In This Issue
• Multihull Spaghetti Western
• Maserati Multi 70's solent is damaged
• New Event for Match Race Super League
• Making the unfamiliar, familiar - Carbo-Link
• Clues About the Arbitration Case
• Wild Rides in Vilamoura Kick Starts European Season
• Foil Cant System Update
• World Match Race Rankings
• Rolex Giraglia 2019: open for entries and Notice of Race online
• Palamos Optimist Trophy-14 Nations Cup
• Featured Brokerage
• The Last Word: George Leroy Tirebiter
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Multihull Spaghetti Western
Multi70 Maserati (ITA) and MOD70 Argo (USA) have been ripping up the RORC Caribbean 600 race track, blasting around the course at phenomenal pace and well over 30 knots of boat speed has been recorded on the YB Race Tracker. Both teams are set to break the multihull course record, but the winner is still yet to be decided. Maserati, skippered by Giovanni Soldini led at Guadeloupe by 12 miles, but in terms of time, that is less than 30 minutes ahead of Jason Carroll's Argo. The two rocket ships are expected to finish the race around sundown today, Tuesday 19 February. Maserati is estimated to be three hours inside record pace.
In IRC Zero, David & Peter Askew's Wizard, skippered by Charlie Enright has been eating up the miles in the perfect environment for a Volvo 70. Wizard pulled the trigger yesterday afternoon on the blast reach up to Barbuda and the rev. counter has been red lining ever since. Wizard passed the halfway mark in less than 24 hours, smashing through well over 300 miles of Caribbean surf. Wizard is currently four hours outside the monohull race record set by George David's Rambler 88 last year. However, Wizard is the hot favourite for 2019 Monohull line honours and is estimated to be leading the fleet for the overall win under IRC for the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy.
Greg Slyngstad's Beiker 53 Fujin (USA) with a Seattle-based crew is owning the MOCRA Class. On the morning of the second day of the race, Fujin was 25 miles ahead of their nearest competitor, Shannon Falcone's Falcon, and estimated to be over four hours ahead after time correction. The Fujin team rounded Saba last night and must have reflected on last year's capsize and rescue. After MOCRA time correction, John Gallagher's Gunboat 62 Chim Chim (USA) is second, with Phil Lotz's Gunboat 60 Arethusa (USA) third.
In IRC Three at dawn on the second day, Jonty and Vicki Layfield's Swan 48 Sleeper X (GBR) had a four mile lead and was estimated to be leading the class by three hours after IRC time correction.
In IRC Two, Ross Applebey's Oyster 48 Scarlet Oyster (GBR) was three miles ahead on the water and estimated to be three hours ahead on corrected time, followed by Performance Yacht Racing's First 47.7 EH01 skippered by Andy Middleton (GBR)
In IRC One, the crew from Lake Constance, Germany racing Giles Redpath's Lombard 46 Pata Negra had a superb first night and is battling for the class lead with Bernie Evan-Wong's Antiguan RP 37 Taz.
Three teams are racing in the IRC Two-Handed Class; James Heald's Swan 45 Nemesis (GBR) leads on the water but 7 miles astern, Jeremi Jablonski's Hanse 430 Avanti is leading after IRC time correction. At dawn on the second day, Johannes Gerssen's Olson 35 Cabbyl Vane (NED) was heading for Saba and about to dig in for the beat to St. Barths.
A battle royal is raging at the front of the Class40s as the fleet rounded the most north western part of the course this morning. Catherine Pourre's Earendil leads the fleet into the Anguilla Channel, but only just, stitched together with Aymeric Chappellier's Aïna Enfance Et Avenir. -- Louay Habib
Maserati Multi 70's solent is damaged
This morning (local time) Maserati Multi 70 suffered a quite significant damage: the torsional cable zip socket of the solent (the main headsail) broke down.
Giovanni Soldini explains from aboard: "We haven't been able to use the solent for a few hours. With strong wind and big waves it's a mess, but we're working on it and we think we can make a makeshift repair".
At 13.30 local time (17.30 UTC) Maserati Multi 70 is still in the lead, with 10 miles of advantage over Argo, sailing at 18 knots of speed 146 miles away from the finish line.
New Event for Match Race Super League
The Match Race Super League is proud to announce that the AIRCALIN Match Race in Noumea (NCL) will be the sixth event of the 2019 season, making it to 12 events worldwide in 10 countries on 4 continents.
The organizing CNC Yacht Club is an association with a legacy of 70 years, having 1800 members located in a little sailing paradise. It manages a marina with 600+ berths and operates a fleet of 10 Elliott 6 boats in which the match race will be sailed.
The 2019 Grade 3 Aircalin Match Race in Noumea, New Caledonia, will be held from 14 to 18 August and will welcome 12 international skippers.
The 8th AIRCALIN Match Race will be part of the Match Race Super League for the second time after the inaugural season 2017, providing important ranking points towards the MRSL- and World Sailing rankings.
Events in 2019
1. Szczecin Match Race, POL, 3.-5. May
2. NJK Open Spring Match Race Cup, FIN, 17.-19. May
3. Match Race Germany, GER, 5-10. June
4. Koper Match Race Challenge, SLO, 11.14.July
5. Internationaux de France Match Racing, FRA, 25.-28.July
6. AIRCALIN Match Race, NCL, 14.-18. August (NEW !!!!!)
7. The Detroit Cup USA, 21.-25. August
7. Baltic Match Race, EST, 21.-25. August
9. Oakliff international, USA, 2.-4.September
10. Thompson Cup, USA, 6.-8. September
11. DBS Marina Bay Cup, SIN, 19.-22.September
12. The Kingdom Match Race, BHR, 11.-15. December
Making the unfamiliar, familiar - Carbo-Link
The performance-enhancing benefits of Carbo-Link's solid carbon rigging are becoming more widely known, with a broad variety of highperformance racing yachts - Ultime trimarans, Imoca 60s, AC50s and AC72s, leading contenders in the Maxi 72 and Wallycento classes, plus some of the world's fastest superyachts - achieving substantial reductions in both weight and wind resistance. But for many owners and skippers one key question remains: what's it like to live with?
It's actually a lot easier than most people think. You don't hear much about service and maintenance of Carbo-Link rigging because it's inherently durable, very reliable and surprisingly simple to repair. A specially developed, toughened resin system - which is unique to Carbo-Link -accounts for much of the durability. Stepping up to solid carbon means fewer hassles and, after the initial investment, a lower cost of ownership going forward.
Clues About the Arbitration Case
As of today, 19 February 2019, the America's Cup website "Teams" menu for "Team The Netherlands" links only to the Royal Maas Sailing and Rowing Association, but not to Royal Netherlands Sailing and Rowing Association Muiden and not to DutchSail.com. The Deed of Gift has no provision for a challenge coming jointly from two clubs. Could that be an issue in the arbitration?
A perhaps more important clue can be found on DutchSail's site in the Timetable section. They plan to launch their AC75 in March 2020. Even if the October 2019 AC World Series gets cancelled, will DutchSail be ready to race in the first ACWS of 2020? If they were to miss an ACWS, they would be disqualified from the Prada Cup Challenger Selection Series, unless the Protocol is changed.
But wait, there's more... DutchSail's Timetable also shows an AC World Series in Scheveningen in June 2020. If that is a condition of their challenge, then COR Luna Rossa would have to agree to it. Cagliari, Newport, Long Beach and Hong Kong have all been mentioned as potential ACWS venues. Scheveningen is the fifth candidate. But the Protocol currently calls for only three ACWS in 2020. The schedule for the 2020 ACWS events is due 30 November 2019.
RNZYS has said they expect a decision from the Arbitration Panel in late April. Stand by for more information. -- Jack Griffin in CupExperience.com
Wild Rides in Vilamoura Kick Starts European Season
Vilamoura, Portugal, has been growing as a winter destination for the past few seasons. Regattas in December and now February attracted 109 and then 116 boats respectively across 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17.
The regatta this past weekend was a doozy, with big breeze and waves each of the days. Check out this video of 2018 European Champions Helene Naess and Marie Ronningen (NOR) in absolute survival mode heading downwind as they navigate a growing graveyard. That's skiff sailing at it's best!
The 49er fleet was the largest and deepest. Diego Botin and Iago Marra (ESP) hardly made any mistakes in the tough conditions, and had only one race outside of the top 10 to compliment three race wins to take the overall victory. They were pressed hard by James Peters and Fynn Sterritt (GBR) who was the only team to stay in the hunt with the Spaniards. Both teams had disappointing conclusions to the Miami World Cup only 10 days ago, being over early in the medal race, but rebounded in the much fresher conditions.
The 49er fleet was somewhat depleted by the number of teams participating in Sail GP, which overlapped, and a very healthy down under circuit in both Auckland and Australia.
The 49erFX racing was a three way battle royale for the win. Going into the final race it was the 2018 World Champions, Bekkering and Duetz (NED), on 13 points, Dobson and Tidey (GBR) on 14 points, and Nielsen and Olsen (DEN) on 20 points.
The Danish multiple European Champions, took the final race, their second in a row to keep the pressure on, but it was the 2018 World Champions from the Netherlands who managed a second in the race to claim the title. Dobson and Tidey finished in 8th, and subsequently had to be satisfied with third overall after leading for much of the regatta.
The Nacra 17 regatta the toughest to read into of the bunch. The Nacra 17 fleet is scattered all over the place, with some teams involved in Sail GP, others in Punte Del Este, Uruguay, plenty more training in Auckland, and then the further group who were in Portugal. There were still 28 teams participating, but many are new to their campaigns, including 2016 Gold medalist, Igor Marenic (CRO) who crewed the 470 to gold in Rio with Sime Fantela, and has now recently begun a Nacra 17 campaign.
At the front was Ben Saxton with Nicola Boniface (GBR) who were clearly on form, with 4 race wins from 8 races. It's been a revolving door of crews for Ben since Rio 2016, with five forward hands sailing with him at various times.
In second was Paul Kohloff and Alica Stuhlemmer (GER), who have finally completed their studies and are getting geared up for a full effort to Tokyo.
Foil Cant System Update
Designers from American Magic, INEOS Team UK and Luna Rossa recently visited Emirates Team New Zealand to see the test rig for the hydraulics of the Foil Cant System (FCS). Remember that this is one design "supplied equipment" that ETNZ and Luna Rossa will build for all the teams. It's amusing to hear the designers' reaction to how big the test jig is and how big the AC75's will be.
If the production version of the FCS hydraulics exists, it is not shown in this video. And the latest design of the FCS foil arms reportedly won't be tested until late March. It seems that we will not see any AC75's in the water until a few months after the April first launch date that the Protocol allows. -- Jack Griffin in CupExperience.com
World Match Race Rankings
Ian Williams (GBR) maintains his position at the top of the Open rankings, followed by Eric Monnin (SUI) in second and Ettore Botticini (ITA) in third. Among the women, Pauline Courtois (FRA) also remains at the front of the field with Anna Oestling (SWE) in second and Trine Palludan (DEN) in third. Top North Americans are Taylor Canfield (USA) and Nicole Breault (USA) in 11th and 13th, respectively.
Top ten, Open
1. Ian Williams, GBR
2. Eric Monnin, SUI
3. Ettore Botticini, ITA
4. Harrison Price, AUS
5. Maxime Mesnil, FRA
6. Torvar Mirsky, AUS
7. Mati Sepp, EST
8. Nicklas Dackhammar, SWE
9. Patryk Zbroja, POL
10. Will Boulden, AUS
Rolex Giraglia 2019: open for entries and Notice of Race online
There will be an innovation in edition number 67 of the Rolex Giraglia 2019 with the finish of the offshore race in the waters of the Principality of Monaco and plenty of news also in St Tropez
In its long history, the Giraglia has started from Cannes, Le Lavandou, Toulon, Sanremo and St. Tropez; it has finished in: Monaco, Le Lavandou, St. Tropez, Toulon, Genoa and Sanremo. The distance of the long race remains 241 miles.
With the publication of the Notice of Race for the Rolex Giraglia 2019, online entries have been activated. The Notice and entry forms can be downloaded from the official race site: rolexgiraglia.com
The 67th edition of the offshore classic organised by the Yacht Club Italiano with the collaboration in French waters of the Societé Nautique de Saint Tropez, will be held from June 9-11 with the coastal races in St Tropez and the start of the offshore St. Tropez-Giraglia-Monaco on Wednesday the 12th. As usual, there will also be the by now traditional Sanremo - St.Tropez race with its suggestive night start on June 7 organised in collaboration with the Yacht Club Sanremo.
Among the innovations, a "priority lane" for all yachts entering by March 31, 2019, both for the inshore races in St Tropez and the offshore St.Tropez - Giraglia - Genova; they will be guaranteed a priority mooring.
As always, many high-performance yachts are expected thanks also to the support and involvement of the IMA, the International Association of Maxi Yachts, which has included the Rolex Giraglia in the nine races of the Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge, and the Swan One Design Class (50'-45'-42'). In this case to the coastal races of the Rolex Giraglia will constitute a leg of The Nations Trophy Med League.
For the Maxi 72 and Swan One Design classes special and much more technical and spectacular upwind/downwind courses will be prepared off the beaches of Pampelonne while the big ORC and IRC fleets will sail their coastal races in the Bay of St Tropez.
Palamos Optimist Trophy-14 Nations Cup
Palamos, Spain: Latvian Sailor Martin Atilla revalidates victory at the Palamos Optimist Trophy after winning the event for second consecutive year. Germany has been the best nation and has been awarded the Nations Cup Trophy.
Attilla finishes tied with Israeli sailor Maayan Shemesh but claims victory with more first places
Atilla was undefeated the first two days winning all races and was crowned absolute winner. But what looked like a clear victory ended in a struggle on the final day for the Latvian sailor with Israeli sailor Maayan Shemesh climbing to the top and both sailors tied in points.
Third place on the podium was for Sebastian Kempe from Bermuda at 8 points from Atilla and Shemesh.
The Nations Cup trophy, awarded to the sailors with the best results by nation, went to Germany that takes over Spain being the best nation out of the 30 participating in this edition.
The 30 Palamos Optimist Trophy-14 Nations Cup marked the end of the Excellence Cup circuit organised by the Spanish Optimist Class Association - AECIO formed by the Spanish regattas held in Vigo, El Puerto de Santa María, Torrevieja and Palamos. The winner of the circuit has been Miguel Campos (RCR Alicante) with 286 points followed by Martin Atilla with 270 points in second place and third for María Perello with 264 points.
Overall Results Top 10
1. Martin Atilla, LVA, 36 points
2. Maayan Shemesh, ISR), 36
3. Sebastian Kempe, BER), 44
4. Alex Demurtas, ITA), 48
5. María Perello, ESP), 48
6. Leon Jost (GER), 54
7. Rocco Wright (IRL), 56
8. Pau Mesquida (ESP), 61
9. Caspar Ilgenstein (GER), 66
10. Carl Krause (GER), 71
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The Last Word
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