p> In This Issue
• Pata Negra Overall Winner 2019 Antigua Bermuda Race
• First Ever Combined Star Class European Championship And Star Sailors League Breeze Grand Slam
• 21st Jersey Regatta
• Bermudes 1000 Race: Sebastien Simon in the lead at the Azores waypoint
• RS Sailing Open Letter to World Sailing
• Tour Voile 2019: 23 Teams
• 2019 Quarter Ton Cup
• Industry News
• Featured Brokerage:
• • 1938 Sparkman & Stephens 12 Metre Sloop
• • Arksen 100 - NEW BOAT
• • Abromowitz Sharp & Associates
• The Last Word: Allen Ginsberg
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Pata Negra Overall Winner 2019 Antigua Bermuda Race
With all yachts accounted for in the 2019 Antigua Bermuda Race, Giles Redpath's Lombard 46 Pata Negra (GBR), skippered by Andy Liss, has posted the best corrected time under IRC, winning the Warrior Trophy. In a dramatic finish for second place, Peter Grueterich's xP-44 Xpatriate (USA) corrected out to take runner-up by just 21 minutes after over five days of ocean racing. Kevin McLaughlin's x-55 Rye (USA) was third. Antigua Bermuda Race Chairman, Les Crane was dockside at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club to welcome finishing yachts.
"Only one member of the crew was over 25, and we came together after Antigua Sailing Week," commented Pata Negra's skipper Andy Liss. "Some of the crew will help me deliver Pata Negra to Newport for the Transatlantic Race, and others will be sailing boats across the Atlantic in the ARC, and private deliveries. The crew for this race are a great bunch, and we have become firm friends. We are delighted to continue the winning tradition for Pata Negra."
Kevin McLaughlin laughed out loud when he heard that Xpatriate had beaten them to second place by just 21 minutes. "After 5 days and nights at sea, to be that close is just amazing," commented Kevin. "Third is great for us but - holy smoke that's close! With just three crew we did three hours on, three hours in the cockpit and three hours rest. It was a nice race but also a lot of challenges, Friday night was intense we had a massive squall just after dark, torrential rain with the wind all over the place hitting 30 knots. The last 24 hours we did really well, especially the last night was fast sailing. This has been a great race for us and we are so happy to be in Bermuda."
Pata Negra was also the winner of the CSA Cruising Class, and Xpatriate second. Third was Morgen Watson & Meg Reilly's Pogo 12.50 Hermes (CAN).
First Ever Combined Star Class European Championship And Star Sailors League Breeze Grand Slam
The innovative Star Sailor's League is, this week, stepping into a new phase of development with the first ever combined Star Sailors League Breeze Grand Slam and International Star Class Yacht Racing Association (ISCYRA) European Championships in Riva del Garda, Italy.
Both the Star Class and the Star Sailors League have long been revered for its ability to attract the best of the best from across the sport and this week looks set to deliver another fleet jam-packed with legends and top sailing talent. Here, unlike the SSL Finals in Nassau, in December, there will be the chance for amateurs to mix it up with some of the sport's biggest legends too.
In all, just shy of 100 boats and 200 sailors from 22 nations will take to the famous waters of Lake Garda to compete for the title of both Star European Champion and SSL Breeze Grand Slam winner.
The event will consist of a Qualifying Series and a Finals Series. Regular fleet racing will make up the bulk of the series running from Wednesday 15th May until Sunday 19th May. Immediately after the final qualifying series race - set to be sailed early Sunday morning - the format moves into the knock-out series familiar to anyone who has watched SSL racing in the last six years.
The crew who tops the Qualifying Series will progress directly to the Final and second place will proceed direct to the Semi-Final. Boats placing from third to 10th in the Qualifying Series qualify for the Quarter-Final.
Once the single Quarter-Finals race has concluded, the top five teams move onto the semi-final and are joined by the runner up from the Qualifying Series. The top three teams from this single race then go on to join the winner of the qualifying series for a single-race Final.
As ever, the Regatta is open to local and visiting boats, alike, with racing for sportsboat, cruiser/racer, Quarter Ton, dayboat, dinghy, sport catamaran and windsurfer classes. The 6th Spinlock IRC CI Regional Championship is included in the programme and will, undoubtedly, be a major attraction for the cruiser/racer fleet.
The Regatta gets under way on the Thursday evening with an ice-breaking reception and skippers' briefing. A distance race for the sportsboat and cruiser/racer classes opens the programme on Friday whilst Saturday and Sunday feature back-to-back racing with boats competing over distance, round-the-cans and/or Olympic-type courses. The 'small boat' classes race separately over Olympic-type courses in the beautiful confines of St Aubin's Bay. Trophies and prizes are awarded for each day and overall prizes are awarded for the best boats in each class.
Jersey Marinas will be providing complimentary berthing whilst Condor Ferries is offering discounted fares for those wishing to transport their boats to the Island for the event.
The closing date for entries is 29th August but why not take advantage of the attractively low entry fees that are made even more enticing with an 'early bird' fee for those entering no later than 12th August. The Notice of Race and entry form are available on the Regatta website, jerseyregatta.com
Bermudes 1000 Race: Sebastien Simon in the lead at the Azores waypoint
At 1245hrs UTC on Tuesday 14th May, Sebastien Simon was the first to round the Azores waypoint, the second major course mark in the Bermudes 1000 Race. The skipper of ARKEA PAPREC is now on the final leg of the course on his way to Brest. There is still everything to play for with a very tightly packed group just behind him, comprising Yannick Bestaven, Sam Davies, Boris Herrmann, Maxime Sorel and Giancarlo Pedote.
Romain Attanasio's analysis:
870 miles. That is the distance between the Azores waypoint set up by the Race Directors and the finish line of the Bermudes 1000 Race in Brest. The frontrunners are now tackling this final phase of the course. The leader Sebastien Simon rounded the virtual mark at 1245hrs UTC today (Tuesday) and around two hours after him, Yannick Bestaven was expected to do the same followed by Sam Davies, Boris Herrmann, Maxime Sorel and Giancarlo Pedote. In the 1400hrs UTC rankings, only ten miles or so separated the five members of this group.
The climb back up towards Brest is starting with the wind on the beam. But gradually, it will swing around and the skippers will be heading for Brest sailing close-hauled on a long port tack. The wind is not set to pose too many problems until they arrive off the coast of Brittany, which the leaders should reach on Friday afternoon.
At 1400hrs today (Tuesday), all seventeen competitors were still racing. Damien Seguin and Denis Van Weynbergh suffered the same fate today. A lashing gave out and the mainsail fell down onto the deck. However, both are continuing on their way and trying to find the best solution to complete the race. Fabrice Amedeo suffered damage to the tack on his J3, but he too is continuing in spite of this handicap.
1. Arkea-Paprec, Sebastien Simon, 744 nm to lead
2. Malizia II - Yacht Club De Monaco, Boris Herrmann, 22.6 nm to leader
3. Initiatives - Coeur, Samantha Davies, 24.7
4. Maitre Coq IV, Yannick Bestaven, 27.2
5. Prysmian Group, Giancarlo Pedote, 33.3
Complete rankings: www.bermudes1000race.com/classement-de-la-course
RS Sailing Open Letter to World Sailing
In the coming days World Sailing will make decisions that are likely to affect our sport for the next couple of decades and we feel it appropriate to share our views.
Over the last twenty‐five years we have created RS Sailing and built it into the world's leading small sailboat brand. We have changed the face of small boat sailing in many parts of the globe, we have made friends on every continent and shared beers in many sailing clubs. We are proud of RS Sailing's achievements, made not by a few people but by many sailors who believe our sport can be better.
We have not got everything right, but we have listened to the sailors and done our best to create boats and events that are right for the future of our sport. That is why we're now the brand leader.
We always knew the decision regarding the Olympic single‐hander would be highly charged and the odds are stacked in favour of the incumbent. But the coming decisions are not just about the Olympians; this universal sector drives the youth pathways and the opportunity to build women's participation as well. The sport is currently in decline in many regions and we all share the primary responsibility to reverse that trend.
The Evaluation was clear. Detractors will always find details to argue but the fact remains the people involved were unanimous in their view that the RS Aero offers clearly the best opportunity - for the youths, women and Olympians.
The boat is ultra‐light, dynamic and better suited to working with a range of rig sizes for light to heavy sailors. It uses high tech construction for competitive longevity. It is backed by the RS organisation, seen as the most capable of delivering consistent high quality to the world through our existing infrastructure and an international FRAND production network on every continent.
Look what happened to cycling when the equipment became light and sexy - the sport exploded.
Conversely, the current Equipment design is fifty years old and heavy. Whatever the rigs, the hull is heavier than many of the sailors it seeks to serve… Lift your bike, ride your bike and think about it...
The issues between the various organisations that build and manage the current Equipment are well documented and long running. They make life harder for many sailors and organisers. Recent communications make it clear that solutions have not been agreed. The issues and potential for litigation against all parties involved distract from growing our sport and threaten World Sailing's reputation - indeed sailing's reputation within the Olympic movement.
So, over to you World Sailing. The experts you selected have told you that the RS Aero is the best Equipment for the future of sailing and we have proved ourselves credible partners. The current Equipment was second ranked, even without factoring in ongoing commercial issues. You can select new Equipment; you can simply ignore the information laid out by the experts and make no change; or you can take some time to consider what is best for the direction of our sport. A smooth transition is possible - perhaps starting with the women's fleet or the youth pathway.
We offer you a chance to inspire the next generation.
We offer the RS Aero.
Alex, Jon, Riki and Martin
Tour Voile 2019: 23 Teams
After more than 40 years existence and a renewal with the arrival of the Diam 24s, the Tour Voile continues to cement its place as a major sporting event of the summer. Always on the move, the event will be showing itself in a new light with the addition of a mixed classification for the 2019 edition. It will be open to teams which, for each race, include at least one female crew member. Although women have always taken part in the Tour Voile, the launch of this classification will make it possible to shed greater light on the talents of women who are picking up the gauntlet along France's coasts in increasingly greater numbers.
The Tour Voile will also be reintroducing territorial identifications into the heat of the battle. As a result, on their masts, each team will be displaying the name of its home town, city or region. This will help the spectators to identify more easily and encourage the teams of their region. Between the teams, it is also an opportunity to create a notion of "friendly rivalry and local pride, which is a not insignificant part of the Tour Voile's DNA," as Tour Voile Director Jean-Baptiste Durier likes to remind.
In 2019, approximately 25 Teams representing five nationalities will take part in the competition. In their ranks, there will be sailors with major experience on the best international circuits such as Mathilde Géron (La Boulangère), a former leading light of the French Olympic team, Pierre Pennec (EFG Private Bank Monaco), who forged his reputation in the Extreme Sailing Series and Olympic sailing, as well as 49er world champion Stevie Morrison (Renaissance Services). These sailors will be testing themselves against each other and against the new generation represented by crews such as Cheminées Poujoulat, skippered by Robin Follin and coached by Switzerland's Bernard Stamm, or also Team Réseau IXIO, led by Sandro Lacan and defending champion Tim Mourniac. International crews will also be present, such as Pink Lady, flying the European flag, as will the seasoned amateurs and the most loyal women's teams to the Tour Voile, like Batystil Habitat skippered by Cyrille Legloahec and Helvetia Purple by Normandy Elite Team led by Pauline Courtois. The broad and extremely varied field for this 42nd edition is a perfect reflection of the Tour Voile's attractiveness.
Act 1 - Stadium Sailing gets underway at Dunkerque on July 5th.
2019 Quarter Ton Cup
The fifteenth edition of the revived Quarter Ton Cup is less than a month away with more than 20 boats expected on the start line come 10-12 June for what is building up to be an intense and intriguing battle.
Most of the quarter ton fleet had the chance to shake off their sails and get a taste of the competition that lies in store for them at the Vice Admiral's Cup held off Cowes last weekend, where an interesting form guide started to emerge. Setting the pace was Louise Morton and her team on Bullet, and if their performance is anything to go by, they will be formidable competitors come the Quarter Ton Cup.
Morton faced stiff competition over the course of the Vice Admirals Cup from Ian Southworth's Protis, with the two trading places at the top of the leaderboard throughout the event. After three days of close tussles around the course, Southworth eventually finished just 1.5 points behind Morton, with Tony Hayward's Blackfun in third place, but on almost double Southworth's points.
Having won the Quarter Ton Cup for the last two years, Sam Laidlaw's Aguila will be the team to beat come match week. Aguila didn't complete the final day of racing at the Vice Admirals Cup, and a fifth place finish will surely have left Laidlaw's team with fire in their bellies.
Joining the Quarter Ton Cup fleet for the first time this season is Sir Keith Mills and his newly acquired Cote, and his teams' credentials are impressive. Top Musto skiff sailor Andy Tarburton is on the bow, Matt Alvarado, a flying fifteen champion is in charge of trimming, with Jules Cole, a BT Global challenge winner in the pit. Mills and his son Alex, both accomplished sailors with TP52 and Fast40 experience, will take turns on the helm.
Also amongst them is the experienced head of Pete Greenhalgh, a four-times winner of the Extreme Sailing Series, who says the team have learnt a number of valuable lessons from the start of their season, which they will take forward to next month's Quarter Ton Cup.
Rumours in Cowes are that the 1980 Quarter Ton Cup winning boat Bullit which was the second of Jacques Fauroux Quarter Ton winners from that design, has recently been discovered in Tahiti and shipped back to the UK for a major refurbishment by an existing Owner. If this is true, this Quarter Ton Cup will be their first event and will be the fourth 'Bullit' design Jacques Fauroux quarter tonner in the Solent.
The uniqueness of the quarter ton fleet, especially in 2019, is the diversity of the designers. Last year in a fleet of 22 boats, there were 16 different naval architects represented which is unheard of in modern fleets.
The Yacht Racing Forum 2019 will take place in Bilbao, Spain, on November 25-26, at the Euskalduna Conference Centre. The venue is beautiful and easy to reach thanks to its International Airport. It is located right next to our official hotel, the Melia, and 2 minutes away from the famous Guggenheim Museum.
The programme is full of novelties and surprises. New B2B events have been designed, such as Speed Business Presentations and a Networking Lounge where you will have the opportunity to meet the sports' leading personalities.
The conference still focuses on the sports' latest developments and also integrates mainstream racing, youth sailing, design & technology and essential information for clubs, classes and event organizers.
Register now in order to benefit from the Early Bird registration fee, valid for the first 80 registrants.
The 2019 Yahoo Sports Technology Awards' winners were revealed in a ceremony attended by the sports industry elite on Thursday 2nd May at The Roundhouse in London. The event, which has been dubbed 'the Oscars of Sports Technology', once again proved its global status with leading sports brands from around the world vying for its coveted trophies. The Awards, which celebrate tech-led innovations in all sports, attracts entries from over 30 countries and 50 sports; its 14 categories are reviewed by 40 judges spanning players, athletes, sports governance and business visionaries.
The shortlist for this award included Mitel and Major League Baseball, NASCAR and OMNIGON, Powerboat P1, The R&A, and Winners FDD, with The Ocean Race claiming the trophy.
The full list of 2019 are:
- Agency of the Year: Fanview Media
- Best App: Fishbrain
- Best Digital Technology: IBM Watson and ESPN Fantasy Insights
- Best Sports Broadcast (Single or Series): Discovery and Eurosport
- Best Sports Equipment, Apparel or Wearable Technology: Solos Smart Wearable Technology
- Best Technology for Athlete Welfare: HP 1T and Charles Owen Helmet ICS
- Best Technology for Elite Performance: SBG Sports Software for RaceWatch Race Strategy
- Best Technology for Fan Engagement: Formula 1 and Goodform for F1 Fan Voice
- Best Technology for Participation: Cricket Australia Coach App
- Best Technology for Sports Betting: Trustly Group for Trustly Pay N Play
- Best Technology for Sports Commerce: mycujoo
- Innovation of the Year: BT Sport and EE deliver 5G
- Most Innovative Sports Partnership: Intel and LaLiga
- Rights Holder / Governing Body / Team / Sponsor of the Year: The Ocean Race for Southern Ocean RAW
For more information about the Sports Technology Awards Group visit www.sportstechgroup.org
boot Dusseldorf is set to expand again in 2020 with a new Hall 1 and a new, expanded layout planned.
Organisers of the water sports trade exhibition say they have taken into account the requirements and concerns of the industry with regards to hall configuration and have come up with a concept that lays the right foundations for the future.
The changes mean the whole of the motorboat segment will be located in Halls 1 - 6 while the recreational diving sector will be concentrated in Hall 12 and part of Hall 11 with room to expand in future years.
In 2020, the inboard motorboat segment from 30 to around 60ft will be in Hall 1 with outboard motorboats will be in Hall 3 and towboats and tenders in Hall 4.
Luxury tenders and shadow boats will be in Hall 5 with the luxury sector remaining in Hall 6 with the gallery of Hall 6 expanded for super and mega shipyards.
In addition, three halls - 15 to 17 - will be devoted to sailing.
"As far as we are concerned, sailing is the original water sport," said boot CEO Werner Dornscheidt. "Sailing was the first way that people moved across water and sailing is as popular as ever so it is no surprise that the number of exhibitors at boot is continuing to grow."
Registration for this year's Genoa International Boat Show is up by 26% compared to the same time last year, according to Italian trade association UCINA, with more than 92% of the 951 exhibitors from the 2018 edition having already identified their display areas and products to be showcased.
Among the first to register for the 2019 event are Amer Yachts, Azimut Yachts, Beneteau, Galeon, Greenline, Jeanneau, Monte Carlo Yachts, Pardo Yachts, Princess, Sanlorenzo, Solaris, Sunseeker and Vismara. Outboard motor exhibitors include BRP, Honda, Selva Marine, Suzuki and Yamaha.
The 'four boat shows in one' formula will be back again for 2019, says UCINA, with tailored services dedicated to four distinct market segments: yachts and superyachts; sailing; outboard motors and inflatables; and accessories and components.
The available space - 115,000sq m on water and 110,000sq m on land - will therefore be exploited using innovative technical solutions to cope with the increase in applications, says UCINA, from expanding the piers to optimising a number of open-air sections.
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