Special Features

Reflections on the water

What more could you ask for at the end of the day…

As we say farewell to another season, berth holders Carol and Alistair McKenzie reflect on where the 1,000 miles they have racked up on the water has taken them this year and what marina life holds for them over the winter months at Port Solent. What attracted you to Port Solent Marina? We had been coming to Port Solent for ...

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This Girl Did!


Fear of judgement is stopping many women from enjoying sailing so Salcombe Dinghy Sailing’s Zoe Crook decided to do something about it.   The idea of trying a new sport for the first time can be a daunting one. Even more so when you are venturing into a predominately male orientated environment. I know this first hand so I decided ...

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Women on water

June 20, 2015. Team SCA resumes racing from the Pitstop in The Hague, during Leg 9 to Gothenburg

We are seeing increasing numbers of women turning to boating not only for leisure and competition but as a career choice. Every year more gender barriers are being broken down and women’s successes in all areas are being celebrated. British Marine’s survey findings showed that a rising number of women and people over 55 are getting into boating. This should ...

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Bart’s Bash 2015

barts bash

The first bash in 2014 saw over 30,000 sailors take to the water at over 550 locations around the world and raised £366,391.95 for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. Last year the event set a Guinness World Record for being the largest sailing race in 24 hours. The aim is to make the event even bigger with a view to ...

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Q&A with Sub Lieutenant Joseph Macdonald RNR


Q&A with Sub Lieutenant Joseph Macdonald RNR, 2013 RYA Yachtmaster of the Year and skipper of the Maritime Reserves’ entry in the Rolex Fastnet. 1. HOW DID YOU GET INTO SAILING? I got into sailing in 2009 when I was looking for a new hobby. I did my first offshore race in 2010 which was very cold and bumpy and ...

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5 Steps to Successful Summer Sailing

Image: Philip Bird LRPS CPAGB / Shutterstock.com

Has the arrival of summer inspired you to take to the water? Rather than leaving it lingering on your bucket list, make 2015 the year when learning to sail and actually getting out there becomes a reality… Whet your appetite: head for Norfolk (or Salford) For a complete novice, getting to grips with yachting or even powerboating between now and ...

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Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week

Cowes Week is the longest-running annual sailing regatta in the world. Image: Rick Tomlinson

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week is one of the UK’s longest running sporting events with a history going back 189 years. One of this summer’s highlights, 100,000 people will be enjoying the incredible atmosphere that is Cowes Week.   With up to 40 races every day and around 1,000 boats taking part, Cowes Week is the largest sailing regatta of ...

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Rolex Fastnet Race preview

RAN rounding Fastnet Rock, sunrise.

RAN, Sail Number: GBR7236R, Owner: Niklas Zennstrom, Design: JV 72

Entries to this year’s Rolex Fastnet Race opened on 12 January with an expectation, following four editions that were oversubscribed, that places would go in a matter of hours. For this, the 90th Anniversary of the Fastnet Race, just 24 minutes after the online entry system opened, over 300 boats had registered. The fast pace continued and by the end ...

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The secrets behind racing

The Abu Dhabi Destination Village during the arrivals.  Image: A.Sanchez

The 2014 – 2015 Volvo Ocean Race has finished, but have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes to make these huge international events possible? Here we look at the GAC Pindar Volvo Ocean Race logistics challenge. For most of us, the race story starts on the day an event begins. However for all those working behind the scenes ...

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America’s Cup World Series – Portsmouth

20/04/2013 - Napoli (ITA) - America's Cup World Series Naples 2013 - Race Day 3

In July all eyes in the sailing world will be focused on Portsmouth as the America’s Cup World Series comes to town with British hopes pinned on 4 times Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie and his team Ben Ainslie Racing. The America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth is the first stage of competition in the 35th America’s Cup and kicks ...

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