In This Issue
• HP30 Class UK National Championship: 24th - 26th July 2020
• A Year of ORR Racing - America's Choice
• Harken: We're Doing It Once a Month - Join In!
• Herreshoff Museum Tour, Part 3: "In the Boat Hall: The Early Days"
• Reducing Waste at Sea: Water
• RORC Lockdown Live Series | Time Over Distance Vol. 3
• Team Pixelboat Onboard Videos
• Rolex Giraglia 2020 - Cancellation
• Sailors look ahead to newly launched event
• Letters to the Editor
• Featured Brokerage:
• • Swan 47-058 Lolita Senta
• • X-Yachts X-41 One Design
• • SW78 Ocean Horse
• The Last Word: Triumph the Insult Comic Dog
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HP30 Class UK National Championship: 24th - 26th July 2020
The HP30 Class and Royal Thames Yacht Club are delighted to announce plans for the HP30 National Championships, racing for the historic Staples Trophy.
This magnificent silver vase was originally presented by His Imperial Majesty, Kaiser Wilhelm II to the winner of the Ocean Race held to mark the opening of the Kiel Canal in 1895; Thames member Sydney F Staples.
In more recent years, the trophy has been allocated by the Royal Thames Yacht Club for competitive yacht racing events including the highly successful Farr45 class and now the HP30 Class.
The winner of the HP30 Class National Championship trophy will be awarded this magnificent trophy, with two tickets for the Royal Thames Yacht Club annual prize-giving dinner, in November.
The event is scheduled to start with the skippers briefing and welcome drinks on Thursday 23rd July, with racing scheduled from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July. The competition will consist of up to ten races on a number of course formats and lengths.
Principle Race Officer Phil Hagen will vary the length of the windward / leeward, triangle / sausage or round the can courses, over the three day competition, to thoroughly test the characteristics of these boats and crews.
With more than twelve boats pre-entered for this exciting regatta, the 2020 HP30 Class Nationals looks set to be a cracking event.
The Staples Trophy was presented by H.I.M The German Emperor to the winner of the Ocean Race held to mark the opening of the Kiel Canal in 1895.
It is decorated with repousse work of allegorical figures, including Triton, Venus and Cupids in mer form.
This year, this magnificent trophy will be presented to the overall winner of the HP30 Class National Championships, along with two tickets to the RTYC's annual prize-giving dinner, in November.
The Notice of Race is available at http://www.hp30class.com and entries will be via the YachtScoring platform. For further information or for new teams wanting to join the HP30 Class, please get in touch
A Year of ORR Racing - America's Choice
Live on US Sailing's Starboard Portal
2pm ET/11am PT - Monday, April 20, 2020
Take a pictorial and video journey through a season of events with the Offshore Racing Rule (ORR) and Jim Teeters, Technical Director. Jim's presentation will include major racing events, from Mackinac to Puerto Vallarta, Halifax to the Golden Gate, and interactions with event organizers to make their races as successful as possible. Coupled with specific events are examples of how ORR provides custom services and extends its VPP technical capabilities to meet the demands of a market that spans Volvo 70s to Rhodes 19s, and a 1948 Alden schooner to a TP52.
Harken: We're Doing It Once a Month - Join In!
In this recent issue of At the Front, we highlighted the incredible activity in Grand Prix sailing happening in the Southern Hemisphere this year. Enjoy photos and videos of events while getting up to speed on what's happening at the front of international sailing.
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Herreshoff Museum Tour, Part 3: "In the Boat Hall: The Early Days"
As a self-taught naval architect, Captain Nat Herreshoff employed a unique method for designing boats. He first carved a half-hull out of pine, then measured the offsets from the half-hull to build the mold for the boat. Young Nathanael learned this technique from his father Charles at age 11 when he, his father and his brother John built the catboat SPRITE over the winter of 1859-60.
SPRITE is the oldest boat in the Museum's collection, and it is thought to be the oldest extant boat that was built in RI.Click on the image below to explore the details of SPRITE and other early Herreshoff boats with historian Maynard Bray and boatbuilder Eric Blake.
Reducing Waste at Sea: Water
Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink...
Fancy a little distraction? I've decided to show you some of the steps that we took to cut our water use during last year's Solitaire du Figaro
Now more than ever we all need to think about what we buy, where it comes from and where is goes afterwards.
On board drinking water involved another big sacrifice. Something I learned when I started off racing was that sparkling water hydrates you better than still does, meaning less awkward trips to the back of the boat. In turn I became a bit hooked on the stuff, drinking it all the time on land and at sea.
But to reduce waste I knew I had to stop churning through all those single use plastic bottles, especially as they are one of the most common things that we come across floating around in the ocean. So, I invested in twenty reusable water flasks and got used to flat water again, with a little slice of lemon thrown in to give a bit of flavour!
At sea we are always careful with fresh water, it a limited resource on board and this quickly becomes automatic on land also. In order to do just this during the Solitaire du Figaro, we made some simple rules. We started by investing €10 euro in a nozzle for the hose that we use to rinse the boat, to make sure that it was never left running. Then the outside of the boat would always be washed with sea water and then simply rinsed with fresh water, to again minimise use.
We used a water meter to monitor fresh water use and would you believe that by using these simple measures, one boat for one-month long event used 250 litres. That's around the same amount as one American goes through in a day! -- Tom Dolan
RORC Lockdown Live Series | Time Over Distance Vol. 3
Keelboat Masterclass with Andrew 'Dog' Palfrey
Two-time Etchells World Champion, 5.5 Metre World Champion and Olympic sailor - Andrew Palfrey delivers a keelboat masterclass. Andrew has coached World Championship winning teams in the Farr40, Farr30, RC44, Etchells and Star class. In recent years Palfrey has coached a wide variety of teams from Maxis to Quarter Tonners.
For the RORC Time Over Distance Series Andrew presents a live interactive show covering planning, goal setting, teamwork and equipment. The presentation also covers increasing performance through speed, starts, and also upwind and downwind techniques.
Team Pixelboat Onboard Videos
Now that the world is in Lock-down, I have finally got the chance to put together and upload all the onboard footage from my Solo Around the World record attempt from last year.
There is a whole load of videos, day by day, of life onboard - from sailing across Biscay, fixing all the problems I had onboard, to crashing through the Southern Ocean.
I will be releasing a video each day on my YouTube site. Click on the image below for today's.
Today we are on day 5 and have been sorting out issues with the watermaker at 039° 09.155N, 012° 35.932W
Many more videos to come. I hope you enjoy them and it gives you a taste of what life is like alone on a 40' yacht for months on end.
Thanks for taking the time to watch :-) -- Alex Alley
Rolex Giraglia 2020 - Cancellation
Due to the persistence of the uncertainties resulting from the COVID 19 pandemic, which has affected all aspects of life of our society, including sporting events, with particular regard to the guidelines issued by the Italian and French Government, the Yacht Club Italiano, in agreement with the Partners and the organizing Clubs, has decided to postpone the 68th edition of the Rolex Giraglia.
Scheduled to run this year from 5th to 13th June between Saint-Tropez and Genoa, the regatta will now be held from 11th to 19th June 2021.
The decision made was unavoidable, in line with the numerous cancellations that have affected all sports at all levels, all over the world. Ensuring the health and well-being of the sailors, support personnel, officials and volunteers, continues, in this instance too, to be a top priority for the organizing committee.
Since its birth in 1953, the Rolex Giraglia has never been cancelled before.
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is the only other offshore race never to have been cancelled. Held for the first time in 1945, it has been run uninterrupted on 75 occasions.
The Rolex Fastnet Race, created in 1925, was suspended in 1937, due the Second World War, and resumed 10 years later in 1947. It has been held every two years since, holding its 48th edition in 2019.
14 different courses in 68 years: the alternating ports of departure and arrival of the Rolex Giraglia have been a defining feature of this event for several decades. A unique feature for any offshore race and even more so for a sailing competition born in the spirit of uniting through sport two countries that were in conflict with each other until a few years earlier than its creation.
In order to appreciate the understanding of all participants towards this inevitable decision, YCI would like offer some options in regards to the registration fees.
Registered participants to this edition will be able to either:
Request the full refund of the registration fee;
Confirm as of now their registration for next year and carry over their registration fee for the 2021 edition of the Rolex Giraglia, thus maintaining priority for guaranteed mooring in the port of Saint-Tropez / Marines de Cogolin
Donate the registration fee, in whole or in part, to the charity initiative in favor of the Hospital Ship organised by the Department of Health of Regione Liguria for the emergency COVID 19, providing assistance to hundreds of patients who have to undergo convalescence in quarantine. www.gofundme.com/f/yci-x-genova
The Yacht Club Italiano would like to thank the many owners and crews already registered for this year's regatta, and sends you all an 'arrivederci' at sea to the 2021 edition.
Sailors look ahead to newly launched event
As the majority of South Africa remains housebound in the fight against Covid-19, SA Sailing are looking ahead to the end of the year, when they are launching a new event on the local sailing calendar.
In December 2020, between Christmas and New Year, an inaugural SA Sailing Masters Championship will be held at Henley Midmar Yacht Club in KwaZulu-Natal. As the sport of sailing caters for all age groups, many past Olympic and world champions compete in annual masters World Championships and South Africa is well represented in these events, especially in the Olympic Laser and Finn classes.
The organising committee is planning an all-class event to invite as many sailors as possible to attend. Class and boat handicaps will apply to determine the overall champion for the SA Sailing Masters title. Invitations will be extended to all past, current and future stars to participate in this festival of sailing.
The age category for Masters sailors starts at 35 years old, and there are four categories every 10 years thereafter where a "weighting of age" will be applied as per International rules.
SA Sailing's KZN Chairperson Steve Hegerstrom explained: "Obviously with the national lockdown, there is no recreational or competitive sailing taking place at the moment. As SA Sailing we're fully committed to following the guidelines of President Cyril Ramaphosa in staying at home."
"But it's with much excitement that we're looking ahead to a happier time once this massive challenge has been overcome when we can get back out on the water."
"Many international classes around the world cater for Masters events. SA Sailing, in conjunction with yacht clubs, have done incredible junior training over the years and hosting of junior regattas. However, our demographics indicate a gap for a Masters event. This will be the first ever SA Sailing Masters all-class dinghy and catamaran event and we aim to attract and reunite all legacy classes."
"Our aim is to have 100-plus yachts enter where overall class winners as well as the overall boat handicap winner will have bragging rights to be the SA Masters national champion."
* From Michael Brown:
For once I agree with Malcolm McKeag, it is an absolute disgrace that the staff of World Sailing are now being paid by British taxpayers. They even have the audacity to admit that this is helping them out of their financial difficulty, better if they just went bust & disappeared. I resent every penny of my tax that is being spent this way & so I'm sure does every other taxpayer. This is money that should be funding doctors, nurses & care workers whose value is infinitely greater than anyone at World Sailing. They should be ashamed of themselves.
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