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Yachts & Yachting magazine March 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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technology v tradition

The steady march of technological progress can be easy to take for granted in life. Certainly, for those of us who consider ourselves passionate sailors, it is not often we get a moment to step back and consider just how far we have come. But every so often something brings that progress into sharp focus. This winter has seen any number of extraordinary achievements, principally in offshore racing. The incredible speeds at which the Imoca 60 fleet is circling the globe these days are breath-taking. And it seems that monohulls (and multihulls) are not done yet. Oceanic foiling is very much the word on everyone’s lips right now. I know that there are any number of readers who will disagree with the statement that foiling is the future and there are good…

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vendée thriller

Armel Le Cleac’h sailing his Banque Populiare Imoca 60 has won the Vendée Globe solo non stop round the world race after a thrilling fight to the finish with British solo star, Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss. The pair were both sailing radical new foil assist Imoca 60s and had been locked in battle since the tail end of 2016, despite Thomson seriously damaging his boat leaving the Atlantic Ocean during the early part of the race. Le Cleac’h has finished runner up in the last two editions of the race and Thomson’s second position equals the best ever result for a Brit (Ellen Macarthur was also second in the 2000/01 edition). For our interview with Thomson and a race recap, turn to page 18. The final step of the podium was taken…

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change of pace for olympic hero

The familiar face of Robert Scheidt was among the 453 sailors racing at the Miami World Cup from January 22-29, but the Laser and Star Olympic medallist was not sailing in a familiar class. The Brazilian has teamed up with Gabriel Borges in an attempt to master the 49er high performance skiff. At 43 years old Scheidt is no stranger to sailing in two person fleets taking silver and bronze medals in the Star, but the 49er will certainly present the champion with a new challenge! The switch from the Laser class, where he has two Olympic gold medals to his name, prompted London 2012 Laser silver medallist Pavlos Kontides (CYP) and former rival to say, “Robert is a sailing legend. To have the strength, will, patience, passion and motivation to continue…

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first revamped vo65

The first of the newly updated Volvo Ocean 65 one designs has been launched following upgrades from the 2014/15 race. Dongfeng race team is the first to receive their updated boat and, after an impressive race last time with a crew made up of mostly French and Chinese sailors they will be looking for victory in the forthcoming edition. The boat has been completely overhauled, with over 500 items being upgraded or added in a project worth around €1 million per boat. “The enhancements are all based around performance and reliability,” explained Volvo Ocean Race’s Director of Boats and Maintenance, Nick Bice. “These boats were built with two laps around the world in mind, and we were hugely impressed by the condition that they were in at the end of the 2014-15…

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phantom production to mcconaghy

World renowned boat yard McConaghy will take over the building of the Phantom International range, including the 18ft foiling catamaran Flying Phantom Essentiel, launched at Paris Boat Show in December last year. On selecting McConaghy, Alex Udin, founder of Phantom International said: “Very few boat builders met our requirements in terms of technology, quality and delivery. Looking at the sales forecast we wanted to give ourselves the right production tool.” McConaghy have been building high performance yachts since 1967, from small 18ft skiffs to America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race boats. They have decades of composite knowledge. More recently, they have built the AC45f World Series foils, as well as the Mach 2 foiling Moth.…

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in numbers

30 Million dollars, the estimated reduced cost to compete in the Amerca’s Cup for 2019 or 2021 9484 The number of miles separating first and last place when the leader finished the Vendée Globe 4 Minutes 24 seconds The time it took for all 340 places in the Rolex Fastnet race to fill up 43 The age at which Robert Scheidt has stepped into the 49er 284 Number of entries to the 2017 Bloody Mary 4 Hours The amount of time by which Armel le Cleac’h finished ahead of ENZA New Zealand, 100ft multihull’s outright crewed world record from 1997…