Yachting World cover December 2014

Volvo one-design racers in close combat on the first leg to Cape Town
Fast monohull built to smash records
David Thomas, a prolific designer

New gear and yachts 
On test: Rustler 37 – is this traditional cruiser your cup of tea?
New yachts: Finot-Conq fast cruiser, Neo 400 racer-cruiserNew gear: Lighter, cleaner fuel cell. Tested: Velocitek tactical compass

Special Report: detailed advice on laying up abroad
Bluewater Techniques: Coping with squalls

Bart’s Bash: Matthew Sheahan takes part in the world’s biggest race
Boat of the month: Swuzzlebubble, a half tonner reborn for racing glory
Five tips: Bowman’s signals

From the editor
Matthew Sheahan
Skip Novak
Great seamanship
Yachts for sale
Classified advertisements
One amazing day

December 2014 cover picture
Heading off into the blue – an Oceanis 55 from Beneteau
Photo: Gilles Martin Raget