April 2017


Market disrupter?
There’s a (slippery) new kid on the block in the 2017 TP52 Super Series… ROB WEILAND

The scary time
Now the mystery begins… KEN READ

Foiled again – Part I
DAN BERNASCONI and MICHEL KERMAREC talk America’s Cup foils and rules with JAMES BOYD

A complex subject – Part I
The connected issues of coaching, RIBs and independence finally get the airing they deserve. JONATHAN MCKEE, VICTOR KOVALENKO and ROB KOTHE

Around again
Those VO65s do not have an easy life… BLUE ROBINSON talks to the man in charge of the fleet NICK BICE about preparing for another lap

Other classes other titles – Part II
TIM JEFFREY and DAN IBSEN look beyond those four Olympic gold medals at just a few of the other achievements of PAUL ELVSTRØM

View from the top
An interview Hendrik Brandis, ClubSwan 50 Earlybird


(Noteworthy) trickledown
While as a sport sailing is not sinking beneath the waves under the weight of technological or indeed other broader benefits being spun off from the most specialised America’s Cup that has ever taken place, there is one company whose enthusiasm first for delivering innovative – and reliable – AC technology and then developing it for mainstream consumption remains undimmed

Zero tolerance
Already famous for the high precision of both their tooling and the boats they deliver, Persico Marine have been busy meeting two diverse but similar challenges. Having confounded the naysayers by rebuilding the destroyed VO65 Vestas to good-as-new condition in a very short space of time, the Italian yard has most recently been tackling the demands of building super-critical ACC hull parts for the Land Rover BAR America’s Cup team, their even more critical foils… and all while at the same time completing a brand new VO65 for Akzo Nobel’s Volvo Ocean Race entry


Commodore’s letter



World news
Well meaning (maybe) but dangerous, tout le monde à vendre, Mapfre is back (again) and the cunning plan of MALCOLM PAGE. IVOR WILKINS, BLUE ROBINSON, CARLOS PICH, PATRICE CARPENTIER, CAROL CRONIN

Rod Davis – Horses for courses
Different sailors and different programmes each require their very different styles of coaching…

ORC column – A brave new Worlds
The event horizon is changing. Plus things that go splash in the night… DOBBS DAVIS

World Sailing – Showcase – Olympic Offshore Sailing
GARY JOBSON and STAN HONEY write on a subject with potential to deliver a fantastic step forward for Olympic sailing

Design – Visible elements of modernity
The Figaro3 brings with it a completely new approach to the concept of the foil-assisted monohull. JOCELYN BLERIOT talks with designer VINCENT LAURIOT-PREVOST and with builder GIANGUIDO GIROTTI

The sixth generation
Combine a designer with a long history of racing success with a boatyard famous for delivering outstanding yachts for long-distance luxury cruising and the result can be most acceptable

Seahorse build table – Half Ton days are here again
MARK MILLS’ new 31-footer joins the party

RORC – Caribbean speeding
And the Phaedo is no longer having things all her own way. EDDIE WARDEN-OWEN

A not so secret ambition
Portugal looks headed for the Volvo Ocean Race

Seahorse regatta calendar

(Way) better than new
This month’s brokerage highlight is a bit special

Sailor of the Month
And as usual we’re nothing if not unpredictable