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From the Editor
The Fife designs of a century ago were probably the Speedboats of their day

On the Wind
Cork Week with dolphins – a cracking regatta; talking the TP52 talk with the owner of Artemis; X-41s make a bold start at the X-Yachts Gold Cup; tribute to “Tack now, skipper” Owen Parker

Metric convergence makes your boat look smaller

Feedback from our Great Atlantic Gear Test; RYA confirmation on sailing knives; Australia missing the boat?

Robin Knox-Johnston
Preparing new crew for safe sailing

Moment in The Times
Ben Ainslie’s fight to the finish at the Athens Olympics after disqualification

Wireless anchor controller; hands-free MOB alert; tested: Garmin touchscreens

40 years young
Southampton Boat Show celebrates its 40th birthday with a wealth of boats on show. We preview the newcomers

Leading Edge
Stress is a big issue on racing boats. A new thermal imaging device should reveal hidden problems

Sporting Swan 60 for Med sailing; Van de Stadt bluewater cruiser; top tenders

On Test: Xc 45 /Southerly 32 & 38
An X for cruising? X-Yachts branch out with their new Xc 45. Plus: another yard looking for changes are Northshore, bucking the recessionary trend with a successful formula for their new Southerlies

On shore
Fashion planning for late season Med regattas

Minding my peaks and jiggers
David Glenn joins the crew of Altair for the Fife Regatta in the Clyde and realises why superyachts have gone push-button. But to sail in this beautiful fleet was worth the hard graft

Speedboat raises a storm
You don’t know what it’s really like to sail a 99ft supermaxi built for records until you’ve taken her offshore for the night. Matthew Sheahan gets nervous in a ferocious squall aboard Speedboat

Perinis with attitude
Two new superyachts from Perini Navi that belie the Italian yard’s staid and traditional image

Wave-powered across the Pacific; pack ice ejects expedition yacht; easy way to get to Scotland

Just add water
A great way to enjoy the wilderness on our doorstep that is the West Coast of Scotland is the Classic Malts Cruise, says Elaine Bunting

Great Seamanship
Unwelcome rescue. Frank Carr spurns the advances of the Caister lifeboat in 1934

Performance World
The Rolex Commodores’ Cup provides the best in Corinthian sailing, says Tim Jeffery; a Russian Yngling contender’s battle to get to the Olympics.
Boat of the month: Oystercatcher XXVI

Going for Gold
How algae blooms have messed with training

President Kennedy’s favourite yacht is rebuilt; all-carbon 100 -footers from Shipman

Yachts for sale

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One Amazing Day
Russell Coutts on America’s Cup glory