Weekly Sailing Digest

The Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image is officially launched

Professional sailing photographers from all over the world are invited to join the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award 2017. Submission of the pictures is open until October 12. The prize giving will take place during the Yacht Racing Forum in Aarhus, Denmark, on November 28. The winner will receive the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award, a precious clock offered by Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot and share € 2’000 prize money.

Submission of the pictures is open until October 12. In order to participate, photographers must register and submit their best yacht racing image taken between October 13, 2016, and October 12, 2017, at the following address: www.yachtracingimage.com

The top eighty pictures will be pre-selected by Daniel Allisy (FRA), founder of Voiles & Voiliers, Rob Kothe (AUS), founder of the Sail-World network and Jean-Marie Liot (FRA), winner of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2016. They will be published on the event website and social networks on October 18, allowing the public and the international Jury to vote.  The International Jury consists of the above three as well as Nicolas Mirabaud (SUI), member of the Executive Committee, Mirabaud & Cie SA, and pro sailor Sally Barkow (USA).

The top twenty pictures selected by the international Jury will be displayed during World Sailing’s annual conference in Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) as well as at the Yacht Racing Forum on November 27-28.

Read more here and don’t forget to join!

The new one-design yacht: IC37 by Melges

Melges Performance Sailboats is proud to announce the addition of a new class to the Melges line: the IC37 by Melges, a 37-foot modern race boat. Exclusively for Group 1 sailors, the strict one-design class will be simple and fun with competitive racing at sailing’s most celebrated venues.

Partnering with the New York Yacht Club (NYYC), Mills Design, Westerly Marine and North Sails, Melges looks forward to the opportunity to launch and develop the Melges IC37 Class Association. With critical mass already set in place by the NYYC, this fleet will be a modern one-design racer with an international reach. The IC37 by Melges is designed to be a one-design for the masses and a great IRC/ORC competitor with optional interior fit outs available.

“The time has come for a strict one-design class of this size, designed and built to accommodate a wide spectrum of crew skills, targeting the Corinthian sailors of the world. We are dedicated to enriching all areas of one-design racing, including youth, Corinthian, women’s and Grand Prix style racing,” said Harry Melges.

Read more info here (the website is being developed at the moment)!

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

The 28th edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in collaboration with Title Sponsor Rolex and the International Maxi Association was held last weekend.

Winners of the respective Classes are Momo (Maxi 72), Ribelle (Supermaxi), Highland Fling XI (Maxi), Galateia (Wally), Jethou (Mini Maxi R), Supernikka (Mini Maxi RC1) and H2O (Mini Maxi RC2).

The final day of racing saw the Maxi72 and Mini Maxi Racers do two windward-leeward races while the rest of the fleet did a coastal race along the Arcipelago di La Maddalena. Breezes from the northwest building to 14 knots gradually came up against winds from the southeast. A dead zone formed between these two fronts and the Race Committee chose to shorten the course and end the day's racing off Capo d'Orso.

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup also included the Maxi72 World Championship and competition was fierce. By the end of the event the German team aboard Momo won the championship, just one point ahead of Proteus. Bella Mente and Cannonball were third and fourth placed, just two points behind. Momo was also declared winner of the 2017 Maxi72 Class and best-placed yacht owned by a YCCS member.

You can find more details here.

Clipper Round the World Race

Cementing a fifth day at the top of the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race leaderboard, Visit Seattle has extended its margin over Sanya Serenity Coast and Unicef in second and third place respectively. With less than 2000 nm to go to Punta del Este, the fleet continue to live life at a lean whilst racing hard upwind.

The leading teams have now crossed the finish line of the Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint but points will only be awarded to the top three teams with the shortest elapsed time once all teams have declared. This provides an excellent opportunity for teams towards the back of the fleet to pick up some extra points.

Skipper of Visit Seattle, Nikki Henderson said “Feeling proud of the crew today for all their hard work over the last approximately 30 hours for working together to make our trusty steed go as fast as they could – we saw some pretty good speeds.”

Many of the teams after ticking off some of the main tactical and navigational challenges of Race 1 since leaving Liverpool including the Doldrums Corridor, Scoring Gate, Equator Crossing and now the Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint as they look forward to their arrival in Punta del Este. The 12 teams started the 6,400 nm leg from Liverpool, UK to Punta del Este, Uruguay on August 20, which is expected to take approximately 35 days to complete, making it the longest ever in the race’s 21-year history.

National Sailing League in Russia

On September 10th the penultimate stage of the National Sailing League 2017 in Russia ended. Twenty one teams were participating and the team from Moscow yacht club, PIRogovo won the regatta. There were 12 races held during three days of the competition in Nizhniy Novgorod. The weather conditions were not all that simply though: medium winds, but very strong current, and that influenced unexpectedly on the results of every day.

In the end, the team of Alexander Ezhkov and Anna Basalkina had the same amount of points. Both teams finished first three times during the regatta and four times finished second. But Alexander Ezhkov’s team finished one third position twice withing the regatta, and Anna Basalkina’s team only once. In the end, Basalkina’s team was awarded with silver. The third position on the podium had Dmitry Samokhin’s Rocknrolla Sailing Team.

What else was special about this regatta, you might ask. On the last day of the competition every boat had a young sailor from Nizhniy Novgorod river sailing school aboard!

The last regatta of the National Sailing League will be held in Sochi starting from October 13th.

Read more on the website of ItBoat.

From the Varangians to the Greeks, or the Norwegians adventures

A funny story from ItBoat: one week ago a 10 meter yacht Sirius with Norwegian crew aboard was stuck on shallow waters not far from a village named Buraya in Belorussia. The crew, two journalists and a translator with Belorussian origins, was travelling from Finland to Turkey and tried to replicate to famous Trade route from the Varangians to the Greeks.

Their voyage started on August 17th in Helsinki. After reaching St. Petersburg the Scandinavian team sailed to the Ladoga Lake with the Neva River, after that to Velikiy Novgorod with the Volkhov River. Then they went to Smolensk partly overland repeating the ancient route. The crew crossed the Belorussian border after travelling along the Dnieper. But the very same evening they stranded just several meters to the shore. The emergency services were called and the crew was freed in the morning and continued their journey to the Black Sea.

Sources of photos and news: ItBoatsailingscuttlebutt.comMelges IC37 Class Association, www.sail-world.comyachtracingimage.com