This section brings you a variety of columns from around the sailing world.
Latest from the Cowes Online columnists
Thu 29 Dec 2011 at 1347 GMT
ARC2011, organised by Cowes-based World Cruising Club, drew to a close in Saint Lucia on 17 December with the prizegiving ceremony in Gros Islet.
Mon 19 Dec 2011 at 1754 GMT
The 26th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) finished in fine style on Saturday, 17 December with a spectacular prize giving ceremony at the Gaiety Nightclub in Gros Islet, Saint Lucia.
Mon 19 Dec 2011 at 1208 GMT
Perhaps the best example of handling failures and breakages at sea during the 2011 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) came from the crew on Spindrift of Jersey, a Moody 44.
Thu 15 Dec 2011 at 1534 GMT
This year's Atlantic Rally for Cruisers saw 217 sailing yachts cross the starting line in Las Palmas; 73 of them reported breakages or failures at sea.
Tue 13 Dec 2011 at 1029 GMT
The 200th boat in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers 2011 fleet is due in on 13 December, and only a few more still remain at sea.
Wed 07 Dec 2011 at 1534 GMT
The majority of the ARC2011 fleet are still at sea, slowly reducing the miles to Saint Lucia.
Wed 07 Dec 2011 at 1439 GMT
Here's a seasonal recipe to enjoy from columnist and superyacht chef trainer Malcolm Alder-Smith.
Fri 02 Dec 2011 at 1256 GMT
No record, but Atlantic Rally for Cruisers crossing completed in 11 days and 14 hours.
Thu 01 Dec 2011 at 1057 GMT
The leading boats in the ARC 2011 (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) fleet were expected to arrive in Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia on Thursday, 1 December.
Wed 30 Nov 2011 at 1115 GMT
ARC's (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) news update on Monday, 28 November.
Fri 25 Nov 2011 at 1053 GMT
Happy Thanksgiving to all 18 American ARC 2011 boats, and to all the US crews sailing in the ARC this year.
Thu 24 Nov 2011 at 1021 GMT
With the northeast trade winds blowing fairly steadily, most crews taking part in the World Cruising Club's ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) were settling into their 'at-sea' routines, watch patterns, sail changes, cooking, fishing, reading and maintenance.
Thu 17 Nov 2011 at 1106 GMT
British sailor Allan Dobson lived in Hong Kong for many years and as a member of the Royal Hong Kong YC sailed in regattas such as the China Sea Race, San Fernando Race, Vietnam Race, and cruised from Panama to Tahiti.
Mon 14 Nov 2011 at 1341 GMT
With a week to go before the ARC fleet leave Las Palmas de Gran Canaria for Rodney Bay in Saint Lucia, crews from across the world marched and danced behind their national flags in a stirring parade around Las Palmas Marina.
Fri 11 Nov 2011 at 1314 GMT
What an amazing life changing experience, three years of my life leading to this one event and it was everything I had hoped it to be and so much more, writes columnist Dan Dytch after completing the 2011 Mini Transat.
Thu 10 Nov 2011 at 1218 GMT
The 230 boats taking part in this year's Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) are starting to arrive in Las Palmas.
Wed 09 Nov 2011 at 1258 GMT
During research for my last book, I spent some considerable time trying to find a definitive guide to the sizes of superyachts, writes columnist Malcolm Alder-Smith.
Tue 08 Nov 2011 at 1858 GMT
Our columnist Dan Dytch racing in the Mini Transat onboard 617 Soitec has reached the marina of Salvador de Bahia in Brazil, taking 19th place in the Protos.
Wed 26 Oct 2011 at 1424 BST
The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) 2011, organised by Cowes-based World Cruising Club, should see 30 multihulls at the start, a record-breaking number for the ARC.
Wed 05 Oct 2011 at 1645 BST
It's the time of year when sailors who are sailing across to the Caribbean in the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) are thinking about making their way to the Canaries, often via Spain or Portugal, to be there in plenty of time for the official start on 20 November.
Wed 05 Oct 2011 at 1557 BST
As a result of some great sailing our columnist Dan Dytch onboard Soitec finished Leg 1 of the Mini Transat race in 12th place in the Protos after nine days, five hours, 10 minutes and 52 seconds.
Mon 26 Sep 2011 at 1817 BST
Cowes Online columnist Dan Dytch was one of 79 skippers to cross the start line for the Mini Transat race from La Rochelle, France to Bahia, Brazil, on 25 September.
Tue 13 Sep 2011 at 1133 BST
"I am now into the final stages of preparation for the transatlantic; on 25 September we set sail from La Rochelle for Bahia, Salvador, in Brazil," writes Cowes Online columnist Dan Dytch.
Wed 03 Aug 2011 at 1401 BST
"I have been training in La Rochelle;" writes Cowes Online columnist Dan Dytch, "my French is not good enough to make full use of the briefings and explanations but to see photos and video from off the boat is a great tool."
Tue 26 Jul 2011 at 1410 BST
"Once you have secured a position on your first yacht, you will be so full of excitement and anticipation, about so many different things, your head will spin," writes Malcolm Alder-Smith in The Marine Cookery Bible.
Sat 23 Jul 2011 at 0900 BST
The 26th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, the ARC, will set sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on Sunday, 20 November, bound for Rodney Bay in Saint Lucia, 2,700 nautical miles across the Atlantic.
Wed 22 Jun 2011 at 1423 BST
It's that time of year again - strange ceremonies have happened around Stonehenge, there's the first sign of the "nights are drawing in again" bird but more importantly it's the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race this Saturday, 25 June, with a record 1,908 entries.
Mon 20 Jun 2011 at 1306 BST
For the uninitiated, Gazpacho is a chilled, Spanish, tomato-based raw vegetable soup, originating in the southern Spanish region of Andalucia, writes Malcolm Alder-Smith, columnist for Cowes Online.
Fri 17 Jun 2011 at 1720 BST
Cowes Online columnist Dan Dytch has just received official confirmation of his place in this September's Mini Transat, a 4,200 mile single-handed race from La Rochelle in France to Bahia in Brazil.
Tue 07 Jun 2011 at 1645 BST
Cowes Online columnist Dan Dytch was one of 30 competitors on 15 yachts which set off on 15 May on a 561 mile course from Plymouth to the Fastnet Rock via Eddystone Rock and Bishop Rock, then on to the Coningbeg Light and back to Plymouth.
Mon 06 Jun 2011 at 1856 BST
The Norton family continues their circumnavigation on Miss Tippy with the Blue Water Rally, as related by Brian Norton, and, we bring you a slideshow of images from the last two years of their round the world voyage.
Fri 06 May 2011 at 1353 BST
The one question I keep getting asked is "how did you finish up writing a book about working as interior crew and cooking on yachts?" writes Malcolm Alder-Smith, new columnist for Cowes Online.
Fri 06 May 2011 at 1107 BST
This year Cowes Online columnist Dan Dytch aims to take part in every Mini race in the Atlantic and Mediterranean circuits; here are his interesting race reports from the recent Archipelago and Grand Prix Italia.
Fri 08 Apr 2011 at 1721 BST
With the approach of summer, many people think of taking a few months or a year out and sailing down to warmer climes, perhaps with the idea of crossing the Atlantic after the hurricane season has passed later in the year, writes Cowes Online columnist Simon Rowell.
Tue 15 Mar 2011 at 1840 GMT
Cowes-based World Cruising Club has experienced an upsurge in interest in its sailing rallies following a highly successful ARC 2010 (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) which started with 233 yachts.
Thu 24 Feb 2011 at 1459 GMT
British solo sailor and columnist for Cowes Online Dan Dytch is set to take on the French at their own game after securing a title sponsor for the 2011 Mini 6.50 season.
Mon 07 Feb 2011 at 1801 GMT
The part of the atmosphere we live in is known as the boundary layer, writes meteorologist and Cowes Online columnist Simon Rowell.
Thu 03 Feb 2011 at 1546 GMT
"It's official, I have signed contracts with Soitec and will be racing Mini Soitec for the 2011 season," writes Cowes Online columnist Dan Dytch.
Wed 12 Jan 2011 at 1648 GMT
Cowes Online columnist Dan Dytch is now in his third season in the Mini Transat and will compete in the 2011 transatlantic race between France and Brazil.
Tue 21 Dec 2010 at 1021 GMT
For the 2011 season I have upgraded to a much more modern Mini Transat, number 617 Soitec, writes columnist Dan Dytch.