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In This Issue
World Sailing Awards
Events Committee Recommendations
Zhik's ex-catalogue clearance sale
Anti-Trust probe could put 2024 Olympic classes on hold
Wight Vodka Best Sailor's Bar
"Redd's Pond Boatworks: Story of the Dragon"
Not so new face - Great Circle Sails
The Grand Slam of female sailing starts in Switzerland
Industry News
Featured Brokerage
The Last Word: Dorothea Lange

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World Sailing Awards
Sarasota, Florida, USA: Carolijn Brouwer (NED) / Marie Riou (FRA) and Pavlos Kontides (CYP) were crowned female and male Rolex World Sailors of the Year as the stars of sailing were recognised at the 2018 World Sailing Awards in Sarasota, Florida, USA.

Held at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, eight Awards were presented. The highlight of the Awards is the Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards and Brouwer / Riou were recognised for their success in the Volvo Ocean Race and Kontides for winning consecutive World Championship titles.

Three news Awards were introduced in 2018. Corpus Christi Yacht Club claimed the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award, Dongfeng Race Team took the Team of the Year title and Ran VII - Fast 40 received the Boat of the Year Award.

Carolijn Brouwer (NED) / Marie Riou (FRA) - Female Rolex World Sailors of the Year

Carolijn Brouwer (NED) and Marie Riou (FRA) became the first female winners of the Volvo Ocean Race in the 2017-18 edition, claiming the title after thousands of gruelling miles at sea.

Pavlos Kontides (CYP) - Male Rolex World Sailor of the Year

Cyprus' Pavlos Kontides is etched into the history books in his home nation, becoming the countries first Olympic medallist at the London 2012 Olympic Games. His success inspired the nation and since then he has continued to inspire nationally and globally with his achievements.

The Laser sailor won his first World Championship title at the 2017 edition in Split, Croatia. Less than one year later he stood atop of the podium yet again. At the 2018 Hempel Sailing World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark he conquered again.


Events Committee Recommendations
Following the Equipment Committee’s meeting on Paris 2024 Equipment the day prior, it was the turn of the Events Committee to talk about the Events.

Events and Equipment for Paris 2024 has been a major talking point following the Mid-Year meeting where the following slate of Events was approved by World Sailing’s Council:

Men's Windsurfer
Women's Windsurfer
New Event, Mixed One-Person Dinghy
New Event, Mixed Two Person Dinghy
New Event, Mixed Kiteboard

They joined the following Events and their Equipment on the Paris 2024 slate:

Men's One Person Dinghy - Laser*
Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial*
Women's Skiff - 49erFX
Men's Skiff - 49er
Mixed Two Person Multihull - Nacra 17
*subject to separate equipment re-evaluation

Although the decision was made, World Sailing’s Regulations allow both the Events and Equipment to be amended at the 2018 Annual Conference by World Sailing’s Council before ratification at the Annual General Meeting.

The Committee discussed the decision making process around selection of Events and Equipment for the Olympic Games and reiterated the Working Parties findings from the May 2018 report.

Discussions around Submission 037-18 and selecting either the Mixed One Person Dinghy Event or the Mixed Two Person Keelboat Offshore were held before a vote was held. Seven of the committee members were in favour with six against and two abstentions meaning the submission is recommended to World Sailing’s Council for approval.

It's here - for a short time only.
Zhik Zhik's ex-catalogue clearance sale means up to 55% off a wide range of technical sailing gear.

For yacht sailors there are DeckBeater shorts and long pants, which do exactly what they say on the tin. And the very quick-drying ZhikDry tops and polos. Plus, grab yourself some Merino underwear, technical tailored Z-fleeces, hardwearing, stretchy deck shorts (very comfortable for long days afloat), and the fabulous soft, grippy ZKG shoes. Waterproofs on offer include Isotak Ocean and the lighter weight Aroshell coastal and inshore models.

For small boat sailors here's your chance to snatch up some great deals for winter sailing on Zhik Superwarm steamers, skiff suits and tops, or the lighter Microfleece and Hybrid wetsuits for warmer climates. Plus, there's Spandex rashies, the technical Orspan and Hydrophobic tops which are perfect for sports boat racing, and the very flattering Avinta women's, watersports underwear.

Restock that kit bag and Save up to 55% with Zhik this autumn.
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Anti-Trust probe could put 2024 Olympic classes on hold
World Sailing has confirmed that it has received a request for further information from EU Anti-Trust Commission in regard to a complaint first lodged with its Italian equivalent.

One of the top European boat manufacturers, who has asked nit to be named has obtained a legal opinion to the effect that the actions of World Sailing in regard to the selection of single manufacturer one-design sailing craft are not compliant with European Union Competition Law.

The matter has now been taken away from the complainant and is being driven completely by the EU and their investigation arm, who will also determine how far the net will be spread. The first opinion includes the Youth Olympics in the same embrace as the Olympic classes. However boats are supplied at both the Youth Olympics and Youth Worlds. Both series are open entry and with supplied boats (neither criteria applies to the Summer Olympics) and certainly in the case of New Zealand trials have been held to select contestants using another class and indeed boat type.

The Commission is expected to investigate under its so-called Anti-Trust articles known in other jurisdictions as anti-monopoly or anti-competition law.

Outcomes could range from "Move along - Nothing to see here", to Olympic Sailing's Armageddon.

While the Anti-Trust provisions have been in the European Commission domain for many years, the commision has only recently decided to extend its purview into sports arena. However Sailing is also in a unique situation in that it is the only Summer Olympic sport that dictates the equipment which must by used by all competitors, and indeed that in the case of the Nacra 17, Laser, Laser Radial, RS:X the sail-away boats are all from a single supply source. With the 49er and 49erFX there are two licenced builders, but only one rig supplier.

Full article by Richard Gladwell:

Wight Vodka Best Sailor's Bar
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Pumpkin Spice Shooter
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"Redd's Pond Boatworks: Story of the Dragon"
DRAGON is a near replica of the 1882 Herreshoff steam launch #94 recently donated to the Herreshoff Marine Museum and was built in 2017 by Redd's Pond Boatworks in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Featured in an article by Stan Grayson in Woodboat issue 261 there is nothing quite like it around today. Come for the historical design of this unique vessel and stay for the tale of how an original engine survived over a century to find its way back to sea again.

Doug Park had the privilege of building DRAGON as the owner of Redd's Pond Boatworks. Growing up in Marblehead he spent a lot of time on the water and when he was 17, after a high school summer spent on board the schooner Harvey Gamage, he began an apprenticeship under Thad Danielson at Redd's Pond Boatworks. Life took him away from boats as he earned a physics degree and worked various jobs around the country until he finally decided to pursue his true calling and enrolled in the IYRS boat building restoration program in Newport, RI. Upon graduation he worked as a shipwright at Mystic Seaport until Thad offered him the opportunity to take over the business at Redd's Pond. Seven years later, Redd's Pond Boatworks is thriving with a customer-based approach to construction and restoration of power, sail, and hand powered boats.

A talk presented by Doug Park on November 15, 2018

Reception begins at 6 PM. Lecture at 7 PM.

Members: $10
Non-Members: $18

Advance registration is strongly suggested to ensure adequate seating for the lecture.

Register Online: Click Here or call the Museum to make a reservation: (401) 253-5000

Not so new face - Great Circle Sails
Great Circle Sails Based in Marblehead, Massachu-setts, Great Circle Sails could just be the greatest sailmaker you’ve never heard of

Technology has had a big impact on the sailmaking industry with huge gains in materials, optimisation and efficiency. Those efficiency gains extend to the buying process where Brian Hancock, the founder of Great Circle Sails, believes that yacht owners the world over can benefit.

‘Sailmaking has changed a lot over the last two decades, not only in the technology that has brought hi-tech moulded sails made from space-age fibres, but in the way sailmakers are doing business,’ says Hancock. ‘Much of the manufacturing has been centralised with large “factories” producing the product and traditional sail lofts becoming more about sales and repair than sailmaking.’

Hancock served his apprenticeship and learned the craft as a hands-onroll- the-fabric-out-and-draw-thecurves- on-with-a-pencil sailmaker at one of South Africa’s foremost lofts. He is now one of the best-known sailmakers in the world.

Full article in the November issue of Seahorse magazine

The Grand Slam of female sailing starts in Switzerland
The Swiss International Women’s Match starts today and the World’s best female sailors have gathered in Ascona on Lago Maggiore.

Competing in the regatta we find ISAF world ranking leader Pauline Curtois, representing France, 4th ranked Marinella Laaksonen from Finland and Danish Trine Palludan, ranked 5th. These three skippers and their teams can also be found at the top of the preliminary scoreboard of the WIM Series 2018 after the events in Helsinki (Finland), Lysekil (Sweden) and Ekatrinburg (Russia). Representing the host country is skipper Alexa Bezel and her Swiss Women Match Racing Team, currently ranked 14th.

The grand final where the best two teams meet is planned for Saturday 3rd of November.

Despite the prevailing weather conditions: torrential rain and thunder the organization remains optimistic that the competition will run according to plan and that we will see spectacular sailing on Lago Maggiore over the course of the week. Things are looking up for the final’s day, the current weather forecast predicting sunshine and the race committee predicting an exciting battle.


Industry News
WHAT On 1st November 2018, the leisure marine consultancy PR Works celebrates 25 years since opening its doors. Its founder, Peta Stuart-Hunt, says it has been a sometimes challenging but always a fascinating and rewarding journey. "I have been incredibly fortunate to work with some of the nicest clients, the most iconic events and a vast array of industry media contacts that have been an absolute pleasure to keep fed with news."

Throughout those 25 years Peta has enjoyed working on a variety of corporate and event campaigns such as the unforgettable AC Jubilee and the British Steel Challenge 92/93 & 96/97. In 2010 Peta ran the PR for Exercise Transglobe (Joint Services) and handled the media requirements for two Royal Yacht Squadron Westward Cups, launched RYA Sailability and was editor of its magazine 'Foghorn'.

She has provided consultancy to Sailing Logic and launched Sail TV, was Press Officer for the Sail Power & Watersports Show (Earls Court), launched Seawork, working in the Press Office (with Brian Pilcher), handled PR for Scorpion RIBs, and Gill's sponsorship of the Whitbread Race 93/93 and 97/98. Peta also spent three years managing the PR for World Cruising Club amongst many others and worked with the Andrew Simpson Foundation and Bart's Bash.

Earlier this year Peta decided to ease up a little after a total of 33 years service to the marine leisure sector and is now thoroughly enjoying her latest role as Press & PR Manager for the Cruising Association and also providing some project consultancy for eSail Sailing Simulator.



Groupe Beneteau has closed out FY 2017-18 with performance levels that were higher than its latest forecasts. According to a statement released yesterday, the positive results are linked to the quality of operational execution achieved in the fourth quarter for the Boat and Leisure Homes Divisions, as well as the results of the Transform to Perform plan:

Boats: business is up +9% at constant exchange rates, the fourth consecutive year of strong growth, supported by a stronger and diversified range, aligned with demand from dynamic segments

The Boat Division is reporting good performances thanks to the dynamic level of sales for the multihull sailing and outboard/inboard motorboat segments, offsetting the contraction in sales for large motor yachts. The delays with deliveries in the third quarter were effectively caught up in the fourth quarter.

Full-year revenues for the Boat business are up +9.0% year-on-year at constant exchange rates (+6.7% reported data). The Group’s performances in Europe are described as ”excellent” (+12.7% at constant exchange rates), while they show contrasting trends for North America depending on the market segments (+4.4% at constant exchange rates), with very strong progress for small boats and a contraction for large motor yachts. Sales are robust in Asia-Pacific (+27.3% at constant exchange rates) and with charter fleets (+26.8%). The Rest of the World region (-38.7% at constant exchange rates) has been affected by the lower level of sales for large motor yachts.



UK-headquartered Marina Projects Ltd has confirmed that it is involved in the large Maltese Manoel Island redevelopment project as marina designer. The project has been ongoing for some years with MIDI Plc, the consortium overseeing the huge €400m mixed-use project, which is one of the largest in the Mediterranean.

Marina Projects has been involved in the Manoel Island masterplan since 2016, working initially with Foster + Partners on the concept design and more recently being directly appointed by MIDI Plc to develop the masterplan proposals and detail design.

While the planning is still underway, it is understood that the Manoel Island Marina will offer around 320 berths for small craft up to superyachts of 100m (328ft). The investment in the marine element of the project is estimated at €25m, with construction likely to start over the next year or so.



Informa Exhibitions, the organiser behind the Monaco and Ft Lauderdale boat shows, has taken on the UK’s London On-Water Boat Show (LOWBS) in St Katharine Docks. The next event under Informa’s ownership will be held from May 9-12, 2019.

The London On-Water Boat Show has also formed a new partnership with British Marine - the UK’s trade association for the leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry and organisers of the Southampton Boat Show - which is designed to develop and enhance the event for exhibitors, sponsors and visitors alike.

The alliance will deepen the show’s ties to the UK yachting and boating industry and enable key partners, from yacht builders and brokers to equipment and service providers, to participate in shaping the development and growth of LOWBS in the future.



Just like for the second generation of Beneteau Figaro class boats , NANNI’s N3.21 engine has been selected by the french yard to power the Figaro Bénéteau 3: their first ever one-design, serial production monohull equipped with foils.

This engine is meeting the specific requirements of the Figaro Class, for a compact size and optimal weight distribution. In addition, the N3.21 engine also provides efficient technology to produce a high load of electric energy on-board and to ensure max safety in case of emergency.

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Very lightly used, impeccably well maintained and massive spec J/88 from 2014/15. With over £30k of fitted extras and some very smart North 3Di sails, there is little reason to go new. JESTER is 100% ready to go for the 2019 season.

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Raceboats Only 1990 ORMA 60 Lakota. 290,000 EUR. Located in Asia.

An incredible ex racing trimaran with an unequalled prize list. She has been converted by her current owner into a fast, simple and light cruising trimaran for transoceanic sailing and blue water cruising. Originally built as GROUPE PIERRE 1er for the legendary French sailor Florence Arthaud.

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