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Grant Dalton Inside the skin of New Zealand’s top sailor


The F1 factor

High-tech future as sailing and motor racing share their secrets


Winning sailors reveal their trimming tips

RS100 WINNERS How to get ahead in the singlehanded dinghy


BEACH CLUBS Sailing holidays ashore with boats on tap


Stunning new British dayboat design tested






boats 58 New What’s new and on show this year

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kitbag 61 Sailor’s What to look out for at London

Professional trimmers Dave Lenz, Chris Mason and Kevin Sproul reveal the secrets of white sail speed

Fisher 11 Bob Back in court with the America’s Cup Rice 13 Andy GB amateurs are the best in the world Andi Robertson 14 On Irish Figaro sailor Dave Kenefick

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the RS100 worlds 36 Winning Cover story Two rigs, two fleets:


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and the F1 factor 18 Sailing Cover story The emerging links

40 World Blind Sailing champion Vicki Sailing with your senses

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Achievement Award 26 Lifetime Cover story Grant Dalton is one of

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assion underpins the Kiwi attitude to sport. It captured the hearts of sailors and spectators around the world and earned Emirates Team New Zealand a huge groundswell of support throughout the 34th America’s Cup. The Cup may have slipped from their grasp, but the passion and determination of the man who led the team, Grant Dalton, made a lasting impression. Dalton’s Kiwiand-proud crew took on Goliath when they faced Oracle Team USA’s global campaign, made up of sailors cherrypicked from around the world with a near unlimited budget, and gave them the toughest competition imaginable – a true reflection of their team leader, one of toughest competitors in sailing. The Managing Director of Emirates Team New Zealand is a man of many parts – the 56-year old not only ran the $100 million campaign from start to finish, but also sailed aboard the 72ft foiling catamaran as a grinder, the most physically demanding position on the boat – his fellow grinders included Olympic champion oarsman Rob Waddell. This was typical of the man – in 2007 he had been in the ‘sewer’, packing headsails and spinnakers throughout the campaign in Valencia. At that time, he expressed his reasons: ‘I feel way more comfortable sailing on the boat. I could not stand not sailing on the boat. I am a sailor, that is what I do, and being on the

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The 2014 Yachts & Yachting Lifetime Achievement Award honours the incredible career of New Zealand’s Grant Dalton, traced by Bob Fisher boat completely allows me to run the place, to react, to have discussions about why we did not sail well on the last regatta and do something about it, and hopefully I am pulling my weight.’ Dalton is a sailor of determination, and it is a determination that is infectious, as he demonstrates in every team with which he is associated. It dates back to his first big chance. ‘Dalts’ was rejected by Peter Blake for a crewing job in the 1977-78 Whitbread Round the World Race but was given a chance by Cornelius van Reitschoten (after repeated application letters) aboard ‘Flyer’. He was as green as the sheep pastures of his homeland when he arrived aboard the boat. Writing of his first night years later, Dalts says on passage from Rotterdam to Southampton, Conny handed him the wheel. He realised: ‘If I had refused the wheel, I would have been sacked at the first stop.’ He had never before steered a boat with a wheel and was heading into the crowded shipping lanes, in the dark, but one thought filled his mind: ‘You’ve been lucky, and this is your chance. If you don’t


All in his stride One senses this philosophy still pervades his thinking – a ‘get up and go’ attitude which stimulates all around him. His reaction to rejection by Blake was only to become more driven. Peter Blake was very much a hero of New Zealand and set those who followed a massive target to equal or better. First there was reconciliation with Blake. Initially, Dalton tried to raise the finance for a challenge of his own, but the responses he received from potential sponsors indicated that he was too young and inexperienced to be given charge of a multi-million dollar project. But after his success aboard ‘Flyer’, which had had a close race for three of the Whitbread legs with Blake’s ‘Ceramco New Zealand’, he was invited to be a watch leader on Blake’s challenger for the 1985-86 Whitbread, ‘Lion New Zealand’, an 80ft Ron Holland design. In the interim period, Dalton had worked as a salesman for Feltex ropes and suffered considerable ragging about this, notably after receiving a ‘Dear John’ letter from his erstwhile girlfriend when the boat’s log recorded: ‘Dalts tried to hang himself last night but the Feltex rope broke.’ He was also known as ‘No Neck’

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RS100 WINNERS How to get ahead in the singlehanded dinghy

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t’s easy to forget that winning isn’t everything. In a sport like sailing half the battle can be just getting to the finish line, and achievements come in many forms. The story goes that when the first America’s Cup was held back in 1851, Queen Victoria watched as ‘America’ led the fleet of 15 yachts home to win the race around the Isle of Wight. The British ruler was reported to have asked: ‘Who was second?’ The famous answer was given: ‘Your Majesty, there is no second.’ No matter what the truth of that tale is, it’s certainly true that few America’s Cup challengers have made as much of an impact as Emirates Team New Zealand. Whilst they didn’t win the 34th Cup, the Kiwi team and team leader Grant Dalton had huge global support throughout the event. Of course, Grant Dalton has plenty of phenomenal successes to his name over the past 30 years, but it is his determination regardless of the final result that really stands out. We’re delighted to honour him as the recipient of our 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. See a full profile of him by Bob Fisher on page 26. We’re also proud that our Yachts & Yachting Sailor of the Month feature honours two amateur sailors – one adult, one youth – every issue, who See us on

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have been nominated by their club or class mates for their contribution. If you know someone who deserves the accolade, nominate them at As we go to press the Mini Transat competitors were around halfway through their 4,000-mile epic transatlantic. Due to an unusually stormy Atlantic, this year’s race start was delayed by almost a month. For the solo sailors, many of whom are competing on a shoestring, this meant weeks of uncertainty before the toughest challenge of their lives – sailing across the Atlantic, alone, in a 21ft yacht. Then a dozen boats were forced to stop in Lanzarote for repairs. But, despite between 500 and 1,000 miles to catch up on the leaders, many of those who stopped are still out there, racing. That really is determination.

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LEFT ‘The Wave, Muscat’ wins the Extreme Sailing Series for the second year in a row

Youth Match Racing champ


Mark Lees and his crew of Tarra Gill-Taylor and Matt Wallis were crowned RYA Youth National Match Racing Champions after seeing off the challenge of eight other teams at WPNSA.

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Extreme back to back wins British sailor Leigh McMillan became the first skipper ever to win the Extreme Sailing Series twice when ‘The Wave, Muscat’ clinched victory in the 2013 final race in Florianopolis, Brazil on countback. Under South American sunshine with a perfect 10 knots of breeze, it was one of the closest ever finales in the seven-year history of the series, now presented by Land Rover. A second in the final race was enough for ‘Alinghi’s’ skipper Morgan Larson and team to snatch Act 8 victory from McMillan’s grasp, and the Swiss came

tantalisingly close to adding the Series to their winning haul – within four points in fact in the final race – but McMillan’s men proved unstoppable. ‘Alinghi’ finished the series tied on points – the first time in the history of the series that two teams have been tied at the end of the year – with ‘The Wave, Muscat’ coming out on top after winning overall on countback. ‘This is exactly how I thought the end result would go!’ said McMillan, ‘We haven’t been able to shake Alinghi all year, they haven’t really put a foot wrong! We knew they were going to do

everything possible, the last few days they’ve been absolutely hammering us around the racecourse.’ ‘The Wave, Muscat’ team of Ed Smyth, Pete Greenhalgh, Hashim Al Rashidi and Musab Al Hadi picked up five Act wins along the way to defending their series title. ‘Red Bull Sailing Team’ skippered by double Olympic champion Roman Hagara had done enough going into the final race to secure third place on the overall series leaderboard – the first time they have stood on the Series podium in four years on the circuit.

The 2014 Artemis Offshore Academy is launching its first apprenticeship scheme for budding British shore crew or ‘préparateurs’ next season.

The fourth leg of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has proved particularly dramatic, with the fleet reporting hurricane force winds and huge waves on the stage from Cape Town, South Africa to Albany, Australia. As the fleet headed through the Indian Ocean into the notorious ‘Roaring Forties’ in the Southern Ocean two crew members were


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injured, requiring medical evacuation, with Michelle Porter (36) from the yacht ‘DerryLondonderry-Doire’ with a suspected broken arm, and Australian David Griffin (40) onboard ‘Mission Performance’ puncturing his calf after being slammed onto a cleat. RIGHT Extreme conditions for the Clipper fleet


Clipper Race rogue waves

GBR’s Graham Vials and Chris Turner successfully defended their Flying Fifteen world title after taking victory with a day to spare. The 19th worlds at the Royal Hong Kong YC threw every conceivable weather combination at competitors but Vials and

Turner were consistent throughout, counting four bullets and a 2,5. Australia took the remaining podium spots with Nick and Janet Jerwood second, ahead of Grant Alderson and Dean McAullay, with GBR’s Steve Goacher and Phil Evans fourth in the 52-boat fleet.

Set for Rio and Tokyo 2020 At the 2013 ISAF Annual Conference in Muscat, Oman the format and qualification for Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition was approved by ISAF Council, with final details to be confirmed. Two full reserve days will be scheduled for each event before their Medal Race. The Men’s and Women’s 470, Laser, Laser Radial

and Finn will each sail a 10-race qualification series, the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 12 races. All 10 Rio 2016 Olympic Events and Equipment will be included in the 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition. Additional medals shall be sought from the IOC for Tokyo 2020 and if allocated, kiteboarding will be selected first.

They said… “We lost all of our electronics during the second night. We tried everything to reboot the system, but it simply didn’t work, all the displays went black. We raced ‘B2’ like a dinghy and Francesco de Angelis had to call the strategy almost completely blind – I don’t think he had more than two hours sleep!” Nacho Postigo, navigator on the Rolex Middle Sea Race-winning TP52 ‘B2’ “He’s aready asked me if he can come back on watch, which I politely declined.” Simon Talbot, skipper of Clipper yacht ‘Great Britain’ on crewman Jim Hendry, who was knocked out cold in the cockpit a day earlier by a rogue wave “I’m a little bit shocked. There were some amazing nominees this year and we are delighted to be part of this. We feel honoured to be part of the group.” Jo Aleh, ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year


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“In today’s modern age there is no compelling case to support the mandatory requirement of flares. The RYA has been shown no persuasive evidence that flares have search and rescue benefits that cannot be provided by modern technology.” Stuart Carruthers, RYA Cruising Manager, explains why the RYA thinks flares should no longer be mandatory

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470 Sailors of the Year Champion 470 sailors have been awarded the 2013 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards in both the men’s and women’s categories. After two previous nominations for the accolade, it was third time lucky for Australian Mathew Belcher, the class Olympic and world champion, whose current winning streak stretches to an amazing 17 consecutive regattas. In the female category the New Zealand pairing of Jo Aleh and Olivia ‘Polly’ Powrie, also current women’s 470 Olympic and world champions, were named as joint recipients.

China joins the VOR 2014 The third team to sign up for the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race has been announced. The team from China is backed by Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle and will be run by UK-based OC Sport.

Recruitment is currently ongoing for sailing and support staff, with the plan for the boat to include a significant number of Chinese sailors in the final race crew. The Team Director is Bruno Dubois.

“I layer up and go for a steamer. Partly because that gives impact protection in a way that drysuits just don’t.” alstorer “Team racing up at Derwent last weekend it was full-on drysuit and winter gloves weather. Unfortunately I forgot the gloves.” Quagers “Usually no, given I’m not a softy or pensioner I wouldn’t wear a drysuit. ...That said, if I were travelling to Grafham, then yes, wooly bear, hats, three pairs of socks etc. July-August that is, by this time of year I would question my sanity for even considering it” getafix “I have sailed in my drysuit this month, twice in fact. I also possess several big girls’ blouses and do not care.” wingingit For more views go to

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In brief ■ The J/111 European Championships and World Championships will take place from Cowes in 2014, with the Euros held during Cowes Week and the inaugural Worlds from August 20-24.



■ The International Association for Disabled Sailing (IFDS) and International Sailing Federation (ISAF) have unanimously agreed to merge to create a single governing body to better serve the interests of sailors with disabilities.

Atlantic challenges for TJV The 2013 Transat Jacques Vabre proved challenging, with a delayed start due to severe weather. Damage to the fleet once racing began included a capsize for the Multi 50 ‘Arkema-Region Aquitaine’, dismasting of the leading IMOCA 60 ‘Macif’, while the Class 40 ‘Concise 8’ with British co-skippers Ned Collier

■ The British Sailing Team has been joined by I Love meet and greet airport parking as an Official Supplier. ■ Gill North America is official exclusive clothing sponsor of Antigua Sailing Week. ■ RS Sailing is currently establishing a new distribution network in Australia and New Zealand.

Wakefield and Sam Goodchild had to abandon following damage to port rudder blade. At least five other yachts made pit-stops for repairs. The first MOD70 to arrive in Itajai, Brazil, was ‘Edmond de Rothschild’ sailed by Sebastien Josse and Charles Caudrelier who took line honours after sailing 5,952 miles at an average

■ Apologies, in our ‘AC Dream Team’ feature last issue we stated that Adam May worked for Luna Rossa. When in fact he worked for Artemis.

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■ Activity trip specialist Rockley Adventure has opened a brand new residential activity centre for schools, Le Lac Mimizan in south-west France.

The January issue of Sailing Today includes an interview with Hannah Jenner as she sets off on the greenest ever Transat, plus soldiers fight the frost in a winter sail around the UK, Indian Ocean cruising in the Maldives, and how to make vacuum-bagged GRP repairs at home.

■ Nigel King has been named as the new RYA Racing Keelboat Manager. ■ Whoops! We missed the B14 class from our Racing Classes Review. Their class secreatary is Gerry Fermor, email Class website There were two new boats launched in 2013, current national champions are Mike Bees & Martin Worth , European champions Ben & Roz McGrane, world champions Tim Harrison / Jonny Ratcliffe. The 2014 nationals will be held at Paignton SC from July 10-13 and the next worlds at McCrae YC, Melbourne in January 2015. 2016 will be the 30th anniversary of the class.


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■ The Royal Ocean Racing Club is seeking a new Deputy Racing Manager. To find out more email ■ ‘Courrier Vintage’ has been named RORC Yacht Of The Year

pace of 22.12 knots. They were followed home by ‘Oman Air-Musandam’ with Sidney Gavignet and Damian Foxall. Winners of the IMOCA 60 class were Vincent Riou and Jean Le Cam in ‘PRB’. with Marc Guillemot and Pascal Bidégorry second (‘Safran’) and Jéremie Beyou and Christopher Pratt (‘Master CoQ’) in third.

‘Spindrift 2’s’ Discovery Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard’s maxi trimaran ‘Spindrift 2’ has set a new record for the Discovery Route, beating the time held since 2007 by Franck Cammas and ‘Groupama 3’, by more than 20 hours. ‘Spindrift 2’ sailed from Cadiz, Spain to San Salvador in the Bahamas in six days, 14 hours, 29 minutes and 21 seconds at an average speed of 24.5 knots. ‘Spindrift 2’s’ actual distance traveled was 4,503 nautical miles at an average of 28.41 knots. On one remarkable day they travelled 714.4 miles at an average speed of 29.7 knots, with their top recorded speed peaking at 46.08 knots.

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Bob Fisher Our America’s Cup expert considers what penalties should be meted out for cheating at the top of the game


highly experienced sailor was found to have deliberately cheated and failed to tell the truth by the International Jury at the 34th America’s Cup, actions that additionally brought the sport into disrepute. For that, the International Jury penalised the sailor, Dutchman Dirk de Ridder, by banning him from all the Cup races and referred the matter for consideration for further penalties to the Dutch National Authority (Koninklijk Nederlands Watersport Verbond) and ISAF. The facts found by the International Jury were that at the site of the AC45 Regatta in Newport, Rhode Island, Dirk effectively gave instructions or direction to Bryce Ruthenberg and Andrew Walker to add lead to the king post of Boat 4, knowing this to be in contravention of the AC45 Class Rule. Dirk disputed that he gave the instruction, but Ruthenberg gave clear evidence that he received the instruction from de Ridder and the Jury accepted Ruthenberg as a more credible witness. A signed interview record showed that de Ridder accepted that he knew the weight had been added to the king post at the time of the Newport or San Francisco regattas. At the hearing he disputed that he had said that he knew weight had been put there. Crossexamined, de Ridder claimed that the word ‘weight’ was referring to a desire to make the king post (dolphin striker) longer (which also would have required the permission of the Measurement Committee) – it was 3cm longer than standard. The IJ was comfortably satisfied that de Ridder knew that the weight had been added to the forward king post, knowing it was in breach of the AC45 Class Rule during the Newport Regatta;

and that de Ridder did not tell the truth in the hearing in this regard. All of this was passed to KNWV, which in turn handed the matter to Zeilraad, the Dutch Appeals Committee. The Zeilraad considered the report sent by the AC jury. Then it issued a confounding decision. The Zeilraad considered that being excluded from further participation in any role in the 34th America’s Cup for

That left many of the Cup’s close observers speechless. That following de Ridder’s conviction he should receive no further action from his national authority is unbelievable. The decision of ISAF is eagerly awaited. The KNWV also had de Ridder top of its list for Dutch Yachtsman of the Year! I recently uncovered this from the Boston Sunday Herald in December 1895, which published an interview with William Fife Snr. In which he said: ‘I have said for years that it is a waste of money building boats to the size they have now grown. It is not only waste capital, but it is waste energy, and creates an amount of anxiety, which must be difficult to bear by designer, builder and steersman alike... I think we have arrived at a time when something with a view of encouraging a handier size of vessel should be looked into.’ Strange how, 118 years later, the same problems are arising. When will we ever learn? If San Francisco is involved, it could take longer than elsewhere. The United States is a litigious country and the State of California perhaps more so than any other. The speed of action in San Francisco is also affecting the immediate future of the America’s Cup. Six weeks after Oracle Team USA retained the Cup for the Golden Gate YC, nothing has been announced apart from the fact that the Hamilton Island YC of Australia is to be the Challenger of Record. There has been no announcement as to where, when and in what AC35 will take place. It was well known beforehand that the event had to be less expensive, in order to attract more challengers (maybe even defence candidates), so it defies reason that the majority of decisions had not been made – one feels sure that the Kiwis would have been fully prepared.

There has been no announcement as to where, when and in what AC35 will take place a gross breach of a rule and of good sportsmanship, combined with the worldwide publicity, is by itself, a severe penalty. The Zeilraad found that it would not be appropriate to impose an additional penalty. It then decided that after its investigation it would not be appropriate for the Zeilraad to conduct a hearing and that no further action will be taken in this matter by the Dutch MNA.

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Andy Rice Great Britain has some of the best amateur dinghy sailors in the world


s Nick Craig the best British dinghy racer ever? Ben Ainslie fans might have something to say about that. But after his seventh victory at the Endeavour Trophy, supported by Topper Sailboats, Nick has to be considered one of the all-time greats. It wasn’t too shabby a performance by his crew, Alan Roberts, either. Alan finished a close runner-up to Nick two years ago when crewing for James Peters. Then last year Alan crewed Ben Saxton to a first-time victory at the Endeavour. To repeat the feat with a different helm, speaks volumes of Alan’s ability. Nick and Alan raced in the Endeavour as representatives of the Merlin Rocket. They teamed up this year for a limited but very focused campaign in the Merlin. Despite a short time sailing together, they emerged victorious from a tight four-way battle for the national title at Tenby. Among their chief rivals were Ben and Roz McGrane, Roger Gilbert and James Stewart, and John Gorringe and Toby Lewis. John Gorringe has finished runner-up at the Merlin nationals on more than one occasion. Seizing the lead in the final race at Tenby, it looked like this was going to be his year... until disaster struck during a gybe, when the kicking strap broke. John would have to wait another year. Despite being one of the heavier teams, Nick and Alan were displaying great downwind speed and moved into the lead, winning the last race, and the championship. Nick’s ability to win championships in so many different classes puts him in a similar bracket to multi-class winners like Geoff Carveth and Roger Gilbert. In fact, as Alan Roberts points out, Nick and Roger are startlingly similar. They grew up a few miles from each other, learning to

sail and race at Frensham Pond in Surrey. Both studied at Cambridge University, and both are fitness freaks. They are also both good enough at their jobs to secure lots of unpaid time off to pursue their amateur but professionally-run sailing careers. One difference between Nick and Roger, however, is that Nick is also the father of young twins. Maintaining your winning ways throughout parenthood is tough, and

was top of his thank-you list two years ago when he was crowned Pantaenius Yachtsman of the Year, ahead of Ben Ainslie and Dee Caffari. With Geoff Carveth recently having become a father for the first time, it will be interesting to see if he can maintain his winning habit. Impending fatherhood meant Geoff was a notable absentee from the Zhik SB20 World Championship in Hyeres, in the south of France. He has shown a remarkable knack for winning the SB20 worlds under pressure, coming through just when it was needed on the final day to win an incredible three times – 2008, 2011 and 2012. To win in Australia last year, Geoff edged out Rodion Luka, former 49er world champion and Olympic silver medallist from Ukraine. This year, Rodion looked close to making amends for his defeat, but the 2009 champions Craig Burlton, Adam Heeley and Stephen ‘AB’ White edged him out to take their second world title. Craig Burlton learned his trade in asymmetric racing in the RS400, alongside Geoff, Roger and Nick. Dinghy sailors continue to prove that dinghy sailing is the best grounding for a successful career in keelboat racing. Burlton and co’s victory in France was a really impressive performance by an amateur team who sail parttime, in a SB20 fleet that is attracting an increasingly professional following. Other notables at Hyeres included French Laser Olympian Jean-Baptiste Bernaz, and America’s Cup helmsman Seb Col. Incredibly for such an international fleet, the SB20 worlds have yet to be won by a non-British team. Ainslie and our Olympic stars may get the limelight, but Great Britain also has the greatest weekend warriors in the world.

You can have a sailing career, a business, and a family, but not all three at the same time the added demands of twins must make it more so. It reminded me of a comment by Paul Brotherton when he was campaigning the 49er for the 2004 Olympics: ‘You can have a sailing career, a business, and a family, but not all three at the same time.’ Paul was talking about a full-time Olympic career, but it still shows how successfully Nick manages to juggle three priorities. Not surprisingly, Nick’s wife Emma

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Andi Robertson Irish Figaro sailor David Kenefick was awarded ‘Rookie of the Year’ for his never-say-die first season in the class


he Figaro bug has bitten hard for Crosshaven’s David Kenefick. After more than a year of training having the 2013 Solitaire du Figaro Eric Bompard Cachemire not go quite as he had hoped was a big psychological blow. But Kenefick pulled out all the stops to go on to compete largely unaided in the Generali Solo in the Med and the young Irish skipper is delighted to have won Rookie of the Year for the Figaro season. ‘The best moment was finding out I’d become Rookie of the Year. And the French people have been very supportive. I walked into a restaurant in Port La Fôret and someone shook my hand and congratulated me. That was very cool.’ Kenefick recalls, ‘A year ago, I walked into the same restaurant and I was gobsmacked to see all the Vendee Globe skippers who train there all having lunch together, Gabart, Dick, Stamm, Beyou, Armel Le Cléac’h, on one of their last meteo sessions. So being congratulated by someone there was the coolest thing.’ Now he can’t wait to get back, sponsorship permitting, and get on with his winter training. After the overall disappointment with his Solitaire he did the Tour of Bretagne and then the Generali Solo: ‘I borrowed a boat to do the Generali Solo. It was all a bit hectic, I had to send my sails and truck the boat from Port La Fôret and then re-rig the whole boat.’ He found running his own programme, taking all responsibility himself, to be a cathartic process: ‘Since the Figaro I have done everything myself. When you finish a leg, you then have to go looking for the van that your bag is in, and get all your batteries charged, all the simple things that would normally be looked after. In fact

it was good to do it all myself, it really proves how organised you have to be, but it was an eye-opener. I had a friend who took my box and a bag in their van and that was it. On my own.’ Now he has a very basic budget to do a minimal programme next year and so is applying himself to finding sponsorship support: ‘I want to do it again. It is pretty cool. I don’t think there has been a

did not destroy my race but then it did me no favours. ‘When I started at the Solitaire I was never really in the top bunch at all and then in the Generali with most of the same sailors I was in the top bunch most of the time. It took me a while to realise what a race was really like. I never really felt quick in the Figaro. I broke my forestay the day before the start of the Figaro on the prologue. So I started the first leg not even knowing where my rig was as we had put a new forestay on a few hours before in the morning. ‘The main reason I did the Generali was for next year. The two warm-up events I did [in 2013], the Solo Concarneau and the Solo Les Sables, are just not enough training. So I feel I have done nearly the equivalent of two Solitaire du Figaro races. It was really worth it. ‘I am good at not giving up. After one start I was on the wrong side of the first shift and I fell behind. After sailing eight miles I was four miles behind. And from there I had to fight back inch by inch and at every convergence, every headland, every transition I’d come into the back of the fleet and it was not until the last time that I managed to stay there. ‘This was over about one and a half days and I just felt like crying, you work so hard and I slept two naps in 24 hours, so 20 minutes, just thinking I’d get into the back of them; you do, but then you stop and they sail away again taking a mile or two. You have to keep chipping away. That was the hardest thing. I didn’t give up. I did not get down about it because I knew an opportunity would come. I got up to fourth and was up there for a while, then got becalmed. We all finished in less than 45 minutes on the leg from Beaulieu to the Spanish border to Sete.’

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non-French winner of rookie of the year. After the Solitaire I was pretty down and disappointed because some things did not really go the way I had wanted and the Rookie spot for me was out of grabs after I fell asleep for three and a half hours after Cape Finisterre. If you see the tracker it is pretty incredible, I just stop for three and a half hours. I was in the top 15, but after that I was just never going to catch up. It

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Wouter Verbraak Pro sailor Wouter is used to complex and technical big boats, but coaching his son has taught him how to prioritise


ate October just outside the Needles. The winds are picking up to 25-30 knots, and we are slamming upwind in a very lumpy and uncomfortable seaway. Perfect. This is exactly what we need to test the brand new Ker-designed Class 40 ‘Concise’. In just two weeks’ time, her first race will take her from France to Brazil, and there is a good chance that it will start with a nasty beat through the Bay of Biscay. We have to get this right. Whilst Simon Schofield from the design office inspects the bow section to see how the boat’s structure is holding up, I work with Sam Goodchild on trimming the sails. We keep adjusting and tweaking, until we find a nice set-up where the boat is perfectly balanced. A press of the button, and the autopilot takes over. With this configuration we can sail fast upwind for days. That’s a big tick on our ‘to-do’ list, so when Simon comes up with the message that the boat is structurally sound as well, we share a quick round of big smiles, but then it is on to the next item to test. The list is long. From dinghies to Maxi yachts, technology is advancing at an unprecedented rate. With different sails, super light constructions, 20 different weather models and unlimited rig settings, there are so many elements to putting together a winning boat and team, that it is very easy to get lost. How do we decide what are the most important things to get us onto a winning platform within the next two weeks? For me the answer has come from an unexpected area: coaching my son in his Optimist. He only just started doing regattas and it is fair to say his learning curve resembles the North Face of the

Eiger mountain in Switzerland. He crashed right into it. The list of things to improve on is enormous. Where to start? Being rather new to coaching young sailors, I don’t have a fully worked out 1,000-step plan for getting your son to become a top sailor. So, with the next regatta in a week’s time, I had to figure this out myself. My first realisation was that, although

sized pieces, and lots of patience to let them figure it out themselves. It is a long, but eventually rewarding journey! It also forced me to think about priorities. What are the most important elements in a race to get right? A good start, upwind boatspeed, stay out of trouble, and keep going all the way to the finish even if you have a set-back – those are some of the big building blocks. More important than all the different skills to be mastered, though, is being in the right frame of mind. Over the last two years, I’ve seen that there are two key elements to achieving this. The first is that as a family we have to be incredibly well organised. However small the boat, the logistics involved from making sure all the clothing is sorted, to checking the boat is in tip-top shape, are daunting. A first start at 1100hrs typically means getting up at 0630. But getting the logistics out of the way efficiently ensures there is enough time for Nicklas to get ‘in the zone’. To relax, spend forever getting his hat perfect, put his gloves on, check his start watch, pull a funny face to his friend, check the knot in his mainsheet. It is all part of his routine. The second key element is fun. The boat park chat before and banter after the race is what it is all about. Being out on a start line in 25 knots with 80 other boats is incredibly scary. Being out there with friends makes it ‘epic’! When I go back to the big boats, all the lessons learned from the Optimist coaching transfer directly to everything from a 40-footer to a 90ft Maxi. Get the logistics well organised, focus on a limited number of key areas, make time for everybody to get in the zone, work together as a team, and most of all, make sure it is lots of fun.

There are so many elements to putting together a winning boat and team that it is very easy to get lost all nine-year-olds think they are Superman, really they can only take in one thing at a time. Explain the principles of finding the favoured end of the start line, and getting a transit on the same day, and they will totally confuse both things. Every new element needs to be learned through an exercise first, then practised, and then become the focus for a particular race. It’s about breaking things down into chunk-

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THE F1 FACTOR Is Formula One technology set to change the face of sailing? Georgie Corlett investigates


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peculation was rife when Red Bull Formula One team’s legendary designer Adrian Newey recently admitted that he found the America’s Cup a tempting prospect. Would this be the link between world-beating British technology and sailing talent that could power a Union Jack to a future America’s Cup victory? Meetings between Ben Ainslie and Newey at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix did little to quiet the rumour mill. But the parallels between high performance sailing and ultra-tech motorsport already exist, and not just in the multi-million dollar racemachines, huge financial commitments and high-intensity race series of the 34th America’s Cup.


BELOW Building an AC72 wing has many parallels with the construction of a Formula One car

From a developmental perspective, the two sports are already closely aligned; composite materials such as carbon fibre, Zylon and Kevlar have revolutionised the creative scope available to both marine and automotive designers. Computer modeling has long replaced expensive and time-consuming tank and wind tunnel testing, in turn opening up time and budget for R&D. The 3D virtual design methods used to model, test and optimise components offer designers and engineers the capacity to redevelop parts, even during a race series. For example, Red Bull’s RB9 car, made up of over 6,500 parts, can undergo some 1,000 design changes in a week and up to 30,000 changes in a season. In sailing there are few classes


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Air and sea

which would accommodate that level of adaptation, but the final matches of the America’s Cup saw both boats undergo numerous alterations: Oracle Team USA reportedly filed for a new certificate every race for the first 15 races. With millimeters making all the difference, reducing weight and drag is the common denominator across both sports. Technologically, the sports are also steering ever-closer courses. One of the

stand-out similarities is in the use of foils. Formula One’s Drag Reduction System (DRS) allows a driver to alter the angle of the rear aerofoil at certain points on the track, specifically where the car is traveling in a relatively straight line. By lessening the angle of the foil, which otherwise forces the car’s rear tyres onto the track to promote grip, it reduces air resistance and the car can accelerate more quickly for a brief period. On board the AC72s, the ability to alter foil angle is not only fundamental to adjusting the angle of the sail to the wind, but essential to making the boat ‘fly’ on its hydrofoils. This innovation is the culmination of design developments that range from the canting keels of the Volvo 70s and Open 60s to radical multi-hull hydrofoilers such as ‘L’hydroptere’. Methods of energy reclamation and storage also feature as major innovations for both sports. Although not new, the technology that stores or reclaims energy otherwise wasted through heat and other sources is now being re-used in order to add speed. For F1, the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) stores energy – otherwise lost through heat generated by the brakes – as electrical energy which is then returned to the drive shaft via an electric motor at the press of a button.

whilst competing safely within those limits, further boosting the sport’s investment appeal by promoting innovation rather than bravado. In May 2013 sailing reached a similar critical moment when the talented and much-loved sailor, Andrew Simpson, tragically lost his life whilst training for the America’s Cup. The subsequent safety measures put in place for the remainder of the competition may have been questioned by some, but most viewed them as necessary steps in defining the image and appeal of the sport – a lesson that Formula One had long since learned.

LEFT Hydraulic control systems for the foils of the AC72s used technology taken directly from Formula One

Where next?

On board the AC72s, stored energy also played a big part – although it wasn’t so easily come by! Of the 11 sailors on board, 10 could be grinding, and of those 10, four were doing so in order to pressurise a number of hydraulic cylinders that lifted the hydrofoils in and out of the water. The concept is alien to most sailors, as grinding traditionally translates to winching. However, in the AC72 these four grinders constantly work to keep the cylinders pressurised. The hydrofoils enter and exit the water at high speeds due to the sudden release of the energy stored as pressure by the grinders, giving the helm three seconds in which to set the foil using a button on the wheel. Chris Draper, helm of Luna Rossa Challenge, explains that the control systems for all the hydraulic functions have taken technology directly from Formula One, albeit there were a number of rule restrictions which limited their use but, even at this level, he says: ‘F1 are light years ahead.’

Pushing the limits That gap between F1 and sailing, even at AC level, should come as no real surprise. The challenge of developing technology for a marine environment throws up complexities that simply

aren’t factors in the more stable, known environment of a car race track. Formula One has undisputedly had another advantage, that of significant corporate backing over several decades, particularly since the early 1990s when most races were first broadcast live. With the increased television coverage, multinational money poured into the sport and development spiraled. But the pace was unchecked. With Ayrton

A key question is: what might filter down to the rest of the sailing world? In engineering terms, the most valuable asset offered by F1 engineering is a huge increase in the reliability of component manufacture and testing. Ever greater precision, thanks to triple or quadruple testing to the point of actual breakage, or by using ultra sound and X-ray technology to assess potentially devastating fractures at a microsopic level, is standard practice in Formula One. Laser-guided measurements are also a common tool, which means that build quality can be assessed without the need for human touch, with measurements taken in microns. In a partnership between SAP Extreme Sailing Team and the McLaren Technology Centre, the sailors were given the opportunity to see how this technology is employed. Extreme 40 and America’s Cup sailor Pete Cumming believes that it’s not only the

There is no technology that can tell a driver how late he can brake into a corner, or replace the skipper’s feel of the boat Mike Gascoyne

Senna’s untimely death at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, just a day after Austria’s Roland Ratzenberger died in qualifying, the relationship between danger and entertainment reached a tipping-point for the viewing public. Formula One has since endeavoured to put safety at the forefront of its design trajectory. Technology has been invaluable in testing cars to the limit

tools and expertise that might directly crossover, but also: ‘The F1 philosophy of questioning everything can be taken forward into sailing. The designers bring fresh thinking and approaches combined with increased precision, especially in one-design racing – a team with this benefit will make huge leaps forward.’ Fresh thinking is central to another new partnership, this time hoping to use

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is keen to use ‘Caterham Challenge’ as a platform to develop materials, products and systems that can be tailored for the mainstream market. Central to that mission, as she races in the TJV from France to Brazil, ‘Caterham Challenge’ will carry a prototype data logger on board, developed to measure hull and keel loads and intelligently filter the data. Inside the rig, cables draw real time sailing load data from rigging and furling forestays by Future Fibres. Mike sees the capacity to forewarn skippers of potential problems, before they cause catastrophic failure, as the main advantage in developing this data logging system. The hope is that future systems, used in R&D to better identify tolerances for components, will ultimately increase the reliability and therefore reputation and appeal to sponsors of offshore sailing. Martin Oughton, lead engineer at Caterham Composites, works closely

with the Future Fibres Innovations Centre in the UK. He explains: ‘By using a strain gauge or a load pin on the cable we can correlate accurate performance data from Real Time Exposure cables. Once the load data has been interpreted, we can then feed actual data into the design phase for a completely new mast and rigging package. The sensor systems used by ‘Caterham Challenge’ are tiny load cells mounted on critical parts of the boat, which measure pressure, temperature and position changes at critical points. The information can be delivered in real time and combined with wind or boat speed data. The data acquisition product has already gathered serious interest from other race teams and the superyacht world.

View points The use of sensors in sailing is not completely new – another company at the forefront of motorsport, Cosworth,


BELOW Caterham Composites worked with Alex Thomson Racing, applying their experience and technology to his Vendee Globe campaign

F1 knowledge to make an impact on the offshore scene. Caterham Composites had previously worked in partnership with Alex Thomson Racing, transferring their experience and technology onto a Vendee Globe campaign, and their ultimate goal is to work with an America’s Cup team. The latest development is ‘Caterham Challenge’, a custom-built RC3 Class 40 which is a joint a venture between CTI Caterham Technology and Innovation, Caterham Composites and the MGI consultancy. The boat is currently competing in the doublehanded Transat Jacques Vabre, crewed by record-breaking round the world sailor Brian Thompson and Caterham’s former head of Formula One development and chief executive of Caterham Composites Mike Gascoyne. Whilst the Class 40’s production boat status means their involvement in the design process is limited to process and quality control, Mike is keen to bring his expertise to the marine industry. He


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worked with the British Olympic sailing team in the run up to the 2008 Games. The focus of this was the Pi Garda data logger system, which records data from sensors ranging from GPS and windspeed to strain gauges. This can then be used for performance comparison against theoretical targets, analysis of tacks against wind shifts and many other features. Since the 2008 Games Cosworth has worked with a wider range of teams, including boats such as IMOCA 60s, using both the original Pi Garda equipment and a more sophisticated product developed from F1. Similarly, back in the 2010 America’s Cup ‘BMW Oracle Racing’ had some 250 sensors across their thenrevolutionary wing sail, giving out 90 million bits of data per hour of sailing. Competitors in the last Volvo Ocean Race and Barcelona World Race have used similar sensor systems. One problem is that on a sailing yacht it is very easy to capture too much data to analyse effectively. An F1 car completes an entire lap in approximately 90 seconds, compare that to what a yacht does in 90 seconds and it’s clear a different strategy for capturing data is required. Yet a high sampling rate is still required, so that the peak loads that occur when the boat falls off a wave, for instance, are still recorded. Increasingly accurate data also needs to be presented differently, and again sailing may learn from Formula One. Instead of multi-function displays that

board the USA boat also measured everything from strain on the mast to angle sensors on the wing sail, with up to a gigabyte of data being processed per day from the boat. This visualisation technology developed by Stan Honey, Director of Technology for AC34, came not from Formula One but from NASCAR’s race car tracking system, using telemetry sensors on board the AC72s together with GPS modules which tracked each boat to an accuracy of better than 2cm.

ABOVE Class 40 under construction – Caterham Composites is keen to use the boat as a platform to develop materials, products and systems

The F1 philosophy of questioning everything is one that can be taken forward into sailing Pete Cumming

both driver and sailor can easily become too preoccupied to scrutinise in any real detail, Caterham Challenge plans to have minimal displays which rely on lights as well as numbers or text as a more efficient interface. This move towards greater simplicity is a direct cross-over from Caterham’s Formula One experience. Similar technology was put to good use in AC34. We saw members of Team Oracle USA wearing displays mounted on their wrists. Via wifi, these displays offered tacticians real-time customised information in a graphic format, such as rope load balance and wing sail performance. Some 300 sensors on

GPS trackers have of course been carried for many years in many major yacht races, even mass-participation events. But the ability to combine accurate positions with real time data has made tracking – for media, spectators, sponsors and coaches – more exciting than ever before. Software firm SAP, Official Technical Partner of the Extreme Sailing Series, has been working hard on changing how the sport of sailing is presented. Stefan Lacher, head of technology at SAP, explains: ‘The core of the sailing data we are currently able to analyse is from GPS trackers on the boats, that

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transmit location every two seconds. In addition we collect wind and sometimes current data to get a good understanding of the environment. Even with a rather small number of sensors, quite a large amount of data actually arises – such as speed, average speed, distance travelled, ETA and so on. ‘We are now experimenting with several additional sensors – such as heel angle, sail shape, even heartbeat of the sailors – and developing the accuracy of the data available from wind and current sensors on the race course.’

The human element With developments made possible by technology from materials reliability to media presentatio, the gap between F1 and sailing looks set to narrow further. One man hoping to help make this happen is Sir Keith Mills. Having bought the IMOCA global commercialisation rights earlier this year, he plans to follow in Bernie Ecclestone’s footsteps and use the F1 model to increase the profile of the Vendée Globe and Barcelona World Race. He hopes to bring the races to a larger audience, and in doing

Red Bull’s RB9 car can undergo some 1,000 design changes in a week. Oracle Team USA reportedly filed for a new certificate every race for the first 15 races

BELOW Motorsport technology company Cosworth has developed the Pi Garda sailing data analysis tool


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The Extreme Sailing Series ‘stadium racing’ format already has live online leaderboards and 3D visualisations of race progress for spectators, making this data available for post-race analysis by teams and coaches. The technology also holds an appeal for amateur sailors – SAP has worked with the 505 world championship. GPS tracking was integrated with wind measurements and current analysis, plus other factors, to give sailors a detailed overview of their race progress and show areas in which they could improve.

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so to attract more teams and further investment. Central to this will be using broadcast technology to capture and distribute footage as it happens. As Sir Keith has identified, sharing as much of the sailor’s experiences with viewers is key to making sailing appealing as a spectator sport. The ‘superhuman’ effort is a factor F1 audiences are familiar with – the average F1 race requires physical exertion on a par with running a marathon. The AC34 brought it home to sailing fans, with live onboard

sound capturing the exhaustion of the grinders, whilst teams also dealt with high G-forces sailing at high speed. AC34 also saw techniques developed from F1 implemented in training to bolster athletes’ fitness and decisionmaking ability during the race. Responsiveness and alertness exercises were used in both F1 and AC34 to optimise competitors’ metal ability whilst at the very extremes of physical exertion. In the absence of existing equipment available to strengthen and condition F1 drivers to withstand the strains of racing, specially designed rigs have to be built. In a similar way, AC34 sailors recreated the trampolines of their AC72s for their own training. The next step may lie in the use of simulators, which have been used for many years to test and analyse Formula One engineering. Most recently ‘driver in the loop’ simulators have enabled drivers to take the place of a mathematical programme within the simulator, enabling improvements to be made in areas where computers would have naturally over compensated but a driver may not. As Mike Gascogyne explains, this is now normal practice in Formula One, and ‘we see “sailor in the loop” simulators and using vehicle modelling in areas such as autopilot development as being very interesting.’ The one thing all this physical and mental training shows is that despite all the technology, the human element is still key. The consensus amongst sailors and drivers alike is that there’s little risk of the skill factor being taken away. If anything, having more technology available increases the demands on the athlete. Mike Gascogyne says: ‘Just as in F1 there is no technology that can tell a driver how late he can brake into a corner, or how much speed he can carry through a corner, there will never be any technology to replace the skipper’s feel of the boat, sail choice or how to combat the physical demands of offshore sailing. You can just give them tools to make better decisions or more reliable equipment. In F1 the best drivers stand out and end up in the best cars, I’m sure this will also always be true in sailing. ‘I don’t think Formula One technology will radically change sailing, just give those people doing an excellent job at the moment better tools to do the job, and hopefully bring more money into racing by giving a better return to sponsors by ensuring reliability and safety.’

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assion underpins the Kiwi attitude to sport. It captured the hearts of sailors and spectators around the world and earned Emirates Team New Zealand a huge groundswell of support throughout the 34th America’s Cup. The Cup may have slipped from their grasp, but the passion and determination of the man who led the team, Grant Dalton, made a lasting impression. Dalton’s Kiwiand-proud crew took on Goliath when they faced Oracle Team USA’s global campaign, made up of sailors cherrypicked from around the world with a near unlimited budget, and gave them the toughest competition imaginable – a true reflection of their team leader, one of toughest competitors in sailing. The Managing Director of Emirates Team New Zealand is a man of many parts – the 56-year old not only ran the $100 million campaign from start to finish, but also sailed aboard the 72ft foiling catamaran as a grinder, the most physically demanding position on the boat – his fellow grinders included Olympic champion oarsman Rob Waddell. This was typical of the man – in 2007 he had been in the ‘sewer’, packing headsails and spinnakers throughout the campaign in Valencia. At that time, he expressed his reasons: ‘I feel way more comfortable sailing on the boat. I could not stand not sailing on the boat. I am a sailor, that is what I do, and being on the

The 2014 Yachts & Yachting Lifetime Achievement Award honours the incredible career of New Zealand’s Grant Dalton, traced by Bob Fisher boat completely allows me to run the place, to react, to have discussions about why we did not sail well on the last regatta and do something about it, and hopefully I am pulling my weight.’ Dalton is a sailor of determination, and it is a determination that is infectious, as he demonstrates in every team with which he is associated. It dates back to his first big chance. ‘Dalts’ was rejected by Peter Blake for a crewing job in the 1977-78 Whitbread Round the World Race but was given a chance by Cornelius van Reitschoten (after repeated application letters) aboard ‘Flyer’. He was as green as the sheep pastures of his homeland when he arrived aboard the boat. Writing of his first night years later, Dalts says on passage from Rotterdam to Southampton, Conny handed him the wheel. He realised: ‘If I had refused the wheel, I would have been sacked at the first stop.’ He had never before steered a boat with a wheel and was heading into the crowded shipping lanes, in the dark, but one thought filled his mind: ‘You’ve been lucky, and this is your chance. If you don’t

do it right you won’t get another one. People will hear that you were no good, and no one will ever give you an opportunity like this again.’

All in his stride One senses this philosophy still pervades his thinking – a ‘get up and go’ attitude which stimulates all around him. His reaction to rejection by Blake was only to become more driven. Peter Blake was very much a hero of New Zealand and set those who followed a massive target to equal or better. First there was reconciliation with Blake. Initially, Dalton tried to raise the finance for a challenge of his own, but the responses he received from potential sponsors indicated that he was too young and inexperienced to be given charge of a multi-million dollar project. But after his success aboard ‘Flyer’, which had had a close race for three of the Whitbread legs with Blake’s ‘Ceramco New Zealand’, he was invited to be a watch leader on Blake’s challenger for the 1985-86 Whitbread, ‘Lion New Zealand’, an 80ft Ron Holland design. In the interim period, Dalton had worked as a salesman for Feltex ropes and suffered considerable ragging about this, notably after receiving a ‘Dear John’ letter from his erstwhile girlfriend when the boat’s log recorded: ‘Dalts tried to hang himself last night but the Feltex rope broke.’ He was also known as ‘No Neck’

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RIGHT Dalton has competed in 7 Whitbread/Volvo Races, most recently finishing third on Amer Sports One in 2001-02

Cup learning curve As soon as he was ashore from the 1986 Whitbread, Dalton was invited


BELOW Celebrating victory in the 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup

from his appearance at power-lifting competitions, in which he excelled. Blake had no quibbles about the ability of his watch leader, his only complaint was that ‘Lion’ was almost bankrupt in luck. During one of those moments as ‘Lion’ was roaring through the Southern Ocean, the heavy ‘chute was hoisted by two halyards. One jammed as it was being taken down, and the guy and the sheet unclipped themselves. The huge red and white kite streamed from the masthead like a flag. Ed Danby was sent aloft in a rigger’s harness, but halfway up this became unclipped and Ed had to lower himself hand-over-hand by the halyards on the side of the mast. Someone still had to go aloft as Danby was understandably shaken. Dalts didn’t hesitate. He went to the masthead to tie a retrieval sheet to the head of the spinnaker before spiking the two halyards. After the race, Blake wrote of his watch leader: ‘At times he over-drove the boat to advantage, at others he pushed ‘Lion’ beyond the limits. But he could not be faulted in his enthusiasm for the job he had to do, nor could one question his courage. The time he went to the masthead in the middle of the night, spending some time up there in a full gale, with the boat jumping all over the place, was something I wouldn’t have liked to do. Yet Dalts took it all in his stride.’


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to trial for the New Zealand team in Fremantle for the America’s Cup. He jumped at the opportunity to represent his country. All appeared well two weeks before the team for KZ7 was announced, when he was told he would be on the boat as pitman. Then, just before the final announcement, Michael Fay called him on one side to say: ‘I’ve got

to tell you, you are not on the boat.’ That didn’t please Dalts who told Fay that he was leaving, to which Fay replied: ‘If you leave now I’ll make sure you never get a Whitbread boat, so you might want to reconsider that.’ He reconsidered, stayed and learned massively from the campaign, noting that KZ7 had not been optimised for the strong wind conditions and was easily beaten by Conner’s Stars ‘n’ Stripes. ‘For me,’ he said, ‘that America’s Cup campaign proved invaluable experience.’ While in Fremantle, Dalton’s financial partner and Feltex boss John Mandeno, had begun researching ways of financing a Whitbread campaign. It was here Dalts got his grounding in ways of obtaining sponsorship. It also resulted in well-organised backing for the Farr Maxi ketch ‘Fisher & Paykel’. In the 1989-90 Whitbread Race, Dalton’s ‘Fisher & Paykel’ staged a head-to-head all-Kiwi battle with Peter Blake’s ‘Steinlager 2’. Blake’s red ketch had the upper hand, winning every leg of the race, but ‘Fisher & Paykel’ spent longer than any boat at the front of the fleet, with most of the 35 hour deficit lost in the first few days. It was a never-to-be-forgotten battle that put Dalton at the forefront of yacht racing and drew the comment from him: ‘Watch me next time.’

Three decades at the top 5 Whitbread Round the World Races 1st 1993-94 Whitbread 2 Volvo Ocean Races 1st The Race, on ‘Club Med’ (2001) 2 TP52 Audi MedCups 2nd AC 33 and AC 35

Round the world skipper Dalts now knew the secret to tackling sponsors and next time he spread his network across seven groups, ranging from Toyota to ANZ Bank, the Apple and Pear Marketing Board to BP, under the boat’s name ‘New Zealand Endeavour’. Dalton was aware that much would be expected of him in the 1993-94 race – in addition to rivals like Pierre Fehlman with ‘Merit Cup’, he would also have to face the muchvaunted Whitbread 60s with their light, water-ballasted hulls. That Dalton and his crew won the race, despite losing the mizzen mast on the Southern Ocean leg into Fremantle, speaks volumes for their skill and dedication. Dalts had achieved his ambition, and won the Whitbread Race as a skipper. It should have been enough for any skipper, but Dalton isn’t ‘any skipper’ and he had to go again. In the final Whitbread Race, in 1997-98, he sailed the Whitbread 60 ‘Merit Cup’ to second place behind Paul Cayard’s ‘EF Language’. Four years later, in the first Volvo Ocean Race, Dalton’s ‘Amer Sports One’ finished third. It was time to hang up the deep-sea boots.

Shake up at home As the Volvo drew to a close, there was

considerable upheaval in Auckland. The successful Kiwi America’s Cup crew of 2000 had been plundered by Ernesto Bertarelli and now formed the nucleus of the Swiss Alinghi team. The Swiss went on to win the 2003 Cup easily and it was obvious that Team New Zealand needed a leader. Dalts had shown no interest in the previous America’s Cup, he eschewed

Directors] had to go. They rang me a little while later and said, “No, thanks very much we don’t agree with you,” and so that was the end of that. Then a Minister of the Government rang me, and I went back with him to the Directors, and subsequently they said yes and resigned.’ The turnaround didn’t happen because the NZ Government was set to put money into the team – that had already begun by the earlier regime, but Dalts was sought because he had the experience of running campaigns, knew about the management of a sailing team, and had an early background in accountancy. Dalton agrees with this: ‘The reason why the original directors did not want me to do it was just because they thought I would come along and slash the place and destroy it. There was certainly a risk of that because the public were screaming, if you remember, they were ready to burn the place down. And probably if they had not been screaming so loudly I might

You’ve been lucky, and this is your chance. If you don’t do it right you won’t get another one even visiting the Viaduct Basin during racing. It was only after a call from his friend and navigator Mike Quilter, that he decided to become involved. He says: ‘Mike phoned to say that he would like to talk with the directors of Team New Zealand on my behalf because he felt, as I did, that it cannot end this way.’ A meeting was arranged, of which Dalts recalls: ‘We agreed that it was not going to work because I felt that the first order of business was that they [the

have been less cautious as I came in and walked around the place carefully and just decided what to do for a while. ‘I am not sure how much the background of the other campaigns really translates, although it is still the same basic ingredients: money, people, designers, boat, sailors, so Blake really showed them that if you can master one you can do the other. It is exactly the same basically.’ The team was about to go into debt,

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ABOVE Dalton grinding on the AC72 during the 34th America’s Cup

which Dalton only found out after he started on the campaign. He knew that there were several ‘team mates’ who had given varying sums of cash to the cause and Grant gathered their names. ‘I rang one of them, Matteo di Nora, who I had never met, and he did not know me and I said, “Look mate, we don’t know each other, but I need your

Double-edged sword Dalton has kept Emirates Team New Zealand’s head above the water and in the public eye through some tough times. Entering a team for the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race was a double-edged sword – maintaining a public image and attracting sponsorship whilst simultaneously managing Volvo, TP52

He could not be faulted in his enthusiasm for the job he had to do, nor could one question his courage Sir Peter Blake

RIGHT As well as team leader, Dalton is always a very hands-on member of the crew

help and if you do, it will be fine.”’ Di Nora put in half a million dollars. ‘It kept us going for a few months and subsequently he is almost my best friend as he has ploughed tens and tens of millions of dollars into the team. That was a pretty good phone call.’ The 2007 Emirates Team New Zealand won the Louis Vuitton Cup and chased defenders Alinghi hard, eventually losing the Cup series in a final race deficit of just one second.

and America’s Cup campaigns. Dalton knew, however, just what he was taking on and his ultimate aim remained to win the America’s Cup. ‘I only took the job on for that reason. I did not take it on to have a lovely shot and fail, be it that I knew that there was a really good chance that

we would fail, in terms of raising the money, anyway. I look back now, it was not long ago, how little I knew about the nuances of the game of the Cup. I knew nothing. I still really didn’t until after 2007, at the end of the Cup it all suddenly fell into place for me and I started to understand, because as Kiwis we see good in people, not bad, so it took me a while to work it all out. ‘In 2003 the boats broke, they weren’t reliable. They weren’t particularly fast. People had lost trust with the place, so it was really important that we did not break. So I look back now and the mistakes of 2007 are quite glaringly obvious to me. I did not understand because normally I just went to the Farr office and bought a boat. I did not know nearly enough the technology.’ Those days are far behind him now. The performance in San Francisco was nearly magical. It dismissed the other challengers in the Louis Vuitton Cup with consummate ease and in the Cup races were at match point with Oracle Team USA on one point. It seemed impossible for the Kiwis to lose from that point, and more so when the 13th race was run for the first time, with ETNZ over a mile ahead until the time-limit expired. Dalts admitted that the defenders were improving almost daily but there was nothing left in the Kiwis’ tank. When his team lost, there were no recriminations, only regrets. He is one who would like some degree of nationalism to return to the teams and says that he deplores the lack of national identity in the crews, but admits that to change that would mean having to win the Cup first. Whatever happens next, there is little doubt that this remarkable leader wants to be the defender of the Cup. He said it before: ‘Watch me next time.’

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The Yachts & Yachting Awards honour sailing achievements and innovations over the past year, with 13 categories, as well as our special Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by The Yacht Market. The award winners have been voted for by Yachts & Yachting readers at and will be revealed in our February 2014 issue, out on January 3. The awards will be presented at the London Boat Show on January 9.

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Sir Robin Knox-Johnston It may seem incredible in today’s world, but in the late 1960s no one yet knew whether it would actually be possible for anyone to sail around the globe alone and non-stop. The challenges were certainly formidable, including loneliness, thanks to minimal contact with the outside world, finding space for an adequate supply of water and stores, surviving storms and much more. Sir Francis Chichester and Sir Alec Rose had already completed circumnavigations with only one stop, but they both benefitted from being able to restock and refit their boats at the half-way point. Similarly Bernard Moitessier’s exploits were also well documented at this stage, but he had never attempted a non-stop circumnavigation. Public interest in the challenge was such that in 1968-69 the Sunday Times financed the Golden Globe trophy and a £5,000 prize – the price of a house in those days – for the first sailor to complete a non-stop solo circumnavigation. Of the nine starters, only one boat made it back – Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s 32ft ‘Suhaili’ – after 312 days at sea, having averaged less then four knots and overcome numerous problems, including failed radio communications and irreparably damaged self-steering. In the subsequent four decades and beyond Knox-Johnston continued to break sailing records and even completed a second solo circumnavigation in the 2006 Velux 5 Oceans race, at the age of 67.

Dee Caffari


Having raced around once as a BT Global Challenge skipper, Caffari’s next feat was one of the toughest in the sailing world – a non-stop circumnavigation against the prevailing winds and currents. In May 2006 she became the first woman ever to complete the voyage unassisted, in a time of 178 days. Her achievement was all the more remarkable given that her 72ft steel yacht ‘Aviva’ was originally designed to be sailed by a crew of 18 people. Continued support from Aviva enabled her to mount a challenge for the 2008-09 Vendee Globe race. Out of 30 starters she finished in 99 days to take sixth place, despite nursing a badly delaminating mainsail around much of the course. In doing so she also became the first woman to sail solo and non-stop in both directions around the globe.

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Winner of the 2000-01 and 2008-09 Vendee Globe races, Desjoyeaux is the only person to have won the race twice. He is also one of the best-known sports personalities in France, where he is known as ‘Le Professeur’ thanks to his consummate sailing ability. His history of sailing successes go right back to the mid-1980s, when he was barely 20 years old, including competing in the Tour de France a la Voile and sailing with the legendary Eric Tabarly. By 1987 he already had his first major world championship podium position under his belt, taking third place in the Formula 40s with Roland Jourdain. Three years later he won the Twostar doublehanded trans-


Michel Desjoyeaux

Atlantic race and took fourth overall in the Figaro season, a class that he would go on to win on a record three occasions. Desjoyeaux’s first circumnavigation was in the 1992-93 Whitbread Round the World Race.

A year after graduating from Cambridge University with a mechanical engineering degree, Davies joined the all-female crew of the Maxi catamaran ‘Royal and Sun Alliance’ for an attempt on the Jules Verne trophy, which ended when the vessel was dismasted in the Southern Ocean. Davies then spent four seasons in the Figaro class, racing against some of the most successful French sailors. She proved her mettle in the 2008-09 Vendee Globe race – one of the toughest ever editions of the event that saw almost two-thirds of the 30-strong fleet forced to retire. In a formidable display of strength, stamina and intellectual ability hers was the third boat to cross the line, although redress given to Marc Guillemot after assisting in the rescue of Yan Elies gave him an official finish time just minutes ahead of Davies. Despite clearly sailing hard during her 95 days at sea, Davies still found time to find creative ways to promote her sponsor of the time, Roxy, including a video of her dancing on the satellite communication antenna that went viral on both sides of the English Channel. Her popularity in France was certainly a key factor in obtaining sponsorship for the next Vendee, from the giant French tomato company Saveol. However, any hope of achieving a podium result was snatched from her when her rig failed on the fifth day. One of the first crew to be chosen for Team SCA, the women-only Volvo Ocean Race team, Davies has a track record of achieving top-level results in the toughest of male-dominated fields.


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A former London fireman, Golding has successfully sailed three times round the world in each direction. He rose to prominence in the sailing world after skippering the second-placed boat in Chay Blyth’s inaugural British Steel Challenge round the world race in 1992-93. Four years later he won the race, which was then named the BT

Global Challenge. His first big solo feat, between his two Global Challenge races, was to set a new record for a non-stop east-about circumnavigation, against the prevailing winds and currents. Since then he has focussed primarily on solo round the world races, competing in four Vendee Globe races to date. In his first, in 2000-01, he finished seventh out of 15 finishers and 24 starters. In the next edition of the race his was one of the most competitive entries, finishing in third place, just 29 hours behind winner Vincent Riou after 88 days at sea. His hopes of a better result were dashed on day 38 of the 2008-09 race, when his boat was dismasted while leading the fleet in the Southern Ocean. In the last edition of the race, at the age of 53, Golding took sixth place.

Isabelle Autissier A four-times circumnavigator, Autissier took third place in the 1987 Mini Transat. She then sailed into the record books when she became the first woman to complete a solo round the world yacht race, the 1990-91 BOC Challenge, a victory that encouraged her to give up a research career at La Rochelle’s school of marine and aquaculture in favour of a professional racing career. However, the next few years were not so successful for her – she was forced to retire from the 1996-97 Vendee with a broken rudder and then capsized in the 1999 Around Alone.


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She continued with crewed racing and received the second ISAF Sailor of the Year award in 1995. On her retirement from professional racing Autissier became a writer and was voted president of the French branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature in 2009.

While much of the world was at war in the early 1940s, farmer Vito Dumas set sail around the globe on his own. Starting from Buenos Aries, Argentina in 1942, he naturally chose the southern route. He made only three stops – in Cape Town, Wellington, and Valparaiso, Chile. At the time these were the longest legs ever sailed

by a singlehander. His 31ft ketch was strong, but her equipment was basic and he didn’t carry a radio for fear of being mistaken for a war-time spy. Before setting out he studied 10 years of weather data, which led him to conclude that winter had a lower incidence of storms around Cape Horn. He stayed in Valparaiso until May, rounding the Horn in mid-June before heading north to Argentina. It was the first successful Horn rounding by a solo sailor. His book, translated into English as ‘Alone through the Roaring Forties’, is well worth a read, and his boat is on display in the Argentine Naval Museum at Tigre, near Buenos Aires.



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While most of the sailors listed here learnt to sail at an early age, Socrates, a retired London teacher, did not do so until her late 40s. But she has achieved more than most in a lifetime of sailing, including a singlehanded non-stop circumnavigation via five great Capes. Socrates had already completed two solo circumnavigations before she left Victoria, British Columbia in Canada in October 2012 aboard her Najad 380 ‘Nereida’. Seventy-two days

into her previous circumnavigation, ‘Nereida’ sustained significant damage when she was knocked down while hove-to in storm-force conditions 100 miles west of Cape Horn. Socrates rounded Cape Horn unaided 48 hours later, but had to stop at Ushuaia for repairs, dashing hopes of completing that circumnavigation non-stop. However, she continued her voyage via the Falklands and Cape Town, Tasmania, Tahiti and Hawaii, returning to Canada a few days before her 70th birthday. In doing so she became the oldest woman to circumnavigate singlehanded via the great Capes. Undeterred, she set out again a few months later to become the first woman of any age to complete a non-stop circumnavigation under sail, starting and finishing in North America, after a 259-day voyage.

At the age of 25 Thomson became the youngest ever winning skipper of a round the world race when he won the 1998-99 Clipper Round the World Race. Since then, sponsorship from Hugo Boss, as well as support from Sir Keith Mills, one of his Clipper Race crew members, have seen him run campaigns with a budget that many of his competitors can only dream about. He has held the singlehanded 24-hour distance record several times, and finished second in the 2007 Barcelona World Race. However, a good result eluded him in his first few attempts at the Vendee Globe. Having been forced to retire from the 2004-05 race, a collision with a trawler weeks before the start of the next race saw hurried repairs carried out, but they did not last and Thomson was forced to retire on the sixth day. However his luck changed with the last edition of the Vendee Globe Race, which he finished in 80 days, to take third place and become one of the very few Britons, alongside Dame Ellen MacArthur and Mike Golding, to gain a podium position. At the age of 39 Thomson is still a relatively young skipper in Vendee terms and clearly has the potential to do even better next time.

Pete Goss award and the first time it had been awarded to an Englishman since the Second World War. It was one of the toughest ever editions of the race, with barely more than a third of the fleet finishing and Canadian sailor Gerry Roufs lost at sea. However, despite sailing one of the smallest boats in the race (at that time there was a class for Open 50s as well as 60-footers) Goss finished fifth, Despite his reputation for meticulous planning and preparation Goss’s next attempt at a circumnavigation ended in disaster, when his radical giant catamaran Team Phillips broke up before the start of The Race, the non-stop fully crewed dash around the planet in 2000.


A former Royal Marine, Goss shot to fame in the 1996-97 Vendee Globe, thanks to his heroic rescue of French competitor Raphael Dinelli. With Dinelli’s boat capsized in a Southern Ocean storm more than 100 miles astern of Goss’s Open 50, the British sailor turned back, beating against the full might of the storm to reach the French sailor. This was the days before Vendee competitors were required to have engines, so Goss’s next challenge was to manoeuvre his boat alongside Dinelli’s liferaft – under sail, singlehanded and in phenomenally high seas. It was a feat that earned Goss a Legion d’Honneur – the highest French

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In the Laser fleet the fleet order tends to stay a bit more consistent, but with the asymmetric the RS100s really mix it up


he RS100 hit the dinghy scene in 2010. It offers solo sailors poweredup asymmetric sailing without hanging off a wire, and a choice of rig options. It became the fastest selling singlehander worldwide, with ISAF status by November 2012. In October 2013, 39 boats converged on Lake Como for the class’s inaugural world


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championships. Previously, both rigs had always raced together, but for the first worlds, the class decided to run two separate starts for the 8.4 and the 10.2.

First for the 8.4s Fending off stiff competition in the 8.4s to take the title was Alistair Dickson, winning by six points ahead of a trio of competitors –

Antonio Tamburin (ITA), Jack Holden (GBR) and Greg Booth (GBR) – who all jointly tied for second place. Alistair’s win was all the more notable for his being a newcomer to the class that same season. Alistair decided to revive his racing career after returning to Wales with the RYA as a High Performance Manager. Sailing Lasers to youth squad level in the past had made



One world championship, two winners: Georgie Corlett talks to Alistair Dickson and Huw Powell about two very different routes to the top of the podium in the RS100 fleet

him a committed fan of singlehanders, and so Alistair decided to buy a second-hand RS100 as ‘a new challenge to master’. Fast-forward to day one of the worlds and his line of mid-fleet scores looked like it was a challenge he was still mastering! Alistair admits he didn’t think he was in the running to begin with, ‘On the first day the wind was really light and shifty; very frustrating. I had been so busy

in the lead-up to the event I was just glad to be there and was enjoying the racing. ‘I wasn’t sure what the wind was going to do. We had been warned that although light winds are fairly unusual on Lake Como, we weren’t there at a particularly windy time of year. If the wind had have stayed light it would have been a different story!’ Day two dawned with an uncharacteristic

calm, but to Alistair’s relief, the breeze eventually filled in at 12-14 knots, precisely the conditions he had been hoping for. In stronger wind, he immediately felt he had an edge as his high level of fitness began to pay. He put all his effort into hiking hard upwind, keeping the boat as flat as possible, which is absolutely imperative for upwind speed in the RS100. Getting to the front, he says, was in no small

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part down to confidence in his boat handling. He says: ‘Racing in the RS100 fleet is very close, especially downwind; it’s like snakes and ladders. In the Laser fleet the order tends to stay a bit more consistent, but with the asymmetric the RS100s really mix it up. If you can find a little more breeze on the downwind legs, you can sail a slightly closer angle that bit quicker, and there is big ground to be made doing that; especially in gusty and shifty conditions. Places change quickly and you really have to be on your toes. It’s a very light boat

few scraps and sailed himself out of it. Jack Holden had been pushing hard on the first day but struggled a bit in the breeze due to his size. Everyone was getting very mixed results.’ By the third day, Mark Harrison’s (GBR) steady climb up the rankings made him the biggest threat to Alistair; but penalty turns in the second race soon took the threat away. Greg Booth put himself out of the running when he capsized and Mark Cotgrove (FRA) ended his regatta early when he tangled the mooring line of the pin end start


and even just handling it downwind can be quite a challenge.’ Having only had since February to get to grips with the RS100, Alistair made the most of his time on the water that year to experiment with different techniques whilst racing at his home club of Port Dinorwic on the Menai Straits. Through his day job, Alistair is closely involved with the race coaching scene and says having the discipline to break down and repeatedly practise manoeuvres – such as gybing and spinnaker handling – paid dividends in switching from Laser mode. When the second day of competition concluded, his scoreline had gained a second and two first places, while chinks were beginning to show in the armour of his competitors. ‘The young Italian had shown a lot of promise to start with, but got himself into a

RIGHT Huw Powell says plenty of circuit racing helped him win the 10.2 class worlds


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boat around his foils. By contrast, a clean start and confident race strategy saw Alistair walk away with two bullets to finish the regatta and take the win in style. His tips for other newcomers hoping for success in the RS100? ‘Really get to know your boat. Ask questions of more experienced members of the fleet. They are very willing to share information, which makes learning the behaviours and characteristics of your boat easier. And practise! We can all be guilty of not practising and only going racing.’

Top of the 10.2s Over on the 10.2 course, victory went not to a newcomer but a class stalwart. Huw Powell (Red Wharf Bay/Netley SC) was one of the earliest converts to the class, trading in his Laser 4000 – in which he had won multiple class


The RS100 has a low freeboard, so it can easily stop in big waves – sometimes it’s worth going for power

titles – at a time when his young family made committing to a doublehanded campaign difficult. He fell for the attractions of a boat he could jump into and race, with limited tweaking. Establishing an early prowess in the RS100, Huw scooped the 10.2 trophy at the first ever nationals, and a number of circuit successes followed. With limited time to practise, he claims he is still ‘cashing in the chips from the 4000 days; my sailing hasn’t evolved’. But, having won the European championships in Carnac with a day to spare and then the worlds, the evidence suggests otherwise. When pressed, Huw concedes: ‘I have the advantage of being very comfortable in the boat, having been in the class since the start. I do put in quality sailing time whenever possible, for the most part that’s sailing on the circuit, so it’s high level competition. ‘When it came to the worlds I knew I was quick through the water; it was just a case of going in the right direction! I had never been to Lake Como before, so I learnt what I could about the venue and took all the usual

precautions of checking my boat and replacing blocks and such like.’ After arriving a day early to practise at the venue, the light winds initially proved tricky for Huw to master. Wins in the opening two races went to Colin Smith (GBR), with Huw turning the tables in the last race of the day to finish with a 2,2,1 scoreline. He says: ‘Light winds are my weakest area. Colin was sailing quick upwind – actually, about the same speed as me, but pointing 10 degrees higher. I was hanging on to Colin; not on his transom but close enough. ‘By the third race there were a few more knots of wind and I closed him down and got ahead of him just before the finish line. To pick him off in light breeze was psychologically a big boost, and I thought then I could still pull it off, especially if the wind picked up.’ As the wind gods responded and a fresh breeze filled in on day two, Huw’s confidence grew, and he took three bullets. He puts his success down to good boat speed, which he achieved through constant hard work. ‘I’m not the heaviest by any means,’ he says.

‘So that means I have to work hard to keep the boat flat and moving through the waves. It really makes a difference; you can see those at the top of the fleet will be sailing their boats really flat – and it’s fast. When it gets really windy, then I put the bow down and take the speed. As someone who has sailed a lot on inland waters, I’m always thinking about height, but the RS100 is not that long and has a low freeboard, so it can easily stop in big waves – sometimes it’s worth going for power.’ Strategically, Como also threw up an interesting conundrum on the 10.2 course. A pattern emerged that left Huw with a difficult decision: head right up the beat for pressure, or head left and take advantage of a wind bend in the second half of the leg? Not wanting to hand any advantage to his rivals, Huw stuck with the majority and chose left. It worked. Downwind, he extended his lead by hunting out the pressure, and going into every gybe with confidence. ‘Speed really is your friend,’ he says. ‘The quicker you go into a gybe, the better shape you will come out of it – even if

it feels wrong to do so!’ Another confident win on the final day sealed the title for Huw with a race to spare. As the sun finally broke through, Huw decided to make the most of classic Como conditions and sail the final race anyway, rounding off with yet another win and leaving Colin to take the runner-up spot. Huw is already looking forward to banking some more competition at the class’s 2014 events. ‘The circuit events have a lot to offer,’ he says. ‘Class members are willing to give no end of advice, and the class is inherently really sociable.’ As the RS100 second-hand market is now opening up, UK class rep Mark Harrison says he hopes to see the number of attendees at class events rise as the cost of used boats falls, while he is also planning a series of winter training events to help both newcomers and existing class sailors. The next world championship has been confirmed for 2014, taking place from September 12-14 in Hyeres, France, while there is talk of the class heading down under for a possible 2015 event in Australia.

ABOVE Alistair Dickson won the 8.4 RS100 world title in his first season in the boat

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Sailing by sense


n 2013 Britain’s blind sailors once again proved themselves to be the best in the world, claiming team IFDS Blind World Championship glory in Japan. Vicki Sheen was part of that team and is now a double World Blind Sailing champion. Born with 10 per cent vision, which she gradually lost by her late twenties, Vicky discovered sailing on a standard RYA Learn to Sail course in Salcombe, Devon in 1996 and now sails with both sighted and visually impaired crews. Vicki draws on her experience as a physiotherapist to demonstrate just what sighted people miss when using only their eyes: ‘If a colleague and I are working behind adjoining curtains, the next patient can come in and I will know if that person is male or female, whether they are anxious or agitated and

Could you sail without being able to see other boats around you, avoid hazards and spot the breeze? We find out more about competitive blind sailing. potentially what they are having treated just from the way they walk or from the sound of them taking off their coat. ‘For example males always jangle their keys in their pockets. The curtain is not a barrier to me in the same way it is to my colleague. My colleague will be hearing the same as me but won’t register and log that information in the same way. ‘Sight takes over as the dominant sense for most people; you can be hearing and feeling but what you

register is what you see. It is a question of focus and how you register and log all the information around to make the most rounded decisions.’

Complete trust There are two types of competitive blind sailing. Fleet racing, where each team includes two visually impaired sailors and two sighted sailors in a boat, and match racing, where the whole three-strong crew is visually impaired. The most recent success in Japan was a fleet racing event, while Vicki and Great Britain also enjoyed IFDS World Match Racing Championship success in Perth in 2011. The next match racing worlds take place in Boston, USA in 2014. Vicki, a member at Brixham YC, says the two disciplines require different skills. Sighted sailors help keep the

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RIGHT World champions in Japan. From left: Sharon Grennan, Vicki Sheen, Ian Shearer and Martin Moody.

boats safe and fast especially at chaotic start line and mark roundings in fleet racing, while in match racing there are audio buoys, radio countdowns and on boat audio-tone to let sailors know where the other boat is, how close it is and whether the other boat is on port or starboard. Nevertheless Vicki admits the pre-start circling and manoeuvring in match racing is very, very intense – she lost half a stone in one week partly through the excitement, stress and concentration of the pre-starts at the 2011 Perth worlds. Vicki insists the key to a visually impaired sailor sailing successfully with either sighted or other visually impaired crews is trust, and it works both ways. Sighted crews have to trust the skills of the visually impaired sailors, normally the helm and the mainsail trimmer. But the visually impaired sailor also has to completely trust the sighted crews. Such close partnerships between the sighted and unsighted crew can on occasion – especially while carrying out an emergency repair or checking the rig – allow them to forget there is someone who cannot see steering the boat! Vicki says this interdependency forges connections on a boat very quickly, and through sailing she has

had the opportunity – in her words a ‘privilege’ – to meet people and develop friendships that she believes she never would have had if she had not had the chance to sail in this way. ‘Walking through someone’s front door is a massive challenge, I don’t know where the doors are, if there are steps or anything to bump into,’ she added. ‘But I can step on to any boat, and once I know which end is the bow and which is the stern, I can sort myself out within a minute and sail with complete strangers because my other senses come into play.’

Use your senses How can Vicki’s expertise open your eyes to a whole new level of sailing? Here is a taster of some of the secrets she will reveal in her RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show talk, ‘Sailing With Your Senses’. 1) Filtering down – for a sighted person the brain filters out about 99 per cent of the information it is receiving so things like touch, temperature and body position don’t have the same importance unless they are needed. A visually impaired

person logs more of that peripheral information and registers it so awareness and knowledge of what is going on around you all the time comes from different sources. 2) It’s all about the hairline – one of the key places for me to feel the wind is the back of my neck. I sail with my hair up and I have been known to cut hoods and collars off bulky wet weather gear, even offshore, so I can feel the breeze on my neck. 3) Drop in pressure – cold, heavier air is easier to detect against the skin than a light breeze on a warm summer’s day as the air is less dense and the temperature is more like body temperature. 4) Audio clues – do you notice cleats on boats nearby being released, or do you see their sails and manoeuvres? When you are used to registering sounds like that, and the variant sounds of different sail tensions, your ability to anticipate their next move improves. 5) Direction differences – sensory indicators vary on a run and a beat and whether you are feeling true or apparent wind. It is possible to steer an almost perfect course unsighted when you learn what the wind feels like on your neck and face. 6) Feel your way – how much notice do you take of how the boat feels under your thighs or feet, or the changing angle of the boat or what you can sense through the tiller? Getting a true feel of the hull in the water makes you and the boat much closer and you more receptive to changes in the way it is sailing. 7) Let’s talk – what you say and how you say it are equally important. Instructions must be clear, calm and concise for a visually impaired sailor. Would that not make for a less frantic, more efficient sighted crew too?

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Professional trimmers Dave Lenz, Chris Mason and Kevin Sproul reveal the secrets of white sail speed

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rofessional sailors and sailmakers often step on and off dozens of new boats each season, and it’s their job to get each one up to speed – quickly. We ask three renowned trimmers for their top tips on how to get the mainsail and headsails set perfectly each time, and what to look for when moving onto a new boat.

A highly regarded mainsheet trimmer on a variety of keelboats and onedesigns, as well as a designer for North Sails in Gosport, Dave has been part of winning teams at Cowes Week, Cork Week and numerous World and European Championships. ‘The mainsheet is a direct control of twist and the traveller controls the boom angle relative to the centreline. When overpowered, don’t drop the traveller too low without easing the mainsheet. This closes the slot with the jib and the lack of twist won’t let the boat move forward. You also have to move a lot more rope to achieve the same reduction in heeling moment. ‘In light airs when the boat is looking for power, I am trying to tip the boat over as much as possible. I would tend to look to sheet as hard as possible without stalling the sail too much. As a rough guide the top leech telltale may be stalled 50 per cent. The traveller will then normally be high to help generate power. On a lot of boats the boom can be a considerable way above centreline. ‘As windspeed increases and the boat starts to get close to maximum heel angle then progressively lower the


Dave Lenz: main twist and trim

modern boats I would not expect to let the traveller car down much below the centreline and the sheet is then eased to depower. Depending on the sail set-up I would also be happy to pull the kicker on when overpowered. This maintains control of the mid-leech if big eases of the sheet are required. ‘Everyone will have their own ways

The mainsheet trimmer’s first job is to set up the balance of the boat, more than 5-7 degrees of helm or rudder is a brake traveller and start to let the sail twist more. As we reach the windspeed when the boat can be overpowered then I would tend to use the mainsheet as the power control and the traveller more as a mode control. I find the mainsheet is more direct so it is quicker to adjust to help maintain the correct balance and therefore heel, speed and pointing. ‘When overpowered, on most


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and different techniques and different set-ups can often lead to boats going the same speed. I would always say don’t be afraid to play around to see what feels and looks the best.’

Chris Mason: teamwork Pro big boat sailor Chris Mason has competed in four America’s Cups and won the Admiral’s Cup, as well

as a number of world championship keelboat events. These days, Chris is often seen on the mainsheet of Maxi yachts such as the 80ft ‘Highland Fling’ and 100ft Wally ‘Hamilton’. Chris is also an Olympic class coach. ‘As mainsheet trimmer you are in a unique position, sitting next to the helmsman, tactician and jib trimmer, you are fully involved with sailing the boat, you also have a 360-degree view of the race track and sight of all the instruments. ‘The relationship between the helmsman and mainsheet trimmer is not complicated as long as the boat is set up correctly. You are normally sailing VMG numbers unless the tactician has called for a different mode. ‘The mainsheet trimmer’s first job is to set up the balance of the boat: more than 5-7 degrees of helm – the rudder is a brake. This takes good communication between the helmsman, headsail trimmer and the mainsheet trimmer. Set the jib up to the conditions and then fine-tune the mainsail so the helmsman is able to keep a steady speed and course upwind. ‘The next thing to check is heel angle – make sure you are not under or over-

LEFT The sheeting angle of an overlapping headsail may be as much as double that of a nonoverlapping jib

‘I usually bring a blank version of the True Wind Speed sail chart (see below). Once I’ve established what the existing sail inventory includes I draw each sail on the chart, which is then used to call the correct headsail for each leg of the race. ‘The general rule in changing headsails is driven by heel angle – if this exceeds 25 degrees you need to change to a smaller headsail. But avoid using too small a headsail in medium and strong winds, especially in big waves. It is impossible to feather a boat when the sails are too flat and easy to stall. As a rule you should have sufficient sail area and power for the lulls and then feather the boat in the puffs.

Headsail sheeting

makes it a lot easier to replicate fast settings the next time you are out. ‘The headsail trimmer should also have a clear understanding of the rig tune and, because it has such an influence on headsail trim, the headsail trimmer will often control it by calling for forestay adjustments, mast tension adjustments etc.


heeling, the last thing is look up at the sail and see if it looks okay. ‘I like to have a constant dialogue with my helmsman, because he is usually contorted into a very uncomfortable steering position, hunched on the side of the boat, staring at bits of wool flapping on a sail. If he is doing anything else he is not doing his job, I constantly crossreference the speed of the boat with the wind speed and angle, try to anticipate drops in speed from information coming from the rail.’

‘The angle that the headsail makes to the centreline of the yacht is the sheeting angle and on most boats it varies between 6 and 12 degrees, although some of the latest yachts are closer to 3 degrees! A narrow angle enables the boat to point high and can be used in ideal conditions; medium winds, flat water, efficient underwater shape, with a good helmsman, or when you need to point high. ‘A wider sheeting angle means the boat will ‘foot’ (go through the water faster at a lower angle) and tends to be better at the extremes of light or strong winds, when the headsail is slightly too big for the wind strength, or if it’s choppy. On a well-sailed yacht the sheeting angle will be changed constantly by adjusting the inhaulers or track positions. Most yachts with nonoverlapping headsails use inhaulers to pull the clew inboard of the track

Kevin Sproul is a sought-after tactician and helm, as well as an experienced trimmer and technical director of Ultimate Sails. He has won numerous major events including several Cowes Weeks, Commodores Cups, the Palma Vela, Rolex Capri Cup and Voiles de St Tropez. He advises on getting set up for perfect headsail trim. ‘When you step on board a yacht for the first time as a trimmer the first thing to establish is what does the sail inventory look like and what settings are marked to help you maximise the performance from the first hoist? Marking everything is invaluable as it

True Wind Speed

Kevin Sproul: head start

LEFT An accurate True Wind Speed sail chart helps to ensure you’re using the correct headsail

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to the correct position. ‘The inhaulers are used even in stronger winds to hold the clew inboard. Sheet tension is adjusted to twist the top of the sail to depower when needed. As the wind increases and it becomes more difficult to keep the boat balanced, or when the mainsail starts to flog more than 50 per cent of the time, the inhaulers should be eased to help depower the rig.’ ‘The best guide for sheet tension on most yachts is to use the spreader: if the yacht has overlapping headsails then most of the time the trimmer will be working to keep the leech as close to the spreader as possible. Most boats with overlapping headsails struggle to get the leech of the headsail close enough to the centreline for good pointing. In light winds the sail needs to be eased away from the spreader to give the helm the ability to foot faster and build speed. If the yacht has nonoverlapping headsails the spreaders should be marked with tape at 100mm intervals to enable the trimmers to replicate fast settings.’ PHOTO: TOM GRUITT*

RIGHT The spreaders provide the best guide to headsail sheet adjustment

Halyard tension ‘Increasing halyard tension moves the draft forward and, with nonoverlapping headsails especially, reduces twist with increased leech tension. This effect happens because the sheet is pulling almost directly opposite the halyard. Easing halyard

Jib trimmer’s checklist What sails are on board? What are their wind ranges? How old are they? (A new Code 2 jib might be faster than an old Code 1 jib, even in the Code 1’s wind range) Are all the sailbags and sails marked clearly so there can be no confusion? Do they have good crossovers or are there any holes in the inventory? Do they have enough telltales on the luff or the leech of non-overlapping sails Are the spreaders marked to help set the leech position? Are the halyards marked to help set up luff tension? Are the halyard marks in the correct position for each headsail? Are the sheets marked, knots tied in same place on both sides? Are the headsail tracks marked for each sail? Does the boat have in-haulers and are they marked? Is there a good tuning guide onboard with clear settings marked that can be measured and repeated accurately? Are there good boat speed targets onboard that include heel angle? Can heel angle be measured?


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tension increases twist and has the same effect as easing the sheet. However if the halyard is eased too much the sail entry will become too flat and difficult to steer to. ‘Halyard affects the top of the sail more and sheet affects the bottom of sail. So more halyard moves the draft forward and the resultant deeper entry is easier to use in choppy conditions. Draft forward is good for choppy conditions, strong winds or footing fast. Draft aft is good for flat water, medium wind and pointing high. ‘The amount of headstay sag controls depth in the middle and upper sections of the headsail and the entry angle of the sail. A deep sail (and especially entry) is necessary for power, such as in light winds, choppy conditions or when you need to go fast. Sag the headstay by easing the backstay to increase sail camber, a good trimmer will be calling the backstay adjustment all the time in light and medium conditions to ensure the headsail is trimmed perfectly. It’s the first sail that sees the wind and if it’s not set properly then the rest of the sail plan has no chance. ‘You can check the forestay sag visually by looking up the sail from

the tack and notice that a gust will cause the forestay to sag automatically just when you need it to be tighter. Good gust calls from the rail allow the mainsheet trimmer to act before the gust hits and tighten the backstay so the boat accelerates rather than heel and trip up. ‘The backstay is one of the most important adjustments for the headsail on the boat but most people use it only to trim the main and don’t look at what’s happening to the headsail as the wind changes. In light airs easing the backstay also allows the luff of the sail to sag to leeward (luff twist). This can be fast in light and choppy conditions but it’s a disaster in strong winds. Sag mainly adds depth to the front of the sail giving it a “knuckle fronted” entry. So increasing backstay reduces headstay sag and flattens the sail, reducing backstay decreases twist and adds power to the top of the headsail. ‘Use the camber stripes to give you a visual on the sail’s profile and when the boat is fast take a picture of the sail shape which can be analysed later to help you better understand how the controls affect the shape and performance of the sail.’

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Arbor 26

Rupert Holmes puts this gorgeous looking British-built daysailer through its paces


here’s a growing demand for fast top-quality dayboats with overnight accommodation, as witnessed by the success of the French Tofinou series, the Rustler 33 and a number of others. It’s easy to see the appeal – these boats minimise the amount of hassle associated with sailing, while offering impeccable handling and a fast ride. Often speeds will equal those of much larger yachts – not dragging three bedrooms around with you can be a definite advantage. Yet daysailers tend to offer enough accommodation to sleep on board should you wish, and there’s a basic galley plus provision for a heads. In any case, most people with larger yachts use on-shore facilities, while a meal ashore part of the appeal of spending a weekend on board, so a lavishly appointed galley is not required. The Arbor 26 was inspired by ‘Collective Spirit’, the 30ft Simon Rogers-designed sportsboat built from donated materials for the 2012 cultural Olympiad. The

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production boat is a slightly smaller version, although with the same beam, a little more accommodation and an inboard diesel engine. A very high degree of customisation is possible – this is a boat that an owner can have built to suit their exact requirements. Arbor Yachts is also keen to build a larger model: ‘We built this one first,’ says founder Jesse Loynes ‘really to showcase what we can do, but the possibilities are endless.’



★★★★★★★★★ The hull shape owes a lot to Rogers’ experience with Class 40s and Open 60s, and carries the beam well aft, with chines to increase stability when heeled. We sailed the prototype Arbor 26 which has a lifting bulb keel. The western red cedar and epoxy construction is both stiff and very light – the hull weighs only around 300kg, even though almost 1,000m of planking is used. The boat is built over a laser-cut MDF mould, which is designed to fit together to within very tight tolerances, giving a perfect shape. Once planked the hull is sheathed in epoxy and glass before being faired. When the hull is turned over it is then sheathed in a similar manner inside, creating a fully waterproof and abrasion resistant structure. The frames, including the main ring frame that takes the rig loads, are added at this stage. Both designer and builder have been careful to ensure that all the timber is encapsulated and will remain dry to ensure the longevity of the boat. This policy extends to the fastenings for deck fittings – over sized holes are drilled for these, which are filled with epoxy, before the correct size hole is drilled for the fastener. This means that, even if a deck fitting leaks, water cannot find its way into the timber. The deck is of foam core glass, which on the prototype boat is covered with Flexiteak. This looks convincing, has excellent longevity and none of the other drawbacks of teak. It also has the benefit that it retains a ‘freshly scrubbed’ look that goes well with the other timber, including the coachroof, although other finishes are also available. On the prototype boat the coachroof is finished in natural timber, with a 200g layer of clear glass on top, and then faired and varnished. It looks superb, and yet is fully waterproof and impact resistant.



This is clearly a boat that turns heads for all the right reasons


5 1 This is a boat that simply looks great from all angles 2 The big asymmetric provides spirited performance downwind 3 Deck layout is straightforward and uncluttered, with high-quality equipment 4 On the lifting keel version the rudder can be lifted vertically out of the cockpit 5 The interior is attractive and surprisingly well lit 6 The lack of a backstay makes it more difficult to control forestay sag


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Deck layout and rig

★★★★★★★★★ The standard model is a fast and stylish boat that’s slightly detuned to make it an easy and hassle free boat to sail. However it would be simple matter to tweak it to realise the full performance potential. The Selden 9/10ths fractional carbon rig has spreaders swept

from Harken and Spinlock, including ratchet blocks and a ball bearing track for the mainsail luff slides that makes hoisting, reefing and lowering the sail easy. These are small, but expensive, details that are all too often missed out for the sake of economy. The layout will work well, whether you are sailing shorthanded or racing with a full crew and the only

It was clear that this is a boat that will be well behaved and a lot of fun to sail

ABOVE The cedar/epoxy construction makes for an extremely lightweight, stiff structure with great looks is a big foil that also gives plenty of bite for spirited spinnaker runs. Unfortunately, the prototype rudder has a little too much balance area forward of the pivot, which affected the handling, although this has now been remedied. Sailing under main and jib we were nicely powered up sailing close-hauled in 10 knots of wind with three people on board. Bearing away and hoisting the code zero the log hovered between 7.6-8.5 knots. It was a great shame not to have just a little bit more breeze, which would clearly have been enough to get the boat properly planing, however it was clear that this is a boat that will be well behaved and a lot of fun to sail.


★★★★★★★★ aft by 25 degrees and no backstay to allow for a fat headed mainsail by Dynamic Sails. Headsails are designed to be easy to handle, with a blade jib and code zero on furlers plus a large asymmetric spinnaker that sets from a long fixed carbon sprit. The deck layout is a simple, but effective, arrangement that uses quality gear, mostly

thing we could fault was a little more friction than ideal in the control lines for the traveller.

Under sail

★★★★★★★★ The rig and hull are nicely balanced, with just a touch of weather helm evident when sailing upwind fully powered up. The rudder

Given this is not a large boat and it has been conceived to focus on sailing performance, the interior is surprisingly bright, with the forehatch helping to bring a lot of light into the cabin. At the time of our test it was not yet fully finished, but was in the process of acquiring a large double forward berth, a small midships galley with a sink and two-

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burner cooker, plus two generous quarter berths aft. There’s also provision for a sea toilet. All the berths are a commendable length – the shortest are more than 2m. This is a part of the market that demands perfection and we looking forward to seeing the boat again with the final detailing complete. One modification planned for future boats is to replace then main 25mm plywood ring frame with two 12mm plywood pieces, which will enable conduit for wiring to be concealed within the timber. In any case, a Mastervolt bus system is used, which helps keep wiring in the boat to a minimum, and enhances the clean lines of the interior. The lifting keel pops up through the large bridge deck area – if a fin keel was specified this area could be incorporated into a significantly larger cabin – but the current arrangement means there is no need for a keel case that would intrude into the accommodation. There’s also a neat cockpit table that lifts out of the cockpit floor. The inboard diesel is mounted under the cockpit, below a removable hatch, where it can be easily reached for maintenance.



All the berths are a commendable length – the shortest are more than 2m


This is a very attractive boat with loads of style that will appeal to those who enjoy sailing fast on a beautifully built boat. The concept allows for fast, fun and easy daysailing, as well as enjoyable racing, Other people’s reactions are often a good indication of what a boat is like aesthetically – our test took place on a busy day in the Solent (it was the start of the Rolex Fastnet Race) and we very quickly lost count of the appreciative waves and interest from other boats, whether spectator RIBs, cruising yachts or Fastnet competitors. This is clearly a boat that turns heads for all the right reasons.



Tofinou 8 The 26ft model in the trend-setting French range is the one against which top end daysailers of this size tend to be judged. LOA 8m Beam 2.53m Draught 0.88-1.9m Displacement 1,850kg Mainsail 22sq m Jib 13sq m

From: Jesse Loynes, Arbor Yachts Arbor Yachts was formed to build yachts for the simple pleasure of sailing. They are designed and built to be a pleasure to sail, to look at and to own. We have set out to make customer service a priority, working with a client from customisation of their yacht, through build, launch and on through warranty and long term upkeep. The use of epoxy resin makes the timber construction as easy to own as a GRP yacht. We will be at both London and Dusseldorf in the New Year to meet people, and are keen to offer a trial sail for anyone who would like to experience the Arbor 26. We hope Yachts and Yachting will be back for another sail with a bit more breeze and the new rudder to see just how well she sails with a decent breeze.

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Seascape 27 A lightweight rocketship with a surprisingly useable interior. Fast and fun to sail, but a boat without the stylish ‘wow’ factor of a high-end daysailer. LOA 7.99m Beam 2.54m Draught 0.95-1.95m Displacement 1,250kg Mainsail 28sq m Headsail 21sq m

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he sailing public should now be accustomed to sharing the vast expanse of ExCel with at least one other exhibition aimed at a similar demographic – and this year it’s the turn of the Telegraph Cruise Show, which will bring in an estimated 25,000 extra visitors on the final three days of this year’s London Boat Show. Highlights are set to include presentations by some of the newspaper’s leading writers and destinations experts, and a children’s


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area with climbing wall. Over in the main halls, the first boat show of the year is often a chance to check out the latest racing kit. This year sees some major new clothing ranges launched – most notably the Elite Offshore range from Henri Lloyd, which is entirely new (on display at stands B118 and A101). Plus there’s the latest models in Musto’s photoluminescent jacket collection, and several new developments from Gill and Crewsaver, including Crewsaver’s new Ergo. See our kitbag special over

the page for more info. Yachts and Yachting will also be announcing the winners in all 13 categories of our annual Y&Y Awards, which aim to highlight the best performances, products, clubs and events of the last 12 months. The awards will be held on Thursday, January 9, 2014. The award winners have been voted for by Yachts & Yachting readers at www. and will be revealed in our February 2014 issue, out on January 3.

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Try something new A new feature for this year’s Boat Show is the Adventurous Cruising Zone, presented by World Cruising Club, which will feature daily talks from cruising experts and an exhibition of three different long-distance cruisers, one of which is a 14ft home-made wooden dinghy. ‘Grace’ was designed and built by the intrepid offshore small-boat sailor, Will Stirling, who has sailed her around each offshore lighthouse in the UK in aid of the WaterAid charity. Will’s earlier expeditions in wooden sailing boats included building and sailing a replica of an 1835 smuggling lugger to Iceland, and three Arctic voyages in a 1909 pilot cutter. There is also the chance to try Standup Paddleboarding (SUP), canoeing or ‘water walking’, in the watersports pool under the watchful eye of Rockley Sailing School staff (all clothing and kit provided). Meanwhile the RYA stand will feature a dazzling video wall and a number of iPads displaying the RYA eLearning and eBooks ranges. For post-show planning, the organisers have produced a helpful guide to what’s on in the Docklands/ Canary Wharf area just outside the ExCel hall. To download search for ‘After Hours’ on the show website.

Show info


• Opening hours: 1000hrs-1800hrs, extended to 1900hrs on both Saturdays and the first Sunday, with late-night opening until 2100hrs on Thursday, January 9. • Tickets: adult tickets start from £10 (advance Mon-Wed). Family tickets include two adults and four children from £20. • More info: see, telephone 0844 776 7766 Getting there • By road: there is easy access from the M25, M11, A406, and A13 with parking spaces for 3,700 cars (£15/24). If using sat-nav/GPS, search for ExCeL London by postcode E16 1XL. • By cable car: look online for Transport for London Emirates Air Line to enjoy a scenic view of the East End and the river. • By tube: Custom House (west entrance) and Prince Regent (east entrance) tube stations are both available for show visitors.

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New boats

New boats New boats and multihulls, including the latest launches at London Boat Show 2014

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Adventure 19

Based on the existing popular Cornish Shrimper hull, this new boat has a larger Bermudan rig with alloy spars and lighter displacement for improved performance. It’s available with either outboard or inboard engines and benefits from a four-berth interior.


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LOA LWL Beam Draught Displacement Sail area Towing weight

6.47m 5.33m 2.18m 0.45-1.21m 925kg 19.5sq m 1,295kg

This performance oriented Dutch design is intended to appeal to experienced families with children and to sailors seeking a blend of performance and comfort in a stylish overall package. There are three possible layouts for each of the aft and forward interior zones, plus five for the midships section of the boat. In addition, three deck layout options are offered: the short-handed version with a central winch next to the wheel, from which the mainsail can be operated. The cruising version maximises cockpit space by locating the mainsheet traveller on the coachroof, with the sheets run via a German mainsheet system to cockpit winches. The performance version has the mainsail traveller recessed in the cockpit floor just in front of the helm. This model is also available with a carbon rig and can be supplied with North 3DL racing sails. LOA Beam Displacement Draught (standard)

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Hanse 345

This new 10m Judel/Vrolijk design blends innovative thinking and easy sailing with a level of individual customisation that has rarely been seen before in a production boat of this size. There’s a choice of two or three cabin layouts, three joinery finishes, a further three saloon floor options and 30 different upholstery fabrics. On deck there are twin wheels and all lines, including halyards and sheets, are led aft to just two winches, each of which is positioned next to one of the wheels. LOA Beam Draught Displacement Sail area


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Spitfire 18

This new 18-footer from North Quay Marine is designed as a fast open boat that will perform equally well with a family on board cruising in sheltered estuaries and lakes, as well as exciting and competitive class racing. Construction is of glass and epoxy sheathed western red cedar, making the boat light enough to be trailed behind virtually any car. The cockpit is self-draining and a ballasted lifting keel makes the boat self-righting from a knock down of beyond 90 degrees. In addition, seats and under deck lockers are all watertight so that even when swamped she will float only 10cm lower than normal. A cockpit tent offers scope for Swallows and Amazon-style adventures.

F132 Flying Phantom

Are flying catamarans the future of our sport? The team at Sail Innovation certainly thinks so, and has developed this foiling catamaran that is sure to turn heads and be enormously fun to sail. The hulls are based on those of an F18, but that’s where the similarity stops – the Flying Phantom was designed to foil from the

LOA LWL Beam Draught Sail area Asymmetric Ballast Towing weight

5.46m 5.11m 2.06m 0.32-1.03m 17.9sq m 12.7sq m 130kg 400kg

outset, and is wider than the F18 and also lighter thanks to high tech construction. After extensive development by Martin Fischer, the boat uses L-shaped rudders and S-shaped daggerboards, which achieve good pitch and heave stability when the boat is in flight. Production boats expected to be available in early 2014, priced at around Euros 30,000 (ex-factory).

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Nothing says winter sailing like a beanie hat and Rooster’s Aquafleece version uses a combination of synthetic fleece and stretchy polyurethane (Polypro) to insulate your head in comfort in the wet and the dry. RRP: £19.50

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The iON Air Pro 3 wi-fi records HD video up to 60 frames per second at 1080p, with a 12-megapixel CCD image sensor, an anti-shake feature and noise reduction to minimise the effects of wind on the audio track. Waterproof to 49ft (15m) with no casing required. RRP: £349.99

Crewsaver Ergofit Smock

Crewsaver’s new Ergofit clothing range is made from a 2.5 layer fabric to be breathable, waterproof and windproof. The smock has a high neck, articulated arms for a ‘sports fit’ and reinforced elbows with storm cuffs, and looks ideal for round the cans racing on wet days. RRP: £150


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Bridging the gap between regular mid-layer and outerwear, the Crosswind jacket (£135) and salopettes (£135) are fully taped, waterproof, windproof and breathable, but low bulk and not fleecy on the inside to be easily slid on and off.

Ian Roman 2014 calendar

This year’s stunning A3 yacht and dinghy racing photo calendar includes a new hi-tech feature with all the photo information, camera settings, blurb, etc accessible using a QR code printed on each page. RRP: £20

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New products

Henri Lloyd Elite Racer

Henri Lloyd’s brand new Offshore Elite range includes outer, mid and base layers. Utilising a brand new fabric developed in collaboration with Gore-tex, the new offshore kit reduces weight by up to 30 per cent. RRP: £450

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Edox Grand Ocean

The 48mm new Extreme Sailing Series Special Edition is housed in a stainless steel case with black, pink or blue PVD coating. Water resistance to 300 meters, this £3,000-plus beauty is topped with scratch-proof, glareproof sapphire crystal.

Gul Stretch U-Zip Drysuit

New for winter 2013, Gul’s Code Zero Stretch U-Zip Drysuit is designed using contoured body panels, a Glideskin neck and cuffs and a tough YKK Aquaseal Horseshoe ‘Eazzzy-on’ zip system. RRP: £375

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The classic Crocs clogs have become a firm favourite among sailors for their waterproof and buoyant qualities. Crocs has now designed the Blitzen ‘convertible’ clogs, special fur-lined versions for colder weather with a snug lining that can be worn down as a clog or flipped up like a boot. RRP: £49.99


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Photoluminescent reflectors, which absorb light energy to create a luminous glow in the dark, were already part of the HPX Pro Collection, and have now been added to the HPX Ocean Jacket, MPX Offshore and Offshore Race collections for Musto’s 2014 range. RRP: £450

An upgrade to Buzz Marine’s 3G mobile broadband receiver, the HubbaX, the Hubba X4 LTE will work on 2G, 3G and 4G to provide users with connection speeds of up to 100Mb per second. Expect the weatherproof exteriormounted version in the new year. RRP: £1,550

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hen choosing a trapeze harness, there’s one consideration that surely tops the list – comfort! The ultimate measure of this is to try on a number of harnesses and see which feels best to you. But, with prices ranging from £70 to £150-plus, and a huge number of designs available, there are a few options you can choose to start narrowing down your search. First things first, pick your style: nappy harness – whereby all the support is given from one piece of material; or leg strap harness – with


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Whether you’re trapezing or scaling the rig, a sailing harness isn’t to be skimped on. Georgie Corlett looks at the latest safety and comfort developments individual leg straps which can be adjusted. Those looking for a lightweight and more flexible option will sacrifice a bit of comfort for the former. For most sailors, particularly gents, the additional adjustments and greater load spread offered by the latter make this the preferred option in the comfort stakes.

Find your fit Look for padded neoprene around the leg straps, sides and buckles; as you go further up the price range you will find more of this, and it can make all the difference if you are spending a long time in your harness. Having additional adjustment points also contributes to comfort and allows you to get the best fit. It’s not only essential for comfort but also performance that you find a harness that fits well. Alastair Nichol, who works for LDC as UK product manager for Magic Marine and Lizard Footwear, has helped plenty of trapeze sailors find their perfect fit. He says: ‘Once correctly wearing your harness, there should be a distance of no more

Support Another important consideration is the amount of support versus the degree of flexibility you want from your harness. In recent years more and more choices have become available, as well as the conventional option of a moveable lumbar support for you to position where you feel best, which most designs feature.

LEFT A fully adjustable spreader bar harness will help spread the load


The less structure and support built into the back of the harness, the more easily you will be able to duck down and move around the boat. At the extremes of this, a ‘seat’ harness with no shoulder straps offers just enough lower back support for some catamaran helms who trapeze in a much more upright position. However, the vast majority of harnesses have shoulder straps, giving some degree of support to your upper back. Styles which narrow at the spine and feature thinner straps are great for sailors who need to be really dynamic as they move in and out of and around the boat, such as high performance skiff sailors, as there’s less to inhibit arm movements. Those who are more static, perhaps trapezing more steadily over longer periods of time, such as 470 crews, may look for more back support. Battens, neoprene padding and plastic plating – both internal and external – can all provide support. Also look for wide straps and stiff buckles that will hold the straps firmly in place. When it comes to material choice, performance sailors will naturally favour lighter weight materials; sail cloth – as used in some made to

BELOW The Spinlock Mast Pro climbing harness is designed for working at height on a yacht

There should be no more than one fist’s distance between the bar and your body when suspended horizontally measure harnesses – is a great option here. On the other hand, a family looking for a harness to be used for messing about and learning the art of trapezing will appreciate the longevity offered by the more heavy duty fabrics – particularly those with useful Cordura reinforcements on the seat.

Plate or bar? The final deciding factor is whether to go for a bar or a plate trapeze hook mount. Whilst the plate style offers all the advantages of being lightweight and unobtrusive, a bar will much more effectively spread the load, and is likely to be more comfortable in the long term. Again, it’s down to personal preference, but one thing is for certain; look for a quick release hook that’s sure to release you, even


than one fist between the bar and your body when suspended horizontally from the trapeze. It should be easy to see this; if it is too small the spreader bar ends will dig into your hips and not sit on the pad, and if it is too big you simply won’t be able to tighten it enough. ‘To ensure a correct fit, always tighten it from the bottom upwards. Tighten the leg straps first, then the bar, then finally the chest adjustment. The bar should sit over your belly button, so don’t position the leg straps too high to begin with, as they will naturally move upwards as you tighten the chest strap. ‘The wide adjustment range typically offered by trapeze harnesses makes it possible for more than one sailor to share a harness; for example, a parent and teenager will often share the use of a medium-sized harness, which is perfectly acceptable so long as it can be adjusted sufficiently.’ LDC offers a trapeze simulator, which not all chandlers may have. But in any case, it’s a good idea to find something to hang off and have a good move around when trying on trapeze harnesses. Try crouching down as you would in the boat. Bear in mind – or better still, bring along – the sailing kit you would ordinarily wear underneath. A number of manufacturers, often sail makers, offer made-to-measure trapeze harnesses. These offer all the obvious benefits of being tailor-made to fit your precise measurements and customised with any additional features you could want. Whilst this may be a popular option for pro sailors, many sailors actually find that today’s off the shelf variations offer enough adjustment to fit them without problem. Some styles offer the traditional buckle or lace adjustments, which you can tighten individually for an exact fit; the downside is that you have to tuck the tails of these away to prevent them snagging. An altogether tidier and more innovative option takes its cues from a windsurf harness, using doublesandwiched Velcro adjusters across the hip area to help you achieve a close, secure fit for your anatomy.

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under load. And to absolutely minimise your chance of getting any other parts of your trapeze harness caught on anything else, copy from the pros and wear a rash vest over the top.

Bowman’s harnesses

BELOW RIGHT Crewsaver’s new Phase2 dinghy range includes a supportive harness with shaping in the back

Quick release hooks The benefits of choosing a quick release hook for your trapeze harness have been well publicised in recent years, but not all quick-release hooks are created equal. In 2009, the RYA championed an ISO standard for quick release hooks, but this is very much a voluntary standard, and whilst there are many products which are labelled as quick-release harnesses, none have been formally accredited to the ISO standard. In 2010-2011, the RYA tested a number of quick release hooks and found that when pulled by a load directly around the body, some would not release. However all would release with a load pulled directly away from the body as you might expect when trapezing normally. ‘A quick release hook should always be considered above a non-quick release hook,’ says RYA technical manager Bas Edmonds. Bas also recommends other precautions that trapeze sailors should take. ‘Be aware of how you interact with the boat. Identify issues that commonly occur and think them through beforehand; such as keeping the sheets clear of your body, immediately locating both crew after a capsize, and, if someone is tangled, not leaving the centreboard to help them as this will allow the boat to fully invert. If you are new to trapezing, a dinghy training course can help identify areas of concern and is strongly recommended.’ The good news is that, overall, the RYA reports a drop in the number of reported incidents of entrapment in the past few years, which, Bas says, may or may not be directly linked to the increasing use of quick-release hooks. ‘Currently, the RYA is not aware of how many times a quickrelease hook has been used in anger,’ he says. ‘The drop in incidents is much welcomed and may be down to a number of different factors, including the introduction of quick-release hooks, a greater awareness of what to do in the case of entrapment, new techniques employed by safety boat crews, or increased caution amongst those new to trapezing.’ The Racing Rulebook for 2004-2008 did include a requirement for sailors to use quick release hooks, but that has been removed from the latest edition.


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The traditional bosun’s chair is one solution for anyone going aloft to effect repairs or checks on a more leisurely timescale, but a busy foredeck person in a racing environment, who might be called on to shimmy out to the end of the pole or climb the mast at a moment’s notice, needs a more immediate and secure solution. RYA Training Manager, Richard Falk, offers this advice: ‘When working at height on board a boat there are two key options to consider. When the boat is stationary and you are being hauled aloft by some willing crew with the aid of a winch a bosun’s chair is good option. This allows the crew member to sit relatively comfortably whilst they are working aloft, but does restrict the amount of movement available as you are sitting on a seat to which you are not secured.

Deck Pro was developed with climbing brand Petzl and with a panel of leading yacht riggers. It takes a standard climbing harness and adapts it for the marine environment, using a similar design but one that is overall lighter weight and stronger. James Hall, sales and marketing, says: ‘We use a manufacturing process and materials that are approved to CE standard to guarantee they are fit for purpose in the marine environment. It incorporates specially customised features, such as wider leg straps to fit over sailing kit, and sturdier clip on points to accommodate the heavier tools that sailors take aloft.’ Spinlock’s Deck Pro comes in around the £90 mark, which is considerably more expensive than a standard issue climbing harness, but is designed for purpose and longevity. Meanwhile, for those still using a bosun’s chair, James suggests giving strong consideration to also wearing an additional climbing harness. Whilst the bosun’s chair allows sailors to work in comfort, they also have the added safety offered by a climbing harness.

A bowman’s harness should be properly maintained and checked for wear and tear on a regular basis ‘Alternately, if you will need to be actively climbing the mast or subject to risk of slipping or inverting whilst aloft a climbing harness is a safer option. A good quality harness will ensure you remain secure even if inverted and will allow you the freedom to be more active whilst working aloft. ‘You should select a harness that has been made specifically for the marine environment and, as with any load bearing equipment, it should be properly maintained and checked for wear and tear on a regular basis.’ Historically, harnesses manufactured for climbing have been used; with your legs and waist secured, there’s no risk of falling backwards or sideways as there is with a bosun’s chair. But finding one that’s made to withstand the demanding marine environment can be more of a challenge. In 2005, Spinlock introduced a solution; their


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lthough there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence that keelboat and sportsboat fleets are shrinking, there are also clear signs that owners are simply prioritising the events they really want to do. Looking at the figures for national championship attendance, for instance, the total 2013 figure is less than five per cent below that of the long-term average since year 2000. While these figures are good news for classes, they are of course less of a consolation for the clubs that depend on getting a strong fleet on the water throughout the season’s racing. Looking to the future, the past year has seen a number of new style boats launched that have the potential to be significantly cheaper to dry sail than the majority of existing keelboat classes. These are lightweight modern designs with plenty of form stability in their hull shapes and only very lightly ballasted keels. This further reduces weight, resulting in a boat that’s easily

Rupert Holmes takes a look at trends on the keelboat and sportsboat scene over the past 12 months… handled and yet blisteringly fast. When sailing on the sea the safety factor must also be considered – these designs tend to have a considerable amount of built in buoyancy and are therefore potentially safer than many more staid traditional keelboats that are at risk of sinking when swamped. Of course, this is by no means an entirely new concept – heavier traditional dayboats have long had ballasted centreboards, but these did not offer planing performance. Equally, the Phil Morrison-designed Laser Stratos, launched in 1999, was available in either dinghy format, or with a 100kg bulb on the bottom of the daggerboard. This transformed the boat into one that was all but

impossible to capsize and that would self-right in the unlikely event of it being knocked flat. Vandecraft’s new K2 is another example, but like the Stratos it’s a smaller boat pitched predominately at the dinghy and training market. The K1, which was sixth in the ranking of keelboat national championship attendance this year, with 27 boats, illustrates the growing popularity of this style of boat. Interesting new larger boats in the past year include the BlueMotion 550, an 18ft fast planing dayboat with 30-150kg of ballast and an all-up displacement of little more than 300kg, roughly half that of the slightly larger SB20. We tested it in a very stiff breeze in the July 2013 issue of Y&Y and found it a delight to sail, achieving 20 knots off wind under spinnaker. The VX One, a ‘ballast assisted’ design built in the UK by Ovington Boats, is in a similar mould and has been reported to have reached speeds of up to 24 knots. We plan to bring you a test early in 2014.

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23ft open three-person keelboat with spinnaker NUMBER OF CREW: 3 DESIGNED BY: Oliver Lee in 1966 CONSTRUCTION: GRP KEEL TYPE: Fin LOA: 7.07m BEAM: 1.95m DRAUGHT: 1.2 m WEIGHT: 873kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 10.8 JIB: 9.2 SPI: 20.62 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £4,000 GOOD: £4,500 CLASS SEC: IK Douglas, CLASS WEBSITE: NEW BOATS IN 2013: Nil 2013 NATIONALS VENUE: Royal Harwich Yacht Club NATIONAL CHAMPION: Alex Davey 2014 NATIONALS: St Mawes SC, July 25-27


5.5 metre ballasted dinghy NUMBER OF CREW: 2-4 DESIGNED BY: Keith Callaghan CONSTRUCTION: GRP sandwich, wood. KEEL TYPE: Ballasted centreboard LOA: 5.5m BEAM: 2.2m DRAUGHT: 0.18m/1.45m WEIGHT: 300kg CREW WEIGHT: 150-300kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 13.6 JIB: 5.8 SPI: 20 PN /IRC NUMBER: TBA PRICE: TBA CURRENT BUILDER: BlueMotion Yachts CLASS SEC: Keith Callaghan CLASS WEBSITE: NEW BOATS IN 2013: Production to commence in early 2014 DID YOU KNOW: First GRP boat to be exhibited at the RYA Dinghy Show, March 2014


Three or four-person sportsboat from Bavaria; popular in Europe but yet to take off in UK NUMBER OF CREW: Four people up to 320kg for one design racing; CE-certified D6, 338kg DESIGNED BY: Farr Yacht Design CONSTRUCTION: Hand lay-up GRP with superstructure KEEL TYPE: T-bulb, lifting for transport LOA: 7.28m; BEAM: 2.49m; DRAUGHT: 1.65m WEIGHT: 1,058kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 21; JIB: 11; SPI: 48 TYPICAL IRC: 0.969 PRICE (INC VAT): BASIC NEW BOAT: £25,950; £33,468, with Mylar/Nylcote race sails and trailer CURRENT BUILDER: Bavaria Yachtbau


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Two classes sharing the same hull lines and many of the same features NUMBER OF CREW: 3 DESIGNED BY: Scandinavian committee in 1942

CONSTRUCTION: Nordic – clinker planking in GRP or wood. British – mainly wood with either clinker or carvel planking KEEL TYPE: Long LOA: 7.68m BEAM: 2.20m DRAUGHT: 2.00m WEIGHT: 1,960kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 17 JIB: 7 SPI: 20 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £5,000 GOOD: £20,000 NEW: £50,000 CURRENT BUILDER: Centralen, Germany CLASS SEC: Eddie Mays,, 02380 402194 CLASS WEBSITE: NEW BOATS IN 2013: 0 2013 NATIONALS VENUE: Lymington NATIONAL CHAMPION: Stuart & Caroline Watson and Matthew Jones 2014 NATIONALS VENUE: Royal Lymington 2014 NATIONALS DATE: TBC

2014 EUROPEANS: San Remo, Italy. March 25-29 NEXT WORLDS: La Rochelle, France, date TBC, 2015 DID YOU KNOW: At the 2013 Weymouth worlds 77 boats from 16 nations competed, with many Olympians, America’s Cup and national champions racing. FURTHER INFO: Regattas include divisions for classics (pre-1972) and vintage boats (1972–1993), thus making the cheaper, older boat as competitive in its division as newer ones. Fleets in Aldeburgh, Burnham, Medway, Cowes and Abersoch. International regattas throughout the year across Europe. Sailors’ ages range from 12 to 85. Dragons are as renowned for their racing as they are for their parties!



Graceful three-person keelboat with spinnaker NUMBER OF CREW: Three DESIGNED BY: Johan Anker in 1929 CONSTRUCTION: GRP or wood KEEL TYPE: Long LOA: 8.7m BEAM: 1.95m DRAUGHT: 1.2m WEIGHT: 1,700kg CREW: 285kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 16 JIB: 11.7 SPI: 23.6 PN NUMBER: 1030 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £10-15,000 GOOD: £25-50,000 NEW: £70,000 CURRENT BUILDER: Petticrows CLASS SEC: Tim Wilkes, 01371 874909, 07720 288100 CLASS WEBSITE: NEW BOATS IN 2013: 30 2013 NATIONALS VENUE: Weymouth NATIONAL CHAMPION: Lawrie Smith (GBR) EUROPEAN CHAMPION: Jose Matoso (POR) WORLD CHAMPION: Klaus Diederichs (GBR) 2014 NATIONALS: Lymington, Hants, July 9-12

Three-man strict one-design with spinnaker DESIGNED BY: Skip Etchells in 1966 CONSTRUCTION: GRP; KEEL TYPE: Fin LOA: 9.3m; BEAM: 2.1m WEIGHT: 1,405kg; CREW: 285kg max PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES*

CLASS SEC: UK c/o Clipper Marine, Hamble. CLASS WEBSITE: 2014 EUROPEANS: To be announced early 2014 FURTHER INFO: The boat is already in use in over 17 countries worldwide for family sailing, club racing, one-design racing, match racing and sailing schools.

SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 20; JIB: 8.5; SPI: 48 PRICE: BASIC: £5-8,000; GOOD: £12-23,000 NEW: £40,000 fully kitted out inc sails, trailer, etc UK BUILDER: David Heritage Racing Yachts CLASS SEC: Jan Ford,, 07747 602707 CLASS WEBSITE: 2013 NATIONALS: Cowes; 16 entries NATIONAL CHAMPION: Nils Razmilovic, Brian Hammersley and Andrew Mills. 2014 NATIONALS: Weymouth 2014 WORLDS: Newport Rhode Island, June 2014 FURTHER INFO: 50 fleets around the globe. The 2016 worlds are to be held in Weymouth.


Rocketship with strong international calendar NUMBER OF CREW: 7-8 DESIGNED BY: Farr Yacht Design in 1996 CONSTRUCTION: GRP; KEEL TYPE: Fin LOA: 9.43m; BEAM: 3.08m WEIGHT: 2,000kg; CREW: 525kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 55.68; SPI: 89 PRICE: BASIC: €30,000; GOOD: €50,000 CURRENT BUILDER: None CLASS SEC: Bunny Wayt, CLASS WEBSITE: WORLD CHAMPION: Deneen Demourkas, USA NEXT WORLDS: To be announced FURTHER INFO: Possible return to northern Europe for the worlds in 2014.


The world’s most popular racing keelboat, with fleets at 48 UK clubs. Sail numbers passed the 4,000 mark in 2013. NUMBER OF CREW: 2 DESIGNED BY: Uffa Fox in 1947 CONSTRUCTION: GRP and GRP/Carbon KEEL TYPE: Low centre of gravity fin LOA: 6.1m BEAM: 1.52m WEIGHT: 138kg CREW: 140-190kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 11.95 JIB: 4.78 SPI: 14.2 PN NUMBER: 1022 PRICE: BASIC: £1,500 GOOD: £6,000 NEW: £18,294 CURRENT BUILDER: Ovington, Composite Craft CLASS SEC: Keith Jamieson, 01539 722665, 07977 591677, CLASS WEBSITE: NEW BOATS IN 2013: 22 2013 NATIONALS VENUE: Weymouth NATIONAL CHAMPION: Steve Goacher & Phil Evans EUROPEAN CHAMPION: Greg Wells & Richard Rigg WORLD CHAMPION: Graham Vials & Chris Turner 2014 NATIONALS: Parkstone, July 5-8 2014 EUROPEANS: Mallorca, September 14-19 NEXT WORLDS: France, 2015 DID YOU KNOW: At the 2013 worlds in Hong Kong, 15 per cent of the boats had a female as helm or crew. FURTHER INFO: From 2014, world champions will be entitled to use gold insignia on their mainsails – the ‘yellow jersey” of Flying Fifteens! Sailmakers will also be allowed to add ‘sail shape indicator stripes’ to their sails.


12ft singlehanded mini 12-Metre DESIGNED BY: Jo Richards & Neil Graham in 1981 CONSTRUCTION: GRP KEEL TYPE: Keel LOA: 3.65m BEAM: 0.825m WEIGHT: 250kg CREW: 100kg (lighter crew add additional ballast) SAIL AREA (SQ M):MAIN: 2.82 JIB: 2.46 SPI: 5.61 CURRENT BUILDER: Mark Downer, Advanced Marine Structures, 01983 200011 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £1,500 GOOD: £2,500-3,500

NEW: £5,500 approx CLASS SEC: CLASS WEBSITE: NEW BOATS IN 2013: 2, but many more second-hand boats with new owners. 2013 NATIONALS VENUE: Bembridge Sailing Club NATIONAL CHAMPION: Graham Sunderland 2014 NATIONALS: Bembridge SC, March 15-16 DID YOU KNOW: One of the largest one-design keelboat fleets which sails continuously throughout the winter in the UK. FURTHER INFO: A one-design keelboat, based on a scaled version of ‘Lionheart’, the British 12 Metre Class yacht. These peformance singlehanded boats offer superb racing in nearly any conditions, by sailors of all weights and ages. Active fleets at Bembridge (Isle of Wight), West Kirby (Wirral) and Aldenham (Herts). Illusions can also be found in Scotland, Belgium, South Africa, Canada, Holland and the United States.


One-design symmetric keelboat NUMBER OF CREW: 4-6 DESIGNED BY: Rod Johnstone in 1977 CONSTRUCTION: GRP Balsa Core KEEL TYPE: Fin LOA: 7.32m BEAM: 2.64m DRAUGHT: 1.22m WEIGHT: 1,270kg CREW: 400kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 12.68 JIB: 12 GENOA: 18.4 SPI: 18.9 PN NUMBER: 935 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £3,000 GOOD: £8,000 - £12,000 NEW: £27,000 BUILDER: J-Boats Italy, US Waterline USA, J-Boats Argentina CLASS SEC: Rob Clark,, 07967 563237 CLASS WEBSITE: NEW BOATS IN 2013: Nil 2013 NATIONALS VENUE: Plymouth – 25 entries NATIONAL CHAMPION: Ian Southworth, GBR EUROPEAN CHAMPION: Ian Southworth, GBR WORLD CHAMPION: Tim Healy, USA 2014 NATIONALS: Parkstone YC, Poole May 23-26 2014 EUROPEANS: Angelholm, Sweden Aug 10-15 NEXT WORLDS: September 2014, Newport, USA DID YOU KNOW: The 2012 J/24 World Championship in Rochester attracted 96 teams from 12 countries and four continents. FURTHER INFO: With the 2015 worlds due to be held in late August in Boltenhagen, Germany and expecting to attract a large entry from across the

globe, the 2014 season will be key for teams looking to qualify for one of the UK spots.


A 7m planing sportsboat with a lifting keel for launching on the slipway NUMBER OF CREW: 3-4 DESIGNED BY: Rod Johnstone CONSTRUCTION: GRP KEEL TYPE: Fin with lead bulb LOA: 7m BEAM: 2.25m DRAUGHT: 1.5m WEIGHT: 794kg CREW: 3-4, no weight limit SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 14.5 JIB: 9.8 SPI: 45 IRC NUMBER: 0.971 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £25,500 (ex-VAT) GOOD: £34,000 (inc VAT) NEW: £40,000 incl. trailer, sails, engine and VAT CURRENT BUILDER: J Composites and CCF Composites CLASS SEC: Becci Eplett CLASS WEBSITE: NEW BOATS IN 2013: 500-plus worldwide; 20 in UK 2013 NATIONALS VENUE: Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes NATIONAL CHAMPION: Ruairidh Scott, North Sails EUROPEAN CHAMPION: Ruairidh Scott, North Sails 2014 NATIONALS: Poole Regatta, Combined Yacht Clubs of Poole. May 24-26 2014 EUROPEANS: Lake Garda, September 17-20 NEXT WORLDS: Annapolis, September 9-13 DID YOU KNOW: The J/70 is the most exciting and fastest-selling J-Boat introduction since the J/24. There is already a one-design fleet in the Solent. FURTHER INFO: The one design rules prescribe a crew of three or four, and sail purchases are controlled by a tag system to keep running costs in check. The lifting keel and light weight of the carbon mast make her easy to pack up and tow to the next regatta. More importantly, the J/70 is so manageable that all ages and sizes can sail the boat. How many boats can really excite juniors and adults alike, yet be stable enough for families?

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ISAF asymmetric sportsboat, raced as a one-design globally NUMBER OF CREW: 4-5 DESIGNED BY: Rod Johnstone in 1993 CONSTRUCTION: GRP balsa sandwich KEEL TYPE: Fin with bulb LOA: 8m BEAM: 2.81m DRAUGHT: 1.65m WEIGHT: 1,495kg CREW: 338kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 17.41 JIB: 13.6 SPI: 65 PN NUMBER: 876 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £28,000 GOOD: £30,000 NEW: £45,000 CURRENT BUILDER: J-Boats CLASS CONTACT: Gemma Dunn, Key Yachting CLASS WEBSITE: NEW BOATS IN 2013: 50 plus 2013 NATIONALS VENUE: Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes NATIONAL CHAMPION: Kevin Sproul, ‘J.A.T’ WORLD CHAMPION: Hugo Rocha, Portugal 2014 NATIONALS: Poole Regatta, Combined Yacht Clubs of Poole, May 24-26 2014 EUROPEANS: Club Náutico El Balís, Spain, June 28–July 4 NEXT WORLDS: Eastport Yacht Club, Annapolis September 28–October 5 DID YOU KNOW: The J/80 is the number one modern training platform for most countries in Europe. FURTHER INFO: The J/80 is both a world-renowned sportsboat and ideal family daysailor. The class continues to grow at over 50 boats per year; hull number 1,500 raced at the 2013 worlds in France, which attracted a 120-boat fleet. There is an active circuit planned for 2014, culminating with the world championships in Annapolis.

CURRENT BUILDER: J Composites and CCF Composites NEW BOATS IN 2013: Hull No.1 launched in June; 40 boats on order DID YOU KNOW: The J/88 is a replacement for the J/92S, which was designed over 20 years ago. J-Boats is renowned for its long and successful production runs. FURTHER INFO: On deck, the T-shaped cockpit is similar to the J/111, with seating and backrests forward of the floor-mounted traveller, a wide-open cockpit aft and transom hung rudder. Below decks, the J/88 sports a weekending layout with two full length settees, coolbox, galley sink, private head forward of the bulkhead and optional V-berth.

DID YOU KNOW: The K1 is easy for one person to handle and faster than most singlehanded dinghies but doesn’t capsize. FURTHER INFO: Since its launch in 2010 the K1 has spread rapidly, there are nearly 100 boats in 30 sailing clubs and many of these clubs are beginning to form fleets. The national championship was held on the sea for the first time this year with 27 entries and the K1 proved to be fast, seaworthy, great fun and easy to handle in the breezy conditions and large waves.


K2 K1


From the design/build team that launched the J/70 and J/111, the J/88 is the newest addition to the J-Boats sport range; a 29ft mid-size family keelboat with stability, style and sailing comfort NUMBER OF CREW: 5-6 DESIGNED BY: Al Johnstone CONSTRUCTION: GRP KEEL TYPE: Fin with lead bulb LOA: 8.9m BEAM: 2.9m DRAUGHT: 1.98m WEIGHT: 2,200kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 24.63 JIB: 19.75 SPI: 95 PN /IRC NUMBER: TBC PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £75,000 (ex-VAT) NEW: £115,000 (inc VAT, electronics, sails)


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is ideal for racing, cruising or training. It is easy to launch and weighs less than many general purpose dinghies of similar size. It can be sailed with a simple two-sail layout or with the optional asymmetric kite for extra fun.

Unique mini-yacht with a lifting bulb keel yet its all-up weight is little more than many dinghies NUMBER OF CREW: 1 DESIGNED BY: Paul Handley in 2009 CONSTRUCTION: FRP foam sandwich KEEL TYPE: Lifting with 60kg bulb LOA: 4.7m BEAM: 1.3m DRAUGHT: 1.15m WEIGHT: 125kg CREW: 60kg to 110kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 7.8 JIB: 3 PN NUMBER: 1062 PRICE: BASIC: £5,500 GOOD: £6,300 NEW: £6,990 CURRENT BUILDER: VanderCraft and K1 Sailing, CLASS SEC: Chris Querée; CLASS WEBSITE: NEW BOATS IN 2013: 25 2013 NATIONALS VENUE: Royal Torbay Yacht Club NATIONAL CHAMPION: Charlie Cumbley 2014 NATIONALS: Shoreham SC, September 2014

A new two-person lifting-keel dinghy with high stability and great sailing performance in a modern user-friendly design NUMBER OF CREW: 2 DESIGNED BY: Paul Handley in 2013 CONSTRUCTION: FRP foam sandwich KEEL TYPE: Lifting with 60kg bulb LOA: 4.7m BEAM: 1.6m DRAUGHT: 1.15m WEIGHT: 155kg CREW: 70kg to 200kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 9 JIB: 3 PN NUMBER: 1050 2-sail; 1030 with asymmetric spinnaker PRICE: NEW: £7,790 with main and jib CURRENT BUILDER: VanderCraft and KX Sailing, CLASS SEC: CLASS WEBSITE: NEW BOATS IN 2013: 4 DID YOU KNOW: The K2 is easy to handle and faster than many two-person dinghies but has higher stability and is self-righting. FURTHER INFO: The K2 has ample space for two or more in a comfortable sit-in or sit-out cockpit and

Thoroughly modern keelboat with asymmetric spinnaker NUMBER OF CREW: 2-3 DESIGNED BY: Paul Handley CONSTRUCTION: Epoxy foam sandwich KEEL TYPE: Dagger keel LOA: 5.8m BEAM: 1.97m WEIGHT: 260kg CREW: 160-190kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 13.2 JIB: 6.5 SPI: 29 PN NUMBER: 903 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £7,000 GOOD: £10,000 NEW: £17,000 complete with sails and trailer CURRENT BUILDER: Rondar Raceboats CLASS SEC: Heather Chipperfield, heather. CLASS WEBSITE: 2013 NATIONALS VENUE: Parkstone Yacht Club NATIONAL CHAMPION: David Hitchcock and Ian Nicholson EUROPEAN CHAMPION: David Smithwhite, Martin Wedge and Riki Aydeni 2014 NATIONALS: Stone Sailing Club, Sept 11-14 DID YOU KNOW: Three new fleets formed in the USA in 2013. FURTHER INFO: The K6 fleet has a bi-annual trip to Lake Garda for its Eurocup. 2013 was once again a resounding success and the fleet look forward to returning in 2015.

DID YOU KNOW: A boat that has launched so many designers’ and sailors’ careers. FURTHER INFO: Thousands built all over the world over a period of 30 years. Now enjoying a resurgence and 2014 will be the 10th year under IRC.

PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £3,500 GOOD: £6,500 NEW: £21,500 CURRENT BUILDER: BP Sailboats CLASS WEBSITE: NEW BOATS IN 2013: None 2013 NATIONALS VENUE: Thorpe Bay Yacht Club NATIONAL CHAMPION: Allen Burrell & Paul Beasley 2014 NATIONALS: Thorpe Bay YC, Date TBC.


Smallest of the old level rating IOR classes NUMBER OF CREW: 3-4 DESIGNED BY: Varied designs, some one-offs, some production built CONSTRUCTION: Various KEEL TYPE: Fin or lifting LOA: Varies, but mostly 6.4-7.2m PRICE: BASIC: £2,000 GOOD: £5,000 NEW: n/a CLASS SEC: Matt Atkins,, 02932 808717, 07950 012977 CLASS WEBSITE: NEW BOATS IN 2013: 0 2013 NATIONALS VENUE: Island SC, Cowes IOW NATIONAL CHAMPION: Copland Fox Terrier ‘Dream On’, Shane Terry 2014 NATIONALS: ISC, Cowes, August 16 DID YOU KNOW: Many of the Mini Tonners are also one-design classes in their own right, such as the Sonata. FURTHER INFO: The annual Mini Ton Class Regatta is raced under IRC and the Mini Ton Cup is awarded accordingly. The class also has the Solent Trophy awarded to the first ISCRS rating boat in the same regatta; this to encourage participation of first time and family type entrants.


Modern one-design performance racing keelboat NUMBER OF CREW: 3 DESIGNED BY: Phil Morrison in 2003 CONSTRUCTION: GRP KEEL TYPE: Fin LOA: 7.4m BEAM: 1.72m DRAUGHT: 1.1m WEIGHT: 925kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 15.8 JIB: 7.3 SPI: 25 PN NUMBER: 1020 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £10,000 GOOD: £19,000 NEW: £27,500 CURRENT BUILDER: RS Sailing CLASS SEC: Lyn Brown, 07801 277728; CLASS WEBSITE: NEW BOATS IN 2013: 6 2013 NATIONALS VENUE: Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club NATIONAL CHAMPION: Jono Brown 2014 NATIONALS: Royal Burnham YC, July 17-20 FURTHER INFO: The Crewsaver RS Elite Stadium Cup is now held annually during Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week off ‘The Green’. With short windward/leeward courses this event is proving to be a fantastic spectator opportunity with Cowes Radio in attendance and has done much to showcase this fantastic keelboat.


Close, fun racing for Quarter Tonners now racing under IRC NUMBER OF CREW: 5-6 DESIGNED BY: Assorted from 1969 onwards CONSTRUCTION: Various, wood and GRP LOA: 7.3-8.5m AVERAGE IRC: 0.900 PRICE: BASIC: £5,000 GOOD: £25,000 plus NEW: n/a CLASS SEC: Louise Morton, 01983 472023, 07769 972979, CLASS WEBSITE: 2013 NATIONALS VENUE: Cowes NATIONAL CHAMPION: Louise Morton, Espada 2014 NATIONALS: Cowes, June 25-27


Shoal draught two-person keelboat NUMBER OF CREW: 2 DESIGNED BY: Oliver Lee in 1970 CONSTRUCTION: GRP KEEL TYPE: Bilge LOA: 5.79m BEAM: 1.87m WEIGHT: 700kg CREW: 150-180kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 8.64 JIB: 7.14 SPI: 15.5 PN NUMBER: 1193


High performance asymmetric sportsboat NUMBER OF CREW: 3 or 4 DESIGNED BY: Tony Castro in 2002 CONSTRUCTION: Foam sandwich KEEL TYPE: Lifting bulbed keel LOA: 6.2m DRAUGHT: 1.5m WEIGHT: 685kg CREW: 270kg max SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 18 JIB: 9.3 SPI: 46 PN /IRC NUMBER: 911 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £10,000 GOOD: £15,000 NEW: £20,950 ex VAT CURRENT BUILDER: Sportsboat World CLASS SEC: Katie Jackson CLASS WEBSITE: NEW BOATS IN 2013: 16 2013 NATIONALS VENUE: Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, Falmouth NATIONAL CHAMPION: Craig Burlton, Adam Heeley, Stephen White WORLD CHAMPION: Craig Burlton, Adam Heeley, Stephen White 2014 NATIONALS: Royal Torbay YC, June 26-29 NEXT WORLDS: 2014, St Petersburg, Russia DID YOU KNOW: The class has enjoyed a world championship every year since 2008. The world championship has only ever been won by GBR sailors. Rule Britannia! FURTHER INFO: In 2013 the SB20 Class introduced a European Grand Slam Circuit; in 2014 the SB20 Grand Slam will be repeated, competitors will enjoy events in Hyeres (France), Lake Garda (Italy), Kiel Week (Germany) and Cowes Week (UK). Great sailing in great locations!


One-design three-person sportsboat NUMBER OF CREW: 3 DESIGNED BY: Sam Manuard in 2009 CONSTRUCTION: GRP hull, carbon mast and boom KEEL TYPE: 125kg cast iron centreboard LOA: 5.5m BEAM: 2.4m WEIGHT: 470kg CREW: 100-270kg (class max) SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 14.5 JIB: 8.5 SPI: 32 PN NUMBER: 1025 PRICE NEW: £18,500 CURRENT BUILDER: ISSA d.o.o CLASS SEC: Peter Wanstall, 01752 839599, 07950 000847, CLASS WEBSITE: NEW BOATS IN 2013: Europe 52; UK 2 2013 NATIONALS VENUE: Plymouth NATIONAL CHAMPION: John McLaren EUROPEAN CHAMPION: (French National Champion) John McLaren 2014 NATIONALS: Plymouth Race Week, July 25-27 2014 EUROPEANS: Morgat, France, May 28–June 1 during Grand Prix Ecole Navale 2014 DID YOU KNOW: The Seascape 18 is the fastest growing one design sportsboat class in Europe with a huge number of class events available throughout all of mainland Europe. FURTHER INFO: Launched in 2010 and awarded European Yacht of The Year, the Seascape 18 has proved to be the ultimate easy-to-use one-design raceboat and a great dual-purpose recreational day-sailer too. Well under the weight for the necessity of a braked trailer, it’s simple rig and de-rig thanks to its carbon spreader-less mast.


Sportsboat with symmetric spinnaker DESIGNED BY: David Thomas CONSTRUCTION: GRP LOA: 7.09m; BEAM: 2.49m; DRAUGHT: 1.5m WEIGHT: 1,058kg; CREW: 450kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 20.2; JIB: 9.3; SPI: 46.45 PN/AVERAGE IRC: 927 / 0.926 PRICE: BASIC: £4,000; GOOD: £7,000 CLASS WEBSITE: NEW BOATS IN 2012: 0 2013 NATIONALS: Scarborough YC, 14 entries NATIONAL CHAMPION: Jon Powell 2014 NATIONALS: Royal Forth YC, 18-21 June FURTHER INFO: The class has over the last few years dispersed from its Solent roots, with its biggest fleets now in the Firth of Forth, Yorkshire, Cornwall and Essex.

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Pedigree sportsboat for one-design or IRC racing NUMBER OF CREW: 5 DESIGNED BY: Tony Castro in 1991 CONSTRUCTION: GRP; KEEL TYPE: Fin LOA: 8m; BEAM: 1.5m; DRAUGHT: 1.65m WEIGHT: 1,350kg; CREW: 450kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 26.3; JIB: 15.8; SPI: 69.37 PRICE: BASIC: £12,000; GOOD: £16,000 NEW: £45,000 CURRENT BUILDER: Key Yachting CLASS WEBSITE: 2013 NATIONALS: Cork, 12 entries NATIONAL AND EUROPEAN CHAMPION: Terence English and Mark Mansfield 2014 NATIONALS: Baltimore SC, August 22-24 2014 EUROPEANS: Howth, June 20-22 DID YOU KNOW: The 1720 is built by Tony Castro and is the big sister of the SB3/SB20.

SHAW 650

Fast, lightweight 6.5m sportsboat popular in New Zealand, Australia, Thailand and USA with expansion plans into Europe and the UK NUMBER OF CREW: 4 DESIGNED BY: Rob Shaw CONSTRUCTION: Vinylester composite construction KEEL TYPE: Lifting bulb keel LOA: 6.5m BEAM: 2.45m DRAUGHT: 1.72m (keel down) WEIGHT: 340kg CREW WEIGHT: 320kg approx SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 19 JIB: 8 SPI: 53 IRC NUMBER: Approx 1.08 PRICE GUIDE: NEW: From 40,000 Euro CURRENT BUILDER: Beck Shaw Boats CLASS SEC: Kipsan Beck CLASS WEBSITE: NEW BOATS IN 2013: 6 2013 NATIONALS VENUE: Queensland, Australia AUSTRALIAN CHAMPION: Rees Howell, ‘Moneypussy’ 2014 NATIONALS: TBC 2014 EUROPEANS : TBC NEXT WORLDS: TBC DID YOU KNOW: Highest sustained recorded


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CURRENT BUILDER: GRP - Advanced Marine Structures, Sandown IOW CLASS SEC: Graham Colbourne, 01243 513963,, CLASS WEBSITE: NEW BOATS IN 2013: 2 2013 NATIONALS VENUE: Cowes Classic Week (Solent Sunbeam Championship) NATIONAL CHAMPION: Joe Burnie in Fleury V41 2014 NATIONALS: Cowes Classic Week, July 22-25 DID YOU KNOW: There are now 30 yachts in the Solent Sunbeam division and all their names end in a ‘Y’. FURTHER INFO: For those who wish to sail/race one of these exquisite yachts, please contact the Class to come for a sail. Once on board you will be smitten! Also find us via social media – Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest. Ladies compete on equal terms whether helms or crew. We race 2-3 times a week from end of March through to end of October. We have a busy social life too.

Classic two or three person day-racing keelboat with spinnaker NUMBER OF CREW: 2 or 3 DESIGNED BY: Alfred Westmacott in 1922 CONSTRUCTION: Wood, and now wood/epoxy and full GRP KEEL TYPE: External 860kg lead ballast keel LOA: 8.1m BEAM: 1.8m DRAUGHT: 1.2 m WEIGHT: 1,850 kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 19.5 JIB: 8.0 SPI: 14.5 PN /IRC NUMBER: N/A PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £10,000 GOOD: £20,000 NEW: £58,500

CREW: 350-400kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 14.1 JIB: 9 SPI: 22.8 PRICE: BASIC: £8,000 GOOD: £17,000 NEW: tba CURRENT BUILDER: Carbon Index CLASS SEC: Jackie Mackay, 01360 660919, CLASS WEBSITE: NEW BOATS IN 2013: Nil 2013 NATIONALS VENUE: RNCYC, Clyde NATIONAL CHAMPION: Ewan Mackay, David Jones, Brian Storrar, Jackie Mackay





speed is 25.7 knots (by ‘Situation Normal’) and most owners have the logs to prove sustained speeds of 22 knots plus! FURTHER INFO: With breathtaking downwind performance and a solid target upwind speed of 6.7 knots fully powered, the 650 represents designer Rob Shaw’s desire to put sportsboat sailing within easy reach of more sailors; being fast with all unnecessary weight eliminated. Driven by a passionate group of owners and sold using an owner/rep system, the Shaw 650 is easy to rig and transport and planes in about 10 knots. Expansion into Europe is planned for 2014 Season, with special fleet building deals.


23ft day-racer sailed by all ages at club and international level, and Paralympic class NUMBER OF CREW: 4 DESIGNED BY: Bruce Kirby in 1980 CONSTRUCTION: GRP KEEL TYPE: Fin LOA: 7m BEAM: 2.4m WEIGHT: 950kg

One-design racer-cruiser NUMBER OF CREW: 3-5 DESIGNED BY: David Thomas in 1976 CONSTRUCTION: GRP KEEL TYPE: Fin or lift keel LOA: 7m BEAM: 2.6m WEIGHT: 1,115kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 13.38 GENOA: 13.75 JIB: 9.16 SPI: 28.13 PN NUMBER: 1039 PRICE: BASIC: £3,500 GOOD: £7,000 CLASS SEC: Catherine Hartley, CLASS WEBSITE: 2013 NATIONALS VENUE: Strangford Lough YC NATIONAL CHAMPION: Andy Tunicliffe, ‘Eric the Boat’ 2014 NATIONALS: Brixham YC, July 17-20 DID YOU KNOW: In the last 12 months young helm Joe Cross held the national, northern and southern area championship titles!


Ultra light, canting-keel carbon prototype NUMBER OF CREW: 3 DESIGNED BY: Vlad Murnikov and Rodger Martin Yacht Design CONSTRUCTION: Carbon KEEL TYPE: Extreme canting keel - carbon LOA: 8.5m BEAM: 2.3m DRAUGHT: 3.1m

WEIGHT: 465 kg CREW WEIGHT: 179 kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 26 JIB: 17 SPI: 75 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £140,000 CURRENT BUILDER: Lyman Morse Boatbuilders, Thomaston, Maine CLASS SEC: Brian Hancock CLASS WEBSITE: NEW BOATS IN 2013: 1 DID YOU KNOW: SpeedDream is a prototype for a 100ft record-setter FURTHER INFO: While SpeedDream is a prototype there is a lot of interest in developing it into a class so boats are for sale. They will be raced on a course that is similar to slalom ski racing. All about speed and keeping the keel flying.


Day racing three-person planing keelboat NUMBER OF CREW: 3 DESIGNED BY: Tom Thorneycroft in 1946 CONSTRUCTION: Glass fibre; KEEL TYPE: Single keel LOA: 7.7m; BEAM: 1.7m; DRAUGHT: 1.0m WEIGHT: 1,022kg PRICE: BASIC: £8,000; GOOD: £20,000 NEW: £30,000 CURRENT BUILDER: Composite Craft (Cowes) CLASS SEC: Nigel Glennie, CLASS WEBSITE: 2013 NATIONALS: Bembridge NATIONAL CHAMPION: Gwaihir (Mark Struckett; Charles Hyatt; Mike Wigmore) 2014 NATIONALS: Royal Yacht Squadron, July 19-20 DID YOU KNOW: The Swallow was the Olympic keelboat class at the UK Olympics in 1948. FURTHER INFO: The class has a very active racing at Itchenor, and a fleet at Aldeburgh.


‘A Squib is for everyone...’ A popular boat for two crew: easy to sail but tough to win events NUMBER OF CREW: 2 DESIGNED BY: Oliver Lee in 1968 CONSTRUCTION: GRP KEEL TYPE: Fin LOA: 5.8m BEAM: 1.9m DRAUGHT: 0.9m WEIGHT: 680kg CREW WEIGHT: various SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 9.2 JIB: 5.8 SPI: 13.5 PN NUMBER: 1142 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £2,500 GOOD: £7,000 NEW: £21,450 CLASS SEC: Chris Stonehouse, 01572 822923 & 07770690154, CLASS WEBSITE: NEW BOATS IN 2013: 2 2013 NATIONALS VENUE: South Caernarvonshire YC at Abersoch NATIONAL CHAMPION: Squib 881 ‘Harry III’ sailed by Mike and James, Budd SCYC 2014 NATIONALS: Royal Norfolk & Suffolk YC at Lowestoft, July 5-11 FURTHER INFO: Sailed very actively at over 30 clubs on both sides of the Irish Sea by men and women of all ages. Very high standard of racing through the fleet in the championships. Check the web for fullest information and photos, then come and sail one! You’ll be convinced!


Singlehanded keelboat and Paralympic class DESIGNED BY: Various since 1983 CONSTRUCTION: GRP/composite KEEL TYPE: Fin LOA: 4.1m BEAM: 0.8m DRAUGHT: 1m WEIGHT: 254kg CREW WEIGHT: All persons 40kg to 95kg are competitive male or female SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 7 PN NUMBER: 1240 approx PRICE: BASIC: £1,500 GOOD: £3,000 NEW: £12,000 CURRENT BUILDERS: Many worldwide, including Charger Composites, Finland for Norlin Mklll CLASS SEC: Martin w-jones: w-j@ CLASS WEBSITE: NEW BOATS IN 2013: 20 2013 NATIONALS VENUE: Poole YC NATIONAL CHAMPION: Megan Pascoe EUROPEAN CHAMPION: Not sailed 2013 WORLD CHAMPION: Stellan Berlin (SWE) 2014 NATIONALS: Rutland SC, August 8-10 2014 EUROPEANS VENUE: Holland, July 5-11 NEXT WORLDS: Toronto 2014 DID YOU KNOW: At the 2013 worlds in Poole 75 boats from 14 nations took part FURTHER INFO: The boat caters for all abilities and is strongly supported by the RYA who have purchased 24 new boats for their new high performance centres to be delivered in 2014.


Three-person keelboat originally designed for racing from Bembridge Harbour NUMBER OF CREW: 2-3 DESIGNED BY: Alfred Westmacott in 1904 CONSTRUCTION: Wood or fibreglass KEEL TYPE: Long LOA: 6.32m BEAM: 1.78m DRAUGHT: 0.76m WEIGHT: 1,290kg CREW WEIGHT: Open SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 18.12 JIB: 5.9 SPI: 17.4 PRICE GUIDE: BASIC: £1,000 GOOD: £10,000 NEW: £25,000 CURRENT BUILDER: David Heritage Racing Yachts CLASS SEC: Jim Page, 07769 65 04 82 CLASS WEBSITE: NEW BOATS IN 2013: 1 (Number Z79) 2013 NATIONALS VENUE: Cowes NATIONAL CHAMPION: Z57 ‘Variety’ - Janet Dee & Shaun Hopkins EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS: Gibraltar WORLD CHAMPIONS: Gibraltar 2014 NATIONALS: Cowes, August 2-8 2014 EUROPEANS: Portsmouth, September NEXT WORLDS: Portsmouth, September DID YOU KNOW: The Victory Class is 80 years old in 2014 FURTHER INFO: The Victory Class was started mainly by Royal Navy personnel in Portsmouth. Although the Royal Navy is now as little represented in the class as it is in the rest of Portsmouth and Gibraltar - it is probably the reason that the only other fleet besides Portsmouth is that in Gibraltar.


High performance asymmetric keelboat. Popular in the USA and Australia, just being introduced to the UK NUMBER OF CREW: 3 DESIGNED BY: Brian Bennett CONSTRUCTION: Foam sandwich FRP KEEL TYPE: Dagger keel LOA: 6.4m BEAM: 2.5m DRAUGHT: 1.4m

WEIGHT: 350kg CREW: 225-300kg SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 15.5 JIB: 7.5 SPI: 40 PN NUMBER: 894 PRICE GUIDE: GOOD: £18,000 NEW: £24,000 complete with sails and trailer (inc VAT) CURRENT BUILDER: Rondar Raceboats CLASS SEC: c/o Rondar Raceboats, viper@ CLASS WEBSITE: NEW BOATS IN 2013: 32 2014 NATIONALS: Circuit TBC 2013 USA CHAMPION: Jason Carroll NYYC DID YOU KNOW: That it has a carbon mast and can be rigged in less than 20 minutes from trailer to water? FURTHER INFORMATION: Following its success over the past four years reestablishing itself in the US market and more recently in the Australian market, it is now being introduced back to the UK market. It is lighter, faster, and simpler than the SB20 and costs no more to run than a quality dinghy.


One-design classic wooden keelboat NUMBER OF CREW: 3 DESIGNED BY: Alfred Westmacott in 1908 CONSTRUCTION: Wood KEEL TYPE: Long keel LOA: 6.31m BEAM: 1.8m DRAUGHT: 0.9m (3ft) WEIGHT: 1,304kg CREW WEIGHT: No restriction SAIL AREA (SQ M): MAIN: 12.1 JIB: 5.0 SPI: 10.2 PRICE: BASIC: £4,000 GOOD: £11,000 NEW: POA CURRENT BUILDER: Whittle Marine CLASS SEC: Tina Scott,, 07767 470958 CLASS WEBSITE: NEW BOATS IN 2013: 0 2013 NATIONALS VENUE: AAM Cowes Week 2013 NATIONAL CHAMPION: John Tremlett 2014 NATIONALS: AAM Cowes Week, Aug 2-9 DID YOU KNOW: The XOD is the only classic keelboat with wooden hull, mast and boom that races actively in the Solent, continuing a tradition now spanning 102 years. FURTHER INFO: The XOD regularly has the largest entry in Cowes Week Regatta. The class’s centenary celebrations in 2011 were enthusiastically supported by 145 yachts racing together during AAM Cowes Week. The history and provenance of all the boats is interesting and well documented. Friends and families race in the class from six locations around the Solent, from Poole Harbour in the west to Chichester Harbour in the east.

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Searching... While we’re lucky to have a copy of every single issue going back to 1947, there is no index and until the 1960s there weren’t even contents pages to help find articles!!

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ast summer’s Royal Yacht Squadron vote to permit women sailors as full members marks the end of an era, of sorts. But, as this selection of captions, adverts and articles from the archives shows, women and boats just didn’t belong together in the mind of many mid-20th century commentators...

Knitting jokes From July 23, 1976, reports of Claire Francis finishing the OSTAR included the photo caption: ‘Other young ladies employ their knitting talents on less practical items, such as cardigans.’ To be fair, in the same issue she was tipped by Jack Knights to become Yachtsman of the Year for her second place finish in that race.

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Rob Melotti takes another stroll through Y&Y’s archives… She was just beaten by Reg White and John Osborn for their gold medal performance in Montreal Olympics.

Powdering one’s nose? July 1960 - Do we really need to know?

Bob dines out... Tracy Edwards’ ‘Maiden’ crew won their Whitbread Round the World Race class on the toughest leg from Punta Del Este to Fremantle, forcing a U-turn from Bob Fisher in late December 1989. ‘Now, eating everything that I have said, I praise them unreservedly for their effort.’

Indelicately put... An extraordinary photo caption from September 1955: accompanying a rambling article about how and when to order your

new kit boat is illustrated with a photo by Eileen Ramsay, of a girl about to go sailing, captioned: ‘If you hate girls, it’s no use choosing a club that encourages them, as do most clubs now...’

Foxy music And a full page devoted to the genius of the legendary bon viveur, Uffa Fox – not his boat designing abilities but to his singing. Copies of this recording are available to this day on CD from

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The format The welcome meeting at each Ocean Elements resort is designed to introduce visitors to the resort, what’s on offer, and the format for using the boats and receiving instruction. The arrangements vary between different beach club providers, with a different balance of structured sessions, free sailing, classes, competition and other activities. Ocean Element resorts offer RYA-accredited courses for dinghy sailing Levels 1-4 and Start Racing, windsurfing Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced, as well as powerboat Level 2. Private tuition is also available at a local rate for sailors or windsurfers who are trying to nail that one pesky manoeuvre that has been troubling their performance. Lessons generally start at the same time each day, leaving you free to also use any of the boats or boards available, try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding, take one of the resort’s mountain bikes for a free-ride, go on one of the planned excursions, do some shopping, or simply chill by the pool.

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ew kids on the block Ocean Elements may seem to have sprung from nowhere in the beach holiday world, but their style and formula has stemmed from many years of providing winter holidays in the Alps under the parent company Alpine Elements. They initially set up in Vassilliki on the island of Lefkas, and now provide affordable beach holidays at three venues in Greece.

the newly built and simply decorated Surf Hotel, with the breakfast side of the B&B package served across the stone courtyard in the resort’s Sky bar. The ‘R&R’ area, with its grass lawn, beach bar, sun loungers and long pool, is flanked by an array of toys to play with, including windsurfing boards and pre-rigged sails of all shapes and sizes, and a range of dinghies and catamarans for most abilities. A typical Vass day starts with beautiful bright sunshine and zero

how the locals affectionately refer to the local wind phenomena that gently rolls down the hillside before being catapulted across the bay at a great rate of knots.

ABOVE When the wind picks up guests can take advantage of the advanced kit on offer

Beginners Selecting the right venue for your beach base holiday is key. While Vassiliki is adored by windsurfers and strong wind sailors, just along the coast from the Vass base, Nidri is a great centre for novice sailors looking to gain

Just along the coast from the Vass base, Nidri is a great centre for novice sailors looking to gain confidence on the water wind (a great time to try your hand at the other sports on offer) while as the day goes on the offshore breeze gently builds, enough to get the average crew trapezing. Those in the know, however, are patiently waiting for ‘Eric’. He is not the beach bar manager, nor the local windsurfing pro, instead ‘Eric’ is

confidence on the water. Its sheltered bay feels safe if you’re nervous of the open sea and the light wind in the mornings is perfect for learning technique so that when the wind strength builds in the afternoon you have enough confidence to go out and give it a try, all the time knowing that the instructors are on hand to help and the safety boats are there to keep a watchful eye. In addition to the beginners’ boats there’s a good range of performance dinghies, including RS100s, 200s, 500s and 800s. Nidri is also the focus for advanced tuition, with instruction in spinnaker handling, performance boat handling and high wind technique, plus race training for beginners and experts. Nidri’s sailing area and winds are perfect for this – a Force 3-4, occasionally 5 can be expected every afternoon from late June to early September.

LEFT Light winds in the morning are ideal for trying new classes and techniques

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ABOVE Like many beach clubs, the Nidri centre offers RYA courses in sailing and windsurfing

BELOW RIGHT Spectacular views reward those who try Nidri’s mountain biking trails

Having only sporadically crewed a cat in the last few years Claire joined the beginner’s group in order to build her confidence helming and sailing solo. There was a good sized group of eight, all with different goals for the week, some having never stepped foot on a boat and some relearning their skills. Fellow guest Barry Eames was also on the Level 1 sailing course and said: ‘I think for a complete novice with

More information Which centre is best for which activity: All three centres offer the same activities but to different levels, Vassiliki is ideal for advanced windsurfers who want to try sailing (Levels 1-2). Nidri offers more advanced sailing but is just as suited to beginners, it’s great for families and anyone who wants to have a go at everything. Porto Heli looks set to be dubbed the flagship centre and offers windsurfing (beginner-intermediate) and sailing (beginner-advanced). Cost: 7 nights in Nidri starts from £399* per person including hotel, flights, transfers, breakfast, tuition and activities. 7 nights in Vassiliki starts from £430* per person including hotel, flights, transfers, breakfast, tuition and activities. 7 nights in Porto Heli starts at £648* per person, inc hotel, flights, breakfast and three-course dinner (7 nights), some lunches, tuition activities, plus a free 4-12 year old Kids’ Club.

no sailing experience Ocean Elements (Nidri) was perfect. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and would definitely recommend it for beginners who want to learn how to sail.’ There was one guest in particular the week we visited who had more enthusiasm than everyone put together and wanted to cover RYA Levels 1 and 2 sailing, windsurfing later in the week, as well as biking. He managed to try every single activity on offer during the week, thanks to the Ocean Elements team giving taster sessions and being on hand to help whenever anyone needed it.

Verdict Ocean Elements has managed to cover a lot of the main attractions of a beach based holiday with its Nidri centre. Whilst it might not consistently have the strong wind that Vassiliki has in the afternoons, this makes it perfect for families or anyone learning to sail or trying to advance their skills, and when the wind does kick in it all the kit is on hand to take advantage of it. You also have the benefit of Nidri’s uncrowded sailing area, which is a luxury compared to how busy Vasilliki can get when the wind picks up.


I thoroughly enjoyed myself and would definitely recommend it for beginners who want to learn how to sail

Many beach club centres also offer other activities away from the sea. For instance, Ocean Elements offers top quality cycling for all levels at all three of its beach bases. With 2013 being Nidri’s first season it was down to bike guide Alex to explore the local area and design trails to cover all abilities. Ocean Elements put almost as much emphasis on biking as they do the water-based activities, in fact there were guests staying there who had gone specifically for the trails Nidri has to offer. We opted for the easiest of the marked routes, a gentle bike ride to the waterfall, although in Greece at the height of summer nothing can be called gentle! The waterfalls are a 20 minute bike ride away, plus a 15 minute hike up some steep paths. If you’re interested in trying cycling make sure you take closed-toe shoes, ideally trainers, lots of water and sun cream. For the Nidri waterfall trail it’s also worth wearing your swimming gear – when you reach your destination it is not only stunning, but the ice cold dip helps bring your heart rate down from hiking in scorching heat!

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each club holidays offer everything from luxurious accommodation and ready-rigged boats to nights under canvas and action-packed training courses. Depending on the base you choose, you can spend time windsurfing, mountain biking, or simply lazing by the pool. Many centres offer qualified instruction to help you try a new technique, and friendly competition to hone those new skills. Here are some of the options available.

Beaches n Caribbean The family resort owned by the Sandals brand, Beaches has three Jamaican resorts and one in Turks & Caicos offering Hobie sailing. Mark Warner

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Stay and Sail packages and Beach Clubs: Nikiana in Lefkas and Letoonia in Fethiye. The fleet’s aimed more at beginners and kids.

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Super-crew Roz McGrane was nominated for Sailor of the Month by Mark Cockrill, who knows Roz through Netley Sailing Club. Roz is a top level sailor in the Merlin Rocket, B14 and RS classes, and is described by Mark as open and friendly, and much understated: ‘She is always on hand to offer advice. Her ability to move from boat to boat and learn is amazing, and she has a shoulder to lean on when you need it as well as a smile when you get it right. ‘Where her husband and superstar dinghy racer, Ben gets a lot of the limelight, Roz is actually the one who is there for him and makes as much of the team as he does. Personally I think she is still the best crew in the country!’

YOUNG SAILOR OF THE MONTH: CLEMENTINE THOMPSON A somewhat fishy tale for 16-year-old Clementine Thompson demonstrates the kind of dedication which has seen her progress through the junior and youth sailing ranks. Mum Diana says: ‘In the final race at the Radial Youth Squad Qualifier in Whitstable in October, a bass actually jumped into the

it for dinner!’ In addition to making it into the RYA’s national youth squad, Clementine’s other successes in 2013 included finishing first British U17 girl and the sixth European U17 girl at the Laser Radial European Youth Championship in Croatia, and concluding

What has impressed us most is the way in which she goes about her work with the minimum of fuss and requires no pushing cockpit of Clementine’s boat. Despite this distraction, Clementine kept sailing and completed the race whilst the bass flapped around. A double bonus: she made it into the youth squad and took the bass home and ate

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2013 as first U17 girl on the Radial ladder. Clementine is from Guernsey YC, and as Diana explains: ‘To attend UK events on a very regular basis takes a great deal of time and commitment. Clementine misses a great deal of school due to travelling and is always having to catch up on missed school lessons. She is hugely committed to her sport.’ Clementine is also a Guernsey Sea Cadet, encouraging and training younger cadets to dinghy sail, and won a trophy for the Portsmouth Yardstick Class at the Sea Cadet National Sailing Regatta.

She is one of a select few athletes on the Brooks Macdonald High Performance Programme in Guernsey. Performance director Jeremy Frith, of Guernsey Sports Commission, says: ‘What has impressed us most is the way in which she goes about her work with the minimum of fuss and requires no pushing. She’s independent, hard working and able to focus on the things that make a difference. Due to this she is improving all the time and any recognition she gets is validation of her hard work and effort, and thoroughly deserved.’


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CLUBS & CLASSES Many have been braving winter with end-of-season events and prizegivings, while internationally classes have been enjoying warmer conditions in Hawaii, Monaco, Bermuda and Italy. Paula Irish reports


Solo Finale

Gulari crowned Moth world champion Bora Gulari became the first American two-time International Moth champion in 54 years at the worlds in Hawaii. The final day of the championship at Kaneohe YC saw rain and clouds shut down the building thermal breeze that might have allowed racing for the 80 competitors. After a tense three-hour wait the regatta was declared over, and a dozen American racers lifted Michigan’s

Gulari in the air and tossed him in the club pool for a ceremonial dunking. Gulari previously won the 2009 world championship in Cascade Locks, Oregon, and attributes his latest success to the US Moth racing team and his Mach 2 Moth – ‘a perfect platform for this kind of sailing’ – combined with the cumulative effect of dozens of small changes to the boat. ‘We’ve been working for a solid year

in Detroit, refining and changing things bit by bit until they’re perfect,’ said Gulari. He also gave credit to a powerful sail design from North Sails and specifically sailmaker Chris Williams. Second and third overall were Australia’s Nathan Outteridge and Scott Babbage respectively, while first Brits, in fourth and fifth, were Ben Paton and Rob Greenhalgh.

Testing K1 Nationals at Torbay PHOTO: JEAN BORDER/BOARDER PHOTOS

Spectacular sailing conditions in Torbay ensured that the first K1 nationals held on the sea was one to remember for the 27-boat fleet. The conditions at Royal Torbay YC were testing as well as exciting but the exhilaration of high speed surfing down the waves without worrying about capsizing more than made up for it. The three boats of Charlie Cumbley,


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Ian Horlock and Wiclif McCready soon found their way to the front of the fleet, a pattern that was to become familiar. Cumbley counted a series of five wins to take the overall title after recovering from a rudder pintle failure at the start of the regatta to discard a DNF and DNC. Exe SC’s Horlock was second overall ahead of Strangford Lough’s McCready in third.

A breezy Solo End of Season Championship at Draycote Water SC saw a day of racing ahead of the impending St Jude storm, with 55 entries reflecting the fleet’s confidence in modern wind prediction, the build quality of the National Solo and in their boat handling skills. Pete Mitchell took title from Andy Davis, Michael Sims and Andy Tunnicliffe. The event followed the inlands at Rutland SC, where Sims defended his title from fleet newcomer Ross Harvey, with Tunnicliffe third overall in the 96-strong fleet.

Dart 18 TT The final event in the Dart 18 traveller series was hosted by Bognor Regis YC with 24 teams racing so close that inches rather that boat lengths would be the deciding factor. Dave and Louise Roberts of Stokes Bay SC won five out of the six races and the Bognor GP victory, while Chris Goymer and Jenni Donovan from Isle of Sheppey SC didn’t need to leave the club bar all weekend as they celebrated winning the Dart 18 traveller trophy.


Cadet inlands Alex Page and Aaron Chadwick are Cadet inland champions after the result came down to the final race in the 39-boat main fleet at Datchet Water. A mostly light airs weekend culminated in a tense finale, with Page/ Chadwick and Ben Shorrock/Ellie Watling both in with a chance of the title. The final race proved to be a discard for both teams, with Shorrock/Watling in third overall, while a final race win for Lucy and Cally Terkelsen saw them finish second overall, with just two points separating the top three teams.

29er Eurocup The Italian leg of the 29er Eurocup, at Fraglia Vela Riva, Lake Garda, was won by the German team Jasper Steffens and Tom Lennart Braukmann ahead of Brits Gillies Munro and Daniel Harris, while GBR’s Ruth Allan and Alice Masterman finished top girls.

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GBR’s Rob Walsh was crowned International One Metre world champion at Sdot Yam SC in Israel, where 43 skippers from more than 10 countries competed to win the most popular radio sailing class in the world. GBR was well represented by five skippers and Walsh started well, winning his seeding race and first A fleet race, ultimately taking the title, with Marko Matic of Croatia, fourth.


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The RS300 inlands at Grafham Water had four races, with the legs of each course said to be longer than Elle Macpherson’s, the windward mark somewhere near her navel; an inspired Steve Bolland took a series of wins for the title, with Richard Catchpole counting a consistent series of seconds for the runner-up spot. A 37-boat fleet for the RS400 inlands saw Lee Sydenham and Garard Barron taking the title ahead of Joshua and Patrick Metcalfe in second and Nick Hunt and Martin Cooper third. The RS600 inland title was taken by Peter Nelson and the RS Vareo title by Nick Crickmore.

RS800 inlands Light winds at the RS800 inlands at Queen Mary SC, with 40 degree shifts and big holes in the wind, provided a tactically challenging game of snakes and ladders on day one. Louise Steed swapped her helm and new husband Dave for 49er professional John Pink; they won the first race. Newcomers Phil Walker and John Mather, reigning 29er winter champions, took race two, and Tim Saxton with Sam Littlejohn won the third Lively twin wiring weather on day two then saw Roger Phillips and Will Crocker sailing fast and conservatively, working

their way up the fleet in each race to score 1,1,2 and win the championship by a large margin. Tom Halhead and Stu Jagger finished second overall ahead of Luke and Emma McEwen with Walker/Mather fourth. RS200 inlands The RS200 inlands at Chew Valley Lake SC attracted 65 boats with Matt Mee and Emma Norris taking first overall, adding the inlands title to their national championship win, with Chris Catt and Ally Martin second overall and Andrew and Jill Peters third.

Phantom Nationals Sixth J/24 Euro win for Southworth Britain’s Ian Southworth with the crew of ‘Il Riccio’ clinched a record-breaking sixth J/24 Europeans title, beating former world and European champions in a 67-boat fleet. Hosted by Yacht Club de Monaco, the predominately light airs series presented many challenges. Despite not winning a race, ‘Il

Riccio’ were impressively consistent and always in the top six. Southworth took the win from Brazilian Mauricio Santacruz by a 26-point margin with second-placed European Ian Ilsley of Monaco, who brought in French 470 Olympian and match racer, Francois Brenac to do tactics.

Southworth fielded his regular crew of Andrew McLelland, David Howlett, Chris McLaughlin and Julia Scott, commented: ‘This was a very tough series. We won without a single gun. The three seconds, a third, two fourths and a sixth are a tribute to my crew’s calm tenacity and good humour!’

Dobson wins Fireball Inlands Ian Dobson and Ben Ainsworth won the Fireball inlands at Draycote Water SC. A fickle breaze on day one for the 34 Fireball teams saw wins for Sam Mettam and Rich Anderton, and Dobson/ Ainsworth. As the breeze disintigrated, Simon Maskell and Richard Wagstaff then sailed a well-controlled race to drift themselves to a bullet.

A perfect flat-wiring day two then brought another win for Dobson/ Ainsworth, who needed only to stop Mettam winning the final race to take the title; a degree of pre-start tomfoolery put the two teams in the middle of the fleet. Mettam overhauled Dobson to recover to fourth, but never challenged for the lead. Third overall were Maskell/Wagstaff.

The Phantom nationals at Shoreham SC near Brighton saw Andy Couch stamp his authority on the breezy three-day championship. Shoreham’s waves also made their impact on the 48-boat fleet. Before racing on day two the race officer made an accurate prediction: ‘The waves are quite big, you will no doubt go faster than you have ever done before in your Phantom, although it may not be for very long!’ Couch dominated, counting five race wins from the six-race series to take the title, while Charlie Cumbley, wishing he ‘ate more pies’, took a series of seconds to finish in second overall, with Chris Turner rounding out the top three.

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Craig wins OK Inlands

GBR Optimists triumph in Bermuda win it, but did not sail his best race. Rogers meanwhile finished her regatta in true triumph as she was the first to cross the finish line in the final race, putting her in fifth place overall and making her top female. Forty-nine young sailors took part in the 11th annual RenaissanceRe Junior Gold and were able to benefit from time

spent with Sir Ben Ainslie and Iain Percy. Gill-Taylor and Rogers, both aged 13, were invited to compete at the elite ‘Champion of Champions’ event at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club after claiming the 2013 Optimist national titles in Largs. The competitive fleet in Bermuda included 12 other international champions.

The Lightning 368 nationals at Northampton SC attracted close to 30 boats and was won by Royal Lymington’s Robbie Claridge. Day one’s light and fickle winds saw four races with Claridge leading overnight, ahead of Paul White, fleet newcomer Richard Palmer, Penny Yarwood, who was putting a new sail to good use, and light wind expert Matt Hopkins. With big winds forecast for day two, Claridge and White took their private battle all the way to the line in race five, Claridge taking the gun. In the final race, following their own match-race pre-start, Claridge took the lead he needed for the bullet and the title, while White finished second in the race and second overall, just two points behind.


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Lightning Nationals

Bottle Boat champions The Bottle Boat Championship on the River Deben at Waldringfield SC required both skill and the ability of the boat to beat the tide in light and flukey winds. This colourful one design class made from recycled materials provided very close racing and after 10 races the event came to a nail-biting climax, with Neil Collingridge emerging the winner just ahead of Graham Viney and Tom Barton. One third of the 23-boat fleet were juniors and Barton won the junior trophy.

NW Senior Travellers The NW Senior Traveller Series for over-50s concluded at Elton SC, where Supernova sailor Tony Critchley from Bolton SC made certain of the final outcome by winning the event and the overall series. The series had 56 boats competing over seven open meetings, with four events to count. Sailors aged from 50 to

their early 80s took part and with plenty of wily tacticians on the water, experience rather than brawn paid dividends. With two firsts, three seconds and a third, Critchley was the deserving series winner. Second overall was the Merlin of Martin and Rene Watts from Hollingworth Lake, with the Laser/Albacore of Elton’s Darren Nield in third.


British Optimist sailors Milo Gill-Taylor and Hattie Rogers took the top trophies at the ReniassianceRe Junior Gold Cup in Bermuda. In the final race at Hamilton Harbour Gill-Taylor finished in fourth place but with the necessary points to win the overall regatta, six points ahead of Max Quirk of Australia, who only had to stay in the top 10 to

Despite light winds, Northampton SC provided a fitting battle of former champions for the OK Dinghy inland championship. Nick Craig was the favourite to take a seventh title and duly delivered with a race to spare. But he didn’t have it all his own way with former world champion Jim Hunt still looking for his first UK title and recent national champion Robert Deaves going for the double; these two finished second and third overall. The 2013 travellers trophy, which saw 85 boats taking part, was presented to Simon Davis.


Greeks retain Tornado title

Competitors at the Squib Inlands at Rutland SC enjoyed close racing with no-one dominating the event. The winning team of Malcolm Hutchings and Andy Ramsey never won a race, but were the only pair to have all results in the top 10. Nigel and Jack Grogan were second with Gerard Dyson and Tony Saltonstall third.

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2000s at Rutland The 2000 Crewsaver Millennium Series concluded at Rutland SC. Rob and Katie Burridge coped with strong winds to win the event, but it wasn’t enough for them to win the series. Graham and Kristina Sexton, second at Rutland, won the series in front of Rob and Katie, with Fergus Barnham and Serena de Nahlik in third. In total 83 teams took part in the series, and as is usual for the class, 14 out of the top 20 boats consisted of husband/ wife and father and son/daughter pairings.

At the end of a 10-race series held in Ibiza the Greek Red Bull team of Iordanis Paschalidis and Konstantinos Trigonis becameTornado world

champions for the third year in a row. Germany’s Roland and Nahid Gaebler took the mixed crown in second overall.

National 12 ‘Witchcraft Bailer’ The Witchcraft Bailer trophy – a mounted self-bailer from Robin Stevenson’s boat ‘Witchcraft’, N1153, the first glued plywood National 12 built in 1953 – was awarded to the Vintage Series winner following 11 events, three to count, who in 2013 was once again Howard Chadwick sailing his newly restored China Doll ‘Hoodoo’ N2683, and his Starfish ‘Triada’ N2266. Second went to Brian Kitching sailing ‘Just Lucky’ N1657, a Chimp design.


The Windsport Catparts Traveller Series finale was the inlands at Grafham with 40 boats, the class’s biggest traveller attendance for more than five years. The event was won by Paul Grattage (Shanklin) by just one point from national champion and last year’s TT winner Stuart Snell (Grafham) and Mark Aldridge. The traveller series was also won by Grattage, again by just one point from Snell.

Challenger Nationals

Defending champion Val Millward once again took the Challenger national title, following an eight-race series on her home water at Rutland SC. Second overall was taken by Sailability Hungary’s Zoltan Pegan, with Graham Hall, also of Rutland Sailability, in third overall. A large fleet of loan boats, thanks to Grafham, Rutland and Dan’s Dream Charity, boosted entries from 13 in 2012 to 24 this year.


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Near perfect Formula 18 Nationals Grant Piggott and Simon Farren were the winners of the Formula 18 catamaran UK nationals with a near-perfect scoreline of three firsts and one second. The event at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy saw 20 teams braving a strong wind forecast, with four races before a 38 knot breeze cancelled the remainder.

With different designs, all conforming to a tightly controlled ‘box’ rule, the most popular in the UK is the Nacra Infusion, as used by winners Piggott and Farren. Second was an Edge from Western Australia sailed by A class sailor Chris Field with Ollie Egan. David White and Jon Sweet were third overall.

Scottish Champion of Champions Twenty-one boats assembled for the RYA Scotland Champion of Champions Trophy at Loch Tummel, and with boats ranging from RS Teras to Solos and

National 18s it was a battle of wits in the light and shifty conditions. The winner overall was a National 18 sailed by Stuart Urquhart, Richard Urquhart and Ross Young

(RFYC), ahead of Kestrel sailors Stewart Murdoch and Ken Scott Brown (RTYC), with Alan Henderson and Alastair Barrie (Prestwick) in an Osprey in third.

Blaze Inlands at Lake Bala A 37-strong fleet turned out for the Blaze inlands at Bala and at the end of day one, defending champion Mike Lyons, unassailable in the light stuff, held a commanding lead with three bullets and inconsistent chasers. A breezier day two saw national champion Rob Jones come back with a vengeance, scoring three bullets, but unable to overhaul Lyons. Ben Pickering was third.

Comet Finale Twenty-seven boats gathered for the final Comet open of the year at Staunton Harold SC, for what has become known as the third championship of the class, with medium southerly winds and current national champion Ian Stone winning with two bullets and discarding a second.

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FARR 60 I £295,000 (ex-VAT) ‘Venomous’ is a well-known race boat that has been professionally maintained. From a similar era to the Farr 40 and 45 designs, she has been updated and IRC optimised, including a 1.8m carbon bowsprit fitted in 2010. Construction is of carbon laminates on foam cores, with an aluminium structure for keel bolts and mast loads. The carbon double spreader rig is robust, with double swept spreaders and no running backstays. There’s also an emphasis on light-air performance, with a large downwind sail area, however this is also a sturdy boat that is perfect for long-distance offshore racing. She has an excellent record, including second overall in

Here’s a boat that offers full dualpurpose potential – this fast cruiser from 2005 has an extensive sail inventory of both cruising and regatta sails. Vacuum bagged construction keeps the weight lower than ostensibly similar boats of a similar age and there’s a 1.9m, low centre of gravity, lead keel. The sail inventory includes a 2009 fully battened carbon and taffeta Ullman main, plus a blade jib, also of carbon

and taffeta, from the same year. There’s also a 108 per cent Kevlar and taffeta jib from 2012 and a 120 per cent tri-radial Pentex genoa. Accommodation is in a spacious three-cabin layout and benefits from a Webasto heating system with seven-day timer, hot and cold pressurised water, including a shower, and a fridge. Joinery is in a light Moabi mahogany veneer option, with fiddles and mouldings in solid wood. Additional

IRC Class Zero in the 2013 RORC points championship and first in class overall two years earlier. With a 2013 IRC rating of 1.351 she was roughly on a par with TP52s. The boat has plenty of interior space, offering 14 berths in four cabins, as well as a large workable cockpit, and a very extensive inventory. In 2010 the hull and deck were repainted, the bottom faired and refinished and the mast recoated. Contact: LOA 18.34m LWL 15.9m Beam 4.93m Displacement 30,400kg Ballast 17,600kg

equipment includes a full set of Raymarine instrumentation, including pilot and man overboard system, plus a 19-inch flat screen monitor and navigation computer. Contact: www. LOA 10.59m LWL 9.14m Beam 3.48m Draught 1.91m Displacement 5,688kg

505 I £12,000 Although the 505 was designed nearly 60 years ago, this large high performance spinnaker dinghy was well ahead of its time and competition in the international fleet remains red hot. This example is a rare opportunity to buy one of the very best boats available on the second-hand market. It’s a fully carbon boat by Rondar, with a white hull and thin blue stripe.


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SUPERNOVA SAILS Small sail -used TWICE in moderate winds to set up. (Hartley’s winter price £320). £270 Banks sail. Class legal from Hartleys. Fair condition. Used when not racing. £90. £270 Tel 01926 858357 / (KENILWORTH)


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SUPERNOVA MK 2 EPOXY Red/white hull, black spars. Combi trailer. Over & under covers. Rooster carbon & std. extns. Ronstan ratchet. Spare shrouds. Reluctant sale (arthritic knee.). £5250 Tel 01926 858357 / (KENILWORTH (CV8))



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ICON (DEVOTI) New, unused, all covers, trolley, two sets of sails (unused), white hull, blue deck, owner gone Finn sailing and needs space in factory. Rigging set up inc. spreaders and pole. £5750 Tel 07768 148435 / 0113 2572275 (PUDSEY) MUSTO SKIFF- GBR265 Good condition, Re-roped this year with many fittings and blocks replaced, new top cover, professionally re-griped deck, Ovington compass bracket (tacktick not included), new pro-grip on wings, 1 main/kite in good club racing condition, also 1 training kite, staymaster lowers, undercover, trolley/trailer, foil bag, . £6500 Tel 07788 540545 / (WEYMOUTH) RS100 Excellent 10.2 with combi trailer /trolley good undercover, top cover , lightweight/tapered lines, mast & rudder bags, one set club sails, one set hardly used like new main & kite, carbon foredeck, boom, bowsprit & tiller, mast also takes 8.4 sail. Very Dry Hull. White/light grey. £4750 Tel 07954 344777 / (NEAR EXETER)

RS400 912 Sail number 912, lots of new ropes and kicker, brand new top cover. in fabulous condition and ready to race. This is a blue hull. Comes complete with very good jib, club standard kite and two mains, both good. Trolley but no road base so would deliver for petrol, within reason. £1850 Tel 07912 731183 / (BRIGHTLINGSEA) LARK PARKER MK2 HULL NO.2206 Re fitted to racing spec 2012, many new ropes/cleats etc. 2 sets of sails including 2 spinnakers, good combi trailer/launching trolley, boat cover. . £850 Tel 07842 328209 / 01621 741671 (CHELMSFORD) NEW TOPPER SAIL BOAT Was a prize on Win a Topper Competition by ISAF on facebook. Boat currently at Heathrow airport. Being sold due to difficulty in owner shipping it because of expensive taxes and import duty charges. Hull, boat pack, spar set and sail. £1666.6 Tel +254 700 832 474 / (HEATHROW AIRPORT.) RS600 751 WIDE AND NARROW WINGS, 2 SAILS The boat comes with: 1 nearly unused race sail. 1 well used training sail. Rudder and centreboard (with bags). Wide wings (fitted). Narrow wings. Trolley. Road base. Over and under covers. Aluminium tiller extension. £1800 Tel 07875 880224 / (NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE) RS400 COMPLETE SUIT OF SALIS This is a complete set of sails for an RS400, comprising mainsail, jib and gennaker. The mainsail is practically new and completely unmarked. The jib and gennaker are in very good condition. Photographs can be emailed. £500 Tel 07514 522168 / (LYTHAM ST ANNES)


Marstrom Rudders, Stern Supports, New Cover, Cat Trax Launching Trolley, Galvanised Road Trailer with large box available, Lying Portsmouth / Stokes Bay David . £5750 Tel 02392 754000 Office hours / 07958 418145 (PORTSMOUTH) DART 18 A 1998 Applause in good condition. Hulls refurbished, new ropes and halyards. Trolley included £2995. £2995 Tel 01795 880116 / (KENT)

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(SOUTHEND) DART 16, 2973 WITH GENNAKER Dart 16, 2006 (2973). White hull, with blue and white sails and yellow Gennaker. Second boat so occasional use only. Has big wheel launch trolley, road trailer and full cover. It has the new style DartX Gennaker, new style Traveller and Main Sheet. Very clean boat excellent condition. £3100 Tel 07766 831613 / (OXFORD)


UNICORN A CLASS CATAMARAN 2009 National DART STING This is the classic Dart 15 / Sprint 15 with a Championship winning boat Sail No.1074. 1988 Condor more powerful rig. The hulls & equipment are in good professionally built foam sandwich construction hulls, condition. NEWatri-radial used about dark blue hull, 2 VERY NICE RS500 607 Hull true good condition, TOPPER 41209 Great first boat,There Have is installed RS300 sail 482 only Excellent condition dagger boards & inrudders. Low maintainance 10 times in pristine and (1 original under sailed for its age; some scratches. One suit of new down haul along with new out haul.condition Comes sails white, 11990 blackmain. used Jib 5 days only), recently competitive boat in good condition. Ideal for single in and good condition. Road trailer, trolley, Photos varnished mast,cover. very good top cover, combi trailer, sails; couldadrenalin win 500 open meetings with. or Foilswoman. have with full sail, trailor and boat covers. handed seeking man £1499 Telsail bag available. £1700 Tel 07531 / (HALIFAX) no knocks. Good combi, rudder bag. Top cover is Boat needs to go and offers will be considered as 653574 foil bags and carbon tiller extension. . £3450 Tel 01621 779119 / 07714425460 (MALDON) a little weathered from boat being stored in garden our daughter has stopped sailing. £700 Tel 07900 07725 522591 / (EMSWORTH) but has no damage/tears. TRADE. £3495 Tel 07813 947142 / 07921 565695 (BOURNEMOUTH) GP14 DUFFIN MK2 Wooden. Two sets of sails. 899043 / 01594 517111 (LYDNEY) MERLIN ROCKET 3626 - BUSINESS AS USUAL Combi trailer, trolley. Ideal club racer. [TRADE]. Perhaps the last of the great wooden Merlins? 2009 £1650 Tel 07894 166888 / 01202 678030 (POOLE) GP14 13758 + Professionally refurbished 2012 + Nationals winning boat, all the bells & whistles. Dry stored all last winter + Milanes Fixed Rudder End of season condition, but comes with covers, WANTED: CHEAP LASER RIG I would like to find a or lifting rudder available + SuperSpar rig + Hull combi, many suits of sails, carbon foils & rig, carbon cheap rig for an old Laser. £50 Tel 07714 244352 / regripped 2013 + only a few kilograms over internals, varnished deck. Unique boat. Arguably the 01977 684633 (LEEDS) minimum weight + very competitive hull often prettiest in the fleet too!. £8500 Tel 01822 612917 / beats 14000s + one set of good elite sails + 2 07921 491622 (TAVISTOCK) RS200 729 Blue hull in good condition. Silver spinnakers + over and under cover + mersea 29ER BOWSPRIT All fittings included, a small crack Alloy Spars. 1 Suits of sails. Under and over cover. combi from road/launching trailer . £3630 Tel 07543 in each end an easy fix, otherwise good condition. Launching trolley and Road base (combi). £2999 025285 / 01663 751575 (BUXWORTH) £50 Tel 07968 698920 / (FALMOUTH) Tel 07767 220081 / (BRISTOL)




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J24 WESTERLY NO 4184 Keel mod done. Harken fittings. O/B 4 hp two stroke. May consider PX for dinghy or PHONE offers. [TRADE]. £2750438444 Tel 07894 166888 / 01858 01202 678030 (POOLE)Monday to Friday, 8am-4pm Saturday Lines are open 8am-9.30pm

Savings based on the full subscriptionBoat price. J24 STOUCHE owned by Stuart Jardine Privacy Policy: Yachts & Yachting may send you details of our products and services that we think would be of interest to you. Please tick if you do not wish to receive such offers Occasionally we may pass your details to selected companies. If you do not for many years: A 1988 Rogers J24 Dry Sailed wish to receive their products or offers please tick this box Please sign me up to the Yachts & Yachting regular e-newsletter Results: •Winner of European Championships Clinton House Lombard Street Newark Notts NG24 1XB in 1995 •Seven times winner of the UK National T: 01636 707606 F: 01636 707632 CODE: P102 Championships •Numerous 2nd & 3rd overalls Authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority in both European and British/Irish National Championships. •4th in 2011 Europeans (Howth) YY_Subs_QuarterVert.indd 1 •Spi Ouest, La Trinite winner eight times. Contact:29/12/2010 15:07 Martin Darrer . Tel 0035385 7482370 / (DUBLIN 3) J24 - NEW SELDEN 3525 BOOM WITH OUTHAUL SB20 CREW WANTED Crew wanted for established Brand new unused boom. TRADE. £550 Tel 01753 SB20 international campaign. Target weight 80865339 / 44175 3865339 (WINDSOR) 100kg, with high end international racing and 2 IOM YACHTS, 4 WINCHES, 2 SERVOS, 5 or tactical experience. All expenses and costs RECEIVERS 2 International One Metre remote covered including travel and accommodation. controlled class. 1 yacht certificated, the other Please contact John Pollard GBR3044 via phone waiting. 2.4gig.under warranty. spare A rig. B rig. C or email . Tel 07778 155334 / rig.4 new winches in box..2 new spare heavy duty (TORBAY) servos.loads of spares.masts. sail box, batteries. J24 - J BOATS ITALY 4497 J24 REDROW previously sleeve. stands. ready to go. Ill health forces sale. ST JAMES. Fully race ready, minimum weight boat, £1000 Tel 01530 -589-307 / (MEASHAM UK) actually has 27kg correctors onboard! All new H BOAT CLOUD NINE Won the Round The Island Harken deck gear, carbo blocks, and running Race 2000 overall. Won the JOG Owers race this rigging 2013. Fully restored 2012/2013, comes year in class 6. 33 years old, survey this year. Sloop with everything you need to be competitive in 7.2m races in cat.4 races can be upgraded to the J24 circuit would part ex for cheaper J24 cat.3 C.H.0.833 She still wins!. £10000 Tel 01335 offers excepted. £8000 Tel 07807 010216 / 44780 370 306 / (BURSLEDON) 7010216 (PLYMOUTH) FERRETTI 72 Brand: Ferretti; Model: 72; Year: 2001; WESTERLEY J24 “Midnight Express” built 1980. Sail Engine: 2 “CATERPILLAR 3412”; Hours: Around 400; number GBR 4100.4hp Yamaha o/board engine, 2 Location: Portugal; Price: Eur 595 000,00 . £595000 sets of sails,vhf,log.Storage cradle. Sailed and raced Tel +3519 38145680 / (PORTUGAL) in Bristol Channel hence anti fouled. Can be seen J105 ‘JULIETTE’ CRUISER/RACER 35 foot, J boats at Uphill Wharf, Weston-Super-Mare. John Roberts. 2003 model in superb condition and ready to £3000 Tel 01934 510127 / (WESTON-SUPER-MARE) race. Winner RSYC double handed series 2013 (class 1). North 3DL main and solent, asymmetric HUNTER LEGEND 36 END OF SEASON PRICE masthead and fractional spis. Raymarine Gyro REDUCTION - 2005 Hunter Legend 36, bilge keels. pilot, chart plotter, AIS transponder. Harken Furler. In beautiful condition. Hull coppercoated in 2010. Volvo 2020D. Wheel steering. Ideal short handed In-mast reefing and furling genoa for short handed racer. £56950 Tel 07771 676788 / 01603 -259449 cruising. Bimini cover, full cockpit cover, holding (HAMBLE SOUTHAMPTON) tank, full raymarine instrumentation. 3 batteries. Liferaft and dinghy. Electric anchor winch. http:// the Directory is the place to £64950 advertise call +44 (0) 207 349 3746 29/12/2010 16:24 Tel 01635 862797 / (PORTSMOUTH UK )



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No.115 Rehydration Station


igh powered rack-laden twin trapeze weapons like this, are difficult to keep underneath their rigs, especially at the end of a hard race. But it’s always embarassing to capsize, so to save face and avoid having to admit that neither of you had enough strength to tack the jib, always carry a can of drink in your buoyancy aid. That way you can stand tall on the upturned hull and glug it down like you meant it.


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Preparation is essential to save face...

Don’t rush your refreshment... Remember to act at all times as though you prefer standing on this side of the hull

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