Columns

On top of the world!

In this month’s British Sailing Team column, Laser star Nick Thompson expresses his joy and relief at finally winning the World Championship title. After four previous Laser World Championship medals, I have finally got the colour I wanted and am over the moon to be able to call myself World Champion! I feel like this win has been such a ...

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High tea on the high seas

With just over a month to go until the start of the Mini Transat, Lizzy is already packing my picnic bag. Good nutrition plays a huge part in race performance. Without it sailors lack energy, concentration and motivation, which are all vital to staying competitive and safe while offshore. It is quite common for competitors to lose between 3 and ...

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Getting into racing

Often racing is a major reason people develop a lifelong passion for sailing and windsurfing. With many major races taking pace over the next couple of months here is the RYA’s guide to the world racing. It is hard to imagine the first time you step on to any boat or board that you will get bitten by the racing ...

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The Americans are coming

Cowes will be welcoming many yachtsmen from the US this summer. Their taste in drinks may differ quite a lot from ours so why not try some for yourself? There is going to be a distinct American presence in and around Cowes this year. The 2015 Transatlantic Race from Newport, Rhode Island will be arriving around mid-July with the prize ...

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Emergency repairs

When talking about safety on board, everybody immediately thinks of lifejackets, emergency boats and flares, but what about repair kits? Álvaro Pipó, CEO of Composite Patch, explains why offshore sailors should all have one.   One great thing about most boats today is they are built of composite materials. Composites are everywhere: airplanes, cars, windmills, oil industry, bicycles and, of ...

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Rio here I come!

In this month’s British Sailing Team column, Paralympic gold medallist Helena Lucas reflects on an exciting milestone, being selected as the first British athlete on the team sheet for Rio 2016. It has been a whirlwind time, but it is a huge honour and relief to know that I am now officially selected for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and ...

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Christchurch Harbour

Lifelong food and drink enthusiast, Penny Hopkins, blends a background in hospitality with keen journalistic skills, travelling far and wide in search of a tasty bite - by boat, foot and bike. With the summer season now upon us it is time to get the sand between your toes and enjoy some very British seaside fun in beautiful Dorset. We ...

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British team unveiled for Rio sailing Test Event

With just over a year to go until the Rio 2016 Games, the British Sailing Team has announced selected team members for the Olympic Test Event to be held this summer on Guanabara Bay. The Aquece Rio International Regatta (15 – 22 August) is the second official Test Event for the sport of sailing, and will see 15 British sailors ...

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British successes at World Cup

British sailors secured a hat-trick of golds on a nail-biting final day of World Cup racing in Weymouth and Portland, with Giles Scott, Nick Dempsey and the 470 duo of Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark all closing out event victories. Silver medals also went to Tom Squires and Bryony Shaw in the men’s and women’s RS:X windsurfing events, and bronze ...

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