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Sailing Today July 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

DUE TO AN OVERSIGHT on my part, I found myself navigating the Golfe de Morbihan in Brittany last month sans electronic charts. The battery on my elderly Garmin handheld had finally given up the ghost, and the chart card for my brand spanking new Raymarine eS97 plotter hadn’t arrived yet. In addition, the new depth sounder had yet to be calibrated, and was up to 0.5m off. Sailing singlehanded, in relatively unfamiliar waters, I was on my guard. I reefed down conservatively in the 15kt of breeze and the little Plastimo handbearing compass was glued to my eye as we rode the tidal travellator at up to 11kt. The pinchpoint came close to the mouth of this inland sea, between the Ile Berder and Ile de la Jument. We must have…

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dock of the bay

A clutch of World ARC boats rest in Taha Uku bay, dwarfed by 1,200m tall Temetiu mountain in Hiva ‘Oa in the Marquesas islands. The fleet arrived in the easternmost South Pacific island chain after averaging between 18 and 20 days at sea since leaving Galápagos. This section of the eastern Pacific is usually the longest crossing in a circumnavigation. Thirty-two boats set off from Saint Lucia in January on the 2016-17 edition of the World Cruising Club rally, and more will join in Australia and a few other ports. They vary from the 35ft (10.6m) Albin Stratus Ain’t Fancy to the Oyster 62 Wishanger II. Hiva ‘Oa, the second largest Marquesas island, is the most convenient port of entry for yachts arriving from Galápagos. French post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin is buried here.…

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ebb and flow

TIDAL ENERGY FARM FOR IOW A tidal energy scheme 1.3nM off St Catherine’s Point on the Isle of Wight has moved a step closer to reality after permission was granted by the Government’s marine planning body. The Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre (PTEC) will be the largest in England and Wales, producing up to 30MW – enough to power 15,000 homes. The Marine Management Organisation (MMO), which licences marine activities in the UK, granted permission in late April for the offshore section of the scheme. As well as a 5 km site including up to 60 turbines of various designs, there would also be cables running to a substation/control room on the island. Permission for the onshore aspects were granted by local authorities last year. Perpetuus Energy is yet to settle on the exact types and…

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rya drops tidal distinction

‘LEARNING TO SAIL IN THE UK OFFERS THE BEST TRAINING EXPERIENCE’ Sailing schools have voiced dismay that the RYA is removing the tidal and non-tidal distinction from day skipper and coastal skipper practical courses. From January 2017, the distinction between waters will be removed, so someone sitting their day skipper or practical skipper course in the Med, for example, will earn the same qualification as someone taking it in the UK. Currently people taking RYA Day Skipper or RYA Coastal Skipper practical courses in waters designated as ‘tidal’ are taught a tidal syllabus. Those taking the courses in non–tidal waters learn nothing about yacht-handling in tides – although tides are always covered in the day skipper theory course, wherever it is sat. From next year, someone taking the course in non-tidal waters will be…

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new boats

Oyster 745 £3.15m On the drawing board since 2013, hull number one of this beautiful new bluewater cruiser went on show at St Katharine Docks in April prior to the yacht heading off on a round the world trip. The first of the Oyster range to have the entire hull shell built using vacuum infusion with continuous glass fibre, she also has a vacuum infused girder system built into her hull, for strength and rigidity. The interior is a distinct departure from the 745’s predecessor, with four extremely generous cabins, all featuring en suites. An elegant addition to the Oyster line up. Just add blue water. Balance 526 £910,000 Balance Catamarans have factories both in China and South Africa, making this a truly multinational company. The 526 is the latest addition to the range and is the result…

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first rate

Classic meets modern J-Class photos for your iPhone case Like socks, iPhone cases are one of those boring but practical expenses you just have to stomach. Not so with these, featuring stunning yachting images by marine photographerOnne van der Wal. Van der Wal was a racer before he took up a camera, and knows his subject well. His images of yachts under sail, including the J Class boats Hanuman and Velsheda (pictured), have been turned into snap-on iPhone 6 cases that protect your phone from scratches and dings. •c£20 • In the mail Adventure in a box designed to inspire outdoor trips What gift to buy a bluewater cruiser who has everything? How about a monthly adventure in a box? Wild Inspiration Boxes are the latest ‘it comes to you in the post’ idea. A Total Inspiration gift box contains…