September 2021


Barely a taster

It’s only rock and roll
Seventeen TP52s are lining up in Puerto Portals which is one hell of a way to say ‘We’re back!’ ROB WEILAND

The why as much as the how
With over 40 years’ successful design experience PHILIPPE BRIAND says that it’s time we took a fresh look at some of the underlying fundamentals

They’re all at it
A lot of people have spent a lot of time and money investigating the bigger potential of the solid wing rig. VPLP have to be at the forefront of the pack. MARC VAN PETEGHEM AND PATRICE CARPENTIER

The right stuff
A remarkable story of some remarkable people. DAVID MUNGE looks at the creation of the Junior Offshore Group and shares a little about its remarkable co-founder PATRICK ELLAM

Letting the side down
The first Admiral’s Cup was not raced for in 1957… far from it. CLARE MCCOMB continues her story of the north-south rivalry that drove a lot of the early development in British yachting

Keeping the bastards honest
JULIAN BETHWAITE’S least and most favourite subject is sailmaker selection. But it’s easy to see why the topic is such a confusing itch to scratch


Chasing the Blue Riband
The new ClubSwan125 Skorpios is the biggest monohull entry in this year’s Fastnet Race and by some way the biggest ClubSwan yet. JUAN K and ENRICO CHIEFFI explain the thinking behind it


A good area to delegate!

So far so good… ‘ish’

Throw open the doors

Follow the heritage

Tailored beauty

A most robust pedigree

The same (but different)

Bang on target

Competition does its job


Commodore’s letter


There’s never been anything else like Reliance, there should have been more like Tippy, the Bella gets going, an astonishing volume of work from the northern neighbours and the Class40 Scows continue to firm up their dominance… Although the ‘hybrid’ did OK too. PETE BURLING, MIKE SANDERSON, JACK GRIFFIN, TERRY HUTCHINSON, PATRICE CARPENTIER, CLARE MCCOMB AND ADRIAN MORGAN

World news
Banque Pop put it all on the line (again), going nuts at the 2024 Vendée Globe (already), retro rules, the Ocean Globe filling up fast, a tale of two gentlemen, Alinghi still has it and a hurdygurdy look at the Aegean. DOBBS DAVIS, PATRICE CARPENTIER, MICHAEL BLACKBURN, ANDY MALONEY, JOSH JUNIOR, IVOR WILKINS, BLUE ROBINSON AND PETER GUSTAFSON

Paul Cayard – Time for the hard yards
Looking forward to the Tokyo Games, yes, but what comes after will be much more significant

IMA – Finally
Not even the most majestic of fleets was beyond reach of the pandemic, but like the TP52s it’s time to get back on the water. ANDREW MCIRVINE

IRC – Baby steps
JOE HALL and the HP30 class’s coming of age

TP52 Super Series
A new Super Series… and some returning faces. ANDI ROBERTSON, AUSTIN FRAGOMEN

RORC – A generous man

Seahorse build table – Spatulicious
A profitable use of budget… SAM MANUARD

Seahorse regatta calendar

Sailor of the Month
Two champions of just pretty much everything