If you get the chance, go there! Andrew Bray is bowled over...

  • From the Editor
    If you get the chance, go there! Andrew Bray is bowled over by the atmosphere of Auckland during the early rounds of the America’s Cup

  • On the wind
    The latest from New Zealand, where Matthew Sheahan is keeping tabs on the hirings and firings, ups and downs of the Louis Vuitton Cup. Plus, Around Alone gets caught in a storm after its first visit to Brixham, VDH goes for a third round the world record attempt and Ainslie and Percy are shortlisted for the World Sailor of the Year award

  • Preece comment
    Radical measures are on the table at the America’s Cup

  • Letters to the Editor
    Pacific cruisers are dodging immigration rules, light boats are not uncomfortable, and simple is best

  • Leading Edge
    The rumours are true: GBR Challenge’s second boat has a tandem keel, but what are the merits of this unusual configuration?

  • Dogwatch
    Damn and ballast! It’s no fun being the off-watch crew on a racing boat

  • Countdown to the Cup
    It all seems familiar, but is there a more competitive edge in Auckland for this America’s Cup?

  • Auckland’s finest
    Andrew Bray gets hooked on America’s Cup racing as he experiences the buzz of New Zealand’s City of Sails during the opening weeks of the series. He gives a flavour of just what it’s like to be there. Meanwhile, Matthew Sheahan is down at the dockside, casting an expert eye over the boats for hints of go-faster design details

  • Cruising Log
    The bizarre mystery of an American basketball star, whose yacht was found empty in Tahiti, checking up on charter yachts and a review of long-term cruisers’ use of lights at sea. Plus latest news and a full entry list for this year’s Atlantic Rally for Cruisers

  • Letter from the Chilean channels
    We welcome back Beth Leonard and her partner Evans Starzinger, who will be sending the next six months’ worth of Letters from this remote and beautiful region at the south-western extremity of South America

  • Ocean Ready: Communications
    In the third part of our series on preparing for a long-term cruise, James Hall guides us through the minefield of communications – should you have satcom, SSB, or a combination of both? Do you need e-mail? The Internet? And how to keep costs down

  • Robin Knox-Johnston
    Advances in weather forecasting has made a vital difference to long-distance racers and cruisers

  • Passage to glory
    This year a French crew managed a historic feat, becoming the first yacht to negotiate the fabled North East Passage north of Russia in one season. Kathy Mansfield describes how they did it, and the modern-day pioneer ice voyager John Gore-Grimes looks at past and present difficulties faced by adventurers hoping to tackle this route

  • Now for something completely different . . .
    Cuba is nothing like the usual Caribbean charter destinations. Sunsail’s new base on the south side of the island opens up 1,500 miles of virgin territory to tempt the adventurous traveller. But, says David Glenn, you must also make time to visit mesmerising Havana

  • What’s New
    New jackets and bibs from Helly Hansen, a Doublesharp super-strong knife to tackle those tough modern ropes, a range of lightweight roll-up inflatables. Plus a selection of goodies suitable for your Christmas stocking, including some electrically heated socks!

  • Books
    We review some of the best large-format books of the year, the Editor looks at Ellen MacArthur’s biography and we compare almanacs

  • New Yachts
    As the Northern Hemisphere boat show season gets underway, we feature some of the new yachts, many custom-built, that are appearing all round the world. Plus a report from the Annapolis Boat Show

  • On test: Grand Soleil 44 Race and Sunbeam 44
    Tim Thomas tests two quite different 44-footers, a new breed of Italian stallion and an Austrian-built bluewater cruiser

  • SuperSail News
    A 150ft sloop comes on the market, Hoeks ancient and modern and a review of the carbon conundrum in Mediterranean racing circles

  • Learning curve
    Alithia is more than a high-performance 130ft cruising yacht; she is also a classroom for the owner’s five children on their world cruise

  • Next month in Yachting World
    Weather by e-mail, rescue off New Zealand and a fond farewell to the halls of Earls Court

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

  • Classified ads
    Seasonal bargains in our classified pages

  • Ellen MacArthur
    In winter Ellen’s thoughts turn to . . . depressions in the Atlantic