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The second AC75 to be launched and first to sail, NYYC American Magic, was caught on camera by several media during a regatta on Narragansett Bay, Newport RI. Previously just a few shots had leaked on the the web, along with two official shots from the team. Media at the regatta were given a fly past by the AC75, sailing fast in a 12-14kt breeze and flat water. The foiling monohull appeared to be very stable a video filed by Mark Mills on Facebook as the AC75 did a run in 12-14kts of breeze, including an attempt at a foiling tack at the end of the run. [Read more..]

What’s it really like cruising on a superyacht – not just cruising but undertaking an Antarctic adventure which very much relies on the yacht as a platform, a lifeline and a completely independent mode of transport? For two memorable weeks in 2009, I was accommodated in the port aft guest cabin, a twin-berth, mahogany-lined cocoon of comfort of Adele, a 54m modern classic by Hoek Design, built at Vitters and launched in 2005. This was my diary at the time: [Read More..]

Heading to the high Arctic got Andy Schell so stressed he thought he was having heart trouble. Yet the voyage to Svalbard proved to be more than worth the stress“Congratulations, captain.” Dave McKay, one of our regular crew aboard Isbjörn, had those words for me as we dropped anchor at 77°N in Spitsbergen. We’d made it to the high Arctic. “Thanks Dave, but save it – you can congratulate me when we’re back out of the Arctic.”[Read more…]

“Money, Money, Money” would suggest a different track but the one I prefer pinging around in the far reaches of your personal consciousness whilst reading this is the Pink Floyd one. The crassness of discussing ones own fiscal situation in a public forum has not escaped the author, however so many people have asked us on our YouTube, Facebook, Patreon, and Email how we can afford to sail that it appears that the polite thing to do here would be to reply, albeit en masse. [Read More…]

An inexperienced yachtswoman died as she attempted to sail her new boat single-handed around Land’s End after ignoring advice from experienced sailors, an inquest has heard. Mary Unwin, 65, had bought the Seagair two days before setting off from Falmouth to sail the 130 miles around the Cornish coast to Instow in north Devon in October 2012. Her husband Carol raised the alarm when she did not return to their home in Bideford, and wreckage from the yacht was discovered washed up on the coast between Land’s End and Sennen. [Read More…]

Learning to sail is fun to do and there can also be times when you may get a little anxious. There is no better way to deal with stressful situations than have a laugh! I promise you, you will get to hear the only 3 jokes that Mike can remember (i won’t give them away here… why spoil the fun?) So may I introduce, the best (or worst) sailor, nautical, sailing jokes ever! Are You Ready for This? [Read More…]

A salvage crew is scheduled to raise a sunken luxury yacht out of the Connecticut River Visitors to yachting and other online forums to have speculated as to why the vessel — captured on dramatic drone footage on the eweather Facebook page, which went viral late last month — was allowed to sink. A similar Little Harbor yacht built the same year is being advertised for sale online for nearly $500,000, according to the Hartford Courant. “We’re trying to find out what kind of pollutants are still on board. It’s a very delicate ecosystem on the Connecticut River. We’ll try to prevent pollution as much as possible,” U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Steve Strohmaier, who works at the Padet, New York, station, said Friday. [Watch Video] [Read More…]

Phil van der Mespel had always dreamed of a long offshore adventure. When unforeseeable disaster struck, careful preparation for the worst-case scenario saw him rescued within hours In worsening conditions, Waimanu was dismasted by the force of falling off waves This was a 30-year dream – to go solo
on an offshore adventure. I’d crewed on a yacht from New Zealand to Port Vila, Vanuatu,
in 1987.
 I met my wife, Jenny, and we got married, had a family and built a business and a home. But, 
I still had that dream. When I turned 50, my father-in-law gave me a card saying he was passing 
the family yacht on to us. She was a Townson 32 named Waimanu – not ideal for ocean passagemaking, but others had done it. [Read More]