In This Issue
• Pata Negra - all smiles in Grenada
• Russia banned for four years to include 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup
• Italy shines at sunny Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series Act 2
• 18ft Skiffs NSW Championship, Race 3
• Barton Races Aero 7 To Datchet Flyer Victory
• Delivering the dolphins : How Team NZ built their own boats
• Give a Christmas Gift from Latitude Kinsale
• New €50,000 sailing incentive scheme aims to get more under-25s on board
• In Paris, the IMOCA class continues to campaign for the Ocean
• Melges 24 World Championship 2020: Registration Open for Charleston Bound
• Letters to the Editor
• Featured Charter
• Featured Brokerage:
• • Cookson 50 - Endless Game
• • VPLP 72ft Trimaran Tritium
• • Dazcat 1795 New Boat
• The Last Word: Howard Zinn
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Pata Negra - all smiles in Grenada
Day 17 - Monday 09 December, 2019. Giles Redpath's British Lombard 46 Pata Negra, skippered by Andy Lis, finished the 2019 RORC Transatlantic Race on Monday 09 December in an elapsed time of 15 days 22 hrs 58 mins 13 secs. The team on Pata Negra received a warm welcome on the dock this morning at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina from RORC CEO, Eddie Warden Owen, Marina Manager, Charlotte Bonin - who provided ice cold beers, and Nikoyan Roberts from the Grenada Tourism Authority who presented the young crew with a basket of local goods.
Pata Negra had to make a pit stop early in the race due to a watermaker malfunction, however, they are still in with a chance of winning the race overall under IRC, having posted the best corrected time of the finishers to date.
Next to complete the race from Lanzarote to Grenada will almost certainly be Richard Palmer's British JPK 10.10 Jangada. Richard is racing Two Handed with Jeremy Waitt and Jangada is estimated to not only finish the race on Tuesday 10 December but to be 20 hours ahead of Pata Negra after IRC time correction. To win the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy, Jangada must finish the race by 20:51 UTC Wednesday 11th December, 2019.
This was the first time any of the Pata Negra crew (Conor Totterdell, Cat Hunt, Will Harris, Amy Seabright, Andy Lis and Calum Healey) have been to Grenada and the young team, aged 20-27 years old, enjoyed a full breakfast at Port Louis Marina and chilled out at the marina pool. Over the next few days they intend to unwind and explore the island. -- Louay Habib
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Russia banned for four years to include 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup
Russia has been handed a four-year ban from all major sporting events by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
It means the Russia flag and anthem will not be allowed at events such as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics and football's 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
But athletes who can prove they are untainted by the doping scandal will be able to compete under a neutral flag.
Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev said the ban was part of "chronic anti-Russian hysteria".
"It is obvious that significant doping problems still exist in Russia, I mean our sporting community," he said. "This is impossible to deny.
"But on the other hand the fact that all these decisions are repeated, often affecting athletes who have already been punished in one way or another, not to mention some other points - of course this makes one think that this is part of anti-Russian hysteria which has become chronic."
WADA's executive committee made the unanimous decision to impose the ban on Russia in a meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Monday.
Italy shines at sunny Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series Act 2
The Mediterranean winter lived up to its reputation with sunshine, blue skies and finally a steady breeze topping out at 13 knots filling in the final day for the 230-plus sailors to enjoy four back-to-back races on a flat sea in ideal conditions. A fleet of 38 J/70s and eight Melges 20s were out on the water representing 13 nationalities for the second act of the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series of monthly regattas.
In the flagship J/70 fleet, Italy's Federico Leproux (Alice) was the most consistent to win the second act of this five-act series, beating YCM member Ludovico Fassitelli's Junda - Banca del Sempione, helmed for this event by Brazilian Mario Sorensen, into 2nd followed by the Cypriot boat led by Sergei Dobrovolskii (Amaiz) in 3rd. Despite getting off to an excellent start with 1st place in the first race, Act 1's victorious team led by Britain's Charles Thompson (Brutus) dropped to 4th overall but topped the ranking in the Corinthian category.
For the Melges 20s, Alexander Novoselov's Victor pipped Alexander Mikhaylik's Alex Team to the post with two race wins, although both were tied on 13 points, with Leonid Altukhov's team (Leonid Altukhov) completing the podium.
It was the Melges 20 class which started the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series back in 2013, instigated by Valentin Zavadnikov, and is always a close contest with only 10 points separating the eight-strong fleet.
After a short festive break, it all starts again in the new year with Act 3 of the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series, 16-19 January 2020, followed by Act 4 which is part of the Mediterranean season-opener the Primo Cup - Trophee Credit Suisse 6-9 February, and Act 5 closing the series 5-8 March 2020.
18ft Skiffs NSW Championship, Race 3
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Sydney Harbour: After two outstanding wins in the first two races of the NSW 18ft Skiff Championship, Winning Group went into today's Race 4 on Sydney Harbour as a hot favourite to extend her lead in the championship and didn't disappoint her supporters when the team brought the skiff home a clear winner in the 15-knot ENE breeze.
Winning Group continued her outstanding performances in the championship when John Winning Jr, Seve Jarvin and Sam Newton cleared out from the rest of the fleet over the final lap of the three-lap Easterly course to win by 2m1s from Yandoo, sailed by John Winning, Matt Coutts and Mike Kennedy.
The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines (Aron Everett, Courtney Mahar and Charlie Gundy) gave another strong performance to finish 1m10s behind Yandoo, in third place.
Following another slow start, appliancesonline.com.au (Brett Van Munster) again finished strongly to take fourth place, ahead of Smeg (Micah Lane), Shaw and Partners Financial Services (James Dorron) and Rag & Famish Hotel (Bryce Edwards).
Winning Group now leads the championship pointscore table with a perfect score of three points, followed by Shaw and Partners Financial Services of 10, The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines and appliancesonline.com.au on 12, Rag & Famish Hotel on 18. Yandoo and Smeg are then equal next on 20 points.
Friday's Supercup (three short-course races) will start at 5pm. -- Frank Quealey, Australian 18 Footers league
Barton Races Aero 7 To Datchet Flyer Victory
Leo Yates. Photo by Tim Olin. Click on image for photo gallery.
Pete Barton raced his RS Aero 7 to victory at the Datchet Flyer, the second round of the Selden Sailjuice Winter Series. It's the first time that an Aero has won a Sailjuice event outright. Barton, from Lymington, was very consistent through Saturday's three races, finishing 2,2,1 in the moderate breezes around a trapezoid course.
The Pursuit Race got going on the Sunday morning in breeze gusting over 20 knots. When the wind kicked up to over 30 knots, there was carnage across the race course and it was becoming dangerous for the competitors and the rescue crews, and the race had to be abandoned. The outing wasn't a complete waste, however, as the SailRacer GPS trackers were recording boat's maximum speeds. One of the top performers was that man again, Pete Barton, recording sustained speeds of over 14 knots in his RS Aero and hitting a peak speed of 17 knots. But with Sunday abandoned, it would be Saturday's races that determined the overall outcome of the competition, attended by a maximum entry of 100 boats representing 42 different dinghy classes from 52 sailing clubs.
Finishing in second place overall was the Datchet Wayfarer sailed by Andrew and Tom Wilson who won the middle race of the day. Scoring equal points were the GP14 of Pete Gray and Shandy Thompson along with the RS800 of Hugh Shone and Fiona Hampshire, the first trapeze boat on the leaderboard. However it was the GP14's 2nd place in the final race that broke the tie and gave Gray and Thompson the final spot on the podium.
After two of the eight events completed, it's former Sailjuice Winter Series winner Pete Gray who holds the top spot. Currently there are four former Series winners in the top 10, proving that some people just can't get enough of cold-weather competition!
Delivering the dolphins : How Team NZ built their own boats
America's Cup defenders Emirates Team New Zealand have done things differently by building their own boats for the first time, and so far, it's paying off.
Since October last year, the craftsmen have been head-down, tail-up in the bespoke boatyard that Team New Zealand set up on Auckland's North Shore (its exact whereabouts is a closely guarded secret, protecting it from prying eyes and drones).
The defenders of the Auld Mug have done things differently this time around. It's the first time Team New Zealand have built their own boat - and hired their own boat builders to do the job.
It means the team have more control over the build. And as chief operating officer Kevin Shoebridge explains, it gives them the manpower to create something quickly, without having to wait for a commercial yard to fit the work in. "We can change the plan overnight, and just do it," he says.
But the quality of the build remains the same. Many of the team have come from the Cookson Boats yard, which built all eight of Team New Zealand's boats between 2000 and 2013.
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New €50,000 sailing incentive scheme aims to get more under-25s on board
A new attempt at scaling up participation in sailing by under-25s will be launched this week by the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) with a total fund understood to be upwards of €50,000.
The scheme is intended to bridge the gap between junior programmes - which are in a healthy state - and a fall-off in numbers before adult participation later in life. Clubs can apply to the ICRA to be included in the scheme.
The basic requirement is that clubs commit to the purchase of a suitable boat as the vehicle for their own local scheme.
An initial capital grant of €1,500 will be made available, with further funding intended for coaching support, mentoring and other supports.
A successful applicant will receive larger amounts in the initial years, which will gradually reduce as their scheme becomes established.
Expressions of interest will be sought, with a deadline of two weeks' time for submission. Club meetings will then be held in January before a formal application, adjudication and awarding of grants in time for the 2020 season.
The scheme is modelled on Howth Yacht Club's (HYC) Under-25 scheme that started just over six years ago and led to a series of graduates who have become long-term participants in adult sailing.
Clubs that are not yet ready to participate can apply for support in the following new entrant rounds in either 2021 or 2022. Expressions of interest should be emailed to: -- Dave Branigan in the Irish Times
In Paris, the IMOCA class continues to campaign for the Ocean
At the Nautic boat show in Paris (from 7th to 15th December), the IMOCA class will continue to assert its involvement in sustainable development. It will be present on a stand located in the Blue Zone (Hall 1) where several skippers will present their campaigns for the ocean.
This presence at the Nautic follows on from the measures taken during the Transat Jacques Vabre in which various boats collected data for scientific research in partnership with the IOC/UNESCO (Intergovernmental oceanographic commission).
This year, the Paris boat show has launched an area dedicated to the ecological transition and solidarity (Hall 1) porte de Versailles in Paris. Throughout the show, various sailors will attend to present concrete measures in favour of the ocean and sustainable development. Phil Sharp, Alexia Barrier, Louis Burton, Fabrice Amedeo, Paul Meilhat, Benjamin Dutreux and Stephane Le Diraison have already confirmed they will be attending. On Wednesday 11th December, a conference will be held at the stand during which the IMOCA class will present its commitment to the ocean. Following on from that, a partnership will be signed between the IMOCA class and UNESCO's Intergovernmental oceanographic commission.
"It's great that the Nautic has taken into account this aspect of sustainable development," declared Paul Meilhat, one of the most committed skippers. "There is plenty of room for progress, but this is a good start, which the world of ocean racing has been looking forward to. As a class, this means working with race organisers, but also events like the Nautic, which brings together all those involved once a year. Everyone is aware that there are a lot of changes to make to reduce our impact and we need to get started immediately to avoid being too late. It's nice that the IMOCA class is part of the change."
Melges 24 World Championship 2020: Registration Open for Charleston Bound
November 25, 2019 - Charleston, S.C. USA: The 2020 Melges 24 World Championship will take place on 1-9 May 2020, in Charleston, South Carolina. Organized by the International Melges 24 Class Association (IM24CA) in conjunction with, U.S. Melges 24 Championship Events, Inc. and Regatta Management, the 5-day regatta is predicted to be one of the most well-attended Championships in recent Melges 24 Class history.
Charleston, South Carolina is best known for hosting one of the longest-running, most-successful yacht racing events in North America - Sperry Charleston Race Week. In 2020, it will celebrate an impressive 25th anniversary, and in turn for the Melges 24 Class, serve as a monumental warm-up to its World Championship happening a few days later.
"Race week has always provided the best of all worlds - entertaining and exciting shoreside activities, superior race management, bountiful sponsorship, and the ability to provide great racing in a variety of conditions - offshore and in the harbor," says 2020 Regatta Chairman Randy Draftz. "What has also made it successful is that we listen to the sailors. We want what they want - the best racing, under the best conditions, on the right race course. We plan to do the same for the 2020 Melges 24 World Championship."
Teams are encouraged to get signed up as soon as possible. March 1st is the early entry deadline. The drop-dead entry deadline is 17 April 2020.
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