In This Issue
Brazil clinch two golds syat Hempel World Cup Series Genoa
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta
Not just a pretty face - Sailmon
Premature summer - 1, Easter Challenge - 0
Italian sailors dominate the Open Skiff EuroChallenge in Palermo
Quirk and Needham Take 2019 505 Euro Cup Cannes Title
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
Speed Reading: Managing Your Risks
Advisory Statement Regarding Training Boats
Featured Brokerage
The Last Word: Marc Maron

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Brazil clinch two golds syat Hempel World Cup Series Genoa
Brazil snapped up two gold medals on the final day of the Hempel World Cup Series event in Genoa, Italy with Hungarian, Danish and Kiwi sailors claiming the remaining gold medals.

Fernanda Oliveira and Ana Luiza Barbachan clinched the Women's 470 title for Brazil with their compatriot Jorge Zarif snapping up the Finn honours.

The overnight leaders in the Laser and Laser Radial were overthrown as Hungary's Jonatan Vadnai and Denmark's Anne-Marie Rindom conquered. New Zealand's Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox also dislodged the overnight leaders in the Men's 470 to seal their first World Cup title together.

Genoa was hit with light winds all week long and Sunday's action was no different. The wind was up and down for much of the day and although there were some delays, a veering north westerly 5-9 knot breeze ensured all five Medal Races were completed.

Hempel World Cup Series Genoa was the final round ahead of the Final. Marseille, France will host sailors for the Hempel World Cup Series Final from 1 to 8 June 2019.

Final top three

1. Jonatan Vadnai, HUN, 50
2. Pavlos Kontides, CYP, 50
3. Andrew Lewis, TTO, 54

Laser Radial
1. Anne-Marie Rindom, DEN, 19
2. Dongshuang Zhang, CHN, 22
3. Maud Jayet, SUI, 26

1. Jorge Zarif, BRA, 30
2. Alex Muscat, ESP, 34
3. Joan Cardona Mendez, ESP, 40

470 Men
1. Paul Snow-Hansen, NZL, 56
2. Zangjun Xu / Chao Wang, CHN, 57
3. Killian Wagen / Gregoire Siegwart, SUI, 61

470 Women
1. Fernanda Oliveira / Ana Luiza Barbachan, BRA, 14
2. Mengxi Wei / Haiyan Gao, CHN, 45
3. Benedetta di Salle / Alessandra Dubbini, ITA, 46

1. David Gilmour / Lachy Gilmour, AUS, 64
2. Isaac McHardie / William McKenzie, NZL, 68
3. Peter Burling / Blair Tuke, NZL, 74

1. Odile van Aanhnolt / Maneke Jongens, NED, 43
2. Carlotta Omari / Matilda DiStefano, ITA, 47
3. Stephanie Roble / Margaret Shea, USA, 53

Nacra 17
1. Iker Martinez de Lizarduy / Olga Maslivets, ESP, 23
2. Ben Saxton / Nicola Boniface, GBR, 24
3. Santiago Lange / Cecilia Carranza Saroli, ARG, 30

Full results:

Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta
Race Three - The Kenny Coombs Memorial Cannon Race

Antigua, West Indies: Race Day Three of Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, sponsored by LOCMAN, was the Cannon Course, a memorial to the 'father of Classics' Kenny Coombs, who was in the heart and soul of the hundreds of sailors taking part in a great exhibition of classic yachts racing. Whilst the 23nm race was simplistic in its two long reaching legs, it was an ideal display of the true grandness of classic yachts in their element, flying in the ocean spray, saluting competitors at every opportunity. The 141' racing schooner Colombia, in all her splendour, took fleet line honours in an elapsed time of 2 hours 29 minutes and 30 seconds. After the race, the fleet took part in the Parade of Sail. The UNESCO World Heritage site, Nelson's Dockyard, and Antigua Slipway, was packed with well-wishers, cheering on the spectacular fleet, as they passed the hostelries along the restored Georgian dockyard.

In the Traditional Class, the sloops; Genesis, Sweetheart and New Moon, have been enjoying close racing and fits and giggles ashore, along with Mark Wibberley's ketch Vendia. The jolly crew of Vendia, a 1943 converted Danish fishing boat, threw a dock party after racing today with the Carib Beer flowing for all and sundry. Alexis Andrews' Genesis built by Alwyn Enoe, won today's race by just 43 seconds from Sweetheart, which was built by Zepharin McLaren, and is skippered by Charles Morgan. 'Sloopville' is situated right outside Skulduggery Cafe in Falmouth Yacht Club Marina, where the apres-racing banter is loud and cheerful, especially so today, as Genesis and Sweetheart go into the last race dead-level on points.

Petrana is one of three yachts undefeated at Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta; Jonty & Vicki Layfield's 1972 S&S Swan 48 Sleeper, and the Frary family, racing their 58' ketch Aarluuk, make up the trio. A special mention should go to the 1936 41' Rasmussen sloop Seefalke II, skippered by Oliver Greensmith, which showed great seamanship in yesterday's race by standing by Paloma VI after a collision. Antigua and Barbuda Search and Rescue (ABSAR) also attended the scene, and whilst Paloma VI was damaged, the team returned to Falmouth with no reported injuries on board. After receiving redress, put forward by the Race Committee, Seefalke II won class in Race Two. Carlo Falcone's 1938 79' Alfred Mylne yawl Mariella won the race today, setting up a winner takes all last race.

There were two windward leeward races for the Dragon Class today, both races were won by the Antigua Yacht Club team, skippered by Rocco Falcone, opening up a seven point advantage on the leaderboard. Just two points separate three teams fighting for the podium; Gluca Perego's YC Cortina team is second, Phil Hopton's AYC team is third, and Freddie Mills' St.Thomas YC team is fourth.

In the Spirit of Tradition Class, the Spirit 64.5 Chloe Giselle, owned by Chloe and Mike Hough, won their second race, to lead the class going into the final encounter. The couple come from Lymington, UK, and are members of several renowned yacht clubs including; the Royal Lymington and Lymington Town SC, the Royal Yacht Squadron, Royal Cornwall YC, and the Royal Armoured Corps YC.

Tomorrow, Monday 22 April, will be the final race of the 32nd edition of Antigua Classic Regatta on the Windward Course. Eight classes remain undecided going into the last race, which will be followed by the Prize Giving on the lawn of the Antigua Yacht Club.

Not just a pretty face - Sailmon
The rest of the smarts behind Sailmon’s easy-to-readeven- in-bright-sunlight displays are very cool too...

Sailing is a numbers game but the displays we rely on to read those crucial numbers often let us down. Sailmon solves this problem, bringing the latest data display and processing technologies to all sorts of sailors, whether they are on foiling dinghies, sportboats, cruiser-racers, Grand Prix racers or superyachts.

Sailmon’s innovative product lines look great and are based on the latest processors, displays and networking methods. And with its adaptable platforms and infrastructure, Sailmon is able to continuously innovate in developing new products and solutions. Its advanced technology, which originated aboard superyachts and Grand Prix racing yachts, is now accessible to all sailors with the Element Ink display, the newest member in the Sailmon family.

Full article in the May issue of Seahorse

Premature summer - 1, Easter Challenge - 0
In one of those aberrations that occasionally afflicts our weather-dependent sport, beautiful summery conditions and record temperatures blessed the Solent but sadly permitted the race committee to hold no racing for the entire three day duration of the RORC Easter Challenge.

"Normally Easter is a pretty tough event with a huge variety of conditions, but to have this high pressure system sitting over us just doesn't work for sailing," observed Eddie Warden Owen, who, aside from being CEO of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, has been putting his skills as an ex-America's Cup coach to good use at this event that traditionally doubles as the club's UK season opener and as its unique coaching regatta. "The race management team has tried to be patient and do the best they can, but despite the cold water temperature and the hot temperature on the land, the northeasterly gradient has stopped any sea breeze from developing. So it is unfortunate - disappointing for everyone."

Principal Race Officer Tim Hancock said that having no racing across the duration of a three day sailing event was a career first for him: "There is a big high pressure system over the UK and everything is very stable. Today there was a haze around the whole Solent and although it was warm there wasn't enough heat to burn everything off - just some very localised breezes. And it is not just the Solent - all along the south coast it's like this. At least we've done some practice starts."

Italian sailors dominate the Open Skiff EuroChallenge in Palermo
The first round of the O'pen Skiff EuroChallenge has just drawn to its conclusion on the beautiful island of Sicily, in Palermo

65 entrants made the long journey to Palermo for the first round of the O'pen Skiff EuroChallenge 2019 odyssey

After two days of light to moderate conditions, and hard work, day three blew in some serious wind, enough for the race committee to call a halt after 9 rounds of racing and announce the results of this first round of the EuroChallenge.

So, big congratulations to Salvatore Mancino, Federico Quaranta and Domenico Pio Schiano Di Scioarro, the 1-2-3 of the U13 opening round. And to Manuel de Felice, Alessandro Guernieri and Lorenzo Mancino, the 1-2-3 of the U17 category.

You can keep up to date with the EuroChallenge results and rankings at the EuroChallenge website at:

Full results:

Quirk and Needham Take 2019 505 Euro Cup Cannes Title
The team of Michael Quirk (AUS) and Tim Needham (GB) have won the 2019 505 Euro Cup Cannes, the first leg of the Euro Cup series.

Sailed at Yacht Club de Cannes, the final day of the Euro Cup Cannes was cancelled due to too much breeze, but the participants enjoyed some really tight competition throughout the regatta.

In what has become one of the highlights on the annual 505 calendar, the Euro Cup is a four-event series that takes place across France, Italy, Germany and the UK. There is a winner determined at each event as well as an overall series winner based on cumulative scores from three of the four regattas.

Overall top five
1. Michael Quirk & Tim Needham (AUS)
2. Howard Hamlin & Jeff Nelson (USA)
3. Ian Pinnell & Russ Clark (GB)
4. Wolfgang Hunger & Holger Jess (GER)
5. Phillippe Boite & Mathieu Fontaine (FRA)

Seahorse May 2019
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine

World news
(Another) Multiplast masterpiece... and in (big) numbers, Gameboy pressures in New Zealand, F50s and second nature, gettin' better all the time in St Maarten. Glenn Ashby, Patrice Carpentier, Thomas Coville, Yann Penfornis, Ivor Wilkins, Tom Slingsby, Jesper Bank, Blue Robinson, Dobbs Davis

Everything in its place
Best known for the elegant and well-engineered equipment that is used on many of the world's fastest raceboats, UBI Maior's technology is also increasingly seen aboard the most stylish and innovative cruiser-racers

When life's (not) a drag
Put together everything that's been achieved to date and Future Fibres believe that the best of all worlds is now steadily drawing within reach

What's in a name?
Where will the next great offshore racing dynasties materialise from? Rob Weiland

The new frontier
Not so much a sport that is going in different directions as one that will soon benefit from some quite different approaches. Ken Read

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Speed Reading: Managing Your Risks
Maximizing Your Chances To Make Gains

J/22 World Champion and North Sails Expert Zeke Horowitz explains how you can maximize your chances to gain through smart boat positioning on the racecourse. Sailboat racing is all about controlling what we can - boat speed, boat handling, preparation, and decision-making. But we can't control everything. So we need to think about ways to manage risk so we can rely on good speed and conservative tactics. In this article, we'll review strategies you can apply to your position decisions to ensure your boat is in the right place to make gains while avoiding big losses.

Pre Start: "It's all about the homework"
Get out early to sail most of the first beat and figure out if there are any trends in terms of where the velocity is, how often the wind is shifting, current differences, wave differences, etc. Take note of the range of compass numbers on both tacks so you'll know right away if you're lifted or headed. Then, check the starting line. Is there a line sight? Is there a favored end based on compass bearings compared to wind direction?

Now you can relate this info to what you learned sailing upwind and decide on an overall strategy. Is there a persistent shift? Is there a side to race to based on current? Is it oscillating? With all of this info, decide which area of the line to start so you can be ready to make gains right off the line.

If there is a favored end of the line or side of the racecourse, it's important to start near that end. But if the wind is oscillating, start in an area so you can sail on the lifted tack off the start, regardless of the favored end. If you know the wind is oscillating and in a left phase during the start sequence, the pin will be favored. But since the next shift will be a right phase, it's probably better to start near the middle or even boat end, because you will have an easier time tacking right away to get on the port lift, and you'll be closer to the next shift than most competitors. Maybe a few boats that make a risky start at the pin look advantaged early, but you are on the lift, in less traffic and headed towards the next shift, which will be a righty. Now you're in a position to gain right away.

Full article at North Sails:

Advisory Statement Regarding Training Boats
North American Laser Class members may hear soon of Laser Performance's introduction of their Laser 'Club Edition' training boat.

LP describes it as a training boat which does not bear the World Sailing Building Plaque or a Class Approved Sail Button. This of course is fine for people to purchase and use as a training boat, but we feel it is important to clarify that these boats are not Class legal based on the Fundamental Rule within the Laser Class Rules. These boats will be ineligible to compete in any ILCA / North American Laser Class Association sanctioned event. Broadly speaking (but not exclusively) this means the boat can not be used in any regattas listed on the website.

While the North American Laser Class Association would like all Laser racing to be conducted strictly in accordance with the Class Rules, we do not consider that we should dictate to sailing clubs throughout North America over their adoption. However, we want to make them aware that they would be open to potential protest by competing sailors in the same way as a sailor using any non-compliant gear.

Note that Laser Performance has also made the statement that the Club Edition boat is "based exactly on the same Race Laser specifications". The International Laser Class Association has no way of verifying this statement, as our Class technical officers have not been allowed to inspect the LP manufacturing facility/boats in quite some time to ensure that one-design integrity is being maintained.

This advisory statement is made solely to alert sailors wishing to compete in North American Laser Class events, that the Laser Performance 'Club Edition' is being marketed as a training boat and not as an ILCA approved racing boat.

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