In This Issue
Maidollis and Taki 4 are the New Melges 24 World Champions
Snipe World Championship: Brazilians Claim The Title In Their Home Country
Harken ProCare comes on line (and on deck) in Palma
The Quarterfinalists Decided in Shanghai
Trehin, Jambou, Bouroullec: The prototype podium done and dusted in 26 minutes!
The Nations Trophy - The Spirit Of Gentlemanly Competition
Time to register for the Island Water World Grenada Sailing Week
18ft Skiffs Spring Championship, Race 1
2020 5O5 World Championship Location Announced
41st J/24 World Championship Attracts Twenty Nations to Miami
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Maidollis and Taki 4 are the New Melges 24 World Champions
Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy - The history of the Melges 24 Class repeats itself: after the successful World Championship of Helsinki in 2017, the Italian crews onboard Maidollis and Taki 4 (Corinthian) are again the Melges 24 World Champions.

The fight for both the overall and the Corinthian podium was open until the very leg of the eleven races completed in Villasimius.

With a tight competition between Gianluca Perego's Maidollis ITA854, Bruce Ayres' Monsoon USA851 and Andrea Pozzi's Bombarda ITA860, that brought continuous changes all through the last day of racing, the Italians aboard Maidollis gained the victory only in the very last race of the series, where they managed to overcome Monsoon, leader of the ranking until that moment, putting the seal on the World title with a net total of 45 points. Monsoon closed in second (49 pt.), followed by an excellent and extremely consistent Bombarda (57 pt.).

The story was the same in the Corinthian division, where Marco Zammarchi's Taki 4 ITA778, already World Champion in Miami and Helsinki, surpassed Storm Capital Sail Racing NOR751 with Peder Jahre in helm only in the last race. The crew that had led the ranking until the very last day, Lenny EST790 of Tonu Toniste, finished the event in third place.

The 2020 World Championship is scheduled for May 1-9 in the USA, Charleston, while the European Championship 2020 will take place September 5-12 in Portoroz, Slovenia.

Top ten results
1. Maidollis, Carlo Fracassoli, ITA, 45 points
2. Monsoon, Bruce Ayres, USA, 49
3. Bombarda, Andrea Pozzi, ITA, 57
4. Warcanoe, Michael Goldfarb, USA, 80
5. Taki 4, Niccolo Bertola (COR), ITA, 98
6. Storm Capital Sail Racing, Peder Jahre (COR), NOR, 107
7. Melgina, Paolo Brescia, ITA, 107
8. Lenny, Tonu Toniste (COR), EST, 108
9. Altea, Andrea Racchelli, ITA, 114
10. Mikey, Kevin Welch, USA, 120

Full results in Yachtscoring

Snipe World Championship: Brazilians Claim The Title In Their Home Country
Henrique Haddad and Gustavo Nascimento (BRA) are the 2019 Snipe World Champions after a very long and challenging nine race series, during which the leaders at the end of each of the five days of racing would always be a different team.

Even this morning, going onto the racecourse, the top teams were all very tight and at least five boats could win the 2019 Snipe World Championships.

The final race got underway after the Committee repositioned the course way south, towards the Escola de Vela Lars Grael, home to the event.

At the first windward mark, the Spanish team rounded second behind Nick Grael with Fabio Horta, trying to make up for the previous race. Paradeda/Kieling and Haddad/Nascimento were not among the leading pack, leaving some room for hope to the Spanish. Borras then was first at the downwind gate, with Grael following and Haddad getting closer. The order didn't change until the finish, when Grael/Horta passed Borras/Triay and won the last race. The Spanish finished second and had to wait for the Brazilian teams chasing behind.

Ralph Rosa with Alfredo Rovere (BRA) were third and Haddad/Nascimento fourth, erasing the Spanish hope for victory. But it was now their turn in waiting for the final position of Paradeda/Kieling, who could still claim the overall leadership. They finished 13th, and by just one point, handed the 2019 Snipe Worlds to Haddad/Nascimento. -- Rachele Vitello

Final top ten
1. Henrique Haddad / Gustavo Nascimento, BRA
2. Alexandre Paradeda / Gabriel Kieling, BRA
3. Damian Borras / Jordi Triay, ESP
4. Mario Jesus / Gabriel Borges, BRA
5. Luis Soubie / Diego Lipszyc, ARG
6. Mateus Tavares / Kathleen Tocke, BRA
7. Gustavo Del Castillo / Rafael Del Castillo, ESP
8. Felipe Rondina / Joao Oliveira, BRA
9. Alexandre Tinoco / Matheus Goncalves, BRA
10. Juliana Duque / Rafael Martins, BRA

Harken ProCare comes on line (and on deck) in Palma
Harken ProCare Palma 1 October, marked the official opening of the inaugural Harken ProCare customer service facility in Palma de Mallorca, the first in an emerging network dedicated to the support of Grand Prix and Megayacht owners and crews.

Harken ProCare provides real-time, face-to-face support for customers from Authorized ProCare service agents. This collaboration in Palma between Harken and its longtime Spanish distributor, Equipyacht, will provide sailors with access to technical and logistical support and streamline inventory availability.

Harken's Mark Gardner manages the ProCare enterprise and is confident in this move.

"Harken ProCare is just one more step towards exceeding our customers' expectations," Gardner said. "Palma is a hub for both Megayacht and Grand Prix sailing and boasts some of the best marine engineers and sailing professionals who help support this network."

The venture allows Harken to provide direct support to owners and professional crews. This hands-on experience will help them to proactively repair and maintain equipment at the highest level, and also train future authorized ProCare service agents worldwide.

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The Quarterfinalists Decided in Shanghai
The morning of the third day of racing at China International Women's Match Race decided the teams that would make it straight to the quarter-finals and which teams would have to fight for the four spots in the repechage round.

Racing took off in a breeze of 10 knots with nice shifts to play for the teams as we saw the higher ranked teams racing each other in the end of the first stage. But the matches got tighter and the excitement built, as did the wind. There were quite a few lead changes as the spectators watched from the shore.

At the end of Stage One, the Australians led by skipper Clare Costanzo were the only team that beat Pauline Courtois' Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team who won the first stage with a ten wins and only that one loss. Kiwi Celia Willison's Edge Racing and the Swedish team of Johanna Bergqvist tied with 9 wins, with Willison winning the tie break. These three teams were joined by Margot Riou and her APCC Women Sailing Team to advance directly to the quarter-final and earn an afternoon off from racing.

All eight teams for the quarter-finals starting tomorrow are now confirmed with Danish Lea Richter Vogelius' Team Kattnakken and French Margot Vennin's Matchmoiselles by Normandy Elite Team also advancing from the Repechage.

Eight teams advancing:
1. Pauline Courtois, Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team, FRA 10-1
2. Celia Willison, Edge Racing, NZL, 9-2
3. Johanna Bergqvist, Team Bergqvist Match Racing, SWE, 9-2
4. Margot Riou, APCC Women Sailing Team, FRA, 8-3
5. Ekaterina Chashchina, Seven Feet Team, RUS, 6-5
6. Lea Richter Vogelius, Team Kattnakken, DEN, 6-5
7. Clare Costanzo, Fusion Australia, AUS, 6-5
8. Margot Vennin, Matchmoiselles by Normandy Elite Team, FRA, 5-6

Full results

Trehin, Jambou, Bouroullec: The prototype podium done and dusted in 26 minutes!
The denouement of the first leg of the Mini-Transat La Boulangere unfolded with incredible suspense in the prototype category overnight in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. In very light airs, the three main movers and shakers of this 1,350-mile course setting sail from La Rochelle fought for victory right to the wire and ultimately it was Axel Trehin who was first across the finish line (02:36 UTC) after 8 days, 17 hours, 58 minutes and 28 seconds of racing. Taking second was François Jambou (6 minutes and 22 seconds behind the winner) and Tanguy Bouroullec (26 minutes and 07 seconds after the first place).

1. Axel Trehin (945 - Project Rescue Ocean) 2h36'28'' UTC
2. François Jambou (865 - Team BFR Maree Haute Jaune) 2h42'50'' UTC
3. Tanguy Bouroullec (969 - Cerfrance) 3h02'35'' UTC

First three production boats finish...
Crossing the finish line in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria at 04:30 UTC, Ambrogio Beccaria took the win in the first leg of the Mini-Transat La Boulangere, after 8 days, 19 hours, 52 minutes and 07 seconds of racing. Event favourite in the production boat category, the Italian skipper held rank despite a complex scenario and a tightly bunched pack of pursuers on his tail. Félix De Navacelle secured second place, 1 hour and 43 minutes behind Ambrogio and Matthieu Vincent completed the podium (2 hours and 40 minutes behind the winner).

The Nations Trophy - The Spirit Of Gentlemanly Competition
The final day of The Nations Trophy 2019 brought more drama as a building breeze compressed the action into a solitary race for all classes. While the individual race winners will have enjoyed their moment in the sun, it was the overall class winners and recipients of The Nations Trophy itself that celebrated the loudest.

Dmitry Rybolovlev's Skorpios (RUS) proved worthy winners of the ClubSwan 50 World Championship and Klaus Diederichs' Fever (GER) came out on top of an intensely close three-way tussle for the Swan 45 world title. The Italian ClubSwan 42 Mela took home the class' European Championship, while Edoardo and Riccardo Ferragamo's Thirty-Six (ITA) won the first ever regatta for the ClubSwan 36 class. Leonardo Ferragamo's Cuordileone and Andrea Masi's Ulika combined to deliver The Nations Trophy for Italy.

The Nations Trophy brings together a high-level fleet of skilled, passionate yacht owners and crew competing for both individual and national honour. Held from the 8 - 12 October in Palma de Mallorca, the second edition of the biennial contest attracted the largest ever gathering of one design yachts from the Finnish yacht builder, Nautor's Swan: 41 boats, across four classes, representing 14 countries.

The Nations Trophy 2019 - Final Results
(Position, Team, Country, Owner/Driver, Results, Total)

ClubSwan 50 World Championship (18 teams)
1. Skorpios (RUS), Dmitry Rybolovlev, 2,15,1,3,1,5 = 27
2. Perhonen (GBR), Ross Warburton 1,2,2,9,12,9 =35
3. Niramo (GER), Sonke Meier Sawatski 11,9,3,6,3,4 =36

Swan 45 World Championship (7 teams)
1. Fever (GER), Klaus Diederich 4,1,8(DSQ),1,1 =15
2. Motions (NED), Lennard van Oeveren 5,4,1,3,2 =15
3. Blue Nights (FIN), Tea Ekengren-Sauren 6,2,2,2,3 =15

ClubSwan 42 European Championhip (12 Teams)
1. Mela (ITA), Andrea Rossi 1,4,3,4,5 =18
2. Digital Bravo (ITA), Alberto Franchi 5,5,5,6,3 =24
3. Far Star (ITA), Lorenzo Mondo 4,2,6,5,8 = 25

ClubSwan 36 (4 teams)
1. Thirty-Six (ITA), Edoardo & Riccardo Ferragamo 1,4,2,1,1,1 =10
2. Sease (ITA), Pier Luigi Loro Piana 3,2,1,2,2,4 =14
3. Go Racing (CRO), ACI 2,1,4,3,3,2 =15

The Nations Trophy 2019 (14 nations)
1. Italy (Ulika & Cuordileone) 31
2. Germany (Niramo & OneGroup) 29
3. Russia (Skorpios & Bronenosec) 29
4. United Kingdom (Perhonen & Long Echo) 20 5. Spain (Aifos 500 & Nadir) 18

Time to register for the Island Water World Grenada Sailing Week
Grenada Sailing Week Island Water World Grenada Sailing Week takes place from 26-31 January 2020. The regatta attracts some of the best racers from around the world to come and battle it out on the beautiful island of Grenada. It is four days of competitive racing off two different coasts - the protected west coast where tactical racing is called for and the more challenging south coast, open to the unhindered Trade winds. Those who register and pay online for Island Water World Grenada Sailing Week by 30 November 2019, only pay US$90, after which the fee goes up to US$130 - great value for four days of sailing and six nights of parties, all on a tropical island in the Caribbean. Yachts from the UK, the USA, France, Canada, Trinidad, Barbados, Martinique, Antigua and Grenada have already registered with all classes including CSA classes, J24's, Classic's and Carricou Sloops represented .

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Peter Morris, owner and skipper of the regularly campaigned Frers 43 Jaguar says: "The regatta has always been well organised and friendly with competitive racing in a wide range of sea and wind conditions. It remains our favourite Caribbean regatta. Whatever kind of boat you sail, there is a class in which you can race competitively and the conditions are some of the most beautiful to be found anywhere in the world."

Participating in Grenada Sailing Week counts in points towards the Caribbean Sailing Association's Travellers Trophy - a trophy awarded for effort in travelling to away regattas and excellence in doing well in Caribbean events. Bernie Evan Wong veteran to Grenada Sailing Week who travels up and down the Caribbean participating in regattas says "Really fun , friendly regatta , totally worth sailing the length of the Caribbean to get there and back!

18ft Skiffs Spring Championship, Race 1
Sydney Harbour, Australia The Noakesailing team of Sean Langman, Ed Powys and Nathan Edwards had to come from behind over the final lap of the course to grab a narrow victory in Race 1 of the Australian 18 Footers League's Spring Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

After trailing the race leader The Kitchen Maker-Caesarstone for most of the day, Noakesailing grabbed the lead at the final windward set of marks to score a 32s. victory.

The Kitchen Maker-Caesarstone (Jordan Girdis, Lachlan Doyle and Tom Quigley) took a 25s lead at the first windward mark and led at every rounding mark over the Easterly course, but couldn't hold onto the lead at the final mark when the Noakesailing team were favoured by going to the middle buoy while The Kitchen Maker-Caesarstone had to go to the furthest buoy.

With John Winning Jr. unable to skipper Winning Group today, former Giltinan champion Seve Jarvin took the tiller, and along with Sam Newton and Joel Turner, came home strongly to finish third, 2m33s. behind The Kitchen Maker, after having to go to the furthest mark on every lap of the course.

Yandoo (John Winning) also finished strongly to grab fourth place, ahead of Vintec (Kirk Mitchell), RMarine (Marcus Ashley-Jones), (Brett Van Munster), and defending champion Rag & Famish Hotel (Bryce Edwards).

The Easterly breeze fluctuated throughout the latter part of the race which produced a big change to many of the overall placings.

With a number of new teams in the fleet and two more teams to join the competition in the coming weeks, the season the racing looks promising as the Australians prepare to mount a challenge to win back the Giltinan Championship Trophy.

The Australian 18 Footers League's 2019-2020 Season continues next Sunday with Race 2 of the Spring Championship. -- Frank Quealey, Australian 18 Footers League


2020 5O5 World Championship Location Announced
Sailing Bastad and the Swedish 5O5 Association are proud to invite all 5O5 sailors from around the world to Torekov for the 5O5 World Championship 2020. The Championship will take place August 13-22 August 2020 and is open to all current 505 class members.

Torekov is located on the west coast, in the southern part of Sweden. Torekov is a popular summer resort, sandy beaches, great sailing and a village full of different activities. The wider Båstad municipality has 15 000 permanent inhabitants. In summer the population grows to more than 50 000 people. The bay has fantastic sailing conditions and is recognised by many sailors as one of the best sailing arenas in Europe.

Over 150 boats are expected for the event from all over the world. The racing kicks off on 14th August with a 2 day Pre-World event followed by the main regatta of 9 heats over 6 days finishing on the 22nd August.

Further information for competitors, spectators, sponsors and partners can be found on the International 5O5 Event website at

If you are interested in sponsoring or partnering with the 5O5 Association for this event there is further information on the Class and the Event here.

41st J/24 World Championship Attracts Twenty Nations to Miami
Miami, Florida USA: Forty-two years after the first J/24 was built in Rod Johnstone's garage, the Class will attract 81 boats from 20 countries to Miami, Florida for the 2019 J/24 World Championship. Sponsored by Bacardi Rum, the combined efforts of the US and International J/24 Class Associations, Coral Reef Yacht Club, Shake-a-Leg Miami and Twelve USA will present five days of racing on the spectacular Biscayne Bay from October 22-26.

Participating in the event will be five J/24 World Champion helmsmen, plus countless Continental and National Champions. The nations represented include Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Great Britain, Grenada, Hungary, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States. The 2019 edition will be the 41st World Championship for the enduring Class.

A complete list of all J/24 World Champions can be found here

Complete event details may be found at

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