It?s going to be an exciting summer in the Solent, bringing the centre of sailing back to BritainOn the wind
Pink perfection ? James Boyd sails one of the first new Volvo 60s, djuice 1, in Miami. Plus news of the America?s Cup Jubilee, Swan Europeans and all the other events scheduled for the Solent this summer

Letters to the Editor
Dangers of floating containers, why do BT crews feel the need to sit out on the rail? Plus, how to resolve the Thorny Question of the notorious ?green flash?

That?s me on the TV! Yes, John Passmore relives his finest hour courtesy of the BBC38 Fighting sailing
It was a battle of mind over matter as the BT Global Challenge crews faced the toughest leg from Sydney to Cape Town. Elaine Bunting and Tim Jeffery describe a leg where people were pushed to the limit

Cruising Log
Piracy in Venezuela sends fear through the cruising community, yachts crushed in the Panama Canal and two years of fascinating cruising in Japan

Letter from the northern isles
A new correspondent and a new destination. Beth Leonard joins us during her cruise to Iceland with news and tips for sailing in northern waters

The Great Atlantic Gear Test
In the biggest survey of bluewater gear ever conducted, we asked 197 skippers in the last ARC rally how they rated their equipment. In Part 1 we find out which is the most popular and most reliable gear and focus on autopilots, radar, comms equipment and chart plotters

On the ?other? Ranger from Auckland, New Zealand

Sweet Georgia
Tom Zydler finds a cruiser?s Eden in the little-explored islands off this southern US state, where virgin white sands are marked only by turtle tracks, and alligators and ?marsh tackies? abound

Racing Round-up
Sydney 40 sponsor United Airlines to back a new international match racing event in Britain; IMS alive and kicking in Spain; moves afoot in the Volvo Ocean Race. Plus Andrew Preece gives his opinion of what scuppered the Champagne Mumm Admiral?s Cup

So you want to follow Ellen . . . ?
Xtreme Sailing special. There are plenty of dreamers out there but not many doers. Ellen MacArthur?s project director Mark Turner has some practical advice for would-be solo stars

Leading Edge
When you?re tired, cold and queasy, it?s not always easy to plot a GPS position onto the chart without risking mistakes. Matthew Sheahan tests a simple piece of kit which could help

What?s New
Portable air conditioning; a one-design land yacht for those shoreside thrills, a new French range of sailing gear and a CD to explain the intricacies of DSC

Iridium back in business
A What?s New special featuring the latest news in global satellite communications, along with some of the state-of-the-art satellite phones

New Yachts
Ionic ?sailing machine? from Gilles Vaton; the latest good-looking cruiser from Hallberg-Rassy, Jutson cruiser with climate-controlled pilothouse and a bigger Ker one-design

On test ? Wauquiez 40/43
Two good to be true? French builders Wauquiez attack the 40s market with two new high quality cruisers which might turn a few heads

David Glenn reports from Istanbul where Perini Navi, world leaders in sailing yacht construction, reveal a new objective ? to improve performance

Dijkstra?s parade of sail