The Sigma man: A profile of David Thomas, Britain’s most popular yacht designer, plus free Lights Guide.


Summer classic
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The Sigma man
A profile of David Thomas, Britain’s most popular yacht designer

A leap in the dark
Tom Cunliffe sails through some nights to remember.PLUS: 10 night sailing tips

Call of the sea
Alastair McNeilage spends his honeymoon on a North Sea passage to Norway with father-in-law Frank Mulville

Rally Portugal
How to cross Biscay and explore Portugal with YM

Destinations: Chichester Harbour
Our popular pull-out chart series visits this ever-changing inland sea

Win an RYA Master Class
Join the RYA and win a day’s Master Class on your boat

Rustler 42 on test
Our test team puts the Rustler through her paces in heavy weather

The price is right
We test five ranges of budget electronic sailing instruments that won’t break the bank

Deck upgrade
Kicking straps, rope clutches, genoa cars: upgrading your hardware can make sail handling easier and more efficient

Destinations: Paimpol
YM’s guide to this welcoming Breton fishing port

The pirates of Marmaris
Paul Stephens finds hidden rocks, gunboats and skull-and-crossbones warnings in Turkey

Crewed thoughts
Jeremy Chaplin spills the beans on signing up unknown crew

Second sight
Tim Bartlett strips away the mystique of radar. Plus WIN a ‘2,000 Raytheon radar

Lazy days and school days
Julia Knights teaches her parents to sail on a charter in the Ionian

Sailing Skills

– Question of seamanship
– Learning curve
– Des Sleightholme
– Tom Cunliffe’s Yachtmaster Class
– Crew class: step-by-step guide to crewing skills
– Skippers’ tips: five more nuggets to improve your seamanship


  • Editorial
  • On watch: Including Marina Spy and Pub Guide
  • Charter news
  • New boats
  • Letters
  • Next month/Subscriptions
  • Blue water letter: Hugh Marriott drinks Bali water
  • Marina Guide survey: Win a hand-held VHF worth ‘150
  • New gear: The latest arrivals at the chandlers
  • Any questions?
  • Free binder offer/YM books
  • This cruising life – Libby Purves
  • Around the coast
  • News from our correspondents
  • Waterside property
  • Second-hand focus: The Sigma 33 – a modern classic
  • The confessional: Readers own up to their sailing sins