In This Issue
Troussel Dismasts
Week 1 Vendee Globe Special with Conrad Colman
Beyou and Charal arrives back in Les Sables-d'Olonne
Re-writing the rules - Nautor Swan
INEOS Team UK: Britannia - 15th Nov 2020
18ft Skiffs Spring Championship, Race 7
Wight Vodka Best Sailor's Bar
Bluetack wins first Farr 40 one design trophy
Countdown to the ARC start
Electric Power Adds a New Element to Kilrush-Built Traditional Galway Bay Gleoiteog
Letters to the Editor
Featured Charter: Noisy Oyster
Featured Brokerage:
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• • PAC/TP52 - "Rio"
• • YYachts Y7
The Last Word: Harvey Pekar

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Troussel Dismasts
This morning came the first dismasting of this Vendee Globe when Nicolas Troussel called in to say he had lost the rig on board his brand new Juan Kouyoumdjian-designed CORUM L'Epargne. He was racing in seventh place at the time, a few miles to leeward of Louis Burton's Bureau Vallee 2.

The 46-year-old Troussel, who led in the early stages of the race, was reported to be uninjured and was securing his boat prior to - almost certainly - diverting to the nearby Cape Verde Islands which were about 260 nautical miles southeast of him.

This is a big loss to the race and a huge disappointment to a much-fancied team led by the former two-time Solitaire du Figaro winner who was sailing one of only two "Juan K" boats in the fleet (the other being Sebastien Simon's ARKEA PAPREC in 13th position) and whose campaign is project-managed by Greg Evrard with Michel Desjoyeaux who built the boat in Port-La-Foret.

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Week 1 Vendee Globe Special with Conrad Colman
Justin and Conrad pay due respect to the wily skills of French veteran Vendee Globe campaigner Jean Le Cam who aboard his daggerboard IMOCA 60 has been duking it out for the lead with the modern foilers

We find out just how Alex Thomson managed to wriggle his way from mid-fleet to leading the race - and it was not all about raw boat speed

Conrad answers a listener question about how the solo skippers generate the electrical power they need to run all their instruments aboard their IMOCA 60s as they race around the world

We find out from Conrad what all the fuss is about Tropical Storm Theta, how it might impact the race, and what route he expects the skippers to take when they get close to it

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Conrad Colman

Beyou and Charal arrives back in Les Sables-d'Olonne
Jeremie Beyou arrived in the early afternoon in Les Sables-d'Olonne, a difficult U-turn to undertake after 4 years of preparation. Now, a race against the clock is underway to carry out repairs in time to allow him to set sail again on this 9th edition of the Vendee Globe.

Charal

Re-writing the rules - Nautor Swan
Nautor Conventional wisdom suggests that promoting a maxi-sized one design will always be a challenge. But then who cares about convention when a boat like this pops up on your radar?

Despite the continued growth and success of one-design classes around the world, there's a reason why there has not been an 80ft onedesign since the Grand Mistral Maxi class of 1999. For many owners, winning at this size has frequently been as much about smart thinking and engineering their own private advantage, as it has been about success on the racecourse. Onedesign takes all that away. The big guns at Nautor's Swan know this, some of them have been a part of those very circuits, but they also believe that the landscape is different today and that their recently announced ClubSwan 80 one-design will succeed.

The announcement of this striking, all-out 80ft racer marks another bold step forward for a builder that has reinvented itself once again

Full article in the December issue of Seahorse

INEOS Team UK: Britannia - 15th Nov 2020
This is Britannia coming in from her day out sailing, mainly out of view from North Head, around Race Course E. I wasn't able to see them sailing during the day but they were looking really good as they sailed back in.

As they approach you can see they go to tack and then hold it back...there were a couple of boats in the area at the time so probably just wanting to stay clear. Great to see the crew close up hard at work in their side facing stations.

Wind at time of filming:
12-15kts SW (from bottom right corner of screen, camera POV)

Filmed from:
North Head -- Justin Mitchell

Britannia

18ft Skiffs Spring Championship, Race 7
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Skiffs Sydney Harbour: A great all-the-way win to the Smeg 18ft Skiff team in today's final race of the Australian 18 Footer League's Spring Championship series wasn't enough to take the overall title from today's second placed Yandoo team, which finished four points ahead of its nearest rival.

After the seven races, Yandoo (John Winning, Mike Kennedy, Jasper Warren) finished with a total of 29 points, followed by Australian champion tech2 (Jack Macartney, Charlie Wyatt, Lewis Brake) on 33, and today's winning Smeg team (Michael Coxon, Ricky Bridge, Trent Barnabas) in third place on 40 points.

Winning Group (John Winning Jr.) finished fourth on 50 points followed by Bird and Bear (Tom Clout) on 58 and Finport Finance (Keagan York) on 62 points.

The 'threat' of a freshening north east wind convinced most teams to go for their smaller #2 rigs and the race to the first set of 3-buoy windward marks was both exciting and close as the fleet was spread wide across the harbour.

Andoo (Marcus Ashley-Jones), Finport Finance, Shaw and Partners Financial Services (Jim Colley) and Smeg were prominent along with tech2 and Bird and Bear.

Race 1 of the NSW Championship will be conducted next Sunday, November 22. -- Frank Quealey, Australian 18 Footers League Ltd.

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Wight Vodka Best Sailor's Bar
Wight Vodka Best Sailor's Bar The 12th annual contest this year follows the formula of recent years... the winner is a combination of best stories, most votes... and best drink.

Any bar would be hard pressed to top this one, from 2018 winner Cloggy's in Falmouth Antigua: the Cloggy's Delight:

Wight Vodka
Elderflower liqueur
Prosecco
Fresh mint
Raspberries
And a dash of soda water

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Bluetack wins first Farr 40 one design trophy
With four bullets from eight races and winning consecutive boat of the day flags, the newest team to the Farr 40 Class Bluetack took out their first one design trophy.

There was absolutely no stopping the Bluetack crew from holding onto their substantial lead from day one

PRO Denis Thompson set a course for the final four races from Clark Island to Nielsen Park in light to moderate breeze from the north east averaging 10-14 knots. It was a busy day on Sydney Harbour and after close starts, all boats tried to make gains using the lift off Bradley's Head, creating close quarter combat.

Tacticians had their hands full with many port and starboard calls creating plenty of action.

While Nutcracker owner Rob Davis was stuck in Melbourne, his newly appointed substitute helmsman Jamie Wilmot, along with a few other Wilmot's, scored consistently over the two days placing them second overall.

Gordon Ketelbey's Zen took some time to find their groove and after a fairly ordinary first day came out of the blocks and smashed out a stunning win in race 6. Ketelbey laughed in his casual gracious way, "Well, yeah we left our run a bit late but it was great to get a win and some better scores today. There were some good teams out there and we are really happy for the Bluetack guys. It was a brilliant weekend with awesome tight racing and the whole fleet performed superbly."

That's a wrap for 2020 and the Class will next reconvene on 30th & 31st January 2021 at Middle Harbour Yacht Club. -- Jennie Hughes, Farr 40 Australian Class Administrator

www.farr40.asn.au

Countdown to the ARC start
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: With just one week to go until the start of the 35th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, almost all of the boats have arrived in Las Palmas and preparations continue in the final week before the start on Sunday 22 November.

The pre-departure programme in Gran Canaria has been adapted this year to see the popular ARC seminars move online covering a myriad of topics for cruising sailors to assist with their final preparations. Focusing on the safety of the crews, a live demonstration of an air-sea rescue was staged off the marina on Thursday. The ARC safety team have been busy around the docks, visiting every boat and running through the safety equipment and boat checks as part of the requirement for entering the rally.

Although the bulk of the fleet, including the 13 family boats, sail across in the cruising division which allows engines to be used and an element of fun competition, five boats will race over to Saint Lucia under IRC Ratings. These include the largest yacht in the fleet at 27m, Nordsee 88, Songbird of London. Competitive skippers, including JP Dick on The Kid and Peter Perenyi on Cassiopeia 68, will be keeping the current record of 8 days 6 hours set by Rambler 88 in 2016, in mind. The multihulls have also come marching in the ARC 2020, with 18 catamarans lining up, half of which are new builds in 2020, putting their first ocean miles under their keels this year. Of the 60 boats taking part, the German Pogo 30 Yuna at 9.14m is the smallest.

Although the bulk of the fleet, including the 13 family boats, sail across in the cruising division which allows engines to be used and an element of fun competition, five boats will race over to Saint Lucia under IRC Ratings. These include the largest yacht in the fleet at 27m, Nordsee 88, Songbird of London. Competitive skippers, including JP Dick on The Kid and Peter Perenyi on Cassiopeia 68, will be keeping the current record of 8 days 6 hours set by Rambler 88 in 2016, in mind. The multihulls have also come marching in the ARC 2020, with 18 catamarans lining up, half of which are new builds in 2020, putting their first ocean miles under their keels this year. Of the 60 boats taking part, the German Pogo 30 Yuna at 9.14m is the smallest.

www.worldcruising.com/arc

Electric Power Adds a New Element to Kilrush-Built Traditional Galway Bay Gleoiteog
Photo by Steve Morris. Click on image to enlarge.

Gleoiteog Steve Morris of Kilrush Boatyard and his lead boat-builder Dan Mill are busy these days, as their team have two further Dublin Bay 21s under construction for the Hal Sisk/Fionan de Barra project, and this week they launched the new "Gleoiteog with a difference" for a local couple who sought a traditional sailing boat with impeccable ecological credentials. Thus while they realised auxiliary power was a requirement, the clients insisted on an electric auxiliary unit, and this has been achieved with a Torqueedo turbine incorporated in the rudder, which suggests there's quite a bit of Antipodean savvy and ingenuity being applied to the boat-building scene down in West Clare.

From ahead, the new boat looks like an interesting refinement to the traditional concept for a 23ft gleoiteog, in which the length is 23ft from the aft side of the stem to the transom, meaning that under other jurisdictions she'd be regarded as a 24-footer.

WM Nixon's article in Afloat magazine

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* From Peter Nicholson:

I am one of the signatories to the letter which has led to the RORC EGM about the Fastnet. I have set out my concerns which are as follows.

My principle concerns about the new course relate to the fairness of the race. The Fastnet is the World`s best and most popular of the three oldest and best known offshore races. This is because it has the most interesting course and it is the fairest test of yachts and crews. In the Fastnet the yachts remain in touch with the fleet because the course takes them round a number of points which keep them together, Portland Bill, Start Point, the Lizard, Lands End, the Rock, The Bishop and the Lizard again. In the Bermuda and Sydney/Hobart races the courses are point to point across open water and the fleets fan out after the start and do not come together again until very close to the finish.

In the Fastnet tide plays an important part on the first leg to the Lizard but all the boats face roughly the same problems and the same conditions. Tidal timing is not critical. If the finish is at Cherbourg the longest single leg of the course is the last one, the 190 miles from the Bishop Rock to the finish. By this time the fleet will be well spread out and will have a huge choice as to which course to take. Some will hug the English coast for part of the way to avoid a foul tide, others may well go to the French coast for the same reason. It is even possible that some boats will leave Alderney to port and come up the Alderney race if timing is right for the tide. However, for the last 20 miles or so all boats will be sailing in some of the strongest tides in the English channel which will be running at over 5knots at times.

A boat`s finishing position will, more often than not, depend entirely on its time of arrival at this tidal stretch. Some will carry a strong fair tide for the last 6 hours of their race, others will face an even stronger foul tide. A boat may have sailed brillianly to this point, but this will count for nothing if it arrives at the wrong stage of the tide.

This proposed change of course will completely ruin one of the main attractions of the Fastnet course, it`s fairness. This would be a tragedy and I sincerely hope that the RORC will reconsider it`s decision which seems to have been based solely on the quality of the post race social events and the associated financial advantages for the club

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