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Welcome to the neW look Sailing Today. Or perhaps ‘old look’ would be a better way of describing it? You see, we’ve leafed through back issues and pored over the pages of your beloved ST, and got a sense of what you’ve liked best down the years. So this relaunch is more like a ‘back to the future’. We’ve resuscitated Gull’s Eye, with its breathtaking aerial shot of Britain’s best harbours – see Toby’s take on stunning Dartmouth on pp28-32. We’ve beefed up our cruising coverage to give you a choice of home and overseas stories – hot or cold (or perhaps cold or very cold!) Hopefully, you’ll feel a shiver of warmth as you gaze at the pictures of turquoise seas that I encountered in the little-known Bahamas on pp18-27. Or enjoy a warming dram with one intrepid sailor, who sailed from Wales to Uig for a tour of the distilleries of Skye on pp40-46. We also know how much you rate Sailing Today’s independent tests. In this issue, you’ll find the stalwart and suavely-bearded Duncan Kent at the wheel of Southerly’s latest 47-footer. He timed the test perfectly for the only sunny day we’ve seen in months, as you can see from pp34-39, and you won’t read this anywhere else – it’s an ST exclusive! That’s not all, though. The testing continues across our usual new gear pages and into the ether, with a thorough investigation of the merits of using your tablet as a primary chart plotter (pp76-80). But, I hope you will notice some differences between the old ST and the new. Chelsea Magazines has worked hard for months to produce a fresh, no-nonsense look for your favourite sailing magazine. There’s a brand new seamanship feature to help you get the most out of your boat – this month it’s spinnaker tips (pp72-75). Plus, an exciting mix of your letters and photos, news, book reviews and a clothing guide with our picks of the latest casual and technical sailing garb. We’ve taken you, our readers, as the inspiration for the new look ST, so please get in touch to let us know what you think. We still aim to give you the best monthly sailing read that money can buy, in the same independent spirit as always.

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Regulars 8 newS

Bounty inquiry; Clipper complications; sailing scientists sought

12 new boatS Hallbery-Rassy 412, Rustler 37, Hanse 575 Swedestar 415, Moody 54DS, Dufour 410

14 ReaDeRS’ letteRS Refuge in Viveiro, boat storage and more

15 win a SunSail HoliDay 17 wHat’S on 70 bookS 98 RiDing ligHt barry wilmshurst, sailing South africa

18 baHaMian RHapSoDy Sam and alex Fortescue are thrilled by an unplanned cruise in the exumas

28 gull’S eye the gull returns, over the River Dart

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Dave Holbourn discovers the appeal of Scottish cruising

48 inteRView Rod and lu Heikell on a lifetime in the Med

50 SeCRet plaCeS Discovering Chapman’s pool in Dorset

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34 SoutHeRly 47 testing northshore’s 47ft lift-keeler

52 liVing legenD Revisiting the legendary Contessa 32

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56 ClotHing guiDe this year’s ‘must have’ sailing clobber

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Big pic

Antarctica Photo by Mike Powell Chinstrap penguins roost on the slopes above Orne Bay, where the Oyster 62 Uhuru rides at anchor among thousands of fragments of ice. The penguins are only found in a narrow band of the Southern Ocean between Cape Horn and Antarctica, where they eat krill, shrimp and fish, swimming up to 50 miles each day to hunt. They are considered the most aggressive species of penguin. For more on Uhuru’s astonishing exploits in Antarctica, seen through the lens of a professional photographer, see the June issue of Sailing Today.


Ebb and flow EvEnts / gossip / nEws from thE sailing community New handicap system for cruisers

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US Tall Ship HMS Bounty flounders after being abandoned in the Atlantic during Hurricane Sandy

More questions than answers A US Federal Safety Panel has closed its inquiry into the fatal sinking of the Tall Ship HMS Bounty in Portsmouth, Virginia leaving some key questions unanswered. Bounty went down during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 taking the lives of Captain Robin Walbridge and crewmember Claudene Christian with it. Shortly after the news broke, an old video from US public access TV emerged on YouTube, in which Walbridge stated that he and the Bounty’s crew regularly “chase hurricanes”. If the video of the skipper speaking posthumously in such a manner caused unrest, it can hardly be overstated how uncomfortable watching and reading the testimony given at the inquiry has been. What has become clear is the 8

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startling level of confusion and misinformation regarding the Bounty’s ability to set sail in any conditions. Most perplexing was the uncertainty surrounding Bounty’s tonnage certificates – issued to ships over 75ft based on gross and net tonnages – maintenance management and notification of repairs. It is still unclear exactly what tonnage certificate she had been sailing under previously and whether this was correct. Something we do know for sure, however, is during her last maintenance project, the yard worker assigned to the Bounty, one Mr Kosakowski, flagged up concerns with the boat’s yard representative, Captain Walbridge. His primary worry was that around 75 per cent of her

above-waterline framing was rotten. Kosakowski expressed his concern to Walbridge who seemed equally concerned and made assurances he would get the issues seen to, but declined a more detailed inspection at that time. It also appears that Walbridge took what many see as far too long to alert the coastguard to the clear problems Bounty was experiencing. On Saturday 27 October the weather was getting worse as the hurricane built and the bilge pumps where being run constantly. The following day it was reported to Walbridge that these pumps were not managing to hold the water ingress at bay. Even at this point, where the boat was clearly sinking, no Mayday or Pan-pan was issued.

The RYA has unveiled a new handicap system for cruisers wishing to race. Software automatically adjusts each boat’s handicap after a race has been completed. So, each cruiser racing at a yacht club would effectively have a personal handicap based on their previous racing performance. The software will be available in two forms. The first will adjust handicaps vigorously and is designed for use in regattas; the other takes a slower approach to adjustment and is to be used over the course of a much longer series of races.

Najad goes into surprise administration In a development that has surprised the marine industry, Swedish yacht builder Najad announced it was going into administration on 27 February. The news came as a particular surprise, because the company had been exhibiting a brand new 44ft (13.4m) motor boat at the Gothenburg Boat Show and had shown few outward signs of struggling. Indeed, shock was expressed by staff working for the company, many of whom were not aware the boatbuilder was in difficulties. Najad made a range of yachts from 35ft to 57ft (10.9-17.5m).

Kids Called up Harbour Pictures has made a casting call for 6-13 year-old boys and girls to play various characters in a new Swallows and Amazons film.


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Posidonia (brown bol) made from materials inspired by ocean rubbish

couple’s trashy pictures on show We were blown away by these images of underwater sculptures, made from reclaimed rubbish. The couple responsible, Mathieu Goussin and Hortense Le Calvez, live on and work from their 40ft (12.2m) yacht Forlane6 – also the name of their studio. After exhibiting the photographs in galleries, the pair are now searching for a location to create permanent installations.

sailiNg Rallies A new transatlantic sailing rally has dropped its prices. The battle looks set between the ARC and the new Christmas Caribbean Rally.

Clipper complications The brand new Clipper Race fleet is due to hit the water over the course of the next few months, with hull number one having been officially launched in January. However, it now appears the remainder of the fleet will be delayed due to some minor structural building problems. During on-the-water testing and surveying of the

first boat, it was discovered that the new 70-footers had some unevenly applied resin in the lay-up process. “The resin was not fully drawn up to the gunwales in some places on some hulls,” Adriana Wright of Clipper Ventures told Sailing Today. “All these areas are being ground back and laid up by hand where necessary, so

there is no long term detrimental effect.” The unfortunate news will mean delays on all remaining boats, with the final hull now anticipated to be in the water late June – it was originally due to be launched in mid-May. However, Clipper is adamant that level three training for the crews, due to take place on the Clipper 70s, will not be interrupted and the start will be unaffected. The Tony Castro design won wide praise on delivery for providing a modernlooking yacht that took safety and usability into account – with its short rig and forgiving form stability. The safety element is essential for a race providing paying amateurs the chance to circumnavigate the globe by sail. The worry will now be that Clipper’s fine reputation could be compromised if there are any further mishaps with the new designs.

HistoRic yacHt Built in 1892, the fifth oldest yacht in the UK Leila is set to head back out to sea. Following a five year restoration, the 48ft (14.6m) cutter goes on her first charter in May.

ViNyl wRappiNg Usually, we are fans but this faux alligator skin vinyl sent to us is pushing things a bit!

No Room Good for Plymouth Yacht Haven, having secured its role of Fastnet finish port. Bad, however, for anyone with plans to go there 12-14 August as the fleet will occupy every berth – though the marina stresses it is more than happy to attempt to accommodate visitors trying their luck.

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Closing on China

Richard Kirby hopes his project will be the biggest global study of the oceans ever performed

Sailors wanted for science A research team at Plymouth University led by Dr Richard Kirby is undertaking a new global scientific experiment using seafarers to study marine phytoplankton levels in the world’s oceans. To take part, sailors first need to download the free Secchi application for tablet or smartphone from either the Apple or Android app stores.

A Secchi disk is also required – a 30cm diameter, white disk, weighted at its base. A depth measurement is taken by lowering the disk over the side of a boat on a tape measure until it disappears from view. The distance between water surface and disk is recorded and the information added to the app, which takes a note of

your location using GPS. “This is important research, because the ocean covers 70% of the Earth’s surface, which makes it the widest area of plant life, predominantly phytoplankton,” Kirby told us. “The app has been available for two days and we have already had 200 downloads. The more data we get the better,” he added.

chinese sailor, guo chuan, is – as we go to press – close to becoming the first chinese man to sail non-stop around the world, with no outside help. sailing his yacht Qingdao, chuan has been battling high winds and gear breakages on his way to Qingdao, where he began on 18 November 2012. the sailor has long been making waves, particularly with an expanding list of chinese firsts. He came to sailing at the age of 33, and has since become china’s first clipper Round the world Race participant, the first chinese Volvo ocean Race entrant and the first chinese sailor to participate in the mini transat Race. this new first will add one more to his ever-expanding list.

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New boats DESIGNS / LAUNCHES / PROJECTS HALLBERG-RASSY 412

FROM £405,000 Rustler 37

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Sistership to the well-respected Rustler 42, the new Rustler 37 offers double cabins fore and aft and a big saloon. There is plenty of storage for extended cruising and large navigation and galley areas. Her trademark fin keel and deep canoe underwater body is in contrast to many modern production yachts and helps reduce slamming through waves. It also allows more sail to be carried further into higher wind strengths. On deck, everything is led back to the cockpit, for easy and safe sailing. She also benefits from single line reefing. The first yacht will be launched late summer 2013. 

The largest of its aft-cockpit yachts, the 412 has the option of twin or single aft cabins, with one or two heads – all roomy and bright. There are also comfort options such as a generator, washing machine, bow and stern thrusters. Halyards are hidden under the coachroof. Her lines are clean, thanks to the flush-mounted hatches and the genoa furler drum and electric windlass mounted below deck. She has a roomy 3.1m cockpit, with a single wheel and large binnacle. The modern sail plan is designed for easy handling, with a large main but only slightly overlapping headsail. There is also a self-tacking jib option.  

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Hanse 575

£384,000

Designed by Judel/Vrolijk, Hanse’s new flagship 575 has all the components for stress-free passage-making: an elegant hull with a long waterline, a performance orientated sail plan and a comfortable, safe cockpit area. Her fractional rig includes a self-tacking jib as standard and the sail controls lead to within reach of the twin helms. The cockpit’s two tables fold down to provide sunbeds at anchor and she has a dinghy garage under her stern, but the open transom is an invitation to lose gear overboard. Below, she is spacious, with a variety of layout options.  

Builder: Hanse Yachts, www.hanseyachts.com UK agents: Inspiration Marine Tel: +44 (0)23 8045 7008, www.hanseyachts.co.uk


SwedeStar 415

from £350,000

SwedeStar yachts are solidly built bluewater cruisers that are typical of the finest Swedish craftsmanship. Although they have been available in the UK for several years now, they have yet to become particularly well known here. They are classically designed and steadfastly constructed. On deck the new 415 has a deep, safe cockpit and a large wheel. Sail controls, including the mainsheet, are by the wheel and her classic hull form should slice through the water effortlessly. Below, she has a traditional, but by no means dated, layout. There is less space than in today’s beamy twin-wheeled production cruisers, but then that’s not always what long-distance cruisers want. Sea-kindliness and vice-free performance is more important to many, plus the delights of relaxing at anchor in a beautifully crafted boat. The 415 can be laid out with two or three cabins, with one or two heads and a large L-shaped galley. Sensible stowage abounds, as do well-placed handrails and fiddles.  

Builder: SwedeStar, www.swedestar.se UK agent: SD Marine Tel: +44 (0)23 8045 7278, www.sdmarine.co.uk

Dufour 410 Moody 54DS

from £549,000

After the success of the Dixon-designed, Hanse-built Moody 45DS, it was obvious that cruisers liked the ‘deck-level’ living experience. In the past, this had been restricted to catamarans, but Moody took a chance with the 45DS, raising the saloon sole so that the galley and living areas were at deck level. This gives it a really open and airy feel. Testing the smaller 45, we were amazed at how well she handled and, with Dixon drawing the lines of the new 54DS, she is bound to impress. And that extra 10ft means a decent VIP guest cabin can be provided in addition to the sumptuous owner’s suite.

As with the other new boats in its latest series, Dufour’s 410 has twin wheels, drop-down transom platform with dedicated liferaft and inflatable dinghy stowage, extra beam for a wider cockpit and larger, more comfortable cabins aft. Hatches are now flush, and there is an option for cockpit seats to convert into sunbeds. Her interior isn’t quite as stark as on some of the latest production launches and looks to be slightly better finished with a wide choice of materials. She’s light below, thanks to large portlights and hatches, but not so airy: only one small port opens in each side of the coachroof. 

Builder: Moody Yachts, www.moodyboats.com  UK agents: Boat Sales International Tel: +44 (0)23 8045 7966, www.boatsales.co.uk 

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Builder: Dufour Yachts www.dufour-yachts.com UK agents: Marco Marine Tel: +44 (0)23 8045 3245, www.marcomarine.co.uk

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inspired by the oscars and World Book Day we’ve had loads of reader’s favourite sailing books and films coming in

comment of the month Your report on The Rewarding Rias (ST191) made me recall our visit in October 2010. We were weather-bound in Viveiro and started considering it as a place to leave our yacht Troldand for the winter: the harbour is well protected, has OK facilities, fair prices and the town is charming. The only downside was the poor public transport to the airport. “No problem,” said Andrés the harbourmaster. “I’ll drive you when you have to go!” Sten and Rosemarie Engelstoft, by email

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Laying up lessons

This month I was looking forward to reading the article by Sam Jefferson about completing the ARC, as I had joined my son and four of his friends to sail in the event. I found the article very disappointing, not to say negative and rather facetious. Perhaps he should have done more homework... Sheila Penfold, by email

Your article ‘Lay up Lessons’ (ST189) starts by advising readers that GRP boats don’t need to spend time ashore due to the “waterproof gelcoats” apparently used since 1978. Our business, Blagdons Boatyard, has been delivering osmosis treatment since the early 1980s and I don’t know of any gelcoat that is totally impenetrable to water ingress over long periods immersed. I recognise that you go on to advise on various aspects of storage ashore and afloat, but the first page leaves the impression that your magazine supports the theory that boat storage facilities are generally poor at safety and would recommend leaving boats afloat for the winter. Will Blagdon, by email

Mind the gap Loads of people sent in witty captions when we posted this sign to our Facebook and Twitter feeds. Our favourite was submitted by Karol Żeglarz with: Danger...when cycling on Polish roads. Karol Żeglarz, Via Facebook

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Any of the Ming-ming books. Mark Hitchin – Books I read Left for Dead by Nick Ward recently, a horrendously scary account of the Fastnet race. Georgina Moon – Books Got to be any Ming-ming or Josh Slocum Circumnavigation. ian Papworth – Books Heart of Darkness has to be in there somewhere... Phil Parry – Books Sailing Grace by John Otterbacher. Very inspirational. capt. Rich Greenwood – Books Life of Pi? Oscar winner and water based. cali Paxton – Films Titanic! chris Bennett – Films Master and Commander, as Das Boot and Sink The Bismarck are the wrong sort of boats... tim Ashworth – Films The Cruel Sea: “Snorkers! Good Ho.” chris Burton – Films

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SHOAL WATER WORLD The Bahamas prove to be an unexpected highlight of Sam and Alex Fortescue’s Atlantic circuit

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he Bahamas, you say? Isn’t that full of American powerboats and cruise liners? No, better stick to the quieter waters of the Caribbean islands.’ If that was your first thought when you read the headline, you’re not alone. Very few sailors passing through the Caribbean make it as far west as the Bahamas, whose 3,077 islands and rocks are scattered across 90,000sqm between 73°W and 79°W. And in truth, our visit to the Bahamas, as part of a year-long Atlantic circuit, was hardly planned. We’d got as far as Cuba in our Sadler 34, Summer Song, after a sublime 9-day downwind passage from the British Virgin Islands. Next stop,

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after a certain amount of daiquirisipping and Hemingway impersonation, was to be the great, green expanse of the Chesapeake Bay on America’s east coast. But for a niggling bureaucratic issue related to entry visas (or the lack thereof), we would have steered into the deep blue river of the Gulf Stream, travelling north at up to 4 knots, and there would be no story to tell here. As it was, we were obliged to lay a course for Nassau, from which the Bahamas’ island chains straggle in all directions, and where there is a US embassy. In late May, before the hurricane season begins in earnest, sailors in these waters can expect the odd tropical storm and plenty of squally weather. So we timed our departure

Top: Anchored off Norman’s Cay, with a dune of old conch shells in the foreground Clockwise from above left: Friendly parakeets at the “world famous” Nassau Zoo; Queen Victoria in front of the Parliament building in Nassau; Goldie’s speciality is cracked conch

from Cuban waters to coincide with a broad window of settled weather, which brought us the first surprise of many on our Bahamian adventure. After 36 hours under way, and broadly on the same latitude as Miami, Florida, we edged into waters just 4m deep and dropped the hook for a good night’s rest on a mirror calm sea. We had crossed the Gulf Stream and entered the shallow waters of the Great Bahamas Bank, where fish and turtles teem, and the bottom is never more than a few metres from your keel.

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But we hadn’t ‘arrived’ anywhere. There were another 85 miles to Nassau and the only break in a watery horizon was a small clump of


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The seat of government when the Bahamas was a British colony, Nassau has remained so since independence in 1973. The town has a Jekyll and Hyde personality, split between the sleepy historic quarter with its numerous conch eateries, and the brazen monument to consumerism, which is the cruise terminal and the casino complex on Paradise Island, reached by a tall toll bridge.

another boat using exactly the same waypoints and not looking out. In any kind of choppy conditions, or with the prevailing easterly wind, this might have been an uncomfortable leg, but in an oily calm, it was sublime, and with the Volvo taking the strain, we daysailed to Nassau, and arrived well rested.

A busy port

Nassau is the administrative and logistical hub of the Bahamas. Tourists arrive here from every point of the globe by plane and cruise liner, and mailboats jostle in and out of the harbour, distributing goods and passengers to all the major island centres. Before we could motor in

past the slab sided cruise ships – the tallest things here on land or sea – we had to seek permission to proceed from the harbourmaster. Then it was past the breakwater, into the sheltered waters between the mainland and the off-lying casino resort of Paradise Island. A strong westgoing current can make shooting the high bridge a tricky business, but there is plenty of air draught under the tallest arch. The US pilot guide advises you to pop into one of the marinas, because the holding in the harbour is bad. In truth, though, we had no problems with the hook. The guide’s advice probably comes down to promoting local services, rather than any safety concerns. We certainly rode at anchor here for 10 days without dragging an inch. We spent a pleasant week in Nassau, eating conch fritters and battling with bureaucracy at the US embassy. Then, with my American visa application approved and my passport awaiting attention, there was no reason to hang about, and we decided to push off and explore. Hurricane season was fast approaching, so we chose the nearest

‘These tropical waters are so clear you can spot the coral from 100 yards’ innocuous rocks about half a mile to the west. Otherwise, the sea stretched off in every direction. Riding at anchor as the sun set over the flat, empty sea, we felt distinctly vulnerable, but captivated by the strangeness of it all. The Great Bahamas Bank curves protectively around these islands like a hand and is visible from space as a vast splash of turquoise. Built up from layer upon layer of coral sand, it is largely unexplored and uncharted, in places shifting regularly. Over the years, however, careful sailors have navigated between a number of waypoints and beacons, establishing ‘safe’ corridors. If you stick rigidly to the waypoints, you know the water will be deep enough. The bigger danger, in fact, is being run down by

Above: Paradise Island hosts the vast Atlantis casino complex Right: Sandbank revealed at low water off Little Norman’s Cay

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island chain – the Exumas – which are also reputed to be the most beautiful. The long, thin cays form an inviting dotted line, less than 30 miles east of Nassau. But to get there, yachtsmen must beat into the prevailing wind and cross the feared Yellow Bank.

Highborne Cay

HOW TO DO IT Fly to: Nassau, New Providence Flights: Direct with British Airways, from £774 return Charter: Sunsail, Ed Hamilton & Co, Navtours When to go: Hurricane season runs from June to November, with high season December to April Itinerary: Seven days is enough for a round trip to the Exumas

Long Cay Little Norman’s Cay

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Eyeball navigation

Depth sounders, waypoints and autopilots will only get you so far in this strange world of shoal waters. The Yellow Bank is scattered liberally with coral heads, which rear up from the seabed like jagged, black teeth, stopping just short of the surface. And the metaphor is apt, because they will happily tear a hole through the hull of a glassfibre boat. Fortunately, these tropical waters are so clear that you can spot the coral from 100 yards away – as long as the sun is high in the sky. It appears as a distant shadow below the surface that gets darker as you approach. Electronics are little use here – the only way to avoid the hazards is to keep a sharp look-out on the bow and deviate around them. The wind still strangely absent, we motored across at what passed locally for high water – a matter of less than a foot – and made landfall at Allan’s Cay. The Exumas are perched rather precariously on the very fringe of the Yellow Bank. On the west coasts of the islands, you can wade far out, and would barely be out of your depth all the way to Nassau. But to the east, low cliffs plunge into the sea and on down to form a trench 1,000m deep and bristling with big game fish. The tidal currents in the ‘cuts’ between the islands can be fierce and sometimes create an effect known locally as ‘the rage’. At Allan’s Cay, the main anchorage runs north-south between two islets, but the current is still strong. The narrow channel was crammed with American yachts, riding to a Bahamian moor, with one anchor upstream and the other laid downstream, to minimise movement as the tide changes. We didn’t fancy our chances in the small spaces available and crept a few miles south as the sun set, to anchor off a sandy bank. The spot looked 22

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Above: Every Boxing Day, Nassau’s streets erupt into a riot of music and colour in the Junkanoo parade

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well protected on the charts, but the only other boats were all half a mile south in a lagoon. As the blaze on the western horizon died to a crimson smudge, we wondered if we were making a terrible mistake. But after a good night’s sleep in millpond conditions, we felt more confident about our reading of the charts.

Desert island hopping

Summer Song made her way south down the chain, hopping from cay to cay, nipping through a cut to the deep water for a bit of fishing, then

back again to anchor up. We rarely crossed other boats and enjoyed a succession of deserted anchorages, each one more splendid than the last. At one point, we anchored with barely 90cm of water beneath the keel, in a little back eddy just off one of the fiercest cuts. When the tide was on the ebb, water poured in sheets off the Yellow Bank, setting up a horrifying metre-tall standing wave a hundred yards from our stern. A motorboat attempting the cut in these conditions was spat out like a kayak and launched into the deep


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‘As we climbed back into the Redcrest, we were mesmerised by the sight of a large shark’ water. Even with our six tonnes of Sadler and at close to slack water, we had a very bumpy ride. Farther south lies Norman’s Cay – a name that resonates with the violence of the Bahamas’ now defunct drugs trade. Here, Carlos Lehder made his base in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, building an airstrip, turning the island into a fortress and using it to tranship Colombian cocaine en route to the US. There are grisly tales of what happened to those who sailed too close to the island, and even today, the wreck of a small smuggler’s plane, fringed with coral and inhabited by fish, makes excellent snorkelling in the bay. The relatively deep cut provides good holding in sand, and there were perhaps a dozen boats strung out here, lying to the tide. Onshore attractions include poking around the bullet-riddled ruins of Lehder’s villa or lunch at the grandly named Norman’s Cay Beach Resort – no more than a few huts on the beach. However, change is in the air and there are reports that a US investor is planning a luxury development here, 24

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Above: Warderick Wells was one of the few islands with laid moorings Right: But with sand everywhere, anchoring was not complicated Far right: This mahi-mahi stood no chance against the battery of lures and fish exciters Summer Song deployed in the Gulf Stream

so the dreamy feel of the place may become a thing of the past. In the meantime, we found good-sized queen conch aplenty, crawling about the seabed. Locals know how to pierce the shell at the third spiral, so that the animal within can be removed for eating. It must first be peeled to reveal a firm white meat a bit like scallop (it makes excellent ceviche eaten raw with a squirt of lemon!). The process took me about an hour to complete, while a skilled islander can do it in less than three minutes. Heading on south, we enjoyed mild easterly winds that allowed us to reach easily down the coast under full main and 120 per cent genoa. We clearly benefited from our experience of coral-hopping elsewhere in the

Caribbean, frequently finding spots that most others had not dared to explore. At Staniel Cay, where Sean Connery was filmed escaping from an underwater cave in the Bond film Thunderball, we provoked squeals of disbelief from an American skipper when he heard that we had felt our way in through a narrow cut from the east. He clearly believed we had taken a pretty reckless course. But with careful eyeball navigation, and due deference to the state of tide, the many twisting channels and coral passes in the Exumas are safe to explore for yachts drawing up to 2m.

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Staniel marked the extremity of our Exumas cruise. The cay has a small marina and a pleasant yacht club,


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where we slaked our thirst with rum cocktails and chatted to the other cruisers. As we clambered back into our wobbly Avon Redcrest tender in the dark, we were mesmerised by the sight of a large shark flicking idly away from us along the bottom – ghoulishly lit by the hull lights of the powerboats there. Suddenly, we realised that sharks were everywhere – a great, lazy school of them reclining on the seabed beneath the jetty. Even knowing that they were nurse sharks, which sift through the sand and gravel for small crustaceans, did little to console Alex. Just a few millimetres of rubberised cloth separated us from these 10ft fish. Apparently they were waiting for scraps from the restaurant, like half-tame dogs. Other notable local wildlife includes a herd of feral pigs that roam the nearby islet og Big Major Cay. They have become so used to the generosity of visiting yachtsmen that they have learned to swim after

Above left: We frequently encountered shy hawksbill turtles in these shallow waters Above right: Big Major Cay is home to a herd of feral, swimming pigs

Look out for... Queen conch Strombus gigas A marine gastropod like a large sea snail. Their shells can reach about 12in in length. Nurse sharks Ginglymostoma cirratum Nocturnal hunters that sieve sediment on the seabed for molluscs and crustaceans. They have small teeth and can reach a length of 14ft and a weight of 700lb. Stingrays Dasyatidis Found worldwide in tropical to temperate waters. Feed on molluscs and small fish, and measure up to 6ft across.

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tenders, and have even been known to scramble aboard some unlucky visitors’ dinghies. Turning north once more under power, we slowly followed a network of sandy channels that wound up through Fowl and Sampson Cays and round into the sheltered water between Pipe and Joe Cays. Here there is another downed smuggler’s plane in the bay, slowly turning to coral and filled with fish.

Exuma national park

The highlight of the return trip was undoubtedly Warderick Wells, a deserted island at the centre of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, where all fishing is forbidden. The waters teem with uncurious groupers and trusting stingrays, which wheel slowly around like graceful Lancaster bombers. After a bracing sail, reefed down in squally 25 knot easterly winds, we anchored in turquoise water between two shifting sand ‘bores’ and went ashore for a stroll.

The only building on the island houses the park ranger – otherwise its low limestone bluffs are crisscrossed with walking trails. On the highest peak – little more than 30m above sea level – visitors are encouraged to leave a piece of driftwood with the name of their boat inscribed upon it. A large cairn of plaques paid testament to the artistry of some sailors. Then it was back across the Yellow Bank to Nassau, blinking myopically from the sheer brilliance of the turquoise seas. Our small fridge was stuffed with mahi-mahi fillets from a generous Dutch fisherman, who’d caught three 20lb fish within seconds of each other and didn’t know what to do with it all. In our absence, the bureaucratic wheels had turned at the US embassy, and Alex’s new American passport was on its way to us. The only question was whether or not the document would arrive before we were due to depart for the 900nM passage north to the Chesapeake. In the end, it did not, but that’s another story…

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‘On Norman’s Cay... Carlos Lehder made his base in the late 70s, turning the island into a fortress to tranship cocaine’

Clockwise from top left: View from an abandoned hut on Norman’s Cay; Nassau’s “world famous” marching flamingoes are on parade several times a day at the town’s zoo; in the clear turquoise water, it’s easy to spot coral; visitors to the Exumas national park are invited to leave their mark on a piece of driftwood

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Gull’s EyE Dartmouth

Dart marina yacht harbour This is the only marina on the Dartmouth side of the river. Smaller than Darthaven across the fairway, and with fewer visitor berths, it is nevertheless newer. The complex also contains a hotel and spa.

Darthaven marina Bigger than Dart Marina Yacht Harbour and a little noisier. There are more yachting amenities and easy access to Dartmouth via the ferry.

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s a lifelong sailor, I find few areas in Britain as pretty as the Devon and Cornwall coastlines. Rugged cliffs give way to pretty rivers and stunning vistas over waters that often seem clearer and bluer than elsewhere. My memories of previous visits to Dartmouth are of sunny weather and spectacular scenery. It is fair to say only one of these traits was experienced when we went for a poke around on a cold February day. But, in spite of the breeze swirling light snow into our faces, the views out over the River Dart itself were as fine as I had remembered. Dartmouth and the nearby towns of Torquay and Salcombe have a long and illustrious maritime history. Naval and general heritage abounds as you make your way around the little streets and shops, all seemingly with some connection to the water. Although there are a significant number of spots to moor or pick up a buoy on the River Dart, we have focused on the recently refurbished Dart Marina Yacht Harbour, located on the Dartmouth side of the river, and the larger Darthaven Marina on the Kingswear side.

Age of steam a 6.7-mile heritage railway on the former Great Western Railway branch line links Paignton and Kingswear. The train runs along the bank of the River Dart.

Eating out

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Cruising grounds

Dartmouth, Salcombe and Torquay all represent some of the finest cruising in the UK. Sailing to either from Dartmouth, sitting halfway between the two, is easy. This arguably provides Dartmouth the best options of the three – though those who live in Torquay and Salcombe might disagree.

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One can easily port-hop throughout Lyme Bay, though harbours do become sparser further to the east. At the far side of the bay is Portland Bill, with the good shelter of Weymouth at its foot. Crossing the bay from tip to tip is the fastest route to Weymouth, but be warned: with strong tides and little scenery, it can be something of a long slog even with the prevailing winds at your back.

Patrick Kilmartin - Nimbus 32 Coupe

Patrick Kilmartin purchased his current motorboat from Lymington and kept her there for the remainder of the season. On a weekend trip to Dartmouth he rediscovered

his passion for the area, where he had grown up. Next season, Patrick chose Dartmouth as his home port, despite living up in Rutland at the time. He has since sold up in the East Midlands and is in the process of moving to Dartmouth full-time. When Patrick was deciding where best to moor on the river, the Dart Marina Yacht

Harbour was his prime choice for a number of reasons. But it was the location on the Dartmouth side of the river that proved the strongest draw. The marina itself is a 10 minute walk from the centre of the town – close enough for a stroll but crucially free of the noise in the town itself. He does use some of the facilities at Darthaven, however.

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Cornish coast

Dartmouth is really the gateway to the West Country, with Salcombe and the beautiful, rugged coastline of Cornwall to the southwest. Shelter is good in ports like Plymouth, St Mawes and Falmouth, but the distance between them is greater than in Lyme Bay.

Cross Channel

The passage to Alderney or Guernsey is surprisingly short and can easily be made over the course of a long summer’s day. Although a real attraction in their own right, the islands also provide a good staging point for onwards travel to Normandy or Brittany.

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Cliff walks

The name of popular food writer and famous seafood chef, Mitch Tonks comes up time and again when you talk to people here about restaurants. He owns two in Dartmouth: a high quality restaurant, The Seahorse, and fish and chip shop Rock Fish. Bracketed by those two establishments in terms of pricing is Kendrick’s, a regular haunt for locals we spoke to as an ‘everyday’ restaurant. On the Dartmouth side of the river, the main supermarket is a Sainsbury’s, but it’s a fair trek out at the town’s western extremity. There’s a Cooperative on Fairfax Place.

Scenery features highly in the list of attractions in and around Dartmouth, where there are a wide variety of planned walks to take in the surroundings. To the northeast, at the top of the River Dart, lies the Dartmoor National Park – a huge expanse of scenic moorland. Part of the 630-mile South West Coast Path runs through the town, and is an easy way to explore the surrounding area by foot.

On upriver The River Dart itself is navigable on a rising spring tide all the way up to Totnes.

The views on the river are spectacular and there is a great deal of history to be taken in, not to mention a number of fine pubs and eateries along the way. One does not have to go too far before draught limitations become an issue and by the time you reach Totnes, almost every anchorage dries out.


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Ledge buoy, at which point an upriver course can be steered. Note, also, that Castle Ledge marks the start of the strongly enforced 6 knot limit within the confines of the river. From the southwest, there are various unmarked drying rocks that need to be given plenty of space. Stay well off when rounding Combe Point to avoid grounding on these many dangers and set a course to seaward of Homestone buoy. From here it is once again a case of making for the Castle Ledge buoy before continuing on upriver. Once into the mouth of the river, leading lights from Kingswear will guide you up the first leg. The channel is well marked with another set of leading lights taking you round the first significant bend. The rest of the river is subsequently marked by regular and clear buoyage.

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big estuary, easy to enter, but sometimes busy – these are the headlines for the River Dart. Some care must be taken on the approach to avoid the various lit and unlit rocks close to the shore on either side of the river mouth. From the east, yachtsmen will need to stay well out in order to clear the Mew Stone and West Rock, both of which are marked by cardinals. We would strongly advise maintaining a sensible distance from these dangers as the tide can set onto them. Once round, head up towards the Castle

Darthaven Marina, which almost always has space for visitors. Situated just beyond Dartmouth itself, Dart Marina Yacht Harbour has little need to protect berthholders from swell in the narrow river. Pontoons here are not bounded by any wall, making this a very easy marina to moor up in, as pontoons can be simply sailed onto. On your final approach to the marina make sure you are wary of the Higher ferry, which docks immediately downriver of the pontoon berths. Being a cable ferry, it requires a wide berth whenever it is crossing the river – continuously, barring time for loading and unloading vehicles on either bank. Marina supervisor Les English explained to us that visitors are very welcome at the Dart Marina Yacht Harbour. However, permanent residents occupy most of their berths, so it is well worth calling ahead for vacant spots.

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Alternative berths

If there is no space at Dart Marina Yacht Harbour, or you require services such as a crane hoist or facilities for major repair work, Darthaven Marina on the Kingswear side of the river is potentially the better option. Sitting just across the river from Dartmouth, the marina tends to be a more regular stop for visiting yachtsmen. Here, you will find a much larger marina with the associated increase in resources. It can also be a little louder, especially in August when the annual Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta takes place. Similarly to the Dart Marina Yacht Harbour, pontoons at Darthaven are not bounded by harbour walls, lying far enough upriver to benefit to lie well clear of any Channel chop. It is also worth noting that Darthaven is where the Lower car ferry docks, needing careful attention when coming in to berth, but the ferry also provides quick access to the town of Dartmouth itself, for those wishing to explore. In addition to these two marinas there are visitor berths available through Dart Harbour (VHF ch11) these are located in various spots along the river, including outside Dartmouth Yacht Club and the Town’s public jetty.

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Bluewater lifting keel The new Southerly 47 could be this renowned British marque’s finest bluewater cruiser yet. Duncan Kent has the exclusive report. proof padded and insulated sole boards, and much more. Interior styling is contemporary to the point where the latest materials and systems are always offered to the prospective owner, but Southerly hasn’t let the style merchants get too carried away. Utilising the skills of renowned superyacht stylist, Rhoades Young, it has created an opulent, yet tasteful interior that undoubtedly bestows an up-market feel to the accommodation. Southerly is also happy to customise the

interior for each owner – in many cases, where it’s just an alternative to the standard, at no cost.

Solid construction

As with all Southerly yachts, the 47 is built using the latest techniques and materials, with each hull guaranteed against osmosis for five years from the date of manufacture. The moulds are laminated by hand, using Northshore’s Nordseal system, which incorporates multi-axial and unidirectional fibre reinforcement

Broad stern

A wide stern means more room below and more lounging space in the cockpit. However, good handholds, high coamings and deep seating ensure the cockpit is both practical and secure under way. Emily HArris

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outherly’s new 47ft aft-cockpit, swing keel cruiser is designed and built to an extremely high specification, but with easy handling uppermost on the priority list. Designer, Stephen Jones’ main ask was to ensure that not only is she capable of being sailed on long ocean passages by just two people, but also that she should have enough space and facilities for another couple to stay on board without compromising the owner’s own accommodation. Although not defined specifically as a raised saloon model like some of the yard’s other yachts, the S47 still boasts magnificent panoramic views from its raised seating area – one of the most called-for features of bluewater cruisers these days. Her interior has been designed for ultimate comfort, but not at the expense of practicality. So, she has all the mod cons expected of a world cruiser, such as high-capacity fuel and water tanks, easy access skin fittings and plumbing connections, space for a generator, watermaker and dive tank compressor, vibration-

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Double-header rig

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The double-headed sail plan option is ideal for cruising. The high-aspect, self-tacking jib is a cinch to tack in confined channels, whereas on a reach, with her genoa unfurled, she’s a powerful performer with speeds of 8 knots or more.

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and a clear gelcoat. The keel box is an integral part of the hull lay-up, with the heavy cast-iron ballast plate bolted up into a recess at the bottom, leaving it a little proud to protect the hull when taking the ground. Decks and topsides are of foamcored sandwich construction, with longitudinal stiffening stringers and her bulkheads are bonded to the hull.

Shorted-handed

The S47 has delightful lines and a sheer with undoubted row-away appeal. Flush hatches and a sleek, low profile superstructure make her easy on the eye, but her powerful bows and plumb stem show she’s no slouch. In practical terms, her decks are unobstructed and there are sturdy handholds, but there’s not a great deal of flat deck space on the foredeck for handling mooring tackle, pumping up dinghies etc. Having a wider stern than earlier designs means there’s extra room below and the cockpit can be opened up for lounging at anchor. Some say a wide, open cockpit is unseamanlike, but Jones has got around this by installing a very stout table-cumhand/footrest in the centre and providing high coamings, deep seating and a bridge deck to keep the crew in and the water out. Talking of keeping water out, she has a watertight bulkhead forward and one in the stern separating the aft cabin and the voluminous lazarette locker. Her tall rig and optional (but very popular) double-headed sail plan provide an ideal, fast access ‘gearbox’ when cruising, that will always allow you to get the best performance from her sail plan without sacrificing speed or spoiling her easy motion. The high-aspect, self-tacking jib enables effortless tacking in confined channels, although she’s not the quickest through the wind. 36

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Variable draft On a reach, with the large genoa unfurled, she’s a powerful performer with speeds of 8 knots plus being the norm during our test, in a 14-16 knot wind. She has the motion of a much larger yacht, as her powerful shoulders push aside the waves with ease, leaving her to cut her own confident groove in the water. The balance between sails, hull and appendages is so close to perfect, that many a time I found I could let go of the wheel and leave her to it – exactly what you’d be looking for in a bluewater cruising yacht. For off-wind sailing in light to medium airs, a fixed bowsprit allows

The s47’s variable draft keel mechanism is her UsP. Designed by naval architect, rob Humpreys, from the moment the southerly range was first conceived, a variation of this well-proven, electro-hydraulic swing keel is still used today.

‘Her tall rig and doubleheaded sail plan provide an ideal gearbox when cruising in a wide variety of wind conditions’


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Beautifully crafted a large asymmetric gennaker or cruising chute to be flown in up to 18 knots of true wind. Some might want to go one step further and add a Code Zero on a detachable furler for long downwind ocean passages.

A tricky design feat in an aft-cockpit yacht, she has a full-width owner’s suite aft with ample stowage and 6ft+ headroom at the foot of the berth. it’s anything but gloomy and the ensuite facilities are both plush, roomy and easy to clean.

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lifting keel

The variable draught mechanism used on all Southerlys is a wellproven, electro-hydraulic swing keel, incorporating high-tensile rope and pulley blocks. Not only does this give her the ability to creek crawl, but it also offers the option of lifting it up partway when sailing off the wind to reduce underwater drag. With her ballasted centreboard fully down, she draws over 10ft (3m), allowing her to point up to 32 degrees off the apparent wind close-hauled. A hefty 4 ton ballast plate ensures she stands up to her sail and keeps her stiff in the gusts. To

Excellent forward vision

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Twin wheels offers the helmsman superb forward visibility. lead the mainsheet to one primary winch and the jib sheet to the other to make beating upwind and quick tacking a doddle – even when single-handed.

test her stability to extremes, we retracted the centreboard when close reaching in 18 knots of wind. It made little difference to her angle of heel, although leeway increased by some 10-15 degrees as a result. She has twin balanced rudders and dual helms, so the helmsman always has optimum forward visibility. The mainsheet is double-ended with a coachroof-mounted track and traveller. Although each end of the mainsheet is led to a primary self-tailing winch, it can be wound on one winch only while the jib sheet is on the other for beating. She is dead easy to handle under jib and main alone, but it’s more complicated to tack the genoa with twin headstays, as you have to furl it up fully before tacking, letting out again on the new tack. Gybing is easier, provided you take the lazy sheet right around the outside and simply turn the genoa inside out. Under power she is quiet, thanks may 2013 sailingtoday.co.uk

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The real eye-catcher in this beautiful boat is the raised saloon seating area, with its panoramic views through large windows all round. No less than six overhead hatches and a decklight ensure the area is always bright and airy.

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Well organised electrics to particular attention being paid to insulation and tight seals on all the engine panels. She cruised quietly at 8 knots and 2,200rpm. A bow thruster is adequate to get her pointing where you want, but our boat had a skegmounted stern thruster as well!

Below decks

As you descend the angled, solid wooden companionway steps, you are immediately struck by the quality of the finish. Solid wood trim abounds and thought has been put into how one gets around safely below on a lumpy passage, with deep fiddles and handholds in the right places. To port is a well-appointed, U-shaped galley with well thought out supports for the cook. Everything is within easy reach, enabling meals to be prepared underway in all conditions. The Corian worksurface has high fiddles to prevent stuff flying off at sea and all lockers have double-locking catches. Up a step is the navigation area. The chart table isn’t full Admiralty size, surprisingly, but then with chart plotters in the cockpit as well as on 38

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All the electrical systems and controls are mounted in the settee return. A very comprehensive electrical distribution panel is clearly visible behind an acrylic door and all the main breakers and switches are inside, accessed via a side panel for security.

the console, I guess the saloon table is fine for browsing passage charts. What would win many over is the superb saloon seating, which is raised for a clear view out. After all, what’s the point of going to the world’s most desirable anchorages if you can’t see them over breakfast? In standard form she has three cabins – owner’s suite aft, VIP guest suite forward and a crew cabin with bunks. The two suites are plush, inviting and bright with sensible stowage. Headroom is generous and small things like magnetic door catches help to make life easier on a tradewind run. Being a semi-custom yacht, Southerly allows you to alter the interior layout to suit your own preferences – moving lockers, drawers and panels to suit.  Watch exclusive video of our test online at www.sailingtoday.co.uk

U-shaped galley

The well-appointed, U-shaped galley has areas for the cook to support themselves on either tack and everything is immediately to hand, enabling a full meal to be prepared and cooked underway safely.


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Duncan’s verDict over the past couple of decades, Northshore’s southerly yachts have moved up the scale in terms of design flair, innovation and overall build quality. While they’ve always been well put together in the past, they have never been quite so beautifully crafted and downright desirable as they are today. Designer stephen Jones has an eye for what works and what doesn’t. Not being one to let the CAD software dictate his style or ambition, Jones instinctively knows what will function well at sea and goes about building these qualities into every yacht he creates. The southerly 47 is an impressive performer with unquestionable bluewater cruising potential – greatly enhanced by her superb balance and precision under sail, and her shallow water capabilities.

the spec PriCe from £609,242 loa: 47ft 4in (14.4m ) lWl: 42ft 10in (13.1m) Beam: 14ft 8in (4.5m) Draught (keel up/down): 3ft 3in/10ft 3in (1.0m/3.1m) Displacement 17,256kg (38,043 lb) Sail area (main/jib/genoa) 625/490/780sqft (58.1/45.6/72.5m²) fuel: 660lt (145gal) Water: 488lt (107gal) Berths: 6/8 engine: 75hp yanmar diesel transmission: shaft drive, folding prop Designer: stephen Jones/Northshore Design Builder/Sales agent: Northshore yachts Tel: +44 (0)1243 512611, www.southerly.com

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malt mission The lure of the distilleries drew Dave Holbourn on a pilgrimmage from Wales to Skye in his Hanse

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Opposite: Tobermory on the Isle of Mull sparkles in the evening sun Above: Dancing Demon makes fine pace on the way to Douglas, Isle of Man

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he plan for the year was deceptively simple: sail Dancing Demon up to Scotland so my wife and I could join the World Cruising Club’s Malts Cruise around Skye. But we keep the boat in Barmouth, west Wales, making a round trip of more than 1,200 miles, and it was only with the help of my long-suffering friends that we achieved our aim. Cameron and David joined me for the first leg, which began with a leisurely departure one Saturday early in June, bound for Holyhead. Progress was slow and as the breeze dropped away altogether, we decided to take the inshore passage around the Lleyn Peninsula, motoring through Bardsey Sound (often called the washing machine). That day the sea state was smooth, but out of nowhere a blanket of very thick fog came down, forcing us to rely on the chartplotter to keep clear of Bardsey and the cliffs on the mainland. Closing Holyhead around 11pm, the wind filled in nicely giving us an hour of great sailing before standing

in to the marina with a crewman on the foredeck, spotting mooring buoys with a torch. We were woken at 7am by a neighbour, but since the sun was shining, we had a quick breakfast and set off for Douglas, on the Isle of Man.

Mirror smooth Irish Sea

After another day of motoring, we were moored up against the harbour wall by 11pm. It was interesting trying to hold the boat steady while the crew climbed a rusty 7m ladder in the dark, clutching a mooring line. But we were in time to make the pub – full of bikers visiting for the TT Race – while we waited for the marina sill to open at midnight. Luckily, the next day was one of rest and we did some sightseeing in Douglas. The town is lovely, totally free of litter and people wish you a “good morning” as they pass. If there is one thing you do here, be sure to tour the Gaiety Theatre and Opera House. It was saved from demolition, and it does not take much to see why. We set off early next morning for Bangor in Northern Ireland with a promise that we would return to the may 2013 sailingtoday.co.uk

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Clockwise from top left: Talisker put on a beachside whisky tasting; fine views and clear waters in the Sound of Mull; Ailsa Craig, the source of Scotland’s curling stones; drams for nosing at Plockton

Isle of Man. The sun was hot and there was not a breath of wind, so we took it in turns to catch up on sleep and prepare a sumptuous meal. Arriving again around 11pm, there was only time to book in with the marina, have a shower and a beer on board. It was going to be another early start. We motored across the Irish Sea, past the island of Ailsa Craig (Paddy’s Milestone), whose granite is used to make curling stones for the Scottish team, and on to Lamlash Bay on the southern end of Arran. We landed at 11pm, prompting

grumbling from the crew about our habit of arriving at closing time. Luckily, things began to look up shortly thereafter.

First sniff of malt

We planned a rest day to mark the 21st birthday of our youngest crewmember, Cameron, known as the “ship’s boy”. Celebrations continued next day at the jewel in Arran’s crown: Lochranza, a few miles to the north. What a delight the place is! It has a distillery within walking distance, a good pub with food, fine views and

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This is a must – pick up a mooring in Lochranza and walk the mile to the distillery, where the welcome and the views are fantastic. The whisky creeps up and envelops you. Light and uncomplicated, it encourages you to come back for more. Tel: 01770 830264

My favourite whisky – smoky with an intense flavour. It will have you reaching for your slippers to sit down and set the world to rights. Tel: 01478 614308

We sampled the wares of the Skye Brewery in Uig, although the brewery itself was closed for a tour. The pub at the pier made a good substitute and looked after us exceptionally well. The beers have names like Young Pretender and Cuillin Beast. Tel: 01470 542477

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clear water – just the right place to spend the night quietly at anchor. Next came Ardrishaig, at the southern entrance to the Crinan Canal, where we had a crew change, being joined by our friends Peter and Sabine. Though Crinan is short, I usually spend two nights on this idyllic waterway, which was built in 1794 and redesigned by the famous Thomas Telford in 1816. Without exception, the staff are excellent, led by harbourmaster Alec Howie. Pressing on out of the canal, in sunshine and a gentle 6 knot wind, we needed the engine just to push us over the tide until it turned. It was hard to believe that further south they were experiencing floods and 85mph winds. On up the Sound of Mull, we swept past the islands of Jura, Scarba and Luing, leaving the famous Gulf of Corryvreckan, home of the world’s third largest whirlpool,


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‘The Gulf of Corryvreckan is home of the world’s third largest whirlpool’ unexplored. The water seemed to swell up from beneath the boat in small eddies, adding excitement to a wonderful seascape. Then it was through the Sound of Luing, where it is wise to approach with a favourable tide, and on to Oban.

Malts Cruise

We left Dancing Demon in Oban for a few weeks until the start of the Malts Cruise in early July. We began this leg as we meant to go on, walking directly to Oban Distillery for the first of many whisky tours. After the cruise briefing in the afternoon, we readied ourselves for an evening that began with a piper and a dram and finished with dancing to a live band. Next day, the 30 boats on the cruise paraded in Oban Bay before setting sail up the Sound of Mull towards Tobermory, where we arrived in time for a rather

less formal social event: fish and chips, and a pint. With a good wind at last, we were keen to set off for two days of free sailing ahead of the next meeting at Kinloch Castle on Rum. Reaching in 9 knots from the northwest, we made Loch Moidart around mid-afternoon after rounding the feared Ardnamurchan Point. Entering the loch just after low water, its rocks were exposed and easy to spot – some of them topped with basking seals. We anchored within 250m of Castle Tioram and settled down to wait for our friends on another Hanse and a Finngulf, who we’d arranged to meet ashore for a barbecue. It proved to be the best impromptu meal of the holiday, and what a backdrop – amazing! Sailing together to Kinloch the next day, our friends in the other Hanse suddenly called over the VHF:

Harbour porpoise Phocoena phocoena Remains mostly in the vicinity of land. Often known to swim up rivers. Golden eagle Aquila chrysaetos Lives in the wild, open moorlands and mountains of Scotland, favouring islands and remote glens. Common minke whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata Native to the Northern Hemisphere. Males average about 22ft6in (6.9m) and females 24ft (7.3m). Atlantic puffin Fratercula arctica Breed in large colonies almost exclusively on coastal cliffs or offshore islands.

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“Minke, minke!” We saw the giant whale swim by the side of their boat again and again – so close they could have reached down to touch it. Then it swam past us and sounded, leaving us moved by our first whale sighting. After a great tour of the castle and another fantastic barbecue, it was on to Scavaig to see the golden eagles that soar there. The sail was great – beating again, but fun in 14 knot winds. We got carried away and missed a whisky nosing on the shores of Loch Scavaig, but on the approach we came in under jib alone and got within a few feet of a sea otter.

Left: Seals topped the exposed rocks into Loch Moidart

Wild anchorage

Anchoring here was exciting, with the wind increasing and eddying round in circles. We used our normal Bruce anchor, but it kept dragging in the kelp and we had to reset it. It was hard work lifting the chain and anchor, so after five attempts, we decided to lay our fisherman’s anchor as well – setting it at 40° to the Bruce. The second anchor held long enough for the first to wriggle past the kelp

and bite, holding well all night long, while others dragged. After untangling the anchor warps in the morning, we set sail for Carbost, Loch Harport – home of the famous Talisker whisky. The going was fantastic again in a Force 4, with some long beats and amazing scenery, and we soon picked up a mooring buoy in front of the distillery. I was struck by the people

Right: A piper welcomed us to Oban for the start of the Malts Cruise

UP THE WEST COAST Uig Loch Harport Loch Scavaig Loch Scresort

Portree Plockton

Tobermory

Outward Journey Homeward Journey

Loch Moidart

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Lamlash Campbeltown

here, who were kind and generous. When I went in search of diesel, I waved down a car to ask directions and the driver told me: “Jump in lad. We’ll take you.” They waited for me to fill my can and drove me back. We had four days for the next leg round to Plockton on the mainland, going north about Skye. Naturally, a strong northerly blew up, but even with two reefs in the main we found ourselves doing 7 knots over the ground as we rounded the headlands on the way to Uig. We moored up on the fishermen’s buoys in the harbour and went ashore to apologise, but they were more than happy for us to stay. Sadly, the Skye Brewery was closed, though the pub on the pier gave us many a taste of the local brew. On our way to Portree on the east coast of Skye we saw more dolphins, porpoises and puffins. It was the usual story, with the headwind following us round, but it made great sailing. Next day, the wind turned variable and fell and we watched a sea eagle being mobbed by gulls. We arrived in Plockton mid-afternoon

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Dancing Demon’s cruise took in 1,200 miles and some of Britain’s finest coastline... and she only ran into rain on one occasion!

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DANCING DEMON Hanse 301 LOA: 30ft (9.1m) LWL: 26ft 3in (8.5m) Beam: 9ft 2in (2.8m) Draught (wing keel): 3ft 7in (1.1m) Rig: Fractional rig, with self-tacking foresail Fuel: 8.8gal (40lt) Water: 22gal (100lt) Berths: 6 Engine: Volvo Penta 2010 (10hp) Builder: Hanse, 2000

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and found an idyllic place to anchor. Talisker had sent staff over to offer early evening nosings of their different whiskies, all followed by a wonderful reception from the local sailing club. Against the tide next morning, and with no wind, we made just 2 knots under power until we reached the Skye Bridge. Turning towards Tobermory, our speed over the ground shot up to 11.5 knots and we were joined by leaping dolphins. Rounding Ardnamurchan, we hit the only rain of the cruise and the wind picked up, but the passage was worth it to enjoy the Tobermory Games and a seafood extravaganza.

Homeward bound

It was sad saying goodbye to our new friends, but the Malts Cruise was an unforgettable experience. It attracted people from all over the world – the most intrepid having set off from Australia and just kept on going. However, we still had the return trip to Wales to look forward to, with the engine causing problems. On the run down to Ardrishaig, we could only coax 800rpm from it and made 0.5 knots under power. My son

Above: Plockton on the mainland provided excellent hospitality and a useful rallying point for the Malts Cruise

joined me to take Dancing Demon home in a series of day-hops, and we set off under sail in a weak Force 2. But the wind rose and by the time we stopped in Lochranza that night, it was howling. At one point we were making 9.5 knots over ground with three reefs in the main! Over the next eight days, the wind dropped below 30 knots only once. With the engine still under protest, we sailed into Stranraer Marina, to ride out the storm, before dashing on to Douglas for engine repairs. It was some time before I felt comfortable about completing the final 100nM to Pwllheli for the winter. Reflecting on the trip afterwards over a pint in the yacht club, I was struck yet again by Scotland’s rich wildlife and truly amazing scenery. The combination is one that cannot be beaten, whatever the weather.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Dave Holbourn has sailed for 15 years, five with Dancing Demon. He designs bio plastics and lives in Worcester.


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the pilot the name heikell is synonymous with mediterranean cruising. Sam forteScue went to meet rod and lu, and discovered the spirit of adventure runs deep in these famous pilot guide writers

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ain streaks the window of the Southern commuter train as it pulls into East Dulwich station in south London. Splashing down a street behind a large supermarket, I reflect that it is a very ordinary place for a pair of cruising globetrotters to live; a world away from the Red Sea or Greek waters that they would call home. Lu answers the door when I ring – a whippet thin blonde towering above me. She has a bright smile and an easy laugh that somehow sits well with her former life in agriculture. We’re soon sitting at a table littered with yachting magazines, discussing the requirements of a good pilot guide writer. “Both of us are pedantic nerds, and we’re happy with that,” laughs Lu. Rod nods and smiles modestly, then nips outside into the rain for a smoke. Together, they paint a picture of frenetic activity on arrival in any port or anchorage. “When I started,” says Rod, “I had a checklist: significant landmarks from two miles out, from half a mile, facilities, high ground, supplies... now we do it all automatically every time we arrive somewhere.” The pilotage work has changed since Rod produced his first Greek Waters Pilot in 1979, from Tetranora, his 31ft (9.4m) Cheverton-designed yacht. Then, it was simply a way to fill in the summer before returning to his native New Zealand. More than 30 years later, the couple now regularly update more than 15 titles – enough to keep them cruising the Mediterranean during the summer, and holed up in East Dulwich in front of a computer during the winter. Rod is best known for his guides to Greece, Turkey, Italy and Mediterranean France, but he has cruised a tropical swathe around the planet. Does the idea of ‘going cold’ interest them, I ask. “Oh, no,” laughs Lu. “Well, maybe,” says Rod. “The Baltic... the US east coast.” I suggest Antarctica – the Northwest Passage – “too cold!” And besides, “there are so many places we haven’t done properly, yet,” adds Rod. “You could spend a whole season in French Polynesia alone!” Synonymous in my youth with charter holidays to Turkey and Greece, Rod Heikell did not come to sailing as many do – through keen parents. He was studying for a degree in the history of science, when “I just got bored, like a naughty schoolboy, and started to read books about sailing.” Next thing, he’d spent £600 on an old Junior Offshore Group boat called Roulette, complete with a 4hp Stuart Turner petrol engine that had been used and abused as a pump.

He and a then girlfriend just set off from the Solent one day with a sheaf of secondhand charts, making for St Malo. “We were hailed by a French frigate on day two and I asked for a position. We were halfway to the Western Approaches, heading 30 degrees off course!” A steel tiller bracket had led the compass astray. Back on track, they found themselves a day later perilously close to the Roches Douvres reef in the fog. The Stuart Turner refused to start and the couple watched helplessly as they were sucked by the tide towards, then between the rocks, and spat out on the other side. “We were quite convinced we were going to die,” says Rod jovially. I suppose even the pilots have to learn the ropes! The aptly named Roulette made it to the Med, where a decade of flotilla management and pilot guide writing followed before Rod’s next adventure. This time, down the Danube in Rozinante, an 18ft Mirror Offshore, culminating in the Danube River Guide. “Being unable to get fuel in Romania, the 200-mile passage to Istanbul took four days under sail.” By now, pilot writing was the ‘day job’, rather than work in the off season. Lu joined the picture in 2001 for a cruise from the Azores to Gibraltar, and the couple married two years later. “I had tremendously romantic notions of boats,” admits Lu in a way that suggests she still does. The two married at OJ’s restaurant on Antigua after “bouncing off ” a tropical storm on their second Atlantic crossing together. The following summer, their boat Seven Tenths was impaled on its cradle by Hurricane Ivan, and they had to spend six weeks mending her. Undiscouraged, they continued through the Panama Canal and into the Pacific in Skylax. The couple have a lust for adventure. Despite many long ocean passages, they have no watermaker or generator on their current boat Skylax. “There are so many things these days,” says Rod a trifle sadly. “I blame the yachting press!” They perform a charming double act for a few minutes, running through a list of adventurers they’ve crossed on their travels, Rod supplying words like ‘ooooh!’ and ‘you know’, Lu turning these into people with names and dates. “It’s perceived as a rich man’s game in the UK,” says Rod. “You have to have a 40-footer to go away... but the French will hammer together a tinny with galvanised rigging and they get everywhere!”

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‘Sucked towards the rocks, we were quite convinced we were going to die’

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Above: Shelter is best to the west (top of the picture), but only for shoal draught boats

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nce every sailing season – at least once – a rare combination of tides, winds and circumstance creates an exceptional passage or anchorage. Our weekend cruisers’ ‘trifecta’ came off in early September, at Chapman’s Pool on Dorset’s breathtaking Jurassic Coast. Don’t cast your memory back to the rain-lashed summer months of 2012; suffice it to say, we were excited one Friday evening to be heading down to Poole Harbour for what promised to be a rare summery weekend. After a lazy start, we caught the ebb out of the busy harbour and set the jib and main for a gentle beat round Old Harry Rocks, across Swanage Bay and close in by Anvil Point, trolling for mackerel as we went. A rare southeasterly filled the sails and, with up to 2 knots of tide beneath us, we made good time along the cliff-bound Isle of Purbeck as far as St Alban’s Head. Here, a cantankerous race often troubles the water, but there is an inshore passage a few cables off. We drifted round the headland and tucked in under power for Chapman’s Pool a mile to the north. That day, the glass was rising and the wind falling and by the time we anchored up in the late afternoon, the few powerboats of day trippers had shoved off and we had the place to

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Secret placeS

chapman’s pool In settled weather, this Dorset cove makes a glorious anchorage, finds Sam Fortescue

ourselves. We dropped the hook on a patch of sand, but there was almost no need – the boat stayed put in barely a ripple under the weight of chain alone. We swam, though the water was cold, and explored the shore around the abandoned fishermen’s cottages. The South West Coast Path winds round the bay, but there is no road access, so visitors are few. After scavenging for blackberries, we pulled out our trusty Cobb to barbecue mackerel on the beach. When the sun finally set behind Houns Tout, the cliffs continued to radiate heat and we lingered over a bottle of wine. At this point, my wife was keen to call it a day and return to the boat. But the thatched Square & Compass pub was a mile away, and I managed to persuade her that it was worth the walk. With the dazzling light of a silvery moon to guide us, we


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chapman’S pool: 50º35’.53n 002º03’.93W

Fair weather The bay is completely open to the prevailing southwesterlies and, though there is better shelter on the western side for shoal draught boats that can take the bottom, fine, settled conditions are a must for an overnight stay. Holding is good in sandy patches; 3-4m.

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St Alban’s Head Also known as St Aldhelm’s, this is the southernmost point on Purbeck, and has long served as a coastguard lookout. The small station is run by volunteers from the National Coastwatch Institution, and can be visited between 10am and 5pm. There is also a fine Norman chapel.

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blundered up the steep cliff – feeling more like the brandy-smugglers of Moonfleet than thirsty mariners. We heard the pub long before we saw it – at this quiet end of Purbeck, there is little else to disturb the peace. A cider festival was in full swing, accompanied by a folk gig. Under low beams bustled a mix of Dorset folk and visitors from as far away as Seattle and Milan. But they all clutched glasses of West Country cider, with names like Eve’s Idea and Old Nobblejack. Come 11pm, with the walk, the cliff and a short row ahead of us, we slipped away, feeling satisfied. Next morning, a breeze sprang up from the southwest and we quit the anchorage before it became uncomfortable. There was wind enough to hoist the spinnaker and we made rapid, sunburnt progress back to Poole after a summer weekend that will live long in our memories.

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Above: View south from Houns Tout towards the fishermen’s huts and St Alban’s Head

A fine local pub lies 1½ miles away along lane and track in the village of Worth Matravers. It serves homemade pies and pasties, a range of cask ales and ciders and live folk bands. It also has a fossil museum. Tel: +44 (0)1929 439229 www.squareandcompasspub.co.uk

Stretching 630 miles from Studland to Minehead, this path takes in some of the UK’s most stunning coastal scenery, and runs right round Chapman’s Pool. www.southwestcoastpath.com

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Living legend b The Contessa 32 is nearing its 45th birthday, making this one of the longest production runs of any yacht. Jake Frith reports THE SPEC LOA: 32ft (9.8m) LWL: 24ft (7.3m) Beam: 9ft 6in (2.9m) Draught: 5ft 6in (1.7m) Displacement: 4,309kg (9,500lb) Windward sail area 562sqft (52.2m²) Lead Ballast: 2,042kg (4,500lb) Ballast Ratio: 47 per cent

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Below right: Calypso was a successful prototype for an eco C32 in 2010

y 1970, following the success of the quick, but rather cramped Contessa 26, Jeremy Rogers’ customers were asking for the same sort of impressive seakeeping credentials, but in a bigger boat. First impressions of the 32 were good with the design being awarded the ‘Boat of the Show’ trophy at the London Boat Show in 1971, but it was almost a decade later that the Contessa truly earned her spurs. When violent storm force winds tore through the 1979 Fastnet race fleet in the Western Approaches, only 86 of the 303 starters finished the race. There were 24 yachts abandoned and 18 lives lost. The smaller yachts in the fleet were slower and therefore exposed to the worst conditions, yet

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Above: The 32 can be a thrilling ride downwind in a blow


Contessa 32

Assent, a Contessa 32 owned by Willy Kerr and skippered by his son Alan, finished the race and won her class as the only finisher. In the subsequent RYA inquiry into the race, the Contessa 32’s design was used as an example to illustrate various safety recommendations for boatbuilders. Her low freeboard and therefore low windage had allowed Assent to scythe to windward long after others could not. Her small cockpit and high bridgedeck vastly reduced the chances of downflooding in massive breaking waves. Where some boats came to grief due to their balanced spade rudders, the Contessa’s hefty skeg-hung rudder kept this vital appendage intact. Above all, though, her 47 per cent ballast ratio meant that Assent was not rolled, despite being knocked down. Kit Rogers, now the MD of Jeremy Rogers Ltd, following Jeremy’s recent retirement, plays down the part of Assent in surviving the worst yacht race in history: “The crew was made up of strong youngsters with plenty of experience of hard offshore yacht racing. With the communication devices of the day they did not know they were sailing through a disaster, so they were just trying to win.” Contessa 32s have since shown their mettle in numerous high latitude cruising exploits, including Assent herself, who has been sailed

The boatbuilder Jeremy Rogers Ltd, Lymington, Hampshire

The sailing world was a different place in 1970 when boatbuilder Jeremy Rogers and designer David Sadler collaborated on a big sister for the Contessa 26, herself derived from the Folkboat. Yacht racing rating systems were in turmoil as they were

moving from the old RORC system to the new IOR. Rogers took a step back from the rating politics of the day and designed a capable cruiser/racer to work to both rules, but not compromised by being optimised to either. This led to a quick but seakindly hull with a fin keel “a long fin by today’s standards”, according to Jeremy. It also resulted in an undeniably pretty boat with elegant overhangs, which, thanks to the low cabin sole,

by Willy Kerr to Greenland, the Antarctic, Baffin Island, Alaska and Russia; often singlehanded. Jeremy Rogers’ Lymington yard still offers Contessa 32s built to order, but by far the largest part of their business is bringing older Contessas up to modern standards. As Kit puts it: “We often get fairly original 40-yearold 32s brought to us for a spruce up. You get the impression that the owners or their families will take them back out and quietly sail away for another 40 years.”

‘she was not rolled, despite being knocked down’

– itself due to the deep flare from the lower hull into the encapsulated lead keel – did not have to be saddled with a high and ungainly coachroof. “The Contessa 32 is a design I hold dear,” Jeremy added. “When I got the opportunity to re-purchase the 32 moulds some years ago following the bankruptcy of the original factory due to the first credit crunch in 1982, I jumped at the chance. I just knew that the boat would still find buyers.”

The Surveyor Nick Vass, Omega Yacht Services On early boats, hull stiffening was an issue. Look for parting between the port side saloon settee berth moulding and the inside of the hull, as this tends to flex and come away. Also look for detachment of the main bulkhead, especially on the port side, as the tabbings that secure it can part from the hull. Carefully check the mast step plinth in the bilge for signs of compression. Many owners over-tighten the shrouds forcing the mast down onto the keel and the plinth can become waterlogged and collapse. 

Contact: www.omega-yachtservices.co.uk

The broker Ross Farncombe, Sunbird Yachts Undoubtedly a very pretty boat with a very good cruiser/racer pedigree Co32s have been seen to attract seriously premium pricing. There are around a dozen boats for sale at the moment for asking prices ranging from £19,000 to £38,000. However, looking at our records, I can see that in the last 12 months, seven boats were sold at a top price of £30,000, suggesting that the upper end of the market might be pitched slightly on the high side in the current climate. 

Contact: www.sunbirdyachts.eu

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ocean Jacket: Bainbridge International has been making sailcloth for almost 100 years and is committed to supplying the finest quality materials. Its new collection of sailcloth jackets, bags and accessories are no exception. Each item is made from its Ocean woven sailcloth and incorporates original insignia sail numbers – making each one unique. Bainbridge’s Sailcloth jackets include a roll-away hood, soft fleece lining, durable and splash proof sailcloth outer, authentic zig-zag double stitched seams, an inside pocket, cosy fleece-lined, reinforced zip pockets, adjustable cuffs, scooped back hem and a drawstring waist for a tailored fit.

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Sail Jacket: Blending British heritage design with technical expertise, Gill has produced a contemporary styled jacket. The garment is made from a waterproof, breathable fabric with fully taped seams and is versatile and stylish enough to be worn on or off the boat. Additional features include cuff and hem adjusters, draw cord collar adjustment, an internal chest pocket and zippered hand pockets.

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New Raymarine instruments Raymarine has expanded the functionality of its a-Series displays, adding Wi-Fi. The development means that owners will be able to control the new a65 and a67 Wi-Fi displays using RayRemote and RayControl apps from their smartphone or tablet.  Contact: Raymarine Ltd

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gear tested Jake frith looks at two new products from either end of the complexity scale

B&G Zeus Touch MFD From £1314 to £3086 B&G require little introduction as the go to guys for high end raceboat electronics. With high end though comes high prices and even modest B&G racing navigation setups can run to tens of thousands. Their new Zeus touch multifunction device (chartplotter with bolt-ons to you or I) however, provides a useful chunk of the functionality of their higher end racing packages, but simplified for cruising sailors and placed in a mid market priced MFD. The functionality that B&G claims sets this device clear of the competition is their ‘Sailing Overlay’, which along with their weather, radar and instrument overlays allows this MFD to display more sailing specific data than has ever been shown by a MFD before. As always I approached this new product from a cynical direction, but a couple of days off Gran Canaria’s rugged Atlantic coastline putting various iterations of the Zeus Touch through their paces,

ScReenS: Can be configured to show data from a number of sources at the same time. the screengrabs above show Sailsteer laylines, windspeed plots and aiS info

along with other B&G instruments, really began to show the benefits of a sailing boat specific product. The problem for us sailors has historically been that big budget marine electronics such as MFDs have always been aimed at the larger motorcruiser market. On a motorcruiser though, the device is usually mounted directly in front of the skipper, often undercover and does not need to begin to think about proceeding upwind in anything other than a direct fashion. The Zeus Touch with its hybrid control (rotary knob, buttons and touchscreen combined) looks quite similar to the competition’s products, but its prediction vectors for heading and speed through the water, and ground vectors for GOC and SOG, allow the skipper to assess upwind

Barton Removable Mainsheet Traveller A traveller is a useful piece of kit on any cruising yacht, as it allows the shape of the mainsail to be well controlled, especially in stronger winds. We don’t sail all the time though and there is a downside to any traveller; that is on many yachts, especially those with a cockpit mainsheet, the traveller doesn’t half get in one’s way when moored up. Barton’s solution is a pair of substantial aluminium end plates for their beam section track with small sprung retaining plungers underneath to keep the track in situ. The track is lifted in from beneath so cannot be fitted flush with cockpit seats. Pushing in the plungers to

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release the track can be fiddly, but in my view it should be fiddly as you don’t want to be able to push them while sailing. With a maximum unsupported span of 80cm, most intallations, like ours did, will require a centre strop with quick release pelican hook. Fitting the endplates and track was straightforward providing care was employed in measuring and cutting the track to the required length and in transferring the track car from its packaging track to the main track. We’ll report back later in more detail on its performance as a traveller. veRDicT: HHHH H www.bartonmarine.com

options like I’ve never seen before. The icing on the cake though was the laylines function, showing the skipper when to put in a tack to lay a mark if it has been set as a waypoint. For the first time ever this means a cruising yacht MFD can work out a sensible progression of tacks to steer a yacht upwind. Thanks to the unit’s bonded LCD screen we found readability in strong sunlight and a variety of difficult viewing angles to be class leading. The device only misses out on a full 5 star rating due to some weak plastic trim surrounds that were letting the side down after only our few days’ use. It was only a cosmetic problem though as the main case is very well made.

FiTTinG: the Barton end fittings have to be vertical, so many installations will require wedges for each end; i made these ones in nylon

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Sail for Gold App Sail for Gold is not a new app per se – it was launched a couple of years ago. However, it has been updated in recent weeks to include the newest Olympic classes. The game focuses on racing boats around a given course against a single opponent. Time bonuses and penalties can be picked up along the way. 

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HISTORIC SAIL In this informative guide, Paul Brown takes a long look at the many types of historic working boat in Britain. Brown focuses on 40-50ft craft, from the Scottish Fifie to the Thames Spritsail Barge. He offers an overview of each class and the story of key boats. It is clear from chapter one that a great deal of research has gone into the work, with reams of historic and present day information presented alongside some stunning photographs. Our favourite bit: “Keels on the east coast are believed to have their origins in the ships used by the Saxons… the name given to their vessels was ceol.” Verdict: Although there are many fine images here – Brown is a photographer as well as writer – this is no ‘coffee table book’. It will appeal to those with a strong interest in the workings of historic boats, not just their beauty.

A thousand miles from anywhere This is the second of three books from reluctant sailor Sandra Clayton, relaying the trials and tribulations of the author and her husband as liveaboards on their 40ft catamaran Voyager. In this instalment, we are taken from Europe to the Caribbean by way of squalls, breakages, beauty and maritime visitors. The book is in diary form, but avoids the pitfall of this chronology becoming tedious through sheer wit and colourful writing. Clayton comes across as a perplexing character; occasionally blustering about some small discrepancy or another, but happily letting seemingly greater offences slide with a smile and a chuckle. However, this only serves to endear her to the reader. When their trip was complete, it was with a sense of melancholy that I closed the book. Our favourite bit: “…the looming black shape ceases to be a lifebuoy and becomes a ghoul from a horror movie. The worst thing now is to start thinking about alien abduction. At times like this I tend to bolt indoors for a bit.” Verdict: Perhaps it is Clayton’s lack of knowledge that provides such interesting reading. Through her musings we see cruising from a perspective that feels fresh and real.

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Taming The beasT Many sail wardrobes include a pristine spinnaker, which has never left the bag. we have teaMed up with JaMes knight froM north sails to provide a handy guide to coaxing the best froM your downwind sail

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acers need a lot of manpower to raise, gybe and drop their downwind and reaching sails. But when cruising, we don’t have a team of sailors ready to leap into action and muscle a sail out of the air. Fortunately, there are plenty of tricks to coax the best from your downwind sails when shorthanded and squeeze that extra knot or two from the boat on a long passage. The simplest, most reliable way of handling a deep downwind sail such as a symmetric spinnaker or a running gennaker is by fitting a snuffer. This sock-like device douses the sail, making it easy to drop or gybe. With reaching gennakers, these sails are flat enough that we can fit them to endless-line furlers making handling as easy as rolling your genoa in or out.

spinnaker Trim rules 1. Trim the guy to set the pole perpendicular to the apparent breeze (an easy gauge of apparent wind angle is the masthead wind indicator).

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2. Set the pole height so that the clews are level. They should be the same height above deck.

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Sheet trim When racing you would trim the sheet constantly, but we all know that this isn’t what cruising is about – it may even involve putting your drink down! a well designed cruising spinnaker will be a “sheet it and cleat it” sail – a stable design that doesn’t need constant trimming. only if there’s dramatic change in wind speed or wind angle will you need to adjust it.

With modern fabrics and advanced designs, we can adjust a cruising spinnaker’s shape while sailing to suit most wind strengths and angles. To get the best out of your chute, it doesn’t pay to sail too deep and slow or too high and fast. in light airs (3-10 knots) you will find that a true wind angle of around 135-145 degrees is achievable, in medium airs (10-15 knots) you will be able to sail as deep as 165 degrees and in 15 knots plus, you can sail as deep as is comfortable, normally no lower than 175 degrees.

Spinnaker controlS Apart from the sheet trim, three controls affect the spinnaker shape: pole height, guy trim, and the sheet lead position

pole height Spinnaker pole uphaul

Note: the guy runs through the pole end

Working sheet Spinnaker pole downhaul Barber hauler

Lazy guy

Working guy

Lazy Sheet

The pole height is controlled by the topping lift. Starting from the standard trim rule we looked at earlier (clews level), we can use pole height to fine tune the sail shape. lowering the pole will bring the sail’s draft further forward and open the leech – just like tightening the halyard on the mainsail. This helps to keep the boat on its feet on a breezy reach. in light airs, a higher pole with the clews even will give you more power.

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trim A well set spinnaker will be straight from the clew up to the shoulder, with two panels in the middle of the luff just beginning to fold over. Note also the level clews. 1) Pole end too far aft 2) Pole end correct fore and aft 3) Sail balloons due to pole too far forwardcauses rolling 4) Pole too high 5) Pole too low 6) Sail curls in right place with pole at correct height

The guy trim controls the pole’s angle to the wind. From our standard rule of setting the pole perpendicular to the apparent wind, bring the pole slightly further aft. as a guide, look at the luff of the spinnaker – it should be vertical from the tack to the shoulder. if the pole is too far aft, the luff will fade to leeward; if the pole is too far for’ard, the luff will project to weather. another giveaway is the foot of the kite. The curve in the foot should be as deep as in the middle of the kite. if it is flatter, move the pole forward, if it is deeper, pull the pole aft.

Sheet lead The sheet lead or ‘barber-hauler’ is a block on an adjustable line, through which the spinnaker sheet passes freely. The control prevents the spinnaker leech from twisting open and spilling too much wind when sailing deep. Tighten in the sheet lead to keep the sail stable when sailing in light breeze and chop, and likewise in heavy airs if the boat starts to roll.

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medium airS You will be able to sail a much wider wind angle – from 145 degrees in 10 knots and down to around 165 degrees in 15 knots. Pole Height: as you push the bow down, the pole comes up to keep the clews level. if you’re reaching, you will move the pole further down.

Guy trim: Sailing at a true wind angle of 165 degrees, the pole should be 45 degrees back from the headstay. You only need to adjust this if the boat or the breeze change angle dramatically.

heaVy airS Sail as low as is comfortable, but the lower you sail the more you unload the boat and rudder. if the boat is rolling too much for your liking, head up, pole forward slightly and sheet in. if you get hit by a big gust, ease and bear away to unload the boat. Pole height: Don’t fly the pole too high, as it will encourage the whole sail to float up and to weather, which can cause the boat to roll. Guy trim: as far back as possible, while keeping the luff of the kite between the tack and the shoulder vertical. Sheet lead: When flying the kite at its top end, tighten the sheet lead to choke the leech, stabilise the kite and reduce rolling.

Above right: At all points of downwind sailing, keep the downhaul tight. Not only does this keep the pole under control, but it transfers a great deal of power from the sail to the boat

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light airS Focus on keeping the boat going, as it takes less effort to keep a yacht moving than to start a stopped boat. Pole Height: Carrying the pole a little higher can help lift the whole sail, giving you a deeper, more powerful shape. Guy trim: The pole will be right forward, almost touching the headstay. Try to match the spinnaker’s foot shape to the shape across the middle of the sail. Sheet lead: Should be eased, as you are sailing tighter wind angles and the clew will come aft. Put a little tension in the sheet lead to stabilise the kite in chop.

reaching trim in a light breeze, set the pole a little higher to give the sail a flat entry and enable you to sail higher. This will give the sail more grunt aft. For heavy airs reaching, lower the pole to bring the sail’s draft forward and open the leech. This gives more tolerance on the helm. Pull the pole about 30cm off the headstay, reducing the heel of the boat.

GennakeR tRim For years, asymmetric spinnakers have powered race boats to victory. Now with the trickle of technology from racing to cruising, the gennaker has become a versatile, easy-to-handle sail that suits any boat. doWnWind The lack of a pole means that the gennaker is easy to set, but needs a little encouragement to sail as low as her old-fashioned sister the spinnaker. Whether you have a bowsprit or you fly the sail off the stem of the boat, you will have an adjustable tack line. The three most important things about sailing low with a gennaker are: ease, ease and ease! The more you ease the tack line, the more you can ease the sheet. This means the sail projects more and allows you to sail deeper angles. if the sail becomes unstable and starts to collapse frequently, pull a little tack line in and head up slightly. Depending on the design of your gennaker and the size of your boat, the maximum ease will be around 1.5m.

FUrLEr: If you are looking at fitting a new gennaker, consider a roller furling version for ease of handling, although the sail may not go quite as deep downwind

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TABLET vs PLOTTER IS A TABLET PC AS GOOD AS A DEDICATED CHART PLOTTER FOR ON BOARD NAVIGATION? DUNCAN KENT LOOKS AT THE PROS AND CONS OF TABLET NAVIGATION AND TRIES OUT FOUR OF THE MOST POPULAR APPS.

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n increasing number of boat owners are using touchscreen tablets with marine charting apps as a backup for their normal means of navigation. Indeed, for some smaller boat skippers it has become their only means of navigation on board. Should we be worried that the latter are placing themselves and other water users in danger, or are these devices and apps now good enough to be a legitimate form of electronic navigation in this digital age?

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All Apple iPads and most of the Android range of tablets can be used for chartwork by downloading one of a number of apps and the requisite charts. However, some older iPads have software limitations, so it’s important to know exactly which model you have before ordering an app. There are three main physical problems associated with using a tablet at sea. Most obviously, none are waterproof or ruggedised. This can be fairly easily overcome by using one of the many excellent waterproof cases available (see boxout opposite). Then, a tablet’s screen is not designed to be viewed in strong sunlight. This issue is currently insurmountable, although more recent HD displays are getting better and brighter.

Finally, a phone or tablet’s location app can use up a lot of your battery power. Overcome this by switching to a low-power/lower accuracy mode in the software – if it has the option – or by simply plugging in to the boat’s 12V system, using a 5Vdc, USB-style adapter with a long lead.

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A dedicated marine chartplotter will be better optimised to view outdoors, especially in direct sunlight.

gps options

Early Wi-Fi-only iPads don’t have a GPS chip, so you will have to purchase an external GPS receiver to give it the same full, accurate charting capability. There are several different models of Bluetooth GPS available from the usual sources online, but it is probably better to choose a model that is able to use the yacht’s 12Vdc power supply rather than just its own internal battery. Some are designed to plug into the tablet’s charge socket, but this can get in the way when a case is being used, so look at a Bluetooth wireless version such as the Bad Elf GPS Pro. The 3G and 4G iPads, and most Android tablets, have an integral GPS that works with its mobile network’s location service to provide GPS data for apps that require it. Apple refers to this as ‘assisted GPS’. And although neither a Wi-Fi nor a GSM connection are required for the assisted-GPS to function, it will locate more quickly with greater accuracy if both are present – for example when cruising close to the coast, in range of mobile masts.

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A tablet pc or ipad will be more fussy than a chartplotter about what angle you can view the screen at. However, it’s not usually bolted into a fixed mount so is easily moved.

Chart options

Many of the apps use raster charts – basically unadulterated scans of existing paper charts by the likes of the Admiralty or Imray. However, vector charts, have a number of advantages over their raster equivalents. They usually have a great deal more embedded detail that can be made to appear or disappear at different zoom levels by adjusting the settings or hovering over a point of interest with the cursor. They also allow you to pan seamlessly from area to area without having to


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There are a good number of tablet cases available on the Internet. Some are just watertight bags, others are sealed rigid cases that protect it from knocks as well as moisture. Some even have a selection of mounting arrangements available, although thought needs to be given as to how to get power to the device without letting the water in too. If you only occasionally bring the tablet into the cockpit to confirm a heading or fix, then you’ll probably be fine with something like Over Board’s (www.over-board.co.uk) iPad case (c. £37). If, however, you want something permanently in the cockpit, you’d be better off looking at a tougher case, such as Scanstrut’s LifeEdge (see above, c. £80), which is waterproof and ruggedised with a rubberised hand strap/deck mount on the back.

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download another ‘digitised’ paper chart – as you do with most of the raster apps. It’s worth remembering that neither digital nor paper charts are perfect. Much of the data hasn’t been updated for decades, which is why it’s sensible to carry several different chart resources on board. The tablet is an ideal fallback device, being so portable, moderately rugged and instantly on when needed, provided you remember that online features such as Googlemap satellite views, real time AIS, weather and tidal data

won’t be available when you are out of range of an internet connection. It is vital that all charts reside on your device, rather than leaving them in The Cloud, otherwise you won’t be able to refresh charts beyond Wi-Fi or mobile range. Navigating with a device that does not work out of sight of land is not recommended! Storing charts can require a great deal of the device’s storage capacity, so plan it out well and travel electronically light, if possible only keeping the chart you will be needing for your passage in the tablet’s memory.

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Navionics Mobile

Imray Chart Navigator

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This was the first charting app for smart devices and is probably the best known. It has a simple toolbar at the bottom for track, menu and route commands, as well as ‘find ship’, search and zoom buttons in each corner of the chart for quick access.

 Verdict: Good quality charts and well priced from £19 – well worth the money even if you simply use the charts for reference. However, it lacks an actual route navigation function apart from the basic goto function, which makes it less useful than some others.

Throughout this article I often use the word ‘chartwork’ instead of ‘navigation’. This is deliberate, as many of the so-called navigation apps are merely chart planning devices with added GPS.

Reference only

The Garmin, Navionics and Imray apps we tried really only allow you to study the charts in detail and plot a number of routes and waypoints. They also offer wind, tide and weather detail at various levels, but

A free app with a low-detail south England chart available for evaluation before spending between £29.99-£34.99 for the fully detailed charts. Being raster scans, you cannot scroll seamlessly between the charts you have loaded onto your device.

none of this information can be in ‘real time’ unless you’re within range of an internet connection or have downloaded the data in advance. While they all allow waypoints and routes to be set up, and are all able to show your vessel’s position on the chart, they’re not able to correlate between the two – so unlike a dedicated chart plotter, the vessel won’t actually be ‘following’ the route and giving you waypoint approach data such as ETA, distance off and cross-track error.

Even the most basic marine charting apps will answer the key navigation question: ‘where are we?’

 Verdict: The most comprehensive app tested, only let down slightly by the way the raster charts have to be handled. The chart detail is as clear as Imray’s paper charts, but setting up routes can be tedious. Useful visual chart portfolio.

So, while these apps are a very useful addition to your navigation portfolio on board, they are nowhere near the standard of a fully-featured

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garmin Bluechart Mobile

Memory-Map

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similar in many ways to the Navionics app, GBm uses the G2 version of Bluecharts, which are the same vector charts as those used in its dedicated chart plotters. The app is free to download, but the charts have to be bought at a cost.

 Verdict: Unless you have a compatible Garmin chart plotter, many of the functions will be wasted. Great as a passage-planning tool, but if you have already shelled out for the chart plotter charts, I’m afraid you can’t use them for the GBm app.

dedicated marine chart plotter, and I certainly wouldn’t go to sea relying entirely on any of them alone. However, if you already have a tablet aboard for some of its myriad other uses, such as playing games, watching movies and answering emails, then for a mere £20-50 more, it could make a very useful navigation device as well. Some sailors have backed up their paper charts with a tablet or an iPad running charting software as a low cost alternative to a chartplotter.

Cost comparison

Used tablets are regularly available on the web for under £100, if you don’t choose the latest top spec model (check first, though, as some charting apps need a more recent operating system to work). You will also need to buy a good quality protective case – preferably ruggedised as well as waterproof. Tablets with screens to their edges need stronger protection from corner impacts. Remember, not all cases allow charging in situ. This is

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 Verdict: I like the memorymap/Admiralty charts – they’re clear, well detailed and easy to recognise. This one was the best app tested with regard to navigation functions and it gives you an excellent data page when following a route at sea.

important, because taking the device in and out of the case can be tricky and all tablets will gobble battery power quickly. Decent cases are available from around £50. Depending on what app you decide on, software and chart costs will add another £50. So, all in all, you could start plotting on a tablet for around £200. A fully featured chart plotter with a 10in screen would cost more in the region of £1,000+ with all the UK charts; a considerable difference.

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Riding light barry wilmshurst, south africa jjmoon, contest 43 South Africa is a wonderful cruising destination but the sailing is challenging. The east coast is dominated by the mighty Agulhas Current running south at up to 6 knots. When opposed by one of the regular “southerly busters” it can generate waves steep enough to overwhelm a freighter. All the talk among yachties is of weather windows, isobars and swell heights – for there are long stretches of coastline with absolutely no shelter. There are pretty anchorages along the south coast but not many with full shelter, and local sailors tend to be hardy, rather courageous folk. Memories that will linger longest are of visits to the interior. The people are friendly, the scenery splendid, the wildlife prolific and the large animals magnificent. Excellent food and wines can be found at reasonable prices. Bureaucracy is frustrating but the officials could hardly be more helpful. We consider ourselves fortunate that the wretched Somali pirates directed our course south of the Cape of Good Hope. For more: www.jjmoon.com


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Sailing Today May 2013