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On the Wind
Are they speaking? Bertarelli and Ellison still not in touch about the future of the America’s Cup; ferry officer cleared in Ouzo incident; rush hour in the South – how many yachts will be in the Southern Ocean this winter? New Volvo campaign

Are all long-term sailors bonkers, or does it just seem that way?

Earls Court – putting the ‘show’ back into Boat Show; keels – are manufacturers covering up?

Robin Knox-Johnston
Does the Bay of Biscay deserve its fearsome reputation?

Moment in The Times
Edward Gorman looks back on the fated catamaran Team Philips and asks why it proved to be Pete Goss’s Nemesis

Airo handheld GPS and mobile phone; digital echo sounder; the weather in one

Combined power
Hybrid engines for yachts tested on the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers

Leading Edge
Build safety margins enshrined in law

New Rustler 44; Starlight returns; Castro performance cruiser. Plus: Matthew Sheahan shares his passion for the Paris Boat Show

On test: Catana 50/Broadblue 415
We try two luxury catamarans with a good turn of speed and oodles of interior space

Keels – how can you be sure?
In the second part of our investigation into recent keel failures, Matthew Sheahan looks at how modern fins are constructed and how you can check the structural integrity of your own keel

Hope and glory
When they set off in November, the competitors in the two-handed Barcelona World Race were full of hope, but by the time they hit the Southern Ocean, there were few left to share the glory! We have onboard reports from two of the boats

Dalmatia; catch it while you can
Croatia’s Adriatic coast remains unspoilt – so far. David Glenn and his family explore the islands and coves of this lovely area on a Sunsail charter

Panamax – the super-ketch
A 220ft all-carbon ketch, designed by Dykstra, will be a sensation when she launches in 2010

ARC crews come across illegal immigrants off the Canaries; fines for ‘fly-tipping’ boats. Plus: Special Report on when and how to scuttle your boat

A tough crossing
With abandoned boats, 50-knot squalls and a fatal head injury, this year’s ARC was a reminder that an ocean crossing is still a challenge

Great Seamanship
Lin and Larry Pardey on heaving-to

Performance World
Introducing a new quarterly section for hands-on racing. In this first edition, we test some of the latest gear for racers; talk to mastman George Skuodas; plus expert advice on rules, rig tuning and Solent racing

Going for Gold
How to encourage TV coverage of Olympic sailing

Two rival charter shows in the Caribbean, both in December and both vying for the same custom. Who will win? David Glenn investigates

One Amazing Day
Nigel King dodges icebergs in the Southern Ocean