Yachting World

Yachting World January 2020

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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125 years young

Online www.yachtingworld.com YouTube Yachting World Facebook @yachtingworld twitter @yachtingworldmagazine Happy birthday Yachting World. It is 125 years since the first issue of was published, making this the world’s first yachting magazine. The last century and a quarter have seen gargantuan social and technological changes. There have been wars and treaties, times of scarcity and unparalleled wealth. We can fly anywhere in hours; the world has shrunk. Sailing has been borne along on all these changes and prospered. I wonder what the first readers of the Victorian era would have made of it had they been granted a snapshot of sailing in 2020. Would they have been astonished or horrified at the marinas and the high-sided, plumb-stemmed yachts of today? Or would they have marvelled at the proliferation of craft, the speed and ease of sailing, its accessibility…

and another thing …

Older even than YW is the tea clipper Cutty Sark, launched in 1869 and now lying in Greenwich. A charity aims to build a full-size replica Cutty Sark 2 to sail round the world as a sail training and promotion vessel. Another, quirkier anniversary. Boot Düsseldorf is celebrating‘40 Years of Big Willi’. The arrival of the 84 tonne crane to take boats from the Rhine into the halls marked the change from a small craft exhibition to the giant it is today. Participation sailing is in terrific health and hopefully the Rolex Fastnet Race (see page 8) will grow. Yet the RORC’s Transatlantic Race had just seven entries, while the ARC had 280. ‘If you can’t beat it, join it’ comes to mind……

fastnet race finish to move to france

In a radical change to one of the oldest offshore races, the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) has confirmed that the next two editions of the Rolex Fastnet Race will finish in the French port of Cherbourg instead of Plymouth. This is the first time since its inception in 1925 that the course of the biennial 608-mile offshore from Cowes to Plymouth has changed. The new route adds around 90 miles to the distance. A statement from RORC says the new format will offer: ‘increased berthing, enhanced shoreside facilities, competitor functions and events in an exciting development for the race.’ ‘We’ve thought very carefully about how we do this, and agonised about taking the race away from Plymouth’ The move has attracted vociferous objections: a Facebook group called ‘Save the Fastnet Race’ gave voice…

on the wind

300 years of sailing in Cork Entries have opened for what will be a historic Volvo Cork Week from 13-17 July, celebrating the Royal Cork Yacht Club’s 300th anniversary. The Irish club is the world’s oldest and will be holding a series of events, including a classic yacht regatta. Full details on corkweek.ie Pedal power Adventurer Josh Stinton pedalled 3,000 miles across the Atlantic in November and December in the ARC rally. Stinton is sailing aboard the 90ft sloop Diablesse and was aiming to beat the yacht’s daily mileage each day on his recumbent static bike, which is mounted on a cradle on deck. He was raising money for Los Cabos Children’s Foundation. It was his first ever offshore sailing experience. Back round the world The Mirpuri Foundation, which backed Turn the Tide on Plastic…

helen fretter

This announcement was never going to be universally popular. It has attracted strong criticism, some even calling for RORC CEO Warden-Owen to resign, such is the strength of feeling. It’s also divided opinion in the Yachting World office. But I think the RORC has made a brave move. At a time when so many events struggle for numbers, the Fastnet turns hundreds of sailors away. Plymouth was the traditional home of this event, but berths were spread out, and the race village at Mount Batten disconnected from the city. It attracted little public footfall either – hardly surprising, when the big headliners, the giant multihulls or supermaxis, were unable to stay. It is a huge shame for Plymouth, which has now lost several key events, but the appetite for yacht races in the…

catamarans on the rise in arc rally

‘Multis have really taken off in the last three years” – World Cruising’s Jeremy Wyatt One of the largest ever transatlantic fleets set off from Las Palmas in November on three different ARC events. A combined total of 185 crews were taking part in the main ARC rally direct to St Lucia and 95 more in the ARC+ fleets, which cross via Cape Verde and finish in either St Lucia or neighbouring St Vincent. The growth of the rally was accommodated by creating these two supplementary events, which leave prior to the ARC and arrive earlier, freeing up marina space at each end. But by doing so, the organisers have made events with a different flavour – the ARC+ is particularly popular with families and parents sailing with young children. The events continue…