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2015 Artemis Challenge Highlights

Zara Phillips joined rugby stars from England, France and Scotland in Cowes in the annual Artemis Challenge, as a fleet of 16 of the biggest ocean racing yachts in the world raced around the Isle of Wight in support of their chosen charities. Although the English summer delivered a deluge of rain, thunder and lightening, the competitive spirit was running ...

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Day 8 Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week

The final day of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week saw a return to champagne sailing conditions, with bright sun and a light north westerly breeze that swung into a south westerly sea breeze during the afternoon. White Group The overall results in the majority of the White Group dayboat classes were determined today: At the start of the day the ...

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Charity seeks volunteers for beach litter count

The Marine Conservation Society is looking for volunteers to register now for a citizen science project that involves a trip to the beach. The Great British Beach Clean (18-  21 September) is the only UK-wide beach clean that not only spruces up hundreds of beaches around the coast but records the litter finds as part of a global beach clean ...

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Push The Boat Out set to return in 2016

The dates for Push The Boat Out 2016 have been announced as 14 – 22 May. This year’s event saw over 24,000 newcomers to the sport attend events at almost 350 locations across the UK, with around 16,000 people taking to the water. Venues provided opportunities to go afloat in dinghies, yachts and on windsurf boards, alongside a range of ...

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Sydney to be final act

After successfully hosting the spectacular grand finale to the 2014 season, Destination NSW and the Extreme Sailing Series™ have confirmed the 2015 eight-Act global tour will culminate in Sydney from 10 – 13 December. Thousands of spectators are expected to line the waterfront at the world famous Royal Botanic Gardens to watch as the best in the business, including some ...

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Chartering a yacht set to be ‘Plain Sailing’

PlainSailing.com is a recently launched online market place for hiring yachts in the UK. The site allows users to compare charter boats and locations, and upload sailing qualifications online. Co-founder, Adi Togs, said: “Booking bareboat or skippered yachts online itself is a big step forwards for the industry, and we’re receiving great feedback so far! However, we want to make ...

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Day 7 Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week

The penultimate day of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week delivered more interesting and challenging racing, with most of the action taking place in a light north westerly wind. Today’s races for Black Group yachts were the last in their series for the overall prizes in the regatta. A number of classes had clear winners with a day to spare, including ...

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Greece remains popular with boaters

Marinanow, the online platform for searching and booking berths and boats throughout the Mediterranean, has been finding out what the effects of the delicate political situation in Greece have been on the local tourism market and in particular nautical tourism. Using their partners, both charters and marinas, that operate in Greece they found that with respect to 2014, the number ...

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National Watersports Festival

The countdown is on for the largest multi discipline watersports event in the UK. Incorporating the disciplines of windsurfing, kayaking, SUP and kitesurfing, the National Watersports Festival kicks off on Hayling Island on Friday 4 September for three days of hard and fast racing, demos, taster sessions, trade show, clinics, live music, partying and camping. Attracting up to 500 competitors ...

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Ocean Youth Trust South buys sail training vessel Prolific

Ocean Youth Trust South, one of the UK’s leading sail training charities for young people, has announced that the charity has agreed the purchase of Prolific. Prolific was built in 2005, as a tribute to the herring-fishing vessels in operation along the Norwegian coast during the 19th century. The ship is a hybrid of historic design and modern-day construction. Most ...

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