How to put together a yacht’s medical kit

Pip Hare runs through the most important kit you should consider having in yacht’s medical kit, particularly if you are heading offshore for an extended period Putting together a ship’s medical kit is a lot like preparing a boat for a long voyage. It is about envisaging all the scenarios that could affect the health […]

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Route du Rhum skipper: Conrad Colman

As the 2022 Route du Rhum approaches, we take a look at some of the top names set to compete in the race. Helen Fretter looks at Conrad Colman’s chances Conrad Colman, or the ‘crazy Kiwi’ as he became known, was the first New Zealander to compete in the Vendée Globe in 2016. Colman studied […]

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Route du Rhum skipper: Charlie Dalin

As the 2022 Route du Rhum approaches, we take a look at some of the top names set to compete in the race. Toby Heppell looks at Charlie Dalin’s chances Charlie Dalin has risen to become one of the stand-out stars of the current generation of IMOCA 60 sailors. His biggest moment in the spotlight […]

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Route du Rhum skipper: Kevin Escoffier

As the 2022 Route du Rhum approaches, we take a look at some of the top names set to compete in the race. Helen Fretter looks at Kevin Escoffier’s chances Kevin Escoffier is a hugely experienced ocean racer, a Volvo Ocean Race winner and a member of Loick Peyron’s Banque Populaire V crew that smashed […]

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Mike Birch, 1931-2022

One of offshore racing’s most celebrated skippers, Mike Birch, who won the first edition of the Route du Rhum on a 36ft trimaran in 1978, has died aged 90 (FILES) In this file photo taken on November 4, 1978, Canadian Mike Birch, skipper of sailboat “Olympus Photo” looks on during his departure from Saint-Malo for […]

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How to recover a man overboard

Man overboard recovery is a key drill for Clipper Race crews. Winning skipper Chris Brooks shares some key tips on the process with Andy Rice After 45,000 nautical miles racing in the Clipper Round the World Race, skipper Chris Brooks was relieved that his crew on Qingdao never had to put their well-rehearsed Man Overboard […]

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Stan Honey – the thinking sailor

Stan Honey’s first ever offshore race set the tone for his career. Then a lean and mean 14-year-old racing Lasers out of the Los Angeles Yacht Club, Honey already had an interest in all things technical. In 1969 Stan Honey had the opportunity to go yacht racing, and took on the dual roles of navigator […]

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Second hand boats: How to get an IRC winner

If you’re buying a second-hand racing yacht, how do you ensure you’ll be competitive? Rupert Holmes analyses what to look for when buying a used yacht for serious IRC racing fun Careful passage planning can pay dividends during the Round the Island Race. Photo: Paul Wyeth If you want to participate in racing in the […]

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Kevin Escoffier: Tough guy of the sea

Kevin Escoffier may be famous for his dramatic Vendée Globe rescue, but there is much more to his story, as he tells Helen Fretter We all know how French solo skippers get so darn good. They move from youth sailing to Mini Transat and Figaro classes, where they drill for years. Then the lucky few […]

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Where the sky is born: Yucatan Channel

The Yucatan Channel is rarely sailed by visiting cruisers, but Kila Zamana discovered wilderness and Maya myths Key West, at the southernmost tip of the United States, is a place of non-conformists, colour and curiosities. Arriving at night, I spotted the Gunboat Traverse resting peacefully on the dock in front of a row of classic […]

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Summer sun chasing from Falmouth to Formentera

A non-stop passage from Falmouth to Formentera enabled Phil Johnson and Roxy Sears to make the most of the Med Slipping our lines on a sunny day in the last week of June, we left Falmouth under blue skies and a gentle breeze, heading south towards warmer waters. We felt a mix of emotions: sadness […]

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Worlds coolest yachts: Aquitaine Innovations

We ask top sailors and marine industry gurus to choose the coolest and most innovative yachts of our times. Nigel Musto nominates Aquitaine Innovations Aquitaine Innovations was one of those breakthrough boats that precipitated a step change in sailing. Yves Parlier was, and continues to be, one of the sport’s great innovators and the boat […]

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