EuroSail News #4625 - 30 June
In This Issue
• Informants Outed by Emirates Team New Zealand
• Team NZ axes contractor after secrets allegedly leaked
• What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
• Travelodge: A world championship-winning 18 Footer sponsorship
• Sebastien Josse : "I Know That If I Had A Great Project, I Would Be Competitive"
• The Perfect Pre-Vendee Globe Test
• Lockdown Lifting: Irish Club Yacht Racing Can Start from Tuesday
• Industry News
• Featured Brokerage:
• • Swan 77-010 Mascalzone Latino
• • Reichel/Pugh 52 Custom - CAPE FLING II
• • Powerplay
• The Last Word: Alfred E. Neuman
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Informants Outed by Emirates Team New Zealand
Six months ago Emirates Team New Zealand and ACE (America's Cup Event Ltd) became suspicious that we had informants in the event organisation (ACE), and these suspicions were confirmed when we had confidential and sensitive information coming back to us from Europe very recently.
The motives of the informants who had access to the Emirates Team New Zealand base can only be guessed at, at this stage.
In addition, these people have made highly defamatory and inaccurate allegations regarding financial and structural matters against ACE, ETNZ and its personnel.
These allegations are entirely incorrect.
As a result, the contract of the informants has been terminated.
Although these allegations are baseless, MBIE have no choice but to investigate despite our belief that the motives of the informants are extremely suspect.
We are working with MBIE to close out the remaining issues with them quickly.
Emirates Team New Zealand and ACE will not let this set us back in our America's Cup defence or hosting of a great event this summer.
Team NZ axes contractor after secrets allegedly leaked
The America's Cup defender Team New Zealand has axed a contractor, after secrets were allegedly leaked from its Auckland base over a period of months.
The team said it was not sure what secrets were out, but the unnamed contractor had access throughout its waterfront headquarters.
"We're flabbergasted," said Grant Dalton, the team's managing director.
"(That this) has existed in our own organisation under our watch, we find unbelievable. We still continue to struggle to believe it but it's happened," Dalton told Stuff.
Late Monday, the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) - the Government's lead agency in staging the 2021 36th America's Cup - issued a statement to Stuff acknowledging it had been made aware of some claims relating to the organisation of the event.
"This includes claims around structural and financial matters. We are working with America's Cup Events (ACE) Ltd, and Emirates Team New Zealand in relation to the claims made," said Iain Cossar, General Manager Tourism.
"As there are contractual agreements in place, we're unable to go into further detail at this time due to commercial sensitivity, but we will provide a full update once more information is available," Cossar said. -- Todd Niall
Both nationally and regionally there's cause to be optimistic. Beyond the borders it's down to what happens up there in the sky. Rob Weiland
Setting the record - and the genius of Mark Foy
It's now 127 years since the first race for what we now know as the Sydney Harbour 18ft skiff. One man set the ball rolling and as a result of his good judgement the results were almost instantaneous. Frank Quealey
Master of the dark arts - Part I
Has anyone else ever achieved so much in the sport of sailing on the back of a degree in botany? James Boyd talks with Jo Richards
Look back in anger
It all started so well when designer Alfred Mylne secured his dream posting with 'the master', GL Watson. But it did not last. Clare Mccomb revisits the yacht design row of the century
RORC news - Weird times
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Travelodge: A world championship-winning 18 Footer sponsorship
Bob Holmes' TraveLodge on the Brisbane River in the 1960s. Click on image for photo gallery.
A sponsor who came to the 18 Footers in 1964 was the TraveLodge company which decided to sponsor Bob Holmes, who was a new, young competitor to the class. The sponsorship association between Holmes and TraveLodge lasted until Holmes retired in 1974, after winning five JJ Giltinan world championships.
The TraveLodge involvement with the 18s remains one of the most (if not the most) successful sponsorships ever.
It wasn't surprising as the driving force behind the sponsorship was an incredibly skilful businessman named Alan Greenway, who was the Chairman and Managing Director of TraveLodge.
Greenway was building an international motel chain at the time and saw the 18ft Skiffs as an excellent vehicle to promote his business.
Mr. Greenway was a leader in the Australian tourism industry determined to make TraveLodge an international name in the USA. In 1965 he became the first person outside the USA to be honoured when he was elected to the Hospitality Hall of Fame.
In 1968, Greenway formed a consortium with Western Hotels and Trust Houses to buy TraveLodge US, which added 400 more TraveLodge operations to the 65 already in Australia.
Alan Greenway saw the potential of the 1963 Giltinan world champion Schemer skiff and purchased the boat from her previous owner. The boat's former skipper, Ken Beashel had returned to the 16ft Skiffs so Greenway sponsored a newcomer to the 18s, Bob Holmes, who had been sailing in the 16s.
The Bob Holmes-Alan Greenway-TraveLodge combination was an instant success.
Holmes brought his 16 Footer crew of Hugh Cooke, Bob Hagley and Bob Sheridan with him when he moved into the 18s and the new team won the 1964-1965 Australian Championship and the 1965 JJ Giltinan world Championship, which was sailed in Auckland.
The JJs win was dominating as TraveLodge won four races of the five-race regatta. Only a broken mast in the other race prevented a possible clean sweep.
Holmes Successfully defended his title in 1966 with a desperately narrow win over Len Heffernan's Apex on the Brisbane River. Holmes had only one win in the 5-race championship compared to Heffernan's two race wins, but a DNF for Heffernan in Race 2 gave Holmes a four-point victory overall.
Luck left Holmes over the next two JJs when his TraveLodge team was runner to Don Barnett (AMC) in 1967 and Ken Beashel (Daily Telegraph) at Auckland in 1968.
TraveLodge New Zealand continued to contest the Giltinan Championship until 1979 while the company's focus for the Australian boats changed to promote individual hotels (Pacific Harbour Fiji and Park Royal, Queensland) before the 17-year, six world championship-winning sponsorship ended in 1981.
Australian 18 Footers League Ltd.
Sebastien Josse : "I Know That If I Had A Great Project, I Would Be Competitive"
More than a year after the end of his collaboration with the Gitana Team, Sebastien Josse is back on the water. As soon as deconfinement started he started sailing and working with Nicolas Troussel helping him to prepare the next Vendee Globe aboard Corum L'Epargne, the latest new generation Imoca to be launched. That seems like a good opportunity for Tip & Shaft to catch up with the skipper who is originally from Nice and whose career to date spans Figaro, Imoca, Ultime and the Volvo Ocean Race.
Looking back how do you review your eight years in the Gitana Team?
Any time with the Gitana team is interesting: it is a team with means, ambition, which works on incredible projects, so it is inherently an important step in the career of a solo racer. Over my time there I have nothing to be ashamed of, no regrets about the times and energy, the work I did and the commitment that I have put into this project. The boat [Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, Editor's note] is at the level where it is today thanks to a whole team who worked there, I think of Antoine Koch, of Romain Ingouf and others, people who are also passing through and made this boat work like it does today.
Is the episode of your departure digested, put to bed in your own mind now?
When you join such a team, you know that you are there for an indefinite period. I was fortunate to be the one who stayed the longest - eight years. It is an environment that was going well and my work was appreciated, I do not think that the sailing skills and the team work was called into question. After that there is another reality on which I do not want to say much, it is useless, it is the work of lawyers. The parting was hard and I did not expect it, but today, I am not bitter, I am lucky to have done the job that I did and that is the essential.
Then you obviously followed the boat closely on Brest Atlantiques, on which you were a consultant for the race management, what lessons did you learn from it?
The good thing is that the boats all arrived, except Sodebo, with minor, non-structural damage. But we see that sailing these flying boats offshore over several weeks remains a problem that is hard to manage and on the Brest Atlantiques, the boats actually flew very little. It proved that it's going to take a few more seasons to get someone solo around the world on these machines.
Are these boats ready for the Jules Verne, that is Gitana and Sodebo at the end of the year?
Each project has its story and its own levels of planning. It's like in the Vendee Globe, those who prepare four years before it are more likely to succeed than those who prepare six months before. Here you would think Gitana as the first Ultim flying to be launched, then we did the Transat Jacques Vabre, the Route du Rhum, so today it is certainly should be the project that has the most credibility from sporting point of view. Then there will be Sodebo, then Banque Populaire, but there will always be a difference of one or two seasons work and optimisation between the different teams.
The Perfect Pre-Vendee Globe Test
The Franco-German skipper Isabelle Joschke says the new Vendee-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne race is the perfect warm-up for the Vendee Globe and she is looking forward to setting sail on July 4th.
Joschke, aged 43 and based in Lorient, was able to re-launch her eye-catching red, white and blue IMOCA, MACSF, in late March and has completed a couple of weeks of test and practice sailing since then. But now she is focusing on the new race that has been created to make up for the cancellation of the Transat.
"I must admit that is it frightening to think that it could be difficult conditions," she said of the 3,600-mile course that will take the fleet up to the Denmark Strait between Iceland and Greenland. "But it is a very, very good thing that we have this race before the Vendee Globe. I actually look forward to this."
"I know it will not be nice when we go north - it will be cold - but I really need to experience this before the Vendee Globe, so I think it is the perfect race," she added.
Joschke reckons the sea conditions and temperatures near Iceland could be similar to what she is expecting to find in the Southern Ocean and approaching Cape Horn. "So for me, it is good," she said. "I don't like to be cold, but I will take all the clothes I need and all the solutions I have to stay warm and eat enough and not lose too many calories. So it will be very good training."
She estimates she will be at sea for 12 or 13 days - long enough to settle into a proper offshore routine.
Lockdown Lifting: Irish Club Yacht Racing Can Start from Tuesday
Club racing in Ireland is allowed to resume from next Tuesday (June 30th) provided that crews comply with much-relaxed social distancing requirements, while most clubhouses will be open and functional within the same limitations.
It's a complex situation, and it's unreasonable to expect a long list of official does and don'ts as sailing and boating try to get back towards some sort of normality. After all, everything to do with boats and their use is supposed to be ultimately about self-reliance afloat, it's supposed to be what seamanship is all about. So if people lack the savvy to apply common sense to a changing public health situation and how it affects our sport, then perhaps they shouldn't be going near boats in the first place.
For ours is a robust and healthy sport, with the action taking place in the brisk open air, just as fresh as fresh air can be, while the sailing population, in general, will surely prove to have been significantly less affected by the Coronavirus than the population at large. So maybe it's time people just got on with it, and stopped waiting for cast-iron official directives before making any move, showing instead an ability and readiness to apply personal responsibility and a capacity for initiative.
Organisers of the Monaco Yacht Show, Informa Markets, has announced this morning that the 2020 Monaco Yacht Show is to be cancelled. The organiser has released the following statement:
"Over recent weeks, Informa Markets has been in constant discussions with stakeholders and partners within the international Super Yacht Industry to better understand the challenges facing yacht owners, shipyards, brokers and other key participants in the face of the disruption due to COVID-19.
This has included working closely with all partners involved with the Monaco Yacht Show, and particularly the Principality of Monaco, to determine if a low-density, not-for-profit, support event in Monaco this year would have been both practical and beneficial to the market.
With much of the Super Yacht fleet currently located in the US and Caribbean and the normal calendar of activity severely disrupted, it has been agreed that it is in the industry's best interests to postpone the delivery of a top quality, prestige experience 30th edition of the Monaco Yacht Show next year, in September 2021, rather than September 2020.
Thomaston, Maine: Drew Lyman, President of Lyman-Morse announced that Erik Ekberg and JP Shipman have joined the brokerage sales team. Erik is new to the world of brokerage yacht sales but not to the marine world, having worked at Belmont Boat Works and as Program Director and Head Instructor at the Northport Yacht Club. He is passionate about racing his Beneteau First 10R Flyer. Erik is based in Camden.
JP is an avid yachtsman with more than four decades of offshore maritime experience. He specializes in brokerage and yacht management consultation but is equally adept at captaining large power and sailing yachts. JP will be based in the Newport, RI area.
Prior to joining Lyman-Morse, JP represented his clients at Lomond Yachts, Camper & Nicholson, and Northrop & Johnson. JP also served on the Board of Directors for the International Superyacht Society. Erik comes from the business development department of Leyton, a financial consulting firm. Many of his clients were companies in the marine industry.
They join the Lyman-Morse Brokerage sales team of Eric Roos, Sales Manager, who is based in Northeast Harbor, Maine; and Scott Layton and John Morin, who are based in Camden, Maine.
Berthon now offers a clinically approved decontamination of boats, to reduce the 72-hour contamination quarantine of surfaces to 1 hour, reassuring visitors and staff.
Engaging the services of a specialist clinical decontamination company ( http://www.mghz.co.uk ), Berthon have immediate access to decontaminate boats. The process of sterilisation is known as 'fogging' and reduces the government recommended waiting time between persons on board to 1 hour.
This treatment uses the same chemicals that ambulances and hospitals use to decontaminate effectively. The substances used are appropriate antibacterial and antivirus disinfectants that kill 99.9 per cent of microorganisms and viruses, dry within an hour and are not alcohol based, thus non-damaging to use in engine rooms.
Berthon has access to a specially trained team that will carefully 'fog' boats after they have been occupied by either an owner, staff member or contractor providing we are aware that an owner is returning on board within 72 hours. Washrooms ashore will also be decontaminated daily.
Decontamination must be arranged at least 48 hours in advance by contacting Berthon's Yacht Maintenance and Repair team, to coincide disinfection with visits on board and rendering the boat safer for all parties.
The High Performance Yacht Design Committee are extending the submission for abstracts to August 1st 2020.
The HPYD committee are in the process of planning dates for the HPYD7 conference in Auckland, New Zealand. These are likely to be around 10-13 March (TBC).
The conference will be both physical for those who can attend, and online for those who can't. As well as the technical sessions, it will feature an industry presentation session and a public lecture.
Due to the recent global disruption, the abstract deadline has been extended until 1 August and the final paper deadline until 1 December.
We thank those who have already submitted abstracts, and encourage those that still intend to submit to send us an email () as soon as possible so that we can plan accordingly.
We look forward to seeing you all at the America's Cup next year.
With the America's Cup fast approaching and INEOS TEAM UK, the British Challenger, back on the water, the team has adapted their working protocols to ensure the safety of the team and the local community, including partnering with Mafic, to make use of their innovative Safeguard technology.
Mafic developed their wearable Safeguard technology to identify workplace hazards and productivity improvements in industrial environments. Combining ultra wideband location technology accurate to 20cm, environmental sensors, and machine learning, Safeguard can recognise what activities are taking place, and give you a uniquely detailed view of hazard exposure, task completion, and productivity across an entire workforce.
Working with INEOS TEAM UK, Mafic has adapted this Safeguard technology into wearable devices which help the team operate, wherever possibe, within social distancing guidelines. The devices record location and can recognise the unique movement patterns of team members completing different tasks to a high degree of detail. That output is then subsequently built into a series of dashboards that can be analysed by INEOS TEAM UK management to make smart, data-led decisions that improve social distancing and safety.
The RAI Amsterdam events organisation has closed down the annual HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show for good. The move comes in a year when the global exhibition business has taken it on the chin. But RAI Amsterdam links the demise of the Dutch show not to the Covid-19 pandemic.
"The decision to discontinue the HISWA stems from the greatly changed world of watersports," the organisation said in a statement. "Boat ownership has decreased, a trend that is expected to continue in the coming years. In recent years, this has led to changes in the range on offer at the show and declining visitor numbers."
It also cited demand from exhibitors "for one strong watersports event in the Netherlands." About half of the "show's exhibitors in March also planned to attend the HISWA-in-Water in the central Dutch town of Lelystad in September. "Many have indicated this is too big a marketing investment," RAI Amsterdam said.
The 2020 Amsterdam show, the 65th edition, was disappointing. It was shut down after only two days due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The show's roots go back to the 1930s. In its glory days of the 1960s, it recorded as many as 75,000 visitors. In recent years, that dropped to 35,000.
The death of the Amsterdam show was bound to provide oxygen for the HISWA-in-Water in early September. However, its organiser, HMM Exhibitions, has cancelled that event due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Following the permanent closure of shows in Copenhagen, Hamburg and London, news of the Amsterdam show's demise leaves a void in the market for companies wanting to collectively market their boats and equipment at specialist events in northwest Europe. -- Robert Wielaard
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