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July 2021 issue of Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting on sale now

For those considering a long-distance voyage in the direction of warmer climes, look no further. Our Bluewater Special issue, on sale now, is essential reading, with a ‘real life’ kit list – stuff you really need, as recommended by people who’ve gone and done it.

For those whose sailing this summer will be closer to home, the July 2021 issue of Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting has plenty more besides.

For starters, we carry a full listings sections of the regattas going on in the UK. Given the past year, most regatta organisers are expecting – and in many cases are already getting – big turnouts.

Our summer 2021 regatta guide includes everything from the 90th anniversary Round the Island Race, on 3 July, to the Rolex Fastnet Race, on 8 August, to club dinghy events such as the competitive and highly enjoyable Brancaster Sailing Week, pictured here.

Mentioning the Round the Island Race, our new issue has an expert guide to how to make the most of your day. Written by race and Solent veteran Rupert Holmes, it looks at what the Island Sailing Club has in store on the day, as well as how you can best navigate your way round in safe and speedy fashion. It’s the 90th anniversary race and entry is still very much open.

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This atmospheric shot brings us to another big event this summer. It shows Saskia Clark and Hannah Mills leading the 470 fleet in the Olympic Test Event in Rio, back in 2015, a year before they claimed gold at the real Olympics. Hannah is back in the 470 and aiming to make history at Tokyo in July, having won selection this time with Eilidh McIntyre. All our Olympic interviews are online – check them out via those links.

Meanwhile, our ‘how to win’ article in this latest issue is about ‘mastering the weather’. Olympic coach Jon Emmett looks at how to judge changing conditions on the race course and use them to your advantage. Jon’s advice took Xu Lijia – better known nowadays as his wife Lilly – to Laser Radial gold at the London 2012 Games. Say no more!

As part of our bluewater coverage, editor Sam Jefferson has scored an impressive double on the boat test front and bagged two long-legged cruising yachts for any serious offshore sailor to consider. This expansive cockpit/saloon pictured here belongs to the Discovery 58, the ‘ocean thoroughbred’ referred to on our cover.

And this is the Jeanneau 60, an eye-catching modern take on liveaboard living and long-term cruising. Sam, as ever, does not mince his words, but yes, he was impressed.

Do you know this guy? He is Tristan Gooley, the only person who has sailed and flown solo across the Atlantic! He’s also the author of several superb books on what he terms ‘natural navigation’, using the elements and things around us to find our way, at sea and on land. Tristan is a persuasive and interesting guy, full of insights and tips that really can change the way we look at the world. Editor Sam Jefferson interviews him for this issue.

Every month we feature a harbour or port somewhere in the world, in our long-running Gul’s Eye feature. This month it’s Brixham, a gem. Even if you’re not visiting there this summer, our article is written as a useful guide for the future.

Not a boat designed with cruising slowly to Brixham in mind. The forthcoming Carkeek 70 is as sleek and mean-looking a vessel as we’ve seen in a while. She’s featured in our monthly New Boats section, always good for a gawp, even if you’re not buying.

What else is in this packed issue of Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting? Well, we have all the latest nautical news for you – including what’s what in the world of post-Brexit cruising. There have been some interesting developments in the ongoing and somewhat uncomfortable-sounding negotiations between HMRC and the sailing authorities – and also between them and various EU countries.

And we look at ‘the Cote only the locals know’. The stretch of the south of France that is not crowded, that doesn’t feature packed anchorages and marinas, and which doesn’t charge the earth for coffee and croissant. As ever with our cruising guides, it’s written by someone who knows the coast well and speaks from first hand experience.

Finally, it has been a sad month for us at Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting, after the death of our former editor John Goode. John was a true legend of the marine industry, a former merchant mariner who had gone to sea aged 14. He took the seamanship he learned there and founded Southern Sailing on the Hamble, and then took it to Sailing Today in the early 2000s. You can read our tribute to John in our new issue, and also here. Testament to the esteem in which he was held, it features tributes from some of the great names of our generation of sailors.

We hope you enjoy our latest issue. Cheers.

 

 

 

 

 

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