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Yachts & Yachting magazine October 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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two-way opportunity

The two pinnacle events of the summer – Lendy Cowes Week and the Rolex Fastnet Race – were made all the more exciting this year by the addition of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet who were warming up on ‘Leg 0’. Many watching were of course keen to spot the pre-race favourites. The acknowledgement from amongst the teams is that there’s still a lot of hard work and crew training to be done before the race sets sail from Alicante on 22 October. As I write this, some teams are even still in the process of finalising who is on board. With the rule changes for this edition encouraging mixed teams and under 30s the race is to be applauded for opening up new opportunities and widening the pathway through professional sailing.…

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leg 0 heroes

Mapfre has walked away with a win in Leg 0 of the Volvo Ocean Race, which comprised a series of four varying length practise courses. The Spanish flagged entrant was the standout performer across the four courses and has cemented their position as a race favourite. Behind Mapfre there were few surprises - based on previous form and campaign build-up time - when it came to who placed where. Dongfeng and Brunel both scored even points with Dongfeng winning out overall due to their better result in the final leg from St Malo to Lisbon – cut short due to the wind switching off and turning the race into a slow drift. All three raced in the last edition, so their impressive performance is little surprise, though how much teams are…

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clipper skipper medevaced

A little over a week into Leg 1 of the Clipper Round the World Race (from Liverpool, UK to Punta del Este, Uruguay), the skipper of Greenings, David Hartshorn, needing to be helicoptered from his boat to hospital due to injury. The 52-year old professional sailor was medevaced by the Portuguese Rescue Services after he fractured and partially severed his thumb. He is expected to make a full recovery. Clipper Race Director Mark Light explains: “The incident occurred around 450 Nm off the Portuguese coast whilst David was leading a spinnaker drop in breezy conditions. Unfortunately, his left thumb became caught in one of the lines which has resulted in some serious damage.” Fortunately, the on board medic and fully trained coxswain were able give immediate assistance and take over control…

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sap on top at the extreme sailing series, cardiff

Over 90,000 spectators turned out in Cardiff to watch Act 6 of the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series over August’s Bank Holiday weekend. Racing went down to the wire with SAP Extreme Sailing Team taking victory ahead of Alinghi in a thrilling finale. Helm Adam Minoprio said of his win: ‘It felt really good.” The win is the Danish team’s third of the season and now sees them top the overall leaderboard. Meanwhile, Oman Air was forced to settle for third. The British Land Rover BAR Academy team struggled to find form and finished sixth overall. Also taking place in Cardiff Bay was the 2017 Flying Phantom Series, which concluded with an overall win by Red Bull Sailing Team, from Austria. The Extreme Sailing Series now heads to San Diego for the penultimate Act…

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drama at world champs

The test event for next year’s Sailing World Championship – the combined worlds event for Olympic classes run by World Sailing – has concluded in Aarhus, Denmark. The week of racing was dominated by big breeze and waves providing a challenge for all competitors – though the final day’s medal racing saw significantly lighter weather. The British Sailing team elected to focus on other events for the most part, so few Brits were competing in the 10 disciplines. Nonetheless, for those who did attend, there was plenty of drama, as on the eve of the medal race, the builders of the newly foiling catamaran, Nacra Sailing, advised 47 crews not to sail their Z-foiled Nacra 17’s until new daggerboard bearings were supplied, after three daggerboard breakages. This advice was issued to all teams…

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they said…

“It’s going to be a very cool boat; imagine coming into the finish, in a harbour in 20 knots of breeze and you are going to see this thing fully airborne, foiling, at 35 to 40 knots.” Nick Bice, Volvo Ocean Race director sets out a clear vision of the new Volvo Ocean Race boat, which has now been designed and for which the moulds are under construction. “In this edition you can only sail with seven but if you can bring two extra pair of hands on board that’s a no brainer... We just use the rule to the maximum for our own benefit and I have learned there is no difference to be a male or female, we are all team members on the same level.” Bouwe Bekking on the selection…

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