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Yachts & Yachting magazine April 2018

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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the fun factor

What does the future hold for sailing? It’s a big question, and one we have been asking this month. Our special report (p34) was prompted after new research confirmed a decline in participation. As an avid sailor it’s truly disheartening to think that there are fewer people coming into and experiencing our wonderfully diverse sport. But there are things we can each do about it, on several different levels. Having spoken to top sailors and leading industry authorities extensively on the subject, and to grassroots sailors themselves, the common denominator in every response I’ve noted is the word ‘fun’. Sailing has to be enjoyable for people to want to do it – after all, it is a leisure activity. This is true for adults as well as children, and holds equally…

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big breeze for carib 600

Solid trade winds of 25 knots with gusty squalls and a confused sea state delivered a challenge to over 800 sailors at the start of the 10th annual RORC Caribbean 600 race. George David’s American Maxi, Rambler 88 scorched around the 600-mile track to set a new monohull course record of 37 hours, 41 minutes and 45 seconds, beating the record set by David’s previous boat, Rambler 100 in 2011. Rambler was also head of the field on corrected time to win the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy. The first boat around the 600 mile course was Peter Aschenbrenner’s 63ft American trimaran Paradox, which was in scintillating form, finishing the race in just 37 hours, 5 minutes and 16 seconds to take multihull line honours and an overall win after time correction. It was…

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nacra injury statement

The Nacra 17 class has released a statement and guidelines to sailors of the newly foiling Olympic class after news of a serious injury to Danish sailor, CP Lübeck. Lübeck was hit by his own rudder’s T-foil after he fell overboard while training in New Zealand resulting in the need for surgery on his shoulder. Happily he is now on the road to recovery. But the injury follows a significant injury to American Nacra 17 sailor, Bora Gulari last season when he seriously damaged his hand. There have also been some other reports of rudder strikes in the past year. Many of the rudder strikes have occurred after a helm or crew have gone overboard so the advice is to ensure trapeze lines and other systems are up to the task. However,…

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monaco globe series

A new event is to be added to the IMOCA calendar as the new Monaco Globe Series is set to run in June 2018. Currently, a dozen teams plan to head to Monaco for the first time for the start of the new doublehanded offshore race on a course throughout the western Mediterranean. The race will cover some 1,400 nautical miles, over four days and three nights of racing. After the start in Monaco, the fleet races down Corsica’s west coast before transversing the Strait of Bonifacio, towards the Aeolian Islands, where they will tack in front of Stromboli and head for Palermo in Sicily. The fleet then sets course for the Balearic Islands before returning to Monaco. The event marks the start of the new IMOCA championship, renamed the Globe Series,…

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maserati sets new record

Giovanni Soldini and his team on the 70ft trimaran, Maserati – a modified MOD70 – have set a new ‘tea route’ record from Hong Kong to London. The team completed their record breaking run on Friday 23 February as Maserati crossed the finish line by passing under the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge. Soldini and the trimaran’s crew, composed of Guido Broggi, Sébastien Audigane, Oliver Herrera Perez and Alex Pella, covered the 13,000 nautical mile theoretical route between the Chinese port and the capital of the United Kingdom by over five days. The official improvement on the record (subject to ratification by the World Speed Sailing Reccord Council) will be some 5 days and 19 hours. The record they beat belonged to Gitana 13, the 100-foot maxi catamaran that completed the route in…

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they said…

“The Ham will be enjoyed by the Tribe at the prize giving (vegetarians/vegans exempt) along with other ‘money can’t buy’ prizes being given away as well. Prizes to be awarded completely arbitrarily.” The team at Foiling World outline their unconvential plans for the F101 World Hampionship - where sailors will compete for a whole Spanish ham over a variety of courses “We’re gutted, I don’t even know what to say. We had a good race, and we thought we were going to have a better result. But those pesky red boats always seem to get it their way.” A disappointed Dee Caffari reacts after her Turn the Tide on Plastics team slipped from third to fifth on the final night of the Volvo Ocean Race Leg 6 to Auckland “I think Nath had to…