Video footage from Yachting World's two day liveaboard test on the new Amel 55 ketch. Full report in the May 2012 issue

We have long been intrigued about what makes the Amel cruising ketches, that are seen in anchorages the world over, quite so popular – so travelled to Hyeres, South France to spend two days aboard the new Amel 55.

Whilst this video captures us uncovering some of the virtues that have built up the name of this iconic French Brand (in a full range of conditions), the full report is in Yachting World, available on the shelves from Thursday 12th April.

Also see our full feature on the cult of Amel here

Video shot by Paul Wyeth: