We look at the runners and rides in this westabout round the world race in which amateur paying crews pitch themselves again one another in 72ft one designs. ALSO: life on board; ,a look at the new design of boat for this race; how the skippers qualified; profile of organiser Sir Chay Blyth; how to follow the race





Pascal Herold – an amateur trimaran sailor who has competed against the big boys, a former vice commodore of RORC and a highly successful businessman, Pascal Herold wants to sail his latest boat, an Open 85 design by Alex Simonis around the world non-stop singlehanded. James Boyd was the first journalist on board.



New For Southampton – we look at the new boats and gear to be seen at Southampton Boat Show including: Moody 54, Contest 55CS, IMX 40, Beneteau Oceanis Clipper 473, Grand Soleil 34.1, Renegade 37, Bavaria Ocean 40 and 50; Starlight 46, Dehler 36, Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 26 and Sun 2000 PLUS collision kit, Halyard sound insulation, new from Helly Hansen, Henri Lloyd washing agent for breathables, Simpson Lawrence deep cycle batteries; Navionics Geonav 6 stand alone chart plotter, budget binoculars and a prop shaft lock. ALSO: DON’T MISS THE YACHTING WORLD DIARY (See STAND E4)



Cruising log: gas leak caused last year’s Nic 55 explosion in Poole; new marina at Poole Quay; yachtsmen return to Croatia; new 180 berth marina on the Orwell river; 1998 Blue Water Round the World rally finishes; the value of an SSB radio when cruising; cruising the coast of war torn Mozamique PLUS Letter from the Mediterranean – Tony Collingridge rounds the Peloponnese en route to Malta.

John Passmore on retaining ones sense of humour after a disaster

Bob Fisher on his unlucky time of the day at sea – 0134 on the night watch

Andrew Preece – any hope for a British America’s Cup challenger?

Extreme Sailing – The Race may be a two horse contest between Club Med and PlayStation

Robin Knox-Johnson: on the dos and don’t of collision avoidance

Leading Edge: once boats are damaged, they can be repaired but are never the same

On the Wind: David Cowper returns to the ice on his next expedition through the north east passage; Brest 2000 Festival; Westerly bought out by Texas-based businessmen; CE marking for boats; Ford Cork Week; Rod Carr – RYA’s new general secretary

Racing Round Up: reports from Farr 40 Worlds, Giraglia Rolex Cup, Dean Barker wins Swedish Match Cup; Sagamore wins Bermuda Race; Gilmour back in Aussie AC team

Letters: John Passmore on heavy weather catamaran capsize prevention; differential GPS; GPS selective availability ; stern anchor stolen in the Galapagos;


Antonisa – the latest 124ft giant sloop from Bruce King comes complete with pipe organ.

News: Reichel Pugh 147footer for Baltic Yachts; Heliyachts invest US$5 million in Croatian yard, Perini Navi 50m ketch, That’s Y 100ft Bill Dixon sloop from Vitters; Royal Clipper 5 master; microburst capsizes Sariyah, 40m Jongert ketch PLUS Notebook from the Med – Jo Clegg on the Mediterranean regattas.