In This Issue
America's Cup: Auckland's AC75 fleet doubles in a single day
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and Rolex Swan Cup Confirmed
Seahorse Sailor Of The Month
Nacra 17 star Lisa Darmanin interview
106-Year-Old Grand Dame Of The Seas Emerges
Cockwells Restores Historic Dunkirk Ship
Restart Sailing
International Association Of Cape Horners
Jeanneau America Becomes Presenting Partner of Ida Lewis Distance Race
Featured CharterL Kodachi - Corby 27
Featured Brokerage:
• • Cape 31 One-Design - FLAME
• • KUANKUN - Soto 48
• • Ker 56 - Varuna VI
The Last Word: Theodore Roosevelt

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America's Cup: Auckland's AC75 fleet doubles in a single day
The 36th America's Cup entered a new phase today with the launching of New York Yacht Club's AC75 this morning from the BBC Destiny which had carried her from Pensacola Florida.

Defiant will spend her first night on New Zealand soil as the first occupant of the Wynyard Point, and within sight of the defenders, Emirates Team New Zealand, across the other side of Wynyard Basin.

More than 20 containers arrived with the US Challenger, plus a couple of chase boats. All are outside on the tarmac awaiting the construction and assembly of their bases which will house two AC75's.

Meanwhile out on the Hauraki Gulf, Emirates Team NZ's AC75, Te Aihe went sailing for the first time in more than four months, after a regatta-less trip to Italy and return with two America's Cup World Series regattas cancelled.

Te Aihe put in a three hour session punctuated with plenty of stops as adjustments were made to the AC75. As for the wings, the defenders appear to have reverted to running the same bulbless wings as they used up to when Te Aihe had her last sail in mid-January.

Speculation is that the old wings were used to recalibrate the control systems and settings on the boat to be the same as when it stopped sailing, and that state will be used as a benchmark when the new design developments developed on their 12metre test boat Te Aihe are tested in full scale.

Richard Gladwell in

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and Rolex Swan Cup Confirmed
Porto Cervo, Italy: The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in agreement with the Nautor's Swan shipyard and the International Maxi Association, and with the approval of institutional partner Rolex, has confirmed that the traditional September regattas, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and Rolex Swan Cup, will take place this year.

The regattas will be held in a modified mode: registration procedures will be streamlined through digital channels, the skippers' briefing and the prize giving - which will take place outdoors - will involve a limited number of crew members in proportion to the spaces. With regard to social events, it will be possible to hold the traditional owners' dinners at the YCCS respecting the necessary distancing, while it will not be possible to organise crew parties. It has also been decided to cancel the lay day during the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, which will therefore take place from Sunday 30 August to Friday 4 September. This will concentrate the sporting competition and will leave two days of separation before the start of the Rolex Swan Cup, minimising the presence of teams and boats from the two events at the same time.

The Coppa Europa Smeralda 888 (3-5 July) will open the sporting season, while the traditional YCCS Members' Championship is confirmed for 2 August, as per the calendar.

In order to ensure optimal organisation and safety for participants in the regattas, club members, and visitors to the YCCS facilities, the evolution of government regulations and the protocols of the Italian Sailing Federation will, however, be constantly monitored, together with the development of the Covid-19 emergency.

Seahorse Sailor Of The Month
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America's Cup: Auckland's AC75 fleet doubles in a single day J Manuel Ballastero (ARG)
'Now I am calm,' said the 47 year old Argentine navigator after sailing his 29-footer alone from Madeira to Mar del Plata at 24 hours' notice when he heard the imminent lockdown would prevent him visiting his father and mother, aged 90 and 82 respectively. Ballastero suffered a big knockdown off Brazil; now he says that 'I'll buy three chickens, plant a garden and make it quietly through the winter with the old people. I want to be with my family...'

America's Cup: Auckland's AC75 fleet doubles in a single day Wylde Swan (NED)
When lockdown hit Cuba 25 Dutch schoolchildren, three teachers and 12 crew were onboard the 200ft topsail schooner Wylde Swan approaching the island ready to fly back home after a holiday adventure. Instead an 'isolated' shore party re-stocked the boat, adding warm clothes ready for a five-week Atlantic crossing to their home port of Harlingen in the Netherlands. With little previous experience 25 youngsters now have a further 4,300 sea miles on their CVs

America's Cup: Auckland's AC75 fleet doubles in a single day Last Month's winner:
Philippe Guigne (FRA)
'Philippe's work kept me and thousands of other sailors sane in lockdown, on behalf of us all, THANK YOU!' - Chris Rands; 'I can no longer sail due to illness, Virtual Regatta is the only way for me to escape, so... Merçi, Philippe' - Michel Roue; 'Thank you, Philippe, for organising the Great Escape... which also allowed me my first victory!!!' - Serge Martinez; 'Great job, Mr Philippe, if you ever need a free Italian translation I am here! - Francesco Kalagani!!!

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Nacra 17 star Lisa Darmanin interview
Lisa Darmanin, one of the world's best sailors and 2016 Olympic Silver Medallist in the Nacra 17, talks to Stephen Brayshaw about the Olympic experience and being on the team going to Tokyo.

They deep-dive into training on the Nacra and assess the state of female sailing.

Lisa Darmanin

106-Year-Old Grand Dame Of The Seas Emerges
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Peking Nippon Paint Marine has completed the extensive re-coating of the four-masted, steel-hulled Peking, the 1911-built cargo ship which is coming to the end of a €32 million, three-year restoration project at Peters Werft GmbH, on the River Elbe, at Wewelsfleth, Germany.

The 115.5m long, full-rigged barque, one of the legendary Flying-P cargo sailing ships built by Blohm+Voss for the F.Laiesz shipping company, is scheduled to leave Peters Werft in August.

Blasting, carried out with the entire ship under canvass to safeguard against any environmental pollution, was also necessary to remove any hazardous materials in older coatings. Special attention also had to be paid to the riveted areas and overlaps.

Once blasted, Nippon's Uniprotector, a corrosion-resistant two coat epoxy primer pigmented with aluminium, was applied to improve penetration capability and to extend the maximum overcoating interval by an additional 6 months.

The original rivets and plank overlaps, which were to remain as visible as possible, benefitted from an additional stripe-coat of EPOBARR, a solvent-free, fibre-containing epoxy filler, prior to the application of the NEOGUARD topcoat.

Two 150µm coats of company's E-MARINE A/C were then applied to the Peking's topsides, decks and rigs/masts, to provide an unlimited maximum overcoating intervals before Nippon's U-MARINE Finish was applied in a semi-gloss shade.

When the vessel drydocked in 2017, after transportation from New York to the Elbe aboard the Combi Dock III, the vessel was so dilapidated that its condition shocked the team at Peters Werft. It was the most run-down vessel the yard had ever seen.

In addition to the extensive paint job, Peters Werft restored the original hull form and was able to retain most of the riveted steel plates using contemporary welding and modern ship repair techniques. All decks, compartments and interiors have been restored. Masts and rigging had to be partly restored and renewed.

* Peking, the second fully-rigged cargo ship in F Laeisz Shipping's series of famed Flying P-Liners, was delivered from Hamburg's Blohm+Voss shipyard in 1911, taking up duties shipping nitrate and saltpetre from Europe to Chile by way of Cape Horn – a transit she managed some 34 times.

After the Great War, she was handed over to Italy as part or war reparations but sold back to F Laeisz in 1923 and resumed service until 1932 when the Great Depression resulted in her sale to a British charity and became a training ship, registered as Arethusa II. After being STUFT (Ship Taken Up >From Trade) in the 1940s, she carried out active service as a troop ship (HMS Peking).

She was paid-off in 1974 and, under her original name, became a museum ship in New York, where she remained for 40 years.

In 2012, tired, old and less than seaworthy, the ageing lady was becoming high maintenance. She was sold back to Germany for a nominal $100. It was, however, not until 2017 that she made her final voyage across the Atlantic, atop the heavy lift ship Combi Dock III, to dock down at Peters Weft in Wewelsfleth, where she began her makeover.

The restoration project is scheduled for completion in August, when this 109-year-old grand dame of the seas will become the museum ship of the future German Harbour Museum, in Hamburg.

Cockwells Restores Historic Dunkirk Ship
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Fleury II Cockwells Modern & Classic Boatbuilding has restored a historic WWII vessel which helped rescue more than 336,000 allied soldiers trapped in France.

The Little Ships of Dunkirk sailed from Ramsgate in Kent to Northern France between 26 May and 4 June 1940 as part of Operation Dynamo. Fleury II was built in Christchurch, Dorset in 1936 and was delivered to Cockwells' Mylor Creek Boatyard in autumn 2018 for much needed structural repairs.

Fusing the traditional and modern

Fusing modern techniques with traditional design allows for a flexible approach to restoration as shipwright, Mark Curnow, explained. "Originally, solid strips of thicker wood would have been used in the deck's construction and steamed in but today, we can laminate thinner strips, in situ, to repair hard-to-reach areas.

We have also maintained the aesthetics of the deck but have gained durability by using marine ply and a layer of fibreglass/epoxy where, traditionally, wooden boards covered with painted canvas would have been used."

The deck has been replaced as have deck fittings, stanchions and one of the aft-cabin sides. The wheelhouse and skylight have been repaired and the windlass has been overhauled, whilst the interior has been painted to lighten the space and the exterior stripped and re-varnished.

The Fleury II will participate in the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships' return to Dunkirk to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the mission, planned for May 2020 but postponed by a year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Restart Sailing
The Facebook live sessions with #RestartSailing founder, Simon Lovesey and self-coaching guru Jon Emmett, have proved very popular with around 15k views so far. The original plan was to end the series after three shows, but given that the Covid-19 situation is still very much with us and slow progress back to normal, we have decided to continue the webinars on a fortnightly basis. This week's PM announcements will see more restrictions eased and the latest looks at the impact for clubs and events. We are pleased to be joined by Ian Walker, RYA Director of Racing.


The Earl Of Portsmouth Is The New President Of The International Association Of Cape Horners
The International Association of Cape Horners whose Patron is HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, has a new President - The Earl of Portsmouth DL. As Quentin Wallop, he rounded the Horn during the Second Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race in 1977/8, aboard the British maxi yacht Great Britain II skippered by Rob James, which went on to win overall line honours. Not content with just a single rounding, Quentin then skippered his own yacht, the ketch Ocean Mermaid, from New Zealand to the UK via Cape Horn. The voyage through the Southern Ocean proved to be a very rough passage resulting in damage to the rigging, which required repairs in Port Stanley before returning to the UK.

The International Association of Cape Horners (IACH) was founded in 1936 by a group of French Master Mariners based in St Malo to form an exclusive, albeit dying bond between those who had sailed round Cape Horn in square rigged sailing ships. These are now history. The last commercial sailing ship voyage was in 1949 when the Pamir and Passat sailed from South Australia bound for Falmouth. In 1969, the British Chapter amended the membership criteria to read: 'To promote and strengthen the ties of comradeship which bind together the unique body of men and women who enjoy the distinction of having voyaged round Cape Horn under sail.'

Specifically, Full Membership, which currently costs £20 per annum, is open to those who have rounded Cape Horn under sail as part of a non-stop passage of at least 3,000 nautical miles which passes above the latitude of 52° South in both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and is completed without the use of engines for propulsion. Members include Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Sir Chay Blyth, Don McIntyre, Pete Goss, Tracy Edwards and Jean-Luc Van Den Heede.

Those with an interest in Cape Horn but whose experiences do not meet the full membership criteria, can become an Associate of the Association. One of the latest of these is Susie Goodall whose yacht was pitch-poled and dismasted 2,000 miles West of Cape Horn during the 2018/19 Golden Globe Race.

Jeanneau America Becomes Presenting Partner of Ida Lewis Distance Race
The annual Ida Lewis Distance Race, scheduled for its 16th edition starting Saturday, August 15, has announced that Jeanneau America is the event's new Presenting Partner. The news comes on the heels of the race changing its start date from Friday to Saturday to better accommodate an inclusive weekend schedule and coincides with other exciting changes for the event, including a Mixed (coed) Double-Handed class added to its traditional lineup of IRC, PHRF (Spinnaker and Cruising Spinnaker), One Design, Multihull, and open Double-Handed classes.

A Mixed Double-Handed class is set to debut at the 2024 Olympic Regatta, which has sparked wide interest in the discipline as well as Jeanneau's Sun Fast 3300, which fits the bill for easy performance handling by short-handed crews while also filling a niche for fun sailing with family and friends. Harvey expects three of the 3300s to join the Mixed Double-Handed class and up to six of the boats to be sailing in the local area by next summer.

Per the Notice of Race, the IRC and both Double-Handed classes will sail one of the four longer courses, with a start on Saturday and finish on Sunday. The PHRF and Cruising Spinnaker classes will both sail the Narragansett Bay Course, which tracks either clockwise or counter-clockwise (depending on the wind) around Conanicut and Prudence Islands. Those teams will start on Saturday and finish on Saturday afternoon. Joining the PHRF racing will be J/30s, J/88s, J/105s, J/109s, and J/121s competing in the J Fest Regatta, hosted August 15-16 by Sail Newport; they will be scored separately and together with the Ida Lewis Distance Race fleet.

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