Ellen - a new sailing sensation


Bravo Ellen! When did sailing ever attract so many column inches in the press?

Ellen – a new sailing sensation
She captured the hearts of the British and French public and moved the notoriously cynical British press to waves of eulogy on her achievements. But when all the hype has died down, what has Ellen MacArthur’s success in the Vendée Globe meant to her and to British sailing? How did she manage to do it? In this 16-page special, we look at the hard work behind the heroismEXCLUSIVESailing Kingfisher home
Technical Editor Matthew Sheahan was one of the three-man crew to leap aboard Kingfisher a day after the Vendée finish to sail her home to Britain. He learned first hand what it’s like to sail one of these powerful machines

On the wind
New UK boat tax threatened – the RYA fights back; startline collision of two BT Challenge boats

Letters to the Editor
Why do British boats come out on top in Boat Tests?

Keep your old flares, they could come in handy

Heroes of the North
In the second part of our feature on high latitudes pioneers we head to the Arctic and look at explorers who have sailed to the ice in search of adventure:A potted history of Arctic sailing, from the Vikings to John Gore-Grimes, by Tom CunliffeTrespassers on Ostrov Viktoriya
Gore-Grimes succeeds in his third attempt to reach Franz Josef Land, defying Russian authoritiesIn the Tilman tradition
Climbing in Greenland with Bob SheptonFitting out for high latitudes
Beth Leonard finds out from the experts how to go about refitting for cold water sailing

Cruising Log
Concerns over ship watchkeeping, investigating Greek taxes and city sailing in SydneyLetter from the Caribbean
Climb the Quill on Statia with Chris Doyle and find out how to build a boat for less than a 3ft model

Channel surfing in the German Bight
Not pure Riddle of the Sands but a close-run thing. Peter Cumberlidge explores the channels and islands of the German Frisian chain and finds things have changed a little since the days of the Dulcibella

For Sayula II, winner of the first Whitbread Round the World Race, it wasn’t all plain sailing

Andrew Bray plans some cool tactics for the Tropics

Racing Round-up
One-designs on a roll at Key West and Adrian Stead talks about the British America’s Cup effort

Xtreme sailing
Transatlantic record-breaking run by Bernard Stamm

Leading Edge
Jean-Marie Finot, doyen of Open 60 design, had some radical ideas for a speed machine 12 years ago

What’s New
The latest in Navtex equipment, remote computers for racing navigators, a new type of lifeboat and Weather Wizard for analysing Internet information

New Yachts
A new Ker one-design built for speed, a 40-footer for solo round the world racing, stylish Spanish 46-footer

Best of Boot 2001
We comb the halls of the Düsseldorf Boat Show

Roaring 40s
Matthew Sheahan finds out why the Farr 40 is fast becoming the grand-prix one-design to be seen in

Royal Huisman is working on three superb classics

Why Ranger?
The Super J Ranger was built solely to win the 1937 America’s Cup. She was not beautiful and was scrapped in 1941 so why are so many replicas planned?

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1000s of yachts in our brokerage pages

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Boat bits and bargains, courses and charters

Robin Knox-Johnston
How many modern boats have a really strong cleat for the anchor chain or for a tow if necessary?