In This Issue
• Saxton and Lewis reign supreme Endeavour Champions
• Way Of Life Wins Barcolana
• Future Fibres is Hiring
• Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta
• China International Women's Match Race
• FAST40+ Class Race Circuit: Girls on Film take Round 6. Ran win the season
• Less than two months to Yacht Racing Forum in Bilbao
• America's Cup: World Sailing CEO's sneaky move backfires
• IMA announces Mediterranean Maxi Inshore and Offshore Challenge winners
• Sunfish Class 2020 Winter Championships Announced
• Featured Brokerage:
• • Italia Yachts 10.98
• • Clarion of Wight
• • Ex IMOCA 60 'Globe'
• The Last Word: Jonathan Freedland
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Saxton and Lewis reign supreme Endeavour Champions
Ben Saxton (right) and Toby Lewis collect the Endeavour Trophy for the fifth time in a row. Photo by Roger Mant. Click on image to enlarge.
In total contrast to the opening day's flat conditions yesterday, the breeze was full-on today making it one of the most exciting final days seen in recent years with the results going right down to the wire.
After a relatively mediocre set of results from yesterday that included a couple of sixth places, Saxton and Lewis were on top form once again today and demonstrated their superiority on the Endeavour Trophy racecourse with an impressive 2,1,1 scoreline, which was just enough to snatch the title by just two points from James Peters/Maddy Anderson (RS200).
With an overnight lead of just one point, Luke Patience - Tokyo 2020 Team GBR sailor and Olympic silver medallist - and Mary Henderson, knew they had a lot on today. The breezy conditions didn't seem to affect them dramatically, given their weight disadvantage against some of the heavier teams, until the final race of the day. Up to this point they still led the series from Saxton/Lewis but a capsize in the strong building winds dashed their winning chances.
Nick Craig and Emma Clarke who are no strangers to the top end of the Endeavour fleet suffered a mediocre day yesterday were back on form today but couldn't quite match the speed of the leaders and had to settle for three third places and fifth place overall.
Overall Results (7 races, 1 discard)
1. Ben Saxton and Toby Lewis (2018 Champion) 17 points
2. James Peters and Maddy Anderson (RS200) 19
3. Luke Patience and Mary Henderson (Olympian) 21
4. Sam and Ben Whaley (Laser) 25
5. Nick Craig and Emma Clarke (B14) 28
6. Christian Birrell and Sam Brearey (Merlin Rocket) 29
Way Of Life Wins Barcolana
Trieste, Italy: Way of Life, owned by the Slovenian shipowner Gasper Vincec, wins Barcolana51 presented by Generali in 1h54'10''. The boat beat an epic calm sea and all the competitors who had been tipped to win on the eve of Barcolana, thanks to an outstanding set-off and to the accurate selection of the stern sail.
The crew decided to use a small winseeker instead of a big code zero, in order to take advantage of any puff of wind and get closer to the first mark. The second place was unexpectedly scored by Shining, the ultralight hull owned by Milos Radonjic, followed by the RC44 Scorpio of Iztok Krumpak.
This podium was completely unexpected and made up of Adriatic light boats, which benefited from the non-existent wind: Adriatic Europa came fourth with Dusan Puh and Fanatic of Alex Peresson fifth. Arca SGR, the 100-feet hull of the Benussi brothers, scored a sixth place, the women's crew of Golfo di Trieste captained by Francesca Clapcich came eighth, behind Barraonda (provvidenti-Ferluga), whereas Portopiccolo Tempus Fugit with Mitja Kosmina came ninth.
Known in the Gulf under the name of Maxi Jena, Way of Life won the regatta in 2009 and scored a second place in several editions: today, the boat has raced an excellent regatta with no wind, steadily sailing at a maximum speed of 3 knots. Gasper Vincec, Finn class Olympic champion (Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008) was at the helm and accurately replaced, according to the different speed, by Zan Luka Zelko, a young promising Slovenian sailor who has already qualified in Laser class in the Tokyo Olympics, and by the Slovenian "super coach" Neno Viali, sporting "dad" of many champions. The Slovenian cycling champion Primož Roglic, winner of the Vuelta race, was aboard Way of Life,
The Race Committee decided to reduce the race course and place the finish line at the second Mark due to the lack of wind which only reached a peak of 3 knots. So at 5.00 pm the finish line was crossed by those boats and crews that managed to defeat the dead calm sea, also because they wanted to know who would rank last. They were all welcomed by a festive city.
The first 10 boats to have crossed the finish line:
1. Way of Life - Sailing Planet
2. MM Shining
3. Scorpio - JK Izola
4. Adriatic Europa Valicelli - JK Piranski Zaliv
5. Fanatic - S.T Sport del Mare
6. Arca SGR - Società Velica di Barcola e Grignano
7. Barraonda Confartiginato FVG - Società Velica Oscar 8 Cosulich
8. Golfo di Trieste - Società Nautica Pietas Julia
9. Portopiccolo Tempus Fugit - Yacht Club Portopiccolo
10. Cleansport one - Cartubi
The full time role will be based primarily in Valencia.
Jens Christensen Declared Champion at Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta powered by Paul & Shark
Sanremo, Italy - For the 150 participating crews, the Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta powered by Paul & Shark will live on in their memories for many years to come. The regatta concluded in spectacular style with two glorious final races in an 8-10 knot sea breeze and a prize giving party that matched both the Dragon and the Yacht Club Sanremo's renowned reputations for warm hospitality and exceptional camaraderie.
The final day of racing in Sanremo was an absolute cliff-hanger as the leading teams played snakes and ladders on the leader board. Going into the last race just two points separated the three leaders, Jens Christensen in DEN410 'Out of Bounce', Victor Fogelson in RUS35 'Sunflower' and GER16 'Ingrid' sailed by Dirk Pramann. With all races to count the regatta was still wide open.
Once underway it was to be nip and tuck all the way and as the teams crossed the line, led by Eugenii Braslavets in ITA77 'Bunker Prince', none of them was quite certain who had won overall. It was only on arrival at the dock that Danish Olympian, Dragon European and two-time H-Boat World Champion Jens Christensen, crewed by Anders Bagger and Thomas Schmidt, was confirm as the Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta Champion by a seven point margin over Pieter Heerema in NED412 'Troika' who had finished second in the race. Third pla
Racing in the Silver Fleet was equally exciting with victory ultimately going to Per Arne Nilsen sailing NOR275 'The Knucker' with Philipp Skafte-Holm in DEN394 'Blue Lady' third and Richard Franklin in AUS216 'Liquidity' third.
In the Classics Fleet, for planked wooden Dragons built prior to 1972, first place went to Ivan Bradbury sailing GBR375 Blue Haze, a beautifully restored and maintained 1959 Pedersen & Theusen, which also finished 26th in the overall classification.
Close Racing at the Second Day of China International Women's Match Race
The second day of racing at the 2019 China International Women's Match Race on Dishui Lake in Shanghai showed light breeze and shifty conditions. The race committee, led by French International Race Officer Anne Malledant set up a course close to the shoreline and the spectators on the docks of the Shanghai Sailing Club.
The tricky conditions put high pressure on the teams and the racing showed that good tactical decisions could make a huge difference. The matches were tight with many lead changes in the first flights of the day.
French Skipper Pauline Courtois and her Match in Pink by Normadiy Elite Team continued to sail with self-confidence, good speed, precise boat handling and excellent tactical calls on the course. With eight wins and no losses, she has already secured her spot into the quarterfinals together with Johanna Bergqvist's team.
Russian Skipper Ekaterina Chashchina and her Seven Feet Team from Vladivostok found their boat speed and came off the water with five wins today and a total of six wins and five losses in the round robin and can now follow tomorrow's last three flights of stage one from ashore and see where that score will take them.
Monday's racing starts at 9:30 with the completion of the last three flights in Stage One, with the top four teams advancing straight to the quarter finals. The teams placed 5-10 will battle for the last four spots to the quarterfinals in the repechage round robin.
Results in the 2019 China International Women's Match Race, the final event of the 2019 WIM Series, after day two of the round-robin (skipper, team name, nationality, wins - losses, points, winning percentage):
1. Pauline Courtois, Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team, FRA, 8-0, 8, 100%
1. Johanna Bergqvist, Team Bergqvist Match Racing, SWE, 8-0, 8, 100%
3. Margot Riou, APCC Women Sailing Team, FRA, 7-1, 7, 88%
4. Celia Willison, Edge Racing, NZL, 6-2, 6, 75%
5. Margot Vennin, Matchmoiselles by Normandy Elite Team, FRA, 5-3, 5, 63%
6. Ekaterina Chashchina, Seven Feet Team, RUS, 6-5, 6, 55%
6. Lea Richter Vogelius, Team Kattnakken, DEN, 6-5, 6, 55%
8. Clare Costanzo, Fusion Australia, AUS, 4-4, 4, 50%
9. Megan Thomson, 2.0 Women's Racing, NZL, 4-7, 4, 36%
10. Xiaowen Ni, Team Fareast Ladies, CHN, 2-9, 2, 18%
11. Eunjin Kim, Team Ladies, KOR, 1-10, 1, 9%
12. Yuting Lu, Team Joinsailing Ladies, CHN, 0-11, 0, 0%
FAST40+ Class Race Circuit: Girls on Film take Round 6. Ran win the season
High winds well above the class rules prevented any racing on the last day of FAST40+ Race Circuit Round 6. Peter Morton's Girls on Film is the winner of the regatta, but only on countback from Filip Engelbert's Elvis. Christian Hamilton & Guy Gallon's 42 South is third, also on countback from Niklas Zennstrom's Ran. Both Elvis and 42 South scored their best regatta of the season, and were roundly applauded by the FAST40+ fleet.
Niklas Zennstrom's Ran is the winner of the 2019 FAST40+Race Circuit, retaining the class trophy by just two points from Peter Morton's Girls on Film. After 48 races contested over seven months of thrilling racing the championship was set to go to the wire today, Sunday 13th October. However with no racing Tony Dickin's Jubilee ends the season third, narrowly beating Steve Cowie's Zephyr by two points, and Filip Engelbert's Elvis by three points.
The Prize Giving was held at the Royal Southern Yacht Club with awards for Round 6 and the presentation of the FAST40+ Championship Trophy. FAST40+ Race Director introduced Royal Southern YC Secretary and CEO, Joanna Poulton, to award the prizes.
The dates for the 2020 FAST40+ Race Circuit have been announced.
Race 1 - 01-03 May
Race 2 - 23-25 May
Race 3 - 12-14 June
Race 4 - 31 July - 03 August
Race 5 - 18-20 September
Race 6 - 09-11 October
This years' edition will take place in Bilbao, Spain, on November 25-26, and will reassemble some 350 delegates. It will once again offer an interesting mix of conferences and presentations on current topics related to competitive sailing and the business of the sport. Sailing classes and events, the sports management, rules & regulations will amongst other be discussed, alongside the latest technological developments from the America's Cup, Ultime or IMOCA classes. The latest innovations will also be presented.
More than 60 speakers have already confirmed their participation, including the sports' leading personalities from all over the world. The IMOCA, SailGP, Class 40, the Ocean Race or the Olympic Games will be presented in great detail by their key promoters, whilst a strong focus will be put on technology and sustainability.
The Yacht Racing Forum will be chaired by some of the sports' best experts and moderators, including Shirley Robertson, Andy Rice and Dobbs Davis, supported by Ken Read, Jeremy Pochman or Luca Rizzotti.
As usual, the Yacht Racing Forum also promises to be a great and friendly social event, with drinks receptions and a gala evening reception provided by our host, Bilbao Bizkaia, Consorcio de aqua, Euskadiko Kirol Portua, Real Federación Española de Vela and Valencia Sports.
America's Cup: World Sailing CEO's sneaky move backfires
Sail-World has ascertained that America's Cup organisers have agreed in principle the terms and amount of a sanctioning fee with World Sailing, the world governing body for the sport.
Details of the arrangement, are yet to be confirmed, but it is believed that the amount of the seven-figure Sanctioning Fee is similar to that paid for previous America's Cups.
An Emirates Team New Zealand spokesman has confirmed in a written statement that: "Despite the World Sailing CEO Andy Hunt attempting to circumvent the process by contacting the NZ Government, negotiations direct with the Board of World Sailing for the America's Cup to be a sanctioned event have been satisfactorily concluded on behalf of the Challenger of Record / Defender.
"The agreed fees and other terms of this agreement, now at a contract stage, are in line with previous cycles of the America's Cup and both the Challenger of Record and Defender are looking forward to maintaining the long-standing valued relationship between the America's Cup and World Sailing. "
The organisers pay Sanctioning Fees, to World Sailing covering the use of World Sailing's Racing Rules of Sailing, officials including on the water judges and umpires.
The amount and conditions of the sanctioning arrangements had been in a state of virtual stalemate since Emirates Team New Zealand won the America's Cup over two years ago. Little reference had been made by the world body to the most prestigious trophy in sailing, which will be contested in just 18 months.
That blinkered approach came to a head when the CEO of World Sailing exchanged correspondence directly with the New Zealand Government advising that the event was not sanctioned.
For its part, Cup organisers are understood to have long ago made an offer to World Sailing similar to the last event but the CEO was seeking a substantial increase which they considered unjustified, hence the stalemate.
IMA announces Mediterranean Maxi Inshore and Offshore Challenge winners
While the Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge this year was into its fourth season, its inshore brother was introduced anew for 2019 by the International Maxi Association, the World Sailing-recognised body that administers and promotes maxi boat racing globally.
The IMA Mediterranean Maxi Inshore Challenge (MMIC) spanned six events, starting with Sail Racing PalmaVela in May, then taking in Rolex Capri Sailing Week, the inshore races at Rolex Giraglia, Copa del Rey MAPFRE, followed by the big event of the season -Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - and concluding with last week's Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez.
Impressively this first edition of the MMIC went to the wire, not just to the last event but to its last race. Going into Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez, Benoît de Froidmont's Wally 60 Wallyno led Jean-Pierre Barjon's Swan 601 Lorina 1895 by just one point. Going into the final day of racing off Pampelonne Beach, they were tied on five points. In this Wallyno managed to finish less than a minute ahead of Lorina 1895 on the water, her time magnified under IRC being the lower-rated.
Among the silver Wally 60's top inshore results during 2019 were a win at Rolex Capri Sailing Week, a second place to Lorina 1895 at Rolex Giraglia (but winning in the combined inshore-offshore results). Finally Wallyno gained a small advantage over Lorina 1895, beating her by one place in September's Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup.
Winner of the IMA's 2018-19 Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge (MMOC) was Miguel Galuccio's Vera.A Reichel/Pugh-designed and Cookson-built Nauta 84, Vera began life as Pier Luigi Loro Piana's My Song, but was acquired by her present London-based Argentinean owner three years ago. Although relatively new to sailing, Galuccio has surrounded himself with an excellent team and has taken some smart steps to fast track his knowledge, including gaining experience in smaller race boats such as the Melges 32.
This season Vera has proved exceptional offshore. During the 151 Miglia-Trofeo Cetilar she repeated her previous owner's success from 2016, winning overall under IRC but did so in an elapsed time of just 15 hours 10 minutes compared to My Song's 17 hours 57 minutes. She followed this up with a disappointing Rolex Giraglia, due to a park-up off Monaco, but set this right by claiming both line and IRC corrected honours in the Palermo-Montecarlo.
If the MMIC was close, the MMOC was closer still with Vera finishing tied on points with George David's Rambler 88, but winning on countback. Third place went to Marietta Strasoldo's Swan 651 Lunz am Meer.
While integral to Vera's success and Galuccio's development have been his regular tactician, Italian former Laser Olympian Michele Regolo, Vera's success offshore owes much to Volvo Ocean Race veteran Bouwe Bekking.
Vera was also in the running for MMIC until a broken rudder at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup curtailed this, still leaving her finishing a respectible third overall behind Wallyno and Lorina 1895.
The IMA's Mediterranean Maxi Inshore and Offshore Challenges will continue with the same events and format in 2020, but the MMOC beginning with next week's Rolex Middle Sea Race starting on 19th October. -- James Boyd / International Maxi Association
Sunfish Class 2020 Winter Championships Announced
The Sunfish Class announces the return of its traditional triduum of winter regattas: Sunfish International Masters Championship, Sunfish US Team Race Championship and Sunfish Midwinters for the US National Championship to be hosted by Clearwater Yacht Club, Clearwater, FL, and sailed out of the Clearwater Community Sailing Center, 1001 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater, FL, during the week of March 14-20, 2020.
March 14 - 17, Sunfish International Masters Championship
March 18, Lay Day
March 19, Sunfish US Team Race Championship (minimum of three teams pre-registered)
March 20 - 22, Sunfish US Midwinters for the National Championship
As Notices of Race and other information for the events becomes available, it will be posted to each event's page:
The regattas are open to all 2020 International Sunfish Class Association members. Membership will be available at www.sunfishclass.org January 1, 2020.
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