In This Issue
A Test For The Vendee Globe
Details of World Sailing loan from IOC revealed
Who will be the 36th Challenger for the America's Cup?
What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
Flying Fifteen World and Australian Championships to be postponed to February 2022
What Is The Barging Rule?
2020 Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta
Maloney and Meech return to their roots at 29er New Zealand Nats
Featured Brokerage:
• • Bavaria C45
• • Outremer 51 - New Boat
• • Ker 40 - "Keronimo"
The Last Word: Oliver Benjamin

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A Test For The Vendee Globe
The Vendee-Arctique les Sables d'Olonne Race was designed by the IMOCA Class as a substitute for two cancelled transatlantic races.

The hope was that it would give the Vendee Globe sailors some confidence and time on the water in a competitive setting, as they continue their preparations for the round-the-world course in a season that has been beset by the pandemic lockdown.

This was a south-north journey to waters previously unknown to the majority of the class and it involved crossing several weather systems, with phases of strong upwind and downwind sailing but also plenty of light airs and flat water.

What few observers guessed was that this would produce an intense battle that felt more like a grand prix than a marathon.

But the testimony of the sailors at the finish also tells us that it fulfilled their hopes as a testbed for the Vendee Globe in many respects.

The skippers were able to experience life on board in a competitive environment, get used to living in the hostile conditions of a super-fast foiling 60-footer on the ocean and practice speed techniques in close proximity to their rivals.

The intensity of this race was quite remarkable with countless lead changes and five skippers at the head of the leaderboard at various times over 10 days at sea. As the finishers continued to make it to the line off Les Sables d'Olonne, the ticking clock told its own story, with the first 12 boats finishing within seven hours and 10 minutes of each other after more than 2,800 nautical miles at sea.

Among the most impressive performers were Beyou, Dalin and Ruyant at the head of affairs, Sam Davies leading the older boats and Maxime Sorel and Clarisse Cremer in the leading non-foiling monohulls.

Current standings:

1. Charal, Jeremie Beyou
2. APIVIAm Charlie Dalin
3. LinkedOut, Thomas Ruyant
4. Initiatives - Coeur, Samantha Davies
5. PRB, Kevin Escoffier
6. Maitre CoQ, Yannick Bestaven
7. SeaExplorer - YC de Monaco, Boris Herrmann
8. Prysmian Group, Giancarlo Pedote
9. Newrest - Art et Fenetres, Fabrice Amedeo
10. DMG Mori Global One, Kojiro Shiraishi
11. V And B - Mayenne, Maxime Sorel
12. Banque Populaire X, Clarisse Cremer
13. MACSF, Isabelle Joschke
14. La Mie Caline - Artisans Artipole, Arnaud Boissieres
15. Groupe SETIN, Manuel Cousin
16. Vers Un Monde Sans Sida, Clement Giraud
17. Campagne de France, Miranda Merron


L'Occitane en Provence, Armel Tripon
Groupe APICIL, Damien Seguin
Arkea-Paprec, Sebastien Simon

Details of World Sailing loan from IOC revealed
New details have emerged of the loan World Sailing secured from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as part of the estimated $150 million (£117 million/€129 million) aid package for the Olympic Movement assembled by the Lausanne body in the wake of postponement of Tokyo 2020.

According to World Sailing, the loan is interest-free and repayable in six equal annual instalments beginning on 31 December 2021.

It may be drawn over the period from June 2020 to April 2021.

The information is contained in the 2019 accounts of World Sailing (UK), a subsidiary which provides administrative and technical services to the governing body.

These have just been filed at Companies House.

The document does not specify the actual size of the IOC loan.

However, the new details may be of broader interest, since it seems possible that similar terms might have offered by the IOC to other International Federations (IFs).

IOC President Thomas Bach disclosed on Wednesday that the IOC had allocated $63 million (£49 million/€54 million) of loans and donations to a total of 20 IFs since the start of the COVID-19 crisis.

This amounts to an average of just over $3 million (£2.34 million/€2.58 million) each.

The new accounts also disclose that World Sailing (UK) charged its Isle of Man-registered parent World Sailing Limited a management fee of just over £3 million ($3.7 million/€3.3 million) in 2019, similar to the previous year.

The accounts state that £790,842 ($980,644/€862,018) was due from World Sailing Limited at the year-end, up from £440,428 ($546,131/€480,067) the previous year. -- David Owen

Details in

Who will be the 36th Challenger for the America's Cup?
The Prada Cup, the Challenger Selection Series for the 36th America's Cup Presented by Prada gets under way in six months' time on January 15th, 2021.

Prada Cup

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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
What do shrink-wrap, polystyrene and derelict fishing gear have in common? They are three of the most insidious types of environmental and marine plastic pollution, and create complex, intractable problems on a global scale.

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
Technology moves on but to keep up with the best and fastest operating systems stay mindful of what is genuinely battle-ready for the task ahead

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Flying Fifteen World and Australian Championships to be postponed to February 2022
Flying Fifteen International in conjunction with the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club announced today that the 2021 Flying Fifteen World and Australian Championships would be postponed until 11th to 26th February 2022.

The event will remain in the same format as the proposed 2021 event, but delayed by a year due to the global COVID 19 pandemic. As previously announced the event will be sailed out of Fremantle Sailing Club (FSC) with Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club (RFBYC) being the Organising Authority. South of Perth Yacht Club (SoPYC) is also supporting the regattas.

The World's Committee recommended that RFBYC request a postponement of the World Championship event from FFI, as it was not clear that international visitors would be able to attend the event, due to travel restrictions imposed by the Australian and State Governments at the present time.

RFBYC looks forward to welcoming competitors to Fremantle, and in particular, the many visitors expected from Overseas and the East Coast. The facilities at FSC are world class and that Fremantle is renowned throughout the World for its unique sailing conditions. The proposed course area at Owen Anchorage is a location that has been used for numerous World Championship events, including the Perth 2011 ISAF World Championships and a host of other National and International Sailing events.

For further information contact
Humphrey Hale. Chairman World's Committee 2022,
Michael Clark, Secretary Flying Fifteen International,

What Is The Barging Rule?
Barging is the most common foul that happens on the starting line, yet there is no "anti-barging" rule in the Racing Rules of Sailing. Barging is when an inside windward boat takes mark room at a starting mark. And why isn't the boat entitled to room? That is clearly stated in the preamble to Part C of Section 2 of the rule book. It states, "Section C rules do not apply at a starting mark surrounded by navigable water or at its anchor line from the time boats are approaching them to start until they have passed them." Therefore, rules 18 Mark Room and 19 Room to Pass an Obstruction, do not apply while approaching the starting line to start. The rule that does apply is Rule 11, a windward boat must keep clear of a leeward boat.

This video shows a great example of barging. Watch the Beneteau 36.7 (sail number 52464) set-up above the boats on the layline at the starboard end of the line. The Beneteau proceeded to barge...boldly! Despite protestations from the leeward boat, the windward boat barreled right around the mark. Foul, Foul, Foul! Having to do turns right after a start is never a game-winner, particularly in a light-air race like this. Getting tossed is even worse.

Barging Video from UK Sailmakers

2020 Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta
Presented By Bristol Marine

Despite the challenges imposed by the global health crisis, we believe we can all still go sailing. In fact, we believe we all NEED to go sailing, and HMM is happy to host a scaled-back version of our beloved classic yacht regatta on our normal weekend in August.

To comply with CDC and State & Local guidance, all registrations & waivers MUST be completed online, and any communications between the RO and competitors will take place via VHF and email. The social program - if there is one - will be entirely optional and would likely feature a return to simpler times with a keg or two on the museum's waterfront (allowing for appropriate social distancing).

Entry fees are reduced to $5/ft of LOA which will include said low-key social program. If we are permitted to do something more involved - and there is an appetite for that - we will sell tickets for that separately.

Notice of Race & Online Entry

Racing classes include:

- Vintage
- Classic
- Modern Classic
- Spirit of Tradition

One Design
- S Class

* Visit the CYOA site for more info on class definitions and to get a CRF2020 rating certificate.

Questions? Send an email to

Maloney and Meech return to their roots at 29er New Zealand Nats
Kiwi Olympic 49erFX silver medalist Molly Meech returned to sailing at the 29er New Zealand Nationals in the Bay of Islands.

Meech was back sailing with her Olympic partner Alex Maloney at the championship, having recovered from a fracture to her foot while training for the 49erFX Worlds in Australia back in February.

The pair had finished second in the 49erFX worlds warmup event in Geelong, when Meech fell awkwardly during a tack while training and injured her foot.

They had to withdraw from the Worlds event and return to New Zealand for specialist treatment.

The pair are selected for Tokyo 2020 in the women's 49erFX event, but with the lack of international events for the Olympic classes due to the Covid-19 restrictions, took the opportunity return to competitve racing at the Kiwi 29er Championship.

Maloney and Meech won the 29er National title together back in 2011, and although they did not win this time round, they finished eighth overall and first female pair.

They won silver in the 49erFX at the Rio 2016 Games and won the 49erFX World Championship in 2013.

Full results

The first Hylas H57 made its "sailing debut" on San Francisco Bay. A new bluewater sailing vessel that brings Hylas Yachts' core values to discerning sailors seeking a mix of proven construction, updated technology, and crisp fresh lines.

Hylas H57

The H57 is designed with cruising couples in mind, and is available with a three- or four-cabin layout
- This new Bill Dixon design combines ease of handling with ocean crossing capability
- The H57 embraces the latest sailing technology with fresh lines and proven construction
- A spacious hybrid cockpit with full control at dual helms keeps the driver engaged with guests relaxing nearby
- World debut at the Miami Boat Show 2021


Designed by the experienced and successful German Frers, the brand-new 30- metre Swan 98 will redefine high performance cruising by delivering unrivalled comfort, safety and reliability while ocean passage-making at speed. The elegance and style of Frers' design is currently being made real in Nautor's Swan's state-of- the-art superyacht facility in Pietarsaari, Finland, using the finest materials, cutting-edge build techniques, and the craftsmanship for which Nautor's Swan is renowned the world over.

Swan 98

Within this graceful hull is an interior designed by acclaimed Genovese architect Misa Poggi. There are two interior layouts available (Owner Aft and Owner Forward staterooms plus 3 guest cabins each with ensuite bathroom) where she has developed four tasteful themes specifically for the Swan 98 project, and each features the finest Italian textiles and leathers to create an ambiance of comfort and luxury, whether relaxing alone or entertaining guests.

The standard Swan 98 has a comprehensive specification but there is an extensive list of options that means no two Swan 98s will be the same, each is a semi-custom superyacht reflecting her owner's unique style.

Chief among these is the option of a telescopic keel, which, together with the standard twin rudders, reduces draught from 4.9 to 3.2 metres, opening up a world of shoal-draft lagoons, colourful harbours and remote, unspoiled anchorages without compromising windward performance. Again, its design has been optimised for complete safety and reliability and has the advantage in not intruding into the interior.

The Swan 98 is a 21st Century superyacht, representing the best in contemporary performance cruising yacht design.


This new Brooklin Boat Yard-built, 50-foot, Jim Taylor-designed, racing / cruising sloop draws its lineage directly from previous Jim Taylor 49-footers Dreadnought and Blackfish. Kestrel has enough in the way of evolutionary design changes and direction of sailing focus to warrant placing Kestrel in its own species, genus, and name within the sailing world.


While evolutionary changes and sailing focus of Blackfish were to make her more dedicated to straight-up racing than her predecessor Dreadnought, for Kestrel the evolutionary coin has been flipped with a return to - and even more focus on - ease of sail, comfort, and "cruisability".

Probably the biggest and most notable evolutionary design change will be the addition of 2 inches of topside freeboard and subsequent 1.5-inch addition to the height of the deck house.

From the outside these changes won't be immediately evident as Kestrel's graceful lines, dark green hull, and varnished mahogany house sides, cockpit coamings, and toe rails will keep the exterior appearance very similar and visually near to the proportions of her older sisters.

To make Kestrel easy to handle, she'll have a well laid out cockpit with all sail control lines close at hand, all powered winches, electrically powered traveler, and a Bamar mainsail in-boom furling system. The spar and rig package is from Offshore Spars and the sail package is by North Sails.

Look for Kestrel launching in July of 2020 just in time to tune-up for the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta.


Sarch S8, The First Trailerable Class A

Sarch S8

A class A trailerable sailboat it is something many sailors desire. The best of two worlds: a light, fast sailboat, easily trailerable, that can be sailed offshore, even cross oceans, with the advantages of not being expensive and easy to store in a garage for the winter?

That is a boat that ticks a lot of boxes and makes you, and even myself, dream. A boat not only able to explore the seas but all those big and beautiful lakes, and for those that are not retired, able to be transported cheaply and fast to the cruising grounds one wants to explore, without losing weeks on the way to arrive there.

Who is making such a wonder? Well, a very small Spanish shipyard that is better known in the North of Europe than in the South and that has been making very interesting small high-quality yachts for years, using a mixed building technique that involves carbon, epoxy, high-quality maritime okume plywood and infusion techniques that allow for very strong and light boats.

They use an unusual building technique, now a well-proven one, that allows for a hull with a thickness between 1.2 and 1.7cm, one that is much bigger than what is normal on this size of boats, giving the hull a very big resistance to impact. A kind of RM on steroids in what regards solidity.


Built in 2013 in Turkey, TEMPUS FUGIT is a 90-foot wooden sloop that was in need of some major work on her hull planks as well an overhaul of some of her systems. The team at Front Street Shipyard sanded the hull down to the bare wood, identified areas of deterioration, and replaced a significant number of planks. They applied several coats of epoxy to the hull to create a clear, reflective finish.

Read the full case study.


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Furthermore, this is the only yacht in its class available in a five-cabin version as well as three and four cabins, and which has a dinghy garage for a tender. The new BAVARIA C45 is an absolute all-rounder.

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The Outremer 51 is THE reference blue water catamaran for families sailing around the world. This best seller was awarded European Yacht Of the Year and Boat Of the Year.

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