From the adrenaline rush of racing at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, to the staggering spectacle of the Tall Ships regatta - from beginning to end, last month was a whirlwind of all things boating, and we’re delighted to bring you a bumper issue.
We’re also taking a look ahead this month to the on-water extravaganza that is the PSP Southampton Boat Show, with a special four-page guide. It certainly seems like there’s plenty of excitement in store this year, as organisers are pulling all the stops out to make the show more appealing to visitors and throw off any sceptics. Feature boats, live music and – best of all – more opportunity than ever before to get out on the water and try out new boats and new skills all sounds hugely promising… let’s just hope the sun reappears!
This issue we also report on some inspirational people; from 17-year old Natasha ‘Miss Isle’ Lambert conquering her Sea and Summit challenge, to Keith Burhans, a Paralympian who won the chance to sail on the Volvo 65, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing. Despite losing both his legs in a boating accident, Keith still pursues the sport he loves. Geoff Holt reports on page 24.
And it’s not just those overcoming adversity that can inspire, but those determined to try something new. Check out our In at the Deep End feature on page 36, where columnist Georgia Pitt goes back to basics to see how newcomers can get started in sailing.