint. That's the theory that San Diego Yacht Club skipper Tyler Sinks followed during this weekend's twelve intense races that brought his team to win the 2018 Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge Cup for the second year in a row. And so it goes, they were right... again.

The final day of the Lipton Cup started with gloomy skies and cool breezes around two knots resulting in postponement. Traffic in San Diego Bay was limited, allowing for a wide open course and minimal wake. Once the breeze picked up to over eight knots, the teams were ready to compete in their final day of races. The sun broke through the clouds and spectator boats surrounded the course in anticipation of the final results. With only three races left to pull to the top of the score sheet, stakes were high on two teams in particular, San Diego Yacht Club and Long Beach Yacht Club.

The overall first place winner was San Diego Yacht Club, followed by Long Beach Yacht Club in second and California Yacht Club in third.

San Diego Yacht Club is now the two-time defending champion of the Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge Cup! Next year, 12 yacht club teams, including LBYC, will come back and fight for the Lipton Cup Trophy yet again.

1. Tyler Sinks San Diego YC, 57 points
2. Shane Young Long Beach YC, 57
3. Allie Blecher California YC, 68
4. Chris Raab St. Francis YC, 71
5. Jon Pinckney Newport Harbor YC, 74
6. Ben Mumford Royal Vancouver YC, 74
7. Alex Steele Balboa YC, 80
8. Dave Hochart Coronado YC, 84
9. Will Holz Chicago YC, 87
10. Tim Russell San Francisco YC, 87
11. Shala Youngerman Southwestern YC, 91
12. Ted Moore New York YC, 107


IRC and ORC Agree Continued Cooperation
Representatives of the RORC and ORC met at the Royal Malta Yacht Club before the start of the Rolex Middle Sea Race to discuss the continued cooperation between IRC and ORC on a technical level, and the future of a joint Offshore World Championship. Both sides agreed that the Hague Offshore World Championship, which used both IRC and ORC to score the results, was a success on many levels. Most notably was the willingness of the technicians from IRC and ORC to quickly find solutions to measurement issues and that most competitors felt that the combined scoring allowed boats normally using different rating rules to race competitively against each other.

The two international rating systems recognised by World Sailing, IRC and ORC, agreed to continue their dialogue on a technical level to further develop the Universal Measurement System (UMS) to allow boats to be rated more easily for different measurement system around the world.

It was also agreed that IRC would be involved in the decision to select future venues for the joint Offshore World Championships and in the interest of the sport and event organisers that a joint Worlds would be held every two years starting in 2020.


Hydraulics engineered for high performance - Harken
WHAT Whether in the Ultim, TP52 or America's Cup classes, next-generation Harken hydraulics are at the very leading edge of efficiency and reliability

The upcoming 40th anniversary Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe will be an amazing race to follow. Included in the record-size fleet of 122 craft will be the Ultime Edmond de Rothschild - the first ever hydrofoiling maxi trimaran. Great reliability is required in the search for great speed and Harken hydraulics will help lift the maxi tri to new heights as it attempts to foil its way into the record books.

Edmond de Rothschild is a beast of a boat in a performance-orientated way. It measures in at 32m (104ft) LOA with a beam of 23m (75ft) and all-up weight of 15.5 tonnes (33,069 lb). The breathtaking feature of this boat is the pair of 5m (16ft 5in) tall hydrofoils that allow it to "fly" in winds as light as 14kts.

The Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe is a singlehanded race measuring 3,540 nautical miles. Skipper Sébastien Josse will be alone in his pursuit of the race record of seven days, 15 hours (set in the 2014 race). He'll be helming, navigating, trimming sails and raising and lowering the huge foils all by himself. A properly executed tack or gybe on an Ultime can take up to 45 minutes, at least 20 minutes of which is spent grinding hydraulic functions. It's a workout fit for the best triathletes, while also requiring the concise decision-making ability of Stephen Hawking.

Full article in the November issue of Seahorse

Industry News
METSTRADE organiser Amsterdam RAI and the show's official magazine, IBI, will again send out advance digital copies of the METSTRADE catalogue.

Readers can download the digital catalogue or view it online by clicking here. It will also be available to download from www.ibinews.com from 13 November 2018.

The digital catalogue will be sent to all IBI Plus daily email newsletter subscribers worldwide and all pre-registered METSTRADE 2018 visitors. Hard copies of the catalogue and floor plan will be available on site during this year's show.

The catalogue will also be available later from METSTRADE.com. Free paper copies of the catalogue will be available at the show.



Artemis Technologies, a spin-off from America's Cup team Artemis Racing, is to establish a new facility in Belfast Harbour, initially creating 35 jobs, in a bid to return commercial shipbuilding to the city.

The company led by double Olympic gold medalist, Iain Percy OBE, will use its expertise garnished at the highest echelons of world yacht racing to develop new green maritime technologies and build an 'Autonomous Sailing Vessel' (ASV).

The ASV will be a zero-emissions 45 metre catamaran, that will require no fossil fuels, offer unlimited range, and has the potential to travel at 50 knots, with a cruising speed of 30 knots in any condition.

Already the company has received the backing and collaborative support from stakeholders including Belfast City Council, Belfast Harbour, Stena Line, Bombardier, Harland and Wolff, Queen's University, Ulster University, Belfast Met, NIACE, Creative Composites and Catalyst Inc; and is the lead applicant on a UK Research and Innovation, Strength in Places funding call.



The Discovery Yachts Group are pleased to announce the appointment of John Burnie as Sales Director for the Group. John has an extensive business background with strong international connections in the marine leisure industry. He spent several years in the Caribbean managing blue water operations for Nautor Swan. Following his return to the UK, he acted for the Berthon Shipyard in a broad range of new business opportunity. A highly experienced sailor with professional qualifications, John has cruised for over 60,000 miles on his own 16.5m blue water yacht.

With the Discovery collection synchronised with the new Southerly by Discovery range, the company also offers customers a Bluewater cruising catamaran as well as a new highly desirable classic yacht, the Britannia 74. The Discovery Group now successfully delivers a portfolio of world-class sailing yachts to discerning yacht owners worldwide.



New York Yacht Club American Magic, the U.S. Challenger for sailing's 36th America's Cup, set to be held in 2021, today announced aerospace pioneer Airbus as its innovation partner. As Official Innovation Partner, Airbus will allocate engineering resources and modeling expertise to assist in the design optimization of American Magic's future AC75 racing boat.

Airbus will provide engineering support in areas such as simulation capabilities development, systems architecture design and testing, hydrodynamic calculation and optimization, boat control and instrumentation

This innovation partnership reflects Airbus' significant and growing presence in North America. With major design, engineering and manufacturing facilities in both the United States and Canada, Airbus is a natural fit for the American Magic team.


Letters To The Editor -
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* From Keith Barker: I read that the Court of Justice of the European Union is shortly to rule that the use of red diesel for pleasure craft in Great Briton is to be stopped. What does it matter what they say we are very shortly going to be out and therefore we can ignore anything they rule on.

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