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A RACE OF POWER What action should we expect from this year’s Rolex Middle Sea Race, Giles Pearman asks.
The Pursuit Of Glory - Get ready for plenty of excitement at the 37th edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race.
For this issue of Skipper, our main focus is this beautiful regatta. We explore the course, meet the teams and see how they are preparing for the start – and finish – of what has been described by many as the most beautiful race in the Mediterranean, if not the world.
Beauty And The Sea - The Rolex Middle Sea Race is considered to be one of the most beautiful courses in the world.
In this issue of Skipper, we also get a good insight of what makes Maverick, the new Infiniti 46R skippered by Oliver Cotterell, one of the most exciting projects on water.
Team Maverick Shake Things Up - Maverick is ready to race, Hannah Cotterell says.
Yet before the sailing season ends, the Rolex Middle Sea Race reminds us of the beauty of sailing and racing in the Mediterranean.
Peter Valentino, with his wealth of experience, also gives us an overview of the more important rules that regulate races such as the Rolex Middle Sea Race. We also review the latest boats, cook up a luxury meal on board, and dress up in the latest yachting-inspired fashion. Read on and enjoy.
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BACK IN THE WATER In 2014, Artie was the overall winner of the IRC Category and the Rolex Middle Sea Race Trophy for the second time. Lee Satariano is ready for another challenge.
Express Xpresso - Sean Borg will be taking on the challenge of the Rolex Middle Sea Race on board Xpresso.
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EDITOR The Mediterranean Sea splashes with centuries of myths and legends of seafaring heroes, tragedies, and discoveries. It’s a sea of stories that surrounds us and has written long and important chapters in our history. The Rolex Middle Sea Race is one of these chapters. In its 36 editions, this beautiful race has told us of heroic teams battling other teams and that great unknown – the weather – on their way to glory. Others, heroic also, suffer
their downfall but return to battle again and again until they triumph. This year will be no exception. For its 37th edition, the Rolex Middle Sea Race has captured the imagination of teams from all over the world, to race in eager rivalry. Some are real veterans, with the proverbial scars of past races. Other teams, skippers and crews are new to the race – and inevitably, they will fall in love with this classic regatta and return year after year. To all I wish fair winds and a memorable race. Georges Bonello DuPuis
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A RACE OF POWER What action should we expect from this year’s Rolex Middle Sea Race, Giles Pearman asks. As the 2016 Rolex Middle Sea Race approaches the off, the fleet size continues to climb steadily. At the time of writing some 112 yachts from 20 nations have entered, and the prospect of bettering the record fleet of 122 set in 2014 looks a possibility. Other records may be under threat, including the fastest course times. George David and his seasoned crew of professionals is returning with his latest Rambler to have another crack at the benchmark monohull time which he set in 2007, while Phaedo 3, the MOD 70 trimaran, campaigned by Lloyd Thornburg is back with eyes on making a similar statement in the multihull class. Typically, the Rolex Middle Sea Race fleet screams diversity and this year is no exception. Yachts ranging in size from Michele Zambelli’s 9.5m Illumia 12 to the 30m Bristolian owned by Philip Rann. From the 1963, Sparkman & Stephens designed classic yawl, Giraldilla, to the more recently launched Egi…4, the 23m Mylius drawn by Simeone which hit the water earlier this year.
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Fully crewed yachts dominate but there is confident group of double-handers, like the ever-popular Beppe Bisotto’s Atame from Italy and Unica, owned by Jamie Sammut a committee member of the Royal Malta Yacht Club. And then, of course, there are the multihulls. In years gone by, multihulls were treated with circumspection. They tended to struggle with the complexity of the course and the wind angles never seemed right for a fast passage. This year could be a different prospect. The weather is yet to be decided, but the entries in this category look purposeful. Two lightning quick MOD70s – Giovanni Soldini’s Maserati and Phaedo are joined by the 23m Ultim’Emotion (formerly Gitana 11). In addition, three Multi50s will be making an appearance – Noir Désir, Ciela Village, skippered by 2008 Rolex Middle Sea Race winner Thierry Bouchard, and, Fenetrea Cardinal. Last, but not necessarily least, another new launch, R Six, an H66 designed by Morelli & Melvin.
The real interest, naturally, will lie in the battle for overall victory in the IRC fleet. Where to look for possible winners? Well that all depends on the weather. If conditions are really fast, favouring the biggest and fastest, Rambler will be untouchable at the head of the fleet. Her canting keel and aggressive Juan K drawn lines will be more than a match for any of the other nine yachts measuring in at over 20m. Should her normally impeccable crew make any errors, watch out for the two Volvo 70s – Trifork and Green Dragon. The 25m Aegir, chartered for this race by Clarke Murphy, is also nimble enough too to keep the all-out racers on their toes. Should the wind conditions be more suited to the 15 to 20 metre bracket there are plenty among the 20 or so in this band that are more than capable of pulling off the big win. A couple of TP52s catch the eye: ROCH from Spain and Team Van Uden from the UK. 52-feet has been a successful length in recent years.
“Typically, the Rolex Middle Sea Race fleet screams diversity and this year is no exception” Elsewhere, one should never discount the Cookson 50s either – Mascalzone Latino and Cippa Lippa 8 have provided some memorable photography in years gone by even if victory has eluded them. The largest group of yachts comprises those between 10 and 15 metres. Some 70 are in this bracket. It is a contingent of knowns and unknowns. Most eyes will be on the local boat, the J122 Artie, owned by Lee Satariano and coskippered by Christian Ripard and his nephew Sebastian. The Artie crew are two-time overall winners of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, in 2011 and 2014. Noel Racine and Foggy Dew from France are regular, successful campaigners on the IRC circuit. Second place overall at the 2013 Rolex Fastnet confirms their pedigree in the 600 mile classics. Racine has enlisted the support of
Alexis Loison, one half of the double-handed crew that beat him in the 2013 Fastnet. In terms of unknowns, Pata Negra the 2016 launched Marc Lombard designed custom IRC 46 owned by Giles Redpath is potentially an interesting dark horse. A member of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and Royal Thames Yacht Club, Redpath has many years of racing and cruising under his belt. Another 46-footer making its bow at the Rolex Middle Sea Race is Maverick, a Hugh Welbourn/Infiniti design that features DSS (dynamic stability system) foils. Conceived as a pocket rocket, Maverick made its debut at the 2016 Giraglia Rolex Cup. While conditions were less than perfect, she made quite an impact when given the opportunity. The 37th Rolex Middle Sea Race starts on Saturday, October 22 at 11.00 CEST from Grand Harbour, Valletta. Follow the action at www.rolexmiddlesearace.com
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The Rolex Middle Sea Race is often mentioned in the same breath as the Rolex Fastnet, The Rolex Sydney – Hobart and Newport-Bermuda as a must do race.
“High profile boats from the world’s top designers take part, most in pursuit of line honours and the record”
The Royal Malta Yacht Club and the Royal Ocean Racing Club co-founded the race in 1968 and 2016 will be the 37th edition. Save for a break between 1984 and 1995 the event has been run annually initially attracting 25 to 30 yachts. However in recent years, the number of entries has risen sharply to 122 boats thanks to a new organising committee who managed to bring Rolex on board as title sponsor for the Middle Sea Race. The race is a true challenge to skippers and crews who have to be at their very best to cope with the often changeable and demanding conditions. As backdrop, the race has unsurpassed scenery, taking competitors close to a number of islands, which form marks of the course. Ted Turner described the RMSR as “The most beautiful race course in the world. Apart from Turner, famous competitors have included Eric
Tabarly, Cino Ricci, Herbert von Karajan, Jim Dolan, Sir Chay Blyth and Sir Francis Chichester. High profile boats from the world’s top designers take part, most in pursuit of line honours and the record. Last year, the fleet was more varied, consisting of different kind of boats from the big, professionally crewed boats to smaller yachts with Corinthian sailors as well as two big multihulls, both from the United States. One of these was Lloyd Thornburg’s Phaedo3, which recently set a new world record in the Fastnet course, completing it in 27 hours and 34 minutes. Phaedo3 claimed multihull line honours. The other multihull was Peter Aschenbrenner’s 63’ trimaran Paradox which has recorded speeds of over 35knots in big seas during Atlantic crossings. The 2016 Rolex Middle Sea Race will start on Saturday, October 22, 2016
BEAUTY AND The Rolex Middle Sea Race is considered to be one of the most beautiful courses in the world.
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New teams are formed, records are broken, and the weather is forever changing. However, there is one constant that dominates the Rolex Middle Sea Race: the beautiful course. The RMSR covers one of the most thrilling courses in the world of offshore racing. Just consider that the 607-nautical mile route includes the historic Grand Harbour in Valletta, the blue waters of Sicily, the challenging Strait of Messina, the picturesque islands of Pantelleria and Lampedusa, and Stromboliâ€™s active volcano. Sailed anti-clockwise, teams start off from the Grand Harbour to the sound of the cannons reverberating against the capitalâ€™s bastions.
Then the boats head north along the eastern coast of Sicily towards the Strait of Messina. At night, the fiery Mount Etna is usually visible. Once through the Strait of Messina, the boats take a northern direction towards to Aeolian Islands and Stromboli, where they turn west to the Egadi Islands. Passing between Marettimo and Favignana, the course then heads south towards Lampedusa and then northeast for the final leg towards the South Comino Channel and the finish at Marsamxett Harbour. The drama of the RMSR is perfectly offset against a diverse landscape and sea conditions, which combine to create a classic and challenging offshore race.
THE SEA “Once through the Strait of Messina, the boats take a northern direction towards to Aeolian Islands and Stromboli, where they turn west to the Egadi Islands” Photos by Rolex
TEAM MAVERICK SHAKE THINGS UP Maverick is ready to race, Hannah Cotterell says. Maverick, the new Infiniti 46R skippered by Oliver Cotterell, is the only yacht of its size designed to incorporate a canting keel, DSS foils and a plethora of other technical gadgets to get the most out of her relatively short water line. Since her first splash in May this year, people have started talking and Maverick has not failed to impress. The crew is almost as unique as the boat. Meet the people involved onshore and you will quickly see they are a mixed bag of amateur and professional sailors. The vibe is relaxed and friendly with the focus on getting the right crew dynamic. With a maximum crew of eight it has to be and it is a tight outfit. Everyone has come to the project looking to learn how to optimise a boat using the DSS technology. Maverick’s DSS foils provide similar characteristics to that of an airplane wing. The foils produce both righting moment and lift. Righting moment, without the traditional approach of adding hull width, allows the yacht to maintain power despite having a narrow beam. Unlike traditional wide hulls, the foils create no drag when retracted giving Maverick a relative advantage in light airs. When deployed the foils generate lift, allowing the boat to ride
high in the water, reducing hull drag so that the extra power is used more efficiently. DSS allows Maverick to sail at reduced heel angles compared with a traditional beamy yacht. The lower heel angle allows the vertical foils - both those below and above the water - to work smoothly, reducing leeway and improving steerage. In simple terms, we expect to sail more quickly in the direction that we are steering compared with a boat more on its side. These positive effects increase with speed and really come into their own as the boat turns onto a reaching angle to the wind, where Maverick is often seen matching and or exceeding wind speed high into the wind range. In short, Maverick in these reaching conditions is a bullet. When she powers up you know about it! There are numerous other innovations and points copied from bigger and smaller race boats, from the canting keel to the lifting prop and rudder set up. What makes Maverick so intriguing is that all of these things have been incorporated into a small package. For a yacht of her size with her high power
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“It has been a great experience working with Team Maverick and is refreshing to see the truly pioneering spirit of the programme in its pursuit of pushing the boundaries of offshore racing performance. It will be an interesting and exciting journey to follow!”- Stu Bannatyne, six-time Volvo Ocean Race sailor to weight ratio she is, perhaps surprisingly, forgiving. Upwind in a sea sate her narrow hull form with added rocker and large sail plan allows her to punch through waves. However the real fun begins off the wind where, with foil deployed, she starts to work hard at 10 knots of boat speed and just accelerates in three or four knots bursts from there as the gusts come through. The acceleration is rapid and before you know it the boat is travelling at plus 20 knots. We have yet to find anyone who doesn’t get a big grin when she takes off! The foils enable Maverick to carry a lot more sail than would be expected, as the boat speed brings the apparent wind forward. The platform is very stable and life at a heel angle of less than 10 degrees and at 20 knots is pretty relaxed and importantly manageable for long periods. The plan is to race Maverick at regattas around the world over the next 18 months. In our first six months of commissioning and racing we have been very impressed with what this yacht can do and we have yet to reach the edge of her performance envelope. In the longer term maybe there will be a Maverick II, larger again and deploying all the things we have learnt building and sailing this fascinating yacht.
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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. 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. All this is managed via a very user-friendly online dashboard or via the mobile applications
(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. 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 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 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.
hard every day talking to boat owners and 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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BACK IN THE WATER In 2014, Artie was the overall winner of the IRC Category and the Rolex Middle Sea Race Trophy for the second time. Lee Satariano is ready for another challenge. How many times have you raced the Rolex Middle Sea Race and which edition has been the most memorable for you? This year will be my 12th participation in the Rolex Middle Sea Race. For obvious reasons, 2014 is the most memorable one yet. Any updates to Artie in the run up to this year’s race? We put her up for a few weeks in September to do a good prep to the bottom. Who will crew Artie for this year’s edition of the race? This year’s crew will be made up of Christian and Seb Ripard, Sonke Stein, Gordon Bugeja, Fabio Galea, Mathieu and Jordy.
How is the crew preparing for the race? We’re a little late on preparation but hope to fit in a few sessions before the race. Who, in your opinion, are the main contenders for this year’s race? It’s very difficult to say as it depends on the conditions and as every other year you have a bit of everything. Any forecast on what the weather will be like during the race? We’ll have a bit of everything, possibly more squalls and rain than usual.
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1. Boats taking up position at the Royal Malta Yacht Club dock in 2014. 2. Artie skippers Lee Satariano and Christian Ripard together with their crew receiving the Rolex Middle Sea Race trophy and Rolex timepiece. 3. Artie and Strekosa at the start of the 2012 edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race. 4. Artie skippers Lee Satariano and Christian Ripard.
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Express Xpresso Sean Borg will be taking on the challenge of the Rolex Middle Sea Race on board Xpresso.
How many times have you raced the Rolex Middle Sea Race and which edition has been the most memorable for you? I have raced two editions of the Rolex Middle Sea Race – 2013 and 2014. The latter was the more memorable as I was the skipper and it was my first experience in survival conditions. Any updates to Xpresso in the run up to this year’s race? Xpresso is now just being fine tuned, after starting preparations very early. We also got help from abroad to learn more about the boat. Who will crew Xpresso for this year’s edition of the race? The crew will consist of myself together with Kevin Anastasi, Zach Mackay, Alessandro
Grech, Matthew Wallis, Paul Borg Cardona, Frank Gerber, Olli Mellor, Pete Knite, and Enes Caylak. How is the crew preparing for the race? We have been training hard and customising everything to make it as easy as possible. This year, we haven’t missed a race, to ensure that we learn the boat in every wind angle and speed. Who, in your opinion, are the main contenders for this year’s race? Personally, I think everyone is in with a chance. You can never tell before seeing the forecast as every boat performs differently in different conditions.
GOING FOR GEISHA
Rolex Middle Sea Race veteran David Pizzuto will race his yacht Geisha.
How many times have you raced the Rolex Middle Sea Race and which edition has been the most memorable for you? I’ve raced in some 29 editions. Probably more. The most memorable was two years ago, when we had a very stormy race. It was pretty hairy but Geisha sailed through. Any updates to Geisha in the run up to this year’s race? We’re looking at removing the spinnakers and pole and replacing them with asymmetrics.
Who will crew Geisha for this year’s edition of the race? We have a great crew from the UK – they had already raced Geisha two years ago. How is the crew preparing for the race? We all have well defined roles so it’s easier. I will be the owner-skipper – however, we will also have another two skippers who race their own yachts in the UK. Any forecast on what the weather will be like during the race? As usual, the weather gods will decide.
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RULES OF THE GAME Rolex Middle Sea Race participants have to abide by 91 rules. All ensure fair and exciting racing, Peter Valentino says. The call to contribute to Skipper didn’t come as a surprise – and I must say that as always mine comes with delight. Delight through passion of and for the sport of sailing. I’ve been asked to detail and give some information about the rules in force during this long distance race, and to their importance. To start off with, yes, the rules are vital during any race, including this. In a long distance
race I’d rather have a high percentage of what I call ‘racing etiquette’ together with the ability of getting the boat to sail her best. The actual rules are secondary. Any sailor will certainly agree that an important factor is taking the right decision at the right time. Long distance races are generally won at night and progress is achieved if the crew maintain attentiveness during the dark sleepy hours. I could easily derail from the topic of the rules, so I’ll start off here. Sailors have to endure with the longest list of rules – 91 of them, in other words more than the sum total of the sports of football, tennis and golf. There are some which are particularly significant during this race. First is safety. All boats are obliged to give
help, indeed to go out of their way to at least prove that they tried to give help. This isn’t limited to other competing boats – in fact it’s unlimited. The devil will manifest himself in a way whereby it would be easy to turn an ear and head the other way – but then, to snap out of it, all you have to imagine is that those who need help could in fact be your own children. The rule, as such, is extensive to the point that if you had to come across, God forbid, a dead body you at least ought to report and stand by until the body is recovered. Another rule is fair sailing. Let’s be straightforward about this, starting off from what you declare and what you sail with. Ensure your rating certificate complies with your boat – and there’s no excuse for this. Forget about cutting corners because thanks
“If I had to sail the race I’d give more importance to speed and timely decisions” to technology, everything is visible. If you’re a party to an incident while afloat, just take a penalty – it’s by far more economical than venturing into the Jury Room. Moreover, with the penalty done all that’s left to do is to concentrate on your race. Sailors also have to be environmentally responsible. I’m quite sure that the majority of the boats used to throw all kinds of trash overboard. Well, not any more. Race Committees of serious races around the globe are weighing trash at the end of the race, upon scrutineering. No trash or a small amount of it aboard upon finishing the race will see you being protested by the Race Committee. We really ought to minimise the footprint and adverse impact after all the sea is our playground. Our race starts at 11 am – and just as crew members begin to settle in they are met with
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the darker and less uncomfortable night hours. Racing rules are switched off between legal sundown and legal sunset. The IRCPAS then take precedence and in reality, possibly the most important to remember is to clearly identify your intentions. Let’s take an upwind situation with boats on opposite tacks. In colloquial terms, as a non right of way boat, altering direction but only showing one navigation light is just as bad as not altering direction at all. Altering direction to show both lights is absolutely necessary. The next hurdle is navigating through the straits of Messina. World Sailing Rule 48.2 denotes that boats shall comply with rule 10, Traffic Separation Scheme of the IRCPAS. The Royal Malta Yacht Club has sensibly removed the right for a boat to protest another boat under this rule. The intricate Rules, however, allow the Race Committee to so do. My understanding is that if the Organising Authority receives a valid complaint from a commercial vessel or worst still, the Italian Coastguard then the Race Committee will lodge a protest against the boat in question. Some offshore long distance races obliterate Rule 48.2, but we chose not to. The Rolex Middle Sea Race passes through one of the most sensitive areas and we feel it is right to respect the traffic separation scheme. World Sailing (formerly ISAF) enjoys an excellent
working relationship with the IMO – let’s help to maintain it. It’s fast becoming fashionable to carry a drone. Think twice. Through this, you may be placing yourself in a situation where you’d be receiving help in the form of information that is not available to all boats, hence breaking WS Rule 41. Some are actually trying to debate this. What’s certain is that you also have to comply with the civil code legalities of the country you’re in. I’ll end this where I started – think twice! If I had to sail the race I’d give more importance to speed and timely decisions – most rules follow some logic. My suggestion is to ensure that at least two people aboard will have a respectable knowledge of the Sailing Instructions. That’s where you can come across a few twists, turns and surprises. Three hundred events and 29 nations – my 16 years holding international judge status comes to an end in December 2016. It’s been such a learning curve, a diplomatic exercise and mission at times. It’s been a great privilege. What I’d like to see is more fair sailing and federations that consider and appreciate all aspects of the sport, not just for instance Olympic Classes or Optimist sailing. I wish the Royal Malta Yacht Club, Rolex SA and all the competing sailors the very best of luck. Sail clear, sail well – sail with speed.
THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE
The Beneteau Oceanis 38.1 offers new solutions for evolving lifestyles on board. Living on board an Oceanis is a lifestyle in its own right. Her swiftness and safety find an echo in her elegance, comfort and a feeling of well-being. Each new Oceanis requires the passionate commitment of architects and designers, whose challenge is to extend the limits of space, while increasing the craftâ€™s performance at sea. In 40 years, the Finot/Conq duo have forged the reputation of designing perfectly balanced and admirably seaworthy yachts. For the latest generation of Oceanis yachts, they succeeded in providing new solutions for evolving lifestyles on board, while rendering each craft even more powerful as it confronts the sea and the wind. For the interior, the famous Italian Nauta Yachts studio have managed to deal with the contradictory requirements of decompartmentalising the spaces while preserving
“The challenge with the interior was to multiply the living spaces in the saloon and offer greater privacy in the owner cabin” privacy. Two wood colour options also give the choice of a modern or more traditional feel. The new Oceanis 38.1 offers a performance to habitability ratio second to none on this size of this cruising yacht. Length and beam on the waterline have been extended to the limit to make her quick to cut through the water, while increasing stability.
The Oceanis 38.1’s chined hull offers particularly surprising cruising control. The challenge with the interior was to multiply the living spaces in the saloon and offer greater privacy in the owner cabin, while maintaining the visual perspective that the opening to the bow offered in previous versions. The new L-shaped galley makes a facing seat saloon arrangement possible. The space has been well optimised to allow eight people to sit around the table. The Oceanis 38.1 comes with an optional aft bathing platform, increasing the already ample
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exterior space significantly. Two- or three-cabin versions are also available, and all variants are equipped with the latest B&G Sailing navigation electronics. Storage is ample, both above and below decks, and in the two cabin version, a shower compartment can be installed in addition to the standard shower heads. The modular interior also allows for various configurations, ranging from an open-plan, minimalistic day-boat, to a fully equipped cruiser more than adequately comfortable for spending several days at sea.
Naval architects: Interior design: Length overall: Hull length: Lower water line: Hull beam: Light displacement: Deep draught (min): Fuel tank capacity: Fresh water capacity: Max engine power HP: CE certification:
Finot-Conq Nauta Design 11.50m 11.13m 10.72m 03.99m 6,850kg 2,08m 130L 130L 30HP A8/B9/C10
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A TRUE JEANNEAU YACHT All new for 2017, on the heels of the successful Jeanneau 54 comes the new Jeanneau 51 with a nod towards exceptional live-onboard features.
This Jeanneau 51, benefits from the latest innovations in level of finish, quality of life onboard and maximum ease of handling. With different choices of wood finish options, more upholstery choices and more interior choices, the interior layouts now include an optional work shop/storage area with deck access. The latest innovations which have made Jeanneau Yachts so successful offer unequalled level of finish, unrivalled quality of life onboard and maximum ease of handling. Inspired by the Jeanneau 54, this new model was designed by superyacht naval
architect, Philippe Briand and designer, Andrew Winch. Living spaces have been carefully studied, with meticulous attention to detail and the use of fine materials to contribute to an excellent cruising experience and a luxurious lifestyle on board.
twin helm stations, and a large welcoming table. Customisable details such as the choice of a wine cellar, a workshop with ladder access to the cockpit, a VIP guest cabin and a skipper cabin available with private access directly to the cockpit.
A sailing yacht that is unmatched for its style, comfort and value has many features including an innovative aft terrace with integrated sun lounge chairs, exceptional access to the sea, the largest cockpit in its size category, integrated “armchairs” forward, well-equipped
The world is rich with extraordinary destinations and the Jeanneau 51 was created to take you there. The new Jeanneau 51 has been nominated for the European Yacht of the Year award for 2017.
Specifications Length overall: Hull length: Length at waterline: Beam: Displacement (empty): Standard keel weight: Standard keel draft: Shallow keel weight: Shallow keel draft: Fuel capacity: Water capacity: Cabine: Engine:
15,38 m 14,98 m 13,95 m 4,70 m 14,400 kg 4,300 kg 2,28 m 4,750 kg 1,73 m 240l, opt. 480l 640l 2/3 Yanmar 80 HP Sail drive, optional Yanmar 110 HP Ligne d’arbre
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The Elan GT5 offers a top yachting lifestyle.
UNIQUE IN CLASS Elan sets new standards in fast cruising yachts segment with the launch of the new Elan GT5 this autumn. The entire GT range is based on Elan’s performance hulls, with a large and comfortable cockpit, designed for ultimate relaxation and easy sailing. After many years of study and design, Elan heralds the beginning of a new concept in yacht design. The GT series combines the best design and construction techniques from Elan’s award-winning performance yachts, while adopting the advantages of larger yachts. “The GT range is truly unique in the market in terms of design, performance, safety and comfort,” Elan chief designer Igor Zupan, said. The launch of the new GT series begins with the 42-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. 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. Inherited from the Elan performance range yachts, the GT5 keel is recessed into the bottom of the hull and optimised to minimise drag through the water. It’s designed with a mounting flange on top of the keel to reduce the stress on the keel bolts by positioning them further apart. The forestay chain plate attachment is mounted on a dedicated plate, laminated into the hull for optimal load distribution. The main bulkheads in the GT5 are truly structural, ensuring maximum stiffness of the yacht in all conditions. Three main bulkheads are built in
Specifications 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
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sandwich construction, and fully laminated to hull and deck. Hull, including skin coat, is fully laminated in vinyl ester with 3D vacuum assisted infusion lamination technology which considerably improves stiffness of the hull. The hull is builtin sandwich using multi-directional fibreglass, structural closed cells foam core and single skin on loaded areas. Powerful inner structure, infused in 3D VAIL, distributes all loads from the keel and rig effectively with a minimum flexing of the hull. Limber holes are built into the stringers to connect multiple bilge compartments without fluids entering the ribs. The GT5 features a fixed bowsprit with anchor roller nicely hidden beneath it. The bowsprit is composite to ensure maximum stiffness in all conditions and elegant design. A 70-year tradition of craftsmanship and yacht building make Elan Yachts known for their durability and excellent interior. The GT5 takes interior to a new level of excellence. The interior is hand crafted using natural oak veneer and solid wood lipping and door frames. The customer has the ability to choose between natural feel and brushed veneer feel making the furniture rich and durable for years to come. Built in hardwood finish, the GT5 will meet the expectations of even most demanding yachtsmen. 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. The galley forward offers ample storage space with a customisable corner
to be equipped individually for each owner. The 180-degree panoramic skylight with the window in window feature, two portlights and one large central hatch, the saloon can be ventilated at all times. The new GT5 is also the only yacht this size to offer a separate shower compartment with a three-cabin, twoheads interior layout. With the raised coach roof the 270-degree panoramic windshield made of tempered glass offers stunning view from the saloon area and plenty of natural light. The window in window option offers optimal ventilation when at anchor, without compromising the design of the yacht. The new GT5 is available in two- or three cabin layouts with the revolutionary inverted saloon set-up, featuring the galley forward and and saloon midship, ensuring maximum utilisation of the yacht’s full beam. Both
versions are available with one- or two-head compartments. Separate shower is standard in the two-cabin version and option on the three-cabin layout. Second heads compartment option forward is available with both two- and three- cabin versions making the forward owner cabin en-suite. With the 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 ample seating area and different innovative cockpit table options converting the seating into a sunbathing lunge. A clean deck design ensures fast and safe passage forward, and enables plenty of sunbathing area with dedicated cushions on the foredeck.
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VERY VIGO Richard Muscat Azzopardi travels to Vigo, Europe’s hidden tropical destination. When I was asked to go on a familiarisation trip of the sailing opportunities that Vigo offers I was pretty surprised. There was very little I knew about Vigo, with the exception of the existence of Celta Vigo, the football team that makes an appearance in the Champions League from time to time. But I knew it was in Galicia, around 160km from Coruna, one of the wettest parts of Europe. It is also pretty close (less than 100km) to Santiago de Compostela, the last stop on the world famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago. The one thing most people don’t realise about Vigo (if they know anything about it) is that it is much closer to Portugal than it is to the larger cities in Spain, and it is blessed with a much better climate than Coruna, despite being in the same region. Having said that, it’s on the Atlantic, so if you’re looking to get away from the scorching heat of Malta while still going to a great summer destination, this might really be the place for you. I left Malta at the height of summer – it was 38 degrees without a hint of a breeze over here. I landed in Vigo (following a transit stop in
â€œOn the other side of the islands, however, the coast is a rugged beauty, a sign of the tens of thousands of years of being battered by all the Atlantic Ocean can throw at themâ€?
When I was asked to go on a familiarisation trip of the sailing opportunities that Vigo offers I was pretty surprised. There was very little I knew about Vigo, with the exception of the existence of Celta Vigo, the football team that makes an appearance in the Champions League from time to time. But I knew it was in Galicia, around 160km from Coruna, one of the wettest parts of Europe. It is also pretty close (less than 100km) to Santiago de Compostela, the last stop on the world famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago. The one thing most people don’t realise about Vigo (if they know anything about it) is that it is much closer to Portugal than it is to the larger cities in Spain, and it is blessed with a much better climate than Coruna, despite being in the same region. Having said that, it’s on the Atlantic, so if you’re looking to get away from the scorching heat of Malta while still going to a great summer destination, this might really be the place for you. I left Malta at the height of summer – it was 38 degrees without a hint of a breeze over here. I landed in Vigo (following a transit stop in Barcelona) to a very pleasant 27 degrees during the day. The evenings were slightly chilly, but nothing a light hoodie could not cope with.
Getting yourself a boat should not be a problem, as there are quite a few yacht charter companies who will be willing to give you bareboat or skippered options. We were hosted by Sailway (sailway.es), which owns a fleet of 12 boats right in the main harbour of Vigo. Even though I loved my time in Vigo, it does not offer quite a lot to sailors as a city in itself. It does, however, act as the perfect base to explore Vigo Ria and would be ideal as a first and last port of call for exploring the Rias Baixas. If you’re only there for a short time, which is what we were there for, then your best bet would be to get the best of the Vigo Ria and the Islas Cies. The Ria de Vigo is a 35km-long estuary that is lined with beautiful beaches, villages and seafood production plants. They seem to live quite happily together, as seafood is one of the major industries in the area. If you head towards the Atlantic from Vigo, you’ll eventually get to the Islas Cies, a collection of three islands that protect the Ria from the Atlantic. Essentially, they act as a giant breakwater that covers the entrance nicely but is still open enough to keep the water in the estuary well-circulated. The islands themselves are an anomaly of sorts. The inner parts (the protected ones) are breathtakingly beautiful in a tropical way – cue white sandy beaches that lead up to forest paths. On the other side of the islands, however, the coast is a rugged beauty, a sign of the tens of thousands of years of being battered by all the Atlantic Ocean can throw at them.
It is worth noting that the islands are a protected reserve, so you need a permit to drop anchor with your boat – but that should not be too hard to get, and any chartering company will explain the process in more detail if needed. If you have some more time to spare, say a week or so, then it would definitely be worth spending more time outside the Ria de Vigo. The Rias Baixas are made up of the Vigo Ria and another three estuarian inlets (from Vigo up to Finisterre). We were told that even though they share characteristics, each one of the estuaries offers a unique kind of beauty given that the geological formations change enough to give you a different landscape and sailing experience in each one. As one of our gracious hosts pointed out, there is a golden triangle to Vigo and the areas around it. Going there you’re sure to have amazing food (especially the seafood, thanks to Vigo being Europe’s largest fishing port), great wine and lovely scenery to sail in. I can wholeheartedly vouch for this. If you’re looking for a new destination to charter a yacht in and you’ve had enough of the Mediterranean but can’t afford the time to head to tropical destinations, then I definitely recommend trying out Vigo and the Rias Baixas. In my mind the only reason it is not far more popular is that people don’t yet know enough about it. So go, look it up and make the time for it. It’s worth it. I’d like to thank Cluster de Turismo de Galicia for organising this wonderful and truly eyeopening trip.
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Beneteau Oceanis 40 2007 | 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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This limited edition Oeno Box Collector from L’Atelier du Vin contains professional tools for opening, serving and preserving wines and champagnes. The box is made of oak, cork and leather.
The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, introduced in 1963, was designed to meet the demands of professional racing drivers. With its highly reliable chronograph and bezel with tachymetric scale, it allows drivers to perfectly measure average speeds. An icon eternally joined in name and function to the high performance world of motor sport.
This smart tech case by Stow London is handmade in soft Spanish leather. It combines a leather wallet, powerbank charger and cable, foldaway plug set and powerful memory stick. Available in blue, orange and pink.
Listen To This The light and comfortable PXC 550 Wireless headphones by Sennheiser have noise-cancelling technology and a huge battery life.
Action Station The Panono Explorer is a high-resolution 360Â° panoramic camera composed of 36 tiny cameras. Images can also be shot with HDR, which irons out the contrast between the bright and darker parts of a scene.
Come Ear The AfterShokz Trekz Titanium wireless headphones use bone conduction technology, are waterproof and have microphones so you can make and receive calls on the move.
Capture The Action A Luxury Call This fun embellished reptile-effect leather case by Dolce & Gabbana is made in Italy and comes in light pink, dark pink and black.
This tiny action cam from Olympus is shockproof from 2.1m and comes with a pistol grip for using as a hand-held 4K video or 7.2MP still camera. Paired with the phone app, it also plots your location, altitude, temperature and depth under water.
The Fall and Rise of Fashion Dress up in style this autumn with Skipper’s wardrobe.
Mr Suede Distinguished by their ankle-height silhouette, jodhpur boots were originally created for comfortable horseback riding. This tobaccohued pair by John Lobb has been handmade in Northampton from soft suede. The supple leather linings ensure a comfortable fit that will only improve with wear. Cash the Cashmere Tailored in a smart slim fit, Berluti‘s cobalt blazer has been crafted in Italy from smooth cashmere. Great choice for both the office and after-hours events.
Patter with Splatter Spattered with blue, green and white paint that looks like it’s been achieved by the flick of an artist’s brush, Maison Margiela‘s Replica sneakers are a great way to add flair to your daily wardrobe. They’ve been made in Italy from grey leather to ensure they are easy to coordinate with virtually any ensemble and finished with rubber soles for a cushioned step.
Cosy Fit Made from fine midnight-blue cashmere, this Brunello Cucinelli bomber jacket exemplifies the label’s renowned level of craftsmanship. Lined with plush, insulating shearling, the jacket has ribbed trims for the most comfortable fit.
Carry All Brunello Cucinelli‘s backpack demonstrates the heritage label’s impeccable craftsmanship. Made in Italy from full-grain leather and nubuck, this handsome piece is fully lined in hardwearing twill, and sized to stow everything from work documents to a change of clothes and sneakers.
Colour It In This sporty wool sweater by Givenchy has a close but comfortable cut and is defined with ribbed trims. Layer it over shirts with the collar peeking out or keep it pared-back.
Happy Feet These Gucci socks are crafted from a substantial wool-blend to keep your feet cosy during the cooler months.
Warior Prince Smarten up your wardrobe with Rubinacci’s silk-twill pocket square. Created to commemorate the opening of the label’s Tokyo store, it’s printed with four samurais and the characters for ‘bushido’.
Take The Weather With You Cut from wind and waterproof shell, this FRX Pro jacket by Kjus is designed to battle the toughest conditions. Fitted with an expandable O2 collar, it will protect your neck while custom-fitting to your helmet.
It’s caviar and champagne for the winners.
2. Lobster and caviar muffins You need 300g lobster meat 25g butter 2 fresh eggs 1 tsp white wine vinegar Large knob of butter 100g bag baby spinach, washed Whole nutmeg 2 tsp Avruga caviar
For the hollandaise For the hollandaise 50ml white wine 100ml white wine vinegar 1 shallot, finely chopped ½ small bunch tarragon ¼ tsp whole black peppercorns 1 large egg yolk 1 tbsp double cream 125g butter, melted Cayenne pepper, to taste 1-2 tbsp lemon juice, to taste
For the muffins 350g strong white bread flour 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast 175ml warm milk 1 egg, beaten Fine polenta or semolina for dusting
Method To make the muffins, mix together the flour, yeast and ¾ tsp salt in a food mixer. Add the milk and egg, and mix to a dough. Leave the mixture in the machine with the motor running and knead the mix for five minutes until it becomes smooth. Place the dough in a bowl, cover with cling film and place in a warm spot to prove.
1. Rapberry champagne cocktail You need 3 tbsp Crème de Cassis Bottle of Champagne A few raspberries
Method Pour the Créme de Cassis into eight champagne flutes. Slowly pour a bottle of chilled champagne between each glass and, just before serving, drop a few raspberries into each drink.
When it has doubled in size, punch the dough down with your hand and turn out. Dust your work surface and a baking tray with the polenta or semolina. Roll out the dough and cut out muffins – you should have about four muffins. Transfer them to the tray, cover with cling film and leave to prove until doubled in size. Put baking parchment in a non-stick frying pan and put the pan on a low heat. Gently transfer the muffins to the pan and cook for five minutes each side until they are toasted. Remove from the pan and cool. To make the hollandaise, put the wine, vinegar, shallot, tarragon and peppercorns in a small pan and bring to the boil. Simmer for 10 minutes, remove from the heat and cool. Meanwhile, fill a pan one-third with water, bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer. Strain the infused vinegar mixture into a mixing bowl, add the egg yolk and a large splash of water. Place the bowl over the top of the pan of simmering water and whisk. When it is fluffy, add the splash of double cream, then slowly pour in the melted butter. When all butter has been incorporated, season with salt, cayenne and lemon juice. Cover with cling film and keep warm. Remove the meat from the lobster. To reheat the meat, melt the butter with 2 tbsp water in a medium saucepan. Add the lobster meat and warm over a gentle heat. Poach the eggs. Meanwhile, melt the knob of butter in a pan. Add the spinach and stir until it starts to wilt. Season and grate over a little nutmeg. To serve, halve one muffin and lightly toast to warm through. Put half a muffin on each plate and top with the spinach, then add the portioned warm lobster. Place a poached egg on top, then spoon over the hollandaise and a dollop of caviar.
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Published on Oct 19, 2016
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