Far from the Madding Crowd. Mark Fishwick picks his...


  • West Country hotspots
    Far from the Madding Crowd. Mark Fishwick picks his top 10 West Country hideaways for your summer cruise

  • Bikes aboard
    The freedom of travel when cruising can be extended ashore by shipping a
    bicycle on board. Christine Tout reports

  • Rally Portugal
    Yachting Monthly?s Rally Portugal may be a popular and well-organised way of crossing Biscay, but as Dick Durham discovered, no one can schedule favourable winds

  • How to read sea breezes
    A sailor?s summer-time blessing, Tom Cunliffe analyses how and when they happen and the ways to read them

  • Cross-country cruising
    In part two of his short-cut from the Med, Andrew Smyth takes his Moody Eclipse 43 through the Canal du Midi

  • Group test: two-way radios
    Toby Hodges and Mike Kopman test 16 pairs of walky-talkies and find they can be a real social saviour to have on board

  • Green for Galicia
    Some Galician delights welcome Mike and Alison Balmforth as they sail their Dawn 39 along Spain?s dramatic north-west coastline

  • Destinations: Sark
    The smallest of the four main Channel Islands, and devoid of cars, Sark is a timeless , unspoilt sanctuary, writes Peter Cumberlidge

  • Westcoasting
    In part six of his Westcoasting passage to Scotland, Ken Endean finds a rich maritime history and relaxed lifestyle on the Isle of Man

  • AZAB report
    James Jermain was at Falmouth to witness an incident-packed start to this year?s Azores and Back Race

  • Hatches and portlights
    Simon Jinks offers some handy tips from experts on how to replace old portlights and hatcheson a 14-year-old
    production cruiser

Sailing Skills

  • A Question of Seamanship
  • Learning curve ? ?catsize!?
    Skipper Claire Toohey and her four crew spend 12 hours on a capsized catamaran in the Solent

  • Yachtmaster class
    Tom Cunliffe discusses the weather?s influence on tidal heights

  • Sailing Quiz
    Win one of Transas Nautic?s NaviGator Pro chart-software packages

  • Better Boat Handling
    Simon Jinks offers some Med mooring tips

  • Knots
    A pole hitch helps to carry awkward items

  • Sea sense Des Sleightholme
    Fenderly does it against the quay wall

On Test

  • Sweden Yachts 42
    Force 9 winds and 9m waves during a delivery trip from Sweden provide ample conditions for James Jermain to test this latest fast cruiser

  • Dufour 34
    James Jermain reports on a sparkling performer that is difficult to steer badly and has a finger-light touch
    on the helm, giving instant feedback

Every Month

  • Editorial

  • On Watch
    The best sailing news pages

  • Readers? letters

  • YM Books

  • YM subscriptions

  • Any Questions?

  • Next month

  • Libby Purves
  • Blue Water Letter
    Niki Perryman reports from the ?sawdust zone? in New Zealand
  • New Gear

  • A-Z of second-hand boats
    Rivals and Rustlers finish the Rs as we move onto the Sadler saga
  • Around the coast

  • Property

  • The Confessional