In This Issue
Junior keeps lead at Finn Gold Cupp
Snipe Class Announces Hall Of Fame Inductees
Ocean Safety to demonstrate safety equipmentp
Season #2 Of The Great British Sailing Challenge
Paris 2024 Mixed Keelboat Offshore Equipment
Wight Vodka Best Sailors Bar
New Laser ClassBuilder Approvals
Resurrected Windrose rises to meet first Rolex Sydney Hobart
Entries open for IRC European Championship as part of Cork 300
Featured Brokerage:
• • Sparkman & Stephens 52 Ft Sloop 'Ciclon'
• • MAT 1180 'Gallivanter'
• • Farr 52 'Furtif 2'
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Junior keeps lead at Finn Gold Cup, while Scott and Berecz move up
New Zealand’s Josh Junior has maintained his lead at the Finn Gold Cup in Melbourne, Australia after three races on Thursday in a moderate sea breeze. He will take a 13-point lead into the final day of the opening series on Friday. Olympic champion, Giles Scott, from Britain, is up to second while defending world champion, Zsombor Berecz, from Hungary is up to third. Race wins went to Ed Wright, from Britain, Berecz and Scott.

After no racing on Day 3, three races (Races 5-7) were scheduled on Thursday. Following a cool change overnight, temperatures had dropped down from 40C to 22C and with winds picking up considerably from Wednesday’s dead calm to a reasonably stable breeze of 13-17 knots. All three scheduled races were completed with plenty of opportunity for sailors to move up the leader board or to consolidate positions.

Friday will be an interesting day with a strong wind warning from the north and temperatures in the mid 40s. Three more races are scheduled to conclude the opening series before Saturday’s final race and medal race.

Results after 7 races
1. Josh Junior, NZL, 16
2. Giles Scott, GBR, 29
3. Zsombor Berecz, HUN, 34
4. Nicholas Heiner, NED, 34
5. Andy Maloney, NZL, 35
6. Nenad Bugarin, CRO, 55
7. Joan Cardona Mendez, ESP, 61
8. Tom Ramshaw, CAN, 61
9. Jake Lilley, AUS, 63
10. Nils Theuninck, SUI, 65

Full results
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Snipe Class Announces Hall Of Fame Inductees
The International Snipe Class has a long history of which very few other classes can boast. The boat was designed by Bill Crosby in 1931 and 88 years later, 32000+ boats have been built with fleets in over 30 active nations.

It is a history of people, sailors, champions, enthusiasts, promoters, sailmakers, builders and organizers.

The past is strongly linked to the present: all the inductees have helped to promote and grow our Class in many countries and continents; many of these people are still strongly linked to the Class or have been, when they were alive, to form a large family, the Snipe Family, from great-grandparents to grandchildren.

For this reason, the "Snipe Class International Racing Association Hall of Fame" was created.

The SCIRA Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Snipe Class and Snipe competition.

The Class is honoring three categories: Sailing, Technical Design and Contributors, --people who made significant contributions to the Snipe Class.

SCIRA Commodore Pietro Fantoni stated “The Snipe Class is strong today because of this first list of inductees: William F. Crosby, Hub E. Isaacks, Ted Wells, Id Crook, Carlos & Jorge Vilar Castex, Axel & Erik Schmidt, Earl Elms, Jan Persson, Bibi Juetz and Gonzalo Diaz.

This first list is impressive. All of us Snipe sailors and friends of the Snipe Class - and I can add, friends of the sport of sailing - have to thank them and their families and celebrate their induction for their victories on the water, their contributions ashore and for how they promoted our beloved Class.."

For this very first year a maximum of ten inductees were considered (eight next year and five from the year after). The 2019 inductees are among those who have undoubtedly contributed to make the history of the Snipe Class.

Full bios and additional photos & videos can be viewed here:

Ocean Safety to demonstrate safety equipment at February Servicing and Safety Open Workshop
At Ocean Safety, specialists in the worldwide supply, distribution, service and hire of marine safety equipment, we once again invite you to familiarise yourselves with your essential on-board safety equipment when we open our doors to boat owners and crews at our Southampton UK headquarters for two one-day Servicing and Safety Workshops on 15 and 16 February 2020.

You’ll need to book your day and time in advance if you want to watch your liferaft and lifejackets being opened and inflated. After that you can leave them with us to be fully serviced and certificated before the new season starts. This is a great opportunity to understand more about the how these vital products work, so that you are well prepared in case of emergency.

There will be an action packed programme of product demonstrations between 10am and 4pm each day from our safety experts including a chance to see liferafts being inflated, take part in a live flare demonstration and explore the full man over board range of man overboard products. For the full programme of activities, please check on the Ocean Safety social media channels.

To get further information and to book your time slot email

Dates For Season #2 Of The Great British Sailing Challenge
Like its sister circuit, the Selden SailJuice Winter Series, season #2 of the Great British Sailing Challenge offers handicap racing for dinghies and small craft of pretty much all shapes and sizes...

The Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash took place in November, marking not only the first event of the Selden SailJuice Winter Series but also the 2019/2020 edition of the Great British Sailing Challenge (GBSC).

Competitors in the Selden SailJuice Winter Series are automatically entered into the inaugural season of the GBSC, which concludes next autumn at a100-boat invitation-only Grand Final.

The dates are now out for the events and clubs that have signed up to the 2020 spring/ summer season of the GBSC. If you’re interested in hosting an event at your club, whether for 2020 or even 2021, please get in touch...

Dates for the GBSC 2020 events already agreed are as follows, with a couple more awaiting confirmation:

Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club: 4th-5th April 2020
Weston Grand Slam, Weston Sailing Club: 11th-12th April 2020
Paignton Open for Single Handers (P.O.S.H.), Paignton Sailing Club: 9th-10th May 2020
Grafham Sailing Club: 23rd-24th May 2020
Rutland Sailing Club: 13th-14th June 2020
Wilsonian River Challenge, Wilsonian Sailing Club: 20th-21st June 2020
Bala Long Distance, Bala Sailing Club: 20th-21st June 2020
The Ullswater Ultimate, Ullswater Yacht Club: 15-16 August 2020
Grand Finals, Venue To be Confirmed: September/ October 2020

Paris 2024 Mixed Keelboat Offshore Equipment - Request for Information from Manufacturers
The Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition will, for the first time ever, feature a Mixed Two Person Keelboat Offshore Event that will test the mental resolve and physical attributes of the sailors competing.

At World Sailing's 2019 Annual Conference in Bermuda, World Sailing's Council, the main decision-making body of World Sailing, approved the decision-making process for the selection of Equipment for the Event.

The criteria for suitable Equipment for the Olympic Offshore Event will be published no later than 31 December 2020 and the Equipment will be selected no later 31 December 2023. With regards to the qualification events, a list of Equipment that meets the qualification criteria shall be published no later than 31 December 2020. It is expected that the criteria will give the widest possible choice of suitable equipment, giving many manufacturers the opportunity for their equipment to be selected.

World Sailing has issued a Request For Information (RFI) from Manufacturers, MNAs and Class Associations to assess what options currently exist in the market. A 2024 Offshore Equipment Working Party will then use that information to form the criteria for selecting the Equipment for Event at Paris 2024.

Whilst it is envisaged to be a non-foiling, non-canting keel production boat, Offshore Special Regulations Category 2, between 8 and 11m, proposals close to these criteria are also welcome with detailed explanations and justifications.

Replies to the RFI should be sent to World Sailing's Technical and Offshore Department () by Friday 15 January 2020.

RFI Document (PDF)

Wight Vodka Best Sailors Bar
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Cruzan Coconut Rum
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Mango Puree
Orange Juice
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Floated With Pusser's Rum

Sure to knock the edge off any sailing aches or bruises!!

Vote for your favorite bar and please send us more recipes. Your humble narrator aims to test them all personally over the holidays. Someone's got to do it. It's a calling.

The winning bar gets a custom made 3D map from Latitude Kinsale. If you wanted a map for someone special, or yourself, it's too late for the holidays, Bobby Nash is all booked up until mid January. But he's headed to BOOT Dusseldorf. You can catch him there at Hall 7 D09. The display will include pieces from the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Holland, the Baltic and the gorgeous piece of the Maldives. Also on display will be a selection of the new Gold coast charts and a chart table.

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New Laser ClassBuilder Approvals
In November 2018, World Sailing approved its Olympic Equipment Strategy, which requires that any interested party who meets the necessary technical qualifications must be able to manufacture and sell Olympic equipment.

In order to comply with this policy, on September 27th of this year, ILCA announced it was accepting preliminary applications for the appointment of new builders of class legal boats and equipment. ILCA is pleased to announce that 29 applications were received and have now been reviewed by the evaluation panel. 18 applicants were determined to meet the minimum requirements to move forward in the process and those potential builders are now being invited to participate in a more detailed, formal license application assessment. Applicants will receive a copy of the Approved Builder License Agreement and the relevant portions of the ILCA Build Manual, which will allow them to fully evaluate the business opportunity and develop a formal business plan.

On December 6, Laser Performance was also issued an Approved Builder License Agreement, which would allow the company to be reappointed as an approved manufacturer of class legal boats and equipment. ILCA has not yet received a response to the agreement from Laser Performance, but we are hopeful to see a signed contract in the near future in order to avoid any delays in equipment supply.

All new builder applications were submitted on a confidential basis, so ILCA cannot publish the names of the potential builders at this time. However, ILCA can reveal that, of the 18 builders invited to proceed with the new builder approval process, there are five from Europe, five from Asia, four from North America, three from South America and one from Oceania. The next step is for a panel of experts to review the formal applications and business proposals received in order to further narrow down the list. By the nature of this process and in compliance with relevant antitrust regulations, ILCA cannot determine the number of builders that will be eventually approved, nor can we specify the geographic location of the successful candidates. More information about the approval process and the technical and business qualifications required can be found here.

Resurrected Windrose rises to meet first Rolex Sydney Hobart
Windrose in 1963. Click on image to enlarge.

A 60-year-old timber Sparkman and Stephens design that has never competed in a major bluewater race south of the equator is primed to join the 75th anniversary Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet setting off from Sydney Harbour at 1pm on December 26, 2019.

Windrose owner Ashok Mani is the first Indian-born owner to enter the annual 628 nautical mile offshore challenge. Mani sailed dinghies out of Royal Bombay Yacht Club as a child and left India age 18 with the merchant navy. He studied his Masters at the Australian Maritime College in Launceston and has lived and worked all over the world, including Singapore, where he and Windrose are currently based.

Skipper for Windrose’s first Rolex Sydney Hobart is Sam McCracken (GBR), at 19 the youngest in the large fleet. McCracken first knocked back the offer to skipper, but a persistent owner and fatherly advice to ‘do it and do it well’ sees the qualified Yacht Master taking his place among a seasoned group.

Commissioned by Jacob Isbrandtsen in 1959 for the express purpose of winning the Admiral's Cup for the USA, Windrose and teammates Figaro and Cyan accomplished that mission in 1961 under the burgee of the New York Yacht Club - the first time the Admiral’s Cup left British shores. Once sold by Isbrandtsen, Windrose entered a lengthy cruising stint under various owners, notably Bonnie and Steve Bojorquez, custodians of the eye-catching yawl for 28 years, from 1980 to 2008.

In 2014, Mani came across the neglected hull, instantly recognising the beautiful hull lines of the one-off Sparkman and Stephens design, the only one ever built with a clipper bow. He had the boat hauled out and resurrected in Thailand, a team of shipwrights and boat builders taking two years to refurbish and bring the classic back to near-original race mode, while retaining most of its unique features.

Windrose will race under the Tamar Yacht Club burgee, the club near to where Mani’s family live and run Iron Pot Bay Vineyard, with a mixed age and gender team representing Ireland, the UK, Australia and Holland. Among the 11 crew are family combinations - Sam and dad Neil, and Lisa and Tyler Ratcliff (18 years-old).

Entries open for IRC European Championship as part of Cork 300
Online Entry is now open for the 2020 IRC European Championship which will take place in Crosshaven, Ireland during Volvo Cork Week as part of the unique celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Royal Cork Yacht Club.

The 2020 IRC European Championship will be held over five days of racing from Monday 13th July to Friday 17th July during the biennial Volvo Cork Week regatta. The championship is expected to attract a record fleet of highly competitive IRC rated boats vying for the overall win and class honours.

Last month, the Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest yacht club in the world, launched its online entry system for the prestigious Volvo Cork Week 2020 regatta which will see hundreds of boats and thousands of yachtsmen and women from around the globe compete on the waters around Cork Harbour from July 13th - 17th.

On the 8th July, prior to Volvo Cork Week and the IRC European Championship, the Morgan Cup Race will start from Cowes, bound for Cork. Organised by the Royal Ocean Race Club since 1958, this will be the first time that the course has been set across the Celtic Sea to Cork. The 324nm race is expected to attract a substantial fleet. A new trophy for Line Honours has been donated by His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales. -- Louay Habib

Featured Brokerage
1944 Ciclon Sparkman & Stephens 52 Ft Sloop. 195,000 GBP. Located in Cyprus.

Launched in Cuba in 1944, Ciclon was rarely off the podium. Of course beautiful and fast, is it time now to reintroduce her to her sisters?

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Barney Sandeman

+44 (0)1202 330077
33 High Street
Poole, Dorset
BH15 1AB
United Kingdom


2017 MAT 1180. 225000 GBP. Located in Hamble, UK.

"Gallivanter" is the newest MAT 1180 and benefits from the experience gained throughout the MAT's lifespan to produce the most competitive all round package out there. This design is a dual-purpose inshore/offshore machine, with a plug and play setup on offer when switching between the disciplines.

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Sam Pearson - Ancasta Race Boats
+447759 424900
+442380 016582


2002 Farr 52 FURTIF 2. 180000 EUR. Located in Toulon, South of France.

FURTIF 2 (ex Goldfinger) is a fantastic full carbon racer built in 2002 and refitted in New Zealand by the current owner.

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