In This Issue
Nominations open for 2020 election of World Sailing Board of Directors
Melges World League - King of Tuscany Cup
Compact. Light. Retractable -Introducing the CLR™ Line of Harken Mooring Winches
23rd Match Race Germany moves to Pentecost 2021
Queensland's Golden Days
2020 Goodall Roofing Sonata National Championship Delayed To 2021
Jules Salter: "For Many Of Us, Our Tour De France Win Is Our Favourite Win Ever"
Nicolas Troussel, Skipper Of Corum L'epargne, Officially Registered For the Vendee Globe
Boris Herrmann Leads IMOCA Globe Series
Junior Offshore Group Home Ports Regatta
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Nominations open for 2020 election of World Sailing Board of Directors
World Sailing's Election Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2020 election of the World Sailing President and Vice-Presidents.

World Sailing Member National Authorities, in good standing with World Sailing, are invited to nominate individuals for election and candidates wishing to stand for election are now able to request the Election Pack by email.

The election of the World Sailing President and Vice-Presidents takes place every four years at the General Assembly. All full World Sailing MNAs in good standing are entitled to be represented and vote for the President and seven Vice-Presidents.

The deadline for the close of nominations is Sunday 6 September 2020 (eight weeks prior to the General Assembly). A candidate must have five or more nominations to be put forward for election.

The next World Sailing General Assembly will take place on Sunday 1 November 2020.

Election Rules

Melges World League - King of Tuscany Cup
Fremito d'Arja by Dario Levi is the "King of Scarlino". Piero Poggi dominates the Melges 14 fleet

The Tuscan appointment with the Melges World League ends with a complete series of regattas, both for the Melges 20 and Melges 14 fleets.

At the end of the eight races held between Friday and today, the winner in the Melges 20 fleet is Dario Levi's Fremito d'Arja, who put the seal on the victory only at the end of the very last race of the series, thanks to which he managed to pull off by one point Brontolo by Filippo Pacinotti, silver medal, and Russian Bogatyrs by Igor Rytov, third with 28 points.

In the Corinthian division, reserved for non-professional sailors, the victory goes to Siderval by Marco Giannini, followed by B.Lex by Benedetta Iovane and Mojito by Florian Rixner.

The Melges 14 fleet, at the very first event in the 2020 season, completed six regattas, the maximum scheduled by Notice of Race. Undisputed leader of the weekend is Piero Poggi, who already in the inaugural day had stood out with three consecutive bullets, followed on the podium by the very young Leopoldo Sirolli and Alessio Muciaccia.

Leaving Scarlino, the Melges 20 fleet will meet again at the end of summer in Puntaldia, the same location which will host the World Championship in October. Appointment set in Liguria for the Melges 14, which on 19 and 20 September will race in Lerici for the second event of the 2020 Melges World League.

Melges 20 fleet rankings

Melges 14 fleet rankings

Melges 20 King of Tuscany Notice Board & Results

Melges 14 King of Tuscany Notice Board & Results

Compact. Light. Retractable -Introducing the CLR™ Line of Harken Mooring Winches
After an uneasy start to this sailing season, it's encouraging to see boats returning to their sailing grounds. As harbors fill and dockage becomes more difficult to find, sailors will discover a little help backing into their stern-to accommodations is welcome. Harken's line of CLR docking winches are uniquely made to do just that.

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23rd Match Race Germany moves to Pentecost 2021
There are 300 days remaining until the 23rd Match Race Germany takes place over the 2021 Whitsun Festival. That is much less than a year away and the positive message from the organizers after the difficult decision not to host Germany's leading sailing Grand Prix this year. "We fought like lions, checked all options again and again, discussed it with our loyal partners and the sailors", says Sports Director Eberhard Magg. "But as a result of the recently updated infection protection regulation of our state government in Baden-Württemberg, we see no more responsible way of holding Match Race Germany like everyone ever involed knows and loves it in this year overshadowed by the Corona pandemic."

The founders and organizers of Match Center Germany have the full support of Langenargen's Mayor Achim Krafft, the members of the Yacht Club Langenargen and the crew of the traditional sponsor family on their course. Like other friendly organizers of top regattas of the international World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), the makers of Match Race Germany are already focusing on the new start next year.

The date of the 23rd edition of Germany's top matchrace gala has already been set: The 2021 Match Race Germany will take place from May 20 to 24. Free practice is scheduled for the days ahead of the event.

Queensland's Golden Days
Bob Miller (aka Ben Lexcen) and the controversial Taipan in 1960. Click on image for photo gallery.

With the Brisbane 18 Footers' Sailing Club celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2020, it's a good time to reflect on the 'golden days' of Queensland's 18 Footer racing when they made such a significant contribution to the development and achievements in the sport.

Queensland 18 Footer designers, boat builders and sailors won more Australian Championships than NSW teams had done up until the late 1950s. The result of their ideas and innovations not only changed the style of the boats, but also shaped the future of Sydney 18 Footer racing forever.

A big statement, but one that is difficult to deny.

From the first official Australian Championship in 1912-1913 Season, Queensland competitors won 20 of the first 35 championships staged up to, and including, the 1957-1958 regatta.

Since Mark Foy's original event in January 1892, there was little, or no change during the Big Boat Era, which lasted until the 1930s, but what followed in the first half of the decade is what changed the future of the Sydney 18 Footer racing scene.

The first fifteen Australian championships had been dominated by two skippers. Legendary NSW skipper, Chris Webb won four official titles between 1914 and 1927. Queensland's Colin Clark won three between 1918 and 1923.

Things began to change in the early 1930s when the fleet in Brisbane began to dwindle as boat owners were reluctant to replace old boats with new ones, due to the rising costs and the difficulty of maintaining the large number of crew members required to sail them.

Queensland designers began applying the principles of aerodynamics to boat building which resulted in a radical new type of 18-Footer. The new boat, Aberdare, was a no heel skiff with a 7ft beam and depth of 2ft. She had a lighter hull and smaller rig and carried a crew of 7-8 men, compared to the 12-13 needed in the big boats.

Off the wind, Aberdare produced great speed with mainsail, reaching jib, ringtail and peak head spinnaker, and was so fast that she was soon christened "the Galloping Ghost." Skippered by Vic Vaughan, Aberdare won four consecutive Australian Championships between 1933-1934 and 1936-1937, and was a dominating figure in 18-Footer racing.

The success of the new concept was the beginning of the end for the 'big boats' but when the Sydney club (Sydney Flying Squadron) refused to register the new narrow beam boats for their local sailors, a group of those wanting the new boats formed their own club, which was originally known as the NSW 18 Footers Sailing League (now known as the Australian 18 Footers League).

That was when the future of Sydney 18 Footer racing changed forever. -- Frank Quealey

Full story in the Australian 18 Footers League

2020 Goodall Roofing Sonata National Championship Delayed To 2021
Following the announcement earlier in the year of the Sonata National Championships returning to Cowes, Isle of Wight for their 44th edition of the annual event and after a gap of 18 years, the organising team have had to take the hard and sad decision to delay the 2020 Goodall Roofing Sonata National Championships to 2021.

The whole world has been shaken by the COVID 19 epidemic which has had a huge impact on day to day life, and the 2020 yacht racing season. Wanting to wait and leave the decision as late as possible whilst heeding the latest government guidance the organising committee have taken the difficult decision, taking into account many factors. However, in its place the Island Sailing Club will host a Sonata Open event on the 22nd/23rd August 2020, involving just racing adhering to the government social distancing advice (Unless social distancing and current rules change). The event is open to all Sonata teams who are invited to come and compete, not just South Coast based boats!

Continuing their unwavering support of the Cowes Sonata fleet, Goodall Roofing have confirmed their commitment to support the National Championship when they take place in August 2021 and will be supporting the Cowes Sonata Open.

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Jules Salter: "For Many Of Us, Our Tour De France Win Is Our Favourite Win Ever"
Isle of Wight based Brit Jules Salter is a Volvo Ocean Race winning navigator who clocked up his fourth participation on the last edition sailing with AkzoNobel. The round the world race may have been his pinnacle challenge but the quiet, super smart, highly respected Salter has lost nothing of his enduring passion for being on the ocean. As he tells Tip & Shaft here, he rises to and enjoys every kind of challenge, from Tuesday night racing on a Sonar on the Solent, sailing in the evergreen quarter ton class to winning the TP52 World Championship on Platoon, and winning the 2010 TP52 MedCup with Emirates Team New Zealand. This week he had his first real experience of racing two handed offshore when he sailed to third on the SunFast 3300 Leyton in the IRC two handed class on the 428 nautical miles Drheam Cup, racing with Henry Bomby. There was even time to reminisce about his favourite ever team win, the Barlo Plastics' Tour de France a la Voile triumph which happened twenty years ago next weekend. Salut...

Why the Drheam Cup Jules and how did it come about? How was it?
It came up quite late on. Henry Bomby got in touch and said did I fancy doing it. I have seen him out practising in the Solent quite a lot and bumped into him on the dock and we chatted on the Volvo when we were both on different boats. I have helped him a bit with the navigation stuff and told him how I would approach it. I learned a lot from him about how they do the small boat short handed stuff so it was really interesting.

Is this a passing interest or a route you see yourself going down for personal satisfaction or professional reasons? Obviously there is a lot going on at the moment. I have seen a lot of this style of boat starting to sail in the Solent more. There was a big double handed fleet out front of my bedroom window the other day, a JOG race I think, and having not seen any boats on the Solent for so long, to suddenly see 80 boats really piques your interest, also I have a couple of friends who are buying the SunFast 3300, they are going to do the Fastnet and things like that. It seems to be the thing now and that is a great. Anything that gets people out on the water sailing in the UK, keelboat sailing for younger people and older people and get some good racing going.

Full interview in Tip & Shaft

Nicolas Troussel, Skipper Of Corum L'epargne, Officially Registered For the Vendee Globe
Nicolas Troussel qualified for the Vendee Globe after completing 2,000 nautical miles (3,700 km) of solo sailing on the boat CORUM L'Epargne.

This official registration is another step forward in the project, which brings together Nicolas Troussel and CORUM L'Épargne and began what is now over 2 years ago. As a result, Nicolas Troussel will be able to participate in the Vendée Globe with his new CORUM L'Épargne built by the Mer Agitée yard.

Following on from this qualifying passage, Nicolas Troussel is getting back down to his preparation for the Vendée Globe 2020 with the support of a very high-level team of sailors including Sébastien Josse, Nicolas Lunven and Thomas Rouxel.

Boris Herrmann Leads IMOCA Globe Series
With a little over three months to go until the start of the 9th Vendee Globe and following the preparatory Vendee-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne event run earlier this month, the championship ranking that groups together the IMOCA skippers has been turned on its head.

Indeed, after the 6th event since June 2018, it is the German skipper Boris Herrmann (Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco) who has taken the lead, with 236 points, ahead of Fabrice Amedeo (Newrest - Art & Fenêtres), 217 points, and Jeremie Beyou (Charal), 212 points. Of note, at the foot of the podium, Briton Sam Davies (Initiatives-Cœur) is just 4 points shy of 3rd place!

The new IMOCA Globe Series Championship, initiated by the Class in 2018 with the racers and race organisers, will complete its first cycle at the end of the Vendee Globe. The final event, which scores a coefficient of 10, will see the crowning of the IMOCA Champion in early 2021. A second cycle will then commence, taking the fleet through to the Vendee Globe 2024.

Top ten rankings
1. Boris Herrmann, Seaexplorer - Yacht Club De Monaco, 236 points
2. Fabrice Amedeo, Newrest - Art & Fenetres, 217
3. Jeremie Beyou, Charal, 212
4. Samantha Davies, Initiatives-Coeur, 208
5. Paul Meilhat , 206
6. Kevin Escoffier, PRB, 195
7= Yann Elies, 192
7= Charlie Dalin, Apivia, 192
9. Yannick Bestaven, Maitre Coq IV, 187
10. Thomas Ruyant, Linkedout, 180

Junior Offshore Group Home Ports Regatta
The Junior Offshore group (JOG) are pleased to announce that entry is now open for the Home Ports Regatta weekend to be held on the 29th and 30th August in the Solent.

The weekend racing will start with a longer course leaving the Cowes start line, heading out to Poole bay and returning to finish outside of Cowes Isle of Wight. Day 2 will be a shorter course around sailing marks in the Solent.

Courses will be modified to suit conditions.

JOG endeavours to promote competitive sailing whilst not encouraging unnecessary risk of COVID 19 transmission.

Just a few of our measures include limiting crew numbers and ensuring competitors can return to their home ports during the 2-day regatta. Competitors can also opt to race using their non-spinnaker rating.

Entry is open to both JOG and non-JOG members for IRC rating boats with a TCC limit of 1.200 and no lower limit providing yachts comply with Category 4 world sailing regulations.

Early entry Fees - until 21st August
Members Entry Fee - £25 Non-Members - £50
Fees increase by 25% after the 21st August and entry closes at 5pm 26th August.

Entries will be limited and are on a first come basis.

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