Author Archives: Jane Hyde

The RYA wins World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award

The Royal Yachting Association has been crowned winner of the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award, at the World Sailing Awards in Bermuda. The award celebrates the effective execution and ongoing delivery of high-impact, highly-replicable sustainability initiatives, aligned to the World Sailing Sustainability Agenda 2030. The RYA has, through The Green Blue, its joint environmental initiative with British Marine, ...

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Marco Gradoni becomes youngest Rolex World Sailor of the Year

Italy’s Marco Gradoni was crowned the 2019 male Rolex World Sailor of the Year, becoming the youngest ever recipient, at the World Sailing Awards. Anne-Marie Rindom of Denmark received the female accolade to follow in the footsteps of the all-time great sailors. Gradoni, at 15-years-old, was crowned Rolex World Sailor of the Year for his success in the Optimist class, ...

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SailGP’s F50 crowned World Sailing’s Boat of the Year

As SailGP prepares to kick off its second season in 2020, the global championship continues to be recognised for its successful debut. The F50 catamaran – the fastest sail race boat in the world – has been honoured as World Sailing’s 2019 Goslings Boat of the Year, praised for its innovative concepts and ground-breaking technological advancements that are changing the ...

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Shoreside Learning

Develop your knowledge this winter with the RYA’s range of books and shorebased courses…  Winter is closing in and the days are getting shorter. For most of us this will also mean less time on the water, so how can you best prepare for another brilliant summer afloat? The RYA’s network of affiliated clubs and training centres offer many great ...

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Show Stoppers

They are glass, classy and recyclable and we can expect to see more of them… I was on the Canal du Nivernais in France this summer. A bottle of rosé was brought to the afterdeck for sunset drinks. No surprise about that. But instead of the usual de-corking ritual, the owner popped the seal off by hand and thumb. This ...

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Your guide to engine winterisation

Nick Eales, managing director of Sea Start Ltd, has 10 top tips for winterising your engine. If you are planning to take you boat out of commission over the winter it is important to winterise the engine to avoid problems before the spring re-launch. The tasks involved depend on the type of boat and engine and it is important to ...

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Britain’s two Sams challenge as fleet divides

Britain’s Samantha Davies and her French co-skipper, Paul Meilhat have sent a message at the start of this and it rang out across the Bay of Biscay yesterday as they tacked south-west at Cape Finisterre in third place. They are fast and they are here to win the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre. In the same wind as the ...

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BLEDDYN GOES FROM WELSH SQUADS TO AMERICAS CUP

Welsh sailor Bleddyn Môn has been selected to be part of the British Americas Cup challenging INEOS Team UK for the second time. The Anglesey sailor, who came up through the Welsh sailing system to compete nationally and internationally in his own right, has returned from the Volvo Ocean Race to take part in the Ben Ainslie led attempt to ...

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British leader dismasted

Hopes of a British victory in the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre  were dealt a cruel blow before sunrise on Monday morning when overnight leaders Luke Berry and his French co-skipper Tanguy Le Turquais suffered a dismast to their 40ft monohull, Lamotte – Module Creation. Both skippers are safe and shepherded their boat to Roscoff, on the north coast ...

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Britain set to challenge French dominance as Route du Café begins

At 13:15 (French time) the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre starting horn was sounded and the 118 skippers in their 59 multi-coloured boats weaved across the start line in front of Cape de la Hève, beating into 12-14 knots of north-easterly wind. First ranking at 16:00 (French time) The bi-annual double-handed 4,350-mile race, the longest and toughest transat in ...

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