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The February Sailing Newspaper is on newsstands and digital!

Finally. The February issue of the Sailing Newspaper (issue 527, from back in 1975!) is on newsstands and digitally, by downloading our free app(here if you have iOs, here for Android) or on the reader from your PC.

In the February Sailing Newspaper, the 2023 Accessories Special!

2023 starts with a bang because you are in for a very special 196-page issue that includes the 2023 Accessories Special,the “bible” for outfitting your boat.

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The cover of the 2023 Accessories Special found inside February’s Sailing Newspaper

Park from the numbers: 285 products, 35 top companies, 96 pages. An Accessories Special with all the new products of the year like this has never been seen before. The first part of this guide to accessories to make your boat more comfortable, safe, smart and up-to-date is devoted to the companies that make them. For each of them you will find a fact sheet telling about their activities, contacts, and flagship products.

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You will discover so many Italian excellences, which have been operating for dozens (if not hundreds) of years with one diktat. Uncompromising quality and the craftsmanship know-how that the world envies us.

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In the second section, we have instead selected what we see as the “must-have” accessories of 2023: 145 perfect ideas for updating your boat. Each product sheet is accompanied by the its category (Clothing, Board Work, Facilities, etc…). Welcome to Toyland!

What you can find in the February Sailing Newspaper

Not only accessories in this meaty issue of the Sailing Journal. Let’s find out in advance what we have prepared for you…

Here are Soldini’s new heirs

Ambrogio Beccaria and Alberto Bona, veterans of a memorable Route du Rhum, are the two guys that Italian ocean sailing has been waiting for.

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We tell you their stories, their epic regatta, and review the history of recent Italian sailing in the ocean. Italians people of poets, saints and ABOVE all navigators.

Welcome to sailing paradise

We “dispatched” to Sydney our correspondent Marco Cohen, who with his usual humorous edge tells us why the Rolex Sydney Hobart is the regatta to attend at least once in a lifetime.

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A 628-mile undertaking where “you start in summer, you arrive in winter.” Read his account and, we are sure, you will get a craving….

Peter’s strength

Speaking of businesses. It’s not like you have to be a Beccaria or a Bona to accomplish exceptional ones.

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It is enough to have a great deal of willpower, as Peter Giolli, 26-year-old Milanese expat in Finland, who fell in love with an old X-79 rotting in a shed, bought it without having the money to do so, restored it and set off, with friends, for the Baltic crossing. And then there are those who say that young people today are “bamboozled…”

The hippie who invented the modern catamaran

From his insights came 10,000 double-hulled boats, and it is thanks to James Wharram that the catamaran became a comfortable is safe boat.

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An out-of-the-ordinary life, complete with polyamorous relationships and novel adventures, that has influenced sailing to this day. But how much did Wharram know?

Attilio, Ponza and the Holy Sailor

Vincenzo Onorato ‘s signature stories for the Journal of Sailing continue.

In this reading, Onorato returns to Ponza, the island of sailors and his ancestors, for the feast of St. Silverio and pays tribute to Attilio, known as “the Red.” He boards his gozzo to head to Palmarola and… A lesson in life and the sea.

Warm when it’s cold

Who knows why when it is cold we feel like going to the warmth.

If you are looking for the right destination for your winter boating vacation, we can help you: we are sure that between French Polynesia, British Virgin Islands and Cuba you will find the right place for an unforgettable warm weather cruise! The white beaches of Bora Bora are waiting for you!

Inquiries of the Month: Ports and Driver’s License

And speaking of heat, two are the “hot” topics we covered in the February issue of the Sailing Newspaper.

The first arose from a question we asked ourselves in the editorial office. Where to keep the boat year-round in Italy? We surveyed all the ports in Italy and marinas equipped to use the boat as a second home. Region by region. Small spoiler: there are over 112,000 berths!

Then, we offer a repartee for you to ponder: the one between a long-time sailor who attacks the new sailing license, unable, according to him, to certify the candidate’s actual nautical skills and limited a mere matter of “business” and Confarca, the trade association of nautical schools that instead defends it, responding point by point to the “accusations.”

Read and let us know. Whose side are you on?

Boats of the month

In the February Sailing Newspaper, we boarded boats very different in spirit and type.

First, we tested for you the new C-Cat 48, which we called a “Fast Cruiser on two hulls.” Can there be fast catamarans made in Italy? Yes, and this is proof of that.

We then tested the new Beneteau First 44. One boat, three souls. Cruising, performance, hybrid. It depends on how you choose to set it up. Performance is still good. On the same measure as First 44, we point you to what the market offers. Indeed, between 42 and 46 feet are concentrated the perfect boats for living aboard.

Finally, we present in detail the new Grand Soleil 72, definitely an “Italian superyacht.” A boat elegant in look and customizable to your liking.

So your boat is better off

The February Sailing Newspaper could not miss a bit of teaching.

We reveal many tricks to improve the way the boat sails, comfort on board, optimally handle complex situations such as mooring in windy conditions or rolling in roadstead. You will not have to shell out one euro in equipment. It’s all about technique!

February Sailing Newspaper: mica is not over…

Mica is not the end of the story; there are plenty of reasons to get on board the February issue of the Sailing Newspaper.

Find all the news from the race courses from the Milan Yachting Week (our digital boat show), the best 5G antennas for your boat, market trends in France, new 9-meter monotypes, the story of the recovery of the IOR Doktor Faust, what changes with Croatia’s entry into Europe, and much, much more… With the February Sailing Newspaper you have all the sailing that matters in your pocket, minute by minute.

Eugene Ruocco

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Given the “density” of content, we almost forgot to tell you why you better subscribe to GdV now.

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With a “Paper + Digital” subscription to the Journal of Sailing, you receive the magazine at home in paper format, but you can also read it on smartphones, PCs and tablets. Plus you have other unmissable benefits!

  1. Receive hard copies at home each month.
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  4. By subscribing you gain access to the best published articles of the Journal of Sailing since 1975.
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