In This Issue
Sixth stage of Clipper Round the World Yacht Race gets underway
The America's Cup Hall of Fame to Induct Franklin Osgood, Bryan Willis, and Rolf Vrolijk
Marlow Ropes to partner with Boris Herrmann and Team Malizia for Vendee Globe 2020 campaign
America's Cup is heading to the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club
The Ocean Race is returning to Newport
Entrepreneur of the Month: Iain Percy, Artemis Technologies
Team Honda Marine Going For Three In A Row
OK Dinghy Class Launch Euro League
Featured Charter: Sunfast 3600 - Loli Fast
Featured Brokerage:
• • SW100RS Mrs. Seven
• • Swan 105 RS Child of Lir
• • SB20
The Last Word: Alan Watts

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Sixth stage of Clipper Round the World Yacht Race gets underway
The fleet departed for the Leg 6 of the Clipper 2019-20 Round the World Yacht Race today from Subic Bay, Philippines. Race 9, the first of two races to make up the sixth stage, will see the fleet of eleven stripped out 70-foot yachts race offshore in the South China Sea. The second race will be the 'big one', the North Pacific Ocean crossing to Seattle.

Race 9, named the WTC Logistics Tri-Race is short by Clipper Race standards, but still longer than most renowned offshore races. The hot tropical race, will take the Clipper Race fleet on a fast, triangular sprint of approximately 750nm in total. The race is made up of three individual Dell Latitude Rugged Ocean Sprint sections between virtual gates.

Many new faces have joined the teams in Subic Bay and Race 9 is the perfect opportunity to integrate the crew ahead of what is dubbed 'the big one'. Before the start later today, all teams will be completing the mandatory refresher training required at the start of each new leg.

Race 9 is expected to take between four and five days to complete with the fleet anticipated to return back into Subic Bay Yacht Club between 14-15 March.

So far, the Clipper Race fleet has raced over 22,000nm since the 2019-20 edition started from London in September 2019 with stopovers in Portimao, Portugal; Punta del Este Uruguay; Cape Town, South Africa; Fremantla and the Whitsundays, Australia; to the Philippines. The route for Legs 5 and 6 of the 2019-20 edition has been amended due to the outbreak of COVID-19, resulting in the planned stopovers in Sanya, Zhuhai and Qingdao, China being cancelled.

Following the fleet's return to Subic Bay at the end of Race 9 Seattle is the next destination on the global route.

Clipper Race Leaderboard
1. Qingdao, 97
2. Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam, 77
3. Punta Del Este, 60
4. Visit Sanya, China, 56
5. UNICEF, 51
6. Imagine Your Korea, 50
7. WTC Logistics, 42
8. Dare To Lead, 42
9. Zhuhai, 34
10. Gotobermuda, 33
11. Seattle, 28

The America's Cup Hall of Fame to Induct Franklin Osgood, Bryan Willis, and Rolf Vrolijk
The Herreshoff Marine Museum / America's Cup Hall of Fame welcomes Franklin Osgood, Bryan Willis, and Rolf Vrolijk, to the America's Cup Hall of Fame as the inductees of the Class of 2020.

The Induction Ceremony will take place at the INEOS Team UK base in Portsmouth, England, on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

The America's Cup Hall of Fame has inducted over ninety individuals since its founding in 1992. Candidates eligible for consideration include members of the crew, designers, builders, syndicate leaders, supporters, chroniclers, and other individuals of merit. Each nominee is judged on the basis of outstanding ability, international recognition, character, performance, and contributions to the sport. The members of the Selection Committee are intimate with the history and traditions of America's Cup and are committed to the integrity of the Hall of Fame.

America's Cup Hall of Fame Inductees, Class of 2020

Franklin Osgood (USA) (1828-1888)
Franklin Osgood was the first defender and two-time winner of the America's Cup. This year marks the 150th anniversary of Osgood's victory as the owner and manager of the schooner MAGIC, which won the first defense of the America's Cup on August 8, 1870. In the only fleet race for a Cup final, MAGIC led at all marks on the race course in New York Harbor to defeat sixteen other defenders and the lone challenger.

Bryan Willis (United Kingdom) (b.1944)
Bryan Willis is being inducted into the Hall of Fame for his dedicated service as a Chairman and as a member of America's Cup International Juries and Arbitration Panels. He has also served as a rules advisor on multiple Cup campaigns during his impressive career that has spanned 33 years, from the 12-Metre Era in 1980 to the Multi-Hull Era in 2013.

Rolf Vrolijk (The Netherlands) (b.1946)
Rolf Vrolijk won two America's Cup matches with Team Alinghi as the Chief Designer of SUI-64 (2003) and SUI-100 (2007).

Marlow Ropes to partner with Boris Herrmann and Team Malizia for Vendee Globe 2020 campaign
Marlow Ropes, the world's leading manufacturer of performance sailing rope has announced that they will be an official supplier to Boris Herrmann of Team Malizia as he embarks on a journey to the 2020 Vendee Globe.

Team Malizia was founded in 2016 by Pierre Casiraghi, Vice-President of the Yacht Club de Monaco. Pierre Casiraghi and Boris Herrmann have worked together to create Team Malizia and sail races across the globe.

Boris is a professional sailor from Hamburg, Germany. He has done three laps around the planet, one of them non-stop and will soon be attempting this challenge for the first time single handed for the 2020 Vendée Globe, making him the first German to compete in the race.

Over the past years, Boris has been involved in a couple of world records, including the Golden Globe around America, Transpac, Cowes-Dinard, Cape-Rio, San Francisco-Shanghai, Newport-Bermuda, Columbus Route and Giraglia.

The 2020 Vendee Globe is the world's most elite offshore race and will see Boris prepare both physically and mentally for the solo 24,000 mile race, circumnavigating the world on Malizia 2, a foiling IMOCA 60'.

Marlow Ropes is the leading UK rope manufacturer, founded in 1807 and continues to develop technically advanced rope products for the global Leisure Marine market, working across the spectrum from amateur sailors and youth teams all the way through to elite teams such as Ineos Team UK, American Magic, Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and the British and US Sailing Teams.

America's Cup is heading to the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) is pleased to announce the famous 'Auld Mug', the America's Cup, is headed across the Tasman Sea to the Club in March for a special weekend of events, marking the first time it has been seen in Australia since the 30th anniversary of Australia winning the Cup back in September 1983.

The America's Cup will briefly leave its present home at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) to go on display at the Pittwater based club in Sydney over the weekend of 28 and 29 March. The RNZYS recently accepted the RPAYC as an entry for the Youth America's Cup Challenge, and the two clubs have also joined forces to make the inaugural 2021 Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race a success.

"We are very excited that the Cup is coming to the Club and that it has been accepted as the first ever challenger from Australia for the Youth America's Cup Challenge. It will be a fabulous weekend for all concerned," RPAYC Commodore, Michael Lockley said.

"We will also be promoting the inaugural Moonen Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race over that weekend," he said, adding: "The Alfreds is a great place to go sailing and continues to produce champions from grass roots level."

RPAYC members and guests will be invited to a function on the Saturday evening, among them government officials, well known sailors; in particular those with a connection to the Cup, who will be invited to speak. Aaron Young, Vice Commodore of RNZYS will be arriving with the Cup.

Others who will benefit from seeing the Cup, and most for the first time in their young lives, are the up to 150 Optimist sailors expected to take part in the RPAYC hosted Optimist NSW Championship on that same weekend.

On Sunday the RPAYC will launch its Youth Americas Cup team at the presentation to the NSW Optimist Championship sailors. -- Di Pearson/Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race media

The Ocean Race is returning to Newport
Sail Newport and The Ocean Race announced today that for the third consecutive edition of the competition, The Ocean Race will make its only North American stopover in Newport, Rhode Island, in the spring of 2022.

The Rhode Island stopover will be one of ten stops during the eight-month 38,000 nautical-mile race around the world, which begins in Alicante, Spain, in October of 2021 and finishes in Genoa, Italy, in June of 2022.

For the first time, Newport will be hosting two fleets, the IMOCA 60s, foiling boats which push the limits of technology, as well as the one-design VO65 class, which produced the closest race in history in the 2017-18 edition.

According to Brad Read, Executive Director of Sail Newport, the event had a wide-ranging economic and tourism impact on the community. Organizers released a detailed economic impact report that showed that the 2015 stopover generated an estimated $47.7 million to the Ocean State's economy.

After the Newport stopover, the fleet will race the last, long ocean leg across the Atlantic to Northern Europe, before finishing the race in the Mediterranean in June. The full race route will be released in the coming days.

Entrepreneur of the Month: Iain Percy, Artemis Technologies
How is business?

Business is really good. Our main focus currently is leading a Belfast consortium that is bidding to return commercial shipbuilding to the city, so needless to say it is a very exciting time.

Along with our partners in industry, academia, and local government, we have a strategy to decarbonise maritime transportation by using research and collaboration to produce innovative, sustainable technologies and products.

Using Belfast as a base, we're tapping into the tremendous local talent pool and supply chain, capitalising on the region's rich shipbuilding heritage and expertise in aerospace and composite engineering.

The consortium is the only applicant from Northern Ireland remaining in contention for the UK Research and Innovation's Strength in Places Fund, with a decision due this spring on which project will successfully receive funding of £30m.

Meanwhile, we are well on our way to producing the world's first zero-emissions workboat in Belfast, as we integrate our electric eFoiler propulsion system into an 11 metre carbon fibre vessel in a joint venture with Denmark's Tuco Marine Group.

How did you get started in the industry?

We started Artemis Technologies in 2017 as a sister company to the Artemis Racing professional sailing team.

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Team Honda Marine Going For Three In A Row
When the 24 boats contesting the 2020 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour from March 14-22, defending champion David McDiarmid could become the first New Zealand skipper to win three titles in the 82-year history of the world's premier 18-Footer championship.

David, Brad Collins and Matt Steven will head a three-boat team from New Zealand in their Honda Marine-sponsored skiff.

They are joined by the experienced C-Tech team of Alex Vallings, Sam Trethewey and Matt Coutts, and the very much improved young Maersk Line team of Peron Pearse, Eli Liefting and Harry Clark.

The New Zealand teams contesting the 2020 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship are:
Honda Marine: David McDiarmid, Matt Steven, Brad Collins
C-Tech: Alex Vallings, Sam Trethewey, Matt Coutts
Maersk Line: Peron Pearse, Eli Liefting, Harry Clark

Determined to regain the supremacy they held for many seasons, the local 18-Footer teams will be going all out to win back the coveted trophy and spoil the Honda Marine team's hope of a third consecutive title.

A group of five teams are presently leading the Australian challenge.

Recently crowned Australian champion Tech2 is a strong team which has been improving each week since the new boat had her first race in early December. The recent addition of four-time JJ Giltinan champion bowman Trent Barnabas could give her skipper, Jack Macartney his first JJ Giltinan title.

Other top teams include NSW champion Winning Group, which has a multi Giltinan championship-winning crew, and the 2018-2019 Australian champion James Dorron in Shaw & Partners Financial Services.

Finport Finance and Smeg have won individual championship races during the current season but just need to be more consistent over the whole regatta to make an even stronger challenge.

Entries for 2020 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship:
Honda Marine: David McDiarmid, Matt Steven, Brad Collins
Winning Group: John Winning Jr., Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton
Finport Finance: Keagan York, Matt Stenta, Angus Williams
Shaw & Partners Financial Services: James Dorron, Harry Bethwaite, Tim Westwood
Smeg: Micah Lane, Ricky Bridge, Peter Harris
C-Tech: Alex Vallings, Sam Trethewey, Matt Coutts
Tech2: Jack Macartney, Charlie Wyatt, Trent Barnabas Brett Van Munster, Phil Marshall, Kurt Fatouris
The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines: Aron Everett, Courtney Mahar, Charlie Gundy
Noakesailing: Sean Langman, Ed Powys, Nathan Edwards
The Kitchen Maker-Caesarstone: Jordan Girdis, Lachlan Doyle, Tom Quigley
Yandoo: John Winning, Mike Kennedy, Jasper Warren
Vintec: Kirk Mitchell, Pete Nicholson, Matt Wark
Maersk Line: Peron Pearse, Eli Liefting, Harry Clark
Rag & Famish Hotel: Bryce Edwards, Jacob Broom, Rory Cox
Birkenhead Point Marina: Tom Anderson, Elliot Scali, Tom Arkens
URM: Marcus Ashley-Jones, Cam Gundy, Lewis Brake
Ilve: Pedro Vozone, Matt Doyle, Jerome Watts
Queenslander: David Hayter, Nathaniel Dutton, Elliot Mahar
Dal Zotto: Jack Sprague, Josh Feldmann, Marc Chapon
Noakes Blue: Yvette Heritage, Rory Hunter, Oliver Scott-Mackie
Bird & Bear: Tom Clout, Cameron McDonald, John Walton
Lumix: Alex Watson, Cooper Richmond, Ben Roxburgh
QMC: Matt Rogers, Darren Rogers, Steve Wilson

OK Dinghy Class Launch Euro League
In response to the rapid growth of the OK Dinghy class in recent years, and calls for a coordinated European circuit, the International OK Dinghy Association has launched the 2020 OK Euro League.

In this inaugural year five events have been chosen, covering many of the popular regattas, as well as new ones to encourage local fleet development.

Key aspects of the OK Euro League include:

- Silver and Bronze fleets with separate prizes
- Innovative scoring system so that all events count the same, regardless of entries
- Sponsor focussed media presentation
- Easy to qualify with three events to count
- Weighted points on final round
- Mix of 2 day, 3 day and 4 day events

The sponsors are at the heart of the series, with a media package designed to promote each one as well as the class and its sailors. So far Allen, Art of Racing, Ceilidh, Ovington, Synergy Marine and Turtle Sails have offered some great prizes.

After the first four 'Rounds', Bandol will act as the Final, which is slightly weighted in terms of points, but more important in terms of prizes. Bandol was the venue for the hugely successful 2018 European Championship and the fleet has been begging to go back ever since.

The Notice of Series can be downloaded here and further details will appear on the dedicated OKDIA Event website at

2020 OK Euro League
Round 1 - Spring Cup, Medemblik, NED, May 1-3
Round 2 - European Championship, Lundeborg, DEN, May 15-17
Round 3 - Kieler Woche, Kiel, GER, June 20-23
Round 4 - Dutch Nationals, Oosterzee, NED, August 22-23
Final - Autumn Trophy, Bandol, FRA, Sept 16-19

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Creating Liara - a lightweight yet luxurious custom sailing yacht - required inventive engineering and design to balance cruising comfort with regatta-winning performance, learns Marilyn Mower

Custom sailing yachts are the jewels of the superyacht world, precious as diamonds and rare as perfect rubies. Their commissioning owners tend to be highly knowledgeable, experienced sailors who engage enthusiastically with the build process. Such is the case with the owner of the 34-metre Baltic Yachts Liara, who acted more like a partner than a client in the R&D of this new yacht.

Among the things that makes Liara a cruising delight are batteries that silently supply all the household power, even air conditioning, for eight hours. Three banks of 35kW lithium-ion batteries linked to the yacht's high-voltage DC electrical system are encased under the snug or media room. A floor hatch and a soft patch in the deck make them easily removable. The high-voltage system and a clever hydraulics package require smaller diameter pipework and lighter electrical cabling, saving weight, as do the carbon fibre cable trays and titanium deck hardware.

A major engineering challenge for the yard, Hawkins says, was the juxtaposition of the hull aperture for the RPS and the telescopic keel, a project that took the team eight months to engineer, according to Baltic's veteran in-house project manager Tommy Johansson. While a telescopic keel won't drop as deeply as a lifting keel in the same size yacht, it offers the benefit of not protruding into the living spaces


In the last two years, Beneteau has launched a new series in the Oceanis line that combine great sailing qualities with ever more interior volume for the comforts of home. The new 40.1, which will debut in 2020, follows the 51.1, 46.1 and 30.1 in this new take on the Oceanis theme.

The 40.1 has a new Marc Lombard hull design with a pronounced chine aft and flared sections forward. This combines to reduce wetted surface and to provide a lot of initial stability and therefore power in the hull. Aft, the beam is carried to the transom, which opens up a lot of space for the cockpit and provides for a huge folding swim and boarding platform. Also, the twin helms have been moved aft so the cockpit table can be large enough for six to dine al fresco.

Forward, the flared hull sections make the foredeck wider than on many boats, which makes setting and dousing downwind sails safer and easier and makes anchoring easier. The built-in bow sprit is for downwind sails and doubles as a anchor roller.

The interior and cockpit were designed and styled by Nauta Designs from Milan. In the cockpit and down below you feel like you are in a much larger boat than just 40 feet. With large hull windows and multiple overhead hatches, the cabins and saloon are full of light and well ventilated. The 40.1 can be ordered with a pale oak color or a more traditional walnut finish.


With a project presented in Monaco in 2018, the New era of Maxi Swan starts with Swan 98, with her 30 metres of volume, elegance and seaworthiness.

Coming from the pencil of Maestro German Frers with the interiors designed by Misa Poggi, the maxi yacht is meant to satisfy and meet our owners' needs, in terms of performance, cruising and way of living the sea.

Swan 98 is being built at BTC (Boat Technology Centre) in Pietarsaari, the renewed home for Swans, which is going full throttle in the production department even during months of heavy snow, when everything seems very quiet.

With 3 units already sold, the very first Swan 98 will hit the water next Summer and she will have her debut at Monaco Yacht Show 2020.

Both hull and deck are built using epoxy SPRINT® pre-preg carbon fibre interior and exterior skins on a core of M-grade Corecell foam. This gives the ultimate structural stiffness and rigidity at the lightest possible weight, while at the same time ensures absolute structural safety and reliability.

With 2 different layouts available, Owner Aft and Owner Forward, and four different moods, the Swan 98 stresses the importance of uniqueness with the customization of the interiors with leathers, woods and fabrics.


McIntyre Adventure, organizer of the Solo 2018 Golden Globe Race and the fully crewed 2023 , will soon announce plans to establish an exciting new International One Design Class of plywood, Mini 5.80-meter yachts. Aimed at home builders and adventurous racing sailors, a solo 5.80 Transatlantic race is planned for 2021 and a Mini Globe Race is scheduled for 2024.

The Mini 5.80 is for all sailors, young and old, who have a dream to sail Oceans in small, fun, affordable and proven safe, ocean-going yachts. Construction plans cost just Euro $300, Simple Plywood construction means anyone can build this Mini in a few months. If you do not want to build, your local shipwright can do it for you. It all fits inside a 20ft container for shipping to, or from international events. The mast has a sleeve to allow two-piece shipping and removing keel and rudder is simple. It can be taken home on a trailer, by an ordinary family car.

The Official announcement and launch of the ClassMini 5.80 will take place at the HISWA Amsterdam Boat show on Saturday 14th March on center stage 1.30pm. Full details will be released then and the official website will go live. Hull No. 01 for Don McIntyre is currently under construction in Poland. It is due to be sailing late June. McIntyre will sail this yacht in the first Solo 5.80 Transat, setting out from Portugal in November 2021. It will then be used to sponsor other young sailors.

The idea for this new simple Mini 5.80 started to form in 2010 when McIntyre was sailing a 25ft Open timber Whale boat, 4000 miles across the Pacific, from TONGA to KUPANG - West Timor in the wake of William Bligh and his men, following the Mutiny on the HMS Bounty.

Featured Charter
Sunfast 3600 - Loli Fast.

Designed by Daniel Andrieu, the Sun Fast 3600 is perfectly adapted to solo, doublehanded, and crewed regattas and able to compete in both inshore and offshore races.

A boat like the Sun Fast 3600 is all about performance and this boat has speed to burn. Race results to date, both in fully crewed and short-handed races, are impressive and demonstrate this boat is competitive under the IRC handicap rule.

This eye catching boat lives admirably up to the reputation and expectations that go before it with Jeanneau’s previous Sun Fast models.

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Featured Brokerage
2008 SW100RS Mrs. Seven. 4,900,000 (Under Leasing) EUR. Located in Monfalcone, Italy

High performance version of the Southern Wind 100 mini-series, Mrs. Seven features a sporty deck and four cabin interior. Recent major refit, currently lying in Italy

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Southern Wind Shipyard (Pty) Ltd
Salita Dinegro 7/1
16123 Genoa Italy

Tel. +39 010 570 4035


2014 Swan 105 RS Child of Lir. 7,900,000 VAT Paid EUR. Located in Calpe, Spain.

Swan 105 CHILD OF LIR was commissioned by an experienced owner who sought a modern performance cruiser utilizing the very latest technology while maintaining a high level of comfort and the ability to sail with minimal crew. Nautor’s Swan was chosen as the builder and the design is a unique collaboration of Frers Naval Architecture and Beiderbeck Design. Drawing on a long and successful experience, Frers developed a hull form and sail plan that allowed for excellent performance and sea keeping abilities while Beiderbeck implemented their forward-thinking expertise to create an innovative arrangement that maximizes volume and comfort on deck and throughout the interior. Special attention was paid to the low noise level throughout the Yacht. There is a special night mode generator to guarantee restful sleep.

See listing details in Nautor's Swan Brokerage

Nautor's Swan Brokerage - Thomas Perry

Tel. +377 97 97 95 07


SB20. 30,000 EUR.

Designed by Tony Castro, the SB20 is a British-built strict one-design 6.15m keelboat conceived as a wide appeal, affordable, competitive sportsboat for teams of three or four sailors. It is also, arguably, the most successful sportsboat in the world with 800 owners competing regularly in a programme of exciting local, national and international events.

Originally known as the Laser SB3, the SB20 continues to deliver on its pioneering promise: a boat that is fun, fast and easy to sail by anyone of any age; the best value-for-money sportsboat in the market.

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Mob: +44 (0) 7836 322 443

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