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Sailing Today April 2016

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

ON PAGE THIRTY-THREE, our columnist Paul Heiney invites you to consider which way you’d really like to turn at Land’s End – left towards warmer waters and balmier breezes, or right – towards adventure. It’s a question that got me thinking this month. In my experience, south Brittany already begins to offer warmer cruising to those who turn left. The great Eckmühl lighthouse southeast of the Raz de Sein hasn’t yet failed to mark the dividing line for me between Channel drizzle and the sun of the Midi. It all gets a bit scary again as you close north Spain, where the swell crashes and weather pours out of the mountains. But once round Finisterre, you really can pull on the shorts. Turn right instead, and you have the glories of Scotland’s…

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ebb and flow

BOOT IS BOOMING Rounding off the major winter boat shows, Düsseldorf’s Boot again proved the high water mark for new boat launches. No fewer than 14 sailing world premieres were at the show, which attracted 247,000 visitors from 52 countries. Turkish builder Azuree had its bright new 33C on show; Lagoon’s new 42 catamaran was there; Bavaria had nearly a whole hall to itself, with the new 34 and 52 Cruiser models for viewing. Then there was the Jimmy Cornell-inspired Exploration 52 from Garcia Yachts, the Italia 12.98 performance cruiser, Solaris’ sleek new 47 and the Dehler 42. Luxury UK boatbuilders were well represented with the Gunfleet 58, Oyster’s new 575 and a stand from Discovery. In total there were 340 sailing boat brands at the show and hundreds of sailing boats on…

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hands off our antifoul!

The paint industry has issued a ‘use it or lose it’ notice to yacht owners. It is concerned that the Health and Safety Executive might restrict the use of antifoul to professionals, meaning boat owners could no longer buy and apply it themselves. The issue has come up because the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), following the latest EU biocide regulations, wants to raise the level of risk assessment criteria it uses when deeming a product safe for general use. A new, higher bar would assume that “DIY applicators”, i.e. people painting their own yachts, wear no protective clothing, such as gloves, overalls or masks, and that the paints are therefore too hazardous for them to use. Products could start disappearing from the shelves in three to four years. Restrictions and partial…

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new boats

Dufour 512GL c£209,000 (€269,500) Recently launched in Dufour’s Grand Large range for cruisers is the new 512. She’s based on the successful 500 with the same bold Felchi hull, and is said to be very easy to sail. New is the fixed bowsprit, for launching the Code 0 or gennaker, better lighting below and reworked galley area. Otherwise, she has the same large bathing platform, good stowage and a good-sized chart table. Very much designed for bluewater cruising. Django 9.80 from c£99,000 (€126,665) We went to Brittany to test the smaller 6.70 and had an absolute blast. This boat is designed with less sporty cruising in mind, but looks set to retain much of the performance of its smaller sister. As before, she uses vacuum infusion technology for the hull, which has something of the…

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first rate

Swiss pear tools Stunning tool kit made in Germany Absolutely stunning 24-piece tool kit from German manufacturer WohnGeist. The handles of the chisels, screwdrivers, hammers and files are made of Swiss pear, a wood that resists warping and splintering in moist environments – surely perfect for a yacht? A special magnetic case keeps everything in its place - possibly makes it worth the eye-watering price tag for that feature alone. •c£1,800 • Loro Piana Storm System Luxury gilet wards off that nip in the air Take your gilet up a notch with this quilted version from luxury Italian clothing maker Loro Piana. It is part of the label’s Storm System, which takes natural fabrics and uses treatments and a membrane to make them wind- and waterproof. As thoughts turn to spring it will work on those…

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mare nostrum

Think of the Mediterranean, and the chances are that a sunkissed beach with a little taverna on a quiet island will spring to mind. There are islands beyond count here, literally thousands, and many of them well known to cruising sailors in Croatia, Turkey and Greece. Mallorca in the west, Malta and Cyprus in the east are hardly unknown Med islands, with colourful maritime histories dating back to the Phoenicians in 1500BC. These days, however, they are often overlooked when it comes to cruising the Mediterranean. We decided to set the record straight with help from some daring, unconventional cruisers who have explored these and other lesser known islands in southern Med. They uncovered quiet anchorages, wildlife reserves and even some friendly locals. Malta MICHAEL HOWORTH Conquered, colonised and governed by civilisations including the…