December 2023


No prisoners

All good thing
Sometimes there really is only one way to learn. ROB WEILAND

The finest vintage of all – Part I
DAN HOUSTON enjoyed immersing himself in another Voiles de St-Tropez. More interesting was learning how the original event came about and talking to those who were there

Selfless to the last
MARC LOMBARD was successful in all areas of yacht design. Thousands of boats, but his biggest legacy is the many young careers that he helped to launch. PATRICE CARPENTIER

Here we go again – Part II
Taps, spoons, Bernoulli and powerboat design. How not to win the Cup. DAVE HOLLOM

First blood
The trains ran on time, more wind would have been nice and, yes, there were a lot of teething troubles but the first event of AC37 was a success. Especially if you’re American. CARLOS PICH


Time for a rethink

Winning before you start

Clever, cleverer

Case proved

Forza Natalia!!

Up to the (biggest) challenges

The best of everything

Built to take it

Something to celebrate


Commodore’s letter


Having at it again in Barcelona, controlling that AC power, Admiral’s Cup response, fine art from Seattle, firing up those AC40s. LUCA RIZZOTTI, PETER SHIPWAY, TERRY HUTCHINSON, JACK GRIFFIN, GIULIANO LUZZATTO

World News
It’s some TJV ahead, the Best of British, doing good at the base, dodging bullets in Barcelona, off the wrong way… again. IVOR WILKINS, CARLOS PICH, MAGNUS WHEATLEY, BLUE ROBINSON, PATRICE CARPENTIER, DOBBS DAVIS, ALEX PELLA, FRANCK CAMMAS, LUIS SAENZ DE MARISCAL

Rod Davis – Starting 101
Exactly as it says on the tin

IRC – Messing with the fundamentals
And that existential question is not going away. JASON SMITHWICK

Super Series – And breathe
When something very special indeed took place in Puerto Portals. ANDI ROBERTSON

Seahorse build table – A day late
KEVIN DIBLEY’S waited a long time for this

RORC – Humanitarian factors
We all must hope this does not become a regular feature of offshore racing. JEREMY WILTON

It’s December 1993, folks

Seahorse regatta calendar

Sailor of the Month
And a definite flavour of persistence this month