May 2014


Never stand still
Team New Zealand… the perfect proving ground

A fresh approach
Class40 sailor CHRIS MUSELER looks at the background to America’s latest Volvo Race entry

A new twist…
Southern Spars’ new headsail furling system is lighter and it also furls faster. SCOTT VOGEL

Win win
As the first TP52 built to the 2015 rule (sic) hits the water Super Series class manager ROB WEILAND unravels his boat equalisation programme

The genesis of a mad idea – Part 1
JOCELYN BLERIOT celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Trophée Jules Verne

Effective design – or fashion craze
Multiple Volvo Race-winning designer JUAN KOUYOUMDJIAN allows himself a wry smile as boat design plunges headlong into ‘chine world’

We’ve come a long way (baby)
GEOFF STOCK reflects upon a sea change in composite boatbuilding technologies

Long overdue
Two whole race cycles after he won the 2006 Route du Rhum, solo skipper PHIL SHARP is finally returning to the shorthanded arena…

It was time for something new
As sailmaker PAOLO SEMERARO and lead designer GIOVANNI CECCARELLI explain…


Commodore’s letter


TERRY HUTCHINSON reflects on a busy month with more challenges to come, STUART ALEXANDER reports on the remarkable contrasts delivered by Sailing Arabia – The Tour and London 2012 gold medallist in the Laser Radial LIJIA XU discusses her future plans with her race coach and mentor JON EMMETT

World news
Corrosion is blamed for BERNARD STAMM’s near-sinking, CHARLES CAUDRELIER gets the Dongfeng call, two-handed round New Zealand, why CHRIS NICHOLSON can’t wait for the 2014 Volvo to begin and KEN READ is voting ‘two-hull’. DOBBS DAVIS, BLUE ROBINSON, CARLOS PICH, IVOR WILKINS, PATRICE CARPENTIER

Paul Cayard
And it’s great to be sailboat racing once again

IRC column
It’s about the boats getting better. JAMES DADD

Design – Smoothing out the kinks
FRANCESCO PELIZZA was entrusted with a comprehensive refit of the mighty Stravaganza

Seahorse regatta calendar

RORC news

Seahorse build table – A promising future
As the TP52 class comes back apace ADOLFO CARRAU talks to DOBBS DAVIS about the challenges of building for two different rules

Sailor of the Month
A true cast of characters this month...