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On the wind
Ellen MacArthur, Mike Golding and Alex Bennett star in the drama of the Transat Jacques Vabre, a 5,000-mile race across the Atlantic for 60ft tris, Open 60s and 50s. Plus Ellen’s long list of awards and breakages among Volvo and America’s Cup boats

Preece comments
The Volvo Ocean Race is turning out to be a fascinating tactical contest but why so few entries?

Letters to the Editor
Remembering Cambria as a ketch in the Caribbean, problems of using high-tech materials in a restoration and a reminder of the dangers of high-speed ferries

If the boot fits . . . Remember those yellow wellies?

Now the challenge begins
As the novelty of a British challenge for the America’s Cup wears off and the GBR Challenge team are installed in Auckland, New Zealand, Andrew Preece takes a realistic look at their prospects in the challenge ahead

Win a holiday in New Zealand
A superb two-week holiday in a selection of New Zealand lodges, plus a chance to sail with the GBR Challenge, is on offer in this ‘7,000 competition66

Cruising Log
Elaine Bunting reports from the start of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers where 220 adventurers set out for
St Lucia, among them our Editor Andrew Bray

Letter from the South Pacific
Brian Savage and Colleen Ryan visit Samoa

Beneath the Blue Planet
The BBC’s acclaimed TV series The Blue Planet offered a fascinating insight into life beneath the waves, but for Kit Rogers and Jessie Lane it meant a new boat, specially adapted for wildlife filming and four months’ work in the Atlantic and the Med

Club rules from 1735 at the Royal Cork Yacht Club

When a charter goes wrong
On a charter with skipper and crew you expect to be able to relax and leave the decisions to them but, as Elaine Bunting found out in Greece, that is not always the case. Plus Tim Thomas finds out how you can be sure there are safe hands on the helm

Mini mission accomplished
The greatest emotion was that of relief at the end of the 2,900-mile second leg of the Transat 6,50 for 25ft Minis. Nathalie Le Pen reports from Brazil

A difficult last leg to the Canary Islands for the Editor’s yacht en route to the ARC

Leading Edge
How a ‘people-dryer’ could get you home and dry102 London Boat Show planner
Your guide to the 2002 Earls Court show, plus full list of exhibitors and Show plans

What’s new
A selection of the latest gear seen at Europe’s top marine trade show, some of the gear you can find at the London show and a few ideas for those last-minute Christmas presents

New yachts
Sailing the Truly Classic 65 and a cat with a racetrack, specially designed for disabled sailor Mike Browne

Supercharged ‘Open’ 40s
Elaine Bunting looks at some of the likely entries for Around Alone, including a new breed of 40-footers

On test – Swan 45
A radical change of direction for Nautor with their new Swan 45

On test – Bavaria 44
A 44-footer for ‘79,500 ex VAT? How do they do that?

David Glenn reports from Monaco and Fort Lauderdale on some unusual designs for superyachts

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