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Foam, fun and fooling around were in plentiful supply at a sailing charity’s ‘It’s a Knockout’ event at Malpas Park in Truro.
Heavy rain had fallen on the morning before the event held on Sunday (July 29), yet 17 teams from local businesses and differing levels of fancy dress were not deterred and competed for top scores in a series of challenges across a giant inflatable obstacle course.
World famous yachtswoman Dee Caffari MBE has sailed around the world five times. She is the first woman to have sailed single-handed and non-stop around the world in both directions and the only woman to have sailed non-stop around the world a total of three times.
But she still supports grass roots sailing and, in her role as Patron of St Mary’s Junior Sailing Club in Gosport, she delighted members and parents when she dropped in with her Springer Spaniel, Jack, to launch their latest boat.
Steve Bockett, Ocean Safety Training Manager, helps sailors prepare for their summer cruises.
During the summer many boat owners, with their families and friends, head off for a bit of a cruise.
Tempting drinks for summer sun, plus why we do not need to worry about carbon dioxide.
The news scare about a shortage of beers due to a shortage of manufactured carbon dioxide was serious overkill. All at Sea readers would, I hope, be well aware that when we talk fizzy in this column we are talking about naturally produced sparkling wines or real ales.
Universal Marina is ideally situated for those wishing to spend less time travelling in the car and more time boating on the Solent, in one of England’s most sought-after destinations.
Established in 70 acres of stunning woodlands and salt marshes, filled with a variety of wildlife, this picture-perfect location is exceptional for boating and is a unique working environment. Enjoy a multitude of leisure activities and picturesque walks along the shoreline.
Thousands of young powerboating enthusiasts have been testing their skills on the throttle at clubs up and down the country in a bid to secure a spot at one of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship Area Finals.
The 2018 Channel Race proved to be the windiest race of the RORC Season’s Points Championship to date, with competitors reporting gusts of up to 40 knots and a short sharp sea state for the blast to Beachy Head and back to the Solent. Effectively a 150 nautical mile windward leeward course, only three yachts retired with minor gear failure and all of the teams have returned safely to shore.
After IRC time correction, Noel Racine’s JPK 10.10 Foggy Dew was the overall winner by just over two minutes from Ker 46 Lady Mariposa, skippered by Nigel King. Tom Kneen’s JPK 1180 Sunrise, sailed by Stuart Greenfield, was third. Yachts from IRC Four, IRC Zero, and IRC Two made up the overall podium. Congratulations to Mark Emerson’s A13 Phosphorus II, winner of IRC One. Ian Hoddle’s Sun Fast 3600 Game On, winner of IRC Three, and Nigel Goodhew’s Sun Fast 3200 Cora, winner of IRC Two Handed.
The tall ship Kaskelot will be sailing into the historic port of Sutton Harbour at the beginning of August for a month-long stay in Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City.
The vessel is one of the largest wooden tall ships still in commission and has been a frequent visitor to the harbour in previous years. For the duration of this stay, the historic three-masted barque will be moored alongside Quay Road in Sutton Harbour, where it will host a range of events.
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Rio 2016 gold medallist Hannah Mills will headline Great Britain’s team of elite sailors heading into battle at the crucial Sailing World Championships, the biggest test so far of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic cycle.
Mills and her crew Eilidh McIntyre will top a stellar British line-up including Olympic medallists and world and European champions, plus a host of talented newcomers, at the ten-day regatta in Aarhus, Denmark.
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The Youth SAILING Champions League is the latest innovation to be launched out of the successful SAILING Champions League format, and 18 crews from eight nations are getting ready to compete against each other in Travemünde, Germany, from 27 to 29 July.
The first-ever league competition exclusively for sailors from 16 to 23 years old at Travemünde Week attracts prestigious yacht clubs from Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland. These talented young sailors will be the first to trial a new Final Series format to determine the regatta winner.
Itchenor Sailing Club’s popular family sailing event, Junior Fortnight will be celebrating its 50th anniversary when it takes place from 30 July to 10 August.
Supported by Handelsbanken, this ever-popular event provides young sailors aged eight to 18 with the opportunity to test their skills in dinghy racing. Junior Fortnight heralds the start of the summer holidays for many, with over 200 sailors taking part in Mirror, Topper, Feva XL, Laser Radial and International 420 classes.