Author Archives: Jane Hyde

Hamble Point Marina

Located at the mouth of the River Hamble in an unbeatable position for access to the Solent, MDL’s Hamble Point Marina attracts competitive sailors, racers and cruisers from around the world to berth at its world-famous location. And why not? With the Solent literally a stone’s throw away, sheltered cruising or exciting racing is available on pretty much every day ...

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Top tips for buying and positioning a chartplotter

Nick Meadow, UK & Ireland Sales Manager for Garmin, discusses the considerations when buying a chartplotter. Electronic navigation has made big advances especially over the last decade. For example, back in 2007 Garmin® released the first touch screen chartplotter on the market. This product featured a brand-new user interface, which was the biggest change from any product seen before. It ...

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Van Den Heede receives huge welcome back in Les Sables d’Olonne

Jean-Luc Van Den Heede wrote his name into the record books by not only winning the 2018 Golden Globe solo non-stop round the world race today, but becoming the oldest in history to complete such a race. The 73-year old French veteran of six solo circumnavigations takes over both titles from Britain’s Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the sole finisher of the ...

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Mercury Marine celebrates 80th anniversary

Mercury Marine will celebrate its 80th anniversary throughout 2019 with events around the world, reflecting on its strong heritage of innovation and leadership in the marine industry. On 22 January 1939, E. Carl Kiekhaefer purchased a bankrupt engine manufacturing plant in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Now, 80 years later, Mercury Marine is a company with 7,000 global employees and recognised worldwide as ...

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Van Den Heede – Last 100 miles to finish

Jean-Luc Van Den Heede endured another tough night with 45knots winds and 6-7m seas but his Rustler 36 Matmut is now within 100 miles of the finish line at Les Sables d’Olonne and the 73-year old Frenchman is expected to arrive to a huge welcome at 08:00 UTC tomorrow (09:00 French time) 2nd placed Mark Slats trails 321 miles His ...

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SACQUA™ showcase new waterproof handbag collection at RYA Dinghy Show 2019

Nautical Lifestyle Brand, SACQUA will be showcasing their new collection of waterproof handbags at this years’ RYA Dinghy Show, in association with Yachts & Yachting and Suzuki (02-03 March, Alexandra Palace, London). Designed by a woman for women on the water.  Stylishly chic, the eye catching waterproof handbag keeps make-up, phone and other precious items dry. It is so versatile ...

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Miami provides early season test for Britain’s elite sailors

Britain’s Olympic sailing hopefuls will kick off their crucial 2019 campaigns in Miami on Tuesday as Tokyo 2020 draws ever closer. World Cup Series Miami will see many of the planet’s best sailors come together for the first battle of the year on Biscayne Bay’s iconic blue waters. Forty-two sailors from the British Sailing Team will take to the water ...

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Gill Hybrid Down

This stylish jacket, available for men and women, is designed as a mid layer when sailing and, when back on land, is an ideal outer layer to keep you both warm and dry. Stretch side panels and sleeves allow freedom of movement whilst heat is kept at a maximum against the torso. The down is hydrophic water-repellent so is practical ...

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Van Den Heede within 450 miles of finish

Jean-Luc Van Den Heede is now within 450 miles of the Golden Globe Race finish line and expected to receive a huge welcome home in Les Sables d’Olonne on Monday 28th January The 73-year old Frenchman and his Rustler 36 yacht Matmut have led this 27,000 mile solo circumnavigation since rounding the Cape of Good Hope on 23rd August last ...

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End of an era for Wightlink’s St Cecilia ferry

On 25 January, St Cecilia, Wightlink’s third largest ship, is retiring from service after an estimated 200,000 crossings of the Solent. Having sailed approximately 1 million miles, Friday will mark her final sailing day before she heads to Sardinia to spend her retirement sailing between Portovesma, Calasetta and Carloforte. Named after St Cecilia Abbey in Ryde, she commenced service at ...

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