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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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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 in…

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crashes top insurance claims list

‘ALMOST AS MANY COLLISIONS ARE WITH FIXED OBJECTS AS WITH OTHER BOATS’ Collisions are to blame for most sailing yacht insurance claims, according to new industry research.Figures from a study by Bishop Skinner Marine revealed that 26 per cent of claims it received in 2015 were as a result of crashes. Dean Hunt, Bishop Skinner’s senior claims handler, said that almost as many collisions were with fixed objects such as buoys and pontoons as with other boats. And in cases when a yacht hit another vessel, it was normally a moored boat in a marina that was struck. Damage caused by storms or heavy weather was the second most frequent claim, at 24 per cent, and usually happened while boats were on moorings or berthed in marinas during the winter months, rather than…

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new boats

Spirit 47CR £750,000 When East Coast-based Spirit Yachts announced its CR range of bluewater cruisers back in 2015, there was much anticipation. Now the first model of the new range is nearing completion and promises to be a real beauty. Like all its yachts, she’s of wood/ epoxy construction, but unlike many of her sisters, she features a good deal more beam and freeboard. At 47ft she’s a handy size for extended cruising and there is accommodation for five or six people. As you can see, the yacht is well on her way to completion - but all that wood means lots of coats of varnish to come before she’s ready to go. Feeling 13.90 £244,000 Since Southerly Yachts imploded a couple of years back, lift-keel yachts of a certain size have become rare indeed. Feeling…

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first rate

iPhone and iPad charger Power bank charges iPhone 6s and looks good too You’re on watch and don’t have a 12v power point in the cockpit when the light on your device starts to dim… Enter the Besiter Mercury 10 power bank for recharging mobile devices, including iPhones, iPads and Android phones. It claims to charge an iPhone four times, a Samsung Galaxy S6 two-and-a-half times and an iPad once. We got 2.5 out of it for an iPhone 6 – and there are two USB ports so you can charge two devices at the same time. Looks good in black and grey or white and gold. •£35 • Well-papered down below Marine-grade wallpaper covering is durable and wipeable From wallpaper heritage brand Cole & Son, which has been producing wall coverings since 1875, comes a unique product -…