Author Archives: Jane Hyde

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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Dubai to Muscat Race 2015 winner

Sharhazad, skippered by David Worrall, a Beneteau 36.7, was announced Provisional winner of the Dubai to Muscat race 2015 by GWM Racing, after adjusting the finishing times to account for the different handicaps of each boat. . However, controversy struck the Dubai to Muscat race, following an allegation of an infringement of the sailing rules. Peter Wykeham –Martin of GWM ...

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London Boat Show returns

The London Boat Show is a place where adventure starts, pioneers meet and innovation shines. The 62nd annual London Boat Show, taking place from 8 – 17 January at ExCeL London, will let you explore a world of boating, see the latest trends, technologies and innovations, and experience show-stopping attractions. The 10-day show – spread over the equivalent of six ...

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New skipper for Qingdao

Highly accomplished ocean racing skipper and instructor Bob Beggs is to take the helm aboard Qingdao in Cape Town for the remainder of its global Clipper 2015-16 Race campaign. The former British Army commando led the winning team in The Times Clipper 2000 Round the World Race. “I am really looking forward to leading the Qingdao team. They have demonstrated ...

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