From the editor
For most of us the past year has involved rather more dreaming, and rather less doing, than ideal. But looking out over the Solent, I see the waters are filling with sails again, boatyards are humming with activity: it’s time to get to it and get back afloat.
Yachting World has always offered inspiration for those dreaming of setting a course for the horizon but, much more than that, we also provide unparalleled real-life bluewater cruising advice. Our contributors have been there, done that, got the T-shirt, got the engine oil stains on their T-shirt, and the amazing memories to show for it.
If you want to know which weather app is best for negotiating the tricky systems of the
Azores, which instant meals taste best on a night watch, how to keep your crew safe in tough upwind conditions, ways to convert a luxury cruiser for high-latitudes sailing, or how to plan a stress-free midsummer sail to Scandinavia, this issue will tell you.
Our biggest bluewater cruising techniques project is always our annual ARC Gear Survey. For two decades we have asked each and every ARC rally skipper about what worked, what didn’t, and what they’d advise. This year’s topic is water: truly essential reading, see page 24.
With three ARC fleets set to see almost 400 yachts cross the Atlantic this autumn/winter, that’s a lot of jobs lists to tick off. Our experts are here to guide you every step of the way.