In This Issue
• Vendee - Arctique - Les Sables d'Olonne
• Slow Second Day In Spirit Of Bermuda Charity Rally
• What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
• 7th virtual Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge showcases real progress
• NY40 MARILEE: Restoration of a Herreshoff Classic
• Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award discloses its International Jury 2020
• Melges 20 King Of The Lake Cup
• America's Cup organisers need to win back the public's trust by making changes at the top
• Featured Brokerage:
• • Soto 48 KUANKUN TOO
• • Swan 82-006 RS 'Mayang Sari'
• • Botin 56 - FLING 16
• The Last Word: W. C. Fields
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Vendee - Arctique - Les Sables d'Olonne
A good dose of light winds, a long lift, a change of leader and another epic battle within the match for 4th place… This fifth day of the Vendee - Arctique - Les Sables d'Olonne has reshuffled the cards once again. As per usual… or almost.
Charlie Dalin (Apivia) and Jeremie Beyou (Charal) are continuing their ascent of the north face, foil against foil. After 98 hours of traversing the weather systems, 0.6 miles separates them tonight. They are now just 230 miles from the ICO-UNESCO waypoint positioned to the south-west of Iceland at 62°N 25°W. This morning, the skipper of Charal had the upper hand by just a handful of miles. Then the duo had to negotiate a ridge of high pressure, which saw Jeremie Beyou fall into a patch of calm airs, giving Charlie Dalin the opportunity to sidestep him and make good his escape.
Thomas Ruyant (LinkedOut), the leader until Tuesday morning, before being penalised by his slightly extreme northerly option in the strong winds, has managed to slink back up into third position some 42 miles astern of the leaders at the 18:00 ranking.
18 miles behind him, a four-way battle for fourth place is really where the action is. The 18:00 ranking painted a very different picture from this morning's play: Kevin Escoffier (PRB) is 4th, further west than the Briton, Samantha Davies (Initiatives-Coeur) who is lying in 5th position. German skipper Boris Herrmann (Seaexplorer - Yacht Club de Monaco) is 6th and Isabelle Joschke (MACSF) 7th. What's more, there is precious little separating them!
Ranking On Wednesday 8 July (18:00 French Time)
17 Skippers On The Racetrack
1. Charlie Dalin (Apivia) 1,752.3 miles from the finish
2. Jeremie Beyou (Charal) 0.6 miles behind the leader
3. Thomas Ruyant (LinkedOut) 42.4 miles behind the leader
4. Kevin Escoffier (PRB) 60.5 miles behind the leader
5. Sam Davies (Initiatives Coeur) 60.7 miles behind the leader
6. Boris Herrmann (Seaexplorer - Yacht Club de Monaco) 63.8 miles behind the leader
7. Isabelle Joschke (MACSF) 67.9 miles behind the leader
8. Yannick Bestaven (Maitre-CoQ IV) 71.6 miles behind the leader
9. Clarisse Cremer (Banque Populaire X) 85.5 miles behind the leader
10 - Maxime Sorel (V and B - Mayenne) 102.8 miles behind the leader
retirements: Armel Tripon (L'Occitane en Provence), Damien Seguin (Groupe APICIL), Sebastien Simon (ARKEA PAPREC)
Slow Second Day In Spirit Of Bermuda Charity Rally
St George's, Bermuda - Having punched through the Gulf Stream early yesterday but now facing light air and headwinds, the fleet on both legs of the Spirit of Bermuda Charity Rally have made slow progress in their second 24 hours of the race, organized by the East End Mini Yacht Club (EEMYC) and the Sailing Yacht Research Foundation (SYRF).
At 1500 EDT today the two entries on the West leg - the Swan 59 Icebear, skippered by Sean Westoby and the Swan 48 Isbjorn skippered by Vincent Matiola - have managed only 102 and 97 miles, respectively, towards Bermuda since this time yesterday. The two are sailing generally in about 8-10 knots of southeasterly breeze, on a track to remain just north of a field of very light air that lies just south of their rhumb line course to Bermuda.
At 1500 EDT Icebear had 353 miles and Isbjorn 393 miles to go to the finish line just outside Town Cut at St George's.
Of interest to Bermudians is that Isbjorn is on a bit of a homeward journey: this boat was first owned by prominent Bermuda-based offshore yachtsman Warren Brown and named War Baby, one of numerous boats Brown owned with this name over the decades he was active racing and cruising around the world. Before his passing in December 2014, amongst his many acts to help promote Bermuda's sailing culture was being a supporter of the Bermuda Sloop Foundation (BSF), the charity being supported by this race.
Meanwhile on the North leg yesterday brought some excitement for the double-handed team on Alessandro Pagani's Spirit 47 Luna, who reported they chose to use their engine to motor away* from a nearby waterspout they encountered in the Gulf Stream. They are currently locked in a boat-for-boat battle with Hank Schmitt's Swan 48 Avocation.
*Since the Rally is using the SYRF Offshore Scoring System and able to score the teams by only their miles sailed, motoring is permitted so long as the transit times are reported to the race directorate. This clever scoring feature is thus able to have the teams meet their preferred times to arrive in Bermuda despite light air or other factors that might otherwise impede their progress.
To follow progress made in the Spirit of Bermuda Charity Rally, visit the event website at spiritofbermudarally.org
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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7th virtual Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge showcases real progress
Against all odds the 7th Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge (30 June-8 July) proved synonymous with innovation and progress. Organisers, Yacht Club de Monaco supported by Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and International Powerboating Federation (IUM), dug deep to give contestants a chance to enter their projects for five prizes that included financial grants.
Despite world-wide health restrictions disrupting their work, 18 teams (12 nations) stepped up to the plate to present their projects to a Technical Jury. Dossiers had to be handed in by 10th June for an in-depth analysis, with each team then having 20 minutes to defend their project in oral interviews with an international Jury via Zoom.
Iqos and Credit Suisse, long-time partners of the YCM and this event were at the meeting, alongside BMW and Yachting Partners International (YPI) joining for the first time.
For most advanced improvements and relevance, the Innovation Prizewent to the Tecnico Solar Boat Team from Portugal for their boat powered by hydrogen from a 5kW fuel cell, with plans to produce their own hydrogen by electrolysis of filtered seawater via an electrolyser powered by solar panels.
The SBM Offshore E-Racing Team impressed with their focus on sustainability, reuse and recycling of nearly all components, to win the Eco Conception Prize for a hi-tech prototype floating system that produces hydrogen from sea water using solar and wind power.
An original short video earned the TU Delft Boat Team of young engineers the Spirit Prize. They brilliantly illustrated the technical research achieved and how they adapted when the Netherlands locked down. Teamwork, solidarity - that's the spirit.
For the Special 'Coup de Cœur' Prizes, the first went to the young Hydros Team UI from Indonesia for their commitment to renewable energy solutions for their country, and Hynova (France) for itsprototype of a 40-foot boat with electric engine powered by hydrogen from a fuel cell supplied by Toyota.
Exchanges and sharing knowledge in open source continue all year round in the form of technical webinars, with an online Job Forum for potential employers to post vacancies and students their CVs. A cleaner greener future is in their hands.
Dates for the next meeting - in Monaco: 6-10 July 2021.
NY40 MARILEE: Restoration of a Herreshoff Classic
The 1926 Nathanael Herreshoff-designed NY40 MARILEE recently underwent a complete restoration by French & Webb in Belfast, Maine. This two-year-plus restoration was tremendously successful due to the collaborative effort of many artisans, engineers, curators and crew whose passion and commitment to the project were beyond compare. This was not your 'typical' restoration of a wooden classic. Modern innovations and engineering were combined with meticulous and artistic craftsmanship. With access to the original Herreshoff Manufacturing Company's building plans and documents archived at MIT's Hart Nautical Collections, This restoration turned out to be an amazing yacht with an equally amazing story.
This film has been made available to the public by the current custodian of MARILEE, with the purpose of sharing the amazing story of a piece of American history and the genius of the yacht designer, Nathanael Herreshoff.
Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award discloses its International Jury 2020
The Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image (of the Century) photo competition is pleased to announce the composition of its International Jury 2020. Loris von Siebenthal, photographer and winner of the 2019 edition, Chris Museler, Journalist at the New York Times, Justin Chisholm, Editor of the Yacht Racing Life website, Luca Rizzotti, Founder and president of the Foiling Week and Nicolas Mirabaud, Managing Partner and member of the Executive Committee of Mirabaud & Cie SA, will select the best sailing photos taken since the beginning of the 21st Century. The members of the jury will base their selection on three criteria: the emotion generated by the photographs, their originality and technical difficulty.
Initiated in 2010, the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award is the leading international photo competition dedicated to the sport of sailing. It aims, exceptionally in 2020, to celebrate the best sailing photos taken since the turn of the century.
The top 80 images will be pre-selected by our three professional photographers / editors / journalists and published on the event website on 15 October. Then public vote will be open until 10 November 2020 to determine the public award.
The 20 best images chosen by the international jury will be announced and exhibited at the Yacht Racing Forum. A third prize will be awarded to the image selected by delegates during the event.
The submission of photos is open until October 6th at 23:59 PM (GMT) on the event website.
Melges 20 King Of The Lake Cup
Fraglia Vela Malcesine: Congratulations to the Melges 20 Class on its successful return to the Melges World League! Eight races were sailed in Malcesine, ITA with Marco Giannini's Siderval landing on top of the podium.
America's Cup organisers need to win back the public's trust by making changes at the top
OPINION: Former Team New Zealand director Tina Symmans has a saying: "sick organisations leak like sieves".
It's a phrase Symmans, who now chairs the America's Cup Events (ACE) arm, uttered a lot following Team NZ's stunning win at the 35th America's Cup match in Bermuda.
She pointed to the Kiwi syndicate's ability to keep its breakthrough innovation of using cycle power to fuel the team's Cup boat under wraps for nearly 18 months as one of its crowning achievements. By the time the game-changing design was revealed to the public, rival teams had no time to replicate it.
It could only have been achieved if the team - and their contractors involved in the build - all bought into the leadership and vision, Symmans said at the time.
Now, Symmans finds herself presiding over an organisation that has sprung a series of damaging leaks. Contractors axed. Whistleblower protections invoked. Secret documents finding their way into the hands of journalists.
Irrespective of whether the MBIE investigation concludes Dalton's dealings have been above board or not, the serious fall-out that has been happening behind the scenes for months has highlighted issues of poor governance that should have been apparent from the outset.
Having the head of Team NZ also leading the events arm was always going to leave the syndicate open to claims of conflicts of interest and a lack of accountability. It seems staggering in retrospect that the government would invest $136.5 million into the event, without any requirement of independent oversight on the board.
Sea Eagle II is an 81m, state of the art three-masted schooner proudly powered by Doyle Sails.
Designing and building sails to fulfil and exceed the requirements of a vessel of this calibre is an art form, one of which Richard Bouzaid and the Doyle Sails design team is proud to have mastered. Over the course of the last two years, the intricate process unfolds where all sails are modelled and tested using the latest software available in sail design, before being built in the state of the art STRATIS facility and finished by world-class sailmakers.
HH Catamarans has delivered the first two hulls of the all-new HH50, the newest model in its line of semi-custom, all carbon, luxury performance cruising catamarans. Hull 01, 'Tribute' was commissioned in Florida in May, and recently completed its first offshore passage from Ft. Lauderdale to Annapolis. Hull 02, 'Off-Piste' departed Xiamen this week and will arrive in Baltimore in early August.
Designed by California-based naval architects Morrelli & Melvin, the new HH50 provides serious sailors with a quick, capable, robust platform for short-handed, blue water cruising. Twin aft helms with sail controls led aft allow for ease of handling. Galley-up configuration with ample salon seating allows for comfortable deck-level living and entertaining. Three or four staterooms with ensuite heads and ample storage ensure comfort and privacy for up to eight. Top of the line electronics and equipment, bespoke interiors, and exceptional finish quality consistent with earlier HH offerings are found throughout.100% carbon construction, carbon mast and rigging, and advanced engineering allow the HH50 to handle a considerable payload while maintaining unparalleled performance and safety parameters. During sea trials in Fort Lauderdale HH5001 routinely achieved 10+ knots in light and variable breeze. Additional performance metrics will be available after further trials are conducted in Annapolis later this week.
Germany's HanseYachts has launched the Dehler 38SQ, an 11.6m sailing vessel that will make its world premiere at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September.
The Dehler 38SQ (the SQ stands for Speed and Quality) was developed out of the successful Dehler 38, and given a new colour and light concept, a more varied interior layout, and powerful improvements to the rig and cockpit.
Fold-out footrests at the helm provide a comfortable and safe foothold when sailing to windward. The new bathing platform is lighter and easier to operate with an integrated bathing ladder that features a fold-out handrail and large steps. The 38SQ can be further upgraded with sporty designer wheels at the helm, self-tailing race winches and a removable throttle.
The bowsprit has an integrated anchor arm and non-slip surface, making it safer to climb on and off the boat when moored bows-to, and provides an advanced tack point for gennaker or Code 0 sails. Dehler offers the iconic square-head mainsail as an option, as used on all high-tech racing yachts. With its greater efficiency, better trim and less heeling moment, this pro sail is also ideal for cruising.
The backstays for the square-head rig can be easily trimmed by winch, courtesy of the flip-flop blocks. The flush-mounted traveller running the entire width of the cockpit allows 100% control of the mainsail. For the very first time, all sails are provided by Quantum, including the newly developed Tri-radial AC5 and TP6 membrane sails.
Earlier this year the UK's Spirit Yachts chose Gosport Marina and its specialist boatyard, Endeavour Quay, as the base to commission its brand new 111ft superyacht. The yacht was delivered to Gosport Marina in March for sail trials, class certification and commissioning. However, the coronavirus lockdown meant much of the activity was delayed during April and May.
Now back on track, Spirit managing director Nigel Stuart says he is pleased with how the final commissioning stages have progressed as the lockdown has eased. "Whilst adhering to the latest government coronavirus guidance, a skeleton team of staff has been able to continue commissioning the Spirit 111," he says. "We are grateful to the team at Endeavour Quay, who have been efficient and professional during a challenging time.
Built from high-quality sustainable timber and incorporating traditional techniques with the latest technology, the Spirit 111 claims to be one of the most environmentally friendly superyachts created. It is also the largest single-masted wooden yacht to be built in the UK since the J-Class Shamrock V in 1930, which was built and commissioned at the same boatyard in Gosport at what was then called Camper & Nicholsons.
The latest yacht from the Vismara Marine; the new Vismara V68 Mills 'PELOTARI.PROJECT' was launched at the Vismara's Viareggio shipyard in late June.
Designed in collaboration with the designer Mark Mills, the V68 Mills is an evolution of the V62 Mills RC 'SUPERNIKKA' project (now exclusively for sale with Grabau International), winner of 3 Mini Maxi Rolex World Championships. Built entirely in carbon with a high-performance, yet fun and easily handled hull, and deck volume distribution to ensure safety and manoeuvrability not only underway but also at anchor, the V68 Mills also benefits from a full carbon rig, and an innovative telescopic keel allowing draft to varied from 2.90m to 4.20m allowing for maximum stability and sailing performance in all waters.
After building a first custom Soto 48 carbon boat cruiser-racer KUANKUN, the owner decided to build a new full racer custom Soto 48 KUAN KUN TOO. Perfectly maintained by a professional crew from launching, with a complete set of sails, she is ready to go racing and optimized for ORC.
KUANKUN TOO is a full racer boat built in carbon and Nomex, Pre-peg. Designed by Javier Soto-Acebak and built by Mboat (Argentina) with objective to race ORC. Won several years the Peruvian championship and participate to several international races. Mast Southern Spars with carbon Future Fibers rig, B&G H3000 electronic and large set of NS sails.
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