The leading annual conference for the business of sailing and yacht racing is currently scheduled to take place on November 23-24 in Portsmouth, UK. The 13th edition of the Forum will provide an opportunity to network, debate the future of the sport and make business. • The sports' leading personalities will be present on stage to share their views.• Sailing events, Yacht clubs and Federations will grab the opportunity to promote their venue and the events they organise.• The sports' leading brands will exhibit their latest innovations.
Due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic that is hitting the world so hard, the Rolex Capri Sailing Week Organizing Authority, in agreement with Italian Sailing Federation, ORC and the International Maxi Association, has decided to postpone the Regatta to the 2021 edition, with the following schedule: Maxi Yacht Capri Trophy: May 11th - 14th, 2021 ORC European Championship: May 15th - 21st, 2021 Regata dei Tre Golfi (160 miles long-distance race): start from Naples at midnight on May 15th, 2021 The Organizers are deeply thankful to all owners and crews entered in the event this year. With more than 180 pre-entries from over 25 countries, the 2020 Rolex Capri Sailing Week would certainly have been a record edition. Confident in everyone's support in making this tough decision, the organizers offer each participant to choose between: - full reimbursement of the entry fee- or roll the entry fee forward to the 2021 edition, and thus have guaranteed berthing in the Capri Marina www.rolexcaprisailingweek.com/en
Good news from the market The racing-yachts team is happy to inform you that the Ker 11.3 has been sold in a weeks time. We wish the new owner all the best with his great boat and we hope he can hit the water soon! Contact us if you like to sell your yacht!
In the storm of all cancellations it is nice to have a confirmation for a race! 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/
The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee (BROC) has cancelled the 2020 Newport Bermuda Race due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The biennial race, founded in 1906, had 200 entries and was due to start for the 52nd time on June 19. The driving factor in the decision was reducing the risk of exposure to competitors and the community. Preparing boats for an offshore race takes time, commitment, and logistics that may expose communities and families unnecessarily. Sailing offshore may result in contact with asymptomatic infected shipmates during the race and could adversely affect the Bermudian population at the conclusion of the race. The next edition of the Newport Bermuda Race is scheduled to begin on June 17th, 2022. TP52 Invictus footage from the 2012 edition
Professional and recreational sailors will face off against each other last Monday 23 March from 12:02 UTC in Virtual Regatta's The Great Escape, a virtual race from La Rochelle to Curaçao in the Caribbean. Professional sailors such as Sam Davies, Armel Le Cleac'h, Boris Hermann and Jeremie Beyou will participate in the race and millions more will have the opportunity to race against them. eSailors will be able to choose from one of four well known offshore boats - the Ultim, IMOCA, Class 40 and the Figaro 3. The weather conditions within the game will replicate the real-life conditions across the route and the estimated time of arrival for the first boat is 31 March. Virtual Regatta, the leading digital sailing platform, has offered all players the VIP status. This will grant the eSailors with extended weather trajectory forecasts over 120 hours, the ability to display 100 friendly boats instead of 50 and customisation of the base map. Head to Virtual Regatta Offshore to register - www.virtualregatta.com/en/offshore-game/ Virtual Regatta started in 2010 as a small team of passionate designers, engineers, and entrepreneurs gathered around the idea that virtual sailing sports games can mix with real races and real skippers. Virtual Regatta is an online strategy game for those passionate about offshore sailing and real time regattas!
New for sale just refitted, ready to race Ker 11.3 Built by Vision Yachts and designed by Jason Ker she hit the water in 2003. Since then she was enjoyed by 4 owners who sailed her succesfully on the European waters. Now berthed in Denmark. Current owner: She is a very fast and nice boat to race, both upwind and in surf planing conditions downwind. Especially fast in lighter conditions and easy to handle with the A set up. Perfectly balanced as always on Ker designs. Potential race winner. She is fully optimized and had a full refit in 2019 She has always been well maintained but owner refitted boat and equipment in 2019. Here an overview: New upgraded/optimized design bow and stern, no structural changes 2019 Hull paint 2019 Underwater hull renewed 2019 Keel and rudder dismantled serviced and mounted 2019 Pushpit OD new 2019 One design carbon mast base for instruments 2019 Bowsprit re-designed and new Bobstay lines x 2 2019 Carbon plates fitted on deck to protect 2019 Boom painted 2019 Carbo racing headfoil new 8/2019 Diverse halyards and sheets new 2019 Sails new 2019 Pump for toilet new 2019 etc.
MC38 2020 Australian Championship Australian Champs fleet on Sydney Harbour - MC38 2020 Australian Championship © Tilly Lock Media Shaun Lane and Quentin Stewart's MC38 Lazy Dog from Middle Harbour out-ran the pack at the class' 2020 reduced national title on Sydney Harbour, posting a low-scoring 13 points that included five wins from eight starts. The hours Lazy Dog's crew has banked in their campaign translated to top-notch boat work and handling, which in turn delivered the worthy winners their first Australian Championship. "The same guys have been sailing with us for a long time, the same team did the Sydney to Hobart Race on Maverick (Stewart's Infiniti 46r keelboat), and last weekend we used the Sydney Harbour Regatta as training. We put the hours in," Lane said. Australian Champs gnarly Sydney Harbour - MC38 2020 Australian Championship - photo © Tilly Lock Media The combination of Stewart/Lane and Co. have also put time into identifying any areas that might let them down. "This regatta we went downhill better than we normally do, that was a weak part of our sailing," Lane added. Next on the MC38 Australian Championship scoresheet was John Bacon's Dark Star from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, with 26 points. Dark Star also finished bridesmaid in 2019. Sarah Parker, who looks after the runners on the Pittwater MC38, said at the conclusion: "We had a mixed day, but we were also consistent at times. There are a few things we need to clean up, especially around the corners. It was really good racing, really close and lots of lead changes. My shoes are definitely wet!" she added, referring to the chop and regular showers that dampened the seven challengers on Sunday March 15. Third overall was Steve Barlow's Lightspeed, the 2018 Australian champion. Australian Champs Lazy Dog - MC38 2020 Australian Championship - photo © Tilly Lock Media With Saturday March 14 blown out due to a high-pressure system extending a ridge along the New South Wales coastline and creating S-SSW winds 30 knots plus on closed waters, the MC38 Australian Championship finished up an eight-race, two-day series. Middle Harbour Yacht Club ran the pinnacle class title for the MC38 group and race officer Steve Tucker summed up the long weekend perfectly: "Friday was nice and balmy with nor'easters, Saturday was written off, and today it blew solidly from the south, 15-20 knots, showers and grey skies. The umpires were pretty busy at both the top and bottom marks," he added. Australian Champs 2nd Dark Star - MC38 2020 Australian Championship - photo © Tilly Lock Media Lane is also the MC38 Australian class president and keen to tighten up the one-design fleet's processes. Two on-water umpires and a recap of the rules, plus boat inspections prior to racing at the nationals are all part of a general class tidy up, he says. by https://www.sail-world.com/news/227538/?source=email
TP Azzurra has won the first event in the 52 Super Series 2020, the Odazla Discovery Camp 52 Super Series V&A Waterfront. Weather conditions in Table Bay were not on the racing fleet’s side. The first day saw strong winds, while the second day was dead calm. At 14:40 local time the Race Committee raised the AP over A flags, cancelling racing due to a lack of wind and ending the event. As the fleet headed back to port the overall results remained the same, with Azzurra in the lead with a handy seven point margin over Phoenix 11 and Quantum who were tied for second place and came in second and third respectively.Azzurra has been the star of the week with consistent placements in the various races. Guillermo Parada, skipper: “We are very happy today. The decisions that we made and the work that we did over the winter are giving the results we had hoped for, we have better boat speed and thanks to that we can sail a little more conservatively. I think that conservative sailing has been fundamental for winning this event and I’m happy because it has been a great debut for Michele in his role as our new tactician. “We want to dedicate this win to our team member Alejandro Colla who couldn’t be here with us because he had an operation yesterday. The surgery went well and we’re expecting him back for the World Championship at the end of the month. A special thank you goes to the boat Captain Pedro Rossi for taking Alejandro’s place and substituting him so well.” The new tactician Michele Paoletti has become an integral and important part of the crew playing an important role in achieving this victory.Michele Paoletti, tactician: “This win is the icing on the cake of an excellent week with consistent placements, but we’re keeping our eye on the season’s victory overall. If we keep on scoring consistently high without worrying about winning single events we can defend our title successfully.“Still, this win is something to celebrate, especially for me it has been a real pleasure earned by starting each day focused and concentrated. No racing today made winning easier, but it’s always a pleasure to compete.” The next event in this highly competitive Class will be the Rolex TP52 World Championship. Also held in Cape Town from 31 March to 4 April, it will count both as an event in the 52 Super Series and as the World Championship for the TP52 Class. 52superseries.com
(Monday 2nd March, Cape Town) – Racing on their own home waters, Hasso Plattner’s Phoenix 11 made a dream start to the Odzala Discovery Camps 52 SUPER SERIES V&A Waterfront – Cape Town regatta, the first event of six that comprise the 2020 52 SUPER SERIES. Local knowledge and a protracted spell of training late last year and before this season’s curtain raiser played its part as Phoenix completed a textbook first race that they won comfortably. Then, after a less than perfect start to the second contest, Phoenix battled from the bottom third of the fleet to deliver a valuable third place finish. Plattner’s crew lead the regatta by two points from the 2019 champions Azzurra who returned a fourth and a second, a solid debut day for new tactician Michele Paoletti. In the south westerly breeze, which picked up to 16kts for the second start and averaged 10-13 kts for the day, conditions were not easy to read – consistency proving particularly elusive. Phoenix 11, the newer of the two Plattner family TP52s, were undoubtedly the class act delivering for the home support. Along with veteran Plattner on the tiller, the day’s leading crew has a potent mix of local South African sailors on board such as main trimmer Paul Willcox, navigator Shane Elliott and grinder Shaun Pammenter, working with America’s Cup winner Peter Holmberg, who joined the crew this season as tactician and the hugely experienced Andy Horton also adding to the afterguard strengths. Phoenix 11 stuck to their pre race strategy, starting smartly off the pin end of the start line to establish an early lead that allowed them to own the left, inshore side of the first upwind. Building their margin to over 90 metres, they could keep Bronenosec and Sled in check to the finish line. Bronenosec, with double Olympic medalist Jonathan McKee calling tactics for helm Morgan Larson, finished second with winners Sled in third. Sled have Murray Jones steering. World Champions and 2019 runners up for the season Platoon were over the start line and had to re-cross and finished ninth. While Quantum Racing had the best start to the second race they had to take a penalty on the first beat and then, as others did today, had to slow to remove kelp from their foils, resulting in an eighth place. Andy Soriano’s Alegre, which has Ado Stead and Nic Asher as afterguard, were able to capitalise from their own solid start to lead all the way round the second course, emulating the gun to gun win of Phoenix 11. Race 2 – Alegre Take Early Season Bullet Andy Soriano’s Alegre team take an early season bullet, Mr Soriano’s fifth consecutive event with a race win. More information will follow shortly. For full results, visit: http://bit.ly/39dxQKs