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Yachting Monthly November 2020

Published by TI Media Limited 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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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
blustery conditions

Fatalism, fear or focus. The current global pandemic continues to provide ample opportunity for parallels to sailing. Perhaps our pastime requires more than most hobbies by way of enduring discomfort and overcoming both physical and mental challenges. We have a choice about how we respond to these maritime afflictions. The fatalist, and we’ve all sailed with one, acknowledges how little control they have over Mother Nature and how insignificant they are on the face of the ocean. ‘If I am sunk in a storm or fall overboard, then at least I’ll have gone doing what I love.’ They shun the strictures of safety impedimenta in order to fully embrace their fate. The fearful – we’ve all been there – watch anxiously as the wind speed climbs and the waves build and…

3 min
british yachting’s post-lockdown boom

UK yacht brokerages are reporting a spike in new and second-hand boat sales, with many of them now struggling to find used yachts to sell. The increase began during the summer following the easing of the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. Brokerage Clipper Marine, based at Swanwick Marina, believes it has been three times busier than normal. ‘Lots of boats are being sold for the asking price or very close to it, and the average sale time can now be measured in days not months,’ explained UK sales director, Ben Nichols. ‘This is way better than the last three or four years – 2015 was good for sales but not this good.’ He said boats under £100,000 and under 40ft were selling ‘in hours’ of being listed, while those between £100,000-£150,000 were sold in days. Nichols said…

1 min

SAIL GP FOR PLYMOUTH SailGP’s Season 2 European debut will take place in Plymouth on 17-18 July 2021 NEW PONTOONS AT DUVER Bembridge Harbour Authority has invested in 36 additional finger pontoons at Duver Marina COASTGUARD OF THE YEAR Alan Stewart (pictured left) has been named Coastguard of the Year METS TO GO VIRTUAL The world’s biggest marine trade show METSTRADE, due to be held on 17-19 November in Amsterdam, has been cancelled. Organisers are working on holding a virtual show WIN FOR PIP Vendée Globe entrant Pip Hare and her crew, Paul Larsen and Mike Ferguson, took line honours in the inaugural Lonely Rock Race aboard her recently relaunched IMOCA 60 Medallia NEW PUMP OUT FOR CHICHESTER Chichester Harbour Conservancy has installed a new free pump-out station at its Itchenor jetty. The project was sponsored by the Friends of Chichester…

1 min
vhf changes for irish coast guard

Irish Coast Guard has announced plans to change the frequency of some of its VHF working channels between 5 October and mid December. The move follows amendments to transmitting frequencies by the United Nations’ International Telecommunication Union in order to harmonise the VHF maritime mobile band internationally. Radio equipment at a number of sites will also have to be upgraded to accommodate the new frequencies. Channel 16 will remain available for distress, safety and calling and will not be affected by these changes. Channel 67 will also be available when required, although sailors are being warned that it may not be actively monitored at all times. As work progresses, Irish Coast Guard will inform the public by broadcasting on the channel that will be changing in the days leading up to the…

1 min
news in numbers

33 A record sized fleet will compete in the 2020 Vendée Globe, with 33 competitors registered to be on the start line offLes Sables d’Olonne on 8 November 41 The 41st Swanwick Used Boat Show will be held at Premier Swanwick from 10-18 October, featuring sailing and power boats Scotland’s Boat Show postponed Scotland’s Boat Show, held annually in October, has been postponed to 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Organisers have confirmed that next year’s event at Kip Marina will take place on 8-10 October 2021, and will include the River of Light display and a shoreside festival of Scottish food and drink. boatshow@kipmarina.co.uk…

1 min
scientists baffled by orca attacks on boats

Reports of orcas ramming yachts offthe Spanish coast have left the scientific community ‘shocked’. Since mid July, the cetaceans have hit over six boats, causing damage to rudders and steering. Some crew had to be towed to safety by the rescue services. Initially incidents were reported in the Strait of Gibraltar, where there is an orca pod; other reports are from the Galicia region. Orcas are known to interact and play with boats. Lucy Babey, the head of science and conservation at ORCA, a charity dedicated to studying and protecting cetaceans in UK and European waters, said orcas will hold onto a rudder with their mouth and be pulled along. She said ramming behaviour had never been recorded before, although highlighted that the Strait of Gibraltar pod has been previously attacked by fishermen,…