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Yachting Monthly February 2021

Published by TI Media Limited Yachting monthly is at the heart of the British yachting market and is for people who actively sail their boats - whether cruising across the channel, around the coast or further a field in blue waters. It provides an entertaining mix of vital information for cruising yachtsmen with all levels of experience, which maximises their enjoyment, increases their skills and gives them the confidence to broaden their horizons.

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2 min
humble sea dogs

Few of us could hope to emulate Jean Le Cam’s dramatic rescue of Kevin Escoffier in the Southern Ocean during this year’s Vendée Globe Race. While Yachting Monthly wouldn’t normally venture into the lofty world of offshore racing, the astounding seamanship involved in plucking a shipwrecked sailor from a liferaft ricocheting around the immense Southern Ocean deserves attention, racer or not. Pete Goss is uniquely qualified to comment on the rescue (p46) as one of the few to have done exactly this – for Raphaël Dinelli during the 1996/7 Vendée Globe. His insights are gold-dust to us mere mortals because they are tempered by real experience and apply to coastal cruising as well as ocean crossings. Have you considered how you would operate your safety gear when your fingers are numb with…

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3 min
atlantic rescue for vendée globe skipper

The sailing world has praised veteran Vendée Globe skipper Jean Le Cam after his dramatic rescue of fellow competitor Kevin Escoffier whose IMOCA 60, PRB broke in two during the race. The 40-year-old, who had been lying in third place, had just minutes to abandon ship in 16ft waves before PRB sank around 840 miles south-west of Cape Town. ‘You know those images of shipwrecks? It was like that, but worse,’ explained Escoffier. ‘In four seconds the boat nosedived, the bow folded at 90°. I put my head down in the cockpit, a wave was coming. I had time to send one text [Mayday] before the wave fried the electronics. It was completely crazy. It folded the boat in two [forward of the mast bulkhead].’ Le Cam, 61, was diverted to assist,…

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1 min
jon holt is sailor of the decade

The founder of the Scaramouche Sailing Trust, Jon Holt, has won the inaugural YJA MS Amlin International Sailor of the Decade Award. Holt, who is head of outdoor education at Greig City Academy in Hornsey in London, started running his sailing programme in 2014. It has gone on to provide sailing opportunities for young people from all backgrounds. In 2017, Greig City was the first state school to compete in a Fastnet Race on their own yacht. The Trust has since gone from strength to strength, with students racing regularly in Etchells and 420s. They have also taken part in the 2019 Fastnet Race, and during the COVID-19 pandemic refurbished more boats. ‘As time has gone on, with our project, it has felt more important; we are showing people what can be…

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1 min
news in numbers

500 Plans by Conygar Investment Company for a 500-berth marina at Newry Beach in Holyhead are expected to be submitted for planning consent in early 2021 20K Cromarty Harbour Trust has received £20,000 from Historic Environment Scotland to improve the safety and access to the Smeaton Mole, the outer pier of Cromarty Harbour Extended nominations Nominations for the MS Amlin Seamanship Awards 2020 have been extended, due to the impact of COVID-19 on UK sailing. Nominations will now close on 31 August 2021. All existing entries will be included in the 2021 judging process. yachtingmonthly.com/seamanshipaward…

1 min
online provenance check for boats on sale

A new online Manufacturers Identity Code (MIC) database has been launched which will help boat buyers confirm the identity of vessels for sale. The free service is being run by British Marine. A requirement of the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD), an MIC forms part of a unique serial number that every CE-marked boat must have and enables manufacturers and regulators to identify each particular vessel. It also helps others to identify the country of origin, the builder and year of build of the boat. From 1 January 2021, all global boat builders, including EU-based manufacturers, have to register their MIC on the UK register to place a vessel on the British market. Previous MIC data will also be transferred to the database, helping buyers of second-hand boats. The CEO of the Yacht…

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1 min
dredging programme for scottish canals

Scottish Canals has received £1 million from the Scottish Government for its Caledonian and Crinan winter dredging programme. The work will be carried out between Laggan Spout and Kytra on the Caledonian in February and March. Dredging will commence at Ardrishaig Harbour on the Crinan in January, and will take place at locations along the length of the canal until March 2021. A total of £3.7m will also be spent replacing lock gates one to four on the Crinan and bridge improvement works at Cairnbaan, Oakfield and Crinan Ferry Bridge.…

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