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Yachting World

Yachting World May 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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unlucky strikes

In America’s Cup circles, they are known as ‘turtle strikes’. Ocean racers often refer to them as collisions with ‘UFOs’ – unidentified floating objects – lurking in the ocean. The number of these collisions, especially this winter in the Vendée Globe, where foils and keel mechanisms broke and one boat’s hull was cracked, has led many observers to decry the amount of debris in the oceans and the risk it poses. We noted a spike of interest in the dangers of lost shipping containers. In this edition, Helen Fretter conducts an investigation into the scale of the problem. Seldom does a worrying subject lend itself to a happy conclusion, but it seems that reports from high profile events could be exaggerating the risks – we tell you why on page 28. We do…

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and another thing . . .

Ah, what would the America’s Cup be without fiery controversy and bitter disagreements? No fear of a sanitised and flavourless Cup with the new framework agreement: there has been a recent ding-dong between Russell Coutts, Jimmy Spithill and Emirates Team New Zealand and, in the modern way, is out there for all to enjoy on Facebook. One of the most unusual sailing races ever begins in June. Organisers of The Bridge have chartered the 157,000hp Queen Mary 2 cruise ship to challenge a fleet of ‘Ultime’ trimarans such as Spindrift and Sodebo to a transatlantic speed race. Our money is on the yachts… Spare a thought for Australian Lisa Blair, 32, tackling the Southern Ocean, trying to become the first woman to circumnavigate Antarctica in her Open 50, Climate Action Now. www.lisablairsailstheworld.com…

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racing in tahiti

Wish you were here? The Tahiti Pearl Regatta fleet races from Raiatea to Bora Bora before heading on to Taha’a. The 14th edition of this French Polynesian event sets off on 23 May, this year taking in the island of Huahine, known as the Garden of Eden. The growing regatta now includes fleets for monohull, multihull, cruising and corporate classes, with competitors treated to traditional Polynesian fire displays and races in dug-out canoes as well as four days racing in idyllic lagoon conditions. Photo by Tor Johnson.…

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hanuman ahead

The magnificent sight of a modern J Class yacht in full flight as six Js raced for the first time in history in St Barth in March. This is Hanuman, the replica of Endeavour II, which was built for Jim Clark by Royal Huisman in 2009. She won the four-day event on countback after tying on points with Velsheda in the final race. With the enormous loads exerted on modern aluminium Js (over 30 tonnes on the headstay alone) together with the large spinnaker poles that need to be manhandled, helmets have become a sensible addition for the foredeck crew. Hanuman’s supremely experienced bowmen include Nick Dana (pictured), Justin Slattery and Shannon Falcone. Photo by Carlo Borlenghi.…

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js sparkle in st barth

If anyone was in any doubt that 2017 is the year of the Js, the St Barths Bucket in March smashed that truth home. Despite its long, illustrious history, the J Class is on course to field its biggest ever fleet this summer during three showcase events in three appropriately fabulous locations: St Barth in March, Bermuda in June and Newport in August. The fleet has been gearing up for these events over the past couple of years. Six Js lined up together for the first time ever in March and, as you can see from the images, the results were nothing short of mesmerising. St Barth provided dream sailing conditions – four days of racing included two windward-leeward days and two coastal races, all held in winds from 15-20 knots…

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fourth volvo ocean race entry announcement sees vestas return

Vestas, the Danish wind energy company, is returning to the Volvo Ocean Race for 2017-18 with a new team led by American duo Charlie Enright and Mark Towill. Partnering with the Schmidt Family Foundation’s marine environmental programme 11th Hour Racing, the campaign has a strong marine sustainability message. Vestas returns to the Volvo Ocean Race after their previous entry, Team Vestas Wind, infamously grounded on a reef at Cargados Carajos Shoals in the middle of the Indian Ocean in 2014 on the second leg of the race. Enright and Towill, meanwhile, competed in the last race with Team Alvimedica, a US-Turkish flagged campaign. Enright and Towill led the entry as skipper and manager, despite the fact that both were competing in their first Volvo. “We’ve worked with 11th Hour Racing since the end…