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Transpac News, 12 Metre Words, 2019 AC Hall of Fame inductees - USA Newsletter


Transpac News, 12 Metre Words, 2019 AC Hall of Fame inductees

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Third wave of 24 monohulls and 4 multihulls starting off today on port tack in the Catalina Eddy - Transpac 50 - photo © Ronnie Simpson / Ultimate Sailing

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While the summer of 2019 isn't even at its midway point (thankfully!), the sailing world is being treated to some great offshore racing this year, starting with the Transatlantic Race 2019, which began on June 25 off of Newport, Rhode Island, and followed by the Transpacific Yacht Race, which began in a series of pursuit-style starts on July 10. As of this writing, all trophies have now been decided in the Transatlantic Race, however the third and final wave of Transpac starters just began their 2,225 mile run from Los Angeles to Hawaii last Friday. This final wave included the fleet's fastest guns, including the all-conquering, VPLP-designed 100-foot super maxi Comanche, which currently holds the course record for the fastest elapsed time for a monohull, as well as the MOD70 trimaran Maserati, and the Kernan 70 Peligroso.

As with all Hawaii races, the first real challenge (aside from negotiating the starting line, of course) is to escape the California coast, and this proved to be a bit of a trick for the final wave of starting boats. "This eddy is big, I'm worried about it not just at the start but up until midnight tonight," reported Stan Honey, Comanche's brilliant navigator, a few hours after their start on Friday.

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Current race record holder Comanche had quite a following at the start - Transpac 50 - photo © Ronnie Simpson / Ultimate Sailing
Current race record holder Comanche had quite a following at the start - Transpac 50 - photo © Ronnie Simpson / Ultimate Sailing

While escaping California's gravitational pull isn't easy, the dangerous business is by no means done once the wind angles improve. On Monday, word broke that John Sangmeister's modified Santa Cruz 70, OEX activated her emergency beacon some 200 miles from the starting line. One hour later, the news unfurled that Roy Disney and his crew aboard his Andrews 70 Pyewacket rescued OEX's crew, who had abandoned their vessel due to significant water ingress courtesy of a broken rudder post.

Details are thin at the time of this writing, but all of OEX's crew members are safe and sound aboard Pyewacket, which also abandoned racing and (again, at the time of this writing) is sailing back towards Los Angeles.

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Already stacking sails on John Shulze's SC 52 Horizon, class winner in 2017 Transpac - photo © Emma Deardorff / Ultimate Sailing
Already stacking sails on John Shulze's SC 52 Horizon, class winner in 2017 Transpac - photo © Emma Deardorff / Ultimate Sailing

Other vessels have also had to end their Hawaiian bids. For example, skipper Kyle Vanderspe and his crew of twenty-somethings aboard his Hobie 33 Aloha also had to abandon racing after discovering a crack in their rudder post. Fortunately, Vanderspe and company were able to sail back to Los Angeles on their own bottom, their hearts heavy but their spirits still strong for future offshore fights.

Meanwhile, on the East Coast, last week saw the 12 Metre World Championship regatta, hosted by the Ida Lewis Yacht Club, play out on the waters off of Newport, Rhode Island (July 8-13). Twenty-two gorgeous 12 Metres graced the water and delivered exciting racing across five classes, including Grand Prix (four boats), Modern (eight boats), Traditional (four boats), Vintage (four boats), and Spirit (two boats).

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12 Metre World Championship at Ida Lewis Yacht Club day 2 - photo © George Bekris /
12 Metre World Championship at Ida Lewis Yacht Club day 2 - photo © George Bekris /

After a total of nine races, Thomas Andersen and Jesper Bank's co-skippered Legacy to victory in the Grand Prix class, while Jack LeFort and company took home top honors in the Modern class. Kevin Hegarty and Anthony Chiurco's Columbia took the win in the Traditional class, while Scott Curtis' America II won in the Spirit class.

While all wins are important, special mention is owed to Mauro Pelaschier and Patrizio Bertelli (the former of longtime America's Cup fame), who sailed Nyala to an impressive win in the Vintage class. After nine races, Nyala's worst finish was a second place, propelling them to a dominant victory (by a ten-point margin) over Onawa.

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Challenge XII (KA-10) owner/helmsman Jack LeFort (second from left) celebrates victory and a World Championship title after today's final race of the 2019 12 Metre World Championship - photo © Ian Roman
Challenge XII (KA-10) owner/helmsman Jack LeFort (second from left) celebrates victory and a World Championship title after today's final race of the 2019 12 Metre World Championship - photo © Ian Roman

Speaking of the America's Cup, the Herreshoff Marine Museum/America's Cup Hall of Fame has inducted its class of 2019. This class includes Bill Trenkle (USA; born 1958), Henry Racamier (FRA; 1912-2003), and Dyer Jones (USA; born 1946). extends our full congratulations to these fine sailors and their family members.

Finally, this is an important week for youth sailing, as the Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships are taking place on the waters off of Gdynia, Poland, from July 13-20. Racing is unfurling across nine classes. wishes all competing junior sailors great luck as they engage this challenging regatta.

May the four winds blow you safely home.
David Schmidt

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14th Monaco Classic Week - La Belle Classe - Preview
Monaco Classic Week, the Yacht Club de Monaco's biennial flagship event opens in style on Wednesday 11th September with a rendition of America's most famous Sousa march, 'Stars & Stripes forever', performed by the naval military band.

A prestigious international jury announced for the 10th Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award
The Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image photo competition has announced the composition of its international jury 2019. Ricardo Pinto, professional sailing photographer and winner of the previous edition, Rob Hodgetts, international sports journalist

#NSVictoryList: A trio of 12 Metre World Champs
North Sails is proud to add three new world champions to the #NSVictoryList off the back of the 12 Metre Worlds in Newport, RI. Beyond cleaning up on World Champ titles, North Sails outfitted the inventories on 12 of the 14 podium finishers.

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Finn Silver Cup in Anzio - Practice Day
The fleet of young Finn sailors in Anzio are ready and waiting to start racing at the 2019 U23 World Championship for the Jorg Bruder Finn Silver Cup.

Melges IC37 Class at the New York Yacht Club 175th Anniversary Regatta - Day 1
Newport turned on the glamor for the first day of racing at the New York Yacht Club 175th Anniversary Regatta, providing pristine conditions for the Melges IC37 Fleet.

Gladwell's Line: Greek Sabbatical..Cup launch dates drag..Kiwi successes
We have spent the past five weeks having a sabbatical in the form of three and a half weeks sailing and living around the Greek Islands, followed by a few days in Cowes and Ireland. It was a great escape from the sail racing world.

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Rescue at sea in Transpac 50
On the 50th edition of the Transpacific YC's 2225-mile race from LA to Honolulu, at 0200 Pacific Daylight Time this morning the YB tracking system had activated an emergency signal from John Sangmeister's Santa Cruz 70 OEX

Transpac: Abandonment and collision on Day 2 - Updated
At 0200 Pacific Daylight Time this morning the YB tracking system had activated an emergency signal from John Sangmeister's Santa Cruz 70 OEX after she experienced rudder issues and water ingress. Updated to include dockside video after the crews returned

Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships - Day 1
Nacra 15 Youth Olympians came to the forefront at the Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships on Monday as racing commenced in Gdynia, Poland.

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Charleston confirmed as Official Finish City of The Transat 2020
The city of Charleston and race owners OC Sport Pen Duick are pleased to announce that the 2020 edition of The Transat, the world's oldest solo ocean sailing race, will finish in Charleston, South Carolina for the first time in the race's history.

Pensacola's Flying Scot North American Championship 2019 kicks off
Each of the four divisions will have roughly seven boats, so about fourteen boats will be on the line for each of three races scheduled for the qualifying series. The course will be set just south of the Bayou Chico channel.

World Sailing renews World Match Racing Tour status
The Special Event Agreement, signed with EFB Group, who took over ownership of the WMRT in December 2018, will see World Sailing work actively together with WMRT to promote the global tour which awards the World Sailing Match Racing World Championship.

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America's Cup Hall of Fame 2019 Inductees
Bill Trenkle is among the leaders who exemplifies what racing in the America' Cup symbolizes. He was part of both winning and losing campaigns and had an excellent reputation for his skills and integrity.

SF's Pier 39 Marina joins Emeryville & Alameda Marinas' fight against pollution with Ocean Vacuums
Seabin Project, the Aussie innovation that's tackling marine plastic pollution and educating the next generation of ocean savers, installed a new Seabin in the Pier 39 Marina Thursday, July 11th.

2019 Melges 20 World League European Division at Riva del Garda - Overall
The 2019 European series of the Melges 20 World League ended today with the completion of the last three races in Riva del Garda, stage in which two new chapters of the Melges 20 Class history have been written.

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US Sailing crowns new U.S. Junior Women's Singlehanded Champions
The 2019 U.S. Junior Women's Singlehanded Championship. For the first time in the event's history, the Nancy Leiter Clagett Memorial Trophy has been awarded to two competitors, across two classes.

Callahan Brothers dominate C420 North Americans at St Francis Yacht Club
At the C420 North American Championship in San Francisco Bay, Justin and Mitchell Callahan won the continental title in dominant fashion, adding to the twin brothers' growing list of domestic and international racing laurels.

Beach party opens the Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships
The Port of Gdynia was baked in sunshine on Sunday night as the 409 sailors from 66 nations took to the city beach for the opening ceremony of the Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships.

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Nanni - powering innovation and development
France's inboard powerplant and generator specialist, Nanni, has recently collaborated with Germany's Hanse Yachts on their latest Dehler 29 Cruiser/Racer, and also Dehler 30 One Design.

The Good Oil
This week I've been fortunate enough to have spoken with a lot of terrific sailors and unreal people. So let's just get straight into it then: Our first sailor is none other than the great Tom Slingsby.

2019 U.S. Youth World Championship Team set in Gdynia, Poland
Tomorrow, the world's best youth sailors will begin racing at the pinnacle youth sailing competition, the 2019 Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships.

2019 Rolex Fastnet Race: A busy summer for the IMOCA skippers
In Japan, Benjamin Dutreux has acquired Kojiro Shiraishi's former Spirit of Yukoh and is getting ready to bring her back to Vendée. Finally, Paul Meilhat has just officially registered the first French project for The Ocean Race

One month until SailGP's European debut in Cowes
Teams made up of some of the finest athletes from Great Britain, Australia, China, France, Japan and the United States will compete in the penultimate event of the inaugural 2019 season.

12 Metre World Championship at Ida Lewis Yacht Club - Day 5: World titles claimed in four divisions
It couldn't have been any more exciting on the fifth and final day of the 2019 12 Metre World Championship hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club and organized by the International Twelve Metre Association's (ITMA) Americas Fleet.

44Cup World Championship 2019 - Overall
It was appropriate that Team Aqua and Chris Bake, one of the founders of the RC44 Class and who remains one of its chief supporters, should win this the tenth anniversary World Championship for the high performance one design monohulls.

Second wave heads west in Transpac 50
In gray but clearing skies and a light building seabreeze, the second wave of monohull entries has left the start line set by race managers from the Transpacific YC here at Point Fermin to head towards a finish line

ACO 10th Musto Skiff World Championship 2019 at Medemblik - Overall
On Saturday July 13th, Bruce Keen (GBR) kept his nerves and won the close battle for gold at the ACO 10th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2019 in Medemblik. It came down to the very last meters on the finish line of the final race.

North Sails Weekly Debrief: #NSVictoryList: IRC Nationals, 12 Metre Worlds Photos, Crossing Oceans
North clients had an excellent showing in the 22-boat fleet at the IRC National Championship, snagging trophies in seven divisions.

Paris2024: Sir Ben Ainslie calls for Olympic regatta revamp
Sir Ben Ainslie, winner of five Olympic medals, four of them Gold, believes the Olympic Sailing Regatta needs a radical overhaul - he wants a reduction in classes and sailors and to improve quality of racing

The Clipper Race 2019-20 will be returning to the city of Derry~Londonderry
This week we were excited to confirm the Clipper 2019-20 Race will be returning to the dynamic city of Derry~Londonderry in July 2020.

America's Cup: World Series event confirmed for late April
The first America's Cup World Series (ACWS) regatta of the 36th America's Cup cycle will take place in Cagliari, Sardinia from April 23 – 26, 2020. The announcement was made at an event hosted by the Challenger of Record at New York Yacht Club

Dee Caffari: I'd love to lead a team in 2021
Turn the Tide on Plastic skipper Dee admits she's yearning for a return in the next edition, as she launches strategic review into women in sailing.

J/122 wins Marblehead to Halifax Race
The Boston Yacht Club and the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron hosted the 38th Biennial Marblehead-to-Halifax Ocean Race this past week. The race started on Sunday July 7th 2019 off Marblehead, Massachusetts, and finished in about 58 to 62 hours

An evolution update on the Eagle Class 53 - Hybrid Wing & Foils
After a fantastic Caribbean winter sailing season, the Eagle Class 53 came back home to the Fast Forward Composites yard in Bristol, Rhode Island for some evolution.

2019 Finn Gold Cup - Olympic Finn Class Worlds and Olympic Oceania Qualifier coming to Melbourne
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.

Hiro Maru, Lucy Georgina pull off comeback wins in Transatlantic Race 2019
At one point last weekend, Lucy Georgina was more than 100 nautical miles astern of Pata Negra, but the leader fell becalmed off the coast of Ireland while the hunter rode strong southwesterly winds up from behind.

International Finn Association update on the 2024 Olympic Events: Rebalancing the Slate
Following an extended period of reflection and careful deliberation, the Finn class is today announcing details of its plans to try to 'rebalance the slate'.

Cascais 52 Super Series Sailing Week – Preview
To date, two different teams have won, Harm Muller-Spreer's Platoon at the curtain raiser in Menorca and Ergin Imre's Provezza in Puerto Sherry, Andalucia. Could there be a third different winner in Cascais?

Clipper Race 2019–20: Bermuda on board for world's toughest endurance test
We have revealed this week that Bermuda is the newest Host Port and Team Partner to the upcoming 2019–20 edition which starts from London, UK, on 1 September 2019.

2019 420 World Championship in Vilamoura, Portugal - Overall
Ten races contested and we've crowned four new 420 Class World Champions in the Open, Women, U17 Open and U17 Women.

America's Cup: Ainslie confident Brits on right track for Cup
Ahead of the launch of their AC75 INEOS Team UK skipper Sir Ben Ainslie outlines the changes post-Bermuda; gives insights into their test boat strategy and performance and their program for the AC75; thoughts on SailGP and Royalty on the AC75.

In conversation with David 'Sid' Howlett
Hear the story behind the medals as Mark Jardine talks to Olympic Sailing 'Coach To The Stars' David Howlett. Howlett has helped coach some of the sports biggest names to Gold, find out how in this in-depth interview into his career.

Marine Resources job updates
Marine Resources specialises in filling job vacancies within the Leisure Marine Industry. We have a variety of recruitment services to suit all types of marine employer.

Offshore Team Germany sets course for 2021 start
Last month in Kiel, Germany, a new IMOCA 60 team emerged with ambitions for the start of The Ocean Race in 2021.

Les Sables d'Olonne confirmed as host start/finish port for the 2022 Golden Globe Race
Following the success of the 2018 Golden Globe Race, the Vendée City of Les Sables d'Olonne and its 3-town Agglomeration have voted unanimously to host the next Golden Globe Race in 2022.

75th Rolex Sydney Hobart reaches 100 entrants!
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) is pleased to announce a milestone 100th yacht has already entered this year's 75th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, with the receipt of Marcus Grimes' entry for Insomnia, a JV42 from Pittwater in NSW.

Clipper Race confirms host ports for its final legs
Firm race route favourites, Seattle, New York and Derry-Londonderry, have been announced as Host Port Partners for the upcoming edition of the global sailing event along with Bermuda which is making its debut appearance on the circuit

Fantastic lineup of speakers for the next Yacht Racing Forum in Bilbao
The next Yacht Racing Forum, in Bilbao, Spain (November 25-26) will once again reassemble the sport's leading personalities in one place during two days to network, debate the future of the sport and make business.

Buckingham finishes 11th at 2019 Laser World Championships
The 2019 Laser Standard World Championships have wrapped, concluding the first event of the 2020 U.S. Sailing Olympic Trials. After six days of racing, three athletes finished in the top third of the fleet, one just outside the top-ten.

RS21 charters available for the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta Marblehead
Marblehead NOOD Regatta will be co-hosted by Sailing World and the Marblehead Racing Association from Boston Yacht Club. As the regatta sets up at another iconic racing venue, the sailors will be keen to see what the Atlantic coast has to offer.

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