In This Issue
Home Boats Make Ireland's Biggest Sailing Event a Local Success
All boats away in Transpac 50
Win the trip of a lifetime to race at Antigua Sailing Week 2020
Hiro Maru, Lucy Georgina Pull Off Comeback Wins
Morrison and Renaissance Services Make It Three Stadium Wins
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
ACO 10th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2019
Another Cascais Cracker on the Cards?
Mirabaud Sailing Video Award 2019 discloses its international jury
Letters to the Editor
Featured Brokerage:
• • Mills 45 - "Concubine"
• • Hitchhiker
The Last Word: Gary Snyder

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Home Boats Make Ireland's Biggest Sailing Event a Local Success
Ireland's largest sailing event, the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, came to a gentle close this afternoon after an exciting four days of racing in Dublin Bay with 500 boats and almost 2,500 sailors competing.

A light northerly breeze of six knots allowed organisers to complete nearly all 290 scheduled races with many class titles hanging on the outcome of today's final race.

Dublin Yacht Club's shared the bulk of the overall prizes, awarded this afternoon at the official prize giving at the Royal Irish Yacht Club, winning 19 of the 34 classes including the coveted 'Boat of the Week' Trophy.

David Gorman's Flying Fifteen 'Betty' from the National Yacht Club was named top boat after leading an extremely competitive 24-boat one design fleet with seven race wins in a ten race series.

A final challenge by John Maybury on the Centre Course today in the single race sailed enabled the Royal Irish J109 Sailor to successfully retain his IRC One crown in a highly competitive 26-boat fleet.

In a summer of achievements for Maybury, his Class One defence follows four consecutive class wins of IRC National Championship victories, the 2019 win coming on Dublin Bay last month. Today's victory was Maybury's fifth VDLR class win in a row winning first in 2011.

The 28-boat IRC offshore prize was won by Seamus Fitzpatrick's First 50, Mermaid also of the Royal Irish.

Seven classes included the regatta as part of their championship calendar in 2019: GP14s, 420s and Mermaid dinghies raced for Leinster honours. The SB20s decided regional titles and the Sigma 33s and Beneteau 21s raced for national trophies.

The biennial event is being hailed an enormous success both afloat and ashore for a combined fleet of 498 boats, the biggest on the Irish Sea. Over 290 races on five different courses were staged in a range of light to medium conditions since racing began last Thursday.

Full results

All boats away in Transpac 50
Los Angeles, CA - With the breeze shifted far left in overcast skies due to a strong Catalina Eddy, the final wave of 24 monohulls and 4 multihulls in a record fleet of 90 yachts are now headed off the coast in the 50th edition of Transpacific Yacht Race, a biennial race to Honolulu organized by the Transpacific YC. These are the largest and fastest boats in the fleet, and their starts were an impressive display of masterful big-boat sail handling, seamanship and tactics as they charged the line on port tack with a variety of headsail types suitable to the close reaching angle sailed to clear the West End of Catalina, the only mark of the course in this 2225-mile race.

This worked out fine for most boats, as the line was called all clear at the starting gun by Principal Race Officer Tom Trujillo, except John Sangmeister's modified SC 70 OEX set up a little too far to windward at the pin end and was boxed out by Robert DeLong's TP 52 Conviction. OEX bailed out with a bear-off, gybe and tack to get back on track to start the race.

The promising initial conditions caved in a few hours later as the breeze finally shifting west, but died out and leaving the fleet becalmed in the channel before even getting to the West End. This prompting many to tack to head up the coast on the hunt for the shortest path to reliable breeze. Observers close by described the scene of windless boats sitting on a glassy sea as looking "like a graveyard."

Stan Honey navigating Jim Cooney and Samantha Grant's Verdier/VPLP 100 Comanche, the current monohull race record holder, this morning expressed concern about these conditions in the forecast. "This eddy is big, I'm worried about it not just at the start but up until midnight tonight."

This could invite speculation about the effect this may have on record run attempts this year, but its still too early to tell for sure.

Based on current positions, Division leaders in the first wave are as follows: Don Jesberg's Cal 40 Viva, Ian Ferguson's Wasa 55 Nadelos in Division 9, David Gorney's J/105 No Compromise in Division 8, Michael Yokell's Oyster 56 Quester in Division 7, Cecil and Alyson Rossi's Farr 57 Ho'okolohe in Division 6, and Ian Elazary's Lagoon 400S2 Celestra in Multihull 0A.

In the second wave that started yesterday, current leaders are as follows: Tom Barker's Swan 60 Good Call in Division 3, Scott Deardorf and Bill Guilfoyle's SC 52 Prevail in Division 4, and Bob Pethick's Rogers 46 Bretwalda 3 in Division 3.


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

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.

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Transatlantic Race 2019: Hiro Maru, Lucy Georgina Pull Off Comeback Wins
A flurry of finishes in the past 36 hours have seen the three class champions, as well as the overall winner, crowned in the Transatlantic Race 2019.

In IRC 2, Peter Bacon's XP-44 Lucy Georgina scored a come-from-behind victory over Giles Redpath's Lombard 46 Pata Negra to win the class by 47 minutes on IRC corrected time. The two boats finished under the cover of darkness last night, separated by a little more than eight minutes on elapsed time in what is one of the closest ever finishes in the history of the Transatlantic Race.

In IRC 3, Hiroshi Nakajima scored "an incredible win" with his aluminum S&S 49 Hiro Maru that was originally launched in 1971. Nakajima and crew finished the race at 1731:40 UTC for an elapsed time of 17 days, 2 hours, 21 minutes and 40 seconds and a victory over Rives Potts' venerable Carina, the grand dame of the fleet.

David and Peter Askew's Wizard, the trailblazing VO70, became the overall champion last night when the final time allowance expired. The Askews, old-time sailors originally from Grosse Pointe, Mich., who grew up running grand-prix sailboats on the Great Lakes, won the Transatlantic Race in their first attempt.

Wizard posted a top 24-hour run of 492 nautical miles. Wizard also won IRC 1, correcting out on Lee Seng Huang's 100-foot maxi SHK Scalllywag by some three hours and 40 minutes.

Morrison and Renaissance Services Make It Three Stadium Wins
Stevie Morrison the Oman Sail team on Renaissance Services became the only team on the 2019 Tour Voile to win three Stade Nautique finals when they emerged triumphant from the most exciting stadium showdown yet, contested on Bastille Day in a gusty offshore breeze off Les Sables d'Olonne. Renaissance Services added the Les Sables d'Olonne stadium win to successes on Day 2 in Dunkirk, and the Act 2 win in Fecamp and now today racing off the beaches of the town most usually associated with the solo nonstop round the world race, the Vendee Globe. The team skippered by the British double 49er are now fourth overall, their unmatched record of stadium wins unfortunately weighted down by missing the Final on Day 1 and in Jullouville and by being forced to retire from the Fecamp coastal with rudder damage.

In contrast Beijaflore, the Tour leaders, had their worst result yet. They found a light wind hole on the first round after splitting from the fleet and finished seventh in the eight boat final. With second placed Cheminees Poujoulat taking third today Beijaflore leave the Atlantic coast and head for the Mediterranean's three final Acts with their lead cut from six points this morning to two. Cheminees Poujoulat went 3,3 for the weekend to keep the pressure on the leaders, as their Gaulthier Germain commented, "Another podium! That feels even better higher because both our main rivals were behind us. And more to the point we see that the leaders can also finish second to last. It remains completely open. We are all but even, the three of us, Beijaflore us and IXIO! "

Making the Final for the second time on this Tour, and following up from their excellent second in yesterday's Coastal, the young European crew in Pink Lady took fourth today and so are the joint best scoring boat of Act 4 Les Sables d'Olonne, moving up to ninth on the leaderboard.

Overall Rankings
Team Beijaflore (FRA) - 431 pts
Cheminees Poujoulat (FRA) - 429 pts
Reseau IXIO-Toulon Provence Mediterranee - 421 pts

Mixed Rankings
La Boulangere - 351 pts
Helvetia Purple by Normandy Elite Team - 317 pts
Sailing Arabia The Tour - 308 pts

Youth Rankings
Cheminees Poujoulat - 429 pts
Golfe du Morbihan Breizh Cola - 395 pts
Team Ocewood #Waterfamily - 378 pts

Amateur Rankings
Gregory Lemarchal-Les Sables d'Olonne - 389 pts
CER - Ville de Geneve - 388 pts
West Team - BBN - Ecole Navale - 318pts

Monday is a travel / lay day, with the Raid Cotier at Port Barcares on Tuesday, stadium sailing there on Wednesday.

Seahorse August 2019
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine

Big picture
Since he retired from professional sailing 2014/15 Volvo Race winner Ian Walker has been juggling several different areas of focus. Keep GBR at the top of the racing tree but, even more important, find ways to keep feeding - and nourishing - the grass roots of the sport

Transquadra weapon
Jeanneau’s Sun Fast 3200 was one of the most popular and successful designs for today’s thriving shorthanded offshore racing market. Their latest 3300 promises to go one step further

A fine tradition
Reckmann furling systems did not achieve their iconic status overnight... they are not resting on their laurels

Why it matters
Chris Draper talks to Matt Sheahan about the leaps in foiling cat technology that have been made in the short time since Bermuda 2017

52 Super Series - Relentless
This year’s favourite is so far living up to the billing. Harm Mueller-Spreer, Tobias Kohl, Andi Robertson

Seahorse build table - Better and better
Matthew Lester, Thys Nikkels

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ACO 10th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2019
On Saturday July 20th, Bruce Keen (GBR) kept his nerves and won the close battle for gold at the ACO 10th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2019 in Medemblik. It came down to the very last meters on the finish line of the final race. He just beat title defender Jon Newman (AUS), who takes the silver medal home. Meanwhile this morning's leader Rick Peacock (GBR) and runner-up George Hand (GBR) were fighting for bronze. By winning today's third and last bullet, Hand secured the third podium spot.

After finishing his last race in third place, Andy Tarboton from South-Africa, President of the International MUSTO Skiff Class Association, reflected on the ACO 10th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2019. "I think it has been an incredible week of sailing. Medemblik put on some beautiful conditions and ultimately the right people finished at the top. It is a fair reflection of the event. It has been great to be here. It was very well hosted." Tarboton finished 14th out of 92 participants: "It wasn't my best performance. I came here with higher expectations, but given the quality of the fleet this week here and the number of boats, it has just been very difficult to make it headway." According to Tarboton it was the second largest fleet ever at the MUSTO Skiff Worlds. "The numbers are looking really good. Worldwide the fleet is on the rise. Even the southern hemisphere is coming through and Europe is still steadily growing."

Top five after 14 races and two discards:
Bruce Keen (GBR), 72 points
Jon Newman (AUS), 75 points
George Hand (GBR), 88 points
Rick Peacock (GBR), 89 points
Ryan Seaton (IRL), 126 points
First female: Jena Mai Hansen (DEN)
First Under 25: Pim van Vugt (NED)
First Master: Dan Vincent (GBR)
First Grand Master: Ian Trotter (GBR)
First Legend: Nigel Walbank (GBR)

Another Cascais Cracker on the Cards?
Without fear of contradiction, the Rolex TP52 World Championship last year in Cascais, Portugal was the best regatta yet in the history of the 52 Super Series. It blew every day. The action was spectacular and the competition was super close. Quantum Racing won the world championship en route to securing the 2018 52 Super Series title.

As the 52 Super Series heads back to the favoured Portuguese sailing destination, which lies just 35 minutes from the centre of Lisbon, there is considerable anticipation among the teams who are preparing to compete in the third regatta of the five that constitute this season.

To date, two different teams have won, Harm Muller-Spreer's Platoon at the curtain raiser in Menorca and Ergin Imre's Provezza in Puerto Sherry, Andalucia. Could there be a third different winner in Cascais?

To date Quantum Racing have won in Cascais twice - the world title last year, and in 2015 they secured the overall circuit title there - and Azzurra once in 2016. But the American-flagged tenants of both top 2018 titles - the TP52 World Championship and the series - go to Cascais on the back of what probably ranks as their poorest regatta finish since the start of the 52 Super Series in 2012. Seventh in Puerto Sherry was what team director Ed Reynolds describes as "a bit of a perfect storm scenario."

The 2019 season will pass its midway point halfway through Cascais. Provezza go into this third event with a two-point lead over Platoon, while Azzurra are third five points behind the Turkish-flagged team with John Cutler driving.

Racing at the Cascais 52 Super Series Sailing Week starts on Tuesday 16th July and finishes on Saturday 20th July. Track your favourite teams through state-of-the-art Virtual Eye technology supported by expert live commentary and comment. All shows will being 15 minutes before racing is due to start and can be enjoyed at or via the app.

Alegre - Andy Soriano (USA/GBR), 2018 Botin
Azzurra - Alberto/Pablo Roemmers (ARG/ITA), 2018 Botin
Bronenosec - Vladimir Liubomirov (RUS), 2019 Botin
Phoenix 11 - Hasso/Tina Plattner (RSA), 2018 Botin
Platoon - Harm Muller-Spreer (GER), 2018 Judel/Vrolijk
Provezza - Ergin Imre (TUR), 2018 Judel/Vrolijk
Quantum Racing - Doug DeVos (USA), 2018 Botin

Overall 52 SUPER SERIES Standings After Two Regattas
1. Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre) 66 points
2. Platoon (GER) (Harm Muller-Spreer) 68
3. Azzurra (ARG/ITA) (Alberto/Pablo Roemmers) 71
4. Bronenosec (RUS) (Vladimir Liubomirov) 77
5. Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos) 80
6. Alegre (USA/GBR) (Andres Soriano) 88
7. Sled (USA) (Takashi Okura) 92
8. Phoenix 11 (RSA) (Hasso/Tina Plattner) 108

Mirabaud Sailing Video Award 2019 discloses its international jury
The Mirabaud Sailing Video Award announces the composition of its international jury for the third edition of the event. The following personalities will select the world's best sailing videos produced this year: Nico Martinez (photographer), Nic Douglass (blogger & sailor), Nathalie Quere (sports marketing expert), Nicolas Mirabaud (Managing Partner, Mirabaud), Elena Otekina (journalist, Yacht Russia) and Nacho Gomez-Zarzuela (director of the Valencia Boat Show).

The Mirabaud Sailing Video Award aims to celebrate the best sailing videos produced each year and their authors. This is a unique annual competition for TV professionals: cameramen, directors, editors, TV production companies and professional sailors who film their achievements during regattas.

Professional filmmakers and video producers, as well as sailors who film their achievements during regattas, are invited to submit their videos until October 23, 2019 at midnight GMT. The public will be able to view the images on the event website.

Dates to remember for the 2019 edition:

The videos must have been filmed between September 24, 2018 and October 23, 2019
Videos must be submitted before October 23, 2019 at midnight GMT
Public voting will be open from October 25 to November 5, 2019

Detailed rules

Submit Your Video

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It is a spectacular movie and all sailors should see it. The crew is all women led by Tracy Edwards, Dawn Riley and their wonderful crew. In a refurbished boat they won two of the toughest legs sponsored by King Hussein of Jordan. They sailed into Fort Lauderdale dressed in their swimsuits proud to be women.

The crowd was overwhelming. As they sailed down the Solent on their return the sailing flotilla was incredible docking in Southampton one of the premier Sailing regions in the World. (not London) They did not have to have some contrived "Mixed" event.

Reflectively for me was to see pictures of Sir Peter Blake.

Truthful observations by Bob Fisher and Bary Pickthall with a few lines by Jobson were great. All sailors should go and see what these competitive women did in the movie called "Maiden". I will wear my Whitbread-Around-the-World tie very proudly.

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