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Friday, July 10, 2020
Colin Clarke Memorial Trophy Race Update
Facing headwinds on their final approach to the finish, Andy Schell's Swan 59 Icebear skippered by Sean Westoby was the first entry to cross the finish line in the inaugural Spirit of Bermuda Charity Rally organized by the East End Mini Yacht Club (EEMYC) and the Sailing Yacht Research Foundation (SYRF).

This team sailed the West leg of the course starting off the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay on Monday afternoon and finished just off St George's around 11:00pm.

In the same upwind conditions on their final approach from the North leg of the course, Hank Schmitt's Swan 48 Avocation is expected to arrive at the finish in the morning at 6:30, followed at about 3 hours later by Andy Schell's Swan 48 Isbjorn (ex-War Baby), skippered by Vincent Matiola.

Alessandro Pagani's Spirit 47 Luna could cross the finish line at about 12:30pm tomorrow, but they expressed a wish at the start of this race to keep going: he and team mate Anthony Johnson indicated they may circumnavigate the island and its reefs and head back to the north to finish where they started south of Newport.
Thursday, July 09, 2020
Colin Clarke Memorial Trophy Race Update

For two teams on the West leg of the race for the Colin Clarke Memorial Trophy race, the pace has picked up slightly going into what will likely be their last day of this race organized by the East End Mini Yacht Club (EEMYC) and the Sailing Yacht Research Foundation (SYRF). A tropical low pressure passing to their west has shifted the breeze more favorably to the south and increased to 10-15 knots to give them better progress towards the finish in the past 24 hour period.

Earlier today Andy Schell's Swan 59 Icebear and Swan 38 Isbjorn, skippered respectively by Sean Westoby and Vincent Matiola, sailed 180 miles and 133 miles towards the finish outside Town Cut in St George's. Icebear was closest to Bermuda with 173 miles to go, while Isbjorn had 260 miles to the finish.

Their rivals on the North leg of the course, Alessandro Pagani's Spirit 47 Luna and Hank Schmitt's Swan 48 Avocation, did not have a good past 24 hours, making only 93 and 121 miles, respectively. Luna had been leading the pair until recently where her position to the west of rhumb put her in lighter breeze than Avocation, who was 197 miles from Bermuda, with Luna 24 miles behind.

Tropical Storm Fay will move up the East Coast tomorrow bringing wind and rain, but it will also help deliver more favorable conditions to the race area with better southerly towards the finish. Icebear is already beam reaching at 8 knots and speeds will no doubt pick up soon for the North leg boats, although the wind direction will be well ahead of the beam for them due to their finer approach angle.

Preliminary projections indicate Icebear will cross the finish about 12:30pm local time, with Avocation next in at 8:50pm and Luna and Isbjorn after 1:00am on Saturday.
Wednesday, July 08, 2020
Colin Clarke Memorial Trophy Race Update

Having punched through the Gulf Stream early yesterday but now facing light air and headwinds, the fleet on both legs of the Rally have made slow progress in their second 24 hours of the race, organized by the East End Mini Yacht Club (EEMYC) and the Sailing Yacht Research Foundation (SYRF).

The two entries on the West leg - the Swan 59 Icebear, skippered by Sean Westoby and the Swan 48 Isbjorn skippered by Vincent Matiola - have managed only 102 and 97 miles, respectively, towards Bermuda since yesterday. The two are sailing generally in about 8-10 knots of southeasterly breeze, on a track to remain just north of a field of very light air that lies just south of their rhumb line course to Bermuda.

Icebear had 353 miles and Isbjorn 393 miles to go to the finish line just outside Town Cut at St George's.
Monday, July 06, 2020
EEMYC Colin Clarke Memorial Trophy Race Underway

The Spirit of Bermuda Rally, for the Colin Clarke Memorial Trophy, which is the first sports tourism event since the start of Covid-19 — is underway, with vessels racing from the U.S. East Coast to St. George’s.

Open to any offshore yacht by invitation, the Spirit of Bermuda Rally has received the go-ahead from Bermuda’s Government.

“We’re thrilled to support the Spirit of Bermuda Rally, which represents the first sports tourism event to be held as we reopen our economy,” said Glenn Jones, Interim CEO of the Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA).

“We applaud all the event’s organizers and look forward to the arrival of participating sailors, who will be a familiar, welcome sight again in our harbors and ports.”

All participants have been tested, and none were positive for COVID-19.

Created by the East End Mini Yacht Club, in liaison with Bermuda Sloop Foundation and the non-profit Sailing Yacht Research Foundation (SYRF), the rally sees sailors competing from two locations, Newport, Rhode Island, and Chesapeake Light, Virginia, finishing at Mills Buoy near the Town Cut in St. George’s.

Sailors are expected to reach Bermuda by Friday.
Sunday, June 28, 2020
World Sailing Vote for Electronic AGM

World Sailing members have voted in favor of holding a virtual Annual General Assembly (AGM) and Presidential election if the meeting cannot go ahead in Abu Dhabi in November due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The organization asked its members to vote on a written resolution which allows the AGM to take place remotely, to be used if World Sailing decides to stage the event, including the election, electronically as expected.

A spokesperson for World Sailing told insidethegames 59 of 68 members agreed with the resolution, comfortably reaching the 75 per cent majority required for it to pass.

The final decision on the status of the AGM rests with the World Sailing Board, which is expected to give the green light to a remote election when it meets on August 1st,

A committee set up to assess the options for the AGM, scheduled to be held in Abu Dhabi on November 1st, recommended the crunch meeting be held virtually.

The review committee also cited World Rugby - which had a virtual election for its chairman last month, overseen by PricewaterhouseCoopers - as an example of how the meeting can be conducted.

Should approval be given to a virtual meeting by the Board, the resolution would come into effect and would be deleted from the constitution at the end of the year.

Travel restrictions and bans on mass gatherings imposed across the world to combat the spread of the virus would need to be lifted in order for the annual meeting in Abu Dhabi to be held in person as scheduled, which has not yet been completely ruled out.

Staging the AGM virtually was one of three main options considered by World Sailing under contingency plans drawn up in case the key meeting cannot be held as planned.

Under World Sailing's constitution, governed by Isle of Man law, the AGM must take place this year.

Spanish veteran Gerardo Seeliger is challenging incumbent Kim Andersen in the Presidential election.
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