In This Issue
Francis Joyon has set sail: IDEC SPORT is heading for Vietnam
Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship
The Big Prize for this year's Wight Vodka Best Sailor Bar
Luderitz Speed Challenge: Unofficial World Speed Sailing record set
Multiple challenges - Carbo-link
Bruce Ayres' Monsoon wins Pensacola YC's inaugural Melges24 Bushwhacker Cup
Temperature Rising For The Melges IC37 Class
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
23 Teams For The 7th SSL Finals In Nassau
Industry News
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Francis Joyon has set sail: IDEC SPORT is heading for Vietnam
After the Mauritius Route record between Port Louis (Brittany in NW France) and Mauritius that was smashed on 8th November with a time of 18 hours, 14 minutes and 45 seconds, today, Francis Joyon and his crew are tackling the second Act of the IDEC SPORT ASIAN TOUR, which will see them sail from Mauritius to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

The maxi-trimaran crossed the start line for this new record at 5 hrs, 49mn, 59sc UTC on Thursday 21st November with the aim of setting the first crewed reference time for this route

4000 miles of sailing lie ahead of the bows of the giant IDEC SPORT, as she heads towards Vietnam and its capital Ho Chi Minh City. This will involve crossing the Indian Ocean before passing through the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra, passing Indonesia, Malaysia, and entering the China Sea, the Mekong Delta and finishing off Ho Chi Minh City.

There will be a crew of just five people including Francis Joyon. He will be joined by Bertrand Delesne (Boat Captain), Antoine Blouet, Corentin Joyon and his faithful friend, Christophe Houdet.

Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship
Results are in after 2 day's of racing at the Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship.

Alastair Gifford and his Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) team remain on top with 14 wins.

Sitting in 2nd place is Matt Whitfield and team representing Penarth Yacht Club with 10 wins and 3 loses.

Tied in 3rd place with 9 wins and 4 loses are the 2 teams from The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - RPAYC skippered by Juliet Costanzo & Alistair Reid

Racing continues tomorrow at 1000hrs for the remainder of Round Robin 2 and Semi Finals if time permits.

Full results

The Big Prize for this year's Wight Vodka Best Sailor Bar
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Luderitz Speed Challenge: Unofficial World Speed Sailing record set
The Luderitz Speed Challenge is currently underway in Luderitz, Namibia, the worlds fastest sailing racecourse.

Held over an 800metre course, the event attempts to set a speed record, recognised by World Speed Sailing Record Council, over a 500metre distance.

The current official record for a windsurfer was set by Antoine Albeau (FRA) in 2015 of 53.27kts. Belgian Vincent Valkenaers hit 53.25kts yesterday - a mere 0.02kts short of the world record, but overnight the Belgian set a new unofficial speed measuring 53.33 knots average on the 500metre course.

The area is chosen as the course lies at 140degrees to the prevailing winds which can hit over 60kts. Today it is recorded at 66.4kts. Competitors take off in a start-up area before tuning into the speed run.

America's Cup AC75's are expected and SailGP's F50's are expected to hit into the low 50's but that is only in a burst - not averaged over a 500metre course.

Multiple challenges - Carbo-link
Carbo-link Redefining the concept of a superyacht - the introduction of Dynamic Stability System (DSS), Cl Ellipse rigging from Carbo-Link and spars from Rondal - and suddenly life's even more full-on

When Baltic Yachts set out to build the world's first DSS-foiling superyacht for a visionary client, it was a journey into the unknown. DSS had never been used on a yacht of anywhere near this size, or power. With a host of complex engineering challenges to overcome, the owner's project manager Mattia Belleri of Fluidsailing and Baltic's project team assembled a world class design loop including Farr Yacht Design, Infiniti Yachts, Lucio Micheletti, Gurit, BAR Technologies, Isotop, North Sails, Rondal and Carbo-Link.

The yacht had to be fast and supremely comfortable but also safe, responsive and easy to sail, even with a short-handed crew in the Southern Ocean – but the client's brief set no defined boundaries. Instead the design team was directed to seriously consider every possible option to achieve the owner's vision.

Full article in the December issue of Seahorse

Bruce Ayres' Monsoon wins Pensacola YC's inaugural Melges24 Bushwhacker Cup
Pensacola Florida: The three teams leading Pensacola Yacht Club's Melges24 Atlantic & Gulf Coast Championship aka the Bushwhacker Cup after Day 1 were confirmed as the three podium finishers on Day 2. The one race that PRO Hal Smith got off the line saw the leaders in front, bow to bow, in clean air after each made a quick tack to Port in the middle of the line. Then the general recall horn sounded.

Unfortunately, predictions for close to zero wind for Sunday on Pensacola Bay came true. A rare event. The wind died just after that start. Thus the recall. About 15 minutes later, Smith went on the radio and announced to the fleet and spectators that he wouldn't keep the boats drifting aimlessly out on the bay. Sunday's racing was abandoned, so Saturday's five race results were final for the regatta.

Bruce Ayres' Monsoon [USA 825] from Newport Harbor CA with crew Brian Porter, George Peet, Chelsea Simms and America's Cup challenger Stars+Stripes' CEO/Skipper Mike Buckley finished in first place with scores of 2-1-2-5-1 for 11 points. Monsoon was the winner of the inaugural Melges24 Bushwhacker Cup.

Ayres and Monsoon are the reigning champion of the Bacardi Winter Series.

Bora Gulari [USA820] with his crew of Kyle Navin, Norman Berge, Ian Liberty and America's Cup Challenger American Magic's CEO/Skipper Terry Hutchinson stood three points back in second with a 4-5-1-2-2 record and 14 points.

Gulari, a former Melges24 US National Champion, spent the 2018-19 sailing American Magic's Mule on Pensacola Bay. That almost makes him a local, certainly he has local knowledge.

The regatta served as the official championships for the Melges24 Atlantic [now Southeast] & the Gulf Coast regions. Taking first place in the Southeast was Kelly Shannon's Shaka. Zane Yoder's FNG took the Gulf Coast Championship.

Corinthian sailors are Integral to the Melges24 class. Steve Suddath in Up for Debate was top corinthian in the Atlantic/SE region. Glen Tonguis in Kryptonite was top Gulf Coast

Temperature Rising For The Melges IC37 Class
Wasting no time at all, the North American Melges IC37 Class is capping off the 2019 Season with the start of the 2019-20 Winter Series in Fort Lauderdale, Florida November 22-24. The series will continue with events in January and March.

Leading the class is New York Yacht Club Commodore Phil Lotz with Arethusa. Lotz emphasized that the Winter Series is vital to class growth and improvement.

"It is now a proven successful model to establish a 'base' of operation in Florida during the North American winter and have the teams travel to that spot about once a month," he said. "It's a great way for people to take delivery of their boat and get right into the class at a friendly, helpful venue. Plus some coaching and tips from teams that have been sailing the boat a few months longer is a great way to get up to speed and hone skills while having a great time in the warm sun."

Chosen for its accessibility and stress-free logistics, Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina is hosting the fleet with Lauderdale Yacht Club running race management. Race Committee plans to stage racing on an open ocean course two miles from the docks.

Racing is scheduled to take place Friday-Sunday. To follow all the action at the Fall Cup – Melges IC37 Winter Series, follow Melges Performance Sailboats on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and the IC37 Class website.

Seahorse December 2019
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine

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World news
Transatlantic traffic, Imocas or rabbits, eyes on the scows, no surprises yet for Team NZ, Ineos make it four and from bad to worse for US Olympic sailing. Patrice Carpentier, Malcolm Page, Ivor Wilkins, Peter Lester, Blue Robinson, Dobbs Davis, Dan Bernasconi, Mike Drummond, Grant Simmer

Rod Davis - Doing no wrong
Is much more likely if you have the right attitude

ORC - Potted history
We are not the only ones to be celebrating 50 years' continuous service. Nicola Sironi

And the fat lady sang
When the TP52 Super Series fleet gathered in Porto Cervo they were faced with a surprise new force majeure. Andi Robertson

Sailor of the Month
And the fight moves to the east

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23 Teams For The 7th SSL Finals In Nassau
An elite gathering of 23 star-studded teams will be competing at the 2019 Star Sailors League Finals in the Bahamas next month, including a number of wildcards drawn from many parts of the world of high-level sailing.

There are legends aplenty in the 22 country fleet, with Volvo Ocean Race winner and America's Cup veteran Paul Cayard (coming from the Top Ten in the SSL Ranking) racing with fellow American Phil Trinter; Croatia's first ever Olympic medallist (Laser silver at Rio 2016) Tonci Stipanovic will be sailing with compatriot Tudor Bilic; Olympic Champions Iain Percy (GBR), Freddy Loof (SWE) and Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL) will be as competitive ever, crewed respectively by Anders Ekstrom (SWE), Brian Fatih (USA) and Bruno Prada (BRA).

Three nations will be attending the Star Sailors League Finals for the first time, with Volvo Ocean Race winner Chuny Bermudez representing Spain with his crew Miguel Fernandez Vasco, Ricardo Fabini and Federico Calegari for Uruguay, and Korea's Jeemin Ha crewed by one of the most experienced Star crews, Mark Strube of the USA.

After four days of qualification rounds for all 23 crews, the competition goes into the knockout stages on Saturday, 7th December. Single races decide who survives and who is heading for the dock. The last four teams will contest a thrilling final race, the first to finish will be the winner of the 2019 SSL Finals and take home the lion's share of the $200,000 Prize Purse.

Full entry list:
1. Paul Cayard, USA, Phil Trinter, USA
2. Iain Percy, GBR, Anders Ekstrom, SWE
3. Freddy Loof, SWE, Brian Fatih, USA
4. Mateusz Kusznierewicz, POL, Bruno Prada, BRA
5. Tonci Stipanovic, CRO, Tudor Bilic, CRO
6. Henrique Haddad, BRA, Henry Boening, BRA
7. Taylor Canfield, USA, Arnis Baltins, USA
8. Ian Williams, GBR, Steve Mitchell, GBR
9. Jeemin Ha, KOR, Mark Strube, USA
10. Lorenzo Chiavarini, GBR, Kilian Weise, GER
11. Mark Holowesko, BAH, Christoph Burger, SUI
12. Oskari Muhonen, FIN, Vitalii Kushnir, UKR
13. Eric Doyle, USA, Payson Infelise, USA
14. Torvar Mirsky, AUS, Robert O'Leary, IRL
15. Xavier Rohart, FRA, Pierre-Alexis Ponsot, FRA
16. Ricardo Fabini, URU, Federico Calegari, ARG
17. Chuny Bermudez, ESP, Miguel Fernandez Vasco, ESP
18. Bernardo Freitas, POR, Samuel Gonçalves, BRA
19. Flavio Favini, ITA, Sergio Lambertenghi, ITA
20. Hamish Pepper, NZL, Pedro Trouche, BRA
21. Diego Negri, ITA, Frithjof Kleen, GER
22. Eivind Melleby, NOR, Josh Revkin, USA
23. George Szabo, USA, Edoardo Natucci, ITA

Industry News
Dutch-based marine instrument solutions provider Sailmon launched the prototype of a new sailing device for dinghies and sport boats during METSTRADE 2019. 'Max' is the youngest member of the Sailmon display family developed and designed for every sailor. The new device acts as an onboard afterguard, making starting on time a breeze. The inbuilt fast GPS and advanced 9-axis IMU provides accurate sailing data to stay on top of the competition. The platform allows users to be live during sailing as well to review performances and compare results with other Sailmon users after sailing.

With launching the new device, Sailmon continues to offer sailors a new and fresh approach to sailing as a sport. Thanks to the connection with Sailmons unique cloud platform, users can review and replay their trips. The Sailmon app creates an instant session report directly after sailing to review performances and compare results with other Sailmon users.

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Over 70 marine professionals joined MAA onboard Wapen van Amsterdam to celebrate another successful year of shared business interests, incredible product developments and continuing business success in uncertain times.

Forty-five international marine journalists from the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Germany, Sweden, USA and the UK heard from MAA director Mike Shepherd, sailing raconteur Tom Cunliffe, President of Navico Knut Frostad, Navico's senior global brand manager Julian Harvie and writer Matt Sheahan.

The annual MAA press dinner is now in its third year and continues to be a sought-after ticket, offering exclusive opportunities for select businesses to launch their products to the most renowned European marine writers. But more than this, it offers unequalled networking opportunities, lively debate and the chance to catch up with old friends while making new ones.

MAA was set up by Mike Shepherd in 2009, since then the company has experienced consistently strong growth. MAA was awarded Best Marine Company to Work For at the 2016 British Marine awards and is now firmly established as one of the foremost agencies in the marine industry.


Asia-Pacific Boating magazine, one of the main dedicated publications for the marine leisure industry in Asia, is to cease publication at the end of this month with the closure of Blu Inc Media, the Hong Kong-based publisher of the title. Blu Inc Media is a subsidiary of Singapore-based SPH Group. -- David Robinson


Shipmates, one of the last remaining independent yachting clothing outlets on Cowes High Street, has been sold.

Aaron Baker and his partner Sandra Ross have taken over from yachting industry stalwart Clive Johnson with the aim of broadening the appeal of the shop.

One of the new clothing lines is from Imhoff from the Netherlands.


Marine safety equipment company Ocean Safety has been appointed by Hansen Protection to distribute its range of emergency immersion suits, work suits and thermal protection suits in the UK and Ireland.

Hansen Protection, whose headquarters are in Moss, Norway, has more than 140 years' experience in manufacturing items in waterproof textiles.

"We have chosen to work Ocean Safety and we look forward to developing the market together," said Fredrik Eriksen, head of personal protection at Hansen Protection. "With their focus in the shipping market, complementary products and presence across the UK Ocean Safety is a good match for us and we look forward to growing our market share."


The Irish online yachting news outlet,, has recently acquired Scottish boating magazine Yachting Life, the future of which was in doubt following the takeover of the company by a large international publishing group headquartered in Germany.

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