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Sailing Today

Sailing Today October 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.

United Kingdom
Chelsea Magazine
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in this issue

2 min.
skipper’s view

A FEW YEARS AGO I KEPT MY BOAT in Chichester Harbour, moored alongside a chap by the name of Nick Skeates. Nick is a hugely experienced sailor who has circled the globe on a number of occasions in Wylo, a yacht he designed and built himself. Nick was not a man to follow the herd and had developed a lifestyle whereby he could live off £5 a day. When people asked him when he was going to do a day's work, he would simply reply that he "wasn't hungry enough yet". I loved having my boat next to Nick's, but it could also be a caution, particularly when you were trying to get anything done. My boat was invariably falling apart and as soon as I started to do anything…

2 min.
greta thunberg helps raise the profile of eco-boating

As climate change activist Greta Thunberg set-off on her voyage to New York on 14 August, the boating industry had a chance to promote its own eco credentials. The rudimentary accommodation with only "bucket and chuck it" facilities, plus the bumpy ride of a foiling IMOCA 60 racing yacht, means she wouldn’t be first choice for an Atlantic crossing for many cruising sailors but Malizia II is already an eco-warrior in her own right. She has an onboard "ocean laboratory" that measures C02 and other sea-surface data as she races, and has solar panels and two hydro-generators that mean she makes more electricity than needed to run all her systems, including navigation, communications and the watermaker. She’s also quick, aiming for a two-week crossing as ST closed for press. At her send-off…

1 min.
pink ‘pirates’ board falmouth yachts under cover of darkness

Thousands of visitors who braved the wild weather for Falmouth Week were greeted with a flotilla of 200 pink flags flying on boats across the harbour. The flags carried slogans and images from the group Extinction Rebellion, and included the call to action "your planet needs you". Others read "RIP Flushing", a reference to the nearby harbour town being flooded when sea levels rise. According to the group’s press release, "the flags were made by concerned Falmouth citizens, motivated to take direct action by the scale of the climate emergency facing our planet". It’s not known how many people were involved, but the group worked through the night boarding 200 vessels across the harbour and raising flags up each boat’s courtesy line. They left a letter addressed to every boat owner apologising…

1 min.
the king’s cup kicks off a blustery cowes week

Sailing received a big PR boost through the world’s media last month, as the Duke and Duchess of York competed against each other in their inaugural King’s Cup race on 8 August in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The world’s media descended on the island for the event in the run-up to the Cowes Week Regatta, and although the race was bumped forward a day due to impending gales, the media covered every detail – from what Kate was wearing, to little Princess Charlotte sticking out her tongue. There was less interest in actual events on the water, where the yacht skippered by Prince William came third and his wife's boat was disqualified for jumping the start and not returning. A yacht named Tusk, skippered by Bear Grylls, won the contest,…

1 min.
clipper demands inquiry into mca and maib

The organisers of the Clipper Race – a round-the-world race sailed by fee-paying amateurs on the event’s own yachts – has launched a blistering attack on the "professionalism, impartiality and honesty"of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch. In November 2017, Simon Speirs, right, a 60-year-old retired solicitor, fell overboard due to a freak failure of a tether safety clip while racing. Mr Speirs was recovered but he could not be resuscitated, and his body was subsequently buried at sea. The accident was investigated by both the MCA and MAIB, and their conclusions are the cause of considerable concern, says Clipper Ventures, which has called on the Department for Transport "to hold an independent inquiry to establish the full extent of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and…

1 min.
news briefs

GOOD NEWS First around Antarctica A saildrone has become the first unmanned vessel to circumnavigate Antarctica. The 196-day mission was launched from New Zealand on 19 January 2019 and returned 3 August after sailing more than 22,000km. Alex Thomson launches Vendée racer Star British sailor Alex Thomson has launched his latest racing yacht – a cutting edge IMOCA 60 named Hugo Boss that he hopes will help him to clinch victory in the 2020 Vendée. BAD NEWS Iolaire lost at sea The classic yawl Iolaire has been lost at sea according to former owner, Don Street. The yacht's name is immortalised in the Imray-Iolaire series of navigation charts. Flight of the navigator Flying beats sailing as a metaphor for freedom, suggests Insure4Boats, following its survey of boat names that revealed flying creatures outnumber sea creatures.…