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Yachts & Yachting magazine May 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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springing forward

The Y&Y team was devastated this month to hear of the tragic accident that led to the loss of Team Sun Hung Kai/ Scallywag crewmember, John Fisher, on Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race. The news has caused a great wave of sadness to spread throughout the sailing world. Our thoughts and condolences go to John’s loved ones and teammates during what one can only imagine must be the most difficult of times. John’s Scallywag teammates have paid a touching tribute; see yachtsandyachting.co.uk Elsewhere, in recent days, the latest America’s Cup announcement has emerged, with Emirates Team New Zealand releasing the Class Rule for the AC75, just as this issue of Y&Y went to print. And the new boats are looking likely to be every bit as exciting as we…

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alinghi start strong

Alinghi has won the first Extreme Sailing Series regatta of 2018 in Muscat, Oman. The three-time series champions have not before won in Muscat. But after four days of consistently strong sailing, the Swiss team took their GC32 to regatta victory, with a six-point lead over SAP Extreme Sailing Team in second, and Oman Air in third. The Land Rover BAR Academy team, which this year is being skippered by multiple ESS winner, Leigh McMillan had a solid event, concluding the regatta in fourth position overall. Alinghi went into the events as one of the firm favourites thanks, in part, to their unchanged lineup from last season, consisting of Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey and Timothé Lapauw. The Swiss squad were remarkably consistent throughout with a second in the Act’s…

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volvo sailor lost overboard

On Monday 26 March, Volvo Ocean Race team Sun Hung Kai/ Scallywag reported that British sailor, John Fisher had fallen overboard at daybreak in the Southern Ocean, some 1200nm from land. John, who had momentarily unclipped to go forwards, was knocked overboard by the mainsheet system when the boat crash gybed while surfing down a wave. It is believed he was unconscious before he hit the water, which was 9 degrees Celsius. John was wearing a lifejacket and full survival suit. Winds of up to 45 knots and 5m seas hampered search and rescue efforts. The Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre diverted the closest ship, some 400nm away, to assist. After several hours, Scallywag abandoned the search as conditions were deteriorating and they were advised to head for land, four day’s sail…

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ed gets it wright in cádiz

Long standing member of the British Sailing Team, Ed Wright, has taken his second European Championship title, 12 years after he last claimed the crown, back in 2006. The win was far from easy, however, with the Brit trailing Nicholas Heiner, from the Netherlands for the week. But in a final super windy medal race, with winds blowing 25-29 knots, Heiner struggled and capsized on a couple of occasions and trailed the fleet, leaving Wright in fifth, enough to snatch the title at the last minute. “It was a crazy race. I saw Heiner capsize at the five-minute so then I realised everyone was having a hard time with the conditions, not just me,” commented an elated Wright after stepping ashore. “I knew I needed to nail the start which I…

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100 days to round the island

There are now fewer than 100 days to go until the Island Sailing Club’s annual classic, Round the Island Race, in association with Cloudy Bay, and entries have been flooding in. The race draws sailors of all abilities together. This year, a new #ItsYourRace campaign will enable competitors to create their own ‘race within the race’ by using the tracker to select individual boats from the 1600-strong fleet to race against. Amongst elite competitors will be Ben Ainslie, who, together with sailors from Land Rover BAR, will be competing on a TP52. Sailing alongside them will be owner, Tony Langley and his core crew from Gladiator. Also rumoured to be taking part once again this year is Ben Fogle - watch this space! This year’s race takes place on Saturday 7 July, slightly…

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they said…

“We are well and truly in the honeymoon period at the moment. We only really met each other a few weeks ago so we are still getting to know each other, I guess you could say the relationships are still new, it is still fresh. We are really happy and are looking to get good results here.” Sam Phillips on his Record Point SuperFoiler crew bonding. “This is a huge relief to have reached the agreement with Government and Council over the event venue and host agreement. Our determination to have the event in Auckland never wavered despite plenty of challenges right up until the 11th hour.” Emirates Team New Zealand CEO, Grant Dalton reacts to the agreement with Auckland Council and the New Zealand Government that plans for the America’s Cup venue…