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Mike Golding:
Bulletproof your boat
Around Antarctica
in an Oyster

Eye in the sky
MOOR UP DOUBLE-HANDED 5 of the best drones

What next for the Volvo Ocean Race?

a real blue water experience

A44 . A44s . A62 . A66 . A80 . A100

new new new

A perfect ending
The Volvo Race wasn’t decided until
seven miles from the finish. Helen
Fretter reports on a nail-biting finale

at a glance
10 Solo skippers gather before the
start of the Golden Globe Race
12 Nautor’s foil-assisted ClubSwan
36 is designed for fast ‘skimming’
14 An automated boat parking
system being developed by Volvo


72 New yachts
Spotlight on the Surfari 48, singer

40 52
Jimmy Buffett’s new ‘monomaran’
76 Tested
We fly five of the best camera
drones and review the latest gear

82 Special report Onboard home
comforts, with Terysa Vanderloo

86 Extraordinary boats The

canting-keel Melges 40

Paradise at 68°N An Oyster round Antarctica 89 Navigation briefing Anderson

Reggio on super-forecasting
Emily Caruso is blown away by the fresh, Skipper Mariusz Koper tells of the
unspoilt beauty of Norway’s Lofoten extraordinary expedition to sail his 90 5 tips Mike Golding on
bulletproof offshore preparation
Islands archipelago Oyster 72 round Antarctica below 62°S
92 Masterclass with Pip Hare
How to moor double-handed

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61 Great Seamanship
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The spirit of adventure and innovation

The next big thing

A couple of years ago I met a family that had
just crossed the Atlantic in their 47ft catamaran
and was surprised to discover that they were
comparatively new to sailing. They had taken it
up only 18 months before and were loving it.
When introduced to catamaran sailing the
owners felt it was perfect because, unlike any
other mode of travel, they could take along so
many of their belongings and comforts of
home, and there was plenty of room for their
grown up children and friends.
The concept of ‘apartment living’ has come of
age with modern catamaran design. Today’s
cats offer space, light, privacy and better speed,
and are among the reasons why this area of
yacht building is booming – so much so that
some new launches have waiting lists even
before the first model has splashed.
The big production manufacturers are now
all in this market, as are some of the best-known
yacht designers. Through variety, competition
and an infusion of investment new designs are
getting bolder and sleeker. Their appeal to new
sailors is obvious, and monohull sailors are
gradually being won over too; elite races in
multihulls have, to an extent, normalised the
Patrick Bennett/Uncommon Caribbean

idea of sailing on two or three hulls.

Our special section this
month looks at the ideas
infusing this vibrant area
in sailing. I can’t help but
think that this trend is just
the start.

Elaine Bunting Editor


Peer-to-peer rental services have reached While on the subject of humour, here’s a joke I was told
yachting. From Beds on Board to GetMyBoat, recently (it’ll make you groan but you’ll remember it!).
Boatsetter, Click & Boat and Borrow A Boat, Question: What do you call a sail with only two
they are launching apace. From a place to stay corners? Answer: I haven’t got a clew.
in harbour to bareboat, motorboats to small Boom, boom!
yachts, they now cover it all.
Andrew Duke/Alamy

Grace and Freedom are the top two boat names in

the US, according to a national boat owners’
association. At No 3, Seas the Day (geddit?) and at
No 9, Knot on Call. My personal favourites: Rory
McDougall’s Tiki 21 catamaran Cooking Fat, and a
tender named Shy Talk.

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Picture this
Rock hopping
he 27m spirit of tradition yacht

T Savannah reaches past islands off the

coast of Sardinia during the Loro Piana
Superyacht Regatta in June. The courses made
a spectacular sight from the air as the fleet
rounded some of the many rocky outcrops –
though this year two yachts miscued and hit.
Savannah went on to win her class in the
regatta with a hat trick of wins. “It’s a wonderful
regatta and the best location in the world,”
enthused her owner, Hugh Morrison.
Photo by Carlo Borlenghi

Picture this
Foiling flavour?
his 8m foiling yacht has been developed
in secret over the last two years at
Weiss Yachts in Switzerland. The design
and build began before the latest America’s Cup
foiling monohull plans were unveiled by Emirates
Team New Zealand.
Skippered by its designer Eric Monnin at
the Bol d’Or Mirabaud in June, this super
lightweight trapeze boat weighing only 850kg
has a relatively modest sail area to make it easy
to handle by four crew. The two retractable side
foils, which stick out like bent cranefly legs,
enabled her to hit 25 knots after initial trials. Foil
design is by Jean-Claude Monnin, Eric’s brother,
who happens to be one of the Emirates Team
New Zealand design team...
Photo by Loris Von Siebenthal


AuGuST 2018

Solo sailors head off for

Golden Globe challenge
An eclectic selection of yAchts and their his 32ft ketch Suhaili to begin the original sunday set up a start line between Suhaili and Gipsy Moth
single-handed skippers gathered in falmouth times Golden Globe Race. IV. then a cannon was fired to start a feeder race
ahead of a mass race to les sables d’olonne Knox-Johnston and Suhaili were joined on the for the 17-strong fleet of Golden Globe Race 2018
for the start of the solo Golden Globe round the water by historic vessels including sir francis yachts to les sables d’olonne.
world race in July. chichester’s Gipsy Moth IV and sir Alec Rose’s the fleet then assembled in les sables, where
the suhaili falmouth 50 Parade of sail Lively Lady as well as the 2018 Golden Globe Race the race proper started on 1 July. see Yachting
marked the 50th anniversary of the day Robin skippers. A 200-yacht armada tacked between World next month for an in-depth insight into the
Knox-Johnston set sail from the cornish town on falmouth and st Mawes before Knox-Johnston race and its competitors.

Matured through solo racing
Left: Jean-Luc van den Heede Right: casket of a sponsor’s

Katy Stickland
(73) is the oldest and most Irish whiskey will circle the globe
experienced Golden Globe skipper, strapped to the deck of Gregor
having been a podium finisher in McGuckin’s Biscay 36 so it can
four solo round the world races. later be sold as ‘well weathered’.

What: A non-stop 30,000-
mile solo race around the
world, starting and finishing
in Les Sables d’Olonne.

Who: 18 skippers, ranging

from 28-year-old Briton

Barry Pickthall/PPL
Suzy Goodall, taking part
in her first round the
world race, to 73-year-old
Jean-Luc van den Heede,
who has completed five
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and
The race has attracted
Suhaili were there to mark the start
yachtsmen such as Philippe
of the Golden Globe Race 2018
Péché, a pillar of the Breton
ocean racing community
who has twice won the Jules

Bill Rowntree/PPL
Suhaili and Verne Trophy with Bruno

Joshua reunited Peyron and raced alongside

skippers such as Tabarly,
A historic reunion of two Horn 19 days behind Suhaili Desjoyeaux, and MacArthur.
legendary yachts was and, had he continued But it has also drawn
engineered at Les Sables Bernard would undoubtedly entrants like Abhilash Tomy,
d’Olonne prior to the start of have set a faster time around who became the first Indian
the Golden Globe Race. Sir the world, but is unlikely to sailor to circumnavigate the
Robin Knox-Johnston’s Suhaili have beaten Sir Robin back planet just five years ago.
came together with old rival, to the UK.
Bill Rowntree/PPL

the late Bernard Moitessier’s “We finally met many years The boats: must be
Joshua, to mark both ends of later at a press conference production boats of 32-36ft
the race starting line. in Paris. Bernard was very LOA, designed before 1988,
Knox-Johnston and generous but suggested and must have a full-length
Moitessier were strangers to me that he thought the keel with rudder attached to
when the race was under race was lost as far back as their trailing edge.
way. “We never met because Australia – his last contact
The technology: original
we started from different with the outside world. I
tech only – no GPS,
ports six weeks apart,” says believe he continued on for a
satellite phone, electronic
Sir Robin. Nor could they second lap of the globe after
instruments or autopilots,
communicate during the rounding Cape Horn because
or watermakers. A pack
race, as Moitessier refused by then, he was at one with
containing satellite phone
to take a radio, saying it the sea and had no wish to
and GPS must only be
would taint his voyage. return to an increasingly
opened in an emergency.
Moitessier rounded Cape commercial world.”
DHL Susie Goodall Racing

Some designs have proved

especially popular – for
example, there are seven
Ian Dear Archive/PPL

Moitessier and
Rustler 36s taking part.
Joshua gave up
the 1968 Golden When: started on 1 July.
Globe Race to Most finishers are expected
keep on sailing to take around 300 days, so
Susie Goodall skippering DHL Starlight is the round the world should be returning some
youngest and only female competitor time in April 2019.

on the wind

Won by six seconds

Victory in the 2018 edition of the 1,000 mile fell out of contention, leaving a three-way final
Normandy Channel Race came down to just six that went right to the wire.
seconds when Phil Sharp and Julien Pulvé on The victory sees Sharp, from Jersey, become
Imerys got away from their closest rivals on the a double consecutive champion of the event
final gybe. The original 27 competitors gradually despite sailing an older generation boat.

august 2018

Swan unveils a
foil one-design
nautor’s swan develops a 36-footer for ‘corinthian’ racing
Nautor’s sWaN continues its seemingly level one-design sportsboat, the 36 pushes the “the brief came from the Nations Cup,”
inexhaustible launch of new models with the design envelope even further than the 50 and Nautor’s product line leader Peter Naeyé
announcement of its smallest new boat since should help merge the techniques of dinghy explains. “the Clubswan 50 requires 12 crew
the original swan 36s in 1967 and 1988. the and yacht racing. the yacht has a retractable to race and there was demand for more of an
radical new Clubswan 36 follows on directly bowsprit, chamfered bow, an adjustable deck- entry-level boat. It was important that the boat
from the success of the Clubswan 50 launched stepped mast and a transverse sliding C-foil. was not too small, but needed no more than six
in 2016. the new 36-footer, like its bigger “We are always looking to open the world crew. It also had to be transportable.”
sister, is a one-design racing machine by Juan of Nautor’s swan and the Clubswan soul to Juan K developed the C-foil, a carbon, curved,
Kouyoumdjian Naval architects for the Nations an ever-larger audience and especially to the rotating daggerboard. It is deployed via a block-
Cup programme of regattas. next generation of sailors,” says Leonardo and-tackle system, runs through the boat and is
although Nautor describes it as an entry- Ferragamo, chairman of Nautor’s swan. housed in an internal trunk. the foil is designed

Groupama base gutted by fire
A fire has badly damaged the Groupama Team campaigns including Jules Verne and IMOCA
France base in Lorient. The facility, which programmes. Most recently it has been used
included dock front access, vast storage and by America’s Cup challengers Groupama Team
maintenance spaces, as well as meeting rooms, France, and the Dongfeng Race Team and
and a gym, has been home to many iconic Groupama Volvo Ocean Race campaigns.

‘it can reduce around half Briand-

the displacement at 18 knots. designed
Skimming is the objective’ foiling flyer
French designer Philippe Briand
has plans for a 6.5m foiler directly
inspired by the AC75. It is a
comparatively low-budget project
that could be built in series by a
production shipyard.
Like the AC75s, the Flyacht uses
two canting, ballasted T-foils in
place of a keel.
It is designed for two crew and
allows for hiking before flight is
reached in around 10 knots of true
wind speed. The sailplan consists
of a soft wing with slab reefing.
Briand has designed for six AC
campaigns and has completed a
Eva-Stina Kjellman

preliminary project for the AC75.

Philippe Oulhen leads the ClubSwan range of

products for Juan K Naval Architects

to produce both side force and lift. curved foil allows for the boat to have several
“It’s not for foiling [flying] but it can reduce modes of sailing depending on the conditions.
around half the displacement at 18 knots, From achieving negative leeway upwind to
so skimming is the objective at speed,” says skimming, foil-assisted off the wind, this boat
Naeyé. has all the tools required to provide an avid
The 36 will only weigh 2.5 tonnes, so should racing sailor the feelings and emotions of
be fast downwind, when the foil will be central yacht racing at its best”.
to determining optimal trim, says Swan. To help encourage Corinthian sailing, there
The mast only has one set of spreaders and will be a strict amateur owner/driver rule and a
is deck-stepped, with adjustable rake. Runners maximum of three professional crewmembers
and deflectors are also used to help encourage among a crew of six. By 2019, the ClubSwan Above: how Briand’s 6.5m foiler
a wide range of tuning options. 36 class will form part of Swan’s new Nations might look on the water.
The sailplan is kept simple with one main, Trophy Leagues in the Mediterranean and the Below: the boat features a pair of
one jib and one asymmetric spinnaker. The Baltic, as well as The Nations Trophy itself, canting T-foils
latter uses a retrieval system and is set off the scheduled for October in Palma.
retractable bowsprit. Swan has partnered with Torqeedo and
“The ClubSwan 36 should be regarded as a BMW to develop a zero-emission e-propulsion
big dinghy, more so than a smaller version of system. The first hull, due to be launched
a big yacht such as a TP52 or Maxi 72,” says later this year, will be thoroughly trialled by
Juan K’s Philippe Oulhen. “Combining a very the ClubSwan team as a prototype before
light configuration, a very versatile rig and a production begins.


Volvo Race’s oceans legacy

Jesus Renedo/VOR

Jesus Renedo/VOR
The Volvo Ocean Race’s Ocean Summits, organised at each
of the race’s international stopovers, continue to attract
support for efforts to educate about sustainability. Following
a video address from HRH Prince Charles at the Cardiff

stopover in June, the Welsh Government signed the country


Volvo launches easy

parking system

Jesus Renedo/Volvo Ocean Race

IN AN EFFORT TO HELP take the stress Once the vessel enters a ‘catch zone’, the
out of boating, Volvo Penta has unveiled an system sends out a signal to the skipper that
advanced self-docking system, targeted for it is ready to dock. When the self-docking
launch in 2020. Although the initial system function is activated, the boat automatically
uses the company’s Inboard Performance moves into a ‘docking ready’ position using
System (IPS) and is only suitable for GPS guidance. Then the system uses a
powerboats, the technology could be used for combination of GPS and sensors to move the
yachts in the future too. boat automatically into its berth.
The self-docking was demonstrated during “Docking is one of the most challenging No hands on helm – powerboat berths itself
the Gothenburg stopover of the Volvo Ocean boathandling manoeuvres – getting it
Race, when a 68ft powerboat manoeuvred wrong can be embarrassing, expensive angle of the IPS drive to keep the boat on its
itself into a berth between two of the Volvo 65 and precarious,” says Bjorn Ingemanson, intended course into a safe berth. If necessary,
racing yachts. president of Volvo Penta. “Our IPS system the docking process can be paused, and the
The system uses Volvo’s joystick-controlled has already taken great strides in making system will hold the boat stationary in the
IPS integrated propulsion system coupled docking easier, and this new self-docking water. Even in changing sea conditions it can
with an electronic vessel control system feature takes that process one important make the sea appear to stand still.”
(EVC). This computes steering and drive stage further. Its sensors and onboard Volvo says in the future the system could be
calculations in relation to the boat’s actual computers react in milliseconds to changing integrated with an app to allow crews to check
position using four sensors mounted on the wind and sea conditions, constantly making if the nearest marina is equipped with the
intended berth. micro adjustments in power and steering appropriate self-docking technology.

Solo from Ireland

to New Zealand
brainchild of Sven Yrvind, a 79-year-old Swedish
sailor and writer who set sail at the end of May on
a 15,000-mile solo v [4TH SPREAD] oyage from
Dingle, Ireland, to New Zealand.
Exlex is 5.76m long, with a beam of 1.04m, and
has two 2m2 lug sails. Navigating by iPad, at the
time of going to press Yrvind had crossed Biscay
and was heading south along the Portuguese
coast, having sailed 766 miles in 20 days.
His intended route includes rounding the Cape
of Good Hope before heading south of Australia
Beppe Backlund

on a Southern Ocean crossing to New Zealand.

He has 60 years of microyachting adventures
behind him, including crossing the Atlantic on a
previous 4.5m keel-less homemade design.
Track Yrvind’s progress on

up to the United Nations Environment’s #CleanSeas campaign Antigua shuns the cup
alongside World Sailing and the International Olympic Committee. After the introduction of a reusable cup program
A Volvo XC60 car (left) made partly from recycled plastics at all its official 2018 events, Antigua Sailing
was unveiled at the race’s Gothenburg stopover. The XC60’s Week announced it had saved the equivalent of
interior has parts made from renewable fibres and plastics from around 35,000 plastic cups from going into the
discarded fishing nets and ropes. island’s landfill.

That’s a long way down:

a crewman aloft at the
masthead of the 50m
Dubois-designed Ohana
gets an bird’s eye view
of the Monaci Island
lighthouse during the
Loro Piana Superyacht
Regatta at Porto Cervo,
Sardinia, in June

YCCS/Carlo Borlenghi

on the wind

Everyone’s a winner
This is a scene from the Hallberg so the list of prizes had to be more
Rassy Rally 2018, which CEO imaginative than ever. Favourites
Magnus Rassy dubs as the event included ‘nicest palm tree on the
‘where everyone wins’. There was a pushpit’, ‘tallest radar pole’ and
record entry of 43 yachts this year, ‘most Belgian boat’.

august 2018

Sir Ben Ainslie’s Ineos Team UK

will be flying the flag for Britain
as a challenger for the 36th
America’s Cup

TeAMS So fAr
DefenDer: ChAllengerS:
emirates Team new Zealand, Ineos Team UK,

Sardinia challenge royal new Zealand Yacht

royal Yacht Squadron
sir Ben ainslie’s British team has

for America’s Cup Expect to see Pete Burling

skippering new Zealand’s defence
– he and Blair Tuke were heading
a new, fully funded programme
backed by chemicals company
boss Jim Ratcliffe, the richest
THE ITalIan Island OF saRdInIa of their challenge being accepted. straight to auckland to work on person in the UK. Grant simmer
may challenge for the 36th america’s late entries will be accepted until the design of the new aC75 foiling is now CEO, while nick Holroyd
Cup. In a slightly premature press 30 november, but are subject to a monohull after the Volvo Ocean (technical director at softbank
announcement, the challenge was further Us$1 million late entry fee. Race finished at the end of June. Team Japan for the last america’s
unveiled before its entry had been There are rumours of a second Grant dalton is team boss. Cup) joins as chief designer.
officially accepted by the Royal new challenger from the Us, currently
Zealand Yacht squadron, host club understood to have the working title of ChAllenger of reCorD: American Magic,
for the 36th Cup. Usa21 and likely to feature Us sailors luna rossa, new York Yacht Club
The team will be known as the Mike Buckley and Taylor Canfield. Circolo della Vela Sicilia This serious team combines
adelasia di Torres Challenge, and is norwegian sailors Petter Mørland The Prada-backed team has the knowledge of doug de Vos’s
headed up by Renato azzara, who Pedersen and Christian løken are had a big part in shaping the Quantum Racing TP52 squad with
runs sardinia superyacht services. also trying to raise 400m kroner Protocol for the 36th Cup. Patrizio Haup Faith’s Bella Mente. Terry
Entries for the 36th america’s Cup to enter, planning to develop their Bertelli is president while double Hutchinson is team boss and
closed on 30 June. To be accepted aC75 with Trondheim-based nTnU, a america’s Cup winner and skipper, and The new York Yacht
as a Challenger, teams must pay a company that specialises in designing defeated defender Jimmy spithill Club has named dean Barker as
Us$1 million entry fee within 10 days foils for shipping. returns to the Italian stable. helmsman.

Henri Lloyd goes bust
British-based company Henri Lloyd was time. Swedish investors Aligro Group
put into administration in June. The have bought five stores, some stock and
company, founded in 1963 by Anglo- other assets including trademarks as a
Polish war hero Henri Strzelecki, had stepping stone to reviving the brand, but
been seeking financial backing for some 180 jobs are reported to have been lost.

Behind the scenes

Port Hercule, Marina di Sailing with the maestro
Port de Monte-Carlo, Portofino,
Elaine Bunting sailed with
Saint-Tropez, Monaco Italy
Germán Frers in June at
France €1,095 €2,751
a sail trial of his design
€2,105 for Nautor, the Swan 48.
ACI Marina Frers has designed more
Split, than 40 Swans since his
Croatia first commission in 1979.
€1,413 The famous designer,
now 77, revealed he
is building a yacht of
his own in his home
country, Argentina, a 76-footer in wood, to a
design that has never been built. He says his
favourite sailing is in the gaff-rigged Fjord, a
classic yacht that was designed by his father
Spain Marina di Marina
Puerto before the war.
€4,000 Porto Cervo, Grande,
Yacht design is in the Frers family DNA.
José Banús, Capri, Italy
Sardinia, Italy Germán followed his father’s footsteps, his
Marbella, €2,750
€2,564 son Mani is a successful designer based in
€2,068 Milan, and in September Frers’s 18-year-old
grandson will be going to study ship science
and yacht design at Southampton University.

Parking a superyacht hits €4,000 a day

Even parking a superyacht can be eye-
wateringly expensive. A survey of the most
expensive marinas in Europe has put Ibiza
The ranking was created by Engel &
Völkers Yachting, based on basic fees for
a mooring berth for a 55m yacht during
Magna top of the list, with mooring fees of high season. The top ten are all in the The adventure of your life
€4,000 per day for an 180ft superyacht. Mediterranean and Adriatic. What’s on your sailing bucket list? From
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A New Year’s Day paddle achieve on your own yacht.

THIS IS THE KRAKEN CUP (formerly the Golden Globe Race

Ngalawa Cup), an eight-day Indian Ocean Helen Fretter meets some of the sailors
adventure race from off the coast of Tanzania. taking part in this extraordinary old-school
The race is held in traditional Swahili outrigger round the world race. How have they
canoes – the Ngalawa – which are carved from prepared? What are their yachts like?
mango tree trunks, can hit high speeds, cannot And what motivates them?
tack, and can easily be swamped by waves.
Racing is held between checkpoints during Swan 78
daylight between the Zanzibar Archipelago We take a quick spin in the brand new
and the beautiful Lindi region to the south, and Swan 78 – this Frers-designed performance
competitors camp on beaches en route. Each cruiser is something of a departure for the
canoe has a crew of three. a feature from sailors who have taken on this brand and is fully tricked out for racing
The sixth edition of the race starts on New fascinating challenge in a forthcoming issue. and cruising
Year’s Day, 1 January 2019. We’ll be running More info at



Letters may be edited as appropriate

Meeting the maestro

I enjoyed your video on Facebook of sailing the
new Swan 78 with Germán Frers.
I once sailed the Frers-designed maxi
Flyer across the Atlantic and around the
Mediterranean, after a
major refit in New York. By
coincidence, we actually met
him on a beach in Sardinia.
He recognised his design
when we anchored offshore!
Jon Carter

Murmurs of mutiny
Onne van der Wal/PPL

I read your article online by Skip Novak

about who should be in charge when
a professional skipper is employed –
should the owner ever expect to be over-
ruled? The answer is: who’s got the balls
to make who walk the plank?
Me? Ye be seeing my service pistol if
yer words be sounding like mutiny. ‘Tis
A firearm conundrum by thieves in this part of Asia very rare. The Germán my ship stem to stern, you’ll run her as I
I read your article online on the pros Kidnapping from yachts in south-east Frers-designed see fit or take the long walk to the drink.
and cons of guns on board with special Asia is usually committed by the Abu maxi Flyer surfing No, seriously. In reality if I had a boat
interest. A month ago we were sailing our Sayyaf (south-east Asia arm of Al-Qaeda) in the Southern worthy of hiring a skipper and crew,
Jeanneau 53 in the western region of the in the southern Philippines, for ransom. Ocean during they would have command of essential
Flores Sea in Indonesia, and at 2300 one Fortunately, we were able to rev up our the 1981/82 safety operations and crew management.
night we were very aggressively pursued 110hp turbo diesel Yanmar, alter course Whitbread Round But it’s my boat, I own it, so if any dude
by a completely unflagged, unmarked and out-run these buggers... this time. The World Yacht acts like it’s ‘his’, he’ll be dropped off
30m commercial vessel with some very I’m still in two minds about a gun, Race at the closest port. So long as they are
dodgy-looking men on board. I believe though. Also, in Indonesia, one must respectful of whose boat it really is, I’d
they were after the 30 red jerrycans full declare all firearms upon entry to the listen to them and consider their points.
of diesel on our deck. country, which makes possesion of them But boat owners who don’t really know
Did I wish we had a shotgun with us? complicated. I’m unsure if you must anything about their boats to begin with
Yes and no. Yes, because if they boarded surrender the firearm as we have never should probably listen.
us I would would have some way to tried to carry one. The Canadian in me Though I’m still novice I have taken
defend us and the yacht. No, because if says: “No guns, no sir!” But after having much time to carefully study and learn
you haul a gun up on deck you’d better be experienced this event, I just don’t know. as much as I can, and feel my ability to
prepared to use it... to injure or at worst Bill Bremner manage my boat is pretty good. When I
kill someone. have an experienced friend sailing with
Yes, because the idea of simply I’ve never owned a gun myself and don’t me, I listen carefully and absorb as much
surrendering to a bunch of thugs terrifies have any inclination to possess one. nautical wisdom as I can. But I can and
me and seems desperately hopeless. No, But having spent 25-plus years at sea do sail my little 30-footer just my wife
because I know these guys are just after ranging all over the planet and having and I, and I also know there are many out
the diesel and cash and would have more had several piracy attempts on vessels there who don’t/cant/wont.
than likely just left us alone after taking I’ve been crewing, I have to acknowledge Shannon Batousaii
the fuel. I probably wouldn’t be here if we did not
Piracy in Indonesia is almost always have the ability to protect the vessel from Genuine article
aimed at small commercial vessels, boarding via firearms onboard. A note here from Bergen in Norway
firstly for their fuel and then secondly Having armed, professionally trained regarding your article in the June issue
for cash and valuables. Boarding sailing members of the crew or hired security is about plastic in the oceans – the plastic
yachts and robbing is extraordinarily a no-brainer in certain areas of the world. whale is real.
rare. Kidnapping is hard work and murder Rob Slater Magnus Valland

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s I write this, I’m nearing the end of one is on the task ahead. It can make us extremely single-
of the many lengthy sailing projects I’ve minded and, if we are being honest, probably not that
undertaken over the last decade or so. great to be around in the lead-up to an event. Tensions run
Like many professional sailors, I’m often high and the mixture of apprehension and excitement
quizzed about how I manage the lifestyle often boils over. As in regular life, it is usually those closest
and what impact it has on me and my family. to you that get the brunt of any emotional outburst.
A professional sailor’s lot is a fantastic one. We travel the Beyond the impact it has on the work/life balance,
world, visit some of the most remote places on the planet professional sailing doesn’t provide the stability that
and enjoy a wealth of amazing experiences. As career, it most people have in a regular job. Most campaigns rely
often brings incredible opportunities and I have met and entirely on funding from sponsorship, which is not easy
worked with people from all walks of life. I feel very to secure. Sponsorship is often for a specific project which,
fortunate to have been able to chose this path. at best, can mean a well-funded campaign with a cliff edge
But the downside, particularly with offshore sailing, is when it comes to an end. What is more common is a
that you spend huge chunks of time away from your campaign that is partially funded by a main sponsor with
home, family and friends. With projects such as the Aviva a shortfall that needs to be made up by way of
Challenge, when I sailed non-stop the ‘wrong way’ round supplementary associations or partnerships.
the world, the Vendée Globe and then two Volvo Ocean
Races, the preparation began months, sometimes years, Market potential
ahead of the races themselves and they are all- A campaign several years in duration will mean that when
encompassing. You live, breath and eat the current project you find yourself back ‘on the market’ in search of the next
and this leaves little opportunity it can be harder to secure because you’re so
room for much else. strongly linked to the previous brand. That can be a
‘After six months at I’m lucky that my deterrent to companies, particularly in the same sector.
partner also works in In the Volvo Race, we spend ten months living, eating,
sea I realised how the sailing industry sleeping and racing in close quarters with our team mates.
and he has been able Crews develop strong bonds and have shared experiences.
noisy life on land is!’ to work on a number We all think about home, the people and creature comforts
of sailing campaigns we miss but adapting to normality can be a challenge. On a
with me. Many are not so fortunate and spend many very basic level, there is the normal routine of eating and
months away from their loved ones. On the latest Volvo sleeping to adjust to. When I returned from the Aviva
Ocean Race, our navigator Nico Lunven’s wife, Laure, gave Challenge after six months alone at sea I realised just how
birth to their first baby while we were racing Leg 2 from noisy life on land is! When you are at sea for a long time,
Lisbon to Cape Town. To many people it would be you can smell land long before you see it and light pollution
incomprehensible not to have their partner at their side is shockingly noticeable when you have spent lived so
for the birth of a child but, if you marry a sailor, you need long with virtually no manmade illumination. Then, there
to know that anything is possible! is the reintegration to your family and home life. When
Seeing your partner and/or children waving you off you are away for long periods of time, life goes on without
from the dock can be heartbreaking. On races such as the you and it can feel strange coming back to changes. Sailors
Vendée Globe you know that you’ll not be seeing them with young children are affected by this the most.
again for at least three months – and that there is an For me, when this Volvo Ocean Race is finished I am
element of danger in what you are about to take on. That really looking forward to spending some quality time over
can be tough for all concerned. the summer with my partner and our dog. It will involve
For the ones leaving the dock, it will be the culmination plenty of R&R. But I’ll also be putting feelers out for my
of a great deal of hard work and preparation, and the focus next challenge…

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Matthew sheahan
From the leading edge oF proFessional racing and the america’s cup to
the lastest cruising cats, multihull design is setting the agenda

hen Lloyd Thornburg’s bright orange €2 million apiece and engage some of the best brains in
Gunboat 66 cat Phaedo2 came smoking the business, all of which has helped to make a significant
past in the other direction flying a hull at contribution to the general technology trickledown.
Les Voiles de St Barth this spring I thought From sheeting angles of just 3-4°, which mean that even
little of it. This may be a cruiser/racer the skinniest beanpole of a foredeck crew can’t pass
catamaran, but Lloyd and his professional team of rock through the slot between the jib leech and the mast, to
stars delight in pushing things to the limit. Few others carbon eye terminations for the cap shrouds that you’d
drive performance cruiser cats to this level. Flying a hull barely trust on your key fob and decks so flush that they
might be quick, but clearly it comes with risk. look like they have yet to be fitted out, the level of
But as the rest of the fleet screeched by on one hull, it refinement is staggering. At some point in the future the
struck me that things in the cruiser/racer cat scene have development will affect us all in some way, whether we yet
changed. From Christian Guyader’s TS42 to Jim Vos’s know it or not.
HH66 Nala, each one was being sailed like a beach cat, and But how much of this detailed refinement is influencing
as if this were the norm. mainstream design when compared to the huge leaps
As a fleet they looked pretty cool, too: sleek, aggressive, forward in multihulls?
modern and a long way from the common perception of The America’s Cup has had a lot to do with both raising
cruising cats. awareness for two hulls over one and has influenced the
Things are moving fast in the grand prix world as well. design and construction of other racing craft. Foiling has
A few weeks later I was fortunate enough to be offered a been the most obvious step forward.
ride aboard the 100ft foiling trimaran Gitana 17. While we Ironically, the move back to monohulls for the next
didn’t quite have enough breeze to get up onto her foils, I America’s Cup is argued by many to be anything but. With
am still reliving the their gecko-like canting T-foils, the new AC75 is more of a
‘Multihulls are no sensation of helming
at 22 knots in just 12
foiling trimaran when at speed, albeit one without the
floats. So here, once again, a multihull concept is setting

longer a niche’ knots of wind.

The recent GC32
the agenda.
Consequently it is hard to avoid the conclusion that
Worlds on Lake Garda multihulls are having a greater influence than ever before.
and the Extreme Sailing Series are examples of the From modern styling to modern flying, the multihull
fascinating era of cat racing on foils, as are the Olympic world is also taking some big strides forward away from
Nacra 17s and the new Australian-born Superfoiler class. the racing world.
And it’s not just foiling machines that are pushing the At the sharp end, DNA’s re-worked G4 foiling cat (see
multihull agenda. The Tour de France à la Voile made the Yachting World July issue) has revisited the world of foiling
switch from one hull to three for its famous event, while for performance cruisers by offering an automated foiling
the Match Racing World Tour moved to 32ft cats. control system to avoid the embarrassing fate of her
But surely none of this is of any relevance to the predecessor, the Gunboat G4, which capsized off St Barth
weekend warrior? in 2015 . (She had a more hands-on method for flight and
Not so, I’d argue. I think I’m being forced to change my for which she ultimately paid the price.)
mind about where the new strains of development are At the cruising end there is plenty of development, too,
coming from. with established monohull designers stepping into the
Matthew Sheahan Among the fleet of 12 TP52s at the opening event of the multihull world while some manufacturers report
is head of 52 SuperSeries season in Sibenik, Croatia, nine were new. impressive sales figures for boats they have yet to launch.
performance This class is well known for being is a hotbed of It all seems to be adding up to a quiet revolution in
sailing at development, with TPs representing the leading edge of which multihulls are no longer a niche, but are
Sunset+Vine design and construction. Rightly so – each costs around dramatically setting the trend.

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et’s get down to some basics for a change. stainless steel. On the bigger sizes, we use double stainless
There is no better place to start than with steel exhaust hose clamps on anything bigger than one
plumbing – fundamental to keeping your inch fittings. Vibration and improperly fixed hose runs
boat afloat is the integrity of your through- can also cause chafe and splitting, especially at the nipple
hull fittings. Skin fittings, we call them. ends where a hard interface is created.
This topic came to mind while reading yet another sad And all of this is compounded by accessibility issues.
story of a yacht now sailing in Davy Jones’s fleet after Every through-hull fitting and valve must be readily
mysteriously and uncontrollably filling with seawater so accessible, not buried under fixed floorboards where only
quickly that the crew were overwhelmed. They never a Houdini would be capable of seeing them let alone
found the source. inspecting them. This goes back to the design phase for
By the time the floorboards were awash it was deemed any yacht and should be prioritised. Alas, that is easier
too late and too difficult to investigate so there was said than done.
nothing for it but to deploy the liferaft. Another good idea is to minimise the number of skin
They had not hit anything. They suspected it could have fittings by combining them into manifolds for various
been the bow thruster housing. It can only be assumed services. The fewer the fittings, the less risk. Every working
that something had given way below the waterline and crew member on board should know where every skin
the most likely culprits are skin fittings, if not the shaft log fitting is located, aided by an A4 laminated sheet kept to
or the rudder bearing. hand for reference.
All of us who go to sea and have worked on boats have In flooding scenarios when under way (flat water is the
had the catalogue of frights with plumbing below the worst, as no sloshing will occur) and especially when
waterline: dangerous corrosion; frozen valves; hose motoring where noise levels mask the sound of rushing
clamps missing and water, by the time the floorboards start floating it’s very
‘know the location soft hoses gone brittle
with age – fittings that
difficult to locate the source. And by the way, bilge alarms
can fail and should never be trusted. Some skin fittings
of every skin fitting’ fall apart when looked
at the wrong way.
might be in deep bilges, buried under stowage. At this
point the priorities are crew safety and getting liferafts
Boats continually deployed rather than last ditch efforts to find the problem.
try to sink themselves given half a chance. It is our job as This is more of an issue with yachts that have no
crew to be vigilant and prevent a potential disaster. watertight bulkheads – that is, the vast majority. Where do
The mode of failure for skin fittings and valves can be you start to look for the source of water ingress? With
incompatible materials. The classic is bronze fittings on an watertight bulkheads there is at least a chance of
aluminium hull. Aluminium valves are hard to come by, containment and the compromised compartment is
so stainless steel is better, but there is also galvanic more than obvious, but having said that show me a
potential over time and the bigger the mass of the watertight bulkhead on a small yacht that is truly
stainless fitting, the more vulnerable the alloy hull will be watertight and I will be impressed.
as its foundation. If you do manage to bung the hole or stop the flow by
Composite materials are available, but may not be whatever means, then there is the issue of pumping it all
coded for purpose, especially in the engine room where out, or at least keeping pace with the rising tide. There is a
metal pipework and fittings are de rigueur. lesson learned from the folks on the yacht described
Another issue is a lack of maintenance. Skin fittings earlier. They quickly realised their variety of pumps could
need to be inspected and the valves attached to them not keep pace. As a prophylactic measure, flood your
exercised often. Hose clamps need to be replaced when bilges every so often and have a go, just to remind yourself
any corrosion is present. Some are all stainless steel and what you might be up against. You will therefore go to sea
last longer than the cheaper combination of steel and better prepared.



A perfect
Eloi Stichelbaut/Dongfeng Race Team

s one, they roared. And then, amid the chaos of the finish
line, there was a moment of pause. Skipper Charles
Caudrelier briefly let go of the wheel and threw his hands
to his head incredulously. All around him the Dongfeng
crew were hugging, wordless in disbelief. Dongfeng Race
Team had won the Volvo Ocean Race.
Tears flowed freely. Caudrelier said afterwards that it was the first time
he had ever cried over a race. Navigator Pascal Bidégorry’s eyes were
red raw with emotion and exhaustion. Because this was no
straightforward round the world race win. In an unprecedented ›
volvo ocean race

Left: Dongfeng
skipper Charles
Caudrelier lifts the

Pedro Martinez/Volvo Ocean Race

winner’s trophy
Right: Dutch sailor
and helmsman
Carolijn Brouwer
has become the first
woman ever to win
the Volvo Race
Below: the Dongfeng
Race Team celebrate
Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

Eloi Stichelbaut/Dongfeng Race Team

‘nothing was left to chance
in Dongfeng’s preparations
ahead of the race start’
scenario, the overall victory of the Volvo Ocean Race, a nutrition, sports psychology, team bonding sessions.
10-month 45,000-mile epic, was not conclusively decided The team is one of the largest, and includes a tight knit
until the final cross just seven miles from the finish. It was group of talented French sailors – Caudrelier, Bidégorry,
the closest race the event has ever seen and in the end it Kevin Escoffier, Vendée sailor Jeremie Beyou. At one point
largely came down to a single, smart, but audacious Franck Cammas stepped in. Renowned meteorologist
navigation call. Marcel van Triest was on shore. And new sailors were
For Dongfeng Race Team, victory on 24 June 2018 was signed – like Carolijn Brouwer, invited by Caudrelier for
the culmination of a five-year, two-race campaign. The her helming skills, plus Daryl Wislang and Stuart
Chinese-French team was brought together ahead of the Bannatyne as watch captains.
last edition (largely by former VOR and Offshore Things got off to a reasonable start for Dongfeng, with a
Challenges boss Mark Turner) with a complex set of aims 3rd place in Leg 1 after Vestas 11th Hour Racing set the early
– to race with Chinese sailors, to create national heroes in pace on the short hop from Alicante to Lisbon. Mapfre,
a nation with no tradition of offshore sailing, and of skippered by Xabi Fernandez with revered navigator Juan
course, to be competitive. Villa, split from the fleet as the exited the Med, a move
It was successful on many fronts and was 3rd overall. that earned them a 2nd place.
But to create true national heroes you need to win On the Atlantic leg to Cape Town Dongfeng made one
something. Britons may love an underdog. The French important mistake. After leading the fleet for over a week,
may love the romance of navigateurs sailing off in search they delayed a key gybe by just a couple of hours too long
of a dream. But China loves a winner. To turn the and found themselves stuck to the east of the pack, slowed
Dongfeng sailors into stars, they needed to win the by the fringes of the St Helena High. Video from the
2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. moment the sched came in shows Bidégorry come on
Team boss Bruno Dubois went back to the motoring deck and explain in fury to the crew that they were
company and presented Dongfeng with various options for “completely ****ed”. It was an unforced error that sent the
the 2017-18 race. They opted for the set-up that would give Chinese team back to mid-fleet. They worked hard to
the best chance of coming first: a single international correct it, but it let Mapfre take the psychologically
team, with the cream of the Chinese crew aboard. important first ocean leg win.
Well funded and with time on their side, nothing was left Caudrelier told me in Cape Town that a difference of
to chance in Dongfeng’s preparation ahead of the race start opinion between him and Bidégorry, and indecision over
in Alicante last October: data analysis, two-boat tuning with
Mapfre, a full shore crew, personalised fitness regimes,
how to resolve it, had cost them dearly. “Sometimes
two brains means two different ways of thinking and ›
Jeremie Lecaudy/Volvo Ocean Race
The nine-month
event has been
relentless – the
full-on conditions
continuing right
through the final
legs. Drone footage
enabled us to see
the fleet racing
in open water like
never before
Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

volvo ocean race
Jesus Renedo/Volvo Ocean Race

Martin Keruzore/Volvo Ocean Race

‘there was something more than Frenchman

experience coming into play’

Charles Caudrelier
assembled a
crew of talents,
not making a choice. We discussed it too much, and in including two
the end did something that was between what we [Pascal Chinese crew
and I] both wanted to do.” and Olympic
Determined not to let Mapfre slip away on Leg 4, experience racers
Dongfeng and the Spanish team matched each other for

Yann Riou/Volvo Ocean Race

thousands of miles from Cape Town to Melbourne, gybing
along the Ice Exclusion Zone (IEZ) limits of the South
Indian Ocean to pull away from the rest of the fleet, with
Dongfeng in front.
Some 2,000 miles out of Melbourne, in search of new
westerlies, Mapfre gybed south. Dongfeng initially went
with them, but then gybed back. Another moment of
hesitation perhaps? Either way it proved costly, with
Mapfre whittling down Dongfeng’s lead.
Fernandez’s team ramped up their work rate, gybing 16 the Volvo with very little ocean racing experience. He
times in just 12 hours to follow the IEZ. With an incredibly joined Brunel while team mate Blair Tuke joined Mapfre,
short stopover in Melbourne and no plans to rotate both bidding for a historic treble – Olympic Gold,
Mapfre’s race crew, pushing boat or bodies to breaking America’s Cup and round the world wins in the same
point at this stage could have been costly. But it awarded cycle. By Auckland, he’d raced halfway round the world
Mapfre victory in the first double-points leg. and was back in the city where Emirates Team New
Then things started shaking up. Sun Hung Kai Scallywag Zealand has hatched some of their imposing comebacks.
made an opportunistic move exiting the Doldrums on Brunel’s was about to start. On the 6,000-mile Auckland
Leg 4 to win into Hong Kong, followed by Dongfeng, but to Itajaii leg, they held their speed with the leaders, made
with AkzoNobel in 3rd, ahead of Mapfre. From Hong Kong strong navigational choices called by Andrew Cape, kept
to Auckland AkzoNobel and Scallywag rode their new wave manoeuvres to a minimum, and pulled through the fleet.
of success to take 1st and 2nd, Mapfre behind. By the time In one of the toughest Southern Ocean stages in memory,
they were halfway around the globe the two red boats had Bekking’s vast experience (this was his eighth Whitbread/
proved they could beat each other, but also learnt that Volvo), seemed to be coming to the fore.
they were not going to have things all their own way. But there was something more than experience coming
into play. After winning the double points leg to Itajaii,
Brunel’s fightback Brunel was 2nd into Newport. Then they did it again,
One boat that wasn’t troubling Caudrelier or Fernandez winning the double scoring transatlantic to Cardiff.
was Team Brunel. By Auckland the best result Bouwe Meanwhile Mapfre damaged their mainsail badly on the
Bekking and crew had achieved was 4th. A late entry had long leg to Itajaii, Dongfeng approached Newport in the
left the yellow boat off the pace. As well as contending lead, only to watch 1st place slide away from them in light
with injuries, Brunel was clearly struggling to get their winds and fog in the final fathoms.
crew chemistry right, swapping nearly half the team at By Gothenburg, when Brunel won yet again, everyone
some stopovers. Confounding many expectations, it was wanted to know what their secret weapon was, and it
Scallywag lying in 3rd overall as the fleet made Auckland. seemed to involve Burling. He was certainly on the wheel
America’s Cup helmsman Pete Burling had come into a lot, but Brunel had also found an entirely new gear, at

one point reaching over the top of Mapfre in the
penultimate leg. Above: Team
Skipper Bouwe Bekking gave some clues in Gothenburg. Brunel came
He explained: “Pure credit to the America’s Cup guys, storming from
because they are looking at the details like no-one else. behind as the
The number crunching wasn’t there because we don’t crew including
have money for it, so it’s just the detailing on how you sail America’s Cup
the boat: move the stack just a little bit, just a little bit less winner Peter
windage… they’re always trying to find that little bit extra, Burling learned
and sometimes you have to pull them back.” how to extract
The improvements were staggering: “I think between speed from the
our first leg and our last leg we were something like VO65
9 per cent faster [against polars], that’s crazy!” Left: Dongfeng
commented Bekking. navigator Pascal
Burling seemed to be relishing the challenge of taking Bidégorry at work.
Jeremie Lecaudy/Volvo Ocean Race

the relatively blunt instrument that is a VO65 and The team’s win
endlessly refining how it could be sailed. “Compared to came from some
Dongfeng and Mapfre, who’ve been testing for months, we bold nav and
pretty much put the race sails on the day before, sheeted tactics calls
on and tried to make it work. So it’s been pretty incredible
to be able to turn around what was probably a pretty
underperforming team,” he said in Gothenburg.
Bekking and Burling both said they’d learnt how to sail
the VO65s fast by feel – Burling admitting he would
often be the one to leap out of his bunk to suggest a ›
Ugo Fonolla/Volvo Ocean Race volvo ocean race

Above: head in
hands as Mapfre’s
crew realise the
dream of a win
is gone
Left: the inshore
route that won
Dongfeng the race
in the final hours
Right: stacked,
locked and loaded
– Team Brunel’s
crack team on
the pace

sail change – but other observers had a different theory. Dongfeng were planning to sail their own race.
One performance analyst for another team speculated In their pre-start briefings Caudrelier, navigator
that the ‘Race Experts’ commentary had shared enough Bidégorry and Dongfeng’s on shore meteorologist Marcel
information from the boats’ telemetry data, publishing van Triest studied the options for the short final leg from
numbers from variables such as keel angle as well as Gothenburg to The Hague. Most teams now have a
footage of sail combinations, that a canny team without a shoreside navigation team. While the shore nav teams can
performance development programme could draw have no contact with the sailors during each leg, ahead of
enough conclusions to jump the knowledge gap. the start they can save the onboard navigator invaluable
Whether it was simple time on the water, Burling’s hours by running different weather models, routeing as
unique feel for boatspeed, some clever data extrapolation, far as the forecasts allow, double checking weather and
or a combination of all three, Brunel had dropped only one current files, any hazards and all necessary waypoints.
point of the entire 43 points available since Auckland. The final stage to The Hague was a peculiarly complex
By also picking up three bonus points for the leg wins, one. And the key decision was whether to head offshore in
and another for being 1st around Cape Horn, by the time the very final stages, around the Traffic Separation
they arrived in Gothenburg Brunel were tied with leaders Schemes (TSS), or to hug the shoreline. For van Triest, the
Mapfre on 65 points apiece. Dongfeng, meanwhile, had routeing favoured the inshore line and he was, “pretty
scored 64 but were guaranteed a bonus point for the strong-minded in keeping that route in the crew’s minds.”
fastest overall elapsed time. On the final leg, whichever of Early in the leg Mapfre and Dongfeng were once again
these three boats came out ahead would win the Volvo welded together, but Dongfeng found themselves on the
Ocean Race. It was a perfect final act script. wrong side of the fleet in a couple of windshifts. “If we stay
In the Dongfeng camp the day before the start it felt as here we are going to lose the Volvo,” van Triest recalls
if they were the outside bet. The new speed and positive thinking as he watched the tracker..
momentum of Brunel had many people mark them The decision came easily in the end, to split from the
favourites to win. There was also the fact that just two fleet and head inshore with some 300 miles to go. “We
boats had failed to win a leg over the course of the race: were always very motivated to take the inshore route. I
Turn the Tide on Plastic, vying to avoid last place, and talked to Pascal and he said, ‘Let’s go’,” recalls Caudrelier.
Dongfeng, vying for first. Surprisingly, no other boats went with them.
Reflecting on the race in Gothenburg, Caudrelier felt Van Triest admits that immediately after he felt a
they had shed points by focussing too closely on prickling of uncertainty. “I actually got cold feet at one
matching Mapfre. With so many eyes now on Brunel, stage. It didn’t go as light as we needed it to offshore,

The Scallywags’ story
un Hung Kai Scallywag burst into the race like your drunk friend

S livening up a dull party.

Late to announce, they brought personality and bluster to
an event that was dominated by slick, multinational teams promoting
corporate and environmental messages. The Scallywag team didn’t even
use their full sponsored title that often.
Whereas many teams had a nucleus of crew who’d sailed on numerous
Volvo Ocean Races before, the Scallywags came from a different
background. They were a tight-knit group formed from years of maxi
racing in Australia.
Skipper David Witt had sailed part of the 1997 Whitbread, Luke
Parkinson had got his big break racing with the squad before joining
Abu Dhabi to win the last Volvo Race, but for many of the crew the Volvo
Ocean Race was an unfamiliar world.
From the outset, the Scallywag crew sat a little on the outside. This
was exaggerated when an interview with Witt on the new mixed-gender
crew rule went viral the summer before the start. Opinions on the team
became even more divided when Witt and his navigator Steve Hayles
Konrad Frost/Volvo Ocean Race

found themselves the subject of an extraordinary Rule 69 hearing, for a

supposedly offensive onboard video skit.
Damaging, distracting, and
potentially self-destructive
as those early legs were, the
Scallywags proved they were
not easily daunted. After
laying low on the Cape Town
to Melbourne leg, they took a

Konrad Frost/Volvo Ocean Race

flyer to impressively win into
certainly not down to sub 9 knots which is when these Hong Kong.
boats really slow down.” Riding the crest of a wave,
At one stage, the live tracker showed Dongfeng over 90 they arrived in Auckland in
miles behind Brunel. It looked to observers as if their race second place, third overall
chances might be fading. And then on the Auckland
“Then we got the next ranking, and I thought it’s all over, to Itajaii leg John Fisher,
they’re 20 miles ahead. So I went back into the boat, sat Witt’s long time friend and
down and did the routing again, and it said we were 1 mile crew mate, was knocked
ahead, or 10 minutes. I woke all the guys up and I said ‘If overboard during a crash
you want to win the Volvo Ocean Race it is now, every gybe and lost at sea. It was an ‘the scallywags
metre is important’. unbearable blow for the team.
“Everybody on deck really wanted to kill the opposition. “To start with, no one proved they were
We were very hungry.” wanted to continue. Everyone
While the north-westerly didn’t fade for those boats wanted to get off the boat. not easily daunted’
going north of the TSS, instead it forced them into a series And then you realise that the
of gybes to the finish that cost Brunel and Mapfre key last thing Fish would want is for that to stop the whole programme going
minutes compared to Dongfeng’s straight line approach. forward. So we had a fair few long chats about it and decided as a group
That final cross was just seven miles from the finish. to continue,” said Witt.
Sir Peter Blake was Caudrelier’s boyhood hero. Back in Witt and team’s return to the Volvo was handled in typical Scallywag
spring 2017, at the launch of the Dongfeng campaign, fashion – they talked openly about the tragedy, highlighting the need for
team boss Dubois had rallied supporters by saying they additional redundancy in the race boats’ AIS systems (a malfunctioning
wanted to ‘Win like Steinlager!’, referencing Blake’s famous AIS had hampered the search and rescue operation).
domination of the 1989 Whitbread Round the World Race. “We stayed true to who we said we’d be when we started – that we’ll be
In Gothenburg, with no leg wins on the scoreboard, an open and honest and you’ll get the good and the
understandably tense Dubois wasn’t keen on being bad. In tough times, that’s what shows what sort
reminded of that. of character the team has.”
But the Dongfeng team’s victory will go down in history Before the race, Witt had said: “Doing this race
books, and Caudrelier’s name will be alongside Blake’s for is a good check to make sure you are who you
very different reasons: winning the closest Volvo
Ocean Race finish in history. › want to be.” Scallywag’s Volvo Ocean Race turned
out to be the truest test of character of all.

volvo ocean race
Konrad Frost/Volvo Ocean Race

Riding to a record
AkzoNobel set a new race record when the crew covered edition. Then when the smaller and ostensibly
slower VO65 class was introduced for 2015,
602 miles through the north atlantic in 24 hours. navigator many believed that remarkable run was
jules salter tells Justin chisholm how they did it unlikely to ever be bettered.
Fast-forward to May 2018. This time in the
North Atlantic, on Leg 9 from Newport to Cardiff, as a

en years ago, in the stormy South Atlantic nine-strong crew on the AkzoNobel VO65 put in a
en route to Cape Town from Alicante, the rampaging 24-hour run that shattered the Ericsson 4
VO70 Ericsson 4 hitched a breakneck ride record and established a new benchmark distance of
on a fast-moving low pressure system to 602.51 miles.
set a 24-hour record distance for the round The man at the nav station on board the Dutch-flagged
the world race. boat this year was once again Jules Salter. How did it feel to
On that opening leg of the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race break his own record after ten years?
the Ericsson 4 crew, led by Brazilian skipper Torben Grael “It’s not a very nice feeling when someone breaks your
and guided by British navigator Jules Salter, touched record. So it’s pleasing to get the chance to be the one
speeds of 30-plus knots and clocked up 593.23 miles – doing it. This transatlantic leg is a real favourite of mine as
tantalizingly close to the 600-mile threshold – before it’s one of the oldest sea routes in the world and generally
being forced to slow after a rudder strike threatened to you know you are in for some fast sailing. There was quite
sink the boat. a lot of anticipation and I knew everyone on board was
Ericsson 4’s record remained intact during the next really up for it.”

Left: Jules Salter
fuelling up at

Konrad Frost/Volvo Ocean Race

the nav area in
AkzoNobel as he
guided the crew
to their 24-hour
Right: at full tilt
across the North

Record breaking was far from Salter’s “Initially it was actually a nice smooth sea, partly
mind on the eve of the leg start as he because there hadn’t been a lot of wind there before and
pored over his routeing software the current was taking some of the sea state off,” Salter
trying to decide whether to take the says, “Plus the wind was at a nice angle. So if you did spin
team on a northern or southern route out you weren’t going to Chinese gybe and cause lots of
across the Atlantic. It was no easy damage – you were just going to have a little broach and
choice as weather models stubbornly then off you go again.”
refused to agree with each other. While the rest of the crew pushed to first overtake
“Some of the fleet opted for the Brunel and then make sure they stayed ahead of them,
north but we went for more of a gut feel down below Salter worked on keeping the boat on the
and went south, based on our previous right trajectory to take advantage of the conditions.
experience racing across the Atlantic. “You’ve just got to keep going,” he said “There’s always
“You never set out to break records something else coming up and you know you are going to
when you are racing. But the two fall off the magic conveyor belt eventually.
things can sometimes go hand in “But none of the models lined up. They showed a trend,
hand. To set a record you need a really but it wasn’t just a case of following the lines on your
good long run of wind, a stable weather electronic routing chart. You actually had to think about
system, and you need to be able to sail where you were going and where the current was.
a straight course. Applying that to the “I could see we had some really good current with us for
racing scenario: if you can smash out one six-hour sched. Hour after hour it was still saying
long run after long run in a fairly straight line you will
likely be doing well in the fleet.”
Three days into the leg Salter became increasingly ‘we had a gut feeling.
aware that several factors were beginning to align for a
48-hour spell of very fast mid-Atlantic sailing. everyone was up for it’
“It was a pretty unique scenario,” Salter recalls. “The
Atlantic had been pretty quiet compared to how it can be three to four knots, so you think to yourself: “This is going
at this time of year. The jet stream was a long way north to be a really value-added run”.
and orientated at quite an irregular angle, in that it was It was clear that one of the top two was about to break
more south-west to north-east than normal. the Volvo 65 24-hour record of 550.82 miles, which had
“That created a really long straight line of very steady been set by Ian Walker’s Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing in the
winds in between a high pressure and a low pressure. Boats 2011-12 edition.
notoriously don’t sail in a straight line and it’s not common Team Brunel was first – clocking up 552.18 miles on
to find a 600-mile-plus runway of straight-line sailing.” Thursday 24 May. Eventually six of the seven boats racing
Adding to the dream scenario was the proximity of a did so, giving weight to many sailors’s observations of just
long section of easterly-flowing Gulf Stream. “It helped how much performance was being driven from the Volvo
that the Gulf Stream also lined up with where we were 65s in this edition of the race.
going. Often when you sail transatlantic legs, you dip in But they were all soon surpassed by AkzoNobel,
and out of the stream and you can even get some back charging along at an average speed of 21.8 knots to clock
eddies that can slow you down. up 602.51 miles.
“But this time we were actually going down the main “To pass 600 is something to be proud of as a crew,”
line of the stream, with a good current underneath us for a Salter said. “It’s something that can’t be taken away from
long time.” us and I think it might stand for quite a while.”
Despite winds in the 35-40 knot range, conditions were
not as punishing as in other sections of the race.
Not so slow, then, for a 10-year-old non-foil assisted
design after all. ›
volvo ocean race

What next?
What does the future hold for the famous round the World
raCe? We talk to organisers, sailors and teams
about What the next edition might look like

ow can the Volvo Ocean Race top that? Salén, “The big exception is the class of boat, which is very
Every chapter of this event – the maxi emotional and subjective.”
years, the iconic Whitbread 60s, the radical The IMOCA 60 is current favourite to become the new
VO70s – has its loyal devotees. Will the 2018 class, possibly with a second fleet of the one-design Volvo
finish be fondly remembered by fans of the 65s as well.
one-design 65s, and how on earth can it go one better? “We have had very good discussions with IMOCA. It’s
Because this is the end of an era; Volvo no longer owns not a done deal yet. But it’s the most likely scenario and a
its eponymous race; the reins of power have transferred very attractive scenario and what the race needs,” Salén
– we suspect for a startlingly small sum – to Atlant Ocean told us.
Racing. Current co-CEOs Richard Brisius and Johan Salén To say there is no consensus would be an
now not only run, but own the event. understatement. Bouwe Bekking has sailed in eight
Atlant has announced that the next event will take place versions of the race, he told me the next one should be
in 2021, but as the fleet arrived in the Hague what format in IMOCA 60s. AkzoNobel watch captain Chris Nicholson
that race might take, what it might be sailed in, where it has sailed in six, he thinks it should be the one-design
might go and who it might be crewed by remained very VO65s again.
open questions. Mapfre watch captain Rob Greenhalgh doesn’t think the
Brisius and Salén understand the heritage of this race. VO65s can race around the world again, Scallywag skipper
They competed in it in 1989-90, and have successfully David Witt thinks it wouldn’t be safe to try. Dee Caffari
managed teams including winners EF Language (1997-98) says having talked to The Boatyard staff she’s confident
and Ericsson 4 (2008-09). They also ran the all-female they could, maybe modified with new keels, rigs or foil
Team SCA in the last edition. configurations. Others believe that the IMOCA 60s,
“It wasn’t the plan the way things have evolved, but it’s designed to be sailed on a largely downwind course
very exciting for us,” Salén said, “We love this event, we’ve single- or double-handed, would
been involved in it for 30 years.” founder under the demands of being
That they have been so deeply involved in the race raced fully crewed. AkzoNobel’s
Konrad Frost/Volvo Ocean Race

encouraged many sailors I spoke to. They want to feel that “These boats can’t go again because Martine Grael is
the event is in good hands, because there is nervousness they’ve done two laps, so you have to among the new
now. Over the coming weeks the stakeholder CEOs and build some new boats, and if you generation of
CMOs who make the decision whether to sign, or not to build new boats you don’t build Volvo female sailors
sign, for the next one will have gone, back to boardroom 65s,” observes Greenhalgh. who gained their
negotiations and other projects. Right now the sailors “My personal opinion is for a first ocean racing
have nothing to offer them. slightly larger one-design, with a experience in this
“Most of these big decisions – the route and so on – it’s
actually quite easy to get an agreement on,” commented
foil, a more modern Volvo 65 if
you like, maybe about 68 feet.” › edition of the race

‘there are women doing
all sorts of jobs: skipper,
boat captain, navigator...’

volvo ocean race

Johan Salén Richard Brisius

“One hundred per cent they could go again,” counters

AkzoNobel’s Chris Nicholson. “I challenge the people who
say they can’t.
“I don’t think you can modify them enough to make
them a foiling boat or whatever, without it costing. But the
racing has never been better than right now – it’s a

Jeremie Lecaudy/Volvo Ocean Race

question of what people want to see. I want to see this.
“A current IMOCA boat won’t handle a crew of four or
five, so that has to be a complete structural redesign,”
Nicholson adds. “I wouldn’t sail around the world in an
IMOCA boat with five of us Volvo-type sailors. If you had a
race like we’ve just had, I don’t believe it would handle it.”
A few would like to see multihulls, but that is at the far
end of the risk scale.
“Get two tomato stakes 80ft apart, hammer them in the
grass, and you can build anything that fits between them,”
suggests David Witt. “Trimaran, catamaran, monohull,
foiling, whatever you want. It would reward development, A gender neutral future?
but it would let anybody compete at any level they wanted.” Another issue with the IMOCA 60 plan is that it greatly
The ‘Super 60’, the new one-design heralded by past reduces the number of crew racing at any one time –
CEO Mark Turner, has been swept firmly onto the cutting although sailors would likely be rotated in a squad. This
room floor. But if IMOCA 60s, or a variation of them, were puts one of the biggest legacies of this race, the gender
to be adopted, should they be foil assisted? crew rule that saw 22 women sailors racing in mixed
Bruno Dubois managed the winning Volvo Ocean Race crews, in jeopardy.
team, and has also skippered an entry. He believes both Walking the dock of the Volvo Ocean Race, it feels
one-design and development classes would have their noticeably different to walking the dock at a Maxi event or
merits, but is adamant when it comes to foils: any other pro regatta. There are women in every colour of
“I think if we go with a boat with no foils we are in the team kit doing all sorts of jobs: skipper, watch captain,
Stone Age. We have to be at the forefront of what’s going boat captain, navigator. Has a seismic shift been made?
on. I think IMOCA are strong boats, they would have to be Dee Caffari thinks not yet.
modified to sail with crew, but it is a way to go to get “There have been more girls involved across the fleet,
development. which is good, but have the girls all had the same positive
“If we want to bring in younger sailors we have to have experience? I don’t think so. So I don’t think we’ve
foils and look at something more exciting.” addressed the underlying problem. Now, having done the
If a foiling class were to race alongside the existing Volvo Ocean Race, are the girls being invited to do the
VO65s, Dubois suggests they should be clearly categorised deliveries and race with the guys? No.”
as Class A and Class B, the 65s restricted by a gender, age or Hence why a gender balanced crew rule is still
nationality rule as a second-tier fleet. important, and why restricting crew numbers could halt
Theoretically, that could create a lower budget entry the progress that has been made.
point into the race. “Although I’m not sure a 65-footer with
10 or 11 crew will be cheap to run,” he considers. “Because
the boats are not getting younger so you have to spend LEGENDS IN THEIR TIME
money to refit them.
1977/8 1985/6 1989/90
“But if we reduced the number of sails, that way I could
100 per cent see a Chinese team going around the world
with this boat.”
Bekking disagrees with the two-class concept, thinking
it will add confusion. “For the non-sailing public it’s
already such a stupid sport to follow, it’s so complicated, it
should go with one class.” Conny van Rietschoten’s Pop star Simon Le Bon’s Sir Peter Blake took
That there is no consensus doesn’t matter to Rob Flyer won the race in style, Ron Holland-designed the big red maxi ketch
Greenhalgh. “You don’t need agreement, you just need a and the yacht competed Drum famously lost her Steinlager 2 to a historic
decision,” he comments. “The longer you wait, the less again four years later as keel in the 1985 Fastnet victory, winning all six legs
chance there is of being a race.” Alaska Eagle. prior to the Whitbread. of the race.

Brian Carlin/Volvo Ocean Race
Left: Turn the Tide
on Plastic’s skipper

Pedro Martinez/Volvo Ocean Race

Dee Caffari (left)
and boat captain Liz
Wardley on the wheel
Above: the huge
event village in
Itajaii, Brazil
Right: the Race Boat
Experience at
The Hague

“I think if there isn’t a mandatory rule the only way the The M32s catamarans used for in-port racing were
girls are going to get on a boat is to do their own widely decried as an unnecessary sideshow. “[The
campaign,” Caffari adds. “And that’s only been highlighted catamarans] are one element we can probably do better
to me in the last couple of weeks when we have been without. It’s a big undertaking to run that programme and
talking about what next.” ship those boats around the world,” Salén said.
Salén is reassuring that this will continue: “Gender “I think our organisation has probably taken on a bit too
balance, youth, sustainability – there are no negatives much,” he comments.
there, it would be a step back to not include all of them.” As part of plans to reduce the event’s overall costs and
logistics, some central infrastucture will go. The Boatyard
Back to basics refit facility is likely to be reduced, or perhaps replaced
One thing that does seem to be unanimously agreed upon with a centralised sail loft. This would also have the
is that the demands on the teams at each stopover have knock-on effect of requiring longer stops to keep boats in
become too much – too many stopovers that were too the race.
short, with too many pro-am races and sponsor activation “The key thing for us is to get more strong teams to
events during the ‘break’. enter the event, and teams that can be completely
The route will be largely determined by the class, but financially self-sustainable,” says Salén, clearly working
certainly some felt that the fleet rounded Cape Horn towards a world without Volvo – or possibly without an
dangerously late in the season this time around. event sponsor at all.
“I think we will probably simplify the route a bit,” “I don’t think [a title sponsor] is needed. Our thinking
commented Salén, “both in terms of logistics and at the moment is that it’s probably better for the event
demands on the sailors. It’s important people really enjoy long term to have a neutral name, that can create a bigger,
an event like this.” stronger event.”

2001/2 2014/15 What’s next?

From the VO60 box rule Team SCA, skippered by

days: John Kostecki Britain’s Sam Davies,
skippered illbruck to was the first all-female
dominate the race despite team in the race since
a near sinking on Leg 2. EF Education in 1998. One of the latest foil-assisted IMOCA 60s – a potential option for the next race?

AT 68°N

could already feel the wind pick up while I was
sitting at the nav station of the Bowman 57 Oriole
as she dug in and started to heel assertively. A reef
was needed and first mate Holly Vint peered below
decks expectantly.
An arctic gale had been forecast nearby – though not for our
specific area – and I was about to experience another learning
curve moment on the effects of topography and localised
anomalies in this unique corner of the world. Sailing inside the
Arctic Circle I should have been in full offshore clothing, but the
balmy conditions of previous weeks leading up to our recent
crew change in Tromsø had made me complacent.
Reefing Oriole requires work at the mast where the ›

‘the gulf stream delivers a

relatively temperate climate’
majority of control lines are led, a position that left me
vulnerable to every freezing wave that crossed her deck. I
wound up drenched, freezing cold and should have been
better prepared.
Gabriella Giuffre, an engineer design manager from the
UK, managed the helm while the rest of our expedition
crew looked on from the safety of the cockpit,
appreciating the warmth of the Fladen suits we'd been
issued with. Comfort zones were being challenged and my
own preconceptions of what arctic sailing conditions
might involve had been well and truly met.
Oriole was content with her new sail plan and our
eclectic crew of expedition sailors pushed on through to
our destination port of Nergardsvik, which provided us
with perfect shelter from the strong south-westerly winds
which consistently blew more than 30 knots. The gale
made it easy to forget the almost faultless sailing
conditions we’d encountered on the open stretch of water
that brought us south from our previous anchorage on
the south of the island of Senja; a stunning and relatively
shallow location that allowed plenty of reaction time
should the wind shift or increase overnight... which it did.
As we approached Nergardsvik harbour we could see
there were few places to come alongside. The new marina
to the east was too shallow and so we had only the option
of one pontoon end, which was conveniently made
available by a departing motorboat. Perfect timing!
The cold, rough weather we experienced just three days
and less than 60 miles into our overall expedition was a
significant exception to the rule as the Lofoten Islands
represent a really interesting climate anomaly. Despite
their latitude on the 68th and 69th parallels, the Gulf The northern
Crew training at Stream delivers a relatively temperate climate, making entrance to the
the start of the the area the most northerly on the globe to experience spectacular Trollfjord
Lofoten voyage average temperatures above freezing.

Add to this the fact that from early May to mid-July the
sun doesn’t drop below the horizon and here is a truly
unique cruising ground which exceeded any expectations
I could have imagined.
The first few days without darkness were novel but after
that it became evident that our human behaviours are
intrinsically related to the cycle of the sun. Sleeping
became difficult and time awareness and normal daily
patterns were hard to control.
Seeing the midnight sun for the first time and then
constantly every day makes you very aware of the high
latitude, despite the balmy temperatures. I couldn’t
imagine living here between early December and January
when there is no rising sun: it’s easy to see why many of
the residents are seasonal, living out the winter back on
the mainland and significantly further south.

Teeming waters
The Lofoten Islands are famous for their great cod
fisheries as the fish also migrate south during winter from
the Barents Sea, and cod racks of dried fish heads are a
common sight on the islands.

On many occasions throughout our arctic adventure
we’d anchor and expectantly throw a fishing line over the Helming was a delight
side. The catch was always abundant and we’d often settle during long, sunny
down to a dinner of freshly caught cod to supplement the days in the Lofotens
variety of ingredients we had provisioned on board.
There’s something idyllic about fishing for your dinner
against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains,
surrounded by the splendour of the Norwegian Fjords.
Our Bowman 57 has a large saloon which provides a
fantastic social setting to share meals and exchange
stories. As we dined on cod at anchor in the Sigerfjord
many tales were told and toasts given while Oriole held
fast in the lee of the surrounding landscape on her trusty
40kg Rocna anchor and plentiful chain.
Maximising the potential for cruising in this part of the
world requires a boat equipped to deal with remote and
deep anchorages and that can sustain itself for extended
periods without relying on the facilities of a fully
equipped marina. Our trickiest task was to find fresh
water to top up the 1,000lt tank capacity and we
carried a lengthy water hose, which proved one of our
most valuable assets. ›

‘the wind was as fickle as ever

among the soaring rock faces’
Resources such as fuel and water are available along the
way but having to rely on regular refilling could easily
mean missing out on some of the most spectacular
remote anchorages between harbours.
As we finally reached the Lofoten Island chain the crew
became excited as we neared the world famous Trollfjord,
the spectacular and much-anticipated high point in the
voyage. The wind was as fickle as ever among the soaring
rock faces that surrounded us and so we motor-sailed as
we ate lunch, spotting sea eagles along the way and
admiring every inlet and cove as we made our way south.
Above us the cloud formations danced around the
mountain peaks while periodically revealing a blue sky
and perfect sunshine, and aboard Oriole crew member
Emma produced a stunning lemon drizzle cake that she’d
baked as we passed through this remarkable landscape.
It was amazing yet reassuring that a place of such
incredible natural beauty was so remarkably quiet. Cruise
ships regularly navigate this route, incredibly turning 180°
within the confines of the fjord walls with a clearance of
just a few metres either side. Just a few boat lengths of
deep emerald green water separate the snow-capped
cliffs, with waterfalls on either side and wooden
Norwegian summer houses at the water’s edge.
Oriole was respectfully quiet as every one of us
absorbed the landscape and the contrast of vibrant green
flora alongside the harsh rock faces. The abundance of
Oriole lying bird life that occupied the crevices and ledges provided us
to anchor at with endless entertainment and it felt very special to
Landegode share this environment with its natural inhabitants.

After being completely overwhelmed with the beauty

of the Trollfjord, we started to head further south to
explore some of the less visited areas of the Lofoten
Islands, investigating a variety of anchorages along the way.
Our eventual need to top up the water tanks brought us
to the picturesque fishing harbour of Skrova. The visitor’s
pontoon was out of space, so we came alongside on a
private pontoon belonging to one of the local residents.
It was refreshing to experience a culture that embraces
the arrival of visitors. Rather than turning us away, local
man Per was happy for us to spend a few nights on his
berth and even provided us with the use of a fresh water
hose to fill our tanks.
And just a short walk along the adjoining road led to a
most unlikely and remarkable artistic display of
photographs of the islands, situated in a rocky tunnel
(with protective hard hats provided for visitors).

Arctic paradise
During our stay, the crew found a beach on the north side
of the island that could be compared to any tropical
paradise, and which provided spectacular views of an
anchorage to the north east. We identified the location as
Lille Molle and decided to make passage there the
following day to anchor and explore. The tender was
inflated and the shore party, led by first mate Holly,
set off ashore for a brief evening jaunt to see the rare ›
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Reine N O R WA Y

0 10 20 30
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When to sail in the

lofoten islands
The weeks from mid-May and throughout
June will deliver the quietest cruising
experiences, with school holidays in Norway
bringing more visitors from mid-July to
Reine is a tourist mid-August. The midnight sun will be visible
destination, though through this period too and is a phenomenon
you’d hardly know it that should be witnessed by every sailor
in their lifetime, as should the wonderful
landscapes and seascapes that the Lofoten
Islands have to offer.
Be prepared to be self-sustaining to
maximise the potential of your visit, given
both the price of provisioning locally and the
availability of resources in remote locations.
Make the effort, however, and the
Lofotens experience will far surpass any
preconceptions you may have. This place
really is something very special.

Oriole’s crew
shore party at
Lille Molle


‘every day brings another

breathtaking vista’

The village of sight of sea eagles nesting with their young.

Reine has been Next stop Reine is certainly the most tourist-driven Hummingbird, a sister
described as ‘the destination that we visited through our voyage and yet it ship to Rubiucon 3
most beautiful seemed so quiet given the time of year and the exquisite adventure sailing
place in the world’ experience that it has to offer. yacht Oriole
This little corner of paradise is situated on the island of
Moskenesøya towards the southern end of the Lofoten
chain. Regular ferries from Bodø bring summer visitors to
this beautiful fishing port and daily boat trips run to
different locations within the nearby fjords for ramblers
and hikers of all levels of experience.
The small visitors’ marina was too shallow for our
draught but there was just enough pontoon space next to
the fishing quay. So we spent a full day in Reine to allow
the crew the chance to explore, walking through stunning
scenery to picturesque beaches. A few of us even braved
the icy waters for a very rapid dip that proved both
invigorating and bracing.
From our berth it was a fairly long trek to the nearest
supermarket for final victuals but that was no hardship
given the scenery and weather. Despite the generally high
cost of provisioning in Norway we were able to buy fresh
seafood at reasonable prices and came back with an
abundance of prawns for our final dinner ahead of our last
open water sail back to Bodø.
Our penultimate night was to be spent at an
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anchor we awoke to brilliant sunshine and impressive

temperatures as, once again, arctic Norway continued to
surprise us.
The neighbouring beach was too attractive to resist and
we set off ashore in the RIB for a final swim. There were
squeals of surprise as the more adventurous crew
submersed themselves in the cold water, tactically
dodging the odd jellyfish that floated past.
Our crew had a mixed level of experience and
background representing a variety of ages and
occupations – everything from high ranking police officer
to a building developer and teacher – all of whom were
looking to take part in an expedition holiday to push their
comfort zones and explore some of the less easily
accessible parts of our planet. Regardless of what
expectations or preconceptions each crew member
brought, this part of the world could not fail to deliver a
remarkable and unique experience for all.
Norway is expensive for foreign visitors; your average
pint of beer costs around £10 and dining ashore is a rare
treat for the majority. The Lofoten Islands are no
Above: Oriole’s Sandvik, just 10 miles from our final destination, and we exception to this.
Lofoten crew had a spectacular 65-mile reach back towards the The flip-side is an unbelievable example of Mother
came from various mainland with a flat sea and clear skies as Oriole revelled Nature at her finest (which the Norwegians manage to
walks of life for in the near perfect conditions. sustain whilst still producing 4G phone coverage and
the adventure I’d chosen the anchorage based on the forecast and had impressive accessibility, despite the islands’ remoteness!).
expected to rest in the lee of the rock faces that sat to the The flora and fauna are abundant and every day
north, but instead the breeze accelerated and veered brought another entirely unspoilt vista. The Lofoten
around the cliffs as we made our first approach. Islands simply have to be one of the most beautiful
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Steering through any believe number seven to be lucky. The to melt, and even the wind instruments have started to
massive seas is seventh day of February proved to be just work again. Around 2200, Hanna, who is on watch, suggests
all in a day’s work that. It’s seven weeks since we dropped the that we reef the sails. We’ve been sailing with a second reef
in the Southern lines in Cape Town; the Amundsen Sea was in the main. The sea is rather calm and the wind
Ocean the seventh Antarctic sea that we would instruments say it’s blowing 25 knots. I think we could still
cross through; and the seventh storm of the voyage was wait, especially considering the weather forecast which
approaching soon. predicts the wind won’t exceed 35 knots. However, barely a
For a couple of days now, we have been sailing along the half an hour later I have to jump back outside. The wind is
70th parallel. With humidity in the air, Katharsis II became far stronger than the gauge was indicating and as the
covered with ice which started to form on the shrouds, the conditions continue to worsen I decide to drop the main.
mast and the ropes. The icy peak of the mast resembled a It’s the right decision. The wind rises to over 50 knots,
decorated Christmas tree. The wind transducer stopped and from time to time, exceeds 60 knots. The waves start
functioning. These obstacles were a hindrance to our to build up, making it harder to manoeuvre in between
sailing and decision-making abilities. the icy obstacles.
For a week, the visibility has been limited to a few After three hours of running with the storm with the
hundred metres. In fact, it has often been down to a couple reefed staysail only, we sail in between some icebergs. In
of boatlengths. We were sailing through a milky mist, fact we are entering a cemetery of growlers. The ice is
accompanied only by snowstorms and often had to shovel everywhere, and it’s impossible to sail around them safely.
the snowy powder off the deck. As for the icebergs, while We cannot slow down so to turn into irons to stop. Then
appearing less frequently than off east Antarctica, they we slowly start sailing against the wind and the enormous
seemed older and thus more disintegrated, with deadly waves towards a giant iceberg that we’d already passed.
brash ice surrounding them. Our eyes strain while searching We struggle for an hour before finally reaching the
for icy shadows emerging through the surface of the sea. shadow of an ice island. At a few hundred metres long and
It is a much easier task now that we no longer have the weighing probably tens of millions of tonnes, the ice is
sprayhood, which limits visibility significantly. It was pacifying the waves in its lee, as if it were a harbour.
completely wrecked by a violent wave during a previous For five hours we drift along its side. Then, as the wind
storm in the Ross Sea. Consequently, we were forced to abates to 35 knots, we began to sail again, heading east
disassemble it. But now it means we have nothing to shield once more on our voyage round Antarctica.
ourselves from icy bullets of spray, though we do at least For years I had dreamed of sailing round Antarctica and
have a second small dodger to protect the companionway. within its waters – that is, entirely south of the 60th
Our lucky seven has brought drier air, the ice is beginning parallel. As a matter of fact, this route is the last significant

harbour in Greenland, experienced being trapped in it. Among the
The challenge grew in 2015 with our expedition to the spectacular, icy
Ross Sea. Indenting the front of Ross Ice Shelf is the Bay of landscape of
Whales, the southernmost point of sailable water in the the Antarctic
world. We arrived in a year when the ice cap over Antarctica Peninsula
was the largest since it was first measured. To sail from the
Southern Ocean towards the open waters of the Ross Sea we
had to push through the ice a number of times as we
navigated through an ice barrier 100 miles wide. Despite
the difficult storm conditions, we got south to 78° 43’S,
163° 43’W. This experience reassured me that, with careful
tabula rasa on the world’s sailing map. The two known navigation, Katharsis II is capable of facing the hardest stuff.
attempts to circle Antarctica’s waters below the 60th To prepare for the record voyage I analysed the weather
parallel ended before reaching the finish line. The first of conditions and previous annual ice charts in the region. As
them took place in 2005, when the Russian yacht Apostol the Southern Ocean is dominated by strong westerly winds
Anrdey lost her rudder around the Ross Sea. After it encouraged a clockwise route, though the only pattern
performing temporary repairs, the crew was forced to you can guarantee is the variability of direction and speed
retreat to Wellington, New Zealand. of winds. Records differed substantially in terms of the
The second attempt, conducted by a Russian-Ukrainian number of days with weak winds (under 10 knots) and
crew on the yacht Scorpius in 2012, ended at the D’Urville strong winds (above 25 knots). Being side-swiped
Sea. The yacht suffered major damage and the crew I estimated that we’d struggle 15-30% of the time with by huge cross
returned to Hobart.

Proof it could be done

weak winds and about 15-25% of the time with strong
winds. But I observed a certain correlation: the icier › seas deep in the
Southern Ocean

There was, on the other hand, a successful non-stop

circumnavigation of Antarctica above the 60th parallel.
The goal, accomplished by Fedor Konyukov aboard the
85ft Alye Parusa in 2008, has been recognised by The
World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC).
Katharsis II is an Oyster 72, a yacht with a glassfibre hull.
It’s commonly believed this sort of construction does not
serve well in icy conditions, but several previous
expeditions we’ve made in the region have proven that
this fearless vessel manages polar conditions well.
During our first polar voyage, we sailed along the
Antarctic Peninsula, south from the Antarctic Circle.
That’s when we first experienced abrupt changes in
weather conditions and the proximity of ice.
For the following expedition, I led Katharsis II to
Greenland and the Arctic, and we successfully navigated
through the North West Passage. We learned how to
manoeuvre in between the drift ice and, at Ilulissat


‘the goal was to

complete a circle
round antarctica’

A well planned and Antarctica was over the astral winter, the stronger the A year later, she was ready to embark on the challenging
properly prepared winds were over the following summer. East winds, which sail, which we dedicated to the prevention of breast
expedition is not are inconvenient for this route, could accompany us for cancer. Hanna prepared a series of short videos,
all about hardship about a third of the voyage. And, although less documenting her struggle with the illness.
troublesome closer to summer, the ice made the overall
situation more complex. I paid close attention to ice level Research expedition
changes in two spots, at the Ross and Weddell Seas. During the expedition we planned to conduct a couple of
Entering into the Ross Sea the route can be shortened research projects: one on the presence of plastic micro-
significantly, but very rarely can this be accomplished by the particles in waters surrounding Antarctica; the other, as
end of January. In turn, the drift ice at the Weddell Sea can part of the International Scientific ARGO Program on
reach the South Orkney Islands, that is, beyond the 60th temperature and salt levels, which would require the
parallel. The most favourable conditions, ice-wise, occur installation of several buoys. One of our crew was Piotr
in mid-February. This became decisive in determining our Kuklinski, a professor of oceanology who was responsible
start point – Cape Town – so that we’d reach the Weddell Sea for the conduct of the science project.
by the second half of February at the latest. Over the last eight years, Katharsis II has sailed 100,000
I planned to finish in Hobart – it added an extra 2,000 miles, so before embarking we unstepped the rig to check
miles to the shortest version of the route, but at the same it out. We replaced running rig and sails, and replaced
time it increased our chances of sailing with following some electronics including the radar and the chartplotter
winds in the stormy waters of the Southern Ocean. so we’d have two independent navigation systems. Above
We were supposed to start in December 2016. Katharsis II the radar we installed a thermal camera that would help
was already waiting for us in Cape Town when my second with spotting ice when we had limited visibility. We also
officer and partner, Hanna Leniec, was diagnosed with acquired some flexible tanks to take extra fuel so we could
breast cancer. This terrible news shocked everyone. I didn’t cross the Southern Ocean by engine if we were dismasted.
consider anything other than postponing the voyage. All our preparations were directed at serving one
For Hanna, it was a difficult year. The surgery, the purpose: to be completely self-sufficient. Apart from the
exhausting chemotherapy and the radiotherapy affected Antarctic Peninsula, which is a tourist destination, we’d
her physical condition, but not her mental fortitude. not be able to count on any outside help. We also prepared

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to set up a camp in case we needed to abandon the yacht.
It was a challenge to provision for nine crew for over
100 days (plus extra in case of a serious delay ). We turned ROUND ANTARCTICA
one of the five cabins into a pantry where we could store

more than 1,200kg of food (not counting drinks). We AVERAGE 24HR
prepared over 1,000 portions of dinners, pasteurising the MILEAGE

meat in jars (with a dozen different flavour variations). We
stored 80kg of food in the freezer and hid treats for special STORMS, FROM
occasions, including Christmas, birthdays, and other FORCE 9 TO FORCE 11
important moments we wanted to celebrate.
We were particularly careful about storing delicate
items such as tomatoes and eggs. Each of the tomatoes
was covered in a paper towel, which we would change
every couple of days. We took 522 eggs and they required
constant turning to avoid the yolk sticking to the eggshell.
Lastly, our diet was supplemented with freeze-dried
meals, which are lightweight and easy to prepare.

Around Antarctica
On 23 December 2017 we left Cape Town. A gentle breeze
let us set full sail and cross our start line, but the wind died
soon after and reflected in a really weak first 24 hours’
mileage – barely 70 miles logged. The beginning was not
very promising for reaching the finish line at Hobart
within 100 days. The main goal of the voyage was to Crew: Mariusz Koper, skipper; Tomasz Grala, first mate; Hanna Leniec, second
complete a circle around Antarctica south of 60°S, but
speed was still an important factor as it would allow us › mate; Michał BarasiÐski, third mate; Magdalena Ðuchelkowska, fourth mate.
Watches: Wojtek Małecki, Irek KamiÐski, Piotr KukliÐski, Robert Kibart.


‘icebergs would
accompany us for the
next three months’

It’s easy to spot an iceberg – even in limited visibility an

iceberg will send out a clear echo on the radar screen.
Growlers pose a bigger threat to a yacht’s safety, and they
always drift along with icebergs. This was our main
concern, especially when visibility was limited with
snowstorms or during the polar nights, which began to
lengthen from mid-February.
We crossed the latitude of 60°S on 5 January and the
navigation through Antarctica’s waters turned out to be
extremely exciting.
We met our first Antarctic storm in the Davis Sea, a
storm of such intensity it called the success of our
expedition into question. We barely moved for two days.
When our boom vang hydraulics failed we had to go into
this storm with only a staysail. Winds over 50 knots
blasted from the east and forced us to sail upwind. We
made so much leeway that, after 24 hours of sailing back
and forth, we found ourselves back where we’d started.
We spent the next day drifting in the shadows of an ice
Growlers – chunks to pass the unwelcoming waters faster and leave them pack emerging from behind the Western Ice Shelf. That
of ice showing behind before Antarctica’s seas begin to freeze again. was our ally, calming down the sea. We managed to keep
only one or two We had no problems adapting to the pace of life at sea. our course much closer to the intended heading during
metres above the We divided into four pairs, switching the watch every the next storms, no matter what the direction of the wind.
surface – are a three hours with an extra three hours’ standby below Light winds – especially in eastern Antarctica – posed a
bigger threat than deck. This arrangement gave us time to rest and restore different sort of challenge. Katharsis II manages quite well
the more easily- our energy. Each watch was also responsible for the in light breezes, despite her weight. But if the wind fell to
seen icebergs preparation of the main meal of the day. 4-6 knots, we couldn’t exceed 100 miles a day. Having
After 11 days of sailing, still before reaching Antarctica, we sailed a third of the course we were concerned that the
saw our first iceberg: they’d accompany us for the next three voyage would take more than 120 days, but fortunately
months. Initially, they were scarce but, a week after entering winds picked up at the beginning of February.
the Commonwealth Sea, we could see a dozen of them in a The situation at the Weddell Sea was favourable. It let us
six-mile radius. Sailing off east Antarctica, in the Davis Sea sail along the latitude of 62°S but we couldn’t avoid
and the Mawson Sea, we were at one time able to count encounters with drift ice. There is usually a couple of
some 100 icebergs in sight. It was a magnificent landscape, hundred metres of clean water adjacent to drift ice, but on
and the majestic giant sculptures inspired respect. 25 February we were sailing along an area packed with ice,

Katharsis II and when night fell we realised we were
dwarfed as she surrounded by it. We turned upwind to
sails alongside the slow to about 2-3 knots and, using our
Ross Sea Ice Shelf infrared camera, we managed to escape the
hazard a few hours later. We brushed
against the ice several times, but luckily
without ramification.
We saw land only twice and both times
the encounter was accompanied by stormy
conditions. After 38 days of sailing we were
waiting out a storm in the shadow of heavily
glaciated Balleny Islands, and there we saw
penguins for the first time. Until then we’d
been occasionally kept company by whales and albatross. Congratulations
Three weeks later, soon after passing Cape Horn, we saw all round as the
the majestic Antarctic Peninsula. In the Gerlache Strait circumnavigation
part of our main track came off the mast when reefing. In of Antarctica is
the shadows of the Melchior Islands we managed to completed
replace the damaged track and resume sailing.
The last storm before closing the loop at the
Cosmonauts Sea was one of the worst. The pressure
dropped from 960mb to 928mb in a matter of hours.
Again we were forced to struggle against adverse winds
and endure a dark polar night among icebergs. I opted for
the shortest route that took us through the eye of the
Snow and ice storm, and although exhausted from the cold and the
covered the boat snow constantly freezing on our foulies, we found our way
during the many out without any damage.
freezing storms Most of the damaged we did experience we could repair
or minimise... except one. We weren’t able to fix our carbon
fibre boom, which snapped during a storm 1,000 miles
before the finish line at Hobart. Smashed by the crest of
wave that broke over us, coming from a direction opposite
to all the others, Katharsis II was side-swiped off course,
which led to an uncontrolled crash-gybe. The boom broke,
so then we were slowed to sailing under foresails only.

Circuit accomplished
On 20 March 2018, we completed our circumnavigation
round Antarctica. It had taken us a total of 72 days and 6
hours. We made the entire circumnavigation south of the
latitude of 62°S, including 25 days of sailing south from
the Antarctic Circle. We were filled with a sense of
satisfaction and relief. We could begin sailing back towards
safer – that is, ice-free – waters.
We reached Hobart on 5 April, after 102 days and 23
hours. Ironically, the stormy weather subsided only after
we reached Storm Bay, Tasmania – we needed 18 hours to
complete the last 50 nautical miles.
After almost 103 days of isolation in a confined space we
returned to civilisation, but not a single crewmember was
in a hurry to leave. That spoke of the atmosphere we had
in our crew. We were a group of friends who managed to
stay friends. And for me that’s one of
the most important
accomplishments of the voyage.
Mariusz Koper, 57, is a
Katharsis II’s circumnavigation was Polish entrepreneur and
accomplished under World Speed Sailing former educational
Record Council rules and was awarded publisher. He has logged
Performance Certificate No54. The 160,000 miles, sailed
expedition is also recognised by Guinness around the globe, done
World Records as ‘The first four polar expeditions
circumnavigation of Antarctica in a and competed in the
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tainui in russia

hen the Great Seamanship series was
planned back in 2004 it was about giant
waves, dismastings, amazing rescues and
the like. Research, however, led me into a
wonderland of nautical literature with so
much to give that discounting it for lack of stormy seas
would have been a lost opportunity. Over the years, the
result has been a mix of inspiring accounts, some in line
with the original brief, others diverging, but all with tales
to tell and lessons to be learned.
This month’s article falls into the latter category, because
the actual sailing only occurs at the beginning and end of
the voyage. The fact those miles are logged off Arctic
Russia and through the Sea of Azov is almost by the bye.
The book in question is Sailing through Russia by John Cruising the a relief. It has been a long trip from Norway, made worse
Vallentine and Maxine Maters. In 2013, with crew Norwegian fjords for me by low-grade, non-vomiting seasickness. Miss
comprised of a rich variety of pier-head jumpers, friends meant Tainui was Perfect does not suffer from that vile malady, needless to
and family, they take Vallentine’s Formosa 46 Tainui from well prepared for say. Winds on the nose and slow progress.
northern Norway to the Black Sea via the inland waterways sailing in Arctic Maxine had been terrific on navigation and radio
of Russia. Tainui is the first western yacht to achieve this Russia communications and is eternally enthusiastic and
under her own colours. The Volga leads them far east of cheerful. On board she is a bloke, really, and a good one.
Moscow and, despite having their mast on deck for most This afternoon I hove to to reef the main and then flopped
of the time, the trip remains a captivating adventure. I into the cockpit for a rest. Up came Max rugged up to the
read the book at a sitting and was very late to bed. nines with a bottle of Jacob’s Creek chardonnay under one
Most of John’s and Maxine’s book appeared first on arm and two glasses in the other hand. A delight, until she
Vallentine’s blog, but it is now beautifully presented and started complaining that Tainui’s toilet compartments
bound, with noble images. It is half pilot book, half don’t have under-floor heating.
cruising yarn, with both authors and some of the Still, in bright sun the seas now sparkle and the
occasional crew contributing to the narrative. whitecaps are dancing. It is good to be here.
Maxine signed on via a crewing website. She and her
skipper considered the risks associated with this and SOLOVETSKIY ARRIVAL: Crewman Pasha
decided to go for it anyway. Her expertise on Russia and We came to the Solovetskiy Islands and enter
its language proved critical to the success of the Blagopoluchnaya Bay. The great walls and domes of the
enterprise. Vallentine is a semi-retired doctor from INTRODUCED BY Solovetskiy Monastery are slowly rising from the fog.
Australia with a dry, Aussie humour which he really needs, Oh, these walls could tell a lot. About builders who
as one crazy nonsense after another gets in his way. He is hand-laid huge stones in the 14th Century. About the
an unsung hero of ocean sailing. spiritual leaders of the Russian people who lived here.
About the heroism of monks who defended the
monastery against attack of Norwegian and English fleets
in the 18th Century. About human injustice and cruelty in
INTO THE WHITE SEA: John the 20th Century, when the monastery was turned into a
We have 18 hours to go until Archangel’sk, gods political prison.
Sailing through
willing, and should take our pilot on board Russia: From But now we want just to sleep. All around is quiet, no
tomorrow. The pilot is one of the many bureaucratic the Arctic to the person, no sound, only the silent stones of the monastery
burdens we are having to put up with. Reporting in to the Black Sea are watching us.
Navy and the Russian coastguard every six hours or so by by John Finally going to bed, but woken after half an hour by the
Vallentine and
radio, to operators who have no English and are generally Maxine Maters
sound of screams from the wharf. The local guard had
unwilling to respond to our calls, has been wearisome. Publisher: slept through our arrival, and now has threats and
It has been gloves, beanies, scarves, and three-layer Maxine promises the arrival of a commercial vessel, to which this
thermals cold. It’s 2°C with wind chill. The Barents Sea is a Maters & John place belongs. He whines that he is responsible for this

lonely, grey place and it is good to be into the White Sea. place and he would be fired if his boss sees us. OK, we
Exactly the same view from the balcony, but psychologically understand. Going elsewhere.

great seamanship

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MAXINE’S BAD HAIR DAY: John Tainui’s mast Madam mellowed later, but punishment is always
It has been difficult. There is too much salt in the bloody lowered and necessary and she was banished to the foredeck with her
Mary, the March flies are too aggressive, the toilet paper is stowed on bloody Mary to sit in the sun and learn contrition. Alone
too sandpapery, in Belozyorsk they don’t sell the right crutches for the in the cockpit, I float away.
cheese, the music’s too loud (Janacek Sinfonietta too loud? passage through
For heavens’ sake!), the VHF charger isn’t working properly Russian canals FEMALE SAILORS: Maxine
- there seems no end to it. Of course, I knew that sailing in Russia was not developed
She deals with each new March fly in gladiatorial at all. What I had not realised, though, was a female sailor
fashion. Her shouted Dutch expletives sound like physio is an unknown concept for most ordinary Russians, in
sessions in a TB ward. She seems unable to learn the whose minds boating is strictly for men only. In the north,
languid Australian wave, which is just as effective and far where sailing is almost unheard of, I found it difficult to
less emotionally draining. establish my authority and competence. Three occasions
I cluck, fuss and coddle. I do my best to appease. I even stand out.
pretend to like the grits she offers me for breakfast. Nothing In Vytegra, I had to go climb to the top of the mast
works. Then, bless her heart, Maxine apologises for being before the crane workmen accepted that I was capable of
such a pain. So she should, I think. But I graciously accept any more than just making coffee.
her apology and we move on out of White Lake. In one of the Volga-Don locks, a lock-keeper thought
A stately church ruin stands sentinel. We are again alone that there were no males on board and remarked on the
in our little world. The March flies are few and die bravely for Below: onion fact over the radio. I asked him whether he thought that
Maxine’s peace of mind. It is warm and there is the gentlest domes and mattered. He giggled and did not know how to reply.
south-east breeze. I think it is great and she reluctantly minarets on the In the Sea of Azov, negotiating our way into Kerch, I had
accepts that the world is a moderately acceptable place. banks of the Volga to provide the port authorities with crew details by radio.
When I told them there were two people on board, the
skipper and the first mate, they then asked who I was!
They did apologise though, when I gave them an earful.
That being said, these episodes were only a minor
irritation, never a real problem. Once we got south into
sailing territory most people we dealt with were sailors.
Even if they were male, they were emancipated.

This morning I got up at 5am to watch sunrise. Tainui is
anchored meekly in the lee of Sviyazhsk Monastery. It is a
beautiful, cold, clear morning with drifting fog banks. The
onion domes loom silent, imperious, with a full moon and
mist on the water adding needless extra theatre.
Sviyahzhsk is a remarkable collection of buildings dating
back to 1600, with that familiar history of Bolshevik

updated at each step. Culture clashes one way or another
happened all the time, – not only between us, but between
John and Russia, where a simple question to a local, which
technically could be answered with a yes or no, would
always be followed by an endless discussion. This would
drive John absolutely desperate. In Saratov he retired to
the foredeck to sulk. I often found it easier to exclude him
– I really didn’t want to have to translate and explain
everything at the same time.
Looking back, it’s just astonishing that the two of us
managed so well together. But there was commitment,
focus, infinite mutual trust and perhaps, most important,
a shared love for this unique journey.


One of the more testing jobs I have each day is choosing
the title for the web post.
Today’s choice was easy. I was enjoying an ale in the
cockpit in celebration of something or other, while
Maxine was hosing mud off the foredeck. Suddenly the
hose nozzle burst from the hose and went over the side.
Before I could put down my ale, Maxine had stripped off
and dived in after it. With not so much as a ‘by your leave’.
Never mind the 25 knot following wind and the
associated chop. It was left to me to disconnect the
autopilot, find somewhere to put my glass of beer,
execute a Williamson turn, prepare the boarding ladder,
sacking, gulag prison, psychiatric hospital and now, finally, Impressive lock heave to upwind and manage the controlled drift down to
treasured archive. entrances on the her. It was a textbook man overboard recovery.
Happy hour last night was extended by the skipper’s Russian inland Now I am finishing my ale while the deck continues its
indulgence (starting time noon, closing time 10pm) waterways ablutions. And Maxine? Well, I’m not sure about her, but
because we had passed the halfway mark in our Russian that nozzle was a vital piece of equipment.
journey. Inexplicably clumsy, one of us spilled a bag of
crisps in the cockpit. There is no need to mention the two SEA OF AZOV: John
glasses of red wine that might have been kicked over The short stretch of the Don below Azov is just as
during the same session. So this morning I lifted the teak beautiful as the waterway above it.
grates to sweep up the mess while the girls sat by, sipped Looking back at Azov as we motored downriver I was sad
coffee and gave useless advice. to be saying goodbye. Needless to say, we cracked a bottle
The best thing about having Dutch people on board is of chardonnay at the river mouth and solemnly saluted.
that, carefully managed, their deep-rooted There is a 20-mile long, very narrow dredged channel
compulsiveness can be exploited usefully. And so it was from there out to sea. It is well buoyed but not wider than
this morning. Our new crew Lieve (she’s actually Flemish, 30m, at times less. The depths are 1m or less on each side.
not Dutch, but, hey) felt she had no choice but to take Ships pass with difficulty.
control of the cleaning process. With the grates up, an It was in mid-channel that our salt water inlet suddenly
intense, noisy and endless process of Flemish surgical became blocked with weed. Maxine announced that a
sterilisation has begun. Wisely, I retreated below. large bulk carrier was approaching through the gloom of
the dusk. She called it up to warn we were NUC (not under
JOHN AS SECOND FIDDLE: Maxine command) while I scrambled to clear the hoses and
Poor John! A skipper with so many years of sailing Below: sailors and somehow we got to the side of the channel to allow the
experience, totally used to running his own boat, managed authors Maxine oncoming ship to pass.
to get this woman on board who is not used to playing Maters and John The 200-mile passage Azov to Kerch’ in Ukraine is
second fiddle, not used to translating every word being Vallentine divided into two equal parts. The first leg was a gentle
said, explaining every step being taken – someone who is square run with everything poled out, warm
more used to getting things done, conveying the results, sun, good food and wine. An endless parade
then expecting them to be accepted without discussion. of ships passed us to starboard.
John’s usual crew had always had English as their first With a splendid sunset we dropped the pole,
language. It took me a while to realise that he had never rounded the corner and turned south to Kerch’.
sailed before with someone he found through a crewing Under starry skies and with a freshening
website, someone whose first language was not English. breeze, Tainui danced through phosphorescent
Whose background was not Australian or even Anglo- seas with a bone in her teeth. All night we
Saxon. And he’d never sailed with someone who could rushed south with a steady beam wind. Dawn
speak the local language in non-English speaking countries. brought relief from the constant vigilance
So John had to get used to someone from a culture he required by the huge volume of
did not know, who instantly took over all negotiations commercial traffic, but we are both
regarding the boat and failed miserably to keep him buggered. To put it mildly.

Saffier SE 37
HOW dOes tHe bOld cOckpit layOut Of tHis
dazzling neW ‘lOunge’ daysailer design WOrk?
ooking for a pair of trainers for daysailing market with its attractive,

L fashion, road and cross-country

running? They don’t exist.
easy-to-handle and well-built small
yachts, perfectly fit for their purpose.
Or a bilge keeler that will take to the This new SE 37 Lounge, a
ground, sleep eight and go to windward veritable supercar of the sea, is an
like a witch? No chance. We have to uncompromising luxury daysailer. By
make compromises when buying new that I mean it is not pretending to do
products. If we expect them to do all all things for all sailors. There are no
things we end up with something only cabins and there is no accommodation
partially fit for our needs. abaft the companionway. It is purely
Fully appreciating how you spend and simply a daysailer, and it offers
your time afloat is crucial in determining space, comfort and performance in an
the type of boat that will best suit
your needs. Saffier has cornered the
innovative design that remains easy
for one person to sail fast. 

facts Test editor Toby hodges

Where we tested: IJmuiden,

The Netherlands.
Wind: 6-18 knots offshore breeze.
Model: number one, with laminate
sails and self-tacking jib, carbon
mast and bowsprit.

Photos by Bertel Kolthof


Feel on the helm

is akin to that of
a compact sports
yacht despite
forward position

The optional 1m fixed bowsprit The powder-coated black

1 with textile dolphin striker sports 3 stainless steel stanchions and
a gennaker furler. There is also an Dyneema lifelines combine form
option for an anchor roller that and function.
rotates out of the anchor locker. The backstay is on a cascade
Two reversible winches manage 4 system and led neatly under deck.
2 all sailing functions, including The traveller is mounted across
the German mainsheet, which is 5 the aft deck, controlled via cam
led under deck aft from the boom cleats at the helm (although
along with the running rigging. sunbed cushions need to be
removed for this).

When the Hennevanger brothers just behind it also gives the Saffier an Classy and A quick blast
began to branch out their father’s exciting, sporty roadster look. uncluttered – Hennevanger is an action man, Mr
IJmuiden-based boatbuilding business The SE 37 has much more of a Saffier SE 37 is Energetic. He had cast off and started
to include pretty little dayboats in the performance shape than past Saffier great fun to sail in hoisting the main in the marina before
1990s, little could they have imagined models, with a particularly flat run to a breeze I’d had a chance to finish stowing my bag
that, by 2018, they would be the world’s its aft sections. The beam is carried all below. It was the start of a commanding
biggest daysailer brand and that they’d the way aft to help generate enormous demonstration of how quick and easy it is
be launching a 37ft luxury model. cockpit space. It’s called a ‘Lounge’ to take these boats out for a short spin.
Despite its rise in popularity, Saffier because a ‘cockpit’ is not the right word Our haste to get into open water was
still only expected to sell a couple of SE for an area this large and free of lines, rewarded with ideal sailing conditions
37s a year – yet six have already been says Dennis Hennevanger. to suit this type of boat, with flat water
sold since its January show debut. Hennevanger’s confidence in his boats and 8-16 knots of offshore breeze for
For a real appreciation of the SE 37 you is infectious. He is always ready and our morning sail. And there was even
need to see how it is built, the processes, willing to go sailing and will take his boats some swell around the harbour entrance,
investment and fresh mentality the yard out in anything, especially in the high enough to feel the boat’s motion going
has put in place to ensure quality control. winds and waves typically found around into the waves, and to help us surf into
More on that later – first, I was itching to the entrance to IJmuiden. double figures.
find out if the performance matched the In 2014, during European Yacht of Saffiers have always been easy to sail
flashy, novel design. the Year trials in Italy, the SE 33 was solo, but would that still be the case at
the only boat to leave the harbour in big this size, I wondered?
What’s a Lounge? breeze and swell, despite being among Four discreet buttons on the coamings
Have you spotted the design irregularity? a fleet of much larger cruising yachts. control the two reversible Harken
The central position of the twin wheels The gennaker still went up and although winches. Together with a bank of six
is a first at this size and suggests this is we had a lively time trying to clock top clutches each side, this makes it simple
a boat that is all about the enjoyment on speeds, it was yet another demonstration to control the boat single-handedly from
the helm. To my eye, using a combination of the robust build quality and ease of the helm – once you have figured out
of a fixed windscreen with the wheels sailing a Saffier. which button does what and which winch


best suits the main and jib sheets. It Hennevanger had doused the jib and
takes a bit of getting used to, but would launched the kite solo. I soon understood
soon become second nature. how he had already beaten a fully crewed
Sailing from amidships on this size First 40 team during Wednesday evening
of boat is unusual. The only other racing while sailing the SE 37 solo (which
boats steered from this far forward are must feel pretty cool)!
keelboats with tiller extensions, centre- Manoeuvres rarely called for anything
cockpit cruisers and multihulls. Yet this other than a line to be clutched-off and
wheel-driven performance yacht cannot another to be set around a winch. One
be compared to any of those. Despite the downside of the helm position is that you
length of steering connection needed, can’t see the main properly when sitting
it still provides fingertip response. The to leeward. I also think the tail locker
sensation on the helm is more akin to openings should be larger, or a second
sailing a compact sports yacht, with only locker be made each side so the tail ends
20ft or so of boat in view ahead. I was can be divided neatly. On a boat of this
quickly hooked. aesthetic calibre, there is no place for an Above: under-
During our first fetch towards the long untidy mess. deck sheets exit
stretch of beach south of IJmuiden, we directly in front
clocked 8.5-9 knots in 10 knots true using Addictive helming of clutches and
the Code 0 furling gennaker. When the The SE 37 really is a fun boat to sail in winch
breeze picked up another few knots, this both directions. Left: adjustable
increased to a very respectable 9.5 knots. We averaged 7 knots upwind at around helm foot brace
The ease with which sails can be 35°, half a knot more when freed off a little hinges up from the
changed encourages you to do so. As we in the puffs. The self-tacking jib made cockpit sole
sailed up and down past the lines of sand short-tacking back into harbour a delight.
dunes, we frequently swapped gennaker
for jib and vice versa. In just 30 seconds,
Sailing against the tide, we ‘slam
dunked’ it through the tacks to ensure 

Right: it’s all about

entertaining – a
large folding
table and the 40lt
cockpit fridge

the mainsail’s roach crossed the backstay. it’s a technique Hennevanger swears is Above left: optional fridge drawer and grill below the
The wind switched to a sea breeze in just as easy to carry out in 20+ knots. retractable shower benches. The side decks have hidden
the afternoon, which allowed for some The SE 37 is a boat that makes you concealed under magnetic strips incorporated, which
memorable gennaker rides going with a reluctant to stop sailing. I happily hogged transom flap. allow backrests to stay in place and be
slight swell. the helm, sailing right into the tight Above: clean, slid forward or aft to suit seated guests.
It was notable how much difference the marina, before dropping the main and uncluttered twin The shallow aft lockers give access
movement of our weight made. We had reversing 150m into the finger berth. My helm positions to the steering gear, a Jefa system that
been sitting at 9.5 knots, but when the first day aboard and I’d gained absolute uses a mix of rod, chain and wire. My
6ft 2in Hennevanger moved from the aft confidence in the boat and its handling. worry was that the length of gear needed
sunbed to the rail, speed rose regularly might lead to the type of disconnection in
over 10 knots, with surfs up to 10.9 knots Lounge design sensation typical of centre-cockpit boats.
in around 12 knots true. The space and comfort of the cockpit Thankfully, this was not the case with
Throughout all the manoeuvres the cannot be overstated – there is room the SE 37.
Saffier felt sporty and stiff. Following enough for ten people at a time. The A ten-year old Saffier 26 in the berth
early sea trials, Hennevanger modified aft deck is a proper relaxation zone, next to us was a testament to why all
the keel, reducing the ballast and rudder a cushioned terrace on the water, Saffier owners, or over 300 in the last
profile because he felt the boat was too completely clear of sailing systems. It’s a decade, choose the optional Esthec
stiff. It can still carry a serious amount of real selling point for those looking to take composite decking – it still looked
canvas however, including a gennaker up family or friends out to enjoy the simple immaculate. A €25,000 upgrade on the
to 115m2 (our Code 0 was 90m2). pleasure of being afloat. SE 37 it does, however, get a little hot
I gybed the boat single-handed using The forward helm position means under bare feet.
only the reversible winches – taking it there is little need for walkthrough There were around €100,000 of extras
slowly through the gybe, while unwinding cockpit access while under sail, hence in total fitted on the test boat, including
one and pulling in on the new working a fixed table is a sensible solution that electric winches, carbon mast and
sheet. Together with one hand on the provides a central brace for those seated laminate sails, which pushed the price up
wheel and some close monitoring it really on the benches. There are also relatively to a hefty €330,000.
is a simple two-fingered operation – and deep cockpit bench lockers, plus an That said, pricing is still 20-30% less

than Tofinou – for the same quality access to a compact engine space and
declares Hennevanger. there is washboard stowage to one side. The SE 37 sails
“I’m not saying we’re cheap, but I do A proper heads is a critical feature for beautifully and is
think it’s fair pricing for what we give.” a daysailer of this type to allow all aboard very well balanced
to enjoy full days afloat in comfort. The
Business class lounge SE 37 has that, albeit without standing
The extra-wide companionway helps headroom, and also includes practical
connect inside and out, with little height stowage and a wet hanging area aft.
difference between the two. The use The rest of the interior is largely given
of carbon reinforcement in the deck over to yet more lounge space. The
also allows Saffier to do away with a leather-style stitching to the upholstery
central bulkhead, resulting in one long – the same waterproof material as in the
open cabin space, or yet more ‘lounge’, cockpit – is an example of the detailing.
forward of the companionway. The indirect lighting running behind
The tidy ‘galley’ is in keeping with the the seating accentuates the length of
luxury daysailer approach, particularly the boat, while the light oak veneer
the coffee area complete with slide-out complements the walnut soles and table.
espresso machine and individual pod It is seated headroom only in the
holders. A double electric hob, drawer- saloon, but again this area is designed
fridge and shallow composite sink in a way that is bang-on trend for the
complete an area suitable for rustling up purpose of the boat. This means that
light lunches at anchor. you could certainly spend a night or
A small switchboard is mounted two aboard in pleasant weather. And an
further outboard and I like the way you owner might just do that if they wanted to
can perch on the top companionway avoid heading back to their berth for the
step to access this or use the tap. The
companionway steps can be removed for
night. But the main purpose is much
more likely to be a chill-out area, with

Light oak finishes

and indirect
lighting create an
airy feel

a big vee-berth sofa area and TV on the

forward bulkhead, for some downtime or
a siesta while at anchor.

Roots of quality
Saffier is owned and run by brothers
Dennis and Dean Hennevanger. Their
father Richard, who previously owned a
yard in Australia in the 1960s, started the
firm in IJmuiden to build fishing boats.
The Saffier name was adopted in the
mid-1990s after the launch of its first
6.5m daysailer.
With its projections of building 58
yachts this year, Saffier can now justly
claim to be the world’s largest daysailer
brand. A hull delivery once a week calls It may be ‘just’ Since then the yard has trebled in size The pre-fab hall contains rows and
for an efficient build process and Saffier’s a daysailer, but and become an impressively systematic rows of shelving with everything ready
is one of the very best I have seen. SE 37 includes a set-up. It is a particularly clean, tidy and to go for each boat, down to all metal
It stems from the Hennevangers’ galley, plenty of efficient workspace. A proper assembly and woodwork and even wiring looms
unwavering desire to do things properly. storage space and line has been introduced, which also pre-measured and cut. The result is,
When he wanted to learn how to do a separate heads makes it intelligible for any potential logically, a much more consistent quality.
quality vacuum infusion builds in 2011, owner who wants to see the processes One person is used as a runner to fetch
Dennis Hennevanger built his own 36ft involved in putting the boat together. everything that is not to hand and any
IRC race boat, Nitro. He employed a Kiwi All lamination is now done at another parts can be ordered from the pre-fab
expert to teach his key builders. site an hour inland. “We try to pre-fab as hall using a tablet on the wall.
Hennevanger, a former Commodores’ much as possible so there are not boats Even the psychology of the workers
Cup skipper, has regularly and sitting around,” Hennevanger explains. is considered, with staff cleaning their
successfully competed in Nitro at Preparing all the electrics/interiors areas first thing in the morning rather
IRC events and the vacuum infusion before the hull arrives at the IJmuiden fit- than last thing in the afternoon. “It’s a
knowledge gained is employed on the out yard saves money and the quality is different mentality, aimed at starting the
larger Saffier models (SE 33 and SE 37). better and more consistent, he maintains. day fresh,” Hennevanger explains.


LOA 11.00m 36ft 1in
LWL 10.00m 32ft 10in
Beam (max) 3.45m 11ft 4in
Draught 2.10m 6ft 11in

Our verdict table. But for time-poor folk seeking a Displacement (lightship) 4,800kg 10,582lb
short blast of premium-quality sailing, Ballast 2,050kg 4,519lb
The SE 37 is a real sports car of the or for couples or larger parties looking Engine 21hp Yanmar saildrive
sea, with the top-end looks and quality, to maximise pure sailing pleasure in Fuel 80lt 18gal
and the luxury detailing you’d expect stylish comfort, this design is hard
Water 120lt 26gal
to find on a Bugatti or an Aston Martin. to beat. It’s a reassuringly expensive
Sail area (100% foretriangle) 67.6m2 728ft2
It’s a properly modern daysailer that toy that celebrates easy, delightful
Sail Area to displacement ratio 24.2
will offer a similar reward to the driver. daysailing.
Displacement to LWL ratio 134
More than that, it’s a yacht that is A playful, responsive yacht, the
ideal for its purpose. Don’t expect to SE 37 quickly fills you with confidence. Price ex VAT €209,500
go cruising for a week or eat meals The more you sail it, the more you get Designer Dean Hennevanger/Satellite Yacht Design
with your family around the saloon it and the more you love it.


Tofinou T12 Eagle 37 Wallynano

The go-to brand in Utterly timeless new This MkII version marries
daysailers for the past luxury Dutch daysailer sexy Italian styling with
two decades, the T12 is that looks like a mini Dutch workmanship to
elegant to look at and sail. J Class yacht. extraordinary effect.
Price ex VAT: €285,000. Price ex VAT: €167,500. Price ex VAT: €285,000.


NEW yachts Jimmy BuffEtt’s new boat

Surfari 48
ive years after first announcing

F the Surfari concept, designer

Ted Fontaine has seen the
first yacht built to this philosophy – a
48-footer for musician and avid sailor
Jimmy Buffett.
The quickest of glances at the photos
shows this boat is unlike anything else
on the market. “It’s certainly different:
that’s what I was trying to do – shake up
the sailboat world over here,” says Rhode
Island, USA-based Fontaine. “Everyone
was a bit jealous of Peter Johnstone’s
Gunboats when he first started building
them and I particularly liked the concept
of single level living.”
Fontaine was inspired to take this idea
into the monohull world, with a boat that
would be easier to handle. “One person
can do everything on the Surfari,” he
says. “Drifter’s captain has sailed her
single-handed to the Bahamas twice.”
He believes the Surfari 48, which
he dubs a monomaran, will be a game
changer thanks to the way in which it
incorporates lifestyle features typically
found only on catamarans. He points out
that catamarans have other drawbacks
that can only be addressed with a
monohull. For instance, they can be
uncomfortable in certain conditions and
they take up a lot space, which can make
manoeuvring and parking stressful.
“I wasn’t looking to design an ocean-
going bluewater cruiser – this is more of
a weekend recreational vehicle,” he adds.
“It will get you and your family to the
places you want to go – including using
toys like surfboards and paddleboards
– quickly and easily. That’s how most

The key living

areas are on
a single level,
under a hard
top that’s
open aft to the

NEW yachts
With Rupert holmes

Pictures by Onne van der Wal, taken in Bimini, Bahamas.

‘the surfari, dubbed a
monomaran, will be a
game changer’


‘BUFFETT wanted a boat he

could easily sail himself’

people use their boats round here.” The carbon rig provide enough power to achieve 10 curves of the windscreens.
Nevertheless this boat promises good has push-button knots, with a lower sole than would have However Buffett wanted a boat he
performance thanks to a contemporary furling on all the been possible with a larger single motor. could easily sail himself. This originally
high stability hull shape with twin rudders sails including Although the design was originally pointed to 44ft as the optimum size,
allied to a powerful rig. Infused epoxy the Code 0 showcased as a 53 footer, the concept although after building full-size mock ups
construction with Corecell foam, plus subsequently grew to 58ft. “The 53 didn’t of the interior this was increased to 48ft
touches such as carbon rudder stocks look perfect, but stretching to 58 allowed and the tooling has been set up to build a
helps to keep displacement in check. The us to draw a sleeker coachroof with 50 foot hull. It’s envisaged the next boat
carbon rig has push-button furling on all the cockpit sole high enough to avoid will be this size.
the sails, and include an in-boom system flooding,” Fontaine explains. Even then, The boat was built by Pacific Seacraft
for the mainsail and a compact Reckmann he spent a year working with a European in Washington, North Carolina, a choice
hydraulic system for the Code 0. designer to get the coachroof shape influenced by Buffet’s regular travelling
Speed under power was an equally right, particularly in getting the glass on itineraries. It’s a relatively new operation,
important factor. Twin diesel engines each side straight and on the compound but Fontaine says the labour rate was

Panoramic views from
the helm thanks to
extensive use of glass
in the hard top

respectable and build quality excellent.

Buffett specified a huge amount of The optional lifting keel
top of the range kit and equipment – the reduces draught from
materials bill alone added up to US$1.8 2.6m to less than 0.8m
million. Key elements include Hall Spars – note the twin props
carbon spars, with carbon standing
rigging and North 3Di sails, while the
curved laminated glass windscreens
came from New Zealand. All stainless
steel has a de-blasted finish so it doesn’t
need to be polished – it can just be
washed and air-dried.
Fontaine hopes to have the boat on
show at both the Annapolis and the
Newport, Rhode Island boat shows later
this year.
Price ex VAT: US$2,900,000
Price as per Drifter’s specification:

LOA (with sprit) 14.89m 48ft 9in

LWL 13.67m 44ft 10in
Beam 4.46m 14ft 8in
Draught (keel up) 0.76m 2ft 6in
Draught (keel down) 2.6m 8ft 6in
Displacement 15,499kg 34,175lb

Globalstar Sat-Fi2

What is it? Fast data transfer, low(er) cost

satellite communicator.
Who is it for? Anyone voyaging outside of
terrestrial mobile phone coverage.
Globalstar Sat-Fi2 is powered
by USB or a 10-40V DC supply
lack box satellite communicators that
T operate via a wireless link to a
smartphone or tablet are not new – the
Iridium Go led the way three years ago. This
device is offered at a lower price point and with
reduced call costs, depending on the plan. It Globalstar
also benefits from significantly faster data coverage is
transfer – at 72kbps it’s a full 30 times faster based around
than the 2.4kbps that is currently offered by the North America
Iridium Go. and Europe
The unit can be powered via USB, or a
10-40V DC supply, and has a built-in antenna.
However the optional remote antenna and
mobile docking station are needed to mount the
unit permanently below deck.
Up to eight smart devices can be wirelessly
connected, which gives scope for crew
members to be able to connect. For browsing
the internet, a Sat-Browse option, which
costs US$5 per month, strips out all images,
adverts and videos, leaving a page with only America and Europe. Full coverage in the Caribbean or the eastern seaboard of the USA
text and links, which significantly reduces Atlantic, for instance, ends in the Azores and it could be a good choice. We also understand
both download times and data use. However, Canary Island archipelagos, although fringe there are plans in place to extend the coverage.
this doesn’t work with HTTPS sites that coverage extends further. Equally, there’s only The product is already shipping in north
require a login. fringe coverage in the eastern Aegean and America and will be launched in the UK late
The biggest downside is that, despite its Turkish coasts. However, for yachts heading this summer.
name, Globalstar does not offer a worldwide from northern Europe to the Mediterranean Price: service plans US$40-$200 per month
service and is instead focussed on North and for those based in the bulk of the

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created a new market segment tracking at a rock-bottom price, this is
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Henri Lloyd Cool Dri Improved B&G software

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weather. Henri Lloyd’s latest Cool Dri collection uses a quick-drying shave useful time off a passage when cruising and help inform your
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New generation inverters CleantoGleam

Having enough 240V power on board is increasingly important when After 20 years of cleaning yachts, CleantoGleam CEO Gary Winter decided
cruising, yet not all inverters are as efficient as they could be, especially in to change the face of marine cleaning products. He had chemists analyse
warmer weather. Dometic’s new generation of sine-wave inverters produce a the world’s top 10 products and the result is seven new formulations – four
smooth output that’s ideal for use with sensitive electronic devices and offer for exterior use and three for interiors. While performance was a key
an uninterrupted supply when switching to shorepower. There’s automatic requirement, so too was a green ethos: “I needed a good boat wash, which
standby mode for some models, reducing consumption to just 0.2A. was also environmentally friendly and biodegradable,” confirms Winter.
Price: £123-£738. Price: £7.50-£90.00.

NEW gEar

Apollo series marine audio

Fusion has attempted to change the face of onboard entertainment
with the RA770 system that’s purpose built for the marine environment. Pilot book app
It’s controlled via a glass touchscreen or smartphone app. The system Frustration at having to carry multiple sources of harbour and anchorage
has built-in wifi streaming and can play TV, DAB+ and AM/FM radio via information, plus facilities ashore, led to five Dutch sailing enthusiasts
Bluetooth and USB. Fusion’s PartyBus system enables synched tracks producing an app that aims to collate all the relevant information in one
to be played via sound systems throughout the vessel. Alternatively, place. The simple to use app has worldwide coverage and allows users to
individual zones can be configured to play different tracks. share experiences, photos and reviews, says co-founder Jaap Leving.
Price: £799. Price: Free.

Garmin AIS800 Navigators Jackets

This black box AIS transceiver has a transmit power of 5W (compared to Gill has added more than a dozen new products to its range for this
2W for most existing systems). It also offers faster position reporting than summer, including the Navigators Jacket, which is available in both men’s
previous models when boat speed exceeds 14 knots. The unit includes a and women’s fits. It’s made of a two-layer waterproof and breathable fabric
VHF antenna splitter, so a second antenna is not needed, and has a built- with fully taped seams, plus a nylon lining. There’s also a layer of non-
in GPS with an optional external antenna. It is NMEA 2000 compatible for absorbent, quick drying thermal insulation. The roll-away hood has two-way
easy integration and is waterproof to IPX7. adjustment and there’s a storm flap behind the front zip.
Price: £890. Price £150.

Aegir H2Flow
Helly Hansen developed these
products for the Mapfre Volvo Wet wipes in a bottle
Ocean Race team. They’re Understanding of the extent to which the discard of
insulated, windproof and plastics has the potential to devastate the marine
waterproof breathable garments that can be worn as environment is slowly growing. One of the problems is
an outer layer in relatively tame conditions, or under foul that of wet wipes, which can be extremely convenient
weather kit in more inclement weather. Construction on board but have a high plastic content. Fresh X Tissue
mixes lightweight ripstop panels with heavier Spritz is a solution to this problem that simply puts
reinforcement where necessary. The H2Flow designation the kind of liquid that wet wipes are impregnated with
refers to the temperature regulation system, which into a spray bottle. It can then be sprayed onto toilet
includes easy ventilation to prevent overheating. tissue, which has no plastic content. One 150ml bottle is
Price: Jacket £250; Men’s salopettes £230. sufficient for around 300 wipes. Price £3.00.

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Tested 5 best drones of 2018
If you want to take unIque aerIal stIlls or vIdeo footage of your boat or cruIsIng
grounds you no longer need a helIcopter – a drone Is now the smart, affordable
choIce. tested the latest models In detaIl

rones have really advanced over the past few years,

D with anyone now able to try their hand at piloting a

device. Mini-drones are a great first dip in the water, 5 top drone-flying tips
with plenty of fun to be had piloting. Larger quadcopters
from renowned marine photographer richard langdon
practically fly themselves now, with a raft of automated flight
modes featuring on models. n Practise, practise, practise until all someone’s head, a backstay or a
Not only are drones fun to fly, many are equipped with the controls are second nature. VHF aerial.
fantastic cameras to capture stunning aerial views that would n Never fly close to people. n Keep a good eye on battery level.
be impossible to achieve via any other device – just look at Volvo n Beware. Taking off from a moving n When returning your drone,
Ocean Race footage for proof of that. boat, however slow, presents especially if you don’t have visual
However, you need to fly sensibly, so be sure to read the surprises. In GPS mode the contact with it, fly it forwards so
Drone Code (, which provides drone will instantly want to hold that you can see what’s coming up
all the information you need to fly safely – being courteous to position and could fly directly into through the camera.
those around you at anchorages is key!

dJi mavic Pro

£799 That is all topped off with some
advanced automated flight modes that
Key features: let you capture some seriously
n Compact, foldable design stunning cinematic shots, plus
n 4K video/12MP images fantastic quality 4K-video and
n 40mph top speed 12-megapixel still images.
n Front collision detection Battery life of around
n 27-minute flight time 27 minutes is also very
The DJI Mavic Pro is currently one of the If you want a combination
best and most approachable drones. It of nimble flight and
is incredibly convenient to carry around fantastic image quality then the DJI
thanks to a flexible design. Its arms and Mavic Pro is the best drone out there
propellers fold down, making it barely the right now – although a more compact
size of a water bottle. Mavic Air is now available too.

Parrot Bebop 2 Power FPv

Key features:
n Includes Remote Control and FPV
Cockpit glasses
n 30-minute battery life with two
batteries included
n 1080P video/14MP images

The Parrot Bebop 2 Power FPV is more of Two batteries are included, giving an hour of There are also automated shot modes,
an update to the original Bebop 2 than a flight in total. Parrot has been generous with including ‘Follow’ object tracking, which provides
direct follow-up. The ‘Power’ in its name is other accessories for the price, too, with a remote a more hands-off experience when you want it.
demonstrative of the fact that its battery control and FPV (first person view) Cockpit Unfortunately, image quality isn’t as good as
performance has improved, with an excellent 30 glasses which really make for an immersive other drones – but the Bebop 2 Power is still a
minutes of flight per battery. experience, giving you a view from above. great value package overall.

Gear tested
With toby hodges

DJI Spark
£349 has return-to-home functions that will bring it
back at the end of a session.
To make controlling the device even easier,
Key features:
you can use gesture controls to trigger
n Palm take-off
actions such as ‘dronies’ for taking
n Gesture controls and quick shots
a photo and there are plenty
of other automated shots for
n 1080P video
capturing great footage with
n 13-minute flight time
minimal effort.
DJI is adept at making diminutive drones, as the The standard DJI Spark package
DJI Mavic Pro (left) can attest. The DJI Spark is doesn’t come with a remote control,
technically the company’s smallest drone – but so you’ll need to use your phone for
only when compared to the unfolded Mavic Pro. piloting. There’s a ‘Fly More’ combo
Its small size and light weight means it can pack that includes a controller and other
take flight from the palm of your hand, so there’s accessories, which is worth stretching to
no need to find a suitable take-off point. It also for the best experience.

Parrot Mambo

Key features:
n Mini-drone
n Grabber and launcher accessories
n Bluetooth control from a
n Nine-minute flight time

While there are plenty of cheap mini-drones on two accessories included: a grabber claw and a
the market from no-name brands, you know you pellet firing cannon.
are getting a quality device from Parrot. Flight is controlled via your smartphone, reasonably short, but it takes only 30 minutes
The Mambo is tiny and lightweight, making with the remote controller being an optional for a full charge of the device. There’s a 0.3
it great for indoor fun – but it will happily fly accessory. megapixel camera that points downwards – so
outdoors as long as it isn’t too windy. There are Battery life of around nine minutes is this isn’t really a drone for great photography.

GoPro Karma

Key features:
n Includes Karma drone, GoPro
camera and Karma Grip gimbal
n 4K video/12MP still images
n 20-minute flight time
n 35mph top speed

GoPro’s first foray into drones wasn’t without its newest GoPro Hero 6
hiccups, but fortunately the company has ironed Black action camera. The
out the kinks. A number of updates have also Hero 6 Black is the best action camera going, so for rock-steady footage that you can use separate
improved the flight, including the addition of a this device is capable of capturing some fantastic from the drone. It’s taken a while, but GoPro has
greater number of automated flight modes. video and still images. finally caught up to offer features seen on other
The GoPro Karma is also now available with the There’s also the detachable Karma Grip gimbal similarly priced drones.


THIS MONTH super-computer weather • melges 40 • bulletproof offshore prep • mooring double-handed
Jason Pickering

Europe and the Caribbean for the past three

SPECIAL REPORT years. We own a Southerly 38, the interior

of which is given over mainly to living space
rather than storage room: as such, we don’t
TERYSA VANDERLOO ON LIVEABOARD HOME COMFORTS have a generator or particularly large water
and fuel tanks. The knock-on effect is that
ruising sailors who also call their limitations of space and power generation may we can’t have power-intensive items such as

C boat their home usually give plenty

of consideration to making life on
not be so restrictive. But for those who own
smaller boats, perhaps contending with a more
washing machines or separate freezers on
board because we can’t power them, plus we
board as comfortable as possible. The level of modest budget, some luxuries may have to be don’t have anywhere to actually put them.
comfort cruisers and liveaboards choose is, of sacrificed or compromised. Despite these limitations, we have a boat that
course, entirely personal and subjective. Some Of course, living a simple and minimalist is comfortable, homely and full of items that we
consider a watermaker to be a luxury item, lifestyle is part of the fun (and, for many, the love and wouldn’t want to be without.
others regard it to be utterly essential. Some entire point) of cruising. That said, turning your Personally, neither of us could function
may draw the line at a washing machine, but yacht from a series of minor discomforts into a without coffee in the morning and we love our
can’t contemplate life without their ice-maker. home will make cruising far more enjoyable. espresso machine. Another item we bought
On larger boats with a high specification, the My partner Nick and I have been cruising just before we made our Atlantic crossing

{ }
Netflix and Apple TV are not regional
– so you can stream anywhere in the
world (though you may need to change
the location of your Apple ID)

Left and right: Pete

and Tracey Goss
live and work from
the comfortable
set-up of their Garcia
Exploration 45 Pearl

Jason Pickering
Below: Providing
entertainment for
liveaboard children
is a must

However, a pressure cooker isn’t the only

option. Behan and Jamie Gifford from Totem
use a far more self-sufficient alternative: a solar
oven. Behan says: “Point it into the sun and
during peak hours the oven heats up to 200-
250°F (93-121°C).
“That’s kind of like having a crockpot on deck
which slowly turns out a delicious meal over the
course of the afternoon.”
It makes everything from slow-cooked
meats, to cake, to sun-dried tomatoes. The only
downside is its size.
Behan says:, “It’s a big box, it doesn’t
collapse and it does take up a chunk of space.
It’s got a special corner on deck where it lives,

and we’d rather minimise what’s on deck, but
there’s not another option.”
was a breadmaker. The power draw was less Continuing on the premise that if we’re well- However, they reckon it’s a reasonable
than we’d originally assumed, and we kept the fed and caffeinated, we’d probably be quite compromise for a cooking method that not only
batteries topped up by running the engine content, we decided to buy a pressure-cooker. makes delicious meals, but also uses no gas.
while the bread was in the baking stage. We didn’t purchase this until we’d been cruising Behan has another trick up her sleeve for
for almost a year, but it was a game-changer. It provisioning when in remote areas. She cans her
Fresh-baked aroma lowered our propane usage by reducing own chicken, meat and pasta sauces,
Kim and Simon Brown from Britican are also cooking time and also prevented among other things, and maintains
firm breadmaker fans. In fact, Kim says: “This the boat from getting too hot. that home-made canned
is mandatory if you’re sailing around the world. Another benefit was that it meat tastes far better than
Nothing is more spirit-lifting and comforting cooked the frozen, often store-bought. “I’m a former
than the smell and taste of fresh bread.” quite tough, meat we usually vegetarian, but everyone else
I couldn’t agree more. Of course, it’s entirely found on the Caribbean onboard Totem are die-hard
possible to make bread by hand, and many islands in a way that actually carnivores. Heaven forbid
sailors do. However, we try to avoid having made it tender and delicious. we have too many meatless
the oven on for too long as it not only uses up meals!” she says.
propane but also heats the boat up, so a bread
machine makes sense.
Liveaboards are often adept at
creating their own entertainment
They also have what she
calls a ‘ridiculous little luxury’ ›

{ If you have a pod coffee maker

there are now compostable
pods compatible with most
makes of coffee machine
on board: a hand-cranked pasta machine. “We lifestyle is keeping up with favourite hobbies. For
use it three or four times a year, usually for us music is an important part of our cruising
birthdays. It’s like a part of our family culture, so
COMFORTS life. Nick plays the guitar daily, although he will
it justifies the space it takes up.” bring out the banjo or harmonica when he’s
Elena Manighetti and Ryan Osborn are Nespresso feeling particularly jaunty. Some evenings have
currently sailing the Mediterranean on their machine been quite memorable with people congregating
catamaran Kittiwake and have a number of The Essenza Mini Piano in the cockpit with their instruments and
onboard home comforts. In the galley their Black model is ultra impromptu concerts breaking out.
luxury is a set of ceramic knives. compact, takes just 25
“Ceramic knives are super sharp and simply seconds to heat up and Staying healthy
cannot rust. All you need to do is handle has a low-energy mode. Yoga has been particularly popular amongst
them with care and keep them in a sheath so From £89.99 the sailing communities we’ve stayed in: you
they’re always safe in their drawer on passage. don’t need any equipment, anyone can do it no
Make sure the whole blade is 100 per cent matter their level of experience, and it not only
ceramic and there is no iron. And don’t forget a provides a physical workout, but is a chance
sharpening stone,” Elena adds. Solar oven to meditate or have some peaceful time alone.
Another much loved item is Elena’s portable The Solarvore Many cruisers are early risers and practice yoga
speakers. “We bought speakers that we charge ovens include on deck as they watch dawn break. It’s hard to
via USB cable and connect to our phones via graniteware think of a better start to the day.
bluetooth or cable. Having portable speakers pots and a For more modern entertainment, internet
means we can listen to music or podcasts thermometer. connection is vital for many cruisers. Some feel
anywhere, even in our berth or on the beach.” From $199 that a lengthy break from technology and social
Matt and Jessica Johnson are cruising on a media allows them to better enjoy all that the
budget on their Trisalu 37 Elements of Life, but cruising lifestyle has to offer. On the other hand,
are still able to have a few creature comforts cruising can be a lonely existence even in more
onboard. Jessica says, “We’ve learned to be Solar lantern popular grounds such as the Caribbean. Social
pretty minimal and go without a lot of things Luci lights are very media greatly helps to foster connections with
due to space and cost.” popular among cruisers: other cruisers, which can ultimately result in
inflatable, solar powered, close friendships on the water as you meet up
Enjoying some fizz rechargeable. The Lux with people you originally knew online.
But sometimes it’s the small things that matter: version is also waterproof. Besides the practical requirements of
“I just picked up a Sodastream,” Jessica says. £18.99 from Amazon keeping abreast of the latest weather forecasts,
“I really like carbonated beverages. I make internet forums are also an excellent way of
a litre of sparkling water per day, and I love getting advice or information on all sorts of
it!” Jessica also listed her Sport-A-Seat (an matters. For us, internet access is essential. We
adjustable and portable cushioned chair) as Bluetooth always buy a local SIM card with data, which we
a necessary luxury: “We use them as cockpit speakers keep topped up until we leave the country.
seats, but can also move them around the boat There are lots of To watch films or television; most cruisers
and even take them to the beach.” makes, styles and have either a TV or laptop, along with a high-
For Mark and Jennifer Prince on Luna prices available – this capacity hard-drive to store the movie files –
Sea (a Beneteau 393) good bedding is a top Anker Soundcore which can be topped up whenever there’s free
priority. They have a gel-infused memory foam Motion Q is waterproof or fast wifi connection.
mattresses in both their cabins, and say, “It’s and has 10 hours of play per charge. For many cruisers, part of the delight of living
like sleeping on a cloud. We bought a queen- £39.99 from Amazon on board is to enjoy a minimalist lifestyle. Nick
sized mattress then modified it slightly to fit the and I get a huge amount of satisfaction from
berth. They’re not too expensive, easily cut and living self-sufficiently and sustainably. So for
modified, and usually come with a cover. Sleep us, living without some creature comforts is
is crucial!” Sodastream actually part of the fun. That being said, a bit of
The gel component is designed to disperse Fizzy drinks and sparkling luxury goes a long way to making life on board
body heat, which makes it cooler than sleeping water without plastic bottle more enjoyable.
on traditional memory foam. It’s also possible to waste, gas canisters are
get pillows and mattress toppers made with this exchangeable, and no Terysa Vanderloo and her
technology. Another option is a latex mattress, electrical power is required. partner, Nick, are in their third
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THE MELGES 40 is the only canting-keel SPECIFICATION

production one-design yacht in the world, and LOA 11.99m 39ft 4in
has just begun its first Mediterranean season of LWL 11.10m 36ft 5in
class racing Beam 3.53m 11ft 7in
Displacement (lightship) 3,250kg 7,165lb
ach year the curtain rises on the Draught
3.20m 10ft 6in
Mediterranean grand prix regatta Crew weight (max) 750kg 1,653lb
season at the PalmaVela. The Engine 20hp
increasingly popular event is not just a chance Keel Fin weight 100kg 220lb
to shake the rust off race boats after the winter, Bulb weight 1,100 kg 2,425lb
but more often than not there are a couple of Canting keel angle 45°
eye-catching new designs to be spotted. Sail area Mainsail 72m2 775sq ft
Strictly speaking the Melges 40 is not new; Jib 49m2 527sq ft
the first models were launched around a year Gennaker 200m2 2,152sq ft
ago, but so far there have only been three or
four boats racing at isolated regattas last year
in Sardinia, Valencia and Palma.
This year’s PalmaVela saw the Melges 40
make its public debut as a class at the popular
multi-class regatta. Interest spread like wildfire.
Despite a small entry of five boats,
competition levels were high. Four of the five
international teams won races during their
nine race series, the regatta title went to the
Marina Semenova/Barracuda/Melges 40 Class

wire, and there were just five points between

1st and 4th. The mainly pro and semi-pro class
is stacked with talent: Cameron Appleton was
calling tactics for winners Inga from Sweden,
Francesco Bruni sails on Stig. Teams so far hail
from Sweden, Italy, Japan and Monaco/Russia.

Slow burn success

The Melges 40 is something of a slow burn
success story. As the only canting keel, all
carbon, strict one-design grand prix racer
it remains unique. It is very much an elite,
niche class. It was never targeted at the wider
horizons of the one-design production racing
class, such as is the new Melges 37.
So far it appeals only to a small cross section designs, while Melges had a small number of The Melges 40 is hugely powerful, with a
of experienced, competitive owners who successful top-level Melges 32 owners who 72m2 square top main and 49m2 jib – that’s 20
want electric downwind speed, and quick and wanted to move up to something bigger. And per cent more sail area than a Fast 40+.
efficient upwind sailing. The canting keel adds the new design simply had to be faster; which The keel sets a 1.1 tonne bulb on a 3.4m
a whole new dimension to windward-leeward is a big ask considering the downwind and carbon fin. In essence you get 10 per cent more
racing. Melges 40 owners want to go quicker reaching speeds of the 32. righting moment than the Fast 40+ with a bulb
than anything else of a similar size, and to travel Adolfo Carrau of the Botin design office approximately half its weight.
and race internationally with their team. They is a huge fan of the end result. “The concept The keel technology is super-simple and
are owners who might otherwise be in the TP52 and the way the boat behaves are unique,” he well proven. Manufactured by Cariboni it is a
fleet, but perhaps don’t want to employ full- explains. “It is really easy and safe to race hard direct development of the IMOCA and Volvo 65
time shore crew or to be running a development but it goes very fast. It is very overpowered but systems using a single ram with a double-acting
programme. it is easy to control. It has a huge sailplan and cylinder (which both pushes and pulls).
The Melges 40 is the confluence of two sets a very tall rig. It accelerates really quickly and It’s driven by a 24V 4,500W power pack that
of ideas. Botin Partners were already convinced the owner-drivers can push the boat very hard is controlled by Cariboni’s four-point system. A
that canting keel technology was the way downwind because the bow is usually up, and it simple keypad on the turn of the cockpit, at the
forward and had done their own preliminary has the twin rudders.” helmsman’s back leg, is for the tactician/runner

{ The Melges 40 uses the
same canting keel technology
as the IMOCA 60 and Volvo 65
round the world racers }
trimmer at the back of the boat to operate.
Simplicity is paramount in every area. Hence
there is a single centreline canard rather than
twin daggerboards cluttering up deck space
and complicating matters. The canard is
controlled on a simple purchase system by the
pit crew. The purchase system sits inside and is
controlled from two lines, up and down on the
winch. Needless to say this is one of the busiest
and skilled crew jobs on the boat.
The class sails with nine (or ten) people, up
to a maximum crew weight of 750kg. There are
no limitations on professional sailors unless
specified by a national class association.
Most teams are currently sailing with
nine, some with a dedicated grinder.
Fundamental to the operation of the boat is
the aft pedestal, a six-speed Harken MX Air.

Intelligent rig
The two-part twin spreader high modulus
Southern Spars rig is deck stepped and set
with EC3 composite rigging. The rig uses
TP52-style deflectors which are controlled by a
PCT-developed magic wheel, one of four such
systems on board. They are also used to control
the traveller, drop line system and vang. There
are masthead and jib halyard locks. Sailmaker
choice is open and at the moment the fleet is
split between North and Quantum.
The canting keel adds a set of new challenges
to moding and trimming the boat downwind.
Michele Ivaldi, tactician on the Dynamiq
Synergy Sailing Team who joined the
class from the TP52s, explains what
Lightweight he sees as some of the attractions
The Melges 40 is of the Melges 40: “It is super fun
super light at just because it is a new generation
3,200kg – that’s some one-design, there are so many
800kg lighter than a things to learn.
Fast 40+ “The keel position upwind is
usually fully canted to 45°. Downwind
it is very challenging to understand so if
you want to you can have the crew maybe not
full hiking but with the keel up, or you can do
the opposite – there so many different modes.
“For example, we saw that when we are
sailing in 11-13 knots we use 20° keel and the
boat is sailing 143°-145° TWA. When it is lighter
you are sailing with the keel in the middle and
more like normal. It is very unique.”
Even the most experienced teams like Stig
and Inga have still only sailed between 30 and
40 days on the water so far and so there is
still a lot to learn.
The finer points of the tactical choices ›

{ }
The Melges 40 should be
1.0-1.5 knots faster knots faster
than a 40ft HPR design once the
breeze gets above 10 knots TWS

are all part of the learning curve. Among the

fleet there seemed to be a real camaraderie,
all of the teams debriefing together on the Real
Club Náutico de Palma’s pontoon.
Inga’s owner, Richard Goransson, came
from the Farr 30 into the Melges 32 having
won the US Nationals and the European Series:
“You have to plan your tactics just a little bit
further ahead. A lee-bow is not so easy to pull
off because if you come in too close you won’t
make your tack.
“It is all about tacking and the keel dictates All rope tails have a
the speed of your tack. You turn the boat at tensioned tidy away
the same speed as the keel and come out high, system
then bring the bow down. If you lean over then it The deck layout is super simple, borrowing many ideas from the TP52,
is really hard to get back up. To maintain speed though note the mainsheet track is at the far aft edge of the cockpit
out of the tack you need to be quite careful. We
are all learning that.
“It is super close racing, one boat length of a
gain is like: ‘We crushed them!’”

Onboard power
Melges was adamant that a 40-footer which
makes 22-23 knots downwind should not have
a prop dragging in the water, so the prop is
lifted before racing. The inner power pack, PLC
brain and remote control are all controlled by
the engine. The hydraulics run off two batteries Pleasing detailing includes the carbon tiller, set The footrests are long enough to be used by
for the canting keel. After three races there is relatively far forward as per current trends both the mainsheet trimmer and tactician
usually still 60 per cent of battery capacity left
so the boats should be capable of two days
racing autonomously.
This year the Melges 40s will also be
showcased as a class at August’s Copa del Rey.
The target is a 15-boat international circuit.
In the winter the fleet will head to Miami and
the USA where new, interested owners are
expected to come on board, not least from the
Melges 32 fleet.
Botin’s Carrau confirms: “You always return
to the boat with a smile on your face. That is not
marketing speak. I have always returned to the Four buttons control the keel, usually operated The central canard case, with simple
dock with a smile on my face. Everyone always by the tactician or runner trimmer up/down control lines running internally
looks forwards to going sailing in 20 knots and
big waves because it is so easy to sail. It will go
23 to 24 knots.”
He smiles, “Who needs foils? It is very simple.
Keeping it simple was our priority. It is very
easy to get very complicated very quickly.
“Complex boats are appealing but at 40ft
they quickly need a shore team to maintain and
you need an engineering team. We wanted to
avoid experiments. After all, in the round the
world races the canting keel system here is
well proven. So we are not inventing anything,
we are putting pre-existing technology in a This purchase system controls the long central Multiple purchase systems below decks
production boat.” pin that raises the propeller for reduced drag minimise loads and maximise control


navigation briefing
Anderson reggio on super-computer forecasting

Far left: the

Newport, Rhode
Island sailing area.
Left: the same area
showing the level of
forecasting detail

Decelerated wind
possible using a
Accelerated and left just to leeward of the Vestas 333m grid
shifted breeze along the Newport shore
windward shorelines of output
Conanicut Island and
the mainland

eather modelling is an ever-evolving forecasts during leg starts at a spatial resolution quickly erased when the model helped to pick up

W process, and the Volvo Ocean Race

teams have spent a year battling to
unmatched by most major weather models.
Ultra-high-resolution forecasting models were
a key shift in the Mediterranean, which helped us
win the first leg from Alicante to Lisbon.
understand which model is the most accurate run on Vestas’s super-computer ‘Mindstorm’, When passing Cabo de Gata we’d been tipped
in any given geographical region and synoptic which is usually used to run power forecasts, by Vestas modelling that there was potential
weather situation. Vestas 11th Hour Racing is icing forecasts, and extreme weather event for a left-hand shift to be gained by being the
unique in that our sponsor Vestas shared the predictions for the Vestas turbines and wind most inshore boat, and that the land breeze
race team’s obsession with understanding how parks all over the globe. Running forecasts at running down slope at night would increase in
wind flows around various topographies, and these higher resolutions requires significant pressure. There were low risks associated with
we’ve therefore been fortunate enough to tap resources in the form of CPU hours. putting our toe into the bay to see if the shift
into their computing power around the world. Global models such as the GFS and ECMWF was present – and sure enough it was, enabling
Every team in the race is provided with access are limited by the computing power necessary us to sneak around the competition and build
to the major global models (GFS, ECMWF, to churn out a full global output with tradeoffs a lead that we held to Lisbon. Ultimately, as the
Arpege) as well as high-resolution models in between time, projection and resolution. The race has progressed, we have worked together
certain areas of the world (HIRLAM and AROME longer a weather model projects forward in to refine the meteorological variables that we
HD in Europe, HRRR in the US, etc). With all time, the wider the scale necessary to achieve want to see within the GRIB files. By the final leg
teams having access to the same ‘bucket’ of an output in a timely manner. the process was as simple as providing a lat/
information, it’s up to the teams themselves to long grid, and we receive back a link to the next
decide which model they will download, with Pinpoint weather geographic region in which we are interested.
the analysis of that model being done entirely For our leg starts we were only worried about a The partnership has had great benefits
on board in real time. Any added resources that very small geographic region and for a relatively to both sides. We’ve received information
can be provided to give situational context to short duration, so we could scale the resolution unavailable to our competitors with proven
the sailors before they set off, could aid them in of our modelling to an exceptionally high value in points on the scoreboard. Vestas
decision-making on a given leg. 300m grid and nest that inside broader spatial has gained a perspective that it would not
But as the onshore navigation and meteo resolutions of 1km, 3km, and 9km, with each normally see in how weather files can be
support team for Vestas 11th Hour Racing, we broader geographic scale extending further and utilised by racing sailors. They’ve received
also gained access to high-resolution weather further forward in time. This enabled us to see real time feedback from the race team, which
files from Vestas based on historical weather potential variations in wind speed and direction in turn helps refine their modelling of coastal
data and a custom Vestas topographical that may otherwise be missed by the major environments. It has been a partnership unlike
algorithm. Our chosen spatial scale could then models at our disposal. The more information any other in the history of the Race.
be applied to strategically chosen locations you have, the more confidence you can have in
throughout the race. These weather files were the plan when the team leaves the dock. ANDERSON REGGIO is shore-side navigator
part of our pre-leg research presented to the Any time a new weather model is produced and performance analyst for the Volvo Ocean
sailing team as another aid to understanding its accuracy is studied intently, and initially Race team Vestas 11th Hour Racing, and was
how the wind will shift in pressure and direction there was a healthy dose of scepticism across previously a winning navigator for maxis,
if a given weather scenario takes shape. the team as to whether their custom models superyachts and TP52s. He is also a highly
Additionally, Vestas provided us with real time were going to be beneficial. That scepticism was sought-after race officer




ANDY RICE talks to Vendée Globe and Global Challenge skipper MIKE GOLDING

ou don’t need to tell Mike Golding run-of-the-mill boat, Mike would always run

Y about the importance of making

your boat bulletproof. After all, this
a series of checks before embarking on any
kind of long-distance offshore race, even a
is the man whose keel dropped off his IMOCA hop across the Channel.
60 when 50 miles out from the finish of Aside from big Vendée moments like keels
the Vendée Globe in 2005. He still finished, falling off and masts falling down, Mike has
coming into Les Sables d’Olonne in a very suffered his minor mishaps too: filling up his
impressive 3rd place. IMOCA 60 from a fuel tanker in Southampton
Modern IMOCA 60s are complex, cutting- Water only to pick up a dreaded bacterial bug
edge machines operating at the boundaries that turned his diesel into jelly. Here are Mike’s
of reliability, but even when sailing a more five vital tips before you go offshore.
Carlo Borlenghi/Rolex

Tor McLaren’s Gallivanter presses on

in the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race

Vincent Curutchet/DPPI
MIKE GOLDING is one of the most experienced offshore sailors on the
planet. He skippered Group 4 to victory in 1997’s British Steel Challenge,
held the solo record for sailing round the world westabout between 1994
and 2000, and has completed three gruelling editions of the Vendée Globe

START YOUR ENGINE being insufficient articulation in
You need to start with the engine the metal fittings. IMOCA 60s have
because you need power. Whatever your virtually solved this problem with soft
charging system it must be bombproof, connections – to the point where I
so ensure the engine is regularly feel safer having a rope lashing than
serviced, make sure your fuel is clean, a turnbuckle because it articulates
and carry necessary spares. Next on the 100 per cent. With modern materials,
list is electrics. Do the lights come on, a rope junction is superior to a
do your nav lights work? If you have an wire junction, provided they’re well
alternator, what’s your backup? These maintained and periodically changed.
things have to work if you’re to be in a Spectra is the most reliable option for
position to finish a long-distance race. most applications.
When you’re in harbour make sure
you have enough length in furling gear

systems to be able to take four turns
POINTS OF ENTRY of sheet around the winch – because
Is the boat watertight? Make sure all that’s what you’ll need in a storm.
skin fittings are properly fitted. I’ve
learned from bitter experience: when I

was pounding across Biscay in a nasty
aboard one of the steel 67ft Challenge The WEAKEST LINKS
boats the hose popped off one of With every system on the boat, ask
the skin fittings. The bilge pump was yourself the question: ‘What will be
barely coping with the amount of water the first thing to fail?’ Either have a
pouring in. If the pump had failed the spare or at the very least be aware
boat would have gone down like a stone. of which part of the system is likely
Double-clip through-hull fittings and to fail first. Have your plan of action
have emergency bungs readily available before you need it.
– I tie the correct sized bung to each Make sure you have lots of spare
fitting with a piece of string. lengths of high-modulus rope – you
Modern boats have ever more can fix almost any problem with this
complex steering linkages and stuff. If a metal fitting fails, you can
compartments are not always easily tie it back on. The other obvious
accessible. Understand the steering ones to take are lots of duct tape and
system while the boat is on shore. Sikaflex: with these you can repair
I cannot overstress the importance almost any sail.
of regularly inspecting the keel and its
attachment at least once a year, and

always after a grounding.
Establish a routine that all the crew

understands, but be flexible to
CHAFE AND TURNBUCKLES change if circumstances require.
Look at the sailing systems. Wear you You don’t set out in shorts and
find now will multiply exponentially T-shirt to do a Channel race, so have
when you’ve been sailing for days at a the right clothing for all conditions.
time offshore. Treat signs of chafe as Equip everyone with head torches,
an early warning system for something and have plenty of spares.
that needs resolving before you go Make sure you’ve got food that
to sea. Pay particular attention to can be served without complicated
halyards and anything else that, if it cooking: hot food is really important
broke, would require someone to go up for toughing out the worst moments.
the rig. You really don’t want to have to And allow people to rest where
do that in a big sea. possible. My mantra is that you
I’ve learned from personal should always ‘Wrap up before you
experience about turnbuckle failures, get cold, eat before you get hungry
and a lot of times it’s down to there and sleep before you get tired’.


masterclass WITH PIP HARE


ooring can be a stressful situation and Hand signals

M mooring double-handed takes thought,
preparation and calm heads. As the
Agree a method of communication that does
not include shouting. Words can be lost in the
average couple’s cruising boat gets bigger the wind, misunderstood and the force with which
challenge of coming alongside safely at the end they are delivered can be misinterpreted.
of the day is getting harder. The bigger the boat the clearer your
High topsides result in reduced visibility, communication should be, so set out what
increased windage and freeboard heights that information the helm will need and how and
make jumping off with a rope neither practical when it should be delivered. If relaying distance,
nor safe. Beamy boats with engine controls hand signals using fingers on one hand held
offset to one side can make judging distance clear out to the side work well. Agree units
difficult and voices cannot easily be heard (boat lengths/metres/feet) and from where
from bow to stern. Here are my tips for keeping they are being measured.
berthing relaxed. My experience suggests that advice on
direction and speed is only useful when picking
Do your research up a mooring buoy or in situations where there
Don’t rush in. It always pays to recce a situation, is no other point of reference by which the helm
hang back in open water and make a decent can judge their speed or angle of approach.
plan that you both understand before heading In these situations, the crew can be a long
for a new berth. The use of satellite images is way off on the bow and facing forward so
invaluable for understanding the layout of a ensure your hand signals are delivered with an
new port or marina – use the satellite layer on outstretched arm and make them exaggerated.
your charting software or look at pictures from A clenched fist is usual for hold, a wagging
Google Earth. finger for slowly forward and flat palm pushing
Once you have identified where you will be downwards for slow down.
berthing, discuss the effects of the wind/current If your helm has not asked for information

Tor Johnson
on your berthing plans, discuss how things on speed and direction then try not to dish it
could go wrong and agree an ‘escape plan’. No out. In all cases, don’t forget you are a team, so
matter how well you know each other, telepathy working together and good communication is
rarely works in stressful situations but a well as important as boat handling skills.
thought-out plan keeps you both in control. Stress-free double-handed mooring is about
communication, prepping early and being
One line strategy generous with your fenders
On most occasions when either coming to or
leaving a mooring your boat will sit comfortably short stern line will do the job. For leeward It’s still unusual to see women taking the
and safely against a single line with gentle alongside berths, reverse against a stern spring helm and there are many reasons why
pressure from engine – you just need to to stop the bow blowing onto the pontoon. changing this status quo could only be a
figure out in which position this line should be. When windward berthing in strong conditions good thing for the average cruising couple.
Consider how the elements will act on your a short midships line is preferable, though if If both partners in a double-handed
hull and how the boat will pivot around a single space is limited it may be better to fender up crew understand how to manoeuvre the
mooring point, remembering the bow blows and rest gently in the opposite leeward berth boat, berthing becomes intuitive and a
downwind faster than the stern. – even if alongside another boat – then wind lot smoother. If one member of a crew is
Keeping the line short is often key to keeping across afterwards. stronger or more physically confident than
your boat in place, so rig up your first line with For boats with high topsides, lassoing cleats the other, then it makes sense for them to
the inboard end leading to a winch. If you have or bollards from the deck is often easier than handle ropes when mooring rather than
electric winches which can be controlled from having your crew get off and guards against being stuck behind the wheel.
the helm’s position, this will free up the crew to the risk of leaving your crew on the dock if it all It’s easy to get stuck in a rut so try to
go for the second line. goes wrong. find opportunities to swap when berthing.
When mooring alongside, a midships breast When using this method, the helmsman If one of you lacks confidence, then try a
line is often the best solution; once this line is should steer the boat into the pontoon as close day or weekend with an instructor to kick-
on, and pulled tight, the helmsman can drive as if your crew were going to get off. The natural start the change.
against it, using either the bow thruster or prop tendency to ‘hang off’ otherwise creates an Having the flexibility to decide who will
wash to bring the stern and then the bow into inevitable delay as the crew has to pull in larger drive in different scenarios will be liberating,
the pontoon in turn. amounts of slack – in windy conditions this will leaving you able to bounce ideas off each
For downwind or down-current alongside allow the boat to travel, and pivot around this other when faced with a challenge.
berths, and fore and aft box berths, a single, single point.


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ICE Cat 61
HH 50
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ITA 14.99
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multihulls introduction

Corks pop over cat fleet

he sun is setting, but retains plenty of heat director Alex Dauberville, adding that Lagoon has
T for the visitors to savour the last daylight
hours. As the International Multihull Boat
launched 300 of the 42 in three years and 700 of the
450 in total.
Show at La Grande Motte, near Montpellier in the
south of France, starts to wrap up for the evening, it is Is a multihull for you?
accompanied by a familiar background noise – the If you are a monohull sailor considering your first
sound of corks popping and glasses clinking. The catamaran, but are worried you don’t have the
Champagne and rosé are in full flow and there are experience, most yards will help. Outremer runs free
smiles all around the cockpits of the new multihulls. training weeks for its new owners, on all aspects of
Deals are being done, boats are being sold, there are owning a multihull from sail handling and electronics
plenty of serious buyers, and there is a great to medical training.
atmosphere. It is April 2018, and, in contrast to the “We want the project to be successful,” says sales
monohull world, the market at this annual event is manager Matthieu Rougevin-Baville. “If you have a
booming. This is the year of the 50ft cat, with a two-year goal to go round the world, you don’t want to
number of fresh new designs, particularly fast lose six months [learning or fixing the boat]. So when
cruisers. With prices they step on the boat
starting at €700,000
and typically reaching
‘40–50ft is the sweet spot they know it perfectly.”
Before you reach that
over €1m, these
models target a for cruising multihulls’ level of commitment,
however, the best
premium market. But advice is to do a charter
it’s still the volume yards that are producing the most or, better still, several, to see if you’ll take to sailing a
impressive numbers. cat. But be warned: it’s a bit like getting an upgrade on
For Fountaine Pajot, Lagoon, Robertson & Caine and a flight – once you try it, you won’t want to go back!
Bavaria/Nautitech, the number of orders in recent Buying to let could be a more sensible investment
years reads more like a cricket score and lead times are than chartering multiple times. The big charter
comparable to superyachts. Fountaine Pajot sold 130 companies offer guaranteed income, even if their boats
of its new Astréa 42 before the first boat launched. If are not in use. Hurricane Irma damaged around 200 of
you ordered a 42 in April 2018, you’d be waiting until The Moorings’ boats, but its owners
Cover: Jesús Renedo

May 2020 to sail it! still received revenue during the repair
Lagoon built 400 boats last year yet is aiming to time. You’ll find some really useful
increase production by ten to 20 per cent this year. It figures on buying to let in our feature
created a new yard for the 380 and 40 and by April it starting on page 26.
had sold out of Lagoon 50s for 2019. “40–50ft is the Toby Hodges
sweet spot for cruising multihulls,” says marketing

buyer’s guide To
multihulls reviews & buyers guide

Sam ForteScue and toby HodgeS look at tHe pick oF 2018’S HotteSt new launcHeS

performance cruisers
just launched Power and the event of underwater collision.
pizzazz: you can “We expect her to track upwind

mcconaghy MC50
cross an ocean extremely well,” says James Kinloch
at pace and in of McConaghy.
style and comfort And yet this is no pared-down
resh from the Australian glass’ generator to keep batteries in the MC50 raceboat. The saloon has deep seating
F composite wizards
McConaghy, the MC50 is
topped up.
Then there is the standard cross
to starboard and an extending table
gives dining space for at least eight,
the smallest series catamaran in a brace between the bows, which has and can convert into lounging room
new range that runs up to 90ft. Drawn been eliminated by using a carbon fibre if you drop the table and install the
by Jason Ker, renowned for his IRC longeron down the boat’s centreline, fill-in cushion. The galley and island
winners, the MC50 has performance tensioned with Nitronic rod stays. unit to port are more penthouse than
in her DNA, designed as a fast cruising The first hull launched in time for deckhouse, with induction hob and
cat, capable of crossing oceans. La Grande Motte boatshow in April moulded-in sinks. Sensibly, there is
The MC line has incorporated input and the performance predictions are a navigation station at the forward
of experienced owners and sailors, and bold. Polars from McConaghy suggest end of the saloon, with good visibility
includes some impressive features. For speeds of over 10 knots in a stiff Force ahead and access to all the systems.
example, the doors between the saloon 6, at 30° off the true wind. Bear away The styling was undertaken by
and the cockpit concertina, while the onto a broad reach and she is expected Design Unlimited.
saloon windows slide open electrically to manage 21 knots-plus. “The concept was to create a
for al-fresco living. A skylight down the Upwind performance is boosted by penthouse apartment on the living
middle of the coachroof lets light flood 3.5m-deep hydraulic daggerboards in deck,” says Ole John, director of
in, and can be specced as a large ‘solar each hull, which include a fail-safe in McConaghy Multihulls Europe.

18 LaTesT muLTis
Toby’s firsT impression

The MC50 is a clever boat. A

Ker/McConaghy project, it
might be expected to be all
about the performance. That
has yet to be proved, but the
first MC50 to launch stole the
show at its La Grande Motte
debut in April thanks to the
sheer amount of open-plan
living space it offers.
The natural light and
ventilation offered by using
sliding doors and windows
needs to be seen to be believed,
and the general feeling is that
of a condo/apartment on the
main deck.
The view from the helms on
the aft flybridge is excellent, but
I wonder how these relatively
high positions will feel in a
rolling sea. The most impressive
aspect for me, however, is the
engineering detail, something
Ker is known for. It can be seen
in the length to which he and
the yard has gone with the mast
The interior is base and bowsprit longeron
like a penthouse supports, and the hydraulic
apartment, centreboards that swing into
complete with the hulls.
glass concertina The latter offer a clever
doors to enable solution to the problem of
outdoor living providing the performance
benefits of 3.5m-deep boards
“The 35-40m2 of space must be the The MC50 has a square-top 104m2 without swallowing excessive
biggest for a 50ft yacht.” mainsail and a 50m2 self-tacking jib, accommodation space. The
There’s a true flybridge at the broadly similar to a Lagoon 50. But the boards have fail-safe pins that
aft tip of the sloping coachroof, with key to her performance lies in Ker’s break in a collision without
twin helm stations that give excellent optimised hull shape, and the 40 per risk of leaking hydraulic fluid;
visibility. The key control lines come cent of her lay-up that is in carbon and they take just 12 seconds
back to winches here for easy single- fibre (she is six tonnes lighter than the to raise.
handing. This is also a social space Lagoon 50), meaning greater stiffness. This is a boat that we are
with seating for seven people. The MC50 is available in a three- itching to sail.
“No other manufacturer to date has and four-cabin layout, each with
built a catamaran that gives effortless dedicated heads and shower.
pace and upwind capability combined LOA
with an ultra high quality, stylish and 49ft 2in (14.99m)
spacious interior. This is primarily Beam
because the latter two are not 26ft 3in (8.00m)
comfortable bedfellows,” says Kinloch. Draught
The flybridge means a compromise 3ft 3in-8ft 10in (1.00m-2.70m)
of having the boom higher up the mast, Displacement
raising the centre of gravity and centre 14.5 tonnes
of effort on the boat – both enemies Price
of stability. McConaghy has tried to from €1.33m
mitigate this by slanting the boom
slightly up from the gooseneck.

Andrea Rizzato multihulls reviews & buyer’s guide
just launched of the designer’s pen: it is intended Ice Yachts’ first handling of a large, technical boat
to reduce windage and help the foray into cats with electric winches and a self-

ICE Cat 61
catamaran go to windward. This is one is light and tacking jib. The sheets of both sails
reason that she can reportedly manage modern inside are on travellers, giving maximum
near 30° true wind angles. Another is sail trimming options and a tighter
Italy’s ICE Yachts has been on the the manually-operated carbon foils sheeting angle for better windward
scene since the turn of the millennium, that reduce her displacement by about performance. The helms are
but it is only now making a foray into 15 per cent, and the way the rig is towards the aft end of the cockpit,
multihulls. And it is starting big, with designed. behind a pod-like console, giving
a 61, and a 67 further down the line. “The angle going to windward is the skipper more the sense of a
Its calling card has always been style almost like a monohull,” Malgara says. monohull. Dispensing with a raised
at the service of performance, and The yachts are built using ultra- LOA helm station keeps the boom and
the cats will be no different. Enrico modern techniques. On the standard 61ft (18.60m) the centre of gravity low, making for
Contreas has designed a dashing hull version, the hull and superstructure Beam a more comfortable ride and better
with just a hint of reverse bow and employ a mix of glass and carbon fibre 28ft 3in (8.60m) performance, predicted at 25 knots.
a long, curved quarter. It’s stylish, vacuum-infused with epoxy to ensure Draught The interior is more architectural
but also practical. “Avoiding highly that just 35-40 per cent of the final 3ft 3in (1.00m) than your average luxury yacht. Expect
reversed bows allows for easy recovery weight is resin. Everything on the boat Displacement more of a kitchen than a galley in the
of the mooring lines,” says Marco is foam-cored. Customers have so far 15 tonnes large open space of the saloon. The
Malgara, ICE Yachts’ CEO. unanimously opted for the RS version Price configuration allows for three, four or
Likewise, the shallow curve of the of the 61, which uses all carbon fibre. from €1.35m five cabins, including a compact crew
coachroof is more than just a flick ICE has tried to mitigate the berth in the starboard bow.

coming up LOA
49ft 10in (15.20m)

HH 50 Beam
24ft 4in (7.44m)
HH Catamarans has been turning
4ft 11in-10ft 6in
heads since 2012 with a line of sporty,
high-tech boats that feature a luxury
fit-out. What started off on the drawing
15 tonnes
board as a fast 48ft cruising cat has
grown to 50ft in the building.
“One of the biggest reasons was
the addition of a second helm station
aft,” explained marketing manager
HH Catamarans

Will Hobbs.
“That and, during the design review,
we found we were able to increase
sail efficiency by 6 per cent if we
lengthened the hull.”
The lay-up is all carbon, with twin Her accommodation all looks very port. There are configurations allowing
bulkhead helm stations and long- elegant – dark teak contrasting with for three or four cabins.
skirted hulls. With a self-tacking jib lighter fabrics. The saloon windows Morelli & Melvin’s design generally
and push-button controls at the helm are huge, letting light gush in, with a looks modern and aggressive (even if
station, she should be a breeze to sail semi-horseshoe galley to starboard, a we question the aesthetics of the hard
short-handed. navstation forward and dining table to biminis above the helms).

just launched The TS5 looks
like a particularly
powerful new
Marsaudon TS5 cruiser-racer

Even if you haven’t heard of Marsaudon, forward crossbeam and even a carbon
you’re likely to be familiar with its main bulkhead. The hull and deck are
work. The Brittany-based boatbuilder in high-quality vinylester with foam
is responsible for some of the world’s sandwich core. Designer Christophe
biggest and fastest multihulls, including Barreau says that she will sail
the trimaran IDEC 2, in which Francis 5 knots faster than the old TS50, which
Joyon demolished the round-the-world was already a strong performer. The
record in 2008. TS5 has already recorded 23 knots in
Operating out of an old U-boat 18 knots of wind while reaching.
pen in Lorient, France, this composite The cockpit is relatively compact,
expert has only been crafting its own offering a fixed table and seating for
brand of cruising catamarans for a up to six. The mainsheet runs along
few years, but it has already become the back of the cockpit, which is good
its mainstay. It began with the TS42, for performance, but encroaches a
which has reached 10 units, then the little on social space. The hulls are
well-regarded TS50. The new TS5 is a fine, meaning that cabins are simple
remodelled version of this, with all-new and berths fill all the available space – LOA
tooling and a length overall of 55ft. 160cm at the stern and 140cm in the 49ft 10in (15.20m)
Even before the first one hit the water, bow. But don’t expect the fineries of Beam
half a dozen boats had been pre-sold, modern catamarans. 28ft 3in (8.60m)
such is the reputation of this builder. Marsaudon doesn’t build cheap Draught
In line with its racing heritage, boats, but will accommodate design 3ft 11in-9ft 10in
Marsaudon is building the boat to be as requests. The TS5 shares the pared- (1.20m-3.00m)
fast as possible, with plenty of features back, short-handed philosophy of the Displacement
stemming directly from its experience smaller TS42, but the extra length 8.6 tonnes
with the world’s best racing skippers. allows more concessions to comfort. Price
There are lots of carbon-fibre options, The second boat, already launched, from €620,000
including a rotating mast with Spectra is for Gerald Bibot, founder of Squid marsaudon-
standing rigging, daggerboards, weather routeing software.

multihulls reviews & buyer’s guide


ITA 14.99
ITA Catamarans is a new brand,
but the team behind this 14.99
are no strangers to the trade and
have experience from many of the
major Italian shipyards. The naval
architecture is by Francois Perus,
whose Yacht Design Collective has
worked with brands such as Catana
and North Wind on their multihulls.
The result is a sleek-looking craft
with stylish dreadnought bows and
refreshingly low-profile coachroof.
This sets the tone for the boat, due winch-trimmed daggerboards improve A contemporary equipment and latest technology
to launch this summer, which is all performance to windward. High-tech and spacious includes a Schenker watermaker and
about stellar performance within the foam sandwich lay-up and the use of interior for the Oceanvolt electric propulsion, backed
envelope of a fast cruiser. carbon fibre in key areas keeps the upcoming debut up with twin regenerating props that
Take the twin helm stations, for hulls light and stiff. model from ITA allow you to recharge the lithium-ion
instance – they are perched on the aft There should be plenty of power batteries as you sail.
coaming. This frees up the cockpit for from her fathead main and self-tacking There’s scope for owners to choose
socialising, without compromising the jib. “Since most cruisers consists of their own interior design. “Nothing is
boat’s stability by putting the weight one couple for sailing, the deck and set in stone”, says ITA. The heart of
of the helm on the coachroof. The running rigging had to be of a design so the boat is its comfy saloon, which
result looks as if it could feel exposed that one person can easily manage all has wraparound toughened glass
in bad weather, although there is a sailing manoeuvres from the safety of LOA windows, and the starboard hull is
wraparound seat, and the Jefa pedestal the cockpit,” says Sonia Segato, head 49ft 2in (14.99m) turned over to the owner’s suite. There
can swing inboard if necessary. The of marketing at ITA Catamarans. Beam are several configurations to choose
outer position gives you optimal views The mainsheet runs back to blocks 25ft 7in (7.80m) from, including one with an office and
ahead and to windward. on the aft crossbeam, where Harken Draught another with bunks.
The dreadnought bows are 50 winches are within easy reach of the 1ft 10in-7ft 8in Weight management is taken very
designed to give extra waterline helm. It is a set-up that has worked well (0.57m-2.35m) seriously. The complete hulls weigh
length for speed, while the long, fine for monohull sailors, and this boat’s Displacement 2,250kg, and the whole boat is infused
underwater profile of the hulls is low profile coachroof makes it possible 14.5 tonnes in one shot to come in under five
optimised for comfort through the here too. Price tonnes. The first 14.99 will be shown
waves. The flatter sections aft mean The designer’s ambition is clearly €890,000 at Cannes, before the owner takes it
that she should plane at speed, and the bluewater, because the boat’s on a circumnavigation.

multihulls reviews & buyer’s guide

others to consider

Unlimited Yacht C53

Vittorio Malingri, Italy’s first Vendée Globe sailor,
is the nautical brain behind a new fast cruising
catamaran, christened the Unlimited C53. With no
website, his is a stealthy operation, but the first
hull is sold and already in-build on the Adriatic
coast between Ancona and San Marino.
The boat has been designed with an
experienced navigator’s eye, so the beams
connecting the two hulls are an unprecedented
1.3m above the waterline, to minimise slamming
in heavy seas. Tankage and heavy equipment are
all positioned low and in the centre of the hulls
for balance. And there is a heavy longeron, which
makes for a stiffer forestay and therefore better
windward performance.
The twin helms are on swinging pedestals,
and the boat uses foils and T-shaped rudders to
provide lift to windward. There are three broad
specification levels, depending on budget, with the
top spec including full carbon lay-up.

cominG uP LOA
68ft (20.75m)
Gunboat 68 Beam
29ft 11in (9.1m)
Gunboat is back to what it does best Draught
with a show-stopping design for a 68ft 3ft 11in-13ft 6in (1.20m-4.10m)
oceanic catamaran. An all-carbon build Displacement
again, the new 68 has heavily reversed 23.8 tonnes
wave-piercing bows and super low-
profile coachroof, giving it an elegant from €4.75m
Dazcat D1295
but muscular look. There’s something Launched at the end of last season, the D1295
of Gotham City about this yacht. is a potent new addition to the cruiser-racer
Gunboat, which is now under per day is an achievable target”. cat market. It is the smaller sister to the very
French ownership, has brought in VPLP At 68ft, there is plenty of real estate impressive D1495 we tested two years ago and
design for the naval architecture. They to toy with here. We like the interior leans on more than three decades of successful
are veterans of some of the world’s helm station with its sunroof – handy offshore racing builds from this Cornish yard.
biggest, fastest racing multihulls. for keeping an eye on the sails as These cats can outrun weather or look after
The design team has broadened the well as ventilation. There’s also easy crew if caught out.
beam of the boat and moved the mast access to the forward cockpit and the Weight is kept low and central, including the
further aft to make her more stable foredeck through two watertight glass engines, to create a fast smooth ride. It is also
and easier to handle. That said, she’ll doors in the front of the saloon. This minimised wherever possible, with carbon used for
be no slouch, particularly if you select will also bathe the interior with light. the rudders, spinnaker pole V-striker, davits and
some of the turbo options, including The galley to port is big enough bimini sections.
longer rig for bigger sails, lighter to sport an island unit, and the rear “She points really high and is the fastest
weight and longer daggerboards. windows open to connect the inside tacking Dazcat so far,” says Dazcat designer
Speeds in excess of 25 knots in a blow, and outside seating/dining areas. At Darren Newton. “We did a two-second tack where
and up to 16 knots in a Force 4 are this size, the two hulls offer lots of she lost no momentum at all, which for a cruising
predicted. Benoit Lebizay, Gunboat’s room for four, five, or six full-sized cat is phenomenal!”
managing partner, says: “500 miles double beds with panoramic views.


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High Flyers
Christophe Jouany
R-Six clocking up
ust eighteen months after their first competitors being forced to withdraw in the airmiles

J launch, HH Catamarans has grown

the on-water fleet to six bespoke
various races. The HH contingent sailed
tough and overcame obstacles, landing in
performance cruising catamarans: four 2nd, 3rd and 4th place overall in the event. and family, working their way through the
semi-custom HH66s and two unique HH55s. While competitive pursuits captivated usual haunts of the Virgin Islands and Lesser
Having already sailed a combined half of the fleet, the remaining three HH Antilles and then making their way to the
30,000nm, the HH fleet is quickly racking cats spent the season cruising. Onboard Saints and eventually on to Grenada.
up miles and ticking off the world’s most 55-01 Minnehaha, the owners explored the Minnehaha is now set to enjoy a little spa
prestigious regattas and idyllic cruising far reaches of the Caribbean with friends time before continuing on to Panama and
destinations. The HH66s have found great through the canal into the Pacific later this
success on the race circuit, with 66-01 R-SIX year. Her sistership, the newly launched
Fear of flying? Not for
and 66-03 Nala landing on the podium in HH55-02 Hai Feng, spent the season in
the guys aboard Nala
every event entered in the 2017-2018 season. Florida, and is now preparing to head North
R-SIX finished 2nd in class in the formidable to enjoy the summer in New England. She’ll
600-mile Rolex Fastnet Race, proving the be joined there by Nala and Flash, as well
sturdiness and reliability factor. Newcomer as the fleet’s newest member, the soon-to-
66-05 Flash joined her sisterships at Les launch HH55 Utopia.
Christophe Jouany

Voiles de St. Barths, bringing the HH count This Fall we’ll see the HH on-water count
to three - comprising fifty percent of the grow yet again, with a fourth HH55 and
Offshore Multihull class. 20-30kt breeze and a fifth HH66 scheduled to launch before
2-3m seas challenged the fleet, with multiple the year’s end. With the HH50 now also in
production, the pace is showing no sign
of slowing - an exciting time for one of
yachting’s most exciting brands. To learn
more visit or contact
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boat more fun, it is also “an important An ideal sized mainsheet, which runs along a track on
just launched safety attribute”, says Outremer. With cat to travel the aft crossbeam behind the cockpit.

Outremer 51
speeds in excess of 20 knots perfectly the world at a The fine entry and reverse of the
achievable, you could certainly outrun consistently bows should allow her to cut efficiently
bad weather and potentially clock up good pace through the waves for a ride with less
he original Outremer 51 400 miles over 24 hours. pitch to it. Outremer says it has raised

T launched in 2014 and proved

popular, selling more than
This sleek-looking boat has on-trend
reverse bows, curved coachroof and
the clearance between the waterline
and the bridgedeck to prevent
50 models. It also garnered a number low-profile steering positions. The uncomfortable slamming.
of European and US yacht of the year helms are slightly raised above the For all their speed, these are still
titles. But things can always improve, cockpit with a clear 360° view out over solid bluewater boats. Yes, you can
so the French catamaran builder has the coachroof. It may lack the real choose a whole range of carbon
updated the design with the help of estate of a flybridge helm station, but upgrades, from masts and booms
feedback from hundreds of owners. it saves weight and allows the boom to to tillers, but everything below the
The improvements are superficial be lower on the mast, all of which helps waterline is in solid glassfibre, laid
and substantial: the interior and stability and performance. up by hand. Outremer uses carbon
exterior styling has been changed, but Control lines all lead back across fibre reinforcing and foam sandwich
the boat’s performance has also been the coachroof to winches within easy elsewhere, for rigidity and lightness,
tweaked. Not only does this make the reach of the helmsman, except for the but the hull is designed to survive a

Right: the interior
styling has been
refreshed and
practical features

heavy grounding or a mid-sea impact.

Toby’s firsT impression
Outremer claims that its boats are
designed to last more than 50 years, Outremer has done an Outremer’s clients, says sales
and cover ‘millions’ of miles. impressive job of updating manager Matthieu Rougevin-
The interior offers everything that its most popular model, Baville – while at the same
you would expect from a modern outside and in. I like the time retaining the seaworthy
family-oriented boat. The saloon has modern, muscular look of the build and features for which
comfortable seating and a table for sculpted-out topsides and the brand is known. LOA
six to eight, with a forward-looking dreadnought bows. Improved It’s about keeping things 51ft 3in (15.65m)
navstation that is a good size. build techniques – partly simple, good-looking yet Beam:
Accommodation is three or four cabins, acquired since its takeover of durable. For those with 24ft 4in (7.42m)
depending on whether you opt for an Gunboat – have also allowed the budget, this is the Draught
owner’s-only hull. If you do, there’s the yard to save 600kg over ideal size of boat, in terms 3ft 1in-7ft 7in (0.94m-2.31m)
a separate heads and shower, desk, the original model. of speed bought by long Displacement
seating and storage. Outremer makes The 51 has enough of a waterline length, volume for 13.7 tonnes
much of the boat’s quietness, free from go-faster appeal for those accommodation and payload Price
the grinding and cracking noises you converting from performance capacity (3 tonnes), for long- from €735,000
hear as some cats flex. For liveaboards monohulls – the majority of term, fast bluewater sailing.
this could be a welcome feature.

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toby’s first impression

I wrote about this catamaran

during its conception five years
ago, but La Grande Motte was
the first time I had seen one.
Wow, talk about worth the
wait… this is quite simply one
of the most impressive luxury
multihulls I have been aboard.
Four main subcontractors to
Nautor’s Swan and Baltic Yachts
formed the company and the
quality of their craftsmanship
Mike Jones/Waterline Media

is, as you would expect, world

class. It is the first production
cat for Frers, yet the Argentinian
designer has managed to
maintain his reputation for
alluring lines – this is a long, low
and particularly elegant design.
I like the helms right in
the quarters, a more familiar
position for monohull sailors,
while the glass-based coachroof
allows the helmsman a
reasonable sight to the opposite
bow. Step inside and it is the
true panoramic view these
vertical windows all combine to
give that really appeals.
The forward cockpit is a
practical area for manning
halyards or standing watch. I
also like the clean, spreader-less
rig and massive yet practical
stowage areas.
The skipper told me he had
sailed a Gunboat 60 across
the Pacific and that this OE60
matches its performance. A key

just launched With his first is the C-foils, the most reliable
foray into cats, appendage system he has used.

Ocean Explorer 60 Frers continues

his reputation
This was the second OE60
to be built (the first has done
for timeless and four Atlantic and one Pacific
Rubbing shoulders with Nautor’s Swan Clearly built with Nordic winters sweet lines crossing in four years) and is
in Jakobstad, Finland, the new team in mind, she has an exceedingly cosy being used for charter. What I’d
behind this boat have a long track navstation in the saloon, with access to give for a week aboard this…
record in building low-impact yachts all key controls via push buttons. The
with high performance. And it’s not saloon doesn’t encroach on the two
just a postcode they share with Swan hulls, and is relatively low-profile with
– German Frers is also the designer of sweeping 360° views, as well as access LOA
this yacht. to the foredeck and halyard winches 60ft 7in (18.50m)
The OE60 is the first in a range through a watertight door. Beam
running to 78ft. There is carbon You can devote an entire hull to 29ft 8in (9.07m)
load-point reinforcing and an the owner’s suite, or go for up to five Draught
all-carbon rig for performance, with double cabins. There’s also the option 2ft 6in-6ft 6in (0.85m-2.00m)
the further option of a carbon hull as of putting the galley in the hull to free Displacement
well. Cutter rigged with a self-tacking up the saloon. And with solar panels, 18 tonnes
jib and staysail, it has a long, sculpted regenerating prop, electric propulsion Price from
bowsprit for launching downwind sails. and black water treatment systems €3.6m
Dual helm stations on each hull have as options, the OE60 is designed to
long clear views ahead. minimise its environmental impact.

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just launched

Seawind 1600
The new flagship performance cruiser
from the Australian brand made a
welcome world debut at La Grande
Motte in April. The Reichel Pugh design
sits in a similar market to the Outremer
51 – a fast composite cruiser, aimed at
couples going long-distance cruising.
The first six 1600s sold off plans
and Seawind, which owns Corsair, now
builds in Vietnam. All boats are built
using vinylester and Diam foam.
The 1600 is Reichel Pugh’s first
production multihull and has a practical
air about it that sailors will appreciate.
“It has been properly designed to sail
fast when loaded,” says Seawind sales
manager Jay Nolan.
The helmsman can steer from
under the solid bimini or can stand
outboard, with a good view over the
low coachroof. Retractable, captive
daggerboards, along with foam-cored
lifting rudders in cassettes, allow
true shoal draught capability. The
daggerboards are housed underdeck
and controlled from the cockpit.

Diego Yriarte
The running rigging is, unusually, led
under the coachroof and bridgedeck
aft to a single central winch on the
aft crossbeam. Reefing lines and the
self-tacking jib sheet also lead to this The Seawind
protected, vertically mounted winch. looks to be a
The cockpit is smallish, linked to the nice balance of
interior via a huge sliding window. performance and
The interior, also designed by bluewater cruiser
Reichel Pugh, has a pleasingly
yacht-like feel to it and good natural
ventilation. Both the navstation and
galley are well proportioned, though
the dining space is less generous. The
cabins don’t feel quite as light and
Diego Yriarte

airy, largely because the portholes are

small. Seawind says these are already
being enlarged for the third boat.
Three or four cabins are offered and
an optional performance pack includes
carbon spars and synthetic rigging. toby’s first impression

I quickly took to this boat. the practical elements sailing to windward and shoal
LOA The choice of performance incorporated throughout. The cruising. The cassettes also
51ft 8in (15.74m) monohull specialists to design design itself has particularly create the option to replace
Beam a cruising cat is unusual, narrow hulls at waterline or repair a blade easily and
25ft 10in (7.90m) yet here the combination of level, a low freeboard the low coachroof allows
Draught Reichel Pugh’s reputation for and coachroof, and the proper forward visibility
8ft 6in-2ft 1in (2.6m-0.54m) winning lines and Seawind’s incorporation of a proper from either helm.
Displacement three decades of catamaran payload capacity into the With the addition of larger
13 tonnes building experience has light displacement. The use portholes in the cabins, the
Price worked admirably. of captive boards and rudder 1600 gives an interesting fast
from €740,000 Sailors will appreciate cassettes allow for both cruising option for couples.

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FAMILY cruIsers
a stripe of smoked glass that conceals Stepped hulls further choices for speakers and a
just launched bigger portlights. The coachroof help keep shade awning. This adds weight high
is more angular and square. This the beam but up and raises the boom, so for those in

Leopard 50 has the advantage of increasing the

window area in the saloon, including
entry narrow at
waterline level
search of better sailing performance,
there is also a classic hardtop version,
n its guise as the ‘own brand’ a full-length skylight. the 50P. The ‘lounge’ version can still

I catamaran of Sunsail and the

Moorings, Leopard has been
Leopard makes a point of putting
the table and seating at the back of
manage 40° off the true wind, and the
polars predict a top speed of just over
extraordinarily successful. The Cape the saloon and the galley at the front. 12 knots. The key difference for the
Town yard of Robertson and Caine has The logic is to connect indoor and market over the 48 is its ability to offer
turned out over 1,500 catamarans outdoor social spaces – something five cabins with crew quarters, allowing
and almost all of them have been that is enhanced by the sliding door four cabins to be sold.
sailed to their new homes around the and windows at the aft end. This leaves The other key changes have
globe – a phenomenal calling card, enough space for another unique taken place “under the bonnet”, as
when you think about all those South feature among its series catamarans: naval architect Alexander Simonis of
Atlantic miles. a weathertight door out of the front of Simonis Voogd puts it. Carbon-infused
The new 50 replaces the popular the saloon into the forward cockpit. ring frames have been used to make
48, updating it with a host of features But the real ace in the Leopard 50’s the boat stiffer in key areas, making
that have proved popular in the smaller feature list is the option of having a the more open-plan layout possible
models. From the outside, the boat has true flybridge on the hardtop over the without adding too much weight. It
been restyled rather than redesigned. cockpit. This comes complete with a is a technique that was successfully
The topsides have been jazzed up with lounge area, table and sunbed plus pioneered on larger racing cats.

Toby’s firsT impression

The European press launch

for the Leopard 50 hinted at
the phenomenal space this
new model offers. At one time
I counted 31 people on the aft
deck, most sitting comfortably!
And it was the space that
continued to amaze me as I
walked through the boat. Not so
much the colossal volume in the
hulls – that’s almost expected
in today’s family/charter cats –
but more the amount of social
space there is on deck and
the separation between these
areas. There is room enough for
one family to chill in the forward
cockpit, for example, another on
the flybridge, one in the saloon
and a fourth in the aft cockpit!
At the same time, I
appreciate how Simonis Voogd
has retained the stepped hulls
to keep a narrow entry but
beam above the waterline.
Launched into the unforgiving
waters off Cape Town, these
cats are still expected to sail
to weather. Visibility from the
THL Marine

single helm station will be an

issue – indeed forward-and aft-
facing cameras are fitted to aid
berthing manoeuvres.
The space in the The standard level of fit-out
cockpits (fore and finish also looked good.
and aft), saloon Some 17 boats were sold in first
and cabin is three days of the Miami Boat
incredible Show, half of which are destined
for The Moorings charter fleets.
Travelopia Marine

50ft 6in (15.39m)
26ft 5in (8.05m)
5ft 3in (1.60m)
20.6 tonnes
Tui Marine

Tui Marine


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toby’s first impression

This is the little sister to the

Saona 47 that launched last year,
and shares much of the styling.
FP sold 120 Saonas in a year.
Now consider that it had already
sold 130 of this new 42 before
the first boat was launched.
Such sales figures are driven by
a market demanding as much
space and comfort as possible
in a smartly designed and
easy-to-manage package.
The volume of the cabins is
almost on a par with the Helia
44. It even boasts an island berth
just launched
Neat styling and
comfort and in the owner’s cabin. My chief

Fountaine Pajot Astréa 42

max volume are concern is how such volume in
key to the 42’s the hulls and the low bridgedeck
unprecedented might affect her performance,
Born of racing stock in 1975, Fountaine Although she measures just sales figures particularly in waves. If you do
Pajot has since evolved into building 42ft overall, FP and designer Berret opt for one, be wise that the 40-
seaworthy cruising catamarans. Racoupeau have put much thought into 50ft family cruiser cat market is
It has just launched the Astréa 42, the area around the helm. To keep the truly booming, so you’d better be
a replacement for the Lipari 41 and one boom lower, they’ve stuck with their patient if you want a new boat.
that completes its line-up from 40ft to favoured bulkhead helming position,
67ft. She shares the design DNA of her with all control lines running back to a
sisters, namely a trademark positive double seat there. On the hard-top to LOA
sheer, slightly inverted bow, bulkhead port there is a sunpad and aft of the 41ft 4in (12.58m)
helm station and ease of handling. mainsheet track, optional solar panels. Beam
The Astréa is all about comfort. She The interior has also been designed 23ft 8in (7.20m)
features a good-sized cockpit, with for optimum communication: Draught
armchair-style seating along the aft sliding doors connect the saloon 4ft 1in (1.25m)
crossbeam. Between the skirts at deck and the cockpit into one big space. Displacement
level, there’s an optional ‘beach club’ – Configuration is highly modular, but 11.5 tonnes
a teak slatted platform, to you and me. there are plenty of options, including Price
This can be lowered 25cm below the 12 shower/heads layouts and either from €345,000
water or raised with the dinghy on it. three or four cabins. The show boat catamarans-fountaine
There’s another social area in front of had a clever central shower area that is
the coachroof by the trampoline. accessible from either forward or aft.

‘Cockloon’ concept, marrying cockpit

coming up and saloon living spaces through fully
opening rear doors. The master cabin

Neel 47 is carved out of the starboard corner

of the saloon, to offer the benefit of
One of the few cruising trimaran views from the main deck. Up to four
builders out there, Neel is really further doubles are available in the
making its mark at the moment. The outrigger hulls.
company is doubling in size this year, Where the three-hull design really
thanks to the success of the 51 last comes into its own is in performance
year. It has just re-skinned its popular terms. You get more righting moment
45 into the faster 45 Evolution and from the broader beam, a much
the La Rochelle-based yard has now stiffer rig because the mast and stays Neel’s
announced a new 47, fitting snugly are all fixed to the same monolithic combination
between the 45 and 51. Unlike its centre hull, and consequently of space
sisters, this is designed by French sharper performance to windward. and upwind
veteran Marc Lombard, best known Comfortable, fast and with styling that performance
for his Figaro II designs and work is guaranteed to turn heads when she is proving very
with Jeanneau. hits the water in early 2019. popular
The 47 borrows from the larger Price from €398,000
51 with the strangely copyrighted



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others to consider

Nicolas Claris
Privilege Serie 5 Bali 4.1 Lagoon 50
Craftsmanship and semi-custom build are the The latest in Bali’s range picks up on many of Unveiled in 2017, the Lagoon 50 plugs the gap
calling cards of French brand Privilege Marine. the attributes that made a success of the between the 52 and the 450. It has been given a
The yard may have increased its efficiency smaller Bali 4.0. Cruising comfort remains the new look on deck, with a slight bevel to the top of
under the ownership of the Hanse Group, but key characteristic of this catamaran, with lots each hull, huge portlights and even more glass
don’t expect anonymous production line boats. of social space and comfortable cabins. around the saloon. There’s an easier-to-handle
The team will incorporate whatever finish and Bali, owned by the Catana Group, is rig with shorter boom, high-aspect main,
features you desire. unique in the cat market for connecting its self-tacking jib, and all lines lead back to the
First out of the shed under Hanse’s watch two hulls fore and aft with a rigid deck, rather flybridge helm station. Designer VPLP has also
is the Serie 5 – the brand’s entry-level cat. than dropping a deck on top of deck beams. moved the mast a little aft to reduce pitching.
She offers a big hull with plenty of volume, but The skirts of the two transoms are bridged As with all Lagoons, comfort, simplicity and
with lines by racing veteran Marc Lombard by a solid piece of GRP, and the area where ease are the keywords. The flybridge features
she won’t be slow. The accent is on stability the trampoline would usually be is half turned comprehensive lounging space, and there’s
for a rounded bluewater performance. over to a foredeck lounging and eating area. a large cockpit with modular dining options.
The bulkhead helm station helps keep the There are no centreboards to worry about Another seating area exists between the
weight lower and is well-connected to the – the boat relies on stub keels to keep her saloon windows and the foredeck trampoline.
social space of the cockpit. The distinguishing sliding forwards rather than sideways. This The saloon is on two levels, with a
feature is the ‘nacelle’ structure between the means less performance to windward, but retractable windscreen, and the hulls can be
bows, which creates a huge volume entirely easier handling. A forgiving package, offered configured with anything from three to six
devoted to the master cabin. with either three or four en-suite cabins. double cabins.
Price from €995,000 Price from €294,800 Price from €550,800

something completely different

Futura 49 system is the twin carbon cross beams that

provide the stability for the electric motors
cabins at the forward end, with a galley and
dining space at the stern opening onto the
Buy a catamaran, but pay the berthing to pull the two hulls together. aft deck. The helm station is set into the
costs of a monohull. This is the idea behind It has something of the true catamaran coachroof, to starboard, with the winches
the variable width Futura 49, launched a to it: the two hulls serve solely as floats, mounted between seats, plus a big sunpad.
few months ago at La Grande Motte. But with no accommodation inside, while all the Anything from one to four cabins are
between the theory and the practice is a living is done on the platform that connects optional. Note that the chart table is just
huge gulf, and it has taken designers Uli them. The Polynesians would have approved. a fold-down surface in the saloon, with no
Bullmer and Gerhard Euchenhofer more Removing the living space from the hulls has forward view and very limited side visibility.
than four years to bridge that. allowed them to be more hydrodynamic. If the 49 proves successful – there is already
The result of their labours with naval Futura has created a large superstructure a charter unit available in Croatia with Pitter
architects at Judel Vrolijk is a craft with a that runs much further forward than it does Yachting – Futura plans to expand the range.
beam of 7.98m in sailing mode, shrinking on fixed cats. The dark wraparound windows Price from €629,000
to 4.93m in ‘parking’ mode. The key to the contain a space that is divided up to form

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he organisers of the International Multihull

T Boat Show in La Grande Motte, estimate that
somewhere between 900 and 1,100
catamarans were built last year. Demand is raging,
leaving manufacturers scrambling to increase capacity
to meet it.
The benefits of catamarans are obvious: more living
space, faster performance off the wind (and sometimes
on it) and a stable platform for a more family-friendly
experience. Sailors the world over were also thrilled by
the performance of the boats in the last two America’s
Cups, while the circumnavigation endeavours of
Thomas Coville, François Gabart et al have shown that
multihulls are up to the rigours of the oceans. 900-1,100
Charter has been one of the catalysts for demand: multihulls built

the facility to pick a new or favourite cruising ground each year
from Tahiti to the Med and try out a catamaran there.
“In our time we have seen the standard go from annual growth in

pretty basic 27ft monohulls to an expectation of 40ft+ charter market
monos and cats, with air-con and many more
comforts,” says Julian Adams, yacht sales consultant of production
for Sunsail and The Moorings. is in France
“Today’s charterer can now enjoy the thrills of a
performance sailing boat without having to
compromise on comfort. The added stability of global charter
achieving great performance while remaining upright
also opens a door to bringing non-sailing friends on 85% market by 2027

trips, without the anxiety of a white knuckle ride. of new builds are
The demand for “Our fleet has approximately 40 per cent sailing boats
multihulls has catamarans currently, and the demand for catamaran
left builders purchase is now equal or greater than for that of
playing catch-up monohulls,” he adds.

Charter ownership is attractive because you’re not

responsible for the boat’s upkeep, and you can typically
spread the costs of ownership more widely than you
can with an outright purchase.
As first-time charter boat owner Julie Boyd (see page
30) explains, you can swap weeks on your own boat for
weeks anywhere the company has a charter base: “We
can now sail in places that we would never have taken
our previous boat.”

Location, location, location

Nicolas Claris

Pick a location where you are interested in sailing, not

one that you think will charter well. And don’t be put
off by that old story about the Med being unsuitable
for catamarans because of tight berths. Adams says:

Patrick Bennett

“Those smaller spots where space is at a premium are Maintenance is the crucial factor here. Of course, Destinations like
often as easily accessed by berthing your cat on a buoy accidents happen sometimes, but a company with a the Caribbean
or anchor and using your larger RIB to access the dock. good feel for its customers and a decent repair are a lure for
With berthing fees as they are today, this has more programme should be able to keep its boats in tip-top chartering
advantages than one.” condition. Also, check who bears the upfront cost of
The best advice is to charter with the company maintenance – usually it’s the charter firm.
before you join their ownership programme – you’ll
quickly see how well they take care of the boats and of What programme?
their customers. Most charter companies offer different ways of paying
“Looking around their fleet of boats will tell a story for your boat. At one end of the spectrum you buy the
about the level of damage they suffer and the boat outright and take an annual income (often
standards of day-to-day maintenance,” says Neil guaranteed at between 7–9 per cent). You must have the
Bingham of Sail Grenadines. “I would strongly capital available and commit to a four- to five-year
recommend viewing a five-year-old boat as well as the
new ones.”
contract. On the other hand, you can opt to pay a
smaller proportion of the boat’s cost – typically 30-45 ›
multihulls charter buy to let

sunsail/ moorings costs – based on a £400,000 boat

Initial Revenue Contract Final Cost of
payment term payment ownership

Denys Vinson
Guaranteed income £400,000 £36,000pa 54 months £0 £238,000
Option to purchase £180,000 £0 54 months £80,000 £260,000

The financial per cent – upfront, receive no income, then buy out the substantially lower than the upfront price of the boat.
model gives remaining value of the boat when the contract reaches Comparing the figures is useful – up to a point, but
people a chance term. This works out more costly in the end, but it is charter ownership is no commodity, and perhaps the
to ‘own’ a boat less capital intensive. best advice comes from Neil Bingham at Sail
Sunsail and The Moorings even offer their owners a Grenadines: “It is important to choose a yacht or
buyback option at the end of the contract, where the catamaran that suits you. This is an investment in
company pays you 20 per cent of the value to leisure; the financial return is often not the most
surrender the boat. “It’s popular because it avoids the important thing you will get from a yacht partnership
final cash outlay, uncertainty of costs until sale and, in arrangement.”
the EU, hefty VAT payment,” said Adams.
Denys Vinson

Dream Yacht Charter is another big operator with

bases across the globe, including some less common
destinations such as Baja California, Fort Lauderdale
and Mauritius. As well as the more standard contracts,
it offers a Performance programme, which gives boat
owners exposure to two-thirds of charter income and
access to tax benefits.
The downside is that you have to pay maintenance
expenses. Dream also has a Crewed Yacht programme,
suitable for boats over 45ft, where it will source the
crew for you.

Does it pay?
Don’t expect ‘free’ sailing, but if you have the time to
make full use of your 8-12 weeks of sailing each year, it
should be much cheaper than chartering. And as you
can see from the figures above, the cost of ownership is ›

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Ocean cat sailors

lucy van hove, La CigaLe, nautitech open 40
ruising round the world as a family has been a
C dream of Xavier and mine for decades – even
before the kids came along! When we first
started going out, we enjoyed sailing holidays in
Europe on monohulls, but it was on honeymoon in the
Grenadines that we fell in love with catamarans,
chartering a Leopard, aptly named Two Purrfect.
When the opportunity came along to take a two-year
sabbatical and follow this dream, the space that a
catamaran afforded a family of five made it a logical
choice. We wanted each child to have their own cabin,
and there were also the other advantages, like the view
from the galley when cooking, no roll and not having a

Lucy van Hove

keel trying to sink you in the case of a hull breach.
We also knew that we wanted a boat that paired
aesthetics with performance rather than a floating
caravan, which quickly narrowed the field for our
selection. The Nautitech Open 40, with its sleek lines
and good sailing record, was our preferred option. We La Cigale is a devices set us up for the ocean crossing, while the open
had lusted after the Outremer, when looking round home-from-home cockpit of the Nautitech came into its own as a social
La Grande-Motte in 2016, but the maths of the for the Van Hove hub, hosting impromptu parties that sometimes
Nautitech (80 per cent of the performance, 50 per cent family on their numbered more than 30 adults and children.
of the price) made the choice a no-brainer. global adventure Since then we have taken on board that sailing
We bought La Cigale in La Rochelle in September around the world often just means fixing our boat in
2017, and set sail for the Canaries in October, exotic locations. Some of this may be due to wear and
negotiating fishing nets and tankers hugging the tear, but in a new boat like ours it tends to be due to
Iberian Peninsula. In Las Palmas we joined the ARC manufacturing faults. The scariest moment came on a
Atlantic Rally. The seminars, support and tracking night sail past St Vincent, when, in 30 knots of wind, we
turned to take in another reef only to discover the
wheel had totally stopped responding
– the steering cable had snapped. We
couldn’t open the engine compartment
Charter owner for repairs for fear of flooding from waves
Julie Boyd, CiCeron, lagoon 39, over the stern, and our Garmin autopilot
dream yacht charter was finding it impossible to cope on just
one rudder.
We have been catamaran owners for the On top of this we discovered that the
handle of our emergency rudder was too
Julie Boyd

past 25 years. We kept an Edel 35 in Neyland,

west Wales, sailing her to the Med after we long and was blocked by the helm seat.
retired, before we bought Ciceron, a Lagoon Luckily, our secondary Raymarine
39, last July. autopilot managed to cope on a single
The Edel was fun to sail, but we decided that point we will either keep the boat, sell it, rudder, and we were able to steer safely
to upgrade to a more comfortable boat with or put it into a charter programme and receive into Rodney Bay, St Lucia, eight hours later,
extra room for family and friends. We were an income. using our port and starboard engines.
looking to buy a used Lagoon 380. We also It is worth mentioning that the boat is of We have had a couple more dramatic
decided that we were going to cut down on much higher specification than standard, lessons along the way, such as don’t try to
our time away from months to weeks. This including Yanmar 45hp diesels, 2,000W get wind by edging a gale; cats really don’t
would mean that the boat would sit unused in inverter, B&G touchscreen electronics, like it! Otherwise, it has been pretty much
a marina for most of the year. gel batteries and additional storage in the a case of plain, downwind sailing. In
While we were discussing all this, we were galley. We don’t receive an income with this March we headed to Panama, crossing the
offered London Boat Show tickets by Dream programme, but nor do we pay any fees for Canal and the Equator in April – both epic
Yacht Charter, who kept in touch with us berthing or management. We just pay a small maritime milestones, which we celebrated
after we’d made inquiries some years before. turnaround fee when we use a boat. accordingly! We are still pinching
Looking more closely at the owner-charter During the five years, we get to sail our ourselves now to be in the Galápagos,
option, we decided that this would be an ideal own yacht for 8–10 weeks per year in any preparing for our hop across the Pacific
way for us to fulfil our sailing desires. of Dream’s bases across the world, such as with a couple of other ARC families.
We opted to buy Ciceron, based in Sardinia, Stockholm and the Seychelles. Being Ultimately, we are heading to the
Calanova, Mallorca, via the Dream Easy able to walk on board with a small bag to start Antipodes, where we plan to sell our boat
programme over five years. We paid 35 per our holiday, then walk away at the end without before our sabbatical is over and we
cent of the cost of the yacht at the start and any maintenance or cleaning makes a pleasant return to the UK. But the wind may
will pay another 25 per cent at the end. At change. We are very happy with our choice. change. Who knows?

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