In This Issue
• Repechage Adds To Quarterfinals at Argo Group Gold Cup
• Approaching Mother Nature's Speed Bump
• The Science of Sailing
• Bermudes 1000 Race: they're off!
• Grand Prix Guyader
• Sled Lead TP52s, Magic Carpet 3 Win IRC Duel
• Setting Sail In America: The Remarkable Story of Herreshoff S Class Sailboats
• Gosport Marine Festival is this weekend
• Yanmar Dragon Gold Cup Attracts Over 100 Entries
• A-list teams sign on for 2019 GC32 Racing Tour
• Featured Brokerage:
• • Ocean Pearl Maxi Catamaran
• • J Boats J/44
• • Club Swan 42-005 'Lagertha'.
• The Last Word: John Stuart Mill
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Repechage Adds To Quarterfinals at Argo Group Gold Cup
Hamilton, Bermuda: The repechage round of the 69th Argo Group Gold Cup was expected to produce close-quarter racing as eight teams fought for one of four spots in the quarterfinal round. And it delivered.
With a gusty and shifty northeasterly breeze changing headings nearly every second, skippers Chris Poole of the U.S., Lucy Macgregor of the U.K., Ettore Botticini of Italy and Eric Monnin of Switzerland led their crews to the quarterfinals of the $100,000 match racing regatta hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. It is the second consecutive year that Macgregor and Botticini have forged this path to the quarterfinals.
Poole won the round with a 5-2 record and was largely unscathed in his seven races. Macgregor also finished with a 5-2 record but had one half point deducted from her score for a collision in her final match. Botticini and Monnin both advanced after a three-way tiebreaker.
Previously Ian Williams of the U.K., Australians Torvar Mirsky and Harry Price and Johnie Berntsson of Sweden advanced to the quarterfinals by placing in the top four in the opening round robin.
By winning the initial round robin Williams earned the right to choose his opponent in the quarterfinals and he selected Botticini. Berntsson selected Poole, Macgregor and Monnin will race each other and, in a surprise, Mirsky selected Price. -- Sean McNeill
Provisional Repechage Round Standings
1. Chris Poole (30, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., USA) - 5 points
2. Lucy Macgregor (32, Poole, England, U.K.) - 4.5
3. Ettore Botticini (23, Porto Santo Stefano, Italy) - 4
4. Eric Monnin (43, Immensee, Switzerland) - 4
5. Nicklas Dackhammar (SWE) - 4
6. Maxime Mesnil (30, Le Havre, France) - 3
7. Pauline Courtois (30, Brest, France) - 3
8. Kelsey Durham (25, Smiths, Bermuda) - 0
(The top four crews advance to the quarterfinal round.)
Approaching Mother Nature's Speed Bump
Blast reaching in the tropics is hard to better, and for the first day and night of the 2019 Antigua Bermuda Race, the international fleet have had their fill. However, Mother Nature is about to deliver a speed bump that will bring a tactical and skilful element to the 935 nautical mile oceanic race to Bermuda.
All yachts in the race have been eating up the miles in solid trade winds. Supermaxi SHK Scallywag (HKG), skippered by Australian David Witt, is set for a 24 hour run of over 400 nm, within striking distance of race record pace. Miles Seddon, British navigator on SHK Scallywag checked in just before dusk on the first night: "We are just passing Anguilla, leaving the Caribbean behind. Top speed so far has been 26.5 knots."
The rest of the fleet has a velocity made good of between 11-8 knots, set for a 24 hour run of between 200-280 miles - fast going by any standards.
Over the next 24 hours, the fleet are set to finish their thrilling trade winds ride as they encounter an occluded front across their path to Bermuda. Cold air from a mature low pressure system further north is overtaking the warm trade winds. The overall effect is a trough, or pressure ridge in which the fleet is likely to encounter light head winds. However, the mixture of cold and warm air can also cause localised squalls giving sudden significant wind shifts in both direction and speed.
The occluded front may be the reason for race leader SHK Scallywag's western route. Heading to the west of the trough should keep the SHK Scallywag in the breeze. The big picture is juggling the extra miles west to gain more wind, with less miles heading north, but less wind. Scallywag's enormous rig and huge sail area should keep her going even in the lightest of breeze.
For the remainder of the fleet, racing in light airs can also be very rewarding. Keeping the boat going, even when the speedo is barely moving leads to a big percentage speed gain. The first boat to get through the ridge will extend on the fleet.
In the IRC Racing Class, Afansay Isaev Maxi Weddell (RUS) is leading the pack on the water, chasing Scallywag. Lombard 46 Pata Negra (GBR) skippered by Andy Liss is leading the fleet after IRC time correction. Gilles Barbot's Volvo 60 Esprit de Corps IV (CAN) is second, and Pogo 12.50 Hermes II (CAN), co-skippered by Morgan Watson & Meg Reilly is third.
In the CSA Cruising Class, Pata Negra has the upper handed, but the wily fox, Carlo Falcone is stalking his prey. Carlo Falcone is racing his classic 1938 79ft Alfred Milne yawl Mariella with an Italian and Antiguan crew. The fast-reaching conditions so far have been ideal for Mariella, currently placed second in CSA Cruising. -- Trish Jenkins
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: www.vanoossanenacademy.nl
Bermudes 1000 Race: they're off!
It was at 1700hrs local time on Thursday 9th May that the start was given for the Bermudes 1000 Race, the first event in the 2019 Globe Series. Conditions were ideal for the seventeen sailors competing (13 men and 4 women), with a twelve-knot westerly wind. Ahead of them, 2000 miles of sailing to Brest after rounding the Fastnet Rock to the south of Ireland and a waypoint off the Azores. The weather in this race looks like being a mixture, so could be fairly complicated with the first boats expected to finish in just over a week from now.
A 12-knot wind and a residual swell of less than a metre with sunny periods. They were the ideal conditions for the seventeen skippers in the IMOCA class on Thursday in Douarnenez for the start of the second edition of the Bermudes 1000 Race. Some skippers like Yannick Bestaven (Maitre CoQ), Sam Davies (Initiatives Coeur), Sebastien Simon (Arkea Paprec) and Maxime Sorel (V&B-Sailing Together) were a little aggressive as they crossed the line. Others were more cautious, not wishing to take any risks at the start of the race. The sailors made their way out of Douarnenez Bay sailing close-hauled and carrying out several tacks. At the buoy indicating the shallow waters around Basse Vieille off Cape de la Chèvre (in the Crozon peninsula), British sailor, Sam Davies was leading the fleet.
Grand Prix Guyader
After a truncated day yesterday, because of the strong gust of wind that swept the coast, the Grand Prix Dragon Guyader played their first races this Thursday. The 27 crews then enjoyed a good breeze from the northwest, blowing between 18 and 22 knots to make a first run in the morning before chaining for a second in the afternoon in a wind at a time. more unstable and weaker (between 10 and 12 knots). Very different conditions that have been rather successful to the crew of Danish Blue led by Poul Richard Hoj Jensen who tonight leads the provisional general classification,
Top five Dragon Class (after 2 races):
1. Danish Blue, Pol Richard Hoj Jensen (Great Britain) 3 pts
2. Full Speed, Martin Payne (Great Britain) 4 pts
3. Q Ti Too, Fred Gourlaouen (France) 8 pts
4. Fury, Guus de Groot (Netherlands) 10 pts
5. Display, Michiel Van Dis (Netherlands) 12 pts
Diam 24 OD: The favorites at the forefront
In the Diam 24 OD, this first day of racing has also kept all its promises. At the end of the five regattas of the day run in the bay, Valentin Bellet's Beijaflore occupies the first place in the provisional standings tied with Sandro Lacan's Team Reseau Ixio.
Top five (after 5 races) :
1. Beijaflore (Valentin Bellet) 10 pts
2. Team Ixio Network (Sandro Lacan) 10 pts
3. Poujoulat Chimneys (Robin Follin) 12 pts
4. Renaissance Services (Stephen Morrisson) 13 pts
5. Gulf of Morbihan Breizh Cola (Riwan Perron) 18 pts.
Sled Lead TP52s, Magic Carpet 3 Win IRC Duel
Photo by Ingrid Abery, www.ingridabery.com. Click on image for photo gallery.
The Bay of Palma was on excellent early season form, offering a brisk southerly breeze which moved slightly more to the west over the day, reaching up to 18kts at times. The two IRC maxis, the Wally Cento Magic Carpet 3 and the 83ft Reichel Pugh designed Cookson one off Vera (previously My Song) sailed a 33 nautical miles coastal course up to Santa Ponsa. Sir Lindsay Owen Jones' Wally won that race convincingly, holding a margin of two minutes and 50 seconds on corrected time after four hours of racing.
Sled have six times America's Cup winner Murray Jones as strategist, this week supporting tactician Adam Beashel and they found good speed in both races, winning the second contest of the day.
It was the first day on the water for the brand new Bronenosec, the only new build boat this season, which was only launched and trial sailed a few days ago:
"The boat felt great. It is always exciting after all these weeks of hard work to finally have a new boat out there and racing," says Alberto Barovier, project manager for Bronenosec. "And it went well. We were in the mix, racing alongside Azzurra and the others and so that was good for a first day."
Tactician Morgan Larson (USA) sails with 470 gold medallist and 49er world champ Sime Fantela as strategist on the new boat, which has several new faces on board.
Action resumes tomorrow Friday, the second day of racing, with 100 boats of all classes, other than the handivoile classes which start Saturday, all competing in the Bay of Palma. The schedule for this second day of racing includes coastal races for the Mallorca Sotheby's ORC 2, 3 and 4-5, Classic and Spirit of Tradition classes, and windward-leeward races for all other classes.
Setting Sail In America: The Remarkable Story of Herreshoff S Class Sailboats
2019 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Herreshoff S Class design. The first owners of the S Class boats were remarkable leaders of industry in the United States, and their stories are as intriguing as the boats are beautiful. Setting Sail in America is an homage to the Class, and takes the reader on a compelling journey through the history of the S boat- a journey that visits milestones in American society, politics, business, and social life. The Herreshoff S Class is the oldest American one-design fleet still racing the original boats, with active fleets in Cape Cod, Long Island Sound, and Narragansett Bay.
Lecture by Alan Silken. Photography by Cory Silken
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Gosport Marine Festival is this weekend
Gosport's waterfront will spring into action this Saturday as hundreds of people take to the water in rowing boats, yachts, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and more.
"There are so many great things on offer for all the family," says Mitch Youngman, chairman of the festival organising committee. "You've still got time to book one of our excellent watersports such as rowing, sailing and trips out on a yacht. There are a couple of places remaining so get online to book now and have a great experience this weekend via http://gosportmarinecene.com."
Exhibitors around the festival include Hampshire Isle Of Wight Wildlife Trust, HM Coastguard, Riverford Organic, Hampshire Fire and Rescue, 5th Gosport Sea Scouts, Andark Diving Tank, Royal Navy and Royal Marine Recruiting, Lee on Solent Sailing Club, T Jays Inflatables, GAFIRS, RNLI, Tourist Office, Angel Sailing, Port and Lemon, Fresh Air Learning, Bacchus Yachting, Utility Warehouse and more.
For those too young to go afloat, there's also Little Shipmates for 3-5 year olds. Upstairs at Trinity Church, children can build a model raft between 10am-12pm from recycled materials and create marine themed arts and crafts between 2-3pm. (Please book places in advance).
Yanmar Dragon Gold Cup Attracts Over 100 Entries
Entries for the 2019 Yanmar Dragon Gold Cup, to be held at Medemblik on the Ijsselmeer, Netherlands, from 8 to 14 June, have now exceeded 100 boats with teams from sixteen countries and four continents participating. First presented in 1936, the Dragon Gold Cup is one of the most prestigious trophies in yacht racing and is also widely regarded as one of the most challenging to win.
Racing takes place on a 12 nautical mile long windward leeward course and the rules state that there shall be no discarded races, so consistency, superb planning and preparation are essential to success. There will be a practice race on Saturday 8 June and championship racing will take place between Sunday 9 and Friday 14 June, with up to six races scheduled.
Entry for the 2019 Yanmar Dragon Gold Cup is open until 26 May, after which a late entry fee will be charged. Dragon sailors from around the globe are invited to participate and a limited number of charter boats are available for the event.
A-list teams sign on for 2019 GC32 Racing Tour
Among the 10+ teams due to contest the GC32 Racing Tour in 2019 will be two of sailing's most high profile.
Following lengthy tenures on the Extreme Sailing Series, both Alinghi and Red Bull Sailing Team have joined the GC32 Racing Tour, now it is the sole circuit offering competition on the high performance, fully foiling GC32 one design catamarans.
Ernesto Bertarelli's Alinghi is famously a two time winner of the America's Cup, and the first ever winner of sailing's premier event in Europe. The Swiss team's record on the Extreme Sailing Series was unparalleled, winning it four times, including the 2018 season, and finishing runner-up twice. Red Bull Sailing Team made it on to the Extreme Sailing Series podium in 2013, 2015 and 2016.
Sharing helming duties with Ernesto Bertarelli during the season will again be Arnaud Psarofaghis. He observes that while the GC32 Racing Tour typically has longer courses, Alinghi is used to these from sailing the D35 catamaran circuit on Lake Geneva.
While Alinghi has spent more than two weeks training in Villasimius and has past experience of Riva del Garda and Palma, Psarofaghis says Lagos, where the 2019 GC32 World Championship will be held over 27-30 June, will be new for them.
Red Bull Sailing Team has been run from the outset by two legends of Austrian sport, Roman Hagara and Hans-Peter Steinacher, the Tornado catamaran gold medallists from the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympic Games, when on both occasions they were one of Austria's two gold medal winners.
Having taken a brief sabbatical, both Hagara and Steinacher are back on board Red Bull Sailing Team. "We sailed the last two events in 2018 and were quite successful," recounts Hagara. "We finished second at the last event in Mexico and we try to continue that this year - we are looking forward to the season."
Rhys Mara returns as trimmer and is joined on board by fellow Australian Mark Spearman and Swede Julius Hallström who respectively sailed with INEOS Rebels UK and SAP Extreme Sailing Team on the Extreme Sailing Series last season.
2019 GC32 Racing Tour schedule
22.-26 May: GC32 Villasimius Cup / Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy
26-30 June: GC32 World Championship / Lagos, Portugal
31 July-4 August: 38 Copa del Rey MAPFRE / Palma de Mallorca, Spain
11-15 September: GC32 Riva Cup / Riva
6-10 Nov: TBA
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