Author Archives: Jane Hyde

Troon Yacht Haven

This month we visit the award-winning Scottish marina, Troon Yacht Haven, which has seen big changes this year. There are many reasons why Troon Yacht Haven is such a popular marina. Just 10 minutes from Glasgow Prestwick Airport, and around half an hour from Glasgow, Troon is easily accessible and a great stop off en route to Ireland and the ...

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THE USE OF THRUSTERS ON SMALL BOATS

Small, shallow draft motorboats with light to moderate displacements are responsive, rewarding and great fun to drive at high average cruising speeds. But throttle back inside a tightly fitting marina at the end of a long day, perhaps with a springtide flowing and blustery wind to contend with, and these erstwhile pleasant handling characteristics can rapidly change your impression about ...

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V60-B VHF Radio with AIS

If you are in the market for a new VHF radio, B&G has released its V60-B mid-level VHF radio, the first B&G VHF radio with the capability to send and receive AIS position data. It has a large screen, intuitive interface and built-in AIS Class B Transceiver. The V60-B radio can also be paired with up to two H60 wireless ...

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Darkwood Triumph in RORC Channel Race

77 boats competed in the 2019 Royal Ocean Racing Club Channel Race. The international fleet experienced a variety of conditions and wind angles, testing boat handling and tactical skills. Perhaps the surprise overall winner, from a fleet including professional racing teams, was J/121 Darkwood owned by Irishman Michael O’Donnell. David Collins’ British Botin IRC 52 Tala was runner up, and ...

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Sparkling Solent conditions for Cowes Classics Week opener

Sailing conditions could not have been better for the opener of the five day series of the 12th Cowes Classics Week today. Fittingly, from amongst the 143 yachts taking part, Lawrence Wride’s 1967-built one tonner Sunmaid V was the first yacht to get away at the opening gun of the day, when she led Class One, setting the pace once ...

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Clean Marina day at Chatham Maritime Marina

This year’s Clean Marina day for Chatham Maritime Marina has been designated as Friday 2nd August. As all coastal and river communities know, litter is an ongoing challenge as it finds its way into waterways from many landside sources. MDL’s Chatham Maritime Marina is working with Living River Foundation (a not for profit organisation) to help look after its location on ...

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Traditional Boat Festival

Steam boats, Dunkirk Little Ships, canoes, skiffs, amphibious cars and the Royal Barge Gloriana were all on show at the Trad Boat Festival at the weekend thanks to a group of wonderful boat enthusiasts.  Despite the rainy start on Friday, big crowds enjoyed the sunshine and all the sights over the rest of last weekend at Fawley Meadows. The parade ...

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RAW XS LIGHT

Engineered for the marine environment, the RAW XS micro-sized pocket torch is ideal for use as a personal crew light. There is plenty of light to see around the deck at night, or trim sails, whilst protecting night vision with the red beam. This torch is extremely small and light weight, measuring 70mm x 30mm and weighing 45 grams. £115 ...

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Sparkling Solent conditions for Cowes Classics Week opener

Sailing conditions could not have been better for the opener of the five day series of the 12th Cowes Classics Week today. Fittingly, from amongst the 143 yachts taking part, Lawrence Wride’s 1967-built one tonner Sunmaid V was the first yacht to get away at the opening gun of the day, when she led Class One, setting the pace once ...

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