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Multihulls World #158

Multihulls World

Issue no: 158

Published: March / April 2018

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Multihulls World #158 - March/April 2018

Contents Multihulls World 158 

Election for Multihull of the Year
Vote for your favourite boat

 Blue water cruising
Preparing for your return to make the most of your blue water cruise
From racing to cruising: these innovations have changed the sailor’s daily life

Around the World
Gadji, New Caledonia
Timor, first steps into Asia
Cruising in the Faroe Islands or how not to lose your bearings!

Practical
Diagnostic: internet on board
Catamaran basics: flybridge : to have or to have not…

Cruising
- Charter: Guadeloupe
- Postcards
- Readers’ Spots

On test
Nautitech Open 40 new generation
Sunreef 88 Double Deck
Second-hand test: Mahé 36

Features
Downwind
The photographer’s eye
The editor’s favorites
News from the pontoons
Equipment
Shipyards around the world
MultiYachts
Multihulls Match
Classifieds

 

From the editor

Incredible but true

In a single generation, barely more than twenty years, the world has shrunk considerably.  Those of us with gray hair will remember a time - not so long ago - when the idea of going around the world via the Great Capes (Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn) required at least 80 days minimum. A time faster than that of Phileas Fogg, hero of Jules Verne's novel "Around the world in 80 days" published in 1872:  79 days was the time achieved by Bruno Peyron and his crew back in 1993.  A few days before the beginning of 2018, François Gabart completed his solo tour of the world in 42 days... In the opinion of the boat designers and racing sailors we asked, records will continue - for both single-handed and fully crewed - to fall. In the near future, multihulls will be flying for longer and longer.  A 30 day record - is it possible?  In a generation, surely...  

Meanwhile, on this mythical course around the world, it is not only over-trained athletes on board Formula 1-style boats who are doing it. Our friend Jean-Pierre Fréry has planned to leave next September, with crew, aboard a production Lagoon 400 - albeit one which is seriously equipped and prepared all the same.  

A crazy gamble?  

Not much more than imagining going around the world in less than 80 days under sail only a generation ago...

Thank you to all these sailors who keep us dreaming; and enjoy the winter going sailing in the warm, or prepare your summer trips. For me it will be Greece...

I wish you good sailing, and don’t forget to vote in the election for the Multihull of the Year (www.MultihullOfTheYear.com).

JC Guillaumin
Editor

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