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Stepping up RS21: The new pocket rocket keelboat with big ambitions



America’s Cup teams warm up INTERVIEW

Paul Goodison

Moth Worlds hat-trick TACTICS

One designs


Olympic controversy

PLUS How to handle starboard tackers

World Sailing responds to criticism





Welsh welcome as round the world race crews arrive in UK

Biggest ever fleet expected at Cowes for 50th anniversary

Susie Goodall prepares for retro solo circumnavigation

On board lessons from the record-breaking pro

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JULY 2018 Analysis & advice World Sailing insight 18 COVER STORY: We speak to

the president of World Sailing on the Olympic classes decision

Equipment & travel

test: RS21 68 Boat COVER STORY: Rupert Holmes puts the forwardthinking keelboat from RS through its paces

TP52 series update 24 COVER STORY: The top grand prix circuit kicks off with an influx of America’s Cup crews

Globe preview 30 Golden COVER STORY: Susie Goodall prepares for the epic retro race

Round the Island Race 34 COVER STORY: Discover how to make the race your own this year, with our full preview

Winners afloat with 38 Alex Thomson We’re on board Hugo Boss to discover just what it’s like to sail

Interview: Paul Goodison 42 COVER STORY: How did the

Best hit singles 72 Travel: Sailing solo this summer? Sue Pelling has advice for choosing by-the-cabin breaks


tricks - Charlie Cumbley shares his top tips for getting ahead

Start racing essentials 52 COVER STORY: Helena Lucas on 10 easy ways to improve

58 COVER STORY: Step by step How to win

advice for ducking a starboard tacker and coming out ahead

62 The Squib class is preparing to Squibs celebrate


Guide: Kit bag 76 Buyer’s multi-taskers Technical clothing that works hard afloat and ashore


Kit innovations A showcase of the very latest equipment for racing sailors

news 83 Boat Turning heads this month are an exciting one-off foiling monohull, and an affordable cruiser-racer

Brit scoop three back-to-back Moth Worlds wins?

One design advice 46 COVER STORY: Same kit, new





10 News Spotlight 13 Bob Fisher 14 Andi Robertson 17 Andy Rice 84 Clubs & Classes News 88 Clubs & Classes 98 Position

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EDITORIAL Editor Georgie Corlett-Pitt Deputy Editor Toby Heppell Art Editors Claire Wood, Gareth Lloyd Jones Senior Sub Editors Henry Giles, Sue Pelling Clubs & Classes Editor Paula Irish Contributors: Bob Fisher, Rupert Holmes, Paula Irish, Rob Kothe, Helena Lucas, Sue Pelling, Andy Rice, Andi Robertson, Mark Rushall KONRAD FROST/VOLVO OCEAN RACE

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s we were busy putting the finishing touches to this issue of Y&Y, the Volvo Ocean Race crews were busy chomping up the miles on their way across the Atlantic, bound for Cardiff. The two Dutch boats, Team Brunel and AkzoNobel vied not just for the lead but to see who could smash the race’s 24 hour distance record the hardest. Hats off to the crew of AkzoNobel who notched up 602.51nm. Can you imagine the huge amount of skill and determination that must have taken? It was a particularly gratifying achievement for helm/trimmer Martine Grael (pictured), who’s father Torben was skipper of the boat that last held the record – Erisson 4 in the 2008-09 edition of the race. Not only is setting this new record a superb sporting achievement in itself, but it is a great reminder of the opportunities the race has opened up for female sailors, and enabling them to not only perform but to prove themselves at this level, and earn their own place in the history books. Rumours currently abound regarding the future direction of the world’s toughest crewed offshore race, with details of any sale yet to be announced. Hopefully the next edition will continue to build on this trajectory. Speculation was also rife earlier this month

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around the World Sailing Mid Year Meeting and the highly contentious debate that surrounded the future of the Olympic classes. Y&Y was therefore pleased to give World Sailing the opportunity to give the sailing world some straight answers – see interview page 18. There were, it seems, no easy answers to the conundrum. But for now whilst the decision stands, the onus falls to World Sailing to make the most of the situation and shape the future of our sport in the best way possible by coming up with some clever solutions. We watch and wait. Sailing remains, as Bob Fisher points out in his column this month, very much about what we the sailors make of it. If those at the top aren’t afraid of change, then perhaps we shouldn’t be either. Surely it’s about how we deal with that going forwards that matters most.

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Tilt takes first ever GC32 Worlds Team Tilt, managed by father Alex Schneiter and steered by Olympic 49er sailor son Sébastien Schneiter, has won the first ever GC32 World Championship, held on Lake Garda. The team did not start the regatta all that well with a poor first day leaving them in 11th position overall. However, they never placed outside the top four for the remainder of the

event (a slight wobble in the final race of the regatta aside), despite tricky conditions with a variety of race courses and wind strengths that the Italian venue presented to the 13 teams. While this was Schneiter’s first world title, this is far from the case for tactician/mainsheet trimmer Glenn Ashby, winning skipper of Emirates Team New Zealand in last year’s

America’s Cup, who made a return to the team having previously raced with them in 2016. Second overall was SAP Extreme Sailing Team, with Oman Air rounding out the top three. British entry, INEOS Rebels, made up of some of the younger British America’s Cup team, INEOS Team UK, sailors and skippered by Leigh McMillan, rounded out the event in fifth.

A Polish man has set a new record for sailing the smallest recorded boat round the world, solo and non-stop. Szymon Kuczyński left Plymouth on 19 August 2017, and reached the Southern Ocean in October. He finished his record breaking journey by sailing his Maxus 22 (20ft 10in LOA) into Plymouth on 15 May, giving him a total time of 270 days, 10 hours and 29 minutes. Ahead of rounding Cape Horn he was looking good for a much quicker time, but a knockdown resulting in a severely weakened mast saw him sailing under headsails only for three weeks as he attempted to affect repairs. “I’ve completed my plan from beginning to finish, despite the mistakes I made,” said Kuczyński. “This journey has proven to me that problems on board are usually a consequence of small mistakes and neglect. Thankfully I managed to cope with them. It was good fun and a fantastic adventure! I want some more!”


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New round the world record

Tense start for TP52 Series With many years of TP52 racing under their belts and now taking on board personel for their American Magic America’s Cup campaign (read more on page 24), it was Quantum Racing skippered by Dean Barker which was the outstanding performer in the opening regatta of the TP52 Super Series in Croatia this month. “We’ve had great team members in the past and have always been fortunate to have really great sailors on the boat, but the new energy is really, really good. It’s an absolute positive influence,” commented Quantum’s Terry Hutchinson. The win is the first in the Super Series for Quantum since Quantum Key West Regatta in January 2017. Victory in the final race of the regatta for Harm Müller-Spreer’s Platoon was enough for second; Takashi Okura’s Sled took the final podium spot.



the new 24 hour race record set by Team AkzoNobel in the Volvo Ocean Race



total number of world championship wins for Glenn Ashby following his GC32 win


Worlds venue gets royal tick The new Aarhus International Sailing Centre was officially opened on 23 May, with keen sailors, Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark both in attendance. The first major regatta for the new venue will be the Hempel Sailing World Championships in July this year, where Olympic class sailors will begin to fight for Japan 2020 selection across all 10 Olympic boat classes. Kiteboarding will be added to the programme for the first time. With over 1,500 participants from one hundred nations, the regatta will be three times bigger than the 2016 Olympic sailing regatta in Rio. The centre itself has become only the sixth facility in the world to be awarded Approved Centre Status by World Sailing. Kim Andersen, president of World Sailing, said he hoped that the centre and the event would “set new standards for how we grow the sport”. See Y&Y’s interview with Andersen, page 18.

nautical miles, the length of the longest yacht race in Australia, the Sydney Noumea Yacht Race - which is being revived for the first time in 25 years

4 medals won by the British Sailing Team in Medemblik, Holland at the International Regatta

THEY SAID… “It was a long winter. Losing sucks. It never stops hurting. The moment it stops hurting I should retire. But it absolutely motivates you. We’re fortunate we have an incredible group of professionals, and everybody takes their job seriously.” Quantum Racing’s Terry Hutchinson is still dwelling on a disappointing 2017 TP52 Super Series result as 2018 begins.

“It has been some of the best racing I’ve done, the team were pretty full on and focussed. Keeping the 24 hour record in the family is good, I guess I challenge him to try and take it, I’m pretty sure the next edition of the race will have a pretty fast boat so who knows…” Team AkzoNobel’s Martine Grael lays down a challenge to her father, Torben, after she and her team beat the 24-hour record he set in the 2008 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race.

“For years I was a ‘trailer-dad’ to my children Max and Sally, and 20 years after racing Darts, my wife told me I needed to get out of the garage, so she asked Max which boat to buy and he said a J/70.” Graham Clapp, J/70 class winner in this year’s J Cup, explains how he decided on that particular boat.

“There are however many unanswered questions that remain. The equipment that will be used for the three new events is yet to be decided and there is also some doubt over events that have equipment under antitrust review… The format of the new ‘Mixed One Person Dinghy’ event is unknown and the RYA anticipates considerable change to the formats of some other events.” The RYA responds to World Sailing’s announcement of changes to the events due to be sailed at the Olympic Games in Paris 2024.

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The 2019 London Boat Show has been put on hold with organiser, British Marine citing independent research which showed insufficient support from a large proportion of the marine industry for the present format, duration and location. The downward trend in attendance goes against the increasing numbers seen at the Southampton Boat Show, which looks to

have a rosy future; 2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of the show, taking place this year from 14-23 September. It is not currently known if the London Boat Show will make a return in future years – the organisers are looking at location and date options for 2020 onwards – or whether Southampton will become the sole main, major UK boat show going forward.

New On Sunday 3 June, nine doublehanded crews will set sail at the start of the Monaco Globe Series, a brand new 1300-mile race in the Mediterranean for IMOCA60s. Impressive Niklas Zennström’s Swedish-flagged Carkeek-designed Rán has won Round Two of the Fast40+ Circuit. The boat was launched in April and has won both Fast40+ events so far this year. First

The first ever all-female crew will take part in this year’s New Caledonia Groupama Race, which sees teams racing round the main island of New Caledonia starting 17 June. Selected The Hague, Denmark will host the 2022 Sailing World Championships where sailors will fight for the first Olympic spots for Paris 2024, for which a number of new classes will be introduced - see page 18.


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Countdown to Cowes With a little under two months to go until the UK’s longest running regatta gets underway, entries are flooding in for Lendy Cowes Week. 2018 promises a cracking mix of the new and the established. Several hundred boats are already registered, from the out-and-out racers of the Fast40+ fleet through to the cruiser division and hundreds more in a variety of different classes. Newly created this year, the doublehanded division already has a number of entries. Recently appointed Cowes Week regatta director, Laurence Mead has been working hard alongside the race management team to ensure all of those racing this August receive a mix of windward-leeward courses, combined with the more traditional Solent-wide courses for which Lendy Cowes Week is well known, plus Squadron finishes for as many classes as possible. For a full guide to the racing, don’t miss next month’s Y&Y.

GREAT READING Five-year plan unveiled At World Sailing’s Mid Year Meeting, the governing body released a five-year strategy for 2018-2022. The Strategy is broken down into four pillars including: Inspiration and Participation; Membership and Governance; Sport Integrity; Leadership. A key point in the announcement – following the confusion and criticism surrounding the recent Olympic classes selection – will be the plans for governance, which will aim ‘to establish a structure within the International Federation that is simple, clear and transparent to all stakeholders’. It is hoped this will result in a more open and easy to understand governing body.

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he 2978nm double points transatlantic Leg 9 from Newport, USA to Cardiff, Wales was, as expected crucial to the overall race. With a forecast of reasonable winds on a shorter route, Dongfeng headed north, Mapfre did the same, along with Turn the Tide on Plastic. But a gang of four – AkzoNobel, Brunel, Vestas 11th Hour Racing and Scallywag – stayed south. Navigator on board Vestas, Simon Fisher commented: “The first night decision was either to gybe early or stay south. We felt pre-start that winds would not be as strong as forecast to the north. The big split in the fleet took a good few days for that to play out.” Mapfre paid dearly for their decision as skipper Xabi Fernandez explained: “It was the plan we had even before the start, hoping to get the northerly winds soon after that, but we never

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found the breeze that was forecast and instead we had a very slow transition to the north winds, and by then the four boats in the south were well advanced.” The two groups merged before they gybed into the Gulf Stream with a solid frontal system. Five of the fleet broke the 550nm Volvo Ocean 65 24-hour race record set by Abu Dhabi in 2014. AkzoNobel kept the lead, breaking Ericsson 4’s 596.6nm record from 2008, with a run of 602.51nm. As AkzoNobel navigator Jules Salter explained: “It was a special set of conditions: a perfectly lined up, long runway, slightly curved to the right so you could sail Great Circle to extend the run; and a little bit of Gulf Stream underneath you consistently for 24 hours.” The two Dutch boats extended on the northern boats, with only Dongfeng able to bridge the gap to slot into third

Above Brunel leads the fleet away from the leg start in Newport en route to Cardiff

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place, as the winds eased at the end of the record runway and Vestas 11th Hour Racing struggled with some speed issues. Behind them, Mapfre was 60nm from the leaders in fifth place. Fernandez continued: “Then our hopes were with the first high-pressure ridge, around 600 miles west of Ireland, but the boats ahead of us got through that quickly, and the distances stayed the same. We thought we could recover this leg a little bit, but it did not happen.” Mapfre finished fifth and as a result, lost the overall race lead. Behind Mapfre, Turn the Tide and Scallywag again were marginally slower than the rest of the fleet. They fell back during the hard run north and then suffered as the high ridge moved east with them, taking them completely out of podium contention. Up ahead, AkzoNobel had stretched through the high pressure ridge, but



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after the Altantic crossing leg to Cardiff set the race up for an enthralling final two legs

Brunel gradually closed and took the lead, just 170nm from Cardiff, with Dongfeng a little back. CHANNEL CHALLENGE The 10 metre tidal range up the Bristol Channel was now the challenge. As the tide rushed out the two Dutch boats stalled, just 200 metres apart. It seemed anchors would be deployed, but the wind filled, and Brunel was

Dongfeng and Mapfre, with boats in between, means that we have closed the gap with them and the overall win remains for us a realistic goal.” AkzoNobel skipper Simeon Tienpont “It was an insane leg. It is a little bit sour now being headed after leading for so long, but we are unbelievably proud to take the 24 hour record.” Dongfeng finished third on the flooding tide, two places ahead of

It was an insane leg... We are unbelievably proud to take the 24 hour record first to creep eastwards, grabbing a precious mile before AkzoNobel moved. With the tide now turned, the yellow boat held on to take the win. After eight and half days of sailing the delta was just 4 minutes, 5 seconds. Bouwe Bekking said: “Beating

Mapfre, while Charlie Enright’s Vestas finished fourth. The team has up to now had podium finishes, but the four nil result legs (because of a collision and dismasting) means the best the team can expect is a fifth place overall. Turn the Tide and Scallywag, with

their string of back of fleet results, are fighting for the overall wooden spoon. And so, to the leaderboard: Dongfeng sits on 60 points, Mapfre on 59, Team Brunel on 57, AkzoNobel 48, with 17 points still undecided. Dongfeng should take the extra point for the fastest overall elapsed time in the race, and this could be decisive - although Mapfre has the In Port series point, a tiebreaker. Dongfeng navigator Pascal Bidegorry says his team needs at least one leg win with its bonus point in the remaining two legs – Cardiff to Gothenburg and Gothenburg to the Hague – to take the race, but Brunel has the momentum. So, exciting times as the fleet lines up to depart Cardiff on 10 June, but a point to ponder: if the race switches to box rule IMOCA60s where boat design comes back into play, we may look back fondly at the Volvo Ocean 65 one design era for the incredibly close racing it produced.

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In a sport as dynamic and complex as ours, how can sailors best exert their influence over the international governing body?



n a keynote speech at the Marine Advertising Agency press lunch held recently in Gosport, the RYA director of racing, Ian Walker spoke about taking up his new position with the RYA, saying: “Sailing is an incredibly complex sport and we need to think clearly about how we make everything we do relate to the person learning to sail. “Sailing needs to remain affordable and accessible. I’m trying to make sure everything we do on the racing side is in support of clubs and class associations and all the people who deliver the sport on the ground, especially as we have challenges in volunteering.” As a sport, sailing for the most part operates independently from its international authority, World Sailing, through a series of well-run events organised by sailing clubs, which don’t tend to be influenced directly by World Sailing; for many of us, that is ‘sailing’ as we know it. For what it is worth, the majority of sailors are unaffected by World Sailing except for the fact that they all contribute to the income of the international authority and therefore I feel should have a say in the way in which it is used or misused. In many areas of our sport we can do much as we like, restricted only in our racing by the International Racing Rules, the copyright of which is held by World Sailing. In theory, this body can, with the collusion of its Racing Rules committee, change these without reference to the great body of sailors who use them. One wonders whether those who sit on that committee would be strong enough to withstand interference from the international authority. In the past it has been strong enough to avoid any such molestation. Now, as World Sailing shows every sign of attempting to expand its influence, who knows if it will retain that strength of purpose. Whether the sport can resist its influence is a matter of conjecture. Should we stand back and allow

We should discuss changes with our sailing clubs and encourage them to further our cause wholesale changes to be made, or should we be taking steps to stop them and retain the status quo? General opinion favours the latter, but that means taking action as soon as possible. And it has to happen with due regard to the established structure of the RYA. It is, after all, our voice with World Sailing. Firstly we should discuss our requirements or potential changes with the committees and flag officers of our clubs and encourage them to further our cause. That way we establish a proper chain of authority with the ability to rattle the doors directly of World Sailing and its various committees. What can be said for World Sailing is that it is campaigning for the

Above Those sailors beneath the pinnacle of Olympic sailing can and should have a voice

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re-introduction of sailing into the Paralympic Games. It was dropped after the 2016 event and World Sailing, along with boundless others, seeks to have it restored for the Games in Paris in 2024. All praise for that, but will it please drop its links with kiting and tell the International Kiting Association to stand on its own two feet and not try to muscle in where many feel it is not wanted. If IKA went about tackling the IOC on its own, it would have a far better chance of establishing a footing. There is no denying that kiting is an exciting sport, sometimes, but not always, held on water and should have its own place in the Olympic Games, but not at the price of diminishing sailing.

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A change of ownership of the Volvo Ocean Race is rumoured to be on the cards with an IMOCA link-up likely. The potential impact could be far-reaching


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don’t know where the Volvo Ocean Race is going but any change to IMOCA completely removes it from its DNA.” So spoke a prominent Newport-based colleague just before this edition of the race arrived. The new owners of the race should be known at some point this month. My information (as we went to print) was that there were two bids from different entities, the result of which was due to be settled mid-May. And both entities had the IMOCA 60 as the weapon of choice for the next edition. It is hard to predict exactly how the future of the race maps out with IMOCA. For sure there is a certain mutual requirement, even call it a marriage of convenience. Having lost the Barcelona World Race for the meantime, IMOCA needs a second pinnacle event to complement the Vendée Globe. And Volvo needs an exciting, cutting edge, foiling class of proven ocean racing yachts. They need an option which returns the challenge of design and development to the performance mix, which piques outside interest and intelligence such as the IMOCA Open 60 racing does. Clearly there are pros and cons for both sides and right now I remain among the fence sitters. I have worked on the last four Vendée Globe races and it is, and always has been, a unique event. To hope that the Volvo could somehow tap into that magical elixir, that sheer sense of adventure, the on-the-edge performance, day upon day, mile upon mile, I think is just an unrealistic hope or expectation. Fundamentally I believe that a round the world race yacht which does not have substantial protection for the crew is inappropriate. Just because the Volvo designs have always had water firehosing the crews does it mean that has to go on forever? Dilemma! Does the level of protection François Gabart and Thomas Coville have on their Ultime multis devalue their performance, or Joyon’s team on IDEC? The Vendée Globe is about solo

The volume of media coming off the boats has kind of inured us to images of big waves sweeping over boats racing non-stop around the world. The discussion within IMOCA is how many crew would race the Volvo on an IMOCA and the answer from them seems to be four or five. To me that dilutes the human interest - but I would love that to be wrong. From the sailing standpoint you immediately need what the French call ‘polyvalent’ sailors, all-rounders who can do everything well, drive and trim. Would you then still have a dedicated navigator? Thinking out of the box, why not then put the navigator on shore? It is against the IMOCA philosophy perhaps as it takes the strategy and meteorological element off the boat, but it makes that router or routing team accessible to the race media, and it reduces data costs. For sure the Volvo needs an injection of new blood in terms of approach and sailors. My immediate sailing peer group are not following this race daily but tuning in for starts and finishes if it fits their schedule, watching replays. And I confess I don’t really have the answer why that is. It is ironic that the French have taken the Volvo race so much to their hearts, with Groupama and now Dongfeng, for two editions, and I think the interest in the anglo saxon world is perhaps not so strong. Perhaps the ‘always on’ access and huge volume of media coming off the boats has kind of inured us to the images of big waves sweeping over the boats.

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What was once a form of masochistic voyeurism is now commonplace. The convergence of the two round the world genres has been happening for a while. There is a vision of teams running an IMOCA boat and team through the Globe Series, competing four or five-up in the Volvo and their star solo skipper doing the Vendée. Alex Thomson for one has been pulling and pushing to globalise IMOCA more and is a great ambassador for that cause. Come to the point, I’d love to see Alex lead a British flagged Volvo effort and reading between the lines I suspect there is some interest. But that said, Alex and the team have had extraordinary success with Hugo Boss and now Mercedes in sailing, but they really are the exception rather than the rule. There is a new regime in charge at IMOCA and they, for sure, see different new horizons, but it is essentially a French organisation which right now has lost its biggest brands and they were all French - Banque Populaire and MACIF have moved to Ultimes - but all of the new companies backing new builds for the next Vendée Globe so far are French companies who can get the return they want within France. Will they want to expand their programmes to a Volvo? I think that is the difficult question which IMOCA and the new Volvo owners have to be sure of; they need exciting sailors and premium brands to make it work. Here’s hoping.





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UK and enables users to select a boat wherever they are in the world in as little as 24 hours. If you wake up one morning smelling the fresh sea air from the balcony of your villa in Mallorca, log on to Borrow A Boat’s app and you will be instantly notified of the weather forecast for the week, what boats are available and the nearest vessels to your location. A FRESH APPROACH Looking ahead, Matt predicts: “This app will revolutionise the charter market by opening up access to boats, which we see parked in marinas the world over, almost always under-used. It will allow people to land in a destination and book a boat at short notice. There is no need to commit to a seven-day trip, that’s a unique selling point for our customer base who are looking for experiential travel that suits their lifestyles.” Borrow A Boat’s first year of inception in 2017 boomed thanks to two very successful rounds of Crowdfunding. Their second round was over-funded by 235 per cent, with close to 700 investors coming on board and a finalised total of £470k raised. Borrow A Boat continues to grow, with more and more boat owners signing their vessels up to the platform across the world. A new generation of boat chartering is on its way and Borrow A Boat is pioneering the way in a new sector, that can perhaps best be described as ‘AirBnB dedicated to boat charter’.




Are restrictive time scales and conflicting pressures what’s holding back World Sailing from making a sensible and strategic decision on the future of the Olympic classes?



hen looking at the recent Mid Year Meeting discussions on the future of the Olympic Regatta, it’s easy to get cross with World Sailing as an organisation; however it’s hard to know exactly where to pin the blame. Not least because World Sailing has inherited a system of governance which has always been unwieldy and mostly incapable of forging a clear direction for the sport. Despite the change of name a couple of years ago from International Sailing Federation to World Sailing, the organisation remains mostly focused on one specific aspect rather than the sport as a whole. Contrary to its allencompassing name, the primary aim of World Sailing is to do whatever is required to keep sailing in the Olympic Games. This is because the lion’s share of World Sailing’s income spins out of a once-every-four-years pay-out from TV rights for the Olympics. Any business with so many eggs in one basket is not in a healthy situation. The International Olympic Committee is making a lot of big demands that appear very reasonable on the face of it: 50:50 gender equality; appeal for younger audiences; parity of events (i.e. if there is a Men’s Heavyweight Singlehander then there should be an equivalent for women). However, to me it seems it is the speed at which sailing and other Olympic sports are expected to achieve these goals that is creating the problems. At no level of the sport has sailing ever been enjoyed equally by male and female. Yes, it’s possible to create 50:50 representation – but it won’t come without great cost to the quality of the competition. There simply aren’t that many women competing at world class level, and that’s even in developed sailing continents like Europe, North America and Australasia, let alone regions such as the Middle East and large parts of Africa where women’s rights have a lot further to go. So the IOC has created an admirable problem to be solved, and then thrown it over to sailing and other sports to

Ideas need trialling in the real world on the water before they are parachuted into the Olympic Games solve. In rugby parlance, this kind of hand-off is known as a ‘hospital pass’. The speed of change expected by the IOC is unreasonable, and World Sailing should have the moral courage to say so, even if they broadly agree with the direction. I bet they’re not the only sporting body to feel more time is needed to implement change. The Mid Year Meeting was therefore caught between World Sailing’s desire to make strategic changes, and pressure to keep the status quo. Put simply, and leaving aside an enormous amount of detail, World Sailing wanted to introduce kiteboarding and an offshore doublehanded keelboat, on the basis of perceived media appeal; whereas two of the oldest classes - the 470 and the Finn - fought tooth and nail to stay in the Games, and sort of succeeded. This conflict between long-term strategic aims and short-term tactical battles by incumbent classes will continue so long as the time frame between discussion and implementation remains so short. World Sailing deserves some credit for raising this discussion now, some six years before Paris 2024. In the past these big debates have happened just three and three-quarter years before the next Olympic Regatta, i.e. in the November after an Olympics has just taken place. No wonder the

Above The 470 fought hard to hold onto one spot – as the new mixed doublehander

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

established classes have managed to keep their feet under the table for so long. And rightly so, when there’s no time to make any big changes. Just look at what a disaster – predicted by me and others – women’s match racing proved. Yes, it was an excellent final day medal-decider on a sunny, windy, wavy day in Weymouth back in 2012, but that was scant reward for the preceding three years which had done nothing to increase women’s participation in Olympic-level competition. Ideas discussed in airconditioned committee meetings need trialling in the real world on the water before they’re parachuted into the Games. Six years is a step in the right direction, but it’s not nearly far enough; strategic planning needs 10 years or more. Until then we’ll be on the same merry-go-round; the Events Committee makes well-researched recommendations and Council ignores them. Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. The time frame has to change for the discussion to have any opportunity to scope out a sensible vision for the future of sailing in the Olympics. And then we might not be left with weird selections like ‘Mixed Singlehander’. Know what that means? Nor do I. Answers on a postcard please.

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World Sailing’s president, Kim Andersen explains to TOBY HEPPELL the process that led to the new Olympic Events for Paris 2024



ast month came the announcement that, following a constitutionally predetermined reassessment, World Sailing’s Council changed the events that would be in the Olympics in 2024 in sailing. Of this decision perhaps the headline changes were the introduction of a Mixed Kitesurfing event, an oddsounding Mixed Singlehanded Dinghy event, with the Men’s and Women’s Doublehanded Dinghy (470) switched to a Mixed Doublehanded Dinghy. World Sailing’s President, Kim Andersen was elected to head up the organisation in 2016 having been on the Council for

many years and having been the head of a number of businesses. When the Dane came in to the position he was open about the need for World Sailing to be more transparent as an organisation – World Sailing has not always been the easiest organisation to understand in part thanks to the levels of bureaucracy surrounding every decision. He has certainly made steps in this direction but, if the confusion around the build-up to and the selection of new Olympic events is anything to go by, there is still some way to go. “It can seem a simple process to talk about but there is a great deal of decision making that goes back a long way with each of these votes,” says

Andersen, days after the World Sailing Mid Year Meeting. “It is important to note, though, that these changes do not come from the IOC trying to force change, this comes from our own regulations. Regulation 23, in particular was voted in back in 2007, which did a number of things. One of those was to introduce the split in decision-making from which ‘classes’ will be sailed at the Olympic Games to which ‘event’ would be sailed, with the classes that best fit those events selected at a later date. “Regulation 23 also looked to make sure the decisions are being made a long way in advance of the Olympic Games for which they are to be implemented. That is why we

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have just had this vote on the events to be sailed in 2024. It also stated that when we look to re-evaluate events we must re-evaluate more than one. “The reason behind it was that in the past every time you change one class it was a major issue. There were a lot of the Member National Authorities (MNAs) that were worried about the change in equipment, the cost of replacing the equipment, and then there were lobbies from classes.” Andersen adds that by introducing a longer process and putting up multiple events for review, combined with putting the selection of events first, the view was this would give smaller nations and classes time to adjust to changes. By implication, in theory it seems, this could work to reduce the efficacy of lobbying by classes and MNAs interested in keeping specific classes voting without a long-term view of Olympic competition.


with one suggesting a Mixed Keelboat event – most likely a two person short coastal/offshore race – and one a Mixed Singlehanded Dinghy event, with little consensus on what that might look like. Ultimately, it was the latter of the two options that made it though to final selection, though Andersen was keen to point out that voting was close with only a three-vote winning margin. It also seems that Andersen’s personal preference would have been the selection of the keelboat option. “I would have been happy to see [the keelboat option] selected. Certainly something that has come out of this meeting in our

Above The concept of the Mixed Multihull has been a success – even if there have been some class difficulties Below Could the Europe see a return as a women’s lightweight boat in the Singlehanded Mixed Dinghy?

discussions is that World Sailing needs to be doing more to deal with the offshore side of the sport. It is a major part of this sport and going forward we will have to work out a way to include the offshore sailing world more. “What I think the vote was mostly around was that, at the moment, we don’t have very many options for lighter women. I think Council recognised this.” Andersen adds that discussions around the Mixed One Person Dinghy are focussed on one class for heavier men and one class for lighter women. While the thrust of this argument is true to a degree it is also an inescapable

MIXED SINGLEHANDER? The end result of the voting process for the 2024 Olympic events saw two submissions vying for final selection – see the box on the facing page. Both proposed keeping Men’s and Women’s Windsurfing – though with a re-evaluation of the equipment used; changing the Men’s and Women’s Doublehanded Dinghy to a Mixed Double Handed Dinghy; and introducing a Mixed Kitesurfing event. Where the submissions differed was on what event was best for the final Olympic medal

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fact that the submission that was finally voted through was also one which kept options on the table for both the 470 (which seems likely to be selected for the Mixed Doublehanded Dinghy event) and the Finn (which you would imagine is a strong contender for the Men’s side of the Mixed Singlehanded Dinghy). It’s also worth noting that, should the 470 be selected for the Mixed Doublehanded Dinghy, then a path for lighter females is instantly introduced – the 470 sails at its best with a relatively light helm and heavier crew. In fact, it is a class almost born for mixed sailing with men often struggling to get down to weight and women (crews in particular) often looking to put on weight. “But this is the thing, we can talk about all these variables and yes, it might be the case that, the 470 were selected and opened up that position but every decision has a variable attached to it,” argues Andersen. NEW CONCEPTS Whether due to the result of class lobbying, a desire to see Olympic options for lighter women and heavier men, or concerns over keelboat costs and how to fit an offshore circuit into the established Olympic sailing circuit - what we have been left with is an event the likes of which we have not seen at the Olympics. So, just what might the Mixed Olympic Singlehaded Dinghy event look like? “Right now, just a few days after the decision, the Events Committee is working on putting together a timetable for evaluating the options

What we are left with is an event the likes of which we have not seen at the Olympics

Above A Mixed Kitesurfing event will feature at the 2024 Olympics



In the run up to the meeting, classes, Member National Authorities and World Sailing committees were invited to submit proposals for the make-up of events at the Olympic Games in 2024, with four events having been selected as possibilities for change previously: the Men’s and Women’s Doublehanded Dinghy; Men’s Heavyweight Dinghy; Men’s and Women’s Windsurfer. More than 60 submissions were put forward for consideration. All submissions were then put before the Council and any receiving both a proposer and a seconder were then put to Council vote (14 submissions in total this time). Each submission was then voted on by Council following a presentation by a representative of those responsible for the submission. The submissions were then voted on with only those receiving 50 per cent of the votes moving into the next round of voting. Voting continued, whittling down the submissions until the two favoured submissions were left, at which point a vote between the two was held on a most-votes-wins basis.

and that will be a priority for them. It will be true also of the Kitesurfing, which is a mixed event. We will be looking at the format for that too and that could also be many things.” Ultimately, it seems most likely that the Mixed Singlehanded Dinghy will consist of concurrent regattas with scores combined into one final score. But, if this were the case, is it really a ‘mixed’ event in anything other than name? “One of the areas I think we have been very forward-thinking is in making our events gender equal. This was the aim before the IOC stated their intention for 50:50 gender equity. And that is quite a new thing for a sports association to do. But one of the things World Sailing decided some time ago was that we talk about how to keep females engaged and we often talk about the grass roots, but sometimes you have to force the issue and say ‘the Olympics are the elite of the sport, if we make that gender equal there will be more opportunities through the rest of the sport’. It is not good enough to try and only work from the bottom up. “You can see the effect of that in the Volvo Ocean Race, where they now have more women competing and gaining experience alongside the men. So far in our sport there have always been more opportunities for men, so there are more competing at the top level. If we have events where men and women compete together, the opportunity for the men means sharing skills, information and campaigns with women. “So in the Mixed Singlehanded men and women are competing together for a medal and information has to be shared if you want to win.”

KITESURFING “The good thing about the introduction of kite surfing is that the equipment cost can be quite low, so it is good for engaging new nations. It is also an exciting and growing sport and it will be a good addition to the sailing line-up,” Andersen says of the controversial new addition. Exciting and growing it may be, but what does he say to those who claim it is not a part of sailing and should be looking for inclusion as its own sport? “We have had kitesurfing alongside sailing at some of our events [Sailing World Cup in Hyères and Sailing World Cup Final in Santander in 2017]. When we speak to the athletes, other sailors are quite clear that these are sailors. What they are doing is sailing, so for me I don’t see this as an issue. It feels like the debate we had when windsurfing was introduced to the Olympic Games.” Andersen also goes on to make the point that of the two remaining submissions in the final vote process both had kitesufing in them, so the final vote carried no sway in this. To that end the argument can be made that the selection of kitesufing was something of a forgone conclusion. All in all, there are, absolutely, points within this decision to be commended and principal in those is creating gender balance at the Olympics. But the selection of an event which does not currently exist in sailing is clearly an option led by lobbying and concerns about change over and above the long-term good of the sport. It seems steps are being made to sort the Olympic selection process out, but just as clearly, we are not there yet.

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ANDI ROBERTSON examines how the move to monohulls for the next America’s Cup is impacting the world’s leading grand prix monohull circuit


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ven in the later stages of the long 2017 season the talk of nine owners building new TP52s for this year seemed outlandish. But such is the highly competitive, driven nature of TP52 owners that as soon as one or two were known to have signed up for a new boat, to be in the mix at the front of the 2018 fleet there really was no alternative than to choose your designer and find yourself a build spot. By the end of September, when it was revealed that the weapon of choice for AC36 would be a 75ft monohull, there was talk of five America’s Cup teams building or acquiring boats. But by May, when the fleet lined up for 2018’s first 52 Super Series regatta in Sibenik, Croatia there were just two boats racing with full America’s Cup crews: Luna Rossa, and NYYC American Magic – the Bella Mente/Quantum Racing programme of Hap Fauth and Doug DeVos. The mouth-watering prospect of Britain’s Ben Ainslie and Giles Scott in the afterguard of Tony Langley’s Gladiator was scuppered by their team’s transition to INEOS Team UK. The decision to instead develop a 38ft monohull test boat this summer, plus the need to recruit their sailing team, meant the TP52 alliance with Langley was cancelled, leaving the passionate ownerdriver very disappointed. The belief that Franck

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Cammas would join with a Team France TP52 bubbled through the winter and the former Quantum Racing was sold to a supportive French owner, but nothing came of it. Despite no-shows from the British and French, when you consider the number of Cup Challengers and Defenders likely to line up for AC36, having two fully funded teams in the 52 Super Series among a fleet of between 12 and 14 boats - nine of them new - is a pretty exciting prospect for the world’s leading grand prix monohull circuit. This fact hasn’t been lost on the Cup Defenders. Emirates Team New Zealand has Ray Davies playing a key role on Takashi Okura’s Sled. Just after the launch of Sled, which is distinctly Kiwi this season, Davies told Y&Y: “For us (Team New Zealand) it is good to be out there sailing and racing at the highest level. In grand prix sailing there has been a real move (forwards) in drone technology and all the information coming off the boats. Having had the coaching/sailing role on Team New Zealand it is good for me to be able to keep current with all of the analysis that is going on. The 52 Super Series is almost as current as the America’s Cup and the technology here is moving quite quickly. “Overlaying the drone footage with the data from the boat and presenting all of the data in a user friendly manner,


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we found that really beneficial in the America’s Cup. It was easy to analyse where the mistakes were made around the course. I think all of the 52s are heading in that direction. There is a lot of logging of the performance data

Above The new Luna Rossa TP52 launched in May

America’s Cup overlap: data and tech

According to James Lyne, team coach for Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente (now part of NYYC’s American Magic), data collection and analysis is similar to Cup programmes, with teams incorporating similar tools, analysis and debrief presentations. Drone footage allows teams to break down mark rounding and startline manoeuvres. “We get some great sail shape shots from overhead and behind. We use an anti-distortion programme and then get really good sail shape analysis from these images,” explains Lyne. “We measure and collect boat speed, heel angle, rudder angle, fore and aft trim, forestay load, deflector position.” On Quantum, a deck-mounted sail and rig vision system tracks and calculates sail shape and position in real time, as well as analysing rig bend and sag. “At any point, when we’re not going well, we have access to a lot of data – sail shape, boat heel and trim data – and quickly conclude why that was; maybe our twist value was relatively low at the top camber stripe. We are able to take good and bad moments and build a data set for good ones. They then become targets for us in terms of sail shape and performance; that is where the number analysis comes in. We can give the sailing team a very good set of targets for every wind range and sea pattern.”

coming off the boats; it is evolving and becoming more user friendly.” LUNA ROSSA LAUNCHES The launch of the new TP52 Luna Rossa in Trieste, Italy on 13 May was a real moment of pomp and occasion, drawing crowds in their thousands, and marking the return of Prada president, CEO, and monohull fan Patrizio Bertelli to the America’s Cup arena. Luna Rossa last sailed a TP52 during the Audi MedCup in 2010. With a new Botin design built at Persico in Italy, their campaign is run by Max Sirena with Francesco Bruni as helm, and Vasco Vascotto as tactician, moving from Azzurra with whom he won the 2017 52 Super Series. The Luna Rossa afterguard, it is understood, will include Jimmy Spithill, a recent hiring – though the Australian was helmsman for Luna Rossa before he moved to Oracle Team USA for the 34th America’s Cup. During the winter they trained out of Cagliari, Sardinia with an older generation TP52, the 2013 exQuantum Racing. A new generation talent search has seen six young Italian sailors selected from 80 applicants to join the TP52 programme. Luna Rossa’s boat was the last to be commissioned and is set to be playing catch up at the very start of the season. “We need to build and grow into a



proper America’s Cup team together. And first off we need to make sure we do not lose too many points at the first regatta,” Vascotto has emphasised. AMERICAN MAGIC The New York Yacht Club’s American Magic is the second America’s Cup team which will compete in 2018. It’s a challenge which has evolved from Hap Fauth’s successful Bella Mente Maxi 72 programme and Doug DeVos’ multiple TP52 championship winners, Quantum Racing. Theirs is acknowledged to have been the benchmark programme on the circuit against which others measure themselves, not least Azzurra, last year’s series winner. This year, they have a new Botin designed boat built at Longitud Cero near Valencia, Spain. They have recruited Dean Barker as helm, and the core team (including Barker and Terry Hutchinson) have been training and competing at the top match race events in the US. British sailor James Lyne is the team coach. He explains that Quantum is again running a three boat programme – sharing data and coaching with Harm Müller Spreer’s Platoon and the new Brasilian team, Onda, of Eduardo de Souza Ramos. (As part of the stymied Ainslie alliance Gladiator moved from Quantum to North.) “It is good for us to have Platoon in our camp,” he says, describing the Vrolijk design as an “outlier”. He acknowledges that the designers - Vrolijk and Botin have crossed over in terms of design but says there are still areas of differentiation

Winning is a learned process, you have to go out and do it... We need to keep practising that teams can use to advantage. “I think the hull form of Platoon (Vrolijk) has more rounded sections, large planform foils; going upwind in sub 12 knots, the boat sails high and makes little leeway. They will be a danger upwind all the time and they will get it going in the stronger stuff. There are times when the Botin design is more powerful so there are times to use that to an advantage by pressing the boat forwards versus the Vrolijk. The Botin boats

Above Azzurra was the winning boat in last year’s TP52 Super Series Below Platoon has joined forces with the Quantum campaign and is proving fast so far

are certainly going well downwind.” Lyne believes it to be a mistake on the part of those Cup contenders who are not participating in the 52 Super Series, believing that actively racing is crucial to campaign success, over and above exclusively training and testing. “Winning is a learned process. You have to go out and do it to be able to be comfortable winning,” he says. “In the 52 we have a great group of sailors; we need to keep practising and racing: how do we develop the boat together? How do we communicate under pressure? You look at the boat and you look at the crews involved; everyone has stepped up the game.” BATTLE OF THE DESIGNERS Of the nine new build boats this season there are seven built to the Botin Partners design: Alegre (Andy Soriano); Azzurra (Roemmers Family); Luna Rossa (Patrizio Bertelli); Onda (Eduardo de Souza Ramos); Phoenix (Hasso Plattner); Quantum Racing (Doug DeVos); and Sled (Takashi Okura). Two are to the Vrolijk design: Platoon (Harm MüllerSpreer), and Provezza (Ergin Imre). In effect all of the Botin hull, deck and appendage designs are identical, as, Y&Y believes, are the Vrolijk designs. The boats are now so refined into the same design corner of the TP52 box rule – (the Botin is their fifteenth TP52 generation) – and developed for a mean wind range

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that to stray from the standard design would be simply too much of a gamble. As usual, there is no net performance gain without some loss somewhere. Class manager Rob Weiland describes the choice of designer as “betting on red or black rather than having to bet on a number”, while Botin’s Adolfo Carrau explains: “Clients trust us to choose the best design for the season. Everyone wants to have a boat which is strong from eight to 20 knots. At this level I can’t see an owner saying ‘I want to be stronger in 10 to 12 knots and weak in other areas’. We set the bar high and the expectation very high. I think history has proven that this approach has been good and we can really focus on the development. “It is also more comforting for these owners to know there is no strong crossovers with the other boats; say we did a boat which was very quick upwind in light airs and one strong downwind in heavy airs but weak upwind, nobody wants to be in a corner,” says Carrau. “The design brief is the same from the owners: the best boat in the widest range of conditions.” The latest designs are slightly quicker; in the case of the Botin

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Everyone wants a boat which is strong from eight to 20 knots... Expectation is very high design it is a smaller step on from the late 2016-launched Interlodge – now Gladiator. There were significant changes from the previous generation (designed in 2014, launched in 2015). Carrau explains: “We changed the stern shape specially (from Interlodge to the new generation) to help the boat go faster downwind without losing upwind performance. We have achieved that. “The Gladiator-Interlodge was a big step up from the previous generation. The appendages are the same as on Interlodge, we had some new tools and power before Interlodge and so that foil package was a bigger change. Commenting on the Vrolijk design, he says: “In the case of the new Platoon, the previous Platoon, Provezza and Rán Racing were all electric fast above 13-15 knots windspeed downwind, but at first sight at Sail Racing Palma Vela in early May, the Vrolijk design (of which Platoon was the only one racing in Palma) looked especially quick and high upwind.”

Above Tony Langley’s Gladiator campaign reverts, though with some INEOS Team UK crew retained

ONE TO WATCH Overall, as a circuit the 52 Super Series is in excellent health. It is driven by a core of like-minded, mature owners most of whom have a long and storied history in grand prix yacht racing. The ethos is all about hard, fair and even racing on the water. Although Niklas and Catherine Zennström may have stepped out of the 52 arena this season (see last month for Y&Y’s report on their new Fast40+ Rán) – equally there is new blood coming in, in the shape of Hasso Plattner, who bought the 2014 build Phoenix for some fun and has loved it so much he has built a new boat which he will share with his daughter, Tina, and for which Ed Baird is tactician. The fleet stays in Croatia this month for the second (of five) Super Series events, moving up the coast to Zadar (20-24 June). From there, they head to Cascais, Portugal for July’s world championship. It’s certainly a fleet worth watching this year.

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A race, celebration, re-creation and adventure; the 2018 Golden Globe Race looks set to be a unique challenge. Y&Y gets the lowdown on the event and speaks to the only female participating, Susie Goodall





he story of the Golden Globe race in 1968 is known worldwide. There have been endless books, documentaries and even Hollywood films depicting the endeavours of the nine hardy souls who set out to become the first person to sail non-stop around the world alone. It made the winner – and only finisher – Sir Robin Knox-Johnston a household name, so too many of those who did not complete the race; from the Nero-esque Bernard Moitessier to the tragic mystery of Donald Crowhurst. Now, 50 years on, 19 sailors from 13 countries – five with British roots will set out from Les Sables d’Olonne, France on 1 July to re-create that golden age of sailing in a second Golden Globe Race. They will race traditional long keeled yachts between 32-36ft designed prior to 1988. There is no rating system, so whoever is in the lead is the winner. They will use only the navigation tools that were available to sailors in the 1968 Golden Globe. That means no GPS, digital charts, computers, electronic self-steering, clocks or sailing instruments. Instead, they will be navigating with a sextant and wind-up chronometer, plotting their course on paper charts, writing up their logs longhand and communicating with the outside world by radio. Skippers will carry a satellite phone (with GPS disabled) for which the sole use will be to communicate with race control, together with a sealed box that carries a second sat phone and GPS plotter - but break the seal and sailors are out of the race, relegated to the ‘Chichester’ class (as if they have made one stop). The yachts are also fitted with a tracker to provide the outside world with minute-by-minute progress, but skippers will not be able to see this. The original race allowed skippers to start from any port north of 40°N between 1 June and 31 October. This time, the fleet will set out together from one port and attempt to sail non-stop via the three great capes – Good Hope, Leeuwin and Cape Horn. There are two compulsory ‘gates’ to pass through, one off the Canaries and one inside Storm Bay, Tasmania, to drop off film, audio logs and letters. Entrants are not allowed to take on stores nor any outside assistance, including private weather and routing advice. Velocity prediction programmes suggest that the winner could complete the 30,000nm distance inside 200 days,

The 30,000nm race is likely to last around 240 days, with some boats taking 300 days but it is more likely to be around 240 days with some taking as much as 300 days. All have to return by 22 April (2019), the same day Sir Robin returned to Falmouth back in 1969 – because that is when the prizegiving is set! SUSIE GOODALL Of the 19 skippers, not only is Susie Goodall set to be the only female setting off on the Golden Globe, she is also the youngest at 28 years of age – the oldest being 72 year old Frenchman, Jean-Luc van den Heede. It is easy, for those of us not inclined to enter ourselves, to look upon the entrants as being two reefs short of the whole mainsail – to butcher a well worn phrase. But it only takes a couple of minutes speaking with Goodall to realise she is not a dreamer, nor is she unaware of the challenge ahead. She is incredibly driven, hugely excited by sailing and filled with an optimistic enthusiasm that brings to mind the demeanour of a certain young Ellen MacAthur. Goodall grew up in a sailing family and says she remembers almost all holidays involving sailing in some form or other. “Sailing has always been a part of my life and I can only remember loving it,” she enthuses. “My first boat was something called a Bonito which

Facing page Goodall is confident she has the necessary skills to make it round Above Goodall’s training included a round trip to Antigua, via Lisbon and the Azores, before refitting in Falmouth

I usually have to explain to people as I have yet to meet any other person who knows what it is! It was a 14ft dinghy that was very narrow and very high above the waterline and incredibly heavy. She had a tiny triangular sail. As you can imagine, she took quite a lot of work to get moving!” The Bonito was inherited from her older brother and served her needs well for a time but then racing at her sailing club on the Isle of Wight beckoned. The Bonito was soon dropped in favour of a Laser Radial, again following her older brother’s lead. “I did enjoy racing a Laser at the club, it wasn’t anything too serious - I never went and did any championships or tried to make any youth squads or anything - but it was really fun going out and racing against other people at my club. “By the time I was in my early 20s, I had come to the realisation that I wanted to sail some bigger boats and, in particular, wanted to see a whole lot of other places in the world – principal in that, I really, really wanted to see the Arctic. So I started working towards my Yachtmaster and then was able to head off to Greenland and Svalbard, working as crew on yachts, and that was probably a really big moment for me.” It was while working in that day job

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Above Strict rules restrict equipment to 1960s spec Above, right Robin KnoxJohnston returns to Falmouth in 1969, completing his 30,123nm voyage in 313 days, averaging just 4 knots

Below French sailor Philippe Péché training on his Rustler 36

COOL CONFIDENCE The idea of setting off in what is – by modern standards – a small boat in order to sail around the world with almost no modern technology on board, taking part in a re-creation of a race in which only one of nine starters finished, has captured a good deal of admiration. It has also, however, found a number of detractors. But Goodall is quick to respond to those who may consider it irresponsible. “In terms of the navigation elements, there is nothing that you need to know that is not already in the Yachtmaster exam. I have done navigation celestially and without GPS; the main difference though is that although I have done a fair bit of celestial training, that has obviously been with GPS on as a backup, (which has actually been a really useful tool to check whether you have got it right) but it is still always there. “I don’t think any of us will really feel the loss of modern technology until

the start. When you are training with it all there, then you may not use it, but it is there. I think it won’t be until you are in tight situations or even just tired and trying to motivate yourself to go though the processes required that day, I think that is where it will suddenly be a big loss. But we have safety back-ups in place so it really is more a challenge to achieve it than casting off with nothing on board.” DHL, Selden and Zhik have all come onboard in support of Susie’s effort enabling her to purchase her boat early and get it (and herself) kitted out for the voyage. “It has been so long getting to this point. Most of my early concerns have melted into impatience. I’m now just really excited to get going.” And what is she most looking forward to? “I am most excited about the Southern Ocean. Will I still be that excited about it once I’m down there? I guess we will see!”


on yachts in the high lattitudes that she heard about the early plans to recreate the Golden Globe Race. “I heard about it and instantly thought that was for me. I did a bit of research and really just signed up quite quickly and that was that. “There was no one specific reason I signed up for it - the whole thing really appealed to me. It was the chance to sail round the world but it was also that it was an incredible opportunity. “For me I think it is a bit of everything, and that was the appeal I suppose. It is a race, and it is intense, but it is obviously so different to something like the Volvo Ocean Race. I think many of us are looking at it as an adventure. For myself, the race part I sort of look at as a race against Robin Knox-Johnston and myself with that spirit of adventure attached. “Certainly it seems to be the recreation element that is capturing people’s imagination. It is an old school race but there is a modern twist.”


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Brits on board MARK SINCLAIR (Boat name: Coconut; flagged: Australia) British born entrant, Mark Sinclair (59) has spent his life at sea, first in the Australian Navy and later as a hydrographer. Sun sights are second nature so he is not fazed by astral navigation. He has selected the South African built Lello 34 sloop which has been round the globe once already and is now extensively rebuilt. ERTAN BESKARDES (Boat name: Lazy Otter; flagged: UK) Ertan Beskardes (57) is a Turkish born British national who began sailing on the Bosphorus at the age of 12. He now lives in Bournemouth , having moved to the UK in 1979 and made a career in military tailoring and regalia. Sailing solo around the world has long been a bucket list ambition. He found his Rustler 36 in Sardinia and his preparations have centered on sailing her solo to Falmouth in time for the Suhaili 50 Parade of Sail.


ROBIN DAVIE (Boat name: C’est La Vie; flagged: UK) Robin Davie (66) has sea in his blood. He grew up on the beaches of Cornwall and followed the Sunday Times Golden Globe race in 1968, thinking “I’ll do that one day”. He has since completed three solo circumnavigations and in 1994 sailed round Cape Horn under jury rig having been dismasted mid-way across the Pacific. He is another to select a Rustler 36 sloop. KEVIN FAREBROTHER (Boat name: Sagarmatha; flagged: Australia) British born Kevin Farebrother (50) is an adventurer at heart, with three successful assents of Mount Everest. He says, “I’m not doing this race for the love of sailing but more to feed my passion for adventure, pushing myself to the limits, and to show that ordinary people can do extra ordinary things.” The former 23 SAS soldier has chosen a Tradewind 35 sloop.

What skippers can carry: nnSextant nnWind-up chronometer nnPaper charts nnSSB Radio nnVHF Radio nnRDF set nnEPIRB

nnLifejacket nnStandard binoculars nnCassette tape recorder nnTowed log nnBasic echo sounder nnAIS transponder with no access to GPS

nnWind vane self steering nnDacron sails nnStandard 3-strand and braided man-made ropes nn35mm film camera nnSuper8 movie camera

What skippers cannot carry: nnGPS nnRadar nnAIS linked to GPS nnChart plotters and electronic charts nnElectronic wind instruments nnElectric autopilots nnElectronic log

nnMobile phone nnSmartphone nnIPod or similar nnCD players nnElectronic watches/clocks nnElectronic cameras nnSatellite equipment of any kind

nnAny computer device nnDigital binoculars nnPocket calculators nnWater-maker nnCarbon fibre nnSpectra nnKevlar nnVectra


Les Sables d’Olonne is preparing for more than 1 million visitors during the twoweek prelude to the race between 16 June and 1 July. UK fans can catch the yachts in Falmouth between 11-14 June when the fleet gathers to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s departure from the port in 1968. Joining Suhaili there for a Parade of Sail around the harbour will be Gipsy Moth IV and Lively Lady. Following the start, (which will be broadcast live on, the yachts will be tracked 24/7 with wind and wave conditions coupled with wind and weather conditions shown on the website: The public can join the race themselves by entering the Virtual Race. Each entrant is allocated an identical boat with similar performance polars to the real yachts, but unlike the GGR skippers, virtual competitors have the benefit of real-time weather information which is released into the race model at 10 minute intervals, producing an ever changing wind and wave situation that makes the virtual game as close to reality as possible. The live online tracker information from the real yachts can be overlaid on the virtual course, allowing virtual sailors to compare their navigation efforts against those competing in the GGR. The Sailonline Virtual Race will commence at the same time as the GGR on 1 July.

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The Island Sailing Club’s annual one-day Round the Island Race promises to be another classic this year. SUE PELLING discovers how you can make it your own, and gets top tips from past champions


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umbers are up for this year’s Round the Island Race in association with Cloudy Bay, and some of the biggest names in racing have signed up for this, the 87th edition. One of the most unique features of the race – other than the huge numbers it attracts – is the sheer diversity of the fleet. From high profile race teams to weekend club sailors, this annual 50nm blast round the Isle of Wight is the ultimate ‘race for all’. Line up on the startline and test your skills on the racecourse against some of most talented sailors in the world including the likes of British sailing superstar Sir Ben Ainslie, or challenge your club/class rival for those allimportant ‘bragging rights’. In this race, it’s a level playing field: the Island Sailing

Club, which runs it, is justifiably proud that its efforts to celebrate ‘#RaceForAll’, continues to be such a global success. With in excess of 1,400 yachts regularly taking part, which equates to 15,000 sailors, the Round the Island Race is one of the largest participation sporting events in the UK and arguably the biggest event of its type in the world. As a grand global sporting occasion, not surprisingly it has also become a bucket list favourite. RECORD BREAKERS The anti-clockwise course is simple enough but to get the best from your race, it pays to invest a bit of time on navigation research. Ideally you will be looking to sail the shortest distance possible round the course, and to stay as much as possible in the strongest



fair tide. Be aware of what the tide is doing at different stages of the race and, on the final stretch to the finish, stay alert and watch out for ‘demons’ like Ryde Sands. This year’s entry list is brimming with talent including a healthy international contingent from as far off as the USA. There will be plenty of teams making a comeback after last year’s classic, including Tony Lawson’s MOD70 trimaran Team Concise that broke the multihull race record. With Ned Collier Wakefield on the helm once again, and the super-fit and talented team primed for action, there is little to stop Team Concise smashing its own record. Collier Wakefield commenting on the team’s preparation said: “Round the Island Race has always been a Team Concise favourite. With our base in the Hamble, training/sail testing tends to take place in the Solent so the area really feels like home waters. We must have done 20+ laps of the island over the last few years, with lap times varying from 2 hours, 3 mins to 4 hours, so to have race record conditions on the day last year was fantastic. The race is always a real spectacle and we can’t wait to be back on the startline this year. Let’s hope the weather allows us to shave

another few minutes off the record.” Others to watch out for on the racecourse this year include Sir Ben Ainslie who is joining some of his INEOS Team UK race team members aboard Tony Langley’s TP52, Gladiator (2016 Roman Gold Bowl winners), and the Farr 52 BOB with Cloudy Bay brand ambassador Ben Fogle on board. There is no doubt that such high profile boats create excitement and offer fellow competitors and spectators a chance to observe professional race teams in action. Who wouldn’t, afterall, be impressed to witness the likes of Team Concise at full tilt doing 35 knots+ heading towards the line for a record-breaking finish? PICK OF THE ENTRIES While there are and always will be plenty of speed machines at this event with professional sailors going for records and major class wins, the majority of the Round the Island Race fleet is made up of club sailors who generally race for fun. Classes like the Sigma 33 fleet, which offer fantastic club racing, are strong


event supporters; last year’s class winner aboard Workout was Jeff Worboys and his team are back this year once again with the aim to defend their title. Another good club all-rounder that offers low cost, competitive racing is the Hunter Sonata. Although at 22ft it’s one of the smallest classes at this event, it is generally a good seaworthy boat that often fields a strong fleet. Among those signed up so far is last year’s class winner Wasp, sailed by Steve Brown and team. Others making a comeback within the popular J Boat fleet, include Simon Spraggs and team sailing his three year old J/70 Jackal that finished third in class in 2017, and Simon Perry’s J/109 Jiraffe that took second overall in class last year. Polish sailor Kuba Szymanski who club races from the Isle of Man, has competed in this race for the last 20 years and, sailing Boo, a J/109, his aim is to improve on his 16th place from last year. Among the first timers to the event are dinghy sailors Eddie Waring and team from Bolton Sailing Club on their relatively small Beneteau First 211. This team which has raced regularly on Lake

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Above TV celebrity Ben Fogle will once again race with title sponsor, Cloudy Bay

Windermere for the last two years, is using the event to make the transition into the big boat racing scene, and also, as Waring explained: “a key focus will be fundraising for our Sailability fleet, which is stepping into the disabled racing circuit and would like a new sail at a cost of approximately £1200.” As first timers to the Round the Island Race, Waring believes it is important to include the whole team: “The planning and preparation are part of the fun element of the event and at all stages holistic team involvement is essential. Delegate to strengths and reflect on all outcomes with an open and ‘glass half full’ dialogue. “As far as last minute prep goes, our intention is to take the boat down the weekend before with two of the fourman crew, spending the Tuesday and Wednesday making the boat ready and exploring start and finish points. The

whole crew then intends to meet on the Thursday at Hamble Point Marina and plan a training day on the Friday.” Commenting on goals and what they hope to achieve from the race, Waring concludes: “We want to do as well as we can but are realistic about the final result. I would hope we find our race and battle to the end and, ideally, complete the course.” YOUNG TALENT As an event that offers bundles of fun and top competition, it is not surprising young sailors are keen to take part. One of the youngest teams this year is Team Impact Racing, a group of under-25 year olds from Parkstone YC, Poole. George Kennedy and his team aged 17, 18, 20 and 21, racing a J/24, are hoping to equal if not better their performance from last year where they finished second in Class 6c, and won the J/24 fleet.

Oliver Hill and team – all 17 year olds from Lymington – will also be competing and hoping to use the event as a shakedown for the season ahead aboard their SB20. In support of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust (EMCT), the event’s official charity which this year celebrates 15 years, a total of five EMCT boats will take part. Crews on the five EMCT boats (numbered 1-5) including a Beneteau Oceanis 45 and a Elan Impression 434, are made up by young people aged between 8-24 who are recovering from cancer treatment. Ellen MacArthur, a regular competitor at this event, will join one of the five teams, all racing together in ISC Rating System class. RISK MANAGEMENT ADVICE MS Amlin, including in their previous guise, Haven Knox-Johnston, has been intrinsically involved with the Round the Island Race for the last 20 years, not solely as a Race Partner, but also as competitors in this landmark event. With three MS Amlin teams racing this year, including John Macaulay – yacht product group lead – racing his own Hanse 312 MS Amlin Scotch Mist for the first time in ISC. Macaulay will have the insurer’s, yacht claims manager Damian Vaile on board. Ian Braham, who took a second in division in 2017 aboard his MG346 MS Amlin Enigma is also revved up and looking to step up one place. The third MS Amlin team member


nnMake sure you do your tidal and weather homework, concentrate on local effects nnEnsure the boat is fully prepared the day before, keeping the race morning as stress free as possible nnMinimise weight; it’s only a short race so bring the essentials nnMake sure you get out to the start area early nnBrief the whole crew properly. Ideally talk through the rhythm of the lap; we always do this on the motor out to the start area to make sure all manoeuvres are fresh in mind nnPick where you want to start on the line in advance; this should be influenced by wind direction/strength and tidal stream nnDuring the race keep assessing pressure vs tidal relief: there are huge gains to be made from seeking tidal relief but make sure you trade this off against sailing into less pressure nnKeep the crew hydrated and energised: the number of manoeuvres normally increases as you come back into the Solent


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Ned Collier Wakefield, multihull record-breaking helmsman, shares his advice for an enjoyable and successful Round the Island Race:



Don’t miss…

is Keith Lovett, senior underwriter for speciality yacht (MS Amlin’s insurance partners). As a Round the Island Race veteran with over 30 races to his name and numerous Bavaria Trophy wins aboard his Match 35, he is looking forward to competing in IRC 3 this year on MS Amlin QT, a 45-year-old refitted Ecume de Mer. With plenty of experience under his belt, Lovett offers his thoughts on how

Above Keep a careful eye out – the southern side of the island presents plenty of snakes and ladders

Essential information

Race date: Saturday 7 July 2018 Host club: Island Sailing Club, Cowes Event charity: Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust - to donate text RTIR18 and your amount to 70070 Race Partners: Cloudy Bay, Raymarine, Helly Hansen, MS Amlin, Chelsea Magazines Weather briefing: Friday 6 July at 1800, Cowes Yacht Haven Event Centre First start: 0630 (Open 60, IRC 0, Class40, Clipper 68, 70) Number of starts: 11 Course description: 50.1nm west (anti-clockwise) 2017 overall winner: JPK 10.80 YES! (Adam Gosling)

RECORDS TO BEAT: Monohull course record: 3h 43m 50s – Supermaxi, ICAP Leopard (Mike Slade), set in 2013 Multihull course record: 2h 22m 23s – MOD70, Team Concise 10 (Ned Collier Wakefield), set in 2017

to get safely around - without putting in a claim! According to Lovett, nearly all incidents are resultant from either poor preparation or hitting something, namely the ground or another boat. “Because this race is a long haul, vigilance is prudent. Ask your crew to constantly keep a look out, keep talking about what they are seeing and be thankful even when they tell you about someone or something that you have already seen. “The early morning pre-start can be frenetic with boats sailing in unpredictable directions, hoisting sails and perhaps in awe of the environment. It is wise, therefore to offer some courtesy and leave plenty of space in pre-start manoevres. The start, the first leg west out the Solent and as the fleet merges at the Needles, will see the highest concentration of boats. Look for clear tracks and avoid traffic as much as possible because this will not only give you a chance to seek clear wind but also avoid any unneeded conflict. “At the Needles; Goose Rock, the Varvassi wreck, the ledge around the lighthouse and numerous rocks should all be navigated with caution. Some of the best have been caught out, far better not to be one of them! “In particular, if windy, leave room to windward and leeward; when a gust hits, the boat rounding up below you may be at fault but if it brings your day to an end, that knowledge is small consolation.” Finally, Lovett advises that, “if tide-cheating and staying inshore, consider having a crew member constantly monitoring the depth. The skipper and navigator may be busy, complacence leads to groundings often well around the course. “Awareness by all on board until back into Cowes is a worthwhile investment.”

Raymarine Weather Briefing Head to Cowes Yacht Haven Event Centre at 6pm on Friday 6 July for the Raymarine Live Weather Briefing presented by Simon Rowell, British Sailing team meteorologist. Attendees could be in with a chance to win a new Raymarine Axiom 9 inch MFD and the new AIS700 – total value £2,390; the winner of the draw will be announced at ISC at 9pm. Alternatively watch the briefing live at Get on track for a safe rounding To celebrate its 15th consecutive year as official technical partner, and to endorse the Island Sailing Club’s continued commitment to race safety, Raymarine has been appointed official Tracking Partner. All boats must now register one mobile phone per team as a minimum safety requirement. It is also strongly recommended that participants transmit an AIS signal. In support of this, Raymarine is offering all competitors who purchase a new Raymarine AIS700 £150 cashback. See raymarine. eu/rtir-weather for details. It’s your race Boats using AIS will be able to engage in a ‘race within the race’ against fellow competitors. #ItsYourRace is an exciting new initiative this year. Dave Atkinson, commodore of Island Sailing Club, says the idea is to give more opportunity for competitive racing through AIS. “Using the tracker, competitors can create their own ‘race within the race’. They can select individual boats to follow and race against, increasing the competitive element within the fleet.”

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lucky Y&Y competition winners on board Alex Thomson’s Hugo Boss for an action-packed day out on the Solent




t’s hard to imagine what it must be like to compete in the Vendée Globe. There are so many facets to the famous race that make it one of the toughest challenges in the world. Just getting to the startline can be a major hurdle in terms of funding, then there is the race qualification, the logistics, yet more funding... the list goes on. And that’s all before setting off on the 24,000nm circumnavigation and sailing the semi-foiling 60ft IMOCA solo for just over two months. One man who knows that all too well is Alex Thomson, three-time Vendée Globe veteran who is currently gearing up for his fourth race in 2020. His boat, Hugo Boss - widely acknowledged to be the fastest IMOCA60 on the planet at the moment - will be sold ahead of the next Vendée (Thomson and his team are already deep into the design process of a new boat for the 2020-21 race), but for

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now, myself and two lucky Y&Y/Dream Yacht Charter competition winners are about to get not only a rare guided tour but also a unique opportunity to take the helm. For our winner, Alison McGukin and her husband, Andy it’s a hugely exciting opportunity. THE GUIDED TOUR The affable Brit begins by showing us around his boat with little left hidden and chats openly about the various features. Down below is a study in builtfor-purpose, stark utilitarianism. As Alison notes, it is far from a comfortable place to be! In fact with such a large cockpit, and much of the forward section given over to sail and equipment stowage the space left in the 60 footer is minimal. “It is built for purpose,” Thomson explains. Every item of equipment on board has been carefully developed and selected after a thorough cost-to-benefit

Above Hugo Boss is considered to be the fastest IMOCA60 at present

analysis. “We try to get weightsaving in wherever we can, even down to my carbon toilet,” he continues, brandishing what is essentially a carbon potty. Being a monocoque build, the main hull consists of a single laminated carbon skin, which essentially means when you’re stood inside down below, the floor upon which you are standing is a mere 5mm thick. To put this in perspective most of the Jack Holt designed plywood dinghies were typically built in 5mm ply, so the hull thickness is that of a Mirror dinghy - only this boat is designed to ride out 50 knot storms, huge waves and cover hundreds of miles in a day in the Southern Ocean. The obsession with weight is all around, from bespoke swivel arms for the nav equipment to the wholesale use of rope constrictor clutches for control lines.

At that point, bearing away a little pops the bow and the acceleration really kicks in

GETTING SAILING Out in the Solent in a reasonable breeze fluctuating from 10-15 knots Alison is first to take over the tiller of Hugo Boss to get a feel for how she sails, and straight away was blown away by the experience. “We only owned a 20ft daysailer so I

have never done any sailing like this before!” she exclaims. “A few years ago we moved away from Burnham and are now living in the Midlands so I was a little bit worried it might take me some time to get my sea-legs in.” Fortunately for Alison and Andy,

Below Alex Thomson demonstrates his skills before allowing our winners to take over

Thomson decides to ease everyone into the experience. For an IMOCA60 designed to sail almost exclusively downwind, upwind sailing is relatively pedestrian. She is light enough on the helm but you definitely get the impression that she has plenty more to give as we all give upwind work a try. Sure enough, it is when we come to turn downwind that Hugo Boss really lights up. Thomson talks Alison and Andy through the technique to get the best of the boat and explains that you need to sail quite a high angle to get the foil fully loaded and providing righting moment. At that point, bearing away a little pops the bow and the acceleration really kicks in. “Sailing around on the foil, you can feel its bending moment because the whole boat is sitting on the foil,” he explains. “In really big breeze you have to be quite careful, but the boat

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tells you quite quickly that it is time to pull the foil in: it becomes very uncomfortable, flying around. Mainly it’s down to sea conditions. Often your foil won’t actually work, because it might not be in the water, in the top of a wave and it can be a bit on-off.” In the flat-ish water of the Solent, however, it is working beautifully – though the wind is probably a touch lighter than ideal, meaning we are sailing some pretty tight angles to get the foil functioning properly. Even so in the breeziest part of the day we are regularly hitting high 20 knots boat speed. “It was amazing,” said Alison. “It was by far the fastest I have ever been. I think I managed to hit 25 knots when I was steering but it was odd, it didn’t really feel all that fast; it did feel different but not too fast, and then I looked over to see the chase RIB struggling to keep up, going flat out, and I realised just how fast we were going!”


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Above (Left to right) Dream Yacht Charter’s Loic Bonnet; winners Andy and Alison McGukin; Dream Yacht Charter ambassador Alex Thomson Below On board with Alex as Alison get her first taste of steering Hugo Boss upwind

FOILING SENSATIONS From the outside it is pretty easy to dismiss the move to semi-foiling monohulls in offshore races as just another step in the quest for more speed, but it is telling that those who regularly sail these boats are inclined to describe it as a revolution. Sailing Hugo Boss, it is easy to see why the praise is so easily forthcoming. The sensation when the boat is properly engaged is remarkable, there is a confidence to lean on the foil and generate ever more speed and righting moment for ever-increasing speeds and so more righting moment. It feels like a neverending feedback loop of positives. It is also, as myself, Alison and Andy all found, quite easy to stop thinking about what you are doing and drop off the foil, forcing you to go through the process or re-building speed. To a degree it feels like sailing a dinghy in marginal planning conditions. Watching Alex competently resume the helm, it’s clear to see that when you get it right, you are off and accelerating, but pick up a wave incorrectly and you are dropped back into displacement mode. It is an addictive game to play, but I’m not sure it is one I would care to play day in, day out for a lap of the planet. And that is before the issues that the foils create with the motion of the boat, which switches from the familiar when not foiling to the very unfamiliar when the foil is working. “During the Vendée, occasionally I would stop for a while, like after Cape Horn when we had two high pressures to deal with. Then when you start flying again, you have to get used to it all over again, because it is such a different feeling. The boat can be vicious. The way you move around the boat changes. It’s not just the

deceleration, you can fall over from the acceleration. It is unbelievable,” says Thomson as he recalls his last lap. For Andy and Alison, as newbies, it was reassuring to say the least to be trying all this under Thomson’s careful instruction. “Alex was great, he is just such a star, he was really patient and open and it was great to get a go steering the boat,” enthused Andy. “It was fascinating to see that we had a full crew out today and we were all taking turns steering and then the rest of the crew were working the grinders or trimming the sails,” added Alison. “I just don’t understand how Alex is able to do all that by himself for so long. It is just so impressive, and he was saying that he barely manages to sleep, or he sleeps for a few minutes at a time.” But these are all skills that Thomson takes in his stride as he admits that the major focus for improvement is now on consistently foiling. It’s something he and his team are avidly working on. By the time he takes delivery of the next Hugo Boss and gets her to the startline of the next Vendée, his team will probably have more foiling data to pick over than anyone else on the startline, with Thomson almost certainly the most experienced foiling IMOCA60 sailor on the planet. Whether this is enough to convert his two previous podiums into that elusive top spot remains to be seen, but he has probably the best chance of any sailor in recent memory. Meanwhile, for Alison and Andy it was back to dry land and a return to more conventional sailing. Alison described the day on board Hugo Boss with Y&Y/ Dream Yacht Charter as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” adding, “If I see the competition again I will definitely be entering. Maybe I can be lucky twice!”


In the flat Solent waters, the foil works beautifully and we’re hitting the high 20s

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wo years ago Paul Goodison won his first International Moth World Championship. With the event taking place in Japan and many of the big names like recent world champions Pete Burling and Nathan Outteridge absent on America’s Cup duty, the Japan Worlds came down to a three-way ‘Battle of Britain’ between Rob Greenhalgh, Chris Rashley and Goodison. If anything, ‘Goody’ was probably the least experienced of the three, yet he displayed devastating upwind pace and very good reliability. Greenhalgh, ever the experimenter, showed flashes of

brilliance undone by gear breakdown. If Goody managed to win a ‘soft’ Worlds in 2016, defending it at Lake Garda would be a different prospect. Everybody was there, with 220 entries proving that no matter how expensive or how much boatwork this sometimes fragile foiler demands, flying a Moth is way too addictive. With the America’s Cup only just complete in Bermuda, all the big guns were at Garda – Burling, Outteridge, Iain ‘Goobs’ Jensen, Tom Slingsby – the list went on and on. It’s been said a few times that those Moth Worlds drew the biggest gathering of world class talent ever seen in any

sailing regatta. Few would dispute that point. With such a who’s-who of talent, this one was going to be competitive beyond belief. Except it wasn’t. Unlike the previous year where Goody edged it in Japan, this time he wiped the floor. Goodison won with 20 points while runner-up Burling – widely hailed as the best sailor of his generation after winning Olympic 49er gold and steering Emirates Team New Zealand to Cup victory in the space of 12 months – finished on 40 points. So why so dominant in Garda? It probably helped that Goody didn’t get much time on the AC50 catamaran

It was the biggest gathering of world class talent ever seen

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To finish first, first you’ve got to finish... A lot of that thinking has gone into the boat design


with Artemis Racing while he was out in Bermuda. With the likes of Burling, Outteridge, Goobs and Slingsby all distracted by the bigger task at hand, Goody consoled himself from the sidelines of the Cup with plenty of training time in the Moth. Let’s not forget that this Rotherham lad has also got legs of Sheffield steel forged from three Olympic campaigns in the Laser, the high point of which came at Beijing 2008 when he all but wrapped up gold with a medal race to spare. He and Slingsby, the London 2012 gold medallist in the Laser, are said to be the hardest hikers in the Moth fleet.


PROVEN RELIABILITY After crushing the opposition in 2017, it was only natural that Goody would be pegged as favourite for the Bacardi International Moth Worlds 2018, which took place in early April, on the very same Bermudan waters where Goodison had done the bulk of his Moth training the previous two years. The event was dogged by poor weather which only enabled a curtailed series of six races to be completed. It was basically a two-day regatta. With gear breakage and attrition always looming large in this fleet, the Moths tend to prefer a longer series to smooth out all the bumps in the road. This proved the downfall of some of the leading lights who suffered with gear breakage, including Goobs Jensen, who looked to offer the biggest threat to Goodison. But the Olympic 49er medallist from London 2012 couldn’t keep his boat together enough to pose

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a consistent threat for the world title. A look at the results sheet suggests Goodison won his third world title at a canter, some way ahead of fellow Artemis Racing colleague Francesco Bruni of Italy. However the Brit had his hair-raising moments along the way, which for Goodison’s conservative ‘belt and braces’ approach to Moth racing was unusual and disappointing. “One of the big things for me in the Moth is that to finish first, first you’ve got to finish. Yes, it’s quite an old saying but a lot of that thinking has gone into some of the design philosophy of how we put the boat together.” Goodison had some new gear he wanted to try out but time – along with his mantra of proven reliability – didn’t permit. “We turned up in Bermuda and we missed a couple of days’ training, and I didn’t have time to test some new equipment. So I chose to go with the stuff that I had tested already in Miami a couple of weeks before and used for the Bermuda Nationals.” Having won every race of the Nationals quite convincingly, Goody thought to himself: “I’d be a fool to try anything that was untested.”

Above Winning at Lake Garda ahead of a 220-strong fleet of top international sailors

down. It’s not an easy rescue in a Moth when all the pieces are in the water because everything is obviously very delicate and fragile, and just trying to rescue it calmly and precisely was what made the difference in terms of making sure I was able to get back ashore.” The rod forestay itself was intact but it had broken at the terminal. There was no time for niceties, it was simply a matter of get back to the race course with the rig in the boat. “We basically threw the aerodynamic fairings away and respliced just a 4mm rope for the forestay and lined that up and then headed back out.” It was only in the nick of time but, having missed race one altogether, Goody just about made the start of the second race. “I managed to win that quite convincingly but was having real problems with tacking because the forestay had stretched a little and I couldn’t actually get under the boom at times because I was running so much rake.” Then again, it seemed to be quite fast, “So maybe I found something else out by accident.” Even so, Goody tried to get back to his normal rake in between races. “Before the third race that I was swimming around trying to replace the splice and pull a little bit of a slack through, which isn’t an easy job out there. So I missed the start by 30-40 seconds, which gave me a bit to do. But I was a pretty quick upwind and I think I was second or third round the top mark.” Iain Jensen was still in the lead and going fast but Goody

NOT ALL PLAIN SAILING Day one started out well enough as he went on to win the first two races of the Worlds. “The second day looked like just perfect conditions and going out there I did the first warm-up lap. It was about 20 minutes to go to the start and was lining up for a speed run with some of the other guys when the forestay broke, which meant that the rig came


was closing him down, losing to the Australian by just a length at the finish. “That was pretty much the most exciting racing of the championships, trying to claw him back. And then the last race I managed to win by quite a big margin again. It was quite a stressful day though.” Goody said thank you to a lot of people who had pitched in to help him get back on the water earlier in the day. “I couldn’t have done it without my girlfriend Julia and [USA competitor] Brad Funk’s coach Brett and then the team at Maguire who were on their way to help put it all back together and get me out there. I owed a lot of people drinks that evening!” AN EARLY WRAP That would prove to be the end of the regatta as the wind refused to play for the remaining days. A bit of a damp squib, but a resounding victory for Goodison all the same. The winning scores were 1,1,DNC,1,2,1. Jensen might have come second but for two gear failures, only one of which he could discard. His scores of 5,DNC,1,2,1,DNC relegated Goobs to 10th overall. While the Australian was using the same hull and foil package by Exocet, designed and built in Britain by Kevin Ellway and Simon Maguire respectively, Goodison kept a close eye on Jensen’s new rig set-up from North Sails. He was one of a number of top sailors experimenting with the increasingly popular trend in deck-sweeper rigs that

Right An all-British podium at the 2016 Worlds in Japan saw Goodison take the win ahead of Rob Greenhalgh (left) and Chris Rashley Below Off the start in Bermuda; the trend towards deck-sweeping mainsails can clearly be seen

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try to ‘end plate’ the air gap between rig and boat. It’s becoming popular in high performance multihulls but there are a number of practical problems that remain difficult to solve. A lack of training time during a particularly cold winter at Lake Garda, Goody’s residence of choice these days, made him decide to stick with what he knew from the previous year. Goody has worked closely with Mike Lennon and CST masts to produce a rig package that flattens out nicely upwind but is also very effective at deepening up and generating more power for the offwind legs. It’s that versatility and variability of sail depth that rivals have been struggling to emulate. Goody had little to fear from new developments on the

race track in Bermuda. But now it’s a good 18 months until the next Worlds due to take place in Perth, Western Australia. Plenty of time for things to move on in leaps and bounds. Goody hopes to be back to see if he can become the first ever sailor to achieve four back-to-back world titles. But all that depends on whether his new employer gives him the time out from America’s Cup duties. At the time of writing, the 40-year-old had signed the contract but wasn’t at liberty to say which Cup team had hired him. Bearing in mind that the new AC75 concept looks like a giant Moth on steroids, could there be any better choice for the next America’s Cup than Paul Goodison, three-time Moth World Champion?

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NEW TRICKS When it comes to one design racing every inch can make the difference between a good and bad result. TOBY HEPPELL gets some expert advice from Charlie Cumbley


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ne design racing is seen by those who love it as the pinnacle of the sport. Pitting sailors or crews against one another in theoretically identical boats should mean that the most skilled team should beat all those who come before them. Of course, there is a great deal that can be done to optimise one design kit and age, and wear and tear of kit will obviously make a difference. Nevertheless it is absolutely the type of racing that rewards skilled sailing the most and, conversely punishes bad technique. One of those who knows a fair bit about setting up, trimming, and sailing one design boats fast is North Sails’ Charlie Cumbley, who has won in classes from dinghies to yachts and is something of a one design

specialist. We joined Charlie and his team as they took to the Solent for a two-boat training session against John Pink on a breezy May afternoon, to pick up some insider advice on getting a one design to the front of the fleet. INITIAL SET-UP “One of the things many people don’t get right is initial rig set up,” Charlie says ashore while his team’s J/70 is being craned into the water at Point Hamble. “One of the great things about one design classes is that there is bound to be a tuning guide somewhere around! It might not be 100 per cent the fastest guide available, and you will want to adapt it over time to suit you and your crew, but it will be there from the first moment you get your boat and you should be using it from day one as a baseline for your set-up process. “When it comes to rig set-up, keelboat

sailors tend to have an advantage over dinghy sailors in sportsboats as the dinghy guys generally won’t be as familiar with the settings and controls. “On the other hand, a common mistake I see amongst those with keelboat experience is that they try to sail sportsboats with too much heel; they sail far too over-sheeted on the main in particular. As a rule of thumb, you get much better performance from a sportsboat when you sail the boat more upright and the high aspect keel is allowed to work to its full potential. In that sense it’s much more like a dinghy. “Although people are better these days at getting to events good and early and studying the weather, one thing I notice quite often out on the water is that people do not change their rigs dynamically during racing (where possible) and particularly between races. “One of the big things I see is more

You get much better performance from a sportsboat when you sail the boat upright

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often than not, teams cross the finish line, have a tidy up and then take a break for a drink or some food. But we try to do the opposite. We finish the race, have a quick chat about set-up, and change it if we need to for the next race there and then – based on the forecast and how we went in the previous race. “After we have changed our set-up (or decided to keep it the same) we will do some upwinds, maybe a few tacks and see how the boat feels with the new set-up. If we are then happy with how the boat is going, and we are tidied away and completely ready to start another race, that is the time we allow ourselves a moment to eat something.” HOLD YOUR LANE Most racing sailors should have a procedure by which they prepare for


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racing: get out early; do a full upwind; track shifts; take a transit, etc. It is an unfortunate fact, however, in this sport that no matter how much time is put in before the race, should you fail to keep a decent lane immediately out of the start, your chances of getting to the windward mark in, or near, the lead are very slim indeed. “It’s really important to practise lane holding off a startline,” Charlie elaborates. “In particular if you don’t manage to create enough gauge between you and the boat to leeward then you will very quickly find your speed dropping off and you will fall behind them in dirty air and/or be rolled by the boats to windward. “Typically if you need to build height you can wind a little bit of kicker on, inhaul the jib a touch and use some

Above left Plenty of mainsail twist downwind keeps the boat tracking and the slot between spinnaker and mainsail consistent Above Communication will help keep the boat surfing Below Ensuring you set up for power is vital in waves

of the speed you have to gauge off to windward – even on boats without a jib inhauler it is often possible to run a little bit of windward jib sheet tension to bring the clew closer inboard. “The trick that some people miss is that you have to be very dynamic when doing this as it is easy to lose all your speed. Before that happens, loosening the kicker, cracking the jib back off and fractionally dropping the bow should help you build a bit of speed before using that to, once again, re-trim and create ground to weather. The really good teams will be able to understand just before the boat is about to stall out in high mode and drop a little bow down to build speed almost instinctively. It takes quite a lot of practise to understand the feel of a boat just before she stalls, but it is well worth practising as it is something that can make a huge difference to your overall result.” Charlie adds that training days with another boat are instrumental when working on this sort of dynamic trim. Find another team that is willing to spend some time outside of racing and take turns to be the leeward or windward boat and see how much of a gap the windward boat can generate without dropping back. “To get this right requires the whole crew to be in sync as you will be sailing on the edge

TOP TIPS: GO-FASTER ONE DESIGNS North Sails’ Charlie Cumbley has these helpful hints for getting around the course at the front of the fleet: 1) Not everyone can always get exactly the start that they want. Learning how to best keep your lane out of the start is vital. It gives you tactical options and stops you sailing in dirty air. 2) Be dynamic in your sail set-up, make sure that you are changing rig and sails for the conditions you are in. If you hit a flatter section of water retrim and flatten your sails to gain height. 2) Whether upwind or downwind, the whole team needs to work together to get maximum performance out of the boat. Make sure you have an established communication plan and you are working together as a team: mis-timed pumps and crew movements do more harm than good. 4) On rounding the windward mark, make sure you have a plan in place and everyone knows what they are doing. Dump the cunningham and vang before rounding to help de-power the main and let the boat bear away with minimal rudder.

Inhaul the jib a touch and use some speed to gauge off to windward of stalling both foils and sails. If the mainsail trimmer does not create twist in the main by easing the kicker in time, then the boat will stall, similarly if the headsail trimmer eases a little to early, more rudder will be needed to get the boat tracking again which will slow you down.” It is all about tiny gains at this point, but Charlie says inches off the startline often translate into handfuls of positions at the top mark and, crucially, leave you free to make your own tactical calls instead of tacking constantly for clean air. MAKING THE RIGHT CALL Time and again when talking about getting a one design racer around the course in the quickest manner possible, Charlie returns to the same theme; sailors are usually not dynamic enough with setup. “I think most people are aware of what their rig setup should be in various conditions. But often racers have so much on their plate they don’t adapt regularly enough for the conditions they are in, with the boat setup only for the conditions of the day.

5) Downwind, use all of your crew weight to help promote surfing and to ensure the bow stays out of the waves in front. Fore/aft trim combined with a timely pump can make all the difference, no matter what size the boat.

“I see people quite often on a choppy day sail into a flatter bit of water, but they don’t flatten out the sails and maybe inhaul the jib clew to gain the height. Of course the opposite of that is if it is flat water and you get to choppy water you need to let a little bit of outhaul off, ease the jib a fraction and maybe even pull on some jib halyard tension to pull flow forward and give you a more powerful headsail shape. This will give you fuller sails, which allows you to keep moving through chop. Again, it is not that people don’t know this, but often they will just be set up for flat or choppy water for the day.” Much like lane holding off a startline maintaining pace as waves start to build is a bit of an art form. A really top sailor can usually find that fine line, but once you get it wrong you will suddenly lose a lot of speed and, in something like a J/70 with its long narrow keel – which requires flow over it to stop you going sideways – you can suddenly find you can lose quite a lot of positions quickly. To that end it is worth thinking about set-up and understanding your

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and main are pumped together. As the boat accelerates again the helm calls the crew back, and so on. You should find that as a team you are very active on the downwinds like this, and it is important to practise a lot as there needs to be quite a lot of communication and it is very easy to end up with crossed wires.”

In sportsboats, many people are not being active enough with their crew weight limitations if the weather is relatively variable. Charlie says it can often be worth picking a set-up that you might have a slightly broader range that does not need a great deal of dynamic adjustment, but that gives you a decent average speed across all conditions. As is always the case with sailing, you are aiming for a high average speed across the course, not high peaks and low troughs. CREW TRIM “One design racing is all about the small differences that lead to marginal gains. Sometimes you can feel a long way off the pace, but in truth it is only a handful of things that you are missing that if you get right could pull you up through the fleet,” Charlie says. “In dinghies I don’t think people are always responsive enough to how much their crew weight makes a difference to boat speed. Not just hiking out, but using crew weight downwind to best make use of the waves. But, in recent years that has got a bit better across the board. In sportsboats, however, many people are not being active enough with their crew weight. “In the J/70 you can easily roll tack and most people realise that, but going downwind fore/aft crew weight is vital to getting to boat going well. We have the mainsheet trimmer sat at the back, behind the helm, so the helm has plenty


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Above Crew trim is often overlooked downwind Below Two boat tuning is an invaluable tool

of room to steer and the crew weight is well aft. The mainsheet trimmer’s job is to call the gusts and waves, calling for a pump to get the boat surfing at the right time – on most modern boats the mainsail is relatively small compared to the spinnaker, so the timing of the spinnaker pump to get you surfing is vital. “When you’re surfing on a wave, the helm is looking for the best way to extend that run of surfing and avoid hitting the next wave; he should call the crew aft to keep the bow up and, as you crest the next wave they should move forward to help the bow drop down the front of the wave, which should come just at the moment when the spinnaker

OVERPOWERED There are usually few or no options for depowering one designs by reducing sail. Learning to maximise rig efficiency through a range of conditions will have a big effect on your results. “Dealing with being overpowered is a fairly common occurrence on a modern one design,” explains Charlie. “Obviously if you are sailing windward-leewards it is less of a problem downwind as you just end up sailing deeper angles. “Upwind sail set-up becomes really important when overpowered. First of all you will want to firm up your forestay tension to prevent your headsail luff from sagging to leeward as you will lose all ability to point. Depending on the class this might mean winding on more backstay or rig tension. “The biggest mistake people make when the breeze is up is to ease the main without easing the jib. Trimmers need to be working in tandem with the gustspotter to trim both sails together. Again, it is about practising who calls the gusts and working out the fine line between keeping the boat moving quickly and being overpowered, slipping sideways. “The best way to understand your best mode, is to go out and practise. In a tight one design fleet, even one weekend of working on your call and trim techniques can be the difference between fighting for the top spots in a fleet and fighting at the back.”

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RACING ESSENTIALS If you’re new to racing, it can seem quite daunting turning up for your first race. Whether it’s a club race, open meeting or even the national championship, HELENA LUCAS has these top tips to help you avoid making some common mistakes




Boat preparation is very important. If things break or systems don’t work it’s going to make it difficult to complete the race and you may even have to retire. Boat work always takes so much longer than you think! Don’t leave it until the day before or the morning of the race; it will cause added stress and you will arrive at the startline flustered with not all of it completed and bodged together. Check your boat thoroughly the week before. nnLook closely for any wear on ropes nnEnsure blocks and cleats work correctly nnCheck your systems work correctly and are easily adjustable with the correct amount of purchase nnTighten shackles with pliers and tape up split rings nnIf you’re sailing a boat with a slot gasket have a good check to see that it’s not ripped or starting to come off nnLook carefully at your foils and hull for any damage nnAssemble a spare set of sheets as well as spare blocks, cleats, shackles, split pins and rings, and a good selection of nuts and bolts. This will save you many panicked trips to the chandlery and back.

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When you arrive at the venue you will either have to sign on if it’s a club race, or enter at registration if it’s an open meeting or championship. Typically you will be issued with a set of sailing instructions which contain a lot of useful information - as do the briefings - and you need to know it! This includes:


The period of time you have on the water before the start is very important. This is your chance to gather as much information as you can about the venue, wind and startline. Resist that second cup of tea and bacon roll in the clubhouse and give yourself plenty of time to get to the race area. Sail upwind, set your boat up for the conditions and if you have a compass note down your angles. Practice some tacks and gybes and, if you have a kite, hoist it and check it’s rigged correctly. Then head back to the startline to check the course and number of laps on the committee boat - if displayed - and the compass bearing to the windward mark. If for any reason you are late arriving to the race area so don’t have time to sail upwind and the committee boat is displaying the compass bearing to the windward mark, you can use this to get an idea of what your average numbers could be upwind by adding and subtracting your tacking angle. This is normally around 40 degrees, but it’s worth knowing more accurately for your class.

nnWhere your race area will be nnWhat your startline is between nnWhich starting sequence will be used nnWhat the course is nnColour of the marks nnNumber of laps If the course is complicated or there are a number of courses the race officer can use, making a note on your boat using a chinagraph pencil or jotting them down in a wet notes book can be really helpful. Not sure on your flags? Having a sticker with them on stuck on to your boat is really handy. The briefing is very useful as often additional information will be given and this is your chance to ask the race officer any questions you may have or raise any queries on the sailing instructions. Lastly, check the safety regulations in the sailing instructions: do you need to sign on and off? Is there a tally system? This is something so easily and often forgotten and it can be such a disappointment when you come ashore and find you have a penalty – either extra score points, or a donation to the RNLI.



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The start is possibly the most crucial part of the race. A good start can give you that all-important jump on your competitors, allowing you to sail away in clear air with options to follow your first beat strategy, take the first shift and, most importantly, concentrate on sailing fast rather than looking for clear lanes and avoiding boats. Simply sitting in the start area with your sails flogging is not the best use of time. Firstly you will be watching ten pound notes disappearing into the wind as your sails take a battering, and secondly there is vital information you need to gather to help you have the best chance of a good start! A good starting point is to make sure you are aware of the time left to the start. Have a watch with a good clear countdown function and make sure you know which buttons to press. Sync your watch at the four minute signal to ensure perfect timing. Next, suss out exactly where that imaginary line on the water is. This is where transits are invaluable and getting more than just the one on the line can really help with your time and distance approach. If there is not a transit exactly on the line or it is very difficult to distinguish, pick something that does stand out and decide how many boat lengths it is back from the line. Believe me it’s much better than nothing; often you can see it and you know you can either inch forward or pull the trigger early. Don’t pick animals, boats or cars as they have the habit of moving!







Once you have found the bias of the line, this will tell you which end is favoured and help in deciding where along the line to start. Note that it does not always pay to start at the biased end if it’s crowded. Being front row anywhere on the line at speed is far better than being at the biased end but stuck on the second or third row going slowly in dirty air. Doing some timed runs at the line can really help with your time and distance, especially in tide, waves, and light wind when it may take far longer than you thought to sail to the line. This is particularly important in keelboats when it takes much longer to build speed and could take up to 10 seconds to be at max speed. If you do get a bad start, look for an early opportunity to tack out on to port and be prepared to duck boats to find the clear air you need.


The race has started and you are sailing up the beat. It’s crucial to monitor other boats and formulate a strategy. It happens so often the starboard tack boat you didn’t see suddenly materialises, often resulting in a crash tack and - worst case scenario - a 720 degree penalty turn after infringing the other boat. Keep a look out and don’t be afraid to duck starboard tackers, if you think you are going the right way or are on the lifted tack. By tacking instead they now have control of you and unless you have managed to lee bow them, they will eventually roll you and cause you to have to tack again. Likewise, if you are on starboard, think twice before yelling if the port tack boat can tack under and lee bow you. Often waving across a port tack boat that’s almost crossing is far better than having them tack close to you and bouncing you off on to the other tack. However if you want their lane then do shout loudly. Always remember to look before you tack to ensure you are not tacking into dirty air or into a situation with another boat - especially true on the first upwind leg.




As you reach the top of the course, if possible, avoid reaching the layline too soon. Once you reach the layline you lose all options: if the winds lifts you have over stood and are now sailing extra distance; if it heads you are on the wrong tack and again sailing extra distance. Unless you are in front and winning the race, you will also have to contend with boats tacking in in front and having to sit in their dirty air. The port layline is even more risky as you have starboard tackers to avoid. You need to be very careful if coming in within the three boat length zone of the mark that you do not infringe any boat on starboard. In the last third of the beat I try to be more towards the middle of the course, with options to play the last few shifts and join the layline around six boat lengths out, looking for the gaps. I try never to be on the port layline, but four boat lengths down so when I meet the boats on the starboard layline I am outside the three boat length circle at the windward mark, so there’s far less risk.





Big gains can be made downwind, but quite often sailors see this as a time to relax and switch off. Next thing you know a boat is on your tail and about to pass. It’s really important to keep an eye on what is going on behind when sailing downwind. Firstly this is where the wind is coming from and you need to spot the gusts and pressure, and secondly you need to defend from boats sitting on your wind. A good rule of thumb is if your Windex is pointing at a boat or group of boats behind then they are sitting on your wind! Likewise if you want to attack the boat ahead position yourself so their Windex is pointing at you.



The leeward mark is another part of the course where big gains or losses can be made: rounding around the outside of just one boat leaves the door wide open for others to come piling in. Oxygen masks will be dropping from the sky as you desperately try to find clear air and room to tack onto starboard to escape. In the last quarter of the run you need to make your move towards the inside of the boats around you. As you come down towards the leeward mark, start planning how you will position yourself to get to the inside before you reach the three boat length circle. If you can’t achieve this, slow down and allow the boat inside to go ahead and then follow on its transom around the mark. Remember, approach the turn around the mark wide, and finish the turn close to the mark.





You are now approaching the finish, the final part of the race. Sometimes there can be a number of boats around you and it’s really important to get a good finish. There is nothing more frustrating than losing to a boat or boats on the finish line. The finish line can be biased, so finishing at the wrong end can cost you places. Often the finish line is also the startline so whichever end was biased at the start of the race is likely to be the end you want to finish at, unless there has been a big wind shift. If it’s not the same line and you’re finishing upwind or on a reach, look to see which end looks closer to you and finish at that end.


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OPTIONS TO DUCK We’ve all been here stuck to windward and astern of a competitor as you suddenly encounter a starboard tacker. MARK RUSHALL explains what to do and how to avoid losing out


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The jib trimmer’s role

The alternative duck involves slowing the boat by pinching just enough to let the starboard tacker cross clear ahead, building a gap to leeward and allowing you to hold your lane

The jib trimmer trims for maximum height: maximum trim with cars possibly slightly forward or down to reduce twist. However, he or she is always ready, if the helm pushes too hard and fully backs the jib, to ease the sheet to prevent an involuntary tack.

The helm’s role

The helmsperson is focussed on the jib tell tales: aiming to eek every bit of height possible without stalling the foils and sliding sideways. If the helmsperson feels the helm start to go dead he or she will call for more speed from the trimmers, and will also call for “weight in” if feeling a lack of weather helm. And as soon as the normal trim call comes, the helm will be focussed on getting the boat back to maximum upwind speed as quickly as possible.

The mainsheet trimmer’s role

Mainsheet trims for height too: minimum twist, maximum power. As the boat comes upright as the helm sails high he may be able to sheet on or pull the traveller up. He takes his cue from the helmsman: he’s working to keep some weather helm on as the boat comes upright. He’s alert to the “normal trim” call, and will set up with very slightly more twist to get the boat back to speed quickly.



The spotter’s role

The spotter’s role is all-important. In a dinghy this could be the helm or the crew; on a keelboat it will probably be the tactician. His or her job is to monitor the relative positions of the boats, and call the sailing mode to maximise the effectiveness of the alternative cross. It is easiest to gauge this when there is land behind the starboard tacker. If more land keeps appearing around the front of their bow, you are probably crossing: the faster it’s moving, the more probable the cross. If the land appears stationary behind

the bow of the starboard tacker, you’re on a collision course: their bow will hit you close to the position of the person sighting. The alternative duck is on! If the land is disappearing behind the bow of the starboard tacker, they may be clear ahead. Check the land against the stern of the starboard tacker. If the land is appearing from behind the transom, they are probably crossing. If not, the alternative duck is on. There is not always a convenient landscape on one side of the course, but using this technique to

practise crossing judgement calls will set your datum and refine the skill when they are not there. As the boats converge, the spotter constantly monitors the situation; calling for height and allowing the boat to slow as a result to delay any duck as long as possible. If at any stage he sees that the starboard boat will cross clear, he calls for normal trim: the job is done. The spotter also looks out for any hint that the starboard tacker is setting up for a tack: the last thing you need is to be down on speed if that is likely.

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e have all been here: stuck just off the windward hip of a competitor heading upwind. You’ve been hiking extra hard, fighting tooth and nail for every inch, calling the gusts and trimming accurately, steering over the waves to perfection. The metre or so you’ve gained to windward is enough to give a clear lane toward the favoured right hand side of the beat on port tack, unaffected by the boats on your leeward quarter. The wind shifts slightly left and you feel yourself edging forward on the boat just ahead and to leeward, the extra work has paid off and everyone is feeling pretty good. But no one has spotted the approaching menace: a starboard tack boat about to cross tight ahead of the leeward boat. “Duck” is the call from the tactician: a sensible call as the wind is left and therefore the gain is on the right. “Ease main, big hike”: it’s a 2 metre duck and you pass closely by the transom of the starboard tacker, exiting at speed... straight back into the lee bow of the boat you have fought so hard to climb free from (green boat, fig 1). In theory you have done everything right; created gauge over a boat that could hold you up, identified the correct side of the course and performed a close duck. But despite all this, you find yourself seriously disadvantaged, seemingly through no fault of your own. In this situation, you might consider using what I call ‘the alternative duck’ and allows you to turn the starboard

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The rest of the crew

tack boat into an opportunity to widen the port tack lane, keeping the port tack options open. The move involves slowing the boat by pinching just enough to let the starboard tacker cross clear ahead, helping you build a gap to leeward on your fellow port-tacker, allowing you to hold your lane and keep clear air at the cost of a few lengths forward distance. If it’s a last minute decision, the alternative duck is a poor option: it’s easy to misjudge, lose the speed too late, and end up with a big last minute duck, reaching straight down into the compromised lane you are trying to avoid. To be effective, the opportunity has to be seen well ahead, and the crew briefed on what will happen next.

Above Focus really hard on hiking in the gusts but be prepared to move weight in if the helm calls for it

Any remaining crew continue to call the gusts through, hiking hard in the peaks but ready to move inboard if the helm calls for weight in. In particular, it’s important to identify a heading gust to avoid any possibility of an involuntary tack, and to call and hike super hard in the lifting gusts so the helm can take all the height he can. Once back in normal trim, the team is focussed on sailing at best VMG angles for the conditions: it’s very tempting to continue battling away in high mode to safeguard the lane, but that job is done! The next goal is to get to the windward mark as quickly as possible.

THE MIXED FLEET The alternative duck is a particularly great tool in a one design fleet, where every lane held and inch gained is a significant battle won. It is also a little easier to pull off, with the judgement of relative closing speeds much less challenging. In a mixed fleet, however, if the starboard tack boat is bigger and quicker, the potential gains can be even bigger – though conversely there are few occasions where it would be a good option if the starboard tacker is smaller and slower. The reason for this is that waiting in high mode for a bigger boat means there is less big boat to duck, and you’ve effectively joined in a gate start with a super fast pathfinder; the late starter’s advantage. However, think hard about using the alternative duck when the starboard tack boat is significantly slower. You are limited to the slow boat’s VMG from the time you would have crossed behind with a classic duck, to the time you actually cross behind.

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While the popularity of many classes waxes and wanes, the Squib has an enviable track record of both healthy club racing and big championship fleets. RUPERT HOLMES reports


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his distinctive 19ft keelboat remains one of the most popular classes, with fleets at more than two dozen clubs across the whole of the UK and Ireland. Turnouts at class events are consistently high and the fleet has a well deserved reputation as being very sociable and welcoming. It is also often the second most numerous class at Lendy Cowes Week, behind the XOD fleet. However, that is set to change this year, with the class’s national championship being held during the regatta and the final numbers expected to reach 100. The Squib was designed by Oliver J Lee in 1967 and proved to be an immediate success. At the time it

was a state of the art design, with a low-centre of gravity keel, with a short fore and aft cord length for that era, plus a high aspect ratio rudder set well aft. Flat aft sections promote surfing in moderate conditions. The boat’s light displacement – it weighs the same as an SB20 – offered good light weather performance and allowed it to be towed on a braked trailer by most cars. Heavy weather performance is also good – the 50 per cent ballast ratio, with much of that weight in a bulb at the bottom of the keel, gives the ability to keep racing even in a Force 6-7.

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ON-GOING SUCCESS So what’s the formula behind the boat’s continued success? “The key thing about the Squib class is the closeness of the one design racing,” says class chairman Nigel Grogan. “We are fortunate that the boats all go pretty much exactly the same speed, so even in club racing you are always within striking distance of the boats in front and behind. Wherever you are in the fleet it’s never boring. “The class is renowned for not being about cheque-book sailing and is the better for that,” Grogan adds. It’s possible to find a boat capable of winning the nationals for less than £10,000, while mid fleet boats can be bought for £2-4,000. As an example of what’s possible, a boat bought for only £1,000 won a race in a recent East Coast Championship. “Having offered close racing for 50 years, there are big fleets at clubs around the country, plus a good, but not too extensive, programme of opening meetings and championships,” he says. “We also introduced a travellers’ trophy around 10 years ago that is eagerly pursued and is a very valued trophy to win.” The biggest fleets are currently at Burnham on Crouch in Essex, Royal Victoria YC on the Isle of Wight, Abersoch in Wales, Weymouth, Plymouth, Portsmouth and at Oulton Broad/Lowestoft on the East Coast. Although intended as a two-person boat, smaller teenagers from RVYC have had encouraging results racing three-up. The boat is easy to handle on shore and the ease of towing is a further part

of the class’s popularity. Although some Squibs are dry sailed, most clubs sail the boats from moorings. It’s possible to careen a Squib to 45 degrees using the spinnaker halyard in order to scrub the bottom, which helps to contain costs. “They can be brilliantly simple boats to sail,” adds Grogan. “You can step off a club launch, rig the boat quickly and be ready for racing in only a few minutes.” SPECIAL CELEBRATIONS For the national championship the class has tended to alternate between clubs with established fleets and other iconic locations that help to provide variety. The long-term average is more than 50 boats at the nationals and there were 89 boats at the 40th event hosted by the Royal Victoria YC in 2008. “For the 50th anniversary we were looking for something special,” says Grogan. “Lendy Cowes Week is a very sociable event – that has always

HOW TO WIN: LENDY COWES WEEK Steve Warren-Smith was class winner at last year’s Lendy Cowes Week, sailing his 50-year old boat, Aquabat, with Stu Rix helming. He says: “All the top boats will have sorted bottom preparation, sails, trimming, training well in advance,” but he adds, “but Cowes is unique in other ways.” Here are his top tips: 1) Keep your head out of the boat. Spot other fleets that might be crossing you – or shipping, which can come up very fast. Then make an early plan to avoid drastic last minute changes. 2) Look for wind signs: other fleets on a different breeze; clouds on an island or mainland shore; kites filling from a different direction. Again it’s ‘head out of the boat’. 3) It’s easy to get bogged down thinking about tides, and miss big wind changes. Last year young Alex Downer (15) won a day by keeping out of Norris, in worse tide but good breeze. We never saw him again! 4) The most important is your team. You are going to spend 30+ hours in a two person boat during the regatta, so sail with someone you get on with: work well together, talk and update. I’ve sailed with Stu Rix for a few years now and the dynamics just work well. 5) Always be positive – there’s no time for negative news. If you enjoy it you will do well, and if you do well you’ll enjoy it!

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Left The fleet attracts sailors of all ages Below Over 100 entries are expected at this year’s Lendy Cowes Week


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at any – or all – of a list of nominated events. The more races you do, the greater the chance of winning the boat. A NEW BUILDER The first 160 Squibs were built with quality lay ups and light ends. However production then changed to a different yard and the bulk of the fleet was built with less attention to detail, including some with sprayed lay-ups that tend to be somewhat above minimum weight. The original mould for the cast iron keel was lost, so these boats also had a different and less efficient keel shape In 1994 production moved first to Barker Brewer boats, who built 12 Squibs, and then to Parker Yachts in 1997, with boat number 783. Parker then built around nine new boats each year – all of which are very competitive thanks to tight weight control, attention to detail and a new keel mould. After

FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS “The class association has been very active and is keen to ensure the class is progressing,” says Grogan. One idea that’s being toyed with is changing the sail colour from the distinctive mace. Again there are arguments in both directions. While some members value the class’s distinct style, the drawback of the existing requirement is that the process of dying the material adds to the cost of the sails while marginally degrading the cloth. To help the association gauge opinion Hyde Sails has built a suit with a mace coloured jib that has white enforcement and a white mainsail with mace reinforcement. These were exhibited at the RYA Dinghy Show; feedback suggests a growing groundswell of opinion in the class in favour of modernisation.

Rondar picked up and improved on the original design, their fifth boat is now in build


been part of the Squib class DNA – and there is no better place to party. We will also be able to showcase the boat and class in front of other keen keelboat sailors in the Solent area and hope some of them will want to try Squib sailing at their the local clubs.” Although some specifics of the finer details have yet to be nailed down, the intention is to use the first Saturday for a practice race and follow this with six championship races. Four of these will be windwardleeward courses from a committee boat and two will be regular Cowes Week style races starting or finishing on the Royal Yacht Squadron line. “Not everyone was supportive at first,” admits Grogan, “but many members see the benefits.” By the end of February there were already 80 boats entered and the class hopes final numbers will top 100. Even if they are not successful in that, it seems assured that Squibs will be the largest class at the event this year. Telecommunications company, aql, has put in a significant amount of sponsorship money that will be used to give all competitors a free spinnaker. “Our support for the Squib class at Lendy Cowes Week is all about supporting the sailing community,” says CEO Prof Adam Beaumont. “I’ve been coming to Cowes for nearly 30 years and there’s nothing else like it – we want to help make the racing experience accessible and affordable for everyone, including the young and the disabled, and to energise sailing at its grassroots. Often sponsorship overlooks the smaller classes, but I think the collective branding of what could be a fleet of 100 boats, will be a great memory.” The 50th anniversary year also sees a season-long draw for a new Rondar built Squib. Entry is simply by racing

Parker Yachts’ demise production was suspended for a few years, until Rondar picked up the batten and improved on the original design. Their fifth boat is currently in build. The new boats offer the advantages of a self draining cockpit, a ‘hose it down and walk away’ level of minimal maintenance, plus the appeal of a boat with a more contemporary interior design. However, there was much discussion focused around the use of foam sandwich in the structure. The class rules also allow for a hybrid boat, in which the new deck and cockpit can be installed in an existing vessel, which has the potential to improve a middleaged boat and bring it down to weight at a much lower cost than a new boat.



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R SPECIFICATIONS Length 6.34m Beam 2.20m Draught 1.38m Displacement 650kg Mainsail 16.2sq m Jib 8.4sq m

Gennaker Race 40sq m Gennaker Club 35sq m Price £24,980 inc VAT Regatta version £27,980 Electric saildrive £1,950

S Sailing is a company that has always had increasing participation in sailing at its heart. That started more than 25 years ago with the popularisation of asymmetric dinghy classes. More recently, the company has also addressed the market for clubs, sailing schools and other organisations with a requirement for fleet use. This includes the RS Quest, which sold more than 1,000 units in its first two years of production, and the more recent RS Zest. Whereas new designs are typically optimised for private individuals, the RS21 keelboat was developed primarily for clubs and other organisations wanting to buy a fleet of boats. “A number of our overseas customers inspired this boat,” explains Martin Wadhams, chairman of RS Sailing. “They feel – as we do now – that sailing needs to change and that more people will want to access a boat in a fleet, instead of one they own themselves. Those organisations also told us they didn’t believe a suitable boat existed on the market.”

including a reef in the mainsail. There’s also a symmetrical spinnaker option for venues where that’s more appropriate and for match racing. The two versions are identical in other respects, so a sailor who doesn’t want to own a boat could buy a suit of race sails and then hire a club version for championships. The design is by Cowes-based Jo Richards and Guy Whitehouse, a pair responsible for a string of successful boats for RS and others, including the Laser Vago and Bug, plus the RS Aero, Quest and Cat 16. “The boat needed to look modern and racy, while being easy to look after,” says Whitehouse, “and we spent a lot of time developing different iterations of the concept. “We drew a hull shape that will be good in both light and heavy winds, with more rocker than a downwind flyer, while avoiding maximising light airs performance through excess sail area.” Nevertheless, the RS21 will plane in as little as 12 knots of true wind. The shape of the forward sections of the hull is very contemporary – indeed

CONCEPT 10/10 Key requirements were simplicity to minimise gear failure through misuse, to maximise durability and for forgiving, yet exciting, sailing for a broad spectrum of people from newcomers to top-level match racers. Other criteria included space for up to four people, but with the possibility to sail with fewer. Two versions of the boat have been developed – a one design aimed primarily at racing use, and a club spec boat with a smaller kite and Dacron sails,


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it has strong echoes of the shape drawn by Shaun Carkeek for the new Fast40+ Rán. High form stability translates to power and speed in strong winds, but is also reassuring for newcomers to move around a steady and stable boat. The marked chines are primarily for stability, but have the added benefit of helping to keep the crew drier. Two prototypes were refined before the final production model was produced. “RS is prepared to invest properly in this part of the process,” says Whitehouse. “They don’t just accept our best estimates – an important part of their philosophy


is to get the production boat exactly right with feedback from sailors, dealers, etc.” Most of the tweaks at this stage were in line leads, plus a slightly modified keel shape to make handling more forgiving. A lot of effort also went into production engineering considerations to reduce build time and costs. This process also reduced the weight and designed out opportunities for error during the build process. In addition, the hull and deck shape is such that six boats can be stacked in a 40ft container, which considerably reduces shipping costs when competing in events overseas.


Above The boat’s stability inspired a great deal of confidence straight away, and will readily enable less experienced sailors to push their skills to the next level Below 1. The forward section of the hull is contemporary in shape 2. Lines are kept out in the open to make for easy maintenance and aid understanding of which rope adjusts what 3. RS has not skimped on the fittings, as seen with the high-end spinnaker sheet turning blocks 4. A familiar and easy to use vang purchase via a cascade system

“Sustainability was also an important consideration for us,” says Alex Newton-Southon, the technical mind responsible for design and development. “As well as using a bio-derived resin and recycled core materials, we spent a lot of time looking at how vacuum bags and so on could be recycled to reduce the amount of waste from the build process that goes to landfill.” The boats are built by Paul Jennings’ Projects by Design in Cowes. “We were also really keen for it to be made in the UK,” Newton-Southon says. “That was a bit of a change for us, but


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means we can be more involved and it supports our local marine industry.” RIG AND DECK LAYOUT 9/10 RS was very keen that there should be a clear role for everyone on board, so that there aren’t any passengers, even when sailing four-up. The mainsheet is therefore continuous, with a pair of cleats so it can be operated by the helm when short handed or downwind and by a dedicated mainsheet trimmer when fully crewed. Instead of running under the deck or in conduit, as many lines as possible are out in the open. This has two benefits – beginners can intuitively see what’s happening with a line they are adjusting and what it’s connected to; it also has an advantage in terms of maintenance as any chafe or other damage will be more obvious. Many builders would be tempted to make the deck gear as basic as possible for a boat intended primarily for this client base, but that’s not RS Sailing’s style. The boat benefits from the latest thinking and developments in deck hardware to create a performanceoriented layout with plenty of opportunity to tweak sail shapes.


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On the water, the boat is impressively well mannered, rewarding to sail and lots of fun Above It’s a fast and dry ride as the RS21 powers downwind

There are athwartships jib tracks, for instance, and a powerful backstay – the latter in particular is a feature often missing from designs of this size. Sheet winches were considered but discounted; the low loads are a bonus for lighter weight sailors and mean a 2:1 purchase for the jib sheets is adequate. As-standard deck fittings are by Seldén, with a Harken upgrade offered for an extra £1,800. The composite mast is easily stepped and rigged – Whitehouse says the boat can be ready to launch within 20 minutes of arriving at a venue. There’s also a single point lifting eye that facilitates quick craning in and out of the water. Two deck hatches give access to twin watertight compartments, the forward of which has space to stow all the sails in the dry. An optional retractable electric saildrive has a Torqeedo motor on the bottom of a foil blade that’s easily lifted into a sailing position under the mainsheet hoop. It’s a neatly engineered system that’s far less hassle than an outboard. The standard battery range is 8 miles and there’s provision for a second battery.

UNDER SAIL 10/10 Our test boat was the one design version with the optional electric drive. The test took place on a bright but blustery day in early May, with winds gusting above 25 knots. Upwind, the boat was finger light, but responsive, on the helm and with backstay tension applied the North mainsail bladed out nicely in the strongest puffs, without the boat feeling as though it was being pushed rapidly sideways. The mast is well forward in the boat, which helps to maximise cockpit space. With four of us on board there was plenty of space, even when moving around in tacks and gybes. There’s a deliberate sit in configuration, rather than hiking with legs over the side big boat style. Plenty of thought has gone into places to firmly brace your feet and the tension of the padded webbing back rest that runs between a pair of short stanchions is adjustable. Unsurprisingly, a wind across tide chop in the Solent resulted in the bow



dipping below numerous wave tops, but all this did was send a load of water cascading along the downhill side of the cockpit and out of the open transom. Meanwhile, the crew on the windward side deck enjoyed an impressively dry ride with very little spray thrown aft. Turning downwind, the kite is easily hoisted from its bag and acceleration is brisk when it fills. Sheet loads were, unsurprisingly, high but still manageable for one 70kg person and there’s no reason why two much smaller people couldn’t work the sheet in similar conditions. When helming, even despite the big gusts, the boat felt as though it was on rails, with plenty of control and feel and there appears to be enough buoyancy in the forward sections to avoid nose diving if you’re hesitant in giving it a quick luff when the bow buries. The electric motor is easy and quick to deploy - it’s clearly a much more practical solution than a small outboard and likely to be more reliable in the long term as well. VERDICT 9/10 There are few all-new keelboat designs that are thoroughly thought out by expert teams and that incorporate the latest advances in deck gear and rope handling. For that alone the RS21 stands out. It’s also easy to see the attraction of a boat that’s engineered for longevity and ease of maintenance. While this is clearly important for fleet-owned boats, it’s also a great benefit for private owners. On the water the boat is impressively well mannered, rewarding to sail and lots of fun. It’s easy to see it gaining popularity among both experienced

sailors and those taking their first steps on a performance boat. The entire concept around the boat is one that should encourage younger adults, who are now worryingly under-represented in the sport, the opportunity to race a quality boat in good fleets on an easy and convenient




Performance keelboat popular both for club use and a wide variety of competitive sailors; however it shows the age of its 1980s design.


Phenomenally successful, including fleets sold to several prestigious clubs, but more expensive and more complex than the RS21.

Above The standard mode is to sail four-up with legs inboard

pay-per-sail basis. As such, it’s a design that deserves to succeed. Production is already sold out for this year, with sales to organisations including clubs, sailing schools and holiday operators, as well as to seasoned and experienced individuals that have already started buying into the class.

ANSWER BACK Alex Newton-Southon of RS Sailing says: Thanks Rupert and Yachts & Yachting for coming down to do the test. It was a great sailing day! The RS21 is a super exciting project for us in a new era of RS keelboat sailing. The RS21 responds to the need for a progressive, simple and affordable solution for keelboat clubs that increasingly see the opportunity for fleet ownership, league competition, training and pay-as-you-go sailing. The RS21 will also give the private owner something that is super manageable, rewarding to sail, and an innovative design which doesn’t just look great, but delivers, with a modern evolving eco message. This summer, boats are being delivered to the US, Australia and in many European countries. Please get in contact for further information or to book a test sail. Visit:

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Searching for a sailing holiday but not sure about going it alone? SUE PELLING has advice for sun-seeking, adventurous solo sailors




rowing numbers of solo travellers worldwide indicate that any stigma that may once have been attached to holidaying alone could be a thing of the past. In 2017, in the UK alone, 12 per cent of holiday makers were solo travellers*. Within the marine industry, some companies, such as Ocean Elements, have taken the initiative to review single person supplements. That said, the nature of the layout of many charter yachts, with limited cabins means there could still be an extra cost for single cabin use for those who don’t wish to share. Greek specialist Sailing Holidays, is amongst those taking a pragmatic approach to minimise costs for solo travellers. Becky Addison comments: “We price our share-a-yacht boats based on four people travelling and whether two, three or four people book on the yacht the individual price will always remain the same. If only one person books onto the yacht we put a staff member on board to ensure that the holiday can still go ahead.”

WHY GO SOLO? As seasoned solo travellers will tell you, holidaying alone need not be daunting. Chantel Everil was amongst those I met last year on a visit to Ocean Elements’ Porto Heli base. She says: “Booking a solo holiday was the best thing I have done. My fear was that people would feel sorry for me, but that was not the case at all; they just genuinely wanted to help and include me in everything. I learnt such a lot and made some really good friends.” Some companies offer specific holidays for dedicated groups looking to improve their skills. With Sail Ionian, for example, individuals can join a group of three other people on a RYA Competent Crew, Day Skipper, or Coastal Skipper course. “All courses run for five days but the holiday is for seven so there is also time for the team on the yacht to explore the area by themselves,” explains director Neil Bingham. For those who are keen to race and perhaps tick off a bucket list regatta, there are always plenty of by-theberth places on offer at home and

Above A solo sailing trip can be a great way to make likeminded friends

overseas, through yacht race charter companies such as Ondeck Antigua, Sail Race Crew, and Sailing Logic. With so many options for all levels the dilema often comes in deciding which holiday to choose. Narrowing down the type of sailing experience you are after is often the best place to start... DINGHY SAILING OPTIONS A beach club holiday that offers group tuition in similar style to a ski holiday is a great way to bond with fellow holidaymakers. Beachbased holiday centres such as Ocean Elements and Wildwind typically run courses and tuition for all levels, from total beginners to those with more experience, and are the ideal way to learn and make plenty of new friends. Ocean Elements, for example, has worked hard to respond to customer feedback. Mike Everett says: “This year we have introduced a flat fee of just £50 for single room use. We have also introduced specific dates for solo sailors in two of our Greek resorts; Hotel Leda in Pelion, and Nautica Bay Hotel, Porto Heli.”



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FAR FLUNG CHARTERS Spending a week or longer with a group of strangers in a space not much larger than the average sized kitchen can sound challenging! But taking a berth on a charter boat is one of the best ways to integrate with likeminded holidaymakers and, in many cases, build up life-long friendships. It is also a way to experience unique opportunities and explore destinations that are off the beaten track. For those wishing to explore in style, Dream Yacht Charter offers an all-inclusive cabin cruising package. On board a premium standard yacht, you can enjoy the luxury of a private chef and professional crew, in any one of 15 enticing destinations, including the Pacific, the Indian Ocean and the Bahamas. Solo travel specialist, Sail for Singles runs regular charters in Greee, Croatia and the Balearics, but also schedules additional one-off trips that are very popular. Marina Vela explains: “We head to the Caribbean every year; we also participate in regattas and offer places on board. We will shortly publish details of our Valencia-Gibraltar-Tenerife crossing in December of this year and our next Atlantic crossing, Tenerife-Cape Verde-Martinique in January 2019.” Sailing Nations provides sailing holidays for solo travellers in the 20-40 age group. Exotic locations on offer include Thailand, Cuba, the British Virgin Islands and St Martin. Founder Wolfram Zummach points out: “All our tours are available without any single supplements.” Yacht Ibis Caribbean Adventure Sailing offers interesting itineraries between Trinidad and the Bahamas

Above Travelling solo enables you to have fun and do your own thing Below left Building confidence with an instructor at the helm; Wildwind runs courses for all abilities Below right Your skipper will ensure there are plenty of ways get involved

and, for the first time this year, is offering charters in Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. Their two large monohulls (Beneteau 50 and Dufour 48) are specifically chosen to make the most of the fantastic trade wind conditions in these areas, with each having different cabin configurations to cater to different budgets. Samantha Bartlett, owner and skipper, explains: “The boats sail together so the itineraries are the same, and a group of between four and eight people makes for some lively banter when we socialise at overnight stops.” Bartlett says more than 90 per cent of customers are singles: “We have many returning guests and, after eight years, it’s nice to see some of them now bringing along their new partners. “We do stress, however, that our holidays are not ‘matchmaking’ trips – there is no hint of a ‘singles’ party atmosphere (although every group is different!), just a focus on sharing the experience of sailing in the beautiful Caribbean islands.”

CLOSER TO HOME Travelling long haul is not the only way to get a dose of adventure. Seafarer’s cabin charter programme operating in the Greek Isles allows you to book by the cabin or berth on one of the company’s three 52ft yachts and take in the Aegean or the Ionian Islands. Although the yachts are skippered, there is plenty of opportunity to take the helm and get involved in navigation. “The choice is yours, you can get involved or just sit back, relax and take in the scenery,” explains MD Chris Lorenzo. Commenting on the single person’s supplement, Lorenzo says: “One can avoid the single supplement with the opportunity to book a halftwin share (bunk beds), though you may end up sharing the cabin with another solo traveller of the same sex. Alternatively you can secure an en suite cabin to yourself without incurring a single supplement if booking within 28 days of departure.” For the total beginner, Seafarer offers week long RYA learn to sail

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for 20-35 year olds means there are always plenty of single place bookings: “We offer solo spaces for any destination where we have monohull yachts which have bunkroom cabins on board, which includes all our Mediterranean sailing… We ensure guests are grouped with people of a similar age and demographic to themselves.”

courses in Greece and Croatia for five students aboard 42-44ft Bavaria and Harmony yachts. Lorenzo adds: “It is a fun week because the tuition boat also meets up with the (main) flotilla on most evenings, making it a more sociable experience combining a real holiday with RYA tuition.” Younger solo sailors looking for a fun-filled sailing holiday should consider Med Sailors, a leader in skippered sailing holidays for 20-35 year olds, particularly around Greece, Croatia, Turkey, and Italy. Rebecca Anne Hunter says catering

CLASSIC ADVENTURES Classic boat sailing holidays are fast becoming a popular choice with solo sailors. At Cornish-based Classic Sailing, which runs some of the most unique and adventurous trips to places like Antarctica, the Arctic Greenland, Iceland, South Georgia, Faroes, Scotland and Norway, solo charter places are the most popular. According to Debbie Purser – RYA Principal, director and co founder of Classic Sailing – 78 per cent of all charter spaces are taken by solo sailors: “Since 1997 we have taken over 10,000 individual sailors on voyages and many are solo female sailors. It is not a singles holiday but it is great for solo sailors.” The company’s fleet of vessels includes all sorts, from pilot cutters to gaff rigged schooners, and individual charter spots are available for long or short voyages. Purser was also keen to point out the accessible nature of these trips: “Disabled sailors can come on our trips without a ‘buddy’ because the tall ships in the

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fleet – Lord Nelson or Tenacious – are purpose built and the crew on board partner up abled-bodied and disabled crew so no one is left out the social mix.” The recently launched VentureSail holidays similarly offers adventure sailing holidays on board classic sailing ships in diverse and often lesser-travelled locations. Solo sailors can book a berth aboard one of the interesting large classic ships on offer, including the 1904-built Bessie Ellen – one of the last remaining trading ketches – and set sail for places like the Arctic, Baltic, Scotland, Caribbean and Canary Islands. Nikki Alford – director at VentureSail Holidays and owner and skipper of the Bessie Ellen said: “All our holidays provide the opportunity for solo sailors to meet a host of new people, share new experiences and get involved as much or as little as they wish. Our vessels are also large enough for guests to either be quiet and independent or join in with others for lively discussions and activities in the various community spaces.”


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o one likes travelling with more kit than is absolutely necessary at the best of times and any excess items are sure to get in the way when sailing. In the past we tended to have specific garments for specific roles, and using equipment for different activities to those originally intended often resulted in unacceptable compromises. However, that is changing, with multi-purpose garments that can feasibly be worn for big boat racing, in the bar after sailing, in the gym, or for running. Equally, many items of kit for dinghy sailing can be happily used for other watersports, including kayaking and paddle boarding.


EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS Improved materials and product design have seen sailing gear, which operates in some of the harshest conditions on the planet and which must therefore guarantee longevity in extreme environments, leading the way.

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On a practical level, many of today’s fabrics have odour control treatments, which reduce the frequency of washing that’s needed. These can include the incorporation of charcoal in the fabric, or a treatment such as Polygiene, which Henri Lloyd uses in its longrunning Fast Dri range. The latter is based on low concentrations of silver chloride salts that are recovered from recycled silver in electronic waste. It has antibacterial properties that retard the growth of bacteria that feed on the proteins and fatty acids present in sweat. It’s these bacteria that produce body odour after sweating, so anything that slows their production is helpful. In a similar vein, there are now plenty of products that don’t need to be ironed, so look tidy when grabbed from your bag in a speedy post-race turnaround. These include Musto’s Effortless collection of long-sleeve shirts, travel chinos and shorts, which use an anticrease fabric, as well as Henri Lloyd’s new Cool Dri range.

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In a different mould, Tilley, the Canadian company best known for its range of hats, now has dozens of models to suit different purposes ashore and afloat, in both men’s and ladies’ styles. The company also offers a whole host of other travel clothing, including shorts made from wind resistant fabric with a stain and water repelling treatment. Magic Marine’s Cube quick dry technical shirts offer a high level of UV protection and are both highly breathable and quick drying; with a loose fit, they look good onshore whilst being practical for hiking, tennis, running and so on. The company’s Sweat range of technical mid-layer tops are equally fast drying and provide good moisture transfer, yet look smart when worn with a polo shirt ashore. For light protection in chillier weather, a quick drying technical double knit polyester long sleeve top such as Helly Hansen’s HP Shore Rugger is a good option worth considering.




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MULTI-PURPOSE JACKETS Durable water repellent (DWR) coatings are now being used on a wider range of fabrics, increasing the number of items that can be worn on the water as outer layers without the need to change when you step ashore afterwards in all but the most inclement conditions. For instance, Helly Hansen’s fleece lined Crew Mid-layer jacket uses a DWR coating, making it waterproof whilst retaining beathability. It has an embellishment-friendly design with a back neck ID race pocket and embroidery/print access zip in the liner. Both are features that make it a favourite for clubs and sailing teams. The company’s HP Insulator is a lightweight quick-dry insulated jacket built for ease of movement. It combines stretch soft shell panels and a lightweight seamless channel construction, in a race oriented design and a style that looks good on and off the water. If warmth is a priority, down garments are a particularly toasty option, and combined with a DWR coated outer material they will keep you snug and dry. Henri Llloyd’s popular AquaDown range does exactly this. For the 2018 season Gill has new hybrid down models as additions to its Hydrophobe range of jackets and gilets. These have hydrophobic water-repellent down insulation, with a windproof outer

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MULTI-SPORT TOPS fabric that has a water repellent finish. The company also has a new warm jacket that’s due for release this summer, the Navigator. This is made of a two-layer laminated waterproof and breathable fabric with a durable water repellent finish and non-absorbent, quickdrying synthetic thermal insulation. Gill’s Pilot jacket is a lightweight high-tech garment that will work well when racing in moderate conditions, and can equally be happily worn ashore. As with the rest of the company’s range, it’s available in men’s and women’s fits and sizing.

Reefer (women's) jackets - made from a three-layer stretch soft shell fabric, with a fleece lining. They're breathable, highly water resistant and have a neat hood adjuster that eliminates dangling elastic. Decathlon, which develops, produces and retails sporting equipment for over 70 sports in addition to sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and kitesurfing, has potential for a huge variety of multisport equipment, mostly at attractive price points. With its children’s sailing gear starting at just £8.99, if you need to buy your kids a waterproof jacket primarily for use on shore but that’s

Many brands are becoming more involved in producing garments for a range of activities For milder conditions, Zhik’s Z-Cru is a new range of crew jackets that are made of a lightweight, very breathable two-ply fabric whilst still being fully waterproof. The company also has lightweight mid layer garments made using its X-Flex insulation that doesn’t collapse in the way that a natural fibre such as down can when wet. Making use of a soft shell fabric – combined with very breathable Goretex fabrics – is Musto’s LPX Windstopper series; ideal for lightweight protection and insulation. The range includes a jacket, a pared-down smock, shorts and salopettes. The company’s Frome is an all-purpose mid-layer DWR coated jacket with articulated elbows and a close fitting collar that fits neatly under an outer jacket. At a higher price point is a Gortex mid-layer blouson, which has a water/wind proof outer layer. It’s designed to go over other mid-layers and under an ocean jacket. Also making excellent use of softshell is Magic Marine’s Radar (men's) and


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also suitable for sailing, it’s feasible to choose one without breaking the bank. Decathlon’s well established Tribord brand of sailing gear has three levels of foul weather gear, including serious offshore kit, and an extensive choice of women’s technical clothing. It also includes a fleece lined soft shell mid-layer jacket of a style that looks good on shore. MULTI-SPORT GARMENTS Many brands are becoming more involved in producing garments for a range of activities. For instance, Henri Lloyd has a new Sport division for running, cycling, hiking and so on, with products that can also be used for sailing. Similarly, Zhik has plenty of items such as sun hats, technical tops and other gear that crosses over into activities such as paddle sports. While Helly Hansen has a huge depth of knowledge in the sailing world, the company is also a major player in other sectors that demand quality technical clothing, particularly snowsports. Their

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Lifa Active Light LS is a lightweight, breathable technical product with a moisture moving fibre construction next to the skin and a wicking polyester exterior that's a great all rounder. Similarly, Decathlon’s Quechua hiking range includes merino wool base layers that are ideal for offshore racing. The company is also very strong in the skiing sector, with a number of base and mid layers that are effectively interchangeable with other active outdoors sports such as sailing. As a brand with a strong dinghy collection, Magic Marine has plenty of products for people who play on and in the water in other ways, including kite surfing, paddle boarding and wind surfing. Its Neoprene Leg Wear is great for paddle boarding or dinghy sailing, allowing your top half to stay cool while giving your bottom half protection. Crewsaver’s new Spray and Race tops are also perfect for a range of watersports and have a selection of new colours out for this year. FOOTWEAR The multi-purpose concept is even extending to footwear; Zhik’s new ZKG1.5 stree-style technical shoe. The latest version - just launched - is lighter and is built of a perforated neoprene that will stretch in only one direction, which together with a nonslip sole, gives better security on deck.

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KIT INNOVATIONS HELLY HANSEN ROUND THE ISLAND KIT Helly Hansen has released a range of Round the Island Race merchandise from jackets, t-shirts (pictured), gillets and shorts through to bags and accesories. All come with Round the Island Race 2018 logos printed on them. The whole range is available to order online and will also be available at the Helly Hansen stand on race day, Saturday 7 July. From £20

KIT INNOVATIONS Our pick of the latest new products and best kit launches

SEAGO RESCUE SLING The rescue sling does exactly what you would expect it to do and, although instructions are included, you don’t really need them as it is simply inflated by pulling a tab, and thrown to someone who has gone overboard. This new version features flaps to reduce water entry and has a new cover with webbing tab for for quick and easy use by the MOB. A webbing handle sits on top of the float which should help improve the speed at which the bag can be grabbed and deployed. £56.95

ZHIK MICROFLEECE A new range of Microfleece wetsuits from Zhik offers light, high-stretch, minimalist neoprene suits designed for active sailing and watersports activities in warmer weather. The unisex pant (pictured) was developed with 3D modeling and body mapping technologies, to provide an ergonomic fit. They feature hard-wearing knee and seat panels, plus a special ankle band to prevent water gushing up the legs. £147.50

RONSTAN CAM CLEAT Adding to Ronstan’s long-standing line of carbon and long-strand glass fibre composite cam cleats, these new aluminium cleats are built to provide impressively high levels of grip and to handle the high loads and small rope diameters which are increasing in high performance small boats at a significant rate. They are available in two sizes, with the RF5510R (pictured) for 3-12mm ropes. £39.95

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NEWS In our regular news section for club racers, Paula Irish puts the spotlight on to clubs and classes, with plenty of new initiatives and plans for the season ahead

Grab your club mates and sign up for national keelboat challenge Clubs are being urged to enter the 2018 British Keelboat League and prove that their team has what it takes to beat the best. Racing takes place in identical yachts provided for each event, including 707s, Sonars, SB20s and J/70s, pitting clubs against each other on a level playing field, starting with

the regional qualifiers in June. Since its launch in 2016, the British Keelboat League has proved a hit among teams looking for plenty of quick-fire action, with a target time of 15 minutes per race and each team getting around 12 races per weekend for as little as £220 per team.

The top two teams from each qualifier will go through to the grand finale, held in J/70s and hosted by the Royal Thames YC in Cowes in September. Jack Fenwick, Keelboat Development Manager at the RYA, said: “It’s pay-for-play sailing at its best – boats are provided for teams

at whichever event you go to, and with so many races over a weekend it only costs about a fiver per race each. All teams have to do is turn up on time, the rest is taken care of. “It’s a great opportunity for seasoned sailors to show their skills but also for young talent to get a chance to make their mark.”

Y&Y’s Charity of the Year 2018, UKSA, is taking part in the Summer Give this year. All donations made to their online campaign between 11-15 June will be doubled, allowing UKSA to offer free residential sailing courses to disadvantaged London children this summer. Commenting on the initiative, Ben Willows, UKSA CEO, said: “Nearly


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half of London children live in poverty and few have opportunities to learn and play outdoors, let alone take part in sailing. With your help we can change that for youngsters this summer.“ To donate head online to summergive between 11-15 June or email for more information.


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Ô IN BRIEF Windermere South Windermere SC is celebrating a new club house, thanks to the National Trust and Sport England. Facilities include a committee room, changing rooms, workshops and storage. A new, larger boat park is filling up fast with dinghies and Flying Fifteens.

Musto Skiffs say hello to a new kind of social The Stokes Bay meeting for Musto Skiffs saw a record entry of 48, making it the biggest open for the class to date, and complementing the competition on the water was a Lionel Ritchie-themed onshore challenge, to create a sculpture of the pop singer’s head like the one in the video for his 1984 hit ‘Hello’. It transpired that many of the sculptures were ‘Truly’ good, showing the hidden talents of the fleet (or at least their wives).

It is rumoured that late into the evening the Scottish representative took over the bar in order to keep the beer flowing ‘All night long’. It is not known who won this competition but in the sailing stakes, Ben McGrane (Netley) did enough to claim event victory without having to finish the last race. The fleet said ‘Goodbye’ to Stokes Bay and is looking forward to another record entry, for its nationals at Castle Cove in August.

All hands to as Netley’s new clubhouse takes shape


Exeter Uni reunion match racing memorial event Exeter University SC took a break from revision to host their brand-new event - EUSC Reunion Race Weekend - for members, alumni and family alike. The event saw five teams descend on the Royal Southern YC at Hamble for a match racing weekend on the Solent, competing for the Rory Cheetham Memorial Cup in memory of their colleague and fellow Exeter sailor who died in January from a rare genetic heart condition. Quentin Bes-Green of Southampton cruised to victory with only three crew on Saturday and two on Sunday, and thanks due to Annabel Bates jumping ship to provide a stand-in crew for the finals. The team were pushed to their limits by Exeter, helmed by Freddie Liardet.

Work continues on the rebuild of Netley SC’s clubhouse, the old building having been successfully removed. The new building, pre-fabricated offsite, has been delivered and constructed, with contractors pulling out all the stops, even by the glare of floodlights, to complete the work. Club members have been busy too, helping with pipework for the showers, cabling for the electrics and many more tasks to turn the shell into a vibrant new club house. Member David Henshall explains: “More amazing than the determination to see the new clubhouse build through has been the resilience of the sailors, who have braved the worst that the weather could throw at them, with the minimum in the way of changing rooms and facilities, to keep the regular scheduled racing going.”



South west Sailors across the south are encouraged to join this year’s River Exe Regatta, hosted by Topsham SC (23-24 June), with support from Exe, Lympstone and Starcross sailing clubs. Racing is for dinghies, multihulls and cruisers, plus family fun afloat and on shore. See: Old The Royal Harwich YC is celebrating its 175th anniversary with a 175-minute open pursuit race on 16 June for all classes and age groups from across East Anglia and beyond. Among the prizes will be a unique one-off trophy for the winner and trophies for the leading boats at 60 and 120 minutes. Older

Commemorating the very first Woodbridge Regatta races in 1838 and as part of a two-day special event, dinghy and yacht sailors are invited to participate in Deben YC’s 180th anniversary races taking place on 9 September, with a sail past to be held the previous day. 2000s Alongside the 2000 Nationals at the Royal Torbay YC, 4-10 August, there will also be a busy training programme hosted organised by the 2000 class association. Group An amalgamation of yachts clubs in Poole Harbour will hold their own ‘race within a race’ at July’s Round the Island Race; preview page 34.


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Wildwind continues love affair with Hobie Cats

New jetties improve access at Budworth SC Two brand new jetties have been officially opened at Budworth SC thanks to grants from Sport England, Manchester Airport and the RYA. Geoff Meggitt, RYA north west regional chair, cut the ribbon accompanied by Bob Rudd, chair of Cheshire West County Council, who is also

a member of the Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund. It took three months of hard work by a team of experts and the club’s members to replace the original wooden jetties, which had served the club for over 50 years but were slowly becoming more dilapidated. The new jetties also feature

Simon Morgan from Wildwind Holidays is sponsoring the 2018 Hobie Europeans in Denmark, with four lucky competitors getting the chance to win a holiday to Wildwind in Greece or Mauritius. For the last 31 years Hobie Cats have been an integral part of the Wildwind fleet in Vassiliki. Wildwind instructors like Joe Bennett, Vassiliki centre manager of over 20 years, have become experts in racing on the Hobie Tiger and the Wildcat, with Joe fourth at the Tiger Worlds in 2016. This year’s Hobie Multi Europeans are 20-28 July, in Hornbæk, Denmark.

a hoist to help disabled people get onto the water. Club commodore Hugh Devereux said: “It will ensure that the club can continue to provide excellent facilities and fantastic training opportunities as well as enhancing the sailing experience for both our members and the community.”

Game on for summer’s biggest event The RS Games, which celebrates 25 years of RS racing at WPNSA this summer, has revealed a social programme designed to keep sailors and supporters entertained, fed and watered from the day they arrive until the final sunset; from big RS parties, live music and championship dinners to laid back BBQs, chill out meals, themed food nights and fun inflatable games. Sailors and guests are urged to book tickets with their entry or via the RS Games shop.

Fourteen-year-old Rose Edmonds from Snettisham Beach SC in Norfolk is hoping to compete with the British squad heading to Longcheer YC in China for the Topper Worlds. Rose started sailing after her grandmother’s next door neighbour introduced her to the first RYA OnBoard course at the club; up until that point nobody in Rose’s family had ever sailed. Having started in club Optimists and gradually moved up through Toppers, she did well enough in the nationals and national series to be awarded partial funding for this year’s Topper Worlds but needs to find the rest, and is crowdfunding to raise £700 at The ambitious youngster says: “My success, so far, has been down to a few great people: Jane Ellison, our lovely senior instructor; John Eaton, who has helped me understand how to race; Jasper Barnham (a former 2000 national champion), who has been very encouraging and a good tactical sailor to learn from and last but not least, the Snettisham Beach Sailing Club. I’m proud to be flying the flag for them around the country and now around the world.”


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CLUBS CLASSES Sunshine but also a distinct lack of wind have seen classes launching into their summer circuits with mixed fortunes on the racing front. Paula Irish reports

Big turnout for Laser Masters The Laser Performance Masters Qualifier at Parkstone YC welcomed 104 sailors, both male and female, from 42 clubs and ranging in age from 35 to considerably more! For two days the wind gods decided to play fast and loose with the fleet's fortunes, presenting race officer and competitors alike with some difficult decisions. The results for both fleets suggest 'two horse races', but in the six-race series, the Standards had four different race winners and the Radials had three. Thus, the spotlight of success shone on quite a few sailors, with prizes aplenty provided by Laser Performance, Southeast Sailboats, Tideway Investment Partners and Fernhurst Books.

James Gray (Apprentice Master, Stokes Bay) was first overall in the Standard fleet, with Alan Davis (Grand Master, Oxford) second and Orlando Gledhill (Master, QMSC) third. First overall in the Radial fleet was Ian Jones (Master, Dovestone) with Ben Elvin (Apprentice Master, Stokes Bay) second and new class vice chairman Rob Cage (Grand Master, Thames) third. Roberta Hartley (Master, Parkstone) was eighth and leading lady. As report author John Keates notes, being part of, or just witnessing an event like the qualifiers at Parkstone for the Laser Masters worlds and Europeans, gives one a much better appreciation of the phrase: "There's life in the old dog yet!"


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Neale Jones and Ed Fitzgerald claimed the International 14 Prince of Wales Cup and with it the national title – a historic family victory for the fleet young guns who now can join the exclusive list of winners, along with both their fathers. The legendary Phil Morrison was race officer for the day that saw a breeze slowly but surely fill in to a steady 5-7 knots at Exe SC for the single two-hour race, which traditionally decides the International 14 National Champion. Over laps three and four Jones/Fitzgerald managed to maintain control after a flurry of attacks from Archie Massey/Harvey Hillary, but the tussle allowed the Partingtons, Andy and Tom, who had made steady progress through the fleet, to join the battle for the lead. The last two laps were a one-on-one duel between the Partingtons and Jones/ Fitzgerald, the latter managing to reach the windmark first for the last triangle leg without relinquishing the lead.


Round Antigua Race

The Peters & May Round Antigua Race produced a record breaking start to Antigua Sailing Week. American-modified Volvo 70 Warrior, sailed by Stephen Murray, blasted around the 53-mile course in a record time of 3 hrs 55 mins and 38 secs, demolishing the previous record held by Peter Harrison's British superyacht Sojana by over 42 minutes. Anthony McVeigh's GF51 tri 2 2 Tango took the multihull class line honours.

707 Edinburgh Cup

The 707 Edinburgh Cup is a one-day, no discards, five-race format, which is not for the faint-hearted. Seventeen boats hit the startline at Port Edgar YC and in light winds, the final result went down to the wire, with the first five boats separated by just three points; second and third were decided on count-back as were fourth and fifth. The consistent results of Blue Funk won the day, with Neil Mclure and team putting in a steady series. Seaword was second overall from More-T-Vicar.

RS Aeros Springs

With light winds for the RS Aero Spring Championships at Burghfield SC, the five boat RS Aero 5 fleet were upsized to RS Aero 7s thanks to kind loans from other sailors using their RS Aero 9 rigs. This produced two equal-sized fleets of 17 boats for both the RS Aero 7s and 9s, making for some great racing. Dave Lynall (Bowmoor) led all four races with great speed to win the 9 class


The first OK international regatta of the season took place at Medemblik, Holland, for the Spring Cup, over three days of demanding conditions. The world ranking event brought 52 competitors from Holland, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, New Zealand, and the UK. The battle for overall champion was hard fought, but in winning both starts on the final day, GBR's Charlie Cumbley took control with another British sailor, Jim Hunt, taking the runners up award. An on-form Luke Gower from New Zealand took third place ahead of GBR's Tony Woods, and another New Zealander Greg Wilcox.

Pank wins Optimist selection trials at Weymouth National Sailing Academy. With the selection trials series completed, teams were announced: The Worlds in Cyprus – Will Pank, Freddie Lonsdale, Kuba Staite, Freddie Westwell and Callum DavidsonGuild. The Europeans in Holland – Jamie Gatehouse, Santiago Sesto-Cosby, George Creasy, Nick Evans, Florence

Brellisford, Emily Mueller, Freya Sewell. The Development Team for the US Optimist Nationals in Florida – Henry Heathcote, Ben Mueller, Megan Farrer, Arwen Fflur and Josh Lyttle. Twelve sailors will also be chosen to represent the UK at Nieuwpoort Week in Belgium later this year.

The 32nd Eric Twiname Junior Championship took place over three days of glorious sunshine but light winds at Rutland Water, and was won overall by the RYA’s London and South East region. More than 280 sailors aged between 10 and 16 converged on Rutland from across the RYA’s 10 regions and home counties. The 73-strong Optimist fleet was finally able to get in two scoring races and with a 2,3 Katy Jenkins (Bowmoor) took the overall win.

overall ahead of Peter Barton (Lymington Town) and Ben Rolfe (Burghfield). First youth was Tim Hire (Royal Lymington). In the 7 rigs, Jonathan Bailey (Hunts) flew around the course with three firsts to claim the first youth prize, and the overall win from Ralph Nevile (Frensham Pond) and Chris Jones (Sutton Bingham). First lady was Caroline


London & South East claim Eric Twiname title

Northern Ireland’s Ellen Barbour (County Antrim/Royal North of Ireland) took the top spot in the Topper fleet, while Kai Wolgram (Llyn Brenig) won the Laser 4.7 fleet. In the windsurf Techno 4.5, 5.8, 6.8 and 7.8 fleets the wins

Martin (Lee on Solent). The event was supported by SpeedSix. It was round one of the UK Southern Circuit supported by Rooster and Noble Marine; second of the Thames Valley Mini Series.

NW Senior Travellers

The North West Senior Travellers Series for the over-50s is now in its eighth season, and opened with a

went to Iona Shefford (Queen Mary); William Ziegler (Queen Mary); Tommy Millard (ASWC Portsmouth); and Louis Walker (Buzz Active Eastbourne). The overall winners of the two-person RS Feva class were Felix Stewart and Jake Harris (Windermere School). The championship is named in memory of legendary sailor, author and journalist Eric Twiname, and is regarded by many young sailors as a rite of passage towards becoming top level racers.

bumper turnout of 27 boats for the first mid-week event at Delph SC. In light winds, series newcomer Ian Jones took the overall win in a Laser from Solo sailors Richard Catchpole and Dave Woodhead in second and third overall, ahead of Supernova helms Mark Platt and Andy Flitcoft. Winner of the over-70 prize was Richard Hemingway in a Solo.

Ok Inlands

The OK Inlands at Blithfield SC had a day of light airs followed by a chance to stretch the legs on the second day; race five was the decisive race, with four boats in the hunt. Terry Curtis (Castle Cove) held his nerve to take the win and the championship, with Keith Byers (Morcombe) second overall and Tony Woods third.


The Optimist Selection Trials to choose teams for international events were won for the second year running by Will Pank from an 80-strong fleet. The light airs over four days for this, Marlow Ropes and Sportography. tv-sponsored event, resulted in just five races with no discards at Weymouth and Portland


Cumbley tops podium at OK Spring Cup

Topper Inlands The GJW Direct Topper Inland Championships at Grafham Water SC saw 195 entrants competing not only with each other but also with persistent rain and a bitterly cold northerly wind. A breezy second day at least had no rain, and in the 153-boat 5.3 fleet consistency was key, and avoiding the black flags crucial. The overall series saw many different race winners in this competitive fleet. As the wind built, Sam Jones put in a 2,1,1 in the final three races, enabling him to discard a ninth and take a comfortable event victory for the inland title. Lowri Boorman also showed remarkable consistency, never finishing lower than sixth, to secure the runner-up spot, followed by Phoebe Hutchings and Aaron Evans, both of whom were hampered by a black flag. The 37-boat 4.2 fleet likewise had different race winners but a 2,3 for Tom Thwaites saw him hold his overnight lead to win the 4.2 Inland Champion title.

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Thirty-seven Solo sailors made the annual pilgrimage to Medemblik for the Spring Cup, joining the OK fleet. Light and shifty winds on day one saw a 2,1 for Pete Mitchell. Day two then had a gusty and still shifty Force 2-3 and saw Lawrence Creaser claim his first race win at a Solo major, followed by another, and taking a six point lead into the final day. The day started in a steadier 12 knots with classic Medemblik chop. Mitchell claimed his second and third race wins., but it was not enough to catch Creaser, who won the seven-race series with 17 points counting, with Mitchell two points further back in second overall, and Andy Davis, unable to retain his title, in third.



Solo Spring Cup at Medemblik

Family winners at Enterprise Inland Champs The Allen Enterprise Inland Championship at Blithfield SC kicked off the circuit, sponsored by Being unusually early in the season, and the first time out in 2018 for many, not everybody was immediately on their 'A game' – which was evident when most missed out a mark

on the first lap of the first race, and banked an early discard. In light airs, the first race win went to Ann Jackson/Alan Skeens (Burghfield), then the wind disappeared, so three races were planned for the Sunday. These were a bit of a masterclass from current national champions Becca and

West Kirby Hawks claim Wilson Trophy The West Kirby Hawks won their fifth Wilson Trophy after a weekend of the closest racing in recent years, with 32 teams from all over the UK plus Ireland, the USA and New Zealand. The weather gods provided wall-towall sunshine and perfect breeze for team racing, with 307 races run over the course of the two and a half day event. Ultimately it came down to a USA vs GBR final with a repeat of the 2016 final between the West Kirby Hawks and Days of Thunder. As the crowds lined the shore and packed out the grandstand, the US team took the first victory and then the Hawks took the next two races. With the Hawks just one win away from the trophy it was all to do for the US team and they looked to have the advantage going onto the final beat, but the Hawks (Andy Cornah, Dom Johnson, Ben Field, Tom Foster, Kate Devereux, Fiona Harrington) dug deep to get back in contention and took victory with a 1,3,5.


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Success on the final weekend of the Crewsaver Warsash Spring Champs went to those who best managed the shifts. In White Group, Christian Sutherland's Reach Around took victory followed by Sweaty Betty (David Atkinson). In the J/70s, Calypso (Calascione/ Ripard) won, while Soak Racing (Marshall King/Ian Wilson) was second. Louise Morton’s Bullit won the Quarter Tonners with Cobh Pirate (Ben Daly)

second. In Black Group, J/109 Jiraffe (Simon Perry) lost out to Jukebox (John Smart). Two King 40s, Nifty (Roger Bowden) and Cobra (Mike Blair), vied for first in the Performance 40 Class and IRC1, with Nifty coming out on top. Victory in IRC2 went to Assassin (Prima 38, Mark Brown/Justin Leese); IRC3, Elaine (Elan 37, Mike Bridges); IRC4 Whooper (Giovanni Belgrano) and in the J/109s to Jukebox (John Smart).

Champions compete for F15 northern title

The Flying Fifteen northern champs at Royal Windermere YC had 47 boats, and was part of the qualification for the 2019 worlds in Ireland. With an 8 knot breeze, three races saw local, Steve Goacher sailing with Tim Harper (current world champions) taking the first two wins. Graham Vials and Chris Turner, (previous world champions) won the final race leaving the leaderboard tight. Day two saw shifty winds with holes and gusts. Vials/Turner won the first race, with Greg Wells/Andrew Jamieson claiming the final bullet. Overall Goacher/Harper took the championship with Vials/Turner second.

Lloyd & Smith dominate Dart 18s



Crewsaver Warsash Spring Championship finale

Jer Stephens (Penzance), who led all of them from start to finish to claim the title. Laura and Phil Bevan (Grafham Water) won the battle for second with Hannah and Tim Sadler (Yorkshire Dales) third; this completed the podium with three daughter/ father teams.

Datchet Water SC hosted a 20-strong fleet for the Dart 18 Inlands, with light, shifty winds making it tough. David Lloyd/Hayley Smith won the first race, while Rod Winrow and Sarah Gee took the second. A building breeze on day two allowed

five further races. With short races a perfect start was essential. Winrow took another race win, then Mat and Jakob Exon the fourth. Taking the title after winning the next three races were Lloyd/Smith, counting eight points from seven races. Last year’s winners, Mat and Jakob Exon, were second and Winrow/Gee third.

Laser Spring Qualifiers finale

The final Noble Marine Laser Spring Qualifier, held at Pwllheli, saw 56 Laser Radial sailors and 15 in the Standard fleet. The opening day saw a 10 knot breeze drop away. In the Standard fleet, Jake Farren-Price won the first race and in very little wind, Dan Whiteley won the second. The Radials had one race won by Jack Fahy. A better breeze on day two of 10-15 knots saw two more race wins and a second for Whiteley (Port Dinorwic) in the Standard fleet, who claimed event victory, with Sam Whaley (Swanage) second and Jake Farren-Price (Chew Valley Lake) third.


In Black Group, Sailplane (Rob Bottomley) won IRC1. IRC2 went to Davanti Tyres (Chaz Ivill). Scarlett Jester (Jamie Muir) won IRC3. IRC4 went to Stan The Boat (Toby Gorman). In the J/109s, Jiraffe (Simon Perry) took the win. The J/88s Tigris (Gavin Howe) and J-Dream (David/Kirsty Apthorp) tied, with J-Dream winning on countback.


The 2018 Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series, was characterised by light winds, until the final race which saw 15 knots out of the north. From an entry of 30 J/70s, DSP (Douglas Struth) sailed consistently to win from Peggy (Jon Powell). First and second in the SB20s were Dark and Stormy (Andrew Bell) and Trouble & Strife (George Barker).

In the Radial fleet, going into the final race, Tom Pollard was leading Jon Emmett but it was close for the top ten. Emmett added a final race win to a 2,3 for the win, with Matt Beck second and Ben Elvin third.

(Lancing) took second and class chairman Richard Wadsworth (Stokes Bay/ RNSA) came away with first place, a bottle of rum and a Rooster neck gaiter.

Asymmetric Challenge

The J/24 Premier Noss Marina-sponsored Dartmouth Spring Cup was contested by nine boats in conditions ranging from a slow drift to 20+ knots. Newcomer Dave Hale in Cacoon claimed two bullets and two fourths for the overall win, pushed all the way by James Torr's Majic, just a point further back.

RS700s at SnetFest 2

A light RS700 Rooster National Tour kicked off at Snetfest 2 at Snettisham Beach SC, with 16 visitors and four home boats. Philip Highfield (Gt Yarmouth & Gorleston) had a consistent weekend for third overall, Matt Carter

Scorpion Welsh Champs

The Scorpion Welsh Championship at Llandudno was won with a race to spare by Pete Gray and Rachel Rhodes (Staunton Harold), ahead of current national champions Andy Mckee and Steve Graham (Dovestone) with Steve Walker/Jerry Hannabuss (Pennine) third.


RS400 team Paul and Jude Allen claimed victory in the Great North Asymmetric Challenge on home waters at Bassenthwaite SC. They were over the start in the final race, but they had sufficient points for the win. There was a great turnout of more than 30 boats for this year's GNAC, sponsored by Rope4Boats, with eight races accross two days.

J/24 Dartmouth Spring Cup


Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series concludes

RS Sprint Championships at Rutland The RS Sprints at Rutland SC saw patchy winds and sun on Saturday, and breeze and sun on Sunday for the 85 boats. In the RS100 day one went to Clive Eplett (Frensham Pond) but with the breeze on day two, it was Robert Richardson (Royal Windermere) who engaged warp drive for a winning day, while Eplett held onto second. In the RS200s, Maria Stanley and Rob Henderson (Itchenor/HISC) won with nine wins, with Steve and Becky Wilson following in second.

Paul and Mark Oakey (Portchester) convincingly won the RS400s counting a string of bullets from Sam and John Knight (Bartley). Paul Watson claimed the RS300 fleet win, while in the RS Aero 7s, Emily Watson (Bowmoor) took the overall win by one point. The 2000 class joined in too, enjoying the racing. The final results saw Richard and Eilidh Harvey (Carsington) first, and Chris and Gill Jordan (Burghfield/ Brightlingsea) second.

Champions chase success at GP14 Midland

Aquabat takes Squib Gold Cup victory

A 38-boat entry for the GP14 Midland Area Championship at Chase SC included current world champions Shane MacCarthy/Andy Davis and current national champions Ian Dobson/ Andy Tunnicliffe, plus Nick Craig, Toby Lewis and Tom Gillard. Two races in a Force 2-3 saw two bullets for Impact Marine’s Dobson/ Tunnicliffe. Then with a black flag in

A 35-strong Squib fleet hit the start line for the Squib Gold Cup hosted by the Royal Corinthian YC, where sailors had to choose wisely between the north and south shores of the challenging River Crouch to beat into a mild easterly complemented by a sea breeze. After two races, many of the fancied boats were carrying two discards. Race three brought with it a wind shift as the sea breeze switched off, massively favouring the pin end. Aquabat (Stu Rix/ Steve Warren-Smith, RVYC) secured a third bullet, with Squiggle (Jono Brown/ Chris Dunn, RCYC) and Pani Munta (Mike Probert/James Bryer) the only others with top 10 finishes in every race. On day two, race four saw a turning tide playing havoc with the start, with good behaviour restored by the U flag but it was another win for Aquabat. Other race wins went to Humphrey (Robert Coyle and Marc Rawinsky), Artemis II (Phil and Chris Rust) and Pani Munta ( Mike Probert, James Bryer, RCYC), the latter claiming third place overall behind Squiggle in second and the victorious Aquabat.

play and a Force 3-4, four races followed on day two. Shifty conditions and a good number of OCS/ BFDs, meant consistency was key, with Dobson/ Tunnicliffe delivering a master-class. Second overall were last year’s area champs, Pete Gray and Richard Pepperdine (Staunton Harold) with Tom Gillard and Andy Thompson (Sheffield Viking/East Antrim) third.

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J/133 Pintia hat-trick wins Cervantes Trophy


Gilles Fournier's French J/133 Pintia won the Cervantes Trophy Race after IRC time correction for a third year in a row. The top three overall were all racing in IRC Two, with Thomas Kneen's new British JPK 11.80 Sunrise taking second after a close battle with the Army Sailing Association's X-41 British Soldier. Forty-seven yachts competed in the first domestic race of the 2018 RORC Season's Points Championship, with a light breeze on the Solent for a downwind start of the 130nm course to Le Havre. Edward Broadway's British Ker 40 Hooligan VII took line honours in 25 hrs, 18 mins, 08 secs. British successes elsewhere saw Nick Angel's new J/121 Rock Lobster second in IRC One; and Ian Hoddle's Sunfast 3600 Game On won IRC Three and the Two-Handed Class.

Ullswater Daffodil Regatta snakes and ladders Ullswater YC’s first open of its 60th year, the Daffodil Regatta, attracted a 57-boat entry. A weekend of variable conditions saw light and fickle breezes followed by stronger winds. In the 15-strong biggest fleet, the RS200s, Oliver Groves and Esther Parkhurst (Beaver) recovered from a poor opening day to win three races on the Sunday and take first, with Martin Penty and Sam Waller also clinching a win and second overall. It was typical lake sailing with shifts and holes and the fabled snakes and ladders; in the 12-boat

Musto Skiff fleet, Tom Gillard (Sheffield Viking) appeared to have turned up with the biggest ladder, counting five top two results for victory, with local Jono Shelley second. In the Waszp fleet, Daniel Hesp (Carsington) and Graham Priestley (UYC) battled it out, with Hesp taking first place on countback. Robert Richardson (RWYC) in his RS100 won the asymmetric prize and in the conventional handicap fleet, Laser sailor Jonathan Nicoll took the win.

Overseas teams top 505s


Whitstable YC welcomed a 30-boat fleet for the H A Briddon-sponsored 505 Nationals, which saw overseas teams claiming the top two places. Three days of racing in a variety of conditions saw a number of race winners, with Tom Gillard/Harry Briddon Nathan Bachelor/Sam Pascoe (Tynemouth); France's Philippe Boite/Matheus Fountaine (CVSQ) and USA's Mike Holt/Rob Woelfel (Santa Cruz) Michael Quirk and Tim Needham (Australia) all taking a win. But it was Holt/Woelfel who took the overall victory.

Team Padro retain Comet Trio Inland title


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Saltash SC Spring Series The Saltash Sailing Club Tamar Packaging Spring Series was held over four Saturdays. The eight J/24s had different winners for each race, the overall prize going to Alan Harris-Guerrero’s, Legal Alien, which had come up from Fowey. Other overall winners of their divisions were: IRC, Neil Trathen’s Laser 28 Elusive; NHC, Adam James’ J80 Joie de Vivre; MOCRA, Bruce Sutherland’s multihull Bare Necessities.

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Adrian and Tracie Padro retained the Comet Trio Inland Championship title over a weekend of glorious sunshine and light breezes at Llangorse SC. Fifteen teams with a mix of original and new rigs competed over five races at the Noble Marine-sponsored event. Andrew and Caroline McAusland were second overall in their brand new Peak Dinghy-built Comet Trio with Steve Ashford/Martin Yeomans third and Bob and Colette Horlock fourth overall (first original rig). During an emotional AGM, David Talbot stepped down after 18 years as chairman of the Comet Combined Association; in recognition of his work for the class a new David Talbot Trophy will be awarded at this year's national championship at Exe SC.


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MULTIHULLS 2014 DNA ‘A’ CLASS CAT Ready to sail platform and Fiberfoam mast 2 sails with sail bags Fitted with J boards (but could be easily converted to Z boards and T rudders for better foiling) EuroTrax launching trolley, Cover. Kalf Typhoon road trailer with spare wheel, Hull covers. Good condition not heavily sailed, and stored indoors over winter. £12500 Tel 79211 66645 (RUTLAND SC) TORNADO 404 Light use Marstrom Hulls and Carbon Mast; One good main; One good & one older jib; One good & two virtually unused Gennaker; wood epoxy Foils; Good Tramp with stainless rod attachment; Telescopic Carbon Tiller/bar; Two foot straps each side; Lots of fitting replaced in last year. £5295 Tel 07790 495372 (SOUTHAMPTON)

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No. 19 The all-on More hands make light work – a cliché ringing in the ears of this GC32 team


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Sometimes a picture is exhausting and terrifying in equal measure. You don’t have to be a foiling expert to know this is not a well-planned smooth foiling gybe…



here are times in every sailors’ racing career when you arrive into a mark having had to make a last minute change to your plans. There are very few of us who cannot relate to the feeling of heading round a leeward mark with a sail flapping and ropes everywhere. Add into that picture the closing speeds of the modern generation foiling boats and things can get pretty hairy pretty quickly. Here, this GC32 team are foiling, midgybe, with the Code 0 semi-furled, all while trying to cross the boat and keep an eye out for other boats on a tight course, and make the leeward gate, just out of shot… Ahh for the good old days, when setting off downwind meant breaking out the suncream and sandwiches.


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