Author Archives: Jane Hyde

Stunning start to Mini Transat

The President of the racecourse fired the starter’s pistol, and the competitors launched themselves into the westerly to north-westerly 8-10 knot wind. By the end of the first part of the race in the bay, the favourites were already pointing their bows towards the open ocean. The Mini Transat îles de Guadeloupe racers hardly had time to admire the landscape. ...

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Marine Industry Trends

British Marine published its bi-annual ‘Marine Industry Trends’ survey at the Southampton Boat Show reporting a number of upward trends for economic performance across sectors of the leisure marine, superyacht and small commercial marine industry. The survey, completed by a sample of 321 British Marine members, found that one in three businesses reported a rise in employment levels – up ...

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Former Soviet spy ship for sale

Originally built in 1962 in Bulgaria to carry passengers across the Black Sea, and then used for spying in the North Atlantic by the Soviet Union, this vast vessel has been completely rebuilt to the high standards needed for a classic yacht. This ambitious restoration was led by a team of naval construction and navigation professionals under the leadership of ...

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Cowes Yacht Haven makes waves with sailors

Visiting seafarers at Cowes Yacht Haven are enjoying faster internet speeds now that the marina and WightFibre have installed a new, free high-speed Wi-Fi service across the whole site. WightFibre has installed an entirely new technology infrastructure including two new fibre optic cables into the site and 10 new WiFi access points across the marina. Hundreds of users at any ...

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Sail Caledonia 2016

The Great Glen Boating Club will once again be running the Sail Caledonia ‘raid’ in 2016. Up to 25 sailing boats will cruise and race from the Atlantic to the North Sea through the Great Glen over the Scotland’s spectacular Highlands. It involves almost 70 miles of cruising and racing through the Great Glen from the Atlantic Ocean at Fort ...

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Wi-Fi antenna for reliable wi-fi internet access afloat

Digital Yacht’s new, budget priced WL70 wi-fi antenna brings reliable, long range wi-fi connectivity to an on board laptop PC or MAC. More and more boaters want access to the internet afloat. Marinas and ports as well as a large number of cafes, hotels, restaurants and service providers offer wi-fi connectivity but you may just miss that vital connection if ...

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Laser Class Announces New Sail Design

The International Laser Class Association has announced the release of a completely new class-legal design for the Laser standard rig sail. The release marks the first time in over 40 years that the Laser sail design has been substantially updated. Known as the Standard Mark II Sail, the new patented design is the result of thousands of hours of design ...

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World’s largest amphibious RIB

Sealegs International has released its newest and largest amphibious RIB – the Sealegs Interceptor 9000. Targeted at commercial and military applications the Interceptor 9000 is powered by a 300hp Yamaha four-stroke outboard motor and is capable of 44 knots at full payload of 700kg. Complimenting the exceptional bluewater perfomance from its 23 degree 5mm alumnium hull, the Interceptor 9000 is ...

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Celebrating 50 years of RYA membership

At the Southampton Boat Show the RYA held a special reception to celebrate the continued support of those members who have held RYA membership for 50 years or more. In the first event of its kind, of the 177 members who have held RYA membership for 50 years or more, 45 made the trip to the show for the reception. ...

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