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19/02/2024


It's a wrap!

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In sailing we have a lot of plain white hulls. Let's face it, when everything looks the same, it does make things a bit dull. The end of February is a dreary time, so it's time to talk about boats which brighten things up.

There are some stunning hull wraps and paint jobs on yachts and dinghies, as well as incredible spinnaker and other sail designs.

The 52 Super Series is arguably the hottest Grand Prix racing circuit in the world for conventional yachts, with the top sailors vying it out in ultra hi-tech designs. This doesn't mean that a splash of colour is out of the question, with one of the most eye-catching designs being Harm Müller-Spreer's Platoon. With the hull looking like sheets of steel rivetted together, you can always see where they are on the racetrack.

 
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Emirates Team New Zealand - AC75 - Day 51 - Barcelona - October 21, 2023 - photo © Ugo Fonolla / America's Cup
Emirates Team New Zealand - AC75 - Day 51 - Barcelona - October 21, 2023 - photo © Ugo Fonolla / America's Cup

America's Cup yachts back in the day used to be a single colour, or maybe include a few stripes. Things have changed in the foiling era, with bright colours and outlandish designs. With the AC75 the hull shapes are already a far cry from what we know traditionally as a yacht, so combined with some graphics the look can be striking.

Emirates Team New Zealand - AC75 - Day 51 - Barcelona - October 21, 2023 - photo © Ugo Fonolla / America's Cup
Emirates Team New Zealand - AC75 - Day 51 - Barcelona - October 21, 2023 - photo © Ugo Fonolla / America's Cup

In these days of sponsorship and product placement, thought has to be put into how to ensure that the design doesn't detract from the logos, which Emirates Team New Zealand have managed pretty well on their yacht which was used in the 36th America's Cup, but has been rebranded and used for practice ahead of the event in Barcelona.

 
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Australia SailGP Team, Emirates Great Britain SailGP Team, ROCKWOOL Denmark SailGP Team and the rest of the F50 catamaran fleet moored up prior to Race Day 2 of the Mubadala Abu Dhabi Sail Grand Prix presented by Abu Dhabi Sports Council - photo © Ricardo Pinto for SailGP
Australia SailGP Team, Emirates Great Britain SailGP Team, ROCKWOOL Denmark SailGP Team and the rest of the F50 catamaran fleet moored up prior to Race Day 2 of the Mubadala Abu Dhabi Sail Grand Prix presented by Abu Dhabi Sports Council - photo © Ricardo Pinto for SailGP

SailGP's F50 foiling catamarans concentrate on their national branding, with some now sporting title sponsors on the wings and hulls. For a circuit which is such high profile, the graphics could be regarded as a little staid, but it is clear as to which country each yacht is representing.

 
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Craftinsure Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller at Itchenor - photo © Caroline Gosford
Craftinsure Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller at Itchenor - photo © Caroline Gosford

Spinnakers are a natural place for a bit of artistic flair, and Ian Dobson's Merlin Rocket 'Strung Up' carried a fantastic Minions spinnaker back in 2021. The fleet is already pretty colourful and back in 2007 'General Lee', in homage to The Dukes of Hazzard's Dodge Charger, complete with 01 graphic, was regularly seen on the UK racing circuit.

The General Lee at the Merlin Rocket National Champs - photo © Elaine Marsh / www.fotoboat.com
The General Lee at the Merlin Rocket National Champs - photo © Elaine Marsh / www.fotoboat.com

Elsewhere in the Merlin fleet an octopus and Pokémon ball have been seen...

Merlin Rocket Craftinsure Silver Tiller at Waveney & Oulton Broad - photo © Trish Barnes
Merlin Rocket Craftinsure Silver Tiller at Waveney & Oulton Broad - photo © Trish Barnes
Merlin Rocket vintage racing in the De May Series at Hampton - photo © Emily Bunner/Nicky Page/Deirdre Bell
Merlin Rocket vintage racing in the De May Series at Hampton - photo © Emily Bunner/Nicky Page/Deirdre Bell

 
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Artists occasionally get involved, with Sarah Morris creating a spinnaker for Boris Herrmann's Malizia - Seaexplorer in The Ocean Race, as seen here:

Malizia - Seaexplorer racing into The Hague with her spinnaker designed by artist Sarah Morris - The Ocean Race Leg 6 - photo © Sailing Energy / The Ocean Race
Malizia - Seaexplorer racing into The Hague with her spinnaker designed by artist Sarah Morris - The Ocean Race Leg 6 - photo © Sailing Energy / The Ocean Race

2013 saw the UK Star class Championship held in the Royal Victoria Dock alongside the now defunct London Boat Show. Fine Art Sails was a collaboration between world class yachting and internationally acclaimed fine artists, which produced some striking designs.

Fine Art Sails inaugural UK Championship Regatta early in 2013 - photo © Fine Art Sails
Fine Art Sails inaugural UK Championship Regatta early in 2013 - photo © Fine Art Sails

 
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This coming weekend sees the RYA Dinghy Sailing & Watersports Show where since 2009 I've been one of the judges for the Concours d'Elegance boat of the show. Over the years, there has been a marked increase in graphics with some stunning examples of both traditional and modern dinghies sporting artwork.

The Scorpion Tallulah wins the Concours d'Elegance at the RYA Dinghy Show 2020 - photo © Paul Wyeth / RYA
The Scorpion Tallulah wins the Concours d'Elegance at the RYA Dinghy Show 2020 - photo © Paul Wyeth / RYA

The 2020 winner, the Scorpion class dinghy 'Tallulah', may have a classic wooden varnished deck, but the mainsail and hull graphics really stand out. Traditional and modern can go hand-in-hand, and I can't wait to see what this year's show will bring.

Concours d'Elegance judging at the RYA Dinghy Show 2020 - photo © Mark Jardine
Concours d'Elegance judging at the RYA Dinghy Show 2020 - photo © Mark Jardine

 
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The Olympics is a place for true national identity, and this image by Sail-World.com New Zealand editor Richard Gladwell at the Rio 2016 Games caught the 470 fleet in big winds and huge seas. Even with the conditions as they were, it was easy to see which team was which.

Much of the ocean action sought in the Offshore Keelboat could be captured within the current Olympic Regatta by just taking video cameras onto the offshore courses - 470's racing on Rio 2016 Day 4 in the Atlantic Ocean - photo © Richard Gladwell
Much of the ocean action sought in the Offshore Keelboat could be captured within the current Olympic Regatta by just taking video cameras onto the offshore courses - 470's racing on Rio 2016 Day 4 in the Atlantic Ocean - photo © Richard Gladwell

 
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I couldn't go without mentioning the SSL47 yachts of the SSL Gold Cup. The gold wrap on these is particularly photogenic. Combined with the kit the national teams all wore at the event, the image was striking, and we can only hope that the next SSL Gold Cup will have spinnakers branded for each nation as well.

SSL Gold Cup 1/16 Finals - photo © Martina Orsini / SSL Gold Cup
SSL Gold Cup 1/16 Finals - photo © Martina Orsini / SSL Gold Cup

How we are seen as a sport in the wider world is important, and those who go the extra mile to make their boats eye-catching help get sailing out to a wider audience. Today I raise a glass to those who've made the huge effort to make their yachts unique.

Mark Jardine
Sail-World.com and YachtsandYachting.com Managing Editor

 
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Sorcha during the TP52 SUPER SERIES in Porto Cervo - photo © Max Ranchi / www.maxranchi.com
Sorcha during the TP52 SUPER SERIES in Porto Cervo - photo © Max Ranchi / www.maxranchi.com

 
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Eye on the prize - The contenders primed for the Caribbean 600
The Caribbean 600 presents a challenge unlike any of the world's offshore races. Circumnavigating eleven islands and contending with notoriously difficult currents and tradewinds is hugely demanding and offers one of the most intriguing courses worldwide.

Arkéa Ultim Challenge - Brest day 44 morning update
None of the ARKÉA ULTIM CHALLENGE-Brest skippers are close to their highest speeds this Monday morning.

Predictwind announce Over the Horizon AIS - see vessels up to 300nm away
Predictwind, the world leading weather information, forecasting and routing service have released an all new Over the Horizon AIS (OHA) feature on the DataHub. Users can view AIS data out to 300nm, directly on your chartplotter and nav apps.

 
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Brisbane Race Week returns in 2024
2023 saw the introduction of a new keelboat regatta for Moreton Bay aptly named Brisbane Race Week. The regatta features five days of racing across Queensland's Labour Day weekend in May in the sailing arena of the upcoming 2032 Summer Olympics.

Combined Clubs Harbour Pennant at Derwent Sailing Squadron - Races 5 & 6
How was the racing? "Oh, you know, we went around some cans, we broke a few things... including our spirits," reports Arunga bowman Charlie Donnelly. But beyond they dry and the deadpan he continues, "It really was a beautiful day, can't complain!"

Press and Stevenson take out dramatic 12ft Skiff Port Jackson Championship
The Sail Inc crew of Nick Press and Andrew Stevenson have taken out the 12 Foot Skiff Port Jackson Championship for the Graham 'Curly' Colless Memorial Trophy.

 
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Trio triumph in Leg 3 of McIntyre Ocean Globe
It was a rainy, nighttime arrival for the former Whitbread winner, L'Esprit d'équipe FR (85), as the wind built in a large rain squall for their Punta del Este finish.

SailGP: Outteridge to take over Kiwi helm for SailGP Sydney
SailGP veteran Nathan Outteridge will step behind the wheel of New Zealand's F50 ‘Amokura' this weekend in Sydney, with driver and co-CEO Peter Burling at home for the birth of his first child.

Vaikobi Beach Coat - Back in stock
Cozy, quick-to-dry and lightweight... it's no wonder these sold out in their first drop!

 
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Arkéa Ultim Challenge - Brest day 43: Armel Le Cléac'h back on track
After a little more than 48 hours of technical stopover in Rio de Janeiro, ARKÉA ULTIM CHALLENGE-Brest skipper Armel Le Cléac'h and his ULTIM Maxi Banque Populaire XI have returned to the race track.

18ft Skiff Australian Championship on Sydney Harbour - Race 6
Despite finishing in fourth place today, the Yandoo 18ft skiff team of Micah Lane (skipper), Fang Warren (sheet) and Lewis Brake (bow) officially became the 2023-24 Australian champions

Triana takes first in IRC on leg 3 of the McIntyre Ocean Globe Race
One of the smallest yachts in the fleet at 53 feet (Sterna SA, the other) the hard-working Swan has achieved the remarkable by winning first in IRC - beating the bigger, more powerful yachts in Flyer Class.

 
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Arkéa Ultim Challenge - Brest day 42: Speaking to round the world pioneer Olivier de Kersauson
Sailing a trimaran around the world, solo racing, conquering the planet, and reflecting on the amazing level of progress. Multihull pioneer Olivier de Kersauson shares his fulsome enthusiasm for the race and multihull exploits and adventures.

Laurent Haÿ wins the International Finn Week in Cannes
From 13 to 16 February, the Cannes Yacht Club organised the famous International Finn Week. More than 70 competitors, the majority of whom were foreigners, raced in the harbour of Cannes.

John "Bulldog" Street remembered on Sunday
A celebration of John "Bulldog" Street's life was held on Sunday 18 February at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. Street who passed away in late December was the patriarch of the New Zealand marine and sailing industry.

 
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An intriguing new chapter in the 470's Olympic history
It's just over a week until the 470 World Championship begins in Palma, Mallorca. Taking place from 24 February to 3 March, 63 international teams are making final preparations before one of the most important regattas of their careers.

Arkéa Ultim Challenge - Brest day 41: The Routers Replay 6.0
Every Friday we talk to the ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE - Brest routers who work round the clock on-shore to provide the optimum routes to keep their respective skippers fast and safe.

America's Cup: INEOS Britannia's AC40 suffers fire onboard whilst training in Barcelona
INEOS Britannia, Britain's challenger for the 37th America's Cup, has suffered damage to one of their one-design supplied AC40 training boats, Athena, after a fire onboard.

 
RS Sailing 2021 - MPU   Rooster 2023 - Aquafleece Robe - MPU
 
Flying Fifteen Tally Hobbs Memorial Regatta 2024 at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club
Under the threat of light winds and high temperatures (around 40 C), the annual Tally Hobbs Memorial Regatta was conducted by Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club last weekend.

Global Solo Challenge: William MacBrien rescued after 46 hours adrift semi-submerged
William was over 1300 nautical miles west of Cape Horn, over 3000 miles from New Zealand, 1600 miles south of the tiny remote Island of Mataroa with a population of just 90 people. William had sailed past Point Nemo just a few days before.

SB20 World Championships 2024 at Dubai Offshore Sailing Club - Overall
The Dubai Duty Free SB20 Triple Sailing Championships came to an end after the grand finale of SB20 World Championships with 5 days of thrilling races with Team Kidzink winning the final title.

 
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Ocean Crusaders tale of racing J-Bird in the 2023 Sydney to Hobart Race
Having completed the race last year 2 handed, this year we opted to go fully crewed. For most TP52's, that means 14-15 crew, however with limited berths inside due to the galley and nav station fitout, we race with 12 people.

Maiden takes second place in leg 3 of the McIntyre Ocean Globe Race
Maiden arrived safely in Punta Del Este just after midnight local time on the 16th January 2024 after 33 days at sea. It was a nail biting finish.

Ovington Boats launch the Musto Skiff X smaller mainsail
Ovington Boats, in partnership with the Musto Skiff International class association, are very pleased to formally launch the Musto Skiff X, a smaller mainsail for the current boat.

 
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2024 Fireball Worlds at Royal Geelong Yacht Club - Overall
British Fireball sailors Tom Gillard and Andy Thompson have been crowned World Champions at the 2024 Fireball Worlds in Geelong, Australia.

Wearn returns and Morris set to go; sailors selected for Paris Olympics
Reigning ILCA 7 Olympic gold medallist Matt Wearn and 20-year-old iQFOiL sailor Grae Morris are both off to Paris, having been selected to the Australian Olympic Team for this year's Games.

Cup Spy Feb 14-15: Kiwis return after a nine day break for a five hour session
Emirates Team NZ, the America's Cup Defenders emerged after a nine day break to sail in a seabreeze to die for.

 
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Slingsby lays down the gauntlet to next generation of SailGP stars in latest Racing on the Edge
SailGP will return to the iconic waters of Sydney Harbour next week for its eighth stop in the Season 4 calendar. With only one week to go, the hometown favorite is ruffling feathers in the latest episode of Racing on the Edge.

Huge OK Dinghy fleet preparing for world title battle in Brisbane
The biggest OK Dinghy world championship to ever be held in Australia starts in Brisbane in just over a week's time, preceded by the Australian National Championship, which starts on Monday.

PlanetSail Episode 29: New 111ft foiling monohull - Video; Womens Jules Verne attempt
Footage of the first trials of foiling monohull - the 111ft superyacht ‘Raven'. Also Doyle Sails new Hybrid technology is revealed, along with the latest Jules Verne Trophy attempt - with an all-female crew. Plus a look at the Arkea Ultim Challenge.

 
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Lorient confirmed as host of 2024 Double Handed World Offshore Championship
Lorient Grand Large, Yacht Club de France and the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) will host the 2024 Double Handed World Offshore Championship as a fleet of Sun Fast 30 One Design takes to the water off the coast of Brittany in September 2024.

The Grand Tour continues into 2024 - a third edition
Franco Deganutti and Manuel Vlacich created the sports project "The Grand Tour Sailing" which now continues in 2024 and thus reaches its third edition.

World Match Racing Tour announces 2024 championship season
The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) today announced its 2024 championship season with a fifteen-event schedule across ten countries, concluding at the WMRT Final Shenzhen Baoan, China in December.

 
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Manly 16' Skiff Club Championship - Heat 7
They've won Olympic gold medals, national 16ft titles and state championships. Now Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page can add another honour to the list - Manly 16ft Skiff club champions.

The Ocean Race Europe 2025 will start from Kiel, Germany
Organisers of The Ocean Race have confirmed Kiel.Sailing.City as the host of the start of The Ocean Race Europe during a press conference in Kiel on Wednesday morning.

Introducing the new IMA Caribbean Maxi Multihull Series
Following its successful series in the Mediterranean for maxi monohulls, the International Maxi Association has similarly gathered together the most popular local sailing events to create the IMA Caribbean Maxi Multihull Series (CMMS).

 
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Official Statement from The IMOCA Class
We are aware of the publication of an article reporting suspicions of routing in the Vendée Globe 2020-2021.

Pen Duick VI takes leg 3 of the McIntyre Ocean Globe Race
In 25 knots winds and 3 meters seas, Pen Duick VI triumphed after 30 days of racing from Auckland, New Zealand to Punta del Este, Uruguay.

Marine Auctions: February Online Auctions and Boats
Vessels and Marina Berth up for auction. Bidding will end on Thursday, 29th February 2024 at 2pm AEST Some Vessels Unreserved. Please note, the Online Auctions have Extended Bidding.

Cup Spy Feb 13: Unfortunate end to Brits session in Barcelona. Swiss 2-boat in Jeddah
Two America's Cup teams sailed - all in AC40s - from Barcelona and Jeddah. Alinghi Red Bull Racing continued with their two AC40 sail testing program. The British did two boat race practice from Barcelona, but had to stop training just before noon.

Small Packages
You know? It is all about really good things. In sailing, two of the best attributes have always been fun and participation. Some would argue that these may have slipped off of late, but perhaps, it is more about finding a suitable offering.

Introducing Aktiv Warm Base Layers by Henri-Lloyd
Powered by Odio, the leading base layer experts, the Aktiv Warm LS top and pant offers snug, eco-friendly warmth with moisture-wicking abilities to ensure you stay warm and comfortable in cold conditions.

Global Solo Challenge: Live to fight another day
The skippers of the Global Solo Challenge have to endure months of navigation in the roaring forties and screaming fifties to reach Cape Horn.

Olympic places at stake at 2024 470 World Championship in Palma
Sixty-three 470 teams from nations as diverse as Angola, Ecuador and Mozambique are gearing up for the first big challenge of the 2024 season, the 470 World Championship in Palma, Mallorca.

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