In This Issue
Light winds mar final day of Ready Steady Tokyo
Ready Steady Tokyo ends windless with Finn medals for Hungary, The Netherlands and Britain
Too hot for lifejackets - rules loosened at sizzling Olympic sailing test
J/70 UK Class National Championships
All bases covered - Doyle Sails
Seago leads after Day One at Detroit Cup
Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron wins SAILING Champions League
International Dragon Class to celebrate 90th Anniversary in Italian style
My Greatest Fear - Episode 6 of 80 Seconds with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston
Letters to the Editor
Featured Charter
Featured Brokerage:
• • Swan 46-418 'Storm'
• • IMOCA 60 Austria One
• • TP 52 - Spirit Of Malouen VIII
The Last Word: David Hume

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Light winds mar final day of Ready Steady Tokyo
Only the 470 Women's Medal Race went ahead, starting just after 16:00 local time, and it was French duo Camille Lecointre & Aloise Retornaz who clinched gold.

Other gold medals went to Hungary, Sweden, Belgium and Australia.

Wind speeds did not top 8 knots all day, with a dying 5-knot breeze present in the afternoon which began to decrease towards the end of the 470 Women's race.

Racing in the Finns had already been abandoned for the day, while the Laser Radials managed to start a race but had to abandon it halfway through.

The Lasers and 470 Men went out onto the water with good intentions, but the decision was soon made to call off all racing for the day.

Ahead of the 470 Women's Medal Race, Lecointre & Retornaz led Hannah Mills & Eilidh McIntyre (GBR) in a reverse scenario to the recent Hempel World Cup Series Final in Marseille.

Agnieszka Skrzypulec & Jolanta Ogar (POL) were 10 points off in third, with home favourites Ai Kondo Yoshida & Miho Yoshioka (JPN) and Silvia Mas & Patricia Cantero (ESP) still in with a chance of a medal.

With just a point between the French and the British, it all came down to the Medal Race - and it was the French who executed a perfect performance.

Final top three results:

470 Men
1. Mathew Belcher / William Ryan, AUS, 25
2. Anton Dahlberg / Fredrik Bergstrom, SWE, 27
3. Jordi Xammar Hernandez / Nicolas Rodríguez García-Paz, ESP, 38

470 Women
1. Aloise Retornaz / Camille Lecointre, FRA, 38
2. Eilidh McIntyre / Hannah Mills, GBR, 47
3. Agnieszka Skrzypulec / Jolanta Ogar, POL, 51

49er Men
1. Blair Tuke / Peter Burling, NZL, 53
2. Dylan Fletcher-Scott / Stuart Bithell, GBR, 64
3. Pawel Kolodzinski / Lukasz Przybytek, POL, 68

49FX Women
1. Martine Soffiatti Grael / Kahena Kunze, BRA, 57
2. Helene Naess / Marie Ronningen, NOR, 62
3. Saskia Tidey / Charlotte Dobson, GBR, 62

Finn Men
1. Zsombor Berecz, HUN, 24
2. Nicholas Heiner, NED, 47
3. Giles Scott, GBR, 48

Laser Men
1. Jesper Stalheim, SWE, 60
2. Tom Burton, AUS, 63
3. Hermann Tomasgaard, NOR, 65

Laser Radial Women
1. Emma Plasschaert, BEL, 79
2. Marit Bouwmeester, NED, 82
3. Maria Erdi, HUN, 88

1. Ruggero Tita / Caterina Marianna Banti, ITA, 54
2. John Gimson / Anna Burnet, GBR, 66
3. Ben Saxton / Nicola Boniface, GBR, 68

RS:X Men
1. Mengfan Gao, CHN, 50
2. Mattia Camboni, ITA, 61
3. Piotr Myszka, POL, 64

RS:X Women
1. Yunxiu Lu, CHN, 42
2. Charline Picon, FRA, 46
3. Katy Spychakov, ISR, 53

Full results

Ready Steady Tokyo ends windless with Finn medals for Hungary, The Netherlands and Britain
Ready Steady Tokyo, the Olympic Test Event concluded Thursday after the medal race was abandoned because of insufficient wind. Zsombor Berecz, from Hungary, had already secured the gold a day early, while Nicholas Heiner, from The Netherlands, took the silver and Giles Scott, from Britain, took the bronze.

Though the forecast was 8-9 knots, it was a largely grey day with the wind failing to materialize and the lack of sufficient wind led to postponements through the afternoon. With the Finn class as the last start before the 17.00 cut off, by 15.30 it was clear that no racing was going to be possible and the Finn class was abandoned.

t has been a hard week in Enoshima at the Ready Steady Tokyo Olympic Test Event. Japan has been a great host, and the sailors have had the full range of conditions from the tail end of a typhoon to extreme heat to light winds, onshore, offshore, shifty, stable. The sailors have been challenged to the max and it is a great indication of what can be expected in one year's time when the Olympic Games happens for real. -- Robert Deaves

Final Results (after 10 races)
1. Zsombor Berecz, HUN, 24
2. Nicholas Heiner, NED, 47
3. Giles Scott, GBR, 48
4. Andy Maloney, NZL, 57
5. Ioannis Mitakis, GRE, 73
6. Anders Pedersen, NOR, 75
7. Alican Kaynar, TUR, 81
8. Jorge Zarif, BRA, 86
9. Joan Cardona Mendez, ESP, 88
10. Jonathan Lobert, FRA, 88

Too hot for lifejackets - rules loosened at sizzling Olympic sailing test
Sailing authorities have loosened the rules on lifejackets at their Tokyo 2020 Olympic test event to help athletes cool down, the latest sport to take measures to beat sweltering heat in the Japanese capital.

Fears over intense heat and humidity in the Tokyo summer have crystallised at several test events in recent weeks, with some competitors and spectators taken ill and other events curtailed.

Competitors in the windsurfing final on Wednesday were permitted to remove their lifejackets, revealed Rio Olympics gold medallist Charline Picon.

"The doctors realised that (the heat) was too fierce, that (the jackets) were increasing our heat levels and that it could be dangerous. We took them off. Everyone is feeling their way," said Picon.

French team doctor Fanny Mevellec said the heat "requires additional physical effort to achieve equal performance. It also creates significantly more fatigue".

"This year, we are able to wear cooling jackets (with ice packs), and the international federation is changing the lycra we wear, which is too tight and not ventilated and which can provoke heatstroke," said Mevellec.

Despite these changes, not everything is "in perfect working order", said the medical expert, who added however that the heat and humidity had not come as a surprise. "We knew exactly where we were going."

The World Sailing federation said it was closely monitoring the situation and could further tweak the rules depending on conditions.

J/70 UK Class National Championships
The J/70 UK National Championship kicks off this Bank Holiday weekend hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club. The event precedes the Darwin Escapes 2019 World Championship (29 Aug - 06 Sept). However this weekend's regatta is far more than a curtain raiser for the big event. 35 teams will be racing at the open national championships with top British teams taking on a stellar international fleet from Australia, Brazil, Cyprus, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the USA.

2018 J/70 UK National Champion, Doug Struth's DSP, will be defending their title and will face stiff opposition from the best of British and Irish challenges to retain the trophy. Paul Ward's Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat and Soak Racing, sailed by Ian Wilson and Marshall King, have been the top two teams in this year's UK Grand Slam Series. Martin Dent's Jelvis, Jeremy Thorp's Phan, and Graham Clapp's Jeepster will all be in the running, as will Calascione and Ripard's Calypso, and Charles Thompson's Brutus. Fiona Hampshire's Royal Thames YC team will also be one to watch.

The J/70 UK National Championship will provide a taste of what is to come for the world class sailors. Perpetual trophies at the J/70 UK Nationals will be won by the top ranking teams, both Open and Corinthian from any nation. Past J/70 World Champions from the USA, Joel Ronning and Peter Duncan will be in action. From Italy, the reigning J/70 European Champion, Claudia Rossi's Petite Terrible, and 2018 European Champion Alberto Rossi's Enfant Terrible, will also racing. The international fleet is star-studded, with Gold medallist from the Olympic Games, winners of the America's Cup, and multiple world championship winners.

Racing at the J/70 UK National Championship is set for Saturday 24th August with ten races scheduled over three days of red hot action in Tor Bay. -- Louay Habib

All bases covered - Doyle Sails
Doyle Sails Volvo Ocean Race winner and Doyle Sails CEO Mike Sanderson did not mess about when he went looking for the biggest talent he could find to drive forward Doyle's fast-expanding European operation

Things were already changing at Doyle Sails before the company's new CEO stepped aboard. But when Mike Sanderson took on the role at the New Zealand-based global sailmaker business, the pace ramped up even further. For Sanderson, one of the main changes and the clear key to future success lay with people.

'I have always believed fast people make fast boats,' he explains. 'Good ideas come from good guys. When some of these new people came on board, they cautioned me that they were not salesmen. But that was exactly why I was talking to them. They had hands-on experience. They know what you need to win campaigns, about managing budgets, about building sails that will last and be race-fast for a long time. I didn't want them to be salesmen, I wanted them to be experts.'

Full article in the September issue of Seahorse

Seago leads after Day One at Detroit Cup
Detroit, Michigan, USA: Defending champion Ryan Seago (USA) from host Bayview Yacht Club has a 5-0 record after 7 flights sailed today in the 12th edition of the 2019 Detroit Cup. Even though not all teams have raced five matches in the round robin yet - there are eleven teams racing eight boats - Seago's undefeated record gives him the top spot in the results from today.

With a weak cold front rolling through in the morning hours, the cool offshore breeze was a welcome respite from the summer heat, but not very stable for setting suitable courses across the Detroit River. Two matches in Flight 2 had to be abandoned and re-sailed twice due to dying breeze and huge shifts.

However, by lunch time the skies cleared and an easterly breeze filled enough to run another five flights to get about halfway through the first stage round robin.

Other teams with solid records thusfar in this stage include Chris Poole's Riptide Racing (USA, 4-1), Jordan Stevenson (NZL, 3-1) and Nathan Hollerbach's Ender Racing (USA, 4-2).

Round Robin racing will resume tomorrow, with a forecast of Northeast breeze of 5- 10 knots, similar to today. As a testament to Bayview's active and enthusiastic support towards all forms of racing, the day concluded with a shift from international match racing in Ultimate 20 sportboats to fleet racing in ULDB 70 Sleds racing up and down the river in front of the club in an informal contest called the "Ambassador Cup."

Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron wins SAILING Champions League
SAILING Champions League St. Moritz, Switzerland: The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron turned on the afterburners in a thrilling four-boat showdown to win the SAILING Champions League 2019 on the lake of St. Moritz.

The crew from Sydney was the only non-European team among 24 clubs representing ten nations at the August 15-18 championship, and now the trophy flies out of Europe for the first time, winging its way to Australia.

Second place went to Norddeutscher Regatta Verein from Germany. The other two clubs that contested the four-boat final represented Denmark: Kaløvig Bådelaug finishing third, and Kongelig Dansk Yachtklub in fourth place.

The Oceania league launched in April 2019 and the dates for the second season were announced recently:

- NSL Oceania Open Final, Sydney (April 3-5, 2020)
- NSL Southern Qualifier, St Kilda (February 8-9, 2020)
- NSL Northern Qualifier, Sydney (March 14-15, 2020)
- NSL Pacific Qualifier, Auckland (date tba)
- NSL Oceania Youth & Women's Final, Newcastle (March 21-22, 2020)

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International Dragon Class to celebrate 90th Anniversary in Italian style
Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta to be hosted by the Yacht Club Sanremo from 5 to 11 October 2019. Already more than 150 crews from 24 nations are entered to participate and entry remains open. Gala celebrations to feature special races and a dazzling social programme.

The International Dragon is one of the oldest, largest and most successful International keelboat classes in the world and 2019 sees the class celebrate its 90th anniversary.

This very special birthday is being marked with an extraordinary Dragon 90th Anniversary Gala Regatta, hosted by the International Dragon Association in partnership with the Yacht Club Sanremo, Italy, from 5 to 11 October 2019. They are creating a truly exceptional event, bringing together Dragons and Dragon sailors from all four corners of the planet and across the eras.

Afloat the programme will include a number of special races such as a Lady helmsman's race, a race for Junior crews where the total age of crew is to be under 100 years and the skipper must be born after 1986, a Masters race where the total age of the crew must be over 180 years, a Family crews race in which all crew members must be related, and a Champion of Champions race for winners and medallists of Olympic Games, World and European Championships and World Cup in any class, plus the Dragon Gold Cup. -- Fiona Brown

My Greatest Fear - Episode 6 of 80 Seconds with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston
With Sir Robin Knox-Johnston having undertaken multiple voyages around the world, what is his greatest fear at sea?

In episode six of 80 Seconds with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, we find out a startling fact about his Golden Globe Race win and how it could have turned out to be a very different story!

Dee Caffari interviews Sir Robin about his thoughts on fear and how he copes with a very real psychological challenge which impacts every sailor and explorer heading into the earth's wilderness areas both at sea and on land. What action does he take to minimise the risk?

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TF35 On Tuesday, 20 August, the next generation of high performance foiling catamaran was unveiled as the TF35 splashed on Lake Geneva for its first test sail.

Compared to its predecessors, the TF35 has been designed with the ambitious brief to offer top level foiling to a wider audience of sailors. With earlier take-off speeds, guaranteed foiling upwind and down and a fully automatic flight control system, the TF35 uses the latest in foiling technology, both to improve performance and simplify high speed foiling while making it easier to race.

Having lead the process of development to create the D35, Ernesto Bertarelli is once again one of the committed group of owners involved in the development of the TF35.

Bertarelli explains: "My hope for the new design is that it is not only as successful as the D35, but that it also becomes a competitive class internationally on open waters. The TF35 is one-design, very high performance and, most excitingly, is designed to foil upwind in light conditions.

A project 21 months in the making, the innovative TF35's journey from first concept to first splash was spearheaded by an experienced design team. Gonzalo Redondo and his group at d3 Applied Technologies on the aero/hydrodynamic design and performance, Dirk Kramers (SDK Structures) on the structure design and engineering, Luc Dubois on design and flight control development, Marc Menec (IS&3D Eng) on design and 3D modelling and Adam May on design. With the addition of Jean-Marie Fragnière in charge of the production and build.

"What we have created is super innovative and totally new," explains Menec. "Our brief was to create a boat that would fly in very light wind, to be driven by an owner driver and to have electronic stability. It has been a really exciting project for us as a design team as we have created this crazy high-spec racing machine but that will be raced by small teams."

Having worked tirelessly to improve the weaker areas of the previous foiling catamaran design and further build on its strengths the TF35 design team have delivered a boat which will be fully foiling from 9 knots true wind speed upwind and 7 knots true wind speed downwind.

The TF35 will now undertake a period of on water testing before the boat is officially launched in September. From there the eight boats, currently in production, will be completed and launched over the winter period allowing the teams to train ahead of the 2020 season.


Sunreef Yachts

Sunreef Yachts is to build an all-carbon fibre Sunreef 80 sailing superyacht. This recently commissioned carbon edition of the Sunreef 80 will be delivered in 2020. Its weight-reducing features will also include an in-house built carbon mast and boom.

An experienced yachtsman, the Owner decided to build his new craft with Sunreef Yachts after chartering one of the Sunreef 74's. His yacht's individually-tailored layout will include spacious accommodation for 11 guests and crew. Wind-free propulsion will come from two 280HP engines.

The Sunreef 80 is an all-around sail yacht model premiered last year and one of the shipyards best-selling catamarans. Sunreef Yachts will shortly exhibit one of the Sunreef 80's during this year's Cannes Yachting Festival.



The NTFM SYRA 18 is the first double-handed monohull foiling dinghy. The design concept hinges on a canting T-foil system and an innovative, hybrid monohull shape. The key principles of the design ensure that the NTFM SYRA 18 will be accessible to the widest possible range of sailors and offer the level of exhilaration sought.

The team behind the NTFM SYRA 18 have been sailing all their lives and have impeccable credentials. Nils Frei and Yves Detrey are two-time America's Cup winners with Alinghi, and have competed consistently at the highest level on the D35 and GC32 circuits.

The first boat to be launched will be named SYRA by PUBLIAZ, after NTFM's main partner. The boat will be tested and optimised, taking part in some classic races primarily in the western part of Switzerland where PUBLIAZ GERANCE & COURTAGE SA has its main business focus. Thanks to PUBLIAZ's engagement, NTFM SYRA will be able to prepare the launch of the production models in an optimal manner.

The hybrid hull shape means the boat is stable at low speed and in non-foiling mode, making leaving and returning to shore a safe proposition in light or even gusting conditions. With one central T-foil in the water there are no sharp, trailing edges above deck-height reducing the risk of physical harm. The double rudder configuration adds stability and their position beneath the hull wings greatly reduces the risk of injury when falling overboard. Finally, the hull shape and foil configuration offer a number of set-ups which will enable the NTFM SYRA 18 to be sailed by a broad range of experience, weight and age. While the most experienced will be ready to foil straight off the beach, less-experienced sailors will be able to grow into the boat taking steps that increase speed and excitement as and when they are ready.


McConaghy is pleased to announce the contract signing on a new 44-foot Harry Dunning-designed race boat for a US client. The boat will be ORR optimised with a full complement of the latest deck equipment.

This follows the success of the MC38 and MC31 Classes and a recent custom project 'The Red Hand' all of which were collaborations between McConaghy and Dunning.



McConaghy is delighted to have received the first order for the all-new MC55; the latest addition to the award-winning McConaghy Multihulls series of semi-custom fast cruising luxury catamarans.

The owners have elected for a top level equipment specification and a number of custom features. These include a hydraulic, telescopic passerelle seamlessly integrated into the transom structure, aft deck lounge seating with built-in fridge and barbecue, and a modified saloon island with raise-and-lower television. These design innovations were conceptualised by the creative and progressive owner, then drawn and engineered by our in-house design team.

Construction of the MC50 hull #2, and MC60 hull numbers #2 and #3 continues at the yard, with the builds running ahead of schedule.


After a fantastic Caribbean winter sailing season, the Eagle Class 53 came back home to the Fast Forward Composites yard in Bristol, Rhode Island for some evolution.

The Hybrid Wing was brought into the shop to be cleaned, re-sprayed and for the removal of the clear Clysar. A lot was learned about the wing's versatility and durability during the season. There were a few minor changes to the seating of the top-hat bearings and an upgrade of the cam cleat for the down haul.

The Clysar has been replaced with ORATEX® aviation fabric for a more durable long-lasting solution. The fabric's grey color now blends the wing and sail into one. ORATEX® fabric was first used in 2001, the covering was successfully used by the Zurich University in Switzerland on a full-sized light aircraft. From there they developed ORATEX® UL 600 and ORATEX® 6000 for general aviation. In 2007 they struck an absolutely innovative path covering a motor aircraft for the first time with ORATEX® UL600. It was a Mistral. Now it is being applied to our Hybrid Wing! What a fantastic evolution to be part of.

Before re-launch of the boat, the first part of the Automated Foiling System and flight system box will be installed. The system utilizes ride height sensors which feed back information to the box and then, in turn, the box sends a signal to the actuators which control the pitch, height and angle of the foils. For the summer season we will only be activating the rudders - this is part of the stepping-up program (crawl, walk, run, sprint) that will help the owner and his Captain get used to how the system works. From there, the puzzle (Platform, Hybrid Wing, AFS) will start coming together and the owner and crew can embark on the next level of training. FFC, at this point, is also collecting data that will help its design team put the finishing touches on the new foil designs.

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Raceboats Only 1995 IMOCA 60 Austria One. 195000 EUR. Located in

AUSTRIA ONE participated in the Vendee Globe 2008 2009 with the skipper Norbert Sedlacek and arrived at 11 th from 30 started boats. There was a major refit in 2011/2012 comprising new axes and bearings for the canting keel, new bearings for the twin rudders, new Navtec standing rigging, and replacement of engine by c ompletely refit Nissan SD22, MaxProp propeller, new wiring and new electrical switches, deck painted, inspection and service of all sails. The boat is now used to participate in open races in the Adriatic and Mediterranean, and for offshore sailing.

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Raceboats Only 2011 TP 52 - Spirit Of Malouen VIII. 550,000 EUR. Located in Lorient, France.

Super Series Specification TP52. Fully kitted out and ready to play. Has IRC sail configuration as well as class. Designed by Judel/Vrolijk in 2011. Formerly RAN racing and hugely successful in the TP class. Built by Green Marine to exacting standards and in excellent condition.

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