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Fountaine Pajot's new Astréa 42 sailing on Sydney Harbour - photo © John Curnow

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It is always important to keep the eyes out of the boat when sailing. Alas, we won't have to be peering at the horizon to get a handle on this one. The notion started when I saw how many vessels Travelopia Yachts had ordered for their cruising fleets under their brands, The Moorings, Sunsail, and Footloose.

The $130M investment is certainly large enough to see for all. Think of it like the loom from a distant city, the welcoming beacon from a known lighthouse, or the brewing clouds that tell you only one thing. Amongst those to do well from this will be Jeanneau, Beneteau, and Lagoon, so the Groupé is bound to be well happy with the lion's share of that little pie. Robertson and Caine also get a serious look in.

Taking it all in, and subsequently surveying your chart, I reckon build slots for certain new boats could be almost as elusive as pens (slips) at the best marinas, space to anchor at some gorgeous and popular bay, or finding that you're the only one at a great haven, only to see a stick on the horizon, bearing straight down on you!

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The VPLP penned new Lagoon 46 with her very distinctive hull forms. - photo © John Curnow
The VPLP penned new Lagoon 46 with her very distinctive hull forms. - photo © John Curnow

Alas, if a new craft of a particular flavour is on your radar, then maybe now might be the time to lock in a build slot. Just saying... Certainly talking with many of the factory representatives present at the recent Sydney International Boat Show backed up this notion. Seeing the team from Groupé Beneteau, who were representing their brands Beneteau, Lagoon, and newcomer, Excess, was terrific, as always, but it also provided for good insights into the whole scheme of things.

There are all new designs almost everywhere inside the Groupé. Case in point would have to be new Lagoon 46. She has been penned by VPLP, who have expertise in both multihull and monohulls. Indeed, stylistically, the new Lagoon takes a lot of her leads from the famous racer, Comanche. Perhaps not so much in terms of outright pace, but that serious chine to step the hull out looks just like the aircraft carrier. Especially when up close or straight ahead.

Yes the Lagoon 46 uses it purely for space, whereas the supermaxi uses hers for form stability. However, when you consider that the same famous firm is behind both of them, then it is not that great a stretch. Add in that Comanche was designed to go to a serious angle of heel (around 25 degrees), and effectively become like a cat flying one hull at that point, then you'll kind of get where I am coming from. Don't worry, you won't see an airborne Lagoon 46, nor one resplendent with 5m daggerboards, for the similarity is based around completely different objectives.

Reflections give an idea as to the amount of step involved in the Lagoon 46's hulls. - photo © John Curnow
Reflections give an idea as to the amount of step involved in the Lagoon 46's hulls. - photo © John Curnow

However, just as if she was paying homage to her famous racer distant cousin, she is far lighter, way cooler, and a lot funkier than many of predecessors. And yep, that is a really good thing. Lagoon may not have had to worry about anything given their resounding popularity, but this new model is bound to reset the paradigm - well and truly in their favour.

Representing Lagoon at the show was Guillaume Andrebe, and in speaking with him we learned that at the 46's debut in Düsseldorf in February they secured around 280 orders for the boat. That now sits at 400, which means you are talking 2021 delivery. Interestingly, the previous model, the 450, has sold a massive 1000 units to date, and will be kept in production until the end of the 2021 European Summer. It would be fair to say that Lagoon will

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The new Excess 15 with the taller 'Pulse' rig. Ideal for light airs... - photo © Excess Catamarans
The new Excess 15 with the taller 'Pulse' rig. Ideal for light airs... - photo © Excess Catamarans

The all-new designs also extend to sister brand, Excess, which has just revealed some of the most detailed images of their vessels. With the larger 'Pulse' rigs, they certainly look like they are set to take on a sportier mantra to match their outboard helming position. Anyone looking to buy into the Groupé's brands may do well to consider these, as they still some slots available for 2020 delivery.

Nautitech have refreshed and re-invigorated the 46 Open and Fly, and these will be on display at Cannes next month. Cosmetically, the coachhouse is now grey, which is certainly noticeable, but it is with the interior spaces that have an ultra-modern appeal where you'll really notice it. Yet it's an even taller rig and lower boom that speak more to her continuing to be the sporting leader in the performance/cruiser category. Her increased power with class leading mass/displacement ratio will ensure she is an effortless passage maker.

The refreshed Nautitech 46 Open with taller rig and new paint scheme - photo © Nautitech
The refreshed Nautitech 46 Open with taller rig and new paint scheme - photo © Nautitech

Ensign Ship Brokers have a good video for you to watch. Nautitech were very much an early pioneer of things like reverse bows, and stepped hulls for volume above the waterline. The focus was always on fine entries, slippery hull forms, the lowest possible mass without sacrificing strength, and a real embodiment of the pleasure of sailing. The genius of naval architect Marc Lombard is never hard to miss.

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The Nautitech 46 now has a fully revised interior. - photo © Nautitech
The Nautitech 46 now has a fully revised interior. - photo © Nautitech

When the French manufacturer was acquired by Bavaria, the new owner did not want to alter this equation at all, and merely added some refinement to their interior spaces, and some well-known efficiencies. Like many a builder, a lot of customers take delivery of their craft at the factory, and Jason Chipp from Ensign Ship Brokers is often away with clients doing one week (or longer) handovers whilst they sail the Atlantic, the Med or even Caribbean.

So if the industry data had got me started on all of this, then certainly I was motivated to create the piece you're reading now when Kevin Knight sent me the details of the Scape 40 Sport. She was penned by another renowned firm, in Simonis-Voogd, and also came with a noteworthy price tag of just USD435k for the well-specced South African product.

Layout of the Scape 40 performance cruising cat. - photo © Ronnie Knight
Layout of the Scape 40 performance cruising cat. - photo © Ronnie Knight

Apart from the interesting bridge deck configuration with U-shaped helming position, the thing that really caught my eye was the placement of the saildrive units, right in the centre of buoyancy. If that not did tell you of her performance aspirations, nothing would...

Wide stance of the Scape 40 and the aft mounted, U-Shaped helm station. - photo © Scape Yachts
Wide stance of the Scape 40 and the aft mounted, U-Shaped helm station. - photo © Scape Yachts

Her narrow, wave-piercing hulls and bridge deck are vac-bagged foam sandwich, and there are no interior liners. Her bulkheads and cabinetry are integrated into the hull construction, both vertically and horizontally, and all of the above stands for lightest possible mass, strength and stiffness. Kevin tells me, "This is the perfect private/leisure catamaran that puts the thrill in sailing."

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Fountaine Pajot's new Astréa 42 on Sydney Harbour. - photo © John Curnow
Fountaine Pajot's new Astréa 42 on Sydney Harbour. - photo © John Curnow

Multihull Solutions showed off Fountaine Pajot's multi-award winning Astréa 42 and Salona 47 at the Sydney show, with yet more orders, especially for European collection, being placed. The aft entertaining space on the Astréa 42 is utterly delightful, and certainly one of the reasons that boat in particular is doing so well in the sale stakes.

A few other stand out features of that model are her reverse, or dreadnought bows, which in combination with her reverse sheer give her a thoroughly modern look. The latter also affords significant headroom in her hulls. She also has one of the best Owner's Heads going around. All in all, there are incredible options for the configuration of your vessel. You can learn about all of that in our video review, and also written commentary, where you can things like her flush mounted deck hatches to minimize trip hazards, and amiable sail to weight ratio.

Normally not one to wax on about heads, but the one in Owner's Hull of the Fountaine Pajot Astrea 42 is exemplary! A true benchmark for craft even way bigger than itself... - photo © John Curnow
Normally not one to wax on about heads, but the one in Owner's Hull of the Fountaine Pajot Astrea 42 is exemplary! A true benchmark for craft even way bigger than itself... - photo © John Curnow

Now we were speaking of Jeanneau earlier, and it was wonderful to see the factory's regional team at the Sydney International Boat Show, as well. Perhaps even more wonderful was my turn on board the brilliant, Marc Lombard penned, Sun Odyssey 410. It is clever, safety conscious, spacious, with a slippery wetted surface area that requires just 40hp to march along nicely at over seven knots.

Now why's that important? Simply put, this vessel came with the Performance rig, and when the puffs arrived on our completely benign day, you could feel just how promptly she turned that into real boat speed. Nice. Given that's when many a vessel struggles to get out of her own hole, I reckon it is a must have addition.

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I finally got a go on the brilliant Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 410 - this one had the performance rig and she made good use of the light airs. - photo © John Curnow
I finally got a go on the brilliant Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 410 - this one had the performance rig and she made good use of the light airs. - photo © John Curnow

I was talking with one buyer at her official launch, and not all that long ago he had got into a Sun Odyssey 349, but definitely has his eyes on one of these. Can not say I blame him...

Today you will find that we have information for you about nine years for a wonderful circumnavigation, ARC Europe, galley storage with Jeanneau, 3Di from North Sails, exploring the Caribbean, climate change and reef systems, World ARC, Mission Ocean in Cuba, Jeanne Socrates, electric tenders, Tahiti, as well as much more.

The streets of Trinidad - photo © Mission Ocean
The streets of Trinidad - photo © Mission Ocean

So you see, there are stories, lessons, inspirations and history to regale yourself with. Please do savour... We're really enjoying bringing you the best stories from all over the globe. If you want to add to that, then please make contact with us via email.

Remember too, if you want to see what is happening in the other Hemisphere, go to the top of the Sail-WorldCruising home page and the drag down menu on the right, select the other half of the globe and, voila, it's all there for you.

In the meantime, do you love being on the ocean? Well remember to love them back too. They need our help. Now more than ever! Until next time...

John Curnow, Editor

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Make 2019 count - Travel
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Top 10 facts about sharks and seals
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Sailing Holidays Ltd at the Southampton International Boat Show 2019 - ticket offer code!
We're excited to be exhibiting at the Southampton Boat Show again this September! We know that many of the sailors amongst you will have already managed to get out on the water by the time the show rolls around, but we'll still have our late season deals.

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S/V Nereida sails around the world - Day 309: More good sailing N, in fairly steady trades...
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A grand tribute to an amazing man - Ron Allatt
With the passing of Ron Allatt, a piece of the Ronstan story moves distinctly into the pages of history. Our good friend Alistair Murray delivered the following oration to family, colleagues, and associated yachties in Melbourne to celebrate Ron's life.

Kill cord safety campaign video
Power boat drivers will be left in no doubt of the vital role the kill cord can play in keeping people safe should they experience difficulties on the water.

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The return of Sea Turtle!
On July 3, approximately 30 excited family and friends, including many BCA members, gathered at Ogden Point with air horns, whistles and other noisemakers to celebrate the conclusion of Jordan and Judy Mills' circumnavigation aboard Sea Turtle IV.

Rescuing Rodolfo
At exactly 01.06.57pm on the 17th of May, we were doing just 2.8knots when the unthinkable happened. Rodolfo went overboard, plunging 60 feet into the dark murky water and a watery grave.

RYA member exclusive offer: FREE ticket to the Southampton International Boat Show 2019
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Bjarne Lorenzen interviewed: Furling Your Mainsail
Most of the time we think of furling headsails but as Bjarne Lorenzen of sailmaker Doyle O'leu explains, there are options for mainsails too. In the fifth and final post from this series, Bjarne considers the pros and cons of 'in boom' or 'in mast'.

ARC Baltic: Happy days in Helsinki
Thank you Helsinki you truly have been amazing! The ARC Baltic fleet are now under way once again, but it has been a very special stopover at the NJK marina. They are definitely the hosts with the most, with participants loving the onsite sauna

Could you help the RYA navigate uncharted waters of public policy?
The RYA is now seeking a new Chair for its Cruising and Government Affairs Committee (CGAC) responsible for public policy. Whoever fills this important voluntary role must be able to bring out the best from the talented members of the committee.

World ARC meet the Wallabies of Mackay & celebrate completing the Pacific
Along with sundowners, impromptu gatherings and private tours, one of the main attractions on the Mackay programme of events is the World ARC tour to Cape Hillsborough to see wallabies on the beach at sunrise.

Where does the time go?
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Sunsail upgrades the Sunsail 454 catamaran, adds popular features
Sunsail, a worldwide leader in yacht charters, makes upgrades to its line of Sunsail 454 catamarans.

Pacific Northwest celebrates Orca Action Month
The story of Southern Resident killer whale J35 carrying her dead calf for two weeks last summer attracted worldwide attention, prompting Orca Network to rename June "Orca Action Month," from the former "Orca Awareness Month".

ARC Europe 2020 entries now open!
Why not wrap up the Caribbean season by joining ARC Europe - our west to east transatlantic rally filled with fun social activities and great safe sailing.

ARC Portugal 2020 - Entries now open!
Credited each year with introducing sailors to life-long cruising friends, ARC Portugal departs from Plymouth each June and crosses the Bay of Biscay to Bayona, then cruises south in a series of day sails with stopovers in welcoming marinas

Ino-Rope Update: The Latest in Textile Block Performance
In light of the newly updated Ino-Rope product range, we ask you to cast your mind back to 2013: a French duo - experienced offshore Mini Transat 650 sailor Thibault Reinhart and professional rigger Julien Barnet - burst onto the sailing scene.

Ocean Elements Late Yacht and Beach Club Offers
Due to last minute cancellations, the following Yachts and StaySail Holidays are available!

ARC Baltic: Hei Helsinki!
After a busy and exciting stopover in Russia, and Skippers Briefing for the next leg, it was a grey and breezy start for the ARC Baltic fleet as they slipped their lines to leave St. Petersburg.

Ancasta gets set for September boat shows
The team at Ancasta are going to be very busy next month, exhibiting at not one but three boat shows; the Southampton International Boat Show, the Swanwick Used Boat Show and the Cannes Yachting Festival.

World ARC 2019-20 arrives Down Under
The World ARC 2019-20 fleet have all arrived in Australia and in doing so they have completed the first half of their circumnavigation. With perfect trade winds of 15-20 knots, the fleet experienced a fast 1,200 NM crossing from Port Vila in Vanuatu

421 Fire Retardant Additive for West System Epoxy Resin
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Dave Selby confirmed as guest speaker for CA's Northern Roadshows
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ARC Baltic: The Russian experience
The ARC Baltic arrival into Russia on Friday 26th July saw a busy day as the fleet cleared in at Krondshtadt. It was a long day of paperwork checks, boat inspections, and visits from the sniffer dogs

Coast Guard Cutter Eagle to visit Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Capt. Michael Turdo, commanding officer, Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, and Capt. Brian Lefebvre, U.S. Coast Guard, captain of the port for Portsmouth.

Greek Safari: Leaving Samos and Pythagorion for Agathonisi - Day 1
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Postcards from a Caribbean Winter - Part 9: The Canary Islands
The land was stark. The only colours we could see were earth tones of sandy beige, with brown rocks and sandstone cliffs as Oh! approached the anchorage at the south end of Graciosa Island.

3Di NORDAC: Take their word for it
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West System epoxy used in building an 18th century Gajeta - Part 7
After several months of intense boatbuilding, the craftsmen at the Betina Shipyard in Croatia are in the final stages of the completing their experimental 7-metre traditional sailing gajeta.

Electric Bowsprit Furler: brand new from Bamar
Whilst performance enhancing marine electronics - such as nke - continue to thrive in popularity, more and more people are also choosing to turn their heads towards the automatism of various sailing systems.

How to troubleshoot bilge pump issues
The primary purpose of a bilge pump is simply to move water from the low-lying and tricky-to-reach spots inside your hull back to the outside of your boat.

Three simple ways to reduce plastic waste and pollution when boating
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MS Amlin Yacht - Episode 5 of '80 Seconds with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston' - Damage to the Environment
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Lewis Haig named RYA Yachtmaster of the Year 2018
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B&G are proud to support the Zer0Emissions project - the race against sea pollution
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Clip on with care, new RYA video urges
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LOOP® Products - An Introduction
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