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Yachting World

Yachting World Jun-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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taught by experience

In army speak, it’s called the 6 Ps – ‘prior planning prevents piss-poor performance’. It can be applied to anything and everything, and it’s perfectly true in sailing. Advance planning includes shortcutting as much of the learning from experience as possible, ideally by taking on board lessons others learned along the way. Each year we conduct a survey of the skippers in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers. Nowhere else do you get such a broad cross-section of yachts and sailors over such a long distance. It’s been an annual exercise for some 15 years, and although equipment and technology moves on, there are always common lessons: thoroughly test out new equipment before you leave home; learn how to make basic repairs to fundamental items; be prepared for the malfunction of gear and…

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and another thing …

Fake news… A macabre April Fool’s joke featuring gentoo penguins on an island of plastic went viral this spring, provoking much-needed, if not accurate, debate. As did a sculpture of a whale with tonnes of plastic emerging from its maw. Some (ahem…) briefly thought it was real. Ready for take-off? A new Royal Yachting Association pilot scheme to teach people how to foil could speed you from ‘first flight’ through ‘sustained flight’ to ‘performance flight’. www.rya.org.uk Research carried out by the Coastguard, RYA, RNLI and others has found that nearly 4 million people in the UK took part in boating activities in 2017, and that boat ownership has increased to 690,000 households. Motorboating saw the largest jump, but overall 2 million more people took part in marine sports last year than in…

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picture this

A breaching maxi Rambler 88 launches above the Caribbean waters off St Barth, the water cascading off the bow in this spectacular shot captured by photographer Christophe Jouany. The foredeck crew are momentarily elevated and fighting gravity as they manhandle the huge Code 0 forward to plug the furling sail in for the next leg. George David’s silver line-honours machine, the largest competitor at Les Voiles de St Barth in March, was first home each day and won the new Richard Mille Record Trophy for the fastest boat around a 48-mile course. See our full report on page 46. Classic action Two of the largest yachts at this year’s Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta in April battle majestically against each other. These are two staysail ketch sisterships, the 157ft/48m Chronos and her 158ft sibling Rhea, flying…

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imoca 60s for volvo race?

Final negotiations are under way between the IMOCA class and the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) to adopt the IMOCA 60 as the design for the next fully crewed round the world race. An announcement is expected to be made before the end of the VOR in June. Proposals for the race to adopt the IMOCA 60 rule (formerly Open 60), used in the major solo and short-handed ocean races such as the Vendée Globe and Route du Rhum, have been discussed for several years. The IMOCA box rule, which has incorporated developments such as wingmasts, canting keels and now foils, is the most successful and enduring rule in ocean racing, and has led to a vigorous second-hand market for these one-off designs. An agreement could make it possible for teams to do both…

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jury-built in the falklands

After being dismasted 100 miles south of the Falkland Islands on 30 March while racing from Auckland to Itajaí, Volvo Ocean Race entry Vestas 11th Hour Racing had a race against time to first reach landfall, and then get to the Brazilian port in time for the start of the next leg. In what was a world away from the tightly controlled, uniform procedures of the VOR’s maintenance department, Vestas 11th Hour Racing was jury rigged at Port Stanley with little support. Scrapheap challenge Nick Dana, boat captain and race crew on Vestas, took charge of the project, and explained: “None of the parts from the original rig could really be used. We still had some blocks left over, the base of the rig and the runners, but basically we had to find…

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oyster crew set antarctic record

A Polish skipper and crew completed a 15,800-mile circumnavigation of Antarctica in April, sailing an Oyster 72. Mariusz Koper and eight crew closed the loop of the continent after leaving Cape Town and sailing in the deep Southern Ocean, below 62°S/ The crew finished in Hobart after 102 days at sea. Their route round the Antarctic took 72 days. The expedition in Katharsis II inevitably took them through some very harsh conditions, most memorably a storm in the Davis Sea when, for the only time on the voyage, they turned north to escape the worst of the weather, before returning to continue their route. Tough conditions followed to the end and in the week before arrival in Hobart the crew had a broken boom and badly damaged mainsail following a crash gybe after…