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Yachts & Yachting magazine July 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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worth the wait

To think the wind made us wait an extra 24 hours! But the 35th America’s Cup is finally here, and already it has delivered on so many levels. Writing this, we’ve now seen four days of racing that have been so close at times I have been holding my breath. Wow! With closing speeds of 60 knots and more, the boat handling we have seen from all six teams is incredible, whilst the tension of the starts and boat-on-boat tactics that follow around the track mean no lead is safe. Put any scepticism aside. It is exactly what we want to see from the pinnacle event of our sport.The best thing is, there’s still weeks of this stuff still to come! What I love about that – apart from the…

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writers this month include…

Saskia Clark is a double Olympic medallist in the 470 and is now making a break into the world of foiling as she takes on the Waszp Bob Fisher is one of the biggest names in yachting journalism. He has a passion and depth of knowledge that’s second to none Chris Rashley has coached the GBR 49er squads, and is a multiple Moth champion as well as a multihull expert in the Nacra 17 and A Class ■…

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foiling bay leads the way

Pornichet, France has hosted the second edition of the Foiling Bay, a four-day regatta dedicated entirely to bringing foiling lcasses together.This year the Foiling Bay, organised by three of the main clubs in La Baule bay, was open to five foiling disciplines: Flying Phantom, Foiling Moth, Kitefoil, foiling windsurfer and foiling stand-up paddleboard. More than 100 competitors from nine nations took part.The event incorporated the warm up of the European circuit of the Flying Phantom Series, the final regatta of the Brittany Moths Series, the Neilpryde Series – CRX Kite and the Neilpryde Series – RS:X foil convertible board. A regatta was held over the first three days, whilst the fourth day switched to a knockout speed format; a total of 45 races were completed.Julien Bontemps, Olympic RS:X silver medallist…

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invictus victorius

Sir Keith Mills’ British Ker 40+ Invictus, helmed by Mills’ son, Alex, has won the opening weekend of the Vice Admiral’s Cup (and first scoring round of the 2017 FAST40+ Race Circuit). Eleven teams took part from England, Germany, the Netherlands and Scotland. The intensity of the competition was such that over the eight-race series, run on a variety of courses and conditions, five teams scored race wins, and nine teams scored podium finishes. ■…

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renewables prize

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, together with The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit, have announced the launch of the $2 million New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize.The Prize, which is funded by Wendy Schmidt as Lead Philanthropic Partner of the New Plastics Economy Initiative, calls for innovators and scientists to help create packaging that keeps plastics out of the ocean.The demand for plastic products is expected to double in the next 20 years – but only 14 per cent of plastic packaging is recycled, with the remainder lost as waste. There could be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. This new prize aims to keep plastics as valuable materials in the economy, and out of the ocean. ■…

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fremantle return

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has announced it will return to Fremantle, Western Australia, during the eleventh edition of the world’s biggest round-the-world ocean race.The 40,000 nautical-mile Clipper 2017-18 Race will arrive in Fremantle between the 21st and 25th of November, 2017, after the Southern Ocean Leg from Cape Town, and its international crew and fleet of 12 70ft ocean racing vessels will berth at the Fremantle Sailing Club.Legendary yachtsman and Clipper Race Chairman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo, non-stop around the world in 1968-69, said: “I have fond memories of our previous visits to Fremantle and I am very pleased it will once again be a stopover destination for the Clipper Race.“Our crew are sure to enjoy the famed Western Australian hospitality and…