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Sailing Today July 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

THE NEWS THAT BAVARIA YACHTS has entered administration came somewhat as a bolt from the blue for me. It’s true that making a living out of building mid-sized cruising yachts can be tenuous but I always held up Bavaria as a company that, through some typically Teutonic efficiency, had managed to turn a healthy profit. Sadly, like Oyster Yachts a few months previous, it appears this was not the case. It’s not all doom and gloom; I am certain that Bavaria’s current travails are more of a bump in the road than a sign of anything more serious. Yet the fate of both Oyster Yachts and Bavaria share several things in common that should be a salutary lesson to anyone in the business; both enjoyed the backing of large investment…

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ebb and flow

TEUTONIC TROUBLES The yachting world is still reeling after it was announced that German giant Bavaria Yachts has gone into administration. The Black Forest-based manufacturer and its 600 strong workforce faces an uncertain future after it opted for self administration and was placed in the hands of Dr Beck and Partner, a company specialising in insolvency. By opting for self administration the company has safeguarded the wages of its workforce until June and also means that production and delivery of existing orders will continue as normal. Nautitech, the multihull arm of Bavaria, is unaffected as it is a separate company. Eric Appel, Chief Operations Officer of Bavaria Yachts said: “In the current situation, we will continue to provide our customers with the customary high quality. “The top priority is now to search for an investor;…

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rya find brexit fudge hard to digest

The RYA has teamed up with the British Association of Snowsports Instructors (BASI) in order to try to get some clarity on the rights of seasonal workers in Europe post Brexit. Around 7,000 British sailing instructors work in Europe through the summer season and the concern is that, post Brexit, these workers could find that hurdles such as work visas may make life difficult for them. In a joint statement, Sarah Treseder and Andrew Lockerbie, CEO of the RYA and BASI , said: “Thousands of our members currently travel to the EU on a seasonal basis every year to work in training centres and ski schools, generating substantial value to local economies and providing an income to a significant number of UK workers.” The RYA is in touch with the Department for Business,…

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red diesel resolution

Years of confusion over the legality of sailing a yacht from the UK filled with red diesel into Belgium seem to have been resolved after the Belgium Finance Office confirmed that there will be no fines implemented. This is a story that has been rumbling on for over a decade. The Cruising Association (CA) and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has devoted considerable time and effort to attempting to cut through the Belgian waffle. It appears that a measure of clarity has been achieved. The notice from the Finance Office read: “The policy of tolerance regarding Red Diesel in UK flagged yachts visiting Belgium will be maintained until further notice. Any change to this policy will be communicated in due time. This removes any remaining uncertainty."…

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oyster yachts rally round

The departure of the Oyster World Rally fleet from New Zealand seemed emblematic of the upturn in the fortunes of the boat builder which has been buoyed by securing substantial backing following a period of financial uncertainty. The rally, which set off from Antigua last year, is held solely for owners of Oyster Yachts. The organisers hosted a 'Farewell New Zealand' party at the Opua Cruising Club, Auckland. Paul Adamson, the new CCO of Oyster Yachts, was at the event and was able to meet the participants and share with them his experiences of his circumnavigation aboard Oyster 885 ‘Lush’ during the OWR 2013-14. CHEEKI RAFIKI: DIRECTOR CLEARED OF MANSLAUGHTER Douglas Innes, Director of Stormforce Coaching, has been cleared on four counts of manslaughter following a retrial. A jury deliberated at length…

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what’s on

COWES CLASSIC WEEK 22-27 JULY – HAMPSHIRE Cowes Classics Week, a leading regatta for classic racing sailboats, celebrates its 11th anniversary this year. With up to 160 classic beauties lined up to take part, this could be a perfect opportunity to find a quite spot along the shoreline on a sunny afternoon and watch top class racing. SWANAGE REGATTA AND CARNIVAL 28 JULY - 4 AUGUST - DORSET The annual Swanage Regatta and Carnival promises to live up to its glowing reputation with a whole array of activities lined up for all the family. Gig racing, dinghy racing, and yard of ale challenge are just few exciting events planned. POMMERY DORSET SEAFOOD FESTIVAL 14-15 JULY – DORSET The multi-award-winning Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival at Weymouth’s famous historic harbourside, is one of the largest festivals of its…