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Humble Sea Dogs
Few of us could hope to emulate Jean Le Cam’s dramatic rescue of Kevin Escoffier in the Southern Ocean during this year’s Vendée Globe Race. While Yachting Monthly wouldn’t normally venture into the lofty world of offshore racing, the astounding seam
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HANSE 348 & 418
Size matters, so the saying goes, but what do two extra metres get you on a modern cruising yacht? Usually, a bigger boat means a different layout or different features, but Hanse’s sub-50ft range of easy-to-sail family cruisers follow a tried and te
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Hunter Channel 245
After buying a used Hunter Channel 245, new owner Nick Meadow undertook an electronics upgrade with Garmin authorised installer Knight Marine in Port Solent. The boat had an old Raymarine C80 chartplotter, a VHF and a small Raymarine i40 instrument f
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Technical Why Bigger Anchors Aren’t Always Better
Reading the advice on what size anchor is best for your boat, the forums are full of advice that an anchor one or even two sizes bigger than the manufacturer’s recommendation should be carried for greater anchoring security. On the assumption that th
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Atlantic Rescue For Vendée Globe Skipper
The sailing world has praised veteran Vendée Globe skipper Jean Le Cam after his dramatic rescue of fellow competitor Kevin Escoffier whose IMOCA 60, PRB broke in two during the race. The 40-year-old, who had been lying in third place, had just minut
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Hanse 348
We were lucky to have bright sunshine on the day of the test, with wind ranging from 10 to 18 kts true. With a length overall of 9.99 (32ft 9in) the 348’s performance figures were respectable, more so considering the test boat was on loan from Pure L
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Lyme Regis, Dorset
Lyme Regis is an attractive place to stop over for the night when cruising up or down the English Channel. It offers a good selection of pubs, restaurants and cafés, and is famous for its fossils, being located at the heart of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast
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Dufour 425gl
All of Dufour’s Grand Large (GL) range of cruising yachts were designed to maximise internal volume and therefore carry their ample beam all the way from midships to transom. That said, they also offered a good turn of speed and a stable, well-balanc
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Jon Holt Is Sailor Of The Decade
The founder of the Scaramouche Sailing Trust, Jon Holt, has won the inaugural YJA MS Amlin International Sailor of the Decade Award. Holt, who is head of outdoor education at Greig City Academy in Hornsey in London, started running his sailing progra
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Hanse 418
The 418 felt slower to react than the 348, giving her a more graceful feeling on the water. She would also find a groove and stay in it, and was less affected by wave motion and gusts. Like the 348 we were also sailing at the top of what would be con
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‘The Boat Nosedived And Its Bow Folded’
On 30 November, whilst sailing at 27 knots on starboard tack, disaster struck the IMOCA 60 PRB. A strong SW air stream behind a front had thrown up a large and confused sea state. Kevin Escoffier, lying in third place in the 2020 Vendee Globe Race, w
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Owners’ Experiences
Mike and Carol Perry bought Olieta in October 2019 and currently keep her in the UK, although they plan to move out to Greece soon. She is a three-cabin two-heads model launched in 2008. Asked how she has been so far, Mike said: ‘I have not had suffi
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News In Numbers
Plans by Conygar Investment Company for a 500-berth marina at Newry Beach in Holyhead are expected to be submitted for planning consent in early 2021 Cromarty Harbour Trust has received £20,000 from Historic Environment Scotland to improve the safety
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This Month’ Sex Perts
Daria is Vice Commodore of the Ocean Cruising Club. She sails a Bowman 57 ketch with her husband, Alex. Tony started offshore sailing in 1993. He has circumnavigated the world four times in his Nicholson 32. and her partner Dan bought a 1972 36ft Pea
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Beware Boat Modifications
Make sure that your boat structure, something that is often taken for granted, is sound. You must get it properly surveyed on purchase, re-surveyed at least every five years and immediately on grounding. I chat to boat builders, surveyors and search
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What The Experts Say…
NICK VASS, Marine Surveyor B,Sc B,Ed HND FRINA MCMS DipMarSur YS www.omega-yachtservices.co.uk The Dufour 425GL’s beamy stern requires twin steering wheels, which might require attention in 20 years time, but Dufour deck hardware and steering gear is
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Online Provenance Check For Boats On Sale
A new online Manufacturers Identity Code (MIC) database has been launched which will help boat buyers confirm the identity of vessels for sale. The free service is being run by British Marine. A requirement of the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD),
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Whenever we give a talk on crossing oceans or distance cruising, two questions come up. The first is: ‘Where do you stop at night?’ The second is: ‘How do you determine your watch schedules?’ Alex and I typically sail shorthanded with only the two of
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Think About The Casualty
For all the technology we have it’s still hard to pin down a life raft at sea. Jean Le Cam commented how in the wilderness of the sea, the night can be your friend as it allows for the pinpoint accuracy of light. Smoke is its opposite number during d
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Alternatives To Consider
Another stylish performance cruising yacht from racing yacht designer, Marc Lombard. The 42i has similar dimensions to the 425GL and performs with equal gusto and balance, particularly the Performance version, with its taller rig and laminate sails.
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Dredging Programme For Scottish Canals
Scottish Canals has received £1 million from the Scottish Government for its Caledonian and Crinan winter dredging programme. The work will be carried out between Laggan Spout and Kytra on the Caledonian in February and March. Dredging will commence
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What Is The Best Dinghy And Electric Outboard Combination For River Cruising?
Q I sail a Moody Eclipse on the Solent, but we live near the beautiful Beaulieu river and I am very interested to buy, new or secondhand, a dinghy or small river boat with an electric outboard, to take two adults and three grandchildren on the river.
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Search Patterns
A search pattern is complex, dynamic and difficult to manage. With a full crew it should be a full-time and crucial job. The skipper and one other should discuss and practice a simple procedure that can be adapted to the weather conditions. For Rapha
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The Confessional
Ed Crosse I have many happy childhood memories of family sailing holidays on the South Coast but, as a parent, one stands out – for which I still apologise to my father, 42 years later. We were in Salcombe, moored on the Kingsbridge Estuary. My fathe
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Calls For Improved Dredging At Brighton
Berth holders are demanding that Premier Marinas acts now to improve access to Brighton Marina. Premier has recently issued a Notice to Mariners (No2 of 2020, revised 08.12.20) advising that while the marina entrance was dredged in mid-2020 to 1.7m b
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A Question Of Seamanship
Q Alice and Ben are sailing Lydia, their 10.4m Arcona 345, home after a few days cruising with a couple of friends. It’s a perfect sailing day, 15 knots on the beam and warm sunshine. As they approach their home port they notice a few high performanc
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Adventure Cruising In The Pirate Zone
With rainforest, rivers, the world’s top dive spots, unique wildlife, and sea-gypsy communities, the island of Borneo is a fantastic place to explore by yacht. So why are its north-eastern waters devoid of cruising boats? The only way to sail safely
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Sailing Officially Reinstated For GCSE And A-level PE
Sailing and windsurfing are back on the curriculum for students studying for GCSE, AS and A-level physical education (PE). The two watersports were removed from the list of activities eligible for practical assessment in 2014. Sailing and windsurfing
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HOW TO Repair A Sail
A big tear in the body of the sail looks dramatic but is easy to fix. Don’t use sail repair tape – PSA adhesive-backed sailcloth is much better than standard sail repair tape and it comes in large areas. Clean off any salt and dry the sail, then put
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A Week Afloat la Rochelle
For those of us who are time poor but who want to seize the moment, either on our own boat or on a charter, it is reassuring to know that there are plenty of cruising hubs from where we can enjoy some of the best of the region in only a few days. Thi
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