In This Issue
Defender and Challenger Of Record progress AC36 planning
America's Cup: AC75 - there's more to the rig than meets the eye
Double Luff Mainsail - a 1926 Invention
South Seas Legend - Transpac-Tahiti Race
Royal Torbay Yacht Club Crowned 2019 Club Of The Year
Entries up by 10% for O'Leary Life Sovereign's Cup at Kinsale
92nd Edition Of The Bacardi Cup
Farr 40's 20th Australian season pinnacle this weekend
2019 RYA Dinghy Show Inspires A New Generation Of Sailors
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The Last Word: Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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Defender and Challenger Of Record progress AC36 planning
The plans for the 36th America's Cup presented by Prada are progressing, with clearer guidelines now set for the future.

Following on from meetings held in Auckland last week between the Defender and Challenger of Record, an agreement has been reached to resolve a series of issues in the best interest of the event.

Patrizio Bertelli, CEO of the Prada Group and Chairman of the Challenger of Record met with the Defender, Emirates Team New Zealand, in Auckland and an agreement was reached to resolve a number of pending issues, some of which were already before the Arbitration Panel.

Together they have agreed all current outstanding issues including a mutually agreed settlement to the America's Cup Arbitration case filed on the 12th of February 2019 regarding the dispute on the validity of late entries. Under the settlement agreement an amendment to the Protocol allowing the deferred payment of the late entry fee has been agreed and the validity of the three late entry challenges accepted.

The settlement therefore clears the way for the Defender and Challenger of Record to continue to work progressively on planning the 36th America's Cup presented by Prada as well as all associated events between now and the end of the event in March 2021.

Mr Bertelli and Grant Dalton also met with the Hon David Parker and Mayor of Auckland, Phil Goff to discuss the plans for the event and presented Mr. Bertelli's vision for the America's Cup village which were well received, details of which will be released in due course.

Download Amendment 03 to the Protocol of the 36th America's Cup

America's Cup: AC75 - there's more to the rig than meets the eye
Emirates Team New Zealand sail designer, Burns Fallow says adapting the two skinned mainsail concept to the new class rule for the AC75 foiling monohull came during a 20-minute brainstorming session held a month after the America's Cup win in Bermuda.

"The general concept of double skinned mainsails in the AC-75 style was invented there," he claims. "Hopefully it will prove to be practical and fit for purpose. I would love to see it trickle down, into uses outside the America's Cup, because it was an exciting thing to be part of after being in the industry for 30 years. But I don't think the take up outside of the AC75 will be immediate."

A long time designer with North Sails, Fallow is back with the America's Cup champions, after it was decided that the AC50's used in the 2017 America's Cup would have one design rigs, meaning sail designers were excused.

Stepping back into the team after a four-year absence has been something of a revelation.

"One of the things that was very apparent when I came back into the team, having not been in the last one [2017 America's Cup] was how much trust there is in the modelling. That was a huge advance from 2013 to 2017.

Richard Gladwell's interview with Burns Fallow in

Double Luff Mainsail - a 1926 Invention
Burns Fallow, ETNZ's sail designer spoke recently with Sail-World's Richard Gladwell about the double luff mainsail for the AC75.

This will be a super interesting part of the AC75 design challenge. The control systems for the mainsail may be as complex as those for the foils - the top four meters can contain systems for controlling twist.

Fallow estimates that the double luff main will generate about 20% less lift than an AC72 wing, but about 20% more than a conventional soft sail. At high speed, reducing parasitic drag may be more important than generating lift. Of course, you need a certain amount of lift to generate the speed to get up on the foils.

Fallow says that the concept of the double luff mainsail came out of a 20 minute brainstorming session. "The general concept of double skinned mainsails in the AC-75 style was invented there," he said. Actually, it seems that L.Francis Herreshoff invented the double skinned mainsail on a rotating D-spar over 90 years earlier.

In his patent, Herreshoff describes joining the leeches of the two skins, but the AC75 Class Rule does not specify whether the two skins are attached to each other. It does not even specify whether they need to be the same size. In fact, the rule allows any number of sail skins, but it's hard to imagine anyone having more than two. Battens may be connected to battens on the other sail skin, but there are some restrictions about where those connections may be rigid and where they must only be tethers.

Jack Griffin in

South Seas Legend - Transpac-Tahiti Race
The biannual Transpac too short for you, then why not try the Transpac Tahiti which is more than half as long again. Of course you can always do both, like ocean racing veteran John Jordane…

Few of us have not dreamed about crossing clear blue seas and azure skies to arrive in an archipelago of sandy tropical islands and quiet lagoons framed by forests of palm trees. For three centuries this lure of the South Pacific has captured the imaginations of many generations of westerners who have come to regard this as the very definition of paradise.

It was in 1925 the Transpacific Yacht Club first harnessed this allure to organise a race a bit longer than their biennial 2,225-mile race to Hawaii: a 3700-mile race to Tahiti from San Francisco. With a start of only four entries, this bold adventure race nonetheless marked the start of what has been an enduring tradition among oceanic sailors to challenge themselves in long races to paradise.

Even though the start has since moved to Los Angeles and cut down the number of days getting off the cold coast and into the warm trade winds, the race is still run by TPYC at irregular intervals until the demand builds up to hold another. Regardless, the timing and logistics for this race are demanding, and over its entire history only 76 yachts have ever entered this race.

Full article in the March issue of Seahorse

Royal Torbay Yacht Club Crowned 2019 Club Of The Year
Royal Torbay Yacht Club (RTYC) have been named as winners of the 2019 RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year Award supported by Gallagher.

The club was one of 11 finalists selected by the RYA Awards Panel and ultimately crowned by the public vote. The coveted trophy was presented by British Sailing Team sailor, James Peters today at the RYA Dinghy Show.

Acknowledged for their achievement in embracing modern facility development, the club were also awarded the 'Fantastic Facilities' recognition.

The South West club has worked hard over the years to have a broad and extensive offer for its members. From the RYA OnBoard programme, to hosting several major sailing events each year and more recently the launch of 'Squadron 13', a pay and play initiative for 08-18 year-olds, the club has been creative in keeping members engaged.

Over the past two years, RTYC volunteers have undertaken a programme of modernisation to make their grand and historic clubhouse a more welcoming, appealing and friendly place for the whole community.

The renovations and relaunch of the club to the local community, a successful RYA Push the Boat Out campaign, open days and improved communications has seen increased engagement within their current membership and an influx of new members.

Entries up by 10% for O'Leary Life Sovereign's Cup at Kinsale
With almost four months remaining to the start of racing, the fleet entered for the O'Leary Life Sovereign's Cup regatta already stands at more than 50 boats, an increase of 10 per cent compared to this time in 2017.

Organisers at Kinsale Yacht Club have confirmed that overseas entries have been received from the UK and The Netherlands as well as from all around the Irish coast.

Contingency planning has started to accommodate a 100-plus boat fleet with at least 600 crew-members expected while visiting family and friends should boost the attendance to 1,000 people each evening of the four-day event.

The biennial regatta aims to showcase Kinsale as the gateway to the West Cork region by combining spectacular and unspoilt natural race courses afloat with world-class hospitality and entertainment ashore.

The open waters around the Old Head of Kinsale offer numerous racing areas for the Irish Half-Ton Cup and Dragon National Championships while the 1720 Sportsboat fleet gather for their European title.

The resurgent growth in offshore racing means added demand for a coastal course and daily races of up to six hours in duration are planned for the bigger entries such as George Sisk's WOW! and Conor Doyle's Freya that will have scenic routes as far west as the Seven Heads and back to the Sovereigns located just off Oysterhaven Bay.

The O'Leary Life Sovereign's Cup Regatta organised by Kinsale Yacht Club will take place from Wednesday 26th to Saturday 29th June 2019.

92nd Edition Of The Bacardi Cup
Miami, Florida: A sunny and very hot South of Florida morning welcomed the 128 Star sailors at Coral Reef Yacht Club for the first day of the 92nd Bacardi Cup.

In 2018, the Bacardi Cup Organizing Committee extended an invitation beyond the Star Class, to embrace other high-profile one-design fleets, making the Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta one of the most attended spring sailing events. The J/70, Melges 24, Viper 640 and Flying Tiger 7.5 will begin their racing on Thursday, March 7th, but today it was all about the Star Class.

After the skippers briefing, the 64 teams headed to the Biscayne Bay race course for a 11:55 hours start. No surprise the fleet was eager to get going, with PRO Carl Shellbach giving two general recalls before Race 1 got underway. The black flag played its deterrent role and only three boats were over the line, among them Polish Olympic Gold and Star World Champion Mateusz Kusznierewicz, racing with World Champion crew Frithjof Kleen.

The upwind leg opened with a light breeze of 6/7 knots from ashore, with most of the fleet opting for what they predicted was the favorable left side. Letting the fleet know they have every intention of defending their 2018 title, Negri and Lambertenghi kept their lead in front of Augie Diaz/Bruno Prada, with Eric Doyle/Payson Infelise finishing in third. After starting strong, Eivind Melleby/Joshua Revkin could only hold onto an eighth place.

Tuesday another sailing day awaits the 64 teams for Race 2 of the 92nd Bacardi Cup, with an 11:55 starting sequence and more head to head battles set to unfold.

Top ten after one race:

1. Diego Negri / Sergio Lambertenghi
2. Augie Diaz / Bruno Prada
3. Eric Doyle / Payson Infelise
4. John Dane III / Tim Ray
5. Lars Grael / Samuel Freitas Moraes Goncalves
6. Allan Terhune, Jr. / Arnis Baltins
7. Vasyl Gureyev / Shafranyuk Andrey
8. Eivind Melleby / Joshua Revkin
9. Marcelo Fuchs / Pedro Trouche
10. Stefan Lehnert / Kushnit Vitalii

Full results in

Farr 40's 20th Australian season pinnacle this weekend
The Australian Farr 40 class will cap off its 20th successful season at the annual pinnacle event, traditionally held at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron to the north of one of the city's most famous landmarks, the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Tom and Alan Quick's Cruising Yacht Club of Australia based Outlaw is the hot favourite to take out their first Farr 40 Australian Open Series National Championship: John Calvert-Jones Trophy, having won four from five pointscore regattas across the season which saw the fleet travel between Sydney Harbour (MHYC OD regatta video), Pittwater (Pittwater OD video) and Newcastle.

Racing over three days, March 8 – 10, daily from 11am, the fleet of nine will spend Friday and Sunday inside Sydney Harbour and Saturday offshore on either the Macquarie or Manly circle. A mixed format offers a range of conditions with private and commercial traffic and chop inshore and typically lumpy swell offshore that makes hanging onto the Farr 40s downwind all-the-more challenging for the owner/driver.

Outlaw's convincing result at the Farr 40 NSW State Title and across the summer puts them in the box seat among the full Corinthian fleet. Behind them are a raft of crews who, on their day, are all capable of a bullet and a piece of the trophy action.

Nine entries are confirmed for the 2019 title, named in honour of Australia's first Farr 40 world champion John Calvert-Jones: Edake, Exile, Forty, Double Black, Nutcracker, Good Form, Solymar, Zen and Outlaw. RSYS principal race officer Rod Ridley and his team will conduct up to four races daily.

The long-range outlook shows temperatures in the high twenties and 15 knot nor'easters both Friday and Saturday afternoons and a 10 knot south to south-easterly on Sunday.

2019 RYA Dinghy Show Inspires A New Generation Of Sailors
This weekend (02-03 March), saw the RYA Dinghy Show in association with Yachts & Yachting and Suzuki return to Alexandra Palace for two full days of everything dinghy.

The only show in the world dedicated to dinghy sailing did not disappoint, as nearly 8,500 sailors and dinghy enthusiasts gathered under one roof to share knowledge, the latest innovations and to get kitted out for the season ahead.

Successfully reaching a new audience and generation of sailors, one quarter of this year's audience were aged 15 years or under, with many youngsters enjoying the interactive features in Panorama Hall and the Treasure Hunt.

An opportunity for the dinghy sailing community to come together, the annual show features hundreds of boats, expert speakers, sailing brands, clubs, class associations and more.

The weekend also saw several prizes and awards presented, showcasing the fantastic achievement of many deserved winners. Royal Torbay Yacht Club were crowned Club of the Year, seven clubs were presented with coveted British Youth Sailing (BYS) Recognised Club status and 11 talented youngsters were recognised in the RYA Regional Youth Champion Awards.

The Concours d'Elegance was awarded to Pete Jary's foiling A Class Catamaran, and Newcastle University Sailing and Yachting Club were declared the overall winner of the University Sailing Sustainability Challenge.

The RYA Dinghy Show will be back next year, for more information visit or follow us on Facebook or on Twitter @dinghyshow.

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