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Yachts & Yachting magazine November 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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will the foils be foiled?

Every four years, not only do we get to be impressed by our Olympic and Paralympic sailors, we also get the pleasure of seeing the start of what must be the toughest race in the sailing calendar – if not the sporting calendar as a whole – the Vendée Globe. The non-stop, solo, round the World race on ultra-high-tech IMOCA 60s never ceases to amaze and this year the race looks set to be an absolute stunner! Or at least the race will be an absolute stunner if most of the fleet do not have to drop due to damage – and this being the Vendée, that is a very real possibility. The latest generation of IMOCA 60s – with their odd-looking, semi-lifting ‘Dali’ foils – are said to be faster than…

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24-hour race at 50

There is no better dinghy event in Britain than the West Lancs Yacht Club 24-Hour Race, writes Bob Fisher. It has survived since 1967 and thus this year was the 50th; testament to its attractiveness to dinghy sailors from all over the country – and they came from as far afield as Plymouth to Sheffield; London to West Kirby, and for the fourth year in succession it was South Staffs SC that emerged triumphant. And not just in first place but in first and second – their GP14 team just edging out their Lark team. This year the weather was kind. At least it was in terms of sunshine, but perhaps not in the matter of wind as the fastest lap of the 1.2-mile triangular course after 1000 on Sunday morning…

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foiling frenzy

The foiling frenzy that appears to be dominating the global racing circuit has undoubtedly provided a refreshing ‘re-boot’ to the sailing world in general. It is difficult to imagine anyone, whatever views they have on the subject of foiling, not being wowed by the mindboggling predator looking machines in full flight. As well as crews learning new sailing skills to ensure safety while participating on these new super-speedy ‘flying’ machines, this new sector within our sport has given designers an exciting opportunity to exploit naval architect skills. Although the America’s Cup foiling multihulls (AC45F one-design) are probably responsible for highlighting foiling to the masses, the International Moth class was one of the first on the scene (as far back as 1974) when it comes to foiling development. The Moths with their Mach…

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14s are forever and ever

The International 14 class is benefiting from a rise in interest in class attendance with numbers up at major regattas around the world. Although there is often more than one factor to determine the activity of a class, one of the benefits of new developments is the reactive effect it has on other classes. The International 14 class is one that appears not to be afraid of competition from the new foiling classes, but instead has embraced its own qualities of a high-performance, affordable unrestrictive racing boat that is light, yet robust enough to be sailed in all conditions, on rivers, lakes, or at sea. It is also a class that appears to be benefiting from a period of stability as far as development goes. Glen Truswell current world champion commented:…

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le bons on mission to help save oceans

Pop legend Simon Le Bon and his model wife, Yasmin, reconfirmed their passion for saving the oceans when they fired the starting gun for the Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE)’s London to Monaco Bike Ride. More than 50 riders set off from the Tower of London to raise half a million pounds for the UK-based marine conservation charity. The riders covered 1500km over 10 days. Funds raised from the ride will help with two specific projects in the Aeolian Islands, and Ascension Island. Le Bon commented: “The sea is a beautiful thing. I think we all grew up thinking it was perfect and untouchable and would always exist, but we know that there’s a disaster unfolding. Overfishing has caused a terrible crisis. Now is the time to do something. The London to…

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they said…

“With the gold medal now ticked off it feels good to now have a singular focus being part of Emirates Team New Zealand.” PETER BURLING – 49er gold medallist – commenting on his next mission – the America’s Cup. “We are really confident – we’ve proved we can win an Act again and shown we can be strong in all conditions. Oman Air are now the ones with the pressure on them – we don’t have anything to lose but they do.” ARNAUD PSAROFAGHIS, helmsman of Alinghi, commenting after the team’s win at the Extreme Sailing Series Act in St Petersburg “It was pretty obvious that we weren’t really up to it at the start of the series, but that’s what the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series is for, it’s to prepare you…