The world changed on 11 September with the attacks on America. Will it affect even the freedom of the sea?

On the Wind
Two very different races, the Mini Transat and the Volvo Ocean Race, started on the same weekend; plus news of the Around Alone and the next Global Challenge, this time without BT

Preece comments
As Grant Dalton?s Amer Sports One leads out of the Solent, the Volvo is shaping up to be a ?design? race

Letters to the Editor
Reflections on the America?s Cup Jubilee Regatta ? lessons for the Admiral?s Cup and was America really there? Plus thoughts on the over-reliance on GPS

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The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) has demystified ocean crossing and made it more accessible to all yachtsmen. Elaine Bunting previews this year?s event which starts on 25 November

Cruising Log
David Cowper ready to tackle the North West and North East Passages; courage of the tetraplegic sailing round Britain; fight for winter berths in Spain

Letter from the northern isles
Beth Leonard and Evans Starzinger bid farewell to Iceland with a last visit to Reykjavik and Heimaey

Everest, by the north face
French veteran Jean-Luc Van Den Heede likens the solo westabout circumnavigation to the toughest of climbing challenges as he prepares for another assault on the record in a purpose-built boat

Limited edition Jubilee prints
Take advantage of Yachting World?s Special Offer ? a selection of four stunning limited edition prints of photographs taken by our own Malcolm White as a memento of the America?s Cup Jubilee

A resourceful ex-submariner undertakes desperate DIY when his yacht is left sinking after a shark attack

Spectator sport
Thanks to the Internet-based program Virtual Spectator, enthusiasts can follow the Volvo Ocean Race in great detail, assessing competitors? tactics and watching the weather. Keith Taylor reports

An oriental odyssey
Japan is not on any of the regular cruising routes but Peter and Lyndall Aston found the rich culture so fascinating and the people so welcoming they were captivated and stayed for nearly a year

In the Doldrums
It was hot, cramped and hurricanes were threatening. Jessica Daw finds her first experience of ocean sailing, with the Times Clipper 2000 race from Brazil to New York, a challenging experience

Lagos on the Algarve coast of Portugal is fast turning into a crossroads for migrating cruising yachts

Xtreme Sailing
Swinging 60s ? over three-quarters of the Jacques Vabres fleet are 60ft multis and monohulls, sailed by some of the best-known names in ocean racing

Leading Edge
One of the problems of slotting offshore racing into a weekend is you never know when you?ll be home ? but Fixed Time Racing could change all that

On with the Show
In a September marred by events which stunned the world, Southampton Boat Show managed to woo visitors with a feast of new boats. See our full report

On test ? X-73
The largest boat yet from Danish builders X-Yachts is set to take on Wally and Oyster in the mini-superyacht league ? and you won?t need your gloves for this boat

A new 130ft Victoria of Strathearn. Plus news of the Super J Ranger and the hint of a new J from Jongert

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