On patrol with Britain’s busiest marine policemen, Dick Durham discovers why crime afloat is thriving


  • Beating the crime wave
    On patrol with Britain’s busiest marine policemen, Dick Durham discovers why crime afloat is thriving

  • Circumnavigating Alderney
    David Jefferson explores the coastline of Alderney and discovers a variety of safe anchorages for intrepid rockhoppers

  • Landfalls
    Sailing home from France, Bob Murray finds himself running before a gale to the sanctuary of Plymouth

  • Moody in the lagoon
    Andrew Smyth sails his Moody Eclipse into the heart of Venice and navigates its hectic canals in his tender

  • Shoal searching
    Astley Jones reports on the shifting shingle banks that guard Suffolk’s River Deben

  • Lucky 13 for Blackjack
    Flying in the face of sailors’
    superstitions, Mike and Pat Pocock set off from Newfoundland on their 13th Atlantic crossing

  • Destinations – free chart: Carentan
    Four miles inland from the Baie du Grand Vey, this pretty Normandy town, with its historic D-Day associations, is an off-beat destination for cruising yachts

  • Rigid boom vangs
    Michael Kopman examines eight boom vangs

  • French island hopping – Part 3
    Ken Endean explores the Iles de Glénan and Ile de Groix: the heart of French sailing country

  • Stainless reputation
    Colin Lowe boards the ketch Leona, built entirely of stainless steel 20 years ago



On Test

  • Sun Odyssey 32
    James Jermain puts the latest Jeanneau to the test

  • Bénéteau Océanis Clipper 42CC
    Does this new centre-cockpit design compromise performance?

  • Moody 37 & 376
    Simon Jinks sails the stable family cruiser which still impresses 15 years after production stopped




  • Editorial

  • On Watch

  • New Boats

  • Readers’ Letters

  • Any Questions – Battery charging

  • Next Month

  • YM Books

  • Libby Purves – Yachting and the young

  • Blue Water Letter
    from Rod Heikell in the Med

  • Blue Water Postscript – Ocean gypsies
  • New Gear

  • A-Z of Second-hand Boats
    Buying a used boat?
    Our cut-out-and-keep series continues with Hunters and moves into the ‘I’s

  • Around the Coast – Local news

  • Property

  • The Confessional


Sailing Skills

  • Question of Seamanship
    Problems with plotting

  • Learning Curve
    Ducking and gybing

  • Better Boat Handling
    Helicopter Hi-line transfers

  • Yachtmaster Class
    Go by the book, says Tom Cunliffe

  • Knots
    The post hitch

  • Mini Quiz
    Win a ‘250 McMurdo MOB wristwatch

  • Sea Sense
    Playing it safe in rocky waters