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Practical Boat Owner

Practical Boat Owner Summer 2017

Published by TI Media Limited Practical Boat Owner is Britain's biggest-selling boating magazine, trusted and respected by all its readers. A source of useful and helpful information for both power and sail boat owners, PBO helps you get the most from your boat acting as a forum for interacting with like-minded individuals.

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waiting for the tide

with the editor To receive the editor’s monthly email newsletter, go to our website: www.pbo.co.uk Bl**dy mind over matter Part of being British, apparently, is that seafaring is in our blood. Or is it? Despite his undoubted courage and tactical genius, Nelson suffered terribly from seasickness. Charles Darwin, whom a voyage transformed from being the despair of his father to becoming the founder of modern evolutionary thinking, suffered in a similar way. Admittedly there are plenty of counter-examples: the buccaneering Admiral Cochrane was far more successful at sea than as a land-dweller, while in our own time Sir Ben Ainslie exhibits an affinity for sailing which has placed him at the top of international competitions time after time. Nevertheless, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that being a Brit doesn’t necessarily make you…

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‘check, clean, dry’ to stop the spread of invasive species

SEND US YOUR STORIES Email news editor Laura Hodgetts at newspbo@timeinc.com, tel: 01202 440825 News and current affairs from the world of boating The invasive non-native carpet sea-squirt, Didemnum vexillum, or D vex for short, has been found in a sea loch on the west coast of Scotland. This is a highly invasive colonial sea-squirt originally thought to be from Japan. It forms large colonies which can grow at extraordinary rates and smother structures and habitats, generally making life difficult for all sea users – human, plant or animal. The recent discovery in a loch north of Oban is the most northerly confirmed report in the UK, and it may be that climate change is affecting its habits. D vex prefers hard substrates to grow on such as pontoons, mooring chains and boat hulls, and can…

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all aboard dave’s book launch

Dave Selby is inviting PBO readers to a garden party and barbecue on Saturday, 22 July to celebrate the launch of his first sailing book, The Impractical Boat Owner, a compilation of his early columns from 2005 to 2007 with extra bits and great cartoons by former PBO staffer Jake Kavanagh. The book, subtitled Tales and Trials from Years of Floundering Afloat, chronicles his meteoric rise from complete novice to total incompetent as he first took to the water in his Sailfish, Marlin. Dave said: ‘I’m lucky. I came to sailing late in life, and although I’ve been sailing for around 17 years I haven’t learned much. And that’s what gives me so much to write about.’ The book is published by Bloomsbury (£9.99) and is on sale from 13 July. Starting at…

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a thousand yachts sign up for rtir 2017

At the time of going to press, 1,036 yachts had so far signed up to the 2017 Round the Island Race (RTIR), which will be taking place on Saturday 1 July with a first start of 05.30. Race organisers are reporting that entries are coming in steadily, on par with previous years. Standard entries will remain open until midnight on 17 June (www.rtir. me/entries). This one-day annual yachting extravaganza, which has new sponsor Cloudy Bay on board, is expected to attract upwards of 1,500 yachts and 12,000 sailors. It is organised by the Island Sailing Club in Cowes and circumnavigates the 50NM course westabouts around the coastline of the Isle of Wight. Participants will cross the start line at Cowes in 11 separate groups, starting every 10 minutes from 0530 until 0710. The…

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changes to recreational craft directive

Are you familiar with the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) 2013/53/ EU requirements? This directive sets out minimum safety and environmental requirements for recreational craft between 2.5m and 24m and personal watercraft, which guarantee their suitability for sale or use in Europe. The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) reports that recent changes are affecting boat owners and the sale and modification of second-hand boats. The scope of the new directive now specifically applies to any watercraft that is subject to Major Craft Conversion (Article 2.1(f)). Major Craft Conversion is defined in Article 3(7) of the directive and means: ‘a conversion of a watercraft which changes the means of propulsion of the watercraft, involves a major engine modification, or alters the watercraft to such an extent that it may not meet the applicable essential safety and…

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susie goodall golden globe race sponsorship

British yachtswoman Susie Goodall has secured DHL Express as the primary sponsor for her 2018 Golden Globe Race (GGR) entry. Goodall, aged 27, from Bournheath, Worcestershire, is the youngest among the GGR entry list and one of two female competitors to take on the challenge – to sail solo non-stop around the globe, starting from Plymouth UK on 30 June 2018. Competitors will sail traditional production yachts without the benefit of modern electronic aids to mark the 50th anniversary of the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race and Sir Robin Knox- Johnston’s achievement in becoming the first to sail solo non-stop around the globe. Goodall and her rivals will be navigating with sextant on paper charts without GPS or electronic self-steering. They will hand-write their logs and determine the weather for themselves. This will…