This month...

On the Wind
Safety equipment and bridge procedures criticised by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch report into the loss of a 25-footer off the Isle of Wight after an encounter with a Brittany ferry; a case of deflection in the America’s Cup; Origin team makes first appointment; two world speed records by the foiler L’Hydroptére

The Walrus
Food for thought. From bread and salami to Gatorade to Fray Bentos pies, you can tell a sailor’s nationality by his lunch on board

Kiwi pride over ‘economically irrelevant’ comment; it’s the competition, not the speed that counts in racing; saltwater myths

Solo superhero
Many thought he would struggle with an Open 60 at the age of 68, but Sir Robin Knox-Johnston became the hero of the Velux 5-Oceans solo race for readers of his wonderfully non-PC blogs. We chart his progress round the world and ask: What next?

Electronic antifouling – does it work?; inflatable fenders; Gill under layers; touchscreen Garmin plotter

Leading Edge
When is a deflection not a deflection? Matthew Sheahan looks at how America’s Cup teams could be bending their keels

Four Italian stallions for cruiser-racing; first look at a new range of yachts from Dehler; and a review of the lovely classic 12-metre Kate

On test: X-41 & Bénéteau First 40.7
The Bénéteau First 40.7 has become the benchmark for exciting fleet racing in this size range. Can the slippery new X-41 one-design challenge her dominance? We test both

At Valencia on 1 April all 12 America’s Cup teams, Challengers and Defender, had to drop their skirts for Unveiling Day. Matthew Sheahan looks at keels, bows and bulbs to see what designers have been up to below the waterline

Beken of Cowes – a tribute
From the 1930s up to his retirement in 1996, Keith Beken’s iconic photos captured the changing face of yachting. Keith died in February, aged 93, and we bring you a selection of his most memorable photographs as a tribute to his work

Charity calls for more marine parks in the UK; sail and run race in Northumberland; how to beat boat thieves. Plus: a special report on cruising the islands of St Helena, Ascension and Fernando do Noronha in the South Atlantic

Emergency! 1. Grounding
In the first part of a new series on strategies to cope with emergencies on board, Andrew Roberts looks at what to do when you run aground and how to get off again with minimal damage

Great Seamanship
Rudderless. When their 20-footer loses her rudder in a violent storm in 1951, Stanley Smith and Charles Violet show cool heads and an essential ability to improvise

Spoilt for choice. In the battle of the 45-footers, there are new designs coming off the drawing board thick and fast. Jonty Sherwill compares one
of the latest launches, the Rogers IRC46, with other popular choices. Plus: a new team for the next Volvo and boning up on the rules

Inside Alinghi
SUI 100 is the “last and best” of the Defender’s new boats, says Grant Simmer

Going for Gold
Only one entry per class is allowed into the Olympics, so British competition is fierce

A circumnavigation with the 112ft Laurent Giles Blue Leopard; end of the road for rod rigging?; Rondal solve furler snag

One Amazing Day
Geoff Holt remembers a wonderful mid-ocean night from the time before the injury that put him in a wheelchair