Author Archives: Jane Hyde

2016 Torbay Royal Regatta

The 2016 Torbay Royal Regatta will take place from 20 – 23rd August featuring racing for all yachts, sportsboats, dinghy and junior classes. This will followed by the Royal Regatta Anniversary Challenge Cup Pursuit Race on Wednesday 24 August for all classes including Juniors. The regatta will offer competitive racing over four days Saturday to Tuesday with classes for IRC, ...

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Leading yachtsman wins prestigious award

Geoff Holt MBE  and his business WetWheels has won the prestigious Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs 2015. WetWheels founder, Geoff Holt MBE, who wins the £50,000 prize for his company WetWheels, was paralysed in a swimming accident in 1984 and uses a wheelchair. In 1995 he became the inaugural chairman of national sailing charity RYA Sailability, a role he held ...

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2016 Poole Harbour Boat Show

Preparations are underway for next year’s Poole Harbour Boat Show. The 2016 Poole Harbour Boat Show will see an additional day added to the event and will take place on 20 – 22 May 2016. The debut show saw an attendance of more than 15,000 and featured family-focused entertainment, alongside hosting a variety of marine-related businesses, and live music throughout ...

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UKSA official charity of Cowes Week for another year

Cowes Week Limited have agreed to extend UKSA’s very successful two year term as official event charity for one further year, to include the August 2016 regatta. Commenting on the decision, Kate Johnson, Commercial and Marketing Director at Cowes Week Limited, said: “Supporting youth sailing is important for the future development of Cowes Week and therefore it’s fitting to continue ...

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SAP Extreme Sailing Team are first

Danish crew SAP Extreme Sailing Team are confirmed as the first entry to the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series™. The Danes become the first crew to accept the challenge of racing ultra-light, high-speed GC32 hydro-foiling catamarans in city-centre Stadiums at eight iconic venues around the world in what will be the tenth year of competition for the globally renowned Extreme Sailing ...

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Clipper teams seek Southern Ocean reward

After a slow start, the Clipper Round the World teams are relieved to be making better direction south towards the notoriously strong currents of the Southern Ocean and the Roaring Forties as they bid to improve progress in the race to Albany, Western Australia. Spreading out across a wide frontage, Skippers have been reporting 25 knots of wind, providing steadier ...

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Sunken Trawler Sparks ‘Trapped Crew’ Alert

Fears that someone was trapped aboard a sunken ship lead to the hurried launching of Cowes RNLI lifeboat this morning. The ship, a 60 foot trawler converted into a houseboat, was spotted sunk beside J Pontoon in the River Medina, on the outskirts of Cowes. As both the lifeboat and the Cowes harbour launch, HM1, raced to the scene they ...

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Salcombe

Sunny, sparkling Salcombe. Darling estuary on the South Hams, favoured sailing holiday retreat of Mary Berry and birthplace of Jack Wills – what is not to like? I am so happy to be here in Salcombe on a sunny Friday morning. All smiles and good mornings as I walk along the high street heading for my first coffee. I duck ...

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Heading back to Newport

Newport, Rhode Island, will once again host the North American stopover for the 13th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race in 2017-18 following the success of the sailing-mad coastal town’s hosting of the world’s leading offshore event in May. The news that Newport will again be hosting the event means that seven ports for the next edition of the 42-year-old ...

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Sailing for all

There are nearly 12 million disabled people in the UK, and sailing offers the unique opportunity for all of these people to participate on a level playing field. RYA Sailability is the RYA’s programme for disabled sailing and was established to encourage and support people with disabilities to take up sailing and other boating activities and integrate them into the ...

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