January 2014


Revisiting the classics… while building on innovation
JOCELYN BLERIOT takes us on a lap of the new course for the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race

Getting over it – Part 1
Two-time Little America’s Cup winner MAGNUS CLARKE reports on the staggeringly rapid pace of development in today’s C-Class cat fleet

A philosophy of change
BLUE ROBINSON catches up with current Oracle Racing manager, former Alinghi manager and Australia II veteran GRANT SIMMER…

Foil specialist and now winning International 14 and National 12 designer DAVE HOLLOM thinks there is more to Oracle’s big turnaround than at first meets the eye

Filmless composite sails
OneSails introduce the 4T FORTE filmless sailmaking system


Commodore’s letter


It’s a wrap, with TERRY HUTCHINSON, ‘just make bigger cradles’, says MARK WEINHEIMER and the extraordinary Costa Concordia story with Italian designer GIOVANNI CECCARELLI

World news
(Many) bad hair days in the Bay of Biscay, Australia again in the Coastal Classic, government support for DALTS and BARKER, it’s almost certainly cats again for Oracle’s MANOLO RUIZ DE ELVIRA, and some simplified offshore regs from the USA. DOBBS DAVIS, BLUE ROBINSON, CARLOS PICH, IVOR WILKINS, PATRICE CARPENTIER

Paul Cayard
Plenty to celebrate about AC34 and an overdue return to the Star fleet… in glorious Nassau

IRC column
JAMES DADD pulls no punches when it comes to ‘gently’ overlooking the rules

Design – A mighty undertaking
JIM PUGH and RYON WARREN of Reichel/Pugh describe the evolution of their successful first WallyCento Magic Carpet3

RORC news

Seahorse build table - Slightly stretched
DOBBS DAVIS looks at a Shaun Carkeek 45 that ended up a 47…

Seahorse regatta calendar

Sailor of the Month
Two great names in the sport