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Sailing Today March 2019

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

ONE OF THE GREAT JOYS OF working for a magazine is that you tend to write things well in advance. In late summer this can be a bit depressing, as you are already writing about Christmas, but in the depths of winter, it's great, as you are already looking forward to a new season of sailing. Which brings me on to the subject of fitting your boat out for the spring which is one of the main themes of this issue. This is an important time and can be a testing one; daubing on antifouling in a chill March breeze takes more than just endurance, it takes vision and the will power to remember the joys of summer cruising. Yet there is a joy to it too because…

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JANE RUSSELL is a seasoned sailor of some note and author of The Atlantic Crossing Guide. TOM CUNLIFFE is an author, journalist and TV presenter, and one of Britain's best-known cruising sailors SAM FORTESCUE is an ex editor of Sailing Today who has decamped to Germany to write a novel ■…

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sheer beauty

RACHAEL FUNNELL St Lucia’s iconic Pitons resonate with any sailor who has raised this stunning island after a long ocean passage such as the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (see our ARC article on p86). This pair of precipitous volcanic spires dominate the SW coast of the island. Gros Piton is 2,530 ft high, and Petit Piton is 2,438 ft high. Despite its intimidating scale, Gros Piton can be climbed, although it is beyond the skill set of most recreational walkers ■…

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ebb and flow

THE BLIND LEAD THE SIGHTED – ACROSS THE PACIFIC The unlikely combination of a novice sailor and a blind skipper together plan to take on the perils of the Pacific Ocean next month. Associate Ocean Cruising Club member and yacht owner Doug Smith (above left) will be accompanied on an ocean transit designed to qualify him for full OCC membership by his friend and experienced sailor Hiro Iwamoto (right), who has no sight at all.The pair aim to sail non-stop from San Diego to Fukushima in Japan aboard Dream Weaver, a 41ft Island Packet yacht. It’s not Hiro’s first attempt either, as he and a different crewman set out to cross the Pacific from Fukushima in 2013, but had to abandon ship after a collision with a…

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what’s on

ST MAARTEN HEINEKEN REGATTA Four days of world-class racing (and partying) with some of the world’s most seasoned sailors, as well as holiday-makers on chartered bareboats and live-aboards cruising the Caribbean. Crystal clear waters and cooling northeast trade winds give the pristine conditions for spectacular racing.● heinekenregatta.com HMS WARRIOR SEA SHANTIES 29 MARCH PORTSMOUTHEnjoy a unique dining experience, eating at sailors’ mess tables on this Victorian warship’s gun deck. Tickets includes a cocktail, half a bottle wine and a two-course dinner.● historicdockyard.co.uk STORIES OF ANIMALS AT SEA 25-27 APRIL GREENWICHSailors kept animal companions, while animal stowaways such as rats, termites and shipworms did tremendous damage to ships’ and stores. This event celebrates them all!● rmg.co.uk/national-maritime-museum ZAGREB BOAT SHOW 20 – 24 FEBRUARY…

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don’t miss our sister titles this month

Classic Boat● New Sparkman and Stephens yawl● Historic lugger built for a family● Sailing the Maine coast as part of a classic regatta Yachts & Yachting● Atlantic Islands: discover the land of the winter sun● Buyer’s guide to sails with a focus on downwind set ups● Bob Fisher gives you the latest America’s Cup news ■…