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Powerboats find their form
After a nervous start in the 2012 Audi MedCup, designer Rolf Vrolijk’s more powerful designs are coming to the fore. MARCUS HUTCHINSON

Severe test
IVOR WILKINS talks with BRUNO TROUBLE and GRANT DALTON following the first public ‘audience’ for the America’s Cup World Series 

(Not such) new kids
PIERINO PERSICO and his family are far from new to the game of grand prix yacht construction as LOUAY HABIB recently discovered

Taking a fresh look
IRC design maestro JASON KER is now threatening to take a closer interest in the ORCi rating system...

Textiles to composites – Part 4
BILL PEARSON looks at the machinery needed to handle the thinnest of composite raw material

REGULARS

Commodore’s letter
ANDREW MCIRVINE

Editorial
ANDREW HURST

Update
TERRY HUTCHINSON survives Cascais, ROB WEILAND on widening-out the 2012 Audi MedCup and Aberdeen CEO MARTIN GILBERT on better defining value for sponsors

World news
And how that big nose is starting pay off... plus the Venezia Challenge legacy. BLUE ROBINSON, IVOR WILKINS, PATRICE CARPENTIER, VINCENT GILLIOZ, GIULIANO LUZZATTO, ARCHIE WRIGGLESWORTH, DOBBS DAVIS

Rod Davis
And let’s not lose sight of the bigger picture...

Olympic and small boat news – Grabbing the chance
49er wizz CHRIS DRAPER has made the slickest of transitions to the new world of the America’s Cup. ANDY RICE

ORC column
Time for analysis! ALESSANDRO NAZARETH

Three-way communication
VO70 comms... faster and lighter than ever

RORC news
EDDIE WARDEN OWEN

Design – Middle ground
Multihull guru NIGEL IRENS has recently been turning his attention to improving the often tardy lot of the long distance cruising yachtsman...

Seahorse build table – Something in between sir?
And a cool new cat from ALEX SIMONIS

Seahorse regatta calendar

Sailor of the Month
Regatta wizzard and a design innovator

Below:
At Seahorse we have a problem... Parts of us simply fail to see the merit in re-creating large J Class yachts in 2011, the majority of which were not particularly good when new 80 years ago. And then there are the brand new, ‘classic-style’ yachts built to an updated... modern J Class rule like the aluminium-hulled Lionheart . However, and particularly with fabulous modern rigs – rather than in spite of them – the end result is so utterly magnificent that frankly we’re actually just not listening any more!

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