Sailing Skills

‘What we learned by crossing an ocean’
21 tips from transatlatnic cruisers for everyday, offshore and bluewater cruising

How to keep a listening watch
There’s a simple way to improve your watchkeeping, using your ears, as Andy Du Port explains

Any Questions
• How do I register my boat when abroad? • A modern cruiser on a budget? • Should I file a passage plan with the Coastguard?

‘How I lost my boat in the Southern Ocean’
Andrew Halcrow was saved from death by a successful rescue in mid ocean

An idyllic spot between Bryher and Tresco, Isles of Scilly

A Corinthian cruise in the Channel
Peter Cumberlidge extols the virtues of a friendly ‘Frangalais’ rally, the Classic Channel Regatta 

Festival season in the Faroe Islands
Brian Black makes a stop-off and finds a fascinating destination in its own right

Earthquakes, rats and swells on route to Patagonia
Michael Marschall finds paradise at the end of a long slog on Chile’s coast

Cruising log
Readers share their experiences of a family circuit of the Atlantic and cruising a new yacht through Finland

Dutch cruising guide
Advice for cruisers on what to expect in the IJselmeer, Markermeer and Waddenzee, from Jonty Pearce

Find good shelter and a cosy pub in Puilladobhrain, Argyll
Boats and Gear

New downwind sail design tested
Graham Snook gets to grips with Elvstrøm’s innovative off-wind sail that really is easy-to-use

Tried and Tested
Breathe easy while you free the prop. Theo Stocker tests Salvare’s simple underwater breathing device

New gear
• Active coolbox • Extra-light jacket• Silver-lined bags • Oil spill mop-up kit • Holding tank sensor • Iridium satcomms • Liferafts

Used boat test: Westerly Konsort
Unfairly described as a ‘floating caravan’, Dick Durham finds a nimble, lively and roomy boat

New boat test: Bavaria C57
Bavaria’s new flagship model appears to be good value for money while offering luxury onboard