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Sailing Today January 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.

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Chelsea Magazine
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skipper’s view

I THOUGHT THE TIME WAS ripe to address the question of women in this magazine. It has been brought to my attention by a selection of bemused readers that two covers in recent months have featured women on them. Thankfully, this in itself was not the source of bemusement. Comments about one cover centred on the fact that the woman in question was 'unrealistic' in terms of the way she looked. Meanwhile, the lady who graced the cover of another issue was 'draped over the transom'. Now, this is a delicate one that requires a bit of finesse. First up, it is perfectly acceptable to go sailing in the company of someone - male of female - who is more attractive than the average. That is allowed, and nor is…

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cowes bans large vessels in low visibility

The chances of being run down and sunk by an errant Isle of Wight Ferry have been reduced for yachts using Cowes, as new orders ban large vessels from navigating in low visibility. The new Cowes Harbour Commission rule has been issued following the sinking of Greylag, a Contessa 32 which was struck by the Red Falcon car ferry operated by Red Funnel. The Red Falcon ran aground during the incident, leaving Cowes Harbour temporarily closed and passengers stranded for several hours. Thankfully there was nobody aboard Greylag at the time, but the Red Falcon’s Master and Mate have been suspended pending a Marine Accident Investigations Branch report. The collision followed another incident in September when the Red Falcon’s sister ship Red Eagle hit a catamaran and channel markers – also when visibility…

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charities in court over lively lady

Around and Around, the charity that leases Alec Cox’s classic 36ft ketch Lively Lady, has taken its battle with the trustees of the International Boatbuilding Training College charity in Portsmouth to court. Around and Around’s founder, round-the-world sailor Alan Priddy, is suing IBTC Portsmouth for £15,466 which he says IBCT owes for failing to meet expectations around a planned refurbishment of the vessel. IBCT trustees claim Around and Around’s money was paid to cover work ‘as and when it fitted with its students’ curriculum’, and not for a full refurbishment. Lively Lady was removed from IBCT’s home at Portsmouth last year and moved to Hayling Island where a group of volunteers carried out the restoration. Further court hearings have been scheduled.…

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pixel flyer aims for solo round alone record

Gosport sailor Alex Alley is hoping to break the record for sailing alone around the world in a sub-40ft boat, having crowd-funded his effort aboard the Pixel Flyer which has faces of sponsors and their messages adorning her topsides – sold at £25 per pixel. The 48-year old sailor hopes to knock time off a record that’s just shy of 138 days and reckons he can shorten the voyage by a week if things go well. Pixel Flyer only needs to beat the time by a full minute for a record to be ratified, and the attempt will hopefully be well under way as you’re reading this. Follow Pixel Flyer's progress at alexalley.com METS/SHAKESPEARE/ALEXTHOMSON/COMMONS/MAIDENYACHTS/BENETEAUYACHTS/HARALDOLSEN/PIXELFLYER/INTEGRELTRISKELMARINE/GRASSROOTSGROUNDSWELL…

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car firms inspire beneteau strategy

The average age of new yacht buyers has reached 60 and is rising, Groupe Beneteau CEO Hervé Gastinel told an audience at the 2018 Marine Equipment Trade Show in Amsterdam. . Gastinel shared plans to copy automotive industry ‘platform sharing’ for future models across the group’s 11 brands, as well as offering ownership deals that mimic car industry personal lease (PCP) schemes. “We want to grow output twice as fast as the market, and we want to double margins by 2020,” he said, announcing plans to target new Asian customers, and increasing appeal to a new cohort of younger buyers in Europe and the US. “The age of current buyers is a cause for concern to everyone in the industry,” said Gastinel, "but we can only appeal to millennials through a new approach." “Younger…

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maiden sets off round the world (via plymouth)

Maiden has left the Solent on her latest round the world voyage, with her crew opting to set off into nasty weather in November by way of a post-refit shakedown. The decision to test Maiden close to home proved sensible as skipper Nikki Henderson was headed for Plymouth within hours. The yacht's most famous skipperTracy Edwards is project managing The Maiden Factor, a fundraising effort aimed at furthering education for girls around the world. “We knew we’d have a few things to sort out following our refit,” she told ST. “The weather exposed a few more issues than we expected, so it made sense to fix them and wait for a weather window in the Bay of Biscay.” Follow progress at themaidenfactor.org…

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