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Darkwood Triumph in RORC Channel Race

77 boats competed in the 2019 Royal Ocean Racing Club Channel Race. The international fleet experienced a variety of conditions and wind angles, testing boat handling and tactical skills. Perhaps the surprise overall winner, from a fleet including professional racing teams, was J/121 Darkwood owned by Irishman Michael O’Donnell. David Collins’ British Botin IRC 52 Tala was runner up, and ...

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Sparkling Solent conditions for Cowes Classics Week opener

Sailing conditions could not have been better for the opener of the five day series of the 12th Cowes Classics Week today. Fittingly, from amongst the 143 yachts taking part, Lawrence Wride’s 1967-built one tonner Sunmaid V was the first yacht to get away at the opening gun of the day, when she led Class One, setting the pace once ...

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Clean Marina day at Chatham Maritime Marina

This year’s Clean Marina day for Chatham Maritime Marina has been designated as Friday 2nd August. As all coastal and river communities know, litter is an ongoing challenge as it finds its way into waterways from many landside sources. MDL’s Chatham Maritime Marina is working with Living River Foundation (a not for profit organisation) to help look after its location on ...

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Traditional Boat Festival

Steam boats, Dunkirk Little Ships, canoes, skiffs, amphibious cars and the Royal Barge Gloriana were all on show at the Trad Boat Festival at the weekend thanks to a group of wonderful boat enthusiasts.  Despite the rainy start on Friday, big crowds enjoyed the sunshine and all the sights over the rest of last weekend at Fawley Meadows. The parade ...

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Sparkling Solent conditions for Cowes Classics Week opener

Sailing conditions could not have been better for the opener of the five day series of the 12th Cowes Classics Week today. Fittingly, from amongst the 143 yachts taking part, Lawrence Wride’s 1967-built one tonner Sunmaid V was the first yacht to get away at the opening gun of the day, when she led Class One, setting the pace once ...

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International Cast for RORC Channel Race

Teams from all over the world will be racing with the Royal Ocean Racing Club this weekend in the RORC Channel Race, the 11th race of the RORC Season’s Points Championship, which precedes next month’s Rolex Fastnet Race. Teams from as far away as Australia, China, and Russia, will compete with teams from all over Europe and Scandinavia. Starting from ...

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Cowes Classics are ready for action

With just four days to go before the first race of Cowes Classics Week, tension is building amongst the fleets to speculate on the opposition they will be facing and the favourites to win. Entries officially close on 25th July although some later entries may be considered. The first races kick off next Monday, 29th July when four committee boat ...

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Princess Royal supports UKSA’s “Building Better Futures” campaign

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Patron UKSA, hosted a reception at St James’s Palace to celebrate the success of fundraising efforts for new facilities at UKSA’s centre in West Cowes. Her Royal Highness thanked guests, including supporters, UKSA graduates now working on yachts and in watersports and UKSA friends and encouraged efforts to raise funds to continue, as the ...

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