In This Issue
• 12 Metre Worlds: And They’re Off!
• Renaissance Services Bounce Back to Fecamp Stadium Victory
• What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
• New leader ACO 10th MUSTO Skiff World Championship
• Race Management, Rules And Measurement Teams for AC36 Announced
• Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2019 Hits 500 Boat Mark
• Merlin’s Transpac 2019 Preparation
• The Race Around, a global race for Class40 set to start in 2023
• New Zealand, Great Britain and Greece top the leaderboards at the 420 Worlds
• Poland set for 2019 Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships
• Featured Brokerage:
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• • Anasazi Girl
• • J/133 - Hephzibah
• The Last Word: Alan Watts
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12 Metre Worlds: And They’re Off!
After a postponement ashore and then on the water this morning, a light breeze filled in nicely for the most part of two races on Rhode Island Sound at the 12 Metre World Championship hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club and organized by the International Twelve Metre Association’s (ITMA) Americas Fleet. The five-day event started today amidst much anticipation and excitement for the spectacle of such a large gathering of 12 Metres on one stage. Racing were 21 of the historic yachts, with many of those having once sailed in America’s Cup competitions here in Newport from 1958-1983 (Modern and Traditional Divisions); some having been built with winged keels specifically for the 1987 Cup (Grand Prix Division); and some dating as far back as the 1920s (Vintage Division). A 12 Metre Spirit Division also sailed.
Today’s first race, on a twice-around windward/leeward course of nearly 7 miles, was completed in 9-11 knots, but during the second race, sailed in a similar manner, the wind died enough so that the Race Committee felt it prudent to shorten course.
Courageous (US-26), topped the Modern Division on a tiebreaker with Challenge XII (KA-10), and did so even after a premature start in the second race. Famous for being one of just two 12 Metres to have won the America’s Cup twice (1974 and 1977), Courageous is owned by a Newport syndicate comprised of Ralph Isham, Steve Glascock, Alexander Auersperg and Ward Marsh and skippered by Arthur Santry. Gary Jobson, who won the ’77 Cup aboard Courageous as tactician for Ted Turner, is filling the same role at the Worlds and today had some interesting decisions to make.
The Danish team aboard Legacy (KZ-5), skippered by Thomas Andersen, won both its races today in Grand Prix Division.
American Eagle (US-21) topped the Traditional class while Onawa (US-6) and America II (US-42) won the Vintage Division and 12 Metre Spirit Division, respectively.
With tomorrow’s forecast, the races are expected to run on time, with the first starting signal scheduled for 11 a.m.
Day One Results
12m - Grand Prix (One Design - 4 Boats)
1. Legacy, Thomas Andersen / Jesper Bank, Munkebo, Fyn, den - 1 -1 ; 2
2. New Zealand, Gunther & Maggie Buerman, Newport, RI, USA - 2 -2 ; 4
3. Kookaburra II, Torben Grael / Patrizio Bertelli, Arezzo, ITA - 3 -3 ; 6
4. Kiwi Magic, Johan Blach Petersen, Aarhus C, DEN - 4 -4 ; 8
12m - Modern (One Design - 8 Boats)
1. Courageous, Ralph Isham / Steve Glascock / Alexander Auersperg / Ward Marsh, Newport, RI, USA - 2 -1 ; 3
2. Challenge 12, Jack LeFort, Jamestown, RI, USA - 1 -2 ; 3
3. Enterprise, Clay & Nancy Deutsch, Newport, RI, USA - 3 -4 ; 7
4. Intrepid, Jack Curtin, Toronto, Ont, CAN - 6 -3 ; 9
5. Victory '83, Dennis Williams, Hobe Sound, FL, USA - 4 -6 ; 10
6. Freedom, Charles Robertson, Guilford, CT, USA - 5 -5 ; 10
7. Defender, Dick Enerson, San Rafael, CA, USA - 7 -7 ; 14
8. Lionheart, Harry Graves, Grand Isle, VT, USA - 8 -8 ; 16
12m - Traditional (One Design - 3 Boats)
1. American Eagle, Eagle 2019 Syndicate, Middletown, RI, USA - 2 -1 ; 3
2. Columbia, Kevin Hegarty / Anthony Chiurco, Newport, RI, USA - 1 -2 ; 3
3. Nefertiti, Jon Sears Wullschleger, Sarasota, FL, USA - 3 -3 ; 6
12m - Vintage (One Design - 4 Boats)
1. Onawa, Jim Blanusha / Steven Gewirz / Louis Girard / Earl McMillen / Mark Watson, Newport, RI, USA - 2 -1 ; 3
2. Nyala, Mauro Pelaschier / Patrizio Bertelli, Arezzo, ITA - 1 -2 ; 3
3. Blue Marlin, Henrik Andersin, Kauniainen, Uusimaa, FIN - 3 -3 ; 6
4. Vema III, Johan Troye, Oslo, Norway, NOR - 4 -4 ; 8
12m- Spirit (One Design - 2 Boats)
1. America II, Michael Fortenbaugh, Jersey City, NJ, USA - 1 -2 ; 3
2. America II, Scott Curtis, New York, NY, USA - 3 -1 ; 4
Renaissance Services Bounce Back to Fecamp Stadium Victory
Stevie Morrison and the Oman Sail crew of Renaissance Services became the first team on the 2019 Tour Voile to win two Finals when they took every chance they could and triumphed in the Act 2 Fecamp Stadium Final. Their hard earned second win comes after the disappointment of having to retire from yesterday’s 40-mile coastal race with rudder damage.
But rather than serve as a salve for yesterday’s resultant slide down the General Classification leaderboard, double Olympian Morrison admitted that today’s excellent win, their second after Saturday’s triumph in Dunkirk did not compensate for yesterday.
“If anything it makes it worse.” Morrison declared, “But it happened and today showed what a great team spirit we have on the Renaissance Services crew. We can put that away and come back today and fight really hard. Today it was really, really hard just to make the Final. But in the Final I think we did a really nice job.”
With Robin Follin’s Cheminees Poujoulat taking second and Beijaflore losing third to Team Reseau IXIO, Beijaflore’s fourth sees them heading to Jullouville with their General Classification lead cut to one single point.
Renaissance Service’s stadium win promotes them sixth overall after lying 11th this morning.
Team Beijaflore (FRA) - 239 pts
Cheminees Poujoulat (FRA) - 238 pts
Reseau IXIO-Toulon Provence Mediterranee -235 pts
La Boulangere - 214 pts
Helvetia Purple by Normandy Elite Team - 184 pts
Sailing Arabia The Tour - 167 pts
Cheminees Poujoulat - 238 pts
Golfe du Morbihan Breizh Cola - 224 pts
Team Ocewood #Waterfamily - 216 pts
Gregory Lemarchal-Les Sables d’Olonne - 219 pts
CER - Ville de Geneve - 210 pts
West Team - BBN - Ecole Navale - 178pts
Volvo winners both but still nice work if you can get it, scows are (definitely) coming, go the Netherlands... with a little Kiwi help, under the skin of the ‘new’ TP52s... and helping out the old ones. Plus more nice work... Carlos Pich, Dobbs Davis, Marcus Blackmore, Ivor Wilkins, Blue Robinson, Aaron Mcintosh... along with most of the scow invasion force
IRC - Grass roots and weedy bottoms
Or why handicap yacht racing can turn into an extended round of poker. Jason Smithwick
Sailor of the Month
Paul Cayard - Breeze is king
Whether in San Francisco or on Lake Garda
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New leader ACO 10th MUSTO Skiff World Championship
On the second day of the ACO 10th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2019 there is a new leader. It is the reigning world champion Jon Newman. By winning the second and third race, the Australian manages to climb from eighth place to first position. Rick Peacock (GBR) is in second place and compatriot Bruce Keen drops two positions to third place. Dutchman Paul Dijkstra is now in fourth place. With six races to go, the sailors can deduct their worst result from the provisional total score.
Because of the lighter weather, the emphasis today is less on 'survival' than yesterday. For many sailors it is nice to be able to focus more on tactics and strategy. Classification leader Newman is known for doing well in every circumstance. However, he wouldn't mind to have a little more wind. Jon Newman: "I would say, it was on the lighter side of perfect." -- Klaas Wiersma
Top 5 after 6 races
1. Jon Newman, AUS, 18 points
2. Rick Peacock GBR, 21
3. Bruce Keen, GBR, 26
4. Paul Dijkstra, NED, 32
5. Dan Vincent GBR, 34
Race Management, Rules And Measurement Teams for AC36 Announced
The Defender and Challenger of Record organizations for the America’s Cup presented by Prada have announced the specialist race management, rules and measurement teams chosen for the competition’s 36th edition taking place in Auckland, New Zealand in 2021.
America's Cup stalwart John Craig (CAN) has been named as Regatta Director and will be in ultimate charge of all racing activity, including in 2020 the America's Cup World Series events and the Prada Cup Challenger Selection Series, and the America's Cup Match in 2021.
Highly experienced rules expert Richard Slater (AUS) has been chosen as Chief Umpire and as such oversees a hand-picked team of umpires responsible for ensuring fair racing at all America's Cup events.
AC75 Class Rule Committee
A dedicated committee of rules experts has been introduced for this latest edition of the America’s Cup to provide the competing teams with official interpretations on the AC75 Class Rule as they each design and build their revolutionary foiling monohull yachts.
The AC75 Class Rule Committee is made up of internationally-renowned sailing experts Stan Honey (USA), Carlos de Beltràn (ESP) and Hasso Hoffmeister (GER) and has already been active for the last year responding to the teams’ requests for specific clarification of the Class Rule.
The Measurement Committee is responsible for conducting all measurement-related checks of the teams’ AC75 foiling monohull yachts - which are expected to be launched over the coming months - and for issuing AC75 Class certificates.
Shaun Ritson (AUS) is the coordinator of the Measurement Committee, with the supporting expertise of Daniel Jowett (NZL) and David McCollough (USA).
Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2019 Hits 500 Boat Mark
When the starting gun sounds off Dun Laoghaire’s famous harbour on Thursday, Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta will not only surpass 2017’s fleet with a fleet this morning of 498 but it is likely to come close to breaking 2007's all time record of 528 entries.
A regatta of this scale brings key benefits to both the sport and the east coast town.
It is a marine tourism boost and one that underpins Dun Laoghaire's place as Ireland’s largest sailing centre and also the venue of one of Ireland’s largest participant sporting events with over 2,500 competitors on the water.
But what’s even more satisfying for the Dun Laoghaire organisers this week is that nearly half the entries for 2019 are visiting boats - an indication of the future international prospects of the regatta.
Regatta dates are 11-14 July.
Merlin’s Transpac 2019 Preparation
The world-famous sailing yacht Merlin is set to embark on the 50th running of the classic Transpacific Race from California to Hawaii on July 13. Merlin set an elapsed time record in 1977 that stood for two decades. The boat has been recently refit and is ready for launch out of Southern California in hopes of continuing the yacht’s winning legacy.
The newly refit Merlin will be on display at the Long Beach Yacht Club on Thursday, July 11, from 6-9 p.m. for a Transpac send off party. The Merlin Yacht Racing crew is honored to host designer and builder Bill Lee as well as naval architect Alan Andrews and boat builder Dennis Choate, both of whom were instrumental in Merlin’s most recent refit. Friends, supporters and competitors are invited to join in the festivities and can RSVP to or by calling Kate at (813)-229-1000, EXT. 212.
The Race Around, a global race for Class40 set to start in 2023
Newport, Rhode Island, USA: Manuka Sports Event Management and 5 Oceans Sports Marketing announced today the beginning of a new era in Class40 racing: The Race Around. The Race Around is a double-handed around-the-world race with the full endorsement of Class40 and it is designed for teams looking for a competitive challenge that will take them on a global race following the 2022 Route du Rhum.
The Race Around will include five stopovers in its inaugural edition. It will begin with a prologue from a northern European city before taking competitors to Portugal, South Africa, New Zealand, and Brazil. The course will feature the three great Capes of ocean navigation and include the challenging Southern Ocean, before returning to the city where it all began.
Starting in late summer of 2023 and run on a four-year cycle, The Race Around’s first edition will allow competitors enough time to prepare their campaigns, and importantly invest time into qualifying for this ocean race. The Race Around is open to both amateurs and professionals provided they qualify under the rigorous safety standards as stipulated by both the Offshore Special Regulations - Category 0 and the Organising Authority’s requirements.
New Zealand, Great Britain and Greece top the leaderboards at the 420 Worlds
Another day of fantastic race conditions with two races for each of the Open, Women and U17 fleets, although the lighter breeze off Vilamoura presented a new set of race track challenges and a change in form for some teams.
Racing continues on Wednesday 10 July with two races scheduled for all fleets starting at 1400 hours.
420 Open - Top 5 after 8 Races
1. Seb Menzies/Blake Mcglashan, NZL, 20 points
2. Nacho Davila/Javier Mestre, ESP, 30
3. Martin Wizner/Pedro Ameneiro, ESP, 36
4. Luís Niza/Paulo Baptista, POR, 36
5. Mason Mulcahy/Andre Van Dam, NZL, 4
420 Women - Top 5 After 8 Races
1. Vita Heathcote/Milly Boyle, GBR, 17
2. Paula Van Wieringen/Maria Del Mar Gil, ESP, 33
3. Irene Calici/Petra Gregori, ITA, 36
4. Gabriela Czapska/Hanna Rajchert, POL, 38
5. Marina Garau/Blanca Cabot, ESP, 41
420 U17- Top 5 after 8 Races
1. Odysseas Spanakis/Konstaninos Michalopoulos, GRE, 8
2. Ange Delerce/Timothee Rossi, FRA, 20
3. Florian Krauss/Jannis Suemmchen, GER, 33
4. Alberto Morales/Miguel Bethencourt, ESP, 37
5. Neus Ballester/Andrea Perello, ESP, 43
Poland set for 2019 Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships
Poland’s sailing capital, Gdynia, will come alive with the sights and sounds of the world’s best young sailors when the 2019 Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships commences on 13 July.
409 sailors from 66 nations will race across nine youth events including the Boy’s and Girl’s divisions of the 29er, 420, RS:X and Laser Radial as well as the Mixed Multihull, the Nacra 15.
A young Polish team will race in every class at the Hempel Youth Worlds and of the 14-person team, only Oskar Niemira has previous experience of racing at the pinnacle event for young sailors.
Niemira sailed the Nacra 15 at the 2016 and 2017 editions in Auckland, New Zealand and Sanya, China, placing 11th and ninth respectively. For 2019, he is racing on home waters with younger sister, Maja.
The 420 World Championships are currently ongoing in Vilamoura, Portugal and New Zealand’s Seb Menzies and Blake McGlashan have sailed superbly, leading from day one. They will be focused on maintaining that consistency through to the close of the Championship before turning attention to the Hempel Youth Worlds.
Thirty boats will line up in the Boy’s 420 fleet and there will be new medallists with no returning 2018 podium finishers.
Returning sailors from last year’s top ten include Turkey’s Oguz Er, sailing with Tansu Sarlak, the Kiwis who finished fifth, Switzerland’s Achille Casco and Elliot Schick, Israel’s Tal Sade and Noam Homri, Portugal’s Manuel Fortunato and Frederico Baptista and Germany’s Kristian Lenkmann and Philip Hall.
The Girl’s 420 fleet will be comprised of 24 eager teams. Carmen and Emma Cowles (USA) won back-to-back Youth Worlds in 2017 and 2018 but having aged out are no longer eligible to sail. A new name will be engraved on the famous RYA Trophy.
Returnees from the top ten from the 2018 edition include Brazil’s Marina da Fonte and Marina Arndt, Germany’s Theresa Stenlein and Lina Plettner and Croatia’s Antonia Kustera and Maris Basic.
In the Boy’s and Girl’s 29er, fleets of 28 and 25 will race on Polish waters.
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