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Yachts & Yachting magazine March 2018

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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fresh thinking

Welcome to our special ‘go faster’ issue, in which we’ve packed in more tips and advice than ever before! A whole host of top sailors – the likes of Paralympic gold medallist, Helena Lucas and Land Rover BAR’s sailing manager, Jono Macbeth – explain how best to improve your sailing skills, whether you are looking to build your confidence on the start line, improve your tactical decision making, or optimise your boat for IRC. Another great place to pick up ideas for improving your sailing is, of course, the 2018 RYA Dinghy Show. Yachts & Yachting is delighted to be the official media partner to the event once again, which takes place on 3-4 March. As ever, we can’t wait to see what’s new in the dinghy world and meet up…

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drama for vor in hong kong

As we go to press Vestas 11th Hour Racing is working to get its holed boat back on the water in the Volvo Ocean Race, but has been forced to miss the sprint from Hong Kong to Guangzhou and back, starting 1 February. The damage came during the evening of Friday 19 January on the team’s approach to the finish of a racing leg from Melbourne to Hong Kong. Vestas collided with a Chinese fishing boat, resulting in the death of a member of the fishing boat crew. The Vestas 11th Hour Racing team, none of whom was injured in the collision, issued a Mayday distress call on behalf of the other vessel, alerting the Hong Kong Marine Rescue Coordination Centre (HKMRCC), and undertook a search and rescue mission. HKMRCC informed Race…

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spindrift loses her rig

Having been on standby since November 2017 for an attempt at the Jules Verne Trophy for fastest cicumnavigation of the globe, the Spindrift team finally found a weather window this month. Initially the team set out on 6 January into what they thought was a good opportunity, but it quickly became apparent the wind was not as predicted and a week later looked better, so Spindrift returned to Ouessant to wait. At issue was that January typically marks the last chance of the winter for a successful record attempt. On the team’s second attempt on 16 January, disaster struck and the giant trimaran lost its mast just off the coast of France, while still en route to the start – speculation at present is of rigging failure. “We have been waiting for two…

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brits deliver in miami

The British Sailing Team delivered an outstanding set of results at the recent World Cup regatta in Miami, taking home four gold medals and one bronze across the 10 Olympic classes. Giles Scott in the Finn and Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the Men’s 470 put in dominant performances to sew up podium positions ahead of the final medal race. Things were a little tighter for Alison Young in the Laser Radial, and Dylan Fletcher-Scott and Stuart Bithell in the 49er, but both still walked away with a gold in their classes. Nick Thompson, meanwhile, put in a consistent performance to pick up a bronze, but was only a point away from silver. As promising as the medals are, now attention is starting to turn towards the Olympics in 2020, just…

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clipper’s youngest winner

The 24-year-old British skipper of Visit Seattle, Nikki Henderson, is now the youngest ever skipper to win a race in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race’s 11 editions. Nikki and her team held off a strong challenge from three other teams to chalk up a thrilling maiden victory in Race 6, from Hobart to the Whitsundays on the east coast of Australia. “This race has been really, really tough in so many ways. So many different types of conditions and sail changes. “The tactics have been really hard but we pushed all the way through. The crew loved the Southerly Busters, it was exciting,” explained a clearly tired Henderson on her team’s arrival to Airlie Beach. The team’s win gave them the lead position in a staggered start as the fleet set out…

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they said…

“The reach from the offset to the finish is definitely quite gnarly. Being a new class, we are all still learning to find the best way to get across the death angle. You can never know what can happen, but we try our best to stay safe but race at the same time, it isn’t easy.” Lisa Darmanin, winner of the Nacra 17 fleet in Miami alongside Jason Waterhouse explains that they are still getting to grips with the newly-foiling boat. “The call to do another Vendée is always there in the background. You need the right people behind you, Alex [Thomson] has a great team behind him and if I had that in place, I think I would be going for another shot at it.” Vendée Globe veteran, Mike Golding admits that…

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