In This Issue
Star Junior World Championship
Argo Group Gold Cup
On track toward the Indian Ocean
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
Hamble Classics Regatta moves to the Royal Air Force Yacht Club
Round Martinique Regatta, a year of regeneration
Starling Match Racing Nationals
Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Symposium
M32 Events: Europe
DutchSail Video
Letters to the Editor
Featured Brokerage
The Last Word: Dean Wormer

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Luke Lawrence and Alexey Selivanov win Star Junior World Championship
American sailor Luke Lawrence is, with crew Alexey Selivanov, the first Star Junior World Champion Under 30 after a six race regatta in the water of Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida, successfully hosted by the Coral Reef Yacht Club and organized by the International Star Class.

The championship started off well for the team who won the inaugural race of the series on Monday, then handed the lead last night to Charlie Buckingham and Austin Sperry (USA) and even today, on the last downwind they were second to Tomas Hornos (USA) and Pedro Trouche (BRA). But the finish line was upwind and they managed to pass a couple of boats, all they needed to conquer the first ever Star Junior World Championship title.

Luke Lawrence is 28 years old and has been sailing for most of his life, first the Laser then his real passion the Finn, and in the past few years he fell for the Star attending the main events such as the Worlds and the SSL Finals in 2014. A little break from sailing in the past year or so, before the great comeback winning the first Star Junior World Championship in the familiar waters of Biscayne Bay.

For most of the fleet is now time to move to the next event starting tomorrow here at the Coral Reef Yacht Club; the Walker Cup on Thursday and Friday followed by the 2019 Midwinters on Saturday and Sunday. While the next Silver Star is set for May 11th to the 19th at the Europeans in Riva del Garda, first time organized together with the Star Sailors League for what it will also be the SSL Breeze Grand Slam. At the end of the month of May the Western Hemisphere in San Diego, California, and in June the Star World Championship 2019 in Porto Cervo, Italy.

Top ten teams:
1. Luke Lawrence - Alexey Selivanov, USA
2. Tomas Hornos - Pedro Trouche, USA
3. Robert O'Leary - Peter O'Leary, IRL
4. Charlie Buckingham - Austin Sperry, USA
5. Nick Pellicano Grael - Samuel Gonçalves, BRA
6. Lorenzo Brando Chiavarini - Brian Fatih, GBR
7. Guido Gallinaro - Frithjof Kleen, ITA
8. Jake Lilley - Lewis Brake, AUS
9. Juan Ignacio Perez - Mark Strube, MEX
10. Facundo Olezza - Frederico Melo, ARG

Full results at

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America's Cup Team, Open, Women's and Youth World Champs Among Early Entries to 2019 Argo Group Gold Cup
Hamilton, Bermuda: A sterling collection of past champions that also includes the top three skippers in the World Match Race Rankings, the reigning Open, Women's and Youth World champions and the America's Cup Challenger of Record are among the first eight entrants to the 2019 Argo Group Gold Cup, the oldest match racing regatta for one-design yachts and offering a $100,000 prize purse.

Scheduled May 6-11, the Argo Group Gold Cup is pre-dated by only the America's Cup. The Gold Cup trophy was first presented in 1907 by King Edward VII at the Tri-Centenary Regatta, in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the first permanent settlement in America in Jamestown, Virginia. The Gold Cup was awarded as a match racing trophy in 1937 and this year marks the 69th running of the event organized by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.

"We are proud to sponsor Argo Group Gold Cup for the tenth year," said Mark E. Watson III, CEO, Argo Group. "This event attracts the world's best skippers and crews with experience competing in a wide variety of prestigious races."

Preliminary Entry List
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) - two-time past champion (2008, '14)
Ettore Botticini (ITA) - reigning Youth Match Racing World champion
Francesco Bruni (ITA) - Luna Rossa Challenge, past champion (2013)
Nicklas Dackhammar (SWE) - sixth place in 2018
Lucy Macgregor (GBR) - reigning Women's Match Racing World champion
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) - past champion (2011), reigning Match Racing World champion
Eric Monnin (SUI) - World No. 2-ranked match racer (as of Jan. 25, 2019)
Ian Williams (GBR) - past champion (2006), six-time Match Racing World champion
Bermuda National Match Racing champion - to be named
To be determined
To be determined
To be determined

On track toward the Indian Ocean
Alex Alley (GBR) remains on track in his pursuit to break the Solo Non-Stop Around the World Record in his 40-foot yacht - Pixel Flyer. Located at 35°S (at 20:00 UTC) in the South Atlantic, his southeasterly course has him avoiding the St. Helena High aiming toward Cape Agulhas and into the Indian Ocean.

With the help of crowdfunding, Alex Alley (GBR) is aiming to break the Solo Non-Stop Around the World Record in his 40-foot yacht - Pixel Flyer.

His goal is to better the 2013 record set by Guo Chuan of 137d 20h 01m 57s, beginning his quest December 31 when he crossed the official start line between the Créac'h lighthouse on the island of Ushant and the Lizard lighthouse in Cornwall in the English Channel.

With his start at 14h 31mins 09 sec (subject to ratification by the World Sailing Speed Record Council), if he is to beat Chuan's record (and he has to beat it by at least one minute), then his deadline is to cross the line again going the other way, on at 10h 32mins 06 secs on May 18, 2019.

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

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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Hamble Classics Regatta moves to the Royal Air Force Yacht Club
The Hamble Classics team of Jonty Sherwill and Vicki Weston are delighted to announce that the 2019 Hamble Classics Regatta is to be hosted by the Royal Air Force Yacht Club in Hamble, 20-22 September.

The RAFYC is a superb Hamble yachting venue with excellent waterside facilities and an enthusiastic membership who are very keen to host this much-acclaimed classic event. With direct access to the MDL Port Hamble Marina, its own smaller section of the Prince Philip Yacht Haven, a launch service for river berthing and a spacious car park, the club is well placed to deliver the 2019 Hamble Classics Regatta to the same high standard previously enjoyed by entrants.

The Hamble Classics welcomes all types of classic style yachts and since 2016 has attracted serious contenders each year for its Concours d'Elegance Awards. Uniquely to the event there are four separate categories to reward the diversity of entries, with prizes for historic wooden-built classics, Spirit of Tradition and the best GRP yacht.

Racing for all classes is to be organised in the central Solent on Saturday and Sunday with two course areas to suit the various types of boats, plus for the first time an extra day's racing on Friday 20th for the IRC Zero class including the big Spirit Yachts. The PRO for this year's Hamble Classics will be Peter Bateson, as in each of the previous regattas, with an experienced RAFYC team and additional support from Hamble River Sailing Club, this year celebrating its Centenary.

With continued support from Spinlock, Performance Rigging, Classic Marine, The Sandeman Yacht Company, Ratsey & Lapthorn Sailmakers and A-Plan Marine Insurance the stage is set for a superb Hamble Classics Regatta at the RAFYC:

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Round Martinique Regatta, a year of regeneration
Having been cancelled last year, largely because of the effects of Hurricane Irma, the Round Martinique Regatta Crédit Mutuel AG is back once more and from next Friday February 8th, the racing format established in 2016 returns to offer the 29 entries ideal conditions for racing along the shores of Martinique.

The full programme of activities which run from Friday 8th through to Sunday 10th of February was announced at the opening press conference held in Fort de France today:

"This format of three-day races makes the event more attractive," explains Claude Granel, Communications Manager of the Round Martinique Regatta. "The Martinique Yacht Club, in collaboration with Ven Dan Vwèl 972, the Club Nautique le Neptune (CNN), the Club Nautique de Martinique (CNM) and Open The Bar (OTB), has designed an attractive event for both amateur and seasoned professional sailors.

Leg 1: Fort de France
The event starts on Friday in the picturesque bay of Fort de France, considered to be one of the most beautiful bays in the world. The Bay will effectively be transformed into a sailing stadium and host the very technical inshore part of the competition, "the Round Bay" which will run a number of courses between 6 and 12 miles long.

Leg 2: Fort de France - the Marin
Depending on what teams will want to do, there will be the choice of either competing in "The Round Rally" on the Caribbean side of the island or tackling "The Round Raid", a more demanding and challenging 80-mile course on the Atlantic side.

Leg 3: Marin - Anses d'Arlet
The last stage, "The Round Rock", gives competitors the chance to sail a lap around the iconic Diamond Rock before a final run to the pretty beach of Anses d'Arlet for a fun lunch.

Starling Match Racing Nationals
The 2019 Starling match racing national championships threw up yet another surprise result, writes Brian Peet.

The 28-year history of the event has had more than its share of broken dreams from pre-contest favourites. Even during regattas, strong contenders in the early round robins are not immune to the fickle finger of fate and this year's event was no exception.

In the fresh conditions of day one, Emily Overend (Marlborough) performed in a class of her own with intelligent tactical selections and powerful upwind sailing, totally dominating the fleet and finishing the day on 11 wins and no losses.

Behind her were Max Scott (Auckland) and Lachlan Dillon (BoP) both with nine wins and two losses. Fourth on the leaderboard was her Nacra sailing partner Harry Edwards (Wildcard) with seven wins and four losses.

All points were set aside after day one and a series of semifinals, then finals races followed.

The final between Scott and Edwards saw Edwards score three wins from four races and, in the process, add his name to a trophy studded with who's who of New Zealand yachting.

Results from the Starling match racing national championships at the Glendowie Boating Club recently:

1. Harry Edwards (South Island Wildcard 2)
2. Max Scott (Auckland)
3. Emily Overend (Marlborough)
4. Lachlan Dillon (Bay of Plenty)
5. Peter Eaglen (North Island Wildcard 1)
6. Cailen Rochford (North)
7. Ella Wilcox (South Island Wildcard 1)
8. Fergus Baxter (Wellington)
9. Jordan Dakins (East)
10. Georgia Schokking (Nelson)
11. Jack Webber (North Island Wildcard 2)
12. Antonia Hill (Canterbury)

Registration now open for 23rd Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Symposium
Annapolis, Maryland - The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) has opened online registration for the 23rd edition of the Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Symposium (CSYS), held again this year at the US Naval Academy (USNA) over March 15-16, 2019. This triennial event features research papers presented by academics and practitioners from around the world in a variety of fields related to the design, engineering, performance and fabrication of sailing craft.

The research papers presented at this year's symposium are from researchers based all over the world: France, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand and the USA. The topics presented are also extremely varied, ranging from hydrodynamics of slender Polynesian canoe hulls, to foiling behaviors in dinghys and Open 60's, to the science of Olympic 470 sailing performance. A complete list of papers, authors and abstracts can be found on the CSYS website.

This year's Keynote Speaker will be a frequent contributor to CSYS, Andy Claughton. He is one of the most experienced Americas Cup designers, having been involved with the competition since 1983.

He is now an independent Naval Architect and remains a long time member of the International Technical Committee working on the ORC rules for racing yachts, superyachts and now multihulls. He has published numerous papers, and won awards that include the Royal Institute of Naval Architects Small Craft Group Medal.

The schedule for the 23rd CSYS includes two days of talks and presentations held in Chauvenet Hall Room 100, a tour of the USNA Hydro Lab on Friday and a Cocktail Reception at Severn Sailing Association on Saturday evening.

For a complete list f paper titles, abstracts and to Register for the 23rd Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Symposium, visit the event website at

M32 Events: Europe
M32 Europe will visit amazing locations in 2019 as the fleet builds up to the World Championship. M32 owner and multiple Match Racing World Champion, Ian Williams, is taking an active role in designing a series that returns to some proven locations while introducing a mix of new destinations. Class Manager and PRO Mattias Dahlstrom, will be overseeing the series stops to ensure top international standards of race management, umpiring and safety.

2019 Events
-San Remo, Italy 22-24 March
-Marina di Pisa, Italy 24-26 May
-Holland 21-23 June
-Gothenburg, Sweden 19-21 July
-Stenungsund, Sweden 15-17 August (two days of fleet racing followed by the around Tjorn race)

DutchSail Video
Simeon Tienpont introduces Team The Netherlands in this video. Helm Carolijn Brouwer, sailor Peter van Niekerk and designer Dirk Kramer all show their support for the Dutch challenge. But at 2:35 into the video, the narrator says there will be an America's Cup World Series in Scheveningen in 2020. Does this mean that the challenge is conditional? The Protocol gives Challenger of Record Luna Rossa the responsibility to organise the ACWS - will they agree to an event in Scheveningen? -- Jack Griffin, CupExperience,

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