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Yachting World

Yachting World October 2019

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd Yachting World is world's leading international yachting magazine. From ocean racing and blue water cruising to the most glamorous super-yachts, Yachting World has the very best in nautical writing and stunning photography, with up-to-the-minute technical reports, race analysis, new boat tests and much more.

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yachting world

www.twitter.com/yachtingworld www.facebook.com/yachtingworldmagazine INFORMATION IS POWER For some of the smaller yachts in this year’s Rolex Fastnet Race, a deep low pressure system threatened to chase them home. This was a low with a central pressure over Ireland of 984mb, almost (but not quite) as deep as the storm of 978mb that engulfed the Fastnet fleet so disastrously 40 years ago, on almost the same day of the same summer month. The defining element of the disaster in 1979 was the rapidly generated, precipitous sea state, so one can’t make direct comparisons. But what we can conclude is that, however rare, summer storms can be as intense as those in winter. What perhaps is most noteworthy about this anniversary coincidence is that, once again, pre-race forecasts did not predict this. This was anticipated to be a…

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dawn watch

Sunrise over the Irish coast as French sailor Catherine Pourre rounds the Fastnet lighthouse and heads back to the finish of the Rolex Fastnet Race in Plymouth. Pourre was racing her Class 40 Eärendil. She is one of the class’s most experienced skippers and this was her fourth Fastnet. She has also twice competed in the double-handed Transat Jacques Vabre, and several times in the RORC’s Caribbean 600. There were 13 Class 40s in the race this year. Franco-British sailor Luke Berry was 1st in class in Lamotte-Module Création, while Eärendil finished 3rd. See our feature on page 32.…

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spread of canvas

A different perspective of the spread of canvas set on the 140ft Herreshoff schooner Mariette of 1915 while racing at the Loro Piana Regatta. Racing a big schooner is an athletic game, requiring young and nimble crew who can work aloft. For example, someone needs to be right at the top of the foremast to hoist or put away the main topmast staysail. Mariette generally flies eight sails upwind, and it takes experience to avoid bad sheet leads to get all these sails trimmed in harmony. Racing is often carried out with a crew of as many as 30 people, so clear communication is essential.…

2 min.
secret’s out as alex thomson reveals new hugo boss

One of the most anticipated and closely guarded new boats to launch this year, Alex Thomson’s new Hugo Boss, made its first appearance in August. The aim with his new IMOCA 60 is to try to win the 2020 Vendée Globe. Thomson and his team are renowned for producing boats with radical ideas and aggressive styling. The latest design, a collaboration between VPLP and Thomson’s in-house team, is no exception. He promised his seventh boat will be “a head-turner” – and, with her modern black and magenta branding, sculptural curved lines and radical new layout, she is just that. Thomson is keeping the details very close to his chest until the boat’s official launch in mid-September, but the first photos reveal that the bow sections are fuller and more bulbous than VPLP’s…

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new imocas pour from sheds

Traditionally, France closes up and goes on holiday in August. But for some of the top solo sailors and their teams, les grandes vacances were all but eliminated this year. With November’s Transat Jacques Vabre race – a vital test run in race mode descending the first 4,350 nautical miles of the Vendée Globe track – they need to get up to speed, writes Andi Robertson. Three new boats rolled out of the sheds in succession, each from different design teams. One of the most exciting aspects of the 2020 Vendée Globe non-stop solo race around the world is that the five-year monopoly of the VPLPVerdier collaboration has ended; four different design stables will have new build contenders. Three of this summer’s seven launches had appeared by late July and early August.…

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new world ‘super rally’

A new round the world rally with a VIP service level is being launched by four former team members of the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR). The first event will run in November 2020 and the second a year later, starting from Alicante, crossing to Lanzarote, then Guadeloupe before going through the Panama Canal, across the Pacific to Australia, then Singapore, South Africa, Brazil, St Lucia and Cuba before returning to Spain via the Azores. The entire event will run over two-and-a-half years to allow crews plenty of cruising time. The World Yacht Rally is being set up by Stef van’t Zand, who was head of host port operations for the VOR and shore manager for Brunel Sunergy from 1996-1999. He is being joined by New Zealander Jack Lloyd, former race director, and…