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Yachting World Articles  Archive


September  2016

Thrilled though he was about the ACWS visiting his home town of Chicago, Skip is not a fan of big city racing........

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August  2016

Modern-day adventurers pale into insignificance when you consider the exploits of Shackleton 100 years ago..........

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July  2016

Feeling a little like a fish out of water, Skip tries the St Barth's Bucket superyacht regatta........

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June  2016

Ocean racing carries risks and great sailors have been lost overboard. It takes just a moment when your guard is down........

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May  2016

Should something be done about the number of rescues in high-profile events? and if so, what?

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April  2016

It can make sense to keep going for larger and larger yachts, but you lose something in the process

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March  2016

It is a measure of good seamanship that, should the rudder fail, you don’t immediately think of the rescue services.

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February 2016 

A catamaran is faster, safer and more comfortable than anything with a single hull – but you have to pay attention.

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January 2016

Remember when the maxi Drum capsized during the Fastnet Race? The crew do and a 30-year reunion brought it all back.

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December 2015

The new America’s Cup show is spectacular, but I have to admit to missing some of the shenanigans of the old-style game.

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November 2015 

Relying solely on electronic charts when you’re sailing in remote areas is a mug’s game. Keep your paper up to date and ‘navigate’.

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October 2015 

There is no activity more varied, with more opportunities to inspire young people to a lifetime’s interest, than sailing.

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September 2015

Pollution in Rio compromising the sailing Olympics? A clean-up is not going to happen. This is Brazil; just enjoy the carnival.

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August 2015 ‘Well used’ is surely a compliment for a yacht cruising off the beaten track, where keeping things ‘just-so’ is an exercise in futility.

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July 2015 Does the plan for a cruising guide to Antarctica represent another ‘paradise lost’, another remote area tidied and packaged?

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June 2015Taking a deep breath and donning a hard hat, Skip launches into the Volvo gender question: why do all-female crews do so badly?

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May 2015The wind-in-the-hair sailing bit is only the icing on the cake of this experience we call yachting. First, you’ve got to get down and dirty.

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April 2015Is there any point in learning celestial navigation these days, when nobody is ever likely to use it in anger?

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March 2015There’s nothing like a good debate around the saloon table on a stormy night, but computer access to facts is threatening the fun.

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February 2015‘The feel’ is what separates a good sailor from a so-so one, and you’ll never get it unless you’ve had a good soaking in a tippy dinghy.

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January 2015Racing and cruising are poles apart these days. While racing has become more extreme, cruising is now arguably too easy. Download pdf >>

December 2014Skip pitches into the Great Lifejacket Debate with his own views on when to don a personal flotation device.

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November 2014When it comes to sea trials for a new or refitted boat, it’s a case of don’t do what I do, do what I say.

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October 2014 In the first edition of his new column, Skip Novak takes a trip down the Hamble River and memory lane.

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