Winner announced for boat naming contest

(Left to right) Lucky winner Graham Sign receives his prize package from Melissa Evans and Nick Trainer of Excel Boats.

A sailor from Hampshire is celebrating after being announced as the lucky winner of a contest to name an inflatable boat. Graeme Sign from Stubbington was presented with a boat package worth £1,200 after entering a competition at the Southampton Boat Show. His entry of ‘par-Excel-lence’ was chosen as the winner from hundreds of entries in a competition organised by ...

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Spinlock space race

Testing the prototype lifejacket in the seas off the Isle of Wight.

Spinlock have been leading an exciting research and development project with the European Space Agency. The two-year, €450,000 project co-funded by the ESA has been investigating the development and performance of personal locator beacons in watersports clothing and equipment to improve the distress signals that are transmitted to the geostationary satellite network. A prototype design was developed by Spinlock to ...

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National Historic Ships UK 2016 award winners announced


The winners of National Historic Ships UK’s 2016 photography competition and Marsh Volunteer Awards were revealed at a prestigious awards ceremony yesterday, on board HQS Wellington on London’s Victoria Embankment. National Historic Ships UK’s annual awards ceremony is a celebration of the UK’s maritime heritage and encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with historic vessels through photography, ...

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New World Sailing rules app


RYA and World Sailing launch new World Sailing rules app. Using the eBook technology and expertise of the RYA, who over the last six years have established a comprehensive library of interactive eBooks, the World Sailing App will be the one stop shop for the 2017-2020 Racing Rules of Sailing and associated documents for sailors across the globe. In addition ...

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RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show 2017 tickets on sale

RYA dinghy show

Tickets are now on sale for the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show 2017. Over the weekend of 4 – 5 March, Alexandra Palace, London will once again transform into a world of dinghy sailing to host the 2017 RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show, in association with Yachts and Yachting. Whether you’re a racer, cruiser or just getting started, you’ll find all you ...

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Harbour Master Praises Nautical Charity

The MVS crews from Humber and Northumbria Units at Blyth

A nautical charity that provided invaluable support, both afloat and ashore, at the recent Blyth Tall Ship’s Regatta has been praised by the town’s Harbour Master. The Maritime Volunteer Service has 25 active units around the coasts and estuaries of the UK. The organisation’s aims are to help to keep the UK’s maritime tradition alive by training and delivering practical ...

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Volvo Ocean Race adds Fastnet Race

IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race

The Fastnet Race, one of the most revered and feared tests in sailing, and a new Lisbon-Alicante Prologue will both feature in an intense period of pre-race qualifying for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 – serving as a first clash of the fleet while providing an early form guide for the fans. In August, the fleet will assemble for Cowes ...

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Boat owner group supports designer’s chosen charity

Liz Blunt from CLIC Sargent receives the cheque from (right) Westerly Owners’ Commodore George Pickburn and (left) Press Officer John Ruskin.

The cancer charity for children and young people, CLIC Sargent was presented at Ocean Village, Southampton with a donation of funds raised by the Westerly Owners’ Association, a boat owner group celebrating its 50th jubilee. Ed Dubois, the globally acclaimed naval architect based at Lymington who died aged 63 earlier this year was a committed supporter of the charity. One ...

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Hamble Winter Series

Image: Hamo Thornycroft/

Despite a pessimistic forecast, oilskin-swaddled crews competing in the Hamble Winter Series enjoyed a day of champagne sailing – with only a few rain squalls to remind them that Autumn is setting in. A wind direction of around 215 degrees with big gusts under ominous clouds allowed the race team to send the assembled fleets on a course that led ...

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Best sailing pictures of the year


The world’s greatest marine and yacht racing photographers have entered this year’s international Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image contest and voting is open to the public! Click here to discover the world’s best sailing pictures of the year. The winning image and its photographer will be celebrated at the Yacht Racing Forum in Malta on November 29. Sailing and photography enthusiasts ...

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