McConaghy Boats

Next level

A broader view of performance

Ask the movers and shakers in the design world what defines performance and many will say that it is not always about straight-line speed. Instead,

Aegean 600
Straight into the major league

Offshore racers are always looking for new challenges to test their boat and themselves, this is a fundamental driving force for our sport. While this

It just gets better

With new formats and fresh features added for 2023 the next Tre Golfi Sailing Week promises to be a vintage edition of this classic regatta. With

Cornerstone classic

With 97 boats from 18 nations in seven classes and elite pro teams competing alongside amateur crews in perfect sailing conditions, the 2022 Rolex Swan

Finish with a flourish

I am writing this during the last big regatta of the year, Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez, where the Maxis now have the second week all

Lex Group: Leading the way in marine insurance

When it comes to fully understanding the complexities of marine racing insurance the Lex Group's Richard Henry is the man to talk to. Born in in

Neo Yachts & Composites
Head turner

The quest for both performance and comfort on the same boat has been an ongoing challenge for builders and designers everywhere since there are inevitable

Persico Marine
What took you so long?

To the majority of us, if you ask the question “where would you find the most refined carbon fibre structures?”, the answer would probably be

ClubSwan 80
My song, on song

When Nautor's Swan announced their new ClubSwan 80 at the Düsseldorf Boat Show in 2020 they knew they had set themselves an ambitious goal. But

Smart Rigging
Totally custom made

SmartRigging delivers sophisticated rigging to an extraordinary spread of customers from AC winners to International 14s, IMOCAs and giant land-based and offshore cranes. Safe to

Y Yachts

When Michael Schmidt was looking for a large yacht for himself a few years ago, he couldn't find any format on the market - either

Human touch

It is no longer enough for an ambitious sailmaker to fill its ranks with famous names – to rule the world these days they have

Roschier Baltic Sea Race
Roschier Baltic Sea Race – a new classic offshore challenge

The idea of a new 635-mile race in the Baltic Sea was the brainchild of the Ocean Racing Alliance. At the core of the Finnish

Consolidation and consistency the watchwords for the 52 Super Series

After a highly competitive 2022 season with more completed races than ever before, consolidation and consistency seem set to be the watchwords that keep the

Upping the (whole) game

Racing IMOCA 60s fully crewed around the world has never been done before. In the 2023 Ocean Race these boats will be under a whole

The Ocean Race
Up to five VO65 teams given option to race for The Ocean Race VO65 Sprint Cup

Along with five confirmed IMOCA teams racing around the world, up to five VO65 teams will be on the starting line in Alicante, Spain in

Rolex TP52 World Championship 52 Super Series Image © Nico Martínez
Barcelona to host 2023 Rolex TP52 World Championship

The 2023 Rolex TP52 World Championship will be contested on the 37th America’s Cup racing waters off Barcelona during the week August 21 - 26

Baltic Yachts
Built without compromise

The latest collaboration between Baltic Yachts and Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design puts equal emphasis on performance, elegance, efficiency and easy handling, with some unique and

Race to Hawaii

For more than a century the lure of sailing to paradise has inspired thousands of offshore sailors to take on the 2225-mile challenge of racing

Justine Mettraux

Swiss skipper Justine Mettraux ( took seventh place in the IMOCA class when she crossed the finish line of the 12th Route du Rhum at

Route du Rhum
Route du Rhum podium dogfight bodes well for Vendée Globe 2024

What an exciting edition of the Vendée Globe we could have in store for us in 2024 given the thrilling dogfight for the podium positions

RORC Fastnet Race
Fastnet Race – not too long to wait

Next year’s Rolex Fastnet Race will be the last edition before the ‘big one’ when the 100th Anniversary event starts off Cowes in 2025 –

The Ocean Race 11th Hour Racing Team
Getting down to it

With two months to go until the start of the 31,700-nautical mile (36,500-mile, 58,700-kilometre) round-the-world adventure - The Ocean Race - US entry 11th Hour

Boats getting bigger, crews getting smaller

There is a long-term trend in sailing and especially in cruising. Boats are getting bigger and crews are getting smaller. It’s now quite common for a

Andy Rice
The Yacht Racing Podcast – Any Rice

On the latest episode of The Yacht Racing Podcast Justin Chisholm catches up with fellow British sailing journalist Andy Rice, who as well as being

Route du Rhum
Two deaths after race support boat capsizes at finish of Route du Rhum

The Route du Rhum and wider yacht racing community are in mourning today after the death in Guadeloupe of two employees of OC Sport Pen

Elated Caudrelier ‘not even tired’ after Route du Rhum victory

French solo skipper Charles Caudrelier aboard the Gitana Team Maxi Edmond de Rothschild has won the Ultim division of the Route du Rhum singlehanded transatlantic

Unstoppable forces

While Class40 design moves forward apace parallel improvements in materials and build techniques are adding a further layer to the relentless improvements in sailing performance

Australian crew defies the odds to claim comeback victory at SailGP Dubai

Tom Slingsby’s Australian SailGP crew staged an incredible comeback on the second day of the SailGP Dubai regatta after scraping their way into a close-fought

Route du Rhum: Leading Ultim trio stretch their legs at halfway point

It is hard not to be impressed by the way the trio of leaders in the Ultim multihull class are performing on the fourth day

SailGP: British top the leaderboard after light and tricky opening day in Dubai

Skill, tenacity, and perhaps some good fortune, delivered two race wins and a sixth place for Ben Ainslie’s Great Britain SailGP Team on the first

Route du Rhum
Banque Populaire skipper Le Cléac’h sets 48 hour time limit for rejoining the Route du Rhum

French solo skipper Armel Le Cléac'h is in a race against time to try to get his Ultim multihull Maxi Banque Populaire XI back in

Route du Rhum
Route du Rhum: French IMOCA dismasted after collision with cargo ship

Damien Seguin’s IMOCA Groupe APICIL was hit by a cargo ship and dismasted around 0330hrs (French time) this morning. The French skipper is racing on the

Harken: Driven by real test data

Dock talk is cheap and broken dreams are very expensive. When you need to replicate actual working loads, HarkenLab provides a solution. When grand prix yachts

Route du Rhum
Upwind slog on first night of Route du Rhum

After yesterday's spectacular send off for the 138-boat fleet taking part in the 12th edition of the Route du Rhum solo transatlantic race the yachts

route du rhum
Route du Rhum on hold

It’s hard not to feel for the 138 solo skippers taking part in the 12th edition of Route du Rhum who for the past week

Sail fast with confidence

The load-sensing technology in the Cyclops Marine Smartlink is designed to tell you how hard and fast you can safely push your boat for maximum

A+T Instruments
Fresh look

The better the instrumentation the more important the quality of the inputs upon which the system depends. Which is why the engineers at A+T decided

Wessex Resins
New broom

There is plenty to shout about in the racing world, particularly for those who are involved at the cutting edge. Pro-Set has a long

Building cool stuff right

Aviation buffs and better read naval architects will already be up to speed about the Soviet Ekranoplan ground effect craft programme which ran from the

GITANA, Maxi Edmond de Rothschild
Flying giants

The seven and a half day transatlantic record from St. Malo, France to the Guadeloupe in the Caribbean set by Francis Joyon in the last

HH Catamarans
Mega – in every sense

With Morrelli and Melvin on design, Paul Hakes in charge of build and industrial tycoon Hudson Wang investing and guiding his large team it's no

Back to full speed

After pulling off miracles to keep the Caribbean yachting circuit not just on the road post-pandemic, but positively thriving, it’s no holds barred once again

Drive it like you own it

When it comes to one-design owner/driver circuits it’s a struggle to think of one more demanding than the 44 Cup. RC44’s are supremely evenly-matched boats and

Smart hire

To succeed in the clothing world means accepting that the environment will be fiercely competitive. The pace of change at the high-performance end of the

Let’s go round again

That special time of year has come around again when a certain elite group of ocean racers suit up for a crack at winning the

Rhum runners

The top teams in the IMOCA class are set for a pitched-battle for transatlantic supremacy this November in the upcoming edition of the Route du

Image © SNST/Gilles Martin-Raget
Get paid

There are some big crew budget maxi programmes racing it out this week in the south of France at the annual Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez

Sixty eight years young

The quest for the perfect race week experience is not easy. Where can you find in only one week the challenge of navigation and seamanship

Yes, we can!

Four years in the making – or five if you count an introductory toe-in-the water 2017 season during which the Plattners’ first TP52 Phoenix raced

It’s not just about having the tools…’s about how you use them. And after 30-plus years of intensive development UK Sailmakers reckon they can use them pretty well! UK Sailmakers’ lead designer