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From the Editor
The world’s oldest sporting trophy is beginning to look very tarnished

On the Wind
How did it come to this? Matthew Sheahan on the latest America’s Cup fiasco; Barcelona sends off the World Race in style; we test the first SolOceans one-design across the Channel

Reality TV at sea? It would be like watching paint dry . . .

Is the ‘cottage industry’ approach to boatbuilding creating risky keels? Who would sponsor the America’s Cup now?

Robin Knox-Johnston
British sailors are top Olympic medal hopes, so why isn’t the media crowing?

Moment in The Times
Edward Gorman remembers Ben Ainslie going for Gold in the final race at the Athens Olympics

DAME Award winners from the Marine Equipment Trade Show in Amsterdam

The beleaguered boat show
Preview of the London Show at ExCeL

Leading Edge
A black box recorder for ships

Three from Jaudenes/Theys; a traditional daysailer; gritty M45. Plus: news from America’s premier sailboat show in Annapolis

On test: Oyster 655 and MD35
We try out a stylish world-girdler from British builder Oyster and a smart new one-design day racer from MD in New Zealand

Keels – the ultimate failure
Are keel failures becoming more commonplace, or are the ones that hit the headlines just isolated cases? Matthew Sheahan investigates why keels fall off and what the industry is doing about it

Adrift for 9 days
When the keel fell off their 54-footer in the Indian Ocean in September 2007, two Italian crew spent nine days drifting in their liferaft. Many ships passed close by before they were finally rescued

Life begins at 40
The Class 40 is a growing phenomenon. In last year’s Transat Jacques Vabre it was where all the action concentrated – and it’s a class that is attracting a number of amateur sailors. Plus: picture round-up of the TJV

Pendennis comes of age
It’s the 20th birthday of this Falmouth yard, a new 95-footer is launched and a £7 million development is nearly complete. David Glenn looks back over 20 eventful years

Padstow lifeboat crew award for rescue; abandoned ARC yacht found in the Azores; gang sentenced in yacht drugs bust; Russian adventurer on fifth circumnavigation

Great Seamanship
Frank Mulville is stuck at the top of his mast

The first China Cup shows the country’s determination to get involved in sailing. Plus: Racing Rules – the Proper Course

Going for Gold
Row over the choice of yachts for the 2012 Games

Submarines, machine guns, Steinway pianos finished as a Chris Craft motor boat – all this and much more from the Fort Lauderdale boat show

One Amazing Day
Bob Bitchin encounters a rogue wave off Hawaii and learns the difference between an ordeal and an adventure