The December 2021 issue of Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting is out now and as the temperature drops a little – at least for us north European sailors – we look at how we can make the most of the months ahead on the water – cruising and racing.
All cruising folk know that the winter months are some of the best on the water. Just wrap up warm, keep the kettle boiling and when the wind is good, life’s just rosy. There is also a packed racing calendar and for those new to the game, this is a good time to get involved, with smaller fleets and often with lighter winds (okay, not in the photo we chose here). We also look at how to look after your boat over the winter months, afloat and ashore, and we do a round-up of some of the winter berth prices at marinas around the UK. As ever, we aim to make the magazine as practically useful to you as sailors as we can!
There’s much in this December issue of Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting, including a great little article on how to fish from your yacht. The photo here might not be totally representative of the Solent in late October, but the advice on what you need and how to use it is good. Worth trawling though. Oh dear…
Moving on, our editor Sam Jefferson has had an interesting time sailing the new Ovni 370, the boat you can see on the cover. This is a new ‘pocket’ bluewater cruiser from the respected marque and has some interesting approaches to build that makes doing a smaller yacht cost-effective for them. It has a pretty comfortable interior, too, as you can see here.
Our monthly ‘news’ section features the important piece of information that the annual Club of the Year competition is open for voting. This competition is run by the RYA with us, aiming to celebrate the great work done by sailing clubs around the British Isles. This year, some top notch achievements are listed by the finalists – and the voting is now open to you! Read more in the magazine and click here to find out more on the dedicated website.
We’re proud to call Paul Heiney one of our column writers and we love the column written by Paul this month. He describes the experience of buying a sextant on eBay and the great wonder and joy to be found in using this ancient piece of kit. The only issue Paul has, he admits, is navigating eBay…
Another of our column writers is Andy Rice, a man as integral to the UK dinghy scene as bobble hats and thick wetsuits. This month Andy says how great it has been to see the Olympic sailors return from Tokyo and straightaway get stuck into grassroots sailing. That, really, is the legacy of the Games, but it only happens if the sailors are willing to give their time and effort. Full marks to all those Tokyo stars who’ve been out and about inspiring the next generation – and well said, Andy!
One of those events has been the 60th edition of the Endeavour Trophy, the regatta that decides the dinghy champion of champions. It was won, as we’ve reported, by Olympian Luke Patience with crew , but what a regatta it was. Sue Pelling has the full story and she looks back at how this event has featured so many of the great names of UK sailing.
Travel restrictions are easing and if you’re heading to the Caribbean this winter, we have kindly put together a tempting guide to what events are there for the taking, from the RORC Caribbean 600 to Grenada Sailing Week and the BVI Spring Regatta. Blue waters, blue skies, trade winds…?! Don’t.
We’ve got a great article by Tom Dymond, a man who bucked the trend for heading over the horizon in something longer than 50ft, when he set off around the world in his Nicholson 32. Tom’s tale is funny, self-deprecating and inspiring. Well done that man!
Our former editor Sam Fortescue departed from UK shores a few years ago but we’re lucky to have him still writing for us. This month Sam set about the simple task of replacing the 12V battery on his yacht, only to find a gruesome and brain-bashing range of options ahead of him. In a superb article, he breaks down what means what in modern battery parlance and guides us through what might be good for your kind of racing or cruising.
The Rolex Fastnet Race headed to Cherbourg in August, but round the corner of the peninsular lies one of the area’s great delights. We visit Cartentan marina in this issue, giving a full visitor’s guide to this attractively sleepy Normandy gem.
Forgive us for mentioning the word, but the countdown to Christmas is now on and you may be wondering what to get the sailor in your life – or what to clearly suggest is given to the sailor in your spouse’s life. Our new issue has a few ideas, courtesy of our Christmas gift guide, and we have a whole stack of ideas here too.
The Saffier SE27 Leisure, which we test in this new issue, is a smaller day-sailer than we’ve come to expect these days, and what a welcome change that is. A boat that looks gorgeous. We go sailing to find out more.
The tales of Bob Shepton have become a key part of Sailing Todays of the past decade or more. Now, in our combined magazine, they can be enjoyed by the racers too. Bob is a living legend who has sailed almost everywhere there is to sail. This month he relates a hairy passage around Cape Horn. Rather you than us, Bob, but thanks for writing about it.
There’s plenty more in this packed December 2021 issue of Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting – we hope you enjoy it!
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