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Yachts & Yachting magazine October 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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triumphs and tragedies

It’s been a bumper month for sailing, with so many major events packed into just a few short weeks; from the 1300 dinghy sailors racing at the RS Games in Weymouth, to the thousands of keelboat sailors taking part in Lendy Cowes Week. Wherever you’ve been competing this month, doubtlessly the Great British weather will have served up a real concoction: sunshine and fair breezes one minute, sideways rain and knock-you-flat gusts the next. Few will have felt this more so than Phil Sharp and crew on board the Class40 Imerys Clean Energy, who won line honours in RORC’s Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race and smashed the previous record by 15 hours. That they sailed the final three of the eight days in this gruelling race without any wind instruments…

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record confirmed for phil sharp

Phil Sharp, skipper of Class 40 Imerys Clean Energy and crew Julien Pulvé, Pablo Santurdé and Sam Matson have entered the record books with a new Guinness World Record following ratification from the World Speed Sailing Record Council for their Sevenstar RORC Round Britain and Ireland Race record. The distance of 1,773nm sailed was covered at an average speed of 9.03 knots in 8 days, 4 hours, 14 minutes and 49 seconds. Breaking 2014’s record time by some 15 hours, Phil commented on this remarkable achievement: “Breaking the Round Britain and Ireland World Record was never going to be easy based on the expected conditions throughout this complicated route, which certainly made the race demanding on navigation and endurance. “The course started and ended with slow upwind sailing, but the windy conditions…

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laurie smith wins the etchells european championship

Laurie Smith has added the Ethcells European Champion title to his Etchells Nationals win, racing on his boat Colin with Gonçalo Ribeiro, Ella Bennett and Pedro Andrade. The event brought top calibre sailors from as far as Hong Kong and Australia to the Solent, where racing was held by the Royal London Yacht Club. Three teams led during the regatta, with Smith coming up against USA’s Peter Duncan and Ante Razmilovic (GBR) for the overall title, eventually securing the win by a single point on the final downwind leg. “Thank you to the Royal London and all of the race management team, we have had great racing,” commented Smith. Representing the RLYC Etchells Youth Academy and topping the Corinthian ranking was Will Bedford, who said: “The Royal London Etchells Youth Academy is…

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roberts on a solo charge

Stage two of this year’s La Solitaire Urgo Le Figaro is now underway with Britain’s Alan Roberts sailing Secat Services holding on to third position as we go to press. The event is widely viewed as one of the preeminent feeders for big solo offshore racing – past winners include a dazzling array of sailors who have gone on to win Vendée Globes, Jules Verne Records and Volvo Ocean Races to name a few. Roberts set out on the second leg of the four-leg race having secured a career-best fifth place finish on the first leg of the race, crossing the finish line a mere 6 minutes behind the leader, France’s Anthony Marchand. See more on page 14.…

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innovative new nationwide dinghy series launches

The Great British Sailing Challenge is a new series of handicap racing events intended to offer dinghy and small cat sailors a fresh format of racing. The idea comes from organisers of the highly successful SailJuice Winter Series, (among them, Y&Y’s own Andy Rice) which is about to enter its tenth season. The nationwide Challenge will run year-round, with at least one event held per month and around one hundred boats taking part in each. Sailors will earn ranking points from each event they compete at, with the top one hundred invited to a winner-takes-all-final in the autumn of 2019. The series will use the proven formula of the Great Lakes numbers together with GPS trackers in an innovative ‘Dynamic Handicapping’ system. In addition to the overall leaderboard, there will be a…

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they said…

“Over the moon I think would be the right expression. We have put a lot of work into this so we are absolutely delighted with the win.” Andy Partington expresses his pleasure at winning the International 14 Worlds with son Tom. “How do you win the America’s Cup? You take some talented people and feed them a lot of money...” CEO of Emirates Team New Zealand, Grant Dalton, tells it like it is at the America’s Cup ‘Overture’ in Cowes. “It is clear that in most major championships for Olympic skiffs and cats, there is no longer a need for drop races. Drop races in this type of sailing decrease the chances of the best team winning the event, and add unnecessary complication to our communication and scoring systems...” 49er and 49er FX Class President,…