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Yachting World March 2021

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
extreme circumstances

Online www.yachtingworld.com YouTube Yachting World Facebook @yachtingworld twitter @yachtingworldmagazine It is a fundamental principle that any seafarer will go to the assistance of another in distress. It’s enshrined in our laws, our racing rules, and our martime traditions. That four Vendée Globe skippers diverted to help when Kevin Escoffier abandoned ship in November is no surprise. That those actions would impact the overall result, two months later, is unprecedented. It’s hard not to feel for Charlie Dalin, who crossed the finish line 1st. He sailed a brilliant race on his first attempt, including effecting a complex foil repair, but could only watch as the hours ticked away, taking his lead with it (see page 10). Yet Dalin was philosophical. That, he commented on arrival, is just how it goes. Every Vendée skipper knows they might need…

4 min
america’s cup fortunes reversed

Reversing the odds over the space of four weeks, where the worst performing America’s Cup Challenger team became the best and vice versa, was on nobody’s radar here in Auckland before January, writes Matthew Sheahan. It isn’t just the pundits that have been surprised by the complete turnaround in fortunes in the Challengers’ camp, the teams have been shocked too. Among them was American Magic, who had never expected to be so comprehensively thrashed in the opening two Round Robins. After the first two weekends of the Prada Cup they had nearly lost their entire campaign after ripping a hole in the bottom of their boat in a dramatic capsize, and having to perform a major rebuild simply to stay in the game. The only team to have beaten the Defenders Emirates Team…

2 min
on the wind

Rivals rally to rebuild Patriot Just nine days after near-sinking on the Hauraki Gulf, the American Magic AC75 Patriot was back on the water test-sailing its hastily repaired systems. A replacement hull panel was fabricated by ETNZ’s build team and, on relaunch, Patriot sported a ‘sticking plaster’ on her hull thanking the British, Italian and New Zealand teams for their help with the boat’s recovery and repair. Vendée closer, but slower When Charlie Dalin crossed the finish line on 27 January it was eight years to the day since his mentor, François Gabart, won in 2013. Dalin’s time was two days slower than Gabart, and six more than Armel Le Cleac’h in 2017. Light conditions in the South Atlantic saw the new foilers fail to set records, and the whole fleet was closer…

5 min
vendée victory goes to the wire

‘I feel like I’m living in a dream! This result is beyond my expectations’ After what was not only the closest, but also the most complex finish in the Vendée Globe’s 32-year history, Yannick Bestaven won the 2020/21 edition. Bestaven on Maître CoQ IV was 3rd across the finish line early on Thursday 28 January, but earned the win thanks to a time compensation of 10 hours and 15 minutes, which he was awarded for his role in the search and rescue of fellow competitor Kevin Escoffier back in November. On a tense final night after 80 days of racing, the first boat home was Charlie Dalin on Apivia, who finished at 1935 on the evening of the 27th, completing the course in 80d 06h 15min. At that point, Dalin did not yet…

2 min
fastnet race record entry

This summer’s biggest sailing event looks set to be the Rolex Fastnet Race after a record 500 places were claimed within an hour of online registration opening in January. Eddie Warden Owen, outgoing CEO of the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) said: “It seems that everyone is looking forward positively to a future of sailing without COVID-19 hanging over their heads as once again we have a ‘sell-out’ Rolex Fastnet Race. More than 400 boats registered in less than an hour and when you add to this the non-IRC fleets like the IMOCA and Class 40, plus the usual mixture of multihulls, it makes the tally around 500 boats. It’s very exciting for our sport.” The race, which will begin from Cowes on 8 August, will for the first time follow a…

1 min
warden owen to step down

After 12 years as CEO of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, Eddie Warden Owen will step down this year following the Rolex Fastnet Race in August. Warden Owen, 71, took the helm following a professional sailing career that spans an Olympic campaign in the late 1970s, a series of Admiral’s Cup campaigns and six America’s Cup campaigns. He has overseen a period of expansion and change at ocean racing’s most influential club. The Caribbean 600 and Transatlantic races were launched on his watch, the Rolex Fastnet Race expanded to embrace top professional classes and grand prix multihulls and a merger was forged with the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club in Cowes. “The time is right not only for the club, but for me personally,” he said. “I am looking forward to a new…