In This Issue
• ORC Europeans postponed to May 2021
• Iconic Olympic class regattas launched in Virtual Regatta
• Ocean Safety's New Regatta Liferaft
• Seahorse Sailor Of The Month
• Quantum Sails Live Series Schedule: March 29-April 4
• Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association Report
• Opening Eyes - 11th Hour Racing
• Of Boats and Brothers
• RYA Encourages Boaters To Support Boating Networks Through Coronavirus Pandemic
• The World Sailing Show: Programme 4 - Season 2020
• Letters to the Editor
• Featured Brokerage:
• • Swan 115-003 Highland Fling 15
• • Pogo Class 40 "Ocean's Eleven"
• • CNB 66 - New Boat
• The Last Word: inspired by Frank Loesser
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ORC Europeans postponed to May 2021
Naples, Italy: Due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic that is hitting the world so hard, the Rolex Capri Sailing Week Organizing Authority, in agreement with Italian Sailing Federation, ORC and the International Maxi Association, has decided to postpone the Regatta to the 2021 edition, with the following schedule:
Maxi Yacht Capri Trophy: May 11th - 14th, 2021
ORC European Championship: May 15th - 21st, 2021
Regata dei Tre Golfi (160 miles long-distance race): start from Naples at midnight on May 15th, 2021
The Organizers are deeply thankful to all owners and crews entered in the event this year. With more than 180 pre-entries from over 25 countries, the 2020 Rolex Capri Sailing Week would certainly have been a record edition.
Confident in everyone's support in making this tough decision, the organizers offer each participant to choose between:
- full reimbursement of the entry fee
- or roll the entry fee forward to the 2021 edition, and thus have guaranteed berthing in the Capri Marina
Iconic Olympic class regattas launched in Virtual Regatta
World Sailing, the International Federation for the sport, and Virtual Regatta, the world-leading digital sailing platform, are launching several iconic Olympic class regattas in the eSailing world.
Regattas around the globe have been cancelled or postponed due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic - but eSailors will now be able to compete at some of the world's best-known sailing events online.
These events include:
- Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar
- Hempel World Cup Series, Genoa
- Kiel Week
with more expected to be announced in the near future!
eSailors can compete at Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar on Virtual Regatta from today (Monday 30 March until 3rd April), at the Hempel World Cup Series, Genoa from 11th - 18th April, and at Kiel Week from 20th - 28th June, while other events will be launched at a later date.
Both World Sailing and Virtual Regatta have worked closely with each regatta to recreate each one as a virtual racecourse, available for eSailors all over the world to take part in.
The Ocean Regatta is light and compact and is ideal for yachts where space and weight savings are a priority on board. At the same time the high quality raft is fully compliant to ISO 9650 - Part 1 (approved by RINA) offering stability and resistance in extreme open sea conditions, so protecting occupants from strong winds and rough seas. A large opening at the point of entry and a self-deploying canopy ensure that access is as easy as possible in difficult conditions, while at the same time giving easy access to the interior to help a rescue operation to run smoothly.
The Ocean Regatta can be upgraded to include the SOLAS B liferaft pack options via an additional grab bag option.
The liferaft, like all of Ocean Safety's offshore rafts, is available in a canister or valise pack option, and with a choice of 4,6, or 8 person capacity. Retail Prices start from £1294.99 for the 4 person valise.
Ocean Safety is open for business and delivering all orders via courier, in order to keep our customers safe and to comply with UK Government guidelines.
Seahorse Sailor Of The Month
This month's nominees:
Two-time Finn Gold Cup winner, two-time Star World Champion, 1996 Olympic gold medallist also in the Finn. Even so few saw what was coming down the track at them in Miami at this year's Bacardi Cup when, sailing in a typically competitive 66-boat fleet with his world champion crew Bruno Prada, the pair achieved a devastating scoreline with three wins and three 2nds, discarding one 2nd place to finish an unprecedented 15pt clear of the next boat
'Sailor Girl' always keeps the sailing world entertained and informed with her images, videos and very enthusiastic dockside interviews. With the help of a couple of attention-seeking J-Class helmsmen in Antigua, it was Sailor Girl who was in the right place at the right time to catch the two Js Topaz and Svea coming together in very expensive style and share it around the world. By the way, port, starboard, who cares; as Gary Jobson correctly observed, 'disqualify them both
Christian Charalambous (AUS)
'I was there, thanks, mate' - Chris Astill (seen with Christian (right) a week later); 'The kind of guy you want to go to sea with, the selflessness he displayed allowing the skipper to keep his hair dry means he gets my vote' - Simon McLean; 'What a brave young man' - Amalina Wallace; 'Christian saved lives, sorry Luca, next time' - James Kozanecki; 'Pure guts' - Tony Palmer; 'Not sure I'd have done it…' - Peter Hill; 'Nicest bloke you'll ever meet' - James Chevy; 'Terrifying!' - Brad Wynne.
Seahorse Sailor of the Month is sponsored by Musto, Harken McLube & Dubarry. Who needs silverware, our prizes are usable!
Cast your vote, submit comments, even suggest a candidate for next month at seahorsemagazine.com/sailor-of-the-month/vote-for-sailor-of-the-month
Quantum Sails Live Series Schedule: March 29-April 4
Here's a look at our live video line-up for this week! If you have any topics you would like to learn more about or pros you would like to hear from, you can submit your video requests here.
Some of our videos will premiere on Facebook, but you don't need an account to join. Simply navigate to www.facebook.com/quantumsails when it's time.
Tuesday March 31
An In-Depth Look At Code Zeros
12 PM Et | Facebook (9 Am Pt/6 Pm Cest)
Adrien De Belloy
Quantum Sails France Mediterranean
Quantum sail designer Adrien De Belloy will talk about how code zeros work, how they've evolved, and what makes them one of the best sails for racers and cruisers alike. He'll then take questions to help clear the air on this often misunderstood sail.
Wednesday April 1
Ask Me Anything: The One-Design Starting Process
2:00 PM ET | US Sailing (11 AM PT /8 PM CEST)
Quantum Sails Annapolis
Quantum's Scott Nixon guest stars on US Sailing's Starboard Portal for a live Ask Me Anything session focused on the one-design starting process. This is a great chance to learn from one of our pros, so bring your questions!
Thursday April 2 : How To Build An Onboard Sail Repair Kit
3:00 PM ET | Facebook (12 PM PT/9 PM CEST)
Quantum Sails San Diego
An onboard sail repair kit is an important tool every crew should have on their boat. Andrew LaPlant will lead us through key items he always includes in a repair kit so you are ready for whatever comes your way on the water.
Friday April 3: The Right Line For The Job
12:00 PM ET | Youtube (9 AM PT/6 PM CEST)
Quantum Sails Netherlands
Join Quantum's Jelmer Bouw from his loft in the Netherlands for a look at the characteristics of different line and which one you should use for each job, and why it's important. Jelmer will be going live on the Quantum YouTube page.
Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association Report
Here we are 'locked-down' or 'locked-in' Isolated but hopefully not lonely. Distracted from real sailing and bored with virtual sailing. Fed up of TV, Netflix and Sky but amused by the new entertainment offering on WhatsApp, text and e-mail (keep the jokes coming!).
What we can and must do is continue to hope for the best and plan for the worst. So, in best seaman manner batten down the hatches and weather the storm, survive and return to the homeward downwind run under blue skies!
We, of course, respect the advice given by Governments and our Governing Bodies (RYA and IS), the resulting decisions taken to cancel or postpone sailing and other events. We understand the need to keep everyone safe and want to play our part to minimize the spread of this virus.
It is therefore with regret that ISORA has announced the postponements of the first 2 races
Race 1 - Welsh Coastal Race - Postponed
Race 2 - Irish Coastal Race - Postponed
We will contact you again shortly about the first and second cross channel races (races 3 & 4). To cancel these will have an impact on our Sailing Instructions in respect of the number of qualifying races. Postponements require planning of alternative dates and venues. The ISORA Race management Team is now considering options for the Sailing Committee to consider.
For now, please keep safe and we hope that we can see you racing later in the year.
HON. Secretary ISORA
Opening Eyes - 11th Hour Racing
Sailing has a remarkable power to change lives. As most sailors know, it's one of the most effective ways to learn essential life skills such as, leadership, teamwork and selfreliance while building confidence, reducing anxiety and discovering a new sense of purpose. Children in particular learn a lot through sailing.
Sailing also provides an intuitive, practical context for key concepts of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) - without a good grasp of vectors, for example, you won't get to the windward mark. It's especially empowering for kids growing up in difficult circumstances, as it offers a fresh start on a level playing field - or at least one that's equally choppy for people from all walks of life.
Of the hundreds of grants that 11th Hour Racing has awarded, 37 grants totalling $1.5m directly support a wide range of non-profit organisations that are working to reconnect people with their local waterways, giving more than 17,000 underserved kids an opportunity to get afloat.
Of Boats and Brothers
A favorite of Museum visitors, the 55 minute documentary Of Boats and Brothers is available to watch on YouTube. This film explores the working and personal relationship between the world's most successful 18th century yacht builders, John and Nathanael Herreshoff.
RYA Encourages Boaters To Support Boating Networks Through Coronavirus Pandemic
From sailing clubs and marinas to class associations and training centres, the RYA is encouraging all boaters to continue to support their local boating networks where possible during the Coronavirus pandemic and to think twice before cancelling direct debits and other payments where possible.
"We strongly support the Government's advice to stay at home to prevent the spread of the virus and we know that boaters are unsure of when they will be able to get back out on the water again," explains RYA Sport Development Manager Alistair Dickson.
"During these hugely challenging times people are looking at where they can cut costs, however we would urge boaters to think carefully about whether they need to cancel direct debits, subscriptions or other payments as many organisations will be depending on this support to them through this difficult period.
"Many organisations are reporting to us that they are really concerned at what the future holds. It is up to us to help support and protect the fantastic boating network we cherish so much so it will be there for us when we are able to get out on the water once more."
Over the last couple of weeks the RYA has been working hard to offer the support needed for affiliated organisations and members, by providing essential guidance to water users so that they can make sensible and informed decisions and continuing to engage with the Government on all aspects of recreational boating that are affected by the current situation.
Alistair concludes: "We remain committed to supporting and guiding our stakeholders through the many challenges they are likely to be experiencing. We're also busy working on other ways to ensure our boating network can remain engagement and active over the next few weeks whilst we're all at home."
The RYA recognises that the situation in the UK is rapidly evolving, and we will continue to monitor it and respond accordingly to Government guidance. Further advice for clubs, classes and training centres, as well as recreational boating in the UK and abroad, can be found on the RYA website.
If you have any queries, please contact the RYA on 023 8060 4100.
The World Sailing Show: Programme 4 - Season 2020
This month the World Sailing Show aims to bring some light relief from the terrible pandemic sweeping the globe. We have stunning images of Caribbean sailing, big boat action from the 52 Super Series in Cape Town and we check in with the America's Cup defenders Emirates Team New Zealand in Auckland.
The sport of sailing has seen its schedules decimated by the Covid-19 emergency. From Olympic classes to the America's Cup, sailors and fleets have been forced ashore. We have a round-up.
Racing abandoned - sailing navigates the Coronavirus
America's Cup - one year to go with defenders Emirates Team New Zealand
52 Super Series - full action from the opening regatta
RORC Caribbean 600 - the winners
* From Euan Ross:
The battle to contain the first post-globalization pandemic relegates sport to a mere distraction. In the current circumstances, for we non-essential workers under house arrest, the arrival of Seahorse becomes akin to scratching tally marks on the cell wall. Thus, in all likelihood, Neil Pryde's article in the latest issue, 'Let the Strong Lead the Way', which addresses the vexed question of Olympic class selection, will sink without trace. This is a pity; it is the best summation of the ongoing fiasco at World Sailing I have seen and, as we are all wont to say these days, I have seen a lot. This short piece, in which Neil states the obvious, should be compulsory reading for the enduringly deluded mandarins of WS.
Mr Pryde is a sage elder statesman of the yachting industry and worth listening to. His campaigns and products kept standards high in East Asia for many years and, like many, I derived much pleasure from both. I remember crossing gybes with him in the middle of the South China Sea, many years ago. We were both sailing one-tonners, but his boat was older, smaller and rated significantly slower. Our owner was steering and, despite a chorus of protests from our crew, he cut across the bow of Neil's boat. Of course, they gybed immediately and rode our stern wave most of the way to Manilla. Neil rubbed salt into the wound by thanking us graciously in his speech at the prizegiving.
Highland Fling 15 is Germán Frers design along with the demanding requirements of a highly experienced, serial Swan yacht owner.
Nautor's Swan Brokerage - Thomas Perry
Tel. +377 97 97 95 07
The OCEAN'S ELEVEN Class 40 is a Pogo 40 signed by Finot-Conq and built by Structures in France. Previously known as PICOTY with skipper Jean-Edouard Criquioche, he has always had good racing results. This sailboat is at the same time reliable, marine, well maintained and equipped. OCEAN'S ELEVEN also has a comfortable interior and is suitable for long-distance cruises with reduced crew.
Taking on the family resemblance, the CNB 66 was designed as the largest sailing yacht that could be handled by a family crew. It can be equipped with the hydraulic roller-furling boom developed in an exclusive partnership with Hall Spars. Endowed with a carbon bowsprit, her elegant lines conceal an abundance of volume, exploited with all our know-how.
This is the case, for example, in the owner's cabin, where the queen size island bed is offset to the side to remain invisible when the door is open. In the light-filled saloon that occupies the entire beam (5.50 m), the large, nearly 3-metre long sofa to starboard can be divided into three parts to increase the seating around the adaptable saloon’s massive table. As for the galley, we wished it to be practical, well ventilated, but in direct contact with the living space.
Decoration and interior environments are designed by Jean-Marc Piaton and Rafael Bonet.
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The Last Word
I really can't stay.
Baby it's COVID-19 outside. -- inspired by Frank Loesser
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