In This Issue
• SSL Finals: Early Lead For Eivind And Revkin After Day One
• 49er Worlds - Day One
• New era of live sailing coverage at 2019 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships Dec 3 - 8
• Full pelt in the Atlantic
• Wight Vodka Best Sailors Bar
• Jules Verne Trophy: Start At 20h 55' 54" (UTC)
• Kyle Langford joins Shirley Robertson in her Sailing Podcast
• What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
• Janet Grosvenor receives RORC Lifetime Achievement Award & Honorary Life Membership
• Chandler Macleod Moth Worlds
• Featured Charter
• Featured Brokerage:
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• • Black Pearl - Carkeek 47
• The Last Word: Oscar Wilde
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SSL Finals: Early Lead For Eivind And Revkin After Day One
For the opening day of competition at the SSL Finals to determine 2019’s ‘star of the sailing world’, Nassau laid on perfect conditions with glorious sunshine, an ultra-shifty northwesterly and flat water out on Montagu Bay for the 23 crews from 22 nations.
Among the diverse fleet of former, current and future Olympic sailors plus many from other disciplines such as match racing, the Snipe and 5.5mR, day one’s two races belonged to last generation Olympic Star boat sailors.
At the end of day one Melleby-Revkin lead by a point. “Being leader after the first day doesn’t mean that much, but it is nice to have confirmation you’re on the pace. Hopefully we can keep it together for the week,” said Melleby. “Today we had 30-40 degree shifts, sometimes 50. It was just a matter of getting off the starting line and playing the shifts immediately so you can get ahead. But the more shifty it is, the more we like it!”
If the London 2012 Star sailors hold most of top 10 positions, but with US duo Paul Cayard and Phil Trinter seventh and the youngest pairing of 25-year-olds Scot Lorenzo Chiavarini and Germany's Kilian Weise in ninth, the greatest surprise is that third place is currently held by the youngest sailor in the fleet, Finland’s two time Finn Silver Cup winner Oskari Muhonen aged 22, sailing with Ukrainian Vitalii Kushnir.
Top 10 results after two races:
1. Eivind Melleby NOR / Josh Revkin USA, 6
2. Diego Negri ITA / Frithjof Kleen GER, 7
3. Oskari Muhonen FIN / Vitalii Kushnir UKR, 13
4. Fredrik Loof SWE /Brian Fatih USA, 13
5. Hamish Pepper NZL /Pedro Trouche BRA, 14
6. Iain Percy GBR / Anders Ekstrom SWE, 14
7. Paul Cayard USA / Phil Trinter USA, 14
8. Mateusz Kusznierewicz POL / Bruno Prada BRA, 15
9. Lorenzo Chiavarini GBR / Kilian Weise GER, 15
10. Tonci Stipanovic CRO / Tudor Bilic CRO, 24
49er Worlds - Day One
Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel opened day one of the World Championships with a stunningly consistent performance while some of the other big guns failed to fire.
Two 49er races were completed after wild weather lashed the race areas off Auckland, New Zealand. With wind speeds up to 37 knots recorded on the race course earlier in the day, the sensible decision was made to keep all sailors ashore until sailable conditions arrived. After a delay long enough to cause even the most seasoned veterans to assume they were having a day off, the 49er fleet were sent out for two rounds of qualifying races.
With over 400 athletes competing from 40 nations and with the broadest ever suite of live coverage in Olympic sailing history capturing every race, the 2019 Hyundai World Championships will be the most important event on the sailors calendars prior to Tokyo 2020.
International fans can view the racing live at 49er.org/live or on Sky Sport 9 for those in New Zealand.
* 49erFX and Nacra 17 sent home without racing
Athletes and fans alike will have to wait an extra day for the 49erFX and Nacra 17 fleets to hit the water. With daylight disappearing, the 49erFX and Nacra 17 fleets were sent home before getting a shot at the water. Both fleets will be first on the roster for day 2, with four scheduled races in each fleet, to try and catch up on the qualifying series.
Top five results, 49er class
1. Erik Heil/ Thomas Ploessel GER 2-1; 3pts
2. Kevin Fischer/ Yann Jauvin FRA 1-4; 5pts
3. Bart Lambriex/ Pim van Vugt NED 3-4; 7pts
4. Dominik Buksak/ Szymon Wierzbicki POL 7-1; 8pts
5. Erwan Fischer/ Clement Pequin FRA 3-5; 8pts
Full results available at: 49er.org/event/2019-world-championship/#49erresults
To watch the racing live: 49er.org/live
New era of live sailing coverage at 2019 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships Dec 3 - 8
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The 2019 Championship features world renowked sailors, including Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL), British 2017 49er world champions Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell, and in the FX class, Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA), Rio 2016 gold medal winners, and reigning European and world champions Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz (NED). The Nacra 17 multihull repeats the gold medal standard - Argentina’s hero Santiago Lange and his crew Cecilia Carranza Saroli from the Rio 2016 Games and 49er Olympic gold medallist and SailGP skipper Nathan Outteridge combining with his sister Haylee (AUS) in the foiling multihull.
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Full pelt in the Atlantic
Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Grenada is all set to welcome the early finishers in the RORC Transatlantic Race. VO65 Childhood 1 is expected to finish on Wednesday 4th December and will win the IMA Trophy for Monohull Line Honours. French Wally 100 Dark Shadow, skippered by Yerin Hobson is 400 miles behind Childhood 1. The fleet is reporting superb conditions, surfing at high speeds in tropical heat.
Richard Palmer's British JPK 10.10 Jangada, racing Two Handed with Jeremy Waitt is also in big breeze. Jangada passed the halfway mark on the tenth day of racing.
Giles Redpath's Lombard 46 Pata Negra has being blasting through the Atlantic swell, recording 260nm in the last 24 hours.
Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina is all set for the first finishers in the RORC Transatlantic Race. The luxury superyacht marina has 227 berths for yachts up to 300 feet and is located in the beautiful lagoon just outside St. George's, the capital of Grenada. Having undergone a refurbishment this year, the marina now has 90 new berths ranging from 12 metres to 22 metres on two new piers. The 'Spice Island' as Grenada is known, has superb beaches and the north of the island is unspoilt rainforest rising to 1000 metres above sea-level with spectacular waterfalls.
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Jules Verne Trophy: Start At 20h 55' 54" (UTC)
Spindrift 2 crossed the start line of the Jules Verne Trophy on Tuesday December 3 2019 at 20h 55' 54" UTC to begin their 21,600 miles around the world record attempt. The Objective: to beat the existing record of 40-days 23 hours 30 minutes and 30 seconds and cross back over the line again before 20h 27' 25" UTC on January 13, 2020.
The twelve crew of the black and gold trimaran crossed the line in front of the Créac’h Lighthouse (Ushant) in a very moderate 15k easterly breeze. The relatively calm conditions are a change from the stronger conditions normally associated with a start of a round the world attempt but by daybreak, as Spindrift 2 approaches the Spanish coast, Yann Guichard and his crew should benefit from these constant winds that will veer to northerly strengthening to 25-30 knots and gusting along the Portuguese coast.
It is expected that Spindrift 2 should cross the Bay of Biscay and arrive at the Equator in a little over five days. Once into the Southern Hemisphere, the crew will be able to sail more or less directly to South Africa with a view to cross the longitude of the Cape of Good Hope in less than thirteen days. Once at the entrance to the Indian Ocean, the black and gold trimaran, will be able to assess its performance against the existing record and the potential of completing the 21,600-mile course in record time.
Ratification: World Sailing Speed Record Council, http://www.sailspeedrecords.com
Time to beat: 40 days, 23 hours, 30 minutes and 30 seconds
Average speed: 22.84 knots
Date of current record: January 2017
Holder: IDEC Sport, Francis Joyon and a 5-man crew
Start date for Spindrift 2: 3rd December 2019 at 20h 55min 54sec UTC
To beat the record, Spindrift 2 needs to complete the course before 20h 27' 25" UTC on January 13, 2020.
Kyle Langford joins Shirley Robertson in her Sailing Podcast
Aged just 24, Langford burst onto the international sailing scene as wing trimmer for Oracle Team USA as they tried to defend the America’s Cup of 2013. It was a Cup that would re-define the sport, a Cup match that saw a punch drunk Defender climb back off the canvas, dodge a few knock out blows and bounce back from an impossible seven point defecit to famously clinch the trophy in dramatic style. The young Langford played a key role in their success, and he’s very candid about how it all unfolded.
Robertson has spent much of her broadcasting career following Langford’s career, and the chat between the pair reflects this. Langford is honest and insightful as he discusses the controversial build up to that 2013 Cup, and is then equally revealing as he reflects on the subsequent loss of the Cup, in Bermuda in 2017.
Kyle Langford is Episode 8 of Shirley Robertson’s Sailing Podcast and is available through all popular podcast platforms. For any further details, questions regarding the Podcast itself or more information on Shirley Robertson please mail
Of flaps and wings and things, the (inevitably) prettiest AC75 goes afloat in Italy (obviously), Tanguy Bouroullec and his flying Pogo 4 are very much in touching distance, SailGP sort of surprises and an insider's (deep) disappointment. Terry Hutchinson, Jack Griffin, Patrice Carpentier, Rob Kothe, Carol Cronin, Giuliano Luzzatto
Twenty years and twenty boats
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Janet Grosvenor receives RORC Lifetime Achievement Award & Honorary Life Membership
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RORC CEO, Eddie Warden Owen acknowledged her commitment: "We are honouring a person who has given her life to the RORC," explained Warden Owen at the ceremony. "When Janet applied for the job as a receptionist in 1969 she never expected it to be a job for life, but as always in these situations, the Club evolved, her roles changed, and so did she." Janet, whose name is synonymous with the RORC, started as Membership Secretary and ended up as RORC Racing Manager.
"I could not have imagined what a wonderful tapestry of a working life I would go on to have," exclaimed an emotional and amazed Janet after receiving the award. To have my contribution to the Club acknowledged with a Lifetime Achievement Award and Hon. Life Membership of the Royal Ocean Racing Club is an enormous honour. Sailing is a great sport, with interesting people from all walks of life and the job involved worldwide travel - one cannot wish for more! The changes over the years have been enormous, so it has never been dull!" she explained.
Janet learnt to sail and logged her qualification miles to become a RORC member in 1978. She has served under 17 Commodores, nine Admirals and countless Committee Members; has rubbed shoulders with Royalty, Prime Ministers and celebrities from all over the world, and represented the RORC on countless committees, including the RYA's Offshore Racing Group, and served as the RYA's representative on World Sailing's Oceanic and Offshore Committee - receiving recognition from the RYA for the work she has done for the sport.
Chandler Macleod Moth Worlds
Perth’s Mounts Bay Sailing Club has been swarming with activity over the last few weeks as a number of the world’s best sailors arrive ahead of the 2019 Chandler Macleod Moth Worlds, which run from 9-18 December.
Among the fleet are some of the most recognised names in the sport with Olympic medallists, SailGP champions and America’s Cup veterans across the board.
Some of the sailors headlining the fleet make up a large part of the Australian SailGP team, with Tom Slingsby, Kyle Langford and Kinley Fowler all poised for good results.
A Perth local, Fowler said the event created a big opportunity for bragging rights amongst the three of them, as well as with other SailGP sailors from other teams.
“We are a pretty competitive group on the Australian SailGP Team, so there is definitely going to be some punishment for having a bad regatta,” Fowler said.
“In the past we have put a lemon sticker on the sail of the worst performing team mate after each day of racing. I ended up with three lemons on my sail that regatta, so I have a lot of room for improvement from there."
The event will also see a number of cross-country SailGP rivalries on the water, as United States SailGP helm Rome Kirby competes, along with Perth local and Kirby’s SailGP team mate, Tom Johnson.
The main event kicks off on 12 December with a practice race for the Worlds, followed by qualifying racing on 13-14 December, a reserve day on 15 December and finals racing from 16-18 December.
Stay tuned to all the digital coverage during the event via the Moth Worlds Facebook page ( facebook.com/mothworlds ), and via Down Under Sail either at www.downundersail.com or facebook.com/downundersail
Also make sure you are following the Moth Worlds Instagram account at instagram.com/mothworlds
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