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The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust ‘Return to Volunteer’ programme is vital in continuing to inspire young people who are in recovery from cancerTuesday, 24 April 2018
There are many charities supporting young people with cancer in the UK, but the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is unique as it works with young people post-treatment, an extremely difficult phase that is all too often overlooked.
Through the ‘Return to Volunteer’ programme, young people can continue their relationship with the Trust and keep making a difference after they turn 18. The incredible support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery has made a huge difference to the Trust and the number of young people that can take part in this unique programme.
The first of the new Kru lifejacket collection to make its appearance for 2018 is the high performance Kru Sport Pro, which is designed to perform in the most advanced conditions. The jacket is available as standard or as an ADV model, so-called because of its advanced features, which include a lifejacket light, sprayhood and UML Pro Sensor Elite operating head, all fitted as standard. The major design improvement includes a much lower profile scoop neck design which sits away from the neck to increase movement and comfort. The front zip waistcoat style means it is quick and easy to put on, whilst the side waist adjusters are quick for a secure fit. A new utility belt loop enables a handheld VHF radio to be clipped on to be close at hand. The jackets are AIS ready so that a personal recovery system can be fitted.Sport Pro 275ADV Carbon Auto & Harn, Hood & Light: £235
Kru Sport Pro Sky Blue Auto & Harness: £124.96
Kru Sport ProADV Auto & Harn, Hood & Light: £156.95
Record-breaking Jude Massey from the Ocean Brothers returned to Beaulieu to open this year’s Boatjumble after recently returning from his row across the Atlantic.
Nineteen-year-old Jude, who became the world’s youngest person to row an ocean in a two-man team, opened Sunday’s event (22 April) in true nautical style by ringing a ship’s bell mounted on oak from the Beaulieu Estate.
The last racing day for the Antigua Classic Regatta had lighter winds with intervals of squally blustery conditions and heavy down pours. With a mixture of weather conditions throughout the race made interesting results for the last day.
The first weekend in May will see the historic Sunbeam fleet of classic keelboats from Itchenor take part in the Chisholm Weekend, which comprises intensive back-to-back races competing for the Chisholm Weekend Trophy.
The event is always well-attended as it is the first weekend of two-day racing in the popular Solent Sunbeam Class calendar of racing and it is likely to be particularly well-attended this year since the class is celebrating its 95th anniversary. The Chisholm Weekend is in its 30th year and is held in honour of Sir Henry Chisholm.
Eight teams participated in the FAST40+ Class Training Regatta held 21-22April, 2018. The Solent served up a variety of conditions to test crew and boats with a cold and foggy light easterly wind for the first day, and a bright and breezy southwesterly for the last day, piping up to 20 knots by the close of play. The training focused on starts and boat handling, and the initiative was well received by all of the FAST40+ owners and competitors.
“The regatta was designed to create a spirit within the fleet, before the start of the FAST40+ Race Circuit, giving the owners some recognition for their commitment to the series.” commented FAST40+ Class Race Director, Stuart Childerley. “Everyone needs to train, and it is far better to practice as a group because everyone gets more from it. The feedback we are getting is that there are big gains to be made through this kind of training. There is an added dimension through this learning process, where everyone is learning from each other.”
The Roberta jumper is light weight, with stylish dropped shoulders. We all know stripes never go out of style and this one is perfect for days on the coast. Made from 100 per cent linen, the elbow length sleeves will keep you cool.
Interested in sailing, paddle boarding, windsurfing, canoeing or sail or motor cruising? Looking for a friendly club that welcomes all generations and abilities as well as families across a wide variety of water borne activities?
Hayling Island Sailing Club’s open day takes place on 28 May. There will be fun activities, a hospitable welcome, café’s and bars, live music and people on hand to tell you all about the club and its incredible range of activities both waterside and social. There’s the added incentive of a waiver on joining fees for anyone taking out membership before June 2018, representing a saving of £350.There’s never been a better time to join Hayling Island Sailing Club and you don’t have to own a boat to be a member.
More pictures today from the Antigua Classic Regatta, with easterly winds 15-24 knots and a larger swell than previous day, this made boisterous sailing for the Classic yachts. The swell was around 3.5 meters to start, but started to drop as the race was underway.
Day 2 and racing proper today.
Skippers breifing for the single handed race was held at the Antigua Yacht Club. Basic rules include no autopilots to be used, all boats will have observers who will be situated on each boat to help in case of emergency.
Even for experienced sailors, DIY boat maintenance can be daunting. For first-time buyers, the temptation to hand everything over to the professionals is even greater – despite the fact that many maintenance jobs are much simpler than you’d think.
It is common knowledge that a bad day on the water is better than a good day in the office, so when your boat is in need of some TLC, the faster it is done the better. While some jobs can be time-consuming, there are a few ways to bring the shine back to your sailing without too much stress.
Marine safety specialists ACR Electronics and Ocean Signal are launching 406Day on 4 June.
406Day aims to raise beacon awareness across the world by reminding boaters about the importance of life-saving 406 MHz technology and by providing advice about the benefits and responsibilities of owning a 406 MHz beacon such as a PLB or EPIRB.