In This Issue
• Spindrift racing wins M32 European Series Holland
• Kiel lining up for some tense showdowns in the international classes
• Fredrik Loof closing in on OK Dinghy European title defence
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• Win Win lives up to her name at Superyacht Cup Palma
• Marion Bermuda Wrap up
• What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
• Transatlantic Race 2019 Fleet Could Experience Slow Going Across the Pond
• Block Island Race Week
• Letters to the Editor
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Spindrift racing wins M32 European Series Holland
Medemblik, HollandL: Two points separated the four top teams going into the third and final day of the 2019 M32 European Series' second stopover in Medemblik, Holland. A forecast for an easterly breeze of more than 10 knots had the crews sailing five up licking their lips such as Aston Harald boss Håkan Svensson's Valhalla Cape Crow Vikings and Zurich-based Brit Richard Davies on Section 16. However after a promising early part of the day when four races were sailed, the wind slowly dropping until it was sub-four knots, and being uneven across the race course proved too light even for the featherweight M32 catamarans to compete.
Stars of the show today, like yesterday, were Spindrift racing. The Franco-Swiss team won Saturday by two points and today came within a point of a perfect score line, claiming three of the four races enabling them to win the M32 European Series Holland with a five point cushion.
Spindrift racing's victory finally broke the unbroken string of victories in the M32 European Series by Ian Williams' GAC Pindar team which began a year ago. Williams' crew went into the final day very hungry to continue their success but acknowledged sailing with two new crew here, he had lost to the better team.
1. Spindrift racing / Xavier Revil, 35 points
2. GAC Pindar / Ian Williams, 40
3. Section 16 / Richard Davies, 42
4. Cape Crow Vikings / Hakan Svensson, 47
5. Knots Racing / Nick Egnot-Johnson, 80
6. Team LeeLoo / Harold Vermeulen, 93
7. Good Vibes / PJ Postma, 111
Kiel lining up for some tense showdowns in the international classes
Kieler Woche, known to the English-speaking world as Kiel Week, has long been a game of two halves. It's the only way to fit so many hundreds of different boats on to the Kieler Fjord across the nine days of competition. It was the penultimate day of competition in the 'international classes', the mostly Corinthian dinghy classes sailed by keen weekend warriors, with a smattering of Olympic pedigree thrown in for good measure.
A good example of the mix of backgrounds can be found in the OK dinghy class, the hiking singlehander that is holding its European Championships as part of Kieler Woche.
Another faster singlehander back at Kieler Woche is the high-performance, trapeze asymmetric powered Musto Skiff. In the strong winds of Sunday, Paul Dijkstra was untouchable, winning all four races.
One of the other skiff fleets here is the 29er, holding its Eurocup event in Kiel with a massive entry of 118 boats. The final day is going to be a humdinger, a four-way battle for the podium with just three points separating four young crews from Germany, Norway, Sweden and Finland. Currently it's Jonas Schupp and Moritz Hagenmeyer who hold the top spot, but will the Germans be able to fight off the attack from the Nordic nations?
In the foiling fleet, Adriano Petrino from Switzerland holds a five-point lead over fellow Moth sailor Max Lutz. In the Contender trapeze singlehander, Christoph Homeier of Germany holds just a two-point advantage over the Dane, Soren Andreasen. Another Dane, Anna Livbjerg, enjoys an almost unassailable lead in the Europe singlehander, where the women and men are racing each other.
The german defender of the Youth Sailing Champions League takes again the victory of the event. Photo: Kiel Week / Sascha Klahn Racing in J/70 sportsboats, Bodensee Yacht Club Uberlingen won the second edition of the Youth SAILING Champions League after three days of sensational racing at Kiel Week in Germany. Regattaclub Oberhofen from Switzerland was runner-up ahead of Flensburger Segel Club in third place.
Kieler Woche, which takes place from 22 to 30 June, divides into two halves. The first half which began today is all about the international classes and is mostly about keen amateur sailors competing against each other. Across the whole nine days, Kieler Woche will host more than 4,000 sailors from 60 nations, competing in more than 1,900 sailing boats. -- Hermann Hell
Kiel Week (22. until 30. June):
Part 1: (22. until 25. June):
Saturday, 22., until Monday, 24. June: Youth Sailing Champions League
Saturday, 22., until Tuesday, 25. June; 505, FD, Laser Rad. (open), 29er, Musto Skiff, 2.4mR, Laser 4.7, Europe, Contender, Foiling Open (including Waszp and Moth)
OK European Championship.
Part 2: (26./27. until 30. June):
Laser Std. M, Laser Rad. W, Finn M, 470 M/W, 49er M, 49erFX W, Nacra17 Mix.
Thursday, 27., until Sunday, 30. June: 420er, J/24, J/80 and J/70.
Offshore race course:
Saturday, 22. June: Rendezvous of the classics.
Saturday/Sunday (22. /23. June): Welcome Race (ORC Club, Albin Express, Albin Ballad and multi-hulls). Aalregatta: (Yardstick, OD, Folkboat).
Saturday, 22. June, until Tuesday, 25. June: Kiel Cup (ORC Int.)
Sunday (23. June): Start of the Nord Stream Race (Swan 50)
Wednesday until Sunday (26. - 30. June): Mixed Double Hand Offshore (ORC Club).
Thursday, 27. June: Senatspreis (ORC Club)
Friday/Saturday, 28. /29. June: Das Silberne Band (ORC Club).
Fredrik Loof closing in on OK Dinghy European title defence
After three more races at the OK Dinghy European Championship at Kieler Woche, Fredrik Loof, from Sweden, is now one race away from defending the title he first won last year. He didn't have it all his own way though, only winning one race and coming under continuing pressure from Valerian Lebrun, from France who won the first race of the day.
Jan Kurfeld from Germany, drops to third. Loof won the second race while former world champion, Thomas Hansson-Mild, from Sweden, won the final race of the day.
In winds of 10-14 knots, Lebrun took charge of Race 6 early on to round ahead of Lars Johan Brodtkorb, from Norway and Hans Borjesson, from Sweden. Lebrun sailed away for a big win, to apply a little pressure on Loof, who crossed in second. Stefan de Vries, from The Netherlands, put on the turbo on the final upwind to cross on third.
Loof evened the score in the next race to win his fourth race of the week with Lebrun just behind in second. Luke Gower, Britain's resident Kiwi, put on his race face to secure his best result of the week in third.
After a windy start to the morning the breeze was easing through the day, and again it was Loof at the front in Race 8. However on the second upwind Hansson-Mild smacked the left corner and passed everyone to take an easy win from Loof and Lebrun.
The championship concludes on Tuesday with two more races scheduled to complete the 10 race series.
Result after 8 races
1. Fredrik Loof, SWE, 10 points
2. Valerian Lebrun, FRA, 26
3. Jan Kurfeld, GER, 30
4. Stefan De Vries, NED, 40
5. Thomas Hansson-Mild, SWE, 52
6. Mads Bendix, DEN, 52
7. Bo Petersen, DEN, 58
8. Lars Johan Brodtkorb, NOR, 59
9. Tomasz Gaj, POL, 72
10. Andre Budzien, GER, 73
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Win Win lives up to her name at Superyacht Cup Palma
The 2019 Superyacht Cup Palma reached its captivating conclusion with the best day's racing yet on the waters of Palma Bay.
Win Win lived up to her name once again and emerged as the overall victor of the Superyacht Cup, with class winners Topaz and Bequia also able to celebrate their success after three days of close racing and enjoyable socialising ashore.
The final St. Regis Race was held on what proved to be the clearest day of the 23rdedition of Europe's longest-running superyacht regatta, the Mallorcan mountains providing a stunning backdrop to the drama being played out on the water.
After a short delay to allow the sea breeze to establish itself the race committee launched the fleet on the deciding contest of the event.
In Class A the 33m Win Win was able to secure her third successive victory, this one by the narrow margin of just 33 seconds on corrected time ahead of Nilaya with Open Season third in the race and overall in the class. The triumph is a second SYC win for the Javier Jaudenes designed Baltic Yacht built boat, which also topped the table in 2016.
The 24thedition of The Superyacht Cup Palma will be held from 17 to 20 June 2020
Marion Bermuda Wrap up
The 2019 Marion Bermuda Race is in the books. 39 Founders Division entries and two Classic Division boats lined up for their starts in Buzzards Bay on Friday June 14. One of the classics failed to start, but sailed with the fleet heading south in Buzzards Bay for the finish in Bermuda and the hospitality of the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club.
The race started with a gusty beat out of Buzzard's Bay. Some boats like Riley family's scratch boat Kiwi Spirit suffered gear failures in the 30-knot gusts. The tack of their mainsail blew out and they had to sail the rest of the race with shortened sail. Kiwi Spirit was first to finish but was off the podium on handicap in class and finished 37, second to last, in fleet.
On the course, one yacht— Mahinia Kai, an Oyster 54 skippered by Arthur Haubner and Arthur Auclair of Salem NH— withdrew with a steering malfunction. They headed back to Newport RI.
The Marion Bermuda Race is the only offshore race from a US port that offers prizes for boats that turn off their electronics and steer by celestial navigation only until they are 50 miles from the finish. Fifteen boats elected to sail celestially including the winners of all four classes and both divisions. -- Talbot Wilson
Abigail - Robert Buck, Aquidneck 52, Marion MA - Celestial
Kinship - Francis Selldorf, Baltic 52, Padanaram MA
Sunflower - Mark Lenci, Beneteasu Oceanis 523, Harpswell ME
Gallant, Christian Hoffman, Navy 44, USNA Annapolis MD, Celestial
Momentum, Paul Kanev, Hinckley Sou'wester 51, Newport RI
Defiance, George Hamilton/Kevin Navarro, Navy 44 MKII, USNA Annapolis MD, Celestial
Pinnacle - Peter Torosian, Tartan 4100, Rye NH, Celestial
Escapade II - Tom Bowler, Morris 46, Ocean, Marion MA
Scappare - David LeBlanc, Catalina 42 MKII, Stillhouse Cove RI
Cordelia - Roy Greenwald, Valiant 42, Marion MA, Celestial
Frolic - Ray Cullum, Dixon 44, Marion MA, Celestial
Silhouette - David Caso, Cherubini 44, Portsmouth RI
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Tabor Boy - James Geil, Schooner 92, Tabor Academy Marion MA, Celestial
DNS Spirit of Bermuda -Jordan Smith, Tall Ship 118, Dockyard, Bermuda
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Transatlantic Race 2019 Fleet Could Experience Slow Going Across the Pond
Newport, RI, USA: It would be nice to imagine that the 3,000-nautical-mile route for the west-to-east Transatlantic Race 2019 has changed little since pioneers from the New York Yacht Club braved the route from New York to Cowes via the Lizard back in 1866.
By modern standards, their voyage was reckless, leaving in December on boats designed to be raced inshore. In addition, today we have more contemporary problems such as the Greenland ice sheet melting at an alarming rate, increasing the ice flow drifting south.
Taken down by the Labrador Current, the icebergs splay out across the Atlantic south and east from Newfoundland. In order to avoid them the New York Yacht Club (the race's organizer alongside the Royal Yacht Squadron, Royal Ocean Racing Club and Storm Trysail Club) yesterday announced the sizable exclusion zone, "Point Alpha."
In fact, Point Alpha is one of three exclusion zones the competitors must negotiate. The first requires competitors to remain south of a west-to-east line along 40° 56'N in order to keep them away from the Nantucket Shoals. These ever-moving shallow waters extend some 40 miles southeast from Nantucket Island. Mike Broughton, navigator on the 82-foot Aegir, being campaigned this year by New Yorker Clarke Murphy, remembers crossing them in 2011. "It was very scary. The depth was going down to less than 1 meter beneath the keel, but we got away with it," said Broughton.
Next up is the critical habitat area for right whales to the east of Cape Cod. For race competitors, this exclusion zone extends down to a point at 41° 00'N/069° 05'W, the shape of the zone roughly conforming with the 1994 critical habitat area, as designated by the NOAA Fisheries.
But these diversions are trivial compared to the Point Alpha ice exclusion zone. Considering that the rhumbline from Newport to Land's End passes through east Newfoundland, this zone's reach extends some 340 miles south, 500 miles southeast and 600 miles east of Newfoundland's coast. This zone means that the Transatlantic Race 2019 fleet will pass some 120 miles south of the Grand Banks, thereby avoiding its spooky and danger-laden mix of shallows, thick fog and fishing fleets.
Keeping competitors south also means that, until they are able to start turning north at 047°W, they will be sailing in the unnaturally warm waters of the Gulf Stream. In the 2015 race competitors were still experiencing these half way across the Atlantic.
According to Broughton, the Gulf Stream currently has a slightly different complexion. "Its 'west wall' is much more fragmented than usual - there are lots of little short bursts of hot water," Broughton said.
The race starts Tuesday at 1100 EDT off Castle Hill Light in Newport, R.I.
Block Island Race Week
Bill Sweetser could not have scripted a better start to Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race Week, presented by Margaritaville. Monday's wind conditions fell into the sweet spot of the Annapolis entry and the crew responded with a superb performance.
Sweetser steered Rush to victory in all three races on the opening day of the regatta, taking early command of the J/109 class. Tactician Tom Babel made all the right calls while trimmers Brian Tyrrell (headsails), Mike Hobson (mainsail) and Bobby Brooks (offside) were on point.
"Sometimes you sail in conditions you feel very comfortable with and today certainly favored our boat and crew," Sweetser said of the westerly winds that held relatively steady between 8 to 10 knots. "We just tend to do really well in light to moderate winds within the J/109 fleet. I know I drive better in those conditions."
Wings accomplished the same feat in J/88 class with skipper Mike Bruno leading the Armonk, New York entry to straight bullets. Stuart Johnstone is calling tactics aboard Wings, which is coming off a class victory at Sperry Charleston Race Week.
In the third one-design class, New York City residents John and Marisa Koten led Gray Matter to solid score line of 3-3-2 to set the pace in J/105, which has attracted 16 entries.
Racing was extremely close in the ORC 1 and 2 with mere seconds separating the first and second places finishes in both Race 1 and 2 after more than an hour sailing around the buoys. Jim Grundy and his crew aboard Baby Bella hold a one-point lead in ORC 1 after beating Interlodge IV by one second in the second start.
There was a good battle among the 52-footers in IRC 1 with Beau Geste winning the day after sandwiching a pair of bullets around a third. Gladiator, a TP52 owned by Tony Langley of Great Britain, briefly held the lead after winning Race 2.
This is the second Block Island Race Week for Beau Geste skipper Karl Kwok, whose last appearance came 25 years ago when he owned an ILC 40 built by Carroll Marine. "A lot has changed on Block Island since then," said Kwok, who lives in Hong Kong.
Gavin Brady serves as helmsman aboard Beau Geste and has other renowned pros such as Chris Larson (tactician), Matthew Humphries (navigator) and Darren Jones (main trimmer) in key roles.
Four classes of Performance Cruising entries are racing pursuit courses each day. Reef Points, a Westerly Marine 60 owned by Gurdon Wattles of Little Compton, Rhode Island, drew first blood in Performance Cruising 1.
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