Welcome aboard the March issue of the Journal of Sailing, on newsstands and digitally. What are the most beautiful places in the world to go boating in 2017? Good question. Settling the issue were two highly authoritative sources, the world’s most prestigious newspaper, The New York Times, and the guru of boaters around the planet, Jimmy Cornell. In a great feature we present their choices, divided into two rankings of their Top Ten. The New York Times’ list of 10 places to visit by boat in 2017 is, so to speak, more affordable and ranges from the Mediterranean to the Arctic Sea, from the Caribbean to the Pacific Ocean. The ranking of the world’s 10 most beautiful places to sail, compiled by the world’s foremost authority on great sailing, Jimmy Cornell, is absolute. And you have to believe it if he recommends them, the man who in the past 40 years has traveled 200,000 miles the all the seas and oceans of the planet, including three world tours.
This valuable ranking was published in the February issue of Yachting World magazine, and points out places that must be visited once in a lifetime. After glazing your eyes by scrolling through the 20 most beautiful places to go boating in 2017, know that you can visit all these corners of paradise not only with your own boat but simply by renting one. Because today, even in the most remote locations, such as some of those reported by Cornell, you can find opportunities to embark and sail. Just open Google and start the search. The dream of a lifetime can come true today. Everywhere.
This, and much more, you will find in the February issue of the Sailing Journal. Find out in advance with us, here are some “goodies” that you will find…
1. THE EXTRAORDINARY PARALLEL LIVES OF THE HEROES OF THE VENDEE GLOBE
They made us dream with their match-race that lasted nearly 25,000 miles. We are talking about Armel Le Cleac’h and Alex Thomson, first and second place finishers in the solo round-the-world race. We tell you the stories of their out-of-the-ordinary lives through the beautiful and exclusive drawings of Luca Tagliafico, an established Italian illustrator.
2. OCCASISSIME (57 SECOND-HAND GOODIES FROM 10 TO 300,000 EUROS)
How much money do you have to spend to buy a used boat? Ten thousand euros or three hundred thousand? There is definitely a boat for you, regardless of your budget. To make it easier for you to choose, we have selected 57 models that have made past and recent sailing history, boats that have that certain something from an aesthetic, design, and quality standpoint. In short, boats worth owning….
3. OUR BOATS OF THE MONTH
We tested the X43, the Danish shipyard’s new twelve-footer acts as a “bridge” between the Xc cruising range and the more racer range, the Xp. A “comfortably sporty” boat with high build quality and attention to detail. plus we present in detail the new Hallberg-Rassy 44, the boat that is a real revolution for the Swedish shipyard.
4. WHEN A SHIPWRECK TURNS INTO A BEAUTIFUL LIFE EXPERIENCE
In this report we tell you the beautiful story of Andrea Barbera, who was shipwrecked in the Adriatic Sea with his catamaran: fishermen found his boat and he was “adopted” by the inhabitants of a remote village at the mouth of the Po River. When solidarity helps overcome obstacles.
5. PROS AND CONS OF THE COMING CUP
Is the world’s oldest and most famous regatta looking to the future or is it dead? Here are two opposing opinions from two readers, those in favor of the new format and those who remain firmly of the view that the America’s Cup has now lost its appeal. We also take the opportunity to tell you the story of the craziest boats seen in the history of the America’s Cup!
6. THE FRANK-ROMAN GLOBETROTTER
Patrick Phelipon is the most Italian of French sailors entered in the Golden Globe Race: sailmaker, designer, sailmaker, preparing (at 63) for the challenge of a lifetime. With the sextant of his great friend Cino Ricci. We caught up with him for an interview
7. WHEN THE CREW IS NOT NEEDED
We asked Stefano Chiarotti, a specialist in long sailing in twos, to tell us how best to navigate in a small crew: safety, onboard instrumentation, shifts, maneuvers, galley, and everything you need to know to stay safe even if you are surrounded by laymen on the boat. He revealed to us all his valuable “tricks”…
8. 10 GOOD REASONS TO COME TO THE VELAFESTIVAL
Our sailing festival, May 4-7 in Santa Margherita, gets bigger and bigger. Here are ten good reasons why you can’t miss it this year and why you should mark the dates in your diary.
9. V FOR… VELMAN
1986 is a revolutionary date for the sailmaking world: fiber-oriented sails, or “membranes,” are born. Protagonist of the momentous change is an Italian sailmaker: the Velman. Let’s find out in a nice interview with its founder Alberto Manfredini.
10. HE WAS IN DANGER OF WINNING THE GIRAGLIA, BUT INSTEAD HE LOST IT AND WAS DISQUALIFIED
The incredible and in some ways Kafkaesque story of a boat owner who rescued a boat that had lost its rudder and was disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct. We revisit this absurdity in the words of Franco Salmoiraghi, the protagonist of this story. Hoping that it is destined to remain unique in the world of racing and sailing!