At this time of year, with the nights closing in, you might think things were winding down in the boating world. But it rather seems the opposite is true!
Firstly, there has been lots of Royal involvement across the board this month. What an honour for our sport! From powerboating in Portsmouth with Geoff Holt, to celebrating our heroes and encouraging youth schemes - take a closer look at our news section.
Then there is the racing. From the debut flight of Ben Ainslie Racing’s new foiling AC45 on the Solent to the action-packed Atlantic battle for first leg victory in the Volvo Ocean Race, there is plenty going on in the racing world. And that is just for starters, as the Caribbean season is about to commence, and winter series on home waters are already well underway.
All at Sea has been out and about trying our hand at some cruising this month. A full report is on page 22. Whether you are planning to indulge in a little late season pottering of your own and looking for inspiration, or you are reading this already tucked up by the fireside, make sure you take up Paul Antrobus’ recommendations for a cruising tipple!
And if you have not yet put the boat to bed – we really hope you haven’t! - don’t miss our expert tips on pages 24-25 for both power and sail boats. Winterisation may seem like a formidable task, but there is plenty of help at hand, and it’s well worth the effort in the long term.