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Sailing Today May 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

IT MAY STILL be cold outside, but my thoughts have turned to preparing for the start of the season. My Sadler 34 is stuck in the beautiful port town of Vannes in south Brittany at the moment, so I can’t exactly dash down after work for a few hours’ tinkering. It means meticulous planning ahead of a longer trip, but at least it’ll give me a chance to do some cruising in the Morbihan.Everyone has their jobs list, and if cleaning the hull is on yours, take a look at the products on p70, which should be able to remove some of the elbow grease for you or your boatyard. If the hull’s in a really bad state, it might be worth considering a repaint or a wrap – see…

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DEBORAH WHEELER learned to sail on the Thames as a child and now crews big boats for family and friends CHARLES WARLOW has sailed Scottish waters for four decades, in a Contessa 32 first, now in a Rustler ROD HEIKELL has authored dozens of pilot guides and sails his Warwick Cardinal 46 in the Med ■…

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high rise

Dubai’s hotel district towers over the masts of the city’s International Boat Show, held on 1-5 March this year. Besides the 40m-plus motorboats you would expect, there was room for these two sailing boats: the hugely successful Hanse 505 and the new Lagoon 450S on the pontoons of the Dubai International Marine Club. The scene is not entirely without bling, however: note the red carpet on the pontoon! Dubai is hot all year round, with summer temperatures averaging over 40°C, and a prevailing northwesterly rarely exceeding Force 5. ■…

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ebb and flow

(SEA MERCY)SEA MERCY HELPS FIJIANSIt was the most powerful storm to make landfall in the western hemisphere this year and caused surge waves of up to 4m. Villages were badly damaged and 40 people died. Now cruisers have come to the aid of Fijians whose homes were hit by cyclone Winston.The organisation Sea Mercy, which responded in Tonga in 2014 and Vanuatu in 2015, is sending a volunteer fleet of over 10 boats, including sailing yachts ZaZoo, Shine, and Outsider, loaded with shelter, food, water, and medical supplies and teams to the hundreds of ‘at risk’ islands and coastal areas that can no longer be accessed by road.It is calling for donations of money, in-kind donations, such as helping out on the remote islands, and for volunteer skippers, medics and…

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going up

MILFORD MARINA in Wales is celebrating turning 25 with a £6m investment in new lock gates. A ‘marina suite’ for berthholders and visiting yachts is to follow (SUNSAIL)FAIRNESS ON FLOTILLA – Sunsail is running a one-design flotilla on a 36i fleet in Croatia to cut down on ‘unfair advantage’ claims on fun race days ■…

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going down

(CREATIVE COMMONS/HENRI BERGIUS)BOATING DECLINED 0.6 per cent in 2015 compared to the previous year, according to British Marine research. Poor weather was blamed for the dip, although boating didn’t fall as far as other outdoor activities (MUSTO)A HOST OF TV celebs including The One Show’ Alex Jones had to tough it out on a fast round-Britain trip for BT Sport Relief Challenge’s ‘Hell on High Water’ ■…