December 2009

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An Antarctica spectacular with stunning pictures by Thijs Heslenfeld plus a special report from the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis...

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From the Editor
Is the America’s Cup turning into a farce?

On the Wind
Two experienced racers lost off Australia; Volvo Ocean Race cuts budgets with new Open 70 rule; can no one bang heads together at the America’s Cup?; J Class Rainbow in build in Holland

The Walrus
Don’t worry about our fitness – we go out there to sail in a pleasantly sedentary way

Letters
What can Mike Perham do for an encore?; hope for BP to sponsor sailing

Robin Knox-Johnston
Cowes-Torbay at 50 knots! A new experience

Gear
Raymarine multifunction units; collapsible yacht cradles; multi-unit viewing software; breathable smock from Gill

News from Annapolis

Leading Edge
A tantalisingly simple answer to the deployment and retrieval of a spinnaker

Yachts
Special report from the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis; focus on the lovely Morris 52ft dayboat and the new ‘café racer’ Available

European Yacht of the Year
We detail the 25 new models shortlisted for this year’s prestigious award

On test: SUPER 60s – Swan 60
Nautor are hoping to find a niche in the popular 60ft market with a ‘cruising’ Swan with a sparkling performance. But is she just a little too hot to handle?

SUPER 60s – Contest 62CS
A voluminous and powerful bluewater cruiser with oodles of style and substance

Cold
Evocative photo journalism from the wilds of the Antarctic. Pictures by Thijs Heslenfeld and log extracts from captain Klaas Gaastra

How the West was won
A summer staycation in Devon and Cornwall was just the ticket to entertain and instruct a teenage crew in the art of tidal navigation – with idyllic harbours and real ales thrown in

Cruising
Customs stop and search raids worry the RYA; marine investigators criticise teenage solo sailor; educating children on board

Great Seamanship
When an Aussie gets his back up there’s no stopping him. How John Bertrand and crew nursed Australia II to glory in the 1983 Cup

Performance World
It pays to recycle – John Corby describes how he can make his old designs better than ever with a chainsaw crash diet. Boat of the Month: 80ft maxi Beau Geste. Rules: roll tacking

SuperSail
Why oh Why? Wally and Hermès combine to produce a futuristic powerboat

Yachts for sale

Classified ads

One Amazing Day
Paul Larsen on a flyer with Vestas Sailrocket

Yacht Race Pictures

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