Next month

Lyme Bay: cross it or cruise it?
Expert advice on rounding Portland Bill and Start Point, plus cruise planner and harbour guides to all ports between Portland and Brixham

Expert on board: How to get unstuck
What should you do when you run aground? Tips, techniques and tricks for floating free again

New boat test: Fan Class 32
We test a revolutionary mid-size cruiser that sails to windward without heeling!

Second-hand boat test: Trapper 500
She was a highly regarded fast cruiser in her day, and can now be bought cheaply on the second-hand market. Has she stood the test of time?

Group test: Chartplotters
From entry-level options to wide-screen wonders – which one is right for your boat and budget?

Destinations: The Oyster Capital of France
Cruising guide to Rochefort and the Ile d’Oléron, in south Biscay

Learning Curve: Fastnet storm rescue
An inspiring tale of peerless seamanship during the 1979 Fastnet Race disaster, told by one of Britain’s top sailors, Stuart Quarrie

Profile: Steve White
Meet the Heath-Robinson hero who took on the world’s top professional sailors in the Vendée Globe race, and beat most of them with his DIY prowess and low-tech seamanship

Fast-track yachtmaster
Does a ‘zero-to-hero’ intensive, six-month course equip you with the all-important experience and sea sense expected of a seasoned skipper?

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