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Yachts & Yachting magazine January 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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sailing the offseason?

Sometimes I can’t help but be surprised by the popularity of our sport in this country. That the sailing season continues throughout the winter in what can sometimes be described as actively hostile conditions is something of a wonder. Of course we are not the only country to continue sailing in our cooler months and, indeed, the idea of sailing a dinghy in anything other than the height of summer in Canada or some Scandinavian countries is enough to bring a shiver even sat, as I am, in a warm office. No doubt there are some shaking their heads at my reluctance to wade into our icy waters in winter. And perhaps I have gone soft in recent years. Nonetheless, I have already laid up my boat for the winter…

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presidential fever in barcelona

While news of Donald Trump’s presidential victory was being absorbed around the world, elections were in full flow in Barcelona, Spain at World Sailing’s Annual Conference. The result, an emphatic win for Kim Andersen (pictured above) who defeated previous president Carlo Croce. Andersen commented: “Today marks a turning point in the history of our sport. We have a lot of work to do and I am focused on uniting our sport so that each and every country continues gets the right tools and knowledge they need to fully support and develop our sport worldwide.” Other news from the Sustainable Future-themed Conference included confirmation that a proposal is to be put forward for the same 10 events and equipment used at the Rio Olympic Games, to be used at the Tokyo 2020 Games.…

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sharp makes his point with new record

Well known single handed sailor Phil Sharp has smashed the current monohull record for the Channel crossing between Cowes and Dinard, taking a massive three hour chunk off the previous record. Setting out on 24 November, Sharp had the previous 11 hr 1min record set by Jean Luc van den Heede in 2004 firmly in his sights. In wild conditions his Class 40 yacht Imerys performed exceptionally well and he arrived in Dinard after a run of 9hr and 30sec. As he stepped ashore, Sharp commented: “I honestly didn’t expect to make such a quick time, but today the wind was very persistent and the boat was on fire the whole time. It was like getting power hosed for nine hours.” The record is pending ratification by the World Sailing Speed Record Council…

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dongfeng embrace new female crew rule

Following Volvo Ocean Race rule changes designed to encourage participation by female sailors, Dongfeng Race Team (third overall in 2014-15 VOR) has announced it is expected to include at least one female crew member in the 2017-18 edition of the race. Headed once again by Frenchman Charles Caudrelier with Bruno Dubois as Team Director, the Chinese-flagged team will include in its mixed crew Chinese sailors from the first Dongfeng campaign plus world class offshore ocean racing sailors from France and elsewhere in the world. Commenting on the news to include a female in the Dongfeng Race Team, Caudrelier said: “From my point of view I am happy about this because it will give some of the best female sailors in the world a chance to compete.”…

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top of the world

Santiago Lange, and Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark have won the Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards, for their outstanding performance at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. At 54 years old, Lange – six-time Olympian and two-time bronze medal winner – won gold at Rio with Cecilia Carranza Saroli in the Nacra 17 and was the oldest sailor competing. His story however, goes beyond his age. Just one year prior to the Games Lange was diagnosed with cancer and had to have a lung removed. Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR) won the Female division for their passion and determination and their ultimate gold medal in the 470 class in 2016. Other awards presented during the World Sailing Conference included the President’s Development Award and the Beppe Croce Award. Helio da Rosa…

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in numbers

100 yachts signed up at the close of entry in the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race 1,000 delegates gathered in Barcelona for the World Sailing Conference 2016 to discuss, best practice going forward 23 the age of the youngest entrant currently competing in the Vendée Globe – the Swiss sailor Alan Roura 350,000 spectators lined the legendary exit channel and the beaches in Les Sables-d’Olonne, France at the start of the Vendée Globe. 1471 exhibitors at 2016 METS (the annual Marine Trade Show) in November 2016.…