In This Issue
World Sailing President Kim Andersen replies to media criticism
The Ocean Race: 11th Hour Racing's Charlie Enright on 2021-22 route
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
Swan European Regatta postponed to 2021
Melges IC37 Class Association Appoints Class Coach
Build Your Onboard Sail Repair Kit
Burnham Week 2020: Plans in place for late season east coast regatta
Quizzes And Videos For Waiting Out The Virus
The Ocean Race - Part 3: Making the shorthander fully crewed
Vale William Hugh Moore (Bill) Bell
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World Sailing President Kim Andersen replies to media criticism
Two-time Ocean Race skipper Charlie Enright alongside Team CEO Mark Towill announced last September their intention to be at the start line for the next edition of The Ocean Race in 2021-2022, together with title sponsor 11th Hour Racing.

Since then, he's been busy learning the ins-and-outs of the IMOCA 60 class, training out of Brittany before recording a fourth-place finish in the Transat Jacques Vabre late last fall.

We caught up with Charlie this week to gauge his views on the course for the next edition of the round the world race.

What was your immediate reaction to the confirmed route for the next edition of the race? What are the most notable elements of the course in your opinion?

It's certainly an exciting new course, without a doubt. We're visiting some places we haven't been to before and that's always something that adds a good level of interest from new fans in different parts of the world, makes it fun for the teams and adds overall excitement to the course. Adding in Cabo Verde certainly mixes things up a bit, Australia to starboard will be interesting, and the litany of European stops that will have a different feel to them then in the past. In my opinion, finishing in the Med is probably one of the most notable changes we have on this course.

The race is shorter (estimated to be 38,000 nm) and has two less pitstops, what are your thoughts on that?

You know, those distance numbers are a bit of marketing buzz to be honest. I'm sure I'm echoing what others would say but it's really about the distance you sail and the kind of sailing during the course that matters much more than any sort of specific number that is referred to by the race or the media. Less pitstops generally means less operational and logistical planning for a team — so I think it's nice that those were tightened up a bit – and it might be nice to see one or two less even in future editions.

World Sailing President Kim Andersen

The Ocean Race: 11th Hour Racing's Charlie Enright on 2021-22 route
Two-time Ocean Race skipper Charlie Enright alongside Team CEO Mark Towill announced last September their intention to be at the start line for the next edition of The Ocean Race in 2021-2022, together with title sponsor 11th Hour Racing.

Since then, he's been busy learning the ins-and-outs of the IMOCA 60 class, training out of Brittany before recording a fourth-place finish in the Transat Jacques Vabre late last fall.

We caught up with Charlie this week to gauge his views on the course for the next edition of the round the world race.

What was your immediate reaction to the confirmed route for the next edition of the race? What are the most notable elements of the course in your opinion?

It's certainly an exciting new course, without a doubt. We're visiting some places we haven't been to before and that's always something that adds a good level of interest from new fans in different parts of the world, makes it fun for the teams and adds overall excitement to the course. Adding in Cabo Verde certainly mixes things up a bit, Australia to starboard will be interesting, and the litany of European stops that will have a different feel to them then in the past. In my opinion, finishing in the Med is probably one of the most notable changes we have on this course.

The race is shorter (estimated to be 38,000 nm) and has two less pitstops, what are your thoughts on that?

You know, those distance numbers are a bit of marketing buzz to be honest. I'm sure I'm echoing what others would say but it's really about the distance you sail and the kind of sailing during the course that matters much more than any sort of specific number that is referred to by the race or the media. Less pitstops generally means less operational and logistical planning for a team — so I think it's nice that those were tightened up a bit – and it might be nice to see one or two less even in future editions.

Full interview in Yachtracing.life

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

Seahorse Magazine

Update
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World news
Strong in the Atlantic (and la Manche), refining the water ballast, an IRC get-together, ghosting in Mahurangi, upping the pace for Newport and preparing for the worst. Patrice Carpentier, Dobbs Davis, Chris Salthouse, Jean-Pierre Kelbert, Ivor Wilkins, Blue Robinson, Jean-Philippe Cau, Gery Trentesaux, Daniel Andrieu

A question of balance
Robert Deaves

Things that go bump
Some (important) people have yet to be convinced about the merits of carbon rigs... Rob Weiland

Dynasty
Julian Everitt looks at the far-reaching influence that three generations of the Frers family have had on yacht design

No bigger ask
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Swan European Regatta postponed to 2021
In the light of the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus affecting the whole world, Nautor's Swan and Turku Yacht Club met yesterday to define the next steps for the organization of the Swan European Regatta, planned from July 7th to 13th.

Turku represents the home of the passionate Swan owners of that area and hosted three previous Swan regattas - in 2006 on the occasion of the Turku Yacht Club 100th anniversary, in 2012 and again in 2016 for Nautor's Swan 50th anniversary, With more than 100 yachts expected at this year's event and 31 already registered, it is with a heavy heart that Nautor and Turku have jointly decided to postpone the event to Summer 2021.

"It was not an easy decision to make, but at the moment we feel this is the right thing to do" says Giovanni Pomati, Nautor Holding CEO. "Being back in Turku after four years, breathing the essence of the passion and love our owners have for our brand, was something we were all looking forward to. Unfortunately considering the current and uncertain situation worldwide, the general mood and our aim not to jeopardize our guests' health and safety, led us to this important decision".

"The Corona Virus situation in Finland is still under control, hopefully it won't change in the near future" says Samuli Salantera, Commodore of the Yacht Club Turku. "Turku has always been the house for Swans in the Baltic and we feel the need to host this event in the best condition ever, and this is not the right time. We surely will celebrate our Spirit of Swan properly next year".

nautorswan.com

Melges IC37 Class Association Appoints Class Coach
The Melges IC37 Class Association has brought onboard world champion sailor Greg Fisher (Mt. Pleasant, SC) as the Class Coach for the 2020 summer sailing season.

Fisher, a 25-time national, North American, and world champion, will be an on-the-water presence at class events on the summer calendar. He will guide pre-regatta practices, run daily post-race debriefs for the fleet, and provide all Melges IC37 teams with regular expert insight on how to maximize their performance. He will also be available between regattas to answer questions and discuss areas of improvement specific to individual teams.

With the beginning of the season delayed by the COVID-19 health crisis, Fisher will organize a webinar series to advance the class's training resources starting in early May. The 2020 Melges IC37 summer schedule will include up to six events based out of Newport, RI. The exact schedule will be finalized as soon as possible. The class's second national championship is scheduled for October 9-11.

melgesic37class.com

Build Your Onboard Sail Repair Kit
Sailors, especially those venturing offshore, do well to live by the "always be prepared" motto of the Boy Scouts of America. A comprehensive sail repair kit is a good place to start. Here's what Quantum's Charlie Saville and Andrew LaPlant recommend.

Having the tools and materials you need to fix your sails in a pinch is a must. So, what are the most essential sail repair items to carry while offshore? We've put together a simple list to start with. Your local sailmaker can help supply all the basics and discuss further customization based on your yacht and sailing type.

To start, here are some of the questions you'll need to consider with your sailmaker:

How long will you be offshore? The longer the trip, the more time should be spent on a proper sail fix with stronger materials. If you only take day trips, a quick fix will suffice until the sail can be brought to land.

Will you be racing or cruising? Racing and cruising sails are designed with different purposes and often have different materials. Your sailmaker will make sure you have the right materials to keep you safe.

What type of sails do you have? Are they Dacron or membrane? Similar to the racing/cruising question, it will help dictate some specifics for your kit.

Is it worth bringing your own sewing machine? Any boat over 50' should consider having one. Click here for the sewing machine Charlie Saville and his wife took on a three year voyage.

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Build Your Onboard Sail Repair Kit

Burnham Week 2020: Plans in place for late season east coast regatta
Burnham Week Ltd (BWL), the organisers of Burnham Week confirms plans are still in place to run Burnham Week 2020 at the end of August (29 August-5 September). However, the committee does stress that as a result of the ongoing national and global measures being taken to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, it will continue to monitor the situation and make a final decision on whether Burnham Week 2020 should go ahead, later in the year.

Now however, with nearly four months before the start of the event, this could be a good time to enjoy planning a return to sailing. As well as the competitive nature of this iconic family regatta, Burnham Week also has a fun social reputation, which hopefully this year in particular, will offer the perfect opportunity to kick start new beginnings after the hugely challenging year.

To find out more information about the regatta, including how to enter, go to www.burnhamweek.com. Here you'll also find the Notice of Race and details about the Town Cup - Burnham Week's signature event - which takes place on the final Saturday of the regatta. -- Sue Pelling

Quizzes And Videos For Waiting Out The Virus
Learn The Racing Rules
In the RRS, the defined words include clear astern, clear ahead, overlap, room, mark room, start, keep clear, obstruction, racing, etc. For instance, the definition of "obstruction" goes on for four sentences and is very specific. The definition of the word "rule" has eight paragraphs.

We have just launched the new Rules Quiz section of the UK Sailmakers website by starting with a few test questions on the basic definitions before we put up animated race-course situations. The answers are more than simple "yes" or "no" and an explanation.

Within a week, another group of test questions will be posted. We'll post the questions on Facebook and Instagram, but the answers will only be on the UK Sailmakers website. Here is a direct link: www.uksailmakers.com/rules-quiz-program.

Instead of charging as we did in the past, we are posting the test questions and animated quizzes at no charge in exchange for your email address and your agreement to receive the UK Sailmakers monthly online newsletter. Know that UK Sailmakers respects your privacy and we do not share or sell our mailing list to any other group or company. Those who sign up will not get spam, only newsletters from UK Sailmakers.

The Ocean Race - Part 3: Making the shorthander fully crewed
At the end of February, Sail-World.com's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell, spoke with Richard Mason, Race Director and Peter Rusch, PR Director, of The Ocean Race for a general update on the race, which is scheduled to start from Alicante, Spain in October of 2021.

At the time of the interview, the sporting landscape had not been upended by the governmental ordered lockdowns, reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the context of the questions and answers were different from today's situation. By the time of the race start, in 18 months time, the current situation will have been resolved and life will have been reset to something approaching normal. Here's Part 3 of a series looking at all aspects of The Ocean Race. In this report, Mason and PR Director Peter Rusch explain how the media function will be handled onboard the IMOCA60's and how the shorthanded racer will be set up for fully crewed sailing.

In Part 2 Mason explained the two fleets, how the teams can be put together, and the use of charter boats. The Ocean Race 20 teams registered in two fleets And in Part 1 he discussed the Course and Ports "Which side of the Big Island"

One of the success stories from the last Volvo Ocean Race was the use of onboard reporters who were employed by the race organisation and then allocated to the boats on a leg by leg basis to capture, write and pump out some stunning media content. The OBR team were the first to master the use of drone cameras of OBR's onboard VO65's.

However, fitting the OBR's down below in the IMOCA60 will be tough - it was tight on the VO65 - sitting in an area aft of the navigation station.

Mason says that in the last edition the OBR's were able to tell a unique story, with all the drone footage coming out of the Southern Ocean. "That's just not going to happen if we don't have the OBR's on board."

Full article by Richard Gladwell in Sail-World

Vale William Hugh Moore (Bill) Bell
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Bill Bell 17th October 1942 to 10 April 2020

The sailing world has lost a great friend. Quietly spoken, but always considered, Bill Bell was a great friend to many sailors across the world and will be sorely missed. He made a significant contribution to the sport of sailing, both as a sailor, an International Judge and a club official, and he was hugely respected worldwide for his calm and authoritative approach.

Bill was a lifelong member of the Black Rock Yacht Club in Melbourne Australia where he was a sailor, race official, Commodore and Life Member. It would be hard to find a more loyal and dedicated member; enjoying a drink, a meal and a chat with friends every week while in town. For his club mate, neighbours and fellow sailors it was a privilege to have known Bill.

Born on October 17, 1942, he passed away on Good Friday, April 10, 2020 in Melbourne.

Bill Bell was a big, strong teenager and after sailing Sharpies and 14s, Bill moved into the OK Dinghy in the early 1970s, winning the Australian Championship three years running from 1975 to 1977. Bill was also a driver behind innovations to the class, as importing Needlespar masts, from the UK, and Marinex Sails, from Sweden. Renowned for his heavy air sailing, Bill famously won the fourth race at the 1977 OK Dinghy Worlds at Takapuna in Auckland, New Zealand. Like many singlehanded sailors in the 1970s, Bill moved into the Finn Class and also maintained an ongoing close association with that class worldwide, including as a member of many International Juries, most recently for the Finn Gold Cup held in Melbourne in December 2019.

Bill’s final event was the RS Aero World Championships held at Black Rock over the Christmas/New Year period, where he organized the International Jury and helped make the event a huge success.

Bill will be sorely missed and will be an enormous loss to the sailing community. Over 50 years of international competition and judging he made friends across the world who always welcomed him, just as he welcomed sailors to Melbourne. Our thoughts go out to Ann, Vicky, Stephen and the extended Bell family. Due to COVID 19 restrictions in Australia, we are unable to gather and celebrate a life well lived at the moment, but will do so as soon as we can, raise a glass and sound eight bells.

Vale Bill Bell.

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