In This Issue
• Round the Island Race rescheduled to 26 September
• 12 Quality Candidates Apply to Join RHKYC Team Agiplast
• What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
• Herreshoff Marine Museum Audio Tours
• DIY Bevin's Skiff
• Seafest 2020 in Cork Harbour is Postponed Until 2021
• The DRHEAM-CUP 2020 opens to the Figaro Beneteau class
• M32 Worlds 2021 Confirmed for Cascais
• North Sea Regatta Postponed
• Today's Drink To Help Get Through All This
• Letters to the Editor
• Featured Brokerage:
• • Powerplay
• • Marten 49 - SUMMER STORM
• • MTC28 - Carbon Trimaran
• The Last Word: Tom Hayden
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Round the Island Race rescheduled to 26 September
Due to the situation surrounding COVID-19 and the current Government guidance on social distancing, the Island Sailing Club have today taken the difficult decision to reschedule this year's Round the Island Race to 26 September.
Dave Atkinson, Race Director said:
"As I'm sure you will appreciate, this has not been an easy decision for us to make. Valid arguments have been made for the Race to go ahead on 30 May with some modifications, such as cancelling shoreside activities and asking those over 70 or otherwise at risk not to take part. However, this would still have meant encouraging people to travel to the south coast, to mix with family and friends in small groups and to pass through possibly busy marinas, not to mention asking our team of nearly 200 volunteers to gather together on committee boats and at the Club for a long day. Our conclusion is that it would not be responsible to do this when we all need to be playing our part in complying with the Government's clear guidelines.
"We will shortly be issuing a revised Notice of Race incorporating the various date and timing changes, but in all other respects we expect to run the Race exactly as planned. Our online entry system remains open as usual, and while none of us quite knows what the next few months have in store, we do hope that you will still be excited by the prospect of an early autumn Round the Island Race and taking part in what is sure to be a rather unique occasion.
"In the meantime, everyone here at the Island Sailing Club sends you and your loved ones our very best wishes in these difficult circumstances and we look forward to seeing you on the start line on 26 September."
12 Quality Candidates Apply to Join RHKYC Team Agiplast
12 aspiring and talented young sailors (six male and six female) have applied to become a member of RHKYC Team Agiplast, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's Challenge for the Youth America's Cup 2020-2021.
The event will be sailed in the brand new AC9F 9m monohull foiling boats with the first AC9F having been launched only a few weeks ago. Foiling is at the pinnacle of sailing and this discipline is developing rapidly, with America's Cup, SailGP and the foiling Moth and Waszp dinghies.
Per regulations, the final permanent crew of four must comprise two male and two female sailors. An extended crew will consist of one male and one female sailor. The average minimum weight set out in the NOR by the Organising Authority for the Youth America's Cup is 70 kg (280 kg total crew), and the maximum average weight is 78 kg (311 kg total crew). The AC9F is expected to be a great physical challenge and physical attributes will play a key role in the success of the top teams. A minimum weight has been set by the Organising Authority to ensure there is sufficient strength among the crew to handle the boat well.
Now that the 12 applications have been received, the selection process is underway with a round of online interviews taking place over the weekend of 28 and 29 March. The move to online interviews has come in response to the ongoing Covid-19 global epidemic.
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's Rear Commodore (Sailing), Lucy Sutro, said "When we launched our search for our crew, we had indicated that the decisions would be finalised on 2 April. With the ongoing Covid-19 epidemic, we now have to be a little more fluid with that original deadline, not to mention how we conduct our interviews, including a fitness test. Travel restrictions, and the fact that the Club is now having to close its facilities for what we hope will only be a few weeks, means that we must adapt. We must all do our part during this difficult period but at the same time move forwards how best we can."
The Club hopes - the Covid-19 situation allowing - to announce their final selection by mid April.
Proven concept next stage
Leonardo Ferragamo explains to Matt Sheahan the thinking behind Nautor's Swan's bold leap into the future
Time to take stock
When someone else has a go at adding a different keel to your own well-proven yacht design... then it falls off, well, that is not helpful. Jason Ker
Tom Whidden is the sailor who was closest to Dennis Conner through that extraordinary America's Cup career. He talks to his Magic Carpet3 shipmate Blue Robinson about the pain of Newport and getting it right in Fremantle
You've got it (so use it)
Richie Wilson has done extraordinary things during his two Vendée Globe campaigns. Brian Hancock suggest others should follow his lead
'Honey, I bought a wreck' - Detlef Jens
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Herreshoff Marine Museum Audio Tours
Did you know that the Museum audio tour can be enjoyed anywhere?! That's right! No need to be at the Museum to enjoy your own guided tour. Use your smart phone to virtually explore the Museum and its collections.
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DIY Bevin's Skiff
In this time of social distancing from friends and family I am sure all of you are looking for activities to keep yourself and your families entertained and engaged. We here at the Herreshoff Marine Museum thought we could share some ideas with a maritime theme that you might enjoy. Here's a suggestion for you to try.
The Herreshoff Marine Museum's Building to Teach website is full of boat building information and activities for kids and adults and has many "hands on" math exercises and projects that don't require many tools or materials. There are other scale model boat projects as well. Building to Teach instructor training accounts are free. All you need to do is sign up to get access to the materials.
Seafest 2020 in Cork Harbour is Postponed Until 2021
In a statement, the Marine Institute said that a decision was taken to postpone the event until 2021 "in light of the rapidly evolving situation and public health measures due to the coronavirus"
The festival, which was returning to Cork after several years in Galway, was due to take place from May 15th to 17th.
It has drawn record crowds since its initiation, earning a title of the "national ploughing championships of the sea"
The Marine Institute said that European Maritime Day, which was also scheduled to take place in Cork to coincide with "SeaFest", has also been deferred and new dates are being considered for it.
"In taking this decision our priority was to ensure the health and wellbeing of both exhibitors and visitors at the event," the Marine Institute said in a statement on Monday afternoon.
"We looked forward to welcoming everyone to SeaFest in 2021," it said.
The DRHEAM-CUP 2020 opens to the Figaro Beneteau class
The third edition of the DRHEAM-CUP, from 18 to 27 July, starting in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin and finishing in La Trinite-sur-Mer, is continuing to open to more competitors, as the OPEN DE FRANCE DE COURSE AU LARGE -labelled race will welcome a Figaro Beneteau 3 fleet. An opportunity for the solo sailing experts to warm up on the DRHEAM-CUP 400 course, one month before the start of the Solitaire du Figaro.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many organisers are having to postpone or cancel races, including the Solo Maître CoQ, the Solo Guy Cotten and the Transat AG2R, the last three races in the Figaro Beneteau class season. Drheam Promotion, organiser of the DRHEAM-CUP, has stated that they intend to welcome the Figaro Beneteau 3 fleet this year.
When he launched the DRHEAM-CUP in 2016, its founder Jacques Civilise dreamt of an OPEN race, taking place in the summer, open to all boats, formats and sailors, enabling everyone to enjoy a real high-level competition in a sharing and celebratory atmosphere. This openness, which led to it being awarded the OPEN DE FRANCE DE COURSE AU LARGE label, allowed the two first editions to welcome a multi-class fleet, from Ultimes to Classic Yachts, including Imocas, Class40, Multi50, Multi 2000, IRC, Osiris and Mini 6.50 boats.
In the run-up to the third edition, this quest for openness continues, since the Figaro Beneteau class has accepted the organiser's invitation to include the DRHEAM-CUP in its official 2020 calendar.
M32 Worlds 2021 Confirmed for Cascais
In an agreement between the Clube Naval de Cascais and the M32 International Class Association, it was confirmed the 2021 M32 World Championship will be sailed in Cascais in October. In addition, Cascais will also host one of the European Series events already in August this year. Club President Gonçalo Esteves says, "For Clube Naval de Cascais it's a great honor to host in Cascais M32. In a year where everything is singular and in a year that most of the sports events will be canceled, we are very delighted to receive the M32 Class association in Cascais. Here in Cascais, we have been capable of hosting the majority of the important one design circuits in the world, and M32 will fit in our requirements."
In addition to the World Championship, Cascais will host one of the stops of the European Series already this year in August. This will be a great opportunity for the teams to get to know the waters of next year's Worlds, and test the different race area options. "
M32 World Championships
2021 - Cascais, Portugal - Scheduled for October
2020 - Miami, USA - Scheduled for November 16-22
2019 - Riva del Garda, Italy - Winners: Overall AND Corinthian Don Wilson USA, Convexity
2018 - Chicago, USA - Winners: Overall Phil Robertson NZL, China One Ningbo. Corinthian Rick DeVos, USA, REV
2017 - Marstrand, Sweden - Winners: Overall Phil Robertson NZL, China One Ningbo. Corinthian Don Wilson USA, Convexity
Full results at m32world.com/results-archive/
M32 European Series 2020
May 22-24 - Euro 1 Sanremo, Italy
June 12-14 - Euro 2 Amsterdam, Holland
July 10-12 Euro 3 Marstrand, Sweden
August 7-9 - Euro 4 Cascais, Portugal
September 4-6 Euro 5 and European Championship Lake Garda, Italy
Full schedule at m32world.com/calendar/
North Sea Regatta Postponed
To stop COVID everyone has to participate. That is why countries imposed strict measures to combat the crisis. The Dutch government directed more extensive and prolonged measures to try and control the virus from spreading even further. These new rules and regulations took immediate effect as of 23 March.
One of the new measures is to limit gatherings of people up to June 1st, 2020. This affects everyone and all events will have to be cancelled, postponed or be executed virtually. Unfortunately, these new measures also mean that the Vuurschepen Race and the North Sea Regatta 2020 cannot take place as planned. We are very sorry, but there is no other choice as to postpone until next year.
For those who have already registered and paid the entry fee, we will contact you individually for reimbursements.
Given the current developing situation in The Netherlands and England, in combination with a very full sailing calendar for the remainder of the year, the organizing committee has decided together in close cooperation with Jachtclub Scheveningen, sponsors and the Noordzee Club that we will focus all our efforts on 2021.
We will work very hard to bring the Vuurschepen Race and the North Sea Regatta back to the water bigger and better in 2021.
Today's Drink To Help Get Through All This
This drink was started in Caen, in the lower region of Normandy, and is a very popular drink among students. While the origins are vague, the infamy of the drink has spread.
The drink is prepared as a pitcher, and is great for sharing!
2 parts Calvados
3 parts white wine
5 parts beer
A drizzle of pomegranate syrup
A drizzle of citron syrup
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and stir. It's that simple!
* From Lars Larsson: re: INNOV'SAIL 2020
We are all aware of the increasing threat from the Corona virus, and it is very difficult to predict when international travel is back to normal. To be on the safe side a postponement of INNOV'SAIL 2020 would have to be very long, which would render the submitted papers obsolete before they are presented. So, the steering committee has revoked the previous decision and decided to run the conference online on the original dates, 15-17 June 2020. The exact format of the conference is yet to be decided.
* From Ginny Jones:
This reminds me of the call that we received one day when I was working in the Shipyard at Mystic Seaport Museum back in the 70's and 80's, We were called by a storage facility which was in the process of closing down and moving out. They had a large bin which was full of a lot of canvas which came from where they knew not, but it might be useful as drop clothes around the Museum. I wish that I had kept notes on the conversations because they were interesting. The gist of the discussions and the end result was that Dean Seder (I am almost certain) was sent with a Museum pick up truck to see what was there and to bring it back to the Museum "if worthwhile."
I can remember Dean returning -- the truck was sagging on its springs as the back was packed full as was the front seat. There was a least one sail, maybe more, plus rigging and perhaps other stuff but the memories have faded. It turned out that the sails belonged to RANGER if I remember correctly which is problematic. That made sense because I think that the place that he visited was on City Island where Ratsey and Lapthorne was located. I cannot now remember whether the sail/s were from Ratseys but needless to say, those sails were not only snapped up for the collection (and treasured) but they were actually in almost impeccable condition. They did not get turned into drop clothes.
True story but does anyone remember the details that I've forgotten?
* From Suzie Marwood: re: Quarantini
Perhaps a mixologist could suggest something with available ingredients - bottle of sherry been open since 2006, a very black banana, a miniature of something pale orange (present from Bulgarian cleaning Lady) whose only readable bit of label says “Licor Artesanal” and some crispy fried Sushi onions Best Before November 2019.
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The Last Word
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