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Actual, the new trimaran of Yves le Blevec and co-skipper Jean Le Cam is reported to have capsized in a position approximately 22 miles north of Cherbourg around 1645hrs GMT. Reported to have been making around 20 knots of boat speed in approximately 23 knots of wind, the boat is reported to have pitch-poled. The two co-skippers are reported to be safe, are inside the boat OK and have requested help but did not issue a Mayday. The pair are awaiting assistance from the lifeboat which should reach them in aro...

Date Added - 08-Nov-2009 Read the full story here ...


Transat Jacques Vabre Underway

After days of rain, wind and even hail storms, the waters off Le Havre offered the 20 crews setting off on the ninth edition of the two handed Transat Jacques Vabre relatively benign conditions as they headed down the Channel, making west and south from the autumnal chills of Northern Europe for the sunshine of Costa Rica.

The slate grey clouds threatened menacingly on the distant horizons, but there were shards of sunshine momentarily slanting from the dark skies, as if on special order by t...

Date Added - 08-Nov-2009 Read the full story here ...


Big Choices for the Transat Jacques Vabre Fleet

Heavy hail showers left Le Havre's Paul Vatine dock under a temporary white blanket as the co-skippers and their shore-teams completed their final checks and preparations before tomorrow's race start. But, while some may have taken a brief respite to throw a few friendly snow or slush balls at each otheracross the dock, today's almost wintery weather was not so much on their minds as what lies ahead over the first week of this ninth edition of the race.

Both the Multi 50's and the IMOCA Open ...

Date Added - 07-Nov-2009 Read the full story here ...


British Waterways launches moorings policy consultation

Narrow Boats in Marina British Waterways (BW) has launched a three month consultation inviting views on its proposed policy for both leisure and residential moorings in England and Wales.

Addressing some of the challenges arising from the sustained growth and popularity in boating, the consultation primarily considers how mooring space along the waterways should be managed.

This consultation is about three related a...

Date Added - 07-Nov-2009 Read the full story here ...


Transat Jacques Vabre starts on Sunday November 8th.

Aviva in the Solent Less than two days to the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre and skippers admit that the standard of the IMOCA Open 60 fleet is universally high.

For some it's the first big chance to restore pride and confidence after the brutal last edition of the Vendee Globe, to others it is simply the next big challenge on the competition itinerary, but the 2009 edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre, which starts from Le H...

Date Added - 06-Nov-2009 Read the full story here ...


Sunrise start for 2010 Round The Island Race

2009 fleet rounds the Needles
With this year's J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race being lauded as one of the best-ever and certainly one of the more challenging by the competitors (owing to the lack of wind around Bembridge, IOW), the Island Sailing Club (ISC) is examining ways to make it even more of a resounding success in 2010.

In addition to any specific improvements being made to next year's Race, it p...

Date Added - 05-Nov-2009 Read the full story here ...


Discovery Yachts announces 50 Foot Catamaran Launch

Southampton based Discovery Yachts launches its much heralded Discovery 50 Cat at the 2010 Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show.

Discovery 50 Catamaran

Designed by the renowned Bill Dixon, with an interior styled by superyacht specialist Ken Freivokh, the Discovery 50 Cat is the first multihull from this highly respected British yard which has gained an enviable reputation for its 55 and 67 foot ocean goi...

Date Added - 02-Nov-2009 Read the full story here ...


Yachtsman rescued from the Tyne after falling from tender

A yachtsman has been rescued from the River Tyne after falling into the river from his tender this morning.

At 7.54am Humber Coastguard received a 999 call from a young lady who reported that her father had fallen from his tender into the river near the Millennium Bridge Pontoon. She also said she could see a pilot boat in the area. Humber Coastguard alerted the pilot boat to incident and also sent to the scene Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade and requested the launch of Tyne and Wear Fire Br...

Date Added - 01-Nov-2009 Read the full story here ...


Yarmouth Harbour Berthing Proposals Announced

Yarmouth Harbour Commissioners announced proposals yesterday to re-configure the layout of the berthing pontoons within the harbour. The objective is to increase the number of walk ashore moorings and provide better access to power. The proposals also aim to improve navigation within the harbour.

The overall number of berths remains the same and with the same split between permanent and visitors moorings. It is hoped that the increase in walk ashore access will increase the number of visitors...

Date Added - 27-Oct-2009 Read the full story here ...


Fairline to launch latest Targa 58 Gran Turismo at London International Boat Show

Luxury motor yacht manufacturer, Fairline Boats is adding an exciting new model to its Targa express cruiser range with the Targa 58 GRAN TURISMO, which will be making her world launch at the Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show 2010. The new Targa 44 Open, which is being introduced alongside the latest Targa 44 GRAN TURISMO model, will also be launched at the Show.

Fairline Targa 58 Gran Turismo

Fairline ...

Date Added - 23-Oct-2009 Read the full story here ...


Three men rescued from Solent after dinghy capsizes

The vessel involved in Friday night's incident in the Solent has now been recovered to the shoreline by the Isle of Wights Freshwater Inshore Rescue boat.

At approximately midnight on Friday a red flare was spotted from the Lymington River and was seen to be in the around the Thorness Bay area.

The Isle of Wight Needles Coastguard Rescue Team were turned out and a pan pan or urgency message was broadcast alerting other sea users to the flare and shortly after the Coastguard rec...

Date Added - 19-Oct-2009 Read the full story here ...


Studland Bay No-Anchor Zone Announced

The Crown Estate and Natural England have announced the implementation of a voluntary no-anchor zone in a small area of Studland Bay, Dorset.

The zone will be implemented as part of a wider study examining the possible impacts of recreational boat anchoring and moorings on seagrass health and associated marine life in Studland Bay. The zone will be marked by four yellow buoys on each corner as well as two yellow buoys in the centre of the zone. Boaters will be asked to avoid anchoring in this...

Date Added - 14-Oct-2009 Read the full story here ...


Sealine's Steve Coultate becomes General Manager of Brunswick Europe Boat Business

Brunswick Marine in Europe (BME) has announced an organizational structure aligned around its boat and marine power business units. This represents a further evolution of a structure put in place 18 months ago aimed toward improving the efficiency and agility in managing the business. As part of this initiative, several appointments have been made to key executive positions.

Steve Coultate, currently Managing Director of Sealine, has been named Vice President and General Manager of the Europe...

Date Added - 13-Oct-2009 Read the full story here ...


ISAF announce the Nominees for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2009.

ISAF have announced the Nominees for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2009.

ISAF received nominations for the 2009 Awards from across the world for sailors representing all aspects of the sport. In deciding the nominees, the achievements of sailors made during the qualifying period of 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009 are taken into consideration. There can be only one winner in each of the two categories, male and female, the names of those sailors now vying for the coveted a...

Date Added - 30-Sep-2009 Read the full story here ...


Fairline Expands Squadron Range

With the much anticipated introduction of the Squadron 41 in the summer of 2010, Fairline will be branding all its future flybridge models as Squadron rather than Phantom. This will streamline future production to two model ranges - the Targa express cruisers and the Squadron flybridge boats.

With over 40 years experience Fairline has historically responded swiftly to changes in consumer demand and market requirements to ensure that model ranges and product offerings are contemporary, relevan...

Date Added - 25-Sep-2009 Read the full story here ...


Mike Perham becomes the youngest person to sail single-handed around the world

17 year-old British sailor Mike Perham has become the youngest person to sail single-handed around the world. His 50ft yacht Totallymoney.com crossed the traditional Lizard/Ushant line marking the start and finish point of his 30,000 mile record-setting in bright sunshine at 09:47:30 secs (local)am this morning - two months inside the previous age record set by American teenager Zac Sutherland.

Aged 17 years, 164 days old the teenager from Potters Bar Hertfordshire, was escorted across the l...

Date Added - 29-Aug-2009 Read the full story here ...


RNLI very busy at Bournemouth Air Show

The RNLI Poole lifeboats attended to over 30 incidents during the air show.

RNLI Coxswain Jonathan Clark said, "It was crazy out there, You needed eyes in the back of your head."

Just as the Coxswain lit the BBQ the pagers went off requesting both lifeboats to Launch. The inshore lifeboats was tasked to a yacht with a fouled propellor an anchor chain had got it stuck holding it fast. The boat was between Boscombe and Bournemouth pier, the crew of the Inshore lifeboat ...

Date Added - 26-Aug-2009 Read the full story here ...


ISAF announces dates for 2010 World Championships for 2012 Olympic Events

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has published the provisional dates and venues for the World Championships of the events selected for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.

The World Championships for the Olympic events are one of the annual highlights of the sailing calendar. Over the course of the year thousands of sailors will compete for the honour of World Championship glory in their chosen Olympic event. In contrast to the ISAF Sailing World Cup series, were the competitor's...

Date Added - 22-Aug-2009 Read the full story here ...


New Sunseeker yachts at Southampton Boat Show

Sunseeker have provided further details of the four new yachts to be launched at the Southampton Boat Show 2009 which runs from September 11th-20th.

The new yachts are the:-

Sunseeker 80 yacht
Predator 54
Predator 60
Predator 130

At http://tv.sunseeker.com/ you can seem more details of the new yachts and the ideas behind the designs.
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Date Added - 22-Aug-2009 Read the full story here ...


Long Slow Finish to Fastnet

Typically the Rolex Fastnet Race is all but concluded by the Friday morning, five days after the start. But by this morning, only around one third of the fleet have reached the finish off Plymouth, for the Royal Ocean Racing Club's 608 mile long biennial offshore classic.

Even in Class Zero, around one third of the boats have still to finish. Here, the winner is almost certainly the Swan 56, La Floresta Del Mar of Amanda Hartley and Jamie Olazabel. At present, they are almost 1.5 hours ahead ...

Date Added - 15-Aug-2009 Read the full story here ...



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