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Yachting World March 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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huge achievements

What a winter it has been for sailing, and especially cheering if you are an idealist at heart with a taste for courage and adventure. We have seen huge round the world records broken by Thomas Coville, Armel Le Cléac’h and Francis Joyon, each after years of dedication and back-breaking effort. You only have to read Helen Fretter’s feature about Coville on page 40 to reel in wonderment that such feats are possible at all. Alex Thomson, too, came close to winning the Vendée Globe and gave us all an insight into the skills and resilience needed to compete in one of sport’s hardest disciplines – most of us wouldn’t last an hour. Cynics would have you believe there is nothing much to learn from sport apart from performance and single-mindedness, but these…

14 min
francis joyon and idec smash jules verne round the world record

Francis Joyon and his crew of Clément Surtel, Alex Pella, Bernard Stamm, Gwénolé Gahinet and Sébastien Audigane have set a new crewed round the world record of 40d 23h 30m and 30s. The maxi trimaran Idec Sport set a new Jules Verne Trophy record time when the team crossed the finish line off Ushant on 26 January 2017 having sailed the 22,000-mile theoretical round the world course in 40d 23h 30m and 30s. On the water, they actually sailed 26,412 miles at a blistering average speed of 26.85 knots. They shattered the previous record set by Loïck Peyron and team on Banque Populaire V in 2012 by 4d 14h 12m and 23s. On day 14, when they clocked up 894 miles at an average pace of 37.3 knots. For eight days, they…

5 min
widow fears sailor’s killers may not face trial

Three years after the death of British yachtsman Roger Pratt in St Lucia following a savage attack aboard his yacht, the men accused of murdering him remain in custody. His wife, Margaret, who survived, fears they may never be tried and that the killers will not face justice. Roger and Margaret Pratt had sailed their Premier 41 Magnetic Attraction from Lowestoft in July 2013, crossing the Atlantic via Spain, before arriving in St Lucia in December. They were anchored in Vieux Fort in St Lucia on 17 January 2014 when the yacht was boarded by four men in what appeared to be an attempted robbery. Roger Pratt, aged 62, was seriously beaten in what his wife Margaret called “a sustained attack”, and went overboard. His body was found shortly after Mrs Pratt…

2 min
european yacht of the year winners 2016/2017

Performance cruiser: Pogo 36 The contemporary shape of the 36 helped cause more of a stir than any of its predecessors. And boy, this boat does not disappoint! A Pogo guarantees fast cruising fun, but the performance in light airs of the 36 was a pleasant surprise. Where these beamy designs were once sticky when the wind dropped off, the new Pogo 36 will match any traditional narrow hull shape upwind before leaving it well astern once turned away from the wind. The build quality throughout is also first class. Pogo has prioritised making its interiors more comfortable for cruising and it shows. For me it’s the most exciting monohull of 2016. Special yacht: Seascape 24 The Seascape 24 embodies the best of this Slovenian builder’s previous 18ft and 27ft models. It is…

1 min
sir john oakeley 1932-2016

Sir John Oakeley, one of Britain’s greatest sailors, has died aged 84. A world champion, Olympic sailor and author, he was also a leading figure in the marine industry for more than 30 years, writes Sarah Norbury. In 1957 he was champion of two of Britain’s most competitive dinghy classes, the Merlin Rocket and National 12. Just 24 years old, blonde-haired and ebullient, with outstanding ability, he was British sailing’s golden boy. He will be remembered for his hat-trick of Merlin championship victories in 1956, 1957 and 58. He went on to win the Flying Dutchman World Championship in 1967 and twice won the European Championships. In 1968 he went to the Mexico Olympics as reserve and in 1972 represented Britain at the Olympics in Kiel, racing a Soling. In the following years he…

1 min
next month

On sale 9 March European Yacht of the Year Toby Hodges reviews the award winners and looks at the trendsetters among the new builds and launches Cutting loose When former Volvo Race CEO Knut Frostad quit his job, he bought a catamaran and took his family off cruising to Norway and across the Atlantic. Here he describes the adventures and pleasures of cutting loose Night sailing Professional skipper and navigator Chris Tibbs gives some expert advice on preparing your boat and crew for night sailing Short circuit in BVIs Some say it’s the ideal Caribbean playground: tradewinds, easy sailing, unspoilt, with plenty of places to get away from the bustle. Elaine Bunting plots a course…