Yachts & Yachting magazine April 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
an amateur epic

The Golden Globe Race has gripped some people and been seen as something of an oddity by others. Personally I’ve followed it every day since it started and was one of millions glued to social media as British sailor Susie Goodall was rescued from her sinking yacht in the Southern Ocean. We report on the race in full in this issue and it’s great to read that second-placed Mark Slats now aims to enter the Vendée Globe. The Golden Globe Race was designed as a relatively accessible version of the Vendée, with an estimated entry cost of around £100k, certainly not nothing, but doable for many individuals and sponsors. Slats is clearly a force to be reckoned with and his progress in the offshore racing scene will be fascinating to…

6 min

Malta wins key America’s Cup battle The Malta Altus Challenge in the America’s Cup was celebrating after winning a key nationality ruling that will allow the team to hire sailors who are not Maltese nationals. Prior to the rule change, teams were obliged to hire sailors on a “100% nationality” basis for the 2021 America’s Cup, meaning they had to be from the country of the challenger’s club of record, or have lived there for 380 days between specific dates in 2018 and 2020. The new ruling means teams can now hire anyone to whom their country issues a passport. Malta’s hitlist will surely include a host of SailGP competitors, who are gaining invaluable high-speed foiling experience this year. Among them is Tom Slingsby, who was keen to set up an Australian challenge and…

1 min
they said…

“We didn’t mention last year’s accident at all. But when we finished the race, we toasted with a bottle of rum that was saved from last year. If we do win our class it will be amazing, but win or lose, I am so proud of the whole team that put Fujin back together.” Greg Slyngstad celebrates completing the Caribbean 600 on his Bieker 53, on which the team dramatically capsized at night during the 2018 edition. “Yesterday was the first day where we had closing speeds of 80 knots most of the time. For myself and my team we are pretty inexperienced at the moment and I can tell you I have no idea of whether we are going to cross or not cross in any situation at the moment.” Team China’s…

1 min
in brief

Sponsored Westerhall Rums has renewed its sponsorship of Lendy Cowes Week and is the ‘official rum’ of the event, which takes place from 10-17 August. MD of Westerhall Annabel Kingsman said: “We will continue to bring the spirit of the Caribbean to this quintessentially British event.” Supplied Sta-Lok will return as official rigging supplier for the 2019-20 edition of the Clipper Race. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Clipper Race Chairman and Founder, said: “We look forward to continuing our relationship, further testing its standing rigging throughout the next gruelling edition and showcasing Sta-Lok solutions on a global scale.” Affiliated The RYA Affiliated Clubs Conferences, supported by Gallagher, were hosted across the country at the end of last year. The conferences were the most popular yet, and the free regional conferences feature key note speakers…

5 min
speed and class

The foiling Multi 70 (a MOD70 fitted with hydrofoils) Maserati, owned by Italian Giovanni Soldini, has set a new race record in the RORC Caribbean 600. The race, which sees competitors sailing 600 nautical miles around 11 Caribbean islands, has fast become a classic of the global racing scene and is now often mentioned in the same breath as other 600-mile classics the Rolex Sydney to Hobart and Rolex Fastnet. However, unlike those two longstanding calendar highlights, the RORC Caribbean 600 is relatively in its infancy. This year’s race was the eleventh running of the event. That, coupled with the rapid developments in offshore and coastal racers in recent years, has led to a relatively high number of new course records. That should not take anything away from Soldini’s team, who are…

3 min
bob fisher

As things currently stand, the Finn class is due to be excluded from the Olympic Games in France in 2024 and replaced with a mixed sex, two person, offshore class (at present undetermined). However, that seems to be neither a popular, nor practical, option. It has all the popularity of a foul smell in a restricted space and the practicality of making lace with electric cable! This all comes about because World Sailing, which controls these decisions, allegedly voted that way at its mid-year meeting in Sarasota. I say ‘allegedly’ because there have been some reports of mis-tallied votes, counted and submitted digitally. Either way, I find it hard to believe the decision was not taken for financial reasons – in other words, because the new offshore class would bring in…