Toby Heppell

Toby Heppell

Toby was born to a dinghy racing family and was surrounded by sailing more-or-less from birth. He received his first boat – a bright red Optimist dinghy – for his fourth birthday and has been out on the water as often as possible from then on. He has won World and National titles and captained his University sailing team. It was during his time at university he discovered keelboat racing and continues to sail big and small boats to this day.

After leaving university in 2005 he got a job writing for an online sailing publication and has continued writing for both cruising and racing publications ever since, covering two Olympic Games and other events across the globe.

Allowing your electronic charts and other software to become out of date is dangerous, but updating can be something of a minefield. Toby Heppell looks at the options...

A yacht cruising past a wind farm

Wind farms want to restrict where yachts can sail around them. The RYA is fighting for freedom of navigation. Stuart Carruthers told Toby Heppell precisely what you can and can’t…

Professional navigator Simon Fisher shares his top tips to calibrate your instruments, to make sure you get the most from your electronics onboard

Southampton Boat Show pontoons

As well as new boats look out for new features at this year's Southampton International Boat Show, which runs from 13-22 September 2019

There are still bargains and discounts to be found at shows around the world, of course, but in a world of online chandlery and speedy delivery they are no longer…