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12 Metre World Championship: World Titles Claimed in Four Divisions
Rescue at sea in Transpac 50
Maserati Multi 70 collided with a big floating object during the Transpac
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Youth Olympians shine at the Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships
Cowes-Dinard-St Malo
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Dates For 2020 America's Cup World Series Event In Sardinia Announced
Charleston confirmed as Official Finish City of The Transat 2020
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12 Metre World Championship: World Titles Claimed in Four Divisions
Photo by Ingrid Abery, Click on image for photo gallery.

Newport, R.I. USA: It couldn't have been any more exciting on the fifth and final day of the 2019 12 Metre World Championship hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club and organized by the International Twelve Metre Association's (ITMA) Americas Fleet. With Nyala (US-12) having clinched her series early in the Vintage Division after a sweep of yesterday's two races, it came down to today's single race to determine World Champions in Grand Prix, Modern and Traditional Divisions. A 12 Metre Spirit Division also sailed, but with no World Championship at stake. Competing in total were 21 historic 12 Metres from six countries - the largest fleet ever gathered in North America.

In the fiercely contested eight-boat Modern Division, the stakes were high today for Challenge XII (KA-10), owned and skippered by Jack LeFort of Jamestown, R.I. Last night the team was disqualified after a protest hearing with Courageous (US-26), sailed by a Newport contingent led by Ralph Isham, Steve Glascock, Alexander Auersperg, Ward Marsh and Art Santry (helmsman).

Falling from first overall to second, Challenge XII was tied on point score with third-place Courageous and two points behind Enterprise (US-27), helmed by Clay Deutsch of Newport. Going into today's race LeFort knew that to win his division, he had to beat Courageous and put a boat between his team and Enterprise. He did that and more, closing out Courageous at the start and going on to win the race with a buffer of three boats on Enterprise. (Enterprise and Courageous wound up second and third, respectively.)

In the Grand Prix Division, where four boats from three countries competed, Denmark's Legacy (KZ-5), helmed by Thomas Andersen with Jesper Bank serving as tactician, took the World Championship title with a one-point lead over New Zealand (KZ-3), owned by Gunther & Maggie Buerman of Newport, R.I. and co-helmed by fellow Newporter Brad Read and Lexi Gahagan of Wilmington, Del.

Columbia (US-16), chartered by Anthony Chiurco of Princeton, N.J., and helmed by owner Kevin Hegarty of Newport took the World title in the Traditional Division after winning today's final race.

The oldest 12 Metre in the regatta was Onawa (US-6), built in 1928 and sailed by a syndicate led by Jim Blanusha, Steven Gewirz, Louis Girard, Earl McMillen and Mark Watson of Newport, R.I. She finished second in the Vintage Division.

In the 12 Metre Spirit Division America II (US-42), skippered by Michael Fortenbaugh of Jersey City, N.J. won by one point over America II (US-46), its stable mate from the New York Harbor Sailing Foundation, skippered by Scott Curtis of New York, NY.

Final results:

12mR - Grand Prix (4 Boats)
1. Legacy (KZ-5), Thomas Andersen / Jesper Bank, Munkebo, Fyn, DEN, 16
2. New Zealand (KZ-3), Gunther & Maggie Buerman, Newport, RI, USA, 17
3. Kookaburra II (KA-12), Torben Grael / Patrizio Bertelli, Arezzo, ITA, 21
4. Kiwi Magic (KZ-7), Johan Blach Petersen, Aarhus C, DEN, 36

12mR - Modern (8 Boats)
1. Challenge XII (KA-10), Jack LeFort, Jamestown, RI, USA, 22
2. Enterprise (US-27), Clayton & Nancy Deutsch, Newport, RI, USA, 24
3. Courageous (US-26), Ralph Isham / Steve Glascock / Alexander Auersperg / Ward Marsh, Newport, RI, USA, 24
4. Victory '83 (K-22), Dennis Williams, Hobe Sound, FL, USA, 29
5. Intrepid (US-22), Jack Curtin, Toronto, Ont, CAN, 48
6. Freedom (US-30), Charles Robertson, Guilford, CT, USA, 50
7. Defender (US-33), Dick Enersen, San Rafael, CA, USA, 61
8. Lionheart (K-18), Harry Graves, Grand Isle, VT, USA, 72

12mR - Traditional (4 Boats)
1. Columbia (US-16), Kevin Hegarty / Anthony Chiurco, Newport, RI / Princeton, NJ, USA, 14
2. American Eagle (US-21), Eagle 2019 Syndicate, Middletown, RI, USA, 20
3. Nefertiti (US-19), Jon Sears Wullschleger, Sarasota, FL, USA, 22
4. Easterner (US-18), Scott Bernard, Annapolis, MD, USA, 45

12mR - Vintage (4 Boats)
1. Nyala (US-12), Mauro Pelaschier / Patrizio Bertelli, Arezzo, ITA, 10
2. Onawa (US-6), Jim Blanusha / Steven Gewirz / Louis Girard / Earl McMillen / Mark Watson, Newport, RI, USA, 20
3. Blue Marlin (FIN-1), Henrik Andersin, Kauniainen, Uusimaa, FIN, 25
4. Vema III (N-11), Johan Troye, Oslo, Norway, NOR, 35

12mR- Spirit (2 Boats)
1. America II (US-42), Michael Fortenbaugh, Jersey City, NJ, USA, 15
2. America II (US-46), Scott Curtis, New York, NY, USA, 16

Rescue at sea in Transpac 50
On the 50th edition of the Transpacific YC's 2225-mile race from LA to Honolulu, at 0200 Pacific Daylight Time this morning the YB tracking system had activated an emergency signal from John Sangmeister's Santa Cruz 70 OEX, followed one hour later by a message from Roy Disney's Andrews 68 Pyewacket contacting the Transpacific YC's race headquarters that they had picked up the crew of OEX and all were safe.

Email communications indicate the trouble experienced by OEX and their cause to abandon ship was from water ingress due to damage to their rudder post.

Fortunately there are no reports of injuries, and all 9 crewmembers from OEX and 10 on Pyewacket are about 200 miles out and are proceeding back to port at about 10-11 knots of speed, and are expected to be arriving into Marina del Rey some time early tomorrow morning.

Besides OEX, three of the other six boats that have retired are back in port - Nalu V, Aloha and Trouble - while Mayhem, Macando and Live Wire are still on their way back to the coast.

In contrast, reports coming from some members of the 84 boats still racing are generally upbeat and the teams are enjoying the race. The first wave starters are enjoying classic downwind Transpac conditions and their leaders are thinking about their halfway celebration plans. In the next wave of Friday starters there is also upbeat energy as the members of this wave are starting to exit from the cold coastal winds and into the warmth and sun of the trades.

Maserati Multi 70 collided with a big floating object during the Transpac
Giovanni Soldini and Maserati Multi 70, at 4.30 UTC on Monday July 15th, while sailing at 23-24 knots, collided with a big floating object that damaged the left side hull's bow and the rudder's wing.

Giovanni Soldini explained: "We couldn't understand what it was, but it was very big, at least one meter high out of the water. It hit the left side hull with great force, severely damaging it, then it glided along the hull and hit the rudder. The fuse system worked, but the object was so big that we lost the outer half of the wing. We had to stop for one hour: we took off the wing completely so we could use the rudder's blade. Now we're sailing with the bow out of the water using the foil: we're waiting for the light to arrive to do a thorough inspection of the side hull - which has 7 watertight bulkheads - to check if there are any holes".

Maserati Multi 70's Team and their competitors, MOD 70s Argo and PowerPlay and the trimaran Paradox, set sail from Los Angeles on Saturday July 13th at 12.30 local time (19.30 UTC, 21.30 Italian time) for the 50th edition of the Transpac. In an attempt to sail around the low pressure bubble of light wind, Maserati Multi 70 opted for a northern route, but the conditions expected according to the models occurred a few hours late and the Italian trimaran was delayed.

According to the positions updated at 4.00 UTC, Argo was sailing in first place at 26 knots, 1680 miles from the finish line in Honolulu, followed 100 miles behind by PowerPlay, sailing at 27 knots. Maserati Multi 70 was following at 27 knots, with 1822 miles to go.

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Youth Olympians shine at the Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships
Nacra 15 Youth Olympians came to the forefront at the Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships on Monday as racing commenced in Gdynia, Poland.

After two days of preparation, boat work and practice, Monday signalled the start of the 49th edition of the Hempel Youth Worlds with 409 eager sailors from 66 nations ready to race across nine events.

The 21-boat Nacra 15 fleet, supplied by Nacra Sailing, features numerous sailors who recently competed at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Argentina. Of the competitors, Argentina's Dante Cittadini, the 2018 Youth Worlds and Youth Olympic gold medallist with Teresa Romairone, came in as the favourite with his new crew Maylen Muscia.

However, in a shifting 5-8 knot breeze, the Argentineans had a mixed day, which has enabled Youth Olympians Silas Mühle (GER), sailing with Levke Möller, and Australia's Will Cooley, partnered with Rebecca Hancock, to come to the forefront.

In a light breeze, just one Laser Radial (supplied by Laser Performance / Maclaren) race was completed in both the boy's and girl's divisions.

The Boy's and Girl's 29er, provided by Ovington Boats, are sharing boats in Gdynia. The 28-boat Boy's 29er were able to complete three races but the Girl's 29er fleet were unable to race due to dying winds.

Much like the 29er fleets, the Boy's and Girl's 420 packs, supplied by Nautivela, are also sharing boats and just the Boy's 420 were able to complete racing.

The wind speed did not increase suitably for the Boy's and Girl's RS:X fleets to head out onto the water. They will look to kick start their week of racing on Tuesday. The Girl's 29er and Girl's 420 will start before the boy's divisions on Tuesday to begin their campaign.

Racing is scheduled to commence at 11:00 local time on Tuesday 16 July.

Full results

Cowes-Dinard-St Malo
Ross Applebey's Oyster 48 Scarlet Oyster has won the Royal Ocean Racing Club Cowes-Dinard-St Malo Race. Photo by RORC. Click on image to enlarge.

Ross Applebey's Oyster 48 Scarlet Oyster has won the Royal Ocean Racing Club Cowes-Dinard-St Malo Race, having scored the best corrected time of the 170 yachts racing under IRC. In all 185 yachts raced to St Malo from 20 different countries. The largest fleet for a RORC race since the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race.

Multihull Line Honours, and the win under the MOCRA rating rule, went to Thibaut Vauchel-Camus' Multi50 Solidaires En Peloton-Arsep. In the Class40 Division, Luke Berry's Lamotte - Module Creation was the winner. David Collins' Botin IRC 52 Tala took Monohull Line Honours.

In a close and thrilling encounter, six Two-Handed teams made the top ten overall, dominating IRC Three and IRC Four. Winner of the Two-Handed class, by just 58 seconds after 21 hours of racing, was Francois Moriceau's JPK 10.10 Mary, which was also second overall. Jean Pierre Kelbert's JPK 10.30 Leon, was second in class, and third overall. Louis-Marie Dussere's JPK 10.80 Raging-bee2 was third in the Two-Handed Class, and fourth overall, just 81 seconds from class victory.

Built in 1987 Scarlet Oyster was one of the oldest boats racing in the Cowes-Dinard-St Malo Race. However, Scarlet Oyster was the stand-out performer, beating top opposition both in class and overall, to win the King Edward VII Cup.

In IRC Zero, Dutch Ker 46 Van Uden, skippered by Gerd-Jan Poortman, corrected out to win the class ahead of Ker 46 Lady Mariposa, skippered by Nigel King, Tala was third. In IRC One, Didier Gaudoux's JND39 Lann Ael 2, had a fantastic tussle with Jacques Pelletier's Milon 41 L'Ange De Milon. Lann Ael 2 crossed the finish line 27 seconds ahead, but after time correction, L'Ange De Milon was the winner by less than a minute. Ed Fishwick's FAST40+ Redshift was third, making the class podium for the third time this season.

In IRC Two, Scarlet Oyster was the winner. Second by just over four minutes after time correction was Francois Lognone's MC34 Nutmeg Solidaire En Peloton. Herve Benic's First 40 Iritis was third.

In IRC Three, Jean Pierre Kelbert's JPK 10.30 Leon, sailed by Alexis Loison, had an epic battle with Louis-Marie Dussere's JPK 10.80 Raging-bee2. Both racing Two-Handed, the teams had a fantastic duel during the race. Raging-bee2 was the first to finish, but after time correction Leon won the class by just 23 seconds, placing third overall for the race. Antoine Croyere's A35 Hey Joe, also racing Two-handed, put in a stellar performance to take third in class, and sixth overall.

IRC Four had a photo-finish for Line Honours between two French JPK 10.10s racing Two-Handed. Francois Moriceau's Mary crossed the line just one second ahead of Alain Peron's Un Papillon Contre L'Eczema. Mary won the class after IRC time correction, and placed second overall for the race. Un Papillon Contre L'Eczema was fifth overall under IRC. Nigel & Tim Goodhew, racing Sun Fast 3200 Cora, was third in class, and seventh overall for the race. Cora is now first in IRC 4 for the RORC Season's Points Championship.

In the Multihull Class, Solidaires En Peloton-Arsep revelled in the downwind conditions to be the first into St Malo by over five hours. Charlie Capelle's Acapella - Proludic was second, and James Holder's Dazcat 1295 Slinky Malinki was third. A special mention should go to Michael Butterfield, completing the race in his Dazcat 46 Dazzla. Michael is celebrating his 88th birthday this year.

The 2019 RORC Season's Points Championship continues with the Channel Race, starting on Saturday 27 July from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line. The Channel Race will be the final race before the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race, starting on Saturday 03 August. -- Louay Habib

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Dates For 2020 America's Cup World Series Event In Sardinia Announced
The news that the first America's Cup World Series (ACWS) regatta of the 36th America's Cup cycle will take place in Cagliari, Sardinia from April 23 - 26, 2020 has been announced at an event hosted by the Challenger of Record for the 36th America's Cup and presented by Prada at the New York Yacht Club's Harbour Court clubhouse in Newport, Rhode Island.

The four-day regatta in Sardinia next April will see the sun-drenched Italian Mediterranean island play host to the first ever competitive outing of the revolutionary AC75 Class foiling monohulls currently being developed by the competing teams - America's Cup Defender Emirates Team New Zealand, Challenger of Record Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team (ITA), INEOS Team UK (GBR), American Magic (USA), and Stars + Stripes Team USA.

Representing the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team - which has its official team base in Cagliari - renowned Italian sailor Vasco Vascotto (ITA) said the venue would be perfect for the five teams to race their cutting-edge AC75s for the first time.

"Sardinia has a well-established reputation as a premiere yacht racing venue," Vascotto said. "That's one of the reasons we chose the island as the base for our challenge for the 36th America's Cup. We are looking forward to welcoming the other teams and the America's Cup World Series fans for what should be a spectacular opening event."

Representing the Defender of the America's Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand's Chief Operating Officer Kevin Shoebridge (NZL) highlighted the importance of the ACWS event in Sardinia for all the teams.

"Like all regattas there will be teams that come away satisfied and those that don't," Shoebridge said. "The significant thing about this regatta is that it will give a very clear idea of where each of the teams are in their designs and preparations for the main events in 2021.

"However with only eight months between Sardinia and the start of the Prada Cup and 10 months until the America's Cup Match, it gives very little time to make necessary changes for teams to make sure they are up to speed".

* Jack Griffin weighs in:

The first AC World Series event will be held near Luna Rossa's base in Cagliari on 23-26 April 2020. No information was released about the competition format - fleet racing, match racing, or a combination. The course will feature an upwind start and windward-leeward legs with gates. The video shows an improbable finish line inside the breakwater, right next to Luna Rossa's base.

The video shows the race village, the course, and renderings of AC75's racing. None of the images shows them using the gennaker and no manoeuvres are shown - just straight line sailing. -- Jack Griffin,

Charleston confirmed as Official Finish City of The Transat 2020
The city of Charleston and race owners OC Sport Pen Duick are pleased to announce that the 2020 edition of The Transat, the world's oldest solo ocean sailing race, will finish in Charleston, South Carolina for the first time in the race's history.

The rigorous 3,500-mile contest is ocean racing at its best. It will attract the world's finest solo racers sailing across the North Atlantic and will start in mid-May 2020.

In another first, the 60th-anniversary edition of The Transat will commence from Brest in the Brittany region of France. The arrival of the fleet in Charleston will coincide with the city's 350th anniversary, commemorating the establishment of the first South Carolina settlement, Charles Towne colony in 1670. One of America's oldest cities, Charleston is a port city located midway between New York and Miami on an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean. The Transat will play a key role in Charleston's commemorative events, highlighting its rich and diverse maritime heritage.

The Transat began life when a handful of pioneering British sailors made a bet to see if they could sail across the Atlantic to America single-handed and who could do it the fastest. The race coined the phrase, 'One Man, One Boat, One Ocean,' and when Sir Francis Chichester won the first edition of the race in 1960, it took him 40 days to cross the Atlantic. Today, for the world's top solo sailors in the world's fastest boats, it can take as little as eight days.

The Transat is a challenge dominated by the progression of low-pressure systems sweeping across the North Atlantic which produce the headwinds that define this classic race. Created in the UK, developed in France and always with a stronghold in America, around 40 skippers are expected on the start line of next years' race. The Notice of Race will be available in the coming weeks.

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