In this Issue: September 2012

Sailing World's September 2012 issue features weather mark tactics, Class 40 racing, and the future of the Volvo Ocean Race.
Sailing World cover September 2012

SW September 2012 cover

Groupama4 maintains a risky and blistering pace during the closing miles of Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race, an effort that earned them the race’s overall trophy. Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team/ Volvo Ocean Race

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Long Odds
A new American circuit for Class 40 sailors has the international doublehanded crowd’s full attention. The challenge will be to keep it.
By Tim Zimmerman, photos by Billy Black

Risk and Repercussions
Two thousand miles, one big storm, and 24 hours of knockdown, risk-it-all madness determined the winner of the Volvo Ocean Race.
By Dave Reed, with Bruce Gain


Tech Review
New Boats
Demanding dramatic changes for the next Volvo Ocean Race, stakeholders ushered in a 65-foot one-design, bringing an end to the developmental edge of ocean racing’s pinnacle event.

From the Experts
Avoid laylines, keep your air clear, and be aggressive, says Stuart Walker in his soup-to-nuts debrief of weather mark approaches.

Steve Hunt simplifies your next race with 11 easy-to-remember tricks to get you starting well and staying fast.


Dick Rose explores the nuances of obstructions and marks when they’re elements of the starting line.

**Columns **
Editor’s Letter
Starting Line
Jobson Report
Gaining Bearing
Ask Dr. Crash