In This Issue
Kiwi Spirit Takes Line, Abigail Leads Class A
Richomme's Overall Race Lead In Figaro Diminishes
Time to register for the Yacht Racing Forum 2019
95 Entries for Morgan Cup
M32 European Series resumes in Holland
The Life of Marlow Rope: The Making of the Clipper Race Ropes
Pilot Schooner No. 5 Elbe Floats Again
Industry News
Featured Charter: Figaro 3 -Raw
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• • 2013 Infiniti 36GT - Skazka
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Kiwi Spirit Takes Line, Abigail Leads Class A
Kiwi Spirit was the line honors leader from start to finish in the 2019 Marion Bermuda Race. The Farr 63 finished off St. David's Lighthouse at 2:27:59 Tuesday. Francis Seldorff's Kinship, a Baltic 52, was second across the line at 5:01:02.

Friends and families and volunteers have all commented on how straightforward this race has been, especially with so many boats finishing in such a condensed space of time. The Finish Line Report, accessed on the home page, lists boats that have finished and their elapsed times. Remember that an Anti-Bias adjustment to the ORR handicaps will be made and the adjustment will affect the corrected times.

One of the Prizes of the Day has to go to Abigail, Robert Buck's Aquidneck 52 from Marion MA. She sits first in Class A based on preliminary corrected time results. This is a 52-foot yawl that was designed, built and raced by the owner. The skipper of Kinship, which stands second in Class A, calls Abigail, a nice design with a cold molded wooden hull, a wolf in sheep's clothing. Mark Gabrielson, Abigail's navigator, said she is "just fast." At one point in the race the wind dropped to about five knots and Kiwi Spirit hoisted their Code Zero. But they forgot to tape the shackle. The shackle came loose after the sail was hoisted and the spinnaker halyard ran up to the masthead.

Jo explained, "After putting up the code zero we lost the halyard… someone forgot to tape it. We had to send someone up. Since I'm the youngest and lightest one, I had to go up. We had to do it right away to get the code Zero going. I was bumping all around…. slamming back and forth on the mast."

Joe commented on beating out of Buzzards Bay in the solid 63 foot sloop. Winds were on the nose gusting to 30 and running against the tide flowing out. The chop was steep.

The two US Naval Academy teams hold preliminary one-two positions in Class B. Gallant, the Pearson Composite Navy 44 skippered by Christian Hoffman sits in the lead and Defiance, the Navy 44 MK II co-skippered by Mark Navaro and George Hamilton is runner up.

In class C, Escapade II, a Morris 46 skippered by Tom Bowler of Marion is the preliminary leader.

In Class D Concert, a Morris 40 skippered by Levin Campbell and Holly Ambler of North Haven MN and David Caso's Silhouette, a Cherubini 44, are the only boats that have finished. No call can be made at this time, not even a preliminary one.

The remaining boats on the course are caught in a dying and shifting breeze North of Bermuda. Ron Wisner's Hotspur II is still 114 miles from a Dark 'n Stormy. -- Talbot Wilson

Richomme's Overall Race Lead In Figaro Diminishes
Alongside Gildas Mahe, (Breizh Cola-Equi-Thé), and Anthony Marchand, (Groupe Royer-Populaire Secours), the trio have earned themselves an incredible buffer of 52 miles over the rest of the fleet, having escaped through a key tidal gate off the north eastern tip of the Channel Islands, which so many others fell foul of, describing it as 'hellish' and 'disastrous.'

The cumulative fatigue of three mentally and physically gruelling stages will be setting in more than ever for the solo skippers, but one man who will be getting very little rest is the current La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro overall leader Yoann Richomme, (Hellowork-Groupe Telegramme).

At 1435BST today, Richomme was in 16th place, having just rounded the Hand Deeps mark by Eddystone Lighthouse approximately 10 hours and 20 minutes behind leader Loison. For Richomme, who came into Stage 3 with a 10 hour, 31-minute advantage over Loison, he is hanging on to his overall lead by a whisker. Having diminished to just 11 minutes, that margin is looking increasingly fragile and eyes will now be on the tidal gate at Ushant. The overall race lead could be determined by how quick the final miles to the finish are which could yet turn things on its head.

The leading threesome are expected to arrive at the finish in the Bay of Morlaix early on Wednesday and with a gap that is currently around six hours to fourth placed Le Pape, it's not really a case of who will be on the podium for this leg, but more what positions will they be in.

Time to register for the Yacht Racing Forum 2019
The leading annual conference for the business of sailing and yacht racing will take place on November 25-26 in Bilbao, Spain.

The 12th edition of the Forum will once again provide a unique opportunity to network, debate the future of the sport and make business.

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95 Entries for Morgan Cup
Start: Friday 21 June (1900 BST)
Course: Cowes-Dieppe (110-160nm)

The Royal Ocean Racing Club's Season's Points Championship continues this weekend with the Morgan Cup. The seventh offshore race of the series will start on Friday 21 June at 7pm from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line. Bound for Dieppe across the English Channel, 95 teams have entered the race to the fishing port on the Normandy Coast.

20 teams have entered in IRC 3 including the top two teams in the 2019 RORC Season's Points Championship: Sun Fast 3600 Black Sheep, sailed by Trevor Middleton, and Sunfast 3600 Bellino, sailed Two-Handed by Rob Craigie & Deb Fish.

Monohull line honours for the Morgan Cup are likely to be contested by three teams racing in IRC Zero. Volvo 70 Telefonica Black, sailed by Lance Shepherd, has the highest IRC rating in the fleet, Botin IRC52 Tala, sailed by David Collins is the class leader for the season. Ker 46 Lady Mariposa, skippered by Nigel King, returns to RORC racing after a highly successful Caribbean season.

12 teams have entered IRC One, including the class leader for the season, A13 Phosphorus II, sailed by Mark Emerson. The much in form FAST40+ Redshift, sailed by Ed Fishwick, returns. Xp44 Orange Mecanix2, sailed by Maxime de Mareuil, will be hoping to go one better than second in class for the race last year.

With 29 entries, IRC Two is the largest class in the Morgan Cup and the entry list boasts proven winners and reveals battles within the class. Last year's class winner, Scarlet Oyster sailed by Ross Applebey, will be racing after taking overall victory in this month's De Guingand Bowl Race.

22 teams racing 18 different types of yacht have entered IRC Four

Racing fans can watch the start of the Morgan Cup from Cowes Esplanade and The Green, which will offer splendid views of the fleet. All Sailors taking part can catch up with fellow competitors over a pre-race meal at the RORC Cowes Clubhouse, table booking is recommended.

M32 European Series resumes in Holland
Flat water and good breeze is a recipe for high octane catamaran sailing that the Dutch know well thanks to their famous dammed off inland sea, the Ijsselmeer. It is here that the M32 European Series visits later this week (21-23 June) for its second stage, following Pisa last month.

At least seven of the one design catamaran teams will be congregating in Medemblik for the M32 European Series Holland. Situated on the west side of the Ijsseleer, 40km north of Amsterdam, the town is one of the Netherland's top sailing venues and only last week hosted the 89 boat Dragon Gold Cup.

Most familiar with Medemblik will certainly be Pieter-Jan Postma, the Netherland's two time Olympic Finn sailor, who finished fourth at London 2012. He spent years training in Medemblik when it was the centre for Dutch Olympic sailing. "

His Good Vibes team will comprise himself as well as Dutch businessmen Bart Brouwer, Jean-Louis Flier and Stijn Uijthoven. "In the M32 it is a lot about boat handling so the focus will be more about that and the starts," Postma continues. "We are now building up to the Worlds in Garda." The M32 World Championship will take in Riva del Garda over 26-30th August.

They are joined by another Dutch team, new to M32 racing. Harold Vermeulen's LeeLoo team usually campaigns a MAT 1180 keelboat. With Vermeulen on board will be Gideon Mastenbroek, Jochem Oostenbroek, Herman de Knop and Tom van der Vecht.

Also new to the M32 European Series is the KNOTS Racing Team from New Zealand, skippered by 20-year-old budding match racer Nick Egnot-Johnson.

Returning once again from Sweden is M32/Aston Harald boss Håkan Svensson on board Cape Crow Vikings with his normal crew including the Dackhammar brothers Nicklas and Pontus, plus Jakob Wilson and Fredrik Aurell.

Racing takes place over 21-23 June starting at 1400 on 21st, 1300 on the 22nd and 1200 on the 23rd. -- James Boyd

The Life of Marlow Rope: The Making of the Clipper Race Ropes
To celebrate our 16 year long relationship with Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, Marlow Ropes has created a short film on the lengths it goes to to produce the market-leading high performance Clipper Race ropes.

From the initial research and development to the final rigging of the 70-foot Clipper Race fleet, Marlow's film is an illuminating insight into the entire process of creating the strong, light and durable ropes. Focusing on Marlow's expertise, craftsmanship and manufacturing techniques developed over its 200+ year history, the short video goes behind the scenes of one of Britain's greatest manufacturing exports.

Emma Donovan, Marketing Manager at Marlow said: "This film offers a fascinating insight into the art of high performance rope-making. The Clipper Race is an amazing adventure, testing the resilience of crew, boat and rigging. The ropes will travel 40,000 nautical miles per yacht, crossing 4 oceans. They will endure hard conditions and have to be the very best. We take this responsibility very seriously and are proud to be the official rope supplier."

Each of the 12 Clipper racing yachts is kitted out with 1,420 metres of rope (plus spares and accessories) the combined strength of all the ropes on one boat is 336 tonnes. A total of more than 15,620m of rope has been made for the entire Clipper Race fleet during over 1,000 production hours.

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Pilot Schooner No. 5 Elbe Floats Again
This is major good news; currently, in the water is probably the best place for her for now. The worst thing for poor old WANDERBIRD would be for her to sit in an oozing heap on some cement or tarred area where she's going to bake in summer sun and distort while the insurance companies abrogate and litigate and all the other "gates."

I hope that this project keeps moving forward with all due speed and with the best of advice -- perhaps the National Historic Ship People in London or whatever the historic vessel group is in Germany. ICMM should be able to help. Further, while repairing the damage every effort must be made to space out the lengths of planking and the butts as well as the frames, floors, beam shelf, clamp, knees and stringers along with the bulwarks to do more than just patch up the hole. She's at a stage where, so easily, something terrible could go wrong.

Hopefully they are acquiring the best materials and the best shipwrights and will repair her right and not just in an expedient way to get her back sailing (and earning). Keep in mind that the iron hulled JOSEPH CONRAD (now at MSM in Mystic, CT was sunk in Copenhagen in the early part of the 20th century with the loss of 22 boys who were asleep below. Further, most of you know of the story of the schooner WHEN AND IF.

In the water the hull is currently being supported in her "shape;" when she's out on the hard she should be very carefully and properly supported pending the decisions about how to proceed. Lets face it, her mechanical and electronic equipment are almost certainly history so all that will have to be replaced, and I suspect that all the wiring will need to be replaced as well -- I'm not sure what the licensing authority in Germany requires for passenger carrying vessels. The rig will need major repairs but it looked a bit dicey before the accident -- as if it was a rig modified to suit the exigencies of the regulations for carrying passengers day sailing on inland waters. -- Ginny Jones

Industry News
Herve Gastinel, CEO of Groupe Beneteau since 2015, has stepped down from his position with immediate effect. The Board of Directors of Beneteau SA today announced that his duties as chief executive and his other positions within the group came to an end on June 15 and 16, respectively.

Gastinel has been replaced by Beneteau chairman Jerome de Metz.

Alongside this appointment, the Boat Division's Management Board is also evolving to unite the group's teams, brands, design units and plants around a stronger shared project. This project is based around a cross-cutting approach and will be reflected in the creation of two major departments, Beneteau says.

Christophe Caudrelier, previously chief financial officer in charge of information systems and currently deputy CEO in charge of European activities, will retain his current position and will now lead the Operational Excellence Department for the group.

Gianguido Girotti, previously general manager of the Beneteau brand, in charge of its product strategy, will become deputy CEO and will head up the Boat Division's Product Strategy Department.

The Management Board will also now include Corinne Margot, Group Human Relations and Communications director, and be assisted by two of the group's experienced managers, Dieter Gust and Jean-Paul Chapeleau, respectively chairman of Construction Navale Bordeaux and general manager of Jeanneau and Prestige.

Gastinel is the third CEO of a major European boatbuilder to be replaced in the last week, following the departure of Marti from Sunseeker and Gates from Princess.


The 2019 Moscow Yacht Show, one of the most important annual events in the Russian boating industry, closed on Sunday at the city's Royal Yacht Club.

The three-day show (May 31-June 2) was attended by domestic boatbuilders and representatives of the world's largest shipyards, including Princess, Azimut, Ferretti, Sunseeker and more. In addition, the expo was attended by representatives of several leading distributors of boat and yachts in Russia.

According to the show's organiser, the Azimut 55 Fly, Fairline's Targa 43 Open, the Galeon 360 Fly and Jeanneau's Merry Fisher 1095 were just some of the highlights. The largest exhibit was the 23m Sunseeker Manhattan 73.

The Russian boatbuilding industry has been on the rise since 2010, resulting in the appearance of several local producers at the show. Among them was the Magniff Marine shipyard with its high-speed premium-class 270 Freeflight boats, and St Petersburg's SPEV enterprise with its Phoenix 560 model.

Another significant exhibitor at the show was Russian shipyard Houseboat, which presented its 20m Heliboat 209 ship. The innovative 'house on water' is designed for year-round living and is equipped with a helipad.


The board of directors of Lewmar Marine have agreed to the terms of a cash offer from US-based Lippert Components, a subsidiary of LCI Industries, which produces a range of engineered components for recreational vehicles (RVs), boats and commercial transportation vehicles.

LCI has received pledges from Lewmar shareholders representing nearly 81% of existing shares to vote in favour of the acquisition, pursuant to final approval by the company's shareholders and the Scottish Court. LCI's initial cash offer is approximately £33.286 million, or about £1.44 per share, and allows for additional consideration up to £2.5 million, or approximately 10.8 pence per share.

"The marine industry has been a continued target of growth for LCI, and with the acquisition of Lewmar, we are expanding this strategy to a global level," said Jason Lippert, CEO & President of LCI. "This is our sixth acquisition within the global leisure marine market, as well as our sixth acquisition in Europe," continued Lippert. "All of this points to our strategy to be a significant player in the global marine, rail, and caravan markets domestically and in Europe."

LCI operates across more than 65 manufacturing and distribution facilities located in the US, Canada, Italy, Ireland and the UK, with 2018 annual sales of $2.5 billion (£1.9 billion). It purchased the Taylor Made Group in January 2018 for $90.4 million (£70m) and furniture-making assets from US boatbuilder Smoker Craft in November for $28.1 million (£22m).

Lippert is actively moving to diversify the company's business away from the RV OEM segment where 66% of consolidated sales are generated, down to a target of 40% by 2022.

MD Peter Tierney will continue to lead Lewmar's business and take on responsibility for Trend Marine Products, also based in the UK and acquired by Lippert in January 2018.


The Nacra 17 Class is thrilled to announce Carlos de Beltran has agreed to become the Head of our Technical Committee for the Nacra 17. As Head of the Technical Committee he also joins our class executive.

Carlos is formerly the Technical Director at World Sailing, a measurer of the 35th America's Cup, an equipment inspector for the 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race, and a measurer of the GC32 Class.

Carlos brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience of top level racing, especially in foiling equipment.

A core value of the Nacra 17 class is fairness. It is vital each sailor competing in an Olympic class is confident that the equipment being used is fair for all competitors.. read on


Registration is now open for this year's International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) which runs from October 1-3 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida. Owned and produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and RAI Amsterdam, IBEX is the marine industry's largest technical trade event in North America.

IBEX offers visitors three exhibit halls, outdoor displays, and demos on the IBEX docks. It also offers training and education from industry experts and associations. In addition, several special events have been planned for visitors to add to the experience. These include the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) Small Craft Technology Symposium, the Third Annual Grow Boating Marketing Summit, and the IBEX Special Seminar: Return to Thunderboat Row.

This year, IBEX's first and second floor exhibit halls will open at 9am each day, an hour earlier than the third floor, and will feature products and services from companies new to the event and the industry. Country pavilions will include exhibitors from South Korea, Australia, France, Slovenia, and Italy.

The show's third floor will feature specialty pavilions including the Composites Pavilion, the Compliance, Standards, and Education Pavilion, and the newly branded NMEA Connected Boat Experience Pavilion. The Marina & Yard Pavilion will be located on the first floor.

Exhibiting companies should visit for booth staff registration. Limited booth space is available. For rates and contact information, visit

For more information on IBEX 2019, exhibiting companies, interactive exhibit hall floor plans, and more, visit

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