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Sailing Today January 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

I WOULD ASSUME THAT THERE are quite a few drivers who, like myself, were rather appalled to discover that their diesel-engined cars were actually less good for the environment than petrol cars. This rather sudden volte-face also affects many cruising sailors who have long placed their faith in the diesel engine when the breeze fails. Yet there is a wind of change blowing through the automotive world and the rise of the electric-powered car is filtering through to the sailing world. This month I had the pleasure of testing the new W1DA 33 OOD (p60), which the manufacturers describe as the TESLA of the oceans. I don’t know anything about that as I’ve never driven a TESLA, but certainly on our test sail, there was great pleasure in motoring back…

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ebb and flow

ARC 2017 LAUNCH SUCCESSFUL The bustling city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria played host to the start of the 32nd edition for the ARC and ARC+, earlier this month. Over 1600 sailors from all over the world congregated in the port city for their transatlantic voyage to the Caribbean shores of Saint Lucia. Almost 300 boats will sail under the ARC banner this year, with family cruisers, professional racers, retired couples, competitive crewmates and thrill-seeking amateurs, all on the start line for an epic sail across the Atlantic Ocean. Reconnecting Ephesus to the sea The ancient city of Ephesus is set to once again have a harbour on the Aegean coast, thanks to an ambitious new project announced by Turkish State Hydraulic Works. Ephesus, today one of Turkey’s top tourist attractions, was once…

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brexit on a cliff edge?

‘Despite the fact that we are far from a deal, the immediate changes are already being felt’ Regardless of where you stand on the issue of Brexit, the fact remains that the UK is now committed to leaving the European Union and the question is not if, but how, the result will impact the sailing community. With this in mind, the June 2016 vote was immediately countered by the mobilisation of major British sailing organisations in order to protect the interests of British sailors across Europe. As the national body for all forms of boating in the UK, the RYA has taken a leading role in negotiations, with Jeanette Hopkins, Director of External Affairs, saying: “We are continuing our work with members, other marine bodies and the Government to understand the impact of…

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first rate

Yacht Master II Watching the world go by Rolex has introduced the new Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II, its unique regatta chronograph dedicated to yachting enthusiasts. The new design doesn't just look the part, it lives up to its maritime name, with essential features making it perfect for life at sea; it's waterproof to a depth of 100m, is incredibly tough with a middle case crafted from a solid block of 18 ct gold or particularly corrosion-resistant 904L steel, and the crystal is made of virtually scratchproof sapphire. • £13,700 • Chichester Tides Live life like an Austen hero Built in the time of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, this early 19th century cottage on the edge of Sweare Deep is picture perfect. Grade II listed, it offers direct access to the Channel and beyond. With its…

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new boats

Grand Soleil 34 £122,000 The original Grand Soleil 34 was launched in the 70s and became a hugely popular little cruiser/racer, with production hitting over 300 hulls before production was discontinued in the 80s. The new 34 harks back to the original pocket rocket and is a smart cruiser/racer. Her design features masses of beam carried well aft combined with a hard chine. She has twin rudders and there will be the option of tiller or twin wheel steering. Despite her evident racing pretensions, the interior is smart and stylish with two cabins. Malango1088 £143,000 The Malango 1088 is a new 36’ fast cruiser from the drawing board of French naval architect Pierre Rolland and built by IDB marine. To date arguably their most popular models have been the Malango and Mojito 888…

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more highs than lows around britain

We didn’t initially intend to sail around Britain. Motivated by a desire to get better at sailing, have adventures, and not work for five months, we devised three plans, all starting from Cowes and heading west. Plan A was to make it to Cornwall and find beautiful anchorages away from the crowds. Plan B involved getting to Scotland with a return down the west coast. We had spoken in hushed voices about Plan C, to keep going around, until we arrived back at our starting point. We knew this would take us way beyond our comfort zone. Previous trips had only taken us as far as Brixham and The Channel Islands. The boat was seaworthy and ready enough for a round trip, but were we? Our planning for this trip was…