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Sailing Today November 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

THE IDEA OF PUTTING TOGETHER a Sailing Today Caribbean special to ease readers into the autumn season seemed like a fine idea a couple of weeks back, yet life has a funny way of giving you pause for thought. With all eyes firmly focused upon the area around the BVI we observed with horror as hurricane Irma unleashed its fury on the islands. Having personally lived in Virgin Gorda for a year and spent many months in Sint Maarten, I know the horrible tense feeling of sitting out hurricane season; watching nervously as a weather system far out in the Atlantic intensifies and begins to wheel around in your direction. It was dreadful to observe this monster bearing down on the islands and at present I can only hope that…

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ebb and flow

HURRICANE IRMA BATTERS CARIBBEAN The most powerful Atlantic storm on record hit the Caribbean and southern Florida in early September, causing many deaths and widespread damage along the way. Hurricane Irma, a category five hurricane, carrying winds of 295km/h (185mph) and heavy rains, is said to have devastated some Caribbean islands, with Barbuda and Saint Maarten having borne the brunt of her fury. As ST went to press (Sept 20) reports from the region were still sketchy, owing to communication and infrastructure damage, and it is believed it could be weeks before the true extent of the destruction is fully understood. Edward Allcard dies aged 102 Yachtsman and adventurer Edward Allcard has died at the age of 102. Allcard, who was the first person to sail solo across the Atlantic in both directions,…

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global warning

‘Irma was declared the most powerful storm ever to be recorded in the Atlantic Ocean’ Hurricane Irma has caused widespread devastation across the Caribbean and southern Florida. Her destructive path reduced buildings to rubble, sunk and capsized yachts, and left many dead. Worst hit were the small island of Barbuda, said to be ‘barely habitable’, and Sint Maarten, which officials warn has been almost completely destroyed. Irma, a category five hurricane, battered the northern Caribbean islands with 295km/h (185mph) winds, torrential rain and storm surges, resulting in her being declared the most powerful storm ever to be recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. 'It's absolute devastation' said Prime Minister, Gaston Browne of Barbuda, after flying over the island, which had been home to approximately 1,600 people. 'The island is literally under water.' A hugely popular cruising…

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winners revealed

Sailing Today’s much anticipated awards ceremony unveiled the top boats, sailing gear and cruising destinations of 2017 at the Southampton Boat Show. The popular event has become a cornerstone of the boat show’s packed calendar and was attended by over 100 of the marine industry’s big names who were delighted to be regaled with salty tales from guest speaker and Sailing Today regular Tom Cunliffe who handed out a total of 15 gongs as the champagne flowed. “A thoroughly enjoyable do and it’s really great to see people within the industry getting the recognition they deserve,” Cunliffe commented. Twelve of the awards were decided by a public vote, with Sailing Today’s 30,000 strong readership having its say both online and by postal vote. Meanwhile, there were a further three awards that are hand-picked by…

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first rate

At anchor Sail the ocean blue in style These sailing inspired cufflinks from Aspinal of London are perfect for anyone inclined towards the boaty life. Handmade from hallmarked sterling silver, and crafted in the style of a ship’s anchor, these make for a lovely keepsake to honour your favourite pastime. They come in a swanky presentation box, so not only will you not lose them at the bottom of a drawer, you’ll also feel extra special when they arrive. Furthermore, with Christmas fast approaching, they’d make for the perfect stocking filler. • £175 • Luxury luggage Carry style under sail or in shore The name Billy Ruffian is synonymous with style, and sailing style at that. Its range of luggage is perfect for when you’ve arrived into port and want a change from your waterproof, fully sealed, practical…

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new boats

DESIGNS | LAUNCHES | PROJECTS Oceanis 51.1 £250,000 Beneteau’s all new Oceanis 51.1 marks a subtle departure in terms of styling for the brand. Gone is the giant arch of previous designs and her stern is no longer chined. Nevertheless, she is thoroughly modern in her design, featuring a plumb bow and a step in the hull that runs from the bow almost three-quarters of the length of her hull. Down below she is spacious and the standard layout features twin aft cabins and a double, master cabin forward. There are three heads compartments and a separate shower stall in the master cabin. She promises to be a versatile performer. Beneteau stresses that there is greater scope for customisation than on previous models in this size bracket. Code # £109,000 Black Pepper’s Code 0 was…