In This Issue
2020 ORC/IRC World Championship Cancelled
Two Model Videos
Starting at the top - Carbo-link
Moving Parts | Facilities Manager Mark Rogers
J111 World Championship Cancelled
Sailing Daydream
#RestartSailing Survey
Details for New Protocols for Yachts, Charters, in the Bahamas
British Sailing Team welcomes Government guidance for elite sport
Letters to the Editor
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• • Outremer 5X
• • Vismara V56 Mills
The Last Word: Mehmet Murat ildan

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2020 ORC/IRC World Championship Cancelled
Despite a strong entry list from the United States and abroad, and the exhaustive efforts of the New York Yacht Club along with the governing bodies for the ORC and IRC rating rules, the decision has been made to cancel the 2020 ORC/IRC World Championships, originally scheduled for Sept. 25 to Oct. 3 at the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court in Newport, R.I.

"The impact of the coronavirus has been felt throughout the sporting world," said Christopher J. Culver, Vice Commodore of the New York Yacht Club. "Given the challenges involved with shipping boats and teams to the United States from Europe and elsewhere and the lead time required for foreign teams to make a competitive run at this prestigious world title, we don't feel that a representative world championship is possible."

The 2020 ORC/IRC World Championship was to bring top sailing teams from around the globe to battle on Rhode Island Sound and Narragansett Bay for one of three coveted world titles. The regatta would've been scored using a combination of the two most popular rating rules in the sport, ORC and IRC, and racing would've been a mix of around-the-buoys racing and longer, offshore courses.

The 2020 World Championships would've been the first time this regatta was held in the United States in two decades, and early interest exceeded expectations, with 50 boats from eight countries registering for the regatta before the COVID-19 pandemic put the sailing season in doubt.

IRC is a rating system developed and managed for the past 33 years by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and its French counterpart, Union Nationale pour Course au Large (UNCL), and is used in over 40 countries for events ranging from local club regattas to continental championships and many of the world's premier ocean races.

For 50 years, ORC has managed and developed the IOR, IMS and now ORC rating systems also used in ocean races, and for the past 20 years has organized annual World and European championship events, as well as hundreds of local and regional races and regattas in 40 countries around the world.

Two Model Videos
Seems like we've got models on the brain this week! Check out these two videos about two very different kinds of models - some vintage footage of competitive pond-yachting in the U.K. in the 1960s, and another great video from our friends at the Mystic Seaport Museum explaining the half model carving process. Stick it out to the end of the MSM video in particular for an HMCo. Cameo!

Halfhull models

British Pathe Pond Yachts

Starting at the top - Carbo-link
Carbo-link Holding up a superyacht mast or getting the power from the engine to the wheels on a 950hp racecar are a relative walk in the park when your first project was creating carbon cables for a 124-metre suspension bridge

Many of the key innovations that advance the sport of sailing are not new inventions derived from first principles but spin-off applications of technology that has been fit for purpose in a different sector of industry. There are a few key drivers for dedicated R&D, like the America's Cup, but the marine leisure market isn't big enough to be the sole focus for a large hi-tech manufacturer's research and development. And that's where Carbo-Link comes in.

Invented as a light bulb filament, carbon fibre was later developed into a structural material by aerospace scientists before being adapted for thousands of applications from bicycles to body armour, badminton racquets and boats. More recently, due to its unique material properties – very low thermal expansion, no creep, no fatigue, no relaxation, extreme strength and light weight – carbon fibre has also become the high-performance material of choice for tensile and torsional cables, including yacht rigging.

Full article in the June issue of Seahorse

Moving Parts | Facilities Manager Mark Rogers
The INEOS TEAM UK base in Portsmouth holds a special place in Mark Rogers' heart. He even likens it to his "first child". That is no surprise for someone who helped build it and has looked after it ever since.

Facilities Manager Mark Rogers

J111 World Championship Cancelled
Our J111 2020 Worlds is cancelled.

I have discussed the matter with owners, the class association and RORC. The strong consensus view is that even if yacht racing is permitted in September we are unlikely to get enough boats to make a serious event. Further, the announcement by Key Yachting that the J Cup will take place (if at all) on 3-5 September, gives J111 owners the opportunity to get out racing and possibly socialising with a broader group of sailors at that time.

A big thank you to everyone who helped organise the J111 2020 Worlds. Special mentions to Simon Grier-Jones who put many hours of work into it and to Steve Cole and RORC for their professionalism and support.

Best wishes to all of you and looking forward to meeting whenever we can get back onto the water."

Simon Bamford
Class Captain
Northern European Fleet

Sailing Daydream
Distant Shores TV has compiled a number of sailing shots of the Bahamas along with some relaxing music. Sit back and relax

Distant Shores

#RestartSailing Survey
The UK government's easing of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions has brought relief to many aspects of life and, particularly certain sports. Sailing is one of those fortunate past-times that is now allowed in England, along with all other forms of watersports practiced on open waterways, including windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, surfing, paddle-boarding and the use of privately-owned motorised craft (in line with the guidance issued by the relevant navigation authority).

Sarah Treseder, Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Chief Executive has been quoted as saying: "We are pleased that Government guidance has confirmed that all forms of watersports including sailing, windsurfing and motor-boating are not only permitted, but are being actively encouraged in England."

Treseder is quoted as adding that: "We are aware that marinas, clubs and other venues are working hard to facilitate a safe return to boating activities, although it will inevitably take a while before the full infrastructure is operational."

This last remark echoes the concerns raised by Restart Sailing's recent survey of Sailing Clubs, the marine industry and interested individuals. While the return to the water is welcomed, it will be some time before normal service is resumed. Most worrying is the need to protect institutions and businesses starved of income and at risk of permanent closure leaving sailors unable to practice their sport.

The survey was undertaken prior to the recent easing, but according to Simon Lovesey, founder of Restart Sailing, the results remain relevant and offer a glimpse into the difficulties faced by the sport. "The key takeaways are that individuals, clubs and businesses are desperate to see a return to on the water activity provided it can be done safely and responsibly," says Lovesey. "However, there is widespread concern that the lockdown will take considerable time to unwind and some clubs and businesses may not survive."

Survey results at

Details for New Protocols for Yachts, Charters, in the Bahamas
If your boat is currently in Bahamian Waters, or you had plans to shelter in the Bahamas with your vessel, you will need to take action in light of the new protocols set in place for COVID-19. The Commonwealth of The Bahamas issued a statement on April 14, 2020 stating new protocols for the Bahamas, currently operating under a state of emergency, in order to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Until further notice, no boats are permitted to enter Bahamian Waters for any purpose without written consent of Competent Authority.

Protocol For Leaving The Bahamas
Foreign (Non-Bahamian) Boats are encouraged by the government to leave the Bahamas. If you are leaving the Bahamas to the United States or elsewhere, you must go directly to your destination without stopping.

Protocol For Foreign (Non-Bahamian) Boats Currently Docked In The Bahamas
There is a shelter-in-place protocol for all foreign boats currently in Bahamian Waters. This protocol means you must stay docked where you currently are, and avoid interpersonal contact with people ashore. If you're currently onboard, you must stay onboard. If you're currently ashore, you must remain ashore. If you need to replenish necessary supplies like food, you must request grocery delivery to your boat.

These mandates affect not only boaters, but the Bahamian marinas and resorts. For Romora Bay Resort and Marina, Managing Partner Joseph A. Dargavage notes that the hotel is closed and not taking any new guests. For long-term vessels that are currently docked at the marina with no crew on board, those vessels remain safe and secure. Read more:

British Sailing Team welcomes Government guidance for elite sport
The British Sailing Team has welcomed the guidance issued by the Government on the phased return to training for elite sports.

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has set out how elite athletes in England will be able to return to training in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

The guidance, prepared by a working group led by UK Sport CEO Sally Munday, is designed to act as a framework for each sport to ensure a safe environment for training.

The British Sailing Team will continue to work closely with the RYA, UK Sport and its stakeholders to ensure that the requirements laid out in Step One of the document are met.

With all watersports, including sailing, windsurfing and kiteboarding, now allowed in England under the latest Government guidelines, some British Sailing Team athletes are able to sail for the first time in two months.

However, this is limited to recreational sailing alone, or with members of your household. Doublehanded crews who don't live together are not currently allowed to sail together.

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The new Oceanis 30.1 is the little sister to all of the boats in the Oceanis line but in particular it is most closely related to the 46.1 and 40.1. All three bear a strong next-generation family resemblance, with plumb bows, sawed-off transoms with large fold down swim platforms and a hard chine that runs the length of the hull.

It is one thing for the designers and engineers at Beneteau to create cruising boats at 40 and 46 feet that have everything a couple or family needs for long vacations on the water or living aboard. But its something else all together to achieve this in a 30 footer. Yet, somehow, that is exactly what they have done.

Oceanis 30.1

The 30.1 has a hull that is just under 30 feet long and a beam that is just under 10 feet, although that beam runs all the way aft so there is a lot of space in the cockpit and in the after sections for living and storage space. Also, the hull has a flat under the water profile so there is not a lot of volume below the waterline and this is even more apparent since the hulls narrow quite a lot below the hard chines. This shape is fast and easily driven; it is the chine that adds volume and thus interior living space.


A new plywood Class Mini 5.80 Yacht was officially launched and is attracting serious interest from sailors around the world. Hundreds are now waiting for the release of building plans (that cost just euro 300) so they can start building their dream.

"We are surprised and excited at the level of interest and passion expressed for this little plywood Mini-Mini that I love and cannot wait to sail" said Don McIntyre Founder of the Mini 5.80 Class. "we have schools talking about building fleets, friends getting together to build two or three side by side and yacht clubs wanting to know more. Even Top name sailors are looking to have some fun on a simple boat for a change, where the human element is more important than the technology. This little yacht with a big heart, for even bigger adventures has a strong future for sure!"

Class Mini 5.80

The concept for this unique One Design Class 5.80-meter yacht developed by Australian Adventurer Don McIntyre (organizer of the and ) and designed by Polish sailor Janusz Maderski, goes against the modern trend of High-Tech, extreme foiling yachts. Instead, it returns to the most basic principles of a simple, strong, safe and affordable ocean-going Mini Racer, that anyone can build using simple tools. It also tows behind a family car and can easily ship in a 20ft container to, or from international events. This idea resonates well with sailors young and old, who had over the years been left behind in the rush for ultimate speed with corresponding extreme budgets costing 10x more. Messages of support for this Class Mini 5.80 are arriving from excited sailors everywhere.

International and National Class Associations are being established to support local racing and International events.

The Class Mini 5.80 Association has established controls and simple guidelines to monitor construction, with all owners required to create an Online blog, including clear photos and descriptions of their build process. Building materials are specified, simple surveys are carried out on the steel plate lead bulb keel, critical rudder and chain plate components are supplied by the 5.80 Class and minimum build weights set and checked.


The launch of the new Pogo 44 was a highlight for sure.

She will be a big lady: As a boat made for easy and fast planing her hull boasts a max width of 4.50 metres (same beam as the Pogo 12.50 so with being some 1.40 metres more hull length she is slightly sleeker) but anyway, 4.50 metres is a wide stern. As with every Pogo-boat I know, this combination and the signature of Pogo boats being as sparsely decorated in the inside as possible to keep weight low, there will be huge volume created – the Pogo 44 will definitely feel like 50-footer.

Pogo 44

Christian Bouroullec: "The Pogo 44 must be able to cruise around the world safely. This is mainly done downwind or reaching. It suits our hulls very well. On this boat we keep the Pogo Structures spirit with a light displacement and planing shapes. But do not believe that it does not work upwind. The large draft, the low center of gravity and the power of the boat make it an excellent ocean cruiser, heading with a good speed at 45 ° from the real wind. We must also talk about the rig, tested on the Class 40, which is very efficient with a well elongated mainsail and a large genoa, but which remains easy because it has no overlap. The keel is also very important, of course. Its high-tech construction with its composite fin and its lead bulb makes for a very low center of gravity. And, as on all our cruising boats for now twelve years, it can be easily lifted to be compatible with cruising. Our famous automatic lifting system in case of impact is also of course mounted on this keel."


The current health crisis spares nobody, and every single company is impacted to some degree. Initiated last year by the Arkema Group and the Lalou Multi team, the construction of the new Multi50 Arkema 4 in Verdon-sur-Mer has also felt the fall-out from this crisis: loss of staff, problems in procuring materials, and sanitary measures put in place on a construction site where over 20 people would normally be working. Despite the delay, the construction and assembly of the new trimaran are making steady progress, and the launch of this new machine, under the watchful eye of Quentin Vlamynck, has been rescheduled for July 2020.

Arkema 4

Even before the French government's announcement, Quentin Vlamynck, the future skipper of Arkema 4, was already in lockdown. Fabienne Roucayrol, manager of the Lalou Multi team, made this decision in early March as cases of Covid-19 were suspected within the team. "Several employees have been diagnosed - but not tested - as carrying the virus. For their protection and that of everyone else, I asked Quentin and other employees to go into confinement for three weeks. At the time we had about 20 operatives on the construction site, almost a third of whom were British nationals. The confinement measures, given each person's family situation, forced us to rethink our workforce completely, but we never actually halted construction work. The admin and the design offices are now in teleworking mode, and 7 operatives are currently busy working on the construction of the trimaran. Admittedly, we have fallen behind, but we will be in a position to launch Arkema 4 in July." With the Transat Quebec - St Malo race cancelled, Arkema 4 will be all set for the various grand prix races of the Multi50 trimaran circuit in late summer, before no doubt taking part in outings on the Mediterranean in the autumn.

The fruit of technology and joint work by Arkema R&D personnel and the Lalou Multi team, Arkema 4 will also be an innovative and cutting-edge boat. "The central hull is almost fully assembled, both beams will be assembled in early May, and the floats are being completed," explains Quentin Vlamynck, the future skipper of this new Multi50. "The boat is taking shape and now, as soon as you step into the workshop, you can visualize what it will look like. The shape of the body is beautiful, the hull is unique, and we love this kind of originality with Lalou Multi. We are very happy with the design, and we are now endeavoring to turn it into a solid and lightweight reality."

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* From Steph Merry, Commodore, HRSC

I was delighted to see that the Foxer sailing on the river Hamble made headline news in Eurosail on 20th May, but very disappointed that this was wrongly attributed to the Royal Southern Yacht Club. The racing was in fact organised by the Hamble River Sailing Club. It was a huge amount of work, involving a 13 page analysis and risk assessment from which evolved a simple one page flyer of "dos and don'ts" for the sailors. This has reassured our members that they can safely go sailing and gives us material to counter any suggestion of irresponsibility.

The Foxers really enjoyed their first time on the water last Friday and Sunday, at the same time testing our guidelines and giving us feedback how they might be improved. We plan to help additional groups go sailing this coming weekend.

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