Active survival
How do you define seaworthiness? asks Andrew Bray

On the wind
We report on the results of the Sydney-Hobart Race inquiry, plus all about the eclipse and will your GPS stop working on 21 August 1999?

Letters to the Editor
More on stability; and are yachtsmen discriminated against?

A boat to die for – or should that be ‘on’?

Cowes – the future?
Skandia Life Cowes Week is looking good for the millennium. David Glenn talks to CCC director

COVER STORY – The maxi factor
Up to 12 maxis will be racing at Cowes this year. James Boyd reviews the ILC maxi fleet and Tim Thomas gets hooked on racing the Maxi Ones

COVER STORY – The art of Beken of Cowes
We raid the archives of the world’s best-known name in marine photography to bring you these stunning images of over a century of yachting

Cruising Log
Southampton Met Office to close, historic Colin Archer yacht raised, ciguatera test kit

Letter from the Mediterranean
Tony Collingridge completes his Black Sea cruise and returns to the Mediterranean

Trysails: do we need them?
At a time when many cruising yachtsmen are questioning the need for trysails, it is a racing fleet, the Sydney-Hobart, which proves their worth

The bigger they are . . . Bob Fisher relates an incident involving one of the world’s highest profile ships

e-mail on board – part 2
Practical solutions for e-mail users afloat, both coastal using the GSM system and offshore with satellites

Win a handheld e-mail kit
Psion Series 5 palmtop and Ericsson SH888 mobile phone to be won

Where yachtsmen fear to tread
For years Syria and Lebanon have been off limits for cruising yachtsmen. Now the East Mediterranean Rally is changing all that. James Boyd joins the fleet

America’s Cup 2000
Wing masts in the America’s Cup? PJ Montgomery reports from Auckland

Sail of the Century
Typhoon Princess on passage between Panama and the Galapagos Islands

Racing round-up
Do professional sailors encroach on amateur territory and snap up the silverware? Plus: runners and riders in the Champagne Mumm Admiral’s Cup

It doesn’t get tighter than this
Needle sharp racing as crews dodge through the rocks of Brittany in the Tour de Bretagne

Forty two
An innovative mainsheet system on the Editor’s YW H42 in build

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Leading edge
How soon will fuel cells appear on boats?

What’s new
Complete ocean going radio station, low power lighting, an end to mast leaks, Raytheon radar tested

New yachts
Oyster 62, Swan 112, AeroRigged S&S 65, Trintella 59

On test – Three in one