Shown above is Damian Emery’s J/105 ECLIPSE in the windy around the island distance race during Block Island Race Week. Emery and ECLIPSE went on to win their 17-boat one-design fleet by a single point. Racing was tight with the lead changing between four boats throughout the week-long, 11-race event. “We were the one of the fastest if not the fastest boat in the fleet” said Emery.

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VIDEO RULES QUESTION
Posted on 03-07-2015 by Adam Loory

This video was shot by Sailing World at the 2015 NOOD Regatta and shows an incident at a windward mark involving two Beneteau First 40.7s. One boat is yelling, “No Room! Don’t go in there!” and the other boat is yelling, “Don’t Tack!” Watch the video, stop it, move the slider bar to advance and back up the action before coming to a conclusion of who is right and who is wrong. The answer, written by Butch Ulmer, UK Sailmakers’ rules guru, appears below in the last article of this newsletter.

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UK Sailmakers customers have been having some wonderful results this spring around the world. In Europe this Claus Lehmann won the J/70 Class at the Primo Cup in France, Tom Durcan won the 1720 Irish National Championship. The A35 TCHIN-TCHIN won the combined inshore and offshore award for the Rolex Giraglia Cup, Martin Menzner’s PIKE won the J/80 division of Kiel Week, and Ross McDonald won his class and IRC Overall in Ireland’s Sovereigns Cup.

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Andrew and Linda Weiss’s Sydney 43 CHRISTOPER DRAGON has been having a standout 2015 season on the East Coast of the USA. She won two distance races, was first in her IRC class at the New York Yacht’s Annual regatta (where she won all four races and lead at every mark in all the races), and she was first in IRC 2 at Block Island Race Week where she had five firsts and six seconds. DRAGON sailed with all Uni-Titanium® and Titanium® upwind sails and blazingly fast UK Sailmakers spinnakers. “I’m amazed how my Uni-Titanium sails hold their shape as the wind strength varies,” said Weiss, “I’m thrilled that these sails look the same as they did the first time we set them over a year ago.”

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Jonty Layfield’s CS40, SLEEPER/U-GO scored eight straight race wins to win CSA 8, the Best Antiguan and Caribbean Boat in Start Boat B and the prestigious Lord Nelson Trophy for best performance in the regatta. Layfield said, “I just don’t believe it, I am astonished. We borrowed a boat that we had never sailed and put together a crew of family a friends, including children, and we have won the biggest prize of all.”

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