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Yachting World July 2017 + SuperSail World

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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faster and faster

It was only four years ago that Emirates Team New Zealand transformed the America’s Cup by finding out how to achieve stable 100 per cent fully foiling performance. Fast forward to this America’s Cup and every team is able to foil right round the course. In those short years, design and handling has advanced so much that the AC50s race faster than did the larger AC72s back in San Francisco. This is perhaps the largest technical advance in any sport in such a short time. The design know-how is already having a profound effect. In the last Vendée Globe, foilborne monohulls proved significantly faster round the world, even though their foils were not always deployed. The decision by the Volvo Ocean Race to build a foil-equipped onedesign monohull for 2019 will move…

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on the wind

PICTURE THIS Kicking back The Melges 32 Kick Em Jenny 2 powering downwind at Antigua Sailing Week in May. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the regatta has evolved from an event originally dreamt up by hoteliers to extend the tourist season and raced in locally built workboats, to a lynchpin on the Caribbean regatta circuit. Everything from the 115ft Farr-designed ketch Sojana to TP52s, 1720s and Melges 24s, Gunboats, ex-Volvo Ocean Race boats, chartered bareboats, white sail fleets, and all in between enjoyed eight races in solid tropical breezes with surfing wave conditions. See page 26. PICTURE THIS A classic sight Commissioned in 1896 for a wealthy French yachtsman, the elegant 23.3m gaff-rigged cutter Avel took just four months to build at Camper & Nicholson in Gosport. Designed by Charles E Nicholson as a cruiser,…

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new foiling monohull for volvo race

The most radical shake-up of the Volvo Ocean Race since its inception as the Whitbread in 1973 were announced in May in a raft of changes for the 2019 edition of the race onwards. The biggest change is in choice of a new one-design yacht. Volvo Ocean Race CEO Mark Turner confirmed that from 2019 the ocean legs will be sailed in a turbo-charged 60ft monohull, a foilassisted design. More intriguingly, Turner announced the potential for these new Volvo 60-footers to be reconfigured to compete within the Vendée Globe IMOCA fleet. Speaking to Yachting World in Paris ahead of the announcement, he explained: “We found ourselves looking at the fact that the best boat for the Volvo Ocean Race, which is a combination of performance, safety, technology development, actually can also be…

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The announcements made last month were a vision for the future of the Volvo Ocean Race, not a detailed blueprint. It has many of the hallmarks of Mark Turner’s innovations at Offshore Challenges: commercially driven at its heart, genuinely international, and not bound by tradition or the need to be universally popular. With just five or six crew on board each new 60-footer, it will be a challenge for the VOR to provide more opportunities for women sailors, although Turner has pledged that both female and sailors under the age of 30 will be represented on the new boats. The inshore catamaran element has been met by a degree of bafflement, and concern that it confuses the message for both potential sponsors and the public. But anyone who dismissed the Extreme Sailing…

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volvo extra

Hong Kong sponsors fifth Volvo entry While much focus has been on the 2019 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, only half the fleet has been announced for this year’s race, which starts in October. The fifth entry has now been named as Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag, representing Hong Kong and backed by Seng Huang Lee, the owner of supermaxi yacht Scallywag (pictured above), previously Ragamuffin. It will be skippered by Australian David Witt, who last competed in the race in 1997-98. Speaking about the remaining team announcements, Volvo Ocean Race CEO Mark Turner said: “The ambition is still to have eight boats on the startline. The boats are ready to go, I think the final deals will be done over the next few weeks. We’re certainly expecting to get to six…

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yacht abandoned in antigua to bermuda race

The first edition of what is hoped to be an annual 935-mile Antigua to Bermuda Race will be remembered for the rapid sinking and abandonment of the Farr 56 Monterey 200 miles from Bermuda. Les Crane, pictured right, a previous commodore of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, together with five crew, abandoned the Bermuda-registered Monterey after it began rapidly taking on water during the early hours of 17 May. The crew transferred via liferaft to the Volvo 60 Esprit de Corps IV, which had seen their flares and motored five miles to assist. Crane described the rescue after safely arriving in Bermuda. “I came up on watch at 0400; we were beating into 10-15 knots but the boat was very comfortable with the wind and the sea state,” said Crane. “The active…