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New HQ for Clipper Marine


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


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


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


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


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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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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historic ships

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 – NHS UK is also launching an appeal to ...

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Hoegh Osaka Drama Continues


There were initially reports of the Hoegh Osaka being “out of control” on Wednesday after coming adrift. The Hoegh Osaka, which ran aground on Bramble Bank in the Solent Saturday, is now being held by tugs after unexpectedly ‘refloating’ itself at 1.55pm on Wednesday due to a combination of water being pumped out, high winds and the tide. Hugh Shaw, ...

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The King & Queen


The King & Queen is located in the heart of the yachting world in Hamble’s cobbled High Street. It is open all the hours God sends (subject to licensing law) for friendly service, real ales and a range of good homemade food. Why is it making the news you ask? This establishment is now officially the world’s favourite yachting bar. ...

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