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COASTGUARD TO GIVE SAFETY ADVICE AT PSP SOUTHAMPTON BOAT SHOW

Having the right equipment on board your boat and knowing how to use it will be the focus of the Maritime and Coastguard Agencys stand (C110) at this years PSP Southampton Boat Show.

Last year Her Majestys Coastguard responded to over 22,000 incidents. The Coastguards primary aim is the saving and preservation of life and this includes giving advice to people to prevent them from getting into life-threatening situations in the first instance.

During the show Coastguard Officer...

Date Added - 18-Sep-2011 Read the full story here ...


BOAT TOWED INTO SUNDERLAND MARINA AFTER CREW GET LOST ON FIRST OUTING

Two men and the boat that they had just purchased have been towed into Sunderland Marina after they became lost just hours after taking delivery of it.

The men were taking the converted lifeboat from the River Wear to the River Tyne, a journey of six miles. However, they thought that they had just left the River Tees. They became disorientated, and at 5.45 pm they called 999 and asked for assistance. Humber Coastguard took their call and talked them through operating the radio that was onboar...

Date Added - 08-Nov-2010 Read the full story here ...


Cowes Week Day Eight Round Up

With its large and competitive fleet, the XOD class is considered by many to be the most difficult to win at Cowes. However, Steve & Peter Lawrence and Patrick Smart's Catherine had a commanding lead going into the final day, needing only to finish within 34 places of second-placed Ben Paton's XL.

Third place, on the other hand, was wide open and with six boats separated by only eight points in contention there was everything to fight for today. The first start from the committee boat off...

Date Added - 08-Aug-2010 Read the full story here ...


Cowes Week Day Seven Round Up

Today Black Group sailed in the western Solent, with classes starting on the Royal Yacht Squadron line heading east, while White Group headed downwind towards the east. After starting from the Black Group committee boat in the western Solent, Charles Dunstone's TP52 Rio took a fourth win to secure the overall series in IRC Class Zero from Sam Laidlaw's Farr 52 Bob. At the start of the day, Ian Matthews' J/122 Jinja was leading by two points from Peter Morton and Andrew McIrvine's First 40 La Response in IRC...

Date Added - 06-Aug-2010 Read the full story here ...


Cowes Week Day Six Round Up

Black Group classes on the RYS line started going west, with spinnakers popping up in the final 30 seconds before each start. The J/92 class held its national championships over the first four days of Cowes Week, but all but two boats are still competing. Today Taylor, Greenhalgh and Bexon's J'Ronimo started closest to the line at the southern end, but Neilson Redeye was the first of two boats to sail though to leeward with superior speed in the opening 10 minutes of the race.

With the Sigma ...

Date Added - 06-Aug-2010 Read the full story here ...


Cowes Week Day Five Round Up

The first Black Group start was for the big boats competing for the New York YC Challenge Cup in IRC Class Zero. In the first four days of the regatta this class has seen three different race winners. Sir Peter Ogden's all-black Mini Maxi Jethou, lying third overall at the beginning of the day, asserted dominance from the start, significantly ahead and to windward of her competitors. Next were two TP52s, Johnny Vincent's Pace and Charles Dunstone's Rio, the latter making an uncharacteristically mediocre sta...

Date Added - 04-Aug-2010 Read the full story here ...


Cowes Week Day Four Round Up

On the White Group start line the Laser SB3 class got away cleanly after a 10-minute postponement. The adverse tide favoured the inner end of the line, but in light wind there were big holes close inshore. 10 minutes later it was very soft for the Longtze class, with only one boat on the line and the back-markers were barely clear a couple of minutes before the scheduled Etchells start time.

The wind increased during the final minute before the Etchells got away, with two boats accelerating o...

Date Added - 03-Aug-2010 Read the full story here ...


Cowes Week Day Three Round Up

The west-south-westerly winds of the first two days of Cowes Week gave way to a light northerly gradient wind overnight. With the thin layer of cloud forecast to clear, the prospects were for a mostly sunny day. However, this in turn gave race officials and course setters an unenviable dilemma - rising temperatures were forecast to give a south-westerly afternoon sea breeze, with the inevitable shut-down mid Solent first.

By 1015 the cloud was breaking up and the sun warming Cowes. Although B...

Date Added - 02-Aug-2010 Read the full story here ...


Cowes Week Day Two Round Up

The day's closest racing was undoubtedly in the Quarter Ton class, where just nine seconds separated four of the first five boats on corrected time at the end of an intense four-hour race. "It was a great day's sailing, with an awesome course," said Chris Preston, sailing in the class for the first time since 1975 as tactician on Rob Gray's Aguila. "The quality of sailing in the class is amazing, yet it's very fair and friendly."

Getting the right side of a wind shift on t...

Date Added - 01-Aug-2010 Read the full story here ...


Cowes Week Day One Round Up

This year's first start saw the nine Extreme 40s competing in the Extreme Sailing Series at Cowes on the Royal Yacht Squadron line for their first long-distance race. In light airs, with insufficient wind for these high-adrenaline machines to fly a hull, and a building flood tide, the fleet lined up heading inshore on starboard tack 20 seconds before the gun. However, three were over the line early and the inshore boat had to tack for depth almost immediately after the gun, forcing the remainder of the flee...

Date Added - 31-Jul-2010 Read the full story here ...


International line up for annual IMOCA 60 round the island sprint

The Artemis Challenge at Cowes Week, the annual Open 60 sprint round the Isle of Wight, has this year attracted an impressive line up of entries from across Europe. Accompanied by celebrity guests, some of the biggest names in ocean racing will battle it out in a high adrenaline 50 mile race round the island, competing for a £10,000 charity prize fund.

Flying the British flag will be Artemis Ocean Racing skippered by Graham Tourell and crewed by, amongst others, double Olympic m...

Date Added - 20-Jul-2010 Read the full story here ...


British Sailing Team to take on the new America's Cup Champions at Cowes Week

TEAMORIGIN's Ben Ainslie, and BMW ORACLE Racing's James Spithill, will lead their teams contesting the 1851 Cup.

Britain's TEAMORIGIN will be the be first potential challenger for the next America's Cup to race head-to-head with BMW ORACLE Racing, winners of the 33rd America's Cup.

Competition will take place on the historic waters of the Solent and around the Isle of Wight upon which a race won by the New York yacht America gave rise to the America's Cup, the oldest trophy in ...

Date Added - 14-Jul-2010 Read the full story here ...


The Artemis Challenge returns to Cowes Week in 2010

The Artemis Challenge at Cowes Week, the annual Open 60 sprint round the Isle of Wight, will this year take place on Tuesday 3rd August. Accompanied by celebrity guests, some of the biggest names in ocean racing will battle it out in a high adrenaline 50 mile race round the island, competing for a £10,000 charity prize fund.

Now in its fourth year, the Artemis Challenge at Cowes Week is recognised as one of the key events of the Cowes Week regatta, one of the UK's longest running...

Date Added - 30-Jun-2010 Read the full story here ...


The 79th Round the Island Race ends on a buoyant note

Everyone is celebrating this year's Race as being one of the most successful on record. Not only did the weather gods play fair, the racing was extremely close throughout the day proven by the tight finishes in most classes and the competitors came ashore happy and proud of their efforts whether first in class or trailing the fleet.

For once, most of the boats finished before sunset and in a fleet of nearly 1700 boats, that's pretty unusual.

From the 0500 start off the Royal Ya...

Date Added - 20-Jun-2010 Read the full story here ...


TEAMORIGIN and BMW ORACLE Racing America's Cup teams to race at Cowes Week

Britain's America's Cup team, TEAMORIGIN, is to race the US team BMW ORACLE Racing during Cowes Week (starts 31st July 2010) for a new trophy -The 1851 Cup.

Sir Keith Mills, Team Principal of TEAMORIGIN, has invited the America's Cup holders, BMW ORACLE Racing, to Cowes this summer to compete in a match race tournament that will involve a race clockwise around the Island over the historic original course that saw the birth of the America's Cup in 1851.

In that summer of 1851, f...

Date Added - 03-May-2010 Read the full story here ...


FAIRLINE SQUADRON 65 WINS A 'MOTOR BOAT OF THE YEAR' AWARD

Luxury motor yacht manufacturer, Fairline Boats has been awarded the prestigious accolade of the 'Motor Boat of the Year' Award 2010 in the 'Flybridges over 55ft' category for the new Fairline Squadron 65.

Hosted at a gala dinner in London early 2010, winners of the Motor Boat of the Year Awards 2010 were announced to an audience of marine industry VIPs and guests.

The Motor Boat of the Year Awards are judged by a panel of boat testers from UK marine titles Motor Boats Monthly ...

Date Added - 14-Apr-2010 Read the full story here ...


Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat rescues four from sinking yacht

Just after 1pm on Easter Day, Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat, Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer) was called to a 27 foot yacht which had run aground on the treacherous Shingle Bank on the north side of the Needles Channel.

The yacht had a crew of four on board and when the lifeboat arrived on the scene the yacht was floundering. The lifeboat deployed their small Y-boat to assist the crew as the water at the scene was too shallow for the lifeboat to approach the casualty. They managed to pick up two of...

Date Added - 14-Apr-2010 Read the full story here ...


Cowes Week 2010 opens for entries

Cowes Week has opened for entries to the world's best known sailing regatta. This iconic British event, one of the longest running in UK sporting history, looks forward to welcoming both regular and new participants to this year's regatta. From 31 July to 7 August the Solent will once again be awash with colour and vitality as Cowes Week enjoys its 184th anniversary; a true celebration of serious sailing fun at its very best.

A number of changes have been made for 2010.

Crew Li...

Date Added - 31-Mar-2010 Read the full story here ...


Corvette Marine introduces new Corvette 340 model

Corvette Marine, now owned by the management team of Fleming Yachts, is introducing a new Corvette 340 family cruising yacht that is now under construction along with the new and improved Corvette 320. Both models are being built at the Tung Hwa boat-building facility in Taiwan, which has been building the world class Fleming line of motor yachts since 1986.

The Corvette 340 offers more interior living space, a larger flying bridge area and a more spacious aft deck than the popular Corvette 3...

Date Added - 14-Feb-2010 Read the full story here ...


Sealine to introduce new F42 flybridge cruiser

Sealine have released plans of their new F42 flybridge cruiser, due for launch at the 2010 Southampton Boat Show. The current F42/5, the new F42 offers unrivalled space for entertaining throughout the craft, whilst building on the practical cruising capabilities of the hugely successful F42/5.

The F42 has a significantly larger flybridge due to the extended design first offered on the F46 (launched in September). There is space for six to dine in comfort around the large dining table, plus...

Date Added - 11-Jan-2010 Read the full story here ...



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