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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.

MS Amlin Seamanship Award 2018

Thursday, 20 September 2018

The MS Amlin Seamanship Award 2018 has been presented to the race crew of Sunsail 4018.

Four ex-service personnel, from charity “Supporting Wounded Veterans”, raced on Sunsail 4018 in The Round the Island Race 2018, overcoming significant challenges and achieving a great finish position.  Showing true grit and embodying the spirit of the “Race For All” ethos, they beat hundreds of professional and experienced sailors and as such are worthy winners of the MS Amlin Seamanship Award 2018.

GUL Osprey Round the Isle of Wight Race

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Image: Angela Mamwell

Aqua Living

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Aqua Living is a new one-stop-shop that’s curated everything you and your family need to enjoy life by the sea. is the newly-launched online store that stocks everything from deck shoes and floatation gilets, to lifejackets, swimming goggles and inflatable paddleboards. Aqua Living founders Christina and Alistair Hall grew up on the South Coast of England and following the birth of their twin boys, quickly realised the need for practical, water-friendly and waterproof products when swimming, at the beach, on a boat, in the garden or just pottering around in the rain. They decided to open a store that provides quality lifestyle products for families spending time on or near the water.

Stocking big name marine and outdoor lifestyle brands such as Baltic, CamelBak, Intex, Jobe and OverBoard, also offers a unique range of eco-friendly kids toys and re-fillable water bottles and is committed to environmental conservation, supporting marine charities including the UK Marine Conservation Society.

“Life on the Water” Photography Competition

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Robin Knox Johnston unveiled the winner of the MS Amlin “Life on the Water” photography competition 2018 during a winners’ reception at the Southampton Boat Show.

Run throughout the summer boating season, MS Amlin have been on the hunt for the best images representing the essence of boating and what it means to those involved. Whilst the MS Amlin Yacht team are focused on boat insurance, they know that for sailors and boat owners, it’s more than just boat insurance; it is about the unique lifestyle that comes alongside owning a boat.

Apprentices top of the class at Southampton Boat Show

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

A graduation ceremony for apprentices, hosted by British Marine at the Southampton Boat Show and featuring broadcaster and marine biologist Monty Halls, has been a celebration of the next generation of professionals entering the marine industry.

The annual event, now in its eighth year, was open to all graduating apprentices from British Marine member companies and saw a cross section of skills represented by the graduates, including sail making, boat building, marketing and business administration.

Rees Leisure scoops all-female sailing cup title

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Southampton celebrated its first all-female sailing competition as Regatta got into full swing.

The three-day sailing event has been taking place alongside Southampton Boat Show and yesterday saw The Women’s Cup take place despite challenging weather conditions.

Barrus adds two more brands to its chandlery distribution division

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Barrus has announced the further expansion of its brand portfolio in the marine chandlery distribution market with the introduction of the G-Nautics range of boat accessories and Stazo high-performance boat safety and security systems.

As part of a distribution agreement in the UK and N. Ireland, G-Nautics and Stazo join Talamex and Besto, all brands owned by Dutch distributor Lankhorst Taselaar.

Rees Leisure named first ever winners of new regatta cup

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

A brand-new sailing regatta kicked off yesterday as Southampton Boat Show saw action both on and off the water. Regatta is a brand-new three-day regatta running at the same time as Southampton Boat Show.

Jean-Luc Van Den Heede now 9 days ahead despite breakages

Monday, 17 September 2018

Jean-Luc Van Den Heede was forced to climb up the mast to recover his staysail halyard today but still leads by 9 days – photo Christophe Favreau

Tokyo 2020 test concludes

Monday, 17 September 2018


No sailing at Paris 2024 Paralympics

Monday, 17 September 2018

Sailing has not been included by the International Paralympic Committee for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.

World Sailing has been informed by the IPC that sailing is not in compliance with one or more of the core criteria for Games inclusion as stipulated in the IPC Handbook. The IPC Handbook states: “For Paralympic Games Only individual sports and disciplines widely and regularly practiced in a minimum of 32 countries and three IPC regions may be considered for inclusion in the Paralympic Games.”

Cammas fights back from the brink to clinch GC32 Villasimius Cup

Monday, 17 September 2018

Light winds on the GC32 Villasimius Cup’s final day may not have provided the same top speed foiling action of the previous three days, but there was high drama across the leaderboard during the day’s three races with first place changing twice and third place swapping. Out on the bay off Marina di Villasimius, the 5-7 knot wind started off in the east-southeast before veering south-southeast for the last two races made for particularly tricky racing.

Franck Cammas’ NORAUTO powered by Team France started with a four point lead over Realteam, but this advantage evaporated when they finished sixth in the first race, as their Swiss lake racing specialist opponents won, reading the conditions with uncanny precision.

Future of Bavaria Yachtbau secured

Saturday, 15 September 2018

A private equity fund advised by the Berlin-based investment company CMP Capital Management-Partners will acquire the entire business of Bavaria Yachtbau and continue its operations. It will also acquire all shares in French subsidiary Bavaria Catamarans S.A.S.

All 550 employees of Bavaria Yachtbau in Giebelstadt and all 250 employees of Bavaria Catamarans in Rochefort will transfer to the purchaser. The purchase will be completed after merger control clearance by the German Federal Cartel Office, which is expected in a couple of weeks. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

September Boatbid Auction is Open

Friday, 14 September 2018

The auction will run from 0900hrs on Friday 14th to 1700hrs on Tuesday 18th September.

New partnership with Duran Duran front man, Simon Le Bon

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Simon Le Bon, frontman of British band Duran Duran, is setting sail with the Tall Ships Youth Trust.

Record numbers of volunteers set to clean up UK beaches this weekend

Thursday, 13 September 2018

The organisers of the annual Great British Beach Clean say they expect to see record numbers of volunteers at more beaches than ever before at this weekend’s UK-wide event.

The Marine Conservation Society has been running the four-day beach cleaning extravaganza for the last 24 years and expects the 2018 event to beat all previous records.

World debut of production oceangoing yacht with self-sufficient solar-powered propulsion

Thursday, 13 September 2018

The SILENT 55 made her world debut at the 2018 Cannes Yachting Festival.

TheSILENT 55is the first and only ocean going solar-electric production catamaran in the world. The yacht uses silent electric propulsion for unlimited range with no noise or fumes and minimal vibration, she is self-sufficient and virtually maintenance-free. The catamaran is available in several power configurations to suit a variety of cruising applications.

Laser quest! Brits fill podium as Tokyo 2020 venue turns tricky

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Image: Sailing Energy/World Sailing

Purrsha fleece

Thursday, 13 September 2018

The nights are drawing in and it is time to set up for the autumn months. Zhik’s Purrsha fleece range is styled to double up as a neat fitting, versatile mid-layer as well as being ideal for casual and outdoor wear. The lightweight performance fleece has a soft, plush brushed feel inside and a fine performance knit to keep cool winds out. It is warm for its weight, with a quick drying and moisture wicking fabric too. It is available as a jacket in men’s and women’s sizes, and a hoodie in unisex sizing.

Purrsha Hoodies £105

Barrus Enters the Marine Chandlery Distribution Market

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

In a previous story Barrus stated that Sailforce was to represent Talamex and Besto Lifesavers as part of Barrus’ new Chandlery Distribution Division. Regrettably this information was incorrect.

SailForce will represent Talamex products only. Barrus has the distribution rights for Talamex and Besto Lifesavers and these brands join Barrus’ existing portfolio of marine brands which includes Mercury and Yanmar engines, Mariner outboard motors and Quicksilver boats.