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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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JENNY KEENE is a 58-year-old freelance wildlife ecologist, and first mate on 38ft steel sloop Il Silenzio FIONA ROGERS has sailed every size of Contessa sailing yacht, both cruising and racing, with husband Jeremy TOM STEWART sails his Legend 280 Kentigern in the Blackwater and is a trustee of the Jubilee Sailing Trust ■…

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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

(PERPETUUS ENERGY)TIDAL ENERGY FARM FOR IOWA 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…

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going up

(CREATIVE COMMONS/KEN MORGAN)A STUDY BY US scientists has found that having a view of the sea reduces stress. The fact that ‘blue space’ is all-natural could explain it, they said THE JEANNEAU 54 has won a hat trick of awards – Boat of the Year 2016 in Slovenia, Best Sailing Yacht in China and Croatian Boat of the Year 2016. ■…

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going down

KATA ROCKS, a new resort in Phuket, Thailand, has ocean-view villas that look like superyachts – but are buildings on land (BLOOMSBURY/ BAILEY BOAT CAT)IN A RECENT POLL FOR THE TELEGRAPH website, 12 per cent of people said they’d rather work in an office, compared to 88 per cent who’d choose to sail round the world with a cat ■…