In This Issue
Light Airs, Big Seas and Close Racing
Melges 24 World Championship
Vespucci Tallship Vespucci Arrives In Trieste To Celebrate Barcolana 51
Maxi 90’ Golfo di Trieste programme kicks off at 51st Barcolana Race
Inaugural Royal Thames Yacht Club Women’s J70 Open Championship
She escaped from Bob Fisher's saltwater aquarium as a child...
Livestreaming 18Ft Skiff Racing On Sydney Harbour
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
Industry News
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The Last Word: Victor Hugo

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Light Airs, Big Seas and Close Racing
Sanremo, Italy - Day four of the Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta powered by Paul & Shark saw the fleet divided into Gold and Silver groups following the initial qualifying rounds, with the boats carrying their overall ranking position from the qualifiers into the final series. Going into the day the forecast looked super light and there was a big question over whether sailing would even be possible. Luckily, just as the sailors were settling in for a morning of coffee drinking and chat, a light easterly sprang up and everyone was called afloat.

In the race area the teams found a nice 8-10 knot breeze from the north east accompanied by a large swell from the west and a strong west to east current which was pushing them over the line. Aware that the breeze may not stay long the race committee moved quickly and after a couple of false starts both fleets were underway. The wind held up the beat, but on the run, it began to drop. With the boats fighting against the current and big seas the effect was to compress the fleet, who found themselves gybing at acute angles to try and retain boat speed. As the wind began to die completely the committee wisely decided to stop both fleets after a single lap. It soon became clear that the breeze would not be returning, and further hopes of racing were abandoned for the day.

Racing for tomorrow’s final day of competition is scheduled to start at 11.00, there is a latest start cut off time of 16.00 and a maximum of three races remain to be sailed to decide the overall winner of the Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta. This extraordinary week-long celebration of the International Dragon’s 90th Birthday will conclude with a spectacular final Gala Prize Giving party.

Melges 24 World Championship
Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy - The race course of Villasimius changes shape again and, after the no race of yesterday, today it welcomes the sailors with steady and increasing Southerly breeze that reached gusts of over 20 knots, very close to the maximum limit of the Melges 24 Class.

It was another great racing day for the Melges 24 World Championship that, with the three races completed on Tuesday, only has two days left now to crown the new Melges 24 Champion of the Champions.

The rankings that formed after the races of today have been deeply affected by a request to the Jury, that caused a late abandon of Race 3 of the series, resulting in a total scoreline made of five races for all the crews.

The leader of the provisional standings is Maidollis ITA854, reigning European Champion, with Carlo Fracassoli and Enrico Fonda helming and calling tactics. With partial scores of 1-2-2, the Italian crew is the "boat of the day" and precedes in the ranking the Americans of Bruce Ayres' Monsoon (4-6-1), winner of the last race of today.

Italian Bombarda ITA860 helmed by Andrea Pozzi (14-1-3), that today caught the first bullet of the series, is the provisional bronze medalist, followed by Michael Goldfarb's Warcanoe (2-16-17).

With forecasts that call for lighter breezes than today, the Race Committee will call the fleet back on the water tomorrow, Friday the 11th, at 10.00 am.

Provisional top ten
1. Maidollis, Perego Gianluca, ITA, 23
2. Monsoon, Bruce Ayres, USA, 26
3. Bombarda, Andrea Pozzi, ITA, 29
4. Warcanoe, Michael Goldfarb, USA, 38
5. Taki 4, Niccolo Bertola (COR), ITA, 50
6. Lenny, Tonu Toniste (COR), EST, 51
7. Nefeli, Peter Karrie, GER, 57
8. Storm Capital Sail Racing, Peder Jahre (COR), NOR, 58
9. Strambapapa, Michele Paoletti, ITA, 65
10. Full Throttle, USA849, Brian Porter, USA, 69

Full results in Yachtscoring

Vespucci Tallship Vespucci Arrives In Trieste To Celebrate Barcolana 51
The tall ship Vespucci berthed at Stazione Marittima in Trieste: admired by the entire community, the much awaited Italian Navy tall ship is in Trieste for its 19th time and will stay until Sunday, to celebrate Barcolana51 presented by Generali with the sailing world. Many are the activities that will take place aboard, including open to the public guided tours, press conferences and prize-giving ceremonies of Barcolana events. Then, at 9.30 am, the students of the Follow me project reached Barcolana51 on time: the students of the Nautical High School of Trieste will actively participate in the event helping with berthing and offering reception services. Their involvement in Barcolana will allow them to learn more and at the same time will ensure that shipowners receive a warm welcome and support upon their arrival in Trieste.

With three days left to the regatta, 1570 boats have registered for Barcolana. This morning’s calm sea and rain were strategic for some of the teams, who decided to go out to sea to test their boats on light wind. Thw weather agency Osmer Arpa has published the first weather reports with the weather forecast for the weekend: summer temperatures and light wind will characterize this weekend and will influence the tactitians’ decisions on loads and sails.

Last year’s winning team (captained by Furio and Gabriele Benussi with Lorenzo Bressani) will return their trophy back to the organizing committee in a special ceremony, scheduled for 5.30 pm.

Regattas will be back tomorrow in Barcolana, with the second edition of Barcolana Invitational - Venezia Giulia Collio Cup. In its second edition, the Venezia Giulia Collio Cup is an invitational regatta raced aboard one-design J70s. 12 teams will be racing this year.

The first edition of the Barcolana Nastro Rosa Mixed Offshore European Championship is expected to finish tonight or tomorrow: the European championship that launches seven mixed crews that will face, for the first time, the new Olympic specialty that will be tested in Paris 2024, a regatta offshore on a 30-foot keeled hull, in a small crew consisting of a man and a woman. The European Championship, with the patronage of Eurosaf, the European Sailing Federation and FIV, set off from St. Mark’s square in Venice yesterday to reach Trieste after 187 miles of navigation: the arrival will be in front of Barcola.

The Regata Internazionale Barcolana51 starts at 1030 AM local time on Sunday.

Maxi 90’ Golfo di Trieste programme kicks off at 51st Barcolana Race
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Trieste, Italy: The Maxi 90’ Golfo di Trieste and 31-year-old skipper Francesca Clapcich from Trieste have jumped into the fray and issued their challenge at the 51st edition of Barcolana. Clapcich won the World Championship in the 49FX class in 2015, competed in two Olympic events (London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016) and took part in one Volvo Ocean Race. The Trieste-born skipper will be at the head of Golfo di Trieste its crew made up of 21 women sailors from 7 nations and 3 continents. The team’s record of achievements is impressive: 8 World titles, 8 European tiles, 9 national championships, 7 Volvo Ocean Race campaigns and 6 match race world champions.

American Sally Barkow will be at the helm of Golfo di Trieste. The 39-year-old US Olympic sailor is a former match race world champion and has won the US Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Award in 2005 and 2007. Italian Giulia Conti will be calling tactics onboard. In 2015, the Roman 33-year-old hit the jackpot with crewmate Francesca Clapcich and won the Italian, European and World title in the 49FX class.

“This project is the brain child of Claudio Demartis and Furio Benussi”, stated Francesca Clapcich. “This year we will be racing Golfo di Trieste at the Barcolana Race (Trieste, 13 October), at the 6th Venice Hospitality Challenge (Venice, 19 October) and at the 12th Veleziana (Venice, 20 October). After sailing the boat over from France, we have finally docked in Portopiccolo. Many of us have already raced together in the past and we will start training all together on Tuesday 8 October. In the days leading up to Barcolana, we will formally present our entire team in Trieste. Each of us is strongly committed to environmental sustainability and we plan to start addressing the issue in order to involve sea and sailing lovers as much as possible”, Clapcich concluded.

Maxi 90’ Golfo di Trieste (l.o.a. 27,43m - beam. 5.67m - draft 4,87m fixed keel).
Designed by Reichel/Pugh Yacht Design, Golfo di Trieste was built entirely in carbon fibre at McConaghy Boats in New Zealand.

Inaugural Royal Thames Yacht Club Women’s J70 Open Championship
Photo by Sportography. Click on image for photo gallery.

The sun shone on the Solent as summer didn’t quite seem ready to quit for the inaugural Royal Thames Yacht Club Women’s J70 Open Championship. The race committee were faced with a weekend of contrasts from little to no wind forecast on the Saturday and a very breezy Sunday.

Royal Thames Yacht Club Academy Team managed to secure a victory in Race 4 despite creating a large rip in their spinnaker with Royal Lymington Yacht Club coming in second closely followed by RORC crossing the line a mere second later. A series of broaches on the run to the finish line separated the rest of the fleet proving costly to the Royal Southern Younger Members.

The course for the fifth race of the weekend was shortened as the wind continued to pick up. Despite having no spinnaker the Royal Thames Yacht Club Academy were still able to secure another win over RORC with the Royal Southern Younger Members third.

After 4 firsts and a 4th across the weekend it was a convincing Royal Thames Yacht Club Academy victory with Anna Prescott helming and Rachel Tilley, Meia Harnett, Emily Wiltshire and Cat Wallace crewing. Second place was closely fought with the Royal Southern Young Members team of helm Becca Anthony, Emily Dresser, Molly Brown, and Christine Shrimpton narrowly securing victory over the RORC team of Laura Dillon, Lena Having, Kass Schmitt, Isabelle Hung and Clare Wilsey.

With prizes coming from sponsors Slingsby Gin, Brain Fud and custom technical clothing from RashR, competitors were well rewarded for their efforts. The winners will be awarded the impressive Lochan Challenge Cup at the Prize Winners dinner on 5th November at the Royal Thames Yacht Club.

Next year’s event will take place on the Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September 2020 -- Rosa McNeill

She escaped from Bob Fisher's saltwater aquarium as a child...
Greenland sharks are now the longest-living vertebrates known on Earth, scientists say.

Researchers used radiocarbon dating to determine the ages of 28 of the animals, and estimated that one female was about 400 years old.

The team found that the sharks grow at just 1cm a year, and reach sexual maturity at about the age of 150.

The research is published in the journal Science.

Lead author Julius Nielsen, a marine biologist from the University of Copenhagen, said: "We had our expectations that we were dealing with an unusual animal, but I think everyone doing this research was very surprised to learn the sharks were as old as they were."

The former vertebrate record-holder was a bowhead whale estimated to be 211 years old.

The team looked at 28 sharks, most of which had died after being caught in fishing nets as by-catch.

Using a new radiocarbon dating technique, they established that the largest shark - a 5m-long female - was extremely ancient.

Because radiocarbon dating does not produce exact dates, they believe that she could have been as "young" as 272 or as old as 512. But she was most likely somewhere in the middle, so about 400 years old.

It means she was born between the years of 1501 and 1744, but her most likely date of birth was in the 17th century.

Livestreaming 18Ft Skiff Racing On Sydney Harbour
Livestreaming of 18ft Skiff Racing on Sydney Harbour reached a new high during the 2018-2019 Australian Season when the talented video team produced sensational coverage of all local club events and every race of the JJ Giltinan (world) Championship.

Viewers around the world were taken up close to the racing skiffs as they sped across the harbour while managing to avoid the heavy commercial and private traffic.

The video team had previously captured all the action from water level and from on-board racing skiffs, then last season introduced a new perspective with drone coverage from above the fleet.

The 2018-2019 Season coverage is expected to be even better in the 2019-2020 Season and is a great leap forward from the beginning, back in the early 2000s, when Kerrie and John Winning, together with the late Bob (Killo) Killick, had the vision of presenting 18ft Skiff Racing on Sydney Harbour to the world.

This visionary trio couldn’t have imagined how far, and how quickly, their idea would have developed to where it is today.

From the ‘humble’ beginning when Bob Killick became the sole hands-on member of the original team, the concept has grown steadily to the point where the present team controls the livestreaming of 18ft Skiff Racing on Sydney Harbour each week to a worldwide audience.

The Australian 18 Footers League’s 2019-2020 Season commences on Sunday when 18 skiffs line up for Race 1 of the Spring Championship, and the video team will be out on Sydney Harbour again to capture all the action.

Everyone in the world can share the live stream experience by going to 18FootersTV

Seahorse October 2019
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Industry News
The Yacht Racing Forum 2019 will take place on 25 - 26 November in Bilbao, Spain. This is a must attend event for sailing and yacht racing media representatives from all over the world, where the present and future of yacht racing will be debated by the sports' key personalities.

The best yacht racing photographers and TV / video producers will also be celebrated during the Forum, in front of the sports' leading brands, events and venues.

The two-day conference will be held alongside the Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium, dedicated to professional designers, builders and suppliers of racing yachts.

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Our official hotel is the Hotel Melia Bilbao, located right next to the Euskalduna Conference Centre where the Forum will take place and also five minutes walk away from the Guggenheim Museum. We recommend that you book your room rapidly in order to benefit from the best offers available.

Getting to Bilbao is easy. The international airport is located 10 minutes away from the city centre.

The Yacht Racing Forum will take place on Monday and Tuesday (November 25 -26), and there will be a post-event drinks reception on Tuesday evening, provided by GAC Pindar.


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Berthon Spain are extremely pleased to have Mike Barnes join them in Palma to head up their Guardiennage services. Mike joins the team from Oyster Yachts, where he has spent the last 4 years in a similar role. He has known Berthon’s Managing Director, Andrew Fairbrass, for several years and has watched with interest as Andrew’s business went from strength to strength.

Mike says “Andrew is highly respected in the world of Guardiennage & Service works and all eyes are on Berthon, previously Sentinel Yachting, with great interest. Andrew approached me and gave me the opportunity to join Berthon, in the yachting world you only go up, so it made absolute sense to join him. He has put together a winning team, which I am proud to be a part of. Onwards!”


The long-running legal dispute between the Fédération des Industries Nautique and show organiser Reed Exhibitions France will not be heard by the Paris Court of Appeals until December 2020

The three-year legal battle between the Fédération des Industries Nautique (FIN) and Reed Exhibitions France over the rights to organise one of the industry’s most important shows - the Cannes Yachting Festival - is set to continue for at least another 18 months.

IBI learned today that the appeal lodged by Reed Exhibitions in response to a court decision earlier this year in favour of FIN’s claims, will not be heard until December 2020, with a decision not likely to be made until the first quarter 2021. This implies the next Cannes boat show will remain under the management of Reed Exhibitions next year and possibly longer.

As owner of the Paris and Cannes boat shows, FIN had previously contracted with Reed to organise both shows since 1998 but terminated the contract in October 2016. Reed subsequently turned to the courts to enforce a clause in the contract ensuring its right to continue managing the show.

In January of this year, the Paris High Court issued a ruling in favour of FIN, but Reed filed an appeal - undoubtedly interested in preserving its considerable investment in the Cannes show, which was surely higher this year due to the relocation of the sailboat portion of the show to Port Pierre Canto where brokerage boats had traditionally been exhibited.


Jetten Jachtbouw of the Netherlands has been sold to MSAR, a Malta-based group of companies owned by Jack Wijnants.

MSAR builds 15m-42m patrol, rescue and multi-purpose boats. In addition, the group owns luxury catamarans brand AmaSea Yachts, and has now added Jetten Jachtbouw to its asset portfolio.

“The plan for Jetten Jachtbouw is to step away from the traditional Dutch building in steel and aluminium,” says Wijnants. “We are moving towards vacuum infused, carbon reinforced GRP, which is unique for a Dutch shipyard.


As of today, Latell Sailmakers are Evolution Sails Chesapeake Bay. Our booth at the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis is in the same space as years past and we are here with the other Evolution guys. We exhaustively explored every option from being absorbed by a large group to becoming a fully independent loft. Evolution Sails is based out of New Zealand and is headed by Rodney Keenan. Rodney has been an industry leader for years. We started talking to him this summer and found that the needs of our local sailing market and the focus of Evolution sails aligned perfectly. Their in-house membrane plant is thought by many to be the most advanced in the world is in Auckland. The bulk of paneled sail production for the group is done in facilities in Sri Lanka and the Philippines. Having multiple production options and shopping the global wholesale market as a group will keep costs down and quality at the highest level.

We will continue to produce the bulk of our sails in-house at our Deltaville Virginia loft run by Justin and Jake. This includes cruising and racing paneled sails as well as finishing membrane sails. And of course, we will continue to build tall ship sails for boats such as the Eagle, Schooner Virginia, and Mayflower II.

We ran the Annapolis loft for a year and unfortunately found that it was just too much travel and time away from the core business and our families. It was a tough decision to close it but one that we made in conjunction with all of our guys in that loft. Scott Steele is still in Annapolis working with Ullman Sails as well as other brands. Austin and Will love living in Annapolis and have moved over to another loft there. We all worked together on this difficult decision, and we will certainly miss working together, but I am happy to report that everyone is pleased with how it shook out.


As SailGP celebrates its first anniversary, the overall impact of the new global championship has been revealed, highlighted by a total global event audience of 1.8 billion across broadcast, social, press and in-venue audiences. In its inaugural season, SailGP attracted more than 133,000 spectators to see the world’s fastest sail racing, while making a significant contribution to the five host cities, adding a total economic impact of US$115 million.

After launching in London in October 2018, SailGP opened its season four months later in Sydney in February 2019. Following a successful kick-off, the six national teams representing Australia, China, France, Great Britain, Japan and the United States proceeded to events in San Francisco, New York, Cowes (England) and finally, the SailGP Season 1 Grand Final in Marseille, France, where Tom Slingsby’s Australian team was victorious, capturing the SailGP Championship trophy and sailing’s largest monetary prize - US$1 million.

The five global SailGP events resulted in an overall economic impact of US$115 million - an average of $23 million per event - topped by $29 million for Marseille at the three-day grand finale of Season 1. The U.S. saw the biggest return, with more than $44 million put into the economy between the San Francisco and New York events. The total expenditure across all five cities in relation to SailGP equated to US$130 million.

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