In This Issue
• Challenging conditions to finish off 2019 Chandler Macleod Moth Worlds
• Battle lines forming for 2020 RORC Caribbean 600
• Make Your Match! St Thomas International Regatta (STIR) - March 27-29, 2020
• Emirates Team NZ AC75 Capsize
• Howth Yacht Club Returns to New Sydney-Hobart Challenge
• Reasons to to go racing - Oyster Yachts
• Roll Up for Antigua Sailing Week
• The R/P 100' Canting Keel Super-Maxis
• 2020 GC32 Racing Tour announced
• Featured Brokerage:
• • Swan 105 RS Child of Lir
• • Classic 6 Metre - Antinea
• • Chessea
• The Last Word: P. J. O'Rourke
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Challenging conditions to finish off 2019 Chandler Macleod Moth Worlds
With much more interesting breeze conditions, the final day of the 2019 Chandler Macleod Moth Worlds saw a real shake up on the course.
The battle for second place was on between Kyle Langford and Tom Burton after Tom Slingsby took out the overall championship after yesterday with two races to spare.
The day's racing was live streamed by Down Under Sail and supported by broadcast partners CST Composites and Mach2 Boats, with Slingsby keeping his Moth under cover and joining the media team in the commentary box for the day.
In the first race, Langford was slow off the start line and struggled in the lighter winds after deciding to sail with a bigger foil.
After the first upwind leg he was caught in no wind and was unable to get the boat foiling, leaving himself out the back and giving Burton the opportunity to strike.
But both sailors ended up dropping the race with Burton finishing in 14th, leaving the battle to be decided in the final race where Burton needed to win with Langford in sixth or worse to claim the runner up honours.
The day proved to be a better one for the Europeans with lighter conditions helping Italian Francesco Bruni to a 1-2 and moving into fifth position overall.
Final top ten:
1. Tom Slingsby, AUS, 14 points
2. Kyle Langford, AUS, 28
3. Tom Burton, AUS, 34
4. Scott Babbage , AUS, 47
5. Francesco Bruni, ITA, 52
6. Brad Funk, AUS, 72
7. Robert Greenhalgh, AUS, 75
8. Matthew Chew , AUS, 76
9. Thomas Johnson , AUS, 104
10. Josh Mcknight, AUS, 107.3
Battle lines forming for 2020 RORC Caribbean 600
The 12th edition of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's RORC Caribbean 600 will start on Monday 24th February 2020 from Antigua. Already the early entries are nudging towards an eclectic mix of 50 boats, with competition expected to be as red hot as ever. Previous overall and class winners are already committed to the thrilling 600-mile race around 11 Caribbean islands.
Last year's overall winner, American Volvo 70 Wizard will have a stellar crew led by David and Peter Askew. Wizard will be attempting to retain the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy, a feat never achieved in the 11 previous editions of the race. Winning IRC Zero will be Wizard's first goal and to do so, they will need to beat 2013 overall winner, Ron O'Hanley's American Cookson 50 Privateer, which was runner-up to Wizard last year. IRC Zero will also include Joe Mele's American Cookson 50 Triple Lindy. A trio of canting keel round the world racing yachts; VO65 Childhood 1, VO70 I Love Poland and Volvo 70 Telefonica Black will also compete in the class.
Entered for the RORC Caribbean 600, but still awaiting class clarification, is one of the most famous round the world racing yachts, Farr 58 Maiden, which made history in 1989 as the first all-female crew to sail around the world in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race, coming second overall. The largest yacht entered to date is the Swan 95 Lot99 sailed by Jeroen Van Dooren.
Entries in IRC One include the 2018 class winner Philippe Frantz with his NMD 43 Albator. Giles Redpath's British Lombard 46 Pata Negra is also entered and was third in class last year, and second in 2018. Bernie Evan Wong's RP37 Taz, class winner in 2017, will be proudly flying the Antiguan flag. Bernie has skippered a yacht in all previous 11 editions. Kevin McLaughlin's American Xp55 Rye will see the father and son team return. Their best result was third in class with Spice in 2018. Adrian Lee was the overall winner in the first RORC Caribbean 600 in 2009 and this year will be racing his Swan 60 Lee Overlay Partners.
The closing date for entries to the 2020 RORC Caribbean 600 is 10th February 2020, so there's still time to sign up! HERE: https://rorc.sailgate.com/
Further information can be found on the race website at: caribbean600.rorc.org or contact the RORC Race Team: E: , T: +44 (0)1983 295144. -- Louay Habib
Previous Winners: Rorc Caribbean 600 Trophy - IRC Overall
(Best corrected time under IRC)
2019 - David and Peter Askew, Wizard, Volvo 70 (USA)
2018 - George David, Rambler 88, Maxi (USA)
2017 - Hap Fauth, Bella Mente, JV72 (USA)
2016 - George Sakellaris, Maxi 72, Proteus (USA)
2015 - Hap Fauth, JV72, Bella Mente (USA)
2014 - George Sakellaris, RP72, Shockwave (USA)
2013 - Ron O'Hanley, Privateer, Cookson 50 (USA)
2012 - Niklas Zennstrom's JV72, Ran (GBR)
2011 - George David, Rambler 100, JK 100 (USA)
2010 - Karl C L Kwok, Beau Geste, Farr 80 (HKG)
2009 - Adrian Lee, Lee Overlay Partners, Cookson 50 (IRL)
Make Your Match! St Thomas International Regatta (STIR) - March 27-29, 2020
Team all set? Register now on yachtscoring.com. STIR 2020 offers classes for CSA (Caribbean Sailing Association-handicap rule) Racing, Cruising and Bareboats; Large Multihulls; Beach Cats and One-Design over 20-foot LOA.
The one-design IC 24's may be the largest one-design fleet of any Caribbean regatta! Charter an IC24 from the St. Thomas Sailing Center. IC24s are available for $2200 with good sails, $2700 with new sails, for the 3-day STIR, practice day and 30-day Bluewater Membership at the St. Thomas Yacht Club. To reserve an IC24, Email: or call (340) 690-3681.
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Emirates Team NZ AC75 Capsize
Emirates Team New Zealand became the first team to capsize their AC75 yacht in an incident this morning.
The incident was dismissed by the team as "A little whoopsie on the Waitemata, upright again and back into it. All part of learning..."
Speaking with a team spokesman, the incident happened off North Head at the entrance to the Waitemata Harbour as the team set up for another training session.
Winds were only about 10kts at the time.
Howth Yacht Club Returns to New Sydney-Hobart Challenge
Back in 1991 when the world seemed a much simpler place, a three-crew Irish team - using shrewdly-selected offshore racing boats chartered in Australia - took part in the then-popular International Southern Cross Series, which was built around a programme of inshore and offshore races of varying length culminating in the 630-mile Sydney-Hobart Race itself.
Australian ex-Pat John Storey (he was born in Meath) was at the heart of it with his own Farr 43 Atara, where his skipper and the Team Captain was Harold Cudmore. In fact, Cork provided much of the muscle, as the late Joe English skippered the "small boat", the David 36 Extension – a former Sydney-Hobart overall winner - while the mid-sized team member was known as "the Howth boat", as her crew was built around Kieran Jameson and Gordon Maguire.
The boat herself was the Davidson 40 Beyond Thunderdome, a name expressive of way-out Australian culture at the time – think Mad Max when Mel Gibson was in his popular prime – and the very fact of having an Irish team in the Southern Cross challenge on the other side of the world also caught the mood of the moment, for back home the economy was starting to get a move on after the glacially sluggish 1980s.
WM Nixon's full article in Afloat:
Reasons to to go racing - Oyster Yachts
Among the boats lined up along the dock outside the Real Club Náutico de Palma, not one had been designed purely for racing. Yet as the 30-strong fleet turned the weather marks during the four days of racing to head downwind, the number and speed of spinnaker sets said it all when it came to judging just how competitively owners and crews were taking the Oyster Palma Regatta.
But while Palma may stand out in the Oyster world, there are other group activities that bring these yachts and their crews closer into line with regular racing circuits. This year's Oyster event in Antigua followed the culmination of the 2017-19 Oyster World Rally, a fully supported Oyster rally around the world.
Roll Up for Antigua Sailing Week
The largest entry to date is Peter Harrison's British Farr 115 Sojana, which will be defending the Lord Nelson Trophy won for a second time last year. The smallest yacht currently entered in the CSA Division is the Beneteau First Class 10 Pepsi Max, entered by Sophie Langlois Squarcioni from Guadeloupe. A bevvy of round the world race boats is expected to be competing, the first entry of that ilk is Volvo 70 Green Dragon, sailed by Steve Travis from CYC Seattle. The first multihull entry is Stephen Cucchiaro's American Gunboat 60 Flow.
Carbon fibre flyers have been a regular sight and Antigua Sailing Week, and new to the regatta will be Christian Zugel's American FAST40+ Tschuss. Jules Mitchell's NSA Spirit has won class for the last two years and to score a hatrick will need to take victory against Joshua Daniels National Sailing Academy team and Ashley Rhodes' Whiplash in a newly created Sportsboat Class. Proven winners in the CSA Classes abound in the early entries including; Ross Applebey's British Oyster 48 Scarlet Oyster, Bernie Evan Wong's Antiguan RP37 Taz, Pamala Baldwin's Antiguan J/122 Liquid, and Chris Body's British J/122 El Ocaso, which will be sailed by Tony Mack's Team McFly.
Early entries in the Dream Yacht Charter Bareboat Division include over a dozen entries from German and Swiss teams organised by KH&P Yachtcharter including at least three former class winners; Gerd Eiermann, Alexander Pfeiffer, and Thomas Sparrer. Also competing in the Bareboat Division will be the the winners of The Road to 2020, the invitational challenge winners are Phil Walters - August Sky (USA), Stevie Beckett – Cobra (GBR) and Max Rieger – Mothership (GER).
To register for the discounted rate of US $11 per foot ending on January 3rd 2020 visit www.sailingweek.com/enter-2020/
The R/P 100' Canting Keel Super-Maxis
In 2019, the Reichel/Pugh Design Team had the opportunity to further develop the performance of their 100' Super-maxi designs Wild Oats XI and Black Jack 100. Each team wanted to increase performance in the areas where they felt would have the most impact. For Wild Oats XI, this meant strengthening the light-wind capability, with a particular emphasis on light air performance, balance, and weight savings, while for Black Jack 100, the efforts were more focused on off-wind performance in the bigger breeze. After previous work with Wild Oats XI on the bow modifications in 2015 and with Black Jack 100 for the extensive refit in 2017 and a new keel in 2018 the Reichel/Pugh team was well-positioned to offer a competitive advantage to both teams, with work getting started early in 2019.
The Wild Oats XI research began with an extensive design study to evaluate the current performance of the boat in terms of speed, but also balance and maneuverability. The design efforts were led by Reichel/Pugh naval architect David Oliver, in close collaboration with John Reichel, leading CFD specialist Giorgio Provinciali, foil engineer Paul Bieker, and structural engineer Skip Miller from CCG. Beyond this design team was an extensive network of specialist suppliers, boatbuilders, and project manager Paul Magee who did a phenomenal job ensuring all parties had the information needed and critical decisions were made by the team. No small task with so many moving pieces in play.
The design work began with a full assessment of the existing boat and appendages, including the rudder, canting keel, twin daggerboards, and forward bow 'flap'. Critical aerodynamic research came from North Design Services, whose RANS testing allowed for precise yaw and balance calculation with the various sail sets and appendages accounted for. Once the design team had a clear picture of where the boat was in 2018 and understood what effects needed correcting, they set about testing a variety of options to achieve the desired performance improvement.
Full article: www.reichel-pugh.com
As the 2019 season ended, so the 2020 will begin in Muscat, Oman. The first event will take place over 25-29 March from Muscat's Al Mouj Marina with its adjoining luxury residential development and shopping centre, a stone's throw from the Omani capital's new airport. With local organiser Oman Sail having been both a venue host and racing catamaran team owner for more than a decade, another high quality event is anticipated with the local team expected to be pushing hard to right their disappointing fourth placed finish from November's GC32 Oman Cup.
Prior to this year's GC32 Oman Cup, teams are set to gather in nearby Mussanah for two informal training sessions.
From Oman the GC32 Racing Tour returns to Europe and one of its favourite venues: Riva del Garda, at the northern-most corner of Italy's Lake Garda, has been a regular venue on the GC32 Racing Tour since 2016 and hosted the class' first World Championship in 2018, after it became officially a World Sailing-recognised class in 2017. Riva del Garda famously offers reliable, frequently strong winds and flat water, combined with the breathtaking backdrop of the Dolomites. The GC32 Riva Cup will take place over 27-31 May.
The GC32 Racing Tour will once again visit Lagos, Portugal, situated at the southwesternmost tip of Europe and fast becoming recognised as a top venue for leading yacht racing events. In 2019, the GC32 class staged a successful and well received World Championship out of the ancient Algarve port with a line-up of ten teams including Sir Ben Ainslie's INEOS Rebels UK and NORAUTO, skippered by Volvo Ocean Race winner Franck Cammas. In 2020, the GC32 Lagos Cup will take place over 24-28 June.
The 2020 GC32 World Championship will be hosted by Villasimius in southeastern Sardinia over 16-20 September. This will be also be the fourth time that the GC32 Racing Tour has visited this southeast Sardinian jewel, and a favourite Italian tourist destination. Here the GC32s are hosted at the Marina di Villasimius with a racing ground next to a nature reserve located off Capo Carbonara.
For its fifth and concluding event of the 2020 season, taking place over 21-25 October, the GC32 Racing Tour will visit an exciting new venue, also renowned for its reliable wind conditions and flat water. The location of this will be announced in due course.
After five weeks of frenetic repair work, sometime around-the-clock, the supermaxi yacht Wild Oats XI has been declared ready to race in the Rolex Sydney-Hobart race on Boxing Day.
The declaration came from the skipper, Mark Richards, after the 30-metre long, silver-hulled racer completed a compulsory 24-hour qualification course off Sydney this week.
Wild Oats XI's race preparation problems started on the evening of November 8, while competing in the overnight Cabbage Tree island race out of Sydney. The yacht was leading the fleet when the 45-metre high carbon fibre mast suddenly fractured and consequently caused a significant part of the deck structure to fail.
Quick action by the crew prevented additional damage and the yacht was able to reach safe haven in Newcastle.
In the ensuing five weeks a remarkable and well-orchestrated repair schedule that involved getting replacement parts from Europe, Asia and New Zealand, has led to the supermaxi being declared race ready. -- Rob Mundle
Using 2 mobile cranes, KM Yachtbuilders has turned the aluminum hull of a new Pelagic 77 watched by polar sailing expert Skip Novak, Pelagic Yachts rep Jordi Griso and Chilean entrepreneur and adventurer Nicolas Ibanez Scott.
A centerboarder, rather than a full lifting keel, the 23.5m yacht will be a modern schooner with a 6.2m (20ft) beam, 2 carbon masts to split up the sail area, manual winches and furlers and 2 150HP Yanmar engines for redundancy. There will be a comfortable living area, a large galley and 6 double cabins forward of the pilot house with 2 heads and showers shared among them. The interior features bamboo furniture.
Delivery is set for late 2020. After mid-2021 North Atlantic sea trials, the Tony Castro-designed Pelagic 77 will be sail down to Puerto Williams, Chile, for use as private yacht but also for educational purposes.
The Pelagic 77 is an evolution from the 23m (76ft) Pelagic Australis that Novak conceived and designed for expedition sailing, mainly in high latitudes. This implies enhanced autonomy, ease of handling and simple systems a yacht crew can operate in extreme conditions without specialist help.
Revelation 480, the first yacht in her class to be built, has been completed at our Marchwood shipyard. She's now undergoing final preparation before being shipped and premiered at Boot Dusseldorf 2020, the world's largest indoor yacht exhibition.
Over the past few months, Discovery Yachts has lavished great care and applied meticulous attention to detail on this fabulous new lower saloon model and now she's ready to be revealed to all.
The Revelation 480 is a luxurious and contemporary cruising yacht with a voluminous interior designed for easy living. As only to be expected with Discovery, this new model combines modern techniques with minimalist styling; all hand-crafted using build-foundation skills exclusive to the Group.
The new Revelation class is specifically designed to give owners space and tranquillity while living aboard the yacht. Whether cruising in the Pacific, Mediterranean or the Caribbean, this yacht ensures the journey is completed in style and comfort. The 480 is the first model to have 20 port lights which when combined with the broad window arrangement in the saloon, facilitates vast amounts of incoming light – resulting in spectacular exterior views, especially when at anchor.
Work is underway on the first HH88. Phase one of the design process is complete and we have moved into manufacturing. This exciting new HH is being designed by our long-standing partners Morrelli & Melvin and is destined to be a luxury charter yacht (after the owner has had his fun for the first couple of years). As a luxury charter yacht, she will accommodate ten guests and four crew in complete comfort, including a fully enclosed air-conditioned flybridge, a six-person fresh water jacuzzi on the flybridge, and a variety of lounging and dining areas. Interior design is a coordination of our own in-house designers and the owner.
With accents of carbon and illuminated granite coupled with our immaculate workmanship she will be a true super yacht and a yacht that is sure to turn heads even at the Monaco Boat Show in 2022. The hull mold is female and construction is 100% carbon fiber. At 54 tons she may not be designed to fly a hull, but cruising at 18 knots under sail is fast enough for most when enjoying a martini.
Three young engineers from the Swiss engineering school EPFL have decided to design the fastest sailboat over a 500m track and enter sailing history. This speed record is currently hold by Paul Larsen who achieved the average speed of 121km/h over the 500m track. To achieve their challenge, they want to use the power of usual kite wings in their SP80 project.
SP80 plans to go much further by achieving 80knots (148km/h) using a boat with shaped hulls, propelled by a kite wing while the overall stability is reached thanks to super ventilating hydrofoils.
This project is support by EPFL and then follows the steps of the famous Hydroptere, which was developed in collaboration with the university from 2006 to 2009 and. Numerous teachers previously involved in either Hydroptère's or Alinghi's adventures also give their support to SP80, gathering all the ingredients needed to create great innovation and to develop new technologies.
The project was officially launched in Neuchatel on the 25th of October 2019 during the celebration of the 20 years anniversary of its first partner, P&TS SA. Since then, SP80 continues to be present on different events.
The founders of the project will be present at the Yacht Racing Forum on the 25th and 26 of November 2019 to show their ideas to great names of the sailing world.
Swan 105 CHILD OF LIR was commissioned by an experienced owner who sought a modern performance cruiser utilizing the very latest technology while maintaining a high level of comfort and the ability to sail with minimal crew. Nautor’s Swan was chosen as the builder and the design is a unique collaboration of Frers Naval Architecture and Beiderbeck Design. Drawing on a long and successful experience, Frers developed a hull form and sail plan that allowed for excellent performance and sea keeping abilities while Beiderbeck implemented their forward-thinking expertise to create an innovative arrangement that maximizes volume and comfort on deck and throughout the interior. Special attention was paid to the low noise level throughout the Yacht. There is a special night mode generator to guarantee restful sleep.
Nautor's Swan Brokerage - Thomas Perry
Tel. +377 97 97 95 07
Considered to be one of the most beautiful Classic 6 Metre yachts ever built. ANTINEA (FIN-24) was built by the renowned Råholmens Båtvarva to designs by Einar Olofsson in 1928 and has been sympathetically restored and refitted by her current owners.
Ex Chessie Racing, ex Assa Abloy, ex Big One, this Volvo 60 was refitted with new deck giving a higher headroom of 1.93m. She has fantastic performances (up to 30 knots). She successfully entered the 1997-1998 Whitbread Race and came second at the 2001-2002 Volvo Ocean Race.
Bernard Gallay Yacht Brokerage
Tel +33 (0) 467 66 39 93
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