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

MBY boat review

A boat with outstanding seakeeping and very flexible accomodation