What's in this month's issue

Special features

  • Out of the Blue
    John Burnett has some close encounters and heart-stopping moments with giants of the deep

  • JOG Memories
    Small boat adventures offshore as Tony Short recalls racing in the Junior Offshore Group

  • No-frills Greece
    Peter Nielsen shoehorns his family into a 27-footer for two weeks, flotilla sailing in the Greek Islands

  • The Big Blue Yonder
    Hugh Marriott in Bali meets young circumnavigators sailing their dreams

  • Black Blancmange
    A sea story blown up out of all proportion by Don Alexander

  • Destinations: West Mersea
    Janet Harber falls under the spell of this favourite East Coast haunt. Plus your free pull-out chart

  • Weighing anchors
    Two new anchors on the market are put to the test

  • Sail faster
    How to troubleshoot common rig and sail problems and boost your boat’s performance

  • A Ship off the Old Block
    The Hanse 331 sails like a witch, says Peter Nielsen

  • What’s in Santa’s sailbag?
    Miles Kendall unwraps sailing gifts for all the family

  • The Ice Dream Man
    The Rev Bob Shepton sails to Greenland and climbs mountains in the footsteps of explorer Bill Tilman

  • Cruising seminars
    Yachting Monthly is hosting seminars for blue water sailors and first-time foreign cruisers at the London Boat Show

  • The Thirst Noël
    YM’s Editor, Sarah Norbury, crosses a stormy Channel on a Christmas champagne and wine run to Cherbourg

  • Sailing skills
    Question of seamanship
    Learning curve
    Des Sleightholme’s Sea Sense
    Tom Cunliffe’s Yachtmaster Class
    Quick tips
    Pilotage quiz answer

    Regulars

    • Editorial
    • On watch
    • Charter news
    • New boats
    • Readers’ letters
    • Any questions?
    • Next month/YM Books
    • Libby Purves This Cruising Life Subscriptions
    • Blue water letter From Hugh Marriott in Malaysia
    • Around the coast News from our correspondents
    • Waterside property
    • Second-hand focus The Jouët 1040
    • The Confessional Readers’ sailing sins