The Australian Farr 40 class will cap off its 20th successful season at the annual pinnacle event, traditionally held at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron to the north of one of the city's most famous landmarks, the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Tom and Alan Quick's Cruising Yacht Club of Australia based Outlaw is the hot favourite to take out their first Farr 40 Australian Open Series National Championship: John Calvert-Jones Trophy, having won four from five pointscore regattas across the season which saw the fleet travel between Sydney Harbour (MHYC OD regatta video), Pittwater (Pittwater OD video) and Newcastle. Racing over three days, March 8 – 10, daily from 11am, the fleet of nine will spend Friday and Sunday inside Sydney Harbour and Saturday offshore on either the Macquarie or Manly circle. A mixed format offers a range of conditions with private and commercial traffic and chop inshore and typically lumpy swell offshore that makes hanging onto the Farr 40s downwind all-the-more challenging for the owner/driver. Outlaw's convincing result at the Farr 40 NSW State Title and across the summer puts them in the box seat among the full Corinthian fleet. Behind them are a raft of crews who, on their day, are all capable of a bullet and a piece of the trophy action. Nine entries are confirmed for the 2019 title, named in honour of Australia's first Farr 40 world champion John Calvert-Jones: Edake, Exile, Forty, Double Black, Nutcracker, Good Form, Solymar, Zen and Outlaw. RSYS principal race officer Rod Ridley and his team will conduct up to four races daily. The long-range outlook shows temperatures in the high twenties and 15 knot nor'easters both Friday and Saturday afternoons and a 10 knot south to south-easterly on Sunday. Looking to sail a Farr 40? https://www.racing-yachts.com/farr-40-376.html
Bolt 37 sold and on our way to Italy Design Jason Ker, more info: https://www.kerdesign.com/racing-yacht-design/Bolt-37/ CSC Composites on Bolt 37: Ker Yacht Design, widely considered the leaders in this field of yacht design with a uniquely proven ability to produce smaller high performance race-boats that are competitive under IRC.Aimed squarely at the owner who while being excited by the TP’s and 40’ Racers on the market, chooses to apportion a much smaller budget to their racing and be closer in speed to the production cruiser-racers which make up a typical local fleet.Purpose built for handicap racing under IRC and ORCi, the Bolt 37’ will be exciting to sail, and very fast for its size, but at the same time the parameters have been selected with a careful eye on the rating rules. Extensive CFD based optimization techniques have led to lower hydrodynamic resistance but a particular effort has also been made to ensure the yacht is forgiving to sail, making it easier for the crew to extract its full performance potential.Designs from the Ker office have achieved many successes on the race course and have won many international trophies around the world, at regattas and classic offshore races.Key features of the design include: High adrenaline sailing, but with a fair rating. Excellent value. Modern ergonomic flush deck. Powerful sail plan but moderate wetted surface area ensures good performance in all wind conditions. 3.5m maximum beam allows trucking/towing without police escort in many countries. Two part carbon mast for ease of transportation (option). Wheel steering as an option. ISO Cat 1 Compliance. There is one more Bolt 37 for sale. More info on this website.
The Real Club Náutico de Palma's regatta, to be held from 8th to 12th May 2019, has already registered nine different participating countries. The sixteenth edition of Sail Racing PalmaVela, organised by the Real Club Náutico de Palma, has kicked off with the publication of the Notice of Race and the pre-registration of the first 31 boats, already representing nine different nations. The competition will be held in the Bay of Palma at its traditional time of year, between 8th and 12th May, and will be hosting many different kinds of sailboat, ranging from the smallest adapted class for the disabled, to the great over 30-metre "maxis." "PalmaVela is one of the major events on the Mediterranean calendar, and well established in all the different classes. Organised at the start of the season, it is also one of the opening events, just a few days after Palma celebrates its international Boat Show," explains Vivi Mainemare, sporting coordinator for the Real Club Náutico de Palma. As a new feature this year, the One Design class will be including the Viper 640 alongside the J80, Dragon and the Flying Fifteens. The Viper is 6.40m long and 2.5metre wide, cabin-less and is sailed by two to four crew members. Manu Fraga, sporting director of the RCNP describes the class as, "an ideal alternative for fans of fast, speedy sailing, due to its lightness and the rig with a large gennaker (asymmetric spinnaker), making it incredibly swift, particularly downwind." The RCNP has included the class as part of its real time competition, "We are still including the other One Design classes, but we have seen that the Viper is creating a great deal of interest, and believe it could work really well, both in our regional events, and others such as the Princesa Sofía Iberostar and Sail Racing Palma Vela," added Fraga. With four months to go, Sail Racing PalmaVela has already received registrations in almost all the classes: Wally (1), ORC (8), IRC (1), Box Rule (6), Dragon (2), Flying Fifteen (6), Viper (1), Classics (1) and Disabled Sailing (5). "These are significant figures considering that it is just under two weeks since we published the Notice of Race. The interest for this regatta is huge, and we are sure that we will equal or even better last year's 132 boats from 26 countries." The sheer number and types of boats involved, make the organisation of Sail Racing PalmaVela a true logistical challenge for the Real Club Náutico de Palma, with up to four different race course areas, and up to 150 people involved in the shore crew and on the water teams.
9-10 February 2019 Maserati Act 1 winner - 2019 McConaghy 38 CYCA Regatta Over six races Neville Crichton's Maserati posted enough low point scores to claim the top trophy at the opening act of the MC38's 2019 season, which drew the maximum Sydney fleet of nine active boats. Racing got under way on Sunday February 10 on a track set by Cruising Yacht Club of Australia race management officials between Taylors Bay at Mosman and Rose Bay on the eastern side of Sydney Harbour in cool SE-ESE winds averaging 14 knots and gusting up to 20. Live videos of Sunday's races at www.facebook.com/MC38Class Maserati's strategist Joe Turner - a straight switch with Ben Lamb who has taken up the tactician role - said: "Today was tricky with 50 degree shifts on the course. Sometimes you were in phase and sometimes not. Things are coming together again for Maserati though we still think there's another 10% to pull out of the boat in terms of our upwind speed." The next time the full one design class meet will be at the MC38 2019 Australian Championship over three days, March 15 - 17, out of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. Defending boat is Steve Barlow's Lightspeed and Maserati is looking to go one place better than last year. "We finished runner-up in 2018; it would be nice to get a championship win for Neville who has been in the class for a number of years now," Turner added. Shaun Lane, co-owner of the act 1 second overall placegetter Lazy Dog, declared his championship intention without a second's hesitation: "We want to win. We'll be doing more training with exactly the same team, and tuning up the sails a bit more. It's great to have nine boats out... you can't make a mistake." Lazy Dog is the only MC38 running Doyle sails and the owners have appointed a professional coach who, based on their act 1 form, is overseeing a feasible nationals tilt in what is only their second MC38 season. Multiple round-the-world sailor Chris Nicholson was watching from the sidelines as Lazy Dog led the day one scoresheet and eventually finished sandwiched between Maserati and Lightspeed. Some MC38 teams will use Middle Harbour Yacht Club's annual Sydney Harbour Regatta in early March to sharpen up prior to the national title. There were some new familiar faces among the teams - dual 470 Olympic gold medallist Mat Belcher as guest tactician on Marcus Blackmore's Hooligan and filling in for his dinghy crew Will Ryan, Noel 'Nitro' Drennan on main for Leslie Green's Ginger and Rob Greenhalgh joining Ross Hennessy's Pittwater based Ghost Rider as tactician. A number of younger faces who were mid-week duelling at the Hardy Cup international match racing regatta out of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron joined bigger MC38 teams in various roles. James Hodgson and Finn Tapper, both Hardy Cup semi-finalists sailing for the CYCA, and Jess Angus from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club were among the MC38 Sydney Harbour action, Angus saying "It's proving to be really competitive with nine boats - now you have to be happy with a fourth. There's a lot of talent in the class," Hooligan's offside trimmer for the past year added. There were hits and misses. Steven Proud's latest addition to the fleet in Swish (was Vino), with Farr 40 owner Tom Quick helming and Billy Sykes on tactics, initially retired from race 5 then the day with backstay damage. Chris Way's Easy Tiger crew suffered a spinnaker drop failure in the final race 6, the entire kite dragging underwater next to the boat but able to be retrieved and a result posted. CYCA race officer Steve Kidson described Saturday's conditions as particularly challenging given the breeze direction of east then nor'east and two ships on anchor, one off Shark Island which interfered with setting a course. Prior to that the fleet was held ashore for an hour under postponement and again on the harbour. Three races were completed until dark clouds hovering over the Harbour Bridge pulled the nor'easter around and sent the fleet ashore, one race shy of the day's original schedule. Act 1 Results: 1 NZL80 MASERATI Neville Crichton 5 2 1 2 5 1 16 2 MH777 LAZY DOG Shaun/Quentin Lane/S 2 1 4 7 2 4 20 3 38001 LIGHTSPEED Stephen Barlow 1 5 3 6 1 6.5 22.5 4 38002 DARK STAR John Bacon 4 8 2 1 3 6.5 24.5 5 AUS521 HOOLIGAN Marcus Blackmore 3 6 5 3 6 2 25 6 AUS38011 GINGER Leslie Green 9 9 6 5 4 3 36 7 404 GHOSTRIDER Ross Hennessy 8 4 7 9 8 5 41 8 38014 EASY TIGER VI Chris Way 7 7 9 4 7 8 42 9 226 SWISH Steven Proud 6 3 8 8 10R 10S 45
Milan, Italy - The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) is pleased to announce the 2019 versions of its Rules and regulations, Velocity Prediction Program (VPP) and Worldwide Calendar of events are now published and are available on the ORC website at www.orc.org. These are available both for the ORC and ORC Superyacht rating systems. Organized into separate rulebooks and documents, the ORC rules include the International Measurement System(IMS), the ORC Rating System rules for ORC International and ORC Club certificates, the ORC Superyacht Rule, the ORC Sportboat Class Rules, and the ORC Championship Rules, Standard Notice of Race, Standard Sailing Instructions, and the ORC Championship Checklist, collectively known as the "Green Book." These are available for viewing and download at www.orc.org/rules. The changes are summarized at this link: www.orc.org/changes Among the changes are improvements made to the aero- and hydro-dynamic modeling of the ORC VPP based on research, observations and user requests. For example, the model for added resistance due to waves was upgraded, the windage drag due to hiked crew was improved, and the model for crew weight position was improved to be optimized for boat speed and not just heel angle. In the IMS, there are not many changes, but some measurement procedures are clarified and streamlined, such as internal ballast, propeller shafts that are not installed on centerline can now be measured, position of the weights for boom inclinations and minor clarifications on mainsail and mizzen staysail measurements. In the ORC Rating System rules for ORCi and ORC Club, numerous clarifications are made in rules for ballast systems, boats with both asymmetric and symmetric spinnakers may now declare that the asymmetric sails are flown only on centerline, and other minor items. For the Green Book, new 2019 CDL limits defining the three classes at ORC Championship events have been devised for minimal disruption to the fleet from the 2018 limits, and are as follows: Class A: 16.50 >= CDL > 11.62 Class B: 11.62 >= CDL > 9.80 Class C: 9.80 >= CDL > 8.60 The only change was small shift in the Class A-B split at 11.62 m CDL. And for ORC Club and ORC International certificates, national rating offices may now opt to include a new appendix page of ratings based on specific course models in addition to the standard Long distance/Coastal and Windward/Leeward models shown on current certificates. The 2019 ORC VPP Documentation will be available soon after the 2019 ORC VPP gets distributed to the 35 independent Rating Offices located around the world. For those interested in subscribing to the 2019 DVP, this is available now at the discount rate of EUR360/year until 15 January, when the price increases to its regular rate of EUR600/year. More information on the 2019 DVP can be found at http://www.orc.org/dvp. The 2019 ORC Superyacht (ORCsy) Rules are also nw available online from the ORC Superyacht page at http://www.orc.org/superyacht. And for those interested in subscribing to the ORC Superyacht DVP, this is also available now for EUR840 for existing subscribers and EUR1200 for new subscribers on the ORC Superyacht page at http://www.orc.org/index.asp?id=206. And for those interested in seeing how the 2019 VPP affects the ratings of their boat or others in the fleet, the ORC's Sailor Services system is also now equipped to run Test certificates, Speed Guides and Target Speeds for nominal prices payable through PayPal. This unique public access system is available after free registry at www.orc.org/sailorservices. In addition to the 2019 Rules and VPP, the 2019 ORC Worldwide Calendar of Events is also on the ORC website at www.orc.org/calendar. This list of event information has been provided by race organizers, rating offices and others and is continuously updated as new information becomes available. And the ORC Superyacht Calendar of events is available at www.orc.org/superyacht. More on ORC rating systems, ORC certificates and events can be found at www.orc.org.
Second last built Club Swan 42 refitted and highly optimized for competitive racing. Now available for the following prestigious races in 2019. MONACO SWAN ONE DESIGN April 9-13 more info: https://clubswan50.com/events/2019-monaco-swan-one-design/ SCARLINO SWAN ONE DESIGN April 30 – May 4 more info: https://clubswan50.com/events/2019-scarlino-swan-one-design/ Highlights yacht - New shaped keel and rudder - New sails 2018 3Di North Sails: Light Medium heavy Main A1.5 A2 A4 - New H5000 B&G electronics
Val Oatley described Wild Oats XI’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race line honours victory perfectly alongside the dock in Hobart this morning: “Three years of misery to this moment,” and you could not wipe the smile from her face or that of her sons, Sandy and Ian, as they waited for their super maxi to moor alongside Kings Pier. Three years of trauma for the Wild Oats family when the yacht retired from the 2015 race with a torn main followed by Bob Oatley’s death in January 2016. Another retirement in 2016, this time with hydraulic ram issues. Then came last year’s much publicised finish when Wild Oats XI was penalised one hour after an incident with Comanche and lost her line honours crown and a new race record to Jim Cooney’s ‘aircraft carrier’. This year’s victory makes it a new record of nine line honours for Wild Oats XI, which broke the seven years of line honours stranglehold of Kurrewa/Morna in 2014 with her eighth line honours crown. Perennial skipper Mark ‘Ricko’ Richards generously handed the helm over to the Late Bob Oatley’s grandson, Daniel (Ian Oatley’s son), on his third Sydney Hobart on the family yacht, before they crossed the finish line after gybing all the way up the River under Code Zero. Wild Oats XI won the hard-fought battle between four of the five super maxis entered in the race. Until 6.30am this morning, the four were still locked in a tight fight for honours - just 4 nautical miles separating them before Wild Oats XI came into her own. Peter Harburg’s Black Jack from Queensland was second over the line at 8.35.06am, followed by Comanche at 8.36.09am, after the two went gybe for gybe to the finish after rounding the Iron Pot. Christian Beck’s InfoTrack finished at 08.51.17am. Never before in the history of the race have we witnessed four yachts fight for supremacy throughout the entire race. It kept us all on tenterhooks the most exciting Sydney Hobart line honours stoush since Bob Bell’s Condor of Bermuda beat Jack Rooklyn’s Apollo over the finish line by seven seconds in 1982. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHz0eMUozpk By Scuttlebut www.rolexsydneyhobart.com
Oxelösund, Sweden - The Oxelösunds Segelsällskap and the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) are pleased to announce that the 2019 ORC European Championship being held over 11-17 August is now open for entries. Oxelösund is a relatively young port town in the scenic region of Södermanland, 100 km southwest of Stockholm on the Baltic coast. This is a new venue among many in Sweden that have hosted past ORC European Championships, including Gothenburg, Marstrand, Sandhamn and Ystad. This history and the success of the venues in the Baltic region indicates a strong enthusiasm about ORC racing, with the current record number of entries being the 83 boats from 11 nations that competed last year in Gdansk, Poland. This many and perhaps more are expected to converge on Oxelösund in August to enjoy several days of inshore and offshore racing after two days of measurement and inspection formalities. Racing will be held in three classes, with European Champion titles awarded to entries in Class A, Class B and Class C, with class splits defined by the CDL ratings in the 2019 ORC VPP, which will be available soon after the New Year. One team is excited about competing in their back yard, their home being on the west coast in Gothenburg: Patrik Forsgren's modified Beneteau First 36.7 Pro4U. This team has been consistently winning ORC championships in Class C for the past few years, including Gold in Gdansk in 2017, Gold in Estonia in 2015, and Bronze at the Worlds this year in The Hague, Bronze at the Worlds in Copenhagen in 2016, and Silver at the Worlds in Kiel in 2014. "I've sailed these waters since I was a kid," said Forsgren. "The mix of archipelago and open sea right on our doorstep is the perfect background for challenging racing. I'm really happy that Oxelösund gets the opportunity to arrange the ORC championships and I'm looking forward to coming home. If we're able to get the trophy, it's even better!" "We are really looking forward to returning to Sweden and having another successful Europeans regatta," said Bruno Finzi, Chairman of ORC. "This region has a long history of excellence in offshore sailing, so we expect a lot of good teams and strong enthusiasm. We urge all who are interested to sign up early in their planning for a high-quality event." Already there are 18 entries signed up from six nations, with many more expected soon. Entries fees are offered at discounted rates prior to 30 April 2019, the fees then increasing until 30 June, then increasing again until the close of entries on 15 July. An important part of planning is booking accommodations for the team, and these can be made in Oxelösund or nearby Nyköping at these sites: www.visitoxelosund.se/boendewww.nykopingsguiden.se/bo More information on the ORC Europeans can be found at https://orc2019.oxss.nu, with entries made at http://european2019.orc.org/en/default/races/race-inscription/text/preliminary/YES/cruise/yes. More on ORC rating systems, ORC certificates and events can be found at www.orc.org.