Matthew Sheahan

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Boats

Return of the J Class yacht

J Class yachts, which reigned supreme in the 1930s, are making a thrilling comeback, with restorations, newbuilds and the biggest fleet the class has ever seen appearing in the 2017 America’s Cup. Matthew Sheahan charts a return to glory
Boats

Changes ahoy in the America’s Cup

Britain’s America’s Cup team is attracting unprecedented support from heavyweights including former McLaren CEO Martin Whitmarsh and Michael Grade, as well as Cup veteran and Olympics guru Keith Mills. What has been the catalyst, asks Matthew Sheahan, as Cup fans look ahead to the World Series in Portsmouth
Boats

Yacht consultant Brad Butterworth

Brad Butterworth’s America’s Cup wins have positioned him at the forefront of a new class of sailing consultant serving a client pool with a growing appetite for privately funded grand-prix racing boats and superyachts. Matthew Sheahan reports
Boats

The foil force

Last year Paul Larsen broke the world speed sailing record three times. Matthew Sheahan reports on how his craft’s unconventional hydrofoil technology could change the course of design for the entire boating world
Sport

It's a shore thing

Olympic sailing entertains its first paying audience next month, as the sport reaches out to a wider public with races closer to land and next-gen media coverage. But not everyone is on board. Matthew Sheahan reports.
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Sport

Sailors of the century

The British sailing team has been on a roll since 2000, with an impressive haul of Olympic medals, including nine golds. But the pressure on the ‘golden generation’ and their successors to perform again at next year’s Games is higher than ever. Matthew Sheahan reports.
Sport

Fair winds ahead?

After the 33rd America’s Cup spiralled into a bitter battle between two billionaire boating behemoths, can the competition regain its sporting reputation? Matthew Sheahan reports.
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