In This Issue
British challenger promises 'radical, different' new boat for Auckland 2021
The new Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli base in New Zealand
Genoa International Boat Show
Alex Thomson Racing: 2 months to go until the Vendee Globe
"Olympic Nightmare Course" Gives Howth 17 Lambay Sailors a Dream Race
Swedish RS Aero Nationals
HYS Hamble Winter Series 2020 - Entries Are Open!
Melges IC37 US National Championship
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British challenger promises 'radical, different' new boat for Auckland 2021
British America's Cup challenger INEOS Team UK are heading to New Zealand with a radical new boat.

They have already had their second AC75 delivered and it is being commissioned ahead of its departure to New Zealand.

The Brits intend to fly both their boats to New Zealand as they get set to transfer operations from Portsmouth to Auckland and go through the quarantine process ahead of starting the final phase of their training on the Waitemata Harbour.

INEOS Team UK's original boat Britannia drew criticism over its design, and they even resorted to modifying the hull with a stick-on bustle to bring it in line with the designs of Emirates Team New Zealand Luna Rossa.

Simmer said his well-backed syndicate had funding in reserve to ensure their development program continued in Auckland.

The new Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli base in New Zealand
The Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli base in Auckland which will host the team for the next few months is being completed.

The facilities, which will welcome the team in a few days and will be the AC75's New Zealand headquarters for the next six months, are now in the final phase of completion. Built on the waterfront, within the Hobson Wharf and just a few steps from the Race Village, they cover an area of 5000 m2 and include two hangars, an office area, a shop dedicated to team merchandise. A hospitality lounge will offering a privileged view over the boatyard to watch the preparatory operations of the AC75 and all the support boats.

The project, which reflects the characteristics of the base in Cagliari, was designed to meet the needs of the team with polycarbonate walls allowing for maximum flexibility and adaptability of the interior rooms.

Particular thought has gone into energy-saving measures and environmental sustainability with the LED lighting system and a cutting-edge air conditioning system, providing maximum efficiency with considerable savings and a significant reduction in CO2 emissions.

The headquarters is equipped with an exclusive dock for the team's fleet which will be joined in October by the new AC75, currently nearing completion at the Persico Marine shipyard in Bergamo. Boat 2 will leave for New Zealand in the first week of October aboard an Antonov 124-100, one of the biggest cargo planes in existence. After a 38-hour flight the boat will arrive in Auckland and will be ready for the first sea-trials in the Hauraki Gulf in late October.

Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli

From 1st to 6th October The Genoa International Boat Show Will Welcome Boating Professionals and Enthusiasts for its 60th Anniversary Edition
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Genoa International Boat Show The 60th Genoa International Boat Show will welcome industry professionals and boating enthusiasts alike, from 1st to 6th October, to experience the very best the industry has to offer.

The organizers are working to bring an event that will combine the highest standards of health and safety with an effective approach worthy of the Made in Italy brand and a world-class showcase. Requests for display space have been greater than expected, a sign that the event remains an essential tool for companies worldwide who recognize the value in taking part.

Exhibitors this year will see the return of the major yards in Italy and worldwide who were present last year, in addition to a number of new brands. As of today, these include a selection of industry-leading names: for motorboats Amer Yachts, Arcadia, Azimut-Benetti, Ferretti Group through FSD - Ferretti Security Division, Fipa Group, Pardo, Princess, Sanlorenzo, Sunseeker, VanDutch; for sailing boats, Beneteau, Dufour, Hanse, Jeanneau, Nautor's Swan, Mylius Yachts, Solaris and Vismara. This year a brand new area will be dedicated exclusively to Superboats. A full roster for outboards as well, along with an already substantial number of equipment and services-related companies.

The 2020 edition will see the implementation of a key plan of action aimed at creating a flexible layout that can adapt to a variety of scenarios. Supporting the organisers in this endeavour will be a Task Force made up of experts in engineering and legal practice. Plans are already in place to ensure the best organizational conditions, in line with the parameters defined by the World Health Organisation. This is only possible due to key innovations in relation to logistics, remote management and controlled access, all within an entirely new vision based on the large open-air spaces available.

The online ticketing is playing a central role, allowing visitors to purchase their tickets via the event's official website The online platform is the only channel for purchasing tickets, which will quickly be assigned to specific visiting days to allow for an effective level of crowd management and to prevent over-selling. Access to the Show area will be strictly monitored and automated.

Alex Thomson Racing: 2 months to go until the Vendee Globe
With the Vendee Globe fast approaching, Alex Thomson Racing released a fantastic new video across the social channels for the '2 months to go' mark until the race begins on 8th November. The new footage shows the stunning HUGO BOSS boat cutting its teeth on the water in preparation to win the "Everest of the Seas".

Alex Thomson Racing

"Olympic Nightmare Course" Gives Howth 17 Lambay Sailors a Dream Race
The Olympic sailing dream is of competition on a sterile racing area with weak to non-existent tides, well clear of any special wind effects that a nearby coastline and an island or two might provide, while of course using a meticulously-set Committee Boat start line and a cleverly-designed course to test several points of sailing. That's the way they want it. Yet if that's their dream - their perfect ideal - then Howth Yacht Club's traditional sixteen nautical miles of Lambay Race must be Olympic sailing's stuff of nightmares.

The original Lambay Course - raced at least since 1904, and probably earlier - was simply though Howth Sound inside Ireland's Eye after a pier start from Howth Harbour, then nor' eastwards to the east point of Lambay. Officially, it's The Nose, but few remember to call it that, they just call it the East Point, as we've a Nose of Howth already, and that's quite enough to smell the coffee on any one day.

The north side of Lambay seems like the Far Side of the Moon for most sailors, even those from Howth which is only seven miles away. And as you head west to double the island, there are various impairments to ease of navigation, such as Carrickdorish Rock and Harp Ear.

These are matters of even more concentration if you're beating against a westerly. But concentrating purely on sailing along there is difficult anyway, as Lambay is a natural wonder where the abundant wildlife - some of it on surprisingly spectacular cliffs - is augmented by a troupe of wallabies (don't ask), and Ireland's only colony of black rats, a cute little fellow who nevertheless would make life difficult for your average gannet settlement.

Another lovely read from WM Nixon in Afloat. His full article


Swedish RS Aero Nationals
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WHAT Gottskar, Sweden: A Swedish fleet is growing quickly and a great fleet of 27 RS Aeros raced together as a mixed fleet at SS Kaparen, Gottskar for the first official Swedish RS Aero Nationals, alongside the RS Tera championship.

The breeze was up and the sun shining for both of the 2 days racing with 8 races completed, which provided some exciting sailing conditions surrounded by the beautiful backdrop of the Kungsbacka Fjord.

Congratulations to the Winners
1st - Erik Wahlberg Gefle, SS
2nd - Hugo Skold Orr, KSSS
3rd - Hampus Ljungberg, GKSS

Best Male RS Aero 5 - Hugo Shield Orr, KSSS
Best Female RS Aero 5 - Elisa Lindskog, KSSS
Best Male RS Aero 7 - Erik Wahlberg, GSS
Best Female RS Aero 7 - Julie Lamarre, KKKK
Best Male RS Aero 9 - Theodor Hansson, KKKK
Best Master - Bjorn Warnberg, LjSS
Best Grand Master - Gunnar Larsson, KSSS

Overall Results (PDF)

Next up for the Swedish RS Aeros are the two events this weekend at Alingas on Saturday 12th and at Lerum on Sunday 13th September. -- Peter Barton, RS Aero Class Association Manager

Details are on the RS Aero Europe events list.

HYS Hamble Winter Series 2020 - Entries Are Open!
Entries are now open for the 39th HYS Hamble Winter Series which will take place in the Solent from the 4th October to the 29th November 2020.

The racing will start on 3rd October with 3 races for the Performance 40 fleet. The next day, the P40's will join the main series for a longer race around the cans. Race Week 2, the 10th &11th October, will see the first two days of the Hamble One Design Championship and the second Sunday of the main series. The Hamble IRC Regatta will take place on the third race week with two races on the Saturday and one longer race on the Sunday. The last weekend before the mid series break will be the second round of the HODC for J70s and SB20s and the fourth race for the main series.

After the break, for four Sundays, the last four races of the HYS Hamble Winter Series will take place.

In keeping with current guidelines and other similar events for IRC Yachts in the Solent during September, the crew limit will be 80% of the yachts normal IRC crew limit rounded to the nearest whole number. As previously announced entries are welcomed from double handed competitors. -- Trevor Pountain

The full calendar of events, the NOR and online Entry can be found at:

Melges IC37 US National Championship
The Melges IC37 Class descends on Newport, RI for the second National Championship October 2-4. The Championship will be hosted by the New York Yacht Club in conjunction with its 166th Annual Regatta, North America's oldest annual regatta.

NYYC is looking forward to hosting the second Melges IC37 National Championship. The event will be comprised of both the NYYC-owned charter fleet and privately owned boats and is sure to be an even bigger and more competitive affair this time around.

Due to rescheduling of other events, the IC37 National Championships will now be incorporated in the 166th Annual Regatta.

Melges IC37

Beneteau introduced their new Oceanis 40.1 in a private showing in Annapolis.

Cruising World recently sat down with BENETEAU to get the inside scoop on the brand new cruiser.

This new 40-foot cruiser from Beneteau offers unrivaled deck volume and interior space and a new hull design - all with zero concessions to performance. Editor Mark Pillsbury recently sat down with Beneteau to get the inside scoop.

Oceanis 40.1


The Mills Design MD75 Karma built by Maxi Dolphin has been voted the Best Sailing Yacht at The International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2020. A striking high performance design for an Italian client, she combines a sleek minimalist exterior with a relaxed and engaging interior by Nauta Design in Milan.


Last Friday 4th September design et al hosted The International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2020 in Capri, Italy, where the winners of the 2020 Awards were announced. The unique voting system enabled 12,441 global industry professionals to individually acknowledge, consider and finally, vote for the shortlisted nominees. Karma was announced as the winner in the Best Sailing Yacht category.

Designer Mark Mills was thrilled with the second major prize in 2020 for Mills Design: "We love working on projects like this, where a combination of sleek looks, true performance aspirations, and great collaborators ensure the result will be outstanding . It's an honour to be recognised by the industry with such a prestigious award. " Earlier in the year Mills Design was awarded the MDO Monte Carlo Prize for our Wally 100 Tango.


Dutch superyacht builder Royal Huisman has turned the hull of its new 59.7m (196ft) performance sloop, a spectacle that was watched by its owners and their design and build team at the yard's headquarters in Vollenhove.

Project 404, aka MM597, was designed by Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design and built by Royal Huisman's craftsmen. French interior designers Studio Liaigre created the interior, which is currently under construction at Royal Huisman's joinery hall.

Project 404 boasts an iconic reversed bow and sleek, powerful hull lines. To facilitate the yacht's high-performance characteristics, it will have a lift keel, retractable propulsion, and twin carbon rudders. These will allow the yacht to take part in regattas and explore long-range destinations worldwide.

An assortment of cutouts in Project 404's deck will soon be a fully flush surface; its deck hatches appearing almost invisible at first glance. There will also be a large main tender hatch, an opening for sail storage on the underdeck reels, lockers for Rondal's carbon electric winches, and space for deck equipment.


ClubSwan 80 - Born to change the Maxi Yachts World

After the great success achieved by the technologically advanced ClubSwan 36, the ClubSwan 50 which marked the start of a new era in the One Design panorama and the new Super Maxi ClubSwan 125 ready to hit the water next spring and conceived to beat all world records, Nautor's Swan is expanding the ClubSwan family with another exceptional project, which will prove to be once again both technologically advanced and radical against the maxi sailing yachts' history and to complete the ClubSwan Yachts range.


The brief at the heart of the new project was to create a maxi yacht for real time racing: identical yachts, modern, fast and fun to compete with the same equivalent features, relying on the owner's abilities at the helm.

For the construction of the ClubSwan 80, Nautor's Swan has teamed up with Persico Marine, based in Nembro, an international shipyard renowned worldwide for its expertise in building high performance yachts.

Persico is putting to good advantage its know-how acquired from the series production of VO65s and larger advanced high-performance one-design boats currently sailing.

Nautor's Swan, Juan Kouyoumdjian and Persico Marine, together with selected experts in different fields (Vittorio Volonte for the project management, Giovanni Belgrano for the engineering, Scott Ferguson for the Rig Design and Nauta Design for the Interiors,) have been working very hard to design and develop this new performance boat.

The hull shape has been intensively tested by Juan Yacht Design's own C.F.D. department to reward each owner with the best performances combined with optimum control while racing inshore around the cans as well as offshore for the major maxi events. Some technical details:

LOA = 23.99 m
LWL = 23.89 m
Beam = 6.00 M
Canting Lifting Keel:
Draft Keel Down = 6.30 M
Draft Keel Up = 4.50 M
Sail Area Upwind (Main + 100% Foretriangle) = 440 M2
High Modulus Carbon Mast And Boom
Retractable Carbon Bowsprit
Twin Rudders
Retractable Drive System
Internal Spinnaker Retrieving System


IZIBoat, the French manufacturer of a lightweight sailing catamaran targeting both leisure boaters and commercial rental operations, is embarking on an expansion strategy aimed at growing the company's footprint through licensing arrangements.

Marketed as a collapsible sailing catamaran that can be easily towed by a bicycle, the IZIBoat is presently sold through the company's website and manufactured on a made-to-order basis. IZIBoat principal François Tissier says that although the company has sold a number of boats through its existing channels - enough to generate a five-month backlog - the company is looking to expand internationally through licensing schemes.

Tissier notes that at present the company sells the catamaran in two configurations - as a base model, targeting commercial rental operations, and as a kit with wheels for consumers who can tow it to the beach with a bicycle or scooter. Future models in development include a sport version with a larger sail and additional performance enhancements, and an electric-powered model tentatively called the Turtle. A model equipped for fishing is also being considered.


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