See what’s inside our January 2017 issue here…


Sailing Skills

Expert On Board: Come alongside with confidence
Chris Beeson finds the best way to get a line ashore first time, every time

Skipper’s tips
• Dangers of dodgy dodgers • Balls in the air • Only one way to clean teak • Save money with Nelson • Why every boat needs a grill

Practical Seamanship: Crew your way around the world
It’s a big world out there. Huw Williams explored it on other people’s boats

Christmas Quiz
So you think you know your anchor bend from your halyard knot? Test your knowledge with our tricky Christmas sailing quiz

Learning curve: Why a shakedown cruise is so important
Up the mast in the middle of Biscay, Mungo Morris learns the hard way



Keeping the log
Everyone keeps a log to help in navigational crises, but how many actually keep their log books for future enjoyment of old cruises?

Sailing with a solo legend
Crewing for Sir Robin Knox-Johnston is like giving a fish a bicycle. Dick Durham tries not to get in the way aboard Suhaili

Five Good Reasons To Cruise in the Canary Islands
Promotional feature

Pilotage: The 60-year story of East Coast Rivers
Janet Harber looks back at the history of the classic Thames Estuary cruising guide

Quiet, beautiful bays in North Wales and the Kyles of Bute

Cruising log
Family sailing in New Zealand and a creative East Coast cruise

A helping hand on lift-out day
Michael Quincey is glad he has a crew

Dodging ice on a cruise to Greenland
An Arctic adventure from Ireland
Gear & Boat Reviews

£1,000 of DeLorme satellite trackers to be won

New boat test: Nautitech 46
‘Fast cruising, wonderful living space.’ Graham Snook fi nds a capable cruising catamaran that’s big on comfort

Technical: The cheaper, easier way to perfect sail trim
Graham Snook finds an effective DIY alternative to fitting towable jib cars

Group gear test: The best headtorch for sailing
If you’ve used an LED headtorch, you won’t go back. Duncan Kent tests 16 at sea

Used boat test: Sadler 34
David Sadler’s unsinkable cruising yacht has classic ocean-going seaworthiness as well as space and comfort