In This Issue
• Battle rages for line honours in the Vendee-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne
• Melges 32 World League
• What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
• 2021 Flying Fifteen Worlds are Cancelled in Australia
• Hugh Treharne: A Great Australian Sailing Talent
• RORC Lockdown Live Series | Time Over Distance
• Royal Irish's Rockabill VI Makes Right Move to Win ISORA's Second Viking Marine Coastal Race
• The First Melges 24 Race In Europe After Lockdown Was Held In Austria
• 2021 - 2024 edition of World Sailing's Racing Rules of Sailing
• New Round Britain solo record set by Ian Lipinski
• Featured Brokerage:
• • Cookson 50 - Endless Game
• • Victory '83
• • Swan 77 RS - Bandolero
• The Last Word: Douglas Adams
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Battle rages for line honours in the Vendee-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne
Charlie Dalin on Apivia has had to bide his time for a few days on the righthand side of the course, but it has all come good for him in the last 24 hours as he now leads the Vendee-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne Race once more.
The bow of Apivia is to windward of the fleet as Dalin continues on his way towards the Gallimard Waypoint, 300 nautical miles to the south-southeast, where the skippers will turn to port and head for the finish off Les Sables d'Olonne.
Ahead are yet more areas of light winds which could yet compress the fleet again, but in the meantime Dalin was clocked at 13.4 knots in a west-southwest breeze that is forecast to track round to the south-southwest.
In a return to the status quo early in the race, Dalin has Jeremie Beyou's Charal right on his transom, just two-and-a-half miles astern in second place and then comes Thomas Ruyant sailing a similar heading on LinkedOut but nine miles behind Dalin.
Among the leading group, Ruyant has sailed the longest course to date, underlining that his boat is certainly quick and secondly that the Frenchman has continued to sail his own race while the pair ahead of him have largely stayed together.
Twenty miles to leeward of Dalin, Kevin Escoffier is continuing to sail an impressive race on PRB (+15.8), just four miles ahead of Sam Davies on Initiatives-Coeur (+19.6). Then it's Yannick Bestaven on Maître CoQ IV in sixth position (+38) who is nine miles ahead of Boris Herrmann on Seaexplorer-YC de Monaco (+45.7), the most leeward boat of the top-13
One team manager said this morning he expected all the skippers to reach the finish this week in a state of utter exhaustion after pushing boatspeeds and manoeuvres at far higher levels of intensity than they would normally expect on a long distance solo course in the IMOCA class.
The top echelon of boats has made itself fairly clear over the past eight days but the Vendee-Arctique has also underlined that the skippers sailing the next generation of slightly older boats that have been retrofitted with foils – or been upgraded – among them Initiatives-Coeur, MACSF, PRB and Seaexplorer-YC de Monaco, are going to have an incredible battle during the Vendee Globe.
While Escoffier has lived up to his standing as one of France's top offshore sailors and with excellent technical skills to match, Sam Davies has also shown her ability and long experience in this sort of racing as she has kept a 10-year-old boat on the pace. -- Ed Gorman
Melges 32 World League, only bad weather manages to stop the battle: Caipirinha is the winner of the first event of the year
Photo by Max Ranchi, www.maxranchi.com. Click on image for photo gallery.
The winner of the first event of the Melges 32 World League 2020 is therefore Martin Reintjes' Caipirinha, who already in 2019 had won the international circuit and almost reached the victory at the World Championship in Valencia.
Second, on equal points with Caipirinha, Christian Schwoerer's La Pericolosa climbs on the podium, while the bronze medal goes to Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio's G-Spot, only one point behind.
On the Corinthian podium, the "King of the Lake" is Jan Jasper Wagner and Maximilian Stein's Homanit. Startelekom wins the silver medal leaving Skadi behind.
During the closing ceremony, the owner Christian Schwoerer was awarded with a Garmin Quatix 6 for the victory in the Garmin Long Distance, a race that involved the crews on the eve of the start of the event on a coastal course stretched between Fraglia Vela Malcesine and the fortress of the town.
After the Garda warm-up, the fleet will meet again in Sardinia where, from 22 to 29 August, will be engaged first in the inaugural part of the Melges World League and, immediately after, in the 2020 World Championship of Villasimius.
Top five final results after six races:
1. Caipirinha Martin Reintjes, ITA, 10 points
2. La Pericolosa, Christian Schwoerer, GER, 10
3. G-Spot, Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio, MON, 11
4. Vitamina Andrea Lacorte, ITA, 19
5. Dumbovit Flavio Campana - Alessandro Lotto, ITA, 20
Both nationally and regionally there's cause to be optimistic. Beyond the borders it's down to what happens up there in the sky. Rob Weiland
Setting the record - and the genius of Mark Foy
It's now 127 years since the first race for what we now know as the Sydney Harbour 18ft skiff. One man set the ball rolling and as a result of his good judgement the results were almost instantaneous. Frank Quealey
Master of the dark arts - Part I
Has anyone else ever achieved so much in the sport of sailing on the back of a degree in botany? James Boyd talks with Jo Richards
Look back in anger
It all started so well when designer Alfred Mylne secured his dream posting with 'the master', GL Watson. But it did not last. Clare Mccomb revisits the yacht design row of the century
RORC news - Weird times
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2021 Flying Fifteen Worlds are Cancelled in Australia
The 2021 Flying Fifteen International World Championship that was scheduled to be sailed at the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in Western Australia next February has been cancelled, according to Afloat sources.
There is no official news of the cancellation yet but there were growing doubts over the viability of the event due to COVID-19.
It was understood there was Irish interest in the event following the National Yacht Club's staging of the 2019 biennial Subaru sponsored World Championships at Dun Laoghaire Harbour last September.
As a result of the Fremantle cancellation, future FFI World Championships may now also need to be rescheduled.
The Flying Fifteen is one of Ireland's biggest one-design keelboat classes. The Irish National Championships are being held next month in County Waterford.
Hugh Treharne: A Great Australian Sailing Talent
Thomas Cameron under her big spinnaker on Sydney Harbour. Click on image for photo gallery.
At only 19-years-old, Hugh was approached by Dennis Fox to sail his family's five handed 18 Footer The Fox. He teamed with his brothers Ian and David, Kevin Flower and John Longmuir, and finished runner up to Ken Beashel's Schemer at the 1963 Giltinan world Championship at Auckland in 1963.
In 1969, a Sydney radiologist named Dr. Sam Hatfield was interested in owning an 18ft Skiff and wanted to name it to Thomas Cameron to honour a family friend. One condition was that Sam (a fit and strong 60-year-old) also wanted to be a part of the crew.
Hugh Treharne agreed to the offer and assembled the other crew members, who were mates from the North Harbour Sailing Club. Kevin Flower, who sailed with Treharne in the 1963 JJ Giltinan World Championship, was the forward hand, and Allan Walker, who had just returned from crewing in the Soling World Championship in Copenhagen, became the main sheet.
Once the crew had been settled, Treharne engaged his long-time friend Hugh Cooke to discuss the design of the new boat.
Cooke, with input from Kevin Flower, decided that the boat would be built along the design of reigning world champion Travelodge, but would be altered by making the bow sections finer, a bit more spring in the waterline and a more pleasing sheer line. Renowned boat builder Ian Peden, assisted by Ian Perdriau, was engaged to build the boat in a much lighter construction than other 18s of the time.
According to Allan Walker, "the hull was moulded in a double diagonal laminate of fine red cedar on frames of spruce and ash. The end result was an extremely 'pretty' boat, small, very pleasing to the eye and light weight. Some extra strengthening was added later to reduce 'flexing' in the hull, producing a very stiff (and faster) hull."
RORC Lockdown Live Series | Time Over Distance
Vol. 15 - Michel Desjoyeaux 'Le Professeur"
The 15th edition of the RORC Time Over Distance Series is with Michel Desjoyeaux - the only sailor to have won the Vendee Globe two times. 'Le Professeur' Michel Desjoyeaux was interviewed on RORC Facebook Live in English by Louay Habib for a 2 hour-long show, exploring a rare talent and phenomenal career.
Next week: The Royal Ocean Racing Club returns to racing on August 1st with Race the Wight. As normal life begins to unfold once again, we'll be taking a break from the RORC Time Over Distance Series. Next week - Friday 17th July at 1700 BST you can watch some of the best bits and hear a few of the great stories we've been exploring these past 15 weeks.
Louay Habib has been interviewing sailors and masters of their art in the world of yachting, exploring epic races, top pro-techniques, and much, much more. Interactive discussions with those at the top of their field, together with videos, pictures and a chance to listen to their epic stories. Time Over Distance was designed to inform and entertain any serious offshore sailor. We hope that the RORC Time Over Distance library might become a highly regarded resource for years to come.
Royal Irish's Rockabill VI Makes Right Move to Win ISORA's Second Viking Marine Coastal Race
Reigning ISORA Champion Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins) took a one-minute 35-second margin on corrected time to win the second ISORA Viking Marine Coastal Race on Dublin Bay this afternoon.
The JPK10.80 was the IRC overall and Class Zero winner according to provisional results published by ISORA via the association's tracker that are subject to official confirmation.
Second overall was the Howth Yacht Club J109 Indian (Colm Buckley and Simon Knowles) who was also the Class One winner.
The fleet contained a number of new entries for the second of the four-race mini-series including the new First 40 to Dublin Bay, Prima Forte and the Channel 32 Wavetrain from Greystones Sailing Club.
O'Higgins of the Royal Irish Yacht Club gave a fine display on how to navigate Dublin Bay's tidal currents even though hugging the Dublin Bay shoreline did not always look like the right move in the fickle sub-ten-knot westerlies as the 19-boat fleet started from the Dun Laoghaire Harbour's outfall Mark in Seapoint Bay.
Second in Class One was the Grand Soleil 34, Justina, skippered by John Treanor, from the National Yacht Club who followed a similar strategy.
Class Two in the four-hour race was won by Leslie Parnell's First 34.7 Black Velvet who won from the Royal St. George J97 Windjammer.
The First Melges 24 Race In Europe After Lockdown Was Held In Austria
A long-awaited kick-off of the 2020 season for Melges 24 boats in Europe took place in Austria past weekend. On June 13-14 Union Yacht Club Wolfgangsee hosted Sportboot-Cup, considered as the Edelweibtrophy Melges 2020.
Michael Tarabochia's White Room GER677 with Luis Tarabochia at the helm took the victory Sportboot-Cup 2020 as well as in the Melges 24 classification for the Edelweißtrophy Melges 2020.
"It was just good to be back on the boat," beamed Michael Tarabochia. "We were here not for the points and result, but to sail with friends on our beloved boat Melges 24!"
Five races were sailed during two racing days in perfect conditions with blue skies on Saturday and under the clouds on Sunday with winds from 5 up to 16 knots.
Michael Tarabochia's White Room GER677 with Luis Tarabochia at the helm and Marco Tarabochia with Sebastian Bühler in the crew coped fairly well on Saturday with wonderful weather, summer temperatures and five to eight knots of wind scoring 2-3-2.
And even after the weather change on Sunday, two races could still be sailed. In more constant conditions and wind with 9 to 16 knots, the White Room GER677 achieved two bullets collecting 6 points in total and won the victory Sportboot-Cup 2020 as well as in the Melges 24 classification for the Edelweißtrophy Melges 2020.
Austrian team on AUT68 with Anna Luschan at the helm and Christopher Eisl, Michael Luschan and Katharina Luschan in crew finished second in the Melges 24 ranking (3rd in overall) followed by Michael Schineis' Pure AUT716 with Jaun Wickl, Simona Hollermann and Max Stelzl in crew (4th in overall ranking).
2021 - 2024 edition of World Sailing's Racing Rules of Sailing
The 2021 - 2024 edition of World Sailing's Racing Rules of Sailing have been published and will come into effect on 1 January 2021. The new Rules are available to download here.
The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) governs the sport of sailboat and sailboard racing. It is revised and published every four years by World Sailing. World Sailing's Racing Rules Committee, a group of experienced international judges and officials, are the guardians of the RRS. Following the publication of the last edition, the Committee have taken on feedback from sailors, MNAs and sailing officials to refine the 2021 - 2024 edition.
Requests for reproduction of the Rules, including all requests to electronically reproduce the Rules online or via apps, must be sent to . Further information on reproduction of the rules is available in the reproduction policy here.
For MNAs who wish to issue prescriptions which are mandatory under RRS 88.2, these must be emailed to the World Sailing Executive Office with a request that they be approved. Prescriptions are only approved once they are posted on the World Sailing website.
New Round Britain solo record set by Ian Lipinski
Ian Lipinski is the new record holder for the Round Britain record.
On Friday, 10 July, the Class40 Credit Mutuel skipper crossed the virtual finish line by crossing Cape Lizard, to set this new racing record of 7 days 17 hours, 50 minutes and 48 seconds (subject to validation).
A remarkable time achieved thanks to a mental strength that neither the technical problems nor the damage suffered during the difficult passage of the Shetlands, tainted.
Lipinski broke the record set by Phil Sharp in the Race Around Britain and Ireland race in 2018 by 10 hours 24 minutes and 1 second.
The reference time is also the best solo time in a monohull under 60 feet.
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