In This Issue
• And they're off! First wave heads west in Transpac 50
• Aegir Third Boat Home in TR2019
• 12 Metre World Championship: Lead Changes in Three Divisions on Day Two
• What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
• Beijaflore's First 2019 Tour Win Comes in Jullouville, A Strong International Day
• Cowes Week Update
• 44Cup Marstrand Worlds
• 2022 Golden Globe Race
• Louie Howland
• Featured Brokerage:
• • 2003 Maxi Dolphin KALAO
• • 2015 Vismara V62 RC Mills
• • 2017 RIO 52
• The Last Word: Marcel Proust
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And they're off! First wave heads west in Transpac 50
On a classic So Cal summer day with the sun burning through the morning haze and a building seabreeze, the first wave of 33 monohulls and 2 multihulls set off for Hawaii today in the 50th edition of the LA-Honolulu Transpac. Race organizers from the Transpacific YC started the multihulls first, followed 30 minutes later by the large group of monohulls, who ranged in size from 33 to 67 feet in length.
The 67-footer is one of Transpac's classic entries, the 1939 S&S yawl Chubasco, campaigned this race by a syndicate from Long Beach YC led by Tom Akin, Doug Baker, John Carpenter and Will Durant, who signed on an all-star pro-am crew for this race. Mixing it up among boat types many generations her junior, Chubasco was very much in the fray at a crowded pin end of the start line.
"We're really excited, really excited," said Carpenter about their entry in this 50th edition of this biennial race, first raced in 1906. "This is the culmination of the beginning of a two year long project restoring the boat and getting her race-ready, and now we're raring to go.
"Chubasco is the oldest boat in the race. She was first to finish 72 years ago and she's always done first or second. And this is her seventh or eighth Transpac and it's a historic event for the 50th running, and we're really hoping to do a good job."
While this wave of the fleet started on the wind in a hazy but otherwise pleasant 8-12 knot southwesterly seabreeze to get them out past their first (and only) mark of the course at the West End of Catalina, veteran forecaster Ken Campbell of Commander's Weather explained what happens next.
"The High is spread out and weak," he said, "and the pattern is shifted left, so everyone will have to dive south to get to the tradewinds, there's no incentive to go north." He also said the current models indicate this pattern will likely shift towards being more "normal" by week's end.
4-hour delay YB tracking will be available on the race website, as will daily position analysis videos from offshore racing commentator Dobbs Davis.
Aegir Third Boat Home in TR2019
Clarke Murphy and the crew of the 82-footer Aegir were the third boat to finish the Transatlantic Race 2019. Last night they crossed the finish line off the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes, Isle of Wight, England, at 2213:58 UTC for an elapsed time of 14 days, 6 hours, 53 minutes and 58 seconds. Aegir is currently projected to place fourth in IRC 2.
The Aegir crew included Mike Broughton (Dartmouth, U.K.), Ian Budgen (Hayling Island, U.K.), Tim Davis (Geelong West, Australia), Amy Dawson (Palma de Mallorca, Spain), Abby Ehler (Lymington, U.K.), Alec Fraser (Lymington, U.K.), Julien le Duff (Palma de Mallorca, Spain), Youri Loof (Paris, France), Romain Mouchel (Llucmajor, Spain), Devon Murphy (New York, N.Y.), Caitlin Murphy (New York, N.Y.), Clarke Murphy (New York, N.Y.), Liam Murphy (New York, N.Y.), Jake Newman (Belmont, Australia).
This was the fourth Transatlantic Race since 2005 for Clarke Murphy, the 56-year-old CEO of a New York-based executive recruiting firm. For him, the race was about introducing three of his children, daughters Devon and Caitlin and son Liam, to the wonder of open ocean racing. In that regard, it couldn't have gone better.
12 Metre World Championship: Lead Changes in Three Divisions on Day Two
Newport, R.I. USA: Last night at Gurney's Marina and Resort, 400 hundred sailors representing six countries joined sponsors and race organizers at the elegantly-staged Welcome Reception for the 12 Metre World Championship hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club and organized by the International Twelve Metre Association's (ITMA) Americas Fleet. Today, the same sailors took to the waters of Rhode Island Sound for their second day of racing in a five-day, nine race series that has the eyes of all the sailing world trained upon it.
A postponement on the water pushed a scheduled 11 a.m. start back to 1:15, but it was worth the wait when a barely-there breeze picked up to 8-12 knots. Each of five divisions sailed two races to add to their two-race score line from yesterday, and new leaders emerged in three divisions.
In Vintage Division, Nyala (US-12), the second of two Italian teams fielded by Luna Rossa Syndicate head Patrizio Bertelli (the other is Kookaburra II (KA-12) in Grand Prix Division), replaced Onawa (US-6) at the top of the scoreboard by posting two bullets in each of the twice-around windward/leeward races. Skippered by Mauro Pelaschier, Nyala won last weekend's 12 Metre Pre-Worlds.
In Modern Division, Challenge XII (KA-10), skippered by Jack LeFort of Jamestown, R.I., also won both races to finish ahead of yesterday's leader Courageous (US-26) in cumulative standings, while in Traditional Division Columbia (US-16), helmed by owner Kevin Hegarty of Newport, R.I. and skippered by Anthony Chiurco of Princeton, N.J. finished with a slim lead over American Eagle (US-21); only one point separates them going into tomorrow's racing.
In 12 Metre Spirit Division, America II (US-46), skippered by Michael Fortenbaugh of Jersey City, N.J. remains the leader over its single opponent America II (US-42). Both boats are from the New York Harbor Sailing Foundation, also based in Jersey City, and are raced by members of the Manhattan Sailing Club.
"We're amateurs," said Fortenbaugh, "and we thought it would be better for everybody if we could match race in our own division, so we wouldn't interfere with anyone. We consider ourselves as good guests."
Fortenbaugh also reflected on the significance of the fleet that sailed today. "The reason we acquired these boats is because we think this class is the most important class in American yachting history, and we want to preserve these boats for the next generation."
Racing continues through Saturday.
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Beijaflore's First 2019 Tour Win Comes in Jullouville, A Strong International Day
Leaders of the Tour Voile's General Classification Beijaflore scored their first win of this 2019 edition when they triumphed around Act 3 Jullouville's shortened Coastal Raid course. With their nearest rivals Cheminees Poujoulat back in fifth place, Valentin Bellet's team, which finished overall runners up last year, restored their leading margin to a more comfortable five points after it was cut back to just one in Fecamp yesterday.
Around the scenic 13 nautical miles course on the famously tidal Bay of Mont Saint Michel, up the coast past Granville and offshore to the small rocky islands offshore and back to the finish off the sandy beach seaside resort, Beijaflore's win gives them breathing space at the top of the leaderboard but it was an excellent day also for the top international teams on the Tour, three non French crews finishing second, third and fourth.
Pierre Pennec's Oman Sail team on EFG Private Bank scored their best result so far of the annual tour when they finished second, as also did the young international team on Pink Lady - Pays de L'Or Sud de France which finished third whilst Stevie Morrison's run of form continued with the Renaissance Services crew from Oman Sail, taking fourth.
The Oman Sail teams also executed on a strategy which benefits from the weather input of past La Solitaire du Figaro winner Nico Lunven.
Team Beijaflore (FRA) - 289 pts
Cheminees Poujoulat (FRA) - 284 pts
Reseau IXIO-Toulon Provence Mediterranee -280 pts
La Boulangère - 249 pts
Helvetia Purple by Normandy Elite Team - 216 pts
EFG Sailing Arabia The Tour - 205 pts
Cheminees Poujoulat - 284 pts
Golfe du Morbihan Breizh Cola - 265 pts
Team Ocewood #Waterfamily - 258 pts
Gregory Lemarchal-Les Sables d'Olonne - 258 pts
CER - Ville de Genève - 250 pts
West Team - BBN - Ecole Navale - 214 pts
Thursday is stadium sailing in Jullouville, Friday a lay day, then the Raid Cotier at Les Sables d'Olonne on Saturday.
Cowes Week Update
With standard entry to Cowes Week open for another three weeks (closing date Friday August 2nd ) there is still time to enter the U.K.'s biggest keelboat regatta (Saturday 10th to Saturday 17th August 2019).
This is going to be a very special Cowes Week as we integrate the Sail GP foiling 50 foot catamarans on the first weekend. We have updated the sailing instructions so that we can get Cowes week racing completed in all reasonably normal wind scenarios (bearing in mind that well known saying "it's never normally like this here"!). Start times are broadly the same as last year but there will be a new start and finish line option, one in the east and one in the western Solent so that in the case of a late sea breeze we can still get races away if that timing overlaps with SailGP. With any luck however Cowes Week races should finish by 15:00 hours so that most boats get a chance to return to Cowes and watch what will be an awesome spectacle.
50-knot foiling catamarans will require an exclusive sanitized zone in the middle of the Solent however and the sailing instructions outline the exclusion zones for the most likely wind directions. The biggest factor is that there will be no southern access to the Medina River from the West while the zone is in place (1400 to 1700 on the 10th and 11th). Boats racing and finishing in the west will need to transit back along a northern access route. This is all laid out in the sailing instructions which are online now
Over the winter I gave some talks at yacht clubs about the ethos of Cowes week and it's important to us that we put on a great week for you, which delivers world-class regatta racing. It is a regatta not a world championship however and it should test different skills to those that you might use on a windward leeward course. Our philosophy is that if there is enough wind to get boats moving then they should be out racing, dealing with whatever conditions are thrown at them . It's important that it is fun however so the social side of the regatta is important, as is a spirit of camaraderie on the water. The words of the legendary Paul Elvstrom sum it up. "If in winning the race you have lost the respect of your competitors you have won nothing at all"
Cowes Week App
Don't forget to download the Cowes Week app which will be available in early August and after which we will send you the access code relevant to your class. This will be our primary form of communication with all sorts of information to keep you fully in touch with everything that is happening during the regatta, onshore as well as on the water.
The new Solent Team Trophy
Finally we are really excited about our new Solent Team Trophy. This is open to three boat teams representing either yacht clubs or National flags where three boats are from the same country. The rules have been updated so that you now must have one boat from both black group and white group, with the third from either. We are hoping to turn this into an interesting inter-club and inter-country team trophy over the next few years so please think about getting your team together now!!!
Any questions please contact me via the Ask Laurence Forum on our website or
44Cup Marstrand Worlds
The opening day of the 44Cup Marstrand World Championship 2019 was one of exceptional sailing conditions in 15 knot winds, under brilliant sunshine and usually on top of a short, sharp chop making for an exhilarating, if wet ride for the nine crews competing.
Despite the relatively stable conditions it was an unusually high scoring day for all but Hugues Lepic's Aleph Racing. Winner of the last 2019 44Cup event in Rovinj, Croatia in May, the French team claimed the opening race after winning the start and making the most of the favourable left. However in the next two races they had to fight back from poor starts. With no score worse than a fifth, Aleph Racing leads the World Championship after day one.
Punching above her weight for a team that only raced on the 44Cup for the first time in Marstrand a year ago was Pavel Kuznetsov's Tavatuy Sailing Team, ending the day third. She came home second in today's second race, following similar 'left is best' tactics to Team CEEREF. The new Russian team also had to salvage some poor starts and this didn't come worse than in race one when they were called over early. Standing in as mainsail trimmer and only non-Russian on board for this event, Croat Tomislav Bašić (who last sailed in the fleet as tactician for the Polish team MAG Racing) was impressed by the team on which Evgeny Neugodnikov calls tactics. "All the guys are very relaxed and think about it race by race and leg by leg. The crew is motivated, but not under high pressure."
Similarly Bronenosec Sailing Team was second to Nika in the final race. Helmsman Kirill Frolov was delighted that the breeze was up today, following light wind events in Montenegro and Rovinj: "Today was great although it was a little bit choppy. Our starting wasn't great but we were good otherwise."
Three more races are scheduled tomorrow out to the west of Marstrand Island with a first warning signal at 11:30. Follow the racing live at www.44Cup.org
Les Sables d'Olonne confirmed as host start/finish port for the 2022 Golden Globe Race
Following the success of the 2018 Golden Globe Race, the Vendee City of Les Sables d'Olonne and its 3-town Agglomeration have voted unanimously to host the next Golden Globe Race in 2022. At a meeting on July 5, the City's leaders also took out options to repeat the event in 2026 and 2030. The next start is scheduled for Sept 4th 2022 preceded by a two week Race Village in the Vendee Globe Marina to celebrate the history of singlehanded sailing.
The Race will once again be run under the auspices of the Royal Nomuka Yacht Club in Tonga.
Being a retro race celebrating the pioneering spirit of those sailors like Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and Bernard Moitessier who set out to become the first to sail solo non-stop around the Globe back in 1968, the concept of back-to-basic human endeavour in small traditional yachts, fits well alongside the professionally sailed Vendee Globe state-of-the-art flying foilers, Timing of the GGR in 2022/3 fits perfectly in the middle of the Vendee Globe four-year cycle, covers both ends of the spectrum for any audience and gives Les Sables d'Olonne one of the two biggest solo around the world races every two years.
The support package provided by Les Sables d'Olonne will be significantly larger than in 2018. The Village will be bigger, more entertaining and media plans and coverage for the GGR will be upgraded. Sponsor interest in backing the GGR has also increased, with potential partners now knocking on the door.
GGR organisers are inviting sailing ports in the UK to become involved by hosting the 2022 Race fleet for one week from August 8 -14 prior to the start of the SITraN Challenge charity race to Les Sables d'Olonne.
The official GGR 2022 Notice of Race will be released on Sept. 4th 2019, three years before the start. Significant additions to the Rules include the approval of HF radio weather facsimile units that will allow entrants to receive current and future forecast weather maps direct on-board, Sponsor signage allowance on hull has been doubled in size and maximum of two direct sat phone media interviews per week will be allowed.
Entries in the SUHAILI CLASS have been increased from 20 to 23 , with the maximum number of JOSHUA CLASS entries has been dropped from 10 to 7. Full digital (Non GPS) cameras and drones will be allowed and any entrants under 21 years of age at the start of the GGR will have 100% of their entry refunded when they sail past the Canaries film drop.
Entries for the 2022 GGR now stand at 22 from Austria (1), Australia (5), Canada (1), France (2), Ireland (1), Italy (1), New Zealand (1), Norway (1), UK (7) and USA (2), four of which remain confidential.
Best known in boating circles as an award-winning writer and historian of all things maritime, Mr. Howland was borne through life across an ocean of books - so many that of late he moved from Boston to roomier quarters in Wenham, in part to gather his 20,000 volumes in one place.
Mr. Howland was 81 when he died at home on June 21 of lung cancer, and though he sold textbooks early on, he later charted a memorable path as an editor and antiquarian bookseller in Boston's literary world.
"Mine has been a life in books: buying and selling, editing and publishing, agenting, packing and shipping, appraising and cataloguing, reviewing, and, on occasion, even reading," he wrote in 1999 - the last clause a characteristically wry twist.
He read "occasionally" the way a famous conductor might occasionally listen to music. As a former longtime senior trade editor at Little, Brown in Boston, he filled his days and nights with books and marked-up manuscripts.
Concerned that his approach wouldn't mix well with corporate ownership in the years after Time Inc. purchased Little, Brown, Mr. Howland left in 1978 to found Howland and Co., an antiquarian bookselling firm.
He sold rare and out-of-print editions, paying particularly close attention to maritime titles that illuminated the history of yachting and seafaring.
"Louie was remarkable in that he had a whole network," said Greg Gibson a longtime friend who is an author and antiquarian bookseller.
"It was just a club or society of people who shared his enthusiasm for yachting, and with whom he used his considerable personal skills to get them to buy antiquarian books about yachting," Gibson said, adding that "the reason I valued him so much as a friend and a human being is that he was just an irrepressible enthusiast. He was very generous with transferring his own energy to other people." By his own description, Mr. Howland had been a "paid hand on a succession of well-known cruising and ocean-racing boats" in high school and college.
In later years, his voyages were mostly across the written page. The books he wrote and edited included a history of the New Bedford Yacht Club and a biography of W. Starling Burgess, a naval architect and designer. -- Bryan Marquard in the Boston Globe
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