April 2015


Hope balanced with frustration
For Maxi 72 class manager ROB WEILAND a week in Key West prompted some broad reflections on today’s multiple rating systems

The (other) Pope – Part 2
Bring on the Technology Tigers… as explained by DOBBS DAVIS and LOWELL NORTH

(Great) sportboat value
Meet the ‘keenly priced’ FarEast 28R

Get a grip…
The lab boys at Gill have been busy

Or is it? JOCELYN BLERIOT discusses FRANÇOIS GABART’s new 100ft trimaran with GABART and VPLP lead designer XAVIER GUILBAUD

The ultimate red hat party
And the thoroughly excellent Mount Gay Round Barbados race series is on the up once again

Look closely
ANDY RICE discusses technical development with the winners – and the winning designers, sailmakers and builders – at the International Moth and 14 championships in Australia…


Commodore’s letter

Les Ultimes, a fast saucepan and the Waszp

TERRY HUTCHINSON suffers a ‘hump’ day in Key West while ANDY RICE catches up with Volvo Race sensation CHARLES CAUDRELIER

World news
BERNARD STAMM and ‘KING’ JEAN make for the dominant pairing, the TP52s start to get organised in Auckland, Team Vestas begin to put Humpty Dumpty back together again, BURLING the magnificent, and a little too much whining in Key West? BLUE ROBINSON, IVOR WILKINS, GIULIANO LUZZATTO, PATRICE CARPENTIER, DOBBS DAVIS

Rod Davis
And it’s a wonder that today’s America’s Cup crews can actually stand up and walk to their boats

ORC column
2015 is going to be a (very) busy year.

Design – Bang up to date
UMBERTO FELCI, LUCA UNGARO and the PlanaTech design and build team review the creation of a brand new – winning – ‘one-design’

RORC news – Upgrade!

Seahorse build table – (Sporty) new entrant
MARK MILLS introduces the new MATS 1180

Seahorse regatta calendar

Sailor of the Month
Two more huge talents…