Man of the moment
PETER HEPPEL took time out from engineering big sails and bigger buildings to visit neighbour GUILLAUME VERDIER and learn more about one of the fastest career rises in yacht design…

Talk’s easy – Part II
Red Bull Racing head of composite engineering ANDREW MACFARLAN describes some of the manufacturing processes and procedures employed by the 2010 F1 world champion team

Trick boards – Part I
Gybing boards are back in fashion in several dinghy classes and trim-tabs are back in vogue on the big multihulls…But why exactly, asks DAVID HOLLOM?

Faster, higher, stronger
BEN AINSLIE is in business again in the Finn fleet – but the game has moved on quite a bit since he left, as BLUE ROBINSON has found out…


Commodore's letter


TERRY HUTCHINSON has his first serious taste of A-Class action, DEE SMITH gets into the rating discussion, BRAD VAN LIEW pushes on as NATHAN OUTTERIDGE goes swimming… Plus JIM TEETERS and NICOLA SIRONI pay tribute to former S&S designer Bill Langan

World news
Class 40s head for the biggest season yet, that Groupama commitment… TURNER and DUCHEMIN get rolling in Geneva, Spain looks to future Imoca 60 prosperity, a (serious) new flyer in Auckland, the investment pays off in the Hobart, as Hamilton Island pitches for a new Admiral’s Cup. Plus how wide will the benefits of a US-based Cup defence flow… PATRICE CARPENTIER, ROB ­MUNDLE, IVOR WILKINS, CARLOS PICH, BRICE LECHAVALIER and DOBBS DAVIS

Paul Cayard
And the America’s Cup really is coming home

Olympic and small boats news
– Never stop

CRAIG MONK switched seamlessly – and successfully – from Olympic sailing to the America’s Cup… And now he’s got an eye on both 2012 and 2013, as he tells LYNN FITZPATRICK

IRC column – Inch by inch
JAMES DADD and IRC methodology

Design – Packing the field
With a clutch of new lightweight racers between 38ft and 40ft, was there ever any doubt that Farr Yacht Design would soon be joining the party? LUKE SHINGLEDECKER and DOBBS DAVIS

Seahorse build table
– Faster faster

Currently IAN FARRIER is all about bringing his F-22 to the people... but he has still found time to speed up one of his very best series trimarans

RORC news

Seahorse regatta calendar

Sailor of the Month
Girls, girls, girls…