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Yachting World August 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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and another thing …

Small bowman…or far away? You can get a sense of the scale of the 52m gaff schooner Meteor from this shot of the bowman, taken during racing at the Superyacht Cup in Palma in June. In a sign that some of the big semi-custom and superyacht builders are also recognising demand for multihulls, Southern Wind has announced that it is to build this 90ft cat. This giant has been designed by Olivier Racoupeau with interior by Nauta. Australia’s legendary and unstoppable sailor Jon Sanders is setting off round the world again, this time on his 11th circumnavigation, aged 79. Sanders first sailed alone round the world between 1975 and 1977 in his S&S 34 Perie Banou.…

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rival manoeuvres

Action stations for the 30-strong racing crew of J8, Topaz, as they gybe downwind, neck-and-neck with rival J Class yacht Velsheda. The two crews were part of a 13-strong fleet at the Superyacht Cup in Palma in June, but the only Js taking part. “We are really so evenly matched,” commented Peter Holmberg, helmsman of the newer Topaz, which was built to a 1935 design and launched in 2015. “They are the team that has been at this the longest and it shows. They are the benchmark and any day we can beat them is a good one.”…

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up to speed

Acadre of France’s most famous and decorated sailors took part in the ultragruelling La Solitaire Urgo Le Figaro in June, racing between the coasts of France, Ireland and the UK. The one-design foil-fitted Figaro 3s are new to the race and introduced new variables to the coastal racing. This is leading French skipper Gildas Mahé in action on Breizh Cola/Equi’ Thé. This was his second time competing in the Figaro race. The series is scored on aggregate time, and typically only minutes and seconds separate places on its sleep-deprived legs. See our feature on page 40.…

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bumper year for cowes week

Cowes Week, the iconic annual regatta which takes place on the Isle of Wight each August, will see a few changes for the 2019 edition, which runs from 10-17 August. Since title sponsor Lendy, a peer-to-peer loans company, went into administration in May the regatta has reverted to its unbranded name. However, despite the loss of a title backer organisers say it will be business as usual. Kate Johnson, commercial and marketing director for the event, explained: “As the news from Lendy was not entirely unexpected, we had time to make robust contingency plans, therefore the regatta is really very unchanged apart from the name. There will be a full racing programme as planned, and the usual wide variety of shoreside entertainment. “We are looking forward to a new relationship with a…

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on the wind

Royals to race at Cowes The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have launched a new event, which will take place on Friday, 9 August (the day before Cowes Week). Racing for the historic King’s Cup trophy, eight teams will race in Fast 40+ class yachts, each supporting one of Their Royal Highnesses’ charitable causes. The Duke and Duchess will themselves go head-to-head racing on opposing yachts, joined by the Fast 40+ owners and regular crew. New guide to sea mammals An excellent new book has been published to aid visual identification of 39 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises and nine species of seals found between Eastern Atlantic from Iceland to Macaronesia. Europe’s Sea Mammals (Princeton University Press, Paperback, £20) is the work of a team of professional tour guides. Information is clear,…

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fund-raisers set for fastnet race

With a fleet that will be headed by giant Ultime trimarans and one of the largest gatherings of the latest IMOCA 60s, the Rolex Fastnet Race in August is shaping up to be a classic. The biennial race from Cowes to the Fastnet rock and back to Plymouth has over 300 entries this year. It is one of the most popular challenges for pros and amateurs alike. Among the teams taking part is a crew from the Greig City Academy in London, racing the old Admiral’s Cupper Scaramouche. The Academy’s crew of teenaged pupils earned a huge following after their success in the 2017 Fastnet, and Scaramouche is back with a new crew this year. Many others are using the race to raise funds. They include top British solo sailor Sam Davies, who…