In This Issue
• International Classes excluded from World Sailing's closed Mid-Year Meeting
• Solo Maitre CoQ
• What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
• Local Knowledge Series San Diego featuring Mark Reynolds and George Szabo
• Youth America's Cup AC9F K0tare flies high in Auckland
• Persico 69F Cup
• Tokyo 2020 To Be A "Simplified" Olympic Games
• Reassembling Te Aihe
• RNZYS' Mastercard Superyacht Regatta 2021
• RYA Sailability Multiclass Regatta Goes Virtual For 2020
• Featured Brokerage:
• • Victory '83
• • Frers 50 Custom
• • TP52 - "Macchia Mediterranea"
• The Last Word: Mae West
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International Classes excluded from World Sailing's closed Mid-Year Meeting
Beleaguered World Sailing has held its Mid-Year Meeting with a restricted audience and has held the meeting using video technology for the first time.
Before the meeting, a Council member and Chairman of the Classes Committee, Markus Schwendtner circulated a letter calling for the meeting to be open to observers.
The meeting would usually be held in the UK and considers leftover issues from the previous Annual Conference, and Annual General Meeting, along with any urgent matters which require an interim decision ahead of the Annual Conference, due to be held in Abu Dhabi in November.
Neither meeting will take place at a physical venue, and both will be conducted electronically, with electronic voting.
The open letter penned by Markus Schwendtner is as follows:
Dear Kim, dear members of the Board, dear colleagues,
I would like to express my disappointment that the World Sailing Council "Midyear meeting "is happening behind closed doors.
I have raised the question why World Sailing Classes are not able to attend or at least listen in at every "townhall" meeting. After all, World Sailing Classes are paying members just like MNAs, and share the same interest as all other members - the best of the sport.
I am also sure that many World Sailing Committee members would have liked to attend and being informed "first hand " about what is happening with our fantastic sport. Instead, all this information and discussion between the Board, Council, committee chairs and MNA presidents is happening behind closed doors.
You have chosen Bluejeans events for today's call - a software that allows up to 50.000 attendees to at least listen to what you have to tell the world of sailing. We are not asking to speak and discuss - same as in a "in person "meeting this is reserved for the members of Council (and MNA presidents in this case). What we are asking for is to be able to listen, and to be informed first hand, the same way we would be if we would meet in person.
The technology is there. I kindly ask you to reconsider.
Markus Schwendtner Council Member World Sailing Classes Committee Chair
The President's reply and more commentary from Richard Gladwell in Sail-World
Solo Maitre CoQ
The 17th edition of the Solo Maitre CoQ started this Thursday at 01:15 pm, off Les Sables d'Olonne.
The 30 sailors in the running set off on a 340-mile course between Belle-Ile, Yeu and Re, driven by a northwest wind blowing between 5 and 6 knots.
A promising start quickly died out to almost nothing during the leg to the first buoy, splitting the fleet.
Adrien Hardy (Ocean Attitude) and Gildas Mahe (Breizh Cola) two of the big favorites were too eager and had to return, with Xavier Macaire (SNEF Group) making the best start in the conditions.
Armel Le Cleac'h (Banque Populaire) was the first to turn south towards the Ile de Re, where the game could get tough again, as a small residual cloudy front is likely to further split the fleet, in the evening and first part of Thursday night.
Gently first then a little more tomorrow, with a possible finish with 20-25 knots of breeze.
The challenge for the next few hours is therefore not to miss the train at the risk of never being able to recover.
Sense and sensibility - Part I
Why did Team New Zealand's cranked AC50 foils make such a difference in Bermuda in 2017 and how are the current Cup teams 'solving' that rather chunky AC75 foil arm? Dave Hollom
A time to change
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Sailor of the Month
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52 Super Series - Happy enough
Jean-Luc Petithuguen's Breton TP52 team are refreshingly pleased just to be an improving member of the royalist of all royal sailing courts
Refit not rebuild
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Local Knowledge Series San Diego featuring Mark Reynolds and George Szabo
Planning to race in the San Diego area sometime in the near future? American sailing legends Mark Reynolds and George Szabo are hosting a LIVE session on The Starboard Portal to discuss the sailing conditions and tips & tricks for the San Diego area for anyone interested in learning more about what it's like to race in this premiere sailing location.
Youth America's Cup AC9F K0tare flies high in Auckland
The brand new AC9F Youth America's Cup yacht has undergone an official on-water sail testing day in Auckland with fantastic results, and the event is well on track for 2021.
With two female and two male crew on board, the boat was up on the foils straight away, and was pushing speeds of up to thirty knots. The crew even managed a few foiling gybes and showed - even in this early testing stage - that the AC9F is the real deal and will be an incredibly exciting boat to see in action during next year's event.
This first AC9F has been designed and built in New Zealand in a collaboration between Yachting Developments and the NZ Marine Industry, including Southern Spars, Harken and North Sails. It is great to have had this unique project built here in New Zealand, generating jobs and money for the country.
Yachting Developments owner Ian Cook was out on the water to witness the boat in action and was incredibly happy with the outcome -
"It was great to see the boat sailing and working well, we are thrilled with how it performed. It has been a big combined effort from the NZ Marine Industry to make this happen, and to see it flying on the foils at speed today was a massive result for everyone involved."
The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron has received seventeen confirmed entries with fifteen of these teams' internationals. With more in the pipeline, the goal of twenty teams is looking likely. Collectively the teams are set to bring in over two-hundred-and-fifty people to New Zealand, all of whom will be staying in the country for several months which will have a significantly positive impact on the New Zealand economy. This figure doesn't include families and spectators, which will then push this impact up even further.
Persico 69F Cup
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Plans are set, six crews registered. After the presentation on February 20th, 2020 in Milan, the Persico 69F Cup is ready to go. The first edition of the event will see four Grand Prix events taking place in the second half of 2020 and the Persico 69F Cup will be one of the first international sailing events post lockdown: the owner-drivers are ready to start again, and their foils are good to go.
The season opener for the Persico 69F Cup regatta is set for July 14th with the Grand Prix 1. The program for each of the four Grands Prix scheduled consists of three weeks of activity: starting with one week of Academy - courses and training aboard the Persico 69F, with exceptional instructors and an educational project created by Santiago Lange - followed by two "Events" each one week long, in which 12 teams can participate, six per week.
The first Events of each Grand Prix will take place on the following dates: July 14 - 19 (event 1.1 in Gargnano), September 14 - 19 (event 2.1 in Malcesine during the Foiling Week), September 29 - October 4 (event 3.1 in Trieste) and November 10 - 15 (event 4.1 - race field to be determined), the events will be preceded by a week of Academy and followed by the Event .2. Each Event has six main crews: from Tuesday to Thursday of each "CUP week", the six teams will have boats available to train with, with the assistance of coaches and shore teams, while from Friday to Sunday the teams will race. All the logistics are coordinated by the Team 69F, and the crews find the boats in the quay "ready to sail".
The formula is unique, designed to best highlight the qualities of Persico 69F: the program calls for both fleet and slalom races, speed-tests and long distance tests, elements of the challenge that will allow crews to race at new levels, experiment with new tactics and chase maximum speed goals.
Tokyo 2020 To Be A "Simplified" Olympic Games
The postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will proceed in a simplified manner in 2021, Games organisers and the International Olympic Committee said Wednesday (10 June).
Muto Toshiro, CEO of the Games' organising committee (TOCOG), said: "The Games will not be done with grand splendour," while TOCOG president Mori Yoshiro noted: "The Olympics has always provided encouragement and hope but when you think about the current situation worldwide the splash and splendour we have been accustomed to may not be the most appropriate."
However, IOC President Thomas Bach ruled out removing events from the Olympic Games in the first instance. "Our focus is the athletes. It would be the wrong end to start from if we take decisions first to reduce the number of athletes and deprive them of participating in the Olympic Games."
A joint task force formed by the IOC and Tokyo 2020 organisers also released their proposed path forward to the Games in three documents - on positioning, principles, and a roadmap detailing a proposed schedule until the Games - following a report by TOCOG to the IOC Executive Board, which met by teleconference on Wednesday.
In its principles document, the joint task force states its main principle is to "simplify and optimise the Games preparation and delivery, while keeping a focus on sport and athletes, to reduce the cost impact of postponement and promote public interest, reflecting the new global economic, societal and public health contexts."
Reassembling Te Aihe
After her trip around the world, Te Aihe is getting close to hitting the water once again.
RNZYS' Mastercard Superyacht Regatta 2021
The Mastercard Superyacht Regatta 2021 hosted by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Auckland is shaping up to be one of the major on-water events in the world next year with a raft of big-name entries already throwing their hats into the ring as the global superyacht fleet start to make their way to New Zealand.
The regatta will take place between 23rd - 27th February 2021, beginning with a welcome function on the 23rd February at the RNZYS and followed by four days of heart-stopping racing on the beautiful waters of the Hauraki Gulf among its many surrounding islands. This is going to be a spectacular sight for yachting enthusiasts and the general public to witness, and will also be an amazing event for the superyacht owners and crew from around the globe to be involved in.
As part of the Squadron's 150th sesquicentenary celebrations, this landmark event is set to bring legions of superyachts to New Zealand whom once here will also be able to enjoy the unsurpassable cruising grounds and coastlines that the country has to offer. The racing will also be quality, with the Hauraki Gulf offering a very picturesque but often challenging racing area with varying conditions and winds. Well known Harold Bennett will be the principal race officer ensuring some amazing courses are set. The off-water aspect won't disappoint either, with crew happy hours at the RNZYS following each day's racing, as well as a prizegiving party on the final night showcasing the authentic and exquisite local cuisine beverages and entertainment that New Zealand has to offer.
Once here, Superyacht owners and crew will also be able to take in the Prada Challenger Series followed by the 36th America's Cup Match (both of which are being held in Auckland) whilst soaking up the buzz and excitement these events historically bring. There is also plenty of other events being put on by the RNZYS during this time, including a revamped Youth America's Cup, off-shore and in-shore races encompassing a range of yacht classes, as well as a multitude of off-water events at the club.
The RNZYS is also happy to announce a new Motor Yacht division for the Mastercard Superyacht Regatta, which is sure to be popular for motor powered superyacht owners.
RYA Sailability Multiclass Regatta Goes Virtual For 2020
Sailability sailors across the UK will still be able to compete in the RYA Sailability Multiclass Regatta as the event switches to virtual waters for the 2020 regatta.
The annual regatta, often described as a festival for disabled sailing, was due to take place at Rutland Sailing Club but was cancelled due to Covid19.
However the RYA has teamed up with leading eSailing provider Virtual Regatta to ensure that competitors have the chance to get their racing fix despite many of them still unable to get out on the water.
"Cancelling the Multiclass this year was a really difficult decision and after carefully considering all the options we felt it would be too challenging and high risk to run the event this summer" explains RYA Sailability Manager Joff McGill.
"While this is not a replacement, we are hoping the RYA Sailability eSailing Multiclass Regatta will enable our community to be able to come together virtually and enjoy a fun yet very competitive event".
The event is open to members, participants, volunteers and staff of Sailability accredited sites or Training Centres. The qualifiers will take place on the week commencing 13 July with the finals held on 01 August. Each event will be live streamed on the RYA YouTube channel and there will also be live commentary for the final.
It's free to compete and you can register for the eSailing RYA Sailability Multiclass Regatta here before 03 July. Read the Notice of Race
To find out more about eSailing, details on how to get started and lots of great videos visit the RYA eSailing hub page - www.rya.org.uk/go/esailing
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