August 2014


An explosive recovery
The TP52s could be back into the mid-teens next year with at least six new boats. ROB WEILAND

Politics, philosophy and engineering
GEOFF STOCK of Green Marine describes the groundbreaking data gathering tools that will be carried by this year’s Volvo Ocean Race fleet

Fastest (monohull) on the planet?
That will almost certainly be the outcome of JIM CLARK’s New3 project as GUILLAUME VERDIER explains to JOCELYN BLERIOT

Aerial advantage
DR JONATHAN JOHNS looks at the fast-growing market for unmanned drone usage in sailing performance evaluation

A fascinating (and challenging) task
Foiling Moth pioneer DR IAN WARD has recently completed a project designed to put foiled sailing within the reach of practically everybody


Commodore’s letter


TIM JEFFERY stands impressed as SIR BEN AINSLIE unveils his America’s Cup challenge, TERRY HUTCHINSON muses upon the goading by JIMMY SPITHILL of which Emirates Team New Zealand has recently been the victim, IVOR WILKINS reveals that we were nearly in for another Deed of Gift Challenge plus the next High Performance Yacht Design gathering in Auckland

World news
Record hunters prepare, Figaro 2014, ‘that’ Protocol receives an initially cool reception in New Zealand, before matters are revisited, GRANT SIMMER decides to stay put for 2017, taking on – and defeating –Oracle Team USA. Plus deciding the Cup venue… BLUE ROBINSON, IVOR WILKINS, PATRICE CARPENTIER, DOBBS DAVIS, CARLOS PICH

Rod Davis
Some things that Emirates Team New Zealand got wrong back in 2013 and a number of other things that they almost certainly got right…

ORC column
And another record that will be broken at this year’s ORC world championships in Kiel…

Design – No end in sight
DEAN HARPER and JARRAD WALLACE explain just how far grand prix spars have come in even a relatively short space of time

Seahorse regatta calendar

RORC news

Seahorse build table – A new twist
HUGUES TURCKHEIM has taken a long hard look at the latest wing rigs in an effort to come up with something more widely relevant

Sailor of the Month
Two worthy – and recent – champions