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Yachts & Yachting magazine June 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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outside looking in

This month sees the RYA’s nationwide initiative, Push the Boat Out, encouraging newcomers to sailing and windsurfing. For the first time, it’s running over the whole month of May. A great idea, and one I hope all our readers will support; see page 44. Often the best way to encourage newcomers is to put yourself in the mindset of someone new to sailing: what they are looking to get out of the sport? How can you help them to achieve that? Taster sessions and open days aside, it’s interesting to ponder the wider perception those coming into our sport may have of sailing. Few, I would say, would consider kite surfing to be a discipline of sailing. Yet that’s what is on the cards at World Sailing’s mid-year meeting, due to be held…

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£110m cash injection for ainslie

Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup team has announced a new partnership with London-based petrochemical manufacturer, INEOS. The team will now be known as INEOS TeamGB and the naming rights to the campaign brings in a cool £110 million – enough to give Ainslie’s group a two-boat campaign and a serious shot at the Auld Mug in 2021 in New Zealand. It is, however, an exclusive deal closing the door to further investment, commercial or otherwise. Thus, it is the end of Land Rover and 11th Hour Racing’s involvement. Ainslie said the companies and backers were disappointed but had been gracious in stepping aside. This is the biggest investment in a British team in the history of the America’s Cup and, as INEOS’ billionaire director Jim Ratcliffe explained, “frees up the team to…

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banque populaire flips

The foiling Ultime tirmaran, Banque Populaire IX has capsized while sailing off the coast of Morocco, losing her mast in the process. She flipped on 14 April at 3am and the crew of Armel le Cléac’h, Pierre-Emmanuel Hérissé and a cameraman were evacuated with no injuries. The boat has since been towed into Casablanca and is, as we go to press, being readied for a return to France where she will undergo repairs and receive a new rig. Though three crew were on board le Cléac’h was sailing alone with the cameraman shooting footage and Hérissé in an overseeing capacity as the Frenchman prepared for the solo Route du Rhum. “We had strong winds up to 40-45 knots. We were on a fairly tight angle, with a reef in the mainsail and the…

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home team top in hyères

While the British Sailing Team put in a solid performance at the World Cup regatta in Hyères, France, it was the home team who walked away with the lion’s share of the prizes. French sailors took six medals across the 11 classes, which included all 10 Olympic classes and the 2.4mR. The French squad seemed to hit their richest vein of form in the Men’s RS:X where they locked out the entire podium. It was an up and down week in France for the competitors with the usually reliable Mistral wind not bringing the big breeze conditions for which the venue is famed. Britain’s Ben Saxton sailing with temporary crew, Nicola Boniface picked up silver in the foiling Nacra 17 as too did Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre in the…

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staggering levels of plastic

The Volvo Ocean Race Science Programme has discovered the highest recorded levels of microplastics so far this race after analysis of findings from leg six, Hong Kong to Auckland. Turn the Tide on Plastic’s Liz Wardley took the samples as the boat entered the Kuroshio current which feeds the Great Pacific Ocean Gyre – one of five major gyres, driven by trade and westerly winds, which collect large concentrations of plastic debris. The Great Pacific Gyre is thought to weigh around seven million tons and is twice the size of Texas. The readings were as high as 360 particles of microplastics per cubic metre. There were also readings of 75 and 60 microplastics per cubic metre taken off Hong Kong and Auckland respectively. The previous highest levels of 307 particles per cubic…

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they said…

“We’ve got sailing’s own Usain Bolt sitting here beside me” Jim Ratcliffe, director of Ineos, the new backer of the British AC campaign, offers his opinion of Ben Ainslie. “Nina is getting a bit worried about King Neptune’s visit, even though it is still days away. The guys love to wind her up even more. I will make sure she doesn’t lose all her hair…” Team Brunel skipper, Bouwe Bekking – always one for embracing tradition – is unlikely to provide first time equator-crosser, Nina Curtis, with much comfort as Neptune looms... “We only started our training a week ago and those training days were essential, we’ve had a steep learning curve but the boat feels great.” Niklas Zennström seems pretty happy with the early performance of his new Rán, after they won the first…

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