We should ignore calls to cancel regattas and postpone the America?s Cup, and carry on sailing

On the Wind
PlayStation could have cracked the 700-mile a day barrier, GBR Challenge set up base in Auckland, a record fleet at Les Voiles de St-Tropez and TV?s Big Brother goes to sea

Preece comments
Hints that the GBR Challenge design team have made a breakthrough are worrying Andrew Preece

Letters to the Editor
Qualifications are all very well but there?s no substitute for experience; in praise of La Coruña; and why a cork was confiscated at Gatwick Airport

Christmas aboard? Yule love it!38 Highs and lows of the first leg
At the end of a frustrating first leg, in which winds didn?t materialise and tactics were overshadowed by sheer bad luck, two boats had a ding-dong battle into Cape Town. Matthew Sheahan and Andrew Preece report on the Volvo Ocean Race

Cruising Log
Law changes for yachts visiting St Lucia, Blue Water Round the World Rally leaves Gibraltar; reed boat voyages across South America

Letter from the South Pacific
We welcome back Brian Savage and Colleen Ryan who are exploring little-known islands in the Pacific

Cat?s tales
Catamarans are becoming increasingly popular for charter worldwide. We try out four very different charters to find out why:
Room to swing a cat Space and speed on a Moorings 4500 in the Windward Islands
Cat?s cradle Great platform for novices in the BVI
Cat?s whiskers Lap of luxury on a 65-footer
Cat on hot bricks Thrills and spills of a Hobie 15

For 40 years Britannia dominated Big Class racing but nothing compared with her first river race

Mini maestros
Dismastings, breakages and one sailor lost at sea was the toll among the intrepid single-handers in their 21ft boats on the first leg of the Mini Transat. Nathalie Le Pen reports from Lanzarote

Concepts for cruising
Although it attracted record entries, the Yachting World Design 2000 competition did not produce a clear winner. Andrew Bray explains why and features some of the entries

Nothing rots a boat like being in harbour and when the harbour is 1,000 miles away the problems, and the logistics, mount alarmingly

Leading Edge
Hold the world in your hand with a neat pocket-sized chart plotter from Maptech

What?s new
A closer look at new gear from the Southampton boat show including the seaPro plotter-cum-navigation package, brighter instruments from Simrad and a new type of sailcloth

Reviews of some of the latest books and sailing manuals in time for Christmas

New yachts at Annapolis
We visit the US Sailboat Show to find out what?s hot on the other side of the Pond and discover that 50-footers and deck saloons are holding sway

On test ? Discovery 55
A new bluewater cruiser from a little-known British yard finds a niche in the market between the bespoke elegance of Oyster and the sturdy Moody

David Glenn reports from the Monaco Yacht Show where superyacht builders were nervous in the wake of a threatened economic collapse in the US

Ghost from the past
The beautiful Cambria, the biggest Fife ever built, is sailing again after 68 years. Elaine Bunting traces her history and explains why she has a special link with Yachting World

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