In This Issue
The Ocean Race: Francesca Clapcich on plans for Italian VO65 campaign
Sir Richard Francis Sutton Medal
The Austrian Ocean Race Project
Dublin Bay Sailing Club Surveys Members on COVID-19 Hit Season
RYA OnCourse - keeping the racing community together to #RuleTheWaves
Limerick Ketch Ilen DIY Kids’ Model
Finishing the job - Harkenderm
Medemblik Regatta and Semaine Olympique Francaise to launch in Virtual Regatta
Monaco's yacht owners have been banned from taking out their superyachts
Letters to the Editor
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The Ocean Race: Francesca Clapcich on plans for Italian VO65 campaign
Thirty-two year old Italian sailor Francesca Clapcich first established herself on the professional sailing scene as an Olympic campaigner, first in the singlehanded Laser Radial class in which she represented her country at the London 2012 Games, and then in the 49FX where – crewing for Giulia Conti – she won the 2015 European and World Championships before the pair finished in fifth place at Rio 2016.

After retiring from Olympic campaigning Clapcich switched focus to ocean racing after being offered the chance to fulfil a long-time dream to race around the world as part of Dee Caffari’s VO65 crew on the Turn the Tide on Plastic campaign in the 2017-18 edition of The Ocean Race. She describes that experience as “a crazy journey, an emotional roller coaster” but nevertheless at the end of the race she was left wanting more.

Now she has revealed plans to mount an Italian-centric VO65 campaign for the 2021-22 edition

Full interview in

Sir Richard Francis Sutton Medal
The Herreshoff Marine Museum / America's Cup Hall of Fame will award the Sir Richard Francis Sutton Medal to co-recipients, the late Maldwin Drummond (1933-2017) and Antony Matusch (b.1940), for volunteering thousands of hours of their time to lead the Royal Yacht Squadron's effort to produce the 2001 America's Cup Jubilee, one of the finest moments in yachting history.

The Sir Richard Francis Sutton Medal, instituted by the America's Cup Hall of Fame in 2018, recognizes the spirit of the America's Cup, as set down by the founding donors in their Deed of Gift "to promote friendly competition between foreign countries." It is awarded, from time-to-time, to persons or entities that have exemplified that spirit, in the course of their association with the America's Cup.

The 2001 America's Cup Jubilee achieved what many thought impossible - it remains a once in a lifetime experience for all those who participated. Great endeavours such as this are the work of an international army of people, both acknowledged and unsung. For all of these, seeing the fruition of their efforts during those remarkable days in August 2001 was all the reward they sought.

Bruno Troublé, a member of the America's Cup Hall of Fame Selection Committee who was integrally involved in the planning and execution of the event notes, "The thoughtful planning of the Jubilee by Drummond and Matusch reflects the Royal Yacht Squadron's enduring ethos of sportsmanship, volunteerism, and cordiality."

The presentation of the Sutton Medal was originally intended to take place during the America's Cup Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the INEOS Team UK base in Portsmouth, UK on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. In light of the global health crisis and the subsequent cancellation of the America's Cup World Series event, the 2020 America's Cup Hall of Fame Induction will take place at a later date and location which will be announced once the situation becomes clearer.

The Austrian Ocean Race Project
Supported by Robline

The Ocean race (formerly known as The Volvo Ocean Race) is often called the longest and toughest experience a sailor can participate in. Every four years since 1973 sailing teams compete around the clock in this offshore racecourse all around the world across the world’s most demanding waters.

The last episode took place in 2016 where the winning team was crowned after having finished the 11 legs within 126 days. The race in 2021-22 will achieve a new level with two different classes competing. On the one hand the high-tech, foiling IMOCA 60 focusing on new-edge technology. On the other hand the one-design VO65 concentrating on youth and crew diversity.

At this point the Austrian Ocean Race project steps in. A young and diverse crew not only with the ambition to win this race but also to make the world a better place. The crew of this VO65 is dedicated to the protection of the environment. Of particular interest for them is the saving of the oceans and the banishment of pollution of oceans as water is the source of its sports. For this reason they have even launched an educational program at Austrian schools in cooperation with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals Program.

Until the start in autumn 2021 in Alicante a lot of boat work has to be done and experience to be gained. In order to give them the best possible support in running rigging, the Austrian Ocean Race Project teamed up with Robline to set new standards in Yachting Ropes for the Ocean Race. Hours and days of discussions, trial and error and of course the best possible ropes on board of such an expedition will be the cornerstones for the next months.

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Dublin Bay Sailing Club Surveys Members on COVID-19 Hit Season
In a week when Ireland's biggest yacht racing club was due to start its summer schedule, Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) is instead surveying members in lockdown for their thoughts on the prospect of racing on the Bay later this summer as the COVID-19 emergency greatly affects 2020 Irish sailing fixtures.

The survey is being conducted as the club sees a delayed start to the season and 'potentially reduced budgets and resources'.

In the online poll, Commodore Jonathan Nicholson urges as many skippers and crew to complete the three short questions to help the club decide what can be offered.

The club is the umbrella organisation that runs year-round racing for members from all Dun Laoghaire Harbour's waterfront yacht clubs; the National Yacht Club, the Royal St. George Yacht Club, the Royal Irish Yacht Club and the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club as well as sailors based at the town marina.

"We want to try and plan for this as best we can in order to deliver our members the best possible racing, as soon as it is safe to do so," Nicholson tells members.

The 2020 DBSC season was due to start on the capital's waters this Saturday for over 250 boats in 20 classes and some estimated 1,500 sailors.

As Afloat previously reported, the timing of the questionnaire is in line with Sport Ireland's own bid to frame protocols for a return to sport with social distancing. Protocols for sailing are being drawn up by Irish Sailing, according to its CEO Harry Hermon yesterday.

RYA OnCourse - keeping the racing community together to #RuleTheWaves
It's a #SailFromHome OnCourse special this month as we make the most of our time off the water during this unprecedented time.

We want to keep the spirits and knowledge up so the British Sailing Team and British Youth Sailing have put together a host of videos covering everything from working out at home to getting those tactics and techniques locked down.

We also have the latest news from Team GB as Tokyo 2020 is put on hold for a year, details of the Racing Rules of Sailing webinar coming up and eSailing Youth Nationals news.

Limerick Ketch Ilen DIY Kids’ Model
Junior and very junior sailors who’d like a special indoor Do-it-Yourself Challenge in these locked-in times will find something of special interest in the latest idea from current Irish Sailing Presidential Award holder Gary MacMahon of Limerick.

Gary received his award for his twenty-years of dedication in getting the 1926-built 56ft ketch Ilen of Conor O’Brien fame restored to such good seagoing order that, last summer, she voyaged to Greenland from Ireland and back, and collected other awards for that achievement.

This year the plan had been to have Ilen busy in and around the Shannon Estuary for the first half of the season, visiting all the local ports as part of her regular “Sailing into Wellness” programme. Then, on July 19th, she was to depart for Madeira to replicate the 1926 voyage Conor O’Brien made there with the ship, on his way to the Falklands, where Ilen was to spend her 40-year working life.

the Ilen team have been prevented from assembling in any way by current regulations in what would normally have been be a very busy time of joint effort for her fit-out programme, and thus the ship is effectively moth-balled in Limerick when she should already be sailing.

So in the meantime, one day Gary was idly observing a Tetrapak and got to thinking how it might be completely re-purposed to be the basis of a kids’ home project and competition for a €150 Amazon Gift Prize to create a pint-sized version of Ilen, complete with Conor O’Brien and the Cadogan cousins from Cape Clear, who crewed with him on the long voyage of 1926.

And yes, we know that a standard Tetrapak actually holds a litre, but for most of us “pint-size” has a much more resonant meaning. Take the basics off this pdf, and then you’ll just need a few little things that “should be readily available in a modern household….”

Finishing the job - Harkenderm
Minimising sun damage when sailing has long been a major concern for sailors but a casual conversation with America’s Cup winner Jimmy Spithill highlighted the second part of the equation for dermatologist Edit Harken

It was a beautiful breezy September morning in 2014 during the famous (or infamous) E-scow Blue Chip invitational regatta when I finally decided to start a skin care line for sailors. As a tradition, my husband Peter (Harken) and I hosted the mystery guest at our house every year. Pewaukee Yacht Club has always invited sailors that had an outstanding accomplishment the previous year and although it wasn’t the Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award, Peter, Olaf (Harken) and the rest of the yacht club gang somehow always managed to convince the sailors that competing in an E-scow invitational with the best of the inland sailors may just be the biggest honour and challenge of their life.

Full article in the May issue of Seahorse

Medemblik Regatta and Semaine Olympique Francaise to launch in Virtual Regatta
The Medemblik Regatta and Semaine Olympique Francaise (SOF) are the latest internationally renowned Olympic sailing events to join the eSailing world.

Following the successful hosting of the Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar, and the ongoing Hempel World Cup Series Genoa, the Dutch and French hosted regattas are the latest to join the platform for special events.

Hempel World Cup Series Genoa runs through to Saturday 18 April before SOF starts on 20 April with the concluding Medal Races on 26 April. The Medemblik Regatta will commence on 4 June and conclude 7 June. The previously announced Kiel Week will run from 20 – 28 June.

Both World Sailing and Virtual Regatta, the leading digital sailing platform, 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.

At each regatta, two Olympic boats - 49er and the Nacra 17 - will be available for players to race.

The first few days of each event launch will consist of challenges. Ranked Medal Races will take place over the final two days, open to all players - no qualification for these races is necessary, but results will count towards World and National rankings for eSailors.

These Medal Races for these challenges will also provide an opportunity for two eSailors (one from the 49er and one from the Nacra) to qualify for the eSailing World Championship Playoffs. This will give eSailors a chance at qualifying to the Live Final, where the 2020 eSailing World Champion will be crowned.

The challenges are available now and can be played on Virtual Regatta Inshore on Desktop - iOS - Android.

Monaco's yacht owners have been banned from taking out their superyachts
As Monaco, like the rest of the world, deals with the coronavirus pandemic, its wealthy residents have been mandated to stay in their homes except for essential activities - and cruising on a multimillion-dollar superyacht is not considered essential, even in Monaco.

Monaco's government has temporarily banned all leisure boating activities and barred entry to cruise ships. Port Hercules now requires yachts larger than 78 feet to fill out a mandatory Declaration of Health before entering the port.

Raphael Sauleau, the CEO of Fraser Yachts, a yacht brokerage with offices in Monaco, told Business Insider that residents fully support the lockdown.

"Many captains and crew remain on board yachts, so on lockdown but in good spirits, keeping the yachts (and themselves) in good shape and preparing for the eventual rollback of restrictions which is currently set to start in Monaco in May," Sauleau said. "Yachts sound their horns each night to thank the frontline and essential workers."

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 Iain McAllister:

I enjoyed reading Craig Dymock's correction (Eurosail 21 April) of the erroneous Rolex Giraglia statement (Eurosail 20 April) about the 1937 Fastnet Race, but struggled with his comment about the origin of the Royal Yacht Squadron's flag staff which I have always believed comes from the 1874 William Fife II-designed racing cutter BLOODHOUND - originally and at the end of her life owned by the Marquis of Ailsa and broken up c1922 - not Isaac Bell's 1939 Charles E Nicholson-designed ocean racer, later owned by the royal family and now moored at Leith. I of course stand to be corrected.

* From David Brunskil:

I was delighted to see the thoughtful and detailed article by John Quigley.

I should declare an interest - whilst due to age and ill health I am no longer an International Judge I remain an unpaid World Sailing Delegate to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

With reference to paragraphs 1&2 of John Quigley’s editorial, World Sailing does act in a broad way to protect the interests of all recreational sailing boat users. The World Sailing IMO delegation is currently involved with the applicability of IMO legislation toward subjects affecting recreational craft including the Polar Code, the use of fully automated ships, the dangers of floating containers and environmental issues including floating plastics and discarded fishing tackle,

Achievements include for example recommendations to all IMO member governments on antifouling for recreational craft and obtaining IMO agreement that all Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centres should hold copies of the offshore special regulations. The latter is particularly important as coastguards worldwide now have a complete understanding of the safety equipment and crew training required for yachts involved in offshore races governed by the offshore special regulations.

Most of the work is not newsworthy but over the last twenty years or so it has made a significant impact on global legislation affecting our sport.

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