In This Issue
• Circolo della Vela Bari wins the One Ocean Sailing Champions League
• Stellar line-up for Lysekil Women's Match
• Refit Sales Manager Required
• Monopoly? What Monopoly?
• International Etchells Cowes Fleet Sir Kenneth Preston Regatta
• What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
• Stockholm International Team Race Regatta
• Warm Southerlies For This Weekend's Wilsonian
• Statement From Peters & May CEO David Holley on My Song
• Featured Brokerage:
• • 2006 Corby 37 - "Aurora"
• • Swan 60-902 Petite Flamme
• • Rapido 40 - NEW BOAT
• The Last Word: Dr. Seuss
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Circolo della Vela Bari wins the One Ocean Sailing Champions League
Porto Cervo, Italy: The bad weather did not allow the regattas to take place on the last day of the One Ocean SAILING Champions League which saw the classification confirmed with the Circolo della Vela Bari in first place. The event, organized by the YCCS, was supported by the Audi Main Partner and the One Ocean Foundation partnership.
During the three days of competitions, 39 races were held, completing 13 total flights, valid for qualifying for the St. Moritz final scheduled from 15 to 18 August. Today the Race Committee, after initially postponing the start of the tests at 11.30, announced the final decision not to race motivated by bad weather with variable wind from 18 knots up to gusts of 26 knots and formed wave, making the conditions unsafe for the transfer of crews on board the J / 70s of the YCCS fleet.
The winner of the Porto Cervo semi-final is the Italian team of the Circolo della Vela Bari followed by the Regattaclub Bodensee and the Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee, respectively second and third. Among the first seven teams to qualify for the final we find in order: the Seglervereinigung Kreuzlingen, Kungliga Svenska Segelsällskapet, the Société de Regates Rochelaises and the Yacht Club Breitenbrunn.
Stellar line-up for Lysekil Women's Match
The line-up for the Women's Match Racing World Championship 2019 in Lysekil is now official and includes a list of top ranked teams and former World Championship medallists.
Lysekil Women's Match has, since it started in 2004, evolved into the leading international match racing event for women on the circuit. This year, the event is bigger and more prestigious as it has also been awarded official World Championship status from World Sailing.
Among the teams that are entering the event, raced August 5-11, ten have been invited according to their position on the official world ranking. For skipper Anna Östling, World Champion in 2014 and 2016, the event in Lysekil on her home arena will be a career highlight.
In May, a qualifying event was raced in Gothenburg where the winning team as well as the best Swedish team was awarded a ticket to Lysekil Women's Match. Claire Leroy, a double World Champion won the final and Marie Björling and her team ended up third and the best Swedish team in the regatta. Marie Björling raced in Lysekil in 2009 and won silver when the event was also the official World Championship.
Skipper line-up for the Women's Match Racing World Championship 2019
(Skipper, ranking, nationality)
Pauline Courtois, 1, (FRA)
Trine Palludan, 2, (DEN)
Anna Ostling, 3, (SWE)
Johanna Bergqvist, 4, (SWE)
Marinella Laaksonen, 5, (FIN)
Nicole Breault, 6, (USA)
Margot Vennin, 7, (FRA)
Alexa Bezel, 8, (SUI)
Lucy Macgregor, 10, (GBR) - Defending World Champion
Renée Groeneveld, 13, (NED)
Claire Leroy, 15, (FRA)
Marie Bjorling, 36, (SWE)
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Monopoly? What Monopoly?
The Finn class has a long history and has been witness to many changes in the sailing world. It originates from a, perhaps, more simpler time, when many of today's problems did not exist. The original intention of the design, to allow people to build their own boats and compete in friendly international competition, led to a robust set of Class Rules, that have been developed and fine tuned to cope with changes in technology and safety, but while leaving the basic shape and structure untouched.
Today the class is strong because of the consistency and commercial competitiveness brought about by these Class Rules. They created an open market, where anyone could build a Finn, but also such that builders could make equipment commercially available in competition with other builders. Each boat is tested for dimensions, for weight and most importantly, for weight distribution. There are no super Finns and no way to create a super Finn; there are only the Class Rules.
Over time various builders have found favour with the sailors and it is not uncommon for one builder to create fast boats that everyone wants: Tormentor, Raudaschl, Taylor, Vanguard, and today Devoti.
That Devoti Sailing is the most common builder in recent years led World Sailing President Kim Andersen to incorrectly state in an interview with Sail-World, published 24 October 2018, "In the Rio Olympics, the Finn class is probably the biggest monopoly. Because there are 23 boats, 22 of those came from the same manufacturer."
Whether by intent or implication, this message was previously stated by World Sailing CEO, Andy Hunt. In a letter to World Sailing members, dated October 15, he wrote, "One common argument for measurement controlled one design is that anybody can produce everywhere in the world - the facts are far from this... For instance, for the Finn … 22 out of 23 boats in Rio … from one single manufacturer. So despite even in a free to build market, the potential for exclusivity remains."
However these statements distort the truth. Notwithstanding that hulls all came from the same builder, there were three mast manufacturers, four boom manufacturers, six foil manufacturers and three sail manufacturers represented within the Finn fleet at the Rio 2016 Olympics. That is certainly no monopoly.
Full article by Robert Deaves at: finnclass.org/news/20-news/1044-monopoly-what-monopoly
International Etchells Cowes Fleet Sir Kenneth Preston Regatta
This weekend saw the 25th year of the Sir Kenneth Preston Trophy; in memory of the retired Vice Commodore of the Royal Yacht Squadron and captain of the 1960 British Olympic sailing team. Previous notable recipients of the prize (and who feature on the plaque in the Squadron) are Stuart Childerley and three times winner Laurence Mead.
This year's event saw fourteen Etchells entered, and three youth teams. This is in keeping with Sir Kenneth Preston's personal aim to support young sailors.
Saturday began with blue skies, warm weather and no wind, which led to an hour postponement to racing. This allowed crews to tweak rigs, sunbathe and have Tiffin's breakfasts. At midday a sea breeze began to fill in and the Etchells made their way to Hill head race area for some windward leeward courses. Three races were run, which saw competitive racing at all points in the fleet. Particular note should be made of Peter Roger's team who took the lead in the first race and Grant Simmer's team who came first in races 2 and 3.
Sunday saw a new band of pressure across the Solent, with brief glimpses of sunshine. The wind direction was similar to Saturday, a westerly, but with a bit more of a kick (average 18 knots). This led to a challenging sea-state of short, sharp chop in the racing area. First place in race 5 went to William McNeil and in race 6 Grant Simmer took the lead. Particularly notable was the performance of Robby Boyd and his youth team in Race five, who had a very clean and quick race and finished in 3rd.
Monday was the final day of racing in the SKP. The conditions were very glamorous, with blue skies and an average of 15knots, beginning as a NW and swinging round to a Westerly throughout the day. The bigger waves led to lots of surfing downwind and some great action photographs. The fleet had clean starts all day, with the comforting call of 'line clear' in both races. The last race of the day saw Jolly Roger winning, proving that you can win the social and then win races.
1. Grant Simmer / Graeme Spence / Sam Haines
2. William McNeill/Toby Mumford/Toby Yeabsley (1st Corinthian)
3. Peter Rogers/Neil Harrison/Charlie Cumberley
(Truly) something else - Part II
Turning the Eagle 53 foiling cat and its Hybrid Wing into reality was not the work of a moment. Paul Bieker, Randy Smyth, Stephen Robert, Wolfgang Chamberlain
Oiled wool and waxed cotton... not so much
The garment requirements for the next America's Cup have more in common with motocross body armour than traditional yachting apparel
The new norm - Part II
If we are to plough on into the world of foiling Ultims we are going to be relying increasingly on the quality of the maths. Renaud Banuls
If you want to know how competitive the revamped EFG Sailing Arabia - The Tour was this year ask Volvo Ocean Race champion Franck Cammas... who has just experienced life 'below the fold'
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All-carbon gatecrash. Andi Robertson
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Stockholm International Team Race Regatta
The Stockholm International Team Race Regatta was sailed on Stockholms Ström on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 24-26. There were five teams from some of the leading sailing clubs in the world who participated, eight sailors in each team divided into two boats.
Starting on Friday morning with information for all officials to get the whole organization in place. Many people and boats are required to arrange a Team Race Regatta. After that the skippers meeting with information about the race and some good advice from the chief judge. The sail area for the first day was Ryssviken. A lovely sailing area below Skansen, outside Beckholmen and the Navigation Society's harbour I Stockholm.
On Sunday there was a mixed weather mostly rain and strong villages up to 12-16 m/s from SV. The race area was again in Ryssviken as the first day. After finishing RR4 Semi-finals between NHYC (1 in RR) and KSSS (4 in RR) as well as RTYC (2 in RR) and NYCC (3 in RR) started just before twelve.
Due to occasionally heavy rain and strong gusts of wind, it became very exciting sailing. Especially at the start, it was intense when two boats fighting the other two boats about the best position, in two boat team racing it´s simple not to finish last. The final between NHYC and RTYC was settled in three very tight and exciting sailings where NHYC won with two victories of three.
Results Stockholm International Team Race Regatta 2019
1 Newport Harbor Yacht Club, NHYC, USA
2 Royal Thames Yacht Club, RTYC, GBR
3 Kungliga Svenska Segel Sallskapet, KSSS, SWE
4 New York Yacht Club, NYYC, USA
5 Gamla Stans Yacht Sallskap, GSYS, SWE
Warm Southerlies For This Weekend's Wilsonian
Warm southerly winds beckon for the Wilsonian River Challenge this weekend on the Medway estuary. Could this finally be the start of summer? Taking place on 1&2 June, the next event in the Great British Sailing Challenge looks set for a fantastic weekend of handicap racing, open to most types of monohull dinghy.
With more than 40 boats already entered, competition across the many classes will be close. If you want to be part of it, make sure you complete online entry by Wednesday evening 29 May. Note that there is no entry on the day.
There's a good spread of classes already entered, including:
The racing takes place under the Great Lakes variation on the standard RYA PY numbers, the same numbers used and well proven in the Selden SailJuice Winter Series. One of the competitors will be former SailJuice Winter Series winner Andy Peake who is stepping out of his Musto Skiff and into the RS600 for this event.
Saturday is a long distance race with the navigational adventure of racing in the estuary. It will be a bit of beating, reaching, running, and then after the first hour it will turn into a more standard race to keep all the boats in one place and finish them close together. With a target time of 100 minutes, the long distance offers an opportunity for the faster boats to stretch their legs, while on the Sunday it will be three back-to-back short course handicap races that will work more in favour of the slower boats.
Entry is open to all non-foiling monohull centreboard dinghies with a Great Lakes Handicap Number equal to or lower than the Topper 5.3 and Challenger Trimarans.
There's plenty of accommodation nearby. The website www.visitmedway.org/getting-here/visitor-information-centre will give you all local B&Bs, Guest Houses, Premier Inn, Travelodge and other hotels. The nearest towns are Hoo St Werburgh and Strood.
Online entry is open at www.sailingchallenge.org
Statement From Peters & May CEO David Holley on My Song
We were informed of the loss of a yacht from the deck of the MV Brattinsborg at approximately 0400hr LT on 26th May 2019. The yacht is sailing yacht MY SONG. Upon receipt of the news Peters & May instructed the captain of the MV Brattinsborg to attempt salvage whilst 3rd party salvors were appointed.
The vessel maintained visual contact with MY SONG until the air and sea search was initiated. As of 0900hr BST on 28th May 2019 the salvage attempts are still ongoing. To ensure the safety of the remaining yachts, Peters & May have instructed the carrying vessel to continue her planned voyage to Genoa. No other yachts have been affected by this incident.
A full investigation into the cause of the incident has been launched, however the primary assessment is that the yacht's cradle (owned and provided by the yacht, warrantied by the yacht for sea transport and assembled by the yacht's crew) collapsed during the voyage from Palma to Genoa and subsequently resulted in the loss of MY SONG overboard. I will add that this is the initial assessment and is subject to confirmation in due course.
Full statement: www.sail-world.com/news/217965/
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