In This Issue
• Team Mac wins Lysekil Women's Match
• Cowes Week Day 2 - Round up report
• Marginal Gains - Musto
• Extreme conditions at Cowes SailGP
• 505 European Championships
• Sinebrychoff 6 Metre World Championship
• National Sailing Hall Of Fame Announces 2019 Inductees
• St. Francis Yacht Club Repeats as Morgan Cup Champion
• Entries Now Open For 2019 John Merricks Sailing Trust
• The Yawl has been found!
• Featured Brokerage:
• • Swan 45-007 'Eala of Rhu'
• • Nautor Swan 65
• • Mills 45 - "Concubine"
• The Last Word: Breece D'J Pancake
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Team Mac wins Lysekil Women's Match
This year's edition of Lysekil Women's Match - the world's greatest match racing competition for female sailors - is over. Lucy Macgregor, with her Team Mac, sailed home the gold in Lysekil Women's Match, and this year's Women's Match Racing World Championship 2019.
Macgregor showed why she is the two-time reigning world champion when she won over Claire Leroy with 3-0 in the tough final, taking home the gold, and 300 000 Swedish kronor in prize money.
The bronze went to Pauline Courtois, and her Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team, after defeating the Dutch Match Racing Team 2-1.
Results in Lysekil Women's Match / Women's Match Racing World Championship 2019 (team, crew, nationality):
1. Team Mac - Lucy Macgregor, Amy Sparks, Bethan Carden, Mary Rook, Kate Macgregor - GBR
2. Mermaid Sailing Team - Claire Leroy, Mathilde Geron, Julie Gerecht, Lola Billy, Sigrid Longeau - FRA
3. Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team - Pauline Courtois, Maelenn Lemaitre, Louise Acker, Nathalie Corson , Sophie Faguet - FRA
4. Dutch Match Racing Team - Renee Groeneveld, Marcelien Bos - de Koning, Marieke Jongens, Marije Tijssen-Kampen, Mijke Lievens - NED
5. WINGS - Anna ostling, Annie Wennergren, Linnea Wennergren, Marie Berg, Annika Carlunger - SWE
6. Team Emerson - Marie Bjorling Duell, Anna Holmdahl White, Elisabeth Nilsson, Jenny Axhede, Anna Nordlander - SWE
7. Team Bergqvist Match Racing - Johanna Bergqvist, Isabelle Bergqvist, Johanna Thiringer, Ellinor Hansson, Julia Carlsson - SWE
8. Vela Racing - Nicole Breault, Allie Blecher, Karen Loutzenheiser, Beka Schiff, Carina Becker - USA
9. Team Kattnakken - Trine Palludan, Sille Christensen, Lea Richter Vogelius, Vivi Moller, Joan Wester Hansen - DEN
10. L2 Match Racing Team - Marinella Laaksonen, Sofia Tynkkynen, Camilla Cedercreutz, Henna Holopainen, Catharina Sandman - FIN
11. Swiss Women Match Racing Team - Alexa Bezel, Fiona Testuz, Manon Kivell, Andrea Nordquist, Blandine Jaffrain - SUI
12. Matchmoiselles by Normandy Elite Team - Margot Vennin, Juliette Dubreuil, Clotilde Poncon, Chloe Salou, Sophonie Affagard - FRA
Standings in WIM Series 2019 after two events (team, skipper, nationality, points):
1. Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team, Pauline Courtois - FRA, 43
2. WINGS, Anna ostling - SWE, 38
3. Team Emerson, Marie Bjorling Duell - SWE, 30
4. Team Mac, Lucy Macgregor - GBR, 25
5. Matchmoiselles by Normandy Elite Team, Margot Vennin - FRA, 25
6. L2 Match Racing Team, Marinella Laaksonen - FIN, 25
7. Mermaid Sailing Team / New Sweden Match Racing Team, Claire Leroy - FRA, 22
8. Team Kattnakken, Trine Palludan / Lea Richter Vogelius - DEN, 22
9. Dutch Match Racing Team, Renee Groeneveld - NED, 18
10. Team Bergqvist Match Racing, Johanna Bergqvist - SWE, 12
11. APCC Women Sailing Team, Margot Riou - FRA, 12
12. Vela Racing, Nicole Breault - USA, 10
13. No Name Sailing Team, Chloe Le Bars - FRA, 10
14. Swiss Women Match Racing Team, Alexa Bezel - SUI, 6
Cowes Week Day 2 - Round up report
A fast and furious day provided close and exhilarating racing, mostly in bright sun, for the Black Group classes at Cowes Week.
Although gusts of 30 knots had swept through the central Solent half an hour earlier, the breeze was temporarily down to 20 knots for the start of IRC Class 0 at 1010. Niall Dowling's Fast 40+ Arabella and Gerd-Jan Poortman's Ker 46Van Uden initially led the fleet away towards the western Solent, with all boats tacking offshore into the stronger ebb tide and were soon in the white water beyond Egypt Point.
These boats were overhauled by Tony Langley's TP52 Gladiator, which finished the 24 mile race with a commanding lead, having completed the course in two hours 20 minutes. However, as the wind picked up on the leading edge of a shower she hit a snag when dropping her kite after the finish. This culminated in trawling the sail in the water, which then exploded into pieces.
Mark Rijkse's GP42 42 Degrees South was next across the line, more than 10 minutes after Gladiator, but beat the higher-rated boat on corrected time by two and a half minutes. Arabella was third, less than two minutes later.
IRC Class 1 had one of the tightest races of the day. At the start Colin Campbell's Azuree 46 Eclectic responded to the individual recall after the start cannon and returned to start correctly. Tor McLaren's MAT1180 Gallivanter led away from the line, having started inshore on port tack and clearing ahead of the fleet, steering aggressively to minimise slamming in the steep wind against tide waves. Jan de Kraker's Swan 45K-Force and Bertie Bicket's Swan 42CS Fargo were also very well placed at this stage.
Unfortunately, Gallivanterhad started prematurely, leaving another Dutch boat, Harold Vermeulen's Leeloo, to take line honours ahead of K-Force and Fargo. After time correction these three boats were only 67 seconds apart, with Fargotaking victory. K-Force took the runner's up spot on corrected time, just one second ahead of Leeloo.
Sunday was also Family Day, celebrating the many family crews that race together – or compete against each other – at Cowes Week. These include families such as the Hill family who have been racing the Contessa 32 Nimbus at Cowes Week for 24 years and sail with three generations on board.
The concept of "marginal gains' has been well explored and explained in recent years, especially in relation to the success of the British Cycling Team both on the Olympic velodrome and in the Tour de France with the success of Team Sky. However, as Musto's head of marketing Nick Houchin explains, the concept of marginal gains has been at the core of the company since its foundation.
'When Keith Musto went to the Tokyo Games in 1964 and came home with a silver medal in the Flying Dutchman, he realised how small the margins were between winning gold and silver. It was that experience that led him to form the company and to create products that would always seek to eliminate those tiny weaknesses, to make clothing and equipment that would help enhance the performance of the athlete to the nth degree. It's from Keith's original philosophy that we coined our brand's strapline: The Inside Edge.
Extreme conditions at Cowes SailGP
Photo by Ingrid Abery, www.ingridabery.com. Click on image for photo gallery.
Cowes, UK: In extreme conditions at the European debut of SailGP, Australia's Tom Slingsby proved once again that he is the one to beat in the league's first season. The Australia SailGP Team dominated the field with a sweep of the races while becoming the first crew to break the 50-knot speed barrier in sail racing. Meanwhile, Rome Kirby's U.S SailGP Team capsized in dramatic fashion and Dylan Fletcher and the British team took a violent nose dive resulting in boat damage that prevented them from finishing racing.
The stakes were higher than ever on the first and only day of racing in Cowes, as the last chance for teams to put points on the leaderboard before the final in Marseille, where the SailGP championship trophy and $1 million awaits the season winner.
In front of a packed crowd at the SailGP Race Village at Egypt Point, Slingsby set a new sail racing speed record, clocking in at 50.0 knots while crossing the finish line of the first race. It marked the first time in sail racing history that a boat broke the 50-knot speed barrier.
Earlier in the week, the Australian team sustained damage to its wing in practice and was unsure whether it would be able to race today, but Sunday morning saw all damage repaired and Slingsby raring to go. The team, which only had a couple hours of practice in its boat this week, made a deal with the French, who loaned the Aussies their boat in exchange for some training with Slingsby onboard.
The United States SailGP Team capsized within 30 seconds of the start of race one, but surprisingly was able to compete in the rest of the day's racing with quick assistance from the SailGP tech team. Despite a tough day, Kirby's American team was able to climb the leaderboard for third place overall.
The Great Britain SailGP Team wasn't as lucky. On the penultimate leg of the first race, the team dug its bow into the water, sending flight controller Chris Draper tumbling over Stuart Bithell in a dramatic crash. No injuries were sustained, however, the boat was too damaged to sail for the remainder of the day. Fletcher was massively disappointed, having had high hopes at his home event after breaking the 50-knot barrier and winning two of two practice races earlier in the week.
SailGP's final stop for Season 1 is in Marseille. Fans can expect the racing to be fierce, with three full days of competition planned, an ultimate winner-takes-all match race for the SailGP championship trophy and $1 million purse.
Cowes SailGP Results
1. Australia, 30 points
2. Japan, 25
3. China, 24
4. France, 22
5. United States, 18
6. Great Britain, 14
Season 1 Leaderboard (after four events)
1. Australia, 169 points
2. Japan, 165
3. United States, 123
4. Great Britain, 120
5. China, 117
6. France, 115
505 European Championships
Sonderborg, Denmark: The 2019 505 European Championships took place August 6-10, 2019 at the Sonderberg Yacht Club. The full schedule of 10 races was sailed.
Final top five
1. Roger Gilbert / Ben Mcgrane, GBR, 25 points
2. Ian Pinnell / David Shelton, GBR, 29
3. Howard Hamlin / Jeff Nelson, USA, 32
4. Wolfgang Hunger / Holger Jess, GER, 37
5. Stefan Bohm / Gerald Roos, GER, 43
Sinebrychoff 6 Metre World Championship
Sadly the final day of racing at the 2019 Sinebrychoff 6 Metre World Championship in Hanko was blighted by light winds for the second day running and no racing was possible. Fortunately six of the eight programmed races had been completed and the winners of the Championship could be declared.
2019 Sinebrychoff International 6 Metre World Champion was confirmed as Philippe Durr helming SUI77 Junior, crewed by Nicholas Berthoud, Kaspar Schadegg, Yann Marillet and Alexandre Nicole. The competition had been fierce and at the final prize giving a delighted Philippe Durr paid tribute to his fellow competitors and in particular to second placed Patrick Monteiro de Barros, sailing POR4 Seljm, crewed by Henrique Anjos, Gasto Brun, Joao Matos Rosa and Rodrigo Vantacich, and third placed Hugo Stenbeck helming SUI132 Sophie Racing with Martin Westerdahl, Bernardo Freitas, Lars Linger and Concalo Ribeiro, who finished the regatta on equal points with Durr and only lost out to him on countback.
His Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain's ESP Bribon Gallant, helmed jointly by His Majesty and Pedro Campos and crewed by Inaqui Castaner, Alberto Viejo, Ropi Alvarez and Ross MacDonald, safely defended her Classic 6 Metre Worlds title by a seven point margin.
Second place in the Classic Division went to FIN67 Djinn helmed by Karl-Gustav Pihl and crewed by Georg Tallberg, Thomas Castre'n, Oscar Andersin and Hema Virkunen. Championship Regatta Chairman Ossi Paija and his local crew of Thomas Hallberg, Jonas Renlund, Sam Fagerlund and Kimmo Vijamaa sailing FIN80 Astree III took the final step on the podium in the Classic Division.
The next international championship for the class will be the 2020 6 Metre European Championship, to be hosted by the Real Nautico de Sanxenxo on Spain's spectacular Galician coast during the last two weeks of August 2020. Further details about the regatta will be published shortly at www.6metre.com.
Final Top Five Results
1. Junior - Philippe Durr, SUI, 15
2. Seljm - Patrick Monteiro de Barros, POR, 15
3. Sophie Racing - Hugo Stenbeck, SUI, 15
4. Evalina - Henrik Andersin, FIN, 16
5. Stella - Violeta Alvarez, ESP, 27
1. Bribon - Pedro Campos, ESP, 7
2. Djinn - Karl-Gustav Pihl, FIN, 14
3. Astree III - Ossi Paija, FIN, 24
4. Goose - Eric Jespersen, USA, 26
5. Dix Aout - Louis Heckly, FRA, 26
National Sailing Hall Of Fame Announces 2019 Inductees
Newport, R.I.: The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) today announced the 10 people who will make up its 2019 class of inductees:
Capt. John Bonds (Annapolis, Md./Charleston, S.C.)
Passionate sailor whose leadership in establishing safety protocols has had a global impact on offshore sailing,
Thomas F. Day (Somerset, England/New York, N.Y.)
Founder, in 1906, of The Newport Bermuda Race\
Robbie Doyle (Marblehead, Mass.)
Buddy Friedrichs (New Orleans, La.)
Olympic Gold Medalist
Allison Jolly (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
The sport's first-ever Women's Olympic Gold Medalist
Donald McKay (Jordan Falls, Nova Scotia/East Boston, Mass.)
Clipper ship builder
Everett A. Pearson (Warren, R.I./Estero, Fla.)
The grandfather of fiberglass production
Doug Peterson (San Diego, Calif.)
Pioneering yacht designer
Herbert Lawrence Stone (Charleston, S.C./New York, N.Y.)
Magazine editor and publisher .
One additional Inductee, author and world champion sailor, Arthur Knapp, Jr. (Larchmont, N.Y.), is being recognized with the NSHOF Lifetime Achievement Award.
The members of the class of 2019 join 71 previously recognized individuals as the National Sailing Hall of Fame continues to fulfill its mission by drawing attention and recognition to Americans who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing.
The 2019 class will be formally celebrated on Saturday, November 9, 2019, with an Induction Ceremony hosted at Seattle Yacht Club, Seattle, Wash. The Induction Weekend has also become notable as a reunion of sailing's Who's Who as previous inductees join the celebrations to welcome their peers into the Hall of Fame. --Stuart Streuli, NYYC Director of Communications
St. Francis Yacht Club Repeats as Morgan Cup Champion
Newport, RI: In keelboat team racing, where so much depends upon a dozen sailors acting as if they are sharing the same brain, familiarity and consistency are a recipe for success. With a roster that included nine returning sailors from last year's winning team, the St. Francis Yacht Club (San Francisco) successfully defended its Morgan Cup championship, beating Corinthian Yacht Club (Marblehead, Mass.) and Yale Corinthian Yacht Club (New Haven, Conn.), which tied on points for second, with Corinthian winning the team breaker. The win by St. Francis is the fourth straight Morgan Cup championship, and the fifth in the past six years, for a yacht club from the West Coast of the United States.
The New York Yacht Club Invitational Team Race Regatta for the Morgan Cup was first run in 2003 and has become one of the most prestigious trophies for keelboat team racers. Clubs from around the country, and abroad, apply for an invitation, and the field regularly includes numerous collegiate All-American sailors along with former Olympians and world and national champions. The regatta is sailed out of the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court in the Club's fleet of identical Sonar sailboats, with each team composed of three crews of three or four sailors. The Morgan Cup was presented by the members of the New York Yacht Club to J. P. Morgan as a token of esteem and a mark of appreciation of his service to the club as Commodore, 1919-1921, and is dedicated as the perpetual award for the winning team.
The New York Yacht Club's series of elite team races will continue next weekend with the Hinman Masters, and conclude August 23 to 25 with the Grandmasters Team Race. Full details on both of those events can be found here.
Entries Now Open For 2019 John Merricks Sailing Trust
Applications are now open for sailors to apply to the John Merricks Sailing Trust (JMST) for a brand new single-handed junior pathway boat or board. The boats and boards will be gifted to at least one promising youngster from each RYA Region and Home Country who displays enthusiasm, drive, talent and commitment to the sport and who may not ordinarily have the opportunity or financial backing to achieve their goals.
After two years of exclusive use of their own boat or board, which will be donated to their club or centre, they will then be returned to the sailor's original club so other young sailors can continue to benefit in the future and progress into club and regional racing activities. The range on offer include: Optimist, Topper, Laser 4.7, RS Tera and Bic Techno 293OD.
Since its launch in 2013, JMST have already donated 76 boats and boards to youngsters.
The JMST seeks to help young sailors and youth sailing organisations to achieve their goals and was set up in the memory of 1996 Olympic silver medalist John Merricks. As the official charity partner of RYA OnBoard, the JMST will donate at least 80 single-handed junior pathway boats and boards to promising sailors over eight years, providing them with the opportunity to progress their skills and continue to participate in the sport.
Eligible sailors must be under 15 years of age on the 31st of December 2019. Sailors must enter and compete at the British Youth Sailing Regional Junior Championships in September 2019. Sailors will then be shortlisted and invited to complete an application form after the event. For any further information email: or call 02380 604195.
The Yawl has been found!
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Thanks to a letter from Allen Clarke of Owen Clarke Yacht Design, the boat has been located. She's now named Baltic Bris and is based (as is Allen) in Darmouth.
Here's a nice photo by Mike Wynne Powell of the boat and crew sailing at the Royal Dart Yacht Club Classic Regatta in 2016:
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The Last Word
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