Biscay

Crossing Biscay is an offshore rite of passage like no other. Atlantic circuiteer John Simpson talks to Chris Beeson about the best way to take it on

Heavy weather sailing

Alastair Buchan and other expert ocean cruisers explain how best to prepare when you’ve been ‘caught out’ and end up heavy weather sailing

Don’t go overboard

We read a lot about MOB recovery but little about how to make sure you don't go overboard. Former RYA cruising instructor Andy Du Port redresses the balance

Surviving strong winds

Having analysed several case studies from Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, Tom Partridge identifies 20 key techniques for surviving strong winds

Sailing skills rescue SAR helicopter

A crewmember needs a helicopter rescue at sea, an airlift to hospital. You’ve radioed a Mayday and now there’s a helicopter overhead. What next? Tom Cunliffe reports