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Sailing Today August 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

NORMALLY I’M HAPPIEST on a boat on a nice beam reach, with a cup of coffee at hand; or lolling at anchor with a glass of the local brew, admiring the scenery. But a few weeks back saw the whole team at ST donning wet weather gear, warm undergarments and clambering aboard a Sunsail F40 at Port Solent for a day’s racing against the cream of the boating world in the Marine Industry Regatta.By rights, it should have been a sunny day – this was June, after all. But as 30 knots whipped in, swirling and gusting off Portsdown, it became clear that even springing off the pontoon was going to be a major feat, let alone crossing the start and finish lines in the right order and without mishap.…

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ROD HEIKELL is the well-known author of many Med pilot guides and keeps his Warwick Cardinal 46 there BETTY ARMSTRONG grew up racing dinghies, but now sails a more sedate Dehler 36 around County Down NICK CHARMAN is a Royal Cruising Club member who sails his unstayed cat-ketch Fera in the Baltic ■…

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orient express

Limbering up for the Bosphorus Cup in late May, the Farr 55 Orient Express VI presents an extraordinary spectacle as she tacks in close to the shore. In the background, trucks and cars thunder across the Bosphorus Bridge, connecting Europe to Asia 64m above sea level. The Ortaköy Mosque was built on the orders of the Ottoman Sultan Abdülmecid I in the mid 19th century. The water here is deep enough right up to the quay that one French participant said: “You can’t believe how close you can come to the shore. You think you can nearly take a glass of wine while you are tacking!” The Bosphorus is a busy waterway (see ST229) and there are many marinas around the fringes of Istanbul. ■…

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ebb and flow

GREEK TAX TO HIT CRUISING BOATS The Greek authorities have devised a new tax on cruising boats using their waters, which could see many boats facing bills of over £1,000 a year.The Greek government announced a levy called TPP several years ago, which was unpopular but was deemed legal by the EU.It had not yet come into force, waiting for payment systems to be put in place, but had been set, with even the price bands agreed.Now the government has announced that it has drafted new legislation.The charges would be: LOA 8.1-10m – €30 per month; LOA 10.1-12m – €40 per month; LOA 12.1m+ €10 per m per month.So a 13m (42ft 7in) boat would be paying €130 a month, or €1,560 a year.A 10 per cent discount for paying…

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going up

(TURN TOSTARBOARD.CO.UK)A TEAM OF VETERANS affected by military operations are sailing 2,000 miles in the Turn to Starboard Round Britain Challenge (DISCOVERY YAHCTS) DISCOVERY YACHTS’ new employee, Tracey Phillips, PA to the managing director, has sailed a whopping 60,000nm and crossed the Atlantic twice ■…

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going down

SAILORS ARE urged to sign a Greenpeace petition for a ban on marine-damaging microbeads in cosmetics and toothpaste. See ST’ Facebook page to sign it (CREATIVE COMMONS/HEIPEI) NORTHERN DALMATIA, Croatia, has been beaten by Greece’s Peloponnese islands to be named Lonely Planet’s best European destination for summer 2016 ■…