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Sailing Today March 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

HAPPY NEW YEAR, readers. Winter has come at last, and the forecast is for it to deepen its icy grip on these islands. Perhaps you’ll just tog up all the warmer before you head out for a sparkling, frosty afternoon sail. Or perhaps you’ll join those sailors who decide that enough is enough, and turn their noses towards the Caribbean for a week of warm-water charter in shorts and T-shirts. There were plenty of them visiting the holiday stands at the London Boat Show this year, looking for a last-minute deal. If your thoughts are turning south-westward and you missed our 36-page charter guide in the last issue, don’t worry – you can now download it from our website: That other great mainstay of Caribbean sailing, the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, is…

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all lit up

Sailing barge Juno displays some festive, strictly non-nautical lighting in her rigging on 21 December. Standing on a jetty among the marshes at Morston, north Norfolk, the photographer has captured the sand close to low water, and the Northern Lights glimmering in the distance. The steel-hulled barge was launched in 2000 by Charlie Ward Traditional Boats, and despite her size, draws just 2ft 6in. This makes her ideal for nosing in here, among the creeks and shallows behind Blakeney Point with its famous seal colony.…

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ebb and flow

UK MARINE INDUSTRY POSTS GROWTH The UK marine industry has grown for the fourth consecutive year, figures show. Information released by British Marine during the London Boat Show stated that industry revenue in 2014/15 was £2.97bn – up 1.1 per cent on the previous year’s market. Sailing yacht manufacture counted for £75m of that - but was down 7.2 per cent on 2013/14. The strength of the domestic market helped overall growth, including charters in Britain, which generated £131m, and sales of secondhand boats, particularly by British-based brokers selling yachts kept overseas, British Marine said. Charter “performed particularly well... capitalising on the increasing popularity of the UK with international visitors”. It added: “Strong results were also seen in insurance, financial and brokerage services, as domestic and international customers continue to seek UK expertise.” Project aims…

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threatened by weed

Transatlantic cruisers are experiencing a new hazard at sea – giant floating mats of seaweed. The Caribbean nations of the Dominican Republic through to Barbados and down to Tobago were affected by enormous blooms of sargassum weed last summer and a few months later the mats had spread to Mexico and even Texas. It reached mounds 10ft (3m) tall on some beaches, covering the sand completely and forming a sulphurous stench as it rotted in the sun. There were reports of holidaymakers cancelling their trips and authorities used emergency funding to clear away truckloads of the weed. For sailors, the impact can be far worse than turning the ocean an unattractive, murky brown. Sargassum weed is a form of brown algae. Unusually, it does not attach to the seabed, but floats and grows…

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new boats

Pointer 25 c£38,000 The Pointer 25 is one of a growing fleet of fast, handy daysailers that Dutch boatyards seem to be turning out at present. This latest addition to the fleet features decent levels of comfort and roominess combined with sparkling performance. She’s easily trailerable and comes with an inboard diesel. She stands out from the crowd thanks to the builder’s approach to customisation. By breaking up the interior into removable modules, a prospective buyer can tailor the yacht to their requirements cheaply and easily. This is a concept adopted on some mid-range cruisers such as the Bavaria Easy 9.9, but is not usually seen on smaller yachts. Saffier SC 6.50 Cruise £tbc Dutch yacht manufacturer Saffier has made a fine name for itself producing seaworthy daysailers that combine classic looks with sparkling performance. The…

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first rate

Salmon skin cases Salmon leather to house your computer This has got to be the most distinctive laptop case ST has ever seen. The Orno LAX Brown case is made out of organic salmon leather from Germany, with a conventional leather lining and integrated foam material that acts as a shock-absorber. Designed to fit a Macbook snugly, in 11, 13 and 15in sizes, it also has a zip closure. The LAX range includes smartphone and tablet cases in white, grey, brown or black. It is bound to draw admiring glances when you pop to the yacht club to check your emails – and more ethical than exotic animal skins, too. • c£260 (€350) • Capella resort and marina Five-star stay-and-sail facilities for a Caribbean holiday Bringing new meaning to the term ‘stay and sail’ is the…