In This Issue
470 Worlds: Top Ten for Medal Race
Lysekil Women's Match Next up: The Quarter Finals
The Perfect Charter for the Rolex Sydney Hobart
Korean Entry For The Clipper 2019-20 Race
Caribbean Foiling Championships Saint Martin
B&G&reg releases the first VHF radio with the capability to send and receive AIS position data
If Ollie dares, Great Britain SailGP Team wins?!
And Finally a British success over the French
Hamble River Sailing Club Centenary Founders Day Sail Past
RS:X Youth World Championships
Letters to the Editor
Featured Brokerage:
• • Farr 52 FURTIF 2
• • RIO 52
• • Baltic Yachts 50
The Last Word: Winston Churchill (not really)

Brought to you by Seahorse magazine and EuroSail News is a digest of sailing news and opinions, regatta results, new boat and gear information and letters from sailors -- with a European emphasis. Contributions welcome, send to

470 Worlds: Top Ten for Medal Race
Race day 5 on Thursday 8 August was the day of reckoning at the 2019 470 World Championship in Enoshima, as the top-10 medal race line-up was decided in the 470 Men and Women and Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification spots earned.

With three races to decide the four nation qualification places on offer in the 470 Men and six in the 470 Women the fight was fierce and points close. Racing got underway on schedule at 1200 hours with the wind between 11-13 knots and big, long waves. Enoshima Bay provided a spectacular stage of breeze and ocean racing that so suits the 470 Class.

The medal race line-up is confirmed and teams will be led out onto the race track by the series leaders, Jordi Xammar/Nicolas Rodriguez (ESP) in the men and Hannah Mills/Eilidh McIntyre (GBR) in the women. With just 1 point between the first and second placed teams in men and women, the hunt for gold and silver is set to be a two-way battle, but the bronze medal doors are still open.

A pressure cooker environment for the teams seeking nation qualification as the leader board after race 9 saw China move into the top four placed unqualified nations, joining Greece, Russia and Turkey, whilst Hungary fell off the top four spots. China's Zangjun Xu/Chao Wang dug deep for scores of 6,6,10, making it their best performance of the Championship. Pushing hard from behind and also hoping their fortunes would turn during the next two races were the teams representing Switzerland, Germany, Argentina and Israel. But the points mountain was too high and the scoreboard proved to be irreversible. -- Luissa Smith

470 Men - Medal Race Top 10 After 11 Races
1. Jordi Xammar / Nicolas Rodriguez, ESP, 23 points
2. Mathew Belcher / Will Ryan, AUS, 24
3. Panagiotis Mantis / Pavlos Kagialis, GRE, 48
4. Kevin Peponnet / Jeremie Mion, FRA, 48
5. Anton Dahlberg Dahlberg / Fredrik Bergstrom, SWE, 52
6. Keiju Okada / Jumpei Hokazono, JPN, 75
7. Hippolyte Machetti / Sidoine Dantes, FRA, 79
8. Giacomo Ferrari / Giulio Calabro, ITA, 81
9. Luke Patience / Chris Grube, GBR, 81
10. Paul Snow-Hansen / Daniel Willcox, NZL, 92

470 Women - Medal Race Top 10 After 11 Races
1. Hannah Mills / Eilidh Mcintyre, GBR, 48 points
2. Ai Kondo Yoshida / Miho Yoshioka, JPN, 49
3. Camille Lecointre / Aloise Retornaz, FRA, 64
4. Elena Berta / Bianca Caruso, ITA, 68
5. Silvia Mas Depares / Patricia Cantero Reina, ESP, 74
6. Tina Mrak / Veronika Macarol, SLO, 92
7. Agnieszka Skrzypulec / Jolanta Ogar, POL, 97
8. Mengxi Wei / Haiyan Gao, CHN, 100
9. Nia Jerwood / Monique Devries, AUS, 107
10. Fernanda Oliveira / Ana Barbachan, BRA, 109

Nations Qualified To Tokyo 2020 At 470 Worlds Subject to final notification from World Sailing after the event to the relevant Member National Authority / National Olympic Committee, the following nations have earned qualification at the 2019 470 World Championship:

Men: Greece, Russian Federation, People's Republic of China, Turkey (in finishing order after 11 races)

Women: Poland, Australia, Brazil, Netherlands, New Zealand, Germany (in finishing order after 11 races)

All places are awarded subject to the details of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualification System. Click here to view the qualification system in full.

Full results

Lysekil Women's Match Next up: The Quarter Finals
The third day of racing is completed and we now know which teams made it through to the quarter-finals.

The weather, with sunny skies and a light breeze drew a big crowd in Lysekil, and opened up for a long day of sailing. After finishing the Round Robin, the four teams on top, directly qualifying to the quarter finals were: 2017 and 2018 World Champion Lucy Macgregor with Team Mac, number one in the world - Pauline Courtois, Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team, and the two Swedish: Anna ostling, WINGS, and Marie Bjorling Duell Team Emerson prevailed.

The teams ranked 5th to 10th after the Round Robin had to battle it out for the remaining four spots in the quarter finals in the Repechage, sailing a second Round Robin.

Renée Groeneveld from the Netherlands, who won in Lysekil 2017, had a tough start to this year's competition. Ranked 9th after the initial Round Robin, went on to sail in the repechage. With four wins out of five races they secured a spot in tomorrow's quarter finals after a long day of sailing.

Tomorrow it is time to cut the eight teams down to four for the semi finals.

On to the quarter finals (skipper, team, ranking, nation)
Lucy Macgregor, Team Mac, 18, (GBR)
Pauline Courtois, Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team, 1, (FRA)
Anna ostling, WINGS, 2, (SWE)
Marie Bjorling, Team Emerson, 22, (SWE)
Renée Groeneveld, Dutch Match Racing Team, 20, (NED)
Johanna Bergqvist, Team Bergqvist Match Racing, 3, (SWE)
Claire Leroy, Mermaid Sailing Team, 13, (FRA)
Nicole Breault, Vela Racing, 5, (USA)

The Perfect Charter for the Rolex Sydney Hobart
Do you want to take on the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, on a yacht designed specifically to win this infamous offshore race?

The perfect charter opportunity has arisen for a motivated team to chase the 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart. Ichi Ban the Carkeek 60 was conceived between Matt Allen and Shaun Carkeek specifically with the Rolex Sydney Hobart in mind. Built light and strong with minimal interior and a fixed keel, with systems designed to be as simple possible whilst also highly competitive. Ichi Ban has been campaigned at the very highest level and always fully optimised - she is in many ways the ideal boat to seriously attempt lifting the Tattersall Cup.

For more information on charter Ichi Ban for the Rolex Sydney Hobart race 2019 please contact Lucy at LV Yachting.

Lucy Jones

Korean Entry For The Clipper 2019-20 Race
Imagine your Korea has been revealed as the newest team entry for the Clipper 2019-20 Race and will be led by skipper Mike Surridge. The partnership is supported by the Korea Tourism Organisation, Gin-A Co. Ltd, The Korean Sailing Federation and the Yeosu Yisunsin Marina.

The partnership announcement marks a pivotal event in the development of the sport. This collaboration will promote the country as a growing mecca for sailing, both to the country's home audience to increase participation and for sailing tourism on a global scale. Looking forward, the parties are working towards a return as both a Team and Host Port Partner in 2021-22.

The Imagine your Korea team is made up of 65 crew members representing 15 different nationalities ranging from 20 to 69 years old. There will be nine circumnavigators onboard, taking part in the full 40,000 nautical mile adventure.

Leading the team is Skipper Mike Surridge, 55, originally from Canterbury, and now living in West Sussex. Since starting sailing in his early twenties, Mike has recorded in excess of 100,000 nautical miles in his log book and has extensive racing experience, taking part in five Fastnets, thirteen Round the Island Races, the ARC, and BVI Regatta to name a few.

Caribbean Foiling Championships Saint Martin
Click on image to enlarge.

The speculations about the future of Caribbean kitesurfing are over after today's announcement. In 2020 from February 20-23, kite foil racing will have an annual event in the Caribbean called the Caribbean Foiling Championships,.

When World Sailing revealed that kitesurfing in the form of kite foil racing will be a permanent Olympic discipline after its debut at the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024, the organization of the Caribbean Foiling Championships decided to invest in the future of Caribbean Foiling.

In the beginning of 2020, Saint Martin (Orient Bay) will be the main hub of activity for all the wind and kite foiling fanatics.

Maxim van den Pol (founder of the Caribbean Foiling Championships) says,' The action sports industry has been an increasingly growing sport segment over the past decade, resulting in skyrocketing participation rates and escalating popularity especially among Generation Y consumers. The same is happening in the Caribbean but there was no platform for them to show their talent. Now they can show off what they can during the first Caribbean Foiling Championships in 2020. Let's hope this will be the start of something great for the Caribbean future!'

Fitting perfectly in the yearly kite calendar even European kitesurfers can skip the European winter and join some Caribbean benefits; great weather conditions, crystal clear waters and an average temperature of 26 Celsius.

B&G&reg releases the first VHF radio with the capability to send and receive AIS position data
B&G&reg have just released the V60-B mid-level VHF radio, the first B&G VHF radio with the capability to send and receive AIS position data. The V60-B has a large screen, intuitive interface, built-in AIS Class B Transceiver, a front-mountable, mechanical design for easy installation and optional H60 wireless handsets with inductive charging.

The AIS transceiver built into the V60-B can receive position data from other vessels, but it is also capable of sharing its position with nearby AIS-equipped vessels, improving situational awareness and collision avoidance. Position data is clearly viewable on the screen and can be overlaid on top of a chart or radar through a compatible chartplotter. Share location details and keep track of up to five friends using Track Buddy, which requests the location of another VHF radio when the MMSI is entered into the VHF contact list.

With its integrated GPS receiver, the V60-B has four ways to ensure GPS reliability in the event of an emergency. A GPS antenna in the face of the radio is perfect for open-air installations and the SMA connector can be coupled with a GPS-500 antenna. NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000 connections allow the user to get GPS data from a chartplotter or from another antenna already in the system. The V60-B radio can be paired with up to two H60 wireless handsets, making VHF functionality available anywhere onboard.

Learn More

If Ollie dares, Great Britain SailGP Team wins?!
On the first day of official practise racing at the European debut of SailGP in Cowes, Isle of Wight, Great Britain SailGP Team were thrilled to welcome onboard Ollie Ollerton, best known for Channels 4's SAS; Who Dares Wins.

Knowing that the team had only two days previously won the race to break the elusive 50 knot speed barrier and arriving fresh from a gruelling expedition up Mont Blanc, the ex-SAS military man stated: "I'm super excited to get out as 6th man with the Great Britain SailGP Team on this crazy fast boat - watch this space."

Sure enough, shortly after Ollerton's session with Dylan Fletcher and the team on the red, white and blue wingsailed F50 catamaran, the British boys stole the show on the first day of official practise racing at Cowes SailGP.

Following the inaugural Kings Cup regatta - a major sailor event hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in support of their charitable causes - and with a shoreline packed with fans, the Great Britain SailGP Team took the win on both races of the day, coming back twice from a slow start off the line.

As an Official Feature Event of Cowes Week, Cowes SailGP will bring an added level of excitement to the event with supercharged wingsailed catamarans racing in close-quarters at speeds potentially exceeding 50 knots, just off Cowes. The Cowes SailGP Race Village will run along the seafront from the end of the Cowes Green up to Egypt Point. Activities in the Race Village start from 11:30 a.m. each day, with the races taking place from 3-4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

And Finally a British success over the French
The veteran crew pass the buoy in the middle of the English Channel halfway through their record-setting row. Photo by Craig Brown. Click on image to enlarge.

A team of veteran British skiff-rowers called the Orio Speed Masters, have established a new record for rowing the English Channel, without ever reaching the French coast.

The crew had no option but to create a new route because the French have banned rowing or paddling across the English Channel since 2013. Other craft including sail and engine-powered craft as well as swimmers can cross without a problem. Despite a recent minor change to the French rules, every boat that's rowed or paddled must be towed in French waters, which invalidates any official Guinness Record attempt.

The row's organiser, renowned maritime and polar adventurer Jock Wishart, said: "It's a ludicrous situation where other sporting challenges can be completed shore to shore, but rowing is banned in French waters. If we ventured into their waters we'd immediately be stopped, taken under tow to a French port and potentially have our equipment confiscated and have to pay a hefty fine."

Defying the red tape and the ban, the new course is almost exactly the same distance as the recognised Cross Channel distance from its traditional starting point in Shakespeare Beach near Dover to Sangatte in France.

The British crew set out from Shakespeare Beach and rounded a buoy in the middle of the channel (Channel North Cardinal Buoy, called Colbart North), before returning to Shakespeare Beach. It is a distance of 22.6 statute miles.

Their feat was achieved by a 13-man rowing boat called a trainera. The style of boat used by the crew comes from the Basque country in Spain where it is designed to navigate the coastal waters of the Bay of Biscay. The time they set on the new course is 3hrs, 9mins and 2.5 seconds. In agreement with Guinness Book of Records the Orio Speed Masters can claim a new record for the same distance as rowing across the Channel on the new course.

The crew, who are all members of Thames-based Skiffing Clubs, was: Andy Wells, John Parker, John Graham, Duncan Graham, Simon Leifer, Mike Lanzer, Steve Aquilina, Nick Mepham, Andy Graham, Paul Reynolds, Andy Tompkins, Dave Jillings and steersman and tactician Jock Wishart.

Hamble River Sailing Club Centenary Founders Day Sail Past
Photo by Gill Pearson. Click on image for photo gallery.

Hamble River Sailing Club, or 'HRSC' to all who know it, celebrated 100 years since its formation on Tuesday 6th August with a Sail Past of 100 boats including dinghies, yachts, RIBs and launches on the evening of the very same date 100 years on since nine Hamble men met and agreed to form a new sailing club on the River Hamble. Amongst the fleet led by David Aisher's 1888 gaff cutter 'Thalia' were notable boats in the club's history including a 1949 Hamble Star racing dinghy and X One-Design dayboats, plus kids in club dinghies, most being towed by sailing instructors in 'jaffa' patrol boats due to the extremely windy weather.

Other vessels supporting the parade included the Hamble Inshore Lifeboat launched specially for the occasion, and as guard ships for the impressive fleet were Harbour Authority launches under the direction the River Hamble Harbour Master Jason Scott. Meanwhile onshore TV and radio crews had arrived to do outside broadcasts. The HRSC Commodore Steph Merry was kept busy with interviews while yachting journalist and guest commentator Barry Pickthall had his task made more difficult by the 20 knot breeze causing those boats under sail to overtake the boats ahead.

The result was good humoured and colourful with much to talk about as spectators looked on and then participants gathered in the clubhouse for rum punch, supper and an auction. This included boat trips, cooking experiences, a painting and two classic boats, plus a tombola, all together raising £3000 to help purchase new club dinghies for junior and adult training. The auctioneer was the irrepressible Bill Blain who donated one of his own paintings, and skilfully worked the audience into a frenzy of generosity. Most important was that two classic sailing dinghies with unique local history, a 1949 Hamble Star 14-footer and a 1952 National 12 that had recently been donated to the club, were both found good new homes in Hamble.

The concluding events in the HRSC Centenary programme will be the Invitational Race for Commodores (in Optimist dinghies!) and the club's annual flagship event, the eight-week long HYS Hamble Winter Series for yachts and sportsboats.

RS:X Youth World Championships
In St. Petersburg, the qualification series for the RS:X Youth World Championship in the class RS:X finished as another three races were completed. Racing is being held in the waters of the Neva Bay, and a racing village is encamped ashore near the park of the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg.

After the strong and shifting wind of the first day, a reduced wind of between 5-7 knots greeted the 104 competitors from 19 different nations on day 2. Despite the weather conditions for racing being challenging for both the competitors and the officials, the race teams held all three scheduled starts and completed all three races.

The leaders in the boys ranking were the Israelis of Eyal Yohay Zror and Daniel Basik Tashtash - both were among the leaders after the first race day and confirmed their challenges for the title on the second day. Zror has 10 points and is the most consistent competitor with all of his races being in the top 3 positions, Tashtash has 13 points overall. Among the chasing pack are Italian EdoardoTanas, Frenchman Mathis Ghio, Israeli Riuven Hillel and Greek Alexandros Kalpogiannakis (all - 17 points). Gold fleet is going to be intense!

Alexandros is the winner of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, the World and European Junior Championships in the Techno 293 class (the junior class before RS:X). Now he is trying to win the champion title in the Olympic class. In between competitions, Kalpogiannakis is advised by the 1996 Olympic windsurfing champion Nikolaos Kaklamanakis and Alexandros wants to follow in the footsteps of his great mentor.

At the end of the qualification (six races) among men, windsurfers were divided into two fleets - gold and silver. 35 of the best racers, including Russian racer Anton Tokarev (26th), got into the gold fleet. Women continue to race in a separate fleet. -- Icarus Sports

Letters To The Editor -
Letters are limited to 350 words. No personal attacks are permitted. We do require your name but your email address will not be published without your permission.

* From Sture Sunden (click on image for a photo gallery)

I am the son of naval architect Tord Sunden who passed away in 1999. He was most known for the design of the famous Nordic Folkboat and the International Folkboat (IF-boat). He also designed 5 and 6-metre yachts in the 1940´s as well as some cruising yachts.

His largest design was a yawl of 16 tons and 16.9 meters length that was launched in 1947, built at Sundsandviks Boatyard north of Gothenburg, the name of the yacht was BRIS and she sported the sail nr KR S - 118, as I remember.

I would be much obliged if you would be able to find out where the yacht could be today and I enclose some pics taken at her launching. Last time I saw her the topsides were painted white, that was in the 1970´s.

Please contact me if you have information. Thank you.


Featured Brokerage
2002 Farr 52 FURTIF 2. 180000 EUR. Located in Toulon, South of France.

FURTIF 2 (ex Goldfinger) is a fantastic full carbon racer built in 2002 and refitted in New Zealand by the current owner.

See listing details in Seahorse's RaceboatsOnly



2017 RIO 52. 1,200,000 USD. Located in West coast of the states.

RIO 52 is for sale. Built in 2017, she is a flat out IRC/ORC/Pac 52, race boat that can win anywhere in the world. Three sets of sails, ( North and Quantum) full safety gear, trailer, she has everything Contact us for the details

See listing details in Seahorse's RaceboatsOnly

William Jenkins
410 267 9419
410 353 7862


2002 Baltic Yachts 50. 580,000 EUR. Located in San Remo, Italy.

Hull number 7 of 11 Bill Tripp & Vismara designed Baltic 50 semi-custom performance blue water cruisers. Benefitting for a big refit in 2014 with new decks and paint, Baltic 50_07 is 100% ready to go.

See listing details in Seahorse's RaceboatsOnly

Lead broker - Alex Grabau
Tel: +44 (0)1590 673715

See the collection at

The Last Word
I bit a German once... tasted like cabbage. Very difficult to get drunk on Nazi bodily fluids, wouldn't you know. But I managed it! -- Winston Churchill (not really. Fake quote. But very much Churchillian)

Editorial and letter submissions to

Advertising inquiries to Graeme Beeson: or see