Yachting World

Yachting World February 2017

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.

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help at hand

In our pages this month we have several accounts of yacht crews who sailed a long way and went to considerable lengths to come to the aid of others at sea. In one case, two sailors who had come to assist a stricken yacht spent a day in the water in very diffi cult conditions fi tting a jury rudder. A superyacht crew took a sailing yacht in tow for well over 1,000 miles. These examples stand out, but they are not rarities. Help far out on the ocean has to come from other mariners. Sailors and merchant seaman alike are expected to – and do – give assistance readily and often at some cost and risk to themselves. This is an understood part of the obligation we all have to each…

on the wind

PICTURE THIS Photo of the Year T his year’s Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image competition attracted 149 entries. An international jury awarded the prize to French photographer Jean-Marie Liot for this incredible shot of Morgan Lagravière’s foiling IMOCA 60 Safran 2 almost completely immersed while training off Brittany. For more on how the new foils are affecting this year’s Vendée Globe round the world race see page 7. PICTURE THIS Pilgrim’s progress Mallorcan photographer Jesús Renedo has a remarkable talent for taking crisp sailing images that put you on board the moving subject. And there are few finer vessels you could wish to sail at the moment than the new Hoek-designed Wallynano MkII, the first of which is called Pilgrim. Tiller and mainsheet in hand, feet braced as you point her upwind towards the sunlit Palma…

vendée sailor rescued as keel rips off mid-ocean

The spectre of catastrophic keel failure returned to the solo round the world race in December when French sailor Kito de Pavant had to be rescued from a remote position in the Southern Ocean. The keel fin of Bastide Otio was partially ripped off in an impact. The incident happened in the southern Indian Ocean, some 110 miles north of the remote Crozet Islands. De Pavant was sailing downwind at 15-20 knots when, he said: “I hit something hard with the keel. It was a violent shock and the boat came to a standstill. The rear bearings of the keel were ripped off and the keel [was] hanging under the boat kept in place simply by the keel ram, which [began to cut] through the hull.” Fortunately for de Pavant, the French…

first production monohull with foils unveiled

For those still in any doubt as to whether foiling will filter into mainstream sailing, news that Beneteau is about to begin production of a radical new one-design with foils should put this question to rest. Beneteau unveiled renderings of the Figaro Beneteau 3, the first production-built foil-assisted monohull, at the Paris Boat Show. Van Peteghem-Lauriot-Prévost (VPLP) has designed a contemporary looking race boat, but it is the novel-looking foils that are causing a real stir. Designed to replace the traditional weighty ballast tanks used on past Figaro designs, they work by creating side force and reducing leeway while causing minimal drag – and retract within the boat’s maximum beam. The Figaro class has been a durable one-design that has served as the training and proving platform for aspiring solo offshore racing…

swan 76 gutted by huge blaze

A crew celebrating a successful ARC transatlantic crossing to Saint Lucia found themselves fighting a huge blaze on board overnight after fire broke out in the forecabin. The Swedish-registered Swan 76 ketch Pauline af Skanör was gutted through the forward part of the boat. The blaze took hold around 2230 while alongside at Rodney Bay Marina. One crewmember was on board, dozing in the aft cabin, when he smelt smoke. Luckily he was able to get off and raise the alarm before the fire spread. The fire, believed to be from an electrical source, could not be brought under control with the yacht’s fire extinguishers. The crew used the yacht’s ten extinguishers and “seven or eight” from neighbouring boats. The blaze grew so intense that the forecabin was said to be glowing…

on board endeavour “as good as sailing gets”

If there is one yacht that could justifiably be labelled as the most desirable to sail, it has to be the 1934 J Class Endeavour. One of the three original Js still afloat, she is widely considered the most beautiful of all. I am still pinching myself after having the opportunity to sail aboard, in perfect conditions off Cascais, Portugal, says Toby Hodges. A quick tour aboard would have been welcome, a sail even more magical. But to be handed the helm in ideal conditions? It felt like a dream. With her full mainsail, staysail and yankee hoisted, Endeavour was in her element as a Force 4 encouraged her onto her exquisitely long waterline, submerging the leeward rail. It was utterly mesmerising. From the wheel I was struck by how well…