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The UK leisure marine industry is still growing despite problems in the Eurozone, according to statistics published by the British Marine Federation (BMF) at the CWM FX London Boat Show. For the third consecutive year, the industry posted growth in 2013/14, with total revenue in the UK leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry totalling £2.93bn (a 1% increase on ...

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Who’s the BOSS?

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Thomson and Ribes continue to hold first place in the Barcelona World Race 2014-2015. HUGO BOSS has sailed from strength to strength and in the early hours of yesterday morning crossed the line of the equator, another mile stone in the race. HUGO BOSS crossed the line 11 days 13 hours and 50 min after the start gun was fired ...

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New HQ for Clipper Marine

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Now with seven offices in the UK, Clipper Marine has chosen Swanwick Marina on the Hamble as the base for its new headquarters. Director Matt Attree says, “We’ve been selling boats successfully for several years from our Swanwick Marina office and growing fast. We had the opportunity to move into a larger, more prominent position in the marina, so it ...

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When Sir Ben Met Sir Richard

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Sir Ben Ainslie might be the most successful sailor in Olympic history, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t get into the odd scrape. What is different, however, is that Ben Ainslie turns it into a positive. While sailing past Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island with his wife, Georgie Thompson, enjoying an idyllic honeymoon, his boat suffered a serious mechanical problem ...

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Tug Crashes into Grounded Ship

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There was further drama in the Solent on Saturday when one of the tugs holding the grounded cargo ship Hoegh Osaka crashed into the vessel during high winds. Although no injuries were reported, damage to the tug meant it was replaced. A spokesperson said, “Unfortunately, during the afternoon, one of the two tugs already in place moved from her position ...

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Team Vestas Wind to return

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They hit the headlines when their Volvo Ocean 65 was grounded on a reef in the Indian Ocean during Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race back in November, but Team Vestas Wind have announced plans to return to the race. Although the crew of nine escaped serious injury, the boat was badly damaged. It was retrieved from the reef ...

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Medway & Swale Boating Association

Medway & Swale Boating Association (MSBA) in partnership with the RYA are holding a conference on Saturday 7th March 2015 at the St George’s Centre, Chatham. This follows the outstanding success of the first conference held in 2013 and this time they have a much larger venue to accommodate 300 guests and provide even more space for exhibitors.

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RS Elite’s Decade of Success

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It’s now ten years since the launch of the RS Elite Class, and it continues to grow with new fleets and plenty of events planned this year to celebrate a successful first decade. It all began at Hayling Island SC where, fittingly, a major surge is underway as new owners including an Olympic Gold medallist and multiple world and national ...

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FIRST WORLD WAR SHIPS COMMEMORATED

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As the world continues to mark the centenary of the First World War and as further key events from this four year battle are remembered throughout 2015, National Historic Ships UK (NHS UK) is commemorating Britain’s surviving ships from the First World War with the launch of a dedicated website – www.ww1britainssurvivingvessels.org.uk. NHS UK is also launching an appeal to ...

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Weymouth Harbour prices frozen again

Weymouth Harbour has frozen its fees for the second consecutive year to remain one of the south coast’s cheapest places to berth as well as offering fantastic, modern facilities. The harbour is committed to providing the best value for visiting yachts, boats and berth holders. Cllr Kate Wheller, Chairman of the Harbour Management Board, explains, “Whilst 2015 may bring some ...

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