In This Issue
Wizard Posts 492NM in 24 Hours in Transatlantic Race 2019
AF Offshore Race
Club Secretary / Chief Executive - The Royal Southern Yacht Club
CITGO Etchells World Championship
New Blood And Familiar Faces
Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge in the starting blocks!
Tough penalties if America's Cup falls short of entrants
Newport Trophy Regatta Showdown Won by Columbia, Challenge XII and New Zealand
12 Metre World Championship: Kookaburra II and Nyala arrive in Newport
International 5.5 Metre Swiss Open
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Wizard Posts 492NM in 24 Hours in Transatlantic Race 2019
David and Peter Askew's Wizard continues to set a blazing pace across the Atlantic, leading the fleet of 12 yachts competing in the Transatlantic Race 2019.

On Saturday, Wizard, the canting keel VO70 that won the 2011-'12 Volvo Ocean Race as Groupama 4, hooked onto a low-pressure system delivering strong southerly winds between 25 and 40 knots, and took off like a bat out of hades.

Wizard put up a 24-hour run of 492 nautical miles between 1230 UTC from Sunday to today. At today's 1400 UTC position report Wizard had 1,196 nautical miles to the finish in Cowes, Isle of Wight, England.

In the stormy stuff Wizard was sailing with a reefed mainsail, J4 and storm jib staysail. Now they're back to full mainsail, the J0 headsail and storm jib staysail. At 1400 Wizard led David Witt and the supermaxi SHK Scallywag by 102 nautical miles in the race for line honors. But the path ahead looks to get lighter.

"The next challenge is the ridge of high pressure between us and the Lizard," Oxley said. "There's a double-stacked high, with one center off the Azores and the other further north. We're aiming for a spot where we think we can get between the two. The breeze is going to get light but, fingers crossed, we'll get through to the other side. We're still looking at July 5 at the Lizard and the morning of July 6 into Cowes."

While the two leaders have had a couple of days of strong winds, the six yachts that make up the second half of the fleet - including Lucy Georgina, Carina, True, Kiva, Hiro Maru and Charisma - are about to sail into their own stormy weather. A low pressure forming to the east of Nova Scotia will engulf them in the coming days with gale force winds.

AF Offshore Race
During the night the sailors met heavy wether and app. 30 boats have chosen to withdraw from the race to save the boats and the crew. The south westerly winds with over 15 m/s has built up rough sea. There are many seasick sailors and damage on the boats; many have chosen to return to Sandhamn or seek shelter. Many of the older wooden yachts have also come back to Sandhamn. The winds are forecast to decrease during the day on Monday.

The hard wind during the night forced a lot of retirements... but not the leading Volvo Ocean 65 HiQ and Ambersail. At 08:15 Monday HiQ rounded as first boat at Hoburgen followed by Ambersail. The boats will pass Visby app. 10:00.

Now the record is in danger, but the forecast has warned for declining winds. For the big group still sailing east of Gotland a decline is probably welcome.


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CITGO Etchells World Championship
In a thrilling battle between titans of the sport, Australian champions Iain Murray and Colin Beashel of America's Cup fame, along with Richie Allanson, have won the Etchells world championship in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Winning one of sailing's most coveted trophies has been made even sweeter by them using a new Australian-built Etchells loaded with original thinking by Allanson and Murray themselves. The new AM boats named Havoc and Magpie made their international debut at the championship.

This year's regatta attracted the creme de la creme of international sailing including British veteran Laurie Smith, American champions Steve Benjamin, Marvin Beckmann and Jud Smith. Among the Australian contingency was last year's winner Martin Hill and also Chris Hampton. Tom Slingsby joined the fleet fresh from the New York leg of SailGP along with impressive youth teams from the United States and the UK.

Both Australian AM boats were awash with talent that proved unstoppable. Magpie, skippered by Australian Etchells champion Graeme Taylor and with former world champion James Mayo and Olympic gold medallist Slingsby, was a formidable contender.

Australian sailors fared well overall, taking four of the top five spots.

Final top ten
1. Havoc - Iain Murray (M,S,GM) / Colin Beashel / Richard Allanson, AUS, 25.0
2. Magpie - Graeme Taylor / James Mayo / Tom Slingsby, AUS, 27.0
3. Stella Blue - Steve Benjamin (M,S) / Michael Menninger / Ian Liberty / Jonathan Goldsberry, USA, 49.0
4. Tango - Chris Hampton (M,S) / Sam Haines / Charlie Cumbley, AUS, 64.0
5. Roulette - Jud Smith (M,S,GM) / Mark Johnson / Andrew Smith, AUS, 69.0
6. The Martian - Marvin Beckmann (M,S) / Bill Hardesty / Pilar Calabrese / Keith Swinton, USA, 71.0
7. Racer C - Mark Thornburrow (M) / Mike Huang / Alexander Conway / Malcolm Page, HKG, 74.0
8. Lisa Rose - Martin Hill (M,S) / Julian Plante / Mathew Belcher / Sean O Rourke, AUS, 77.0
9. Warcanoe - Michael Goldfarb (M,S,GM) / Skip Dieball / Morten Henniksen, USA, 79.0
10. Ellamber - Lawrie Smith (M,S) / Richard Parslow / Joao De Matos Rosa / Goncalo Ribeiro, GBR, 80.0

Full results

New Blood And Familiar Faces
On the two year anniversary that they won the America's Cup in Bermuda, Emirates Team New Zealand have announced their sailing team lineup that will power their AC75 when it hits the water later this winter.

It is a mix of familiar faces and new blood as the team continues to think outside the square by looking for the most suitable athletes to fill the intensely physical and technically demanding roles onboard the boat.

A number of the familiar faces that were onboard the America's Cup winning crew as 'cyclors' in Bermuda are back again by making a successful transition back from the leg powered cycling system which has now been outlawed within the Class Rule for the 36th America's Cup.

Returning to the team are:
Andy Maloney (Kerikeri)
Carlo Huisman (The Netherlands)
Guy Endean (Auckland)
Joe Sullivan (Picton)
Josh Junior (Wellington)
Simon van Velthooven. (Palmerston North)

The new names to join Emirates Team New Zealand come from a varied background.Louis Sinclair (Wairoa) is new to the team but not to America's Cup racing, having been with Oracle Team USA in Bermuda in 2017. Sinclair has also competed in 2 Volvo Ocean races, in 2017/18 alongside team mate Blair Tuke onboard Mapfre, and as part of the 2014/15 winning team- Abu Dhabi.

Steven Ferguson (Auckland) is yet another internationally proven athlete to successfully transition from Olympic sport to grinding for Emirates Team New Zealand.

Ferguson represented New Zealand as a swimmer at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games before jumping out of the pool and into the kayak as a K1 & K2 sprinter for the Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic games.

Ferguson is also a Surf Lifesaving world title holder and has represented New Zealand at four World Championships.

Marcus Hansen (Whangarei) started sailing aged 7, winning the New Zealand Optimist Nationals in 2006, working his way through the classes before being part of the NZL sailing team in the 49er achieving a 2nd place at the 49er worlds in 2013 to fellow NZL sailing team members Peter Burling and Blair Tuke. Hansen has since swapped from the 49er to international Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) racing, finishing the 2018 season in 6th place in the Mens World Rankings.

Marius Van der pol (Russell) has joined the team as a rank outsider. Having cycled the length of New Zealand with the NZ Army in 2010, then setting a New Zealand record on the indoor rower in a time of 1:14 for 500m in 2018, a friend ignited the spark of chasing a childhood dream of grinding for Emirates Team New Zealand.

Emirates Team New Zealand Head of Physical Performance Dan Plews and Strength and Conditioning specialist Adam Storey will oversee the physical training and development of the sailing team towards the 36th America's Cup Match in March 2021

The other remaining positions onboard will be covered by existing Emirates Team New Zealand sailors Glenn Ashby, Peter Burling, Blair Tuke and Ray Davies.

Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge in the starting blocks!
Thirty-four teams from 14 nationalities are set to go head to head in three categories - Solar, Energy and Offshore - at the 6th Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge which kicks off Tuesday 2nd and runs to 6th July.

Organised by the Yacht Club de Monaco in partnership with the International Powerboating Federation (UIM) and Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the event has one goal: imagine and develop alternatives to fossil fuel propulsion for the boating industry, based solely on renewable energy.

Be it the energy source, the way they have optimised a design, or improved the capacity of batteries, the 34 teams totalling 300 participants, have not lacked imagination. The 34 prototypes developed by budding young engineers, including a team from Asia (Universitas Indonesia), working with boat-building professionals will compete in match racing, slalom and endurance races. The Offshore Class has two long distance races: 16nm and 32nm, between Monaco and Ventimiglia in Italy. In the new Energy Class, teams have had to design a propulsion system using a renewable energy of their choice, but all are restricted to work with a given amount of energy.

Ashore, Tech Talks and "job dating" at Happy Hours will be going on all week, as well as three conferences organised and attended by key players in the industry.

There are also prizes to be won (Best Innovation, Best Tech Talk...), two launches and a speed record to be broken. And finally, to maximise the YCM's mission to get as close as possible to 'Zero Emissions', initiatives to reduce the event's carbon footprint will be in action all week, for example all the organisers boats are electric, and vehicles in use will be electric hydrogen (Toyota Mirai).

The public are welcome to wander round the boat paddocks on the quays, watch the races, attend the Tech Talks and visit the exhibitors village.

Tough penalties if America's Cup falls short of entrants
Team New Zealand's event arm could have to repay or miss out on millions of dollars of public money if fewer than three challengers front for the 2021 America's Cup.

The worst-case scenario is spelled out in the host venue agreement released on Friday after being signed in April by the government, Auckland Council and Team New Zealand.

However, the 105-page agreement and seven other more detailed deals do not reveal how $40 million of public money for the regatta is being spent.

Work is well-advanced on Auckland's waterfront in preparation for the start of build-up races at the end of 2020.

Newport Trophy Regatta Showdown Won by Columbia, Challenge XII and New Zealand
The Newport Trophy Regatta, hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club and held this weekend (June 29-30) for ten 12 Metres, gave a sneak preview of the intense racing to come in July's 12 Metre World Championship, where 21 of the historic boats will compete. The regatta was started by Ida Lewis Yacht Club during Newport's America's Cup days as a fleet-racing competition for all eliminated would-be defenders and challengers for the America's Cup. The event has been held annually since, typically hosting the 12 Metres in the Americas fleet that make Newport their home.

This year's regatta was comprised of three 'round-the-buoy races - held on Saturday in medium air and lumpy wave conditions on Rhode Island Sound - followed on Sunday by a race around Conanicut Island that was part of the International Yacht and Athletic Club's Newport Cup regatta.

Columbia (US-16) won its Traditional Division in a tie-breaker over American Eagle (US-21) but also won the IYAC Newport Cup overall when it was dual-scored for that race under PHRF handicap. Columbia has been chartered for the Worlds by Anthony Chiurco (Princeton, N.J.) who helmed the boat while owner Kevin Hegarty (Newport, R.I.) and his crew of 15 years sailed it.

In the knife fight that was the Modern Division competition, Jack LeFort's (Jamestown, R.I.) Challenge XII (KA-10) led by only two points over Dennis Williams' (Hobe Sound, Fla./Newport, R.I.) Victory '83 (K-22). Challenge XII and Victory '83 both won two races in their series. (Victory counted the around-the-island race as one of its two.)

Johan Black Petersen's Kiwi Magic (KZ-7), here for the Worlds from Denmark, joined Gunther Buerman's (Highland Beach, Fla./Newport, R.I.) New Zealand (KZ-3) for Saturday's races in Grand Prix Division while Legacy (KZ-5), chartered by Danes Jesper Bank and Thomas Anderson for the Worlds, made a last-minute decision to sail in the around-the-island race. New Zealand, which won the division, won all the buoy races but succumbed to Legacy in Sunday's race, finishing second to Legacy's first.

12m - Grand Prix (One Design - 3 Boats)
1. New Zealand, Gunther Buerman, Highland Beach, FL/Newport, RI, USA, 5 points
2. Kiwi Magic, Johan Blach Petersen, Aarhus C, DEN, 10
3. Legacy, Jesper Bank / Thomas Anderson, Munkebo Fyn, DEN, 13

12m - Modern (One Design - 5 Boats)
1. Challenge 12, Jack LeFort, Jamestown, RI, USA, 6
2. Victory 83, Dennis Williams, Hobe Sound, Fla./Newport, RI, USA, 8
3. Courageous, Ralph Isham / Alexander Auersperg / Arthur Santry, Newport, RI, USA, 13

12m - Traditional (One Design - 2 Boats)
1. Columbia, Anthony Chiurco / Kevin Hegarty, Newport, RI, USA, 6
2. American Eagle, Eagle 2019 Syndicate, Middletown, RI, USA, 6

12 Metre World Championship: Kookaburra II and Nyala arrive in Newport
Last week the 12 Metre yachts Kookaburra II and Nyala arrived in Newport after their Atlantic journey from the Mediterranean sea aboard a Sevenstar transport ship, the MV Dijksgracht. Now they have a week of training to get ready for the 12 Metre Worlds starting the 8th of July.

Wiebke Bokelmann, Med - USA route manager Sevenstar, says: "Within Sevenstar, we have a profound passion for providing safe transport for delicate racing yachts on our company owned vessels. The 12 Metre yachts, with their extensive history, add yet another level to that. These mast-up transports require a lot of scrupulous preparation in order to make sure we get every detail absolutely right. To do so, we focus on working closely together with the teams and the race organisation as they know the yachts so well. It is very rewarding to see it all come together so well and be able to provide a helping hand to this historic event."

Event Chairman Peter Gerard is looking forward to the start of the racing in a little over a week: "The town is ready, the club is ready and now with the safe arrival of yet another two famous 12 Metre yachts from Europe, the level of the competitors is phenomenal and we look forward to providing an excellent week of racing for them. We would like to thank Sevenstar Yacht Transport for the crucial mast-up transports as well as their support for the 12 Metre Worlds."

The 2019 12 Metre World Championship, which takes place in Newport, R.I. over July 8-13, 2019, is organized by the 12 Metre Americas Fleet and hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club, the 12 Metre Yacht Club and the International Twelve Metre Association. Competing are 21 teams from six countries (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Norway and USA). The event will be the largest-ever gathering of historic 12 Metre yachts in the U.S. and the second largest in the world. The largest was in Cowes, England during the 2001 America's Cup Jubilee.

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International 5.5 Metre Swiss Open
Caracole (SUI 214 Bernard Haissly, Nicolas Berthoud, Daniel Stampfli) has won the International 5.5 Metre Swiss Open at the Societe Nautique de Genève, Switzerland, after winning both races on the final day, Saturday. Marie-Françoise XIX (SUI 228 Jürg Menzi, Rasmus Knude, Bo Selko) is second with Pungin (SUI 213 Hans-Peter Schmid, Gilbert Dürr, Walter Dürr) in third.

The third day of the Swiss Open was another day of hurry up and wait. A scheduled 9.30 departure turned into a 10.00 departure and then an 11.30 return to the club as what little wind there was earlier on Lake Geneva got sucked away by the increasing high temperatures, again well into the 30s.

By 14.00 a light thermal breeze was starting to build and even as some were considering packing up, the fleet was released for a first start sequence just after 15.00. The day belonged to Caracole, who could barely put a foot wrong all day, winning both races comfortably, while her main rivals struggled in the light and fickle breeze.

The fleet heads north next, to Helsinki, Finland, where the 100th Scandinavian Gold Cup and the World Championship will begin on July 24.

Results after six races
1 Caracole (SUI 214 Bernard Haissly, Nicolas Berthoud, Daniel Stampfli) 8 points
2 Marie-Françoise XIX (SUI 228 Jürg Menzi, Rasmus Knude, Bo Selko) 10
3 Pungin (SUI 213 Hans-Peter Schmid, Gilbert Dürr, Walter Dürr) 13
4 Dune (SUI 218 Philippe Kolly, Philippe Dupont, Annette Martin) 22
5 Nina (SUI 215 Falk Einecke, Ronald Roseler, Nils Schroder) 23
6 Shaolin (SUI 226 Cyrus Golchan, Andreas Kindlimann, Hans Von Werdt) 27
7 Beta Crucis (AUS 63 Martin Cross, Ed Peel, Richard Powell) 28
8 Feng Shui (NED 26 Arend Jan Pasman Ron Azier, Jan-Peter Kurvers) 37
9 Forza Del Destino (SUI 211 George Prapopoulos, Simon Pfandler, Philip Prapopoulos) 45
10 Black&White (SUI 219 Daniel Schenker, Mark Dangel, Pierre Buhofzer) 48

Full results

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