In This Issue
Some Surprise Winners On First Day Of The Nations Trophy
Melges 24 World Championship: No wind, no race in Day Two
Marlow Ropes Partners with 11th Hr Racing Team
The World's First Distillery At Sea With Salcombe Gin
Clipper Race 2 to Punta del Este
World 2.4Mr Sailing Championships
Mirabaud Sailing Video Award - two weeks left to submit your video
Slow Start at the 2019 Snipe World Championship
China Coast Race Week
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Some Surprise Winners On First Day Of The Nations Trophy
The second edition of The Nations Trophy kicked off today; all four classes ticking off one race from the scheduled nine. Racing started three hours late and, while it was long, it was a worthwhile wait. When the fickle breeze in the Bay of Palma stabilized sufficiently, the Real Club Nautico de Palma race team, led by Ariane Mainemare, was swift in laying the course and getting the 41-boat fleet away. Cream of the crop were: Ross Warburton's Perhonen (ClubSwan 50, GBR), Javier Padron's Michelle (Swan 45, ESP), Andrea Rossi's Mela (ClubSwan 42, ITA) and Riccardo Ferragamo's Thirty-Six (ClubSwan 36, ITA). With two boats placing first in the only race of the day, Italy take an early lead in The Nations Trophy, with Spain in second.

For much of the race, it looked like a two-way tussle between Leonardo Ferragamo's Cuordileone (ITA) and Dmitri Rybolovlev's Skorpios (RUS). Perhonen was never far away, but it took a bold move on the final leg to secure the victory.

Perhonen's tactician, Ian Budgen, had a very broad grin post-race and received some heavyweight praise from his peers, including Ken Read (Cuordileone's tactician), for getting it so right with the last roll of the dice.

Budgen brings considerable experience to the British crew, but even he is impressed with the way The Nations Trophy has taken off. "It is amazing to be here with 18 ClubSwan 50s: all 50-footers, all identical," he exclaims. "It is fantastic racing and you can see that it is by the quality of sailors walking up and down the dock. It's a great concept, attracting the very best."

The Swan 45 fleet also had a surprise winner. Javier Padron's Michelle is racing at a Swan One Design regatta for the first time.

The newest boat in the Swan One Design stable, the ClubSwan 36 class is the smallest here. The competition is no less fierce and the significance of winning the first race for the new design was not lost on the crew of Thirty-Six, as Riccardo Ferragamo explained: "It was super fun today. The first impression is the one that counts the most, so to win the first ever race for a ClubSwan 36 is great. It gives us some real motivation and self-confidence for the next races."

Racing at The Nations Trophy 2019 continues on Thursday, 10 October and runs through until Saturday, 12 October. A maximum of nine races will be sailed with no discard. The participating nations are Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom. The inaugural Nations Trophy, held in 2017, was won by Spain through the efforts of Swan 45 Porron IX and ClubSwan 42 Nadir. Both are here again, but will have their work cut out to defend the title.

Melges 24 World Championship: No wind, no race in Day Two
Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy: The lack of breeze did not allow for any racing in Villasimius today, so the situation of the Melges 24 World Championship 2019 is defined by the three regattas completed yesterday.

Bombarda ITA860 leads the pack (13 pt.), followed by Lenny EST790 (14 pt.) and Maidollis ITA854 (21 pt.). The Corinthian leadership sees the aforementioned Lenny in control, followed by Taki 4 ITA778 (25 pt.) and Gill Race Team GBR694 (38 pt.).

Hoping in more favorable weather conditions, races will resume tomorrow at 10.00am.

Top 10 ranking after 3 races:
1. Bombarda, ITA860, Andrea Pozzi - 5 -6 -2 ; 13
2. Lenny, EST790, Tõnu Tõniste (COR) - 6 -2 -6 ; 14
3. Maidollis, ITA854, Carlo Fracassoli - 1 -17 -3 ; 21
4. Taki 4, ITA778, Niccolo Bertola (COR) - 16 -4 -5 ; 25
5. Monsoon, USA851, Bruce Ayres - 10 -5 -21 ; 36
6. Full Throttle, USA849, Brian Porter - 8 -10 -18 ; 36
7. Gill Race Team, GBR694, Geoff Carveth (COR) - 3 -31 -4 ; 38
8. Seven_Five_Nine, HUN759, Ákos Csoltó (COR) - 18 -8 -14 ; 40
9. White Room, GER677, Michael Tarabochia (COR) - 15 -14 -12 ; 41
10. Nortek Sailing Team, NOR628, Andreas Sola Fischer (COR) - 13 -7 -22 ; 42

Full results in Yachtscoring

Marlow Ropes Partners with 11th Hr Racing Team
Marlow Ropes Inc., the leading manufacturer of high performance cordage, has signed on with 11th Hour Racing Team as official supplier for the team's campaign focused on the next edition of The Ocean Race in 2021-2022.

Marlow will be supplying 11th Hour Racing with high performing lines from the Marlow Grand Prix custom-made series, ensuring the highest quality and durability within sailing, as well as the new Blue Ocean Dockline from recycled materials, working together with the team to minimize waste by providing lengths that are exact to their boat's specification and needs.

"Having Marlow running rigging gives our team total confidence knowing that we are working with the highest quality product made by the best in the business, who are industry leaders in introducing the latest sustainable products made from recycled materials," said Mark Towill, 11th Hour Racing Team.

The team has already been using Marlow ropes during the team's podium finish at the Azimut Challenge last month and will be in action again with Marlow on-board for the Transat Jacques Vabre in late October in Le Havre, France.

"Marlow Ropes are delighted to be partnering with the 11th Hour Racing Team on their 2021-22 The Ocean Race campaign," said Marlow U.S. Manager Forrest Williams. "A key part of the team's mission is to highlight ocean health and sustainability, and partnering with an elite team like 11th Hour Racing to support these goals is extremely important to us here at Marlow."

Marlow has introduced the team to the new "Blue Ocean Dockline," Marlow's new pioneering mooring line made of 100% recycled waste from plastic bottles. This ground-breaking rope product highlights the need for sailors to rig responsibly and will be supplied to 11th Hour Racing Team along with the MGP Series throughout its campaign.

Marlow's history in world-class British rope manufacturing dates back over 200 years, and has earned its reputation as the world-leading manufacturer of high performance rope. With its Official Supplier status with 11th Hour Racing Team, the premier sailing rope brand will now be prominently featured in the world's toughest round-the-world crewed race, starting in Alicante, Spain in Fall 2021.

The World's First Distillery At Sea With Salcombe Gin
Salcombe Distilling Company Ltd (SDCo) has been selected by P&O Cruises as the gin partner to develop and implement the concept of the first distillery at sea. This will be installed onboard P&O Cruises' new flagship vessel 'Iona', launching in May 2020. As part of this contract, in addition to providing consultancy services, SDCo will also develop a unique gin that will be distilled, bottled and labelled onboard Iona.

Following the gin's launch on Iona, SDCo will also distill the recipe at their waterside distillery in Salcombe. It will be shared and served across the P&O Cruises fleet as the official premium gin where it will be available in the bars and restaurants onboard and to purchase at duty free retailers alongside their multi-award winning gin portfolio.

Iona is joining P&O Cruises in May 2020 and is the largest ship built to serve the UK market. The newest vessel in the P&O fleet, Iona is LNG-powered and has a 5,200 guest capacity, designed to bring the outside in, through innovative design and unique spaces.

Iona will feature enhancements to already successful brand signature venues from the existing fleet, as well as features newly developed for Iona. These include the first distillery at sea, a three deck atrium in the heart of the ship as well as SkyDome - an exclusively designed glass dome by award-winning British engineers Eckersley O'Callaghan. This will be a world first at sea and offer a unique space for both relaxing in all weathers and providing entertainment, featuring aerial performers and a wealth of live acts.

Clipper Race 2 to Punta del Este
The countdown to the arrivals into Punta del Este has officially begun!

The latest ETAs (08-10-19 at 1000 LT [0900 UTC]) currently show the two leading teams, Visit Sanya, China and Qingdao, crossing the finish line of Race 2: The Commodore's Cup on Friday 11 October.

Please note that these are best estimates based on the latest weather and the average speeds of the fleet. Weather and tidal conditions will cause these times to change. Keep an eye on the Race Viewer and the Clipper Race website for the latest ETAs.

All ETAs are to the finish line, which is just outside Punta del Este Harbour (add up to an average of 1 hour for arrival at the dock at the Yacht Club Punta del Este).

The official arrival window to Uruguay is between 12-16 October. For all the events and activities planned for the Fan Zone at the Yacht Club Punta del Este, see the Host Port Page on the Clipper Race website.

World 2.4Mr Sailing Championships
From the beginning of next week, the waters of Genoa will host the 30th World 2.4 mR Class Championship. This tiny boat will be the star of a week of great sailing with 91 helmsmen from 15 different countries. With this event the Yacht Club Italiano continues in its commitment to make Genoa the capital of sailing.

The 2.4 was created in Stockholm in 1983 by local designers who used the "R Metre" rule to create a small keelboat, the 2.4 mR. It was a thoroughbred boat with the complicated and sophisticated nature of keelboat but with the costs and the sensitivity of a simple dinghy. It was a younger sister, in terms of size but not style of sailing, of the bigger international 6m, 8m and 12m (these latter used for the America's Cup in the Azzurra generation). In 1992 the class obtained the status of an International Class and since then world Championships have been sailed every year with between 60 and 100 boats taking part.

Since the 2.4mR is suitable for disabled helmsmen it was chosen as a single-handed class for the Paralympics in Sydney in 2000. The biggest fleets are in the Scandinavian countries, in Italy, England, Germany, Australia and the USA.

The weekend of October 12 and 13thwill see the arrival of the boats and the welcoming of the competitors, but the action will start from Monday the 14thwith the first training race at 2 PM. From Tuesday the 15th to Friday the 18th there will be up to 3 races a day to reach the number needed to assign the world title.

Mirabaud Sailing Video Award - two weeks left to submit your video
TV production agencies, directors, cameramen and editors are invited to join the third edition of the Mirabaud Sailing Video Award and send their best video clip.

Deadline to submit your video : 23 October 2019.

Ladies and gentlemen, dear yacht racing TV producers,

We kindly remind you that there are only two weeks left to submit your video for the Mirabaud Sailing Video Award video competition. The goal of the award is to celebrate the best sailing videos produced each year, as well as their authors. The contest is open to professional TV & video producers as well as professional sailors who film their achievements during regattas.

You can already see the first videos submitted this year by clicking here.

The winners will be celebrated at the Yacht Racing Forum (Bilbao, ESP) on 25 and 26 November, in front of sailing's leading personalities rom all over the world. Participants will have free access to the Forum (registration required)

- The winner of the main prize - the Mirabaud Sailing Video Award, selected by the international jury - will receive amongst others a prize-money.

- The public will vote on Internet to determine the winner of the Public Award.

- The jury reserves the right to offer a "Special prize of the Jury" to the professional sailor who produced the best sailing video this year.

Please note :

The videos must have been filmed between September 24, 2018 and October 23, 2019
Videos must be submitted before October 23, 2019 at midnight GMT
Duration of the video: comprised between 45'' and 2'00
Royalty-free soundtrack

Detailed rules

Submit your video

Below is one of the new submissions... "Monofoil Gonet" by Margot Christophe

Slow Start at the 2019 Snipe World Championship
Day two of the Snipe World Championship was very similar to day one, with cloudy skies and the threat of rain. While the teams were getting ready at the Escola de Vela Lars Grael, the wind was blowing nicely at about seven knots from East, so the fleet was out on the water right on time for the scheduled 12 o'clock start.

Four general recalls anticipated the actual start on the fifth attempt, 70 boats on the line is not an easy task and the Uniform flag proved not scary enough for the eager Snipe sailors.

The AP flag was hoisted at the end of race one, and the Alpha followed after a long wait on the water. No more racing for the day and an earlier start tomorrow (11 am local time) to try and make up for the missed races. -- Rachele Vitello

Top 10 after two races:
1. Luis Soubie / Diego Lipszyc, ARG, 8 points
2. Ricardo Fabini / Florencia Pamizari, URU, 14
3. Asher Zittrer / Watt Duffy, USA, 16
4. Henrique Haddad / Gustavo Nascimento, BRA, 19
5. Naoki Inoue / Masataka Kojima, JPN, 22
6. Mario Jesus Jr/ Gabriel Borges, BRA, 29
7. Tsuyoshi Yamada / Go Yamashita, JPN, 31
8. Fabio Bruggioni / Luca Bruggioni, ESP, 32
9. Alexandre Tinoco / Matheus Gonçalves, BRA, 33
10. Shigeru Matsuzaki / Yuta Hattori, JPN, 34

China Coast Race Week
With less than two days to go, sailors are gearing up for Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's first major Big Boat event of the season - China Coast Race Week 2019 comprising the China Coast Regatta from 11 to 13 October followed by a Category 1 Offshore Race, the 2019 Hong Kong to Vietnam Race; a 673nm downwind passage to Nha Trang, Vietnam which starts on 15 and 16 October.

2019 marks the 27th edition of the China Coast Regatta which was first established in 1993. The event is based out of Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's Middle Island clubhouse; with sailors competing in a variety of windward/leeward and island courses.

The delayed arrival of the northeasterly monsoon is forecasting a light breeze for the first two days of racing. The monsoon is predicted to fill in on Sunday bringing promising conditions for the 31 yachts competing across six divisions, with the biggest contingent coming from IRC Racer 2. Ellian Perch's Cape 31, Orion DYP, which made the journey to Hong Kong from South Africa is set to compete against a slew of locally based strong competitors including as Glenn Smith's Blackjack, Herman Wong's Kiasu and Noel Chan and Denis Ma's Rampage.

The five-strong IRC Racer 0 division includes three TP52s: Sam Chan's FreeFire, Robert Wiest, Victor Kuk and David Ho's Phoenix and Ting Lee and Hongquan Li's Ark323 from Mainland China. They are joined by another head to head competition between Marcel Liedts' Ker 46 Zannekin and Shawn Kang's Ker46+ Alpha +.

Many eyes will be on Fred Kinmonth and Nick Burns' Mandrake III (IRC Racer 1 winner in 2016 and 2017) racing against Joachim Isler and Andrew Taylor's Ambush and with Rampage II, Seawolf 2, Quest and Neo One in the mix, competition is fierce.

IRC Racer 3 comprises six strong local teams including Dexter II, Whiskey Jack and Arcturus who will battle it out in both light wind and strong wind conditions. One thing for certain though is that the competition will be tough.

IRC Racer and Premier Cruiser Classes will be racing from 11 to 13 October and HKPN Class racing from 12 to 13 October with racing taking place in the waters to the east and south of Hong Kong Island, with some islands courses extending into the waters to the east of Sai Kung.

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Banque du Leman, the Class40 #157 of the Swiss duo Valentin Gautier-Simon Koster, was launched this Thursday in La Trinite-sur-Mer. Built at the JPS Production yard, this Mach 40.4 is a big step forwards from the renowned design by Sam Manuard.

The hull is now virtually scow shaped akin to the David Raison design for Ian Lipinski. Banque du Leman should line up at the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre in a month's time but still trying to complete their race budget.


Revolver is a 38ft gentleman's racer drawn by radical thinking octogenarian Bruce Ritchie for his own racing in Sydney Harbour. Crosbie Lorimer steps on board

"I wasn't expecting this," said Michael Ritchie when his 83-year-old father Bruce showed him the lines he had drawn up for his 'gentleman's racer'. "It was a nice surprise," concedes Michael, recalling that he'd expected his father to design a mild-mannered boat with a conventional cockpit, envisioning him ensconced behind a steering wheel.

The epithet 'gentleman's racer' was certainly not what sprang to mind when I first saw the Ritchie 38 Revolver. Indeed, on first pass the boat had more in common with the fleet of grand prix MC38s berthed alongside her at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club near Sydney than most of the other cruiser-racers on the club's pontoons.

The low freeboard, wide open stern cockpit with tiller, 2m carbon bowsprit, plumb stem and absence of stanchions all spoke of a boat designed for speed. It was only on closer inspection that the 'gentlemanly' features gradually caught my eye: a fixed carbon jib boom, lazyjacks, sail stacker, timber cockpit floor and no running backstays.

Revolver is the most recent in a long line of yachts designed by Bruce Ritchie during his 75-plus years of sailing. Starting out in 12ft, 16ft and 18ft skiffs he moved on to sailing 505s (representing Australia in the 1957 world championships) before building and racing the first Yachting World Diamond Class keelboat outside of the UK in 1961.


Following the release of SY 300, a 90-metre (300-feet) concept this spring, Philippe Briand has announced a second concept from this family of self-sufficient performance yachts: Perfect 60. A smaller but equally powerful ketch with a traditional, carbon-fibre mast and rig, Perfect 60 is a 60-metre little sister to SY 300 featuring the same distinctive contemporary hull with its efficient inverted bow.

Briand has designed the yachts in response to the growing trend for sailing megayachts that are effectively motoryachts with sails, requiring engines to assist in propelling them through the water. Returning to a more authentic design space for passionate sailors who enjoy taking part in regattas such as the St Barths Bucket, Perfect 60 is expected to take line honours and put her owners on podiums wherever they choose to race.

Aside from their racing credentials, Briand's self-sufficient sailing yachts will also appeal to owners who prefer to minimise their impact on the environment while cruising the oceans. The efficient hullform characteristics of Briand's designs mean that more power could be harnessed through underwater turbines to charge the batteries on board.


The Scape 40' Sport model was launched this year. She has caused quite a stir under sailing enthusiasts and we look forward to customizing a few more of her kind.

The narrow wave-piercing hulls and bridge deck of the Scape 40' Sport is constructed from the highest-grade Lloyds approved materials. The vacuumed epoxy/foam construction results in a seamless, super lightweight and yet stiff laminate. The interior surfaces are devoid of liners keeping the weight low and allowing for easy cleaning. Bulkheads and cabinetry are integrated into the hull construction both vertically and horizontally adding to the strength and stiffness.

The hull construction has proven to be very efficient and she often gets over 25 knots. Although she is not an all-out racer, she can definitely win some club races and is a must-try for anyone that loves performance sailing.

Keeping true to the soul of this vessel, being a Sport model, we have used state of the art Raymarine navigation systems, extra Code Zero and asymmetric spinnaker sails, and an antal track system with a daisy-chain.

There is also a wide array of electrical equipment on the vessel, including a total of 600w solar panels to minimize the usage of shore power.

The mid-mounted engines give you easy access for servicing and great manoeuvrability

On this model, we have used the space very efficiently and she has all the modern equipment one would expect, to give her cruising capabilities.

As with all our models, the Scape 40' Sport is very versatile and can be customized to personal taste.


The Dehler 30 one design was nominated for the "British Yachting Award 2019" in the category "Racing Yacht/Sportsboat of the Year". This award recognizes the best performances, products, clubs and events of the last 12 months. As a series sailing yacht our racer-cruiser has qualified as a candidate due to her optimization for short-handed sailing and her equipment for offshore regattas.

Karl Dehler - Project manager - Hanse Yachts PLC
"I am very happy that we can finally implement such an exciting one design project in Germany again!" The driving force in the development of the Dehler 30 one design is Karl Dehler, project manager of Hanse Yachts PLC. As the son of Dehler founder Willi Dehler, he is passionate about sailing. For Dehler, he has contributed to numerous innovations and trend-setting inventions. And the successes speak for themselves: under Karl's management, Dehler has already won numerous prestigious awards and has been repeatedly honoured and nominated for the titles Boat of the Year and European Boat of the Year. His expertise, competence and above all his passion are based on years of experience as an active regatta sailor. Together with Torsten Conradi, he won the world championship title in 1984 on the db2 positron.

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