The cruising sailor's guide to racing...


  • The cruising sailor?s guide to racing
    Racing is fun, sociable and improves your cruising skills. If you fancy having a go but don?t know where to start, our six-page special has advice on how to take part in club racing and summer regattas

  • What does Category A (Ocean) really mean?
    If you thought all Category A boats were fit for the worst ocean conditions, think again, says expert Andrew Blyth

  • Just the two of us?
    Tom Cunliffe and his wife Ros find themselves two-handed for the first time in 23 years, on a rough passage from Portugal to Brittany

  • A Woman Alone
    Stoic circumnavigator Jill Knight battled terredo worms and electrolysis as she egged on her 100-year-old cutter

  • Buying Abroad
    How much can you save? Dick Durham investigates the pros and cons of buying a boat outside the UK

  • Shadowfax
    The epic voyage ends ? Justine Oliver sells her boat and reflects on life ashore

  • Destinations ? with free chart Ipswich and the River Orwell.
    Dick Durham meanders up the Suffolk river where marinas fight for space between anchorages

  • Behind the Manacles
    Ken Endean finds shelter, peace and solitude, heading south from the River Helford to a notorious ship trap

  • French Island Hopping part two
    Some jewels of the French west coast: Ile de Sein, Audierne and Kerity ? Ken Endean reports

  • Portland Bill
    Miranda Delmar-Morgan is converted to a solitary anchorage ? off the most feared point on the South Coast!

  • Aluminium Boats
    Why does aluminium appeal to top blue-water sailors?

Sailing Skills

  • Question of Seamanship
    Mooring in strong winds

  • Learning Curve
    Dismasted on a delivery trip

  • Better Boat Handling
    Towing alongside

  • Yachtmaster Class
    Don?t drop the pilotage

  • Knots
    The constrictor knot

  • Mini quiz
    Win a £699 McMurdo personal locator beacon

Boats, Tests and Gear

  • Gear test
    Visual passage planner

  • Ovni 385
    Popular French shoal-draft cruiser in practically rock-proof aluminium

Every Month

  • On Watch
    The best sailing news pages

  • Readers? letters

  • Any questions
    Which anchor?

  • How to subscribe

  • Next month

  • Libby Purves ? Should ?shes? be ?its??

  • Blue Water Letter ? from Colin Lowe in the Caribbean

  • Blue Water PS ? Panama latest

  • New gear
  • A-Z of second-hand boats
    Halmatic, Heavenly Twins, Hillyard, Hirondelle and Hunter

  • Around the Coast Local news

  • Property

  • The Confessional