"April's child is full of grace ..." goes the old saying and the April front cover is indeed a graceful image reminiscent of days gone by.

Gaff rig, tanbark sails, high bulwarks, dinky rounded portholes, stempost in the bow: you could easily mistake the Cygnet 20 as a throwback to the old English crabbers sailing in Pittwater. But don't be misled, this is a modern hull design that may just well arc up the trailer sailer market in Australia. That gaff rig for example? All carbon fibre! Read our review on page 40.

While you are making your way to page 40 you may also wish to stay and read some of our other articles for this month.

We have a wonderful look back at one person's sailing life as he made his way through numerous boats and plentiful adventures. Then knock some knowledge into that head and comprehend the explanation of meteorological pressure tides that may well save your ship.

Most people think it is necessary to cross the Great Australian Bight in one go. But Andrew Bray explains how you can do it in wonderful short leaps.

Cathy Hawkins continues her journey across the top of the world making into Canada at last but not without meeting some incredible people along the way. Those crazy French!

Need a new outboard for the tender? Why not think of LPG: saves on fuel, saves on emissions, saves on storage containers. Read our review of Tohatsu's interesting addition on page 56.

Besides plenty of other information, reviews, tips and gear, we finish off with a humorous look at how to name/rename your yacht without rousing the wrath of the gods.


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