In This Issue
• Double bullet for Artemis XIV on Day 2 of 5.5 Worlds in Helsinki
• Putting The Squeeze On: Copa del Rey MAPFRE
• What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
• German campaign for The Ocean Race
• American Magic's IYRS Injection
• J125 Jackknife Wins ISORA Race 11 & Leads Overall Series
• Cowes Classics Week Day 2: gale interrupts the programme
• Six kilos in 10 days
• Greta Thunberg to Sail Atlantic for Americas on Malizia II
• Industry News
• Featured Charter
• Featured Brokerage:
• • Dazcat 1495
• • Ker 40 - "Hooligan VII"
• • Tripp 75 Racer/Cruiser
• The Last Word: Tom Ballard
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Double bullet for Artemis XIV on Day 2 of 5.5 Worlds in Helsinki
Winners of last week's Scandinavian Gold Cup, Artemis XIV (NOR 57 Kristian Nergaard, Johan Barne, Trond Solli-Saether), had it all their own way on the second day of the 2019 5.5 Metre World Championship in Helsinki, Finland, winning both races by comfortable margins. However New Moon (BAH 21 Mark Holowesko, Christoph Burger, Peter Vlasov) still lead overall after three races with Girls On Film (GBR 40 Peter Morton, Ben Cornish, Sam Haines) up to second following two third places. Artemis XIV is in third.
Tuesday was always looking like being the windiest day of the week, but no one expected it to become as windy as it did, gusting to 24 knots during the second race of the day. At times the wind was down to 5-6 knots, so there were plenty of opportunities for gains and losses. In general Artemis XIV took all the gains and let the other boats take the losses.
It would be a difficult task to count the number of world titles, national titles and sailing achievements within this group of eclectic sailors from around the world, but perhaps one more than any deserves a mention. Sailing a 1991 Evind Still designed Evolution boat, Zorina, which won the European championship in Helsinki in 1991, Esko Rechardt is most famous for winning an Olympic gold medal in the Finn class in 1980, just across the bay in Tallinn, Estonia.
"I stopped Finn sailing after the qualifier for Pusan in 1998. The 5.5 is just more fun, so I got the boat in 1988, and did some sailing weeks. I did the worlds when they were here in 2002. We were tenth overall, which was OK, but I haven't sailed for ten years. In 2002, we got a special prize for the best boat with Dacron sails."
"We are one of the Evolution class with quite an old fashioned rig and sails so we were somewhat overpowered with an old Dacron sail, but anyway the sailing was very interesting, nice shifts and some breeze as well and we had good fun." -- Robert Deaves
Top Five Results after Race 3 (24 boats)
1. New Moon, BAH, Mark Holowesko, Christoph Burger, Peter Vlasov) 8 points
2. Girls On Film, GBR, Peter Morton, Ben Cornish, Sam Haines) 10
3. Artemis XIV, NOR, Kristian Nergaard, Johan Barne, Trond Solli-Saether) 11
4. Marie-Francoise XIX, SUI, Jurg Menzi, Bo Selko, Knude Rasmussen) 16
5. John B, BAH, Gavin McKinney, Mathias Dahlman, Lars Horn Johannessen) 17
Putting The Squeeze On: Copa del Rey MAPFRE
Jean Jacques Chaubard's French crew which is racing Team Vision Future in BMW ORC Class Zero have competed at Copa del Rey MAPFRE seven times and, after finishing on the podium five times in two different divisions, are no strangers to success but a class win at the regatta continues to elude them.
But with two more races sailed in today's modest sea breezes on the Bay of Palma, Chaubard's crew who recently became IRC European champions emerged as the best scoring team from a day when French TP52 teams monopolised proceedings. Their second and a first on their Botin designed Team Vision Future sees them lead the class by three points from Rowdy Too, Howard Dyer's IRC52 which won here last year as Beau Geste.
There is a spirited but very friendly rivalry between today's two winners in BMW ORC Class Zero, Team Vision Future from the Toulon Yacht Club and Jean Luc Petithiguenin's largely Breton crew which features a host of young French talent straight from the Tour Voile as well as the hugely experienced youthful Loick Peyron.
Team Vision Future were runners up to Alegre in 2017 with their former TP52 but are hopeful this may prove to be their year at the Copa del Rey MAPFRE which would a be a welcome confidence booster before they compete at the Rolex TP52 World Championship in Puerto Portals later next month.
* The decisive round in Nautor's Swan 2019 The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League commenced in style today. Racing at the 38th edition of the Copa del Rey MAPFRE, organized by the Real Club Náutico de Palma (RCNP), 31 yachts across three Nautor's Swan One Design classes are not only contesting supremacy across the historic weeklong competition but this four-event series as a whole. Furthermore, the prize for the best competing nation is on offer, including the all-important bonus point carried through to The Nations Trophy in October.
In line with the contrasting competitions and conditions during the three events held to date in Monaco, Scarlino and Saint-Tropez, the 2019 Copa del Rey offers another exacting programme, testing consistency, teamwork and stamina. All factors evident today as two of the week's maximum 11 races were successfully held. Six different crews won the six One Design races as Palma offered a consistent 10-15 knot sea breeze.
ClubSwan 50 top three after 1 day
1. Cuordileone (Italy), 3 points
2. Cetilar – Vitamina (Italy), 7
3. Onegroup (Germany), 7
Swan 45 top three after 1 day
1. Porron IX (Spain), 3
2. Swing Cube (Italy), 4
3. Fever (Great Britain), 7
ClubSwan 42 top three after 1 day
1. Pez de Abril (Spain), 4
2. Natalia (Romania), 4
3. Nadir (Spain), 4
Know unknowns, frenzied, the big boys pile into the flying Minis, La Solitaire... plus an abundance of IRC jewellery. And young lad, what young lad? Jack Griffin, Terry Hutchinson, Will Harris, Christian Bouroullec, Erwan Tymen, Patrice Carpentier
The right tools
After three decades of development and investment, the North Design Suite is able to produce reliably fast sails, that keep their shape, leading the way in modern sailmaking tools
Not just making stuff
Future Fibres recently tripled the scale of its composite rigging service and manufacturing facility in Valencia
Lowell North leaves a legacy like no one else in sailing. Ken Read, Peter Harken, Gary Weisman, Vince Brun, Dobbs Davis
ORC - Nice idea
For once the wind blew and the result was probably the best worlds yet. Dobbs Davis
The right boats in the right box
Andrew Mcirvine tiptoes his way around an understandably sensitive group of customers
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German campaign for The Ocean Race
The Offshore Team Germany launched a new campaign for the participation in The Ocean Race 2021-22, 20 years after the legendary victory of the "Illbruck Challenge" in Kiel, the "Einstein" wants to enter the race under the German flag.
With the emotional christening ceremony of the IMOCA Open 60 in Kiel, team founders Jens Kuphal, Michael End and Team Captain Robert Stanjek launched the campaign kick-off and started preparations for the round the world race in two and a half years. Internationally experienced offshore sailors and young German sailors will form the base of the team, which will experience its first test at this year's Fastnet Race starting on August 3rd. Two-time Ocean Race veteran Annie Lush christened the yacht in Kiel and sailed the Kiel Week Welcome Race with former Star world champion Robert Stanjek, two-time Ocean Race finisher NicolasLunven, German Finn sailor Phillip Kasüske, boat captain Ian Smyth. "I'm really excited to be part of Team Germany and to help them start their journey," said Annie Lush.
A journey that the team started two and a half years ago. At the beginning of 2017, Michael End and Jens Kuphal bought the former "Acciona", later moving the boat from Mallorca to Portugal to completely refit the hull at the Trimarine boatyard in Lisbon. This spring the project was handed over to Joff Brown in Gosport, southern England. The IMOCA expert, former project manager for Alex Thomson, completed a total fit-out including a new keel, rigging and electronics.
"Einstein" is still sailing on conventional straight daggerboards. "After the route of the upcoming The Ocean Race is revealed, we will start with the design of the foils. And then we still have a lot of time for preparation," says Team Manager Jens Kuphal. However, the teambuilding process is already underway. "There will be a large fleet of IMOCAs for the Fastnet Race. But we are the only ones sailing in fully crewed mode to find out what The Ocean Race could feel like."
American Magic's IYRS Injection
The IYRS School of Technology & Trades in Newport, Rhode Island, is one of American Magic's key Community Partners, working together to create a meannigful pathway for graduates to advance their careers through externships and full-time opportunities. Offering four different programs, Digital Modeling & Fabrication, Composites Technology, Marine Systems and Boatbuilding & Restoration, the IYRS curriculum gives students the necessary skills to step into a high-level America's Cup environment, surrounded by some of the industry's best talent.
There are currently nine graduates on the team's roster of boutbuilders and shore crew:
Felix Schliebitz (2011 - Marine Systems)
Trevor Davidson (2018 - Marine Systems)
Peter Buffinton (2012 - Composites Technology)
Patrick Koar (2011 - Composites Technology)
James Allsop (2013 - Composites Technology)
Andy Leonard (2014 - Composites Technology)
John King (2015 - Composites Technology)
Scott Bancroft (2018 - Composites Technology)
Zach Caruso (2019 - Composites Technology)
The IYRS Mission Statement: IYRS provides experiential education, preparing students to enter a global maker and manufacturing workforce. IYRS teaches the art and science of making, building, restoring and maintaining, and in the process, helps its graduates build both careers and more meaningful lives – inspired by the knowledge that in their hands and through the use of technology, they have the power to make, build and maintain to a high standard.
J125 Jackknife Wins ISORA Race 11 & Leads Overall Series
A win in Saturday's offshore race from Dun Laoghaire to Pwllheli has put Andrew Hall's Jackknife into the overall ISORA lead after 11 races sailed.
Racing into his home port of Pwllheli after 75 miles of sailing, Hall and his J125 crew now top the overall ISORA championships points table by 30 points in the 60-boat fleet.
The overall result is calculated from the best nine races sailed so far this season with three discards applied.
Second in race 11 was Royal St George Yacht Club's J122 Aurelia (Chris & Patanne Power Smith) with Dublin Bay JPK 10.8 rivals Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins) from the Royal Irish Yacht Club in third place.
Cowes Classics Week Day 2: gale interrupts the programme
Cowes, UK: With gusts of 40 knots in the central Solent predicted for today, and strong winds already kicking in, the second day of Cowes Classics Week is cancelled. It is hoped to resume racing tomorrow with the event finishing on Friday. Todays' weather is in marked contrast to yesterday's perfect conditions.
The hundreds of competitors competing in the 143 strong fleet will still be able to enjoy the Winkworth sponsored tea and cake in the afternoon at the Royal London Yacht Club, and a drinks reception at the Classic Boat museum in the host town of Cowes.
Six kilos in 10 days
Olympic gold medallist and Australia's SailGP helmsman Tom Slingsby is hoping to shed up to six kilograms in little more than a week to ensure his crew meets a weight limit for the next round of the lucrative series in the United Kingdom.
America's Cup-winning tactician Slingsby, who won gold at the London Games in 2012, has set himself the ambitious target for the Cowes (United Kingdom) event next week as the Australians eye a spot in the US$1 million ($1.45 million) winner-takes-all finale next month.
While drastic weight culls are usually the domain of fighters and jockeys, Slingsby is preparing to fine tune his body over the next 10 days with all SailGP crews limited to a total weight of 438kg. It means an average 87.5kg per sailor.
"We are the biggest team on the circuit," Slingsby said. "For us we've got the biggest weight cut out of all the teams. Personally I've got about five or six kilos I've got to get off in the next week and a half.
"It is [drastic], but I'm used to it. It's part of our sport and it's not as extreme as fighters' weight cuts. I've had cuts where I've had to lose three kilos and mentally it's been a nightmare, but I've had cuts where I've dropped six kilos and done it the right way and I've felt amazing come racing. Doing it well is the right part.
Greta Thunberg to Sail Atlantic for Americas on Malizia II
Sixteen-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg will head to the Americas next month, and, keeping in line with her climate commitment not to fly, she announced Monday that she will make the voyage by fossil fuel emissions-free boat.
The roughly two-week long trip will begin mid-August and will take off from an undisclosed location in the U.K. and land in New York City. Thunberg will attend events including the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York in September and the U.N. climate summit known as COP25 in Santiago, Chile. The trip will take place while she's on a sabbatical year from school.
The boat, the Malizia II, is "a foiling sailboat built in 2015, which is fitted with solar panels and underwater turbines to generate electricity on board the vessel," according to a statement. It will be captained by professional sailors Boris Herrmann and Pierre Casiraghi, who is the grandson of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco.
Casiraghi, in statement, praised Thunberg's climate activism and said his team was"proud to take Greta across the Atlantic in this challenging mode of transport."
Joining Thunberg and the co-skippers on board will be Greta's father, Svante Thunberg, and filmmaker Nathan Grossman, who will document the voyage.
METSTRADE and RAI Amsterdam are pleased to announce the opening of entries for the 29th edition of the DAME Design Award, for the more than 1,600 exhibitors attending this year's METSTRADE Show. Participation is open to manufacturers and authorised suppliers who are registered as exhibitors or co-exhibitors at the METSTRADE Show. The applications window will remain open for two months until 24 September.
The DAME Awards are organised each year in conjunction with the METSTRADE Show, the world's largest marine equipment trade event. DAME nominated products are placed on a special presentation within the METSTRADE Show. From these nominations, the final selection of seven Category Winners and the eventual DAME Award Overall Winner is made. The DAME Jury also awards a series of Special Mentions at its discretion.
The DAME Design Award at METSTRADE Show was launched in 1991 to promote design across all disciplines and recognise the best-designed products at the METSTRADE Show. The DAME Jury also considers the expected benefit for the marine industry of the entries, as well as their suitability for intended purpose, level of innovation, cost effectiveness and environmental impact. The DAME is judged in seven key product categories spanning the many activities of METSTRADE Show exhibitors and visitors.
The €150 registration fee per product that each METSTRADE exhibitor pays to enter the DAME Award is always donated to charity. The METSTRADE Exhibition Committee has decided that this year's DAME proceeds will go to two hugely deserving causes. The Little Optimist Trust works with disadvantaged children in Cape Town, South Africa and Sailing4handicaps is an initiative pioneered by Paralympic champion Wojtek Czyz to help people around the world build up, deal with and maintain prosthetics.
A record-breaking number of boat enthusiasts visited the Thames Traditional Boat Show at Henley, a celebration of older craft that are disappearing from rivers and inland waters.
More than 13,000 people, an increase of 35% on the previous year, attended the festival, known affectionately as 'The Trad', where they enjoyed steam boats, Dunkirk Little Ships, skiffs, amphibious cars and the Royal Barge Gloriana.
The oldest Victorian steamer, Alaska, offered visitors a ride up the Regatta Course and Henley Reach while the Royal Barge, Gloriana, also returned this year with each of the 18 rowers pulling half a tonne. The 92ft barge was commissioned for the Jubilee River Pageant of 2012 to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and was built by 60 craftsmen in just 19 weeks.
Also on show were an amphibious 1930s electric bathchair, an aluminium speedboat with two speeds, stop or fast, and a motorised sofa.
Steam launch, Elfin, was judged Best in the Show with judge Adam Toop saying, "Elfin is a truly stunning steam launch built in 1895 by Constable of Hampton. She was built to order for Mr J.W. Restler, the chief engineer at the Metropolitan Water Board, whose works built the original steam engine that she retains to this day."
Cowes Harbour Commission has today announced that Style of Wight Ltd, producer of the inspirational lifestyle magazine, Style of Wight, will be the new publisher of the annual Cowes Harbour Handbook.
The Cowes Harbour Handbook will be managed by the same team that has contributed to the contemporary Style of Wight Magazine's rise and consolidation over the past 11 years.
"We are very pleased to be working with the editorial and business team that built Style of Wight into the leading lifestyle title on the Island," said Harbour Master Capt. Stuart McIntosh. "The appointment of Style of Wight as new publishers of the Cowes Harbour Handbook opens up tremendous opportunities for the Handbook to benefit from Style of Wight's proven track record of high quality publications and established lifestyle advertising expertise and relationships."
The 2020/21 Cowes Harbour Handbook will be out in time for Easter 2020. If you are a business looking to book space in the pages of this essential guide please contact Style of Wight on 01983 861007 or email
Under the partnership agreement signed with the IMOCA class, Thales VesseLINK on Iridium Certus will be installed on all IMOCA vessels to enable connectivity for skippers anytime, anywhere.
Having these solutions onboard will significantly enhance the communications capabilities of the IMOCA boats around the world.
Thales, a global leader in digital, high technologies, has developed a new satellite communications solution, offering enhancements in terms of speeds, weight and always-on connectivity. Thales VesseLINKallows users to communicate wherever they are in the world through the Iridium Certus network, which offers the highest quality and unprecedented reliability in terms of the connection. That is why the IMOCA class wished to develop a partnership with Thales and Iridium.
This partnership between the IMOCA class, Iridium and Thales offers three huge advantages. The first concerns safety, sailors can now rely on a truly global always-on solution that can keep them safe and connected during the entire race. It is because of this connectivity that they will be able to receive updated accurate weather information at all times. Finally, the Iridium and Thales will enable them to connect with their families and the world ashore while sharing their experience through audio, photos and videos.
Before approving this partnership, testing was successfully carried out on five IMOCAs: Hugo Boss (Alex Thomson), Arkea-Paprec (Sebastien Simon), Initiatives-Coeur (Sam Davies), Malizia II-Yacht Club de Monaco (Boris Herrmann) and Groupe Apicil (Damien Seguin). All of the boats taking part in the races in the Globe Series will be fitted out with Thales VesseLINK and Iridium Certus products through the 2020-2021 Vendee Globe. The partnership therefore concerns five races: the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race, the 2019 Transat Jacques Vabre, the 2020 Transat and New York-Vendee and the 2020/21Vendee Globe.
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