Nowhere is the pressure for sail development higher today than in the Audi MedCup TP52s. DOBBS DAVIS talks to competing sail designers DAVE ARMITAGE and CHRIS WILLIAMS

Keeping (very) busy
That’s the best way to describe ERNESTO BERTARELLI – who is finding plenty else to occupy him out on the water beyond the Cup

Last of the Mohicans
Sharing excellence, and winning... and always keeping cool! JOCELYN BLERIOT breaks bread with the cool LOICK PEYRON

Textiles to composites – Part 3
BILL PEARSON moves on to a potential whole new generation of composite manufacturing processes

Breaking the mould
Future Fibres is now – definitely – also a mast manufacturer... as ANDY RICE discovers


Commodore’s letter


MARK REYNOLDS enters the coach-boat debate, TERRY HUTCHINSON gets a day off, ANDY HEMMINGS is stuck in traffic, (more) changes pay off for Bella, lack of wind but not boats in Croatia. Plus SPITHILL ‘the younger’

World news
Shorthanded all the way, Joyon gets ready, Swiss notch up, Camper spring a surprise, fastest builder in the south... Mark Rudiger’s legacy. PATRICE CARPENTIER, VINCENT GILLIOZ, BLUE ROBINSON, IVOR WILKINS, DOBBS DAVIS

Paul Cayard
And keeping it all intact is going to be huge...

Olympic and small boat news – Solid gold
ANDY RICE talks to Spanish superstar IKER MARTINEZ about his multiple and seamless transitions between raceboats big and small

IRC column
JAMES DADD is concerned about the early signs of undesirable ‘confusions’ among IRC competitors

RORC news

Tailor-made performance
Now even your cordage can be custom made...

Design – Goin’ commercial
Since we last visited a couple of years back there has been significant progress at Harbor Wing, as MARK OTT and GINO MORRELLI explain

Seahorse build table – New entrant
Add yet another interesting Chinese build to the list with this new IRC 45... says JIM PUGH

Seahorse regatta calendar

Sailor of the Month
Two big contributors... on and off the water

Below: the mighty Chimp, Mike Kershaw’s Half Tonner was pipped to Class 4 honours at the 2011 UK IRC nationals by Adam Gosling’s Corby 30 Yes! Remarkably, the little Chimp also has a solo transatlantic on its record, with former (heroic) skipper Richard Hatton in the 2005 Ostar... In a windy series the new Ker 40 Keronimo also shone brightly, losing a good shot at winning Class 1 only after a big face-plant on one particularly wild downwind leg