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As any good armchair historian knows, Antony Beevor is the go-to author for an accessible retelling of some of the Second World War’s most pivotal moments. (No letters from Stephen E Ambrose fans, please – he’s great, too.) I devoured Beevor’s book Stalingrad, which brought home the horror of that particular battle. It was with some enthusiasm, then, that I said yes to Lord Ashcroft’s offer to write up his adventure to the city now known as Volgograd. Many owners and captains would look at a journey like that and deem it too difficult. It’s hard to blame them – it took Lord Ashcroft’s captain a year to study all the ins and outs, but the effort paid off with one of the most remarkable superyacht adventures ever undertaken. If the story on page 64 leaves you hankering for a bit of blue water and far-off lands, flick on a few pages to our story about crossing the Pacific. In a month or so, eagle-eyed AIS watchers will notice more and more yachts transiting the Panama Canal for the crossing to New Zealand for the America’s Cup. It’s not too late to join them.

Stewart Campbell
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