Yachts & Yachting magazine August 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
flying high

The SailGP series, in its young life, has attracted probably about the amount of coverage that founder Larry Ellison hoped for – tons. Like any idea that shakes things up a bit, that coverage has not always been partisan, but while the traditionalists stand around being sniffy, Larry’s one-design F50s are out there putting on a hell of a show. In August the show comes to Cowes, having wowed thousands of onlookers in Sydney, San Francisco and most recently New York, where the GBR team were lucky to be back racing shortly after a high-speed capsize. The Solent should be slightly easier than the narrow confines and unpredictable gusts of the Hudson River, but the Solent ain’t that easy. Watching these precarious machines screaming along at near 50 knots just…

7 min

18ft Eeyore wins Round the Island Race Light conditions proved the undoing of many Round the Island Race competitors, with only 257 out of 1,200 entrants finishing by the 10.30pm deadline. The 100ft trimaran Actual Leader took 7hrs 33mins and 36secs to round the island for line honours, and Sir Peter Ogden’s Judel Vrolijk Mini Maxi Jethou was the fastest monohull at 9hrs 28secs. The race win and coveted Golden Roman Bowl was won by the smallest competing yacht – a bilge-keeled Alacrity 18 named Eeyore, skippered by Gurnard resident Jo Richards (pictured below, centre) with a time of 13hrs 36min and 31secs. “It was an interesting but long race,” said Richards, who is a prolific yacht designer and won Olympic bronze in 1984 in the Flying Dutchman class with Peter Allam.…

1 min
they said…

“It is a relief it is over. I am sure in a week I will be missing it. On day two I was leading and then suddenly you are in the back of the fleet. I was happy to get the lead as I sailed into it with a tactical decision, and I am happy I seem to be fast, but I don’t seem to have had the luck to pull an overall result. It is hard to keep up with these good guys! Will Harris at the conclusion of a promising campaign on La Solitaire, which resulted in a 22nd place “In true British style, with a stiff upper lip we will put our disappointment behind us and come out fighting” Dylan Fletcher, the helmsman of the SailGP GBR Team following their…

1 min
in numbers

175 editions of Dartmouth Royal Regatta are being celebrated in August (see p32). Regattas have taken place in the harbour since the 1820s, the current series starting in 1834 10 per cent of sailors in the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race will be women. Only one female skipper has won it – French sailor Catherine Chabaud in 1999 20 years of the RS800 are being celebrated on 7 September with a one-day Reunion Regatta aimed at people who sailed 800s over the years, followed by a dinner in Eastbourne. See our full RS800 feature next month 7 the average number of times the top-10 finishers have competed in La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro. Although this year’s (second time) winner Yoann Richomme has done 8…

1 min
in brief

Winning In Class A of the Superyacht Cup in Palma the 33m Win Win was able to secure her third successive victory, this one by the narrow margin of just 33 seconds on corrected time ahead of Nilaya, with Open Season third in the race and overall in the class. The triumph is a second SYC win for the Javier Jaudenes designed Baltic Yacht-built boat, which also topped the table in 2016. Catnap Young sailors in the 2019 IODA Optimist World Championships will have a taste of luxury afloat thanks to event co-sponsor Dream Yacht Charter, which will provide cruising cats for accommodation. Youth World Sailing has announced the 2021 Youth Sailing World Championships will take place in The Hague, Netherlands, one year before the Sailing World Champs are scheduled in the…

2 min
jeremy white elvstrom sails uk

Would Paul Elvstrom be happy with how Elvstrom UK looks today? I’d imagine he’d be amazed at how much sailmakers have evolved over the years. When I started sail-making in the early 1980s there were only a handful of sailmakers. What is the advantage of your new Cable Free Code Zero? It can be flown with significantly less halyard tension than a cabled Code Zero, which enables the sail to project further forwards. This helps create a straighter, non-flapping leech and means the sail works across wider sailing angles. Without a stiff, heavy cable, the sail is lighter to move around and storage is easier. How do you test a new product such as this? It had a season of testing with the Lady Mariposa Racing Team, on board their Ker 46 and no doubt…