In This Issue
• Rambler 88 claims third consecutive monohull line honours
• Charal shakes off competition to claim Rolex Fastnet Race honours
• The Transquadra Machine - Jeanneau
• Sinebrychoff 6 Metre World Championship
• The New Hugo Boss Boat Hits The Water
• ORC European Championship
• Six-Regatta 2020 52 Super Series Season Will Open in Cape Town
• The World Sailing Show - August 2019
• Taittinger Royal Solent Yacht Club Regatta
• Oman Air Match Races To Victory In Palma
• Featured Brokerage:
• • Outremer 5X
• • X41 - British Soldier
• • Fast Foot Sally
• The Last Word: Alan Shephard
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Rambler 88 claims third consecutive monohull line honours
Rambler 88 has won monohull line honours this morning, after crossing the Plymouth finish line at 09:55:02. American Owner George David and his all-star crew were delighted to have beaten their rivals on the 100-footer SHK Scallywag to the punch.
For a while it looked like breaking the outright monohull race record was on the cards, especially after Rambler 88 set a new record from Cowes to the Fastnet Rock, George David beating his own record by 88 minutes, which he set on Rambler 100 back in 2011. The race back across the Celtic Sea towards the Scilly Isles was also very quick with straight-line sailing at speeds of around 20 knots. But it was the final run into Plymouth from the Scillies that put paid to any race record hopes. In the end, Rambler 88 finished in a time of 1d 19h 55m 2s, 1 hour and 16 minutes off the record set by the Volvo Open 70 Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing in 2011.
Some crews have chosen not to embark on the Celtic Sea crossing given that prolonged 20-25 knots southwesterly winds have been creating a building sea state. Some have had this decision made for them. Stephen Robinson's Class40 Jumpa Lagi dismasted yesterday after passing the Scilly Islands. All her crew were safe and they are pottering back east and this morning were just off the Lizard.
Regular French competitor Marc Alperovitch and his JPK 10.80 Timeline was forced to put in to Plymouth Yacht Haven prematurely when one of his crew injured his ribs in a fall. Embarrassingly this was an accidental tumble within the light conditions during the first few hours of the race. They continued and were doing well, but with the anticipated motion of the boat, given the waves in the Celtic Sea, was felt likely to cause too much pain for the crewman. -- James Boyd
Charal shakes off competition to claim Rolex Fastnet Race honours
While IMOCA 60s are renowned for racing non-stop around the world in the Vendee Globe, the doublehanded crews of these extraordinary space-age craft appreciate the Rolex Fastnet Race as it offers most conditions of a round the world race within just a few days.
With the IMOCA 60s going through a revolution - following the introduction of foils, one design keels and masts, and being chosen as the grand prix boat of The Ocean Race, there has been huge interest in how they are performing, especially as some are new builds and other have been upgraded to differing degrees.
As usual, all the IMOCA 60s were being sailed doublehanded in preparation for this autumn's Transat Jacques Vabre. Class act of this year's Rolex Fastnet Race was Solitaire du Figaro winner Jeremie Beyou and Christopher Pratt on the new generation VPLP design Charal.
Twenty IMOCA 60s set sail in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial Rolex Fastnet Race and, as forecast, it was the unusual and near impossible-to-predict transition on the first evening between southeasterly gradient to southwesterly pre-frontal breeze that would prove the race's 'defining moment'.
Out of the Solent, PRB, sailed by Nicolas Lunven and her new skipper Kevin Escoffier, led, with Clarisse Cremer and Vendee Globe winner Armel le Cleac'h on board Banque Populaire and Charal both to leeward. However here Charal demonstrated the power of her foils, forging ahead past the north of the Casquets traffic separation scheme (TSS) with Louis Burton and Davy Beaudart aboard Bureau Vallee leading the southerly group.
On the run back to the Scilly Isles, Maître CoQ drew level with Charal. This was due their having to make some laborious sail changes, reported Beyou. "We were broad reaching at 120° TWA under full main and J2 after the Fastnet TSS. Then we changed to the A3, which was the manoeuvre where we lost a lot." During this period Charal hit her top speed of the race - 33-34 knots. Charal passed Bishop Rock to the west of the Scilly Isles at 0630 this morning while behind a four way fight was developing between Banque Populaire, Maître CoQ and Initiatives Coeurs and Bureau Vallee 2.
Through judicious covering, Charal kept herself between those chasing and the Plymouth breakwater finish line where she arrived at 14:02:28 BST in an elapsed time of 2d 1h 32m 28s (outside of the PRB's 2011 record of 1d 23h 21m 27s). Impressively this was only around 1.5 hours more than Peter Harrison's Maxi 72 Sorcha
The Rolex Fastnet Race was good for its female skippers with Clarisse Cremer on Banque Populaire third and Sam Davies on Initiatives Coeur fifth, behind Bureau Vallee 2. At the time of writing Pip Hare and Paul Larsen were lying in 14th and Miranda Merron and Halvard Mabire 17th on Campagne de France. -- James Boyd
The Transquadra Machine - Jeanneau
Jeanneau's Sun Fast 3200 was one of the most popular and successful designs for today's thriving shorthanded offshore racing market. Their latest 3300 promises to go one step further
Jeanneau Sun Fast 3300
Shorthanded sailing, be it single or double handed, has seen a steady rise in popularity in recent years. From the continued strong interest in the Mini-Transat to the thriving Class 40 fleet and Imoca 60 class, be it crossing the Atlantic or lapping the planet, there seems to be no shortage of takers among those looking to go it alone, or with just one other.
One of the most recent launches that is due later this season is Jeanneau's Sun Fast 3300. This 33ft production racer takes over from the company's highly successful Sun Fast 3200 of which more than 250 boats were produced since first hitting the market in 2007.
Following this sustained growth in shorthanded sailing and for the first time, the Olympics will include an offshore class where mixed gender double-handed teams will compete in 2024. There can surely be few better validations for this popular style of racing.
Sinebrychoff 6 Metre World Championship
Hanko, Finland: The opening day of the 2019 Sinebrychoff 6 Metre World Championship brought sparkling sunshine and a lovely summer breeze building gradually from around 8 knots at the start of race one to 18 knots by the end of race two. The the Hangö Segelförening's Race Committee provided near perfect windward leeward courses and the 47 strong fleet, which is divided into the Open Division for Moderns built after 1 January 1966 and the Classic Division for boats built before 31 December 1965, enjoyed two fabulous races.
With two of the scheduled eight races completed defending World Champion Philip Durr's SUI77 Junior, a 1981 Pelle Petterson design subsequently reconfigured by Ian Howlett with a new keel in 1989 and new rudder in 1991, has given notice to the Modern Division that she would very much like to claim her sixth world title by taking a first and third in today's races to lead the regatta overall.
Just one point behind Junior, thanks to third and second places, lies Henrik Andersin's FIN78 Evelina, a 1995 Peter Norlin design with eight time world champion Theis Palm of North Sails calling tactics. Hugo Stenbeck's 1989 Peter Norlin designed SUI32 Sophie Racing is one further point adrift in third and in fourth place lies Portugal's Patrick Monteiro de Barros sailing the 1988 Pelle Petterson boat Seljm, winner of the second race.
Provisional Results After 2 Races
Top 5 Open Division
1. Junior - Philippe Durr, SUI, 4
2. Evalina - Henrik Andersin, FIN, 5
3. Sophie Racing - Hugo Stenbeck, SUI, 6
4. Seljm - Patrick Monteiro de Barros, POR, 10
5. Thisbee - Michel Teweles, SUI, 11
Top 5 Classic Division
1. Fridolin - Henrik Lundberg, FIN, 4
2. Djinn - Karl-Gustav Pihl, FIN, 7
3. Hanko III - Thomas Kuhmann, USA, 9
4. Bribon - Pedro Campos, ESP,12
5. May Be VI - Andy Nystrom, FIN,13
The New Hugo Boss Boat Hits The Water
Alex Thomson Racing has announced the completion of the new racing yacht, which it hopes will lead the team to victory in the 2020-21 Vendee Globe round-the-world race.
The IMOCA boat, HUGO BOSS, is the product of more than two years of painstaking design and build work undertaken by the ocean racing team, together with more than 100 naval architects, engineers and boat builders.
Designed in partnership by the Alex Thomson Racing technical team - led by Design Manager Pete Hobson - and French naval architects VPLP, the revolutionary new boat was built in Hampshire, England, close to the ocean racing team's home base of Gosport.
Spearheaded by world-renowned British boat builder Jason Carrington, the build itself began back in June 2018 and has involved more than 50,000 hours of specialist construction.
HUGO BOSS - the name carried by all six of the team's previous IMOCA boats - is a purpose-built 60ft long carbon fibre yacht, weighing 7.6 tonnes and featuring state-of-the-art hydrofoils. The boat's deck and coach roof, meanwhile, feature solar panelling, an addition which the team hopes will allow it to achieve its ambition of sailing around the world without the use of fossil fuels.
The distinctive black hull is in stark contrast to accents of fluorescent pink which can be seen across the boat's coach roof, keel and rudder. Devised by Industrial Designer Karim Rashid - the man behind the brand identity of the boat - the bespoke fluro tone is a first for the IMOCA class.
Thomson and his team will now undertake a period of on-water commissioning and testing before the new HUGO BOSS is officially launched and christened in September. From there, the boat will debut in the double-handed Transat Jacques Vabre race in October 2019 before Thomson undertakes his first solo race in the New York to Vendee in June 2020, the penultimate race in the IMOCA calendar before the Vendee Globe itself in November 2020.
ORC European Championship
Oxelosund, Sweden: ORC championship racing re-focuses from the Med region to the Baltic with next week's start of the ORC European Championship 2019 in Oxelosund, Sweden. Hosted by the Oxelosund Sailing Club, this event held on the eastern coast of Sweden will bring 72 entries from 8 countries throughout Europe to race in three separate classes from Wednesday 14 August to Saturday 17 August.
The event starts with measurements, inspections, and registration held on Sunday and Monday 11-12 August, with the first Skipper's Meeting followed by a Practice Race held on Tuesday 13 August. Then racing commences on Wednesday with a windward-leeward Inshore race starting at midday, followed by an Offshore race held in the evening. Inshore racing will be held on two course areas: one for the 8 teams in Class A and 22 teams in Class B, and a second area for the 42 teams competing in Class C.
Racing then continues on Thursday 14 August with a single Inshore race, while the remaining days of Friday and Saturday 16-17 August will feature two Inshore races each day, followed by the Awards ceremony Saturday evening. European Champion prizes and titles are awarded for the top three results in each class, in addition to the top all-amateur Corinthian teams in each class as well.
Favorites to watch in ORC Class A include two podium finishers at past ORC Championship events: Erik Berth's Swan 45 Tarok 7 and Ralf Lassig's XP 44 Xenia. Berth and his team from Denmark won Silver medals in Class A at the ORC Worlds in Copenhagen in 2016 and Silvers again at the 2017 ORC European Championship in Gdansk. Lassig and his team from Germany were Bronze medalists in Class 2 at the last ORC European Championship held in Sweden, the 2013 edition sailed in Sandhamn.
Before the start of the racing in Oxelosund, later this week on Thursday 8 August, about 30-40 boats are expected to also compete in the Swedish ORCi Offshore Championship being held at the Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS) in Sandhamn, about 50 miles northeast. This is regarded to be one of the best regatta areas in Sweden and will feature three days of 7 races, including one offshore race and six inshore races.
This championship event will be used by some as a tune-up for the European Championship, and the top finisher among the Swedish teams will be crowned as the Swedish ORC National Champion.
Six-Regatta 2020 52 Super Series Season Will Open in Cape Town
The 2020 52 Super Series season will visit South Africa as the showcase curtain raiser to a six-regatta year, which will also feature four reliable, popular favourites in Europe.
The world's leading grand prix monohull circuit will start with two regattas in South Africa in March and April and return to the Mediterranean for regattas in Scarlino, Tuscany in May, Porto Cervo, Sardinia in June, and Valencia in July before concluding in Mallorca at Puerto Portals in September.
Reflecting a desire to offer owners and teams the opportunity to experience new and different racing waters together and to broaden the horizons of the world's leading grand prix monohull circuit, the 52 Super Series will race two regattas on the iconic waters of Cape Town, South Africa next year.
It will be the first time that the circuit has hosted regattas in the Southern Hemisphere and already there is considerable excitement and anticipation among the fleet. The move has been under discussion for some months, but following a recent venue visit, the green light was given and planning is already under way for the two regattas, which will take place one month apart, the first from 29th February to 6th March and the second event from 30th March to 4th April 2020.
2020 52 Super Series Calendar:
Cape Town - February 29 - March 6
Cape Town - March 30 - April 4
Scarlino - May 11-16
Porto Cervo - June 16-21
Valencia - July 17-22
The World Sailing Show - August 2019
- Coville's secret revealed - The new Sodebo
- The Un-Regatta
- The Eagle has launched
- A new route to the America's Cup
- Alternative foiling for fun
It has taken two years to create and has required absolute secrecy throughout. As Thomas Coville's new 32m trimaran was rolled out into the open we got to see why his team had been so tight lipped about their new beast of a boat. This is an Ultime like no other. We also take a look at another high performance multihull, but this one is for cruising. The Eagle 53 was inspired by the America's Cup and designed to fly.
A new plan for the road to the America's Cup is laid out as this year's opening event is postponed.
How a sailing club in San Diego with an unorthodox approach to racing is grabbing the support of a new generation of young sailors.
Taittinger Royal Solent Yacht Club Regatta
For the 12th edition of the Taittinger Royal Solent Yacht Club Regatta, supported by Rouse Ltd. (26-28 July), and based in Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, the breeze - unusually - trended from the north and with a record 214 boats competing, the event's Race Committee chose to start all racing from the Island shore: Black Group (132 boats) close under the clay cliffs just west of Hamstead Ledge and White Group (82 boats) directly in front of the Royal Solent's clubhouse just east of Yarmouth Pier.
For the second year running, Harry Brewer and the crew of J109 Space 8 from Parkstone Yacht Club took the Overall Winner Prize for the 2019 Taittinger Royal Solent Yacht Club Regatta with three bullets - matching the team's score from last year's regatta.
The 2020 Taittinger Royal Solent Yacht Club Regatta will be held on Friday 17th-Sunday 19th July.
Oman Air Match Races To Victory In Palma
Oman Air have won the 38 Copa del Rey MAPFRE, third event of the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour, after fending off a final day challenge from arch-rivals Alinghi. After being soundly beaten by Ernesto Bertarelli's Swiss team at the GC32 World Championship in June, this was a sweet return to form for Adam Minoprio and his crew.
While Alinghi was disappointed to have lost out on this occasion, skipper Arnaud Psarofaghis was still pleased with the team's performance.
Red Bull Sailing Team were the other crew to make it on to the Palma podium, which was 'goal achieved' for skipper Roman Hagara
Iker Martinez and his new crew on M&G Tressis Silicius took everyone by surprise in the first race of the afternoon when they snuck through on the final windward leg to lead the reaching parade across the finish line. It was high-fives all round as the Spanish underdogs overtook the big teams for a famous race victory. After such a trying and testing week, this was just what the double Olympic medallist needed - for himself, his crew and his sponsors.
For the GC32 Racing Tour, the season moves on to Lake Garda for the Riva Cup over 11-15th September.
Final results at Copa del Rey MAPFRE
1. Oman Air, 35 points
2. Alinghi, 40
3. Red Bull Sailing Team, 63
4. Zoulou, 75
5. Black Star Sailing Team, 102
6. M&G Tressis Silicius, 112
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