On the hook
STEPHEN ‘SPARKY’ PARK is at the very pointiest end in terms of the performance of Team GBR in 2012. He talks with ANDY RICE

The next step
Renowned for the quality of their boatbuilding Ovington Boats is now moving into design and development... starting with a slippery new skiff

Third time’s a charm? – Part I
It didn’t get off to a great start but no one doubts the pace of Farr Yacht Design’s new VO70. BRITT WARD 

Serious history
There was gravitas mixed in with plenty of conviviality when the Whitbread and Volvo race veterans gathered in Alicante...

Step aside
The new America’s Cup is certainly encouraging more young sailing talent... ANDY RICE and TERRY HUTCHINSON report from San Diego

Textiles to composites – Part VI
BILL PEARSON concludes this series with a look at more of the applications for thin ply techniques


Commodore’s letter


CAM LEWIS is enjoying seeing the vision of his Stars&Stripes team of 1988 finally reach modern fruition, TERRY HUTCHINSON is looking to a busy winter, CAMPBELL FIELD is not getting over-confident and DAVID RAISON tells PATRICE CARPENTIER why he is gratified to have at last concluded his Mini Transat quest

World news
‘JP’ survives (and prospers), BERTRAND FAVRE on diplomacy, Italy enters ‘two’ Cups, ANDREW PALFREY on Cup coaching, Orma 60s go south and a new rule for the toybox... IVOR WILKINS, BLUE ROBINSON, PATRICE CARPENTIER, BRICE LECHEVALIER, DOBBS DAVIS, GIULIANO LUZZATTO

Paul Cayard
And the Artemis Racing CEO bids a cautious welcome to Luna Rossa...

IRC – be under no illusions
Times they may be a’changing but the principles underpinning the IRC system have not shifted one iota says JAMES DADD

RORC news

Design – Changing the game(sa) – Part I
MERFYN OWEN previews a report on the latest changes in Imoca 60 design with this look back over his first 15 years of involvement in the class

Seahorse build table – Hold me down
Is there no end to the new boats being launched by the mighty McConaghy Boats pantechnicon

Seahorse regatta calendar

Sailor of the Month
Two of the most respected... as well as the fastest

Below: locked and loaded, and on film of course, Mike Pammenter prepares to go up for the daily rig check on Camper during leg 1 of the VOR. The following day Pammenter would lose a front tooth after being thrown into the shrouds during a sail change. That is certainly not what you want to see (inset) when you look down at the bottom of your VO70 hull. This is Sanya’s flooded bow compartment after limping back into port with major hull damage