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Yachts & Yachting magazine January 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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offshore momentum

As news broke recently that World Sailing is working towards an offshore world championship, it is fitting that Y&Y this month has thrown a special emphasis onto the offshore scene; from the challenge facing the Volvo Ocean Race crews as they battle the Southern Ocean, to the Ultims in the Transat Jaques Vabre. It is really going to be something to watch these giant foiling tris race around the globe as planned for 2019. We’ve also tips for those inspired to start their own offshore campaign - see page 38. Offshore racing it seems is gathering ever more momentum. There are several factors at play here, including high profile exposure for sponsors, a growing appetite for adventure, and media technology that now allows us to follow every step of the way. Not…

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macif on the charge

François Gabart sailing his Ultim, Macif, has continued his solo round the word record attempt with some impressive pace. As we go to press the Frenchman has just passed New Zealand, having set off from France a mere 24 days ago. This impressive turn of speed sees him over 740 miles ahead of the pace set by Thomas Coville – who himself set an incredibly fast new record last year on his Ultim, Sodebo. Gabart’s pace in the early part of the record attempt was particularly fast and has already seen him take a number of records. When he entered the Indian Ocean, Gabart established a new solo reference time between Ouessant and Cape Leeuwin, located in the southwest of Australia in 19 days 14 hours and 10 minutes (averaging over 26 knots).…

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clipper fatality buried at sea

Tragedy struck the Clipper Round the World race this month with the report of the fatality of Simon Speirs, a crew member on board CV30, (Great Britain) on Sunday 18 November. Simon, 60, a keen sailor from Bristol, was on the foredeck assisting with a headsail change when he was washed overboard. The Clipper Race reports that he was clipped on with his safety tether, but became separated from the yacht in the Southern Ocean in a rough sea state, in 20 knots of wind gusting 40. The team managed to recover Simon within 36 minutes, at which point CPR was administered by three medically trained crew, which included a GP, but he never regained consciousness. The cause of death is unconfirmed at this time but thought to be by drowning. With thousands…

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hp30 agrees new rule

At a meeting on Monday 20 November, the HP30 class agreed to coalesce the maximum length of high performance yachts around a length of 30ft. With a wide range of boats available in this sector, it was deemed unnecessary to have such a wide gap between the shortest and the longest boats and, as a consequence the maximum length for new boats should be 30ft (9.2m). Existing boats (boats with an IRC age date or series date prior to the 1 January 2015) may remain at 9.5m. Boats that will still comply are: C&C30, Extreme-26, FarEast28, Farr30, Farr280, Henderson30, MC31, Open 7.5, Pauger30, Seascape 27 and Soto30, to name a few. The class is in the process of finalising class starts at as many events as possible and the HP30 Class…

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new america’s cup boat

Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Prada have released early details of the monohull to be used for the 36th America’s Cup. The new boat is a foiling, keel-less monohull with a pair of ballasted foils. But, although the release gives a general outline of the class, there are still any number of specifics to be answered by the time the final class rule is released in March. For a detailed analysis of the release, see page 18. In the interim, many Cup teams are turning to the TP52 to keep their sailing team up to speed in monohull sailing. The New York Yacht Club – which announced its intention to enter the Cup in the autumn of 2017 – will be sailing in the TP52s as will many members of…

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they said…

“The fact that it was a foiling project has just made the decision easier, and when the opportunity came to join as a co-director I jumped at the chance.” Rob Andrews announces his new position with Foiling World, and its innovative foiler, the F101. “It is definitely really appealing from a competition standpoint. But the one thing I would say about this boat is it will be very expensive. It won’t be a cheap campaign to be successful.” British America’s Cup team Principal, Land Rover BAR’s Ben Ainslie, predicts the new foiling 75ft, keel-less monohull is going to err on the pricey side. I just realised that it is the first time I spent so much time on this boat. You actually start to build a relationship, an intimacy. It is her and you,…