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Sunsail was delighted to be right at the heart of the action taking place at Lendy Cowes Week 2017, featuring thrilling races, exciting announcements and some very special guests.
Over 100,000 spectators were in attendance at Lendy Cowes Week 2017, where 1,500 sailors raced with Sunsail on 23 different Sunsail yachts throughout the week.
The Henri Lloyd Breeze Holdall has been designed for both on land and on water. Offering 50L of storage the bag has been made from highly durable polyester and features an internal silver lining for better internal visibility. There are two internal stow pockets and a handy external zipped pocket. Colours: marine, grey, new red and lime
Disabled Cowes adventurer Natasha Lambert, 20, has completed her latest Sea and Summit Expedition despite appalling weather conditions.Natasha, who has quadraplegic Cerebral Palsy, controls her 21ft sailboat simply by breathing through a straw and walks using a customised walking brace and frame.The 2017 Sea and Summit challenge saw Natasha sail her boat Miss Isle across the North Channel of the Irish Sea from Portpatrick in Scotland to Carrick Fergus, Belfast, continuing down the East Coast of Ireland, encountering strong winds and torrential rain, finally sailing into Dublin, where she exchanged her boat for her walking aid and climbed five miles to the summit of Mount Kippure, in the Wicklow Mountains, Ireland, which was swathed in mist and clouds.Along the way Natasha exhibited her boat to several sailing groups and yacht clubs demonstrating the technology she uses to achieve these amazing feats.Natasha’s Mum, Amanda, took the opportunity to be a passenger on one of the sailing legs and commented: “I am in awe of Natasha’s courage and skill to control this small boat in some very arduous conditions. Her determination and perseverance makes me so very proud.”Throughout this challenge Natasha has fund raised for the RNLI and a charity created by herself to help others with similar needs, The MissIsle School of Sip-puff Sailing.Natasha takes on these challenges to demonstrate that despite disability great things are possible and is already planning for next year! www.missisle.com
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Xabi Fernández and his in-form MAPFRE team claimed their second victory in Leg Zero qualifying with another commanding performance in the build-up to the Volvo Ocean Race.
MAPFRE had a lead of seven nautical miles when they crossed the finish line at 0629 UTC off the iconic French sailing city of Saint-Malo.
Rob Graham, 39, from Angmering, West Sussex, has been formally announced as the professional skipper who will lead the Nasdaq team entry in the 40,000-nautical mile Clipper Race, the biggest round-the-world yacht race, when it sets sail from Liverpool on 20 August.
The Nasdaq Stock Market in New York is sponsoring one of the race’s twelve 70-foot ocean racing yachts, and its non-professional crew who will compete in the eleven-month long circumnavigation challenge of a lifetime, carrying the firm’s ‘Ignite Your Ambition’ message.
Boaters urged to combat carbon monoxide in light of MAIB report findings
The UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch has published its report following an investigation into the fatal accident which occurred on board the motor cruiser Vasquez.
Success in sport requires considerable determination and perseverance; they in turn require a goal to fuel them. In the case of French yachtsman, Didier Gaudoux, his dream was to win the Rolex Fastnet Race.
It was an ambition conceived in the late 1970s, when he made his first forays as an offshore sailor, and nurtured during the subsequent four decades. It was one which eventually inspired him to ask the design studio Joubert-Nivelt to build a yacht to ‘win the Rolex Fastnet Race’.
A project to improve access for disabled people on Burton Mill Pond has come to fruition with the formal opening of a new access ramp and pontoon and the launch of a wheelchair accessible Wheelyboat Mk I.
The Wheelyboat project has been organised by West Sussex County Council (WSCC) and supported by the Wheelyboat Trust, a national charity whose HQ is half a mile from the pond. The project is part of Arun & Rother Connections, a £2.2m Heritage Lottery funded initiative to improve the environment in the Arun and Rother catchments, encouraging greater access by the public. The new ramp provides step free access from Burton Park Road to a new pontoon specially designed to accommodate the Wheelyboat.
Since launching in June, nearly 3,000 RYA members have already taken advantage of the exclusive free ticket offer to the 2017 Yachtmarket.com Southampton Boat Show, and there is still time for you to claim your FREE ticket.
Not only can members claim their FREE ticket to any day of the show, including Public Preview Day, members can also purchase up to three additional tickets at the special discounted rate of £12 (a transaction fee of £1.95 applies for purchased tickets).
From Simrad comes the RS20 DSC marine VHF radio, ideal for a variety of boats from small RIBs to larger cruisers. The radio includes a high contrast black-on-white display that is clearly visible in bright sunlight. Nighttime visibility has also been optimised, with an inverted white-on-black night mode. A rotary dial makes channel selection easy, while large buttons provide quick access to all key functions, even with gloves on. A dedicated Channel 16 key is included on both the radio’s front panel and its four-button fist mic giving boaters instant access to the emergency channel. An integrated Distress button allows automated DSC distress calling.
People wanting to learn how to sail — or improve their existing knowledge — are being given more opportunities to master the skill later this year.
Due to demand, the Trinity Sailing Foundation is offering additional weeks of RYA tuition, on board their 1908-vessel Golden Vanity, for the 2017 season.
A team of veterans affected by military operations has swapped home comforts for two months of nautical endurance as they attempt to sail 2000 nautical miles around the British Isles.
Under blue skies the crew of 17 veterans – many with little or no sailing experience – were waved a noisy goodbye to crowds of well-wishers at Falmouth harbour in Cornwall on the Turn to Starboard Round Britain Challenge 2017.
Paul Phillips (Hansa Liberty) was crowned 2017 RYA Sailability Multiclass Champion of Champions at the tenth RYA Sailability Multiclass Regatta this weekend.
More than 50 boats and 74 sailors converged at Rutland Water to compete at Britain’s biggest disabled sailing event with prizes up for grabs in seven classes: 2.4mR, Challenger, Hansa 303, Hansa Liberty, RS Venture and the Open Slow (Hansa 2.3) and Open Fast (Skud18 and Weta).
Arriving in Plymouth at 05:55 BST and a little over ten hours outside of the current multihull line honours, the MOD70 Concise 10 became the first yacht to complete the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race. Having led the record-breaking fleet throughout the entire race, her quest to arrive first over the finish line was never in jeopardy.
“It was one of the easier Rolex Fastnets I’ve done,” revealed British skipper Ned Collier Wakefield on arrival in Plymouth. “The record wasn’t on with the forecast, it was upwind all the way to Land’s End. We had a nice rounding of the Fastnet Rock and gybed straight afterwards heading back along the Irish coast to find a bit more pressure and then had a great night bombing along at 35 knots in pretty flat water.”
The five children who joined the crew of racing yacht Black Dog Team Gul and went on to score a win on the opening day of Falmouth Week described their experience with an emphatic “amazing!”.
“Hiking out over the edge at speed was incredible,” said Ross Payne, 12, while 13-year-old Ollie Heffernan added: “It was challenging but really exciting. We had to work as a team to solve problems and keep the boat ahead of our competitors.”
After a night of close-quarters tacking in the Celtic Sea into a 15-knot northwesterly breeze Dongfeng Race Team, which had been in second place in the seven-strong Volvo Ocean Race fleet, was the first to round the famous Fastnet Rock this morning.
Charles Caudrelier and his crew managed to overhaul former class leader AkzoNobel and were the first to ease sheets and begin the leg back to Plymouth with the wind now behind Dongfeng and set to freshen as they head towards the Isles of Scilly.