In This Issue
At the Sharp End: Cowes Classic Week
RORC Lockdown Live Series | Time Over Distance: Vol. 6 - Dee Caffari
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
PlanetSail - On Course Episode 3
Mark Mills Irish Sailor of the Month for April
Rule 18.3 Explained
Jeanneau Sunfast 3300 & 3600s Make Their Mark in 21st Round Ireland Race Entry List
Coast Guard coordinates rescue of two British mariners 598 miles off Bermuda
The Day The Wind Blew 25 Knots
Featured Brokerage:
• • Gunboat 57 - VAI VAI
• • Cape 31 One-Design - FLAME
• • Alfred Mylne 54 Ft Cutter - Irina VII
The Last Word: Man Ray

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At the Sharp End: Cowes Classic Week
A showcase of Classic boats and classic cars in the form of Cowes Classic Week is still on course to run between the 25th and 31st July in Cowes. Organised by the Royal London Yacht Club, Commodore David Gower announced this week "We hope to run a 'full fat' Classics Week".

The addition of Cowes Classics Day on the 30th featuring classic cars and classic power boats is to be a very special and glamorous day. The latter will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Cowes-Torquay race initiated by Sir Max Aitken when Commodore of Royal London Yacht Club. A display is planned of over fifty cars on the Parade together with exhibits from the Cowes Classic Boat Museum and power boats on the London Landing and RYS Yacht Haven.

For those whose interest crosses over from historic sails to four wheels this will be a visual feast. "We will make a final decision on June 15th and in the meantime planning continues".

Images from previous Cowes Classic Week race courses are featured here:

RORC Lockdown Live Series | Time Over Distance: Vol. 6 - Dee Caffari
Dee Caffari has sailed around the world six times. She is the first woman to have sailed single-handed and non-stop around the world in both directions, and the only woman to have sailed non-stop around the world a total of three times. Dee was awarded an MBE in recognition of her achievements, including multiple sailing world records.

The interview with Louay Habib includes stories, pictures and videos of Dee's amazing voyages and news about her plans for the future.

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

Endless quest - UBI Maior
The young Italian engineers at UBI Maior are steadily working their way through pretty much everything that moves on a modern yacht... and working hard to make it move better

Who'd a thunk it?
Oak trees and acorns does not do justice to how an invitation by Luca Rizzotti to a few of his friends to join him for a bit of fun in Garda turned into one of the most influential events in sailing

Elephant in the room
Every single America's Cup skipper believed the first AC World Series was going to be crucially important... Ben Ainslie, Jimmy Spithill, Terry Hutchinson and Rob Kothe

Finishing the job - Harken Derm
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

Elegant solution - Reckmann
There is something immensely satisfying in taking the massive loads of a superyacht furling system and by exquisite engineering reducing the task of controlling those loads down to the touch of a button or joystick

Boys of the pontoon
And he still won't wear a tie... Rob Weiland

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PlanetSail - On Course Episode 3
The UK's lockdown continues, but there's still plenty to report on. For starters, there's the on going developments with the America's Cup where two of the four teams have managed to get afloat by using some ingenious thinking. INEOS Team UK explain how they use software to replace time in the wind tunnel and towing tank. There's also the issue of their boat's new look as Britannia returns home plus, some more cool footage from the Americans.

I admit to getting all misty eyed over a former favourite class, but manage to compose myself for a trip to a very special yard on the UK's East coast where I found a bigger story that I hadn't expected. Plus, board games and hairdryers!

In Brief:
America's Cup - What the four teams are up to
505 Worlds - Getting excited about an old flame
Amazing Spirits - Much more than just gorgeous boats
Board sailing and hairdryers

Mark Mills Irish Sailor of the Month for April
Mark Mills was named Irish Sailing and's Irish Sailor of the Month for April, reflecting a focus on off the water activity during the current pandemic. Mills was recognised as "a breath of global fresh sea air" for the success of his designs from the large to the small.

Singled out for mention were his recent MDO Monte Carlo award for the design of the Wallycento 'Tango' and the success of the Melges IC37 as the latest New York Yacht Club One Design. "While the water is temporarily off limits for most of us, I feel very lucky to receive this honour, and to be able to continue to work through this difficult period."

In a time of inevitable national introspection, the design work of Mark Mills is a breath of global fresh sea air, taking us out of ourselves. Already in 2020, his design work has been recognised with the MDO Montecarlo Trophy for the quality of the biggest vessel to emerge from his County Wicklow design studio to date, the 30-metre Wallycento Tango. And his smaller designs continue to attract, with the rapidly-growing popularity of his Melges IC37 - in which Anthony O'Leary's Royal Cork team took the Bronze at last Autumn New York YC Invitational - a testament to the versatility of this talented naval architect, our International Sailor of the Month for April.

Rule 18.3 Explained
Most protests between sailboats on the racecourse come from situations where boats are going around marks, which is Rule 18. Rule 18.3 (mark room when a boat tacks in the zone) was written to reduce congestion at the windward mark. The rule makers wanted to encourage boats to tack for the mark farther away than three boatlengths, which may be another reason they increased the zone from two to three lengths. With the fast action of boats tacking, turning the mark and hoisting spinnakers in a crowded space, there was too much going on in a very small space, which created too many protests.

Rule 18.3 makes it hard for a port tacker to approach the mark within three lengths and not lose a protest — and the rule makers did that on purpose. The rule gives the boat approaching the mark on starboard a lot of control over the boat tacking in the zone. In fact, UK Sailmakers' rules guru Butch Ulmer has said, "If you tack in the zone, you are leading with your chin." His quote is a boxing reference that refers to a boxer not protecting his head, which often leads to a knockout punch from his opponent. The video below offers a thorough explanation about what rule 18.3 requires of a boat tacking in the zone from port to starboard ...what to do and what not to do.

Jeanneau Sunfast 3300 & 3600s Make Their Mark in 21st Round Ireland Race Entry List
Two Dun Laoghaire Harbour Sunfast 3600s - Hot Cookie Sunfast 3600 (John O'Gorman) to weather and Brendan Coghlan's YOYO (also below) from the Royal St George Yacht Club competing in a 2019 ISORA race Photo: Click on image to enlarge.

If the prospect of a fleet of four Sunfast 3600s for this summer's Round Ireland Yacht Race is not enough of a sign of Jeanneau's potency offshore these days, the race debut of at least two brand new Sunfast 3300s is also another exciting aspect of the postponed 700-mile race that looks set to attract an international fleet for its 21st edition.

As regular Afloat readers will know, the recently arrived Kinsale-based 3300 supplied by MGM Boats 'Cinnamon Girl' is signed up and, as Afloat sources now reveal, this West Cork entry brings with it the prospect of a UK sistership entering the race too.

As Afloat's WM remarked in March, weeks before lockdown, the launch of the 3300 will make Irish sailing fun again, let's hope he is right!

Coast Guard coordinates rescue of two British mariners 598 miles off Bermuda
Coast Guard personnel coordinated the rescue of two British mariners 598 miles off the coast of Bermuda using the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System, Friday morning.

Watchstanders at the Fifth Coast Guard District command center received the initial call from the Rescue Coordination Center United Kingdom on Wednesday at 7:43 a.m., who reported that a 39-foot sailboat had become disabled due to a non-functional steering box with two persons aboard.

The Fifth District command center activated the AMVER System to alert vessels in the area to the emergent situation and request assistance from them. The motor vessel Torm Laura answered the call and diverted to the disabled sailing vessel on Thursday, but was unable to enact a rescue due to the heavy seas, and eventually departed from the scene.

On Friday morning, two additional AMVER vessels arrived on scene: the tanker vessel Magellan Spirit and the motor vessel Ethane Sapphire. The Ethane Sapphire acted as a wind barricade for the Magellan Spirit to launch a small boat and safely recover and transfer the two British mariners onto the tanker vessel. The Magellan Spirit and the two British mariners are now en route to Spain.

The vessel was left adrift with navigation lights on and the Automatic Identification System activated so the vessel will be able to be tracked for any future recovery operations.

The Day The Wind Blew 25 Knots
Click on image for photo gallery.

On Sunday February 24, 2013 the Australian 18 Footers League hosted one of the most spectacular 18ft Skiff races ever staged on Sydney Harbour. The race was Race 7, which was the final race of the 2013 JJ Giltinan world Championship.

Going into that race, Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage, Peter Harris) and Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney, David Witt, Mark Kennedy) were level on a net score of eight points, with three more very strong teams vying for third place in the regatta.

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon, Dave O'Connor, Trent Barnabas) went into the race in third place and retained that placing despite capsizing twice while leading the race. One capsize was on-the-wind, the other as the team attempted a mark rounding at the Shark Island Totem Pole.

New Zealand's C-Tech (Alex Vallings, Josh McCormack, Peter Burling) and Smeg (Nick Press, Dan Phillips, Dave Ewings) completed the 'big 5' and produced a wonderful match race exhibition before the kiwi team took fourth place ahead of the Smeg team.

Adding to the drama of the occasion, a strong North East wind (25-knots) blasted across the harbour in the face of the fleet, and produced some great action and numerous capsizes. Only 19 of the 31 teams entered for the championship were able to complete the course.

The defending champion Gotta Love It 7 team was faultless on the day and won the race, and took the title by just two points from Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel.

The other winners were the spectators on hand to witness the live action and the photographers who got to capture it all. -- Frank Quealey, Australian 18 Footers League

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