On sale 14 March, the April 2019 issue of Yachting World finds out why the J/99 could be a serious challenger on the burgeoning double-handed racing circuit, and takes an in-depth look at the Golden Globe Race – how masterful French skipper Jean-Luc Van Den Heede won, and what lessons are there to be learned from the ‘retro’ concept race?


The exploits of intrepid voyagers gain official recognition

A broken rudder ends Spindrift 2’s round the world record bid 

Beneteau riding high on booming yacht sales and new launches

SailGP gets off to a flying start with its first event in Sydney


Ultimate survival

What lessons are there to be learned from the ‘retro’ Golden Globe Race? Helen Fretter reports

Feel the strain

The Caribbean 600 is no tropical jaunt; it’s a dramatic race that tests every crew, as Pip Hare discovered when competing

Hard aground

When cruising guru Nigel Calder grounded in the swirling entrance to a river, the rudder was so badly damaged he might have sunk

Cruising into the crisis

Nicaragua is a country racked by protest and unrest, yet is also welcoming and full of beautiful surprises

New boats and gear

Thrills for two

The new J/99 is a versatile and exciting 32ft offshore speedster that targets the double-handed racing circuit

New yachts for 2019

The latest launches seen at Düsseldorf

Automatic parking

Docking assistance technology for yachts – plus other new gear

Practical features

Special report

Will Bruton on training for emergencies

Extraordinary boats

Fabulous F50 foiling catamaran

Navigation briefing

Tips for navigating close to rocks

Masterclass with Pip Hare

How to deal with a grounding

5 tips

Sam Goodchild on preparation for offshore sailing


The new J/99 offshore speedster as tested by Pip Hare in this issue.

Photo by Richard Langdon