YW Editor Andrew Bray sea trials his innovative Rob Humphrey’s YW H42.

ed's boat

18 hours in the water!

YW interview with Petter Noreng who fell overboard from his yacht in mid-Atlantic and was finally saved after his rescuers had come within yards of him several times and failed to spot him


The Race –

we analyse the form of the runners and riders for this decade’s greatest yachting phenomenon.



Vessel tracking –

new equipment is coming onto the market to enable friends and family to keep track of your yacht’s movements via the WWW.


Groupe Finot –

well known for their radical Open 60s, less well known for the 29 yachts they have designed for Bénéteau. This French design team are now looking at using unstayed wingmasts and carbon fibre construction for a new generation of fast cruising yachts.

America’s Cup:

a day in the life of Johnny Smullen, shore crew for Team Dennis Conner and yachting journalist Suzanne McFadden


New gear:

ICS Globalstar satphone, TBS Michel Desjoyeaux shoes, Henri Lloyd Rapid breathing gear, Pains Wessex Lifesmoke and Grab Bag, Spectra watermaker; KVH Azimuth GyroTrac, Raytheon Ray 106E and latest Pathfinder radar; small craft charts

  • New boats from Hamburg: Baltic 60, Dubbel & Jesse Nordsee 47, Bavaria 51

  • PLUS:
  • – Our report on the devastation caused in the Caribbean by Hurricane Lenny
  • – Josh Belsky from on board America One in the Louis Vuitton Cup
  • – Andrew Preece on the America’s Cup
  • – Alex Thomson on the Transat Jacques Vabre