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Yachting World June 2017

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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ready for battle

www.twitter.com/yachtingworld www.facebook.com/ yachtingworldmagazine The spirit of adventure and innovation We’re on the brink of the 35th America’s Cup. It looks as if it could be one of the most tightly contested, if not the most closely fought, in the event’s 166-year history. There have already been three rounds of practice racing. Some say the Defender has the advantage. Some say the Swedes are looking good. Others favour lonely hunters Emirates Team New Zealand. And what of Land Rover BAR, relatively late to start up – could they really ‘bring the Cup home’? The America’s Cup being what it is, there is no shortage of expert opinions. But one of the side effects of being based in mega-expensive Bermuda is that it’s too costly to stake out what’s happening, and the journalistic snooping, the inside scoops…

1 min
on the wind

PICTURE THIS An exciting ride The Blue Peter carves into the seas off English Harbour, Antigua as she fetches into perfect 17-knot tradewinds during Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta in April. The 65ft Alfred Mylne-designed cutter, which dates from 1930, was racing in Vintage Class B against yachts such as the 77ft Fife yawl Latifa and Anne Marie, a 57ft Harris-designed gaff yawl. Antigua Classics this year attracted almost 50 yachts and besides some great racing off the island its highlights include a lay day with cream teas (and women wearing extravagant hats) at the Admiral’s Inn, and gig racing – sculling, rowing and sailing. Photo by ELWJ Photography. PICTURE THIS Would you dare? How about this for a tight squeeze? This is Wally 78 Carrera threaded into a cove on the east side of Sardinia. It…

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volvo race plans ‘milestone’ new design for next edition

Anew one-design for the next editions of the Volvo Ocean Race is to be unveiled in May. In a surprise announcement in April, race CEO Mark Turner said that the designer had been chosen following a tender process, but not the design itself. It has left up in the air a widespread debate about whether the race should stick with a monohull or move to a multihull. “The tender process produced some radical proposals and some very different ideas – it was a fascinating process,” said Turner. “Monohull versus multihull is a very difficult question and I have had hundreds of opinions. There are amazing things happening in monohulls and multihulls out there so you could argue it both ways.” Without finally deciding which option to choose, Turner and his team plumped…

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ian walker lands british sailing’s top job

Ian Walker, double Olympic Silver medallist and winner of the Volvo Ocean Race, has been appointed director of racing at the Royal Yachting Association (RYA). Walker takes over from John Derbyshire, who held the position for 16 years, and now heads up racing at British sailing’s national body. Walker, 47, first won a Silver medal at the 1996 Olympics in Savannah, crewing in the 470 with John Merricks. After Merricks was killed in a car accident the following year he paired up with Mark Covell in one of the Games’s most striking partnerships, this time helming the Star after Covell’s own helmsman, Glynn Charles, had tragically died in the 1999 Sydney Hobart race. The hugely popular pair won a Silver medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. For the following Olympic cycle,…

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spirit yachts to build superyacht

Ipswich-based modern classic builders Spirit Yachts has started construction on its largest project to date, a 34m sloop, Spirit 111. The project will be one of the largest single-masted wooden yachts ever built in the UK and sees the yard’s first partnership with interior superyacht design specialists Rhoades Young. Like all large Spirits, the 111 will be built in wood epoxy composite on stainless steel space frames, and there is a strong focus on it being as eco-friendly as possible. An electric drive system powered by four lithium battery banks that regenerate when under sail will enable the owner to spend long periods of time onboard using minimal fuel. Spirit says that air conditioning, generators and water heaters will be set up to reduce power consumption. “We are delighted to be working with…

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new yachts for ellen macarthur cancer trust

The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, which offers sailing trips to young people who are in recovery from cancer, has now taken delivery of two brand new, specially adapted Beneteau Oceanis 45 yachts. The Trust, which has previously relied heavily on chartered yachts, received the new boats thanks to grants from the People’s Postcode Lottery. Caledonian Hero is based at the Trust’s new centre in Largs, Scotland, while Solent Hero is based in Cowes and already in use for the 2017 season. Both have been specially adapted to make them more accessible for young people with limited mobility. Trust CEO Frank Fletcher explained: “Young people who have had sarcomas, which is cancer of the bone, have often had an amputation or internal prosthesis and have a lot of mobility issues. Also, if you have…