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IOC Confirms 10 Sailing Events For London 2012 Olympic Game

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today confirmed there will be 10 sailing events at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Executive Board of the IOC confirmed the line up of events and disciplines for the 26 sports on the Programme for the London 2012 Olympic Games at their meeting in Berlin, Germany today. The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) had made a request to keep the number of sailing events at 11, maintaining the Open Multihull event.

The IOC President Ja...

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


Cowes Day 8 Summary

Another fine and sunny day was predicted for the final day of Cowes Week, but the light gradient north-westerly wind was predicted to fade to zero during the morning, before being replaced by a gentle sea breeze.

"We don't see any point in starting races today in the dying north-westerly," Stuart Quarrie, CEO of Cowes Week explained after the race team's early-morning briefing. "But we are hopeful that the sea breeze will fill in before 13:00, enabling us to get racing in durin...

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


Friday at Cowes Wweek

The penultimate day of Cowes Week saw a return of the sun, and numerous closely-fought battles across a wide range of fleets.

By this morning the weather front that brought rain and light airs to the race area over the previous couple of days had moved further east, bringing a north-westerly airflow that started as a promising 10-13 knots. The situation remained complex, however, with the possibility of further showers that could mess with the wind as on the two previous days. An additional ...

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


Thursday at Cowes

Day six of Cowes Week saw mixed conditions that provided challenging racing across the 37 classes, despite an unpromising weather forecast.

"It's going to be another tricky day," said regatta CEO Stuart Quarrie as competitors were getting ready to go afloat.

The front that killed the wind on Wednesday afternoon was forecast to remain almost stationary over the race area, with sporadic shower activity moving erratically north-eastwards along the line of the front. Over...

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


Cowes Week - Wednesday Round-Up

In contrast to yesterday's excitement this was a day of light winds and challenging conditions for competitors and race officers alike.

The day started with a gentle southerly breeze, but a slow-moving and weak cold front just to the west of the Solent, threatened to reduce the wind to nearly zero in its wake. The nine Open 60s competing in the Artemis Challenge got away at 10:00 as scheduled, but the initial plan for a round the island race was changed to a round-the-cans course outside the ...

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


Tuesday at Cowes Week

Gusty winds, with puffs of up to 30 knots, provided the regatta's most exciting day so far, with the thousands of competitors wearing huge grins as they blasted around the courses.

Rob Gray, owner of the Quarter Tonner Aguila said, "Today was some of the best racing I've ever had - and the first time I've sailed a Quarter Tonner in 30 knots! It was an absolute blast. Gybing was a bit like a roulette wheel, but we did get lucky occasionally."
Britannia Cup

The b...

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


Monday at Cowes

The 8,500 competitors at this year's Cowes Week enjoyed another day of sun with a southerly wind of 10-15 knots that increased to 15-20 during the afternoon.

The Laser SB3 fleet started first, going east on Line 2 from the Royal Yacht Squadron. Martin Jones' Seamarknunn.com was closest to the line, but just astern and to leeward, Geoff Carveth's Pro-Vela.com had hoisted the kite with 15 seconds to go and hit the line at full speed moments after the gun, even so this was not enough to pull cl...

Date Added - 04-Aug-2009 Read the full story here ...


Cowes Week - Sunday Summary

Clear skies, plenty of sun and westerly Force 3-4, building to 5 during the mid afternoon provided stellar conditions for day two of Cowes Week.

Commenting about the forecast before the first start, Stuart Quarrie (CEO, Cowes Week Ltd) said: "It's going to be a lovely sunny day but again the wind is giving the course-setters a tough task - it will gradually back through 90 degrees, but it's impossible for the forecasters to pinpoint the exact timing of the changes in direction."
Date Added - 03-Aug-2009 Read the full story here ...


Cowes Week - Saturday Summary

2009 is set to be a classic year for the regatta, with strong support for the older classes that have formed the backbone of the event for many years and the 98-year-old XOD regaining its old position as the most numerous class, mustering 80 entries.

A weak but wide occluded front which moved over the Solent from 0900 onwards gave rain for competitors and spectators alike, while a shifty Force 3-4 forecast to veer erratically by 90 degrees over the day promised to be challenging for course se...

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


RNLI Barmouth rescue four from powerboat

RNLI Barmouth inshore lifeboat was launched on Thursday July 23 at 13:30 and four lives were saved..

At approximately midday, Deputy Launching Authority John Puddle saw a 14 foot powerboat leaving the harbour in rough seas and a force five southwesterly wind.

Just after 13:00 he became aware that the boat had not returned to the harbour so he telephoned Llew Griffin the RNLI Mechanic at the Lifeboat Station and asked him if he could see the boat from there.

Using...

Date Added - 24-Jul-2009 Read the full story here ...


Fish and Chip Boat?

If you notice the smell of fish and chips floating down the Grand Union Canal and wonder where it’s coming from, you might be surprised by the answer. You may have come across British Waterways’ first biofuel work boat, the Brentford-based 'Aylesbury'.

British Waterways is trialling a new scheme that has the potential to convert many of its boats to run on cooking oil – a by-product of the restaurant industry. Using this type of biofuel has a varierty of benefits: it reuses ...

Date Added - 16-Jul-2009 Read the full story here ...


Thames Traditional Boat Rally 2009

The Thames Traditional Boat Rally will be held this coming weekend - July 18th and 19th at Fawley Meadows on the road from Henley On Thames to Marlow.

Full details can be found at http://www.tradboatrally.com/...

Date Added - 16-Jul-2009 Read the full story here ...


Raymarine to launch new products at PSP Southampton Boat Show

Raymarine will be showcasing a range of new products on Stand G088 at the PSP Southampton Boat Show.

The ST70 Plus is Raymarine's latest generation of instrument and pilot display systems. With large, high visibility LCD's, ST70 Plus offers a new way of displaying and managing data, and is the perfect partner for Raymarine's multifunction display systems. The ST70 Plus can be configured as an instrument or autopilot display. Managed via a dedicated remote control keypad, the 6.5 inch (164 ...

Date Added - 12-Jul-2009 Read the full story here ...


Princess Yachts to unveil two new models at Southampton Boat Show

Princess Yachts International will be unveiling two new models at the PSP Southampton International Boat Show, the V78 and the 78 Motor Yacht. Additionally, the Princess V85 will be making her Southampton debut and the V62, revealed at last year's show, will make a return visit.

In summary

• Princess V78: makes her UK and boat show premiere. Conceived as a thoroughbred sports yacht and honed for long-range cruising, she features a powerful, deep-V hull constructed using a...

Date Added - 12-Jul-2009 Read the full story here ...


Latest industry trends from the British Marine Federation (BMF) show small signs of recovery in specific areas of the leisure marine industry. But while some parts of the industry are doing better than six months ago, others are still finding conditions extremely difficult and continue to be hit hard by the recession.

And while there are glimmers of recovery in some areas, all sectors are still faring worse than 12 months ago.

These findings are derived from the BMF's spring tr...

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


Discovery 67 to make its debut at Southampton Boat Show

Southampton, UK based Discovery Yachts, will be launching its stunning new 67 foot ocean going sailing yacht at this year's PSP Southampton Boat Show. Making its world debut at the show, the Discovery 67 has been developed to be handled effortlessly by two people whilst offering an abundance of luxurious accommodation for friends, family and comfortable crew quarters if required.

Like her smaller sister, the award-winning Discovery 55, the new 67 comes from the drawing board of the world famo...

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


2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship

The world's top young sailors are entering their final preparations as just one week remains until the start of the 2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Buzios, Brazil.

The 38th edition of the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship will showcase the future stars of the sailing world at Buzios, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil from 9-18 July. Over 280 sailors from 59 nations are set to arrive in Brazil next week, looking to make their mark at the first-ever edition of the Yout...

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


Yacht Breaks Up On Kennack Sands

At just before 4.00 pm yesterday afternoon Falmouth Coastguard were alerted to a yacht Vinca II aground at Kennack Sands in Cornwall.

The local Coastguard rescue team attended Kennack Sands beach following several reports of a yacht aground from members of the public.

The yacht was hard aground, with the father and heavily pregnant daughter crew both safe ashore. Both were looked after overnight by local Coastguards, whilst the remains of the vessel are to be recovered by loca...

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


2009 Rolex Fastnet

Applications for the 2009 Rolex Fastnet opened on 1 January and effectively closed two months later when the 300 cap on entries was reached. Organisers, the Royal Ocean Racing Club, immediately set up a waiting list, which currently stands at seventy confirming the enduring and considerable interest in this classic offshore race that this year starts at noon on Sunday, 9 August from the Royal Yacht Squadron line at Cowes.

With so many yachts entered, the fleet is a broad cross-section of the ...

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


Ilfracombe RNLI Lifeboat launches to assist 36ft yacht

Ilfracombe RNLI all weather lifeboat was launched on Monday to a report of a 36 foot yacht with 3 people on board broken down and drifting off Woody Bay.

The yacht 'Jobo' was on passage from Bristol to Ilfracombe when it suffered gear box failure and was becalmed.

The lifeboat located the yacht drifting off Lee Bay 10 miles to the east of Ilfracombe. 2 crewmen from the lifeboat were transferred on to the yacht and a tow line was set up.

The yacht was then towed b...

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



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