DSV announces patronage of the International Yacht Forum February 12, 2011 in Hamburg

Thursday, 20 January 2011


The idea of the German Offshore Owners Association to support the exchange of sailors in Northern Europe and to provide a platform for the exchange of know-how really hit the spot: More than 200 applications have already reached the organizers three weeks before the start of the forum. 16 specialists from all over the world will give lectures and answers to important subjects regarding a successful race season: measuring, construction, sail and security. 

The huge benefit of the forum for sailors has been recognized by the DSV (German Sailing Federation), who now officially supports the idea. "This is an outstanding platform for integrated communication. This forum might extend constructive suggestions to help a crew to reach the finish safe and faster." Wolfgang Schäfer, chairman of the German Offshore Committee of the DSV and and vice chairman of the ORC, is sending his regards to the participants. He regrets not being able to attend the forum himself, since he will be sailing the Farr 40 world championship with his crew at the same time. 

A prominent substitute will take his place in Hamburg: Bruno Finzi, chairman of the board of the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) is coming from Italy to inform the sailors about the current status of the negotiations between ORC and IRC. 

The changes in the area of formulas are widely appreciated. Also, constructors such as Simon Rogers are pleased: "I simply want to build good boats which are able to reach the finish as fast as possible." Owners and constructors have taken benefits from loopholes in the calculation formulas and optimized their boats. However, yachts with measuring bulges, inner ballast and wooden keys are a huge investment, affordable only by a few. The Resale value of those formula oppressors is low, and sailing fun is considerably less than with boats that are fast regardless of measurement. 

Additional to ORC and IRC, the scandinavian formulas Dansk Handicap, LYS and SRS will also be introduced. Afterwards, there will be the opportunity to ask questions to the panel. Next to others, the panel consists of six constructors specialized in the building of race yachts, who will state their position on questions about construction and measuring. 

Plain language will be spoken by Tim Hall in the afternoon: The son of the company founder of Hall Spars has established the carbon mast production in the Netherlands in 2001. Successfully: four of the America's Cup teams, Alinghi, Luna Rossa, Mascalzone Latino and Victory Challenge sailed with masts by Hall Spars. Hall Spars built the longest one-piece carbon mast of the world in 2008: it mounted to 195 feet (59.5 meters) for the Wally 148 Saudade. Tim Hall, a dedicated sailor himself, will point ot the practical differences between carbon masts and aluminium masts as well as their limits. 

The closing highlight of the forum will be the offshore party. An unforgettable evening will be provided by the live band "Max&Friends", a buffet prepared from the the finest foods - and international sailing videos shown on two big screens. 

More information: www.iyfh.org

Hans Genthe

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 January 2011 )