In This Issue
Mod70 Argo takes line honors in 34th Pineapple Cup
Hempel World Cup Series Miami
D-Marin ORC Worlds
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
OptiOrange Valencia regatta 2019
J/121 Speed Guide
World Sailing National Judges Seminar
Entries Now Open Volvo Dun Laoghaire To Dingle (D2D) Race 2019
Kimberly R. Woodhouse
Letters to the Editor
Featured Brokerage
The Last Word: Robert Redford

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Mod70 Argo takes line honors in 34th Pineapple Cup
Montego Bay, Jamaica: Jason Carroll's Argo crossed the finish line in Montego Bay at 14:12:44 ET this afternoon to capture line honors and a new course record in the 34th Pineapple Cup - Montego Bay Race. Argo's elapsed time of 2 days 7 minutes 44 seconds slashed the previous record by 10 hours 16 minutes and 58 seconds. Their time also breaks the multihull record set by Steve Fosset's Lakota in 1999 by 20 hours 21 seconds.

Currently in the PHRF division, Sin Duda! leads for line honors, however the Farr 395 Senara is leading on corrected time. The first finisher in PHRF is expected Thursday.

This is the first time since 2003 that multihulls have competed in the Pineapple Cup. Argo broke the multihull course record set in 1999 by the late Steve Fosset's Orma60 Lakota by 20 hours and 21 seconds

Argo's time also sets the outright course record at 2 days, 0 hours, 7 minutes minutes and 44 seconds besting Titan 12s record set in 2005 by 10 hours 16 minutes 58 seconds.

Titan 12's record of 2 days, 10 hours, 24 minutes and 42 seconds still stands as the monohull record.

Tracking can be found here:

Hempel World Cup Series Miami
It was a rich get richer sort of day at the 2019 Hempel World Cup Series Miami, and during each of the first two races for the Women's 49erFX fleet, Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) found themselves in very liquid situations - financially speaking - converting strong starts into race wins with relative ease.

Their result in today's third race was a 10th, but with the throwout applied and yesterday's second added to the total, the antipodean pair find themselves 11 points clear of second place after two days of racing. Sophie Weguelin and Sophie Ainsworth (GBR) and Stephanie Roble and Margaret Shea (USA) are tied with 15 points, with the British team technically in second due to the tie-breaking protocol.

After three races yesterday, the 49er was able to squeeze in just a single race. Benjamin Bildstein and David Hussl (AUT) won that lone race, but a tough first day has them mired in 15th place. The big winners of the day were Nevin Snow and Mac Agnese (USA) who finished second in the race and jumped into the overall lead, with Day 1 leaders Sime Fantela and Mihovil Fantela (CRO) in second by a point and James Peters and Fynn Sterritt (GBR) in third, two points further back.

The Laser fleet finished its qualifying series with two more races and will start Gold and Silver Fleet racing tomorrow.

The light wind specialists in the Men's and Women's RS:X came to the forefront in challenging light breeze on Biscayne Bay.

Chinese racers have always been known to excel in light wind and Mengfan Gao was the personification of this statement out on the race track.

The 27-boat Finn fleet were only able to sail one race in 6-8 knots of breeze. The phrase, "snakes and ladders," could not be more appropriate for the fleet as sailors shuffled throughout the race.

In the end, Anders Pedersen (NOR) took the race win to advance up to second overall. Tapio Nirkko (FIN) snapped up a second and holds top spot after two races.

The Finn fleet will sail three races on Thursday, starting at 10:00 local time, in a bid to catch up on races.

The Nacra 17 class was able to squeeze in two races toward the end of the day. The Brazilian team of Samuel Albrecht and Gabriela Nicolino de Sá (BRA) continued to control the fleet with a fourth and a first and now has an eight-point lead over defending regatta champions Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin (AUS) and Rio 2016 gold medalists Santiago Lange and Cecilia Carranza Saroli (ARG). Both teams have 15 points.

The Men's and Women's 470 were unable to get a race in today due to the light winds.

Racing continues on Thursday 31 January at 10:00 local time with another packed schedule in a bid to catch up on races lost.


D-Marin ORC Worlds
Sibenik, Croatia - Event organizers from D-Marin, Sailing Club Val, the City of Sibenik and the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) have decided to extend for an additional month the deadline for early entries to receive a discount to the 2019 D-Marin ORC World Championship. Now after March 1st entry fees will increase by €200-250, depending on which class is entered in the event, being held this year over 31 May - 8 June 2019 in the ancient and beautiful city of Sibenik on Croatia's scenic Dalmatian coast.

Already 64 entries from 12 nations are already signed up, with up to 120 expected. Among those who have made early commitments to compete are a few winners from previous ORC Championship events, such as Aivar Tuulberg from Estonia, whose custom Cossutti 36-footer Katariina II is the reigning Class C ORC European Champion, having dominated the 2018 edition of this event sailed in Limassol, Cyprus last September.

The event program includes three days of registration, inspections and practice races, followed by a long offshore race that lasts 30-36 hours, two days of inshore races, a short 10-12 hour coastal race, and a final day of inshore racing. A total of eight races are planned. Three new World Champion titles and podium finishers will be awarded in Class A, Class B and Class C, along with top all-amateur Corinthian teams in each class as well.

More on ORC rating systems, ORC certificates and events can be found at

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

The last 36 hours of Alex Thomson's Route du Rhum campaign got more than its fair share of airplay... though for all the wrong reasons. But the story was not as cut and dried as it looked to some of those observing. Fred Augendre

A whole new language
Following the 2017 Cup Artemis took a major swerve and once the die was cast for AC36 there became no looking back. John Nicholls and James Boyd

The basics
Pragmatic thinking followed through with confident application is paying good dividends in Maxi world. Andrew Mcirvine=

Way to go
Good race-winning tools can be subtle...

Snorkel time
Jeremie Beyou

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OptiOrange Valencia regatta 2019
The new sailing season is quickly approaching and the first to hit the water are happy entries of the second season of the new OptiOrange Valencia regatta. Organized by the St.Petersburg Yacht Club and Real Club Náutico de Valencia OptiOrange was successfully inaugurated in 2018 and now entries are quickly filling for the second edition to be held 7th – 10th March.

The Valencia sailing area is famous for having organized the 32nd & 32nd America's cup edition.

St.Petersburg Yacht Club and Real Club Náutico Valencia have made OptiOrange Valencia really fun and interesting happening for young sailors. The 2019 program has it all: pre-training regatta on 7th March, limit of participants, meals provided and unlimited oranges supplied.

More than 250 sailors from 13 nations entered so far and still there is room for more. With "early bird" entry fee discount still available until 15th Feb , the enrollment limit is 330 competitors.

The timing of the event is perfect , March starting the season of the south-east Termic wind . Besides this is the start of the season, right at the regatta time there is famous fire festival in Valencia – Las Fallas that will be interesting to witness for both kids and adults.

Before and during the prestigious optimist coach Pieter Van den Bossche will be available to assist and conduct clinics for competitors. Founder of "8 Days a Week" coaching team. His OptiOrange Valencia clinic will last for 3 days, on 5th–7th March.

The OptiOrange Valencia organizing committee is happy to assist entries with every matter: training, accommodation and transport. NOR is available at

Pieter Van den Bossche clinic's page

J/121 Speed Guide
North Sails experts Kimo Worthington and Chuck Allen answer questions in this speed guide for the J/121 class.

Who sails a J/121?
There are several distinct types of people who sail a J/121, and most are experienced sailors. Some race the boat one design, some race shorthanded or fully crewed offshore, and some head south and cruise the Caribbean. Many are individualists who have been changing keels and adding sails. In the 2018 Newport Bermuda Race, four J/121s raced in three different configurations. The point is, the J/121 is a versatile boat that's ready to sail offshore, and the sailors who do buy one all seem to agree that they'd rather do something other than race windward-leeward course configurations.

What's the ideal J/121 crew size?
That's a trick question for this boat. The most crew you'll ever need is five or six, total, for an event like Block Island Race Week, but the boat was designed for sailing doublehanded. It sails well without water ballast, but it really shines when you fill the windward tank with 850 pounds of water; that's like having four or five extra people on the rail. Testing in a strong breeze, we have found the performance is spectacular with a reefed main and inner jib.


World Sailing National Judges Seminar
Last weekend Irish Sailing initiated the first ever World Sailing National Judge (NJ) Seminar in Europe in conjunction with the Royal Cork Yacht Club and the facilities of the Irish Coast Guard Station in Crosshaven. Co Cork

The Seminar was led by Chris Watts (GBR) and supported by Michael O'Connor (IRL) both International Judges from World Sailing. Irish sailing created the initiative in conjunction with the Royal Cork Yacht Club to increase the number and standard of judges and in particular to bring younger racing sailors U30 and more women into this discipline.

Ninteen participants enrolled for a full 2 days with an array of sailing experience from around the world and one person travelled internationally to attend. Five clubs were represented and it was great to see have five enthusiastic under 30s in attendance.

Following 16 hours of intensive training and working in teams the participants move forward to be judges and umpires to Irish Sailing and Club events starting with 2019 Irish Sailing Youth National Championships in April.

Entries Now Open Volvo Dun Laoghaire To Dingle (D2D) Race 2019
The 2019 Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle "D2D" Race starts from the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire on Wednesday June 12th 2019. The 300 mile race along the Irish coastline is a great mini-offshore challenge for Cruisers and Racing boats racing in separate divisions under IRC. Dingle provides a wonderful finishing location for crews and visiting friends and families.

The 2019 race is also on the RORC ( and ISORA ( race calendars and offers boats in those series to accumulate qualifying offshore racing experience for crews participating in the RORC Fastnet Race in August.

The timing of the 2019 race is designed so boats participating in the IRC Nationals in Dun Laoghaire (June 7 – 9) can use the race to get south in time for Sovereigns Week in Kinsale (June 26 – 29) and then be back in Dun Laoghaire for the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta (July 11 -14).

The Notice of Race is now available to download at and entries can be made online via the website.-- Adam Winkelmann, Race Chairman - National Yacht Club

Kimberly R. Woodhouse
62 years old, passed away on January 29th, 2019 surrounded by family in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, after a decades-long battle with cancer. Despite her illnesses, which she faced with tenacious optimism and resilience, Kim remained positive and enjoyed life. She was a faithful daughter, sister, wife, and a friend to many.

Born on June 8, 1956 in Grosse Pointe Farms, Kim graduated from Our Lady Star of the Sea High School. She earned a degree in Fashion Merchandising from Marymount College of Virginia and started her career as fashion director at Saks Fifth Avenue in Detroit.

Kim married John T. Woodhouse IV (Tim) in 1979, and they later moved to Marblehead, MA, where Tim worked for Hood Sailmakers and Kim worked at Lord & Taylor in downtown Boston. In 1989, Tim became president and owner of Hood Sailmakers and moved the company to Newport, RI where they lived for the next 28 years.

Their home was often filled with family and friends, many of them sailors (but not required!), and a succession of their favorite Vizsla dogs (Chenyi, Chappy, Hamo and Rika). Kim worked for Saks Fifth Avenue in Boston, as director of the 5th Avenue Club. In 1999 she traded in the commute to Boston for work closer to home.

From 2000 thru 2015, Kim worked with Farr International/Stagg Yachts on the annual Farr 40 World Championship, liaising with teams, sponsors, and event hosts. Her attention to detail and gift for working with people made her a natural fit. Alongside this, and until this past month, Kim managed logistics for a number of professional sailing teams and super yacht owners in the U. S., Europe, and the Caribbean.

With her love of sailing and time spent on or near the water, Kim was an enthusiastic supporter and volunteer at Sail Newport. Here she served two terms on the Board of Directors at this community-based sailing organization. Kim was a member of the Ida Lewis Yacht Club and the New York Yacht Club.

Predeceased by her husband John (Tim) Woodhouse IV, her father, Donald Anthony Rosati, and her stepfather Dominic Palazzolo, Kim is survived by her mother, Carol Rosati Palazzolo, sisters Renee (Chris) Dasaro, brother Stephen (Dana) Rosati, and Sharon (Michael) Peters, and many nieces and nephews who loved to visit, and be visited by, their gregarious and fun-loving "Auntie Kimmie."

Kim leaves many friends of all ages, throughout the sailing world – her style, sense of humor, and steadfast friendships will be genuinely missed.

A mass will be held at Noon on Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 (instate 11:30am until the time of Mass), at St. Joan of Arc Parish, 2412 Overlake St, St Clair Shores, MI 48080; a Celebration of Life will take place in Newport, RI in June 2019.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions, in Kim's name, to Sail Newport, 72 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840

Letters To The Editor -
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* From Adrian Morgan:

I don't think "100 Days Faster" does justice to Jean-Luc's (or Sir Robin's) achievements, and arguably undervalues the former's by characterising his feat simply as another record broken. Both his and Sir Robin's achievements are worth more than a headline. The two voyages are quite simply incredible, in the true sense of the word: almost impossible to credit or believe in this day and age of automation and technology. Both boats were products of older eras, their skippers likewise.

Instead of highlighting any records broken, we should simply applaud two sailors who, many decades apart, have pushed the boundaries of human endurance to the limits. If there are records to be celebrated, then Sir Robin's comment is much more pertinent: "I'm sorry to lose my record as the oldest to race solo around the world, but it couldn't go to a better person..."

Two of a kind.

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