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It's a wrap! - Sail-World.com USA newsletter

19/02/2024


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17th PalmaVela: `Platoon`, TP52 - photo © Nico Martimez / Martinez Studio


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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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