His imagination fired by reading Arthur Ransome...


  • Sailing Secret Water
    His imagination fired by reading Arthur Ransome stories to his children, Simon Crofts sets sail with them for the Walton Backwaters in his Contessa 32

  • Cross country cruising
    Taking a short-cut from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic coast, Andrew Smyth brings his Moody Eclipse 43 home through the Canal du Midi in the first instalment of a two-part article

  • Great Wight hopes
    Carol O?Shea and family go ?head-to-head? with Ellen MacArthur and Tracy Edwards in the Round the Island Race

  • A tale of two skippers
    Mike Richey (85) and Seb Clover (15) hold the records for being the oldest and youngest to sail solo across the Atlantic. They compare logbooks

  • Westcoasting part 5
    Ken Endean sees Anglesey from all angles as he cruises his Sabre 27 through the Menai Strait and visits the bays on the west side of the island

  • Destinations: Cherbourg
    David Jefferson visits the French port that has more visiting yachts than any other port in Europe ? and 70% of them are British

  • Seven go sailing
    Kay Sutton takes six girlfriends cruising in the Caribbean while her husband bites his nails having left his beloved boat, Nearchos, in the hands of six novice sailors

  • Spooked!
    Roger Cooke finds out how badly fatigue can affect a skipper?s judgement on a Channel crossing in this month?s Landfall article

  • New dawn for the RYA
    A brand new £2.6m HQ in Hamble for the RYA has caused some tongue-wagging. Dick Durham talks to Chief Executive Rod Carr about what the RYA does for yachtsmen

Sailing Skills

  • A Question of Seamanship
    Electron-free navigation on a Channel crossing

  • Learning Curve
    Fire down below! Phaon Reid suffers anengine fire off the Coast of Death in Spain

  • Yachtmaster Class
    Tom Cunliffe talks about the difference between good and bad-mannered boats

  • Better Boat Handling
    How to cope with steering failure

  • Sailing quiz
    Win one of five Scrap fleeces

  • Knots
    The one-way sheet bend with Geoffrey Budworth

  • Sea Sense
    Des Sleightholme onpreserving precious night vision

On Test

  • Mystery 35
    British Hunter?s Mystery 35 has stunning looks and, as James Jermain discovered, rewarding performance

  • Midget 31
    Mike Kopman heads to Holland and discovers a capable boat with a big heart

  • Westerly Corsair
    This Ed Dubois-designed cruiser from the 1980s offers space and reliable performance

Every Month

  • Editorial

  • On Watch
    The best sailing news pages

  • Readers? letters

  • YM Books

  • YM subscriptions

  • Any Questions?

  • Next month

  • Libby Purves
    The call of the sea

  • Blue Water Letter
    Rod Heikell contemplates the cost of insurance cover

  • New Gear

  • A-Z of second-hand boats
    All the Ps, from Parker to Prout via Pionier
  • Around the coast

  • Property

  • The Confessional