Welcome to the latest issue of Yachting Monthly, jam-packed with great features, including:

Being a sailing purist isn’t always good seamanship. Pete Goss explains the difference

Skippers’ tips
Traffic light reefing • AIS to check VHF range • Unsafe safety

The learning curve
A reader recalls how a lobster pot entanglement became serious pretty quickly

A question of seamanship
Can you retrieve a fouled anchor in rough sea?

Navigating busy waters
Understanding other vessels helps you predict their next moves and stay a step ahead

Busy shipping waters

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Ardgroom anchorage
A tranquil idyll on Ireland’s south-west coast

Scotland cruising
From Oban round the Isle of Mull

East-coast sailing
Nick Ardley helps a New Zealand ex-pat relive some of his childhood sailing

Sailing vet
Offering free veterinary care to communities in need

Hell or high seas
Two friends come to blows sailing a Watkins 36CC from Florida around Cape HornRounding Cape Horn

New gear
Crew-Talk headsets on test, plus a look at the latest marine kit

Software update
Toby Heppell’s guide to updating your software on board

The Vancouver 34 Classic is a versatile yacht, suitable for blue water as well as coastal cruising

Deck-fitting checks
A technical guide to checking for hidden weaknesses and how to prevent water ingress

Teak Deck of a new Contessa 32

Editor’s letter Best-laid plans
News Marine firms come to the aid of frontline workers • Greece scraps cruiser permit requirement • MCA sticks with advice on flares
Letters Storm F10 anchoring • Companionway creations • Birds in the boom
Pete Goss Quarantine
Dick Durham A parallel world
Cruising community What a craic!
Cruising log A dream fulfilled
Books Mudlarking, Lara Maiklem
Confessions A French treat (or not)