December 2021



Opportunity knocks?
Getting them onboard and then keeping them there. ROB WEILAND takes an across the board look at the question of access

Intuitively gifted
For a generally quiet man Laurie Davidson made a very big impact. Helping us understand why are BRETT BAKEWELL-WHITE, IVOR WILKINS, RUSSELL COUTTS AND TOM SCHNACKENBURG

It’s all about the resales
ANTOINE CARDIN looks at some of the more interesting 40ft opportunities and at what decides the success or failure of any development class

A nest of vipers
Privateers not pirates. TOM PRICE tips his hat to the ground-breaking Highflyers of Baltimore

Pause for thought
ROBERT LAINE is sure that the current Imoca foiling solution is structurally unsustainable but posits that there is an affordable way to improve matters that still falls within current class rules


Solving the performance and sustainability paradox



Flying higher (than ever)

Punching above its weight

Making it personal

Too easy?

Fuelling the revival


Commodore’s letter


The New York Yacht Club throws out all its toys, but now appears to want them all back… how being shrewd as much as (fabulously) wealthy can get you into the America’s Cup game and a new Transpac-winning sail configuration. Plus when is a Duckling a Dinky?!? MALCOLM PARKER, TERRY HUTCHINSON, JACK GRIFFIN AND ROBIN BROMLEY-MARTIN

World news
Like the Stones at their peak… Why designers will be up all night (well, the lucky ones) monitoring the myriad new yachts in a bonkers Transat Jacques Vabre. Why no one builds ‘boats’ any more. Why it’s make or break for the Ocean Fiftys. How CHARLIE DALIN was two miles ahead in 10 miles of racing, why FRANCK CAMMAS wishes our other marine friends would stick to the right routes; plus CHRIS NICHOLSON – solid as a rock; and the enormous debt that is owed to the late Luiz Kahl. BLUE ROBINSON, IVOR WILKINS, PATRICE CARPENTIER, DOBBS DAVIS, DICK NEVILLE, SAM GOODCHILD

Rod Davis – Changing with the times is not enough
How to get the mountain to come to Muhammad

Straight into it
The Super Series fleet may have felt rusty but it didn’t look that way. ANDI ROBERTSON

ORC – First do no harm

RORC – Growing like Topsy

Seahorse build table – A package for planet earth
Why all you really need to know is the price

Seahorse regatta calendar

Sailor of the Month
Brilliant (young) sailors doing brilliant things