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Sailing Today April 2017

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

IT'S FUNNY TO BE thinking of January/February as a year end. But for me, late January marks the ‘final’ and foremost boat show of the winter season – in Düsseldorf. ‘Boot’, as it is known, rounds off a season that begins with Cannes and Southampton, via Paris and London, and it is probably larger than all those other shows combined. Its origin in 1969 was as a purely German show, with local distributors exhibiting to northern German sailors. But it has expanded dramatically. The show now covers over 200,000m of exhibition space across 17 halls on the foggy banks of the Rhine. It attracts a quarter of a million visitors, of whom one in five comes from outside Germany. For journalists, the show represents a fantastic opportunity to catch up with the…

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oyster bed

PHOTOACTION.COM Well known on the Caribbean race circuit, and to ARC rally boats crossing the finishing line in St Lucia, Tim Wright specialises in yacht photography. Here he has captured a dozen of the 31 Oysters who left Antigua together on 15 January, bound on a 27-month circumnavigation that takes them first to Panama, then island-hopping across the Pacific. The Oyster World Rally will cover 30,000 miles, but the deep, cerulean blue of the sea where the Atlantic rolls between the Caribbean islands will be hard to beat.…

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ebb and flow

SUPERYACHT LAUNCHED One of the world’s largest superyachts, Sailing Yacht A, designed by Philippe Starck and built by German boatbuilder, Nobiskrug, left the yard on 5 February. The 468ft, sail-assisted motor yacht has a gross tonnage of about 12,600 and its mainmast rises 100m above the waterline. Commissioned by Russian industrialist, Andrey Melnichenko, it is described by its builders as “undoubtedly one of the most visionary projects” they’ve been involved in. There’s no doubt its striking appearance will divide opinion among sailors, but it is certainly a spectacle to behold. ARC Channel Islands rally returns Entries are now open for the second ARC Channel Islands rally, after the inaugural 2016 event proved a great success. The eight-day cruise begins in Haslar Marina in Gosport on 12 August this year and explores some of the highlights…

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the world’s their oyster

‘WE DECIDED TO TAKE OUR GAP YEAR BEFORE OUR CHILDREN’ This modern day adventure set off from Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour in Antigua, following months and years of training, planning and boat prep. The day was filled with much excitement, anticipation and fanfare, as the 31-strong fleet readied itself for departure. Final boat checks were made, inventories taken and then taken again, final goodbyes said, and the all-important adventure-day-one photos taken. The historic harbour, which takes its name from its most famous resident, Admiral Horatio Nelson, was the perfect backdrop for this classic feat of maritime endurance. As the sun rose on another stunning Antiguan morning, the excitement was tangible from organisers and participants alike. Britons Tianelle, Robert and Jeannette Parkinson said enthusiastically: “After nearly two years of planning and preparation, here we…

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first rate

Musto ski gear What do sailors do in the off-season? Well, if they’re not strolling round the boatyard like Paul Heiney (p36), they either fly to the Caribbean, or they take to the slopes for some downhilling – sating their appetite for gliding through the H2O in the great outdoors. Recognising this, Musto has at last designed a full range of gear for skiers, drawing from its waterproof and breathable, highly stretchy Evolution technology. There are jackets and salopettes, parkas, gilets, fleeces and wicking midlayers, even gloves and hats. Musto’s been here before, with minor forays in the past, but this is the most complete and technically satisfying range it’s produced. • jacket £499 • Globe Trotter luggage Stylish range recreates the golden age of travel Travel in style with the new range of luggage and travel…

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new boats

Düsseldorf’s boot in late January has become the world’s top boat show, with more yachts on display than most on-water shows. We stalked the halls by the River Rhine to bring you a round-up of the most exciting world launches… Dehler 34 from £108,500 Now in its third incarnation, the Dehler 34 was first launched to acclaim in 1986, then revamped in 2002. This latest version strikes a balance between comfort below and sleek performance, lending herself equally well to fast family cruising or Cowes Week glory. The new judel/vrolijk-designed hull is lighter and faster than ever, with a larger sail area. Carbon-fibre reinforcing in high strain areas, plus a carbon grid system connecting keel, mast and chainplates, offers peace of mind. The boat comes in a cruising or a competition style, giving you…