In This Issue
Robertson Masters Marstrand For Second World Title
First of three waves starts Transpac 50 on Wednesday
Team Reseau IXIO Snatch Raid Win in Fecamp
Transatlantic Race 2019 Swallowed Up in Celtic Sea Parking Lot
Sales Manager for A+T Instruments Ltd
Weihai Successfully Hosted the 2019 Hobie 16 Asian Championships
ACO 10th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2019
Cornish Lugger Association's biennial regatta in Looe Bay
12 Metre World Championship
World Sailing Trust launches global survey for strategic review of women in sailing
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Robertson Masters Marstrand For Second World Title
Marstrand, Sweden (7 July 2019) Phil Robertson (ChinaOne Ningbo) has become Match Racing World Champion, defeating USA's Taylor Canfield (US One) 3-0 in the finals in Marstrand, Sweden. It is Robertson's second world title following his World Match Racing Tour win in 2016.

The two former world champions were evenly matched at the start of the day for the first-to-three point final match. In the first race, Canfield was unfortunate to lose his port rudder blade in the tight pre-start manoeuvring allowing Robertson to put the first score on the board. Leading the second race start, Robertson was called over early and Canfield took the lead, but a slow gennaker deploy on board the US One boat allowed Robertson to gain the lead. Splitting gates at the leeward mark, Robertson found a right wind shift on the upwind leg, an advantage he was able to hold to the finish.

Canfield led the third race but a gybe set by Robertson at the first mark gave Robertson the overlap and lead change. Canfield pushed hard at the boundary but a green flag from the on-water umpires allowed Robertson to stay ahead and control the race to the finish.

In the Petit Final, local favourite Nicklas Dackhammar (SWE) was up against Torvar Mirksy (AUS) for the 3rd and 4th place deciders. Losing his first race to Mirsky, Dackhammar was determined not to disappoint the fans cheering his team from the shore, calling a better layline to the finish in the second match to snatch victory from Mirsky and go to a decider. Dackhammar was then able to use the teams momentum to overpower Mirsky in the decider match and take the bronze.

In the Nordea Women's Trophy which ran parallel to this week's GKSS Match Cup Sweden, it was local Anna Östling and her Team WINGS [Marie Berg, Annika Carlunger, Annie Wennergren, Linnéa Wennegren] that clinched victory for the second year in a row.

The Marstrand event concludes the extended 2018-19 World Match Racing Tour season which included four championship events from 2018 in Sweden, Portugal and Norway. Under new ownership since the start of the year, the World Match Racing Tour will announce its new season in the coming months, also celebrating its 20th year in 2020 as the longest running global professional sailing series.

GKSS Match Cup Sweden - Match Racing World Championship
Final Standings
1. Phil Robertson (NZL) ChinaOne Ningbo
2. Taylor Canfield (USA) US One
3. Nicklas Dackhammar (SWE) ESSIQ Racing
4. Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Cetilar Mirsky Racing
5. Yann Guichard (FRA) Spindrift Racing
6. Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar
7. Mans Holmberg (SWE) Stratsys Racing
8. Harry Price (AUS) Down Under Racing
9. Markus Edegran (USA) Team Torrent
10. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team
11. Daniel Bjornholt (DEN) Youth Vikings Team
12. Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) NL Sailing Team

First of three waves starts Transpac 50 on Wednesday
The send off party. Click on image to enlarge.

Los Angeles, California: The first of three waves of 90 entries starts on Wednesday, July 10th in the 50th edition of the Transpacific YC's biennial 2225-mile race from Los Angeles to Honolulu. This record turnout will feature 33 monohulls between 33 and 67 feet in length scored in 5 divisions starting their journey on Wednesday at 1:00 PM PDT on a starting line set one mile south of Point Fermin in San Pedro. Two multihulls of 40 and 42 feet scored in one division will be also be starting on this day 30 minutes earlier at 12:30 PDT.

The next wave of racers will be setting off on Friday, July 12th also at 1:00 PM PDT from Point Fermin, and will include 27 monohull yachts between 35 to 73 feet in length. This group is divided and scored in three divisions.

And the last wave of starters is to be 4 multihulls of 63 and 70 feet in length scored in one division crossing the same line at Point Fermin at 12:30 PM PDT on Saturday, July 13th followed 30 minutes later by 24 monohulls between 40 and 100 feet in length being scored in two divisions.

Team Reseau IXIO Snatch Raid Win in Fecamp
Team Reseau IXIO - Toulon Provence snatched an audacious victory during the final seconds of the first Coastal Raid of the 2019 Tour Voile off Fecamp, leaving long time leaders, the Vendee team on Gregory Lemarchal - Les Sables d'Olonne disappointed in second.

Sandro Lacan, Jules Bidegaray and Figaro racer Achille Nebout came in to the final turning mark, just 60 metres before the finish line, with more speed. The leaders faltered in their final tack and - momentarily flatfooted - left Team IXIO to smoothly move offshore into the breeze, powering through the finish and pipping their rivals by one boat length. Third overall last year on their debut as a team Team Reseau IXIO last move up to third overall.

Valentin Bellet's General Classification leading Beijaflore took third across the finish line to the Act 2 Fecamp 40mile coastal race. The Raid, up and down the spectacular coast with its 150-metre-high chalk cliffs, was raced in sparkling 13-18knot easterly winds and beautiful sunshine which brought crowds out in their thousands to enjoy the Côte d'Albatre resort's seafront and the activities of the Tour race village.

Crucially for Beijaflore they had rivals Cheminees Poujoulat tucked up in check behind them in fourth. So the leaders on the General Classification extend their cushion to three points but have no margin for error on tomorrow's return the Stade Nautique.

But while the hurt at losing victory in the final 40 metres to the finish will be transient for the Les Sables d'Olonne team, eased by a welcome ascent of the leaderboard to sixth, for Briton Stevie Morrison and the Oman Sail team on Renaissance Services, which had to retire early in the race with a broken rudder, their disappointment will niggle them for some time.

Having just gone 1,2 from the weekend's second two Stadium finals in Dunkirk the Renaissance Services crew had moved to third overall at the end of Act but their equipment failure today drops them to 11th.

Overall Rankings
Team Beijaflore (FRA) - 192 pts
Cheminees Poujoulat (FRA) - 189 pts
Reseau IXIO-Toulon Provence Mediterranee -178 pts

Mixed Rankings
La Boulangere - 177 pts
Helvetia Purple by Normandy Elite Team - 149 pts
EFG Sailing Arabia The Tour - 129 pts

Youth Rankings
Cheminees Poujoulat - 189 pts
Golfe du Morbihan Breizh Cola - 178 pts
Team Ocewood #Waterfamily - 173 pts

Amateur Rankings
Gregory Lemarchal-Les Sables d'Olonne - 174 pts
CER - Ville de Geneve - 166 pts
West Team - BBN - Ecole Navale - 139pts

Racing on Tuesday is at the Stade Nautique in Hyeres.

Transatlantic Race 2019 Swallowed Up in Celtic Sea Parking Lot
Like an immovable bouncer barring entry to the English Channel nightclub, the giant ridge, or zone of high pressure, continues to define this latter half of the Transatlantic Race 2019.

While the center of this huge "bubble" of light winds has retraced south gradually, its reach still extends north into the Celtic Sea (between Cornwall and southern Ireland). The latest forecasts show little prospect of it shrinking further south before the boats reach the Western Approaches.

Thus, for the next wave of boats that have spent the last week skirting the perimeter of the high, there is now no option: They must cross the high and accept a frustrating, but inevitable, down-turn in speed.

"Ordeal by ridge" has been the case since late last week for Clarke Murphy's Rogers 82 Aegir. Only this morning is the crew on board feeling some reprieve as not only are they through to the east side of it but have also "made land."

This morning at around 0900 UTC they were passing south of the Scilly Isles with some 40 miles to go before reaching the mandatory gate, extending 4 nautical miles south of the Lizard Point lighthouse. The wind is still light but after a stop-start night this morning Aegir is on course and making 10 knots with an ETA in Cowes of sometime Tuesday morning local time.

Feeling the greatest pain this morning is Eric de Turckheim's Teasing Machine crew. History will show the French Nivelt/Muratet 54 as having sailed the most miles in the Transatlantic Race 2019, after they followed an enormous, circuitous route around the top of the high that took them literally half way to Iceland. However, over the last 48 hours, Teasing Machine has run out of options and this morning is both mid-Celtic Sea and mid-ridge, making headway - just - at 5 knots, having covered a mere 136 miles in the last 24 hours.

Behind, The Kid, skippered by Jean-Pierre Dick, has been forced to retire from the race and is en route to southwest Ireland. As the Vendee Globe veteran explained: "We have been delighted to be able to participate in the Transatlantic Race 2019 alongside valuable competitors. We are now entering a very difficult meteorological environment which implies a very long navigation time to Cowes. Unfortunately, some members of our crew cannot escape dealing with professional constraints within the next few days. Hence and with great sadness and regret, we have decided to stop racing and will directly go to Ireland for a stopover."

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Weihai Successfully Hosted the 2019 Hobie 16 Asian Championships
The dusk of July 3rd found Weihai bathing in a glorious setting sun.

On the sandy beach where the past three days of racing for the winning spot of 2019 Hobie 16 Asian Championships was held, athletes and fans from far and wide came together to celebrate the closing of a great international sports event.

Teams from 11 countries and regions joined their Weihai hosts to soak up the warm hospitality and beautiful nature once more.

This year's Hobie 16 Asian Championship was combined with China Family Sailing Regatta (Weihai Stop), the result was by far the biggest Hobie sailing event ever held in China.

Among 32 teams and after 11 races, Teerapong WATIBOONRANG and Nutratsorn WACHIRAPONGSIN team was the final winner of this competition. Their compatriots Kitsada VONGTIM and Nopporn BOONCHERD took 2nd place.

Representing China, the team from Hong Kong TONG Yuishing and LIU Xueying came in third. Of the top 8 teams 4 were from the host country China, 3 from Thailand and 1 from Belgium.

Since the first appearance in China 10 years ago, Hobie sailboat has gained its popularity here, currently number one among sailing fans and professionals.

City of Weihai is also a host to a number of international sailing events, including Hobie International Championship, Hobie Asian Championship and Hobie Asia-Pacific Championship.

Ambitious Weihai is looking to have its own China Weihai Hobie Open Championship! -- Icarus Sports

ACO 10th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2019
After three races on the spectacular opening day of the ACO 10th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2019, British sailor Bruce Keen has taken the lead. The world champion of 2012 and 2015 has a lead of four points over his compatriot Dan Vincent, who stands on equal points with the Dutchman Paul Dijkstra. Thanks to winning the second race of the day, Vincent is in second place. The challenging conditions on the IJsselmeer off the coast of Medemblik put the 92 participants to the test.

Aall eyes are on the current world champion Jon Newman from Australia. But even champions sometimes have their hands full with the MUSTO Skiff. "Just before the first start I was stuck in a mood. I kept capsizing and couldn't get to the starting line in time." Newman had to settle for twentieth place in that race. Only in the third race he could play a role in the leading group. With his boat just on the hard, he is still full of excitement because of his battle with Bruce Keen. "In the last tack he came in front of me. But I only thought 'hold on, hold on' in the strong wind. Really big fun that downwind sailing!"

A Dutchman Paul Dijkstra was one of the sailors who produced an astonishingly good series on this first day. "Yes, during the practice race the day before yesterday I finished second, but that doesn't say anything about today", Paul tells us on the morning before the races. With a tenth and two times a third place he now occupies the third place in the general classification. "I went incredible fast today. Amazing. This was really beautiful. That last race, when a squall came over, there was so much wind - no one has control over his boat. That's fantastic! That's what I do it for. I had a huge gap with the number four behind me. Actually, the only thing I thought was: 'If I keep that mast up in the air, I can make it third'. But even that wasn't so easy", says an over-enthusiastic Dijkstra.

The event lasts until Saturday 13 July. For the whole week there are three races per day with a layday on Thursday and two final races on Saturday. According to expectations, the wind will be less strong for the rest of the week.

Current top 5
1. Bruce Keen, GBR (3-8-1, 12 points)
2. Dan Vincent, GBR (11-1-4, 16 points)
3. Paul Dijkstra, NED (10-3-3, 16 points)
4. Rick Peacock GBR (4-7-6, 17 points)
5. Andrew Peake GBR (5-9-5, 19 points)

Cornish Lugger Association's biennial regatta in Looe Bay
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It's often said that people whose life centres around the sea are a hard bunch to please and that may well have been the case at the 30th anniversary year of the Cornish Lugger Association's reunion regatta in Looe Bay.

While the crowds who bathed in the sunshine beaming down on Hannafore, to the west of the South East Cornwall port, and Looe Beach and East Cliff to the east, were delighted to see almost 30 of these former fishing boats raise their lug sailing rigs, the skippers and their crews were not entirely happy.

Luggers, some now more than 100 years old, are heavy wooden-built boats and to get them moving they require more than the handful of zephrys which were caressing the bay over the weekend.

But nevertheless the fleet made a spectacular sight as they 'paraded' - a 'race' is no longer the correct-for-our-times expression as Looe's Paul Greenwood, the founder chairman of the Lugger Association explained.

"We're not really allowed to call it a race these days, so it's a parade of sail, but with a cup or two for those who finish at the head of the parade…"

And to the fore again, just as she has been most years since being built by Peter Ferris in Looe back in 1911, was the Guide Me, skippered by Jon and Judy Brickhill and their family from Gweek, near Helston in West Cornwall.

The 40-footer, which has sailed the globe, remains the fastest sailing Lugger overall, with the absence of a propellor shaft and engine seeing her cut through the water at knots.

She won both events on the Saturday and looked on course for a hat-trick in Sunday's long race until falling into a wind hole.

For only the second time since the regatta was revived in 1989, the Guide Me was not the first to cross the line; that honour went to the Mevagissey-built Reliance, now based at Penryn, a few years ago and this weekend it fell to another West Cornwall-based boat, the re-built Gleaner.

2019 Looe Lugger Regatta Cup Winners

Class A - (Large luggers, over 30-ft): 1, (Marshalls Estate Agency Trophy), Guide Me (John and Judy Brickhill, Gweek, near Helston, West Cornwall); 2, (Marshalls Estate Agency Trophy), Gleaner ('Spike' Davies, Penryn); 3, (Marshalls Estate Agency Trophy), Reliance (Graham Butler, Cawsand).

Class B (Medium Luggers, including Polperro Gaffers): 1, (Looe Fish Selling Trophy) Maggie (Michael Berry and Dave Cowan, Polperro).

Class C (Small Luggers): 1, (Cornish Lugger Committee Plate) Brenda Jean (Chris and Heather Adkin, Beer, East Devon); 2, Twilight (Peter Bagwell, Beer, East Devon); 3, Scrumpy (Greg Lockyer, Beer, East Devon).

First Looe-built lugger to finish Sunday's long race (Looe Sailing Club Trophy): Guide Me.

Derek Foster Trophy for first across the line at the start of Sunday's long race: Happy Return (Peter May, Mount's Bay, West Cornwall).

Alan Pape Trophy for best endeavour: Gleaner.

Sportsman's Trophy, donated by Richard Vasey, of Astins Sailing Trophies: Guiding Star (Paul and Sue Eedle, Plymouth).

Oldest Skipper (The Edwin Matthews Family Cup): Peter May.

Oldest Boat (Looe Sailing Club Cup): Gleaner (Built by Richard Kitto at Porthleven in 1878).

Boat which has come fartherest by sea (Norman Pengelly Shield): Ocean Pearl (Nick Gates, Emsworth Hampshire).

Pegasus Shield, kindly donated by the Looe Fishermen's Protection Association, for the boat and her crew which competed in every race but finished as the lowest ranked competitor of the regatta: I.R.IS (Tony Knight, Brixham).

12 Metre World Championship
The 2019 12 Metre World Championship fleet will span the years 1928 -1987 and sail on Rhode Island Sound, the site of nine America's Cup competitions from 1958-1983.

Winners will be determined in five divisions: Grand Prix, Modern, Traditional, Vintage and 12 Metre Spirit.

Teams are scheduled to sail a total of nine races (over five racing days)

The fleet includes Italian Patricio Bertelli's US-12 Nyala, which is the defending 12 Metre World Champion, and four yachts that have successfully defended the America's Cup: Columbia (US-16, 1958), Intrepid (US-22, 1967 & 1970), Courageous (US-26, 1974 & 1977) and Freedom (US-30, 1980).

While the Grand Prix, Modern and Traditional divisions are comprised of 12 Metres primarily built for Cup competition, the Vintage division folds in entries that were built prior to the America's Cup 12 Metre era, when 12 Metres held a place in Olympic history. Among them is Nyala (US-12), the defending 12 Metre World Champion owned by Italy's Patrizio Bertelli, who happens to be CEO of the Prada fashion group and primary backer of the Challenger of Record (Luna Rossa) for the 36th America's Cup.

Among other notable sailing personalities competing will be Newporter Ken Read, a nine-time world champion in various classes and a veteran skipper of multiple Volvo Ocean Race and America's Cup campaigns, as tactician aboard Challenge XII (KA-10) in the Modern Division; Brazil's Torben Grael, one of history's most successful Olympic sailors with five medals, as skipper of Kookaburra II (KA-12) in the Grand Prix Division; and Jesper Bank, an America's Cup veteran who also has won three Olympic Medals, as tactician aboard Legacy (KZ-5, formerly Laura), also in the Grand Prix Division.

A full list of entrants is here:

Tuesday, July 9
0900: Dock-Out (approx.)
1100: First Warning Signal
1600: Fleet Returning to Docks (approx.)
1830: Welcome Reception at Gurney's Newport*
*by invitation only

Wednesday, July 10
0900: Dock-Out (approx.)
1100: First Warning Signal
1600: Fleet Returning to Docks (approx.)
1630: Nordic Night Post-Racing Social

Thursday, July 11
0900: Dock-Out (approx.)
1100: First Warning Signal
1400: Fleet Returning to Docks (approx.)
1500: Post-Racing Social, adjacent to 12mR docks, Sail Newport*
1830: 12 Metre Yacht Club Dinner Dance at Marble House**
*by invitation only **ticketed event

Friday, July 12
0900: Dock-Out (approx.)
1100: First Warning Signal
1600: Fleet Returning to Docks (approx..)
1630: Post-Racing Social, adjacent to 12mR docks, Sail Newport*
*by invitation only

Saturday, July 13
0900: Dock-Out (approx.)
1000: Salute to 12 Metres Parade, Newport Harbor
1200: First Warning Signal
1500: Fleet Returning to Docks (approx.)
1700: Awards Ceremony at Restoration Hall, IYRS*
*by invitation only

World Sailing Trust launches global survey for strategic review of women in sailing
The World Sailing Trust has announced the launch of its global survey on women in sailing, looking at trends within sailing and the wider industry around gender disparity.

Announced on International Women's Day earlier this year, the Strategic Review, that forms part of the World Sailing Trust's Access to sailing work, focuses on increasing gender diversity across the sport. As a public document, published on the World Sailing Trust's website, it will provide recommendations and actions for partners across the globe looking to be part of this change.

The first step in this process will be the survey that will look at understanding the trends around the gender diversity within sailing. The survey, that is being hosted through Qualtrics, an SAP company, is available here. Everyone is encouraged to participate as the project is looking to gather views from across the community.

The results of the survey will be combined with research into global best practice, to form a series of recommendations and a programme of work to support women and girls across all areas of the sport.

Andrew Pindar OBE DL, a long-time supporter of women in sailing, is generously supporting the strategic review with the aim of examining the disparities, understanding why they exist, and recommending what can be done to improve the balance.

The Strategic Review is being led by Victoria Low, and she and the team are keen to hear more from any individual with an interest in this area, and would encourage them to get in touch direct at

The initial findings of the Strategic Review will be presented to World Sailing's stakeholders - Class Associations, Member National Authorities and Committee members - at World Sailing's 2019 Annual Conference in Bermuda by Victoria Low and Hannah Goldie, the Trust's Head of Fundraising, this October. Further insight will be delivered to the wider sailing and marine community at the Yacht Racing Forum in November.

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2014 Mighty Merloe - Orma 60. 1500000 USD. Located in San Diego, CA, USA.

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