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The Regatta Master Watch is packed with functionality to help you not only perform better, but also look the part on and off the water. As well as being water resistant up to 50m, its dual alarm function, impact resistant construction and alert sounds are just a few features that make it a popular piece of kit. The watch also features a countdown / count-up timer to aid racing, whilst its luminescent backlight and stainless-steel buttons give the watch a great look.
Round Three of the 2018 J/70 UK 2018 Grand Slam Series took place as part of the Landsail Tyres J-Cup, organised by the Island Sailing Club, by invitation from Key Yachting Ltd.
Six races on windward-leeward courses were held in the Central Solent. The highly competitive fleet experienced a variety of wind conditions, from shifty and tactical super-light to glorious planing conditions in flat water. The 20-strong J/70 Class was hotly contested with seven teams making the podium over the six race series.
Honda (UK) is offering up to £600 off its entire range of small and mid-range outboard engines in its ‘Summer Savings’ campaign running now until the end of September.
The savings apply across the line-up from the BF2.3, BF4, and BF5 at £50 off, up to the BF60, at £600 off. The bigger the engine, the bigger the discount.
Over the bank holiday weekend, 19 Sunbeams enjoyed excellent sailing conditions in Chichester Harbour at a special 95th anniversary regatta. Originally designed by Alfred Westmacott in 1922, the Sunbeam class has enjoyed such longevity that the weekend’s races saw competitors aged between 1 and 95 years old.The first day of the competition started with cloudless skies and moderate 15-knot breezes that increased to 20 knots during the course of the day. In the first race, Julian Money in V42 Penny raced into an early lead followed by Roger Wickens in V26 Danny. Danny, however, forged ahead. Behind Penny, Tim Hill in V25 Query pipped V68 Sky on the finish line for third place.In the second race there was some close racing between Danny and V18 Polly sailed by Nick Leach. These two had a good lead over the chasing pack and they finished first and second respectively.The second day dawned windless but after some delay a light breeze emerged. With the tide ebbing this put a premium on fast downwind sailing and the marks consequently became fiercely contested. Danny led from the first mark followed closely by Polly and these two maintained their positions until the end.Unfortunately for Polly she was disqualified for being over the line at the start, giving second place to Penny.With three first places, Roger Wickens in Danny secured the regatta victory with one race to spare. In the final race, Query and V14 Jabberwocky, sailed by Mike Weston, led from the first mark and kept their positions until the end. Behind them, Danny and Polly had another close tussle but Danny prevailed in the end.The remaining results were in doubt until the final leg of the last race, such was the closeness of the competition. In the end, Query was second overall, just one point ahead of Penny, who was also one point ahead of Polly.After racing on the final day, 95 Sunbeam sailors celebrated the Class’ 95th anniversary with a special celebratory dinner at Itchenor Sailing Club.Results1. V26 – Danny – Roger and Jacky Wickens, Tim Martell2. V25 – Query – Tim Hill, Jenny Yeates, Jacqui Evans3. V42 – Penny – Julian Money, Richard and Sarah Pearson
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With the eyes of the sailing world turning towards Cardiff, the national governing body for boating in Wales is setting up a new charity to ensure people of all ages and backgrounds get more opportunities to make waves.
The Volvo Ocean Race, with a two-week stopover in Cardiff, represents the top end of sailing.
2018 FAST40+ Race Circuit – Round Two
International Paint Poole Regatta
To mark this year’s Boat Fire Safety Week (28 May to 3 June), the RYA has launched its 2018 Safety Advisory Notice – featuring six key topics to help boaters think in practical terms about their safety afloat.
Compiled for the recreational boating community and first launched in 2014, the RYA Safety Advisory Notice offers a simple digest of critical safety issues including those that have arisen from incidents and tragic accidents in the past year.
Here in the UK, we pride ourselves on having some of the cleanest beaches and whenever there is a hot sunny day, we put on our sunscreen and head over to the nearest beach for a perfect day out.
When it comes to the cleanliness of our beaches, being awarded a Blue Flag is widely regarded as the gold standard. This indicates to visitors that the beach they’re visiting meets the highest environmental standards. But the UK is continually battling to keep its beaches clean, particularly with the rise of rubbish washing up on our shorelines.
The Birch shorts by Protest are straight fitting and feature buttons at the closure and a metal fly zipper. The shorts, which reach the knee and are 100 per cent cotton, are available in three colours: blue gas, latte and asphalt.
Ker 46 Lady Mariposa, skippered by Daniel hardy, is the overall winner of the 2018 RORC Myth of Malham Race.
Edward Broadway’s Ker 40 Hooligan VII is second, winning IRC 1, and Nicolas Gaumont-Prat’s First 40.7 Philosophie IV third winning IRC 3. Other class winners include Christian Teichmann’s Figaro II Abu 43 SH (IRC 2), Chris Blackburn & Simon Dipple’s Sun Fast 3200 All Or Nothing (IRC 4), and Ian Hoddle’s Sun Fast 3600 Game On (IRC Two-Handed).
It’s an exciting new era as RYA iBooks accelerate growth in the iBook Store!
The conversion of a range of RYA eBooks into iBooks has improved the availability, accessibility and convenience of the RYA’s eBook titles.
A wide field of international entries from the United States, Finland, Norway, France as well as Irish and British crews are amongst the 54 entries to date for the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2018.
Additional enquiries are still being handled by the Wicklow Sailing Club organisers though the 2016 record entry of 69 boats is unlikely to be matched this year.
Sunseeker International has announced the world premiere of its 74 Sport Yacht at this year’s Cannes Yachting Festival.
Sporty and sleek, the brand new Sunseeker 74 Sport Yacht, with 38 knot capability, boasts the latest Sunseeker design cues and sporting prowess from the new Predator 74, which launched in January this year.
Here is Raymarine’s most advanced solid-state marine radar, the Quantum® 2 with doppler target identification technology. Designed for integrating with Raymarine’s Axiom® multifunction displays, Quantum 2 enhances boater’s situational awareness by intelligently identifying moving and static targets at both long and short ranges.