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From the Editor
It’s a great time for online sailors

On the Wind
Teenager Mike Perham leaves on a solo round the world attempt, Volvo Ocean race dramas, the new Olympic women’s class and a storm hits Mallorca

Let battle commence
The world’s toughest yacht race lives up to its name, with a baptism of fire in the Bay of Biscay

Is the youngest around the world bid naive, and a metric challenge

Robin Knox-Johnston
Sir Robin delves into ColRegs

A moment in the Times
Tracy Edwards’s unhappy foray into round the world race management

Design awards for a hybrid engine, blocks, phones and a new antifouling device

London Boat Show preview
What, where and when plus a handful of new boats to look forward to

Leading Edge
Would you trust a computer program to predict your survival time in the water?

New yachts with a transatlantic accent from the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis

On test: Finngulf 43 & Arcona 43
Two sporty 43-footers from Scandinavia are put through their paces

Our 17-knot blast aboard the Shipman 80

Day dream believers
Eight superb daysailers, including the Wally Nano, are a welcome return to purist sailing

Review: Shipman 80
Cruising at 17 knots on this lightweight 80-footer from a go-ahead Slovenian yard

Insurance needed for cruising Chagos; more violence in Venezuela; yacht drugs bust; and cruising scion Hal Roth remembered

Ready for smooth sailing: ARC 2008
Well prepared crews primed for an adventure are escaping the credit crunch

Great Seamanship
Skip Novak’s amazing Whitbread Race in 1989/90 with Fazisi and her Russian crew

Performance World
What makes the powerful Volvo 70 tick

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All-carbon Rogers 82, accolades for Nirvana, the new Southern Wind 120

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One Amazing Day
Adventurer Tom McLean recalls his first transatlantic rowing feat