In This Issue
MACIF pipped at the post by Maxi Edmond de Rothschild in Ultim competition
Tasar 2019 World Championship
(Using) the right tools for the job - North Sails
Copa del Rey MAPFRE
YAMAHA 470 Class World Championships
International 6 Metre Fleet Gathers in Hanko, Finland
British Keelboat Academy launches new hunt for tomorrow's stars
Nominations open for MS Amlin YJA Yachtsman of the Year
Star Sailors League Gold Cup Inaugural Training Session
Women's Match Racing World Championship in Lysekil, August 5-10
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MACIF pipped at the post by Maxi Edmond de Rothschild in Ultim competition
Photo by Ingrid Abery, Click on image for photo gallery.

WHAT The 32m long Ultim trimarans laid on a spectacular finish in this 48th Rolex Fastnet Race resulting in MACIF, the leader since rounding the Fastnet Rock earlier this morning, being beaten to the finish line in the last breath of the race by her arch-rival Maxi Edmond de Rothschild.

As Maxi Edmond de Rothschild's skipper Franck Cammas explained: "Just after they gybed onto the layline for the finish we crossed them and decided to overlay. It was our last chance to see if there was something still possible. But until five minutes before we finished we never thought it was possible!"

Skipper of MACIF, Francois Gabart, the Vendee Globe winner and outright singlehanded round the world record holder, gave his side: "They gybed a little bit outside of us and I was thinking 'it looks like they're in a good position'. Plus they were going really fast downwind and even at the Lizard I was thinking 'it's going to be tough to keep them behind'. After the last gybe they were two miles away and we were between them and the finish so it looked good for us. But they were able to fly while we had a problem with our rake system and we couldn't adjust it..."

The difference was that Maxi Edmond de Rothschild was able to foil into the favoured end of the finish line off Plymouth breakwater, whereas MACIF was not able to, crossing the line just 58 seconds after.

Maxi Edmond de Rothschild's elapsed time of 1 day 4 hours 2 minutes and 26 seconds, bettered the outright multihull race record, set by Loick Peyron and the crew of Maxi Banque Populaire in the breezy 2011 race by 4 hours 45 minutes and 34 seconds.

Further records to the Fastnet Rock fell this afternoon with George David's Rambler 88 maxi rounding at 16:45:47 this afternoon. This beats the previous record, which the American maxi yacht team also set (however that time of 1d 4h 15m, established in 2011 aboard their previous Rambler 100, was overlooked at the time because just minutes later the keel fell of their maxi causing it to capsize.)

Rambler 88's new record has bettered the monohull record by, appropriately, 88 minutes. However the VO70 Wizard, campaigned by Baltimore-based brothers David and Peter Askew, is at present fastest to the Fastnet Rock under IRC corrected time and now holds a solid lead both in IRC Z and overall at this still early stage of the race.

The monohull frontrunners rounded the Rock in 25-30 knots, the biggest southwesterly breeze seen so far in this race.

The majority of the smaller classes setting out into the Celtic Sea tonight have a fast, breezy crossing ahead of them with reaching conditions in winds of around 20-25 knots

Full results

Tasar 2019 World Championship
Rob & Nicole Douglass. Click on image for photo gallery.

Tasar World Championship Australian father and daughter duo, Rob and Nicole Douglass won their third World Championship (2005, 2009 & 2019) and the Masters Trophy.

The event certainly had its moments. The British weather threw everything it had at the Tasar fleet from brilliant sunshine, rain, to varying wind strengths. There was no racing on Tuesday due to the high winds and protests included one against the Race Officer for breaching the class wind strength limits which was dismissed and one against Championship winners (and others) for class design breaches which could have knocked them out of the Championship completely. It was eventually dismissed and final results stood. The Japanese and Australian boats were packed into their respective containers and competitors donned their glad rags for the Championship Dinner and Prize giving. Everyone was entertained at their tables by a magician and danced the night away afterwards in the bar to a live band.

Final top five
1. Rob & Nicole Douglass (Jervis Bay SC) - World Champions and Masters
2. James & Tara Burman (GRSC)
3. James Peters & Charlie Darling (Hayling Island Sailing Club)
4. Rick Longbottom & Darryl Bentley (RANSA) - 1st Grand Master
5. Michael Karas & Molly Jackson (Seattle YC)

Heather Macfarlane - Female Helm
Gwen Sargent - Junior Helm

The Tasar 2021 World Championship will be held at Seattle Yacht Club.

(Using) the right tools for the job - North Sails
North Sails 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

The legendary figures in the history of sailmaking made their reputations by having a keen eye for recognising what they knew from experience to be fast shapes. Their methods to achieve this were mostly variations of the long process of trial and error, where proven fast shapes were first recognised and then catalogued for later reproduction. Some were more rigorous than others at this process, implying that the trade of sailmaking was more art than science.

With an engineering background, Lowell North was a pioneer half a century ago in developing this process with more rigour and detail than his peers and embracing the important role that complex computational tools were to have in transforming ideas developed about 3D shapes into the reality of cutting panels in 2D. Along with this, a thorough understanding of the material properties of sailcloth was needed so that when assembled, those panels could predictably hold their shapes. North's mastery of this made them an early leader in the field of computational sail design built mostly on developing their own tools in what's now known as the North Design Suite.

Full story in the August issue of Seahorse

Copa del Rey MAPFRE
Estrella Damm. Click on image to enlarge.

Estrella Damm A class win at the famous Copa del Rey MAPFRE, the Mediterranean's annual summer showcase regatta, can elude even some of sailing's top teams for many years. Others seem able to impose themselves year on year in their chosen classes. The 132 boat 11 division 38 Copa del Rey MAPFRE closed today with the Copa del Rey two top trophies going to Italy's Leonardo Ferragamo for winning the ClubSwan 50 class and to BMW ORC Class 1 winners Estrella Damm, the DK 46 of Ignacio Montes and Oscar Chaves

While Estrella Damm, the DK 46 of Ignacio Montes and Oscar Chaves, reprised their success of last year, lifting the Copa del Rey MAPFRE for the handicap divisions as winners of BMW ORC 1, there was considerable cause for celebration and a measure of relief for Leornado Ferragamo and the crew of his Cuordileone when they were awarded the Cope del Rey MAPFRE trophy as top performers of the One Design classes, as the Nautor Swan President took victory in the very competitive 14 strong ClubSwan 50.

For Ferragamo the class win, and the top trophy, comes at the tenth time of asking, having campaigned in the Club Swan 42, the Swan 45, one year in the Swan 601 and, now, three years in the flourishing ClubSwan 50.

For the Estrella Damm team, led by Luis Martínez Doreste, their top award repeats their success of last year when they celebrated the 20thanniversary of their crew's first Copa del Rey win.

In the Mallorca Sotheby's IRC Class it was also a first time win at the Copa del Rey for Dario Ferrari's Italian flagged Maxi72 Cannonball. To win the regatta they had to keep Hap Fauth's new Bella Mente from winning today's showdown. Although they suffered an hydraulics failure to the jib tack tensioning system Cannonball was able to hold their American rivals off the start line. America's Cup winner Ed Baird calls tactics supported by Michele Ivaldi, the team proving they are in good shape after replacing their mast for this season and undergoing a substantial optimising programme as well as moving to Quantum Sails.

The 38 Copa del Rey MAPFRE saw the first ever wins for teams flying the Omani and the Romanian flags. In the GC32 regatta, the third event of the GC32 Racing Tour, Adam Minoprio guided Oman Air to win on the Bay of Palma ahead of Ernesto Bertarelli's recently crowned world champions on Alinghi. Oman Air finished with two wins to keep Alinghi to second, five points behind.

The ClubSwan 42 class has experienced a welcome renaissance with 11 boat competing this week. Romanian owner-driver Natalia Brailoiu ended her 10 year wait to win at the Copa del Rey.

The local team representing the Balearic Federation won the inaugural Purobeach Women's Cup, raced in identical Viper 640 sports keelboats.

In the Swan 45 Class it was Luis Senis' Valencia based double world champions Porrón IX who also finally won their class Copa del Rey title with tactician Nano Negrín.

At the 38thedition of the Copa del Rey 132 entries from 26 nations competed in 11 classes (six One Design), on four different racing areas. This year there were no coastal races and the regatta pioneered a new scoring system with four days of qualification and two days of finals racing. In the ClubSwan 50 division HM King Felipe of Spain steered the Spanish Navy's Aifos 500 to fifth place while HM King Harald of Norway helmed Fram XVIII to tenth place.

King Felipe presents the trophies tonight in Palma's Ses Voltes.

The 2020 Copa del Rey will take place from July 31stto Aug 8th.

YAMAHA 470 Class World Championships
The harbor at Enoshima. Click on image to enlarge.

YAMAHA 470 Class World Championships Enoshima, the venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Sailing Competition, is playing host to the 2019 470 World Championships and Olympic Qualification event from 2-9 August 2019.

182 athletes representing 29 nations are competing for Men and Women Worlds podium places and for many teams, the Championship serves as a round of their national selection process for Tokyo 2020. For those nations not yet qualified for Tokyo 2020, the pressure is on to make the cut and claim one of the few remaining nation slots, with 4 in the Men and 6 in the Women on offer.

Sunday 4 August was the first day of racing, and after the build-up of excitement, teams had to manage the boat park heat for just a bit longer as the fleet was postponed ashore this morning waiting for the wind.

The 39 boat women's fleet managed to get race 1 away, but as the wind dwindled the fleet couldn't make it to mark 1 within the 20-minute time limit and the race was stopped. Ultimately the wind never returned to Sagami course area and the Race Committee made the wise decision to call off racing for the day.

Racing resumes on Monday 5 August at 13:00 hours local time with 3 races scheduled for the Men and Women fleets.

International 6 Metre Fleet Gathers in Hanko, Finland
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6 Metre Forty-eight stunningly beautiful International 6 Metre yachts from twelve nations across Europe and North America are gathering in Hanko, Finland in preparation for the 2019 Sinebrychoff International 6 Metre World Championship, which takes place from 5 to 9 August. The regatta will be hosted by the Hango Segelforening in association with the Finnish 6 Metre Association and will be preceded by the Sinebrychoff Challenge Cup, which takes place on 3 and 4 August and will act as the warm up regatta for the Worlds.

The entry list incorporates a wonderful mix of Modern and Classic 6 Metres racing as two separate divisions on windward leeward courses set against a backdrop of the beautiful city of Hanko and its surrounding archipelago of rocky islands.

As is typical for major 6 Metre events, the competition has attracted a host of well-known sailing names, but the boats themselves are really the stars of the show with their elegant lines and exceptional performance. Historically the 6 Metre Class was the test-bed for many of the great developments in yacht design and a glance around the fleet will give you a fascinating insight into a century's worth of naval architecture and equipment development.

In the Open Division, for boats built since January 1966, reigning 6 Metre World Champion SUI77 Junior, a 1981 Pelle Petterson design originally built for Baron Edmund de Rothschild as Gitana, will be hoping to add a sixth world title to her honours list, with Philippe Durr once again at the helm and tactician Nicholas Berthoud calling the shots.

The current 6 Metre European Champion SUI74 Nivola was unusual for a boat of her generation in that she was designed with a bulb keel rather than wings. Designed by Pelle Petterson in 1984 she won the 1993 6 Metre Worlds and was then put into storage until current owner Reinhard Suhner took on a major refit which included the installation of a canard. Reinhard admitted that mastering the canard took time, but victory at last year's Europeans proved they had got the knack of it. They narrowly beat Junior in that championship so we can expect some fierce competition between the two boats this week.

Peter Harrison's St Francis IX, with British Olympian Andy Beadsworth on the helm and America's Cup veteran Colin Murray as tactician, has three previous World Championship wins to her name, in 1989 and 1990 under John Kostecki's leadership and in 2013 under Ross McDonald. With Beadsworth at the helm she placed third at the last Worlds in Vancouver in 2017 and was fourth at the 2018 Europeans so will be hoping to better those results this week. -- Fiona Brown

British Keelboat Academy launches new hunt for tomorrow's stars
The search for future keelboat racing stars has begun as applications open for the 2019/20 British Keelboat Academy.

The British Keelboat Academy supports sailors aged between 18 and 24 in developing the skills they need to take their yacht and keelboat racing to the next level.

The RYA has been running a programme for young dinghy racers wanting to make the transition to yacht and keelboat racing for nearly twenty years.

Its graduates have gone on to hold top positions in some of the world's biggest and best sailing events such as the America's Cup, The Ocean Race, the TP52 Super Series, Class 40 and Figaro campaigns as well as high level amateur sailing all across the UK.

Successful applicants will receive coaching from a multitude of different experts across the sport gaining invaluable skills, experience and knowledge that will progress them in the world of keelboat racing.

The deadline for applications is 22nd September 2019.

For more information about the British Keelboat Academy and to apply for the 2019/2020 intake go to

Nominations open for MS Amlin YJA Yachtsman of the Year
Nominations are now open for the MS Amlin YJA Yachtsman of the Year and the MS Amlin Young Sailor of the Year 2019. These awards are, without doubt, the most prestigious in UK yachting, having been established in 1955 and awarded to many of the great names in boating, including Sir Ben Ainslie, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Dame Ellen MacArthur, Steve Curtis, Dee Caffari, Rodney Pattisson, Chay Blyth and Tracy Edwards.

Anyone can make a nomination for these awards and are actively encouraged to do so. It is not just championship and major event wins which are recognised, but great acts of seamanship too, such as Clipper Race crew member Gavin Read's heroics during the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race earning him the trophy in 2016.

To qualify for the awards, the nominee must be the holder of a British passport. For the Young Sailor award, the nominee must be under the age of 19 on December 31st 2019.

The nomination period lasts for the month of August, so ensure you make your submission as soon as possible.

Please CLICK HERE to Make your nomination

The MS Amlin YJA Yachtsman of the Year and the MS Amlin Young Sailor of the Year Awards will be presented during a Gala Dinner at the Grand Cafe Southampton on the 13th September, following on from Press Day at the Southampton Boat Show.

Star Sailors League Gold Cup Inaugural Training Session
The Star Sailors League launched on April at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, the last step of the project that has begun in 2013 with the first SSL Finals, the SSL Gold Cup. It represents a revolution in the world of sailing, it will be a trophy among nations where the top sailing athletes of each country will team together into a single crew and then race against one another aboard high performance 47 foot long one design monohulls to establish 'the world's best sailing nation'. Boats are supplied to ensure that, as in the Olympics, it is the sailors who make the difference and not the boats.

The SSL Gold Cup will take place in September/October 2021 in Switzerland, between lake Geneva and lake Neuchatel, where the Star Sailors League Headquarter is based and where in the past week arrived the first three boats - still to be modified - and the first training took place. It was Team Estonia who inaugurated the location and the boats, with its captain Tonu Toniste, his brother Toomas, with whom he won two Olympic medal in 470, and a crew of about 20 athletes that could train on two SSL boats.

After a ten days break, training will resume on lake Neuchatel from August 18th with Team Portugal, whose captain is 6 times Olympian windsurfer, Joao Rodrigues.

Women's Match Racing World Championship in Lysekil, August 5-10
Lysekil Women's Match is the official Women's Match Racing World Championship of 2019. Anna Ostling has been a leading profile in the sport for over a decade, sailing the Olympics in 2012 and winning the World Championship title in both 2014 and 2016. To win another gold in the home event in Lysekil would be a true career highlight.

The first World Championship gold was won in Cork, Ireland in 2014 and two years later, the feat was repeated on Lake Michigan. This summer they have sailed the Midsummer Match Cup in Skärhamn, won the GKSS Match Cup Sweden at Marstrand and warmed up ahead of Lysekil with a competition in France in the end of July.

Skipper line-up for the Women's Match Racing World Championship 2019
(Skipper, ranking, nationality)
Pauline Courtois, 1, (FRA)
Trine Palludan, 2, (DEN)
Anna Ostling, 3, (SWE)
Johanna Bergqvist, 4, (SWE)
Marinella Laaksonen, 5, (FIN)
Nicole Breault, 6, (USA)
Margot Vennin, 7, (FRA)
Alexa Bezel, 8, (SUI)
Lucy Macgregor, 10, (GBR) - Defending World Champion
Renée Groeneveld, 13, (NED)
Claire Leroy, 15, (FRA)
Marie Bjorling, 36, (SWE)

Lysekil Women's Match begins with a training day on Monday and a full round robin beginning on Tuesday August 6. The quarter finals start on Thursday and the final is raced on Saturday, August 10th.

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