Yachting World

Yachting World December 2019

Published by TI Media Limited Yachting World is world's leading international yachting magazine. From ocean racing and blue water cruising to the most glamorous super-yachts, Yachting World has the very best in nautical writing and stunning photography, with up-to-the-minute technical reports, race analysis, new boat tests and much more.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
12 期号


winds of change

www.twitter.com/yachtingworld www.facebook.com/yachtingworldmagazine The spirit of adventure and innovation As we turn the corner into the 2020s, it’s been fascinating to look back at the last decade of changes and developments in sailing (see our feature on page 30). So much has altered, and in ways that are going to continue to transform how and where we sail. Foiling and top speeds are perhaps the most obvious step change, yet we are only at the foothills of this technology. With the increasing power of computer-modelling and simulation, one can begin to see design advances gathering even greater momentum and being adapted more broadly in sailing. Navigation and collision avoidance tools have bounded ahead. We are just at the beginning of a new era of airborne, in-water and underwater drone technology, and of remote monitoring and operation…

and another thing…

Tighter biosecurity is something else we are likely to see, to reduce the spread of invasive marine species. Researchers from the University of Pavia in Italy surveyed more than 600 owners and sampled hulls in 25 Mediterranean marinas, and have recommended that ‘incoming vessels to marinas should be screened’. The Make Ship Happen project is raising funds for a truly ancient restoration — to reconstruct a replica of the 7th Century Sutton Hoo ship, the 90ft clinker-built Anglo-Saxon burial ship packed with treasure and rediscovered near the River Deben in Suffolk in 1939 What does a good yacht club need? Launch facilities? Club racing programme? A decent bar? Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club has a new idea: hot tubs, available to hire. “I thought they would be a good way for members and…

blast off for ainslie’s america’s cup

Two more America’s Cup teams launched their first AC75 foiling monohull designs in October, illustrating the varying design approaches of each of the four teams. Sir Ben Ainslie’s INEOS Team UK named its new boat Britannia and revealed a design with a distinctive cutaway bow. It was preceded two days earlier by Challenger of Record Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team’s design, which some say shares design thinking with Defender Emirates Team New Zealand. The British challenger represents a colossal expenditure of time and specialist expertise – 90,000 hours of design time and 50,000 hours of build time, according to Ainslie. All four teams – Emirates Team New Zealand, American Magic, Luna Rossa and INEOS Team UK – are now trialling their first AC75s, and rapidly accruing the data and knowledge they need…

on the wind

Swans go head to head Nautor Swan ran its Nations Trophy regatta in Palma in October. Some 18 one-design ClubSwan 50s took part and four new one-design ClubSwan 36s. Russian owner Dmitry Rybolovlev won the ClubSwan 50 Trophy in his yacht Skorpius. In the first ever regatta for the new one-design ClubSwan 36 class the winner was Edoardo and Riccardo Ferragamo’s Thirty-Six. With more of these Juan K one-design racers in production, this class looks set to surge. A busy coastline Britain’s Royal Yachting Association has compiled an atlas of boating activity round the UK. The idea was to use using AIS data to present the areas of recreational activity and traffic as a heat map. Development proposals and navigational safety decisions can be better informed by this – and it presents a…

team gb fields olympic squad

Britain has chosen its sailing team for the 10 classes to race at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Among those are former Gold Medallists Hannah Mills and Giles Scott, both seeking to repeat their wins in Rio four years ago. A medal for Hannah Mills would make her the most successful female Olympic sailor of all time. She already has a Silver from London in 2012 and a Gold from Rio four years ago. This time Mills will be partnered in the women’s 470 class by Eilidh McIntyre. McIntyre has her own Olympic family legacy: she is the daughter of Mike McIntyre, who won Gold in the Star class in 1988. Also returning to the Olympics is Luke Patience. Patience will be sailing with Chris Grube in the men’s 470 class, while…

spirit’s eco superyacht

One of the most innovative superyachts of modern times was lowered into the water in early October. The Spirit 111, the largest single-masted wooden yacht built in the UK since the 1930s, has a sensational interior by Rhoades Young and was designed, built and launched at Spirit’s Ipswich yard. It also embodies the latest thinking on reducing environmental impact. The 111ft (34m) sloop features an electric propulsion system, which uses a 100kW Torqeedo motor to propel the yacht silently for a range of up to 40 miles at eight knots using battery power alone. The propeller shaft rotates when the yacht is under sail to charge the four BMW lithium battery banks. “The yacht will be able to operate for up to four days without having to plug into shore power or…