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Yachting World

Yachting World May-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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the work-life balance

World cruising used to be an ambition left for retirement, postponed to the end point of a linear career. But modern working and the mobile workplace have changed that. The cruising life can be accommodated in sabbatical, a short career break or a wholesale move to mobile working. More and more couples in their forties, often with a young family, are seizing the opportunity to set off. They are satisfied that a career break is no disadvantage; in fact, it may refresh them for the next big push onwards and upwards. There is another trend seen among people in their twenties and thirties. Many millennials don’t relish the idea of slogging away continuously at a job until they’re 70, and who could blame them? Why work ridiculous hours in a job you…

1 min
and another thing…

The UK government says it will look at rules to make it compulsory to mark lobster pots following a petition organised by the Cruising Association that garnered more than 10,000 signatures. In the latest love affair between filmmakers and ocean sailing, a movie is being made about American sailor Robert Manry, who sailed alone across the Atlantic in 1965 aboard a 13ft yacht, Tinkerbelle. Director Steve Wystrach calls the story an “adventure and metaphor” and such voyages are about “self-defining one’s destiny”. Foiling technology is coming to motorboats. ‘The flying yacht’ was launched in March. It can fly 2m above the water on four extending carbon foils and reach a top speed of 40 knots. Become a Yachting World reader with benefits: visit yachtingworld.com/16S to subscribe today…

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picture this

Parting the seas The bow (and stern) wave of J Class yachts can be pretty impressive – particularly when the 180-tonne yachts race in the Caribbean swells off St Barth. Photographer Carlo Borlenghi captured the pin-sharp bow of the original 1934-built J Class Velsheda not only parting the seas while reaching at full pace, but appearing to create the sort of barrelling wave surfers seek in a shore-break. Velsheda was one of three J Class yachts racing at the St Barths Bucket, where it showed it still has the pace and crew skills to challenge the latest two Js, Topaz and Svea. Up and away The crew of Team Pavement take a spectacular flight during the SuperFoiler series in Busselton, Western Australia, in March. The yacht had been rocketing at a record speed…

5 min
entrepreneur buys oyster

Oyster Yachts has been bought from administrators by British gaming software entrepreneur Richard Hadida. Hadida won the bid from a shortlist of seven bidders. He is a keen yachtsman who has chartered Oysters and sails with motorsports boss Eddie Jordan on Jordan’s Oyster 885, Lush. Oyster went into administration in February with the loss of 420 jobs after the Dutch backers, HTP Investment, decided not to continue to support the company financially. Oyster had its largest ever order book totalling £80m, but also an unsettled £7.3m claim relating to the loss of the Oyster 825 Polina Star III from a total keel failure in 2015. Hadida won’t disclose what he paid to buy Oyster, but he outbid a group that included four other high net worth individuals. He now owns the…

2 min
jimmy spithill joins luna rossa

Two-times America’s Cup winner Jimmy Spithill has switched from the defeated and now defunct Oracle Team USA back to Patrizio Bertelli’s Luna Rossa team, challenger of record for the 2021 America’s Cup. The 38-year-old Australian returns to the team he first joined in 2007. Luna Rossa’s mercurial owner Bertelli is said to have loved Spithill’s maverick style. It was here he earned the nickname ‘Pitbull’ for his aggressive pre-starts, most notably inflicting one of the Cup’s most crushing defeats in the fifth semifinal race in Valencia against Chris Dickson, helmsman of BMW Oracle. Spithill joins a team that has been centred around skipper Max Sirena and helmsman Francesco Bruni. Luna Rossa’s statement reads: ‘With his huge sports and technical experience on high-performance sailing boats, Jimmy brings additional strength to team Luna Rossa.’ Sirena…

1 min
cup holders reveal ‘double’ soft wing sail concept

Final design rules for the new AC75 class are yet to be announced, but America’s Cup holders Emirates Team New Zealand have been publicly testing a new ‘double’ soft wing sail prototype that may become part of the new class rule. The ⅓ scale model of the new sail concept had a mast with a large D-shaped section, developed and built by Auckland-based Southern Spars, with two separate mainsails designed to give a smooth aerodynamic shape from mast to main. “In addition to conventional mainsail trimming controls, this concept allows for twist and camber control at the head of the mainsail through a control arm on top of the rig, which will be very interesting for us sailors especially transitioning back from the AC50 hard wing sails,” explained Emirates Team New Zealand’s…