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Yachting Monthly Dec-2018

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd Yachting monthly is at the heart of the British yachting market and is for people who actively sail their boats - whether cruising across the channel, around the coast or further a field in blue waters. It provides an entertaining mix of vital information for cruising yachtsmen with all levels of experience, which maximises their enjoyment, increases their skills and gives them the confidence to broaden their horizons.

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why we love winter

What to do now that winter is here? It is clearly tempting to wait out the dank days of winter cosied up indoors, with the boat safely on the hard until the balmy spring returns. That’s an awfully long time to be land-locked though, so Pasque will be staying in this winter and I’m looking forward to it. The ‘off season’ has frequently given me some of my most memorable sails; crisp frost on the deck, a whistling kettle as the low sun rises over the burnished water, and a cloudless sky overhead. Bundled up, we’ve relished bracing (and admittedly short) sails to arrive in harbour before the early dusk to hurry to the nearest pub with a roaring fire. As the Danes would say, you don’t get more hygge than…

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If you have a news story to share, contact News Editor Katy Stickland Email Katy.Stickland@ti-media.com Tel 01252 555 166 Concerns over ‘massive’ windfarm extensions Sailors who use cruising grounds close to proposed windfarm extension sites in the UK are being urged to scrutinise the plans, with warnings from the RYA that the developments could be ‘massive’. The Crown Estate has released details of eight sites in England and Wales which have made it through the initial application process. They are: Sheringham Shoal, Dudgeon and Race Bank in the North Sea, Greater Gabbard and Galloper off the Suffolk coast, Rampion off the Sussex Coast, Thanet in Kent and Gwynt y Môr in North Wales. COASTLINES UNDER THREAT? Over the next nine months, Habitats Regulations Assessments to examine any impact on nature conservation sites of European importance will…

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news in numbers

04 UKSA will be taking delivery of four new Jeanneau 449s in November and December after trading in part of the charity’s existing fleet and receiving funding from the Neighbourly Charitable Trust. 348 September’s Bart’s Bash saw 348 different classes of boats used in the fundraising event, which attracted thousands of sailors in more than 20 different countries. 1M The UK Government is spending £1 million on a Maritime Autonomy Regulation Lab, which will look at ways of regulating autonomous and so-called smart ships. LED lighthouses The Commissioners of Irish Lights is rolling out LED lights to all of its lighthouses, replacing diesel generators with renewable energy solutions like solar. All of the body’s buoy and minor beacon lights are already LED.…

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this month’s big question

Send us your questions in less than 200 words by email yachtingmonthly@ti-media.com or by post Yachting Monthly, TI Media, Pinehurst 2, Pinehurst Road, Farnborough Business Park, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 7BF How do I weather a storm ashore? Q I have been watching some YouTube videos of yachts hunkered down during the recent hurricanes in the Caribbean. I noticed the yachts had removed their sails but not their masts. Perhaps there were no facilities to enable this? I’m wondering what your experts would have done if they had decided to face the full force of a hurricane, in a supposedly safe haven. John Stacey A Tom Partridge from the RCC Pilotage Foundation replies: When John refers to ‘a supposedly safe haven’, he is touching on the singularly most important factor when storing your boat for…

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Send us your questions in less than 200 words by email yachtingmonthly@ti-media.com or by post Yachting Monthly, TI Media, Pinehurst 2, Pinehurst Road, Farnborough Business Park, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 7BF Assisting other seafearers in bother In his April 2018 ‘View From The Helm’, Theo Stocker wrote about offering assistance to others in distress. I recently saw this in action while anchored in Newtown River on the Isle of Wight. A Trident 24 was dragging its anchor and on a course to pass close to my boat. I decided I would grab the shrouds to secure it alongside and arranged suitable fenders and warps. But another Trident skipper anchored nearby decided to board the errant craft to reset the anchor. He quickly started the engine but found it too difficult to recover the anchor. A…

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my better instincts did a bunk, seduced by a lie-in

Fingers crossed, and in silence, we continued I had all the excuses I needed to return to the warmth of my bunk and not get under way. The wind was still fresh from the south-west when it should have veered to the west-north-west and eased. It was still dark and my rudimentary navigation lights had yet to be sorted. And my VHF wasn’t working: communication would be necessary if we decided to take the short cut via the military lifting bridge at Havengore. I told my crew to resume his snoring. We weren’t leaving at 0500 after all. Back in my bag I shuddered blissfully, shrugging off the cold of the cockpit and curling into my own warmth. But I knew I would pay. Two hours later the world was a much more welcoming place:…