In this month's issue

From the Editor
Seasickness is the yachtsman’s curse. An in-depth study may help our understanding of it

On the Wind
How Andy Forbes beat cancer and won the Global Challenge; Wombat wins the Fastnet – YW’s Jo Cackett takes IRC 1B; high profile groundings in the Med; and how a trimaran lost a hull and survived

Win a complete B&G Hercules 2000 instrument and pilot system, worth £17,500

The Walrus
Can yachties learn anything from TV’s appetite for makeover shows? How about ‘Changing Saloons’, ‘Hamble City’ and ‘Cowes, the Celebrity Love Island?’

Taking to the ground; curse of the charter yacht; talking dirty in the Med; why can’t B&Q do it?; and bring back old-style weather forecasts

Robin Knox-Johnston
Has professionalism helped yachting as a sport? Not OSTAR was such a breath of fresh air

The undie-world; the latest on lighting; customise your lifesaver; no spills refuelling; and ten ways to make the most of your late-season sailing

Leading Edge
How about this for complexity? A cat with four rotating rigs, and hulls that shift fore and aft . . .

Two exciting designs for American clubs; the Germans train with Match 42s; the S&S 34 is reborn; and Standfast goes on a diet

Come rain, come shine
Skandia Cowes Week had it all in terms of weather, plus a record-breaking entry. Yachting World staffers report on the world’s biggest annual regatta

Little & light
How a 30-year-old Nicholson 33 saw off the latest super-maxis in a Rolex Fastnet dominated by light airs. Elaine Bunting reports from Plymouth

Learning curve
Our very own Wombat, aka YW staffer Jo Cackett, conquers seasickness to take IRC 1B in the Fastnet

Gipsy Moth IV – the acid test
Was Gipsy Moth IV as tender as Francis Chichester made her out to be? Matthew Sheahan took the newly restored ketch sailing to see for himself

The Spirit of success
The lessons learnt about gear and crew aboard the Global Challenge fleet have more relevance to mainstream yachting than anything gleaned from the grand-prix events. Elaine Bunting reports

Navigating on a budget
Crews on the Global Challenge had just $8 a day to pay for weather data. Keeping within budget was as big a challenge as the navigation itself

Seasickness – it’s in the bag
In one of the largest ever studies into seasickness we examine the suffering during the Global Challenge. Jo Cackett and Elaine Bunting investigate

Swan spreads its wings
Leonardo Ferragamo has been at the helm of Nautor’s Swan for seven years but the Italian management is only now capitalising on a new building plant in Finland. David Glenn reports
98 Life in a nutshell
What is it about sailing tiny supercharged boats in the Mini Transat that draws so many to the start line? Solo sailor Lia Ditton joined Nick Bubb to find out

Rally through the Suez; crossing every line of longitude; marinas in Egypt, Swansea and Vigo; plus a comparison of cruising costs

Great Seamanship – race for victory
The trials and tribulations that beset HMS Pickle as she brought the news of the Battle of Trafalgar back to England

Racing – rise of the day racer
Hot competition and less expensive boats have breathed new life into the burgeoning world of one-design racing. Plus, Walker joins the Italians, more grief at BMX Oracle and dates for your diary

Neville Crichton is back with another, bigger Alpha; big cats push the limits; and Athena, the book, reviewed

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Last Word
‘Shark’ Khan – Andrew Preece talks to the child prodigy who became a world champion