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Yachts & Yachting magazine December 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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steady march of progress?

As you read this, the semi-foiling and more traditional (but still hi-tech) IMOCA 60s will be off and racing in the Vendée Globe. As we go to press the fleet has yet to start and hopefully in the space of time it takes to print this magazine and deliver it to you, there will be no retirements (but in this famously gruelling race there are no guarantees). What with the IMOCA fleet adding semi-lifting foils (and talk behind the scenes of pushing things further still for the next edition in four years time), the America’s Cup taking place in foiling catamarans, the Extreme Sailing Series now taking place in foiling cats and talk of the Nacra 17 going foiling for the Olympics, it is easy to think the whole world has…

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vor new look

A series of key announcements for the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race include a change in crew rules regarding women sailors, and a new that will allow athletes to send social media updates from the oceans. The organisers also announce the building of the eighth Volvo Ocean 65 to join the existing fleet, the introduction of bespoke new premium team bases to enhance the pit lane experience in Race Villages, and all boats to be fitted with a hydropower generator as part of a €1 million re-fit. The change relating to crew configuration means female sailors now have a clearer pathway on which compete at the highest level. Although the change will result in a limit to all-male teams to seven sailors, it will give mixed teams a…

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self build option alive and kicking

The launch of Nick Prat’s home-built Green Bananas Daemon design Cherub indicates that the world of self-build dinghies is still alive and kicking. With a fourth place for Green Bananas at the national championship this year, it also proves home-builds can produce top class performance. Although many classes, including the International Moth, International Canoe, Solo, Phantom, Mirror and Streaker, offer home build options, the Cherub has always actively encourages home builds, and is one of the few classes in the UK where the majority of boats in the class raced by their builder. On the decision to build his own boat, Prat said: “It was very much a bucket list thing for me. I also wanted a certain type of hull with a particular controls setup and none of the…

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french franck on form

Former Volvo Ocean Race winner – Franck Cammas – and his crew on Norauto powered by Groupama Team France, won the 2016 GC32 Racing Tour trophy by a six-point margin. On closing day of the final event in Marseille, the French team managed a perfect five-out-of-five scoreline, to leave them 24pts clear of Jason Carroll’s second placed Argo. Cammas’ win is even more commendable given his serious accident just over a year ago when he nearly lost his foot while competing on the GC32 at the same event in 2015. Cammas said: “The level of everyone has got higher and higher through the year. We were ahead at the beginning, but since then everyone’s got better at manoeuvring and now you have to really fight to win each race.” Success of the 2016 season…

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clipper at 20

Celebrations took place recently in London to mark 20 years since the first Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. This hugely successful biennial event, which completed its 10th edition this year, was established in 1996 by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (77) and CEO William Ward to allow anyone, regardless of previous sailing experience, the chance to embrace the thrill of ocean racing. Over the past two decades more than 4,000 amateur sailors from all walks of life have competed in the marathon race and in doing so, the fleet has amassed a cumulative distance in excess of 3.8 million nautical miles. The first race that started from Plymouth 16 October 1996, 186 crews raced eight 60-foot yachts. Now 700 crew members race aboard a third generation fleet of 12 identical 70ft yachts, over…

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in numbers

114 mph was the strength of wind experienced as Hurricane Nicole swept over Bermuda. All three America’s Cup teams, located there, were left unscathed. 1,000 Million pounds worth of Oyster yachts gathered at the Palma Oyster Rally in October 78 days, is the Vendée Globe race record set by François Gabart aboard IMOCA 60 Macif in 2013. Average speed 11.52kts 45,000 Nautical miles, is the distance of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 – the longest distance in the event’s history 300 thousand visitors had been to the Vendee Globe Race Village after it’s first week of being open…