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Sailing Today December 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

ONE OF THE BOONS of editing a sailing magazine is the opportunity to sail a great number of interesting boats. From wooden gaffers to Tall Ships; MOD70 foiling trimarans to bluewater cruisers. And just a few weeks ago as you read this, I took the train up to Ipswich to test one of the most luxurious family cruising boats yet built in the UK. She is the new Oyster 675 – the boat whose six-page test appears in this issue (pp46-52).While we might not have had great wind conditions, I was impressed with the way she was set up for sail handling and the simplicity of the push-button controls. But I would expect all that from a seaworthy brand like Oyster. What really impressed me was the finish below. Interiors…

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KIM FORTH was a weekend sailor in her native Australia, before buying a boat in Turkey to sail round the world JUDY LOMAX has sailed Norway for 16 summers, and circumnavigated Svalbard in 2013 NEAL PAWSON is an engineer and naval architect who used to design Southerly yachts ■…

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rocky road

Looking southwest, the dramatic chalk stacks of Old Harry Rocks mark out the tip of a white, rocky road that stretches from Studland along Ballard Down to Swanage. The chalk and flint layers were laid down 66 million years ago and were in fact connected to the Needles off the western tip of the Isle of Wight until ‘recent’ prehistoric times. The cliff is undermined with sea caves and fissures, and there are fairly regular cliff slides here. Between the camera and Old Harry himself, a lighter patch is visible, representing an underwater ridge. This can be the cause of overfalls on a spring ebb, but though clearance is low, there is enough depth quite close in for boats to pass. ■…

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ebb and flow

(PREMIER MARINAS)NEW LOOK FOR NOSS Noss Marina in Devon is to undergo a major redevelopment.The former shipyard on the River Dart was bought by Premier Marinas in the spring. It can currently take 180 boats afloat, plus 47 on trot moorings. Plans are for a new 250-berth marina with fuel pontoon, new shower and toilet facilities, dry stack and boatyard, boat storage ashore and a pedestrian ferry service to Dartmouth. There will also be a luxury hotel with spa and restaurant, and a café, car parking, marine workshops and space for shops and other businesses.Premier Marinas said disruption would be kept to a minimum: “We understand how to make boatyards work for customers and providers of essential complementary services alike.”Planning consent is expected to be determined in the spring, with…

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going down

(PREMIER MARINAS)DEPTHS IN BRIGHTON after Premier Marinas bought its own 14m, 25 tonne dredger, Doris, which can reach between pontoons so they don’t have to be removed THE RESPONSE TIME to EPIRB signals, after the new medium-altitude earth orbit system was switched on. Locations can now be locked in just four minutes ■…

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is arctic sea ice vanishing?

Arctic sea ice on 10 September 2016. The orange line shows the 1981 to 2010 average. (Image: NSICD/NASA) Northabout in the Northeast Passage. See footage at (POLAR OCEAN CHALLENGE)(NSIDC)Last month, very different reports about sea ice appeared in the mainstream press. The Guardian reported that Arctic sea ice cover was at the second lowest level ever recorded (records go back to 1981), while the Daily Telegraph said there was 21 per cent more sea ice this year than in 2012. Both put a different spin on the same data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Colorado.NSIDC reported that on 10 September 2016, the ‘yearly minimum’ date used for comparison, there were 1.6 million square miles of Arctic sea ice: more than in 2012 (an…