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Sailing Today

Sailing Today December 2017

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

SCHADENFREUDE IS A FAR FROM admirable trait but I’m afraid it is one that is common among sailors. I have spent enough time in waterside bars and tavernas in the Mediterranean to know that there is an audible murmur of anticipation when a charter yacht arrives in a bay and lines up for a med moor. A personal favourite of mine was observing a yacht which had very correctly moved its tender toward the bows prior to med mooring. The skipper then gave the order for the anchor to be dropped and backed slowly and precisely into a space. Once secured at the stern, the feeling of relief aboard was tangible but short lived as it became clear that the anchor and chain had all been dropped very neatly into…

4 min.
ebb and flow

GOVERNMENT UNDER FIRE The Government has been criticised for its poor response to the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) Report. The suite of MPAs is designed to protect and enhance the marine environments of the UK coast and Overseas Territories. Mary Creagh, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), said: ‘The Government has not adequately responded to our concerns around Marine Protected Areas.’ Emma Barton of the RYA said: ‘Establishing an ecologically coherent network of marine protected areas will contribute towards achieving the governments’ shared vision for clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse oceans and seas.’ She continued: ‘We believe this vision can be achieved without any adverse effect on either the public right or the safety of navigation for recreational boating.’ Borrow a boat makes waves Borrow a Boat, the peer-to-peer charter…

3 min.
take it to the limit

‘If we can produce an image of a sail boat at 90 degrees north, that could become iconic ’ Challenging boundaries is a part of human nature; it’s how we discovered the world isn’t flat and put a man on the moon. But what happens when we’ve apparently conquered all horizons? For some, the answer is simple; push further still, taking to sea in smaller craft, against the clock or, in the case of Laura Dekker, as the youngest person ever to circumnavigate the globe. So how long will Laura hold her title? She’s the youngest now, but it’s surely only a matter of time before someone seeks to usurp her crown. The very possibility would make many breathless, but for some it’s an opportunity impossible to resist. The first people to…

3 min.
first rate

Leatherman bangle Rugged good looks This multitool from leading manufacturer, Leatherman takes its inspiration from the removable links on a watch strap. Each link is a specific tool which can be removed from the bracelet for individual use. A large number of tools are available now, with more promised at a later date, so you should be able to select the tools you use the most or will find most useful and link them together to create your own bespoke tool. Or you can buy more and build specific bracelets for specific plans. • leatherman.com • From £159 Maritime masterpiece Tacking duel - Steven Dews Steven Dews has long been recognised as one of Britain’s top living marine artists. Born in Yorkshire in 1949, he has travelled and painted the world. This print of his painting, Tacking duel,…

2 min.
new boats

Catana 53 c£996,000 Catana Yachts specialise in cruising multihulls that are also capable of a really impressive turn of speed and the new 53 promises more of the same from the French manufacturer. The new yacht boasts striking, somewhat angular styling combined with generous freeboard. Weighing 14 tons, she’s not exactly a lightweight flyer, but this is still modest for a 53ft yacht. Combine that with daggerboards and an easily driven hull and you have a recipe for a luxurious performance catamaran. catana.com Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 319 £62,000 Jeanneau’s new Sun Odyssey 319 sits as the baby of the range at just 29’6” which by today’s standards is small. Yet despite her diminutive proportions, she certainly looks like a proper little cruiser and boasts a roomy interior. In an interesting development, the new…

10 min.
winter sun

‘The best places tended to be the quieter spots where you could wake up in the morning and not be able to hear anyone else’ With new charter bases opening up around the globe, it has never been easier for sun seeking sailors to chase the winter sun. The Caribbean offers a popular choice, and most of the region’s sailing infrastructure was unharmed by the depredations of Hurricane Irma. But these are well known waters, and were covered in depth in November’s Sailing Today, so we decided to look at some of the more exotic options. Canary Islands With its seven principal islands, the Canary Islands have staked a claim to be one of the world’s top winter sailing playgrounds. Situated about 100km off the coast of Mauritius, the islands are European in…