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Sailing Today

Sailing Today July 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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in this issue

2 min.
skipper’s view

FEW PURSUITS CAN BE more confusing and conflicted than yacht cruising. The last time you definitely needed a sail to cross oceans was probably around 1820 so what we do is essentially an anachronism. The pursuit is defined by a sort of yearning for simplicity, freedom and purity; a nostalgia for a less complicated age. You only have to look at events such as the retro Golden Globe Race to see how true this is. Yet, at the same time, yacht cruising is driven forward by technological developments both in yacht racing and the wider world in general. This can lead to strange and conflicted reactions among cruising sailors. As an example, I started sailing in earnest around the time the GPS started to utterly transform the way we navigate.…

1 min.
oyster make a splash with tower bridge launch

The new £1.45m Oyster 565 has been revealed to the world at a launch event in London, with an eye-catching photo opportunity as the yacht sailed under Tower Bridge. Based on feedback from Oyster owners, the latest range has better storage, larger berths and more headroom than ever before. The new generation has moulded-in bowsprits for easier flying of downwind and reaching sails; twin rudders for better handling under sail and less drag; and flush decks. We’re told they also offer better stability, thanks to a 10 per cent deeper keel and lighter hull weight. Sneaking in below the psychologically important 60ft (18.2m) LOA mark, the two 565 is designed to appeal to sailing families with bluewater plans. Configuration options include a novelty for Oyster: the master cabin up in the fo’c’s’le…

1 min.
forget the northwest passage – set a course for the north pole

The Northwest Passage is legendary amongst seafarers, but global warming is happening so rapidly experts are predicting a transpolar route across the North Pole will open up within 30 years. Experts consider it likely the polar ice-cap will melt in summertime by the middle of the century, the Chinese government’s latest Arctic Policy document reveals. “Over the past three decades, temperature has been rising continuously in the Arctic, resulting in diminishing sea ice in summer,” it says. “Scientists predict that by the middle of this century or even earlier, there may be no ice in the Arctic Ocean for part of the year. With the ice melted, conditions for the development of the Arctic may be gradually changed, offering opportunities for the commercial use of sea routes and development of resources in…

1 min.
tapio lehtinen completes his golden globe race

The fifth-placed – and final – competitor to complete the Golden Globe race has landed at Les Sables d’Olonne after 322 days at sea, following a circumnavigation slowed considerably by the heavy growth of goose barnacles on his underside. However Finnish skipper Lehtinen was in good spirits as his Gaia 36 Asteria approached the line under spinnaker on 19 May, to meet a welcome party that included overall race winner Jean-Luc Van Den Heede, Bernard Moitessier’s famous yacht Joshua and a flottila of excited wellwishers. In spite of his extended voyage, Lehtinen hasn’t ruled out having another crack at the Golden Globe, telling media at his post-race press conference “I’m not enrolling yet, but I would absolutely do it again”.…

1 min.
south coast boat show success

Ocean Village Marina hosted the inaugural South Coast Boat Show over 17-19 May, with the brand new event drawing praise from exhibitors and visitors alike. The show was launched partly as a response to the demise of the London Boat Show, and was instigated by South Coast yacht brokers and distributors who wanted a more ‘sales focused’ event that contrasts with the razzamatazz of the Southampton Boat Show. Entry to the show was free, but visitors were required to register online for tickets, or attend at the invitation of one or other of the exhibitors. There were several thousand advance registrations, and a wide range of boats on display from significant brands. Sailing yachts lined the pontoons from Arcona, Bavaria, Beneteau, Dehler, Fountaine Pajot, Hallberg Rassy, Hanse, J Boats, Jeanneau, Moody, Najad…

1 min.
greek cruising tax teething problems

The Greek Government’s long-threatened Cruising Tax came into force in May, however, the launch has been beset with issues from the outset according to the Cruising Association. These range from the lack of any method of registering or paying the tax, despite promises that all would be in place, to the proposed manual system comprising duplicate forms at the Port Police and Customs which couldn’t be used as they had no stock. Several other problems have been reported and the CA is actively monitoring the situation with the Ministry.…