In This Issue
Two second win secures Caol Ila R Rolex Capri Sailing Week title
Robert Scheidt and Henry Boening's Downwind Pace Seals Victory By Seconds
Paris 2024 decisions made at World Sailing's 2019 Mid-Year Meeting
To good to pass up - 52 Super Series
Melges 32 World League - Event 2
Royal Southern YC Summer Series Underway
Finn Europeans
The SuperYacht Experience at SailGP New York and Marseille
Letters to the Editor
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Two second win secures Caol Ila R Rolex Capri Sailing Week title
Rolex Capri Sailing Week concluded in ultra-close fashion in the racer division today. Alex Schaerer's modified Maxi72 Caol Ila R knocked Sir Peter Odgen's dominant Jethou off the top spot on the overall podium after she secured a second place in today's race as Jethou came home fourth.

This was so close that initially the Caol Ila R crew felt they had lost. As Schaerer explained: "It was tough because we needed one boat between us and Jethou in order to win. We were hopeful we could get Vesper [Jim Swartz's winner today under IRC] between us but that didn't work by 12 seconds. So then we said 'that's fine - Jethou did a good job this week – they won.'"

It was only when the time of Roberto Lacorte's Mills Vismara 62 SuperNikka was corrected out, that it was found she had slipped into third, beaten by Caol Ila R by just two seconds. After discards were applied, Caol Ila knocked Jethou into second by 0.75 points with SuperNikka (the half-way stage leader) third, just 0.5 further astern after five races.

"Capri is a place I always love and it is good to come for regattas because it is not a place you go to the beach!" continued Schaerer, refuting the idea that sailing in Capri is typically a light wind affair. "We've always had wind here. In the Volcano Race one year we had 55 knots!"

Similarly this week, light it generally wasn't, with an outstanding, giant windward-leeward yesterday in 12 knots while today's race saw the wind gusting up to 20 knots, albeit dying towards the finish.

Today's course included a beat of more than an hour's duration, followed by a run and a partial lap of Capri in moderate winds but oceanic-scale seas, challenging both helmsman and crew.

re was another turn-around with Benoît de Froidmont's Wally 60 Wallyño claiming today's race, knocking Jean-Pierre Barjon's Swan 601 Lorina 1895 into second overall by 1.25 points. Again this was exceedingly close. Today Wallyño beat Luciano Gandini's Mylius 76 Twin Soul B by just 28 seconds under corrected. Had these positions reversed then Lorina 1895 would have won overall.

Winning with the largest margin was Vicente Garcia Torres' Swan 80 Plis Play, which beat Riccardo de Michele's Vallicelli 78 H20 by 3.75 points. Over five races, Plis Play, with her Spanish crew including several America's Cup, TP52 and Volvo Ocean Race heroes, won three, including today.

Overall results at Rolex Capri Sailing Week include last weekend's coastal race, the Regata dei Tre Golfi. A third place for Rosbeg, following a second to the Swan 651 Lunz Am Meer last weekend was enough to secure the Swan 651 ultimate victory. -- James Boyd

Robert Scheidt and Henry Boening's Downwind Pace Seals Victory By Seconds
It was an incredibly tense final race at the end of a thrilling, and at times, heart stopping finals day in Riva del Garda, Italy. Victory came for the Brazilian in the last few meters of the last leg of the last race. "I was so tired at the end that [Henry] had to tell me that we had won I didn't know we had. I was seeing black already, my heart rate was up that much," explained an exhausted but elated Scheidt at the end of the day.

It was an early start and a long day out on the water for some, with a single final qualifying race at 08:30 followed by two knockout races before the winner-takes-all final. Racing was once again held in the Peler wind, running from north to south down the lake and, as in the previous day, the cooler air funneling down two valleys created some significant shifts, particularly at the top end of the course where the breeze softened and the shifts increased in both size and frequency.

The qualifying series, quarter final, and semi final could scarcely have delivered a more mouthwatering final. Of those who made it through from the qualifying series, it was early showers for Eric Doyle (USA) and Payson Infelise (USA), Fredrik Lööf (SWE) and Brian Fatih (USA), and Hubert Merkelbach (GER) and Markus Koy (GER). They were soon followed home by Roberto Benamati (ITA) and Alberto Ambrosini, and Eivind Melleby (NOR) and Joshua Revkin (USA) and Diego Negri (ITA) with Frithjof Kleen (GER).

This left four teams who had been standout performers all week and it was hard to call who might walk away with the title. Of: Scheidt and Boening; Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL) and Frederico Melo (POR); Paul Cayard (USA) and Arthur Lopes (BRA); and Xavier Rohart (FRA) and Pierre Alexis Ponsot (FRA).

Final Top Ten
1. Robert Scheidt / Henry Boening, BRA
2. Xavier Rohart / Pierre-Alexis Ponsot , FRA
3. Paul Cayard / Arthur Lopes, USA
4. Mateusz Kusznierewicz / Frederico Melo, POL
5. Diego Negri / Frithjof Kleen, ITA
6. Eivind Melleby / Joshua Revkin, NOR
7. Roberto Benamati / Alberto Ambrosini, ITA
8. Hubert Merkelbach / Markus Koy, GER
9. Fredrik Loof / Brian Fatih, SWE
10. Eric Doyle / Payson Infelise, USA

Paris 2024 decisions made at World Sailing's 2019 Mid-Year Meeting
World Sailing's Council made key decisions on the Equipment to be used at the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition on Sunday 19 May as the Mid-Year Meeting concluded in London, Great Britain.

The Laser was selected as the Men's and Women's One Person Dinghy, the IKA Formula Kite as the Mixed Kiteboard and the 470 as the Mixed Two Person Dinghy.

A Board of Directors recommendation to select the RS:X as the Men's and Women's Windsurf Equipment was rejected meaning a new proposal will be required and the process on selecting the Equipment for the Mixed Two Person Offshore Keelboat was also confirmed.

For the Men's One Person Dinghy, 36 voted for the Laser and five voted for the RS Aero. The D-Zero and Melges 14 received zero votes and there was one abstention.

For the Women's One Person Dinghy, 37 voted for the Laser and four voted for the RS Aero. The D-Zero and Melges 14 received zero votes and there was one abstention.

Men's and Women's Windsurfer
The Board of Directors recommendation was to select the RS:X as the Equipment. 19 Council members voted to accept the recommendation, 23 voted to reject and there were zero abstentions.

As a result, the recommendation was rejected.

The Board of Directors will now have to propose a new recommendation to the Council.

Mixed Kiteboard
The Equipment Committee recommended to Council that they should approve the IKA Formula Kite Class as the Equipment for the Mixed Kiteboard Event. Forty Council members voted to approve the recommendation subject to agreement of the Olympic Classes Contract for 2024. One member rejected and one abstained.

Mixed Two Person Dinghy
World Sailing's Council approved the 470, subject to agreement of the Olympic Classes Contract for 2024, as the Equipment for the Mixed Two Person Dinghy following the recommendation from the Equipment Committee. 41 members voted in favour of the 470. One member was against the 470 and there were zero abstentions.

Mixed Two Person Offshore Keelboat
Submission M01-19, which proposed a way forward with the procedure for selecting the Equipment, was put forward by the Board of Directors in advance of the Mid-Year Meeting and was approved by Council. 39 members were in favour with two rejecting and zero abstentions.

The Submission proposed that World Sailing's Council shall select a list of different Equipment which it considers to meet the key criteria of the event by 31 December 2019 and then make a decision on the Equipment, selecting from the list no later than 31 December 2023.

The Board agreed to amend the date to meet the key criteria of the event from 31 December 2019 to 31 December 2020 which Council approved. -- Daniel Smith - World Sailing

To good to pass up - 52 Super Series
It was supposed to be just two, and only two, 52 Super Series teams convening in Valencia for a little informal testing and tuning. But two became eight and the week of informal tuning and testing culminated in what became known on the old Victory Challenge dock as the FOMO Regatta, aka Fear Of Missing Out.

'When once we were looking for half a boat length here and there, now it is down to a metre, so every minute we can get afloat counts,' contends Andy Hemmings, trimmer on Andy Soriano's Alegre, who along with Sled had planned the Valencia initiative.

Aside from the chance to settle in new crew line-ups, up for testing too were a new Botín bulb and rudder developed for the new Bronenosec, and since fitted to most of the Botín designs, countered by a new keel and bulb for the two recent Vrolijk boats, Provezza and Platoon.

'Efficiency gains from the new bulb are of the order of 0.7 per cent,' according to Adolfo Carrau of Botín Partners. At their request Alegre have a slightly different new Botín appendage package while Azzurra opted for a new package from a different source altogether. Most of the boats have also been stiffened structurally over the winter; the internal ballast carried previously was dead weight and so additional stiffness to permit higher headstay loads is a net gain as long as it does not raise the overall VCG.

Full article in the June issue of Seahorse

Melges 32 World League - Event 2
Puntaldia, Olbia, Sardinia: ), 19 May 2019 - The second leg of the Melges 32 World League came to a close with reigning World Champions onboard Tavatuy winning on the race course of Puntaldia by a large margin.

After having set the pace yesterday since the very first race of the series (with two first places and the provisional leadership of the overall standings), the twice World Champion (2017 and 2018) team of Pavel Kuznetsov with Evgeny Neugodnikov calling tactics marks the distance with the opponents also in day 2 of racing, firmly gaining the leadership and leaving to the other crews the fight for the second and third step of the podium.

In the Corinthian division the success goes to the German Homanit team of Kilian Holzapfel which precedes Jens Kuhne's compatriot Sjambok.

With success of Puntaldia, Tavatuy takes the lead in the ranking of the Melges World League after two races, fully confirming his role as a reference team for the rest of the fleet.

The next appointment for the Melges 32 fleet is set in the waters of Lake Garda, on the race course of Riva del Garda, while the Melges World League does not move from Puntaldia to accommodate the protagonists of the Melges 20 Class that will get back on the water from Friday for the second continental event of the 2019 season.

Final top five
1. Tavatuy, Pavel Kuznetsov, RUS, 13.0
2. Mascalzone Latino, Vincenzo Onorato, MON, 22.0
3. G-Spot, Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio, MON, 24.0
4. Caipirinha, Martin Reintjes, ITA, 26.0
5. Calvi Network, Carlo Alberini, ITA, 26.0

Full results

Royal Southern YC Summer Series Underway
A light wind start to the Antigua Sailing Week May Regatta did not stop the party atmosphere ashore at the Royal Southern Yacht Club. The first of four regattas making up the 2019 Summer Series may have got off to a slow start on the water but the shoreside fun attracted an energetic gathering at the club's superb facilities on the banks of the River Hamble. At the Prince Philip Yacht Haven, the complimentary English Harbour Rum cocktails were flowing at the after-racing party with live music to entertain the competitors and club members. This year's prize for the overall winner of the Summer Series, an all-expenses entry to the 53rd edition of Antigua Sailing Week for seven people, was very much in the thoughts of the competitors.

In the White Group Andrew Barraclough's Jenga8 won both of today's races in the J/70 Class. The Black Group had one race today, Steve Masters' First 40.7 Spiritwalker won in the Club Class, Catrina Southworth's Quarter Tonner Protis was the winner in IRC 3, Malcolm Wootton's Farr 30 Evo Pegasus DekMarx won IRC 2, and Jan van Berne's J/111 Red Herring was the victor in IRC One.

In IRC 1, Red Herring scored a bullet today, defeating last year's Summer Series Overall Champion, Blair and Beckett's King 40 Cobra. Paul Griffiths' J/111 Jagerbomb was third, 41 seconds ahead in corrected time from Michael Wallis' J/122 Jahmali.

In IRC 2, Pegasus DekMarx won the first race of the regatta by 63 seconds after time correction from Bruce Huber's new J/112e Xanaboo. Alex Mathers FarEast 28 Mittens' Revenge was third.

In IRC 3, Catrina Southworth's Quarter Tonner Protis, with Ian Southworth of the helm, scored a big win and not only on the race course. Son Marty was also awarded a prize for his zany dancing at the after party! Last year's class champion, Martin and Cara Moody's Beneteau 25 Scallion, was second, and Ian Handley & Tim James Mustang 30 Gr8 Banter was third.

In the Club Class, Steve Masters racing First 40.7 Spiritwalker scored an impressive win over last year's class champion, David Hitchcock's XP-38 Red Five. Teresa Whelan's X-342 Xarifa was third. -- Louay Habib

Finn Europeans
Giles Scott secured his third European Finn title in Athens today after holding off world champion Zsombor Berecz, from Hungary, on the final day of the Finn Open European Championship. Andy Maloney, from New Zealand, took second overall, while Berecz took third and European Silver. Fifth placed Nicholas Heiner, from the Netherlands, took the European bronze medal while Joan Cardona, from Spain, won the U23 European title.

It was the day of reckoning in Athens, with two European titles to decide and two places at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Despite the forecasts of wind in the morning, the sun beat down on a calm Saronic Gulf for most of the day. The cut-off for the warning signal for the Final Race was 15.00 and at 14.30, with signs of wind further offshore, the race team moved position and set a course with a start at 14.55.

After losing his Olympic trials on Friday, Pieter-Jan Postma, from The Netherlands, wanted to go out on a high, in his last race in the class, and, judging the port layline perfectly rounded in first and led all the way to claim the race victory, a fitting end to 14 years campaigning the Finn. It was a beautiful and poignant moment when he crossed the line, way ahead of the fleet, a supreme talent in the Finn class and one of the most popular sailors in the fleet.

USA and Greece join Brazil and Norway as the four nations that qualified for Tokyo 2020 decided this week. Six more places are available from the continental qualifiers starting with the World Cup in Enoshima in August.

Final results (medal race in brackets)
1. Giles Scott, GBR, 48, (10)
2. Andy Maloney, NZL, 52, (1)
3. Zsombor Berecz, HUN, 61, (9)
4. Facundo Olezza, ARG, 84, (2)
5. Nicholas Heiner, NED, 97, (8)
6. Alican Kaynar, TUR, 98, (3)
7. Jorge Zarif, BRA, 111, (4)
8. Josh Junior, NZL, 111, (6)
9. Anders Pedersen, NOR, 112, (5)
10. Edward Wright, GBR, 114, (7)

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* From Dr Frank Newton. Sorebones. K152:

I note the case put forward by competitors sailing in the Finn Class and the Sailors Physique Survey which makes a strong case for heavier sailors. It is worth studying the report made by Jacque Rogge upon weight distribution in the then current Olympic Classes which also considered typical racial weight differences. Showing that all racial size differences were catered for in the available classes . At that time I was Chair of the ISAF Medical Commission and we would have made representations to those selecting classes had there been any weight bias that might exclude a particular large group of sailors. Was the current Medical Commission consulted? And if not why not ?

Are the IOC aware of the discrimination , or concerned by it ?

Image the IAAF excluding Shot put, Discus and Hammer events from the 2024 Games

Would the IOC not be concerned with that decision?

Should we not alert the IOC to the proposed position since the ear plugs seem to be firmly in place at World Sailing .

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