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Sailing Today March 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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12 Issues


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skipper’s view

SITTING ON STAGE in the far corner of the ExCel centre during one of the recent Boat Show Brunches, host Alec Wilkinson asked me whether transatlantic cruisers were well-enough prepared for the challenge of crossing an ocean. He was referring to the story of a German family rescued by a cargo ship when their boat began taking on water a few days into the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers [Ebb and flow, ST238]. The question made me reflect for a moment, as I had just been made aware of another rescue which had unfolded on the other side of the Atlantic, when a British boat lost its rudder. This second story is reported in detail on pp10-12 of this issue, and involves my own brother’s boat, which sailed 80nm upwind to come…

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ebb and flow

YJA YACHTSMAN OF THE YEAR Amateur sailor Gavin Reid, 28, has won the prestigious boats.com YJA Yachtsman of the Year 2016, awarded at the London Boat Show. Reid beat Rio gold medallist, Giles Scott and Round the Island Race record-holder Brian Thompson, to take the award. Judges cited Reid’s extraordinary rescue of a fellow sailor mid-Pacific, which made headlines at the time, for catching the attention of the Yachting Journalists’ Association. Reid, who is profoundly deaf, was taking part in the Henri-Lloyd Hobart to Whitsundays leg of the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race, when a boat returning from the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race sent out a distress signal. As the closest boat, the crew of Mission Performance was quick to respond and go to the aid of the stricken vessel. Reid…

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bluewater rescue

‘EVERYTHING WAS FAILING AND IT WAS STARTING TO BEAT HIM’ A couple, their stepfather and two young children have been rescued from a yacht that ran into rudder problems in the Atlantic 500nm east of Martinique. Fran Willcocks, stepfather Tony White and husband James Coombes plus their children Heath (9) and Isla (7) are all safely back on dry land after a dramatic rescue just before Christmas, but the story made harrowing reading on the family’s blog. The problems began just three days out from landfall in Barbados, after the Hanse 531 Dove II had been at sea for 15 days on a fast crossing from Tenerife in the Canary Islands. The family had borrowed it from the owner for the cruise of a lifetime. Tony told Sailing Today that the crew were all…

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first rate

Marcus jacket Look sharp in Parajumpers extreme weather gear This glamorous brand of outdoor wear recently caught our eye, for the elaborate backstory behind it. Founder Massimo Rossetti got the idea after a chance encounter in an ill-famed bar in Anchorage, Alaska with a serving member of the 210th Rescue Squadron, aka the Parajumpers. The Marcus jacket is parka length and its shell is highly waterproof and breathable. Its rich down filling hugs you tightly to keep you roasting warm, and there are fleece-lined handwarmer pockets. Other features include an adjustable down-filled hood, button-down cargo pockets, inner mesh pouches and a pocket designed for a GPS or epirb. You could conceivably use this with sailing salopettes for warmth in the far north, but it’s more likely to be seen onshore. • £510 • parajumpers.it EcoLizard bike Unfold…

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new boats

Maxus Evo 24 £24,000 Polish manufacturer Maxus gave its new Evo 24 its UK debut at the London Boat Show. This smart daysailer is the successor to the Maxus 24 and she’s very much an evolution of her predecessor. To this end, she features a voluminous hull and comfortable interior combined with sprightly performance and the option of a lifting keel. Her price tag is particularly eye-catching and this no-nonsense yacht looks like an excellent entry-level option. northman.pl Beneteau Figaro 3 £tbc Admittedly this is not a cruising yacht by any stretch of the imagination, but it is an interesting boat that could have ramifications for future cruiser-racers. The Figaro 3 is built by Beneteau specifically for the Solitaire du Figaro, the singlehanded race known as the proving ground for heavyweights on the singlehanded racing…

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sailing to illyricum

The light was gently breaking when Jan and I first set eyes upon the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik one morning in 2003. We had crossed the Adriatic to Croatia from Otranto on the heel of Italy in our Bowman 40 Aurora, lured by tourist-board images of azure seas, deserted anchorages and grilled fish. And we weren’t disappointed – so charmed were we that for the next few years we snatched a fortnight’s holiday in the early summer and again in September, cruising the islands of the Adriatic. In 2007 we commissioned Fly from Contest Yachts in Holland and, after a wet and windy season renewing our acquaintance with northern European waters, Jan said it was time we returned to the sunshine and warmth of the Adriatic. To warmer waters We spent the…