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Yachting Monthly December 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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
R 99,40
R 796,78
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
full circle

We often think of cruising in terms of the destination, but it is the return to our home port that marks a voyage’s successful completion. The circularity bestows resolution and achievement, and without it the adventure remains incomplete. This month we have a slew of solo circumnavigators, global and otherwise. Tony Curphey has deployed a drogue to survive the worst conditions imaginable no less than 17 times and made it back to tell the tale (p42). Vendée Globe sailor Pip Hare will soon be taking on the latest multi-million pound flying machines in a 20-year-old boat for whom good seamanship will be a matter of life and death. Timothy Long, the intrepid 15-year-old, has just become the youngest person to have sailed the 1,740 miles around the UK via the Caledonian Canal…

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3 min
long-term cruisers could face second vat bill after brexit transition period ends

News editor Sailors have accused the Government of unfairly taxing long-term cruisers after HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) announced that UK boat owners who have cruised continually in Europe for over three years without returning to the UK have until the end of 2021 to bring their vessels home or face paying VAT and import duty on their boat. This will apply even if owners have already paid UK VAT. Ann and David Berry have kept their Moody Eclipse 33, Aderynglas in Greece for the last 10 years. The couple bought the yacht in Poole, paid UK VAT on the vessel before cruising her through the Mediterranean to Greece. Ann said charging UK VAT a second time felt like a tax on long-term cruisers. ‘By making you pay VAT a second time, it…

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1 min
futuristic antifoul research starts

A $1 million research project to produce a bespoke engineered biofilm as a replacement for traditional antifouling on boats, is underway at the University of Essex. The ‘living coating’ would be made from ‘a community of microbes’ that form a protective layer. Dr Nick Aldred, from Essex’s School of Life Sciences, said traditional antifoul had many drawbacks like toxicity, fragility, cost and disposal, and often failed to offer complete protection. ‘A living coating could heal itself after damage, act as a sensor and could be naturally released from the surface when necessary,’ he explained. ‘We aim to create an engineered bacterial community that can be controlled to produce a protective, multifunctional film for vessel hulls.’ The initial focus of the lab-based project – sponsored by the US Navy – will be to create a…

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1 min
news in numbers

100K Scotland’s largest Marine Protected Area (MPA) - the 100,000 km² West of Scotland MPA - has been designated MPA - has been designated 10 Marine Quarterly is celebrating 10 years. The publication, available on subscription, covers all things sailing and salt water related, from sea life and naval matters to boats and shipping. 33 Seldén has installed its tallest mast - a 33m/108ft furling mast - on an Oyster 745. Royal Quay named the best Royal Quays Marina on the River Tyne has been named the UK Coastal Marina of the Year for over 250 berths in The Yacht Harbour Association annual awards. Poole Quay Boat Haven won in the under-250 category. James Stenning from Emsworth Yacht Harbour was named Marina Employee of the Year.…

1 min
ostar record holder mary falk dies

Tributes have been paid to Original Singlehanded Transatlantic Race (OSTAR) and Round Britain and Ireland (RB&I) veteran Mary Falk, who has died, aged 74. She competed in every major UK shorthanded, long-distance race, including three OSTARs, three Azores and Back Races (AZABs), one Fastnet, six RB&I races and numerous Petit Bateau events. In the 1996 OSTAR Mary took the record for the fastest Atlantic crossing in a 35ft boat after coming first-inclass aboard her Pocock 35, QII. Her time of 19 days, 22 hours and 57 minutes still stands. Mary started sailing in her late 20s. She bought her UFO 34, Quixote, in the 1980s before commissioning naval architect Mike Pocock to design QII – launched in August 1990. Her racing career was halted between 2005-2006 when she underwent treatment for breast cancer. Just…

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1 min
crackdown on jet-skis in poole

Two jet-skiers have been fined for speeding in Poole Harbour. Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) has reported a rise in antisocial behaviour since the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Gary Williams from Kingfisher Drive, Banbury pleaded guilty to breaking the 10-knot speed limit. He was fined £250, a £34 victim surcharge, and £600 towards costs. Simon Grant from Curzon Street, Reading was fined £600 for speeding, £100 for failing to purchase a permit, ordered to pay a £76 victim surcharge and costs of £1,050.…

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