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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.

Raymarine Encourages Competitive Racers to put Safety First

Friday, 15 June 2018

Participants in this year’s Round the Island Race in association with Cloudy Bay, are being encouraged by Raymarine, as official Tracking Partner, to sign up to use the Race’s new tracking app. This will not only help organisers observe yachts throughout the race for safety reasons but also encourage them to compete against their rivals as part of a new campaign for the 2018 event, #ItsYourRace.

While onlookers can enjoy the spectacular sight of a sea of sails across the Solent, the number of boats within these restricted waters does raise the risk of collisions. Safety is paramount to both the race organisers and sponsors so as Tracking Partner, Raymarine is supporting the organiser’s intention to urge more entrants to use an Automatic Identification System (AIS) transceiver to enhance their visibility to other yachts. An AIS will also provide an improved awareness of other boats around them, provide clear knowledge of the speed and course of vessels in the locality and warn of predicted areas of danger.

Magenta makes a mark in Cardiff

Friday, 15 June 2018

Around 150 sailors gathered for the Magenta Project in Cardiff Bay, held during the Volvo Ocean Race, which inspired the scheme to get more women and girls in sailing.

Supported by RYA Cymru Wales, the Magenta Project ties in perfectly with the All Afloat and Only Girls Afloat schemes which are also aimed at getting women, girls and people from non-sailing communities into the sport for life.

Falmouth celebrates the 50th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s departure at the start of the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston at the helm of his famous yacht SUHAILI after the start of the GGR SITRaN Challenge Race to Les Sables d’Olonne France. Image: PPL

GGR depart Falmouth

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Golden Globe Race boats depart Falmouth after Parade of Sail bound for Les Sables-d'Olonne

Clipper Race: PSP Logistics Claims Victory in New York

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Image: Clipper Race

CLIPPER RACE FOUNDER CELEBRATES 50 YEARS SINCE RECORD BREAKING VOYAGE

Thursday, 14 June 2018

At 13:45 on June 14, 1968, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston bid farewell to his parents and the comforts of land, not knowing when he would see either again.

As has been well told over the years, it would be an incredible 312 days before his return which cemented him in the history books as the winner of the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, making him the first person to sail solo, non-stop around the world.

Supporting Wounded Veterans Charity announce new Ocean Challenge event

Thursday, 14 June 2018

SUPPORTING WOUNDED VETERANS ANNOUNCE PLANS TO HOST THEIR FIRST ‘OCEAN CHALLENGE’ EVENT IN JULY 2018

SUPPORTING WOUNDED VETERANS’ mission is to help medically discharged wounded veterans back into meaningful civilian life and employment. The key programs include ‘skihabilitation’, mentoring, pain management in conjunction with King Edward VII’s Hospital, London, occupational training and providing a family support network.

Take on the Plastic Challenge this July

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Take on the Marine Conservation Society’s ‘Plastic Challenge’ to try and detox your life of the planet’s substance of convenience

With more plastic than fish (by weight) in our seas predicted to be a possibility by 2050, our reliance on plastic in all its forms is clear.

Portsmouth Regatta

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Portsmouth Regatta overall winner

July Auction - Catalogue Live

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

The catalogue for the July Boatbid Auction is now live and can be viewed HERE. If you would like to place a bid in the auction then read our Buyers Guide and FAQ's for more information.

Maritime charity discovers it fed The Beatles horse

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

A maritime welfare charity that helped The Beatles when they fell on hard times has released a new book, which includes how it fed George Harrison horsemeat in Hamburg.

Whenever they played Hamburg, the band visited Sailors’ Society’s seafarers’ centre.

Spotted…FIFA mascot on board a Sunseeker

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

The official FIFA World Cup mascot, Zabivaka has been spotted on board a Sunseeker yacht taking in the sights of Poole Harbour.

The Russian grey wolf jetted into Dorset last week ahead of the tournament kicking off. He spent the week with Britain’s biggest boat builder, Sunseeker, a Tier One sponsor of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

LIGHT JACKET

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

New for the summer is Helly Hansen’s Verglas line of jackets for the warmer months. Designed for men and women, this hybrid jacket with 800-fill Allied down in a 25D lightweight fabric and softshell mix is designed to offer warmth when needed and allows for maximum breathability and quick release of excess heat during exertion.

£160

2018 J/70 European Championships

Tuesday, 12 June 2018
Over 70 teams from 15 countries will contest the 2018 J/70 Class Open European Championship and 2018 J/70 Corinthian Class European Championship.

The reigning Open and Corinthian J/70 World Champions will be competing, and the entire podium from the 2017 J/70 European champions, plus a galaxy of stars from the world of sailing.

Mills and McIntyre defend World Cup Series final title in Marseille

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Image: Sailing Energy/World Sailing

Henri Lloyd bought out of administration

Monday, 11 June 2018

Henri Lloyd, the fashion and clothing brand, went into administration last week, but was bought out of it just a few days later by Aligro UK Limited.

In recent years Henri Lloyd has fought against challenging trading conditions on the high street. Great endeavours to secure the company’s future have been underway, including efforts to reduce cost, refinance the business and divest assets.

Poole Harbour Boat Show

Monday, 11 June 2018

Coleman Marine Insurance were once again exhibitors and sponsors at the 4th Poole Harbour Boat Show (PHBS) which took place from 8 – 10 June.

Fire destroys the former Groupama Team France base

Monday, 11 June 2018

In the early hours of Saturday morning, a fire broke out in Lorient, Brittany, in Groupama Team France’s former base utilised during the 35th America’s Cup.

There were no casualties, but the cause of the fire is yet to be determined.