In This Issue
• A day of two halves
• Muhonen extends lead with two bullets at Finn Silver Cup
• What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
• Hamble Classics Regatta
• Foiling frenzy marks British Sailing Team’s return to competition
• Onboard Sail Care
• The 2020 Finn Gold Cup has been cancelled
• 2020 U.S. Team Racing Championship Has Been Canceled
• Sailing Champions League For The First Time In Germany
• Marvin Creamer
• Featured Charter: VOR65
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• • Powerplay
• The Last Word: Christopher Hitchens
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A day of two halves
Both America's Cup teams sailed Monday in Auckland in a fresh 15-20kts onshore breeze, and overcast skies. The weather dominated the day with rain squalls moving onto the course in the early afternoon with gusts of 25-27kts.
These fronts seem to be one of the hazards of winter sailing for the two AC teams. Last week American Magic left the training area off Eastern Beach earlier than expected - making it back to base ahead of a forecast SW rain squall. In hindsight a very wise call. It was a similar situation on Monday - except the US challenger stayed on the water.
Emirates Team New Zealand was first out of the dock, with a rapid foiling tow down the Waitemata Harbour into the white capped outer Waitemata and Motukorea Channel. This is America's Cup Course D area - which would probably be used for an easterly direction of wind. The area is ringed with islands, and the seas are generally flat - provided the channels with their strong tidal flows are avoided.
Half an hour later American Magic followed Te Aihe, except Defiant was sailing on her foils down the harbour and looked quite comfortable - if ever that word can be used in an AC75 context.
Both teams had timeouts in the lee of Motuihe Island team for reasons which were not obvious from our vantage point over 5nm away - and of which AC teams are generally reticent to elaborate.
The teams will take delivery of their second generation and likely raceboats, next month and now it will only be worthwhile spending time on design and engineering aspects of the first AC75, if those developments can be transferred to the team's second AC75. -- Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/NZ
Muhonen extends lead with two bullets at Finn Silver Cup
Oskari Muhonen, from Finland, took two race wins from two races on the second day of the U23 Finn World Championship for the Finn Silver Cup at Canet en Roussillon, in France, on Tuesday to extend his lead at the top to three points from Nicolas Thierse, from Germany and Guillaume Boisard, from France.
Again light winds dominated the day with close tricky racing within the small but competitive youth fleet.
Racing got underway late again after a wind delay in 5-6 knots and a bit of cloud cover and dropping to 4 knots at times. Thierse led at the top from Muhonen and Boisard. Boisard moved into the lead downwind and at the bottom split with Muhonen and Thierse. On the final upwind, Muhonen took the lead to lead down to the finish from Boisard. Domonkos Nemeth, from Hungary, passed Thierse to take third.
After five races, defending champion Muhonen now holds a three point lead over Thierse with Boisard a further two points back. Seven more races are scheduled to complete the series. Racing concludes on Friday
Results after 5 races
1. Oskari Muhonen, FIN, 5
2. Nicolas Thierse, GER, 8
3. Guillaume Boisard, FRA, 10
4. Taavi Valter Taveter, EST, 17
5. Kevin Maurin, FRA, 18
6. Domonkos Nemeth, HUN, 18
7. Aubert Lerouge, FRA, 27
8. Thomas Piotrowski, FRA, 29
9. Lucas Descriaud, FRA, 36
10. Andres Juan Lloret Perez, ESP, 36
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Hamble Classics Regatta
The Hamble Classics Regatta (21st-23rd August) has got used to impressive weather forecasts, and this year after the remnants of Storm Kyle have blown through on Friday a good breeze in the relatively sheltered waters of the Solent should be just what classic yacht sailors like. With some carefully considered measures to help reduce COVID-19 risks including strict crew limitations and a scaled down social programme the Hamble Classics and Royal Southern Yacht Club teams look forward to welcoming the 40 yachts entered.
With boats sailing with fewer crew the option to use a non-spinnaker rating and a 5-pip handicap reduction for shorthanded boats in the Regatta class, these innovations are aimed to help social distancing on board and equalise performance against ratings. A few things are changing onshore as well, with limited numbers at the club each day and the temporary sacrifice of the Elephant Boatyard Rum Party and Hamble Classics Dinner - it is hoped that both can resume in 2021.
Commenting on the event’s return to the Royal Southern after a year away, Paul Ward the club’s Chairman of Sailing said: ’We are delighted to be hosting the Hamble Classics again albeit in a testing year, and it’s clear that Jonty Sherwill and Vicki Weston’s enthusiasm is undimmed and the passion of classic yacht owners undaunted, and not forgetting the race team, volunteer helpers and our club staff that make these regattas happen.”
Rick Tomlinson is the official photographer and this year’s event sponsors are Spinlock, Classic Marine, Performance Rigging, the Sandeman Yacht Company, the Elephant Boatyard, OneSails GBR, and Joseph Perrier Champagne - links to their websites, the entry list and race results are at Yachtscoring.com -- Jonty Sherwill
Foiling frenzy marks British Sailing Team’s return to competition
The British Sailing Team’s foilers will lead the charge for medals as international competition resumes for the first time in six months this week.
In what will be a showcase of the new Paris 2024 foiling class equipment, five British Kiteboarders are in action in Puck, Poland, from 18-23 August, while 15 iQFOiL racers are in Silvaplana, Switzerland, from 21-26 August.
With both the kite and foiling windsurf classes new for the Paris 2024 cycle, the British Sailing Team had been holding large training group sessions before the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown with the help of the #kite4gold programme and extended foiling windsurf groups.
As restrictions began to ease both initiatives picked up where they left off with high quality training sessions based out of the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy, the home of the London 2012 sailing competition.
As with all new Olympic classes there are certain areas that need to be ironed out before a Games debut and the European Championships is another opportunity for further trials.
Racing in Poland for the kiteboarders begins Wednesday 19 August and ends on Sunday 23 August, the same day the iQFOiL competition begins. Racing in Switzerland for the windsurfers finishes on Wednesday 26 August.
Follow the action from both events at britishsailingteam.com
Onboard Sail Care
As this unique season unfolds, many of you are approaching the middle of your sailing season, and the perfect time to review some valuable onboard sail care tips.
In this collection of helpful videos about Onboard Sail Care, Quantum's Reed Cleckler walks you through simple and effective measures to prolong the life of your sails.
Whether you're a day sailor, heading out for a week on the family cruiser, or weeknight racer: Grab some rigging tape, your notebook and pencil (or smartphone), and make this part of your mid-season routine.
August is also a fantastic time to audit your sailing inventory. Pull out your list from last season and recheck those UV covers for damage or fraying, monitor chafe from the spreaders, check your notes about which faulty zippers need replacing on the bimini, and dig out the spinnaker dousing sock that needs repair from getting caught in the windlass. Now is a great time to update the repair list and set a reminder in your digital calendar to contact your local loft about setting up a sail inspection.
The 2020 Finn Gold Cup has been cancelled
It is with great regret and sadness that the International Finn Association has decided to cancel the 2020 Finn Gold Cup, due to be held in Palma in October, after it was rescheduled from the original dates back in May.
The class policy has been to wait as long as possible before making a decision, but in order to provide adequate time for planning, booking and, for some sailors, time to quarantine, the class decided that a decision must be made by August 21. Unfortunately the situation in Spain and other parts of Europe means that an increasing number of sailors will be affected by travel restrictions in Spain and at home.
IFA would like to thank CN Arenal for the constructive and flexible relationship over the past year to try and make this event work, but unfortunately options and time have now run out.
However, it’s not all bad news as CN Arenal is exploring the possibility of holding a regatta over the same dates for those than can make it to Palma. More details will follow as soon as possible.
2020 U.S. Team Racing Championship Has Been Canceled
Bristol, R.I.: Following months of collaboration and teamwork, US Sailing and the Bristol Yacht Club (R.I.) decided not to hold the 2020 U.S. Team Racing Championship this year due to ongoing circumstances caused by the COVID19 pandemic. This championship was originally planned for September 11-13, 2020. The Bristol Yacht Club has graciously agreed to host the 2021 U.S. Team Racing Championship for the George R. Hinman Trophy next summer or fall. Specific dates for this event will be confirmed at a later time.
In the spring, Qualifiers for the championship were canceled and the event was transitioned to an invitation by resume event.
The championship is raced in three-boat/six-person teams. Teams were planning to sail the newly redesigned Zim 420E sailboats provided by Zim Sailing.
The 2020 U.S. Team Racing Championship is sponsored by Hobie Polarized.
Sailing Champions League For The First Time In Germany
From 20 to 23 August the season opener of the SAILING Champions League (SCL) 2020 will take place in Tutzing at Lake Starnberg - at the Deutscher Touring Yacht-Club. It is the first qualifier in Germany since the SCL was launched in 2014 and after holding events in St. Petersburg, Palma de Mallorca, Porto Cervo and St. Moritz. This year’s final will be held in Porto Cervo, Italy, from 15 to 18 October.
24 clubs from 12 nations are going to start the SAILING Champions League in Tutzing this Thursday.
In addition to fancied clubs such as the Norddeutscher Regatta Verein from Germany, the team from Hjuviks Båtklubb from Sweden and the Regatta Club Oberhofen from Switzerland, the host and winner of the year 2016 Deutscher Touring Yacht-Club, also wants to attack again in Tutzing.
The SCL Qualifier can be followed via livestream on Saturday, 22 August, and Sunday, 23 August, from 12:00 PM (CEST) on Facebook, YouTube and sailing-championsleague.com.
Marvin Creamer - the retired South Jersey university geography professor who is most famous for sailing around the world on a 36-foot sailboat without any navigational instruments - died on Aug. 12 in Raleigh, North Carolina, following hospitalization for a brief illness.
He was 104 years old.
Creamer started the extraordinary journey when he was 68, after teaching geography at Glassboro State College, now known as Rowan University, for nearly three decades.
He is the only known person to have sailed around the world without using nautical instruments.
Creamer boarded his steel-hulled boat - the 36-foot “Globe Star”- on Dec. 21, 1982, and spent the next 510 days at sea, navigating his way across the world without even a compass or a watch.
He only used celestial navigation during his journey. His knowledge of water currents, wind patterns, sea color, and marine life also helped guide him, according to a Rowan University biography.
Creamer was married to Blanche in 1946, who died in 2005, and is survived by his sister, children, grandchildren, step-grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his wife of 10 years, Elaine Gillam Creamer, according to an obituary.
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