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.

A yacht sailing downwind at the start of the ARC

How do you choose which sails to set or what course to steer, and can you stop the boat rolling? Toby Heppell talked to sailors preparing for the ARC to…

Safety and survival specialist, ACR Electronics, has launched what they refer to as the world’s smallest and most simple satellite communication device – the ACR Bivy Stick two-way satellite messenger…

From sailing clothing to bags the marine market has seen something of a trend in recent years with designs inspired by the past and the newly re-released Spinnaker Dumas watch…

How to stay warm on a boat - this should be considered for sailing all the year round

Summer nights or winter moorings, keeping cold at bay is aways a hot topic. Toby Heppell shows you how to stay snug whether you are sailing in spring, summer, autumn…

Sailing in waves can make for a jarring, juddering experience and long, uncomfortable passages and at worst, a dangerous, boat-rolling hazard. However, it can also mean a thrilling surfing ride…