JUNE 2016

June 2016

In your June 2016 issue:



Expert On Board: The unwritten rules of sailing explained Tom Cunliffe says good manners afloat will help us all to live and let live

Learning curve
‘How we survived a knockdown in hurricane- force winds’, as well as burst hatches, a man overboard and 30-knot surfs

Skipper’s tips
• Danger in the dark   • Do you know your synoptic charts?   • Teaching without lessons   • A handy chartwork cheat   • Salt and vinegar

Practical skills: Small-boat seamanship for cruisers
Are you kitted out for tender travel? Chris Beeson reminds you what you need to know

A Question of seamanship
‘What’s the best course to steer?

Any questions?

• ‘Is my marina contract legal?’
• Multiplying batteries


Home waters: A competitive cruise along Scotland’s west coast
Bob Aylott joins in one of the world’s toughest yacht races for cruising sailors

Cruising: Landfalls on the north coast of Spain
Many sailors bypass the northern rias of Galicia, but they’re missing a treat says Jim Mottram

Irish pilotage special: Cape Clear cruising guide
NormanKean checks out the harbour improvements on Ireland’s southernmost island

Irish pilotage special: Explore the Giant’s Causeway Coast
Brian Black explores inshore with a good chart and careful pilotage

Where to drop the hook in Essex, Jersey and northern Spain

Cruising log
Readers share cruises in Jamaica, Biscay and the Medway

Marine litter
The curse of plastic at sea, and what you can do about it



Group gear test: Internet boosters and routers for boats
We all rely on the Internet, but what’s the best way to get online on board?

New gear
• A drysuit for cruising? • Pocket-sized thermal imaging camera

Tested at sea: Can we really trust DIY charts?
Duncan Kent makes some charts with his own echosounder and sees if they’re any good

Used boat test: Sadler 290
A bilge-keeler that performs upwind: Duncan Kent enjoys testing the last yacht to bear the Sadler name

New boat test: J/122e
Cruising at 13 knots brings smiles all round as Graham Snook sails J-Boats’ fast but well-mannered new cruiser