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Sailing Today February 2017

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

TURNING NORTH IS THE THEME of this issue. High latitudes may be strictly for the short summer season (mid-July to August can be all the 'fine' weather you get up there), but there is so much planning involved that you should start now. Get ahead with the well-weathered advice of Ellen Massey Leonard (p66) who has cruised Alaska and northwest Canada. She's spoken to some of the world's top cold-water sailors, including the famous Skip Novak and the indomitable Bob Shepton. There's a handy illustration showing the elements of boat design you should think about before heading high. Closer to home, Charles Warlow makes the passage from Oban in Scotland to the hauntingly beautiful Faroe islands – barely north of the northernmost Shetland. At around 600nm, it's a proper offshore passage, and…

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kraken 66 view

Looking over the bow of the first hull of the brand new Kraken 66, the photographer has captured the Hong Kong skyline backlit just before dusk, with Victoria Peak to the left of the image. The 66 is the flagship of the growing Hong-Kong based bluewater cruising brand, and has been built as a mini superyacht. Features include an interior navigation station with broad visibility, Kevlar-reinforced forward sections, a windscreen and a large, secure central cockpit. The boat also has a so-called ‘Zero’ keel. Being lead encapsulated in GRP and multiaxial Kevlar laminate, Kraken says there is therefore ‘zero risk’ of the keel falling off.…

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ebb and flow

ARC FAMILY TAKES TO LIFERAFT Five people had to be rescued from a German yacht taking part in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers after it started to take on water three days into the crossing. Skipper Alex Grefath, his wife Alexandra, two children aged 10 and 12 and crewmember Jorg Zeibig were all rescued from their liferaft on 23 November by the research ship James Cook. They were 375nm southwest of Gran Canaria, two days into their 2,500nm voyage. The skipper of Noah, a BM39, emailed rally control at 1218 UTC on 23 November, reporting that the boat was taking on “significant volumes of water”. Some reports indicate that Noah may have struck an underwater object. Grefath put out a Mayday call two hours later when the electric pumps failed. When the James Cook arrived…

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piracy on the decline?

‘ALTHOUGH THE DECLINE IS NATURALLY WELCOMED, THERE ARE CAVEATS’ The capture by pirates in the Philippines of the bluewater cruising yacht Rockall turned into a tragedy in November when one member of the crew was killed, the other taken hostage. It emerged later that Rockall had previously been captured by a group of Somali pirates off the coast of Yemen, in 2008. Yet amid the news, statistics were released by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) indicating that piracy is at a 20-year low. The figures for January-June 2016 reveal that there were 98 incidents in that period, which compares favourably with the 134 recorded attacks in the preceding six-month period. However, while welcoming the news, the IMB remains cautious, with Pottengal Mukundan, Director of the IMB, stating: “We are encouraged by the efforts…

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first rate

Wooden wallets Pocket some traditional craftsmanship Using only traditional craftsmanship at their West Sussex workshop, the Wooden Wallet Company eschews mass production techniques. The result is that no two of its small wooden card wallets are the same. Rare and exotic hardwoods are carefully selected for unique markings that add to the finished product, are then routed, sanded and finally polished. A clipped coin is inlaid, and the wallet can be engraved for an extra fee. The spring mechanism inside the wallet presents each card, making it handy for credit cards or business cards. They are made out of burr elm, yew and oak. • from £160 • Atlantic islands Adventure sailing in an ocean passagemaker Some people wait years to experience sailing in Madeira and the Azores, via a long Atlantic circuit. The typical route will take in…

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new boats

Diva 34SC £93,000 Swedish firm Diva has often been viewed as the archetypal Scandinavian boatbuilder, producing superbly finished, high-quality cruising yachts that were deeply conservative in design. However, few could accuse the new 34 of being in any way retro in design. This new Diva’s styling is bang up to date with a torpedo keel, light displacement and even the option of twin wheels. If anything, the design tilts toward performance cruisers. Down below she is also thoroughly modern with a light, open-plan layout. It will be interesting to see if Diva’s reputation for high-quality finish will remain firmly in place. Euphoria 68 £POA A couple of years ago Turkish boatbuilder Sirena Marine announced its new Euphoria range of fast, luxurious cruisers. At the time, it was easy to question whether it would materialise, but last…