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Yachts & Yachting magazine February 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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new year, new leaf

Happy New Year to all our readers! Already, it’s looking like 2016 holds plenty of great things in store, with new boats, new events and new teams all in the pipeline. For me, one of the most exciting things to emerge going into the new year is the launch of The Magenta Project, a continuation of the women involved with Team SCA, and with it their intentions to complete a second Volvo Ocean Race. The new project maintains the momentum built by Team SCA and promises to provide even greater opportunities for women in professional sailing. Much talk recently has been around the new name and direction promised for sailing’s world governing body, as ISAF turns over a new leaf to become ‘World Sailing’. The intention is certainly there, but, as many…

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wing malfunction blamed

Following the launch of its new T2 America’s Cup test boat last autumn the Land Rover BAR team capsized in the Solent during training in winds reported at 15-19 knots. The capsize was to windward and was the result of an error with the wing sail controls – the famed near-capsize of the Emirates Team New Zealand AC72 in the 2013 Cup final was the result of a wing control malfunction too. No one was injured in the incident but the wingsail was significantly damaged. The team reports that they should have all damage fixed and return to training in the New Year. For more, see page 18.…

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mid-atlantic storms strike

Two intense mid-Atlantic depressions struck the fleet in the IMOCA Ocean Masters Transat St Barth-Port la Forêt race, causing significant difficulties for competitors as the bulk of the fleet approached the Azores. Many competitors suffered damage but most worrying was the situation for then-second placed Paul Meilhat sailing SMA (pictured) who reported on Monday 14 December at 15:30 GMT that he had been seriously injured during a manoeuvre and required assistance. However, such were the conditions the sailor could not be evacuated from his boat until the following day when the weather abated; a patrol boat in the vicinity escorted him until conditions allowed them to effect a rescue. On return to the shore it was confirmed that Meilhat had seriously fractured his pelvis and some ribs. At the time of his injury…

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new year, new ceo

Following its announcement of a name change, from ISAF to World Sailing, president of the body, Carlo Croce, announced at a briefing that the body has a preferred candidate to take over the role of CEO, and hopes to make the appointment by mid-January, reports Helen Fretter. Following the shock resignation of CEO Peter Sowrey on 2 December, just five months after the former senior Accenture director was appointed, ISAF has come under fire for lacking leadership at a key point in the run-up to the next Olympic Games. “It is priority number one for us to get somebody in the office, because the staff need somebody that gives everyday guidance, and this is such a big year with the Olympic Games… We will come to a decision in the very short-term” Sowrey’s…

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history made in ess

Leigh McMillan has become the most successful skipper in the 10-year history of the Extreme Sailing Series after winning the series for a third time. The Brit, sailing The Wave, Muscat Extreme 40 alongside crew Sarah Ayton, Pete Greenhalgh, Ed Smyth and Nasser Al Mashari, won the final event of the series in Sydney in impressive style to cap a dominant season. The series will be moving away from the Extreme 40 in 2016 as it makes the switch to the foiling GC32 class. It is unclear whether McMillan will continue in the series at this stage – he has been racing a GC32 concurrently with his Extreme 40 racing last year, but has recently been recruited by Land Rover BAR to join its America’s Cup team.…

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length of britain record

Phil Sharp, Sean Conway and Alex Alley have set a new reference record time for sailing the length of Britain, taking 3 days, 1 hour, 53 minutes and 15 seconds to cover the 620nm from Land’s End to John O’Groats. The trio crossed the finish line of their Length of Britain Sailing Challenge in the north of Scotland at 8.47pm on Monday 14 December to set the inaugural reference time for the route. Sailing a Class 40, the team averaged 7.39 knots. Sharp, 34, from Jersey, won the 2006 Route du Rhum Transatlantic race and set up this Length of Britain challenge as part of his build-up to the Vendée Globe race round the world, in which he intends to compete in November. Sharp, who lost his mother to a brain tumour…