The stunning waters of Alaska are a wild frontier

CRUISING

  • NORTHERN EXPOSURE
    The stunning waters of Alaska are a wild frontier for cruising yachtsmen, as Tom and Vicky Jackson discovered
  • Landfalls ? vlissingen (Flushing)
    Peter Cumberlidge takes a fresh look at an old favourite. PLUS new-style pull-out waypoints chart
  • Blue water letter
    The passage back to New Zealand is a special one for Colin Lowe and his family
  • CREW WANTED: ELEPHANT & CHIMP
    Was Gipsy Moth IV really a devil to sail, and what could ? or should ? be done to improve her handling, asks Paul Jeffes
  • Home truths
    Ken Endean sailed around the UK and spent just £371 on moorings while discovering a new side to Britain?s coast
  • EXPLORING A WATERY WONDERLAND
    The water in the Grenadines is fabulous, says James Jermain, except when it falls from unusually leaden skies
  • HIGHLANDER
    Dick Durham is enchanted by the lonely islands and towering highlands on a charter around the Isle of Skye
  • Win a beach club holiday
    Head to the sun with our £2,000 Sunsail competition
  • It?s got to be perfect
    Carol O?Shea takes a wry look at the pitfalls that await the innocent yachtsman seeking his dream boat
  • Win an antifoul service
    Enter our Seajet competition and we?ll make sure your bottom is in great shape for the new season
    Boats and gear

    BOATS & GEAR

  • LONDON BOAT SHOW
    Did the Docklands show still manage to pull in the crowds?
  • SHOW STOPPERS
    Ingenious products that caught our eye at ExCel

  • New gear
    The very latest products that made their debut at London

  • NEW BOATS
    James Jermain reports on the newest cruising boats

  • The yanks are coming
    Sleek and sexy she?s not, but the Catalina 42 will still have mass appeal, says James Jermain
  • A plot to be desired
    Peter Bruce gets to grips with an electronic chartplotter
    after years of navigating the traditional way
  • GARMIN GPSMAP76c
    Mini gear test of this Garmin hand-held GPS
  • HOW SAFE IS YOUR lifejacket?
    Subjecting safety gear to professional scrutiny can reveal a surprise or two!

    SAILING SKILLS

  • TAMING TIDES
    Tom Cunliffe tells you what you really need to know when working out tidal heights
  • In on the night-tide
    Judging what risks are worth taking is a crucial aspect of a skipper?s skills
  • Learning Curve: in at the deep end
    Lyn Withall is gale lashed during her first passage as skipper
  • Ropework
    Step-by-step guide to making a short splice
  • Question of Seamanship
    Stern-to or bow-to? What would you do?
  • Any questions?
    Yawing at anchor, yacht registration,
    gas safety and more
  • Skippers? tips
    Plotting a course and leaving a raft

    REGULARS

  • Editor?s log
    The view from the helm
  • Opening shot
    The terrible power of the sea
  • CRUISING NEWS
    Yachtsman?s tragic death
  • Readers? letters
    The ARC and gatecrashers
  • This Cruising Life
    Libby Purves on exporting domestic bliss to one?s floating home
  • Cunliffe on Cruising
    Tom Cunliffe questions the relevance of gadgets and gizmos for everyday sailing
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  • Around the coast
    What?s been happening in your home waters
  • Next month
    Sneak preview of what?s over the horizon
  • Confessional
    Forgive me Father for I have sailed?