In This Issue
• Negri and Kleen Go Turbo At The SSL Finals
• Day 2 - Hyundai 49er, 49erFX & Nacra 17 World Championships
• Visit Harken France at Salon Nautique Paris
• Spindrift 2 Is Forced To Abandon The Jules Verne Trophy Record Attempt
• IDEC Sport Asian Tour / Act 2: Welcome to Vietnam!
• Comparing the AC75s - Francois Chevalier
• Director Of Sailing - Royal Canadian Yacht Club
• Scandinavian Gold Cup and 5.5 Metre World Championship
• International Fleet Lining Up For Cape2Rio2020 Ocean Race
• Industry News
• Letters to the Editor
• Featured Brokerage:
• • Reichel Pugh 60 - Wild Joe
• • SW100RS Cape Arrow
• • First 40 - Sailplane
• The Last Word: Gilbert Gottfried
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Negri and Kleen Go Turbo At The SSL Finals
Big conditions for day two of the SSL Finals, the event which sets to determine the ‘stars of the sailing world’, once again largely benefitted the ‘old hands’. Competitors ventured out on to Nassau’s Montegu Bay with its shallow, warm, Bahamas Tourist Board turquoise water, but today this was being whipped up by brisk winds, at times approaching 20 knots, from a similar northwesterly direction to yesterday.
For a second day, the stand-out team was the Italian-German duo of Diego Negri and 2017 SSL Finals winning crew Frithjof Kleen whose 1-2-4 scoreline today has enabling them to pull out a lead of nine points after five races and one discard.
During the second race the wind dropped to around 10-12 knots and in this Anglo-Swedish duo, Star boat legends Iain Percy and Anders Ekstrom, played the shifts well to lead around the top mark. But Negri-Kleen were chasing them, although reassuringly they followed them around the starboard leeward gate mark. Despite Negri-Kleen’s superior downwind technique, Percy-Ekstrom hung to take their first win making amends for losing yesterday’s second race when they were pipped at the post by Hamish Pepper and Pedro Trouche.
Tomorrow another three races are scheduled to start again at 1100 local time, when the wind is expected to be lighter. The consensus is that this could create a fresh set of winners.
Top 10 results after five races:
1. Diego Negri ITA / Frithjof Kleen GER, 8
2. Mateusz Kusznierewicz POL / Bruno Prada BRA, 17
3. Paul Cayard USA / Phil Trinter USA, 19
4. Eivind Melleby NOR / Josh Revkin USA, 20
5. Iain Percy GBR / Anders Ekstrom SWE, 23
6. Oskari Muhonen FIN / Vitalii Kushnir UKR, 23
7. Hamish Pepper NZL / Pedro Trouche BRA, 24
8. Fredrik Loof SWE / Brian Fatih USA, 29
9. Xavier Rohart FRA / Pierre-Alexis Ponsot FRA, 32
10. Eric Doyle USA / Payson Infelise USA, 37
Day 2 - Hyundai 49er, 49erFX & Nacra 17 World Championships
Day two of the 2019 Hyundai 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships brought solid breezes across all courses, still with plenty of wind shift and surprise to keep the 400-odd competitors on their toes. After being held ashore on day one due to too much breeze, today was the first opportunity for the 49erFX and Nacra 17 sailors to put some scores on the board. For the 49er Men, some clarity is beginning to emerge on the leaderboard as qualifying passes the halfway stage.
Nacra 17 - the Battle of Britain
It has been a feature of the Nacra 17 fleet in Championships to date that the favourites rise to the challenge and begin the series strongly. None more so than the never-ending saga for British nomination to the Tokyo Olympics between Ben Saxton with Nicola Boniface and John Gimson with Anna Burnett. The two British teams fighting for the selection are lying first and second overall on the leaderboard, both with two dominant days to start the regatta. However there are four teams at the top, all within a point of each other.
49erFX - some surprises at the top
On the other side, it has been a feature of the 49erFX fleet that the top guns stumble at least once carrying deep scores and setting up a high scoring championship in the women’s skiff. So far only two teams have scored top 10 finishes across all four races in the 49erFX and it is not a surprise to see Ida Nielsen with Marie Olsen (DEN) and Martine Grael with Kahena Kunze (BRA) showing consistent form so far. While Paris Henkin and Anna Tobias (USA) started their championship with a lowly 18th from their half of the qualifying draw, the Americans soon discovered their mojo, winning the next two heats and ending the day with a 5th. This places USA at the top of the scoreboard of a 49erFX World Championship for the first time in their careers.
49er - Austria in the lead
In the 49er Men, Austria’s Benjamin Bildstein and David Hussl have been knocking on the door of greatness for some time. Could Auckland be their week? Along with the Swiss team in fifth overall, the Austrians are the only crew to have kept all their qualifying race scores inside the top 10. Today’s stellar results of 1,5,2,2 launch Austria to the top of the rankings, a single point ahead of local heroes and reigning Olympic Champions, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke.
Anna (Tunnicliffe) Tobias has her best ever day in a 49erFX
The 2008 Laser Radial Gold medallist Anna (Tunnicliffe) Tobias now crews for 2016 Olympian Paris Henken (USA). The duo have not been full-time sailors on the circuit. Paris is still attending university and Anna is competing at the very highest levels in Crossfit. Over recent months they have been gearing up for this Championship and with two bullets and a fifth-place today they must be very pleased with how their US trials are beginning.
Anna has raced the 49erFX on and off since 2013. While she has had occasional success over the years, today’s results with Paris are a significant improvement and their best ever day in the 49erFX.
To watch the racing live 49er.org/live
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Spindrift 2 Is Forced To Abandon The Jules Verne Trophy Record Attempt
At 20h UTC, Yann Guichard, Spindrift 2’s skipper, made the decision to turn around and end the current Jules Verne Trophy record attempt.
A difficult decision following a sudden loss of control, which required the intervention of two sailors at the wheel to recover the situation.
This malfunction has damaged the steering system which makes the boat unsafe to be sailed in heavy weather conditions. All the crew members are safe and sound. Nevertheless, the multihull’s condition does not allow it to continue its world record attempt. The trimaran is currently returning to la Trinite-sur-Mer in Brittany, France.
IDEC Sport Asian Tour / Act 2: Welcome to Vietnam!
Francis Joyon and his crew completed Act 2 of the IDEC Sport Asian Tour during the night setting a reference time for the voyage between Mauritius and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. After setting a new solo record time for the Mauritius Route last month, the holder of the Jules Verne Trophy and winner of the last Route du Rhum arrived in Vietnam at 3 hrs, 27mn 54s UTC on Wednesday 4th December, after 12 days, 20 hours, 37 minutes and 56 seconds of sailing between Mauritius and Vietnam.
Francis Joyon left Mauritius on 21st November accompanied by Christophe Houdet, Bertrand Delesne, Antoine Blouet and his son, Corentin, to set a new reference time on a highly unusual route for modern ocean racers taking them from Mauritius to Ho Chi Minh City across the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea.
After 12 days, 20 hours, 37 minutes and 56 seconds during an adventure full of contrasts and surprises, IDEC SPORT moored up this morning in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saïgon), at the end of a route that in theory was around 4000 miles long, but in reality because of the weather systems, Francis and his men sailed 5400 miles from the Indian Ocean to the China Sea. High speeds, periods of flat calm conditions, the long swell of the Southern Ocean, the nasty choppy seas in the enclosed China and Java Seas, a maritime desert and busy shipping routes, the freezing cold of the Antarctic and the unbearable heat of Indonesia. It was certainly a big adventure as expected by the five sailors, who were hypnotised by the marvels and unusual sights of the seascapes of the Far East.
Comparing the AC75s - Francois Chevalier
Naval architect Francois Chevalier has taken his best shot at drawing the lines of the AC75's from photos. He analyses the hull shapes in the December issue of Voiles et Voiliers.
The outlines show the static wetted surface and the relative positions of the foil cant axis of each yacht. The beam distance of the cant axes is fixed at 4.1 meters by the class rule. The outlines on the right show the differences in beam of the four yachts.
Defiant: Narrowest hull, lowest foil cant axis. Hull shape like a big windsurfer.
Britannia: The biggest deck area. Relatively low foil cant axis. Slightly more v-shaped hull than Defiant
Luna Rossa: Losange-shaped static wetted surface, long narrow keel.
Te Aihe: Chines. Torpedo-shaped static wetted surface. Highest foil cant axis.
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Scandinavian Gold Cup and 5.5 Metre World Championship
Baragoola. Click on image to enlarge.
Things are progressing well and boats have started arriving from overseas. We are expecting 27 boats for the Worlds, with 13 Moderns, 9 Evolutions and 5 Classics.
It looks like we will have two 1983 America's Cup sailors joining the fleet with Phil Smidmore crewing on Skagerak (Mastman on the 12m and former winning crew in the Gold Cup and Worlds in 5.5m) and Rob Brown helming on Alpha Crucis (apart from Australia 2 crew also a multiple Worlds winner in the 18ft Skiff).
We also have an excellent race team. Dennis Thompson is the PRO and one of the top race officers in Australia. Jamie Clark is the head of the Jury, and he is joined by Richard Slater (current Chief America’s Cup Judge) and Steve Hatch who has officiated at Olympics and the America's Cup.
Many of the Australian Evolutions and Classics have been renovated and are gleaming and ready to go. The competition in the Evolution fleet will be intense as we have some fast former World Championship and Gold Cup winning boats going head to head.
Most intriguing will be the showdown in the Classics between Carabella (Italy) and the renovated Baragoola (Australia - shown above). Which really is the fastest Classic? -- Robert Deaves
Entry lists and more information can be found here: www.rpayc.com.au/sailing/5-5m-world-champ-2020
International Fleet Lining Up For Cape2Rio2020 Ocean Race
Cape Town, South Africa: With just a month to go before Table Bay once again bids her formidable farewells (in the thick of the season of south east gales) to a healthy fleet of twenty-five ocean going yachts on the next Cape to Rio Ocean Race, the various sailing teams and their yachts are arriving from around the world.
The largest yacht ever entered in the long colourful history of the race arrived in Cape Town yesterday morning, after an epic delivery from Genoa in Italy, via Tenerife, Cape Verde and Ascension Island. The beautiful Almagores II, is a 102-foot luxury super yacht built in Cape Town in 2012 by the multiple award-winning Southern Wind Shipyard, based in Athlone. She has been based in the Mediterranean ever since, and this is her first visit back to her birthplace.
Another exciting entry is the lightning-fast Italian 70 foot maxi trimaran Maserati, skippered by the seasoned and very accomplished Giovanni Soldini. Maserati is a serious challenger for the line honours record, and is aiming to complete the 3600 mile course in just 6 - 7 days. She arrived in Cape Town on 12 November, sailing from Hawaii, via Hong Kong and Singapore.
Love Water, a local team sailing on an 80foot maxi trimaran chartered from Lorient, France, will provide Maserati with stiff competition and also have their targets firmly set on breaking the race record. They have just passed the mid-Atlantic island of Fernando de Noronha en-route with their delivery from Portimão in Portugal, to Cape Town. They should arrive in Cape Town within the next 10 days.
Other entrants are currently delivering their boats from the Philippines, Germany, Brazil and Argentina. Locally, boats are coming from the Vaal Dam in Gauteng, and from various ports up the Southern African coast, including Durban, St Francis, False Bay and Luanda, Angola.
Many countries are represented in this edition of the race, including Argentina, Brazil, Australia, USA, Italy, Angola, Germany, and of course South Africa. Normal entries closed on 2 December 2019. There are two race starts: the first, for boats that are either smaller or slower, on 4 January 2020; and the second start, for the bigger faster boats, on 11 January 2020. The race ends with a prizegiving in Rio on 2 February 2020. There is also a celebratory Freedom Sail around Robben Island on 16 December 2019, where all recreational vessels in Table Bay are invited to join the freedom armada sailing (or motoring) around the famous island. The Freedom Sail will start and end in Granger Bay where spectators can view the race from ashore.
The world's largest indoor boat show, boot Dusseldorf, will return in 2020 with a sporty new look and a redesigned layout to make planning visits even easier.
At the forefront of the makeover is a newly designed Hall 1, home to medium-sized yachts between 10 to 20m with inboard motors from manufacturers such as Jeanneau and Beneteau as well as Dutch steel yachts from Linssen. Also new this year is Hall 5 showing the best of luxury tenders, chase boats and shadow boats.
“In the context of our arrangements for allocation of the space in the new Hall 1, we reviewed the entire configuration of the different areas covered by boot exhibits. There was a very clear focus on exhibitor satisfaction and visitor service”, explained boot director, Petros Michelidakis.
Hall 3 hosts recreational motorboating for beginners, with the 'Start Boating' initiative offering boating newbies advice. Hall 4 features motorboats over 10m from the likes of Axopar, Nimbus and Sessa whilst Halls 5, 6 and 7 showcase tenders and superyachts from Sacs, Wally, Frauscher and others.
Fans of watersports will enjoy 'Beach World' in Hall 8a, whilst a large selection of RIBs, dinghies, accessories and equipment will be on show in Halls 9, 10 and 11, the latter also home to the 'love your ocean' campaign promoting sustainable solutions and products.
Travel is the focus of Halls 13 and 14 whilst the world's biggest diving exhibition gets underway in halls 11 and 12. Also new this year is an increased focus on sailing with three Halls (15, 16 and 17) with three halls dedicated to the sport featuring major players, ship yards and renowned figures such as Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.
boot Dusseldorf runs from 18 - 26 January 2020. Tickets are available now.
Key Yachting, the UK, Ireland, and Channel Islands distributor for J Boats, enjoyed a glamorous evening at the Royal Thames Yacht Club on Monday night, for Chelsea Magazines’ British Yachting Awards. Marie-Claude Heys, Hannah Le Prevost, and Gemma Dunn, represented Key Yachting and were joined by J Boats President Jeff Johnstone, and a small guestlist of British J Boats owners.
The second edition of the event, Key Yachting were thrilled to receive two awards on the night.
The new J/99 was crowned Racing Yacht/Sportsboat of the year, a tough category. Voted for by readers of Sailing Today and Yachts & Yachting, presenter Rob Peake stated that upon her launch the winner had proved an instant hit in a string of successes for the shipyard. Accepting the award with Marie-Claude, Jeff Johnstone described how the boat was inspired by the growth of the double handed racing scene, particularly in the UK. He continued by saying that Paul Heys was instrumental in driving the yard to fill a growing need. This is the first award for the boat, which is currently nominated for four international awards, including the prestigious European Yacht of the Year.
The final award of the evening was a new category, Lifetime Achievement. This was awarded to Paul Heys, and accepted by Marie-Claude. Before the presentation Jeff delivered a wonderful and emotive speech, detailing the success of the “consummate salesperson”, who unlike other yacht brokers, relished gatherings of owners to compare notes and stories, because this was how the J family in the UK was established and flourished. Jeff himself stated “The boat has little to do with it, it’s all about people. Energy breeds energy, and Paul was the energiser””
Sea Magazine and Boating World, two publications owned by the Duncan McIntosh Company, stopped publication last week, according to several West Coast publications.
Sea Magazine had covered boating in the Western United States for more than 100 years, according to the Duncan McIntosh Co. website. The company bought Boating World magazine in 2006.
The Duncan McIntosh Co. was founded in 1979 as a publishing company and producer of Southern California boat shows.
The company also produces the Newport (Calif.) Boat Show, the Los Angeles Boat Show, Southern California Boat Show, San Diego International Boat Show, and Fred Hall Shows.
* US-based marine publishing and marketing veteran Arnie Hammerman says he is in the process of taking over the publishing of SEA magazine from Duncan McIntosh Company Inc, as well as Boating World. Both magazines ceased publication last week.
The Hamburg Boat Show is closing down, at least in its present form. Organizers said the 2018 and 2019 editions were successful, but the 2020 event in June will not be held for “economic reasons.” Organizers are discussing about launching an event in the autumn.
The Hamburg Boat Show replaced Hanseboot 2017 after it ended a 57-year run, with the goal of becoming the largest boat show in Northern Germany. Organizer DBSV said it forged a “north-south” alliance of boat builders and other exhibitors with the Hamburg Messe and Congress convention center to support the boating industry in northern Germany. “But the experiment is now finished for the time being after two years in the planned form,” said a story in SegelReporter.com.
"After two events, which were very positive for the majority of our exhibitors and visitors, we now have to tell them with a heavy heart that for economic reasons there can no longer be a continuation in this form," said Torsten Conradi, president of the German Boat and Shipbuilders Association (DBSV), which organized the event.
Pictured at right: Gunfleet 58. Click on image to enlarge
2020 marks a mammoth year for UK based yacht builders Windboats, with the celebration of 100 years of building world-class sailing and motoryachts. This amazing milestone reached by only a handful of marine businesses is a cause for celebration of the company’s history, its global success and its exciting future.
From modest beginnings Windboats has grown from strength to strength, having crafted a variety of quality vessels ranging from small wooden boats to 72ft luxury cruising yachts and motorboats.
Windboats is a boatyard with a rich and interesting history. Established in 1920 by Graham Bunn, a master craftsman and yacht designer, the yard quickly developed a reputation for excellence in boatbuilding and produced one of the finest fleets of hire boats in the Norfolk Broads. The fleet became known as the ‘Windboats’.
In 1945 the yard was purchased by Donald Hagenbach, who led Windboats to become one of the founder members of the Ship & Boat Builders National Federation, later becoming it’s President. The business diversified into building aluminium boats in 1957 and soon after started using ferro cement construction under the trade name ‘Seacrete’ which was later awarded the Lloyd’s 100A1 certificate. The business changed hands for the third time in 1974, purchased by Windboats’ own Production Director and Naval Architect, Trevor James. One of his many successful designs was the 65ft research trawler built for the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, handed over by Queen Elizabeth II in 1976.
Windboats moved into GRP yacht production in 1983, commencing a 30 year association with Oyster Marine, one of the world’s top marques in luxury sailing yachts. The yard went on to build nearly 300 Oyster yachts ranging in size from 35-72ft.
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