Find out in the October issue of the Sailing Newspaper, now on newsstands, all the “backstage” secrets of the season’s new products, after carefully studying them at the fall shows and meeting many of the key players behind…the boats! We have not been disappointed: many sites have returned to explore new solutions. Some, we are sure, will perhaps turn the noses of purists upturned, but even the world of boats evolves. An example? Beneteau and Hanse have made two integrated T-tops for the Sense 57 and Hanse 675, respectively, that completely shelter the cockpit. “Why?” we asked the managers of both sites. “Because it is precisely the owners who have asked us for a more comfortable solution than the classic awning,” the response from both. Not convinced? Yet we are facing another change reminiscent of the appearance of the self-tacking jib or the double rudder wheel on vessels. Opposed at first, they have since become the norm. In fact, almost indispensable.
What’s more, these shows confirmed the “boom” moment for catamarans, which have now reached about 40 percent of the market. While the queen of the Salons was undoubtedly the Lagoon Seventy 7, it is the whole industry that is experiencing a real “renaissance.” The lines of the hulls are more harmonious than they used to be, and even the flying bridges are more streamlined: the lengthening of the superstructure towards the stern has at the same time made it possible to increase the walkable surfaces and perfectly repair the cockpits. A final note concerns the fairings. The “edge-mania” is waning, and we are starting to see fairings with softer lines again. All in the name of sailing and motor performance. A boat that is a “buoy” can no longer be found. Good thing.
This and much more you will find by flipping through the October Sailing Newspaper, on newsstands and digitally: find out in advance with us, here are some “goodies” you will find.
1. FROM CALA GONONE TO THE WILD OCEANS
Gaetano Mura embarks on the lifelong dreamed feat of a nonstop solo round-the-world voyage, departing from Cagliari on Oct. 12. He told us how he came to this choice and how he prepared his Class 40 to brave the oceans. Trust me, this is no small thing….
2. FLOP OLYMPICS. BECAUSE WE LOST
Poor athletes? Absolutely not. Too little money? No way. In Rio de Janeiro, from which Italy returned without the shred of a medal, heads were missing. Need to change method: neo-president FIV (aka Francesco Ettorre), learn from the Croatians who won gold in the 470 thanks to a coach … very Italian (whom we interviewed)!
3. FAMILY REUNION ON THE BOAT
Very rarely does the Malingri “tribe” get together: instead, this summer, in a remote bay of Greece… To tell us all about it an exceptional witness: none other than Enrico Malingri, Vittorio’s brother (fresh from a record on the Marseille-Tunis route aboard an uninhabitable cat with his son Nico).
4. THE GREATEST SAILOR OF THE MODERN ERA IS STILL HIM, ERIC TABARLY
In the editorial office last month we had voted him the greatest in history. Now it was you who crowned éric Tabarly through the poll we had offered on our website giornaledellavela.com. The “God of Waves” defeated Agostino Straulino in the final: indeed, no one has influenced contemporary sailing more than him. We go through the voting process stage by stage…
5. THE GLAMOROUS PARADE OF SAILING
Just a few miles from the maxi yachts of the Emerald Coast, the sailing party for all was unleashed. Sixty boats participated in the record-breaking edition of the TAG Heuer VELA Cup Summer Mario Formenton Trophy. For one day, Porto Rafael (Palau) became the capital of the other side of Sardinia and brought together boats of all sizes and types, sailors of all ages and simple enthusiasts to share a unique passion among many.
6. TOWARDS THE ISLANDS OF GOLD
Sailing from La Spezia to Porquerolles, discovering the French coastline, amid scents of eucalyptus and maritime pines, gusts of wind and the charm of unchanging places. The voyage of Carlo Rimini and wife Claudia Balzarini aboard an Oceanis 411 with daughters Bianca and Alice and Diana, an Italian greyhound turned tout-court crew member.
7. BOOM SOLAR PANELS. CHOOSE THE RIGHT ONE
It’s the year of… sunshine! The latest generation of solar panels, now capable of providing significant charging capacities, is taking the market by storm. We explain which ones to choose, how and where to mount them, and where to find them.
8. OUR EVIDENCE
We boarded two very special boats: the first is one of the most prestigious Italian models of the moment, the Mylius 76 FD, the 23-meter boat that foreigners envy us. The other is the X-Yachts X4, the latest addition to the Danish shipyard’s range that aims to bring together performance and comfort and conquer the Mediterranean market…
9. A GREAT OCEAN REGATTA, ON LAKE GARDA
We followed the legendary Centomiglia closely: first the breeze, then the becalmed. Scuffles, battles where at the first mistake you are out, always in constant contact with opponents. That’s why it reminded us of a miniature ocean regatta. We tell you in detail what happened this year.
10. TOPS AND FLOPS OF SUMMER 2016
The editorial staff of the Sailing Newspaper left their desks and computers behind this summer and sailed the seas throughout the Mediterranean. Upon returning, we said to each other, “what were the tops and flops of this summer? Here is a semi-serious ranking of the trends of what has impressed us the most, for better or worse, from misuse of a tool, to places to promote and those to fail, to accessories that are all the rage.