EuroSail News #4724 - 25 November
In This Issue
• Bypassing the Saint Helena high pressure from the east or the west?
• Repairs and Returns
• When only the best (really) is enough - Musto
• Martin Keruzore wins the Mirabaud Sailing Video of the Century
• RYA Racing Rules of Sailing 2021-2024 editions out now
• Wight Vodka Best Sailors Bar
• Four Men - One Ocean - the Challenge is on!
• Seahorse Sailor Of The Month
• The 'The Mariner' Podcast
• Industry News
• Featured Charter: Sunfast 3600 - Loli Fast
• Featured Brokerage:
• • GC32 'Gunvor'
• • MAT 1340 - New Build
• • Swan 44-037 El Tiburon
• Back on Monday • The Last Word: Martin Luther King Jr.
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Bypassing the Saint Helena high pressure from the east or the west?
Louis Burton on Bureau Vallee 2 announced the color Monday evening by gybing the first to go around the Saint Helena high from the west. At the head of the fleet, Charlie Dalin ( Apivia ) and Thomas Rettant ( LinkedOut ) should bypass it by the east.
The Saint Helena High is the justice of the peace in the South Atlantic. It is currently divided into two parts by a low pressure axis that starts from Brazil.
The East cell (H1) of the anticyclone will fill up. The West cell (H2) will take its place in the middle of the Atlantic by the end of the week.
The objective for Charlie Dalin ( Apivia ) and Thomas Rettant ( LinkedOut ) is to succeed in bypassing the Saint Helena anticyclone by its east side while still taking advantage of a small wind corridor to the north of the inactive low which divides currently the high pressure system in two.
The group of pursuers began to jibe southwards on Monday evening to cross the front and seek passage to the west of the high pressure system.
PRB , Yes We Cam! , Maître CoQ IV , ARKEA PAPREC and SeaExplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco are still making good progress in the windy corridor north of the front, which they have been following for 48 hours. They are probably waiting until the last moment to go south and adjust as best they can the western bypass of the rapidly moving high.
In the end, everyone could find themselves at the end of the week south of the high pressure system, in the same weather system, with variations close to the current ones.
The wind is currently very southerly at the exit of the Doldrums, forcing Armel Tripon ( L'Occitane en Provence ) to pass close to the Brazilian coast while waiting for the wind to pick up at Salvador de Bahia.
Top ten at 24 Nov 2020 - 04h (UTC)
1. Charlie Dalin - APIVIA, 19104.8 nm to finish
2. Thomas Ruyant - Linkedout, 76.76 nm to leader
3. Jean Le Cam - Yes We Cam!, 318.01 nm
4. Kevin Escoffier - PRB, 368.49 nm
5. Boris Herrmann - Seaexplorer - Yacht Club De Monaco, 394.87 nm
6. Yannick Bestaven - Maitre Coq IV, 395.18 nm
7. Sebastien Simon - Arkea Paprec, 475.07 nm
8. Alex Thomson - Hugo Boss, 562.78 nm
9. Louis Burton - Bureau Vallee 2, 596.14 nm
10. Sam Davies - Initiatives-Coeur, 598.14 nm
Repairs and Returns
Sebastien Destremau (Merci) has reported a problem with the keel hydraulics on his IMOCA this morning. The hydraulic oil spurted out from a leak in the ram cylinder and sprayed all over the inside of his boat. Now he has no pressure in the rams and the keel head is moving free. He told us he has a plan to repair and is in light winds and relatively flat seas.
First I need to fix the leak, and I've identified where it is After that, I will have to replace the pipe. But I don't have one. I had to disassemble a piece of hose from the manual standby pump, to match the hose I need to replace. There is an issue to make it match. It's a mess. As soon as you use something for something else you create another problems. So I have to check the whole system well before putting pressure on it. "
* CORUM L'Epargne, which had dismasted on the morning of Monday 16 November, took four days to arrive in the port of Mindelo in Cape Verde.
Three members of his technical team accompanied by Greg Evrard, his team manager, Frederic Puzin, CEO CORUM L'Epargne, joined the skipper to welcome him and organize the return of the boat. Nicolas Troussel was able to return home to his family.
Since then, the boat has been taken out of the water, is stripped and will be loaded onto a cargo ship heading for Lorient around December 10 or 15. The on-site technical team will ensure the smooth running of this operation, which is delicate because of the foils. IMOCA will be back in Brittany at the end of next month and will be started afterwards.
* Kojiro Shiraishi, skipper of DMG MORI Global One , was on the 9:30 am shift this morning.
"Yesterday I tried to navigate as well as possible but I rather reversed... The wind changes 180 degrees every 30 minutes, I had a northerly wind and here it is from the south, it is super complicated.
It's a small feat to have managed to repair this sail. This is the first time I have done this and it still took me six days. I had to cut the upper part of the sail which I then connected to the lower part. I also cut the first reef so I can't have a high mainsail anymore. I had badly rolled up my J2 after the gybes so I tore it a bit too. I intend to go as far as possible with these repairs !! The sail is obviously less efficient and it does not have a good shape, but I am relieved.
My boat has a lot of scratches and minor issues. I try to be in harmony with him and I do everything to be able to come back to France as quickly as possible. I'm sorry the boat is in this condition, but I'll do my best to finish this round the world trip! "
When only the best (really) is enough - Musto
When Armel le Cleac'h won the 2016-2017 Vendee Globe race he did so wearing all-Musto technical clothing. Time to go for the back-to-back win then in 2020...
For Musto, the Vendee Globe has always been the ultimate proving ground for its offshore gear. Armel Le Cleac'h wore Musto on his way to victory four years ago in the last edition of this non-stop solo circumnavigation. The French veteran will be wearing his Musto clothing in more comfortable circumstances this time as he follows the race intently from the shore. A year ago he raced with Clarisse Cremer in the Transat Jacques Vabre, when together they sailed Banque Populaire X across the finish line as first non-foiling Imoca 60 and sixth overall. Since then he has continued his mentorship of the 30-year-old Frenchwoman about to embark on her round-the-world debut.
Cremer will be one of many sailors wearing Musto in this edition of the Vendee. 'I feel both anxious and excited! Which I believe is a normal way to feel when you're about to race the Vendee Globe for the first time,' Cremer comments.
Martin Keruzore wins the Mirabaud Sailing Video of the Century
The Mirabaud Sailing Video Award 2020 puts the spotlight on ocean racing! French producer Martin Keruzore (Air Vide et Eau Productions) wins this special edition thanks to his magnificent video summarising the 70,000 nautical miles he covered around the world over the last three years as an onboard reporter. Herve Borde (Nefertiti) is awarded the Special Prize for their iconic video of the Vendee Globe 2016-17, filmed in the southern Oceans, while Artur Sikorski (MikkelGroth.com) receives the Public Award.
Keruzore receives a prize money thanks to the support of our partner Mirabaud, as well as an Alpina watch donated by Skippers magazine.
"It's the only video I gave a score of 10 on all three criteria", says Martina Orsini, photographer and member of the Jury. "It isn't about a single race, but a collection of ocean experiences. The editing, the choice of images and the music are absolutely perfect. Of all the videos received, Martin's is the only one that managed to value the images so well. He is excellent and fully deserves this victory!"
Mirabaud Sailing Video of the Century (selected by the international jury)
1. Vues du Large - Martin Keruzore (Air Vide et Eau Productions)
2. 39H - Bertrand Duquenne (Bertrand Duquenne Photography)
3. Harness the Hurricane - Sarah Broadbent (Orillo)
Vendee Globe - Kerguelen - Herve Borde (Nefertiti Productions)
Public award (votes on internet)
1. Time Always Wins - Artur Sikorski (MikkelGroth.com)
2. #StayHome - Guillermo Sanchez (Real Federacion Espanola de Vela)
3. Mysterious metamorphoses - Eugenia Bakunova (Russian Federation)
RYA Racing Rules of Sailing 2021-2024 editions out now
Make sure you're ready for the 2021-2024 changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing with the RYA rules books. The new editions are now available from the RYA shop - www.rya.org.uk/shop.
Updated every four years by World Sailing, the Racing Rules of Sailing are compulsory for racing sailors around the globe.
As the Member National Authority for the UK, the RYA Racing Rules of Sailing 2021-2024 (order code YR1, RRP £10.99) not only features the World Sailing rules in full, but is also the only publication to contain the RYA Racing Charter, Racing Rules Guidance and the RYA National Prescriptions - essential for racing in the UK.
The compact, ring-bound and waterproof book is perfect for taking afloat. It covers not only the fundamentals of the race itself, including racing conduct and what is fair and unfair, but also details things like protests, hearings and appeals. You'll find everything competitors, judges and umpires need to know.
Wight Vodka Best Sailors Bar
Yes... I know... There are far too many pumpkin spiced entities this time of year. It's really only suitable to have pumpkin flavor in a pumpkin pie. Not in my coffee, thank you.
With this notable exception. Perfect for washing down any slice of pie whatsoever...
Pumpkin Pie Martini
Combine 1 1/2 oz. Kahlua Pumpkin Spice and 1 1/2 oz. Wight vodka in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Shake and strain into a glass.
Garnish with orange zest.
Today we honor another past winner, this one from just last year, when we could all safely hang out in a bar...
Bermuda's Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club
Among the hundreds of letters received, these were some of our favorite comments:
- Staff and general ambiance of the bar/club. Very welcoming to all sailors.
- Great place to sit out a hurricane
- Great, relaxed sailors hangout after day of the water, or multiple days on the ocean.
- Fabulous atmosphere, amazing view., great hospitality and excellent food and drink!
- New manager Mr. Cassius Fevriere is terrific and it is clear his he is eager to pass on his extensive knowledge of mixology.
Send us stories and drink recipes to nominate your favorite sailors bar:
Four Men - One Ocean - the Challenge is on!
The Ocean Rowing Boat that Rauri, Mark, Justin and Dan are to row across the Atlantic in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, left their training base of Lymington in Hampshire recently to be shipped to La Gomera in the Canary Islands. This leaves the team at home, to continue keeping themselves match fit for the start of the race in La Gomera in the Canaries on the 12th December 2020.
It has been a long journey for the 'On Shoulders of Giants' team since they started the campaign training in October 2019. They are now fully prepared, both mentally and physically, for the Challenge they are facing. The name of the team comes from their inspiration from Sir Isaac Newton's quote from 1675, "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." Put simply they see it more as a metaphor, for the support we all need to achieve great things, whatever the daily challenge might be to each and every one of us.
This ethos led them naturally towards their chosen charities, that they are supporting for the Atlantic row; both have very personal connections for the rowers. The My Name'5 Doddie Foundation aims to make a difference to the lives of those battling and coping with Motor Neurone Disease (MND), through funding research into its causes and potential cures, along with providing grants to individuals to enable them to live as full a life as possible. Rauri Hadlington has first-hand experience of this debilitating condition, as one of his oldest and closest school friends who he had played rugby with since the age of 7, suffered from MND over 3 years before he died in 2014.
The second charity the team is supporting is PiP, Pursuing Independent Paths. PiP is a local London charity that supports adults with learning disabilities to lead more independent lives. Dan heard about PiP in 2017, and was immediately struck with the wonderful care that this charity was providing, with their very personal approach to each individual.
My Name'5 Doddie Foundation: www.myname5doddie.co.uk
PiP (Pursuing Independent Paths): piponline.org.uk
Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge: www.taliskerwhiskyatlanticchallenge.com
On Shoulders of Giants Team Page: www.onshouldersofgiants.net
Seahorse Sailor Of The Month
This month's nominees:
Pip Hare (GBR)
Another Vendee racer who is providing commentary to reach far beyond the ranks of the already knowledgeable enthusiasts. Hare's battle to get to the startline was no different from that of half the fleet, but these stories need telling alongside those of racing 'brilliance'. Like King Jean, Hare's fan club will keep on growing the further she gets around the course; but she has already proved to be another skipper capable of bringing this race into the most landlocked living rooms.
Jean Le Cam (FRA)
In the 1997 Whitbread it was Paul Cayard and his brutal talk of firehoses on deck that kept followers of the race locked onto the news coming off the eventual race winner. In this Vendee Globe that mantle has landed with King Jean, who introduced himself to thousands of new fans by hogging the limelight in the opening weeks of the race by refusing to lie down with the other old boats as he 'should'. And then there came prose to turn Moitessier green with envy...
Last Month's winner:
Timothy Long (GBR)
My boys can't cook an egg, never mind navigate around a big island!!!' - Harriet Thame; 'Brilliant job, Tim. Now those boring exams!' - Herbie Knott; 'An amazing achievement for a young man of 15 on his own with no support boat' - Dido Rawlings; 'As the father of a daughter in chemotherapy I was so inspired to learn of Timothy's adventure for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust. A credit to his generation and the sailing family' - Lewis Coombes.
Seahorse Sailor of the Month is sponsored by Musto, Harken McLube & Dubarry. Who needs silverware, our prizes are usable!
Cast your vote, submit comments, even suggest a candidate for next month at seahorsemagazine.com/sailor-of-the-month/vote-for-sailor-of-the-month
The 'The Mariner' Podcast
This podcast channel is for sailors of all skill levels and backgrounds.
My passion is seamanship & self-reliance and helping others realize their sailing dreams on their own boats - whatever size or shape of craft that may be.
Light-hearted and filled with personal anecdotes this podcast also contains an ocean of experience from a sailor that has covered more miles on the world's oceans than the distance from Earth to the moon.
Each episode round the world solo sailor Chris Stanmore-Major, AKA 'CSM' talks about all things sailing from how to flake a line and prepare a meal on a family cruising voyage to how to race through the Southern Ocean on an Open 60. Superyachts, racing campaigns, open boat expeditions, classic wooden yachts and tall ships- all have an equal interest to 'The Mariner'.
For the first time in its history, Panerai, will serve as "Official Timekeeper" of the PRADA Cup taking place from January 15th to February 24th 2021 in Auckland (NZ), the Challenger Selection Series for the 36th America's Cup presented by PRADA. The race will establish which team will compete against the Defender, Emirates New Zealand in the America's Cup final in March 2021. Rooted in the 1970 decision to bring the Challenger Selection Series into being, the PRADA Cup is the final hurdle on the road to the oldest trophy in sport, the 36th America's Cup presented by PRADA. The race now enters an exciting new chapter in its celebration and passion for the sea with announcement that Florentine watchmaker Panerai has been designated as Official Timekeeper of the PRADA Cup.
The brand will be represented on television graphics, the race committee boat and official support boats during all the PRADA Cup, the PRADA America's Cup World Series and the PRADA Christmas Race. Along with its appointment as Official Timekeeper of the PRADA Cup, Panerai will also gain exclusive designations as Official Timekeeper of the PRADA America's Cup World Series Auckland and the PRADA Christmas Race.
Dufour Yachts are inviting prospective new boat owners the opportunity to view the 2021 models and visit the La Rochelle shipyard at their first international online conference on Saturday 5 December.
Each unique live session gives visitors the chance to virtually tour the new Dufour 470 and 61 yachts, which are being launched for 2021, and to discover more about the new trends in design displayed in the Dufour 360 and 390. There's an opportunity for a questions and answers with the Dufour team at each session.
This one-off event will be available for different time zones in English or French, with the Southampton session taking place at 1pm.
The recent retirement of industry veteran Christian Iscovici, head of Latitude 46 and Wauquiez since 2007, has led to a review of the company structure by main shareholder, Experton-Revollier Group.
Experton-Revollier Group acquired Wauquiez in 2011, before taking over Latitude 46 in 2015 and Rhea Marine in 2018. Iscovici was a former Directeur General of Group Beneteau in the USA from 1984 to 1993.
Alex Pinet, director of Rhea Marine, will take over the general management of the entire nautical group, which grew with the acquisition of the sports boat brand Method Boats in December 2019.
Patrick Bloch, who was previously connected with Wauquiez, will return to take the operational management of the Wauquiez site in Neuville en Ferrain. He will also take the commercial responsibility for all of the brands.
Stoneways Marine, the new yacht insurance provider is developing its relationship with the yachting community by partnering with JOG (Junior Offshore Group).
Stoneways Marine will be providing their market leading yacht insurance policy backed by exclusive A rated capacity to JOG members at a discount and will sponsor the 2021 Stoneways Marine Insurance Inshore Race Weekend.
Director and Underwriter Will Prest, who has sailed his Sunfast 3200 'Hair of the Dog' in doublehanded and fully crewed JOG races in previous seasons said that: "We are very excited to be partnering with JOG. We have always admired the Corinthian spirit that underlies JOG, the professionalism with which the races are run and the courtesy that members display towards one and other on the water. This is a huge opportunity for both Stoneways Marine and JOG members who can benefit both from a discounted policy and the knowledge that they are dealing with people who really understand yacht racing. We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2021 Stoneways Marine Insurance Inshore Race Weekend".
Designed by Daniel Andrieu, the Sun Fast 3600 is perfectly adapted to solo, doublehanded, and crewed regattas and able to compete in both inshore and offshore races.
A boat like the Sun Fast 3600 is all about performance and this boat has speed to burn. Race results to date, both in fully crewed and short-handed races, are impressive and demonstrate this boat is competitive under the IRC handicap rule.
This eye catching boat lives admirably up to the reputation and expectations that go before it with Jeanneau’s previous Sun Fast models.
See the the Seahorse charter collection
Boat build number 20 is in excellent conditions and sailed only four events in the GC32 Racing Tour season of 2016. Equipment is almost brand new and everything is race ready.
The boat comes with a 40ft HQ container that was also purchased new in 2016. The container comes with benches, tools and all gear needed to mount and maintain the boat (incl. rotating cradles for ease foil fitting).
Current location is in storage in Barcelona.
Introducing the new MAT 1340, designed by Mark Mills. This new 44 footer is hot off the drawing board and after an extensive R&D phase, the 1340 offers a modern IRC solution, capable of offshore and inshore racing.
El Tiburon has been under the same ownership for the past 12 years and has undergone major periods of refit throughout her life.
The current custodian is the 3rd owner of the Swan 44/037. Originally a French boat based in Nice called Moana II, then Favona, and now El Tiburon.
She has just undertaken some work including a replacement gearbox TM345, new alternator and Balmar 614 charger, new coupling, PSS seal, cutless bearing and prop shaft. (2020).
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Back on Monday
Your humble narrator will be revelling (albeit with very few family members) in the socially sanctioned gluttony that is Thanksgiving. It's my favorite holiday... no shopping, no presents, politically and religiously neutral, just food, drink and family.
Let us not forget our neighbors this week. Food banks are stretched to the breaking point. There are far too many empty seats at the table. Let's spend less on ourselves and more on others.
Wishing all of you a safe and happy holiday. Even if it's just over Zoom and Skype.
The Last Word
Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent. -- Martin Luther King Jr.
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