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Bacardi Cup
Azzurra Stay Clear of Cape Town's Twists and Turns to Lead
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
New Look And Format For Swedish World Championship Tour Event
M32 Class Spring Update
Pascal Bidegorry and MACIF for The Transat CIC
The Windeler Cup
Island Time
Industry News
Letters to the Editor
Featured Charter: J122 - Noisy Oyster
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• • William Fife Iii 19 Metre Gaff Cutter - Mariquita
• • Botin 80 - 'Cabron'
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Bacardi Cup
On the second day of the 93rd Bacardi Cup, the sixty-five teams in the Star Class were greeted by warmer temperatures and a cloudy sky at Coral Reef Yacht Club, the now home of the event which was first held in Havana, Cuba, in 1927.

With a tricky 8-10 knots of breeze from the southeast, the 165 sailors left the dock ready for the starting sequence at 1155 hours to battle it out in one endurance race per day, as per the traditional format of the Star Class.

Kusznierewicz and Prada took control of the fleet ahead of mark three and extended to the finish line to conquer race two. Adding a win to their second place from yesterdayplaces them at the top of the leaderboard.

The 2017 Star Class World Champions Eiind Melleby (NOR) and Joshua Revkin (USA) added a 3rd to their scorecard and leap to second overall, with overnight leaders Peter and Robert O'Leary (IRL) dropping to third after their 7th place. The 'king of the bay' Augie Diaz, racing with Henry 'Maguila' Boening, finished in 2nd to advance to fourth overall. Keeping in fighting distance of the leaders are the 2019 Bacardi Cup winners, Eric Doyle and Payson Infelise (USA),who count two top 10 finishes to sit in 9th overall.

From Thursday 5 March, the Star Class will be joined by the J70, Melges 24, Viper 640, VXOne sports boat and the foiling AV8 and Windfoil classes.

Provisional Top 10 - After 2 Races
1. Mateusz Kusznierewicz/Bruno Prada, POL, 3 points
2. Eivind Melleby/Joshua Revkin, NOR, 7
3. Peter O'Leary/Robert O'Leary, IRL, 8
4. Augie Diaz/Henry Boening, USA, 9
5. Diego Negri/Frithjof Kleen, ITA, 11
6. Paul Cayard/Pedro Trouch, USA, 12
7. Jørgen Schonherr/Markus Koy, DEN, 12
8. Manu Hens/Joost Houweling, BEL, 17
9. Eric Doyle/Paison Infelise, USA, 17
10. George Szabo/Guy Avelon, USA, 18

Full results

Azzurra Stay Clear of Cape Town's Twists and Turns to Lead
Cape Town: Technical breakdowns unsettled Hasso Plattner's Phoenix 11 team as the 2019 circuit champions Azzurra maintained their consistent form to overhaul the local Cape Town favourites who drop to second place after four races have been sailed at the Odzala Discovery Camps 52 SUPER SERIES V&A Waterfront – Cape Town regatta.

After a solid win in Race 3, the first of today, Phoenix 11 maintained their points advantage over Azzurra, which finished in second. But a pedestal winch gearing breakdown between races unsettled the local team who suffered a breakage of their aftmost port side stanchion to further compound their problems.

The resulting seventh sees Plattner's crew drop two points behind the Roemmers family's Azzurra, which has sailed three second places from four starts and seems to have maintained the consistency that served them well last season, even after integrating new tactician Michele Paoletti.

Sled, which was involved in a collision with training partners Alegre during the first race of the day, still lies third having been granted average points by redress as they were fouled by Alegre.

Although the race area was moved west of the city, it was still tightly bound by a shipping channel, which meant another compact, close-fought track. In flat water with boat speeds so similar and perhaps reflecting early-season, on-board comms, there were no fewer than eight incidents that resulted in seven penalty flags.

Regatta standings after Day 2
1. Azzurra, ARG/ITA, Alberto/Pablo Roemmers, 10 points
2. Phoenix 11, RSA, Hasso Plattner, 12
3. Sled, USA, Takashi Okura, 18.5
4. Bronenosec, RUS, Vladimir Liubomirov, 20
5. Quantum Racing, USA, Doug DeVos, 22
6. Provezza, TUR, Ergin Imre, 23
7. Alegre, USA/GBR, Andrés Soriano, 25
8. Platoon, GER, Harm Müller-Spreer, 27
9. Phoenix 12, RSA, Tina Plattner, 27
10. Paprec, FRA, Jean-Luc Petithuguenin, 31

Full results

Seahorse March 2020
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine

Seahorse Magazine

World news
What you didn't see in New Zealand, everything's new in France in 2020, happy face for Franck Cammas, sad face (for now) for Yann Elies, it's only au revoir from Gery Trentesaux, a different Sydney Hobart future (perhaps). Plus US Olympic sailing, US offshore sailing, does none of it ever get any easier? Dobbs Davis, Ivor Wilkins, Patrice Carpentier, Blue Robinson, Dave Hughes, Pete Melvin

Paul Cayard - Emotional
You say cost-reduction, I say advantage creation

IRC - When less is more
The trend to shorthanded racing is having some interesting consequences. Jason Smithwick

Seahorse build table - The fish's new friend
Giuliano Luzzatto talks to innovative Italian engineer Pietro Parmeggiani

Sailor of the Month
And a good month for both of them

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New Look And Format For Swedish World Championship Tour Event
Gothenburg, Sweden: 'GKSS Match Cup Marstrand' was today announced as the new name of the Swedish world championship event of the 2020 World Match Racing Tour, this year hosting its 26th edition from 1-5 July. The event will be sailed in M32 multihulls managed by Gothenburg based agency CREATE in collaboration with GKSS (Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club). The 2020 Notice of Race has also been released including an increased USD75,000 prize purse and 14-team field.

The popular annual Swedish match racing event continues its tradition as one of the flagship events of the World Match Racing Tour since the Tour was founded in 2000 - the event was previously named Match Cup Sweden before taking its new title of GKSS Match Cup Marstrand this year. The event attracts tens of thousands of spectators annually to the picturesque island of Marstrand, 30 kilometres to the west of Gothenburg.

Following last week's announcement by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club to increase its entries to the Bermuda Gold Cup from 12 to 16 teams, GKSS Match Cup Marstrand have also increased their entries from 12 to 14 teams to incorporate a Women's trophy

New for 2020 is also the addition of the Grade 3 GKSS Spring Cup from (30-31 May) as an official qualifier event to the Marstrand world championship event. Held in GKSS's owned fleet of Far East 28 one-design yachts, the top two placed skippers from ten teams will qualify to GKSS Match Cup Marstrand where they will join the very best match racers from around the world in July to battle for the coveted Marstrand title.

Mattias Dahlstrom (SWE) has been appointed as Principle Race Officer for GKSS Match Cup Marstrand, with International Umpire and Judge Craig Mitchell (GBR) as Chief Umpire. The preliminary entry list will be published in the coming weeks.

2020 World Match Racing Tour Schedule

1. The Ficker Cup, Long Beach, USA, 24-26 April
2. *Congressional Cup®, Long Beach, USA, 29 April - 3 May
3. Porto Montenegro Match Race, 8-10 May
4. *Bermuda Gold Cup, Bermuda, 11-16 May
5. Slovenia Match Race Cup, Portorož, 14-17 May
6. NJK Open Spring Cup, Finland, 22-24 May
7. GKSS Spring Cup, Gothenburg, 30-31 May
8. Match Race Germany, Langenargen, 27 May - 1 June
9. Swinoujscie Match Race, Poland, 18-21 June
10. *GKSS Match Cup Marstrand, 1-5 July
11. Internationaux de France de Match Racing, 23-26 July
12. Baltic Match Race, Estonia, 29 July - 2 August
13. AIRCALIN Match Race, New Caledonia, 8-11 August
14. Chicago Grand Slam, USA, 14-16 August
15. International Match Race for the Detroit Cup, USA, 19-23 August
16. Oakcliff International, Oyster Bay, USA, 27-31 August
17. Thompson Cup, Oyster Bay, USA, 2-5 September
18. DBS Marina Bay Cup, Singapore, 17-20 September
19. *WMRT FINAL - TBA Nov/Dec

M32 Class Spring Update
The March event, with a record 13 entries so far, marks the end of the fight for the Rooster Trophy, the infamous trophy for the Miami Winter Series. Leading the series going into the event is Pieter Taselaar's team Bliksem. Only one point behind is last winters winner and reigning World Champion Don Wilson with his team Convexity. Another handful of boats is fighting for the podium lead by Jennifer Wilson's team Convergence.

New Miami Event - The Sandbar Cup
The fleet simply could not get enough of the fun in the sun, and the racing in Miami will be extended with another event in April. The "M32 Sandbar Cup" will score as a separate event and have more of a laid back setup when it comes to changing skippers and crew between races.

European teams getting ready
The M32 European Series will start in May in Sanremo, Italy, but already in April most of the fleet will be in Sanremo for the Warm-Up Regatta. Sanremo hosted a warm-up event already last year, and Yacht Club Sanremo Regatta Chairman Umberto Zocca comments "We are happy to have the class back, and it's a pleasure for Yacht Club Sanremo to host an event with a fast and exciting boat like the M32." Last year's warm-up event was won by Ian William's "GAC Pindar" that, contrary to sailing superstition, went on to win the entire series. Ian, who is also Class Vice President for Europe says "The class really enjoyed the event in Sanremo last year so decided to come back for two events this year - on GAC Pindar we are ready and raring to get back into the racing after a long break." A new team on the start line in Sanremo is Harald Vermeulen's "Leeloo" from the Netherlands. The team tested the boat on one event last season and have joined the Miami fleet for some training this winter. From Sanremo the fleet moves on to Amsterdam, Holland followed by Marstrand, Sweden before going back to the south of Europe.

Pascal Bidegorry and MACIF for The Transat CIC
Following a tough Brest Atlantique race, Francois Gabart has momentarily decided to give racing a break this season, despite having learnt a lot from this event. The MACIF trimaran's skipper will use this time to focus on projects in a different way and to recharge his batteries to return stronger than ever next year.

After talking about this together, the MACIF group and Francois Gabart have decided to hand over the helm of the MACIF trimaran to Pascal Bidegorry for The Transat CIC, which will set sail from Brest on 10 May 2020.

Over the winter, Francois Gabart realized that he had overextended himself. He lagged behind in his physical preparation for the upcoming season and didn't have enough time to recover from the exhaustion that had accumulated over recent seasons before the next date set for early May - The Transat CIC. Francois knows that it is essential not to underestimate the problems this represents, particularly when putting to sea again single-handed for another Atlantic sprint. After due consideration with the MACIF group, the decision was made to allow the boat to take part in The Transat CIC, without Francois at its helm. Naturally, this decision does not affect the partnership between the skipper and MACIF, for which, as an insurance group, prevention is a core value. The firm fully backs his choice, knowing that he will return much stronger next year at the helm of the new MACIF trimaran, which is currently being built.

Three months before the start of The Transat CIC, the MACIF group and Francois Gabart have decided to entrust the helm of the MACIF trimaran to Pascal Bidegorry. His multihull experience and his approach to performance, in combination with the fact that he has been working on and supporting the MACIF trimaran project since the boat was launched in the summer of 2015, naturally make Pascal the inevitable choice to skipper the boat in The Transat CIC.

Winner alongside Francois in the Transat Jacques Barbara in 2015, then the Armen Race and The Bridge in 2017, Pascal Bidegorry has also taken part in a large number of training sessions on board to develop performance and advise Francois. Already there for the first transatlantic race, he will therefore enjoy the privilege of leading the trimaran in this its last race under the colours of Macif, since it will be sold this summer.

The Windeler Cup
Windeler Cup Entries have opened for the first Windeler Cup, the new race for small keelboats that will run on the same day as the world-famous Round the Island Race, Saturday 30 May 2020.

The race has been introduced to allow boats which are too small to safely participate in the annual circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight to join in the excitement of the Round the Island Race weekend. Instead of sailing the full 50 mile course of the main race, boats from the Daring, Dragon, Etchells, Flying Fifteen, Mermaid, Redwing, Sunbeam, Swallow, Sonar, Squib, RS Elite, Victory and XOD classes will compete in a 'Round the Solent' race for the new Windeler Cup, starting from the Royal Yacht Squadron line off Cowes after the main Round the Island fleet is underway. The race will follow a course around the Western Solent, taking advantage of favourable tides to finish back on the RYS line in Cowes.

The Windeler Cup has been named after Major Cyril Windeler, who created the Round the Island Race in 1931 as an opportunity for owners of smaller yachts to enjoy a 'bigger than usual' competition. It is in this spirit that the Island Sailing Club has introduced the new race and addressed the desires of smaller keelboats who would like to take part in the main race.

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Island Time
The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is well-known among racing sailors for its close and intense competition. But the 40th Anniversary Edition of the event, scheduled for March 5-8, is also an island-wide festival of sailing, parties and music.

And if you're a cruising sailor visiting the islands, the best way to participate is to hoist sail and join the on-the-water fun. And the easiest, coolest way to do that is sign up for the Island Time class, the division especially created and designed for cruising sailors.

Sponsored by Hank Schmitt - who runs the free crew network Offshore Passage Opportunities ( and organizes the annual NARC Rally from Newport, R.I. to St Maarten - the Island Time class is now in its fifth year.

"A lot of cruisers raced when they were younger, and still have those competitive juices," said Schmitt. "But they don't have a race boat and don't want to make the commitment to do a huge event. With the Island Time class, you can be ready to go in two hours, not two days. Take the anchor off the bow and drop your dodger if you wish, and you're all set. And you get to be part of the action, which is really the ideal way to enjoy the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta."

The Island Time division is surely the most civilized way to go sailboat racing. You compete against like-minded cruisers. There's only one race a day, at 11 a.m., and a special bridge opening at 10:30, so no frantic dash at dawn to get on the racecourse.

Industry News
After 23 years of training highly-skilled boat builders and furniture makers, the Boat Building Academy (BBA) is proud to announce it is now a charitable company. The change will enable the BBA to offer bursaries to individuals for training in boat building and furniture making.

"Becoming a charity is a big moment for us; the primary objective is to enable us to offer assisted places to extremely committed applicants who would not otherwise be able to attend our courses," says Will Reed, BBA Principal and Trustee.

"Initially, we are able to offer two boat builders and three furniture makers financial assistance each year. We would like to increase numbers in future and will be taking a proactive approach to fundraising."

BBA bursaries will be offered to applicants who best meet criteria which include commitment, enthusiasm and a desire to forge a career in the boat building and furniture making industries. For more information about bursaries, register interest via .

"Although some students receive grants from the likes of City & Guilds, most rely on savings, and for some people a course is an unattainable dream," says Will. "We are thrilled to be able to turn those dreams into reality for several students each year with our new bursary programme. I came to the BBA through a lifetime love of woodwork and I'm delighted that we'll be offering our training to a wider section of the community."

The academy has seen over 500 students through its doors in Lyme Regis, with graduates sought after across the UK and globally in all aspects of the boat building and furniture making industries. Graduates have gone on to work in boatyards such as Tommy Nielsen, Spirit Yachts and Will Stirling; some have set up their own businesses.

The flagship 40-week Boat Building course teaches people how to build boats to industry standards using traditional and modern techniques while the 12-week Furniture Making and Advanced Furniture Making courses provide the skills needed to produce top-end work.

The BBA also offers a variety of 2 to 5-day short courses, from basic woodwork and furniture making, to boat building, GRP repairs, wooden boat restoration and sail making. Find out more online at


The Laser Campaign Manual 20th Anniversary Edition

Fernhurst Books

Sir Ben Ainslie won his first two Olympic medals (silver, then gold) in the Laser Class. After winning the gold medal he wrote down the secrets that won him that medal in this book. This new edition is published to mark the 20th anniversary of that first of his four Olympic gold medals. It features a brand-new introduction by Ben reflecting on his victory 20 years ago.

But it is more than a historical document as Ben explains: "I am still the same sailor who raced the Laser in 2000 and the boat is basically the same boat... so I do feel this book is more than just a celebration of the 20 years since I won my first gold medal - it contains the information that helped me win that medal and it can still help Laser sailors (and other single-handed sailors) get on the podium."

It is the only how-to book that the world's most successful Olympic sailor has written and so, while he and the Laser class have moved on, this is the only place where you can gain access to Ben's skills and thought process. It is an invaluable guide on how to perform at the top of the Laser class or, indeed, any single-handed sailing dinghy

Published by Fernhurst Books as part of their Sail to Win series, as a paperback and eBook, The Laser Campaign Manual will be available to buy from all good bookshops, websites and direct from


11th Hour Racing Team has partnered with Karün sunglasses as an official team supplier in the sustainable eyewear category over the next three years through the completion of the next edition of The Ocean Race in 2022. Karün will provide 11th Hour Racing Team and staff with high-performance sunglasses engineered for offshore sailing, while collaborating with 11th Hour Racing Team on unique strands of content and on-site promotional opportunities at race events.

This is the second consecutive Ocean Race in which 11th Hour Racing Team CEO Mark Towill and Skipper Charlie Enright have partnered with Karün, after working together on the prototypes and development of Karün's first-ever sailing line of sunglasses in 2017, when Towill and Enright led Vestas 11th Hour Racing in the 2017-18 edition of The Ocean Race.\


The Confindustria Nautica General Council, the new name for the reunified UCINA and Nautica Italiana associations, convened last week in Genoa to formalise the addition of a number of new association members while also launching the process to integrate the respective governing bodies of the Association into the Council and Industry Assembly. Candidates are now putting their names forward for the Recreational Ship sector, in view of the elections, the dates of which will be confirmed next month.

Baglietto Spa and Cerri Cantieri Navali Spa (both under the Gavio Group), the Ferretti Group, Fincantieri Yachts, Perini Navi Spa, Anvera/Lg and Sacs, are among the many boatbuilding brands to have joined over the past few days. They are joined by Mase - in the Accessories/Components sector; Marina di Portofino, Marinedi Group and Porto Lotti, from the marina sector; and Compagnia Generale Telemar in the Services field. Design studios Zuccon International Project and Francesco Paszkowski Design have also joined.

The last few weeks has also seen a number of other company groups join Confindustria Nautica including AON, Italian and global leader in risk and HR consultancy and in insurance and reinsurance brokerage; Boero, ISYBA (the Italian Ship and Yacht Broker Association), Coast to Coast Investimenti srl and Pressmare, a leading online news platform.

The total number of applications to join Confindustria Nautica is now close to 40, including those from historical brands such as Nautica Glem (Catania) and Peter nautica (Bari) - among the largest operators in Sicily and Puglia - a number of hallmark names like Marina Verbella and Solcio, based respectively on the Lombardy and Piedmont banks of Lago Maggiore, one of the leading names in the North West Maresport team (Padua); one of Milan's key network hubs, Nautisport, along with Oltre Nautica in Rome, Campello Marine in Venice, Punto Mare in Ancona and, says Confindustria Nautica, many more are joining from across Italy.

The reunification of UCINA and Nautica Italiana began last year. The assemblies of the two associations, which took place respectively on December 18 and 19, approved the changes subsequently made to the UCINA statute, as approved also by the Members of Nautica Italiana, chosen to be taken on as the unified Association's own statute, since UCINA was deemed to become the common home for both institutions, and adopted the name Confindustria Nautica.

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* From Euan Ross:

Concerning the photo chosen to illustrate the Flying Fifteens 2022 visit to Cowes: It was a delight to see that famous image of Uffa sailing Titania off Hunter's Quay with Finartmore (Kilmun Hill) and the mouths of the Holy Loch and Loch Long in the background. Ian Gilchrist's photographs live on in his books which are still available and very much under-priced on the second-hand market. In the hands of the old rogue himself, Titania, won the second National Championships in 1950. The boat was sold to J. Heddle and based on the Clyde in 1953.

The Flying Fifteen have long been popular 'up north', peaking with the 1976 Nationals at Rhu which saw an entry of 119 boats. Uffa himself attended the launching ceremonies of many fine yachts on the Clyde, being a man who would turn up for the proverbial 'opening of an envelope.' It was sad to see Uffa end up as a sad bundle of blankets, slumped in a wheelchair, taking the air in front of the Commodore's House, animated only by that distinguished beak of his.

The Fifteens feature in 'Highland Cowes', our history of Scottish sailing which is coming out this Spring. The book pays tribute to Hunter's Quay, once a significant centre of yachting, like Cowes. The terrible pun of the book title was inspired by both 'Sacred Cowes', Heckstall-Smith's affectionate portrait, and the three Fifteens named Coweslip, the first of which was presented to Royal Family by the people of Cowes.

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