Standing beneath the hull of Te Rehutai, Emirates Team New Zealand’s winning boat in their base at the end of Cup party, was a view no one outside the team had seen before. It was a vantage point many of us craved during the event in order to better understand what made these boats tick. And as the cooler bins were emptied of beer there were selfies being taken aplenty to document this rare opportunity.
Yet, the reality is there was little new on show. Compared to the days of lead bulbs, winged keels and ‘hulas’ there wasn’t much that couldn’t be seen each time Te Rehutai was lifted in and out of the water. The really impressive parts of this boat are the very bits we were never going to be able to see. The black boxes and hydraulic cylinders that make up the controls and systems tell little of what they really do.
This was a generation of extremely complex racing yachts, arguably more so than anything else ever built. Machines that were so power hungry that crews felt the biggest physical risk while racing was of them catching fire. Apparently, the heat below decks when the boats were fully on song was unbelievable.
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NOTHING TO STOP YOU
WHEN PLANNING AN OCEAN PASSAGE, HOW DO YOU ENSURE YOU CAN KEEP GOING NO MATTER WHAT? RUPERT HOLMES FINDS OUT WHAT VENDÉE GLOBE SKIPPERS CAN TEACH US ABOUT MID-OCEAN REPAIRS
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Gender equity drive in racing
As part of a remix for the coming season of the foiling SailGP series, each of the eight teams are to add one female athlete per team. Teams will be incentivised to include female athletes in rotation for ‘active roles’ and to include women in the sixth position, progressing to ‘practice and/or training in key roles’.
Resurgence in round the world races
A clutch of ‘budget friendly’ new round the world races for sailor-owners has tapped into renewed enthusiasm for adventure and endurance sailing. All three new events are set to take off in 2023.
Grenada to host ARC+ rally
A new destination is being introduced for the ARC+ rally in November that could bring the total number of yachts sailing across the Atlantic in rallies this winter to a record-breaking number of almost 400.
Science while you sail
Cruisers can help improve scientific knowledge about the health of our oceans while going sailing.
GETTING INVOLVED IN THE HELICOPTER BOMBARDMENT OF A REMOTE ISLAND… ALL IN THE NAME OF A WAR AGAINST MICE
WHEN SURFING SUPERSTAR JOHN JOHN FLORENCE TOOK HIS GUNBOAT 48 ON A 2,500 MILE CRUISE TO REMOTE PACIFIC ISLANDS HE FOUND A THRIVING ECOSYSTEM THAT MAY GIVE US ALL CAUSE FOR HOPE.TOBY HODGES REPORTS
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As the sailing season comes to an end on northern waters, I find myself pondering the modern sailing scene.
Getting in Touch with Reality
As part of my usual in-depth research for this column I decided to ask Google whether sailing was safe. “In fact, it can be deadly,” came the response, “A study from Rhode Island Hospital concluded sailing is more dangerous, and has a higher fatality rate, than skiing and snowboarding combined with NFL football.”
PLAN STUDY: Kombi Sail and Paddle Canoe
The first boat I designed was the Beth Sailing Canoe, which, for better or worse, made me a marked man.
Reader Boat: Precision 165
During my three years of ownership, here are just a few things I’ve observed about my P165. Most of these features have contributed to my joy of sailing this little boat.
Securing for sea
Attaching gear to lifelines and stanchions is generally not wise and sometimes dangerous.
Why two retired apple growers sail
I grew up in northern Vermont. Spent lots of time on lovely lakes, but never sailed.
Building a small, bike-trailerable boat for big water
Virtual sailing during the pandemic
Sailing and voyaging are an intriguing mix of companionship and solitude.
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Seascape The Webb Chiles Interview
We caught up with famed sailor and author Webb Chiles just after he’d finished his sixth circumnavigation at age 77.