The essential guide to cruising courses for sailors, with a complete list of RYA recognised sea schools ? everything you need to know from Day Skipper to Yachtmaster courses

  • Deepwater dynasty
    Helen Tew, 90, tells YM about her sea fever, which began in 1923 and ended last year with her Atlantic crossing in a 26ft gaff-cutter with one of her five sailing sons. The Tews are a deepwater dynasty with thousands of ocean miles under their keels Charter special ? Peter Nielsen and family discover a part of the Dalmatian Islands which knocks the spots off other charter destinations

  • Lucy Smith skippers her first yacht, crewed by five girlfriends, in Greece
  • Cruising Canada: Libby Purves and family sail from Sunsail’s new Vancouver base

  • Onboard heating ? Buyers? Guide
    Marine diesel and gas hot air heaters are just the thing to take the chill out of your winter sailing. James Jermain offers a buyers? guide to help you choose

  • Destinations ? La Rochelle with FREE chart
    La Rochelle is a mecca for sailors on the west coast of France, guarded by the magnificent twin towers on St Nicholas and La Chaine. Peter Cumberlidge explores this attractive seaside town

  • On Test:
    Dehler 36 ? mid-price fast cruiser with racing potential. James Jermain takes a look
    Legend 356 ? Simon Jinks sails a budget-priced family cruiser

  • A-Z of second-hand yachts ? Eventide and Feelings

  • Plus: Libby Purves on This Cruising Life and a Blue Water Letter from Niki Perryman

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