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For many, Hayling Island is considered the spiritual home of windsurfing. The Round Hayling Island Challenge (sponsored by the SUP Company) is a great celebration of the sport first staged in 1980, the 14 miles’ circumnavigation can take anything from 60 minutes to 6 hours.
Open to Windsurfers, SUPs and a number of canoe classes (OC1, OC2, OC6) the aim is to appeal to both experienced competitors and less experienced riders. This iconic event gives entrants the opportunity to challenge themselves to the Starboard Course – the full 14-mile circumnavigation or the Red Paddle Co 9 mile course which runs along the more sheltered side of the island.
Cowes Harbour is now recruiting for two non-executive Commissioners to join the Board, offering a great opportunity for interested local individuals to make a tangible and valuable contribution to the work of the harbour.
We are committed to increasing diversity and are actively encouraging applications from a broad section of the local community and from all those with a keen and genuine interest in public service.
Candidates with the following skills and experience are sought (general business skills, finance/accounting, HR, and harbour development), but this list is by no means prescriptive and we would like to hear from anyone with enthusiasm, commitment and local knowledge, who is keen to become a representative for our stakeholders on a professional board.
At present, Commissioners are expected to attend 10 Board meetings a year, held on a Friday morning, however, meeting times are currently being reviewed, to encourage and enable a wider and more diverse range of candidates to apply to become a Commissioner. Commissioners also attend the Annual Public Meeting, as well as two informal dinner meetings a year.
For further information, please contact Stuart McIntosh, Harbour Master / Chief Executive on 01983 293952, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or see the website: cowesharbourcommission.co.uk/board_of_commissioners.
Applications close at 1200 noon on Monday, 25th February 2019.
On 2 March (3pm) the winners of the 2018 Topper International Limited ‘Reactivate your Topper’ competition will be presented with their new race-ready Topper at the RYA Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace, London.
Jonathan Tweedle and his Oxford Pirates team from Oxford Sailing Club, clinched the winners’ title after they ‘reactivated’ four old army Toppers. “The judges at Topper International felt the Oxford Pirates really demonstrated how old Toppers could be brought back to life with a bit of expertise, elbow grease, teamwork and love. Well done to all the team!,” said Roger Proctor, International Topper Class Association (GBR).
Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell kicked off their 2019 season with 49er class silver at World Cup Series Miami on Saturday – while team mates Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey claimed bronze in the 49er FX.
Fletcher, who represented Britain at the Rio Olympics, and Bithell, a silver medallist from London 2012, went into the opening medal race of the 2019 Olympic classes calendar in the runner-up spot but well within reach of victory.
RYA Cymru Wales is very saddened to announce the passing of Chief Executive Phil Braden too early in life following a period of illness. He leaves behind his wife Deborah and two young daughters.
Phil (58) took over the helm of Welsh boating in February 2016, after a top-level career as a global telecoms executive. He was a lifelong sailor and a former Commodore of Llandudno Sailing Club.
The B&G V60 mid-level VHF radio includes a large, intuitive interface, built-in AIS receiver, a front mountable mechanical design for easy installation and optional wireless handsets. With its integrated GPS receiver, the V60 now has four ways to ensure GPS reliability in the event of an emergency. A number of other features have been added including navigation mode, which displays speed and course, and Man Overboard function, which drops a waypoint in the current location and provides distance and steering instructions to retrieve a person in the water.
Bill Selsey looks at this long overdue and much dreaded activity!
With no current plans for further shows, the 2019 Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show has been cancelled.
The organisers say it has been difficult to achieve satisfactory commercial arrangements. In 2015 See it for Real Productions were asked to organise the show by the then chairman of the trustees of Beale Park Wildlife Park and Gardens, Richard Howard.
Set to return to the magnificent Alexandra Palace over the weekend of 2 – 3 March, the RYA Dinghy Show in association with Yachts & Yachting and Suzuki is a long standing favourite with dinghy sailors.
This year the RYA will be celebrating the diversity within the sport, recognising the different ‘tribes’ that make up the dinghy sailing community through the show theme #MyDinghyTribe.
So whether you are a cruiser, racer or foiler, it is the ideal opportunity to catch up with old friends and connect with fellow ‘tribe’-members.
The Green Blue calls on boaters to #GoGreenFor2019.
As boaters we all have a vested interest in protecting the environment where we spend our leisure time and The Green Blue is dedicated to ensuring you get the best possible advice on how to do that.
Located at the mouth of the River Hamble in an unbeatable position for access to the Solent, MDL’s Hamble Point Marina attracts competitive sailors, racers and cruisers from around the world to berth at its world-famous location. And why not? With the Solent literally a stone’s throw away, sheltered cruising or exciting racing is available on pretty much every day of the year.
This five gold anchor marina has grown-up being known as a boat buyers’ paradise, the place for brokerage in the UK, with dealers representing new and used yachts from companies such as Beneteau, Hanse and Nordhaven dotted across the site. Now MDL are harnessing that past with eight new sales units with a high-level walkway surrounding a hardstanding capable of taking 100+ yachts or motorboats.
Mercury Marine will celebrate its 80th anniversary throughout 2019 with events around the world, reflecting on its strong heritage of innovation and leadership in the marine industry.
On 22 January 1939, E. Carl Kiekhaefer purchased a bankrupt engine manufacturing plant in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Now, 80 years later, Mercury Marine is a company with 7,000 global employees and recognised worldwide as the leading manufacturer of marine propulsion systems.
Nautical Lifestyle Brand, SACQUA will be showcasing their new collection of waterproof handbags at this years’ RYA Dinghy Show, in association with Yachts & Yachting and Suzuki (02-03 March, Alexandra Palace, London).
Designed by a woman for women on the water. Stylishly chic, the eye catching waterproof handbag keeps make-up, phone and other precious items dry. It is so versatile it can be used on any vessel from a dinghy to a super yacht. A solution for all sea-loving women.