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Sailing Today May 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

WHAT STARTED AS A SHY, springlike day with a breath of warm wind on the old quayside finished with heavy cloud scudding along just above the masthead and the smell of sleet. Rarely have I more appreciated the sight of the harbour walls as we crept back into the old port of Medemblik on Holland’s IJsselmeer, where I had snatched the opportunity to sail Contest’s new 67. You’ll be able to read more about that boat – a dream of a bluewater cruiser – in a summer issue of Sailing Today, but the episode (which saw us running aground just metres out of our berth) reminded me of the importance of dressing properly for a sailing expedition. I’d consulted the BBC and before leaving the UK, and packed plenty of warm…

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ebb and flow

FLOATING HOTEL PLANNED The Port of Milford Haven has confirmed it has received planning permission for four floating hotel rooms. The rather unusual addition will form part of the Milford Waterfront development, comprising shops, cafés, restaurants and accommodation. Neil Jenkins, destination director at the port, said the intention was to “offer a unique experience for anyone wanting to soak up the tranquil marina atmosphere without necessarily owning a boat”. (See architect’s design, above.) The floating rooms build is set for completion by Easter 2018. VHF channel change advisory The Maritime & Coastguard Agency is advising cruisers and racers that there will be a change to some of the VHF channel numbers used to contact the UK Coastguard. As of September 2017, VHF channels 23, 84 and 86 will be replaced with VHF 62, 63 and 64…

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the uninvited guests

‘Watersports enthusiasts play a key role in our battle against these threats’ Slipper limpet, leathery sea squirt, wireweed and wakame – these are just some of the invasive non-native species from across the globe, which unwittingly find their way into British waters, damaging local wildlife and threatening biodiversity. As part of this year’s Invasive Species Week, launched in 2015, the government’s biosecurity minister Lord Gardiner is urging sailors to follow ‘Check, Clean, Dry’ guidance to ensure they don’t contribute to the spread. The hashtag #GetINNSvolved is also being used by environmentalists, industry professionals, racers and leisure cruisers, to get the message out there. What are they? Invasive species are classified as any kind of living organism – an amphibian, plant, insect, fish, fungus, bacteria or even an organism’s seeds or eggs, which is…

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first rate

Love Brand & Co Loving life and saving wildlife Founded on a ‘love of the beach and wildlife’, Love Brand & Co has launched its smart new range of beach and boat wear. Perfect for the sunshine days of summer ahead, the new shorts and shirts are available in a wide variety of colours, and either cotton or linen. The company ethos means you’ll look good and stay cool, whilst knowing you’re helping the elephants the company was founded to help protect. Five per cent of the profits go towards Elephant Family, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Tusk Trust. • Polo shirt £60 • Shorts £110 • The Shadow Holdall Leather luggage with classic good looks Introduced as part of the Aspinal Shadow Family, the new Shadow Holdall will look smart on any adventure, long or short. Hand crafted from…

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new boats

Outremer 4X c£638,000 Outremer’s 4X is the multihull world’s take on the performance cruiser and has won plenty of hearts and minds already. It’s essentially a pimped up version of the Outremer 45 cruising cat. Yet while this yacht forms the basic platform for the yacht, there have been significant alterations to boost overall performance. Most significantly, she’s three feet longer than her cruising sister and features carbon-fibre in her construction and mast. The sail area has also been increased and dreadnought bows added. The result is a strong, seaworthy catamaran that will cross oceans comfortably but also at great pace. The balance between out-and-out speed and safety can be a tricky thing to get right on a multihull, but Outremer looks to have hit the sweet spot. RM1370 c£250,000 Fresh from winning the prestigious title of…

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round anglesey

Nelson is reputed to have said that if you can sail a boat around Anglesey, you can sail a boat around the world. Well, far be it from me to argue with one of Britain’s greatest sailors. I would say that although the navigation and pilotage is challenging, and the local weather can make what appears to be a simple passage rather more demanding, the rewards of sailing North Wales’ beautiful coastline are immense. I have been lucky enough to have sailed in many parts of the world and I honestly believe that the most beautiful is around Anglesey and the North Wales coast. Think of Anglesey as a square,with four sides of roughly 20nm apiece, each with its own unique character. The Conwy River stands just north and east of the…