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Yachting World March 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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www.twitter.com/yachtingworld www.facebook.com/yachtingworldmagazine TIME EXPIRED? Do you carry flares on board? If you sail offshore you probably do. And if you are planning to take part in an organised offshore event, own a UK-flagged boat of 13.7m or over, or a coded vessel, flare packs are mandatory. But should we really still be carrying flares? When the collision regulations were written there was no better alternative. Today there are a myriad of safer, more reliable distress alerting devices and location aids: EPIRBs, PLBs, AIS, DSC VHF and devices such as Odeo’s LED distress flares. Flares are a poor, potentially dangerous substitute for this armoury, and almost impossible to dispose of when out of date. Yachtsmen should no longer be compelled to carry them. Organisations such as the RNLI no longer use pyrotechnics and even the Maritime…

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picture this

Bon appétit Two days out of Vilamoura, Portugal, bound for Porto Santo, Madeira, photographer Tor Johnson set up his camera for this image aboard Keala, the Jeanneau 44i he’d bought in La Rochelle last summer. “It was a relatively calm crossing,” Johnson said. “We had four crew, and by the second day we all had our sea legs, so a good dinner was welcome. “It seems eating becomes one of the focal points for the crew. Everyone is always ravenous. I know I lose weight at sea. It would be interesting to know how many calories a sailor expends just keeping his balance.” Full throttle This year’s Sydney Hobart Race was an absolute flyer. Here Wild Oats XI is storming towards Hobart in a new record time for the Rolex Sydney Hobart of 1d 8h…

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volvo race team vestas 11th hour racing in fatal collision

‘IT IS ALWAYS VERY DANGEROUS WHEN SAILING IN THESE FISHING AREAS WHERE THERE ARE SO MANY BOATS’ In the final stages of Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race, Vestas 11th Hour Racing was involved in a serious collision 30 miles south-east of Hong Kong on Friday 19 January. The Volvo 65 collided with a fishing boat, which resulted in the death of a member of the fishing vessel crew. A statement issued by race organisers read: “The Volvo Ocean Race is deeply saddened to inform that the collision between Vestas 11th Hour Racing, a team competing in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, and a fishing vessel has resulted in a fatality of a crew of the fishing vessel. “On behalf of the Volvo Ocean Race and Vestas 11th Hour Racing, we offer…

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penalties and protests upend sydney hobart results

We’ve done it! We made history in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race with a record breaking 9th line honours and setting a new race record,” crowed Mark Richards, skipper of supermaxi Wild Oats XI after crossing the finish line of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race in December. But the crew’s celebrations were to be short-lived. Arch-rivals LDV Comanche, who finished only 26 minutes behind, vowed to pursue a protest at a port-starboard incident in Sydney Harbour. The did and they won. Wild Oats XI was penalised by one hour, meaning the line honours and a new race record of 1d 9h 15m went instead to skipper Mark Cooney and the crew of LDV Comanche. The penalty arose during a portstarboard incident just after the race start. Port tack Wild Oats XI was…

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spindrift dismasted

Spindrift 2, the 40m trimaran owned by Dona Bertarelli, dismasted on its way to the start line for the round the world record. The trimaran was heading to the Créac’h lighthouse line off the Isle of Ouessant in a 30-knot breeze and rough seas when the mast suddenly failed on 15 January. Skipper Yann Guichard commented: “Everything happened very fast! In a few seconds, the mast was down. We have been waiting for two months for this new attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy: this window was our last chance. It is a big disappointment for the whole team, both at sea, and on land as we were all ready. We have spent a lot of time optimising the boat, and everything collapses in a few moments. “The most important thing is that…

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yachtsmen oppose st lucia dolphin park

A proposal to turn St Lucia’s historic national monument, Pigeon Island, into a dolphin park is being bitterly opposed by yachtsmen, environmentalists and animal lovers. One of the most vehement opponents is Caribbean pilot book author and sailor Chris Doyle, who writes: “Allen Chastanet, prime minister of St Lucia, plans to bring a Dolphin Discovery dolphin experience to Pigeon Island. The consequences of this plan will be permanent and devastating to St Lucia’s premier historical monument. “The plan is to chop out a huge chunk of the hill on Pigeon Island and construct a giant building with a walkway out to concrete dolphin pens that extend several acres into the anchorage. “When the causeway was built in 1972 there were plans to cover Pigeon Island in condos and the like. The late John…