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Sailing Today March 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

SITTING ON STAGE in the far corner of the ExCel centre during one of the recent Boat Show Brunches, host Alec Wilkinson asked me whether transatlantic cruisers were well-enough prepared for the challenge of crossing an ocean.He was referring to the story of a German family rescued by a cargo ship when their boat began taking on water a few days into the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers [Ebb and flow, ST238]. The question made me reflect for a moment, as I had just been made aware of another rescue which had unfolded on the other side of the Atlantic, when a British boat lost its rudder. This second story is reported in detail on pp10-12 of this issue, and involves my own brother’s boat, which sailed 80nm upwind to come…

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GRAHAM ADAM is the author of the RCCPF's Isles of Scilly guide and sails a Contest 45CS in the Med with wife Jan JAN HARBER has cruised all her life and now updates the East Coast Rivers Cruising Companion ROD HEIKELL is a guru on Med cruising and author of 21 sailing guides, many of which he updates regularly with wife Lu ■…

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The sleepy figures of two boats emerge from the wintry mist over Lake Windermere. The photographer captured the moment the sun reached over the tops of the trees to bathe the lake in a golden glow. The lake is the UK’s largest – eleven miles long and covering an area of 5.5sq miles. At its deepest point, it reaches 216ft and is therefore home to a number of medium-sized cruising boats, including OB Sailing’s fleet of 31-34ft (9.4 - 10.3m) Beneteaus. ■…

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ebb and flow

YJA YACHTSMAN OF THE YEAR Amateur sailor Gavin Reid, 28, has won the prestigious YJA Yachtsman of the Year 2016, awarded at the London Boat Show. Reid beat Rio gold medallist, Giles Scott and Round the Island Race record-holder Brian Thompson, to take the award.Judges cited Reid’s extraordinary rescue of a fellow sailor mid-Pacific, which made headlines at the time, for catching the attention of the Yachting Journalists’ Association.Reid, who is profoundly deaf, was taking part in the Henri-Lloyd Hobart to Whitsundays leg of the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race, when a boat returning from the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race sent out a distress signal. As the closest boat, the crew of Mission Performance was quick to respond and go to the aid of the stricken vessel.…

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bluewater rescue

Tilly Mint skipper Andrew Kaiser holds station downwind of Dove II while Newseas Jade provided a 190m lee (C/O TILLY MINT)‘EVERYTHING WAS FAILING AND IT WAS STARTING TO BEAT HIM’A couple, their stepfather and two young children have been rescued from a yacht that ran into rudder problems in the Atlantic 500nm east of Martinique.Fran Willcocks, stepfather Tony White and husband James Coombes plus their children Heath (9) and Isla (7) are all safely back on dry land after a dramatic rescue just before Christmas, but the story made harrowing reading on the family’s blog.The problems began just three days out from landfall in Barbados, after the Hanse 531 Dove II had been at sea for 15 days on a fast crossing from Tenerife in the Canary Islands. The…

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first rate

Marcus jacketLook sharp in Parajumpers extreme weather gear This glamorous brand of outdoor wear recently caught our eye, for the elaborate backstory behind it. Founder Massimo Rossetti got the idea after a chance encounter in an ill-famed bar in Anchorage, Alaska with a serving member of the 210th Rescue Squadron, aka the Parajumpers.The Marcus jacket is parka length and its shell is highly waterproof and breathable. Its rich down filling hugs you tightly to keep you roasting warm, and there are fleece-lined handwarmer pockets. Other features include an adjustable down-filled hood, button-down cargo pockets, inner mesh pouches and a pocket designed for a GPS or epirb. You could conceivably use this with sailing salopettes for warmth in the far north, but it’s more likely to be seen onshore. • £510•…