She's only 28 but in ten short years she has achieved more than any other British

    Beat that!
    She?s only 28 but in ten short years she has achieved more than any other British offshore sailor. Ellen MacArthur became the country?s darling when she beat the round the world solo record on 7 February


  • Making of a heroine
    From schoolgirl to solo superstar, we chart Ellen?s progress in her sailing career


  • Going for the record
    It looked almost impossible after Francis Joyon made his incredible time only a year ago. But they had all reckoned without Ellen?s dedication and determination. Elaine Bunting charts her voyage


  • Right tool for the job
    B&Q was created specifically for Ellen and her record attempts. Matthew Sheahan talks to Nigel Irens and Ellen?s technical team about the boat and the problems she encountered en route


  • Mission Control
    Behind every great woman is a great man! We meet Mark Turner and his Offshore Challenges team who masterminded the project from onshore


  • The price of fame
    Something like 80,000 words of media coverage were generated by Ellen?s success. Elaine Bunting analyses the analysis

  • From the Editor
    We haven?t heard the last of Ellen MacArthur yet

  • On the wind
    Orange 2 peels off the miles in her crewed round the world record attempt; Volvo stopovers and dates announced; Global Challenge third leg win; Yachting World sponsors Antigua Sailing Week

  • Mongoose
    Bad days for solo sailors ? new insights

  • Letters
    Hats off to Fastrack; it?s cheaper in the Med; Life after Hurricane Ivan; compass calls

  • Robin Knox-Johnston
    There are lessons yachtsmen can learn from the Asian tsunami

  • Gear
    Cool carbon bike; bargain electronics; delicious rum recipes; high-tech undies; tank-free scuba

  • Leading Edge
    On a wing and a prayer ? a new-look soft wingsail controlled by a Renault 5 disc brake could lead to more efficient and faster sailing

  • Yachts
    Last-ditch UK bid to build a VOR70; a smart Swedish cruiser; the Corby 29 is produced in Poland and more Polish connections with the Sunreef 74

  • On test: the X-factor
    With five new models and more to come, Danish yard X-Yachts have changed virtually their entire range. We test the latest models, the X-40 and X-37

  • Modern Classics: the J/35
    A life-saver during a troubled time for J Boats, the J/35 became the most popular US one-design cruiser-racer ever. Jonty Sherwill reports

  • Riou bravo!
    As ?L?Inconnu? Vincent Riou wins the Vendée Globe, there is drama behind him as Britain?s Mike Golding loses his keel yet still manages to sail over the finish line. Elaine Bunting reports on the finish of the world?s toughest single-handed race

  • The magic of Galapagos
    The ?Enchanted Isles? have lost none of their enchantment for Tom Zydler who returns to the archipelago in his boat to explore the volcanic islands and enjoy the wildlife

  • Tracy?s quest
    ?It?s the hardest thing I?ve ever done,? said Tracy Edwards of her organisation of the Oryx Quest round the world race. So it was with relief that she watched four giant maxi-multis set off from Qatar

  • Lightweight and luxurious
    Baltic Yachts combined expertise in weight-saving with an eye for traditional luxury in their new 141ft Canica ? and the sauna?s not bad either

  • Cruising
    Morocco drugs arrest ? crew beware; Croatia?s new law hampers cruisers; Portugal cashes in on yachtsmen. Plus: report on pirated chart software

  • Stay healthy at sea
    Cruisers Brian Savage and Colleen Ryan examine the health concerns of long-term sailors, from medical kit to malaria, bug bites to sunstroke

  • Great Seamanship
    The first solo circumnavigator, Joshua Slocum, has a hallucinatory experience in a storm off the Azores

  • Racing
    The root of all evil? Why have so many canting keels broken in the last few months? Matthew Sheahan and Elaine Bunting investigate

  • Inside Track
    Is an Open 60 keel only there to hang the bulb on?

  • SuperSail
    The restored 1920s classic Lulworth; amazing motor yacht with a glass pool; PBO, wonder rigging, awaits Germanisher Lloyd approval

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  • Last word
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