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Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre doubled the British Sailing Team’s medal tally at the World Cup Series in Hyeres, France, in the final race of the week-long Olympic classes regatta claiming a silver medal in the final race.
The pair began the women’s 470 medal race finale safe in the knowledge that they had second place sown up, but wanting to steal gold from France’s Camille Lecointre and Aloise Retornaz.
Ten teams contested Round One of the 2018 FAST40+ Race Circuit, hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club in the Solent. The FAST40+ fleet enjoyed eight races over three days in a variety of conditions. Making their debut in the FAST40+ Class, Niklas Zennstrom’s Carkeek designed Rán VII, showed impressive speed to win the regatta and the Henri Lloyd Trophy.
Niklas Zennstrom, Rán VII’s owner driver commented: “We only started our training a week ago and those training days were essential, we’ve had a steep learning curve but the boat feels great and the racing was fantastic. In the lighter conditions we could see we have room for improvement but we now have time to lift the boat out tomorrow and continue the work to get her ready for the next event.”
Entries to the 2018 Portsmouth Regatta in June, sponsored by Sunsail, are up and running.
Miles Linington, Regatta Chairman commented, “We are delighted that everything is now in place for an exciting and successful event. Every indication is that we will receive significantly more entries this year, ensuring that we will be the premier sailing event in the Eastern Solent.”
St Helier marina, Jersey, will once again be packed with visitors for the annual Barclays Jersey Boat Show over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 05 – Monday 07 May).
Following the sustained efforts of the Cruising Association, including meeting the Belgian Ambassador and lobbying via the CA’s Honorary Local Representatives in addition to its other contacts in Belgium, the Belgian Finance Office has confirmed to the CA that there will now be no fines or penalties for UK vessels visiting Belgium which have UK marine red diesel in their tanks.The notice from the Finance Office read: “The policy of tolerance regarding Red Diesel in UK flagged yachts visiting Belgium will be maintained until further notice. Any change to this policy will be communicated in due time. This removes any remaining uncertainty for the members, and other yachtsmen and women, who wish to make the crossing from the east coast or channel ports to Belgium. This status quo to the agreement will not change, without warning, on behalf of the boating community in the UK.”However, 100 per cent fuel duty must still be paid on all Red Diesel which is purchased before a trip to Belgium. The full advice details are contained in the note from the CA’s Regulations and Technical Services Group which can be seen at https://www.theca.org.uk/rats/red_diesel_use_in_belgiumThe CA is grateful to the Belgian authorities for confirming the policy, and is encouraging its members to visit Belgium again this summer after many stayed away last year.www.theca.org.uk
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Cowes Week Ltd has announced that Fever-Tree have renewed their position as Official Mixers Sponsor for a further two-year period.
Fever-Tree have fast gained popularity within the international sailing community since their iconic bar activation and perfectly served drinks began delighting both sailors and spectators alike at Cowes Week in 2013 and this further two-year Official Sponsorship of the regatta provides both brands with the opportunity to continue to build their relationship.
This weekend, ten FAST40+ Teams will do battle for the Henri Lloyd Trophy, in Round One of the FAST40+ Race Circuit. Hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club, the grand-prix racing class will have three days of thrilling action, racing on windward leeward courses and longer races around the cans. Niklas Zennstrom’s Swedish Carkeek Rán7 will be making its debut in the FAST40+ Class.
New to the class this year will be Irishman Nigel Dowling, who has chartered Ker40+ Pace with Ian Budgen running tactics. Peter Morton, owner driver for Girls on Film, is recovering from a shoulder operation. Graham Deegan, will be the alternate helm for the first round. The FAST40+ Class wish Morty a speedy recovery. Racing is due to start at 11:30 BST on Friday 27th April. Eight races are scheduled over the three days.
The RYA has announced two SailFoil training dates – with courses held at the Andrew Simpson Watersport Centre (ASWC) in Italy.
These two amazing opportunities in a stunning location are open to instructors who want to:
1) Learn how to foil or progress their skills in a dinghy
2) Teach the new pilot RYA Foiling Scheme
Two young women have set out on an epic adventure to become the first to tandem kayak across Europe from London to the Black Sea. Kate Culverwell (19) and Anna Blackwell (24) are aided on their 4,000km expedition by safety equipment from marine specialists Ocean Signal and WesCom Signal and Rescue as they take on the challenge to fundraise for a cancer charity.
Departing London on 21 April, each are wearing compact Ocean Signal rescueME PLB1 personal locator beacons, which are 30 per cent smaller than comparable models. These 406 MHz beacons can be quickly activated in an emergency, even with only one hand, to contact rescue services and provide accurate positioning for at least 24 hours.
Its setting in the beauty of a natural harbour and picturesque countryside makes Chichester Marina a wonderful destination.
Chichester Marina was one of the first marinas to be constructed in Britain, opening in the mid-1960s. It is the UK’s second largest marina, but its peaceful backdrop of stunning countryside and low key architecture gives it a marked air of tranquillity.
This month try a Picpoul de Penet, a zingy alternative to Muscadet.
Picpoul de Penet dry white wine from France’s Languedoc-Roussillon region is beginning to get noticed and, as it rises into favour, we are seeing a modest increase in brands available on our supermarket shelves.
The adrenaline rush of flying across the water takes sailing and windsurfing to dizzy new heights, and now thanks to the RYA it is open to anyone. Here is how you can get involved.
Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you will know that foiling is the coolest thing to have happened to sailing in years.
The countdown is ON with just under a week to go until the start of May when you and your family can get out on the water and try sailing and windsurfing.
Throughout the whole Month, there are nearly 400 sailing venues across the UK opening their doors and running free or low cost Push the Boat Out ‘have a go’ taster sessions. With sailing being one of the most inclusive sports around, there are plenty of venues able to cater for people across the spectrum of disabilities and activities for people of all ages.
The Grants Manager of national maritime charity, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, has raised more than £1,400 for the organisation, having completed Sunday’s gruelling London Marathon.
Sami Raeburn completed the course in the hottest marathon on record in five hours and 12 minutes, comfortably surpassing her £1,000 fundraising target in the process.
Tom Harrop, product manager at Exposure Lights, discusses smart lighting and safety.
As well as being able to summon an Uber taxi or your dry-cleaning service on land, rapid changes in mobile technology has made its impact on boating safety. These advances are helping boaters access lower cost safety and navigation aids. Mobile APPs with navigation data have been available for a while, and are handy if you do not have a chartplotter.