Welcome to a brand new issue of Yachting Monthly, jam-packed with great features, including:


Charter Skills
• Charter boat checks • Stern-to mooring • Cat sailing

Skippers’ Tips
• Easier solo tacking • Replacing jackstays • Teak deck care

A question of seamanship
Which is the best approach to Guernsey?

Better downwind sailing
ARC skippers share their experience, from sail trim to autopilot settings and preventers


Cruising the Norwegian coast to the land of the midnight sun

Anchorage: Naples
Dag Pike discovers a quiet spot in this bustling city

North Devon
Cruising charms and challenges in Appledore and Bideford

Cruising community
• Traditional Sri Lankan sailing • Wayfarer legend

Cruising logs
Olympian Ian Walker explores Greece with his family, and Duncan Kent is captivated by Croatia

A smörgåsbord of charter destinations and fleets to choose from for the perfect holiday


Tested: Dufour 390
The impressively roomy cruiser that offers more performance than you might expect

New Gear
• MOB alarm hub • Crew intercom • Simple network • Cruising radar

Fast offshore cruisers
We pick four fun, fast offshore flyers under 30ft

Rigging hacks
Cheap, robust and better than blocks: 11 uses for low-friction rings on board, plus how to splice them on

Keel bolts
Have you checked yours? Here’s what to look for


Editor’s letter – Summer dreaming
News • Ireland bans marked diesel • Scottish windfarms • Discovery Yachts
Letters • The fun of visitor pontoons • Insurance a necessity • Centreboard care
Pete Goss – Good leadership
Dick Durham – Naval discipline
Libby Purves – Life’s surprises
Books – The birth of weather forecasts
Confessions – Sink or swim?