YA calls foul over accident reporting law; Gipsy Moth IV emerges for another circumnavigation...

  • From the Editor
    Andrew Bray tackles the thorny question of so-called fast-track Yachtmasters and challenges the RYA to address the problem of the Yachtmaster being sold as a key to a career in yachting

  • On the wind
    RYA calls foul over accident reporting law; Gipsy Moth IV emerges for another circumnavigation; FREE boat show Guinness; stats on Global Challenge leg 1; goodbye GBR Challenge; winch thefts; ARC success; Helen Tew obituary. PLUS: Win a £5,000 Sunsail charter holiday!

  • Ellen reflects
    Ellen MacArthur is setting out on her biggest challenge since her Vendée triumph four years ago. Elaine Bunting asks her about her imminent solo round the world attempt and her reflections on four years of sailing stardom

  • Gap-year cruisers ? ?I quit!?
    Just do it! We talk to young couples who have taken time out to realise their sailing dreams by taking part in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers

  • Mongoose
    History suggests that the Jules VerneTrophy for round the world record breaking may be inappropriately named

  • Letters
    Where to draw the hurricane line; Brits do daysailers too; stability matters; why GBR failed; lifejacket alert

  • Robin Knox-Johnston
    It?s said that a well fed crew is a happy crew. It seems Nelson knew a thing or two about victualling

  • Getting hooked
    Anchoring theory is one thing but the practical realities about dropping the hook reveal some interesting experience as long term cruisers
    Brian and Colleen Savage found out

  • Tears and fears
    Few events draw such raw emotion as the Vendée Globe solo round the world race. Elaine Bunting was in Les Sables d?Olonne witnessing a tearful farewell

  • Schroders London Boat Show guide
    This will be the real test for the show?s new venue at ExCeL. Can the success of last year be repeated? Mike Kopman?s guide will help you plan your visit

  • Leading Edge
    You can cant them, swing them, lift them and twist them. Now it seems you can fit keel bulbs with retractable wings for lateral resistance

  • On test: three fabulous 50s
    Matthew Sheahan is seriously impressed with the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 49, the Grand Soleil 50 and the Comet 51s

  • Zero to hero ? the final test
    How did our Yachtmaster candidate fare after 16 weeks? intensive training on a ?fast-track? course? And did our assessment panel think she was up to the task of taking charge? We took two freshly qualified Yachtmasters sailing to assess their practical skills

  • Laid back in the Leewards
    Sunsail?s most popular Caribbean destination after the BVIs is St Martin and nearby Anguilla and St Barts ? great for sailing, even better for shopping. David Glenn reports

  • Made in China
    Clipper Ventures lived up to their name by choosing to have their new fleet of 68-footers built in Shanghai. Matthew Sheahan assesses the yacht and Elaine Bunting describes China?s brave new world

  • Oyster?s biggest pearl?
    David Glenn put Oyster?s flagship 82-footer through her paces in a gale in the Solent and examined some of her unusual computerised control systems

  • Cruising
    As Eric Brossier prepares to overwinter in the ice, Arved Fuchs escapes the clutches of the North West Passage; a 71-year-old?s seventh circumnavigation; Feedback quizzes for inventions

  • Voyage of rediscovery
    Of all the Atlantic island groups the Cape Verde archipelago is the least developed but Jill Schinas found things were changing when she revisited after nine years? absence

  • Great Seamanship
    After being trapped in an ice prison in the Russian Arctic, John Gore-Grimes recounted his experience in the Irish Cruising Club Journal

  • Racing
    IRC?s acceptance in the USA could herald rule stability. Six Volvo 70s in build and Cup thoughts from New Zealand

  • Inside Track
    Andrew Preece bemoans the demise of the GBR Challenge but reminds us that Russell Coutts could still be for hire

  • SuperSail
    The supermaxi circuit looks like growing again as a superfast 100-footer emerges from New Zealand. Plus what?s up at SYS and the opening of the Caribbean season after a hurricane-battered autumn

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  • Last word
    Ben Ainslie reveals his cruising background and the highs and lows of his high-achieving career