May 2014


Bol d’Or Mirabaud
The queen of lake regattas

High-performance composites
King Marine are (literally) heading for outer space

Live online tracking for all
Time to share the best sweets around a little

Crème de la crème
ROB WEILAND watches as the wraps come off the first TP52 to be built to the new 2015 class rule

Honey, they shrunk the planet
JOCELYN BLERIOT brings us up to date with the Trophée Jules Verne

And London 2012 is ancient history as ANDY RICE reports from Palma

New bat new ball
Abu Dhabi skipper IAN WALKER explains his new approach to the Volvo Ocean Race

They certainly look the part, but why are so many of today’s raciest-looking production boats so heavy? ØYVIND BORDAL, NIELS JEPPESEN and TOM HUMPHREYS

A lone wolf
ANDREAS BORRINK catches up with top German singlehander JORG RIECHERS


Commodore’s letter


PETER HOLMBERG looks at ratings for the Caribbean tour, TERRY HUTCHINSON on Bella Mente 2014 and GIULIANO LUZZATTO talks to ambitious Italian shorthanded skipper (and scowman) GIANCARLO PEDOTE

World news
And the next Vendée Globe is rolling already, as is the Transat AG2R and the HALVARDMIRANDA show. Plus Maxi cut-and-shut in Auckland, getting off the line with JIMMY SPITHILL and TOM SLINGSBY and a smooth transition in St Thomas. BLUE ROBINSON, IVOR WILKINS, PATRICE CARPENTIER, DOBBS DAVIS

Rod Davis
Time for pastures new and time also to reflect on the pathway of Emirates Team New Zealand

ORC column
Refining the wish list. DOBBS DAVIS

Design – Powerful heritage
Farr Yacht Design president PATRICK SHAUGHNESSY on the significance of and the significant work that went into the new Farr 280

Seahorse regatta calendar

RORC news

Seahorse build table – Sharpening up
When does a Farr 400 OD become a Farr 440?

Sailor of the Month
Two largely unsung heroes…