EuroSail News #4363 - 20 June
In This Issue
• Cordelia wins overall in Marion Bermuda Race
• Richomme Holds On To Figaro Race Lead
• Harken Dealers to Offer Technical Support During Kiel Week
• Back to normal as champions return for 2019 IRC Nationals
• New York's last pirate was the nation's first celebrity killer
• Star Class World Championship
• Azzurra Lead Royal Cup in Puerto Sherry
• Rob Douglas sets new world record for the fastest mile on a kite
• Nab Tower Pursuit 2019 raises over £4,500 for charities
• Light and Bright for this Weekend's Bala Long Distance
• Featured Charter: 1903 Gaff Rig Cutter 'Kelpie'
• Featured Brokerage:
• • 2015 Vismara V62 RC Mills
• • 2011 TP/IRC 52 'Ambition'
• • 2011 R/P 74 'Intuition'
• The Last Word: Emo Philips
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Cordelia wins overall in Marion Bermuda Race
Roy and Gail Greenwald's Valiant 42 Cordelia has finished first in fleet on corrected time in the 2019 Marion Bermuda Race. She will win the Goslings Founders Trophy. The Greenwalds sail out of Mairon MA. Cordelia is also the Class D winner.
Among other prizes, Cordelia will win the coveted Beverly Yacht Club 'Polaris Trophy' as the best celestially navigated yacht. Gail Greenwald will win the 'Navigators Trophy'.
On Tuesday, Mark Riley's Kiwi Spirit, skippered by 18-year-old Jo Riley earned line honors as the leader from start to finish in the 2019 Marion Bermuda Race. The Farr 63 finished off St. David's Lighthouse at 2:27:59 Tuesday.
And the winners are...
Abigail- Robert Buck, Aquidneck 52, Marion MA - Celestial
Kinship - Francis Selldorf, Baltic 52, Padanaram MA
Sunflower - Mark Lenci, Beneteasu Oceanis 523, Harpswell ME
Class B -
Gallant, Christian Hoffman, Navy 44, USNA Annapolis MD, Celestial
Momentum, Paul Kanev, Hinckley Sou'wester 51, Newport RI
Defiance, George Hamilton/Kevin Navarro, Navy 44 MKII, USNA Annapolis MD, Celestial
Pinnacle- Peter Torosian, Tartan 4100, Rye NH, Celestial
Escapade II- Tom Bowler, Morris 46, Ocean, Marion MA
Scappare- David LeBlanc, Catalina 42 MKII, Stillhouse Cove RI
Cordelia- Roy Greenwald, Valiant 42, Marion MA, Celestial
Frolic- Ray Cullum, Dixon 44, Marion MA, Celestial
Silhouette- David Caso, Cherubini 44, Portsmouth RI
Overall Class and division
Tabor Boy- James Geil, Schooner 92, Tabor Academy Marion MA, Celestial DNS Spirit of Bermuda-Jordan Smith, Tall Ship 118, Dockyard, Bermuda
Richomme Holds On To Figaro Race Lead
Crossing the Stage 3 finish line at 18:16.54hrs local time, Richomme finds his lead cut to just 1 hour 26 minutes and 14 seconds over the new second placed skipper Gildas Mahe (Breizh Cola-Equithe), who finished second on Stage 3 this morning.
Ireland's Tom Dolan (Smurfit Kappa) achieved his best result of this, his second La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro, as he took a provisional eighth place, just ten seconds ahead of British rival Will Harris (Hive Energy) in ninth.
Finishing in to Roscoff, emotionally drained at the end of an incredible Stage 3 on which he finished 13th, but nonetheless delighted to have held on to his overall lead in the 50th edition of La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro, Yoann Richomme (HelloWork-Telegramme Groupe) admitted that after the leading trio broke away at Alderney, he had no idea of how much time was ahead of them at the start of the leg.
As it was, the margins of between ten and 11 hours that he had in hand over Gildas Mahe (Breizhe Cola-Equithe), Anthony Marchand (Groupe Royer-Secours Populaire) and Alexis Loison (Region Normandie) pre-start were enough, although Richomme has had his cushion cut to one hour and 26 minutes and 14 seconds. Mahe is now second overall and Loison is third at two hours and 22 minutes 12 seconds behind Richomme who has led since the end of Stage 1 in to Kinsale.
Leg four Baie De Morlaix to Dieppe (500 nm) starts Saturday 22 June.
Top ten overall after three legs:
1. Yoann Richomme / Hellowork - Groupe Telegramme
2. Gildas Mahe / Breizh Cola / Equithe
3. Alexis Loison / Region Normandie
4. Corentin Douguet / NF Habitat
5. Anthony Marchand / Groupe Royer - Secours Populaire
6. Adrien Hardy / Sans Nature, Pas De Futur !
7. Pierre Leboucher / Guyot Environnement
8. Tom Laperche / Bretagne CMB Espoir
9. Eric Peron / French Touch
10. Michel Desjoyeaux / Lumibird
Harken Dealers to Offer Technical Support During Kiel Week
Some 5,000 sailors and 2,000 boats are heading to Germany on 22-30 June for Kiel Week, the world's largest sailing event. Some 35 classes of boats will be competing in more than 400 scheduled races.
Two Harken dealers are providing Harken technical support and gear: MARITIM Bootszubehör GmbH and sailmaker Ralph Frerichs. Both are located in the retail center that overlooks the Olympic Harbor of Schilksee, which is the center of most sailing activity during Kiel Week.
Check them out if in need of technical advice or new Harken equipment.
Back to normal as champions return for 2019 IRC Nationals
After being temporarily replaced by the IRC European Championship last year, the Royal Ocean Racing Club's IRC National Championship returns to the Solent next month with a program of inshore races including a variety of windward-leewards and around the cans courses. The event has also reverted back to its three day, Friday to Sunday format, over 5th- 7th July.
Already the race is attracting an international cast with entries received so far from the Netherlands, Sweden, Ireland, Belgium, as well as, of course the UK and France, where the RORC and the Union Nationale Course au Large jointly own and administer the IRC rating system.
The IRC Nationals is open to yachts with an IRC Endorsed certificate and a rating between 0.850 and 1.450. While entry closes on 20th June, at present entries span the highest rated - David Collins' Botin IRC52 Tala - down to Giovanni Belgrano's classic 1939 Laurent Giles sloop Whooper, which is lowest rated.
Whooper is a significant entry as aside from being a classic, she is also the defending IRC National Champion from 2017.
The IRC Nationals will be one of the top events for Whooper this season and for this she is getting new racing sails.
Adam Gosling returns having won IRC Two at the 2017 IRC Nationals aboard his JPK 10.80 Yes! This year he is campaigning his newer JPK 11.80.
In 2012, David Franks won the IRC National Championship outright on board his smaller JPK 10.10 Strait Dealer. He is also back this year with a new boat, the J/112e Leon.
Another long term competitor in the IRC Nationals is former RORC Commodore and Admiral Andrew McIrvine, who returns with his seasoned First 40 La Reponse.
While the IRC Nationals will have its usual IRC TCC-based class splits, La Reponse will also be using her results from the event to count towards the 2019 results for the Performance 40 class. -- James Boyd
New York's last pirate was the nation's first celebrity killer
On July 13, 1860, the hottest ticket in town was to a public hanging.
Thousands of New Yorkers jammed ferries out to Bedloe's Island for the execution. Those with a little extra money ponied up a dollar, for all the beer and oysters they could hold. A great show was promised on what's now Liberty Island.
After all, this was no common criminal. This was Albert Hicks – serial killer, ax-murderer and "The Last Pirate of New York."
That's also the title of Rich Cohen's new book. Its subtitle, "A Ghost Ship, a Killer and the Birth of a Gangster Nation" hints at additional horrors in store.
The crime that finally tripped up Hicks was gruesome, even for him. One night, an oyster sloop, the E.A. Johnson," was found drifting off the coast of Brooklyn. Tugboats towed the ship, slick with blood, to the Fulton Fish Market.
There was no sign of the crew, though. Not unless you counted the four fingers and a thumb scattered on the deck.
But at least one survivor had taken the yawl, a small sailboat usually lashed to the stern. New York's Harbor Patrol finally found it on the Staten Island shore, abandoned in the tall weeds.
Strangers stood out in that rural borough, though. Locals noticed a tall, dark man with a heavy bag trudging to the ferry. Detectives finally picked up his trail in Manhattan.
Star Class World Championship
Porto Cervo, ItalyToday was the third day of racing at the Star Class World Championship organized by the YCCS in collaboration with the International Star Class Yacht Racing Association (ISCYRA) and the support of Main Partner Audi and Technical Partners Quantum Sails and Garmin Marine. The games are still open with the world class sailor Augie Diaz now in the lead followed by Eivind Melleby and Mateusz Kusznierewicz.
Again today the breeze took its time to kick in and the Race Committee kept the AP flag hoisted until 1 PM. An hour later, after a general recall, the Star sailors got the event's third race underway. Breeze from the southeast was at 6 to 7 knots at first and in the end built gradually to 10 knots.
Skipper Eivind Melleby, winner of the 2017 Star Class World Championship, and his crew Joshua Revkin worked their way up through the fleet and finished in first place. This win brings them from fifth place in the provisional overall results to second. Second place today was won by Christian Paucksch with Melanie Bentele - one of just two women racing in the Championship- who have been a team to watch all through the event. The Italian Roberto Benamati, Star Class World Champion in 1991, who is sailing with Alberto Ambrosini, placed third today.
Augie Diaz and Henry Boening staged an excellent recovery and finished fourth today and thanks to this result they are currently in the lead overall, trailed by the Norwegian Eivind Melleby. Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Bruno Prada are currently in third place overall after placing eleventh today. Paul Cayard is inching up on the podium: after having finished the day in ninth place overall yesterday, he's in fourth place overall today. So the games are still open with three races left on the calendar.
Tomorrow, June 20th, the forecast calls for light and shifty breeze. The first Warning Signal is scheduled for 12 noon.
Azzurra Lead Royal Cup in Puerto Sherry
It was places gained on successive runs during the second race today that keep Azzurra and Bronenosec in the top two places after four races at the Puerto Sherry 52 SUPER SERIES Royal Cup. At this new, challenging venue for the circuit, the key learning so far is that consistency is especially elusive in this high-level fleet on a race course where the sea breeze on the water is especially hard to read.
Witness the fall from grace today of the leaders after Day 1, Provezza. A win and a fourth yesterday saw them sitting pretty at the top of the scoreboard this morning. But two seventh places today sees Ergin Imre's crew drop to sixth, six points off Azzurra's table-topping tally of 13 points.
Top scoring boat of the day was Harm Muller-Spreer's Platoon, which rises to third overall after winning the second race. But over the two races, the Roemmers family's Azzurra and Vladimir Liubomirov's Bronenosec both returned useful seven-point aggregates.
After finishing second to Quantum Racing in the first race of the day, Azzurra got themselves back in the match when they recovered from seventh to fourth on the first run. And on the second downwind Bronenosec, with Morgan Larson on tactics, climbed from sixth to third to claim second place overall on the standings.
Puerto Sherry 52 SUPER SERIES Royal Cup
Regatta standings after Day 2
1. Azzurra (ARG/ITA) (Alberto Roemmers) (5,1,2,5) 13 points
2. Bronenosec (RUS) (Vladimir Liubomirov) (4,3,4,3) 14
3. Platoon (GER) (Harm Muller-Spreer) (3,6,5,1) 15
4. Sled (USA) (Takashi Okura) (8,2,3,4) 17
5. Alegre (USA/GBR) (Andres Soriano) (2,8,6,2) 18
6. Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre) (1,4,7,7) 19
7. Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos) (7,7,1,6) 21
8. Phoenix 11 (RSA) (Tina Plattner) (6,5,8,8) 27
For full results, visit: bit.ly/2IoHoHo
Rob Douglas sets new world record for the fastest mile on a kite
Rob Douglas has set a new nautical mile speed sailing world record at Plage du Rouet, in La Palme, France. On June 10, the American kiteboarder rode his kite at 39.04 knots (44.93 miles per hour) during the 2019 Prince of Speed.
Douglas sailed to glory equipped with his seven and six-meter Flysurfer Soul production kites and his prototype Temavanto V55 kiteboard.
The Tramontane winds were blowing in the 30-to-45-knot range. The fastest kiteboarder in the United States was assisted by world champion kite foiler Nico Parlier.
"Many thanks to my team of sponsors, especially Bill Lynch for all the support since 2008," said Robert Douglas.
"Also, congratulations to my good friend Sylvain Hoceini for a great fight, to windsurfer Vincent Valkenaers for his open water record and to Christophe Ballois who showed us the way."
Douglas dedicated the feat to his son, Robert Douglas III, aka "RD3," and Nicole, the late daughter of his friend Tom Lindbergh.
The new world record for the fastest mile on a kite will still have to be ratified by the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC).
The previous nautical mile speed sailing world record of 35.78 knots (41.17 miles per hour) was set by Christophe Ballois, last year, also at La Palme.
Nab Tower Pursuit 2019 raises over £4,500 for charities
The Nab Tower Pursuit got off to a fine start at 10am on Saturday the 15th June. They left GAFIRS slipway buoy, with SALT HEART, skippered by Kevin Raine, leading the way. The Mayor of Gosport Kathleen Jones, her husband and several other VIPs were able to watch the Pursuit from the fast patrol launch HSL102. A brisk southerly breeze helped the yachts as they began the Pursuit out to the Nab Tower, a distance of some 10 miles.
All yachts finished by just after 2pm and were able to get ashore and prepare for the evening's festivities. The prize-giving took place at Hornet Services Sailing Club and our principal VIP, the Mayor of Gosport Kathleen Jones, graciously agreed to present them. ASSASSIN, skippered by Mark Brown, was this year's overall winner, having accumulated the most points. Mark took home the Gosport Challenge Cup as well as a lift-out and relaunch for his yacht, courtesy of Premier Marinas' Endeavour Quay.
The most contested prize was awarded to the yacht that raised the most amount of money for their chosen charity. The prize went to BOMBADIER III skippered by Matthew Sleap, which was sponsored by Abby Thomson's Sisters Inn Arms. They raised £866 for the Step by Step charity.
Other prize-winners and the full Pursuit results can be viewed on the website and Facebook page. There are also many splendid images available online, courtesy of the world-famous Tall Ships photographer, Max Mudie. A special mention must also go to our sponsors: YouBoat, Sisters Inn Arms and ASTO.
Charities who benefitted from the event include Oarsome Chance, The James Myatt Memorial Trust, Cancer Research UK, Alzheimers Research UK, the Jo Glover Trust, Step by Step and Gosport Marine Futures, the charitable arm of Gosport Marine Scene that provides opportunities for local Gosport and Portsmouth youngsters to engage with all things marine and maritime.
Hornet Services Sailing Club, who hosted the event for GMS, laid on a superb barbecue, and a special thanks must go to Arty Shaw and his excellent team.
Next year's Nab Tower Pursuit is scheduled to take place on Saturday 13th June 2020.
Light and Bright for this Weekend's Bala Long Distance
It's a light and sunny forecast for this weekend's Bala Long Distance. Online entry closes on Thursday night, although you can still enter on the day for a higher fee. Better to enter now though at http://www.sailingchallenge.org
Taking place on 22 & 23 June, there's an eclectic mix of dinghies, multihulls and sportsboats gathering for the event, which comprises the long distance race up and down the 3.5 miles of Bala Lake on Saturday, and Sunday's three back-to-back handicap races.
Among the more unusual entries are Dan Partington's Weta and Colin and Oly Murray's Norfolk Punt, although the Punt became well known during last season's Selden SailJuice Winter Series when the Murrays showed the fleet around the course on a couple of occasions. The light air forecast should suit them this weekend as they look to take on the other fast boats fleet such as Chris King's Nacra Carbon 20 catamaran.
As well as the lesser-seen classes, there are good entries lining up in the ever-popular RS200 and RS400 fleets which favour Bala as one of their annual 'must do' regattas during the summer season.
Its setting in Snowdonia National Park makes for some of the most spectacular sailing in the country. For the non-sailors in the family there is plenty to do around the lake, including mountain bike hire, stand-up paddleboarding and other watersports. There is also an old steam train that runs alongside the lakeshore and makes for a great way of following the progress of the long distance race. Just 10 minutes away is the town of Bala with a swimming baths to take the kids, and plenty of other activities in this area which is very much geared up to tourism and enjoying the great outdoors.
For Saturday evening, a BBQ is planned for all the competitors and their families, and at 8pm a local live band, Face Value, will entertain everyone as they watch the sun set over the Welsh mountains.
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The Last Word
When I was a kid, I used to pray every night for a new bike. Then I realised, the Lord doesn't work that way. So I just stole one and asked Him to forgive me ... and I got it! -- Emo Philips
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