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Yachting World March 2019

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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and another thing…

American sailors have cottoned on to the RORC Caribbean 600. Over 40% of the IRC entries in this year’s mini marathon were from the US. It was also the debut of the new Botin-designed Maxi 72 Bella Mente. Momentum is building around recycling and scrappage of end-of-life hulls. A European working group has been set up, a project named MarineShift360 is making a lifecycle assessment tool for industry, and one builder is experimenting with hulls made from flax and bio resins. Coming soon… a launch we cannot wait for this year is the Spirit 111, a fabulous looking collaboration between company founder Sean McMillan and interior designers Rhoades Young. Traditional elegance meets avant garde aesthetics and the latest ecofriendly tech. Become a Yachting World reader with benefits: visit yachtingworld.com/16S to subscribe today…

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picture this

Hard pressed Deep reefed and with the crew all on the rail, Tim Stewart’s Salona 44 Anger Management beats up to the famous Organ Pipes in Tasmania in the final miles to the finish of the 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. This was the crew’s first time in the race and it involved an 1,800-mile delivery from Western Australia to get to the start line. Local heroes Wild Oats XI took line honours for the 9th time, while Phillip Turner’s Alive was awarded the Tattersall Cup as overall winner. The 66ft Reichel/Pugh design was the first Tasmanian yacht to win the race since 1979.…

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a triumph of seamanship

Solo sailor Jean-Luc Van Den Heede won the Golden Globe Race on 29 January after 211 days at sea, in an incredible demonstration of seamanship. The French skipper sailed across the finish line under spinnaker. Having completely run out of fuel, Van Den Heede then sailed up the famous Les Sables d’Olonne channel under mainsail. It is the first round the world race victory for the 73-year-old, who also set a new record for the oldest skipper to sail solo non-stop around the globe. He led the solo race for almost its entirety. The Golden Globe started on 1 July last year with 18 entrants – at the time of press just four were still racing – and the hugely experienced Van Den Heede was among the front-runners from the outset. After fellow…

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on the wind

Close 2nd for Mark Slats Dutch sailor Mark Slats finished the Golden Globe in 2nd place after 214 days, 12 hours and 18 minutes of sailing. Slats, who holds a solo Atlantic rowing record, was taking part in his first round the world race. He received a 36-hour penalty for communicating with his shore team by satellite phone in the final days, which will be added to his elapsed time. New models boost Nautor’s Swan Nautor’s Swan reports an increase in business following a big refresh of its range and major investment in new models. No less than six models are under construction: a Swan 48; Swan 65; Swan 98; Swan 120 and ClubSwans 36 and 125 (right), all to be built in a new high-tech building centre at its Finnish yard. The…

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Before the start of this race, I had two questions: who could race round the world under those rules, and why was it starting from France, not the UK? Jean-Luc Van Den Heede’s victorious arrival home answered both of those. Although the 18 starters included adventurers and dreamers, Van Den Heede’s victory proved that what you really need to race a small boat round the world through severe weather, including nursing it home after rig damage, is not ambition or bravery, but pure skill and seamanship. He gained that over decades of racing at the highest level, and it is entirely fitting that he should take the crown. And even if the crowds didn’t turn out in the same numbers on a cold Tuesday in January as they had for the start…

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spindrift scorches into southern ocean

Yann Guichard and his 11 crew on the 40m trimaran Spindrift 2 are maintaining a record pace in their quest to win the around the world Jules Verne Trophy. The team started their third attempt in January and broke the record time to the Equator, crossing in 4d 19h before going on to round the Cape of Good Hope in just over 12 days. On track at a record pace as Yachting World went to press, the Spindrift team is seeking to overturn its disappointments after being dismasted last year and just failing to beat the record time after a circumnavigation in 2016. Entering the southern Indian Ocean, Guichard and shore-based weather router Jean-Yves Bernot said they felt comfortable about riding the first southern depression. Spindrift 2 covered its first three days…