In This Issue
• Last wave of finishers happy to finish after rough seas and big breezes
• WASZP European Championship
• Robline in a nutshell... may we introduce the brand
• 23rd Rodos Cup
• World's best 5.5 Metre sailors gather in Helsinki
• Hot Prospects in the Fastnet big boat divisions
• Ocean Race Summit #1 Genoa
• Building the Next America's Cup and its Legacy
• What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
• Melges IC37 at the New York Yacht Club 175th Anniversary Regatta
• Featured Charter: Swan 80 - Umiko | LV Yachting
• Featured Brokerage:
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• The Last Word: Buzz Aldrin
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Last wave of finishers happy to finish after rough seas and big breezes
Honolulu, Hawaii - By sunset on Monday, only a handful of yachts were still at sea heading towards the finish in the 50th edition of the LA-Honolulu Transpacific Yacht Race, organized by the Transpacific YC. This day was overcast and almost dreary compared to the bright tropical sunshine of all the other finish days, and with the final stretch after many days at sea many teams were more than ready to cross the finish at Diamond Head.
A source of fatigue and frustration for many was the unusual sea state produced by cross-swells, making the smaller and slower boats in particular difficult to sail efficiently.
A rolling sea can make it hard to keep the spinnaker filled, and repeated collapsing and filling will not only be slow, but can wear down and even break sails...Russ Johnson's Jeaneau 52.2 Blue Moon has reported they blew up their last spinnaker and are proceeding under headsail.
Another example is Carlos Brea's and David Chase's Fast 42 Uhambo, who as reported last night suffered breakage to the top of their carbon spar. Yet the ultimate cause may have started with a serious spinnaker wrap a few days earlier that was so severe they were unable to untangle the sail from the spar and headstay, and were forced to sail with the mainsail only for nearly three days.
The first to finish Cal 40 from Division 10 was The Eddy Family's Callisto, who crossed the finish line at Diamond Head buoy at 5:11 PM local time, while the next boat in the class finishing an hour later was Don Jesberg's Viva, followed by Rodney Pimentel's Azure coming in just about an hour after that at sunset. The Cal 40's are an emotional favorite at the Transpac, being for some the pivotal design that bridged the old and new era's of yacht design, and one that in their heydey dominated the top results in this race.
More on the tactics of the division winners will come in a final analysis report from the Navigator's meeting held after every Transpac.
In the meantime finishers will continue to fill "Transpac Row" in the Ala Wai harbor, with the rate slowing down considerably from this time yesterday. The "Tail end Charlie" award appears to be reserved for Jason Siebert's Schock 40 Gamble who is now about 300 miles out.
WASZP European Championship
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Day 1 arrived with so much promise and it delivered with an absolutely classic Lake Garda afternoon with the Ora pumping in at 15-18knots. Day 2 brought with it some challenges, heavy rain the night before had reset the wind cycle and the race committee tried hard to get racing in but to no avail due to no wind.
Day 3 and it was up early to try and finish qualifying in the morning north wind, so we could begin the final series on schedule. However the wind gods didn't play the game with 3 races in the morning before the breeze died meaning we had to even up the qualifying round with one race in the afternoon before Gold and Silver split fleets. The Gold fleet then managed to get 2 races in to put them on schedule going into the final day, these were very tricky races with the unsettled and unfamiliar Garda wind causing snakes and ladders on the race track. Silver fleet also got one race in and the feedback from the silver fleet sailors was that they loved the format, the racing was so tight and lots of individual battles happening within the fleet.
The final day came and everyone was again rigged early to make sure we got all the racing in. The Ora was back and back in a big way, Gold fleet began the first of their 3 races for the day in a beautiful 12-14 knot breeze, creating an ultra competitive fleet scenario, any one of 20 boats were able to win a heat on their day. Rory Hunter found his mojo after a difficult day on day 3, claiming 1,2,2 scorecard to finish the day. However it wasn't to be with Spains Joan Costa proving too good and way too consistent across the wide range of conditions. The final Gold race and the the Silver fleet racing was held in perfect Garda conditions nudging up towards 18knots and dead flat water. The Silver fleet enjoyed the racing and were also super tight on points with Calle from Sweden winning on a countback from Sarah from Norway.
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23rd Rodos Cup
The 23rd Rodos Cup, opened its sails Monday 22 July.
The international sailing race is organized by Offshore Yachting Club of Rhodes and the South Aegean Region.
The 84 boats and the 600 sailors, make Rodos Cup the largest sailing race in Greece, in terms of international participation.
The race will last 5 days, starting from Kos, continuing to Kalymnos, Nisyros, Symi and ending at the cosmopolitan island of Rhodes.
After a weekend of preparations at Kos Marina, the opening ceremony took place on Sunday night (21 July).
The boats started the race from Kos, with the first destination point being Kalymnos, 16nm to the northwest. The spectacle offered by the sailors was unique.
The 84 boats sailed very close to the northeast shores of Kos , for the first mile of the route.
They then moved west and after passing south of Pserimos, early noon, with the help of the Aegean winds, they finished outside of the port of Kalymnos.
The sailing race continues today with the second leg starting from Kalymnos, sailing north of Kos and ending 30 miles north at the island of Nisyros.
World's best 5.5 Metre sailors gather in Helsinki
A century ago, the Nyländska Jaktklubben (NJK) in Helsinki, Finland, created a rather small and ornate prize for a race between yachts in Scandinavia. That first year, 1949, it was a single race between teams from Sweden and Finland. Sweden won. Later it was handed over to the Scandinavian Yacht Racing Union (SYRU) and an international competition was sailed in 6 Metres. Since 1953, as the only metre rule keelboat then left in the Olympics, the now highly prestigious Scandinavian Gold Cup has been sailed in 5.5 Metres.
This week, the 100th Anniversary Scandinavian Gold Cup, the 92nd sailing of the Cup, will be sailed back where it all began, in Helsinki. Nine 5.5 Metres will challenge for the honour of winning for their country and their club.
Many regard the Scandinavian Gold Cup as a crucial part of the class's history, an event that held the interest in the class, and held it together, in the post Olympic years. The defending helmsman is Kristian Nergaard, from Artemis XIV, of Norway, who has been in the class for 20 years, and won the cup seven times as helmsman.
The format for the Gold Cup is unlike any other. After three races, only those who have won a race stay in. The winner is the first to three wins. So the event can be over in three races or it can last to the full seven races. At the most, three boats can move to the finals stage.
The line up this year is:
Otto (SUI 209, Bent Christian Wilhelmsen, Lasse Berthelsen, Luka Strahovnik
Caracole (SUI 214, Bernard Haissly, Nicolas Berthoud, Daniel Stampfli)
5Billy5 (ITA 79, Henrik Lundberg, Mathias Dahlman, Timo Telkola)
Marie-Françoise XIX (SUI 228, Jurg Menzi, Cyrus Golchan, Bo Selko)
Artemis XIV (NOR 57, Kristian Nergaard, Johan Barne, Trond Solli-Saether)
New Moon (BAH 21, Mark Holowesko, Christoph Burger, Peter Vlasov)
Beta Crucis (AUS 63, Martin Cross, Bob Stoddard, Martin Bunch)
Girls On Film (GBR 40, Peter Morton, Ben Cornish, Sam Haines)
Ali Baba (GER 84, Wolf-Eberhard Richter, Karsten Melcher, Jorg Sonntag)
Racing begins Wednesday 24 July and continues through to Saturday 27 July, but it could be over on Thursday if one boat is dominant. -- Robert Deaves
Hot Prospects in the Fastnet big boat divisions
The weather will play a significant outcome in determining the overall results of the Rolex Fastnet Race. Winning your division is more within each team's control, and here we'll look at the top three IRC handicap categories in terms of size and speed.
IRC Zero is where the biggest boats congregate and is likely to produce the monohull line honours winner. However, you have to go back to the 2009 and 2011 editions of the race to find the last Maxi to win overall - on both occasions the impeccably sailed Rán 2.
IRC One produced the last edition's winner in 2017, and Lann Ael 2 is back to defend her title, although victory in this hard-fought division will be no picnic for the French crew. IRC Two is also capable of delivering an overall winner, and it is here where the 2015 winner Géry Trentesaux is returning with his new boat, Courrier Recommandé.
The biggest boat in IRC Zero is the 100-footer Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag 100, owned by Seng Huang Lee from Hong Kong. The international crew is led by experienced Australian sailor David Witt, former 18ft skiff sailor and skipper of the Scallywag team in last year's Volvo Ocean Race. She will be relying on a windy start and light airs conclusion to have a chance at winning on handicap.
Closest rival in terms of speed through the water is Rambler 88, George David's canting-keeled sloop from New York. The 88-footer has clocked up some impressive results which include overall winner of Les Voiles de St Barth, line honours winner of the RORC Caribbean 600 and the Rolex Middle Sea Race, as well as third on the water in the Rolex Sydney Hobart. Rambler 88 also took monohull line honours in the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race, so has the raw speed, thanks to an experienced crew that numbers many of the America's Cup winning Alinghi crew in its ranks, not least former Alinghi skipper Brad Butterworth. This will be David's fifth time of competing, and the ambitious owner still hankers for the overall win.
Andy Rice's full review of IRC Zero, One and Two: www.rolexfastnetrace.com
Ocean Race Summit #1 Genoa
The first Ocean Race Summit, examining the vital role key stakeholders have to play in stemming the flow of plastic into our seas, is taking place in the iconic Italian city this September
The international gathering will see representatives from the EU, Italian Government, regional, national and international businesses, academics, the sport of sailing and NGOs share the latest insights into the scale of the issue and provide inspirational examples of how businesses can be part of the solution to the ocean plastic crisis.
Staged for the first time in Italy, in the historic Porto Antico area at the Centro Congressi on 20 September, speakers at the interactive event include sustainability expert and author Dr Wayne Visser, EU Commissioner for Environment Karmenu Vella and Brian Matuszewski, Global Head of Brand Partnerships, Loop Global, alongside a host of businesses at the forefront of embedding sustainability within the whole of their supply chain.
The agenda will examine the impacts plastic pollution is having upon the Mediterranean Sea, future trends businesses can adopt in a move away from a reliance on plastic to a systemic, circular approach, and the role institutions and the financial sector have to play in this process. The half-day conference will also provide the latest examples of scalable solutions that can be applied to the entire business value chain and strategies to change consumer behaviour.
Five Ocean Race Summits will take place before the next edition of The Ocean Race sets off from Alicante, Spain, in autumn 2021, with at least five more scheduled during the race period.
If you are interested in attending or watching the live, interactive, stream you can register for free here.
Building the Next America's Cup and its Legacy
Since the victory of Emirates Team New Zealand in Bermuda in 2017 the team, the Government and the Auckland Council have been working relentlessly to fast track and reform the area that has been dominated by what has been known locally as 'the tank farm'.
Wynyard Edge Alliance (WEA) - the organisation formed by the New Zealand Government and Auckland Council to deliver the infrastructure required for the event -is actually ahead of schedule.
The next handover on the project is just a few weeks away - early August - when the first two building pads for the syndicate bases on Wynyard Point will be delivered. These bases will be occupied by NYYC American Magic and INEOS Team UK.
On Hobson Wharf the extension that will house the Challenger of Record, Luna Rossa's base is well advanced and will be delivered in October 2019. WEA has already installed 84 piles that were progressively fitted with precast panels and, as these are installed, concrete is being poured over them to form the deck.
Part of the vision looks far beyond 2021 and will create new open spaces for people overlooking the harbour. Extending the team bases to Wynyard Wharf opens up Wynyard Point to the public, leading the way for the future redevelopment of the regional destination park which will start in 2022 onwards. The permanent land and water spaces will create a legacy for existing and future water-based events making it easier for Auckland to bid for large international events.
Big fish are (already) biting
Don Macintyre is not a man to sit idle. Only weeks after the last finisher in the Golden Globe crossed the line he already has a much ‘bigger’ feast to digest, as he explains to Rob Kothe
Swiss Vendee Globe skipper Alan Roura has a plan. To execute it on time at the right price he turned to Finot-Conq’s David De Premorel
Among the penguins
As well as their success in home waters the latest MCA-coded craft from Island RIBs are also doing rather well in Antarctica
Pick your lighthouse
Your own style of boat, your own style of crew and to some extent your own style of sailing, the Newport-Bermuda classic is not your typical ocean race
RORC news - Pimm’s on the lawn?
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Melges IC37 at the New York Yacht Club 175th Anniversary Regatta
Racing came to a bittersweet end for the Melges IC37 Fleet today at the New York Yacht Club 175th Anniversary Regatta. The event's final day was sailed in Newport's perfect summer conditions: sunshine and sea breeze. Rougarou37, helmed by Andy Lovell, ultimately won the regatta with Qubit 15 points behind in second place. Melges IC37 teams Rush, Foreign Affair, and Double Jointed rounded out the top five overall. The milestone week concluded as glamorous as it began with an evening at the New York Yacht Club full of celebration and camaraderie.
Melges IC37 sailors experienced some of the closest racing the fleet has ever seen, providing an electrifying close to the week. Three races were sailed in a puffy sea breeze and small swell - an ideal combination. All 21 Melges IC37 teams were switched on and changing gears smoothly to keep up with the dynamic conditions.
The duel for the podium lasted through to the end of the final race of the regatta. Andy Lovell and the Rougarou37 crew, through determination and teamwork, won the day and the regatta.
Melges IC37 members will come together again in September for the inaugural Melges IC37 Class U.S. National Championship before heading south for the winter series in Ft. Lauderdale this November.
Final top ten
1. Rougarou37, Andy Lovell, USA, 74.0
2. Qubit, Chris Lewis, USA, 89.0
3. RUSH, Thomas Stark Ben Wagner, USA, 99.3
4. Foreign Affair, William Edwards , USA, 108.9
5. Double Jointed, Ray Wulff / Andy Fisher, USA, 111.0
6. Blazer, Christopher Culver, USA, 113.0
7. Arethusa, Philip Lotz, USA, 17.4
8. 205, Peter Cummiskey, USA, 131.0
9. Next, Jon Desmond, USA, 133.0
10. Impetuous V, Charles Goodrich & Paul Zabetakis, USA, 137.0
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