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£4.30 ISSUE N°1655 NOVEMBER 2012

Sailing's Everest Brit girl challenges the French




Hot competition

Mike Slade

Leopard owner tells his tale

In action

America's Cup hits San Francisco



6 Latest insights into the world of sailing News

10 Celebrating the best

Y&Y awards 2013

ho are the people who have shaped the world of sailing into what it is today? Start to dig deeper and the list seems almost endless, but we’re going to endeavour to take you through some of the most influential characters of today and yesterday, from Yachts & Yachting’s perspective, of course! To kick things off… some of the ‘movers and shakers’ – just a tiny selection of 10 amazing people who have had a major impact on the sport. Here’s a brief insight into the contribution they made, and continue to have on the sport we all enjoy. This is our small way of endeavouring to mark, and honour those achievements.

gold! 36 Paralympic How Team GB won its first Paralympic

Slade talks to Louay Habib

15 Theatre-style racing

and shakers 48 Movers Gael Pawson unveils the first 10

Evans: Multihulls 16 Jeremy Who is Tom Phipps?

personalities in our ‘Hall of Fame’

52 From the Volvo Ocean Race to the Multi-tasking

Robertson: Yachts 18 Andi Views on the Vendee and MOD70s

Olympics, Iker Martinez and Xabier Fernandez are amazingly versatile



20 Cover story Alex Thomson, Mike The ‘Everest’ of sailing

different angle 58 AKevin Sproul shares tips and tricks that

Golding and Sam Davies take on the French in solo ocean racing’s pinnacle

contributed to ‘Keronimo’s’ sensational Commodores’ Cup performance


Vendée Globe preview

boats 64 New A clutch of new designs



This gruelling singlehanded three-month non-stop dash around the globe is arguably the toughest event in the entire world of sport. Rupert Holmes looks ahead to this year’s Vendée Globe race, and the hottest prospects to take victory…

66 The perfect ($8 million) cruiser-racer Design focus: Aegir

20 yachts 20 sailors 25,000 miles 3 months at sea 1 goal – to be the fastest round the world November 2012


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1 Frank Bethwaite (1920-2012)

Designer, author and Olympic meteorologist, Frank Bethwaite created a dynasty that has had a profound effect on world sailing. He combined his knowledge as an engineer, sailor and aviator to break new ground in sailing design and performance analysis. His book, High Performance Sailing, is widely regarded as the definitive work on sailing speed. In it, he wrote, ‘Naval architects tend to draw bows to the right. Aeronautical engineers tend to draw noses to the left’. Bethwaite drew his bows on the left, which says it all really. Described

years on the prowl 44 25 Cover story Leopard owner Mike

Andy Rice: Dinghies

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Movers and shakers

blood for Ben Ainslie Racing

sailing medals including the 2.4mR gold

Fisher: Roving eye 13 Bob The GBR Sonar team deserved bronze


Fran showdown 30 San Cover story First America’s Cup


test: Crabber 26 68 Boat We test an ideal family picnic boat

Gael Pawson begins our celebration of some of the sport’s most amazing personalities as intensely serious, focused and loyal, he melded a sound understanding of meteorology with an innate understanding of boat and rig design, the elements involved and how they interacted. Coupled with that was his ability to test and develop a scientific basis for testing, together with his ability to quickly build and modify test boats and rigs, so the whole learning process continued in a steady and studied manner. World-changing boats such as the as the 49er (designed by his son Julian) and other 9er classes are all a product of his work. 2 Rod Carr (b1950)

Rod was the Chief Executive of the Royal Yachting Association for 10 years, having previously been Racing Manager and Performance Director, Team Manager for the Atlanta Olympic Games, and Team Coach in Los Angeles, Seoul and Barcelona. He was key in setting up the RYA World Class Performance programme for sailing, which went on to see unprecedented medal success in the Olympic Games from 2000 onwards. His standing in British

sport was rewarded in 2000 when he was asked by the British Olympic Association to be Deputy Chef de Mission for the whole of Team GB at the Sydney Olympics. He was awarded an OBE in 2005 and a CBE in 2010. In 2012 he was the Field of Play manager for the phenomenally successful London Olympic Sailing Regatta in Weymouth. But it’s not just in the Olympic field that his influence has been felt: Rod was keen to bring sailing to those who’d had no contact with the sport, extending its reach beyond the ‘dynasty sailors’. The sport and its governing body has been hugely influenced by his passion and determination and his work will live on for generations to come.





3 Uffa Fox (1898-1972)

Hailing from Cowes on the Isle of Wight, Uffa Fox was an influential designer, sailor and thinker, as well as being a colourful character. Most famously known, perhaps, as the father of the modern planing dinghy, with his first planing design being the International 14 ‘Avenger’ – he then applied the concept to a range of other classes. He was also well known for his association with royalty – he raced with the Duke of Edinburgh on the Dragon ‘Bluebottle’. He also crewed for the Duke in the Flying Fifteen, ‘Coweslip’ – the 20-foot keelboat was one of Uffa’s most successful post-war designs.

Uffa Fox was famously known as the father of the modern planing dinghy 30

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new kit 72 Latest Top picks with Rob Melotti Guide to drysuits and steamers 75 Paula Irish looks at essential cold weather kit

TRAVEL dreams 80 Caribbean Louay Habib visits the BVIs and outlines next season’s Caribbean racing circuit

ESSENTIALS and Classes 86 Clubs More grassroots and grand-prix event reports

on the water 92 Boats A Squib, a North Sea record breaker and a Commodores’ Cup winning A35

of the month 98 Position Ballet, 49er style

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America's Cup hits San Francisco

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Sailing's Everest

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Sailing’s special escape


alking to Vendee Globe racer Mike Golding recently, I was reminded of the special nature of sailing. ‘I think of it as threedimensional chess,’ says Mike. ‘You can win on the top board or the middle board or the bottom board or you can win diagonally. It’s a crazy, crazy game and it involves so much. When you get immersed in something like that you’re living it so if you feel a windshift you instantly are processing what that means for you in relation to the rest of the fleet… you’re fully immersed.’ For most of us that immersion is for a few hours, not 90 days, but that complete escape is invaluable. It’s such an escape because of its many different layers, including tactics, wind, waves, tide, other boats, the course, sail trim, boat trim, and manoeuvres. You are fully occupied physically and mentally. There is no space for the worries of the world. Imagine doing that for 90 days… okay maybe I can see the attraction! This hugely varied challenge doesn’t just provide an escape when it’s needed, I’d argue it also stimulates and grows character and intelligence, especially in the young. That’s why I believe so much in the sport and in sharing it with those who have yet to get the bug. And

that’s why we try to mark the best achievements each year in the industry and infrastructure that underpins our sport. Launched this issue, the Yachts & Yachting Awards aim to celebrate the very best of our sport... and we’re asking for your nominations – see page 48. Talking of the best in our sport, we’re also kicking off our Hall of Fame, the inspirational characters we feel have made a significant contribution to sailing through our eyes. There are some fascinating characters, worthy of the sport they have helped make what it is today. There’s plenty more to come in forthcoming issues - and expect Helena Lucas to feature. She won Britain’s first Paralympic gold in a hotly contested class where she was the only female competitor... what a fantastic achievement!

Gael Pawson, Editor

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

Midlands-based Paula Irish is a highly experienced dinghy sailor and writer with a finger on the pulse of the UK dinghy scene.

Musto Skiff sailor Andy Rice has unparalleled knowledge of the dinghy sailing scene, from grassroots to Olympic level.


Left Testing Oracle Team USA’s giant AC72 catamaran in San Francisco Bay

ICCS adopts new rating rule Photo: Guilain GREniER / oRaClE tEaM uSa*

The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda is to adopt the International Super Yacht Rule handicap system for the 2013 edition of the Loro Piana Superyacht regattas in Virgin Gorda, BVI and Porto Cervo, Sardinia.

First test of Oracle’s AC72 Oracle Team USA started testing its giant AC72 catamaran in earnest in mid-September in the waters of San Francisco Bay. A full team of sailors, engineers and designers ran the new boat through tests, including measuring dynamic loads, in preparation for sailing

at full speed. The boat was on the water for the first time since its inaugural sail on August 31, when testing was cut short after just two hours due to daggerboard failure in the starboard hull. The team is limited to just 30 days of test sailing before February 1, 2013.

Ranking system revised The International Sailing Federation has revised the system of Sailing World Rankings for fleet racing. The one-year rolling system enables sailors to count points from a maximum of six regattas. Olympic class regattas will be allocated one of three grades: 200-pointers, 100-pointers

or 50-pointers, however Olympic Games and Test Events will not be graded regattas. The new, simplified formula for calculating points is: Points = E(N-P+1)/N. (E is Event Rank, N is the number of entries and P is place). The top 85 per cent of finishers at a regatta will receive points.

The second America’s Cup World Series event in San Francisco takes place from October 2-7, coinciding with the established Fleet Week. It’s expected to attract up to a million spectators on the final day, when racing will be followed by a Blue Angels air display.

New RRS published The Racing Rules of Sailing 2013-2016 have been published and are available for download on the ISAF website,, and as an iPhone/ iPad app. A study version to help understand reasons for changes in the rules has also been produced. This includes links to the original submissions that led to each rule change.

New format for BVI festival The BVI Sailing Festival that precedes the BVI Spring Regatta will see a new format next year, starting with a challenging 31-mile race around Tortola for the Nanny Cay Cup. See p80 for more on the Caribbean racing season.

The giant Russian gas industry company will support Nautor Swan events over the next six years, including the creation of a new Gazprom Swan 60 Class and title sponsorship of the Gazprom Swan European Regatta. Eight Swan 60s were afloat at the end of September, with the class


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aiming to create an owner-driver one-design with controlled costs. The class intends to obtain ISAF recognised class status to enable a world championship to be held, in addition to a European circuit and possible Caribbean or USA events. Eight Gazprom Swan 60s are now in commission

Photo: KuRt aRRiGo*

Nautor links with Gazprom


Musandam-Oman Sail won leg four of the MOD70 European Tour by a record margin, finishing two hours, 23 minutes ahead of Steve Ravussin’s Race for Water.

The 1,030-mile leg from Cascais to Marseilles took three days, 16 hours. It started in ultra-light winds, but a 40-knot gust near the finish almost capsized the winner.

Photo: MaRK lloyd*

Left The winning crew is a combination of European and Omani sailors

Paralympic medals for GBR With lack of wind forcing racing to be cancelled on the final day of the Paralympics, Britain’s Helena Lucas – the only woman in the class – was confirmed as 2.4mR gold medallist. Alex Rickham and Niki Birrell (GBR) had to settle for bronze in the Skud class, behind Dan Fitzgibbon and

Liesl Tesch (AUS), and Jen French and JP Creignou (USA). Following an onshore incident in which they were not involved, the British Sonar sailors incurred a four-point penalty, losing their bronze medal position and finishing fifth overall. See our full report on p36.

They said… “We really enjoyed ourselves… we really had to battle to stay in contact for six days. This race is the best, really the best, I’ve ever competed in, with strong opposition and a very good boat.” Sam Goodchild (right) after winning the two-handed, 1,000 mile Normandy Channel Race, with Ned Collier-Wakefield. The 15-strong fleet of Class 40s started and finished in Caen, racing 1,000 miles non-stop via the Saint-Marcouf Islands, the Isle of Wight, Tuskar Rock, Fastnet and Guernsey “Without winning the Alpari World Match Racing Tour I wouldn’t have got the opportunity to race around the world… It would be nice to do the Volvo again but it’s a massive project. The Tour is a good challenge with fantastic events and a bunch of the world’s top sailors. [In the VOR I] definitely missed coming ashore, having a warm bed and a warm home cooked meal to go home to every night.” Adam Minoprio, winner of the 2009 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, talking about returning to the event this year, with the aim of re-capturing his title.

Photo: JEan-MaRiE liot/nCR*

Big margin for MOD70 win

You said… Olympic matters: “Shame on you Yachts and Yachting for your incredibly biased coverage of the Olympic sailing regatta. To quote that ‘Britain rules the waves’, page 20 is simply untrue. With three gold medals and very nearly a fourth Australia was by far the most successful team at a wonderful regatta in Weymouth and Portland. Come on, a little credit where it is due please. Graham Burrells, Rushcutters Bay, Australia Hi Graham we admit our UK-focus... yes the Australian performance was superb and we refer to that, but we’re also pretty proud that GB won more medals and was in the top 10 in every class. Gael Pawson, Yacht & Yachting Editor

Pond sailing an RS100

Photo: MaRK lloyd*

“Who said the 100 isn’t a pond boat? I have moved clubs recently and am club sailing in a narrow river now compared to open sea and its doing wonders for my boat handling! Great fun tacking and gybing lots.”Haroosh

Sailing tips

With only two events left this season, the top of the Extreme 40 leaderboard remains very tight

Cardiff win for Oman Air Act 5 of the Extreme Sailing Series in Cardiff saw four teams holding a chance of overall victory on the closing day. The final double points race was won by Oman Air, which sealed its second overall win of the season. Team mates, The Wave, Muscat, retained the series lead, with 48 points, seven points ahead of Oman Air and Red Bull Sailing Team who jointly hold second place.

“One thing that will make big differences to your finish results will be to get fit enough so you can concentrate and keep pushing all the way to the end. Getting better at sailing your boat will help, because you’ll get less tired, likewise not blasting up and down between back-to-back races will also help conserve energy. Have a snack too. Wear gear that keeps you warm too, if you’re thinking about how cold your feet are, then you’re probably not thinking about the right stuff!” Getafix

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news In brief ■ north West Wales estate agent Dafydd Hardy has joined the Waterside Properties network as an affiliate member. ■ Camper & Nicholsons’ yas Marina in abu dhabi has increased berth numbers by over 20 per cent ahead of the Formula 1 Etihad airways abu dhabi Grand Prix in november. ■ McMurdo has appointed Crewsaver as distributor for its marine safety products in the uK and ireland. ■ ICOM has launched a new microsite,, explaining the advantages of dSC handheld VhF radios and answering questions about ownership and registration. ■ BMW Ireland is to be title sponsor of the J/24 World Championship at howth yC, near dublin in late august 2013. up to 60 boats from 13 countries are expected to compete. ■ Sixty entries for the 28th edition of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, which takes place in december 2013, were received within five days of the entry list opening. ■ Garmin has bought Stockholm-based marine instrument manufacturer nexus Marine.

Inspirational solo sail Teenager Natasha Lambert, who suffers from acute cerebral palsy, has sailed singlehanded around the Isle of Wight. The 15-yearold’s 21ft boat ‘Miss Isle’ has a custom forward-facing canting seat in the cockpit, from which she controls the boat using a sip/

puff system. After an early start in light winds of 4-5 knots for the slow leg to the Needles, the wind increased to 20 knots at St Catherine’s Point with stronger gusts near Bembridge. ‘I was exhausted but very, very happy,’ Natasha says. ‘[On returning

there were] lots of people congratulating me on the pontoons… and then everyone had champagne (except me!). Wow what a day!’ She is raising money for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, the RNLI and Isle of Wight Scope.

“We were just left wanting more... ...more time to sail, a chance to line up in a big fleet in 20kts of breeze and sunshine, a chance to sail it with the kids on a sunny afternoon...sadly all that has to wait...” Under Sail

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news Although one of the lowest tides of the year had been predicted, a brisk west-southwesterly breeze gusting to more than 25 knots ensured the Bramble Bank in the middle of the Solent did not entirely dry out for this year’s cricket match between the Island SC and Royal Southern YC. Competitors, including Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, were therefore forced to play a shortened match in water that was at least ankle deep on the undulating surface of the bank. A long-standing agreement between the two clubs sees each one being declared the ‘winner’ on alternate years.

Sara Coombes 1966–2012 An active sailor and long-standing secretary of the UK Sonar association, Sara and her former partner Steve Sleight ran the Cowes-based digital media company The Knowledge Zone, with output including the Cowes Online website, for many years. An accomplished videographer, Sara later created footage for the Volunteer Partnership for West Africa, with one of her films reaching the final of a UN competition for world-changing ideas. She later visited Nepal to film a documentary on the plight of lower caste Hindu women, in the hope that publicising their hardship would help bring them justice. She died of an asthma attack while in Thailand this August.

In brief ■ antonio González de la Madrid has been appointed to the new role of ISAF Sailing World Cup Manager. ■ the Extreme Sailing Series has released figures showing a 37 per cent like-for-like increase in media valuation for its first four events this year, and anticipates a 14 per cent increase for the year as a whole.

Photo: RuPERt holMES

Sea fails to stop play

■ Nautilus Yachting has published its 2013 yacht charter and flotilla brochure and is offering discounts of up to 15 per cent for early bookings taken before december 31.

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■ MDL Marinas is offering a 2013 summer swinging mooring package at Woolverstone on the east coast, including access to all the marina’s on-shore facilities, for £85 per metre. ■ Lewmar has appointed Bla as australian distributor. the Brisbane-based company has 12,000sq m of warehousing, including regional facilities in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. 02380 455669



t Yachts & Yachting we’re as passionate about sailing as we are about celebrating its successes, and what a success 2012 has been! This summer the country put on a fantastic Olympic regatta – perhaps the best ever – as well as a host of toplevel events, from the GP14 worlds to J-Class and Superyacht regattas. Each year we highlight the achievements of the sailing world, and to mark what has been an amazing

year, this year’s Awards are set to be bigger and better than ever. They will highlight the very best boats, innovations and sailing performances through ten categories as well as a special Lifetime Achievement award. Why should we recognise these? Because, quite simply, sailing is an amazing sport, which enriches the lives of those it touches. From our sporting heroes to boat and equipment manufacturers, volunteers and every member of every sailing club and class across the land… all are all part of

what inspires people to take part. Our awards celebrate the best in a sport and an industry in which we are proud to be involved. We’re inviting you, our readers to nominate contenders for each category, and next issue we’ll be publishing a shortlist and asking you to help us decide the winners. With a full celebration of the shortlist in print, the winners will also be honoured at a prestigious awards ceremony with events at the London Boat Show and the Dinghy Show.

The Yachts & Yachting Awards celebrate the best in a sport and industry in which we are proud to be involved NomiNate oNliNe NoW...


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cATEGORIES Sailor of the year The sailor who has achieved the most in the last 12 months

Racing performance of the year Awarded to a raceboat, sailor or team that has put in the most incredible racing performance in the last 12 months – eg a world record or world first

Performance boat of the year (30ft+) Awarded to a production keelboat over 30ft where the first hull was launched in the last 12 months

Performance boat of the year (Under 30ft) Awarded to a production keelboat under 30ft where the first hull was launched in the last 12 months

Dinghy of the year Awarded to a dinghy where the first hull was launched in the last 12 months

Yacht Club of the year Awarded to the yacht or sailing club which has achieved the most in the last 12 months – this may be performance or development related, or for dealing with adversity

Event of the year Awarded to a sailing event, race or regatta, which had a particularly successful 2012 – it may be due to innovative format, or a particularly good year

Innovation of the year Awarded to the most innovative piece of sailing equipment or clothing launched in the last 12 months

Best photo of the year Awarded for the best professional high-performance sailing image taken in the last 12 months

Achievement of the year This award is designed to recognise the achievements of coaches, team managers or other outstanding individuals

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The Sonar team were robbed and so was Ben Ainslie... nearly


here are double standards in sport at the highest level, even in the Paralympics. The British representatives in the Sonar were deprived of their bronze medal at Weymouth because of the refusal of their bosun to stop dry-wiping the keel of their boat as part of his completion of a repair allowed by the measurement committee. The bosun was asked by the measurer to desist in this action but continued until he had finished. He was simply completing his task, and what he did, as all agreed, made no difference to the speed of the boat. Yet, Oscar Pistorius was shortlisted for a fair play award by the International Paralympic Committee just a few days after it had threatened to punish him for claiming that a rival had beaten him because he had cheated. The South African was picked as one of the male finalists for the Whang Youn Dai Achievement Award, which is awarded at the end of each Games to a competitor ‘who is fair, honest and is uncompromising in his or her values and prioritises the promotion of the Paralympic Movement above personal recognition’. Pistorius’ outburst – claiming that he was beaten by a rival whose prosthetic blades were too long – led to the IPC threatening to take action against him. But in the end it decided not to after he apologised for his outburst and said he regretted the timing of it – although he hasn’t withdrawn the allegation that Brazilian Cardoso Oliveira’s blades broke the rules. The Sonar matter went to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne and the outcome is awaited with interest. It is understood that alleged breaches of the Sailing Instructions do not apply in this case as the bosun was not an ‘athlete’ as defined in the Instructions. Furthermore, the race officials failed to issue written

instructions as required. Added to that, penalties applied to a competitor for the action of a support person must comply with the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions, otherwise the Racing Rules of Sailing do not govern support personnel. And it was wrong to apply a 30 per cent points penalty as the person found to have failed to comply with an instruction was not an ‘athlete’. The list goes on, but to even a non-lawyer it would appear that a bronze medal should be restored to John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas. Meanwhile our congratulations go to them for the onthe-water performance and to Helena Lucas for her gold medal in the 2.4-Metre and to Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell for their bronze medal in the Skud. There are things about Weymouth... even thinking back to the Finn medal race and the perceived greed of Dutchman PJ Postma. He had the silver medal firmly in his grasp as he headed towards the final mark astern of

Surely, some recognition is due to ‘Sid’ Howlett for all the effort he has made for the past 12 years New Zealand’s Dan Slater. If Postma passed the Kiwi, he would have robbed Ben Ainslie of gold, but the risk factor was beyond reality. Aiming to go to weather of Slater, and thus gain an inside overlap at the final mark with only a short close reach to the line, Postma touched Slater just before the three-boat circle and was forced to take a penalty turn. His safe silver medal disappeared and he went home without one at all. Questioned on whether Ben owed him a beer, Slater quipped: ‘He probably does.’ The Olympics did have a long continuum, aided by the Paralympics, culminating in the open-top bus tour through the host city. The following day the sailing gold medallist, Ben Ainslie, had a similar procession on a smaller scale (one bus) through the streets of his home town, Lymington. It culminated with a party at the premises of his long-term sponsor, Henri Lloyd. Someone there let the cat out of the bag... that when asked if he would come and talk to David, Ben had posed the question outside Buckingham Palace: ‘David who?’ It turned out that the David in question was the Prime Minister! It could have been David Howlett, who over the years has been invaluable as he coached Ben. Surely, some recognition is due to ‘Sid’ Howlett, who was our Finn representative in 1976, for all the effort he has made for the past 12 years.

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Andy Rice

Theatre-style racing could revolutionise the sport


t the Olympics in August four sailors went into the Laser Radial medal race effectively on equal points. Whoever beat whom in the race would determine the overall result. It looked set to be a humdinger of a finale, and it didn’t disappoint. With multiple place changes throughout the 30-minute race, this is exactly what the architects of the medal race must have had in mind. For China’s Xu Lijia (and her British coach, none other than Y&Y contributor Jon Emmett), it was tears of joy. For Ireland’s Annalise Murphy in fourth place – anguish. No such last-minute drama in the 49er medal race. Gold and silver had already been decided, so the only interest was which of six teams would take bronze. Fortunately 49er class organiser Ben Remocker and Britain’s own double Olympic medallist in the 49er, Simon Hiscocks, have been working on a concept these past two years which is finally being trialled. In midSeptember the Seiko 49er European Championships at Lake Garda became the first major event to be run along these radical new ‘theatre-style’ racing lines. The 65 teams started with a long-distance, 13km race up and down the lake as an opening heat, and then went into conventional qualifying heats to shake the fleet out into gold, silver and bronze. A series of races then whittled the top 25 down to the final 15, then the final eight, and ultimately down to four. The event was won by the French duo Matheiu Frei and Yann Rocherieux in one deciding race lasting just eight minutes with the Danes Allan Norregaard and Anders Thomsen in silver and the British pair James Peters and Ed Fitzgerald getting bronze. The Croatians came away with fourth (or ‘leather’ as Ben refers to it),

after hitting the last windward mark. This level of uncertainty creates a drama that is irresistible to spectators, but are the big stars in the 49er class into the idea of staking a week’s work on one eight-minute winner-takes-all showdown. ‘Nathan [Outteridge] and Peter [Burling] are two of the most enthusiastic supporters of what we’re doing,’ says Ben. He says they’re happy to pit their skills against three other teams in such a ‘do or die’ scenario. So if the guys with the most to lose – the gold and silver medal winners from Weymouth 2012 – are up for the challenge, who are the rest of us to complain? Ben and Simon have been kicking these ideas around for some time so I asked him what it was like to have their thunder somewhat stolen by the new format of racing in the America’s Cup World Series. ‘Ideas are cheap, right? Well done to the America’s Cup for pushing their format through and making it work. But I think they’ve got two things wrong: spectators can’t

Rather than bringing the racing towards the shore, we want to bring the spectators to the best racecourses maintain their attention span for 30 minutes, so we’ve gone for eight; and they’ve got invisible GPS boundaries to mark the edges of the course. Well we couldn’t afford the technology anyway, but I wouldn’t like the idea of the sailors looking at the on-board electronic distance countdown the whole time rather than doing some heads-up sailing, so we’ve got rope boundaries down either side of the course.’ Ben plans to populate the boundaries with floating billboards for sponsors and advertisers, and ultimately to have floating pontoons with tiered seating for spectators. ‘We want to have the racing in the windiest, best place for the sailors and the spectacle. So rather than bringing the racing towards the shore and potentially compromising the show, we want to bring the spectators to the best racecourses.’ Ben doesn’t much rate the reaching starts in the AC45 racing, which surprises me. I think the starts have been well received by the America’s Cup sailors, among whom there are many top current or former 49er stars. One of the other many innovations brought in by Russell Coutts is having inside room at windward marks, just as we are all used to having at any other mark of the course. I hope Ben adopts this for his theatre-style racing, and indeed I’d like to see it trialled more broadly across all forms of racing.

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From ISAF youth gold, Tom Phipps has his eyes on 2016 glory


’ve never heard of Phipps,’ declared a commentator as Tom Phipps and Nikki Boniface won the first two races in the Formula 16 European Championship on Lake Como, after which they dominated the event. Where have you been? Tom Phipps started young by crewing the winning boat in a 120-strong Dart 18 national championship when he was just 10. His dad Brian – a top cat sailor, coach and founder of Windsport at Mylor – was on the helm and the trapeze. Soon after, the RYA and HobieCat Europe joined forces to promote the Junior Dragoon Programme. Tom dominated the Dragoons with his crew Jon Cook, paving the route to a first gold medal sailing the Hobie 16 Spi at the ISAF World Youth Championship in Poland. The following year Tom and Jon were beaten into the silver slot in South Korea, but Tom bounced back by winning his second gold when the ISAF World Youth Championship was staged in Weymouth in 2006, with Richard Glover taking over as crew. Having passed the age limit of ISAF youth racing, Tom Phipps’ ambition was an Olympic campaign. He bought a Tornado, won the nationals, then started training with the RYA Olympic Development Programme until the unwelcome news that ISAF had removed the Tornado from the 2012 Olympics. At first it seemed as if Tom’s dreams had collapsed, but things have a habit of working out for the best. Tom spent three years studying Marine Engineering at Plymouth University, gaining a 1st class degree specialising in composites and aerodynamics, with enough spare time to enjoy BUSA racing J/80s. After Tom graduated, the Phipps family business expanded to provide work for Tom. Brian has been flat out coaching, teaching and acting as world distributor for the Dart 18

and Sprint 15. This involved bringing production back from South Africa to England, with Rob White building the Rodney March classics in Brightlingsea. The singlehanded Sprint 15, originally launched in 1978, seems as popular as ever with 78 boats racing at this year’s national championship in Brightlingsea. The doublehanded Dart 18, originally launched in 1976, has experienced a happy revival with new production sold out and 20-year-old boats still winning races. Simplicity is the great attraction of the Dart 18: a single trapeze with no spinnaker or daggerboards makes the boat simple to sail and cheap to own, but is also the basis for exceptionally competitive one-design racing. To keep Tom busy, Brian also decided to add an ‘ultra performance range’, opting to market the AHPC F18 C2 and F16 Viper in the UK. The Phipps’s connection with AHPC’s Darren Bundock and Carolijn Brouwer goes back many years. Having never sailed the Viper before, Tom collected a boat in Holland and drove

Will sheet loads in the Nacra 17 Olympic cat be too high for female crew to manage main and spinnaker? straight to Lake Como for the Formula 16 European Championship with Nikki Boniface as crew. Tom and Nikki blitzed the 40-strong F16 fleet, winning the regatta with two races to spare and giving the Viper clear victory. Tom says the Viper may not be the lightest, but is very well balanced, quick downhill and fast all-round, with an impressive power to weight ratio. Tom’s home fleet now also includes a C2 which he would like to race at Formula 18 events with his old mate Jon Cook, plus the beloved Tornado which he still rates as the finest cat of all. So what about the new Olympic cat? The RYA has ordered four Nacra 17s and it was understood the top British team at the F16 Europeans would be offered a boat, although finance remained vague. It remains to be seen if sheet loads will be too high for female crew to manage mainsail and spinnaker, in which case Tom would have to move to an unaccustomed position at the front of the boat. Sheeting the Viper proved surprisingly light at the F16 Euros and hopefully the N17 rig will behave much the same. Brian Phipps is also worried about the potential cost of a twoboat campaign when the true cost of buying a Nacra 17 could climb past £20,000. It’s a lovely boat, but in selecting the Nacra 17 and rejecting the Viper, ISAF went for the glitter option.

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Andi Robertson What will the 2012 Vendée Globe bring for the Brits?


here is a certain inevitability that the upcoming edition of the Vendée Globe will not match the last for sheer drama and excitement. In fact the race in 2008-09 ended up being much more a tale of human adventure and endeavour than a pure sporting story. Many things have changed behind the scenes since the last race finished in March 2009. As with all of these organisations those in the top jobs move on. In come a bunch of fresh faces, ready to deliver a set of numbers which beat the last edition. I fear they will be disappointed. The last edition was the race’s pinnacle. To try and build this race into something it’s not risks long-term damage to the ethos underpinning it. I see this year’s race being much more like the 200405 edition, with two to four standout performers slugging it out to the end. There will be no standout Desjoyeaux, able to operate at a different level. In 200405 Vincent Riou won by only seven hours from Jean Le Cam and I think that kind of margin or less is possible in this edition. There were two phases when the attrition was at the highest during the 2008-09 race. The first big Biscay storm successively accounted for Kito de Pavant, Marc Thiercelin, Yannick Bestaven and Alex Thomson between days four and six. Then the five days between days 35 and 40 were nothing short of incredible. First was Loick Peyron’s dismasting, then Dominique Wavre and his keelbox failure, Bernard Stamm effectively lost ‘Cheminées Poujoulat’ when she was washed up the beach. The struggling Jean-Baptiste Dejeanty was a

long way behind but gave up due to sheer exhaustion brought about by his faulty pilot and problems with his halyards. Jean-Pierre Dick was leading when he had to alter course to try and effect repairs to his rudder. Golding took the lead and hours later lost his mast. Then Yann Eliès broke his femur when he fell off the front of his boat. It brings me out in a cold sweat just recounting that succession of incredible incidents. This time I could see them delaying the start if there was such a malicious storm within the first 48 hours. The precedents are there in other ocean races.

British hopes and misses

Of the Brits I do think Alex Thomson and Mike Golding can be in the mix at the end. Alex has done the miles with his boat now, is well capable of sailing her fast enough to be competitive with any of the best of the French. In contrast Mike has struggled to do miles this spring and summer because of his successive rig

The last edition of the Vendée Globe was the race’s pinnacle - a winning margin of hours is possible in this race problems but he has had ‘Gamesa’ for three years and knows his boat. My worry, and his to an extent, is the first days of the race and being able to hold the high intensity that is likely. One alumni of 2008-09 who I’d love to have seen on the start line is Brian Thompson. With the right programme Thompson has the potential to be top three. He is probably the most undervalued, underestimated talent in British sailing today. Thompson is the lynch pin of Musandam-Oman Sail’s MOD70 programme now, but let the Vendée Globe dream slip a while ago: ‘Once it gets late it would not be a good campaign, and so you are almost happy you are not [entered]. It would be a rushed programme, so it would still be good to do a programme where you can get on the podium. But I’ll be following and will be in Les Sables d’Olonne again, I have been there every year since 2000 with Ellen.’ Thomson’s company were seeking sponsorship on his behalf: ‘I was quite close with 5 West, Alex Thomson’s team, to take the Finot boat he has. I am already qualified with that. But I am really enjoying the MOD70 and want to keep working with this team, to get on to the podium and keep on improving. It is a shame there is just one big British sponsor now in short-handed sailing and that is Artemis, the others are French, German and Spanish. We have plenty of good sailors.’

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This gruelling singlehanded three-month non-stop dash around the globe is arguably the toughest event in the entire world of sport. Rupert Holmes looks ahead to this year’s Vendée Globe race, and the hottest prospects to take victory…

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JEAN-PIERRE DICK (FRA) Boat: Virbac-Paprec 3 Born: 8/10/65 Vendée history: sixth 2004/5, retired 2008/9 Design: Van Peteghem, Lauriot Prevost & Guillaume Verdier Launched: 2010 Displacement: 7.8 tons Dick has as much chance as any of the best skippers of winning this edition of the race. He’s one of the few with a new generation boat and has tested it on the same course – he won the 2010/11 Barcelona World Race, sailing with Loïck Peyron. He failed to finish the last Vendée, after a great early section of the race, following a collision with a growler in ice-strewn waters south of New Zealand. However, his track record shows that result to be an exception – he tends to finish even the most difficult of races, and gets great results.


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inning the Vendée Globe is one of the greatest achievements in the entire world of sport. This is partly due to the relentless nature of the race and degree of luck (or bad luck) that any skipper faces. However it’s also a reflection of the enormously high standard of the entries and of the huge range of skills, experience and physical fitness required to emerge at the head of the fleet at the end of the race. It tends to favour older skippers – despite its arduous nature, the Vendée has some of the oldest professional sports stars in the world. That said, young guns can also shine on their first attempt, as Jean Le Cam did in 2000, followed by Ellen MacArthur in 2004 and Armel le Cléac’h in 2008. This year ages of skippers range from Louis Burton (27) to Dominique Wavre (57). Although the race has long been thought of as a French dominated event, and has never been won by a different nationality, the last edition had skippers from 13 different nations. And the results certainly don’t reflect total French domination – half of the last race’s top eight boats were sailed by British skippers, with Sam Davies fourth, Brian Thompson fifth, Dee Caffari sixth and Steve White eighth. Entries may be down by one-third

compared to the last edition of the race, but that should only be seen as a reflection of the difficulties of obtaining sponsorship in the current economic climate, rather than a lack of enthusiasm for the race. Indeed, it’s more than two decades since any other

MARC GUILLEMOT (FRA) Boat: Safran Born: 25/6/59 Vendée history: third 2008/9 Design: VPLP Verdier Launched: August 2007 Having taken third place four years ago, Guillemot is a clear candidate for victory. He has three decades of experience at the highest levels, having sailed successfully with Jean Le Cam and Serge Madec, including breaking the Atlantic record in 1984, plus multihull racing with Loick Peyron, Mike Birch and Paul Vatine. He also sailed the La Poste monohull alongside Eric Tabarly racing fully crewed race around the world. His IMOCA 60 was the first boat to be designed by the now soughtafter pairing of Guillaume Verdier and Vincent Lauriot-Prévost and has been fully updated for this edition of the race.

round the world race had a larger number of boats on the startline.

Potential winners There are 10 skippers in this edition who clearly have the experience, funding and tenacity to win this race.

ARMEL LE CLÉAC´H (FRA) Boat: Banque Populaire Born: 11/5/77 Vendée history: second 2008/9 Design: VPLP-Verdier Previous name: Foncia Launched: September 2010 Displacement: 7.8 tons Another tough opponent, who took the Figaro class by storm at the age of 22, taking second place overall in the Solitaire as a rookie and winning outright three years later. In this context his second place in the Vendée Globe four years ago – his first attempt at the race – was clearly no fluke, and Le Cleac’h is certainly one of the skippers with an excellent chance of winning this time. He was also IMOCA world champion in 2008 and in 2010 winner of the Transat AG2R and the Solitaire du Figaro.

JEAN LE CAM (FRA) Boat: SynerCiel Born: 27/4/59 Vendée history: second 2004/5, retired 2008/9 Design: Farr Yacht Design Previous names: Gitana Eighty, Renault Z.E. Launched: July 2007 Displacement: Approx 8.5 tons Le Cam can boast an incredible list of successes, including second place in his first Vendée Globe in 2004/5, although his hopes in the last race were dashed when he capsized after losing his keel near Cape Horn. He has won the Solitaire du Figaro three times. Last year, competing under the name of Renault ZE, he was third in the doublehanded Barcelona World Race, sailing this boat. SynerCiel is 100 per cent fossil fuel free, in keeping with her skipper’s and sponsor’s objectives.

The difficulties of securing funding following the economic downturn mean there are just three Brits entered this time – Sam Davies, Mike Golding and Alex Thomson. However, all are enormously experienced and clearly among those with potential to win, as are Jean-Pierre Dick, Marc Guillemot, Vincent Riou, Bernard Stamm and Armel le Cleac’h – all of them giant figures in the offshore and shorthanded racing scenes.

Surviving the distance

They each have decades of hard-won experience at the highest level plus well-managed, well-backed campaigns and meticulously prepared boats. Among the remaining entries more than half have the potential to gain a podium result.

BERTRAND DE BROC (FRA) Boat: Votre Nom autour du Monde Nationality: French Lives in: Sainte-Marine Born: 1960 Vendée history: retired in 1992/3 and 1996/7 Design: Groupe Finot Conq Former name: Brit Air Launched: July 2007 Displacement: 8 tons Twice winner of the Tour de France a la Voile, de Broc rose to fame after sewing his own tongue back together in the Southern Ocean during the 1992-93 race. He will sail Armel Le Cleac’h’s former Brit Air, which placed second in the last Vendée and has since scored second in the Route du Rhum and third in the Transat Jacques Vabre. While not a favourite, he has huge experience and a well proven boat, so is certainly worth watching.

The last edition of the race saw almost two-thirds of competitors forced to retire – many shortly after the start. The first night at sea saw the fleet ravaged by storm force headwinds, with an unusually large windshift associated with a cold front creating huge, confused waves as the boats crossed the edge of the continental shelf. Nine boats returned to port for repairs, including the eventual race winner Michel Desjoyeaux, who overcame an initial 41-hour disadvantage to win by more than five days in a record time of 84 days, three hours, nine minutes. The race, however, continued to take its toll on both boats and competitors. One of the scariest incidents was when Yann Eliès fractured his femur while working on the foredeck deep in the

VINCENT RIOU (FRA) Boat: PRB Lives in: Loctudy, Finisterre Born: 9/1/72; Married with two children Vendée history: Winner in 2004/5; joint third in 2008/9 after redress Design: VPLP Verdier Launched: March, 2010 The only former winner on the start line this time, Riou was victorious in the 2004/5 race, having previously been technical coordinator for Michel Desjoyeaux’s PRB, winner in 2000/1. However, in 2008, after rescuing Jean Le Cam, who had capsized off Cape Horn, Riou’s boat was dismasted a few hours later. The fifth PRB was the first new generation IMOCA 60 to be launched after the last Vendée Globe and already has many miles in her wake, including a win in the Europa Warm Up earlier this year and third place in the 2011 BtoB Transat.

BRITISH FOCUS: SAM DAVIES Boat: Savéol Lives in: Concarneau, Finisterre Born: 23/8/74 Vendée Globe history: fourth in 2008/9 Boat designed by: Marc Lombard Former names: Sill 2, Veolia Environnement, Neutrogena Launched: 2004 Displacement: 8.988 tons Sam was one of the top performers in the last race, when she also gained a large fan base, both in the UK and France, thanks to the enthusiastic video footage she sent off the boat – including break dancing on the satellite dome while her boat powered downwind at more than 20 knots. The recent birth of her first child has not diminished her competitive spirit – she has been a competitor to be feared ever since her early Figaro days and always seems to be perfectly at ease at sea, particularly in long distance races. Sam will be setting out on her second solo round the world voyage on the boat formerly sailed by Roland Jourdain (called Sill, then Veolia Environnement) aboard which he took part in the last two editions of the Vendée Globe and won the 2006 Route du Rhum. Her key goal this time is to complete the race faster than her time of 95 days 4 hours and 39 minutes in the last edition. As a secondary goal, she would also like a podium place – something she clearly proved she is capable of, having missed out on one to Marc Guillemot by just one hour and twenty minutes in 2009/9. Finally, she says the most important thing is to be proud of her performance at the finish and to have given the race her utmost, whatever the circumstances.

FRANCOIS GABART (FRA) Boat: Macif Lives in: La Forêt Fouesnant, Finisterre Born: 23/3/83 Vendée history: none Design: VPLP Verdier Launched: August, 2011 Displacement: 7.7 tons Gabart is now sailing in a very different world to eight years ago, when he was Tornado youth world champion. Two years ago he was second in the Solitaire du Figaro and was chosen by Michel Desjoyeaux, winner of the last Vendée Globe, as his co-skipper in the 2010/11 Barcelona World Race. Gabart took fourth in the 2011 TJV, and won the Transat BtoB on the return leg across the Atlantic. He has an ultra-light new boat, built using the moulds of Michel Desjoyeaux’s Foncia, now Armel Le Cléac’h’s Banque Populaire.

TANGUY DE LAMOTTE (FRA) Boat: Initiatives-cœur Lives in: Lorient Born: 6/5/78 Vendée history: none Design: Marc Lombard Former names: Whirlpool, Tiscali, Proform, Le Pingouin Launched: 1998 Displacement: approx 9 tons A Frenchman who has spent long periods living in Britain, De Lamotte met Ellen MacArthur, Brian Thompson and Nick Moloney while studying in Southampton and helped prepare their boats for the Mini Transat. In 2005 he finished seventh in that race in a boat of his own design, and then worked with Simon Rogers’ yacht design office on his Classe 40, on which he won the first La Solidaire du Chocolat. His boat for the Vendée was built in 1998 for Catherine Chabaud.

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Southern Ocean, 800 miles south of Australia. Marc Guillemot, who had been through a similar experience himself 23 years earlier, when he capsized in ‘Jet Services IV’, went to the aid of Yann, standing by until the Australian rescue services arrived. By the end of the race, 18 more boats had dropped out, including five dismastings, two capsizes, a grounding and a collision with a growler, a lump of ice typically the size of a small car. Skippers this time have focussed considerable energy on maximising reliability. For many this has included stripping out complex systems and replacing them with simpler alternatives, which also has the benefit of saving weight. However, four of the six new boats – those designed by Guillaume Verdier and Vincent Lauriot-Prévost – have an emphasis on lightness. It will be interesting to

ARNAUD BOISSIERES (FRA) Boat: Akena Vérandas Born: 20/7/72 Vendée history: seventh 2008/9 Design: Farr Yacht Design Former name: PRB Launched: 2006 ‘Cali’ surprised many as a rookie in the last Vendée, when he finished seventh – in a boat that was over 10 years old! The new Akena Vérandas is sistership to Michel Desjoyeaux’s old Foncia.

BRITISH FOCUS: ALEX THOMSON Boat: Hugo Boss Lives in: Titchfield Born: 18/4/74 Vendée history: retired 2004/5, 2008/9 Design: Bruce Farr Yacht Design Former names: Pindar, Veolia, BT Launched: July 2007 Displacement: 8 tons Alex Thomson was the winning skipper in the Clipper Round the World Race at the age of 25. In the 2004 Vendée Globe, he kept up with some of the top names, pushing the boat hard, before being forced to retire with damage. A second place in the 2007/8 Barcelona World Race confirmed his credentials at the top of this field. However, his boat suffered a collision with a trawler just off Les Sables d’Olonne before the start of the last Vendée which necessitated major repairs. Thomson made the start, but had to retire a few days later. More bad luck before the last Barcelona World Race saw him succumb to appendicitis, having an emergency operation hours before the gun, while health problems with his newborn son meant he did not rejoin the boat. But he bounced back with a second in the 2011 Transat Jacques Vabre and his 2007 Farrdesigned boat is certainly capable of competing alongside the very latest designs.

JEREMIE BEYOU (FRA) Boat: Maître CoQ Born: 26/6/76 Vendée history: retired 2008/9 Design: Farr Yacht Design Former names: Foncia, Mapfre Launched: 2007 A former French youth dinghy champion, Beyou discovered the Figaro class aged 19. Three years later he reached the top 10 and never left! His boat was winner of the last Vendée Globe.

LOUIS BURTON (FRA) Boat: Bureau Vallée Born: 6/4/85 Vendée Globe history: None Design: Farr Yacht Design Former name: Delta Dore Launched: September 2006

Displacement: 9.3 tons At the age of 27 Burton will be the youngest competitor and will be sailing Jérémie Beyou’s steed from the 2008 Vendée Globe and 2007 Barcelona World Race.

KITO DE PAVANT (FRA) Boat: Groupe Bel Born: 23/2/61 Vendée history: retired 2008/9 Design: Van Peteghem, Lauriot Prevost and Guillaume Verdier Launched: 2007 Displacement: 8 tons Kito de Pavant is one of the top contenders in this edition of the race. In 2002, he won the Solitaire de Figaro, following it with a win in the fully-crewed Tour de France a la Voile. His first Vendée attempt four years ago came to an early end when his rig failed in the Bay of Biscay. His lightweight boat, one of the first IMOCA 60s from the Van Peteghem, Lauriot Prevost and Guillaume Verdier partnership has enormous potential, particularly downwind.

A. DI BENEDETTO Boat: Team Plastique Born: 5/1/71 Vendée history: none Design: Finot-Conq Former names: Sodebo, VMI, Akena Vérandas Launched: 1998 Displacement: 8.4 tons Di Benedetto comes from a background of long distance small boat sailing, including crossing the Atlantic and Pacific on a sports catamaran. His latest venture was a nonstop circumnavigation in a 21ft Mini 650, via the same route as the Vendée Globe. He may have an old boat for this Vendée, but it has proved reliable, having successfully completed the last three editions of the race.

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see whether that pays off – skippers of heavier boats are just as adamant that they have the right balance between weight and strength.

The course

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The race starts from Les Sables d’Olonne, 30 miles north-west of La Rochelle on the French Atlantic coast, on November 10. The fleet is likely to encounter at least one Atlantic storm before reaching the trade winds that will shoot them past the Canary islands and towards the Equator. Before they get there, however, they will need to make one of the biggest routing decisions of the race – identifying the best route through the Doldrums. This area of calms and sporadic squalls varies in width, so

it’s crucial to identify the narrowest part. Once through the Doldrums, to stay in favourable winds circulating the St Helena high pressure system, the fleet will loop to the western edge of the south Atlantic, passing close to the Brazilian archipelago of Fernando de Noronha. They will continue south beyond the latitude of the Cape of Good Hope at the southern end of Africa, before heading west in the Southern Ocean for a fast sleigh ride around Antarctica. Ice gates will be positioned so that skippers don’t venture into ice-strewn waters in the far south. Once around Cape Horn, at the bottom of South America, the home leg up the Atlantic still has plenty of potential to reshuffle the leaders.

BERNARD STAMM (SUI) Boat: Cheminées Poujoulat Lives in: Gouesnou, Finisterre Born: 29/11/63 Vendée history: retired 2000/1, 2008/9 Design: Juan Kouyoumdjian Launched: May 12, 2011 Displacement: 8.5 tons Bernard Stamm can boast an exceptional list of achievements including wins in the last two round the world races with stopovers. However, he has been thwarted in his Vendée dream having been forced to retire in 2000 after nine days, losing his keel before the start in 2004, and grounding in the Kerguelens in 2008. This time he has a new generation Juan Kouyoumdjian-designed boat.


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BRITISH FOCUS: MIKE GOLDING Boat: Gamesa Nationality: British Lives in: Southampton Born: 1960 Vendée history: seventh 2000/1, third 2004/5, retired 2008/9 Boat designed by: Owen Clarke Design Former name: Ecover 3 Launched: August 2007 Displacement: 8 tons One of the most experienced skippers in the fleet and certainly one of the favourites, Golding was seventh in 2001 and third in 2005 after finishing the race even after his boat lost her keel in the closing stages. However, in 200809 his new boat was dismasted in the Southern Ocean, shortly after he had taken the lead in the race. Golding is one of the best prepared skippers, both in terms of his boat, and also mental and physical preparation – he has done a lot of work in the latter area. For this edition of the race Gamesa has had a big refit with the aim of improving reliability, reducing weight and improving the comfort factors that will enable both Golding and his boat to work at maximum efficiency.



Lives in: Gdansk, Poland Born: 1972 Vendée history: none Gutek has already sailed around the world twice, once in a crewed race and once solo, taking second place in the 2010/11 Velux 5 Oceans. A former member of the Polish national sailing team, in the 470 and 49er dinghies, he turned his hand to offshore sailing as watch captain on Warta-Polpharma in The Race, the first non-stop race round the world for multihulls in 2000. At the time of going to press he was the only competitor remaining in the ‘pre-entry’ category, but was widely tipped to be on the start line in November.

Boat: Mirabaud Lives in: La Rochelle Born: 4/7/55 Vendée history: fifth 2000/1, fourth 2004/5, retired 2008/9 Design: Owen Clarke Former names: Temenos II Launched: September 2006 Displacement: 8.5 tons With over four decades of ocean racing, Dominique has a wealth of experience, including four Whitbread races, and top five finishes in two previous Vendée Globe races. Built in June 2006 and completely refitted since the last Vendée Globe, his boat has covered an impressive distance in Dominique’s hands.

JAVIER SANSO (ESP) Boat: Acciona 100% EcoPowered Nationality: Spanish Lives in: Palma de Mallorca Born: 2/4/69; Married with one child Vendée history: retired 2000/1 Design: Owen Clarke Launched: October 29, 2011 Displacement: 8 tons In 2008 Sanso was fourth in the Barcelona World Race and two years later third in the Transat Jacques Vabre, sailing with Mike Golding – he is clearly worth watching closely. Sanso’s boat is the newest IMOCA monohull, set up to sail around the globe without using fossil fuel for electrical power.

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SAN FRAN SHOWDOWN The America’s Cup World Series racing in San Francisco was some of the most spectacular yet, Bob Fisher was watching as Ben Ainslie joined the fray

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that it would take even him time to acclimatise to multihull racing. He thought that it would take Ainslie a full six months to be up to the same speed as James Spithill. Coutts, who sailed Oracle Team USA number 5, did concede: ‘I had a match against Ben yesterday and he kicked my butt!’ He commented that he didn’t expect Ainslie to do exceptionally well in the forthcoming regatta, but added: ‘Come October [the next ACWS], watch this space.’

Match racing Racing for the 2012-2013 ACWS began on the 161st anniversary of the race around the Isle of Wight, which started the competition that we now know as the America’s Cup. Three matches were held and the projected time for each was 13 minutes. The winners progressed to join the top five seeds in the quarter-finals, which were held as single matches over the next two days, prior to the fleet racing. All three matches were decided in two races, and the first two away were maybe one-sided, but one would not have said that of the Team Korea versus JP Morgan BAR match – the battle of the gold medallists, Nathan Outteridge and Ben Ainslie. JP Morgan BAR (Ben Ainslie Racing) never looked like losing. Outteridge had the greater experience of racing an AC45 and that showed in the starts, both of which he won. In the first race, Team Korea executed a gybe-set and went off into the middle of the Bay while BAR bore away, set a gennaker and sped towards the shore before gybing. Both were close for the first run to the leeward mark but after a short beat the two were overlapped going into the windward gate with BAR on the leeward side on starboard tack. Ainslie, an aggressive match racer and former world champion in that discipline, luffed hard and frequently, eventually imposing a penalty on Team Korea. It gave the British skipper the advantage he needed to win. When Outteridge won the second start for Team Korea and bore off at the first mark, Ainslie took advantage of a slow gennaker set by his opponent, gybed inside him and sped off on a puff in the 16-20 knot breeze. BAR led at the leeward mark and remorselessly stretched away to record a second victory and a place in the quarter-finals. Meanwhile Luna Rossa-Swordfish

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cracker! That’s the only word that adequately describes the five days of AC45 racing in San Francisco Bay. The America’s Cup community was at last racing where the Cup will be held next year and proved that this is, indeed, the ideal location for the main event. It provided adequate breeze to make the sailing exciting for the huge crowds that gathered along the shoreline and the spectators who watch from the hundreds of craft on the fringes of the course, and it culminated with two (match and fleet) races to deliver worthy champions by the narrowest of margins. The excitement was immense. Even before the racing started there were fireworks. Russell Coutts was unreserved when asked about the relative merits of match and fleet racing, saying, ‘I think the guys who made the Deed of Gift, and changed the event from a fleet race to a match race, [if they were still about] would think the move was a pity.’ He was clearly thinking of the spectacle he believed would take place on San Francisco Bay over the five days. The winner-takes-all fleet race on Sunday – which has been the high point of the week’s racing everywhere the ACWS has been held previously – is the focus of spectator attention and was bound to be a major scene-stealer on the Bay, while not so much attention would be devoted to the match racing. Russell agreed that the younger sailors had an advantage, but said that the older ones have their moments, particularly when the conditions are tricky. Looking across to the four-time gold medallist, Ben Ainslie, he said

had defeated the China Team, and Luna Rossa-Piranha had much the better of Artemis-Red. The same results were true for the second round, thus eliminating China Team and Artemis-Red from further competition in the match racing. The next day opened with two quarter-final matches. Luna RossaSwordfish, skippered by Paul Campbell-James, was comprehensively beaten by Terry Hutchinson with the Artemis Racing-White team; as was the Chris Draper-led Luna Rossa-Piranha by Spithill’s Oracle Team USA. The next day Coutts had things going his way in his quarter-final match race with Yann Guichard and the Energy Team in 20 knots of breeze. Coutts started to leeward, in control at the first mark, and led throughout the 13-minute race. It was very much a repeat of the earlier race in which Dean Barker and the Emirates Team New Zealand crew had dismissed Ben Ainslie Racing. The first match on Saturday, in 12-15 knots of south-westerly breeze, saw Russell Coutts in Oracle Team USA-Coutts ‘hooking’ Hutchinson in Artemis Racing-White at the start to claim the inside advantage at the first mark and when Hutchinson gybed at that mark, sailed down the shoreline

in better breeze to lead by 12 seconds at the leeward gate. Coutts was 65 metres ahead as they approached the windward mark and rounded with a six-second lead, heading off downwind at 21 knots to win by 20 seconds. Next up was Spithill and Dean Barker with ETNZ. Spithill started to windward but Barker was inside and first to round the mark. ETNZ led by nine seconds at the leeward gate. A tacking duel ensued with Spithill gaining inshore. He was just ahead at the windward gate and went on to win by 13 seconds.

All American final Oracle Team USA-Spithill and Oracle Team USA-Coutts: what a thriller that turned out to be. The Oracle Team can be justly proud of its two crews. Coutts took the early lead when Spithill went too far to leeward in an effort to shut his rival out at the leeward end of the starting line. Coutts went off with a two-boat-length lead and was four seconds up at the first mark. As the boats topped 25 knots downwind Spithill picked a shift to go slightly deeper so that when they both gybed, he was ahead and to windward. Seven seconds separated them at the leeward gate with Spithill going offshore and Coutts heading for the city. The latter

paid handsomely and after the first tack, Coutts crossed ahead and rounded the windward gate 15 seconds ahead, a lead he stretched to 26 at the end of the run. Upwind, Coutts and Spithill went their separate ways again. This time Spithill made the better choice. He then headed offshore in search of stronger current, but went too far and crossed out of bounds incurring a penalty, holding off from taking it until he was

comfortably from Jimmy Spithill. Behind the Oracle Team USA boats there was a constantly changing order but Ainslie was a disappointing 10th. There was slightly more breeze for the second race when it blew 17-20 knots. Spithill, smarting from being beaten in the first race, took charge. Once in front, Spithill never let the outcome be in any doubt as he fought off the two Artemis Racing boats. Red

Ainslie, an aggressive match racer, luffed hard and frequently, eventually imposing a penalty ahead at the final turn. Coutts dived to leeward and made it to the front as Spithill slowed to take his penalty. The two boats then battled to the finish with Coutts one second ahead.

Fleet racing The first of two fleet races saw Russell Coutts leading all 11 boats to the first turning mark, before gybing and speeding away under gennaker. In the 15-knot breeze, he picked the shifts both upwind and down to lead

finished in front of White as Team Korea snuck into fourth place ahead of Ben Ainslie Racing. As the 11 teams lined up for race number three the following day, Coutts and co. were at the weather end and pulled the trigger with seven seconds to go. But in that time, Jimmy Spithill had closed the gap. There was not enough room for Oracle Racing USACoutts and a T-bone collision with the committee boat was inevitable, Coutts’ boat stopped dead in its tracks, leaving a

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piece of its starboard bow embedded in the hull of the committee vessel. Spithill, on the other hand, hit back hard to win by 15 seconds from Team Korea. The crowd was even more densely packed along the Marina Green shoreline, and it was treated to some close action as the boats cheated the current of the flood tide. Spithill rounded the leeward mark the first time in third place and headed offshore, a strategy that worked. Spithill picked up a more favourable slant of breeze and was to lead narrowly at the first windward mark. He repeated the move on the second beat to consolidate his lead. Ben Ainslie Racing had its best result so far with a fourth. The fifth fleet race saw more excitement, when Coutts began his line-up in a similar manner to that which had resulted in his crash! This time he avoided the committee vessel. Luna Rossa-Swordfish and Oracle Team USA-Spithill were penalised for premature starting and ETNZ led to the first mark. As ETNZ went towards the city front shore, Yann Guichard took Energy Team down the middle in

BEN’S BOYS On board the JP Morgan BAR AC45 Ben Ainslie, fresh from his fourth gold medal at Weymouth 2012, is joined by four-times Cup winner Simon Daubney as headsail trimmer; young cat and match racing expert Kyle Langford trimming the wing; Kiwi double America’s Cup winner Matt Mitchell on the runners; and bowman Simeon Tienpoint, whose career highlights include a Volvo Ocean Race, Extreme 40 sailing and winning the last Cup with BMW Oracle Racing, with Brad Webb standing in for Tienpoint during some of the San Francisco races.


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clear air, but ETNZ led at the leeward gate from Spithill and then the French. Ainslie’s inexperience in these boats showed when he was forced outside the gate and was last around. Upwind, Spithill worked the shoreline while Energy took the offshore path and at the windward

Korea. Things were not going Oracle Team USA’s way – Coutts was penalised on the first leg and Spithill was given one on the run. Artemis Racing-White led to the leeward gate, rounding five seconds ahead of Luna Rossa-Piranha, with Team Korea the same distance astern. Draper headed for the spectatorpacked City Front, and halfway up the windward leg went into the lead, rounding eight seconds ahead of Hutchinson at the windward mark followed by Team Korea, Energy Team and the two Oracle boats with Coutts ahead of Spithill. Draper went to the shore, gybed and extended his lead to 200 metres, looking as if he would emerge as champion. But Spithill was forcing his way into the reckoning in third place, with the points such that he needed second place to win the championship. Draper was heard to say to his crew: ‘Don’t hurt Korea too much, we need them second.’ At the time the boats were going upwind at 14-16 knots in the 20-knot westerly. Luna Rossa-Piranha rounded the windward gate with a four-second advantage over Team Korea with

Ainslie’s inexperience in these boats showed when he was forced outside the gate and was last around mark Energy Team was ahead by 19 seconds from Oracle Team-Spithill with ETNZ slipping to third. These positions were held to the finish. For the next, Barker chose the opposite (leeward) end of the line but it was Spithill, with a perfect start who led at the first mark and extended to finish 1:11 in front of Team Korea.

Super Sunday The tension for Sunday’s showdown race was high from start to finish, and the place-changing in the fleet was reflected in the overall position for this championship. ETNZ was first to show at the start, but Artemis Racing-White led round the mark and started the downhill slide in excess of 23 knots. Behind him came Luna RossaPiranha, skippered by Chris Draper, and the Outteridge-steered Team

Spithill a further 10 seconds in arrears. There was only a short downwind leg to the final turning mark and a tiny reach to the finish to come. Guided by local tactician, John Kostecki, Spithill headed for the shore and came charging towards the final turn as Draper rounded cleanly. Spithill and Outteridge arrived together with Team Korea having to gybe at the mark. Spithill slid alongside Team Korea and when they were past the mark boat, luffed. Outteridge failed to respond sufficiently and paid the penalty. He slowed and Spithill slipped into second, crossing the line one second ahead of Team Korea. It gave Spithill the overall championship by one point from Draper in Luna Rossa-Piranha, and a match and fleet double for the home team on ‘Speedy Sunday’.

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The 2012 Paralympics regatta didn’t just see the British team win their first ever Paralympic sailing medal, it saw yet more gold for GBR. Here’s the full story of all three classes


above Helena Lucas dominated the 2.4mR single person keelboat class to take gold


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aving not won a medal since sailing became a full Paralympic sport, Team GBR’s target was simple: to break that duck. With their strongest team ever, they not only looked set to achieve that, but even had the possibility of a medal in every class. As the regatta progressed it was looking promising, and by the end of what was to be the final day’s racing, the team held medal positions in each of the three classes: mission well and truly accomplished! Then tragedy struck – for the British Sonar trio at least. Their result was overturned following a penalty for an off the water incident not directly involving the sailors; they were penalised, dropping them to fifth overall. They had it all to do in the medal race, but fate was cruel and a lack of wind meant the medal races were cancelled,

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so the results at the end of the full fleet racing series determined the medals. Heart-breaking for all concerned. In the other fleets, though, there was celebration as the final day was

sailing medal haul to two golds, and seven medals, as Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell also took Britain’s only bronze medal in the Skud class. The Paralympics lacked the Olympic

For the first time, it feels that a Paralympic medal has the same value as an Olympic one cancelled, confirming a fabulous gold medal for Britain’s Helena Lucas in the 2.4mR class. It was a brilliant performance from the only female sailor in the fleet – adding to Ben Ainslie’s Olympic gold to bring the overall British

razzmatazz experience of the Nothe racecourse and spectator involvement, which was a real missed opportunity after the great success of the Olympic regatta. But the racing was equally close and exciting, and the race officers


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made an excellent job of fitting three fair racecourses in the restricted area inside Portland Harbour, even when the wind failed to cooperate. Conditions were predominantly light to medium north-westerlies, giving shifty tactical racing: this was never going to be a boatspeed-only regatta and the three gold medallists were clearly the best on the day: managing to keep plugging in consistent top three performances through the whole week. The three golds went to three different nations, and the Netherlands and Britain shared the top spot with a gold and bronze each. Australia added to its impressive Olympic performance with another gold, while Germany took two silvers. For Britain, to win two medals out of three is pretty impressive, and we still feel that in spirit at least, a third medal truly belonged to the British Sonar crew – certainly based on their results on the water.

In the one-person 2.4mR class, Paralympic Team GBR sailor Helena Lucas sailed a true champion’s series: opening with a 2,1 on the first day. Unperturbed by an 11th on the second after a yellow flag penalty by the jury for rocking (we remain to be convinced that a 45kg sailor sat below the waterline is capable of rocking the boat with her body!), her three subsequent race wins put her straight back in the driving seat with a nice cushion for the last part of the week. That 11th still had to be discarded, though, and with a new wind direction for the penultimate day bringing 25 degree shifts Helena held her nerve to hold off late charges from pre-regatta favourites, Thierry Smitter from the Netherlands and France’s Damien Seguin. Helena finished day five with at least a silver medal assured, nine points clear of Germany’s Heiko Kroger, and with the sea breeze failing to materialise on the final day, a gold post box for Portland was assured. ‘What an amazing two weeks!’ said a jubilant Helena. ‘I’m overwhelmed by the response of the British public. For the first time, it feels that a Paralympic medal has the same value as an Olympic one: the nation has opened their eyes and recognised the achievements as athletes. I thought that the home Games would be special, but never expected this. I’m so proud to be

British, to be part of Paralympic Team GB, and to have inspired the nation, let’s hope the world!’ Her rivals had no answer to Helena’s winning formula of consistent starting, good speed, backing her strategic decisions, and taking each race as it came. Silver medallist Kroger and bronze medallist Smitter had five race wins between them, but plenty of high scores as well. Past champion Seguin began with a bullet, but never recovered from a disqualification after a protest in race two, and finished fourth overall, while defending champion Paul Tingley from Canada just lacked the edge to challenge for a medal.

above Helena Lucas won Britain’s first ever Paralympic sailing gold in the 2.4mR

MEDAL WINNERS Gold: Helena Lucas (GBR), Silver: Heiko Kroger Bronze (GER): Thierry Smitter (NED)

Skud australia takes gold The two person Skud event was billed as a showdown between British world champions Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell, and close rivals Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesel Tesch from Australia. These teams shared the honours with a first and a second each on the first day, and indeed after six races were just one point apart… a British gold, or at least silver, seemed a very real possibility.

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Race four had included the same sort of controversy we saw in the Olympic Finn racing: despite being 30 metres to leeward, the Australian team vociferously claimed that they had seen the Brits hit the mark. Subsequent evidence showed this to be unlikely, but just as Ben had done, Alex and Niki completed their penalty turn rather than risk disqualification. Meanwhile the US team of Jen French and JP Creignou snuck under the radar into contention by winning races three and four – this was no longer a twohorse race! The Australians responded to the challenge, finishing their series with a string of first and second places,

leaving them assured of the gold medal with no need to sail on the final day. In this small fleet, to win the series you have to win most of the races and that’s just what the Australians did. But Alex and Niki were still battling: with one race left they needed a boat between them and the US team to convert their guaranteed bronze medal into silver. While the AP flag hung limply, the tension was high as spectators and competitors anticipated the final race fireworks. Sadly the finale never materialised, and French and Creignou held on to their silver medal position. Alex and Niki can be proud of their achievements of putting China’s disappointment behind them, and

rising above all the distractions of gamesmanship and rule controversy in the background to take home a well deserved Paralympic medal. ‘Clearly I am going to be a bit disappointed and gutted by how things have gone this week,’ reflected a slightly downhearted Alex Rickham. ‘But I didn’t want to go back to London to see the rest of the Paralympic GB team without a medal – last time we went back to Beijing from Qingdao as one of the only ones without a medal. We’ve ticked that box. It’s nice to just get a medal for Paralympic sailing in Britain because the fact is that we haven’t done the job for the last few Games so we’re just proud to be part of that.’ Niki Birrell added: ‘I’m a lot happier today. Yesterday there was a bit of emotion because we didn’t sail as well as we could and although it was a slim chance we had the possibility of a gold, yesterday morning we threw that away. Today I’m feeling a lot happier.

above Alex Rickham and Niki Birrell avoided controversy in the Skud fleet to earn bronze

left Gold in the 2.4mR and bronze in the Skud for Team GBR


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above There was disappointment for the Sonar team who sailed well but were penalised for an off the water rule infringement during boat repairs

We’re going to go to the Olympic Village with an Olympic medal.’

MEDAL WINNERS Gold: Daniel Fitzgibbon & Liesel Tesch (AUS), Silver: Jen French & JP Creignou (USA), Bronze: Alex Rickham & Niki Birrell (GBR)

Sonar dutch keep out of trouble The three person Sonar class was always going to be the most difficult to predict, with half of the 14 competitors



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coming to the event with recent medalwinning pedigree. The protest room had a significant part to play in the drama: of the front-runners only the Dutch and German teams completing the series without any post race penalties. Udo Hessels, Marcel van de Veen, and Mischa Rossen kept it simple, and most importantly, kept out of trouble to have the gold medal secured with two races to go. Their starting was not the best, and they were frequently outside the top eight at the first mark, but they alone showed the ability to manage the shifts and consistently pull through the fleet. The Dutch team discarded their first race eighth, and followed that with eight top three positions including three race wins: their overall margin of 20 points says it all. But the result was far from clear from the outset: the Australian team looked to be medal favourites after 1, 3, 3, 2 from the first two days, only to lose their third race following a Rule 13 protest. Having lost their discard they appeared to lose confidence and they subsequently faded from contention. The French team then took up the mantle, but they also fell foul of the jury room, losing their fourth race and dropping out of the running. When team Norway picked up a disqualification after a protest in the fifth race, the German defending champions, Jens Kroker, Siegmund Mainka, and Robert Prem saw their opportunity. Winning the only race on the penultimate day put them in a strong silver medal position.

Meanwhile the British team of John Robertson, Stephen Thomas, and Hannah Stodel were also still well in the hunt, with a consistent performance through the first four days. They saved their best for the end: 4, 4, 2 in day five’s super shifty conditions was a fantastic effort which put them just one point off silver medal position with one race remaining. However there was a cloud on the horizon: having been given permission to repair the keel on day four, a bizarre verbal misunderstanding between the team bosun and measurer resulted in a report to the jury. Though both measurer and jury agreed that the sailors were not involved, and that the action of wiping sanding residue from the keel had no impact on performance, GBR were penalised 4 points for breaking a sailing instruction requiring athletes to comply with any reasonable request of the race committee. This harsh decision elevated the Norwegian team of Aleks WangHansen, Marie Solberg, and Per Kristiansen to third overall, but a good last race from the Brits could see them back into bronze or silver medal position. However the wind did not play ball, so they never got that opportunity. Brirish Sonar helmsman John Robertson reflected on the team’s performance: ‘We had done lots of good prep, and worked on what we needed to make sure we sailed a series that would put us in the chocolates by the end of the week. I feel that we achieved our goal as we were one point off silver with one race to go, but the wind did not blow on Thursday so that was our event done. Despite our – and our support team’s – best efforts we were unable to open the hearing: the team are still looking at other options.’ He added: ‘I’m so proud of Hannah and Stephen, we have come so far in the last four years and had tiny things been different, who knows where we could have finished. Massive thanks to all of our supporters, sponsors and families… onwards and upwards!’

MEDAL WINNERS Gold: Udo Hessels/Marcel van de Veen/Mischa Rossen (NED), Silver: Jens Kroker/Siegmund Mainka/ Robert Prem (GER), Bronze: Aleks Wang-Hansen/Marie Solberg,/ Per Kristiansen (NOR); GBR: 5th John Robertson/Stephen Thomas/ Hannah Stodel

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25 years on the prowl F

or 25 years, ‘Leopard’ has become one of the most famous names in the history of yacht racing, breaking countless world records and lifting some of the yachting’s most prestigious trophies. ‘Leopard’s’ owner Mike Slade is one of the biggest characters in the sport, a gentleman and at times a truly hysterical raconteur. He spoke candidly about some of the stories behind the headlines.

1988-93 ‘Ocean Leopard’ In 1991, Chris Law rang me and said there is a bloody great blue thing in the yard at Berthon in Lymington. He was of course referring to our cruising yacht, the 82ft ‘Ocean Leopard’, which had just come back from sailing in Antigua. He said that the Round the Island Race looked like it will be a windy one and that ‘Ocean Leopard’ would go extremely well, so I decided to do it, to be honest I didn’t realise what I was getting myself into. I told Chris that if it’s a bloody windy one he can come and help me steer. We were slightly late getting to the start and to our horror, Chris dipped the line at full pelt and nearly killed us all, it was an absolutely brilliant start, I remember what a thrill it was. Towards the end of the race, we were steaming up past the forts, reaching at great speed and Chris turned to me and said, ‘You know we could break the record here.’ I didn’t

Mike Slade’s series of ‘Leopard’ yachts have featured at the forefront of some of sailing’s biggest events for two decades, Louay Habib met the man with the big cat boats have a clue, even what the record was all about but wow! What a moment. When we went through the finish line, the media attention was phenomenal and reading the papers on Sunday morning, we were all just roaring with laughter. It was completely unexpected, here was a charter yacht doing something sensational. I really got the racing bug there and then but we also got a lot of charter work from the media exposure. However, I realised that we were pushing the boat past its limits, lovely boat that she was, she was not up to the loads we were putting on her. At 58 tons and only 80 feet, the toe rail was rising up an inch every time you put on the forestay, I would say that loaded up, she was far more dangerous than the Supermaxi we have today and that is why we decided to get the Maxi ‘Longobarda’.

1993-97 ‘Longobarda’ I wanted to do the Sesquicentennial Regatta commemorating the 150th

anniversary of the New York YC held in Newport, Rhode Island in 1994 and I felt ‘Longobarda’ was the boat to do it in. ‘Longobarda’ had been the world champion IOR Maxi in 1989 but Bill Koch had come along with ‘Matador’ in 1990 with trim tabs and all sorts and beat all of them so they all rather gave up. There were quite a few up for sale and these big-bellied machines were out of fashion. ‘Longobarda’ was up for $200,000 with two containers full of brand new kit worth half a million dollars and it was a bit of a coup. The first time we raced ‘Longobarda’ was at La Nioulargue Regatta in October 1993, on a joint charter with the well-known French sailor, Marc Pajot. I told Chris (Law) to do the start and he whispered to me, I don’t think this is going to work, pointing down to leeward. There was Marc Pajot pretending to drive on the other wheel waving at the press and the television crews, suddenly we were all rock stars! We sailed the boat across the Atlantic and did the Onion Patch series and the Newport-Bermuda race, then we went back to Newport for the 150th celebration regatta and had this unbelievable series of races with Bill Koch’s ‘Matador’. ‘Matador’ had a full pro crew but on ‘Longobarda’ my 11-year old son was on a 50-inch winch and my wife was one of the grinders! We took on ‘Matador’ and beat her in the last two races. I remember in the last race

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right ‘ICAP Leopard’ thundering along in the Round Britain and Ireland Race

‘Matador’ was behind us and threw 34 tacks at us up the beat. With chums and about five professionals we held her off. Chris turned to me after we won it and said: ‘That is probably the best racing you will ever see.’ It was unbelievable, to put together a bunch of mates and defeat Koch, who at the time was the biggest name in American sailing, it was just fantastic. It might sound a bit cheeky, but I love the notion of buying an inexpensive

riding along as an escort! Then we took her down to Australia for our first Sydney-Hobart. The boat was being sailed back from Australia when I got a call from the Daily Telegraph, saying that a Canadian frigate had rescued the boat from Somali pirates near the Gulf of Aden! There was machine gun fire and all sorts. Neal Batt, the skipper, put out a mayday and did a great job with all manner of delaying tactics to play out for time.

We were very close to attempting a round the world record racehorse and beating one that someone paid a million bucks for. To put together a low budget campaign and beat the biggest budget boat at the time is something that I do feel quite proud of. After the Newport regatta, we put ‘Longobarda’ on a truck to go to the west coast of the States. She had to cross the Arizona desert. The road crew was three Harley Davidsons


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The frigate arrived, fired a shell over the top of ‘Longobarda’ and the pirate boat left pretty damn quick. We were very grateful to the Canadian frigate because it probably saved all their lives. ‘Longobarda’ did the 1996 Round the Island Race, where we broke our own record. She had a marvellous life, God bless her. I have very fond memories of ‘Longobarda’, so many

of us grew up in racing terms on that boat and so many of the crew went on to really great things.

2000-07 ‘Leopard of London’ ‘Leopard 2000’ (Reichel Pugh 92) was a complete one-off and she was beautifully fitted out below from day one, she was definitely my wife’s favourite boat. ‘Leopard 2000’ had water ballast to keep her upright and we toyed with the idea of a swing keel but we decided it was all a bit unproven. From the first outing, we chartered her for racing and other charters and she was fairly successful and we did huge amounts of sea miles. Chris Sherlock had taken over the role of boat captain from Neal Batt (I can’t give enough credit to Neal and Chris, they made it all happen). Chris has been with me now for 20 years and he has been invaluable. I remember doing the SydneyHobart and there was a lot of Pommiebashing going on by the Australian press. They asked me why we had such a big crew of 24 for a light airs race? I told them that we like to play cricket in Hobart and the 11 English crew play the 11 Australian crew and we need an

big storm and ‘Leopard’ fell off its cradle and went over the side! It had two holes that you could walk inside, it was in a terrible state but we rebuilt the boat and we had another two good years with her but ‘Leopard 2000’ definitely had her moments of excitement!

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umpire. The hack corrected my maths saying that was only 23. I replied that we also needed someone to make the Pimms and cucumber sandwiches! We came a very good third in that race and a second later on, so we didn’t do too badly but we were always beaten by Neville Crichton’s lighter ‘Alfa Romeo’. Away from the racecourse, I remember getting a call from Chris Sherlock from the Atlantic. I was up a mountain skiing with Hugh Agnew when Chris called to say that he was getting the crew off the boat, because it was sinking in a storm and there was a Russian tanker able to take them off! They got into a life raft and were climbing the side of the tanker when one of the crew fell back and was only just picked up. Chris wanted to stay with the boat but without a rudder, there was no way he could sail it and I insisted that he got off. It was all very serious really but in a very seamanlike way, they secured the boat so that she survived for about 10 days and a tug organised by our insurers picked the boat up. It was towed to shore and the insurers arranged shipping. Believe it or not, whilst it was being shipped back, the transport vessel hit a

Bruce Farr Yacht Design was the architect and at that time, they had been heavily involved with the new Volvo 70s with canting keels, therefore canting keel technology was well known to them and that was a great test bed for the new Leopard, especially with a canting keel design but also other aspects. During the Volvo one of the boats sunk and because of that, two and half tons of additional strengthening went into ‘ICAP Leopard’. Yes, it was heavier but we made it really safe and that paid off a year later when the yacht was 150 miles offshore in the Atlantic and was hit by a cyclone. ‘ICAP Leopard’ went for 14 hours under bare poles running before the storm. Chris (Sherlock) told me at the time that Paul Stanbridge actually laid the boat down twice to slow it down, as it was out of control. After they had got through the worst of it Chris rang me, I said, ‘You’re not going to tell me that you are about to get on a Russian cargo ship are you?’ He replied, ‘No, but don’t ever complain about having a boat that was heavier than the original design, any other boat would have broken up.’ In the 2007, Fastnet we had over 38 knots of boat speed downwind going past Bishop’s Rock and she was solid as a rock, she never gave us a moment’s concern, she has never

buried the bow and she doesn’t wander off course, she holds very steady. We have great confidence in her; she is a very seaworthy boat. Crossing the line in that Fastnet and breaking the record by nine hours was a terrific moment and if I was emotional then it showed in a shake of hands and a big hug with Chris Sherlock because it was all down to him. ‘Rambler 90’ were actually ahead of us going to the rock but they shouldn’t have been. We hit a shark on the beat and suddenly we stopped dead. A young Australian lad called Adam Hawkins went over the side. The poor animal was dead and the incident allowed ‘Rambler’ to get in front but it didn’t take us long to get up to speed and beat ‘Rambler’ by over an hour, a wonderful moment. We were very close to attempting a round the world record two years ago but frankly the global meltdown stopped it, I couldn’t leave the business, but I would have loved to have done that. The monohull record is 87 days and I think we would have beaten that quite easily. However, ‘ICAP Leopard’ was always designed for another life, we built her heavier and with full MCA coding for race and corporate charter. She now has a beautiful interior built by Southampton Yacht Service, which we’re absolutely delighted with. Even ‘Longobarda’ had options to be converted into a charter boat. Literally thousands of people have enjoyed ‘Leopard’ over the years for corporate or race charter. Yes, it means a slightly heavier boat but thanks to a great team, we have built a terrific reputation for safety, speed and success and that has immense appeal.

below The famous Maxi ‘Longobarda’ racing in the Solent in 1996

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ho are the people who have shaped the world of sailing into what it is today? Start to dig deeper and the list seems almost endless, but we’re going to endeavour to take you through some of the most influential characters of today and yesterday, from Yachts & Yachting’s perspective, of course! To kick things off… some of the ‘movers and shakers’ – just a tiny selection of 10 amazing people who have had a major impact on the sport. Here’s a brief insight into the contribution they made, and continue to have on the sport we all enjoy. This is our small way of endeavouring to mark, and honour those achievements. 1 Frank Bethwaite (1920-2012)

Designer, author and Olympic meteorologist, Frank Bethwaite created a dynasty that has had a profound effect on world sailing. He combined his knowledge as an engineer, sailor and aviator to break new ground in sailing design and performance analysis. His book, High Performance Sailing, is widely regarded as the definitive work on sailing speed. In it, he wrote, ‘Naval architects tend to draw bows to the right. Aeronautical engineers tend to draw noses to the left’. Bethwaite drew his bows on the left, which says it all really. Described

Gael Pawson begins our celebration of some of the sport’s most amazing personalities as intensely serious, focused and loyal, he melded a sound understanding of meteorology with an innate understanding of boat and rig design, the elements involved and how they interacted. Coupled with that was his ability to test and develop a scientific basis for testing, together with his ability to quickly build and modify test boats and rigs, so the whole learning process continued in a steady and studied manner. World-changing boats such as the as the 49er (designed by his son Julian) and other 9er classes are all a product of his work. 2 Rod Carr (b1950)

Rod was the Chief Executive of the Royal Yachting Association for 10 years, having previously been Racing Manager and Performance Director, Team Manager for the Atlanta Olympic Games, and Team Coach in Los Angeles, Seoul and Barcelona. He was key in setting up the RYA World Class Performance programme for sailing, which went on to see unprecedented medal success in the Olympic Games from 2000 onwards. His standing in British

sport was rewarded in 2000 when he was asked by the British Olympic Association to be Deputy Chef de Mission for the whole of Team GB at the Sydney Olympics. He was awarded an OBE in 2005 and a CBE in 2010. In 2012 he was the Field of Play manager for the phenomenally successful London Olympic Sailing Regatta in Weymouth. But it’s not just in the Olympic field that his influence has been felt: Rod was keen to bring sailing to those who’d had no contact with the sport, extending its reach beyond the ‘dynasty sailors’. The sport and its governing body has been hugely influenced by his passion and determination and his work will live on for generations to come. 3 Uffa Fox (1898-1972)

Hailing from Cowes on the Isle of Wight, Uffa Fox was an influential designer, sailor and thinker, as well as being a colourful character. Most famously known, perhaps, as the father of the modern planing dinghy, with his first planing design being the International 14 ‘Avenger’ – he then applied the concept to a range of other classes. He was also well known for his association with royalty – he raced with the Duke of Edinburgh on the Dragon ‘Bluebottle’. He also crewed for the Duke in the Flying Fifteen, ‘Coweslip’ – the 20-foot keelboat was one of Uffa’s most successful post-war designs.

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6 4 Paul Henderson (b1934)

The self-proclaimed ‘Plumber from Toronto’ who earned the nickname ‘the Pope of Sailing’ represented Canada at three Olympic Games, but it is for his involvement in the running of the sport and the Olympic Sailing competition in particular, for which he is best known. Henderson rose through the ranks of Canadian sailing

7 dinghies, Jack Holt’s pioneering use of plywood did much to bring dinghy sailing to the masses. His contribution to the sport, in the UK in particular, is immense. Jack Holt is part of the reason why we have a network of sailing clubs on inland waters across the country, and a diverse and vibrant dinghy sailing culture, which continues to thrive to this day. His designs include the Mirror, Cadet, Enterprise

John Merricks’ flame may have been brief, but it was bright and it continues to have an impact on the sport today to lead the world’s governing body, the International Sailing Federation, for 10 years – the first non-European to hold the position. Often controversial, he has always been very forthright in his views and has displayed a great ability for getting things done. Over the course of his presidency, the number of Olympic female sailing competitors rose from 18 to 35 per cent. 5 Jack Holt (1912-1995)

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and GP14. He was awarded an OBE in 1979. It was the Mirror that perhaps cemented his fame. Devised with TV do-it-yourself expert Barry Bucknell, it used a novel ‘stitch and glue’ technique to join sheets of plywood. Designed to be built with simple tools and little experience, its dramatically lower cost and massive promotion by the Daily Mirror, saw it quickly rise to become the world’s most popular two-man dinghy. Its impact on the dinghy scene was immense, bringing new people

into the sport, the effect of which can still be seen today. 6 David ‘Sid’ Howlett (b1954)

Modest and media-shy, ‘Sid’ could be described as Britain’s greatest sailing ‘medal maker’ having coached five gold medallists, including most recently Ben Ainslie at the 2012 Games. His first gold came as coach to Bryn Vail and Mike McIntyre in the Star class in 1988. Then in 2000 he was Iain Percy’s coach in the Finn, following it with a second Finn gold with Ben Ainslie in 2004. He switched back to coaching the Star in 2008, before joining forces with Ainslie again for the 2012 Games. Sid (who got his nickname from the Sex Pistols’ Sid Vicious) was himself an Olympic competitor in the Finn in 1976. With a sharp tongue, quick mind and keen sense of humour, Sid is a character that will always stand out in the memory of anyone who has met him. Understated, the intelligence of this tall, witty man with a distinctive smile, is evident and his knowledge of the nuances of sailing immense. 7 John Merricks (1971-1995)

John Merricks’ flame may have been brief, but it was bright, and it continues to have an impact on the sport today. Born in Leicester, he became one of the world’s top


8 Jim Saltonstall (b1947)

Legendary Coach Jim Saltonstall coached many of today’s top sailors. Having worked as the senior RYA National Racing Coach for 23 years, and as an Olympic coach, sailors such as Ben Ainslie list him as one of their key influences. The straighttalking Yorkshireman seems to have an amazing memory, and ready cheery greeting, for almost every young sailor he ever coached – and that’s a lot of people! After a career in the Royal Navy, Saltonstall joined the RYA, where he was responsible for hunting out young talent and helped to build a youth programme that is still envied the world over. He might have retired

from international coaching, but he continues to inspire successive new generations of young ‘ferrets’ through his talks and coaching sessions around the country. 9 Vernon Stratton (1927-2011)

Known not just as a participant but also as a key figure on the organisational side of the sport, Vernon Stratton was an early pioneer in the Finn class. He inaugurated the Finn Gold Cup with Tiny Mitchell in 1956 – going on to win it himself in 1960. On the organisation side, did much to bring a new level of professionalism to British Olympic sailing when he was appointed team manager in 1968 – a role he also performed in 1972 and 1980. His innovations included bringing in a nutrition programme, team doctor and meteorologist. He retired from racing Finns at the age of 50, moving to Stars and then on to Illusions, which he raced into his 80s.

10 seemed to have a smile on his face and passed away on the water, just after racing his Brightlingsea One Design. He dominated the world of catamarans for nearly three decades, winning three World Championships in the 70s and the Little America’s Cup a record five times between 1963 and 1968. In his latter years, Reg White teamed up with France’s Yves Loday to develop a range of multihull designs including the Spitfire and Hurricane. His company White Formula continues today and the White name continues to be a strong force in the industry.

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10 Reg White (1935-2010)

Tornado Olympic catamaran designer and gold medallist Reg White was not only one of the world’s most talented multihull sailors, but a designer and builder whose impact on the sport was profound. Hailing from Brightlingsea in Essex, this softly spoken man always

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international sailors, winning a silver medal (with crew Ian walker) at the 1996 Olympic games in Savannah, back in the days when British Olympic medals were rare. Supremely talented, but equally modest, he always seemed to have a smile on his face and was a huge character on the international sailing scene. He was tragically killed in a car accident at the age of 26, but his legacy has lived on. Thanks to a charity set up in his name, the John Merricks Sailing Trust, many talented young sailors have had their careers boosted and clubs around the country have seen their ranks strengthened by the trust’s assistance.

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Multi-tasking From the Volvo Ocean Race to the Olympics, via short-handed ocean racing, Spanish duo Iker Martinez and Xabier Fernandez are two of the most versatile sailors around. Amber Cameron found out what makes them tick...

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Both Iker and Xabi hail from long family histories of sailing, for Iker it was so ingrained in him he cannot recall a time when he was not out on the water; it has simply always been a part of his life. Meanwhile Xabi’s father got him into sailing, on a lake near their home in the Basque country. Alike in age, but certainly not in


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hile most sailing partnerships focus on one type of boat, Iker Martinez and Xabier Fernandez consider any type of elite sailing fair game – and they have enjoyed success right across the whole spectrum of the sport. So, just how do these Basque Country boys transition from one sailing discipline to another, so seamlessly, and yet remain a serious threat no matter what boat they sail? As if world and Olympic 49er gold and silver medal success was not enough, the pair completed the doublehanded epic adventure that is the Barcelona World Race and took second place. They then set off around the world again, this time as part of the same crew in the Volvo Ocean Race aboard Telefonica, only to compete in the 2012 Olympics just days after the finish of those nine gruelling months at sea. With just a brief shore leave between the Volvo Ocean Race finale and the start of the London 2012 Olympics, Amber Cameron snapped up the opportunity to meet with Iker and Xabi in Lisbon to find out their secrets to success.

stature, both began sailing Optimists quite young. Xabi quit early on as he was just too big and teamed up with his brother to sail other dinghies. He and Iker first met at a regatta when they were 11 years old, but it was

another 11 years before they created their special partnership. Iker had already been sailing the 49er for a year competitively before realising that he needed to split with his existing partner as they were too light to be competitive. With a crippling weight deficit he could not continue, but the extra 30 kilos Iker needed was just what Xabi had. ‘I never sailed skiffs before and the weight was important, but with 30 kilos on my side, we were lucky,’ say Xabi. ‘Our first goal was to get to Sydney [the 2000 Olympics] and see how it goes. Pretty soon it became clear that we were doing very well,’ he adds modestly. Both men have a positive outlook on life and are completely present in whatever task is at hand. They also share a well-honed sense of humour; in Xabi’s case with a certain cheekiness. What’s more, there’s a genuine demonstration of kindness and consideration to those around them. It’s not hard to understand why they are not only successful, but also widely respected.

Complementary skills Twelve years since they first teamed up, Iker and Xabi are still reaping the rewards of this rather special alliance. What do they believe are the secrets to their success as a team – and how do they complement each other? ‘It was pure luck that Xabi and I got together. Xabi and myself are very different from each other, and in some ways he is better than me in many things. From cycling Xabi learnt how much it takes to reach your limit and how to go beyond that. He knows the sacrifices you have to make to be at the top and how to prepare and organise a project well. If you want 100 per cent this is what you have to do,’ says Iker, drawing an imaginary line in the air with his hands, ‘and this is where the Xabi 100 per cent is,’ gesturing a spot much further along. ‘That has been the force that has helped push us from the start.’ ‘The first thing that worked from day one was we are both competitive and do things full-on and seriously. We work and train hard. Iker is much more talented and he has these crazy

ideas that he wants to develop,’ Xabi says, waving his hands in the air with a huge smile. ‘I am much more studious, quiet; the serious one. Normally he is right with these ideas but I have to slow him down sometimes!’ Iker adds, ‘Xabi is someone who is

most important thing. For sure we trust each other too. Since we started sailing together I always remember that if things are not working out I know that he is there with me 100 per cent.’ Do arguments ever get in the way? Xabi says not: ‘We don’t fight, or hardly at all. We both know we are doing as much as we can at all times. It’s trust and we care about what we do as much as we care about each other. What else can you ask for?’ So how have they been able to switch between three quite different sailing disciplines and remain a threat? ‘That’s the clever thing!’ Xabi smiles. ‘We don’t just have each other, we have our coaches and team behind us too. If we want to do another Barcelona World Race we want to do it with Michel (Desjoyeaux, the winner) coaching us and if he is not available we are in big trouble! ‘We have to be 10 steps ahead. When we want to do something we really try to do it. It’s all or nothing. And you have to love what you do. The first Volvo Ocean Race for us was 2005-06. You can look at ocean racing two ways; you either like or you hate it. You can’t just do it for money, that would be terrible. It was a new world for us, having just come from Olympic sailing with so many things to learn. In 2006 we started thinking about doing the 2010 Barcelona World Race. We went to the first race start to get a context. Then we did the second Volvo Ocean Race on “Telefonica Blue” where we had the opportunity to do things from the inside, properly. When we were preparing to think more seriously about the Barcelona World

We have to be 10 steps ahead. When we want to do something we really try to do it. It’s all or nothing. And you have to love what you do really important to me. I am always looking at what we can do better or improve. Xabi is a good one for me to confide in, to talk things through with. He will always listen carefully and tell me honestly what he thinks. It’s easy working with Xabi. Everything is about who is next to you. ‘With Xabi it’s about respect, it’s the

Race we asked the first man on the top of our wish list, Michel Desjoyeaux. ‘We had so many things to learn, going doublehanded. And we never expected him to say yes!’ he remembers. ‘It makes it easier to win with the right people around you,’ comments Iker. ‘Having Michel next to us was like buying time. The Olympic

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campaign is somewhat the same with Alejandro (Abascal) our first coach, who pushed us and always showed us the easiest way to go. And again with the Volvo we have a good team with us; although we had a lot of help from the first one we did, especially from Chris Nicholson.’

transferable skills How different are those worlds and where are there similarities? And what elements of each campaign put the most strain on the partnership? ‘That’s a good one,’ says Iker, stopping to think for a moment. ‘Understanding why the boat is going fast is very important and it’s transferable from the big ones to the small ones and vice versa. The thing to remember is that it is the same sport and you can learn and become a better sailor every time. But there is a readjustment from big to small for sure, you have to forget

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some things and remember others!’ he says with a wry grin. ‘With the Volvo it’s helped that we could spend time together to train but also have some time to sit together or have a little fun.’ Iker adds, ‘You can spend four years training for the Olympics and all can be lost or won in one race. Or you can

view, from boat design, mast design, meteorology, handling, navigation; we understand things so much better. For sure I am a better sailor for all of these experiences. Knowledge is wealth. And you have to make the best of everything. I think people think Olympic sailing is not that hard because you get to go home at the end of each day, but if I had any bad moments it would be during the Olympics, it’s a knife edge with incredible pressure and it can all change at any moment.’ ‘The Volvo for me, is the hardest one to manage of them all though. It’s not only us, there are so many other people involved and there are a lot of constraints. And okay, the Barcelona Race was hard; especially when we saw how much work we had to do to get ready for that. There were a lot of people waiting in Barcelona to see whether Iker and I would actually start the race or even get to the Canaries!’ he adds with a laugh. ‘The longer we are together the stronger we are for sure and with each challenge we are always together.’ Looking forward, how do they see their partnership progressing? ‘We have the Olympics of course, but also we have some offers for the America’s Cup in 2013 so we will see…’ says Iker with a smile. [The Spanish duo finished the 2012 Games in Weymouth in a disappointing 12th place in the 49er fleet]. Xabi adds, ‘After the Olympics, first is to have a little rest. This is a thing

I am a better sailor for all of these experiences. Knowledge is wealth spend two years getting ready for the Volvo Ocean Race and win or lose the race over nine long months. I am not certain which is harder.’ ‘Offshore sailing helps a lot with the 49er campaign and indeed everything we do on the water. This time it’s a bit extreme going from the Volvo straight to the London 2012 Olympics,’ admits Xabi. ‘Maybe it’s a good thing, maybe not. We will see. However, we would not do it if we didn’t think it would work. We learn from all points of

that worries me sometimes; it’s worth the sacrifices and the results are helping us but last year I was only at home for 10 days. Some things get left behind and you have to take care. My family comes with me but it can be just too much. Let’s have a rest and see what comes up. We want to do another Barcelona but we have to wait awhile for the right moment to do it, to see what happens with the [IMOCA 60] class.’ And with another smile he reminds me, ‘Like I said, it’s all or nothing.’ 01920 898 307


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Utilising the Ker 40’s reaching speed on spreader legs was a key focus



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Kevin Sproul shares some of the tips and tricks which contributed to ‘Keronimo’s’ sensational performance as GBR Red won the Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup

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evin Sproul was tactician on Jonathan Goring’s Ker 40 ‘Keronimo’ for the Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup, part of the winning GBR Red team alongside Paul Worswick’s A35 ‘CNBC’ and Andy Williams’ Mills 39 ‘Dignity’. ‘Keronimo’ put in an outstanding performance over the regatta, scoring by far the lowest points of any of the 21 yachts competing.

‘Keronimo’ had different sails and a different deck set-up to the other Ker 40s, was that significant? I had done a lot of sail development with the Soto 40 ‘Ngoni’ and I realised pretty early on that the Ker 40 was a very similar boat in the way it was set up, sailed and the type of sails that would be required. Both sail similar wind angles downwind, a very narrow band of 140-148 true wind whatever the breeze is. I knew that a big part of the Commodores’ Cup would be downwind racing. Having experience in the Soto 40 really gave an insight into how these types of boat tick, even by the Commodores’ Cup the other Ker 40s had not worked out some of the tricks. One example was that when we originally went sailing in ‘Keronimo’ there were spinnaker staysails on the boat, the problem with hoisting staysails is that you need to have someone go forward to do it, when really you want all of the weight at the back of the boat. We rigged up a nice system so that when we were reaching, an outboard lead would be set, this allowed the bowman to drop back to

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The right set-up

Another thing we learnt from the Soto 40 is that these boats are incredibly fast reaching. Although the event had a lot of windward-leeward racing, we often had long spreader legs. So as we went around the leeward mark, we went straight onto the outboard lead. I timed one of the spreader legs on the day we raced in Hayling Bay and over 200 metres we were 18 seconds quicker than the other Ker 40s. I think that one of the reasons we

The designer’s brief for the Ker 40 was to sail the boat very flat, but this went against what I had learnt in the Soto 40 the aft of the boat and trim the jib on the bear-away. Because the asymmetric is flown off the pole there was no need for him to go forward and the jib made a very effective staysail. Also having the staysail trimmed from the back of the boat made it very easy to gybe without anybody having to go forward.


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won the Commodores’ Cup was that we massively simplified how to sail the boat, we reduced the number of things you have to do when you round a mark. Because we had the boat well set up, I think that our manoeuvres were slick and that helps you turn corners a lot quicker without losing speed. We

saw other Ker 40s sailing downwind, putting a guy forward – staysail up-stay sail down etc. and we were just making big gains on them. With these types of boats they are very sensitive to fore and aft movement by the crew on the boat.

On the line With 21 very competitive keelboats on a startline, what was your plan on how and where to start? With a Ker 40 as soon as you try to mix it on the start you are always in trouble because although it is a quick boat, there were bigger boats on the line, which are difficult to avoid if they want the same place and it is difficult to get moving if they are on top of you. Early on in the regatta we had a dodgy start and in the debrief I said that unless the line is really biased, it doesn’t really matter where we start, what matters is getting off the line clean at full speed. For example, in the first race in Hayling Bay, we had a pretty good idea that left was the way to go; there was more wind there and the potential for getting a lift from the land as well, so everybody was down at the port end of the line. The Hong Kong Ker was at the pin, we were second in but settled

with a simple boat set-up and good technique, we could gybe better than the other boats and this meant that the opposition would avoid getting in a gybing battle with us.

left With 21 boats of varying size on the startline, getting clean air was key

Light air sails What about sail choice in light and flukey winds? We were always very quick to get onto the ‘windseeker’, a light jib which is great for finding any wind, such as the tide creating a little bit of apparent – it is amazing how you can quickly get moving along. The Ker 40 has a big kite and as soon as they start to collapse it is worth going onto a windseeker, we were quicker than most in making the change and probably later than most getting off it. Also a bit of ‘downstairs yachting’ is good but the Ker is very wide on the deck, so when it was really light we would have the crew on deck down to leeward but as soon as there is a little power, down below is a better option. All week in the light, I was continually saying we need to get the bow forward, not necessarily towards the mark but you just need to keep the boat going in generally the right direction.

Effective communication With yourself on tactics, John Greenland on the wheel and Ian ‘Baldrick’ Tillet trimming, ‘Keronimo’ had an exceptional team in key positions, explain how the communication worked between the three of you? On the Soto 40 the only bit of information we use upwind and downwind is Target Heel Angle (THA). We don’t use speed numbers or wind angle just Target Heel Angle and we applied this to sailing the Ker 40. I have to say that the designer’s brief for the Ker 40 was to sail the boat very flat, especially downwind but this went against what I had learnt

with the Soto 40 and when we applied the THA numbers to ‘Keronimo’, it worked brilliantly from day one. Perhaps the fact that we had developed our spinnakers from the Soto 40 was a contributory factor but we went faster... that was it. I genuinely think that using THA would work on any asymmetric bowsprit boat sailing downwind VMG angles.

Slick manoeuvres

Virtual marks What are your thoughts on the use of the virtual mark for the offshore race? I think the virtual mark idea is great if you are going to put a mark down where it is difficult to lay an actual mark. However, I think that is something that should be used only if it is really necessary. One of the problems in using a virtual mark is that it adds complication to calling for room on the mark and especially in

below The Ker 40 is wide at deck level, making crew weight placement key

Gybing a big asymmetric kite in light airs can be difficult, what tips would you give? One of the key areas is to be late gybing the mainsail. It is best to get someone to hold the main out, pushing the boom back, preventing it from gybing. This means that as the kite goes across it is completely filled before the main comes over. Then keep the main pinned after the gybe, so that it doesn’t block the air coming off the leech of the spinnaker. It is also important to point the bow up after the gybe and get all of the crew to hike out, even in light winds. All this promotes good boat speed through the gybe and acceleration after. During the Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup, we felt that

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for a nice slot with some separation so we could put the bow down or go up as we liked. At the layline we managed to squeeze the boats above us off, making them tack out a bit earlier than they wanted. The Hong Kong boat hit the layline but when they came back at us on port, we were able to control their tack out, as they had not made enough gain to cross us. So in this example, we didn’t win the pin but we came out of the start controlling the favoured left-hand side of the course.

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Technique: Tactics

this regatta, as we had a lot of boats arriving at the mark all at the same time. In my opinion, if a virtual mark has to be used it should be a gate rather than a fixed point. That way there is no complication with calling for room at the mark and it is much easier to police a boat going through a line than around the mark. Once the boat has crossed the line it can then decide which way to go, and this would take out many of the problems we encountered during the offshore race. Virtual gates are already used in the Volvo Ocean Race and other events and there have been no problems there.

Achieving consistency

photo: paul wyeth

below Sproul and the team worked hard to reduce the time the bow crew spent at the front of the boat, and simplify manoeuvres

A race around the Isle of Wight on the penultimate day proved to be the decisive moment of the regatta. GBR Red pulled out a significant lead over the competition, especially GBR White which had been lying second overall. GBR Red gained 50 points on just that one race, stamping their authority on the regatta – what were your tactics? Before the race, we decided we would see how much wind we had going down the western Solent, a northnorth-westerly gradient wind was forecast but there was virtually no wind at the start. The windseeker worked well for us off the line and we held it for a while, which let us get our bow in front of the fleet. The breeze built quickly and we got to it first and raised the Code Zero, in no time we had 17 knots from the north and we were flying under spinnaker and the jib as a staysail. By the time we got to the Needles we were miles


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ahead. We were always conscious of a chance of the sea breeze kicking in, so we were keeping an eye on Ian Millard’s excellent website (weather. This shows real wind observations all along the south coast on one site. If a sea breeze was to develop then it would do so inshore first, our feeling was that there was little wind offshore, but we would stay just off so we didn’t get into the shadow of the high cliffs after the Needles. However, it was really bizarre as there was wind right under the cliffs and none just off, cold air was

against the other boats. By St Catherine’s Point, we had got ahead of the pack and were going quite nicely. The wind speed had really picked up but was going forward, we timed the change from the kite to the headsail well and pulled off a great manoeuvre. However, I spotted a boat in the distance offshore and assumed it was ‘Magnum’, way out in front. Jonathan checked the AIS and – Lo and Behold! – it was ‘Hugo Boss’, which had just crossed the Atlantic! The real joy was when we turned for home after Bembridge and couldn’t

It is important to respect the opposition but also to feel that you have an edge dropping off the cliffs and we could see black gusts on the water but we were becalmed. Meanwhile, ‘Magnum’ had gone offshore and into pressure, overtaking us, and the slower boats came around the corner at the Needles, saw that we were becalmed and headed for the wind under the cliffs. Everyone was overtaking us but we just couldn’t get to the breeze just 50 metres to windward of us, we eventually got to it and got moving. At that point, we decided to write ‘Magnum’ off, we couldn’t do anything about them but we could try to do the best we could

see ‘Magnum’, which meant that they must have been behind us. ‘Magnum’ had run out of wind offshore and weren’t able to come back inshore. It was a decisive moment in the regatta: although we had a rubbish result, our teammates were right with us, having a great race. And although we had another wind shutdown at Bembridge, our overall result as a team virtually sealed the overall win. As a team we only had three wins in 24 starts but winning regattas is all about consistency and keeping the decent results rolling in. I reckoned that if we had been in the top eight every race you would win overall and that proved to be the case but that needed the whole team doing that. A classic example of the whole team working together was the offshore race: ‘Keronimo’ finished mid-fleet, ‘Dignity’ had a bad result, however ‘CNBC’ scored a bullet. The end result was a mid-table result for the team. This is the second time I have won the event as part of Jonathan Goring’s team and I have to say Jonathan did a remarkable job of putting together a really good crew. Every one of them contributed to the results, not just the two professional sailors on board. Jonathan is an excellent motivator and you need that. It is important to respect the opposition but also to feel that you have an edge and he is very good at instilling that in the team.

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Hartley’s new Phil Morrison designed rotomoulded dinghies were conceived to combine fun afloat with safety and comfort. As a result they are sure to find favour with beginners, children, training centres and beach club holiday operators. Two sizes of high-stability self-draining hulls are offered, each with a choice of rigs aimed to cater from novice sailors to those with more expertise. The sealed masts are of a sufficiently large section to provide enough buoyancy to prevent the boat inverting under normal circumstances. Integral righting lines help recovery in the event of capsize. The 12ft version can be configured for sailing singlehanded or with a crew, while a more powerful 12.2 model adds a retractable bowsprit and 7sq m asymmetric spinnaker.


Hartley 12 Length 3.7m Beam 1.55m Weight 62kg Mainsail 7.1 or 7.5 sq m Jib 2sq m


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Hartley 10 Length 2.94m Beam 1.28m Weight 45kg Sail area 3.7 or 5.1sq m

The latest model from the iconic Finnish yard is a fast Maxi cruiser. The performance oriented hull has a near plumb bow and fine entry opening out to a modest beam that’s carried well aft, with a broad flat section towards the stern, large balanced rudder and a T bulb keel. A clean deck layout contributes to minimalist on-deck styling, aided by a sleek deck saloon and a Park Avenue boom. Below decks there are five cabins, including sumptuous owner’s accommodation and a crew cabin. The first boat was launched at the end of May and competed in the biannual Rolex Swan Cup in Porto Cervo, Sardinia in mid-September. LOA LWL Beam Draught Displacement Ballast Mainsail Jib (108%)

25.08m 22.19 m 6.08m 4m 36,200kg 14,200kg 188.3sq m 162sq m


Arbour 26


This could be the boat for those who have seen The Boat Project, the 30ft Sportsboat built for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, and would like a similar vessel for themselves. The Arbor 26 is built by the same team, working with designer Simon Rogers to build a modern wooden yacht centred around the passion for sailing and owning an exceptional craft. The design has been tweaked to make the new boat a little shorter and deeper, with

Dragonfly 32

This new trimaran, conceived as a proportionately lighter and more agile boat than Dragonfly’s 35ft model, had its world premiere at Southampton. It’s not designed to be trailerable, which means more beam and SEEN therefore more accommodation space than AT THE 2012 many trimarans of a similar length – it’s a SOUTHAMPTON fast boat, but has creature comforts that will BOAT SHOW appeal to many monohull buyers. Each boat is built to the customer’s individual specification, with the show model having a carbon wheel and an inboard diesel engine, although tiller steering and outboard power is also possible. Two carbon rigs are offered, one at 14.5m and one 16.5, the latter providing plenty of power, even in light airs.

LOA 8.23m Beam 2.55m Draught 1.8m (fixed or lifting keel) Displacement 1,800kg Ballast 550kg

9.8m (sailing) 12.3m 8.1m (sailing) 3.7m (folded) 3,100kg (basic boat) 44/55sq m 27/30sq m 47/55sq m 80/100sq m


LOA Length folded Beam Beam Weight Mainsail Genoa Light airs genoa Asymmetric spinnaker

space for four berths, heads, small galley, fridge and inboard diesel engine. The big cockpit remains, giving space for six people to race the boat or enjoy a fast day sail, although the 9/10th carbon rig has been slightly detuned to make it easier for smaller crews to handle.

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Let off the leash, ‘Aegir’ is capable of surfing at 25 knots and is a formidable opponent


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Design profile

Aegir A true cruiser-racer is the Holy Grail of many Maxi owners. Brian Benjamin’s ‘Aegir’ looks like it has achieved exactly that... Louay Habib takes a closer look


egir’s owner, Brian Benjamin couldn’t find the yacht of his dreams or anybody who could build one, so he established Carbon Ocean Yachts to build his own fantasy yacht and offer the same to like-minded owners. The International Superyacht Society recognised this outstanding achievement by awarding the Rogers-designed Carbon Ocean 82 with the best Sailing Yacht Design Award (24m-40m). And it’s just won the cruiser-racer division in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup.

On Deck Flush hatches and smooth lines make use of the ample deck space and one of the coolest features is the revolutionary tender stowage and launching system. Powered by hydraulics, the aft lazarette opens out to enable a tender to be launched from deck level, via a carbon fibre hoist. ‘Aegir’ also has a really well thought-out removable swim platform and carbon swim ladder. The aft deck is an ideal space for sunbathing or to enjoy a sundowner, whilst the cockpit is fitted with a removable varnished dining table for alfresco dining. Sailing ‘Aegir’ is simplicity itself, pushbutton controls within easy reach of the helmsman give fingertip control to the mainsheet and furling headsail. The mainsheet runs off a captive winch below deck, whilst

the headsail operates off a winch right in front of the helmsman. In cruising mode ‘Aegir’ can be easily sailed by just three people.

Below Deck ‘Aegir’ has a contemporary feel with excellent natural light. The saloon table can be lowered to create a coffee table and a flat-screen TV can be raised from the seating structure electronically. The galley is extremely well though out – the large oven and hob unit, ample fridge and freezer, together with storage and a watermaker, offer self-sufficiency when cruising in remote locations. Forward of the saloon are two staterooms: the owner wanted the two cabins to be the same size, offering his guests the same standard of accommodation as the master cabin. Both cabins are air-conditioned and both have king-size beds and ample storage. Other features include a flat-screen TV and an enormous en suite shower room. Aft of the main saloon, ‘Aegir’ has another twin cabin and a crew cabin sleeping three, from which there is easy access to both the engine room and the lazarette.

Racing trim ‘Aegir’ is both a beauty and a beast; a small team takes three days to convert the yacht into a phenomenal raceboat. The conversion involves a racing boom, racing sails and protection fitted to the interior. Let off the leash, ‘Aegir’ is capable of surfing at 25 knots and is a formidable opponent. The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is considered the pinnacle of the Mediterranean season and this summer, ‘Aegir’ won the Maxi cruiser-racer class with straight bullets taking line honours in every race, even against far larger yachts.

specifications Builder Carbon Ocean Yachts, Maine, USA Year 2011 LOA 25.1m Beam 5.75m Draught 4.50m Accommodation Six guests in three staterooms Hull Carbon Fibre Engine 180hp Yanmar 4BY80 Asking Price $8,995,000/£5,535,452

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New boat test

Crabber 26

Cornish Crabbers’ traditionally styled boats appeal to a wide variety of sailors. Rupert Holmes looks at the latest design in the range, the Crabber 26


on’t be fooled by the traditional styling and gaff rig. The Crabber 26 is a boat that’s just as evolved in its own way as ostensibly more up-to-date race boats, albeit driven by a different set of criteria.

Concept and layout

★★★★★★★★ This boat’s ease of handling, speed, pointing ability and manoeuvrability would be the envy of her forebears. It also offers significantly larger accommodation even than similar boats designed a couple of decades or so ago. Granted, you won’t get to experience a screaming reach with the boat planing at speeds in the teens. But there are also times that weight is advantageous – for example, heading upwind in a big breeze you won’t get shaken to a pulp when the boat repeatedly slams to a halt every time it falls off a wave.

Hull, deck and rig

★★★★★★★★★ The rig is an area designer David Thomas spent a lot of time on – the high peaked mainsail is much more efficient than a traditional gaff sail and there are no running backstays. The result is a boat that’s easy to tack, despite the twin headsails, which are small enough that only

SPECIFICATIONS Length over deck Waterline length Beam Draught Draught Displacement Sail area RCD category Price

7.99m 7.24m 2.76m 0.8m (centreboard up) 2.0m (centreboard down) 4,000kg 44sq m B £89,500 (standard boat) including 20% VAT


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a minimum of winching is required. The gaff rig is intrinsically efficient on a reach, while a deep, efficient centreboard helps keep leeway to a minimum when close-hauled. Shoal draught of just 2ft 6in with the centreboard raised enables the boat to be able to dry out easily. It has a shallow long keel, plus bilge runners, so that even on a hard sandy bottom it will only heel eight degrees. While being very conscious of the draught and headroom constraints – a minimum of 6ft 2in headroom was specified – Thomas did not want to risk compromising performance. The hull has a fine entry forward, relatively straight run aft and an enlarged prop aperture that effectively shortens the keel, making the boat quicker and more responsive and reducing wetted surface area.


Under sail

★★★★★★★ A gaff-rigged mainsail has two halyards – one for each end of the gaff. Cornish Crabbers make setting the sail easy by leading both halyards back to the cockpit. Start by pulling both together, until the forward (throat) halyard is hand tight, pop it on the winch to get full tension, then continue with the peak halyard. It’s a process that need take one person no more than 30 seconds. Lowering the sail is similarly effortless – the weight of the gaff helps to bring the sail down, the combined boom topping lift and lazyjack ensures the gaff lies on top of the boom and the sail virtually self-flakes between the two. The rig lends itself to sailing with young children – each can be given a headsail to look after and the loads are not so high that you need worry greatly about trapped fingers. Our test took place on one of the few proper summer days this year, in light airs with the wind rarely topping six knots. These conditions can be very telling about the sailing performance of a boat, particularly a heavy one, with undesirable characteristics often more apparent in these conditions than in a solid Force 3-4. From the outset, it’s clear the Crabber 26 is a solid boat by today’s standards, and it’s immediately noticeable that for anyone accustomed to performance boats she’s relatively heavy on the helm. But that doesn’t mean there’s a lack of positive feedback – even in the super-light conditions she was nicely balanced and responsive.




The rig lends itself to sailing with young children – each can be given a headsail to look after and the loads are not too high

5 1 The bow has a fine entry and a relatively straight run aft 2 Good sized portholes, hatches and plenty of headroom 3 The galley’s light coloured woodwork and hard wood trim 4 A dedicated strop and tackle to raise the bowsprit 5 An easy boat to tack 6 The high peaked main is more efficient than a traditional gaff


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Yet the boat retains good directional stability – if you let go of the tiller it will continue sailing in much the same direction for a while. Of course, for a race boat it’s unthinkable that anyone would want to let go of the tiller, but when cruising, especially short-handed or with children, other priorities can rise to the fore. Given the very light airs and the need to sail fairly deep to keep speed up, the angles through which the Crabber’s tacked impressed us – these were consistently around 100 degrees. In addition to the gaff rig, Thomas also drew a Bermudan cutter option, which would be the rig of choice for anyone really serious about gaining optimum pointing ability. The Yanmar YM20 three-cylinder inboard diesel provides plenty of power and well-planned access panels make routine maintenance easy. While manoeuvring under power is inevitably not as point-and-shoot easy as for a raceboat with a deep fin and powerful rudder, the Crabber 26 is predictable and won’t present any surprises. The large

Even in the super-light conditions she was nicely balanced and responsive of a traditional feel, including tongue and groove effect plywood bulkheads, but without the downsides that are often associated with this. The saloon is bright, with much use of light painted woodwork offset by hardwood trim. It’s also well ventilated, with overhead hatches and plenty of proper portholes, and

The Cornish Crabber range appeals to a wide variety of buyers, including hardened and experienced sailors who are downsizing cut-out around the prop means there’s less propwalk than with traditional long-keel designs and steerage way is relatively easily gained in reverse.

Below decks

★★★★★★★★★ The spacious cabins have all the best aspects

the 6ft 2in headroom helps contribute to the sense of space. The galley is located aft next to the companionway, while opposite is the heads compartment. The latter is well appointed, though it’s relatively compact and has slightly restricted headroom. The saloon is in the widest part of the boat, with ample space for


RUSTLER 33 Stunningly pretty day sailer with weekend accommodation. Combines traditional keelboat style with up to the minute rig and deck gear. LOA 10.36m LWL 6.85m Beam 2.44m Draught 1.67m


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six people to dine at the large folding table that sits on top of the centreboard casing. The forepeak cabin has a large vee berth, with good standing space once the infill at the head of the berth is removed. There’s plenty of easily accessible stowage for small items, and bags more room under the berth.


★★★★★★★★ The Crabber 26 is a likeable boat that’s well thought out and nicely finished. The Cornish Crabber range appeals to a wide variety of buyers, including hardened and experienced sailors who are downsizing to a boat that’s fun to sail and easily manageable. A number of competitive sailors – including a former 505 world champion – have been attracted to the 19ft Cornish Shrimper, which is raced in competitive fleets at a number of locations. It’s easy to see the 26 attracting similar owners. If you want extra space there’s also a 32-footer on the drawing board. This will have considerably larger accommodation, including a separate double aft cabin, larger forecabin with better stowage, and significantly improved galley and heads areas.


YARMOUTH 22 Although a lot smaller than the Crabber, if the gaff rig style appeals and you’d prefer a more traditional underwater profile, it’s also worth looking at this boat. Hull length 6.7m LWL 5.48m Beam 2.28m Draught 1.0m

From: Peter Thomas, Managing Director, Cornish Crabbers Thank you for a great test report. The Crabber 26 concept has been a fabulous success. Cornish Crabbers have been thought of as a very niche market product with great looks but little practicality for the average family owner. With this boat we seem to have changed that view with new customers considering us as a viable alternative to the average white cruiser brands. Quality seems high on the tick list for purchasers at the moment. Whilst we have looked carefully at the design and sailing qualities of the new boats we have in no way compromised our quality. With Bermudan cutter versions and a potential 32ft project underway, we intend to make the Cornish Crabbers the cruising sailors first choice.



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Brainchild of 22-year-old solo sailor, Oscar Mead, the unique patented ‘back pull’ safety line is tethered at the nape of the neck so the wearer is towed faceup in the water, rather than face-down. RRP: £200

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EDITOR’S PICKS: Kit for boat to shore

These were my favourites when it came to jumping on and off different boats during the Olympics and throughout the summer… well I say summer, it was the UK and it was pretty cold!


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The ultimate comfy sailing trousers The great thing about Henri Lloyd’s Element Trousers is they are both comfy and versatile. Available in men’s and women’s cuts, the stretchy nature of the fabric helps with their fit and comfort. I found you could even roll them up as things warmed up, so they were ideal for taking you through a long day of on-the-water action, right through to an afternoon drink in the sun or a chilly evening crew barbeque. There’s an integrated belt, which works really well, and the pockets are very practical. Henri Lloyd also does a pair of shorts in the range (£65), which just lack the belt, but are a really good length… sadly the weather meant they didn’t get as much use as the trousers. RRP: £75

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High-spec, stylish jacket

The Evolution Gore-tex soft shell jacket from Musto is such a great bit of kit, I was absolutely gutted when I thought I might have lost it between press boats during the Olympics. Fortunately, just as I was contemplating how I could allow myself to buy another one, it found its way back to me – perhaps due to it being a small ladies’ size! Made from high quality Gore-tex breathable fabric, really well cut and with a handy hood this also works for every occasion – be it on the racecourse or ashore. It looks smart, it’s practical and it’s not too big or bulky, so easy to add to your bag without taking up too much space. Not cheap, but worth it. RRP: £250

Lightweight footwear

I’m fussy about what I wear on my feet, and it’s sometimes hard to find shoes that will go from boat to shore. Sperry’s ASV Athletic Boat Shoe got more wear than anything else this summer. They are very lightweight but have a pretty substantial feel to the sole at the same time. Without socks they are very cool, unlike many trainers, and they dry quickly when wet. They’re not as grippy as some of the softer-soled sailing trainers, but this also means they are good on land as well and not so prone to wearing out quickly. Ideal, again, if you want something that will take you right through from sailing to socialising. RRP: £110

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Winter essentials


o enjoy winter sailing it’s essential to wear the right kit. The choice between whether you choose a drysuit or a steamer wetsuit comes down to the type of sailing you do and personal preference. Whatever you decide, technical advances in materials and how they are put together should mean you finish a race without freezing.

Drysuits Breathability A drysuit is expensive and should last three to five years, depending on how it’s worn and looked after, so getting your purchase right is essential. Prices range from around £300 up to £500 or more, with the difference in cost mostly related to breathability. Most manufacturers use

Sailing safely and comfortably throughout the winter need not cost the earth, as Paula Irish explains either straightforward water and wind proof material, or more commonly, high-tech fabrics constructed in layers which combine these attributes with breathability. There is a balance between breathability, durability and price – the one you strike will depend on the number of hours you spend afloat. Greg O’Brien, marketing director for Crewsaver, whose range has four different drysuits – junior, Cirrus, ladies’ Zephyr, and top end Sabre – says you don’t necessarily need the highest spec drysuit: ‘The difference between prices is breathability and if I was buying a

drysuit I’d go for our Cirrus suit – it’s ideal for the sort of sailing I do. You don’t need to spend the earth.’ For a weekly club race, breathability won’t necessarily be the priority over affordability and longevity, whereas for longer hours on the water, big winter events and opens, greater breathability will be important to reduce condensation and maintain internal dryness and comfort. But as Jackie Gebhard, director of Gateshead-based Trident UK, explains: ‘It doesn’t matter how breathable it is, if you haven’t got the right kit underneath you will still end up damp inside, so that’s paramount.’ Effective base and thermal layers are essential to wick water away from the skin and add warmth. When trying a drysuit for size take into account what you will wear underneath to ensure there’s space for manoeuvrability and comfort.

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Introducing the new NX wind Pack Simple and effective wind system, with a crisp clear and easy to read display. Designed for racers and cruiser of 25 to 40 foot. Wireless wind transducer makes for easy installation without sacrificing accuracy. The NX wind pack will display:  Apparent wind angle and speed  True wind angle and speed (with log)  True wind Direction (with NX compass pack)  VMG and countdown timer Easy and quick to install. Available from all major chandleries and electronics specialists.



Seals Latex seals are supple and can provide a more watertight fit round the contours of the neck and wrists and can be trimmed for a close fit. Many drysuits, however, now have Neoprene seals. As O’Brien explains: ‘Neoprene is not as tight fitting, but it is a lot more comfortable. Crewsaver doesn’t do Latex seals now and in the last two years most manufacturers have shifted to Neoprene.’ Neoprene seals can be a great alternative for those who are sensitive to Latex and some can be cut for a customised fit. They also provide thermal protection and have greater durability – Latex seals are degraded by sunlight and will perish in two years. Trident, which supplies custom-made, as well as off-the-shelf drysuits, fits both Latex and Neoprene seals, but usually recommends Neoprene for wrists and a Latex seal for a more watertight fit around the neck, ‘although that might change depending on what the customer wants,’ says Gebhard. She adds that while Latex is not as durable, it helps if you look after it, and suggests using a spray such as 303 Aerospace Protectant, which acts as a UV sunscreen. Latex seals can be replaced when worn out.

Children Latex neck seals can often be the best choice for juniors – Typhoon has a

Latex neck seal on its Rookie drysuit. Product manager Nigel Wistow says: ‘What we find with Neoprene seals is because they don’t stretch as much as Latex and kids can have really slender necks, it can be quite painful pulling a neck seal over the head. A parent can open a Latex neck seal out for a child while they put it over their head. Our child’s suit also has ankle seals for wearing with wetsuit boots, again because it’s easier to put on, and it’s a back entry suit so they can’t get out of it or play with the zip. This way you know that if they fall in with a lifejacket they are going to be dry and safe.’

Zips Key zip positions are either diagonally across the chest or horizontally across the back, with some having a slight curve around the shoulders for a better fit. A zip across the back of the shoulders usually requires assistance to get the suit on and off, but allows more flexibility and a tidier, more comfortable front, for enhanced agility and/or wearing a trapeze harness. Women may also prefer a back zip to one over the chest, and many women’s-specific drysuits take this into account. Examples include Gill’s Women’s Pro Drysuit, which has a back zip for comfort and to allow a more flattering fit. A zip diagonally across the chest is

not had any come back,’ says Gebhard. ‘They’re just much more comfortable.’ Gul is also among those using the TIZIP MasterSeal 10, which combines plastic teeth with a metal slider and claims good strength and durability. The advice is to keep it clean from dirt and sand, and avoid sharp bending or twisting. Wistow says: ‘There have been a lot of problems with plastic nylon zips in the past but there is a cost advantage and

Trident as standard recommends Neoprene for the wrists and a Latex seal for a more watertight fit around the neck easier to open and close independently. Some men’s suits also have an extra ‘fly’ zipper for convenience. While metal or brass zips are considered the most durable, they are more costly, pushing up the price of a suit, while plastic nylon zips are cheaper, lighter and more flexible. They have traditionally been viewed as less robust but some drysuit brands are now looking again at plastic zips following advances in their manufacture, including Trident, which fits the TIZIP MasterSeal 10 nylon zip as standard: ‘It’s a big improvement – we’ve been using it for three years and

one in reducing weight.’ For the moment Typhoon, like many companies, continues to rely on brass zips but as Wistow says: ‘It’s a really critical component and something people are continually looking at.’

Durability Reinforced panels of abrasion-resistant materials such as Cordura fabrics in high wear areas such as the knees and seat will maximise durability. Also look for internal braces which allow the top of the drysuit to be removed between races without the bottom half falling down or trailing on the floor.

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Buyers’ Guide

Winter wetsuits Fit to steam For a winter steamer to be effective, a good fit is absolutely critical. Too tight and it will be uncomfortable and compromise mobility, but too loose and it will allow cold water in. Thicker Neoprene will make for a warmer suit, with potentially a corresponding reduction in flexibility and increase in cost. Winter wetsuits usually combine different thicknesses to improve freedom of movement. A winter wetsuit will typically have 5mm thick Neoprene over the body and 3mm on areas requiring greater stretch, such as the arms and legs, and

suit. The more expensive suits have thermal lining throughout to trap more air which keeps you warmer, especially on cold, light wind days.’ Other considerations include a growing trend towards the use of nonpetroleum or limestone-based Neoprene by some manufacturers as a more environmentally friendly alternative. Inner linings for comfort are usually nylon and polyester but others include merino wool to add warmth, as used for example by Patagonia, and bamboo charcoal to add antimicrobial and anti-odour properties, such as in Neil Pryde’s top end winter steamers. Prices as ever vary, and can range from around £100 to £300 depending on the specifications.

Even the most basic suit should have some thermal lining in the chest and back panels When it comes to feet, the options are Latex socks which allow thermal socks to be worn underneath, fabric socks – for which getting the correct foot size is more important as there is less stretch – or Latex ankle seals for wearing with wetsuit boots. The latter is not as warm but suits some sailors and wind/kitesurfers better. Some drysuits have extras like pockets, while others are stripped down with nothing to snag. Plenty of mid-range suits offer both good quality and value for money. And as Wistow advises: ‘Try things on. It’s got to feel good. Every company has an idea of how things should fit and because we’re all different shapes you’ll feel more comfortable in one suit than another.’


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be labelled a 5/3 wetsuit. Wetsuits for the coldest of conditions can go up to 6 or even 7mm. Gul’s Mike Pickering says: ‘If you are unfortunate and live in a really cold area, we do a 6/5/4 which is 6mm on the chest/back, 5mm on legs and 4mm on the arms. Even at this thickness, today’s really flexible Neoprene still allows good movement.’ Alongside the thickness of the Neoprene, insulation also comes from tiny air pockets within it. The more closed cells there are to trap air, the warmer and lighter the suit will be. Also look for areas of high density or smooth-skin Neoprene externally, which help resist wear, reduce drag and improve warmth by aiding windproofing and encouraging water run-off. Strengthened and printed Neoprene meanwhile, such as on the knees, seat and shoulders, will enhance grip and withstand abrasion from boat and harness contact. Glideskin or smooth Neoprene is often used around the neck for additional comfort. For added insulation, winter steamers usually include a material such as titanium to reflect body heat and maximise core warmth. As Pickering explains: ‘Even the most basic suit should have some thermal lining in the chest/back panels of the

Seams For winter wetsuits, always look for glued and blindstitched seams. These are glued initially, then sewn with a curved needle, which doesn’t totally pierce the skin of the suit. Pickering says: ‘Any suit used in winter should be glued and blindstitched, maybe a little bit of Neoprene tape on areas subject to lots of stress. The more upmarket suits also have seams that are painted with silicon (liquid seaming). This ensures a completely dry seam and dry wetsuit.’ Zips, traditionally located down the back, are another potential source of leaks. Look for waterproof zippers such as the PK Black Out Zip, where the teeth lock together to keep out water, and an internal Neoprene flap or batwing located behind the zipper for extra warmth and comfort and to help prevent water flushing behind it. There has been a recent trend towards suits with a short zip across the chest, rather than the traditional back zip. This gives the suit a lot more stretch on the back panel, meaning a lot more comfort when crouching down and bending. Until recently this feature was only available on more expensive suits but this has now filtered down to all levels of wetsuits.

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THE CREAM OF The Caribbean season is about to kick off, with a host of events providing fun for racers, cruisers and holidaymakers. Louay Habib looks at what the Caribbean has to offer, inluding his personal experience of the BVI Spring Regatta


rom the end of January until April the Caribbean International Regatta Circuit pits the cream of the Islands’ sailing communities against an array of travelling professional and amateur crews from all over the world. Some of the competition is intense but it’s never long to wait for the next party or funon-the-beach day. From Barbados to Puerto Rico, the racing includes handicap and charter fleets, classic boats and superyachts, multihulls, beach cats and monohulls

sailing windward-leeward, offshore (Caribbean 600) and round-the-island courses. All this and the perfect mix of sun, scenery and lively nightlife – what’s not to like?

BVI – nature’s little secrets Imagine a tropical paradise, offering safety, seclusion and fantastic blue water sailing... well it exists and it’s called the British Virgin Islands. There are over 40 islands in the BVI, some no more than rocky outcrops, but 16 are inhabited with the majority of the population living on

Tortola. The archipelago provides a sheltered sailing area called The Sir Francis Drake Channel. Protected by Tortola to the north and a chain of Islands to the east, flat blue water, amazing scenery and warm trade winds are almost guaranteed from November right through until May. The BVI are a little more difficult to get to from Europe but it is well worth the extra effort. There are local sailing regattas right through the year but the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival, which takes place from March 25-31, 2013,

is most definitely the highlight of the BVI sailing calendar. Based out of Nanny Cay Marina, Tortola, the weeklong occasion actually incorporates three separate events.

Festival and Match Racing The three-day sailing festival kicks off with a welcome party at Peg Leg’s Restaurant at Nanny Cay. The sailing festival attracts a wide variety of yachts and there is a relaxed, chilledout atmosphere, suitable for all the family. The 2013 edition has a change to the usual programme. Previously

the first race was to Virgin Gorda, however next year the Round Tortola Race is the replacement. Starting from Nanny Cay, the fleet will pass through The Cut, a narrow gap between Tortola and St. John before turning north, laying a course for Jost Van Dyke. As the yachts pass Soper’s Hole, the breeze can begin to pipe up; but exiting the channel the scenery becomes absolutely gobsmacking. The north coast of Tortola is just as awe-inspiring: the shoreline is sparsely populated and there are a number of excellent



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beaches. Behind the shoreline the land rapidly rises to Tortola’s highest point, Sage Mountain, 1,716ft above sea level. There is virtually no heavy industry for hundreds of miles and the aquamarine sea is crystal clear; it is an area of astounding natural beauty. The second day of the festival is also the start of the Gill BVI National Match Racing Championship, comprising two days of windwardleeward racing in IC24s, right in front of the beach. Last year the event was a Grade 3 ISAF status competition, and as such it attracted some top class sailors. The sailing festival fleet will also be racing. The chain of islands to the south-east provides a number of racecourse opportunities that are tactically challenging and enchantingly beautiful. The fleet should be back in time to enjoy a sundowner at Nanny Cay while watching the final rounds of the match racing and enjoying a BBQ on the beach. The last day of the festival is a lay day, in case of any postponements, however, the day is scheduled to be all about fun ashore and on Nanny Cay

beach. This includes stand-up paddle races, beach volleyball and kids’ swimming contests. If that is far too much to contemplate, you can always just sip a painkiller under a palm tree and watch the match racing come to a

7-10 February, 2013 Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013, Antigua’s Jolly Harbour YC organised regatta is attempting to lay claim to one of the last available weekends in the International circuit with a revamped racing programme.

still suitable for children, the evening entertainment gets turned up to full volume with live music and hundreds of people partying into the night. Racing starts on Friday and concludes Sunday and attracts some of the best local sailors, as well as international competition from other islands, USA and Europe. Up to two races a day are scheduled for classes racing under CSA handicap, and last year the yachts varied from an STP 65 and a Farr 400 to light-displacement

Enjoy a sundowner at Nanny Cay while watching the final rounds of the match racing and enjoying a BBQ on the beach... conclusion or snorkel on the live reef just a few yards from shore.

BVI Spring Regatta Most of the yachts competing at the festival stay on for the BVI Spring Regatta. The regatta is also based at Nanny Cay but the beachfront lawn undergoes something of a transformation. A number of local food vendors set up an alfresco dining area, and while the atmosphere is

day boats. Race management is first class and the course area is probably one of the best racetracks that Mother Nature has created. The north-easterly Trade Winds usually blow straight down the Sir Francis Drake Channel. With no depth issues, there is usually a mixture of short windward-leeward races around laid marks and cracking races around Ginger, Salt and Dead Chest Island. Last year there were nine CSA classes, two

BELOW LEFT All the major sailing festivals have great, live music socials off the water - like this example at Antigua Race Week





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regatta. The winner is awarded a free charter for the British Virgin Islands and, although there are no professional teams in the bareboat class, many highly respected sailors choose to race in the ‘one-design fleet’ often with their family members.


Exploring BVI

For those not booked on the first flight home, the end of racing at any of the International regattas means cruising on to the next event, chartering locally or just enjoying a break on a beach somewhere nearby. Exploring the Caribbean afloat is by far the most attractive way to enjoy the scenery, especially somewhere with as many islands as the BVI. The Moorings and Sunsail have a wide variety of boats to choose from. And if beach clubs are more your scene, the beach cats, windsurfers and kayaks at somewhere like the St James Club in Antigua might tempt you into staying put after Antigua Week. Barbados, Puerto Rico and St Barths have plenty of similar options too. But if chartering sounds a bit sedate for your tastes and you haven’t got the time to go walking the docks for a ride on a raceboat, then the sailing (and socialising) packages from companies like OnDeck, or through individual boat owners, could be for you. Different levels of luxury are reflected in the prices but in general, no experience is necessary. Example Itinerary OnDeck round trip Antigua-Barbados delivery-and-round-theisland-race package – £670 not including flights or transfers. Wed 18 January AM Depart Antigua for Barbados Thu 19 January 19:00 Mount Gay ‘Red Cap’ Party at Barbados Cruising Club Fri 20 January 10:00 Training day 17:00 Mount Gay Rum Tour and Party at The Mount Gay Rum visitor center Sat 21 January TBC Race start 1600 Post-race party at Barbados Cruising Club Sun 22 January 1900 Regatta Dinner (tickets purchased separately) 2100 Grand Prizegiving, dance and party Mon 23 January AM Depart for Antigua arriving Tue 24 PM


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ABOVE The Caribbean is not all about racing; while these yachts are enjoying the competition at Antigua Race Week, others will prefer cruising around the islands Bareboat Classes and racing for IC24s and Multihulls. The Spring Regatta has class trophies awarded at the final prizegiving but without doubt, regatta partner Sunsail donates the most valuable prize. The International Yacht Club Challenge (IYCC) is a competition between all yachts chartered from Sunsail for the

The aquamarine sea around Tortola is crystal clear; it is an area of astounding natural beauty



The BVI Sailing Festival doesn’t go to Virgin Gorda next year but it is well worth exploring. Virgin Gorda is located in the North Sound and home to The Bitter End Yacht Club and the newly built clubhouse for the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. The Bitter End has been established for over 25 years and is open to the public. There are moorings right outside The Crawl Pub and there is a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner at reasonable prices. There is also a great restaurant on the Saba Rock Island with a free ferry service from the Bitter End YC. One of the most remarkable features of Virgin Gorda is ‘The Baths’ located on the southern end of the island; these unusual geologic formations echo the island’s volcanic origins. Huge granite boulders lie in piles on the beach, forming scenic grottoes that are open to the sea. Closer to Tortola, Cooper Island has a great beach bar and café and mooring buoys that can be used over night. And if you fancy visiting one of the BVIs’ most outrageous bars then Willy T’s on Norman Island is the spot for you.

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Clubs & Classes The Fireballs and Hornets held their 50th and 60th anniversary nationals, while the Moth and GP14 worlds celebrated 100+ entries... Paula Irish reports

1720 European champs The Corona 1720 European championship at Baltimore, West Cork, was won by Mark Mansfield and his crew Peter O’Leary, fresh from a top 10 finish in the Star at the Olympics.

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The RS Vareo nationals at Netley SC greeted a fleet of 25 and Mark Somerville fulfilled the potential he showed at Weymouth last year to become the 2012 national champion.

130-boat entry for GP14 worlds Ian Dobson and Andy Tunnicliffe defended their GP14 world title in a hotly contested event at Looe SC; the 130-boat limit for the Aigua Charter GP14 World Championship had been reached six months earlier! With an opening Force 2-3, Andy ‘Taxi’ Davis and Andy Hateley kicked

off with the first bullet. Lighter winds and a tricky chop on day three saw mixed results, but the next day of racing saw an extraordinary briefing at the Lifeboat Station. It sounded ominous. The gathering crews were advised the gin palace being used for the race committee was unable to cope

Cowes classics: 100 entries Cowes Classics Week was the biggest ever with 100 entries over nine classes. The 12mR class competed for the Claude Cayley Challenge Cup and was won by one point by ‘Italia’. Five Loch Longs travelled from Aldeburgh in Suffolk to celebrate their 75th Anniversary and


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competed for the Queen Victoria Jubilee Cup, won by ‘Pippin’. The XODs again had the largest turnout with 30 boats. There were also 10 Squibs from the Royal Victoria, Solent Sunbeams, Bembridge One Designs, Darings, and a growing number of ‘Revival’ yachts.

with the conditions. A ‘bigger boat’ was found: a 50-foot trawler more accustomed to Arctic fishing trips! Two races saw Dobson/Tunnicliffe charge their way to the front. They took the gun in both races and with only one final race on the last day and a second discard kicking in, the title was theirs.

Firefly nationals The Firefly national championship at Pwllheli SC was won by Stu and Jane Hudson. The silver fleet was decided after Jamie Marston and Alex Colquit won in the same style as Stu Hudson won the overall series, with a 720 penalty on the last beat.

Supernovas Champagne conditions on day one for the 31 helms competing for the Supernova inlands title at Northampton SC, followed by a light airs day two, allowed a six race series. Cliff Milliner (Cotswold) won the title.

Kestrel Nationals The Kestrel Nationals at Ullswater YC attracted 19 teams and Stewart and Mhairi Murdoch from Royal Tay YC won all but one of the seven races to take the title. Liam Pike and Alistair Luxford took the runner up slot.

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The Hornet fleet descended on Brixham for its European championship and to celebrate its 60th anniversary. The results went down to the last day and the fleet had proof that you don’t need a

Fireballs 50th nationals The Fireballs held their 50th anniversary nationals at Penzance SC with 57 entries, and victory was taken by the Ellis brothers, James and Dan, in a brand-new fleet boat. James and Dan set out their stall early in Mount’s Bay by taking the first bullet and then a third. Their subsequent consistency across the following three days saw this on-form team score a superb set of results before the final day saw

strong winds bring the championship to a premature end. In the six races that counted, the siblings from Royal Plymouth YC delivered three bullets and three podium finishes, with a total of 11 points (net). An astonishing score by any standards. Second overall, just two points behind, were Tim Rush and Sam Pascoe (Nottingham/Castle Cove), with Sam Mettam and Richard Anderton (Rotherham) third.

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RS200 nationals The Noble Marine RS200 nationals at Exe SC saw 10 races, fine weather, great PRO’ing from Phil Morrison, ice creams when tallying off and cake mountains. On the final day Ben Saxton and Toby Lewis continued in true imperious style, winning both races to win overall by a country mile, counting seven firsts and a second.

new boat to win. Dick Garry and Matt McGrath won the overall championship, Rob Larke and Nic Barnes second and Dave Conlon and Ed Gibbons were third.

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Hayling Island SC’s Greg Wells and Richard Rigg took the Flying Fifteen Europeans at Lake Garda with a regattawinning move in what was to prove the final race. Thirty-five entries competed at Fraglia della vela Riva and as the fleet neared the startline for the final day the wind increased and veered to the north-east, blowing 20 knots plus. Race eight, saw the title contenders next to each other near the committee boat, but Wells was pinned and couldn’t tack to cover, while from the Torbole side of the course Goacher hooked into a massive right-hander and led by miles to win with Wells fourth. With two more races scheduled Goacher could still win the title but needed to win both races. Wells won the second race comfortably and with it the championship. With conditions deteriorating racing was abandoned, with Goacher finishing second. overall ahead of Charles Apthorp and Alan Green.

Hornets celebrate 60th

GB 420 & 470 success RYA Volvo National Youth Squad sailors Annabel Vose and Kirstie Urwin were crowned ladies 420 junior European champions on the final day of racing in Riva, Italy, while Skandia Team GBR sailors enjoyed further podium glory in the men’s and women’s 470 fleets. Vose and Urwin posted their best results of the regatta on the final day with a 2-7 to secure 10th place overall in the open fleet (boys and girls) and the 420 ladies junior European title. Mike Wood and Hugh Brayshaw, and Joanna Freeman and Katie Tomsett, clinched a silver and bronze medal respectively in the men’s/mixed and women’s 470 events.

Nip-and-tuck at the OKs The OK nationals was won after a nip-and-tuck struggle between a few boats. Going in to the last day, Lee Child in his shiny new Synergy boat and defending champion Terry Curtis were tied on points with almost identical results. Child led the first race from start to finish with Fish second, then Curtis took third in the second, with Child seventh. It looked like the title was Curtis’s, but then he discovered he was OCS, and the national title belonged to the deserving Lee Child.

Tasar nationals in Porthpean, Cornwall A 30-strong Tasar fleet rolled up for a four-day nationals at Porthpean, the home of defending title holders Jeremy and Suzanne Hawkins, which allowed them the luxury of sleeping in their own beds each evening. There were at least four former Tasar champions competing plus

multiple championship winner Steve Cockerill, sailing with wife Sarah, all hoping to grab the title. A breezy first day and a lighter day two saw four wins out of four races for team Hawkins with the championship swinging into their clutches. Day three saw a new winner

with Steve and Sarah Cockerill, sailing their 35-year-old Tasar, taking the first bullet, then race six saw yet another win for the Hawkins, now making it practically impossible for anyone else to take their title, with race seven a win for Malcolm Davies. And so to the final day, and a

long-distance race. Those who stayed out at sea lost out to the ones who tacked inshore and found a nice shift and more pressure under the cliffs. Malcolm Davies took his second win to finish third overall, while the Hawkins finished second to defend their national title ahead of the Cockerills.

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Solutions Competitors at the Harken Solution nationals were blessed with two days of racing in a Force 4 under blue skies at Gunfleet SC. After three races Clevedon’s Nathan Batchelor won overall ahead of Paul Davis

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Contender title for McGrane The Contender nationals had a forecast of all sun and no wind, but Royal Torbay YC worked miracles to ensure that every bit of available breeze was used. With 43 of the keenest players and many new faces mixing it throughout the fleet, Ben McGrane took a first-day double

bullet in minimal wind. On days two and three in slightly more breeze Graham Scott and Stuart Jones also pulled in wins, with Martin Frary also having a good couple of days to challenge for the lead. By the final race there were only two boats in it and a showdown

between Jones and McGrane began. Although Stuart had a one-point lead, better discards meant Ben had only to stop him coming in the top four. Ben managed to get underneath Stuart and force a tack into dirty air. He was unable to come back allowing Ben to take the win and the 2012 title.

The Lightning368 nationals at Northampton SC saw a breezy day one with Robbie Claridge taking the first three race wins and then a second, and Paul White taking the final win of the day to add to a solid 3,2,2. Overnight these were the only two sailors in the 22-strong fleet who could now win the nationals. Sunday dawned windless but the RO was convinced a breeze would arrive and it duly did, but only just. Robbie took another win and with it the title.

Whilst big breeze might have been on most of the Cherub fleet’s wish list for the nationals, big waves were probably not – but that’s what they got for the first two days. For many it was survival sailing, and it was the ’97 rules boats with slightly smaller sails which were really enjoying themselves. Conditions on days three and four were much more benign and

Graham and Eddie Bridle found their groove and won the last six races to take the championship in style and retain the Simpson Cup. Second were Clive and Alex Everest, ahead of Dean Ralph and Simon Jones in third and Phil and Carol Alderson fourth. There was intense racing between the ’97 rules fleet (smaller sails, generally speaking single wire and no t-foil) all week.

Walkers win Mirrors Abu Dhabi Volvo Ocean Race skipper Ian Walker fulfilled a lifelong ambition by entering the Mirror nationals with his 11-year-old daughter Zoe. It was 23 years since Ian last sailed a Mirror and as he reminded everyone in his winning speech, most of the fleet were not even born when he last sailed one. Ian praised the high standard of the young sailors in


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the fleet, with Itchenor SC hosting 64 boats. It once again proved itself to be a true family boat with competitors ranging in age from seven to 70 years old. Second overall were Milly and Nick Pugh, who also claimed the prizes for first ladies helm, first Under 15, and the New Navigators & General trophy combined best result at the Europeans and nationals.

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Cherub race for survival

scorpion nationals A 57-boat fleet saw Tom Gillard and Ollie Wells taking the Scorpion national championship title with a race to spare. After a week of glorious sunshine, on day six the weather realised there was a bank holiday approaching and quickly turned to driving rain and some lower temperatures. This was enough to

convince Gillard and Wells to enjoy a well deserved day off. Consistency had paid off for the pair, whose scoreline of all top-five results included two wins and two seconds in the first four races. They finished the regatta with a 19-point lead over defending champion Tom Jeffcoate sailing with fleet newcomer Harvey Hillary.

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British Hobie Nationals The 64 participants competing in the Brewin Dolphin British Hobie Cat Nationals experienced excellent conditions. Hosted by the Royal Channel Islands YC in its 150th Anniversary year, crews came from as far afield as Australia, the USA

After the first day, reigning UK champion Adam Butler crewed by his brother Luke were ahead by one point. But it was all change in the final races as Peter and Kate Scriven mounted a late charge to take the title.

Hobie Tiger Guernsey’s Benn Garnham and Jamie Hamilton led by one point at the end of day one, and then extended their lead with two firsts to win the class, with Jesson/ Steedman defending second overall and Hart/Kinross third.

and Germany. A breezy first day saw four spectacular races. The wind increased overnight and a coastal race was cancelled. Teams then enjoyed a Force 4 westerly, flat-ish sea and blue sky; near perfect conditions for the final four races.

Sprint 15 pilgrimage A fleet of 83 Sprint 15s made the pilgrimage to the spiritual home of UK cat sailing – Brightlingsea SC – for the Windsport Catparts Sprint 15 national championship. The weekend would be in part noted by an eager fleet straining at the leash to get off the start line.

The black flag became a familiar friend complementing the top racing and stunning weather. Local Stuart Snell claimed the overall prize. The ladies trophy went to Jenny Ball (Marconi) in 10th and the youth prize to Jacob Aldridge (Grafham).


Tiger-Wildcat The Hobie Tigers and Wildcats raced together on similar handicaps for a special prize. Former Australian team member and now Jersey resident Darren Stower crewed by Fabian Syring from Germany on a Wildcat registered an impressive six firsts, taking the combined prize and with it the Wildcat national trophy. Benn Garnham and Jamie Hamilton on their Hobie Tiger were second and Adrian Jesson and Bruce Steedman third.

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Jersey’s Lilly Carter and Mary Perkins were a class act to win all eight races. Ben Newstead and Robyn Stuart came second and Brodie Flambard and Emily Doleman third, both new teams to the class.

Moth worlds in Garda

The UK fleet was in good spirits going into the Zhik Nautica Moth Worlds at Vela Club Campione del Garda. Current European champion Chris Rashley won the UK nationals, making his intentions quite clear. But this is Moth racing and only a fool makes any predictions in such a star-studded 120-boat fleet from 20 countries across the globe. Ultimately Rashley finished seventh overall, and held onto his European title. Simon Payne and Jason Belben, finishing ninth and 13th, a British 1,2,3, for the European spots, but Australia took the top three spots overall.

Conditions were on the lighter side in the beginning of the event but then Lake Garda delivered. The final day saw the Pelèr blowing furiously from early on, and gave the 60-strong Gold fleet of Moths three exciting races. If Aussie Scott Babbage capsizes at the first weather mark it is a measure of the tough, demanding but equally spectacular conditions on a racecourse. He scored three seconds to finish his regatta in second overall, while his training partner Joshua McKnight prevailed, scoring 1,3,1 to take the world title.

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Dramatic b14 europeans The B14 Europeans at Centre Nautique De Plerin in France saw a dramatic last day in which the three leaders FRA773 (Alain and Francois Cadre), ‘Team Ullman Sails’ (Mark Watts/Kathy Sherratt), and ‘Team NeilPryde’ (Mark Emmett/Allan Stuart) battled for supremacy – with disaster for two of them. In a Force 3-4, with the breeze building, ‘Leaky Pipes’ (Gerry Fermor/Chris Fermor) took the bullet with ‘Seavolution’ (Mark Barnes/Charlie Game) second. A breezier race seven then saw ‘Team Ullman Sails’ take the win from GBR785 Peter Knight/Tom Redgrave. ‘Ullman Sails’ took the lead in race eight, but disaster struck as their primary kicker block self-destructed. ‘Team NeilPryde’ then lost their rig over the front only for GBR785 to follow suit. The win eventually went to ‘Seavolution’ with ‘Team Marlow’ showing some crazy two sail gybes to take second. The calculators came out as the fleet hobbled back to the beach. The fancied French team of Alain and Francois Cadre (FRA773) had done enough to take the title from Mark Watts and Kathy Sherratt (Team Ullman Sails) by a point.

Norfolk Punting A good mix of traditional and modern punts gathered for the Norfolk Punt Championship, representing some 91 years of the class’ history. A light and flukey south-westerly on day one was followed by a slightly fresher north-easterly breeze off the sea for the second day. ‘Harnser’, sailed by the Jarvey brothers James and Paul and showing great speed off wind with her asymmetric, claimed four wins from the five races and the overall trophy. Robin Slatter and Lesley Haines sailed ‘Cavender’ into second overall. ‘Swallow II’, Emma and Will Daniels, was third.

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Forthcoming events n November 2-4 Tornado and Nacra, Nationals, Weston sC Multihulls, 20Foot Championship, Weston sC

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The Merlin Rocket nationals at Lyme Regis SC saw a showdown between defending champions Andy ‘Taxi’ Davis and Tom Pygall against 2010 champs and Olympic silver medallist Stu Bithell and Christian Birrell. On the final day both were tied on points but Stu and Christian

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n November 24-25 420, end-of-season, Grafham Water sC


Nicholas Sutton and Joshua Bennett won the TridentUK Cadet nationals at Torquay. The Corinthian Otters pairing counted two victories, three seconds, a third and two fifths for a total of 21 points, having featured in the vanguard of every race.

Father and son team Martyn and Jack Lewis counted seven wins to secure the Miracle national championship at Ullswater YC. Winds across the width of Ullswater are a race officer’s nightmare as they can swing in the blink of an eye, and so it was on day one, when it was a challenge to follow the shifts. But this is what Draycote Water SC’s team Lewis succeeded in doing, taking the first of their seven race wins. The pair took the national title with two races to spare, finishing the regatta counting just nine points.


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had no discard having retired from race five. Afer a recall and a black flag, the final start was committee boat favoured and Andy Davis pushed Stu/Christian away down the line. Ultimately this was to Stu’s favour as the breeze went hard left half-way up the beat

and he was able to round in fourth. From this point on there was little Andy Davis could do. The level of performance shown by the leading two teams in dominating such a starstudded fleet was something special. Geoff Carveth completed the podium in third.

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More than 500 British and international competitors descended on Pwllheli SC for the Optimist nationals, which saw a week of varied and tricky conditions, with two days of racing lost to strong winds. Martin Wrigley claimed the Volvo Gill Optimist British national champion title, saying ‘the races we did manage to get in were great competition’. Top British girl was Royal Lymington’s Jenny Cropley, who added: ‘With two days on shore it made every race count.’ After a seven-race series Arthur Brown (Royal Burnham YC) secured the Junior fleet title. Haydn Sewell (Royal Victoria YC) took the national Regatta fleet title after sailing consistently in all his nine races.

an RS400 with her boyfriend, Beijing gold medallist Paul Goodison. Sas also honoured the week by giving away the prizes. The week, run by Dabchicks SC and West Mersea YC, gave some fine weather with a mixture of wind conditions.

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and includes both a carbon symmetrical pole and a carbon retractable bowsprit. Comprehensive instrumentation includes a Nexus NX2 system with processor and three multi XL mast displays. Below decks the A35 is not a stripped out racer – there’s a large aft cabin, smaller forecabin, a galley, separate heads/shower compartment and enough wood trim to create a comfortable feel. Interior refinements include pressurised water and a black water tank. Archambault 35s in general have an excellent performance record,

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interior, a new low-profile coachroof, a new carbon rig with outboard chainplates, removal of the inboard engine, plus a carbon rudder and stock. At the same time the keel was re-faired to templates. She was designed by Stephen Jones, with the plywood hull built by Farrow and Chambers in Grimsby. There’s a recent set of asymmetric sails by One Sails, as well as an asymmetric suit from Quantum in 2010. ‘Thrust’ also has a set of Tacktick instruments and a road trailer.

sailors of boat sexes can be found in the class, from teenagers to those well past retirement age. Top sailors expend considerable time, effort and expense on boat preparation and the fastest boats, whether nearly new or refurbished, fetch around £10,000 or more. However, a good entry to the class can be found for a significantly lower price. Number 572, for instance, has been epoxied

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There can be few race boats on the market that are better prepared or equipped than this Archambault A35 – she was a member of the winning GBR Red team at this year’s Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup. Although launched in 2008, this Joubert Nivelt design has been constantly updated, including a set of North 3DL inshore race sails new this season, plus a suit of North 3Dl offshore sails from 2011. The boat also has a suit of Millenium carbon sails from 2009 and storm sails. The deck layout has been customised for maximum efficiency

‘Thrust’ may look like a blown-up Sportsboat, but she started life as a serious and successful inshore and offshore raceboat. In 1994, the year after she was launched, she broke the North Sea record – and retained it for 17 years. More recently, she enjoyed success in this year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, winning one race, taking second place in another and finishing sixth overall in IRC Class 4. Her current condition belies her age – this is a boat that has been maintained in an as new state, with equipment regularly renewed. In particular she had a major refit carried out by Shotley Marine Services three years ago. This included removal of the

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SquIB i £3,000 After more than 40 years the Squib class remains popular, with more than 30 fleets around the UK and Ireland. It’s a class that has long been friendly to newcomers, whether new to Squibs or new to sailing, yet competition at the top of the fleet is intense. There’s an active programme of events, including a national championship that regularly attracts 80-90 boats. A wide range of ages of


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