In This Issue
• Full Foil! Persico 69F Cup
• 85 entries for RORC Race the Wight
• 2020 Resolute Cup Canceled
• Caprice and Ghost
• DBSC Results for Saturday
• Lecture Video: Halsey C. Herreshoff on the Herreshoff Centennial Classes of 1914
• Fight Scurvy! Drink Lemonade!
• Thomson completes qualification for Vendee Globe
• RORC Lockdown Live Series
• Bill Barnett, OAM
• Featured Brokerage:
• • Cantiere Baglietto Classic International 12 Metre
• • Swan 77-010 Mascalzone Latino
• • SW100RS Mrs. Seven
• The Last Word: Marcus Aurelius
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Full Foil! Persico 69F Cup
Photo by Studio Borlenghi. Click on image to enlarge.
Roberto Lacorte, Enrico Zennaro and Lorenzo Bressani are the first winners in the history of the Persico 69F Cup. With 9 first placements out of 15 races, FlyingNikka 47 dominated the Gargnano regatta field and won with 7 points ahead of the Swiss Team, in third FlyingNikka 74 which finished with 6 points from second.
The last day of racing showed how with winds above 12 knots the Persico 69F presented a great challenge: FlyingNikka 47 was the great protagonist of Event 1.1, but Nicola Celon, supported today by Fedrigucci - Salva, gave the winners "a run for their money". At ease with the sustained southern wind, known as Ora, the Swiss Team handily won three of the five races, and proved that they are extremely comfortable on the foils in maneuvering and flying at 22.61 knots on the race field, a result that earned them the Top Speed score of day 3. FlyingNikka 47 won the first and last round, capitalizing on all the advantages obtained in the first two days of runs with the extreme calm, typical of champions, and keeping as far away as possible from any penalties.
With just enough time to raise the first winner's cup to the sky, for the organizers it is already time to prepare for Event 1.2, scheduled for next week: training will start on Tuesday July 21st through Thursday July 23rd, maintaining operational headquarters at the Sailing Circle of Gargnano, where the second part of the first Grand Prix Persico 69F CUP will be held.
Full results Studio Borlenghi
85 entries for RORC Race the Wight
The Royal Ocean Racing Club is expecting in excess of 100 entries for Race the Wight, scheduled to start on Saturday 1st August. All entry fees will be donated to the NHS Trust and the Scaramouche Sailing Trust. Race the Wight will be the first of a four-race RORC mini-series during August and September.
"As a charity, we rely on donations and grants. Every pound we receive goes towards getting more students from different backgrounds sailing," commented Jon Holt, Scaramouche Sailing Trust. "Our next big goal is to be on the start line of the Rolex Fastnet Race 2021. We are grateful for the ongoing support from RORC and proud to be named as one of the charities for the race." The Greig City Academy will have upwards of a dozen students on different boats for the race.
IRC Classes for the 50nm race around the Isle of Wight are still to be confirmed. However, early entries indicate a fleet full of champions with any number of potential victors.
RORC Vice Commodore James Neville racing his HH42 Ino XXX and Ian Atkins' Melges IC37 Icy are favourites for monohull line honours.
Vintage yachts abound through the fleet including some of the smallest entries, 2019 Quarter Ton Cup Champion Protis, with Ian Southworth on the tiler, will be able to gauge their performance against Tony Hayward's Blackfun. Past RORC Commodore Peter Rutter will be racing his restored Half Tonner Quokka 9. Giovanni Belgrano is part of the structural design team for INEOS Team UK for the America's Cup and his 1939 Giles one-off design Whooper has solid form for the race. Whooper is a past winner of the Gold Roman Bowl in the ISC Round the Island Race, beating over a thousand competitors. Ross Applebey's Oyster 48 Scarlet Oyster will also be in action and was in fine form recently winning class once again in the RORC Caribbean 600 and overall winner of 2019 RORC Cowes St Malo.
The overall winner of the Race the Wight will be decided by time correction using the IRC Rating System. -- Louay Habib
2020 Resolute Cup Canceled
The New York Yacht Club has announced that the sixth edition of the Resolute Cup, a Corinthian Championship for U.S. Yacht Clubs, will be canceled. The regatta was scheduled for September 14 to 19.
The Resolute Cup was first run in 2010 as the U.S. Qualifying Series for the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. The biennial regatta, which is sailed out of the New York Yacht Club Harbor Court, has since developed an identity of its own as yacht clubs from around the United States send their best amateur sailors to Newport, R.I., to compete for national bragging rights in addition to a coveted berth in the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, sailing's premiere international Corinthian big-boat regatta. The 2020 edition was to use the New York Yacht Club's fleet of 23-foot Sonars and a fleet of RS21s provided by regatta sponsor RS Sailing.
"We looked at all the options to run this event, but in the end we couldn't find an acceptable solution," says William P. Ketcham, Commodore of the New York Yacht Club. "This is a provided-boat event that draws teams from across the country. While many of the invited teams recently expressed a willingness to travel to the regatta, there is simply no way to ensure the safety of the competitors and New York Yacht Club membership and staff, and run a competition that meets the high standard set by previous editions of this regatta. We look forward to hosting it again in 2022."
The 2022 edition, which is scheduled for September 12 to 17, 2022, will also feature the RS21, along with the Sonar. The use of two distinct fleets of provided boats is a hallmark of the Resolute Cup.
The RS21 is specifically designed for fleet purchase, and has made an early splash in North America, with a club-owned fleet at Lakewood Yacht Club in Texas and regular appearances at the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta series run by Sailing World magazine. Lakewood YC hosted the class's inaugural North American championship in mid-June.
Teams that requested an invitation to to the 2020 edition will get first crack at the berths in the 2022 event. Space permitting, other interested clubs will be able to submit their RFI in late 2021.
Caprice and Ghost
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In the autumn of 1925, a group of Long Island Sound yachtsmen met to discuss their growing need for a modest-sized daysailer. They sought a boat of similar proportion to a 6-Meter, but smaller, less expensive to build, and easier to sail. The new boats would be simple enough to be handled by junior yachtsmen, but exciting enough to provide good competition for veteran sailors. They would be well built, beautiful, and reasonably priced.
Mower's new sloop measured 28′9″ overall, 19′ on the waterline, and 7′6″ at the beam. The approximately 6,000-lb hull (2,500 lbs of which was in the external lead ballast) was driven by 425 sq ft of sail carried in a colossal main and a tiny jib. Under this towering rig, the boats of the new class promised to be fast. And they were, indeed, beautiful.
Indeed they are... the full story and lots of photos in Wooden Boat
DBSC Results for Saturday
127 boats from 19 classes, including 34 Laser dinghies, raced on a flukey Dublin Bay this afternoon.
Dublin Bay Sailing Club debutante, the Royal Irish's First 40 Prima Forte (Patrick Burke and Sean Lemass) was second in Class O IRC, in a race won by clubmates in the XP44 WOW (George Sisk).
Class one was a clean sweep for dominant J109s. The race was won by the National Yacht Club's Jalapeno (Paul Barrington) with White Mischief (Tim Goodbody) second and Barrington's club mates Something Else (John Hall) third.
In the dinghy classes, the first race of the Laser Standard division was won by. F Walker, with G Murphy second and 3. D Mac Colgain third
Lecture Video: Halsey C. Herreshoff on the Herreshoff Centennial Classes of 1914
Halsey C. Herreshoff discussed three Herreshoff Centennial Classes of sailing yachts: the Newport 29, about the most winning class of any Herreshoff or other grouping; the Buzzard's Bay 25, the favorite model of Halsey's Grandpa Captain Nathanael Greene Herreshoff; and the legendary Buzzards Bay Boys Boats, later dubbed Herreshoff 12½ Footers, the world's first mass produced yachts of which 374 were built at the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. Halsey spoke of the significant actions of the Herreshoff Manufacturing and its outstanding team that functioned so impressively in 1914, one of the most successful years in its history. Halsey speaks with remarkable insight from his naval architecture profession, four times America's Cup champion experience, and from Herreshoff family lore passed on by his late father Sidney Herreshoff.
Fight Scurvy! Drink Lemonade!
A Herreshoff-era recipe for lemonade and some complementary history of one of the deadliest diseases in maritime history
We know you've all been home for a while now. Being cooped up at home can feel a little like being on a long voyage: you don't have a lot of room to move around or a lot of privacy and all the good snacks are gone way too fast after every provisioning trip. Your family may be feeling more like a crew of unruly sailors every day. There is one thing we can do to help make sure you don't suffer like sailors of the past though: drink lemonade, and prevent scurvy!
The history of lemonade is just as interesting as the history of scurvy! Here is one recipe from the Herreshoff era, published by Isabella Beeton in her cookbook, "The Book of Household Management" in 1861. We recommend you scrub your lemons in hot water before starting. Let us know how this historical recipe goes!
The rind of two lemons
The juice of 3 large or 4 small lemons
1 lb. loaf sugar [equivalent today to 1 lb. of regular granulated sugar]
1 quart of boiling water
Rub some of the sugar, in lumps, on 2 of the lemons until they have imbibed all the oil from them, and put it with the remainder of the sugar into a jug; add the lemon-juice (but not pips); and pour over a whole quart of boiling water. When the sugar is dissolved, strain the lemonade through a fine sieve or piece of muslin, and, when cool, it will be ready for use...
Thomson completes qualification for Vendee Globe
Less than four months out from the 2020 edition of the Vendee Globe, British sailor Alex Thomson has officially secured his place on the starting line.
Thomson completed a six-day solo passage onboard his IMOCA 60 race boat, HUGO BOSS, finalising his qualification for the Vendee Globe, which begins on 8th November.
"I saw a good mixture of conditions, from 2 knots all the way up to 40 knots, some upwind and some downwind. It was a really good test of the boat. There were a few challenges along the way but that's part of the reason we do the qualification.
"This was the first time I've sailed solo on the boat and, I can tell you, she is a real pleasure to sail on your own. I've been blown away by her performance and I'm super happy with the set up. Being inside the cockpit, protected from the elements, is a real game changer, particularly as foiling offshore takes much more of a toll on the body".
Having finished the past two editions of the Vendee Globe in third and second place, Thomson and his team are focusing all their energy on securing a victory in 2020-21: "We're in a race against time to the start line so every day counts from now until then" he said. "Every day, we learn more about the boat and that learning process will continue right up until the start of the race. There is only one objective - to win. Nothing else matters, and everything we do between now and November 8th has to bring us closer to that goal".
RORC Lockdown Live Series
Time Over Distance - Series Wrap
It's been a great 15 weeks speaking with guests as part of the RORC #TimeOverDistance series. We've compiled some of the best bits from the series for you to watch!
Over the course of the past few weeks we have spoken to Brian Thompson, Alex Loison & Jack Bouttell, Andrew Palfrey, Skip Novak, Carlo Borlenghi, Dee Caffari, Ian Moore (Walk the Rolex Fastnet Race Course), Sam Davies, Brad Butterworth, Ian Walker, Harold Cudmore, Jon Holt (Greig City Academy/Scaramouche Sailing Trust), Jason Carrington, Luke Patience and Michel Desjoyeaux!
Thank you to all the guests who joined us and to those who tuned in each week. We'll be back very soon with more enthralling conversations and stories with sailors around the world.
Bill Barnett, OAM
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The late Bill Barnett was a famous sailing identity who designed, built and raced world champion boats from 18ft Skiffs to international 12 metre class yachts to challenge for The America's Cup.
Born in 1915, as a teenager, he began racing competitively in a 12ft canvas class dinghy called Myra (named after his father's first 10 Footer), then in 1934-1935 won the NSW Championship, which was the beginning of a successful sailing career.
When the Sydney Flying Squadron resumed racing 18s after the WWII years, he was part of a syndicate which bought the champion Jenny Too skiff from Norman Wright Snr in Brisbane. He continued to win many championships during the 1940s, including the 1946-1947 NSW Championship.
Bill designed and built the 6-foot beam Myra and won the 1948-1949 Australian Championship then improved his design and built Myra Too, which dominated the 18 Footer class by winning the NSW, Australian and Giltinan world Championships during the 1950-1951 Season.
Myra Too blew all of her opponents out of the water in the 1951 Giltinan Championship, winning all three races of the regatta with astonishing ease.
New Zealand's Jack Logan was expected to be a strong challenger in his new boat, Tarua, after the regatta remarked "Myra Too was in a class by herself."
Myra Too was exceptionally suited to the conditions of Sydney Harbour. She had a powerful Marconi rigged big sail and showed good all round speed in any conditions. Barnett had made the boat a little finer than most 18s and with a bit more flare on the topsides forward.
In the late 1960s, Barnett's career reached even greater heights when he was approached to build an international 12 metre class yacht, Warwick Hood-designed Dame Pattie, for Australia's 1967 challenge for The America's Cup.
Intrepid USA, Bus Mosbacher, won the series 4-nil at Newport, Rhode Island in September 1967, but Dame Pattie's backer Sir Frank Packer was prepared to fund another Cup challenger, named Gretel II, in 1970 and Barnett was again chosen as the builder.
In October 1971, a devastating fire in his boatshed destroyed the structure and contents. He began winding his business down in the 1980s, and in 2012 was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia 'for service to the boatbuilding industry as a designer and craftsman, and to the sport of sailing'.
Bill Barnett died in 2018.
Full article by Frank Quealey with information from John Stanley as well as Penny Hyde from the Australian National Maritime Museum at www.18footers.com.au/sailing/news/bill-barnett-oam-an-incredible-designer-builder-and-competitor/
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