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Contents April 2016

FEATURES 22 Applause

Rating racing boats is very hard; a lack of money will always make it harder. ROB WEILAND

25 Coming for a fleet near you... French sailmaker Incidence is best known for winning events like the Vendée Globe and the Trophy Jules Verne. That’s all about to change

26 Where to guv’nor? Ocean safety!

They build ’em good, those Mini protos... well most of them. In practice, once the initial year of sorting is out the way, Mini’s stay competitive for a surprising length of time. Perhaps the fact the boats are short reduces panel degrading, or it may be that the boats are sailed by passionate owners who are always listening to their boats – and are diligent with preventive maintenance. No 753, seen here, is the Bertrand designed Wild Side which was launched by German skipper Jörg Riechers in 2009. Riechers campaigned the boat through to 2014 when he won the ArMen two handed race with the boat’s current skipper Luke Berry. Since 2014 Berry has been racing the boat himself and enjoying a string of good results culminating in a brilliant 2nd overall in the 2015 Mini Transat behind Fred Denis’ Lombard design. Denis’ winning boat was also far from new, going afloat in 2011. Clearly the design war in this fleet has cooled off and the Mini’s also seem to have been disrupted surprisingly little by the bursting onto the scene of David Raison’s much refined scow TeamWork –on which he smashed the 2011 Mini Transat fleet. Although several newer scows have followed Raison’s lead, the switch to a more all round course for the Mini Transat has returned the best of the non-scows to the front. To allow these short boats to be powered up to the maximum downwind, all the new Mini’s are still drawn very full forward, as are the latest Imoca 60s and Class40s; but for now the death notice for the traditional Mini seems to have been a little premature Jacques Vapillon’s

extraordinary cover shot was one of the finalists at the 2015 Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Awards that took place at the Yacht Racing Forum in Geneva in December

INSET: Jesus Renedo

Why Olympic gold medals no longer automatically translate into a big boat career. IAN WALKER

28 Of devils and details – Part 2

Raceboat systems engineer JON WILLIAMS talks live transmission

32 Unique is just a word (Brilliant) Russian designer-builder- sailor VIKTOR YAZYKOV and the editor go back a long way together. But he still remains in thrall!

34 Rollin’

A lot is expected of the M32 cats this year... and a lot of it is already being delivered. ANDY RICE

37 Old timer

Fifty and counting... JOHN ROUSMANIERE plots a fast course across the Gulf Stream

41 Every horse has its course KEN READ talks sails, boards, boat balance... and supermaxi logistics with BLUE ROBINSON


4 Commodore’s letter MICHAEL BOYD

7 Editorial


JACK GRIFFIN on the AC meat-grinder, TERRY HUTCHINSON on air miles, ROB MUNDLE on BOB OATLEY plus HP30 and Admiral’s Cup feedback. Plus an(other) OLAF HARKEN epic...

12 World news

JEREMIE BEYOU goes straight, STU WILSON gets back on the wire, GRANT DALTON is (still) on the trail and Storm Trysail pulls it off (in style). IVORWILKINS, DOBBS DAVIS, BLUE ROBINSON, PATRICE CARPENTIER

20 Rod Davis Time to get out the crystal ball




45 Design – As big as it gets (for now) DENIS GLEHEN, HERVE DEVAUX and a (big) new mast for Ms Bertarelli’s (big) Spindrift 2

48 Seahorse regatta calendar

50 Seahorsebuild table – First for a while

And a new 5.5m for an Elvstrøm anniversary. JOHAN JOENSEN and JØRGEN JENSEN

75 Sailor of the Month Champions both...

The class might well have been around for over 120 years, but with the boats spending more time aloft with the passing of every season it’s hard to argue that the 18-foot skiffs would not make a telegenic Olympic class – given the right sailing waters. The 49ers are great, and the foiling Moths are dramatic, but you can’t beat scale when you’re trying to grab an audience’s attention. Just ask the AC organisers...


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