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PSP Southampton Boat Show 2014

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.

Helly Hansen ambassador and Olympic hopeful, Chris Russell will be attempting a World Record for ‘the longest single handed, non-stop distance sailed, unassisted in a dinghy’ throughout Wednesday 20 August and Thursday 21 August. The current world record, according to Guinness, is 282 nautical miles and Chris is aiming to sail 300 miles, under the campaign name Force300.

At 0700 BST, Musandam-Oman Sail was just 100 miles from finishing the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. The MOD 70 was experiencing about 15 knots of northwesterly winds in the English Channel. Musandam-Oman Sail was still achieving a speed of 25 knots but the wind angle meant a considerable number of gybes, drastically reducing their VMG.

MOD 70 Musandam-Oman Sail, skippered by Frenchman Sidney Gavignet, is now over 40 miles ahead of the Volvo 65 fleet and has averaged an astonishing 27 knots since the start. At that speed, Musandam-Oman Sail will finish the race in 2 days and 18 hours, smashing the race and course record.

Tomorrow sees the launch of MDL Marinas’ new charity initiative - My MDL Selfie – challenging berth holders, marina visitors and boating enthusiasts to get snapping this summer. In aid of Ocean Youth Trust South, MDL Marinas has pledged to donate £1* for every selfie received via social media using the hashtag #MyMDLSelfie.

Earlier today Nick Elliott, RORC Racing Manager explained the decision to delay the start of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race by 21 hours. The postponed start will take place on Monday 11 August at 0900.

The Race Committee have taken the decision to postpone the start of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014 by 21 hours. The new start time will be 0900 on the 11th August 2014.

Following the successful salvage operation of the 'Costa Concordia' cruise liner in July, Italian authorities have reported that the ill fated liner may now have given up its final secret.

Divers working on the pre-scrapping operations at Genoa have found human bones, believed to belong to the last person still unaccounted for of the 32 victims of the disaster.

The coastal race on day 3 of the Gazprom Swan 60 World Championship at the Copa del Rey MAPFRE tested the Swan 60 crews with 30 nm around the Bahia de Palma before finishing in front of the stunning Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma.  With a steady wind direction of 220°, it was the gear changes that were the key to success as the wind increased from 10 knots at the start to 13 – 14 knots durin

Best known for her glamorous evening and cocktail dresses, leading fashion designer Amanda Wakeley has collaborated with supporters of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week to create a limited edition ‘Ladies Day’ T-shirt to raise money for the official charity, UKSA

Helly Hansen ambassador and Olympic sailing hopeful, Chris Russell, has announced his intentions to attempt a World Record for ‘sailing 300 miles unassisted’, which he expects will take around 30 hours to complete. The campaign surrounding his record attempt has been suitably titled Force300 (#Force300) and will take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Once every two years in September, Swan owners from all over the world gather for a week of competition, friendship and glamour at the iconic Rolex Swan Cup, which this year celebrates its 18th anniversary, from September 8-14 in Porto Cervo (ITA).

A joint venture with Australian partner Aurora Global Logistics

After facing the very real prospect of not being able to race in the regatta, organised by Key Yachting and run by the Royal Southern Yacht Club, it's been quite a turn around in fortune for Mike and Sarah Wallis's Jahmali in the J-Cup 2014 in Partnership with B&G.
People across Glasgow and west Scotland turned out in their thousands to welcome the Commonwealth Flotilla, which took place today (Saturday 26th July 2014).  
TV presenter and historian Sir Tony Robinson is backing a campaign calling on people to rediscover, and bring back to life, thousands of miles of derelict historic canals that helped make Britain the world’s first industrial nation.
Fast paced one design racing is at the core of the Gill DNA and so the RS European Championships at Fraglia Vela Riva, LakeGardais a perfect event for the technical sailing brand to work with.