Yachting World

Yachting World February 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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different ideas

As cruising events such as the annual ARC rally make very plain, the popularity of multihulls for bluewater sailing is growing, and fast. It is the biggest trend, in the literal sense, but far from the only notable one. There has been a steady move away from complex machinery to simpler and lighter systems for self-sufficiency. Using solar power as the principal or even exclusive source of energy has become commonplace and is taking over from the once ubiquitous (and noisy) wind turbine. Shipping back home after a one-way trip is also on the rise. It is an option that seems to have been costed into people’s bluewater plans from the outset, and allows owners to consider buying different types of yachts and designs, since they won’t need to battle their way…

gitana wins brest ultime race

Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier have won the first big test of the new generation Ultime foiling trimarans, the Brest Atlantiques Race, with the Gitana team’s Maxi Edmond de Rothschild. The Brest Atlantiques was a double-handed 14,000-mile race around the Atlantic, from Brest in France to Rio, then Cape Town, and back to Brest. Four Ultime 32/23 trimarans (the box rule for trimarans of up to 32m LOA and 23m beam, with foiling appendages allowed) lined up: Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, François Gabart’s Macif, Thomas Coville’s brand new Sodebo, and Actual Leader (ex-Sodebo). The race was a significant test for the trimarans as they build up to around the world races, and three of the four completed the course. Despite some potentially boat-breaking conditions as they left Biscay and in the early…

on the wind

Oyster expands A full order book means that Oyster Yachts is looking to recruit an additional 150 tradespeople for its Wroxham and Southampton yards, the company has announced. Scaramouche is Cowes charity Cowes Week Limited has announced that the official charity for the 2020 regatta will be the Greig City Academy’s Scaramouche Sailing Trust, which enables pupils from the inner-London school to compete at events including Cowes Week and the Fastnet as well as restore their own keelboat. Percy wins Stars Britain’s Iain Percy, teaming up with Sweden’s Anders Ekström, has won the Star Sailors League. Percy, an Olympic Gold Medallist, and Ekström, a former World Champion and Bronze Medallist, proved an unbeatable combination in one of racing’s most demanding and technical classes at the league’s final in Nassau, Bahamas. Lifetime award for Janet Grosvenor A well-deserved…

women in sailing review highlights discrimination

World Sailing has released a ‘strategic review’ looking at the representation of women in sailing, particularly racing. The review was underwritten by Andrew Pindar, after he was frustrated by how women in sailing were represented at the World Sailing Annual Conference. The survey elicited over 4,500 responses from 75 countries, and highlighted that there is still a great deal of work to do to achieve some sort of gender parity in sailing: 59% of female respondents reported that they had experienced gender discrimination in the sport, which increased to over 89% for female offshore sailors. Reported incidents ranged from cases of serious sexual harassment to racing protests going unacknowledged, as well as being passed over for crewing roles. One of the biggest areas for concern was among the youth classes, where many reported…

ocean globe race welcomes whitbread maxis

The Ocean Globe Race, the ‘retro’ race which is designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Whitbread Round the World Race in 1973 with a fully-crewed, multi-stage around the world race in 2023, has announced that it will open entries to Whitbread maxis and Whitbread 60s. The new ‘Classic’ class has been created in response to requests from maxi owners which were previously excluded from the list of ‘pre-approved’ designs that could enter. Whitbread skipper Grant Dalton commented: “Those early Whitbread days really were full of passion and completely raw experiences. Every edition put up new challenges with the human element as important, if not more so, than the boat. The stories and characters became legend and we had a lot of fun. “This new Classic Challenge in the Ocean Globe…

yacht that lost its keel is brought back from the deep

One of the most remarkable restorations of recent years is a yacht salvaged from the seabed and completely rebuilt as a luxury charter vessel. Champagne Hippy arrived in St Lucia in December on the ARC rally, showing her new owner’s confidence in the work he has done to restore her to glory. This was once the Oyster 825 Polina Star III, which lost her keel off the coast of Spain in July 2015. She sank in minutes after the matrix to which the keel stub attached catastrophically failed. The crew were rescued from their liferaft. The resulting question of liability was a contributing factor to Oyster going into administration in early 2018. But just as the prestigious yacht company and brand has risen again, so too has Polina Star III. Despite lying 40m…