SSL Star Sailors League 24.08.2017



There are a little more than 100 days to the SSL Finals 2017 in Nassau Bahamas, from December 4th to 9th, and just a few regattas that can give points and change the top 10 skippers of the SSL Rankings until September 12th, when the leaders for 2017 will be definite.

The plan for the fifth edition of the most important event for the Star Sailors League will follow the path of the previous SSL Finals, with four days of Qualification Series after which the top 10 teams will go ahead to the final knock-out stage of the competition. The first qualified team will get a bye to the Final, the runner-up will go to the semi-finals and teams from 3rd to 10th will have to fight on yet one more race in the quarter-finals. All of this action will happen on the last day of competition, on Saturday December 9th, and in the late afternoon the winners of the SSL Finals 2017 will be crowned directly after racing at Nassau Yacht Club.

To access to SSL Finals you can either be among the top 10 sailors in the SSL Rankings, be the first crew, a young talented sailor, a VIP invited for your achievements in your career or the ISCYRA World Champion. Norwegian Eivind Melleby with American Joshua Revkin won the Star World Championship in July in Denmark and so owned the right to have a spot in Nassau: Melleby and Revkin are the first SSL Finalists to confirm their participation to the fifth edition of the SSL Finals.
Josh Revkin raced at every single SSL event since 2013, be it the four previous SSL Finals or the Grand Slams; Eivind Melleby was at two SSL Finals and with Josh finished second at the SSL City Grand Slam in Hamburg in 2016. The team has good vibes and works well together, we can expect great things from them in Nassau, particularly if it’s a windy year in Montagu Bay – they seem to like strong breeze like those almost stormy days in Svendborg at the Worlds.

The updated SSL Finals website is online now, with the schedule of the weeks’ sport, media and social events at Nassau Yacht Club. The Opening Ceremony is confirmed to take place on Monday December 4th late afternoon, details haven’t been formalized yet but a cocktail party will surely follow. The Medal Ceremony will be held right after sailing on Saturday December 9th, on a big podium in Montagu Beach and that evening there will be the Gala Dinner with Price Giving Ceremony at Nassau Yacht Club.

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From the initiative of some of the world’s best sailors, the Star Sailors League (SSL), launched an international circuit of regattas in January 2013. This new league has been built on the existing circuit of over 220 International Star regattas around the world, using a unified world ranking, created based on
the ATP World Tour ™, established by tennis players in 1972. Drawing on this inspiration from tennis, the SSL also awards substantial prize money to the best-ranked sailors.
By 2020, the objective of the SSL is to organize four Grand Slams and the SSL Finals every year. The annual SSL Finals is exclusive to the top athletes and the Grand Slams will offer fierce competition. In order to create a world ranking representative of the skills of each athlete and to balance the odds for each one of them, the Grand Slams will take place at venues known for different conditions:
• „SSL LAKE GS“ organized on a lake
• „SSL BAY GS“ organized in a sea bay
• „SSL CITY GS“ organized in an urban environment
• „SSL BREEZE GS“ organized on a windy area
In September 2015, the SSL organized the first Lake Grand Slam, on lake Neuchâtel in Switzerland, hosted by the Cercle de Voile de Grandson, and in May 2016 the first City Grand Slam took place in Hamburg Germany, by Norddeutscher Regatta Verein and Hamburger and Luebeck Bay Star Boat fleets. In March 2017 with a partnership with Bacardi Cup, SSL tested what one day will be the Sea Grand Slam, a regatta following the traditional Star Class regulations. On the first week of December 2017 the 5th SSL Finals will be held in Nassau Bahamas at Nassau Yacht Club.


Wall to wall smiles 27.05.

The OK Dinghy fleet has landed in paradise.


Most sailors in Barbados for the 2017 World Championship have been looking forward to this event for three years and so far it is delivering in spades, with fantastic sailing and fabulous hospitality, all based in a stunning location at the Barbados Yacht Club and Barbados Cruising Club. It is simply idyllic.

The practice race on Friday afternoon signalled the end of preparation and measurement and was followed by an exceptionally welcoming opening ceremony in the grounds of the Barbados Yacht Club attended by the commodores of both clubs, the President of the Barbados Sailing Association and the Minister of Tourism and International Transport.

Commencing with the Barbados national anthem played by a young trio on steel drums, Gus Reader of the Barbados Sailing Association welcomed the assembled sailors and guests. He spoke of the legacy of bringing sailing events to the small island nation of Barbados.

“We ask no more that these events leave a legacy to Barbados sailing, in particular the youth sailors because the youth are our future,”

Wishing the sailors well he said, “Conditions here are very sweet but there is a kick to them.”

Mr Reader was followed on stage by Geoffrey Evelyn, Commodore of the Barbados Yacht Club, Bryn Palmer Commodore of the Barbados Cruising Club and Bo Teglers, President of the OK Dinghy International Association.

In an eloquent and informed speech, Minister Sealy added, referring to the Finn World Masters next week. “The word is out that Barbados is serious about sailing and its tourism package and it is fitting that 2017 has not one but two events.“

“We salute everyone for making this possible. We want to see the sailing community expand. Barbados has a history of seafaring so by developing a legacy of sailing events we think we can develop the sailing youth of Barbados.”

Turning the focus back to the OK Dinghy sailors he said, “Now we have the real sailors in the one man boats we are going in the right direction. Let the real sailing begin.”

The real sailing began earlier in the day and if the practice of Friday was anything to go by the 2017 OK Dinghy World Championship will be something special. Sailed in a huge swell in 15-20 knots and 30 degrees, there were enough shifts to keep the lake sailors happy, enough waves to keep the southern ocean sailors happy, enough wind to keep the hiking addicts happy and enough sunshine to keep everyone happy.

In his first international OK Dinghy race in his new boat, Chris Turner from Great Britain favoured the right side on the first beat and led all the way round to win the practice race and the Svend Lehn Memorial Trophy from Greg Wilcox of New Zealand and Nick Craig from Great Britain.

The first two races for the world title are scheduled to start at 12.30 on Monday. The series will be contested with a 10 race series concluding on Wednesday 31 May.

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PS Apologies this report is so late; we were having too much fun.


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OK Dinghy World Championship Barbados


2017 OK Dinghy World Championship in Barbados

Whoa! We’re going to Barbados…where everything is gonna be OK
We’re just days away from the start of the 2017 OK Dinghy World Championship in Barbados, and 80 sailors from eight countries are travelling to this sunny Caribbean isle, though perhaps not with Coconut Airways, for what is set to be an out of this world tropical sailing experience.

When the opportunity arose for the OK Dinghy class to hold its World Championship in the Caribbean, it was pretty much a unanimous vote in favour of sunshine, blue water sailing and Caribbean hospitality. Three years, and a lot of planning, later, the OK Dinghy fleet is descending on the island for two weeks of great racing, great camaraderie and no doubt, a little rum.

While most of the sailing world is focussing its attention 1,350 miles further north, for single-handed dinghy enthusiasts, Barbados is the place to watch. Not only is the island hosting the OK Dinghy World Championship next week, but the Finn World Masters follows on almost immediately for a double world championship extravaganza. A lucky few sailors will be taking part in both championships.
For both classes it is the first time they have ventured to Bajan waters, and to say the fleet is excited by the prospect of sailing in the Caribbean is understating the obvious. The invitation and welcome by the BTMI (Barbados Tourism Marking Inc), the Barbados Yacht Club, the Barbados Cruising Club and generous sponsorship from Geest, Virgin Atlantic and many others has made this an event not to be missed.

The event is being hosted by both the Barbados Yacht Club and the Barbados Cruising Club, which are located almost side by side on the south-western corner of Barbados in Carlisle Bay. The team delivering the event is the same team that delivered the Fireball, 505 and most recently the GP14 World Championship.
This will be the third time the OK Dinghy class has ventured outside its normal fleet regions into ‘exotic’ locations after India in 2003 and Thailand in 2013, and the Barbados event will be the biggest yet.

The competition is deep with four former world champions taking part including the current world champion, Jim Hunt of Great Britain.
He said he was, most of all, looking forward to some Caribbean sunshine. “It’s raining at home, so I’m really looking forward to some sun and warm sea. Hopefully we’ll get some decent breeze and waves, not my best conditions, but it’ll be hard not to enjoy it.”

He was quite surprised to win his second world title last year in France, but says he will be happy with a top five this year. “I’m better on flat water, especially if it’s cold, rainy and miserable. I’ve been practicing a bit over the winter, but still haven’t really sorted my downwind sailing, so I think I will struggle.”

On the competition, “I don’t think there will be any great revelations, but I’m sure others will have made progress. It’ll still come down to who’s got their act together.”
What keeps bringing him back to the class? “I enjoy the close racing and the international competitions. I’m still learning how to get the best out of the rig and how to get downwind quickly. Plenty to work on and it keeps it interesting.”

Another double world champion, Roger Blasse of Australia, is sailing his first worlds since placing third at his home club in Melbourne in 2014. Blasse summed up the feelings of most of the fleet when he said, “The chance to visit and sail in any new location is always great, and if you’re going to travel half way around the world you might as well go to somewhere you haven’t sailed before and of course, on a tropical island.”
He has fewer expectations than Hunt. “I’d be happy to crack into top 10. It will be tough fleet and so as long as I’m competitive and get the chance to have some close racing, it will be great.”

He says he always enjoys coming back to the OK, “You get that close competitive tactical racing in a large fleet. It gives me a chance to keep my OK Dinghy skills and racing gear up to date. Plus, over a few refreshments, catch up and tell a few tall tales that I’ve collected over the last 32 years sailing the OK.”
The strongest team is arguably that from New Zealand with 19 entries. The highest ranked sailor competing is the world No. 3, Greg Wilcox, the 2002 World Champion. The team also includes the 2014 Worlds runner up, Luke O’Connell and the ever-fast Steve McDowell, both of who are expected to be challenging for the top slots. It will be interesting to see whether the Kiwi team have moved on since 2014 as few have done an international competition since, though, after missing his flight out of Wellington, perhaps O’Connell needs to pick up his game a little.

Of the other favourites, the 2014 European Champion, and runner up to Hunt at the Worlds in 2016, Jørgen Svendsen of Denmark, heads up the 10 boat Danish team. While Svendsen is always a tough competitor, he will be sailing his new boat for the first time so it is hard to predict any form.
Of the other favourites, Mark Jackson is part of the 13 strong Australian team and has a string of top tens behind him, as well as six Australian National titles. The German team is numerically the strongest at 20 boats, with 2006 European Champion, Martin von Zimmermann arguably the top sailor within the group, along with Oliver Gronholz.

Poland and Sweden are sending smaller teams than usual, but both Tomasz Gaj and Pawel Pawlaczyk of Poland are more than capable of top ten finishes.

A few of the sailors will have experienced Barbados conditions and hospitality before, most notably Nick Craig of Great Britain, who placed a close third at the GP14 World Championships in 2016.

Craig is one of three four-time OK Dinghy World Champions, so a fifth title would make him the most successful OK Dinghy sailor of all time. He is back in a new boat after a four year gap from competing at this level.
“I haven’t had long in the new ship but it felt quick straight away, another gear downwind and really well balanced, responsive and powerful upwind. I’ve been pretty slow over the winter in training but changed quite a few things to hopefully be somewhere in the mix.  A fifth title is a long shot as I’m doing much less sailing than when I was in and around winning it. But I’ll certainly be giving it my best shot and I’m looking forward to racing again in the best single-handed amateur fleet in the world and catching up with old friends after a four-year break.”

He says that the sailing last year in Barbados was among the best he has ever done. “Hopefully we will have more of the same. Last year it was 15-30 knots, big waves, 29 degrees every day with the water 28, plus cheap beer and a sandy beach. Not too bad.”
“From talking to the locals last year, we may expect a little less wind at 10-15 knots as we are later in the season, but we should still sail in great conditions.”

“The shoreside is excellent – we made a family holiday of it last year and stayed on for 10 days – there is a huge amount to explore in Barbados from surfing to caves and rum tours. Our kids are still talking about it.”
Measurement and registration get underway on Wednesday 24 June, with the opening ceremony on Friday 26 May after the Practice Race.
The World title will be decided by a series of 10 races between Saturday 27 May and Wednesday 31 May.
The event website is


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Terry Hutchison with Quantum Sailing

Terry Hutchison with Quantum Sailing


Terry Hutchinson is an American sailor, world champion in different classes like TP52, Farr 40, J/24 and others. He was named the Rolex Yachtsman of the Year in 2008 and 2014. He participated in several years of the America’s Cup in different teams, such as the Emirates Team New Zealand, America One, Stars & Stripes and Artemis Racing.
Since 2014 Terry is the executive vice president for business development worldwide at Quantum Sails. He continues to be a tactician for Quantum Racing as well, besides his corporate responsibilities. Since 2008, he has been both the helmsman and tactician on the TP52 Quantum Racing and won three world championships and three circuit championships. We asked him several questions about the current America’s Cup, future of the sailing industry and his secret of victory.
In this email, you can find some pieces of the interview, for the full version go to our website!

– Almost all your teams are winning, what is your secret?
– What is our secret… honestly, I have no idea (laughs). The true is that the secret is the hard work. Also, I think a part of our secret is that we have very good people, who respect their roles and do not relax. We always keep pushing ourselves, constantly applying pressure and looking for competitive advantage. Also having good people inspires the creativity!

– How did you start working with Quantum Sails? What is your position within the company and what do you do there?
– Well, my relationship with Ed Reynolds, who is the CEO of Quantum Sails, is quite long. He hired me right after college when I was 22 years old, so our relationships are ongoing for a long time, almost 30 years! And as it was clear that the America’s Cup will stay in the multihull world, over the last 10 years I have developed the relationships with Doug DeVos, and with the brand, and it seemed like a natural fit for the time. It was and still is a project to work on and to make our sails better. I think my role within Quantum is to help facilitate introductions to customers and to help with sail development, and the feedback, and hopefully do a good job with the product on the water in sailboat races.

To read the full interview click on this link

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Farr PH 56, Monterey abandoned – Antigua Bermuda Race


Antigua Bermuda Race 

Newsflash: Farr PH 56, Monterey abandoned;
crew all safe on board Esprit de Corps IV

The Antigua Bermuda Race Committee has been informed by RCC Bermuda Radio on Wednesday 17 May that Les Crane’s Farr PH 56, Monterey (Bermuda) had been abandoned after taking on water; the cause of which is unknown.

The crew are all safe and well having transferred onto the Volvo 60, Esprit De Corps IV (Canada), also competing in the race which was close by. The schooner, Spirit of Bermuda is also close by and monitoring the situation. The incident occurred during the Antigua Bermuda Race that started from Antigua on Friday 12 May 2017. All yachts in the race are fitted with YB Trackers.
„We are saddened by the news but we know Past Commodore, Les Crane has completed many miles of ocean crossings and as Skipper we know his decision is based on the safety of his crew, and we are glad all are safe,“ Commodore, Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, Leatrice Oatley.

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ENDS/…. Louay Habib

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Start: Friday 12th May 2017 at 1200 AST. The start is off Fort Charlotte, Antigua.
The Antigua Bermuda Race is supported by the Bermuda Tourism Authority and Goslings Rum
Antigua Bermuda Race is organised by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in association with Antigua Sailing Week. The inaugural race coincided with the finish of the 50th edition of Antigua Sailing Week and the 35th America’s Cup event in Bermuda
There will be one start for the 21-boat fleet representing 9 different countries (and crews from many more) racing under CSA Monohull, CSA Classic, MultiRule and IRC
Yachts from the following countries: Antigua; Australia; Bermuda; Canada; Ireland; Great Britain; Sweden; Switzerland; USA
Crew from many more nations, including: Australia; Austria; Denmark; France; New Zealand; St. Maarten and St. Lucia
21 boats, 17 over 50ft, 7 x Maxi yachts, a SuperMaxi, plus majestic schooners: the sight of the fleet departing will be nothing short of spectacular
40ft – Smallest boats in the fleet, Pogo 12.50’s – Hermes (CAN), Talanta (SWE)
162ft (49.50m) – Largest boat – Eleonora, follows Westward’s heritage of big schooner racing, but has all the character and style of a true classic with the advantages of being a modern yacht
Fastest Multihull in the race is the Nigel Irens designed APC 78 catamaran, Allegra. Skippered by Adrian Keller with Boat Captain Rob Grimm, the crew includes Paul Larsen, the World’s fastest sailor who achieved 68 knots on board Vestas Sailrocket!
Fastest Monohulls: The fastest monohull competing is likely to be the USMMA’s (US Merchant Marine Academy) Volvo 70, Warrior, skippered by Stephen Murray Jr.Warrior
Although Warrior and Allegra are competing in different classes, the two fastest yachts in the race might enjoy an interesting battle at the front of the fleet
The variety of the fleet shows the wide appeal of the offshore race, attracting ocean going cruisers, round the world racing yachts, high performance multihulls, as well as classic designs
Corinthian sailors with family and friends on board will be on the same race course as Volvo Ocean Race and Round the World record holders and ‚pro‘ sailors
Personalities also include well-known Australian broadcaster/journalist, Piers Akerman racing on the Australian, El Oro
The destination for the 935-mile offshore race will be one of the oldest yacht clubs in North America, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, established in 1844, seven years before the America’s Cup
„The variety of the fleet shows the wide appeal of the race and bodes well for the Antigua Bermuda Race to grow in future editions,“ commented Antigua Bermuda Race Chairman, Les Crane who will be competing in his Farr 56, Monterey. „The America’s Cup in Bermuda has ignited interest in the race this year, however it is a well-known route for yachts leaving the Caribbean bound for the Eastern Seaboard of the United States as well as destination in Europe. Our intention is that the Antigua Bermuda Race will be an annual event, popular with a wide variety of yachts.“

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Warrior wins the battle – Antigua Bermuda Race


Antigua Bermuda Race – Monohull Line Honours:

Day 5 – Tuesday 16 May

Stephen Murray Jr.’s Volvo 70, Warrior finished the 2017 Antigua Bermuda Race on Tuesday 16 May 2017 just after 08 hrs 30 mins ADT, taking Monohull Line Honours and setting the new race record for the Antigua Bermuda Race. Exact finish time will be posted shortly.
Warrior is operated by the non-profit US Merchant Marine Academy Foundation for the benefit of the Warrior Sailing Program, which helps wounded veterans to maximize their potential through the sport of sailing.
„It was a great ride,“ smiled skipper Stephen Murray Jr. „Will (Oxley) did a great job of hooking us into the pressure between the two highs and the weather scenario now looks hard for the other guys. This has been an unbelievable experience. I have been waiting to get offshore with this boat since we got her and we want to do a lot more. I knew she was fast, but I had no idea how fast. We are staying in Bermuda for the week and we hope to see some of the America’s Cup boats while we are here. Now we have finished, I must say Happy Mother’s Day to my wife, even if it is two days late and thanks Dad; I wish you could be here with me.“
Warrior crew for the Antigua Bermuda Race: Stephen Murray, Jr, Ben Bardwell, Jackson Benvenutti, Dann Cahoon, Jesse Fielding, Karl Funk, Christopher Lewis, Ben Lynch, Jan Majer, Will Oxley, Tony Pearce, Ralf Steitz and Chris Welch.
ENDS/…. Louay Habib

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Leaders close in – Antigua Bermuda Race


Leaders close in on Bermuda
Day 4 – Monday 15 May  1000 ADT

Line honours winners for multihull and monohull are expected to finish the Antigua Bermuda Race tomorrow, Tuesday 16 May 2017. At 1000 ADT on the fourth day of the race, the US Merchant Marine Academy’s Volvo 70, Warrior, skippered by Stephen Murray was 305 nautical miles from the finish in Bermuda, hitting a top speed of close to 20 knots.

At their current average speed, Warrior will pass the finish line at St. David’s Light, Bermuda around dawn tomorrow, setting the monohull race record. Allegra, the Nigel Irens-designed catamaran with Paul Larsen, world speed sailing record-holder on board, is about 30 miles astern of Warrior and expected to finish the race before sunset tomorrow, setting the multihull race record.

Warrior’s navigator, Will Oxley has raced around the world four times and is a graduate of marine ecology. Will emailed the media team describing the mood on board and to give us all a lesson before we discard that straw or plastic bottle after use:

„Another day of champagne sailing on the Warrior. As we rotate around the high, maximizing downwind VMG consumes the majority of our focus. Three freeze-dried meals to break up the trimming, driving and sail changes, keeps the time moving along. Every now and again a striking blow of reality reminds us all how privileged and fortunate we are to be out here. The full moon last night making a headlamp unnecessary or the pod of whales playing off our bow today! This is not our ocean, and to be a guest is a privilege well beyond the average. Amongst the sargasso patches, there is a constant shame in the form of plastic! Those of us that have sailed in different pieces of the ocean for the better part of the last decade can all agree that the plastic problem has gotten much worse. A sobering thought juxtaposed by the constant beauty of our environment,“ reports Oxley.

Numerous Bermudian yachts in the Antigua Bermuda Race are heading home after many months away from Bermuda.

The 112ft three-masted tall ship, Spirit of Bermuda has been in the Caribbean all winter, racing and taking guests on charter to highlight Bermuda’s seafaring heritage and to train youngsters on board. Over 4,000 Bermudian teenagers have sailed on her since her launch in 2006. During the 35th America’s Cup, Spirit of Bermuda will proudly serve as a VIP Spectator boat. Watch Leaders on board Spirit of Bermuda for the Antigua Bermuda Race are three young Bermudians who have learned their skills on board; Dkembe Outerbridge-Dill, Patrick Perret and Lamar Samuels. „Glory!“ commented Dkembe when asked to describe the race in one word. „We are racing to win and coming home to Bermuda, having sailed thousands of miles since we left, will be glorious.“

Carl M Soares Sr. is the skipper of Morning Star. The hull and deck of the Paradise 60 was built in the Netherlands in 2004 and Carl completed the fitting out himself, taking 10 years to meticulously finish the project. Having finished the race, this will be the first time that Carl will have brought his pride and joy to his home, Bermuda. Morning Star is a family affair, Watch Captain Marty Loftus has daughter Kelly and son Ryan for crew.

„I come from a family of seafarers, whalers, sea captains and boat builders,“ comments Carl Soares Sr before the start in Antigua. „I have spent a lifetime in the boating community, including participating in international powerboat racing as well as sailing events, both local and international. I raced in the Tornado Cat class as crew with Paul Elvstrom and as navigator for the Newport Bermuda Race. I have sailed over 60,000 miles and 2,000 miles single handed,“ proudly exclaimed Soares.
Whilst Swan 90, Freya is owned by Californian Don Macpherson, Captain Joph Carter was born and bred in Bermuda. „We have completed this race course on delivery several times, but haven’t ever raced to Bermuda or competed as a team offshore,“ explains Carter. „Hailing from Bermuda, I have a lot of drive and motivation to bring home the silverware, plus it’s probably the fastest way to get a real Dark ’n Stormy!“

Les Crane, Antigua Bermuda Race Chair/Past Commodore of the Royal Bermuda YC is competing in the race with old sailing friends from Canada who have joined him on his Farr 56, Monterey. „The variety of the fleet shows the wide appeal of the race and bodes well for the Antigua Bermuda Race to grow in future editions,“ commented Crane. „The America’s Cup in Bermuda has ignited interest in the race this year, however it is a well-known route for yachts leaving the Caribbean bound for the Eastern Seaboard of the United States as well as destination in Europe. Our intention is that the Antigua Bermuda Race will be an annual event, popular with a wide variety of yachts.“

ENDS/…. Louay Habib

Keep up with the race and all the news via the official website where blogs from the fleet, photos and a start video will be uploaded: