In This Issue
Movie Of The Vendee-Arctique-Les Sables D'olonne Race
Royal Temple Yacht Club - 2020 Series Opener
Adapt and thrive - B&G
If Mark Foy Was Alive Today
18th RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup Postponed
Torbay Royal Regatta is going ahead
World Sailing Judicial Decisions
Cape Cod Island Open to Public, First Time Since 1711
Industry News
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The Last Word: Abraham Lincoln

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Movie Of The Vendee-Arctique-Les Sables D'olonne Race
An unprecedented race, extreme conditions, a fierce battle: relive the prelude of the Vendee Globe from the inside !

Vendee-Arctique-Les Sables

Royal Temple Yacht Club - 2020 Series Opener
IRC Start. Photo courtesy of Karen Cox. Click on image to enlarge.

Royal Temple Yacht Club August 2nd saw the Royal Temple Yacht Club make a return to something approaching normal racing, albeit with crew sizes limited to the lower of 2/3 of IRC maximum allowed crew, or six people, to comply with social distancing guidelines.

Competitors were greeted with a steady Westerly breeze and pleasant conditions with everyone more than happy to be back out on the water. Nine boats from IRC1 & IRC2 took the start, joined by four boats from the cruiser classes, to sail a slightly shorter course.

Competitors enjoyed a brisk run to the first mark aided by a strong tide, before gybing and attempting to make the second mark against the tide, as the wind softened. It was here that the smaller boats began to struggle with some going backwards on the tide! This led to race officers shortening the course, but still, there were a number of retirements in both the IRC and cruising fleets.

IRC class line honours went to John Barret and Paul Woodward on the Corby 36 ‘Stiletto’, who went on to finish forth on corrected time.

IRC results
1st Foxy - Mike and Jo Brand
2nd Cobra - Matt and Roger Green, Paul Thomas
3rd Kabluzo - Rob Smith

In cruising class, just one boat was able complete the course, with Carine Bishop and Maria Wilcock, toughing it out for over for over five hours to bring home Cordyl II for a well-earned win.

Following the unfortunate, but necessary, cancellation of this year’s Euromarine Insurance Ramsgate Week Regatta, the club has plans to run a single 13 race series, with weekly races until the 25th October. -- Piers Hodges

Adapt and thrive - B&G
B&G An ironic spin-off from the Covid crisis is the inevitable big boost we are already beginning to see for shorthanded inshore and offshore racing. Of course to do it well - and enjoy it - means getting the right tools...

If you have been pining for the racecourse as you watch the events calendar evaporate, the answer to getting back out on the water and possibly even racing may be closer than you think. And it’s your B&G autopilot that could not only hold the key, but provide a legal advantage that few are exploiting.

Covid-19 may have forced us to look at our sport in a different way, at least for the time being, but the shutdown has provided an opportunity to capitalise on a big change in offshore racing while providing an incentive to get back on the racecourse and try shorthanded sailing.

Full article in the August issue of Seahorse

If Mark Foy Was Alive Today
Aerial coverage of the racing. Click on image for photo gallery.

Mark Foy The man responsible for the birth of 18-Footer racing some 128 years ago (January 1892) was a leading Sydney retailer named Mark Foy, who was a keen sailor as well as being a very successful businessman with an acute eye for promotion.

After moving to Sydney with his brother in 1885, the pair set up a business under the name of Mark Foy’s, then later opened a large retail department store near Hyde Park in the Sydney CBD area.

In 1904, Foy also opened the Hydro Majestic Hotel at Medlow Bath in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. The hotel featured recreation facilities and amusements and was one of the most fashionable resorts in Australia.

The highly-motivated Foy was only in his mid-20s when he realised that the wonderful Sydney Harbour sailing area attracted little, or no, public interest.

Combining his professional business skills with his promotional awareness, he saw the potential of creating a popular public sporting event and set out to solve the problem.

The Problem:

Foy quickly realised that the biggest problem was the competitors, who didn’t care about public interest. Races were sailed over 12-mile out-and-back courses, with the boats out of sight for up to two hours. There was no attempt to entertain spectators while the boats were out of sight and the handicap system used to determine the winner was too slow.

Foy turned to his entrepreneurial skills to rectify the problem and make yacht racing more popular. Like most successful professionals, he simplified the problem and the best method to solve it.

Solving the problem:

He saw the boats as a problem. They had to be more colourful, and be more easily identified for spectators than by a small number. The racing had to be more exciting and faster, and the winner had to be the first boat which crossed the finish line.

The result was a boat with a huge spread of sail which gave it a sensational aquaplaning speed downwind.

Next was the best method of identifying each boat as the spectators cheered home their favourite. His original idea was striped sails, but this was replaced by colourful emblems on each side of the mainsail.

Final step was a new handicapping system. Foy’s idea was to have a staggered start, with a break between the best and the limit boats in the fleet. As the better boats caught their lesser rivals, a dozen boats would race bow-to-bow past the grandstand full of spectators to the finish. -- Frank Quealey, Australian 18 Footers League Ltd.

18th RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup Postponed
Photo by John Singleton. Click on image to enlarge.

18th RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup Postponed Hamilton, Bermuda: With great regret the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club announces that the 18th annual RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup has been postponed to 2021 due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

First held in 2002, the RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup brings together male and female sailors aged 12 to 15 from around the world for a multi-race series in the Optimist dinghy. The regatta was founded as a means to give Bermuda’s youth sailors a taste of international competition, and it has proven valuable in forging lasting friendships as the international sailors are housed with Bermudians.

Given the importance of social distancing in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and the various travel restrictions that are in place around the world, the decision was made to forgo this year’s event. The obstacles proved too challenging to warrant inviting 15 to 20 teenagers to Bermuda given the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic.

“At the end of the day the risks involved did not match the reward as the full experience of the Junior Gold Cup would not be realized in 2020,” said event organizer Dede Cooper. “It was a difficult decision and one that makes me sad as this is such a wonderful event for the youth sailors.

“As always, we are grateful to RenaissanceRe for their continuing support and look forward to welcoming everyone back to Bermuda sometime in 2021 for the 18th RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup,” Cooper said.

Torbay Royal Regatta is going ahead
After an unexpected start to this year’s sailing season and many discussions on how best to proceed with Torbay Royal Regatta 2020, we are pleased to announce that the event will still be taking place over the weekend August 22nd – 23rd, albeit with a number of necessary changes brought about by COVID-19 restrictions and associated guidance.

The Torbay Royal Regatta will proceed on its intended dates of August 22nd & 23rd, hosting races for IRC, Cruisers and Sports boats only. Although the event will not incorporate the IRC South West Championship as originally planned, sailors can expect two days of top-class racing on the renowned sailing waters of Torbay. Entries are open and a revised Notice of Race has been published, both can be found on the event website detailed below.

Great news also for PY Dinghies and Junior Classes with the Torbay Dinghy Regatta taking place on October 3rd & 4th, further details, and Notice of Race to follow soon.

Club website:

World Sailing Judicial Decisions
Disciplinary and appeal decisions within World Sailing are determined by Independent Panels appointed by the Judicial Board. Decisions made by MNAs are decided by the disciplinary systems of those MNAs.

The Judicial Board members are: Charlie Manzoni QC, SC (Chair), Bruce Collins QC, Ruth Miller and Luis Velasco.

Jorge Zarif (BRA) - Presence of a Prohibited Substance (tamoxifen) - Suspension of Competition Eligibility until 14 August 2020.
Kirk Brown (USA) - Race official appeal - Appeal dismissed
Shlomo Goldstein (ISR) - Race official appeal - Appeal dismissed
Satish Kanwar (IND) - Race official appeal - Appeal upheld
Heiko Tholmann (GER) - Race official appeal - Appeal dimissed
David Wilkins (IRL) - Race official appeal - Appeal dismissed
John Craig (CAN) - Misconduct - Appointment as World Sailing International Race Officer revoked
Patrice Clerc (MON) - Race official appeal (No. 1) - Appeal upheld
Patrice Clerc (MON) - Race official appeal (No. 2) - Appeal dismissed

Full details

Cape Cod Island Open to Public, First Time Since 1711
Sipson Island on Cape Cod just opened to the public - for the first time since 1711. The 24-acre island was the last one in Pleasant Bay in Orleans that had been privately owned.

Much of the island was purchased in June by the Sipson Island Trust in partnership with Richard and Cheryl Nadler, who live in Orleans, to be used by the public for conservation and education programs. At the closing, the trust took ownership of six lots on the island, the Nadlers kept 2.2 acres for themselves and will temporarily hold two more until a fund-raising drive is complete. When the trust acquires them, it will own almost 22 acres on the island.

The island is surrounded by a critical marine habitat. The trust urges visitors to access the island from beaches on its protected eastern shore rather than from the busy channel on the west side. Visitors are urged not to wander off the mowed paths or to walk through the salt marshes. Pets, fires and public camping are prohibited.

Boats approaching the island from the north should look for a white buoy about a quarter of a mile northeast of the island, marking hazardous rocks. The trust wants to find a partner to provide boat service to the island. For now, visitors are urged to use kayaks or small boats.

A section of the island with four decaying buildings is marked off limits; the trust plans to demolish them. Over time the trust wants to let nature reclaim parts of the island so it will more closely resemble the way it looked in 1711.

Industry News
A new private island resort called Montage Cay is currently under development in the Bahamas with completion set for 2023. The new destination will include a 46-berth marina able to accommodate yachts up to 33.5m (110ft) into Montage Cay.

The new development is being undertaken by Montage Hotels & Resorts in association with Sterling Global Financial as the developer. The site of the project is currently the 48-acre Matt Lowe’s Cay private island in the Abaco area of the Bahamas. It will undergo a complete redevelopment and rebranding

Montage Cay is remote but easily accessible, being located less than one mile from Marsh Harbour in the Abacos, and will be home to 50 ocean-view, suite-style accommodations, each featuring luxury outdoor amenities including plunge pools, outdoor showers, private gardens and lounge areas.

This is the first major development in the Abaco area after Hurricane Dorian. Montage Cay is just a 10-minute boat ride from Marsh Harbour and it also has direct seaplane access.


In a statement made on Tuesday to the leaders of the exhibition industry, Franck Riester, the Minister for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, stated that the restrictive rules in France concerning public and trade exhibitions would be relaxed as from 1st of September.

In a statement made on Tuesday to the leaders of the exhibition industry, Franck Riester, the Minister for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, stated that the restrictive rules in France concerning public and trade exhibitions would be relaxed.


James Moscicki has joined the executive team of UK trade association British Marine as commercial director.

Moscicki has a significant sales and marketing background, alongside extensive events experience. He worked at the KLH Group for over 10 years and most recently with Hyve PLC where he was commercial director of events and experiences.

Moscicki also spent close to two years at the National Housing Federation as their director of commercial sponsorship and sales.

He has a passion for boating and owns a canal boat which he uses regularly on the Grand Union canal.


MDL Marinas has confirmed that its new boat show will be called The Ocean Village Boat Show.

The show will take place at MDL Marinas Southampton venue on September 11 to 20 and Ancasta International Boat Sales and Sea Ventures have both confirmed that they will be exhibiting. British Marine is also in discussions with Southampton City Council to host its alternative to Southampton International Boat Show at the same time following the cancellation of this year's SIBS.

At the new MDL show, visitors will be able to view more than 80 boat models, across 30 different power and sail brands. Measures such as allocated time slots, one way systems and branded face masks will be in place to ensure social distancing is maintained.

“Already having a firm commitment from 30 brands bringing in excess of 80 boats at this stage is really great, showing there is certainly a desire to showcase new boats in an on-water format,” said Tim Mayer, MDL’s sales and marketing director.


The next edition of the Barcelona International Boat Show will be held in October 2021

In light of the situation generated by Covid-19, Fira de Barcelona, organiser of the Barcelona International Boat Show, today announced that it has reached an agreement with Spanish marine industry association ANEN to postpone the 2020 edition of the event, initially scheduled for October, until the same month of next year.

“The last show in 2019 brought together more than 290 exhibitors and 700 boats, around 180 of them in the floating exhibition, and gathered over 55,000 visitors, who were able to see more than 120 innovations on display and enjoy the around 100 activities scheduled to popularise and promote sailing among families, amateurs and professionals.

“The boat show joins other international fairs in the sector which, in recent weeks, have decided to postpone the events planned for this year in view of the current circumstances and the uncertainty arising from the serious global health crisis.”

The 2020 Barcelona International Boat Show was due to take place from October 16-20 in downtown Port Vell.


It has now been confirmed to IBI that the next edition of the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS) will not be held until October 13-16, 2021. The third edition of ADIBS had been scheduled to take place from October 14-17, 2020.

The Middle East’s other main show, the Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS), has been rescheduled for November 24-28, with the Superyacht Summit timed for November 25-26.

ADIBS has, in its two previous editions, started to build a good presence in the GCC region covering luxury yachts and boating, fishing and water sports. The event is organised by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) and held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre. ADIBS takes place at ADNEC’s purpose-built marina.

Several key exhibitors including Gulf Craft, Westport Yachts, Al Suwaidi Marine and Yacht Controller Middle East have acknowledged that the decision to cancel this year was a sensible one and have confirmed their interest in participating at the show in 2021.


Force 4 chandlery reports strong 2019 results

Windward Marine, trading as Force4, has eleven retail stores in the south and west of England and has recently filed its accounts for the year ended 31 October 2019 which show that sales had risen by 4% to an all-time high of £14.3m with pre-tax profits of £829,6k. Our news report describes the evolution of the business as the UK’s largest in its sector and the effects of recent events which provide an insight into how the equipment market in the UK is recovering from the crisis.


Challenge Sailcloth is proud to announce another member of the global sailing community has joined their team. Charles-Edouard Broc has joined Challenge as European Sales Coordinator. Charles will work to expand Challenge’s product lines of Sailcloth, Kitesurf and Outdoor Action Sports products in the European market.

Active participation in the sport, and knowledge of how materials must perform in both cruising and racing applications has always been an important part of the Challenge approach to development. Now Challenge’s team will be able to bring further product to the European market with Charles’s 30 years of experience as sailor, sailmaker, sail designer.

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