In This Issue
Quantum Racing Are Holding Off Consistent Rivals in Cascais
Finn Silver Cup
Sales Manager for A+T Instruments Ltd
Hendrick Ryan Royal Dee Offshore Championship 2019 - "Mojito" regains championship
Jean-Michel Lautier became J/22 World Champion
Cowes Classic Week attracts a strong fleet of Solent Sunbeams in 2019
The Class40 travels around the world in 2021 and 2023
Lewis Haig Named RYA Yachtmaster Of The Year 2018
Industry News
Mike Sharp
Featured Brokerage:
• • Vismara V78 Fast Cruiser
• • TP/IRC 52 - "Ambition"
• • Greased Lightening
The Last Word: Stephen Hawking

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Quantum Racing Are Holding Off Consistent Rivals in Cascais
52 Super Series Cascais Races 3&4. Photo by Max Ranchi, Click on image for photo gallery.

52 Super Series Cascais Races 3&4 Two solid second places from the windiest day of racing so far of the 2019 52 SUPER SERIES sees Quantum Racing three points clear at the top of the Cascais 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week.

Although the winds topped 25 knots at times and the TP52 fleet were in their element, long, fast downwinds, and muscular, tough upwinds – the pattern to the breezes was not easy to read. Winning proved more complex than simply claiming the key berth at the signal boat, taking the favoured right side of the course and then protecting.

There have now been four different winners from the four races so far at the Cascais 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week. The team that won the Rolex TP52 World Championship here last year stand out for their consistency so far. They are very much back on form. That said, all three top-placed boats on the general classification today netted a four-point average – Azzurra going 1,3 and Platoon 3,1.

Regatta standings after Day 2
1. Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos) (2,1,2,2) 7 points
2. Azzurra (ARG/ITA) (Alberto/Pablo Roemmers) (3,3,1,3) 10
3. Platoon (GER) (Harm Muller-Spreer) (5,4,3,1) 13
4. Bronenosec (RUS) (Vladimir Liubomirov) (4,2,4,7) 17
5. Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre) (1,5,7,5) 18
6. Phoenix 11 (RSA) (Hasso Plattner) (6,6,5,4) 21
7. Alegre (USA/GBR) (Andres Soriano) (7,7,6,6) 26

Full results

Finn Silver Cup
Joan Cardona, from Spain, holds a three-point lead at the 2019 U23 Finn World Championship for the Jorg Bruder Finn Silver Cup in Anzio, Italy, as the event passes the half way stage. Six races are done, with five to go. Oskari Muhonen, from Finland, is second while day-one leader Nils Theuninck, from Switzerland is down to third. The race wins on the second day went to Cardona, Johannes Pettersson, from Sweden and Federico Colaninno, from Italy.

It was another scorching hot day in Anzio, with a hot onshore breeze producing some hot competition among the 28 young Finn hopefuls. Most of the day was sailed in under 10 knots with limited chances for the bigger sailors to gain downwind with free pumping.

The best performances of the day were from Cardona and from 20-year-old Colaninno, each amassing just seven points from three quite tough races. Colaninno was fastest to the top mark all day, but was not quite so fast downwind, letting through some of the older sailors.

Racing in Anzio continues Thursday with two more races scheduled. Five more races are scheduled to complete the championship, which concludes on Saturday. With five race winners from the six races completed so far, this championship looks to be going right down to the wire.

Results after six races
1. Joan Cardona, ESP, 10 points
2. Oskari Muhonen, FIN, 13
3. Nils Theuninck, SUI, 18
4. Federico Colaninno, ITA, 20
5. Johannes Pettersson, SWE, 25
6. Jock Calvert, AUS, 25
7. James Skulczuk, GBR, 35
8. Mikhail Iatsun, RUS, 43
9. Taavi Valter Taveter, EST, 45
10. Panagiotis Iordanou, CYP, 50

U19 Division
Liam Orel, SLO, 52
Paolo Freddi, ITA, 78
Domonkos Nemeth, HUN, 80

Full results

Sales Manager for A+T Instruments Ltd
A+T A+T are the rapidly growing designer and manufacturer of very high-quality instruments for the Superyacht and race boat markets. See

Offering upgrades and complete systems, A+T are suppliers to some 250 of the world's largest and fastest yachts. Key to A+T's business is the provision of excellent support.

Year on year growth has been 40% and now A+T are looking to expand their small sales team with the appointment of a Sales Manager.

The role will include building the relationship with our dealers & installers, managing enquiries and quotations and generating new customers. The Company has a strong base of enquiries and outstanding quotations on which to build.

- Significant sales experience
- Some knowledge of the large yacht and race boat market
- Technical knowledge not necessary as strong support available in house, but would clearly be an advantage
- Experience with CRM required
- Good telephone manner, good English and numerical accuracy essential
- Happy to undertake regular travel in Europe and occasionally outside this
- If an applicant is a keen sailor then there may be opportunities to sail as part of the job, but this is certainly not a requirement.
- Competitive salary and performance related bonus
- Plenty of opportunity for advancement in growing company

This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in the management team of a growing company at the heart of the Superyacht and race boat industry.

Great communication skills and a passion for excellent customer service are essential. A+T are a friendly team based in comfortable offices in Lymington, UK.

If you have outstanding skills in some, but not all of the above areas then please do not be put off applying as it could suit a yacht broker or captain looking for a career change or seasoned sales executive looking for a more interesting industry for example.

For detailed job description or to apply please email

Hendrick Ryan Royal Dee Offshore Championship 2019 - "Mojito" regains championship
35 boats took part in the Hendrick Ryan Royal Dee Offshore Championship 2019 that took place over two weekends and over 5 races. The championship included the ISORA Offshore from Douglas IOM to Dun Laoghaire on Sunday the 7th July and the four Offshore races of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta. The series was decided on points from the five results with no discards. The ISORA race had a weighting of 1.2. The High Point scoring system was used.

At the end of the series, J109, "Mojito" (Peter Dunlop and Vicky Cox), from Pwllheli, the current Championship holders, just regained the title, but only by 0.4 of a point over 428 points. Another J109, "Jetstream", Nigel Ingram from Holyhead took second place. Paul O'Higgins from the Royal Irish in his JPK10.8, "Rockabill VI" took third place.

"Rockabill VI" took Class 0 Overall with "Mojito" taking Class 1 Overall. Lindsay Casey's J97, "Windjammer" took Class 2 Overall.

The race winners were:
Race 1 - "Jackknife" - Andrew Hall
Race 2 - "Mermaid IV" - Seamus Fitzpatrick
Race 3 - "Mermaid IV" - Seamus Fitzpatrick
Race 4 - "Mojito" - Peter Dunlop & Vicky Cox
Race 5 - "Mermaid IV" - Seamus Fitzpatrick.

Prizes were presented as part of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta prize giving and they were presented by the Royal Dee Yacht Club Commodore, Charlie Jones.

The next ISORA race is the Dun Laoghaire to Pwllheli Offshore Race on Saturday 27th July

Full results

Jean-Michel Lautier became J/22 World Champion
Warnemunde, Germany: The new World Champion in the J/22 class is Jean-Michel Lautier, who started under the Dutch flag. He already became Vice World Champion in Travemunde in 2015 and Vice World Champion in Scheveningen in 2017. This year saw his crowning with the World Championship title in Warnemunde.

The winning boat of the world champion is already 22 years old. In many classes, this would be considered outdated. The J/22 are different: "We call our boat 'the old lady'. Nevertheless, she is still quite competitive", said the new world champion Jean-Michel Lautier. "That's what makes the class so exciting. The boats are very robust and simple. Here it doesn't matter who has the latest material." Overall, Jean-Michel Lautier and his fellow sailors were very satisfied with the event. "It was wonderful here in Warnemunde. We had great weather, not always the best wind, but we still managed seven races.

J/22 World Championship final top 10 results:
1. Jean-Michel Lautier, NED
2. Reiner Brockerhoff, FRA
3. Johan Koppernaes, CAN
4. Martin Menzner, GER
5. Dirk Jan Verdoorn, NED
6. Mike Farrington, CAY
7. Mathias Rieck, GER
8. Bram Verwijs, NED
9. Daniel Lotzbeyer, GER
10. Rudi Mayr, AUT

Cowes Classic Week attracts a strong fleet of Solent Sunbeams in 2019
Solent Sunbeam. Photo by Tim Jeffreys. Click on image to enlarge.

WHAT 13 Solent Sunbeam classic keelboats are already signed up for racing at this year's Cowes Classic Week, with another couple expected to be on the start line on 29th July, taking the total to at least 15.

Among this year's entries is Solent Sunbeam hull no 1, Dainty, which was launched in 1923 and has been sailed for over 50 years by Peter Nicholson. 2019 could be Peter's lucky year, with his regatta entry already winning the draw for a free place due to its early submission!

Racing on an equal basis alongside the 96-year-old V1, Dainty will be several recent GRP additions to the fleet including V66, Molly and V68, Sky. The origins of the GRP addition to this classic fleet arose 10 years ago when some of the Class members realised that the fleet numbers at Itchenor were in danger of declining below the critical mass needed to maintain a successful Class. Enthusiastic local Sunbeam owners Alan Stannah and Roger Wickens wondered if a GRP version of the boat would attract new entrants to the fleet with the lower build and maintenance costs.

In order to preserve the integrity of the Fleet's racing, much time and effort was spent ensuring the GRP Sunbeams would sail exactly the same as the original wooden boats, and thanks to the detailed work in the design and build of the new boats, this has successfully been achieved. Interestingly the new GRP Sunbeams have attracted a number of lady owners, some of whom will be taking part in this year's Cowes Classic Week.

The elegant Solent Sunbeam design comes from the drawing board of Alfred Westmacott, the Isle of Wight based designer who was well known for designing a string of successful one-design keelboats including the Mermaid, X Boat and Yarmouth one-design, all of which are still active in the Solent today. Many of the fleet were built by Woodnutt's of St Helens on the Island and despite the class being 96 years old, around 70 Sunbeams still regularly race and sail in the UK today.

The Class40 travels around the world in 2021 and 2023
Two World Tours! The announcements are attractive, and Class 40 is delighted as the Class has been campaigning this for several years to convince the organizers of the opportunity of such a race. It enthusiastically supports both of these projects. The success of the class, the maritime qualities of the boats and the accessibility of a round-the-world race for many sailors from all over the world: This means that two quality events are positioned. These projects, both on schedule and track, open for entries that correspond well to the pro-am mix of our members. It will therefore be an option for a "North Route" in 8 stages in 2021 and another option for a 'South Route' in 4 stages (and a prologue race) in 2023.

Two different ambitions
The Globe 40 in 2021, organized by Sirius Events, carries values of adventure and travel, favouring a very "north" route connecting eight new stage cities like Mauritius, Papeete in French Polynesia via Cape Horn to Ushuaia. Performance stays at the heart of this engagement race.

The Race Around, the first edition of which is scheduled for 2023, organized by Manuka SEM and 5 Ocean Sports Marketing, takes over the course through the Southern Ocean around the world in 4 stages (Europe, Cape Town, New Zealand and Brazil) leading the skippers of the Class 40 to compete in the furious fifties to pass the mythical Cape Horn.The organisers propose to equip the winners with price prizes.

In parallel to these world tours, the Class40, now with almost 160 boats and an ever-increasing number of members, will continue to animate its Championship racing calendar as well as European and American Trophies over the years considered, with the now classic Normandy Channel race, the Les Sables-Horta, the Rolex Fastnet race or the Transat Jacques Vabre. Both of these projects are aimed at public looking for an exceptional event, the adventure of a lifetime, both personally and athletically, on a fast and efficient medium while maintaining the budget of such a commitment at a contained level.

Lewis Haig Named RYA Yachtmaster Of The Year 2018
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RYA Yachtmaster Of The Year 2018 Young Scotsman, Lewis Haig, has been named as the recipient of the RYA Yachtmaster of the Year award 2018, for his exceptional demonstration of sailing skills during his RYA Yachtmaster certificate of competence exam.

19-year-old, Lewis was presented with the prestigious trophy by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, President of the RYA, earlier today (Tuesday 16 July), at the Royal Institute of Navigation, AGM and Annual Meeting, in London.

RYA Director of Training and Qualifications, Richard Falk, said: "This is an outstanding achievement and one Lewis should be very proud of. There were more than 3,000 people who undertook the exam for the RYA Yachtmaster certificate of competence last year - the calibre was extremely high - but Lewis' remarkable skills, knowledge and enthusiasm shone through."

In the nomination for the award, Lewis' RYA Yachtmaster Examiner, Scott Wilson, said: "Lewis impressed me from the beginning of his examination session because he seemed so calm. Considering he is quite young, he has gained a lot of experience, and this showed in his attention to detail and his preparation - the foundation of good seamanship.

"He made the boat handling exercises look straightforward, and showed very little hesitation when making decisions. Most importantly of all, Lewis was clearly in command and had a very pleasant way of communicating with the crew."

Since achieving his RYA Yachtmaster certificate of competence, Lewis has continued training and working full-time at OYT Scotland, and is hoping to qualify as an RYA Cruising Instructor later this year.

Nominations for the esteemed accolade are put forward by the RYA's worldwide team of RYA Yachtmaster Examiners. In recognition of the achievement, winners receive the RYA Yachtmaster Trophy, donated by the Royal Institute of Navigation.

To start your journey, or to learn more about RYA training courses and qualifications, visit

To find out more about the RYA Yachtmaster qualification, visit

Industry News
Beneteau's boat division sales continue to show strong growth, helping the French boat manufacturer to outpace the market.

For the first nine months of 2018/19, consolidated revenues climbed to €929.9m, up 5% year on year. Third quarter revenues stood at €434m, up 3.1% compared with the same period in the previous financial year.

Boat division revenues totalled €758.1m, up 4.9% year on year, bolstered by the acquisitions of Seascape and Delphia.

Strong sales in Europe

The division's growth is supported by strong sales in the European, North American and fleet markets. In the third quarter, Europe delivered the strongest growth for these three sectors at 12.3%, with fleet sales primarily recorded during the first half of the year.

After a robust first six months, sales in North and Central America have slowed in the third quarter and sales are down for the whole period for the Asia, Pacific, South American and Rest of World regions. However this area represents just 8% of the division's revenues.

The sailing segment is continuing to benefit from the strong development of catamarans and the interest in monohull sailing and the group is forecasting global revenue growth this financial year of around 3 to 5%.


Nanni has just signed two new collaborations with HanseYachts AG, the German shipyard, for two Dehler sailing boats: the Dehler 29 and the Dehler 30 One Design.

Dehler 29
The Dehler 29 is a cruiser and racer sailing boat of 8,75 meters powered by a Nanni N3.21 engine with Sail Drive SP 60.
The N3.21 has been rethought by the R&D Department to meet the specific requirements for a compact size.
The Nanni engine is now the only one choice of the shipyard for the Dehler 29.

The new Dehler 30 One Design
The lastest racer sailing boat of Dehler is exclusively powered with the Nanni N2.10 engine.
Especially designed for racing, this sailing boat of 10,30 meters has a retractable shaftline ; a first experience for the shipyard and for Nanni, to optimize the efficiency of sliding.


The next Yacht Racing Forum, in Bilbao, Spain (November 25-26) will once again reassemble the sports' leading personalities in one place during two days to network, debate the future of the sport and make business.

The conference will be structured into thematic modules. It will start on Monday with sessions dedicated to Events, Races and Teams Management, during which personalities such as Stewart Hosford, project manager of Alex Thomson Racing, Dee Caffari or marketing expert Stephanie Nadin will share their experience with the 300 delegates expected in Bilbao.

The afternoon will start with a new feature: the Yacht Racing Forum Business Speed Presentation, which will give Start-ups, new events and inventors the opportunity to present their projects in turn to the Forum's plenary assembly for about 8 minutes each.

The Forum speakers will then focus on our sports' governance and management. Andy Hunt, CEO, World Sailing, Ian Walker, Director of Racing, British Sailing Team, Olympic champion Mateusz Kusznierewicz, representing the Star Sailors League, Vicky Low or Alastair Fox, Director of Events at World Sailing, will be particularly interesting to hear in this context.

The second day will begin with a topical theme: sustainable development. Experts will tell us about the impact global warming has on competitive sailing, while 11th Hour Racing specialists will explain the importance of circular economy.

The sports' leading professional sailing events will be discussed after lunch, including sessions on the IMOCA class, the America's Cup and the Ocean Race. Max Sirena, skipper and team manager, Luna Rossa, Dee Caffari, skipper of 'Turn the Tide on Plastic' in the latest Volvo Ocean Race, Mike Golding, Stan Honey (professional sailor, businessman and technology developer) or Gianguido Girotti (Beneteau CEO), are among those who will discuss the present and future of the sport.

Held on Day 1 alongside the "Business & Marketing" conference, the Design & Technology Symposium will focus on the sports' latest technology developments including foils, new materials and technologies, design and concepts. Some of the sports' most respected technicians, designers or engineers have already confirmed their participation, including Marc Van Peteghem, Juan K, Manolo Ruiz de Elvira, Ryan Breymayer, Jordi Arbusa and many more.

All sides of the sport will be represented at the Forum: International Federation, events, sports teams, media, sponsors, technical providers... The conferences will be interspersed with coffee & lunch breaks, which will provide opportunities for networking and business. Not to mention the gala evening, during which delegates will be able to taste Bilbao's gastronomic specialities and spend a good time together.


Design and manufacturing company Spinlock has doubled the size of its base on the Isle of Wight with the purchase of Cowes police station.

The building is situated opposite Spinlock's current head office in Birmingham Road, which has been home to the company for more than 50 years.

The new office will provide around 5500sq ft of space and will be used to house Spinlock's design team, R&D Test Lab and sales and marketing division, as well as provide more space for training and hosting customers.

The company, which also operates a production facility on the island, currently employs 50 staff. All of its products are designed and manufactured in Cowes, before being shipped to more than 63 countries globally.


Croatia's Adriatic Yacht Charter d.o.o. has launched a new marina in Medulin, on the country's Adriatic Sea shore. The facility was constructed under a project worth some HRK 15 (US$2.3m).

The company's Puntica marina is enabled with a berthing capacity for some 85 craft, Medulin's municipal authorities said in a statement.

Set up in 1999 as a family business, Adriatic Yacht Charter says it is the country's leading charter company with more than 70 sailing yachts, catamarans and motor boats at four bases along the Croatian Adriatic Sea shore. The bases are located in Medulin, where the company is also headquartered, as well as Pula, Kaštela, and Dubrovnik.

It is noteworthy that Croatian marinas managed to raise their revenues to some HRK 857m (US$130m) last year, an increase of 2.7% compared with a year earlier, according to figures from the Marina Association of the Croatian Chamber of Economy (HGK). Ana Klaric, the director for tourism at the HGK, told local daily Jutarnji List that, over the past years, the country has sucessfully positioned itself as one of Europe's top destinations for maritime tourism.


Nautor's Swan has appointed Shenzhen Hone Ocean Culture Communication as its new Chinese agent

Nautor's Swan of Finland has expanded its presence in the APAC region with the appointment of Shenzhen Hone Ocean Culture Communication Co Ltd as its new Chinese agent.

Shenzhen Hone Ocean Culture Communication Co Ltd has branches in many coastal Chinese cities like Xiamen, Shenzhen, Sanya, Haikou, Dalian, Qingdao, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Its business offers a 360° service: brand-advertising promotion, assistance for providing professional crews for the regattas, sailing training camp, yacht management, boat chartering, maintenance services.

Nautor's Swan has built more than 2,000 yachts from 36ft-131ft over the last five decades, including the latest generation of Swan yachts like the Swan 115, Swan 65 and Swan 78, as well as the ClubSwan 125 and ClubSwan 50.

Mike Sharp
Mike Sharp Mike Sharp of Sharp & Enright Ship Chandlers has died after a short illness aged 80.

Mike was fourth generation proprietor of the family business that was initially established in 1860 by his great grandfather John.

The business, based in Dover, was passed to Mike's grandfather Sidney and then father John before being run by Mike. Since 1991 it has been run by fifth generation proprietor, Mike's daughter Sarah.

It was originally a sail makers, later becoming a ships chandlery and general merchants -

"Mike served the marine industry and the port of Dover for more than 60 years," she said.

"He will he sadly missed by his customers from far and wide. God bless you Mike and long may S&E continue."

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