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Yachting World September 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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big ambitions

www.twitter.com/yachtingworld www.facebook.com/yachtingworldmagazine The spirit of adventure and innovation Perhaps the five most beautiful words in the English language, if you happen to be a journalist, are: “I shouldn’t say this, but…” Employing that lovely phrase myself, I shouldn’t say it, but you’ve got to love a small boat. Yacht brokers and advertisers, please look away now. But the truth is that you can still tackle nearly any adventure in a well-found small boat, even an old, small boat. The story of Assent on page 40 of this issue proves it. Admittedly, she has had unusually dauntless owners fully prepared to tolerate, even revel in the privations inherent in a boat as compact and narrow as a Contessa 32. (I write as a former owner myself, remembering being wedged into the coffin-like but secure pilot…

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and another thing…

You might not think of a 600-mile race in the British Isles as an epic compared with so many other gruelling endurance events. But history has made a legend of the Rolex Fastnet Race because the weather can be anything from a drifter to raging storms. This year we bring you the action, walkthroughs of boats and interviews on www.yachtingworld.com and our Facebook page. We have also assembled much of our archive of material on the 1979 Fastnet Race at www.yachtingworld.com/fastnet1979. On the 40th anniversary of the disaster, few of the detail and facts were to be found online, and we wanted to correct this. It is a race, with many lessons, that should not be forgotten, nor should the effects on so many who took part. Get 30% off Yachting World…

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show of nostalgia

Former America’s Cup contenders put on a nostalgic show at the Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport, Rhode Island, in July this year with the largest ever gathering of 12 Metre yachts in the US for their 2019 World Championships. Some 21 of the much-loved designs competed, including famous names such as Courageous and Kiwi Magic. The oldest yacht was the 90-year-old Onawa (US-6), built in 1928, while the most recent were built in the 1980s. Racing was held in five divisions, with Challenge XIII (KA-10) winning the hotly contested modern division, Legacy (KZ-5) winning the grand prix fleet, Columbia (US-16) taking the traditional class, Nyala (US-12) the vintage fleet and America II (US-42) the spirit division. The 12 Metres inspire a particular level of devotion. Kevin Hegarty was project manager for the…

3 min
return of ‘the whitbread’

Just weeks after the fifth and final competitor of 18 entrants finished the 2018 Golden Globe Race, event founder Don McIntyre announced another retro-style race called the Ocean Globe Race. Whereas the Golden Globe Race celebrated 50 years since the original Sunday Times-sponsored event of that name, the 2023 Ocean Globe Race will be in the spirit of the original 1973 fully crewed Whitbread Round the World Race. It follows the same route, is open to the same types of yachts, and covers 27,000 miles over seven months. Starting in September 2023, 50 years after the first Whitbread, the Ocean Globe Race will comprise four legs, taking in the three Great Capes and the Southern Ocean, with stopovers in South Africa, Australia or New Zealand and South America. Designed for ‘ordinary sailors…

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on the wind

Rassy to the rescue Hallberg-Rassy owner Magnus Rassy and his family have donated funds to develop a new 50ft rescue vessel for the Swedish Sea Rescue Society. The design will be a new development designed to carry up to 150 people for a mass evacuation, pump out 1,000lt per minute and be able to operate at 34 knots. Dutch bow out of America’s Cup Dutch America’s Cup challengers DutchSail have withdrawn from the 36th Cup in New Zealand after failing to raise enough funds to make the $1m fee deadline in July. They follow Malta Altus, which quit weeks earlier. This leaves four teams: Luna Rossa; INEOS Team UK; American Magic; and Stars + Stripes Team USA to challenge Emirates Team New Zealand. Double-handers in Sydney-Hobart The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has announced that…

2 min
disney in mid-ocean rescue

In a dramatic mid-ocean rescue in June, American sailor Roy Disney and his crew on the 68ft sled Pyewacket saved the entire crew from John Sangmeister’s Santa Cruz 70 OEX after OEX began taking on water. Both crews were taking part in the 50th edition of the Transpac. All nine crewmembers of OEX were recovered safely and returned to Long Beach, California. Sangmeister explained that OEX was close-reaching at around 14-17 knots at 0230 when the crew heard a loud bang and the helmsman lost steering. “We realised very quickly that we had no steering whatsoever, and that we were taking on water,” he explained. When the crew, including ocean racer Ryan Breymaier, removed the quadrant they realised the problem was irreparable. “It appeared the entire rudder bearing had blown off, and the…