In This Issue
18Ft Skiffs: JJ Giltinan Championship, Race 3, 4 & 5
Cruising Association to sponsor new Club Cruiser Class Trophy at Cowes Week
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
A tough final day for Laser Masters sailors in Geelong
Clipper 2019-20 Race Postponed
MailASail OSTAR / TWOSTAR 2020 Postponement
73rd Newport to Ensenada Rescheduled for 2021
Newport Bermuda Race: Race Update from the Chairman
An Update from Poole Regatta
What's it like after 8 weeks of coronavirus self-isolation in China?
Letters to the Editor
Featured Charter : Sunrise - JPK1180
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18ft Skiffs: JJ Giltinan Championship, Race 3, 4 & 5
Three windward-return course races staged on Day 3 of the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour produced three different winners in the light SE breeze.

In the first race of the day (Race 3 of the championship) Shaw and Partners Financial Services (James Dorron, Harry Bethwaite, Tim Westwood) led all the way over the two-lap course to cross the finish line 13s ahead of Finport Finance (Keagan York, Matt Stenta, Angus Williams).

Defending champion and series leader Honda Marine (David McDiarmid, Matt Steven, Brad Collins) was a further 50s back in third place, followed by Winning Group (Seve Jarvin), C-Tech (Alex Vallings), URM (Marcus Ashley-Jones), Smeg (Micah Lane) and Rag & Famish Hotel (Bryce Edwards).

Race 4 was sailed over three laps and again it produced an all the way winner, Bird & Bear (Tom Clout, John Walter, Cameron McDonald).

Bird & Bear dominated the first two laps of the course then hung on to defeat Honda Marine by 40s, with Yandoo (John Winning, Mike Kennedy, Fand Warren) a further 1m52s back in third place.

Race 3 winner Shaw & Partners Financial Services finished in fourth place, ahead of Winning Group and Sean Langman’s Noakesailing.

The final race of the day was sailed over another two-lap course and once again produced an all-the-way winner when Winning Group (Seve Jarvin Sam Newton, Scott Babbage) cruised home a 45s winner from Rag & Famish Hotel (Bryce Edwards, Jacob Broome, Rory Cox).

Honda Marine was 16s back in third place, followed by Yandoo, Tech2 (Jack Macartney), The Kitchen Maker-Caesarstone (Jordan Girdis) and the previous winner Bird & Bear.

The top six point scores after five races, without a drop, are: Honda Marine 10, Winning Group 16, Yandoo 36, Shaw & Partners 37, Smeg 39 and Tech2 on 43.

Cruising Association to sponsor new Club Cruiser Class Trophy at Cowes Week
Cowes Week Limited, organisers of the UK's largest and best known sailing event is delighted to announce that the Cruising Association will be sponsoring a trophy for the newly introduced Club Cruiser Class.

Earlier this year, it was announced that the Cruiser Division would be split into two entirely separate entities, to be called Performance Cruisers (4 classes as in 2019) and Club Cruisers (2 classes). The creation of the two divisions means that racing is available for two different types of boat. The team behind Cowes Week believe that modern cruising boats with bulb keels and epoxy construction deserve a class of their own, as do some of the more genuine cruisers, and the two will now be able to race separately. The introduction of the new Club Cruiser Class will enable people who have not entered Cowes Week in the past to do so, even if their boats are really set up for cruising most of the time.

Racing takes place under the ISCRS handicap system and Cowes Week Ltd can help owners get a rating (which is free) if they don't already have one so that they can enjoy participating in the regatta. Cowes Week is also unique in allowing for daily entries if time is a problem. Racing this year takes place from Saturday 8th of August to Friday 14th. The week's entry fee also covers participation in the Cowes Town Regatta on Saturday 15th August, which is a stand-alone trophy day and a great chance to finish the week in a more relaxed atmosphere (perhaps giving the foredeck person a chance to steer for a change!)

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

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Across the Tasman
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RORC news - Time to get moving
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A tough final day for Laser Masters sailors in Geelong
There were some very weary Masters sailors hauling their boats up the beach on the last day of the Oceania and Australian Laser Masters Championship. It was a glorious sunny day in Geelong, but the wind was shifting up to 40 degrees and varying by as much as 10 knots in pressure.

“It was vang on, vang off, outhaul on, outhaul off, sheet on...” said Jan Schouten, who finished third in the Standard Grand Masters division.

His comments were echoed by most of the fleet, with even the division leaders describing it as a tough day.

Jon Emmett from Great Britain was the only competitor in the Radial Apprentice division but until today he had been beating the Masters and Grand Masters as well.

Although only the third day of the regatta, this was also the last day, owing to the COVID-19 situation. By yesterday, the Standard fleets had completed four races, enough to consitute a series, but the Radials managed only three. So today was essential for winners to be declared and the prized Laser Cubes distributed.

There were only two competitors in the 4.7 class, so no cubes were at stake. Two Victorian women fought out the championship, with Susannah Gillam prevailing in every race over Wendy Wilson.

Radial Rig
As mentioned, Jon Emmett was the sole competitor in the Radial Apprentice division, so he takes the title but no cube was on offer. In the Masters, McMahon was on a nett of five points, Tan was on six and Rohan Allen finished third, on 15.

The 34 boat Grand Masters fleet was the biggest in the regatta and one of the most fiercely fought, with the leaderboard changing race by race. Mark Kennedy from Queensland took the title by six points from Ulf Myrin of Sweden. David Early of NSW was third.

The first three in the Great Grand Masters were hard to separate but eventually Canadian Paul Clifford triumphed, just two points ahead of Jeff Loosemore (NSW) who beat William Symes of the USA on a countback.

Four-times world champion, Kerry Waraker, dominated the Legends division, scoring just four points after dropping his sole blemish, a second place in the first race today.

Matt Blakely (VIC) and Ian Elliott (CAN) fought out the Standard Apprentice division, with Blakely winning by a single point. There was a big gap back to third place, which Jonas Nissen (GER) took on a countback from Jason Hegert (VIC).

Brett Beyer completely dominated the Masters division, winning by 13 points, the biggest winning margin in any division. It took a tie-breaker to separate the other two podium finishers. David Whait from WA took second and Andrew Dellabarca (NZL) was third.

Another tie breaker was required to decide the Grand Masters division, with Gavin Dagley (VIC) just taking the title from Alan Davis (GBR). Jan Scholten was third, only three points adrift.

It was an all international podium in the Great Grand Masters, with Kiwis Michael Keaton and Garry Lock taking gold and silver, while American Don Hahl won bronze. Andrew Whittell was the first Australian, in fourth place overall.

Full results

Clipper 2019-20 Race Postponed
With the ongoing global outbreak of Covid-19 and the enormous impact it has created on world travel, the Clipper 2019-20 Race has been postponed with immediate effect.

This decision has been in no way taken lightly. Our crew are currently under quarantine in Subic Bay, Philippines, where the Clipper Race fleet has been berthed since Sunday 15 March. The island of Luzon (where Subic Bay is located) is currently under "enhanced community quarantine".

In addition, the fleet was due to race across the North Pacific Ocean from 21 March towards Seattle. However, with the city currently in a state of emergency and travel and medical insurance restrictions in the United States, we could not allow our teams to depart without a viable destination. This, along with the growing global uncertainty on how the situation could develop in the coming months, meant postponing the race was the safest option for all involved.

Our first priority, as soon as the local quarantine has been lifted, will be to assist our crew in Subic Bay in travelling home from the Philippines as swiftly as possible.

The Clipper 2019-20 Race has three legs remaining. These race stages will now be postponed for approximately ten months, when the remaining circumnavigation will be completed. This length of postponement allows for us to avoid adverse weather patterns on the remainder of our global route.

All Leg 6, 7 and 8 crew, along with our circumnavigators, will be able to rejoin the race when it resumes next year.

This postponement will have an impact on the timing of future races. The next full edition of the Clipper Race will start in the summer of 2022. More details on this will be confirmed at a later date.

We are extremely disappointed to postpone the remainder of the Clipper 2019-20 Race. We are proud of all of our intrepid crew for having competed in this race edition since it departed London and look forward to welcoming all of our upcoming crew next year when the race continues. We are also grateful to all of our crew, supporters and Race Partners for their continued support.

MailASail OSTAR / TWOSTAR 2020 Postponement
The Royal Western Yacht Club of England regrettably announces the postponement of the MailASail OSTAR / TWOSTAR 2020 which was due to start in Plymouth on the 10th May 2020.

The decision to postpone the Race was taken after accessing the effects of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic on our Race organisations both in Plymouth, England and Newport Rhode Island, USA.

It is our intention to run the Race in May 2021 and we will publish the Notice of Race shortly.

Anyone who is interested in entering the Race in 2021 please contact the RWYC

73rd Newport to Ensenada Rescheduled for 2021
In light of the Corvid 19 virus, the Newport Ocean Racing Association’s Board of Directors unanimously voted to reschedule the 73rd annual Newport to Ensenada Yacht International Race until April 23, 2021.

“Safety of our volunteers and racers is always the top priority, leaving this decision as the only viable choice,” said Commodore William Gibbs.

All current 2020 paid entrants are now automatically registered as 2021 competitors with no action required. Entrants may also request a refund or elect for a tax-deductible donation of their fee to aid with NOSA’s 2020 incurred expenses by emailing

“We are grateful for the support of our volunteers, sponsors, and racers. We look forward to weathering this current crisis, and making the 2021 event better than ever,” announced Commodore Gibbs.

Newport Bermuda Race: Race Update from the Chairman
Earlier this week, we addressed the outbreak of COVID-19 and the cancellation of several safety-training courses and subsequent amendment of our race training requirements. If you missed it, see No. 8 Competitor Bulletin.

In response to emails from several of you, my message today is that, at this moment, the race is still on. We are monitoring the COVID 19 situation carefully and while we can’t know its future evolution, we are considering contingency plans such as limiting large group activities. As in 2018, we plan to live-stream the Captains meeting and also will provide a means for competitors to send text questions to the presenters.

Beyond that, I am continuing to work to get my own boat ready for the race, have made my own travel and hotel reservations in Bermuda, and my race crew and return crew are making their travel and lodging arrangements. We look forward to yet another “Thrash to the Onion Patch” and the beauty of Bermuda on arrival.

Our organizing committee will communicate with you regularly in the weeks ahead as we navigate this uncertain time together.

Fair winds!
Jay Gowell
2020 Newport Bermuda Race

An Update from Poole Regatta
The International Paint Poole Regatta is scheduled for the 23rd-25th May 2020. However, in light of the current Coronavirus outbreak, the regatta committee are frequently reviewing the situation to determine the appropriate action. The committee is continuing to plan so that the regatta may still be able to go ahead. However, the situation is being constantly monitored and further updates will be provided if the regatta needs to be postponed or run in a revised format.

If the event is unable to go ahead a refund of entry fees (minus a 4% PayPal charge) will be offered to all competitors. Alternatively you will be able to transfer your entry fee to the revised date. The regatta is run on a not for profit basis and with all sponsorship and entry fees going into creating a fantastic event.

The International Paint Poole Regatta is organised by the combined yacht clubs of Poole and is one of the largest and most loved keel boat regattas in the UK. Run in its current form since 2000, but with origins dating back to 1849 when the Canford Cup was first awarded, the regatta has become renowned for great racing and friendly socials. It is hoped that racing will take place out on the water later in May.

For more regatta information visit or email .

What's it like after 8 weeks of coronavirus self-isolation in China?
Andy Rice talks to Choni Lin who is 'crawling up the walls' after two months of self-isolation in Shenzhen, the tech capital of China. Andy and Choni worked together at last November's sailing regatta, the China Cup. But the chances of that happening this year look slim. A self-confessed 'social animal' who loves being around people, Choni shares her tips for how to save yourself from going stir-crazy in your own company, how it is actually possible to exhaust your viewing options on Netflix, and what disappeared off the shelves from Chinese supermarkets when panic first struck. And no, it wasn't toilet roll!

00:00 Introduction
05:07 Life in China over the past two months
08:56 The current situation in China
11:14 Toilet roll, rice and panic buying
15:00 Comparing different government approaches
19:43 Isolation and mental health
24:30 The impact on business

self-isolation in China

Letters To The Editor -
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* From Jock Wishart:

All of us who have seen the collision in Antjgua hope that the adjudged guilty party pays for the damage themselves rather than resort to insurance claim.

Fortunately there seemed to be no serious injuries but such collisions like this just give an excuse to insurance companies to stop coverage and prevent fleet racing in this class.

Something we all want to avoid.

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