J Class start line collision

Two crew were thrown overboard and seriously injured in a top-speed collision between J Class superyachts jockeying for position on the start line of the Antigua Superyacht Challenge.  Both Svea and Topaz retired immediately with severe damage. The 140ft, 180 tonne yacht smash was filmed by a guest aboard another competitor. The video went viral. […]

Joyon brews up Tea Route record

Champion ocean yachtsman Francis Joyon has knocked four days off the Tea Route record, sailing from Hong Kong to London in 31 days and 23 hours. The new record, achieved by Joyon and crew aboard the maxi-trimaran IDEC SPORT overtakes Giovanni Soldini’s record in his mod70, Maserati. The Tea Route celebrates the great clipper ships […]

Paradise Found

Skipper and crew agree: Madagascar is Nirvana As White Dragon approached the southerly end of Isle Saint Marie we eagerly anticipated seeing the humpback whales which congregate to breed and give birth there from July to mid September, writes Dick Beaumont. It was 2nd September, would we be too late? Our fears were allayed as […]

Solo yachtsman Humphreys says real heroes are NHS workers

Triple round-the-world sailor and race champ, Conrad Humphreys, has revealed he ‘sobbed irrationally’ at the start of the Vendee Globe race. He told Yachting Monthly magazine that the popular thinking about lone yachtsmen was that they have ‘incredible mental strength,’ but added it was frontline workers who were the real heroes. Humphreys, 47, said: ‘If […]

Covid-19’s impact on world sailing

Under the microscope the Covid-19 virus looks like planet earth impregnated with spikes and this image appropriately symbolises the pandemic’s global effect on the world of sailing. Everywhere you plant a pin on the world a yachting event has been cancelled, postponed or banned. The list is endless: the America’s Cup World Series, cancelled, the  […]

Satellite safety system updated

The UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) has replaced the CG66 system of alerting search and rescue services with the RYA SafeTrx mobile phone app. This system sends the vessel’s position to the SafeTrx server every five minutes. Even if the phone signal is lost, positions are stored and transmitted as soon as the signal […]

Birth Of A Blue Water Yacht #05

Come below…to a K50 future Following restrictions placed on us by the Covid 19 lockdown, we are unable to continue coverage of the K50 V2 build in this issue as we have paused production. Instead, we are providing a sneak preview of yacht interior designer Donna Maree’s work on the project, maximising space to provide […]

Keel loss investigated by Sail Magazine

The latest reported keel loss of a sailing yacht has been analysed by an award-winning journalist for the leading US yachting journal, Sail. Ran Tan II  lost her keel in mid-Pacific in May last year and her three crew were rescued from a life-raft. Journalist Rebecca Hayter interviewed the 50ft Elliot race yacht’s designer, Greg […]

Choosing the Right Sails

Sail cuts and cloth materials, explained by Dick Beaumont. The cruising yachtsman should take as much care selecting his sail wardrobe as his racing colleagues. The sails of any yacht are its ‘engine,’ a fact often overlooked by the cruising fraternity. This issue came to a head recently when a Kraken client asked us to […]