In This Issue
The 2019 International JJ Challenge
Selden SailJuice Winter Series
The Future Of Dinghy Sailing
The Science of Sailing
GBR eSailing National Championship
HRSC Centenary Warming Pan 2019 - MORE NEWS about PY
The Real Deal - Star Sailors League
Gansey Project
Ramsgate Week
Letters to the Editor
Featured Brokerage
The Last Word: Douglas Hofstadter

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The 2019 International JJ Challenge
After losing the title to the red-hot New Zealand Honda Marine team in 2018, the local Australian fleet has been strengthened, but they will all have to produce their best and most consistent form if they want to repel the challenge from the four nations wanting to grab the honours again.

Leading the international invasion, will be the defending champion Honda Marine team of Dave McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins and the newly-crowned New Zealand champion ASCC, crewed by Josh Porebski, Jack Simpson and Dave Hazard.

Dave and Josh finished first and second in 2018, ahead of Australia's top competitor in the championship, Asko Appliances, skippered by James Dorron.

The two leading kiwi teams were strong all-round competitors and we can expect another tough challenge at the top of the fleet, but the local Asko Appliances, Finport Finance, Smeg, Winning Group and Bing Lee teams are all poised waiting for the world's best 18ft Skiff championship to begin next Saturday.

Katie Love will be representing the US for the second time. She first came to the JJs as skipper of the first all-female team (same time as Alexandra South and her team) in 2013 and decided that she wanted to get more of the same action.

Looking for an even bigger challenge, Katie went one step further this time and has spent the entire Australian summer in the highly-competitive Sydney fleet as skipper of Panasonic Lumix, the skiff she will skipper, with Chad Freitas and Matt Doyle in her team at the JJs.

The UK challenge will come from Jarrod Simpson, who has been a regular challenger over several years, and who is always competitive.

While Jarrod is a long-time competitor, the German challenge rests in the hands of Heinrich Bayern, who is back in 2019 after getting the taste for the challenge in last year's championship.

The regatta will also see the return to the JJs of a young crew from Brisbane, led by Dave Hayter, who won the 2016 Australian International 14 Championship.

Hayter won the championship on Sydney Harbour, so the conditions won't be unfamiliar to the skipper, who won five of the eight races in the I14 championship.

One of the strongest fleets for many years, and representing five nations, will contest the 2019 JJ Giltinan Championship, which begins on Sydney Harbour on Saturday (March 2). -- Frank Quealey

Race dates are:
Saturda - March 2
Sunday - March 3
Tuesday - March 5
Wednesday - March 6
Thursday - March 7
Saturday - March 9
Sunday - March 10

Live streaming is available on 18FootersTV

Selden SailJuice Winter Series
Selden Sailjuice Winter Series Trophy. Click on image to enlarge.

Selden SailJuice Winter Series Simon Horsfield and Katie Burridge put together a stellar set of scores in their 2000 dinghy to win the 10th edition of the Selden SailJuice Winter Series. They join an illustrious group of top-class sailors - a mix of national and world champions - who have won in a variety of boats. Nine different types of boat have won over the past decade, the only repeat class being the Merlin Rocket.

Horsfield and Burridge will be the stars of the show at the Selden SailJuice Winter Series prizegiving which will be held at the RYA Dinghy Show, Saturday 2nd March, 10.30. Come along and celebrate all the winners, relive all the action this winter and learn about plans for next winter, as well as the new Great British Sailing Challenge.

The 10th Anniversary of the SailJuice Winter Series saw growing numbers, with nearly 600 entries, 1,000 sailors from 92 different classes, representing over 300 clubs. This year has seen number of qualifiers up 47% to 50, and more people doing all 7 events. This year there were more media activities such as live videos and interviews, with more events being tracked by SailRacer, all meaning more people are following the Series online, with unique site visitors up 17% to 8,336.

The top 10 sees nine different classes represented, including some rare ones like the National 18 which came second, sailed by Peter Gray, Richard Pepperdine and Simon Forbes, and the retro-futuristic Norfolk Punt which father and son team of Colin and Oly Murray raced to 7th overall. They were also the top family team in a growing trend towards parents and children racing together in the Series.

There are many other category winners in the many Series within the Series, so please come along and support them at the prizegiving.

For more info on the Selden SailJuice Winter Series, go to

Great British Sailing Challenge - Some of the events in the Selden SailJuice Winter Series were also part of the new Great British Sailing Challenge. The next event is the King George Gallop (16-17 March). Online entry is open, so book your spot now at:

The Future Of Dinghy Sailing
Come And Join The Debate at the RYA Dinghy Show
The world is developing, and the way we access and consume the sport of dinghy sailing is rapidly evolving with it. Join us at the RYA Dinghy Show on Saturday 02 March, for the opportunity to participate in a session where we consider the future of our sport.

Following the recent RYA 'Future of Sailing' webinar series, Mark Jardine, Liz Rushall and Alistair Dickson will be taking to the Main Stage this Saturday to continue the debate and they are looking forward to hearing from you, the participants and volunteers who make it all happen.

The interactive session will also feature a panel of four young sailors, from Olympic medallists to ambitious amateurs and childhood enthusiasts that have fallen out of love with the sport. Audience members are encouraged to join in by submitting questions and voting on topics by using audience participation app,

The interactive Future of Dinghy Sailing session will take place at 12:30, Saturday 02 March on the RYA Main Stage. For those who would like to get involved we recommend downloading the app before the session.

Visit or download from the app store. To join the session use the code: #R585.

For more information about the 'Future of Sailing' visit

GET YOUR TICKET The RYA Dinghy Show in association with Yachts & Yachting and Suzuki will return to Alexandra Palace, London on 02-03 March 2019. The only show in the world dedicated to dinghy sailing, find exhibitors, expert advice, guest speakers, interactive activities and hundreds of boats all under one roof.

Advance tickets are available at a special discount rate of £10.00 for RYA members and £12.50 for non-members. RYA clubs and large groups can also take advantage of a special discount price of £10.00 when booking six tickets or more. For those wanting a bit more of the action, discounted weekend tickets are available at £15.00 for RYA members and £18.75 for non-members. Don't forget up to four children go FREE with each paying adult.

You can buy tickets here or by calling the ticket hotline on 0844 858 9069.

For all the latest news and information visit or follow us on Facebook or on Twitter @dinghyshow. Join in: #DinghyShow #MyDinghyTribe

The Science of Sailing
The Science of Sailing A 10-part complete guide to the physics of sailing & the Naval Architecture governing the performance of sailing yachts.

Since handing over the daily running of the 'Van Oossanen' group of companies to Perry van Oossanen and Niels Moerke, founder Peter van Oossanen has committed himself to the writing of a book on his favourite subject: "The Science of Sailing"

Ships that are partly or wholly dependent on the wind for their propulsion are unique in the sense that fluid dynamics plays a vital role in their design. Both aerodynamics and hydrodynamics, the science of the motion of air and water around bodies, determine the speed potential of a sailing craft. The flow of the wind around the sails, together with sail area, sail disposition and sail shape, determine the level of the propulsive force while the flow of water around the hull and the hull appendages, together with their size and shape, determine the level of the force resisting forward motion, and the force resisting sideways drift caused by the wind on the sails.

The elements of aero- and hydrodynamics involved in the design of wind-driven boats, yachts, and ships, and the associated naval architectural aspects, form the subject matter of the book. All of the important aspects pertaining to the behaviour and performance of sailing craft are described. The arrangement of this material has been chosen so as to offer a logical order, an order that steadily expands the subject matter, chapter by chapter, so that by the time specific designs and design features are presented all of the science required to understand and follow the reasoning that lies at the base of how specific designs evolved has been explained. The subject matter has been arranged into different parts, each covering a specific topic or theme. Each of these parts constitutes separate publications.

Part 1, 2 and 3, of "The Science of Sailing" are available for order. Part 3 has just been published and defines a new methodology for a reliable prediction of viscous- and wave drag.

More details of " The Science of Sailing " and ordering details may be found at:

GBR eSailing National Championship To Be Launched at the RYA Dinghy Show
Following the success of last year's inaugural eSailing World Championship, the RYA are pleased to be partnering with World Sailing and Virtual Regatta, the leading digital sailing platform, to launch the GBR eSailing National Championship at the RYA Dinghy Show (02-03 March 2019).

The free-to-play online game provides players with an opportunity to race against friends, fellow sailors and real-world Olympic champions. All players from the United Kingdom will automatically be entered into the exclusive GBR eSailing National Championship, racing the same challenges, seasons and playoffs as the eSailing World Championship and ranking both nationally and globally.

The inaugural season will end on 01 September 2019 with the top ranking British eSailor crowned the 2019 GBR eSailing National Champion. The top ten British eSailors will automatically qualify for the eSailing World Championship Finals Playoff taking place in early September, with the top eight advancing to the 2019 eSailing World Championship Final in Bermuda.

Aimed at everyone from expert sailors to total novices, the eSailing World Championship is helping to inform, engage and inspire a new community of sailors and sailing fans.

Last year's eSailing World Championship saw 170,000 unique players from 74 nations battling it out to be crowned eSailing World Champion. Inspired by the excitement of sailing, the game aims to reach both sailors onshore, as well as those without access to sailing equipment.

Come along to the RYA Dinghy Show to find out more or simply visit or download the 'Virtual Regatta Inshore' App from the App Store or Google Play

HRSC Centenary Warming Pan 2019 - MORE NEWS about PY
WHAT This year Hamble River Sailing Club's Warming Pan on 9th-10th March is keen to welcome any one-design non-trapeze racing dinghies rating PY between 972 - 1165, as well as the Fireflies, Merlin Rockets, and Foxers. So if you fancy stretching your legs and testing your speed in your favourite boat against other PY entries enter online by Friday 1st March for the discount entry rate or turn up on the day to enter and race. PY classes with more than 7 boats will also get a class start. The Notice of Race and online entry are at and the first start on Saturday is at 11:30 (briefing at 10:45).

Early bird discounted registration is open until 9am on Monday 4 March:

The Real Deal - Star Sailors League
WHAT Hot on the tail of the brilliantly successful (and important) Star Sailors League comes another zinger of a concept – the Nations Gold Cup

Star Sailors League Nations Gold Cup
The idea for the SSL Nations Gold Cup is one of those ideas that once you have it explained, you wonder why it hasn't already happened. It's a keelboat regatta in identical onedesigns, with a strict nationality rule. The plan is for a maximum of 40 national teams to contest the first ever SSL Nations Gold Cup at a European venue in 2021. Since the concept was announced in November, the SSL phones have been ringing hot with applications and enquiries from around the world.

The SSL stands for Star Sailors League, and the Nations Gold Cup is the latest and grandest vision yet from the people who have delivered the successful Star Sailors League competition over the past five years. You may well have seen the live online coverage of the world's greatest skippers going up against each other in Star class keelboats in the azure blue waters and sunny skies of the Bahamas.

Full article in the March issue of Seahorse

Gansey Project
Click on image to enlarge.

WHAT The Gansey or Guernsey was the main garment for fishermen throughout the British Isles from the 15th century up to the early part of the 19th century. They were also very likely used by crew on large voyages to South America as our Williams crew would have done.

The Gansey was the mainstay of the Guernsey knitting industry and was made from wool imported from England. It is very likely that they were made locally around the British coast by fishing communities.

The Gansey came into being as a garment for fishermen who required warm comfortable yet hardwearing clothing that could repel sea spray. The hard twist given to the tightly packed wool fibres in the spinning process and tightly knitted stitches produced a finish that could repel water.

The Williams Gansey Project started in May 2016 in response to identifying authentic clothing that the original expedition may have worn. The project leaders are Janice Snowball and Astrid Adams, who are both from Blyth, Northumberland and have knitted for most of their lives.

They researched the background of the Gansey and having established that there was no record of a 'Blyth' Gansey, developed a pattern specifically designed for the crew who will sail around Britain and are undertake the voyage to Antarctica in 2019.

After fundraising for wool, needles and expenses, experienced volunteer knitters have been selected from a phenomenal number of applicants. The design includes contemporary features such as the logo of the Blyth Tall Ship Project and the Northumberland Flag.

They have also used traditional patterns, such as cable to depict the ropes, a ladder pattern to represent the rigging and a 'staithes' pattern to represent Blyth Staithes..

Knitters have been invited to add their name to the Gansey on a label that is provided so that the crew member will know who knitted it.

Crew members will be encouraged to contact the knitter of their Gansey at least twice during their leg of the voyage.

The wool is 5 ply Gansey wool, supplied by Frangipani, based in Penzance in Cornwall.

* This could be the gansey that Sarah Smith of Vineyard Haven (and former owner of The Loft) knitted but I remember that the neck on hers fit much more smoothly when she showed it to us after it was washed, blocked and all ready to send. Because she had yarn left over she also made a hat to match which went with the gansey. This is the gansey that crew members will wear; the folks who were rebuilding and refitting the boat were knitted navy blue ganseys. The logo is a bit mystifying as to me, it looks if the sails are upside down but that is the way it was designed.

As those who knit with the island knitters on Monday night in West Tisbury know, there has been a virtual fleet of ganseys either knit or underway by a number of very talented knitters. And in addition to the ganseys and the hat, one woman (who is up to gansey number 6 or 7) has knitted a beautiful shawl of some of her left over gansey wool. We've got Breton, Claret, several greens, Falmouth Navy, Herring Girl Pink, a purply Heather, and a raft of other colors - all lovely. We have even had communications with folks in Alaska who sponsored a gansey knitting project with their own color of yarn put up by Frangipani in Cornwall.

The project itself is fascinating and has an admirable goal. We all wish them well and, when they do leave for their various passages and adventures: Bon Voyage! -- Virginia Jones

Ramsgate Week
The RAMSGATE Week committee are excited to announce a sponsorship deal will Broadstairs based Euromarine Insurance which is owned by Astonlark Insurance. The Commodore of the Royal Temple Yacht Club Andy Beaumont-Hope said ' We have been looking for a perfect match for a headline sponsor since the days of the Woolwich Building Society in 1999. We are delighted to welcome Euromarine Insurance onboard and hope this is the start of a long mutually beneficial relationship with them.'

Euromarine made the announcement on its website today saying 'Euromarine Insurance is proud to announce it is the headline sponsor for Ramsgate Week 2019. We sponsored the event last year and enjoyed it so much, we wanted to show our support once again this year.

We are specialists in marine insurance for yachts, speedboats, jet skis, personal watercraft and other vessels. We are based in Broadstairs, and have over 25 years' experience in marine insurance. With competitive premiums, excellent customer service and a passion for watercraft, Ramsgate Week is a fitting event for us.'

'We're so pleased to be a part of Ramsgate Week for another year,' says Hayley Avis, Divisional Director at Euromarine. 'We're really looking forward to meeting all the competitors and everyone involved. We're sure it's going to be a week to remember!'

Ramsgate Week has been running a successful formula for over 100 years and has bucked the trend of other regattas by retaining competitors from all over England and the near Europe and have included French man Jean-Marc Devos from Gravelines as part of its committee. The new Chairman of Ramsgate Week Karen Cox says that she hopes to build on her predecessors success and take the event to new strengths. The Early Bird discount is now available for everyone entering before the end of May.

Letters To The Editor -
Letters are limited to 350 words. No personal attacks are permitted. We do require your name but your email address will not be published without your permission.

* From Jamie Leopold:

Regarding the matter of Iker Martinez in EuroSail News # 4286, it seems to me that deliberately modifying a one design boat in breach of class rules, and bringing it to a prestigious regatta is not only a breach of good sportsmanship, it is an obvious attempt to cheat, and had the modifications not been caught when measuring the boat in, Mr. Martinez's would have almost certainly sailed in the regatta.

It's a shame that a very serious intent to cheat apparently can't be punished…If Mr. Martinez were to receive an appropriately long suspension (say 1-2 years) from competing at World Sailing events, it would serve as a very serious deterrent to Martinez and others who would even consider cheating in the future.

It is my firm opinion that cheaters should be banned from the race course!

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