In This Issue
To Wizard the gun - Class winners to come
Marit Bouwmeester wins fourth Laser Radial World Championship
Scoreboard Shaken Up At RS:X Worlds
Make your website an 'installable' web app
SailGP speeds into Season 2 on Sydney Harbour
Clipper Leg 5: The Asia-Pacific Challenge
The Race Around
Scrapping of the DEKPA
Industry News
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To Wizard the gun - Class winners to come
For the second year in a row, David and Peter Askew's Volvo 70 Wizard (USA) has taken Monohull Line Honours in the RORC Caribbean 600. Adrian Keller's Nigel Irens-designed catamaran Allegra (SUI) is the provisional winner of the MOCRA Class. Tilmar Hansen's German TP52 Outsider has finished the race and is currently the overall leader under IRC for the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy.

Last year's overall winner Wizard struggled in the light air for the first part of the race, but lit up having rounded St.Maarten, blast reaching 140nm to Guadeloupe in just 11 hours. Having negotiated the wind shadow behind Guadeloupe, Wizard pulled the trigger, blast reaching in the Atlantic, smoking through the 90nm to Barbuda in just five hours.

Adrian Keller's Nigel Irens-designed catamaran Allegra is the provisional winner of the multihull class after MOCRA correction. Allegra has been extended to 83ft with two aft water ballast tanks providing up to 800kg of righting moment. Weighing in at 30 tons, with a full interior, Allegra is the heaviest multihull taking part in this year's race.

Tilmar Hansen was a happy man this morning as dawn broke on his 70th birthday. Hansen's TP52 Outsider (GER), skippered by Bo Teichmann, crossed the finish line just after 7 a.m. local time to post the best corrected time so far under IRC.

At 1000 (1400 GMT) on Thursday 27th February, 52 yachts are still racing under IRC for the overall win for the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy. Outsider is leading IRC overall and IRC Zero. A fierce battle is raging in IRC One between two equally matched yachts. Giles Redpath's Lombard 46 Pata Negra (GBR) and Philippe Frantz's NMD 43 Albator (FRA) are approaching the Barbuda mark for the second time, with just over 100 miles to go.

Approximately 180 miles from the finish, the competition is fierce in IRC Two. Ross Applebey's Oyster 48 Scarlet Oyster (GBR) is estimated to be leading by 43 minutes on corrected time from Global Yacht Racing's First 47.7 EH01 (GBR), skippered by Andy Middleton. Pamala Baldwin's J/122 Liquid (ANT) is estimated to be just an hour off the lead after time correction.

In IRC Three, Peter McWhinnie's Larchmont YC team racing JPK 10.80 In Theory (USA) is leading the class on the water and estimated to have a solid lead after IRC correction. In the Class40 Division, 115nm from the finish, BHB sailed by Arthur Hubert is dead-level with Morgane Ursault Poupon's UP Sailing.


Marit Bouwmeester wins fourth Laser Radial World Championship
Melbourne Australia: It may have been a case of "saved by the wind" for Rio Olympic champion, Marit Bouwmeester. The three-time world champion led by 24 points over night but saw her margin trimmed to just two points after the first race of the final day. A big wind shift caught a number of the top sailors out, and Bouwmeester, who received a yellow flag (penalty turns), finished 29th. This became her second "drop" but brought into play a 24th from yesterday.

When asked why she was penalised she said, "Too much rocking. I was thinking 'I deserve a yellow flag' and I got one."

Gold fleet went into sequence again, still with the chance of two more races, but the wind continued to die and back to the south-east. At 3pm, the deadline for racing to start on the final day, the AP over A was flown and a relieved Dutch woman made her way back to the clubhouse.

Bouwmeester, who was famous for always training on her own, has recently joined three other women in the Dutch squad and all four finished in the top 10. Maxime Jonkers was second, just two points behind, while Daphne van der Vaart was seventh and Mirthe Akkerman was 10th. Norwegian Line Flem Host took third and defending champion Anne-Marie Rindom, who became ill during the event, was fourth.

Provisional Top 10
1. Marit Bouwmeester, NED, 42 points
2. Maxime Jonker, NED, 44
3. Line Flem Host, NOR, 45
4. Anne-Marie Rindom, DEN, 57
5. Magdalena Kwasna, POL, 58
6. Josefin Olsson, SWE, 60
7. Daphne Van Der Vaart, NED, 67
8. Manami Doi, JPN, 67
9. Emma Plasschaert, BEL, 69
10. Mirthe Akkerman, NED, 71

Men's World Championship Provisional Top Ten
1. Daniil Krutskikh, RUS, 22
2. Michael Compton, AUS, 42
3. Nik Pletikos, SLO, 47
4. Brody Riley, AUS, 53
5. Stefan Elliott-Shircore, AUS, 58
6. Mario Novak, CRO, 68
7. Zac Littlewood, AUS, 76
8. Gustavo Correa Nascimento, BRA, 83
9. Zac West, AUS, 97
10. Luke Cashmore, NZL, 101

Scoreboard Shaken Up At RS:X Worlds
For the 116 sailors turning up to the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club this morning, there were a few tired bodies, sore arms and broken hands following yesterday's heavy air duel on the water. The look of relief for many as day 3 of the RS:X World Championships defied the forecast 20 knot winds and presented a much calmer Port Philip Bay to the sailors.

Where yesterday was a straightforward hook-in and blast off type day, the race course today was like a scene out of a Mockingjay film - a series of cleverly crafted traps that could catch out even the top sailors. The wind shifts were deceptive, the gusts would lull sailors into complacency and the tide caught nearly every sailor out when judging laylines - a differently brutal race course compared to yesterday, but one that served up a full schedule of three topsy-turvy races.

The women were up first today and it was Charline Picon from France, the reigning Olympic Champion from Rio who recovered from a difficult first two days to post the day's best scoreline of 1, 1, 6 and climb up to seventh overall. Picon has had a difficult week so far but today showed that she still has what it takes to challenge for a medal in five months' time come Tokyo 2020.

The men endured an equally difficult day and finally Kiran Badloe from the Netherlands blemished his scorecard with an 11th place in the second race of today. Either side of that though, the tall Dutchman managed to keep his championship bid firmly on track with a win in the first race of the day and a win in the last race of the day. It will take a herculean effort from the chasing pack to take the title away from Badloe, even with two days of racing left to go.

Friday is the last chance for sailors to make the all-important medal race on Saturday. The forecast is for lighter winds, potentially non-planing, which normally shakes the fleet up and could see another shuffle of the leader board.

Top ten, men
1. Kiran Badloe NED, 11
2. Pawel Tarnowski POL, 36
3. Shahar Zubari ISR, 37
4. Dorian van Rijsselberghe, NED, 38
5. Thomas Goyard, FRA, 43
6. Tom Reuveny, ISR, 46 U21
7. Pierre Le Coq, FRA, 46
8. Vyron Kokkalanis , GRE, 48
9. Louis Giard, FRA, 50
10. Daniele Benedetti, ITA, 7

Top ten, women
1. Noy Drihan, ISR, 23
2. Lilian de Geus, NED, 27
3. Maja Dziarnowska, POL, 40
4. Emma Wilson, GBR, 42
5. Marta Maggetti, ITA, 46
6. Katy Spychakov, ISR, 57
7. Charline Picon, FRA, 58
8. Zofia Noceti-Klepacka, POL, 73
9. Hei Man Chan HKG, 77
10. Karolina Lipinska POL, 87

Full results - Men Full results - Women

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SailGP speeds into Season 2 on Sydney Harbour
After months of anticipation and fueled by the addition of two new national teams and the most decorated Olympic sailor ever joining the global league, the world's fastest sail racing is ready to take over Sydney Harbour for the opening event of SailGP Season 2.

Tom Slingsby's Australia SailGP Team returns to start its title defense on home waters, as the global championship kicks off with the season's first race on February 28 and 29.

All seven national teams spent the past two weeks training in the iconic venue, as the Australia, France, Great Britain, Japan and United States teams reacclimated themselves to the F50 catamarans. New entrants Denmark and Spain will rely on the expertise of their world-class crew members to quickly adapt to the world's most advanced sail race boats.

A year ago, the Australia SailGP Team kickstarted it's championship campaign with the Sydney title, edging out the Japan team in the match race. However, Slingbsy was quick to shoot down the notion that the 2020 event is his to lose.

The racecourse is situated in the eastern section of Sydney Harbour with Shark Island - where spectators will gather - at the epicenter. The event is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. local time (AEDT) on Friday and will feature three fleet races between all seven teams. The action resumes at 4:30 p.m. local time Saturday with two fleet races, followed by a final match race between the top two point leaders.

Fans around the world will be able to watch coverage of Sydney SailGP through the most immersive broadcast experience the sport has ever seen. The global championship has also revamped the award-winning SailGP APP to provide a more comprehensive look into each race, implementing additional data and viewing options so users can watch the world's fastest sail racing when and how they want. The SailGP APP is available in the App Store and Google Play.

Clipper Leg 5: The Asia-Pacific Challenge - The Lakewood Hills, Zhuhai Race
Three days into Race 7: The Lakewood Hills, Zhuhai Race, the fleet has been beating upwind and heading north towards Virtual Mark Massey, named after Qingdao's First Mate Rhiannon. It's been a bumpy ride but the teams are making good progress, with only 10nm separating the top four (Qingdao, Unicef, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam and Punta del Este).

Declarations for the double Dell Latitude Rugged Ocean Sprints needed to be made within 48 hours of Race Start and so have now been revealed. Nine teams will be competing for Ocean Sprint North, leaving just two going for Ocean Sprint South.

Teams have declared as follows:

Imagine your Korea - North
GoToBermuda - North
Seattle- North
WTC Logistics - South
Punta del Este - North
Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam - North
Dare To Lead - North
Zhuhai - North
Visit Sanya, China - North
Qingdao- South
Unicef - North

Current leader of Race 7, Qingdao, is happy to only have one rival for its chosen sprint. Chris Brooks, Qingdao Skipper says: "So the complexity of the Dell Latitude Rugged Ocean Sprint worked in our favour and now only one other boat has come for our sprint. That means nine out of eleven boats chose the same sprint.

Keep an eye on all the action via the Race Viewer as the fleet heads northwards past Taiwan.

The Race Around: 2 People, 1 Boat, 4 Oceans, 1 Circumnavigation, 1 Race
The Race Around is a double-handed, classical, multi-staged around the world yacht race starting in the summer of 2023. Run under Category 0, the Race Around is designed to create, in conjunction with Class40, a race that provides fierce racing within a friendly atmosphere at an affordable price point and achievable timeframe.

The race course will feature the three great Capes of ocean navigation and include the challenging Southern Ocean. A start will be given in late summer from a French city and followed by a maximum of 5 legs.

The Class 40 is a performance racing yacht with a maximum length of 40 feet. Class 40 has a strict box-rule, which means there is a maximum overall size for boats within the class. This box-rule has created a class with 159 registered boats from 17 different yacht designers and over 20 countries making it the most successful short-handed offshore racing yacht of all time. Most recently 55 Class40s competed in the 2018 Route du Rhum and the global racing calendar continues to expand proving the huge success seen is sure to continue.

The Race Around can today confirm the first competitor campaigning to be on the start line of Class40s new around the world race. Having spend a decade on the Multi50 "Arkema", Lalou Roucayrol embarks on a new adventure with Class40 culminating in The Race Around 2023.

From the Medoc region of France, Lalou Roucayrol the winner of the 2017 Transat Jacques-Vabre and numerous other offshore races (for further detail please see below), will compete alongside a number of co-skippers from his Lalou Multi training centre. The objective is to provide a platform for younger competitors to gain a full understanding of the values associated to ocean racing and the build of their own Class40.

Cruising Association applauds the scrapping of the DEKPA
Greece has announced the scrapping of the DEKPA cruising permit in a draft bill for which consultations close on 27 February 2020. The bill will be voted on shortly afterwards and becomes law within one month of being officially published.

The DEKPA was never a popular imposition with either the Greek authorities nor the visiting yachtsmen, putting regulations in place with requirements that were sometimes difficult to meet. For example, getting documents stamped on due dates when present in the country, and being subject to hefty fines.

The Cruising Association (CA), Britain's leading organisation for cruising sailors, has been campaigning since the advent of the E-TEPAI cruising tax, which effectively duplicates the vessel's information online, so making the DEKPA superfluous.

The decision to scrap DEKPA will also be welcomed by the Port Police. Importantly though, there will be an obligation for all skippers to keep a detailed and signed log of all crew, logging all arrivals and departures and noting any visa details where required.

With the UK leaving the EU on 31 December 2020, UK vessels, even those which are VAT paid, will have to apply for a Transit Log (TL) from Customs. This performs a similar function to a DEKPA, but for non-EU flagged vessels, and the CA views this as also being somewhat superfluous, increasing the workload of Customs. The CA is therefore campaigning to have this scrapped and for other facilities to be put in place in respect of immigration requirements.

Further details will be communicated as and when these become available. In the meantime CA members can access all the relevant and current information here:

Industry News
Gurit (SIX Swiss Exchange: GUR) today announces that Frank Nielsen, General Manager Gurit Kitting, will leave Gurit by August 2020 to pursue other career opportunities. He will be succeeded by Andreas Kipker, currently Commercial Director Gurit Kitting.

Frank Nielsen has successfully grown the JSB Kitting business to a global leadership position with the JSB team over the last years. Rudolf Hadorn states: "We thank Frank for all his contributions to the Gurit Group and the successful integration of the Kitting business. We wish him every success and all the best for his future."

Gurit is pleased to announce an internal successor with Andreas Kipker, currently Commercial Director of the Kitting business. Starting July 1, 2020 Andreas Kipker will take over the role of General Manager Kitting and succeed Frank Nielsen as a member of the Executive Committee. Andreas joined JSB in 2013 and previously held various positions in the JSB Group, today's Kitting business unit. The search for a replacement of the Commercial Director role will be initiated in due course.


The organisers of JEC World, the international composites show held each year in Paris, today announced that the 2020 event has been postponed to May 12-14. It was originally due to be held in March.

In a statement, the JEC Group says its decision was based on the latest assessment of the coronavirus outbreak and after consulting with board members and key stakeholders in the composites industry.

"The recent spread of the coronavirus in new countries last week, and especially countries playing an important role in the composite materials industry such as China, South Korea and Italy, has obliged the JEC World organisation team and key stakeholders of the industry to reassess the current situation," reads the statement.

"Increased travel restrictions from authorities, but also at corporate level, both from exhibiting and visiting companies, have drastically reduced the potential attendance to the show.

"Moreover, the latest developments of the coronavirus have significantly increased the concerns of participating companies about the health of their employees. JEC Group has the same concerns, having health and safety of their exhibitors, visitors, partners and staff as a number one priority.


FLIR to sell-off Raymarine. In the company's release of fourth quarter and year-end results today, the thermal imaging specialist said it was undertaking a restructuring program


Nautor's Swan, following its strategy to maintain its leadership in the sailing industry worldwide, has just confirmed a new organizational set up in the Americas, appointing Roy Capasso as the new Regional Director, in addition to his role as Regional Director for Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Following the steps of the excellent job of Giulio Bertani, who's leaving the group for a new professional adventure, Mr. Capasso will take over, leveraging on his wide and proven experience in the marine industry.

Roy Capasso will be supported by Mr. Ken Keefe, for Sales and and Peter McCloskey, for Customer Care, until January 2021, when Nautor's Swan will be establishing a new North American branch.

Nautor's Swan is currently very active with the facility in Pietarsaari working against the clock with 5 Maxis in production, three of which ready to hit the water. Swan 98 will be presented during Monaco Yacht Show and ClubSwan 125 will be delivered early Autumn, but also the new project launched in Duesseldorf, the Swan 58 counts already 6 units sold and she will be launched next Boot 2021.


The Mediterranean Yacht Show (MEDYS) is returning to the port of Nafplion in Greece from May 2-6 for its seventh annual edition.

Owned and organised by the Greek Yachting Association, MEDYS has played a significant role in the growth and development of yachting tourism in Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean. It creates a unique link between the yachts, central agents and brokers, and exhibitors with yacht-related products and services, with the ultimate objective of generating business for all.

"The finest luxury crewed yachts that are available for charter in Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean, an international audience of charter professionals, the best of ancillary services, a spectacular location, and a social agenda that is unmatched, make the MEDYS the must-attend show of the year," says the Greek Yachting Association in a statement.

Last year's event had 102 luxury crewed charter yachts with a cumulative length of 3.5km and the participation of more than 450 brokers from 31 countries.

Registration for the 7th MEDYS is officially open for all attendee categories (central agents, brokers, sponsors, exhibitors and press) and interested parties can apply via the show's official website,

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