In This Issue
Formidable start for Bliksem at M32 Worlds
Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima
Rolex TP52 World Championship Puerto Portals: Racing Cancelled Due to Thunderstorms
Haulfryn Edinburgh Cup 2019 Final
Seahorse Sailor Of The Month
2019 J/111 World Champion: Rob Ruhlman’s Spaceman Spiff
Marcus Eagan wins Viper 640 World and North American Championships
RS Elite Irish Championships
Martin & Lowry Win 5O5 North American Championship
For the Record
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Formidable start for Bliksem at M32 Worlds
Riva del Garda, Italy: Pieter Taselar’s Bliksem team provided a masterclass in success through making the least mistakes rather than winning races on the opening day of the M32 World Championship on Lake Garda. The US-based Dutch team never won a race but never scored worse than a fourth leaving them with a might nine point lead, ahead of Don Wilson’s second-placed Convexity, in turn just a point ahead of Larry Phillips’ Midtown.

Such consistency may only have been possible thanks the Trentino Tourist Board conditions that prevailed today with the southerly Ora wind filling in on schedule for the 1400 start, then building to 16 knot peak in race four. This enabled the race team from the Fraglia Vela Riva led by Mattias Dahlstrom to complete the full five race schedule comfortably.

James Prendergast’s Gravedigger was having a good day until, once again, race four when they suffered a capsize heating it up too much coming out of a gybe. Aside from this their average race result for the day was 3.5 and they ended the day fourth, two points ahead of the Dan Cheresh-skippered GAC Extreme2.

Wednesday racing is once again scheduled to start at 1400 local time in Garda’s famous southerly Ora afternoon wind.

Results Day One
1. Bliksem, Pieter Taselar, 14 points
2. Convexity , Don Wilson, 23
3. Midtown, Larry Phillips, 24
4. Gravedigger , James Prendergast, 26
5. GAC / Extreme, Dan Cheresh , 28
6. Convergence, Jennifer Wilson, 31
7. Spindrift, Xavier Revill, 36
8. Inga from Sweden, Richard Goransson, 37
9. Section 16, Richard Davies, 38
10. Downunder Racing, Harry Price, 42
11. Team NL, PJ Postma, 46
12. Karlsson Racing Team, Anton Karlsson, 48

Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima
Brazil's Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze got off to a perfect start in the 49erFX as racing commenced at the first regatta of the 2020 Hempel World Cup Series in Enoshima, Japan.

Fresh from last week's gold at Ready Steady Tokyo, the Olympic test event, the Brazilians could not have asked for a better day, winning both of their races in their bid to retain the title they won one year ago.

After an idyllic weekend that was blessed with clear blue skies and a stable breeze in the mid-teens, the waters of Sagami Bay were somewhat calmer on Tuesday. It took until the latter part of the afternoon for a reasonably stable 5-9 knot south westerly breeze to fill in and fleets headed out from 14:00 local time.

Five fleets completed their scheduled races with the remaining fleets one race short. These will be added to Wednesday's schedule.

Tomorrow's forecast is for strong breeze which may delay or even postpone racing but the schedule is for a 12:00 start.

Full results

Rolex TP52 World Championship Puerto Portals: Racing Cancelled Due to Thunderstorms
A series of thunderstorms put plans to rest on the third racing day here at the Rolex TP52 World Championship Puerto Portals 2019. The fleet of 11 boats was held ashore while a first squall blew through with strong winds, torrential rain and lightning. With another one forecast and tracked on the real time weather maps, racing was cancelled for the day.

With four races sailed Takashi Okura’s Sled are at the top of the leaderboard, one point up on 2017 world champions Platoon. Principal Race Officer Maria Torrijo says she will aim to run three heats on Wednesday if the weather permits.

After breaking their mast on Sunday, Ergin Imre’s Provezza have stepped a spare, replacement which they brought from Valencia and they will be ready to race for Wednesday.

The fourth day of the Rolex TP52 World Championship Puerto Portals should see racing start around 13:00 CEST.

Full results

Haulfryn Edinburgh Cup 2019 Final
The 71st British Dragon Nationals, the Haulfryn Edinburgh Cup, came to a close on Thursday 18 July after two final races were sailed.

The event was shortened by a day due to an increasing weather front approaching the Irish Sea but all six championship races were successfully sailed thanks to the organisation of the SCYC race team.

The 33 Dragons, including several visitors from Ireland, Turkey, Scotland and the United States, were part of very close competitive racing across the three days.

Northern Championship winner Mike Budd and his team onboard Harry led from the start with a bullet in race one and race six. Utilising every bit of local knowledge they sailed well every day to hold off the top three chasing Dragons.

Martin Byrne’s 2011 Championship winning team of Adam Winklemann and Pedro Andrade on Jaguar were focused on a second Edinburgh Cup win. Two race wins and a tactically astute attitude led them to the podium once again.

Reigning Champions Graham and Julia Bailey’s Aimee went into the last race on equal points with Bear carrying a win from race four.

Not placing outside of the top ten Bear put in some great results to add pressure to the 2018 Champions onboard Aimee, challenging them for a podium position.

Final top three:
1. Harry - Mike Budd, Adam Bowers, Mark Greaves
2. Jaguar - Martin Byrne, Adam Winklemann, Pedro Andrade
3. Bear - Martin Payne, Chris Grosscurth, Emma York

Final Top Three Corinthian Results:
1. Aimee - Graham Bailey, Julia Bailey, Will Heritage, Will Bedford
2. Avalanche - Mark Wade, Many Wade, Chris Brittain
3. Phantom - David Williams, Peter Bowring, John O’connor

Winner of the inaugural Seagull Trophy for the first placed lady Corinthian helm went to Gavia Wilkinson-Cox, skipper of Jerboa who placed 5th overall.

The Jordan Bell trophy was presented to Simon Barter, James Barter and Donald Wilks on Bertie as the top Dragon to have not placed 5th or higher.

Phormerly Phantom, skippered by Chris Thomas with Selina Thomas and Charlie Pearson were awarded the trophy for the highest placed ‘old’ Dragon, built in 1994 or earlier.

Next year’s Edinburgh Cup will be hosted by the Royal Forth Yacht Club, Edinburgh from Tuesday 30 June to Friday 3 July 2020.

Seahorse Sailor Of The Month
This month's nominees:

RNAS Culdrose
Forty years ago more than 100 vessels took part in the ’79 Fastnet rescue, but we doubt anyone will argue with our choice of the Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose to represent all of those involved. Fifteen helicopters from Culdrose flew multiple missions that night as crews rushed back from holidays. Nineteen sailors died but 100 more were lifted off by Culdrose crews plus 65 others rescued by sea


David Askew (USA)
For several years now David and his brother Peter who campaign the Volvo 70 Wizard have been doing a sterling job on behalf of their country competing in the ocean racing classics. In 2019 they have won the RORC Caribbean 600 and Fastnet Race overall and in between showed well in this year’s Transatlantic Race from Newport to Cowes. From the Fastnet prizegiving Wizard set straight off to prepare for this year’s Middle Sea Race. Perhaps a few more US big boat racers may yet be inspired by their successes?


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2019 J/111 World Champion: Rob Ruhlman’s Spaceman Spiff
Chicago, IL, USA: Rob Ruhlman’s Spaceman Spiff took control of their own destiny on Friday, nailing both race wins to earn the title of 2019 J/111 World Champion. Coming into the final day, the Cleveland, OH-based team was in third overall, but Ruhlman and his crew of Marty Kullman (tactician), Doug Moose (mast), Abby Ruhlman (pit), Ryan Ruhlman (spinnaker trimmer), Maegan Ruhlman Cross (main trimmer), Jim Sminchak (headsail trimmer) and Mark Wiss (bow) ended with 25 net points in the eight-race series. Five points behind in second place was day-three leader Martin Roesch’s Velocity. Former World Champion Peter Wagner’s Skeleton Key came in third with 34 points. It was another wild day on Lake Michigan. PRO Becky Ashburn, summarized, “Winds were around 15 knots. Waves were three to four feet with a sideways swell, which made it really choppy.” Under a champagne shower in the harbor, Ruhlman smiled, “I’m not sure this has sunk in yet! We have a great team, a great family. The competition was outstanding. I’m thrilled to be a part of this Class.”

Top five:
1. Spaceman Spiff, Rob Ruhlman - 1 -[14] -1 -10 -4 -7 -1 -1 ; 25
2. Velocity, Martin Roesch - 8 -[12] -2 -1 -3 -6 -6 -4 ; 30
3. Skeleton Key, Peter Wagner - 6 -[8] -4 -5 -7 -2 -4 -6 ; 34
4. Kashmir, Michael Mayer / Steve Henderson - 13 -5 -7 -6 -1 -[16] -2 -2 ; 36
5. Rowdy, Richard Witzel - 3 -[20] -9 -4 -2 -4 -10 -5 ; 37

Twenty-three J/111s competed from August 20-23 at Chicago Yacht Club, including teams from Australia and Switzerland.

Full results on

Marcus Eagan wins Viper 640 World and North American Championships
Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, California: Congratulations to Marcus Eagan, Andrew Eagan, and Jackson Benvenutti (Mandeville, LA) for winning both the Goslings 2019 Viper 640 World Championship and the 2019 Viper 640 North Americans. Hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (Long Beach, CA), the four-day Championship consisted of 13 races in atypical Long Beach conditions – light, 8-10 knots except for the final race on Day 2 and the last two on the final day when winds were mid to high teens. It was a regatta where sailors were faced with a wide range of conditions and those atop the podium had to be capable of dealing with them all.

Eagan ended with 33 points after five of the races atop the 41-boat fleet. In second was Geoff Ewenson (Annapolis, MD), Ryan Cox, and Jon Ziskind with 44 points having won an extremely consistent series with 11 top-ten finishes. In third, from South of Perth Yacht Club in Western Australia, were former Viper 640 World Champions Nick Jerwood, Brian DeVries, and Matt Jerwood.

Final top ten (helm, tactician, crew)
1. Marcus Eagan / Andrew Eagan / Jackson Benvenutti, USA, 33 points
2. Geoffrey Ewenson / Ryan Cox / Jon Ziskind, USA, 44
3. Nick Jerwood / Matthew Jerwood / Brian DeVries, AUS, 52
4. Kevin McCarthy / Greg Dair / Zak Merton, USA, 57
5. Jay Golison/Steve Flam / Steve Flam / Eric Doyle, USA, 60
6. Mike Pentecost / Garrett Brown / Chuck Tripp, USA, 69
7. Jay Rhame / Rachel Beardsley / Peter Beardsley, USA, 79
8. Jeff Grange & Chris Parker / Chris Parker / Tedd White , USA, 86
9. Brad Boston / Curtis Florence / Lee Shuckerow, CAN, 101
10. Abbott Atterbury / Rebecca Anderson/Jake Bartlein / A. Tucker Atterbury/Neil Stapleton, USA, 102

Full results

RS Elite Irish Championships
Royal Ulster Yacht Club welcomed the RS Elite fleet back to race last weekend in their Irish Championships. Boats competed from the Bangor home fleet of RUYC and BYC as well as visitors from Royal North of Ireland YC, Ballyronan Boat Club and Strangford Lough YC. These boats are a one-design class, there are no performance handicaps involved so it it is straight one-to-one racing.

The class had a fresh start to the championship on Saturday racing over a windward leeward course in a south westerly breeze. Racing was very close on the water for all four of the races completed with Simon and Jack Brien and Stephen Milne in Kin taking the line honours in Race 1 ahead of Jeff Ralston’s Upfront with John Patterson and Robin Flannigan crewing. The current Irish Champions, John Gunning, Stephen Polly and David Kelso came in third in Storm.

At the end of Day One, after discarding each boat’s worst score, Upfront held a slender two point advantage over Kin with Storm a further point behind and Brian Corry with Keren Corry and Henry Greer from SLYC in fourth. The wind was only a zephyr on Sunday morning but Race Officer Colin Loughead managed to get Race 5 started and it looked like it could be turning the title race on its head. Finding a stronger vein of breeze on the left side of the course Storm opened up a good lead at the first windward mark and held it to the finish.

A start line confrontation between Kin and Upfront could well have decided the outcome but in spite of a poor start Upfront managed a ninth place as against Kin’s seventh. With both boats discarding this race as their worst score, coupled with the abandonment of the final race due to lack of steady wind, Upfront clinched the title of Irish Champions 2019 by one point ahead of Storm in second and Kin in third. Toucan had a strong second place in the final race to finish fourth overall.

All the results can be viewed on Royal Ulster Yacht Club’s web site

Martin & Lowry Win 5O5 North American Championship
Kingston. Canada: A strong fleet was challenged by mixed conditions and tight racing over 4 days on the fresh water of Lake Ontario. With 4 of the current top 5 boats in the world competing, the battle for the podium places was always destined to be tough. However the renowned Kingston seabreeze "wasn't normally like this" and the fleet endured challenging racing with shifty and variable breeze which made racing particularly challenging.

Current world Champions Mike Martin and Adam Lowry (USA) ultimately managed the conditions to win with a comfortable lead over ex World Champion Howie Hamlin (USA) sailing with relative newcomer Russ Clark from the UK who started his 5o5 racing recently with wife Penny Clark in the UK Association boat.

Top five final results:
1. Mike Martin & Adam Lowry, USA
2. Howie Hamlin (USA) & Russ Clark, GBR)
3. Mike Holt & Carl Smit (USA)
4. Parker Shin & Eric Anderson (USA)
5. Michael Quirk (AUS) & Reeve Dunne (USA)

Full results, daily race reports and photos can be found on the 5o5 event page at

For the Record
The WSSR Council announces the ratification of the following new World Nautical Mile Records established at La Palme, France in June 2019: For further details visit the WSSR Website

World Nautical Mile Kitesail Record:
Roberto Douglas. USA. 10/06/19. 39.04 kts

World Women’s Nautical Mile Record.
Heidi Ulrich. SUI. 10/06/19. 37.62 kts

World Women’s Nautical Mile Kitesail Record.
Marine Tlattla. FRA. 10/06/19. 35.41 kts
Marine Tlattla. FRA. 22/06/19. 35.86 kts

John Reed
Secretary to the WSSR Council

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