February 2020


Strap in

Keep it sane
Get it right and there is another way to keep your pre-owned TP52 plenty busy. ROB WEILAND

The revolutionary
No better way to describe DAVID RAISON who talks scows, foils… and obsolescence with FRED AUGENDRE

The greatest sailor you’ve never heard of – Part I
All that infrastructure and organisation didn’t get there by chance. CLARE MCCOMB looks at the life, times and extraordinarily far-reaching achievements of a little-known sailing influencer

Dave Perry: winning in life
Olympian CAROL CRONIN catches up with someone else who has done more than most to influence the sailing success – and enjoyment – of world champions and enthusiastic newbies alike

Balance of power
WILLIAM JELBERT explains how a pragmatic but scientific approach allowed a fast breed of weight-sensitive big cats to take practical gains from new ideas in the field of fossil-free power

The perfect versus the good
With a little help from Voltaire America’s Cup and Volvo racer KEN READ puts forward some dramatic – but surprisingly obvious – proposals to rewrite the concept of ‘on-the-water value’

Giving back
GRANT SPANHAKE is one of the best-known faces on the grand prix circuits – now he has found a way to get all that experience out there for a wider audience. He talks to DOBBS DAVIS


Bigger brighter faster

Persistence required

Perfectly formed

Stonking debut

Just so darn good

Solving the conundrum

Two invaluable days


Commodore’s letter


The black hole that is the 36th America’s Cup, the mule delivers value for money, a new force to be reckoned with in singlehanded ocean racing. Plus DON MCINTYRE’S latest round the world venture could do wonders for the brokerage market in raceboats. ROB KOTHE, GIULIANO LUZZATTO, AMBROGIO BECCARIA, TERRY HUTCHINSON, JACK GRIFFIN

World news
Now this really will be interesting… as MANUARD’S Imoca finally breaks cover. Dongfeng team keeps on winning, FRANÇOIS GABART maintains radio silence, dodging bullets with Oscar… a new Kiwi toy for 2020, the word according to CLOUDS and a new Pacific match race. DOBBS DAVIS, IVOR WILKINS, ROGER BADHAM, PATRICE CARPENTIER, PETE BURLING AND CHARLES CAUDRELIER

Rod Davis – Redacted
Five different ways to lap a racecourse faster that you’ve never thought about (OK… most of you)

ORC – Looking good
DOBBS DAVIS is pleasantly surprised how many ‘non-Anglos’ plan to join him in Rhode Island…

RORC news – On the move
And of course everyone’s got an opinion… EDDIE WARDEN-OWEN

Seahorse build table – Karma it is

Seahorse regatta calendar

Sailor of the Month
More gold medals than you can count