Geoff Lodge sets sail for Shetland in fog and is rewarded with a magical landfall

Special Features

  • Man overboard!
    Our 10-page special puts life-saving gear to the test and tells you how to improve your chances of survival

  • Jungle cruising
    Alastair Buchan enters Venezuela’s Serpent’s Mouth to explore an offshoot of the Orinoco

  • Cheating the fog
    Geoff Lodge sets sail for Shetland in fog and is rewarded with a magical landfall

  • Small wonders
    James Jermain sails two new small British cruisers: the Yarmouth 23 and Red Fox Vision

  • Foul play
    A preview of YM’s Great 2000 Antifouling Test. A dozen different antifoulings will be tested this season

  • Destinations
    Nick Robinson explores Poole Harbour, the second largest natural harbour on the planet; with pull-out chart of this year’s new buoyage

  • Liberty lost
    Stan Snape drops anchor to visit the Statue of Liberty and finds himself, daughter and partner, handcuffed

  • Roll up! Roll up!
    Peter Nielsen looks at the ins and outs of in-mast furling in part 18 of the Sail Power series

  • Abandon ship!
    Hugh Cownie recalls the night when he lost his yacht on a reef off the paradise island of Nevis

  • Gib’Sea 33 boat test
    James Jermain sails the Gib’Sea 33, a no-frills French family cruiser costing a shade over ‘50,000

  • Thai break
    Miles Kendall sets sail from Phuket for an adventure in paradise in Thailand’s Andaman Sea

  • New gear
    What’s new in the chandlers?

  • Struck by lightning
    Michael Briant’s Moody 36 takes a direct lightning hit in Chesapeake Bay in this month’s Learning Curve

Sailing Skills

  • Question of seamanship
  • Learning Curve – Lightning strike
  • Des Sleightholme’s Sea Sense
  • Tom Cunliffe’s Yachtmaster Class
  • Pilotage quiz – answer to our March quiz
  • Seamanship tips


  • Editorial
  • On watch
    Including Marina Spy, Club Call and Pub Guide
  • New boats
  • Readers’ letters
  • Any questions
  • Next month/Subscriptions
  • YM books
  • This cruising life
    By Libby Purves: Slave to the galley
  • lue water letter
    From Hugh Marriott in Malaysia
  • Blue water postscript
  • Second-hand focus
    The Westerly Tempest 31, PLUS Boat Buyers’ Guide: buying a boat on the internet,
  • Around the coast
  • Waterside property
  • The Confessional
    Readers own up to their sailing sins