Sailing Weekly Digest

Finn Gold Cup

In 1977, 115 sailors from 27 countries gathered in Palamos, Spain, for the 22nd running of the Finn Gold Cup – the World Championship for the class. However, after the Spanish Government refused to accept the entry of the two South African sailors, the International Finn Association withdrew the Finn Gold Cup from the event.

That event was renamed Finn World Week and has become a scar on the grand history of the class; a decision that cost the 21-year-old Spaniard Joaquín Blanco, who went on to win the event, his right to lift one of the greatest trophies in sailing. Blanco, who was already European Champion, won two races, was always in the top 10 and finished 23.3 points ahead of second placed José Luis Doreste, also of Spain.

Four decades later, on Saturday, June 23, the Finn Class has rewritten history, awarding the 1977 Gold Cup title to Blanco.

The event and regatta were organized to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 1977 Finn World Week. More than 30 sailors competed in the same waters of Blanco’s victory, including many from 1977, with Blanco himself as well as Doreste, in the fleet. On one of the evenings, with the ceremony, Blanco was presented, albeit 40 years later, with the Finn Gold Cup, with his name engraved on the trophy.

Holding the trophy for the first time, he remarked, “It’s so emotional for me because I have been waiting for this for 40 years; it’s too much. Back then I was not sad. I did my best sailing in 1977 and won and I was very happy then. I also won the Europeans that year as well. I know there were problems politically and the Finn class made the correct decision, and at that moment they couldn’t give the prize to me. Now, after all this time, when you are getting old and your name is still not on the Finn Gold Cup, then you feel sad, but now my name is on the Finn Gold Cup I am very happy.”

More details you can find here.

Origami canoe

The new kind of origami/boat was created in Knoxville, USA. The project is called MyCanoe and essentially, it is a boat that can be folded and unfolded like an origami boat, within just 10 minutes. The canoe itself weights 23.6 kg and fits in a handbag. When unfolded the boat can carry two people and be loaded up to 181 kg. More information you can find on the official website.

Regatta, where everybody wins

The Hallberg-Rassy Rally, regatta where everybody wins, was held in Ellös,Sweden and has seen a record number of partici­pating boats. 105 Hallberg-Rassy sailors with 38 Hallberg-Rassy yachts from 24 - 54 ft joined the regatta. The oldest boat was a 33 ft Mistral 33 from 1974 and the newest a Hallberg-Rassy 40 Mk II from 2017.

There was lots of sunshine and an 11 knots breeze from NW. As the tradition says with this popular Rally, there was no time keeping and only winners. Every boat won some kind of category. Prizes were generous, including for example a Raymarine Axiom chart plotter MFD, two inverters, a sprayhood, several automatic life vests, led lights, tool kits, sailing jackets, bags and a lot more.

Here are some examples of nominations:

  • Longest party the night before rally
  • Finally made it!(Tried to participate last year but didn't make it)
  • Worst navigator (sailed the whole course the wrong way around)
  • Tallest radar pole
  • Most uniformly striped crew
  • Most sun tanned crew

Next time "the Hallberg-Rassy Rally where everybody wins" will be held is on 15-16 June 2018, so book that into your calendar already now! :)

Transpac 2017

The 49th edition of the Transpac Race is about to start!  The first wave (three total) starts Monday, July 3rd, with 17 yachts in three monohull divisions crossing the start line in Los Angeles. They will race to the finish at Diamond Head in Honolulu 2225 miles away. There will be one yacht in the multihull division - Jerzy Poprawski’s catamaran Kastor Pollux.

The races are planned to start at 1:00 PM Pacific time, with the first (and only) mark of the course, the West End of Catalina Island to port, 26 miles away. From this point the journey for some can take 2 weeks, for others only a few days, depending on the weather, size, and speed of the boats.

Monday start will be given to the slowest boats o the fleet, among 55 entries, faster boats will start on July 5th (Wednesday) and the fastest will have their start on Thursday, July 6th, multihull will also start Thursday, at 1.30 pm Pacific time.

Sydney Hobart Race

The entry registration to one of the world’s toughest offshore racing challenges, the Sydney Hobart Race, is open now.

This year the 73rd Sydney Hobart Race will start on December 26th, in one of the iconic harbors of Sydney. Then the fleet will race 628 nautical miles to Hobart, the Tasmanian capital. The first boat to arrive will take the line honors prize, while the race’s most significant trophy, the Tattersalls Cup, will be awarded for handicap honors to the overall winner of the race.

Read more details on the Scuttlebutt Sailing News website.


Competition on the 2017 RC44 Championship resumes this week with the second event of the season in the Italian sailing mecca of Porto Cervo. Nine of the one design monohulls will be competing this week at the RC44 Porto Cervo Cup.

After they missed the first event of the season in Sotogrande, Artemis Racing Youth is rejoining the RC44 fleet under regular skipper Gustaf Lidvall and their tactician, Swedish multiple Olympic medallist, Freddie Lööf. Around half of Lidvall’s crew are youth sailors with the Swedish team, many of whom have flown in directly from Bermuda after the conclusion of the 35th America’s Cup.

The races will last from Thursday 29 June until Sunday 2 July, with a first warning signal each day scheduled for 12.00.

RC44 Championship Tour 2017 – Overall ranking (after one event)

  1. Team Aqua – 1
  2. Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team – 2
  3. Bronenosec Sailing Team – 3
  4. Team Nika – 4
  5. Katusha – 5
  6. Artemis Racing – 6
  7. Team CEEREF – 7
  8. Charisma – 8
  9. Artemis Racing Youth – 11

2017 RC44 Championship Tour

  • April 27 – 30 RC44 Sotogrande Cup 2017, Spain
  • June 29 – July 2 RC44 Porto Cervo Cup, Italy
  • August 9 – 13 RC44 Marstrand World Championship, Sweden
  • September 28 – October 1 RC44 Cascais Cup, Portugal
  • November 23 – 26 RC44 Calero Marinas Cup, Lanzarote


Seven teams are now competing for the GC32 Villasimius Cup, the second stage of the 2017 GC32 Racing Tour. The races start today, on June 27th and will last until July 1st. Read more details and opinions here. The 2017 GC32 Racing Tour schedule is:

  • May 11-14 – GC32 Riva Cup / Riva del Garda, Italy
  • June 28-July 1 – Marina di Villasimius, Italy
  • August 2-5 – 36 Copa del Rey / Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • September 13-16 – TBA
  • October 12-15 – Marseille One Design / Marseille, France

Sources of news and photo: Scuttlebutt Sailing news, ItBoat, MyCanoeHallberg-Rassy race.