High Expectations for 2019
2019 superyacht racing is off to an exciting start with more great competition ahead.
January was highlighted by two successful regattas – the 9th annual Superyacht Challenge Antigua and Auckland’s Millennium Cup. Down under participation should jump significantly in 2020/21 with the America’s Cup expected to attract a meaningful superyacht fleet.
A robust Bucket regatta promises terrific class racing in St Barths in March and early tallies from the Med are pointing to fleet gains at both the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta and the Palma Superyacht Cup in June.
The SYRA Superyacht Racing Rules and Fair Sailing committees had a productive fall and winter. Afterguard members are advised to familiarize themselves with the changes to the Appendix SY. The applicable Case Studies and the 2019 appendix are certainly worth checking out.
Fleet Building should be in everyone’s interest – organizers, yacht owners, the superyacht industry and professional sailors. Working together, we can grow superyacht racing by attracting new owners and retaining current participants. The Corinthian Spirit Class initiative has legs as evidenced by the 8-yacht class at the 2018 Perini Navi Cup, a class debut in Palma, and a third consecutive class at the 2019 St Barths Bucket. The SYRA’s Fleet Building Committee will meet in St Barths to consider other initiatives.
The SYRA and the ORC collaboration continues as a high priority. We are committed to continuous refinement of the rule and VPP. We are confident that the 5th edition of the ORCsy will provide even closer racing than in previous years.
The latest edition of the ‘SYRA Newsletter’ was emailed to members in early February and is posted here. We welcome your feedback as we produce what is designed to be an informative and interesting update for all those involved in superyacht racing.
The 2019 Annual General Meeting will be held in St Barths on Wednesday before the start of the Bucket. The agenda, exhibits and minutes will be posted on the Member Meetings Page of the website in the weeks prior to the AGM. The topics outlined in the AGM agenda and supporting material in the various exhibits will provide a meaningful summary of the issues and discussion items for the SYRA in the near term.
The core mission, first crafted in May of 2011, has been refined periodically and remains most relevant today. The association will continue to focus on this mission, with more SYRA members participating in discussions and contributing through the committees and working groups.
I look forward to seeing and hearing from our members during the 2019 regatta circuit. If you have any questions or feedback, please reach out: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SYRA Executive Director
The third issue of the SYRA newsletter has been emailed to members and is posted here. We welcome your feedback as we continue to produce what is designed to be an informative and interesting periodical for those who are involved in superyacht racing. The spring edition will be published in April 2019.
2019 Annual Meeting
The 2019 SYRA Annual General Meeting will be held in St Barths on Wednesday, 20 March 2019.
Location: Salle de Théâtre, Gustavia St Barths
Time: 1700 – 1815 (social hour following)
View the 2018 annual meeting minutes and past Annual Meeting documents here.
Changes to the Appendix SY
Staggered start and pursuit racing formats for superyachts create no shortage of overtaking situations on the race course. In order to minimize dangerous situations when yachts with limited maneuverability are in the process of being overtaken, RRS 17 was modified in the original Appendix SY.
In recent years there has been a fair amount of discussion, and little in the way of consensus, about overtaking on the same tack while sailing different angles. The original language in the Appendix SY, as it pertained to Rule 17 and proper course when overtaking to windward or to leeward, left room for uncertainty. This then led to some inconsistencies with the application of the rule at different regattas, which resulted in confusion for competitors on how this rule applies…(continued here)
Corinthian Spirit Racing Update
A 2017 SYRA initiative, Corinthian Spirit racing is showing some real traction just one year later. With fleet building a primary goal, this class is designed to attract yacht owners new to superyacht racing as well as with those who participated in the past, but are not currently competing. Informal polling has revealed that the reasons for dissatisfaction from those who left racing was quite varied, and included the former handicapping rule, expenses related to yacht optimization, the need to augment permanent crew, and perceptions regarding safe racing. Read more here.
Measuring Your Yacht
The list of ORC measured superyachts tops 50. A welcome change in superyacht racing in recent years has been a growing sense of confidence from owners and sailors that the superyacht rating rule of choice (ORCsy) has enhanced fair racing. A fully transparent VPP has played a meaningful role in the popularity of the rule, which debuted 4 short years ago. But so too has the fact that measured data is steadily replacing declared data fleet wide. As of December 2017, 50 superyachts were fully measured with another 18 partially measured or scheduled early in 2018. Read more here.
2018 Superyacht Winter Circuit read more here.
ORCsy 2017 End Season Report
After 9 successful events in 2017 (SuperYacht Challenge Antigua, Swan Cup and Loro Piana Caribbean Regatta in Virgin Gorda, St Barth Bucket Regatta in St. Barth, Loro Piana SY Regatta in Porto Cervo, SY America’s Cup in Bermuda, SY Cup in Palma, Candy Store Cup in Newport and Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo) the ORC would like to update you on the situation of our handicap system. Read more here.
Chelsea Ships Bell Clock Awarded
At the Annual General Meeting in St Barths, a beautiful Chelsea Ships Bell Clock was presented to Alessandro Nazareth, representing the ORC Technical Team
An ambitious initiative to develop a rating system for superyachts began in 2014. In eight months, the team developed the new system, designed to meet the goals of transparency and fair sailing. Due to their extraordinary efforts, the new rule made a successful debut at the 2015 Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and at the St Barths Bucket after that. They continue to apply their talents and diligent efforts to ongoing improvement efforts and refinement of the ORCsy Rule.
The Inscription Reads:
SuperYacht Racing Association
Presented with sincere thanks to
The ORC Technical Team
For their contributions to Fair Sailing
New Corinthian Spirit Class
The SuperYacht Racing Association (SYRA) membership, in conjunction with the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) has developed a new initiative: the Corinthian Spirit Class.
The superyacht racing circuit is thriving with new yacht owners coming on the scene every year. Yet stakeholders agree that there is a need to broaden the appeal of superyacht regattas. Recognizing this need, a new class has been developed with the primary goal of attracting more yacht owners and growing participation. The Corinthian Spirit Class offers an alternative to what is viewed by some as increasingly competitive and resource intensive racing.
Read the full release here: corinthian-spirit-release-november-18-2016
In Remembrance – Ed Dubois
Ed was an extraordinary talent and friend. His legacy is a remarkable one and the SYRA is honored to be a small part of it. It was his drive and vision that saw the need for and gave life to the SuperYacht Racing Association. All those who race superyachts or are part of this industry are indebted to him for his many contributions and creative ideas.
It is with great sadness that we say good-bye to a very special man. We will continue to strive to meet his goals of safe and fair racing with the zeal and good humor that were uniquely his.
From the Dubois team official press statement: “Ed Dubois was a huge talent and his legacy will continue as one of the world’s great yacht designers. Known not only for his love of all things boat-related, but also music, art, travel and most of all, his family and friends. Ed leaves his darling wife Honor and four wonderful children, to whom he was completely devoted.”
A complete and touching obituary is posted here: telegraph.co.uk
Jonathan Kline recognized at 2016 Annual Meeting
At the SuperYacht Racing Association’s Annual General Meeting, held on 16 March 2016 at Salle de Théâtre, Gustavia St Barths, movers and shakers in the superyacht world participated in discussions and updates.
SYRA Executive Committee Co-Chair Kate Branagh awarded SYRA’s annual recognition trophy to Captain Jonathan Kline (a member of the SYRA Executive Committee and the Communications Officer on P2). He was presented with a beautiful, handcrafted Ship’s Bell Clock from Chelsea Clock for his many contributions to the advancement of safe racing. “Because of him, we are in a far better place than we were 18 months ago,” said Executive Director Peter Craig.