In This Issue
At the Sharp End: Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup
America's Cup Defenders and Challengers Timeline: Why Selection Series Matter
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
Glenn Ashby -- Yachting New Zealand Podcast
Gregor McGuckin Revives Memory of Rod Stephens in Howth Fifty Years Ago
More News on 'Return to Sailing Plan Early This Week', Say Irish Sailing
2020 Edition of the OK Dinghy Class Rules
English Boaters Can Return
2020 RS:X Windsurfing European & Youth European Championships
Eight Bells: Harry Anderson
Featured Brokerage:
• • Swan 47-058 Lolita Senta
• • Vismara V45 Fast Cruiser
• • 60ft Classic Sailing Yacht "LASSE"
The Last Word: George Orwell

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At the Sharp End: Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup
The annual pilgrimage to the rocky coastline of northern Sardinia plays host to refined racing machines - Wallycento, Maxi 72s, Supermaxi, Maxi and Mini Maxis. Organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in collaboration with the International Maxi Association and support of sponsor Rolex, it is a showcase for new design and technical advancement. Rivalry is set against the spectacular natural scenery of the Arcipelago della Maddalena in optimal conditions for much of the week.

It is an impressive sight as the fleet rounds the rocky outcrop of Monaci, navigating through the islands and launching back through 'bomb alley' at pace. Sitting in the slipstream on a RIB conveying the drama in-camera the racing really is breathtaking. Once the cogs of the sailing industry are re-oiled these thoroughbreds will again enjoy the ritual of pure racing.

More images from the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup can be seen at:

America's Cup Defenders and Challengers Timeline: Why Selection Series Matter
How many vessels fought each year just for the chance to compete for the America's Cup?

A guest post by America's Cup Hall of Fame Selection Committee Chair Steve Tsuchiya!

The New York Yacht Club (NYYC) successfully defended the America's Cup 24 straight times from 1870 to 1980 - the longest winning streak in competitive sporting history.

The NYYC's practice of holding defender selection trials, starting in 1881, was one of the keys to their success. The Club's America's Cup Committee organized races to evaluate and select the best yacht to defend the Cup.

These trials honed the defender-candidate's sailing and tactical skills, and, most importantly, allowed the strongest team the opportunity to defend the Cup time and time again. For example, the trials ensured the powerful duo of yacht designer Nathanael G. Herreshoff and manager C. Oliver Iselin would always have the opportunity to compete for the right to defend the Cup; that duo were 4-0, defending the Cup in 1893, 1895, 1899, and 1903.

Full post on the Herreshoff Marine Museum site (a superb resource for keeping one's sanity under quarantine)

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

Personal taste - Y Yachts
When experienced sailors define their own perfect yacht they often find others have been thinking the same thing. If you have a lifetime of experience in the industry you're better placed than most to pull it off...

Paul Cayard - Going too far
Have we really thought this through... properly?

IRC - Sustainable rating
And how one thing really does lead to another. Jason Smithwick

Flexible - Musto
Faster boats demand more dynamic sailing techniques placing different requirements on crews. Energy used up in folding and bending clothing fabric is energy wasted... but you still have to keep out the water

No limit - em-trak
As AIS systems become de rigeur we have only touched the surface in terms of the information which they can provide

Plug and play - A+T Instruments
Whatever happens to your electronics, there is a powerful and quick upgrade available

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Glenn Ashby -- Yachting New Zealand Podcast
Glenn Ashby is New Zealand's favourite Australian sailor and in 2017 skippered Emirates Team New Zealand to victory in the America's Cup in Bermuda. In this podcast, Glenn talks about that campaign and how things are shaping up for the next one but also delves into his background, his love of motorbikes, winning the first of his 17 world titles on his first overseas trip as a green 18-year-old, the impact of missing out on winning gold at the Beijing Olympics and what it was like for the boy from Bendigo to get immersed in the big business world of the America's Cup. And, like all guests, he describes his worst wipeout ever, and it was a painful one.

Gregor McGuckin Revives Memory of Rod Stephens in Howth Fifty Years Ago
Rod Stephens in Howth aboard Jack McKeown’s S&S 34 Korar, May 11th 1970. Photo by John Bourke In Ireland, these days, the name of Rod Stephens is most readily associated with an international award - the Cruising Club of America's Rod Stephens Trophy for Outstanding Seamanship - for the very good reason that during the past six years, it has twice been awarded to Irish skippers: Sean McCarter in 2014, and Gregor McGuckin in 2018.

We were shooting the breeze the other day with Gregor about how his dismasted Golden Globe entrant, the Biscay 36 ketch Hanley Energy, continues doggedly afloat in the Indian Ocean with the possibility of retrieval always a consideration. It was another opportunity to congratulate him again on his award last year of the Trophy for his heroic efforts to rescue the seriously injured Indian competitor Abilash Tomy, despite his own injuries and his boat's crippled jury-rig condition. It was then that the memory suddenly arose that once upon a time, Rod Stephens himself came to Howth to give a practical demonstration and talk about getting the best from an offshore racer's rig.

In fact, it was exactly fifty years ago to the day from this coming Monday, May 11th 1970, and it's all in the June 1970 issue of Afloat Magazine on quaint old-fashioned paper.

WM Nixon's must read at

More News on 'Return to Sailing Plan Early This Week', Say Irish Sailing
Irish Sailing hopes to have 'more information' early this week on its 'Return to Sailing' document, outlining guidelines for a return to the water as Government COVID-19 guidelines are eased.

In his latest update, dated May 8th, Irish Sailing Chief Executive Harry Hermon now says the government body Sport Ireland has indicated they believe 'sailing will be able to resume in Phase 1 (May 18), subject to the approval of the Irish Sailing plan and the lifting of the Coastguard's current advisory notice'.

So far, the plan has not been published but, as Afloat previously reported, the national governing body has prepared a 'draft document' that it circulated to clubs and classes. It says it is 'a first look' at recommendations for how sailing, windsurfing and powerboating activities may be resumed on a phased basis.

Dun Laoghaire Marina, the base for over 500 pleasure craft, has indicated there will be full access to boatowners by May 18th in line with government guidelines.

2020 Edition of the OK Dinghy Class Rules
Following the email vote at the end of 2019, the 2020 edition of the Class Rules has been published and is now available on the World Sailing website.

The rules can be downloaded here and came into effect from 11th May 2020.

The amendments are listed here

It has been a long process to get these out due to time pressures with World Sailing and then, just as they were about to be published, the staff were all furloughed because of COVID-19.

Please read the list of amendments to understand all the changes.

It is planned to explain all the changes more fully in the next edition of the OK Dinghy Magazine.

English Boaters Can Return
Boaters in England can return to the water from Wednesday, according to the RYA's interpretation of the Government's latest announcement stating unlimited outdoor activity is now allowed following the coronavirus lockdown.

However, confusion remains with many marina operators still not allowing their berth holders to access the water.

In an email to berth holders, Michael Glanville, MD of MDL that operates 18 marinas and 13 boatyards in the UK, said while boaters can now carry out work on their craft, it is still not permitted for them to get out onto the water.

The RYA that has been lobbying the Government for the resumption of boating saying it can be resumed safely.

"From Wednesday, 13 May unlimited outdoor activity will be permitted in England and we understand that this will include all forms of boating," said the RYA in a statement.

"Any activity will still need to be alone or with members of a single household and social distancing must be followed at all times."

Following the latest Government announcement, more tenant businesses will now be able to use their offices with staff working on site.

In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the return to boating has not yet been confirmed and it is not yet known when clubs and training centres will be able to reopen their doors.

2020 RS:X Windsurfing European & Youth European Championships
The new dates: 22-28 November 2020, Athens, Greece

The NOTICE OF RACE is published and ONLINE ENTRY is open for registration!

Welcome to Athens!

Please read more on the Event website:

Eight Bells: Harry Anderson
Henry Hill Anderson Jr passed away peacefully on the morning of May 11 in Mystic, Connecticut. Commodore Anderson was a young man of 98 years. In his beloved Latin, Harry proved "Quam bene vivas refert non quam diu... it is how well you live that matters, not how long." Harry lived an incredibly full and generous life for almost a century.

"Harry", as he was known to his family, friends as well as by those who knew him by his legend, was a man of enormous intellect, inspiration, leadership, and inexhaustible energy. Recognized by many as a leader in international sailing circles for more than 60 years, Harry was also a mentor to many, a champion of experiential learning, and an historian of rare equal.

An adventurer from a young age, Harry sailed his first Newport-Bermuda Race at 15 years. Harry's passion for the sport of sailing took him along many paths; from sailing as a child on Six Meters in the 1930s, to introducing the Finn dinghy class in the United States in the 1950s with his friend Glen Foster, to serving on the America's Cup Selection Committee in the 1970s and 80s. Harry was the Commodore of the New York Yacht Club during the club's last successful defense of the America's Cup in 1980.

Harry's achievements and contribution to the sport may never see an equal. He was a very successful racer having collected dozens of victories over the years sailing his many boats of all sizes and varieties. He was a stalwart shipmate whose seamanship skills were exemplary. Many Collegiate and Frostbite sailors compete on the "Harry A." race course, a unique dinghy racing course created by the imaginative Harry A.

A graduate of Yale, Harry completed his studies there in three and a half years so he could join the United States Army in 1943. He served in World War II as a Field Artillery captain in Patton's Third Army having landed at Normandy, D-Day plus 30. He was a part of Patton's historic campaign which helped to liberate Europe from the Nazi's.

Harry was very generous to causes he believed in. All were focused on the development of young people through experiential learning from being on the water. Gifts in lieu of flowers can be sent any of the causes that were important to Harry:

- Yale Sailing Association, Ray Tompkins House, 20 Tower Parkway, New Haven, Ct. 06511
- Ransom Everglades School, Attn: Julie Rosenfeld, 3575 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, FL 33133
- Henry H. Jr Anderson Sailing Endowment, The University of Rhode Island Foundation, PO Box 1700 Kingston, RI 02881
- Tall Ships America, 221 3rd Street, Building 2, Suite 101, Newport, RI 02840

Notes of condolences and reflections can be sent to:

New York Yacht Club, Harbour Court
c/o General Managers Office
5 Halidon Court
Newport, RI 02840

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1982 Swan 47 MKII 'Lolita Senta'. 250,000 EUR VAT Paid. Located in La Spezia - Porto Lotti, IT.

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Lolita Senta was launched in 1982.

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2014 last anti-osmosis epoxy bottom treatment. Two companionways

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Vismara V45 Fast Cruiser 150000 EUR.

Italian E-Glass rocket ship with carbon wing mast for effortless short-handed sailing. 3-cabin, 2-heads layout for versatile cruising comfort.

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1940 60ft Classic Sailing Yacht "LASSE". 230000 EUR. Located in West Coast of France.

LASSE was launched in August 1940 in Stubbekøbing, when her hull was registered. Her story has not been fully reconstructed, but "Eva" (her original name) was given to Eva Braun by the King of Denmark during a visit before the war.

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