Why get on board with us for the October issue of the Sailing Journal? For many good reasons (starting with the number of pages, a full 50 more!). Read on, we’re already revealing ten of them for you to preview: starting with the toughest of adventures, which for over 40 years has been attracting the strongest sailors eager to measure themselves against nature, the round-the-world race, to our super review of 2015 boats and accessories, and much, much more.
1. THE ADVENTURE OF ADVENTURES
Call it the Volvo Ocean Race, Whitbread or whatever you like: the round-the-world race is always every sailor’s dream. And as the 2014/15 VOR kicks off from Alicante, we tell you, thanks to three exceptional witnesses, what it meant to challenge the oceans more than 30 years ago and what it means to do it now: Corrado Di Majo and Paolo Martinoni recount the heroic days of the “Whitbread,” Alberto Bolzan explains what today’s “Volvo” will be like.
2. THE BOATS FROM 2 to 40 meters (AND THE ACCESSORIES) OF DESIRE.
Ready to browse through our (and your) forty-one special pages, all devoted entirely to choosing the ideal boat, and more? A showcase where you can find 122 boats, selected from the latest that have just gone into the water and those that you will be able to admire in the coming months, but also a selection of 33 accessories capable of making life on board easier for you on any occasion.
3. THE PERFECT BOAT? DOES NOT EXIST.
If your name is Vittorio Mariani and in your career you have worked on designing and building hundreds of boats, from the legendary hulls of Azzurra to fast cruisers like Virtuelle or Roma, you are the right person to talk to to really understand how the yachting world has changed and where it is going: we chatted with him to have him explain what boats will look like in the near future. But beware: the perfect boat does not exist!
No regatta in the world is like her. The Barcolana, which began in 1969 and soon became the most crowded sailing regatta ever, gets a makeover this year with more entertainment and a new course. But it maintains, as President Mitja Gialuz tells us, the original spirit of a great celebration of sailing, for everyone. We also tell you what is behind Generali’s sponsorship of the Barcolana in the account of its chairman, Gabriele Galateri di Genola. The emotions of when he made it, the shared values between sailing and entrepreneurship. And that time aboard the Stealth at sunset with the Agnelli lawyer….
5. THE IDEAL MONOTYPE FOR…FARR CLASS
We tested the European premiere of the new Farr 280 One Design, the eye-catching and fast 8-meter that arrived fresh from the States and is ready to run as the new one-design for those tired of ratings and fees. Plus: since it is not enough to have the boat “on the bubble” to ward off bad figures in regattas, Olympic finnist Filippo Baldassari explains to you in pills how to avoid blunders in the five “highlight” situations of stick trials: from the start to the turnaround, from the lay-line to the waste at windward and aft.
6. SO CLOSE SO DIFFERENT
A family cruise aboard a twelve-footer among the great diversity of the Tuscan coast and its archipelago, from wild Capraia to grand Elba. Discovering how Giglio Island has finally returned to its former life. Carlo Rimini and his wife Claudia Balzarini tell us why the Tuscan islands are so close…and yet so different.
7. TOP & FLOPS OF SUMMER 2014
Sailing, like any other sporting activity, is subject to technological evolution. What looked like the equipment of the future has become obsolete as the years have passed. There are accessories that have stayed, of course, and others that have turned out to be true “meteors.” In any case, in recent years we can describe the evolution of the accessories market as a race toward simplicity. Which categories of accessories are “on the rise” and which are in danger of falling into oblivion? Over the vacations, we looked around and identified some well-defined cruise trends.
8. LANDMARK 43, DEADLY IN RACING, EXTRACOMFORTABLE IN CRUISING
At the ORC World Championships in Kiel, vying for victory with the TP52 Enfant Terrible was a Norwegian production hull (but built in Dubai, UAE, by Premier Composites Technologies): the Landmark 43. A boat that, perfectly equipped and ready to race, can be found on the second-hand market for about 250,000 euros. And that in addition to providing exhilarating performance in both IRC and ORC, it is also configured to fully meet cruise requirements. We tell you about it through the words of designer Mark Mills.
9. MARCO RODOLFI: ME, DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE
Milanese, born in 1965, he first got on a boat when he was 4 years old. At 17 he won the Italian Laser championship, then switched to Soling. Racer by race, cruiser by passion. After helming boats of all kinds, today Marco Rodolfi is the owner of a Class 40 where he gives vent to his competitive spirit and a Swan 80 where he rediscovers the pleasure of cruising. Two sides of one love: sailing.
10. BOATING WITH SUSANNE BEYER
With this issue of the Sailing Newspaper as an optional attachment (and on Nauticplace.com, bookstore section) you can find the first DVD in the series “Boating with Susanne Beyer”, where the oceanic sailor, capable of tackling the Atlantic in her 6.50-meter boat, arriving before the Italians at the Mini Transat regatta, explains the tricks to always sail safely, even alone or with an inexperienced crew, and calmly face any weather condition.