In This Issue
• World Sailing Presidential election
• 2020 J/70 World Championship Postponed
• Fast across the Tasman... twice - Sydney to Auckland race
• 2020 29er Event Update
• RORC Lockdown Live Series - Time Over Distance
• Take a Bow! How Should Yachts Really Begin & End?
• Mystery Shipwreck Dates to Before Revolutionary War
• SailGP season update
• ilovesailing unveils first two winners in the 2020 calendar competition
• British Classic Week Suspended
• Featured Brokerage:
• • Custom Harry Dunning 42, Baby Bella
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• • GC32 Gunvor
• The Last Word: Marcus Tullius Cicero
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World Sailing Board to discuss status of Presidential election amid coronavirus concerns
Members of the World Sailing Board of Directors are set to discuss whether the organisation's elections later this year can go ahead during its latest meeting tomorrow.
The elections, including for the President, are due to be held during the World Sailing Annual Conference in Abu Dhabi, scheduled for October 24 to November 1.
A postponement would effectively extend the reign of under-fire World Sailing President Kim Andersen, who is up for re-election at the Annual General Assembly on November 1.
A spokesperson for World Sailing told insidethegames the Annual Conference had not yet been postponed but confirmed the issue would be discussed at tomorrow's Board meeting.
The elections would have to be delayed if the conference cannot be staged as scheduled as there is no provision in World Sailing's constitution for the crucial vote to be staged remotely.
The rescheduling of the Games to July 23 to August 8, 2021 will have numerous ramifications for International Federations, who will be forced to reshuffle their sporting calendar around the timing of the event.
It could also have financial repercussions for federations, many of whom rely heavily on the payment they receive from the International Olympic Committee after each edition of the Summer Games.
2020 J/70 World Championship Postponed to August 2021
The International J/70 Class Association has been closely monitoring the worldwide developments in the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 2, the International J/70 Executive Committee met specifically in regard to the upcoming World Championship to be held July 25-August 1 (in Los Angeles, USA). The Executive Committee understands the huge commitment of time and money it takes to participate in a major Championship, as well as the enormous resources that our host clubs and their volunteers and sponsors dedicate to such events.
The Executive Committee has determined that, because of the varying levels of infection and disruption across the world—and the reality that any return to normal sailing activity will also vary across the world—it is impossible to assure every Class member will have a fair chance to prepare for the commitment of a World Championship during 2020. Therefore, the Executive Committee, working with the Organizing Authority, has postponed the J/70 World Championship to be hosted by California Yacht Club to August 7-15, 2021. There will be no 2020 J/70 World Championship.
With respect to other major J/70 Class events that remain on the schedule for 2020, the Executive Committee remains in constant discussions with these Organizing Authorities and expects to make decisions no less than 75 days prior to the scheduled date for those events.
We hope that this approach will help clarify the way the Class is addressing this evolving situation and allow our Class members to plan accordingly. The Executive Committee plans to meet regularly in the coming months and will provide regular updates as needed. In the meantime, the Class wishes all J/70 sailors and their families the best in these difficult times. We look forward to resuming sailing as soon as we can.
With the 36th America's Cup as the centrepiece, the summer of 2021 in New Zealand is set to be a sailing jamboree including two ocean races across the Tasman Sea: the first from Sydney to Auckland starting in January and the second from Auckland to Southport in June.
The Tasman Sea has an unruly reputation but interest is building in the contests, which will challenge contestants and provide irresistible opportunities to stoke the always intense sporting rivalries between Australia and New Zealand.
Both are timed to form part of the celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) and enable competitors to engage in additional fixtures in both countries, creating an attractive Australasian campaign circuit.
In June last year, the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) announced a partnership with the RNZYS for a 1,250-mile race to Auckland starting in Sydney on 30 January. The Moonen Yachts Sydney-Auckland Ocean Race is classified as a Category 1 event and is open to offshore cruising and racing yachts, superyachts, ocean racing multihulls, as well as incorporating a rally for cruisers.
2020 29er Event Update
2020 29er World and European ChampionshipsAfter careful consideration, the International 29er Class Association and the Organizing Authorities for the 2020 Zhik 29er World Championship and the 2020 Zhik 29er European Championship have mutually concluded that both the 2020 World and European Championships are cancelled. We are grateful to the organizing teams in GBR and DEN who have expended countless hours preparing for our 2020 events, both of which promised to set a new standard of excellence for 29er sailing.
We reached this difficult decision following a review of the extensive event guidelines set forth by World Sailing in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our primary concern is always the safety and well-being of our membership and volunteers and we and our OAs mutually concluded that cancelling the 2020 championships is the only viable course of action under World Sailing's guidelines.
We encourage all of our NCAs, as well as regional and local 29er sailing programs, to redirect their energy and resources toward making a robust local and national training and regatta program. In the coming weeks we will reach out to all our NCAs and other interested parties to support and promote these efforts. In the meantime, the class has many resources to assist with these efforts and is available to help any time. Please contact Steph Banham, Executive Director, at or Joan Mollerus, President, at with any questions.
2020 Euro Cup Series
- The Euro Cup regatta scheduled for 20th -23rd June in GER (Kiel Week) has been RESCHEDULED FOR 10th - 13th September. Further information will be posted as soon as it is available.
- The Euro Cup regatta scheduled for 10th - 13th April in FRA has been RESCHEDULED for 17th - 20th October. Further information will be posted as soon as it is available.
- Our Euro Cup organizers continue to evaluate the status of their regattas and we will post information about each of them as soon as it is available. Please check the class website regularly for updates
RORC Lockdown Live Series - Time Over Distance
Time Over Distance Volume 1: Interview with Briton Brian Thompson who has broken 33 world sailing records! Featuring videos and live commentary about his astounding career. The Vendee Globe, Rolex Fastnet Race, Jules Verne Trophy and MOD70 campaigns in the RORC Transatlantic Race and RORC Caribbean 600.
A weekly series of live interviews with sailors from around the world, exploring epic races, top pro-techniques and more. Interactive discussions with outstanding sailors, together with videos and pictures. Time Over Distance is designed to inform and entertain any serious offshore sailor. We hope that the RORC Time Over Distance library might become a highly regarded resource for years to come.
Take a Bow! How Should Yachts Really Begin & End?
The accepted and popular shapes of boats and yachts in different ages changes so much that you'd be forgiven for thinking that their functions also change completely to suit the requirements of each new era. Of course, design development, measurement rule changes, and new ways of construction are major contributing factors in re-configured appearance from one period to the next. But beyond that, there's the matter of taste and what people have become accustomed to - the Beauty of one age can be the Beast of the next.
8 Metre Class
Eddie English of Cobh sent us wandering along a picturesque section of memory lane the other day when he came up with a collection of photos by Pascal Roche showing the quartet of International 8 Metres which were very much the style-setters on Cork Harbour in the 1950s and 1960s, and a quickfire exchange of thoughts about them and the people in them was just the job for some diversion from the inevitable contemplation of the ill-effects of The Enemy of the People, aka Covid-19.
For by classic standards, every one of those Cork "straight Eights" was a beauty, dating as they did from the vintage years of the class in the 1930s. We hasten to say they weren't eight metres long - they were designed to a formula in which, once the maths were completed, the answer was eight metres, and the result was boats of long and stylish overhangs which were in the 47ft to 50ft overall length range.
Another gem from WM Nixon in Afloat. The full article: afloat.ie/blogs/sailing-saturday-with-wm-nixon/a>
Mystery Shipwreck Dates to Before Revolutionary War, Researcher Says
In 1769, a cargo ship laden with flour, pork and English goods set sail from Salem, Mass., headed to Portland, Maine.
The ship encountered a fierce storm and never made it to its destination. Now a maritime archaeologist believes he may have solved the mystery.
Every few years, the remains of a shipwreck have surfaced on a beach in York, Maine. Its wooden hull, which is about 50 feet long, appeared in 1958 after a storm, and again in 1978, 2007 and 2013, capturing the interest of local residents and visitors to Short Sands Beach. The last time waves exposed its frame was in March 2018.
The Maine Historic Preservation Commission has said it believes the wreckage dates from the period between the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. But the history and identity of the ship remained uncertain in York, a small resort town 45 miles south of Portland.
A researcher believes was a ship named the Defiance.
SailGP season update
New York: Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, SailGP has suspended its 2020 season through the end of June.
As a result, New York SailGP will not take place on June 12-13 as scheduled, and ticket purchasers will be automatically refunded in full by the end of June.
ilovesailing unveils first two winners in the 2020 calendar competition
The first two winners in the 2020 ilovesailing calendar competition have been unveiled. Dorothy Wilson from Linlithgow, West Lothian and Jonathan Howe from Farnham, Surrey have clinched the first two places on the 2021 calendar.
Picked from amongst a selection of photos covering all aspects of sailing submitted throughout March, Dorothy and Jonathan's images really caught the judge's eyes clinching them the first two spots on the 2021 calendar.
As well as their place on the calendar Dorothy and Jonathan also pick up a host of other prizes including:
- Two tickets to the Southampton International Boat Show for the official prize giving
- Afternoon tea at the Holiday Inn for them and three guests following the prize giving
- Canvas print of their winning entry
- A copy of the final printed calendar
- A selection of RYA goodies
- And of course this years 'gold' ilovesailing rubber duck
Officially launched at the RYA Dinghy Show in March, the ilovesailing calendar competition, now in its 8th year, gives amateur and professional photographers the perfect place showcase their favourite sailing photos. From dinghy cruising to yacht racing, family days out to regattas, sunsets to sunrises, whatever kind of sailing you love or wherever you love to do it, capture the moment on camera and you could win a spot on the 2021 calendar.
Taking part is easy. All you have to do is post your favourite sailing photo(s) on to the ilovesailing Facebook page www.facebook.com/ryailovesailing or email your entry to , it's as simple as that. Winners will be notified via Facebook and/or email.
Entrants can supply multiple images and can enter in more than one month. All images need to be high resolution and in landscape in order to fit on the calendar. By submitting a photograph, entrants agree that their images may be used for marketing and promotional purposes. If selected, entrants will be asked to confirm they have permission to share the photo from any individuals visible in the photograph. Full terms and conditions available at www.facebook.co.uk/ryailovesailing click on 'About'.
Two winners will be picked each month between March and July to represent a different month on the 2021 calendar, with the final two spots being selected in August from all the other entries made between March and July.
The 2021 calendars will go on sale at the 2020 Southampton International Boat Show
www.facebook.com/ryailovesailing and get involved.
British Classic Week Suspended
The British Classic Yacht Club (BCYC) has announced that its annual regatta, British Classic Week (formerly Panerai British Classic Week), has been suspended.
Please see below statement from BCYC Commodore Jonathan Dyke:
"It is with heavy hearts that the BCYC committee has decided to suspend this year's British Classic Week. Due to the logistics of the regatta and for yacht owners' planning purposes, the time had come to make a decision. With so much uncertainty surrounding the coming months, it is prudent to postpone the regatta.
"If and when conditions permit, we will consider staging a smaller, less formal event and we will consult with our members to ensure as much opportunity as possible for participation. In the meantime, we look forward to welcoming owners and crew to the next British Classic Week, which is scheduled to be held in Cowes in July 2021."
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