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Sailing Today October 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

IN THE COURSE OF CARRYING OUT boat tests I have plenty of opportunity to chat to manufacturers about what is troubling them and the general state of the industry. A recurring concern among manufacturers seems to be the worry that there are not enough young people getting into sailing – and yacht cruising specifically. The two boats I test in this issue are fine examples of the general concern facing the industry. Hanse is one of the biggest and best selling brands in the world and the company report that its strongest selling models are in the 50' bracket. Meanwhile for our 'small' boat test I put the Saffier 37 daysailer through her paces. Yep. That's right, a 37' daysailer. Perhaps it's unsurprising that many fear younger sailors are being…

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bullimore makes final voyage

More than 20 years since British sailor and entrepreneur Tony Bullimore cheated death during the Vendée Globe Race, the yachtsman has finally made his last voyage. Bullimore, 79, hit the headlines in 1997 after his yacht, Exide Challenger capsized in the Southern Ocean after losing her keel. Bullimore survived for four days in an air pocket within his stricken yacht. He subsisted on Mars Bars in freezing conditions until he was finally rescued by the Australian Coastguard. A keen racing sailor who competed extensively in multihulls in the 1980s – most notably picking up honours with his trimaran, Spirit of Apricot. His monohull record was somewhat less successful and his misadventures on Exide Challenger were his most memorable exploits. Despite this, he remained a keen racer crossing the Atlantic at least 30…

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lively lady restored to former glory

Sir Alec Rose's beautiful yacht Lively Lady has been restored to her former glory. The elegant yawl, which was built in Calcutta in 1948, made her name after Rose, a rather understated greengrocer from Portsmouth, completed a circumnavigation aboard her in 1968. The trip featured a single stopover in Australia and came one year after Sir Francis Chichester completed the same feat. Lively Lady was then donated to Portsmouth City Council and is currently operated by Around and Around, a charity offering youngsters the opportunity to go sailing. The latest refit was completed at the premises of Hayling Yacht Company in Hampshire and includes extensive work to re-lay her decks, combined with a rebuild of her deckhouse and overhaul of her electrical systems.…

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british marine chews over brexit fudge

British Marine is attempting to lobby the government for greater clarity over its Brexit white paper. The organisation, which represents the interests of the British Marine Industry, wants clarity on what VAT paid status on boats and goods will be after the UK leaves the EU. Unfortunately, the White Paper didn’t provide the clarity that British Marine has been seeking.…

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lady luck not needed for tuck

Australian skipper Wendy Tuck is celebrating after she became the first female skipper to win a round the world yacht race. The 53-year-old professional sailor prevailed in this edition of the Clipper Round the World Race but played down the gender aspect of this impressive victory. "I hate banging on about women. I just do what I do but I am very proud." The victory completed an impressive female one-two in this iteration of the race, as second place went to 25-year-old Nikki Henderson. The victory comes some 30 years after Tracy Edwards' Maiden and her all-female crew blazed a trail in the Whitbread Round the World Race.…

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MALDON TOWN REGATTA 22 SEPTEMBER – ESSEX For a chance to check out one of the biggest gatherings of local smacks bawleys, and classic yachts, head to Maldon for the Town Regatta. This fun-packed day of racing and festive activities includes a chance to view one of the many local Thames Barges that operate in the area. GREAT YARMOUTH MARITIME FESTIVAL 8-9 SEPTEMBER – SOUTH QUAY, NORFOLK The festive spirit will be enhanced with a mix of traditional and modern maritime vessels including Kaskelot, a Danish three-masted barque that took a recent staring role in the Poldark television series. . BURNHAM WEEK 25 AUGUST – 1 SEPTEMBER - ESSEX With racing is split into three events – first Bank Holiday weekend, week day racing, and the Town Cup trophy race day on the final Saturday, thre…