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Yachts & Yachting magazine June 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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exciting times ahead

We are well and truly on the way to a bumper summer of sailing. The America’s Cup World Series is in full swing and will soon be making its way to Portsmouth. We can’t wait! Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing will be keen to replicate their success in 2015, but eyes are also on the big prize in 2017. In this issue Ben Ainslie talks about how preparations are going and how he has learned from previous Cup experiences to create the team he has today. It’s fair to say it has not historically been plain sailing for Ben in the America’s Cup and it’s easy to see why he has eschewed Olympic competition for the first time in 20 years, to focus solely on the AC. Not that the team…

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bart’s bash set to break records

Plans for this year’s two-day Bart’s Bash on 17-18 September are in full swing with more and more venues around the world registering and competitors signing up for what is shaping up to be a record-breaking year. This event, which is now in its third year, is run by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation that was set up by Iain Percy and Sir Ben Ainslie in honour of Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson who tragically lost his life during an America’s Cup training session in 2013. In two years, 45,000 sailors have taken part in over 1,000 different classes, across 62 countries worldwide, and a staggering £420,499 has been raised. After the success of the last two years, organisers hope that by extending the event by a day, participation will increase further. The organisers have…

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qualifying furore promts questions

Could a recent decision to de-select a team which had won its trials for the Rio Olympics prompt sailing federations to consider a rule change to curtail match racing? The controversy has arisen after the Spanish Sailing Federation decided to re run its selection trials following a bitter battle in the 49er class. Federico and Arturo Alonso match-raced their rivals Diego Botin and Iago Lopez down the fleet to ‘secure’ their place at the Olympics only to discover their federation had opted to re run the trials. The selection process, which took place over two events (2015 and 2016 world championships) was for the team with best cumulative placings. If one team medalled, any other teams had to be in the top eight overall at either championship or lose automatically. Having gained a bronze…

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olympic countdown

Team GBR sailor Alison Young however, topped the recent successes by becoming the first British woman to win a World Championship title in a solo Olympic dinghy class. Young (pictured above), whose previous World Championship best was fourth in 2012, claimed an emphatic last race victory over USA’s Paige Railey to seal Laser Radial World Championship glory in Vallarta, Mexico in April. Commenting on her achievement, Young said: “It’s a great confidence boost [ahead of Rio], but ultimately this year is about the Games.” At the recent Princess Sofia Trophy event in Palma, where nearly 800 boats took part, Team GBR came away with impressive results including a silver for Giles Scott (Finn) and bronze for Paralympic Champion Helena Lucas (2.4mR). One of the best results however, was produced by British…

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dinghy world loses a legend

Ian Bruce, co-creator of the Laser (with Bruce Kirby – designer) passed away on 21 March, aged 82, after a courageous battle with cancer. Although he is probably best known for his association with the Laser, Bruce – honorary life member of the Royal St Lawrence Yacht Club, Montreal – was also a passionate and accomplished competitor. He won the International 14 Prince of Wales Cup (POW) on two occasions, and twice represented Canada in the Olympic Games, in the Finn (Naples) and the Star with club mate Peter Bjorn (Kiel).…

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they said…

“…probably one of the smartest things I ever did in the sport, was that I decided I didn’t want to be an event organiser.” RC44 class interview with PETER ‘LUIGI’ REGGIO – leading international race officer. “I think it’s the first time I’ve ever won anything since Youth – probably since I was on a longboard on Rutland reservoir!” Team GBR RS:X sailor TOM SQUIRES secured his first international regatta victory at the Princess Sofia Trophy in April. “I had a rather rubbish day and dropped to third allowing Damien to beat me by one point!” HELEN LUCAS MBE (British Paralympic gold medallist) speaking after the last race of the Princess Sofia regatta where she took overall bronze. “It was good to get the chance to go out this early in the season and knock lumps…