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UBI Maior Italia: The cutting cutting edge

UBI Maior Italia

For the driven team of Italian engineers at UBI Maior Italia the Hugo Boss project now added dramatic compactness to a long list of performance criteria. Over several cycles of gruelling and competitive ocean races like the Vendée Globe, Route du Rhum, Transat Jacques Vabres and others, the Alex Thomson Racing team

Multiple challenges


When Baltic Yachts set out to build the world’s first DSS-foiling superyacht for a visionary client, it was a journey into the unknown. DSS had never been used on a yacht of anywhere near this size, or power. With a host of complex engineering challenges to overcome, the owner’s project manager

Sydney to Hobart – Between the fires

Exclusively for Yacht Racing Life, Rob Kothe previews the annual offshore classic Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race. Australia is burning, but right now there is a small respite with mercifully lower temperatures as Christmas approaches. So, the National focus returns to Australian summer sport. Boxing Day, in Australian means the second Cricket Test

Persico Marine: (Almost) a clean sheet of paper

Persico Marine

Moving from Archimedean craft to foilers – and particularly to foils – demands a new mindset as much as it does a new approach to composite construction and engineering. Persico Marine is a name associated with the building of cutting-edge race craft, having been deeply involved with the Volvo Ocean Race


It started with the racing code zero but already the benefits are spreading rapidly out through the superyacht world and elsewhere. Since Doyle Sails launched its ground-breaking cable-less Code Zero technology, the company has expanded the concept to embrace jibs, staysails and even mainsails, achieving significant load reductions in the process. Structured

America’s Cup: Kiwi AC75 capsize video

America's Cup

America's Cup holders Emirates Team New Zealand have released a spectacular video of the team's AC75 foiling monohull capsizing during training in Auckland, New Zealand – the venue for the 36th edition of the America's Cup scheduled for March 2021. The Kiwi boat capsized after appearing to skyrocket almost off its

Harken: Reflex Reaction

Harken has been quick to respond to the growth of cable-less headsails to ensure the gains extend beyond better sail designs. The ability to furl sails has been something we’ve taken for granted for at least 40 years. In fact, the influence of furling has been so widespread that it’s easy

New discipline new audience

The arrival itself was a little hurried but the opportunity for sailing to showcase the first ever continuous 24-hour Olympic competition is surely not to be missed? The idea that offshore sailing could be an Olympic discipline is not one that drew universal support straightaway, but today the tide is