You'll have to read the March issue to find out which boat has been selected as European Yacht of the Year 2005
?and the winner is
You’ll have to read the March issue to find out which boat has been selected as European Yacht of the Year 2005. For the third year running leading yachting magazines from 11 countries have come together to nominate, shortlist, test sail and judge what is now the world’s most important sailboat awards. The judging process is long and thorough and culminates in seven days’ test sailing the shortlisted boats in Southampton and Barcelona so you can bet that the winners clearly deserve their awards.
Two boats that were not part of the awards but which are generating a lot of interest are the new Kiwi-built Marten 49 and Farr 525 DS. Both are high performance cruisers. We put them to the test.
Who is Andrew Pindar and why does he take so much interest in and patronise the sport of sailing? Elaine Bunting talks to him.
What’s happening in the Global Challenge? The westabout global race with paying volunteer crews has been eclipsed by the sexier Vendée Globe and Ellen MacArthur’s record attempt. Elaine Bunting went to Wellington to meet the fleet at their second stopover.
The world’s biggest privately owned sailing yacht. Mirabella V hit the news – and the rocks – as the biggest sloop, Athena currently holds the record as the biggest sailing yacht but soon she will be knocked off her perch by Tom Perkins’s giant, Perini-built Maltese Falcon, all 300ft of her. David Glenn describes some of the systems in his latest super superyacht.
Plus reports from the London and Dusseldorf boat shows