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Sailing Today October 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

THIS SUMMER, I ESCHEWED the undoubted excitement of Cowes Week to cruise my Sadler 34 back from Brittany. It was the culmination of more than 18 months of planning – not because the route was particularly complicated (screaming round the pointy end of France on a fair tide and sweeping up-Channel on a broad reach), but because I was taking the boat to two major maritime festivals. Beating into the Goulet de Brest, I had exactly the right angle of southwesterly to avoid tacking (and the rocks at the narrowest point), and was stunned by what I saw. It was the penultimate day of the enormous Fêtes Maritimes that occupy more than 8km of the city’s quays, and the Rade de Brest was choked with classic sail. I was bound for…

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brest parade

Once every four years, a fleet of more than 1,000 classic boats assembles at the invitation of the city of Brest. Their arrival marks the start of a week of the Fêtes Maritimes, covering more than 8km of quayside and attracting 700,000 visitors from across the world. This July, 1,050 traditional boats attended the event, including many from the UK. More than 9,000 crew members and a staggering 1,500 musicians thronged the quays. The finale is a parade of sail from Brest to nearby Douarnenez, for another week of festivities there. Participants are joined by thousands of spectator craft, including more modern cruising boats, for the 25nm passage, which skirts the jagged Crozon Peninsula, passing between the five rocks of the Tas de Pois, above, using a dramatic 75m-wide channel.…

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ebb and flow

GREEN LIGHT FOR COPPER Boatowners will be allowed to continue to apply their own copper-based antifouling after the European Commission approved the compounds most commonly used. The committee that looks at biocides determined that dicopper oxide, copper thiocyanate and coated copper flake could be applied by both professionals and DIYers. One boatowner said: “This is excellent news. Now I can go ahead with my plans to apply copper-based antifouling to my hull next year” There had been concerns that boatowners would be banned from applying the substances themselves since tighter rules on biocides were introduced in 2012. The Biocidal Products Regulation required EU authorities to re-evaluate all categories of biocidal product for safety. Manufacturers of copper-containing antifouling paints will still have to apply for approval before 2018. Less common types of antifouling, containing zinc or organic biocides,…

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lifetime achievement award

This year’s winner was the unanimous choice of the editorial panel, and will be a name that anyone who has ever sailed in the Mediterranean will recognise. Rod Heikell is the author of more than 21 books and pilot guides, covering waters from Sardinia to Turkey, as well as the Indian Ocean. He regularly updates them with wife Lu in a rotation which keeps the couple busy during the summer months in their 46ft Warwick Cardinal sloop, Skylax. Sailing Today editor Sam Fortescue said: “Anyone who has ever sailed or dreamed of sailing in the Med will know Rod’ work. A sailor of vast experience and an excellent writer, he makes a worthy winner of this year’s Lifetime Achievement award” Rod has sailed around the world, leading to his Indian Ocean Cruising Guide…

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first rate

Black and white classic Dramatic makeover for Breitling Superocean Here’s a monochromatic take on the dive watch – Breitling’s Superocean 44 Special Blacksteel. The Superocean has a black satin-brushed steel case, fitted with a twin-gasket screw-locked crown guaranteeing water resistance to a depth of 1,000m. The design has a new rotating bezel in shiny black ceramic, a particularly durable high-tech material, for setting an accurate dive count – it resists being accidentally nudged along. The contrast between the all-black exterior and the white markings, which are accentuated by a luminescent coating, ensures optimal readability ‘in the dark of the ocean’, says the manufacturer. Good for night watches. •£3,850 • Japanese style comes on board Ergonomic design with quick-drying fabric ideal for boating use When cruising in places where you need to anchor off and take the dinghy in to…

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best new boats of 2017

GARCIA EXPLORATION 52 A larger boat from a brand that has built a reputation for carefully thought-out yachts suited for exploring anywhere in the world. Constructed from aluminium and featuring twin rudders, shallow draught and centreboard, with a forefoot chainplate for ice-breaking and watertight bulkheads, she’s a serious boat for serious cruising. Includes many of the features developed with Jimmy Cornell for the smaller Exploration 45. •from c£624,500 (€725,000) • OYSTER 675 New twin rudders on the 675 make it possible to spec a more powerful sail plan than previously offered by Oyster. The option of carbon mast and rigging also helps to keep down weight aloft for a more stable rig. The lower profile, stretched saloon windows anchor the 675 in Oyster’s new third-tier ‘coupe’ range on the border between family and crewed…