February 2013

On sale: Wed, 9 Jan 2013

In the February issue: How the speed record was smashed; Ocean Cruising in a new boat; A fast and furious ARC crossing; Cruising in Greece; the Discovery 57 TESTED; and much, much more...

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From the Editor To enjoy an Atlantic crossing you must know what to expect - are you on a race or a rally?

On the Wind New rallies to Rio, North West Passage and the Atlantic at Christmas; shock rudder failure on a Bavaria 50 Cruiser; Sir Keith Mills gains commercial rights to the IMOCA 60 class

Letters Racing yachts in Traffic Separation Schemes - why are some protested and not others?; high road across the Atlantic; 'plane' sailing

Matthew Sheahan looks at a new rigging material developed for oilrigs

Elaine Bunting on the ups and downs of technology on board

Robin Knox-Johnston extols the delights of the Thames Frostbite Race

65.45 knots: how we smashed the glass ceiling Paul Larsen and his Vestas Sailrocket team have blown away the world speed sailing record, but how does this extraordinary machine work and how did they get there?

Ocean cruising: sailing away in a new boat One in four yachts in last year's Atlantic Rally for Cruisers was brand new. Elaine Bunting asks four owners how they short-circuited the shakedown process

We stormed the ARC The Class 40 Vaquita screamed across the Atlantic in 12 days on a northerly route. It's not for the faint hearted, finds Elaine Bunting, and Chris Tibbs looks at the merits of the route

Fast and furious ARC crossing Elaine Bunting met the participants in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers at the finish in Saint Lucia. They reported good winds, hard sailing, breakages and ingenious repairs

Oysters take on the world 28 Oyster yachts head off on a round the world rally to celebrate the British boatbuilder's 40th birthday

World Cruising at the London Show A special feature at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show helps cruisers realise their dreams

Chasing the breeze in Paxos David Glenn spent seven (mostly) windless days on a Moorings 385 cat rediscovering the Ionian islands

Great Seamanship Just Sea & Sky - a young Naval lieutenant sails for New Zealand and gets more adventure than he'd bargained for

On test: Discovery 57 For this ocean cruising special issue we test a true liveaboard cruiser for two days off the South Coast of the UK

New Yachts New for the big blue: the Pogo 50 fast cruiser; the Southerly 535 with a superyacht twist; the modish Lagoon 52 cat

New Gear: Our top 10 for the New Year From Adidas sailing clothing to the tiniest personal locator beacon, we suggest some of our favourite new gear to look out for at the spring boat shows

Gear Focus: downwind sails We use feedback from 217 skippers in our ARC survey to look at downwind sail combinations for an ocean crossing, from twin poled-out headsails to specialist Parasailors

Performance Matthew Sheahan meets a famous yacht in a new guise: Opposition was formerly Morning Cloud II and was actively raced by a Prime Minister in office. Plus: 5 tips for faster foils

Supersail A new type of carbon fast cruiser: the Baltic 116 Custom. Plus expansion plans for Pendennis are part of a Falmouth masterplan

One Amazing Day Charles Dunstone is generous with Rolex watches

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