In This Issue
Calling the shifts equals success at Hempel World Cup Series Miami
Lady Mariposa Wins The 2019 Pineapple Cup
Spindrift 2 Forced To Abandon Record Attempt
Thoroughly Recommended - Coyote
Hardy Cup hosted by Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
Don Mcintyre: "The Next Golden Globe Winner Might Be 21 Or Younger"
Valencia to host One Person Dinghy sea-trials
Debut Of The 470 Mixed Event
Women & Youth Team Opportunities for J/24 Worlds
American Challenger Announces Active Coed Recruitment
Featured Brokerage
The Last Word: Phil Connors

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Calling the shifts equals success at Hempel World Cup Series Miami
Correctly calling first shift is great. Plenty of sailing races have been won by the person or team who anticipates the first wobble in the breeze and positions correctly to best take advantage of it.

But sometimes, it's the last shift that provides the more enduring laugh. That was the case in the Women's 470 Medal Race, which kicked off the final day of racing at the 2019 Hempel World Cup Series Miami on Biscayne Bay.

Frederike Loewe and Anna Markfort (GER) started the race with a slim lead in the overall standings. Not only was their gold medal position at risk, there was a legitimate possibility they could slip off the podium entirely as fourth place was just eight points at the start of the race. After a bad start at the pin end, the German duo spent the majority of the race in a virtual fourth place.

Local favorites Stu McNay and David Hughes ended the regatta with a wire-to-wire win in the Men's 470 Medal Race. But, with Naoki Ichino and Takashi Hasegawa (JPN) crossing the finish line right on the American's heels, it was only good enough to move McNay and Hughes into fourth place. Ichino and Hasegawa held on to the bronze medal position they had at the beginning of the day and the same was true of the two teams ahead of them on the leader board. Anton Dahlberg and Fredrik Bergström (SWE) were sixth in the Medal Race and claimed sliver while Jordi Xammar Hernandez and Nicolas Rodríguez García-Paz finished third in the Medal Race and won gold.

Genoa, Italy will host the third round of the Hempel World Cup Series from 14 to 22 April followed by the Final in Marseille, France early June.

Top three by class:

470 Men
1. Jordi Xammar Hernandez / Nicolas Rodríguez García-Paz, ESP, 48 points
2. Anton Dahlberg / Fredrik Bergstrom, SWE, 58
3. Naoki Ichino / Takashi Hasegawa, JPN, 60

470 Women
1. Frederike Loewe / Anna Markfort, GER, 60
2. Fabienne Oster / Anastasiya Winkel, GER, 62
3. Fernanda Oliveira / Ana Luiza Barbachan, BRA, 64

49er Men
1. Erik Heil / Thomas Ploessel, GER, 72.3
2. Dylan Fletcher-Scott / Stuart Bithell, GBR, 91
3. Sime Fantela / Mihovil Fantela, CRO, 99

49erFX Women
1. Martine Soffiatti Grael / Kahena Kunze, BRA, 58
2. Alexandra Maloney / Molly Meech, NZL, 60
3. Charlotte Dobson / Saskia Tidey, GBR, 63

1. Max Salminenm, SWE, 47
2. Oskari Muhonen, FIN, 50
3. Luke Muller, USA, 53

1. Hermann Tomasgaard, NOR, 50
2. Sam Meechm, NZL, 97
3. Tom Burton, BEL, 121

Laser Radial
1. Dongshuang Zhang, CHN, 81
2. Paige Railey, USA, 95
3. Vasileia Karachaliou, GRE, 98

1. Jason Waterhouse / Lisa Darmanin, AUS, 50
2. Samuel Albrecht / Gabriela Nicolino de Sa, BRA, 58
3. Santiago Lange / Cecilia Carranza Saroli, ARG, 72

RS:X Men
1. Bing Ye, CHN, 62
2. Radoslaw Furmanski, POL, 67
3. Pierre Le Coq, FRA, 69

RS:X Women
1. Yunxiu Lu, CHN, 42
2. Katy Spychakov, ISR, 50
3. Charline Picon, FRA, 54

Full results:

Lady Mariposa Wins The 2019 Pineapple Cup
The Ker 46 Lady Mariposa crossed the finish line in Montego Bay at 08:33:05 ET this morning with an overall elapsed time of 3 days 18 hours 28 minutes 5 seconds. The Silver Pineapple Cup Perpetual Trophy is awarded to the IRC boat with the best corrected time. As of right now Lady Mariposa's corrected time of 4 days 21 hours 36 minutes and 30 seconds puts them 6 hours 4 minutes and 17 seconds ahead of the Volvo 70 Wizard which confirms their win of the 34th Pineapple Cup - Montego Bay Race. The trophy will be awarded this evening by the Honorable Custos Rotulorum Bishop Conrad Pitkin.

The crew of Lady Maripsoa was thrilled with their finish in what was a new race for their Ker46 based out of the United Kingdom. It was also a new race for many of the crew competing however tactician and former Olympic campaigner Kalle Coster won the race in 2005 onboard Thin Ice.

Spindrift 2 Forced To Abandon Record Attempt
At 19h UTC Yann Guichard, the skipper of Spindrift 2, contacted his technical team ashore to report damage to the structure of the starboard rudder. Spindrift racing is challenging for the Jules Verne Trophy.

Having made a full assessment of the damage and possible repairs, the team has reluctantly concluded that they are unable to make the necessary repairs without compromising the safety and performance of the 40m trimaran.

"Because of this technical problem we have no choice but to stop this record attempt. It is a huge disappointment to all of the crew. We are now heading to the south east coast of Australia and expect to reach there in the next four days," confirmed Yann Guichard

Thoroughly Recommended - Coyote
Seahorse Here's a sneak preview of the just-released documentary film about Vendee Globe competitor (and one time Seahorse contributor) Mike Plant. It's an amazing, probably unrivalled glimpse into the psyche of a solo sailing icon

Mike Plant was one of the most remarkable and fascinating figures ever to compete in solo ocean sailing, widely admired for his prodigious talent, superhuman toughness and single-minded determination. He burst onto the scene out of nowhere in the mid-1980s, built his own Open 50 on a shoestring and won his class in the first race he entered, the 1986- 87 BOC Challenge. In a career that spanned just five years before he was lost at sea while sailing his radical new Open 60 Coyote to the start of the second Vendee Globe, Plant achieved more - against all odds, sailing around the world three times by the seat of his pants - than most professional sailors do in a lifetime.

Plant's bold exploits and great sportsmanship made him a hero and a source of inspiration to many sailors around the world. The darker shades of his larger-than-life character make his incredible story even more fascinating. All is revealed in a riveting new documentary film, Coyote: The Mike Plant Story, directed by Plant's nephew, Thomas Simmons. If you've ever wondered about the rumours of cocaine smuggling that clashed so strangely with Plant's clean-cut image, or the real story behind his arrest in the Azores on an Interpol warrant in 1986 and the mystery of his release from a Portuguese jail just in time to start the BOC Challenge, you'll have to watch the movie.

Full story in the February issue of Seahorse

Hardy Cup hosted by Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron is ready to host the annual Hardy Cup Sydney International Match Racing Regatta, the next stop in the established Trans-Tasman youth match racing summertime series which starts in Australia's west and travels east, all the way to New Zealand.

One of two international teams coming off the Warren Jones Regatta finale in Perth on Friday is Nick Egnot-Johnson and his Knots Racing team representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. Knots Racing head to Sydney buoyed from their fourth overall at the popular west coast regatta.

Egnot-Johnson is the Hardy Cup's top-ranked skipper based on world standings. He'll meet the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's current Open Match Racing champion James Hodgson, the highest-ranked Aussie skipper on the starter's list, and other names recognised in youth match racing circles like Finn Tapper (CYCA).

Charlie Welsh's Red Star Sailing team from the New York Yacht Club is the second overseas entry to contest the Warren Jones and Hardy Cup double.

In 2018 Clare Costanzo's Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club all-women team made history when they broke an 18-year run of male skippers adding their name to the under 25 trophy. Final 2018 highlights video. In 2019 the host club's Charlotte Griffin is the only female skipper, and she knows the teams coming off the Warren Jones have the advantage of being in-phase.

Sunday February 3, 2019 is a dedicated weigh-in and practice day and Monday morning all teams head out on Sydney Harbour aboard the host club's fleet of Elliott 7s to begin the rigorous four-day series. Racing is due to commence off the Squadron clubhouse at Kirribilli from 1020hrs on Monday February 4 and 0920hrs thereafter. The five-stage competition is as follows: stage 1 - a single round robin, stage 2 - a single round robin, stage 3 - quarter final knockout & semi-final knockout, stage 4 - petit final knockout and stage 5 - the final knockout.

After the Hardy Cup the youth match racing caravan continues east, to New Zealand and Wellington's Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club's CentrePort Youth Match Racing Championship February 13 - 17. Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron's Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Cup in Auckland, February 21 - 24, marks the fourth and final event in the series before sailors return to work and study.

Don Mcintyre: "The Next Golden Globe Winner Might Be 21 Or Younger"
Don McIntyre is the founder, chairman and CEO of the Golden Globe Race. The charismatic, outspoken Australian adventurer and circumnavigator has realised many of his dreams over the course of his career. When he set out to replicate and honour the original Sunday Times Golden Globe Race 50 years after Sir Robin Knox Johnston became the first sailor to complete a solo non stop circumnavigation, he achieved a groundswell of support. But even then not even he would have dreamed of the popularity and success of the race reflected by 73 year old veteran Jean Luc Van Den Heede's win on Monday. The race has been the subject of considerable scrutiny due to the high rate of attrition. After VDH finished only five of the original 18 skippers remain on the race course. Tip & Shaft spoke with McIntyre after the VDH victory.

The VDH finish was reminiscent of a big Vendee Globe finish, how did that compare to your original vision of the race?
It was twice what we could have ever dreamed of, thousands and thousands of people out and hundreds of boats out It all went like a dream and Jean-Luc, what a great ambassador he is and an incredible achievement.

Has it exceeded your own original vision?
I have to say so yes. The original reason the race was started was because I wanted to sail in it. Back then people would say 'but the boats will just sail over the horizon and never be seen again. But the reality is different with the mix of daily tweets, the soundcloud phone calls and the tracker, and it all just stayed alive all the time. So many people have told me that our event is more alive, more real because people can dream. I always said it had to be a very human race.

What about the number of abandons, the attrition rate? It is high.
That was a surprise to many. I have to concede there are less finishers than what I even thought. I expected around half to finish. There are lessons to be learned. I don't want to hide behind the words bad luck but some of the rigs were built by the best in the world and they knew what they were building for and they lost them. We had well prepared boats, top sailors and they came unstuck but I think it will be a different story in 2022. Everyone who is entering for 2022 has already learned a lot.

Full interview:

Valencia to host One Person Dinghy sea-trials
Valencia, Spain has been selected by World Sailing to host sea-trials for the selection of Equipment or the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition Men's and Women's One Person Dinghy Events.

Real Club Nautico de Valencia will host sailors 11-15 March 2019 who will sail and test the four boats shortlisted during the Re-evaluation procedure.

World Sailing received 8 bids for the selection of equipment for the Men and Women One Person Dinghy, none of which were deemed invalid.

The Re-Evaluation Working Party reviewed the bids and concluded that the following should be shortlisted to Phase 2:

D-Zero, presented by Devotti Sailing s.r.o. Laser Standard and Laser Radial sailboat, presented by ILCA Melges 14, presented by Melges Boat Works Inc., NELO and Mackay Boats Ltd. RS Aero, presented by RS Sailing.

World Sailing's Member National Authorities are now invited to nominate their top three male and top three female One Person Dinghy Sailors from which the Evaluation Panel will select from.

Criteria for selection includes:
Applicants must be available on the selected dates
Weight range men: 75kg to 90kg
Weight range women: 55kg to 70kg.
Ages over 18
Top level One Person dinghy sailors, providing career highlights
Funding is available to support MNA's who aren't able to cover these costs, please contact the technical team for more information.

Click here for the MNA sailor nomination form.

All nomination forms should be sent to no later than 11 February 2019.

Debut Of The 470 Mixed Event
The 50 Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar will see the debut of the 470 mixed event with views to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games

The Majorcan regatta begins the implementation of the gender equality requirements demanded by the International Olympic Committee

From 29th March to 6th April around one thousand sailors from approximately 55 nations will meet in the bay of Palma, distributed in the traditional ten Olympic fleets. But in this edition, the 470 Men and Women will be joined by the 470 Mixed, with crews formed by one male and one female, acting either as skipper or crew.

This new category that will sail with the 470 men at the Sofia Iberostar will have its world debut in Majorcan waters. It will be the first key test towards the Paris 2024 Olympics where, for the first time, it will be included in the Olympic programme following the IOC guidelines to foster gender equality in sport.

Club Nautic S'Arenal will be the venue for the 470 fleet at the 50 Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar, together with the Finn, 49er and 49er FX and, as a novelty this year, it will also host the RS:X men and women. Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa (venue for the Laser, Laser Radial and Nacra 17) and Real Club Nautico de Palma (ORC and One design) are also organisers and venues of the Majorcan regatta that will celebrate this year half a century of life in a historical edition: at sports level for the exceptional participation expected, both in quantity and quality and in the social area with the celebration of several parallel commemorative events.

Women & Youth Team Opportunities for J/24 Worlds
J/24 Worlds berths for women and youth(Newport, RI)- The International J/24 Class Association Regatta Regulations allow opportunities for Women and Youth in the J/24 class at any major event.

One all-female crew per country, to be selected by each governing J/24 national authority, will be eligible to sail the J/24 World Championship to compete for the Jaeger J/24 World Championship Women's Trophy.

One Under-25 crew per country, to be selected by each governing J/24 national authority, will be eligible to sail the J/24 World Championship to compete for the Under-25 Turner Trophy. The crew members shall all be 24 years of age or under on the first day of championship racing.

The 2019 J/24 World Championship will be held in Miami, Florida from October 19th to 26th, 2019, with sailing taking place on the beautiful azure waters of Biscayne Bay.

The US J/24 Class is accepting applications for the Women and Youth berths. Interested parties should click on and complete the following forms in their entirety by April 1st, 2019.

2019 US J/24 Women's Worlds Berth Application

2019 US J/24 Under-25 Worlds Berth Application

American Challenger Announces Active Coed Recruitment
In keeping to its mission of building an all-American team, Stars + Stripes Team USA, challenger for the 36th America's Cup presented by Prada, today announced an open application process for athletes and professionals applying for positions on the team's sailing roster and on-shore roles.

"Our goal is to modernize the typical America's Cup sailing team selection process and we couldn't be more excited to roll-out this initiative," said Mike Buckley, co-founder and skipper of Stars + Stripes Team USA.

"In the last America's Cup, the athletes were required to sail the most complex sailboats ever designed while sustaining their max heartrate for more than 20 minutes."

"We are anticipating that the physicality of our new AC75 race boat will exceed that and are looking to build the most fit, skilled and inclusive team possible."

Stars + Stripes Team USA will offer two paths for athletes wanting to join the sailing roster.

The first of these paths will be an open combine tour across a broad cross-section of sports to review American athletes wanting to participate in the America's Cup; similar to the way other professional sports teams recruit for their teams.

The second path will be foiling camps for American sailing talent that will be held in Long Beach using the team's GC32 tryout platform.

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