What's in this month's issue

Special Features

Hooked on classics

James Jermain reports on Yachting Monthly’s eighth Classic Yacht Rally at Cowes – voted ‘best yet’ by skippers

Pacific heights

Jill Knight sails 4,500 Pacific miles solo and non-stop to Tahiti

Lay up or stay in?

Duncan Kent weighs up the pros and cons. Plus 20 top tips to help you make the big decision

Split personality

Libby Purves and family enjoy two holidays in one in Croatia

Destinations – Topsham

and the River Exe Mark Fishwick explores a delightful upriver retreat

Strong wind sailing

When it comes to a blow, how prepared are you? Peter Nielsen reefs down to storm canvas

Many brands make light work

Duncan Kent puts 10 spotlights to the test

Double take

Centre cockpit, or aft? Dufour offers one hull and two layouts with its 36-footers. Peter Nielsen sailed both

Cape crusaders

Miles Kendall, bound for Cape Town with the Clipper fleet, braves waves four times higher than a double decker bus

Laughing sickness

Paul Stephens finds a funny side to a dose of mal de mer

Destinations – Granville

Peter Cumberlidge discovers a snug harbour in Normandy

Best in show

Yachting Monthly’s Southampton Boat Show review kicks off with our pick of the latest new gear

Five nations

The Boat Show highlighted the challenge British yards face from imports from France, Germany, Sweden and the USA

Sailing skills
Question of seamanship
Learning curve
Des Sleightholme’s Sea Sense
Tom Cunliffe’s Yachtmaster Class 109 Quick tips
Win a GPS in our pilotage quiz


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YM Books
Charter news
Readers’ letters
Any questions?
Blue water letter: From Annie Hill in South Africa
Marina survey
Around the coast
News from our correspondents
Waterside property
Second-hand focus
The Westerly Storm 33
The Confessional
Readers’ sailing sins