Motor Boat & Yachting

Noone breaks winning pattern

A new name emerged to break the winning domination of Jerry Peachment when Paul Noone (Dac/Mercury) won the fourth round of the Formula GP championship at Stewartby, Beds, on June…

Your RYA course companion – Part 7

You've decided where you want to take your boat, you've booked the time off work, and you've bought the pilot books and charts. It's time to put it all together…

Your RYA course companion – Part 6

A yachtsman in the Med or the Baltic can get away with a cursory knowledge of how tides work, but for those of us in the UK it is an…

Your RYA course companion – Part 5

It's a foolhardy skipper who leaves harbour with no knowledge of how to use his charts and nav instruments to keep track of where he is. Robert Avis introduces chartwork.

Your RYA course companion – Part 4

Push-button navigation has made every skipper's life easier, but there remains no substitute for paper charts, parallel rules and a soft pencil. Robert Avis guides you through the raw materials…


On the dramatic south shore of the Bristol Channel, just over a mile east of Ilfracombe, a narrow gap in the cliffs leads to a shallow inlet known as Watermouth…

Your RYA course companion – Part 3

If you get confused over the rules and regulations of the sea, and can't tell the difference between variation and deviation, Robert Avis offers some expert advice that will help…

Across to Ireland

Browsed in the chill of early winter, this passage plan is a kind of apetiser for the following season ­ food for thought if you've never considered Ireland a feasible…

The Irish Sea

South coast boats making for the west of Scotland first have to reach about 56o latitude, where the sheltered waters of the Clyde provide a convenient jumping-off point for the…

Your RYA course companion – Part 2

On a bright summer's day, it is tempting to relegate the issue of safety to the back of your mind, but you never know when a sticky situation might arise.


The Cornish fishing village of Polperro is invisible from seaward until you are in line with the narrow cleft in the cliffs.

Day Skipper

We start with nautical terms, hull shapes, and knots and ropework ­ elements that help cruising enthusiasts choose the right boat in the first place and use it safely.

Thames Estuary

The busy channels between the Kent and Essex shores can be treacherous and daunting. But don't be put off ­ Peter Cumberlidge maps out some clear paths.

International cruising

All you need to know about cruising abroad. We've put together this section to help you with your preparations.

Les Minquiers

The eerie anchorage off Maîtresse Ile, right in the heart of the notorious Plateau des Minquiers, is one of the most daunting corners of Europe to take a boat.

Cruising Log

Anchorages in focus and new routes discovered.

MBY boat review

A boat with very flexible accommodation and its strongest market in the Med