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Sailing Today September 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

ON THE EVE of departure for a sailing holiday, I’m normally excited, relieved to be getting away and anxious not to forget anything – in roughly equal measure. Last month, though, as I dashed about the flat collecting gear and packing clothes, there was a new and unfamiliar feeling. For the first time, I was worried. And the reason wasn’t hard to discover, as I staggered about under bales of baby clothes and stacks of feeding bottles. Olga, my 14-month-old daughter, had been afloat only twice before: once for a few hours while we watched the America’s Cup World Series at Portsmouth last year (she slept through it) and again for a night in mirror-calm conditions on the Golfe du Morbihan in south Brittany. This was to be a full 10…

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sleepless harbour

It was a ‘curiously calm’ June night, about 2am, when photographer Thom Axon took this shot from Flushing village looking over to Falmouth docks. “The light from the docks made the harbour look too sublime to pass by,” said Thom. “Not having my tripod, I rested my camera on a wonky wall and propped the lens using my wallet!” The boats using these moorings along the Trefusis headland vary from cruising yachts to Falmouth working boats. After 10 years of sailing Tall Ships and traditional craft (including skippering the pilot cutter Eve of St Mawes to the Isles of Scilly for a Sailing Today feature) Thom decided to hang up his boat knife in exchange for a camera. His work can be found in galleries across Cornwall and the UK…

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ebb and flow

FIRE CAUSES CHANDLERS CLOSURE An electrical fire at Force 4 Chandlery in Deacons Boat Yard, Bursledon, Hants, caused significant damage to the building and forced the shop to close. It hopes to reopen later in the year. The fire happened in the early hours of 13 June, when no one was in the shop. Staff have been able to work at Force 4’s nearby Swanwick branch instead. “We are relieved that the fire occurred when no one was in the store” said owner Peter McLuskie, “however, there was extensive damage to the building and contents.” Macmillan posts Round UK success After eight weeks, 2,000 nautical miles, 32 different ports, one dolphin escort and various technical problems, two Sail4Macmillan yachts completed their Round Britain sailing challenge. The two 35ft (10.67m) boats, a Beneteau and a Jeanneau, left…

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brexit: the aftermath

‘UK BUYERS OF EURO›PRICED BOATS WILL HAVE TO PAY MORE FOR THE SAME YACHT’ Like it or loathe it, the UK is now committed to Brexit, and there is bound to be an impact on sailing and the yachting market – although it is too early to assess with certainty the exact extent of this. Within a week, France-based Garcia Yachting, part of the Grand Large group alongside Gunboat, Allures and Outremer Catamarans, was already seeing a Brexit effect as sterling plummeted, the euro followed and the US dollar rose in comparison. Managing director Benoit Lebizay said: “Nobody has used Brexit as an excuse to cancel their order but people don’t always tell you. “For UK buyers of Euro-priced boats it is not going to make things easy as they will effectively have…

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new boats

Dufour 63 £tbc The trend for larger production cruising yachts seems set to continue with Dufour unveiling preliminary plans for its new leviathan, the Dufour 63. Scheduled to be launched in January 2017, hull number one is already in build. She’s not the first giant we have seen launched by a French manufacturer, with Jeanneau already enjoying success with its 64, launched last year, and Beneteau also lining up the Oceanis 62. The likelihood is that the Dufour will fit into a similar template with an emphasis on both comfort and ease of handling. First impressions are of a slightly racier set up than the 64, with greater owner customisation available. Dufour remains evasive about the precise details behind this new project, but we do know that she is designed by Umberto Felci,…

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fast cruiser

Rapido 60 £920,000 Despite the inexorable rise of the cruising catamaran, trimarans remain something of a rarity in the cruising world, particularly when you move into the bluewater bracket. So the launch of the Rapido 60 is good news. She’s designed by Morelli and Melvin, who worked on the Gunboat range, and is built in Vietnam. The design brief for the Rapido was for a very fast, safe, well-appointed cruising yacht. The conclusion was that the best solution was to be found in three hulls. To this end, the Rapido 60 is a stable boat, can go to windward better than most monohulls, and is also comfortable and roomy, featuring forward and aft doubles with ensuites plus additional berths in the saloon area. Made of e-Glass and carbon, sea trials on hull number showed…