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Yachting World July 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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a kind of madness

The love of boats, sailing and the sea can be a kind of madness, sometimes an all-consuming obsession that devours ambitions, labour and money. But it is a sweet kind of compulsion, one that brings comradeship (with fellow obsessives, perhaps), skills, satisfaction and a perverse sense of freedom. I challenge you not to be warmed by the story of Mike Ludgrove (see our feature on page 54), who threw everything into building a beautiful modern classic yacht. The fruits of this self-sacrifice are a testament to, and a lasting legacy of, his skills. What satisfaction it must give him when he sails past another yacht and her crew turn round to look admiringly at his treasured masterwork. It always jars with me when I hear manufacturers talk of new boats as ‘units’.…

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and another thing…

If you are planning a long-distance cruise, World Cruising’s free Bluewater Weekend in Lymington on 22-23 June will cover topics such as refit, sails, comms and equipment, and you can look at yachts that have done the miles. To register, email mail@worldcruising.com In a sign of things to come, Amsterdam is discussing banning diesel- and petrol-powered boats from the city centre from 2025 as part of efforts to tackle air pollution. Hybrid drive is drawing ever closer. No less than 28 IMOCA 60s will race in the Rolex Fastnet Race in August. This box rule class, and the Open 60 before it, has been in continuous evolution – and growth – since the 1980s. A totally remarkable fleet and quite a race in store. Become a Yachting World reader with benefits: visit yachtingworld.com/16S…

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picture this

Riding a crest Caught midway through a tack and on the crest of a wave, this is Giles Redpath’s Lombard 46, Pata Negra, racing at Antigua Sailing Week in May. The 52nd edition of the Caribbean regatta attracted 89 yachts ranging from Peter Harrison’s Farr 115 Sojana to a fleet of Cork 1720s raced by the Antiguan National Sailing Academy. Pata Negra followed up her inshore racing with the Antigua Bermuda Race, where she placed 1st overall on corrected time. Skipper Andy Liss led her young crew from Itchenor Sailing Club. “Only one was over 25 and we came together after Antigua Sailing Week,” he said. Dream colours So this is why the crew of the Bounty mutinied: they just couldn’t leave Tahiti,” jokes Tor Johnson, who photographed the Tahiti Pearl Regatta. Based in Raiatea,…

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unsung hero’s fourth circumnavigation

Tony Curphey lives his life according to the sea. He has spent much of the past 25 years sailing single-handed around the world – four times in total – and when he is not mid-ocean lives aboard his trusty Nicholson 32. Even trying to track him down requires the tide. After his most recent voyage I had to wait for high water to carry his yacht Nicola Deux up the river to Paynes Boatyard, a tranquil spot in the corner of Chichester Harbour, where the yard manager assured me I’d be able to make contact with the little-known solo sailor. In May, Curphey, 74, became the oldest person to sail solo non-stop around the world after completing the Longue Route on 27 April. The French-organised event comprises a collection of individuals’ circumnavigations…

2 min
on the wind

Round Iceland in a Mini British sailor Andrew Bedwell is sailing around Iceland in a carbon canting keeled Mini Transat yacht. Bedwell is making the voyage to raise funds for a local school – search for ARB Offshore Sailing on Facebook to track his progress and donate. Superyacht falls overboard from ship My Song, the Baltic 130 owned by Italian businessman Pierluigi Loro Piana and launched in 2016, fell off a ship in May while being transported between Palma and Genoa. Shipping company Peters & May stated: ‘The primary assessment is that the yacht’s cradle (owned and provided by the yacht, warrantied by the yacht for sea transport and assembled by the yacht’s crew) collapsed.’ Drones trial for search and rescue A year-long study is taking place involving the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the RNLI…

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‘transat anglais’ decamps to france

In a move that took city officials in Plymouth by surprise, The Transat Race is to move from its birthplace in Plymouth to Brest. The first and oldest singlehanded transatlantic race, the event was born in Britain and is synonymous with such greats as Francis Chichester and Blondie Hasler. A late deal struck between the French owners of the race, OC Sport Pen Duick (the French subsidiary of international event organiser OC Sport) and the French city will take the event in May 2020 from Brest along a customary 3,500-mile route across the North Atlantic to a US port yet to be announced. The race was conceived by former Royal Marine commando Blondie Hasler and first run in 1960. It was so successful it went on to be repeated every four years…