In This Issue
ORC Race Management Guide Now Available
Restoring MINK, 1914 Buzzards Bay 25: Part 3
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez: New format, new dates for 2020
Over 34,000 players at the virtual start of the Transpac Tahiti Race
A Sorry Tale Of Addiction
NOAA Update: Busy Atlantic Hurricane Season Coming
Johan Salen: "Ocean Racing Has The Qualities To Emerge Stronger From The Crisis"
New horizons for 2020 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Featured Brokerage:
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The Last Word: Malcolm X

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ORC Race Management Guide Now Available
The members of the Race Management Committee led by Hans-Eckhard ("Ecky") von der Mosel and the management and staff at the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) are pleased to announce the publication of a project that has put together the knowledge and expertise of many ORC contributors: the inaugural edition of the ORC Race Management Guide.

This 24-page manual contains ideas learned from decades of successful race management experience in events that range from local club contests to World Championships held all over the world. While written to assist race managers, owners and sailors should also find it useful for improving their understanding of how ORC's science-based handicap rating system works not only in theory but in practice as well.

"Every year we work with organizers of World and continental championships to maintain the highest standards for their events, and we thought it would be useful to gather what we have learned into this book," said von der Mosel, who is based at Kieler Yacht Club in Germany, host of the 2014 ORC World Championship. "We also realized we need to help those who are not at this level but also want to provide fair and fun racing to the sailors. It has taken some time, but we have this now completed and I am very happy with the results of all the work, and very thankful for the various input from all our colleagues and specialists."

The Guide content is divided into three broad categories: Event structure, Scoring and Best Practices.

This Guide is comprehensive, makes frequent references to the ORC Rules and is focused on how these rules apply to racing with handicap ratings - it is not intended to train race managers on the basic skills of how to lay a course, start a race, implement course changes, etc, these skills are assumed. Nonetheless, this Guide should be a useful reference for both new and experienced race managers to improve their game.

The Guide is also expected to evolve in content along with the trends in the sport and as ORC rules and guidelines change, so as that new content will be added with new editions that are offered on a regular basis. A simplified Quick Guide version is also anticipated for those race organizers who are brand new to ORC, and this will follow soon.

The ORC Race Management Guide is available for download at

More on ORC rating systems, ORC certificates and events can be found at

Restoring MINK, 1914 Buzzards Bay 25: Part 3
Today we continue following Off Center Harbor's look at the painstakingly-detailed restoration of MINK, a 1914 Buzzards Bay 25.

Enjoy Part 3 of this video series below, learning how MINK's owner and researcher spent a year and a half tracking down period-correct items such as the lantern, compass, and pump listed as required equipment by the Beverly Yacht Club.

Need to catch up? Part 1 and Part 2

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

The grandest regatta ever, difficult time, pivotal time, keeping out of (big) trouble in Antigua, and staying screen-free (at least a bit, please). Plus refund policy, anyone? Terry Hutchinson, Jack Griffin, Peter Holmberg, Jon Emmett, Dobbs Davis

DSS goes cable-less
The creative talents of Infiniti Yachts and Doyle Sails - between them responsible for two of the biggest breakthroughs in modern performance yachting - have joined forces to produce something more than special

Rod Davis - Weathering the storm
Just how big are these big changes going to be?

Sailor of the Month
Brilliant talent, brilliant achievements

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Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez: New format, new dates for 2020
For the 22 nd edition, the Societe Nautique de Saint-Tropez launches a new formula: extended to two weeks - from September 26 to October 10, the legendary meeting of the most beautiful boats in the world climbs the cursor to welcome the most large classic and modern units which will now benefit from their own event.

During the first week from September 26 to October 3, the event will welcome classic and modern boats, as usual but up to a size limit of around 24 m - except for specific classes. The usual program remains unchanged, apart from the award ceremony which is scheduled for Saturday 3 evening.

During the week of October 5 to 10, make way for large modern and classic units that will benefit from specific routes with all departures in front of the city of Saint-Tropez from October 6. In the running, the Wallys, the Maxi and Super Maxi group from IRCA or IRC1 Loro Piana among the moderns as well as the great schooners of the Schooners class or the Great Traditions for the classics.

About 250 boats will participate in the first week and between 30 and 40 big boats the second

Over 34,000 players at the virtual start of the Transpac Tahiti Race
In lieu of having the actual start of the fleet in the 2020 Transpac Tahiti Race scheduled for today off Point Fermin in Los Angeles, a virtual race was started instead at 1100 PDT among over 34,000 online players on Virtual Regatta.

Players in this game will virtually race one of the world's fastest offshore monohulls - the VPLP-designed 100-foot long Comanche - from the starting area towards the finish 3570 miles away in Papeete, Tahiti. The game uses weather data to help route each entry to the finish, and offers options to enhance performance on the track.

"We are amazed at the strong interest we have received from the public to play this race," said Stephanie Betz of Archipelagoes, co-organizer of the race with the Transpacific Yacht Club. "This shows to us the interest people have in imagining themselves being part of this legendary race, and we hope will attract more interest in the future when we are able to run this in reality and not just in a virtual format."

Among the entries is a team of young sailors from the Yacht Club de Tahiti in Papeete, and the two boys and one girl have a team mate with impressive credentials to help coach them in this race: offshore racing legend Loick Peyron. As the official ambassador for the 2020 Transpac Tahiti Race, Peyron has offered to assist them learn about offshore sailing.

To play the Transpac Tahiti Race virtually, visit the Virtual Regatta webpage dedicated to offshore races at

A Sorry Tale Of Addiction
Photo by David Alan Williams. Click on image to enlarge.

My name is Andy Ash-Vie, and I am a 6 Meter addict. Lord knows I have tried to wean myself off; I went cold turkey for a few years, selling my 1989 Howlett-designed Wildcat II. Unfortunately, I fell off the wagon when I was offered the 1975 6 Meter, St. Francis VI, designed by Gary Mull and built by Bill Lee. She had been languishing, unloved, in a barn for the last 20 years, and the urge struck. I know, I know, I was beguiled by the extremely low price and thought just a little one wouldn't do any harm. She looked so sweet and harmless with a nice little bustle and a beautiful derriere. Oh boy, how wrong I was! Hooked again.

As a mid-seventies 6 Meter, St. Francis VI was uncompetitive against the modern ones and was only suitable for turning into a cruiser racer while keeping her heritage. The concept was to dial back on hard racing and head towards doing the events where looking gorgeous was more important than being competitive. Plus, I wanted to do a bit of pottering around in my retirement. So, in late 2017, I began stripping her down of all the old gear and planning her conversion.

The full restoration story in the June issue of Harken's At The Front newslettter

NOAA Update: Busy Atlantic Hurricane Season Coming
An above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is expected, according to forecasters with NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service. The outlook predicts a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season and only a 10% chance of a below-normal season. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.

NOAA's Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a likely range of 13 to 19 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher). NOAA provides these ranges with a 70% confidence. An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which 6 become hurricanes, including 3 major hurricanes.

The combination of several climate factors is driving the strong likelihood for above-normal activity in the Atlantic this year. El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) conditions are expected to either remain neutral or to trend toward La Nina, meaning there will not be an El Nino present to suppress hurricane activity. Also, warmer-than-average sea surface temperatures in the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, coupled with reduced vertical wind shear, weaker tropical Atlantic trade winds, and an enhanced west African monsoon all increase the likelihood for an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. Similar conditions have been producing more active seasons since the current high-activity era began in 1995.

Johan Salen: "Ocean Racing Has The Qualities To Emerge Stronger From The Crisis"
With the Covid-19 pandemic affecting the whole planet, it has meant a great deal of uncertainty for sport in general and sailboat races are no exception. What will the impact be on our sport? What changes will there be to the economic model? How do races need to change? How will sponsors behave?

To try to get to grips with this new situation, Tip & Shaft is carrying out a series of five interviews about the future of sail racing. Our fifth guest is Johan Salen who, with Richard Brisius, is co-owner of The Ocean Race. Here he talks about the impact of the Covid 19 crisis on the 2021-2022 edition of the crewed round-the-world race and the advantages of ocean racing.

What is the impact of the Covid-19 situation on The Ocean Race 2020-2021?
Certainly the world has changed a lot in the last three months. There are now so many uncertainties concerning the evolution of the virus itself but also the consequences of it on sporting events. For our part we don't have any events planned immediately, apart from the Ocean Summits, so we do have a little more time to adapt - compared to the Vendee Globe, for example, which, I hope, may have place this year. Running it is clearly the right thing to do. But if we had had to organize The Ocean Race this year it would have been very different, because the stopovers would have complicated things a lot. Right now we are in full discussions with the sponsors, the teams and the cities, to make a decision on the next edition. It is difficult to find the ideal moment to decide, because we both want to decide as quickly as possible - in order to remove the uncertainties for all those involved in the race. But at the same time, the longer we wait, the less uncertainty we face. But I think we're going to try to make announcements in the next few weeks, if not the next few months. From our point of view as organizers, we can easily arrange for the race to take place on schedule, in 2021. Beyond that, though, some teams are still looking for sponsors and for the moment, it is quite impossible in that area. I hope it will pick up again after this summer. The same goes for the cities: some are ready, but maybe it's better to wait.

Does this mean that you are studying different scenarios, possibly including that of postponing this edition for one year or even two? Everything is a bit open. If the race does not take place in 2021 the most likely choice would be to postpone for one year. Not for more that would be too long. We have also thought of other options, like racing it in two parts, but there are quite a few drawbacks for this solution.

Are you also studying the possibility of modifying the route, or even reducing the number of legs?
We don't think it's a priority right now.

Full interview in Tip & Shaft

New horizons for 2020 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
The Notice of Race for the 2020 Rolex Sydney Hobart, the 76th running of the Race, has been released. Owners and Charterers are encouraged to enter the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's famous blue-ribbon event

Entries are now open for 2020's 628-nautical-mile challenge, with the just-launched documentation encouraging the usual brigade of sailors - plus a whole new pool of talent - to join the adventure.

A fresh fleet of adventurers look set to sail to Hobart, too, following the introduction of a two-handed division in the race for the first time. Interest will also be high in the ever-increasing number of women participants, supporters and fans, with the 2020 race marking 75 years of female participation in the race.

First conducted in 1945 from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Rushcutters Bay, Sydney, the annual bluewater classic, which starts on Boxing Day each year, has evolved into a pinnacle sailing event, drawing interest and entries from around the globe.

"The 2020 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, following our incredibly successful 75th Sydney Hobart in 2019, should be one for the history books once again," CYCA Commodore Paul Billingham said.

"With the introduction of two-handed sailing, ahead of its inclusion in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, and the celebration of 75 years of female participation in the race, there's plenty to look forward to and plenty of reasons why this will be a huge event."

The Notice of Race and online entry is now available under the 'For Competitors' tab on the official website. Entries close at 1700 hours on 29 October.

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The Last Word
I am not a racist. I am against every form of racism and segregation, every form of discrimination. I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color. -- Malcolm X

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