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Yachting World April 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.

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

in this issue

1 min
core values

Heroes come in many forms. From the deluge of messages we’ve received recently, it’s clear that sailing has a new one, and she’s called Pip Hare. She stood at the bottom of an enormous mountain and steadily worked her way up, undistracted by how out of reach the summit seemed, or how far the potential to fall, with good humour all the way. Read her fascinating full Vendée Globe story from page 26. As many of us await a return to much-missed freedoms, Pip’s story feels like a parable for our times: keep going, and the rewards will be worth it in the end. Eagle-eyed readers will notice a small change at the end of this column, and I’m delighted to officially take the helm of Yachting World as editor. Yachting World has…

2 min
on the wind

Luna Rossa wins Prada Cup 7-1 The Italian challenger Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli demonstrated unstoppable momentum to dominate the Prada Cup finals against INEOS Team UK and win 7-1. Max Sirena’s team has secured its place in the 36th America’s Cup match, representing the Circolo della Vela Sicilia. While much attention had been focused on the turnaround in fortunes of first American Magic, then INEOS Team UK, the Italian squad’s steady yet relentless progress throughout the early stages of the Prada Cup series could have been overlooked. Yet the clues were there – after beating the Americans once in the Round Robin, they then defeated them 4-0 in the semifinals. By the time it came to face INEOS Team UK, the black and red Luna Rossa AC75 was showing devastating speed on…

3 min
view from auckland

After January’s Round Robin races the widespread belief was that the Prada Cup final would be a closely fought affair with little, if any, consensus on which way the result would go, writes Matthew Sheahan. Although the 4:0 scoreline that INEOS Team UK had delivered against their Italian opponents suggested that the British had the upper hand, the racing was close. The commonly held view was that the Prada Cup finals would go down to the wire. So it’s unsurprising the confident Italian victory, in a series that turned out to be largely one-sided, had many reassessing their projections for the Cup itself. For the Italians, just getting to this point was a big deal. Any team reaching the Cup is expected to spray champagne like they were putting out a forest…

2 min
brits back ac75 rematch

‘The AC75 is the best boat I’ve ever sailed’ For INEOS Team UK, their final appearances in the Prada Cup had revealed that their boat Britannia still had problems generating power, particularly in lighter airs. Despite (eventually) getting the upper hand in some of the pre-starts, the British team simply didn’t have the horsepower or the height to hold off Luna Rossa, writes Matthew Sheahan. Yet, while the disappointment was clearly there, the team seemed upbeat about the possibilities of another campaign. “I think we now have the experience and the capability to be a really credible challenger, to go all the way and win the Cup,” said Sir Ben Ainslie. “We’re not happy with this result, we wanted to be in the final. We wanted to win the Cup and that’s still our…

1 min
ainslie ‘hopeful’ ineos will support second challenge

The big question for British sailing fans will be whether Sir Jim Ratcliffe (right), Britain’s richest man before a recent move to Monaco, and chairman of petrochemicals giant INEOS, will be keen to sign up for a second crack at the America’s Cup. Momentum is key in the Cup and the ability to hold on to key members of your team depends largely on having funding at an early stage. Ratcliffe is a passionate sports fan, and INEOS branding adorns the Mercedes F1 team, British cycling, football, and athletics. The company is reported to spend over £400 million in sport. “INEOS have been absolutely fantastic backers at this campaign – not just with financial backing but also with their approach to business and other sporting assets,” Ainslie told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme…

1 min
170 years of hurt

1851 The first running of the ‘£100 Cup’ took place as John Cox Stevens and his friends from the NYYC raced their schooner America around the Isle of Wight following a challenge from the Royal Yacht Squadron. Queen Victoria famously watched the home team lose. 1870 England made its first challenge for the Cup against a fleet from the NYYC. It didn’t go well, with James Ashbury’s Cambria defeated by nine boats of the fleet of 14 racing on New York Harbour course. 1899-1930 Tea baron Sir Thomas Lipton challenged for the America’s Cup five times between 1899-1930, but despite great home support, all five of his Shamrock yachts were defeated. 1934 Sir TOM Sopwith’s challenge was one of the closest to victory, with Endeavour winning her first two races against Harold Vanderbilt’s…