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Sailing Today February 2018

Sailing Today is the magazine for hands on cruising sailors, offering a wealth of practical advice and a dynamic mix of in-depth boat, gear and equipment reviews. It is written cover to cover by sailors for sailors. Since its launch in 1997, Sailing Today has sealed its reputation as the magazine for essential sailing information and advice. Thanks to our superb team of experts, Sailing Today is packed with news and advice for the hands-on cruising sailor. Specialising in yachts between 25ft and 60ft, with fantastic market leading boat and gear tests, and regular advice about seamanship and navigation, Sailing Today delivers the practical back up needed for those who enjoy using their boats, be it cruising around the coast, across the channel or in blue waters.

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skipper’s view

HAVING PREVIOUSLY TAKEN PART IN THE Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, or ARC as it is better known, I watched the fleet head off from Las Palmas with a strangely detached feeling this time around. The event truly is a phenomenon; over 200 yachts take part if you count the ARC+ (which stops over briefly in the Cape Verde islands) and more than 1,000 people will cross from the Canary Islands to Las Palmas. I remain fascinated as to why people choose to congregate in order to do something that is essentially about discovering how vast and lonely the Atlantic is. I suppose the idea of safety in numbers is not new. Christopher Columbus set off in convoy in 1492 from these same islands while a slightly different rationale dictated that the…

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ebb and flow

ATLANTIC ODYSSEY MAKES LANDFALL The 36 sailing yachts, which make up the Atlantic Odyssey, have made landfall in beautiful balmy Barbados. The arrival follows an epic 2,700 mile passage, across the unforgiving waters of the Atlantic Ocean, from the Canary Islands. Sea Dragon won the day as the first yacht to arrive into port. She set sail from Tenerife on 18 November and, in spite of several days of light winds, completed the passage in just 17 days. The first children to arrive into the Caribbean were Nathan, Bradley and Luke Tucker on board their yacht, Rogue. They'd spent some of the time during the crossing messaging children at a number of schools in Barbados and will now meet up with their new friends. The happy sailors will now spend the next few months…

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ONLY IN ENGLAND FEBRUARY 1-28 - GREAT YARMOUTH The ‘Only in England at Time and Tide’ touring exhibition of photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr, displays the eccentricities of English social customs over the past fifty years, and depicts fast disappearing ways of life. SMUGGLERS, SHERLOCK & LEGLESS RAMBLER 1-28 FEBRUARY - EASTBOURNE Discover the hidden secrets of East Dean, the final home of Sherlock Holmes, a haven for smugglers, and popular for its famous Legless Rambler real ale, sampled in the fifteenth century smugglers pub, The Tiger Inn. THAMES ROCKETS 1-28 FEBRUARY - LONDON Experience a change of pace on the water with the Thames Rockets. Departing from St Katharine’s Pier, you’ll speed along to an especially created soundtrack, immersing you in the history of seafaring Britain. DISCOVER ARTHUR’S SEAT 25 FEBRUARY…

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first rate

Bags of bravura Leave the sailing kit to the sea Handmade in Italy from bespoke lacquered cotton, this durable holdall will hold everything you need for your travels. The material is waterproof, so as well as looking super smart, it’s super practical too. It comes with a removable shoulder strap, leather top handles, and the handy front pocket allows for quick access to passport, travel documents etc. There’s also an external padded pocket for your laptop or tablet, with extra pockets inside to satisfy even the most organised of explorers. Finished with silver hardware, this is one very sophisticated sailing kit bag. • £1,595 • Decked out Fix up look sharp Sometimes it’s all about achieving the perfect look for the occasion, and Billy Ruffian’s Leander Boat Shoe will ensure you’re flawless, whether you’re strolling down…

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new boats

Comfortina46 £poa German manufacturer Comfortina, has carved out a niche in producing quality performance cruisers. In recent years their smart range had begun to look a little dated, but that is not a charge that can be levelled at their new 46. This thoroughly modern design also boasts a certain timeless elegance. She features well-proportioned, conservative lines that make for an easily driven hull and hint at speed and also comfort in heavy conditions. Down below she lives up to her name, boasting a certain air of cosiness that many other cruisers in this bracket lack. HH 48 £tbc Unlike many manufacturers, HH Catamarans seem to have started big and are now moving to smaller yachts. Their latest model, the HH 48, is a fast bluewater cruiser, designed by Morelli and Melvin. She’s…

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a voyage of self-discovery

I realise I’m some 500 years late to put it to the man direct, but I’ve always had my doubts about Christopher Columbus. Granted, heading out into an unknown ocean was a bold move - I don’t deny that, but what has always got me is that he was actually searching for Japan and China and, on arrival in the Caribbean, he managed to convince himself that he’s found a corner of the far east with a slightly less oriental feel to it. He even noted in his log a mild disappointment that the Arawaks he encountered seemed to have a totally inadequate grasp of preparing sushi - evidently he’d been promising himself a seafood treat as he made the long arduous journey across. Despite this, he is frequently lauded…