In This Issue
New ORC World Champions: XIO, Selene-Alifax and Sugar 3
Richomme Wins Stage 1 of La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro In Kinsale, Ireland
Elies leads La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro from Kinsale on changed channel course
Beneath the Surface - Cape Horn Engineering
Jethou and Wallyno day one maxi winners at Rolex Giraglia
Historic sailboat sinks in Germany after container ship collision
Italy crowned Hempel World Cup Series Nations Trophy Champions
Match Race Germany
Scarlet Oyster wins RORC De Guingand Bowl
Letters to the Editor
Featured Charter: 2016 IRC 46 - Pata Negra
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New ORC World Champions: XIO, Selene-Alifax and Sugar 3
Sibenik, Croatia - For two classes on this final day of the 2019 D-Marin ORC World Championship, the fate of the podium positions would be in the hands of the wind gods: would there be enough wind for only one race? Of for two races? Or maybe none at all? Two races would trigger an inshore race discard for Classes A ad C, while Class B needed only one race for this feature that would alter the outcome of the final scores.

The day started warmer and more humid than usual, even with an earlier start time planned for 10:00 AM in the hope that races could be started in a breeze destined by the forecast to die out by mid-afternoon. But out in the Alpha and Bravo course areas the glassy conditions were not a good sign.

Eventually a 7-9 knot southerly built up and stabilized enough that a course was set and racing started in Class A and Class C. The podium situation in Class A was academic, with Marco Serafini's TP 52 XIO earning all bullets (a "picket fence") on the scoreboard, except for a lone second place in the first long offshore race.

At stake was who would take the Silver and Bronze positions. Sandro Paniccia's Scuderia 50 Altair 3 would settle that with a 2ndearned in this race, and with Georgios Petrochilos's Swan 45 Ex Officio getting third, Roberto Monti and his team on their TP 52 Air is Blue were thankful their first place earned in the first race broke the tie with the Greeks and kept them in the Bronze position, the second time for Monti and team after a similar performance at the 2012 Worlds in Helsinki.

Class B had just one race to trigger the discard, and this was important to determine the final order among the three Swan 42's in the podium positions in this class. Winning four out of the five inshore races was Andrea Rossi's Mela, and today's second was impressive as well, given that after 1.25 hours of sailing their loss was by only 3 seconds. Yet this team could never build enough gap with their rivals to overcome the 11th place finish in the first non-discardable long offshore race, and as a result they had to settle for Bronze medals.

By a margin of five points, Massimo De Campo's Selene-Alifax who emerged as the 2019 ORC Class B World Champions, an honor shared among all members of the team: Michele Meotto, Camillo Galiano, Lorenzo Pujatti, Andrea Bussani, Branko Brcin, Alessandro Alberti, SergioMichieli, Alberto Leghissa, Fulvio Manuelli, Giovanni Battista Ballico, Massimo De Campo, and Pierclaudio De Martin.

The most dramatic turn of events today was in Class C, where Zdenek Jakoubek's M37 Hebe V had an 8-point lead and looked assured of winning the title regardless of whether one or two races were held had they just remained consistent in their performance. Their string of two wins and three 2nd-places was impressive and consistent, and the team on Ott Kikkas's Italia 11.98 Sugar 3 seemed resigned to their fate of having to settle for a Silver medal despite having won three races outright, including the non-discardable series opener.

This is apparently what happened with the Hebe team, as they got entangled at the start, were late off the line, and were unable to find the lanes needed to recover to get back to the leaders. In a fleet of 50 boats this can be a disaster, and their 13thplace earned in this race pushed them back far enough to erode that points margin with Sugar 3, and had Maria Jose Vila Valero's GS 37BC Tanit IV Medilevel had their own problems to finish back in 10thplace, they may have been at risk to lose the Silver medal position as well to the Spanish who finished with Bronze.

So, with a scoreline of 1-7-1-3-4-1, the mixed Estonian-Italian team on Sugar 3 are the new ORC Class C World Champions.


Full results

Richomme Wins Stage 1 of La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro In Kinsale, Ireland
From what is considered the most competitive fleet ever, Yoann Richomme won the opening stage of the 50th La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro. The open, strategic 545-nautical mile leg from Nantes across the Celtic Sea to Kinsale in Ireland proved to be an appropriately testing introduction of the new Figaro Beneteau foil assisted one design yacht.

Predominantly light and very changeable winds prevailed through the marathon four days and four nights of racing offering very little opportunity to rest. Expected to finish into the picturesque Irish haven on Wednesday, the stage overran by a full 24 hours.

Richomme was drafted on to the Hellowork-Groupe Telegramme Figaro Beneteau 3 two months ago as a replacement for Charles Caudrelier who moved to co-skipper an Ultime trimaran.

Leg 1 of this 2019 edition is one which will be long remembered as an emotional rollercoaster of big gains and losses, big comebacks and correspondingly sizeable slumps, all becoming almost commonplace. The key choice of Richomme to carry on the direct, northwards course across the Celtic Sea - made on the strength of his careful assimilation of his new weather update - was the foundation stone of his win. But he, too, staged an impressive return.

Top 10, Leg 1, Nantes to Kinsale - Elapsed Time:
1. Yoann Richomme - Hellowork - Groupe Telegramme - 4 days, 3 hours, 35 mins, 8 seconds
2. Tom Laperche (Bizuth) - Bretagne CMB Espoir - 4 days, 3 hours, 36 mins, 21 seconds
3. Pierre Leboucher - Guyout Environnement - 4 days, 3 hours, 38 mins, 55 seconds
4. Eric Peron - French Touch - 4 days, 3 hours, 45 mins, 42 seconds
5. Corentn Douguet - NF Habitiat - 4 days, 3 hours, 46 mins, 13 seconds
6. Loick Peyron - Action Enfance - 4 days, 3 hours, 56 mins, 51 seconds
7. Damien Cloarec - Damien Cloarec Skipper - 4 days, 3 hours, 59 mins, 32 seconds
8. Michel Desjoyeaux - Lumibird - 4 days, 3 hours, 59 mins, 41 seconds
9. Martin Le Pape - Skipper Macif 2017 - 4 days, 4 hours, 00 mins, 12 seconds
10. Benjamin Schwartz (Bizuth) - Action Contre La Faim - 4 days, 4 hours, 26 mins, 23 seconds

Elies leads La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro from Kinsale on changed channel course
The northern latitudes of the Isle of Man once again will remain unconquered by the solo sailors of La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro, after the planned course for stage 2 of the 50th anniversary edition was radically altered to avoid strong northerly winds in the Irish Sea.

Instead of the scheduled 250 miles windward leg to turn at the Isle of Man and a downwind to the finish in Roscoff, the 535 miles course which started off Kinsale at 1700hrs local time today, Sunday 9 June, in beautiful sunshine and 12-15 knot westerly winds, will return the 45 boat fleet to their more usual hunting grounds of the Channel.

Rather then taking the fleet of brand new, relatively unproven Beneteau Figaro 3s into the Irish Sea and the strong tides of the St Georges Channel in winds forecast to gust to 35 or 40 knots on Tuesday, Race Direction chose prudence, sending the second stage direct to Bishop Rock, west of the Scilly Isles, then up into the relative shelter of the Channel to the Needles fairway buoy to the west of the Isle of Wight where the race turns to head to Roscoff.

If the course now becomes a classic Channel skirmish along the English or French coasts, chasing tidal gates and transitions, headland effects and local eddies, there was scarcely time for the sailors to complain, not that they wanted to. Due to dock out of Kinsale mid afternoon, the new course was given at 1130hrs this morning.

Last Update: 09/06/2019 18:58:00 (all five within .10 nm wiwth 536 nm to go in leg 2)
1. Yann Elies / St Michel
2. Fabien Delahaye / Loubsol
3. Adrien Hardy / Sans Nature, Pas De Futur !
4. Clement Commagnac / Grain De Sable
5. Gildas Mahe / Breizh Cola / Equithe

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Beneath the Surface - Cape Horn Engineering
CFD has come a very long way since those days of pretty pictures used to illuminate design articles...

Everyone uses computational fluid dynamics (CFD) in yacht design these days but you get what you pay for. Working with the best CFD experts in the industry can deliver a real competitive advantage - or a big commercial benefit.

One of the factors that contributed to the remarkable boatspeed advantage of Alex Thomson’s Hugo Boss over the rest of the Imoca fleet was an extensive programme of CFD simulations. What’s less well known is that Alex brought in a specialist CFD team, Dr Rodrigo Azcueta’s Cape Horn Engineering, to help deliver that advantage. Even now, with the next-generation Hugo Boss in build, the detail of that work remains shrouded in secrecy.

‘We were fortunate to be able to count on Rodrigo's expertise in foil design and CFD analysis,’ Thomson says. ‘For CFD analysis, Rodrigo and the team at Cape Horn Engineering are always our first point of call.’

Full article in the June issue of Seahorse

Jethou and Wallyno day one maxi winners at Rolex Giraglia
Saint-Tropez threw up unexpected conditions for the maxi boats competing on their first of three days of inshore racing at the Rolex Giraglia, organised by Yacht Club Italiano and Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez, supported by the International Maxi Association.

As crews set off on their two windward-leeward races off one of the Cote d’Azur finest beaches - Plage de Pampelonne - they were bracing themselves for winds building in the afternoon to 30 knots. In the event, a front inland seemed to suck much of the wind away. This resulted in the first attempt at today’s race being abandoned just after the maxis competing in the IRC 0 Racer class had made it through the leeward gate. After a long wait, the race committee succeeded in completing the race on their second attempt, albeit on a shorter course with the breeze building on the second upwind to the high teens and gusting above 20.

Among the maxi racers there was stiff competition between the Maxi 72s Caol Ila R of Alex Schaerer and Dario Ferrari’s Cannonball and also Sir Peter Ogden’s elongated Jethou, while George David’s mighty Rambler 88 powered away into the distance.

Ultimately some nimble footwork by Jethou out of the start set her up to win today’s race, despite being passed to weather by Rambler 88 at the time. As tactician Paul Campbell-James recounted: “We had a nice little left shift and managed to roll out just as they were rolling us and then we took a nice little shift back and managed to cross the other two [Caol Ila R and Cannonball].”

Like most of those in the Racer division, Jethou had set up today for brisker winds than those that materialised, especially in the first attempt at today’s race.

The final run of what would be the day’s only race, was fun on Jethou. “It was a full surf-fest and it was about timing your gybes in the waves. In the middle of one gybe we accelerated down a wave and we got to 21 knots!”

Even so the results were tight with Jethou beating Cannonball by just 28 seconds and Caol Ila R by 1:06 under IRC corrected time. -- James Boyd

Historic sailboat sinks in Germany after container ship collision
Hamburg Germany: A historic wooden sailboat that was recently restored at the cost of about 1.7 million dollars sank in Germany's Elbe River on Saturday after colliding with a container ship.

Of the 43 people onboard, five were injured in the incident, one of them severely. The sailboat could not be pulled ashore, with firefighters and other volunteers bringing passengers to safety.

According to police, the No 5 Elbe, whose restoration work had been completed in May and was since being rented out for excursions, collided with the 141-metre-long container ship Astrosprinter at around 2:30 pm (1230 GMT) near Stade, in northern Germany.

Police have not commented on how the collision occurred.

The container ship, which sailed under a Cypriot flag, was heading towards the North Sea at the time of the collision. It initially continued onwards after the incident. Police are conducting an onboard investigation.

The 37-metre-long gaff schooner, which first set sail from the HC Stuelcken shipyard in Hamburg in 1883, is the northern German city's last remaining ship from the wooden shipbuilding era.

* If I am not mistaken, this is the former WANDERBIRD; I hope that all the people come out OK, and that perhaps she sank in relatively shallow water and can be salvaged. This would be the boat -- a pilot schooner -- that Warwick Tompkins sailed on (I think) and the boat the Irving and Electa "Exy" Johnson met on in 1932. Or am I mixing up my boats? She sailed around Cape Horn in 1936 -- the book was titled FIFTY SOUTH TO FIFTY SOUTH ; further if I am not mistaken, there is a movie about it all which is available on line. I know that there are movies of the Johnsons, who, after they married, sailed around the world from Gloucester 7 times on large sailboats which they named YANKEE. Three times before WW II on the wooden schooner YANKEE and then four more times after the war, but on a steel brigantine.

If anyone knows anymore about all this please let me know. WANDERBIRD was a beauty; a very special vessel with the most beautiful transom! -- Virginia Jones

Italy crowned Hempel World Cup Series Nations Trophy Champions
The Italian Sailing Team won the Hempel World Cup Series Nations Trophy, awarded to the highest performing nation at the Final, on Sunday 9 June as the 2019 series concluded in Marseille, France.

Team Italy were in outstanding form all week long and won gold in three of the ten Olympic events and added one silver and two bronze medals to their impressive haul.

Marseille was plagued with a light fickle breeze on the final day which was only deemed suitable for racing at 16:00 local time. By the time a 6-10 knot north west breeze came in, the Laser, Laser Radial and Finn Medal Races had been cancelled and only allowed the Men’s and Women’s 470 to complete theirs within the allocated time slot.

Gold medals and the Hempel World Cup Series titles in the Men’s and Women’s 470 went to Mat Belcher and Will Ryan of Australia and France’s Camille Lecointre and Aloise Retornaz. Giovanni Coccoluto (ITA) took the Italian teams third gold medal in the Laser and Lithuania’s Viktorija Andrulyte was confirmed gold medallist in the Laser Radial. Andy Maloney secured Finn gold for New Zealand.

All Medal Races will be available to watch back via the


Final podium positions

RS:X Men
1. Mattia Camboni, ITA, 34 points
2. Daniele Benedetti, ITA, 37
3. Louis Giard, FRA, 39

RS:X Women
1. Lillian de Geus, NED, 33
2. Saskia Sills, GBR, 56
3. Flavia Tartaglini, ITA, 58

1. Giovanni Coccoluto, ITA, 22
2. Ryan Lo, SGP, 24
3. Zan Luka Zelko, SLO, 25

Laser Radial
1. Viktorija Andrulyte, LTU, 10
2. Tatiana Drozdovskaya, BLR, 28
3. Elena Vorobeva, CRO, 30

470 Men
1. Mathew Belcher / William Ryan, AUS, 21
2. Jordi Xammar Hernandez / Nicolar Rodriguez Garcia-Paz, ESP, 47
3. Hippolyte Machetti / Sidoine Dantes, FRA, 66

470 Women
1. Camille Lecointre / Aloise Retornaz, FRA, 41
2. Hannah Mills / Eilidh Mcintyre, GBR, 42
3. Silvia Mas Depares / Patricia Cantero Reina, ESP, 70

1. Andy Maloney, AUS, 19
2. Josh Junior, NZL, 27
3. Max Salminen, SWE, 35

1. Vittorio Bissaro / Maelle Frascari, ITA, 32
2. John Gimson / Anna Burnet, GBR, 50
3. Ruggero Tita / Caterina Marianna Banti, ITA, 51

1. Federico Alonso Tellechea / Arturo Alonso Tellechea, ESP, 20
2. Benjamin Bildstein / David Hussl, AUT, 55
3. Sebastien Schneiter / Lucien Cujean, SUI, 63

49er FX
1. Julie Bossard / Aude Compan, FRA, 22
2. Aleksandra Melzacka / Kinga Loboda, POL, 33
3. Laura Schofegger / Anna Boustani, AUT, 44

Kiteboarding Open
1. Nicolas Parlier, FRA, 20
2. Theo de Ramecourt, FRA, 37
3. Axel Mazella, FRA, 37

Full results

Match Race Germany
Langenargen, Germany: The tension increases at the 22nd Match Race Germany. The four semi-finalists have been determined after the quarter-final matches on Whitsunday. Title defender Eric Monnin and his Capvis Swiss Match Race Team have prevailed against their Polish challenger Lukasz Wosinski (HRM Racing Team). But the two-times winners of Match Race Germany had to fight harder for their spot in the semis than one might have assumed. “The quarter-finals have been more intense than we have wished for”, admitted boat designer Monnin from the other side of Lake Constance. A right-of-way-violation during a mark rounding in the fourth and final match between Monnin and Wosinski resulted in a penalty for the Polish crew and its elimination whilst the Swiss moved on to the semis.

By that time Max Gurgel’s team VmaxYachting had already succeded in the encounter with Max Trippolt and his team Segelmanufactur from the Austrian side of Lake Constance. The Germans impressed thousands of spectators and their opponents with convincing starts according to all the rules of the matchracing game and won the “Max-Duel” by 3:1. “Crossing the finish line after the last match has been a relief though”, said Max Gurgel as even the last match saw him winnig the start but the Austrians catching up with impressive speed. This time the team from the Hamburg Sailing Club was able to finish first ahead of enthusiastic crowds at the shores of Lake Constance and in the well-attended race village. Gurgel advanced to the semis.

The Slovenian Lumba Match Race Team was certainly amongst the winners of this Whitsunday. Skipper Dejan Presen and his crew provided a surprise in front of the buzzing Gondola Harbour of Langenargen. The Slovenian quintet which has been seventh after the qualification round and been picked as opponent by second-placed Will Boulden and his Alpha Racing Team, found into the regatta better and better and defeated the Australians by 3:1.

The fourth semi-final spot was won by Knots Racing and its skipper Nick Egnot-Johnson. The duel of the Kiwis against the Danish team of 17 year old Emil Kjaer from Copenhagen went over the full distance of five races.

On Whitmonday, the big final day, the semi-finalists will have to get up early. The semi-final encounters are scheduled for 8 am because Race Officer Sabine Brugger of the Yacht-Club Langenargen and her team want to use the chance for fair and exciting matches in the view of the promising wind forecast in the early morning.

Scarlet Oyster wins RORC De Guingand Bowl
With 40 knots of wind speed recored during the race, the 2019 RORC De Guingand Bowl was undoubtedly a tough test for both the crews and competing yachts. Starting from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line, a four-mile downwind leg to Browndown provided a breath-taking start. The fleet then returned through the Solent upwind with a building tide through Hurst Narrows. The beating continued all the way to East Shambles off Weymouth. After the long hard beat, the fleet turned east for a long sleigh ride back around the south side of the Isle of Wight, with a beat to finish at Mother Bank.

Oyster 48 Scarlet Oyster, sailed by Ross Applebey (GBR), scored the best corrected time under IRC to win the race. Sigma 38 With Alacrity, sailed by Chris Choules (GBR), was runner up. Swan 38 Xara, sailed by Jonathan Rolls, was third.

In IRC One, A13 Phosphorus II, sailed by Mark Emerson (GBR), was the class winner, retaining their lead in the class for the season.

In IRC Two, Scarlet Oyster was the winner.

In IRC Three, Sun Fast 3600 Bellino, sailed by Rob Craigie and Deb Fish (GBR) was the winner

In IRC Two-Handed, Sun Fast 3200 Cora, sailed by father and son duo, Nigel and Tim Goodhew (GBR) scored a tremendous victory.

In IRC Four, With Alacrity was the winner. The race win puts With Alacrity in pole position in IRC Four for the RORC Season's Points Championship.

The 2019 RORC Season's Points Championship continues with the Morgan Cup, starting Friday 21 June from Cowes bound for Dieppe. -- Louay Habib

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