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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.

Hampshire’s Cricket Cup Winners Blast Their Way Round Solent on Speedboats

Thursday, 05 July 2018

Fresh from their Royal London Cup win at Lords, a group of Hampshire’s finest cricketers were treated to a blast round the Solent, thanks to the Boat Club at Trafalgar Wharf.

Players from the ageasbowl-based club travelled at up to 35 knots on three specially-built Ballistic RIB boats.

James Hardiman blog#5

Thursday, 05 July 2018

SoloFASTNET is finished!

This blog is about my journey through a solo yacht racing season. I’m hoping to give readers an insight into what it’s like to race yachts singlehanded, inshore and offshore in the UK’s top Corinthian races. I’ve got a few solo miles under my belt, (about 17,000 in total), but this season I’m having a shaky start. I’m trying to set up and learn a completely new boat whilst recovering from serious shoulder surgery and keeping up with the day job of running a largish London based holiday company [Alpine Elements ski and Ocean Elements sailing] and of course – being a dad to four great kids at our family home in Devon.

Plastic Is Polluting Our Oceans

Thursday, 05 July 2018

Plastic continues to pollute our oceans and there are no signs of it slowing down. Around the world, we are producing more than 300 million tonnes of plastic each year due to its cheapness and versatility when it comes to packaging – creating an environmental problem that needs to be tackled. In 2015, 322 million tonnes of plastic were produced which would equal the same weight as 900 Empire State Buildings!

Mediaworks teamed up with Reconomy, waste management experts (skip cost), to find out more.

100-year-old naval vessel back in battle, this time for a National Lottery Award

Wednesday, 04 July 2018

HMS Caroline, the 100-year-old naval vessel and sole survivor of the First World War Battle of Jutland, docked in Belfast’s Alexandra Dock has been declared a finalist in the National Lottery Awards 2018.

The ship, which opened in 2016, followed by the completion of a visitor and exhibition centre in the restored Pump House and refurbishment of Alexandra Dock earlier this year, was the recipient of the largest ever Northern Ireland Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £11.5m in 2014. It is the only project from Northern Ireland as a finalist in the heritage category of the Awards.

HM Coastguard adopts RYA SafeTrx as new safety id scheme

Wednesday, 04 July 2018

RYA SafeTrx now supersedes the HM Coastguard CG66 scheme 

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency and the Royal Yachting Association have joined forces to reveal RYA SafeTrx as HM Coastguard’s new official voluntary safety identification scheme.

RYA supports inaugural Maritime Safety Week

Wednesday, 04 July 2018

Maritime Minister, Nusrat Ghani MP, has launched the inaugural Maritime Safety Week, which will run from 9-13 July.

The Minister recognises that safety is absolutely critical to underpinning success at every level and wants to raise awareness and highlight the excellent work which is already being done across our diverse industry to strive for excellence in safety.

RYA update on Brexit priorities

Tuesday, 03 July 2018

The RYA ensures ministers and officials across government understand the needs and concerns of recreational boaters.

The UK’s preparations for leaving the EU continue, with the EU Withdrawal Bill – which transposes all EU law into UK law at the point of exit – passing its final Parliamentary stages and pressure increasing on the Government to set out its preferred ‘end state’ relationship with the EU after Brexit.

Agreement will see IMOCA 60 boats in next Volvo race

Tuesday, 03 July 2018

A partnership agreement has been made with the International Monohull Open Class Association (IMOCA), which provides the exclusivity to use the IMOCA 60 for crewed round the world yacht races.

“This is a first step of many in preparing for the next edition of the race in 2021,” said Johan Salen, co-President of the race. “There is an ongoing co-operation process to put in place the elements we need to make the next race a success from a sporting and business point of view.

INEOS TEAM UK officially challenge for the Auld Mug

Tuesday, 03 July 2018

INEOS TEAM UK competing on the GC32 Racing Tour. Image: HarryKH/INEOS TEAM UK

Lendy Ladies Day 2018 to celebrate women’s achievements on the water

Tuesday, 03 July 2018

Title Sponsor, Lendy, is supporting Ladies Day plans for 2018’s Cowes Week.

In the year marking 100 years since women were given the vote, Lendy Ladies Day will return to the regatta on 7 August with a celebration of female talent on the water to inspire more women to take up sailing as a sport.

Sailing charity invites veterans to get on board for competitive racing

Monday, 02 July 2018

A Cornish sailing charity has announced the official launch of its new racing division, and is calling out for injured veterans to get on board.

Turn to Starboard uses sail training to support Armed Forces personnel affected by military operations from its base at Falmouth in Cornwall. Now the charity has opened a second office at Gosport near Portsmouth and is inviting veterans to get on the ‘right tack’ to recovery by taking part in a fun three-day sail race competition.

5000 GBP GGR prize

Sunday, 01 July 2018

Boatshed announced this morning that it will be awarding 5000 UK pounds in cash to the fastest boat in the 2018 Golden Globe Race
The 5000 prize matches the original award that all competitors raced for 50 years ago.

ThunderCat Racing, ‘In a League of Their Own’

Sunday, 01 July 2018

Image: Jerry Lake

GC32 Lagos Cup

Sunday, 01 July 2018

Image: Sailing Energy / GC32 Racing Tour

Philippe Péché gets head start from Les Sables d’Olonne at start of the 2018 Golden Globe Race

Sunday, 01 July 2018

Philippe Péché aboard his Rustler 36 PRB gets a head start alongside Igor Zaretskiy (RUS) and his Endurance 35 Esmeralda. ahead of Tapio Lehtinen’s Finnish yacht Asteria, Istvan Kopar (USA) Puffin and Are Wiig’s Norwegian yacht Olleanna. Bernard Moitessier’s historic GGR yacht JOSHUA (far right) marked one end of the line and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s Suhaili, which won the first GGR 50 years ago, marked the other. Photo: Tim Bishop

Turn the Tide on Plastic win sixth place overall with final In-Port Race comeback

Saturday, 30 June 2018

The Hague stopover. Brunel In-Port Race. 30 June, 2018.
Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

Garmin inReach Mini

Thursday, 28 June 2018

£299.99 
www.garmin.com/inreach 

The inReach Mini from Garmin is a compact satellite communicator with available two-way messaging and a 24/7 SOS function when combined with an inReach subscription to access the Iridium® satellite network. Weighing just 120g, the inReach Mini can easily be attached to your backpack, carried in your pocket or safely stored in your boat. No more worrying about unreliable coverage or being within range of a cell tower – the inReach Mini works anywhere when using the Iridium satellite network. Users have access to a cloud-based website to not only plan future trips with specific waypoints and routes but to create preset messages and quick texts. In the portal, users can sync and manage their device settings, update firmware, link social media accounts and store unlimited location tracking data.

Majority of samples taken during Volvo Ocean Race contain microplastics

Thursday, 28 June 2018


Leg 3, Cape Town to Melbourne, day 10, on board Turn the Tide on Plastic. Photo by Jeremie Lecaudey/Volvo Ocean Race.

NEW WATER TAXI SERVICE BOOSTS BEAULIEU RIVER ACCESS

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour is making it even easier for mooring holders and visiting sailors to get ashore from the Beaulieu River with a new water taxi service for the summer.

Raymarine: Round the Island Race in association with Cloudy Bay – Raymarine returns to Cowes to host Live Weather Briefing

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Raymarine teams with meteorologist, Simon Rowell for the pre-race weather briefing on the eve of the 2018 Round the Island Race in association with Cloudy Bay

Top marine meteorologist Simon Rowell will deliver the all-important pre-race weather briefing for the 2018 Round the Island Race in association with Cloudy Bay. Hosted by the Race’s official Technical Partner, Raymarine, competitors will get the most up-to-date forecast and tidal information ahead of the Race. During the briefing, which can also be watched online, Simon will also reveal how this year’s competitors could win over £2000s of Raymarine equipment.