In This Issue
Seven Champions crowned at 2020 Hempel World Cup Series Miami
Francis Joyon Surfing At 38 Knots Across The Indian Ocean
Last chance to book Ocean Safety Servicing and Safety Open Workshop in Southampton
International J111 World Championship 2020 and Pre-Worlds
Trifork Smashes Tour Of Mallorca Record
Ask A Rockstar
Just so darn good (and every single time) - Sperry Charleston Race Week
Edge 2.4 Midwinters
MacGlide Festival of Sails
ILCA Announces List of New Builder Applicants
Featured Brokerage:
• • SB20
• • Archambault A35R - "Chenapan 3"
• • Italia Yachts 10.98
The Last Word: DaShanne Stokes

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Seven Champions crowned at 2020 Hempel World Cup Series Miami
Miami got a taste of Olympic class sailing at the highest level this week, and on Saturday champions were crowned at the 2020 Hempel World Cup Series Miami.

Sailors from around the globe convened in South Florida this week with North American Olympic qualification at stake with the Tokyo 2020 Games only six months away.

The top 10 entries for each of the seven classes qualified to race on Saturday for a chance to improve their standing, and perhaps, earn a place on the podium. Earlier start times were slated in order to capture the morning breeze.

Hempel World Cup Series Miami was the final opportunity for North American nations to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games across the 470, RS:X, Laser, Laser Radial and Finn fleets. Six of seven places had virtually been decided heading into today's Medal Races with Mexico sealing places in the Laser Radial, Finn and Men's RS:X. Canada picked up the Women's RS:X and Men's 470 place and USA captured the Women's 470.

Carmen and Emma Cowles (USA) placed eighth as the highest finishing North American team. The Cowles qualified the United States for the Women's 470 at the 2020 Olympic Games.

On Friday, Caleb Paine of the United States won gold ahead of the Medal Race as he had a significant lead over Kyle Martin (CAN). Across the 10-race series, Paine collected five race wins and four seconds. Martin won the silver medal, while Paine's American teammate, Luke Muller captured his second consecutive bronze medal at World Cup Miami.

Mexico's Juan Perez Soltero sealed the North American Tokyo 2020 Finn spot by besting the other contenders in the fleet this week. He was sixth overall and third in the Medal Race.

As Miami is the final opportunity for North Americans to qualify for Tokyo 2020, the final opportunity for European sailors will be the 2020 Hempel World Cup Series in Genoa this April.

Top three podium positions

470 Men - 8 races 1 discard
1. Jordi Xammar Hernandez / Nicolas Rodríguez García-Paz, ESP, 39
2. Keiju Okada / Jumpei Hokazono, JPN, 39
3. Mathew Belcher / William Ryan, AUS, 41

470 Women - 8 races 1 discard
1. Camille Lecointre / Aloise Retornaz, FRA, 20
2. Tina Mrak / Veronika Macarol, SLO, 33
3. Agnieszka Skrzypulec / Jolanta Ogar, POL, 34

Finn - 11 races 1 discard
1. Caleb Paine, USA, 29
2. Kyle Martin, CAN, 40
3. Luke Muller, USA, 48

Laser - 8 races 1 discard
1. Stefano Peschiera, PER, 21
2. Francisco Guaragna Rigonat, ARG, 27
3. Enrique Jose Arathoon Pacas, ESA, 32

Laser Radial - 8 races 1 discard
1. Erika Reineke, USA, 24
2. Vasileia Karachaliou, GRE, 30
3. Nethra Kumanan, IND, 33

RS:X Men - 11 races 1 discard
1. Pedro Pascual, USA, 18
2. Ignacio Berenguer, MEX, 37.50
3. Juozas Bernotas, LUT, 40.50

RS:X Women - 10 races 1 discard
1. Demita Vega de Lille, MEX, 24
2. Mariana Aguilar, MEX, 35
3. Megumi Komine, JPN, 37

Full results

Francis Joyon Surfing At 38 Knots Across The Indian Ocean
The IDEC SPORT maxi trimaran has been showing her real efficiency over the past two days, as she passes through the heart of the Indian Ocean. Francis Joyon, Christophe Houdet, Bertand Delesne, Antoine Blouet and Corentin Joyon have continued to accelerate since passing through the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra on Wednesday, allowing them to increase their lead over the record time for the Tea Route.

With a lead of 620 miles at the start of the seventh day of racing, Joyon and his lads have not finished roaring across the ocean showing high performance levels. Their efficient tack should last another 24 hours with speeds reaching 38 knots as they surf the waves, which means the lead should grow even bigger. The first major difficulties are expected this weekend with some small cyclonic areas that they will have to get around in the southern latitudes, where they will encounter icy conditions, strong winds and heavy seas.

At the start of this seventh day of racing, IDEC SPORT has clocked up a good lead and has been faster than expected when they studied the charts.

Last chance to book Ocean Safety Servicing and Safety Open Workshop in Southampton
Ocean Safety There are still a few places left at the Ocean Safety Servicing and Safety Workshops on 15 and 16 February 2020 if you haven't booked in yet. A range of demonstrations will be shown on the Saturday, plus if you want to bring your liferaft or lifejackets along on either day, as long as you have booked in advance, you'll get to see them being unpacked and inflated before leaving them to be fully serviced and certificated before the new season starts.

Ocean Safety are specialists in the worldwide supply, distribution, service and hire of marine safety equipment, and when we open our doors to boat owners and crews at our Southampton UK headquarters over the weekend this will be a great opportunity for visitors to familiarise themselves with their essential on-board safety equipment

There will be an action packed programme including a chance to see liferafts being inflated 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 . Hurry, because some of our demos are already fully booked, including the flare demo.

International J111 World Championship 2020 and Pre-Worlds
The annual World Championship will be decided this September, in the Solent, UK. The One Design regatta for J111s is returning to Cowes for 2020.

Hosted by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, under invitation of the J111 Northern European Fleet. The Worlds Regatta entry is now open. Notice of Race and Entry is via RORC's Sailgate portal

In anticipation of the interest registered at last years Championships in Chicago, the European Class is delighted to announce its partnered with Sevenstar Racing Yacht Logistics, to offer two alternative routes for J111s to cross the pond (and back as required).

The timing of the World Championships is designed to make it as easy as possible for the North American owners and crew. This should mean the least disruption to the local and national US sailing programmes.

Trifork Smashes Tour Of Mallorca Record
Antonio Cuervas-Mons, bow of the VO70 'Trifork': "I never thought that these conditions could occur in the Mediterranean, but the ship and the crew have responded very well." The sailboat improved in almost four hours the previous record, established in 2005

In the early morning of last Monday, while the eastern part of Spain was sheltered from the lashes of the Gloria storm , a sailboat released moorings at the Royal Nautical Club of Palma to try to break the record of the Tour of Mallorca . Going out to the sea with waves of more than eight meters and wind gusts of 40 knots is a recklessness for any boat, but it was those weather conditions, more common in the South Pacific than in the Mediterranean, that the crew of the 'Trifork were waiting for ' by Danish shipowner Joern Larsen , to pulverize the record. So it was.

The VO70 'Trifork' stopped the stopwatch in 13 hours, 15 minutes and 17 seconds , surpassing in almost four hours the mark established by the German maxi UCA in April 2005, when he managed to circumnavigate the main island of the Balearic archipelago in 17 hours, 14 minutes and 19 seconds. Since then there had been four record attempts, but all failed due to lack of wind or after suffering breakdowns.

he UCA record has lasted almost 15 years, but has ended up succumbing to the technological and human potential of Trifork, a boat designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian and winner of the 2008-2009 Volvo Ocean Race with the name of Ericsson 4 , which has taken advantage of the strong Winds from the Gloria storm to navigate at speeds that in some sections have far exceeded 20 knots.

The crew of the Danish ship is Joern Larsen, Kristian Wulf Andersen, Jens Dolmer, Aksel Magdahl, Pinacho Fructuoso, Martin Hjortlund Shore, Peter van Niekerk, Antonio Cuervas-Mons, Pablo Arrarte, Luke Malloy and Jes Gram Hansen.

Ask A Rockstar
Today, they are sailing rockstars. At the front. Foiling, Skiffing, Podium—ing all over the world. But just a few years ago, they were junior sailors. Maybe just like you. How did they do it? What were they like when they were 11? Do they like sandwiches? Do they sing while they’re sailing? Harken Blockheads are a curious bunch, and they have a LOT of questions.

Just so darn good (and every single time) - Sperry Charleston Race Week
Sperry Charleston Race Week Pinnacle regatta, marquee event, premier race series, you choose... but Sperry Charleston Race Week sort of crept up on the international racing scene and now it's impossible to overlook

When you put a boast out there, you'd better back it up. And that's just what the people who are behind Sperry Charleston Race Week, the largest multiclass gathering in North America, do. For the better part of the past decade, they've billed their event as "a regatta unlike any other." Fortunately, the claim rings true.

Race Week, as locals refer to it, has evolved to become a fixture on the US sailing scene. For four days in early spring. Competitors from throughout the US and around the globe make an annual pilgrimage to this coastal city in the southeast. During the day, it's top-level competition with some of the world's best racers competing. Off the water, it's equal parts mad party and sailing industry conference. Think Mardi Gras meets Dussel-Boot meets Cowes Week, but on an intimate scale.

Main picture: Sperry Charleston Race Week features a four-day programme of top-level competition in large fleets and draws some of the world's most talented professional sailors as well as a very high standard of amateur competitors

This April, Race Week will celebrate its 25th edition

Full article in the February issue of Seahorse

Edge 2.4 Midwinters
Port Charlotte, Florida, USA: On Saturday the winds were shifty, from 350-30 deg, flat water. Low wind speed during racing -- was around 4kts, probably high gusts of near 15. The wind was shifty but oscillating, courses were awesome the windward mark was always in the middle of the shifts. The race committee had to shorten course once.

4 races-4 different winners, the fleet is improving.

The last race was a 5 leg windward finish.

Cold with a diminishing breeze. Only one race, 4 legs .65nm leg. Doug Bell found a sweet spot on the left side of the course after the start with a "current" lift of about 10 degrees and smoked everybody to the first top mark, he was so far in front most of us thought he either did not start with us or was just a day sailor out for a cruise.

Dee of course found a way to catch him on the final third of the last downwind, the breeze was shifty and soft with pockets of pressure that really changed several positions. Race committee was awesome as usual.

Final top five
1. Dee Smith, USA, 13
2. Jeff Linton, USA, 17
3. Tony Pocklington, USA, 17
4. Louise Anstey, CAN, 21
5. Allan Leibel, CAN, 27

Full results on Regatta Network

MacGlide Festival of Sails
Melbourne turned on a beautiful summer morning for the MacGlide Festival of Sails' opening event, the Passage Race which began from two long lines at the top of Port Phillip.

Back-dropped by the city, 245 boats of all shapes and sizes responded to the flag signal and the sound of canon fire, popping spinnakers in the light northerly breeze while those crew without a job sat to leeward and created the best angle of heel with their weight.

Geoff Boettcher's TP52, Secret Mens Business from Adelaide opened his Festival with a stunning line honours and class corrected time win. Earlier they had dueled with the Geelong Cookson 50 Extasea, owned by Paul Buchholz, opting to go wide to find the advantage and putting daylight between them the eventual second placegetter in the line honours results.

Deep wind pockets created a lottery scenario and opportunities for the smaller boats to bat above their size. Local Mocean, Stuart Richardson's RGYC-based Farr 40 was up with the RP46 Hartbreaker for most of the 32 nautical mile race then powered away to finish third over the line, astonishingly ahead of three TP52s.

Michael Martin's 52-footer Frantic from Newcastle, NSW, gave themselves an extra time penalty when they ran aground in the narrow channel that divides inner and outer Corio Bay.

First multihull to finish was another interstater, Michel Van Der Zwaard's Extreme 40 Back in Black sailing for the Multihull Yacht Club Queensland.

Full results

The racing schedule on Sunday January 26, Australia Day, has every division out on either inner or outer Corio Bay and every race management official and volunteer busy starting and finishing close to 300 boats.

ILCA Announces List of New Builder Applicants
As a result of antitrust actions brought in Europe, and in order to comply with EU Regulations, World Sailing now requires that any interested party that meets the necessary technical qualifications and regulatory requirements must be able to manufacture and sell the boats named as equipment for the Olympic Games. For ILCA, this World Sailing policy has required some changes in how builders are determined and approved to manufacturer class-legal equipment.

World Sailing's Olympic Equipment Policy requires that the Olympic sailing classes have a process in place by which "any interested party who meets the necessary technical qualifications and regulatory requirements must be able to manufacture and sell Olympic equipment." Further, the manufacturer selection process must be defined on a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory basis.

To implement World Sailing's policy, ILCA has now established the necessary procedures for bringing on new builders. The primary focus throughout this process is to maintain and ensure the one-design principle that is the foundation of our class – that all boats are built to the same strict standards regardless of the manufacturer.

ILCA is pleased to announce that, under the terms of the new builder approval procedure, seven manufacturers will now be offered provisional licenses to move forward in the builder application process. The provisional approvals come after the formal builder applications were reviewed by the evaluation panel appointed by ILCA, which is comprised of both class technical representatives and independent industry experts.

The manufacturers approved to move forward in the application process are (in alphabetical order):
Devoti Sailing s.r.o. (Poland)
Element 6 Evolution Co Ltd (Thailand)
Nautivela srl (Italy)
Ovington Boats Ltd (United Kingdom)
Qindao Zou Inter Marine Co., Ltd (China)
Rio tecna srl (Argentina)
Zim Sailing (United States)

Each builder applicant is now subject to a further technical review to ensure compliance with the established class one-design principles. The new manufacturers will now be required to obtain certified molds and tooling from ILCA and produce a number of pre-production boats to verify the ability to manufacturer boats to the strict specifications and tolerances of the building manual and the class rules. Under the terms of the Olympic Equipment Policy, there are other applicants in the approval process at this time that may also receive provisional approval. ILCA will provide further updates as this process moves forward.

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