In This Issue
Magic Carpet 3, Silencio And Grande Orazio Winners at Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta
Beware the Doldrums of Bishop Rock
Protis takes early lead at Quarter Ton Cup
Oiled wook and waxed cotton not so much - Musto
The Kiwis win Match Race Germany
Pauline Courtois Wins 2019 Normandie Match Cup
X-Yachts Anniversary Gold Cup 2019
Rainmaker for Stars + Stripes?
Sydney to Auckland Yacht Race planned for 2021 before 36th America's Cup
Letters to the Editor
Featured Charter: J122 - Noisy Oyster
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The Last Word: Gilbert Gottfried

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Magic Carpet 3, Silencio And Grande Orazio Winners at Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta
Porto Cervo, Italy: The 12th edition of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and hosting 20 boats ranging from 25 to 52 metres in length, concluded today with the classification unchanged from yesterday.

Today's regattas, which started with a wind of 8-10 knots from the north east for the first warning signal at 12.40 pm, were cancelled due to the wind dropping off after the Performance division rounded Monaci island with the Magic Carpet 3 WallyCento in the lead. A few minutes away, the wind had also dropped drastically on the Cruising race course, leaving the Regatta Committee no choice but to send the fleets back to port.

With a perfect run of three first places in as many races held, Magic Carpet 3 owned by YCCS member Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones won in the Performance division ahead of the 33-metre Inoui and the Wally 107 Open Season owned by YCCS member Thomas Bscher. The Silver Jubilee Cup, assigned to the top yacht over 30 metres with an interior cruising set up, also went to the WallyCento Magic Carpet 3, although on equal points with the Perini Navi Silencio. The deciding factor for the award of the trophy was that Magic Carpet 3 belonged to the division with the most competitors.

The Cruising division also saw a hat-trick for the 50-metre Perini Navi Silencio, with two prominent names in the world of sailing on board; Ludde Ingvall at the helm and Chris Dickson calling tactics. The two schooners Mariette of 1915 measuring 39 metres and Meteor, 47.67 metres, followed in second and third place respectively.

The Southern Wind Trophy goes to the SW82 Grande Orazio, owned by YCCS member Massimiliano Florio, for the second time

The date of the next edition of The Superyacht Regatta in Porto Cervo was announced at the prize giving: 23 - 27 June 2020.

With the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta just finished, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda calendar continues immediately with the Star World Championship. From 16 to 22 June approximately 70 crews will take part, including some legendary names in sailing.

Beware the Doldrums of Bishop Rock
The Doldrums of Bishop Rock may today have slowed and frustrated the fleet racing La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro second stage from Kinsale to Roscoff via the Needles Fairway, but the leading trio look set to be rewarded for their guile and hard work. The ensuing 200 miles passage up the Channel to the turning mark to the west of The Needles looks set to give an advantage the pacemakers in the long term.

Armel Le Cleac'h (Banque Populaire), Morgan Lagraviere (Voile d'Engagement) and stage 1 winner Yoann Richomme (Hellowork-Groupe Telegramme), led the 43-strong fleet around the imposing 49metre tall light just after 1430hrs local time this afternoon. Under grey, leaden skies the racers struggled to avoid the worst of the Doldrums-like clouds which periodically sucked up the light north-westerly breezes and stranded the unlucky for protracted periods.

The top group did not get off lightly, slowing as they approached the lighthouse at the Scilly Isles, the first mark of the 535 miles course. They had eked out a decent cushion – some 15miles – on the second group, but half of that was conceded again to the chasers.

But while the leaders will initially push against the tidal current, they should break in to a stronger, more established northerly wind flow which should propel them all the way along the English coast to the famous Isle of Wight landmark.

Follow the race on the website here, via the tracking here, and on the Twitter account.

Bishop Rock rankings, Monday 10 June, first 10

1. Armel Le Cleac'h (Banque Populaire)
2. Morgan Lagraviere (Voile d'engagement)
3. Yoann Richomme (Hellowork - Groupe Telegramme)
4. Gildas Mahe (Breizh Cola - Equi The)
5. Adrien Hardy (Sans Nature, pas de Futur !)
6. Fabien Delahaye (Loubsol)
7. Xavier Macaire (Groupe SNEF)
8. Jeremie Beyou (Charal)
9. Lois Berrehar (Bretagne CMB Performance)
10. Alexis Loison (Region Normandie)

Cassandre Blandin (Klaxoon) and Gildas Morvan (Niji) did not start the second leg. Alain Gautier and Benjamin Schwartz collided on the start line yesterday and both abandoned and are heading to Roscoff.

Protis takes early lead at Quarter Ton Cup
Photo by Elliott Godden. Click on image for photo gallery.

The fifteenth edition of the revived Quarter Ton Cup got underway today, and for the 19-strong fleet it was a tough opener.

Light winds of around 8 knots whispered into the sails, creating a game of tactics for the sailors. But that didn't lessen the level of competition when racing eventually got underway, and the battle on the course raged with everyone keen to lay down their marker early on with just seconds separating the teams as they crossed the finish line.

Three races were sailed which saw five different boats claim finishes in the top three.

Ian Southworth's Protis proved consistency is key, stealing the show on the opening day. The 1981 Quarter Ton World's winning boat took first blood in race one, with Louise Morton's Bullet just 26 seconds behind on corrected time, and Tony Hayward's Blackfun a further 15 seconds back.

Southworth, who finished fourth overall in the 2018 Quarter Ton Cup and second in 2017 racing Whiskers, followed the win up with an impressive fifth and second place in the following races to lead overnight.

The Quarter Ton Class is well known for its calibre of sailors and the diversity of its fleet. In the Corinthian division, Robert Stewart's Hellaby had some promising results to lead the Corinthian rankings and currently sit seventh overall.

Racing continues until Wednesday 12th June, and the fleet are looking forward to a better forecast over the coming days with hopes of more wind and perhaps even a glimpse of the British Summer. -- Nicola Dawson

Full results:

Oiled wook and waxed cotton not so much - Musto
The garment requirements for the next America's Cup have more in common with motocross body armour than traditional yachting apparel

It says a lot about how much the America's Cup has changed in the past decade that Musto will be supplying the Stars & Stripes team with gear not from its yachting apparel, but from its dinghy range of technical clothing. Musto is the exclusive official technical sailing apparel sponsor of Stars & Stripes, challenger for the 36th America's Cup presented by Prada, and Musto's design team can't wait to get stuck in.

The jump-off point begins with the work lead designer Shane Rhone and his team did with Franck Cammas and Groupama Team France for the 2017 Cup in Bermuda. 'That was a very interesting and challenging project which sets us up well for the work we'll be doing with Stars & Stripes this time round,' Rhone says.

For Groupama, Musto teamed up with D3O. 'They're the Gore-Tex of impact protection,' Rhone says. 'They make some of of the most trusted and advanced impact protection technologies on the market.' D3O has developed its own patented materials which in their raw state flow freely when moving slowly, but on impact they lock together to absorb and disperse energy, before instantly returning to their flexible state. The greater the force of the impact, the more the molecules lock together and the greater the protection. D3O materials are used in kit worn by the US military, pro athletes in many contact sports including American football, and three Formula One teams.

Full story in the June issue of Seahorse

The Kiwis win Match Race Germany
Langenargen, 10 June 2019. Five days of world class sailing, a big Whitsun Festival in Langenargen's Gondola Harbour, ten teams from eight countries and more than 20.000 spectators at the German summit of duel sailing on Lake Constance: The 22nd edition of Match Race Germany ended on Whit Monday with a spectacular duel in front of enthusiastic crowds. What a thriller it has been over the full distance of five matches with the celebrated victory of New Zealand's Knots Racing Team of Nick Egnot-Johnson in front of an enthusiastic crowd.

The Kiwis dethroned the defending champion Eric Monnin and his Capvis Swiss Match Race Team by 3:2 in a high tension final. With good starts, convincing boat speed and concentrated trimming, Egnot-Johnson's team of Sam Barnett, Zak Merton Tauranga, Tim Snedden and Bradley McLaughlin achieved the triumph at their first participation in the German Grand Prix.

Maybe 20-year-old Nick Egnot-Johnson, who is not even half as old as two-time Match Race Germany winner Eric Monnin (43), als has a bit of "Mum Magic" adding to his talents. The mother of the young helmsman, an American by birth who has long been at home in New Zealand, won silver in the 470 dinghy at the 1992 Olympic Games and was the first woman to helm an America's Cup yacht as part of the all women campaign in 1995. Now it's her son eying at an own Cup career.

After the German Tour stop and a short summer break, the international Match Race Super League will be continued with the Detroid Cup in the United States and the Aircarlin New Caledonia Match Race in Noumea. After the first thre regattas of the 2019 season, Poland's Lukasz Wosinski (HRM Racing Team) leads the Tour rankings ahead of his compatriot Patryk Zbroja (KS Dobra Marina Szczecin). Both have already won a regatta of the Match Race Super League this year but had to admit defeat on Lake Constance to better teams, which now are putting pressure on the table leaders with their success in Germany. After Match Race Germany Egnot-Johnson and Monnin jumped up the rankings to third and fourth, just behind the leaders.

Final results:
1. Nick Egnot-Johnson, NZL, Knots Racing
2. Eric Monnin, SUI, Capvis Swiss Match Race Team
3. Max Gurgel, GER (Hamburg), VmaxYachting
4. Dejan Presen, SLO, Lumba Match Race Team
5. Will Boulden, AUS, Alpha Racing Team
6. Max Trippolt, AUT, Team Segelmanufactur
7. Emil Kjaer, DEN, Downhill Sailing Team
8. Lukasz Wosinski, POL, HRM Racing Team
9. Patryk Zbroja, POL, KS Dobra Marina Szczecin
10. Szymon Jablkowski, POL, Jablkowski Sailing Team

Pauline Courtois Wins 2019 Normandie Match Cup
Local knowledge and good sailing lead to a win at the inaugural Normandie Match Cup by the Le Havre-based Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team lead by Pauline Courtois in blustery conditions.

The final day of racing in Le Havre started in the rain with a nice 14 to 17 knot northwesterly sea breeze. The round robin leaders, Pauline Courtois (FRA) and Anna Östling (SWE), focused their teams and wasted no time taking care of business in their respective semi-finals.

Ostling and teammates Annie Wennergren, Linnea Wennergren, and Annika Carlungeras Team WINGS dispatched the other local skipper Margot Vennin's Matchmoiselle by Normandy Elite Team (Juliette Dubreuil, Chloe Salou, and Sophonie Affagard) 3-0 in their matches. But it was not without some drama as Dubreuil injured her knee in the first match and as replaced for the rest of the day by Nathalie Corson. (The injury is not serious and Juliette will be back for the next event.)

Courtois and her Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team - Maelenn Lemaitre, Louise Acker, and Sophie​ Faguet- showed the skills that have them on top of the women's match racing world rankings. By virtue of winning the round robin stage, they chose their opponent for the semi-finals and they chose Marinella Laaksonen's L2 Match Racing Team from Finland. The French continued their undefeated streak through the semi-finals taking care of the Finns in 3 straight matches.

Final Standings - 2019 Normandie Match Cup

1. Pauline Courtois, Maelenn Lemaitre, Louise Acker, Sophie​ Faguet; Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team, FRA
2. Anna Ostling, Annie Wennergren, Linnea Wennergren, Annika Carlunger; WINGS, SWE
3. Margot Vennin, Juliette Dubreuil, Chloe Salou, Sophonie Affagard; Matchmoiselles by Normandy Elite Team, FRA
4. Marinella Laaksonen, Sofia Tynkkynen, Camilla Cedercreutz, Anna Savisaari; L2 Match Racing Team, FIN
5. Marie Bjorling Duell, Anna Holmdahl White, Elisabeth Nilsson, Anna Nordlander; Team Marie, SWE
6. Lea Richter Vogelius, Sille Christensen, Vivi Møller, Joan Wester Hansen; Team Kattnakken, DEN
7. Margot Riou, Clementine Hilaire, Tiphaine Ragueneau, Blandine Jaffrain; APCC Women Sailing Team, FRA
8. Chloe Le Bars, Jeanne Le Goff, Eliette Ferronniere, Maiwenn Deffontaines; No Name Sailing Team, FRA

Results in the finals:
Pauline Courtois, FRA - Anna Ostling, SWE 3 - 1
Results in the petit-finals:
Margot Vennin, FRA - Marinella Laaksonen, FIN 2 - 0
Results in the semi-finals:
Pauline Courtois, FRA - Marinella Laaksonen, FIN 3 - 0
Anna Ostling, SWE - Margot Vennin, FRA 3 - 0

X-Yachts Anniversary Gold Cup 2019
The X-Yachts sailors got superior sailing conditions on the final race day of the X-Yachts Gold Cup 2019. Shifty winds of 15-20 knots with sunny spells was the best possible way to close the ball on water - awaited by a prize giving party in the boat yard hall on shore in Haderslev in the evening.

The X-Yachts Gold Cup might be a friendly regatta, but when the sailors are on the race course the competitive spirit awakes within all, and focus sharpens. The Sports-class A and B sailed on a two laps windward/leeward course today and the Family-classes and over 50 ft-class were sailing a 9 nm long distance course around Bågø in Lillebælt.

In the Family A-class the German X-332 Lotta owned by Martin Plaetzer took the win. German X-362 Solidix (Marc Schweers) and Danish X-40 Julie (Torben Kornum) share the second spot.

Birger Hansen co-founded X-Yachts 40 years ago and now here at the X-Yachts Gold Cup 2019 on home waters; he took the win in his Xc 50 called Xc-L in the Over 50 ft-class.

After a tactical demanding day on the water the winners of the Sports classes have been found. The Danish X-37 team on Ventoux owned by Niels Nørgaard Pedersen had a good day and can call themselves winners in the Sports Class A.

Sports Class B was won by German Sportsfreund sailing in the X-41, owned by Axel Seehafer

Full results

Rainmaker for Stars + Stripes?
In a recent interview with Sail-World, S+S CEO Mike Buckley said,

"The deadline of July 1 is important, but for us it is a race to get the boat completed on time and getting the funding we need to be able to do that. That is the date that really affects us, and we hope that date comes sooner than July 1st." (Emphasis mine.)

It's not clear why the deadline of July 1 is important, as ETNZ has previously stated:

"The payment dates for entry fees are not time critical... The teams just need to be up to date by the time of the first race of the America's Cup World Series in 2020."

Buckley stated that S+S "paid the $1 million entry fee" (first instalment). He makes no mention of the additional $3 million that are overdue: $1 million second instalment entry fee, $1 million late fee and $1 million performance bond.

Buckley's other comments in the interview make it sound unlikely that funding will be in place this month:

"Is there an individual who wants to support a team based on diversity and inclusion and be competitive on the world stage? Is there a big American brand that is going to join in with Stars + Stripes?"

Rainmaker COO?
Buckley announced that Chris Groobey is their new Chief Operating Officer, replacing Tod Reynolds who left in April. In 2015, Groobey put his career as a high powered project finance lawyer on hold for racing a Gunboat 55 and passage-making with his wife on their 64 foot motor yacht Toccata. An Annapolis YC member, he has sailed with Terry Hutchinson on Quantum's TP52 in Croatia. Groobey's network and skills for financing big projects should be very valuable to S+S. On his Facebook page, he recently posted that S+S is "inches away from success" in finding funding. Let's hope he's right! -- Jack Griffin in CupExperience News

Sydney to Auckland Yacht Race planned for 2021 before 36th America's Cup
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) in Australia and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) are joining forces to host the Sydney to Auckland Yacht Race 2021. The race will begin in Sydney Harbour on 30 January 2021 and finish in Auckland Harbour in time for the 36th America's Cup.

The two yacht clubs are known for their historic rivalry, which organisers hope will help to attract sailors from both sides of the Tasman Sea, as well as yachts who are in the area for the America's Cup. The challenging Category 1 race will see superyachts, offshore cruising and racing yachts and ocean racing multihulls compete to cross 1,250 miles from Sydney to Auckland. A number of Grand Prix offshore yachts have already expressed their interest.

The Sydney to Auckland Yacht Race will also include a rally for cruisers who are keen to take part without pushing themselves to the limits of the race boats.

The end of the Sydney to Auckland Yacht Race will also correspond with the 150th anniversary of the RNZYS, which is the current home of the America's Cup trophy. New Zealand is defending the Cup in 2021, with the America's Cup Match, presented by Prada, to take place from 6-21 March.

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* From Gunther E. Hering:

Regarding Virgina Jones' inquiry upon the details from the dpa news report:

The ship in question is a former Elbe pilot schooner K5, formerly also known as Wanderbird from her time in San Francisco. The collision occurred on a day with beautiful weather, light breeze and clear vision.

It is disturbing that the German police and the owners of the ship have not provided any information on the cause of the accident, and why the ship was sailing in the central Elbe traffic channel without any right of way. The container ship proceeded to Brunsbuettel at the mouth of the river and anchored, where it was boarded by the police.

The damaged schooner was towed into a side channel of the Elbe near the town of Stade by the rescue team and sank in shallow water. Her rail and rig are visible. Problem is the constant tidal flow with 6 ft between high and low tide.

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