Ketch builder Amel has launched its first sloop for 20 years, a sloop with modern twin rudders at that. Pip Hare travels to La Rochelle to test her

SAILING SKILLS Expert on board The true cost of cruising and how to afford it: crunching the numbers with two liveaboard accountants Practical seamanship Keep your crew safe by managing…

A blue yacht in a marina

Bigger isn’t always better. As ageing joints make some jobs harder, Julian Mounter rediscovers the fun and freedom of a smaller boat