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JUDGES CHARMED BY THE SOUND OF THE SEA

A sculpture design inspired by the Isle of Wight’s seaside heritage, natural beauty and the seascape and shore sculptures of the great 20th century British sculptor, Dame Barbara Hepworth has won the competition to produce a theoretical design for a piece to be sited on the Cowes Breakwater in the historic maritime harbour. Sound of the Sea, designed and named ...

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RYA Cymru Wales Chief Executive Phil Braden passes away

RYA Cymru Wales is very saddened to announce the passing of Chief Executive Phil Braden too early in life following a period of illness. He leaves behind his wife Deborah and two young daughters. Phil (58) took over the helm of Welsh boating in February 2016, after a top-level career as a global telecoms executive. He was a lifelong sailor ...

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Cutty Sark celebrates its 150th anniversary

The world’s only surviving tea-clipper; the Cutty Sark celebrates turning 150 this year. The iconic, historic sailing ship and fastest of its time is now an award-winning visitor attraction in Greenwich, London. The 1 February marks the start of a year-long programme of events and celebrations that will be taking place at the Cutty Sark, starting from marking the anniversary ...

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Beale Park Boat Show cancelled

With no current plans for further shows, the 2019 Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show has been cancelled. The organisers say it has been difficult to achieve satisfactory commercial arrangements. In 2015 See it for Real Productions were asked to organise the show by the then chairman of the trustees of Beale Park Wildlife Park and Gardens, Richard Howard. The ...

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Van Den Heede receives huge welcome back in Les Sables d’Olonne

Jean-Luc Van Den Heede wrote his name into the record books by not only winning the 2018 Golden Globe solo non-stop round the world race today, but becoming the oldest in history to complete such a race. The 73-year old French veteran of six solo circumnavigations takes over both titles from Britain’s Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the sole finisher of the ...

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Mercury Marine celebrates 80th anniversary

Mercury Marine will celebrate its 80th anniversary throughout 2019 with events around the world, reflecting on its strong heritage of innovation and leadership in the marine industry. On 22 January 1939, E. Carl Kiekhaefer purchased a bankrupt engine manufacturing plant in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Now, 80 years later, Mercury Marine is a company with 7,000 global employees and recognised worldwide as ...

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Van Den Heede – Last 100 miles to finish

Jean-Luc Van Den Heede endured another tough night with 45knots winds and 6-7m seas but his Rustler 36 Matmut is now within 100 miles of the finish line at Les Sables d’Olonne and the 73-year old Frenchman is expected to arrive to a huge welcome at 08:00 UTC tomorrow (09:00 French time) 2nd placed Mark Slats trails 321 miles His ...

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Miami provides early season test for Britain’s elite sailors

Britain’s Olympic sailing hopefuls will kick off their crucial 2019 campaigns in Miami on Tuesday as Tokyo 2020 draws ever closer. World Cup Series Miami will see many of the planet’s best sailors come together for the first battle of the year on Biscayne Bay’s iconic blue waters. Forty-two sailors from the British Sailing Team will take to the water ...

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Van Den Heede within 450 miles of finish

Jean-Luc Van Den Heede is now within 450 miles of the Golden Globe Race finish line and expected to receive a huge welcome home in Les Sables d’Olonne on Monday 28th January The 73-year old Frenchman and his Rustler 36 yacht Matmut have led this 27,000 mile solo circumnavigation since rounding the Cape of Good Hope on 23rd August last ...

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End of an era for Wightlink’s St Cecilia ferry

On 25 January, St Cecilia, Wightlink’s third largest ship, is retiring from service after an estimated 200,000 crossings of the Solent. Having sailed approximately 1 million miles, Friday will mark her final sailing day before she heads to Sardinia to spend her retirement sailing between Portovesma, Calasetta and Carloforte. Named after St Cecilia Abbey in Ryde, she commenced service at ...

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