In This Issue
• Repairs underway in Brest Atlantiques
• Credit Mutuel Wins TJV Class40
• All The Winners - Headed To ASW 2020
• 22nd Hobie 16 World Championships
• Samokhin Gunning For Heerema Going Into Final Day of Dragon Grand Prix Spain
• Top technical clothing brands to exhibit at METSTRADE
• Thomas Hansson-Mild remains OK Dinghy World No. 1
• Bids invited for 2021, 2022 and 2023 Youth and Women's Match Racing World Championships
• M32 North Americans
• 300 Laser Radials Expected for 2020 Youth European Championships
• Featured Brokerage:
• • Charles E Nicholson 147 Ft Schooner 1910 - Orion Of The Seas
• • Volvo Open 70 - Ocean Breeze
• • Baltic Yachts 58
• The Last Word: Daniel Dennett
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Repairs underway in Brest Atlantiques
Following Maxi Edmond de Rothschild's pitstop today to repair its daggerboard, MACIF has moved into the lead of the 14,000nm Brest Atlantiques as the four doublehanded maxi trimarans of the Ultim Class approach the first of two marks in this massive loop of the Atlantic Ocean.
However, MACIF (Francois Gabart/Gwenole Gahinet) tonight will be making a stop themselves in Rio De Janeiro for repairs to their central hull rudder.
As the fleet is to leave to port the chain of Cagarras Islands, in front of the famous Ipanema beach in the Bay of Rio, Sodebo Ultim 3 (Thomas Coville/Jean-Luc Nelias) is expected about five hours later to make the rounding and should be able to take the lead, with Actual Leader (Yves Le Blevec/Alex Pella) and Maxi Edmond de Rothschild (Franck Cammas/Charles Caudrelier) following behind.
The MACIF team are preparing for the pitstop at the Gloria Marina, home to the sailing events during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, where the trimaran is due to arrive around 6-7pm. At 3pm, the boat crossed Cabo Frio and gybed towards Rio, with 18 knots of favourable breeze.
The pitstop will enable the technical team to replace the central hull rudder which was damaged after colliding with an unidentified object. The replacement rudder will be provided by Banque Populaire.
Sodebo Ultim 3, who at 3pm were 100 miles behind MACIF, will undoubtedly be able to lead the fleet for the first time since leaving Brest. Thomas Coville and Jean-Luc Nelias are expected to pass through the Cagarras Islands, located 2.5 miles off the world-famous beach of Ipanema, about five hours after MACIF, around midnight.
Rankings at 0400 November 14 2019 (French time)
1. Sodebo Ultim 3, Thomas Coville / Jean-Luc Nelias / Martin Keruzore, 8934.67 nm to finish
2. Maxi Edmond De Rothschild, Franck Cammas / Charles Caudrelier / Yann Riou
3. Actual Leader, Yves Le Blevec / Alex Pella / Ronan Gladu
4. MACIF Trimaran, Francois Gabart / Gwenole Gahinet / Jeremie Eloy
Credit Mutuel Wins TJV Class40
Photo by Jean-Marie Liot. Click on image to enlarge.
Credit Mutuel covered the theoretical course of 4,350 nautical miles at an average speed of 10.25 knots but actually sailed 4,714.35 nautical miles at an average speed of 11.11 knots.
In the north-east trade winds they powered away remorsely 20 miles to the west and on the 11thday after planing past the Cape Verde islands they repeatedly broke the 24-hour speed record. They peaked at 415.86 miles at average speed of 17.3 knots over 24 hours between 03:30 on 4.11.19 and 03:30 on 5.11.19. That beat the old record of 377.7 miles at average speed of 15.7 knots by 2017 winners V and B, set in the last edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre. Despite the much less favourable conditions, they were only six hours outside V and B's 2017 course record of 17 days 10 hours 44 minutes and 15 seconds.
All The Winners - Headed To ASW 2020
The challenges took place with the assistance of regional yacht clubs beginning in May and concluding in September. The host venues in the US, UK and Germany were selected based on the potential to boost awareness of ASW and convert the excitement of participating in a prestigious event in idyllic conditions into increased entries for 2020.
Phil Walters - August Sky, Stevie Beckett - Cobra and Max Rieger - Mothership emerged winners in each of the invitational challenges in USA, UK & Germany respectively. And each of the victorious skippers received the prize of a lifetime to assemble a crew of up to 7 to race at Antigua Sailing Week 2020. Through the cooperation of Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority, Dream Yacht Charter, English Harbour Rum and National Parks Authority, the crew will receive flights, bareboat yacht charter, dockage at UNESCO Heritage Site Nelson's Dockyard Marina and entry to ASW.
Prizes were awarded in August at the Breakwater Yacht Club in Sag Harbour, New York, the venue for the US edition. While the prizes for the UK & German editions were awarded in September at the Royal Southern Yacht Club, Hamble and the Württembergischer Yacht Club, Friedrichshafen, respectively.
The 53rd edition of Antigua Sailing Week takes place April 25 - May 1, 2020 off the stunning south coast of Antigua.
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22nd Hobie 16 World Championships
Captiva Island, Florida: Windy conditions for day 3 of the Hobie 16 Open World Championships. The promised cold front arrived overnight and sailors were greeted with strong wind conditions for day 3. The first race of the day delivered 20-26 knots with a very lively sea state. The tide was running against the wind which created a confused sea state with waves moving across the race course at an odd angle. Rather than surfing waves downwind it was possible to surf waves upwind. The occasional breaking rouge wave kept everyone on their toes.
Following the first race, the winds moderated a bit to 17-20 knots but this had a noticeable effect on the sea state and the waves got a lot friendlier. A total of three races were completed for the day with a boat rotation each time. A large shore break kept the beach crews working hard as boats came into the beach each time for the boat exchange.
All sailors now have three races each completed. Nicolaj Bjornholt/Michele Jensen (DEN) lead followed by Gav Colby/Worst News (AUS) and Yamil Saba/Gonzalo Cendra (VEN).
There is one more days in semi-final round with 96 teams rotating through the 56 boats. After tomorrow's competition the fleet will be cut to 56 for the final two days.
Samokhin Gunning For Heerema Going Into Final Day of Dragon Grand Prix Spain
Puerto Portals, MallorcaL The third day of the Dragon Grand Prix Spain started with an AP flag due to heavy rain and an absence of wind. At noon, the Race Committee went out to check the conditions in the regatta area, and after almost an hour of waiting the Delta flag was raised and the fleet was allowed to leave the dock.
With the rain now gone the wind began to fill in from the North East and the first and only race of the day started in around 10 knots shortly after 2.30pm. The Race Committee set a windward-leeward five leg course with a 1.7 miles leg length at 045 degrees. As the fleet came towards the end of the first run the wind shifted to 055 degrees and Race Officer Nino Schmolli adjusted the weather mark in response, ensuring the fleet a second good beat. But as the boats started down the second run the wind began to drop and destabilise further, so the wise decision was made to stop the race at the gate rather than risk a potentially disastrous third beat.
A total of five Dragon Grand Prix Spain races have now been completed and so the single discard has been introduced. The Dutch team aboard Troika, skippered by Pieter Heerema, maintain their overall lead after scoring a fifth place in today's race and discarding a ninth.
One more day of racing remains to decide both the winner of the Dragon Grand Prix Spain 2019 and the winner of the four regatta 2019 Dragon Grand Prix Series. The results in both rankings are equally tight so a great deal rests on Thursday when it is hoped that two races will be completed.
Provisional Top Ten After Five Races
1. Troika - Pieter Heerema, NED, 15
2. Rocknrolla - Dmitry Samokhin, RUS, 17
3. Desert Holly - Stephan Link, GER, 21
4. Bunker Prince - Evegnii Braslavets, ITA, 23
5. Fever - Klaus Diederichs, GBR, 23
6. Ingrid - Dirk Pramann, GER, 27
7. Yred - Peter Gilmour, JPN, 28
8. Meerblick - Otto Pohlmann, GER, 30
9. Mars - Pedro Rebelo de Andrade, NED, 33
10. Cameleer - Marcus Brennecke, GER, 33
Top technical clothing brands to exhibit at METSTRADE
Typhoon is showing three new drysuits created thanks to new fabric technology and design innovations. The PS440 Hinge Entry Suit features a cutting edge zip off storm collar system, while the MS Rapid Back Entry System Suit offers unrivalled freedom of movement and comfort for whitewater sports. The Ezeedon 4 Suit has been designed for a multitude of watersports and is also available in women's and junior sizes.
NeilPryde Sailing will reveal its new Elite Firewire 3mm Long John, whose latest neoprene technology offers unrivalled flexibility, the Elite 3D Curve Dry Suit featuring a revolutionary high zip and stretch fabrics - and the Elite Aquashield sailing top which protects from extremely cold sessions on the water with its warm fleece liner, rubberised outer shell and high roll snug fitting adjustable collar.
To find out more about the Typhoon and NeilPryde Sailing collection of apparel equipment and accessories, visit Stand 03.310 at METSTRADE, 19-21 November, where NeilPryde Sailing and Typhoon International will be exhibiting alongside Ocean Safety and ISP. All four companies are part of the Alliance Marine Group.
Thomas Hansson-Mild remains OK Dinghy World No. 1
After the traditional end of season round of national championships across Europe, there is no movement in or out of the top 10 of the final OK Dinghy World Ranking List of the year. Thomas Hansson-Mild, still leads from Fredrik Loof, both from Sweden, with Tomasz Gaj, from Poland, in third. In fact the top four all stay the same.
This is quite remarkable after 10 events in Britain, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Belgium and The Netherlands. Numbers were very high at most of the events as the class continues to expand and this list includes 43 new entries from the last list in July.
World No. 1, Hansson-Mild, consolidated his lead with a win at the 57-boat fleet at the Swedish nationals in Marstrand, venue for next year's world championship. It was his 16th Swedish national title and he was clearly laying down a marker for next year's main event. He finished just ahead of two newcomers to the class, Niklas Edler and Emil Bengtson.
The Danish championship was also well attended with 71 entries, with Mads Bendix taking a narrow win from Bo Petersen. The growing French fleet has been bolstered by a number of Finn sailors in the last year and at the Southern Nationals, Laurent Hay dominated the fleet in his first regatta in the class to take a sizeable victory.
The next ranking list will start with Sail Brisbane, Australia, from 6-8 December and runs through to the Turangi International Regatta, in New Zealand, in March. Early in 2020, national secretaries will be asked to confirm their ranking events for the year. The number of events included is slowly increasing as each nation is given the opportunity to have two ranking events per year. -- Robert Deaves
OK Dinghy World Ranking List November 2019 - Top 10 (from 538)
1. Thomas Hansson-Mild, SWE
2. Fredrik Loof, SWE
3. Tomasz Gaj, POL
4. Greg Wilcox, NZL
5. Luke Gower, NZL
6. Jan Kurfeld, GER
7. Ask Askholm, DEN
8. Luke O'Connell, NZL
9. Chris Turner, GBR
10. Bo Petersen, DEN
Bids invited for 2021, 2022 and 2023 Youth and Women's Match Racing World Championships
World Sailing, the world governing of the sport, has opened the bidding process for the 2021, 2022 and 2023 editions of the Youth and the Women's Match Racing World Championships.
The Youth Match Racing World Championship brings together the best youth match racers from around the world acknowledging their skills and offering a pathway to adult match racing competition.
The Women's Match Racing World Championship is an annual event which was first held in Genoa, Italy in 1999 after a successful event was held as part of the 1998 World Sailing World Championship in Dubai, UAE.
Auckland, New Zealand will host both the 2020 editions of the Championships and World Sailing is now inviting Member Nation Authorities (MNAs) and Host Cities to bid to host one of the next three editions thereafter of both the Youth and Women's Championships.
The bid guidelines - available here - provide MNAs and Host Cities with an outline specification of minimum requirements for both the sports competition and the on-shore events and sets out the rights and responsibilities for each party in hosting an event.
Bids to host the Championship must be received by 1 March 2020. World Sailing's Board of Directors will approve the final venues by May 2020.
M32 North Americans
Miami, Florida: Racing resumes for the US M32 fleet this weekend in Miami with one of the class' premier events of the season - the M32 North American Championship.
This also marks the beginning of the five event Florida-based winter season for the high performance one design catamarans, which continues with the M32 Miami Winter Series comprising weekend long events held monthly from January to April.
This will be the first M32 event held in the US after a successful M32 World Championship held on Lake Garda, Italy in September.
That event was won by Chicago-based Don Wilson and his Convexity team, including former match racing world champion Taylor Canfield. Meanwhile Wilson's sister Jennifer successfully helmed her Convergence to victory in the M32 Pre-Worlds and was third at the Worlds with New Zealander Chris Steele calling the shots.
Both of the Wilsons' teams will be competing this weekend in Miami as will Dan Cheresh, stepping back on to his own M32, Extreme 2, having joined forces with GAC skipper Ian Williams for the Worlds, where they finished fifth. Larry Philips is back with his Newport, RI-based Midtown team, having come sixth at the World Championship.
Two top M32 teams. that didn't make the trip to Europe and who will be eagerly taking to the water this week, are those of the DeVos: Rick will be campaigning REV with Ian Williams with several of his GAC Pindar regulars on board, while Ryan will be helming XS Energy, with Olympian and America's Cup sailor Mark Mendelblatt calling tactics. In fact the DeVos participation is significant as they are the reigning North American champions, with REV having won the 2018 event on Lake Michigan at Harbor Springs, where XS Energy was runner-up.
Making the journey from Switzerland will be Zurich-based Brit Richard Davies' with his Section 16 team. However on board with Davies will be a largely new line-up including Argo regular Anthony Kotoun and other multihull veterans Denmark's Rasmus Kostner and France's Herve Cunningham.
The M32 North Americans will also see a welcome return to the fold of one of the founding US M32 teams - Michael Dominguez's Bronco with M32 veteran Jeremy Wilmot calling tactics. Bronco was last a regular feature on the M32 North American circuit in 2015 when they finished second in the Miami Series to Taylor Canfield's US One team.
The M32 North Americans then take place over Saturday and Sunday (November 16th and 17th) with racing taking place on Miami's renowned Biscayne Bay. The catamarans will based at Shake-a-Leg, the organization which the M32 Class Association supports, with its stated objective: "To utilize the marine environment to improve the health, education, and independence of children and adults with physical, developmental and economic challenges, in an inclusive community setting."
300 Laser Radials Expected for 2020 Youth European Championships
Just as well Ballyholme Yacht Club is at present extending the south dinghy park and widening one of the launching slips because next July an entry of over 300 is expected for the Laser Youth Radial European Championships which will run from 5th till 11th July writes Betty Armstrong.
But as the event is being left unlimited up to a point, there maybe even more. The limit is set at 400 as per EurILCA regs.
The club lies on a wide sandy bay on the south side of Belfast Lough and this RYA recognised Training Centre has an enviable reputation for running world, international, national and regional events, with a superb 40 sq km racing area in virtually hazard and tide free waters on the Lough close at hand.
Among the world championships hosted by the club were the Topper Worlds in 2016 and the F18 World Championships in 2014. Lasers have been sailed at BYC from the early 1970s and the club hosted one of the first European Championships in 1979 as well as the Laser Radial Europeans in 2004.
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