Author Archives: Jane Hyde

Silver Celebrations

In this month’s British Sailing Team column, Hannah Mills celebrates a medal-winning end to her 470 regatta season with Saskia Clark. A silver medal at our recent World Championships in Haifa was a great way to round off our competition season, and Saskia and I will head into 2016 – the Olympic year – in a good position and excited ...

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Winter Propeller Checks

Paul Williams, Managing Director at Clements Engineering, offers a few pointers to look out for to ensure propellers and stern gear are in tip top shape. Now that winter has arrived and many people are lifting their boats out for the season they are often seeing the propellers for the first time in a year. Once out of the water, ...

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Selling Up

When the time comes to sell your pride and joy, it can often be a difficult and emotional time. Neil Chapman, founder of Boatshed, shares his top tips for smooth sailing when it comes to selling.   At Boatshed we have now been involved in the sale of over 20,000 boats, so we understand a little bit about the emotions from ...

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UK Sailing League launched at Queen Mary

RYA British Keelboat Sailing launched the first ever club keelboat fleet racing league in the UK at the weekend at Queen Mary Sailing Club. 10 teams took part in the UK Sailing League Trial Event run in partnership by the Royal Thames Yacht Club and the RYA. The UK Sailing League Trial Event is a new keelboat model that has ...

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Reflections on the water

As we say farewell to another season, berth holders Carol and Alistair McKenzie reflect on where the 1,000 miles they have racked up on the water has taken them this year and what marina life holds for them over the winter months at Port Solent. What attracted you to Port Solent Marina? We had been coming to Port Solent for ...

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Tough racing in Transat Jacques Vabre

Of the 42 Transat Jacques Vabre starters there have now been 16 abandons. Latest to formally announce his retirement from the race was the three times winner Jean-Pierre Dick. Arrived in Madeira with co-skipper Fabien Delahaye, Dick confirmed today that they will not return to the race. He wants to have complete confidence in his new IMOCA 60 before he ...

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World Cup golden hat trick at Abu Dhabi Final

Great Britain’s sailors secured a golden treble at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Women’s windsurfer Bryony Shaw and kiteboard racer Olly Bridge retained their 2014 titles at the series-ending finale in the Emirati capital, while Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark also claimed victory in the 470 Women’s event in their first World Cup Final ...

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Windy start for Clipper Race

The 12-strong Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet has begun the third leg of its 14-race global series in an energetic start from Cape Town in the 4,845nm Southern Ocean crossing to Western Australia, named by host port Albany the ‘Wardan Whip’ – inspired by the traditional Noongar language which means ‘ocean of southern winds’. “Many sailors see this ...

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Alex Thomson’s dramatic exit from Transat Jacques Vabre

British sailor Alex Thomson and his co-skipper Guillermo Altadill are looking towards the 2016 Vendee Globe after an extraordinary sequence of events ended their participation in the Transat Jacques Vabre this weekend. The pair were rescued by the Spanish coastguard on Saturday afternoon after a rogue wave caught the new HUGO BOSS while the yacht was in a hove to ...

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Bungee Spongee

Angler Leon Mead has created a simple but extremely effective tool to deal with the frustration caused by continually wiping down reel handles, bait boards, smeared rods and bailing out excessive water from boats – the Bungee Spongee®. Consisting of high density, exceptionally absorbent foam, the Spongee is available in various shapes and colours. From the centre of the sponge ...

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