In This Issue
• Hong Kong to Hainan Race - Notice of Race Published and Entry Open
• Cancelled - Morgan Cup, SNT La Trinite-Cowes, Cowes-Dinard-St Malo
• Harken Reflex a Socially-Distanced Racing Weapon
• Cancellation of the 2020 Ramsgate Week Regatta
• Dinghy Sailing Resumes At The Royal Cork
• Spirit Of Bermuda Charity Rally: An Innovative Ocean Race To Bermuda And Return
• Sponsoring 'Formula One On Water'
• Cruising in the EU post 31 December 2020
• Philip Rendle Dyer
• Featured Brokerage:
• • Cookson 50 - ENDLESS GAME
• • SW100DS L'Ondine
• • Swan 47-058 Lolita Senta
• The Last Word: John Lennon
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Hong Kong to Hainan Race - Notice of Race Published and Entry Open
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club has published the Notice of Race and opened online entry for the 2020 Hong Kong to Hainan Race which will start on 23 October.
The Race takes competitors on a 390nm historically downwind passage to Sanya, on the southern Chinese Island of Hainan. Sanya known as the 'Hawaii of the East' is a great finish location for a holiday or a transit point for yachts intending to continue onto other sailing events around the Asia Pacific region. The Race has been sanctioned as a qualifier for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2020.
2020 will mark the 23rd anniversary of the Race which was established in 1997 and held biennially since 2012. The Hong Kong to Hainan Race is the only Category 1 Offshore Race to finish in the People's Republic of China. The event has fostered the growth of sailing between China and Hong Kong SAR.
In recent years, the Race record has been broken several times. In 2012 Sam Chan's FreeFire established a new record but it was broken again in 2014 by Karl Kwok's Team Beau Geste. The next edition of the Race in 2016 saw the record fall once more thanks to Seng Huang Lee's 100ft Super Maxi, Scallywag and that record still stands at 23h 31m 52s. With the event being open to both monohulls and multihulls, the first multihull race record of 24h 1m 59s was set in 2018 by Karl Kwok's MOD Beau Geste.
The start line will be in front of Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's Kellett Island Clubhouse with the start signal sounding at 1120hrs.
The race is organised by Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in cooperation with the Bureau of Culture, Broadcast & TV, Publication and Sports of the Sanya Municipal Government with the finish hosted by Serenity Marina in Sanya, Hainan.
Notice of Race and Online Entry details: www.chinacoastraceweek.com/race-hainan
Latest Updates to RORC Racing: Cancelled - Morgan Cup, SNT La Trinite-Cowes, Cowes-Dinard-St Malo
The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) announce further changes to some of its key events during June and July as the season progresses and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. The Club continues to monitor the latest advice from the Government, World Sailing, the RYA and rescue authorities, and with recent changes to guidelines it is hoped that racing may finally get underway in August and September.
Morgan Cup - Cancelled
SNT La Trinite-Cowes By Actual - Cancelled
Cowes-Dinard-St Malo - Cancelled
IRC National Championship - Move to September confirmed
The Club now turns its attention to August and the traditional Channel Race and the quadrennial favourite of the L'Île d'Ouessant Race (or Ushant race), where it's hoped club racing can begin again.
RORC Racing Manager Chris Stone discusses some of the complexities and considerations in getting racing under way: "We are working to provide information as early as possible for all races, with a view to giving members and competitors an update about races no later than 30 days (4 weeks) before the scheduled race date. We will continue to ensure these updates come as early as possible to limit the disruption to those competing. There are many areas to monitor and consider, including the safety of the RORC staff and volunteers before we simply set off and go racing."
"With the cancellation of the July events, we now look more seriously at the Channel Race and the L'Île d'Ouessant Race," continues Stone. "Will Government regulations allow yachts to sail fully crewed? Current social distancing measures make it difficult for that to happen safely. Regulations also currently don't permit people to stay away from their primary residence, so we eagerly await some changes before overnight races can return to normal. There is also more serious border and immigration issues that need to be resolved. At present, sailing into foreign waters in a recreational capacity is against regulations, but potentially, there may also be some quarantine issues to consider going forward. And lastly, we need to be extremely aware of the situation with our search and rescue authorities and examine their willingness to have events start up again. They are, after all, crucial to our sport, especially in maintaining the safety of all those competing."
Harken Reflex a Socially-Distanced Racing Weapon
A small bunch of socially-distanced Harken folks were standing around the beer refrigerator the other day discussing how to win races with short-handed crews of family and other co-habitants many race committees will mandate. It was agreed: getting sails up and down will be the key to fleet domination this summer. Someone figured it out - do what shorthanded and solo sailors have done for years: hoist an asymmetrical kite furled on a Reflex furler before the start and leave it up. At the weather mark, furl the headsail, unfurl the kite. At the bottom, do the opposite. The boat lengths gained in the corners more than make up for the extra windage the furled kite will cost.
Reflex delivers, furling A-Sails-easily and completely every time. No wonder sailors came to Harken dealers with lots of requests to retrofit existing sails or to use Reflex for new cable-free code zeros. So Harken introduced additional Reflex accessories to make reliable furling possible for more sails and more applications than ever. With Reflex on the sprit this summer, You've got 'em right where you want 'em. Want to know more? Please ask your Harken Dealer.
The Royal Temple Yacht Club Announces Cancellation of the 2020 Ramsgate Week Regatta sponsored by Euromarine Insurance Services
The Royal Temple Yacht Club. Click on image to enlarge.
The Ramsgate Week Team had hoped that it would be possible to hold the much-loved Regatta this summer, however, despite the promising progress that is being made towards the UK's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, it's clear that running this years Regatta will not be possible while protecting all those involved.
Commodore David Parish said, "the Royal Temple Yacht Club has always run a professional event attracting boats from many different clubs and countries and we know that this will be a disappointment to many, including the Ramsgate Week Team and our sponsors, but unfortunately we cannot see how we can run the Regatta in the way we would wish. We appreciate the patience that everyone has shown while we looked into how we could go ahead with Ramsgate Week, but unfortunately it is not to be this year and we would like to thank the many volunteers who have been waiting to jump into action if needed".
Ramsgate Week Chair, Karen Cox added, 'In the 163 year history of the Royal Temple Yacht Club we believe this to be the first cancellation of our flagship event outside of the two World Wars. However, we owe it to all our competitors, both local and visiting, to provide a quality event and maintain the reputation of our Club and the Regatta'. Plans are already underway for Euromarine Insurance Ramsgate Week 2021, which will take place between the 18th and 23rd of July, 2021.
Those Competitors who have already entered will be contacted in the next few days and will be invited to roll over their 2020 entry to 2021 when the Ramsgate Week Regatta will be back on the 18th to 23 July 2021.
Dinghy Sailing Resumes At The Royal Cork
Supervised sailing resumes for single-handed dinghies, as well as multi-handed dinghies crewed by single households, from Monday 8 June at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, with the beginning of Phase 2 of relaxing coronavirus restrictions.
Events being planned for the next three weeks in this new phase include a pop-up cruise in company within the Cork Harbour area, and possible overnight stays at anchor in places such as Oysterhaven and Kinsale.
Phase 3, which is scheduled for Monday 29 June, is expected to see the return of racing for single-handers and same household multi-handers, as well as keelboats, while national and regional events should be allowed to resume in Phase 4 in the second half of July.
Spirit Of Bermuda Charity Rally: An Innovative Ocean Race To Bermuda And Return
The Bermuda Sloop Foundation (BSF), East End Mini Yacht Club (EEMYC) and the Sailing Yacht Research Foundation (SYRF) are pleased to announce the organization of the Spirit of Bermuda Charity Rally, a rally race to St George's, Bermuda and back for the benefit of BSF's programs for youth on the sail training vessel Spirit of Bermuda. The rally will start on July 6, 2020 from two locations in international waters off the US East Coast using an innovative format that brings ocean racing back to this year's season in a manner that is competitive yet flexible, and fun yet also COVID-safe for both organizers and participants.
The Rally introduces a new and innovative format that will have two starting lines set up on lines of latitude and longitude located in the Atlantic Ocean 12 miles south of the coast of Newport, Rhode Island and 20 miles east of the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay at Chesapeake Light. Entries can participate in the Rally to Bermuda (RTB) starting from either location, and finish at Mills Buoy close to the mouth of Town Cut in St George's, Bermuda.
Participants are then welcome to continue sailing around the island and back to either the North or West Start/Finish Lines in the Rally From Bermuda (RFB) or they are welcome to stop in St George's Harbour and enjoy Bermuda's famous hospitality. The government of Bermuda is expecting to be open to COVID Phase 4 (open with social distancing measures) by mid-July - before departing in the race back to either Newport or the Chesapeake.
The Rally re-start time and destination is up to each participant and will be recorded using YB tracking and will be shown on the website. The Rally Around Bermuda (RAB) will be the combined scores of the two legs.
SYRF has synthesized many practices in offshore racing to develop the SYRF Offshore Scoring system, which uses the predicted speed of each yacht (their polars) together with the actual wind observed by global weather models. Every six hours, the weather services provide a NOWcast of wind conditions worldwide, and these are used to compute the best route (at 100% polar performance efficiency) and the optimum sailing time of each yacht. This optimum time is then divided into the yacht's recorded sailing time, and the ratio is the yacht's score.
With this approach, it doesn't matter what course, what start time, or what weather you race in, SYRF Offshore Scoring measures how efficiently you sail your yacht compared to the optimum route.
Sponsoring 'Formula One On Water'
Since the first recorded 18 Footer races on Sydney Harbour in 1892, the boats were individually owned by wealthy or even struggling owner/skippers and were emotionally named.
Naming Rights sponsorship in 18 Footers began during the 1960s when companies realised the benefits of being associated with a clean, healthy, outdoor, iconic Australian sport, which was not only responsible for being able to produce local media coverage, but was also a high-profile vehicle which also produced some of the world's greatest sailing talent.
World, Olympic, international and The America's Cup champions who have been involved in the 18s include individuals such as Ben Lexcen, Iain Murray, Hugh Treharne, Adrienne Cahalan, Malcolm Page and Sam Newton, who are a few amongst a galaxy of stars that have enjoyed the challenges and thrills of sailing 18 footers
In 1964, Travelodge was the first company to take advantage of sponsoring in the 18s when Chairman and Managing Director Alan Greenway, who was building an international motel chain, saw the 18ft Skiffs as an excellent vehicle to promote his business.
The first Travelodge sponsorship was for the legendary Bob Holmes, who became a five times winner of the JJ Giltinan world Championship for Travelodge, between 1965 and 1973.
The Travelodge sponsorship continued in Australia for John (Woody) Winning, in NSW, and Neville Buckley, in Queensland. The company also raced new boats for New Zealand and USA teams. Kiwi Terry McDell skippered Travelodge New Zealand to victory in the 1974 JJs on Waitemata Harbour, Auckland while Roger Welsh, Travelodge International, became the first USA entry in the JJs.
Since those early days in the 1960s, some of Australia's largest corporations, and numerous smaller, local businesses, have realised the potential of the 18s and the diverse opportunities they gave to sponsors.
The high-performance, high tech, flying 18ft Skiffs have long been referred to as 'Formula One on Water' so the boat creates a wonderful platform for a Naming Rights sponsor.
Originally, it was the visual impact of being a 'floating billboard' on Sydney Harbour, along with the media coverage from local Sydney newspapers.
Sponsors became more aware of their 'product', and realised the crew was also marketable to a vastly wider audience than just harbour spectators and readers of a local newspaper. They could see that the sailing demographic was excellent for their corporate strategies.
Regular world-wide coverage became a reality when major international and local websites began regular coverage of the club's racing, now the Australian 18 Footers League has taken the publicity to another level by pioneering a livestreaming video coverage of every race to a world-wide audience.
Sponsors from the past could not have imagined how far their brand name and logo would have been projected by the latest technology and a red-hot competitive racing fleet. Long gone are the days when sponsors' names were seen in a local Sydney newspaper. In 2020, their names and logos are visible to the world. -- Frank Quealey, Australian 18 Footers League Ltd.
Cruising in the EU post 31 December 2020: The Cruising Association commences a lobbying campaign
An issue that has been bubbling away for some time is the change in access rules for UK citizens travelling in the EU after the completion of our exit scheduled for the end of this year.
At present, the UK is offering EU citizens visa free travel for six months out of twelve. The EU is offering only 90 days in 180, the standard Schengen arrangement. This would be an unwelcome restriction to cruising in EU countries. The UK government, having previously indicated they would seek parity are now saying that they don't expect the EU to offer more and that they don't intend to make this part of the negotiations.
The Cruising Association's RATS (Regulations and Technical Services) committee is prepared to investigate what individual countries might offer in terms of longer stay visas, and the CA is now activating a lobbying campaign that it had planned to begin when the COVID-19 virus struck.
Now that there are signs that the peak in the UK seems to have passed, and Brexit negotiations are continuing, the CA feels the time is right to make what representations it can.
The CA's President, Julian Dussek, has written to his MP and to Wendy Morton, Minister for the European Neighbourhood and the Americas, as well as a range of organisations with similar interests, including the 180daysvisafree.org.
The CA is galvanising its UK members to write to their own MPs to ask for help in pressing for equal treatment. General points being highlighted include:
- the UK is offering EU citizen's a better deal on visa free entry than they plan to offer in return
- the UK government has said it does not intend to challenge the unfairness and has given no reason
- a wide range of people in the UK will be affected, including those with family or property in the EU as well as those wishing to continue extended travelling.
- family crises can arise outside the 90-day allowance and for people cruising in their own small boats, even the most careful planning can go awry with weather or mechanical problems.
- the penalties for overstaying for any reason can be draconian.
The CA is also contacting those members who live in the EU to ask them to put pressure on their local parliamentarians to try and effect a change from within the EU. If the restrictions are imposed next year it will have a detrimental effect on tourism, an important part of many EU countries' economy.
Philip Rendle Dyer
Philip Rendle Dyer set off on his final journey on May 14, 2020 at age 62. Upon completion of treatment for pancreatic cancer at Dana-Farber, he was cared for in his home by his family and friends, with assistance from Hope Hospice of Rhode Island.
Philip was born into a long line of sailors, artists and adventurers on April 3, 1958 in Cornwall, England and was raised in South Australia.
After a gap year before university, Philip completed his first ocean passage from Australia to the UK. Philip then completed degrees in entomology and horticulture at Adelaide University. While competing in the 1986 America's Cup Defender Series onboard South Australia with his brother Andrew, he met his wife Sharon and after six months they married. They had two sons, James and Tristan, and settled in Newport RI. After working in the marine industry for several years, he transitioned to the corporate world and lived in Australia and Canada before returning to the United States.
Philip was a master solo kayaker. At the age of 40 he ran a 1/2 marathon and then at age 50 a full marathon. He continued boat racing, both long and short distance races on Temptation and on the 12 meter Victory. Both crews expressed deep admiration and respect for Philip, not only because of his skill as a sailor and mentor, but for the great yarns he would tell on the long night watches. Philip was an active member with the New York Yacht Club as well as Ida Lewis and Storm Trysail.
The family plans to hold a garden party celebration of his life at their home in Wickford RI, where all who knew him will be welcome once the current restrictions are over.
For online messages of condolence, kindly visit www.CranstonMurphy.com
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