Standby ticket
MIKE SANDERSON discusses his odds for the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race with ANDY RICE

No walk in the park
BEN AINSLIE can make it look so easy that it is possible to overlook how much work goes into that immense performance. BLUE ROBINSON 

Under pressure
Even when your name is Elvstrøm you have to work hard to stay in front, as JESPER BANK explains to DOBBS DAVIS

Round Two of the America’s Cup World Series in Plymouth was exactly that... The omens look good

On the spot
At the heart of the new Cup is one RUSSELL COUTTS – and he talks with ANDY RICE

Success through failure
JAMES GROGONO is one of the pre-eminent names in the pioneering history of foiled sailing. But it was not just sailing that he tried to change

The man for all reasons
STAN HONEY is a remarkable fellow... no surprise that he too is beavering away to ensure that AC34 is like nothing that has gone before it


Commodore’s letter


TERRY HUTCHINSON gets waterlogged in Plymouth, a Portugese AC view, the Team Korea back story, ENRICO CHIEFFI calms the ship. Plus there really is nothing new, with BUTCH DALRYMPLE-SMITH and ROB MUNDLE

World news
BEYOU earns his (Vendée) budget, mighty Minis, Bribón sign off, Swiss felines, balance in Auckland and the gladiators of Hamo. Plus 9/11 reflections. PATRICE CARPENTIER, CARLOS PICH, ROB MUNDLE, IVOR WILKINS, BRICE LECHEVALIER, DOBBS DAVIS

IRC column
Are we taking on an apparently wide-ranging problem that doesn’t actually exist... asks JAMES DADD

Audi MedCup – Down to the wire
Quantum brings it (back) home in Barcelona as Bribón heads away in (considerable) style

RORC news

Design – Deceptively simply
Sailmaker SANDY MACMILLAN on designing for the latest schooner – and una – rig layouts...

Seahorse build table – Strength to strength
Why JAVIER SOTO ACEBAL’s sleek 40-foot one design is one of the era’s great success stories

Seahorse regatta calendar

Sailor of the Month
Commitment is writ large in this month’s contest

The winner of the 1960 Finn Gold Cup, Vernon Stratton, who passed away in late August (and to weather, of course, in UK4). Stratton was a huge figure in the Finn Class and also for British Olympic sailing. A great deal of Team GBR’s modern success is owed to foundations put down by Stratton, when as Olympic team manager he established sailing as the country’s pre-eminent source of Olympic medals. Always current and enthusiastic, his wise counsel will be much missed.
– Editor