Issue #4675 - 15 September

In This Issue
Goodchild Still Well Placed To Deal With A Night of Calms
Normandy Channel Race
Genoa International Boat Show
Vendee Globe: First Substitute... To Have A Replacement Skipper Or Not?
Foiling Week Regatta (17 - 20 September)
Candidates named for 2020 election of World Sailing President and Vice-Presidents
The Azimut Challenge taught us a lot
Four medal haul for Brits at Kiel
Melges 24 European Sailing Series
Moonen Yachts Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race - Postponed
Letters to the Editor
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The Last Word: Hunter S. Thompson

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Goodchild Still Well Placed To Deal With A Night of Calms
Having led the 33 strong La Solitaire du Figaro fleet since the early hours of this morning Britain's Sam Goodchild (Leyton) has had to see his hard earned margin evaporate in a fast failing breeze off the Baie de Morlaix this evening.

For the 30 year old solo racer who placed twice on the podium of warm up Figaro races this season and who, on Sunday, started the 492 miles Stage 3 from Dunkirk in third position overall, seeing the fleet fall in on his stern was not unexpected as the forecasted shut down in the light easterly breeze arrived.

Goodchild has sailed an outstanding leg so far, fast in all conditions, focused and making assured, relatively low risk moves. But the final 195 nautical miles, around the tip of Brittany, and south to the finish line at Saint Nazaire at the entrance to the Loire look set to be painfully slow.

"We are just coming up to the north Brittany coast. Forecast-wise now we only have what we get from MeteoConsult and that leaves some grey areas, they are not very precise. At the moment the idea is to get to coast quickly to be able to hide or anchor if we need from the strong tide." Reported Goodchild today as he raced side by side with Xavier Macaire (Groupe SNEF) who won Stage 1.

The Leyton skipper added, "I took advantage of my investment to the SW yesterday and managed to round the Cap de la Hague in the lead with Xavier Macaire who was further out to sea. Achilles Nebout went off Alderney and Adrien Hardy sailed off towards Guernsey, but we may all get back together again depending on what happens to the weather. We're waiting for the next weather forecast to see what is coming up. We're expecting to come to a stop off Northern Brittany and we'll see how things get going again. As usual, there is a lot of seaweed. There are a hundred miles to sail now with very little wind. Guernsey looks good from here. I have never been there but we're sailing close to the rocks and enjoying the view. Conditions have been easy and pleasant so far."

The six leading boats were compacted back to within one mile of each other. The favourable ebb current should work with them from 1800hrs this evening to help them pass the entrance to the Baie de Morlaix.

Among the notable recoveries in the light airs Yann Eliès (Queguiner Materiaux-Leucemie Espoir) was back up to eighth at three miles behind the leaders and Alan Roberts (Seacat Services) was in 12th 4,3 miles behind his compatriot Goodchild.

Full rankings

Normandy Channel Race
Eager to get back out on the racetrack, 26 duos set sail Sunday on the 11th Normandy Channel Race, the only event in the Class40 championship that has been able to go ahead as planned in the rather unique landscape of 2020. It was with almost perfect weather conditions, worthy of the finest summer days, that the Race Committee released the Class40s right on schedule at 19:05 local time along a looped 7-mile coastal circuit around the Baie de Seine off the mouth of the River Orne, between the cardinal marks of Luc sur Mer and Ouistreham.

After a clean start in around 10 knots of NE'ly wind, conditions were almost perfect for the introduction to play, the Class40s putting on a fantastic show as the sun went down over the yard arm. The preamble was hotly contested, providing a tantalising foretaste of the battle that awaits over the theoretical 1,000-mile course.

Fresh out of the box, Redman, skippered by Antoine Carpentier and Nicolas Groleau, rapidly set the pace and were first to round the final mark of the coastal course and set a course, downwind, towards the next waypoint off the Saint Marcouf islands, some 36 miles from the start, in the Baie des Veys. The duo of Ian Lipinski and Julien Pulve aboard Credit Mutuel, one of the firm favourites of this 2020 edition, nailed a series of pristine tack changes to bag second place in the position report. Hot on their heels was the father and son duo, Antoine and Olivier Magre aboard E. Leclerc Ville La Grand. Evidently, the downwind conditions combined with the talent of the skippers enabled the Class' most recent additions to really show what they're made of on this coastal course.

Three Class40s paid the price in the current conditions sweeping the Solent. Indeed, with the very light wind making the boats hard to manoeuvre, coupled with the strong current on site, some of the competitors ended up running aground on Shingles Bank. Entraide Marine (156) was the first to suffer the penalty. Stuck fast, skipper Charles-Louis Mourruau informed Race Management that he didn't want to continue racing having been unable to assess the extent of the damage before negotiating the Celtic Sea. It was the same punishment for Rockall 6 (155), which also ran aground right opposite the Needles. Skipper Jörg Riechers and his co-skipper Axel Trehin have decided to grin and bear it as they wait for the rising tide to release them back out onto the racetrack. Finally, during a gybe close to another hazard, Free Dom (157) got pushed by the current towards Rockall 6 (155), which was already aground by that point. To avoid the danger and the otherwise unavoidable collision, the duo of Thibault Lefevere and Sebastien Marsset were forced to run their engine in order to switch into forward gear. Race Management has been alerted about the situation and has informed the jury.

The fleet is expected to arrive at Ouistreham between Friday and Saturday.

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.

Vendee Globe: First Substitute... To Have A Replacement Skipper Or Not?
The Vendee Globe Notice of Race gives entrants the opportunity of substituting themselves with a replacement skipper should something happen which means they cannot take the start (that replacement has to be appointed before October 1). Of course this is a scenario which becomes all the more relevant, a choice closely considered by some teams while Covid-19 remains a threat. Tip & Shaft lit up our phones to ask all teams whether or not they are employing this option.

It is Amendment 4 to the Notice of Race which specifies all the administrative and medical registration formalities for the replacement skipper, who must also submit his or her sailing CV, and these criteria inform the race director whether to validate the substitute chosen or not. An actual qualification passage by the sub-skipper is no longer required, as race director Jacques Caraës confirms: "There are no longer the 2,000 compulsory miles as in the past, because the substitutes never found the time to do them ."

But equally in the Race's Covid appendix, which will soon be presented to the skippers, it is specified that the replacements will have to undergo the same tests as the skippers and also be subject to the same five-day confinement the week before the start. Which, of course, for some has consequences.

Of the 33 skippers or teams that Tip & Shaft interviewed, 14 told us that they were not presenting a replacement option: Fabrice Amedeo, Romain Attanasio, Alexia Barrier, Arnaud Boissières, Didac Costa, Manu Cousin, Pip Hare, Ari Huusela, Stephane Le Diraison , Thomas Ruyant, Damien Seguin, Kojiro Shiraishi, Sebastien Simon and Maxime Sorel. The reason most often given is the cl

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Foiling Week Regatta (17 - 20 September)
The MAX Moth Regatta in partnership with Sailmon, the Waszp and Persico 69f regattas will be held at Fraglia Vela Malcesine. The multihull regattas at the Circolo Vela Arco and the base of the Wing Foil that will compete in the first Italian Wing Foil Tour Championship will be held at Kite Club Malcesine.

Kim Coster from the Dutch Sailmon, sponsor of the Moth regatta, has said: "We are partnering with Foiling week 2020! We will showcase our latest innovation MAX, the number one training and racing display in the market. MAX gives sailors the opportunity to improve their sailing based on data."

During the event Sailmon, MAX will be available for all participants to try out. If you want to know more, go to

The Waszp Class, thanks to a Foiling Week collaboration with SAILGP, will have winners receive tickets for a European 2021 leg of the contest and the opportunity to visit the team bases.

One of the most anticipated classes will certainly be the revolutionary Persico 69F circuit. Giorgio Benussi, COO of 69F Sailing has stated: "We are proud to see that a path started two years ago, presenting the project at the Foiling Week forum, is now being completed, proud to be nominated as best project at the Awards last year and to finally start racing with a fleet of boats this year"

Elia Rossetti, organizer of the Wing Foil Tour enthusiastically has told us: "The Wing Foil Tour lands in Malcesine, an unmissable event for all enthusiasts"

Also, in Malcesine, in collaboration with the World Match Racing Tour, there will be a demonstrative match race for children with the 10 feet Pocket Foiler. The winner will then be a guest aboard of a Persico 69F, to bring their foiling experience to a higher level.

The Flying Phantom, the S9 and other single catamarans will be based at the Circolo Vela Arco which also organizes the regattas.

Registrations, which have been open for a few weeks, are open online at this address:

Candidates named for 2020 election of World Sailing President and Vice-Presidents
World Sailing's Election Committee overseeing the 2020 Election of World Sailing's Officers is pleased to announce the Presidential and Vice-Presidential Candidates standing for election this October.

The election of the President and seven Vice-Presidents will be conducted via an electronic ballot. World Sailing Member National Authorities, in good standing with World Sailing, are eligible to vote and when casting their ballot, must select at least two male and two female candidates for Vice President.

The results of the ballot will be announced on 1 November 2020 at the General Assembly which will be held as a virtual meeting.

Eligible candidates have been endorsed by at least five World Sailing MNAs with the term of office beginning at the close of the General Assembly, at which the Board of Directors are elected for a period of four years.

Candidates eligible for election at the 2020 General Assembly, in alphabetical order by surname, are:

Presidential Candidates
Kim Andersen (DEN)
Quanhai Li (CHN)
Scott Perry (URU)
Gerardo Seeliger (ESP)

Vice-Presidential Candidates
Duriye Ozlem Akdurak (TUR)
Philip Baum (RSA)
Cary Lee Byerley (ANT)
William Canfield (ISV)
Tomasz Chamera (POL)
Jan Dawson (NZL)
Luca Devoti (ITA)
Jorgen Stang Heffermehl (NOR)
Sarah Kenny (AUS)
Yann Rocherieux (FRA)
Cory Sertl (USA)
Malav Shroff (IND)
Riccardo Simoneschi (ITA)
Marcus Spillane (IRL)
Yui Shing Tong (HKG)

The Azimut Challenge taught us a lot
We are now getting a much clearer picture of the various groups within the fleet. At the top of the table, we have seen that many boats have been able to compete with Charal, which remains the reference in the new generation and aboard which there have been the most developments.

Just behind, there is a group of four older IMOCAs from the 2018 or 2019 generation that have been fitted with foils and still have plenty to show us: Initiatives-cœur, MACSF, PRB and Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco*. They are followed by the fleet of foilers from 2015 or before, which have often been able to show their strength alongside the best IMOCAs with daggerboards like Banque Populaire X, Groupe APICIL and V and B-Mayenne.

The Azimut Challenge is an event that pleases the racers and is now a key event and so quite logically will become part of the IMOCA Globe Series Championship from 2021. "It is down to us to help this event grow to make it a must for as many boats as possible. We have already started working with the organisers with that in mind," Antoine Mermod said to conclude.

Four medal haul for Brits at Kiel
The British Sailing Team returned an impressive four medals from the popular Kiel Week sailing regatta taking two silver and two bronze.

As the return to international racing continues for the British sailors, Team GB athletes John Gimson and Anna Burnet took silver in the Nacra 17, Elliot Hanson claimed silver in the ILCA7 with Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey taking 49erFX bronze.

Hanson was joined on the ILCA7 (formerly Laser Standard) podium by team-mate and training partner Michael Beckett who took bronze in Germany.

Current Nacra 17 world champions Gimson and Burnet have been training in mainland Europe but had their first taste of racing since taking that title in February.

Full results of all classes at Kiel

Melges 24 European Sailing Series: Nefeli Takes its First Victory of the Series in Portoroz
Portoroz, Slovenia - After nine races sailed, the maximum what was scheduled, Peter Karrie's Nefeli GER 673 took well-earned victory at the Marina Portoroz Regatta in Slovenia, third event of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series. White Room GER677 of Michael Tarabochia with Luis Tarabochia at the helm was victorious in Corinthian division, completing the overall podium as third.

Three days of champagne sailing, mostly in light conditions with some 7 up to 14 knots of NE, near Portoroz with beautiful Piran old town on the background, and already well-known local hospitality ashore made this past weekend very enjoyable for fourteen Melges 24 teams from Germany, Italy, Great Britain and Slovenia. The Race Committee led by David Bartol, the Championship Coordinator of IM24CA managed to deliver nine races to the sailors' liking and was happy to see a new winner in the class showing, that the Melges 24 is still very competitive and attracts more sailors to jump to that magnificent boat and class.

Peter Karrie's team Nefeli GER673 collected three bullets in addition to four second and one third result during three racing days. Taking early lead on day one and defending its lead ahead of Sergio Caramel's Arkanoe by Montura ITA809 on day two, the team with German-Italian crew managed to keep its position and grab their first victory in the Melges 24 European Sailing Series with 14 points.

Full results

Now the Melges 24 fleet will head to neighbouring Trieste in Italy, but even with greater excitement, because one week after the final event of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series and Italian Melges24Tour Act3, taking place on October 2-4, the teams can stay until the following weekend there and take part very special and unique stadium racing at the Barcolana One Design and Night Regattas as a Special Guest Class on October 10, while on Sunday October 11 there is a real 52nd Barcolana which in its record year in 2019 attracted 2,689 boats and over 16,000 sailors to the starting line. Conceived in 1969 by a group of sailing enthusiasts, the Barcolana has grown into an internationally renowned sailing festival and in 2019 it was named by the Guinness World Records as the "Largest Sailing Race in the World".

Moonen Yachts Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race - Postponed
It is with great disappointment that the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron announce the postponement of the Moonen Yachts Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race, until January 2022.

"The restrictions of movement, immigration and quarantine requirements around the Covid-19 pandemic have meant that the race is just not viable in January 2021" explains Allen Stormon Commodore of RPAYC.

"The race was fantastically well received throughout the world, with 20 confirmed entries already and over 100 expressions of interest received from Australia, New Zealand, USA, Europe and Asia, however everyone has been very understanding of the situation and for many it had already become impossible".

The anticipation of an ocean race of 1250nm between these two sailing cities, a first for almost everyone, was as much of a drawcard as was the spectacle of the 36th America's Cup, however, we understand that many were looking forward to ring side seats for the racing of these spectacular flying machines and the other events surrounding the 150th Anniversary of the RNZYS.

"The RNZYS is obviously disappointed this cannot proceed at this time, but also excited about the long term future of the race which no doubt will become iconic" said RNZYS Vice Commodore Aaron Young.

The idea of an offshore circuit in the southern hemisphere has proven very exciting. The clubs expect interest in a combination of the 2021 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race, the 2022 Sydney to Auckland Race, a return race to Australia or via New Caledonia, finishing off with Hamilton Island Race Week to continue to generate international entries.

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Having been successfully campaigned by John Caulcutt, Jamie Matheson and Stephen Hemsley including winning the Panerai Big Boat Series in the Mediterranean and the UK, Mariquita will spend next summer in her new home port of Brest but will attend the Fife regatta in Scotland, where John Caulcutt has been asked to take the helm.

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