In This Issue
• Hempel World Cup Series Genoa Cancelled
• New wings for SailGP Season 2
• At The Front - C'mon Along - Subscribe to Harken's Newsletter
• Sailing becomes first Olympic sport to commit to the UN Women Sport for Generation Equality Declaration
• New York-Vendee-Les Sables d'Olonne Transatlantic Race
• 2021 ICRA Nationals to be Staged by the National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay
• Looking for the worlds' best sailing videos produced in 2020
• Mayflower 400
• For The Record
• Industry News
• Featured Brokerage:
• • Beneteau First 40.7 Performance
• • Farr 400 for sale
• • GC32 - ENGIE -for sale or charter
• Back on Monday - No Friday Issue
• The Last Word: Bill Gates
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Hempel World Cup Series Genoa Cancelled
World Sailing has cancelled the 2020 Hempel World Cup Series Genoa event that was due to be held in the Italian city from 11 - 19 April 2020 due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Following the outbreak of COVID-19 in Italy, World Sailing has been in regular contact with the Federazione Italiana Vela (FIV), the local organisers, and the Italian Government, receiving updates and closely monitoring the situation. The World Sailing Board has also consulted the World Sailing Medical Commission prior to making this decision.
The decision was made to ensure the health and well-being of the sailors, support personnel, officials and volunteers, a top priority for World Sailing.
Hempel World Cup Series Genoa was to act as the final opportunity for Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification for African, Asian and European sailors in a number of the Olympic Sailing Events. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has granted World Sailing an extension of the qualification period to 30 June 2020.
World Sailing is now working in close collaboration with the IOC and Event Organisers to reschedule the remaining African, Asian and European Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifiers and to ensure that all quota places can be allocated.
New wings for SailGP Season 2
One of the most highly anticipated developments of SailGP Season 2 will be the introduction of new modular wingsails, which will increase not only the range of conditions the F50s are able to race in, but also overall performance.
Take a sneak peek inside the design, build and testing in New Zealand and get ready to see the new wings in action in San Francisco.
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Sailing becomes first Olympic sport to commit to the UN Women Sport for Generation Equality Declaration
World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport, has become the first Olympic sport to sign the UN Women Sport for Generation Equality Declaration.
The signing of declaration follows from the World Sailing Trust's publication of their Strategic Review into Women in Sailing. The report explores gender balance and makes a case for change to address disparities within the sport and today, International Women's Day, World Sailing has taken this important step towards greater gender equity in the sport.
World Sailing joins the International Olympic Committee, Professional Squash Federation, Cricket Australia, the Ibero-American Council for Sports and Male Champions for Change in Sport as initial signatories of the Declaration.
The global commitment and overall vision for UN Women Sport for Generation Equality Declaration is rooted in the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which informs the Sustainable Development Goals - in particular Goal 5, "Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls."
By signing the Declaration, World Sailing is committing to substantial, explicit and measurable actions that will support relevant aspects of the Principles.
World Sailing's first action in this regard is adopting a Gender Equality Charter, which will sit at the heart of the organisation.
New York-Vendee-Les Sables d'Olonne Transatlantic Race
27 sailors make up the list of competitors for the second edition of this race between the United States and Vendee. The line-up is twice the size of four years ago and the quality is certainly there too, as the race will bring together the eight new generation IMOCAs built for next November's Vendee Globe. With a weighting of four in the IMOCA Globe Series, this 3500-mile solo race, essentially sailed downwind, will be the ideal way for the competitors to warm up. Who will follow in the footsteps of Jeremie Beyou, the winner of the New York-Vendee-Les Sables d'Olonne in 2016? We will start to get some idea of that on 16th June in the Big Apple...
For the first time, the eight IMOCA boats built for the 2020 Vendee Globe are expected to line up for the same race. Jeremie Beyou (Charal) will be back to defend his title and will be attempting to smash his own reference time on this course between the United States and Vendee (9 days, 16 hours, 57 minutes and 49 seconds). We should add that the other sailors with brand new IMOCA boats are Charlie Dalin (APIVIA), Thomas Ruyant (ADVENS for Cybersecurity), Kojiro Shiraishi (DMG Mori Global One), Sebastien Simon (ARKEA PAPREC), Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss), Armel Tripon (L'Occitane en Provence) and Nicolas Troussel (CORUM L'Epargne). No doubt we will be able to learn a lot from this first battle between these boats designed by four different architects. We can see that the majority of boats will be foilers, and it is likely there will be seventeen of them at the start, so we can look forward to a top class competition.
Organised by the IMOCA class in partnership with Sea to See, the New York-Vendee-Les Sables d'Olonne will be the final test before the round the world race. This solo transatlantic race will give us a good idea of the state of play. The sailors aiming for the top spots will want to leave their imprint with less than five months to go to the start of the Vendee Globe.
The 27 skippers registered for the 2020 New York-Vendee-Les Sables d'Olonne:
· Fabrice Amedeo - Newrest-Art et Fenetres
· Romain Attanasio - PURE
· Yannick Bestaven - Maitre CoQ
· Jeremie Beyou - Charal
· Conrad Colman - Ethical Power
· Manuel Cousin - Groupe Setin
· Clarisse Cremer - Banque Populaire IX
· Charlie Dalin - APIVIA
· Sam Davies - Initiatives Coeur
· Benjamin Dutreux - Water Family-Oceania Hotels
· Kevin Escoffier - PRB
· Pip Hare - Pip Hare Ocean Racing
· Boris Herrmann - Malizia II-Yacht Club de Monaco
· Isabelle Joschke - MACSF
· Stephane Le Diraison - Time For Oceans
· Miranda Merron - Campagne de France
· Erik Nigon - Vers un Monde sans Sida
· Giancarlo Pedote - Prysmian Group
· Alan Roura - La Fabrique
· Thomas Ruyant - ADVENS for Cybersecurity
· Damien Seguin - Groupe Apicil
· Kojiro Shiraishi - DMG Mori Global One
· Sebastien Simon - ARKEA PAPREC
· Maxime Sorel - V and B-Mayenne
· Alex Thomson - Hugo Boss
· Armel Tripon - L'Occitane en Provence
· Nicolas Troussel - CORUM L'Epargne
- 10th June: date by which the boats must be present in the Brooklyn Navy Yard
- 11th June: Skippers' meeting at the French Consulate
- 13th June: Exhibition race in the form of runs at the foot of the Statue of Liberty
- 16th June: Star of the New York-Vendee-Les Sables d'Olonne
2021 ICRA Nationals to be Staged by the National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay
The Irish Cruiser Racing (ICRA) National Championships return to Dublin Bay in 2021 it was confirmed at the weekend.
The National Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire will host the three-day championships from May 28 to 30th, just a week before the East Pier Club also stages its biennial offshore 2021 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race.
The announcement was made by ICRA Commodore Richard Colwell at last weekend's annual conference that attracted a turnout of 50 despite the storm warnings.
A fleet of up to 100 boats in four divisions is expected for the championships that last sailed in Dublin Bay in 2019 when hosted by the Royal St. George Yacht Club.
This year the championships are heading for Royal Cork Yacht Club as part of the line up for the Cork Harbour Club's 300th celebrations at Cork Week Regatta.
Meanwhile, Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race Chairman Adam Winkelmann has set the date for the next edition of the D2D as Wednesday 9th, June 2021.
Looking for the worlds' best sailing videos produced in 2020
Following the success of its third edition, the Mirabaud Sailing Video Award international video competition will once again celebrate the worlds' best sailing videos and their authors in 2020. Summing up the year of sailing, the event rewards professional directors, editors, cameramen, production companies and also professional sailors who film their achievements at sea.
The videos of the three previous editions are available online.
An international and independent jury will be asked to judge the videos by end October. The winners will be announced and celebrated on November 23rd during the Yacht Racing Forum in Portsmouth (UK). The winner will be selected according to several criteria, described in the detailed event rules.
The public will be invited to vote online for their favourite videos, and to define the winners of the Public Award.
The videos must have been filmed between 24 October 2019 and 19 October 2020. Videos must be submitted by October 20, 2020 at midnight GMT. Public voting will be open from October 22 to November 12, 2020.
Plymouth's waterfront will become a hive of activity for one jam-packed week this May, as part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations.
The Mayflower Ocean Festival, taking place from 4 to 10 May 2020, will bring a huge programme of activity with something for everyone to dive into.
With family-friendly activities, ocean themed film screenings, live music and unique opportunities to try a variety of watersports, the festival is a celebration of Plymouth's status as Britain's Ocean City and the home of the UK's first national marine park.
A number of exciting events will take place during the festival:
Ocean Cinema film screenings at the National Marine Aquarium: 4, 5 and 7 May
On the Water Plymouth: 8 May
Ocean Sailing Activity Zone: 8, 9, 10 May
Shanty Shindig: 8, 9 and 10 May
Pirates Weekend Plymouth: 9 and 10 May
Horizons' RYA Discover Sailing: 9 and 10 May
OSTAR and TWOSTAR race start: 10 May
The hugely popular Pirates Weekend, run by Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, returns to the Barbican and Sutton Harbour during the festival with a huge variety of family entertainment. Two tall ships will be moored in the harbour and the familiar faces of Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa will roam the streets looking for trouble.
Concluding the Mayflower Ocean Festival is the start of the historic OSTAR and TWOSTAR races, the original transatlantic yacht races. Plymouth has always been the start point for the races and the OSTAR is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Visitors can take part in family fun activities at the races' Ocean Sailing Activity Zone outside the National Marine Aquarium all weekend and cheer on the sailors as they set off on their epic journey on Sunday 10 May - the best viewpoints will be Plymouth Hoe or from the 'wave screen' at Queen Anne's Battery.
For The Record
The WSSR Council announces the establishment of a new World Record Reference Time:
Time: Around the World Westabout. Singlehanded 40ft
Yacht: "L'Eau Commotion". Northshore 38. Monohull
Name: Bill Hatfield. AUS
Dates:.8th June 2019 to the 22nd February 2020
Start time: 02; 04; 10 UTC on 08/06/19
Finish time: 00; 28; 19 UTC on 22/02/20
Elapsed time: 258 days 22 hours 24 minutes and 9 seconds
Distance: 21600 NM
Average speed: 3. 48 kts
No previous record - hence this will be listed as an "Initial Benchmark Time"tter No 317
Secretary to the WSSR Council
For two days London's Alexandra Palace played host to the RYA Dinghy Show. Covering the world's biggest range of racing and cruising dinghies and small keel boats in the world, Matt Sheahan takes a tour, sees some of the latest new designs, talks to top designers, old hands, Olympic rock stars and many more. He finds out about the future and hears stories from the past. Perhaps it's no surprise that he says it's his favourite show.
01:45 The Foiling Dinghy - Stephen Blake
05:44 GP14 - Curly Morris
08:57 Ian Walker - RYA
14:26 Luke Patience & Chris Grube - Olympic 470
16:00 Laser SB20 - Tony Castro
19:50 OK Dinghy - Tony Castro
20:58 Musto - Emma Jackson
Thousands of dinghy sailing enthusiasts from across the UK, and further afield, flocked to Alexandra Palace, London this weekend (29 February-01 March) for the 69th RYA Dinghy Show, in association with Yachts & Yachting.
"We were delighted to see 8,000 people joining us for another fantastic show. Once again the unique atmosphere was really buzzing as visitors browsed over 100 dinghies, shopped for the latest kit and gear, enjoyed talks from the industry's biggest names and caught up with life-long sailing friends" said RYA Director of Sport Development, Alistair Dickson.
Hosted by Olympic gold medallist Sarah Ayton and the British Sailing Team's Sam Whaley, the theme was 'A World of Opportunity - see where dinghy sailing can take you?' The show boasted a brand new layout with over 170 exhibitor's filling the halls across four new zones: shopping & equipment, buy a boat, holidays and training, and clubs and classes.
After 25 years at Alexandra Palace, the RYA announced that the show will move to Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre for 2021 (27-28 February).
Despite a drop in revenues and earnings for the company's first half which the builder attributed to typical seasonality and one-time integration costs for Privilege Catamarans, German boatbuilder Hanse Yachts said a strong order backlog would provide the company with a profit for the year
German boatbuilder, HanseYachts AG, has reported results for the first half of the company's 2020 fiscal year for the period from 1 July through 31 December 2019. Revenues for the period were €49.2 million, down 10% from €54.8 million compared to the same period a year ago.
The company's statement said results were typical for the seasonality of the business which generates high expenses for boat shows, inventory build-up, model maintenance and new production launches over the Autumn and Winter quarters, with comparatively lower revenues during the period. Higher expenses were also anticipated during the first half due to the operational integration of Privilege Marine, the French catamaran business Hanse acquired last June.
The Emirates America's Cup World Series Portsmouth have partnered with Portsmouth's International Port, who come onboard as an Official Supporter and Official Provider of the event's Technical Area, which will be based within their global cargo terminal Portico.
The three international America's Cup teams, Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Prada Luna Rossa (ITA) and American Magic (USA) will house their radical AC75 race boats within temporary team bases at the Port, for this summer's racing event (4-7th June). Their 75 foot foiling monohulls will be stored and maintained within their tents and craned in and out for training and racing sessions each day.
The teams will arrive into the UK on a ship on around Monday 18th May, They will join home team, INEOS TEAM UK, for four days of sailing on the Solent and the teams will depart the Port on Saturday 13th June.
Future Fibres, the world's leading supplier of composite rigging, has announced a further strengthening of their sales team with the addition of Ian Andrewes as Sales Manager.
Ian joins the team with a vast experience within the sailing world and also within the North Technology Group, as he transitions to Future Fibres from his previous role as Project Manager at sister company Hall Spars.
He began working at Hall Spars in 2018 as a Project Manager, specializing mainly in the Multihull and high Performance markets. Before joining Hall Spars, Ian also developed his skills in performance and management working as both a professional sailor and coach. He has sailed on numerous boats and programmes including the Red Bull Youth America's Cup, as well as working as Head Coach to Olympic Sailor Pieter-Jan Postma and to the Canadian Olympic Nacra 17 Sailing Team.
One of Scotland's most successful offshore sailors and round-the-world skippers Daniel Smith is looking to pass on his decades of sailing experience when he opens the doors of his first school, Sailing InTuition, this Spring. The news comes as Cumbrae National Watersports Centre announces its planned closure at the end of the 2020 season.
Based in Largs Yacht Haven on Scotland's stunning West Coast, Daniel is looking to offer expert tuition, enjoyable sailing experiences and challenging racing whilst showcasing the beauty of the West Coast - the place he calls home.
"The sailing area is around the Firth of Clyde, the Irish sea, Ireland and Islands of Scotland including the Hebrides. Anybody who has visited, or sailed in this area will tell you it's the best place in the world to sail. It is scenic and beautiful. The area is well sheltered but very quickly we have access to more challenging waters. It has something for everyone."
An RYA Yachtmaster Examiner, world circumnavigator and offshore racer at the top of his game, Daniel has a wealth of experience gained from his lifetime of sailing including leading a team of novice sailors to second place in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - a 40,000 mile race through the world's oceans, RORC Fastnet, Round Ireland races and many years of instruction at the Scottish National Watersports Centre.
Sailing InTuition is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) accredited school.
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