In This Issue
Chandler Macleod Moth Worlds
Youth America's Cup Announced
Wight Vodka Best Sailors Bar
CanAm Series 1 Wrapup - International 2.4 Meter Class
Rolex China Sea Race 2020: International Entries from Afar
Azzurra Welcomes Tactician Michele Paoletti Aboard
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
Cape2Rio competitor LoveWater arrives in Cape Town
Golden Globe Race: heading towards 2022
Industry News
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• • G L Watson 36 Ft Cutter 1894
• • SWAN 40-148 Solenia
• • X41 - British Soldier
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Chandler Macleod Moth Worlds
With the stage set for the start of the 2019 Chandler Macleod Moth Worlds today, sailors are now primed and ready for a big week of racing that will see a new Moth World Champion crowned at the Mounts Bay Sailing Club in Perth.

Yesterday the Down Under Sail broadcast team caught up with a number of competitors from the event as part of the 'Moth Worlds Preview Panel Show' to talk about how their preparations are going for the major event.


Joining our commentary duo of Marc Ablett and Jody Shiels on the panel were Australian SailGP Team members Tom Slingsby and Kyle Langford, international competitors Kyle Stoneham (GBR) and Hiroki Goto (JPN), as well as Perth locals Will Boulden and Nick Deussen.

Langford talked to us about the preparation that has gone into his campaign with his Bieker boat and the development work that had been undertaken with Doyle Sails. He talks about the stresses of running his own campaign, which is worlds away from being on a professional team where logistics, shore support and management is handled by a larger team.

Tom Slingsby then spoke to Marc Ablett about clinching the overall win in the Australian Moth Nationals and Pre-Worlds event on December 10. He said that while he is somewhat superstitious, it was great to be able to draw first blood and know he's going quick heading into the big event.

Qualifying racing for the Chandler Macleod Moth Worlds kicks off today, with the finals planned to start on 16 December.

Youth America's Cup Announced
AC9F. Click on image to enlarge.

A reinvigorated Youth America’s Cup regatta is announced today which will be raced in a brand new class of foiling mono-hull, the AC9F, in 2020 and 2021.

The Youth America’s Cup is a joint initiative between the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS), the China Sports Industry Group (CSIG), and Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ). The multi-leg event will begin with a fleet racing seeding event in China in November 2020 and then a match racing event in Auckland from February 18th- 23rd 2021 with the finals held between March 8th- 12th 2021 right outside the RNZYS in the shadow of Auckland’s iconic Harbour Bridge.

In line with the original America’s Cup Deed of Gift it is designed to be a ‘friendly competition between yacht clubs of all nations’. Unlike previous editions, multiple entries from various countries will be allowed.

The age restriction for the crews is they must be between 18-24 years of age. To encourage diversity at this high level the teams will consist of a mixed crew of four sailors on each boat, including two females and two male sailors with a maximum crew weight of 311kgs.

“The Youth America’s Cup is something we have been eager to see established since we won the America’s Cup and also introduced foiling monohulls to the America’s Cup with the AC75. The Squadron has presented a concept that we believe will add something special to the 36th America’s Cup.” said Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton.

The AC9F is a nine-metre foiling monohull which has been designed by New Zealand boat building company Yachting Developments (YDL) with valuable input from the Emirates Team New Zealand design team, Southern Spars, North Sails and significant support from the wider New Zealand Marine Industry highlighting the industries commitment to innovation. The fleet of one-design boats will be built primarily at YDL in Auckland.

Wight Vodka Best Sailors Bar
We have two bars nominated from the island of Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands: Foxy's and the Soggy Dollar. Tonight we feature the Soggy Dollar. Named due to the inevitable condition of currency when you swim from a boat to a bar.

If there’s one place that defines the Caribbean beach bar, one place that draws rum-loving pilgrims from around the world, it’s the Soggy Dollar Bar.

Tucked away in White Bay on Jost Van Dyke, the legendary Soggy Dollar Bar was built and became the birthplace of the original Painkiller rum drink. The bar is famous among Caribbean travelers for its unblemished casual vibe and pristine white sand, dock-free beach. Patrons swim from their boats and spend a few Soggy Dollars enjoying this perfect concoction of flavors and atmosphere.

But after closing due to damage from Hurricane Irma, the legendary spot on Jost Van Dyke’s White Bay has officially relaunched to serve up painkillers.

“While Maria and Irma brought total devastation to Jost Van Dyke and the BVIs and USVI, somehow the little Soggy Dollar Bar stayed intact while the rest of our entire resort was destroyed,” Soggy Dollar owner Jerry O’Connell told Caribbean Journal. “Over the last 120 days, with generator power only and with remarkable determination and resilience, six of our dedicated employees have rebuilt the Soggy Dollar Bar and we opened for business just prior to the new year.”

The bar, restaurant and signature Soggy Dollar boutique are already open, while the bar’s popular live webcam is up and running. and

The infamous and correctly named PainKiller was created at the Soggy Dollar:

How to make the Painkiller cocktail:
2 oz British Navy Style Rum
1 oz Fresh orange juice
4 oz Fresh pineapple juice
1 oz Cream of coconut
Garnish: Freshly-grated nutmeg, 1 pineapple wedge
Glass: Hurricane or snifter

Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.
Shake vigorously and strain into a Hurricane glass or goblet filled with ice.
Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg, and a pineapple wedge if desired.

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CanAm Series 1 Wrapup - International 2.4 Meter Class
Port Charlotte, Florida: The first of five sailing events concluded today at the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club. Twenty two boats from Canada and the United States sailed 4 races on day one, but were left ashore with no wind on day 2.

American Paralympic sailor Dee Smith held onto a one point lead over Canadian Olympic sailor Allen Leibel. Smith was quoted as saying "I was lucky enough to win because my mistakes were smaller than my competitors". American Jeffry Linton rounded out the top three.

As mentioned above, the International 2.4 meter class winters in FL and runs 5 different events from December to March. Can Am 2 starts Friday December 13. After the new year, CanAm 3-5 run each month through March. The class welcomes newcomers with great hospitality and high quality charter boats. If interested in joining us, please contact our class president, Tony Pocklington, captiva_24 at

Full results can be found at:

Rolex China Sea Race 2020: International Entries from Afar
Of the 13 boats currently entered into the 30th edition of Rolex China Sea Race, six international entries hail from as far afield as Russia, Philippines, Japan and the United States and mark the first sign ups for this biennial blue water classic.

Bryon Ehrhart’s American entry J/V Maxi Lucky is back for the 565nm Category 1 offshore race having completed the Race before in 2014 on his TP52 and taking 2nd place IRC Overall.

The new 72ft Lucky took part in series of maxi events across the Mediterranean including Rolex Capri Sailing Week, Rolex Giraglia, Palermo to Monaco and the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and took Monohull Line Honours in the recent Hong Kong to Vietnam Rally 2019 setting a new course record for the 673nm race in an impressive time of 41h30m20s.

The current Monohull Record in the Rolex China Sea Race was set by RP66 Alive in 2016, finishing the 565nm race in 47h 31m 08s and Lucky will certainly be setting her sights on setting a new race record for the 2020 edition.

Representing Russia is Cookson 12 Megazip owned by Alexey Mashkin. Alexey is a veteran of Rolex offshore races including the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the Rolex Giraglia, the Rolex Middle Sea Race and the Rolex Fastnet Race. Megazip took 3rd place in IRC Racer division 1 in the 2016 Rolex China Sea Race and are intending on improving on their previous result.

Two Beneteaus from Phillippines and Japan join their first Rolex China Sea Race. The Beneteau First 40 CR Hurricane Hunter from Manila Yacht Club competed in the 50th Anniversary of the Rolex Middle Sea Race and from there the boat was shipped to Hong Kong and subsequently sailed to Manila last January. Owner Albert Altura will be competing in his second China Sea Race, the first China Sea Race he participated in was as a 19-year-old in the 1986 race on Sunset Strip who placed 4th Overall in the IOR division. Japan entry Beneteau First 40.7 Thetis 4 is active in long distance racing around Japan and will extend their journey to Palau in the upcoming 1726nm Japan to Palau Good Will yacht race, China Sea will be their next destination for exploration.

Chinese entry Seawolf 2 return for their fourth Rolex China Sea Race, having completed a series of coastal and short offshore races. This all-Chinese team has shown steady improvement throughout the blue water races, the Ker 42 climbed from 3rd place IRC Overall in 2016 to 2nd Place IRC Overall 2nd place in 2018. Seawolf 2 is on the hunt for their first IRC Overall Championship.

2020 will also see the return of some well experienced Rolex China Sea Race participants including Ambush who has competed in five previous races and Alpha + who took 2nd Place IRC Racer Division 0 in 2018.

Azzurra Welcomes Tactician Michele Paoletti Aboard
Porto Cervo, Italy: Michele Paoletti will be Azzurra’s new tactician for the 2020 52 Super Series.

Today, just before a training session was about to begin in the waters off Valencia, the name of Azzurra’s new tactician was announced. The job will go to Michele Paoletti who will be sailing aboard a TP52 again after his successful bids in the MedCup where he won the championship in 2005 as tactician aboard Mutua Madrilena.

Born in Trieste in 1974, Michele Paoletti competed for Italy in the Sydney 2000 Olympics in the Soling Class together with Nico Celon and Dede De Luca. He also won the European Match Race Championship in 2001. Up until the year 2003 Paoletti competed at a very high level in the Laser class and subsequently on a Finn he won two national championships and has campaigned both for the London and at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

Paoletti also participated in the 32th America’s Cup in Valencia as strategist aboard Mascalzone Latino. His CV lists wins in various keelboat world championships from the IOR Quarter Ton Class to the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. Paoletti also won many titles in One Design circuits such as the Melges series. Aboard J/70s he has sailed and won as tactician in three European Championships including the last one held in Malcesine, Lake Garda in 2019. Just this past December 8th he won as tactician the J/70 South America Championship in Punta de l’Este.

Santiago Lange, Azzurra’s tactician in the past two seasons, has left the team to prepare with Cecilia Carranza for his Olympic bid in Tokyo 2020 aboard their foiling catamaran Nacra 17.

Best wishes to Lange and Carranza and a warm welcome to Paoletti aboard Azzurra.

Seahorse January 2020
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine

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Kiwi rocket
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Cape2Rio competitor LoveWater arrives in Cape Town
Hopeful Cape to Rio 2020 yacht race winner, LoveWater, sponsored by JSE listed HomeChoice International Ltd and skippered by Craig Sutherland is expected to arrive in the V&A Waterfront this evening after a long delivery of around 7500 nautical miles from Portimao, Portugal via Brazil which started on 23 November 2019.

This 80ft long, 64 ft wide, French owned, racing trimaran has been specifically chartered with the intent to win the Cape to Rio yacht race for South Africa and to attempt to smash the current South Atlantic crossing record of around 10,5 days set in 2014 by a few days, if weather conditions permit, from the start in Table Bay on 11 January 2021.

The trimaran is one of the top 10 fastest ocean crossing yachts in the world currently and the race crew consists of six South African's, a Frenchman, Antoine Rabaste and a Brit, Brian Thompson. The South African crew consisting of Ken Venn, Phil Lambrecht, Mike Clarke, Mike Minkley, Rick Garratt (Founder of HomeChoice International Ltd) and Craig Sutherland are all from Cape Town.

In the 2014 edition of the race, the core South African crew with 11 Rio races already under their belts, aboard their 60 ft monohull Explora, ended up third boat into Rio on that attempt behind an Italian and Australia entry.

The yacht will be moored at Quay 6 in front of the Table Bay Hotel in the V&A Waterfront from this evening until the start of the race on 11 January 2020 and is expected to attract many interested viewers.

Golden Globe Race: heading towards 2022
The Golden Globe Race delivers this rare alchemy: be an event of international scope and keep a family and fraternal spirit. This duality gives a unique personality to this old-school round-the-world race where the sailors’ human qualities take precedence over technology. After the success of the first edition, returning for a new challenge was almost an evidence.

The Paris Boat Show is the traditional meeting place for all sailors. It is here that we rewrite the epic tales of the past year and imagine the beautiful adventures to come. What better place to officialise the partnership that will associate Don McIntyre, the town hall and the urban community of Les Sables d'Olonne for the Golden Globe Race 2022? On Wednesday, December 11, the main personalities of 2018 met to lay the foundations for the next edition. Several 2022 competitors were able to exchange with Jean-Luc Van Den Heede, the brilliant winner of 2018. With the enthusiasm already generated by the race, there is confidence the next edition will meet expectations from racers and audiences alike.

Don McIntyre, organizer of the Golden Globe Race:
"What a pleasure to see the enthusiasm of the City of Les Sables d'Olonne to join the 2022 edition of the Golden Globe Race as an official port and logistics partner. We will continue in the tradition of the relationship of trust that was created during the 2018 edition. This adventure has been a success at all levels; it was also the bearer of true human relationships. This event is more than a race: it is the longest, slowest and most committed individual challenge, of all sports combined. There is no better homeport than Les Sables d'Olonne. With 25 candidates from 11 different nationalities, we are expecting the most exciting event of 2022.

Industry News
British Marine is to move its head office to Ocean Village, Southampton.

The move will free up the entire current HQ, Marine House in Egham, that will be put up for rent - currently the ground floor is being marketed to rent.

It is anticipated the new office in Tagus House will be operational by Spring 2020 with 30 out of BM’s current 36 staff transferring locations. Replacements will be recruited for in the coming months.

The move is being carried out so BM can achieve its 2025 strategic plan to be a member first organisation, explained commercial director Dean Smith.

“[We have] aspirations of developing the British marine industry by driving improvements in product and service quality, marine careers, training, government representation and overall consumer participation in UK boating,” he said.

“Relocating British Marine’s head office to Southampton by Spring 2020 enables the organisation to remain accessible to its members and positions the organisation in the area in which 65% of the leisure marine workforce are located.”


Exhibitor registration has now opened for the 2020 Barclays Jersey Boat Show. Organised by Ports of Jersey and sponsored by Barclays, the maritime event will take place over the early Spring Bank Holiday weekend between Saturday 02 and Monday 04 May 2020.

Frequently lauded as the largest free entry show in the Channel Islands and regularly attracting more than 30,000+ visitors over the three days, this will be the 13th year the event will take place in and around the award-winning St Helier Marina and adjacent Weighbridge Place and Liberation Square.

Ports of Jersey is delighted to confirm that Barclays has agreed another three-year title sponsorship of the maritime festival.

The Royal Navy will once again play a major role in the show along with several other popular activities, including demonstrations both on and off water, an outdoor and active zone, an entertainment programme and an environment zone complementing the variety of exhibitor stalls along the quayside together with food and refreshment concessions.

Along with commercial sponsorship, the Barclays Jersey Boat Show relies upon exhibitor contributions to stage and support all activities and will remain a free-entry event. For the first time, exhibitors and caterers can now book their space at the show online via Ground arrangements on behalf of exhibitors as well as sponsorship opportunities are being handled by Jersey’s largest outdoor events specialists, 3D Events.


North Sails has opened a new loft in Lorient, France. The new location will allow the company to welcome a large number of its clients who are based in the "Sailing Valley", a strategic area in Brittany dedicated to offshore racing and technological innovation.

"Our approach to be in close contact with the leaders in sailing and innovation in the Lorient area perfectly complements the links that we already have with our partners and collaborators who are our neighbors in Vannes," comments Gautier Sergent, director of North Sails France. "The desire to settle in Lorient has long been a subject of discussion within North Sails," he continues. "We are pleased that this initiative has finally materialized."

"Today more than 80% of offshore skippers, from all classes including mini, Figaro, Class 40, IMOCA, Ultim and more, are present in Lorient," explained Eric Gallais-Hamonno, production manager with North Sails. “It was clear we needed an outpost there, not only to strengthen the relationships with our existing clients but to also develop our local network and access new markets, such as cruising and local IRC.”

The North Sails loft has a new 500m2 floor dedicated to service (after-sales service, modifications and repairs). "This will allow the floor space in Vannes to manufacture more efficiently and serenely," says Thibaut.

The Vannes loft will remain the production site for North Sails, and service for customers in the Vannes region. Thibaut Agaugue will be in charge of service in Vannes and Lorient and can be available as needed. The loft in Lorient also has office space and a 50m² meeting room to receive a team of five or six people (service, commercial and design).


The 2020 South Coast Boat Show will take place over the weekend of 15-17 May, at Southampton’s stunning Ocean Village Marina. Now in its second year the show, organised by the South Coast Boat Dealers Consortium, is carefully curated to attract serious buyers.

On show will be global power and sail brands, perfect for those who are looking to purchase a brand-new vessel immediately, or within the next 6-18 months.

Due to exhibitor berthing selling-out in 2019 and requests for a shoreside exhibition area, the organisers have responded with additional berths for top-end brands, and a land-based marine exhibition space for ancillary services such as associated gear, finance, insurance and more.

Raymarine is proud to come onboard as the headline sponsor.


Groupe Beneteau today announced that Paul Blanc will become general manager of the Jeanneau brand. Blanc will report to Gianguido Girotti, Deputy CEO in charge of Product and Brand Strategy, according to a statement. He will assume the general manager position of Jeanneau in April 2020.

Blanc is currently Asia Pacific sales director for the Jeanneau and Prestige brands as well as managing director of the Groupe Beneteau Asia Pacific office in Hong Kong. Blanc moved to China in 2001 to study mandarin. After a career start in Beijing in the automotive sector, he joined Jeanneau and Prestige teams in 2010. He established the Jeanneau Prestige regional office in Hong Kong and was last year appointed managing director of Groupe Beneteau Asia Pacific office in Hong Kong.

Groupe Beneteau also announced that it was asking its board of directors to appoint Jean-Paul Chapeleau as deputy CEO in charge of Industrial Studies, Purchasing and Product Development.

Chapeleau is currently general manager of Jeanneau and Prestige. He is also an adviser to the CEO on the Group’s Management Board.

Featured Brokerage
1894 G L Watson 36 FT Cutter. 300,000 EUR, Located in United Kingdom.

PEGGY BAWN is a rare thing indeed. The number of surviving vessels from pioneering Clydeside yacht designer George Lennox Watson’s lifetime (1851-1904) can be counted on a careless carpenter’s fingers.

Long gone are his huge America’s Cup challengers and “Big Class” racing yachts, and only two of the fleet of palatial steam yachts – the superyachts of their day – from his Glasgow drawing boards are known to survive, in fabulous condition although barely recognisable from their original appearance.

It is left to PEGGY BAWN to carry the flame for Watson’s groundbreaking mid-1890s work in setting the standard for moderation in sailing yacht design, work that has never been challenged – only endorsed by those who followed his lead through the 20th century, especially Olin J. Stephens, who was a self-confessed Watson fan.

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Barney Sandeman
+44 (0)1202 330077
33 High Street
Poole, Dorset
BH15 1AB
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1999 Swan 40 'Solenia'. 250,000 EUR VAT Paid. Located in Argentario - Tuscany, IT

Beautiful model of Swan 40.

The hull n. 48 launched in 1999 and finally on the market!

40-148 was built with very special specifications by the first owner and then excellently maintained that probably one of the most Swan 40s in the world.

See listing details in Nautors Swan Brokerage

Stefano Leonardi
Nautor's Swan Brokerage
T. +39 0766 20602


British Soldier, the 2018 RORC IRC Overall winner is for sale. POA EUR. Located in Gosport UK.

British Soldier, the 2018 RORC IRC Overall winner is for sale

Dry sailed and professionally maintained. Refit in 2019 including professional rigging check, hull coated with Nautix T-Speed, internal woodwork varnished and electrical overhaul. Fitted with carbon mast and IRC optimised A-Sails setup from a fixed bowsprit, enhanced with a furling Jib Top, IRC Code Zero and Genoa Staysail to increase reaching / light airs performance. Comes with symmetric spinnaker pole & spinnakers, ORC optimised Code Zero, training, delivery and cruising sails with furling head foil and full cruising inventory kept ashore in climate controlled store.

Available after the Fastnet Race 2019. Lying Gosport, UK.

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