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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?
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
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
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