Conquering Biscay
This notorious stretch of water is a satisfying rite of passage. We explore how best to tackle it

Weird winds
How hills affect the weather at sea. Meteorologist Simon Keeling explains what to look out for

The wrong way across the Atlantic
Jonty Pearce encounters a Force 10 and fuel shortages on an exciting ocean passage

A question of seamanship
Are you having trouble manoeuvring?



Serenity and setbacks in Chile
A solo sailor contends with a cracked keel amid the beauty of southern Chile

Charmed by Whitby
It’s easy to be bitten by the appeal of Whitby, the home of Dracula, Captain Cook and kippers

Maiden on a mission
Tracy Edwards’ Whitbread classic is reborn, but with a serious message to spread as she cruises

Exploring Solent creeks
Wildlife and sheltered waterways at Keyhaven and Lymington

Rio Guadiana
A sheltered estuary on the border of Spain and Portugal


Gear and Boats

Allures 45.9 ‘Unique and brilliant’ was Graham Snook’s verdict on this new boat. Find out why he liked her so much

How Europe has shaped your boat With Brexit on the horizon, Mel Bartlett looks at what this means for EU safety rules

keep cruising in any weather Why deck saloons make good sense, and four 35ft deck saloons worth looking at

tested: dinghy & outboard We test a Honda 2.3 four-stroke outboard and Honwave inflatable