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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

Persistence required

There is a modern fibre that is less than easy to use but if you can eventually pull it off the results can be spectacular. ‘You wouldn’t use anything other than Dyneema for your halyards or sheets,’ says Banks Sails’ boss Paolo Semeraro. ‘So why accept anything less in your sails?’

Charleston Race Week: Just so darn good every single time

Charleston Race Week

Pinnacle regatta, marquee event, premier race series, you choose – but Sperry Charleston Race Week sort of crept up on the international racing scene and now it's impossible to overlook. When you put a boast out there, you’d better back it up. And that’s just what the people who are behind

Oyster Yachts: Reasons to go racing

No wonder the Oyster Palma Regatta is so often oversubscribed. A great learning experience, a brilliant party, a stepping stone to far horizons, an essential networking event and a whole lot more. Among the boats lined up along the dock outside the Real Club Náutico de Palma, not one had been

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

Carbo-Link

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

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

Decompression

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

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

Cyclops Marine: Bolt on speed

If you’re looking to be tested by your customers then Emirates Team New Zealand is a good place to start. Getting the best performance out of a racing yacht is tough, with lots of controlled and uncontrolled variables in the equation to success. Accurate sensors are essential to provide the valid

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