Inside your Summer 2015 issue…


Expert on Board: How to sail further and save money
Practical tips for a better summer cruise, without breaking the bank

A question of seamanship
A little local knowledge – a dangerous thing?

Skipper’s tips
• Plotting sheets
• Time to leave
• Lucky dip
• Save gas

Practical Seamanship
How and why to take care of your skin at sea

Learning Curve
Steering trouble: Saved by a tow when the helm jammed

Any questions?
• How to chose a start battery?
• Confusing tide times


Diesel colourblindness
Diesel is an emotive issue, but it is not clear why

A sailor’s guide to whales and dolphins
Anna Moscrop explains how and where to spot 12 species of cetaceans around the UK

Adventures around Skye
The island you’ll fall in love with

A cruise in company
The Penguin Club enjoy a memorial cruise to Skye

Britain’s best anchorage charts and how they’re made
Bob Bradfield has made 247 Antares Charts. He explains how it’s done

Father and son tackle the Pentland Firth
Simon Broadley and his eight-year-old son tackle the potentially perilous strait

Whisky tasting cruise
There’s nothing like sailing to a distillery. Graham Snook picks the top 20 you can visit by boat

A fish for supper
Jess Lloyd Mostyn relives the misadventures and blunders of learning to catch food for the dinner table aboard a sailing boat

Ocean cruising
Can a crab claw rig cope offshore?

Cruising log
Wilson Taylor remembers Sunderland in the sailing sixties


New gear
• Floating bifocal shades
• Windows charting system
• Light-weight micro fleece
• Bluetooth audio receiver
• Apple watch navigation

Group test: Coolboxes
Which coolbox is best for cruising?

New boat test: Maxi 1200
‘The feel on the helm is delightful,’ Graham Snook finds the new Maxi is a quality yacht that handles beautifully

Used boat test: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45DS
Comfortable and powerful: she offers what most people want in a boat

New boats
We take a look at the the Garcia SC48 and Italia Yachts 10.98