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March 2023

2023 March 1

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Hove to in the gales of Biscay

John Kretschmer uses all his storm tactics on a fraught passage

Ready to sail

Look for little problems that can become big issues before launch day

Steely resolve

A 1940s steel classic gets a stunning refit to save it from the scrap heap

Boats & Gear 

Perry on Design: The Code-X and Cape 31 are exciting new designs from Bob Perry’s former interns

Technique: Asymmetric spinnaker skills

Boat Doctor: Tracking down troubling smells

Used Boat Notebook: Beneteau First 32s5

Gear: Sail repair kit

Boat Test: X-Yachts X4.3 gets a sleek and speedy redesign


For Openers

Full and By: And the Oscar goes to “Top Gun” for six minutes of sailing

On the Wind: Practice makes perfect when an idiot with his pants down goes overboard

Splashes: Sydney Hobart race was a downwind buster

For the Love of a Boat: A young couple falls in love with their Cheoy Lee 41’s old soul

Your Beauty of Sail: Reader photos

The Wharf: Brokerage, charters and other sailing related goods and services

On the Cover 

With its crew and spinnaker donning its signature yellow, Freya charges for the finish at the Rolex Swan Cup.

Cover picture by Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi