October 2017


Most satisfactory
Good enough in fact that several new boats are into final planning for 2018. ROB WEILAND

Development – one year on
MAURIZIO COSSUTTI had quite contrasting examples of his design work racing in European regattas this year. He’s also fast coming around to the virtues of rating simplification…

Cup heritage?
Often quoted, frequently used in arguments over the Cup’s future but where does this heritage ‘stuff’ all actually come from? ERIC HALL

Talk about sex
Certainly the issue is going to be central to the whole 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. BLUE ROBINSON

Something else!
Read the following few words carefully… The 2017 J Class World Championship! KEN READ found himself totally immersed

Engineered to win
IVOR WILKINS talks brave calls and no going back with Emirates Team New Zealand technical director DAN BERNASCONI

Farewell, Bermuda… And long live the 36th America’s Cup. ANDY CLAUGHTON

Boats to bridges
Old GRP yachts don’t die, nor are they very good at just fading away. But things are changing…


Ignore the status quo
Very much the approach taken by the technical clothing supplier to many of the Rio 2016 medallists and perhaps also now to round-the-world racing champions…

No pressure
The new Volvo course is going to be the toughest for many years. Toughest on the sailors, on the boats and on the rigs… still built to the tightest one-design tolerances

A rare opportunity
One of Nautor Swan’s best-known custom builds is coming onto the market – just in time for a full Caribbean season of racing


Commodore’s letter


The politics behind the Protocol, MALCOLM PAGE has his feet firmly under his US desk and a difficult Porto Cervo ahead. CAROL CRONIN, JACK GRIFFIN and TERRY HUTCHINSON

World news
France, France, France, the perfect reminder, muted celebrations in Barcelona, PARKO moves to the back of the bus. Plus when should you leave it to the elders to drive progress? IVOR WILKINS, CARLOS PICH, PATRICE CARPENTIER, DOBBS DAVIS

Rod Davis – What now?
The multiple America’s Cup skipper, helmsman, tactician and coach has a clear idea what lies ahead

Design – One issue at a time
Lots of smart people are now working to develop the ‘usable’ wing rig with numerous different approaches being explored. RANDY SMYTH, TOMMY GONZALEZ and ERIC HALL

RORC – France (again)

Seahorse regatta calendar

Seahorse build table – A growing force
Now here’s one you (probably) never expected to see in these pages. Or even expected to see at all

Sailor of the Month
Young blood and great expectations