Special Features

RYA 2014 – The Highlights

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It’s been another busy year for the RYA, protecting and promoting the rights and interests of recreational boaters, attending events and boat shows across the country and looking after their 103,000 members.  Here are just a few of the highlights from 2014… JANUARY Kicking off the year at the London Boat Show the RYA celebrated 40 years of the RYA ...

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Solent Adventures

Solent Adventures

Gliding out of the lock from Sunsail’s UK charter base at Port Solent at 7am on an autumnal Friday morning, the world seemed still; yet the air was filled with potential for adventure. The narrowest of channels led from the lock and threaded its way off into the distance towards Portsmouth Harbour, its confines accentuated by the lowest of low ...

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Sunken history

Sunken history

How shipwrecks are sparking our appetite for exploring the past… There has been an explosion of interest in what is lying on the seabed, often in the shallow and accessible waters just off our coasts. This new appetite for information has been fed by the story of Henry VIII’s flagship. The Mary Rose sank in 1545 with the loss of ...

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PSP Southampton Boat Show

PSP Southampton Boat Show

                    All aboard for a fantastic family festival at this year’s PSP Southampton Boat Show The PSP Southampton Boat Show is nearly here! The 46th edition of the annual event promises an array of exciting attractions, exhilarating experiences and world-class boats, all set against a stunning backdrop of the show’s spectacular ...

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Bart’s Bash and beyond

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Organising the biggest dinghy event in the world in memory of one of sailing’s all-time biggest heroes was always going to be, well, a very big task. Tim Anderton is the man who, in his own words, was lucky enough to find himself “in the right place at the right time” to take on the role of  Event Manager for ...

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ABERDEEN ASSET MANAGEMENT COWES WEEK PREVIEW

COWES WEEK

This year’s Cowes Week regatta, which has been sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management since 2011, boasts entries from over 1,000 boats in 38 classes and crewed by in excess of 8,000 competitors racing in some of the most spectacular yachts from the UK and across the globe. The thrill of Cowes Week doesn’t end on the water however – with ...

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J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race

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2013 – the year to beat?Last year’s Race will almost certainly be regarded as one of the best ever held since it was first run with 25 entries in 1931. On 1 June 2013, the weather was fabulous, the wind was just windy enough to produce exhilarating and competitive racing, there was a brilliant buzz throughout Cowes and in the ...

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Join in the fun – On The Water

On the water

May is National Watersports Month Four of the leading watersports and boating organisations have joined forces to encourage the entire nation to get active and get on the water with a month-long schedule of activities. The British Canoe Union (BCU), British Marine Federation (BMF), British Rowing and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) got together  to announce the initiative and British ...

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Racing round the world is no easy ride

Racing round the world is no easy ride

What sacrifices need to be made to be victorious in the notoriously tough 40,000 mile Clipper Round the World Yacht Race? Mental and physical exhaustion, sleep deprivation, foregoing a social life in port, keeping a constant focus on actively performing, not just surviving – and that’s just the beginning. Olly Cotterell, the professional skipper of OneDLL, currently in first place ...

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Clipper Race fleet reaches mid-way point

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Just over one point now separates the top two teams in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race as Henri Lloyd wins Race 8, The Old Pulteney Navigator Cup, into Singapore. The Clipper Race fleet arrived on 13 February in One15 Marina, Sentosa Cove, Singapore after a gruelling 33 days at sea since departing Brisbane, Australia. Wind holes and waterspouts This leg ...

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