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

Dick Durham

Dick Durham: Yachties like us may be glad to leave the Atlantic behind, but just how welcome would British sailors be in Gibraltar?

Pass your Yachtmaster

Tom Cunliffe: When the pips are squeaking, a cheaper mooring abroad becomes rather attractive, but is it worth the journey?