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Yachts & Yachting magazine

Yachts & Yachting magazine

August 2021

Since 1947 Yachts & Yachting has been famed for its excellent coverage of all aspects of racing, from local dinghy and keelboat events to the heights of the Olympic Games, America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race. As well as the top end events, each issue is full of vital information, including technique and tips from some of the best coaches in the sport, interviews and profiles, kit and equipment guides, as well as tests of the latest new boats.

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Chelsea Magazine
Frequency:
Monthly
R 98,40
R 788,80
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
rya tickets are good for spain

Hard work by British sailing authorities – the RYA, British Marine and the Cruising Association – has ensured key breakthroughs in the negotiations over controversial sailing rules that came into force after Brexit. The RYA received confirmation that its ICC, Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper, Powerboat Level 2, Yachtmaster Offshore and Ocean tickets remain valid for skippering Spanish-flagged boats. The RYA had raised concerns once it became clear that the UK’s status as a third country from 1 January 2021 meant that, in accordance with Spanish regulations, RYA certificates would no longer be recognised by the Spanish Government for use on Spanish-flagged boats. The announcement comes following “persistent and coordinated consultations” through the UK Government with Spain’s General Directorate for Merchant Marine. Work behind the scenes included the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the UK…

1 min
great britain sixth in sailgp italy

SailGP fans were out in full force – with sellout crowds on-shore and nearly 1,000 registered boats lining the racecourse – to enjoy the Italy Sail Grand Prix in Taranto in May. Nathan Outteridge’s Japan SailGP Team reigned supreme with an exciting win in the final podium race to secure a home victory for Italian sailor Francesco Bruni, known to many from his America’s Cup exploits earlier this year. There was disappointment for Great Britain, winners of the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess in April, who finished sixth. They are now second overall in the season. Helm Paul Goodison, who stepped in for this event to replace Ben Ainslie, said: “Next up is Plymouth and we are really looking forward to it; you can’t beat racing on home waters with…

5 min
andy rice

‘WHAT IF WE WERE TO MAKE THE RIGGING PROCESS A COMPETITION? Which do you prefer? The unpacking and rigging up part of sailing, or the going-on-the-water bit of sailing? Oh really? Yes, me too! One of the challenges of taking the Musto Skiff around the events on Selden Sailjuice Winter Series is how long it can take to rig and derig on a chilly day when your fingers are barely functioning and daylight adds up to not much than eight hours, from around 8am sunrise to 4pm sunset. The time when I was loaned an RS Aero, already waiting for me at Farmoor Sailing Club so as all I had to do was step the mast, hoist the sail and go racing in the Oxford Blue, that really was a pleasure…

10 min
a pensioner’s folly

Age 66, with retirement from work imminent, I needed a plan. It occurred to me that my boat Sea Bear, a Vancouver 28, was capable of a big trip. Dreams of big sailing trips had lain long dormant in my mind since as a teenager I had been inspired by books of sailing adventures. I just never thought that things like that were in my reach, but here I was, I had the boat, the question was, was I up to it? So after some hectic preparation and planning, one August afternoon I slipped the warps and made my way out over Caernarfon bar and out to sea. I was on my way south, nothing was set in stone but I thought to make my leisurely way to New Zealand. I had…

8 min
out of this world

It feels a bit like mobile phones did twenty years ago: the market is seething with deals that look good on the outside, but where the devil’s in the detail. Satellite communications today are faster and more competitive than ever, but there’s still a real element of confusion about using them. Some talk about ‘airtime’ and price by the minute; others talk about data allowances. So-called bandwidth is all important. To make sense of the welter of marketing, and keep within your budget, you need to have a very clear idea of what you want. Is satellite comms simply an emergency tool for raising the alarm offshore? Do you need to stay in touch with a business while you’re on board? And where will you be cruising – there can be…

4 min
the 1965 fastnet race

With 151 boats, the 1965 Fastnet had a record number of entries. On August 7th, we had an evening start in a light to moderate westerly. What a contrast from two years ago, when a gale blowing Force 7 had made the start seem more like a survival course. Here we had a gentle breeze on a beautiful summer evening. It was an idyllic sight watching Class I and II sail away. Now it was Class III’s run for its 7pm start. We elected to start at the Royal Yacht Squadron end of the line to minimise the effect of the ebb tide. On the line too early, we hooked back, found a hole, and hit the line at the gun. There was much short tacking in the scramble to reach Egypt…