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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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DUNCAN KENT is a former editor of Sailing Today and an avid sailor with a high level of technical expertise. ALEX THOMSON performed heroics coming second in the Vendée Globe. Now he tells of a family Caribbean holiday. TOM CUNLIFFE is a household name among sailors and his sailing knowledge is unparalleled. ■…

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southern skies

The 2017 Southampton Boat Show was a celebration of yachting design from across the globe, with the great and the good of Britain represented in force. The new Discovery/Southerly combination proved the future of British yacht design is bright, with the welcome return of Southerly Yachts drawing much attention. As ever, the British weather provided us with a colourful variety of sunshine and torrential showers, but it wouldn’t be a British boat show without them. ■…

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ebb and flow

HURRICANE IRMA BATTERS CARIBBEANThe 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 102Yachtsman 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…

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global warning

(RON GURNEY)‘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…

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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…