This month...

On the Wind
Mike Golding and Dee Caffari join forces to build two Open 60s for the Vendée Globe; new British match racing star; threefold disaster for Graham Dalton; one-to-one with Ernesto Bertarelli; we carry the Superyacht Cup official programme next month!

Ten Deep Water DVDs to be won – the story of Donald Crowhurst

The Walrus
Sailing is not a sport, but a way of life, a cradle to grave thing – and there are some very interesting products available for both ends of the life experience

Hooray for Sir Robin and his non-PC blogs!; jury fixing a water pump; groundswell of opinion about anchors

Robin Knox-Johnston
At long last Sir Robin is out of the Southern Ocean, although he still has to negotiate a tricky entrance into Ushuaia to make repairs

Lowrance chartplotter; retrofit folding cleats; bespoke bedding; Dubarry deck shoes; lightweight inverters

Hot on the track
Satellite tracking has become common for race boats, but the technology is filtering through to leisure sailors. David Pugh reports on systems for safety and security

Leading Edge
How vegetables might soon be playing a part in the construction of your yacht’s mast. It’s all to do with nanotubes, says Matthew Sheahan

Extreme design with free-standing rig from Ivan Erdevicki; Reichel Pugh 62-footer for performance cruising; Trekka-inspired Lion 27

On test: Malö 40 and Nordship 40
We try out two comfortable Scandinavian cruisers – solid build, luxurious customisable interiors and not a ‘performance’ word in sight

From Shackleton to Samba
David Glenn joins the 180ft expedition yacht Adèle for a spectacular cruise in the South Atlantic, from the Falkland Islands to South Georgia and on to Brazil and finds out how a superyacht goes cruising

There to make up the numbers?
What do the teams languishing at the bottom of the America’s Cup league table hope to gain from their participation in the event? This might be the last chance we have to ask them

Dismasted! The lessons learnt
Berrimilla capsized and lost her rig in dreadful conditions in the Bass Strait. Her owner Alex Whitworth looks at what they did right – and wrong

Mystery of trimaran found in Tonga; disabled sailor’s UK circumnavigation; in praise of Caribbean Compass. PLUS: MAIB statistics – do they give a true accident count?

Land of the Faeroes
Wild weather and woolly jumpers shouldn’t put you off a cruise to the Shetland and Faeroe Islands. Joanna Bastin found them fascinating

Great Seamanship
Wreck of the Kon-Tiki. Thor Heyerdahl’s raft, which he built to test his theories of Pacific migration, comes to grief on a coral reef

Supersize fun – a Laser for the larger sailor and a full-size foiler; Dutch design for the new Open 30 Class rule; compulsory licence for chartered racers

Inside Alinghi
The Cup Defender’s trials are too close to call, so the selection process goes on in the new SUI 100

Going for Gold
Mind games. How a psychologist is helping Skandia Team GBR develop mental toughness

A small problem of jammed cars becomes a big issue in the Southern Ocean; Baltic’s biggest yet; and a ‘handmade book about handmade boats’

One Amazing Day
Recollections of Olympic glory from Gold Medallist Shirley Robertson