In This Issue
Honda Marine team of David McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins wins JJ Giltinan
Thank Your Teammate Day
No bigger ask - Core Builders Composites
RORC Easter Challenge Cancelled
Kieler Woche 2020 takes place in September
Cancellation of Antigua Sailing Week
Hamble Warming Pan 2020 is postponed
Charlie Barr Statue Tribute
Atlantic Cup Kids Resources for at home and remote learning
Industry News
Letters to the Editor
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Honda Marine team of David McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins wins JJ Giltinan
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 JJ Giltinan Defending champion Honda Marine team of David McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins took out the third consecutive JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship after another impressive performance in the final two races of the regatta on Sydney Harbour today.

Going into today's final two races, Honda Marine held a four point lead over Winning Group and the scene was set for a spectacular finish between the two champion teams.

Conditions were perfect for the day's racing on Sydney Harbour. A warm sunny day with a 10-15 knots North East wind, perfect for the teams to use their big #1 rigs.

Honda Marine, as she had done so often during the series, came from behind with brilliant boat speed to take out the first race (Race8) by 33s, which was enough to take the title before going into the final race (Race 9).

In Race 9, Winning Group led all the way to defeat Honda Marine by 22s, with Tech2 finally producing somewhere near her best form to finish in third place, a further 19s behind Honda Marine.

The final pointscores for the championship are: Honda Marine 14, Winning Group 18, Smeg (Micah Lane, Ricky Bridge, Peter Harris) 41, Shaw & Partners Financial Services (James Dorron, Harry Bethwaite, Tim Tim Westwood) 43, Tech2 (Jack Macartney, Charlie Wyatt, Trent Barnabas) 44, Finport Finance (Keagan York, Matt Stenta, Angus Williams) 61.

Final results
1. Honda Marine (David McDiarmid, Matt Steven, Brad Collins) - 14 points
2. Winning Group (Seve Jarvin , Scott Babbage, Sam Newton) - 18
3. Smeg (Micah Lane, Ricky Bridge , Peter Harris) - 41
4. Shaw & Partners Financial Services (James Dorron, Harry Bethwaite, Tim Westwood) - 43
5. Tech2 (Jack Macartney, Charlie Wyatt, Trent Barnabas) - 44
6. Finport Finance / Breene & Breene Solicitors (Keagan York, Mat Stenta, Angus Williams) - 61
7. Bird and Bear (Tom Clout, John Walton, Cameron MacDonald) - 71
8. Noakesailing (Sean Langman, Ed Powys, Nathan Edwards) - 76
9. URM (Marcus Ashley Jones, Cam Gundy, Lewis Brake) - 78
10. C-Tech (Alex Vallings, Sam Trethewey, Matt Coutts) - 78
11. Yandoo (John Winning Snr, Mike Kennedy, Jasper Warren) - 79
12. Maersk Line (Peron Pearse, Eli Liefting , Harry Clark ) - 88
13. (Jordan Girdis, Lachlan Doyle, Tom Quigley) - 90
14. Noakes Blue (Yvette Heritage, Rory Hunter , Oliver Scott-Mackie) - 96
15. (Brett Van Munster, Phil Marshall, Peter Mackie) - 97
16. Rag & Famish Hotel (Bryce Edwards, Jacob Broom, Rory Cox) - 98
17. The Oak Double Bay / 4 Pines (Aron Everett, Courtney Mahar, Charlie Gundy) - 100
18. Vintec (Kirk Mitchell, Pete Nicholson, Matt Wark) - 127
19. Birkenhead Point Marina (Tom Anderson, Elliot Scali, Tom Arkens) - 131
20. Queenslander (David Hayter, Nathaniel Dutton , Elliott Mahar ) - 145
21. Ilve (Pedro Vozone, Matt Doyle, Jerome Watts) - 148
22. Dal Zotto (Jack Sprague, Josh Feldman, Marc Chapon) - 165
23. Lumix (Alex Watson, Cooper Richmond, Ben Roxburgh) - 168
24. QMC (Matt Rogers , Darren Rogers , Steve Wilson) - 185

Thank Your Teammate Day
Today, Kim and I are supposed to be rigging up the Snipe for a pre-regatta practice day on Biscayne Bay. But like everything else, the 54th DonQ Rum Keg Regatta (a three day championship that usually brings teams from around the Snipe world to Miami) has fallen victim to the Coronavirus.

We're disappointed, of course, because even after such a warm winter we're still hungry to go sailing and hang out with our Snipe friends. So in the spirit of doing what we can, I'm designating today, March 19, as Thank Your Teammate Day. Regatta reports are the traditional place to express appreciation, but this year we won't have that option. So wherever you are, please join me in a public shout-out to our crews who work so hard while demanding so little: THANK YOU!

The Coronavirus might keep us from doing what we love, but it can't stop us from expressing our gratitude to the people who make it possible.

Have you thanked your crew today? -- Carol Newman Cronin

Carol's full editorial at

No bigger ask - Core Builders Composites
Core Builders Composites Updating the boats for a wider range of conditions and building new wing rigs for the SailGP fleet of F50 foiling cats is not only about making them super-fast and super-reliable... it is also about making sure all boats in the fleet are precisely as fast as each other

As the SailGP circuit moves into its second year, a great deal of refinement and development has been poured into every aspect of the complex operation - not least on the boats themselves, which will be fitted with a new set of wings for 2020, made by Core Builders Composites (CBC) in New Zealand, which handles all of the manufacturing for SailGP. When the SailGP project took flight with its inaugural event at Sydney in January last year, the first priority was to standardise the hull platforms and foils, but there was no time to build a new set of wings.

'The whole concept is for all the equipment to be strictly one-design, but, while the America's Cup wings were very similar in profile, they all had quite different control systems,' says Mark Turner, the managing director of CBC. 'The next phase was obviously to fully standardise the wings across the fleet, which provided an opportunity to take a clean-sheet approach and come up with a new solution that is tailored to the particular demands of SailGP.'

Full article in the April issue of Seahorse

RORC Easter Challenge Cancelled
In line with the Government's latest advice, and the Royal Yachting Association's (RYA) announcement to suspend events in light of Coronavirus (COVID-19), The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) has taken the decision to cancel the Easter Challenge which was due to take place in the Solent between 10-12th April .

"The Government have advised against gatherings, to minimise social contact and avoid non-essential travel to control the spread of the COVID-19 Virus. In light of this, the RORC has taken the difficult, but necessary decision to cancel the popular Easter training regatta in response to these measures," said Chris Stone, RORC Racing Manager. "There has been no decision made about the RORC Season Points Championships which starts with the Cervantes Race on 8th May and we will continue to monitor the situation and advise members and sailors closer to the time."

Kieler Woche 2020 takes place in September
The current corona pandemic has an impact on almost all areas of public and private life - Kieler Woche is no exception. Kiel's unique sailing but summer festival can therefore not take place at the end of June this year as usual and will be postponed to the period from September 05 to 13, 2020.

In the next few days, organizer Dirk Ramhorst says, the focus will be on informing the active participants and classes and possibly adapting the programme to the new requirements. "We still have a lot of fine-tuning to do, among others with the German Sailing Association and the World Sailing Federation. First of all we wanted to create facts for the planning", Ramhorst makes clear.

The Kieler Woche office will now exchange ideas with all partners and coordinate the planning of the festival week for September.

Cancellation of Antigua Sailing Week
As a result of national and global measures being taken to contain the COVID-19 pandemic and the priority being the health & safety of our citizens, competitors, spectators and volunteers, the decision to cancel Antigua Sailing Week is the only viable option.

We would like to thank everyone who has supported the event and worked diligently behind the scenes towards creating what was to be a remarkable edition. Now more than ever, we are committed to building on this unfortunate turn of events for a phenomenal 2021 event.

If you are a registered participant with a boat in the region and in need of advice for onward logistics we are standing by, available to assist you.

Please note that we will be reaching out to registered participants, sponsors and the Sailing Week team over the next week. -- Alison Sly-Adams, President, Antigua Sailing Week

Hamble Warming Pan 2020 is postponed
Hamble River Sailing Club has postponed the 58th Hamble Warming Pan open meeting (29th March), also its Junior Warming Pan and other early season race programme following the latest Government advice on the coronavirus. The club hopes to run the Warming Pan events later in the season if it's possible.

Commenting about the decision Commodore Steph Merry said: "On behalf of HRSC I'd like thank all the potential entrants and helpers for their keen interest and hard work in preparing for our re-formatted Warming Pan. I hope we can fix an alternative date but if not we are well prepped for doing it again next year. Stay safe and please check in at or our Facebook page @HambleRiverSailingClub for updates in due course."

Charlie Barr Statue Tribute
Charlie Barr A Gourock boy who grew up to become one of greatest yachtsmen of all time will finally get the home town recognition he deserves.

Forgotten hero Charlie Barr took on the elite to win the America's Cup an incredible three times and hold a world record long after his death.

The former grocer boy, who died at only 45, raced royals across the Atlantic and left legends like Sir Thomas Lipton in his slipstream.

Now more than 100 years after his death moves are afoot to finally erect a statue honouring him in his home town.

Captain Barr won the world famous cup three times - in 1899 at the age of only 35, in 1901 at the helm of Columbia and then on Reliance in 1903.

Two years after his last America's Cup victory, Charlie put himself into the world record books by setting a speed record which was not broken for 75 years, plus and a race record which stood for 100 years.

His great great grandson Alasdair Purves, who lives in Barcelona, said: "I want to do all I can to bring Charlie Barr's incredible story to life.

"He was a working class hero who took on the elite and the aristocracy but he has been forgotten about.

"It is important to have something in his home town."

Atlantic Cup Kids Resources for at home and remote learning
In times like these, we recognize the tremendous amount of stress on parents and teachers to keep kids engaged and learning in a remote environment.

To help alleviate some of that stress, Atlantic Cup Kids presented by 11th Hour Racing has a variety of worksheets on marine life, barrier islands, weather and glaciers that are geared for children from age 8-13 that are easily accessible via

In addition, Captain Dave, who has won the Atlantic Cup and sailed solo around the world will be providing his in-school lessons via video which will be published on The Atlantic Cup Kids Facebook page and Portal. We will also be posting interviews from past Atlantic Cup competitors on all things about what it's like to sail offshore (what you eat, when you sleep, what it's like to surf through waves).

We will endeavor to post a new video every Tuesday and Thursday at 11a ET.

To access the materials, please visit We're adding more resources as they're created - so keep checking back.

And if you or your students or children have questions for Captain Dave, please send them to us at and we'll be sure to answer them in the forthcoming videos.

Industry News
North Sails has launched the 9DSX Moth mainsail range for the 2020 season. Incorporating on-the-water feedback from the 2019 Moth World Championship, the 9DSX is North's fastest Moth sail to date, as proven by Tom Slingsby who used the latest North design at the Worlds where he won every race he sailed.

"The 9DSX is having the most significant impact on the Moth class right now'', explains North Moth Class Leader Rob Greenhalgh. "North Sails has been at the forefront of Decksweeper development over the last year, and are committed to being a step ahead and continuing to deliver the fastest Moth sails."

Sail designer Ruairidh Scott was diligent in optimizing the deck sweeping capabilities and sail area under the Moth class rules. The increased decksweeper section maximizes the endplate effect and increases overall sail efficiency by reducing aero-drag.

"We took the successful Vi-8DSX design and evolved the sail for 2020 based on the feedback from the 2019 Worlds," comments North sail designer Ruairidh Scott. "If you're looking to build a better product, a World Championship win is an excellent place to start.''


Survitec, a global safety and survival solutions leader, has announced the appointment of Ron Krisanda as Executive Chairman for its worldwide life-saving equipment business.

As Executive Chairman, Krisanda will drive a comprehensive strategic plan to focus on customer needs and profitable growth. In this newly created role, he will lead both the Survitec Board of Directors and the Executive Management Team.

Krisanda has extensive business experience, including the roles of Chairman, President, CEO and COO across various global manufacturing and service businesses.

Most recently, Krisanda was CEO of Quality Metalcraft - Experi-Metal, Inc., a premium provider of highly engineered, metal formed assemblies for the automotive and aerospace sectors. He has been a member of its Board of Directors since 2015 and will continue in this role. During his two-year tenure as CEO, the business underwent a major transformation and returned to profitable growth.

Krisanda also currently serves as Chairman of Cooper Turner Beck, a leading global manufacturer and distributor of safety-critical fasteners focused on the energy sector. This privately held company, based in Sheffield UK, has 11 factories around the world, and was recently named as one of the top 200 fastest growing companies in the UK.


Southern Marinas Holdings, LLC, a partnership between a New York-based private investment firm and Southern Marinas, announced today the purchase of Hi-Lift Marina in Aventura; Hidden Harbour in Pompano Beach; and Palm Harbour in Cape Haze. These premier Florida locations were acquired from Aqua Marine Partners, LLC in a deal that brings the growing Southern Marinas portfolio to ten properties.

While the timing of the acquisition comes as people are practicing social distancing, boating provides a fun activity to get outside in a healthy, recreational setting with family and friends. Southern hopes it will continue to be able to meet the needs of boaters and keep them out on the water during the weeks ahead.


Poole Harbour Boat Show 2020 has been cancelled by show organisers, Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC), due to coronavirus fears.

The show was due to take place from 12th to 14th June on Poole Quay, but will instead now return in 2021.


Crick Boat Show is to be rescheduled to a date later in the year.

The inland waterways show takes place at Crick Marina near Daventry and is organised by Waterways World in partnership with the Canal & River Trust and Crick Marina.

It was due to have taken place over the Late May Bank Holiday weekend (23-25 May) but has been postponed by organisers due to the evolving Coronavirus situation.


Premier Marinas The Chichester Marina Boat Show and The British Motor Yacht Show have been postponed due to Coronavirus fears.

The British Motor Yacht Show had been due to take place at Swanwick Marina on May 14-17 but has been put back until June 11-14.

The show is in its seventh year and this year was expanding to four days.

The Chichester Marina Boat Show 2020 will now run from June 20 to 21 2020.

Now in its third year, the show will feature on-water and onshore displays.

"Following discussion, we believe that moving the show into June is both a prudent and responsible approach to the Coronavirus risk as it is presented at this time," said Paul Cook, Chichester Marina manager.


The South Coast Boat Show announces new dates: 3-4-5 July 2020

The South Coast Boat Show, guided by Raymarine, has been rescheduled to the first weekend in July. Following the escalation of the worldwide pandemic, and UK Government advice to practice social distancing in order to reduce the spread of Covid-19, the organisers have taken a pragmatic approach.

The show will return to Ocean Village Marina in July 2020 featuring global power and sailing brands as well as an extensive land-based exhibition of ancillary services.

Free tickets can be claimed, and appointments can be made, via


Topper International this week launches the new Topper 6.4. Unveiled at the RYA Dinghy Show in London, the 6.4 rig is the product of two years of development and testing, and completes the Topper family alongside the standard 5.3 rig and the smaller 4.2 rig.

The introduction of the new 6.4m2 radial Topper sail and accompanying rig gives sailors the opportunity to continue sailing and racing in the Topper class for longer. For the standard Topper 5.3 sail, sailors commonly range between 47 - 65kg, with the 4.2 sail providing racing for smaller/younger sailors. The 6.4 sail provides more power and performance, making it ideal for older, stronger, larger, more experienced sailors 65kg+.

It is very simple to upgrade from the 5.3 to the 6.4, with no need to change any controls. All that is required is the new radial cut, battened 6.4 mainsail and a longer top mast section. To optimise performance of the new rig there are some optional extra parts available including an epoxy fibreglass rudder blade, a collar to raise the boom and a shorter boom section.

Topper International are launching the new 6.4 sail and rig with a limited introductory offer open to the 1st June offer of £699.00 inc. VAT, including all the optional extras, with kits available for delivery from mid-September 2020.

For those Topper sailors and parents attending the 2020 Topper World Championships in Lake Garda, Italy this July there will be an opportunity to try out the 6.4 rig and sail, with kits available to purchase at the venue.

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* From Dr. Frank Newton: Further to the letter from Alistair Skinner

During 1949 and 1950 I was a National Service private (Nursing Orderly) In the Royal Army Medical Corps and stationed in Hong Kong. At that time many used face masks owing to the high incidence of Tuberculosis. Do not spit signs were seen either side of the cinema screen in Chinese characters. The barber would wear a face mask whilst cutting ones hair.

Face masks are not a waste of time. There are other organisms about !

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