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Yachting World November 2019

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd Yachting World is world's leading international yachting magazine. From ocean racing and blue water cruising to the most glamorous super-yachts, Yachting World has the very best in nautical writing and stunning photography, with up-to-the-minute technical reports, race analysis, new boat tests and much more.

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flying high

www.twitter.com/yachtingworld www.facebook.com/yachtingworldmagazine The spirit of adventure and innovation Monohull foiling is coming of age. Already we are seeing the new generation of round the world IMOCA 60s such as Charal (above) hitting boatspeeds in the mid-30s, while the newly launched America’s Cup AC75s are up and flying, and are soon confidently expected to reach nearer 50 knots. These speeds have come about through the focussed ingenuity of designers who, despite working with box rules, have had huge budgets to play with. But this is how yacht racing of all kinds is going to look within the next decade. We can expect all manner of yachts to be sporting foils before long, inshore and offshore. When the next stage of evolution comes along, and the IMOCA class changes its rule to allow elevators on the rudders…

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and another thing…

A champion eSports sailor has been crowed by World Sailing, the RYA and Virtual Regatta. Donald Gillies from Scotland (who sails ‘In Real Life’) won the GBR National Champs. eSports are massive, with a global audience of 200 million and estimated revenues of nearly $1bn, and it is being talked of as a future Olympic discipline. Beach cleans are all the rage – a good thing, too. Bravo to the Marine Conservation Society, which promotes an annual Great British Beach Clean each September. Last year some 15,000 volunteers cleared 8.5 tonnes of rubbish. One to watch out for next year: the spectacle of the beautiful classic Fife designs racing back at their birthplace in Scotland. The Fife Regatta will take place from 4-11 June 2020, racing round the Clyde. Become a Yachting World…

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picture this

Crossing swords A classic duel between two of the J Class yachts at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup at Porto Cervo in Sardinia in September. Pictured here on the left, with hallmark turquoise antifouling, is Topaz on the opposite gybe to Ronald de Waal’s superbly presented Velsheda. Sadly, Topaz was unable to race on the final day of the series due to technical issues. “Porto Cervo is my favourite place to race. There is always wind and going around all these rocks and all the beautiful views is very nice,” commented de Waal. “It was a really a pity Topaz dropped out but we used the time to practice [before] Les Voiles de St Tropez.” Fully crewed Hiked to the max! In a photo that makes you look twice, the crews of the Maxi…

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launch of the super-foilers

Two of the first revolutionary new America’s Cup foiling monohulls, the AC75s, have been launched – and they look quite different. The new launches are the start of an intense refinement development cycle in advance of the next Cup in New Zealand in 2021. Each team is allowed to build two boats, and we are already seeing some quite notable differences in how the teams are interpreting this bold new rule. American Magic’s AC75 Defiant was launched in August. This bullet-like and outlandishly beautiful creation has a tapered, almost needlenosed scow-type bow and a hull shape that sweeps up to a chine at cockpit level and a flat bottom. The curved foils end in wing tips and a central bulb, a shape that is redolent of a wind turbine. The mainsail…

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on the wind

MacGregor wins Yachtsman of the Year award Lucy MacGregor has been voted winner of Yachting Journalists’ Association MS Amlin Yachtsman of the Year. MacGregor has won the Women’s Match Racing World Championship four times, most recently in August when she won the final 3-0 against French skipper Claire Leroy. A special MS Amlin Seamanship Award was given to American sailor Roy Disney for rescuing fellow racer John Sangmeister and his nine crew from their sinking yacht during the Transpac Race. Bahamas back in business Despite the damage wreaked by Hurricane Dorian in September, the Bahamas is still in business as a sailing and tourist destination, emphasises BWA Yachting. The hurricane hit the northerly islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, but did not badly affect the most popular cruising areas around the central and southern…

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thomson christens new hugo boss

Alex Thomson’s remarkable new Hugo Boss was christened in September at a celebrity-packed ceremony at Tower Bridge in London. The new yacht is Thomson’s seventh Vendée Globe racer and is a collaboration between Thomson’s in-house designers and design studio VPLP. It is the French design group’s last IMOCA launch before the next race and is said to benefit from many of the learnings of previous designs, such as Jérémie Beyou’s Charal. The boat is the result of over 50,000 build hours and is arguably the most radical of the new foiling IMOCAs, not least because of Thomson’s choice for a fully enclosed cockpit. The new yacht was christened by British model Poppy Delevingne in front of party of actors, celebrities and influencers. They included the yacht’s industrial designer, Karim Rashid, who came…