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Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 challenger team AkzoNobel, currently racing through the Southern Ocean from Cape Town to Melbourne on Leg 3 of the round the world race has suffered damage to the yacht’s mast and mainsail when a gybe in very strong winds and gigantic seas went wrong earlier today.
The gybe ripped the mainsail track from the back edge of the mast, broke several of the mainsail’s carbon battens, and punctured the sail itself in several places. It was captured on film by Volvo Ocean Race on board reporter James Blake (NZL).
Brighton based skipper Robert Munns will travel to New Zealand in November 2018 to take 35 adults with Multiple Sclerosis on his award-winning sailing challenge.
Robert, who lives with Multiple Sclerosis himself, created the Oceans of Hope Challenge to give people the same life affirming experience he gained when sailing with the organisation Sailing Sclerosis, on board the yacht appropriately named ‘Oceans of Hope’, across the Pacific Ocean and English Channel.
The Simrad GO12 XSE and GO7 XSR are the newest additions to the GO standalone chartplotter series.
Loaded with the latest boating technologies, the GO12 XSE offers a new, 12-inch display option for the GO Series, while the upgraded GO7 XSR features a restyled, glass-helm design, along with radar compatibility, not previously available on the GO7 XSE.
Sail Aid UK has been granted charity status. Set up in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Irma to pro-actively unite the UK sailing community in a long-term fundraising drive to help the victims of the Caribbean Islands most severely impacted by the September hurricanes, the charity has now opened the Grant Application process. Sail Aid UK is promoting its online merchandise, currently a range of T-shirts that have been specially commissioned, designed and printed to raise funds for Sail Aid UK. These can be purchased online (https://www.sailaiduk.com/shop) and would make a fun extra Christmas present, available in adult men’s and women’s as well as in junior sizes. Anyone can also donate directly to the Sail Aid UK Action Stations Fund here: https://www.sailaiduk.com/page/how-to-help. To make an online donation, click here: bit.ly/DonateToSailAidUK To send in your I’m in! #sailaiduk photo message or to make contact with the Sail Aid UK team please email: email@example.com
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Cowes Week Limited, organisers of Lendy Cowes Week, say they will continue their youth initiative which offers discounted entry fees to boats with crews of under 25-year-olds.
The Under 25 Youth initiative has been making it possible for young people to race at Lendy Cowes Week since 2012. By offering an extremely attractive package to young sailors numbers have, not surprisingly, increased over the last few years, with young crews enjoying both the racing and the lively apres-sail scene on the shoreside.
A new concept for yacht racing and running is coming to the Solent in March 2018.
It is the brainchild of extreme challenge sportsman Scott Dawson who was the first man to run, swim, cycle and sail around the Isle of Wight in aid for the Marine Conservation Society and Meningitis Now. The WIND RUNNER CHALLENGE will see teams of eight race identical yachts across three different race courses, and as each yacht race finishes runners from each team leap off and take part in three different running races. There is also an après-racing schedule.
This latest addition to the award-winning V Class range is a progressive sports yacht that pushes the boundaries in terms of design and innovation with its unique deep-V hull, ensuring fuel and space efficiencies.
Guests benefit from optimum exposure to the elements thanks to the electric sliding sunroof in the open-plan saloon with U-shaped sofa, leading to the aft galley with its generous L-shaped sofa and folding dining table, while the sliding doors open out to the expansive cockpit featuring a wetbar with barbecue and coolbox.
Some of the UK’s finest inland boating companies will form a central part in promoting the best of inland boating on London Boat Show 2018’s waterways attraction, the Lock & Waterside Pub.
This is the first time in many years that the show has showcased narrowboats and inland boating holidays with an imposing, dedicated feature area. Businesses from the canal network, River Thames, Norfolk Broads and the Fenland waterways will be on hand to provide expertise on the best locations and ideal boats to suit any holidaymaker’s needs.