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Yachting World November 2020

Published by TI Media Limited 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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
R 99,40
R 756,75
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
the world beneath

Surprise appearances by marine life are one of the great joys of sailing away from shore: a pod of porpoises playing in your bow wave is guaranteed to lift the mood of even the most jaded crew. It’s also humbling, a reminder that we are brief visitors to their world and always, always lucky to be there. A whale sighting, meanwhile, is humbling on another level. Peter Nielsen’s gripping account of how a casual encounter with a sperm whale led to a mid-ocean abandonment and ship-to-ship rescue is a cautionary tale of their power (see page 52). More extraordinary still are recent accounts of yachts apparently being attacked by a pod of orcas in the Bay of Biscay (page 12). Scientists are baffled as to why the whales are behaving in such…

4 min
nz and australia reject cyclone refuge plea

New Zealand and Australia have rejected pleas from cruisers seeking refuge from Pacific cyclones. In a formal reply to the Ocean Cruising Club in mid-September, both countries refused to lift a ban on foreign ships other than cargo or fishing vessels. Most of the yachts that were sailing across the Pacific when COVID-19 struck will now be trapped in areas where they may not be insured. New Zealand is, however, offering to exempt owners who commit to spending at least NZ$50,000 (€28,000) on refit and maintenance work. Meanwhile Australian officials said: ‘Travellers may wish to consider whether they may present as a significant economic activity for a State or Territory and seek their support.’ Around 700 yachts cross the Pacific each year, arriving from the US West Coast, Mexico and the Panama…

2 min
on the wind

Youth America’s Cup cancelled Border restrictions on overseas visitors to New Zealand have been cited as the chief reason for the cancellation of the Youth America’s Cup. The event had 19 confirmed teams and was to have been raced by mixed gender crews in the new AC9F one-design foiling monohull. The regatta was promoted as a pathway to the Cup and estimated to generate revenues of NZ$10m. Drones to the rescue The MCA is confident that remotely piloted aircraft could drive the next generation of coastguard search and rescue, following a recent programme of test flights. The MCA has been carrying out trials using the Elbit Systems Hermes 900, a maritime patrol drone with a wingspan of 15m, designed to identify hazards at sea and monitor large areas of water. Square rigger’s UK cruises The…

1 min
new zealand’s cup boom fades

New Zealand’s prospects of an America’s Cup bonanza are fast receding, as superyachts turn away and overseas visitors shelve their plans to come to the Cup. Some fear that, if New Zealand’s stringent entry restrictions continue into 2021, the Prada Cup and the America’s Cup finals could end up being largely a domestic event, with little international razzamatazz. The anticipated economic boom of hosting the Cup included a forecast that superyachts would generate around NZ$180m. But many have already turned for home, put off by the uncertainty of whether owners, guests and charterers will be allowed into New Zealand, plus the requirement to upfront 50% of refit costs. Currently, around 20 superyachts are thought to be in New Zealand. Auckland Council subsidiary Panuku says it expects to take a NZ$3.2 million hit…

2 min
orcas attack yachts in biscay

An unexplained spate of apparent attacks on yachts by killer whales off the coast of Spain has caused serious damage to several boats. The latest yacht to be damaged was a Hallberg-Rassy 36, which was en route to the UK from Spain and being sailed by a delivery crew from Halcyon Yachts when it encountered the aggressive whale pod. “Our delivery crew had just set off from A Coruña and were a couple of miles offshore when the crew suddenly felt the wheel being ripped out of their hands,” Peter Green of Halcyon Yachts told Yachting World. “At first they thought something had gone wrong with the autopilot but it carried on and then they saw the orca. It is not uncommon for them to come and play but this is a new…

1 min
plymouth to host uk sailgp series

Plymouth has been chosen as the UK’s host city for the SailGP Season 2 next year. The city bid against five others in the UK to host the foiling F50 catamarans, including Cowes where the series was last held in 2019. The Plymouth SailGP regatta will run from 17-18 July following races in San Francisco in April and New York in June. Next year also sees another edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race which, for the first time in 96 years, will not finish in Plymouth, having moved to Cherbourg. The organising Royal Ocean Racing Club has signed a two-race deal with the French city. When the new route was announced last year, Plymouth City Council faced a barrage of criticism for allowing the famous ocean race to be prised away. The…