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.

In this month’s issue of Yachting Monthly Sailing skills Buying a boat for the Med: One reader’s experience of how to choose, buy and equip a boat for the sun…

Inside the Summer 2023 issue of Yachting Monthly we bring you an experts guide to finding your way past the orcas causing difficulties in the Gibraltar Straights, and the story…

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Shortly after the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, I moved abroad from Germany. On the occasions I did return I rarely ventured further than Hamburg where my family lived.…