Many dream of an Atlantic crossing to the Caribbean for Christmas. ...

  • The boat ‘guests’
    One of the uncharted ‘hazards’ for yachtsmen sailing to idyllic destinations is the long lost ‘friend’ who turns up for a holiday. Sheila Blackburn recalls a few ?

  • Boat test
    Two versions of a French family cruiser from Jeanneau: the sporty SunFast 37 and the de-tuned Sun Odyssey 37

  • Solo Atlantic circuit
    Many dream of an Atlantic crossing to the Caribbean for Christmas. Clive Imber, a widower of 65, set off singlehanded in Rummager, his Vancouver 34. His three-part adventure starts next month

  • Down Mexico way
    Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, made famous by John Steinbeck, offers wilderness cruising against a backdrop of unrivalled beauty. Paul Gelder flew to La Paz to climb mountains, explore cactus forests, swim with sea lions and, of course, sail a 50ft Moorings yacht

  • Boat showbiz
    The YM team report from Europe’s biggest on-water show: on all the new yachts and the latest equipment launched at Southampton 2000

  • Water wheels
    Stowing a folding bike aboard your yacht adds a whole new dimension of freedom to explore ashore. The YM team put half-a-dozen compact bikes to the test – for rideability, foldability and stowability

  • Destinations – with FREE chart
    Amsterdam has more listed buildings than any other place in Europe, apart from other attractions. Peter Cumberlidge visits the fleshpots and hotspots

  • PLUS:
    Sailing Skills, Second-hand focus, New Gear and your favourite writers: Tom Cunliffe, Annie Hill, Des Sleightholme, Libby Purves