In This Issue
Argo First to Finish in Transpac 50
Super Fast Quantum Racing Are On Song in Cascais Wind and Waves
Long Inshore Race Tests Panerai British Classic Week Fleet
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
Fresh success for Golfe du Morbihan Breizh Cola in Hyeres
Tropical Fiji Awaits - 2020 Auckland Fiji Yacht Race
World Avocado Cup
2024 Olympic Events: Rebalancing the Slate
Torbay Royal Regatta August 24th - 26th
Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta
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Argo First to Finish in Transpac 50
Honolulu, Hawaii - After a slow initial start on Saturday, Jason Carroll and his team of Chad Corning, Thierry Fouchier, Anderson Reggio, Alister Richardson and Brian Thompson were able to push their MOD 70 trimaran Argo into the lead among two other rival MOD 70's in this year's 50th edition of the LA-Honolulu Transpac.

After several hours into the race and having to fight to get out of a wind hole on the first night, the team found the strong offshore breeze first to take a lead never seriously challenged during the entire race, playing a brilliant tactical game to also deftly stay ahead of their competition on the final approach to the finish.

Which was needed: Peter Cunningham's team on PowerPlay, a sistership MOD 70, finished just 29 minutes astern after 2225 miles of racing.

Argo's official finish time was 20:50:32 HST on Wednesday, July 17th, for an elapsed time of 4 days 11 hours 20 min 32 sec ...a remarkable time considering their first day's slow start and only 5 hours behind the record pace set in 2017 by the ORMA 60 Mighty Merloe of 4 days 6 hours 32 minutes 30 sec.

This translates to an average speed down the course of 20.7 knots.

* At 3.56 51" on July 18th local time (13.56 51" UTC, 15.56 51" Italian time) Maserati Multi 70 crossed the finish line of the 50th edition of the Transpacific Yacht Race (Transpac) off Diamond Head, Honolulu, Hawaii. Giovanni Soldini and his Team arrived with an elapsed time of 4 days, 18 hours, 26 minutes and 51 seconds.

The American MOD 70 Argo crossed first the finish line, at 20.50 32" on July 17th local time (on July 18th at 6.50 32" UTC and 8.50 32" Italian time), with an elapsed time of 4 days, 11 hours, 20 minutes and 32 seconds. The English trimaran PowerPlay followed shortly after, at 21.21 50" local time (July 18th 7.21 50" UTC and 9.21 50" Italian time), concluding the race with an elapsed time of 4 days, 11 hours, 51 minutes and 50 seconds. The multihull record, set in 2017 by ORMA 60 Mighty Merloe, of 4 days, 6 hours, 32 minutes and 30 seconds, remains undefeated.

Aboard Maserati Multi 70 was an international crew: with skipper Giovanni Soldini, the Italians Alberto Bona, Guido Broggi and Matteo Soldini; the Spanish Carlos Hernandez Robayna and Oliver Herrera Perez; the French François Robert.

Super Fast Quantum Racing Are On Song in Cascais Wind and Waves
Photo by Max Ranchi, Click on image for photo gallery.

After a disappointing Puerto Sherry regatta last month when they finished seventh overall, their worst regatta result in the history of the world's leading grand prix monohull circuit, Quantum Racing are on fire in the big winds and waves of the Atlantic off Cascais and lead the third regatta of the season by six points.

The 2018 52 Super Series winner conclusively won the first race today at the Cascais 52 Super Series Sailing Week, at one point over 500 metres ahead of second while racing in winds of more than 25kts and surfing to a new speed record for the boat of over 25kts.

The second race was much less straightforward with the windward mark set closer to the land. Offshore, to the left of the upwind, the breeze held more solid. But inshore the leaders saw shifts of more than 40 degrees, lulls as light as eight knots and still gusts to more than 20.

Vladimir Liubomirov's Bronenosec, with Sime Fantela on the helm and Morgan Larson are up on to the podium for the regatta after a solid pair of third places today. It was a less profitable day for Platoon and Provezza, the top two teams on the overall 2019 standings coming into this event. Platoon had to do a penalty in the first race and finished seventh which they paired to a fifth in the second heat. Provezza, winners last month in Puerto Sherry were second to Quantum but then they too had a taste of life at the very back of the fleet.

The forecast seems to promise wind right through to Saturday when the regatta finishes.

Regatta standings after Day 3
1. Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos) (2,1,2,2,1,4) 12 points
2. Azzurra (ARG/ITA) (Alberto/Pablo Roemmers) (3,3,1,3,6,2) 18
3. Bronenosec (RUS) (Vladimir Liubomirov) (4,2,4,7,3,3) 23
4. Platoon (GER) (Harm Muller-Spreer) (5,4,3,1,7,5) 25
5. Phoenix 11 (RSA) (Hasso Plattner) (6,6,5,4,5,1) 27
6. Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre) (1,5,7,5,2,7) 27
7. Alegre (USA/GBR) (Andres Soriano) (7,7,6,6,4,6) 36

Full results

Long Inshore Race Tests Panerai British Classic Week Fleet
Photo by Ingrid Abery, Click on image for photo gallery.

Day five of Panerai British Classic Week kicked off with a 9am briefing ahead of the long inshore race sponsored by Classic Boat. After several days' racing and socialising, crews could be seen rallying themselves ready for another day out on the water. After refuelling on coffee and croissants, the fleet left the dock with the promise of a strong wind building all day from the south-west.

The 6mRs set off promptly at 11am on the RYS inner line heading east to East Bramble for first of two round the cans races. The main fleet followed closely behind, starting with an easterly running tide on the RYS outer line. Spinnakers were hoisted as the fleet crossed the line, creating a line of brightly coloured kites that spanned most of the width of the Solent. With ominous dark grey clouds to the south and breaking blue sky and sunshine on the other, it was quite a spectacle for spectators and passing cruising yachts.

After a long first downwind leg to Darling Associates Architects the fleet descended in groups upon the mark, making for a lively rounding to port. Spinnakers were dropped on the approach as yachts gybed around the mark to head upwind and photographers could be seen snapping away as close collisions were avoided between the yachts heading upwind into the oncoming downwind fleet.

With high water at 13:30, the tide turned to run to the west at approximately 12pm, meaning most of the fleet was able to beat back up the channel with the westerly tide. From Darling Associates Architects, yachts set a course in 12-15knots across the channel (taking in the view of the iconic Norris Castle on the northern shore of the Isle of Wight) to Trinity House, opposite the entrance to Cowes Harbour.

Meanwhile the 6mRs had completed their first race and went straight into their second round the cans race of the day.

On corrected time, Flight of Ufford won Class 1, with Oui Fling in second and Spirit 37 Strega third. Opposition took the top spot in Class 2, followed by Anteren and Aeolus in joint second. Whooper won Class 3, with French yacht Volonte in second and the oldest yacht in the regatta, Mikado, third. Stella Timoa took another first in Class 4, followed by Cereste and Nausikaa. Anne Sophie won the 8mRs, with Carron II in second and Falcon third.

The two 6mR races produced the same positioning with Melita taking two thirds, Thistle two seconds and Sioma two firsts.

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Fresh success for Golfe du Morbihan Breizh Cola in Hyeres
The final Coastal Raid of the Tour brought an incredible day of wind shifts and reversals of fortune, at the end of which the Breton team on Golfe du Morbihan Breizh Cola had notched up their second win of the Tour and their second consecutive win on a Coastal Raid Course. After a difficult day yesterday in Port Barcares, the local sailors of Team Reseau IXIO - Toulon Provence Mediterranee came back with a second place finish ahead of overall leaders of the General Classification Team Beijaflore in third.

The top four teams of the day are also the top four in the General Classification who have been battling it out for the past two weeks with their sights firmly fixed on the final prize. Golfe du Morbihan Breizh Cola, in fourth place overall, inches ever closer to the podium with today's win. Team Beijaflore's third place leaves them still sitting 10 points clear at the top of the scoreboard followed by Cheminees Poujoulat in second with Reseau IXIO - Toulon Provence Mediterranee a further 10 points behind in third.

The last of the Coastal Raids took the fleet around one of France's top regatta courses in the bay of Hyeres.

So after a thrilling final Coastal Raid of the tour, racing will return to the Nautical Stadium racing format from Friday and through Sunday's Super Final off the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. The qualification rounds for tomorrow's Nautical Stadium Final in Hyeres are scheduled to start at 11.30.

Overall Rankings
Team Beijaflore - 572 pts
Cheminees Poujoulat - 562 pts
Team Reseau Ixio - Toulon Provence Mediterranee - 552 pts

Mixed Rankings
La Boulangere - 480 pts
Helvetia Purple by Normandy Elite Team - 437 pts
EFG Sailing Arabia The Tour - 414 pts

Youth Rankings
Cheminees Poujoulat - 552 pts
Golfe du Morbihan Breizh Cola - 542 pts
Ocewood #Waterfamily - 495 pts

Amateur Rankings
CER - Ville de Geneve - 518 pts
Gregory Lemarchal-Les Sables d'Olonne - 491 pts
West Team - BBN - Ecole Navale - 435 pts

Tropical Fiji Awaits - 2020 Auckland Fiji Yacht Race
The dates have been set for the next Royal Akarana Yacht Club major bluewater race, with the club sticking to tradition and racing from Auckland to Fiji.

On Saturday 30th May 2020, a fleet of competitive yachts and multihulls will start the 1,100nm race which has been known to provide punishing, yet exceptional conditions for all those who take part. An additional start will take place on Thursday 28th May for the cruising and two-handed divisions.

The first time Royal Akarana Yacht Club raced to Fiji was in 1956 with the race finishing in Suva. Savu Savu and Vuda Point have also hosted race finishes, but in recent years, the popular destination has been to Denarau, with the fleet berthing at the popular Port Denarau Marina being hosted by the Denarau Yacht Club.

The previous time Royal Akarana Yacht Club raced to Fiji was in 2016, with the ORMA 60 Frank Racing (previously Team Vodafone Sailing), setting a new multihull record of 2 days, 11 hours, 31 minutes and 3 seconds. That same race also saw a new monohull record, with the VOR70 Giacomo finishing in 2 days, 22 hours, 53 minutes and 19 seconds.

The Race Committee is currently working through the Notice of Race with a release date set for mid to late August 2019.

World Avocado Cup
San Diego, California, USA: San Diego Bay was the setting of the first-ever World Avocado Cup Regatta, hosted by the World Avocado Organization (WAO) in partnership with the San Diego Yacht Club (SDYC). This one-of-a-kind sailing event was designed to highlight the global origins of this celebrated superfood - with ten boats representing the world's participating avocado-producing countries, which most also boast vibrant sailing communities.

San Diego Bay offered a stunning backdrop for the teams, racing SDYC's J/22 sailboats featuring custom sails and spinnakers bearing country flags and logos of the avocado producer organizations from Peru, California (representing the U.S.), South Africa, Colombia, Spain, Portugal, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique.

The winning crew took home the coveted sterling silver World Avocado Cup in a waterfront award ceremony at the beautiful San Diego Yacht Club.

The World Avocado Cup Regatta featured two days of competitive sailing (with a total of nine races) on the San Diego Bay. The regatta weekend kicked off with an opening reception at the SDYC on Fri., July 12 featuring avocado-inspired food and beverages.

Final results:
1. Peru, Nico Landauer
2. Fruit of Life, Molly Pleskus
3. South Africa, Susan Dijkman
4. California, Jerelyn Biehl
5. Spain, Jonathan 'JP' Barnes
6. Tanzania, Rose O'Sullivan
7. Portugal, Mark Ashburn
8. Zimbabue, Tom Reilly
9. Mozambique, Gigi Dean
10. Columbia, Gabriel Aguilera

Full results

2024 Olympic Events: Rebalancing the Slate
International Finn Association update on the 2024 Olympic Events
Following an extended period of reflection and careful deliberation, the Finn class is today announcing details of its plans to try to 'rebalance the slate'. Within the Slate of Olympic Sailing events voted for in Sarasota in 2018 there is an imbalance in sailor's physiques, a key policy of the World Sailing Council from its November 2017 meetings and a key IOC recommendation. The Finn class is trying to redress this imbalance by working on several Submissions for the November Conference in Bermuda this year that will rebalance the Olympic Slate, providing events suitable for both Heavyweight Men and Lightweight Women.

The class recognises that World Sailing had some difficult decisions to make surrounding the Olympic Events for 2024 when it met in Sarasota last year. Innovating and moving the Olympic Events forward with the introduction of Kiteboards and the Mixed Offshore Keelboat left the Finn outside the Olympic family. Many people, both inside and outside of World Sailing are unhappy that the introduction of these new events has resulted in the loss of the Finn, Olympic Sailing's Blue Riband event, its Marathon, the boat that has delivered a succession of heroic Olympians and sailing legends over 17 successive Summer Games; Elvstrøm, Ainslie, Coutts, Lööf, Bertrand, Lemieux… The list goes on.

With the elimination of the Finn, men over 85kg no longer have a chance to compete at the Olympics within Sailing.

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Torbay Royal Regatta August 24th - 26th
The Royal Torbay Yacht Club is looking forward to the opportunity welcoming sailors from around the country to this popular and prestigious regatta, one of the oldest such events in the country and once again taking place over the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of August. The Regatta has been a highlight of the summer season in Torquay for over 200 years and was the first yachting regatta in the country to be granted royal patronage.

There will as always be a real buzz of activity around the harbour with three great days of racing for IRC and Cruisers, Sportsboats, PY Dinghies and Junior Classes all taking place on the fine sailing waters of Torbay on the English Riviera.

Racing will take place on three separate courses spread across the bay all organised by the Race Teams of the Royal Torbay Yacht Club.

Free berthing for yachts and dinghies is included in the entry fees and from the sheltered harbour, there is quick and easy access to the race areas. The town offers an enviable range of accommodation within walking distance of the club and harbour. The town centre, bars, restaurants and car parks are all nearby.

Further information including the Notice of Race and On-Line Entry can be found at

The regatta will this year be enhanced by the presence of the J/70 UK Class National Championships being held at the same time. Racing takes place on its own course area and is already attracting entries from International J/70 sailors, keen to spend time in Torbay in preparation for the J/70 World Championships, also in Torbay during the following week. Entries already include multiple world champions, Olympians and local teams all set to compete against the worlds best. The J/70 Class is the fasting growing Sportsboat fleet in the world sailed in 25 countries

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Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta & Newport-to-Bristol Feeder Race: August 23-25, 2019
Part of the CYOA Classic Yachts Challenge & the Herreshoff S Class Centennial Series

The Notice of Race has been posted and registrations are coming in for the 2019 Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta!

First held in 1981, this race is a three-day event including the Feeder Race and the Living Boat Show on Friday, August 23, racing on the North Bay followed by the Regatta Dinner on Saturday, August 24, and finally the race back to Newport on Sunday, August 25. HMM is especially pleased to welcome the Herreshoff S-Class to the Waterfront for the close of their centennial celebration!

This is a rare opportunity to see some of the finest examples of classic yachts on the water, and HMM invites you to join us at the Living Boat Show on August 23 at 5pm to see these beauties up close!

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