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Mark Lees’ Serious Fun (Royal Southern YC) is the 2018 Open J/70 UK National Champion. Doug Struth’s DSP (Royal Southern YC) is the 2018 Corinthian J/70 UK National Champion.
Kru Sport- non harness (auto) – £72.95
Kru Sport – harness (auto) – £76.96
The high performance lifejacket, the Kru Sport, is part of Ocean Safety’s 2018 Kru Range. Like all Kru lifejackets the Sport is available as standard or as an ADV model, so-called because of its advanced features, which includes a lifejacket light and sprayhood. Both variants come with a UML MK5 operating head. It is a robust jacket featuring ‘wave barrier’ technology, which rights a person in less than five seconds, keeping the airways free from channelled water, reducing the risk of secondary drowning. The design of the Kru Sport means that you barely know that you are wearing it, so it is perfect for active sailors, both inshore and offshore. At 170N the Kru Sport has ample buoyancy for adults and is available in a range of colours.
With the best score of any of the 120 boats over the past week, Rory Fekkes’ Fn’Gr8 from Carrickfergus Sailing Club has been confirmed as the overall winner of Volvo Cork Week following an intense three-race final day.
The Antrim boat was a convincing overall winner to the week despite several other strong performances in other classes but Fekkes had accumulated an impressive 19-point lead in his eleven-boat fleet.
Great for getting out and about this summer, Typhoon International has added the new Typhoon Holdall Drybag to its collection of accessories for watersports enthusiasts. The 60 litre dry holdall is constructed from HD rubberised nylon with cut welded seams and is 100 per cent waterproof. It features an external mesh pocket and a roll top closure system with two securing buckles and comes with a detachable shoulder strap. Its extra-long handles mean you can turn this holdall into a rucksack when you need extra hands.
Back for its 39th consecutive year, Premier Marinas gets set for two shows as it hosts its annual Used Boat Show at Swanwick Marina – running it concurrently with the Southampton Boat Show, 14 – 23 September 2018.
The Used Boat Show will feature extensive on and off water displays of power and sail boats from on site brokerages, Ancasta International Boat Sales, Clipper Marine, Princess Motor Yachts, Sea Ventures and Sunseeker Southampton.
Back in 2003, Finisterre was founded with the help of a Prince’s Trust loan. 15 years on, The Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, and The Duchess of Cornwall, commemorate the brand’s anniversary with a visit to Wheal Kitty. Meeting with Tom Kay, The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall toured Finisterre’s Head Quarters, atop a cliff in St Agnes, North Cornwall. Meeting the team behind the brand, Their Royal Highnesses showed great interest in and support for Finisterre’s path to better business. “To have Prince Charles, the Duke of Cornwall visit Finisterre to commemorate our 15th anniversary was a special moment. I founded Finisterre with the help of the Prince’s Trust loan back in 2003. More recently, I wrote to HRH thanking him for his support in the early years, inviting him to visit Wheal Kitty and see our work around sustainability and innovation first-hand. For him to join our anniversary celebrations, witnessing how the business has grown, meeting the team who’ve been fundamental in this journey, and our unwavering commitment to Product, Environment and People, was a real honour. HRH was particularly interested in our work around ocean plastic awareness and using innovation to achieve sustainability, as well as the duties we’ve committed to in order to become a B Corp certified business.” Tom Kay, founder; Finisterre The Duke of Cornwall was introduced to Finisterre’s Wetsuit Recycling Programme, while the Duchess met with the design team to hear more about their pioneering approach to sustainability through innovation. Outside the workshop, both the Duke and Duchess had the opportunity to meet Lesley Prior and our Bowmont Merino Sheep; presenting natural fibres as an alternative to synthetics, and Finisterre’s commitment to this uniquely British supply chain.Marking the occasion, as well as Finisterre’s longstanding partnership with neighbours and comrades Surfers Against Sewage, the two organisations took the opportunity to partner in hosting Ocean Plastic Solutions Day. The event brought together key business leaders, innovators, NGOs, politicians, media and other stakeholders to discuss and demonstrate the progress being made towards tackling ocean plastic pollution from source to sea. Throughout the day, delegates heard inspiring talks from the likes of Lucy Siegle from the BBC One Show, Emma Howard Boyd from the Environment Agency, Richard Walker from Iceland Supermarkets, and United Nations Patron for the Oceans, Lewis Pugh, as well as from Finisterre’s Tom Kay and Hugo Tagholm of Surfers Against Sewage, amongst others. Bringing together some of the most powerful and influential voices in the quest for cleaner, healthier seas, Ocean Plastic Solutions Day presented a positive view to better future, with the power to bring about great change. Keep an eye on Finisterre.com for more news from the day and its key note speeches, as well as further events celebrating 15 years of Finisterre.
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Royal Southern Yacht Club commodore Karen Henderson-Williams invited club members and their crews to gather after racing at the Charles Heidsieck RSrnYC July Regatta on Saturday, to celebrate three new J/70s for the club.
On a glorious sunny evening on the terrace, past commodore Colin Hall described to the small crowd how the original fleet of J/80s were the result of incredible generosity by previous members.
French leader Philippe Péché and his Rustler 36 PRB is being pushed hard by Dutch rival Mark Slats (Ophen Maverick) as the Golden Globe Race fleet enjoy glorious trade wind conditions on the run south towards the Cape Verde Islands. They and third placed French veteran Jean-Luc Van Den Heede, 30 miles astern of the leading pair, and all racing identical Rustler yachts, have been touching speeds of 8knots at times under spinnakers overnight.
Are Wiig, is also doing extremely well considering that the Norwegian is sailing one of the smallest of these traditional yachts, the OE 32 double-ender Olleanne. He has now pulled 32 miles ahead of Britain’s Susie Goodall in another Rustler DHL Starlight, though both have reported problems: Wiig has blown out a spinnaker, while Goodall has found that the solar panels on her British yacht are not working and took a following wave onboard today which has flooded the cabin.
The European July Auction is now open for bidding!
The Suffolk Section of the Cruising Association (CA) is delighted to welcome back cruising guru Jimmy Cornell to the Royal Harwich Yacht Club in Woolverstone, near Ipswich, on Saturday 3rd November. In a jointly hosted one-day seminar, the packed itinerary will also introduce Jimmy’s daughter Doina Cornell who is sharing her family cruising experiences with the attendees. Jimmy and Doina Cornell A broad spectrum of topics are on the agenda, starting with ‘World cruising today’, an overview of today’s global situation covering the effects of climate change, safety, piracy, favourite destinations, and followed by ‘Embarking on a journey’ to the Med, Madeira, Canaries, Caribbean and return voyage home with illustrated highlights. The post-lunchtime sessions cover ‘Main factors that can influence the successful completion of a voyage’ e.g.: choice of boat, equipment, crew, finances and self-sufficiency, and ‘Sailing as a family’, presented by Doina. There is also ample time built in for an open forum to discuss individual voyage plans and ask questions. The day is rounded off with Jimmy’s highlights of his own sailing life, covering the period from 1974 – 2017. Jimmy Cornell – a name synonymous with sailboat cruising An accomplished sailor and successful author, Jimmy Cornell has sailed over 200,000 miles in all oceans of the world including three circumnavigations as well as voyages to Antarctica, Patagonia, Alaska, Greenland, Arctic Canada and Spitsbergen. Thousands of sailors have fulfilled their dream of blue water cruising with the help of Jimmy Cornell’s books. As the founder of the highly successful ARC transatlantic rally, Jimmy is credited with having devised the offshore cruising rally concept. In the last three decades, he has organised 32 transatlantic rallies, five round the world rallies and one round the world race, with over 3,000 boats and 15,000 sailors having participated in his sailing events. His latest series of rallies aimed at cruising sailors, the Atlantic and Blue Planet Odysseys,span the world. The Blue Planet Odyssey 2014-17 round the world event aimed at raising awareness of the global effects of climate change. Reflecting the growing concern for the state of the oceans, participants carried the message “The ocean, our future”. During their voyage, they engaged in oceanographic and meteorological research programs under the auspices of UNESCO-IOC and NOAA. Jimmy Cornell’s voyages! Nowhere are the consequences of climate change more noticeable than in the Northwest Passage. After an unsuccessful attempt to transit the Northwest Passage in 2014, in 2015 Jimmy made a successful transit from west to east on his new Aventura. Conceived by him as an ideal cruising boat for both high latitude and tropical sailing, the Garcia Exploration 45 design won the SAIL 2015 Best Boat award.
Aventura, is a 13.50m aluminium yacht incorporating some unique features never seen in a yacht of this type before, pictured here in the Northwest Passage