In This Issue
Half the fleet finished
Bliksem sets the new M32 benchmark
Sales Manager for A+T Instruments Ltd
8M World Cup
Transat New-York Vendee - Les Sables d'Olonne
Melges 24 European Sailing Series - Event Four
Landsail Tyres J-Cup and J/70 UK Class Training Event
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
Finn youth talk about Paris 2024 Olympic decision
Egnot-Johnson (NZL) wins Governor's Cup
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Half the fleet finished
Honolulu, Hawaii: Mostly favorable weather conditions for this race and the staggered start paradigm has created for the 50th edition of the Transpacific Yacht Race what was intended: a flood of both fast and slow entries converging together on the finish in Hawaii. Some 70% of the 82 entries that will finish in this year's edition have or will have finished between Saturday Noon and Monday Noon, a remarkable high density flood of racers arriving happy, tired, thirsty and wholly satisfied with this year's race.

TPYC race officials say 75% of the entries in this year's anniversary edition are newcomers to the race, but there are a lot of familiar faces on the arrival docks and Aloha parties being held at Waikiki and Hawaii Yacht Clubs. All of them, even among the Division 1 and Division 2 teams deprived of course records and corrected time victories due to their first night of light air, have said this year's race for them was the best in memory.

Another design with novel appendages that finished today and paced with boats much larger was Charles Devanneaux's Beneteau Figaro 3 A Fond le Girafon ("the baby giraffe"), named for the ungainly-looking but effective foils that protrude from the hull above the water, but curved to be immersed at high heel angles and thereby also provide lift and stability. Devanneaux double-handed this race with Fred Courouble, a French ex-pat naval architect living in Long Beach, who explained their function.

"The design is very clever. When the boat heels 20-30 degrees, the outer section of the foil is rotated so that its curved section is now at an angle to provide lift. The position of the foil on the boat, the full round bow section, and the leeward rudder which is now vertical all make the boat very stable and hold its tracking, even in high-speed reaching. There boat in these windy downwind conditions is easy to steer and completely under control. In fact, at no time in this race were we concerned about control of this boat, its is very fast and safe," he said.


Boat Blogs

Bliksem sets the new M32 benchmark
Marstrand, Sweden: Pieter Taselaar's Bliksem recorded its best performance yet at the M32 European Series Marstrand today, winning five out of six races. In the 'one that got away' the New York-based Dutchman's team recovered from an OCS to finish second.

The Dutch team's performance was all the more remarkable in that, they were sailing a boat chartered for the regatta from the M32's builders Aston Harald, albeit with their own sails.

Today the forecast rain held off and the wind was further right, from the southwest; 10-12 knots, building to 15+ in the final race. Most significant was the increased chop from the race area off Marstrand being open to the southwest. This affected how the boats were sailed. Bliksem's tactician, Aussie match racer Keith Swinton, explained: "The chop made it a lot more difficult. You wanted to sail with more hull in the air to avoid banging and to sail lower and choose the best spot to tack in - we did that pretty well, but there were one or two times we didn't. We have had three great days - we couldn't have hoped for more."

There is also jubilation aboard White Sound of M32 first timer Swede John-Christian de Champs, racing here with Sam Goodchild, accomplished match racers Hayden Goodrich and Garth Ellingham and Swedish Nacra sailor Emil Jarrud. They claimed the only race Bliksem didn't win.

While Bliksem won with a formidable three races to spare, finishing a worthy second overall, albeit 31 points astern, was Section 16 of Zurich-based Brit Richard Davies, first of the M32 European Series regulars.

While Richard Goransson's Inga from Sweden showed further improvement today, leading for the first lap of the penultimate race and consistently top four, they suffered a set-back in the breezy final race when during gybing they teetered on the brink and ultimately capsized. However just two minutes later they were righted, all crew safe and sound and resumed sailing. Without this they would have been second top scorer today.

From here the M32 European Series edges a few kilometres north for two days of inshore racing off Stenungsund before the Tjorn Runt on 17th August. This is followed a week later by the Pre-Worlds, the final event of the 2019 M32 European Series and the M32 World Championship both in Rival del Garda, Italy.

Final results:
1. Bliksem, Pieter Taaselar, 30 points
2. Section 16, Richard Davies, 61
3. KNOTS Racing, Joachim Aschenbrenner, 75
4. White Sound, JC de Champs, 77
5. Inga from Sweden, Richard Goransson, 79
6. GAC Pindar, Ian Williams, 90
7. Vitamina Velocce Cetilar, Andrea LaCorte, 96
8. Karlsson Racing Team, Anton Karlsso, 142

2019 M32 European Series schedule - remaining events
Stenungsund, Sweden - 15-17 August (two days inshore racing followed by the Tjorn Runt)
Pre-Worlds, Riva del Garda, Italy - 24-25 August
M32 World Championship, Riva del Garda, Italy - 26-30 August

Sales Manager for A+T Instruments Ltd
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- 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.

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8M World Cup
Photo by Ingrid Abery, Click on image for photo gallery.

The Royal Yacht Squadron and British Eight Metre Association are delighted to welcome competitors taking part in the 8m World Cup in Cowes from the 20th-27th July 2019.

The RYS and its Members have a long association with metre racing and the Race Officer for this regatta will be Jonathan Peel whose family raced 8s in the 1930s - REALITY and CARRON 2.

The Notice of Race below was amended on 11/01/2019 with the addition of the Generations Cup to NoR 19, Prizes, as follows:

"19.6 The Generations Cup will be awarded to the yacht with the best overall score based on the high point system in the respective divisions Modern, Sira, Neptune and First Rule."

Results from the Neptune Cup after 2 races:
1. Carron 11, Angelo Mazzarella, SNG Societe Nautique de Genevre, 3
2. Saskia Murdoch McKillop, Royal Yacht Squadron, 5
3. Helen Christopher Courage, Royal Yacht Squadron, 8
4. Anne Sophie Hanns George Klein, Munich Yacht Club, 8
5. Falcon Jan Willem P. Ypma, Royal Netherlands Yacht Club, 9
6. Athena Jonathan Cork/David Parson, Royal Yacht Squadron, 10

Full results

Transat New-York Vendee - Les Sables d'Olonne
An event on the IMOCA Globe Series 2018-2021 programme, the next edition of the Transat New-York Vendee - Les Sables d'Olonne will set sail from New York on Tuesday 16 June 2020, with an initial ETA in France's Vendee region of 25 June.

Following on from Jeremie Beyou's (Maître CoQ) win in 2016 in 9 days, 16 hours, 57 minutes and 49 seconds, the second edition of the New-York Vendee - Les Sables d'Olonne in 2020 promises to be a top-flight match gathering together the majority of the skippers signed up for the 9th edition of the Vendee Globe.

20 to 25 IMOCA skippers will likely take the start of the next Transat New-York Vendee - Les Sables d'Olonne compared with 14 for its inaugural edition in 2016. The Transat New-York Vendee - Les Sables d'Olonne now has a fixed slot in the four-year IMOCA Globe Series as the last event before the Vendee Globe, which will set sail a few months later.

For the President of the Vendee, Yves Auvinet: "Having the opportunity to organise a major event is a significant asset for a tourist region like the Vendee. This second edition of the Transat New-York Vendee - Les Sables d'Olonne will serve as additional entertainment to kick off the summer season in style. The Council of the Vendee Department will be pulling out all the stops in terms of the entertainment and promotion of the event to make this race a nautical event par excellence as well as a popular festival. We're expecting the first competitors to arrive from 25 June with a prize-giving on 28 June. In so doing, the Vendee is demonstrating its powerful links to the sea, thus reinforcing its image as a leader in the sailing domain".

For the Mayor of Les Sables d'Olonne, Yannick Moreau: "It's an international event, which will kickstart the tourist season. It's also a boost for the tourist industry and the reputation of the Town of Les Sables d'Olonne. We'll pull out all the stops to ensure the public is in the channel to welcome in the skippers."

Melges 24 European Sailing Series - Event Four
Scarlino, Italy - It comes to an end with nine races completed, the maximum allowed by the Notice of Race, the fourth act of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series 2019, event organized by the Club Nautico Scarlino and the International Melges 24 Class Association in cooperation with Melges 24 Italian Class and valid also as Italian Open Championship.

From the first day of racing in Scarlino, the reigning European Champions onboard Maidollis (Fracassoli-Fonda) set their own pace to the whole 24-boats fleet and, with partial results of 1-3-3-2-1-6-2-1-DNC, grab the victory of the event a regatta in advance.

On the podium, Maidollis is followed by Melgina of Paolo Brescia, new comer in the Class that, during the weekend, has always gravitated inside the top-3 with impressive results, and Bombarda of Andrea Pozzi, bronze medal one point behind the runners up.

For Maidollis, that of Scarlino represents the third consecutive victory in the 2019 season: the crew of Gian Luca Perego have in fact until now put the seal on all the events in which they participated, demonstrating a constancy and speed on the water that the opponents could difficulty attack.

After this event in Tuscany and the summer break, the Melges 24 fleet will get ready for the highlight of the season, the World Championships in Villasimius: crews will get on water from 20 to 22 September for Pre-Worlds, while from 5 to 12 October they will race to find out who will succeed to Altea by Andrea Racchelli in the gold records of the Melges 24 World Champions.

Top five at Scarlino
1. Maidollis, Gian Luca Perego, 19 points
2. Melgina, Paolo Brescia, ITA, 38
3. Bombarda, Andrea Pozzi, ITA, 39
4. Taki 4, Marco Zammarchi, ITA, 45
5. Seven-Five-Nine, Akos Csolto, HUN, 48

Full results after nine races

Landsail Tyres J-Cup and J/70 UK Class Training Event
The J/Boat family bid a fond farewell to Paul Heys who 'sailed away' in February this year.Before the start of racing, the sixty-boat fleet gathered in the vicinity of the proposed location for the Paul Heys Memorial Buoy for a special tribute. Whilst observing a minutes silence Paul Heys' ashes were released in a seashell by his wife Marie-Claude, assisted by Paul's daughters, Gemma and Natalie. Over £25,000 has already been raised, covering the cost and maintenance of the Paul Heys Memorial Buoy for ten years. The target of £34,000, will ensure that the buoy will be raced around by Paul Hey's grandchildren and those of the J-Boat family. To make a donation

The Landsail Tyres J-Cup is an annual event in which all J/Boats are invited to attend, to race in one-design classes or under IRC. The 2019 edition was hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club with racing in the Solent. Sixty teams racing ten different examples of the J/Boat range were in action with skippers from Great Britain, France, the Netherlands and the United States. This year's regatta also featured the J/70 UK Class Training Event.

In the 16-strong J/70 Class, Paul Ward's Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat scored seven bullets out of nine races to win the class from Charles Thompson's Brutus. Clive Bush's Darcey was pushed hard by Graham Clapp's Jeepster for the podium, with Jeepster winning the last two contests. However, Darcey was third by a single point after nine race.Paul Ward's Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat was awarded the J-Cup for their impressive performance, the first time a J/70 team has won the prestigious trophy.

Full results on

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J/70 UK Class Training Event

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

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Finn youth talk about Paris 2024 Olympic decision
During the 2019 U23 Finn World Championship for the Finn Silver Cup in Anzio, Italy, we spoke to various sailors about what it means to them personally not to have the option of the Finn after Tokyo 2020.

Last week the Finn Class announced intentions to make submissions at World Sailing's November conference to reinstate the Finn. What these sailors have to say should be heard by anyone interested in the Olympic sailing regatta, and providing equal opportunities for sailors of all sizes to realise their Olympic dream.

This is just a small cross section of opinion. But these are the sailors that have been most affected by the decision to remove the Finn from Paris 2024, as they are young and at the beginning of what could have been successful Finn careers.

Over the history of dinghy sailing in the Olympics, the Finn has produced many of the world's best sailors. The technicality of the boat and the physical preparation needed to get the best out of the boat requires considerable dedication and commitment to be the best athlete possible.

The time has come to revisit and find an equitable solution to allow these awesome power athletes their opportunity to take to the Olympic stage, like the many thousands of Finn sailors before them.

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"This might be the last real Silver Cup, if might say, because after Tokyo, there won't be the Finn in the Olympics any more and a lot of young guys won't want to sail the Finn because there will be no outcome for the Olympics. For myself the big dream is to win a medal at the Olympics in the Finn and I feel like I am making progress every year, and if it stops after next year it's a big shame."

Egnot-Johnson (NZL) wins Governor's Cup
After five days, 22 round-robins, semi-final matches and final matches, which all took the full five races to determine the first team to win three, the 53rd Governor's Cup International Youth Match Racing Championship hosted the Balboa Yacht Club, Newport Beach, California, has a new champion, Nick Egnot-Johnson of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

"Nick EJ" won an intense final match against now three-time GovCup runner-up, Leonard Takahashi, also a member of the "Squadron." After taking a 2-0 lead, it is unlikely Egnot-Johnson was feeling too comfortable given the fact that Takahashi had come back from that same deficit in his semi-final match against Frank Dair (USA, California YC) earlier in the day. Takahashi and crew never lost confidence in their abilities and quickly tied the series 2-2, setting up the final race.

Final Standings:
1. Nick Egnot-Johnson (NZL)
2. Leonard Takahashi (NZL)
3. Jack Parkin (USA)
4. Frank Dair (USA)
5. Jordan Stevenson (NZL)
6. Finn Tapper (AUS)
7. Matt Whitfield (GBR)
8. David Wood (USA)
9. Clare Costanzo (AUS)
10. Cameron Feves (USA)
11. Jeppe Borch (DEN)
12. Mans Holmberg (SWE)

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