EuroSail News #4560 - 30 March
In This Issue
• Royal Ocean Racing Club cancels Cervantes Trophy, North Sea Race and Vice Admiral's Cup
• What to do while in quarantine?
• New in every sense - Bavaria Yachts
• On Course - Episode 1
• New Season Sail Check: At-Home Guide
• Cork300 cancellation
• RORC: Sympathy for Royal Cork Tricentenary
• Vendee Globe: Alex Thomson video series Episode 1 - 6
• 2020 RS:X Windsurfing Youth World Championships
• The Ultimate Virtual Tour of HMM
• Featured Brokerage:
• • Hylas Yachts H60
• • Dazcat 1295
• • YYACHTS Y8
• The Last Word: Quarantine pickup line...
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Royal Ocean Racing Club cancels Cervantes Trophy, North Sea Race and Vice Admiral's Cup
In line with the continued COVID-19 Government guidance, as well as advice from many of the host finishing clubs in Europe, the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) has, with regret, had to cancel or change a number of its key events.
The Cervantes Trophy race from Cowes, Isle of Wight to Le Havre, France scheduled for the 8th May has been cancelled. Le Havre port remains closed and is unlikely to re-open until later in May or early June. Members of the SRH (Société des Régates du Havre) and volunteers for this race have turned their attention to weekly Virtual Regatta inshore racing and drinks over their racing WhatsApp group - (Thursday nights for anyone interested).
RORC's North Sea Race which starts from Royal Harwich Yacht Club and sails to the Dutch port of Scheveningen has also been cancelled. The race - which was due to start on 22nd May - has traditionally joined forces with Scheveningen Yacht Club's North Sea Regatta (the Vuurschepen Offshore Race) which was to celebrate its 75th regatta anniversary. Dutch authorities have currently closed the port, the Club, and limited recreation activities until 1st June.
RORC has also elected to cancel the Vice Admiral's Cup Regatta, scheduled for 15th-17th May. In recent years, this inshore regatta has enjoyed considerable growth and has become a 'must-do' event for one-design and specialist classes. With competitors needing to confirm details for the regatta, and with the RORC Cowes Club House being closed in line with Government guidelines, it was felt prudent and in the interest of all parties to cancel the event early.
Need a distraction from the Covid-19 news cycle? Are you self-isolating or in quarantine and looking for something to keep you occupied? The Ocean Cruising Club, the global community for adventure sailing since 1954, has opened up the archive of its flagship journal, The Flying Fish. Published twice yearly, editions going back to 1990 are available to download from the OCC website as complete pdfs. Or you can search by topic or cruising area and download individual articles by using the drop-down menus that appear above the current edition. You can read these at your leisure.
Don't want to download big files to your laptop or tablet? With a decent internet connection, you can view issues from 2015 to the current edition as full-screen eZines on the Issuu platform. Follow the link on the OCC website or go directly to the OCC page on Issuu by following the link below.
Plan your next adventure, get recipes for your galley, or just dream of distant worlds free of pandemics. Ocean sailors know that all storms pass eventually. This pandemic is a different kind of storm and it too shall pass. Reading is one of the best ways to pass the time while letting the storm pass us by.
New in every sense - Bavaria Yachts
It's not only the management that's changed at Bavaria Yachts. Race yacht designers Maurizio Cossutti and Alessandro Ganz are moving the boats steadily towards the speedier end of the performance spectrum
It's Bavaria Yachts' big comeback boat in more ways than one. Launched at the recent Düsseldorf Boat Show, the Bavaria C42 is the first new sailing yacht brought to market under the shipyard's new management, following a change of ownership. Not only that, but it signals a significant shift in Bavaria's yacht building strategy: a definite and deliberate move away from the rather sedate family cruisers of the previous generation, which were aimed primarily at novice sailors, towards a new and more broadly appealing range of boats. They'll still be spacious, high-volume cruisers designed for easy handling but the Bavaria C42 makes it clear that the new generation of Bavarias will be more rewarding to sail with bigger, higher aspect sailplans, better ballast ratios, sharper handling under sail and more performance potential.
One thing that hasn't changed is the design team: Maurizio Cossutti and Alessandro Ganz are best known for their IRC/ORC racers but since 2015 the highly regarded duo have overseen a subtle design evolution at Bavaria Yachts with a gradually increasing emphasis on sailing performance in the three models leading up to the Bavaria C42. 'The yard's request was to retain the main design features of the C57, C50 and C45,' Maurizio Cossutti explains, 'but at the same time to impart a clear, precise sign of the change in direction and mindset.'
On Course - Episode 1
Welcome to the first episode in our new series that takes a regular look at the sailing world. While the world goes into lock down and events are cancelled faster than any of us can keep up with, there's still loads to talk about.
In this episode:
America's Cup news
J Class crash
American Magic feature - Trust is earned
Club Swan36 - The thinking behind a radical racer
Chickening out on a 49er (Yeah right!)
The Ohlson Project - the 5.5m story
New Season Sail Check: At-Home Guide
When your boat comes out of the barn and spring prep begins, don't forget to take a close look at your sails. Quantum's Andrew LaPlant made this checklist to guide you through the process to help avoid surprises that could ruin a perfect day on the water. The best part is that for most boats, you won't need anyone else's help, just a calm day and a keen eye.
Nothing ruins a beautiful sunset cruise like a blown genny, especially if it could have been prevented. Early identification of minor problems or issues not only prevents costly repairs later on, but also gives you time to take corrective action before they become major issues and affect your ability to spend time on the water.
As you get your boat ready to launch this spring, make sure you take a good look at your sails. While this checklist doesn't replace the need for professional annual sail checks, it will ensure you're on track to start the season. Many of these are also good to run through mid-season or before any major trip or regatta.
Full article: www.quantumsails.com
Cork300 announces cancellation of all scheduled events for July due to Coronavirus Pandemic
All events scheduled in July for the Cork300 events series, which were to run across Cork Harbour to celebrate the Royal Cork Yacht Club's Tricentenary, have been cancelled.
The Club announced today that they took this difficult decision in conjunction with their partners to safeguard the health of sailors, visitors, volunteers and the community at large and to give certainty to those participants and visitors who had scheduled to come to Cork in July.
The celebrations scheduled to take place in July, which have now been cancelled, include Volvo Cork Week 2020 (in partnership with Johnson & Perrott), a Classic Yacht Regatta, a Cruise in Company with the Irish Cruising Club and other leading Cruising Clubs from America and Europe along the Wild Atlantic Way and a Royal Cork Fleet review and National and European yacht racing championships.
The Royal Cork are monitoring the ongoing Covid19 situation closely, but as of now, are continuing to plan for all of the remaining events scheduled from 1st August to end of December 2020.
Founded in 1720, the Royal Cork Yacht Club is the oldest yacht club in the world. As such, their special anniversary events were attracting National and International sailing communities to Cork from as far as Australia, Hong Kong and San Francisco who wanted to see "Where It All Began".
RORC: Sympathy for Royal Cork Tricentenary
The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) in London says it is 'especially sympathetic' to the Royal Cork Yacht Club concerning their Tricentenary Celebration cancellations in July.
As Afloat reported earlier, the Cork Week Regatta, the IRC European Championships, and many other activities have all been cancelled.
The oldest yacht club in the world announced today that they took this difficult decision in conjunction with their partners to safeguard the health of sailors, visitors, volunteers and the community at large, and to give certainty to those participants and visitors who had scheduled to come to Cork in July.
RORC's Morgan Cup race, scheduled for 8th July was to act as a feeder race for the Cork Tricentenary Celebrations, however, due to the cancellation, the course will no longer head to Ireland. At this stage, there is no planned replacement course, but it likely to finish in the vicinity of the Solent.
RORC Racing Manager Chris Stone commented: "We are in extraordinary times and making these decisions, whilst unavoidable due to the Coronavirus pandemic, has still been very hard at the beginning of an exciting season of races. There is a huge amount of planning that goes into every race we run, so we can sympathise with the Royal Cork Yacht Club who have been in the planning process for many years. We will continue to monitor the pandemic and keep those who race with us fully informed in good time about the next races in the RORC Season's Point Championship."
In line with the continued COVID-19 Government guidance, as well as advice from many of the host finishing clubs in Europe, the RORC has, with regret, had to cancel or change a number of its key events.
Vendee Globe: Alex Thomson video series Episode 1 - 6
British solo skipper Alex Thomson is doing an outstanding job of sharing the work he and his support team are doing to prepare for the 2020-21 edition of the Vendee Globe single handed around the world race with fans of the campaign. Case in point the regular series of video updates the communications team have...
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Episode 1: No Quit
A rare insight into the unpredictable and, at times, brutal world of single-handed ocean racing.
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The Ultimate Virtual Tour of Herreshoff Marine Museum
Today, we're bringing you on the ultimate insider tour at the Herreshoff Marine Museum with historian Maynard Bray and Halsey Herreshoff (in a video by our friends at Off Center Harbor).
Join Maynard and Halsey in the Model Room, where they'll share stories, insights, and details rarely heard about the dazzling array of half models carved by Capt. Nat himself.
This is only Part One of a five-part video series that tours the museum, so in the coming weeks we'll be sharing more great Off Center Harbor videos featuring other areas of the museum. We will be sharing this series with you on Sundays for the next few weeks.
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