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Yachting World January 2018

Published by TI Media Limited Yachting World is world's leading international yachting magazine. From ocean racing and blue water cruising to the most glamorous super-yachts, Yachting World has the very best in nautical writing and stunning photography, with up-to-the-minute technical reports, race analysis, new boat tests and much more.

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4 min
a sport of surprises

Even I can hear myself starting to sound like a parrot. ‘Sailing is at an revolutionary moment’. I don’t know how many times I have written this in the last few years as yachts got faster and faster, then sprouted wings and took off. But honestly, the sport is full of surprises! The biggest recently is the monohull design chosen for the next America’s Cup. Any traditional sailor who wanted the boats to go back to a representation of the type of yacht the rest of us sail may have reeled at the renderings. This ‘water skater’ is a fully foiling machine the like of which we have never seen before, and it promises to be even quicker than the catamarans it supersedes. The team that dreamt it up, Emirates Team New…

4 min
flying monohull could be fastest america’s cup design in history

The new America’s Cup class will be a fully flying monohull. Instead of a keel, the AC75 has two canting, ballasted T-foils to provide righting moment and the ability to selfright the boat in the event of a capsize. Like the catamarans of the last Cup, it will be able to tack and gybe on foils. Early computer modelling suggests the new design could be even faster than the AC50 catamarans. The new design will be raced by 12 sailors and may see a return to traditional grinders. It may have a wingmast, and it will definitely include soft sails such as a Code 0 for light winds crossovers. The new design is the result of four months working through different concepts, led by Emirates Team New Zealand’s (ETNZ) design co-ordinator, Dan Bernasconi.…

4 min
clipper mourns sailor who fell overboard

Simon Speirs, a retired property solicitor from Bristol, fell overboard from the Clipper yacht Great Britain while on the foredeck helping change the yacht’s No 3 yankee headsail. At the time of the incident, the yacht was deep in the southern Indian Ocean on the sixth day of the leg between South Africa and Australia on 18 November, and was racing in rough conditions and winds gusting to 40 knots. According to a report from organising company Clipper Ventures, Speirs, 60, was clipped on with a lifeline tether but became separated from the yacht. He was located and recovered on board but was unable to be resuscitated. A statement by Clipper Ventures said: “The team’s man overboard recovery training kicked into immediate effect and despite the rough conditions, Simon was recovered back…

2 min
race yacht wrecked on reef

Greenings, one of the 12 Clipper 70 yachts competing in the current Clipper Round the World Race, ran aground and was abandoned on 31 October, just a few hours after the start of leg three from Cape Town to Western Australia. The South African National Sea Rescue Institute safely evacuated all 18 crewmembers. The yacht initially grounded on offlying rocks on the western side of Cape Peninsula, between Cape Town and Cape Point. She was then holed and blown 350 yards onto a nearby beach before the Clipper team could get a tug and towline attached. “During the course of that ... quite a lot of the hull had been ripped away but we don’t know how much because it’s covered in sand,” explained Clipper race founder Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. Once the boat…

3 min
fast atlantic for volvo fleet

The ‘Cape Doctor’, the famous south-easterly breeze that blows onto Cape Town, was in full force for the closing stages of Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race as the fleet completed the 7,000-mile stage from Lisbon in just 19 days. The hotly favoured Spanish team MAPFRE took 1st place, with Xabi Fernandez and crew leading the fleet ever since they made a critically perfectly timed gybe to the south-west on day 14. Dongfeng Race Team finished 2nd, having fought back from mid-fleet after straying too close to a high pressure ridge and losing the lead. “We led the race 75 per cent of the time before we made a big mistake,” said Dongfeng skipper Charles Caudrelier. “We did so many complicated things to take the lead and we just did one stupid thing.…

6 min
charter sailors robbed at gunpoint

Two British families on a bareboat charter in St Lucia were victims of an armed robbery aboard their chartered catamaran. The skipper, who asked not to be identified, described the attack as terrifying. He told Yachting World they had initially planned an October charter in the BVIs, but following the damage wrought by Hurricane Irma were offered a replacement charter in St Lucia. “We chartered out of Rodney Bay, and went sailing south. We were on our penultimate day coming back when we ran out of light, so we had to go into Soufrière, which has always been a bit of an edgy place and I was aware of that. So we tried to take all the precautions; we called the rangers and asked for a guide of where to go,” he…