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Sailing World September/October 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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English
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Bonnier Corporation
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4 Issues

In this issue

4 min.
a cup half full

Naturally occurring forest fires are Mother Nature’s way of cleansing itself of dead wood and invasive species, allowing dormant new growth to rise anew. That’s how I equate the outcome of the 35th America’s Cup Match. Emirates Team New Zealand came to Bermuda, laid its pile of tinder, and then threw a match on the entire thing. The era of Oracle Team USA went up in an inferno to be reborn in Auckland in 2021. Larry Ellison underwrote an incredible chapter of the America’s Cup, pushing the technology in a way that was so progressive it left old oldtimers wishing for the return of normal match racing and boats with sails that go up and down. Ellison brought the Cup and high-speed catamaran racing to the shorelines of San Francisco and…

3 min.
cross-atlantic expressway

Four of France’s top multihull skippers raced to join Fourth of July celebrations in New York City through the Bridge, a unique event that commemorated the 100th anniversary of American troops’ involvement in World War I. The race pitted four Ultime maxi-trimarans against the cruise ship Queen Mary 2 in a sprint across the Atlantic. The 1,132-foot Queen Mary 2 and the 100 foot Ultime trimarans Actual, IDEC Sport, Macif and Sodebo Ultim left the French port city of Saint-Nazaire, where the first American soldiers originally arrived back on June 25, 1917. The ocean liner carried a mix of French businessmen, academics and musicians participate in the “100 Club,” a future-focused conference tied to the event, while the fully crewed Ultimes were stocked with international multihull talent. Since the Queen…

4 min.
former glory

STARTING LINE • Experiencing Kialoa III power through waves with a grace and beauty rarely found in modern sailboats today is a sensation not lost on Roland Pieper. The 61-year-old Dutch entrepreneur helmed the 43-year-old Sparkman & Stephens classic to a first in class, with seven race wins, at the most recent Antigua Sailing Week. “It was a tough competition — we had plenty of waves right over the boat in the early part of the week,” says Pieper, “plus a young, new crew who were initially very inexperienced in racing such a big boat with so much power.” The regatta was the second time Kialoa III had been back in true racing form since being purchased in 2013 by the K3 Foundation and restored for two years. The foundation first displayed the…

1 min.
quantum sails terry’s playbook

When you find yourself heading back to the line to restart, don’t despair, there’s a whole racecourse ahead to get back in the race. Quickly acknowledge the mistake, take a deep breath, and keep these tips in mind. STICK TO THE GAME PLAN: The frustration of being OCS often causes teams to completely abandon their prestart game plan. Instead, try to find a way to utilize your pre-race research. WORK TO GET A CLEAR LANE: For example, your best opportunity might be to get to the left to clear yourself around the pin and tack back to starboard. You’ll be second row — or worse — but the separation from the boats that started properly may allow you to still execute your plan. GET OUT OF PHASE: If neither side is favored, look to…

4 min.
the saltwater cowboy

STARTING LINE • On October 16, 1992, Mike Plant left New York Harbor on board Coyote bound for Les Sables d’Olonne, France, with plans of a fourth solo circumnavigation, the Vendée Globe. Plant radioed a passing cargo ship a few days later to pass on information that Coyote’s electronics were down. It was the last time he would be heard from. Weeks later, the 60-foot Coyote was found 500 miles north of the Azores inverted and missing its keel. Plant’s story is one of perseverance and grit. After seeing a film about circumnavigation, Plant quit his construction job to race singlehanded around the world. His career was driven by his thirst for adventure. In 1987, Plant won his class in the BOC Challenge, the first of two in which he would compete.…

3 min.
trickle-down efforts

STARTING LINE “Sustainability” is one of the most misunderstood social movements today. What exactly does it entail for sailors, besides the low-hanging fruit of the elimination of single-use plastic bottles? Much more, says Todd McGuire, of 11th Hour Racing. The organization’s high-profile efforts to date have been with the TP52 Super Series, Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing, and the Volvo Ocean Race—and with these programs they’ve identified sustainable practices applicable to sailors, yacht clubs and any other waterfront facility. McGuire shares the organization’s top five. 01 Shooters from the Solent Land Rover BAR’s training base in Portsmouth, England, uses renewable energy, water-collection systems and a long list of environmental best practices, but the team’s efforts extend to the water too. It has implemented a program to re-establish the Solent’s native oyster population —…