In This Issue
• SSAB ORC European Championship
• Giles Scott leads the Finns at Enoshima
• The International Paint Poole Regatta - Even Bigger in 2020
• Gypsy San Remo Appeal
• The Atlantic Round of the Royal Scandinavian Yacht Clubs, Nylandska Jaktklubben and their North American Station
• MS Amlin Seamanship Award Entries Close on the 20th August
• Youth Match Racing World Championship
• Irish Sailing Pathfinder Women at the Helm Regatta
• Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association: Viking Marine Coastal Series
• Featured Brokerage:
• • Italia Yachts 11.98 Bellissima
• • 1993 Wally 60 'Good Job Guys'
• • X41 - British Soldier
• The Last Word: Albert Einstein
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SSAB ORC European Championship
Oxelosund, Sweden: Saturday's two final races sailed in 12-17 knot conditions at the SSAB ORC European Championship 2019 has produced three new teams crowned as champions in Classes A, B and C. These teams defeated their rivals after four days of six intense inshore windward/leeward races in addition to a non-discardable offshore race. Wind conditions all week were across a range of 8 to 20 knots, perfect for determining the new title teams.
In Class A the winner among 7 entries was in contention all week long, each day trading the lead with the runner-up team and today making the outcome certain by winning both races. Erik Berth's Swan 45 Tarok VII from Denmark was sailed superbly by Bjorn Jakobsen, Charlotte Kempf, Chris Norgaard, Henrik Larsen, Jakob Berth, John Pedersen, Jonas Hansen, Nicklas Jensen, Peter Molkiaer, Rune Tonnesen and Berth himself.
Tarok VII also wins the Corinthian Prize for being the top-performing all-amateur team.
Winning the Silver medal in Class A was One Sailing Finland's TP 52 Zer0emission, skippered by Samuli Leisti, and winning Bronze was Karalow Witold's Soto 40 Scamp 27 from Poland defeating Bernhard Buchwald's XP 44 Xenia from Germany on a tie-break.
Axel Seehafer's X-41 Sportsfreund with his team members Gordon Nickel, Bendix Hügelmann, Holger Lehning, Gunnar Bahr, Jorg Siebahn, Jesper Radich, Vasco Ollero, Michel Voss, and Lennart Stegmann are the new ORC Class B European Champions, well-earned in a very tough class.
The remaining podium positions are also filled by German teams: Jens Kuphal's Landmark 43 Intermezzo in second, who came on strong in the last four races with scores of 1-3-1-3, and Michael Berghorn's X-41 Halbtrocken 4.0 in third who bounced back in recovery from a DSQ in yesterday's first race.
Class C with 37 entries was also a tough class; Joachim Aschenbrenner skippered the Estonian modified J/112E Matilda 4 to victory, with team members Arne Veske, Koit Pauts, Aso Koris, Joonas Kiisler, Maarjus Leppik, Taavi Eller, Andrus Luht, and Matteo Ivaldi.
The rest of the podium was also filled with Estonian teams: the past year's European Champion in this class, Aivar Tuulberg's Arcona 340 Katariina II in second, and the Sven Nuutmann-skippered CYD 37 Postimees Sailing Team in third.
Giles Scott leads the Finns at Enoshima
Olympic champion, Giles Scott, from Britain has taken the lead at the Olympic Test Event – Ready Steady Tokyo – after only one race was possible on the second day of competition due to light winds. Zsombor Berecz, from Hungary, drops to second while Nicholas Heiner, from The Netherlands, drops to third. The race was finally won by Jorge Zarif, from Brazil.
After several days of strong winds, the day began calmer with long delays on shore. When the fleet was finally sent out, the delay continued on the water until a light sea breeze filled in and Race 3 could begin.
It was a race of many changes. Ioannis Mitakis, from Greece led at the top, from Heiner and Berecz. The downwind decisions were crucial with Zarif making the best choices and rounding the gate in the lead, just ahead of a massive group of boats. Zarif escaped up the second beat and led down the final leg to the finish for a comfortable win. Scott, who had rounded the top mark in 12th, moved up to second just before the final mark to take second from Berecz.
Soon after that it was clear the wind was dying, as per forecast, so the fleet was sent back to Enoshima.
Racing continues Monday, with three races scheduled to try and catch up.
Results after Day 2
1. Giles Scott, GBR, 3 points
2. Zsombor Berecz, HUN, 4
3. Nicholas Heiner, NED, 4
4. Jorge Zarif, BRA, 9
5. Nils Theuninck, SUI, 9
6. Jonathan Lobert, FRA, 10
7. Anders Pedersen, NOR, 12
8. Ioannis Mitakis, GRE, 13
9. Andy Maloney, NZL, 15 b 10. Max Salminen, SWE, 16
Ready Steady Tokyo, the Olympic test event is a series of 10 opening series races from Saturday 17, August to Wednesday 21, August. The top 10 will then sail the medal race on Thursday 22 August.
Other top three in the Olympic Classes:
470 Men (3 races 1 discard)
1. Jordi Xammar Hernandez / Nicolas Rodriguez Garcia-Paz, ESP, 2
2. Mathew Belcher / William Ryan, AUS, 5
3. Anton Dahlberg / Fredrik Bergstrom, SWE, 7
470 Women (3 races 1 discard)
1. Agnieszka Skrzypulec / Jolanta Ogar, POL, 2
2. Ai Kondo Yoshida / Miho Yoshioka, JPN, 3
3. Aloise Retornaz / Camille Lecointre, FRA, 5
49er Men (5 races 1 discard)
1. Pawel Kolodzinski / Lukasz Przybytek, POL, 11
2. Blair Tuke / Peter Burling, NZL, 14
3. Benjamin Bildstein / David Hussl, AUT, 18
49erFX Women (3 races 1 discard)
1. Saskia Tidey / Charlotte Dobson, GBR, 2
2. Martine Soffiatti Grael / Kahena Kunze, BRA, 6
3. Victoria Jurczok / Anika Lorenz, GER, 7
Laser Men (3 races 1 discard)
1. Sam Meech, NZL, 3
2. Hermann Tomasgaard, NOR, 5
3. Jean Baptiste Bernaz, FRA, 5
Laser Radial Women (2 races)
1. Maria Erdi, HUN, 3
2. Marit Bouwmeester, NED, 8
3. Anne-Marine Rindom, DEN, 9
Nacra 17 (3 races 1 discard)
1. Ruggero Tita / Caterina Marianna Banti, ITA, 2
2. Paul Kohlhoff / Alica Stuhlemmer, GER, 4
3. Ben Saxton / Nicola Boniface, GBR, 5
RS:X Men, RS:X Women: N/A
The International Paint Poole Regatta - Even Bigger in 2020
Also confirmed are the J80, J24, HP30, VPRS National Championships and 2.4mR Tidal National Championship, the IRC Southern Area Championship and the Shrimper Southern Championship. There will be a lot of silverware on offer.
All well-known classes will have their own starts at Poole and discussions are ongoing with sever-al to add to the championship bonanza already signed to race next May.
More and more competitive yacht owners and crew are committing to race at Poole because of the great reputation gained for its multiple courses carefully crafted for each class, competitive starts to ensure thrilling racing, fantastic facilities within the yacht clubs of Poole, very experi-enced race management and all topped off with a full on social scene post racing every day.
Ensure the 23 - 25 May 2020 is blocked out in your diary as the International Paint Poole Regatta returns for three days of unmissable racing and social events in picturesque Dorset, UK.
Whatever class you race, there is a competitive start for you at the International Paint Poole Re-gatta 2020. Find out more at www.pooleregatta.co.uk
Gypsy San Remo Appeal
Don Wood aboard Gypsy. Click on image to enlarge.
Gypsy, the Dragon that Don has raced for 33 years, is an Anker and Jensen, built in 1933. At 86 she is the oldest Dragon in the world still regularly racing. Don, at 89, is the oldest Dragon skipper in the northern hemisphere still regularly racing Dragons.
Don is determined that he and Gypsy will be in San Remo for the Dragon 90th birthday regatta.
GHYC members are already pulling together to make this possible. One member has lent a 4 x 4, another, a good road trailer. Another has given Gypsy a very good genoa and spinnaker. Two GHYC members are driving Gypsy from Glandore to San Remo and back, and crewing Gypsy in San Remo.
Kieran O'Donoghue has been helping to organise the trip (Don is no good on computers!) Kieran has calculated the total cost of the operation to be €6,000.
To help defray some of the cost, a raffle of a half-model of a Dragon was organized, at a ticket price of €10. The raffle has raised €1,000.
To raise more money we urge members to reach into their pockets and contribute to a fund to ease the pain on Don's finances. Don is a founding member of GHYC. In recognition for all he has done for GHYC (running races for juniors before the club had a junior program, training under-18s on Gypsy to be good crew, many of whom have gone on to become instructors in the GHYC junior program and Dragon owners and crew) he was declared a lifetime honorary member of GHYC in 2014.
Please help to defray some of the large expense of getting Don and Gypsy to San Remo to represent the GHYC Dragon fleet. Put a donation in a sealed envelope marked Gypsy San Remo, and drop off at Wilds in the square or pay online through MEP at Gypsy San Remo Appeal
The Atlantic Round of the Royal Scandinavian Yacht Clubs, Nylandska Jaktklubben and their North American Station
Marstrand, Sweden: The Atlantic Round regatta and related Stephen P. Swope Memorial regatta were held in Marstrand, Sweden, 16-18 August, hosted this year by Royal Gothenburg YC (Goteborgs Kungliga Segelsallskap, GKSS).
The participating clubs were, in addition to GKSS, Royal Swedish YC (KSSS); Royal Danish YC (KDY); Royal Norwegian YC (KNS); Nylandska Jaktklubben (Finland, NJK); and The North American Station (NAS), which represents those clubs in North America.
The Atlantic Round regatta originated in 1993. It is held annually, hosted in rotation by the six clubs. In addition to a conventional series of races among boats crewed by each club, one day is devoted to the Stephen P. Swope Memorial regatta in which crews from the six clubs are scrambled for each race; results are determined by the total individual results of crews from each club.
Races were held using GKSS's new FarEast 28rs.
Representing their clubs were: GKSS (host club) Commodore Robert Casselbrant, KSSS Commodore Patrik Salen, KDY Commodore Carl Erik Kjærsgaard, NJK Commodore Mats Welin, KNS Rear Commodore Nils Klippenberg and NAS Post Captain Ernest Godshalk, along with members of their respective clubs.
The Stephen P. Swope Memorial regatta was held on Friday, August 16 in 15 knots of wind from the southwest, which is ideal for participants - on a twice-around windward-leeward course - and spectators in Marstrand's magnificent sailing "amphitheater." The island's iconic fort seems to loom over the race course. Results/points were:
Later that afternoon, the first race of The Atlantic Round was held with the home team, GKSS, taking a decisive first.
As predicted, weather on Saturday provided wind of 28 knots gusting 42 knots with steady rain so racing was canceled for the day. But the soggy mood recovered during the traditional crayfish dinner party and requisite "snaps songs" in "the castle" that evening.
Four more races were held Sunday morning in variable and shifting southerly wind, which contributed to many lead changes. Final results/points, excluding one "throw out", were very close:
1. GKSS/9 (tiebreaker)
3. NJK/12 (tiebreaker)
GKSS Commodore Robert Casselbrant, commented, "The Atlantic Round and Swope Memorial regattas generate wonderful camaraderie among the Nordic clubs and our North American friends. We are already looking forward to these events to be held in Newport in 2020 and celebration of the 75th Anniversary of our North American Station."
The Nordic clubs are the largest, and most are the oldest, in their respective countries. The North American Station was founded in 1945 by KSSS to promote Scandinavian-North American sailing-based friendships and then expanded to include the other clubs.
MS Amlin Seamanship Award Entries Close on the 20th August
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The award is a fantastic way of recognising and paying tribute to those who have shown great seamanship. This could be awarded to an individual or a team that maybe volunteers significant time to a boating charity or sailing club, has undertaken to clean up their surrounding environment, pushed themselves with a physical or psychological challenge or acted with bravery in an emergency. There are hundreds of potential reasons to make a nomination whether out on the water or ashore and is open to all boating communities.
So do you know someone who would not nominate themselves having done something special, but you think they deserve to be recognised? Nominate them today to ensure they don't miss out on the opportunity to be rewarded for their actions.
The 2019 award will be presented on Friday 13th September, during the prestigious MS Amlin YJA Yachtsman of the Year Gala Dinner, at the Grand Cafe in Southampton. The event will be attended by the UK's most well-known boating journalists alongside famous faces from the world of yachting.
The winner will be informed on the 30th August. To find out more about the MS Amlin Seamanship Award visit www.boatinsure.co.uk/seamanship
Youth Match Racing World Championship
Knowing the forecast promised a dead calm, the YMRWC 2019 Race committee was hoping to see a wind on the water of the Verkh-Isetsky pond this early morning, as it was on the 16th of August.
Due to this the racing program had to be changed and the preparation for the competitions day was assigned to 6 am, to start the racing at 7 o'clock. But when all gathered at the pier, the wind didn't blow.
The Race committee came to the water to monitor the situation but the wind strength didn't surpass 2 knots which are not enough to start the racing.
Having the 2nd Round Robin incomplete the Race Committee had to use the special rule from the International Racing rules of Sailing to rank the participants according to the results in the races held.
The top of the podium gets the Australian team which pulled ahead from the very first day and was holding the leading positions all the others. New Zealand is on the 2nd place, and the Danish team gets bronze.
1. Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Tom Grimes, AUS
2. Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron / Team KNOTS, Nick Egnot-Johnson, NZL
3. Borch Racing, Jeppe Borch, DEN
4. HRM Racing Youth Team, Igor Tarasiuk, POL
5. Riverside Yacht Club, Stanford Sailing Team, Jack Parkin, USA
6. Penarth YC / Dragon Racing, Matt Whitfield, GBR
7. RBYS Racing, Rocco Attili, ITA
8. Societe des Regates du Havre, Aurelien Pierroz, FRA
9. Holmberg Racing Team, Mans Holmberg, SWE
10. MyWind, Mark Abdrakipov, RUS
11. Team CZE, Zdenek Dybal Jakub Halouzka, CZE
12. Kobe University, Kodai Mutsuda, JPN
Irish Sailing Pathfinder Women at the Helm Regatta
Photo by David Branigan, www.oceansport.ie. Click on image for photo gallery.
All the racing was completed on Saturday which saw choppy waters and gusts up to 35 knots in Dublin Bay, making the courses challenging and blustery for the boats. Racing on Day 2 (today) was cancelled due to the weather conditions.
Amongst the prizewinners were Louise McKenna who won the "Silver Sailor" prize for helms over 60. The Roy Family Club Perpetual Trophy for the most successful club was won by the Royal St George Yacht Club (Dun Laoghaire).
Women have been sailing with and against each other for decades, but this is the first regatta to be held at a national level. This was a truly unique event where women were actively encouraged to develop their leadership skills by only allowing women helms. (Men also sailed but women had to make up 50% of the crew, and all boats were required to be helmed by women).
Irish Sailing event organiser Gail MacAllister said "while there is already equality in sailing with boys and girls competing against each other from an early age, the regatta was designed to reverse the trend of women leaving sailing when careers and family take over – and to show to younger or less experienced sailors that women helming and being a leader can become the norm".
Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association: Viking Marine Coastal Series
The Viking Marine Night Race report and results are available here. Congratulations to Rockabill VI on a great win.
The coastal series is now wide open with the best three races to count in the four race series.
The concluding race in the Viking Marine Coastal Series is on Saturday 24th August - this is the coastal race to Greystones. This is also a feeder race to the Regatta in Greystones on Sunday 25th August.
The Supplemental Sailing Instructions for the is race is available here
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