Sailing Skills

Expert on board: Perfect sail power for any weather
Use your electronics to make a chart so you know when to change sail plan

Practical seamanship: Stepping up to skipper
Combining warm weather sailing with a Day Skipper qualification, Michael Blyth heads to Greece

Training: Sailing courses in the Med
There are plenty of places in the Mediterranean to get some sun while getting your Day Skipper

Any Questions?
• Are these lenticular clouds? • Would pot regulations work? • Where to find Thornycroft engines? • Will insurance really pay up?


Pilotage: Cruise round Anglesey
With good planning and use of tides, sailing round Anglesey can be rewarding says Don Fitzroy Smith

A summer passage through the Celtic Sea
Norman Kean turns south to explore the waters between Ireland, Cornwall and Ushant

Farewell Mike Peyton
Dick Durham pays tribute to the yachting cartoonist Mike Peyton, with the final interview before he died

Sail on or sell up
You’re free to change your plans, says Jess Lloyd-Mostyn

Cruising the desert in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez
Jeanne Socrates risks hurricanes for the beauty of desert, tropical waters and abundant wildlife

Cruise the world’s biggest ocean
We review the new Pacific Crossing Guide

Cruising log
Rewarding cruises in the Channel, the Pacific and the Med

A stopover on Inishtrahull, Ireland’s northernmost island

Gear & Boat Reviews

First look: 10 brand new yacht designs reviewed
Dozens of new boats were launched at Boot Düsseldorf. Graham Snook takes his pick

Tried & tested
• Henri Lloyd gilet • Musto evolution trousers

New gear
• Bespoke blocks• AIS EPIRB • Rig tension gauge • USB socket

‘Our safety at night relies on 19th Century thinking’
After urging the MCA to update the Colregs on anchor lights, Alastair Buchan is still in the dark

Expert mooring advice
Five pages of advice on using moorings, how to know what’s on the other end and how strong it will be