Dick Durham

Britain’s last sailing ship can be manoeuvred singlehanded without an engine, so why does she need one now?

Offshore passage skipper

It’s easy to keep sailing in familiar waters, but a longer passage will connect you to the true spirit of seafaring, says Libby Purves

holland

Separating fact from fiction isn’t easy when it comes to Erksine Childers, but I’ve been inspired to follow in his wake, says Dick Durham

Now’s the time to traipse around boatyards and shows, dreaming of a new boat, if only the money would stretch, says Libby Purves

skipper's tips

We all takes risks sailing downwind without a preventer, but if it goes wrong, what will the coroner say? asks Tom Cunliffe

Dick Durham

Dick Durham: Why is it that most of our sailing heroes, from Chay Blyth to Ellen Mac Arthur, seem to come from landlocked places?

Pass your Yachtmaster

Tom Cunliffe: In the festive season, careful thought needs to be given to your drinks locker, whichever side of the Atlantic you’re on

Dick Durham

Not noted as a performance yacht, my 1936 gaffer still managed second place in the last regatta of the season, says Dick Durham

We may think we understand the sea, but it’s not until you get in it that you realise how volatile an element water is, says Libby Purves

A healthy fear of the sea comes with experience, but new crew remind us why we fell in love with sailing, says Libby Purves