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Sailing Today

Sailing Today August 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

OUT ON THE WATER TEST SAILING in the Solent this month, the trip was enlivened because the broker had opted to bring his wife and young daughter aboard. This was a commendable move, as far too many boat test shoots are a selection of middle-aged men and… a boat. A family atmosphere was a wise decision. The broker also commented that he was keen to introduce his wife and young daughter to the delights of sailing. Again, commendable. I don't think we entirely scared either wife or child off. I was, however, aware that this was a delicate moment in the couple's relationship; did she actually like sailing? It brings me to a broader point. I can't tell you how many boat tests I have done where the broker gestures…

1 min.
dee caffari reveals ‘man overboard’ experience to highlight safety choices

As a committed advocate for safety at sea, record-breaking yachtswoman Dee Caffari MBE has revealed details of her own first-hand experience of falling overboard during a recent offshore race, with the hope that the lessons learnt her story will benefit others. Dee, who has sailed around the world six times and is the first woman to have sailed singlehanded and non-stop around the world in both directions, was competing in this year’s SoCal 300 ocean race from Santa Barbara to San Diego starting on 30 May when the unimaginable happened and she found herself viewing the boat from the water. In a bid to raise awareness about the best safety equipment and procedures, Dee has admitted the fault is entirely her own for not clipping on with her tether. She stresses…

1 min.
‘blue belt’ around the english coast protects species and habitats

Defra has announced the designation of the third tranche of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs). All 41 new sites and the addition of new features to 12 existing MCZs proposed during last summer’s consultation are now designated. This third tranche builds on the 50 MCZs already in place. In total we now have 175 Marine Protected Areas of different types, conserving 40% of English seas and providing vital protection for a diverse array of wildlife. There was a high level of interest in the public consultation, with over 48,500 responses received. In its response, the RYA maintained that the public right of navigation (which includes anchoring) should be respected and upheld, and the safety of navigation should not be adversely impacted.…

1 min.
merger announcement creates uk’s most extensive marina network

Dean & Reddyhoff and Quay Marinas have announced plans to merge their businesses. The deal is expected to complete in the next three months and the combined business will operate the second largest number of coastal marinas with the widest network around the coast of the UK. With 11 marinas across the UK. The new business offers visitors and berth holders access to the stunning boating destinations of Cowes, Hamble and Portsmouth Harbour, Dorset, the Bristol Channel, Irish Sea and the Clyde. As part of the deal, there is a planned £10 million investment programme over the next five years. Alongside 11 marinas, 4,000 berths and 150 staff boat repairs etc will continue to be part of the business. Current berth holders will benefit straight away with berth swaps between…

1 min.
round the island race twins with the barcolana regatta

Round the Island race organisers The Island Sailing Club have signed a twinning agreement with the organisers of the world’s biggest regatta, the Barcolana. Held on the second Sunday of October in Trieste, Italy every year, the Barcolana regatta was recognised by Guinness World Records last February as the biggest sailing race in the world. An astonishing 2,689 boats and over 16 thousand sailors crossed the 3km wide start line in 2018. The 2019 Round the Island Race will be taking place as this issue of ST goes on sale. It’s the largest sailing event in the UK and one of the biggest in the world, with over 1,500 yachts regularly competing for more than 200 prizes. As well as their grand scale, the two events have much in common from a philosophical…

1 min.
2019 north atlantic hurricane activity ‘normal’

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s climate prediction centre is predicting that a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season is most likely this year. The outlook forecasts a 40% chance of a near-normal season, a 30% chance of an above-normal season and a 30% chance of a below-normal season. The hurricane season officially extends from June 1 to November 30. For 2019, NOAA predicts a likely range of 9 to 15 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 4 to 8 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including two to four major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher). NOAA provides these ranges with a 70% confidence. An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which six become hurricanes, including…