What's in this month's issue

Special features

  • Out of the Blue

    John Burnett has some close encounters and heart-stopping moments with giants of the deep

  • JOG Memories

    Small boat adventures offshore as Tony Short recalls racing in the Junior Offshore Group

  • No-frills Greece

    Peter Nielsen shoehorns his family into a 27-footer for two weeks, flotilla sailing in the Greek Islands

  • The Big Blue Yonder

    Hugh Marriott in Bali meets young circumnavigators sailing their dreams

  • Black Blancmange

    A sea story blown up out of all proportion by Don Alexander

  • Destinations: West Mersea

    Janet Harber falls under the spell of this favourite East Coast haunt. Plus your free pull-out chart

  • Weighing anchors

    Two new anchors on the market are put to the test

  • Sail faster

    How to troubleshoot common rig and sail problems and boost your boat’s performance

  • A Ship off the Old Block

    The Hanse 331 sails like a witch, says Peter Nielsen

  • What’s in Santa’s sailbag?

    Miles Kendall unwraps sailing gifts for all the family

  • The Ice Dream Man

    The Rev Bob Shepton sails to Greenland and climbs mountains in the footsteps of explorer Bill Tilman

  • Cruising seminars

    Yachting Monthly is hosting seminars for blue water sailors and first-time foreign cruisers at the London Boat Show

  • The Thirst Noël

    YM’s Editor, Sarah Norbury, crosses a stormy Channel on a Christmas champagne and wine run to Cherbourg

  • Sailing skills

    Question of seamanship

    Learning curve

    Des Sleightholme’s Sea Sense

    Tom Cunliffe’s Yachtmaster Class

    Quick tips

    Pilotage quiz answer


    • Editorial
    • On watch
    • Charter news
    • New boats
    • Readers’ letters
    • Any questions?
    • Next month/YM Books
    • Libby Purves This Cruising Life Subscriptions
    • Blue water letter From Hugh Marriott in Malaysia
    • Around the coast News from our correspondents
    • Waterside property
    • Second-hand focus The Jouët 1040
    • The Confessional Readers’ sailing sins