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.

Blue Robinson gets access-all-areas onboard Ian Oatley's ground-breaking 42ft Reichel-Pugh 'rotivator' Q on Sydney harbour

Ian Oatley called me on Friday and invited me to race on his 42ft all-carbon flying-keeler Q at the weekend. That was the good news. The bad news was that the forecast was woeful: less than 10kt forecast for the CYC race on Sunday. In this wide brown land people have been known to pray for rain. I was praying for breeze...

At noon on Sunday Sydney harbour was a sheet of glass. Winter racing here is either frustrating or frightening – with light zephyrs or roaring westerlies. We motored among the fleet and waved to friends. Every crewmember on every boat stared at us. The Q is beautifully built by McConaghy, entirely of carbon with just a clear coat on the hull and no antifoul to spoil the shine – so it is certainly a good looker, but everyone wanted to see the keel. After a short postponement a light northerly shuffled down the harbour and we were off.

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