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Sailing Today November 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

JUST A FEW short days ago as I write this, I presented our second ever Sailing Today Awards to a collection of sailing’s brightest and best. When we launched the awards last year, we weren’t at all sure how they would go down. But the feedback from readers and from the industry since then has been exceedingly encouraging. You can read about our winners on pp12-16, and I urge you to do so. Ranging from major boatbuilders to kitchen-table inventors, they are among the most exciting, innovative and impressive forces in the marine industry today. And you, our readers, were the ones that decided who won what. Thanks for your votes. That we hold our awards at the Southampton Boat Show is no coincidence. The event increasingly draws visitors from all across…

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cannes do

Just before the Southampton Boat Show, Cannes holds its own show in the Riviera town’s picturesque old harbour. For six days, the quays and pontoons are swathed in miles of coloured carpet and thronged with people. Blue carpet is for motorboats, cyan for sailing, magenta for multihulls and the inevitable red carpet at the entrance by the famous Palais des Festivals, where the superyacht toys are on show. Under clear blue skies, the temperature rapidly climbs into the mid-30s - visitors in the know are wearing smart shorts. Cruising boats number close to 100, many in the 50-65ft range, yet boats of this size account for a global market of only around 50 sales per year. From the lavish floating display at Cannes, you would have though it was 10 times…

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ebb and flow

STARS AT THE SHOW Grey skies couldn’t keep visitors away from the Southampton Boat Show. Despite a very blustery start to the first morning, visitors flocked to the 48th edition of the show and as ST went to press numbers were up seven per cent on last year. Members of the British Sailing Team, including Rio gold medallists Giles Scott, Hannah Mills and Saskia Clarke and silver medallist Nick Dempsey, were there to receive champagne, and the show was officially opened by actress Michelle Keegan, who posed for photos balanced on very high-heels in the cockpit of the new 47ft cruiser from Spirit Yachts. Famous sailing faces Dame Ellen MacArthur and Dee Caffari were at the show for various events and Eddie Jordan also made an appearance. Murray Ellis, managing director of British Marine Boat…

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winners revealed

At the event attended by more than 100 of the marine industry’s big hitters, Sailing Today editor Sam Fortescue presented 12 awards to winners voted for by the magazine’s 30,000-strong readership. He said: “When we launched these awards in 2015, we did so because we felt there was little recognition in the UK for the very best boats, marinas, sailing gear and sailors. We also wanted to provide a way for British cruisers to express their views. “It’s been another year of tremendously impressive nominees from all sectors of the marine industry. The voting was close in many categories – a testament to the standard of the entries. “In the end, though, our readers have made their voices heard, with a range of worthy winners who showcase innovation, entrepreneurship and good old-fashioned adventure.…

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first rate

Waterproof smartphone Samsung Galaxy S7 can withstand a half-hour dunking You know how it goes: you are out for a day on the water, the spray is coming up over the deck – and your phone stays below because you’re worried about it getting trashed in the wet conditions, and so you never seem to have any photos of you and your crew actually sailing. Samsung’s latest Galaxy smartphones, the S7 and the larger S7 Edge, which feature 12 megapixel cameras, are waterproof and rated to IP68 – meaning they will still work after up to 30 minutes immersed in water, which is higher than the rating of the new iPhone 7. Now all they need to do is invent one that floats... £569 Worshipping the rays See the world through any-colour-tinted spectacles Billed as able to ‘withstand…

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new boats

Hanse 588 £334,000 The latest offering from Hanse Yachts is again at the top end of its spectrum in terms of size, with only the monster 675 above this in the range. She has the same hull as the 575: stark, modern and with the trademark plumb bow and stern combined with a soft turn of the bilges and high freeboard with lots of internal volume. In common with the rest of the Hanse range, she features a powerful sail area with the standard self-tacking jib and the option of a second forestay for a reaching sail. She’s available with either a T or L shaped keel and comes with three different basic layout options. One of the standout features is what Hanse terms the ‘silent master cabin concept’ with lots of extra sound insulation…