Sailing in the Tropics is today, more than ever before, an attainable dream, says Andrew Bray

On the Wind
Yachtsman’s death in Somali waters,YWon boardPlayStationfor Atlantic record bid, Goss lands £2 million sponsorship, Sunsail sold for £35 million

Letters to the Editor
Safety standards, a reply; e-mail problems; parachute sea anchors

Vindaloo or popcorn? Passmore suggests a celebrity menu for his new Planet Ocean restaurant chain

Eric Newby learns the square rigger ropes; Donald S. Johnson on phantom islands

Cruising Log
Crowded Pacific; cruisers arrive in Auckland for the America’s Cup; devastating waves from fast ferries

Letter from the Mediterranean
Tony Collingridge signs off from a shaken Turkey

Going Transatlantic
Thousands may cross the Atlantic each year, but it is still a Great Adventure for many. This 20-page feature covers the preparation for the crossing, describes the options on the way south to the Canaries, looks at this year’s record-breaking ARC and pinpoints some of the best places to go during a season in the Caribbean

The Charter Option
If you can’t make it in your own boat, there are plenty of good charter deals going:

Touchdown in the Bahamas
Rain, what rain?An unseasonable start to a week in the BVI
Clubbing together, at Sunsail’s new Club Colonna
World of difference, James Boyd and Rick Tomlinson in the Grenadines
Tobago in the pinkAngosturaYachting WorldRegatta 1999

Loss of theCentral America, with a cargo of gold

Collector of Classics
Inventor, businessman and self-made millionaire Tom Perkins likes the good things in life and has just added a restored 122ft classic motor yacht to his collection of superyachts, which includes the 138ft racing yacht,Mariette

America’s Cup 2000
Team New Zealand modifies bows and sterns, while others follow their example with wingmasts. Meanwhile, AmericaOne ships out to Auckland

Sail of the Century
Stephen and Claire Davies enjoy the incredible hospitality of the Cook Islanders

Racing Round-up
Pete Goss’s new crew line-up, Jesper Bank wins on home ground, close combat in the maxis in Sardinia

Extreme Sailing
A flurry of round the world solo records, including Jean-Luc van den Heede tackling Mike Golding’s ‘wrong-way’ record

Leading Edge
Fibre optics to measure mast loads

Sell, Sell, Sell! Southampton’s Bumper Year
We report from a buoyant Southampton Boat Show, where builders were reporting excellent sales. Plus, the Editor chooses his favourite boats of the Show

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