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Yachting World

Yachting World Dec-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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keeping it real

Over the last years, production boatbuilders have steadily gravitated towards larger yachts. Almost every major manufacturer has angled for the luxury market, sometimes to the detriment of development in the 30-50ft size. Development of mid-range yachts – and demand for them – has stagnated. But these bigger builds are also much more complex and draw in exponentially larger quantities of business resources, money and focus. Now we are seeing builders such as Oyster and Bavaria, both under new ownership after financial troubles, return their attention to the family cruisers that made their names. The world’s largest yacht builder, Groupe Beneteau, is also refreshing its range of smaller yachts. It recently bought a majority shareholding in Slovenian Seascape, which makes sporty weekenders and pocket family cruisers of 14-27ft, while its Jeanneau brand will…

1 min
picture this

Flying start A fly past by the Italian Air Force aerobatics display team, Pattuglia Acrobatica, Frecce Tricolori, tops the sight of over 2,200 yachts taking part in the 50th anniversary Barcolana Regatta on 14 October. This is the biggest sailing regatta in the world. Yachts sail a 13-mile triangular course in the Gulf of Trieste between Barcola and Miramare, finishing in front of the Piazza Unità d’Italia. This is the culmination of three days of yacht racing organised by Società Velica di Barcola e Grignano (SVBG) and a programme of events on land. The regatta was first sailed in 1969 when 51 yachts took part and it has grown steadily ever year since then. Classic view Fleet racing at the 20th edition of the Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez, as seen though the flying sails…

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bavaria back on track

Bavaria Yachts has announced its new focus and strategy, following rescue from bankruptcy by Berlin-based private equity company CMP Capital Management. The company says the aim is now to return to its former status as the world’s largest manufacturer or leisure craft by growing production capacity, and to focus firmly on boats of between 10-20m. This includes a return “to the excellent price-performance ratio for which Bavaria has stood for many years”, Kai Brandes, managing partner of the new owner CMP, explained at the company’s headquarters in Giebelstadt, Bavaria, in October. Bavaria’s range will be streamlined and the E series discontinued, while production of the newest and largest of the range, the C65 has also ceased. This model was being built in Croatia. In future all boats will be built in Giebelstadt. “Two…

2 min
on the wind

Schooner heaven A new International Schooner Association is being set up by Tomas de Vargas Machuca, owner of two of these vintage craft, including Puritan. Original schooner designs and replicas face a challenge in racing and rating against other classic yachts, and this new association aims to run events exclusively for classic schooners. Cleaning up ocean plastic A £30 million plan is afoot to build a 71m catamaran to collect plastic debris at sea. Named Ocean Saviour, the project has the backing of TheYachtMarket.com founders Richard Roberts and Simon White. The hope is that by harnessing the expertise of leading naval architects and environmental experts, a ship can be build that would clear up to 1,800 tonnes of plastic at sea each year. Pen Duick restoration A €650,000 refit aims to fully restore Eric Tabarly’s…

1 min
now for a comeback?

Bavaria’s lurch into receivership in early 2018 was a shock – and perhaps a pleasant surprise to its competitors. Now its return to the market under the ownership of Berlin-based CMP has the makings of a successful comeback, writes Peter Poland. The switched-on new team understand build disciplines and quality control, according to Richard Hewett of UK dealer Clipper Marine. Investing in production capacity and an excellent price-performance ratio sounds pretty obvious. So what went wrong? How could a company that had grown to a massive size thanks to its slick production methods and logical assessment of its market suddenly come a cropper? As an erstwhile production boatbuilder I often watched others go under. Invariably it seemed that ambition outgrew reality. The desire for bigger and better lured them into the cash-gobbling excitement…

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next ‘volvo’ race plan

A preliminary Notice of Race for what can best be described as The Race Formerly Known As the Volvo Ocean Race has been published, providing more opportunities for female and youth sailors. Entries for the event, which is officially using the working title Fully Crewed Around the World Race 2021-22, open on 11 December this year. As yet without an official title or sponsor, the round the world race is scheduled to start in Alicante in autumn 2021 and finish in Europe in 2022. It will have nine legs. There is no detailed information on stopovers as host port agreements are under negotiation, although the USA, South America, Australia/New Zealand, Asia, and Europe have been broadly confirmed. There will be two classes: the IMOCA 60; and one-design VO65. The IMOCA 60s compete for…