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Rik Breur with the inspirational Sea Urchin - photo © Rik Breur

Dear Recipient Name

The great Jim Close sent me a link to a person by the name of Rik Breur, who just won the European Inventor Award. Close, probably best known to sailors as Mumbles, is always good for interesting tales, anecdotes, the weird and wonderful, as well as life's truisms. He did not let me down this time, either. Thanks matey.

Breur won his award for a marine anti-fouling fibre wrap, and he took his inspiration from the sea urchin. Looking for a more eco-friendly antifouling system, he figured that nothing ever stuck to the sea urchins, and took his lead from dear old Mother Nature. Now I reckon the IMOCAs might not be able to benefit from it, but the second Golden Globe Race could well be a contender!

At any rate, the holder of a PhD in corrosion and biofouling from the Delft University of Technology in 2001 was kind of more interested in shipping, anyway. Probably won't make many friends with the likes of Jotun, but then again they may come a knocking with a decent cheque, so you never know. Go for the ongoing royalties, Rik...

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Rik Breur's innovative antifouling mat - photo © Rik Breur
Rik Breur's innovative antifouling mat - photo © Rik Breur

They are nylon prickles on large rolls of sticky back film, and it is aiming to assist in the reduction of the €20B it is estimated to cost the industry p.a., as their fuel bills go up by 10 to 40% when the growth takes hold. Commercial vessels do not get slipped each year like recreational craft (more like two to five), so there is even more chance of microorganisms getting a hold. And of course, there is no copper going into the oceans. Make your film out of old milk or shampoo bottles, and it could be win, win, win...

Like a living organism, the spikes are constantly moving in wave and tide, irrespective of propulsion. They do not allow growth in between either, due to the pattern on the substrate, and do not fall off, thereby adding to micro plastics in the oceans. Naturally, oilrigs, floating jetties and other stationary marine objects can also benefit from the use of Finsulate Antifouling. Sounds like a plan, and I am suitably impressed.

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Auckland City will be host to the 36th America's Cup, however events for superyachts and J class will be held in Auckland and the Bay of Islands - photo © Chris McLennan
Auckland City will be host to the 36th America's Cup, however events for superyachts and J class will be held in Auckland and the Bay of Islands - photo © Chris McLennan

So if that was the making board, does that mean this one is not so? Well if you do a deal with the devil, then you have to expect there are subtexts to any ongoing equation. Just ask Dudley Moore when he gets a wee bit bedazzled. ETNZ and Luna Rossa had their side bar meetings back in the day, and now here we are with the coolest looking concept going around. Sure it's expensive. Heinously so, actually. But it is HOT! Like you're going to need five million plus SPF sunscreen when you get to see one for real.

Therefore, crying wolf now is sort of nonsensical. At least everyone is in the sandpit, predominantly playing nicely, and the OD parts are mostly what they should be. Everyone is a bit behind on the old timeline, but we don't seem to be needing to apply the JATO rockets, just yet.

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'The Mule' - Spring training in Pensacola, Florida - the hull of the AM38 is a standard 38fter hull, all the remainder of the boat, sails and rig is half-scale AC75 - photo © WILL RICKETSON
'The Mule' - Spring training in Pensacola, Florida - the hull of the AM38 is a standard 38fter hull, all the remainder of the boat, sails and rig is half-scale AC75 - photo © WILL RICKETSON

The Mule is working proof of what happens when über-cool meets get-out-of-town funky, so perhaps put the shoulder to the grindstone, be happy that the citizens of Kiwi land won't have to stump up for unneeded team bases, and get set for one hell of a ride. Just on that, even their own pilot, James Spithill, believes they are going to need new undies.

It is the AC, so it is complete naivety to expect that there will not be some sort of brouhaha. Perhaps come July First, when anyone else has to finally stump up, or ship off things may just roll on to the big day. Team INEOS UK seem to be plugging away nicely (and quietly too, huh), as too the Kiwis, so maybe it will be the Italians and the New Yorkers who occasionally drop bombshells, and I reckon we can live with that.

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AC75 rendering - Emirates Team New Zealand - photo © Emirates Team New Zealand
AC75 rendering - Emirates Team New Zealand - photo © Emirates Team New Zealand

I think the Kiwis were right to really push past the envelope, for anything else would have been a pale imitation and just not cricket. Even though cricket is no longer really cricket anyway. So we move on in the knowledge that for the last while the Kiwis have done really well with innovation, and perhaps we just need to let that be the guiding light. Glenn Ashby has said to me personally that they are super-focussed, and that is more than good enough for me. Let them go make it happen...

Gybe set at the top now. Well we knew they were special, and certainly made that point in Aussie Invasion last week. Yes the sailors certainly are, but now we can really, really say that the two Allanson Murray Etchells are, as well. First and Second in a fleet of that calibre. Seven of nine races won by the two boats, with Magpie taking out the last five. In a row, no less!!!!!

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The new branding for the latest type of Etchells - Introducing the Allanson Murray Etchells from Australia. The queue starts here... - photo © Nicole Shrimpton
The new branding for the latest type of Etchells - Introducing the Allanson Murray Etchells from Australia. The queue starts here... - photo © Nicole Shrimpton

So Havoc's brilliant consistency saw them count a seventh as their worst result. Well done to Iain Murray, Colin Beashel and Richie Allanson. Talking with the crew afterwards was brilliant, and Beashel probably summed it up best when he said it was just as rewarding as 1983. Wow.

Magpie, the latest of the AM Etchells breed, with Graeme Taylor, James Mayo and Tom Slingsby on board certainly clicked together, and but for a 24th in Race Four, things may have been very different at the top of the table.

2019 Runners Up - Magpie - Graeme Taylor, James Mayo, Tom Slingsby - photo © 2019 Etchells World Championship
2019 Runners Up - Magpie - Graeme Taylor, James Mayo, Tom Slingsby - photo © 2019 Etchells World Championship

Both crews are really nice people in addition to being living legends, and there were three other Aussie crews in the top ten. In fourth place was Tango (Chris Hampton, Sam Haines and Charlie Cumbley. Fifth was Jud Smith, Mark Johnson and Andrew Smith on Roulette, and then in eighth was Martin Hill's Lisa Rose, with Julian Plante, Mat Belcher and Sean O'Rourke as crew. Steve Bejamin, Michael Goldfarb, Mark Thornburrow, and Marvin Beckmann, along with their crews rounded out the other places.

With all that action on the Etchells front, I certainly did not miss the PDF that simply said - 'Save Now On Etchells Sails. Take advantage of the end of season savings on the world's fastest One Design sails - Ends August 16th 2019. Contact Your North Sails Class Expert for more information.' Well that would be Noel Drennan, and he has just finished at the Etchells World Championship, so is ready to receive your email now...

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The view from Hurst Castle during the Round the Island Race 2019 - photo © Mark Jardine
The view from Hurst Castle during the Round the Island Race 2019 - photo © Mark Jardine

Right oh - here today there are some gems for you to review like Kiel Week, Round the Island Race, Musto Skiffs, the Clipper, AC, 5.5m, GC32s, SailGP, Sydney International Boat Show looms and you can get tickets now, Sir Ben Ainslie joins the board of Henri Lloyd, Finn Gold Cup, OKs, World Sailing Awards, IMOCAs, Sydney to Noumea, up to 20% off a new Nanni Diesel or genset, next Marine Auctions event is coming up, and certainly there is much, much more.

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North Sails Weekly Debrief: Expert Interview, New Moth Inventory, Transatlantic, Transpac
Sail-World interviews North Sails SY expert Quinny Houry, on his involvement in the industry and how the superyacht segment has become his primary focus.

Kiel Week 2019 - Day 9: Kiwis win nine-way 49er battle in Kielifornia
Logan Dunning Beck and Oscar Gunn have won 49er gold at Kiel Week after finishing second in a very tight medal race. The conditions, couldn't have been better, with weather blowing in the teens and the air temperature up in the late 20s.

Eeyore wins 2019 Round the Island Race Gold Roman Bowl
Local boat Eeyore, an Alacrity 18 Bilge Keel from Cowes, has laid claim to the prestigious Gold Roman Bowl, winning this year's Round the Island Race after a long tactical day on the water.

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America's Cup: Long Beach YC confirms entry for AC36
Overnight, Long Beach Yacht Club has confirmed their entry in the 36th America's Cup as requested by Emirates Team New Zealand,

International 5.5 Metre Swiss Open at the Société Nautique de Genève - Overall
Caracole (SUI 214 Bernard Haissly, Nicolas Berthoud, Daniel Stampfli) has won the International 5.5 Metre Swiss Open at the Société Nautique de Genève, Switzerland, after winning both races on the final day, Saturday.

GC32 World Championship at Lagos, Portugal - Day 3
Conditions took on a different turn for day three of the GC32 World Championship. While a brisk northwesterly was anticipated, the wind that blew for the majority of the day was southeasterly, backing into the east as the afternoon wore on.

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2019 CITGO Etchells World Championship at Corpus Christi Yacht Club - Day 5
The 2019 Etchells World Champions are Havoc skippered by Iain Murray with Colin Beashel and Richard Allanson. Magpie was the big winner with another first place finish today and a second place overall for the regatta.

Kiel Week 2019 - Day 8: Przybytek and Kolodzinski in pole position for 49er Medal Race
Lukas Przybytek and Pawel Kolodzinski go into Sunday's 49er Medal Race with a 1-point lead over New Zealand's Logan Dunning Beck and Oscar Gunn.

Midsummer Match Cup in Skärhamn, Sweden - Overall
Ian Williams Team GAC Pindar won the final of the inaugural edition of Midsummer Match Cup after an impressive comeback against Eric Monnin and Capvis Swiss Match Race Team.

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Round the Island Race 2019: Photos as the fleet pass Hurst Castle
On the hottest day of the year so far, the 88th Round the Island Race is taking place. 1,253 yachts are taking part and we caught the action from Hurst Castle.

ACO 10th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2019 attracts strong international fleet
Last year, reigning world champion Jon Newman (AUS) won the championship with two races to spare. That was in his own country. Now Newman will defend his title, which he also won in 2014, on the other side of the world.

2019 CITGO Etchells World Championship at Corpus Christi Yacht Club - Day 4
Magpie was the big winner today with first place finishes for both races 7 and 8, and that is on top of yesterday, where they another pair of bullets! They re now just 5 points stern of clubhouse leader, Havoc.

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GC32 World Championship at Lagos, Portugal - Day 2
Five more races in warm sunshine, flat water and a shifty 12-16 knot northwesterly off Lagos on day two of competition, and the leader board is starting to be defined at the GC32 World Championship.

Kiel Week 2019 - Day 7: Danish bang the corner to make the best of a tricky FX day
After a week of moderate to strong breeze at Kiel Week, day eight of the multi-class regatta brought much lighter winds and a significant change of pace.

Sailing UMA meets SailGP in New York
Question: What happens when two inspirational young sailors, who are cruising their way around the world on a 37 year old boat, meet with some of the World's top sailors at the recent Sail GP event in New York?

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GC32 World Championship at Lagos, Portugal - Day 1
For the ten international teams competing off Lagos, Portugal at this second World Championship for the GC32 flying one design catamaran class, a day of two halves plus a mix of conditions and starting formats provided a worthy test.

2019 CITGO Etchells World Championship at Corpus Christi Yacht Club - Day 3
Clubhouse leader Havoc extends lead with 27 point buffer. The results are in for the third day of the 2019 CITGO Etchells World Championships. Final results are pending protests. Protests will not affect today's leaders.

Kiel Week 2019 - Day 6: Maelle overboard hands Nacra lead back to Kohlhoff
Italy's world-beating Nacra 17 sailors were leading the race and the regatta until a woman overboard incident that has handed the advantage back to a local team....

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Int. 5.5 Metre Class releases 70th Anniversary Yearbook
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the International 5.5 Metre Class and the 100th Scandinavian Gold Cup later this year, the International 5.5 Metre Association has published a commemorative yearbook.

Sydney International Boat Show tickets now available
Tickets are now on sale for the southern hemisphere's largest and most comprehensive boating show. The world-famous Sydney International Boat Show runs from the 1st until the 5th of August at the International Convention Centre

America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ announce sailing team
America's Cup Champions, Emirates Team New Zealand have announced an initial 14 strong Sailing team ahead of the launch of the team's AC75 in late August/early September.

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Kiel Week 2019 - Day 5: Phillips 49er brothers running hot in tropical Kielifornia
On a hot and windy day in Kiel, the Australian Phillips brothers tore up the track to be leading the world-class 49er fleet after day one of the Olympic classes.

Sailing Towards #myfreedom, the short film
Sailors with disABILITIES is pleased to have a film in the 2019 NOVA Employment Focus on Ability Short Film Festival.

Ben Ainslie and Henri Lloyd: 25 years of sailing history together
When Hans Eckerström and Magnus Liljeblad relaunched the Henri Lloyd brand, they recognised the importance of quality, heritage and strong brand representatives.

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Ben Ainslie joins the Henri Lloyd Journey
Henri Lloyd are delighted to welcome Sir Ben Ainslie CBE to the team and announce that he will serve as a Non-Executive Director on the board of the Henri Lloyd Group.

2019 Finn Gold Cup: Entry open and Notice of Race published
The world's best Olympic sailors will be heading down under at the end of the year to contest the 2019 Finn Gold Cup, the World Championship for the Olympic Finn Class.

Hunger & Jess win the 2019 505 Euro Cup in Kiel
Multiple World Champions Wolfgang Hunger & Holger Jess (GER) have won the 2019 505 Euro Cup Kiel, the third leg of the Euro Cup series.

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2019 CITGO Etchells World Championship at Corpus Christi Yacht Club - Day 1
The results are in for the first day of the 2019 CITGO Etchells World Championships. The Australian teams had a great showing today, as did several US teams.

OK Dinghy European Championship at Kiel, Germany - Overall: Fredrik Lööf successfully defends title
Fredrik Lööf, from Sweden, has secured his second successive OK Dinghy European title in Kiel with a race to spare after winning the first race of the day on the final day on Tuesday.

Kiel Week 2019 - Day 4: Hunger quenches his thirst for a 22nd title
The international classes concluded the first half of Kiel Week today, with a German legend winning the 505 title after a few years in the wilderness. It was searingly hot in Kiel-Schilksee today, with temperatures touching over 30 degrees.

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Celebrating the Siebel Sailors Program, foiling in New York and the Star Worlds
While the past week has seen a flurry of news from events as diverse as the SailGP New York event, and the Star Worlds, and the start of the Transatlantic Race, it was a press release from US Sailing that caught my eye and captured my imagination.

Coutts confident SailGP will become financially viable
Leading sailing and America's Cup correspondent for the The Telegraph. Tom Carey was in New York for the third round of the SailGP regatta, and spoke with Sir Russell Coutts, who created the new circuit, using a one design version of the AC50 yachts, used

Nominations open for 2019 World Sailing Awards
World Sailing is inviting the sailing community, sports fan and the public to nominate individuals, teams and organisations for the 2019 World Sailing Awards.

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Palm Beach Sailing Club's annual Bullets Regatta to be held on 16-17 November
Calling all catamaran racers! Give your sailing skills a workout at the Palm Beach Sailing Club's annual Bullets Regatta held this year on the weekend of November 16 and 17 2019.

Sydney International Boat Show returns to ICC Sydney
The Sydney International Boat Show returns to the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney and Cockle Bay in Darling Harbour from the 1st until the 5th of August 2019.

Kiel Week 2019 - Day 3: Lining up for some tense showdowns
Germany's world-famous regatta has been delivering some sensational sailing conditions this week, as the international classes complete their penultimate day of competition. 250 - 2014   Protector - 300x250
Women in the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race
While crew lists for August's Rolex Fastnet Race are far from finalised, currently just over 10% of those competing in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial voyage from Cowes to Plymouth via the Fastnet Rock will be women.

The story behind the New Icon - Fremantle Stripe Hooded Jacket
Following the change in ownership in 2018, the new Henri Lloyd management team have looked deeply and respectfully into the history of the brand and the aim has been to reconnect with the heritage.

Kiel Week 2019 - Day 2: 75 races in dream-like conditions
Kiel Week probably needs to hold back, otherwise it might be running out of superlatives. After the perfect Saturday, a Sunday of champagne sailing did follow. And this trend is supposed to go on.

Entries open for PONANT Sydney Noumea Yacht Race
Entries are now open for the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's 2020 PONANT Sydney Noumea Yacht Race, the Club's longest ocean race spanning 1064 nautical miles.

Nanni Australia: Up to 20% off EOFY sale!
Until June 30th 2019 Nanni Diesel Australia is offering up to 20% discount off all marine diesel engines and diesel generators currently in stock.

SB20 Portuguese National Championship at Clube Naval de Cascais - Overall
Dom Pedro Hotels/Generali, helmed by José Pauloa Ramada, with his crew of Fausto Briosa Neves, António Pereira and Miguel Leal Faria, was unchallenged on the final day of the regatta

Marine Auctions Forthcoming Online Auctions
Marine Auctions will be hold a Traditional Onsite Auction with Live Internet Bidding at the Horizon Shores Boat Show on Sunday 13th October commencing at 2pm. We are now accepting a limited amount of entries of selected vessels for this Special Auction.

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