In This Issue
Double 9er victory for Germany, Italy wins the Nacra 17s
Kistanov secures win at International Finn Cup in Malcesine
Marlow's Blue Ocean Doublebraid
166th Edition of North America's Oldest Annual Regatta
Sam Meech / Theland Racing Team win NZ National Keelboat Title
Second Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Hull New Zealand-Bound
AC75 Defiant Decommissioned In Auckland As Launch Of Patriot Nears
Les Voiles
18 Skiff Spring Championship Preview
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• • Soto 48 KUANKUN TOO
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Double 9er victory for Germany, Italy wins the Nacra 17s
The Germans won both the 49er and 49er FX fleets on the final day of the 2020 Forward WIP European Championship, while Italy foiled to victory in the Nacra 17 catamaran fleet.

Although the 49erFX leaderboard stayed fairly steady, the four races per fleet on the final day generated some big changes on the 49er and Nacra scoreboards. There were always opportunities on the unpredictable race courses on sunny Lake Attersee.

The 49erFX championship was almost done and dusted for Germany, but an 11th place still left the door open for Norway to overtake them. If Næess and Rønningen could climb just a little higher through the fleet it might have been their title, but a 7th place meant they finished with the silver medal, 4 points behind the German victors. A well deserved win and a first European Championship title for the team that won Kiel Week three weeks earlier.

Tim Fischer and Fabian Graf have become European Champions in the 49er, despite a wobbly finish to their regatta. A bit like their German counterparts in the 49erFX, Fischer and Graf clocked up two useful scores earlier in the day with 3,2, but then faded in the final two heats with 13,11.

In the Nacra 17, the three most consistent performers on the final day ended up occupying the podium, with Italy taking gold and bronze. Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti finished on top, four points ahead of France's Quentin Delapierre and Manon Audinet, and Vittorio Bissaro/ Maelle Frascari three points further back in third.

The reigning World Champions, John Gimson and Anna Burnet, looked dead and buried half way through the final race but somehow weaved their way through to second across the finish. The fast-finishing British team fell short of the podium by a single point.

Top three
1. Tim Fischer - Fabian Graf, GER, 60
2. Benjamin Bildstein - David Hussl, AUT, 63
3. Sime Fantela - Mihovil Fantela, CCRO, 71
Full results

1. Tina Lutz - Susann Beucke, GER, 38
2. Helene Naess - Marie Ronningen, NOR, 42
3. Julia Gross - Hanna Klinga, SWE, 52
Full results

Nacra 17
1. Ruggero Tita - Caterina Banti, ITA, 55
2. Quentin Delapierre - Manon Audinet, FRA, 59
3. Vittorio Bissaro - Maelle Frascari, ITA, 62
Full results

2020 Forward WIP European Championship

Kistanov secures win at International Finn Cup in Malcesine
After three more races at the International Finn Cup - XVII Andrea Menoni Trophy at Fraglia Vela Malcesine, Italy, Arkadii Kistanov, from Russia, has secured the overall win with a race to spare. Christoph Burger, from Switzerland, is up to second while Italy's Marko Kolic goes into the final day in third. The race wins went to Roberto Strappati and Kistanov.

It was a day of four seasons. Extremely strong winds from both north and south in the early morning gradually gave way to strong southerlies and a huge amount of rainfall. It was expected to clear early afternoon, but no one expected a warm afternoon of clear skies and light to moderate winds, which allowed three great races to take place.

Kistanov is now 16 points ahead with just one race to sail, so is assured the overall win of the International Finn Cup. However there are just five points between second and seventh, leaving the bronze and silver, and the Andrea Menoni Trophy for the first Italian wide open.

* Having already won the event a day early, Arkadii Kistanov, from Russia, comfortably won the final race of the International Finn Cup at Malcesine, Italy, on Sunday. Christoph Burger, from Switzerland, took second while Matteo Iovenitti, took third and won the XVII Andrea Menoni Trophy as the first Italian. 34 sailors from eight nations took part.

Final results
1. Arkadii Kistanov, RUS, 6
2. Christoph Burger, SUI, 26
3. Matteo Iovenitti, ITA, 27
4. Roberto Strappati, ITA, 28
5. Michael Beyeler, SUI, 33
6. Juan Ignacio Perez, MEX, 34
7. Gerhard Weinreich, AUT, 37
8. Marco Buglielli, ITA, 42
9. Tommaso Ronconi, ITA, 44
10. Gino Bucciarelli, ITA, 52

Full results

Finn Cup in Malcesine

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166th Edition of North America's Oldest Annual Regatta
The Annual Regatta was first sailed on the Hudson River on July 16 and 18, 1846. A similar competition the previous year was called a Trial of Speed. With a few exceptions for world wars and other global crises, the event has been held every year since. For the majority of its existence, the New York Yacht Club held its Annual Regatta on waters close to New York City. Since 1988, however, the event has been sailed out of the Harbour Court clubhouse in Newport, R.I., and has settled into the current three-day format, which includes a race around Conanicut Island on Friday and two days of buoy racing or navigator-course racing on Saturday and Sunday. The 166th Annual Regatta, which is sponsored by Hammetts Hotel and Helly Hansen, also included the 2020 Melges IC37 National Championship.

Due to the compressed sailing schedule for 2020, the second Melges IC37 National Championship was held concurrently with the Annual Regatta. The competition in the 13-boat one-design class was intense through each of the nine races. While consistency was elusive, Pacific Yankee, co-skippered by Drew Freides (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Bill Ruh (Newport Beach, Calif.), showed that it was without a doubt the fastest boat. The only wobbles in Pacific Yankee's scoreline came today, in very light air, after they'd established an all-but-insurmountable lead through the first seven races. Pacific Yankee finished the championship 13 points ahead of Midnight Blue, skippered by Alexis Michas (New York, N.Y.), and Blazer II, skippered by New York Yacht Club Vice Commodore Christopher J. Culver (Newport, R.I.). Those two boats finished the regatta tied on points—and only two points ahead of fourth place—with Midnight Blue winning the tiebreaker.

Final Results

ORC 1 (ORC - 2 Boats)
1. FOX, Botin 52, Victor Wild , San Diego, CA, USA - 6
2. Vesper, TP52, David Team , Newport Beach, CA, USA - 6

ORC 2 (ORC - 6 Boats)
1. Impetuous, Swan 42 , Paul Zabetakis , Jamestown, RI, USA - 9
2. Rigadoon, Dunning 44, Jim Grundy , Horsham, PA, USA - 10
3. Pterodactyl, R/P 45, Scott Weisman , White Plains, NY, USA - 10

ORC 3 (ORC - 6 Boats)
1. Leading Edge, J 109, William Sutton , Houston, TX, USA - 9
2. Maxine, J 44, William Ketcham , Greenwich, CT, USA - 11
3. Vamp, J 44, Kenneth Luczynski , Kings Point, NY, USA - 11

Melges IC37 (One Design - 13 Boats)
1. Pacific Yankee, IC37, Drew Freides / Bill Ruh , Los Angeles, CA, USA - 19
2. Midnight Blue, IC37, Alexis Michas , New York, NY, USA - 32
3. Blazer II, IC37, Christopher Culver , Newport, RI, USA - 32

Shields (One Design - 14 Boats)
1. Grace, Shields, John Burnham / Reed Baer , Middletown, RI, USA - 10
2. Aeolus, Shields, P Thomas Hirsch , Jackson, WY, USA - 14
3. Maverick, Shields, Ted Slee , Newport, RI, USA - 21

Sonar (One Design - 10 Boats)
1. Jager, Sonar, John Bainton , Rowayton, CT, USA - 10
2. Resonance, Sonar, Brian Doyle , Hanover, NH, USA - 15
3. Fast Attack, Sonar, Matthew Bergantino , Fairfield, CT, USA - 20

PHRF 1 (PHRF - 11 Boats)
1. Vamoose, J 133, Bob Manchester , Barrington, RI, USA - 6
2. Irie 2, Kerr 55, Brian Cunha , Newport, RI, USA - 8
3. Katahdin, Farr 40, Trevor Nelson , Weston, MA, USA - 8

PHRF 2 (PHRF - 12 Boats)
1. Cavalino, W-37, Mike Toppa , Newport, RI, USA - 5
2. Scoundrel, 6 Metre, Jamie Hilton , Tiverton, RI, USA - 6
3. Das Blau Max, Farr 30, Cory Sertl , Jamestown, RI, USA - 10

PHRF - Non-Spinnaker (PHRF - 6 Boats)
1. Wildhorses, W Class 76, Donald Tofias , Newport, MA, USA - 5
2. Jazz Fish, Freedom 35, Paul Koch , East Greenwich, RI, USA - 11
3. Epiphany, e33, Nick Bowen , Wakefield, RI, USA - 11

Sam Meech / Theland Racing Team win NZ National Keelboat Title
Sam Meech and his Theland Racing Team - Alex Maloney, Brad Marsh, Matt Steven, Laurie Jury, and Roy van der Hurk - have won the 2020 Theland NZ Open National Keelboat Championship in Auckland.

After two intense days of racing in the MRX keelboats on the Waitematā Harbour, it was Meech and his professional team who pretty much led from start to finish, putting on a clinical display of keelboat racing and claiming his maiden national keelboat title.

Saturday saw some fairly light winds, but five races were stamped in the books by Colin Lucas and his experienced RNZYS race management team. Meech was in the lead after the first day, but the results were still pretty tight right across the leaderboard, meaning it was still all to race for on Sunday.

The breeze came to party on Sunday, providing for some incredibly close racing right throughout the day. The racing was so close, that after the eleventh-and-final race was sailed, our second and third place teams - Harry Thurston and Sean Herbert - finished on the same amount of points.

It was Harry Thurston and his team from the Akaroa Yacht Club in Christchurch, powered by Akaroa Glamping, who claimed second place as they had more race wins (two) compared to Herbert's one race win, meaning Herbert and his RNZYS team finished in third.

But it was the Theland Racing Team who convincingly took home the spoils, winning four races and finishing second in three, a score card that shows they were very deserved champions.

Final Standings:
1. Sam Meech - Theland Racing Team
2. Harry Thurston - Akaroa Yacht Club
3. Sean Herbert - RNZYS
4. Jordan Stevenson - RNZYS PP Vento Racing
5. Rob Heilkema - Bay of Islands Yacht Club
6. Nick Egnot-Johnson - RNZYS PP Knots Racing
7. Matt Bouzaid - RNZYS
8. Robbie McCutcheon - RNZYS Mastercard YTP
9. Sally Garrett - RNZYS
10. Niall Malone - RNZYS PP / Royal Irish Yacht Club
11. Peron Pearse - RNZYS Clockwork Racing
12. Megan Thomson - RNZYS PP 2.0 Racing
13t. Daniel Bain - Bluff Yacht Club
14t. Peter Sumich RNZYS

Full results

Second Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Hull New Zealand-Bound
Photo by Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team | Studio Borlenghi. Click on image to enlarge.

Second Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Hull Bergamo, 2nd October - The second Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli hull is now New Zealand-bound after taking off from the Bergamo-Orio Al Serio airport on 2nd October.

Boat 2, built at the Persico Marine shipyard in Bergamo, about 10 km from the airport, was transported with an oversized load vehicle, and loaded on an Antonov 124-100, one of the largest cargo planes in circulation.

Together with the hull the cargo will include the mast and one of the support boats, to reach Auckland after 38 hours of flight and two stopovers, in United Arab Emirates and Indonesia. It will then be transported to the team's new base at the Hobson Wharf, where the launch of Boat 2 is scheduled for the end of October.

The complex operation took place thanks to the full support of the operational structure of Bergamo-Orio al Serio airport, the "Pierucci Giuseppe" di Massimo & Fabrizio Pierucci company of Livorno, which has handled the team's logistics for over 20 years, and the efficiency of the Persico Marine shipyard, that from the very beginning has supported this ambitious project with skill and professionalism. The team wishes to thank all of them.

AC75 Defiant Decommissioned In Auckland As Launch Of Patriot Nears
New York Yacht Club American Magic, the U.S. Challenger for the 36th America's Cup, has decommissioned its first AC75, DEFIANT. The planned conclusion of DEFIANT's testing lifecycle follows a stretch of sailing that began in September 2019 in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, continued on to Pensacola, Florida, and ended in Auckland after 12 months of hard testing and unprecedented performance.

Following DEFIANT's decommissioning, the full attention and resources of the team have been directed towards the pre-launch preparations for its second AC75, PATRIOT.

"DEFIANT has been an absolutely perfect tool for us to use in the development process," said Terry Hutchinson, Skipper and Executive Director of American Magic. "With every one of these programs you run through certain developmental phases. With this type of boat, with the foils and the sails and the hull forms and the systems inside the boat all being incredibly complicated, it's been a great platform for us to learn on and to understand the strengths and weaknesses of our team."

After becoming the first AC75 in the world to sail and foil in September 2019, DEFIANT sailed thousands of training miles in three widely separated venues while pouring valuable data into the team's ongoing design process for PATRIOT. Never intended as a fully optimized racing yacht, DEFIANT had nevertheless been expected to compete in two European America's Cup World Series regattas in Cagliari, Italy, and Portsmouth, U.K. in 2020 prior to their cancellation due to COVID-19.

The AM38 test boat, nicknamed "the Mule" by Team Principal Roger Penske, amassed 92 days on the water, and DEFIANT followed with 66. American Magic's combined number of training days represents a significant achievement to date by the design, production, shore and sailing teams, and underlines the team's commitment to real-world data collection and analysis paired with advanced simulation.

With PATRIOT nearing her launch date in Auckland, Botin and said he was proud of the team's disciplined approach, rapid progress, and how as a group they had risen to the design, production and sailing challenges the AC75 represents.

"Five or six years ago, you never would have thought that we'd see a monohull foiling and sailing at the speeds these boats do," said Botin. "To me the most surprising thing has been how fast these boats can go, especially upwind. They are always surprising in that respect, just really impressive machines."

Les Voiles
Photo by Gilles Martin-Raget, Click on image for photo gallery.

Les Voiles The first week of Les Voiles concluded yesterday evening with the awarding of a great array of Trophies. It's the gaff cutter Eva (Fife 1906) who wins one of the most prestigious, the Rolex Trophy, whilst the Grand Soleil Couleur Soleil secures the BMW Trophy. A highly satisfying moment for both the organisers and the sailors, everyone involved was delighted to have been able to round off the sailing season with such flair, particularly in light of the great slew of cancellations in 2020. All these competitors can head home filled with hope at the prospect of returning again next year, with the usual convivial entertainment on shore that is one of the hallmarks of Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez. The 130 yachts measuring between 10 and 24 metres according to the category, will now leave the way clear for the Super Series, thirty or so maxi yachts and large schooners, which will hit the racetrack from Tuesday onwards.

The results group by group

Period Gaffer:
Rolex Trophy; Eva excels against Viola. The Rolex Trophy gathered together 6 sumptuous gaff riggers dating over a hundred years old and hence the oldest competitors signed up for Les Voiles. Eva, the elegant 1906 Fife design skippered by Charlotte Franquet and her 80% female crew, triumphed over Viola (Fife 1908) skippered by Mini sailor Fabien Després, despite his win in yesterday's race, with Lulu, one of the eldest yachts at Les Voiles, launched in 1897 according to a Rabot design, completes this admirable podium.

Period Gaffer A: Scud untouchable
Scud maintained the lead in the P Class in what is a remarkable group in so many ways. The gaff sloop Scud (Herreshoff 1903), restored by her new owner Patrizio Bertelli and helmed by the legendary Olympic sailor, Brazilian Torben Grael, really sailed a blinder against the formidable armada of three P-Class yachts, Olympian taking second and the Swedish 10mR Marga completing the podium.

Period Marconi B: Meerblick finishes on a high
The Bermudan sloop Meerblick Classic (Anker 1917) from Germany posted two bullets in a row to round off her week in Saint Tropez, whilst the pretty Class Q Jour de Fête (Paine &Burgess 1930) paid dearly for her counter performance (5th) on Tuesday in the light airs, to take second, Comet (Olin Stephens 1946), finishing third.

Period Marconi A: Varuna of 1939 makes a clean sweep
Varuna of 1939 triumphs in Marconi A, which boasts splendid yawls, ketches and cutters in excess of 20m. Eileen 1938 (Anker 1938), Manitou (Olin Stephens 1937) and Ellen (Talma 1931) were all outmanoeuvred by Varuna of 1939, a Sparkman design that comfortably won all three races this week in elapsed and corrected time. Full results and trophy winners:

18 Skiff Spring Championship Preview
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18 Skiff Spring Championship The Australian 18 Footers League's 2020-2021 Season will commence next Sunday, October 11, when the club will conduct Race 1 of the seven-race Spring Championship series on Sydney Harbour.

A fleet of 18 top skiff teams will line up for the race, which will be sailed over one of the club's 3-buoy courses to best suit the prevailing wind conditions at the time.

The 2019-2020 series champion skipper Brett Van Munster has retired from the 18s and won't defend his title, but his crew from last season, Kurt Fatouris and Phil Marshall, are still in the fleet and have now joined Keagan York's Finport Finance team and will be attempting to defend their title.

Last year's winning skiff, is also still in the fleet, now skippered by the League's Commodore Simon Nearn.

As well as competing for series points, the teams are also competing in Race 1 for the Major Arthur Frizelle Trophy.

Major Frizelle was Rear-Commodore of the League during the club's first two seasons - 1935-1936 and 1936-1937. During the following season, he took the NSW team to Brisbane for the Australian Championship and in 1939 became President of the League. -- Australian 18 Footers League Ltd.

Spring Championship teams: - Simon Nearn, Brandon Buynik, tba
TBC - Tom Clout, John Walton, Nick Daly
Birkenhead Point Marina - Tim Westwood, Alex Chittenden, Ben Psaltis
Dal Zotto - Lachlan Steel, Matt Doyle, Jerome Watts
Finport Finance - Keagan York, Kurt Fatouris, Phil Marshall
Ilve - Pedro Vozone, tba, tba
Noakes Blue - Yvette Heritage, Oliver Scott-Mackie, tba
Noakesailing - Sean Langman, Ed Powys, tba
Rag & Famish Hotel - Anthony Young, tba, tba
Shaw & Partners Financial Services - Jim Colley, Harry Bethwaite, Shaun Connor
Smeg - Michael Coxon, Ricky Bridge, Trent Barnabas
tech2 - Jack Macartney, Charlie Wyatt, Lewis Brake
The Kitchen Maker-Caesarstone - Jordan Girdis, Lachlan Doyle, Tom Quigley
The Oak Double Bay-4 Pines - Aron Everett, Courtney Mahar, Charlie Gundy
TBC - Marcus Ashley-Jones, Cam Gundy, Jeronimo Harrison
Vintec - Tom Cunich, Alex Marinelli, Flynn Twomey
Winning Group - John Winning Jr., Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton
Yandoo - John Winning, Jasper Warren, Mike Kennedy

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