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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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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 HELPS FIJIANS It 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 construction…

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brexit and guesswork

There is a simple reason why little has been reported about the facts of the impact of the UK leaving the EU – no one really knows what would happen. Any rules and regulations would have to be negotiated between the UK government and the 27 other member states of the EU and that would take time – at least a decade. “It will depend not only on the UK government and what it sees as its priorities but also on what the other states think of as being their strategic priorities,” says Gus Lewis, the head of legal and government affairs at the RYA. “Anything else, at this stage, is just guessing.” John Lansdell from the Cruising Association’s Regulations and Technical Services Committee, which has knowledge in areas including red diesel,…

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new boats

Soler 35 £196,000 Here is another yacht that certainly dares to be different. Morozov Yachts has built a boat that boasts excellent performance and ticks many boxes for long term cruisers: practicality, simplicity of rig - she even has a lifting keel for a spot of creek-crawling. Sounds like an absolute dream doesn’t she? The payback is her rather individual wedding-cake looks. Otherwise, the yacht has plenty to recommend her. Acres of space for a 35-footer and excellent performance. She has twin rudders, water ballast and a powerful rig. The roomy interior is simple, bordering on stripped-out. C- Yacht 47C £400,000 Holland’s C-Yacht specialises in solid, straightforward centre cockpit cruisers. It must, therefore, have been delighted when naval architect Dykstra presented it with plans for the all new 47C: a lovely-looking cruising yacht, but one conspicuously lacking…

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first rate

Skinfix skin repair No-nonsense aftercare designed for sailors Windburn, salt water, lines and sheets can all wreak havoc on your hands and most creams just aren’t hard-core enough for the calloused palms of a sailor. Skinfix, which has just arrived in the UK from across the Pond, where it has won awards, is based on a recipe created 100 years ago by a Yorkshire chemist who emigrated to Canada in the late 19th century. Its no-nonsense name, slogan and packaging is bound to appeal to sailors. Designed to treat and manage dry skin conditions with shea butter, coconut, jojoba and sweet almond oils, and to provide a lasting barrier to keep irritants out. Pleasingly, it’s fragrance-free and suitably unisex in appearance and, when ST tested it, left no greasy residue. •£16 • Hublot VanDutch…