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Sailing Today March 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

IT WASN'T SO LONG AGO THAT A PROMINENT politician stated that we'd all had enough of 'experts'. Well, your luck is out this month Mr Gove as the current issue of Sailing Today is brimming with expertise garnered from many decades of collective cruising. In fact, there are enough old salts in this month's magazine grit a substantial length of the M6. To add insult to injury for Mr Gove, we've headed to Europe - more specifically the Mediterranean coast - where Rod Heikell passes on his wealth of knowledge on how to read the weather in the Med. His knowledge is garnered from decades of cruising in the area and his tips are therefore invaluable. We follow that up with some excellent in-depth tips on cruising in the southern…

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ebb and flow

SAVE BRISTOL BOATYARD A petition has been launched to save Bristol Marina’s boatyard after Bristol City Council revealed plans to make changes to the lease, making it impossible to run. The council claims they need to take 40% of the boatyard’s land to accommodate a new un-named operator for the Dry Dock. Davina Lund, who owns the boatyard said: “This loss of boatyard space will mean the boatyard will quickly become unprofitable. We won’t have the space for the many commercial boats in the harbour, such as the Tower Belle and Bristol Ferries, to be maintained, repaired or safety checked. They will have nowhere else in the Harbour to go. Bristol Marina’s boatyard is also the only place dredgers can launch, helping keep central Bristol safe from flooding. Petition: Sailors in search…

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BRIXHAM PIRATE THURSDAYS THURSDAYS IN MARCH Join the piratical shenanigans under the Old Fish Market on Brixham harbour side. With fun for all the family, locals and visitors are invited to take try arts and crafts, watch puppet shows, dance and sing to live music, and, of course, dress in your best pirate attire. UNDER THE SEA 30 MARCH - ESSEX Colchester Arts Centre is supporting Surfers Against Sewage, in an under the sea spectacular. The fin-tastic band, Jupiter Ray, will entertain guests, as surprise performers join revellers on the dance floor. Fancy dress is encouraged. DURLSTON CASTLE PAST 3 FEB-3 MARCH - DORSET Explore Durlston Castle, with its interesting history. Standing on the Dorset cliffs, it was built as a folly of local man, George Burt, in the late 19 century, but went on to…

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first rate

Cruising cufflinks A nod to the ocean It’s a shame Christmas has passed, as these little sailing boat cufflinks would make the perfect stocking filler for your boating friends and family. Designed by Joseph Turner, a British sailing brand based in the north of England, they’re a fun way to show your devotion to the ocean, without going over the top. Moulded in silver, with cobalt blue detailing, they'd go with pretty much anything, but we can see them worn while watching the racing at Cowes or on the jetty at Southampton Boat Show, as you check out the latest launches. • £49 • America’s Cup classic A modern take on a beloved yacht The Columbia model yacht is perfect for anyone who has a love for the sea and a fondness for the golden age of yachting.…

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new boats

Ofcet 32 SC £126,000 French manufacturers, Ofcet’s 32 SC is part of a new generation of innovative, sporty yachts that almost sit in a genre all by themselves. Taking its lead from manufacturers such as Pogo and Django, Ofcet’s 32 is a lightweight yacht that still offers light, roomy accommodation with plentiful headroom. In terms of hull design, well-known racing man, Marc Lombard has drawn a hull shape that is pretty radical, featuring a slightly bulbous bow similar to Beneteau’s new Figaro 3. There is a hard chine and a deep bulb keel combined with twin rudders. Dufour catamaran 48 £tbc One of the notable absences from Dufour’s broad and extensive range of yachts is a multihull option. That, however, is about to change with the introduction of this all new 48…

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in-depth ionian

With bright azure skies, lush greenery surrounding remote bays and the deep sapphire seas, the Ionian Sea of western Greece boasts ideal sailing conditions, delectable Greek mezes and welcoming local folk in charming traditional villages. It’s also a cruising sailor’s dream, with light, balmy breezes the norm, and innumerable anchorages almost always within a stone’s throw of a friendly tavern. This sailing paradise is where I find myself working as an RYA sailing instructor for family run yacht charter company, Sail Ionian, based in Vliho on the island of Le›as. After growing up in Lancashire in the north of England and having lived in various places overseas since leaving school in late 2000, it’s no surprise that six years after discovering this gem of a place I have no plans to…