November 2016


‘I stick with it until I win’
JEREMIE BEYOU is one of only a tiny group of three-time Figaro Solitaire winners, yet he has had less good fortune in his previous two Vendée Globe attempts. But this time it will be different!

PATRICE CARPENTIER joins BEYOU and his technical director ‘PIFOU’ to learn more about getting your foils around the world in one piece

Deep background
Among the offshore singlehanded community the Pole Finistère Course au Large in Port La Forêt – or POL – is the stuff of legend. Squad member SAM DAVIES lifts the curtain (a little)

It was about the racing
In motorsport the saying goes, ‘When the flag drops the bulls**t stops.’ Once the racing in Rio got underway, few could remember what they had been complaining about. ANDY RICE

Not simple
(Very) fast and (very) comfy please. So arrived the brief for Reichel/Pugh’s latest Superyacht. DAVID OLIVER explains how he got his first grey hairs

Back to its roots
After (way) too long bouncing off the Equator the Volvo Ocean Race is heading back down south. RICHARD MASON talks to BLUE ROBINSON

Good clean racing
CATHERINE ZENNSTROM is among those leaning on grand prix racing to clean up its act

Don’t assume
Moths in the Olympics? Ironically the pocket foiler may soon offer the big boys their only real alternative to muscling up for a Finn… CHRIS RASHLEY, MIKE LENNON and ANDY RICE


Get it right (from the start)
Without needing the language skills to allow you to read every international journal you can now identify and purchase the right high-tech rigging and equipment from the comfort of your den…

Addressing the key issues
There have been some high-profile ‘events’ this year involving fast sailboats and semi-stationary objects… The right time then for the Yacht Race Forum to launch a module on Risk Management

Beats skiing!
MOD 70 trimaran skipper Sidney Gavignet reckons that EFG Sailing Arabia – the Tour is the best-kept secret in winter racing

Where champions are made
Exactly 681 young, fast and hungry Laser sailors descended upon Kiel’s Schilksee Harbour for their Youth Worlds – and once again Kiel’s regatta managers just took it all in their stride


Commodore’s letter


They’re lining up to take down the unloved Medal Race, good things happen in Annapolis, hugging the Maxi family close, bouncing back in Toulon. RODNEY PATTISSON, JACK GRIFFIN, TERRY HUTCHINSON, ROB WEILAND

World news
Go south if you want to, learning to the very last, putting the sofa behind you, Rio sacrifices and shaking up the US of A. BORA GULARI, IVOR WILKINS, BLUE ROBINSON, PATRICE CARPENTIER, DOBBS DAVIS, JACQUES CARAES, MAT BELCHER

World Sailing – (More) glittering prizes

IRC column – Simple is good
And weighing a Maxi is not hard. JAMES DADD

Design – Faster (fast) 40s
TAs if SHAUN CARKEEK’s last Fast40+ wasn’t quick enough… wait for next year’s offering

Seahorse regatta calendar

Seahorse build table – Sailors, who needs ’em?
With another US$14million just added to his war chest, RICHARD JENKINS is enjoying watching his growing fleet get extremely cold on his behalf

RORC news

Sailor of the Month
Not bad for a couple of old duffers…