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PSP Southampton Boat Show 2014

Over 150 finance professionals participated in the inaugural Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week Finance Challenge in 2014 and due to its success, the 2015 event will not just be repeated, it will be staged over five days instead of just one.

There is still time to purchase a copy of the new RYA Advanced Powerboat Handbook by Paul Glatzel and be in with a chance of winning an RYA Advanced Powerboat course courtesy of the Paul’s RYA Training Centre, Powerboat Training UK.

Twenty years ago the RS sailboat range was born, the RS Association was formed, the first RS events took place and the rest, as they say, is history.

The 100 foot (30.47m) LOA monohull limit set by a number of the classic 600 mile races such as the Fastnet, Sydney Hobart and Middle Sea races has been lifted by the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Royal Malta Yacht Club for the 2015 editions of the Rolex Fastnet and Rolex Middle Sea Races. This will allow superyachts participating in the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series to compete.

The first pile has been driven in the Royal Southern's Yacht Club's most ambitious construction scheme to date, the creation of the Prince Philip Yacht Haven. The Royal Southern Yacht Club and its close neighbour, the RAF Yacht Club, have worked together for several years to reach this milestone.

Advice from The Green Blue, following the discovery of the invasive Quagga Mussel in the Wraysbury River and Reservoir, is to make sure boat users ‘Check Clean, Dry’ their boats and equipment before changing locations.

The National Tour decider….

The spotlight on David (smartie) Smart, Mark (Chairman) Harrison and Huw (the power) Powell……we were disappointed…..!

Boat owners across the UK will be able to ensure their boats are kept safe and well-maintained throughout the winter months, with fantastic savings on essential maintenance and berthing packages from MDL Marinas.

The RORC Rating Office, the technical and administrative hub for all things Spinlock IRC rating-related in the UK, is re-badging its Limited Validity TCC (LV TCC) as the Single Event Rating (SER) with immediate effect.

The first all-women crew in more than 10 years will depend on Helly Hansen to stay warm, dry and protected at sea

Global marine brand, Helly Hansen, is delighted to announce its sponsorship of the first all-women’s team in a more than a decade – Team SCA – as they take on the Volvo Ocean Race, which departs from Alicante, Spain, on Saturday 11 October 2014.

Camper & Nicholsons Marinas is proud to announce Palmarina, Bodrum as the fourth marina to become a member of The 1782 Club. Situated in Yalıkavak, on the Turkish Riviera near Bodrum, Palmarina is unique in the region for providing secure, year-round berthing for superyachts up to 100m.

An innovative trial has begun to tackle the problem of supermarket shopping trolleys blighting the nation’s beautiful waterways.  The Canal & River Trust, the charity which cares for 2,000 miles of historic waterways in England and Wales, has teamed up with Trolleywise, a national organisation set up to retrieve abandoned supermarket trolleys.

Dometic VARC48 chiller adjusts capacity output based on load demand, reducing energy consumption and stress on a boat’s generator

HVAC specialist Dometic Marine has won an IBEX Innovation Award in the Mechanical Systems category for its new Dometic VARC48 variable capacity chiller at this year’s International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX).

The prospects for any wind didn't look great on Saturday morning for the combined RS800 Grand Prix, Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller and Bart's Bash race at Lymington Town Sailing Club, but thankfully it got better through the weekend.

Northampton Sailing Club hosted the RS Feva Volvo Grand Prix and Bart’s Bash event on September 20/21, with 39 competitors from around the country. The event was the final RYA UK Junior Squad selector, so added an extra pressure to some of the sailors.

Pantaenius and Camper & Nicholsons Marinas announce a strategic partnership that will see the two highly respected yachting brands come together for cross-promotional opportunities and provide exclusive benefits to each other's customers.

The K6 class held their class championship over 4 days at the Stone Sailing club on the Blackwater Estuary. The fleet were blessed with a September heat wave courtesy of a high pressure area sitting over the UK. It also produced a NE gradient breeze that started the event off with a 5 – 8 knot wind building through the 4 days to a 20 knot thriller on the last day.

On a dim Saturday morning in September the Notts County Junior Race Training squad showed their talents off to the 14 Notts County home boats and 14 visitors, for final round of the Northern Tour. As the juniors headed home to complete their homework the 400s tucked into bacon and eggs care of the galley.

A sophisticated Class B AIS transponder with built in antenna splitter and WiFi interface

Class B AIS transponders have made a remarkable impact on small craft navigation but many potential users or installers are put off by the requirement for yet another VHF antenna.

The RYA have launched a brand new title, the ‘RYA Advanced Powerboat Handbook’ adding to its existing stable of 150 printed publications and eBooks.

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Iain Percy, Bart Simpson's children Freddie and Hamish, TV presenter Matt Baker and children from the trust open the PSP Southampton Boat Show 2014, with Barts boys cutting the ribbon.

Feva sailors now ready for their next challenge at the PSP Southampton Boat Show

PSP Southampton Boat Show 2014, 12th to 21st September, Stand G081

It is with great sadness we report that Lymington Town Sailing Club’s binoculars have been taken from the Club on Tuesday 2nd September.

Budding photographers, Sophie Hunt, Simon Dear and Will Ball have all been announced as winners of the 2014 Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week Photography Competition that challenged entrants to capture the ‘spirit of the regatta’

Oceanair is proud to be sponsoring Liam Cattermole who will be racing at the World Blind Match Racing Championships held by the International Association for Disabled Sailing on Lake Michigan, Wisconsin USA from 9 – 14 September.

The Volvo Ocean Race has become so technologically advanced that having a dependable power supply is second only to having a good wind for the fleet. The super-fast and ultra-light Volvo Ocean 65s carry the minimal amount of fuel and drinking water possible to minimize weight, so without reliable power, much of the equipment, including for example, the water makers, wouldn’t actually work.

HRH The Countess of Wessex at the finish of the the Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta, gets a selfie with Leading Sea Cadet Morgan Smith.

Almost half of the vessels competing in the regatta are members of ASTO, the UK’s Sail Training umbrella organisation.

Last chance to enter the Governor’s Cup Yacht race before it changes forever

One lucky visitor to this year’s PSP Southampton Boat Show could be in with a chance of winning over £3,000 worth of amazing boating related prizes in the RYA’s Mega Prize Draw.

Running throughout the show visitors to the RYA Stand (JO66) will have the opportunity to submit their entry in to the mega prize draw and win a whole host of prizes.

A bit of everything as the weather challenges at the final event of the Garmin Summer Series

Diversification from sailing yachts opens new chapter for the yard

Participants Compete by Boat and Foot in Race from London to Brighton

The 2014 Gazprom Swan 60 Circuit will be drawing to a finish next month, with the final event of the series running in conjunction with the Rolex Swan Cup in Porto Cervo at the prestigious Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS).  The 2014 racing has been dominated by the Saint Petersburg Yacht Club backed team from Russia on board Swan 60 Bronenosec.

The Royal Ocean Racing Club has declared Jens Kellinghusen's Ker 51, Varuna (GER), as the overall winner under IRC of the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. 

The Gill Thermogrid is a high-tech lightweight yet highly thermal mid-layer system that makes layering up extremely straight forward and comfortable.

Youth and Junior racing forms an important part of the events calendar at The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) and this year is proving to be no exception. 2014 has seen the Academy host a wide variety of major events ranging from weekend Grand Prix to National and World Championships, featuring many of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Youth and Junior Classes.

Val Wyatt Marine is preparing for the UK launch of Interboat’s latest model, the NEO C-Line (Comfort) at the PSP Southampton Boat Show.  Set to divide the crowd, NEO 7.0 is a game-changing platform that pushes the boundaries with its revolutionary design.

At 0800 BST on Tuesday 19th August nine yachts were still racing in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. Ifan James, skipper of Stimpson 42 Palpatine, contacted the Royal Ocean Racing Club yesterday to retire from the race with all crew well. Palpatine left the Isle of Lewis in the early hours of Tuesday morning and is currently passing the Isle of Skye, east of the Outer Hebrides.

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's Volvo Ocean 65, Azzam, skippered by Ian Walker, crossed the finish line of the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race off the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes at 22.20.28 BST on Friday 15th August 2014 with an elapsed time of 4 days, 13 hours, 10 minutes, 28 seconds.