Inside Yachting Monthly this month


Back to biscay
Mike and Pat Pocock explore the rivers of Brittany

Round the island: race survival tips
Dick Durham tells you how to get round in one piece

PLUS: Win waterproof digital cameras worth £1,600

Exploring inland: Falmouth’s green valleys
The Fal and Helford rivers are perfect places to linger and enjoy a pasty while you wait for fair winds, says Ken Endean

Blue water letter
Annie Hill returns as a YM correspondent as she leaves Panama

Why ‘an old joke’ is sailing again
Are entrants in the transatlantic Jester Challenge all mad, or just determined to prove a point about small, seaworthy boats?

Landfalls: ushant
This French island outpost is as memorable as it is daunting, says Peter Cumberlidge. PLUS: Free waypoint chart and guide

Across the atlantic in a nutshell
How two men sailed an ocean in a 26ft lifeboat more than 100 years ago

Win a special edition YM Legend 27
Another chance to win this one-off bilge keeler

Bird flu or gull stew?
Fancy a seagull Pot Noodle, asks Carol O’Shea

Club cruising: east anglia
There’s a yacht club out East to suit all tastes

Sea cure in galapagos
How Gipsy Moth IV is helping young cancer sufferers


New boat test:Sun Odyssey 39i
The battle for the cruising centre ground hots up with this addition to the Jeanneau line-up

New boat test:Catalina 309
We test an American import with a lot to live up to

Pixel power
How to choose and use a digital camera

What knot to use?
Ropes, knots and splices tested to destruction

New gear
A foot pump generator, rust destroyer and copper antifoul


Anchoring: kedging your bets
There are a multitude of uses for your smallest hook

Learning Curve: high and dry on a reef
How a chartplotter helped wreck a yacht

Skipper’s tips
Cleats, currents and using your local knowledge

Question of seamanship
Night has fallen – but can you trust your crew?

Any Questions
How to make the most of your batteries

PCs on board: easy-pc
New series: Expert advice on choosing the a computer for use at sea


Editor’s Log
Are you an analogue or digital sailor?

Opening shot
Round the Island drama

Could your flares be dangerous?

Readers’ letters
Dangers in the Channel

Libby Purves
Libby sets sail on a Day Skipper course

Cunliffe on Cruising
Tom voyages to distant lands and recalls some tall tales

Around the coast
What’s been happening in your home waters?

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