In This Issue
Single-Handed Race and Sea Shanties
RS:X European & Youth European Championships and Open Trophy
Playing smart in the money markets
Hat-trick puts Dutch 49erFX team in pole position at Hempel World Cup Series
Etchells Southern Area Championship
Hidden Horsepower - Harken
Hamble Classics Regatta 20-22 September 2019 hosted by the RAF Yacht Club
5 teams granted boats after 2019 RLYC Etchells Class Youth Trials
Regates Royales Cannes
Luigi Lang
Featured Brokerage
The Last Word: Julian Beck

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Single-Handed Race and Sea Shanties
The Twentieth edition of the Single-Handed Race took place on the eve of Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, sponsored by LOCMAN. Four days of full fleet racing at Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta will start tomorrow April 19.

Eleven stunning examples of classic yachts took part in a stand-alone race lasting just over one hour along the dramatic south coast of Antigua. With moderate trade wind conditions of 14-16 knots, and a relatively smooth sea state, perfect conditions prevailed for the almost unique phenomenon of racing classic yachts single-handed.

Race Officer Tim Wall set a short course with a reaching start, inside Falmouth Harbour, followed by a short beat to a mark just off English Harbour, then a longer downwind leg to Turtle Bay, a beat back to Falmouth Harbour and a reaching finish. Skippers raced solo without the use of auto-pilot, but were allowed an observer on board, who could not participate in sailing.

Don Ward's Dykstra 44 Willpower took line honours in the Spirit of Tradition Class but after time correction was third. Tanner Jones racing the 1963 Jack Holt 28' sloop Rita was second, and the winner was Geoffrey Pidduck's 1989 Six Metre Biwi Magic, sailed by Tony Sayer.

Juerg Zimmermann's 1969 yawl Lazy Leg, designed by Bill Tripp, took line honours for the Small Classics but was second after time correction. The 1986 Burgess 42' sloop Morgaine, skippered by Guido Schotman, was third. Guido was resplendent in a Caribbean style suit at the prize giving, and was enjoying the night with his crew.

RS:X European & Youth European Championships and Open Trophy
Medal race day at the RS:X Europeans and Youth Europeans turned into a blast around Palma bay as Mallorca turned it on to end the championships in epic fashion. For the 333 competitors taking part in the final race of the event, it was a short postponement ashore before a perfect 12-15 knots filled in for the medal races. As the breeze built, the race officers decided to use the reaching start courses which allowed the competitors to blast off the start to the first mark - a spectacular sight to watch as the top ten sailors hit the line at full planning speed!

Lilian de Geus from the Netherlands is European Champion as she had a spectacular climax in the medal race with a win and also takes the open title from Yunxiu Lu from China. Emma Wilson from Great Britain was second European after France's Charlene Picon capsized at the start and failed to recover during the race. Picon finished 9th in the race and ends the regatta fourth overall and third European.

De Geus is now both the World and European Champion and after her disappointment from Rio 2016, she has her eyes firmly on Tokyo.

The Youth women Under 17 title went to Manon Pianazza (France) as she finished strongly to end her regatta with a 4th place in medal race. Pianazza just edged out Sharon Kantor (Israel) who finishes second in the Under 17 fleet.

In the Youth Men title race, it was Frenhman Fabien Pianazza who took the title by just a single point from Italy's Nicolo Renna. -- Bas Edmonds

Open and Mens Europeans top three
1. Kiran Badloe, NED, 38 points
2. Dorian Van Rijsselberge, NED, 49
3. Thomas Goyard, FRA, 66

Mens U21
1. Yoav Cohen, ISR, 99
2. Luca Di Tomassi, ITA, 136
3. Andy Brown, GBR, 137

Open Womens
1. Lillian De Geus, NED, 39
2. Yunxiu Lu, CHN, 42
3. Emma Wilson, GBR, 46

Womens Europeans
1. Lillian De Geus, NED, 39
2. Emma Wilson, GBR, 46
3. Charline Picon, FRA, 53.2

Womens U21
1. Emma Wilson, GBR, 46
2. Katy Spychakov, ISR, 83
3. Noy Drihan, ISR, 93

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Hat-trick puts Dutch 49erFX team in pole position at Hempel World Cup Series
Odile van Aanholt and Marieke Jongens (NED) snapped up a hat trick of race wins in the 49erFX to propel themselves into pole position at the Hempel World Cup Series event in Genoa, Italy.

Hitting the top of the 49-boat 49erFX fleet holds special relevance for van Aanholt and Jongens as the event is the first of two qualification events for Dutch qualification to Tokyo 2020 in the 49erFX, so the stakes are high. Four other Dutch teams are currently competing and sit in ninth, 18th and 36th.

Genoa was alive and kicking on Thursday for the fourth day of competition after fleeting winds the days prior dented progress in the racing schedule.

A 5-7 knot western breeze ensured that every fleet, minus the Laser Radial, managed to complete at least one race as the organisers work hard to catch up on races lost the days prior.

Van Aanholt and Jongens' fleet, the yellow, completed three races in the 49erFX whereas the blue completed two. The 49erFX fleet now has five complete races which has brought the qualification process to a close, enabling gold and silver fleet racing on Friday.

Hempel World Cup Series Genoa is an important event for many teams with internal Tokyo 2020 qualification battles heating up but for Van Aanholt and Jongens, their perfect day has gone a long way in giving them an early initiative.

Racing starts at the earlier time of 10:00 local time on Friday as the Race Committee look to capitalise on a stronger breeze forecast early in the morning. -- Daniel Smith - World Sailing

Results are available here -

Etchells Southern Area Championship
On the weekend of the 13th and 14th April, the Cowes Etchells fleet competed in the Royal Thames Yacht Club's Southern Area Championships, an excellently run and closely fought over regatta. The race committee perfectly took advantage of the conditions, with an average wind range of 17-24 knots, getting in 3 intense windward leeward courses per day.

Of the 11 boats in the fleet, 3 were youth teams following on from the 2019 Royal London Yacht Club's Etchells Youth Academy trials. William Bedford's Royal London team, having won a race, were the first youth team, followed by Robby Boyd's Royal Lymington team and Ollie Grogono's Royal Thames team. A further 4 Etchells were crewed by sailors that have previously been involved in the youth programme. Indeed of the 38 competitors on the water, 27 were from our youth academy either sailing a youth boat or crewing for owners. Only one boat had no youths.

With the competition for the event title going down to the very last day, congratulations go out to the winner, Hamish Calder in Exabyte, and runner up David Franks in Strait Dealer. Meanwhile, Charlie Manzoni performed excellently in Ice, emerging first Corinthian. Perhaps the greatest performance, however, was that of the Greig City academy and their sailing without an onboard coach.

Next up is the Royal London Yacht Club's Spring series regatta on the 27 and 28th April, where two more youth boats - representing the Royal Dart and Oxford University - will be joining the action.

Hidden Horsepower - Harken
Once the exclusive preserve of the mega yachts the benefits of captive winch technology are now becoming available to (us) mere mortals...

Out of sight and out of mind perhaps, but a new generation of captive reel winches is evidence of a hidden revolution below decks. Market leaders Harken have raised the bar in this field with an electrically powered range that is proving popular aboard boats that you might never expect to have them.

But while big boats have driven much of the development in this area, this new wave of modern winch design, along with the application of new technology, is feeding development in other areas of the sport. The new range of innovative winches has provided a catalyst for change elsewhere. Harken has recently supplied several electric captive winches for boats in the 55- 80ft range, a marked departure from conventional thinking where the weight, size and power requirements of a hydraulically driven system would generally point towards larger boats.

Full article in the May issue of Seahorse

Hamble Classics Regatta 20-22 September 2019 hosted by the RAF Yacht Club
Big Classic Friday featuring IRC Zero Class including Spirit Yachts Sponsored by OneSails

This year's Hamble Classics Regatta (September 20-22) has 'Big Classic Friday' added to the weekend programme and welcomes OneSails, the international sailmaking group with UK lofts at Hamble Point Marina and Suffolk Yacht Harbour, as the Race Day Sponsor.

Big Classic Friday offers racing for larger Classic and Spirit of Tradition yachts, with separate class starts for 'IRC Zero' including Spirit Yachts rating 1.050 and above, pre-1971 yachts of length on deck 15 metres and above, and International Rule yachts, to include the 8-Metre class and above. There will be separate prizes for Friday's racing and overall prizes for the regatta.

Commenting on behalf of OneSails GBR, Peter Kay, principal at the Hamble Point Marina loft remarked: "I am delighted to have OneSails involved with the Hamble Classics Regatta as is John Parker at the OneSails loft at Suffolk Yacht Harbour. John has a strong connection with Ipswich based Spirit Yachts and together we supply a wide range of racing and cruising sails to classic yachts of all types".

On behalf of Hamble Classics, Event Director Jonty Sherwill commented: "I am very pleased to welcome Peter, John and the OneSails brand to the Hamble Classics and also grateful to Sean McMillan of Spirit Yachts for asking for more Spirit racing! I think Friday 20th September promises to be a spectacular occasion and our aim is to build this regatta day for future years to attract other big classic yachts with an alternative venue to the Med' for some late season racing.

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5 teams granted boats after 2019 RLYC Etchells Class Youth Trials
Following 4 open training camps run during February and March 2019, the Royal London Yacht Club ran the trials regatta on the weekend of March 30/31

Saturday's conditions were difficult allowing only 2 races. However, Sunday was near to perfect with 15 to 17 knots of breeze and sunshine, enabling race officer Jong Long and his team to run a further 5 windward/leeward races

Deserving winners of the regatta were the The Royal Lymington Yacht Club team, led by Robby Boyd (bow/jib trim), Hattie Rogers (helm), Max Crowe (mainsheet/tactics), and Henry Collison (spinnaker trim/ navigation). Max and Hattie are racing Etchells for the first time, whilst both Robby and Henry sailed last year in some events with a youth team

A superb second in the series was the Greig City Academy team 2 albeit with an owner's representative on board.

This year, the Academy has granted 5 boats. Teams will not only get the use of a fully-funded Etchells for this year's Cowes racing season, but will also be funded to compete in the Etchells Class Nationals, Europeans and Lendy Cowes Week 2019 The successful teams are:

1. Royal Lymington Yacht Club
2. Greig City Academy
3. Royal Thames Yacht Club
4. The Royal Dart Yacht Club
5. Oxford University Yacht Club

The dates for the 2020 camps and trials will be announced shortly. We welcome sailors from sailing/yacht clubs, associations and individual team entries.

Sailors need to be between the ages of 18 and 25 (25 or under on January 1st 2020)

Applications should be made to David Bedford: Any questions, please contact David by email or 0780 8400008

Regates Royales Cannes
The notice of race for Regates Royales Cannes has been published .

Excitingly , there is a Class for Classic One Tonners

The Classic One Tonners will race under ORC .

We will be there with the Doug Peterson iconic one tonner "Ganbare" , following succesful racing in the Mediterranean Classic Series .

Luigi Lang
It is with great regret that I write to inform you of the recent passing of Dr. Luigi Lang.

Luigi was a valued friend and long-time supporter of the International Twelve Metre Class. In addition to Luigi's many other activities, for the last 20-years he has served as Class Vice President for the Southern Europe 12 Metre Fleet.

Luigi was one of those involved in the founding AIVE, the Italian Classic Yacht Association and in developing the CIM Rule used for handicap racing of classic yachts in the Mediterranean.

Based in Genoa, Italy, Luigi was a meticulous historian, researcher, and author, having co-authored the definitive history of the Twelve Metre Class The Twelve Metre Yacht published in 2001 in both English and Italian (Dodici Metri), and re- published in an expanded edition in 2010.

I was fortunate enough to meet Luigi in 2000 at the YC de Monaco during a classic yacht symposium, and we became good friends. We pooled the information we each had collected about 12 Metres over the years. More recently, Luigi gave much of his research collection to ITMA to help keep our history a public record.

Luigi was also involved in the Prada Challenge for Classic Yachts which was part of the America's Cup Jubilee in 2001, and was the principal organizer of the Twelve Metre World Championship held in Barcelona in 2014 sponsored by Puig.

On behalf of the Class we have extended our deep sympathies to his family and his myriad of friends. We will miss his friendship, experience, and sage advice. -- Wm. HJ. Dyer Jones, President, International Twelve Metre Class

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The Last Word
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