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MAPFRE win qualifying sprint from Plymouth to Saint-Malo

Xabi Fernández and his in-form MAPFRE team claimed their second victory in Leg Zero qualifying with another commanding performance in the build-up to the Volvo Ocean Race. MAPFRE had a lead of seven nautical miles when they crossed the finish line at 0629 UTC off the iconic French sailing city of Saint-Malo. Team Brunel took second place in their first ...

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NASDAQ CLIPPER RACE TEAM SKIPPER REVEALED

Rob Graham, 39, from Angmering, West Sussex, has been formally announced as the professional skipper who will lead the Nasdaq team entry in the 40,000-nautical mile Clipper Race, the biggest round-the-world yacht race, when it sets sail from Liverpool on 20 August. The Nasdaq Stock Market in New York is sponsoring one of the race’s twelve 70-foot ocean racing yachts, ...

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Royal visit and racing for UKSA during Lendy Cowes Week

Staff, students and ambassadors of UKSA have enjoyed another busy Lendy Cowes Week thanks to a visit from the charity’s Patron Princess Royal, the launch of five dinghies sponsored by local businesses and an afternoon of fun racing with UKSA Ambassadors Helena Lucas MBE and Dee Caffari MBE. UKSA’s CEO Ben Willow and Chair of Trustees William Garnett welcomed Princess ...

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RYA reminds boaters to get wise, get alarmed and get out

Boaters urged to combat carbon monoxide in light of MAIB report findings The UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch has published its report following an investigation into the fatal accident which occurred on board the motor cruiser Vasquez. On 12 November 2016, the owner of the 7.75m motor cruiser Vasquez fell unconscious after being overcome by carbon monoxide (CO) that had ...

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ROLEX FASTNET RACE: THE DESIRE TO SUCCEED

Success in sport requires considerable determination and perseverance; they in turn require a goal to fuel them. In the case of French yachtsman, Didier Gaudoux, his dream was to win the Rolex Fastnet Race. It was an ambition conceived in the late 1970s, when he made his first forays as an offshore sailor, and nurtured during the subsequent four decades. ...

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New accessible boat for disabled anglers launched in West Sussex

A project to improve access for disabled people on Burton Mill Pond has come to fruition with the formal opening of a new access ramp and pontoon and the launch of a wheelchair accessible Wheelyboat Mk I. The Wheelyboat project has been organised by West Sussex County Council (WSCC) and supported by the Wheelyboat Trust, a national charity whose HQ ...

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Have you claimed your free show ticket?

Since launching in June, nearly 3,000 RYA members have already taken advantage of the exclusive free ticket offer to the 2017 Yachtmarket.com Southampton Boat Show, and there is still time for you to claim your FREE ticket. Not only can members claim their FREE ticket to any day of the show, including Public Preview Day, members can also purchase up ...

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Countdown to Chichester Harbour Race Week 2017

In a little over a week’s time southern England’s biggest dinghy regatta, Chichester Harbour Race Week, will be under way. Traditionally, at least half of the entrants sign up at host club Hayling Island SC on the eve of the event, so whether final numbers will exceed 2016’s 401 boats and 625 individuals cannot yet be predicted. But already sailors from 24 clubs round England – from ...

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Lifesaving work of the RNLI to hit TV screens

The BBC series Saving Lives at Sea, showcasing the lifesaving work of the RNLI, will be on TV screens from 16 August at 8pm on BBC Two. The 12-part documentary series features real rescues carried out by the charity’s lifeboat crews and lifeguards around the UK and Ireland. From the remote and rugged coastline of Aith in the Shetlands, to ...

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Learning to sail opportunities

People wanting to learn how to sail — or improve their existing knowledge — are being given more opportunities to master the skill later this year. Due to demand, the Trinity Sailing Foundation is offering additional weeks of RYA tuition, on board their 1908-vessel Golden Vanity, for the 2017 season. Trinity Sailing’s Marketing & Sales Manager, Harry Gottschalk, said: “Due ...

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