June 2013


The driving force
KEN READ and BRUNO DUBOIS talk to DOBBS DAVIS about the philosophy and the execution of a radical VO65 sail programme

Taking stock
ROB WEILAND broadens his analysis with a look at relative modernity among rating systems

As good as it gets
TIM SMYTH and the Oracle build team at Core Boatbuilders are finding success with an innovative new fabric

50 shades of spray
GUILLAUME VERDIER puts a strong case for the Multi50 class to JOCELYN BLERIOT

A rare breed – Part I
Designer MARK MILLS has been busy, below the radar but busy. And a new maxi racer is the result

NATHAN OUTTERIDGE is finding that the America’s Cup is a very different proposition from his previous Olympic and skiff racing experience


Commodore’s letter


TERRY HUTCHINSON applauds the quality of the chess in Long Beach, PETER HOLMBERG is relieved that the J Class (and others) all missed each other, CAMPBELL FIELD speaks in defence of ‘tracker transparency’ and DOBBS DAVIS goes onboard one of the all-time Whitbread greats

World news
Erwan Tabarly (finally) makes the top step, Figaro sail travails, a vintage (chilly) Spi Ouest, the MOOSE goes one-design racing, SEAN LANGMAN takes CARL RYVES for a burnout and DOBBS DAVIS says farewell to an old friend and a genuine America’s Cup legend. BLUE ROBINSON, PATRICE CARPENTIER, IVOR WILKINS

Rod Davis
We shouldn’t speculate on the next America’s Cup class… Oh, why not?

ORC column
And yacht technology is alive and well, say ANDY CLAUGHTON and JASON KER

Design – A boat for all seasons
ROLF VROLIJK looks to have pulled off some very clever maths with his new IRC/ORC/HPR (sic) flyer – built in China by PAUL HAKES

Seahorse build table – Like topsy
TOM HUMPHREYS celebrates his office’s return to the Class 40… now with the gloves off

Seahorse regatta calendar

RORC news

Sailor of the Month
Two people who are doing good things for sailing