December 2012


Hangin’ on
CHRIS HILL looks at the seemingly spiralling capabilities of today’s line jammers and clutches

Super Series – Winner!
ROB WEILAND applauds as ALBERTO ROEMMERS’ team come good at the last

Two of two
To mark the start of the 2012 Vendée Globe, race veteran PATRICE CARPENTIER talks to Imoca 60 designer du jour, GUILLAUME VERDIER about this year’s line-up…

Case study
… While one of the designers trying to knock VERDIER off his perch, MERFYN OWEN, looks in detail at the background to his new Acciona

Golden oldies
Choose (your boat) wisely and you can more than get your money back… says NIC COMPTON

Big task – big tooling
VO65 hulls, AC72 wings, Wallycento moulds, a snapshot of the prodigious output of Persico

Tilting at the ultimate
Safran designer GUILLAUME VERDIER led the technical group responsible for skipper MARC GUILLEMOT’s highly advanced new Imoca spar

Putting on a brave face
Who’s been landed with the toughest job at AC34 – IVOR WILKINS reckons it’s the new CEO of the Cup’s management… STEPHEN BARCLAY

Can you afford not to… – Part 2
MIKE GASCOYNE expands on his rationale for toughening up offshore reliability, plus contextual framing from TIM SPRINGETT of McLaren F1


Commodore’s letter

ANDREW HURST Has Oracle’s unfortunate mishap just made America’s Cup 34 a whole lot more interesting?

TERRY HUTCHINSON and Artemis start to unlock the puzzle, Sun journalist BOB HARRIS sees a potentially bright future for sailing and it was all going so well for JIMMY SPITHILL…

World news
‘Oldies’ line up for the Vendée, Spain takes the Class 40s (again), GREG ELLIOTT’s taste for speed, GIOVANNI SOLDINI stays busy, GLENN ASHBY falls foul of an AC45. DOBBS DAVIS, GIULIANO LUZZATTO, IVOR WILKINS, BLUE ROBINSON, PATRICE CARPENTIER

Rod Davis
Sailing is just like any other sport in terms of the coach’s job… only it isn’t!

ORC column
Those sail designers are getting very testing…

Design – Downscale, upmarket
VPLP and HERVE DEVAUX have moved into the ephemeral world of the C-Class with Hydros

RORC news

Seahorse build table – Lean on me
Sail designer JEREMY ELLIOTT advances the cause for the Fractional Code Zero in IRC

Seahorse regatta calendar

Sailor of the Month
It’s an all-American tussle this time around