Joan Pye recalls a cross-Channel Easter cruise with celebrated circumnavigator Peter Pye on Moonraker

Special Features

  • French leave

    Our six-page special extols the joys of keeping your boat in France and hears from four confirmed Francophiles
  • Sailing with a legend

    Joan Pye recalls a cross-Channel Easter cruise with celebrated circumnavigator Peter Pye on Moonraker
  • Return to Oz

    Solo sailor Jill Knight closes the circle on her 12-year circumnavigation with just a cat for company
  • Winning back the ashes

    Actor Trevor Sellers relives his four year mission to restore a burnt-out classic to her former glory
  • Ronnie goes racing

    Dyed-in-the-wool cruising yachtsman Ronnie Faux tries racing and goes tail over heads
  • The final countdown

    It’s launch day for Nigel Calder’s new yacht, a Pacific Seacraft 40, which he has commissioned himself
  • Tomorrow the world

    Fred and Jacquie Lockey had never sailed until a flotilla holiday in Greece changed their lives forever…
  • Destinations

    The ancient Norman fishing port of Fécamp is enjoying soaring popularity. Plus, free pull-out chart
  • Class act

    The new Ocean 37 looks, handles and performs as well as – possibly better than – anything in her class. Peter Nielsen sails Westerly’s new star turn
  • New generation

    Towing generators are the blue water cruisers’ silent power plant. We put three to a head-to-head test
  • Shining examples

    Have your topsides lost their gloss? Grimebuster Dominic Byers puts an array of GRP cleaners through their paces
  • Sail-care special

    A stitch in time… in part XVII of Sail Power, Peter Nielsen looks at ways of strengthening and protecting your canvas
  • What’s in store?

    The latest equipment, from a Japanese antifouling, to new tillerpilots and a PC power inverter
  • Easy does it

    Mike Owen and family find their beach club holiday in Turkey punctuated by a worrying medical emergency

Sailing Skills

  • Question of seamanship – a secure anchorage? Test your sailing skills
  • Learning Curve – the long tow home
  • Tom Cunliffe’s Yachtmaster Class – The beached boys
  • Quick tips
  • Pilotage quiz – win a handheld GPS worth ‘210, plus Des Sleightholme’s Sea Sense


  • Editorial
  • On watch Including Marina Spy, Club Call and Pub Guide
  • New boats
  • Readers’ letters
  • Next month/Subscriptions
  • Any questions? Your problems answered by YM’s experts
  • YM books
  • Libby Purves A new flagship for the Sail Training Association
  • Second-hand focus James Jermain finds the Hunter Liberty 23 is a little gem
  • Do your own survey Part eight of our buyers’ guide to used boats
  • Blue water letter From Annie Hill in Port Owen, South Africa
  • Blue water postscript Norman Faria catches up with some birds of passage in Carlisle Bay, Barbados
  • Around the coast Latest news from our correspondents
  • Waterside property
  • The Confessional Readers own up to their sailing sins