Yachts & Yachting magazine February 2019

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
new year’s resolutions

What’s your new year’s resolution? For me, it’s to spend more time on the water in 2019 and I’m already organising my diary and trying to think of every way possible to make that happen. I’m sure it will be the same for many of you. But, flicking through the calendar for the 2019 season, it’s looking rather light in the way of pinnacle events: none of the big three are scheduled: no Olympics, no Volvo, no Vendée. That’s not to say there isn’t plenty else going on, including two America’s Cup World Series later on in the year and the inaugural SailGP event kicking off next month down under (we can’t wait!) And that’s without mentioning the plethora of amateur events around the country – including this year, the Fastnet,…

5 min

Ocean Race releases IMOCA rule Details are slowly trickling in about the next edition of the crewed Ocean Race, previously known as the Volvo Ocean Race, due to start in 2021. An update at the Paris Boat Show revealed some further details; however, a great deal of information is still to be confirmed. Race co-CEO’s, Richard Brisius and Johan Salén, have reaffirmed their commitment to a two-boat race with youth crews competing in VO65s and the main prize being fought for in modified IMOCA60s. The rules for crewed IMOCAs in the race have now been agreed, with additions such as four fixed bunks to incorporate crew. Organisers have also confirmed that the race will depart from Alicante, Spain as it has for many editions. There will also be a prologue leg this time…

1 min
they said…

“It is the biggest thing I have won. I have never sailed at a level like this before. It is the first time I have beaten Robert [Scheidt]. That is a nice feeling! He is a legend. I am very happy.” Pedro Trouche (27), who was crewing for Jorge Zarif (26) became the first winners of the Star Sailors League aged under 40! The Brazilians where unsurprisingly pleased to beat the national sailing hero, Schiedt. “Sharks eating the barnacles (I think) so didn’t need to swim…” Tapio Lehtinen is no doubt glad of not having to swim amongst the sharks as he participates in the Golden Globe Race. “Our name is a nod to Dennis Connor’s ‘Stars & Stripes’ campaigns that defined all-American, America’s Cup racing for decades. We are the next generation…” Stars &…

1 min
in brief

HP30s All of the 2018 HP30 competitors have agreed to race again in 2019 season, with 10 boats lining up to race a full schedule: download details at Vote now Don’t forget to vote for your winner in the joint RYA and Y&Y Club of the Year Award. You have until 28 January. View full details of the shortlisted finalists online at: Injured America’s Cup winner Jimmy Spithill has incurred an elbow tendon injury while preparing for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on Comanche. As a result he could not participate in the 2018 edition of the iconic Australian event. Youth Welsh sailing hub Pwllheli and Devon’s capital Plymouth will host the 2020 and 2021 editions of the RYA Youth National Championships. Figaro British solo sailor and Artemis Academy alumni, Will…

5 min
a step too far?

Susie Goodall, the last remaining British sailor in the Golden Globe Race is back on dry land, following rescue from her dramatically pitchpoled Rustler 37 in the middle of the Southern Ocean. Goodall had built a significant following home and abroad due, in part to being the youngest competitor and the only female in the race, but also when in a number of interviews ahead of the start where she had shown herself to be friendly, down to earth and generally affable. So the emotion that rippled through the sailing community on news of her rescue was understandable, and he collective sigh of relief audible as we received the first images of her being winched to safety aborad the MV Tian Fu, some 2000nm west of Cape Horn. The Golden Globe Race…

4 min
bob fisher

One very pleasant move is observed by the latest (as I write) accepted Challenger for the next America’s Cup – Stars & Stripes from the Long Beach Yacht Club. It intends to strictly observe the nationality rule – all those sailing on their AC75 will be American nationals. That was the original concept of the competition and the two leaders, Mike Buckley and Taylor Canfield are extremely keen to uphold it. So too is the commodore, Bill Durrant, who referred to the club’s association with Canfield’s professional racing career, noting that he had twice won the Congressional Cup – generally acknowledged as the pinnacle event in match racing. The team has the blessing of the most successful American AC skipper, Dennis Conner, who has approved the use of Stars & Stripes…