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From the Editor How to inspire the next generation of sailors
On the Wind 29-year-old François Gabart romps home to win the Vendée Globe in record time; Fastnet Race sells out in 24 hours; European Yacht of the Year announced; great cruising awards
Letters The art of sheltered sailing; Irish home from home; why a re-enactment can’t replicate the real thing; what to do with waste boats
Matthew Sheahan Are America's Cup boats likely to use their foils?
Elaine Bunting Who would go to Cape Horn looking for bad weather?
Robin Knox-Johnston Why sailors are looked on as gladiators in France
A family adventure With two children under four and another on the way, Somira Sao and her partner went cruising - across the Southern Ocean in a Finot-designed Open 40. It was 'nothing out of the ordinary'
Confessions of the circumnavigators Read this before you go world cruising - or, on second thoughts, don't. Crews in the World ARC come clean to Elaine Bunting about maintenance, money and crew harmony
Wilderness in widescreen A last-minute change of plan led Ruth Gerritse and Mark van't Woud to explore the deepest fjords and emptiest anchorages of Norway. It was a revelation
Work of genius Integrity looks every inch the classic yacht, but appearances can be deceptive. This gentleman's cutter was drawn and built by a man who knew nothing about boats just a few years ago
Great Seamanship In Broken Water - long before he became known as a publisher of ocean racing books, Adlard Coles went cruising along the Dutch/German coast in a tiny 20ft engineless sloop
On test: Advanced Yachts 66 Our Boat Test Editor Toby Hodges is tempted into raptures by this beautiful new Italian design. But does she sail as well as she looks?
On test: Hanse 415 We look at an economical family cruiser that was shortlisted for European Yacht of the Year
New Yachts Marrying sail and power, the Friendship Surfari 53 aims to create a 'new genre of yachting'. Plus a Kiwi canting keel racer and a 'fluid' design from an inspired Polish naval architect
New Gear Hard hats for the yachtsman, including the new Gecko Sailing Cap; a dedicated AIS set with wi-fi; a versatile fender; Harken white Radial winches; Lewmar's budget anchor
Gear Focus: lifejackets Our test of 12 popular models in the RNLI pool highlights some vital issues to consider when buying a lifejacket. Mike Owen presents his in-depth report
Cruising: The kit that saved a boat Elaine Bunting was astonished by the £500 equipment that saved a catamaran from sinking. In fact, so good was the repair, the boat sailed 850 miles to the nearest yard
Performance Matthew Sheahan picks out three hot new racers for the 2013 season: the Xp 33, Archambault 27 and Saphire. Plus: 5 tips for pre-season troubleshooting - riggers offer expert advice
Supersail J watching - will the J Class come back to Britain this year? Sadly not, but they have a great summer of regattas for up to seven Js
One Amazing Day Kos Evans takes a plunge on a risky photo shoot