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Yachts & Yachting magazine August 2016

Since 1947 Yachts & Yachting has been famed for its excellent coverage of all aspects of racing, from local dinghy and keelboat events to the heights of the Olympic Games, America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race. As well as the top end events, each issue is full of vital information, including technique and tips from some of the best coaches in the sport, interviews and profiles, kit and equipment guides, as well as tests of the latest new boats.

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the olympics return

Welcome to Yachts & Yachting’s bumper Olympic issue! If you are anything like us you will almost certainly be checking your calendar and wondering how on Earth four years have passed since the heady summer of 2012 and the London (or for us sailing types, the Weymouth and Portland) Olympic Games. Although it may seem like only a short time since the last Olympics, one look at Team GB and it is clear that we are entering a new era. Gone are many of the old names such as Ainslie, Percy and Goodison having given way to a new class. Such is the strength of depth in British sailing, many of the new names at the Games are established top performers, who most likely would already have medals around their necks…

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big boat record-breaking bonanza

Thomas Coville smashed the 24-hour singlehanded distance record (subject to ratification by the World Sailing Speed Record Council) aboard his 100ft trimaran, Sodebo by 32nm. Coville, who was on his return voyage to his home port of La Trinite-sur-Mer in France, from New York following his second place in the Ultime class in the recent Transat Bakerly, sailed 714nm in 24 hours, clocking an impressive speed that averaged just under 30kt. In doing so he broke Armel Lecleach’s previous record of 682 miles achieved in 2014 aboard Banque Populaire VII (now IDEC Sport). Elsewhere, news from the race track shows Comanche – Jim and Kristy Hinze-Clark’s 100ft racing machine – skippered by Ken Read, has shaved almost five hours off the Newport to Bermuda Race record. Her elapsed time was 34 hours…

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vor reporters wanted

The Volvo Ocean Race is on a mission to find Onboard Reporters for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. As glamorous as this may sound, this particular job is unquestionably a challenge beyond all challenges, and certainly no place for the faint hearted. In its recent press announcement, the organiser said it was looking for “multi-skilled and experienced media professionals to join the crews onboard and report back to shore from the most remote and hostile regions on the planet”. Organisers added that the ideal candidates to join the current crop of onboard reporters will be capable of producing high-quality video, photo and written content on a daily basis, wherever they are in the world, whatever the conditions. The organisers say that prospective candidates will have to survive a creative boot camp…

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olympic countdown

•Team GBR strike gold at last major event before Games The Sailing World Cup at Weymouth and Portland provided sailors with the perfect opportunity to assess their performance for an indication of what’s in store at Rio 2016. Top of the scoreboard was Team GBR. Most Olympic Team GBR sailors secured podium positions including Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (470 Women), Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth (49erFX), Giles Scott (Finn), Nick Thompson (Laser), Ben Saxton and Nicola Groves (Nacra 17) all of whom secured gold. •British Paralympic sailors on form British sailors enjoyed a medal boost at their final major event before the Paralympic Games (7-18 September), claiming two podium finishes in the Sonar and Skud classes at the Para World Sailing Championships in Medemblik, the Netherlands. John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve…

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they said…

“…arriving in Portsmouth and seeing the base, I’m even more impressed.” XABI FERNANDEZ commenting on joining Land Rover BAR ACC team. “You are pushed far beyond your physical, mental and creative limits in a way that can compare with little else.” FILMMAKER AMORY ROSS, recalls life as the Onboard Reporter for Team Alvimedica in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. “As to whether this is the end of a chapter for me in the Volvo Ocean Race? We’ll have to wait and see.” IAN WALKER commenting after the news of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s departure from the next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. “It’s really exciting, at every event the form book goes out the window, we don’t know who’ll be quick in Rio” BEN SAXTON talks about the challenges of the new Nacra 17 ahead of…

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in brief

Winners The Swedish-flagged Artemis Racing team won the Chicago edition of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series. On form Giles Scott, Team GBR’s Finn representative, added another win to his recent Finn Gold Cup success with a gold at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Weymouth. Fashioned Musto launch special commemorative range of clothing to celebrate its partnership with Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week as official clothing supplier. Dates Dates confirmed for the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series – 16-24 January 2017. The Round Barbados Race record-breaking challenge is on 21 January. Charity Tom Harrison (42) dyslexic sailor/boatbuilder from Burnham-on-Crouch, plans to windsurf 75nm across the Channel to raise funds for the British Dyslexia Association and the RNLI. The aim is to raise a total of £10,000 for each nominated charity.…