When did you last see a really good looking magazine of your special interest or sport that was offered free? And not just as a one-off, but free every month of the year?
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No prizes for guessing a magazine that would appeal extra specially to this solo Cape Horner, and this week I learned, suddenly out of the blue - oceanic or sky - of a free really well-produced magazine for sailing fanatics. And it's barely more than a click away.
It's the excellent Caribbean Compass, and it is packed with everything for a Caribbean dream cruise. As the Caribbean Sea, at least for much of the year, is very closs to being paradisical, it's a magazine for just about all of us - especially in a cloudy, rainy UK 'summer'.
There's plenty within its bright covers - wonderful photos, great articles, and gorgeous charts - to boost dreams.
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Even if the Caribbean is not part of your getting-away-from-it-all dream, or if that sun-swamped, gorgeous part of the world will get no closer than in your dreams, these 48 pages of gorgeously presented electronics, which you can read online, or as a PDF on your tablet, phone, or computer, is for you. It's certainly for me.
If I could afford it, I'd book a break in Cuba tomorrow, if not tonight. Perhaps this magazine offers an acceptable alternative, thanks to two great articles by Ralph Trout and Joan Conover, with some excellent photographs.
There's much about other dream locations, too - stories of Bonaire's history, pages of interesting racing news, of big boats and little Optimists, news of the amazing traditional Round Guadeloupe event, and that excellent piece about Cuba which offers a really informative read.
If you share my interest in tides, the night sky, the forthcoming total exclipse, what the moon's up to, sailing techniques, it's all here in the attractively laid-out pages.
I'll be clicking online for it during the months ahead because, from what I've seen today, I am really impressed. I couldn't recommend it more highly. It's not just for sailors, by the by, but it's an updating alternative to the bible for travellers, tourists, sun-bathers, snorkellers, scuba divers, people happy to relax among scenic wonder, and for dreamers.
Who are the experts who produce this great publication? 'Sailors,' says the wesite, 'for sailors — and for all those who love the Caribbean sea and shore.' The MD is Tom Hopman, the editor Sally Erdle, both US-born, and both double-handed circumnavigators. The production manager is Wilfred Dederer, and the assistant editor is Elaine Ollivierre.
Well done to the producers of Caribbean Compass. You've done outdoor dwellers and venturers and sportsfolk really proud.
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