Capable Cat

A one-eyed dog and its owners take on the American Great Loop aboard an Aquila 44. All photos courtesy of April and Larry Smith. Capable Cat Aquila 44 A liveaboard couple discovers that cruising the Great Loop is even more comfortable on a catamaran. For most of their adult lives, April and Larry Smith had […]

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World’s coolest yachts: Olympus Photo

We ask top sailors and marine industry gurus to choose the coolest and most innovative yachts of our times. Guillaume Verdier nominates Olympus Photo “The late Mike Birch’s Olympus Photo, designed and built by Walter Greene, sits at the root of all modern multis,” says Verdier. “Mike and his boat began the legend of the […]

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Can the America’s Cup make great TV?

The long-rumoured America’s Cup TV series has some great talent behind it – but will the arcane world of the ‘Auld Mug’ ever have blockbuster appeal, asks Toby Heppell ? A long-rumoured America’s Cup TV series now looks set to be going ahead with a top-level studio and producers onboard. But will a docu-series drive […]

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DutchCraft to Launch Electric Catamaran Dayboat

PHOTO COURTESY OF DUTCHCRAFT The builder behind the all-electric, carbon-fibre DC25 monohull is back with its first unit of the DC25 e-cat, set to be launched this month. “The DC25 e-cat is the culmination of our search for an environmentally clean and exceptionally efficient electric dayboat that is rugged and adaptable enough to suit a […]

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How to follow the Route du Rhum 2022

The Route du Rhum will start this weekend, 6 November 2022 and will see 138 skippers take to the startline in a variety of classes hoping for victory The Route du Rhum is one of the biggest solo offshore races in the world, and will see 138 singlehanded competitors take to the startline in Saint-Malo, […]

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Route du Rhum skipper: Pip Hare

As the 2022 Route du Rhum approaches, we take a look at some of the top names set to compete in the race. James Devoy looks at Pip Hare’s chances Richard Langdon/Ocean Images /Pip Hare Ocean Racing Pip Hare is a British professional sailor and has been for 25 years. Despite a long and distinguished […]

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Route du Rhum skipper: Boris Herrmann

As the 2022 Route du Rhum approaches, we take a look at some of the top names set to compete in the race. Toby Heppell looks at Boris Herrmann’s chances Few are the non-French sailors that have managed to make a name for themselves in the IMOCA 60 fleet, but German-born Boris Herrmann is just […]

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Route du Rhum skipper: Yannick Bestaven

As the 2022 Route du Rhum approaches, we take a look at some of the top names set to compete in the race. Toby Heppell looks at Yannick Bestaven’s chances Maitre Coq, skipper Yannick Bestaven (FRA), is pictured with the trophy after the 2020 Vendee Globe. Photo: Jean-Louis Carli/Alea/Maitre Coq) #FR# LES SABLES D’OLONNE, FRANCE […]

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Route du Rhum skipper: Paul Meilhat

As the 2022 Route du Rhum approaches, we take a look at some of the top names set to compete in the race. Toby Heppell looks at Paul Meilhat’s chances Paul Meilhat was the winner of the IMOCA 60 class in the last Route du Rhum back in 2018 having been forced to retire from […]

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Route du Rhum skipper: Damien Seguin

As the 2022 Route du Rhum approaches, we take a look at some of the top names set to compete in the race. Toby Heppell looks at Damien Seguin’s chances There are a variety of usual routes into the world of offshore shorthanded sailing. The skills needed to make a successful solo racer are suitably […]

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Route du Rhum skipper: Romain Attanasio

As the 2022 Route du Rhum approaches, we take a look at some of the top names set to compete in the race. Toby Heppell looks at Romain Attanasio’s chances Nothing about Romain Attanasio’s early life indicated that he might end up a solo offshore yacht racer. He was born to a skiing family in […]

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Route du Rhum skipper: Alan Roura

As the 2022 Route du Rhum approaches, we take a look at some of the top names set to compete in the race. Toby Heppell looks at Alan Roura’s chances Swiss-born sailor, Alan Roura already has two Vendée Globe races to his name. He participated in his first, the 2016-17 edition of the event, when […]

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Route du Rhum skipper: Louis Burton

As the 2022 Route du Rhum approaches, we take a look at some of the top names set to compete in the race. Toby Heppell looks at Louis Burton’s chances Louis Burton shot to Vendée Globe fame when he sailed across the line of the 2020-21 Vendée Globe in 2nd place in his 2012 IMOCA […]

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