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Yachting World

Yachting World April 2019

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd 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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BEING PREPARED Other than in professional circles, you don’t hear much about cruising crews doing regular safety training practice, but perhaps it should be a mainstay of early season rituals. In our feature on page 84, Will Bruton reports on some search and rescue training courses. One thing all the experts agree on is that the successful use of equipment and techniques ideally needs practice. Most skippers do regularly undertake MOB recovery drills, but we less often think about acting out crew routines for other emergencies, such rig failure, flooding or fire. Maybe the reluctance comes from a feeling that practice is alarming for more nervous crew, frightening even for a skipper to consider – and it’s no-one’s vision of a dream day on the water. But as the old military adage has…

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and another thing…

The Ocean Race, successor of the Volvo Race, got a big boost in February when top French sailors Franck Cammas (a former winner, pictured) and IMOCA specialist Paul Meilhat both revealed they are intending to enter teams into the next round the world race. Cammas is talking about leading a team for Oman Sail. Venezuela’s deep troubles has led to the closing of the border with the Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao. Yachts are advised avoid Venezuela, but the ABCs and Trinidad are still OK, I’m told. Full report in the next issue. Are you a keen photographer with an appetite for sailing adventure? Acclaimed marine photographer Rick Tomlinson is leading a two-week photo safari in the Falkland Islands in November on Skip Novak’s Pelagic Australis. Email rick@ricktomlinson.com Become a Yachting…

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awards for intrepid voyages

Two of the leading cruising yacht clubs have awarded their top trophies to intrepid sailors who have made remarkable voyages in small yachts. The Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) has awarded its Barton Cup to Australian solo sailor Bill Hatfield (right). As we reported in our March issue, he recently completed a single-handed circumnavigation which, the citation notes, ‘included a particularly difficult and protracted passage around Cape Horn’. Hatfield, 79, was sailing his Northshore 38, L’Eau Commotion, and returned home to Australia after 414 days at sea. He made one stop in the Falkland Islands after rig and steering damage before rounding Cape Horn and crossing the Pacific to return to Sydney. The OCC’s lifetime cruising award was made to American and Canadian sailors Lin and Larry Pardey in recognition of over 50 years…

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on the wind

Boutique boat shows Although the London Boat Show is no more, we are seeing the rise of smaller, niche in-water shows in the UK. A new South Coast Boat Show was announced in February, which will take place from 17-19 May at Southampton’s Ocean Village Marina, while the London On-Water Boat Show, hosted in St Katharine Dock from 8-12 May, has been rebranded the London Yacht Show. Both are timed to attract those wishing to get afloat this season. Dreadnought superyacht Lymington-based Malcolm McKeon, one of the world’s most in-demand superyacht designers, has revealed this radical and spectacular new 72.5m (238ft) sloop concept. Modern, angular and powerful lines include a dreadnought bow, a beach club stern and an exercise pool on the foredeck. For more extraordinary new designs, see our Supersail World supplement,…

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breakage ends spindrift record

Damage to the starboard rudder stock forced the crew of the maxi trimaran Spindrift 2 to abandon their third attempt to break the non-stop round the world record in early February. Yann Guichard and his 11 crew were storming across the Indian Ocean in ‘very strong winds’ and were just past the remote Kerguelen Islands on 1 February when helmsman Thierry Chabagny reported that the steering was heavy. At the time the 130ft trimaran was on port gybe and heading east-north-east under gennaker. The crew checked the steering gear but it was not until first light they were able to see that the rudder stock was broken between the upper and lower sets of bearings. It would have been too dangerous to continue racing across the Southern Ocean and it was immediately clear…

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‘shackleton’s chandlery’ growth

London chandler Arthur Beale is looking for investors ‘for a crank-up, not a start-up’ to take the company into the modern era. The chandlery, which dates back to 1500 and was originally a rope maker, has supplied illustrious expedition leaders such as Ernest Shackleton, Edward Whymper and George Mallory, and the Alpine Rope Club. The company was bought in 2014 by Alasdair Flint and Gerry Jeatt who were shocked to learn on a visit to the shop that it was about to shut its doors forever. After modernising the company and increasing turnover, they began to look at other ways of increasing business. They are now seeking investment to launch the Arthur Beale brand to a wider audience and say they ‘have plenty of ideas’. Find out more at their investment site,…