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Sailing Today December 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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United Kingdom
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English
Publisher:
Chelsea Magazine
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IN THIS ISSUE

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skipper’s view

I AM NOT SOMEONE WHO IS particularly averse to sailing alone. Even a cross-channel trip on your tod can be something of a voyage of self-discovery. I recall how many hours into my last trip of this nature I saw an extraordinarily large fish jump clear of the water. In my rather sleep-deprived state I reflected on how I felt somewhat closer to some sort of mythical Tolkien-esque world than I did to a busy shipping lane. And there was something quite special in that – confirmation that this world we live in still contains mystery. Yet – speaking of mysteries - I have never been able to grasp what drives people to sail across oceans alone. To me, it sounds like hell and whenever I have interviewed…

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contributors

BOB SHEPTON is a retired vicar and adventurer of note. His high latitude sailing experience is unparalleled TOM CUNLIFFE is an author, journalist and TV presenter, and one of Britain's best-known cruising sailors ROD HEIKELL is as close as you get to a cruising guru. His pilot guides are vital reading for sailors across the globe ■…

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sheer beauty

MATS GRIMSÆTH/SEILNORGE Few places in the world can rival Norway’s Lofoten Islands for straightforward breathtaking beauty. This shot, taken with a drone, and courtesy of adventure sailing outfit SeilNorge (seilnorge.no) captures the pure drama of mountains dropping directly down into the sea. Of course, the weather isn’t always as accommodating as it is in this picture and you may want to pick and choose your time to visit but there’s a good reason this is on the ‘must see’ list of many sailors. ■…

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golden globe: southern ocean takes its toll

The Golden Globe MK2 has always been marketed as more of an adventure than a race and the Southern Ocean certainly helped to underline this reputation in recent days.The race saw its most dramatic chapter so far when two sailors – Indian Naval officer Abhilash Tomy and Irish sailor Gregor McGuckin – were both rescued by the French patrol boat Osiris.Tomy’s Suhaili replica ketch Thuriya was rolled and completely dismasted on Friday, September 21. He was severely injured and confined to his bunk – fortunately he was able to alert the authorities and he and his stricken yacht were found on September 24.In an official tweet from the Indian Navy, Tomy thanked all those involved in his rescue: “The sea was unbelievably rough. Me & my boat Thuriya were…

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one-way ticket to hull and back

Hull Marina found a nice way to treat its berth holders, as Tom Cunliffe reports: Manager David Parkinson had team spirit in mind when he organised a berth-holders’ flotilla outing to Spurn Head, in late September. HMS Pickle, the remarkable recreation of the schooner originally granted the honour of bringing home the news of Trafalgar in 1805, led the down-tide charge. She also gave the event a centre-piece, which was where I came in. I have history with HMS Pickle having sailed on her when we made the ‘Boats that Built Britain’ TV series. The chance of another day with her was too much to resist.Swaying home on the flood with the sun setting between the towers of the mighty suspension bridge, we seemed a long way from the…

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bart's bash goes global

The fifth annual Bart's Bash was a truly multinational celebration of sail. Kicking off in Vanuatu, there were then 250 separate races scheduled across the globe. The charity event was instigated in memory of Olympic sailor Andrew 'Bart' Simpson who sadly passed away in 2013 while crewing on an America's Cup class catamaran in San Francisco. (HENRI-LLOYD/BRITISH MARINE/BAVARIA YACHTS/OYSTER YACHTS) For those of you who are a bit addicted to boat show season, there is more good news, as the Paris Boat Show is on between December 8 and 16. Sailing today has free tickets to give away. Just e mail editor@sailingtoday.co.uk. ■…

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