What began as a 60th birthday-present-to-self became an around-the-world yacht race for a New Zealand couple. They’re among the crews on a fleet of 11 identical 70-foot yachts competing in the 2019–20 Clipper Race, and because they’re on separate boats there’s also a little marital rivalry…
Taking a yacht nearly 5,000km along Europe’s rivers and canals involves a lot more than lowering the mast. There are also 484 locks, numerous aqueducts, lifting bridges and three tunnels. Though the four-month voyage was equivalent to driving from Wellington to Auckland seven times at 10km/h, only one word can describe it – magnificent!
Black Sound in Green Turtle Cay in the northern Bahamas is a good hurricane hole. Kiwi sailor David Kitching had previously sheltered there during hurricanes Irene and Sandy. But they were mere Category 3 storms – nothing like the monster approaching from the SE.
Boatbuilders and equipment manufacturers worldwide have released a tsunami of innovation in recent months. From automated docking systems to phone-controlled toilets, the sheer volume of new technology going into boats is absolutely staggering. Here’s a look at 10 trends to expect in 2020.