October 2012


SuperSeries – It can be done!
ROB WEILAND and his team have worked hard to produce a satisfactory way to allow existing and brand new 52-footers to compete equally

Australia makes its move
ANDY RICE was paying close attention as the Aussies took the top nation slot at London 2012

Opening the presents
Cup designer MIKE DRUMMOND watched with IVOR WILKINS as New Zealand’s first AC72 began testing

Rules are there to be broken
RICK CAVALLARO likes nothing better than turning the status quo firmly on its head… especially when famous scientists are involved

Staying on top of our game
Hugo Boss race programme director STEWART HOSFORD highlights the fundamental changes going on in sponsorship and proposes ways for sailing to take advantage of the opportunities


Commodore’s letter


San Francisco in now very much ‘for real’, says TERRY HUTCHINSON, the next Global Ocean Race is firmly a ‘go’, says JOSH HALL, and BLUE ROBINSON talks ‘relief’ with BEN AINSLIE

World news
And another world record for the force that is FRANCIS JOYON, first WallyCento sighting, weight saving with FRANCK CAMMAS, AC72 watching with MIKE DRUMMOND, Volvo Race reflections with CHRIS NICHOLSON, a third daggerboard goes into the Wild Oats… and the USA takes it squarely on the chin. DOBBS DAVIS, IVOR WILKINS, PATRICE CARPENTIER, BLUE ROBINSON, CARLOS PICH, ROB MUNDLE

Rod Davis
There’s still nowhere quite like Newport RI

ORC column
And a victim of their own success…

From the top
And Marlow Ropes have launched their own clever and affordable top-down furling cable solution

RORC news – Duty of care
Ker 40s to the fore yet again (and this time it is in the light). EDDIE WARDEN OWEN

Design – No small task
VINCENT LAURIOT PREVOST and YANN PENFORNIS discuss the wholesale rebuild of what was once a humble Orma 60 trimaran

Seahorse build table – All carbon, all business
BRUCE BECA is finishing off two of the latest fast trimarans from designer IAN FARRIER

Seahorse regatta calendar

Sailor of the Month
They were almost rivals on the water as well…