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Sailing Today June 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

I’M HOPEFUL FOR EVERYONE’S SAKE that by the time you read this Britain will be basking in a sort of weather that generally makes May my favourite month. Yet the vagaries of magazine production mean that this edition was put together at a time when the weather seemed to be exerting a sort of test of everyone’s patience with a period of the kind of early spring savagery that, frankly, had me at the end of my tether. This was definitely the case on the day I headed down to Falmouth to test the Rustler 33 (see p58). Driving down to the West Country can often feel like moving into spring at this time of year but on this occasion I drove into the teeth of a truly…

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ROD HEIKELL is a guru on Med cruising and the author of 21 sailing guides, which he updates regularly TOM CUNLIFFE is an author, journalist and TV presenter, and one of Britain's best-known cruising sailors RUPERT HOLMES is a yachting journalist with 80,000 miles of cruising and racing experience ■…

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island spirit

Every year the Solent comes to life with a spectacular rainbow of spinnakers, heralding the glorious jamboree of sail that is the Round the Island Race. Organised by the Island Sailing Club, the 50 nautical mile race was first held in 1931, attracting just 25 entries. It now boasts over 1,400 boats, carrying around 15,000 sailors. Here, competitors can be seen passing St Catherine’s Point, which marks the halfway point of the race. ■…

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ebb and flow

OYSTER YACHTS SAVED Oyster Yachts has been rescued from administration by gaming software entrepreneur, Richard Hadida, who is believed to have invested many millions, though the exact figure has not been disclosed.The move will allow Oyster to resume construction on vessels and wider operations, which had been stopped with immediate effect, following the company’s failure in February 2018. Mr Hadida, who made his fortune developing software group Evolution Gaming, said he “fell in love” with the British yacht builder, having sailed one of its vessels. However he was also very keen to highlight that this investment was “not merely a hobby”.“I believe we must save this great British brand and nurture it for the long term. But it needs to be a sustainable business: hard, quick decisions…

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kick ’em jenny threatens sailors

Officials on the Caribbean island of Grenada warned ships to steer clear of underwater volcano, Kick ’em Jenny, due to increased seismic activity, which could indicate the start of an eruption. With the increased alert level to ORANGE, ships and other marine operators were asked to observe the exclusion zone of 5km around the summit of the volcano. One of the most active volcanoes in the eastern Caribbean, Kick ’em Jenny, is approximately 1,300m high, with the summit sitting 200m below the surface. Scientists say an eruption would be unlikely to create a tsunami, due to the volcano’s location and pattern of activity, but it was not impossible.The alert level has recently returned to Yellow, the level it is permanently fixed at, as the gases already being released can…

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cowes goes green

Lendy Cowes Week has launched a new sustainability initiative in an effort to make the event more environmentally friendly. The regatta, which attracts around 100,000 visitors every year, will be raising awareness of sustainability issues and highlighting how we can all help to make a difference both on and off the water. Some of the initiatives planned for 2018 include installation of more water filling stations for the general public and competitors, and improved waste recycling around the town. Kate Johnson of LCW said: "We believe that, as a large flagship regatta, we need to do what we can to minimise our impact on the environment." RNLI RESCUE A volunteer crew from Portaferry RNLI went to the aid of a man and his dog on board their…