The people’s designer – David Thomas talks to Matthew Sheahan about some of the key points in his extraordinarily successful career. The interview took place during a celebration of his work and his 25 year membership of the Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble.
Yachting World’s test of the ‘ultimate fast cruiser’ in the Bahamas, where 20 knot cruising looks easy.
BoatingLocal’s Tom Richardson gets the lowdown on inspecting and maintaining boat moorings from Dave Kaiser and the crew of the Mattapoisett Boatyard.
Team SCA was first past Gibraltar then down the West African coast Dongfeng hit an “object” and destroyed their post rudder. The stopped and replaced it. Abu Dhabi Racing took over the lead. Spanish entry Mapfre had a call from a Spanish Navy warship who launched a RIB to run by the boat as a local “cherr squad.” Of course the navy lads went on to cheer the girls on Team SCA! Dongfeng retained the lead.
The Doldrums are ahead and so is King Neptune. It’s not going to be easy for the fleet to get to the Southern Hemisphere – some tricky days ahead but there’s a good mood across the fleet!
SAIL Magazine and the Boston Sailing Center provide instruction on how to tie a Linesman Loop, also known as an Alpine Butterfly. This knot is useful for lashing things on deck, like a dinghy, as Francois demonstrates here
“If you are determined to be in the sailing game you have to do this Race” – Sir Peter Blake