Why get on board with us for the November issue of the Sailing Journal? For many good reasons. Read on, we already reveal ten of them for you to preview, starting with two major features, the first on the “must” places to go cruising in winter, the second on the must-have accessories of 2016. Then the advice of Carlo Venco, the sailor with a resume 200,000 miles long, the Parsifal case and much, much more…
1. 23 PLACES FOR WINTER CRUISES
Waiting a whole year to return to the boat? Be it never? We have selected for you 23 destinations where you can plan a cruise in the coming months. There really are ones for all tastes, finances and dreams: from the Caribbean to South America, from Antarctica to Africa, from the Indian Ocean to Australia.
2. THE CHARGE OF 50 ACCESSORIES
Between fall trade shows, METS previews and “goodies” sourced from international markets, the panorama of new accessories is as varied as ever and above all alive, a sign that signs of a substantial recovery are also being felt in this sector. We have selected fifty of the “smartest” ones.
3. THE “PAIN IN THE ASS” WITH 200,000 MILES ON HIS BACK.
We “caught” at the Genoa Boat Show Carlo Venco, an ocean skipper with forty Atlantic crossings and a round-the-world voyage behind him. He told us in his colorful language what makes him sulk on board (he calls himself a pain in the ass) and gave us lots of useful advice…
4. PARSIFAL, 20 YEARS LATER
It has been exactly twenty years since that evening of November 2, 1995, when the Parsifal, a sixteen-meter cutter, sank in the Gulf of Lion as a storm with gusts around seventy knots raged. Of the nine crew members, only three survive the long hours in the water waiting for rescue. We revisit the worst tragedy in Italian sailing.
5. LITTLE MEN, BIG SAILORS
If we want great Italian sailing, we must put a solid foundation to its future. We went to the Primavela Cup, the queen of regattas for the little ones, the cradle of the champions of the future. Boys aged 9 to 12, raised by the sea and sailing: today young athletes, tomorrow great sailors
6. A BIG FACELIFT TO YOUR BOAT
No doubt about it, the phenomenon of refitting, that exotic word now commonly used to define refurbishing a boat, is gaining momentum in Italy as well. The argument is quickly made. For those who have boats, it is about keeping their boats in perfect working order, no matter how old they are. There are many reasons to do a total or partial refitting. Because it is better to spend the right amount first so as not to sell out later.
7. BOATS OF THE MONTH
The November issue is full of previews and newly launched boats: we tell you about Juan Koujoumdjian’s new Swan 50, the Oceanis 41.1, and the Hanse 315. Plus RM 1270, Italia 12.98, Setmarine 435 Sail and the “dream” boat that Michael Schmidt (Hanse’s owner) had built for himself, the Brenta 80.
8. WHAT TO DO IF.
Forty years of the Sailing Newspaper is also forty years of our practice section. We have selected five quizzes with the best practical tips that have come to us from you readers over the years and have also posted them on our Vela History website, where we have collected the best of GdV’s 40 years. From how to anchor under sail or with a second anchor to what to do in case of a leak on board, from how to resolve a grounding to how to cope if the mainsail won’t go down…
9. ABOARD SCA.
We were at the helm of the Volvo Ocean 65 with which the SCA women’s crew participated in the last round-the-world race. Crazy cool! The concise account of our experience aboard a fuchsia bolide…
10. TIME STOOD STILL ON THE AZURE COAST.
Les Regates Royales in Cannes are confirmed as the Mediterranean’s most important gathering of vintage sails: 79 boats at the start, from the hull of the brother of the Kaiser of Prussia to more modern designs. The winners of the regatta and those of the Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge Mediterranean circuit, each with their own story.
Remember, there are also many other good reasons not to miss the new November issue of the Sailing Journal. On newsstands, on iPad, iPhone and all Android tablets and smartphones.