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Practical Boat Owner August 2017

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd Practical Boat Owner is Britain's biggest-selling boating magazine, trusted and respected by all its readers. A source of useful and helpful information for both power and sail boat owners, PBO helps you get the most from your boat acting as a forum for interacting with like-minded individuals.

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waiting for the tide

with the editor To receive the editor’s monthly email newsletter, go to our website: www.pbo.co.uk A streak of the antisocial A friend of mine recently observed that, after just over 50 years living on this blue-green marble we call Earth, he had discovered that he didn’t like people. Not specific people, you understand – just people in general. This realisation, he said, had helped him enormously in his doings with others, as anyone he met would need to graduate from a default position of dislike before they could have any serious expectations of him. As we were just broaching our third bottle of Muscadet, I concluded that I must have made the grade and felt vaguely flattered. While his position might be regarded as extreme, I know where he’s coming from. Sailors, cruising sailors…

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SEND US YOUR STORIES Email news editor Laura Hodgetts at newspbo@timeinc.com, tel: 01202 440825 Restored project boat sinks within minutes of first launch A pensioner whose yacht sank within minutes of being placed in the water following a five-year restoration says it has been ‘a wonderful adventure’ Scotsman Richard Ogilvy has bounced back from almost losing his beloved yacht to the bottom of Burghead Harbour. The 75-year-old is staying surprisingly positive after the 40ft Sea Wraith sank within minutes of being placed in the water, following a fiveyear restoration project in his garden. Richard, a former forester, who has since raised the yacht with the support of the fishing community, told PBO: ‘I’m having a wonderful adventure. Everybody has been so good, and the boat has come up so well. It has been a rewarding…

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round the island race record broken by a minute

A total of 1,342 yachts turned out to compete in the 2017 Round the Island Race, in association with new sponsor Cloudy Bay. The 70ft trimaran Concise 10 achieved a thrilling race record on 1 July, when Ned Collier Wakefield steered the MOD70 across the finishing line exactly a minute faster than the time set by Phaedo3 in 2016. This will be the second boat in so many months on which Giles Scott, tactician on Land Rover BAR (and sailing on Concise), will have achieved 40+knots. Scott was among some of the world’s finest sailors taking up the challenge of the 50NM classic, which is organised by Island Sailing Club. Alongside them were families sailing for fun, firsttimers and everyone in between. Adam Gosling’s JPK10.80, Yes!, stormed round in IRC1 to take the…

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uk boater fined for red diesel

Risk remains of heavy fines from Belgian authorities if you’re found with red diesel in your fuel tanks. PBO and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) have received a report from a boater who has been fined r500 for having traces of red diesel in the fuel tank after an inspection by Belgian customs in Nieuwpoort. Maurice Phillips and his wife had been enjoying a six-week cruise on their Hunter Channel 31 Blue Diamond. They were en route to their home berth at Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne when Belgian customs boarded the UK-flagged boat on 26 June at the KYCN Marina and, in addition to checking paperwork, examined a sample of fuel, which was found to contain traces of red diesel. Maurice said: ‘This sample was slightly tinged pink, which we thought would be…

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french lock restrictions

Yachtsman Peter Howell, who sails Sundowner, has contacted PBO to warn of lock restrictions. Peter, who currently resides at Port de La Roche Bernard, France, said: ‘The lack of rainfall in the Vilaine has resulted in lock restrictions at Arzal. July lock closures have not yet been announced, but visitors may need to ring ahead to Arzal or LRB port offices to check.’ Cruising Association (CA) president Judith Grimwade said: ‘Lock opening times are on the La Vilaine website at www.lavilaine.com/index.php/en/ eclusages-du-jour or 09 69 32 97. These are in English and French. There is a waiting pontoon downstream of the lock with access ashore, but no water or power.’…

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emirates team new zealand win the 35th america’s cup

Emirates Team New Zealand, helmed by Peter Burling, have won the 35th America’s Cup, presented by Louis Vuitton. The Kiwi team dominated the final stage, winning eight races to Oracle Team USA’s one race win, giving the New Zealanders a final winning scoreline of 7-1. Their final victory on the Great Sound in Bermuda sparked wild celebrations on board their America’s Cup Class boat, and the team’s support boats. Burling now adds the 35th America’s Cup to the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup trophy he won in San Francisco, 2013. The America’s Cup was last won by a team representing New Zealand in 2000, and they are now the defenders of the America’s Cup for the 36th installment of the competition. The 26-year-old Burling said: ‘To win this event at such a young…