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Henri Lloyd’s race collection is engineered around adaptive technology providing flexible solutions depending on end use. The Shadow 3D Race Smock offers a completely new design to the traditional smock and its design properties are a direct result of Henri Lloyd’s partnership with Land Rover BAR. The smock also benefits from stretch panels and the shoulder and elbow, whilst the asymmetric front zip and neck closure system offers a more superior fit. The placement of the fast draining side access stow pocket means that you have access to the pocket even when wearing a buoyancy aid.
Hundreds of boats will be sailing into the heart of Plymouth this summer as The Marina at Sutton Harbour prepares to host a number of boat rallies.
The marina’s annual calendar has been filling up for 2018 as multiple boat clubs and associations have chosen to stage their rallies in Sutton Harbour and booked visitor berths. There are currently seven rallies scheduled to be held at the Marina between April and August and boat owners will be travelling from across the UK and Europe to attend.
WesCom Signal and Rescue, shows its support for Ocean Youth Trust South by providing the charity’s 30-metre vessel, Prolific, with emergency pyrotechnic flares to take young people to sea.
Ocean Youth Trust South is a UK youth charity which runs “Adventure Under Sail” – a development programme for young people aged 12-25, who may be disadvantaged or vulnerable in some way – to give them exciting opportunities on the water. The charity works closely with schools and social workers to ensure skills learnt on the water can be transferred into the individuals’ long-term development. Every voyage is designed to help develop confidence, understanding of others and how to cope in unfamiliar situations. Young crew members learn to sail the boat, keep watch and help to navigate, and also learn basic life skills such as cooking and healthy eating.
An action-packed line-up of free boating advice and adventurous tales has been announced for Ask the Experts LIVE! at Beaulieu Boatjumble on 22 April.
The popular one-stop shop for nautical knowledge will return for its fourth year at Beaulieu’s 41st Boatjumble.
Do away with single use plastic bottles with the Montii insulated drinks bottle. It is designed to keep drinks cold with its double wall insulation; Montii has an extra wide mouth so that you can add ice cubes to keep your drinks extra cold and, once filled, it will keep the contents cool for up to 24 hours. Scratch and dent resistant, it will also keep hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours, making it great for tea, coffee and soup. The screw lid is made from eco-friendly bamboo with a water-tight seal and has a handle and carabiner making it easy to carry or attach to your belt or bag and is available in a range of colours.
Enda o'Coineen from Galway arrived in Sables d'Olonne on his open 60 Le Souffle de Nord Team Ireland, non stop from New Zealand after his Vendéeboat was dismasted 300km south of New Zealand during the Vendée Globe. Enda finally completed the Vendée Race with having around 6 severe storms on the trip from New Zealand back to Sables d'Olonne, he had a much rougher weather passage than the Vendée entrants 17 months ago.
NRI inc (Nautical Roundabout Initiatives Inc) have launched a new traffic island type navigation system in the french port of Les Sables d'Olonne.
Les Sables d'Olonne is the home port of the legendary Vendée Globe Race, this makes Les Sables d'Olonne the world capital of monohull sailing.
The Boatshed French team have been busy at the used boat show in Sables D'Olonne Hissez'o (Heave Ho (water)). This show is in it's first year and runs over the Easter Weekend from Saturday 31 to Monday 2nd of April. It's a cross between a boat jumble, classic boat regatta, water festival and a Vendée Globe race meeting, all wrapped up into one.
The IMOCA Open 60 of the Estrella Damm Sailing Team, has an exceptional pedigree and he knows well the course of the BWR: it is the boat with which Jean-Pierre Dick and Damian Foxall won the Barcelona World Race 2007 -08, under the colors of Paprec-Virbac 2.
The last of Fairline Yachts’ range topping Squadron 78 luxury motor yachts has left the Oundle, Northamptonshire factory.
The flybridge yacht has finished its series production run to make way for an even larger new flagship Fairline model, to be built at Fairline’s new production facilities in Southampton. Fairline’s Squadron 78 has been in production for 15 years and 115 have been built in that time.
For maximum versatility when out on the water, a gilet is the ideal choice. It is great for layering and gives you maximum movement. Add to that, cosy down insulation which works equally well whether wet or dry, and you have the Hydrophobe Down Gilet.
Both the outer shell and the down itself are water-repellent, so you do not need to worry about the down clumping together; it will stay lofty and insulating whatever the weather when out on the water.
The Boatshed France team are at Les Sables d'Olonne this weekend. We are in exhibition mode for the Vendée secondhand boat show. Hissez'o which is on from March 31 to April 2 at the Quai Garnier, in the French city of boating.
The next BoatBid auction will run from the 13th (at 0900) to the 17th (at 1900) of April.
Supercars are the playthings of the rich and famous, so what better to enjoy on holiday than a powerboat inspired by their favourite model?
MDL’s three 5 Gold Anchor West Coast marinas, Torquay, Brixham and Queen Anne’s Battery in Plymouth, offer a range of idyllic destinations within easy cruising distance of one another.