In This Issue
Final Day Of Fleet Racing For Some As Ready Steady Tokyo - Sailing Enters Day 4
29er European Championships: eight different nations in the top 10
Harken® Fly Blocks: Strength Beyond Mass
War veteran vessel gets a hero's welcome in Cape Town
Whats not to like - Caribbean Sailing Association
Bournemouth Digital Poole Week - Day 3
Robline Cordage: Relaxing
505 Euro Cup
Industry News
Tom Hutchinson
Featured Charter
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The Last Word: Kurt Vonnegut

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Final Day Of Fleet Racing For Some As Ready Steady Tokyo - Sailing Enters Day 4
The good news is that the wind is set to be more consistent and stable today than previous days.

After 9:00, southeasterly-south winds of 4-8 knots will be present, but this will increase by the time sailors begin their schedule for the day.

From 12:00, when racing begins, sailors can expect south-southwesterly winds between 10-14 knots, gusting 18 knots.

After 18:00, the wind will decrease slightly to around 10 knots, with heavy rain and thunderstorms likely.

Similarly to yesterday, wave height shouldn't reach over 1m today.

Racing will start at around 12:00 for the majority of Olympic events, with between two and three races scheduled in each.

Today is the last day of fleet racing for the RS:X Men and Women, 49ers, 49erFXs and Nacra 17s - they will all have their Medal Race tomorrow.

Top three by class

470 Men
1. Mathew Belcher / William Ryan, AUS, 21
2. Anton Dahlberg / Fredrik Bergström, SWE, 24
3. Jordi Xammar Hernandez / Nicolas Rodríguez García-Paz, ESP, 25

470 Women
1. Aloise Retornaz / Camille Lecointre, FRA, 30
2. Eilidh McIntyre / Hannah Mills, GBR, 33
3. Ai Kondo Yoshida / Miho Yoshioka, JPN, 35

49er Men
1. Blair Tuke / Peter Burling, NZL, 37
2. Pawel Kolodzinski / Lukasz Przybytek, POL, 50
3. Dylan Fletcher-Scott / Stuart Bithell, GBR, 58

49FX Women
1. Saskia Tidey / Charlotte Dobson, GBR, 31
2. Martine Soffiatti Grael / Kahena Kunze, BRA, 37
3. Alexandra Maloney / Molly Meech, NZL, 39

Finn Men
1. Zsombor Berecz, HUN, 14
2. Giles Scott, GBR, 30
3. Nicholas Heiner, NED, 35

Laser Men
1. Jesper Stalheim, SWE, 14
2. Sam Meech, NZL, 23
3. Matthew Wearn, AUS, 27

Laser Radial Women
1. Emma Plasschaert, BEL, 31
2. Sarah Douglas, CAN, 39
3. Maria Erdi, HUN, 44

1. Ruggero Tita / Caterina Marianna Banti, ITA, 46
2. John Gimson / Anna Burnet, GBR, 48
3. Santiago Lange / Cecilia Carranza Saroli, ARG, 53

RS:X Men
1. Mengfan Gao, CHN, 38
2. Thomas Goyard, FRA, 54
3. Tom Squires, GBR, 57

RS:X Women
1. Yunxiu Lu, CHN, 34
2. Katy Spychakov, ISR, 41
3. Charline Picon, FRA, 44

29er European Championships: eight different nations in the top 10
Photo by Elena Giolai. Click on image for photo gallery.

29er European Championship Lake Garda, Italy. The second day of the European Championships was successful, with winds at 9 to 12 knots, a bit lighter than Monday. Seven of the scheduled 9 races have now been completed for the 210 crews competing. The gold fleet will see the top 50 crews compete starting Thursday.

Final top ten after 7 races, 1 discard
1. Mathias Berthet / Alexander Franks Penty, NOR, 7 net points
2. Aristide Girou / Noah Chauvin, FRA, 14
3. Ville Korhonen / Edvard Bremer, FIN, 17
4. Marius Westerlind / Olle Aronsson, SWE, 17
5. Finn Walter / Marcus Borlinghaus, GER, 19
6. Ewan Wilson / Finley Armstrong, GBR, 22
7. Zeno Biagio Santini / Marco Misseroni , ITA, 23
8. Jens-ChristianDehn-Toftehoj / Mads Fuglbjerg, DEN, 25
9. Oliver Evans / Will Jarman, GBR, 27
10. Freya Black / James Grummet, GBR, 28

Full Results

Harken® Fly Blocks: Strength Beyond Mass
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"Fly Blocks offer the strength previously found only in larger blocks in a much smaller package," said Matt Schmidt, engineering leader of the project. "Taken together, it means increased potential performance."

Fly Blocks are available in 18 mm, 29 mm, and 40 mm sizes. The 18 mm blocks feature an integrated stainless steel inner race and rivet, and stainless steel ball bearings and composite fiber-reinforced sideplates. The 29 mm and 40 mm blocks feature a one-piece titanium sheave that doubles as the outer bearing race for their stainless steel ball bearings. The inner race is stainless. Sideplates are fiber-reinforced composite.

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War veteran vessel gets a hero's welcome in Cape Town
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Brat of Dunkirk A 106-year-old yacht believed to have taken part in the Dunkirk evacuation, the famous rescue of Allied troops during the Second World War, has herself been rescued by two local sailors and is being restored in Hout Bay.

The Camper and Nicholson 38 Yawl, built in Portsmouth in 1913 and dubbed 'The Brat of Dunkirk', was sitting derelict in Port Elizabeth until recently when she caught the attention of Associated Rigging boss Warren Fraser, who is now a new co-owner together with SABBEX (South African Boatbuilders Export Council) chairman Bruce Tedder. Fraser has since researched The Brat's history, including her likely link to Dunkirk, when the British military commandeered every available civilian vessel to help evacuate Allied soldiers who were stranded on the beach at Dunkirk in northern France. Over 300 000 French and British soldiers were rescued from approaching Nazi divisions.

Fraser told SABBEX the boat first arrived in South Africa in 1968 - what she did before that is still unclear - when she was one of the first boats of her kind. She had a refit and then, at some point in the 1980s, sailed up to Port Elizabeth, never to return until the other day on a truck, from whence she was delivered to her current resting place outside the Hout Bay Yacht Club. Explained Fraser: "A chap was trying to rebuild her in PE, for she had become very unloved. That's when I got involved," he said.

"A client got hold of me and said, Warren, the boat is too much to handle - she deserves better. What can you do? "

Fraser said he couldn't believe his eyes: "I said, hang on, this is a barn find. You will never get another opportunity like this or find another one. Ever."

When Tedder heard about the project he was equally effusive, and helped put together the plan to buy The Brat and get her back to Hout Bay. This they have now done, partly thanks to Hout Bay Yacht Club which has donated a free berth 'on the hard' outside the Club at Hout Bay harbour. The idea is to use the boat as the centrepiece of a boatbuilding skills development project for Hout Bay's underprivileged areas, which may serve as a catalyst for boatbuilding generally in the Hout Bay area.

In the meantime The Brat is turning heads in her new home at the harbour. Said Fraser: "Everybody who saw the boat when we were bringing her in literally stopped their cars and took out their cell phone to take pictures."

Whats not to like - Caribbean Sailing Association
Caribbean Sailing Association J/24 to 240-footers the Caribbean winter circuit has come a long way in recent years... In 2020 something for everyone will be a great deal more just than a slogan

Wall to wall sunshine, sparkling clear waters and steady trade winds, the conditions alone have long been among the major attractions to racing in the Caribbean. Add to this the region's legendary reputation for outstanding parties, lay days, music and general fun ashore and it's easy to see why the Caribbean regatta circuit has been a key part of so many people's sailing season, for so many years.

But like many regattas around the world, even the most enticing events in this sailing paradise have previously struggled to maintain their momentum. The reasons for the change have been widespread and complex, but at the heart of the issue is the way that competitors themselves have changed how they work and play. Increasing day to day demands of work puts sailors under more pressure to play closer to home. Put simply, habits and holidays have changed.

Full article in the September issue of Seahorse

Bournemouth Digital Poole Week - Day 3
Photos by David Harding, Click on image for photo gallery.

Bournemouth Digital Poole Week Tuesday in Bournemouth Digital Poole Week was one of those days when everything came together. The sun shone (much of the time), the wind blew (not too hard) and a great day on the water was had by all.

The heavy-weather enthusiasts had enjoyed some high-adrenaline action and seriously competitive racing on the first two days in winds gusting to 30 knots. Tuesday finally allowed everyone else to get afloat as well, with no one having to worry about whether they or their boats would come home in one piece.

No racing had taken place on Parkstone Yacht Club's platform courses on Monday, so it was good to see nearly 20 entries in the fast and slow handicap fleets sharing their start. Boats ranged from a Fireball, a Contender and a handful of Merlin Rockets to Laser 4.7s, several Fusions and a Byte. Steve and Ally Tyler scored two bullets in the fast handicap fleet to move straight into second place behind Ian Duke in his K1, who currently tops the table having sailed all three races to date.

After staying ashore for the first two days, the Wayfarers made the most of their time on the water and there were some good tussles at the front of the fleet. Jackie Dobson and Dave Mitchell were the most consistent, notching up two very close 2nd places to end the day on four points with Brian Lamb and Sam Pygall, who recorded a 3rd and a 1st.

The Darts provided their own entertainment when they were sent to RoRo as one of their windward marks in the first race. It's rarely used by the Darts in their regular club racing, so most only knew vaguely where it should be and could be seen sailing every which way for a while. Eventually they all decided to follow Dave and Jan Pointer, who usually sail an RS200 and know exactly where to find RoRo. The Pointers went on to win the race and finish 2nd in the next, proving yet again that hauling an elderly Dart out of the garage for one regatta a year doesn't seem to make them any slower. -- David Harding

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505 Euro Cup
The final 2019 505 Euro Cup event comes to the UK on 6-8 September 2019.

Hayling Island Sailing Club has a long involvement with the 505 class having hosted many Eurocup Events, 505 Nationals and the 505 World Championships twice. The club is the largest in the UK and is renowned for excellent race management and superb sailing waters.

The racing will be outside the harbour in Hayling Bay and at this time of year the water will be at its warmest, with a combination of sea breeze and gradient winds hopefully to give good sailing conditions, as happened last year.

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Industry News
Members of Dun Laoghaire RNLI received a cheque for €7,150 during their Monday evening training session. The funds were raised through the Dubarry ladies' lunches which were held simultaneously at three Dun Laoghaire yacht clubs on the Saturday afternoon of the event back in July. The cheque was presented to Coxswain Mark McGibney and the lifeboat crew by Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta (VDLR) Event Chairman Don O'Dowd, Keith Kenny from Dubarry, VDLR committee member Colin O'Brien and VDLR Secretary Ciara Dowling.

The Dubarry sponsored ladies' lunch was held at three Dun Laoghaire Yacht Clubs; the Royal St. George, the Royal Irish and the National Yacht Cub. During the event Dun Laoghaire RNLI volunteer lifeboat crewmember Damien Payne visited diners at all three venues dressed in his full lifeboat kit to talk about the work of the charity. The event was sold-out and one of the highlights of the social calendar over the four days.

Don O'Dowd, Event Chairman of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta said, 'The choice of charity for the Dubarry ladies' lunch was an obvious one for us. We are all sailors and we need the RNLI. We had over two thousand people out on the water during the four days of the event and its wonderful having the RNLI nearby. We all hope we will never need them but to know they are there if we do gives us a great sense of security.'

'We were bowled over by the amount raised and I wish to thank everyone who so generously supported the event.'

Keith Kenny, Group Retail Manager for Dubarry Ireland, who sponsored the ladies' lunch added, 'We've been involved with the Regatta for a few years, but this was the first year that we sponsored the ladies lunch and it was a great success. We are hugely appreciative of the work of the RNLI and the volunteer lifeboat crew in Dun Laoghaire.'

'Dubarry started off as a sailing brand and that will always be an important part of the business, so to be able to give back into that was important to us.'


Grand Pavois La Rochelle 2019: 47th edition of the show (created in 1973). Top Five international in-water rendezvous. Six days of exhibition, from Wednesday 18 to Monday 23 September 2019, 10 am/7 pm.

In order to promote sailing of the future, Grand Pavois La Rochelle has decided to give pride of place to alternative energies at its 2019 edition with the creation of a dedicated area and communication centred around this innovative theme. In terms of activities, an electric boat procession will be organised as well as a round table bringing together all the stakeholders from the sector.

More than 1.500 tests and sea outings : For sailing enthusiasts, the show offers the chance to try boats at sea throughout the day, as well as Board Sport and Light Sailing equipment.

Presence of exceptional boats and sailors, in particular with Yvan Bourgnon who will present the model of his sea cleaning boat The SeaCleaners and give a conference. The crew of Florestan "When Music is Sailing", which has completed a round-the-world trip in order to promote music around the world, an educational odyssey devoted to exchanges. Note also the presence of Jean-Jacques Savin, who crossed the Atlantic in a barrel, and the crew of Sailing Ahoy, which will be setting sail for a year around the Atlantic in favour of Organ Donations, etc.


As announced on June 27, 2019, HanseYachts AG acquired all shares in Privilège Marine Holding GmbH from HY Beteiligungs GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aurelius Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA and thereby indirectly acquired 97.43% of the shares in Privilège Marine SAS, France. The cash purchase price was EUR 500 thousand plus a variable purchase price component of up to a further EUR 600 thousand, which is dependent on certain future developments.

Privilege has been operating in the market for more than 30 years as a manufacturer of luxury catamarans, producing sail and motor catamarans, making them pioneers in the market. The catamarans will be built on the French Atlantic coast, the existing staff structure with about 150 employees should be preserved. The shipyard has direct access to the Atlantic and currently produces six catamaran models from 50 to 75 feet.

Three new catamaran models were developed and marketed by the designers and engineers of HanseYachts AG ahead of the takeover in order to lead the traditional Privilège brand, which currently has an order backlog of EUR 26 million, into a successful future. Privilège is the sixth brand in the group to benefit from the worldwide distribution of HanseYachts AG and the purchasing power behind more than EUR 150 million in group sales.

"For eight consecutive years, HanseYachts AG has been able to grow sales by between 9 and 15 million euros per year. From time to time we need a new brand in order to sustainably sustain this dynamic growth in this dimension. We fill these with new products and new life with our experienced development department in Germany. After the good experiences with the new brands Dehler and Sealine in recent years, Privilège is now to continue this successful strategy. The deal was mainly financed by the issue of new HanseYachts shares as part of a capital increase in kind.


Dream Yacht Charter are delighted to announce a new three-year partnership with Antigua Sailing Week as the official exclusive bareboat sponsor for one of the world's best sailing regattas.

The three-year deal, which will run through to May, 2022, has been launched in time to support Antigua Sailing Week's 'Road to 2020' campaign, which will consist of three major worldwide events in Hamble, the home of Dream Yacht Charter's base in the UK, the Hamptons in the USA and Lake Constance in Germany. The three events will culminate in one lucky crew participating in each of the regattas winning access to a Dream Yacht Charter bareboat to take part in the 53rd annual Antigua Sailing Week Regatta in April 2020.

The Dream Yacht Charter fleet consists of 1000+ yachts in 50+ destinations worldwide, many of which have participated in Antigua Sailing Week in past years and have won in a number of race classes.

The prize also includes flights to Antigua plus dockage in UNESCO heritage Nelson's Dockyard which is the perfect base for participants and spectators both as a great marina and as an entertainment venue.

Staff from Antigua Sailing Week will be joining the Dream Yacht Charter UK team at various events throughout August and September including Cowes Week and the Southampton Boat Show on Friday 13th September.


Tom Hutchinson

Curly Morris of East Antrim Boat Club in Larne has been elected as President of the International GP14 Class.

The Class AGM held in Abersoch last night voted for the GP14 Ireland stalwart during its 2019 national championships, a year that also saw a special birthday celebration regatta to mark Curly's 75th at Skerries.

Over the years, Olympian Curly Morris has given international service as a member of World Sailing's Classes Committee, thanks to his direct and beneficial experience of the exceptionally lively GP 14 National Association here.


Tom Hutchinson
Tom Hutchinson Future Fibres' founder, Tom Hutchinson, has died after sustaining fatal injuries while kitesurfing off the Isle of Wight.

Tom, aged 52, was born on the Isle of Wight and spent his adult life working in and around the sea.

He left school at 16 and became a deckhand on a luxury yacht in the Mediterranean before becoming a delivery skipper.

His career progressed to running a workshop in California servicing yachts competing in the America's Cup, an opportunity that enabled him to make international contacts in the yachting world.

Future Fibres was established 25 years' ago on the Isle of Wight and soon moved its manufacturing to London.

When New Zealand won the America's Cup, the company transferred its business to Auckland, later moving the operation to Valencia, Spain, where it continued to supply America's Cup teams and also other campaigns.

The company was acquired by Southern Spars, part of the North Technology Group, in 2014.

"Tom will be remembered for his energy and infectious enthusiasm, along with his extreme can-do attitude," Future Fibres statement. "Future Fibres was the perfect vehicle for Tom's combined love for water sports and passion for innovation, taking the company from it's very humble beginnings on the Isle of Wight to an internationally recognised company with a reputation for innovative products that helped our customers go faster and gain an edge on the race course, be it the field of yacht racing, motorsports or indeed any arena in which Tom felt he could make a difference.

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