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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.

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.

Advance show ticket prices end Thursday – book now to save

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

With just days to go until Southampton Boat Show 2018 visitors can look forward to more than 600 boats, a full marina and 500+ marine brands plus a host of exciting new attractions at this, the 50th show.

Here are just some of the things you can look forward to:

Great Scott returns as British sailors descend on Tokyo 2020 venue

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Giles Scott Credit: Richard Langdon/British Sailing Team.

UK Rope Show tour to launch at Southampton Boat Show

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Marlow Ropes is launching its ‘Rope Show’ at this year’s Southampton Boat Show. The Rope Show is a new year-round education initiative for sailors and boat owners throughout the UK.

The Rope-Show will tour the UK’s sailing and yacht clubs to share everything a sailor needs to know about rope. This includes how to make an informed decision about rope management, maximising performance, splicing and general rope care tips.

Rolex Fastnet Race change of date

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

The 2013 Rolex Fastnet fleet leaving the Solent. Image: Rolex-Kurt Arrigo

Honda to launch new flagship V6 outboard range at Southampton Boat Show

Sunday, 09 September 2018

Honda Marine’s top of the range BF175, BF200, BF225 and BF250 outboards have been given a new lease of life with a comprehensive overhaul as part of Honda’s ongoing evolution of its product line up. Making their UK debut at the 2018 Southampton International Boat Show (14th-23th September), these new flagship engines are set to reinforce Honda’s reputation for producing quality and reliable outboards.

These new engines will be display on the Honda stand which can now be found in the new position in Mayflower Park (stand number E070). The rest of the Honda outboard engine line up and inflatable Honwave offering will be showcased alongside a selection of Honda powered Highfield ribs, Honda’s official Boat Building Partner.

Classic cars to make a splash at the Southampton Boat Show

Saturday, 08 September 2018

A rare 2006 Ford GT which is one of just 27 examples supplied to the UK, will be on display on the Silverstone Auctions stand (F004).

Dartmouth Sailing Week is Hailed a Great Success

Friday, 07 September 2018

Image: Paul Gibbins, PGC Photography

Young windsurfers picked for Team GB’s Youth Olympics squad

Friday, 07 September 2018

Islay Watson. Image: Jen Edney/World Sailing