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December issue of Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting out now!

The December issue of Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting is on sale now at your local newsagent, or available through various subscription options via links below.

Our big boat test is on the Elan GT6, boasting an interior designed by Studio FA Porsche, and it shows. The interior of this boat has to be seen to be believed. It is a lovely space. As editor Sam Jefferson found out, the boat sails like dream too.

 

The two great cruising dreams are surely sailing round Britain and sailing round the world – and this issue we look at both.

If you’ve enjoyed Jonathan Winter’s series on cruising around Britain over our last few issues, our December edition sees Jonathan and friends make their way down a storm-battered west coast. Yacht Nova sails through the fierce tides of the Bristol Channel, visits Lundy Island, and gets help from the coastguard to deal with a medical emergency.

For those thinking of going further afield, Dick Beaumont spells out what you won’t find in the almanac. Passages and their planning consist of the three Ds, says Dick: departure, duration and destination, but they must include the factors mentioned under voyage planning: understanding currents, and a long-term overview of wind trends.

The Code Zero sail, once the preserve of professional offshore racers, is now ubiquitous in cruising yachts. Nigel Sharp busts some myths as he investigates the evolution of code zeros and gets expert advice on adding one to your sail inventory.

Our Gul’s Eye series is invaluable for pilotage and for finding those little things that make the difference when you’re ashore, like a good restaurant. This month we visit Padstow. No guesses for which is the recommended restaurant there.

We enjoy taking you to destinations off the beaten track and you can’t get much better than the Skeleton Coast of Namibia, famed its myriad ship wrecks and hundreds of miles of lee shore. Our intrepid cruisers make it ashore in one piece to visit ghost towns and beautiful cities from colonial days.

Finally, former Sailing Today editor Sam Fortescue now resides in Germany and recently enjoyed a cruise with his young family in the Swedish archipelago. Sam is one of sailing’s finest writers and he and wife Alex are experienced sailors, with many thousands of miles in their wake. Sam’s article, about taking two young children exploring on a yacht over the summer holidays, is a joy to read.

We hope you enjoy this December 2020 issue of the magazine.

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