In This Issue
• Competition Heats Up in Grenada - Silversands Race Day Two
• The Ocean Cruising Clubs Announces Awards for 2019
• Marlow Ropes at the RYA Dinghy Show
• Entries are open for Hamilton Island Race Week
• "It's just a great vibe" - M32 Skipper Interviews
• Ask A Rockstar
• What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
• Restored Dublin Bay 21s Will Start DBSC Racing in April
• 12 Foot Dinghies Prepare for 250th 'Clinkerfest' Regatta
• Letters to the Editor
• Featured Charter
• Featured Brokerage:
• • Cookson 50 - Endless Game
• • Club Swan 42OD
• • Reichel Pugh 45 - "Katsu"
• The Last Word: Thomas Paine
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Competition Heats Up in Grenada - Silversands Race Day Two
Jonathan Gittens’ Morgan 41 Shangri La (BAR) with Silversands Grenada, General Manager Narelle McDougall. Photo by Tim Wright, www.photoaction.com. Click on image for photo gallery.
In CSA 1, Pamala Baldwin's J/122 Liquid (ANT), skippered by Jules White, has extended their lead scoring a 1-3-1 today. Richard Szyjan's Hobie 33 Category 5 (GRN) scored a 2-2-2 to finish the day in second place. Peter Lewis' J121 Whistler (BAR) scored two podium finishes today to move up to third place. Rob Butler's Reflex 38 Touch2Play Racing (CAN) scored a bullet in Race 5 and finished the day just one point off the class podium.
In CSA 3, Norman Da Costa's Soveral 42 C-MOS (TRI) retains the lead. Edward & Jonathan Kacal's First 38 Petit Careme (TRI) moves up to second place after scoring a 1-3 today. Sandy Mair's First 35 Cricket (ANT) drops down to third after a 5-4 score.
The second day of racing was sponsored by Silversands Grenada, General Manager Narelle McDougall presented the daily prizes to the winners.
Silversands is a ground-breaking hotel in Grenada, which opened December 2018. Located on the award winning Grand Anse Beach, the design of the hotel is under-stated using natural materials and landscaping of indigenous plants to Grenada.
Wednesday 29 January is Lay Day at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina. -- Louay Habib
The Ocean Cruising Clubs Announces Awards for 2019
The Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) has announced the recipients of awards that recognise achievements in ocean sailing over the past 24 months. The recipients were selected by an international panel of experienced bluewater sailors from among individuals nominated by Full OCC members throughout the course of the year.
The Barton Cup, the Club's premiere award, goes to American sailor Randall Reeves for his successful completion of the Figure 8 Voyage, an exceptional and record-breaking voyage circumnavigating Antarctica and the Americas in one season.
Eleven-time circumnavigator, Australian Jon Sanders, takes home the OCC Lifetime Cruising Award.
The OCC Seamanship Award is presented to Germany's Susanne Huber-Curphy. prior winner of the Barton Cup, for her completion of The Longue Route in memory of the 50th anniversary of Bernard Moitessier's epic voyage aboard Joshua in the Golden Globe Race
For an outstanding voyage around the Americas, Steve Brown receives The Vasey Vase. This award, which salutes an unusual or exploratory voyage or series of voyages made by members and, in this case, for an outstanding voyage circumnavigating the two Americas - 32,950 nm, taking in 175 anchorages with multiple crews over five years - which included the Northwest Passage, Antarctica and South Georgia.
The OCC Jester Award goes to Dan Stroud who is sailing around the world in a 31ft Rustler. This award, named after Blondie Hasler's iconic Folkboat Jester, recognises a noteworthy singlehanded voyage or series of voyages made in a small vessel.
The OCC Award, which recognises valuable service to the ocean cruising community as a whole, is awarded to Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carauso, the husband and wife team behind the hugely popular vlog Sailing La Vagabonde with 1.29M subscribers on YouTube.
The OCC Award for service to the OCC is shared in a tie vote between Jenny Crickmore-Thompson and Frances Rennie. Jenny, who serves currently as Rear Commodore, was responsible for organising and managing the Port Officer network around the world for seven years. Frances, who has been the administrator for the OCC Facebook page where almost one-third of our members communicate frequently, has been an untiring moderator and highly respected and dedicated face of OCC to the membership.
Details at oceancruisingclub.org
Marlow Ropes Showcase Education & Innovation With The British Sailing Team at the RYA Dinghy Show 2020
Marlow Ropes will be showcasing new developments in the world of high performing rope and dinghy racing at Alexandra Palace this Spring. There will be an opportunity to speak directly with members of the British Sailing Team as well as experts in their fleets. Watch the team splice and re-rig the SOLO Boat No. 6,000. There will also be the award-winning 100% recycled Dockline on display - a sustainable first in the industry, which Marlow is proud to share.
Furthermore, Marlow will be continuing their ropecare education campaign and sharing their expertise throughout the weekend with a special Dinghy Rope-Show at 11am in the Knowledge Zone, More Grip Less Friction and 2:30pm on the Marlow stand (B52) with the British Sailing Team giving hands-on rope advice.
Marlow, helping to connect you with the British Sailing Team and the latest developments you can use on your boat.
Come, meet and chat with us at the Knowledge Zone where we will be giving advice, tips and support in all sailing matters.
Visitors can find Marlow Ropes on the Treasure Hunt and at Stand B52.
For further information follow @marlowropes on Facebook and Instagram.
For Dinghy Show tickets visit: www.rya.org.uk
Entries are open for Hamilton Island Race Week
Within two hours of the Notice of Race for Hamilton Island Race Week 2020 being posted, the first entry had been lodged. And, for the second consecutive year, the yacht with that honour was David Bell's Bavaria 39, Four Bells, out of Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.
At the same time, a high-profile individual from within the Australian boating industry, who plans to be at the 37th staging of Race Week, is confronted by a dilemma: big boat or small/new or old?
Bill Barry-Cotter, who heads the Maritimo luxury motor yacht business based on the Gold Coast, made an impressive return to offshore racing in the recent Rolex Sydney Hobart race as owner of the superbly restored, 114-year-old ketch, Katwinchar. Unfortunately he couldn't be aboard the yacht for the race for medical reasons at the time, but he was in Hobart for the celebrations that came with his yacht winning the Grand Veteran's Division, beating such famous names as Love & War, Fidelis and Kialoa II.
"The excitement and celebrations that came with Katwinchar's result in the Hobart race was enough for me to get the ocean racing bug after a 44-year hiatus," Barry-Cotter said this week. "The crew and I quickly decided that Hamilton Island Race Week would be our next big campaign - maybe with the Brisbane to Hamilton Island race as a curtain raiser. However, in the last few weeks I realised the racing bug was much bigger than Katwinchar, so I am now considering buying a more racing oriented yacht. Whatever the outcome, Hamilton Island Race Week 2020 is on our agenda - old boat or new, large or small."
For David Bell, this will be his ninth Hamilton Island Race Week. "We usually go every second year, but we changed that for this year's regatta," Bell said. "I decided to leave Four Bells at Hamilton Island after last year's Race Week so we could fly there on a regular basis and cruise the Whitsundays. It's been a delightful experience in an unsurpassed environment."
"Race Week is a great annual reunion for the Four Bells crew," Bell said. "We love the racing as much as being back on shore for the fun times each afternoon. It's like schoolies for middle-aged men and women. "I don't think you'd find a better regatta anywhere in the world. It is just fantastic. The destination and the scenery are superb."
The 2019 Hamilton Island Race Week attracted a fleet of 234 from across Australia and overseas - the second largest in the event's history.
"It's just a great vibe" - M32 Skipper Interviews
The Miami Winter Series event in January was the first gathering of the class for 2020. At the Shake-A-Leg sailing center, the media team took the opportunity to interview some of the newer teams sailing the regatta.
Carina Becker is skipper of Young American, the youngest team in the fleet and full of eager talent. This was their first M32 regatta. "You are going at 24 [knots] but you are not stressed at all, it's very comfortable", says Carina who looks forward to the next event. The team had an upwind struggle results-wise but was without a doubt the team with the steepest learning curve, showing improvements from race to race.
Team Hedgehog from Bermuda with Alec and Laura Cutler have raced in many other classes including the Melges 24 and Melges 32 before deciding for the M32. "It reminds us of college racing, much more social and people hanging out together", says Alec. The team was seen fighting for the lead in several races and will be one to keep an eye on.
Skipper Richard Göransson's team Inga from Sweden participated in the European Series last year and came to Miami for some great winter sailing. The team looks forward to the Worlds in Miami at the end of the season and Richard remarks on the simplicity of the boat: "The logistics are super easy compared to everything that I've done before". "Quick job to get it all put together, three people can do it in an afternoon".
For the next Miami Winter Series the fleet will be joined by new teams from Austria and Holland trying out the boat and the racing.
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.
Now this really will be interesting... as Manuard's IMOCA finally breaks cover. Dongfeng team keeps on winning, Francois Gabart maintains radio silence, dodging bullets with Oscar... a new Kiwi toy for 2020, the word according to Clouds and a new Pacific match race. DObbs Davis, Ivor Wilkins, Roger Badham, Patrice Carpentier, Pete Burling And Charles Caudrelier
The perfect versus the good
With a little help from Voltaire America's Cup and Volvo racer Ken Read puts forward some dramatic - but surprisingly obvious - proposals to rewrite the concept of 'on-the-water value'
Grant Spanhake is one of the best-known faces on the grand prix circuits - now he has found a way to get all that experience out there for a wider audience. He talks to Dobbs Davis
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Restored Dublin Bay 21s Will Start DBSC Racing in April
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Chris Moore of Dublin Bay Sailing Club has confirmed the original DBSC class has been granted a racing start for 2020 Tuesday evening racing starting this April.
Initially, two twenty ones will race then three as the boat building project based in Kilrush on the Shannon Estuary completes the six-boat project.
The restored boats will be welcomed back to the bay in a special DBSC gun salute from committee boat Mac Lir at the start of the season.
Back to the Future
You can join the '21 project leaders Hal Sisk and Fionan de Barra for a sailing talk and a two-course dinner on Thursday the 13th of February in the RStGYC Dining Room in Dun Laoghaire. The talk, "Back to the Future, the Revival of the DBSC Twenty Ones - the World's Oldest Cruiser Racer Class" will be a visual presentation on the revival plans.
12 Foot Dinghies Prepare for 250th 'Clinkerfest' Regatta
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In Cork Harbour, John Murphy and Tom Kirby are renovating Caubeen which was once owned by Captain Jimmy Payne of Royal Munster Yacht Club. It was Caubeen which won the Dinghy World Championships for Ireland in 1924 against Mr Watney of England, Mr Bokre of The Netherlands, and Mr Van Haltern of Belgium.
In Dublin, plans are well progressed for the relaunch of Elf which was built in 1931 for a Howth Sailing Club owner and spent much of her racing life in Dublin Bay
In Tralee, 1944 built Sgadan, has been stripped down to her bare timbers and will be varnished ready to defend the Irish Championship which she won in 2018. She also won most of the championships between 1960 and 1970 in the hands of Keith Collie. The Dun Laoghaire and Sutton based boats, Pixie, Albany, Calypso and Dorado which competed in the 2019 Championship are all planning to compete in Lough Ree.
In Germany, Reinhard Schroeder has encouraged up to four boats to take the long journey including two ferries and to compete at Athlone. This is the first time ever that German 12 Foot Dinghies have come to Ireland to compete against Irish boats in a major regatta.
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Will It Keep The Olympic Cash Cow Alive?
The challenge of doublehanded ocean racing faced by Reed and Leech's performance, and Hennessy and Katie, Lauderdale to Key West Race, as well as the many other two crew long distance races, clearly shows to us sailors that the discipline is worthy of an "Olympic" quest. But has World Sailing missed the boat when it thinks adding it as an Olympic event will solve the IOC's problem and keep World Sailing on the IOC dole?
In its heyday, American TV networks were willing to throw money at the IOC to broadcast track and field athletes running fast and turning left. Then other sports entertainment providers raised the bar and we have athletes going off cliffs on mountain bikes or (almost) full-contact snowboarding. Does World Sailing think on-board interviews at 3am with no boat in sight will compete with the X-Games format?
The best "Olympic moment" of the year happened last Saturday in Miami when Trinidad & Tobago sailor, Andrew Lewis, qualified for the Olympic Games on the final leg of the last race of WS's World Cup Series. It is a spectacular story, but the final picture was he and four of his competitors, from four different countries, in the water celebrating. That is what sailors lost when World Sailing shifted their priorities to money and away from being the world governing body of sailing.
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