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Sailing Today

Sailing Today August 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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2 min.
skipper’s view

IT WAS WITH GREAT INTEREST THAT I noted British boatbuilder Southerly Yachts is set to rise, Lazarus like, after being acquired by Discovery Yachts. I was always rather amazed that such an apparently strong and stable company could have imploded so spectacularly in the first place. Its excellent range of swing-keel yachts seemed tailor made to Britain's tidal waters, where a shallow draft can open up new vistas to the cruising sailor. Anyway, its return is welcome news and apt, as it carries me seamlessly into our lead article this month where Sam Fortescue casts a sentimental eye over the shallows of Poole harbour and waxes lyrical on its delights. He's in a good position to lead us through these sometimes tortuous and often enchanting waters, having spent his formative…

1 min.
britain’s colourful coast

With summer in full swing, we no longer need to sail to distant shores for vibrant sunshine and clear blue skies. Shoreham-by-Sea in West Sussex (pictured), is just one of the many seaside towns promising a classic British holiday. Nestled on the south coast, Shoreham was built by the Romans and counts Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde and Harold Pinter among its most notable residents. There are cafés and restaurants galore and, of course, the resident seagulls poised to swoop in and swipe your fish and chips when your back is turned.…

4 min.
ebb and flow

REDISCOVERING SOUTHERLY British boatbuilder Discovery Yachts has thrown a lifeline to fellow Brits, Southerly. The purchase will see the famous brand, known around the world for its swing-keel yachts, emerge from the murky waters of financial oblivion, to again sail the seven seas. Southerly's parent company Northshore faced winding up orders in 2013 and the doors on its Itchenor based factory were closed in 2014. Discovery’s MD, Sean Langdon, said: “The purchase of the Southerly Yachts brand is a vital element in the exciting growth and investment strategy we are planning for the Discovery Yachts Group”. He continued: “This purchase enables us to offer our clients a much more extensive size range, as well as the versatility of the variable draft designs.” Chichester’s Moth flies again Sir Francis Chichester’s celebrated Gipsy Moth IV…

3 min.
the devil in the deep blue sea

‘Plastic can take up to 500 years to completely biodegrade, and it does not go quietly.’ On 8 June, World Oceans Day went up against the General Election for the public’s attention. One had the power to influence the UK for the next five years, the other, the power to influence the planet forever. Over five trillion pieces of plastic currently litter the world’s oceans. There are water bottles, plastic bags, discarded electricals, the list is endless. What’s more, the addition of plastic microbeads into certain cosmetic products means many millions of tiny pieces of plastic are also finding their way into the oceans and can’t even be seen to be removed. And the problem is not showing any signs of improving; in fact it’s getting worse. As our apparent love affair…

3 min.
first rate

Dress to impress Step out in style this summer With summer in full swing, we’re excited to get out on the water and back into our summer clothes. We love the Rosanna Boat Shoe, as it can be worn with pretty much anything: dresses, skirts, jeans, shorts, the list is endless. (Chatham also design men’s shoes.) The essential non-slip, non-marking, rubber soles, make them perfect for boat days when the weather is favourable, and they’re so pretty, that you’ll happily wear them around town too. Be sure to keep them out of reach of the water though; the leather will not thank you for it. • chatham.co.uk • £55 Bags for sail Carry more than the breeze This is definitely one of the greatest forms of recycling we’ve seen yet. Sailcloth has decided to make bags out of,…

1 min.
new boats

Bente 39 £tbc Bente Yachts burst onto the scene a couple of years back with the launch of its Bente 24, a yacht that aimed to ‘save the sailing world’, according to Bente CEO Alex Vrolijk. The idea was to make yacht cruising more accessible to a wider audience by producing fun, affordable yachts. The 24 was packed with innovative ideas and has sold strongly, and now the company is back with a new yacht and a new concept. Vrolijk, whose father Rolf has achieved great fame as a designer of a number of America’s Cup winners, designed the Bente 37 as a sort of offshore equivalent of the 24. With this in mind, performance had to be good, but the yacht also had to be comfortable and practical. A quick glance at…