In This Issue
• Marstrand Delivers on Opening Day of WMRT Championship Final
• International 14 Europeans
• Club Secretary / Chief Executive - The Royal Southern Yacht Club
• Top score for HiQ 4 skippered by Bouwe Bekking in AF Offshore Race
• Consistency key to Laser worlds success, says Chiavarini
• Peter Gilmour Stamps His Authority on Opening Day of Dragon Grand Prix Germany
• What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
• Broads racing event celebrates 50 years of the iconic Yeoman yacht
• Industry News
• Featured Brokerage:
• • SEAHAWK- Perini Navi's 60m series
• • 2011 Ker 40 - "Hooligan VII"
• • Swan 82-010 Grey Goose
• The Last Word: Douglas Adams
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Marstrand Delivers on Opening Day of WMRT Championship Final
Marstrand, Sweden: The island of Marstrand on the west coast of Sweden today proved why it is one of the best sailing venues in the world, as the twelve teams competing in the World Match Racing Tour championship finals revelled in spectacular conditions for fleet race Qualifying of the five day event. 2016 Match Racing World Champion Phil Robertson (NZL) and his China One Ningbo team finished the day on top of the fleet leaderboard with a solid 2-1-2-1 performance.
Sailing under a single reef in a 20-22 knot WNW breeze with gusts to 30 knots at the windward gate in the afternoon, the trio of Match Racing World Champions - Phil Robertson (China One Ningbo), Ian Williams (GAC Pindar) and Taylor Canfield (US One) were quick to post scores on the board, along with last year's GKSS Match Cup Sweden winner Yann Guichard (Spindrift Racing). Defending World Match Racing Champion Torvar Mirsky (Cetilar Mirsky Racing Team) had a more disappointing day lying 8th after Day 1.
The GKSS Match Cup Sweden event this celebrates its 25th year in 2019, a long term flagship event of the World Match Racing Tour since its inception in 2000, then named the Swedish Match Grand Prix Sailing Tour. Spectators arrived in their thousands to the island today ahead of what promises to be a thrilling finale to the 2018-2019 World Match Racing Tour season. Amongst the crowd was former Swedish Match Tour champion and local match racing celebrity Magnus Holmberg, proudly supporting his son Mans sailing in the event.
Tomorrow's forecast is for strong winds ahead of clearer conditions for Friday and the weekend. Racing is scheduled to start at 10am.
International 14 Europeans
After four races at the International 14ft European Championship in Germany hosted at the Flensburger Segel-Club, Archie Massey and Harvey Hillary are tied for the lead with Neale Jones and Ed Fitzgerald.
Germany's Georg Borkenstein and Eike Dietrich opened the scoring with a win in the first race ahead of Britain's Massey and Hillary.
Julian Pearson and Richard Sheridan then stepped up to win race 2, again with Massey and Hillary in second place.
In race 3 Massey and Hillary finally won a race, with Jones and Fitzgerald taking second. -- Gerald New, Sailweb http://www.sailweb.co.uk/2019/07/03/international-14ft-european-championship-finally-underway/
Top ten after four races (43 entries)
1. Archie Massey / Harvey Hillary, GBR, 11 points
2. Neale Jones / Edward Fitzgerald, GBR, 11
3. Georg Borkenstein / Eike Dietrich, GER, 18
4. Julian Pearson / Richard Sheridan, GBR, 26
5. Andy Fitzgerald / Richard Dobson, GBR, 26
6. Oliver Voss / Eike Ehrig, GER, 28
7. Douglas Pattison / Mark Tait, GBR, 28
8. Andy Shaw / Rob Struckett, GBR, 29
9. Stephan Heim / Robert Schmidt, GER, 37
10. Katie Nurton / Tom Bracewell, GBR, 42
Club Secretary / Chief Executive - The Royal Southern Yacht Club
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This individual will develop the team of 40+ while ensuring process standardisation and improvement. They will be responsible for the execution of the Club's strategic initiatives and will play a critical role in the overall delivery of exemplary service. This individual will manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment as well as the Club's P&L, reporting to the Chairman of the board of directors.
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Top score for HiQ 4 skippered by Bouwe Bekking in AF Offshore Race
It was perhaps one of history's toughest race when the 83rd vintage ÅF Offshore Race was settled in the beginning of the week. After a tight sailing out through the world's most beautiful archipelago, the sailors met a hard westerly wind with a high seas. The weather created perfect conditions for the two VO65 boats Ambersail 2 and HiQ4 who participated in the race. After 27 hours of sailing, HiQ 4 crossed the finish line with a 13 minutes margin to Ambersail 2. HiQ 4 thus beat the race record with a sailed time of 27 hours 4 minutes and 9 seconds. This gives an average speed of 13.01 knots and the single hull record was trimmed by as much as 4 hours 37 minutes and 24 seconds.
HiQ 4 is the total winner of AF Offshore Race 2019 and line honours (first over the finish line), class winner and winner of the Visby Cup (first to Visby). First time since 1997 we have a grand slam!
The world's largest annual offshore race, AF Offshore Race, offered tough conditions when the sailors left the coast at Almagrundet. "With our more than 100 officials supporting the race, we have had perfect control of the situation around the clock and have been in contact with all participants who have had problems or retired. 127 of the 225 starting boats finished the race, which is proof of how tough it can be to sail this offshore race", says Hakan Andersson, race director at RSYC.
Consistency key to Laser worlds success, says Chiavarini
British Laser sailor Lorenzo Chiavarini says he is planning on replicating the consistency that saw him crowned 2019 European champion when he takes on the World Championships this week.
Lorenzo Chiavarini scooped the coveted European title in May, beating the world's best in Porto, Portugal - but the World Championships presents an altogether new challenge as the fleet heads to the new venue of Sakaiminato City in Japan.
The regatta, beginning on Thursday July 4, marks the start of an extended run of events in the 2020 Olympics host nation which also includes the official Olympic test event and the World Cup Series Enoshima, both in August.
Chiavarini will not only have to contend with competition from international rivals including reigning world champion Pavlos Kontides of Cyprus and Rio 2016 gold medallist Tom Burton, but also from his own team mates.
Two-time world champion and Rio 2016 Team GB representative Nick Thompson will be vying for more silverware having finished runner up to Chiavarini at the Europeans, while Elliot Hanson will also be looking to make his mark having won the sole British place in the Laser class at the test event.
2018 European silver medallist Michael Beckett and Jack Wetherell complete the five-man British line up in a bumper 160 boat fleet.
Racing begins on Thursday 4 July and concludes on Tuesday 9 July. Results from the regatta can be found here.
www.britishsailingteam.com and via our social media channels.
Peter Gilmour Stamps His Authority on Opening Day of Dragon Grand Prix Germany
Photo by Lippmann Fotographie. Click on image for photo gallery.
Kuhlungsborn, Germany: Australian America's Cup and World Match Racing star Peter Gilmour and his team of Yasuhiro Yaji and Sam Gilmour, took on a tricky two race opening day at the 2019 Dragon German Grand Prix in Kuhlungsborn and made it look deceptively easy, claiming victory in both races. His nearest rival, Russia's Anatoly Loginov, sailing with Vadim Statsenko and Alexander Shalagin, was also superbly consistent with a pair of second places despite a broken spinnaker sheet during the opening race.
The racing was so close that third place after two races is only decided on count back between the Russian teams of Dmitry Samokhin, sailing with Andrey Kirilyuk and Aleksey Bushuev, who placed fourth and sixth, and Evgeniy Braslavets, crewed by Sergey Pugachev and Sergey Timokhov, who scored a pair of fifths. A single point behind them in fifth overall is Germany's Otto Pohlman with Mateusz Kuscnierewicz and Charles Nankin.
Preparations and practice for the regatta, the third event in the prestigious Dragon European Cup Series 2019, had been delayed due to very strong winds and so today was the first opportunity both the sailors and the Segelclub Kuhlungsborn's race committee had to get afloat. Once in the race area they found glorious sunshine and a nice 16-20 knots from the north west, but it came with a big swell left over from the gale topped by a short and confused chop. The sea state made life very difficult for both the sailors and the race committee, who frequently found themselves hanging on for dear life and in some cases battling seasickness.
The forecast for the remaining three days of the regatta offers more strong winds so all fingers are crossed that conditions are sailable for day two, when westerly winds of 21 to 29 knots are currently predicted.
Peter Glimour - JPN56 - 1, 1 = 2
Anatoly Loginov - RUS27 - 2, 2 = 4
Dmitry Samokhin - RUS75 - 4, 6 = 10
Evgeniy Braslavets - ITA77 - 5, 5 = 10
Otto Pohlmann - GER1205 - 7, 4 = 11
Stephan Link - GER1162 - 6, 7 = 13
Pieter Heerema - NED412 - 12, 3 = 15
Gery Trentesaux - FRA428 - 10, 8 =18
Tobias Brinkmann - GER922 - 3, 19 = 22
Nicola Friesen - GER1207 = 11, 16 = 27
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Broads racing event celebrates 50 years of the iconic Yeoman yacht
It was the perfect weekend for sailors to push the boat out for the 50th anniversary of the Yeoman yacht.
The sun was shining for the Norfolk Broads Yacht Club's (NBYT) annual national championships racing event which took place over the weekend in Wroxham.
The event also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Yeoman yacht, with the majority of the 200 boats that were initially launched still remaining on the Broads.
Early owners would race the boat on Wroxham Broad and a handful of the new 300 series were developed at the turn of the century.
Over the last few years, the boat's reputation has made it the first choice of many clubs for teaching keelboat sailing to all age groups.
Scores of Yeoman yachts with colourful spinnakers set sail across Wroxham Broad on Saturday and Sunday, and winners of the races were handed prizes.
Navico, parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad, B&G and C-MAP brands has announced that its board of directors has appointed Knut Frostad as president and chief executive officer - assuming the role of outgoing chief executive, Leif Ottosson.
Knut Frostad has been on Navico's board for 14 years and brings solid experience in the industry and understanding of our business as former CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, as well as director and advisor to several international companies.
Knut Frostad's day-to-day leadership of Navico will begin immediately.
Henri Lloyd has announced that Sir Ben Ainslie CBE is to join the business serving as a Non-Executive director on the board of the Henri Lloyd Group. In addition Ainslie will become Chief Technical Advisor on product development to support the company's mission of creating the best performance sailing clothing in the world.
Ainslie commented; "I am proud to have sailed in Henri Lloyd clothing for my entire professional career and a lot has changed over that time. However as everyone can see, the pace of change in the world of sailing is accelerating and with it the physical demands on sailors is higher than ever before. The performance requirements from our clothing has significantly transformed and will continue to do so.
"I see this as a great opportunity to be involved in a project that encourages a new way of thinking about sailing kit. In particular I'm excited about sharing some of the principles behind the way I approach sailing with the HL team and working with them to develop the next generation of performance gear.
HanseYachts AG from Greifswald announced last night that it is buying the catamaran yard Privilege Marine SAS in France from parent company Aurelius.
In June 2017, the French manufacturer of multihull sailing and motor yachts in the luxury segment was taken over by the German financial investor Aurelius - whose portfolio investments which includes 21 companies - came to just under €4 billion in 2018 annual sales. Hanse Yachts then bought the moulds of existing boat models from Aurelius and secured the marketing rights. In addition, a consulting and purchasing agreement was concluded so that the German company was able to "extend its skills in series construction and the resulting sales opportunities" to the French catamaran yard, the Hanse spokesperson said. Since then, Privilege Marine has been publicly regarded as part of the Hanse Yachts portfolio, but this transaction represents full transfer of all ownership rights and assets to the German builder.
Privilège's existing debts to the existing shareholder are to be repaid in full in the near future by issuing new shares. This will further strengthen HanseYachts AG.
Privilège Marine builds small series with often individualized equipment according to customer requirements. Some time ago the first Series 5 hybrid catamaran from Privilège was equipped with electrical inboard motor systems and complete energy management from Torqeedo.
Barton Marine is sponsoring Team Ausome-Lyra to compete in the 2019 Fastnet Race. The charity Ausome is embarking on an epic challenge to provide nine autistic sailors the chance to participate in the testing 608 nautical mile Rolex Fastnet Race.
Ausome, is a registered charity promoting the personal and social growth of individuals of all ages who have Autistic Spectrum Conditions through an exciting programme of sailing. The Fastnet crew will be a diverse selection of both experienced and novice sailors. The only criteria is that entrants have to be on the autistic spectrum.
Barton Marine have provided all the necessary deck equipment required for the team's Nautor Swan 431, kindly loaned by owner Miles Delap. The crew will be getting very familiar with the full assort-ment of size 7 single, double, triple, fiddle and snatch blocks, alongside new Genoa Cars to get Au-some-Lyra in peak racing condition.
Suzanne Blaustone, Managing Director of Barton Marine, commented: "We are very proud to support Team Ausome in undertaking this challenge and giving the crew of autistic sailors such a once in a life-time opportunity. Providing the chance for these young adults to get into sailing and marine activities will help to progress their social skills and teamwork in a world that often excludes their involvement. "
Camper & Nicholsons Marinas Ltd (CNM) saw a return to profitability in 2018, as shown by its most recent filing to Companies House, the UK business register. After tax, a loss of £40,948 in 2017 was transformed into a profit last year of £356,249.
The directors report covers the period up to December 31, 2018. "As reported last year, the company's cost base was reduced during the last three months of 2017 which the directors expected to help the company to return to profitability during 2018. With the additional benefit of a major new consultancy contract and increased revenues from an existing operational agreement, which together generated in excess of £500,000, the company recorded a profit before tax of £359,086 in 2018," says the report.
The directors described Brexit as "one of the most significant political and economic events to confront the UK in recent years." However, regarding the impact on CNM, the report said that the company's business is "international in nature, underpinned by long-term agreements for the provision of services to marinas situated around the world.
"Consequently, any short-term decline in the UK economy is unlikely to have a material impact. In the medium to longer term, the impact on the company is less predictable."
US boat retailer MarineMax today announced that it has acquired Fraser Yachts from Italy's Azimut-Benetti Group. The value of the transaction was undisclosed.
Fraser, founded in 1947, is a world leader in yacht brokerage, yacht charter, yacht management, crew placement and new-build consultation. The company is based in Monaco, with 20 offices and over 160 staff worldwide.
The entire Fraser team will remain in place and continue to manage activities, says MarineMax in a statement. Additionally, current directors Paolo Vitelli and Roberto Giorgi will remain with Fraser in an advisory capacity.
The Azimut-Benetti Group is annually ranked in ShowBoats International's Global Order Book as the largest motoryacht builder in the world. MarineMax has represented the Azimut brand in the US since 2006.
According to Fraser CEO Raphael Sauleau, Fraser Yachts has outperformed the market over the last five years, "closing more transactions for clients than any other provider and beating Fraser's own 10-year records along the way," he says.
"This alliance will enable us to further grow our footprint across North America and share with our clients an extended range, and depth, of 24m (79ft)-plus yacht services, support and guidance including yacht management, charter management, crew placement and charter vacations," adds Chuck Cashman, chief revenue officer of MarineMax.
Finland's Baltic Yachts has appointed Anders Kurten as its new CEO. Kurten takes on his new role in September.
Kurten joins the company from Inha Bruk AB, where he was director of products for Buster and Yamarin Boats. He has many years' experience in boat production, including roles at Finngul Yachts some years ago.
Kurten is also chairman of Finnboat, the Finnish Marine Industries Federation.
Kurten will work alongside previous CEO Henry Hawkins, who becomes Executive Vice President concentrating on sales, marketing and after sales. Jurate Keblyte, whose interim role as chief financial operating officer finishes in July, will remain on the company's advisory board.
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