In This Issue
• It's A Win For Scotland in the RYA eSailing Spring Club Championship
• The time to focus on the Ocean is now
• Algeo's J/99 'Juggerknot II' Enters Round Ireland Yacht Race
• What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
• National Sailing Hall of Fame & America's Cup Hall of Fame Join Forces in Newport!
• Goodbye to an old friend - origins of the outboard engine
• Melges IC37 E-Learning Success
• Airlie Beach Race Week 2020: Full steam ahead
• Industry News
• Featured Charter: Sciomachen 56
• Featured Brokerage:
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• • Swan 82-010 Grey Goose
• • SW100RS Mrs. Seven
• The Last Word: Michael Burry
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It's A Win For Scotland in the RYA eSailing Spring Club Championship
It was a win for Scotland as Alasdair Ireland, representing the Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club, sailed his way to the top of the leader board and the title of RYA eSailing Spring Club Championship champion.
Competing against the nine other eSailing regional and home countries champions, Alasdair, sailing under the sail name of Speedy_1 and who is currently ranked 3rd in the GBR national rankings, battled it out against his fellow racers on the virtual waters, in a series of five races with two discards.
With live commentary from Yachts&Yachting online's Mark Jardine and RYA Pathway coach, Johnny McGovern, who himself competed in the eSailing Lockdown Cup and was part of the winning 'Splashes' team, racing was extremely tight throughout the championship final.
As well as the claiming the Championship crown, Alasdair wins a Musto LPX Gore-Tex jacket, courtesy of Musto, official suppliers of the British Sailing Team and a visit or online Q&A session with a member of the British Sailing Team for him and his fellow Royal Nothern & Clyde Yacht Club members.
Top ten final results
1. Scotland, Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club, Alasdair Ireland
2. South, Stokes Bay Sailing Club, Mike O'Donovan
3. East, Grafham Water Sailing Club, James Curtis
4. Wales, Shotwick Lake Sailing Club, Kieran Lewis
5. Northern Ireland, Newcastle Yacht Club, Luke Mcllwaine
6. North West, Delph Sailing Club, Jack Hopkins
7. North East, Keilder Water Sailing Club, Robbie Langford
8. London & South East, Wembley Sailing Club, William Macdonald
9. South West, Exe Sailing Club, Fred Mainwaring
10. Midlands, Hykeham Sailing Club, Nick Welbourn
A total of 2,932 sailors, from 178 different clubs from across the RYA regions and the home countries took part in the RYA eSailing Spring Club Championship, competing in club and regional championships, before whittling it down to just 10 finalists.
The time to focus on the Ocean is now
Leading voices come together for The Ocean Race Summits #2 - online - to say the solutions are there for meaningful change. Now is the time to make it happen.
Ocean health is critical for the long-term well-being of the planet and developing winning strategies to implement science-based solutions is the best way forward towards restoring our ocean.
That was the message from The Ocean Race Summits #2, the latest in a series of events developed in collaboration with 11th Hour Racing, the Founding Sustainability Partner of The Ocean Race.
In response to the COVID19 pandemic, which made an in-person event impossible, the Summit was streamed online, hosted live from The Hague on Wednesday afternoon.
The event brought together a diverse range of international leaders and experts like Lord Sebastian Coe, Olympic gold medalist and Head of World Athletics; Dr Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and Assistant Director General of UNESCO; H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco; Peter Thomson, United Nations Secretary General's Special Envoy for the Ocean; Minna Epps, Director of IUCN's Global Marine and Polar Programme; and Charlie Enright, co-founder 11th Hour Racing Team; among many others (see the full list here).
Algeo's J/99 'Juggerknot II' Enters Round Ireland Yacht Race
Andrew Algeo's J/99 Juggerknot II is the 41st entry into August's Round Ireland Race.
The entry for the 21st edition of the 700-mile race from Wicklow Sailing Club is building again after a hiatus during the COVID-19 lockdown.
The Round Ireland will be the second offshore foray for the Royal Irish Yacht Club and Baltimore Sailing Club entry, the Dun Laoghaire crew finished in the top ten in the 2019 Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race.
The former J109 National Champion had his first regatta in the new J99, Juggerknot II (IRL3990) at Spi Ouest Regatta in April 2019 and since then has campaigned at Dublin Bay Regattas and ISORA.
Juggerknot II is entered for the offshore fixture under the joint names of Algeo and Mark McGibney, the RIYC Sailing Manager.
A third Kinsale Yacht Club entry, David Riome's Sigma 33, Valfreya brings overall entries in the Round Ireland to 43 so far.
The next subject for Seahorse's latest series on the great yacht designers should perhaps have been the first. Our former editor Julian Everitt looks at the myriad influences that Ericus Van De Stadt has had on the sport, many of which continue to play a part today
Twenty years, 40 years. Just keep an eye out for those anniversaries. Rob Weiland
A perfect fit
When one of the world's most successful software magnates goes TP52 racing you can only expect the electrons to draw their attention. Jonas Witt and Andi Robertson
More than a racing stripe
When the owner of the slippery but tippy 60ft CBTF design Wild Joe decided to speed up his craft he certainly went for it. Gordon Kay
ORC - Old dog new tricks
Addressing one of the biggest measurement challenges of them all... Andy Claughton
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National Sailing Hall of Fame & America's Cup Hall of Fame Join Forces in Newport!
The National Sailing Hall of Fame and Herreshoff Marine Museum & America's Cup Hall of Fame announced today their partnership to open an America's Cup Hall of Fame location in Newport, Rhode Island.
Every sport has its legends, comprised of people who provide inspiration to take on new challenges and achieve new heights. Sailing is no different, and the accomplishments of inductees to these halls of fame illustrate the breadth of talents and contributions that have shaped the sport over time. From skippers to writers, boat designers to sail makers, coaches to syndicate heads, these are the many faces of sailing's legends.
Plans for this long term partnership include joint development of the Hall of Fame exhibits in Newport that will be continually enhanced through the collaboration of the National Sailing Hall of Fame and the Herreshoff Marine Museum & America's Cup Hall of Fame. Several American inductees are members of both halls of fame, and there are meaningful synergies between the organizations that will enable them to create a world-class visitor experience at the Armory.
In early 2019, the National Sailing Hall of Fame purchased the historic Armory Building in Newport. As the location for many America's Cup-related activities during the Cup's 12 Metre era (1958-1983), the Armory holds special significance for many sailors. A broad range of compelling and interactive exhibits are currently being developed with the goal of creating a space where sailing comes alive for both sailors and non-sailors alike.
In addition to the collaborative exhibits in Newport, the Herreshoff Museum is significantly investing in new exhibit development on its Bristol campus. The experience will focus on the Herreshoff Era of the America's Cup (1893-1934) and other stories that illustrate the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company's legacy of excellence in design, engineering and manufacturing combined with a relentless drive for innovation.
The opening date for the combined exhibits at the Thames Street venue will be announced this summer.
Goodbye to an old friend - origins of the outboard engine
The news this week that BRP Inc. has elected to exit the outboard engine business and discontinue building product under its Evinrude nameplate closed the book on a brand that helped drive boating into the modern era.
Ole Evinrude, a Norwegian emigrant to the United States, is widely credited with the invention of the world's first practical outboard engine in 1907 after a boat trip across a local lake to get ice cream for his fiancee took so long that the ice cream melted by the time he returned. Evinrude realized that a propeller turned by a gasoline engine would move the boat at a much higher speed, leading him to develop a design concept - centred around an engine turning a vertical crankshaft with power directed to the propeller through a set of beveled gears - which is still in worldwide use today.
It took two full years of technical development before Ole Evinrude was able to bring his original single-cylinder, 1.5 horsepower engine to market and establish the Evinrude Motor Company in June, 1909.
The engine was an instant success, but Evinrude was forced to sell the fledgling business shortly afterward in order to care for the fragile health of his former fiancee and now wife, Bess. Undaunted, he formed a second company in 1920 called ELTO - an acronym for Evinrude's Light Twin Outboard - which also proved successful, selling 1,051engines in the company's first year of operation and 3,549 engines in its second.
By 1925, ELTO production had surpassed 7,500 units per year. The introduction of the Super ELTO Twin in 1926 - supported by a massive $125,000 advertising campaign - helped ELTO capture even greater market share. In what must have been a moment of intense gratification, Ole Evinrude was able to regain control of the original Evinrude Company when it and a third engine building concern, Lockwood-Ash, merged with ELTO to form Outboard Motor Corporation (OMC) in 1929. -- Craig Ritchie
Melges IC37 E-Learning Success
The Melges IC37 Class has adapted with the times of Zoom calls and online learning by introducing the Spring Webinar Series hosted by Class Coach Greg Fisher. Two webinars are now available on YouTube and the Class website. Share and review the latest sessions with your crew!
Airlie Beach Race Week 2020: Full steam ahead
As Coronavirus restrictions continue to ease around Australia, Whitsunday Sailing Club (WSC) is pleased to announce it is full steam ahead for Airlie Beach Race Week Whitsundays Festival of Sailing.
To be held from 6-13 August, the annual event will be held on a smaller scale. "If borders open, we are targeting around 80 entries," Adrian Bram said. "At this moment we have 51 entries, which is comparable to previous years."
Suffering the ill-effects of cabin fever caused by the pandemic, not to mention the cold weather inflicted on those who live south and south-west of the Queensland border, owners are keen to break out and leave town for the beautiful Whitsundays.
Opening borders is in the hands of the individual state governments, but that hasn't stopped interstate hopefuls from entering. Among the early interest is Gweilo, a TP52 owned by Matt Donald and Chris Townsend. The NSW yacht finished second overall to Ichi Ban in the 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart.
Unsurprisingly, Victorians exceed the rest of the states in terms of numbers. Cold weather at home is driving them north. In the Rating Passage division alone, Rob Date's Scarlet Runner II, Gerry Cantwell's Carrera S and David Currie's Ponyo are ready and waiting.
Should the borders remain closed, Bram says the event will nevertheless go ahead: "In that case, Airlie Beach Race Week will return to its roots," he said, meaning it will be an all- Queensland regatta.
Enter now at: www.abrw.com.au where you will also find the Notice of Race and other information. -- Di Pearson, ABRW media
The organisers of the 2020 International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) in the US have issued a statement to say that this year's event is on schedule to open on 29 September.
"As the worldwide COVID-19 crisis continues, we understand that there are questions and concerns for IBEX 2020 in Tampa, Florida this September," says IBEX show director Anne Dunbar. "We also understand that while our industry is experiencing drastic impacts on business - including supply chain disruptions and revenue losses - it is critical to understand the issues in front of us and how best to adapt moving forward.
"At this time, we are planning to open IBEX on schedule and are currently working toward launching registration in the coming weeks," she adds. "We are closely monitoring the situation in Florida and the Governor's reopening plan.
"I remember when it was still typewriters and telex machines in the industry," muses Jane Gentry, former CEO of the Yacht Brokers, Designers and Surveyors Association who has retired after 20 years in the role.
"Tim Berners-Lee's World Wide Web had just been born when I started at YBDSA - we had no website, one desktop computer for word-processing, a fax machine, four members of staff and everything for the members was sent out by the Royal Mail. With the help of our amazing members, the Associations have come a long way in the last 20 years," reminisced Jane.
The Association of Brokers and Yacht Agents (ABYA) and YDSA now account for the largest registry of commercial vessels in the UK; they have broker and surveyor members across the globe and have set up industry-leading training academies.
"My marine career started (and not a lot of people know this) working for a publication called 'Fishing News Books' which had an office in West Byfleet. My boss was a journalist who, scarily, could read my shorthand upside-down and tell me when I did it wrong.
"I was only there for a few months and moved on to the Royal Yachting Association - they were based in Woking, where I lived and their legal department needed a junior secretary. I worked for Gordon Fairley and his PA Ros Lang. I also worked for the Seamanship Foundation - now called 'Sailability' - which had just been set up under the leadership of Lt Col Douglas Hurndall. They were all lovely people and I learned a lot."
After ten years, Jane moved on and did a stint at Birds Eye in Walton on Thames.
On 1 May 2000 Jane began work for the YBDSA as CEO. And the rest, so they say, is history.
"I have enjoyed the job immensely and will miss everyone a great deal. My role has been very far-reaching. From the day-to-day activities of helping members with legal questions and VAT issues all the way through to working with various government bodies on proposed regulations and understanding new regulations, such as GDPR and FCA requirements relating to client accounts.
"The best part really is that every day is different - I never know what questions will arise and sometimes it requires some research to get to the information that is needed."
A growing number of Caribbean islands have already reopened to international visitors or have indicated when they will be doing so. These include the US Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, the Turks & Caicos islands, Anquilla, St Lucia and Aruba.
As IBI reported previously, Grenada has already started receiving large yachts, provided the crew and all passengers onboard undergo a quarantine period at one of two dedicated locations. As of yesterday, June 1, the US Virgin Islands reopened to tourists.
German boatbuilder Hanse Yachts reported a 28% increase in its order book for the first nine months of the company's 2020 fiscal year ending March 31 to €87.1m. At the same time, turnover for the nine months was down by -13% to €82.2m.
Hanse attributed results for the period to two major influences on the business - one expected, from start-up costs associated with the integration of the acquisition of French catamaran builder Privilege Marine and and strong demand for new models which are at the prototype stage of production; and the other completely unforeseen impact of the pandemic beginning in early March.
Consolidated net income (after taxes) amounted to -€7.5m for the first nine months compared to -€1.7m last fiscal year. The loss included start-up losses for Privilege of -€3.3m over the three quarters and thus not comparable to the previous period. Privilege was acquired in June 2019. Net income (after taxes) for the quarter was -€0.4m compared to +€0.8m for the third quarter last year.
The 2020 HISWA-in-Water boat show has been cancelled because of COVID-19, delivering yet another blow to the Dutch boating sector already reeling from a pandemic that has caused it an estimated €1.1bn in damage to date.
The September 2-6 in-water event at Lelystad, a popular boating location in the heart of Holland, "will definitely not take place," says show organiser HMM Exhibitions.
It's a big blow for the 36-year-old HISWA-in-Water show. Last year, it reeled in a record 30,000 visitors. The Dutch sector had hoped, since it was to be held in September, it would provide relief for a battered industry.
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