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Yachts & Yachting magazine August 2017

Since 1947 Yachts & Yachting has been famed for its excellent coverage of all aspects of racing, from local dinghy and keelboat events to the heights of the Olympic Games, America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race. As well as the top end events, each issue is full of vital information, including technique and tips from some of the best coaches in the sport, interviews and profiles, kit and equipment guides, as well as tests of the latest new boats.

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worthy winners

The America’s Cup is the pinnacle of our sport, and the 35th edition was this in many ways; it turned out to be the televisual spectacle that Coutts had promised, and Bermuda delivered. Bar perhaps the final, racing was close throughout with plenty of place swapping and classic match race moves to keep us gripped. Ultimately, the victors, Emirates Team New Zealand, presented a masterclass in determination and in out-thinking the opposition. They showed that money isn’t always everything, even at this level. Of course, it’s easy for me to claim this now, but my money was on the Kiwis from the first few races. Why? The way they sailed – faster, smoother, and more confidently than any other team. Yes, they made some tactical errors, not to mention suffering that mind-blowing…

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land rover bar win youth ac

Land Rover BAR may not have been successful in the America’s Cup having, by their own admission, not managed to develop a sufficiently fast boat. But their prior win in the World Series shows Britain has some of the best sailors in the world. Emphasising that point this month was the stunning win by Land Rover BAR Academy in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup – a fleet racing event using AC45Fs in Bermuda, alongside the main Cup for national teams of 18-24 year olds. From the 12 entries, Land Rover BAR was standout performer on day one of the finals, leaving it in front overnight. Day two was a different story, however. New Zealand had not had a good opening day but won both opening races on the final day, setting…

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two top talents

It has been a good month for female British offshore sailors with the announcement first that Sam Davies will be back again to compete in the Vendée Globe 2020. Davies missed the last race due in part to her commitment to Team SCA in the Volvo Ocean Race the preceding year. Davies will take the helm of Initiatives-Coeur, with regular skipper Tanguy de Lamotte stepping away to pursue other sailing projects. But not before the pair compete later this year in the Transat Jaques Vabre, the two-handed race from France to Brazil. Elsewhere British yachtswoman, Dee Caffari, is to lead a team later this year in the Volvo Ocean Race. Caffari – also a member of all-female Team SCA in the last race – will be heading up a mixed crew, and…

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fewer olympians in 2020

World Sailing has responded to an announcement from the International Olympic Committee which confirms sailing will continue to be awarded the same number of medals for Tokyo 2020 but that athlete numbers will be reduced. In a statement released shortly after the reduction was announced, World Sailing president, Kim Andersen said: “The IOC executive board decision to… reduce sailing’s quota by 30 sailors is disappointing. The reduction in sailors will impact our ability to drive the development of the sport in-line with the Olympic Agenda 2020 objectives and we will now need to review the quotas for 2020… “Our quota proposal to the IOC would have delivered gender equity at a sport level in 2020, supported by proposed development programmes for women sailors in the RS:X and Laser Radial, specifically aimed at…

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figaro update

The culmination of months of hard work and planning, on 23 June saw the fleet of 43 La Solitaire Urgo Le Figaro skippers cross the finish line of Stage 4 in Dieppe, France – signalling the finish of the 48th Figaro and the culmination of just under 1500 miles of racing over the four stages. The final stage was anything but straightforward, with windless areas along the Breton coasts, two fast crossings of the English Channel and a very technical route between Wolf Rock and the Isle of Wight. A tight battle at the front for the Stage 4 podium saw Charlie Dalin (skipper Macif 2015) emerging victorious within the final miles to the finish, but it was not quite enough to knock Nicolas Lunven (Generali) off the overall top spot…

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they said…

“This time round we had no restrictions on design. We just wanted to see what we could come up with and we have achieved some amazing things that have been revolutionary in this sport.” Grand Dalton outlines the Emirates Team New Zealand design philosophy that lead to their impressive America’s Cup win. Team New Zealand are sailing faster and sailing smarter also. We need to find some more speed and improve how we are sailing... or we will be kissing the Cup goodbye. Tom Slingsby after the opening weekend of the America’s Cup match. They did find more speed - but it was not enough to stop an all-powerful New Zealand. “You’ll have to wait until the morning. Our team has to sit down with a cup of tea and a biscuit and have…