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July 2022
FROM THE EDITORS
As we approach the turning mark and set our kites for the latter half of 2022, we are heartened to observe two themes permeating from this month’s Currents: innovation and (dare we say) normalcy.
 
Sailors are known the world around for their sense of adventure that, when coupled with an innovative spirit and knack for collaboration, results in fantastic achievements for our sport and our planet. This month, we hear from an e-sailing regatta that allowed ICOYC Members to virtually compete from opposite sides of the globe. We also hear how a glass of red wine led to the development of a new contraption for reliable starts in Perth. Meanwhile, the annual sustainability conference in Monaco continues to move the needle for conservation through innovation.
 
And, normalcy? Perhaps! This month’s articles paint a picture of the return of Kieler Woche in Germany and of Long Beach Race Week in Southern California. In Hamburg, the previously postponed Helga Cup welcomed 300 female sailors from nine countries (including three ICOYC Member Clubs) while regattas in Berlin, Queensland, Vancouver, and Seattle boasted full entry lists and bustling finish lines.
 
It's nice to be back.
 
We hope you enjoy this issue of The ICOYC Currents, and as always, we welcome your Club’s insights and stories at communications@icoyc.org.
FEATURED MEMBER CLUB NEWS
ICOYC Member Clubs Compete in E-Sailing Team Race Challenge

Last month, thirteen ICOYC Member Clubs battled it out on the virtual racecourse, competing in the ICOYC’s inaugural E-Sailing Team Race Challenge. The regatta saw Member Clubs participating from opposite sides of the globe, and racing was exciting in all three rounds. 
How A Glass of Red Wine Led to Groundbreaking Starting Technology 

In 2011, Royal Perth Yacht Club was challenged to develop a faster, better, more consistent flag hoist for starting races at the ISAF World Championships. Following many meetings in the Club’s bar among a growing and dedicated team of designers, RPYC launched their system. The results? Groundbreaking. 
On a Mission in Monaco to Develop Alternative Yachting Power 

Sailors, engineers, exhibitors and industry experts convened at Yacht Club de Monaco to discuss the future of renewable and alternative energy sources in yachting. The conference was in conjunction with the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge, which saw competitors endeavor to build and race eco-friendly crafts.

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Royal Danish Yacht Club Earns Sustainability Award

The KDY has taken a strong stance as Denmark’s leading sustainable sailing club. Now, the Club and its “Green Team” are continually identifying and implementing new opportunities to enhance their environmental footprint. 
Celebrating Midsummer in Sweden

Members at Royal Swedish Yacht Club gathered to celebrate the traditional midsummer holiday with a grand feast, music, and other traditional activities.
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal Enjoys a Visit to Royal Lymington Yacht Club

Princess Anne was in attendance and partook in a wide range of activities as Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrated their centenary at an impressive Regatta Day.
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RACE NEWS
300 Sailors, 9 Nations, 3 Member Clubs Compete in Helga Cup 

Organizers welcomed 300 female sailors from nine different countries to compete in Hamburg at the fifth Helga Cup Regatta, including teams from three ICOYC Member Clubs. As part of Norddeutscher Regatta Verein’s ongoing inclusivity campaign, the event also provided opportunities for female sailors with physical disabilities to compete.
2022 Kieler Woche Results and Recap

This year’s Kieler Woche brought together sailors from all over the world to compete in more than 300 races in Kiel, Germany. Despite Mother Nature’s attempts to confuse sailors by providing all four seasons of weather over the course of three days, the nine-day event proved to be a success.
The Return of Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week 

Competitors returned to exciting and challenging racing at Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week following a three-year hiatus.
Berlin Klassik Regatta Welcomes Gorgeous Fleet for Great Racing

Following a local resurgence in interest in classic yachts, Verein Seglerhais am Wannsee has introduced the Berlin Klassik Regatta as an opportunity to feature these incredible yachts of yesteryear.
Etchells and VX1 Regattas at RQYS

Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron recently held a three-day regatta in Moreton Bay, near Brisbane, Australia. This site will be the location for Olympic Sailing at the Summer Olympics in 2032, so the experience of these regattas should prove beneficial for the sailors taking part.
The Vic-Maui Race is on Now

Twelve boats are currently enroute from Victoria, British Columbia, to Maui, Hawaii, in the Vic-Maui Yacht Race. This 2,308 nautical mile race started July 9 and officially finishes July 22, though the fastest boats have been known to finish in as little as 8 days.
Spring Racing in Seattle

Seattle Yacht Club continued their longtime spring tradition of holding the Tri-Island Series, offering longer courses requiring sailing stamina and local knowledge of the waters of Puget Sound.
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