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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

(PAUL WYETH)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…

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writers this month include…

Alan Roberts is a multi-class dinghy champion, pro-sailor and top British competitor in the 2016 Solitaire du Figaro Bob Fisher is one of the biggest names in yachting journalism. He has a passion and depth of knowledge that’s second to none Rupert Holmes is a journalist and stalwart of the offshore single and double handed racing scene and an RYA Keelboat Race Coach ■…

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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-UPDefender – Oracle Team USA (USA) – helmsman Jimmy SpithillChallenger – Artemis Racing (SWE) – helmsman Nathan OutteridgeChallenger – Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) – helmsman Peter BurlingChallenger – Groupama Team France (FRA) – helmsman Franck…

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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

(ELOI STICHELBAUT/OLIVIER BLANCHET/PAUL WYETH)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. ■…