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Sailing Today February 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

BOAT SHOW SEASON is well under way by the time you read this. Paris is almost a distant memory now, but I love the sense of vigour the show gives off, with its blend of vast production boatbuilders and niche grafters. Sailors are a resilient bunch, and the awful Paris attacks last year had little impact on the bustle at the Salon Nautique. London’s next, with its intriguing Sixties-themed area and Mediterranean village. I’m sceptical about the 1960s being the high water mark of innovative boatbuilding in the UK, but perhaps you have a different view. Then it’s on to Dusseldorf, now the world’s pre-eminent show for sailing boats, and most other craft as well. If you want to know what the year ahead holds in terms of new boat launches,…

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close racing

It is a warm summer’s day in Sweden’s Skaeryard and you are out for a gentle sail among the rocky islands off the west coast when you come across another sloop headed in the same direction. You are aiming for a pass called the Jungfruhålet – it is narrow and the granite hard. But you have faith in your boat, your charts and your sailing knowledge, so you sheet in, concentrate on your course and challenge your neighbour to a friendly little race. All around the coast of the Skagerrak Sea in western Sweden and southern Norway are seascapes like these, which lie west of the island Tjörn in Bohuslän, Sweden, with thousands of scattered, rocky islands and natural anchorages. Summer tidal range is less than a metre, currents are seldom more…

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brunel leads arc race fleet

Thousands of sailors arrived safely in the Caribbean as various Atlantic rallies wrapped up. Just under 260 boats headed for St Lucia in the 30th ARC and the ARC+. Volvo Ocean Race yacht Brunel set a new record for an ARC crossing, doing it in 8d 7h 39m 30s. The ARC was not without drama, as the crew of yacht Magritte was evacuated after the Moody Grenadier 134 started taking on water 100nM west of the Cape Verdes. The crew was rescued and taken to Spain by the cargo ship SCL Basilea but the yacht had to be abandoned. The next Caribbean island north, Martinique, played host to 40 yachts which completed the Atlantic Odyssey. The first Odyssey boat to arrive was Belgian catamaran Mercredi Soir, with its family crew spanning three…

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oyster points to 825 ‘weakness’

OYSTER YACHTS HAS RELEASED a statement related to the sinking of Polina Star III which highlights ‘a possible weakness in the process used to build the inner structure’ of other 825s. The company released the update after photos emerged online of the hulk of Polina Star III, which sank in July after it lost its keel. Oyster’s update said an inspection of other 825s showed the weakness, understood to be a problem with the way the structural grid was attached to the hull. Two 825s, Albatross and Maegan, had their grids reinforced and have since crossed the Atlantic with the ARC. “This process has not been used on any other Oyster Yacht built over the last 40 years and will not be used again,” the company said. To see the full statement, go…

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iron man sean sails 700 miles

An adventurer who has swum, run and cycled between Land’s End and John o’Groats has now sailed the route. Sean Conway was crew on a Class 40 racing boat in December for the near-700-mile trip. Sean, 34, claimed it as a world record – and ST was surprised to hear that no record exists for sailing from Land’s End to John o’Groats. Sean, who hadn’t sailed before, said he thought it’d be straightforward. “The first 24 hours are a straight line. We’ll get the sails up, point in the right direction and go for it.” But while the sail was conducted offshore and largely in darkness, he said he still rated the swim, which took four months, as far harder. Phil Sharp, a Vendée Globe hopeful skipper from Jersey, and boat-owner…

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chart table has magic touch

A French inventor is on the verge of launching a touchscreen chart table which can be used for navigation, or double as an on board TV screen, a computer or a games console. Called Kara, after the inventor’s daughter, the screen comes in 32in, 40in and 46in sizes, and can incline and pivot on an extendable pedestal. It uses infrared sensors, meaning it works even when fingers are wet – unlike smaller touchscreens – and allows several people to use different apps at once. Its 8mm toughened safety glass is bonded in place so that the screen can resist even sharp knocks and heavy weights – it’s possible to use the screen for paper chart work, for example. The technology will at first be available as an option exclusively on French-built Allures…