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In This Issue
Route du Rhum: Gabart passes halfway point
IMOCA Class in the Route du Rhum: Malizia II in Second
Ropes Reinvented on Marlow Stand 03:301 at METS 2018
Golden Globe: Jean-Luc Van Den Heede to continue racing
Performance Operations Manager
Wight Vodka Best Sailor's Bar
North Sails Golf Day
Industry News
Featured Brokerage
The Last Word: Redd Foxx

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Route du Rhum: Gabart passes halfway point
Way down south, more than 1,800 nautical miles southwest of Saint Malo, in the warmer climes and flatter seas west of the Canaries, Francois Gabart continues to blaze a trail to Guadeloupe chased by Francis Joyon.

But as the days and hours tick by in the 2018 Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe solo transatlantic race, Joyon has found it harder to stay in touch with his younger rival. The skipper of IDEC Sport is now trailing Gabart's blue and white rocketship, MACIF, by over 120 nautical miles.

The two leading boats in the ULTIME class in this four-yearly 3,542-mile race are now more than halfway to Pointe-a-Pitre and the routing shows that Gabart should be able to add yet another victory to his glittering CV sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning. This means the seven-day, 15-hour record set by Loïck Peyron four years ago is very much under threat.

In the Multi50 contest the huge geographical spread of the fleet is continuing with leader Thibaut Vauchel-Camus on Solidaires En Peloton-Arsep approaching the Azores, chased by second-placed Erwan Le Roux on FenetreA-Mix Buffet. Third-placed Armel Tripon on Reaute Chocolat is 475 miles south-southeast of the leading pair as he glides past Madeira.

The front-running IMOCAs, meanwhile, are now out of the worst of the weather in the north Atlantic and heading towards the Canaries with Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss still leading around 145 miles west of Madeira. Behind him the German sailor Boris Herrmann on Malizia II-Yacht Club De Monacois listed as second on the Tracker because he is further west than Thomson but he is also 400 miles north of the British sailor.


IMOCA Class in the Route du Rhum: Malizia II in Second
On the 5th day of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe race, Malizia II, the Yacht Club de Monaco's foiling monohull helmed by Boris Herrmann, is currently in second place.

"For his first solo transatlantic race, Boris has made a very good start. He is fighting hard in extremely difficult conditions, hitting winds of up to 45 knots last night, causing a small breakage in the J3 level tack, which he managed to repair. The first three days were very selective. Many IMOCAs were forced to turn back; it is a real satisfaction that Malizia is holding on. Everything is fine on board, we are very proud of Boris," says a delighted YCM Vice-President Pierre Casiraghi, who initiated the Malizia-Yacht Club de Monaco project. A reminder that this is the first time the Monegasque Yacht Club has enrolled a boat in this prestigious race.

After crossing the starting line in Saint-Malo last Sunday in third place, Boris Herrmann has always remained in the top group of the 20 IMOCA contenders.

Faced with weather conditions that hardened on Tuesday with gusts of over 45 knots and 5-10m troughs, causing numerous breakages to the entire fleet of 123 boats (all classes combined), Boris continued to advance having opted for a more northerly option, taken also by the current leader, British sailor Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss).

It is not over yet. There are still some 2,500 nautical miles to Point-a-Pitre and as the Trade Winds approach, a new battle lies ahead including against Paul Meilhat (SMA), Vincent Riou (PRB) and Yann Elies (UCAR-Saint-Michel).


Ropes Reinvented on Marlow Stand 03:301 at METS 2018
Marlow This year at METS, Marlow will be launching new and improved products across their world-leading Leisure Marine range. Here is a little taste of what you might expect to see from a visit to Marlow's stand this November:

More Eco-Conscious: Marlow's new Blue Ocean Dockline has been engineered from 100% waste plastic bottles- come and see how this has been made possible.

More Strength: The Oceanus Superyacht line has been re-engineered from the core up to give a lighter rope with increased strength capabilities.

More Endurance- The Pro Drive torsional furling cable has been given a number of enhanced upgrades, including a black Dyneema cover, for increased rigidity and durability.

More Style - Marlow's best-selling top-end Racing line (D2 Racing and Excel Racing) have been given a style upgrade with extra colour choices - come & see the new look for yourselves.

Join us METS stand 03:301, to pick up your copy of the new Leisure Marine brochure (Issue 6) and we look forward to working you through the incredible range of market leading products.


Golden Globe: Jean-Luc Van Den Heede to continue racing
Jean-Luc Van Den Heede, the embattled race leader struggling with a damaged mast sustained during a storm 1,900 miles west of Cape Horn, has decided to continue in the race back to Les Sables d'Olonne.

In a dramatic satellite phone call to Race Chairman Don McIntyre early today, the 73-year old solo circumnavigator who continues to enjoy a 1,500 mile lead over second placed Dutchman Mark Slats, said that he had decided to make the best repair he can at sea and continue in the race. The Frenchman told McIntyre "The worst that can happen is that I lose my rig, and I have my jury rig at the ready.

McIntyre added "At the moment, his only other option is to divert 2,000 miles off course to a Chilean port and be demoted to the Chichester Class for making one stop to affect repairs. He believes that if he can get round Cape Horn and start heading north up into the Atlantic there are many more ports of refuge that would be closer to hand, should he have further issues with the rig on his Rustler 36 Matmut."

Don added. "This makes a real race to the finish. Mark Slats (Ohpen Maverick) has around 90 days to catch up and now needs to average 1 knot more than Jean-Luc over the remaining distance back to Les Sables d'Olonne. This means that Mark has a real incentive to beat Matmut on his own terms, while Jean-Luc must push as hard as he dare within the limits of his damaged mast".

This is a far better proposition for the fiercely competitive Dutchman than by winning by default and have the result tarred, as Sir Robin Knox-Johnston did quite unjustly 50 years before with the words 'but he only won because….(In RK-J's case, Frenchman Bernard Moitessier who had been 19 days behind the Englishman at Cape Horn, decided to carry on for a second turn around the world 'to save my soul'.)


RYA Performance Operations Manager
RYA Performance Operations Manager Salary: £38,000 - £40,000 per annum (dependent upon experience)
Full-time, 35 hours per week
Location: Hamble, Southampton

The RYA offers a range of benefits which include; a personal pension scheme, free life insurance and an annual leave entitlement of 25 days (plus public holidays) and an additional 3 privilege days which are granted at Christmas time.

Our ambition is to be the best sailing nation in the world, inspiring future champions and engaging with all forms of the sport in order to attract and retain racing sailors. We are seeking a Performance Operations Manager to be a key part of this team!

As the Performance Operations Manager you will oversee and provide direction to the Performance Operations team, who provide day-to-day operational and logistical support to the RYA's World Class Olympic, Youth Racing and Talent programmes, ensuring each programme is successfully delivered and key targets are met. You would also be required to work with the RYA's Events Officer to oversee the organisation and delivery of some of our key events, including: The RYA Youth National Championships; The RYA British Youth Sailing Stakeholder Conference; and The RYA Regional Junior Championships. This position will also involve planning, budgeting, forecasting and monitoring of expenditure on these programmes and events.

Are you highly organised with excellent communication skills and the ability to work with a wide range of people? Do you have experience of monitoring & controlling budgets/resources and leading a team to achieve success? Then help us with our mission and join our fast-paced, dynamic, world class team.

Experience/knowledge of the sailing industry or another sport would be advantageous for this role but is not essential.

To Apply
Please visit our website, www.rya.org.uk/go/jobs, to view the full job description and to download an application form. Completed application forms should be returned, along with an equality monitoring form, to Please note that we do not accept CVs in lieu of a fully completed application form.

Closing date for applications: Mid-day on Monday 26th November 2018
Interviews to be held: w/c 10th December 2018

The Royal Yachting Association, based in Hamble, near Southampton, is the national governing body for all forms of recreational, competitive and professional boating. It represents dinghy and yacht racing, motor and sail cruising, RIBs and sportsboats, powerboat racing, windsurfing, inland cruising and personal watercraft.


Wight Vodka Best Sailor's Bar
Wight Vodka Best Sailor's Bar Supported by Latitude Kinsale and Seahorse magazine

A number of dedicated fans of the Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit weighed in this week with notes about their wonderful club bar and its famed bartender Jerome Adams who passed away this past spring.

Here's what makes it so great...
* Awesome mahogany bar layered 5+ deep every Sat. after racing and after every race during the season. Friday nights off season, standing room only. Legendary bartenders 50+ years including world renowned "Jerome". Hall of Fame, Olympic, America's cup, Canadas Cup Sailors and more hang and love this bar. Sailors, people who like sailors and wannabee sailors love to hang here. The Bayview Bar is about as open and friendly as you will find. As we say, if you don't feel at home at the Bayview Bar, we have horribly failed.

* I met my wife at Bayview racing Melges 24s. She was racing on a boat from out of town and I assumed she was also from out of town. Our tactician knew better and told me so. After racing I drank more than my share of beer from her boyfriend's cooler in the parking lot and left, only to wind up kissing her for the first time in the same parking lot about 3 months later.

* The long mahogany bar know as the Shrine of Nautical Culture.

Is there a special drink they make? Care to share the recipe with us?
The Hummer, invented by the late Jerome Adams at Bayview. Served other places, but they are never quite the same away from the Bayview bar.

The recipe:
1-1/2 oz. Bacardi
1-1/2 oz. Kahlua
2 scoops vanilla ice cream
A couple of ice cubes
It works best if you blend and then let sit in the freezer for a bit to make sure it is milkshake consistency.

Have a few... and then put pen to paper, as it were, and tell us YOUR favorite bar.



North Sails Golf Day
North Sails Golf Day A cold, frosty start soon gave way to a gloriously sunny day for the North Sails Golf Day on Friday 2 November, with 80 golfers enjoying the fabulous conditions on the course, helping to raise over 5,646 for the John Merricks Sailing Trust.

John 'Jonny' Merricks worked at North Sails and the first Golf Day, was set up to raise money for a Trust to be started in John's name. Since its inception 22 years ago the Golf Day has raised over 205,000 for the John Merricks Sailing Trust (JMST).

Former colleagues and friends of John's, as well as Olympic sailors, professional sailors and marine industry figures and, all turned out to play a round of golf whilst remembering John and supporting the charity in his name.

Winner of Day: Frank Gerber - 44 Stableford points - winning on countback from:
2nd - Robert Hunt - 44 Stableford points
3rd - Al Fraser - 44 Stableford points

1st Lady - Kate Palfrey - 35 Stableford points - winning on countback from Claire Tickell

Contender Longest Drive: Frank Gerber - winning a bottle of aged single malt whisky.

Peters & May Nearest the Pin: Tom Heywood - winning a great package from Peters & May of English Harbour rum and Fever Tree tonic, along with some Peters & May goodies.

The Best Team won the Bainbridge Trophy and 4 x Craftinsure Jackets: Nigel Barrow, Robert Hunt, Tim Law and Bob Kemp.

Bandit Trophy - won by the top 3 players who all scored 44 Stableford points each, with a countback used to decide their final ranking: Frank Gerber, Robert Hunt and Al Fraser.

Huge thanks go to North Sails for managing the event and to all the Hole Sponsors: Contender UK; Peters & May; Southern Spars; Marineware; Dimension Polyant; Soluxion Ltd; Osmotech; Grapefruit Graphics Ltd; Craftinsure; Toolkit Websites; TT Rigging; R F Composites and Ocean Images, as well as all the companies who donated raffle prizes and auction items.

And, of course, all of the golfers who turn out to support the day, enjoy a round of golf with friends and remember Jonny.


Industry News
A new Franco-Italian partnership for yacht painting and fairing has been established following the acquisition, by Performance Yacht Painting (PYP) of France, of a one-third stake in northern Italy-based finishing and fairing company, Ve.Ga Yachts. This will be increased to a two-third stake by the end of this year, giving PYP a majority holding.

Ve.Ga Yachts and PYP have been working together since January 2015 when they formed a partnership to bid jointly for projects. The share purchase represents a strengthening of that relationship and reflects the ambitions of both companies to expand their respective operations.

Ve.Ga Yachts, based in Albissola Marina, near Savona, has considerable experience in finishing and fairing on new-builds, having worked on over 250 projects since their inception in 1986. The company has worked with leading international yacht builders such as Azimut Benetti, Baglietto, CRN, Italian Sea Group, Tankoa and Wally.

A specialist in finishing and refinishing, PYP has developed proprietary techniques enabling them to obtain unrivalled quality levels that consistently exceed ICOMIA-recommended GU levels (95+). PYP has worked on over 300 yachts from its base in Villfrance-sur-Mer.



After a lengthy study of where to locate and open a new permanent trials base, Beneteau has chosen Port Ginesta in Barcelona. The inauguration, attended by Annette Roux, Luca Brancaleon, general manager of Beneteau, Pere Padrosa, general manager of the marinas and airports of Catalonia, Rodolf Guasch, the brand's Catalan dealer and 35 European journalists, took place at the end of October. The Port Ginesta base will allow customers, journalists and partners to try out new sailing yachts and motorboats all year round, in addition to big boats proposed by the Vendee boatyard.

The new base will enable the French builder to offer year round trials to prospective customers

Among the four sites considered - Barcelona, Cannes, Palma and Nice - Port Ginesta was the clear choice said Beneteau, for technical reasons and for its overall attractiveness. Yves Mandin, manager of the project and of the Premium Service, stressed that apart from the close proximity to an international airport, the city's vitality and its cultural influence, "Barcelona has a mild climate and excellent sailing conditions. The Port Ginesta marina is well-sheltered and access to the sea is quick, with no channel as you enter the port. What's more, we have succeeded in obtaining a dedicated building for 3 years and eight 15-metre moorings in the marina. It has also be agreed to extend this to cater to smaller boats."



In 2019, the US Superyacht Association (USSA) will move its annual Superyacht Summit from its March dates in Palm Beach to align with the Refit Show in Ft Lauderdale in April. The Refit Show will take place April 10-11, 2019, at the Broward County Convention Center, while the US Superyacht Summit will precede it on Tuesday, April 9, at the same location. The alignment of these two industry events will facilitate expanded networking and professional opportunities for the marine industry.

The Refit Show attracts yacht captains and crew, boatyard personnel, naval designers and engineers, subcontractors and consultants. The organiser says attendance at the 2018 Refit Show in January increased by 28% over 2017, thanks it is claimed, to an expanded exhibit hall and conference program, daily networking events, and live demonstrations. Refit Show organizers selected the April dates for 2019 to coincide with the traditional yacht circuit that moves from the Caribbean to Florida in early spring.

The Superyacht Summit is a daylong conference now entering its sixth year. The USSA produces seminars on personal and professional growth, networking and relationship-building in the superyacht industry throughout the year. Attendees are predominantly professional and technical service providers, and marina/boatyard operators. The most recent event in March in Palm Beach included sessions on marketing, business development and legislation issues.



Mia Brackley and Elizabeth Bland are the proud recipients of MDL Marinas 2018 Sail Training Awards presented at TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show.

Presented in conjunction with Ocean Youth Trust South, MDL's Sail Training Awards are designed to recognise, reward and challenge young people who have shown exceptional accomplishments and qualities which have inspired or supported others.

Mia Brackley and Elizabeth Bland were given the beautiful awards as recognition of their accomplishments while at sea. They spent five nights and six days living and sailing on board OYT South's 30-metre vessel Prolific and were involved in all aspects of life on board, including hoisting sails, helping with maintenance, sailing the boat at night and cooking and cleaning with the rest of the crew. The voyage departed from and returned to MDL's Ocean Village Marina in April 2018. Also onboard were Emily Godson, Carla Green, Hayden Knight and Shailyse Saunders.

The presentation was made on MDL Marinas waterside stand at TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show.

More information from www.mdlmarinas.co.uk and www.oytsouth.org


A brand-new sailing regatta kicked off on September 17 as TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show saw action both on and off the water.

TheYachtMarket.com Regatta is a brand-new three-day regatta running at the same time as TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show.

Masterminded by the show's Title Sponsor, TheYachtMarket.com, the regatta aims to get more people on the water and yesterday's action didn't disappoint. Around 60 people took part in the City Cup, a day of racing pitting businesses and residents from the city of Southampton against one another.

Sailing on a fleet of Sunsail Match F40s, the six teams battled it out in a day of intense racing on Southampton Water. Among those participating were:

Rees Leisure
Carswell Gould
DDV networking group
Augmentus Group
Mooloo Media
Action Coach

In the end it was Rees Leisure who claimed victory in the day's racing and representatives were presented with their award on TheYachtMarket.com stand at TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show.

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