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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
Families and anyone wanting to have a go at sailing are invited to get on the water for FREE as Southampton Water Activities Centre welcomes you to Try Sailing and Windsurfing on 15 July.
The centre is opening its doors from 10am to 4.30pm and everyone is welcome to come along and get afloat on a wide range of sailing dinghies and windsurfers with the centre’s top instructors.
The Isle of Wight based Wight Shipyard Company and its sister company SMS are proudly backing England in their world cup bid by making a truly exceptional public statement.
The Columbine Building in Cowes currently sports the largest Union Jack image in the world. This Union Jack motif has today proudly been replaced with England’s famous St George’s cross and the iconic words “It’s Coming Home”.
Princess Yachts has taken the unprecedented step in announcing six ground-breaking new models to join their range as they continue on 2017’s positive trajectory.
These new models follow the S78, V50, V60, V65 and F70 models already launched in 2018.
Michael Forbes from Helensburgh and Charlie Chandler from Solihull, have claimed the next two spots on the 2019 ilovesailing calendar, leaving just four more places up for grabs.
As well as claiming their spot on the 2019 calendar Michael and Charlie also win:
With less than 24 hours to go before Katie Schuhster – representing the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust – fires the cannon as official race starter for the 87th edition of the Round the Island Race, the festive atmosphere in Cowes is in full swing.
Run by the Island Sailing Club in association with Cloudy Bay New Zealand, this quintessential British 50nm ‘race for all’ looks set to produce a fantastic day on the water for the 1200+ race teams taking part.
July 15 to July 21
Royal Yacht Club
Vesper Marine has announced the evolution of the world’s first and only touchscreen Class B AIS transponder with the introduction of the WatchMate Vision2. Vision2 features a highly responsive touchscreen, allowing users to scroll through menus, zoom in and out, select vessels for additional details and navigation data, change alarm settings and more.
Natasha Lambert BEM, a multi award winning adventurer with quadriplegic cerebral palsy, will be taking on the world’s best sailors this weekend and proving that disability is no barrier on the water as she competes in the 50 mile Round The Island Yacht Race.
This will be Natasha’s second lap of the island, having first sailed round the Isle of Wight aged just 14. This time though she will be racing against thousands of boats and over 10,000 other sailors.
A magical moment of man’s love affair with speed will be re-run this Friday evening when Malcolm Campbell’s legendary Bluebird, restored to its former glory, takes to the water once more on Lake Maggiore in Switzerland, revisiting the site of its historic world record triumph of 129.5 mph in 1937. The attempt is being made to reach his record speed once again.
A Plymouth business has come up with an innovative way for wannabe boaters to get on the water this summer, and enjoy the exclusive use of a new motorboat for less than £100 a day!
Yacht Haven Quay, a Plymstock boatyard which is home to the UK’s largest ‘indoor marina’, has just launched a Boat Club – a low cost way to get afloat giving members shared access to a brand new motorboat.