Man at the centre
There is nobody in a better position to know what's really been going on in the America's Cup these last few years than three-time Cup winner GRANT  SIMMER, recent head of TeamOrigin

The real deal – Part I
CARL RYVES is one of the most iconic and widely-respected of Australia's many fine sailors... he was also a close confidant of the great Ben Lexcen. BLUE ROBINSON correctly reminded us that this story now needs telling...

Taken for granted
Easily overlooked... Italian engineer FRANCESCO PELIZZA explains the full gestation of a modern composite spar from initial concept to sea trial

DR BRUCE PARSONS of Newfoundland's legendary Institute for Ocean Technology, the tank facility of choice for numerous successful race projects, feels that it is time to lend a sense of proportion to debates over the merits of CFD


Commodore's letter


A new way of life beckons for TERRY HUTCHINSON, ANDY HEMMINGS asks if he is Facebook or Flintstone, the magnificent Barcolana, marriage news, looking forward to the new Transatlantic series and Valencia mayor Rita Barberá is definitely not a Facebook friend of either Russell Coutts or Larry Ellison...

World news
Cammas (inset) outperforms his doubters (again), Richard Matthews' new TP-baiter, the Spanish Armada prepares (again), America's plans for that wedding, Cup manager IAIN MURRAY says wait and see, and performance sailing... the simple way. CARLOS PICH, PATRICE CARPENTIER, ROB ­MUNDLE, IVOR WILKINS and DOBBS DAVIS

Sense of style
When International 14 maestro (and Mirror Class chairman) JEREMY PUDNEY asks free thinking designer PHIL MORRISON to solve his latest dilemma the result is never going to be dull

Paul Cayard
And after all the delays once again there is an America's Cup to win

IRC column
America's Cup Class goes IRC... well, why not asks chief measurer JAMES DADD

– Something (quite) new

Leading French designer MARC LOMBARD has introduced plenty in the way of innovation over the years but his design style remains conservative

Seahorse build table
– Kid sister

Another Lombard design, but in this case simpler, faster and designed for rather shorter distances

RORC news – Love is in the air

Seahorse regatta calendar

Sailor of the Month
Making some major contributions...

Below: Pulling the night shift at Jean-Yves Bernot's office while routing Francis Joyon (inset) in the Route du Rhum (good choice of reading). Joyon finished second behind Franck Cammas but was closing Cammas' bigger tri down rapidly in the light air at the finish. Joyon's Idec also finished well ahead of Thomas Coville's more sophisticated sister Irens design Sodebo