Author Archives: Jane Hyde

Summer offers at Sutton Harbour

This summer boat owners can enjoy seven nights for the price of five when they berth at the 5 Gold Anchor rated marina in Sutton Harbour in the city’s spectacular waterfront district alongside the historic Barbican. The Marina at Sutton Harbour offers the perfect place to stay in Plymouth – and summer is the perfect time to visit, with so ...

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The secrets behind racing

The 2014 – 2015 Volvo Ocean Race has finished, but have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes to make these huge international events possible? Here we look at the GAC Pindar Volvo Ocean Race logistics challenge. For most of us, the race story starts on the day an event begins. However for all those working behind the scenes ...

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National Boat Shows re-brands as British Marine Boat Shows

As British Marine unveils a strong new identity, National Boat Shows has also re-branded to become British Marine Boat Shows. The British Marine Boat Shows’ portfolio contains two world-leading events: the Southampton Boat Show, which this year takes place 11 – 20 September, and the London Boat Show, taking place at ExCeL, 8 – 17 January 2016. Murray Ellis, Managing ...

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Marine audio speakers

New from JL Audio UK is the latest addition to the high-end ‘M-Series’ marine audio speaker range. The M880 8.8” Cockpit Coaxial Speakers are the largest diameter drivers in the range and have been designed to significantly increase output potential and clarity, with 36 per cent more cone area and +6dB greater low frequency output than the existing 7.7- inch ...

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Getting into racing

Often racing is a major reason people develop a lifelong passion for sailing and windsurfing. With many major races taking pace over the next couple of months here is the RYA’s guide to the world racing. It is hard to imagine the first time you step on to any boat or board that you will get bitten by the racing ...

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America’s Cup World Series – Portsmouth

In July all eyes in the sailing world will be focused on Portsmouth as the America’s Cup World Series comes to town with British hopes pinned on 4 times Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie and his team Ben Ainslie Racing. The America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth is the first stage of competition in the 35th America’s Cup and kicks ...

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The Americans are coming

Cowes will be welcoming many yachtsmen from the US this summer. Their taste in drinks may differ quite a lot from ours so why not try some for yourself? There is going to be a distinct American presence in and around Cowes this year. The 2015 Transatlantic Race from Newport, Rhode Island will be arriving around mid-July with the prize ...

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Emergency repairs

When talking about safety on board, everybody immediately thinks of lifejackets, emergency boats and flares, but what about repair kits? Álvaro Pipó, CEO of Composite Patch, explains why offshore sailors should all have one.   One great thing about most boats today is they are built of composite materials. Composites are everywhere: airplanes, cars, windmills, oil industry, bicycles and, of ...

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Rio here I come!

In this month’s British Sailing Team column, Paralympic gold medallist Helena Lucas reflects on an exciting milestone, being selected as the first British athlete on the team sheet for Rio 2016. It has been a whirlwind time, but it is a huge honour and relief to know that I am now officially selected for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and ...

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The Largest Group On its Way

In the second of three starts, the majority of the 37 boats competing in the Transatlantic Race 2015 launched off the starting line into a brisk southwesterly breeze just after 2 p.m. local time. A line of thunderstorms, which had initially been forecast to come through at mid-day, passed over Newport just as the crews of 20 entries were waking ...

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