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Turnchapel Wharf Open New Marine Enterprise Units

Plymouth’s maritime business park, Turnchapel Wharf, has opened five new marine enterprise units providing workshop and office space for a variety of local companies. Under the ownership of Yacht Havens Group since 2014, Turnchapel Wharf has been transformed from an ex-Ministry of Defence site into a thriving waterfront business hub. Based on Plymouth’s Cattewater, a number of international firms are ...

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Melges IC37 fleet growth accelerating

Since the first UK based Melges IC37 made a dramatic entrance onto the UK IRC yacht racing scene at Cowes Week, the order book for this highly competitive, one design, racing boat has burgeoned. The resultant community will have a social focus that has never been seen before in the UK. Winning races in a wide range of conditions against tough and experienced competition, the ...

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Hugo Boss decides to cut keel as Doldrums loom for leaders

Hugo Boss said today (Monday) that after exhausting all the options, they had decided to cut the keel off their 60ft monohull after damage forced them to withdraw from the 14 edition of the Transat Jacque Vabre Normandie Le Havre on Sunday. “Last night Alex and Neal were both able to get some rest on board Hugo Boss,” Ross Daniel, ...

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37 candidates for the Vendée Globe 2020

November 1st, at midnight, was the closing date for applications to enter the next Vendée Globe: To date, 37 have applied to take the start of the 9th edition of this solo non-stop round the world sailing race without assistance which promises to be particularly rich. Several records are expected to be beaten. Thirty-seven: this is the number of candidates ...

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Commodore predicts bright future for Yacht Club

A range of new initiatives for 2020 have been announced by the Royal Southampton Yacht Club, as well as an elected the team of Flag Officers who will see the plans through. The Club’s Membership fees will be frozen at their current low levels The age limit for younger adult Membership will rise from 29 to 34 All RSYC racing ...

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Hugo Boss planning safe withdrawal as leaders reach halfway

Alex Thomson and Neal McDonald are working on the safest place to navigate their damaged 60ft monohull, Hugo Boss, after announcing their withdrawal from the 14th edition the Transat Jacque Vabre. Earlier in the day they informed the race office that they were withdrawing from the race with the keel of their brand new 60ft monohull attached only by the ...

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Davies avoids disaster after pirouette in the Canaries

After a hot night of gybing in the Canaries, Britain’s Samantha Davies survived a potentially boat-wrecking “pirouette” in wind gusting almost 40 knots to keep alive her hopes of a podium place in the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre. She and French co-skipper Paul Meilhat on their 60ft monohull, Initiatives-Cœur,  have dropped four places to eighth in the leaderboard ...

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The RYA wins World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award

The Royal Yachting Association has been crowned winner of the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award, at the World Sailing Awards in Bermuda. The award celebrates the effective execution and ongoing delivery of high-impact, highly-replicable sustainability initiatives, aligned to the World Sailing Sustainability Agenda 2030. The RYA has, through The Green Blue, its joint environmental initiative with British Marine, ...

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Marco Gradoni becomes youngest Rolex World Sailor of the Year

Italy’s Marco Gradoni was crowned the 2019 male Rolex World Sailor of the Year, becoming the youngest ever recipient, at the World Sailing Awards. Anne-Marie Rindom of Denmark received the female accolade to follow in the footsteps of the all-time great sailors. Gradoni, at 15-years-old, was crowned Rolex World Sailor of the Year for his success in the Optimist class, ...

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