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TheYachtMarket.com is creating a new three-day sailing event, which will run at the same time as the Southampton Boat Show.
Marlow Ropes is the official supplier to Vendee Globe’s first ever Paralympian competitor, Hannah Stodel Racing.
Will you be sailing around the Solent this summer? Keep your eye out for a strange looking ocean rowing boat with the ‘Grandads of the Atlantic’ on board….
From their base in Port Solent Marina, Neil Young and Peter Ketley are currently preparing to undertake the ‘world’s toughest rowing race’, the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, which will see 30 teams attempt to row unassisted 3,000 miles across the Atlantic from the Canary Islands to Antigua.
Britain’s America’s Cup team, INEOS TEAM UK, is set to join the 2018 GC32 Racing Tour.
Four-time Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie will be at the helm for the team’s debut in the 32ft foiling catamarans, later this month at the GC32 Lagos Cup in Portugal for the second event of the European tour over 27 June – 1 July.
The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is set to start its summer season of trips with young people in recovery from cancer.
2018 marks a special year for the Trust as it celebrates its 15th year of operation. From the first trip in 2003 where just five young people joined the charity, in 2018 the Trust will take over 663 young people sailing over the next four months.
Fairline Yachts has released the first images of its 2018 48ft range.
This is the first time the British boat builder has shot its main campaign imagery in Australia. The move comes as Fairline’s Australian dealer recently took delivery of the full range of models, comprising of the Targa 48 GT, Targa 48 OPEN and Squadron 48.
The National Watersports Festival delivered another superb three days of windsurfing, stand up paddle boarding, diving, kayaking and new this year, dinghy sailing at Rutland Water, East Midlands over 8 – 10 June.
For the first time in the event’s 12 year history dinghy sailing was added to the line-up with the RYA supporting the event by running the taster sessions with Rutland Watersports. Over 500 visitors experiencing the thrill of being on the water in dinghies, windsurfers, kayaks and SUPs.
Sunseeker International has welcomed HRH The Earl of Wessex.
His Royal Highness was in Poole as part of his commitments to promote The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE).
Participants in this year’s Round the Island Race in association with Cloudy Bay, are being encouraged by Raymarine, as official Tracking Partner, to sign up to use the Race’s new tracking app. This will not only help organisers observe yachts throughout the race for safety reasons but also encourage them to compete against their rivals as part of a new campaign for the 2018 event, #ItsYourRace.
While onlookers can enjoy the spectacular sight of a sea of sails across the Solent, the number of boats within these restricted waters does raise the risk of collisions. Safety is paramount to both the race organisers and sponsors so as Tracking Partner, Raymarine is supporting the organiser’s intention to urge more entrants to use an Automatic Identification System (AIS) transceiver to enhance their visibility to other yachts. An AIS will also provide an improved awareness of other boats around them, provide clear knowledge of the speed and course of vessels in the locality and warn of predicted areas of danger.
Around 150 sailors gathered for the Magenta Project in Cardiff Bay, held during the Volvo Ocean Race, which inspired the scheme to get more women and girls in sailing.
Supported by RYA Cymru Wales, the Magenta Project ties in perfectly with the All Afloat and Only Girls Afloat schemes which are also aimed at getting women, girls and people from non-sailing communities into the sport for life.
Golden Globe Race boats depart Falmouth after Parade of Sail bound for Les Sables-d'Olonne
At 13:45 on June 14, 1968, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston bid farewell to his parents and the comforts of land, not knowing when he would see either again.
As has been well told over the years, it would be an incredible 312 days before his return which cemented him in the history books as the winner of the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, making him the first person to sail solo, non-stop around the world.