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Yachts & Yachting magazine September 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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olympics underway

Finally the Olympic Games are upon us. Actually, as I write this we are still a few days away from the opening ceremony. And it is still not clear that the biggest event in the sporting calendar is going to go off without a hitch. Indeed, several days ago yet another damming report as to the quality of the water was released and the ramp from which the majority of sailing classes are due to launch dismantled itself due to a storm – and, it has to be said, poor construction. But I am going to stick my neck out and say that the chances are, all will be well in the end. I remember covering the build-up to the Olympics in 2008 (my first as a reporter) and struggling to…

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million dollar drop

Phil Robertson and his New Zealand Robertson Racing team were crowned World Match Racing Champions in the Final of the World Match Racing Tour in Marstrand, Sweden. In a high-wind final, Robertson (29) beat Taylor Canfield and his US Virgin Island team 2:1. In doing so Robertson – backed up by his crew of fellow Kiwis: Stu Dodson, Will Tiller and James Wierzbowski – made history by becoming the first million dollar man in sailing after scooping a prize purse of US $33,000 for winning for the overall tour win, plus a whopping World Champion’s bonus of $1,000,000. An ecstatic Robertson said: “It’s a dream come true and the goal we’ve been striving for since 2009. We’ve been a super low-budget campaign. We’ve paid for everything ourselves this season. So we’re over…

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a walk on the wild side

Competitors signed up for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 are preparing for one of the toughest challenges in the history of the event. In a recent announcement, organisers confirmed the course will incorporate almost three times as much Southern Ocean sailing as the previous edition of the race and will be contested over the longest distance in race history at around 45,000nm. To add to the challenge, the event is a month shorter than in most of the last 12 editions. The 43-year-old round the world race starts in Alicante in late 2017 and will take the fleet across four oceans with stops in 10 major cities on five continents including Lisbon, Cape Town, Hong Kong Guangzhou, Auckland, Itajaí, Newport Rhode Island, Cardiff, and Gothenburg. The final sprint of a nine-month ocean…

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olympics underway

By the time this magazine reaches you, the Olympic Games in Rio (5-21 August) will be firmly underway and patterns should be starting to emerge from the race courses in Guanabara Bay, to indicate the likely contenders for qualification to the double points final – see page 35 for information on how to follow medal racing in Rio! Toby Heppell – Y&Y’s acting editor – is currently in Rio reporting from the racecourse on Y&Y’s exclusive live blog – avaiable at Our blog will be live all day, every day of the Olympic sailing competition, for those wishing to follow every second of sailing. Or you can sign up to our special newsletter which will deliver round-ups and analysis from the Olympic venue each day direct to your inbox.…

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lymington river scow 25th

The 25-year-old modern Lymington River Scow celebrated its 20th national championship at Keyhaven YC this year with a bumper turnout of over 40 boats. This incredibly simple, yet competitive 11ft race boat is one of the most popular all-round, family dinghies with over 300 built to date. To celebrate the success of the class in its 20th anniversary championship year, Gordon Stredwick – Honorary President of the Lymington River Scow Class Association, World Sailing International Judge and member of the RYA Racing Rules Committee – has produced The Lymington River Scow – A History. In this delightful book, Stredwick maps the entire history of the class from conception to maturity and records the key milestones that have helped the class achieve success. Commenting on significance of the book in the 20th national…

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in numbers

380 Number of sailors competing in Rio 32.4 Knots is the average speed clocked up by François Gabart during his successful 24-hour Singlehanded record attempt aboard the trimaran MACIF 28 The number of minutes by which Lloyd Thornburg’s MOD70 trimaran Phaedo3, broke the Round the Island Race record time. 1,533 Boats took part in the 2016 JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race 83 The age of British sailor Stuart Jardine, signed up to compete in the J/24 worlds in Japan later this month…