Why get on board with us for the November issue of the Sailing Journal? For many good reasons. Read on, we are already revealing ten of them in preview: starting with the great report on refitting, passing through Gianni Porzio’s adventure “at the end of the world,” portraits of the Italians engaged in one of the toughest regattas, the Route du Rhum, and the many boats we tested.
1. DON’T CHANGE THE BOAT? THEN MAKE IT NEW
Led by Grazio Basile, a leading expert in the field, we delve into the world of refit, or refurbishing a boat. This is a viable alternative to buying a new hull, a time to give your “beloved” a new virginity. A compromise between optimization and aesthetics. In this extensive report we explain what to do and also give some practical examples, from scrapping shrouds to new propellers, from wrapping to appendages.
2. ROUTE TO THE END OF THE WORLD
The Great North is the new frontier of exploration. From the Northwest Passage to the wild archipelago of the Svalbard Islands, where the great reporter John Porzio accompanies us, among roaming bears, seals, and sailing with ice at the water’s edge. Here is an account of an adventure dictated by the desire to explore, to discover the unknown-a desire inherent in man since the dawn of time.
3. HOW WE WON THE BARCOLANA
This year the Sailing Newspaper also participated in the world’s most famous regatta, the Barcolana, with an initiative involving as many as 49 sailors aboard four boats. We reveal the behind the scenes of a truly unforgettable three days, with the icing on the final cake: we managed to win with one of our boats. We also tell you how David almost managed to beat Goliath: the story of the little RC44 that, amidst hulls three times its length, came close to winning the Trieste classic.
A beautiful picture book by two Portuguese authors takes us on an imaginative journey through words, becausein the sea there are many legends to be told and many sights to be discovered, whether fish or pirates. We give you a “taste” of the book and the words in it, and we also close with a “list of indignant exclusions”: that is, some of the many, many sea words that were not included in the book…
Our Instagram cotest “TAG Heuer Cruise GdV 2014” comes to an end: about 1400 photos were received in the editorial office. Choosing the finalists and the winner was really difficult; we had to work overtime. Find out with us who the winners are (the first one won a TAG Heuer Aquaracer 500 M Calibre 5 Automatic chronograph), their story, and their stunning photos.
6. OUR EVIDENCE
Under the magnifying glass this month are two cruising boats: the first is the new Impression 35, a maxi-yacht “semi-deck,” as we called it. Ten meters that do not require boat registration or a license but with true cruising interiors to sail anywhere. Then we boarded the Hanse 505, the German shipyard’s 15-and-a-half-footer that makes ease of handling and extensive interior and accessory customization its strong points.
RS Sailing unveils the Aero, a new single ready to shake up the “small and performance” market: 30 kilograms of easy-to-handle, easy-to-glide hull. The mast and boom are made of carbon, and there are many other accouterments that make it clear that the latest technological innovations in sailing are now readily available for dinghies as well. We went to try out the fast boat that took a full 3 years of study and design.
Very few Italians have finished the Route du Rhum (we’ll tell you the story), one of the most difficult regattas for any self-respecting solo sailor: this year, Italy fields three respectable names. Andrea Mura (who won it in 2010), Giancarlo Pedote and Alessandro Di Benedetto. These are the same 3 names that will most likely take part in the upcoming Vendée Globe, the solo round-the-world race. We reveal who are the three sailors challenging the Ocean.
The same crew with the same boat, the Swan 38 Trimegista, returns thirty years later to Porto Cervo for the Swan Cup. A reunion of old friends raced the waters of the Emerald Coast as if time stood still at the starting line. Telling us this story is “insider” Maria Francesca “Chicca” Natoli. We also had fun comparing a photo from ’84 and one from 2014 and see what has changed in the crew....
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 second DVD in the “On Boat with Susanne Beyer” series. Susanne Beyer and Enrico Podesta are our instructors and guide us through the world of easy, small-crew maneuvers. Both have braved the ocean solo on a boat of only six and a half meters, and no one can teach better than them how to handle a situation when there are only a few people on board. In this DVD we find out that and start with maneuvers in port: how they are approached and how we need to take advantage of the evolutionary effects of the propeller. Once on the open sea, Enrico and Susanne, teach us how to maneuver better in each gait, how to tack in twos or solo, and how to properly use the gennaker, a sail that is as fun as it is easy to use even when cruising.