In This Issue
Cancellation of 2020 5O5 World Championship In Sweden
Yacht Racing Forum 2020 - Portsmouth, UK, November 23-24 - CONFERENCE UPDATE & SPECIAL OFFER
The Ocean Race: Ian Walker on the 2021-22 edition route
25% discount on IRC rating trials
Safety-At-Sea Video Series Free to the Public
Storm Trysail Club’s 75th Block Island Race Rescheduled
Quantum Sails Live Series Schedule: April 5 - April 11
Medemblik Regatta Returns in 2021
Letters to the Editor
Featured Brokerage:
• • Ice Yachts ICE 52
• • Outremer 45 - New Boat
• • Chessie Racing
The Last Word: Ram Dass

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The Royal Western Yacht Club of England announce the rescheduling of their MailASail OSTAR TWOSTAR that was postponed in 2020 due to the Covid 19 virus, to a new date of May 9th 2021.

We are extremely grateful to our title sponsor MailASail who will continue to support us for this rescheduled event.

The 2021 race will continue to run between Plymouth England and Newport Rhode Island as before.

A new 2021 Notice of Race, Entry form and World Sailing 2020 - 2021 Offshore Safety Regulations for Cat 1 yachts can all be downloaded from the event websites at and

The Notice of Race outlines all requirements that must be fulfilled in order to compete, and includes contact details for general information, entry and communication with RWYC event management. Additionally, in the NoR are the event Facebook page and the Facebook Group addresses where competitors and potential competitors can interact with one another.

Cancellation of 2020 5O5 World Championship In Sweden
The International 5O5 Class has been the latest to cancel the 2020 World Championship.

Class President Michel Quirk said ” We are in challenging but temporary times. The World Championship event which normally attracts, to the one start line, up to 180 of the world’s best and enthusiastic boats was scheduled in beautiful Torekov, Sweden in mid August.

World Championships need a long lead time to organise and to allow competitors to arrange travel from the 18 countries around the world where the boat is sailed”.

The Swedish 5O5 association and Sailing Bastad have done a wonderful job planning so far but we now have to acknowledge that a proper safe event cannot be held in the current global circumstances.

The good news is that the next 2021 World Championship will be held in BERMUDA October 26th to November 6th 2021.

Yacht Racing Forum 2020 - Portsmouth, UK, November 23-24 - CONFERENCE UPDATE & SPECIAL OFFER
Yacht Racing Forum The Yacht Racing Forum organising team is following the current global situation with great attention, and extends its sincerest thoughts to those directly affected by the pandemic.

We hope that the situation will stabilize as soon as possible and we are not considering postponing the event for the time being. Should this be the case, confirmed partnerships for 2020, as well as early registrations would automatically be assigned to the new event.

We are all facing a complicated period but we strongly believe that we need to plan for the future, make projects, invest. The Yacht Racing Forum is a B2B event. Its purpose is to bring people together and to promote business and our sport. This is precisely what the yacht racing industry - and everyone else - will need when we finally come out of this dramatic situation and the reason why we believe that hosting the Forum in November 2020 is important for the global yacht racing industry.

The 13th edition of the Forum will once again provide a unique opportunity to network, debate the future of the sport and make business.

We accept early registrations. Our Early Bird rate will be valid for the top 80 registrants. We also offer a 20% discount on all our partnership packages until April 30, valid for a duration of two years. Click here for more details.

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We look forward to welcoming you to the Yacht Racing Forum in Portsmouth !

The Ocean Race: Ian Walker on the 2021-22 edition route
In the second in our series of exclusive articles aimed at finding out what past and present competitors of The Ocean Race think of the recently announced round-the-world route for the 2021-22 edition, we caught up with three-time Ocean Race skipper Ian Walker.

During his career Walker has competed at the very highest level in international yacht racing. He has two Olympic silver medals of his own (1996 and 2000) and coached Shirley Robertson’s Yngling team to a gold at the Sydney 2004 Games. He skippered the British America’s Cup campaign in 2002 and in 2015 became the first and only British skipper to lift the Volvo Ocean Race trophy after winning the race with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing.

Since announcing his retirement from active campaigning Walker has been working as the Director of Racing at the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) - a role that encompasses the British Olympic Sailing Team.

What was your immediate reaction to the confirmed route for the next edition of the race?

I hadn’t seen it until today. It is always a difficult balance between the commercial need to visit many stopovers and the teams wish to keep costs down by minimising the stops. I think the sailors generally prefer the longer offshore legs and they will struggle with the last two legs. Trying to navigate all the exclusion zones in the North Sea and the English Channel is a nightmare, as can be the Mediterranean . Psychologically it is always hard to go back on yourself!

Full interview in

Thinking about making changes to your boat? 25% discount on IRC rating trials
IRC rating The RORC Rating Office team is working remotely and continuing to provide the excellent service expected from owners, clubs and the industry around the world. As all sailors are looking forward to when they’ll be able to get out on the water again after the imposed break, this is an ideal time to talk to your sailmaker, rigger or designer about any adjustments you could make to your boat and run an IRC trial to see the potential effect of the changes. Until 31st May the RORC Rating Office is cutting the cost of Spinlock IRC trial certificates by 25% for British owned boats holding a 2020 IRC certificate, and most IRC Rule Authorities whose certificates are issued by RORC will also be offering this discount.

In line with normal IRC policy we will continue to have a limitation on how many trials may be requested in the certificate year; please check the published policy on the IRC website at Trial certificates allow current certificate holders to investigate the potential effects of data changes without affecting their valid rating; if you do not yet hold a 2020 IRC certificate you will need to revalidate it first and this also provides you with the new rating as it may have changed with the 2020 software updates.

British-based owners should apply for their Spinlock IRC ratings online through the RORC Rating Office’s MyIRC online portal at, while owners of boats based in other countries should contact their local IRC Rule Authority - contact details can be found on

Safety-At-Sea Video Series Free to the Public
Watch a new video every Friday on Facebook or YouTube.

Created by the Storm Trysail Foundation, the Offshore Safety-At-Sea Video Series serves as a resource for all sailors. Normally, reserved for our seminar participants only, the Storm Trysail Club is releasing a video each week for sailors to enjoy and learn while they are self-quarantining.

New video premieres every Friday at 9am EDT. The first Man Overboard Recovery has already reached over 5,000 views on Facebook.

Other videos to come:
- Understanding Weather
- Using Safety Equipment
- Shipboard Firefighting Strategies
- Emergency Steering
- And more...
Watch the Man Overboard Recovery Video

Storm Trysail Club’s 75th Block Island Race Rescheduled
Storm Trysail Club has been monitoring conditions since our last communication about the 75th Block Island Race. At this time we have decided to postpone the start from May 22nd to Friday, June 19 - the originally scheduled start date for the Newport Bermuda Race. We sympathize with the CCA and RBYC for what must have been difficult - and we are sure, correct - decision to cancel their classic ocean race. The Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race presents fewer logistical challenges and, if conditions permit, at least we can all do some offshore racing that weekend!

We will, however, continue to monitor events and will make a final decision no later than May 15. If at that time it appears to be unwise to start on June 19, we will postpone the 75th running of the race until 2021. For now, we hope that this decision gives everyone who is missing racing something to look forward to. We urge all sailors to continue to comply with local health and safety mandates.

Event Chairs Ray Redniss and Doug Lynn convey their thanks to all boat owners who have either entered or plan to enter, the race. The Storm Trysail Club would also like to thank this year’s sponsor, Harbor Point. We very much look forward to welcoming them and everyone to the 75th Block Island Race - whether that be this coming June 19, or next May.

Quantum Sails Live Series Schedule: April 5 - April 11
Great news! Starting this week, all of our live events will be cast simultaneously on Quantum's Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo pages so you can join and engage on your preferred channel.

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.

Tuesday April 7: How To Survive Cruising With Your Partner - The Kite
3 PM ET | Facebook/Youtube/Vimeo
(12 PM PT /9 PM CEST)

Andrew Waters - Quantum Sails Annapolis
Surviving quarantine with your partner takes the right attitude and communication, surviving cruising with your partner requires similar skills, but it's a lot more fun! Join Quantum's Andrew Waters for his tips on how to make cruising with a spinnaker something everyone can enjoy. With the right preparation and attitude, you'll be smiling and sailing downwind in no time.

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Wednesday April 8 - From The Coach's Perspective
12 PM ET | Facebook/Youtube/Vimeo
(9 AM PT /6 PM CEST)

Leandro Spina & Grant Spanhake hosted by Scott Nixon
US Sailing ODP
Quantum's Scott Nixon hosts a discussion with Leandro Spina and Grant Spanhake from the US Sailing Olympic Development Program. Join these three incredible coaches as they chat about the pre-start and how to set yourself up for success on the racecourse.

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Thursday April 9 - Drinks With The Pros
4 PM ET | Facebook/Youtube/Vimeo
(1 PM PT /10 PM CEST)

Cameron Appleton & Andy Estcourt - Quantum Sails Newport
Whether you're just starting your day or starting to wind it down, grab a beverage and join Quantum's Cameron Appleton for a chat with his childhood friend and Quantum Racing teammate, Andy Estcourt. They've got some great stories to tell about their journeys to pro racing, and word on the street is there may even be some funny photos.

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Medemblik Regatta Returns Only in 2021
Following the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) the renewed Medemblik Regatta, that was planned for 4-7 June 2020 is now cancelled. The rebirth of this sailing spring classic will take place in 2021, the exact date is still to be decided. The decision was taken in close consultation with World Sailing as a measure to help fight the Corona Covid-19 pandemic.

“This is not the moment"
CEO of the Dutch Sailing (Watersportverbond) Arno van Gerven said: “The decision was taken in recognition of the global outbreak of the Corina virus. This is not the moment to continue planning and organising an international sports event, while the world battles this pandemic.”

About the Medemblik Regatta
The Medemblik Regatta has a reputation for quality, innovation and surprise since 1985. Together with the other sailing spring classics like Kieler Woche, Semaine Olympique Hyeres and the Sofia Cup, Medemblik will once again have a prominent and protected position on the International calendar for the next four years. As a result, from 2021 onwards, International top sailors in all Olympic classes on their way to Tokyo 2021 and or Paris 2024, can collect valuable points for the world ranking in Medemblik.

Letters To The Editor -
Letters are limited to 350 words. No personal attacks are permitted. We do require your name but your email address will not be published without your permission.

* From Ross Hobson:

I read Stevie Smiths article in this edition of Seahorse on his plea to reduce the number of support RIBs at events. I agree the numbers are excessive and environmental impact will leave our sport open criticism.

I believe it is the club/event organisers responsibly to take the lead. Many years ago Sunderland Yacht Cub ran the Topper nationals and concerned about excessive parental on-the-water “support” and wishing to control the numbers of RIBs, the club put a few very simple rules in the NoR and RI’s:

ALL boats within 500 m of the race area had to be a designated safety boat, either owned by SYC or have an SYC safety event officer on-board to direct the operation of the boat

Any boat not complying would result in DSQ from the event of the associated sailor(s). The instructions of the safety officers were to be followed at all times - dissent meant DSQ of the associated sailor(s)

These rules were not open to protest.

It worked and for some time after the Topper nationals retained the rules

If all event organisers took the same stance - it would achieve Stevie’s aims

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