Why is it that the solo round the world...

  • From the Editor
    Why is it that the solo round the world Vendée Globe race seems so much more appealing to sailors and the public than the Volvo Ocean Race?

  • On the Wind
    Ellen MacArthur capsizes in a trimaran, a report reveals that Cookson had warned of flaws in Team New Zealand, we discover that a lost yacht had its keel accidentally cut at the builders and the damage concealed by welding, and we enjoy the ?rum ?n racing? at Tobago Sailing Week

  • Preece comment
    Can Around Alone keep its special character in the face of failing interest?

  • Letters to the Editor
    The generator of choice is solar power, says one cruiser; another comments on crime and a third offers ingenious solutions for opening wine bottles

  • Leading Edge
    Up, up and away ? some believe kite power for yachts has a soaring future, but has anyone thought about a crowded startline at Cowes Week?

  • Dogwatch
    Mind over matter ? the story of a 68-year-old Russian, who built a boat in his flat and sailed round the world . . .

  • The Great Atlantic Gear Test, Part 2
    In the biggest ocean survey of equipment ever run, Yachting World polled skippers on ARC 2002 about the performance and reliability of the equipment they carried. In Part 2, we analyse the performance of watermakers and communications equipment, and reveal the top gear in our survey

  • Ocean Ready: jury rigs
    Dismastings seem a regular occurrence on the racing circuit ? we have at least two in our news pages this month ? but they?re pretty rare for cruisers, aren?t they? Not as rare as you might think, what with all that wear and tear on your rigging. Chris Tibbs, ex-Global Challenge skipper and veteran of a dismasting in the Southern Ocean, offers advice on how to avoid disaster and how to set up a jury rig

  • Robin Knox-Johnston
    Sailing has to makes its voice heard if it is to attract Lottery funding for worthwhile projects

  • Cruising Log
    Are there too many moorings in the Caribbean?, a new bid to attract sailors to Shetland and a special report on Internet access at sea

  • Letter from South East Asia
    From Bali to Borneo, Brian Savage and Colleen Ryan explore the lush western islands of Indonesia and meet an orang utang

  • Conquering Everest
    It may not have attracted the media attention it once did, but the Around Alone solo round the world race still ranks among the highest achievements a yachtsman can fulfil. Elaine Bunting went to Newport to greet the emotional finishers, who were in no doubt at all that this was the Everest of their sailing career

  • Pay as you race
    Not everyone wants to go to the expense and the hassle of campaigning a full-on racing boat. Maybe you just want to compete in one or two events a year. The answer is to charter a race boat from one of the burgeoning list of companies which offer everything from a Round-the-Island on a Sigma to a full season on one of the latest Farrs, or even a regatta in the Caribbean. Tim Thomas and Christina Sampson investigate

  • Round Britain roller coaster
    One of the experiences you can buy into is to race in the Round Britain & Ireland Challenge on one of Challenge Business?s identical 72-footers. Publisher Jessica Daw joined as a crew volunteer with 15 others, each paying over £3,500, and found it an experience never to be forgotten

  • For Pimms read punch
    Rum punch, that is . . . There?s something quintessentially English about Antigua Sailing Week, with its blazers and its mad dog exertion in the midday sun. David Glenn went to find out what it was all about ? although his own racing was unexpectedly curtailed . . .

  • Africa on the doorstep
    Only a short hop from Gibraltar, Morocco might as well be half a world away in terms of its culture and the number of foreign yachts that visit. Lynda Morrison found a tantalising taste of Africa

  • What?s New
    Summer sailing gear from Helly Hansen, a handy hammock, yachtsmen?s watches and a particularly sleek mobile phone ? it must be summer! Plus, we test the ingenious Parasail, a more stable style of spinnaker

  • New Yachts
    Sprit-powered Mercuri 45 from Stephen Jones, Australians take to the Owen Clarke Open 40, Farr?s first Open 60, plus a catamaran specially designed for disabled sailors

  • On test: Hunter Mystery 35
    A cross between a 6-metre, a Folkboat and a Contessa 32 is how designer Stephen Jones describes the new Mystery 35. However he sees her, in Technical Editor Matthew Sheahan?s view, Jones has drawn one of the best new cruising boats in years

  • SuperSail news
    25m Bharlin Blue demonstrates Hoek?s racier side and a stylish 100-footer from Bluebay is under construction

  • Bols goes ballistic
    The radical new super-maxi Bols is designed for breaking records, but her first attempt ended in disaster when both wheels were broken. Paul Todd was on board and James Boyd looks at the maxi phenomenon

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    1000s of yachts for sale in our brokerage pages

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    From charts to charter, pumps to properties in our classified pages

  • Ellen MacArthur
    Just two days into a race to Cascais in Portugal, the trimaran Foncia capsized and Ellen?s race was over ? giving her time for a little reflection