January 2015


A few personal thoughts
Designer HUGH WELBOURN pays tribute to two of his most formative ‘partners in crime’...

New for old
ANDRE HOEK is one of the undisputed masters when you need help getting your J-Class or other large classic racer up to full competitiveness

A change of direction
NIGEL IRENS enjoys something of an epiphany on a recent delivery south while rig maestro TORBJORN LINDERSON asks whether it’s really about the chicken or the egg…

First to finish – and then some
DOBBS DAVIS grills the team behind the latest Verdier-VPLP monster… the 100ft Comanche

Different strokes
The latest Class 40 from Owen Clarke Design is a little out of the ‘norm’, says MERFYN OWEN


Commodore’s letter


WOUTER VERBRAAK brings us a step-bysometimes- painful-step guide to the opening bouts of this year’s Volvo Ocean Race, and TERRY HUTCHINSON also discovers conditions some way away from the norm ‘for the time of year!’

World news
LOICK PEYRON proves to be a wise ‘hire’, as trouble stalks the Rhum fleet (again), two fast Italians, GIANCARLO PEDOTE and ANDREA MURA, ripping up the Coastal Classic (on a kiteboard), GUY OLIVER and Olectrics’ latest, remarkable, challenge. Plus change is afoot at US Offshore. GIANCARLO LUZZATTO, BLUE ROBINSON, IVOR WILKINS, PATRICE CARPENTIER, DOBBS DAVIS

Paul Cayard
And times they are a-changing with the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race

IRC column – Crazy horses
And chief measurer JAMES DADD asks whether it has really been 30 years since we first encountered CHS (in a Parisian saloon)

Design – Bigger, faster
The latest mouthwatering performance sloop from ED DUBOIS and Royal Huisman Shipyard

RORC news
And, yes, we do get to keep ISAF’s sometimes contentious Sailor Classification Code… EDDIE WARDEN-OWEN

Seahorse regatta calendar

Seahorse build table – Leg Zero – a philosophical analysis
STEFANO BELTRANDO finds himself being made much more welcome by today’s VOR fleet

Sailor of the Month
Les darned Froggies… Zey can go so fast