In This Issue
SailGP Season 2 rescheduled for 2021
Relive the moment!
Oyster Design Manager
And the osCA goes to...Nick Mines!
Ken Read interview: The rise and rise of an all-American sailing hero
Transatlantic Support for All Cruisers in 2020
Eric Twiname Junior Championships goes virtual for 2020
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
HMM Tour, Part 4: The Boat Hall's Classic Centennials
Letters to the Editor
Featured Brokerage:
• • TP52 Racing Sailboat
• • Dazcat 1795 NEW BOAT
The Last Word: Sir Tim Berners-Lee

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SailGP Season 2 rescheduled for 2021
London, England: With a continued emphasis on protecting the health and safety of its national teams, global staff, partners and event communities, SailGP has determined that its racing must remain suspended for the remainder of 2020. Consequently, SailGP Season 2 events will be rescheduled for 2021.

Two of the four impacted events have new dates for 2021 - San Francisco on April 17-18 and New York on June 4-5. SailGP also intends to return to the U.K. and Denmark during the rescheduled Season 2, replacing racing previously planned for August 14-15 and September 11-12 of this year.

Season 2 is set to be expanded from five to a minimum of seven events during the year-long period beginning in April 2021, spanning to the early months of 2022. Results from 2020 Sydney SailGP - the first and only completed event of the year - will be null and void.

Two months ago in Sydney, teams representing Australia, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Japan, Spain and the United States took to the water for what was anticipated to be the first of five events in 2020. There, four-time Olympic gold medalist Sir Ben Ainslie led the British entry to victory in his SailGP debut, overcoming the local favorite and defending season champion Tom Slingsby and his Aussie crew.

In a bid to protect the organization throughout this unpredictable period, Russell Coutts has temporarily forfeited his salary in its entirety, while remaining employees have voluntarily taken salary reductions effective through the end of the year. The overall workforce has been tapered proportional to the current modified requirements, while the contracted athletes are being compensated for more than 50 percent of the planned season activity.

The rescheduled Season 2 events will continue to be showcased around the world via partnerships with top-tier broadcasters in more than 100 territories, including in each team market: SKY Sports (U.K./Ireland), CBS Sports (U.S.), Fox Sports (Australia), Canal+ Sport (France), TVE and TV3 (Spain), TV 2 Sport (Denmark), and DAZN (Japan).

Relive the moment!
Without much sailing going on, there is little to do but dream of races from the good old days.

We've created our Relive the Moment series, where each week we look back at a key race in recent years and chat with sailors that featured prominently in the racing. It's provided a fascinating behind the mind look into current teams. On Friday we will feature Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz (NED) as they review their Worlds win.

We've also looked through races with:
- Vittorio Bissaro (ITA)
- Stephanie Roble and Maggie Shea (USA)
- Nathan Outteridge (AUS)
- Jim Colley (AUS)
- Annemiek Bekkering & Annette Duetz (NED)

Seen enough of today's top sailors? As a Special Treat. we have found the footage from the 1999 Schneider Series!

All 4 of the 1999 Schneider Series recently made it's way onto youtube thanks to the 18footers. There was a 2 hour show for each regatta. This early days 49er sailing action is pretty awesome. This only was the 3rd year of 49er sailing, and the worlds top teams at the time got together for a Tour Down Under in the lead up to Sydney 2000.

We've compiled the 4 regatta series into a page for your watching pleasure.

Want to check out some global legends learn the 49er. We've got Chris Nicholson, Dan Slater, Morgan Larson, Ian Barker and many more. Want to see the Bugen Brothers go back to back OSC, it's all there. Enjoy!

Episode 5 - Annemiek Bekkering & Annette Duetz:
Schneider Series

Oyster Design Manager
Oyster Design Manager An opportunity has arisen for a creative dynamic yacht designer to take responsibility for the management and development of our design team.

Activities are in two parts; maintaining a flow of design information to support production at our facilities in Southampton and Wroxham and working in conjunction with third party designers on the design and development of new models.

Oyster has a worldwide reputation as a leading builder of quality cruising yachts and the successful applicant is likely to be a qualified naval architect with relevant experience in yacht design, construction and management. Oyster yachts are created with modern design tools, efficient build systems and the skilled hands of some of the UK's finest craftsmen.

Our Oyster design manager will need an in-depth understanding of value engineering as it applies to yacht building and share our passion for creative design and quality.

This is a significant opportunity for the right candidate.

No agencies please

Applications in confidence to Paul Adamson, Oyster Yachts - CCO

Oyster Design Manager Position

And the osCA goes to...Nick Mines!
The first-ever winner to emerge from a bumper crop of 15 entries to the Cruising Association's (CA) inaugural Vlog (video log) competition - The osCA, sponsored by MS Amlin Boat Insurance - is Nick Mines on Hejira, a Southerly 135, with Ollie and friends.

A first for 2019, the osCA was introduced alongside the popular CA log competition in recognition of increasingly creative sailing vlogs appearing on sailors' social media platforms.

The Log and Vlog judge, Mark Jardine, who is Vice-Chair of the YJA and Editor of the news and cruising news websites Y& Cruising, commented that Nick's video kept on giving and is "just hilarious."

"As the voyage progresses, the camera keeps going back to the aft deck view, where more and more people are joining in a dance party. This required planning in advance and was cleverly done. I love the way they made all that effort."

Speaking on behalf of MS Amlin Boat Insurance, Paul Knox-Johnston added, "What a great way to highlight the fun side of sailing. Sailing is about enjoying the journey and these guys look like they have. A worthy winner and congratulations from all of us at MS Amlin Boat Insurance on a great concept and delivery."

Nick wins a stunning trophy and a Hero GoPro, both kindly donated by MS Amlin Boat Insurance.

Owing to the postponement of the CA's Hanson lecture and prizegiving event in late March due to the outbreak of Covid-19, the Hanson lecture, being delivered by Mike Golding OBE, and the prizegiving, will now be held on October 7 at CA House in London.

Meanwhile, Nick's winning video can be viewed below.

...and he also has a well populated and entertaining Hejira website:

Nick Mines on Hejira

Ken Read interview: The rise and rise of an all-American sailing hero
President of the North Sails Group and one of the world’s most decorated sailors, Ken Read has risen to the top of both business and sport, writes Mark Chisnell

There are many successful sailors and many more successful businessmen, but it’s rare to find someone who has achieved great things in both spheres. Ken Read is one of them. Twice Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, a College Sailor of the Year, nine-time world champion, America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race skipper, he has also risen to the top of his profession as President of the North Sails Group.

It’s been a long and storied career both on and off the water, driven by Read’s self-confessed intensity. “I remember the fundamental change in my life going from loving to win to hating to lose. And it’s been a long time since I’ve technically loved to win, but man, oh man, do I hate to lose. And that’s in anything. That’s in selling a jib to a guy down the street in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, or sailing in the Volvo [Ocean] Race. Everything in between.”

It’s no surprise then that Read grew up in a family that took sport very seriously. His father, owner of a home delivery milk business, sailed and played ice hockey, while his mother was inducted into the Connecticut College Athletic Hall of Fame. “My mother was the competitive one. My mother was the athlete. She was the one during hockey games screaming in the audience to hustle,” he told me.

Full interview in

Transatlantic Support for All Cruisers in 2020
The season for crossing back from the Caribbean to Europe is almost upon us, however, this is no normal Transatlantic season and yachts undertaking this passage have more than the standard set of challenges ahead of them. The good news is that the support network available to Transatlantic sailors has widened considerably this year with a number of cruising organisations opening up their services to non-members at this challenging time.

Full list and links at

Eric Twiname Junior Championships goes virtual for 2020
British Youth Sailing is delighted to announce that the much-loved Eric Twiname Junior Championships will still be going ahead this year - but as a virtual regatta.

The regatta, which usually takes place at Rutland Sailing Club, was cancelled when the RYA announced its suspension of all organised activity due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

However British Youth Sailing has teamed up with leading eSailing provider Virtual Regatta and the Eric Twiname Trust to ensure that young sailors can still get their racing fix despite not being able to hit the water.

While it is not a replacement for the event proper, the eETs will give junior sailors the chance to sharpen their racing skills while on lockdown.

The move to eSailing follows the success of the inaugural eSailing Youth National Championships earlier this month which saw 16-year-old 420 sailor Terry Hacker take the top spot.

The eETs will take place over the same dates - May 8-10 - on the virtual waters of Portsmouth Harbour and will be open to youngsters eligible to compete at the original regatta apart from the Laser 4.7 and RS Tera classes which will be open entry.

Racing will be done in virtual J70s, with each of the classes racing in flights to determine a winner.

The virtual regatta will then conclude with a showdown race featuring the best two eSailors from each class.

The Notice of Race can be found here.

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

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RORC news - Winter challenge
Or how we squeezed that one in just in time. Eddie Warden-Owen

Seahorse build table - Growing under your feet
How your new boat may well be doing just that. Friedrich Deimann

More 'glamour' please, an extraordinary man indeed, (very) uncertain times, (also) interesting times, young hopes, au revoir or a bientot? Adrian Thompson, Jordi Xammar, Terry Hutchinson, Jack Griffin, Carlos Pich, Don Street

Sailor of the Month
One for the boys... one for the girls. So cute

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HMM Tour, Part 4: The Boat Hall's Classic Centennials
1914 was a special year for Herreshoff sailboats with a lineage of stunning designs coming out in rapid succession. Join Maynard Bray and Eric Blake as they trace the design elements of Herreshoff’s ALERION to SADIE to the Buzzard’s Bay 25 and the beloved 12 1/2.

Now more than ever, the Museum really needs your support. We've challenged ourselves to grow our membership with new digital initiatives like this that can bring the museum to our community, so please help us achieve that goal by taking a minute to renew, join or donate now.

We'll be sharing more Off Center Harbor videos featuring other HMCo. boats and the Museum on Sundays for the next few weeks.

Off Center Harbor is providing these videos free to members and supporters of HMM at the link here. If you'd like to get full access to the hundreds of videos and articles on Off Center Harbor right now, you can click here to join and get 8 weeks for $5. This new 8-week membership was created to provide wooden boat lovers with the perfect companionship for the coming weeks of isolation.


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 Malcolm McKeag: re: Ken Newman

So many of us will have naught but the fondest of memories of Ken Newman, who did not appear to have an ungenerous bone in his body nor thought in his head. Of my own perhaps the keenest is the dilema into which he thrust me by inviting me to celebrate my 60th birthday by joining him at the Cresta run.

For an ageing thrill-seeker it was a great temptation. Fortunately, considering my subsequent accident-littered career, wiser counsel (aka the uxorial veto) prevailed but part of me still regrets not taking him up on the offer. He was an inspiring character.

* From Alistair Dickson, RYA Director of Sport Development

We are at the point in the Covid-19 pandemic where people are beginning to plan and look to the future and we just wanted to reassure you that the RYA is no different. Since the start of lockdown we have encouraged everyone to follow the Government’s clear guidance for people to stay at home and save lives and we would like to thank everyone for their support of this stance.

At the same time, in conjunction with other sports and agencies, we have been in constant communication with government to facilitate a return to boating as soon as practical and in accordance with any future government advice. We believe that as an inherently socially distanced outdoor activity, boating should be one of the first to restart as we emerge from lockdown.

We expect an announcement from the UK Government this week on their thinking on initial relaxation of current lockdown restrictions. We are now developing a ‘Return to Boating’ strategic framework which aims to create consistency across the boating community whilst also providing you with the freedom and autonomy to make decisions based on your own unique set of considerations.

In the meantime, we encourage you to start considering the following:-

How could your club facilitate activity which minimises the risk of transmitting infection? (including operating within any necessary social restrictions, adequate cleaning & hygiene measures and deciding which communal areas of the club will need to remain closed)

How can your club reduce the likelihood of a callout to emergency services? (enhanced risk assessment/management, maintenance and safety)

We will be doing what we can to support you through this process and we are planning a series of interactive webinars through our #SailFromHome programme which will attempt to address each point in turn.

As ever, we will be looking to capture and share examples of best practice and innovative thinking so please reach out to us if you have already made significant progress in this area.

I can assure you that the entire RYA is looking forward to a phased return to normality where boating can take place once again, hopefully sooner rather than later. We will keep you informed and updated with regards to our ‘Return to Boating’ planning and please do contact us if you have any feedback, questions or concerns.

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The Last Word
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