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Sailing World March/April 2017

Sailing World connects the community of racing sailors through words, images and shared experiences. Across many mediums, it explores the sailor’s passion and showcases the lifestyle, destinations and technology. It links knowledge-hungry participants to the sport’s top experts, providing unrivaled instructional content.

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United States
Bonnier Corporation
R 87,76
R 219,32
4 Issues

in this issue

6 min.
great expectations

In my teens, some 30 years ago, my sailing life was far simpler than it is for youth sailors today. As we raced to the top of our regional regattas, we aspired to reach a major junior championship, and beyond that, high school nationals, and then on to college sailing. Those who wanted to dream big had the Olympics. Professional sailing was hardly a consideration; the America’s Cup and Whitbread Race were for old guys, and beyond that, there really was nothing else. For young sailors of my generation, the path forward was straight and narrow. That’s not so today, right? The sport’s evolution from simple dinghies and big keelboats to smaller athletic sportboats and foilers has created more opportunities for younger sailors to get in on the grand-prix action sooner.…

5 min.
the unshakeable man

Surrounded by an armada of spectator boats and helicopters overhead, thousands of fans enduring frigid temperatures to cheer from the shoreline, with countless more watching an online live stream, skipper Armel Le Cléac’h completed the final few miles into Les Sables d’Olonne harbor, culminating a record-breaking singlehanded round-the-world Vendée Globe race. Usually a steely-faced professional, Le Cléac’h dropped his guard, choked with emotion at the huge reception and the successful culmination of 10 years spent chasing Vendée victory. The Banque Populaire skipper finished runner-up in both the 2008-09 and 2012-13 editions, the win eluding him last time by 3 hours and 17 minutes. “I am somewhere between wanting to jump for joy and crying,” he says of the finish. “I’ve had two good second places, but only winning is beautiful.” Thanks to…

5 min.
my time machine

The Day Sailer really moves on the race course. It has all the right sails and strings, and it’s comfortable and it’s responsive. What I cherish even more than George O’Day and Uffa Fox’s timeless design, however, is the experience of stepping on board and instantly feeling connected to other chapters of my life. I realize this recently at the annual Day Sailer Crab Pot Regatta at the Severn Sailing Association in Annapolis, Maryland, in October 2016. This non-club-sanctioned tradition has taken different formats through the years, but it always includes something adventurous late in the season, an opportunity to switch boats and crews, and a bowl of chili afterward. On this occasion, our generous fleet captain Robin Richards has rigged Kanaka and Bail Out so we can do a little…

2 min.
for the cause

Smith Mountain Lake, tucked away in the Appalachian mountains of southwest Virginia, boasts 500 miles of shoreline and opportunities aplenty for inland sailing. A power company built the lake 50 years ago, and to celebrate the anniversary the Blackwater Yacht Racing Association and Pelican Point Yacht Club teamed up with local businesses to sponsor a 50-kilometer “Around the Lake” Yacht Race in May 2016. It wasn’t enough to hold a simple pointto- point competition, though. Organizers wanted to do some good for the community while celebrating the milestone. They set up a handicap system for the regatta based on fundraising: For every $1 raised, a team would have 30 seconds subtracted from their finish time. All proceeds were donated to the National Kidney Foundation, a close-to-home cause for many Smith Lake…

1 min.
francis joyon

Reflects on his team’s 40-day aroundthe- world record: “In our second [record] attempt of the year, we once again had problems with the Doldrums. But Gwénolé [Gahinet], the eternal optimist, told us things could only get better. By the Cape of Good Hope, we were better placed than in the simulations, and then all the doors opened for us. We knew that to beat the record, we would have to stay above 35 knots, which was the speed of the front in the Indian and a part of the Pacific. We knew that is where the record would be won. We were so motivated that we had several days at around 900 miles. Sometimes we tried to stay below 40 knots, but we needed to stay ahead of that front.”…

3 min.
big boat, small world

Unique seamanship skills, prodigious tenacity and exceptional luck defined Thomas Coville’s 49-day around-the-world solo record — breaking Francis Joyon’s record set in 2008 — came down to the 110-foot trimaran, Sodebo. I didn’t really beat the record — the boat did,” says Coville. Indeed, Sodebo is, at the very least, one of the fastest multihulls on the planet, with Francis Joyon’s IDEC and François Gabart’s Banque Populaire also on the roster. The 115-foot mast has 3,050 square feet of mainsail and 2,230 square feet of total sail area. Voluminous hulls and foil design allow the boat to maintain 30-knot averages in 15 to 22 knots of wind. Coville’s average speed over the 28,400-mile passage was 24 knots, with intermittent speeds blasts of 40-plus knots. Sodebo’s speed potential helped Coville stay out of trouble numerous…