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RYA and industry representatives meet HMRC to discuss red diesel situation

Following the ruling by the European Union Court of Justice against the UK’s use of red diesel by private pleasure craft, representatives from the boating community and boating industry – the RYA, British Marine, the Cruising Association and the Inland Waterways Association – met with HMRC officials to discuss the implications of the Court’s decision and evaluate the UK’s response. ...

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Christmas has come early with winter offers from MDL Marinas

MDL Marinas is delighted to announce a great package of winter offers across its extensive marina network, offering boat owners excellent quality and great value berthing, dry stack, lifting and storage packages. With these winter offers boat owners can put their minds at ease as the nights draw in. Highlights of the offers include savings of up to 40% on winter scrubs ...

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First fully up-cycled mooring rope launches

Marlow Ropes has launched the first premium sustainable mooring rope made using 100 per cent recycled plastic. The Blue Ocean Dockline is the first ‘technically better’ premium dockline rope manufactured using yarn wholly made from plastic bottles and is the result of the development and production of recycled polyester (rPET) yarn combined with Marlow’s engineering expertise . Seven-and-a-half waste plastic ...

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Meilhat is crowned IMOCA winner

French solo skipper Paul Meilhat at the helm of SMA was crowned the unexpected winner of the IMOCA class in the 2018 Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe solo transatlantic race today from Saint Malo in Brittany to Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe. The 36-year-old French yachtsman from Lorient took the race win after benefitting from a 24-hour time penalty imposed on British sailor ...

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Thomson first IMOCA across the line but jury decision remains

Alex Thomson has today crossed the finish line of the four-yearly solo Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe transatlantic sailing race, as the first in the IMOCA Class. However, following an incident last night in which Thomson ran aground in his all-black Hugo Boss boat on the north end of Grande Terre, the focus is on the race jury who will have ...

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Damage to Alex Thomson’s Hugo Boss in closing stages of Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe

Following initial reports that Alex Thomson’s Hugo Boss had grounded on rocks during the final miles of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe while leading the IMOCA class, Race Direction has contacted the British skipper to check his status. They have ascertained that while sailing on port tack at the north end of Grande Terre island, Hugo Boss ran aground on ...

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Armel Tripon wins Multi50 class and is third overall

Blessed with bright Caribbean sunshine and a 20-knot trade wind for the final passage around the island of Basse Terre, French solo skipper Armel Tripon today won the Multi50 class in the 2018 Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe. The 43-year-old solo ocean racing veteran from Nantes crossed the finish line off Pointe-à-Pitre on his brown and white trimaran, Réauté Chocolat, at ...

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Arkema Capsize on the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe

French skipper Lalou Roucayrol has capsized on his Multi50 Arkema at around 0630hrs UTC/0730 CET this morning while racing in fourth place in the Route du Rhum-Destination Gaudeloupe approximately 1000 miles east of Guadeloupe. Roucayrol is safe and well inside his boat. He made immediate contact with his shore support team to tell them of his capsize in very sudden ...

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Armel Tripon wins Multi50 class and is third overall

Blessed with bright Caribbean sunshine and a 20-knot trade wind for the final passage around the island of Basse Terre, French solo skipper Armel Tripon today won the Multi50 class in the 2018 Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe. The 43-year-old solo ocean racing veteran from Nantes crossed the finish line off Pointe-à-Pitre on his brown and white trimaran, Réauté Chocolat and ...

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National Historic Ships UK 2018 Award Winners announced

The winners of National Historic Ships UK’s 2018 Photography Competition and Marsh Volunteer and Flagship Awards were revealed at a prestigious awards ceremony at the Corporation of Trinity House, London. National Historic Ships UK’s annual awards ceremony is a celebration of maritime heritage around the UK coasts, lakes, and rivers, encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with historic vessels through photography, volunteering, or ...

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