Please select your home edition
Edition
Cyclops Marine 2020 - LEADERBOARD

Double trouble? - Sail-World.com USA Newsletter

03/08/2020


Double trouble?

Henri-Lloyd 2020 LEADERBOARD

Cyclops Marine 2020 - LEADERBOARD

Start 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - photo © Rolex / Studio Borlenghi


Dear Recipient Name

In yachting, 2020 is the year of shorthanded sailing. Yes, in many cases it has been forced on us due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the trend was already set and with a mixed double-handed yacht being added to the slate for the Paris 2024 Olympics, some serious names had already entered the fray. It's an exciting sector of yachting, with some brilliant new designs out on the water and interest around the globe.

Yacht racing is restarting gradually. In the UK, the first day of August saw Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) racing resume with 'Race the Wight', in which a superb entry of 133 yachts took to the water for a lap of the Isle of Wight. Over 40 of these boats were sailed double handed with the JPK 10.10 and Sun Fast 3300 taking the top two spots in this division respectively.

In a superb gesture by RORC, the full entry fees, amounting to over £5,000, were donated to the NHS and Scaramouche Sailing Trust.

 
Marskeel 2019 600x500   PYI Inc. 2020 Fendertex 300x250
 

Jim Driver's Sun Fast 3300 Chilli Pepper took the win in RORC Race the Wight IRC Three in their maiden race - photo © Rick Tomlinson
Jim Driver's Sun Fast 3300 Chilli Pepper took the win in RORC Race the Wight IRC Three in their maiden race - photo © Rick Tomlinson

We're living under the shadow of the pandemic in everything we do, and the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has had to shut its doors until 10th August, with many of the committee, staff and members in self-isolation after one positive test for Covid-19. The club have reacted swiftly, applying their COVIDSafe plan alongside Commodore Paul Billingham communicating and liaising effectively with NSW Health, members, and the press. No club should assume they're not going to have an outbreak, and the CYCA have demonstrated good planning and a fast response in an exceedingly difficult situation.

 
Selden XPS   Vaikobi 2019AUG - MPU 2
 

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race start - photo © Rolex / Daniel Forster
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race start - photo © Rolex / Daniel Forster

Moving ahead, Boxing Day will see the iconic start of CYCA's flagship event, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. One of the world's most sought-after trophies is the Tattersall's Cup, awarded to the handicap winner of the race. Word has it that double-handers, while being allowed to race in the event, will be ineligible for the main trophy. Apparently, the concern is around autohelms, and how advancing technologies can lead to a marked improvement in performance which rating systems are unable to factor in at this time.

Yes, autohelm technology is improving continuously, but is excluding a rapidly-growing sector of our sport the right decision? It would seem to put the CYCA at odds with the trends in our sport.

 
Upffront 2020 Foredeck Club SW MPU   Zhik 2020 AnneMarieRindom MPU
 

Ichi Ban claims the Tattersall's Cup in the 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - photo © Andrea Francolini
Ichi Ban claims the Tattersall's Cup in the 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - photo © Andrea Francolini

The arguments for exclusion include the cost of high-end autohelms and the perceived advantages that these systems have over a human helm, but this must be weighed against the increased difficulty in sail handling and lack of weight on the rail. The Rolex Sydney Hobart is far more than a helming contest, with seamanship, navigation and regular sail changes playing a massive part.

Further to that, if a double hander were to win on handicap, but not be awarded the Tattersall's Cup, then the team who were to lift the trophy would undoubtedly feel their victory was a little hollow...

Like so many areas of our sport, autohelms are constantly improving and this development should be encouraged rather than suppressed. We know full well that new technology initially costs serious money as it's developed, but as it becomes mainstream it benefits all. One only has to look at motor racing for this trickle-down effect, where innovations such as Direct-Shift Gearboxes (DSG) and disc brakes are now mainstream and, on the cheaper end of the scale, rear-view mirrors were seen for the first time in the 1911 Indianapolis 500 race!

 
Barton Marine 2019 600x500   Race Yachts 2020 600x500 v3
 

Matt Sheahan, producer of PlanetSail - photo © PlanetSail
Matt Sheahan, producer of PlanetSail - photo © PlanetSail

At the MAA's Media Dinner ahead of METS 2019 in Amsterdam, leading yachting journalist and producer of the Youtube channel PlanetSail Matt Sheahan spoke eloquently about the development of autohelms in the IMOCA monohulls. In the new foiling era these are more important than ever for the singlehanded sailors taking part in the Vendée Globe.

Matt gave us his view on developments: "Fundamentally I think the sport is approaching a watershed moment, and it's a big one - autopilots have the ability to move us on to the next stage. The technology and algorithms in new autopilots mean that they can, in certain conditions such as night-time, out-perform human helms. This does though rely on training the system over a period of months. I think it's very exciting and I'm very much in the 'let's allow it' camp and believe that autopilots will have massive benefits throughout sailing, particularly in cruising, providing extra comfort and safety."

 
FFI - Try a fifteen - 2020 600x500   North Sails 2019 - Helix Top-Down Furling 600x500
 

Charal leads the Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne Race - photo © Gauthier Lebec / Charal
Charal leads the Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne Race - photo © Gauthier Lebec / Charal

The explosion of interest in shorthanded sailing has been obvious to us at Sail-World, with Australian editor John Curnow's recent articles on the X2 and Sun Fast 3300 being amongst the top-read articles worldwide in 2020, including massive readership in North America. Rohan Veal of the Australian Jeanneau dealer, 38 South Boat Sales is rightly concerned:

"Although I am not an entrant in the 2020 Rolex Sydney Hobart, any decision to not allow double-handed entries to win the Tattersall's Cup will no doubt deter my customers and many others (particularly overseas entries and Olympic campaigners) from entering this race in the future or even withdrawing their entry this year, as there will be little incentive to compete anymore.

"Based on the results and IRC ratings of all the leading double-handed boats around the world over the last few years, I think it will be unlikely that the best double-handed boat with the best crew, best auto pilot and the best conditions would be able to beat the best 50+ foot boats in this year's race. As everyone who has raced doubled-handed knows, there is a lot more to winning than letting the autopilot steer the best course; plus this will be first year that anyone has ever done this race double handed!

 
Predictwind - Iridium 250   Cyclops Marine 2020 - MPU
 

Ken Read and Suzy Leech sailing a Jeanneau Sun Fast 3300 in the 2020 Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race - photo © Image courtesy of Jeanneau America/Billy Black
Ken Read and Suzy Leech sailing a Jeanneau Sun Fast 3300 in the 2020 Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race - photo © Image courtesy of Jeanneau America/Billy Black

"However, this is exactly what motivates World Champions like myself, along with everyone that has entered the S2H this year, to push the envelope, and why Australia is such a successful International and Olympic sailing country. Therefore, it is possible that this decision will have a direct impact on Australia winning a Gold medal or not at the 2024 Olympics.

"Furthermore, I am sure the people who work on the IRC rule know what they are doing, including the way a boat is setup / sailed is reflected in the boats handicap already. If IRC felt as though the double-handers have an unfair advantage because they were consistently beating the fully-crewed boats in offshore races, then they would come up with a different rating for double-handers. Currently this is not the case, so why fix something if it ain't broke?"

The argument on the cost of high-end autohelms can be offset by lower crew numbers, and the 100 footers which have dominated the battle for line-honours since the LOA was increased in 2009 aren't exactly cheap...

 
Henri-Lloyd 2020 MPU   RS Sailing 2020 - RSSS - MPU
 

Wild Oats XI arrives in Hobart to claim a record ninth 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race line honours success - photo © Rolex / Studio Borlenghi
Wild Oats XI arrives in Hobart to claim a record ninth 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race line honours success - photo © Rolex / Studio Borlenghi

Hugh Ellis, who bought the RP63 'Voodoo' ahead of the 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart, is a recent convert to double-handed racing: "It was a dream to win Division One in 2018 in what is such a competitive division. There were so many aspects of the campaign that all had to be right to get this result. It was a privilege to be surrounded by such talented amateur sportsman who lived and breathed the race. It is without question that you cannot win this division unless you have the right boat that is well resourced with the right team culture.

"I then sat out until late in 2019 whilst circumnavigating the world on my sailing Catamaran 'Muttley'. Following an announcement by the CYCA that the two-handed division was being introduced in 2020, it became obvious what the next challenge had to be. Finally, after many years of the double handed class competing in the other great races around the world, this was being introduced in the Sydney Hobart.

 
Gul 2020 Tri-Laminate Spraytop MPU   Allen 2020 - A2031XHL - 600x500
 

VOODOO, Bow: 63, Sail n: AUS98888, Owner: Hugh Ellis, State / Nation: VIC, Design: Reichel Pugh 63 - photo © Rolex / Studio Borlenghi
VOODOO, Bow: 63, Sail n: AUS98888, Owner: Hugh Ellis, State / Nation: VIC, Design: Reichel Pugh 63 - photo © Rolex / Studio Borlenghi

"After a lot of research around the world, back orders for the Sunfast and JPK boats were pushing back later into the year. It seems that as the Sunfast was the front runner for inclusion in the Olympics, and word was out about the eligibility for entry into the Sydney Hobart, that many people were well ahead of me in ordering boats. I was then fortunate enough to come across a newly-built Lombard 34 which had just completed the 2019 Sydney Hobart and come second in its division.

"Although the boat had raced fully crewed its designer had intended her to be a double handed racer. Like Voodoo, she was slightly different in design to her competitors and if she got her conditions she could do well. As with Voodoo when we were trying to stay out of the TP52 'Arms Race' we thought Mistral could find a niche between the other twin rudder purpose built double-handed racers.

"The next step was in depth consultation with the CYCA sailing office in going through the certificates on file as I needed to make sure that she met all the requirements of the new class. 'Mistral' was then purchased and delivered to Coffs Harbour by her builder Pierre Gal who has been a wealth of knowledge on the intricacies of the boat.

"Whilst compared to running a mini-maxi yacht, the logistics and management require a lot less time, the challenge I would argue is in some ways greater. Many aspects of sailing the boat have to be learned all over again (it's been many years since I've been on a foredeck). Sleep management, the boat being more tender without crew weight and multi-tasking to name a few. I've been privileged to win a division in the fully crewed division and to have the opportunity to compete in this class has renewed my passion for sailing. I also believe that the introduction of this sport will see many people come back into the sport and introduce new people looking to test themselves.

"The list of sailors in this division is growing and at the time of writing I see it to be around one third of the Sydney to Hobart fleet. Bring on Boxing Day!"

I'm hoping that the final decision hasn't yet been made at the CYCA. This year the discussions will no doubt be held on Zoom rather than in the clubhouse, and I would urge those involved to allow double-handed teams to be eligible for the Tattersall's Cup. The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is one of sailing's greatest spectacles and puts the sport in the public eye around the world, so let's highlight the areas of growth, rather than supress them. As mentioned by Rohan above, it's unlikely that a double-hander will win the trophy, but they should all be at least in with a shout. What a showcase the next four Hobarts would be as we lead up to 24/7 coverage of yachting at the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Mark Jardine
Sail-World.com & YachtsandYachting.com Managing Editor

 
Rooster 2020 - Impact BA - MPU   C-Tech 2020 Battens 300x250
 


America's Cup: Designed to fly
It was August 2012 when the sailing world was turned upside down by a 72-foot catamaran flying in the Hauraki Gulf. Emirates Team New Zealand had brought foiling to the America's Cup and changed the face of top-level yacht racing forever.

Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez: Competitors being confirmed, procedures on shore specified
Two months before the start of the 2020 edition of the Voiles de Saint-Tropez, registrations are being confirmed and the outlines of the reception arrangements, for participants and the public, are becoming clearer.

America's Cup Rialto: August 3 - American Magic puts in solid day on the water
American Magic looked to have settled into a catch-up routine to close out the five months they have been off the water. NZL-60 the 2000 America's Cup champion has been refurbished and will go on public display at the ETNZ base.

 
SOUTHERNSPARS_MAST-&-BOOMS_SW_300X250-MISSY   YRF2020 - Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 600x500
 
Mark Foy - Father of the 18 Footers
The man responsible for the birth of 18-Footer racing some 128 years ago (January 1892) was a leading Sydney retailer named Mark Foy, who was a keen sailor as well as being a very successful businessman with an acute eye for promotion.

Tokoloshe II and PowerPlay triumph in RORC Race the Wight
A race around the Isle of Wight on Saturday 1st August marked the return to competitive racing at the Royal Ocean Racing Club, the first since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Increasing siversity, equity and inclusion in the Sport of Sailing - Watch live on Tuesday, Aug. 4
The panel will discuss ways sailors and sailing organizations can implement strategies now to increase awareness and opportunities within their sailing organizations and programs for individuals from diverse backgrounds and people of color.

 
KZRaceFurlers   Mackay 250
 
Round Catalina Double-Race produces J/Silver at South Shore Yacht Club
Thirty-six boats sailed in South Shore Yacht Club's annual 90.0 nm Round Catalina Island Doublehanded Race. The annual event starts and finishes off the Balboa Pier in Newport Beach and only allows two sailors aboard.

Move over Numbers, there's a new kid on the block: Doug DeVos donates RP 86 Windquest to Oakcliff
Since it was donated in 2017, the JV 66 Numbers has been the biggest boat in the Oakcliff fleet. This year, she loses that title by 20 feet.

America's Cup Rialto: August 1 - what we've seen in the first week in Auckland
While American Magic sailed their AC75, Defiant on three days of the four available, last week, Emirates Team New Zealand have opted to sail only their 12 metre long test boat Te Kahu. Here's some thoughts and images on what we've seen.

Wendy Tuck - Breaking records and barriers
Becoming a trailblazer was not Wendy Tuck's intention when she signed up to be a Skipper in the Clipper 2018-17 Race - the Australian simply wanted to go sailing.

North Sails Weekly Debrief: Time to replace your spinnaker? Cruising Multihull Q&A, Spinnaker Sets
Remember when your spinnaker was new—how crisp and clean the material felt and the way it crinkled going into the bag? The whites were white and the colors were bright, and it even smelled like the brand new nylon that it was.

11th Hour Racing Team adds America's Cup winner and former Ocean Race champion to Transatlantic Sail
11th Hour Racing Team announced the addition of several high-profile sailors to its training crew this week with five-time Ocean Race veteran Simon Fisher joining the team in France, along with past America's Cup and SailGP winner Kyle Langford.

Shannon snags win in Grade 3 Match Race Regatta at Oakcliff Sailing
Seven teams faced off in Cold Spring Harbor in light winds across the board and a nice 7-12 westerly on Sunday, which allowed them to finish the round robin, consolation round, and finals.

Eyes on the prize - Alex Thomson keeps his focus despite a mix of usual and unusual problems
Having to withdraw from last Autumn's Transat Jacques Vabre was not the optimal start to Alex Thomson's Vendée Globe programme with his new Hugo Boss.

Dick Neville and Kevin Reeds on the Annapolis Yacht Club's inaugural Two Bridge Fiasco
I checked in with Dick Neville and Kevin Reeds of the inaugural Two Bridge Fiasco, via email, to learn more about this exciting new Chesapeake Bay-area event.

When it comes to boat speed smarttune eliminates one variable
We are back racing, perhaps not as we had planned, but starting guns are sounding and yachts are back competing. Short-handed sailing is having a resurgence, as households and crew bubbles take to the water.

US Sailing Reach Hub Grants awarded to centers in Southern California and Midwest
Sailing centers in the Southern California and Midwest regions have been awarded Reach Hub grants to grow youth sailing through STEM and environmental education as part of the US Sailing Reach Initiative.

All the Fs in sailing - Fantastic full on fast, fun, and FLAT
Is windward-leeward is the only true measure of a sailors prowess in a race? Some boats simply don't reach at all, but if there is one genre of boat that has 'reaching master-blaster' written into its DNA, then it has to be the scow.

America's Cup Rialto: July 30 - A revealing day for Defiant
New York Yacht Club's American Magic looked to have dropped into a solid training routine, necessary to catchup the five months that the team has been unable to sail their AC75, Defiant.

Introducing the Henri-Lloyd Racing Club
Sailing thrives through communities and, in this time of social distancing, bringing people together through communities in novel and innovative ways helps us all bond when other methods may not be possible.

Fun is the key
The lessons of the past are still relevant today! This article excerpt was originally published in the July/August 1996 edition of the American Sailor.

America's Cup: Requirements clarified for superyachts to enter New Zealand
The New Zealand government is, from July 2020, allowing foreign flagged vessels and yachts with booked-in refits or repairs to enter New Zealand. The minimum repair/refit value has been set at NZ$50,000 (US$33,300)

JPYC Foundation - Diversity call to action to Chicago boaters
Over 2 million people live in Chicago, yet over 800,000 Chicagoans, many of them low-income children of color, have never even seen Lake Michigan, let alone been on a boat.

An interview with Alex Nugent on the 2020 Edgartown Race Weekend
I checked in with Alex Nugent, race co-chair of the 2020 Edgartown Race Weekend, via email, to learn more about this exciting regatta.

America's Cup Rialto - July 28: The first hookup on the Waitemata
On the water the two teams worked to a very different regime - with the Kiwis doing various runs and manoeuvres - but of course with only four crew on the 12 metre long test boat. Updated with video of the day

Less than one month to go until the 31st New England 100
With 10 F18s, four Hobies, and a few Trimarans even joining the mix, it is shaping up to be a great opportunity to get some fresh air and great competition.

Zhik 2020 AnneMarieRindom FOOTER

Upffront 2020 Foredeck Club SW FOOTER

This email was sent to the.recipients@email.address by YY Online Services Ltd.
Towngate House, 2-8 Parkstone Road, Poole, BH15 2PW
Registered in England No. 7895890

Our records show that you signed up to receive news from us on 1 January 2000

Please do not reply to this message as this address cannot receive replies.

You can unsubscribe at any time or email us here if you encounter any difficulties
Cyclops Marine 2020 - FOOTERRS Sailing 2020 - Summer Offer - FOOTERHighfield Boats - Sailing - FOOTER