52 Super Series: Windy start…

52 Super Series

52 Super Series communications ninja Andi Robertson updates on the goings on across the international fleet over the winter break prior to the season-opening regatta in Cape Town, South Africa. The requirement to ship to Cape Town, South Africa mid-January meant the ‘off-season’ for the 52 Super Series shore crews was

Future Fibres: Don’t shake it all about

Doyle Sails

The theory of vortex shedding is well known to golfers with their little dimples (the balls, that is!) It was also toyed with in the past by 12 Metre sparmakers – so why not extend the benefits to the rigging itself? The parentage of Future Fibres’ latest answer to high-tech composite

Doyle Sails: No limits

Doyle Sails

The benefits of Doyle Sails’ structured luff technology have already migrated from 18-foot skiffs blasting around Sydney Harbour to the latest high performance superyachts crossing oceans. Win/wins are rare in any walk of life yet every now and then a change of approach, a new concept or a breakthrough in technology

Elan Yachts partners with Studio F. A. Porsche on GT6

Elan Yachts

Elan’s new flagship is the first sailing yacht styled by Studio F. A. Porsche. Have you ever wondered what a sailing yacht designed by Studio F. A. Porsche might look like? The answer is revealed in the pictures below. The famous design studio founded by Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche – the

Baltic Yachts: Evolution, not revolution

Baltic Yachts

Telescopic keel, retractable propulsion, high-pressure hydraulics but just 88-tonne displacement for 112-feet of luxury performance – not only that, but Baltic Yachts’ Liara may well be the quietest running superyacht launched to date. Those of us lucky enough to cross an ocean or race offshore for any length of time will

GC32 Racing Tour: Have cake/eat cake

GC32 Racing Tour

Corinthians racing America’s Cup skippers, fast and rather lively foiling cats, sparkling venues and (very) professional race management – it’s hard to find any holes in the latest GC32 Racing Tour package. A seventh season of racing for the one-design foiling catamarans of the GC32 Racing Tour dawns in 2020 with

Star Sailors League Final: Best of the Best

Star Sailors League

James Boyd suffered the rigours of a winter trip to Nassau for the the latest Star Sailors League Final to watch Iain Percy’s return to the class in which the Finn gold medallist of Sydney 2000 took a further two Olympic medals – one silver one gold – with his

Two (invaluable) days in Spain

Yacht Racing Forum

The latest Yacht Racing Forum in Bilbao was another chance to catch up with as well as influence every possible aspect of international competitive sailing. Around 365 delegates from all over the world joined the Yacht Racing Forum in Bilbao, Spain, for two days of conferences, presentations, networking and business. The

Superyacht Cup Palma: Taking the initiative…

Superyacht Cup Palma

Someone had to take the initiative and it is the Superyacht Cup in Palma that grasped the nettle with the introduction of a new dedicated Performance Class at its next edition in June 2020. The Superyacht Cup Palma has taken a lead in meeting the evolving nature of the superyacht community

Excess Catamarans – bringing back the fun

Good taste, first class naval architecture and excellent construction combined with the resources of Bénéteau – the world’s biggest boatbuilder: the results were always going to be hard to beat. Most cruising catamarans are stodgy to sail, but Bénéteau’s new Excess brand aims to bring back the fun. Excess cats are