I am a fan of New Zealand boat designers, boat builders and top sailors and now also a fan of sailing research in what regards sails and sailing. It is just amazing the contribution that this small country has done to modern boat design and sailing.
Linked to the Auckland University they run a Yacht research unit that is producing some great work that is already used by some of the VOR boats. Take a look:
Regarding that kite boat.... I think it would really be interesting if they created a one person monohul, almost like a kayak, with pedals to control the rudder. Can you imagine how fast and easy it would be to get air? Similar to kite boarding.
The boat that won more races in sailboat historyt is back, at least a faithful replica. Came on, do you think I am exaggerating about the victories? The boat won 231 races and stayed competitive for about 30 years!!!
..George Lennox Watson received a commission from Prince Albert Edward for a sailing yacht in 1892. He designed His Royal Highness' Yacht Britannia to the "Length And Sail Area Rule" as a First Class cutter .. She was launched on April 20, 1893…
By the end of her first year's racing, the Britannia had scored thirty-three wins from forty-three starts. In her second season, she won all seven races for the big class yachts on the French Riviera, and then beat the 1893 America's Cup defender Vigilant in home waters.
Despite a lull in big yacht racing after 1897, the Britannia served as a trial horse for Sir Thomas Lipton's challenger Shamrock I, and later passed on to several owners in a cruising trim with raised bulwarks. In 1920, King George V triggered the revival of the "Big Class" by announcing that he would refit the Britannia for racing. Although the Britannia was the oldest yacht in the circuit, regular updates to her rig kept her a most successful racer throughout the 1920s.
In 1931, she was converted to the J-Class with a bermuda rig, but despite the improvements, her performance to windward slopped dramatically. Her last race was at Cowes in 1935. During her racing career she had won 231 races and took another 129 flags.
King George V's dying wish was for his beloved yacht to follow him to the grave. On 10 July 1936, after the Britannia had been stripped of her spars and fittings, her hull was towed out to St Catherines Deep near the Isle of Wight, and she was sunk by HMS Winchester (L55), commanded by Captain W.N.T. Beckett RN. This fate marked the end of big yacht racing in Europe, with the smaller and more affordable International Rule 12-Metre Class gaining popularity.
A new replica of the Britannia was built Russia in from 1993 to 2009, and after legal problems in securing her release from her Russian shipyard, she was shipped to Norway and subsequently sold to a foundation in Cowes that will finish and rig the yacht.
A new Southerly, the 420, that comes to replace the 42DS. Lots of space for a 42 ft boat, a truly great interior for living aboard, but an uglier boat, I mean in what regards the outside looks:
This one is a center cockpit boat and that means lot's of space on an aft cabin but also a high freeboard boat, too high in my opinion to make it a nice looking boat.
The other one, the 42 DS was a truly decksaloon, not this one that has a lower saloon. That permits a bigger saloon, but with limited views.
I guess that most people would gladly change the better outside views and a better looking boat for a bigger and very nice interior. The new 420 has certainly a bigger interior than the old 42DS and a very nice one.
New test on the Salona 38 by the German magazine "Yacht" and they have tested it in heavy weather....They have liked the boat specially in what concerns sailing qualities and quality/price.
(this photo was not from this test where only two sailed the boat, but a nice photo taken when Dean Barker test sailed the boat).
Yacht magazine has said about the Salona 38:
The new performance cruiser from Croatia scores not only with safe handling in the wave crests in Barcelona, but also with good adaptability to racing and cruising. This 38ft is an interesting and economical alternative to X-Yachts, Solaris and Co.
The last number of Yacht seems to be great in what boat testing is concerned and not only. On the same issue they tested the Salona 38, the Astus 18, the Archambault 34 (A34) the Sun Odyssey 44, the Amel 55 and still manage to have space for an article about Danish boats (on the front page a Luffe 45).
First photos of the Bavaria vision 46, presented at Dusseldorf boat show, posted by Yacht magazine: The boat looks elegant and the hull seems slick. The interior is much more modern than on the last Vision and has space everywhere. The boat seems bigger than a 46 ft. The storage space is huge. This one would give a good boat to live aboard.