June 2012


Confidence of crisis...
STEWART HOSFORD believes that, considering the environment, sailing is doing pretty good

49 years young
ANDY RICE talks 470 development with London 2012 Olympians HANNAH MILLS and LUKE PATIENCE

Strong spirit
NIC COMPTON and ERIK WASSEN delve into the inexorable rise of the Spirit of Tradition classics class

Design for manufacture – Not so fast!
MARC VAN PETEGHEM and VINCENT LAURIOT PREVOST feel strongly that the designers and builders are not entirely to blame for the recent spate of raceboat structural failures

Top down
We just needed better torsion cables in order to make top-down furling a broader reality… and now we have them, says ANDY MEIKLEJOHN

Artisan approach
RYAN GODFREY made sure the cameras were all off before he started rebuilding Puma’s 3Di J2 headsail. But BLUE ROBINSON was in there…

No walk in the park
Puma trainer MICHAEL CECCHI on rebuilding his athletes and WOUTER VERBRAAK talks routeing strategy following a tricky VOR leg 6


Commodore’s letter


TERRY HUTCHINSON reckons deal with the fear early, ALESSANDRA SENSINI is singularly unimpressed and JULIAN BETHWAITE offers praise for rivals at ISAF’s Olympic class trials

World news
Praise for Nacira’s new 6.50, RICCARDO BONADEO diversifies, BOTIN’s next step, JIM YOUNG still shaking the tree, McConaghy’s deep commitment… and the offshore community spirit. DOBBS DAVIS, BLUE ROBINSON, CARLOS PICH, GIULIANO LUZZATTO, IVOR WILKINS, PATRICE CARPENTIER

Paul Cayard
Sailing every single day in San Francisco – fuggeraboudit!

Technical soapbox - In the works
And at Persico Marine they are already tooling up for their second AC72 wing…

IRC column
The trick is in the courses, says JAMES DADD, who’s also underwhelmed by pricey ‘mega-40s’

Design – Organic growth
He’s not stopped since moving back to South Africa and SHAUN CARKEEK now has a new 45-footer coming that looks very quick indeed

Seahorse build table – Good lineage
Another very fast-looking machine, this one a mid-sized canting-keeler from GREG ELLIOTT

RORC news

Seahorse regatta calendar

Sailor of the Month
Two magnificent, classy performances…