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Sailing Today April 2018

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.

United Kingdom
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skipper’s view

BACK IN 1488 THE PORTUGUESE explorer Bartolomeu Dias became the first sailor of the modern era to round the Cape of Good Hope. He had such a rotten time of it that he named the place Cabo das Tormentas or Cape of Storms. This rugged spot still retains a reputation for lively weather and I was therefore surprised when Kraken Yachts proposed we test their new yacht there. I got the feeling it would end up being an extreme test and sure enough as evening drew in and the westering sun began to make the sea glow and picked out the mountains in shadow and bright light, the wind picked up and was soon peaking at a brisk 50kt, turning our world to a blur with deep blue snarling rollers…

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ebb and flow

OYSTER RUNS OUT OF CASH British boatbuilder Oyster Yachts has gone into liquidation, with the loss of over 100 jobs. Workers at the boatbuilding yard in Norfolk were sent home with letters stating their employer had, 'run out of cash'. Staff members were left shocked and saddened by the news, with one person, who wishes to remain nameless, saying: “We want explanations. We have family responsibilities and mortgages to pay”. The company has been a mainstay of the British boatbuilding industry but was rocked in 2015 after Polina Star, an Oyster 825, suffered keel failure. The company appeared to have put this behind them and the announcement was unexpected given that the company had recently announced £80m worth of orders. In a statement, Oyster CEO David Tydeman said: “It is with sincere regret that…

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scotland sets sights on superyachts

Planning permission has been granted for the new Edinburgh Marina development. The £500 million, waterside quarter development, close to Edinburgh city centre, will offer 317 full-serviced berths. The luxury marina will offer 24/7 access, on-demand, on-board food and drink service, a concierge, and it will accommodate yachts and cruisers up to superyacht size. This is the first of its kind on Scotland’s east coast. Developer, Kevin Fawcett said: “The new world-class Edinburgh Marina at Granton’s Western Harbour is the most important new marina development in the UK for several decades. It harks back to a long and distinguished international maritime connection.” Construction is scheduled to begin in the second half of 2018.…

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fundraising challenge is on

Turn to Starboard has thrown down the gauntlet to its supporters to help raise £100,000 for a new training boat. The charity, which works to help injured veterans and their families, launched the Float-A-Boat campaign in January 2018. Supporters will be taking part in fundraising events, including a 24-hour life raft survival challenge, as well as donating. CEO, Shaun Pascoe, said: “Recent research shows that many [veterans] need some kind of support with mental or physical health needs in the years to come, and we feel humbled to play a part in helping them to move on with their lives.” TOM TOPS CHARTS Our very own Tom Cunliffe has been awarded the medal for Services to Cruising, by the Royal Cruising Club. In a statement, they said: “His written works spread from sailing…

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MULTIHULL SHOW 18-22 APRIL - FRANCE Now in it’s ninth year, La Grande Motte, has become a respected event in the boating world. This five-day show on the beautiful south coast of France is a celebration of multihulls, with the promise of lots of exciting new launches, at a show where monohulls are not allowed. multicoque-online.com PORTHLEVEN FOOD FESTIVAL 20-22 APR - PORTHLEVEN Enjoy a weekend of Cornish food, beer and bands in this lovely harbour town. Marquees will offer tasty treats, live music and cookery demonstrations. You might even spot the odd celebrity chef. visitcornwall.com LES VOILES DE SAINT-BARTH 8-14 APRIL - ST BARTHS If you’re lucky enough to be out in the Caribbean this April, then be sure to watch Les Voiles de Saint-Barth. The spectacle of nearly 1,200 sailors taking to the Caribbean waters for…

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first rate

Sea-safe tech Stay connected on the water Following the theme of waterproof entertainment, Getac Tablet F110 is perfect for seafaring types. You can’t quite take it swimming with you, as you can the BOOM 2 speakers (facing page), but it’s tough enough to withstand the rigours of life on board, and won’t stop working in rain or sea spray. The 11.6in screen is great for watching a film or catching up with emails, and it won’t lose its touch-screen capabilities when wet. • £1,623 • getac.com The world in your pocket Never be lost again In stark contrast to the ultra modern technology and luxury yachts featured throughout Sailing Today, this beautiful pocket compass from Dalvey has a timeless look and feel to it that transports you back to a different era when Christopher Columbus was discovering…