West Scotland

Anyone who has even glimpsed the west coast of Scotland will know this is one of the most spectacular cruising areas in Europe, dramatically indented and partly protected by islands…

World Class I announces a new leader

Offshore Sport Promotion (OSP), promoter of the current UIM Class I World Championship (WOC) series, have announced Britain's Richard Ridout as its new managing director.

Elder Cove

Down at the southern tip of Devon, just west of Prawle Point, Elender Cove is tucked under the dramatic granite scars of Gammon Head.

Victory scores as Gjelstan finishes third

It was high drama for the Dubai based Victory Team at the third round of the World Class I (16 litre) Offshore Championship in Arendal, Norway, on July 19.

Lake Race Abandoned

Jerry Peachment was leading when the red flags were flown by safety officers on the 11th lap.

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.