In This Issue
Arbitration Ambiguity
Simulator Scare
Positions Vacant With A+T Instruments
The Women's Cup at Copa del Rey MAPFRE
Onboard with Loick Peyron
A whole New World - Excess Yachts
Mirabaud Sailing Video Award 2019
City Of Zhuhai In Clipper 2019-2020
18ft Skiffs 2019 Queen Of The Harbour
CYCA first National Sailing League entry
Letters to the Editor
Featured Brokerage
The Last Word: Rhys Ifans

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Arbitration Ambiguity
On 5 March, we learned that Challenger of Record Luna Rossa and Defender Emirates Team New Zealand (together "COR/D") settled their dispute about the validity of the three late challenges - from Malta Altus Challenge, from Stars & Stripes (USA) and from DutchSail. We later learned that New York Yacht Club's American Magic asked the Arbitration Panel to rule on the same issues.

This week, we got a somewhat ambiguous decision from the Arbitration Panel and a press release about that decision from ETNZ. We also note that in Amendment 03 to the Protocol, COR/D forgot to specify a penalty for breach.

The short version:
- The three late challengers get more time to pay their Late Fee and Performance Bond.
- Nothing has been published about the "or else" - the penalty if they don't meet the new payment deadlines.
- Nothing has been published about new deadlines for paying the two instalments of USD 1 million each for the regular Entry Fee.
- The Arbitration Panel used somewhat ambiguous wording about whether their ruling was based on interpreting "racing" to include only the America's Cup Match. It took a deep dive into the Protocol to understand that when they refer to "the America's Cup" they mean all the events including the AC World Series.
- ETNZ criticized NYYC for being anti-competitive.
- Luna Rossa defended NYYC.
- ETNZ has said there are concerns about whether Malta Altus Challenge will be able to continue, but they did not give any reasons for their concern, other than the delay, which logically would also affect Stars & Stripes and DutchSail.

You can find a longer explanation here, citing the Arbitration Decision, the Protocol and the necessary references to the Protocol's official dictionary.

For more info about breaches of the Protocol click here: CupExperience Newsletter, Issue 88, 15 February 2019. -- Jack Griffin

Simulator Scare
America's Cup veteran Jimmy Spithill has been freaked out by the new foiling monohulls to be sailed at Auckland 2021.

Double winner Spithill has returned to Italian syndicate Luna Rossa for the 36th edition of the Cup and has been busy acquainting himself with the 75-foot monster on a simulator.

Luna Rossa skipper Max Sirena revealed that Spithill was astonished with what was happening in front of him on the screen, declaring: "We'll s... ourselves".

When the concept was first displayed Spithill predicted the monohulls chosen to replace the foiling catamarans of Bermuda would be "a beast of a boat ... another level".

It seems the simulator is proving exactly that as Luna Rossa, like defender Emirates Team New Zealand and other heavyweight challengers American Magic and INEOS Team UK, look to launch their first editions in the middle of the year.

Positions Vacant With A+T Instruments
A+T are the rapidly growing designer and manufacturer of very high-quality instruments for the Superyacht and race boat markets.

Offering upgrades and complete systems, A+T are suppliers to some 250 of the world's largest and fastest yachts. Key to A+T's business is the provision of excellent support.

Year on year growth has been 40% and now A+T are looking to expand their sales team with three appointments:

Technical Sales and Support
Preparation of proposals, drawings and dealing with technical enquiries. Liaison with captains, engineers, high-end electronics installers, project managers and yards. Mostly office based with some travel to visit yachts, dealers, yards and attend trade shows.

Outbound Sales
Office based outbound sales activity primarily around installer/dealers, refit and new-build yards.

Regatta Sales and Support
An upcoming or established professional sailor/tactician/navigator who can add a part-time role around sailing. Providing support, networking and direct sales at regattas and assisting with office- based testing, documentation, product feedback and improvements between events.

Great communication skills and a passion for excellent customer service are essential for all roles. A+T are a friendly team based in comfortable offices in Lymington, UK.

For detailed job description or to apply please email

For any candidates in the Caribbean over the next few weeks there may be an opportunity to meet Hugh Agnew, one of our directors, who is at St Barths's Bucket and then in Antigua.

The Women's Cup at Copa del Rey MAPFRE
2019 is set to be a year of great changes in the Copa del Rey MAPFRE. Following the recent announcement of the new classification system (including a final stage and the new distribution of the ORC classes), a new Women's Class will also be added to the 38th edition, with the aim of reinforcing female participation in the sport of sailing, as it is being supported for the olympic classes in Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024.

The choice of a one-design such as the Viper 640; suitable for crews of up to four sailors, was one of the main driving forces behind the new class. The class offers the opportunity to put each skipper and their crews' talent and skill to the test, under exactly the same conditions. The one-designs will be handed over three days before the first race under a draw system, which ensures maximum equality between teams, with exactly the same preparation and training time for their boat and crew.

The ten all-female crews will compete in the 38th Copa del Rey MAPFRE under the new classification system, which takes place in two phases: Monday to Thursday with up to eight races and a discard, and the final stage from Friday to Saturday with three further races and no discard.

The 38th Copa del Rey MAPFRE will be held in Palma from 27th July to 3rd August 2019.

Onboard with Loick Peyron
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Training Session with Loick Peyron onboard a Figaro Beneteau 3 "Action Enfance", preparing for the Sardinha Cup and for La Solitaire Urgo Le Figaro.

The Figaro Beneteau 3 is the first production foiling one-design monohull ever to be designed. A distillation of technology and innovation, it results from a collaboration between group Beneteau's best experts and the Van Peteghem Lauriot-Prévost (VPLP) office.

Christophe Launay on assignment for Loick Peyron.

A whole New World - Excess Yachts
When the world's biggest yacht builder decided to lean a little harder on the loud pedal they were clearly in no mood to mess around...

There's a great big gap right in the middle of the multihull market and Groupe Bénéteau has launched a whole new brand to fill it. With its allnew Excess catamarans, the world's biggest boatbuilder is forging a sporty, modern and youthful brand identity, offering a new generation of multihull sailors an alternative to what has become, in effect, a binary choice between skittish, hull-flying racing machines on one hand and sedate holiday cruisers on the other. The first boats are in build at the time of writing and two models, the 39ft Excess 12 and the 49ft Excess 15, are set to make their boat show début at Cannes this September.

'The market is a broad spectrum with high-performance boats at one end and comfortable cruisers, which are optimised for charter use, at the other,' says Bruno Belmont, the product designer for Excess Catamarans. 'About 90 per cent of the market – including our own very successful brand, Lagoon – is clustered tightly together at the comfort end of the spectrum. There are some well-established niche brands at the performance end, but there is a big gap in the centre.'

Full article in the April issue of Seahorse

Mirabaud Sailing Video Award 2019
The annual Mirabaud Sailing Video Award celebrates the best sailing videos produced each year across the world and their authors. Building on the lessons learned from the first two editions, the competition continues to evolve and refine its rules. A single category will now include all videos, produced by professional directors as well as sailors, who are generally assisted by video production companies.

The main prize will again be determined by an international jury, while the public will be able to vote online from 25 October.

Unique in its kind, the Mirabaud Sailing Video Award has established itself as the world's leading competition in this field. Open to audiovisual professionals, cameramen, editors, directors and sailors who film themselves during regattas, the Mirabaud Sailing Video Award brings together and celebrates the best sailing videos since 2017. All videos can be viewed online.

The awards ceremony will take place in public on Monday 25 November in Bilbao (Spain), during the gala evening of the Yacht Racing Forum, in the presence of the main personalities of the international sailing world.

The dates to remember :
The videos must have been filmed between September 24, 2018 and October 23, 2019
Videos must be submitted before October 23, 2019 at midnight GMT
Public voting will be open from October 25 to November 5, 2019

Complete rules

Two important information :
Duration of the videos : 45'' to 2'00
Copyright-free soundtrack

The Mirabaud Sailing Video Award can once again count on its loyal partner, Banque Mirabaud & Cie SA. Two co-sponsors positions are still available. Six media partners are also involved in the competition, which is actively seeking other media partners around the world.

Submit your video here

City Of Zhuhai In Clipper 2019-2020
Eighteen brave adventurers, including a professor, engineer and student, have been chosen to represent the city of Zhuhai as ocean racers in the Clipper 2019-20 Round the World Yacht Race. The candidates, who went through a tough three day selection process, hosted by the Zhuhai Jiuzhou Holdings Group and a delegation from the Clipper Race, will become Zhuhai Ambassadors in the upcoming edition.

A total of 48 applicants from across China applied to be Zhuhai Ambassadors and 32 were invited to compete for a place. The role of an Ambassador is to promote Zhuhai around the world, and as the voices of this 'City of Islands', provide a long-lasting legacy for sailing and tourism. The hopefuls were put through their paces, being assessed on their sense of adventure, passion for the city they will be representing and their willingness to learn the skills to sail across an ocean.

Ranging in age from 21 to 56, the seven women and eleven men will soon travel to England for four weeks of intensive training. The training, which is mandatory for anyone taking part in the Clipper Race, will teach the ambassadors how to overcome the most challenging conditions on the planet.

Zhuhai and the Jiuzhou Holdings Group signed a three-edition deal to be a Host Port and Team Partner for the 2019-20, 2021-22 and 2023-24 editions of the global event. The city of Zhuhai is located close to Hong Kong, Guangdong and Macao and has the largest coastal area in China, many beautiful islands and excellent conditions for sailing. Zhuhai is also one of the home cities of the recently opened world's longest sea-crossing bridge. The bridge connects Hong Kong to Macau and the Chinese mainland in Zhuhai.

18ft Skiffs 2019 Queen Of The Harbour
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Sydney Harbour: Corinne Feldman today became the 2019 18ft Skiff Queen of Sydney Harbour when she teamed with Jack Sprague, Tim Narborough and her son, Josh Feldman on Dal Zotto to win the Australian 18 Footers League's time-honoured Queen of the Harbour race.

The annual race, which was first sailed at the Sydney Flying Squadron in 1912, is sailed with each skiff including one female member of the crew.

Dal Zotto took out today's race by 41s from (Brett Van Munster, Cassy Kowaltze), with Vintec (Kirk Mitchell, Emma Harrison) a further 11s back in third place.

Quality Marine Clothing (Yvette Heritage, Emma Sills) finished in fourth place, followed by Rag & Famish Hotel (Bryce Edwards, Keats Thomson) and Ilve (Jonathan Whitty, Claire Kowaltze)

The 2019 race was sailed in a 12-15 knot WSW breeze over a two-lap windward-return course, which started in Rose Bay.

A shift in the wind direction meant that the run back to the finish was far different to the first lap as the teams had to gybe a number of times before the finish. finished strongly but Dal Zotto's team were faultless and never looked likely to lose.

The race also marked the end of the 2018-2019 Australian 18 Footers League Season.

Racing in the 2019-2020 Season will commence early in October.

Frank Quealey

CYCA first National Sailing League entry
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, highly-regarded both in offshore and youth match racing circles, is the first club to enter a team for the April National Sailing League Final in Sydney.

CYCA Youth Sailing Academy head coach Jordan Reece won't name his youth team just yet. He still has the difficult task ahead of choosing from the large pool of advanced CYCA YSA sailors aged under 22 who competed last season with success, both nationally and internationally.

With entries initially capped at 24 teams, clubs are encouraged to sign up for the inaugural National Sailing League fleet racing event by getting in touch with their club captain, who received an invitation last month.

The first ever NSL event begins with an opening ceremony at the host Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron the evening of April 25 followed by three days of fully umpired short course keelboat racing using six Elliott 7s. A maximum four crew, at least one of those female, will crew in the open division and a maximum of five will crew in the youth and women's division

Twenty-four teams will take to Sydney Harbour to compete in 45 stadium format races of 12-15 minutes each to find the top six teams to compete in the final series.

The top Australian and New Zealand team will automatically qualify for a spot at the Sailing Champions League (SCL) final at St Moritz in August and the top youth team will be eligible to compete at the SCL Youth Event at Kiel in June.

The Notice of Race for the National Sailing League Final can be viewed here

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* From Sir Robin Knox-Johnston:

Busy getting Suhaili ready to sail back into Falmouth exactly 50 years later on 22nd April 2019. A bit of a flotilla is gathering t share the event, and of course there will be the odd party!

The programme below went out on the BBC last Friday. At least we got some sailing coverage!

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