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This is where we publish our boat related stories and articles, which range from world circumnavigation to rescue missions, humour and much, much more. So make yourself a coffee and settle yourself down to a good read.

RYA to cease as UK National Authority for Powerboat Racing from 2019

Friday, 17 August 2018

The RYA has  written to the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM), the international federation for Powerboat Racing, to inform them that it will no longer act as national authority for powerboat racing in the UK with effect from 01 January 2019.

This decision has been taken by the RYA’s Board, following a review of the status of the sport and an evaluation of the risks and responsibilities associated with acting as the national authority.

Knit fleeces

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Everybody loves a fleece and this stylish knit fleece from Gill is something to wear both both on and off water. Innovative handwarmer pockets will give your hands respite from the cold whilst a practical chest pocket has space for your essentials. The highly breathable, pill-resistant fabric helps to keep you warm whilst sailing and can be worn as an outer piece or combined with other layers depending on the weather.

Men: Blue or Graphite

Don’t miss the BBC’s British Sailing Team documentary this weekend

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Image: Lloyd Images/RYA

RFA TIDEFORCE DOCKS IN FALMOUTH

Thursday, 16 August 2018

UK Crown Copyright 2018

Mobile Showrooms Bring Latest Raymarine Technology Directly to Boaters

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Raymarine is bringing a truly ‘Raymarine Retail Experience’ directly to European boaters this summer via its fleet of state-of-the-art mobile showrooms.

The prominently branded mobile display units are being deployed at key European events by the marine electronics specialist to engage directly with the recreational boating community off the water.

Launch of Shipyard Supply Co

Thursday, 16 August 2018

L-R Josh Richardson, Luke Porter, Claire Richardson, Peter Emmons

Final two places filled on the ilovesailing calendar completing the 2019 line-up

Thursday, 16 August 2018

It’s a double win for Shaun Roster and Charlie Chandler as they both secure their second win in the 2018 calendar competition and the final two spots on the 2019 ilovesailing calendar.

Heritage punt restores Edwardian elegance to Hestercombe’s Pear Pond

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Mrs Portman, Thomas Vesey & WD Miller. Image: Hestercombe Gardens Trust

Welsh wildcard team breathes new fire into Extreme Sailing Series™ Cardiff competition

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Team Extreme Wales entertained the local crowds on their home waters in 2017. Image: Vincent Curutchet / Lloyd Images

Last minute summer days out on the Isle of Wight you don’t need to book

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

With the summer holidays well under way, there is still plenty of time to fit in a few more days out while the sun is shining.

The Isle of Wight offers a host of fun and interesting things to do with the whole family, with something for all ages. And don’t forget that with Wightlink’s Kids Go Free deal, parents can take up to two children aged 5-15 for free during the summer holidays with every adult foot passenger day return ticket.

Dartmouth Sailing Week

Monday, 13 August 2018

Dartmouth Sailing Week is one of the most enjoyable and welcoming events in Devon’s sailing calendar – an unmissable mix of fun, competitions and entertainment (not forgetting those all-important refreshments!).  Its special atmosphere makes it a firm favourite with local and visiting sailors, and spectators will find a glorious floating display to watch and admire.

The week, which starts with the Senior Dinghy Regatta and then continues on to the August Bank Holiday weekend, showcases the river Dart in all its glittering summer glory, and whether you’re afloat or on land, you’ll find yourself drawn into the exciting programme of events.  Among the mix are many old favourites – after all, Dartmouth Sailing Week is now in its 174th year – as well as new activities, ensuring that all the family are involved and entertained.

Gosport Heritage Open Days

Monday, 13 August 2018

The organisers have published the full programme of over 75 events which will be celebrated over two long weekends commencing 6 September. You can just turn up for most events but some need booking for reasons of security or group size. For the events that require booking, this can be done online at www.gosportheritage.co.uk. Bookings for Haslar Hospital guided walks can only be made in person at the Tourist Information Centre at the Bus Station.

Many of the events are very close to Gosport’s marina so a run ashore is ideal to make the most of the weekends. All events are free, and many allow access to places which are not normally open to the public. There will be plenty for all ages, interests and abilities to enjoy: family fun days, music, exhibitions, guided walks, talks, tours, quizzes and many more. There will also be events designed especially for the visually impaired and there will be provision for wheelchairs at as many events as possible.

GGR Peche heads for Cape Town

Monday, 13 August 2018

Philippe Péché, pictured when sailing through the Marina Rubicon gate in the Canaries. This shows the special alloy telescopic tiller fitted to PRB which snapped later in the race, together with the Beaufort wind vane self steering system which failed two days before when the actuating arm linked to the tiller (circled in red) broke in the same way that it did on Nabil Amra’s Beaufort system two weeks before. Photo: Christophe Favreau

AXIOM XL

Monday, 13 August 2018

The new line of Axiom XL glass bridge multifunction displays offers fast navigation performance in a large format display. The fully waterproof Axiom XL can be installed in both open cockpits and enclosed bridge stations. It can serve as a remote PC or entertainment display and integrates FLIR thermal cameras, radar, CHIRP and 3D sonar modules and other Axiom family displays.

From €5,995

Lendy Cowes Week 2018 – Final Report

Saturday, 11 August 2018

The final day of Lendy Cowes Week saw a return to gentle conditions, with starts taking place in a light southerly breeze that gradually built to an unsteady 8-12 knots in the early afternoon.

Giles Peckham’s Daring Dauntless won the class with a day to spare, racing with his wife Jane, Milo Carver and Richard Romer-Lee. Dauntless was out again today, taking a seventh race win of the week. Jeremy Preston’s Defender and Roger Marwood’s Audax finished the series tied on 22 points, with the tie break for second overall resolved in Defender’s favour, thanks to her second place in today’s race.

First Laser, Radial and 49erFX nations confirmed for Tokyo 2020

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Following the conclusion of Laser, Laser Radial and 49erFX fleet racing at the Hempel Sailing World Championships, the first nations in those fleets have booked their spot at Tokyo 2020.

In the Laser and Radial, 14 and 18 places respectively were available in Aarhus. In the 49erFX there were eight places available. Subject to final notification from World Sailing after the event to the relevant Member National Authority / National Olympic Committee, the following nations have qualified:

How Oyster could relaunch… as told by a relaunch professional

Friday, 10 August 2018

The Oyster World Rally is a 27,000 mile circumnavigation

Cowes Week Death

Friday, 10 August 2018

We have received this statement from Cowes Week Limited:

“The team at Lendy Cowes Week are extremely sad to confirm the death of one of our competitors while racing here today (Friday 10th August).

The CA welcomes Scotland’s positive steps over marking of lobster pots

Friday, 10 August 2018

The Cruising Association is delighted that the Scottish Government has now decided to take steps towards the better marking of creel/lobster pots and also towards making unlicensed fishermen more identifiable for the purposes of enforcement.

When the CA RATS (Regulations and Technical Services) Committee submitted its comments during their ‘Gear Conflict’ consultation in 2016/7 RATS said, amongst other things: “We believe that marker buoys and floats not only reduce accidental gear conflict but also have a role to play in reducing accidental entanglement of propeller shafts and rudders of non-fishing vessels such as cruising yachts and other recreational craft.

Vintage legends and top competition at Cowes Classics Week 2018

Friday, 10 August 2018

Image: Tim Jeffreys