In the coming weeks, Jean Allaire, the St Martin-based sailmaker, will find out if his bid to compete in the 2006 Route du Rhum will go ahead or not.

Mildew stains on sails are a serious problem. We will walk you through how to remove mildew from sails AND a tip to be proactive so that it doesn't start

Karl James' progress from charter crew, through Olympic competitor to youth sailing instructor is an inspiration