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M32 Worlds: Convexity Conquers
Three in a row for Belcher and Ryan as Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima wraps up
Neo Yachts' Neo 57C
Windy conclusion of the 2019 ORC Sportboat Championship
50 years of ORC
Fireball 2019 World Championship
Data Excellence for all - Sailmon
U.S. Teams Earn Their Turn to Compete for the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup
Fareast 28R World Championship 2020
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M32 Worlds: Convexity Conquers
Bullets in the two opening races of the final day at the M32 World Championship on Lake Garda all but secured Don Wilson’s Convexity the title, the Chicago team eventually able to bow out of the last of today’s four races, the regatta already won.

For the grand finale to this third M32 World Championship, Riva del Garda laid on phenomenal conditions. The twelve M32 crews and race officials arose early for a 0900 start to make the most of the northerly Pelèr wind, venturing out on the race course two miles south of Riva del Garda, into winds already gusting to 20+ knots. This and the building wave-state made for explosive opening reaches across the lake and on to runs where the nimble 32ft catamarans were regularly hitting 25+ knots, engulfed in balls of spray.

For the Worlds, Wilson sailed with Taylor Canfield, plus other heavyweight crew Ted Hackney, Kinley Fowler and Josh McCaffery.

Summing up the week, M32 International Class Association Vice-President Ian Williams commented: “It has been a fantastic regatta with two days of Ora and two days of Pelèr, 19 full-on races – from front to back of the fleet, everyone has had a great time. The top three are always happy, but here I think the bottom three have had a great time as well, which is the mark of a great regatta. I have little doubt the class will be back here on Lake Garda in the near future!”

Final results:
1. Convexity, Don Wilson, USA, 61 points
2. Bliksem, Pieter Taselaar, NED, 83
3. Convergence, Jennifer Wilson, USA, 88
4. Gravedigger , James Prendergast, USA, 116
5. GAC Extreme2, Dan Cheresh, GBR, 117
6. Midtown, Larry Phillips, USA, 125
7. Downunder Racing, Harry Price, AUS, 129
8. Spindrift, Xavier Revil, FRA, 135
9. Team NL, PJ Postma, NED, 136
10. Inga from Sweden, Richard Goransson, SWE, 143
11. Section 16, Richard Davies, SIOUI, 151
12. Karlsson Racing, Team Anton Karlsson, SWE, 210

Three in a row for Belcher and Ryan as Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima wraps up
Australia’s Mat Belcher and Will Ryan won their third consecutive Men’s 470 gold medal on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic waters as the Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima event in Japan concluded.

Belcher and Ryan won the 470 World Championship title on 9 August and followed up with Ready Steady Tokyo, the Olympic test event, success on 22 August.

After five weeks of hard racing in Enoshima, they will head home, take stock of their success during a period of rest and move into 2020, the Olympic year, full of confidence.

The Men’s 470 Medal Race was one of two that was completed on a light wind final day on Sagami Bay. The Women’s 470 sailed the second and Spain’s Silvia Mas and Patricia Cantero came from behind to grab gold.

Light winds saw the postponement of the Laser, Laser Radial and Finn Medal Races which meant the results overnight stand. Nicholas Heiner (NED) and Pavlos Kontides (CYP) had already confirmed gold before the Medal Race in the Finn and Laser.

Emma Plasschaert (BEL) was prepared to fight Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN) and Alison Young (GBR) for gold in the Laser Radial. The cancellation confirmed Plasschaert as victor in Enoshima for the second time in ten days after she won Ready Steady Tokyo.

The Hempel World Cup Series will head to Miami, USA in January 2020 as the countdown to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games continues. -- Daniel Smith - World Sailing

Final podium positions:

470 Men
1. Mathew Belcher / William Ryan, AUS, 27
2. Jordi Xammar Hernandez / Nicolás Rodriguez Garcia-Paz, ESP, 37
3. Kazuto Doi / Naoya Kimura, JPN, 47

470 Women
1. Silvia Mas Depares / Patricia Cantero Reina, ESP, 44
2. Nia Jerwood / Monique de Vries, AUS, 45
3. Frederike Loewe / Anna Markfort, GER, 58

49er Men
1. James Peters / Fynn Sterritt, GBR, 49
2. Benjamin Bildstein / David Hussl, AUT, 49
3. Tim Fischer / Fabian Graf, GER, 52

49erFX Women
1. Annemiek Bekkering / Annette Duetz, NED, 27
2. Alexandra Maloney / Molly Meech, NZL, 36
3. Julie Bossard / Aude Compan, FRA, 37

Finn Men
1. Nicholas Heiner, NED, 19
2. Josip Olujic, CRO, 44
3. Ioannis Mitakis, GRE, 47

Laser Men
1. Pavlos Kontides, CYP, 36
2. Matthew Wearn, AUS, 57
3. Jean Baptiste Bernaz, FRA, 62

Laser Radial Women
1. Emma Plasschaert, BEL, 54
2. Anne-Marie Rindom, DEN, 57
3. Alison Young, GBR, 64

1. Quentin Delapierre / Manon Audinet, FRA, 21
2. Ben Saxton / Nicola Boniface, GBR, 22
3. Ruggero Tita / Caterina Marianna Banti, ITA, 23

RS:X Men
1. Louis Giard, FRA, 48
2. Kun Bi, CHN, 49
3. Pierre Le Coq, FRA, 53

RS:X Women
1. Yunxiu Lu, CHN, 37
2. Katy Spychakov, ISR, 42
3. Zofia Noceti-Klepacka, POL, 49

Full results

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Windy conclusion of the 2019 ORC Sportboat Championship
The 2019 ORC Sportboat Championship ended with a victory for Arkanoe by Montura in Division A and Chardonnay in Division B. The event was held from August 24 to August 30 and saw 29 teams from 8 nations race in 6 inshore races and one coastal race for the Championship, organized by the Yacht Club Marina Portoroz in collaboration with Jadralni klub Ljubljana, the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) and with the support of Marina Portoroz.

After four days of light winds, conditions took on a different turn for the last day of the event. The much-anticipated northeasterly wind called "burja" came in on time and blew with 8-15 knots for the majority of the day, allowing the race committee to complete the full program.

While the final race of the Championship took place in a softer breeze, there was a tough fight for the podium places that went down the wire. In Division A Arkanoe by Montura went into the last race with only a one point advantage over Bohemia Praha and two over Bandalarga while in Division B Chardonnay looked strong to become the new Champions but the remaining two places were in contention between Cattivik in second and Eavle in third.

Ultimately, the double bullets notched up by Bandalarga were not enough to steal the crown from Arkanoe by Montura, who finished second and claimed their first ever title of European ORC Sportboat champions with a single point lead. A stellar day from Flavio Favini moved Bandalarga up to 2nd place with Bohemia Praha completing the podium on third. In Division B Chardonnay added two more bullets to their perfect score and sealed the deal undefeated. Eavle finished second in the last race and picked up silver leaving Cattivik tied on points in third.

Full results:

50 years of ORC
Milan, Italy: In 1965 there were rumors the 1968 Olympic Games might include an offshore racing class and in 1966 the International Yacht Racing Union asked the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and the Cruising Club of America (CCA) to try to frame one international rule.

Both clubs agreed, and at the April 1967 meeting of the Offshore Rules Coordinating Committee an International Technical Committee (ITC) was established. Olin Stephens was the chairman joined by designer Dick Carter, Gustav Plym, Ricas van de Stadt, and Paul Spens. Measurers David Fayle and Robin Glover completed the committee.

Between April 1967 and November 1968 the committee met on a number of occasions and the ORCC considered the draft of a new International Offshore Rule (IOR) at its November 1968 meeting in London. It was then unanimously agreed to recommend to all national authorities that the Rule should become operative in the 1969 season.

On 1 November 1969 the ORCC held its final meeting and approved the Constitution for the new Offshore Rating Council (ORC), renamed the Offshore Racing Congress in 2002. Members of the Congress are nominated from nations that use the system, and their representation is in proportion to the number of certificates issued in that country. The USA and GBR have permanent legacy seats in the Congress being founding members of the organization.

Now, 50 years later, ORC through its national rating offices is the largest measurement-based rating system in the world, issuing over 10,000 certificates to yachts in 40 countries, ranging from Sportboats to Superyachts, and soon Multihulls as well.

The next meeting of the ORC Committees and Congress will be in Bermuda over October 25 - 30th, 2019 coinciding with the World Sailing Annual Conference.

Fireball 2019 World Championship
Pointe Claire Yacht Club, Quebec, Canada: Ian Dobson and Richard Wagstaff are the 2019 Fireball World Champions.

The British pair wrapped up the title with a 2, 1, on the final day at the Pointe Claire YC, in Montreal, Canada, to finish with a four point lead ahead Heather Macfarlane and Chris Payne of Australia.

In third place were Ludovic Collin and Remy Thuillier of France.

Starting the final day just one point off the leaders, Macfarlane and Payne won the first race of the day, with Dobson and Wagstaff in second and Collin and Thuillier third.

With everything depending on the final race and the second discard, Dobson and Wagstaff added a fourth race win and were able to discard an earlier 5th place, reducing their final overall score to 15 points.

With Macfarlane and Payne finishing in seventh and having to discard that, their score remained at 19 points, placing them second overall. -- Gerald New,

Final top ten:
1. Royal Thames Yacht Club, Ian Dobson / Richard Wagstaff, GBR, 15 points
2. Black Rock YC, Heather Macfarlane / Chris Payne, GBR, 19
3. SR Brest, Ludovic Collin / Remy Thuillier, GBR, 29
4. RC Oberhofen / SC Walensee, Claude Mermod / Ruedi Moser, SUI, 31
5. Dovestone SC, Isaac Marsh / OliverDavenport, GBR, 39
6. YC Lazne Tousen / YC Neratovice, Martin Kubovy / Roman Rocek, CZE, 41
7. Chew Valley Lake SC Derian Scott / Andy Scott, GBR, 59
8. YC Neratovice, Jan Jedlicka / Jiri Gemperle, CZE, 62
9. DSSC, Christina Haerdi / Cedric Landerer, SUI, GBR, 78
10. Hofstade Sailing Club (HZC), Bart Meynendonckx / Francis De RoeckBEL, 78.0

Full results

Data Excellence for all - Sailmon
Sailmon Now it’s not only the sailors who can benefit from Sailmon’s innovations in accessing high-accuracy performance and wind information

Think data analysis and it’s hard not to conjure up images of earnest technical studies with spreadsheets full of numbers and detailed conclusions. Yet for some, like the instrument manufacturer Sailmon, data analysis is a new route to bring more fun into sailing and it is this that is at the heart of their recently launched free app.

At its most fundamental level the Sailmon app allows any user to see basic sailing data based around the GPS functions available on their smartphone. Whether you are racing or cruising on anything from a superyacht to a dinghy, trips can be logged, replayed and shared.

‘We want people to challenge themselves or the rest of the community every time they go sailing,’ says Kalle Coster, design and development director at Sailmon. ‘Whether it’s about being faster, making more miles or simply replaying your trips and reliving your best moments to improve your sailing skills, being able to log your performance adds to the fun of sailing.’

Full article in the September issue of Seahorse

U.S. Teams Earn Their Turn to Compete for the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup
For three United States yacht clubs, the figurative road to the sixth edition of the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup was significantly more challenging than the literal one. While the 17 foreign yacht clubs that will travel to Newport from far-flung ports of call were selected via resume, the American teams were required to battle their way onto amateur sailing's grandest stage.

San Diego Yacht Club, Southern Yacht Club and New York Yacht Club will make up the smallest American contingent since the initial regatta in 2009, when just two U.S. teams competed. But the rigorous competition each team had to overcome to earn a spot in this prestigious regattas will serve them well as they toe the line for one of Corinthian sailing's most coveted trophies.

The Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup is a biennial regatta hosted by the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court in Newport, R.I. Since the event was first run in 2009, it has attracted top amateur sailors from the world’s most prestigious yacht clubs. After five editions in the Swan 42 class, the 2019 event will be sailed in the IC37, designed by Mark Mills and built by Westerly Marine in Santa Ana, Calif., and FIBRE Mechanics in the United Kingdom.

The strict one-design nature of this new, purpose-built class combined with the fact that all 20 boats are owned and maintained by the New York Yacht Club, will ensure a level playing field never before seen in amateur big-boat sailing. The regatta will run from September 7 to 14, with racing taking place September 10 to 14.

As the host club, the New York Yacht Club has an automatic berth in the Invitational Cup. However, there was significant member interest in representing the Club; 11 teams signed up for a grueling three-regatta, 23-race qualification series. A crew led by former J/70 rivals Ray Wulff and Andy Fisher emerged from the fray - a little bloodied, but better for it - and will sail under the Club's burgee this September.

Racing for the 2019 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup will start on Tuesday, September 10, with a live broadcast of each race starting on Wednesday, September 11. The regatta will run through Saturday, September 14.

Fareast 28R World Championship 2020
Kieler Yacht-Club has been selected to host the FAREAST 28R World Championship 2020

The World Championship will take place between 10-16th of August 2020.

Kieler Yacht-Club and the International FAREAST 28R Class association expects over 40 boats to participate at the World Championship. The strong presence in the Nordics, and the location and ease of transport to Kiel, makes travel very easy and accessible from all over Europe.

The race village will be placed in Laboe on the eastern side of the Kiel bay where the German Fareast agent, Diamond Yachts, are located. This location offers a variety of accommodations and activities for the crews and their families.

An official website and registration will open in the near future.

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