In This Issue
Bacardi Invitational Regatta Wraps Up
The Cape of Dreams
18ft Skiffs Club Championship, Race 16
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
Fifteen teams already confirmed for 2021 Youth America's Cup
Sydney Harbour Regatta trophy spoils divvied up
America's Cup: How teams rate one year out from race for Auld Mug
Warsash Spring Series kicks off this Sunday, 15 March
Are you Barton Marine's Rising Star 2020?
RYA unveils selection criteria for Offshore World Championship
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Bacardi Invitational Regatta Wraps Up
Tough, rough and exhilarating conditions showed up in Biscayne Bay on the last day at the Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta for the thrill of the 524 sailors gathered in Miami for this world renowned event. An average 15 knots breeze, with gusts of over 20 knots, tested teams and served up a spectacular final day of racing for sailors and the spectator flotilla following the racing.

The 2020 Bacardi Cup Champions secured their title with a race to spare yesterday, but Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL) and Bruno Prada (BRA) still delivered an impressive final race. The pair led the fleet for the first half of the race, before they confused the upwind mark of another racecourse with the Stars' bottom gate, giving the opportunity for Diego Negri (ITA)/Frithjof Kleen (GER) to overhaul them and extend to win the race by 150 metres. With it Negri/Kleen managed to climb to fourth overall.

With Negri/Kleen taking out the final race win, the fight for second and third on the podium unfolded between Paul Cayard (USA)/Pedro Trouche (BRA) who tamed the strong wind and the waves and finished race 6 in 3rd, Augie Diaz (USA)/Henry Boening (BRA) in 4th and Eivind Melleby (NOR)/Joshua Revkin (USA) who started the day in second place dropping to third overall after a 9th place finish. Claiming the glory of second place, by tiebreak advantage over Melleby/Revkin, were Diaz/Boening.

The Race Committees had predicted a full programme on the final day, and with the wind increasing as the afternoon progressed they delivered another day of outstanding racing for all eight classes.

Final top ten, Star Class Bacardi Cup
1. Mateusz Kusznierewicz / Bruno Prada, POL, 7.0 points
2. Augie Diaz / Henry Boening, USA, 22.0
3. Eivind Melleby / Joshua Revkin, NOR, 22.0
4. Diego Negri / Frithjof Kleen, ITA, 23.0
5. Paul Cayard / Pedro Trouch, USA, 24.0
6. Peter O'Leary / Robert O'Leary, IRL, 28.0
7. Eric Doyle / Paison Infelise, USA, 30.0
8. Jorgen Schönherr / Markus Koy, DEN, 46.0
9. George Szabo / Guy Avellon, USA, 48.0
10. Manu Hens / Joost Houweling, BEL, 54.0

Top three for J70 and Melges 24:

1. Paul Ward / Ruairidh Scott / Ben Saxton / Mario Trindade, GBR, 23
2. Ryan McKillen / John Wallace / Sam Loughborough / Mark Mendelblatt, USA, 28
3. Bruce Golison / Steve Hunt / Jeff Reynolds / Erik Shampain, USA, 30

Melges 24
1. Bora Gulari / Kyle Navin / Norman Berg / ian Liberty / Taylor Canfield, USA, 15
2. Peter Duncan / Victor Diaz de Leon / Mattero Ramian / Carlos Robles / Willem Van Waay, USA, 28
3. KC Shannon / Jackson Benvenutti / Ben Lynchi / Tom Sawchuk / Elizabeth Whitener, USA, 47

Full results for all classes on

The Cape of Dreams
Photo by Max Ranchi, Click on image for photo gallery.

With no racing possible on the final day of the Odzala Discovery Camps 52 SUPER SERIES V&A Waterfront Cape Town regatta, the 2019 circuit champions Azzurra lift the first series title of the 2020 season.

Victory for Azzurra was underpinned by a dream debut for new tactician Michele Paoletti, the Italian-Argentine team actually winning their first series regatta since September 2017. After finishing runners up at four of last year's five regattas, the Azzurra team were delighted to prove they can win regattas as well as secure the season long championship, which they have won four times.

And second overall was a dream result too, ahead of hopes and expectations for Hasso Plattner's local Phoenix 11 crew, tied on points with Quantum Racing, also four-times circuit champions. Plattner's team, which includes Peter Holmberg and Andy Horton in afterguard, which relied on local knowledge from Paul Willcox, Shane Elliot and Shaun Pammenter, lead until halfway through the second day before they were compromised by a series of small technical breakdowns.

Final Regatta Standings
1. Azzurra, Alberto/Pablo Roemmers, ARG/ITA, 24 points
2. Phoenix 11, Hasso Plattner, RSA, 31
3. Quantum Racing, Doug DeVos, USA, 31
4. Bronenose, Vladimir Liubomirov, RUS, 35
5. Sled, Takashi Okura, USA, 35
6. Platoon, Harm Muller-Spreer, GER, 36
7. Alegre, Andres Soriano, USA/GBR, 40
8. Provezza, Ergin Imre, TUR, 41
9. Phoenix 12, Tina Plattner, RSA, 42
10. Paprec, Jean-Luc Petithuguenin, FRA, 52

The 2020 52 Super Series is a best of 6 events trophy:

Odzala Discovery Camps 52 Super Series V&A Waterfront - Cape Town - March 2-6, Cape Town, South Africa
Rolex Tp52 World Championship Cape Town 2020 - March 31-4 April, Cape Town, South Africa
Royal Cup 52 Super Series Scarlino 2020 - May 12-16, Tuscany, Italy
Audi 52 Super Series Porto Cervo & Tp52 20Th Anniversary - June 17-21, Sardinia, Italy
52 Super Series Valencia Sailing Week - July 18-22, Valencia, Spain
Puerto Portals 52 Super Series Sailing Week - September 15-19, Mallorca, Spain

18ft Skiffs Club Championship, Race 16
Sydney Harbour: The Tech2 team of Jack Macartney, Charlie Wyatt and Trent Barnabas became the Australian 18 Footers League Club champion after leading all the way to score a convincing win in Race 16 of the series on Sydney Harbour today.

Tech2 had all the answers for the challengers and, but for a few moments on the first lap of the course, was never in danger of losing as the skiff handled the light Southerly conditions which varied from 15-knots down to just barely a breeze.

Macartney's team crossed the finish line 1m10s ahead of Noakesailing (Sean Langman, Ed Powys and Nathan Edwards), with Winning Group (John Winning Jr., Sam Newton and Scott Babbage) a further 51s back in third place.

Smeg (Micah Lane) finished in fourth place, followed by Rag & Famish Hotel (Bryce Edwards), Finport Finance (Keagan York), The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines (David O'Connor), Bird & Bear (Tom Clout), The Kitchen Maker-Caesarstone (Jordan Girdis) and Yandoo (John Winning).

Tech2 went into today's final race of the championship trailing The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines and Shaw & Partners Financial Services (James Dorron) by five points and need to defeat both teams by five placings to win the title.

Over the final lap of the course, Tech2 was unstoppable and extended her lead to 1m55s at the Shark Island mark before cruising home over the final two legs of the course to her 1m10s victory.

The 2020 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship starts next Saturday
Race dates are:
Saturday - March 14 - Race 1
Sunday - March 15 - Race 2
Tuesday - March 17 - Races 3 & 4
Wednesday - March 18 - Races 5 & 6
Thursday - March 19 - Race 7
Saturday - March 21 - Race 8
Sunday - March 22 - Race 9

Seahorse March 2020
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Fifteen teams already confirmed for 2021 Youth America's Cup
There are now only a handful of entry spaces left available for the 2021 Youth America's Cup after the initial early entry period closed on the 29th of February. The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron is delighted to announce that fifteen teams from twelve nations all over the world have already officially entered into the 2021 Youth America's Cup.

Nations with their representative yacht clubs who have entered teams are as follows:

New Zealand (2)
Australia (2)
Switzerland (2)
Hong Kong

It is important to note that entry is still open for this event right up until the 30th September 2020; although subject to any space still available at that point. Due to such high demand early on the RNZYS are encouraging any other clubs who are considering an entry to get this in as soon as possible.

The first AC9F, built out of Yachting Developments is being launched next week for testing.

With the AC9F now almost a reality, and the amount of clubs already on the entry list, the RNZYS is confident the event will be a success in 2021.

The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron are now accepting applicants for their Youth team entry.

An entry memorandum can be found here. A notice of race can be found here.

Sydney Harbour Regatta trophy spoils divvied up
More than 20 clubs from two Australian states and Hong Kong made up 19 divisions for the 15th Sydney Harbour Regatta conducted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club (MHYC) with the cooperation of key Sydney clubs and a host of volunteers.

Performance Class spinnaker divisions
Geoff and Pip Lavis' Inglis/Dovell 50 UBS Wild Thing (Cruising Yacht Club of Australia) took it to the rest of division 1, completing four Sydney Harbour courses over the weekend of March 7-8 to edge out Jiang Lin's Balmain Sailing Club based X43 Min River by a single point.

Ray Parrott's X-Ray, an X332 from Drummoyne, took top honours in division 2 and in division 3, Peter Francis' Wind Charmer (Greenwich Flying Squadron) proved the strongest in the autumn southerly flow.

Super 30s and Super 12s
Adrian Walters' Shaw 11 Little Nico prevailed by a point in the Super 12 division, leading clubmate Lazy Dog, Shaun Lane and Quentin Stewart's MC38, in the final pointscore. "We are happy to win though we didn't reach our best level today," Walters said. Third was Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club MC38 Easy Tiger, skippered by well-known yachtsman and commentator Rob Brown.

Andy Wharton's Melges 24 +GST (RPAYC) posted a very handy set of scores to nail the Super 30 division by 10.7 points. Second and third were two Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron entries - Adela and Very Tasty. The eclectic group of sports boats, Fareast 28s, Melges 24s and 32s and Farr 30s plus others, completed a five-race series.

One designs - Sydney 38s, Adams 10, Yngling
The top two results in the Sydney 38 division mirrored the recent class Australian Championship final scores, Peter Byford and David Hudson's Conspiracy (RPAYC) beating Peter Sorensen's Advanced Philosophy (MHYC), though this time the margin was much closer - one point compared to 11.

Mitchell Miller's Adams 10 Rock Solid moved past Powderhulk on points thanks to a bullet in the deciding race. "We knew it all rested on the final race, then we had an OCS when Powderhulk pushed us over! We watched them sail into the distance thinking 'that's it'. There was no point following so we went the opposite way, in one-design, tactically it's the only way to get ahead, and it paid," Miller said. Rock Solid has been a divisional winner at Sydney Harbour Regatta six or seven times prior.

In the Yngling division racing out of Taylors Bay, Hamish Jarrett's Miss Pibb beat Karma and Black Adder.

Open Class
MHYC boat Nine Dragons, skippered by Bob Cox, out-sailed the rest of the Open class, the DK46 putting an eight point gap on IRC results between them and second place, Gerry Hatton's Mat 1245 Bushranger (RPAYC).

Cox, who recently turned 75, has new vigour in his step following a heart operation, this afternoon announcing: "I'm a new man!". His long-time campaign with Nine Dragons has yielded plenty of Sydney Harbour Regatta victories, and this year his crew put together an impressive scoresheet of five wins from six starts.

Results for all divisions

America's Cup: How teams rate one year out from race for Auld Mug
Team New Zealand will start their defence of the America's Cup in a year's time but mystery continues to shroud yachting's pinnacle event.

The America's Cup match starts on March 6, 2021 and the next 12 months will be a fascinating countdown in design and performance as the teams continue their hurried development with the radical foiling 75-foot monohulls.

With the rules forbidding any engagement ahead of racing, we're still none the wiser to the comparative strengths of defenders Emirates Team New Zealand and challengers Lunas Rossa, American Magic and INEOS Team UK.

The fourth challenger, Stars + Stripes from California, appears dead in the water though no official announcement has been made on a syndicate that has found out the hard way the massive costs involved.

It's been two years and eight months since Team New Zealand won the Auld Mug in Bermuda and halted the Cup's multihull era and glimpses of carefully selected social media posts is all that's been available for glimpses of how these boats are going to perform in racing situations.

That finally happens on April 23-26 in Cagliari, Italy when the first world series regatta is held.

But even that may be irrelevant to what will actually unfold in Auckland, given that the teams are currently working on the designs of their second boats that will be sailed in Auckland for the real action at the Prada Cup challenger series and the America's Cup match.

Full article by Duncan Johnstone in

Warsash Spring Series kicks off this Sunday, 15 March
With a week to go the Warsash Spring Series race management team ran their annual practice day on 8th March.

Racing takes place on Sundays 15, 22 &29 March and 5, 19 & 26 April and the Spring Championships are on 18/19 and 25/26 April. Entries for both can be made online at

Racing kicks off at around 10.00am each Sunday with White Group (Sportsboats and IRC 4) starts in the vicinity of the Royal Southern buoy and Black Group (IRC Classes) starts in the area of Bramble Bank/Lee-on-Solent/Ryde Middle.

The IRC class splits will be decided on Wednesday evening and published on the Warsash Spring Series website

Helly Hansen and Doyle Sails UK are again supporting the event with prizes. Doyle Sails are giving prizes each Sunday and Helly Hansen are giving jackets for the series winners.

Are you Barton Marine's Rising Star 2020?
One lucky young sailor will win the title of the Barton Marine Rising Star, an inspiring campaign launched at this year's RYA Dinghy Show. The recipient will be awarded with an exciting support and equipment package to help their personal sailing development and help boost their racing aptitude to the next level.

Open to all passionate sailors between the ages of 12 and 20 who are engaged in dinghy or one design keel boat racing in the UK, keen applicants can enter the Barton Rising Star competition by filling in the entry form and submitting a 2 minute video explaining their love for sailing. This lucky individual will be a UK ambassador to new and young sailors who want to expand their sailing skills and opportunities.

What is awarded?
- The title of Barton Rising Star for a minimum of 12 months
- Full complement of Barton equipment for your boat throughout the 12 months
- Barton branded clothing and accessories from a well-known yachting brand
- Go-Pro Camera & accessories
- Social media support
- Barton Mentorship to help identify and achieve personal goals and objectives
- An opportunity to identify and influence future product design

As a Barton brand ambassador you will be expected to create a short but regular diary about your experiences and activities on the water, review the Barton products supplied for your use, attend agreed industry events to support Barton (expenses paid) and to promote the Barton brand and equipment range with sailing peers. It is a unique opportunity to enhance your C.V. through taking part in your favourite sport.

The Rising Star Award also aims to enhance awareness of the winner as a competitive sailor and provide further exposure within the Barton business and leisure marine industry and assist with a future sailing career or vocation. or email or for an entry form

Entries close on the 20th April.

RYA unveils selection criteria for Offshore World Championship
The RYA has released its selection policy for the 2020 Offshore World Championship - the latest step in its exciting Mixed Doublehanded Keelboat programme.

The RYA has been working on the programme since the Mixed Two Person Offshore Keelboat was added to the list of Olympic events for Paris 2024.

The goals of the programme are to encourage participation in mixed doublehanded keelboat racing, to select and develop a team with the potential to win the 2020 Offshore World Championship and to develop a strategy to win Olympic gold at Paris 2024.

The Offshore World Championship will run alongside the Rolex Middle Sea Race from October 17 to 20 in Valetta, Malta, and will be contested in L30 yachts.

The RYA was among the first to secure an entry for the race, and is now looking to select a mixed, two-person crew to fly the flag for Great Britain.

Selection will be based on an extended version of the RORC Channel Race, beginning from Cowes, Isle of Wight, on August 1.

The RYA selection policy for the 2020 Offshore World Championship can be downloaded here.

The Mixed Doublehanded Keelboat programme will be led by Olympian and former British Sailing Team Nacra 17 coach Hugh Styles.

RORC racing is IRC rated and not one design so in order to best reflect the criteria of the new Olympic equipment, the RYA selection for the Offshore World Championship will only be open to fixed keel monohulls within an IRC rating band between 0.990 and 1.055.

For more information on the RYA's Mixed Doublehanded Keelboat programme, contact Hugh Styles via

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