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May issue of Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting out now

The May issue of Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting is on sale now and what an issue we have for you this month! A true smorgasbord of cruising and racing delights, as befits the nature of our combined title.

Our big boat test is the Pogo 44, an unusual-looking craft up top if you’re used to a more conventional cruising boat, and she is undeniably aimed at the performance cruising end of the market. Get down below and this boat opens up into a fabulously clean and practical vessel that would even suit family living.

Isle of Portland from the air. This picture shows the marina, sea, sky and port.

Our monthly Gul’s Eye articles have been running for decades, giving you a useful and rare view of marinas and ports, along with the kind of local pilotage and visitor info that you rarely find in print. This month we visit the full-service site of Portland Marina, in Dorset, a useful stop-off for those waiting for good conditions round the Bill, but a fantastic destination in its own right, with so many things to keep visitors entertained – Olympic sailors training, the Chesil Beach, great pubs, a superb beachfront crab restaurant within walking distance and the Chesil Beach Centre, which tells you all about the Jurassic Coast. Our full guide to the marina and the area is in the May issue!

Restrictions allowing, it’s that time of the year when we’re getting ready to go afloat again. As well as making sure the boat is good, you want your own kit to be AOK. In this issue we take a look at the latest sailing jackets, trousers and other clothing, in case you are investing in something weatherly for 2021 and beyond.

Each month we pick three interesting boats on the market, for those who are really buying and for the rest of us dreamers. This month one of them is this, a fine looking Sweden Yachts 390, yours for £84,995. She was built in 1991. As well as her attractive lines she comes with seven berths including three separate doubles. Full spec inside the magazine.

Long-term readers may recall Neil Matson’s excellent account of his trip to the Spanish Rias in 2018. Now he completes the circle with a trip home, a useful and colourful tale with practical benefit for those following in Neil’s wake, on this stretch of water or others.

If you’ve been dreaming of a family holiday in the Greek islands, you’ll find plenty of inspiration and practical advice in the tale told by David Meadows in this issue. He and wife Susie chartered with Sail Ionian and took with them grandchildren, daughter and son-in-law. Looks like they had fun!

When it comes to circumnavigations, most of us think of either the world or Britain. We don’t normally think of sailing around the south of England. That, however, is what Ros Bennett did, in a 24ft Crabber. From deserted canals to the finest coastal backdrops any sailor will see, Ros’ trip was a delight. He tells all, with much good advice for anyone considering either the full trip themselves, or part of it.

Nic Compton is the former editor of our sister title Classic Boat and is the author of many excellent books. His latest is one that will take all year to read! Nic shows us a knot a day. It’s a superb idea and is enlivened by Nic’s entertaining commentary and clear images. Useful and fun. Just one of the books we feature in our regular ‘new sailing books’ page in this new issue.

(Studio Borlenghi)

The big news from the racing world this month is the America’s Cup – and we report in full on how the 36th edition panned out for the victorious New Zealanders and for INEOS Team UK.

As the New Zealanders were finishing the last of their champagne, the exciting news broke that INEOS Team UK had been accepted as Challenger of Record for the next America’s Cup. In the May issue we look back at the INEOS story thus far and we ask “What now for Sir Ben?”.

Ben’s determination to win the Cup means we are witnessing history in the making and it is certainly a lucky time to be a British America’s Cup follower.

(c) Mark Rushall

Our May issue also has a superb article by coach Mark Rushall, who picks apart various tactical situations he saw on the Auckland race course, with a focus on how to deal with an obstruction, namely a boat, ahead of you. Mark’s advice, as ever, is essential reading for all racing sailors, whether you fly at 50 knots or sail at less than 10.

(c) RYA

There is plenty more in this issue of the magazine, not least all the latest news from across the sailing world. There’s a lot going on, with Brexit having signficantly affected cruising habits, and historic events unfolding in the racing world.

Stimulating times to be a sailor – now we just need to be able to get afloat ourselves!

 

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