In This Issue
2019 D-Marin ORC World Championship starts Friday
44Cup Rovinj Opening Day
Seahorse Sailor Of The Month
Super Maxi SHK Scallywag Sets Sights on Line Honors Trophy
Moth Europeans
Logicalis Gorey Regatta
Ran Tan II loses keel enroute to USA
Fleet builds for 75th Rolex Sydney Hobard Race
5O5 Class Exhibition Comes To Barcelona
Featured Charter: Gran Soleil 50 - Sidney II
Featured Brokerage:
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• • Carkeek 40 - GALAXY
• • Abromowitz Sharp & Associates
The Last Word: Kurt Vonnegut

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2019 D-Marin ORC World Championship starts Friday
Sibenik, Croatia - D-Marin Mandalina, Sailing Club Val and the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) are pleased to welcome 113 teams of competitors from 17 nations to the 2019 D-Marin ORC World Championship. The event runs over 31 May - 8 June and is based in the beautiful and historic town of Sibenik in Croatia, with race course areas set to the west among the adjacent islands of the famous Dalmatian coast.

After measurement and registration is held over Friday-Sunday, 31 May - 2 June, then racing begins on Monday 3 June with the long offshore race finishing on Tuesday 4 June, followed by two days of inshore course racing on Wednesday-Thursday, 5-6 June. Friday 7 June will be a short offshore or coastal race, and racing concludes on Saturday 8 June with more inshore racing and the Prizegiving ceremonies in the evening.

This large fleet will be divided based on boat size and speed into three separate classes that will be competing for three separate ORC World Championship titles. Class A has the largest and fastest yachts in the fleet, and features 14 teams from 8 countries.

In Class B the challenge will be not only the numerous past champions in this class, but the size of the class itself: at 49 entries from 10 countries, this is one of the largest turnouts in Class B competition since ORC World championships started two decades ago in 1999.

As usual, Class C is the largest at the Worlds, and has this year been capped to 50 entries to allow races managers to handle the large crowds on their course area. This has been a battleground for existing production racer and racer/cruiser designs, but also several custom designs introduced in the last several years.

44Cup Rovinj Opening Day
A difficult opening day of the Adris 44Cup Rovinj saw just one race completed and a worthy winner in Igor Lah's Team CEEREF. But perhaps never in the history of the 44Cup have so many different teams led during one race.

As Peninsula Petroleum tactician, America's Cup winning helmsman Ed Baird observed: "There was a lot going on – everyone had a taste of the lead and everyone had a taste of not leading."

After a southeasterly had developed enough to cause the fleet to be called out of their berths in ACI Marina Rovinj, the wind died, but the race officials spotted an area of northerly breeze up.

Down the last run, hanging on port gybe the longest of the three leaders, taking them all the way to the starboard layline where they found a little more pressure, followed by an immaculate gybe, caused the Team CEEREF to take first place.

"It was a funny race," recounted Igor Lah. "We went from first to last and back to first, but the important thing is to be first across the finish line. I was completely exhausted because I was so nervous all of the time as we were trying to gain every centimetre."

Adrian Stead observed; "It was a day about being very reactive to every bit of wind you had. On the downwind when it was our gust, it felt like if you could stay in it longest you could make the biggest gain."

Behind there was a photo finish for second that went the way of Vladimir Prosikhin's Team Nika ahead of Bronenosec Sailing Team. However Kirill Frolov was satisfied with his race. "At the first weather mark rounding we did a fast early gybe and we got a nice gust that put us into first place. The second downwind was very nice too, but Team CEEREF did better, about 150m further down on the right side."

There was an even better photo finish between the final five with Torbjörn Törnqvist's Artemis Racing and Peninsula Petroleum coming out on top.

Sadly the wind then began to misbehave and after contemplating setting up a course in a new southeasterly wind, PRO Peter Reggio thought better of it and wisely sent everyone home. Of the wind today he commented: "There are 360 degrees in the compass and we hit 387 of them! I don't like to chase breeze, but today you had to. We got really lucky with that one race because when they finished the sun came out and killed everything."

Tomorrow racing is scheduled to start once again at 1200.

Seahorse Sailor Of The Month
2019 D-Marin ORC World Championship starts Friday
Last month's winner:

Brandon Linton (AUS)
'I'm glad he's on our team and not on anyone else's' - Jim Turner; 'These guys have built the fastest monohull in the world, give the builders some credit!' - Johnny Hallyday; 'Great job, go Brandon!' - Adolfo Carrau; 'That grumpiest of cats can build a mean boat' - Todd Thomas; 'His boatbuilding skills are exceeded only by his charming personality' - Sherri Caraccia (are we on a mission!!!); 'He's always there quietly contributing success to many of the top projects' - Jon Williams; 'I wouldn't want to build a boat with anyone else, his attention to details and knowledge of composites is genuinely second to none' - Tim Hackett.

This month's nominees:


2019 D-Marin ORC World Championship starts Friday Asia Pajkowska (POL)
While the Golden Globe fleet was making its gentle (sorry, VDH) way around the globe there were others less well-known out there doing the same but on an even more personal level. The first Polish woman to complete a solo non-stop round the world voyage, Pajkowska onboard her aluminium 40-footer started three months after the Golden Globe but beat the race's last finisher Tapio Lehtinen home by over four weeks...


2019 D-Marin ORC World Championship starts Friday Paul Cayard (USA)
Star World Champion in 1988 and still 100 per cent on fire in 2019. Paul celebrated his 60th birthday during the Star Sailors League Grand Slam on Lake Garda, where in a windy regatta and with no limits on pumping (we said 60th birthday) he finished third overall and third Star World Champion behind Scheidt and Rohart. In fact, only two of 10 finalists were not wearing a gold star. Davis in the OKs, PC in the Star, our two columnists are totally lit in 2019...


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Super Maxi SHK Scallywag Sets Sights on Line Honors Trophy
In less than one month, on June 25, a fleet of 15 yachts will set off from Newport, R.I., on the 2019 Transatlantic Race. Among the entrants one stands out as a clear favorite for line honors in the 3,000-nautical mile race across the Pond - SHK Scallywag, the 100-foot super maxi skippered by David Witt, the well-traveled ocean racer from Sydney, Australia.

SHK Scallywag, backed by Hong Kong-based Seng Huang Lee and Sun Hung Kai & Co., recently won line honors in the Antigua-Bermuda Race, covering the 935-nautical-mile course in 3 days, 8 hours and 54 minutes. After seeing the speedo top out between 25 and 30 knots blast reaching on the first night, the race turned light for a stretch. Still, Witt said it offered valuable work on crew maneuvers and systems.

"It was good to do the Antigua-Bermuda Race, good to do a thousand-mile race," said the 48-year-old Witt. "It helped us develop our crew work for the Transat, but it was quite light, a bit different from what the Transat will be. We're looking forward to the challenge."

The Transatlantic Race 2019 is organized jointly by the Royal Yacht Squadron, New York Yacht Club, Royal Ocean Racing Club and Storm Trysail Club. The race is a direct descendant of the first great transatlantic ocean race, which started from New York Harbor on December 11, 1866. The 2019 edition will be the 31st transatlantic race organized by the New York Yacht Club, and it remains one of the sport's most enticing challenges.

The crew features a handful of sailors with trans-oceanic experience, including navigator Miles Seddon of the U.K. (an electronics specialist), bowman Ben Piggot of Australia (who was the youngest sailor at the start of the past Volvo Ocean Race), Annemieke Bes of the Netherlands (an Olympic silver medalist who sailed her first Volvo Ocean Race in 2017-'18) and Pete Cumming of the U.K. (has done eight transatlantic crossings).

The Notice of Race for the Transatlantic Race 2019 can be found on the race's website, along with entry information and a full archive of race documents, results, blogs, photos and videos from the 2011 and 2015 races. -- Sean McNeill

Moth Europeans
Lagos, Portugal: After four races completed on day 2 at the International Moth Championships in Portugal at Clube de Vela de Lagos, Francesco Bruni of Italy has a 10 point lead.

Bruni (1,1,2,1) has 5 points after four races and leads from Britain's David Hivey (2,3,9,2) on 16 points and Ross Harvey (13,4,7,3) on 27 points.

Brad Funk of the USA started well with a 3 and 2, and a win in race 3, but then failed to finish race 4, which places him down in 14th place until the first discard kicks in.

Top five
1. Francesco Bruni, ITA, 5 points
2. David Hivey, GBR, 16
3. Ross Harvey, GBR, 27
4. Francisco Andrade, POR, 28
5. Matthew Lea, GBR, 29

Full results:

Event site:

Logicalis Gorey Regatta
Yachts visiting the Channel Islands in late July are invited to take part in one of the oldest sailing events in the world - the 2018 Logicalis Gorey Regatta.

Established in 1857, the two-day event - taking place this year on 27-28 July - provides sailors of all types with the opportunity to compete in the Royal Bay of Grouville on Jersey's east coast, underneath the spectacular backdrop of Mont Orgueil Castle.

There will be handicap races for cruising yachts, multihulls, dayboats, dinghies and windsurfers, attracting sailors of all ages from St Catherine's Sailing Club and St Helier Yacht Club as well as the home port of Gorey.

With social events that include a beach barbecue and a prize-giving buffet, the event provides the Island's sailing community with an opportunity to combine shore-based fun with hard-fought competition on the water, a combination that ensures the event's continued popularity after 162 years.

Further information and entry details can be found on the association's website -

Ran Tan II loses keel enroute to USA
Brian Petersen's Elliott 50 Ran Tan II, while in transit from its homeland of Auckland, NZL to Los Angeles, USA for the 2019 Transpac Race in July, activated their EPIRB on May 30 when the keel completely separated from the hull and sunk. The crew reports the boat to be upright and stable in the slight seas with liferaft launched and ready. The crew is with the boat and waiting to be rescued by a Mexican fishing boat.

Additional updates here:

Fleet builds for 75th Rolex Sydney Hobard Race
A mix of newcomers and race-winning veterans headline a 75-strong fleet already entered in the 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the historic 75th staging of the iconic Australian sporting event.

The Cayman Islands-registered Caro is the latest, returning to the race after a five-year hiatus, bringing the number of entries to 75 with five months remaining for further entries.

Two multiple-race-winning yachts, Love & War and Quest, have officially announced their return, with many more expected before entries close on 25 October. Oskana (previouslyVictoire) is another previous winner who's registered for the 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart, having won the Tattersall Cup in 2013.

Simon Kurts' Sparkman & Stephens 47, Love & War (NSW) is one of only two yachts to ever win the Tattersall Cup three times - in 1974, 1978 and 2006 - and is making her triumphant return after a few years' absence from the great race. Alongside her entry is Bob Steel's TP52, Quest, a two-time overall winner in 2008 as Quest and 2015 as Balance.

The bulk of the 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race fleet currently sits in the 40-50ft range, where most yacht owners have their eye on the Tattersall Cup for the overall win. French entrant Daguet (Mylius 50), About Time (Cookson 50) and Carrera S (Marten 49) are just some of the Rolex Sydney Hobart first-timers, who join the likes of race veterans Black Sheep (Beneteau First 45), Chancellor (Beneteau 47.7) and Last Tango (Salona 44) in the hotly-contested range.

The returning yachts with their sights on line-honours victory include Peter Harburg's Black Jack (Qld) and Christian Beck's Infotrack (NSW), the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart line-honours winner as Perpetual Loyal.

The race within the race for line honours is sure to grow as more 100ft super maxis are expected to enter the 75th Rolex Sydney Hobart, which starts on spectacular Sydney Harbour on 26 December before heading south, finishing at Constitution Dock, Hobart.

5O5 Class Exhibition Comes To Barcelona
Barcelona. Spain: The International 5o5 Class has announced registration is open for an Exhibition Regatta at the Barcelona International Sailing Centre, to be held the 7th, 8th and 9th June 2019.

Building on the success the Class has seen throughout the rest of Europe, the International 5o5 Class and the Barcelona International Sailing Centre are hosting this inaugural event to introduce the boat and class to local sailors, as well as provide current 5o5 sailors with opportunities to compete in Spain. Though the Class not historically being active in Spain, a number of local sailors have expressed interest in racing the popular 5o5.

Registrations to date include a number of teams from across Europe, as well as teams flying in from Australia and the United States.

The racing kicks off on Friday 7th with many of the boats practicing earlier in the week.

As the Class looks to grow its presence in Spain, Class leaders are also looking at venues to host future World and European Championships.

More information can be found on the 505 International Class website.

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