In This Issue
Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club wins Wight Vodka Best Sailors Bar
America’s Cup - Britannia takes flight in Cagliari
Something for Everyone! Sail in the St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR)
Entries Open for Cowes Spring Classics 2020
Australian 5O5 Championship
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta
Industry News -- BOOT Dusseldorf
Letters to the Editor
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Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club wins Wight Vodka Best Sailors Bar
Wight Vodka Best Sailors Bar Congratulations to Bermuda's RHADC for an amazing come-from-behind victory in this 11th annual competition. The final vote tally was 1632, up from just 260 (and third place) at Christmas. That club has a seriously loyal membership!

Among the hundreds of letters received, these were some of our favorite comments:

- Staff and general ambiance of the bar/club. Very welcoming to all sailors.

- Great place to sit out a hurricane

- Great, relaxed sailors hangout after day of the water, or multiple days on the ocean.

- Fabulous atmosphere, amazing view., great hospitality and excellent food and drink!

- New manager Mr. Cassius Fevriere is terrific and it is clear his he is eager to pass on his extensive knowledge of mixology.

The owners of Wight Vodka, Dan Hiza and Ritu Manocha, will be in touch with the club to arrange for delivery of a prize bottle of their premium vodka and the winner's award plaque.

Latitude Kinsale will design, build and deliver a made-to-order custom 3D map; a beautiful addition to the club's walls.

More specialty drink recipes coming soon from the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club...

America’s Cup - Britannia takes flight in Cagliari
INEOS Team UK have settled in at their new base in Cagliari, Sardinia and have carried out their first flights.

The first America’s Cup World Series event takes place in Cagliari, Sardinia, from 23 to 26 April 2020.

This will be the first time that the defender and the three challengers have raced together (or any AC75 have raced) and will reveal who, if anyone, has designed and built a Cup winner.

Emirates Team New Zealand are expected to ship their AC75 to Europe in early March.

No news has been received on the shipping date for the New York Yacht Club American Magic AC75, while the possible fourth challenger, Stars & Stripes, now seems unlikely to compete at Cagliari. -- Gerald New, Sailweb

Something for Everyone! Sail in the St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR)
St. Thomas International Regatta The ‘Friendliest Regatta in the Caribbean’, STIR 2020 set for March 27-29, is the most welcoming too! There’s something for everyone. This year, organizers are adding a PHRF-rated class with racing on March 28 and 29. “We are excited about giving local working sailors a chance to compete in an international event in their home waters via a less competitive and friendly class,” says regatta organizer, Bill Canfield.

Beyond this, STIR offers CSA (Caribbean Sailing Association-handicap) Racing and Cruising; IRC; ORC; Multihull; Beach Cat and One Design classes with a minimum length of 20-feet. There’s also a one-design Hobie Wave class.

Bring Your Boat or Charter! Several companies offer charters: Or, crew, find crew or a charter for STIR through Tendrr: Or, charter an IC24 from the St. Thomas Sailing Center

Register now at Pay only US $150, or 50% off the regular entry fee until January 31, 2020.

Register too for the Round the Rocks Race, on March 26

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Entries Open for Cowes Spring Classics 2020
Cowes Spring Classics organisers are delighted to announce that entries for the 2020 edition of the regatta are open. Taking place taking place over the weekend of 15 - 17 May, organisers Mary Scott-Jackson of MSJ Events and Martin Nott, a wooden boat builder, are expecting a wide range of participating yachts in 2020 with many new interested owners already making contact about how they can enter.

Due to a calendar clash (and the opportunity to race on neap tides), the racing is being organised by the Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club in 2020. CCYC have the experience and expertise and we look forward to working with them. Also new for 2020, two new classes are being introduced - a Non-Spinnaker Cruising Class racing with the main fleet but aimed at those boats with fewer crew. The other class is “racing for people who don’t like racing” with timed races - no handicaps, no stress, challenge friends with similar yachts, perfect for class associations wanting to join the regatta for fun.

The regatta will once again be based at Shepards Marina, using the historic Sugar Store as its social hub. Entries are encouraged from Cruisers and Cruiser racers, Gaff Rigged yachts and Pilot Cutters, Day Boats and Raters, Classic Metre yachts, affordable Classic Cruisers plus modern Spirit of Tradition yachts.

Co-organiser Martin Nott said: “The 2020 regatta will benefit from neap tides, making life easier for everyone, particularly the smaller boats. Cowes Spring Classics has separate classes and starts for Bermudan and Gaff rigged boats, with Bermudan yachts racing to IRC handicap and Gaffers using OGA handicap. We are really pleased that our original inclusive concept for all types and sizes of classic yachts has proved so popular. With the help of all our sponsors we look forward to widening the appeal of Cowes Spring Classics even further.”

For more information please contact Mary Scott-Jackson on 01983 245100 or or visit the website

Australian 5O5 Championship
Royal Brighton Yacht Club. Melbourne, Australia - The International 505 Class has announced that the 2020 Australian Championship will be held as part of the annual Sail Melbourne Regatta. In what is the first of many international 5O5 open events around the world in the coming year, the 2020 505 Australian Open Championship will take place January 16-21, 2020.

The 5O5 competition will be fierce and includes the multiple world champions Mike Holt and Rob Woelfel traveling across from the USA. " With an exciting season of racing all around the world coming up, the Australian Championship is a great way of escaping from our northern winter and getting great racing against the highly competitive Australian fleet"

"Its great to see overseas boats attending the Australian Nationals" said International President Michael Quirk (AUS). "Many of the Australians will also travel to Europe for other country's open events, the Euro Cup series held across France, Italy, Germany and the UK and culminating in the World Championship in Torekov Sweden."

For Australian Champioship results, daily race reports, photos, video keep an eye on the event site at

Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta
Our Notice of Race is now published. We welcome you to register if you haven't already done so here, note the fees are reduced prior to March 1st. Dragon charters are still available as first come first serve. Firm up your plans to attend this spirited and friendly event.

We are pleased to announce two new silver sponsors to the regatta - Paul & Shark for yachting clothing, synonymous with Italian elegance and style, and Zaoli Sails for aerodynamic performance sails with strength and style for any type of boat.

We have a great group of yachts planning to attend, the vintage and classic schooners Mary Rose and Columbia, spirit of tradition yachts Chloe-Giselle and Freya of Midgard, training vessels Ocean Star, Ruth and New Moon to name a few.

The Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta Perpetual Dragon Trophy was delivered back to Antigua this month from the 2018 Champion Mike Toppa of Fort Lauderdale Yacht Club to the 2019 Champion and 2020 defending competitor Rocco Falcone of Antigua Yacht Club. Other competitors for 2020 are Paul Hoj-Jensen of the Royal Yacht Squadron, a two time gold medal and multiple world champion, and Andreas Zaoli of San Remo. Dragon charters are still available as first come first served.

Check out our expected entries list here and follow us on social media

Industry News -- BOOT Dusseldorf
BOOT Dusseldorf is the biggest boat and water sports trade fair in the world and is the place where all of the industry meets in January every year. About 1,900 exhibitors from 71 different countries are presenting their interesting innovations, attractive new developments and maritime equipment from 18. to 26. January 2020. More than 2,100 journalists from almost 50 countries around the world will be there to report about BOOT.

Maritime art for enthusiasts in Hall 7
Following their tour of the luxury worlds, visitors can take it down a notch in Hall 7 and relax while contemplating maritime art. Large portrayals of ocean scenes, photographs of maritime motifs or creative sculptures invite visitors to linger and enjoy the works of art. One of the exhibitors is, for example, Heinke Boehnert with her artistic depiction of the Malizia Team skippered by Boris Herrmann from Hamburg, who will be on the artist’s stand to sign autographs at 16:00 on 19. January.

Hall 8a: board sport as its best in the surfing hall
Anyone who thought that board sport peaked a long time ago should take a look at Hall 8a at boot 2020. Everyone who is anyone in the boarding community is exhibiting here. Nowhere else in the world will so many boards and the athletes who use them be at one place at the same time as at the forthcoming board sports summit to kick off the twenty-twenties at the boot Dusseldorf home port.

Recreational sailing in Halls 15 to 17: sailing is the original water sport
Sailing is the original water sport! The first known picture of a ship with sails is on an Egyptian drawing from Luxor that goes back to the period around 5000 BC! Christopher Columbus would not have discovered the “New World” without sails. There is no doubt about it: sailing was the first way that people travelled along rivers and across oceans. A popular water sport that has something to offer everyone developed out of people’s passion for sailing.

From 2020 onwards, three halls in Dusseldorf are being devoted to sailing. It goes without saying that the major players in this sector will be there too: Hanse, Bavaria, Hallberg Rassy or tall ship suppliers like Oyster, CNB and Nautors Swan are coming back. Together with the manufacturers of innovative new boats, they will paint a diverse picture of a progressive sailing community with plenty of international flair. Spiced by the appearances of globally renowned sailing figures like Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, such up-and-coming young sailors as Laura Dekker with her new sailing project for young people and experts or blue water sailing experts like Sönke Roever in the “Sailing Center”, the sailing halls reflect a lively and very emotional community. In co-operation with its media partner, the German publisher SVG Verlag, boot is launching the “start sailing” campaign (Hall 15). Newcomers and anyone else who is interested can benefit from the know-how provided by the experts here. In a casual atmosphere, young people and those who have stayed young at heart can make tremendous progress in fulfilling their dream of becoming a sailor.

For the first time, the original cup - that dates back to 1851 - from the America’s Cup presented by Prada is coming to Dusseldorf. This means that the trophy presented in the oldest sailing regatta that is still held today is travelling 18,538 kilometres from New Zealand to the city on the Rhine and will be publicising the impressive contest it represents.


The 2020 edition of the annual International Breakfast meeting (IBM) will feature the topic of sustainable boating with a focus on alternative fuels and engine systems.

The European Commission, as well as innovators from the fields of electric, hybrid and hydrogen will contribute to an exciting discussion on a key topic for the recreational boating industry.

IBM is organised by boot Dusseldorf, the world’s largest boat show and EBI, the voice of Europe’s recreational boating industry. Now in its fourth edition and growing to over 150 participants in 2019, the theme follows the cross-sectoral developments towards decarbonisation. It brings together high-level experts to provide thought leadership on a key issue for industry, governments and the wider public. It will take place on Tuesday, 21 January 2020 from 8:30 until 10:30 in the Congress Center East at boot Dusseldorf.

Topics taking centre-stage will be the European Union’s strategy towards decarbonising Europe’s industry and the ambition to develop a carbon-neutral continent in the coming decades. The alternative solutions that will be presented and discussed in IBM’s interactive format are expected to be hydrogen, hybrid and electric engines.


Culminating 2 years of development, RS is proud to announce the Boot Dusseldorf debut of an industry disrupting start to a new genre of motorboat. Pulse58 is a brand new, entirely bespoke design RIB, with ground-breaking, full integral electric drive.

Constructed with sustainability as its primary focus alongside zero emissions, Pulse58 is destined to challenge habits, spark passion amongst its users and redefine the standard.

RS warmly invite you to the launch of the Pulse58.

Boot Dusseldorf - 18 January - 16:30 - Hall 15 - E24


Committed to continuously pushing back the boundaries of safety at sea, Ocean Safety is once again bringing innovation to boot Dusseldorf when the show opens on 18th January.

Hosted by Ocean Safety’s leisure German distributor SOSTECHNIC, the company will be introducing the next generation of night time ultra-high-viz products, the brand new Glo Lite option for the Jon Buoy man overboard recovery systems. The Glo Lite versions of the Jon Buoy recovery module, horseshoe, danbuoy and rescue sling will be on show alongside other products from Ocean Safety’s new product range for 2020, including the latest design of the Ocean ISO liferaft, with an all-new container that is lighter to handle and easier to launch.

A choice of three new safety lines from Ocean Safety will be revealed at boot Dusseldorf for the first time. The Standard, ADV (advanced) and PRO Safety Lines, each featuring the latest hooks and tethers are available in two or three hook options. CE approved, they are tested to EN ISO 12401 certification.

Visit Ocean Safety’s stand in Hall 11/B21 to speak to our team of safety experts. As well as giving product advice Ocean Safety’s team of marine safety experts are there to provide advice on servicing schedules, winterisation and coding.

During the show, Ocean Safety will also be working with their long-time sponsorship partner, World Cruising Club at their annual seminar to present the latest in safety innovation and preparation to WCC’s members.


Harken announces the availability of its award-winning CLR™ (Compact, Light, Retractable) mooring and docking assist winch in five sizes appropriate for power and sailboats from 13 to 76 m. The products offer incrementally increasing holding power from 600 to 8000 kg.

Harken CLR stows flush, mounts under-deck and features unprecedented physical and mechanical characteristics.

“We developed the CLR to provide a docking winch solution that was lighter and more compact than what has been previously available,” said Emanuele Cecchini, Commercial Director of Harken's Italian factory where the CLRs are designed and built. “We think the product's unique form factor has enabled us to meet those challenges.”

The CLR stows completely below deck and occupies less horizontal and vertical space required by the previous market leaders. This is important to naval architects and deck designers looking for a very compact solution that makes mooring easier for owners and crew, while freeing up room for other equipment belowdeck. The CLR also weighs significantly less than its competition while delivering comparable mechanical advantage.

Manufacturers interested in more information about the CLR can see a live presentation of the full range at boot Dusseldorf 2020, Tuesday, 21 January from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at the Harken distributor Peter Frisch GMBH Stand, Hall 10, Stand H21 - H39. CLR will also be on display at the Frisch stand throughout the show.


Clipper Ventures is set to return to boot Dusseldorf from 18-26 January 2020 for the second consecutive year and, alongside showcasing the best of the action and stories from the Clipper 2019-20 Race and sister company Hamble School of Yachting, will be focusing attention on its important and innovative collaborations with UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) ocean data research initiatives.

This citizen-science driven project, which empowers Clipper Race Crew from all walks of life to contribute to important global scientific research, has seen four Clipper Race teams deploy data-transmitting buoys along some of the most remote latitudes of the global race route during the third, fourth and upcoming fifth leg of the competition. Gathered data will be used in two ways; to instantly generate significantly improved accuracy in weather modelling at Earth’s most remote latitudes and to generate data for long-term climate studies.

Clipper Race Commercial Director Alex Smith and Toste Tanhua, Chief Scientist and Chair of UNESCO-IOC/WMO will be discussing the project in detail on Monday 20 January - 11:30- 11:45 on the Sailing Stage in Hall 15 in a talk called CITIZEN SCIENCE: The Clipper Race and ocean health.

Clipper Race Recruitment Director and twice-circumnavigator Della Parsons and a team of former Clipper Race Crew will be sharing their stories and experiences on the Clipper Ventures stand (Hall 15/B24) and will be joined by Chris Rushton and Luke Aspden, two experts from Hamble School of Yachting - a leading UK sailing school which has over 35 years of experience in delivering the highest quality RYA tuition.

Letters To The Editor -
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* From Philip Crebbin:

re: the passing of Johnson Wooderson

So sorry to hear about the passing of Woody. Our main sailing together was back in the Admiral's Cup in 1981 when he was my tactician, and also co-helmsman offshore. He was a major contributor to our great success that year, including winning the Admiral's Cup as part of the British team, being top boat inshore and 2nd individual boat overall, as well as RORC Yacht of the Year and Solent Points winner.

In the Fastnet Race that year, in a near flat calm finish, we had the major achievement of getting a finishing gun in Plymouth - then only given to the first two finishers on the water - in a 43 footer, beating all the maxis (then 80ft) and larger yachts across the line except for Kialoa, which was first boat home. Woody was a major force in this, both with his carefully thought out contribution to the tactics, as well as helping to keep the crew focussed and in good spirits in very difficult conditions, which made a big difference in the final phases when we were picking off larger yachts and maxis one by one in the last few miles to the finish.

We used to meet up regularly in recent years in the Classic Yacht series in the Med, and it was wonderful seeing him still performing on Cambria, as well as our enjoying frequent reminiscing!

RIP, Woody - you will always be remembered.

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