In This Issue
Jordan Stevenson wins 2019 Detroit Cup
Phoenix 12 Leads the Rolex TP52 World Championship
Perfect Match - Carbo-Link
J/70 UK Class National Championships
GAC Pindar crowned 2019 M32 European Series champion
Vera on track for Palermo-Montecarlo ‘double’
World Sailing seeking candidates for 2020 Election Committee
St. Francis Grinds Out Win in Grandmasters Team Race
Encounter 2020: Initiative launched to commemorate Captain James Cook’s arrival in Australia
Eight Bells - Designer Don Pye
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Jordan Stevenson wins 2019 Detroit Cup
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Detroit, Michigan, USA: Climbing out from a mediocre fourth place position from the first stage Round Robin on Friday, Jordan Stevenson and his team won 3-0 today in the Finals against Chris Poole and his Riptide Racing team to claim victory in the 12th annual Detroit Cup.

On the way Stevenson and his crew of Mitch Jackson and George Angus from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, supplemented with local Dougie Cowan from Bayview YC, defeated Nathan Hollerbach in the Quarter-Finals, then had to go to a fifth decisive match to defeat Dave Perry in the Semi-Finals before meeting Poole in the Finals.

The scoreline of 3-0 is deceiving, as each match was contentious with plenty of action and multiple lead changes in the equally-matched Ultimate 20’s used in the competition. Conditions on Finals day were perfect on the Detroit River, with 6-12 knots of wind, multiple shifts and plenty of current to challenge all competitors, with few leads safe among the Final Four.

The Detroit Cup is the second leg of the four-event Grand Slam Series - the first was last week’s Chicago Grand Slam and the remaining regattas are in Oyster Bay, New York at the Oakcliff Invitational and the Thompson Cup. Winner in points in this series receives an invitation to compete in next year’s Grade 1 Congressional Cup in Long Beach, California.

Detailed results can be found at, and other information can be found on the Detroit Cup website: -- Dobbs Davis

Final Results, 2019 Detroit Cup:

1. Jordan Stevenson (NZL)
2. Chris Poole (USA)
3. James Pinder (GBR)
4. Dave Perry (USA)
5. Ryan Seago (USA)
6. Chris Weis (USA)
7. Finn Tapper (AUS)
8. Nathan Hollerbach (USA)
9. Jackson Hamilton (USA)
10. Alexis Gesualdo (USA)
11. Ethan Prieto-Low (AUS)

Phoenix 12 Leads the Rolex TP52 World Championship
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Puerto Portals: A pair of third places gained in light sea breeze conditions from the white-hot, 11-strong fleet gives Tina Plattner and the crew of Phoenix 12 the overall lead after the first two races at the Rolex TP52 World Championship on the Bay of Palma. Theirs was a very encouraging opening, and caps a good day for the Plattner family crews as father Hasso on Phoenix 11 finished second in the second race and lies fifth overall.

Phoenix 12, the older of the two Phoenix boats, put in the best performance of a first day that was not short on drama. At the start of the second beat on the first race, the mast on Ergin Imre’s Provezza crumpled over the side with no warning and no obvious reason. It is a devastating blow for a crew that won the second regatta of the season and were among the top contenders for the world title as well as for the season-long 52 SUPER SERIES title. All of the 52 SUPER SERIES shore crews and sailors have rallied behind Provezza offering every help possible to get the popular Turkish-flagged team, which won here in 2017, back on the water as soon as possible.

Regatta standings after Day 1
1. Phoenix 12 (RSA) (Tina Plattner) (3,3) 6 p.
2. Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos) (1,7) 8 p.
3. Platoon (GER) (Harm Müller-Spreer) (4,5) 9 p.
4. Sled (USA) (Takashi Okura) (9,1) 10 p.
5. Phoenix 11 (RSA) (Hasso Plattner) (8,2) 10 p.
6. Azzurra (ARG/ITA) (Alberto Roemmers) (2,9) 11 p.
7. Bronenosec (RUS) (Vladimir Liubomirov) (5,8) 13 p.
8. Team Vision Future (FRA) (Jean Jacques Chaubbard) (7,6) 13 p.
9. Alegre (USA/GBR) (Andres Soriano) (10,4) 14 p.
10. Gladiator (GBR) (Tony Langley) (6,10) 16 p.
11. Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre) (12 DNF, 12 DNC) 24 p.

Full results

Perfect Match - Carbo-Link
Upgrading the world’s fastest superyachts with the latest and lightest grand prix carbon rigging is no place to be discussing tolerances...

Rigging a large, high-performance yacht is always going to be a major undertaking. It’s a complex engineering challenge with millimetre tolerances in cables measuring more than 50 metres in length and - if you’re serious about performance - the cable ellipse profiles are individually tailored for optimal performance across a range of wind angles. Tight, collaborative project management is paramount whether you’re retrofitting new cables to a yacht’s existing mast or designing a set of standing rigging for a new-build mast. That said, yacht owners and crew who have upgraded to Carbo- Link rigging tend to find the process a lot more straightforward and the benefits easier to realise than they initially expected.

Two notable racing yachts that have recently been down this route are Galateia, a 100ft Wally which is optimised for fast-paced superyacht regattas and Rambler 88, the coastal and ocean racing maxi. Both yachts were in major refit mode, with owners and teams looking to improve performance with leading-edge, proven and reliable technology. ‘Carbo-Link worked very closely with Galateia and Rambler’s permanent and race crews right from the start,’ says Carbo-Link’s James Wilkinson. ‘That was crucial to understand the specific requirements and parameters of each project and to ensure that our solutions precisely met the clients’ demands.’

Full article in the September issue of Seahorse

J/70 UK Class National Championships
The second day of the J/70 UK National Championship was one to keep your head out of the boat. After a delay ashore, a sea breeze materialized producing super-light conditions for the international fleet. Avoiding the wind holes, and tuning into the breeze direction as it slowly shifted south, were the keys to a top performance. PRO Stuart Childerley and his race team were roundly applauded for providing three windward- leeward races in 5-7 knots of wind.

The stand out performer of the day was Paul Ward's Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat, scoring the best score of the entire fleet with a 5-8-4 to take the lead for the teams racing for the J/70 UK National Championship. King & Wilson's Soak Racing showed early promise to come with in a single point of Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat, after Race 5, but a poor result in the last race today put Soak Racing in second place, 20 points behind the leader for the Open UK crown.

35 teams from ten different nations are competing in the regatta for championship prizes for both Open and Corinthian classes. In the Open Class Michael Goldfarb's Warcanoe (USA) leads but only on countback from Eat,Sleep, J, Repeat (GBR). Luis Albert's Patakin (ESP) is third, just two points from the top of the leaderboard, having finished the day with a 2-1 to come back strongly from a poor first race.

Eleven teams are competing in the Corinthian Class and the top three are all British. Soak Racing have a seven point lead for the Corinthian title. Calascione & Ripard's Calypso could not repeat yesterday's top performance and drop to second for Corinthian Class. Doug Struth's DSP did not have their best day, but is still on the podium for the Corinthian Class.

Today's races were won by Sergei Dobrovolskii's Amaiz Sailing Team (CYP), Luis Albert's Patakin (ESP), and Alberto Rossi's Enfant Terrible (ITA). Teams that scored podium finishes today included: Marcos Soares Highlanders (BRA), Renato Faria's To Nessa (BRA), Henry Brauer's Rascal (USA), and Jose Maria Torcida's Noticia ESP). -- Louay Habib

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GAC Pindar crowned 2019 M32 European Series champion
Riva del Garda, Italy: While her brother Don’s Convexity came out on top on day one of the M32 Pre-Worlds on Lake Garda yesterday, today it was the turn of Jennifer Wilson and her Convergence team to turn on the after burners, three bullets winning her the regatta by a three point margin.

After the Ora southerly failed to materialise yesterday, when PRO Mattias Dahlstrom and the race team from the Fraglia Vela Riva still managed to lay on four races in a light late afternoon northerly, today, with worse conditions forecast, the eleven M32 catamarans were sent out on to the race track early, ready for a 0930 start. True to forecast, come start time the wind was strong enough that the northerly not only held until most of the way through the day’s sixth and final race, but was strong enough (14-16 knots) initially to warrant a reef being put in.

The Convergence crew comprises top antipodean match racers Chris Steele, Ricky McGarvie and Will Tiller plus Don Wilson’s 17-year-old daughter Ava. This is the first major fleet racing event Convergence has won.

However their performance today wasn’t enough to prevent Williams’ team from claiming the 2019 M32 European Series overall title at the end of this its fifth and final event, the season having started with a warm-up sesson in Sanremo, Italy before starting in earnest in Pisa then moving on to Medemblik, Holland and then two Swedish events - in Marstrand and Stenungsund. At the M32 Pre-Worlds, the match racing legend was just four places ahead of Section 16 but finishing yesterday’s racing second to Section 16’s ninth all but sealed it for Williams, aided today by winning the penultimate race.

Monday is a day of measurement before the 2019 M32 World Championship begins in earnest on Tuesday.

Pre-Worlds results:
1. Convergence, Jennifer Wilson, 33 points
2. Convexity, Don Wilson, 36
3. Section 16, Richard Davies, 52
4. GAC Pindar / Extreme, Ian Williams, 53
5. Bliksem, Pieter Taselar, 57
6. Midtown, Larry Phillips, 61
7. Inga from Sweden, Richard Goransson, 62
8. Gravedigger James Prendergast, 63
9. Team NL PJ Postma, 65
10. Spindrift Xavier Revill, 75
11. Karlsson Racing Team /Anton Karlsson, 110

Vera on track for Palermo-Montecarlo ‘double’
Continuing what is evolving into a highly successful season for Miguel Galuccio’s Vera on the International Maxi Association's Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge, the Argentinean’s navy blue 84ft maxi wafted across the Palermo-Montecarlo race finish in the early hours this morning to claim line honours. At the time of writing Vera was looking well placed to claim the overall trophy under IRC corrected time too.

Palermo-Montecarlo is the fifth and final event of the 2018-19 Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge organised by the International Maxi Association, the World Sailing-recognised body that promotes maxi yacht racing and represents maxi owners globally.

The 15th Palermo-Montecarlo set sail on Wednesday midday from off Palermo’s Mondello district, home of the Circolo della Vela Sicilia, Challenge of Record for the 36th America's Cup and joint organisers of the Palermo-Montecarlo with Yacht Club de Monaco and Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. Winding its way up the east coast of Sardinia, through a gate off Porto Cervo, through the La Maddalena archipelago and Strait of Bonifacio, up the west coast of Corsica and then across to Monaco, the 437 nm race north this year has been slow, but ultra-tactical.

Renato Azara skippering Adelasia di Torres (the Davidson 69 better known as Pendragon VI) had a remarkable race considering this was his first outing with a new crew including some from as far afield as Oman (navigator Sami Al Shukaili) and Argentina.

Aside from the finish, their glory moment was leading on the first night. “There was thunder and it was raining - we were close to Vera but just before the gate the wind completely shut down,” recalled Azara of the first night. As to the finish he added: “We knew the conditions off Monaco would be light so we stayed out and it came good.”

From here the maxi fleet doesn’t have long to wait until it’s next event - the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup taking place out of Porto Cervo over 1-7th September. -- James Boyd

World Sailing seeking candidates for 2020 Election Committee
World Sailing is seeking candidates to appoint to its Election Committee in preparation for the 2020 General Assembly to be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The role of the Election Committee is to:

- determine whether or not nominated candidates are eligible for election;
- oversee the publication of a list of eligible candidates nominated in accordance with Article 74 together with the names of their nominating Member National Authorities;
- be responsible for the conduct of the election and the votes taken for the candidates during the meeting of the General Assembly; and
- undertake any additional responsibilities under the World Sailing Regulations and candidature requirements.

The Election Committee will be appointed by the 2019 World Sailing Annual General Meeting at its meeting in early November 2019 on the recommendation of the World Sailing Board.

Members of the Committee will be expected to meet electronically and by conference call throughout 2020 and will then attend in person at the World Sailing General Assembly to be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE between 28 October and 1 November 2020. World Sailing will cover all travel, accommodation and subsistence for the duration of the General Assembly but there is no additional remuneration for the role.

Applications to must be received by close of business on Monday 16 September 2019 and must include the following:

- A full Curriculum Vitae
- Confidential contact details including address (work and home), telephone numbers (including mobile) and confidential email address
- Referees: full contact details of three referees. Please note that referees will only be contacted after prior consultation with you. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that referees are willing to provide a reference when contacted by any member of the selection team

The deadline for applications is Monday 16 September 2019.

St. Francis Grinds Out Win in Grandmasters Team Race
St. Francis Yacht Club team captain Jon Andron always sets modest goals for the New York Yacht Club Grandmasters Team Race. A good regatta, he says, is one where he and his teammates enjoy the company of fellow sailors from around the country and overseas, finish the event with a desire to return, and make sure to earn an invitation for the following year. The West Coast yacht club hit that trifecta this year, and added a bonus, the overall championship, a first at this event for St. Francis Yacht Club. The St. Francis team also took home the Peter Wilson Trophy, a de facto season championship based the results of five top grandmasters-level team races.

The win for St. Francis caps off a remarkable August in Newport. With a revolving cast of characters, the venerable San Francisco yacht club won the Morgan Cup in early August, placed sixth at the Hinman Trophy a week later and then won the Grandmasters. As with the Grandmasters win, the Morgan Cup victory was the first for the club in that event. -- Stuart Streuli

Final Results: 1. St. Francis Yacht Club (San Francisco) 11-3 Round Robin 1 & 2, 3-1 Gold Round Robin, 17 points
2. Noroton Yacht Club (Darien, Conn.) 8-6, 4-0, 16
3. New York (N.Y.) Yacht Club, 12-2, 2-2, 16
4. Newport Harbor Yacht Club (Newport Beach, Calif.) 10-4, 1-3, 12
5. Texas Corinthian Yacht Club (Kemah, Texas) 7-7, 0-4, 7
6. Gamla Stans Yacht Sallskap (Sweden) 4-10, 2-0 Silver Round Robin, 8
7. Southern Yacht Club (New Orleans) 3-11, 1-1, 5
8. Annapolis (Md.) Yacht Club, 1-13, 0-2, 1

Encounter 2020: Initiative launched to commemorate Captain James Cook’s arrival in Australia
A major new initiative aimed at commemorating Captain James Cook’s arrival in Australia and marking the impact on Australia’s Indigenous peoples has been launched on Thursday.

Through a series of exhibitions around the country, educational projects and outreach events, the program, Encounter 2020, will commemorate the 250th anniversary since Captain Cook arrived in Botany Bay and went on to chart the east coast of Australia. Central to it will be the lasting impact it had on Australia’s First Peoples and in shaping the country’s future.

However, Cook’s arrival remains contentious in parts of the Indigenous community.

Speaking at the Australian National Maritime Museum, which has devised the program, Indigenous Affairs Minister Ken Wyatt said: “Cook’s visit in 1770s is not viewed by all Australians in the same way.

“For some, it represents a unique and important scientific journey of discovery and, for some, the legacy of the voyage symbolises loss of country, language and culture. It is important that messages reflect both perspectives - the view from the ship and the view from the shore. Both are not a contested history - it is a shared history of our nation’s point in time from which we emerge on a journey that realised the way in which we live today. Truth telling to me is not a contest. It is an acceptance that there can be shared stories in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.”

He said that he hoped healing would come from the program, as Australians learn more about their shared history. “Healing that results from acts of truth-telling cannot be quantified and can lead to significant moments of reconciliation into the future,” he said.

As part of the initiative, a replica of HMB Endeavour will undertake a circumnavigation of Australia which will involve communities around the country as it continues on its voyage.

It will be accompanied by a travelling exhibition, which will set up in each of the 26 ports that the ship visits.

Eight Bells - Designer Don Pye
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The flag atop the West Mersea Yacht Club was at half-mast this week noting the passing of yacht designer Don Pye who, following a heart attack, passed away on 20th August aged 93.

In partnership with Kim Holman in 1960, and later with David Cooper, the firm of Holman & Pye was respected throughout the sailing word for designing practical, sea-kindly yachts with lovely lines and excellent performance.

In addition to one-off custom yachts, Holman & Pye designed for several production yards including Bowman, Wauquiez, Seamaster, Hustler and Oyster.

The Oyster-UFO 34 design won its class in the infamous 1979 Fastnet race. As proof of their suitability for blue water ocean passage making, six of the eighteen yachts taking part in the 2018 Golden Globe race around the world were Holman & Pye designed Rustler 36’s, which went on to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

Some 5,000 yachts from the Holman & Pye office are sailing the world and, thanks to Don Pye’s creativity, and their renowned longevity, these lovely yachts will be giving pleasure to their owners and crews for many generations. -- Richard Matthews

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