Neo 570c
Bari-based Neo Yachts has followed the success of the 400 and 350 with its most audacious reach yet for the edge of the racer cruiser envelope. The Carkeek designed Neo 570c is targeting the performance of a modern TP52 with the comforts of a cruising design.

September 2014


In pursuit of a better halyard lock
You can always do better… says ERIC HALL

Speeding up the design curve
The latest sail design technology saves time from the initial shape creation to the final rig set-up

The view… from halfway up the mountain
With seven new TP52s already in the pipeline you’d think he’d be satisfied… but there’s so much more to do, says ROB WEILAND

The start of the fifth cycle
Former Figaro competitor MARCUS HUTCHINSON takes stock as the Artemis Offshore Academy rolls into another round of pre-selections

A fascinating (and challenging) task – Part 2
DR IAN WARD describes how the ambitious flying Laser foiling programme was turned into a practical as well as an affordable reality

Remarkably close
Just 29kg covered the spread of measured dry weights for the first seven new VO65s out of the yard… Class measurement manager JAMES DADD explains just how it was done

Phase one… tick
JAMES BOYD looks at how development is advancing in the new Imoca Ocean Masters series

(A fine) case study – Part I
No stone was left unturned to ensure that Rán 5 was the lightest IRC Mini Maxi built to date, as build manager JASON CARRINGTON explains


Commodore’s letter


TERRY HUTCHINSON gets a sobering reality check amid all the day-to-day regatta activity and travelling, BILL HARDESTY does his new young team proud with another Etchells world title and Oracle Racing USA’s PAUL BIEKER is never one to let his feet float too high off the ground…

World news
CHARLES CAUDRELIER’s toughest task yet, BEYOU gets a third Figaro title, amid more rigging travails… New Zealanders of all ‘nationalities’ rally around DODSON and BARNES, IAIN MURRAY doesn’t recall being offered a second AC62. Plus a slow boat to Bermuda. BLUE ROBINSON, IVOR WILKINS, PATRICE CARPENTIER, DOBBS DAVIS, CARLOS PICH

Paul Cayard
And there is life outside the America’s Cup… even (especially) in San Francisco

IRC column
Maintaining a (sometimes tricky) balance… JAMES DADD

Design – (Rapidly) changing times
SHAUN CARKEEK is 100 per cent committed to the high-performance argument

Seahorse regatta calendar

RORC news

Seahorse build table – Designed and built in Italy!

Sailor of the Month
A couple of battlers… and champions