In This Issue
• Star World Championship
• Superyacht Cup Palma
• A Busy June for Marlow Ropes
• Transpac 50 Offers New 'Special' Trophies
• Askew Brothers Hope to Conjure Transatlantic Race Victory
• Yacht Racing Forum 2019 - A fantastic lineup of sailing brands and speakers
• Every Day is a School Day in Puerto Sherry
• It was there all along - Carbo-Link
• SailGP unveils championship trophy
• Featured Charter: GP42 - Phan
• Featured Brokerage:
• • Farr 65 - ALBATROSS II.
• • Hitchhiker Fast40+ MK III
• • King Marine R/P 'Aurora'
• The Last Word: Principia Discordia
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Star World Championship
Porto Cervo, Italy: We are at the half way point of the Star World Championship. Light air has prevailed making for tedious sailing. Arthur (Tutu) Lopes and I are in fourth place, with 32 points, after scoring a 19th in the opener. Augie Diaz has sailed very fast and well in these conditions and is leading with 15 points. A discard will factor into results after race 4.
The fleet of 63 teams from 20 nations will experience more light winds today…4-6 knots. Friday may see the wind getting up to 10 knots. -- Paul Cayard
Top ten after three races:
1. Augie Diaz Henry Boenning, USA, 15 points
2. Elvind Melleby Joshua Revkin, NOR, 16
3. Mateusz Kusznierewicz Bruno Prada, POL, 19
4. Paul Cayard Artur Lopes, USA, 32
5. Jorgen Schoenherr Jan Eli Gravad, DEN, 32
6. Torvar Mirsky Robert O'Leary, IRL, 34
7. Diego Negri Sergio Lambertenghi, ITA, 35
8. Roberto Bermudez De Castro Miguel Fernandez Vasco, ESP, 27
9. George Szabo Guy Avellon, USA, 38
10. Enrico Chieffi Manlio Corsi, ITA, 40
Superyacht Cup Palma
Photo by Ingrid Abery, www.ingridabery.com. Click on image for photo gallery.
Nilaya got proceedings underway, the 34m dark hulled black sail carbon sloop powering up and crossing the line as the first to start the opening Pantaenius Race in the 13-strong superyacht fleet.
Class A led the way, with Nilaya followed off the starting blocks by Win Win and the equally high-performance Open Season in what looks set to be a hard-fought class contest. At the finish the start order was reversed, but as Superyacht Cup regulars know nothing is decided until the ORCsy handicap system has worked its magic.
Once the ratings were applied the winner was the suitably named Win Win, ahead of Open Season. The creation of Mallorcan designer Javier Jaudenes, Win Win was a class victor over the last two years and an overall Cup champion in 2016.
Class B saw the closest contest, with Velsheda getting off to a winning start in defence of her 2018 SYC title - but only by 15 seconds from her J-Class compatriot Topaz.
It was a close run thing in Class C too, with the top three boats separated by just 37 seconds on corrected time.
First time SYC participant Huckleberry edged out the Spirit of Tradition yawl Bequia to take the narrow win, with the Hoek Design modern classic Kealoha taking the last spot on the podium. The 52m schooner Meteor - the largest vessel at this year's Cup - came home fourth
Racing at the Superyacht Cup Palma continues on Friday 21 June, and will be followed by the Marinepool Paddle Board Challenge where the crews can continue their friendly rivalry.
A Busy June for Marlow Ropes
TP52 Super Series Menorca Regatta
May saw a fabulous first regatta of 2019 for Marlow Grand Prix in the 52 Super Series and our congratulations go to the Marlow-rigged Platoon Sailing Team for their win. We were proud to also rig Azzurra, Provezza, Alegre, Quantum and Gladiator through our network of MGP riggers for the Menorca based event.
USA Inter-collegiate Sailing Academy Marlow College Sailor of the Year
This May saw the annual ICSA Sperry College Sailing Women's Nationals and the Gill College Sailing Coed National Championships at Sail Newport Sailing Center sponsored and rigged by Marlow Ropes, where the winner of the Everett B. Morris Trophy Marlow Ropes College Sailor of the Year was awarded to Nicholas Baird, for outstanding performance at the highest level of sailing in the collegiate year.
Eco Partnership with Conrad Colman Renewable Racing
Marlow have worked with Conrad since 2011, and even more so since the start of the year, with the rigging of his renewable racing boat Ethical Power ahead of his sustainable campaign for the 2020 Vendee Globe. As an eco-ambassador, Conrad has been using recycled 100% recycled yarn in his running rigging with blended Blue Ocean polyester and Technora spinnaker sheets. Conrad has had a busy start to the season, competing in La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro and the Solo Maitre Coq.
Eco Partnership with BBC Blue Planet Research Vessel
This Spring Marlow donated ropes and rigging gear for the pioneering cetacean research vessel, Silurian. The Silurian, recently featured in BBC's Blue Planet Live, travels thousands of miles every year off the west coast of Scotland to conduct ground-breaking research on whales, dolphins, porpoises and basking sharks and urgently needed a re-fit ahead of the new season. We are thrilled to be able to support the Silurian in the vital marine biology work that the Trust continues to do.
European 49er, 49erFX & Nacra 17 Championships
Britain's elite Marlow-rigged sailors scooped the European gold and silver medals in both the 49er and Nacra 17 classes during May in a flurry of success on home waters of Weymouth and Portland. Ben Saxton and Nicola Boniface were crowned Nacra 17 European champions, while Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell picked up the title in the 49er class.
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Transpac 50 Offers New 'Special' Trophies
Los Angeles, California, USA: In addition to recognizing performance in elapsed and corrected time, this year's 50th edition of the Transpacific Yacht Club's biennial yacht race from LA to Honolulu is also offering three new trophies to award to eligible teams. Of the nearly 100 entries ready to start in a few weeks, already the interest has been keen to register for these new awards.
First is the new Nash Family Corinthian Trophy awarded to the yacht with an all "non-professional" Corinthian crew with the Fasted Corrected Time Overall. Yacht entries from all monohull classes are eligible for this Corinthian Trophy. The Notice of Race has more details on eligibility, and closing date to meet the eligibility criteria is July 1st. Already over a dozen teams have signed up to be eligible for this award.
The Storm Trysail Club Trophy will be awarded to the 3-boat team that compiles the best score, as determined by using the total of each team member's percentage placement in its respective class. Teams shall not have more than two boats sailing in the same class. In order to be scored for this trophy, each team must submit a Team Application to the Entry Chairman prior to 1700 on July 7, 2019. To date there are several teams formed up to compete for this trophy, with more expected.
The new Ronald L. Burla Trophy for Media Excellence will be awarded to the entry that provides the most creative and original media content related to their on-board experience while sailing in Transpac 50. Photos, videos and/or written stories are all eligible, with one submission made per boat sent after their start and before their finish in the race. A panel of judges from TPYC and the race's Media Team will decide the winner from among all submissions and announce this at the Awards Ceremony.
The Burla Trophy has a fascinating history, having been dedicated in 1908 with this inscription: "Greetings to Promotion Committee and Chamber of Commerce of Honolulu from Chamber of Commerce of San Pedro Commemorating Harbor Day and Trans-Pacific Yacht Race July 4th 1908." As Publicity Director of the Hawaii Visitor's Bureau and a founding member of Waikiki Yacht Club, Ron Burla was a tireless promoter of the race, taking the local press out to the finish line and is credited for having re-discovered this beautiful silver cup.
And in addition to these three new awards, there is also the Mark S. Rudiger Celestial Navigation Trophy named in memory of famed offshore navigator Mark Rudiger. This antique brass T. Hemsley & Son silver-vernier, A-frame sextant from 1905 donated by Stan Honey is awarded to the navigator who submits celestial navigation worksheets or evidence of traditional navigation to the finish inspectors immediately after finishing, and whose work is selected as the "best" by an impartial panel of judges.
Transpac also recognizes the fastest among Double Handed entries, who are asked to check Yes or No to Required Question #1 "Double Handed" Entry in their online entry profile. Those interested must opt-in by July 1, 2019 and notify .
And those interested in being eligible for the Oldest Average Age Trophy should send the boat name, crew names, and crew ages to before their start to be eligible for this coveted trophy. -- Dobbs Davis
Askew Brothers Hope to Conjure Transatlantic Race Victory
A clear favorite for overall honors and possibly line honors in the upcoming Transatlantic Race 2019 is David and Peter Askew's Wizard. The canting-keel VO70 will take the starting line next Tuesday with a widely experienced professional crew and a pedigree that is rooted in winning.
"The general rule of thumb is if you're not fully canted, you're not winning. Or, you're not capable of winning," says 52-year-old Peter Askew of Baltimore, Md. "The boat is very powerful and fast, very wet, but a heck of a lot of fun to sail."
The 2019 edition of the Transatlantic Race begins next Tuesday, June 25, with 15 yachts set to cross the start line off Newport's scenic Castle Hill Lighthouse. The race is organized jointly by the Royal Yacht Squadron, New York Yacht Club, Royal Ocean Racing Club and Storm Trysail Club, and is a direct descendant of the first great transatlantic ocean race in December 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.
Wizard comes into the race as one of the most successful offshore racers in the past few years. After purchasing the yacht in the fall of 2017, the Askew brothers have won class and/or overall honors in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, the Newport Bermuda Race and the Caribbean 600. They were equally successful with their previous Wizard (R/P 74), winning the Transpac Race amid several other significant accomplishments.
The 3,000-nautical-mile Transatlantic Race, however, shapes up as the longest race the brothers from Detroit have ever started. And given their lengthy racing careers, that's a remarkable achievement in itself. They're both old-time boat captains who've made good in business and now are applying their life lessons to their own racing program.
The crew is loaded with round-the-world veterans such as sailing master Charlie Enright (Bristol, R.I.) and Mark Towill (Kaneohe, HI), the duo who have led the U.S. entry in the past two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. They'll be joined by navigator Will Oxley of Australia, who navigated Enright and Towill around the world in 2014-'15, and the likes of Richard Clarke (CAN), Joe Fanelli (USA), Rob Greenhalgh (GBR), Phil Harmer (AUS), Robbie Kane (USA), Chris Maxted (AUS), John von Schwartz (USA) and Mitchell White (AUS).
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
Yacht Racing Forum 2019 - A fantastic lineup of sailing brands and speakers
The Forum will reassemble the sports' key personalities: event organisers, sponsors, designers, professional sailors, boat builders, media as well as insurance and finance companies, and provide a unique opportunity to network, debate the future of the sport and do business.
The event will feature a subtle mix of lectures and presentations. The sports' most dynamic and innovative brands in the professional sailing world have already booked their exhibition stands. Members of the yacht racing community and sailing industry from all over the world are expected to attend the event.
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Every Day is a School Day in Puerto Sherry
Photo by Max Ranchi, www.maxranchi.com. Click on image for photo gallery.
During the first contest, which was sailed in an 11-13kts sea breeze, Azzurra found themselves too engaged in private battles and consequently making too many tacks. Second race they tacked clear early, and focused on sailing clear and clean in their own lane and let their obvious boat speed do the work for them to lead all the way around the course.
Olympic champion Santi Lange picking the better side of the course helped, but theirs was a measured risk. They did not push to the corner and this time made a priority of staying clear of other boats. The Argentinian tactician who joined the team last year has shown an increasing confidence at a venue that is new to the 52 SUPER SERIES and is proving hard to read because the breeze changes often but with no obvious pattern or phase. And Lange cannot attribute any of their success here, so far, to prior knowledge. He won a bronze at the Tornado Worlds here in 2003 but smiles that he "cannot remember a single race".
After six races, Azzzura lead by one single point ahead of the new Bronenosec. Both of the top teams won one race and partnered their victory with a fifth. Top scoring boat of the day was Ergin Imre's Provezza, which bounced back from a bogey 7,7 yesterday to go 2,2.
Meantime the 2018 defending champions Quantum Racing are struggling here, lying seventh of eight. When usually they might be expected to chip away and take places to convert from a poor position, but here they have been unable to.
Puerto Sherry 52 SUPER SERIES Royal Cup
Regatta standings after Day 3
1. Azzurra (ARG/ITA) (Alberto Roemmers) (5,1,2,5,5,1) 19 points
2. Bronenosec (RUS) (Vladimir Liubomirov) (4,3,4,3,1,5) 20
3. Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre) (1,4,7,7,2,2) 23
4. Sled (USA) (Takashi Okura) (8,2,3,4,4,4) 25
5. Platoon (GER) (Harm Muller-Spreer) (3,6,5,1,3,8) 26
6. Alegre (USA/GBR) (Andres Soriano) (2,8,6,2,8,6) 32
7. Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos) (7,7,1,6,6,7) 34
8. Phoenix 11 (RSA) (Tina Plattner) (6,5,8,8,7,3) 37 p.
It was there all along - Carbo-Link
There's been a notable increase in the number of racing yachts and superyachts upgrading their rigging to Carbo-Link's elliptical profiled solid carbon cables. Among them are the Wallycento Galateia, the offshore racer Rambler 88 and the brand-new superyacht Baltic 142 Canova together with Maxi 72s Cannonball, MOMO and Proteus.
Over the last 10 years, Carbo-Link has developed extensive knowledge and experience in the design, production and implementation of elliptical solid carbon rigging. Its own commercial R&D and practical experience since 2008; America's Cup research together with Alinghi in 2010 and all AC teams in 2013; extensive CFD modelling and analysis in collaborative studies with one of the world's top technical universities, ETH Zurich; and a growing number of superyacht projects, all contribute to Carbo- Link's elliptical rigging solutions.
SailGP unveils championship trophy
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Regarded as the world's leading trophy maker, Thomas Lyte - which serves as the gold and silversmith to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth - has been responsible for designing and crafting some of the most iconic trophies worldwide, including The FA Cup, the Webb Ellis Rugby World Cup and the Ryder Cup.
From the start, the brief was to create a trophy with a progressive feel that captured the extreme drama, energy and performance of SailGP. To ensure the winning team could truly commemorate its victory and create an iconic sporting moment, it was crucial that the trophy could be uplifted and used in celebration.
The eye-catching result is a unique 'V' shaped trophy in various stages of deconstruction. Standing 26 inches/65 cm high, crafted in 28 lbs./12.5 kilos of sterling silver and 24-carat gold plating, the trophy takes inspiration from the power of the wind and the speeds of the world's fastest sail racing boats, taking part in this cutting-edge, new global league.
Teams representing Australia, China, France, Great Britain, Japan and the United States will take a step closer to getting their hands on the trophy when they take part in two days racing in New York City, June 21-22, for the third event in the inaugural season. Currently, the Australia SailGP Team, helmed by Olympic gold medalist Tom Slingsby, is leading the charge, but that could all change this weekend after another six races.
New York SailGP takes place from 5-6:30 p.m. at Brookfield Place in Battery Park City on the Hudson River. Racing will take place just off the Battery and north toward Rockefeller Park, with Ellis Island and Manhattan's iconic skyline serving as a stunning backdrop. The official free-to-the-public Race Village at Brookfield will be the hub for all activity over the race period. For details and tickets, head to SailGP.com/NewYork.
Grenada Sailing Week
Barbados Sailing Week
St Maarten Heineken Regatta
St Thomas International Regatta
BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival
Les Voiles de St Barths
Antigua Sailing Week
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A full kite take down system has been added, the deck layout has been optimised with many of the control lines re-run, and the pedestal overdrive has been upgraded for better kite gybing speeds.
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The Last Word
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