January 2017


Planning ahead
New boats and races but for now the rules stay the same… and that’s the secret. ROB WEILAND

Incredible but true
PATRICE CARPENTIER talks sparmaking with Vendée Globe legend YVES PARLIER

Chemistry lesson
SAM DAVIES, SOPHIE CISZEK and IAN WALKER discuss the new crewing options for the next Volvo Ocean Race with BLUE ROBINSON

Twenty five years of progress? – Part 1
ANDREW MACFARLAN of Red Bull, sailor, yacht designer and now one of the top names in F1 composites, takes his own look at how the two technical sports have been evolving

Fighting physics
JB BRAUN continues his day-to-day role in sail design but he also wears another hat as a leading light with the Oracle USA America’s Cup team

Hard sailing habits
When men (really) were men. JOHN ROUSMANIERE looks at the careers of three sailors who helped to shape modern ocean racing

We’ve missed you
After a lapse of far too many seasons the One Ton Cup is back in play, now being competed for in the (fast) Fast40+ class. And both the class and its biggest event are thriving. ROB GREENHALGH


Small and perfectly formed
Former skiff world champion, Volvo sailor and now Fast40+ class president Rob Greenhalgh has been working closely with Paul Roberts at Customised Composites to develop a better batten solution for today’s much more demanding sailplans. It all started with the Moths… but now it’s gone a whole lot bigger

Different challenge same objective
The Musto technical clothing team have been beavering away hard developing new products to meet the seriously oceanic needs of the Vendée Globe frontrunners and at the same time coming up with ultra-flexible, impact-protective solutions for Franck Cammas’s Groupama Team France America’s Cup challenger

The best of (spring) times
One of the world’s best regattas is also one many racing sailors may never have thought about… until now. But even while it was below the international parapet, Charleston Race Week, with its combination of great racing and even greater beach parties, was steadily growing. It is now the biggest keelboat regatta in the US


Commodore’s letter


Different then and now… well, soon it could be, Vendée admirers, a (big) first for DSS and LUDDE INGVALL’S latest machine… brilliant or bonkers? BRETT BAKEWELL-WHITE, JACK GRIFFIN, FREDERIC AUGENDRE, JON ROBERSON and TERRY HUTCHINSON

World news
Vendée here Vendée there, but right now there is no bigger story in sailboat racing, not just the sailors and the race but the technical developments that promise – or threaten – to reshape offshore monohull racing. Plus ‘almost’ a TP52 and winning in Toulon. IVOR WILKINS, BLUE ROBINSON, PATRICE CARPENTIER, DOBBS DAVIS, CARLOS PICH, NATHAN OUTTERIDGE, GAVIN BRADY

Paul Cayard
Beware those laws of unintended consequences…

World Sailing
No quick fixes... MALCOLM PAGE

IRC column
Whatever rating system you may prefer, the results at the end of the Middle Sea Race were something quite remarkable. JAMES DADD

Design – Doing good
ALEX SIMONIS and MAARTEN VOOGD have been busy working on something special

Seahorse build table – Any more for any more?
Designer RENAUD BANULS creates something exceptional for photographer CLINT CLEMENS

RORC news
EDDIE WARDEN-OWEN catches up with Middle Sea Race winner ADRIAN STEAD

Sailor of the Month
Both putting back way more than they take out