The June 2022 issue of Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting is out now and comes packed with tips for the start of your summer sailing season.
We have advice on the latest gadgets for you and your yacht, we talk to expert sailors for their best cruising and racing tips and if you are going abroad this summer for a beach club holiday, we’ve got a must-read article on how to get the most out of your week.
That boat on our cover – lovely orange spinnaker! She’s the latest Beneteau Oceanis, a 34.1, and in many ways quite a simple yacht – and all the better for it. This is not some overly complex piece of kit you need a PHD to sail. It’s a straightforward, quite traditional design, built for real use, real berthing, real seas, and what’s more it’s easy to sail. Editor Sam Jefferson enjoy the experience of taking her out for a test sail off the south of France. Then again, who wouldn’t?
For a taste of something different, we also went sailing on this, the ICE 70, quite an interior. Yours for a cool €2.5m. As Sam Jefferson, who had another hard day testing this boat off Portofino, says: “It comes at a price tag some way beyond many of us but, if I had the money and was planning a grand tour of the Med and beyond, this would definitely be on my shopping list of dream boats.”
We’ll give you one guess. Sardinia, the Seychelles, or Bahamas? Nope, this is the good old Isles of Scilly, offering some of the most challenging sailing and jaw-dropping anchorages this side of the Caribbean. Our June issue looks at how to get there and what to do once you drop the hook.
If you’re sailing around the world, why not do it on an Oyster? We meet some of the crews doing the Oyster World Rally. The stuff of dreams!
This appealing scene shows crews relaxing during the Suffolk Yacht Harbour Classic Regatta, one of the many strings in the bow of this thriving marine hub on the English east coast. Suffolk Yacht Harbour is the subject of our monthly Gul’s Eye article, looking at the approaches to the full-tide marina, on the River Orwell, and just why this spot is one of the most idyllic places to arrive in England.
We always feature the latest sailing kit and this month we have these smart logbooks, which can be enscribed with the name of your yacht. We like. Thankyou Wuzzos. Plenty more sailing kit inside the magazine.
Not an inspiring looking object, we have to admit, but one that can totally transform your onboard experience. This month we look at marine electronics, from chartplotters to the latest standalone gadgets – all the new stuff to tech up your boat with this summer. Get stuck in! And we explain how it all works.
In September 1977, at the age of 79, the famous explorer and mountaineer, Bill Tilman set sail from Southampton on the boat of his young protégée, Simon Richardson, to sail to Smith Island in the South Shetland Islands, some 65NM off the coast of Antarctica. Their plan was to sail to Rio de Janeiro, and then to the Falklands, where they would collect their New Zealand climbers for the ascent of Mount Foster, a hitherto unclimbed peak on Smith Island. Their trip across the Atlantic to Rio was uneventful. Then they set sail from Rio and were never heard of again.
In this issue, Angus Carter writes: Simon and I had met as nineteen-year-olds and had sailed and climbed together extensively. He had invited me to go to Smith Island but my wife was pregnant and he took my ice axe instead. During the years that followed I thought of him often. When the opportunity arose to buy a proper ocean going boat I grasped it and resolved to try and complete the task that Tilman and Simon had set themselves.”
What follows is a moving story and a truly cracking yarn from Angus, coupled with some fascinating tips for anyone who fancies doing a similar 18,500nm trip.
The big news this month in the pro racing world is that the next America’s Cup will be in 2024 in Barcelona. We take a close look at what this means for the teams, the boats, the Cup as a whole and us, the spectators! Plus, we tracked down the man helming the British entry INEOS Britannia, Sir Ben Ainslie, for his views on the matter.
One of the most common questions being asked in sailing in these times of screens and ever more digital distractions (like this website!) is how to keep young people engaged in the sport. Dinghy clubs may have thriving youth sections, but as teenagers many people drop out. The RYA have taken a look at the situation and come up with an intriguing new way of doing it. Ian Walker, who at the time of our interview was the RYA’s Performance Director, explains it. Sadly shortly after we talked to Ian, he announced his resignation from the RYA after a successful time there. We wish him all the best.
Cowes Week is coming! It’s time to get stuck into some big fleet racing and this month we talk to the people who won the Sailing Today trophy last year. A crew of family and friends, they did it in style and they have some great advice for those who fancy a go themselves this year. The regatta is opening its arms to ‘cruising’ yachts this year. Go on, you know you want to!
Phew! If you were watching the SailGP final in San Francisco in March, you probably suffered a minor heart attack at this moment, as we did. Naturally, the New Zealanders had it well in hand and the Aussies barely glanced in their direction as they scooted behind at something approaching 40 knots. Close racing at high speeds is part of what makes SailGP so brilliantly exciting, but does such racing demand safety protection for the sailors? We discuss the idea of an F1-style halo around the cockpit.
Our skills section looks at a range of racing topics, from nutrition, to reducing drag, to where to start, by top coach Mark Rushall. There’s more too!
One of the best holidays you can have is a beach club break, where an entire fleet of well-specced dinghies lies at the disposal of your entire family. The end of each day is a row of sun-kissed, very sleepy faces! We look at what is on offer this summer in the Med and elsewhere – and we include some great advice on how to get the best out of your week.
There’s plenty more in our June issue. We hope you enjoy it! See you out on the water this summer.
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