In This Issue
• IRC Nationals first timer takes top prize
• SHK Scallywag Wins Transatlantic Race 2019 Line Honors
• The future is now at Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge
• Dragon Grand Prix Germany 2019
• Cheminees Poujoulat Win Tour Voile Day 3, Beijaflore Lead Overall
• Three opportunities to win the trip of a lifetime to race at Antigua Sailing Week 2020
• Melges 32 World League Event In Riva Del Garda
• Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini are in California for the Transpacific Yacht Race
• Nothing else like it - Eagle Class Catamarans
• Para World Sailing Championships
• Featured Brokerage:
• • Sweden Yachts 42
• • G L Watson 36 ft Citter 1894
• • 2007 GP42
• The Last Word: John Waters
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IRC Nationals first timer takes top prize
The Royal Ocean Racing Club's 2019 IRC National Championship has been won out of the blue by a first timer not from the Solent. The 22 boat IRC Two fleet was led from the outset by Stuart Sawyer's J/122 Black Dog, rounding off the series today with a final bullet to win ultimately by 15 points from the Blair family's King 40 Cobra.
Today was the third in this three day event where the race committees ventured out into the Solent uncertain of whether they would get racing in. Today it was grey, with sub-10 knot winds and drizzle, and yet two windward-leewards were held on the Hill Head plateau enabling PROs Stuart Childerley and Steve Cole to compete the full schedule on their respective courses.
While the form was firming up in most classes, oddly the opening race saw a new winner in every class, partly caused by a significant shift on the final run. In IRC 1, it was the turn of French owner Dominique Tian on the Ker 46 Tonnerre de Glen to prevail, while in IRC 2 it was Performance 40 season leader Christopher Daniel's J/122E Juno. The IRC 3 (and HP30) bullet went to Malcolm Wootton's modified Farr 30 Pegasus while Jubilee and Whooper were both upstaged in both today's races by the Southworth's Quarter Tonner Protis. Even in the FAST40+ class Tony Dickin's newly acquired Carkeek 40 Mk3 Jubilee managed to break the unbroken string of bullets of Peter Morton's Girls on Film.
Nonetheless, after the mathematics were applied, Black Dog was determined to be the worthy recipient of this year's IRC National Championship title.
In IRC 1 all four boats won races, but ultimately it was Tony Langley's highly polished Gladiator crew, including the likes of Iain Percy and Jules Salter, that prevailed. Despite being a prolific TP52 owner, simultaneously campaigning three boats, this was Langley's first IRC Nationals.
One of the tightest battles occurred in IRC 4 where Nigel Goodhew's Sun Fast 3200 Cora and defending champion Giovanni Belgrano on Whooper both suffered disappointing days enabling the Southworth-powered Protis to leapfrog them into second overall. However winning overall by five points with a consistent 2-2 today was Christopher Preston's J/109 Jubilee.
Dominating the FAST40+ class was Peter Morton's Carkeek 40 Mk3 Girls on Film
The HP30 fleet raced in IRC 3 and was won, with the exact same scoreline as Girls on Film, by Locke family's Farr 280 Toucan. -- James Boyd
SHK Scallywag Wins Transatlantic Race 2019 Line Honors
Lee Seng Huang's 100-foot maxi SHK Scallywag entered the history books by winning line honors in the Transatlantic Race 2019. This accolade continues a prestigious, ancient lineage started by James Gordon Bennett Jr.'s Henrietta in 1866 and since including Charlie Barr on Wilson Marshall's record setting three-masted schooner Atlantic in 1905 to a century later, Robert Miller's Mari Cha IV, winner of the Rolex Transatlantic Race in 2005. The New York Yacht Club organized the first race in 1866 and this year was joined by the Royal Yacht Squadron, Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Storm Trysail Club.
The Andy Dovell-designed maxi crossed the Royal Yacht Squadron line off Cowes this afternoon at 17:43:19 UTC in a passage time of 10 days, 2 hours, 13 minutes and 19 seconds. Skippered by David Witt, the Australian now living in Hong Kong, SHK Scallywag's crew included Anniemeike Bes (Haarlem, the Netherlands), Lucas Chapman (The Junction, Australia), Tom Clout (Sydney, Australia), Nick Crones (Sydney, Australia), Pete Cumming (Warsash, U.K.), Ian Flemming (Hong Kong), Ferdinand Galleta (Bauang, Philippines), Alex Gough (Brisbane, Australia), Jack Mcartney (Paddington, Australia), Ben Piggott (Thirrol, Australia), Trystan Seal (Cilcennin, Wales), Miles Seddon (Lymington, U.K.) and Charlie Wyatt (Brisbane, Australia).
David and Peter Askew's VO70 Wizard was second boat to finish the Transatlantic Race 2019
Wizard completed the 2,970 nautical mile race in Cowes on July 6 at 0031:42 UTC for an elapsed time of 10 days, 9 hours, 1 minute and 42 seconds. Wizard finished some 6 hours and 48 minutes after the 100-foot maxi SHK Scallywag.
The Wizard crew included David (Park City, Utah) and Peter Askew (Riderwood, Md.), Richard Clarke (Salt Spring, Canada), Charlie Enright (Barrington, R.I.), Joe Faneli (Middletown, R.I.), Rob Greenhalgh (Sydney, Australia), Phil Harmer (Bishops Waltham, U.K.), Chris Maxted (Newport, R.I.), Will Oxley (Castle Hill, Australia), Mark Towill (Honolulu, Hi.), John Von Schwarz (Charleston, S.C.), Mitch White (Sydney, Australia)
Wizard is guaranteed to defeat SHK Scallywag on corrected time to win IRC 1 and is in contention for the overall victory, although that decision won't come for a few more days as more than 10 boats are still on the racecourse and Wizard owes all of them time allowance.
The future is now at Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge
Photos by Carlo Borlenghi, carloborlenghi.com
As the curtain came down on the 6th Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge (2-6 July) at prize-giving, it was clear the event had been an ideal opportunity for the 34 teams (14 nationalities) to put into practice potential alternatives to fossil fuels that could shape the future of boat propulsion.
Be it in the Solar, Offshore or Energy classes, competition in the race events (endurance, slalom, match racing) was intense. Out of 19 entrants in the solar group, the Dutch triumphed with victories for New Nexus (Open Class) and Sunflare (A Class). It was the first time since the Challenge launched in 2014 that the solar fleet managed a 3-hour non-stop race over a distance of 20nm on the sea.
In the Offshore Class, the battle for top spots was between students in the Dutch TU Delft Solar Boat Team and yachting professionals in the Scottish Vita Yachts team, the latter winning the 16nm endurance race and the former the 32nm long race.
Launched in 2018, the Energy Class saw seven teams meet a challenge to design the most powerful and durable propulsion system for a one-design catamaran hull supplied by YCM, with victory going to the French Wave ESTACA Team. A dozen entrants are already signed up in this category for 2020, including one from the Visun Royal Yacht Club in China.
Anvera Elab (Italy) established a new speed record of 74.49 km/h, beating the previous one set in 2016 of 49.10 km/h. And the SBM Offshore team (Monaco) won the Credit Suisse Innovation Prize for its thermo-electric system using hydrogen as the energy source, deploying heat generated by the fuel cell to supply a battery that is approaching a record 60% efficiency.
Finally, the YCM announced construction of a 'Zero Emission' catamaran designed with a dual-purpose: as a committee boat for regattas and whale watching excursions off Monaco.
In total 400+ competitors, exhibitors and speakers benefited from a packed programme that also included daily Tech Talks, conferences, 'Job Dating' and an exhibitors village.
Organised by the Yacht Club de Monaco in partnership with the International Powerboating Federation (UIM) and Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the next edition is 30 June-4 July 2020.
Winners of the 6th edition of the Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge
Energy Class: Wave ESTACA (France)
Offshore Class, Long Race: TU Delft Solar Boat Team (Netherlands)
Offshore Class, Endurance Race: VITA Yachts (Scotland)
Solar Open Class: New Nexus (Netherlands)
Solar A-Class: Sunflare (Netherlands)
Speed Record: Anvera Elab (Italy) - 74.49 km/hr, beating the previous record set in 2016 of 49.10 km/hr
Innovation Prize: SBM Offshore (Monaco)
Best Tech Talk Prize: Solar Boat Twente (Netherlands)
Communication Prize: HydroVinci (France)
Spirit Prize:Team Indonesia
Dragon Grand Prix Germany 2019
Kuhlungsborn, Germany: The last day of the Dragon Grand Prix Germany 2019 proved to be an absolute cliffhanger as overnight leader Peter Gilmour, sailing JPN56 YRed with Sam Gilmour and Yasuhiro Yaji, and second placed Dmitry Samokhin, sailing RUS76 Rocknrolla with Andrey Kirilyuk and Aleksey Bushuev, battled it out for supremacy in two extraordinary final races.
Racing took place in a light but slowly building south westerly which was a complete contrast to the previous days heavy airs. Those heavy airs had also generated a strong current which added a significant tactical challenge. Pieter Heerema sailing NED412 Troika with Lars Hendriksen and George Leonchuk proved to be the star of the day with a pair of first places, but he'd gone into the day with too much to do and could climb no further up the leader board than third overall.
Whilst Heerema took an early lead in race five, Gilmour and Samokhin were slugging it out back in the pack. Gilmour went into the day with what looked like a comfortable lead, but he soon found himself desperately defending as Samokhin worked relentlessly to get sufficient boats between them to close the gap. They came to the line with Samokhin eighth and Gilmour twelfth. Completion of the fifth race brought the discard into play and as the 40 strong fleet got under starters orders for the sixth and final race Gilmour was still hanging onto his lead by six points from Samokhin.
Both boats got decent starts in race six, but it was clear that Samokhin had a speed advantage and he took off on the heels of Heereman in the knowledge that the situation was now in the lap of the Gods. Gilmour did all he could but couldn't seem to gain traction and after sailing he admitted "We went with the wrong gear. We had a heavy genoa up and it just didn't have enough punch." As they came to the final finish line Samokhin crossed in second behind Heerema and just head of Frenchman Gery Trentesaux. There followed an anxious few moments as Samokhin and his team stared back down the track until, with relief, they watched Gilmour cross the line in tenth place. With the final scores calculated Dmitry Samokhin claimed the Dragon Grand Prix Germany 2019 by two points from Peter Gilmour with Pieter Heerema third and Germany's Otto Pohlmann fourth.
Final Top 10
Dmitry Samokhin - RUS75 - 4, 6, 1, 2, (8), 2 = 15
Peter Glimour - JPN56 - 1, 1, 2, 3, (12), 10 = 17
Pieter Heerema - NED412 - (12), 3, 14, 1, 1, 1 = 18
Otto Pohlmann - GER1205 - 7, 4, 3, 18, (10), 5 = 27
Anatoly Loginov - RUS27 - 2, 2, (20), 11, 4, 9 = 28
Marcus Brennecke - GER1170 - (21), 9, 4, 5, 3, 11 = 32
Stephan Link - GER1162 - 6, 7, (13), 12, 2, 7 = 34
Gery Trentesaux - FRA428 - (10), 8, 5, 10, 9, 3 =35
Hugo Stenbeck - SUI311 - 9, (DNS), 7, 4, 17, 6 - 43
Dirk Oldenburg - SUI313 - 18, (22), 8, RDG 13, 6 4 = 49
Cheminees Poujoulat Win Tour Voile Day 3, Beijaflore Lead Overall
Cheminees Poujoulat, the team founded by Swiss round the world racer Bernard Stamm, became the third Stade Nautique winner from three days of 2019 Tour Voile racing off Dunkirk's busy Malo Les Bains beach.
Stamm recruited a new team of young guns, headed by 24 year old five times SB20 world champion and Youth America's Cup sailor Robin Follin, and while they were seventh yesterday, today with the breeze at its strongest so far -12-15kts - Cheminees Poujoulat accelerated away from the best start of the eight boat Final and proved uncatchable.
Tour leaders Beijaflore, skippered by Valentin Bellet, gave chase and were in touch during the first circuit but they dropped two places at the last mark and landed fourth, so relinquishing two points to Cheminees Poujoulat on the General Classification.
Oman Sail's Renaissance Services, skippered by Briton Stevie Morrison, added an excellent, hard won second today to their win of Saturday to move up to third place on the overall standings. Second for Morrison and crew - Quentin Ponroy and Abdul Rahman Al Mashari - capped a good day for the Oman Sail teams. Both of the Pro crews, Renaissance Services and the Pierre Pennec skippered EFG Private Bank of Monaco, were in today's Final and their amateur team Team Oman Sail won their first qualifying race together as an all 100% Omani crew.
Beijaflore, runners up overall in 2018, leave Dunkirk at the top of the General Classification on 144 points. Victory today moves Cheminees Pojoulat, winners of the Tour Voile Series 2019, to be two points behind with Oman's Renaissance Services six points adrift on 138pts.
Follin's Cheminees Poujoulat lead the Youth standings and French ex 470 racer Mathilde Geron and her all-girl crew on La Boulanger lead the Mixed rankings.
Act 2 runs Monday and Tuesday in Fecamp.
Three opportunities to win the trip of a lifetime to race at Antigua Sailing Week 2020
Throughout the summer, Antigua Sailing Week in conjunction with the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Dream Yacht Charter, English Harbour Rum and the National Parks Authority are offering three winning crews up to 7, flights, yacht charter with dockage at UNESCO Heritage site Nelson's Dockyard Marina and regatta entry fees during the 2020 event which takes place April 25 - May 1.
Participate in one of the below events to be eligible for this generous prize.
- The Royal Southern Yacht Club Summer Series, UK
- The Antigua and Barbuda Hamptons Challenge, USA
- The Antigua and Barbuda Interboot Trophy Challenge, GER
At the Royal Southern Yacht Club Summer Series invitational the prize will be awarded to overall winner of the series of 4 weekend regattas.
Even if you have missed the first two opportunities, there's time to register for the Champagne Charlie July Regatta on the July 13 -14 and the Land Union September Regatta on September 14 -15.
To enter the either the July or September Regatta follow the below links
Visit the RYSC site for their notice of race and leaderboard to date.
The Antigua and Barbuda Hamptons Challenge (ABHC) is known for awarding the largest amateur sailing prize on the US East coast. Registrations are open for the second invitational on the Road to 2020, which takes place on Saturday, August 10 in Noyack Bay, New York, USA For more on how to register for the ABHC or for tickets to attend the fantastic after-party being held in Sag Harbour visit http://www.antiguabarbudahamptonschallenge.com/.
The Antigua and Barbuda Interboot Trophy Challenge
On the Saturday September 21, the 3rd invitational will be hosted by the Württembergischen Yacht Club, Friedrichshafen Germany. Winning crew of the days races on Lake Constance will be able to head to Antigua to participate in the 53rd edition of ASW. Following the races there will be a spectacular mini edition of Reggae in the Park - ASW's signature concert to celebrate the culmination of the Road to 2020.
To find out more about this final opportunity, visit www.wyc-fn.de/regatten/
Melges 32 World League Event In Riva Del Garda
Luigi Giannattasio's Argentinian boat Donino (with Manuel Weiller calling tactics) wins the third seasonal event of the Melges 32 World League, event that ended today, after completing seven races, on the race course of Riva del Garda.
This victory represents the second success of 2019 for Donino and makes the team unbeaten in his two participations in the Melges 32 World League 2019 (Villasimius and Riva del Garda, not having Giannattasio taken part to the second event in Puntaldia).
Only one race disputed today, whose bullet goes to the Italians of Caipirinha by Martin Reintjes (with Gabriele Benussi) in front of the German Wilma of Fritz Homann, as always assisted by Nico Celon, and the twice World Champions onboard the Russian Tavatuy of Pavel Kuznetsov (with Evgeny Neugodnikov).
Riva del Garda deeply shook the general circuit standings on the eve of the last round of the Melges 32 World League in Barcelona (from 26 to 28 September). Caipirinha (pt. 53) is the new leader of the ranking with two points of margin on the previous leader of the standings, Tavauty (pt. 51) and Giogi (49).
Full results at YachtScoring.com event page
Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini are in California for the Transpacific Yacht Race
Giovanni Soldini and Maserati Multi 70's Team are getting ready for the next challenge: the 50th edition of the Transpacific Yacht Race which will start on July 13th at 12.30 local time (19.30 UTC, 21.30 Italian time).
This edition of the Transpac attracted 91 entrants, among which there are six multihulls. Alongside Maserati Multi 70 there will be the American MOD 70 Argo, skippered by Jason Carroll, the English MOD 70 PowerPlay, skippered by Peter Cunningham and the American 63' trimaran Paradox. In the multihull category there will also be American catamarans Celestra and Kastor Pollux, respectively 40' and 42'.
In addition to beating the multihull record set in 2017 by American ORMA 60 Mighty Merloe (4 days, 6 hours, 32 minutes and 30 seconds), the multihulls will compete for the Rudy Choi Perpetual Trophy, awarded for the fastest multihull elapsed time.
Maserati Multi 70's Team, who already participated in the Transpac in 2017, will compete again with the two MOD 70s, which they already challenged in multiple occasions.
Since its first edition, raced in 1906 with only 3 entrants, the Transpac has become increasingly important and today it is one of the most awaited and followed racing events.
The historical regatta starts from Pt. Fermin, Los Angeles leaving Catalina Island to port; the finish line, around 2225 miles away, is off Diamond Head, Honolulu, Hawaii.
With typical weather conditions for this time of the year, most of the course features downwind sailing: after crossing the starting line, the fleet will sail upwind and close reach for a few hundred miles, before a long broad reach leg to the finish line.
The sensation at the helm of the Eagle Class 53 is unlike anything you've felt on a yacht of this size. This boat feels like half of its 16m length in the light touch of its helm and the nuanced accelerations and decelerations as it sails through puffs and lulls. No feeling of inertia, just pure speed.
That is not what you expect when you board via the transom and see the spacious open-air salon where the stylish design offers not only wide spaces and comfortable seating, but also a full bar and plenty of stowage. Winches, rope clutches and lines are clustered forward in the winch island, mostly out of the way, but reachable. And a push and lift of the clever gull wing hatches on each hull reveals a simple cabin with enough amenities to be comfortable.
Para World Sailing Championships
Four sets of medallists were decided on an exciting fifth and final day of racing at the 2019 Para World Sailing Championships in Puerto Sherry, El Puerto de Santa María, Cadiz, Spain.
Damien Seguin (FRA), Fabrizio Olmi & Davide Di Maria (ITA), Piotr Cichocki (POL) and Violeta del Reino (ESP) all triumphed to become the 2019 world champions.
Sailors from Norway, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Chinese Taipei and Brazil took the remainder of the podium spots after Sunday's final showdown in the Spanish sun.
The star of the week was undoubtedly French 2.4mR sailor Seguin, who won silver last year and bronze in 2017.
He won nine out of the 12 qualification races to all but wrap up gold, and then took the Medal Race victory to seal an impressive overall points total of 15.
Final Results (Top 3)
Hansa 303 Women
Gold: Violeta del Reino (ESP), 30 points
Silver: Alison Weatherly (AUS), 36 points
Bronze: Ana Paula Marques (BRA), 40 points
Hansa 303 Men
Gold: Piotr Cichocki (POL), 16 points
Silver: Chris Symonds (AUS), 35 points
Bronze: Chi-Chian Wu (TPE), 37 points
Gold: Damien Seguin (FRA), 15 points
Silver: Antonio Squizzato (ITA), 33 points
Bronze: Bjørnar Erikstad (NOR), 40 points
RS Venture Connect (winner-takes-all final race)
Gold: Fabrizio Olmi & Davide Di Maria (ITA)
Silver: John McRoberts & Scott Lutes (CAN)
Bronze: Will Street & Johnny Currell (GBR)
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The Last Word
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