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Yachts & Yachting magazine February 2017

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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United Kingdom
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English
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Chelsea Magazine
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70 years young

This year, Yachts & Yachting turns 70 years old and, although it is a little self-aggrandising for me to write here of just how significant an achievement that is, I am going to nonetheless. I cannot remember the first time I read an issue of the magazine. Coming from a sailing family – as I’m sure is the case for many of our readers – there was always a copy knocking around in our house. I remember the thrill of seeing my name appear in Clubs and Classes for the first time, pouring over technique features in the hopes of upping my game and, some years later, having my first piece published. Of course over the relatively few years I have known the mag it has evolved and I’m sure this trend…

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ultimate big boat race

Get prepared for The Bridge – the ultimate big boat race across the Atlantic – writes James Boyd. On 25 June this year, four 100ft LOA, 15 tonne Ultime maxi-trimarans (MACIF, Actual, IDEC Sport and Sodebo Ultim), each with a crew of five to eight, will take on the 1131ft loa, 79,000 tonne Queen Mary 2, complete with her 1,300 crew and 3,100 charter guests. The course: From St Nazaire, at the mouth of the Loire, across the Atlantic to New York. The Bridge organiser, Damien Grimont (1991 Mini Transat winner and Class40 competitor) is no stranger to masterminding such events. In recent years he has run La Solitaire du Chocolat Class40 transat and the annual Trophée SNSM record between St Nazaire and St Malo to raise awareness and support for…

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d-zero on the increase

The Devoti Sailing/Daniel Holman-designed D-Zero singlehanded hiking dinghy may only be just over two years old but the class is really beginning to take off. Numbers at the national championship is always a good guide to the progress of the class, so it is interesting to observe entry numbers at the D-Zero champs last year. The result – a whopping 37 percent increase on the 2015 event. The class, which is backed by a keen group of enthusiasts, is starting to attract a consistent flow of newcomers who want fuss free sailing, and a committee that clearly listens to its membership. As an example, by popular demand the builder has introduced a new lifting rudder option. Supported by Suntouched Sailboats, the D-Zero is also starting to see some movement in the…

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floating ‘time bombs’ dominate vendée globe

Collisions with UFOs (unidentified floating objects) appear to be the primary cause of retirements in the Vendée Globe that started from Les Sables-d’Olonne, France on 6 November 2016. After just over 40 days at sea, a total of eight skippers from the 29-strong fleet have been forced to quit the non-stop, solo round the world race, many with structural damage following collisions with UFOs. Alex Thomson, who was first to fall fate of the floating ‘time bombs’ that litter the oceans, seems to have been one of the most fortunate. Although he damaged his starboard foil, he currently continues to make exceptional progress in second place to Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire VIII) as they approach Cape Horn. Those wnot so fortunate include Bertrand de Brock (MACSF), Vincent Riou (PRB) and, the most…

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sailors dash to barbados for ultimate rum race

As race teams discover the delights associated with The Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series, the organisers – Barbados Cruising Club in association with Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc and Mount Gay – are preparing for the biggest entry seen for some years at the 2017 event (January 16-24). As well as the three-day Coastal Series, competitors at this Caribbean season opener can look forward to the 60nm Mount Gay Round Barbados Race where it is possible for teams to win their skippers’ weight in Mount Gay Rum if they break any of the 14 records. The Absolute Multihull time to beat is 2 hours, 37 minutes, 38 seconds (record held by MOD 70 Team Concise).…

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in numbers

500 Dollars, was the prize Iain Jensen received for winning the MS Amlin Dash for Cash at the International Moth Regatta in Bermuda. 2021 Rumoured delivery date of the Exocet International Moth, if you order today 40 Volunteers from across the country were recognised for their exceptional dedication and achievements in boating in 2016 when they received an RYA Volunteer Award 63 Years since the first London International Boat Show 628 Is the number of nautical miles competitors face during the gruelling post-Christmas Rolex Sydney Hobart Race 30 Year anniversary for Wildwind Sailing Holidays in 2017…

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