In This Issue
Courtois (FRA) Wins the WIM Series in Shanghai
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Nha Trang Rally
Yacht Racing Forum in Bilbao, November 25-26: last opportunities available
Varied fleet set for 6th RORC Transatlantic Race
Chief Executive of World Sailing to step down
Bailli De Suffren Trophy Returns to Malta
The biggest and the best - International Maxi Association
Huge cruise ship squeezes through Greek canal to claim record
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
Preparations for Brexit in Brittany
Featured Brokerage:
• • Johan Anker 49Ft Q-Class Sloop - Leonore
• • Howlett 70 Aerorig
• • Ker 40 - Hooligan VII
The Last Word: Breece D'J Pancake

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Courtois (FRA) Wins the WIM Series in Shanghai
The racing at the fifth day of inaugural China International Match Race took off in perfect racing conditions. Spectators along the shore of Dishui Lake could follow the matches as the sailors maneuvered right in front of the docks under a sunny Shanghai sky.

The racing in stellar 12-15 knots of northerly wind offered no big surprises as the number one ranked team in the world won in a convincing manner giving few opportunities for her opponents.

Despite losing to Clare Costanzo's team in the round robin, Pauline Courtois chose Costanzo's team as her opponent in the semi-finals during the draw at the morning briefing. This left the Swedes and the New Zealanders to fight in the other semi-final match.

Again Courtois showed she is #1 in the world and safely sailed into the finish as the winner of the first ever grade one match racing event for women in China and her team takes home the top prize of $10,000 USD and some beautiful necklaces provided by Jenecca Fine Jewelry.

Final Standings - 2019 China International Women's Match Race
1. Pauline Courtois, FRA
2. Johanna Bergqvist, USD
3. Celia Willison, USD
4. Clare Costanzo, USD
5. Margot Riou, USD
6. Ekaterina Chashchina, USD
7. Lea Richter Vogelius, USD
8. Margot Vennin, USD
9. Xiaowen Ni, NZL
10. Megan Thomson, CHN
11. Eunjin Kim, KOR
12. Yuting Lu, CHN

Results in the finals:
Pauline Courtois, FRA - Johanna Bergqvist, SWE 3 - 1

Results in the petit-finals:
Celia Willison, NZL- Clare Costanzo, AUS2 - 0

Results in the semi-finals:
Pauline Courtois, FRA - Clare Costanzo, AUS2 - 0
Johanna Bergqvist, SWE - Celia Willison, NZL2 - 0

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Nha Trang Rally
Due to a course amendment to Nha Trang and with a view to protecting the integrity and race records of the original Hong Kong to Vietnam Race, today's event was renamed the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Nha Trang Rally.

The start time too had to be adjusted to 1510hrs after the race management team published a revised course late morning which included an additional exclusion zone near the east of Quoy Nhon, Vietnam and a new finishing point.

This rally features two racing trimarans; Italian Maserati Multi70 and Hong Kong entry SHK Scallywag/FUKU looking to set a new speed record and then over in the monohull fleet, Lucky, a high performance Maxi 72 owned and skippered by Bryon Ehrhart, is one of the leading contenders for monohull line honours.

The rally started in an easterly breeze of 12kts with seven competitive yachts lining up perfectly on the start line. Sam Chan's TP52 FreeFire made great start, however SHK Scallywag/FUKU soon overtook, stretched her legs and led the fleet to clear Lei Yue Mun Gap first. Second to pass through was Lucky followed by Maserati Multi70, which was forced to tack a few times due to incoming commercial traffic in the harbour. The rest of the fleet then cleared the Gap, and continued on past Shek O Rock and out of sight to the south.

At 1700hrs HKT, Maserati Multi70 has overtaken Lucky, and is currently clocking 16.4kts VMG, 2nm behind SHK Scallywag/Fuku, which is sailing at 17.7knts VMG. Lucky is in third place, 8nm behind Maserati Multi70.

The Hong Kong Observatory predicts a strong northeast monsoon will bring windy conditions to the racing area in the northern and central parts of the South China Sea. With a forecasted breeze up to force 5 to 6, all yachts will be surfing fast downwind in challenging conditions.

The start of Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Nha Trang Rally was split over two days; IRC Racer 2 yachts Nicolas Cohen-Addad's J122e Jinn and Michael Lunn's Azuree 40's Lion Rock started nearly 28 hours ahead of the main fleet. The sequence acts predominantly as a safety measure with the bigger boats coming up behind the smaller fleet for support should they get into any trouble.

The record, of 1 day, 18 hours, 17 minutes and 24 seconds, was set in 2015 by Sydney Fisher aboard the monohull Ragamuffin 100. The multihull record was set in 2006, when Benoit Lesaffre finished the race in 1 day, 23 hours, 40 minutes and 25 seconds aboard the catamaran Atmosphere.

Yacht Racing Forum in Bilbao, November 25-26: last opportunities available
The 12th edition of the Yacht Racing Forum will take place in five weeks time and promises to be very interesting and fruitful. A limited number of exhibitor stands is still available, alongside short speaking opportunities.

The Yacht Racing Forum will bring together around 300 delegates including the sports' main decision-makers from all over the world. The leading events, venues, brands and sponsors will be in Bilbao, Spain, on November 25-26.

More than 70 speakers from all over the world have already confirmed their participation. SailGP, the America's Cup, the Ocean Race or the next Olympic Games will be presented in great detail by their key promoters, whilst a strong focus will be put on mainstream and youth sailing.

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.

If you haven't registered yet, please do it now to help us organise the event as efficiently as possible.


Varied fleet set for 6th RORC Transatlantic Race
The sixth edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race is set to feature a huge variety of yachts racing across the Atlantic Ocean with the Royal Ocean Racing Club. One-design VO65s and Maxi yachts have expressed their goal to take line honours and a tilt at the race record. Teams racing optimised performance cruisers will be aiming for class and the overall win under the IRC Rating Rule. Two-Handed teams will add a fascinating dimension to this bucket-list race.

The Wally 100 Dark Shadow is the largest yacht on the entry list and although the 100ft Frers-designed carbon-fibre Maxi has close to 5,000 sq. ft. of sail area, she faces fierce competition for line honours. Dark Shadow's Race Skipper will be Australian Yerin Hobson and the international crew have sailed for the owner in over 30 races, including two previous Transatlantic Races. The team's first objective is to beat their own transatlantic race record of 11 days, 21 hours, 33 minutes.

Several Maxi yachts have expressed their interest to race as well as a number of One-design VO65s, including the Austrian Ocean Racing Project, a young team skippered by Konstantin Kobale. The VO65 Childhood 1 will be skippered by Dutch legend Bouwe Bekking who has sailed in eight round the world races in a career stretching back to 1985. In the last four editions of the Volvo Ocean Race, teams with Bekking as skipper have been on the podium three times. The race record of 10 days 5 hrs 47 mins 11 secs (2018 Pier Luigi Loro Piana's Supermaxi My Song) is under threat from these ocean greyhounds.

One of the smallest entries will be competing in the IRC Two-Handed Class. Richard Palmer's British JPK 10.10 Jangada returns for their second RORC Transatlantic Race after winning IRC 2 and IRC Two-Handed in 2017. Palmer will be racing with his long-time team-mate, Jeremy Waitt.

The RORC Transatlantic Race is unfinished business for Giles Redpath's British Lombard 46 Pata Negra. In 2016 Pata Negra retired after damage to the starboard rudder. Since then Pata Negra has won the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race and the Antigua Bermuda Race, and must be considered as one of the favourites for the 2019 RORC Transatlantic Race. Also returning is Benedikt Clauberg's First 47.7 Kali, owned by the Swiss Ocean Racing Club, and making their debut in the race will be the overall winner of the 2019 La Trinite Cowes Race, Jean Pierre Dreau's French Mylius 60 Lady First 3.

Entry is still open for the 2019 RORC Transatlantic Race and several teams have charter berths available to aspiring transatlantic racers. The 6th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race will start from Marina Lanzarote on 23 November 2019. -- Louay Habib

Chief Executive of World Sailing, Andy Hunt, to step down at the end of December after four years in the role
World Sailing Chief Executive Officer, Andy Hunt has notified the Board of Directors that he will be taking on a new role in International Sport in early 2020.

The Board considers that Andy has made an important contribution to the modernisation and commercial development of World Sailing, and the Board thanks Andy for his service during an intense and challenging period for World Sailing.

Andy Hunt commented, ''It has been a privilege to serve the sport of Sailing as CEO, and to work with such a talented team to move the sport forward over the past four years. I wish the sport every success in the future as it continues to grow the global participation and fan base."

Kim Andersen, World Sailing President, commented, "I would like to thank Andy for his unwavering commitment to the sport over the past few years and I wish Andy every success in his new role."

World Sailing has numerous ongoing activities in developing sailing worldwide, and the World Sailing Senior Management Team, the Executive Office staff and the Board are committed to continuing the momentum to build the sport.

The Board will commence a search for a successor shortly.

Bailli De Suffren Trophy Returns to Malta
Lionel Pean, president of the Marenostrum Racing Club, presented at the Voiles de Saint-Tropez, the program of the 19th edition of the Bailli de Suffren Trophy placed under the sponsorship of the Yacht Club de France, the FFV, the CIM, the AFYT, YCI, IAEC and RMYC, which will take place from 19 June to 3 July 2020 on a new course linking Saint-Tropez to the archipelago of Malta, via two stops: Bonifacio in Corsica and Trapani in Sicily .

The start of the XIX Trophy set June 20, 2020 will mark the anniversary of 20 years of the creation by our Commodore Henri-Christian Schroeder.

We return in 2020 to the historic course and almost identical to that of the first Trophée Bailli de Suffren in 2001.The fleet will sail towards Corsica and the famous cliffs of the port of Bonifacio watching over the natural reserve of the Lavezzi Islands. Then we will leave for Sicily and the port of Trapani.

For this anniversary, Gozo and Malta will be the final destination.

Unique in its historical significance, the race has brought together more than 108 classic yachts,

It is with the support of Yachting Malta we will celebrate these 20 years at the famous Royal Malta Yacht Club with the fleet moored in front.

17 boats have already registered.

The biggest and the best - International Maxi Association
Just back from the biggest and best Maxi event in the world, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, with many thoughts about how it could be made even better.

This was already a special year, it being the 40th anniversary of the International Maxi Association and the 30th edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, held as usual in the idyllic waters of northeast Sardinia under the aegis of our longterm partners the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and Rolex. We had a record entry of just over 50 Maxis to contend with and a very wide variety of beautiful yachts to try to organise into classes where the priority was their getting enjoyable boat-on-boat competition.

As I described in my last article, we have been working on better systems to correlate Maxi performance not by length or rating alone. This way class splits can be defined objectively avoiding undefinable subjective (aka contentious) factors such as 'cruising potential'. So far our formula has been working reasonably well within the Mini Maxis (60-80ft LH); but more work needs to be done to devise a fairer system for the larger Maxis themselves. -- Andrew McIrvine, secretary, International Maxi Association

Full article in the November issue of Seahorse

Huge cruise ship squeezes through Greek canal to claim record
Cruise passengers held their breath as a 22.5 meter wide cruise liner became the largest boat to pass through Greece's narrow Corinth Canal, according to its operator.

Carrying 929 passengers on board, the Braemar cruise liner narrowly managed to squeeze through the rocky walls of the canal -- which measures a maximum of 25 meters wide at the water's surface -- making it the longest boat to make the journey, cruise company Fred Olsen said.

The Corinth Canal is a tidal waterway connecting the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf, dividing the Pelopónnisos from mainland Greece.

Ships have been navigating through the narrow waterways since 1893, but on Wednesday, Fred Olsen claimed to have captained the longest cruise ship through the canal. The ship weighs 24,344 gross tons, and is 195.82 meters long.

Seahorse November 2019
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Preparations for Brexit in Brittany
Brexit will have a big impact on cruising sailors, introducing more bureaucracy and administrative burdens, particularly for cruising sailors who sail for extended periods of time in EU countries.

Two of the most important changes that have been identified by the Cruising Association's Regulations and Technical Services Group (RATS) relate to the need for travel visas and the possibility of being required to pay additional VAT to keep a boat in an EU country. Post-Brexit, UK citizens will only have the right to travel in a Schengen country visa-free for no more than 90 days in any 180-day period.

VAT is a major issue as boats that are located in the UK on Brexit day will lose their EU VAT-paid status, whereas boats which are located in the EU 27 on Brexit day will retain their EU VAT-paid status. It will therefore be important for owners of yachts that are kept in an EU country to have evidence to show where the yacht was located on Brexit day.

CA Biscay Section takes the initiative

In preparation for the UK leaving the European Union, the Cruising Association's Biscay Section has been liaising with the main company operating marinas on the coast of South Brittany - La Compagnie des Ports du Morbihan (LCPM).

Judith Grimwade, Section Secretary of the CA's Biscay Section, has been working with Soizic Dubois, a representative of LCPM. LCPM has agreed the content of a letter that the marinas within the network of LCPM will issue to berth holders confirming that their boat was indeed in EU waters before and on Brexit day so that their VAT (TVA in France) status can be confirmed.

In addition, in recognition that many UK residents spend more than 90 days in any 180 in France, the LCPM has also agreed that owners with annual contracts within the group may also use their marina address should they wish to apply for French Residency (Carte de Sejour). This will permit stays of more than 90 days in any 180 days in France. There are other requirements that have to be fulfilled for a successful application.

Drafts of both documents have been made available to the CA for the use by other marinas in the EU, should local laws permit similar arrangements.

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The Last Word
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