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Yachting World

Yachting World Nov-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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2 min
paradise islands

When are you going to take your year out? It’s no longer a rare occurrence for couples or families still midway through their careers to take a sabbatical, and make plans to set off and sail. For more and more of those, the Pacific is the new Atlantic. Safer, more numerous places to leave a yacht between cyclone seasons and the possibility of shipping home to Europe from Australia have brought what was once a pipedream into focus and made it a realistic, if ambitious, goal. For sure, the Pacific is something else. I have sailed across parts of it, from the Marquesas to Tahiti, Tonga and Fiji. My first experience, almost three decades ago, was sailing from Tahiti to Tonga with cruising guru Jimmy Cornell and his daughter, Doina, and that…

1 min
magic carpet ride

A fleet of 41 yachts took part in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Maxi 72 World Championships in September, racing on a mixture of round the buoys and coastal courses. The regatta, held at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, makes one of the most impressive annual spectacles in sailing – as demonstrated by this shot of the Wallycento Magic Carpet. The fleet included three of the J Class, and Topaz claimed 1st overall, racing under the superyacht rating rule. The Maxi 72 class was won by Dieter Schoen in Cannonball.…

7 min
injured skipper rescued from southern ocean

Solo skipper Abhilash Tomy was adrift in the Southern Ocean for nearly 72 hours, paralysed in his bunk without fluids, unable even to reach his vital grab bag. Tomy was in one of the most remote areas of the world, some 1,900 miles south-west of Perth, when a severe storm rolled and dismasted his 32ft yacht and severely injured him, leading to an incredible multinational rescue effort. Tomy was lying in 3rd place aboard Thuriya, a replica of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s 32ft Suhaili, winner of the 1968 Golden Globe Race, when he and fellow competitors Mark Slats and Gregor McGuckin were advised by race management to head south to avoid the worst of a fierce low pressure system developing west of the fleet. An alert was sent to competitors in the area of…

2 min
the knockdown

The traditional long-keeled designs required by the Golden Globe race rules are considered by many to be the most seaworthy type of yacht. But three boats have so far been dismasted in the Golden Globe Race (Are Wiig sailed to Cape Town under jury rig) after being rolled. Some have been rolled 360°. So why are so many yachts being knocked down so severely? BT Challenge skipper and IMOCA 60 designer Merfyn Owen, of Owen Clarke Yacht Design, explains: “When boats are in the open ocean, size matters. If you look at a typical sine wave stability curve, your classic long-keeled yacht of about 35ft would have an angle of vanishing stability where it crosses the zero axis of, say, 145°. “If you take a modern bluewater cruising design, the curve will…

2 min
the 70-knot storm

CHRIS TIBBS ANALYSES THE STORM THAT HIT THE FLEET September is early to be in the Southern Ocean and the southern winter is turning into spring. At this time of year a never-ending procession of lows circulates the globe. These lows vary in latitude; they are usually well into the Roaring Forties, but secondary lows and cold fronts often extend well north of 40°S. The further east across the Indian Ocean, the more north the strong wind bands tend to move. The Kerguelen Islands are on the edge of a plateau, which pushes the circumpolar current north, along with colder water making this area one of cyclogenesis – in other words, where storms form and deepen. The lows in the Southern Ocean are often linked and, as 20 September dawned, a monster low…

5 min
battle of the giants

FASTEST SPEEDS COURSE DISTANCE 3,510 miles COURSE RECORD IMOCA 24HR RECORD 536.81 miles The four-yearly Route du Rhum, the solo transatlantic race from St Malo to Guadaloupe starting on 4 November, looks set to be one of the most impressive in the 40-year history of the race. Entry numbers quickly surpassed the 100-boat limit initially set for the race and more than 120 competitors will start the race. The stars of the fleet will be the six Ultime class multihulls, each of which has benefitted from substantial offshore training and refit work since last year, so this year’s Route du Rhum should see them sailing at truly groundbreaking levels of performance. The six include François Gabart’s round the world record-holder MACIF, which has had a significant refit at CDK and Keroman in Lorient and been fitted with new…