In This Issue
Dane, Belgium win Laser Radial Worlds
International Cast for RORC Channel Race
Harken Tech Team on Duty at 2019 Copa Del Rey Regatta
O'pen Skiff European Championships - Day 1
The future of red diesel
The power of three - Arksen Yachts
Norbert Sedlacek Begins World Record Bid
RS Feva World Championship
Entries open for 2019 Eric Twiname Team Racing Championships
500-Year-Old Shipwreck in the The Baltic Sea
Featured Brokerage:
• • Swan 105 RS Child of Lir
• • Grand Soleil 50 - CYRENE
• • JPK 1080 - Blue Note
The Last Word: Michael Collins

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Dane, Belgium win Laser Radial Worlds
Sakaiminato, Japan: The 2019 Laser Radial Women's and Men's World Championship closed with two final races for the 111 women and 32 men who had been competing from July 19 to 24. The women struggled with consistency today, allowing Anne-Marie Rindon (DEN) to secure the title by 36 points after closing with a 6-15. The men's title was much closer as Simon de Gendt (BEL) and Zac West (AUS) had separated from the fleet, with the Belgium winning by six points after 12 races. --

Final top ten, Radial Women
1. Anne-Marie Rindom , DEN, 50 points
2. Marit Bouwmeester, NED, 86
3. Alison Young, GBR, 89
4. Emma Plasschaert, BEL, 106
5. Marie Barrue, FRA, 106
6. Josefin Olsson, SWE, 110
7. Hannah Snellgrove, GBR, 113
8. Tuula Tenkanen, FIN, 116
9. Charlotte Rose, USA, 117
10. Ecem Guzel, TUR, 120

Final top ten, Radial Men
1. Simon de Gendt, BEL, 20
2. Zac West, AUS, 26
3. Guilherme Perez, BRA, 49
4. Erwan Lamoureux, SUI, 51
5. Mark Louis, AUS, 58
6. Jan Heuninck, BEL, 82
7. Ryotaro Suzuki, JPN, 85
8. Norio Akiyama, JPN, 85
9. Takeshi Kuroda, JPN, 87
10. Masaki Nishio, JPN, 98

Full results
Radial Men Radial Women

International Cast for RORC Channel Race
Teams from all over the world will be racing with the Royal Ocean Racing Club this weekend in the RORC Channel Race, the 11th race of the RORC Season's Points Championship, which precedes next month's Rolex Fastnet Race. Teams from as far away as Australia, China, and Russia, will compete with teams from all over Europe and Scandinavia. Starting from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line, a course of up to160nm will be chosen by the RORC Race Management team. 80 teams are expected to be racing for the overall win, decided by the best corrected time under IRC, the rating rule administered by the RORC and the Union Nationale pour la Course au Large (UNCL).

12 teams will be racing in IRC Zero, the largest fleet for the big boat class since the 2019 RORC Caribbean 600. Three teams are likely to compete for Line Honours: VO65 Team Brunel raced by a mainly Finnish crew, led by Robert Staeuber (SUI) and Ysbrand Endt (NED). VO65 Ambersail II will be sailed by a predominantly Polish crew, but also include the combined talents of Brian Thompson (GBR), and Nicholas Lunven (FRA). Also, one of the favourites for Line Honours will be Maxi72 Sorcha, sailed by Peter Harrison (GBR) with Steve Hayles (GBR) navigating.

IRC One Class leader for the season, A13 Phosphorous II - Mark Emerson (GBR) will be in action, but five of the top teams in the class will not be racing.

In IRC Two, JPK 11.80 Sunrise - Tom Kneen (GBR), will be looking to extend their class lead for the RORC season.

In IRC Three, Sun Fast 3600s Black Sheep and Bellino will be continuing their battle for both class and overall supremacy in the 2019 RORC Season's Points Championship. Black Sheep is skippered by Jake Carter (GBR) and owned by Trevor Middleton (GBR).

In IRC Four Nigel & Tim Goodhew (GBR) continue their Two-Handed campaign this weekend, racing Sun Fast 3200 Cora. The father and son team lead IRC Four, and are placed third overall for the season. For the Channel Race, Cora is one of a few light-weight flyers that will be taking on heavy-weight opposition including: the 1957 Laurent Giles sloop Cetewayo - David Murrin (GBR), S&S 41 Winsome - Harry Heijst (NED), Dehler 38 Longue Pierre - Cooper & England (GBR), Swan 36 Finola - Chris Frost (GBR) and Sir Francis Chichester's famous 53ft ketch Gipsy Moth IV - Richard Chalmers (GBR).

The fleet will be divided into three starts from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line, Cowes. The first start is scheduled for 0900 on Friday 27th July. The best vantage points will be along Cowes Green and Egypt Esplanade on the Isle of Wight. Follow the race online with YB AIS tracking showing each boat's position and class ranking. -- Louay Habib

For more information about the RORC Season's Points Championship, the world's largest offshore racing series:

Harken Tech Team on Duty at 2019 Copa Del Rey Regatta
The Harken Tech Team will keep the fleets race-ready and flying during the 38th edition of the Copa Del Rey regatta, in Palma, Spain. Service will be available on-site from July 27 through August 3. Call on the Harken Tech Team for regatta assistance and emergency spare parts. Email or call the Tech Team's contact number at the regatta office.

Rolex TP52 World Championship 2019, Puerto Portals, Spain (August 24-29).
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, Porto Cervo, Italy (September 1-7).
Porto Cervo 52 Super Series Sailing Week, Sardinia, Italy (September 23-28).

O'pen Skiff European Championships - Day 1
Hello again from Travemunde, at the Travemuender Woche on the Baltic coast of Germany, this amazing event, combining sport, art, culture and cuisine, a ten day festival of all that is good in life, especially the sport of sailing.

The European heatwave has made its present felt, with very hot sun and temperatures, and quite a long wait today for the wind to finally show itself and allow the 87 O'pen Skiff sailors registered for the 2019 O'pen Skiff European Championships to get out on the water, after yesterday's flat-wind practice day, and finally enjoy some perfect racing conditions.

Sunny skies and a 9 - 10 knot wind that filled in during the afternoon allowed the race committee to run 3 races in each fleet (they could have run more but there is a 12 race maximum and the forecast is good…) on this first day of serious action.

In the U17 class the top five includes four different countries, a great demonstration of how O'pen Skiff levels the playing field for all. Winner of the two Eurochallenge events Manuel de Felice (Italy) is once again in first place, but he's trailed very closely by Kacper Bak (Poland), with Nonnis Leonardo (Italy), Ben Tapper (New Zealand) and Balasz P Szolomayer (Hungary) poised for any mistake by the leading pair. Tipaine Rideau (France), bronze medallist in Manly at the World Championships earlier this year is in the U17 fleet now currently in 7th place, hoping to improve on that by Sunday.

Meanwhile in U13, it's a Poland-Italy split for the top five places with Fedrico Quaranta (Italy) holding the narrowest of leads going into the second day of racing.

Conditions should be similar tomorrow, before the heatwave breaks up and we hopefully get something a little friskier, and a little less hot, as we move towards the business end of the sailing week.

The future of red diesel
In 2018 the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that the UK should not allow private pleasure craft to continue to use red diesel. HMRC has just issued its consultation document which outlines the proposed change to white diesel for the propulsion of powered leisure craft, including inland boats. The document contains a number of questions for owners of diesel-powered craft.

The Cruising Association (CA) is now urging all UK boaters who use diesel fuel to respond directly to these questions. HMRC has made it clear that it will only accept responses from individuals, and not a compilation of responses.

Interested parties can access the full document, Implementation of the Court of Justice of the European Union judgment on diesel fuel used in private pleasure craft on the website.

There are still some uncertainties about whether the CJEU ruling will actually be implemented in the UK, depending on the outcome of Brexit. Whatever the outcome, on behalf of CA members, RATS (the Regulations and Technical Services Committee), must make certain all the supply difficulties and all the problems of other stakeholders are properly and legally resolved during a workable transition period.

The CA is Britain's leading organisation for cruising sailors with 6,300+ members around the world, providing services, information, help and regulatory and technical advice to sailors worldwide through RATS, an executive committee of the CA. -- Peta Stuart-Hunt

The power of three - Arksen Yachts
When the Humphreys design office took a look at luxury expedition yachts the results were never going to be ordinary

In the world of long-distance cruising, adventure has become a big deal. Driven by a new breed of long-legged, self-sufficient, go-anywhere blue water cruising yachts, new corners of the world have become a reality for those who are inclined to think big.

There are some that see this as just the start. Arksen is taking the adventure concept even further with a range of innovative boats that raise the bar in the technology stakes and provide a more efficient, affordable and sustainable way of embarking on a long-distance cruise.

Their three new designs are more than just a new product range in the busy powerboat world.

Full article in the August issue of Seahorse

Norbert Sedlacek Begins World Record Bid
Former Vendee Globe skipper Norbert Sedlacek on his Open 60 is sailing south of Ireland today on his way to the North-West Passage on his journey around the world.

Sedlacek's Open60AAL 'Innovation Yachts' officially crossed the starting line at 07:16:10 p.m. in ideal weather conditions and under the auspices of the World Speed Sailing Record Council to begin a record attempt on the five oceans.

Sedlacek has set a course for the Arctic Ocean, passing the Northwest Passage from east to west and then heading south to round Cape Horn for the first time.

He will then sail around Antarctica in the Southern Ocean and pass Cape Horn a second time before heading north back home to Les Sables d'Olonne.

Innovation Yachts is an Austrian-French shipyard designing and building unique customised racing and cruising yachts. The yard uses new trendsetting fully sustainable and recyclable materials to optimize quality, performance and the protection of the environment during and after construction.

The Open60AAL is the first 60' which has been built in Les Sables d'Olonne, France. This revolutionary prototype launched in 2018 is made from volcanic rock fibre, balsa wood core and biocompatible epoxy.

The yacht represents the vanguard of a new generation of high-quality boats, very powerful, safe and, it is claimed, ecological.

If this record attempt is successful Norbert Sedlacek will be the first sailor ever who did a singlehanded, nonstop circumnavigation without assistance through all oceans including the Arctic and the Southern Ocean.

This challenge represents approximately 34,000 nautical miles and around 200 days at sea.

RS Feva World Championship
Follonica, Italy: There was an excitable atmosphere in the boat park as the sailors attached their gold, silver or bronze ribbons to their sails before heading out to the first day of the final series at the RS Feva World Championships 2019.

The sea breeze took a little longer to settle than it had in previous days. The first race took place in light and fickle wind and the committee decided to postpone the racing to allow the breeze to become more consistent. The waves and wind built to a steady 10-12 knots, glam conditions for RS Feva racing!

In the gold fleet Quinn Edmonds and Finn Oliver qualified in 20th place and after an incredible day (1, 2, 11) they shot up to second place. The New Zealand pair of Simon Cooke and Oscar Masfen continued their consistent score line with a 2, 1, 2. Alice Davies and Abby Hire, GBR, started climbing the ladder and are now 4 points ahead of Millie Irish and Tasmyn Green. Joe Slipper and Katherine Burgess are currently leading the mixed teams in 6th position after finding their groove and posting a 17, 5, 12.

Silver fleet racing was extremely competitive with top 5 results being posted by sailors currently in 18th place overall. Georg Boeckl and Tobias Grasmann rocketed up the leader board after a 5, 4, 9 to lead after day one of the final series. First ladies in silver fleet are Beth Miller and Eilish Graham 13, 1, 6. Local sailors, Emilia Salvator and Annalisa Vicentini had an amazing start to the day with a 1st and a 2nd but lost their footing in the final race and finished in 40th. They will be looking forward to the discard to kick in after one more rac

Provisional results after day 3

Entries open for 2019 Eric Twiname Team Racing Championships
Entries are open for the RYA Eric Twiname Youth and Junior Team Racing Championships to be held from 12-13 October 2019 at the Oxford Sailing Club.

Hosted at Farmoor Reservoir, Oxford, and in conjunction with the Eric Twiname Trust, sailors will compete in Firefly and Feva dinghies for the prestigious titles.

The annual two day event will welcome teams from the Junior and Youth Class Associations, RYA Zones, clubs, schools and individual teams to commence battle across the two separate events.

The regatta, named after famous sailor, author and journalist Eric Twiname, has seen many members of the current British Sailing Team compete in previous editions such as 470 sailors Eilidh McIntyre and Amy Seabright as well as Laser Radial sailor George Povall.

"The RYA Eric Twiname Youth and Junior Team Racing Championships is always an event that has great interest and great racing" said RYA Youth Racing Manager Mark Nicholls.

"The event attracts sailors from all over the country and it's another weekend of top class youth and junior racing that shows how much the next generation love our sport."

500-Year-Old Shipwreck in the The Baltic Sea
Laying on the muddy floor of the frigid inland Baltic Sea, scientists have found an almost perfectly preserved and intact shipwreck, undisturbed for hundreds of years.

Based on its incredible preservation, archaeologists have been able to date the ship back to the Renaissance. That's around the late 15th or early 16th century CE, the time of Christopher Columbus and Leonardo da Vinci.

The precise origin of the ship is unknown. It's from a time before naming ships was common; for now, it's been labelled Okant Skepp - "Unknown Ship" in Swedish.

The first hints that there was something on the seabed 140 metres (460 feet) below the surface of those brackish waters came in 2009, when side-scan sonar wielded by the Swedish Maritime Administration revealed something out of the ordinary.

But it wasn't until a decade later - earlier this year - that the full significance of the wreck was actually revealed. And it was entirely by accident. MMT was employed to survey the seafloor ahead of laying a natural gas pipeline; and there, emerging from the gloom, was a tall ship.

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The Last Word
I really beleive that if the political leaders of the world could see their planet from a distance of, let's say 100,000 miles, their outlook wouls be fundamentally changed. -- Michael Collins

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