Author Archives: Jane Hyde

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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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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