• ‘Metal gurus’ – aluminium special
    Strong and light, aluminium has a loyal following as a boatbuilding material. In our aluminium special we review the oceangoing, lifting-keel Ovni 38, and Mike Pocock’s Project 2000 design .

  • French island hopping Part 2
    Stopping at Ile de Sein is a good way to make sure of being at the Raz when the tidal gate opens. Ken Endean helps you to choose a safe haven.

  • Cruiser racing made simple
    Racing is fun, friendly and is the best way to hone your sailing skills, and it doesn’t matter what boat you own – from old gaffers, to bilge-keel Westerlys, to brand new Bavarias, all are welcome at clubs and regattas around the country. YM’s guide tells you the basics, from how to find a club, to getting a rating, to tactics on the start line.

  • Buying a second-hand Hunter?
    Our A-Z features the British Hunter range, one of the few survivors of Britain’s illustrious boatbuilding past, specialising in small cruising boats that have stood the test of time. Plus: Hillyards and Halmatics.

  • Going West Country cruising?
    Try a short-cut with the inshore passage between the notorious ship-trap of the Manacles and the rocky mainland. Our chartlets will help you plan your pilotage.

  • Win!
    A McMurdo personal locator beacon worth ‘699 in our new Sailing Skills competition.

  • Destinations: Ipswich and the Orwell
    The East Coast is a place people associate with muddy anchors – the River Orwell has its fair share of ooze, but it also boasts seven marinas. Dick Durham offers a cruising guide to an area of rural beauty steeped in sailing history.

  • A woman alone
    After 12 and a half years together, Jill Knight discovers that it is no longer a one-sided affair with her boat Cooee, ‘At last we were taking care of each other’, she writes at the end of her circumnavigation.

  • Cruisers Guide to Racing
    We advise on where and how to go racing, all you need to know about turning your sedate cruiser into a flighty racer and doing battle with similar boats. Don’t miss Yachting Monthly’s “A Cruiser’s Guide to Racing” sponsored by