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Sailing Today May 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.

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Chelsea Magazine
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12 Issues


2 min.
skipper’s view

BOAT TESTS CAN BE an inexact science at best and you are often somewhat at the mercy of conditions on the day of a test. It was therefore with a feeling of resignation that I stepped aboard the new Lagoon 40 on a perfectly glassy still Mallorcan morning last October. I got the feeling we weren’t going to get much sailing done. ‘Wait for the sea breeze’ was the mantra that morning. In the meantime we motored out to a secluded bay, dropped the anchor, dozed in the sunshine, swam and ate. As you can imagine, it was a dreadful way to pass a morning and it was with some regret that I noted the sea breeze kick in and, somewhat lethargically, we put the sails up and got down…

1 min.
ebb and flow

HOLYHEAD MARINA DEVASTATED Up to 80 boats were destroyed and pontoons washed away at Holyhead Marina as Storm Emma battered the British coastline. The RNLI said in a statement: "There is considerable damage and disruption at the marina. As ever, our crew of volunteers responded with their usual brilliance and dedication." Onlookers took to social media to describe the devastating scenes, with Dave Barham saying: “Such a sad, sad sight. The marina has been completely destroyed.” Another witness added: "The marina has been swept away with the wind. There’s five Holyhead towing turbine boats on the rocks costing more than £1m each, plus there’s loads of yachts on the break water." Paul Campbell, deputy head of maritime operations for HM Coastguard, warned locals to steer clear of the waters edge during stormy conditions: "We understand…

1 min.
queen’s pledge to #passonplastic

Her Majesty The Queen has joined the campaign to reduce the use of single-use plastic, as the true extent of plastic pollution is becoming widely understood. The Queen showed her commitment by officially banning the use of single-use plastic in all Royal estates across Britain. The ban will include tourist shops, cafes and restaurants. In an official statement, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “Across the organization, the Royal Household is committed to reducing its environmental impact.” The ban is one of several green moves recently made by Her Majesty, including potential plans to add solar panels and biogas generators to Buckingham Palace. Of the 300 million tons of plastic produced every year, more than eight million are estimated to end up in the ocean. Brits alone use well over seven billion disposable plastic water…

2 min.
marathon on the water

Plymouth will once again come alive with colour on Saturday 23 June, as The Eddystone Charity Sailing Pursuit, takes to the water for the annual 26-mile offshore marathon. The racy sailing event has already raised nearly £700,000 for over 140 different charitable causes. Every yacht gets to nominate the charity they wish to support, and then competes to earn points for a share in the prize money at the finish line. Afterwards the crews return to the Eddystone Hall of Plymouth Aquarium for a supper, prize giving and storytelling. Entries are now open: eddystonepursuit.com BEWARE THE SEA NYMPH Abandoned vessel, Sea Nymph, has been spotted floating east of the Philippines, by Volvo Ocean Race yacht, Turn the Tide on Plastic. Many will remember the rescue of two women and a dog from…

3 min.
first rate

Lego Galleon A new approach to an old favourite A quick straw poll on the Sailing Today desk of Chelsea Magazines, concluded that all had happily played with / eruditely constructed, Lego masterpieces, well into adulthood. The brightly coloured bricks are a favourite for all ages, and so we were excited to see the launch of the ‘Ship in a Bottle’ this month. The highly detailed ship, complete with captain’s quarters, cannons, masts, crow’s nest and printed sails, was created by Jake Sadovich, a fan of boats and, of course, Lego. The bottle sits on a brick-built and equally detailed, display stand, exhibiting the ship’s ‘Leviathan’ nameplate, so you can show-off your work to all. • £70 • lego.com Tied up in knots Shark infested waters Novelty ties are decidedly, though perhaps a little surprisingly, firmly back…

4 min.
new boats

Broadblue346 £129,950 UK based Broadblue’s 346 is a brand new design from the drawing board of Plymouth based Dazcats. She has been designed to replace their 345 S2 which was launched in 2008. The new model is a genuine family cruiser with an appealing price tag. Turn to p54 for a full test. multihullworld.com Dragonfly 28 Performance £145,000 Danish multihull boatbuilder, Quorning has carved itself a niche with its high performance cruising trimarans with sponsons that pivot inwards to keep them compact in marinas. The 28 Performance is a reconfiguration of their 28 and features high levels of both comfort and speed. multihullsolutions.co.uk PrivilegeSerie5 £888,000 Ok, the Serie 5 has actually been around for a couple of years now but the significance of this particular model making its debut at the Multihull Boat Show is that it…