Leader The world is a smaller place without Sir Peter Blake-
the Editor introduces our 11-page special tribute
 Sir Peter Blake
Whitbread supremo, Jules Verne speedster, environmental campaigner, America’s Cup hero – without doubt, Peter Blake was one of the greatest all-round sailing talents the world has seen. We pay tribute to the extraordinary career of a New Zealander who inspired a generation of sailors
 Ellen joins the nation’s sporting heroes
Ellen Macarthur puts sailing on the map at the BBC TV Sports Personality of the Year Awards, taking second place and ranging herself alongside football’s David Beckham and Michael Owen
 Letters to the Editor
Arguments in the River Orwell mooring case; container danger; two ice adventurers and a reader asks are deck saloons right for the Tropics?
Faced with a flourish of the latest in pocket ironmongery, Passmore’s trusty lockspike is outgunned
 Flat out in the Southern Ocean
There were dramas aplenty in Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race as 24-hour records tumbled, emergency medical supplies were dropped and the skipper of Amer Sports One was carried ashore on a stretcher. Matthew Sheahan and Andrew Preece report
 Who says it’s a milk-run?
This year’s Atlantic Rally for Cruisers was no easy crossing for Andrew Bray’s Firefly, with high winds, big seas and a number of breakages. He describes a rumbustious ARC and transatlantic tyro Duncan Kent looks back on his first crossing
 Cruising Log
Skipper is killed as his yacht is run down by a tow; disabled sailor Trevor Jones rethinks his voyage. Plus, a special review of the costs of crossing the Pacific
 Letter from the South Pacific
Savage and Ryan visit tiny Wallis Island which has a Polynesian king but a French commissioner
 So you want to sail for a living?
It sounds ideal – doing what you love and getting paid for it. There are many avenues to explore, from flotilla skipper to sailing instructor to luxury yacht crew. Tim Thomas talks to professional sailors about the ways in, and gets the lowdown on salaries and qualifications