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Yachting World June 2019

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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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a real gold mine

Some may argue that to sail round the world as a couple you need years of deep experience and equal levels of competence as skipper. But the evidence says otherwise. It is quite possible for a dedicated and motivated pair to learn the skills needed for such a voyage in a timeframe of a few years, as Helen Fretter found when she met crews who have just completed a circumnavigation with the World ARC. See her fascinating feature on page 34. The experience and knowledge needed for a transatlantic or a circumnavigation is still very considerable, and if navigation and sailhandling advances have made some aspects easier, the maintenance demands have introduced other challenges. But overall, the barriers to long-distance cruising have been lowered by the availability of in-depth, quality information…

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and another thing…

An ice-cool new yacht from the ‘money no object’ files, the Eagle Class 53 has been out on sea trials in the Caribbean. This head-turner is a foiling cat with a hybrid wingsail/soft sail, and designed as a flying weekender. Invite please! The most photographed boat of the year wasn’t even on the water. This bright pink yacht brought Oxford Circus in London to a standstill in April as part of Extinction Rebellion climate change protest. But what type of boat is it? Do any readers know? Here’s a great idea for highlighting the problem of marine litter. Scottish Coastal Rubbish Aerial Photography has used photos from volunteer pilots to record debris logging it on an interactive map. See the map at scrapbook.org.uk Become a Yachting World reader with benefits: visit yachtingworld.com/16S to…

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picture this

On the pace Perfect winds of 15-20 knots gave the fleet at the 10th annual Les Voiles de St Barth Richard Mille regatta ideal Caribbean racing in April. In the Maxi class Peter Harrison’s Maxi 72, Sorcha (pictured here), led throughout and carried off the trophy for a class win, but the anticipated battle with Hap Fauth’s new Bella Mente had to be postponed when the top 2m of her mast broke during a practice race. Meanwhile, Greg Slyngstad’s fascinating catamaran Fujin won the multihull ORC division – see our feature on her on page 82. A family treasure Crossing tacks off the south coast of Antigua, this is the crew of the 42ft sloop Morgaine having fun at Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta in April. Morgaine was built in steel in 1986 to a 1928 design…

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double-handers flock to fastnet

As a gauge of the trends in offshore sailing, this year’s RORC Fastnet Race is an interesting guide. The 340 entries in the race, which sold out early this year in under four minutes, feature 27 Class 40s, no less than 27 IMOCA 60s including the latest newly launched foilborne designs, and a record number of 90 yachts being raced double-handed. At the front of the fleet will be the impressive sight of several giant Ultime trimarans going for line honours and, possibly, the course record, which was set in 2011 by Loïck Peyron and crew in the 130ft trimaran Banque Populaire V, and stands at 32h 48m. Leading the charge for monohull line honours will be Scallywag 100, skippered by David Witt with a crew from his entry in the last…

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on the wind

Retro class for Cowes Week A new racing class is to feature at Lendy Cowes Week in August. The GRP Classic Class is open to unmodified production boats designed and first built before 31 December 1974. Regatta director Laurence Mead explains: “Boats that would ideally fit are designs from Swan, S&S, Van de Stadt, Bowman, Nicholson… the list goes on.” London Yacht Show is off The London Yacht Show, rebranded from the London On Water Show and due to take place in mid-May, has been cancelled after a low take-up from the luxury brand segment. The show is now postponed until next year. World rally completes loop The latest World ARC round the world rally ended in St Lucia in April when 16 yachts finished the 26,000-mile circumnavigation they began last January. The now annual…

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joyon to attempt asian records

Riding high after his incredible final-miles victory in the solo Route du Rhum last year, French sailing hero Francis Joyon is planning a series of new records. His 103ft trimaran Idec Sport has been refitted and was relaunched in April for Joyon to undertake a tour of the Mediterranean and then attempt crewed world-girdling records: between Brittany and Mauritius; setting new records between Mauritius and Singapore; then to Vietnam and Shanghai before attempting to set a new time for the Clipper route between Hong Kong and London. The tour and records will be around 30,000 miles. Joyon already holds a solo record between Brittany and the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius at 36d 4h, and comments: “The good season is in mid-October and the time frame is relatively short. With that timing,…