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ANDREW ASHMAN: FATAL INJURY OFFICIAL STATEMENT

We are deeply saddened to report the death of crew member Mr Andrew Ashman (49) a paramedic from Orpington, Kent. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. Andy was an experienced yachtsman and was one of the crew aboard the IchorCoal boat (CV21). All other crew are safe and well. The boat’s skipper Darren Ladd reports that ...

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The Transat returns for 2016

The first ever single-handed ocean yacht race, that was originally staged in 1960, is set to return in 2016 when some of the world’s best solo sailors and most spectacular yachts will take on the classic 2,800-mile course of The Transat, from Britain to the United States. Fittingly the 2016 edition is returning to its original course with the start ...

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MDL Marinas appoints new Managing Director

Lesley Robinson is to succeed Eamonn Feeney as the new Managing Director for MDL Marinas. The change comes after Eamonn announced his intention to retire after almost 5 years at the helm overseeing the continued growth and success of Europe’s leading marina group. Eamonn said “I’ve really enjoyed my time with MDL, in what is a great industry with great ...

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Flying the Flag for the Merchant Navy

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is flying the Red Ensign from its Main Gate today, 3 September, in support of Merchant Navy Day. Merchant Navy Day – held on 3 September since its inception in 2000 – honours the brave men and women who kept our island nation afloat during both World Wars, and celebrates our modern day merchant seafarers who ...

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Clipper fleet splits

In the third day of racing, things are starting to get interesting as the fleet splits after a fast start in the opening stage of the 2015-16 edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. The start of Race 1 to Rio was highly competitive, in driving rain and poor visibility, but soon turned into a closely contested fight ...

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Honda’s big Southampton display

Honda will feature an extensive range of its outboard engines and power products at the Southampton Boat Show, which kicks off next week. The stand will house an impressive range of 19 outboard engines and 9 Honwaves. It will also boast a selection of 9 boats from Honda’s partners – Highfield (sport boat manufacturer), AMT (leisure boat manufacturer) and Guymarine ...

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UK’s ultimate sea view

The winners of a national photography competition to find the UK’s best sea view have  been announced by the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society. The overall winner was Bernie Pettersen, an ex Petty Officer in the Royal Navy, for his photo Smooth Harbour, which captured a storm crashing into the Bickford-Smith Institute clock tower building in Porthleven in Cornwall. Winners were also ...

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Cannes Yachting Festival expects over 50,000 international visitors

This years’ annual Cannes Yachting Festival, 8 – 13 September, is expected to attract more than 50,000 international visitors. Visitors will include fans of luxury motor and sailing yachts, and those wanting to soak up the glamour of the Southern France event, as well as prospective brands interested in showcasing to the yachting market. Visitors can expect to see industry ...

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Portland Marina flora and fauna

The bright, cheerful welcome that a wash of crimson poppies and nodding agapanthus give to visitors to Portland Marina was the aim of the planting programme created by Stephen Griffith, who is the curator at Abbotsbury Gardens. He worried about its exposure and the salt laden winds that come in from the south west. However the plants selected have thrived ...

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Lodge, Motor & Boat Show returns to Windermere

An array of luxury lifestyle goods will be on display at a Lake District holiday park this month when the Lodge, Motor and Boat Show takes place. There will also be the opportunity to enjoy family entertainment, live swing band music, and indulge in some afternoon tea and Pimms. Anita Vojtasova, Holiday Home Sales Manager at White Cross Bay Leisure ...

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