As regulation on the wearing of lifejackets and carrying of safety gear looms...

  • From the Editor
    As regulation on the wearing of lifejackets and carrying of safety gear looms, we find out that some safety gear is not as safe as it’s made out to be

  • On the wind
    Irish rules on lifejackets and drink sailing, the New York Yacht Club celebrates 150 years, Team New Zealand secure America’s Cup funds and the services of Britain’s Ben Ainslie, hairy tales from the Transat and our Round Britain rookie returns from his endurance test – transformed

  • The Snake
    Our new columnists insinuates himself on board a racing yacht and gets his fangs into a typical crew

  • Letters to the Editor
    Match racing is the real thing; don’t forget the little boats at Antigua; latest info on the beautiful islands of Fernando de Noronha

  • Robin Knox-Johnston
    Robin gives a guarded welcome to the Automatic Identification System for ships, but wonders will it make a yachtsman’s voyage safer?

  • Gear
    Online all the time with Thrane & Thrane; watermakers that get you out of a pickle; speakers with style and a bag on a roll

  • The Great Atlantic Gear Test: Part 2
    Our survey of the gear aboard 140 ARC yachts concludes with an close look at watermakers, generators, HF radio and comms equipment.
    Plus we list skippers’ top performers

  • Leading Edge
    A sailing boat that can do 20 knots under engine? A 40-footer has been tested at the Wolfson Unit

  • Yachts
    A boat that can sail itself? Matthew Sheahan sails with Computayacht and finds out how an extraordinary sail-handling package can trim, reef or even tack the sails without a hand on the sheets

  • On test: Bavaria 42 Match
    With this boat the German builder aims to produce a sprightly cruiser-racer with a few home comforts. The test boat had had some racing success, but some alarming modifications had been made

  • On test: Oceanis 373 and 323
    Two new additions to the Bénéteau family

  • Modern Classics: Contessa 32
    The Austin Healey of yachts, the Contessa 32 has always had a fond following of those who love a true sailing boat, says Elaine Bunting

  • Storming to Boston
    One man’s success story was a few other sailors’ disaster movie in this year’s Transat. Mike Golding finally hit top gear after seven lean years to win the Open 60 class in a storm-lashed single-handed transatlantic race, which saw one boat dismasted and another lose her keel. Elaine Bunting reports from the finish in Boston

  • MOB equipment: help or hindrance?
    We tested a number of popular man overboard recovery products and found that in some cases they were more of a hindrance than a help. And some recommended methods of retrieval could not be recommended at all

  • Cleared for landing
    Not for the owner of Tiara and his guests a cold, wet ride in the tender to go aboard, this 178-footer has a helicopter landing pad on the aft deck, the first sailing yacht to have one. David Glenn reports

  • Sea scene
    Five new glossy photographic books landing in the office are a rare treat. We review all five, including a special feature on The Last Great Adventure of Sir Peter Blake, a stunning account of the New Zealand yachtsman’s last voyages on Seamaster

  • Cruising
    Facelift for the Pyes’ Moonraker; a peep aboard Skip Novak’s new Pelagic Australis; 50,000 new boats are built; Coastguard in action drama

  • Great Seamanship
    Uffa’s initiation – Uffa Fox, designer and sailor extraordinaire, made his first transatlantic passage in 1920 aboard a 35ft gaff ketch which his father deemed ‘unbalanced’. It was a nightmare voyage

  • Racing
    With the Olympics fast approaching, we talk to Ben Ainslie and Dean Barker about their campaigns in the Finn, and look and the modern Finn class to find out why it is so demanding

  • Regatta ready
    Cork Week, the Rolex Commodores’ Cup and Skandia Cowes Week follow each other in quick succession from mid-July. To get the best out of the top summer regattas read our tips from local experts on how to cheat the tide and sniff the wind

  • Inside track
    Like Formula One racing cars, grand-prix racers are superbly strong – for what they’re designed for

  • SuperSail
    On a recent tour of Dutch yards, David Glenn found that yards are responding to customers’ demands for slightly smaller yachts with simpler systems

  • Yachts for sale
    1000s of yachts for sale in our brokerage pages

  • Classified ads
    Summer bargains in our classified pages

  • Last word
    Andrew Preece interviews Michel Desjoyeaux