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t took several deep breaths for Hannah Mills to be able to show any delight at winning an Olympic silver medal in Weymouth last August. Shortly after receiving her medal, the then-24-year old wryly joked in a BBC interview about ‘needing to upgrade’. Sailing with Saskia Clark, Hannah crossed the finish line of the final fluky 470 medal race with her head down, shocked to have sacrificed gold to Kiwi rivals, Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie. Flying off the start line that day on equal points with the New Zealanders, the British duo looked good at first but lost out when unable to capitalise on a 20-degree windshift. Hannah said she was ‘gutted’ to have let gold slip so agonisingly from her fingers. Fast-forward to our meeting today – in a coffee shop en route to Weymouth. The location is no coincidence: Hannah Mills, 2012 Olympic silver medallist, is back on a mission for that Olympic gold and won’t rest until she gets it. But despite knowing that’s what she wants, and that crew Saskia is the only person she wants with her on the road to Rio, it’s been a surprisingly difficult journey from Weymouth last summer – not least due to initial indecision from Saskia as to whether to carry on for another grueling four-year Olympic cycle. Hannah explains: ‘I desperately wanted to sail with Sas again because we have such a great relationship

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be ‘all right on the night’, and casts an eye over Ireland’s rating system

What happens after winning an Olympic medal? 470 silver medallist Hannah Mills talks to Georgie Corlett about her rollercoaster year and we have a great time together. I was dreading having to find another crew. But at the same time I was really aware that couldn’t pressure Sas into a decision because it had to be the right one for her. If she didn’t want to do it then, well, that would have been that.’ Six months ago, on the finish line in Weymouth, the importance of that relationship was evident; it had been a reassuring hug and words from Saskia that caused Hannah’s reluctant smile to break through for the cameras. Back onshore, Hannah brought herself to admit: ‘A couple of hours later now and it has sunk in. Sas and I have worked so hard and had so much fun along the way; to achieve a silver medal at a home Games with someone you get on so well with has been amazing.’ For Saskia, after finishing sixth in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, it was a moment of satisfaction: an Olympic medal of any colour is not something to be sniffed at, especially when she and Hannah had only teamed up together a mere 18 months prior to the start of the Games. Since first pairing up, they took

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European bronze, then 2011 worlds silver, before becoming the first ever British women’s pairing to take the 470 World Championship title in 2012, just two months ahead of the Olympics. The question was whether 34-yearold Saskia could face another four years of training and campaigning the 470 in search of gold – and closure. In early January of this year, the girls tested the waters at a Team GBR fitness camp in Murcia, Spain, but left with no final verdict. It was, after all, a big decision to make. Hannah says: ‘Sas and I thought that we wanted to start sailing again at the beginning of this year, but because we were still in this state of asking ourselves “What the hell just happened?” we couldn’t pick ourselves up at all; we just didn’t want to see a 470!’ A ski trip later that month granted them some down-time and another chance to discuss things away from the pressures of home. But, before they could come to any conclusion, Sas fell seriously ill, contracting first norovirus and then pneumonia. Hannah recalls: ‘She was in a really bad way for a month, literally bed-bound. It was pretty hard: first of all I was thinking “Poor Sas!” and second, “Are we sailing together?” But it wasn’t the time to ask!’ With her wingman facing a six-week recovery to regain full strength and fitness, the only thing Hannah could do was look for an alternative focus in

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Life after Olympic glory

Cover story Silver medallist Hannah Mills talks candidly about life after London 2012

from these stunning multihulls

24 Cover story Bob Fisher reports from America’s Cup trials

San Francisco as the Louis Vuitton Cup gets underway. photo: Gilles Martin-raGet/aCea*


TECHNIQUE Winning in a hiking boat 42 Cover story RS400 sailors Howard Farbrother and Tim Anderton on how to win in a hiking dinghy

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America’s Cup expert Bob Fisher has been following the challenger trials - the Louis Vuitton Cup. Things have got off to a rather slow start and Bob’s not holding back on his views...

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ESSENTIALS and classes 86 Clubs Grassroots and grand-prix events on the water 92 Boats Pre-loved dinghies and big boats of the month 98 Position Sailing gymnastics

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t was saddening to hear of the unexpected death of Nick Dewhirst. He might not be a name you have heard of, but his loss reminded me how reliant we are on enthusiasts in our sport. Nick’s passion was multihulls. He was the chairman of the Sprint 15 Class Association, and although I didn’t know him well, over the years his passion and support for the sport, and cat sailing in particular, was evident. Sailing at the grassroots level, and a fair way up the ladder, relies on such people. Clubs and classes that thrive are those with dedicated and enthusiastic supporters, people who not only get out and sail themselves, but who are willing to organise, campaign and work behind the scenes to promote their club or class, as well as enthusing others to join in. These people come in all varieties, all with different skills and make different contributions, together they give sailing its vibrance, colour and life. Let us not forget how much these people do, and recognise their contribution before we lose them. It’s a shame Nick didn’t get to see multihull racing back in the Olympics in 2016 – but his efforts together with many others reminded the sailing world that the discipline has strong support and an important part to play. See us on

We are launching a new feature next month, called ‘Sailor of the month’, which is aimed at recognising some of the outstanding talent and contributions made by non-professional sailors of all ages. While it aims to identify unrecognised talent, it also aims to mark other significant contributions made by individual sailors up and down the country. It might be someone who is a very talented crew, but misses out on the glory that is often attributed to a helm, it might be a young rising star, or an older sailor who continues to perform into their 70s. We are asking you, the clubs, the classes, the sailors, to nominate worthy candidates for an adult and youth prize each month - send your nominations with photos and details about the nominee to us and watch out for the hidden stars of sailing to appear in the magazine.

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Writers this month include... Probably the world’s most respected sailing commentator, Bob Fisher has a depth of knowledge that’s second to none.

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Left Emirates Team New Zealand lead the other two challengers in the LV Cup

Medals for GBR RS:X sailors Noelle Finch (18) sealed the silver medal for Great Britain at the RS:X Youth European Windsurfing Championships in Brest, France, while Saskia Sills took bronze. Olympic sailor Bryony Shaw also added a silver at the RS:X Europeans.

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Cup racing underway (sort of) The first races of the Louis Vuitton Cup for the 34th America’s Cup have taken place, in a bizarre situation which saw only one two-boat race and five single-boat sail-overs in the first six races which made up Rounds 1 and 2. In the first race Luna Rossa failed to start against Emirates Team New Zealand, having boycotted the race as they awaited a decision by the international jury decision on the team’s protest against new safety measures introduced by the regatta director. In four of the following races the

Swedish Artemis team was unable to compete because their second AC72 was not yet ready to compete, following the capsize of their first AC72 which resulted in the death of Andrew Simpson and break-up of the catamaran. Their drawn oppononents of Luna Rossa and Emirates New Zealand sailed the course alone to score the available points – Emirates Team New Zealand frequently topping 40 knots in the foiling catamaran. In the reamaining race, on July 13, Luna Rossa and Emirates Team New Zealand sailed against each other in the

first two-boat match race ever officially held in the AC72s. Emirates Team New Zealand won the start and led throughout, to win unchallenged. Luna Rossa is scored as DNF. At the time of going to press, Artemis Racing was working hard to get its second AC72 race-ready, and had inverted the boat as part of its structural testing programme. For expert analysis of all the action on and off the water, don’t miss Bob Fisher’s blogs on and his comments to date on page 24.

Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign made it gold for Great Britain and a second European title at the 49er Europeans in Aarhus, Denmark. In the first ever Europeans for the 49erFX class, Frances Peters and Nicola Groves took bronze.

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In the same month that Francis Joyon decimated the outright transatlantic solo sailing record, Marc Guillemot has also smashed the existing time for crossing the North Atlantic singlehanded in a monohull. The IMOCA 60 ‘Safran’ sailed from New York to the Lizard in eight days, five hours, 20 minutes and 20 seconds, taking


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15 hours, 48 minutes and 11 seconds less than the previous record holder, British skipper Alex Thomson in July 2012. Having been forced to retire from the 2012-13 Vendee Globe, Guillemot said: ‘We didn’t give up and it’s great to bounce back like this.’ Left Marc Guillemot’s ‘Safran’ takes Transat record

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either through a remarkable racing achievement, fantastic sportsmanship, or by encouraging others. If your club or class would like to nominate someone for Y&Y Sailor of the Month, please email for a nomination questionnaire.

Sip-puff Mini-T Sixteen-year-old Natasha Lambert sailed across the English Channel in a converted Mini Transat yacht controlled by a ‘sip and puff’ mechanism. Natasha, who is confined to a wheelchair after being born with athetois cerebral palsy, sailed the 25 miles in four and a half hours, raising money for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, RNLI and WetWheels. Donate at

They said… “I’m really not sure about the format.. It feels a bit strange as we’ve obviously done well out of it here, but I don’t think I would want Olympic medals decided in this way.” frances Peters, having won bronze at the 49erFX Eurosafter a ‘petit-final’ to decide the medal race entrants “We’ve done a few pre-starts against them and have generally come off better. So it was frustrating to make a pickle of it then. But to be honest it was 10 seconds of the race and they beat us by five minutes, so the pre-start didn’t mean a whole lot.” Chris Draper, Britsh skipper of the Italian ‘Luna Rossa’ AC72, on their defeat by ‘Emirates Team New Zealand’ “Team New Zealand look incredibly slick and well practiced. We’re very impressed by them as a team.” Sir Ben Ainslie, helmsman for Oracle Team USA “I guess I’m happy with the bronze medal, it’s a medal after all so I should be happy.” A very driven Saskia Sills on winning bronze at the RS:X Youth Europeans

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“The spectators were amazing. None of them were cheering for us – but that was alright! I haven’t seen a crowd that big before – it was incredible.” Phil Robertson, on losing the Swedish Match Cup final to local sailor Bjorn Hansen in front of an estimated crowd of 30,000 along the Marstrand shoreline

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Are online weather forecasts killing our sport? Y&Y readers wonder

Golden Kiel Week for GBR Britain’s sailors claimed four medals at the fourth stage of the Eurosaf Champions Sailing Cup in Kiel, Germany, with Mark Andrews picking up his third straight gold medal in the Finn class, plus two golds and a silver in the 470 events. In the 470 mens Luke Patience and Joe Glanfield, and women’s team Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre, each picked up their first gold medals as new partnerships, with Nick Rogers and Elliot Willis claiming silver – their first podium finish since pairing up for the 2016 cycle. Finn sailor Mark Andrews, who entered the Kiel regatta off the back of two gold medals from the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Holland and Sail for Gold at Weymouth and Portland, led the charge for the British Sailing Team with eight race wins across the five-day regatta. Andrews said: ‘I’m definitely getting better and better as the year goes on and it’s nice to be peaking just in time for the two key events of the year - the Europeans and worlds. ‘There have been a few people missing from the events so I wouldn’t count my chickens too much at the moment, but you can only beat the people who turn up to the regattas and to win three golds in a row is pretty good.’

“A lot of people at the moment are money poor and time poor. If a poor weather forecast helps them decide to spend their time with their family and save the fuel and B&B costs, then so be it.” mongrel is pragmatic about the new development “The long-standing members at our club reckoned the anemometer put people off going out when it was first installed. ‘We used to go out in all conditions ’cos we never knew how hard the wind was blowing’!” It’s not just down to new-fangled internet technology, says transient “Narrow wind range boats are driving us all towards a planing only mentality... or that’s what I found with kited boats anyway.” yellowwelly thinks it’s all to do with boat development Andy Rice asks the same question, see page 13 For more views go to

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In brief ■ Poole-based sailing centre Rockley Adventure has joined forces with Dorset Wildlife Trust to launch a new school trip programme exploring British wildlife and activity sports at its Rockley Point centre in Poole Harbour.


■ Crewsaver is title sponsor of the RS Elite Stadium Cup. Racing takes place during Cowes Week, on Saturday, August 3 between 1700-1800hrs just off the Green, with live commentary on Cowes Radio and on shore. ■ Solo sailor Sam Goodchild has signed a two-year sponsorship deal with adidas Sailing. PHOTO: BRIAN CARLIN/ARTEMIS*

Full-on RC44s in Sweden The British Team Aqua has won the RC44 Sweden Cup in strong conditions that saw the final day of racing start in winds of over 20 knots and build to 30. The 12 teams, which included Ian Williams and Paul Goodison, found their boat handling tested with broaches and spinnaker damange throughout the fleet. Second went to the Russian Synergy team, while third was

■ adidas Sailing has also signed as technical clothing supplier to 30m yacht ‘Esimit Europa’. ■ West Wiltshire Youth Sailing Association, a charity which provides sailing courses for youngsters, has been sponsored by David Wilson Homes. ■ Peters & May has been re-appointed official shipping supplier of the British Sailing Team.

the first ever podium place for another British squad, Maxi owner Brian Benjamin’s Aegir. The third event on the circuit, in Marstrand, Sweden, brought solid breezes and very open racing, with eight different winners of the first eight races. However, Team Aqua’s nine podium places plus a fourth in the last was enough to give them the event win.

■ Tri service charity Toe in the Water has announced vintage champagne producer, Pol Roger, as a supporting partner for 2013.

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■ Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, has chosen the Endeavour Quay in Gosport facility as its race preparation and training facility. ■ Beneteau Group has reported that its Boat segment gained 3.5% through the third quarter of 2013, compared to the same period last year.

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■ Bomb disposal company Ramora UK is repeating its Cowes Week distress flare disposal service. Out-of-date flares can be delivered to Town Quay on Friday, August 2 (1500-2000hrs) and Saturday, August 3 (0900-1800).

The British Sailing Team has been bolstered in its build up to Rio 2016 by new appointments to the support staff, in the technical and sports science departments. Harvey Hillary, formerly the RYA’s national racing coach and 49er squad coach, is taking on a new role as head of high performance and innovation. Neil Lewis has also joined as the team’s new lead strength and conditioning coach, having previously worked at Bisham Abbey with GB Rowing and other sports. He replaces Steve Gent who is leaving after 10 succssful years working with the RYA and British sailors. Physiotherapist Wayne Kitchener has also joined the team’s therapy dvision.

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andicap systems are, at best, hardly anything more than fudge-factors. No one really likes them and anyone who finishes worse than first will always deny that their rivals sailed better, but if a proposal from the RORC Rating Office becomes practise, we may all give that a second thought. While the Rating Office runs the IRC rating rule – a development of Channel Handicap – and runs it well, it admits that there are other systems in force on both local and national levels. Many relative newcomers will think twice about going through the rigmarole of obtaining an IRC certificate, but are happy to race to a rating arranged by their local club’s handicapper. There is an argument for allowing those competitors to race against IRC-rated boats, which will also have a similarly prepared rating from the club, adjusted on their performance. But the IRC boats will also compete with one another under the international rule and so there will be two sets of results – one for just IRC boats and the other for the entire fleet using the local handicap. The RORC is in support of this plan; it sees dual scoring as a means of attracting more owners and boats into racing. Mike Urwin, the RORC Technical Director, said: ‘In Ireland, all races are dual scored under both IRC and ECHO, the Irish national performance handicap system. ECHO is then ‘managed’ to ensure that the keen racers don’t win under both systems. It works – Ireland has the largest number of boats racing per capita, per mile of coastline, or any other way you measure it.’ So, why shouldn’t this spread from the other side of the Irish Sea? Such a move would certainly eliminate a differential

in status and perhaps encourage the locally handicapped boats to go one step further and race under IRC as well. There is an RYA National Handicap for Cruisers (NHC) that the Rating Office recommends, which could be used as a basis for the local handicapper. Doubtless the dual system would lead to even more speculation post-racing, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

boat, and the newer boat proved that she was faster through the water on the beat from Bembridge to the finish, just as she had the previous year. Two years ago the OGA decided to remove age allowance from its handicap system. Maybe the RYA’s NHC might correct this anomaly. The dual system will only work if the system is progressively updated, using all the results as they come in. It is not something that can be set at the beginning of the season and left until the next. It will mean added work for the handicappers, but many will enjoy the additional challenge. One hopes this is given a fair trial around the coast. Of course, the preferred racing is of a purer kind – first to finish takes the trophy, and one might be forgiven for thinking that type of racing is simple to organise. The oldest event is proving that to be wrong. The America’s Cup, has left everything to the last minute – with two weeks to go to the first race of the Challenger Selection Trials for the Louis Vuitton Cup, there was no Coast Guard permit in place for the races to take place. The America’s Cup Protocol requires unanimity among the four competitors to make any alterations to the rules – there are 37 safety recommendations made by the Regatta Director, Iain Murray, and any of the four teams could object to any or all of these. The burning question is whether the recommendations will pass into the event’s rules, or at least satisfy the demands of the San Francisco Coast Guard. Perhaps it will be ‘all right on the night’ – the hope of all involved – but it was going to need some impressively fast alterations to the rules and to the philosophies of some teams to pass all 37 safety recommendations.

Ireland has the largest number of boats racing per capita, per mile, or any other way you measure it The recent JP Morgan Round the Island Race saw much banter regarding two Lymington-based gaffers, over the relative ages of the two boats and the way in which the handicapper has dealt with them. One is 117 years old and the other a mere stripling of nine years. Under the OGA handicap, the elder boat, with a shorter waterline and five-foot less mast height has to give time to the younger

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Andy Rice Is too much weather information a bad thing, wonders our dinghy specialist and skiff sailor?


he internet has had a massive effect on sailing. Sailing out of Stokes Bay, we’re spoilt for online weather information and I use a combination of the club website live data, a weather beacon in the middle of the Solent which feeds into the Bramblemet website, and Windguru for a forecast. Living 40 miles away, it’s nice to be able to check that you’re going to get a good sail before you’ve driven all that way. The result is that pretty much every sail I’ve done this year has been a cracking one in a Force 3-5. Armed with all this online data, I tend not to bother making the trip if the forecast is a bit marginal – it’s easier to go for a bike ride around north Hampshire instead. The trouble is, there’s the risk of only being any good at sailing the boat when it’s a solid breeze. In truth, I’ve never particularly enjoyed sailing the Musto Skiff in sub-trapezing conditions. My middle-aged knees scream out for a rest, as between moving your body weight, steering smoothly and working the mainsheet and sail controls, you’re forced to contort yourselves into all kinds of positions. It’s not an attractive proposition, although avoiding going sailing is not exactly the path to improvement either. I might have to go cold turkey on checking forecasts and go sailing whatever the weather. Five or six sails in the Musto Skiff in 2013 is not great, and I felt woefully underprepared for the nationals at Highcliffe SC. With high winds forecast for the four-day event, a few regulars stayed away and we had a slightly disappointing turnout of 40 boats. There was no pre-entry and that gave some the option of backing out last minute. Offering – or insisting on – pre-entry to regattas really does ramp up participation,

so it was a pity there wasn’t some sort of incentive to enter early and break the magic half-century. Never mind, 40 competitors is plenty enough for a good boat race in a Musto Skiff. A lot of the time, you’re really competing against yourself, testing your limits. Do you go for the safety gybe, maybe lose a boat or two, but stand a better chance of staying upright? Or do

than the braver, fool-hardier alternative. Spectating at the medal races at Kiel Week recently, it was reassuring to see that even some full-time Olympic sailors take the chicken route too. The German girls Tina Lutz and Susann Beucke were leading the final race in the 49er FX skiff in quite big breeze and dropped their kite halfway down the run to the finish. They lost the race, but had done enough to win the regatta. It’s not a very heroic look, but hey, it got them the gold medal. Actually, I thought their lack of gennaker made the Germans look more vulnerable, not less, as the kite takes the force out of the mainsail. I’ve started to find the same when gybing the Musto Skiff. If you do try the K16 method of gybing, it feels safer as the boom gybes with a lot less force. But learning the art of holding the tiller extension, kite sheet and lazy kite sheet, plus mainsheet, all in your back hand as you’re unhooking with your front hand whilst stepping under the boom and across the boat – this is the kind of multitasking that doesn’t happen overnight. I started practising last autumn, and I was rubbish at it. The strange thing was that, despite very little sailing this year, when I came back to gybing the Musto Skiff in a breeze, I’d actually got better. I guess it’s part of the process of creating muscle memory, a bit like when you first learn to drive a car and you’ve got 10 things to think about all at once. Once you’ve been driving for a while, sometimes you have those moments when you wonder how you’ve driven the past 10 miles because you haven’t been paying the blindest bit of conscious attention? ‘Unconscious competence’ is what it’s called. If only you spent as much time sailing as you do driving a car, imagine how good you’d be!

Offering – or insisting on – pre-entry to regattas really does ramp up participation you go all out for the fancy rack-to-rack masterpiece with kite never collapsing, just like you’ve seen in Richard Stenhouse’s Musto Skiff DVD, ‘K16’? Easier watched than done. For big championships where I care about the result, I tend to favour the former. It’s not a very Hollywood approach to life, but going for a safe manoeuvre tends to work out better

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Andi Robertson Our big boat correspondent from north of the border regrets missing a near-perfect Scottish Series


o Tarbert, Loch Fyne. Or not, as was the case for me this May. Work elsewhere in Europe prevented me from making it to the Scottish Series for the first time in more years than I care to count, certainly more than 30. Unfortunately it seems there were many like me this year, people who just could not justify inking the Scottish Series into their calendars and making the sacrifices, however big or small, to journey there. By all accounts – as the Fish of this parish may attest as he was there – the 2013 event was a terrific regatta. The sun shone, the midges stayed away, the pubs were quiet enough to ensure that the rounds kept coming, the craic was as good as ever, and the racing on the water was blindingly close (IRC doing a brilliant job). The class splits were tight, and there was a really good range of breezes, from SFA to quite a lot. All in all the Scottish Series recipe was followed to the letter. But there were fewer than 80 entries. Here is a regatta which used to have more than 250 boats on the water in its days of pomp and splendour, including big names, some big boats, and it was always on the early season itinerary for new and glamorous IRC boats (which of course are as rare as rocking-horse doodoo now anyway). But these days the Scottish Series is primarily made up of Scottish boats and a decent smattering of boats from the north of England. This year was also the first for very many that there was no sponsor. Brewin Dolphin having taken their focus elsewhere, there has been no replacement backer found as yet and

that certainly affected the marketing for this year’s regatta, and took a little lustre from the usual polished organisation and infrastructure. The decline over recent years has been steady and shows no sign of tailing off. Each year 10 or more teams choose to do something other than go to Tarbert and it seems very hard to find replacements for these stay-aways. And, I would

has improved immeasurably – indeed this is the first year that the entire regatta was housed from the north side, all berthed on the pontoons. Gone are the days of rafting up 15-deep on the fish quay, staggering back from the Frigate. That may be a good thing, or a bad thing? The fantastic new marina at Portavadie, just across Loch Fyne from Tarbert, has also reduced the numbers who stay over in Tarbert during Scottish Series, which is rather sad. But Tarbert’s remoteness is both its downfall, and part of its attraction. One thing the offshore race did was bring the fleet together from all the different areas. Of course it was a love-hate relationship but it did perform that function. For many good reasons it seems to be a discussion point for being reinstated in the future. I’m all for it. It presented a great public spectacle on the Clyde from Gourock on the Thursday evening, time was when cars were lined up for miles to watch the start (granted, and a pint was twa’bob), but that also gave the local television a good evening story to focus on. The question really is how to reverse the trend of decline. A sponsor who understands the event and its heritage, and is committed to building a future would be a good starting point. I’m hesitant to go along with the suggestion the event is cut to every second year, but it might help. The big draw in Irish Sea environs is now Dun Laoghaire, which has everything the Scottish Series hasn’t… great connections through a capital city, accessible wide open waters and a big, big catchment area. While Dun Laoghaire takes place this July, here’s hoping that Tarbert will be on the upswing next year.

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contend, harder still to get those who have given one year a miss, to come back the next time. Tarbert’s unique selling point is location, location, location. And the venue is stunning. Sure, the winds on Loch Fyne would confound the most patient of individuals, but that is more than compensated for by the good days, and there are many. The infrastructure

Route des Princes

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The Route des Princes took MOD70s and Multi50s on an action-packed tour of Europe which attracted some seriously big names. Andi Robertson gets the pros’ reactions to this all-new maxi-multi tour

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Route des Princes

Right Close-quarters MOD70 racing off Lisbon, Portugal

below Right Seb Josse on ‘Groupe Edmond de Rothschild’ in Plymouth


lthough a brand new event, the Route des Princes follows a round Europe blueprint which was established more than 20 years ago and was restored last year by the MOD70’s European Tour. The original plan was to have the giant Ultime maxis race, as well as the MOD70s and the Multi50s, but in the end it was only the flagship 80-footer of sponsors Prince de Bretagne which completed the 3,000mile event. The course – promoting a giant collective of Breton fruit and vegetable producers, and highlighting local food and drink producers in each stopover city by linking seasonal festivals – took


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the multihull fleet from Valencia out through the Straits of Gibraltar on their way to Lisbon. Then it was on to Dún Laoghaire via the Fastnet Rock, and down to Plymouth – via Fastnet again for the MOD70s – before finishing in the heart of the Bay of Morlaix’s Terre

et Mer festival. The MOD70s – of which four started and three finished – accrued points from the offshore legs and short 30-minute inshore round the buoys races, while the Multi50s, of which there were four, only earned race

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Sebastien Josse is the skipper of the winning MOD70 ‘Edmond de Rothschild’. His previous racing had included skippering ‘ABN Amro 2’ in the Volvo Ocean Race, competing at the front of the Figaro fleet, and the 2008-09 Vendée Globe on ‘BT’. He was something of a surprise selection to lead the MOD70 Gitana programme in 2011, as he had limited multihull experience. But they were second in the Kyrs Ocean Race in 2012 and went on to win the first Route des Princes: ‘Our philosophy offshore as a team has always been to be conservative, compared to, say, “Oman AirMusandam”. And inshore our success was a surprise. Yes, for sure we set up with Seb Col, but equally you look at Spindrift and they had Xavier Revil and Nicholas Charbonnier arrive for the inshores, and the big grinders came on. Last year we knew that we had a good feeling as a team and never really proved it. This year with Seb we have. For sure we did a lot of training with the same crew. We did a lot of inshore races with our coach Tanguy Leglatin, a lot of manoeuvres, tacks, gybes, starts to make sure everyone knew what to do and when. That was like an Olympic programme. ‘We have a big team so we have a long time to prepare through the winter, so we knew for a long time which food we want to eat, what sleeping bags we have, where everyone has to put their bags at each hotel... It is a really well prepared team, all done in the winter. So once the race starts there are no surprises. ‘We are not so experienced in multihulls as a team and so it has taken some time. We are more confident. I know now when we are getting to the limit. ‘I think we are fast in light to moderate conditions, yes, but that has just happened with time – there is nothing we have really done specifically. We have more feeling for the boats. When you have the helm, you can feel if you have speed or not. If you don’t have speed you work with the trimmers, then it comes to you back through the helm. It is a long process, but the helm and the trimmers learn to hold that feeling.’

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“It was like an Olympic programme”

project. As his first lieutenant he had Roland ‘Bilou’ Jourdain, who had done the best part of a season with his MOD70 ‘Véolia’ before they ended their partnership with him. Jean-Pierre also had 2004-05 Vendee Globe winner Vincent Riou as watch leader.

The MOD70s are strong, reliable, fast. They take all the hammering we can give them, and more boat, which sailed as ‘Race for Water’. But they welcomed a new arrival into the class with Jean-Pierre Dick and his ‘Virbac-Paprec 70’. Dick told me almost apologetically that he has struggled to manage even a three-week break with his young family after finishing the Vendee Globe in fourth place, before launching himself and his crew into his very first multihull

The clear favourite, although they played it down substantially in Valencia, was Dona Bertarelli’s ‘Spindrift Racing’, which is skippered by Yann Guichard, last year’s MOD MultiOne Championship winner. Between commitments to the D35 programme (‘Ladycat powered by Spindrift’) and the purchase of the former ‘Banque Populaire’, Spindrift

“The MOD70s are absolutely awesome” Irishman Damian Foxall was watch leader on ‘Oman Air-Musandam’. ‘The race format follows very much that of one of the classic races. It is the round Europe race in a different guise, it is a great format mixing offshore and inshore. It is brilliant. The MOD70s are absolutely awesome. Sure the fleet is a little small but they are everything they were designed to be. They are strong, reliable, fast and they take all the hammering we can give them, and more. ‘The offshore legs have been great and I love the inshore round the buoys stuff. I loved that in the ORMA fleet. Our results have not been good inshore but I have really enjoyed them. [On] the offshores we had some very good results. We did a lot of training and so it is nice to see that rewarded. ‘In terms of high points, just sailing into Lisbon was great. There were so many starts and re-starts during the races, but racing round Europe in the summer that is what you expect; compressions and re-starts. It has been very satisfying to consistently dig back out into the lead. The team has been very strong and so one of the high points for me has been working as part of a very strong, hard working cohesive team. Sidney [Gavignet, skipper] has put together a very good group of people.’

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points from their offshore stages, but did race inshore for corporate partners and VIP entertainment. Since last year the MOD70 fleet has lost Michel Desjoyeaux, whose Foncia sponsorship ended at the end of the MOD tour, and the first ‘works’


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leg if they were to steal overall honours from Sébastien Josse’s ‘Edmond de Rothschild’. Gavignet’s team, which included Neal McDonald and Damian Foxall, had won two of the four offshore legs but were unable to assert themselves inshore against the slicker ‘Spindrift’ and ‘Edmond de Rothschild’. Josse’s ‘Edmond de Rothschild’ had shown their promise over last season, finishing second on the Krys

The nicest sailing we did was smoking downwind off Wales, flat water and all doing 30 knots Guichard’s team. Indeed there was no inshore racing at all in Dún Laoghaire as it was so windy.

Down to the wire The event went to the wire in both classes. For the MOD70s the final short leg from Plymouth to Roscoff saw Sidney Gavignet and the international crew on ‘Oman Air-Musandam’ needing to win the bonus points and the

Ocean Race, but they were ultimately disappointed to complete the European Tour in last place. They made two key changes to their line up and set up a more focused training programme from Port La Fôret. As a young team which started out with limited multihull experience, including helmsman Josse, they spent the winter of 2011-12 training for extended periods in Morocco which

“It is as close to sailing skiffs as I can get to” Briton Neal McDonald also sailed as watch leader on ‘Oman Air-Musandam’. ‘I have really enjoyed the event. I came in very open minded not knowing what to expect. I always thought it is a tight schedule. It has exceeded my expectations in the great racing that we have had, it has been good and tight. ‘The boats are nice, simple boats to sail. There is no messing round worrying what other people have got. For me the one-design just works. The boats are fast and from what I can see, very even. I would not pick one boat over another. The fast, even sailing has been great. It is as close to going back and sailing skiffs as I can get to. The boats feel wonderfully responsive. Having eight racing of them would be just great. The nicest sailing we did was smoking downwind to Bardsey Island, off Wales, flat water and all doing 30 knots, in not much wind. You did not feel like you were stressed. ‘I am a long way off feeling confident with making the boats go fast but two of our guys – Sidney and Thomas Le Breton [French Olympic Finn sailor who did the previous season with Oman] really do have a wonderful feel. Thomas in particular has picked up on the little tricks. The way you balance the sails against each other is key. In the 60ft tris when you had an issue you changed the rake of the rig, now we are locked into the rake, so you have to find other ways to tickle it. Your set up between main and jib is not always perfect, sometimes you have to compromise how you would trim either sail just to keep the global balance right.’

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had done less training than some of the other teams. However, they were making the transition from consistently good, to winners, when they capsized their MOD70 spectacularly on the first 500m leg of the first inshore race in Dún Laoghaire. And that was it for ‘Spindrift’. With the rig broken in two before it had to be cut free and the hull towed back to the dock upside down there was no more racing for


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Above ‘Spindrift’ capsizing spectacularly in Dun Laoghaire

laid the foundations for their overall victory on the Route des Princes. Josse recruited Charles Caudrelier, winning navigator from the previous European Tour with ‘Foncia’ and Volvo Ocean Race winner with ‘Groupama’. Edmond de Rothschild also brought on Sébastien Col as a specialist inshore tactician. Col had performed that same role last year on ‘Foncia’. Josse may have professed to have been surprised by their dominance inshore, but there was little doubting

‘Edmond de Rothschild’ were masters of the city regattas, taking maximum points from Valencia, Lisbon and Plymouth. But they finally endorsed their offshore credentials when they won the final ocean leg from Plymouth to Morlaix via Wolf Rock. ‘It was a real motivation to finish with no excuses, to win the overall

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“We had four guys from other teams ready to dive” Tim Carrie (GBR) is preparateur for ‘Spindrift Racing’. ‘We learned a lot from the European Tour and it was all working out very well in terms of the logistics and following our planning until the capsize in Dun Laoghaire. ‘When it happened there was so much help and expertise on hand, the other teams were helping from the second it happened. We had four guys from other teams all suited up, ready to dive to help within minutes. ‘Ultimately we had to recover the mast and sails. The mast is in several pieces. We had help from a local salvage and recovery company. The operation to recover the mast and sails took about three hours in total.’

The Multi50 class was also a fight to the final, although theirs was a three-cornered contest for the overall class win. Lalou Roucayrol’s ‘Arkéma - Aquitaine Region’s’ second place into Morlaix added to their points bounty for being first to the scoring mark, and ensured they topped the podium by 2.5 points ahead of Erwan Le Roux’s

and the last leg,’ said Josse, ‘It was frustrating for us because we are offshore sailors. When you see the CVs we have there are 15 Figaros, “Orange” round the world, the Trophy Jules Verne, the Volvo Ocean Race, but we never won an offshore leg, until now. We won the inshores and so something felt a bit wrong. So now we are pleased to have won one offshore leg.’

‘FenêtréA-Cardinal’ which won the final leg, Plymouth to Morlaix. The Multi50s raced 2,310 miles over their four offshore stages. ‘ArkémaAquitaine Region’ won the first leg into Lisbon, finished third into Dún Laoghaire, second into Plymouth and second into Morlaix. And at three of the four bonus points opportunities it was Roucayrol’s team which pocketed the points.






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Action? America’s Cup expert Bob Fisher has been following the challenger trials – the Louis Vuitton Cup. Things have got off to a rather slow start and Bob’s not holding back on his views...

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hen great writers get angry, they usually get even better to read. Bob Fisher is one of the greatest supporters of the America’s Cup – even the wing-sailed monster multihulls. However, with the Italians protesting proposed rule changes and refusing to race before the ruling, and the Swedes without a boat, the event to date has been far from the exciting contest that was promised, as Bob’s despatches from sunny California demonstrate. tHE WoRSt EVER – JULY 4

The United States, on Independence Day, launched the 34th America’s Cup with the worst-ever show on record. For a nation that prides itself on its leadership in show business, the Opening Ceremony at the America’s Cup Pavilion was nothing short of a disgrace. The show was under-rehearsed, had presenters who had no idea of foreign pronunciation of names – ‘Miori’ for Maori was only one of the more obvious – and were totally unaware of the relative importance of the America’s Cup in the vast panoply of major international sporting events. The musical presentation of the teams left a lot to be desired – the Swedish singers were no Abba, and the

Italian tenor was a pale imitation of Pavarotti; only the Maoris gave some semblance of national enthusiasm, while the local talent was simply a poor imitation of what one might have expected. If this was the forerunner of what is to be expected, the rating of three –

tad faster than she had on Sunday’s first outing to score another point in the Louis Vuitton Cup round robin. Dean Barker and his crew sailed the AC72 immaculately, demonstrating the technique of gybe-to-gybe manoeuvre without dropping off the foils, maintaining a speed in excess

aBove Even when Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa met on the racecourse, the competition has proved one-sided

This is not the America’s Cup that everyone was promised – only the speed of the boats causes any excitement – and even that is only short-lived and the debate rages as to whether it should be three out of 10, 20 or 100 – the latter was finally agreed upon – would indicate that the 34th America’s Cup will be a pale imitation of the events of the previous 33. SAmE oLd, SAmE oLd... JULY 9

Without an opponent (in this case Artemis whose boat is far from ready for racing) Emirates Team New Zealand scorched around the 16-mile course a

of 20 knots as they did so. It was an impressive performance by the Kiwis, who were a minute quicker than they had been two days before. mAking it WoRk – JULY 12

No change to the class rules: The international jury heard representatives from all four competing teams and the organisers before issuing its decision on the protests from Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa. It had taken

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three long days for all the evidence to be heard and finally the jury confirmed that the AC72 class rules could not be altered without the agreement of all competitors. So, the rules concerning the ‘elevators’ on the rudders (the horizontal foils at the bottom) will remain as they were and not be altered. Plain and simple, the boats are back to what the teams had expected, but

Where are the 12 challengers that Larry Ellison promised when his massive trimaran defeated the Swiss catamaran in Valencia three years ago? Why are there only three? Who is responsible? Has there ever been a duller America’s Cup? Asking around the ‘crowds’ that are nowhere near the numbers that the city of San Francisco was warned to expect, the answers reach a level of banality that

Where are the 12 challengers Larry Ellison promised? Why are there only three? Has there ever been a duller America’s Cup? ETNZ has said that it will consider a request from Artemis to have larger elevators as these were what they were expecting following the safety review following the accident that led to Andrew Simpson’s death. dEAR LARRY... JULY 14

BeLoW Single-boat sailovers have been a feature of the Louis Vuitton Cup so far

‘EdUcAtionAL’ – JULY 19

Today’s one boat parade around the five-leg course was wildly educational. Emirates Team New Zealand used the near-limit, 18-20 knot westerly winds to record the fastest top speed yet. On the reach to the first mark the Kiwis peaked at 44.52 knots. They then proceeded to give their rivals (if they were watching) a lesson in gybing on foils. It’s a tricky manoeuvre, but skipper Dean Barker and the ETNZ crew made it look easy. A RAcE, of SoRtS – JULY 21

The third round robin of the Louis Vuitton Cup began with a match between Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa. Since they met just over a week earlier, considerable work has been undertaken on the Italian challenger. It showed, but there is still some way to go if it is to beat the current in-form favourite. Follow Bob’s unique and inciteful blog throughout the event at

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BeLoW RIGHT Our man in San Fran, Bob Fisher

Ten days into the 34th America’s Cup and there are still more questions than answers as the racing for the Louis Vuitton Cup – once the heralded highlight of the challengers – stumbles on with poor exhibitions and so far only one race, and a bad one at that.

defies reproduction. No one feels moved sufficiently to attempt to offer an excuse, rather like those in control of the event. Today we are to be treated to a fiveleg exhibition by Emirates Team New Zealand that will take them halfway to a place in the LV Cup final against either Luna Rossa or the challenger of record’s Artemis. Word from the Kiwi camp is: ‘We’re here to win the Cup, and this is simply a stage in our progress.’ This is not the America’s Cup that everyone was promised – only the speed of the boats causes any excitement – and that is short-lived.

mUcH Ado AboUt notHing – JULY 17

Luna Rossa turned out for a solo race around the five-leg course, in the absence of Artemis (still in the building shed and a week from the water) and met with light breezes that should have seen no points awarded in the Round Robin of the Louis Vuitton Cup.


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Racing across the Atlantic, largely against the prevailing winds, takes skill, stamina and experience. Three OSTAR/Transat podium finishers tell Rupert Holmes how they met the challenge

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RigHt Roger Langevin’s 50ft trimaran ‘Branec IV’ was second across the finish line in Newport


he OSTAR is held only once every four years and this edition promised to be a tough one, with a weather front passing over the fleet during the first night at sea promising skippers gusts of 35 knots or more, accompanied by driving rain. Unlike most contemporary longdistance races, the OSTAR’s 3,000 mile course, direct across the Atlantic from Plymouth to Newport, Rhode Island pits competitors against the prevailing westerly winds. The race has a reputation for a high drop out rate with only around 50 per cent of those starting the race reaching the finish line.

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below A catastrophic start for Andrea Mura in collision with Swan 38 ‘Suomi Kudo’

This year there was plenty of drama, even before the start – with Italian competitor Andrea Mura finding his boat chained and padlocked to the dock on the morning of the start. Fortunately the problems were all sorted out amicably, without resorting to bolt croppers. Asia Pajkowska, however, was not so fortunate – minutes before the gun was fired on HMS Somerset to start the race, her 40ft catamaran suffered hydraulic steering failure, blowing the boat perilously close to the shore before two RIBs from the nearby Mountbatten Centre towed her ignomiously back to a mooring on the Cattewater. However, this was not Asia’s first attempt at the race – she scored fourth in class in 2000 in the 40ft Dubois aluminium design Ntombifuti – and by the early hours of the following morning she had fixed the boat and set out to follow the fleet. Moments after the start gun was


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fired from the frigate HMS Somerset, there was a collision between two boats on the start line, Andrea Mura’s Open 50 ‘Vento Di Sardegna’ on starboard tack and nine-time OSTAR veteran Peter Crowther’s Swan 38 ‘Suomi Kudo’ on port. The collision left a small hole in the gunwale of ‘Vento Di Sardegna’, but the Italian pressed on regardless, carrying out makeshift repairs as he beat towards the west. However, Mura was one of a handful of boats that failed to leave Eddystone light vessel to starboard, and was forced to return more than 20 miles from near the Lizard to do

so. To make matters worse, the Force 5-6 of the start had reduced to a frustratingly light breeze in the wake of the weather front, while his key competitors enjoyed a good breeze that sped them westwards. He arrived at the Eddystone the morning after the start, at much the same time as Pajkowska.

Unexpected behaviour Boats that are optimised for reaching – multihulls and Open 50s among them – tend to follow a longer route south of the rhumbline that usually gives better wind angles which more than compensate for the extra distance sailed. Mura originally headed in this direction, following Roger Langevin’s 50ft trimaran ‘Branec IV’, the early leader on the water by a considerable margin, and Nicholas Budel’s Class 40 ‘sec Haya’. On day two, when Langevin and Budel both turned onto a westerly course, Mura continued to push aggressively south until the morning of the fourth day, by which time he was only a couple of degrees north of the finish in Newport Rhode Island. However, the weather in the early part of this summer was not typical, with the jet stream much further south than usual. Mura was soon heading back north towards the rhumbline, where he vied for the on-water lead with Langevin for several days. Both boats eventually went well north of the rhumbline, but not as far as the

shortest northerly great-circle route. Over a number of days of alternate depressions and light airs, Mura slowly pulled out a lead on the larger multihull, but it was hard work. ‘One depression after another hit,’ he said. ‘I wasn’t to know it but I would go through five storms during my OSTAR journey. I was endlessly on the foredeck changing sails, one down, hank on another. My fingers were soon splitting with the cold, making it difficult to work. The whole way I was utterly drenched, all my clothing saturated, my boots filled with sea water. It was freezing cold and I was unable to catch more than a 15-minute nap at a time.’ More bad weather was to come as he approached the Eastern Canadian seaboard, and the remnants of the aptly-named tropical storm Andrea, the first named storm of the 2013 hurricane season. On arriving in Newport, to take line honours 17.5 hours ahead of Langevin, he said: ‘I have raced all over the Atlantic, Mediterranean and beyond; they were like picnics in comparison to the OSTAR. I prefer to navigate 100 days downwind than 17 up! This is not a race for sailors or cruisers. It is for gladiators. Fight for everything or die. This is the ultimate challenge.’

The most northerly route If anyone was going to do well in a

tough edition of the race on corrected time, then Richard Lett was clearly a contender. Granted his lightweight 32-footer, a Dick Koopmans-designed Velocity 32, might not be first choice for bashing upwind in a blow, but Lett, a former Royal Protection Officer in the Metropolitan Police, is clearly a lot tougher than his mild manner suggests. He had a great start, leading the fleet around the Eddystone Light and for

strategy ahead. Then on Sunday back to 30-40 mph winds.’ After that depression a ridge of high pressure saw slow progress for a couple of days, followed by a period of power reaching in 30 knots of breeze, with three reefs and a No. 3 jib. More storms were to follow – on day seven Lett reported: ‘Last 48 hours, toughest so far. Struggled with the weather and …probably lost focus as a result. Wind topped out at 45, so speed wasn’t an issue, control, strategy, safety were. Flossie is dry boat, however not much of mine is dry – even bedding pretty damp and putting your head on a wet pillow is no great joy.’ All this time Lett and Sandberg were the two most northerly skippers – the two smallest boats taking on the statistically windiest route. While it proved fast, it also took its toll of Lett’s boat, with alternator and pilot problems, three exploded blocks, a reef line that chafed through and the track for the spinnaker pole starting to peel off the mast after a night running with a poled out No. 3 headsail in winds of up to 36 knots. On day 21, when just east of Nantucket Island and tantalisingly close to the finish, he discovered half the engine’s sump oil in the bilge and the alternator failing to charge. Having already used some of the spare engine oil he took for top-ups, he returned the oil in the bilge to the motor. ‘Luckily I keep the bilge really

Lett and Sandberg were the two most northerly skippers – the two smallest boats taking on the statistically windiest route much of the race he and Jac Sandberg’s Corby 30 ‘Spirit’ sailed a match race, with Sandberg only trailing Lett by a few miles, although Lett’s lower rating gave him a larger cushion on corrected time than was apparent on the tracker. Both boats ended up taking the northern route, but it was by no means a certainty that it would pay. ‘Fascinating 48 hours ahead, will north pay?’ he wrote on day two. ‘Different weather reports back either route. I am playing the percentages, generally shorter and more wind north – lots of

clean and no seawater got in,’ he said. However, it was not enough to replenish the missing lubricant: ‘… so I got a short piece of plastic tube and sucked oil from the gearbox, not pleasant, but it is separate from the engine and uses the same oil.’ Lett arrived in Newport, RI after 22days, six hours and 12 minutes, little more than nine hours behind Nicholas Budel’s Class 40 and far enough ahead of Mura to win the Gypsy Moth class on corrected time. In total he logged 3,733 miles, 954 more than the

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RigHt ‘Jeroboam’ – a Beneteau Oceanis 351 was IRC overall winner – pictured alongside line honours winner ‘Vento di Sardegna’

minimum course distance. Sandberg was next to finish, crossing the line just 15 hours later. ‘It has been a lot tougher and scarier than I was expecting, tested me greatly and I will reflect on this for many years to come,’ Lett said afterwards. ‘Not sleeping for three weeks was one of my greatest concerns, but I quickly got into a state where [after] 20 minutes here and there and I could just keep on going.’

If physical toughness and determination are needed to secure a good result in a difficult edition of the OSTAR, how would Boston venture capitalist Jonathan Green fare? Moreover, his boat, a design more commonly seen in Mediterranean flotilla fleets than racing across an ocean, was also not an obvious choice for the OSTAR. However, Green appeared to revel in the breezy and predominately upwind conditions. Right from the start he was among the leading group and, incredibly, led the Class 40 on the water for some of the race – a boat that had to give him some six hours per day on corrected time! Green was also hugely experienced at the start of the OSTAR – a veteran of two Newport to Bermuda ‘1-2’ races – and had the benefit of a stormy delivery passage from the east coast of the USA to Plymouth in April

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this year, encountering a number of gales and storms. One of these rolled the boat upside down in sustained winds of more than 50 knots, with gusts above 60, tearing one of the lower spreaders off the rig. Although Green took a more southerly route in the OSTAR than Lett and Sandberg, he was still able to

This is not a race for sailors or cruisers. It is for gladiators. Fight for everything or die Andrea Mura Name-check: OSTAR/Transat Originally sponsored by the Observer newspaper, the race was called the Observer Singlehanded Trans-Atlantic Race until a succession of different sponsors saw the name change a number of times. Since 2005, the amateur edition of the race, for boats of 50ft and under, has been known as the Original Singlehanded Trans-Atlantic Race, while the professional edition for larger boats, to which OC Sport holds the rights is known as the Transat (or Transat Anglaise to French sailors). The oldest of the great singlehanded trans-oceanic races has helped to make a name for many of the world’s bestknown sailors, including Sir Francis Chichester, Eric Taberly, Francis Joyon, Dame Ellen MacArthur and Brian Thompson.


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stay on the northern side of the centres of the low pressure systems, benefiting from the favourable winds found there. On day 18, for instance, he had a fast night surfing down monster waves, hitting double-digit speeds regularly on the wave face, once momentarily registering 15.4 knots. Green says he was pretty aggressive about carrying the right amount of sail, but also resisted the temptation to try to pinch too high when close-hauled. This enabled him to keep up a pace that was not much slower than that of Lett and Sandberg, but at the expense of a lower angle.

Much of the final 500 miles, along the Eastern Seaboard Canada and the USA were against headwinds of varying intensity, with Green working hard to constantly tuck reefs in and shake them out to keep his boat on her feet. During this period, he encountered his most frightening moment in the race, while cutting close to the Nantucket shoals. ‘The charts simply cordon off the entire region, labelling it “Area To Be Avoided,”’ he explains. ‘There are no channels, channel markers, or aids to navigation, or lighthouses. The depths indicated on the charts are virtually meaningless as the sandbars and shoals move around. At one point, the chart indicated I should be in 60 feet of water… but my depth sounder read 10. It was pitch black with thick fog. I was flying the spinnaker trying to work my way against 1.5 knots of current. Then the wind died and I was struggling to keep the boat off the sand. I got the anchor on deck and was preparing to hurl it over, when the north-easterly breeze filled in and quickly built to 15 knots.’ From there onwards, Green enjoyed brilliant summer sailing weather, with a fantastic close reach, followed by a (relatively) short beat into Narragansett Bay for the finish. His time of 23 days, seven hours and 16 minutes was almost four days ahead of the next boat in the class, Charles Emmet’s Sigma 36 ‘British Beagle’ and sufficiently quick to give him the fastest corrected time in the fleet.


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Life after Weymouth

t took several deep breaths for Hannah Mills to be able to show any delight at winning an Olympic silver medal in Weymouth last August. Shortly after receiving her medal, the then-24-year old wryly joked in a BBC interview about ‘needing to upgrade’. Sailing with Saskia Clark, Hannah crossed the finish line of the final fluky 470 medal race with her head down, shocked to have sacrificed gold to Kiwi rivals, Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie. Flying off the start line that day on equal points with the New Zealanders, the British duo looked good at first but lost out when unable to capitalise on a 20-degree windshift. Hannah said she was ‘gutted’ to have let gold slip so agonisingly from her fingers. Fast-forward to our meeting today – in a coffee shop en route to Weymouth. The location is no coincidence: Hannah Mills, 2012 Olympic silver medallist, is back on a mission for that Olympic gold and won’t rest until she gets it. But despite knowing that’s what she wants, and that crew Saskia is the only person she wants with her on the road to Rio, it’s been a surprisingly difficult journey from Weymouth last summer – not least due to initial indecision from Saskia as to whether to carry on for another grueling four-year Olympic cycle. Hannah explains: ‘I desperately wanted to sail with Sas again because we have such a great relationship

What happens after winning an Olympic medal? 470 silver medallist Hannah Mills talks to Georgie Corlett about her rollercoaster year and we have a great time together. I was dreading having to find another crew. But at the same time I was really aware that couldn’t pressure Sas into a decision because it had to be the right one for her. If she didn’t want to do it then, well, that would have been that.’ Six months ago, on the finish line in Weymouth, the importance of that relationship was evident; it had been a reassuring hug and words from Saskia that caused Hannah’s reluctant smile to break through for the cameras. Back onshore, Hannah brought herself to admit: ‘A couple of hours later now and it has sunk in. Sas and I have worked so hard and had so much fun along the way; to achieve a silver medal at a home Games with someone you get on so well with has been amazing.’ For Saskia, after finishing sixth in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, it was a moment of satisfaction: an Olympic medal of any colour is not something to be sniffed at, especially when she and Hannah had only teamed up together a mere 18 months prior to the start of the Games. Since first pairing up, they took

European bronze, then 2011 worlds silver, before becoming the first ever British women’s pairing to take the 470 World Championship title in 2012, just two months ahead of the Olympics. The question was whether 34-yearold Saskia could face another four years of training and campaigning the 470 in search of gold – and closure. In early January of this year, the girls tested the waters at a Team GBR fitness camp in Murcia, Spain, but left with no final verdict. It was, after all, a big decision to make. Hannah says: ‘Sas and I thought that we wanted to start sailing again at the beginning of this year, but because we were still in this state of asking ourselves “What the hell just happened?” we couldn’t pick ourselves up at all; we just didn’t want to see a 470!’ A ski trip later that month granted them some down-time and another chance to discuss things away from the pressures of home. But, before they could come to any conclusion, Sas fell seriously ill, contracting first norovirus and then pneumonia. Hannah recalls: ‘She was in a really bad way for a month, literally bed-bound. It was pretty hard: first of all I was thinking “Poor Sas!” and second, “Are we sailing together?” But it wasn’t the time to ask!’ With her wingman facing a six-week recovery to regain full strength and fitness, the only thing Hannah could do was look for an alternative focus in

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below On the women’s 470 podium with Kiwi gold medallists Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie and dutch bronze medallists: Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout

the meantime. She took the new FX women’s Olympic boat for a spin, just for fun, but quickly ruled that out due to her size. Not one for sailing unless she’s in it to win it, Hannah changed tack completely; a friend happened to be setting up a surf camp in Portugal and learning a new sport seemed the perfect distraction. Despite quickly catching the bug however, Hannah was aware that surfing would not lead to Olympic gold! With Sas nearing a full recovery, the two got together once more to discuss their commitment to a fresh campaign. The outcome was positive; Sas was in for another campaign – but with a proviso that she first wanted to figure out what else to do after Rio. ‘Sas always was on board; I think she just wanted the time to get it straight in her head. We are both quite logical people and need the back up of something else. ‘Sas’s decision makes total sense,’ continues Hannah. ‘You are a lot more comfortable doing a campaign if you have something else in the background because it takes some of the pressure off and means it’s not absolutely everything in the world to you – although of course it is, because you’re competitive and you want to win!’ Both have consequently spent some time gaining work experience and an insight into the ‘real world’ beyond Olympic sailing.

Riding the Olympic wave Winning silver sent the girls on

a rollercoaster of emotions and experiences in the immediate aftermath of the Games. Straight after receiving their medals, the highs kicked off with a huge party thrown by friends and family in Weymouth for Hannah and Saskia, as well as Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell, who had also won silver that day in the men’s 470 class. Those celebrations brought home to Hannah what it had meant to win a medal, regardless of colour, at a home Olympics. Speaking at the time, she called it ‘a medal for everyone, a real family and friends affair’ and described her supporters – listing everyone from old school friends to her grandparents – as ‘absolutely amazing’. The next day, with heads sorer than they would perhaps care to admit, Hannah and the other GBR sailors travelled en masse to London for a whirlwind of media interviews and

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public engagements. Moving into the main athletes’ village, the momentum of what they had been a part of became a reality, as the sailors mingled amongst the other Team GB athletes at a special post-closing ceremony barbeque. ‘It was incredible to see the change in atmosphere there,’ recalls Hannah. ‘Sas, Luke, Stu and I had been lucky enough to attend the opening ceremony as well – but now because everyone had finished it turned from a really serious environment to absolute party town! Everyone was just letting off steam; that was really cool to be part of.’ Hannah recounts highlights that included chatting with Chris Hoy – ‘a legend and an all-round nice guy’ – and enjoying free McDonalds with other athletes in the Olympic village – ‘the queues were pretty big!’ Once the flames of the Olympic torch were extinguished, invitations began

to roll in: a guest appearance at Cowes Week; then as a special crew member onboard ‘Team Wales’, the wild card entry at the Cardiff act of the 2012 Extreme Sailing Series. For Hannah, not only was this a chance to sail on

wanted to be a part of the Olympics and have us all there, it was so nice.’ The post-Games celebrations continued with the athletes’ parade on board a fleet of open top buses through London. ‘That was a mental day, absolutely crazy,’ Hannah recalls. ‘We could not believe how many people came out to celebrate and cheer.’ Then came the invite of all invites – to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace. ‘I was so excited. We had seen the Queen at the athletes village but we hadn’t actually met her before. She’s so small! And so incredibly busy. It was a real honour.’ In October the Extreme Sailing Series travelled to Nice, France, and Hannah was asked by Leigh McMillan, skipper of ‘The Wave, Muscat’, to join his crew. She jumped at the chance. With her petite stature ruling out a lot of the ‘grunt work’ on board, Hannah naturally took on the role of tactician – and observer! ‘In the 470 it’s just me and Sas, so with more than one person in the boat you gain a completely new perspective as to how those people communicate and work together – it was a massive opportunity for me and I learnt loads that week.’ At the end of the Nice event, ‘The Wave, Muscat’ was leading the series ahead of the final Act in Rio. Hannah admits to having secretly felt relief at ‘not having let the team down’, and was ecstatic to be asked to join them for the 2012 series finale in Rio; her first chance to sail on the 2016 Olympic waters. ‘Racing there is hard,’ she says. ‘It’s going to be like the Nothe course, times 10! I learnt so much from sailing there and with that team. They really wanted to win the last event, but the conditions made it quite stressful; we were racing right under Sugar Loaf Mountain, the wind comes one side or the other and

left The 470 womens’ medals were decided in the final race

Racing in Rio is hard. It’s going to be like the Nothe course x10! the waters of her home city in front of a 35,000-strong crowd, but it was a great opportunity to sail something different, and she loved every minute. Meanwhile, requests for more and more ‘celebrity’ appearances continued to roll in; for everything from rugby matches to musicals. Hannah says: ‘Everyone

you can never predict which! It was really good seeing how other people deal with that sort of pressure and how they rise to the occasion. I was so happy for them when they won overall because where the Olympics had been my big thing, this was theirs and so just to be a part of it was amazing.’

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Coming down But despite this string of enviable opportunities, in between the highs came time to reflect, and Hannah admits that both she and Sas suffered serious post-Olympic blues: ‘All the things we got to do were wicked, but it was bizarre; you would have a mega party and the most amazing stuff to do, and then all of sudden in between times you’d be like, “Oh”. ‘I remember one day sitting in my house in Weymouth and ringing Sas up who was sat in her house, and ringing Luke who was sat in his house and we were all just depressed; we didn’t know

before she realised she needed a new plan. ‘Getting some goals in place is important. For me it was surfing, which was a trivial thing but it was still something to aim for. Generally as human beings if you haven’t got something to work towards, it becomes very easy to just carry on sitting around and not be bothered to get up and do anything. But as soon as you start achieving stuff it builds confidence and desire again.’

Her aim is Rio Now the question most asked of Hannah is: ‘Are you going to win gold

We had done this amazing thing but suddenly everything you’ve been aiming at has just gone what to do! It was a horrible feeling. We had done this amazing thing – and it hadn’t gone the way that Sas and I wanted to in the end, so already I was feeling down about that – but also suddenly everything you’ve been aiming at has just gone and you’re left asking what now? What do I do?’ Hannah’s original intention had been to go away for a few months after the Games, but with no concrete arrangements and the post-Games invites temptingly coming in fits and starts, it took several months


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next time? The pair are back on track and ready to begin their quest for gold in earnest. In fact, Hannah was on her way to meet with Saskia immediately after our interview. Their first task was to take their boat out of the container where it has been housed since the Games. After that they have a month of planning and preparation before taking to the water for a month of training ahead of the 470 world championships in La Rochelle, France. Hannah is only mildly optimistic

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Above Aboard ‘The Wave Muscat’ as tactician. the team ended up series winners after the final race in Rio

about their likely performance there: ‘We obviously have our 2012 world championship title that we want to defend, but we appreciate the fact that we will have only sailed for a month, so actually we’re going to use the worlds more as a gauge to see what we need to improve on. But at last, I’m starting to get excited about it all!’ With that excitement comes a cautious awareness that there’s a long road ahead. Even with her own experience of a successful Olympic campaign and the help of Saskia’s continued guidance, logistically and financially there are a lot of milestones to put in place to ensure success on Brazilian waters. For one thing, Hannah and Saskia are starting this Olympic cycle without a title sponsor. ‘For the British team as a whole it’s going to be a hard cycle. With 2012 being a home Games we had all the backing and sponsorship that comes with that and that made things a lot easier. Campaigning for Rio is going

to be far more expensive for us; getting our boats out there and back and forth, and accommodation is obscene; it’s surprisingly expensive there as there is such a huge rich-poor divide. ‘Time in the venue is going to be hugely important; working out where to stay and how to get around safely. You can’t just walk around anywhere, and the traffic is awful – like London, if not worse! That’s all time and expense. ‘Once we get a bit further down the line and the excitement starts building up again, it will become easier, but in the aftermath of London everyone is still catching their breath, so it’s still tricky right now.’ But to capitalise on their success in 2012, the British teams can’t afford to hang back. With a potential new scoring system and the introduction of two new classes for 2016, there is a level of uncertainty across the board, but as Hannah remarks: ‘It’s the same for everyone so we just have to get

on and deal with it. At the end of the day, we have some amazingly talented people in the British sailing team, and hopefully we can put in an even better performance than we did in London.’ Together with other British sailing team members, Hannah and Saskia will travel to Rio this autumn for their first training camp in the venue. Before then, there is the test event for the ISAF Olympic classes world championships in Santander, Spain in September, a crucial dry run for the main event in 2014 which is likely to mark the beginning of the British team trials for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Aside from the 470 schedule, Hannah hasn’t ruled out trying her hand at some more Extreme 40 sailing, clearly enamoured with the boat and the series! She is one of only five women to have seriously competed in the Extreme Sailing Series and would like to see that change. ‘I really would love to do this at some

point, to help give more women more opportunities in sailing beyond Olympic campaigns.’ But following lengthy discussions with organisers and potential sponsors about the possibility of establishing an all-women’s team, Hannah has dismissed the idea. ‘We came to the conclusion that no matter how strong a woman is, the fact is that they are never going to be as strong as a man doing that same role. So realistically you would be better to have three women and two men: one doing the bow and spinnaker, and one on mainsheet. And personally, I would prefer not to sail with all-girls for the sake of making a point; I would want to choose the best mix of sailors who are going to win,’ she says, with a now-familiar look of determination. But for now, it’s off to Weymouth to meet Sas and start by giving their 470 a little attention on the first step of their 2016 adventure.

Above Hannah Mills is one of only a handful of women to have competed in the Extreme Sailing Series – pictured here aboard ‘The Wave Muscat’ off Nice

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s unseasonably blustery weather buffeted both sides of the Channel on May 30 this year, the brunt of it was felt by the fleets of RS class dinghies gathered in Carnac, Brittany, for the latest installment of the 2013 RS Eurocup. Facing a strong offshore breeze that brought big shifts and a short choppy sea, more than 160 competitors across six classes – RS100, RS200, RS400, RS500, RS700, RS800 – were determined to make the most of the four-day event despite the uninviting conditions. Amongst them was seasoned campaigner and past winner of the RS400 Eurocup – Howard Farbrother.

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get physical By the time the start sequence for the second race was underway, the wind had

increased and was consistently touching 30 knots presenting an arduous challenge for the fleet of 24 RS400s. Being new to the physical demands at the front end of the boat, Tim did his best to endure the survival conditions. He says: ‘Moving from the back of the boat to the front was a bit of an eye-opener; it is a lot easier for the helm. I am pretty happy helming for a couple of races without destroying my legs; however on the first day at Carnac with 25-plus knots, I was absolutely destroyed by the end of the day! ‘It quickly became apparent that the ability to hike consistently made the difference. To begin with, things such as hiking, calling other boats and shifts and the like was pretty easy but by the end of the day, speaking was a struggle. I was a wreck, mainly my upper legs, and my ability to hike out properly was all but gone. ‘I was lucky to be wearing a pair of Neil Pryde hikers. It was the first time I had even used hikers and they make a big difference; without them then I don’t think I would have been able to make it through the first day at all.’ Howard recalls: ‘Tim had been feeding me information all the way through race one, but by race two that had stopped. Every time he nudged in towards the middle of the boat,

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Below (And openinG sHoT) Howard helming at the Eurocup on Lake Garda

Reflecting on day one of the Carnac event, he says: ‘It is always a challenge to be confronted by a Force 5-6 on the first day of an event! I had entered the event with no expectations of winning; it was really just for a bit of fun. So when we saw the conditions on the first day, my plan was simple: to stay upright and not do anything stupid.’ Howard’s conservative approach was fuelled in no small part by the fact that he had sailed together with stand-in crew, Tim Anderton, only once before during a light-wind practice race at

their home club, Queen Mary. Sailing a doublehanded hiking boat such as the RS400 places a precedent on teamwork between helm and crew, but when your crew is more used to being the one on the stick at the back of the boat, there are no guarantees! The full-on conditions greeting them on their first real debut meant there was little option but for the two to quickly settle into a dynamic – as their performance was about to testify. Emerging at the top mark of race one in the leading pack and hot on the heels of the Irish pairing of James and Ryan Emmett, the two leading boats shot off downwind, rapidly leaving the remainder of the fleet in their wake. Blasting downwind, the pressure was on to take first. ‘I was desperate to find the next mark at that stage,’ says Howard. ‘There’s always the risk in the first race of doing well but not knowing where you are going, as no-one is familiar with the course that early on. We followed the other boat but, knowing how easy it is to overshoot, we gybed off. That was the last we saw of the Irish boat that race!’

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keeping the boat upright paid off, and at the end of the day, with a 1,2 scoreline under their belt, Howard and Tim staggered back to shore together with the rest of the fleet, feeling utterly exhausted.

Maximise boatspeed When competitors woke the next day, they were relieved to find that the wind had dropped substantially, and despite remaining in a tricky north-northeasterly direction, it was down to a

bringing other boats to the fore as predicted, Howard and Tim decided to play to their own advantage, sweeping their way to another win in the first race of the day. Tim says: ‘There were several situations where we physically worked the boat really hard, such as off the startline and in boat-on-boat situations where maximum speed was essential. There it was a case of hike hard and get all the weight out of the boat.’ Despite their best efforts, an overly

So many sailors hike with their toes pointing upwards; they are losing free leverage, and risking needless shin problems much more manageable 10-12 knots. Sailing 1.5 miles offshore, with little tide to worry about, Howard and Tim knew that getting the shifts right would be the key to success. But with the prevailing direction that was easier said than done. Howard says: ‘I think everyone felt that the wind was really difficult to predict; there was nothing consistent about it. Sometimes it would bend and give a lift off to the left, but sometimes people would ignore that and get lifted on the right! It was really tough to decipher what was going on.’ The pair began the second day dubious as to whether they could pull off a repeat performance of their opening day. Ahead of the regatta, seven or eight boats appeared capable of landing podium positions; this prediction played out, with several different boats in the chase. With the change in conditions now

competitive start in race two saw them sacrifice what would have been a second-place finish. But even with an OCS now blighting their scoreline, the pair were undeterred, and put in another storming performance to finish second in the final race of the day. Day three saw the return of breezier conditions, and with it the faces at the front of the fleet changed again as the competition tightened. ‘By this stage in a regatta, everyone tends to be used to the conditions; people know where they are going and don’t overshoot marks – the easy gains have gone,’ Howard says. Now, Nick and Caroline Martin, stalwarts of the RS400 fleet and members of what Howard lightheartedly refers to as the ‘Martin Mafia’, were chasing hard, whilst fellow Queen Mary SC members, Andy Hatch and Daniel Hawkins, threw themselves

Below Howard sailing in the RS400 inlands with Nathan Pinch crewing

photo: heather Davies/fotoboat

I would tell him “move, I can’t see” – and that was invariably followed by me prompting him “not that way!’’’ As they began the first upwind leg of race two, the pair was painfully aware that yet more gruelling work lay ahead in keeping the boat upright, as the blustery offshore wind began to push past the 30-knot mark. ‘It’s no secret; everyone knows that if you keep the boat flat you will go faster, and the RS400 is no exception to that rule,’ says Howard. ‘The RS400 is not complicated like a Merlin; it’s really quite a straightforward boat to sail once you have your rig set up. You shouldn’t be afraid to use your kicker and downhaul to depower. But after that, it’s you that makes the difference. And that difference comes in the way you respond to each gust; you need to be ready to do that. ‘In that breeze, there were boats at the back of the fleet sailing around heeled over at a 30-degree angle nearly the whole time. Being ready, as we were, to ease the mainsheet at a split second’s notice took the sting out of the gusts, and every time a gust hit, we would gain a quarter of a boat length on someone who had it jammed in the cleat. Over a whole upwind leg, that sets you pretty far ahead.’ By the first mark of race two, the rival pairing of Jack Holden and Ollie Miller were just ahead, as Howard and Tim gave chase alongside the Irish boat, until a capsize once again ruled the Irish out of the running. Moments later, Howard and Tim had their own moment of near-disaster to contend with, as Tim slipped during a gybe attempt and landed in the bottom of the boat. He explains: ‘Being a helm, I think you move across a bit later than the crew as you are forcing the main across. It took me a while to get used to trusting that the helm was going to throw the main and that if I moved my weight it wasn’t all going to go wrong.’ With shifty gusts still smashing across the course giving confused seas rather than the big rolling waves that the RS400 revels in, the duo decided to play it safe and tack through the gybe – renewing their determination to go with whatever it took to stay upright. It wasn’t just the balance of the boat that was important to get right that day, but the trim too; as Tim explains: ‘Sticking the nose too far in resulted in a noticeable drop off in speed so getting weight back at times was useful.’ Their skill and determination in

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into the mix, showing unstoppable speed. The equally quick Irish pairing, brothers James and Ryan Emmet, scooped the most consistent scoreline of the day with a 2, 4, 3. Howard and Tim meanwhile were left to contend with a 3, 9, 7, but nonetheless retained the lead as two discards kicked in going into the final day.

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Debrief and learn Looking back on the 2013 event, Howard and Tim believe it was their solid performance in the big breeze that made all the difference. Hiking hard – and in Tim’s case, fighting through the fatigue – may have been hard work, but each time a gust hit, the ability to transmit the extra power into speed, rather than allowing

There were boats at the back of the fleet sailing around heeled over at a 30-degree angle nearly the whole time shifty races were held on the final day. Howard and Tim were in full battle mode, fighting hard to defend their championship hopes. Thanks to the significant points buffer they’d built earlier in the week, a fourth and a sixth place was enough to land them four points clear of Andy Hatch and Daniel Hawkins, whilst Nick and Caroline Martin settled for third. Back on shore, it was a drained yet elated Howard and Tim who collected the winners’ trophies with a goody bag full of kit from event sponsor, Crewsaver. It’s a hard-won haul that seems all the more welcome when Howard recalls once having won a


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the boat to blow over sideways and drag through the water, certainly brought its rewards in making them power ahead of the opposition. Describing the RS400 as a ‘fantastically elegant and forgiving boat with two distinct gears,’ Howard believes that the ability of the RS400 to ‘turn on the speed and take off’ sets it apart from its smaller ‘mono speed’ sister, the RS200, in which getting ahead relies more heavily on executing the right tactical moves to win the game. He explains: ‘Once you get ahead in the RS400 fleet, especially downwind, it’s possible to open up a big gap very quickly, and by doing so, put yourself

well ahead of the gaggle. The pack will soon slow itself down as the other sailors have to pick their way around their opponents, leaving you to sail your own race in clear air. Because of this, the margins that open up in this fleet can make the leaders look like absolute rocket ships!’ Getting to and staying in this position requires top-notch boathandling; for Howard, that means plenty of time spent perfecting what he refers to as ‘automatic skills’ – such as hiking, tacking and gybing. He says: ‘You need to be sharp enough to be able to make fast decisions, and that comes with practice. Having automatic skills means you can free up your mind to think tactically, analyse the priorities, use the shifts and respond to the information being passed to you by your crew. A lot of people spend time worrying about setup and numbers; use the tuning guide, but keep it simple – that’s not where the real gains are made.’ To master ‘automatic skills’ takes a great deal of self-awareness; Howard has in the past used spreadsheet analysis, whereby he and his crew break down the skill sets and ruthlessly mark themselves out of 10 on each. Video analysis is another of his training tools, whereby he fixes a mini waterproof video camera to the back of the boat, angled so that it captures the actions of helm and crew. ‘This shows very blatantly what you are doing that you may not realise,’ he says. ‘You can compare your actions against what coaches or class champions tell you that you should be doing, and really be merciless with yourself.’ Using exactly this sort of training, Howard has coached himself to naturally default to using the best possible hiking technique throughout every race. Having sought the expert advice of Steve Cockerill – top Laser sailor and MD of Rooster Sailing – he has changed his technique to adopt a pointed toe position, which enables him to project his weight more effectively overboard, as well as reducing the likelihood of suffering long term injury from hiking. Howard says: ‘So many sailors hike with their toes pointing upwards; they are losing free leverage, and risking needless shin problems. It’s tough to break a habit and hiking with your toes pointed takes courage – you think you are going to slip out of the toes straps, but try it – I promise you won’t!’




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ace like you train, train like you race. It’s a good mantra to sail by, but it can be tough finding inspiration for new training techniques. Here are 12 simple exercises to practice for racing improvement.

1. Moving carpet start line Level: All Fleet size: Two or more boats Coach needed: Optional What: Sail a sausage course looping

around the ends of a short ‘startline’. If the whistle blows once, the boats must race immediately around the windward mark and back through the line to finish. If the whistle blows twice, sail instead to the leeward mark, returning back through the line to finish. Once the boats have finished each mini-race, return to the reach-to-reach loops and wait for the next ‘surprise’ whistle. Why: This exercise is a good go-to, as it can be used to focus on different areas – from practising the five essentials with novices, to altering rig settings, changing gear and simulating big fleet mark roundings with more advanced racers. Alter the size of the course depending on the aims of the exercise and the size of the fleet.

2. Think inside the box

Level: All Fleet size: Two or more boats Coach needed: Optional What: Prior to the start gun, boats must

stay inside a ‘box’ indicated by two buoys laid to leeward of the startline. Normal racing rules apply during the pre-start countdown. Why: This one is a classic – and with good reason! It works on lots of levels: stopping the leisurely starboard-hand

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approach or barging at the committeeboat end, and encourages alternative approach strategies and emphasising the value of pre-start laylines, time-ondistance skills and rules knowledge. It can shake up the pecking order within a club or squad fleet. For novice racers, it introduces the fundamental concept of staying close to the line to get a good start; for the more experienced, it can be used to simulate sailing in a larger fleet. Begin with a large ‘box’ and shrink over time to increase difficulty.

3. Sharks Level: Intermediate Fleet size: Two or more boats Coach needed: Optional What: Using the same buoy set-up as

for the box start exercise, all boats begin inside the ‘box’ when the warning gun is fired. The aim is for each boat to use their knowledge of the racing rules to force their opponents outside the boundaries of the box before the start gun goes. Any boat that is forced outside of the box is ‘out’ until the next round; boats that remain inside the box on the start gun are winners, with bonus points going to those that also manage to cross the startline on time!

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4. Gut buster Level: Intermediate Fleet size: One or more Coach needed: Optional What: Over a short windward-

leeward course, boats must complete a minimum number of tacks (e.g. 10) on the upwind leg, completing a 360 degree turn at the halfway point. After rounding the mark, they must then complete a minimum number of gybes (e.g. six) along with a 360 degree turn midway (boats flying a spinnaker will need to drop and re-hoist). Why: Get your tacks, gybes, hoists


and drops down to a fine art with this non-stop exercise. Use a coach, friend or video camera to help analyse your movements – what you do well and what could be done better throughout each manoeuvre. Try in a variety of wind conditions to adapt your technique for light, medium and heavy winds. Great for improving fitness too!

5. Second row starts Level: All Fleet size: Four or more


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Coach needed: Optional What: Set two short startlines, one

directly to windward of the other. Split the fleet in half, allocating boats to either the windward or leeward start line. All boats use the same countdown sequence, but aim to start off their own allocated startline. The race is a short leg to windward, with the boats from the leeward startline aiming to overtake those that started to windward. Why: Useful when working with groups of mixed abilities, it allows those usually slower off the start to get a head start, whilst giving those usually first off the line the challenge of battling back from the ‘second row’. Focusing on immediately after the start, this exercise requires sailors to choose between finding and holding a lane versus tacking off for clean air, whilst maintaining boatspeed.

7. Chase and be chased Level: Intermediate Fleet size: Eight boats Coach needed: Optional What: Set up a square course and team

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boats up into pairs; allocate each pair to a separate corner of the square. Give a short countdown; on ‘go’ the boats start by crossing a perpendicular line from their allocated buoy, and race around the square. The aim is to work together to overtake the pair in front, whilst staying ahead of the boats behind. Why: Often used to introduce basic boat-on-boat tactics and mark traps used in team racing, but also works well as a fleet racing exercise to develop boatspeed and covering techniques.

Level: All Fleet size: One or more doublehanders Coach needed: No What: The crew is in charge! Blindfold

the helm (or get them to close their eyes), whilst the crew gives directions on how to sail around the course. Alternatively, race one lap in your normal positions, then swap roles for the second – get an insight into what each other has to contend with! Why: Intended to improve helm-crew dynamics, role-swapping gives each person a greater understanding of what each other’s job involves. Exchange feedback afterwards; you may find ways of making your roles even more efficient. The blind-sailing element can be a useful confidence builder for crews in encouraging and developing twoway communication within the boat.


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8. Shaking cover Level: Intermediate Fleet size: Two boats Coach needed: No What: Line two boats up on an upwind

course, so they are sailing parallel with one boat length or less between them. The

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aim is for the boat to leeward to break cover by tacking, whilst the windward boat has to maintain cover by tacking with them, or stop them tacking. Limit the number of tacks allowed to 10; at the end of each beat, swap over positions. Keep score of who wins each one and make the winner best of, say, five matches. A variation can also be run as a downwind gybing exercise for non-planing boats. Why: For the leeward boat, this task is much harder than you’d think! It’s a real test of close-quarters boat-on-boat tactics and the boat handling that’s needed to execute that. If the windward boat gets his timing right he will gradually extend his lead; the leeward boat can hope to establish an early leebow, or take his chances with the shifts. An ideal introduction to match racing.

9. Compressing corridor Level: All Fleet size: Three or more boats Coach needed: Yes – two coach boats plus safety boat

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Who is the best coach? Bringing in an expert on your class or type of sailing is always a good idea. Your regional RYA high performance manager can help you connect with coaches in your local area, or it may be that you simply ask one of the top sailors in your fleet to come along and share some knowledge. Get a few sailors together from your club and plan a series of structured sessions. Failing that, coach each other. Within your fleet, take it in turns to lead each exercise and offer constructive criticism to one another wherever you can, on the understanding that everyone wants to improve and get something out of it. Receiving an honest perspective from your peers can help you analyse your sailing in a new light – just be prepared to take their input on board. You can also coach yourself; something the top sailors will do regularly, whether in the spare few minutes between races or by dedicating time aside from your normal race regime to improve on a specific area. Be brutally honest about what you could do better, and keep practising until you start to see the results you want.

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slowly upwind, boats must tack in the ‘corridor’ created between the two wakes. To intensify the exercise, the coach boats should start fairly far apart and gradually get closer together as the fleet progresses upwind, thus ‘compressing’ the corridor and forcing the boats into an increasingly restricted area. Can also be run as a downwind exercise; a good option is to use the coach boats as marks to gybe around. Why: By requiring boats to sail in a restricted space, it helps to establish a sense of the limits of your boat handling. It also develops skills of judgement as to whether to tack or



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duck starboard tackers, and with so many boats in a confined space it brings up plenty of racing rules scenarios for discussion.

10. Stay where you are Level: All Fleet size: One boat Coach needed: No What: Bring your boat to a standstill

next to a buoy or take a transit to mark your position. Time yourself whilst you hold that exact position for as long as possible. Once you are happy you can do this, add in another layer of complexity by approaching the mark from different angles and seeing how quickly you can stop, or by timing yourself to see how long it takes to get your boat sailing again at full speed from that stationary position. Why: Requiring a high level of boathandling skill to maintain your exact position and decelerate or accelerate efficiently, this exercise introduces skills that are useful on the start line. It’s a really good way to learn the nuances of how your boat handles. Great for when you have a few minutes to spare.

11. estimate your start time Level: Intermediate Fleet size: One or more Coach needed: Optional What: Using a rolling three-minute

countdown timer, set up a series of starts using a short startline. Blow a whistle at 10 seconds before the ‘go’, at which point all boats must sail at full speed on a close-hauled course across the line from wherever they happen to be. No cheating – regardless of


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whether it means you cross early! Roll into the next start; repeat using 20 and then 30 seconds as your signals to sail full speed – making it more and more difficult to judge. Why: The ultimate test of time-ondistance, this exercise leaves you nowhere to hide if you get it wrong. Can just as easily be practised by one boat on its own between races, or used to mark your progress against others.

12. hold your own Level: All Fleet size: Two or more Coach needed: Optional What: Set up a basic follow-the-

leader exercise on a reach, where the boats have to follow in a line behind the coach boat or lead dinghy; no overtaking allowed! On the whistle, the boats must sheet in and sail upwind for a set amount of time, without tacking. The challenge is for each boat to try to hold their lane against the boats around them. Why: Testing your speed out of the starting block, this exercise can be broken down to focus on different areas, including boatspeed, rig set-up and gust/shift response. It is also good for a quick pre-race warm-up between two or three boats; ditch the follow-the-leader set-up and line up alongside a friend for a useful speed and shift check prior to the start. It’s worth noting that the follow-the-leader element in itself requires top-notch boat-handling skills – accelerating and decelerating on demand – and can also be run in isolation as an independent developmental exercise.

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SB20 restyled

Rupert Holmes takes a spin in the latest SB20 and discovers the class has lost none of its old appeal…


s many readers will know, last summer the Laser SB3 sportsboat – a runaway success for many years – was given a makeover as the SB20. The move came after designer Tony Castro, who had retained the original rights, awarded Sportsboat World the worldwide license for the supply and service of new boats and spares. The company was formed by Alan Hillman, whose specialist SB20 business Rigging Gurus had a 10-year history of supporting the class, and Jerry Hill, a former world champion and international class chairman. At the same time production of the boats – which had been sub-contracted to a company in Malaysia since 2003 – was brought back to the UK, in the hands of Rob White’s White Formula boat builders in Brightlingsea, Essex. White already knew the boat well, having been involved with the class at the outset as he built the first 55-60 boats, which remained in demand compared to later boats, even as they aged. The first new SB20 was completed in August 2012 and since then roughly two per month have been completed.

SPECIFICATIONS LOA Draught (keel down) Displacement Max crew weight Sail area: Mainsail Jib Asymmetric


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★★★★★★★★★ When taking over production it would have been possible to make a large number of improvements and at one stage a list of almost 100 possible changes was mooted. However, many of these had the potential to significantly out-class existing boats and Alan and Jerry were keen that, apart from being stiffer (as a consequence of being new) the new boats should not offer a performance advantage that could not be easily replicated on existing boats. As a result, in conjunction with the international class association, the list was whittled down to half a dozen simple changes, all but one of which is easy to retrofit to existing boats, with none detracting from the strict one-design ethos of the class. Perhaps the most immediately noticeable change is the more contemporary styling, including the option of black sails, developed in conjunction with longstanding class sailmakers Hyde; black anodised Selden spars and a choice of hull colours.

Deck and rig

★★★★★★★★★ A huge amount of effort and experience went into planning the original layout of the boat. This was a key reason for its original success and means little needed to be changed. The cunningham, for instance, has been reworked so that it’s easier to adjust on both tacks and the main halyard cleat changed so that it won’t catch on the lazy jib sheet. Windsurferstyle foot straps have been added to help keep the helm on board when powering downwind in a big blow. There are also sail detail improvements, including a top batten adjuster and much stronger tack sliders. More significantly, as well as new moulds for the hull and deck, the moulds for the foils have been re-tooled with CNC-cut aluminium. As a result the foil section comes straight out of the mould with much greater accuracy, and requires little or no refinishing, which translates to reduced costs for these items. Increasing the carbon content and ensuring the insertion of a tube in the leading edge of the rudder blade have addressed the production issue that caused a number of rudders built in the Far East to fail. Another important change is to the top of the keel, which is 4mm wider than the foil. It’s not a big difference and makes no change to



Significantly, the moulds for the foils have been re-tooled with CNC-cut aluminium


3 1 MIddle crewman controls the main. Helm can adjust backstay to depower 2 Crew sits inside the rail upwind 3 Maximum crew weight enables four medium to small, or three large to race evenly 4 The rudder has been strengthened 5 Hiking downwind


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The SB20 class Some 700 boats had been built when Sportsboat World took over responsibility as the class supplier and there was already an active worldwide class association. The company is continuing to work with and support new markets for the class, including sourcing second-hand boats to help kickstart new fleets in emerging markets. There are now strong fleets in UK, Ireland, Australia, Portugal and big growth in Singapore, France and the Middle East. The last two years has also seen very rapid growth in Russia, especially in St Petersburg, where there are now 60 boats. Much of this is down to the enthusiasm for the class of Oleg Zherebtsov, the man behind the Russian entry in the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race, who has been a big driver of the St Petersburg SB20 fleet’s growth. New events for 2013 include three European Grand Slam events that take place over a long weekend – the first two were at Hyeres in the South of France and Italy’s Lake Garda. The third is at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, where the class will have two races per day over the first four days of the regatta. Long-term a programme of 6-10 such long weekends per year is planned, plus a world championship that will be in Hyeres next year and in St Petersburg in 2014.

performance, but it prevents particles of grit from scratching a newly-faired keel.

Under sail

★★★★★★★★ From the start the ethos was always that the stainless steel bar on the gunwale would prevent crews hiking upwind, but that you could do so downwind, when weight needs to be moved aft, behind the bar. A key reason for this is that it was recognised from the outset that the dynamic on board becomes very different if everyone sits inboard. You can talk about strategy and tactics with everyone involved all the time – it’s very different to many larger sportsboats (and yachts) where the crew hikes with legs over the side, leaving the helm alone to drive, trim the mainsail and worry about tactics. On the SB20 the effective mainsheet and traveller is controlled by the middle crew member, while the helm can use the powerful backstay to depower the mainsail in gusts. Our test was off Hill Head in the Solent in a south-westerly wind averaging around 10-12 knots, with occasional slightly stronger puffs. In the lighter airs downwind the boat was dropping into displacement mode, but picked up readily in the puffs, quickly accelerating to speeds touching 10 knots and occasionally more. It was a real shame not to have an extra


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ABOVE The black sails are new from Hyde RIGHT Foot straps for the helm to prevent man overboard in fast downwind conditions five knots of wind, which would have been enough to easily take off at speed. Upwind the balance and feel in the helm could only be described as perfect – a very light touch in the benign conditions we enjoyed, but with lovely balance and plenty of feedback. Throughout the test she had the precise and relaxed feel of a thoroughbred.

and allowing the focus to switch as much to tactics as boat speed. The long-standing weight limit of 270kg has proved successful, allowing for teams of three medium-to-large or four small-tomedium people, while ensuring major events are not won by a crew of ultra-heavy sailors that leaves no-one else with a decent chance.

Apart from being stiffer, new boats should not offer a performance advantage that could not be easily replicated One criticism of the class that is sometimes aired is that the blisteringly fast downwind performance comes at the price of long upwind legs – after all there’s a limit to the speed that a 20-footer can make upwind. In some classes this can be a tiring slog, with energy-sapping hiking needed throughout to maintain position in the fleet. However, this is where the gunwale bars come in – they prevent hiking, so conserving physical energy

Jerry says that, while it’s important to be close to the weight limit, there’s no great performance advantage to be gained from the final 15-20kg – selecting crew for their sailing ability is more important than their weight.


★★★★★★★★★ Sportsboat World’s involvement with the class goes well beyond building new boats – the

company also supplies equipment and spares, both directly in the UK and through a network of distributors around the world. They understand that in this respect the class is only as strong as its suppliers – and hold key items in stock.

In total there is a list of more than 140 items covering everything that might be needed for an SB20. Granted, if you do the legwork to shop around it may be possible to find one or two items cheaper, but for anyone who is short of


J/70 The obvious new boat in this market – a strict one-design that follows a successful formula and is fast and fun to sail. On the downside it’s a lot more expensive than an SB20 and it doesn’t yet have the advantage of existing fleet numbers. LOA 6.93m LWL 6.10m Beam 2.25m Draught 1.45m Displacement 794kg Mainsail 18sq m Jib 9.3sq m Gennaker 46sq m

time, knowing you can get exactly the items you need from a reliable supplier is invaluable. It also helps to have people in charge who actively sail the boats, know what can break and understand the disappointment associated with losing out on racing if a part cannot be supplied – it’s much bigger than the value of the broken component. Unlike many alternative sportsboats, the overall running costs of an SB20 are relatively modest – a medium saloon car is all that’s needed to tow the boat long distances, an expensive mooring is not required and even sails are not prohibitively expensive. Most top teams only buy one set per season, at a cost of just over £3,000 – around 15 per cent less than the pre-2012 price – and there’s a good chance of being able to sell the old ones at a price that will offset a worthwhile slice of that outlay. Although a new boat is obviously more expensive, it’s possible to get racing in the class for around £7,000, which offers excellent value and opens the door to a level of international competition that is a match for any other sportsboat or keelboat class. Add in the design’s simple formula that minimises set up and maintenance time and you have a very attractive package. Hillman and Hill recognise that many SB20 sailors have many other commitments and are often at a stage in life in which they are time poor. As a result, they know that the class must offer good value in terms of time spent efficiently as well as value for money. This it clearly does, with a programme of events that maximise the number of races, while minimising the amount of holiday time needed. Sportsboat World will be taking an SB20 to the PSP Southampton Boat Show – it’s worth going along to check out the changes if you’re visiting the show.


Seascape 18 An appealing twin rudder design based on the Mini 6.50 concept scaled down to 18ft and retaining a small cabin. More than 230 built, with competitive one-design racing fleets throughout Europe, but slow to catch on in the UK. LOA 5.5m Beam 2.4m Displacement 470kg Ballast 125kg Mainsail 14.5sq m Jib 8.5sq m Asymmetric 32sq m

From: Alan Hillman, Many thanks for testing the SB20, Rupert clearly enjoyed sailing her as much as the hundreds of other SB20 owners the world over do. As sailors who have been involved with the boat since its prototype we were very excited to work with Tony Castro to ensure this thriving class continues to grow from strength to strength. Maintaining the strict one-design concept is the ethos behind Sportsboat Worlds involvement and we are grateful that Rupert detailed the efforts that we have gone to in ensuring that the SB20 continues to offer the closest international one design sportsboat racing available. Racing an SB20 is however about much more than just the boat. The support of the International and National class associations is fundamental to the success of the class along with the enthusiasm of the owners and we are fortunate to have a class where designer, distributor and sailors all share the same fundamental goals that make the SB20 such a success. Contact: 01489 660680

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Design focus

Because this class is so competitive, we put purely aesthetic concerns aside

SPECIFICATIONS Designer Mark Mills Builder Longitud Cero, Valencia Year 2013 LOA 21.95m | 72ft Beam 5.68m | 18.6ft Draught 5.0m | 16.4ft


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Design profile

Alegre 3 Helen Fretter gets the inside story on the newest Mini Maxi on the water, the stunning ‘Alegre 3’


Smooth lines As the most modern of these designs, Andy Soriano’s silver ‘Alegre 3’ has an almost sculptural quality, although that was not a governing factor in her design. ‘Because this class is so competitive, one of the philosophies for “Alegre” for me was to put

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he 72-footer ‘Alegre 3’ is the latest Mini Maxi to be launched, and won the inshore component of the Giraglia Rolex Cup in June on her very first competitive outing. Designer Mark Mills says all involved in the project were ‘ecstatic’ with the result, and the Wicklow-based designer has particular reason to be, as second went to ‘Caol Ila R’, or the original ‘Alegre’, her 69ft Mills-designed predecessor. The Mini Maxi fleet has confirmed its position in recent years as one of the most exciting and competitive big boat classes, with a 60-72ft size limit. ‘It’s a strong owner-driver class so it’s so far resisted the sort of pressures that becoming a full professionally driven class brings,’ explains Mills. ‘The owners have agreed on some guidelines to keep all the boats in a relatively tight space and so you end up with excellent boat-on-boat action between very similar boats. Those boats are racing under IRC so it’s a pretty simple rule that’s very widely understood, and at this size it’s wholeheartedly encouraging high performance so there’s no dual-purpose interior stuff, they’re pure race boats.’

above ‘Alegre 3’ has a seamless ramped deck and two ‘benches’ along the side deck left The Mini Maxi fleet is owner-driven

purely aesthetic concerns aside and find things that worked better than what we normally do.’ The innovations extend through the very bones of the boat, thanks to what Mark describes as ‘the most extensive R&D team involvement in a project ever’. But the most obvious elements which set ‘Alegre’ apart and give a very minimalist look are the ‘ramped’ deck, with a continuous single level sloping from stern to bow (rather than the conventional ‘step’ from cockpit sole) and slim bench-style sidedecks for the 22 crew members. ‘It’s never made too much sense to me that boats have a pair of 90 degree angles in their longitudinal cross-section,’ comments Mark Mills. ‘A ramped deck is drawing a straighter line from the front and back of the boat and transmitting all the runner and forestay loads much more effectively. You can turn that into a stiffer boat for the same weight, or a lighter boat for the same stiffness, or some combination of the two.’ The ramped deck works in conjunction with a keel tower, a newly popular development in the Mini Maxi fleet which first appeared in America’s Cup yachts around a decade ago and sees the keel bolted into a carbon tower which runs right up to deck level for further improvements to stiffness, particularly in terms of rig loads. ‘From a crew point of view, you end up being able to put two benches down each shearline only wide enough to allow crew to be able to jump onto the bench and get their heads through the lifelines and hike hard. They don’t have to crawl across any space of deck before they get their feet into the cockpit, so it’s proved to be a really beneficial thing from a crew point of view,’ Mark adds. The sailing team have also found that crew tend to move more freely around the unrestricted deck area, examining trim settings or shifting weight in light airs. ‘The one concern that people have had before they’ve sailed on the boat is that somehow this open space forward is going to lead to more water coming down the deck. But the reality of it is that that hasn’t proven to be the case. Just as much water is going to fall on a conventional side deck as would now fall on the ramp,’ comments Mark. In any event ‘Alegre 3’ will be focusing on the established Mini Maxi circuit, which features mostly inshore regattas as well as Mediterranean events such as the Giraglia and Middle Sea Race. The season’s final reckoning comes in September, with the IMA Maxi worlds in Puerto Cervo, Sardinia, from September 1-7.

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very September a trip to Southampton offers one of the best opportunities of the year to look over new kit and boats launched (see our previews overleaf). Highlights for Y&Y reader will include the brand new J/88 – literally hot off the press and making a world debut at this year’s show – plus the Gunfleet 58 and the Wylo 35.5; two blue water adventurer boats that have also featured in the magazine this year.

Attractions The final day of the show features the return of the Battle of the Classes pursuit race. The spectator-friendly, which was last held at 2010 London Boat Show, will be run within sight of the boat show marina. There are two boats allowed per class, with a maximum of 50 classes battling it out – register your interest at BattleoftheClasses (there are free tickets on offer for participants). Two aspiring Global Ocean Race Class 40 entrants will be on the marina throughout the show. ‘Caterham Challenge’ is the latest Akilaria RC3

Class 40 design from Marc Lombard and features a sliding cockpit roof – no doubt a future staple design element for short-handed offshore sailing boats. Skipper Mike Gascoyne is a Formula One team chief technician and offshore sailing enthusiast who is attempting the Transat Jacques Vabre in November with Brian Thompson (doublehanded) before going for the four-leg solo circumnavigation with GOR starting at the end of Southampton Boat Show 2014. The second Class 40 on view is the winner of the previous Global Ocean Race edition, ‘Cessna’, now renamed ‘Jasmine Flyer’. This Akilaria RC3 design is not currently signed up to race in next year’s event despite her pedigree. For racing sailors these boats are definitely worth a look. The Get Afloat stand is once again targeting the youth sailing demographic with free dinghy sailing for 8-16-year-olds, plus free stand-up paddleboarding. For slightly more mature adventurers, Global Challenge Experience is offering 90-minute boat rides out into the Solent for just £52 – entry to the show included (children 13-17 years old must be accompanied by an adult).

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Anyone who has seen Shearwater catamarans racing cannot help but be impressed by the many boats that are fully updated with modern materials, despite the original design being nearly 60 years old – this was the firstever catamaran class in 1956. The first new Shearwater for seven years was launched at Pagham near Chichester earlier this summer. ‘Crowns’ was home built from carbon fibre to a very high standard

by Nigel Stuart, managing director of goanywhere luxury yacht builder Discovery Yachts. She won her first event, the 2013 Travellers Trophy at Pagham YC in June, by a margin of seven points. LOA Beam Hull weight Mainsail Spinnaker

5.09m 2.28m 120kg 15.5sq m 17.6sq m

The first daysailer in the history of this French yard, more often renowned for its quality offshore yachts, has an appealing style, with sleek lines and a powerful rig. There are also a few more creature comforts than would typically be found on an out-and-out raceboat of this size, including comfortable cockpit seats that can be removed when racing. High-end deck hardware is fitted as standard, as is a carbon mast, while the pivoting centerboard opens up the possibility of keeping the boat in a wider range of shallow harbours, albeit at the expense of reduced stability compared to a deep bulbed keel. The minimalist interior is designed to increase the impression of space and includes a functional galley, seating area with folding table, a separate double berth and an enclosed heads compartment. LOA LWL Beam Draught Displacement Mainsail Self-tacking jib

9.0m 8.57m 2.55m 1.0-2.2m 2,380kg 26.5sq m 17sq m

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Bestewind 50

This fast, quality Dutch cruising yacht is designed by Dykstra Naval Architects, and based on Gerry Dykstra’s own aluminium custom-built sailing yacht. The hull shape sports a modern vertical bow, combined with a more traditional transom stern that helps to maximise both waterline length and space on deck. The powerful double spreader rig is cutterheaded, with both headsails on furlers, while the main is fully battened with three slab reefs. The pilothouse gives the boat a distinctive character, while below decks the wellappointed bright and roomy accommodation is finished in a combination of mahogany and off-white, giving a traditional appearance. The boat at the show will be one of the first four that are currently in build. LOA LWL Beam Displacement Draught

14.96m 13.72m 4.40m 17 tonnes 2.15m

Gemini Legacy 35

This American catamaran builder has launched a new model for the first time in many years. The Legacy 35 aims to build on

the success of its predecessor, first launched in 1981, and includes an updated rig with square topped mainsail and optional Code 0. Below decks, two layouts are offered: a standard three cabin, one head arrangement, or a two cabin, two head layout, plus a large saloon and well appointed galley with some four metres of worktop space. The relatively modest beam means the boat may not be subjected to a surcharge for marina berthing, however to some extent this limits interior space compared to other multihulls and reduces sail carrying ability.

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LOA LWL Beam Draught Mainsail Genoa

10.8m 9.8m 4.3m 0.85m 35.9sq m 25.0sq m

New at Southampton The PSP Southampton Boat Show again has a clutch of interesting new boats that will be exhibited for the first time. In addition to the Bestewind and Gemini are a number of boats that have already featured in these pages. These include the J/88 29ft family performance boat (Y&Y August 2013), Wylo 35.5 long-distance cruiser (Y&Y July 2013), Gunfleet 58 (Y&Y May 2013), and Beneteau’s Oceanis 55 (Y&Y April 2013). In addition, the SB20 (see boat test this issue) will also be at the show, exhibited by Sportsboat World.


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hikers will find themselves faced with plenty of options. With today’s designs the support is incorporated as part of the garment, whether that be a pair of Neoprene shorts, a longjohn wetsuit, or the traditional three-quarter length pants. The supports are usually attached using a simple Velcro system, which enables you to move them around and position them exactly where they are needed. Some manufacturers have developed clothing ranges whereby the supports are interchangeable between a range

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iking: undoubtedly one of the hardest parts of our sport! That is, unless you have a good pair of hiking pants to help you. Hiking pants offer both protection and increased efficiency, meaning you can hike longer, harder and, ultimately, in more comfort. The all-too-familiar discomfort from hiking comes when sitting out over a skinny side deck or the thin tube of a rack, which cuts into your thigh and starves your muscles of blood flow, causing pain and fatigue. Hikers work to prevent this by supporting your legs and spreading your weight load over a wider surface area, which is created by reinforced pads or panels in the hiking pants, so eliminating the cause of your pain. If you want to hike harder for longer, and ultimately make your boat go faster, this is one piece of kit you shouldn’t be without. Many first timers find the sensation of wearing hikers a bit odd at first; but even so, to be able to perform at your best, it’s crucial that they fit as comfortably as possible. Product development manager for Gill, Matt

If you want to hike harder for longer, this is one piece of kit you shouldn’t be without Clark, says: ‘Comfort is absolutely critical – hiking pads are your connection point with the boat and have to cope with tremendous load stress at times. Look for firm pads that won’t flex under pressure; make sure they’ll provide enough protection between you and the boat.’

Design developments Hikers have come a long way since the fledgling versions developed by Paul Elvstrom in the 1950s, and even since the cumbersome strap-around versions popular in the 1990s. The hiking pants concept was developed with the support built into the garment but positioned on the outside. But manufacturing technology has come on in leaps and bounds in terms of comfort, function and fit, so today’s dinghy sailor shopping for a pair of

of garments, enabling you to pick and choose your kit depending on the weather conditions of the day.

What to look for Whatever style of garment you pick, look for shoulder straps or drawstring waists that can be adjusted to fit; this means that, as you move around the boat, there’s no worries about the garment bending to gravity’s will and slipping southwards with the supports shifting out of place. Hiking pants of all styles are generally made of Neoprene, so – just like buying a wetsuit – check the thickness is suited to the time of year you plan to sail. It is also worth noting that Neoprene will stretch once wet; with hikers, the closeness of fit is everything in terms of performance – you don’t want them slipping around all over the place!

Not only will the supports move out of position, but you won’t be able to transmit your weight effectively through the deck as you ‘work’ the boat over the waves. So, when choosing your hikers, choose the size that fits tightly to the point of being uncomfortable; remember, once the Neoprene gets wet that over-tight feeling will go. By their very nature, hikers are going to come under a lot of strain and wear, especially the seat area, so look for reinforced fabrics.. ‘Hiking can be intense on your backside and so you need a tough

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exterior panel that doesn’t wear out,’ says Simon Payne, manager of Zhik Europe. ‘Look for a tough wearresistant backside; not every wetsuit is designed for hiking, and a tough Cordura-type padded panel will last much longer than Neoprene, which will soon wear through.’ You’ll often find that three-quarter length hiking pants will feature Corduratype knee pads too – giving all round protection for the most active of sailors.

Pads vs battens A big consideration when selecting a pair of hikers is the type of support to choose; the options come in the form of either foam padding or glassfibre battens. The decision comes down to personal preference, but may be swayed by the sort of sailing you do. Moulded pads that are U-shaped are designed to maintain the shape of your leg over the side deck, thereby lifting you higher overall off the boat. This style is popular with sailors looking to get every drop of performance from their boat. The pads need to be really firm


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and strong to enable you to do this successfully; a soft support will not have an adequate effect. And they really need to fit absolutely as tight as possible so that they don’t roll around your leg when you shuffle over the deck. In boats with very low freeboards, such as Lasers, wearing this type of hiker can be really effective as it prevents your bum from dropping into the water. Your body therefore extends further away from the middle of the boat, giving you greater leverage in the quest to keep your boat as upright as possible – we all know that a flat boat is a fast boat! Glassfibre battens, by comparison, do not give such sculptured support. As such, they spread your weight over a greater area of leg, and your leg is free to spread over the deck. This option rates high in the comfort stakes, and is therefore very good at letting you hang over the side for longer periods of time. However, unlike moulded pads, because the

The answer is, again, very much one of personal preference. First of all, for newcomers to hikers, the sensation of moving around the boat whilst wearing them is initially likely to be rather strange; not only is your movement constrained but the supports can feel bulky in the way they protrude behind you. If that’s the case, until you get used to them, shorter hiking supports are the way to go. Look for manufacturers that offer supports in a range of sizes, rather than a one-size-fits-all option. As a rule of thumb, the hiking supports should sit one to two inches above the knee seam. Only once you feel comfortable wearing them is it time to upgrade to longer supports, which stretch further up the leg. Steve Cockerill, director and product developer for Rooster Sailing, says: ‘Choosing supports that reach all the way up to your buttocks can be uncomfortable, but more experienced sailors can be quite happy to do so. The more you are prepared to put up with the discomfort, the greater the performance. Generally speaking, masters and ladies tend to be less happy doing so and we find they prefer shorter supports.’

Big boat options In recent times, a rise in the popularity of padded shorts, particularly amongst sportsboat and performance keelboat sailors, has seen hikers in their most basic guise return full circle to their original form – when sailors once sewed beer mats to the seat of their pants for ‘added protection’!

Hikers have come a long way since the fledgling versions developed by Paul Elvstrom in the 1950s battens don’t offer you any support around your leg, you can find your bum sitting closer to the water as you get less overall lift over the side deck.

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or those who are really keen on sailing, the UK summer is a time to stay at home and enjoy the delights local and national sailing events have to offer. Which means the autumn can be a fantastic alternative to the traditional summer holiday bringing plenty of advantages. Getting some late sun in, especially if the summer hasn’t been so warm, can really give you a boost through the dreary winter months. Just when it’s getting a bit chilly, even just a dash south to the Mediterranean can give you much warmer temperatures and a perfect chance to top up the vitamin D ahead of the winter. A late season holiday can mean less reliable weather, but it can also mean better prices, especially if you don’t have children and aren’t limited to school holidays – or you live in a part of the country where the dates differ from the majority. Yachts and Yachting Editor, Gael Pawson says: ‘Some of the best holidays I have had have been in the autumn or

early winter months, before Christmas. I remember particularly good trips to beach bases on Grenada and Antigua. Somehow the winter seems shorter with a bit of autumn sunshine. ‘I have also chosen to go to Mediterranean destinations with the aim of getting some serious sailing time in

term holidays – you will be lucky to find anything open later than that. That said, there are still some charter options that carry on through the winter, especially more locally-based companies. After October your options are further afield. The Canaries are the nearest year-round

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If it’s a typical British summer it’s always nice to know that there is a trip to Greece with some nice days to look forward to on the water when my summer has been particularly busy and I’ve felt that I’ve missed out on a proper summer of sailing. A week on the water definitely helps!’

Where to go? Most Mediterranean bases stay open until the end of the October half

charter sailing destination to the UK and Nautilus offers discounts on holidays starting November 5 or later. A further 800NM south is the Cape Verde Islands – a virtually untouched sailing paradise with a budding charter boat scene. The Southern Hemisphere summer is of course just kicking off, so early season offers may be available if you can spare the time to travel around the world. For serious adventurers, Luderitz in Walvis Bay, Namibia, hosts the 2013 speed challenge from October 7 to November 17. Sit back and soak up the atmosphere or, if you’re keen on getting up to speed yourself, there is a chance for advanced sailors to take lessons with some of the world’s fastest kite and windsurfers throughout September. For more information, visit:

Beach based holidays If you’ve had a good summer of sailing,

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the summer take advantage of late season prices to book yourself a break at a destination that specialises in performance sailing holidays. Neilson, for instance, offers Premium Mediterranean deals at its beach club in Phokaia, Turkey until the end of October, where an extra £250 for the week will reserve you an RS100, RS700 or RS800 with staff on hand to assist rigging and de-rigging.

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Yacht charter holidays Flotillas are fun to do with a group of friends – especially if you’re more used to dinghies. They are also great for families as you have the additional opportunity of socialising with the other boats. The choice of destinations is vast and there are great places to go at any time of the year, although you may have a longer flight to get there! Thailand emerges from the rainy season by the end of November and the combination

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Our favourite getaways The Caribbean Late autumn is low season, but we have found late October is generally still nice enough, with the advantage that the landscape is much greener than in the main season and boy does the sunshine give you a nice prewinter boost. In recent years the number of serious sailing centres has diminished but there are still plenty of options, especially if you are happy with a beach base that just has a few dinghies and you are opting for the fun factor over a wide range of top-level boats. Greece Yachts and Yachting Deputy Editor, Rupert Holmes loves his autumn escape to cruise the Greek islands. He explains: ‘I love Greece in the early and late season – it makes the summer feel longer and you escape the crowds and the stifling heat of July and August. In any case, at that time of year I’m normally busy racing in home waters, but if it’s a typical British summer it’s always nice to know that there is a trip to Greece with some nice days to look forward to.’

A late season holiday can mean less reliable weather, but it can also mean better prices it might be worth considering a holiday where sailing is an add-on, rather than the main focus of the centre. Sure the kit won’t be as good, but if you’ve been doing your serious sailing at home, a bit of learning to windsurf or sailing a catamaran can be a lot of fun. A change is as good as a rest! On the other hand, if you feel like you didn’t get enough sailing in during

of spicy cuisine, sun and easy island sailing will banish the winter blues well into the New Year. If you’re experienced and like to do your own thing, then bareboat is the way to go although dividing your time between bareboat and flotilla sailing, or even sailing one week and staying in a villa for the other week could be a good compromise as well.

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Canaries Late Autumn in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria sees the world’s largest gathering of ocean-going yachts as the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers gets ready to ship out. This year, the main event kicks off on November 17 but there is an earlier ‘stopping’ version departing November 10 for Sao Vicente in the Cape Verde islands, continuing on to St Lucia in the Caribbean on November 20. The build-up begins throughout autumn as hundreds of boats make their way across from mainland Europe. There are groups of charterers, singlehanders, racing crews, families – the atmosphere is terrific, the weather is gorgeous and the local sailing clubs make a big fuss of all the visitors.

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Breezy J/70 and J/80 Nationals Competitors at the J/70 and J/80 UK national championships hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron enjoyed some of the Solent’s finest sailing conditions, with warm sunshine and brisk winds. Interest in the event was high, featuring the first UK nationals for the J/70. After winds of 33 knots forced racing to be abandoned on day two, the final


day was a ‘double bullet’ day for Ruairidh Scott’s crew on the J/70 ‘North Sails’. For Ruairidh, these two wins completed his perfect regatta scoreline and stamped convincing authority on this first J/70 UK national championship title. In the J/80 fleet, having never posted a result outside of the top two, Kevin

Sproul’s team on ‘J.A.T’ are deserving national champions. The appointment of sponsor Fastnet Insurance enabled a new Corinthian series for the all-amateur crews. The winning Corinthian J/80 was Jon Powell on ‘Betty’. In the J/70 Class the top Corinthian team was ‘Team RAFBF Spitfire Powered by Slam’.

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A sunny Paignton Open for Doublehander Dinghies (PODD) saw 36 boats including 23 visitors. Clevedon Fireball sailors Nathan Batchelor and Sam Pascoe won the fast fleet, Tewkesbury’s Matt and Ellie Thompson in their Albacore took mediums and the asymmetric winners were Torquay RS400 sailors Daryl and Rachel Geary.

American Marvin Beckmann aboard ‘The Martian’, fresh from winning the Italian nationals at the same venue, and sailing with tactician Steven Hunt and Ezra Culver, took the Etchells world title at Yacht Club Cala de Medici, Italy. The second ranked boat was ‘Raging Rooster’ skippered by American Peter S. Dunkan with Olympic champion Judson Smith and bowman Thomas Blackwell. ‘Swedish Blu’ skippered by European champion Ante Razmilovich (Hong Kong) in third.

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Paignton ‘PODD’ regatta

The RS Feva inlands at Chew Valley Lake SC saw 50 boats battling to compete in probably the windiest event in the class’s history. Emerging victorious were Elliott Wells and Jake Todd from Hayling Island SC who won with an impressive four firsts and a second, ahead of fellow club members Tom Darling and Will Dolin in second overall, with Leigh & Lowton’s Hannah Bristow and Bobby Hewitt third. …Harvey Martin and Will Ward from Ogston SC represented GBR at the RS Feva Crown Cup in Lipno, Czech Republic, winning the event and relegating the reigning world champions Leonardo Stocchero and Gianluca Virgenti from Italy to second place.

Bala Long Distance The Bala Long Distance Race, taking in the full length of the lake and two laps over three hours, saw a 38-boat fleet starting in a 15mph south-westerly, with International Canoe sailor Gareth Caldwell of Blithfield establishing an early lead which he managed to retain.

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The Yeoman and Kinsman nationals at Horning SC was won in challenging conditions, which tested boats and crew to the limits, by Guy Coleman and Carl Brady sailing ‘Nimrod’ (NBYC) with four firsts. Second overall and first non-spinnaker boat were Q Stewart and Tony Laughton sailing ‘Maybe 2’ (HSC), with Steve and Tim Haines sailing ‘Yggdrisil’ third. First Kinsman, sixth overall, was John Vickers sailing ‘Belinda’.

Byte Inlands The Byte inlands at Cardiff YC brought powerful gusts and a sharp chop followed by a more benign day two, with Louis Saunders from Combs SC dominating across conditions to take the title ahead of fellow club member Richard Whitehouse and Eddie Pope from Ogston.

18ft skiff Euros GBR’s ‘Black Dog’ – Jarrod Simpson, Nick Murray and Adam Ovington – took the 18ft skiff European title at Carnac, France. After six races, USA’s Howard Hamlin sailing with Scott Babbage and Peter Harris aboard ‘CST’ were leading comfortably, and went on to score only firsts and seconds to secure the overall series win. Australia’s John Winning, James Beck and Andrew Hay on ‘Yandoo’ finished second overall with Black Dog’s scoreline including three wins from the 12-race series, placing the team third and European champions.

Italian Job

British sailors took two medals at the European 470 championship in Formia, Italy, with a silver for Luke Patience and Joe Glanfield, and bronze for Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre.

Three boats were tied on 34 points for third and it wasn’t until the boats were ashore that they could be separated on countback, and confirmation finally came that Grant Gordon sailing with Ruaridh Scott and Joost Houweling had claimed the final podium spot. The corinthian division victory went to Julia Bailey sailing with Graham Bailey, Keith Tippell and Will Heritage.

POW victory for Pattison The Duchy Contracts Prince of Wales Cup, a single race for the title of International 14 national champion, was won by Douglas Pattison and Mark Tait in Falmouth Bay. With 6-8 knots from the southeast at Restronguet SC the race officer set the expected course of six laps of a sausage-triangle course. Tradition dictates the race will not be shortened, so many were surprised to see the windward mark only just visible on the horizon. The first beat turned out to be very one-sided, with the right paying and those who hit it hard coming out well in front. Sam Pascoe and Alex Knight led round the first windward mark, followed by Jamie Reid and George Harston, Pattison and Tait. Dan Holman and Jeremy Elliott flew down the first run to lead, and

the right paid for the rest of the race, turning the beat into a game of guess the layline from about a mile out. Holman/Elliott continued to lead over the next couple of laps, as the race officer brought the windward mark slightly closer. Then down the final run Pattison/Tait and Pascoe/ Knight got some separation from Holman/Elliott and snuck past. Up the final beat Holman/Elliott overtook Pascoe/Knight, but Pattison/ Tait held their nerve for the two reaches of the last triangle to win the Prince of Wales Cup (helm) and the Torpoint Mosquito Trophy (crew). Katie Nurton (sixth) just held out Christina Bassadone for the first lady and first helmswoman. The Prince of Wales Cup Week racing series overall was won by Hayling’s Ben McGrane and James Hughes.

Wayfarer Nationals Racing got underway for the 50 entries at the Wayfarer nationals at Parkstone YC with a shifty 9-18 knots and Brian Lamb with crew Tony Hunt in their new Mk IV boat were fastest out of the blocks to take the first race. Ultimately Northampton’s 2011 national champion Dave Wade and

Alex Davies took six race wins from the nine-race series to comfortably secure the title from 2010 champion Michael McNamara sailing with Simon Townsend, in second overall. 2009 national champions, Hartley Boats father-and-son Richard and Mark, were third.

East Coast Piers race The 26th East Coast Piers Race at Marconi SC started in light airs but with the breeze building during the 48-mile course to reach gusts of 29 knots. The M20 Vampire, sailed by William Sunnucks and Freddie White, took line honours finishing in four hours 23 minutes, followed by Pete Jary and Tim

Roden in a Tornado, 23 minutes behind. But it was Grant Piggott and Simon Farren sailing an F18 Infusion who took the East Coast Piers Race victory on corrected time; they finished the race in 4 hours and 49 minutes and were third boat back. In the 27-mile Colne Point Race, Tornado sailors Barry Arnison and

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Lawrie Smith took overall victory at the Dragon Edinburgh Cup in Weymouth. A dramatic sixth and final race had six boats still in with a shout. After some 90 minutes of cut-throat racing and a lot of frantic points calculations it was confirmed that Smith, with Ossie Stewart and Tim Tavinor, had won with 29 points. Klaus Diederichs, sailing with Andy Beadsworth and Jamie Lea, was second on 33.

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Hayling Island’s Dave Smithwhite, Riki Aydeniz and Martin Wedge were in winning form at the K6 Eurocup at Fraglia Vela Riva, Lake Garda, counting eight race wins and a second to take the event by a large margin. In second overall were Neil Fulcher, William Smithwhite and James Polson, while the battle for third was hard fought for the four teams in the running, with Team Hall - Dave Hall, Tom Hall, Laura Hall – having one of their best days on the final day to take the final podium spot.

Nicole Davy were first back in three hours and nine minutes but that wasn’t enough to hold off Robin Leather sailing his Shadow, who won the race on corrected time. In the dinghy classes Colne Point race, Marconi members Mike Taylor and Peter Playle won sailing an Osprey.

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Streaker duel for Gillard and Cockerill

A fleet of 47 boats and five very competitive races were the ingredients for the Noble Marine Streaker nationals at Northampton SC. After three races in a tricky breeze on day one, it was clear the championship was turning into a battle between the 2012 champion, local Tom Gillard, and the 2011 champion, Steve

Cockerill. Ian Jones was third overnight and Ian Fryett fourth, positions they ultimately held overall at the end of the championship. Day two brought a stronger but still shifty breeze and Cockerill won race four, so setting the scene for the fifth and deciding race. A close-quarters duel soon developed, Gillard

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Third Blaze title for Jones

Thirty-seven Blazes turned up at Paignton and the English Riveria didn’t disappoint, with sun, sea, sand and plenty of real ale. Race one was decided at the gun when Christian Smart winning the pin end and port tacked the fleet. But in race two he caught his elbow on a passing wing and was out of the race and the championship, while Bob Cowen took his first nationals win. Day two brought two wins for Warsash’s Rob Jones and a fourth, who was overnight leader and heading for his third title in

four years. On the final day, with sunshine but less breeze, Jones worked the waves to take another win, and with a third in race seven, took the national title by a comfortable margin. Mike Lyons took second overall plus the grand masters prize, third was Ian Clark, and fourth Hugh Kingdon, securing the masters prize, with Myles Bence fifth. The top five all had carbon masts but races were still won by boats with aluminium masts. The event was headed by those with consistent results.

Topper 4.2 Nationals A 52-strong fleet hosted by Royal Corinthian YC at Burnham-on-Crouch, saw hot favourite Crispin Beaumont of Bartley SC take two race wins, three seconds and


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a third to win the title. Arran Holman of Hollowell finished a close second overall, with Thomas Wallwork from Redesmere, in third.

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covering Cockerill tack for tack. Eventually Gillard managed to dominate the situation and Cockerill was forced to accept the chase was up. While Howard Frear took the race win, a second place for Gillard was enough for him to secure the championship title for another year. First lady in 11th overall was Veronica Falat.

Tideway 50th Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Tideway Owners Association, the nationals at Bosham SC had 31 Tideways competing. With a Force 3-4 for three races, one discard allowed, the fleet was almost evenly divided between crewed and singlehanded competitors. TW1 ‘Andante’, David and Debbie Phillips, successfully retained the Walker Challenge Trophy for the winning crewed boat, with two wins. Counting a 2,1, TW201 ‘Nimrod’ sailed by Chris Welland finished second overall and took the Walker Rose Bowl for the winning singlehanded boat.

Lightnings at sea The Lightning368 sea championship, held at Weston SC, demonstrated how the class has grown as just three years ago, only six boats made the event, while this year

Chris Whitehouse and Elena Bremer took the Allen Lark inland championship over a weekend of idyllic sailing conditions at Bristol Corinthian YC. Lively gusts and windshifts saw two wins for Mike and Liz Senior, using all their South Staffs experience to sniggle away in the variable conditions, while other race wins went to Emma Harris and Nigel Scott, and Chris Whitehouse and Elena Bremer. With near identical conditions on day two, Ed Bradburn and Lucy Evans took a win, then race six was the decider, with a heavily starboard biased start line and a bun fight for the committee boat end. Chris and Ellie positioned aggressively and popped out up the first beat. Rounding the windward mark, the wind gods smiled once again, and offered up a ideally timed gust, to allow the lucky pair to skitter away from the fleet downwind, establish a commanding lead and with it the inland title.

enterprise Inlands Russell Short and Jess Law took the Enterprise inland title in a championship of two-halves for the 28-boat fleet at Blithfield SC. A blustery day one saw buoyancy truly tested and three bullets for Mark Lunn and Steve Blackburn. Day two brought about a change in fortunes with Russell Short and Jess Law achieving two bullets and the title with just seven points, while overnight leaders Lunn/Blackburn slipped to third overall behind Jonathan Woodward and Karen Alexander, whose consistency took them into second. Alice Allen was crowned Lady’s Enterprise inland champion.

there were 18. Last year’s grand prix series winner Paul White took victory from Robbie Claridge with 2013 northern champion Matt Hopkins grabbing third.

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The Javelin nationals at felixstowe ferry Sc were won by Southwold’s Richard and Kathryn Smith, counting a string of podium finishes, including three race wins. The pair were chased hard throughout the series by chichester’s brian and David earl, combs’ Stuart and neil Reid, and James and Paul Jarvey from hickling broad, who shared the other race wins to finish second, third and fourth overall respectively.

Greenhalgh wins Int. Moth Nationals More than 60 entries – including competitors from Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland and New Zealand – made the International Moth nationals the biggest event in Europe for the class this year. GBR’s Rob Greenhalgh took the title with a race to spare in a 12-race series with mixed

Ouse 75th O’leary wins sovereign’s Cup A celebration of 75 years of Yorkshire Ouse SC included a special 75-minute pursuit race, The 1938 Race, with a fleet of invited classic and modern dinghies and Philip David, in his China Doll design National ‘Little Meg’, taking the win.

Heron Nationals

The 1720 European championship at the Covestone Asset Management Sovereign’s Cup at Kinsale YC was won by Peter O’Leary and his team on ‘Spiced Beef’. It was a performance which also earned Olympian O’Leary the Sovereign’s Cup, awarded to the boat deemed to have given the best performance at the regatta. Andy William’s team on board ‘Keromino’ took the Class Zero overall trophy, while Class 1 proved

a battleground between the J/109s and A-35s with a mere three points separating third from fifth. John Maybury’s ‘Joker II’ took the laurels. Sovereign’s Cup veteran Anthony Gore-Grimes and his team on ‘Dux’ won Class 2 and KYC paralympian John Twomey made Class 3 his own, winning all races in his Blazer 23 ‘Shillelagh’. performance under ECHO of all competitors at the event went to local boy John Godkin on his Dufour ‘Godot’.

Craig wins D-One europeans Despite a commanding performance from Nick Craig, after three days of close racing at the D-One Europeans at Vela Club Campione del Garda, with a double-points non-discardable final race to come, it was all was still to play for. The perfect Ora conditions went random during the penultimate race with the fleet turning inside out at several points, and Petr Fiala (CZE)


gruelling conditions at the heron national championship at chipstead Sc in Kent kept competitors on their toes as they sailed on the limit of what a heron can take. andy Dale and amanda harris of eyott Sc won all three races to take the overall title, pushed all the way by upriver’s matt and claire Picket, followed by Dave butler and Dan fox, of Welton in third.

wind conditions at Castle Cove SC in Weymouth. In second overall was Chris Rashley, with Simon Hiscocks third, Mike Lennon fourth, Jason Belben fifth and Ben Paton sixth. Ladies national champion was Jo Evans, and first overseas competitor was Eelco Boers in ninth overall.

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Three testing races in a strong nne breeze at the Royal lymington Yc, brought a first day of mixed fortunes for many. ‘crackerjack’ sailed by Stuart Watson and matthew Jones shared the overnight lead counting a 1,2,3 and sealed the title as the winds eased but remained shifty on day two with a second win, with Jeremy austin’s ‘Tak’ taking second overall and chris hill’s ‘Padfoot’ third.

Ninety-eight entries made the Zhik RS Tera Nationals at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy – with 27 in the Pro fleet and 72 in the Sport fleet. A tricky day one in around 10 knots saw five races; with four different race winners in the Pros and five in the Sport fleet. With light winds and big shifts on day two the Pro fleet completed an eight-race series, with Royal Burnham

SC’s Arthur Brown counting a series of top three results to take the national title, with Hayling’s Billy Ozanne second overall, and Draycote’s Rebecca Lewis third. A seven-race series in the Sport fleet saw victory for Rebecca’s brother Jack Lewis – counting three wins and a 3,5 - with Burnham’s Hannah Tucker second overall and Charlotte Ormerod from Oxford third.

snuck the race win off Craig to keep things exciting. The Ora saved its best till last and the final race was in a Force 4-5 with the course tight under the cliffs. Craig took the lead by the first mark and extended to complete his series with a near perfect scoreline. The top three places were taken by three different nations, with Fiala second and Italy’s Alessadro Novi third overall.

Devon Yawls Wanderer Nationals A breezy and demanding Devon Yawl nationals at Yealm YC saw the 32-strong fleet tightly bunched for all five races. There was not a lot of consistency, but three boats were impressive: Dan Fellows and Clare from Yealm YC, despite suffering a broken rudder before the first start, were very fast upwind and became convincing new national champions. ‘Once Dan gets away you can’t catch him,’ said defending champion Tim Pettit, also YYC, whose continued high boat speed was enough to just overhaul former champion Andrew Hattersley from Topsham SC.

The Wanderer nationals, at Tudor SC as part of Langstone Harbour Race Weekend, brought victory for Tim and Niamh Robertson. In the final race, the Robertsons had to finish ahead of rivals Paul Yeadon and Liz North to secure championship, while Philip Meadowcroft was hoping for a race win and for Yeadon to beat Robertson and defend his title. Meadowcroft won the final race but finished second overall, as a third in the final race - a place ahead of Yeadon - was enough for Robertson to take the title by a single point.

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Musto Nationals at Highcliffe SC Bruce Keen took the Musto Performance Skiff national championship with a 40-strong fleet enjoying some fantastic conditions off Highcliffe SC. While day one was lost to high winds, day two made up for it with a westerly 10-14 knots. Keen took three consecutive bullets, showing superior boatspeed

RORC races

Despite tough conditions for the 120-mile RORC De Guingand Bowl Race to Guernsey, Géry Trentesaux’s MC34 Patton, ‘Courrier Vintage’, one of the smallest yachts in the race, won by nearly half an hour on corrected time. Runner up was Ross Applebey’s Oyster 48, ‘Scarlet Logic’. Laurent Gouy’s Ker 39 ‘Inis Mor’ claimed victory in IRC One and third overall. Meanwhile Piet Vroon’s Ker 46, ‘Tonnerre de Breskens 3’, was taking the line and an emphatic win in the East Coast Race, also counting towards the 13-race RORC Season’s Points Championship. Thrills and spills to Dieppe ‘Tonnerre de Breskens’ surfed through the finish at Dieppe to take line honours and the win overall under IRC to lift the RORC Morgan Cup, finishing the 122-mile race in under 12 hours. Andrew Pearce’s Ker 40 ‘Magnum 3’ was runner up with Edward Broadway’s Ker 40, ‘Hooligan VII’, in third overall.

downwind, with the second places shared between a variety of protagonists in the closely fought races. Keen himself then took a second place in the final race of the day behind Dan Henderson. Day three was also lost to strong winds before the final day brought a moderate breeze. Race wins went to Ben Schooling and Tom Wright,

with Henderson attacking hard in the final race to push Keen out from the starboard end of the line, creating pressure for the overall title. As the wind dropped Sam Barker finished just behind Henderson but Keen had pulled through to fourth and secured the title. Henderson was second overall and Tom Wright third.

scottish IRC crown John Corson’s First 35 ‘Salamander XXI’ won the Old Pulteney IRC Scottish Championship at Mudhook YC. With 83-year-old Corson at the helm, a consistent series for the team, including two race wins, landed the IRC2 title and IRC Scottish crown. Despite a tricky light and fickle

Hunter F1 Rutland SC hosted the Hunter Formula One national championship with a variable and fitful breeze on day one turning into fresh to frightening for the remaining two days. ‘Spider Pig’ from Royal Windermere YC sailed by James Nield, Richard Pratt, Peter Frith and James Longden powered through to take the title, pushed hard in

breeze the weekend saw five good races. At the head of IRC1, Jonathan Anderson and Murray Findlay’s new XP38 ‘Roxstar’ enjoyed the light conditions to win the class, while CYCA fleet, which was not in line for any kind of IRC recognition, was headed home by Roy Summers’ Sigma 33 ‘Rajah’.

every race by the Rutland team and defending champions on ‘Tearaway’ - Bruce Bonar, Andrew Bonar, Graham Colam and David Ashworth - who took second overall. Third was ‘Evolution’ from Rutland sailed by 2011 national champion Josh Wilce with Fiona Wilce, Matt Hollis and Hannah Moss.

Coppet Week Saundersfoot SC’s Ruby Anniversary Coppet Week saw 30 different classes and sailors from 21 clubs. The overall winner was Gareth Caldwell, current national Osprey champion, from Blithfield SC, sailing an Int. Canoe, who beat fellow club members Chris Martin and Matt Smith , in a Merlin Rocket, by just a single point.

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Almost 10 years after the re-birth of the class, the Quarter Ton class remains popular, with 18 boats entered in the 2013 JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, where they can be frequently found in the top 10 in the overall results. Similarly, two months before the event started entries for Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week this year were already ahead of last year’s number and the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup is again well supported. ‘Diamond’ is one of the most

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Mike Perham’s ‘Totally Money’ in which he gained the record for being the youngest person to complete a singlehanded circumnavigation under sail, at the age of 17. ‘Azawakh’ remains competitive and as recently as 2010 took third in her class in the Route du Rhum. She is currently conveniently located just across the English Channel in Normandy. Contact: LOA 15.24m Beam 4.95m Draught 3.82m Displacement 6,550kg Ballast 2,000kg

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