November 2012


Super Series – Set for 2013
ROB WEILAND with a tantalising hint about a worthwhile new vocation for the Admiral’s Cup?

Here at last
IVOR WILKINS paid close attention as the America’s Cup finally reached its ‘destination’

Accelerated journey
BRITT WARD and the Farr Yacht Design team have been flat out preparing for the new VO65 one-design… which is already building!

Natural evolution
PHILIPPE BRIAND cut his superyacht teeth on boats like Mari-Cha III and IV – even his most luxurious designs slip along pretty swiftly…

Builder’s view
Alloy Yachts MD TONY HAMBROOK and chief of engineering RUSSELL SALMON revisit some of the key elements in building BRIAND’s largest sailing design to date

Can you afford not to…
Shorthanded aficionado and Formula One technical chief MIKE GASCOYNE offers some typically strong opinions – and suggestions for change – on the state of play in ocean racing

Tilting at the ultimate
Safran designer GUILLAUME VERDIER led the technical group responsible for skipper MARC GUILLEMOT’s highly advanced new Imoca spar


Commodore’s letter


Oracle (briefly) get back on the water, TERRY HUTCHINSON has a mixed month, BLUE ROBINSON talks Australian gold and IVOR WILKINS goes all Italian with CHRIS DRAPER

World news
Just one lady skipper in the next Vendée, though her fellow Rosbifs just took out the Normandy Channel Race…PETER LESTER grabs a ride on ETNZ’s distinctly reliable first AC72, Spanish voting intrigue, the medals glitter at Hamo and four perfect days on the Bay. DOBBS DAVIS, IVOR WILKINS, PATRICE CARPENTIER, BLUE ROBINSON, CARLOS PICH, ROB MUNDLE

World Match Race Tour
And defending champion IAN WILLIAMS has his work cut out

Paul Cayard
AC34 – fascinating but tough to manage

IRC column – Naughty naughty
So who’s been testing the edges – JAMES DADD

Design – A new twist to the (IRC) puzzle
MERFYN OWEN finds the latest IRC 40s and current Class 40s to be converging rather nicely

RORC news

Seahorse build table – Something a little different
GINO MORRELLI describes what you need to catch – and sometimes to rescue – an AC72

Seahorse regatta calendar

Sailor of the Month
It’s not who you are but what you have done…