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plenty o’ room

The Bavaria C42 was a storming success and a turning point for the brand. Launched early last year (and reviewed in our April 2020 edition), it convincingly won the European Yacht Of The Year Award and then beat some strong contenders from the big French builders to win a major award on their home turf, Voile Magazine’s Boat Of The Year. The judges of both awards were surprised to discover that this competitively priced, production-built family cruiser could be so fast, responsive and rewarding to sail, while also offering a huge amount of internal volume. Voile Magazine’s verdict speaks volumes about that boat, comparing the feel of the helm and general sailing sensations with those of a far more expensive Italian or Scandinavian performance cruiser. With all that to live up to the bar was set very high indeed for the next model in the range, the Bavaria C38, launched last month at Venice Boat Show. Read on....

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q: are we not men?

A: We are Devo! Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard are once more set to take on the Jules Verne Trophy, held since 2017 by Francis Joyon and his crew in a time of 40d 23h 30’ 30’’. Remodelled for improved performance over the course of last winter, Sails of Change (ex-Spindrift 2) maxi-trimaran will be sailed by an 11-strong crew. Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard give some details about the fourth attempt of this round the world sailing record. This will be Yann Guichard’s fourth attempt as skipper on this round the world passage under sail, and he is taking on two challenges as he aims to both secure the Jules Verne Trophy and produce all their energy requirements self-sufficiently. Indeed, for the very first time, the whole journey will be undertaken with no auxiliary engine. “We’re going to take on an additional challenge, since we’ll be attempting to break the round the world record without using any energy produced using fossil fuels. Our main sources of energy will come from the sun and wind, as well as an on-board bike-powered generator. We are keen to show it’s possible,” explains skipper Yann Guichard. This new energy challenge accompanies a series of technical solutions introduced over the winter, which relate to the cockpit, aerodynamics and central hull, the latter having been shortened by three metres. This latest modification provides improved balance at the helm and reduces vibration aboard the largest racing multihull ever built (37 metres), which has been renamed especially for this attempt: Sails of Change. Title inspiration...duh. Here is the original. Only the coolest spud boys will understand. - ed....

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cancel culture, cont’d

For the first time in its 39 year event history, the PIC Coastal Classic is canceled.  “Last week, it looked like the alert levels in place on 22 October might enable us to host some sort of sailing activity. But this week, updated restrictions make it clear that events of any kind are not permitted at Level 3, we have been forced to fly the AP flag for Labour Weekend.” says New Zealand Multihull. Yacht Club (NZMYC) Commodore Greer Houston. The NZMYC and PIC Insurance brokers thank all of the event partners and supporters, and also the competitors, in particular those outside of Auckland, for their ongoing positivity. “We would especially like to acknowledge Yachting New Zealand’s assistance in trying to make a race possible,” says Greer Houston. “It’s a tough time for the entire country. The silver lining is that recreational boating is allowed in Auckland at Level 3, and we can get out and enjoy boating with our bubbles. We’ll look forward to seeing you out there – from a safe distance of course – at Labour Weekend.” More here. If presidunce Trunt-loving dead-enders sailed (which is a laughable thought to begin with) and this regatta was in 'Murica, they'd be screaming about their "rights" and their "freedums", and would harass race organizers at their homes. Thank fuck those 'tards don't sail... - ed....

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pay up sucka

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_-s8LkI2e8&t=1985s UH-OH: Looks like someone got their panties in a twist! Gee, we wonder who that would have been? What a douchebag. Jump to 27: 45 of the video. We've not heard a single person say a good thing about  Laser Performance, ever.  Wonder why that is? There is a thread....

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ac dope

There are thoughts that the old Alinghi mafia (Coutts/Butterworth) might be positioning themselves for a return to the America’s Cup. Well, the NZ website Stuff is now reporting the same suspicion, including hard news that Burling and Tuke, the spearheads of the Team New Zealand operation, have not yet signed on with the team for the next defense. And where have Burling and Tuke been spending the past two months? With SailGP which, as we know, is run by a certain Russell Coutts. This could get ugly....

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