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Three great days of racing for IRC and Cruiser Classes, Sportsboats, PY Dinghies and Junior Classes with racing taking place on the fine sailing waters of Torbay on the English Riviera.
This year features the J/70 UK Class National Championships as part of the regatta. Racing takes place on its own course area and is expected to attract J/70 sailors from around the world, keen to spend time in Torbay in preparation for the J/70 World Championships, also in Torbay during the following week.
The South Coast Boat Show is being held at Ocean Village Marina, 17 – 19 May. This new event will feature the marine industry’s most exciting and innovative global power and sail brands. There will be more than 50 new boats on display for serious buyers to explore. The show is timed perfectly for those wishing to get afloat this season in a stunning 20-60 foot sail or power boat. Over 20 top brands are already confirmed as exhibiting with more to come including: Arcona Yachts, Axopar London Group, Bavaria, Beneteau power and sail, Dehler, Dragonfly, Dufour Yachts, Elan, Fjord, Fleming, Fountaine Pajot, Galeon, Hallberg-Rassy, Hanse, J-Boats, Jeanneau power and sail, Lagoon catamarans, Marlin, Najad Yachts,Nautitech, Ocqueteau, Rhea, Sasga Yachts, Sargo and X-Yachts. The South Coast Boat Show has been set-up to facilitate serious boat buyers who want to experience a high-quality range of product in stunning surroundings. With an extensive selection of leading global power and sail brands on show, it will appeal to those who are looking to purchase a brand-new vessel immediately, or within the next 6-18 months. Dealers from across the region will be on hand, ready to offer expert knowledge and guidance throughout the process of buying, whether it’s a first, second or third purchase. Those who wish to attend The South Coast Boat Show are asked to visit: southcoastboatshow.com and follow the registration process when it opens. “We’re delighted to be hosting this unique event,” says Scott Farquharson, MDL’s Ocean Village Marina Manager. “We’re looking forward to welcoming the South Coast Dealers’ Consortium to our stunning marina, with its five-star facilities, and also seeing all the amazing boats on show. It’s an honour and a privilege to have been chosen as the location for The South Coast Boat Show, and here at MDL we’re all really excited to be getting involved.”
Ocean Village Marina is owned by MDL Marinas. It’s in the shelter of Southampton Water, and right in the heart of the city itself, and is surrounded by shops, restaurants, a cinema and bars. The basin, formerly used for commercial ships, is deep enough to offer mooring facilities for tall ships and superyachts. It has also become famous for hosting the start or finish of round-the-world yacht races. The marina is home to a £50m luxury spa hotel complex, the city’s tallest building, and exciting new restaurant and retail openings.
While in many areas we are going big, in others small is better. Digital Yacht has teamed up with SIMY to create what they say is the world’s smallest AIS MOB Beacon. The AIS MOB100 Beacon incorporates a 72 channel GPS and AIS SART transmitter. When activated, it sends the MOB casualty’s current location as an AIS transmission which can be detected by any vessel equipped with an AIS transponder or even a simple AIS receiver. Optional devices like Digital Yacht’s AIS LifeGuard can also automatically sound an audio alarm to alert the crew of the emergency MOB situation. The MOB100 measures 115 x 40 x 22mm and weights 95g.
The aim of the ‘Sail Day’ on 14 March is Transplantation and Kidney Health Awareness.
Jacquie Dowding, an experienced professional sailor (and teacher) has brought together four kidney transplant recipients to sail from Southampton to Portsmouth with a view to sail out into the Solent and around Portsmouth harbour, in order to emphasise the possibilities for transplant recipients and highlight the importance of kidney health.
Mercury Marine has announced the launch of the 400hp Verado outboard engine, the company’s highest horsepower Verado branded outboard engine in its portfolio.
“The acceptance of the 350hp Verado in the marketplace has been incredible and through extensive conversations with our global customers, we have learned that there is an appetite in the marketplace for a Verado-branded 400hp four-stroke outboard engine,” said John Pfeifer, Mercury Marine president. “As boats continue to increase in size, so has the need for more power. This gives us an opportunity to provide an even higher horsepower Verado in the market, providing the durability and reliability that the Verado brand is known for around the world.”
Entries are now open for our April Boatbid Auction.
In his capacity as Patron of The Cruising Association, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston CBE RD and bar, hosted a private visit from The Princess Royal to the CA’s headquarters in Limehouse Basin, London. Sir Robin, accompanied by the CA President Mr Julian Dussek and immediate past-President Mrs Judith Grimwade, welcomed The Princess Royal to CA House as part of the Association’s 110th anniversary celebrations.The schedule included an opportunity to browse the CA’s impressive collection of sailing memorabilia, books and charts and the Princess enjoyed a demonstration of the CA’s unique mobile App, CAptain’s Mate, that, amongst other clever features, puts thousands of global cruising reports at your fingertips.The Royal visit was rounded off with an opportunity for The Princess Royal to be introduced to a number of the volunteers who help to run the Association and look after its many and varied membership-led interests.www.theca.org.uk
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Especially for those turning away from plastic bags, here is a fab hammock bag that will last for a lifetime. Knitted on chunky 25mm knitting needles, this bag is available in ten colours complete with chic copper finish. Ideal for carrying your lunch to the boat and then looks great wherever you hang it.
With over 60 yachts and 600 sailors out on the water, this year is expected to be the biggest year to date for Southampton’s Sailing Week Regatta.
The Regatta will see three days of racing from 16 – 18 September, with the chance to win in six cups from different industries. Due to popular demand, 2019 sees the launch of three new cups, the Legal Cup, the Financial Cup and the Technology Cup, giving businesses further opportunities for exposure as they race and network with other companies. These will join the existing Cups: the City Cup, the Women’s Cup and the Property Cup.
Education Secretary, Damian Hinds has announced his vision to help children build character and resilience.
The Department for Education has pledged to work with schools and external organisations, including membership bodies, to enable children from all backgrounds to access activities to develop confidence and underpin success in education and work.
The compact Ray53, full-sized Ray63 and the multifunction Ray73 with AIS are all full-function VHF marine radios with Class D Digital Selective Calling. Designed to complement the modern style of Raymarine Axiom multifunction displays, each VHF is equipped with a built-in GPS receiver and connection point for an optional GPS/GNSS antenna, which improves the GPS reception when the radio is mounted below deck or in an enclosed pilothouse. Additionally, Ray63 and Ray73 can connect to Raymarine’s new wireless VHF hub and can support up to two wireless handset stations for wireless communication anywhere on board.
£415.20 – £725
Haines Boatyard, nestled on the foreshore at Itchenor, is well known for its highly skilled wooden keelboat and GRP dinghy repair and boatyard services. Recently the company has been undertaking some more unusual work in renovating and maintaining wooden and GRP rowing boats.
The full range of skills and experience of the in-house shipwrights have been engaged in the renovation of a Solent Galley. Originally built for racing in Portsmouth Harbour and its environs, the Solent Galley is a 30ft long, clinker-built, fixed seat rowing boat with four oars and a cox. They are light, slim and fast and have some notable achievements to their names including holding the record for the circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight.
Albin 36 Trawler Tri-cabin
If you are in the market for a new chartplotter, Garmin’s GPSMAP® 8400/8400xsv series expands its flagship line of all-in-one chartplotters with new sizes, built-in sonar and more. The GPSMAP 8400/8400xsv series is actually an extension of its GPSMAP 8400 series that brings premium features like built-in sonar and extensive networking capabilities in more affordable display options. Available in 10-, 12- and 16-inch displays that feature full HD in-plane switching screens with multi-touch control, the series is WiFi enabled and offers full connectivity and networkability, so boaters can completely customise their marine electronics system based on their needs and preferences.
£2,429.99 – £5,759.99
At a naming ceremony at Gosport’s Haslar Marina Oarsome Chance Patron and record-setting solo sailor Alex Thomson named the latest addition to the Dream Yacht Charter UK fleet Oarsome Dream in honour of the company’s charity partner.
Oarsome Chance works with nine to 19-year-olds who are disengaged from mainstream education and at risk of exclusion, using a combination of water-based sport and vocational training to bring about positive change in young people’s lives. Since 2015 it has engaged with more than 1,800 participants. On a weekly basis, Oarsome Chance delivers its rowing and workshop activities to up to 100 young people who regularly attend their curricular and after-school programmes.
Bidding started at 0900hrs this morning, and you will have the opportunity to bid right up until 1900hrs on Tuesday 12th February 2019. Take a look at our range of vessels for sale, here
The Marine Social Responsibility Consultancy, has launched with the specific aim of helping brands, companies and organisations better connect with the issue of the world’s marine health – leveraging the success and reach of businesses to positively influence change.
Agency co-founder, Matthew McKenna says: “For us, it’s all about communications with purpose, with a laser focus on positively impacting the health of our oceans and seas. We are a passionate marketing and communications consultancy with a collective goal – to be the catalyst for brands and businesses to connect with this critically important issue in a meaningful way.