In This Issue
• One Point Separates Top Three in Menorca
• A Slow Start for the Star Western Hemisphere Championship
• What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
• Normandy Channel Race: Aeolus Is Back
• First point on the board for INEOS Rebels UK
• 140 yachts for the RORC Myth of Malham Race
• The OSTAR and TWOSTAR to remain in Plymouth
• Project Growler is the Winner of the 2019 Jotun Restoration Competition
• Barcolana 51: Registrations Kick Off
• Featured Brokerage:
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• • Swan 44-147 MkII Triple Lindy
• The Last Word: Ralph Steadman
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One Point Separates Top Three in Menorca
Photo by Max Ranchi, www.maxranchi.com. Click on image for photo gallery.
On an uncompromising, very much one-sided race course off Mahon, Quantum Racing proved the top scoring boat at the Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week to take the overall lead at the first circuit regatta of 2019 by one single point.
After missing Day 2’s scheduled races due to the lack of breeze, the third day was a gift with the bright spring sunshine and 10-15 knots of breeze. But with the race area located to the east of the entrance to Mahon’s expansive natural harbour - one of the world’s biggest - the topography upwind created a natural deflection in the wind, creating a one-sided course that placed a gilt-edged premium on starting perfectly and getting to the right as smartly as possible.
Regatta leaders Azzurra had made a dream start to their season. A second and a win on the first day was smartly followed by another victory in the first of today’s three races. A textbook start on the signal boat end of the line, a swift tack to the right and the team from the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda led all the way around the course, extending their lead to eight points at the top of the 11-boat fleet.
Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week
Regatta standings after Day 3
1. Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos) (8,5,4,2,1) 20 points
2. Azzurra (ARG/ITA) (Alberto/Pablo Roemmers) (2,1,1,7,10) 21 p.
3. Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre) (6,3,3,1,8) 21 p.
4. Platoon (GER) (Harm Muller-Spreer) (5,2,6,3,7) 23 p.
5. Bronenosec (RUS) (Vladimir Liubomirov) (1,7,8,10,2) 28 p
6. Alegre (USA/GBR) (Andres Soriano) (4,11,2,5,6) 28 p.
7. Phoenix 11 (RSA) (Hasso Plattner) (3,10,11,6,5) 35 p.
8. Sled (USA) (Takashi Okura) (9,8,5,9,4) 35 p.
9. Phoenix 12 (RSA) (Tina Plattner) (7,4,7,8,9) 35 p.
10. Team Vision Future (FRA) (Jean Jacques Chaubard) (10,6,9,4,11) 40 p.
11. Gladiator (GBR) (Tony Langley) (11,9,10,11,3) 44 p.
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A Slow Start for the Star Western Hemisphere Championship
San Diego, California: It’s been a slow start for the Star Western Hemisphere Championship as unfavorable conditions swept through San Diego yesterday, postponing the start of the regatta due to high wind and seas. Today, twenty-six sailors launched their vessels and eagerly headed out past Point Loma to the ocean venue ready to sail. However, the extremely light winds didn’t help pick up the pace.
The current overall standings show Carl and Jamie Buchan in first with 5 points, Allan Terhune and Ian Coleman in second with 7 points, and Ben Mitchell and Patrick Powell in third with 12 points.
The forecast for the next two days shows conditions improving, promising more exciting racing for the competitors. On Friday, sailors can enjoy a complimentary breakfast, a keg at the hoist following racing, and an evening social before preparing for the final day of the regatta.
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Normandy Channel Race: Aeolus Is Back
There is absolutely no comparison between today’s conditions out on the racetrack in the Normandy Channel Race and those of yesterday. After more than 24 hours of racing where the skippers were still painstakingly clawing their way up to the summit represented by Tuskar Rock, the god of the winds Aeolus has made his big comeback this afternoon, dishing out a 6/8-knot W’ly wind across the northern sector of the Celtic Sea.
Up till now, the race has been more exhausting for the nerves than the physiques among the skippers in the 10th Normandy Channel Race. Many will have spent more than 24 hours pinned to the racetrack in a rather unusual ‘Irish Doldrums’, a windless zone parked over the centre of the Celtic Sea, which has really been setting the sailors’ nerves on edge. However, patience has won out in the end. For some hours now, we’ve been witnessing a drastic change of atmosphere due to the arrival of a W’ly wind of around 10 knots, which is set to accompany the fleet right the way to the finish. This breeze has logically benefited those crews to the West, namely Colombre XL and Yoda and, further South, Louis Duc and Aurelien Ducroz, whose persistence has finally paid off. Clearly, their Lift 40 supported by the Association Rêves, is much more at ease in the windier conditions and they have shot up from the very pit of the ranking to rack up speeds of between 10 and 12 knots.
Approaching Tuskar Rock, three crews have attempted an option to round to the East of the Smalls TSS (Traffic Separation Scheme). Edenred, Kerhis and Beijaflore are clearly hoping that they will be less influenced by the potential turning tide as they round the lighthouse to the south-east of Ireland.
To the south of the race zone, the battle between the leaders is still just as intense as ever, with a veritable game of cat and mouse playing out between the Italo-Hispanic sailors and the Frenchies from La Rochelle and Brittany respectively. Indeed, they’re trading places at the front of the fleet with less than half a mile separating them, though they will likely have to brake a little as they approach Wolf Rock.
Up next, the windier conditions should hold out tonight and through to tomorrow. As hard as the climb up to the southern coast of Ireland has been, surely that’ll make the quick descent all the sweeter. As such, it’s game on once again in the chasing pack at Tuskar Rock, who are bunched up within a 2-mile sector of the ocean. After an action-packed race so far, the suspense at every stage of the fleet is tangible. Indeed, it would be difficult to gamble on the complete podium for this 10th edition.
1. Erendil, Pietro Luciani, ITA
2. Aina Children And Future, Aymeric Chappellier, FRA
3. Cape Racing Yachts, Jorg Riechers, GER
4, Beijaflore , William Mathelin-Moreaux, FRA
5. Colombre Xl, Charles-Louis Mourruau, FRA
Race Tracker normandy-race.geovoile.com/2019/tracker/
First point on the board for INEOS Rebels UK
The opening day of the GC32 Villasimius Cup, the first event on the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour saw a stiff southwesterly buffeting the ten GC32 catamarans while moored in the Marina di Villasimus as their crews prepared for the season’s first encounter.
Unfortunately once out on the water and preparing for the 1300 CET start the wind went through a 180° and dropped, now coming from off the shore. Mercifully this wind stabilised itself for long enough to get one race completed and a second started.
In the former the majority favoured the left hand, inshore side with INEOS Rebels UK and Red Bull Sailing Team winning the pin. It was only the Phil Robertson-helmed ChinaONE Ningbo that tried the right, at one point looking in good shape. At the top mark it was a confident-looking Ben Ainslie and his INEOS Rebels UK that rounded first.
“Getting around that left turn first was key to the race,” admitted INEOS Rebels UK tactician Giles Scott, who last week claimed his third Finn European Championship title (in addition to his Worlds title and Olympic gold from Rio 2016). “Things got a little bit tight on the next beat with Oman Air and NORAUTO getting lifted inside.”
Nonetheless the British America’s Cup team held on and finished with a comfortable lead.
Prize for the most improved team must go to Federico Ferioli’s Codigo Rojo Racing from Argentina, which finished fourth in today’s race and was holding third in the second.
Giles Scott agreed with the race committee’s decision to cancel the second race. But regarding tomorrow’s forecast he warned: “It is similar - with a decent cloud of uncertainty!” -- James Boyd
Overall results after one race
1. INEOS Rebels UK
3. Oman Air
4. Codigo Rojo Racing
8. Black Star Sailing Team
9. CHINAone NINGBO
10. Red Bull Sailing Team
140 yachts for the RORC Myth of Malham Race
This bank holiday weekend, 140 yachts, with over 900 crew from all over the world, will be competing in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Myth of Malham Race. A huge variety of yachts will be taking part including; hi-tech racing yachts and multihulls, performance cruising yachts and classic designs. World Class professional sailors and passionate corinthians will be taking part, and 36 teams will be taking on the offshore race Two-Handed.
A notable entry for the Myth of Malham Race is the 53ft ketch Gipsy Moth IV, which will be raced by Ricky Chalmers. In 1966-67, Sir Francis Chichester circumnavigated with Gipsy Moth IV in 274 days, setting the fastest voyage around the world by any small vessel. Aptly for the Myth of Malham Race, Gipsy Moth IV was co-designed by John Illingworth, who commissioned the Laurent Giles 37'6” sloop Myth of Malham, winning the Fastnet Race in 1947 and 1949, and in 1957 was part of the winning team for the first Admiral's Cup.
2017 IRC Zero winner, Windward Sailing's CM60 Venomous, will once again be sailed by Derek Saunders. In IRC One, the 2017 overall race winner James Neville's FAST40+ Ino XXX will be racing, and will have strong opposition from 2018 overall race runner-up, Edward Broadway's Ker 40 Hooligan VII and this year’s Cervantes Trophy race winner Ed Fishwick's Redshift. Botin IRC 52 Tala was second overall in this year's RORC Caribbean 600, and will make their UK debut in the Myth of Malham, skippered by Robbie Southwell.
The 2019 Myth of Malham Race will start from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line on Saturday 25 May 0800 BST. Spectators can watch the spectacle from the Cowes Parade and The Green, and fans can also follow the progress of the fleet via YB Tracking on the RORC website.
“The forecasts for the Myth of Malham Race are predicting light winds at the start,” commented RORC Racing Manager Chris Stone. “Unfortunately, the tidal conditions may favour the faster boats out of the Solent, but without starting the race at 5 a.m. that cannot be avoided. The forecasts are suggesting that the wind will go to the west later in the race and strengthen, which should give some good results in the small to medium size and boats and good conditions for the sail back from the Eddystone Light.”
The OSTAR and TWOSTAR to remain in Plymouth
The Royal Western Yacht Club of England, the organizing authority of the OSTAR and TWOSTAR confirms that it will again run the transatlantic races in 2020 as it has done every four years since the first race in 1960.
These Races from Plymouth to Newport Rhode Island will be sailed as originally envisaged by Cockleshell hero Blondie Hasler, a test of skipper and boat against the North Atlantic Ocean.
The OSTAR and TWOSTAR events will continue to be supported by Plymouth City Council as part of the Mayflower 400 celebrations.
In 2020 The Royal Western Yacht Club of England will be celebrating sixty years of the OSTAR in which the RWYC introduced and then developed the sport of Short-Handed Oceanic Racing.
The Races next year are open to Corinthian and Professional sailors in boats from 27 - 60 ft.
For further information please contact the RWYC website www.rwyc.org
Project Growler is the Winner of the 2019 Jotun Restoration Competition
Jotun Yachting UK is pleased to announce the restoration of Sailing Barge Growler as the winner of its 2019 Restoration Competition. Jotun Yachting will provide all the coatings required to carefully bring this rare and historic Thames Barge back to seaworthy condition.
The restoration was a particularly worthy winner, as alongside being a vessel of considerable historic standing, it is also being restored by students Ash Faire-Ring aged 17 and Ben Danziger aged 16. The opportunity to support two young sailors in developing their technical skills and pushing personal boundaries through the restoration fit well with the culture and ethos within Jotun. At a time when the yacht industry needs to encourage a new generation to participate, we hope that Ash and Ben provide inspiration to many other young people.
Growler was built in 1922 on Conyer Creek. She is a 34ft traditional Thames Barge and one of the last of her kind. Following a working career, she had a brief leisure sailing life before being retired to a barn in Dedham. Through family connections Ash was able to meet the previous owner, who kindly donated Growler to him as a restoration project.
With great business acumen, Ash and Ben set up a marketing campaign to spread word of the restoration and crowd fund £2000 to pay for initial project costs. The vessel has been transported to a field in Burnham Overy Staithe, Norfolk where the project will begin in earnest when Ash finishes his last A-Level in June.
The restoration can now be followed via the Project Growler YouTube Channel or Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Pages. They have also created a website growler.org.uk to share updates on progress. Jotun Yachting will also be closely following progress and publishing updates via social media.
Barcolana 51: Registrations Kick Off
Trieste, Italy: Barcolana 51 presented by Generali is ready to kick off. Registrations were opened this morning, well in advance compared to past editions, to join the Regatta on 13th October 2019. A spectacular week is expected ahead of the regatta with events livening up Trieste on land and at sea right from 4th October. Along with the opening of registrations, the tourist packages for visitors - Barcolana Experiences - were also launched today on the website www.barcolana.it
After a successful 50th edition recognised by the Guinness World Records as “the largest sailing race in the world”, Barcolana adds a “+1” to its ‘edition 50’ aiming to create a regatta with an environmental focus, gathering all sailing lovers in Trieste, the city which becomes the international capital of sailing generating a revenue of over 70 million euros with this event, as certified by the independent study published in February.
Thanks to an exceptional testimonial, Dee Caffari - the first yachtswoman to have sailed solo and non-stop around the globe - Barcolana will continue to raise awareness on environmental sustainability.
SVBG Chairman, Mitja Gialuz, was pleased to announce that North Sails will be Barcolana’s new technical partner this year. “We warmly welcome onboard North Sails - Gialuz said - with whom we will work for the next two years, two great years promoting the sea”. North Sails and Barcolana have signed a partnership contract until 2020 to design the collections of this year’s and next year’s Regatta. Collections will be available to be purchased online on the Barcolana website or from North Sails online store and in selected stores.
Registrations Now Open, Limit Of 2,700 Entries For This Edition - The press conference today officially kicked off online registrations on www.barcolana.it
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