Beat the heat - cool kit '99 and Bavaria 31 on test.


Brazil and back
David and Helen Oakley bound for the Tropics and living their blue water dream aboard their doughty 30-footer

Win valuable camera gear
Don’t forget your camera! Take a photo of a nautical subject on Total Eclipse Day and you could win one of YM’s brilliant prizes

Beat the heat – cool kit ’99
The best kit for keeping cool on the water this summer

Cold comfort – portable fridges
We test the alternative to costly fully-installed fridges – portable units

Sunglasses – which are best at sea?
YM’s laboratory tests reveal the top performers

The fast track
The Azores and Back yacht race is a classic

What’s up pussycat?
The Raz de Sein – the very name strikes a fearful note; but in this month’s readers’ tale, it didn’t so much roar as purr

Destinations – Plymouth
The estuary that’s got the lot – quiet anchorages, four marinas, yacht clubs, and now a YM pull-out guide

Sail power – downwind techniques
How to get the best of your sails on downwind legs

The Fastnet – 20 years on
John Rousmaniere relives the worst disaster in yachting history

Bavaria 31 on test
How does YM rate the newest model from Germany?

Turkish delights
Miles Kendall enjoys an early-season charter in Turkey

Destinations – Lézardrieux
The rocky approaches and rustic river scenery of Lézardrieux are many sailors’ first taste of France

Hidden anchorages
We reveal two of Guernsey’s best-kept secrets


  • Editorial
  • On watch – news: Round the Island – YM’s winners.
  • YM books
  • Free ticket offer: Visit the Greenwich National Maritime Museum
  • Charter news
  • Win a £1,000 holiday: Nominate your newsagent
  • New boats
  • Readers’ letters
  • Next month/subscriptions
  • Blue water letter
  • New gear
  • Any questions?
  • Libby Purves
  • Marina Guide survey: Win a hand-held VHF worth £150
  • Around the coast:
  • Waterside property
  • Second-hand focus: Jeanneau’s Sun Fizz 40
  • The confessional