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Yachting World July 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
taking charge

Learning that Pip Hare had secured title sponsorship to take her to the 2024 Vendée Globe, and bought a race-winning foiling IMOCA, was one of the best pieces of news I’d heard in a long time. Pip’s ascendancy from Vendée hopeful to established campaigner has been inspiring to witness. But when I chatted to Pip about how she’ll be running her new programme, she said something very surprising. One reason Pip will continue working with a small team is because she likes to be hands-on; so far, so understandable. But another reason is because Pip has found that, if she is sailing with a larger team of men, they can take over. How extraordinary that should still be a consideration for a female skipper who has raced around the world solo? Pip realised…

4 min
pip hare secures ‘dream’ imoca

British Vendée Globe sailor Pip Hare has renewed her partnership with title sponsor Medallia, and bought a foiling IMOCA for her 2024 Vendée Globe campaign. The announcement continues the incredible rise of the solo sailor – and Yachting World regular contributor – who began her 2020 Vendée Globe campaign with no title backer and a tiny budget. Hare secured American software company Medallia as a sponsor just months ahead of the start of the 2020 race, before delivering an incredible result in one of the oldest boats in the fleet. Pip said: “Medallia and I have had a fantastic partnership over the last year – they made a huge difference to my 2020/21 Vendée Globe race when they joined my campaign just five months before the start of the race. So having…

1 min
ideas sought for collision avoidance

As ocean racing yachts get ever faster, how to avoid collisions (with both debris and marine mammals) has become an increasingly pressing problem. The IMOCA class is now calling for the marine industry to work together in a search for solutions to improve safety for sailors and help protect marine life. A Call for Expressions of Interest has been made, with the hope that creating a brainstorming working group might generate some new solutions. Organised by Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique, the hope is to look beyond existing technology such as onboard detectors, but to work with oceanologists and specialists in everything from marine ecology to shipping, or even space.…

1 min
down the mine

Sam Laidlaw’s Quarter Tonner BLT suffers a dramatic nosedive during the RORC Vice Admiral’s Cup in Cowes in late May. The Vice Admiral’s Cup saw 50 boats racing in blustery Solent conditions with a sizeable chop left over from storms two days previously. Eight classes raced, including the Fast 40+ and newly established Cape 31 fleet, but it was the 10-strong Quarter Tonners who kept photographer James Tomlinson busy with a series of spectacular broaches, Chinese gybes and nosedives. Despite deploying submarine mode, BLT won the class. RORC Crew Match open The Royal Ocean Racing Club has launched an updated Crew Match online portal to simplify the process of matching boat owners and crew wherever they race in the world. The Crew Match website is open to all, whether a RORC member or…

3 min
knox-johnston leads call for hmrc rethink

In a letter published in The Times newspaper in May, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston drew attention to the damaging effect of the current HMRC VAT demands on leisure sailing, particularly on yacht owners returning to the UK after the Brexit transition period. Knox-Johnston, who is patron of the Cruising Association, wrote: “The freedom for yachtsmen and women to sail from the United Kingdom and return a few years later has been struck a deadly blow by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. “As recently as April 2019 HMRC had said that the status quo (ie no further VAT would be due on returning British registered pleasure craft which had already paid VAT) would persist after we left the European Union. However in late 2020 HMRC changed their ruling and stated that all British boats…

3 min
americans seek to rewrite rules

‘We are delighted to hear that the New York Yacht Club is interested in continuing participation in the America’s Cup’ Everybody knows the America’s Cup winner makes the rules for the next event, creating a protocol following ‘focused and friendly negotiations’ with the Challenger of Record. For the 37th Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand will be deciding how, when and where the competition is run after agreement with INEOS Team UK. Right now, that is all TBC, to be published by 17 November. But this hasn’t stopped the New York Yacht Club putting forward not merely suggestions but a complete, detailed blueprint of every aspect of how they would like the Cup to be run. The NYYC issued a draft 154-page protocol released on 6 May, along with confirmation of its challenge…