In This Issue
Ineos Team UK return to the Solent with reduced crew
Celebrating 50 Years of the Finn Masters with 'NOT the 50th Finn World Masters'
Kite Racing Presented by Robline
J/24 North American Championship Postponed to August 2021
RCV offers master classes in navigation by the pros
Online Bermuda Race Begins June 19
Smart versatile (and dependable...) - SWS Yachts
British Classic Yacht Club News
The 2021 Marion Bermuda Race will be reinstating a multihull class!
Featured Auction: Herreshoff NY40 1926 - Marilee
Featured Brokerage:
• • XL Catamaran TS 52.8 Pampero
• • Outremer 55 - New Boat
• • Ker 56 - Varuna VI
The Last Word: Alan Watts

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Ineos Team UK return to the Solent with reduced crew
Sir Ben Ainslie's Ineos Team UK are getting back to training on the Solent this week.

Since returning from the cancelled ACWS event in Cagliari, Sardinia, the team HQ in Old Portsmouth has been in coronavirus lockdown.

Ainslie told local Portsmouth newspaper 'The News' that a 'backlog' of testing has built up - but he was determined to plough through it.

With profesional athletes now allowed to start training together from Monday (1 June) the crew of their first AC75, Britannia, was reduced to allow them to comply with distancing rules.

They have reduced the eleven man crew by replacing the hand cranked grinders with electrical powered grinders - normally two crew operate each of the grinders.

Recently the Italian Luna Rossa team skipper Max Sirena confirmed that they had carried out test sailing in Cagliari with a reduced crew of only five sailors after fitting electric grinders.

Ainslie confirmed that they would be using heatmap measuring devices to ensure everyone stayed two metres apart.

The reduced crew team has been split 50-50 between the crew 'trenches' on either side of the hull, with minimum movement between them to maintain social distancing.

Celebrating 50 Years of the Finn Masters with 'NOT the 50th Finn World Masters'
Today, Monday 1 June, around 300 Finn Masters should have been sailing the first races of the 2020 Finn World Masters at Port Zelande in The Netherlands. Sadly, they are not, but during this week, the spirit of the Finn Masters is being kept alive with online activities and events. To follow these activities, head over to the Finn Masters Website at NOT the 50th Finn World Masters or the Masters Facebook page at

The 2020 Finn World Masters should have been a great party, celebrating 50 years of the Finn Masters, half a century of Finn sailors not being able to give up Finn sailing, but that will now have to wait until next year when the 2021 Finn World Masters is scheduled to take place in Medemblik.

The Best sailors
It would be interesting to look at the best sailors at the Finn World Masters over the 50 years. The top is surprisingly close. In total 69 sailors have taken a top three place overall, with Michael Maier, from the Czech Republic, picking up six wins as the best sailor by one point from Andre Budzien, from Germany, who only won three, but was second seven times. In third place is Larry Lemieux from Canada, who took five victories.

Top ten:
1. Michael Maier, CZE, 40
2. Andre Budzien GER, 39
3. Larry Lemieux, CAN, 37
4. Georg Oser, Z, 23
5. Vladimir Krutskikh, RUS, 21
6. Andre Mevel, F, 20
7. Roland Balthasar, G, 18
8. Mel Oskamp, H, 16
9. Walter Mai, 14
10. Kurt Schimitzek, G, 13

Kite Racing Presented by Robline
In Kitesurfing there have always been two disciplines, freestyle and racing. Whereas the former used to be more popular. However with the fact that kiteboards are now also able to fly while being on foils, this discipline even got the attention by the Olympic committee and is going to be a fix part of the Olympics in 2024.

Robline with its Garda Series, designed as performance flying lines, took a step into this direction. The Garda Series is designed for racing - thinner - lighter - stronger - having the crème de la crème like Daniela Moroz and Theo de Ramecourt on board in the Robline Racing team. These lines are not created to make compromises but to deliver. Garda lines are available in 1.1 or 1.4 mm and able to carry weight of around 300kg combined with the best raw material and coating on the market.

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J/24 North American Championship Postponed to August 2021
The International J/24 Class Association (IJCA) and the Sayville Yacht Club in Blue Point, New York today announced the postponement of the Good Samaritan Hospital J/24 North American Championship slated for August 11-16, 2020. The revised dates are August 18-22, 2021, pending approval of the SYC Board.

The Organizing Authority reviewed COVID-19 guidance documents from World Sailing, US Sailing and New York State, as well as working closely with event sponsors. The Sayville Yacht Club started an Infectious Disease Committee which has been monitoring the CDC, state and local government agencies in order to develop the Club's policies for the summer of 2020.

The previously scheduled J/24 North American Championships will now shift one year, with Kingston, Ontario Canada hosting in 2022 and Sandusky Sailing Club in Ohio in 2023. In the meantime, the Class wishes all J/24 sailors and their families the best in these unusual times. We look forward to resuming sailing as soon as we can.

RCV offers master classes in navigation by the pros
The Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) is remaining proactive during the Coronavirus and is now presenting a rare opportunity to take part in three online navigation courses by the world-renowned navigator, Will Oxley, and respected Melbourne double-handed sailor, Rod Smallman.

The ORCV felt that while in isolation, and as life in general begins to return to normal, there is plenty of time to upskill and learn new things from those with proven knowledge.

Fundamental, Intermediate and a Masterclass (advanced) sessions are open to all who are interested with a personal approach to delivery. These courses are interactive with a skilled ocean sailor/navigator/trainer.

Traditionally courses were offered on a half or part day basis face to face in a classroom, but the online courses allow for delivery of content, dialogue and screen sharing with attendees and bit size pieces of information. This format allows time in between to review, revisit and complete homework and to brush up on the techniques and absorb the information.

The overall course content was the mastermind of ORCV member, Rod Smallman, who designed the course content that caters to all keen navigators and those who are interesting in learning this necessary skill of the sea. The first two sessions involve an exercise regime and preparation. Once attendees are prepared, Will Oxley will guide them to the top echelons of navigation.

For detailed course information and how to book, please visit: ORCV members receive a discount on all courses. -- Di Pearson/ORCV media

Online Bermuda Race Begins June 19
The 52nd running of the "Thrash to the Onion Patch" has been postponed until 2022, but a fleet will nonetheless set sail to Bermuda on June 19, the original start date. The 2020 Online Newport Bermuda Race will be sailed in partnership with, with free entry to participants. Sponsors include Jeanneau North America, X-Yachts USA, Dehler Yachts/McMichael Yacht Yards & Brokers, and Italia Yachts/David Walters Yachts.

After the race was cancelled with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, volunteers on the Bermuda Race Organizing Committee (BROC) shifted focus to develop an online approach to keep the spirit of the 2020 race alive. Their goal was to match the multi-division aspect of our race in an engaging event and provide a navigational-style challenge to Thrash to the Onion Patch - virtually. was selected as an international non-profit with an excellent navigation-simulation platform that could accommodate the race's four most popular divisions - St. David's Lighthouse, Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, Finisterre (Cruising), and Double-Handed.

SailOnline's sophisticated software bases boat speed on detailed VPP polars depending on the heading selected in a given wind direction. It also introduces weather updates from the current NOAA global forecast every six hours, and incrementally, the wind direction and strength shifts across the different sections of the course. Competitors who aren't familiar with the SailOnline platform will be directed to an instructional manual, sail a practice race or two, and join a pre-race webinar with SailOnline experts.

BROC organizers were also pleased with the response and support of four leading yacht builders. All were enthusiastic about joining the Newport Bermuda Race family of sponsors to underwrite the cost of organizing and promoting this online event. The four models selected will be raced as one-design fleets, with a different boat in each division. When competitors choose their division, they'll find themselves at the helm of one of the following:

Dehler 46 (St. David's Lighthouse)
X Yachts Xp 55 (Gibbs Hill Lighthouse)
Italia 14.98 (Finisterre (Cruiser Division)
Jeanneau Sun Fast 3300 (Double-Handed)

Competitors register to race at 2020 Online Newport Bermuda Race and follow instructions from there.

Smart versatile (and dependable...) - SWS Yachts
When you are building luxury semi-custom performance yachts 7,000 miles away from your main market you’d better get everything right first time. So far so good!

For Southern Wind, the delivery of each new yacht from their yard in Cape Town, South Africa usually means a passage of 7,000 miles for those heading to the Mediterranean. Little surprise then that a solid build and a reliable yacht has been one of their core values from the beginning. Since their foundation in 1991 Southern Wind have been acutely aware of their geographical distance from the yachting mainstream. They have not only built their business around it but have turned the distance to their advantage.

‘We have to be capable of building pretty much everything in-house,’ says commercial director Andrea Micheli. ‘Reliability is key but timing is also a big priority for us throughout the production process.’ All of which has seen the company become experts in semi-custom production.

Full article in the June issue of Seahorse magazine

British Classic Yacht Club News
The welcome news was announced last week that boatyards, marinas and harbours are now open. This comes as a huge relief and is a tribute to the RYA's efforts. Frustrated owners can now begin fitting out and making plans to get on the water and to look forward to the joys of life afloat, subject to some restrictions on crew, sleeping on board, and maintaining two meters separation, not a problem for our yachts !

So far, the determined Regatta Committee at the Royal London are persisting with their plans to hold the Cowes Classics Week from July 25 / 31. Cowes Week are also hoping to run the Regatta as scheduled and are in plenary planning sessions, and discussions with Harbour and Local Authorities. As the goalposts are moving faster than Whooper on a beam reach, they may yet be able to run the events. The Cowes spring Classics has been shifted to September and the Hamble Classics is scheduled for late August

We wish them all bureaucratic fair winds.

Despite the cancellation of our Regatta in July, we are looking into cruising options to enable our members to congregate safely and enjoy time together passage making, mooring or anchoring.

We are pleased to announce that Mary Scott-Jackson will be devoting time to revising the Yachts data base and assisting with updating the Club website.

The 2021 Marion Bermuda Race will be reinstating a multihull class!
In 2005, the Marion Bermuda Race was the first offshore race to offer a multihull class. That first year there were seven boats on the line with a Saturday start - monohulls started on Friday, as is the tradition. The class then stopped sailing in 2009...until now.

The class in 2021 will be open to multihulls between 32 and 80 feet LOA, the same as the monohull class. They will be rated using the same ORR VPP handicap system as monohulls but developed specifically for multihulls, ORR-Mh. All other requirements match the monohulls. The one change from the past is the race will start all classes together on June, 18, 2021. The race is looking forward to a strong turnout for the multihull class in 2021.

Though gaining acceptance quickly in the charter trade, multihulls were relatively few and far between in the northeast as a cruising yacht back in 2005. This has dramatically changed over the past fifteen years, and every harbor is seeing more and more multihulls swinging on moorings each season. They are a proven offshore cruising yacht and continue to gain in popularity as a capable family cruiser. We look forward to sailing to Bermuda together!

Fore more information on the race please visit

Drew Lyman, President of Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding announced today that construction is underway on the new LM46 performance sailing yacht. The collaboration between Lyman-Morse Founder Cabot Lyman, his son Drew, and Kiwi designer Kevin Dibley is a departure from the company's recent history of custom boatbuilding and will produce a high-performance, cold-molded yacht with the ambiance of a wooden boat but delivering approximately 10-knots of speed under both power and sail. Engineered for superior handling, low maintenance, and equipped with only the essential systems, the LM46 will deliver an uncomplicated, rewarding experience on the water.

Check for construction photos and updates.

Lyman-Morse's mission for the LM46 is to return sailing to being about sharing time with friends and family, enjoying a drink in the cockpit after a great day underway, and appreciating the beauty of the surroundings. Comfort doesn't come from jamming every shoreside amenity into a boat, it comes from the reassuring motion of a Douglas fir hull sliding quietly through the water and the knowledge that Lyman-Morse has equipped the LM46 with everything needed for a day, a week, or a month aboard. "The goal for the LM46 is simple: To have you sailing within 5 minutes of stepping aboard, and to be able to step off within 5 minutes of picking up your mooring," explained Cabot Lyman.

A powerful cruising rig that includes swept-back spreaders and 1,183 square feet of sail, including a squaretop main, gives the LM46 an impressive turn of speed. This boat is not a racing sled, but if design weights are honored, the team expects speeds of 10 plus knots under sail. Equally important, the LM46 was designed to be responsive in light air. The wooden hull, 43' waterline length, and 13'5" beam makes the yacht easy to handle, both under sail and power. A comfortable displacement-length ratio of 126 allows for one-handed steering or easy sailing by autopilot. Under power, its 80-horsepower Yanmar diesel powers a Saildrive unit. The LM46 can reach speeds up to 10 knots. In close quarters, the combination of a big carbon spade rudder and Saildrive power gives incredible control.


In the world of sport, as in sailing, the resumption of activity is only in its early stages. This Wednesday in Lorient, Italian skipper Giancarlo Pedote, who is signed up for the next Vendee Globe, was able to launch his IMOCA Prysmian Group. Also proudly flying the flag for the Electriciens sans Frontieres association, the boat has spent the past few months undergoing a major overhaul and a few structural modifications. Right now though, it's time for some on-the-water training to validate the various changes with a view to the upcoming meetings on the sports schedule.

With the cancellation of the two major transatlantic races scheduled for the start of the season between Brest (FR) and Charleston (USA) and the New York (USA) - Vendee (FR), IMOCA has since managed to rejig the programme and offer a different race: The Vendee-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne, which involves a new 3,600-mile race in singlehanded configuration and a big triangular circuit of the North Atlantic, starting and finishing in Les Sables d'Olonne in France via one waypoint to the north of the Arctic circle and another at the Azores. "The race has a dual meaning for me. Indeed, the sporting aspect will be important as it will serve as a way of validating the hours spent working on the boat this winter and my training sessions with a view to the Vendee Globe in November. Equally, the inclusive aspect is key as I will endeavour to get the maximum number of employees from Prysmian Group and Electriciens sans frontieres involved in what is a singlehanded human adventure to the remote northern latitudes".

In early May, the Vendee Globe organisation notified the team at Prysmian Group that its registration for this major solo round the world race had been accepted.


Balance Catamarans has finalised the design of its latest model, the Balance 442, which is now ready for tooling, the company confirmed this week. The 442 is a scaled-down version of the Balance 482 and will be produced in Cape Town by veteran builder Mark Delaney, owner of Balance Catamarans Cape Town.

The 442 model incorporates several of the key features of the flagship Balance 526, including the innovative VersaHelm concept and the generous 6'10'' headroom. In a recent interview Hodgdon said the 442 had "the same soul" as the 526 and 482 models. To this end the design team had been informed partly by feedback from customers.

"They loved the design and build quality of Balance Catamarans but wanted a smaller option at a lower price point," Hodgdon said, adding that the overall objective was to create "another fully modern, daggerboard-equipped, world voyaging catamaran."

The company also released detailed renderings in digital brochure format. "We are deeply confident she will turn heads wherever she goes and offer that superb balance of comfort and performance for which we are known," Balance said.


The Django 8S is the latest creation of the Maree Haute shipyard. It is the ideal boat for one-handed sailing or for regattas with a reduced crew.

The 8s was developed for offshore races like the Fastnet Race, the ArMen Race or the Transquadra. The new Django 8s is also capable of coastal and IRC races. Based on the high-performance hull of the Django 7.70, the deck layout is optimized for one-handed or team races. The layout is lighter and the rigging is reinforced.

Equipped with a spinnaker pole and a dolphiniere, the D8s can use the right sailcloth depending on wind conditions, "We wanted people to rediscover the offshore racing DNA of the Maree Haute shipyard". With these words from Eric Brule, co-director of Maree Haute, the tour of the Django 8s begins. In fact, the shipyard in Tregunc had made a name for itself some fifteen years ago with the production of the Mini6.50 before expanding its range to include fast cruisers.


We have already received several enquiries for the BlackCat 30, which was unveiled at the end of February. This 30m multihull from BlackCat Superyachts is the latest model to be added the brand's range, which has been designed by award-winning superyacht designer Malcolm McKeon.

The many advantages of fast and comfortable sailing on a multihull, capable of cruising at 20 knots and reaching maximum speeds of 32 knots, with a low heel angle and a stable platform, make the BlackCat 30 extremely appealing. Add to that the cost-effective advantages of building with McConaghy and our time-efficient construction methods, and the proposition is hard to resist!

Contact us for further details on accommodation, interior design options and rig package.

Featured Auction
59' Herreshoff NY40 1926 - Marilee. Originally Listed: $1,850,000 | No Reserve, Selling to the Highest Bidder.

Bidding Opens: June 19, 2020 4:00 PM EDT USA
Bidding Closes: June 25, 2020 4:00 PM EDT USA

The Herreshoff NY40 is one of the most admired designs of all time. This classic design represents the genius and artistry of Captain Nathaniel G. Herreshoff - a name that truly exemplifies and frames American yacht design, building, and innovation. As one of the MIT’s earliest students, N. G. Herreshoff (MIT Class of 1870) set new standards in design and manufacturing, realizing remarkable influence and success over a 75-year career. His legendary design genius, engineering innovations and manufacturing efficiency led to the production of six America’s Cup winners and hundreds of other highly regarded vessels. Nathaniel, and his older brother John B, founded the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company in 1878. Among the many accomplishments to their credit was the design and build of every Americas Cup winning yacht from 1893-1934. Those yachts that defended the Auld Mug truly defined the limits of engineering, materials, and technology, much like the NY40’s.

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Outremer 51 - New Boat. POA EUR.

The Outremer 51 is THE reference blue water catamaran for families sailing around the world. This best seller was awarded European Yacht Of the Year and Boat Of the Year.

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