August 2020


The real deal

What’s next?
Take advantage of this unplanned opportunity for a re-boot. But please think before you speak. ROB WEILAND

Go your own way
HANS KLAAR is not the sort of seafarer you bump into every day of the week, but then neither is our long-distance interviewer ØYVIND BJORDAL

Elevating Imoca
For some months the VPLP office has been running a discreet study of future Imoca foiling options for the class. And now LUCA RIZZOTTI has seen the results

Flight of the Maxis
Them again… JOCELYN BLERIOT talks to VPLP’s QUENTIN LUCET about a proposal to ramp up interest in a ‘proper’ modern maxi class

Master of the dark arts – Part II
JO RICHARDS walks JAMES BOYD through the twists and turns of a career that now takes in rotomoulding, dinghy design and Olympic gold

Setting the record – Part II
FRANK QUEALEY moves our 18-foot skiff chronology on with a ‘scaling down’ to the 6ft beamers and the first appearance of a – or rather the – future America’s Cup-winning designer


The yachtsman’s yacht

Clean, green and mean

Karma indeed

Adapt and thrive

Unobtanium no more


Commodore’s letter


Better still (for us!), the (sheer) joy of it, better (Cup) times ahead, fingers on (voting) buzzers and around we (will) go again. LUCA DEVOTI, TERRY HUTCHINSON (AND FAMILY), BOB FISHER, JACK GRIFFIN, JEREMIE BEYOU, ROB KOTHE, JEAN-LUC VAN DEN HEEDE

World news
Masters of the Vendée Globe (or so they hope), how it all began for MICH DESJ, of TONY RAE and kangaroos… facing up to Cup defeat. Plus some clever (and overdue) race directing. ALEX THOMSON, KY HURST, JEREMIE BEYOU, PATRICE CARPENTIER, IVOR WILKINS, BLUE ROBINSON, DOBBS DAVIS

Rod Davis – Decisions decisions
Yes, they will shortly have to be made. But how?

ORC – Passing the hours
Lockdown has allowed time for dedicated fans of rating mathematics to really crank up their game. But is that exactly a good thing… DOBBS DAVIS

52 Super Series – Focused passion
ANDI ROBERTSON gets to know one of the loyallest of all Super Series supporters, ‘multiple’ TP52 enthusiast and skipper TONY LANGLEY

RORC news – Tunnel, light

Seahorse build table – Back in the game?
Their man in Adelaide BRET PERRY has got Farr Yacht Design back into one-designs again

Seahorse regatta calendar

Sailor of the Month
Not what you’re expecting…