February 2016


In your February 2016 issue…




Expert on board: How to gybe safely

Tom Cunliffe explains the mechanics of gybing, what to avoid and how to gybe flawlessly


A question of seamanship

‘How would you cope with flat batteries?’


Any questions?           

  • ‘What’s the alternative to jackstays?’
  • ‘How do I set my topping lift for in-mast furling?’
  • ‘How to clean gelcoat?’
  • ‘Spronging off?’


Expert ashore!

Why people fail RYA exams (and how to pass)

James Stevens shares his advice on how to avoid common mistakes


Skipper’s tips           

  • Twisting the day away
  • Proper sealant
  • All in the head 86


Learning curve

‘Lightning struck four feet from our stern’

Ian Ward has a very near miss while out for a summer daysail on the East Coast



‘Why anchor lights are unsafe.’

Alastair Buchan asks if it’s time to update the Colregs on lights for anchored boats





Home waters: The wrong way round Ireland

Nigel Calder finds a remarkably beautiful coastline, even if he tackled it the wrong way


British Virgin Islands

After a week’s charter, Chris Beeson had been to The Dogs and needed Painkillers but couldn’t have been happier


Adventure: One man’s search for sailing Utopia

Roy Starkey has made three shoestring circumnavigations. He tells Dick Durham of paradise lost


Cruising life: How to choose crew

The benefits and pitfalls of extra crew


Cruising log

Readers’ experiences in Greece and Tonga 62



Idyllic places to stop, from the Humber to Scottish lochs





Pilot book reviews

A look inside 8 new pilot books for 2016


Used boat test: Southerly 110

This shoal-draught 35-footer

is ‘perfect for creek crawling and capable offshore’ says Duncan Kent


New boat test: C-Yacht 1250i

This capable yacht has had a makeover. She will make you want to sail further, says Graham Snook


Technical: What happens when they ban antifoul?

Copper antifouling could be banned by 2020, but what’s the alternative?


New gear

  • Illuminated lifejacket
  • 3-in-1 fridge
  • Autorouting app


Tried and tested

  • Rugged camera
  • Deck trainers
  • Waterproof notebook