In This Issue
Menorca 52 Super Series
Carl Buchan Wins 2019 Star Western Hemisphere Championship
Harken Blockheads: Like parents everywhere, we're very proud of this 2-year-old.
Oman Air Wins Wintery GC32 Villasimius Cup
Circolo Della Vela Bari Wins One Ocean Sailing Champions League
It's about the cost not the price - 11th Hour Racing
Melges 20 World League Puntaldia
EUROSAF Club Sailing European Championship
Laser European Championship
Cowes Week Title Sponsor Appoints Administrators
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The Last Word: Leo Tolstoy

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Menorca 52 Super Series
Photo by Max Ranchi, Click on image for photo gallery.

Harm Muller-Spreer's Platoon crew clinched the first regatta title of the 2019 52 SUPER SERIES season, winning the Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week by one single point this afternoon. Second placed Provezza, who led into the last race, missed out on the overall win by just four seconds.

Platoon finished strongly, super consistent tactician John Kostecki pushing the risk-reward equation more through the second half of the eight race series. Armed with excellent all-round speed across the event's varied wind conditions – from six to 18 knots – Platoon delivered a 2,2,1 from the last three races to narrowly eclipse Ergin Imre's Provezza. It is Platoon's first regatta title since they won the Rolex TP52 World Championship in 2017 in Scarlino, Tuscany.

Had Provezza only been able to close down Bronenosec in the final sprint to the finish line of the last race today, then it would have been a different story. But the Turkish-flagged team have to be content with their significant improvements on what was a barren 2018 season when compared to their 2017 season, when they were regular podium contenders and won the Puerto Portals regatta.

Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week
Final regatta standings
1. Platoon (GER) (Harm Muller-Spreer) 28 points
2. Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre) 29
3. Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos) 34
4. Azzurra (ARG/ITA) (Alberto/Pablo Roemmers) 38
5. Bronenosec (RUS) (Vladimir Liubomirov) 47
6. Alegre (USA/GBR) (Andres Soriano) 47
7. Phoenix 12 (RSA) (Tina Plattner) 50
8. Sled (USA) (Takashi Okura) 54
9. Phoenix 11 (RSA) (Hasso Plattner) 65
10. Gladiator (GBR) (Tony Langley) 68
11. Team Vision Future (FRA) (Jean Jacques Chaubard) 70

Full results

Carl Buchan Wins 2019 Star Western Hemisphere Championship
San Diego, California: The Star boat is often seen as one of the finest, most challenging classes to compete in. It requires dedication and hard work to be successful. This weekend, 26 sailors made their way out to the Pacific for the Star Western Hemisphere Championship, where a handful of sailors proved just how dedicated they really were.

By the end of day three, the majority of the top five sailors on the scoresheet were already determined. On the final day, day four, the order barely budged. Carl Buchan, sailing with his son Jamie Buchan, won the last race and the series overall. Following in second was Brian Ledbetter sailing with Magnus Liljedahl. In third place was Eric Doyle sailing with Payson Infelise.

All 26 boats this week saw extremely tight competition and intense racing. According to third place finisher Eric Doyle, there are a lot of components that help make you a successful Star sailor - the two most important being dedication and hard work.

Final top five
1. Carl Buchan-GM / Jamie Buchan, USA, 17 points
2. Brian Ledbetter-M / Magnus Liljedahl, USA, 23
3. Eric Doyle-M / Payson Infelise, USA, 24
4. Allan Terhune / Ian Coleman, USA, 26
5. George Szabo / Guy Avellon, USA, 28

Full results

Harken Blockheads: Like parents everywhere, we're very proud of this 2-year-old.
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"We're gratified at the response we get from both kids and parents," said Harken CEO Bill Goggins. "A lot of young sailors are fueled first by their parents' love of sailing. But, too many don't stick. That's bad because they miss the self-confidence unique to sailing that comes from overcoming problems--that's the grit coaches and future employers look for."

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Oman Air Wins Wintery GC32 Villasimius Cup
The GC32 Villasimius Cup has a worthy winner in Oman Air supported by EFG Private Bank Monaco, but her lead of nine points as the ten flying catamarans returned to Marina di Villasimius this afternoon was no reflection of the competition's closeness. Today the Omanis may once again have been lowest scorers, but Alinghi and INEOS Rebels UK were only one and two points behind. This situation would have been markedly different too had these two teams not been called OCS in the final race, causing them to finish seventh and eighth respectively.

After a strong start to the event Franck Cammas and NORAUTO had a Saturday the Volvo Ocean Race and Route du Rhum winner would rather forget and a decidedly mixed Sunday, the French team's bullets in the third and final races surrounded by deep results.

Adam Minoprio squelched ashore wet and shivering slightly, but otherwise very delighted. He has previously won many GC32 Racing Tour events - even the very first back on Lake Traunsee in 2013, plus several when he helped win NORAUTO the GC32 title in 2016, but this was his first event as helm for Oman Air.

Second event of the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour will be the GC32 World Championship, taking place in Lagos, Portugal over 26-30 June.

Final top five
1. Team Oman Air, Adam Minoprio, OMN, 44 points
2. Alinghi, Ernesto Bertarelli, SUI, 53
3. INEOS Rebels UK, Ben Ainslie, GBR, 60
4. NORAUTO, Franck Cammas, FRA, 67
5. Red Bull Sailing Team, Roman Hagara / Hans-Peter Steinacher, AUT, 88

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Circolo Della Vela Bari Wins One Ocean Sailing Champions League
Circolo della Vela Bari from Italy has won the second Qualifier of the 2019 season of the SAILING Champions League hosted by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda after an almost impeccable display of sportsboat tactics in Porto Cervo, Sardinia (23 to 26 May 2019). The top seven finishing clubs from Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, France and Austria earned their place for the Final in St Moritz later this summer.

Out on the water, the 24 clubs enjoyed a variety of sailing conditions - windy on day one, light airs on day two, and moderate breeze for day three. Unfortunately a big storm over Sardinia brought rain and more than 25 knots of wind for Sunday, and the final races were unable to take place. However, the sailors from 16 nations had plenty of champagne sailing to enjoy over the previous three days.

Last August in St Moritz, helmsman Simone Ferrarese along with Valerio Galati, Leonardo Dinelli and Corrado Capece Minutolo, won the 2018 edition of the SAILING Champions League. The crew representing Circolo della Vela Bari returned to league competition in fine style, winning the Qualifier in Porto Cervo and securing their place at this summer's final which again is set to take place in St Moritz from 15 to 18 August.

The seven qualified clubs from Porto Cervo for the SAILING Champions League Final are:
1. Circolo della Vela Bari (Italy)
2. Regattaclub Bodensee (Switzerland)
3. Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee (Germany)
4. Seglervereinigung Kreuzlingen (Switzerland)
5. Kungliga Svenska Segelsallskapet (Sweden)
6. Societe des Regates Rochelaises (France)
7. Yacht Club Breitenbrunn (Austria)

Just over a month from now, the third and final Qualifier is set to take place in St Petersburg, Russia, from 4 to 7 July, when the last six clubs will earn their place at the final.

It's about the cost not the price - 11th Hour Racing
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The key to this is a business process called life cycle assessment (LCA), which tracks and calculates the sustainability of products all the way from sourcing and transport of raw materials, through manufacture, packaging, distribution, retail and use, to recycling or disposal. Only by considering the entire life cycle of a product can we assess its impact on the environment in a meaningful way. Designers can make responsible choices while selecting materials and production processes, and ultimately create a product that is better for the consumers and the planet.

Full article in the June issue of Seahorse

Melges 20 World League Puntaldia
Puntaldia, Sardinia: The youngest team of the Melges 20 fleet, sailing onboard the Argentinian Boogie 2.0 by Pierluigi Giannattasio, won today its first event ever in the Melges 20 World League, during the leg of Puntaldia. This success is a great step up for Boogie 2.0, confirming its continuous growth with a victory obtained in front and against all the big names of the Melges 20 fleet.

A single race was completed today, in heavy rains and light and shifty winds: the conditions were particularly challenging, but Giulio Desiderato, calling tactics onboard Boogie 2.0, seemed particularly confident with this situation. Boogie 2.0, with no fear in front of some of the legends of the Melges 20 Class, pushed to build the first success of Pierluigi Giannattasio's young career within the Melges 20 class.

The success for Boogie 2.0 is not the result of an exploit but it was built with a solid performance already highlighted in yesterday's three races that had projected the crew of Pierluigi Giannattasio on the top of the ranking, on the equals with the leader (for best partial), the super champions onboard Russian Bogatyrs by Igor Rytov. From this standings Boogie was able to pull the winning leg today, finishing third in the only race held (which adds up to 4-3-5 from yesterday as partial) and leaving the remaining steps of the podium to the Russian couple composed of Russian Bogatyrs, detached by 4 points (2-6-4-7) and by Pirogovo by Alexander Ezhkov at 9 lengths (3-1-14-6).

The act of Puntaldia, in addition to the winner's name, offers other elements of "revolution" within the hierarchy of the fleet, as shown by the fourth place in the overall ranking gained by the Corinthian crew of the Italian Siderval team, (17-4-1-8) that left behind also the reigning World Champions on Stig by Alessandro Rombelli.

After the event of Puntaldia, Russian Bogatyrs further strengthens the leadership in the World Ranking of the Melges World League. The Melges 20 fleet is now heading towards the Tuscan race course of Marina di Scarlino (14 - 16 June).

Final top five
1. Pierluigi Giannattasio, ITRA, 15 points
2. Igor Rytov, RUS, 19
3. Alexander Ezhkov, RUS, 24
4. Marco GIannini, ITA, 30
5. Alessandro Rombelli, ITA, 30

Full results on

EUROSAF Club Sailing European Championship
Today was the last day of the event. The weather conditions were not brilliant at all. After waiting for wind, unfortunately the race committee decided to abandon the races.

As of the consolidated classification with 39 races, the Eurosaf European Champion 2019 for club sailing is the RCO Regattaclub Oberhofen (SUI) with 48 points. Congratulations! On the second position the team Union Yacht Club Wörthersee (AUT), 49 points, and on the third place the Swiss team from YCB Yachtclub Bielerseee (SUI).

Laser European Championship
It was an intense week on the Atlantic front of Porto with more than 300 sailors, representing 55 countries towards the European title.

In the Laser Standard category, British sailor Lorenzo Chiavarini became European Champion, with Australian Matthew Wearn winner of the Open trophy.

In the Women's Laser Radial category, Anne-Marie Rindom of Denmark maintained the hegemony of the first days and secured victory by winning in the penultimate race of the day.

In the Laser Radial Open category, Polish sailor Aleksander Arian became European Champion.

In the Under-21 Laser Radial, the title went to the Irish sailor Jamie McMahon.

After 12 races during the 6 days of competition, the 2019 Laser European Championship, held at Porto, was considered a success by the present sailors.

Full results

Cowes Week Title Sponsor Appoints Administrators
The title sponsors of Cowes Week 2019, Lendy Ltd, have entered administration today (Friday), it has been announced.

Following action taken by the Finance Conduct Authority (FCA), Lendy Ltd appointed Damian Webb, Phillip Rodney Sykes and Mark John Wilson of RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP as administrators this afternoon.

According to the FCA there is an ongoing investigation into the circumstances that have led to this action.

It is unclear how tonight's news will now affect the running of this year's Cowes Week.

It was announced in June 2017 that Lendy Ltd had agreed with Cowes Week Limited (CWL) to be the title sponsors of the world-renowned event for a period of 3 years. It now seems almost certain that a new sponsor will be needed for the Isle of Wight event in the years ahead.

Earlier in the week Island Echo approached Cowes Week Limited to discuss the sponsorship deal with Lendy amid rumours of changes afoot.

A spokesperson from Cowes Week Ltd said: "Cowes Week Limited (CWL) is understandably disappointed to learn that Lendy has entered administration and will not be able to meet its contractual obligations to what would have been the final Cowes Week of its three-year title sponsorship deal.

"CWL has been monitoring Lendy's financial difficulties for some time and has made robust contingency plans to deal with this eventuality.

"While there may be some short-term financial implications, the event itself is under no threat and will remain one of the highlights of the British social and sporting calendar, as it has for the last 194 years.

"This year's regatta will take place in August as usual, with a full programme of racing and shoreside entertainment, featuring the hugely anticipated UK edition of the global SailGP F50 championship and preceded by the prestigious King's Cup regatta.

"Discussions regarding sponsorship for 2020 and beyond are already underway with several interested parties.

"In due course, CWL looks forward to welcoming a new headline partner for Cowes Week and to beginning the next chapter in the evolution of this world-famous historic regatta."

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