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Sailing Today January 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

WE WERE SHOCKED this month to hear the sad news about the German couple who had been attacked by pirates in the remote southern Philippines. Jürgen Kantner and his partner Sabine were reportedly held at gunpoint by a Jihadist group in Tawi-tawi – part of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Sabine was shot and killed in the fracas. The truly astonishing part of this sad story is that the couple had been the subject of a pirate hijack in 2008 in the Gulf of Aden. They were captured, ransomed and survived the ordeal, vowing to keep on sailing. The couple even returned to Somalia afterwards to reclaim their yacht, reportedly entering the country illegally and against the advice of the German government. Their indomitable spirit is hugely to be admired,…

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autumn sail

Like the skipper at the helm of this Bavaria Cruiser 37, the photographer has captured the stunning yellow livery of the leaves in this image. Despite the size of the boat, the photo was taken on the banks of the Jungfernsee, a two-mile-long lake sandwiched between Potsdam and Berlin in central Germany. It is a glacial lake now, part of the Havel River, and its southern end is spanned by the Glienicke Bridge - the so-called Bridge of Spies used to exchange prisoners between the Eastern Bloc and US-controlled West Berlin. The lake’s southern shore is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.…

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ebb and flow

RUDDER DRIVE FROM HANSE German boatbuilder Hanse has launched a radical new propulsion system that involves mounting the motor and propeller of the boat on the trailing edge of the rudder. Dubbed the ‘e-motion rudder drive’, the electric system has been installed on a Hanse 315 and makes the boat so manoeuvrable that it is capable of turning in a circle in a fraction of its length. It has been developed in partnership with Danish steering specialist Jefa and the electric motor manufacturer Torqeedo. The 4kW motor replaces the standard boat’s diesel engine, saving 100kg, reducing drag and eliminating much noise, exhaust and maintenance. The rudder has been re-engineered to rotate through 100 degrees – more than required to steer under sail. This lets the skipper pull the stern of the yacht off and…

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teak at what cost?

‘TEAK FROM BURMA IS A PROBLEM AS IT IS OFTEN NOT PROPERLY MANAGED’ ALondon-based campaign group has made formal complaints about several European timber importers, claiming that they are buying teak from Burma, something which it says is illegal. The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) says that bringing in hardwood from Burma (or Myanmar) since 2013 is in contravention of the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR), which bans placing illegal or high risk wood on the EU market. The group said that an injunction had been granted against one Swedish company, preventing it selling any more Burmese teak within the EU unless it could meet certain criteria after a case brought by the Swedish Forest Agency, Skogsstyrelsen. EIA added that it was expecting a similar result in nine further cases. Teak from Burma is a…

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first rate

Turned out fine High-quality craftsmanship from Paris workshop Paris-based Naudet has been making barometers and maritime clocks since 1860 and is the only French manufacturer of traditional measuring instruments still producing them today. This barometer in matt black and chromed brass makes a nice change from the more usual ‘yellow’ brass versions (although they do make those as well), and adds a touch of contemporary styling to a yacht’s saloon. It measures 135mm in total in diameter, including the flange for fixing it to the saloon wall, and 47mm in depth. The dial, with laser-engraved, UV-resistant detailing, is 100mm across, and also available in white, and the whole barometer weighs 370g. You can add a logo, date or text to personalise your chosen design. The labels on the dials are available in English or French,…

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new boats

Gunboat 57 £custom Followers of the Gunboat saga may recall that it was the dramatic dismasting and abandonment of the Gunboat 57 Rainmaker that precipitated a financial calamity that led to the manufacturer going into liquidation. This was a shame as the project was an interesting one often producing spectacular results. The good news is that Gunboat is back, having been resurrected by Grand Large Yachting. The harbinger of this return is VaiVai. Fitted out and finished by Nigel Irens, there have been significant tweaks with engines relocated more centrally and the rudder set up improved and refined. J/121 £314,000 J Boats has another design ready to be unleashed on the sailing world and she looks like a bit of a beauty. The J/121 is a 40 footer designed for short-handed offshore sailing and she…