In This Issue
Tornado Worlds - Day 2
Dragon World Championship
Team New Zealand confirm test boat build
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
12ft Skiff Interdominion
Tom Dolan: Sailing into Wellness
Abby Sunderland's abandoned yacht found floating eight years later
Australian OK Dinghy Nationals at Black Rock
Murrays Emerge From Fog To Win A One-Race Monkey
Levin Memorial Regatta - Star Winter Series
Featured Brokerage
The Last Word: Samuel Pepys

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Tornado Worlds - Day 2
The results are as shifty as the conditions that the 23 catamarans racing in the 2019 Tornado World Championships Powered By Candida Stationery are receiving on the race course.

Race 3 saw a mix of conditions with Brett Burvill (AUS) saying he and his crew, Max Puttman (AUS) saw everything from 6 knots to 18 knots from the south west.

Race 4 saw a slight shift in the course which went from 225 to 210 for the final race of the day. Race Officer Megan Kenginston was happy with how the first race went, and was ready to take on the next one.

Top three (23 boats racing) after four races
1. Jorg Steiner & Michael Gloor (SUI) 21 points
2. Marcus Betz & Nicholias Betz (GER) 24
3. Julian Tankard & Simon Cooke (NZL) 25

Full results

Dragon World Championship
The 2019 Dragon World Championship has reached the half-way stage already af-ter 5 races have been completed. Day three was another hot day on land with an air temperature in the high 30's. On the water the race committee had to wait for a couple of hours for the sea breeze to fill. When it did it only really reached a maxi-mum of 14 - 15 knots and then faded on the last leg of the first race of the day. The second race of the day became a fairly genteel affair with a light to moderate S/SW breeze ranging from 10 - 12 knots.

Race 4 took a couple of attempts as the breeze took a late swing in the final few seconds before the gun causing a crowded pin end start. On the third go under black flag the start was clear. Local Royal Freshwater Bay YC sailor Sandy Ander-son sailing Blue Marlin with John Moncrieff, Harry Coulson ad Caroline Gibson got an absolute cracker at the pin. Most of the fleet were quite well spread across the length of the line. The majority headed out on starboard tack until they reached Fish Rocks and slammed onto port for the long tack out towards the top mark near Carnac Island.

Peter Gilmour's Yanmar Racing team just managed to cross 3 boats to take second to complete an excellent day for his team. Grand Gordon with Ruairidh Scott in the middle and So-phie Weguelin and James Williamson up front, nudged over the finish line in front of Dmitry Samokhin and his crew Andrey Kiriilyuk and Jasper Harding who raced a great race to finish fourth. Just squeezed out on the final tack was Peter Heerema and AAA.

There were no retirements today and appeared to be no real breakages so the fleet will be ready to race another day with 2 more races scheduled for Monday with an earliest warning signal of 12 noon.

Yanmar Racing Team sit just one point behind Grand Gordon's Louise Racing team in third overall. With a discard coming into play after the next race sailed the over-all positions could be a little close for comfort. -- Jonny Fullerto


Team New Zealand confirm test boat build
Team New Zealand will build a test boat as well as launch their first racing yacht and sign up the rest of their crew in what will be a hugely influential year towards defending the America's Cup in 2021.

Midway through the four-year cycle, the holders are comfortable with their progress though realise the importance of making some big moves in 2019.

The primary focus is the anticipated mid-year launch of their first version of the radical 75-foot foiling monohulls being introduced to the America's Cup. It will be the product of a nine-month build.

That boat will be built next year and chief operations office Kevin Shoebridge revealed to Stuff they would be building a smaller scale test boat this year to provide a development platform.

The 50-foot catamarans of Bermuda 2017 had six sailors on them. The new monohulls require 11 and are going to be labour intensive as they return more of the traditional sailing skills to the sport's showpiece event.

Team New Zealand have already signed up the core of their team, eight sailors based around stars like Glenn Ashby, Peter Burling, Blair Tuke, Josh Junior and Andy Maloney.

Shoebridge envisages a sailing squad of about 15 or 16 and finding the remaining people is one of the year's big task. A lot of that will be determined by the platform they are sailing on and the Kiwis feel they don't need to rush on the personnel.

Duncan Johnstone's full article in

Seahorse January 2019
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine

First came the CFD (or at least first came all the pretty pictures) and then came the simulation - with Emirates Team New Zealand leading the way - and now comes the simulator. Plus the remarkable Dr Stuart Walker, breaking an Ultime from one who knows, first days with the Mule and ‘going back to San Francisco’. Jack Griffin, Adrian Thompson, Malcolm Page, Terry Hutchinson, Dobbs Davis

Remarkable as it is the 2018 Route du Rhum marked the first time in recent memory that Francois Gabart lost a major ocean race. But losing to Francis Joyon can sometimes feel like an honour... as he tells James Boyd

Going native
Another Imoca, yes, but the new Charal signifies a wholesale change in design philosophy. Paolo Manganelli and Katia Merle

Man and dog
Peter Harken

Watching the show Places to be (and not to be). Rob Weiland

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12ft Skiff Interdominion
Brett Hobson/Jeremy Jones (Geotherm) were lucky to take Race 2 from Nick Press/Andrew Hay (Sydney Sailmakers) at the Your Move Conveyancing 12ft Skiff Interdominion hosted by the Sydney Flying Squadron this afternoon, while the latter pair repaid the favour by cleanly taking out Race 3.

A grey overcast Day 2 with breeze a little light on greeted the 35 crews representing NSW, Queensland and New Zealand in the 59th running of the event. Initially the breeze was from the south, but by the time Race 3 came around, it had veered to the south-east, averaging around 12-14 knots throughout the afternoon.

Making a return to the 12s with 'Dignity', Cam and Charlie Gundy have come fresh from racing on separate yachts in the Rolex Sydney Hobart and won today's Race 2 on handicap. The 21 and 20 year-olds respectively don't usually sail together, so it was a great result.

Making a return to the 12s with 'Dignity', Cam and Charlie Gundy have come fresh from racing on separate yachts in the Rolex Sydney Hobart and won today's Race 2 on handicap. The 21 and 20 year-olds respectively don't usually sail together, so it was a great result.

"We normally race against each other - I was on Patrice in the Hobart and Cam was on Kayamai – it was hard work but a lot of fun," he said. "Today was our fourth day together in the 12, so it was good to get a win. We used to sail them, but it's been a long time," said Charlie, who is crews on the skiff, while Cam helms.

"We had a solid start, kept the boat upright and stayed in pressure. There's some very good competition here – you can't make any mistakes – one bad tack and you lose places – it's very tight racing," he said.

The 20 year-old is praying for more wind during the week, "Because it's (Dignity) a heavy old boat – older than me. Sadly, the weather is looking even lighter on Tuesday… We also have to keep the boat in one piece to finish."

Tomorrow is a lay day, with racing in the Your Move Conveyancing 12ft Skiff Interdominion continuing on Tuesday from 2.30pm, with two races planned. -- Di Pearson

Tom Dolan: Sailing into Wellness
On Thursday 10th of January Tom will be giving a short presentation on his 2019 racing season in support of Sailing into Wellness.

Sailing into Wellness is an award winning not for profit social enterprise, who exist to help people in their recovery from poor mental health and addiction in Ireland. Its co-founders, Colin Healy and James Lyons, will speak before Tom about how their sailing programme helps people in their recovery from poor mental health and addiction.

By focusing on a natural and healthy approach to improving mental health and well-being they have developed a sailing program that is both education and therapeutic. Now in their third year of operation SIW work with community organisations nationwide and run sailing activities on the East and South coast. It is their vision for Sailing Into Wellness to be an integral part of the fabric for recovery in Ireland

Tom Dolan's intense 2018 season, competing over an 8,000 mile racing circuit, culminated in the Solitaire du Figaro. This racing competition is widely considered as the highest level there is in singlehanded offshore sailing. Despite being his first Figaro season, Tom was on the podium in December at the Paris International Boat Show for his third place award in the Rookie section.

The show starts at 2000 at Ringsend Yacht & Boat Club in Dublin City
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Abby Sunderland's abandoned yacht found floating eight years later
A yacht former teenage sailor Abby Sunderland attempted to sail around the globe has been found floating upside down off the coast of South Australia eight years later.

South Australian police shared photos of the vessel known as Wild Eyes, which was located from the air by a tuna spotting plane about 11 nautical miles south of Vivonne Bay, Kangaroo Island in Australia on Monday.

"The boat was subsequently identified as the 'Wild Eyes,' which had been abandoned eight years ago in the middle of the Indian Ocean during a round the world voyage," police said.

Wild Eyes was missing since it was abandoned at sea by a 16-year-old Sunderland when she was rescued by the crew of a French fishing ship. Her yacht became disabled after her mast was knocked down in a patch of rough weather midway through her world-record attempt to be the youngest solo sailor to circumnavigate the globe in 2010.

"My heart skipped a beat," Sunderland, now 25, said, according to The Guardian. "It brought back many memories -- good and not so good -- but it was neat to see it after so long. It looked a little creepy but that's to be expected after so long."

Now that Wild Eyes has been located, Sunderland questioned whether any of the video equipment she used to record the journey had survived. She closed the hatch of the racing yacht before leaving it behind, but didn't expect the vessel to be recovered.

Australian OK Dinghy Nationals at Black Rock
The 57th Australian OK Dinghy National Championship ended with two really tricky light wind races that left the regatta leaders struggling and picking up high scores. However Roger Blasse, from the host club, Black Rock YC, survived to take his 11th Australian title. Mark Jackson secured second, while Brent Williams took a close third from Race 10 winner, Tim Davies. The first race of the day went to Grant Wakefield.

The final day was another day for the lightweights. An earlier start and the beginnings of a sea breeze was enough for the Race Officer to send the fleet out in 2 to 4 knots for the scheduled midday start. Two races were scheduled with a cut off time of 15.00.

For the OK Dinghy fleet, next stop is the World Championship in Auckland, New Zealand, which has attracted an entry of more than 110 boats. Around 20 Australian boats are now being packed in containers to send across the Tasman for the start of the championship in early February.

Final results after ten races
1. R Blasse, AUS, 12 points
2. M Jackson, AUS, 30
3. B Williams, AUS, 39
4. T Davies, AUS, 41
5. P Robinson, AUS, 67
6. M Horvath, AUS, 70
7. J Bevis, AUS, 77
8. M Williams, AUS, 80
9. S Smith, AUS, 81
10. G Wakefield, AUS, 92

Full results

Murrays Emerge From Fog To Win A One-Race Monkey
Colin and Oly Murray powered their Norfolk Punt to victory in a light airs single race Yorkshire Dales Brass Monkey on 27 December. Thick fog had forced the postponement of racing for two hours, but eventually principal race officer Phil Whitehead managed to find a weather window for a 90-minute race around Grimwith Reservoir for the capacity entry of 73 boats on the start line.

The Murrays have proven the power of their Punt at previous events in this season's Selden SailJuice Winter Series, and the light to medium conditions proved ideal for their souped-up high-performance classic boat.

Nick Craig has competed in various boats over the years at the Selden SailJuice Winter Series, including an overall series victory in a Merlin Rocket. This time the multiple national and world champion proved as potent as ever in a D-Zero, finishing second behind the Murrays. The defending champion from last year's Brass Monkey, Graham Tinsley, finished third in his Laser, ahead of former world champion Neil Marsden racing a GP14 with Ellie Dev.

While it was disappointing not to get in more racing on spectacular Grimwith Reservoir, the lunch and hospitality at Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club never disappoints, and made up for the lack of a follow-on race.

After three events in the SailJuice Series, Tom Gillard's Solo holds the overall lead.

Upcoming events:
Bloody Mary, Queen Mary Sailing Club - 12 January 2019
John Merricks Tiger Trophy, Rutland Sailing Club - 2 & 3 February 2019
Oxford Blue, Oxford Sailing Club - 16 February 2019

Levin Memorial Regatta - Star Winter Series
The third event of the Star Winter Series had 20 teams compete in the Levin Memorial Regatta held January 5-6 in Miami, FL. Just like the second event, good conditions on day one allowed for three races but a lack of breeze on the second day forced the abandonment of racing. Tied at nine points was Daniel Cayard/ Roger Cheer and Jim Buckingham/ Phil Toth, with Cayard/ Cheer winning on countback. Augie Diaz/ Cam Lymburner was three points back in third.

Final top five:
1. Daniel Cayard / Roger Cheer, USA, 9.0
2. Jim Buckingham / Phil Toth, USA, 9.0
3. Augie Diaz / Cam Lymburner, USA, 12.0
4. Alberto Zanetti / Payson Infelise, ARG, 13.0
5. Arthur Anosov / Dave Martin, USA, 15.5

Full results

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