Yachts & Yachting magazine December 2018

Since 1947 Yachts & Yachting has been famed for its excellent coverage of all aspects of racing, from local dinghy and keelboat events to the heights of the Olympic Games, America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race. As well as the top end events, each issue is full of vital information, including technique and tips from some of the best coaches in the sport, interviews and profiles, kit and equipment guides, as well as tests of the latest new boats.

United Kingdom
Chelsea Magazine
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
sailing for a cause

I had the honour this month of interviewing Tracy Edwards, winner of the inaugural British Yachting Awards Outstanding Achievement Award as decided by our expert editorial panel. It brought back memories of when, as a youngster who had just recently been bitten by the sailing bug, I avidly followed Maiden’s earliest adventures in the 1989-90 Whitbread race, wholly taken by the possibilities that presented. Now, nearly 30 years on, and Tracy’s endeavours remain every bit as inspirational. When the rejuvenated Maiden sets sail on her next journey later this year, the boat’s specific purpose will be to raise awareness of the right for girls to access education. It’s a topic that’s clearly very close to Tracy’s heart, and you can’t help but get swept up in her passion when she talks…

1 min
fourth endeavour for saxton & lewis

Ben Saxton and Toby Lewis have won the 2018 Endeavour Trophy – their fourth win at the event in successive years – with an impressive scoreline of six wins. Christian Birrell and Sam Brearey, representing the Merlin Rocket class, were the only ones who managed to break Saxton and Lewis’ complete domination of the regatta, but ultimately could not do enough to impact the overall standings of the lead pair. Birrell and Brearey had to settle for second place overall, while Maria Stanley and Alan Roberts (RS200) took third. Saxton, talking about his win, said: “I am really happy. It is great to have competed here once again in what was another seamless event. Good racing and good shout out to Christian and Sam, and Maria and Alan who kept us on…

1 min
middle sea race boosted at 50

A record breaking fleet took part in the 50th anniversary Rolex Middle Sea Race, where 130 yachts representing 29 countries arrived at the Royal Malta Yacht Club to contest the 600nm race. Though the number of boats taking part made for a brand new record, one long-standing statistic not under threat this year was the 11-year old race record. However, in claiming a fourth straight monohull line honours success, (and a fifth overall), American George David - sailing Rambler - is now that specific award’s most decorated skipper. Even the fastest multihull, Maserati Multi 70, skippered by Giovanni Soldini, was unable to surpass the increasingly resilient time of 47 hours, 55 minutes and 3 seconds set by David’s previous Rambler in 2007. Overall victory on IRC handicap belonged to Géry Trenteseaux’s JPK 11.80…

1 min
ellison’s sailgp gathers pace

Last month the all-new SailGP world tour was announced at a glamorous event in London. The Larry Ellison-backed circuit will make use of updated AC50 foiling catamarans from the last America’s Cup and will visit five venues across the globe through its first season in 2019, including Cowes, UK in August. One of the key aims of the circuit is to have teams representing nations and at last month’s event launch we were introduced to the British contingent of: Dylan Fletcher, Chris Draper, Stuart Bithell, Richard Mason and Matt Gotrel. Since then, three further teams have been confirmed. For USA (pictured): Rome Kirby, Riley Gibbs, Hans Henken, Mac Agnese and Dan Morris. For Australia: Tom Slingsby, Kyle Langford, Jason Waterhouse, Ky Hurst and Sam Newton. For France: Billy Besson, Matthieu Vandame, Marie…

1 min
rán seals fast40+ season

The sixth and final round of the 2018 Fast40+ Circuit proved a frustrating one for the sailors involved, but at least served to confirm the pre-eminence of Rán 7 in a competitive fleet. While unseasonal weather brought sunshine and brilliant blue October skies to the Solent, it failed to deliver enough breeze for racing on two days of the three-day finale hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club. Ultimately, with only two races possible on the first day, the distant prospect of anyone overhauling Niklas Zennström’s consistently sailed Rán in the season standings evaporated along with the wind, the Swedish flagged team settling matters in any event with bullets in both contests. The result secured a season-long clean sweep for the all-black racing machine, boat speed and impressive crew work combining to deliver…

1 min
they said…

“I am not under the same pressure as some of the others here because my sponsorship commitment with the Yacht Club de Monaco is through to the Vendée and the expectation of the people who support me is to bring the boat across in a safe way and to learn for the Vendée Globe.” Boris Herrmann is relaxed ahead of the Route du Rhum, a stepping stone in his bid to become the first German sailor to compete in the Vendée Globe. On paper, we know that one day or another, our flying boat will dominate, but will it be this year or in the next edition? One thing for sure is that our approach is taking things in the right direction.” Seb Josse is convinced foiling Ultimes are the future of the…