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Maxi winners decided at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez
Farr 40 Worlds
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Mini Transat: Still 87 at sea, technical pit stop for Briton Joe Lacey
Snipe World Championship
Noakes Blue Becomes Sean Langman's Latest Team in the 18s
2019 Kilroy Realty U.S. Match Racing Championship
F50, Ichi Ban and Sun Fast 3300 nominated for 2019 Goslings Boat of the Year Award
Transpac Tahiti Race
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Maxi winners decided at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez
George David's Maxi Rambler 88 at St. Tropez. Photo by Gilles Martin-Raget. Click on image for photo gallery.

The final day of Les Voiles de Saint Tropez 2019 enabled the maxi teams to get some deciding points on the board after a week that has proved challenging to crews and race officials alike. Saturday's race was just the third of the regatta after too much or too little wind caused much of the program to be cancelled.

With the support of the International Maxi Association, the Wally and four IRC A maxi classes this week had their own race committee, PRO and even their own race area off Saint-Tropez' Pampelonne beach.

On the final day the yachts were sent off on a coastal course starting in around 10 knots. However with the gradient and sea breezes fighting there were some tricky holes and transition zones and ultimately the race committee opted to shorten course. Despite the conditions the competitors were pleased to have got in a last race.

Among the IRC A-1 yachts racing for the Loro Piana Trophy, Velsheda's run of bullets came to an end with the Farr 100 Leopard 3 prevailing. A fourth left Ronald de Waal's magnificent J tied on points with George David's Rambler 88, but winning on countback.

Following Topaz's technical set-back at last month's Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, Velsheda was the sole J Class yacht competing this week.

In IRC A.2 the final race broke the tie for first place with the Swan 82FD Kallima coming out on top of the Swan 80 Umiko.

The hottest competition was in IRC A.3 where going into the final day there was a four-way tie for the top between Luciano Gandini's Mylius 80 Twin Soul B, the Swan 601, Flow, skippered on this occasion by Clay Deutsch, Jean-Pierre Barjon on his sistership Lorna plus International Maxi Association President Benoît de Froidmont on his Wally 60 Wallyno.

Ultimately a bullet in this race for Twin Soul B handed the prize to the Mylius Yachts President.

In the Wally class, competing for the BMW Trophy, Lyra, the Wally 77 of Chinese-Canadian owner Terry Hui that continued her winning streak from last month's Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. On Saturday Lyra scored her second bullet.

After David Leuschen's Galateia won the last race in the Wally class, Sir Lindsay Owen Jones's Magic Carpet 3 prevailed in the concluding race between the Wallycentos. This was some payback after they had been called OCS and finished last in the previous race, said Magic Carpet's Jochen Schuemann. -- James Boyd / International Maxi Association

Full results

Farr 40 Worlds
While some may claim beginners luck, the first place team, Far Niente, of the 2019 Farr 40 World Championship earned their win with an amazing team and by going back to the fundamentals.

Brand new to the Farr 40 class, Vince Brun and Drew Freides, Far Niente co-owners, have only been sailing in the fleet for 10 days prior to taking the win in Long Beach, California this week from Wednesday, October 2 to Saturday, October 5, 2019.

Closely behind Far Niente was 2018 World Champion Wolfgang Schaefer's Struntje Light, finishing with 36 points, only three points behind Freides/Brun. In third was Jeff Carter's Edake with 41 points.

The regatta took place in the waters off Long Beach, generally south of Alamitos Bay Harbor. On Wednesday, the sailors embraced the 20 knot conditions. As the regatta carried on, the average breeze filled in at 10-12 knots daily.

While the scoresheet generally stayed pretty consistent, Friday's racing allowed for Far Niente to really pull ahead and claim their win. "We were on fire," Freides started. "Some of our closest competition struggled a bit, whether it was the kelp or just bad luck. We got off the line really well and controlled our own destiny."

Schaefer and his crew spent day three of the regatta struggling in the Southern California kelp, allowing Far Niente and several other boats to make their gains. Even with five bullets in their scoresheet, the conditions were not on their side.

Other noteable boats on the water were Rob Davis' Nutcracker, who came in fourth, and Rick Goebel's Insanity. Both teams were kept in the top of the fleet, taking several seconds, thirds and fourths. Goebel even took a bullet in race 7.

Jeff Carter, skipper of Edake and now two-time Corinthian World Champion, acknowledged the dedication and commitment of his crew from Australia and congratulated the Long Beach Yacht Club and Farr 40 Class for an amazing event.

Final results
1. Far Niente, Drew Freides / Vince Brun, USA, 33.0
2. Struntje Light, Wolfgang Schaefer, GER, 36.0
3. Edake (Corinthian), Jeff Carter, AUS, 41.0
4. Nutcracker (Corinthian), Rob Davis, AUS, 46.0
5. Insanity, Rick Goebel , USA, 49.0
6. Easy Tiger (Corinthian), Chris Way, USA, 60.0
7. Blade 2 (Corinthian), Mick Shlens, USA, 65.0
8. Skian Dhu (Corinthian), Martin Meerhoff, URU, 94.0
9. Dark Star (Corinthian) Farr 40 Steve Brown, USA, 98.0
10. White Knight (Corinthian), Zoltan Katinszky, USA, 112.0
11. Wild Thing (Corinthian), Yon Belausteguigoitia, MEX, 114.0
12. Foil (Corinthian) , Gordon Leon, USA, 129.0
13. Taurus (Corinthian), Barrington Darcy, GBR, 139.0
14. Katana (Corinthian), John Seit, USA, 149.0

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Mini Transat: Still 87 at sea, technical pit stop for Briton Joe Lacey
On the third day of racing, the 87 sailors in the Mini-Transat La Boulangère are all still at sea, led this evening by Axel Trehin (prototype) and Ambrogio Beccaria (production). However, it's not great news for the Briton Joe Lacey, whose diverting to Gijón where he'll attempt to resolve his energy issues. The rest of the fleet is on a beat to Cape Finisterre, which the competitors should round over the course of tomorrow, likely with some substantial separation between the leaders and those bringing up the rear. A decision will have to be made about whether to pass to the East or West of the TSS (Traffic Separation Scheme).

This Monday evening, no competitor in the Mini-Transat La Boulangère is really out on a limb. Everyone is in contact with at least one playmate. There must be lots of discussions via VHF, though some will be less keen for distraction… At every level of the fleet, small groups are forming, which is both motivating and reassuring for the sailors.

Having negotiated a zone of high pressure last night, the Mini sailors have been on a beat this Monday in a manageable S/SW'ly wind (10 to 15 knots). The already heavy seas will increase further this evening to reach 3.5 metres. Fortunately, the waves will likely be long (14 seconds), making their passage less uncomfortable. Not very active, a front is set to influence the front runners late tonight and tomorrow morning for those further back. Anticipating the NW'ly wind shift, competitors may choose to pass to the West of the TSS at Cape Finisterre, though this will lengthen the distance to cover…

Top Ranking on Monday 7 October at 16:00 UTC

1. Axel Trehin (945 - Project Rescue Ocean) 1,055.7 miles to the finish
2. Francois Jambou (865 - Team BFR Maree Haute Jaune) 6.8 behind the leader
3. Marie Gendron (930 - Cassiopee-SNCF) 10.6 behind the leader

1. Ambrogio Becarria (943 - Geomag) 1,076.3 miles to the finish
2. Felix De Navacelle (916 - Youkounkoun) 2.2 behind the leader
​​​​​​​3. Lauris Noslier (893 - Avoriaz 1800) 3.9 behind the leader

Snipe World Championship
Racing at the Snipe World Championship 2019 begins tomorrow, Tuesday 8th, at the Lars Grael Sailing School, in Ilhabela, Brazil. 70 teams from 11 countries will be on the start line: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Spain, United States, Italy, Japan, Norway, Peru, Portugal and Uruguay. Nine races are scheduled with two drops for the worst results. The forecast for the first races is for moderate breeze from the South.

The Snipe World Championship features the top names in the class, including Olympic medalists, World Champions and Pan American Champions. Spain's Angela Pumariega, the London 2012 Match Race gold, will team up with compatriot Martin Gallego.

The Brazilian squad is the most numerous and it is led by Alexandre Paradeda, who won the World Snipe Championship in 2001, as well as being Champion at the Rio 2007 Pan American Games. Two time Snipe World Champion, Carioca Bruno Bethlem is also among the sailors at the event, and the double bronze medalist at Pan Am de Lima 2019, Juliana Duque and Rafael Martins.

Brazil has a total of 13 World Snipe Champions. The last one was won in 2015, in the edition of Talamone, in Italy.

The last edition of the World Snipe Championship was held in 2017 in La Coruna, Spain. The Puerto Rican duo Raul Rios and Mac Agnese are the reigning champions.

Junior Worlds 2019

The Snipe Junior World Championship 2019 was decided on the last of nine races in Ilhabela, last week. Gustavo Abdulklesh and Leonardo Motta (BRA) won it, followed by the Portuguese brothers Mafalda Pires de Lima and Tomas Pires de Lima, who finished second.

The third place of the event went to Bahian Rafael Rizzato and Gerald Wicks, winners of the last race of the series on Saturday, Ocotber 5th.

Gustavo Abdulklesh and Leonardo Motta's win, keeps up the Brazilian Snipe Junior tradition: it was the ninth Carioca wins in the competition. The first champion was Brazilian super star Torben Grael with Eduardo Mascarenhas, in Mission Bay, USA, in 1978. -- Rachele Vitello

Noakes Blue Becomes Sean Langman's Latest Team in the 18s
Noakes Blue 18ft Skiff. Click on image to enlarge.

When Yvette Heritage and her Noakes Blue 18ft Skiff team line up next Sunday (October 13) for the opening race of the Australian 18 Footers League's 2019-2020 Season, she will be leading the third team sponsored by Sean Langman's Noakes Group company to support new, talented sailors in the Sydney 18 Footer fleet.

Aside from his wonderful record of achievement on the water, Sean has always been a person with a positive outlook and an ever-ready willingness to assist talented sailors in their quest to achieve results in keeping with those talents.

Sean is a person prepared to 'put his money where his mouth is' and has previously supported two other campaign for newcomers to the 18s, as well as sponsoring his own campaigns.

Jacqui Bonnitcha was the original sailor to receive Sean's support and sailed Noakes Youth in the 2007 JJs. Ash Rooklyn later received similar support, now Yvette Heritage is about to become Sean's third beneficiary.

Yvette joined the 18s for her rookie season in 2018-2019, then recently skippered ILVE at Lake Garda in the European 18ft Skiff Championship as part of her preparation for Sydney Harbour 2019-2020.

She explained the reason for Noakes support of her team this season. "The Noakes Blue theme represents the Recreation business side of Noakes which has an approach of inclusiveness within their business and the community."

"Noakes' sponsorship has also allowed me to be sailing on a newer boat this season, with newer gear and sails, which will allow us to be competitive with the experienced 18s fleet." -- Frank Quealey

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2019 Kilroy Realty U.S. Match Racing Championship
San Francisco: The Kilroy Realty U.S. Match Racing Championship in San Francisco Bay started with two days of long postponements that yielded what chief umpire Glenn Oliver termed "champagne conditions." The scheduled 28 total matches over two round-robins went as planned. But with no significant winds to permit the start of semifinal racing, Sunday at St. Francis Yacht Club turned into a "lay day" that nobody wanted. Not even Pearson Potts (Newport, R.I.), the chief beneficiary of the cancellation.

Potts, who sailed to a 12-2 record over the Friday and Saturday sessions to take first place in the round-robin, thus successfully defended his national championship. After racing was called off, Potts raised the Prince of Wales Bowl as he did in Chicago last year, and the Boston resident has been named U.S. champion for the third year running. With the victory, Potts also earns a berth in next April's Ficker Cup at Long Beach Yacht Club.

Final standings of the 52nd U.S. Match Racing Championship:
1. Pearson Potts, Boston, Guardians of the Monohulls
2. Peter Holz, Glennview, Ill., Chicago YC
3. Jeffrey Petersen, Santa Ana, Calif., Balboa YC
4. Nicole Breault, San Francisco, St. Francis YC
5. Chris Nesbitt, San Diego, San Diego YC
6. Ryan Seago, Grosse Pointe, Mich., Bayview YC
7. Cameron Feves, Long Beach, Calif., Cabrillo Beach YC
8. Allie Blecher, Long Beach, Calif., California YC

F50, Ichi Ban and Sun Fast 3300 nominated for 2019 Goslings Boat of the Year Award
Three diverse boats, all with unique characteristics that highlight the diversity of equipment and design in sailing, have been nominated for World Sailing's 2019 Goslings Boat of the Year Award.

The F50, a high-performance one design multihull, Ichi Ban, a modified TP52 suitable for inshore and offshore racing, and Chantiers Jeanneau - Sun Fast 3300, a 30-foot one design monohull, have all been shortlisted.

Alongside today's nominee announcement, Goslings, the award winning, versatile, Bermudian rum, will sponsor the 2019 Award.

The World Sailing Goslings Boat of the Year Award recognises outstanding boat design, innovative concepts and ground-breaking technological advancements that are changing the face of sailing, pioneering change across the world.

World Sailing Vice-President Gary Jobson, respected sailing journalist Matt Sheahan, and World Sailing Head of Technical and Offshore Jaime Navarro made up the judging panel and reviewed the applicants before voting on the shortlist of three.

Ran VII won the inaugural award in 2018 and the judging panel will now vote on who will receive the 2019 Goslings Boat of the Year Award, before the winner is announced at the 2019 World Sailing Awards, which take place in Bermuda on Tuesday 29 October. -- Daniel Smith - World Sailing

Transpac Tahiti Race
The Transpacific Yacht Club (TPYC) created the Tahiti race almost 100 years ago in 1925, and it has been run only 15 times in this time. The most recent editions were in 2008, with 5 boats, and in 2012, with 2 boats. Today, ten boats between 40 and 77 feet have already pre-registered, and others will soon follow.

Having just completed a successful 50th running of their LA-Honolulu Transpac this year, TPYC has joined forces with Archipelagoes of Tahiti to stage the next edition of the Transpac Tahiti Race in 2020. This race will now have new energy with a dynamic fleet of international racing yachts, the establishment of departure and arrival villages that promote cross-cultural heritage, and expanded publicity through international media and web exposure.

When the race was first staged in 1925, at 3,570 NM this was the world's longest ocean race. Then as now the race's enduring appeal lies in it being held over a truly bluewater race course of mostly trade-wind sailing from Los Angeles, California, to Papeete, Tahiti. The rhumbline course runs along a south-southwest axis, and requires crossing the terrestrial equator and the meteorological equator: the famous Intertropical Convergence Zone (or Doldrums). This challenge awaits all entries, large and small, fast and slow.

For the fast yachts, the goal is to better the current monohull record of 11 days 10 hours 13 minutes 18 seconds, set in 2008 by Doug Baker's Magnitude 80. With an average course speed of 13 knots, it is felt by many that this course record could be "ripe for the plucking" since this is a pace easily matched by the newest generation of ocean greyhounds.

The current monohull course record in the LA-Honolulu Transpac set by the VPLP 100 Comanche in 2017 was for an average pace of 18 knots - at this same pace the Transpac Tahiti course record would fall by over 3 days!

And for multihull enthusiasts the course record is ready to be established, since multihulls will be encouraged to enter this race for the first time ever.

A new approach to long-distance oceanic racing: the South Seas

For decades, competitors in the world's most prestigious and challenging around-the-world races have followed courses south of the Southern Hemisphere's Great Capes, and far from the beauty and prime sailing conditions of the tropical latitudes.

So organizers of the Tahiti Transpac 2020 feel it's high time to celebrate the South Seas with a first-class ocean racing event, one where warm sunshine and flying fish abound on the race course and not snow and icebergs!

The race will be conducted by the Transpacific Yacht Club, who is the Race authority. The Notice of Race is already available on the event website. You can already pre-register with Transpacific Yacht Club at YachtScoring

For more information about "Being a Part of the South Seas Legend" in the Transpac Tahiti Race 2020, visit the event's website at

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