November 2014


Quality sells
Even TP52 class manager ROB WEILAND is faintly amazed at the number of TP52s in build

Fixtures and fittings
As we roll into another Volvo Ocean Race TIM JEFFERY – there from the beginning – reflects on the heritage that underpins this magnificent event

Nowhere to hide
ANDREW HURST throws caution to the wind as he looks at this year’s round-the-world fleet…

Holding on
JON MITCHELL of Marlow looks at the progress that continues to be made with Dyneema fibres

A most remarkable man – Part 2
With the first edition of Bart’s Bash BLUE ROBINSON, IAIN PERCY, BEN AINSLIE and ANTHONY NOSSITER reflect on the big man himself

Have your say!
The Sailing Yacht Research Foundation needs your help… as DOBBS DAVIS explains

Staying dry – Part 2
Oracle Team USA software specialist ANDREW MASON expands on the potential for advanced simulation ahead of the next America’s Cup

It all started in a garage – Part 2
And the J/Boats team take a first tentative step into the grand prix world. ROD JOHNSTONE


Commodore’s letter


Some you win some you lose… with TERRY HUTCHINSON, DOBBS DAVIS celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Big Boat Series, NICK HOLROYD of Emirates TNZ takes a first look at AC62 design and we catch up with ‘new’ Italian skipper on the block… ROBERTO TOMASINI

World news
It’s all change at the Tour Voile as the event goes multihull (much to the approval of FRANÇOIS GABART), a look at the extraordinary ‘Ultime’ line-up in the 2014 Route du Rhum, a stirring tale of courage and calm from the Tasman, an epic 31st Hamilton Island Race Week and something a little better than PHRF. BLUE ROBINSON, IVOR WILKINS, PATRICE CARPENTIER, DOBBS DAVIS

Paul Cayard
And how the sport – and the Rolex Big Boat Series – is steadily changing for the better...

IRC column
Flying a kite

Seahorse regatta calendar

Seahorse build table – Cool as ice
GIULIANO LUZZATTO catches up with an ultra-slippery new offering from UMBERTO FELCI of Felci Yacht Design

RORC news
And the ‘new’ Maxi 72 Class officially comes into being… EDDIE WARDEN-OWEN

Sailor of the Month
Just keep plugging away (and you’ll get there)