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Sailing Today September 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

SOME TIME AGO I TESTED A PARTICULARLY excellent daysailer which, in boisterous conditions, responded in a manner that affirmed just how much fun sailing can be. The high point came when we headed back towards port and unfurled the gennaker. There was a big swell running that day and the yacht simply took off down the face of a wave and screamed back home, great running brooks of spray fizzing down her side and rapping her headsails in a sort of joyous rebuke. When we finally returned to the marina, adrenaline still dripping from every pore, her builder confidently stated that the day of the heavy cruiser was dead: people simply didn’t have the time or patience any more to putter along at five knots; they needed an instant fix…

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chasing the sun

The turbulent waters which surround the Isle of Wight were once again ablaze with colour and excitement as the drama of the 2017 Round the Island Race played out under a mixture of sunshine and showers. Boats of all shapes and sizes, charged across the start line in Cowes, as those involved proudly added their names to the illustrious list of participants in one of the world’s most famous sailing events. Organised by the Island Sailing Club, RTIR began in 1931 and is approximately 50nm from start to finish.…

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ebb and flow

SOUTHAMPTON SHOWCASE The 2017 Southampton Boat Show promises to be a waterside spectacular, rivalling shows in Europe and America. Murray Ellis of British Marine, said: “Europe’s biggest boating festival once again boasts the largest purpose-built marina in Europe, showcasing 330 boats." Big names often use the September show to launch their latest creations and this year is no exception, with Oyster promising the big reveal of the Oyster 745, and Discovery Yachts, the Bluewater 50. With dozens of events, including sailing taster sessions, the focus is on families and future sailors, not just industry bigwigs and billionaires. ST readers can get two tickets for £26 by entering code ST1 on Round the Island records tumble July 1 was a record-breaking day for sailors from across the globe, as they took part in…

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vote now in our awards!

There’s still time to have your say on the year’s best boats, gear, cruising grounds and sailors at Readers have been voting in their thousands, but you can still cast your vote – polls close at midnight on Monday 21 August 2017. One lucky voter drawn at random will win a charter holiday for two to Croatia courtesy of Globe Sailor worth £1,750. We’ll announce the award winners – and the prize winner - at this year’s Southampton Boat Show. For full T&Cs, see In addition to the 12 award categories open for public vote, our expert editorial panel will decide a further three special categories: LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD With this award, our expert panel aims to recognise consistent achievements in sailing or the marine industry that span many years. The longlist includes people who…

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the french riviera

THE ANNUAL EVENT is a celebration of life on the water, and boasts 600 yachts, displayed across Vieux Port and Port Pierre Canto. THE SHOW HOLDS the exciting position of first in the boat show season and, as such, is often the place where boatbuilders from across the globe choose to launch their latest designs. NOW ENTERING ITS 40TH YEAR, Cannes Yachting Festival takes place 12-17 September, under the glorious southern French sunshine. TO BUY TICKETS and find out more about everything the show has to offer, go to…

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first rate

Navigate like Nelson Follow the stars to light your way With ultra hi-tech MFDs and chart plotters, you’re unlikely ever to require the services of a sextant. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have one. Combined with the first accurate, portable chronometers, invented around the same time, the sextant transformed navigation, in the mid 18th century, from guesswork into a science, saving money, time and lives. We love this replica, dedicated to Royal Navy Captain John Campbell, who developed the instrument in 1757. It has incredibly intricate detailing and comes in a hardwood box. • • £149.95 Paint the sails Bring the colour of sailing to life Pete Caswell is a Devon-based artist who paints his passions, sailing being one of them. His bright and bold recreations, in oil on canvas, depict the places he’s seen on his…