March 2016


Forty years after bursting onto the design scene as one of the ‘golden child’ generation of the 1970s, RON HOLLAND reflects on the journey since... and then considers how things may yet turn out

From Venice with love...
ROB WEILAND looks at the good and the bad of how we are currently running our international racing and introduces some of the best boats in the 2016 pipeline

Put down the transmitter
CONRAD COLMAN is a man on a mission... the 2016 Vendée Globe. In the meantime he’s been keeping the wolf from the door working alongside top routeur JEAN-YVES BERNOT

A gently narrowing space
After a rush of development, design progress in the thriving Class40 is mostly now about the details... unless you are faced with a diverse new suite of performance targets. MERFYN OWEN

The backwards way forward
Front to back or back to front, TORBJØRN LINDERSØN compares the French way of doing business with traditional Anglo Saxon methods

Of devils and details – Part I
It’s now more than10 years since engineering whizz JON WILLIAMS ran out of patience keeping the stressed mechanics on America’s Cup yachts running and decided it was time to fly solo

Volvo Ocean Race veteran and recently event CEO, Norway’s one-time Olympic windsurfer KNUT FRØSTAD is moving on to the next chapter. So BLUE ROBINSON starts digging...


Commodore’s letter


ROB GREENHALGH talks Moth speed with CHRIS MUSELER and KALLE COSTER, JACK GRIFFIN tries (very hard) to explain AC35 and TERRY HUTCHINSON launches into 2016 with some style. Plus more on the youth gap...

World news
No cigar for YANN GUICHARD (or DONA BERTARELLI). MEILHAT’s tough ride, a nicely French Hobart, NACHO POSTIGO pushes the boundaries (alone), ‘Big Red’ is back out and charging and California goes offshore (again). IVOR WILKINS, DOBBS DAVIS, BLUE ROBINSON, PATRICE CARPENTIER, CARLOS PICH

JAMES DADD thinks we are going the right way, but with the cart in front of the horse...

World Sailing
In pursuit of safer offshore structures. JASON SMITHWICK and HASSO HOFFMEISTER

Design – Concubine indeed
MARK MILLS’s purposeful new 45ft IRC racer definitely has something of the TP52 about it

Seahorse build table – Anticipating the future?
A 23-foot Moth-type scow with full foiling capability... sounds like the boat for James Bond. HUGH WELBOURN and MICHAEL AEPPLI

Seahorse regatta calendar

RORC news

Sailor of the Month
Largely unsung but brilliantly deserving...