Charlie Phillips testing the BN 7x50 DCM, MD 50 W and BL 15x56 for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation

When out at sea during the high season and using the wonderful white rubber coated 7 x 50 Marine DCM units (with their advanced active LED display for the like of compass bearing, altitude, atmospheric pressure and time) I can rest assured that if there is anything out on the wide blue yonder with a dorsal fin then these brilliant units with their very bright, clear and very sharp image, will find it. I’ve had them with me on full day research surveys and everyone (scientists, boat skippers and crew) that I have let have a shot of them have raved about them and it’s been difficult sometimes getting them back again!

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MINOX BN 7x50 DCM - A decent pair of binoculars are vital when sailing

Another crew member.

It’s coming up to 7pm and we are on the start line of the Royal Southampton Yacht Club’s Corona Extra Double-Handed overnight race to Weymouth. The atmosphere is tense. With just two sailors on board each yacht there is a lot to do and to take in. On the start line of a race the first thing to do is determine is the angle of the start line compared to the angle of the wind and decide on starting tactics—which end of the line should we start at, which tack should we be on? The next is to pinpoint a fixed position by taking bearings to the shore to allow a few practice runs to the line. All of this gives confidence so that start countdown begins we can approach the line at speed in the right place and on time.