In This Issue
• Giraglia Offshore Race Start
• Hardy First To Cross Stage 2
• Harken Tech Team on Duty at the Superyacht Regatta in Palma
• Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race
• Irish Pairing on a Foiling Figaro 3 ahead of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Race
• All Bows Point Toward Newport for the 165th Annual Regatta
• A Family Scratch Boat
• What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
• Antigua Sailing Week supports Youth Day at Cowes Week
• Five J Class Expected for Superyacht Challenge Antigua
• Featured Charter: Ker 40 - Keronimo
• Featured Brokerage:
• • Marine Composite Racer-Cruiser 'Seawonder'.
• • Swan 54
• • Vismara V60 Classic
• The Last Word: Boris Johnson
Brought to you by Seahorse magazine and YachtScoring.com EuroSail News is a digest of sailing news and opinions, regatta results, new boat and gear information and letters from sailors -- with a European emphasis. Contributions welcome, send to
Giraglia Offshore Race Start
Saint-Tropez, France: Today's start to the Rolex Giraglia offshore race was one of the most spectacular in recent memory. Clear blue skies and a favourable breeze provided the 243-strong international fleet with ideal sailing conditions as they embarked on the 241-nautical mile race which this year will finish in Monte-Carlo, hosted by the Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM).
The quest for line honours promises to provide great drama and suspense. Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones's Wallycento Magic Carpet Cubed, first home in 2016, and George David's 88-ft maxi Rambler, taking part at the event for the first time, as well as Sir Peter Ogden's Jethou and Alex Schärer's Caol Ila R feature among the favourites. The current race record stands at the 14 hours, 56 minutes and 16 seconds set by Esimit Europa 2 in 2012.
The 2019 Rolex Giraglia is the 67th edition of the race. It has run each and every year since 1953. Rolex has partnered the event, organised by the Yacht Club Italiano and the Societe Nautique de Saint-Tropez, since 1998.
Hardy First To Cross Stage 2
Adrien Hardy crossed the finish line off Roscoff at 16.05.13hrs local time (14:03.13 UTC) this afternoon to win the 535-nautical mile second stage of La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro which started from Kinsale, Ireland on Sunday afternoon.
For the 35 year old solo racer from Nantes, it is the fifth stage win of his career and to some extent makes up for a disappointing first stage which started from his home city.
Despite being one of nine different leaders during the first leg, Hardy made a strategic error along with several other top seeds and finished 20th with a deficit of 3 hours and 30 minutes on race leader Yoann Richomme.
After rounding the most eastern turning mark of the course, the Needles Fairway by the Isle of Wight, in second behind stage and race leader Yoann Richomme (HelloWork-Groupe Telegramme), Hardy took a more southerly routing on the passage westwards down the Channel. He and Gildas Mahe (Breizh Cola-EquiThe) were the only skippers among the leaders to pass inshore of the Cherbourg Traffic Separation Scheme exclusion zone and he was able to pass Richomme just before the Portsall mark 40 miles before the finish line.
Richomme finished second, six minutes and 19 seconds later, but - subject to jury - should significantly extend his overall margin.
* At the end of this second stage of La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro the National Jury which is chaired by Georges Priol will deliberate on several issues and deliver their respective judgements over coming days.
The first two sailors to finish in to Roscoff will be the subject of different hearings. The Race Committee have a protest against Adrien Hardy for his passage at the Casquets Traffic Separation Scheme. And Yoann Richomme will be the subject of a hearing on the claim that he took a sail on board after the required time limit before leaving the Kinsale pontoons.
There is also a claim for redress by Alain Gautier who had a collision with Benjamin Scwartz on the start line. Gautier had to retire with damage to his foil which has been replaced and he will compete in Legs 3 and 4.
Harken Tech Team on Duty at the Superyacht Regatta in Palma
The Harken Tech Team will also be present on the listed dates at these summer 2019 events:
Cascais 52 Super Series Sailing Week, Cascais, Portugal (July 15-20)
Copa del Rey Regatta, Palma, Spain (July 27-August 3)
Rolex TP52 World Championship 2019, Puerto Portals, Spain (August 24-29)
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, Porto Cervo, Italy (September 1-7)
Porto Cervo 52 Super Series Sailing Week, Sardinia, Italy (September 23-28)
Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race
With Mick Cotter's 94ft Windfall the on-the-water leader as she puts Cahore Point astern at 2200hrs, it's intriguing to note that the unstable but brisk northerly airflow is generous if unpredictable in spreading its favours to different sections of the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle fleet at different times writes W M Nixon
We signed off at 2000 hrs with Andrew Hall's J/125 Jackknife from Wales holding the corrected time lead. But since then for a while defending champion Rockabill VI (RIYC), Paul O'Higgins' JPK 1080, was running south on the sluicing ebb with most purpose, and took her turn at the top of the leaderboard.
While most of the fleet have stayed fairly close to the coast, gallant westerners Dan Mill and Yannick Lemonnier in the Mini 650 Port of Galway have tended to embrace the offshore option, and at the time of writing it's doing them no harm at all, as they're logging a cracking 12 -13 knots over the ground and are still ahead of the bulk of the entrants.
Early in the small hours, the favourable ebb will begin to lose its power, and when the adverse flood begins to set in, all will depend on how far your boat has got past the Tuskar Rock, if indeed you've managed that at all.
Once you get west of the Coningbeg off the Saltee Islands, the tides are no longer so important. But the tidal gate off southeast Ireland could divide the fleet in a way which will have a lasting effect for the remainder of the race. Get clear of it, and the next turn at the Fastnet Rock beckons, as does the prospect of tomorrow seeing a temporary improvement in the weather.
Irish Pairing on a Foiling Figaro 3 ahead of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Race
Former Irish Sailor of the Year, Conor Fogarty arrived onto the dock in Dun Laoghaire from Les Sables de Olinges with "Raw", a fresh out of the box, foiling Beneteau Figaro 3, Ireland's first IRC foiling figaro keelboat.
Conor, along with co-skipper Susan Glenny, is competing in the Dun Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race, starting on Wednesday the 12th of June. Susan who grew up in the UK, is returning to her Irish roots as her mother's side are from Kilkerley co. Louth. Both have extensive offshore sailing CV's including several transatlantic races and on some occasions competing against one another.
This is Raw's first competitive race and it has been a very busy 36 hours for Conor and Susan and the team. Conor and Susan are looking at this venture as an intent to commit to become Ireland's representation for the mixed two-person offshore keelboat event for the 2024 Olympics in Paris. This will be the first time mixed offshore racing will feature in the Olympics
Susan as a very rare professional female racing skipper with an extensive proven track record including skippering 4 Fastnet campaigns, 4 Caribbean 600 races and more recently the Rolex Middle Sera Race. She is one of the only females skippering a mixed team competing 52 weeks of the year all over the world. Conor and Susan have teamed up to accompany one another for some of the bigger Irish and UK offshore races.
Conor has 350,000 nautical miles of racing and sailing, including two "Round the World's" and 31 transatlantics. Some of his latest wins include; 1st RORC Caribbean 600 2016, 1st OSTAR 2017, 1st RORC Caribbean 600 2018 --- Rachel Fallon-Langdon
Read about Conor's award as Irish Sailor of the Year: afloat.ie/blogs/
All Bows Point Toward Newport for the 165th Annual Regatta
Newport, R.I.: The return of the Swan American Regatta and the inaugural season of racing in the new Melges IC37 fleet are two of the many reasons why the 165th edition of the New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta is seeing a significant upswing in entries. With just shy of 150 entries, and a few days still remaining until the first gun, this year's running of North America's oldest regular sailing competition will be one of the biggest in history.
The 165th Annual Regatta including the Swan American Regatta will run June 14 to 16 out of the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court in Newport, R.I. All classes will enjoy the traditional race around Conanicut Island on Friday, June 14, followed by two days of buoy and navigator racing over the weekend for PHRF, IRC and one-designs, along with the Swans which will compete under the ORC handicap rule. The social program is always a highlight of this event and includes Friday's Around the Island Awards Party presented by the 2020 ORC/IRC World Championship, the Annual Regatta Dinner on Saturday and another awards party on Sunday for the weekend series. For New England sailors eager to shake off a long winter—and in this case, an inclement spring—the Annual Regatta is always a great way to kick off the Newport sailing season.
The Swan American Regatta was a biennial staple of the East Coast sailing circuit until a decade ago when a favorable Euro exchange rate led to a lot of United States-based Swans being sold to European owners. The number of Swans sailing domestically has crept back up in recent years, so this summer two of sailing's iconic brands, the New York Yacht Club and Nautor's Swan, are pairing up to put this popular event back on the schedule.
Among the 12 entries in the Swan division is White Rhino, a Swan 56 skippered by Todd Stuart (Key West, Fla.). Stuart and his crew are one of the more active teams in the region. But, of late, they've spent more time racing his Carkeek 47 White Rhino 2, a stripped-out custom raceboat.
"We have done [Swan-only events] twice in the BVI and enjoyed it very much," said Stuart. "My wife and I were very saddened by the destruction of the beautiful Yacht Club Costa Smeralda Virgin Gorda by Hurricane Irma. When they moved the event to our summer home of Newport and our yacht club's Annual Regatta, we felt strongly about participating. We love the Swan brand and wanted one long before we purchased ours in 2005."
The Swan 56 is one of the company's more successful designs with 46 built between 1997 and 2006. History has also proven it to be one of the company's best performers on the racecourse.
"In my opinion the Swan 56 is one of the finest racer/cruisers ever built," says Stuart. "We have generally sailed the boat to its rating, although this year will be our first event under the ORCi rating system. We'll have to see how that works out. As always, our strategy will be to sail our own race, be safe, have fun and hopefully be on the podium at the end of the event."
A Family Scratch Boat
Marion Massachusetts, USA: The Class 'A' boats in the 2019 Marion Bermuda Race hope that the new handicapping 'Anti-Bias' adjustment added to this edition of the race will give them a better chance of winning the Founders Trophy for first place on corrected time. However that settles out, they still have their sights set on the Blue Water Sailing Club Board of Governors Trophy for shortest elapsed time for the 645nm course.
The scratch boat this year - the one predicted by its handicap to have the best elapsed time to win that trophy - is a family sailed Farr 63 called Kiwi Spirit, skippered by 18-year old Jonathan Riley of Marion, MA. Owner Mark Riley, his dad, will be the navigator. Chuck Fontaine will also be along as a team leader.
Jo, as Jonathan is called, and his sister cut their sailing teeth at the Beverly Yacht Club in Marion. He started sailing in the third grade. She was in the seventh. Chloe will skipper Kiwi Spirit in the Marblehead Halifax race in July.
Mark Riley explained the family plan for the boat, "We bought the boat for the reason we are doing this race. It is manageable with limited experience people yet big enough that we could take a lot of family and friends on board and enjoy some nice blue water sailing."
Jo added, "It was meant for shorthanded sailing. Since we are taking so many family members it met all of our needs…. We want to go fast and finish in our slot."
That means he wants to finish first. He added, "We see a couple of holes [Parking lots] along the way. We hope to bridge those if we can."
Kiwi Spirit was designed for Dr. Stanley Paris. His commission was for this design to be a high performance offshore passage making and cruising yacht. Farr Yacht Design "used modern design concepts and construction methods to produce a conservative but fast and sea kindly vessel that can cover oceans quickly and provide a comfortable and spacious live aboard experience." Paris sailed her in an unsuccessful single-handed circumnavigation attempt.
Built in 2012, she has a carbon hull with a lifting keel, twin rudders and interesting hard chines halfway up the sides of the hull running from the beam max point back to the transom. The interior is designed for comfortable cruising.
The second 'scratch' boat is Free Range Chicken, a Perry 59 skippered by Bruce Anderson whose home is listed as Yakutat AK, as in Alaska. This is the latest of Anderson's 'Chicken' boats. She's a yacht designed for shorthanded cruising - in a racing hull - while still being appropriate for a racing crew. Cruising means this bird is free to sail the seas, thus Free Range Chicken.
Perry's design brief says Free Range Chicken is designed so people remain dry in the cockpit under almost all circumstances. It also likes to be set free to fly downwind as often as possible. The easily driven hull is happy in light winds, but strong aft sections should keep her happy running off in big trade-wind breezes.
The third 'scratch' boat is Jay Hansen's Imagine from Jamestown, RI. The Azuree 46 is considerably smaller than Kiwi Spirit or Free Range Chicken. She's another hard-chine cruiser-racer with a full run aft.
These three big boats are in the running for line honors, an overall win and possibly a new record. After the race everyone will be able to review the new "Perfect Race" review feature. -- Talbot Wilson
Update Of business and billionaires, some things just don't work out, an unwanted rocky start… and it's (truly) a Laser fiasco. Plus it takes a lot to persuade us to do a book review, but sometimes… Jack Griffin, Terry Hutchinson, Will Harris, Rob Kothe, Rodney Pattisson
Beneath the surface CFD has come a very long way since those days of pretty pictures used to illuminate design articles...
It's about cost (not price) To improve behaviour it is first essential to put in place a reliable means with which to monitor progress
Rod Davis - cause and consequence Hitting the right performance at the right moment
Editorial - Andrew Hurst Surely things cannot go on like this… can they?
Special rates for Scuttlebutt Europe subscribers:
Seahorse Print or Digital Subscription Use Discount Promo Code SB2
1yr Print Sub: €77 - £48 - $71 / Rest of the World: £65 www.seahorse.co.uk/shop/subs/
1yr Digital Sub for £30: www.seahorse.co.uk/shop/digital
Discounts shown are valid on a one year subscription to Seahorse magazine.
Antigua Sailing Week supports Youth Day at Cowes Week
Cowes Week Limited, organisers of Cowes Week, is delighted to announce that they have partnered with another famous sailing regatta, this time from the Caribbean, Antigua Sailing Week, to further support young sailors at the event.
CWL have previously announced their youth initiative which offers discounted entry fees to boats with crews of under 25 year olds. The Under 25 Youth initiative, which has been running since 2012, has succeeded in doing what it was originally designed for - inspiring and making it possible for young people to race at Cowes Week. Cowes Week Ltd is once again offering the first 25 crews to enter, who are all under age 25 at the time of the regatta, a 50% discount on the entry fee. The sooner teams sign up the more chance there is of securing one of the highly desirable discounted places.
This year CWL has partnered with Antigua Sailing Week, who are supporting the youth agenda by taking naming rights to Youth Day, which takes place on Wednesday 14th August. This is an opportunity to really put the spotlight on young sailors, offering encouragement and highlighting their successes. The day will culminate in a Caribbean party for all registered competitors aged under 25.
The Under 25 Trophy will be presented by Antigua Sailing Week at the Friday Prize Giving with an amazing prize up for grabs for the Skipper of the winning crew - a chance for the Skipper and a guest to race in Antigua Sailing Week 2020, with flights and accommodation provided, as part of the ASW Youth to Keel Programme. The Tourist Board of Antigua & Barbuda will also have a stand on Cowes Parade where visitors can learn more about the islands and all they have to offer.
Teams wishing to take advantage of discounted entry fees should make their entry as soon as possible by contacting the Regatta Office at / 01983 295744 or visiting the website www.cowesweek.co.uk
Five J Class Expected for Superyacht Challenge Antigua
Since the first edition of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua, 33 magnificent superyachts have taken part in the regatta. However in the past nine editions, the historic J Class has not featured ... that is about to change. Five J Class yachts have expressed their interest to race in the 10th anniversary edition of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua, 11-15 March, 2020.
The majestic J Class have enjoyed a renaissance since the turn of the century with the establishment of the J Class Association in 2000. Class Rules were established for the construction of Replica Rebuilds from original plans. Of the five J Class yachts expected to compete at the 2020 Superyacht Challenge Antigua, four are replicas, and one is original.
Lionheart's original hull design was one of the lines plans made for the Ranger syndicate in 1936 by Starling Burgess and Olin Stephens. In 2005, Freddie Bloemsma and Claassen Jachtbouw was responsible for building Lionheart. She was launched 5 years after the project started, in the summer of 2010. She arrived at the racing scene in 2012 and showed great potential by winning the Kings 100 Guineas Cup in Cowes. In 2017, six yachts raced for the J Class World Championship, Lionheart was the winner scoring top-three results in all seven races.
Harold Vanderbilt's Ranger was born from the America's Cup challenge made by Sir Thomas Sopwith. During the 1935 season, Sopwith announced that he would build a new Endeavour II to challenge for the America's Cup. Starling Burgess and Olin Stephens designed Ranger and she was launched in May 1937. Ranger successfully defended the 1937 America's Cup, defeating the British challenger Endeavour II 4-0 at Newport, Rhode Island. It was the last time J Class yachts would race for the America's Cup. The replica of Ranger was built at the Danish Yacht Boatyard, and was the first newly built J Class for 66 years, Ranger was launched in December 2003.
The original drawings for Svea were made in 1937 by Tore Holm. Svea had the greatest waterline length and maximum rating allowed under the Universal Rule which determined eligibility for the America's Cup. Svea was never built and the plans were lost for decades, until discovery by John Lammerts van Bueren. The construction of Svea was commissioned by an avid racer who wished to participate in the 2017 America's Cup Superyacht Regatta and J Class Regatta in Bermuda. And so it was that 80 years after the original drawings were made Svea finally hit the water at the Vitters yard in the Netherlands.
Topaz comes from an unbuilt 1935 Frank C Paine A design, the son of General Charles J Paine of Boston, a three times owner of the successful America's Cup defenders for the New York Yacht Club: "Puritan" in 1885 (as part of a syndicate) and later Mayflower (1886) and Volunteer (1887). Topaz was launched in the summer of 2015. Lines plans were created by the Hoek Design Office , which was also responsible for the art deco interior design. The rebuild was finished with the hull and deck built at Freddie Bloemsma Shipyard and fitted out at Holland Jachtbouw. Topaz was launched in the summer of 2015.
Designed by Charles Nicholson and built by Camper & Nicholson in 1933 for Mr W.L. Stephenson, Velsheda was built in Gosport, UK. Velsheda was named after Stephenson's three daughters, Velma, Sheila and Daphne. Velsheda was purchased in 1996 as a bare hull lying at mooring in Portsmouth Harbour, and was taken to Southampton Yacht Services, on the River Itchen where a two year comprehensive rebuild was completed, Dykstra Naval Architects were employed for the refit. Velsheda was re-launched in November 1997. -- Louay Habib
Vice Admiral’s Cup
LBCC - Reserved
This boat has an impeccable race record and is instantly recognisable everywhere. She is an offshore capable, truly competitive, performance racing yacht
See the the Seahorse charter collection
SEAWONDER is an immaculate, race-winning MC46, launched by Marine Composite in late 2003. She is built entirely from pre-preg carbon over Corecell. She has been professionally maintained and has a comprehensive inventory of sails and equipment. A new bow and IRC/ORC keel were fitted in 2009.
The Swan 54 is a truly bluewater fast cruiser comfortable and seaworthy in rough conditions, with easy to handle sail plan and solid and reliable construction. She has been built for a very experienced and demanding Swan Owner and is very highly specified for the easiest of short-handed sailing.
Graceful and devilishly fast aft cockpit carbon cruiser from Vismara. Designed to be sailed singlehanded with push-button everything.
See the RaceboatsOnly.com collection at seahorsemagazine.com/brokerage/
The Last Word
My chances of being PM are about as good as the chances of finding Elvis on Mars, or my being reincarnated as an olive. -- Boris Johnson
Advertising inquiries to Graeme Beeson: or see www.eurosailnews.com/advertise.html