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Yachts & Yachting magazine May 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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all change

Finally the sun has been shining and it feels like summer is just round the corner. When dawn breaks to reveal the first few properly warm days of the year, my mind can’t help but wander to all the sailing to come, in the sun in a 15 knot seabreeze. There is something about the promise of spring that makes you forget that the British summer can be... well, the British summer! However, there is a palpable sense of excitement and anticipation at what is to come. Putting together this issue of Yachts & Yachting, featuring our guide to the best and brightest of summer regattas, has only furthered my sense of excitement for the months ahead. That enthusiasm for the season to come also features in our look at…

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countdown to the cup

With just over a month to the first races of the 35th America’s Cup Louis Vuitton qualifying series Round Robin 1 and the grand opening ceremony scheduled for Friday 26 May, the buzz ‘around town’ in Bermuda is beginning to increase. The latest excuse for celebration was the launch ceremony of Groupama Team France’s ACC foiling catamaran which, after one and a half years of research and 45,000 hours of construction, was finally unveiled and lowered into the water at the Royal Dockyard, Bermuda – the final new boat launch of the six teams. TEAM LINE-UP Defender – Oracle Team USA (USA) – helmsman Jimmy Spithill Challenger – Artemis Racing (SWE) – helmsman Nathan Outteridge Challenger – Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) – helmsman Peter Burling Challenger – Groupama Team France (FRA) – helmsman Franck Cammas Challenger…

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bumper fleet expected at commodores’ cup

The biennial Commodores’ Cup team event, taking place in June next year, is revving up to be one of the best yet. This high profile team event, which will also include the 2018 IRC European Championship, means the cream of the IRC fleet will gather on the Solent for an exciting 12-race multidisciplinary team and individual regatta. While the European Championship, for IRC yachts that fall into the 1.00 to 1.27 rating band, will be an open/unrestricted event for both amateurs and professionals, those teams who wish to compete for Commodores’ Cup within the championship, will be restricted to just one World Sailing Category 3 (pro) sailor per boat. Nick Elliott, RORC Racing Manager commented: “It is very exciting to see the Commodores’ Cup format used for individual competition. The challenge of inshore…

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big breeze scuppers testing

The 48th edition of the Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar in Palma has concluded after a week of trial scoring systems. The event typically marks the beginning of the Olympic European sailing circuit – and this year represents something of a start for many of their four-year Olympic campaigns. The event, which takes place in Palma, Mallorca was set to feature a host of different systems in the classes, as World Sailing continue to search for the magic formulae that will create final day tension at the Olympic Games without compromising, or negating entirely, the sailing which takes place in the build up to the medal race. In the 49er and the 49erFX classes the fleets were supposed to complete a knockout series of four races on the final day. However, with the wind…

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williams makes amends

In a series of matches that were as mercurial as the weather, Ian Williams (GBR) and his team GAC Pindar triumphed in the 53rd Congressional Cup, beating Johnie Berntsson (SWE) in a fifth and final winner-takes-all match. Williams has not donned the coveted Crimson winner’s Blazer (first awarded in 1965) since 2012. After two consecutive Congressional Cup wins in 2011 and 2012 the Brit has since struggled at the event – even as he reigned as six-time Match Racing World Champion. In 2016, his team suffered the ultimate indignity of finishing last in the event. That shake-up was motivating, said Williams, who vowed to come back and redeem himself. His return marked an impressive win as he and his team built momentum throughout the five-day event to take victory.…

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they said…

“The big thing with the Volvo Ocean Race for me is the fast downwind sailing, having no bottom mark to worry about going around, and then of course the camaraderie of the team.” STU BANNATYNE – recently announced new member of the VOR Dongfeng race-crew “We, the sailors, will have a bit of pressure on our shoulders to get the best possible use out of this fine bit of kit provided by the designers and the entire technical team!” FRANCK CAMMAS (helmsman), at the launch of Groupama Team France’s AC Class that will be used for the forthcoming America’s Cup in Bermuda “The Vendée Globe is something for people with mental problems! There is the enormous pressure on you to finish that you feel day and night. Because it can come to an end…

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