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EDITOR’S NOTE We regularly rank among the happiest people in the world. And the reason is pretty simple. Just look around you and take in the simple, stunning, almost childlike palette: the bright yellow of a giant sun, the clear blue sky, and the shimmering green-blue-turquoise-white of the sea. The best way to enjoy this palette is to board your boat and set your sights on the horizon. That is exactly what we do in this issue of Skipper, where we interview Victoria Schultheis, who was recently crowned Optimist world champion at the 2016 Optimist World Championship in Vilamoura, Portugal. Victoria says that in return for investing her time in hard training, the results are very rewarding. And thanks to the encouragement from her parents and coaches, she is planning to move on to a double-handed boat. We also meet Fabrice Bonello DuPuis who, ever since watching a few clips online and taking a trial dive, has been hooked on freediving. Fabrice says that a lot of theory and practice go into freediving, including equalisation, safety, relaxation techniques and the breathing cycle – but he wouldn’t change freediving for anything. Peter Valentino is well known on the national and international sailing and refereeing circuit. In this issue of Skipper, we interview him on the Yacht Racing Forum, which is the leading annual conference for the business of sailing and yacht racing. This year’s edition of the forum is being held this November in Malta. We also go global with an overview of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth event. In front of an enthusiastic crowd, which included the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Ben Ainslie and Land Rover BAR’s second place in the last of Sunday’s three races gave them the overall regatta win at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth event. There is plenty more racing as we review this year’s edition of the Bailli de Suffren regatta as well as the Volvo Ocean Race route for the 2017-18 edition. The route was recently announced and it looks like we could just be in for one of the most exciting editions of this race yet. The new edition will be visiting 11 cities around the globe and sailing over three times the amount of Southern Ocean miles than in previous editions. Check out our fashion and gadget sections, which lay out a spread of all you need for embarking on a boating life. Read on and enjoy.



IN THE HEART OF HISTORY The Turkcell Platinum Bosphorus Cup connects continents and nations.


Girl Power - Victoria Schultheis was crowned the Optimist world champion at the 2016 Optimist World Championship held in Portugal.


Charter Mark - We are helping unleash the potential of the boat charter market, Vincent Ruiz, partner at Clickandboat Malta, says.


To Dive For - Fabrice Bonello DuPuis takes a deep breath on freediving.



The Yacht Racing Forum, is being held in Malta. Peter Valentino explains what Malta is set to gain from this event.


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Malta’s land mass is one of the smallest in Europe and in the world. However, its geographical position as well as the surrounding Mediterranean have historically given, and still give the island great presence and potential, especially in maritime affairs. This is attested by the various national and international events that are regularly held in Malta. One of the most important ones this year is the Yacht Racing Forum, a leading international annual conference for the business of sailing and yacht racing. Now in its 10th year, this businessto-business forum brings together the key players from across the whole yacht racing industry to discuss issues and share best practices. It also gives

players networking opportunities with decision makers from all areas within the industry.


Organised by Yachting Events Ltd., the Yacht Racing Forum will give Malta added visibility in the sport of sailing as well as valuable media coverage and spillover into other sectors such as tourism.


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IN THE HEART OF HISTORY The Turkcell Platinum Bosphorus Cup connects continents and nations.

The Turkcell Platinum Bosphorus Cup is as much about a location and people as it is about yacht racing. Three days of competition centred on Istanbul, a city steeped in history and that celebrates diverse cultures. Created 15 years ago the event has grown steadily in stature, confidence and identity, the result of the commitment and energy of passionate individuals. The overall winner of the racing at the 2016 event may have been Orient Express VI, owned by Bülent Atabay, but the sport of sailing as a whole could arguably claim to be a winner too. The event concept is simple. Two days of inshore racing on the Sea of Marmara, interspersed with the Race on the Bosphorus: a 21nm showpiece moment for event, sport, city and country. Unlike in previous years, this year’s fleet was drawn mainly from Turkey, with perhaps the uncertainties in the wider region influencing the many Bulgarian, French, Greek, Italian, Russian and Ukrainian crews that made the journey in the past.

spectacular and offers something different to any other Mediterranean regatta.” Racing with “a bunch of good mates”, Dukov says this event is about challenge and opportunity. “Sailing on the Bosphorus requires special knowledge. Some big name sailors like Mike Sanderson and Lionel Pean have come and failed. So, first, it is about getting the best out of the boat. Then it is a personal test, and finally enjoying the weekend. People should not be afraid to come. They should come because this is unique.” Albert Kabarov all the way from Odessa the Ukraine, racing the 40-foot Buyan is another who is sure the effort is worth it. “I have been sailing for many years and have wanted to do this race for a long time. It is a special place. The fact you can only race on the Bosphorus very few times a year makes it really attractive.”

For those that did participate, like Pavel Dukov from Bulgaria sailing his 42-ft yacht Petra, the effort was well worth it.

The Bosphorus Cup is the brainchild of experienced offshore sailor Orhan Gorbon, born and bred in Istanbul.

“This is the fifth time we’ve come since 2008. It is 130nm from where we live in Varna, on the Black Sea. The Race on the Bosphorus is

“I used to sail on the Bosphorus when I was a kid, yet nobody seemed interested and nobody really watched. When I started to race

internationally, I soon became convinced that Bosphorus could in fact be a magnetic venue for grand-prix yacht-racing.” It has been a climb since 2002, when the first race was held, but the event continues to grow and to fulfil Gorbon’s vision of achieving various goals. “We want to promote Istanbul, the Bosphorus and the sport of sailing. We want to give message that yacht racing, a modern, environmentally friendly sport, can be organised successfully in the middle of a huge city.” These things the 2016 Turkcell Platinum Bosphorus Cup did and more. Down at the waterside it is sometimes easy to forget that one is in the middle of the seventh largest city on the planet, with a population approaching 15 million. One only has to look up at the traffic streaming across the Bosphorus bridges or head to a vantage point overlooking the city and the strait to be brought back to reality. Gorbon has a clear view that “Istanbul offers a tremendous backdrop for sailors, spectators and media thanks to its location, history and monumental buildings such as the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. The shoreline offers superb viewing opportunities. The water is deep right up to the wall, and the racing easy to see.”

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“Sailing on the Bosphorus requires special knowledge”

French sailmaker, Jean Philippe Gallois who raced with Lionel Pean on the Volvo 70 SFS in 2015 returned this year as a guest of the event agrees. “The Race of the Bosphorus is incredible. You don’t believe how close you can come to the shore. You think you can nearly take a glass of wine while you are tacking and then continue the race.” From a true sporting perspective, this year’s event was dominated by lighter winds than usual, and the five-race programme was disappointingly shortened. Only one race was held on Friday, along with the Race on the Bosphorus on Saturday. Sunday’s planned races were abandoned due to a complete lack of wind. Orient Express VI was

declared the overall winner by virtue of a 1,2 scor eline, compared to Renault Farr Away’s 3,1 score. At the prize giving, held on Sunday evening at the Kalamis Marina, the crew of Orient Express VI were awarded the Bosphorus Cup. A sweet victory in this anniversary year; Atabay having won the first event back in 2002. Bülent Atabay was understandably delighted. “Orient Express is a fast boat, it’s robust and it sails really well. We love the sea, we love racing. It is great to have won this anniversary year. Most of all I am really pleased for the crew. It is a great accomplishment.” The trophy received by Atabay reflects a clear desire to connect the various strands that make this event so unique. Its designer, Can Yalman, is an old friend of Gorbon’s and leapt at the

chance to do something special for the event. Yalman is an alumni of the globally respected Parsons School of Design New York, and confesses a real passion for sailing, the water and his home city. “I wanted to come up with a trophy that reflected various elements. The concept of floating on the Bosphorus, different cultures competing, this race taking place right in between Europe and Asia, and that signified victory. Hence, the two sail boats juxtaposed to create the overall ‘V’ shape.” The 15th edition of the Turkcell Platinum Bosphorus Cup held from May 26-29 was organised by ORG Sports and the Turkish Sailing Federation. Turkey’s integrated telecommunications operator Turkcell is the main sponsor of the event.

FINAL OVERALL STANDINGS 1. Orient Express VI, Bülent Atabay/Farr 2. Renault-Farr Away, Team Özonur 3. Farrfara, Erhan Uzun

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GIRL POWER Victoria Schultheis was crowned the Optimist world champion at the 2016 Optimist World Championship held in Vilamoura, Portugal. You have just reached your sailing Everest. How are you feeling about this achievement? I feel great about what I have done, but I still can’t believe it. I might realise in a few days. However Optimist is just the first step of sailing – there will be more mountains to climb. How did you prepare for the championship? My time on the water is very important. I trained around three to four days a week on the water during the last year, and during the week I did physical training four times, and did some theory as well. How strong was your competition in Vilamoura? A maximum of five Optimist sailors from each country participated through their yearly national qualifications. Because of that, just the

best Optimist sailors were able to take part, so competition was strong. Which countries worried you the most on the racecourse? I battled most against Jodie Lai from Singapore (last year’s female world champion), Adriadne Spanaki from Greece (second European female last year) and Helena Wolff from Denmark (who finished second in females this year) as on the last day, they were still close in points behind me. Until the very last day, it was a very close battle with another four competitors. Were you worried that they might take your title away from your grasp? I was worried that something would have happened that I couldn’t have control over. In sailing a race is not over until you cross the

finishing line. So much can happen. There is always a fight on the water to reach the title, and everybody tries their best to be in the front.


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What’s next for you after this World Championship event? First I will enjoy a rest, but the next step is a new boat, 29er, a double-handed dinghy class. This means a lot of training again. How long have you been involved in Optimist racing? The first time I was on a boat was when I was nine months old, but I started Optimist racing at the age of 10, after I moved to Malta. How would you describe sailing these kind of boats? Worldwide, Optimist is the biggest class for young sailors. Compared to other boats, Optimist is a very tactical boat, as the speed difference between the boats is very little. It is great to start sailing from there. What would you say to anyone interested in trying out Optimist boats? Many successful sailors started on the Optimist. I would encourage them, because it is a very fun boat to start with so that you have learned the basics of sailing. Even though you may capsize or fall into the water, you should never give up.


Are you tempted to sail a two-person boat next or would you now go to another singlehanded boat like the laser? I will move on to a double-handed boat, the 29er. It is a very different type of sailing as it is a much faster boat so decisions have to be made much quicker. Sailing and coordinating with you crew is also important on a twoperson boat. Your parents are heavily involved and support both you and your brother. How instrumental are they in your achievements? My parents play an important role in my achievements, because they are the ones giving me the opportunity to reach my goals. Your physical and mental training together with your coaches are just as important. Tell us something about this. My coaches are Jean-Paul Fleri Soler at Malta Young Sailors Club, who coaches me the whole year, and Maurizio Bencic from Slovenia, who regularly comes to Malta to coach the MYSC sailors, bringing the international experience. They both play a big role in my achievements, because they are constantly teaching and pushing me.

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CHARTER MARK We are helping unleash the potential of the boat charter market, Vincent Ruiz , partner at Clickandboat Malta, says.

What is clickandboat.com? Clickandboat.com is a highly acclaimed online platform or website if you prefer, offering online peer-to-peer boat rental. It’s pretty much the Airbnb for boats.

(Google Play or iOS). Currently our website gets an average 28,000 unique visitors each day. It is a great and efficient way to either breakeven of your annual cost of ownership or better even to make money out of your boat.

The boat owner can upload his boat free of charge on our website and providing that the boat has a valid commercial vessel certificate as per the requirements of Transport Malta, they are able to engage directly with boat renters. It is the owner’s decision as to what price the boat will be rented at and as to when the boat is available.

Why did you decide to start operating in Malta? Well, for a number of reasons. In Malta we have 15,700 boats (less than 24m) active on the small ship registry, yet only 211 are commercial vessel certificate registered. This combined with the fact that we have a yearly flow of 1.8 million tourists and that on an island, they are likely to want to boat, providing the offer is accessible, clear, visible and adequately priced, it became a no brainer. We also felt it was totally

All this is managed via a very user-friendly online dashboard or via the mobile applications

appropriate to commit towards the authorities to only offer charters on our site for boats and operators that are compliant with laws and regulations. This will hopefully contribute to structuring the charter market and unleash its true potential, ultimately resulting in growing the market. In Malta we have numerous websites offering charters yet I find that some of those websites are not engaging and lack in clarity on price, availability and online payment systems. I see clickandboat.com as an aggregator that reaches potential customers that are abroad, such as France, Italy, Spain, the UK and Germany. The idea is to help make boat chartering easy, trustworthy and possible

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for everyone. Boat chartering is no longer a luxury for the rich and powerful. You arrive in Malta or from abroad, download the app on your smartphone and in four clicks, you have securely booked and paid your boat rental. For boat owners and operators, it’s worthwhile incurring the cost of having their boat CVC registered as this would be amortised in a day or two of charters.

explaining the benefits. It is also important to mention that clickandboat.com charges four per cent commission to boat owners on charters, this is way below any referral received from hotels or third parties that charge up to 30 per cent.

Last but not least, I find a solution like clickandboat.com awesome, with no more numerous phone calls, lengthy negotiations and nasty surprises on actual cost. It simply takes the hassle away for the clients and for the owner, which is, in my opinion great in every aspect.

What are the requirements to rent? Either go on our website or download the app either on App store or Google Play, browse, select the boat you want, four clicks and enjoy your day! For those who wish to drive the boat, and providing that the owner allows, you just have to produce a valid recognised nautical licence and if not, in vast majority of cases, the owner will be skippering the boat. If the owner is not available on that day, clickandboat.com can offer professional skipper services.

What are the requirements to register a boat on clickandboat.com? The requirements are: own or operate a boat on behalf of the owner; have it CVC registered and if not, we can do this on the owner’s behalf against a fee. We also strongly recommend for the owner or operator to register for VAT. Take a nice set of appealing photos of the boat, both inside and outside, and start the free registration process on the website. It is easy and straightforward.

How are you promoting this project at an international level? The team spends a considerable amount of money and time in promoting clickandboat.com mainly on Google and social networks. Keep in mind that clickandboat.com is only two years old and online visibility, client and boat owner’s satisfaction as well as an attractive offer are the keys drivers for growth. This besides a number of marketing and PR events that we sponsor. both abroad and in Malta.

Another point is that we have a rating system that encourages the owner to rate the rentor and the rentor to rate the owner. By doing so, the client sees a very transparent offer. As we say to our boat owners, it is great to have a very nice boat, yet that is not sufficient. They have to make sure to offer a genuine and friendly service for a great overall customer experience.

Since launching in Malta, what feedback have you received and did you register any growth? Way above expectations is the answer! Initially we did face some sceptism from a few owners and once clearly explained, people realise that clickandboat.com is a new vector to additional exposure of their boats and to tackle markets that they do not reach today and a great and easy way to monetise their boats.

What kind of boats do you have on your website? To date we have a wide mix of vessels ranging from jet ski to 110ft super yacht. “An appealing offer drives demand,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, and the team is working hard every day talking to boat owners and

Today we have more than 112 boats in Malta and over 5,000 globally. We believe that having a portfolio of 200 boats in Malta would be the right aim. We are working towards that goal and word of mouth is doing its job. Clickandboat. com is enjoying a quadruple digit growth so the concept is right. We have had a tremendous response from customers in terms of bookings and these are not focused on low charter prices. In fact, our first booking a few months ago was for a superyacht at €5,000 for the day. It is still early stage and we need to work with boat owners to ensure they respond to queries promptly so the conversion rate from visit to booking improves. If a boat owner does not respond to a query within 24 hours, the client will look for another boat. To summarise, we are very happy and we have seen some adventurous copycats launching so it seems that we have inspired some out there. We have a unique selling point, a high traffic every day on our website which for any one venturing, would take considerable amount of time and money to generate. What are your future plans for Malta? Quite a few. We plan to generate more buzz and traffic to our website so people will come and discover the discreet pearl of the Mediterranean and rent plenty of boats, of course. We also plan to extend the existing offer, ensure that we provide the best possible service to boat rentors so they can spread the word and shout loud how amazing their experience was in Malta. We want to become the largest source of boat charter bookings in Malta – this our aim and daily obsession.

If you keep in mind that on average, an owner uses his boat roughly about 10 days per year, it becomes evident that economically it is not viable: clickandboat.com is a fantastic concept to revert that trend.







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TO DIVE FOR Fabrice Bonello DuPuis takes a deep breath on freediving.

What inspired you to take up freediving? I remember I had watched a few clips online and was immediately impressed. I just had to give it a go. Then a friend took me out on a trial dive and I was hooked. Freediving mainly focuses on relaxing both the body and mind before you take your final breath and take the plunge. It all has to do with various breathing and relaxation techniques taken from yoga. At the time I discovered freediving, I was already reading up on this stuff, so I started to explore it even further. Freediving also teaches you that we share something in common with other diving mammals such as dolphins, whales and seals. This is called the mammalian dive reflex and it enables us to safely extend our breath hold time – when we immerse our bodies in water a number of physiological changes start happening to our body.

What training do you need to take up and pursue diving? All you need to do is enrol in a course. It doesn’t take much to get someone down to 15 and 20 metres, even 30. The courses go over freediving theory, which includes but is not limited to freediving physiology, equalisation, safety, the breathing cycle, relaxation techniques, freefall techniques and freediving disciplines. Once you learn the theory on land, you can start to understand how it is done. After completing the theory, we head out to confined and open water to put theory into practice. Serious training is for those who wish to compete and dive deeper. Everyone is different so each athlete would train differently. Some would do a lot of cardio, some a lot of yoga, and others a mix of everything.

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Having said that, for the average recreational freediver, it is not necessary to be in top physical form or live an extremely healthy lifestyle. Freediving is for everyone and it’s this simple: relax. Is freediving limited to certain people? Definitely not. Many have a misconception on freediving. They think they need to be some sort of superhuman to perform this activity. First of all, we have the mammalian dive reflex in us that turns on when we enter the water. Secondly that is why the courses are there – to teach you how to freedive. At a recreational level freediving is for everyone and each individuals potential is not difficult to reach. The only limit people would have is equalisation. Some just cannot do it – however it isn’t common.

Which are the best areas for free diving in Malta? Everywhere in Malta is good for freediving. However, it all depends what each freediver is looking for. If it’s for depth training then Mtahleb and Gozo are great. If it’s for recreational wreck diving, there are various wrecks all over Malta and Gozo. One of the advantages this activity has is the lack of bulky equipment. All you have is your suit, fins, mask, weight belt and snorkel. We are surrounded by the sea so really and truly everywhere is great for freediving and exploration. How popular is free diving in Malta? It’s been growing at a steady rate for the past five years. It’s only a matter of time before it explodes as the growth rate worldwide increases every year.

What are the potential risks of freediving and what precautions do you take? If done in a safe manner and diving with a buddy there are virtually no risks. Risks come into play when people disregard the safety rules or stop listening to their body and keep on pushing. This is why the courses are there, to teach people to dive within their limits and to apply proper safety. Risks increase when divers start competing, but even then the risk is minimal if done properly. Always dive with a buddy. Are there any benefits that freediving has to offer? Loads. For starters you learn how to breathe correctly and efficiently and eventually you start to automatically breathe the correct way on land. It improves focus and relaxation, and how to respond to stress without resisting it – you can take this on land and apply it in everyday life. Naturally you are using your lungs both pre-diving and during diving which in turn strengthens the lungs and increases their capacity. Do you free dive abroad? I went to Dahab, Egypt for freediving. The main reason I went there is for training as many coaches and athletes live there. I will continue to travel to places and learn from different people so that I can pass on the knowledge to others.
































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ON THE MAP The Yacht Racing Forum, the leading annual conference for the business of sailing and yacht racing, is being held in Malta. Peter Valentino explains what Malta is set to gain from this event. What are the main aims of the Yacht Racing Forum? The YRF is now in its 10th year and is an established event that has found a place in the sport of sailing’s busy calendar. It’s designed in a way that whoever is even remotely interested in the sport will find a spot, an interesting topic for discussion. It brings the stakeholders together and it’s worth attending even if you wish to present or market a new idea. Hence, the YRF also comes with a village concept and we’ll be literally setting up stalls in the main common area. The YRF will bring together those who write rules and regulations, clubs, event organisers, class managers, design engineers and sport journalists – the main aim is to bring those who follow the sport together. How did you manage to attract this event to Malta? It’s such a small world. The YRF is ‘owned’ by Bernard Schopferer – he was previously the class manager for the RC44 Class. As you are aware Yachting Events Ltd. organised and is yet again going to organise the RC44 Valletta Cup. During our event last year, Bertrand Favre, the current RC44 Class manager suggested that we ought to host the YRF. He subsequently introduced us to Bernard and Max Comm and really that’s how it happened. The RC44 Class sailors and Class administrators stayed at the Grand Hotel Excelsior – I

presume that Bertrand was satisfied with the hotel itself together with our level of organisation. Last December my fellow director Niki Travers Tauss attended the YRF in Geneva and the deal was concluded shortly afterwards. It’s good to note that Wilfrid Buttigieg, CEO of Yachting Malta together with Godwin Zammit, Chair of Yachting Malta attended the event and I can gladly say that Yachting Malta agreed to co-host the YRF. I’ll be straightforward, in my normal fashion: this must be one of the better things Yachting Malta has done, not only for the improvement of the sport of sailing but also for any business that revolves around our sport. Who is responsible for attracting this event to Malta? The responsibility ultimately lies with Yachting Events Ltd., a two-year-old company. Events like these bring people to Malta who otherwise would never have bothered to come. Basing our line of thought that Malta is well known is an absurdity – it’s the opposite. What elements make Malta an ideal location for the forum? We’re the furthest southern European nation, we’re easy to fly to, and our climate lends itself well to such events. Our hotels are well appointed but allow me to send a message – we need to be more hospitable and understand that the client’s requests need to be met in an unquestionable fashion. People decide to stay

in five-star accommodation mainly because of that. It’s a lifestyle issue. Apart from the obvious, which every tour operator advertises, another element which attracts people to Malta is the desire to venture to a place that is still rather unknown and safe. I presume we’ll have more couples and families attending our forum than if it were, say, in Geneva, as it was last year. There’s a lot to see – a visit to St John’s Co-Cathedral will give you more than visiting all the cathedrals in a few major European cities – but then this is in every tour operator’s guide book! How will the event strengthen Malta’s position as a yachting and sport destination in the Mediterranean? Malta, in the sport of sailing is well known solely for the Rolex Middle Sea Race. The RC44 Valletta Cup held during March 2015 was the first international class event to venture here. Now it’s a matter of consistency – and this needs to come from clubs, government and ultimately organisations like Yachting Events Ltd. Put the actual success of the event aside – through hippo data we know that our event and our website, hence even Malta, had an online reach of well over a million worldwide. Our organically reached social media figures were astonishing. Besides, 10 minutes of footage was sent out every day to over 700 stations. This is the visibility Malta gained.

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We’re set to gain more this coming November since the YRF is scheduled to happen in a back to back fashion with the RC44 Valletta Cup 2016. Some sailors and journalists who’ll be here for the RC44 Valletta Cup will stay for the YRF while we’re expecting YRF delegates to arrive beforehand to join the ongoing RC44 Valletta Cup hospitality programme.

Who will be the star speakers at the forum? The constantly updated list leaves me humbled and surprised every single time I go through it. For those who are really into the America’s Cup, Ed Baird, winner of the AC 2007 besides many other championships will be one of the speakers. Ken Read, CEO of North Sails is another, as are Andy Hunt, CEO of World Sailing (previously known as International

Sailing Federation), and Gunnar Larsen from Nacra Sailing and Performance Sails. We have journalists and commentators together with people who are involved in rating rules like Dobbs Davis, and Tucker Thompson, official commentator of the 35th AC).





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Photos by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

ROCK THE RACE The 2016 Giraglia Rolex Cup will be archived as one of the most challenging. Starting light with a tactically demanding middle, it ended with a flourish, at times an alarming one. For many yachts the final leg from the Giraglia to Genoa will last long in the memory, as a bruising south-westerly wind built rapidly to 30 plus knots and whipped up the seas. Lasting from late on Thursday night to Friday morning, this wind added serious speed to the efforts of the slower yachts to overall the fastest in the race for the corrected time, and overall, win. When Gilles Pages and the French crew of Tip crossed the finish at in the early hours of Friday morning they moved to the top of the podium. On Saturday morning Tip was confirmed as the worthy winner of the 64th Giraglia Rolex Cup. “We knew the weather forecast was favourable to a small boat before the start,” said a delighted Pages, who raced his Sunfast 36 with a crew of six other Corinthian sailors.

“We managed the first part of the race very well, and rounded the Giraglia in good shape. We knew the second part would be difficult with the building wind, but the crew were not tired and the boat was comfortable in the conditions. My crew is experienced. We have been successful this season, and last year won our class here, so we were well-prepared.” In recognition of his success, Pages was awarded the Rolex Challenge Trophy and a Rolex Submariner timepiece. The 2016 race will be noted too for a record total fleet of 268 entrants and its eclectic composition. Yachts represented 18 nations, ranged in size from 6.5 metres to 30.5 metres, comprised solo crews and those of 20 or more, and included yachts from the early 1900s and those launched this year. And, as always, it will be revered for its generous dose of camaraderie, for its unfailing ability to live up to the philosophy of its founding fathers.

Tip goes top at the Giraglia Rolex Cup.

Carlo Croce, the President of both World Sailing and the Yacht Club Italiano, and son of one of the founders has a strong sense of what makes the Giraglia Rolex Cup such a fascinating contest. “The attraction comes from a central spirit which has set it apart from other races since the beginning,” he said. “Top professionals racing against Corinthians. Different types of boat and each with a chance to win. This motivates people to be part of this mythical race.” Croce is proud too that the race is unafraid to expand its horizons, particularly in recent years with the addition of double-handed entrants, single-handers and this year Mini 650s. The doors first opened to short-handed sailing in 2014 and, so readily has the concept been accepted, it feels they have been part of the event since the outset.

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This year the solo class was 11 strong. Denis Bouan from Marseille racing Broceliande typifies the latest breed of yachtsman breathing passion into the ‘old lady of the Mediterranean’. “Solo sailing is a great personal challenge in every respect,” he explains. “You have to deal with everything on your own. You can ask for help but no one answers.” He also appreciates being part of this historic maritime pageant. “It is great to see all these different boats, even if I am not able to look around too much because I have a lot to get ready! It’s really nice to be part of such a huge fleet.” Bouan would finish fourth in class. At the opposite end of the size and personnel scale is Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones’ Magic Carpet Cubed. The boat, 100 feet of sleek sail power, was crewed by 22, including Volvo Ocean Race winner Ian Walker and Marcel Van Triest, one of the world’s most sought-after navigators. Being defending champion has given OwenJones immense pleasure. “This is the historic race of the Mediterranean. It is a mythical race. It’s the race we want to do every year, and do well. It is really difficult to win, and it was something we had tried to do for many years.” For a moment it seemed we might have a repeat of 2015. The first boat to finish, it would be a nine-hour wait from the arrival of Magic Carpet Cubed for someone to topple her from the top of the podium. A reflective Owen-Jones remained extremely satisfied with his crew’s efforts feeling that they had dealt well with everything in their control. “Marcel (Van Triest) and Ian (Walker) made all the right choices. Every single move we made happened to take us to where there was wind, maximizing the speed of the boat.” Late on Thursday night it was clear that the advantage in the wind conditions would lie with the slower boats. The building south-westerly that dominated the Ligurian Sea reached the Giraglia-Genoa area of the course after sunset and would serve to propel those boats still on that leg with greater efficiency than the winds serving larger, faster rivals. Rule Mariska was one of the yachts to benefit. Built in 1908, 45 years before the Giraglia Rolex Cup was founded, she is constructed from mahogany, iroko and teak planking, sports a low freeboard and an extreme rake.

“It is one of the most beautiful races in the Mediterranean. It completely fits the spirit of our crew,” commented owner Christian Niels, notwithstanding some concerns about the forecast. “The race will be very challenging for us. After Cap Corse they have announced 30 to 35 knots. Big waves can put the mast at risk.” At the finish, relief as well as elation was palpable. “After the Giraglia the wind increased suddenly to a challenging 30 to 40 knots. It became difficult to handle the boat, and we finished with just the jib. It was absolutely fantastic to race against the modern yachts and wellprepared competitors. For sure we are coming again!”

Like all competitors this year, Maverick had its share of lows and highs, according to Kay. “Parking under rain clouds, finishing at 25 knots of boat speed!” Tactical errors also cost her, especially at the Giraglia itself where they strayed outside the wind line and watched a number of competitors slip past. Overall, the team were delighted with the performance particularly on the last leg where they experienced sailing at between 20 and 25 knots, in complete control. Of course, it is the foot soldiers of the fleet, the yachts between 30 and 50 feet that make up the core of participation. Yachts like Giancarlo Ghislanzoni’s Chestress 3 which compete year after year, drawn by a passion for their sport and the special spirit that imbues this event. Their feeling for the race is infectious.

Mariska finished first in her class. Opposing Mariska was Maverick. Launched in January 2016, sporting a canting keel and directional stability foils, she was arguably the most advanced yacht in the fleet. Designed and built “without compromise to the quest to go fast” according to owner Quentin Stewart. This boat is dramatically different to the others racing here, says Gordon Kay of builder Infiniti. “Racing yachts are all about the alchemy between power and weight. Maverick is a narrow, light design. The foils we deploy make her more powerful, effectively lighter, and reduce drag. A canting keel also gives us more power.”

“It’s truly unique. The spirit is the combination of breadth and size of the fleet; the diversity of teams with professionals, Corinthians, different nationalities. It is also about the intimacy. The race itself is very special, it requires a combination of skills and tactics. The scenery is wonderful. This year the clouds coming off the mountains of Corsica were like wild horses tumbling to sea. It is never the same.” The 2016 Giraglia Rolex Cup was organised by the Yacht Club Italiano, the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez, the Yacht Club Sanremo and the Cercle Nautique et Touristique du Lacydon. Rolex has been a partner of the event since 1998.

RESULTS Giraglia Rolex Cup Offshore Race (Saint-Tropez - Giraglia - Genoa) IRC Overall: 1. Tip (FRA), Gilles Pages (winner Rolex Challenge Trophy & Rolex Submariner) 2. Give Me Five 5 (FRA), Adrien Follin 3. Epsilon (FRA), Jean Rameil ORC Class 1. Scricca (ITA), Leonardo Servi (winner Trofeo Challenge Nucci Novi) Line honours Magic Carpet Cubed (GBR) (26 hours, 48 minutes and 56 seconds) (winner Rolex Trophy, Réné Levainville Trophy & Rolex Yacht-Master) Current Course Record Esimit Europa 2 (SLO): 14 hours, 56 minutes and 16 seconds set in 2012

Giraglia Rolex Cup Inshore Series (Saint-Tropez) IRC 0 Wallyno Benoit de Froidmont IRC A Team Vision Future Jean Jacques Chaubard IRC B Easy Jean Marie Vidal ORC 0 Southern Star Luigi Cimolai ORC A Samantaga Philippe Moortgat ORC B Aria di Burrasca Franco Salmoiraghi

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BIG BEN STRIKES AGAIN Ben Ainslie took a big win at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth event. Photo by Lloyd Images 2016

It really was Super Sunday for Ben Ainslie and Land Rover BAR whose second place in the last of Sunday’s three races gave them the overall regatta win at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth event. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were on hand to present the awards and it was a fitting end to an amazing weekend of action for the British fans in Portsmouth. The winds on Sunday presented the teams with perfect conditions for the AC45F boats to foil, wowing the tens of thousands of people along the Portsmouth shoreline who had come out to cheer on their favourite teams. The loudest cheers were for Land Rover BAR and it was the British team who took the early lead in race one. Oracle Team USA led the chasing pack but the crew on board Land Rover BAR had their feet on the gas and kept building an ever bigger lead, using home water knowledge and the cheers of the crowd to help power them to victory in race one, an ominous sign for the rest of the America’s Cup fleet. Behind them, Oracle Team USA were second, Emirates Team New Zealand

Racing Day 1 of Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth. Photo by ACEA 2016/Ricardo Pinto

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Photo by Lloyd Images 2016

third, Softbank Team Japan fourth, Artemis Racing fifth and Groupama Team France sixth. At the start of race two it was Oracle Team USA who seized the early advantage, leading Softbank Team Japan and Land Rover BAR at the first mark. Jimmy Spithill’s US crew were right on top of their game and increased their lead throughout the race, but behind them Emirates Team New Zealand, Land Rover BAR and Softbank Team Japan were engaged in a titanic scrap for second with Artemis Racing and Groupama Team France in fifth and sixth respectively. It was Land Rover BAR in second, Softbank Team Japan in third, Emirates Team New Zealand in fourth, Sweden’s Artemis Racing in fifth and Groupama Team France again in sixth. Victory for Oracle Team USA set up the final race as a nail-biting conclusion to the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth as Land Rover BAR only needed to finish ahead of Oracle Team USA to win the overall regatta honours, and to take top spot in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series standings.

Photo by Lloyd Images 2016

The clock ticked down to the crucial start of race three and it was Oracle Team USA who took the lead off the starting line, just ahead of the British team and the Kiwis on board Emirates Team New Zealand who were watching their series lead disappear ahead of them. The tension was palpable as the British and US teams made their way back down the course, but just after the midway point of the race Oracle Team USA started to edge further away, leaving Ben Ainslie and Land Rover BAR to defend their second place from Emirates Team New Zealand. That second place was all the British team needed to secure overall victory in the regatta and it was never really in doubt, finally winning the regatta by a single point from Oracle Team USA 82 to 81. The win also put the British team into first place on the overall Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series leaderboard, overtaking Emirates Team New Zealand who drop to third with Oracle Team USA in second, Softbank Team Japan in fourth, Artemis Racing fifth and Groupama Team France in sixth.

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The 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race route | Photo by Volvo Ocean Race.

GET READY TO RUMBLE The 13th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race is set to make waves.

The Volvo Ocean Race route 2017-18 has been announced and it looks like we could just be in for one of the most exciting editions of this race yet. The new edition will be visiting 11 cities around the globe and sailing over three times the amount of Southern Ocean miles than in previous editions. Here’s the scoop on what’s to come.

Leg 1 The 13th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race begins with a sprint that promises fast, downwind sailing. It’s likely to be a volatile leg, with some key options, such as whether to choose an offshore or inshore approach to the Gibraltar Straits. It will provide the first true form guide after months of preparation and the best bet is to expect the unexpected.

Leg 3 This almost 12,000nm monster leg will be one of the toughest and most exciting in the history of the race. Let’s start with the Southern Ocean: strong winds, huge waves and icebergs make for some of the most challenging sailing conditions on Earth. If that’s not bad enough, when the boats race up through the Tasman Sea and along the eastern coast of Australia, they’ll have to contend with severe boatbreaking conditions, then negotiate tropical cyclones that form over the Philippines and in the South Pacific and head south-west towards the east coast of Australia. Further north they will encounter monsoons giving the fleet fast reaching conditions as they approach Hong Kong.

The Mediterranean certainly isn’t a place of light winds and flat seas. Just ask Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Team Sanya, who took a first night battering in the 2011-12 edition, forcing them to suspend racing and limp into port with serious damage within hours of the start. Cardiff Harbour | Photo by Cardiff Harbour Authority

Leg 2 Having welcomed the Volvo Ocean Race in 10 of the 12 editions previously, sailors should know the way to Cape Town like the back of their hands – but this time, it’s different. Never before has the Volvo Ocean Race sailed to South Africa from Portugal, and the departure from Lisbon will see the fleet tackle North Atlantic conditions right from the off. As they plunge south through Doldrums, race over the Equator and even face the threat of piracy from the west coast of Africa if they venture too far east, one thing’s for sure – there won’t be much sleep during the three weeks it takes to reach the ‘Tavern of the Seas’.

To Auckland onboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing | Photo by Matt Knighton, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Volvo Ocean Race

Leg 4 The fleet will make a non-scoring transition to Guangzhou, China. There will be a full stopover programme there, with an in-port race which counts towards the in-port race series.

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RACING Leg 5 to Itajai onboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing | Photo by Matt Knighton

Leg 5 Strong breeze, big waves, heavy currents and long-term strategic decisions: at some point in the near-three week leg that is Hong Kong to Auckland, all of the above will be in action. Exiting Hong Kong, the fleet will broad-reach across the top of the Philippines in the monsoon conditions, before plunging south, tropical cyclones will still be a factor waves, highs and lows, the changeable conditions of the Doldrums, and into the South Pacific and northern Tasman Sea – all the way to the late 36°S, also known as Auckland, New Zealand for a return to what many consider the Race’s spiritual home. Officially, they’ll be halfway around the planet.

Leg 6 Back down south – and with strong winds, long swells and freezing temperatures to negotiate, while albatrosses fly overhead, this leg will present all the familiar features of the Southern Ocean. The first challenge will be to make it unscathed out of Auckland, where the start can prove dangerous if a tropical system drifts south and brings strong winds. Making it through the Roaring Forties in one piece before rounding Cape Horn and sailing along the South American coast is an achievement in itself. After the Horn comes the return to civilisation, which means getting back to an aggressive strategy.

The Leg 8 start in Lisbon | Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez, Volvo Ocean Race

Leg 8 This will be a traditional transatlantic leg, with the fleet heading much further north than in recent editions as the Race returns to the United Kingdom for the first time in 12 years. After leaving Newport, the boats will sail north pretty quickly – but first, they’ll be faced with several wildlife exclusion zones just off Boston. Then there are the ice exclusion zones. Potentially, this leg will be very fast. Last time the race followed a similar route in 2005-06, Hans Horrevoets was swept overboard and became the fifth sailor to die at sea in the history of the Whitbread/ Volvo Ocean Race.

Leg 9 The plan for the penultimate leg is to go north around the British Isles, in fact, the boats will race further north than Cape Horn is south as they round Muckle Flugga, the most northern point on the Isles. Currently, the routing suggests racing through the Irish Sea, between Northern Ireland and Scotland, but there is a big Traffic Separation Scheme there, which can be quite slow, and there’s also a huge amount of current. For that reason, some boats might elect to go around the west of Ireland, if conditions suit. It’s a longer course, but boats have sailed a longer course and still won this race in the past.

Leg 7 Start in Newport | Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing approaching Lorient | Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez.

Leg 7 This is a coastal leg, but one that is full of offshore options as the teams head back up to the northern hemisphere and on towards the sailing capital of Newport, Rhode Island. Leaving Itajaí, the weather is generally very stormy and variable, with warm currents close to the coast. Teams will be faced with some key decisions: offshore or inshore? Sea breeze or land breeze?

Leg 10 The final sprint of a nine-month ocean marathon, this leg will be particularly interesting because of the amount of water the boats will have to sail in with wind farms and Traffic Separation Schemes. It will be very tricky, and anything could happen – boats have been forced into areas of no wind because of exclusion zones, so the navigators will earn their sleep here.




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LUXURY ON BOARD Succumb to the temptation of luxury and speed offered by the Beneteau Gran Turismo 40 driving. The design of this boat is harmonious with perfectly organised interiors and a high quality finish. The slender line of the Gran Turismo 40 underlined by her hardtop and well-designed side glazing emphasise her pronounced sporty character. Ingeniously combining the protection of passengers and the sensations of an open craft, the GT 40’s hardtop can be pushed right back. With her central driving console and the latest generation of Air Step® hull she offers excellent sensations and safety when travelling up to 38 knots.

The Beneteau Gran Turismo 40 recreates the sport cruiser concept and beautifully combines generous spaces, power and speed. Designed by the talented hands of Nuvolari and Lenard, this novel variation offers as much pleasure to the eye, as sensations and

The space in the cockpit is generous and organised in an unusual way easily accommodating up to 11 persons. With two layouts possible, the outdoor galley adapts to different lifestyles on board. The sunbathing area is four square metres with huge sunloungers having removable backrests up on the fore deck.

The layout of the lower deck gives you a feeling of space unrivalled on a boat of its size. Facing the spacious saloon, a proper fullyfitted galley complements the deck galley. The Gran Turismo stands out for its habitability with two cabins and a bathroom with a separate shower. The woodwork is matt walnut lacquered furniture and padding in shades of iridescent cream are the signature mark of her elegant personality. To steer a new generation Gran Turismo is to succumb to the delicious temptation of speed, impossible to resist. With Air Step® 2 – a state of the art technology developed for the GT 40 and 46 models – the feel at the helm has no equal. Faster acceleration, exceptional sea keeping, smooth turns, easy progress through waves. And then there is the sensation of planning over the water, softly and safely. Reduced fuel consumption is another performance benefit of the Air Step® 2 innovation made by Bénéteau.

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“The design of this boat is harmonious with perfectly organised interiors and a high quality finish” By increasing the amount of air beneath the hull, with the latest generation of Air Step® technology, the GT 40 gains 1.5 knots at maximum speed – this is a tremendous progress. While reducing fuel consumption, she accelerates faster and gains speed. The latest generation of the patent has proved its worth, offering excellent sea-keeping,

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THE PERFECT MATCH The New Grand Soleil 52LC The Grand Soleil Long Cruise range dedicated to blue water sailing was launched in 2015 with the 46 LC, which won the European Yacht of the Year competition in the luxury cruiser category. This success and a high number of sold boats brought to life another LC in a bigger size. Design, performance, comfort and quality made in Italy characterise this new 52 LC designed once again in collaboration with Marco Lostuzzi and Nauta Design. The GS52 LC layout offers three comfortable double cabins with private heads for each one. The master cabin has two possible layouts: a classic bed towards bow or a side bed with a bigger head. The 52 LC also offers a sail locker/crew cabin and a tender garage. The day head can be also transferred into a fourth cabin on request.


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ESPRIT YACHTING APPOINTED OFFICIAL NAUTOR’S SWAN DEALER Nautor’s Swan has recently appointed and added Esprit Yachting to their list of worldwide dealers. This appointment also coincides with the company’s 50th anniversary, of which celebrations were recently held at their yard in Jakobstad in Finland. Nautor’s Swan has produced luxury sailing boats for the past five decades. The company is controlled by Leonardo Ferragamo together with a group of investors and these boats are renowned for being the best blue water boats in production today. With 50 years’ heritage in performance yacht production, Nautor’s Swan has always offered high performance racing yachts to complement its classic range of cruising Swans. Iconic yachts

such as the Swan 39, the Swan 441 Racing version, and the Swan 60 Regatta all made their mark on the regatta circuit. Today the yard uses its new ClubSwan models to test the most modern trends in design, materials and solutions, refining technologies that will benefit Nautor’s cruising models. With the ClubSwan 50, Nautor has pushed the limits further, developing a yacht that represents a small revolution in performance and pure sailing pleasure. The Swan range is a familiar sight in Malta particularly during the Rolex Middle Sea Race, during which the first Swan, on corrected time in the IRC Category will be presented with the Swan Mediterranean Challenge Trophy. Two brand new ClubSwan 50 models will be

joined by a number of Swan boats in the thirty seventh Rolex Middle Sea Race. “It is a privilege to be appointed official dealer of such a prestigious brand. Indeed for half a century Nautor’s Swan has been the true sailor’s choice,” Peter Valentino said. “From the design process to production, the best quality materials and innovative technology are used to deliver the most elegant and safest sailing yachts in the world. We look forward to seeing more of these fine yachts in Malta.” The local team is headed by Peter Valentino and assisted by Niki Travers Tauss with a team of trained personnel at Esprit Yachting. The local Nautor’s Swan team can be contacted on 7937 5291 or 9944 2122.

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A NEW LUXURY YACHTING DESTINATION FOR MALTA “Marina di Valletta shall be the first local marina to satisfy the latest environmental norms related to fixed point facilities for black water extraction in anticipation of such facilities becoming mandatory in the coming years,” Niki Travers Tauss, general manager, Marina di Valletta, said. “Furthermore the marina shall regenerate a derelict area into a top-end international yachting destination to complement the bustling city of Valletta and its majestic fortifications which overlook the marina in all their splendour.” The marina is expected to be fully operational in time for the 2017 season. Further information and details for pre-registration at Marina di Valletta can be found at www.marinadivalletta.com or via e-mail on info@marinadivalletta.com. An investment of €7.45m has been injected by a consortium formed between Marina di Varazze S.r.l, the marina development division of Azimut|Benetti Group and which already operates marinas in Varazze, Viareggio, Livorno and Moscow. The consortium also includes Azimut|Benetti’s representatives in Malta – Esprit Yachting together with Arrigo Group of Hotels, Joinwell and Tal-Maghtab Construction. These are all leading local companies whose names are synonymous with sound traditional values and expertise in their respective fields. The Marina di Valletta is being built to internationally recognized marina standards following a number of studies that were undertaken by world leader Artelia. Substantial weather protection infrastructure will consist of an outer breakwater as well as a 200+ linear revetment which will be located along the Pieta quay.

Foreign and local yacht owners alike shall be lured to Marina di Valletta by the luxury, state-of-the-art marina amenities, which will include controlled access parking dedicated to owners, round the clock berthing assistance, 24hr security and a marina office offering conveniences and concierge services. Pontoons shall be wider than the average width of local marinas offering better stability and comfort and will cater for up to 274 berths from 10 metres to 28 metres. Dedicated and shared berths will be available for transit yachts up to 24 metres and during the season the outer arm of the 120 metre breakwater shall be certified to welcome superyachts up to 50 metres in length or 500GT in transit. Transit yacht owners shall, for the first time, have direct access to Valletta and City Gate within walking distance and the company is looking at the possibility of establishing a direct transport link to the capital for marina patrons.

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YES WE CANNES As the first show in the boating season, the Cannes Yachting Festival is Europe’s leading in-water boating event, taking place in the elegant, luxurious surroundings in the sparkling bay of Cannes. The major players in pleasure yachting come here to launch the show season by showcasing their new worldwide models.

the spotlight with Azimut 66 Fly at Cannes will include Azimut Magellano 66, the 20-metre megayacht offering long-range cruising freedom pampered by the comfort and elegance of home and the Azimut 72 Fly.

The Italian brand in the Azimut|Benetti Group will be presenting the most comprehensive overview yet of its full range in Cannes and will be exhaustively represented by 17 models, from the smallest in the fleet, the Azimut Atlantis 34, to the Azimut Grande 95RPH.

Finally, of the smaller models on show, the sporty and determined Azimut Atlantis 43 deserves a special mention. The latest model in the Atlantis collection, it is a perfect testimonial for Azimut’s design flexibility and “Made in Italy” style, offering the chance to customise the interiors with fine Italian fabrics from Missoni Home and Loro Piana Interiors.

But the star of the show will be Azimut 66, the iconic new yacht in the Flybridge Collection, making its first in Cannes. The models sharing

The edgy style and consummate quality of the yachts on show are made possible, as always, by ongoing research and development,

accompanied by the constant improvement of production processes and their implementation. Esprit Yachting will be present at the Cannes Yachting Festival and is inviting interested parties to contact the Esprit team for exclusive access to the incomparable hospitality, nightlife as well as sea trials that are part of the festival’s allure. Special rates at the Hotel Martinez as well as the possibility of rebates on flights are being offered (terms and conditions apply). For more information, contact the Esprit Team on sales@esprityachting.com or on 7944 2122.




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Successor of the great Dufour 445 and 450 GL, Dufour Yachts is proud to announce the latest model of the range: the Dufour 460 Grand Large. Born from an intense collaboration between Italian architect Umberto FELCI and the DUFOUR DEVELOPMENT TEAM, the 460 GL is a yacht of excellence, that guarantees high level performances as well as absolute comfort, in harmony will the values of latest Dufour: • • •

Majestic aesthetic, with her new hull and deck design Ultimate comfort, with her interior layout inspired from the Dufour 500 and 560 Optimal functionality, with her bowsprit and her fully equipped exterior galley

Ultimate outcome of the Grand Large range renewal, the Dufour 460 GL wins the challenge to seduce owners in search of a three or four cabins layout, and affirm herself as the new reference for 45 feet yachts.

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SETTING NEW STANDARDS Elan GT5 heralds a new generation of performace cruising yachts. Elan sets new standards in fast cruising yachts segment with the launch of the new Elan GT5 this autumn. The entire GT range will offer a top yachting lifestyle, based on Elan’s performance hulls, with a large and comfortable cockpit, designed for ultimate relaxation and easy sailing. The launch of the new GT series begins with the 40-foot GT5, which is based on Elan’s latest model in their performance range, S5. The first yacht of this new generation will set sail this autumn.

Twin rudder system Due to the wider and flatter hull design, twin rudders are more efficient then a single rudder, providing exceptional control and reducing the tendency to broach. The yacht does not stall easily, her pitching moment is reduced and her directional control is superb.

Increased beam An increased beam provides greater internal volume and optimises stability. A sophisticated hull shape (Humphreys Yacht Design) with more radius in underwater hull sections aft are better balanced with fuller forward sections to increase beam without increasing drag

Design The GT5 is designed with a short-handed crew in mind, making it easy for a crew of two to handle the yacht easily. The halyards and sheeting are controlled from the helmsman’s position, which keeps the cockpit clean of all lines, ensuring the utmost in comfort and safety on-board. A clean deck design ensures fast and safe passage forward, and enables plenty of sunbathing area with dedicated cushions on the foredeck. With a bathing platform, options of a cockpit galley featuring a fridge, grill and other amenities common on much larger yachts, the GT5 cockpit is designed for enjoying time with family and friends, offering an ample seating area and different innovative cockpit table options. The space below deck is unique in class. The Elan Design Team has implemented an inverted saloon layout featuring the galley forward, ensuring optimal utilisation of the yacht’s volume for the most comfortable and innovative saloon in her size range. The galley forward offers ample storage space with a customisable corner to be equipped individually for each owner. The raised deck saloon ensures a bright and spacious living space with plenty of ventilation and more than two metres of headroom.


Chined hull The chined hull helps with the yacht’s tracking ability upwind and clean off the wake, giving the yacht improved high speed and control downwind. When heeled ideally the yacht reaches an optimum underwater hull shape with a small wetted surface for minimum drag. Chines also prevent broaching because it works as a long skeg. Matching the maximum beam with the optimum underwater hull shape leads to the design of a chined hull.

Length overall: Hull length: Length at waterline: Beam: Draft (standard): Light displacement: Ballast (standard): Water capacity (standard/option): Fuel Capacity: Engine:

12:76m 12.36m 11.46m 3.91m 2.20m 8,150kg 2,700kg 270L 170L 38hp

For more information contact M&NA Trading Co Ltd. on 7949 2638, info@mnamarine.com or visit www.mnamarine.com.

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THE SUMMER OF STYLE Skipper sails between casual and smart.

Step on the Gas Ferrari manufactures cars that rule the roads. Tod’s crafts shoes that make driving a pleasure. So you can rest assured that a collaboration between the two brands will make you want to get in your car and just drive.

Make a blaze This Beams Plus unstructured cotton blazer is cut from lightweight cotton, making it ideal for year-round dressing.

Hats On This Napoli hat by Lock & Co Hatters is modelled on the iconic Panama style and is woven from durable sisal.

Carry On Filson’s 48-hour duffle bag is the right solution for leisure travellers as well as rugged explorers. Crafted in the US from oil-finished tin cloth

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Print Effect This print satin shirt by Stussy has a retroinspired fit and theme that will add some relaxed nostalgia to your off duty wardrobe.

Chino Man These slim-fit cotton-twill chinos are relaxed, have a great fit and are made from soft cotton-twill – a reliable stable for summer.

Lounge Lux Officine Generale sources the finest Japanese cloth to ensure that its garments – such as this camp-collar piped cotton short – are impeccable

Swim the Length These mid-length swim shorts by Loro Piana sport a check-lined waistband and a drawstring fastening for a personalised fit.

Cargo Delivered A classic piece by Incotex, these cotton and linen-blend cargo shorts can be teamed with a basic tee and sporty sneakers.

In your Pocket This printed silk-twill pocked square by Etro gives you a sophisticated yet playful look. Dandy you.

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PLUG AND PLAY Skipper sails away with summer’s hottest gadgets.

TURN THE TABLES This stylish palm-print turntable by Crosley is a great purchase for playing your records in style.

BLUE BLOOD TAKE A SHOT The Polaroid Socialmatic camera features instant printing. You can also upload photos to your favourite apps and sites.

With harmony and proportion, Hublot and Sang Bleu have created an original, intriguing and eye-catching piece. Its construction is reminiscent of the symbolism in the geometric shapes so dear to Sang Bleu. It evokes the harmonious and proportional relationships derived from Leonard de Vinci’s Vitruvian Man to imprint a new graphic identity upon the iconic Big Bang.

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RADIO REVIVAL Liberty has given the iconic Roberts Revival radio a heritage, floral makeover. It’s back to the 1960s with flower power.



The new range of Oakley ski goggles is designed to help you perform in various lighting conditions.

The Kindle Oasis is the lightest and thinnest reader that Amazon has produced to date.



If you’re travelling with your precious watch collection, this Globe-Trotter leather-trimmed watch case is the perfect solution. Made of durable fibreboard and trimmed with croc-effect leather.

Designed for long-distance cycling, the Stanforth Kibo+ bike is made from lightweight yet durable steel.

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Sail away with Skipper’s choice list


Beneteau Oceanis 48 2016 | Available in Malta | New ready to sail, three-cabin version. Full B&G electronics, sprayhood, bimini, furling mainsail, Yanmar inboard engine.

Beneteau Oceanis 55 2016 | Available in Malta | New ready to sail, three-cabin version. Full B&G electronics, sprayhood, bimini, furling mainsail, Yanmar inboard engine.

Price: €300,000 + VAT. Mediterranean Yacht Sales Ltd., T: 2134 6461, 2132 2651, info@ medyachtsales.com, www.medyachtsales.com

Price: €500,000 + VAT. Mediterranean Yacht Sales Ltd., T: 2134 6461, 2132 2651, info@ medyachtsales.com, www.medyachtsales.com

Lagoon 450 FLY 2016 | Available in Malta | Brand new with full warranty. Three luxurious cabins, many extras & also includes pontoon berth, generator, airconditioning.

Beneteau Flyer 550 Open 2016 | New boat with full warranty and ready to go. Also includes new fully galvanised road trailer and new Suzuki 90hp four-stroke engine.

Price: €460,000 + VAT. Mediterranean Yacht Sales Ltd, T: 2134 6461, 2132 2651, info@ medyachtsales.com, www.medyachtsales.com

Beneteau Oceanis 60 2016 | New, with three cabins, all ensuite, one skipper’s cabin. Teak deck, metallic hull, Volvo Penta engine, North Sails, denim canvas, generator, air-conditioning and many more extras. Price on request. Mediterranean Yacht Sales Ltd, T: 2134 6461, 2132 2651, info@ medyachtsales.com, www.medyachtsales.com

Price: €23,500 inc. VAT. Mediterranean Yacht Sales Ltd, T: 2134 6461, 2132 2651, info@ medyachtsales.com, www.medyachtsales.com

Beneteau Oceanis 40 2016| Three-cabin version with twin heads. Yanmar diesel inboard. Full electronics, trim and canvas packages. One owner since new & in excellent condition. Ready to sail. Price: €115,000 inc. VAT. Mediterranean Yacht Sales Ltd, T: 2134 6461, 2132 2651, info@ medyachtsales.com, www.medyachtsales.com

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SACS S680 - Price: €55,000, VAT paid. Equipment Included: 1x Suzuki Outboard 175 HP, Electric winch, Stainless steel chain 35m, Fridge freezer waeco 12v/240v 35L, Hydraulic steering, All over sunbrella cover, Rib Tube sunbrella cover, 2 motor covers grey & sunbrella beige, Dual battery switch, Fusion stereo/ vhf that connect with Iphone, Ipod etc and much more. Absolutely mint condition! Boatcare Trading Ltd., T: 7930 0680, info@boatcarelimited.com, www.boatcarelimited.com

Salpa 30 Gran Turismo - Price: €140,000, VAT paid. Engines: 2x 200Hp Volvo Penta D3. Equipment included: A/C, generator, bow thruster, galley hot plates X 2, electric wind lass with chain counter and remote trim tabs, custom aft canopy, navigational equipment and much more. Boatcare Trading Ltd., T: 7930 0680, info@boatcarelimited.com, www.boatcarelimited.com.

Beneteau Monte Carlo 32 Open - Price: €99,000, VAT paid. Engines: 2x AB Volvo Penta D3 190Hp. Equipment included: slatted solid natural wood bathing platform, stainless steel bathing ladder in bathing platform locker, cockpit unit with sink + position for grill + storage, hydraulic steering, air step technology, radio/CD player + interior and exterior speakers, 1000W Electric windlass with up/down + remote control and much more. Boatcare Trading Ltd., T: 7930 0680, info@boatcarelimited.com, boatcarelimited.com.

Absolute 41 - Price: €165,000, VAT paid. Engine: 2x 306Hp AB Volvo Penta. Equipment Included: Fuel filter (renewed in 2015), Fixed fire-fighting installation (DP automatic system), Duo-prop Propellers, Bow Thruster, Generator System and prime mover (Mase I.S. 5.0 generator set), 3x Electrical Bilge pumps, Full Navigation & Radio Equipment, Music Player (VDO stereo + Speakers), TV/DVD/ Video (Rove DIV-X Player + Sony Tv), Air Condition,3x Solar Panels provided with SOLAS 30 control system and much more. Boatcare Trading Ltd., T: 7930 0680, info@boatcarelimited.com, www.boatcarelimited.com

FIND THE WAY From just €650 including VAT, this versatile chartplotter with multi-touch and pinch-to-zoom is now available in five- or seven-inch size and comes packed with innovations for sailors. The B&G Vulcan MFD integrates with your on board instruments to unlock award-winning sailing features including SailSteer™ and Sailing Time. With built in Wi-Fi, keeping up to date with all the latest sailing apps and services is easy. To make the most of your Vulcan and the features it can offer, additional transducers, data inputs and software updates may be incorporated to expand the system. For more information contact Mediterranean Yacht Sales Ltd on 2134 6461 and 7947 2096 or visit www.medyachtsales.com.


Different models available producing between 30 and 200 litres of fresh water, per hour.





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MARI CHA’S RECORD FALLS Comanche sets new monohull west to east transatlantic record.

Jim and Kristy Clark’s world-beating crew has set a new outright monohull transatlantic record of five days, 14 hours, 21 minutes, 25 seconds, subject to ratification from the World Sailing Speed Record Council. On July 28, Comanche passed Lizard Point to complete the 2,880 nautical mile eastbound passage across the Atlantic, smashed the existing monohull transatlantic record. This had been held by Mari Cha IV since 2003 and stood at six days 17 hours, 52 minutes and 39 seconds. The talented crew of world class sailors beat the previous record by one day, three hours, 31 minutes and 14 seconds in a total elapsed time of five days, 14 hours, 21 minutes and 25 seconds at an average speed of 21.44 knots. Comanche’s owner Jim Clark said: “Comanche was built to break ocean records and the guys have once again powered our fantastic fat-bottomed girl to another title. I am so proud of the entire team and everyone involved in the entire programme from top to bottom, the best in world, getting the best out of Comanche. Perfect harmony, and Kristy and I are over the moon.” The experienced crew set sail from New York on Friday evening July 22 at 20:58 UTC. The Comanche team had been on standby for

a number of weeks waiting for optimum conditions to slingshot herself across the Atlantic, managing a fluid rota of over 30 sailors on stand-by over a three month period, primed to be ready at a moment’s notice. On Thursday the team were moved to code ‘green’ as world class navigator Stan Honey alongside skipper Ken Read, agreed that this was the time to go. With Comanche skipper Ken Read committed to TV commentating at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in England, the crew was led by team leaders Casey Smith, Tony Mutter, Richard Clarke and Navigator Stan Honey. Due to other commitments, Comanche was also missing regular crewmen such as Kelvin Harrap, Warwick Fluery, Jimmy Spithill and Ryan Godfrey. Ken Read concluded: “This latest record is testament to Jim and Kristy’s vision. This is the culmination of six years of hard work and a huge team of experts offshore and onshore all working as one. I never had any doubt this crew would deliver the goods – the boat was in perfect condition and the only thing that would scupper the record would be Mother Nature. Luckily she didn’t throw a spanner in the works and this team have once again proven why they are some of the best in the business.”

The weather window promised fast conditions with strong winds, great angles and flat seas all the way to Europe. And overall it delivered, enabling the team to tear across the Atlantic in record time, using only manual powered winches and hydraulics. But it wasn’t all plain sailing, the crew encountered some cold, foggy and squally weather with some nail biting lighter patches that kept them all guessing and hoping that they could stay in the same weather system for the duration of the crossing. They also encountered the danger of ice ensuring the team remained on high alert making the trip, and the record, even more of an achievement. Stan Honey used all his experience to identify this unique weather window, once again showing his colours as the best navigator in offshore racing. Navigator Stan Honey said: “There are only about two weather windows a year where a monohull can make it all the way across the Atlantic in one system, and we found one of them. Beating this record by more than a day is above my expectations and I am delighted.”

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BEAUTIES ON WATER Stiren won this year’s edition of the Trophée Bailli de Suffren. In 2001 three friends conceived a grand 21st century sailing tradition for classic yachts: a rally of special friends, old and new. Covering some 680 nautical miles from Saint-Tropez to Grand Harbour Marina in Malta, and visiting four of the most exotic ports in the Mediterranean, the Trophée Bailli du Suffren is not only the Mediterranean’s most beautiful yacht race but also its longest race for classic yachts.

“Crews cannot let their concentration slip, as the local conditions can lay traps for the unwary”

The old town of Saint-Tropez provides an unforgettable backdrop for the race start, and the yachts perform a short lap of the bay for the delight of the spectators on the Mole Jean Reveille before heading offshore for their first night at sea. The next 160nm of open water can serve up anything from extended calm to full-blown mistral – and sometimes both – before the yachts face the challenge of negotiating the Strait of Bonifacio. The final 20nm of the leg are often the most demanding, with tired crews having to decide between saving a few miles on the inshore route or taking the safer but longer passage outside La Maddalena and Caprera. The second leg may appear straightforward, with an uncomplicated departure from Porto Rotondo followed by the direct route south east across the middle of the Tyrrhenian Sea. But the vagaries of wind, weather and racing strategy mean that the shortest route is not necessarily the fastest. In certain conditions better breeze is to be found inshore along

the east coast of Sardinia, and competitors have been known to hug the coast all the way south, playing the diurnal land and sea effects before finally making due east towards Sicily. This year saw a return to Palermo as the Sicilian stopover port, while previous years have finished the second leg in Trapani or Castellamare del Golfo. The final leg of the Trophée Bailli de Suffren starts with a 90nm coastal section around Sicily’s western capes and through the Egadi Islands nature reserve. The complex topography, especially along the island’s north coast, makes big gains and losses possible. The next 120nm of open water require a change of gears to offshore mode before the final approach past Gozo and into the Grand Harbour. Even in these final miles, however, crews cannot let their concentration slip, as the local conditions can lay traps for the unwary and reshuffle the pack right at the last. In one memorable year the front-runners hit a windless wall just a few miles from the finish line, allowing the previously extended fleet to compress – and for the first eight boats to finish within less than an hour of each other. Held from June 25-July 6 and sponsored by Camper & Nicholsons, this year’s edition of the Trophée Bailli du Suffren was won by Stiren, the last of the fleet to arrive in Malta but the first overall over the three legs from Saint-Tropez. Photos by Justine Navarro

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SALAD DAYS Nothing beats the heat like Skipper’s fresh salads.



Handful of frisee

Mix the rocket, frisee, lamb’s lettuce and radicchio leaves in a large bowl. Drizzle over some extra virgin oil, squeeze over the juice of one lemon, then grind salt and pepper on top. Toss until the leaves glisten. Serve.

Handful of wild rocket Handful of lamb’s lettuce Handful of radicchio leaves Juice of 1 lemon Olive oil



450g new potato, diced

Boil the potatoes until tender. Flake the mackerel fillets into large pieces and cut the beetroot into bitesize chunks.

3 smoked mackerel fillets 250g beetroot, cooked 100g mixed salad leaves 2 celery sticks, sliced 50g walnut pieces For the Dressing: 6tbsp salad dressing 2tsp creamed horseradish sauce

Drain the potatoes and cool. Mix the salad dressing and horseradish sauce and season. Tip in the potatoes. Add the salad leaves, mackerel, beetroot, celery and walnuts. Toss and serve.

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