SAILING SKILLS The big question ‘What is the best system to stow your mainsail?’ A question of seamanship ‘We’ve run aground. Now what do we do?’ Expert on board To the rescue! We all get taught how to make a Mayday call, but how are you meant to respond when you hear one, and what can you do to assist? Learning curve ‘Our offshore cruise turned into an ocean survival epic.’ Even with careful preparation, heavy weather can lead to a serious situation. How you react is critical Technical How stable is your boat? Adding heavy cruising gear will change your boat’s stability, so it is worth checking. We show you an easy way to calculate yacht stability CRUISING A long weekend The Swale and the River Medway are home to marshland, birds and mud, as well as surprising beauty and tranquility, according to Dick Durham Homewaters – School sailing heroes When a school sailing club from inner-city London decided to compete in the Fastnet Race, they raised some eyebrows, and then made sailing history Adventure – YouYube sailing stars A young couple started cruising and made a video for YouTube. They now enjoy global fame and a brand new catamaran. How have they done it? Cruising logs Readers share their crossings of the Channel, the Bay of Cadiz and the Pacific Ocean Anchorage Alastair Buchan explains the appeal of stargazing and birdwatching at anchor in Northumberland BOATS & GEAR New boat test – Hallberg-Rassy 340 Graham Snook heads for a wintry sail on a Swedish classic that has had a modern makeover. He finds a boat that’s built for comfort and speed New gear The METS trade show saw a host of new equipment unveiled. We take our pick, including electric winch handles, automatic tethers and AIS smartphone apps Find me a… Deck saloon for £150K Reevaluating how they cruise, two readers decide to move to a deck saloon for more shelter. What’s on the market for their budget?