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The LPX Dynamic Softshell Jacket features a durable GORE-TEX® WINDSTOPPER® for protection against the elements when out at sea. The jacket also features a light knit jersey backer to improve comfort and breathability. Displaced seams under the arms ensure comfort while active, with silicon print grip tape keeping the jacket in place when moving on deck. The jacket also has self-fabric rollover cuffs, allowing sailors to tailor the fit for better comfort over long periods.
Itchenor Sailing Club is launching a new accessible sailing experience for those looking to enjoy dinghy sailing in a relaxed atmosphere. Set in the beautiful Chichester Harbour, Itchenor Sailing Club has a 90-year history and benefits from being one of the few clubs in the harbour which can offer sailing at all states of the tide.
The club has this year invested in three brand new 2000 dinghies that can be booked by members on a whole or half day basis from Wednesday to Sunday throughout the season. Ideal for beginners, family sailing and training, the club’s new fleet will give more people the opportunity to get out on the water and enjoy all the club has to offer without having to own a boat.
The Cruising Association (CA) has welcomed the Government response to its petition ‘Lobster Pots and Small Craft Safety – time to change the rules!’which recently closed with 10,770 signatures.
Fox’s Marina & Boatyard in Ipswich has launched a new division, Fox’s Yacht Service, to provide a complete after sales support service to the owners of Oyster yachts and other quality yachts, regardless of their size, age or location.
Fox’s Yacht Service is managed by Sarah Harmer who, until recently, was the long serving After Sales Manager at Oyster Yachts. Sarah is unique in her knowledge of Oyster yachts and is supported by some experienced ex Oyster marine professionals, together with a trusted network of suppliers and service providers.
Helly Hansen has committed to supporting the RNLI for the next five years through a variety of life-saving activities. These include delivering drowning prevention messages to their customers, generating income, supporting fundraising and safety campaigns, product innovation and supplying the very best kit to the RNLI’s lifesavers.
Supplying the RNLI with new all-weather lifeboat crew kit, Helly Hansen has worked with the lifesaving charity to ensure the professional-grade gear will meet the demanding needs of the RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crews. The new clothing is due to go on service from September 2018.
This evening, at 2200, Land Rover BAR start their epic Sport Relief Challenge; a 24 hour ‘Grind-athon’ hosted at the team HQ, Old Portsmouth. The team – supported by members of the Royal Navy Rugby Team – will host a non-stop ‘grinding’ relay across three grinding machines, with one team member, Tim Carter, manning a fourth grinding station non-stop for 24 hours.
The America’s Cup is a both a design and sporting competition and in the last edition human power enabled the Cup boat to ‘fly’ and a grinders role on-board was the ‘engine’; by grinding handles that power the winch and hydraulic system, the boats were are able to lift up and out of the water on foils. During the 25-minute race a grinders heart rate is on average 164 bpm, with a max of 184 bpm.
United Nations’ World Water Day, 22 March, is an international occasion drawing attention to the challenges faced by billions of people around the world who do not have access to clean water.
Those living in Bangladesh experience some of the most extreme water challenges on earth. Climate change is leading to the contamination of arable land by sea water and seasonal flooding ruins thousands of lives every year.
Hayling Island Sailing Club’s three-day Open Whitsun looks set to be even bigger and better in 2018.
The event, now in its third year, will take place 26 – 28 May. The weekend is a ‘must-do’ regatta for anyone interested in first-class racing in both adult and youth racing classes, including dinghies and keelboats.
Fairline Yachts’ dealer in the Benelux and West Germany region, Jonkers Yachts, reveals it is set to launch The Netherlands’ biggest boat showroom.
Officially opening on 23 June, the new 1,500 square metre showroom is situated in the stunning Marina Port Zélande, located on the largest saltwater lake in Europe, Lake Grevelingen.
Since launching the RYA Joining Point programme some 437 boating organisations have signed up to the scheme earning them commission by promoting the benefits of RYA membership and helping the association grow its membership base.
In the last year there has been an nine per cent increase in the number of clubs, training centres and marine organisations benefitting from the scheme, with the RYA recording its highest ever membership figures in September 2017 with 110,884 members.
The Royal Yachting Association and British Marine are calling on the government to clarify how it will protect the rights of the UK’s recreational boaters after Brexit.
An amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill would, if passed, oblige the government to publish a report to Parliament before the UK formally leaves the EU setting out how current freedoms for recreational boaters will be maintained.
One year ago when the J Class fleet was at it hammer and tongs, racing their first regatta of a historic season, the newly launched Svea was in Europe still completing first sea trials.
Today they secured their first regatta victory together when they won the J Class at the popular Caribbean seasonal raiser, the St Barths Bucket.
Round the World race winner Mike Golding OBE is to open new five-star facilities after a £.4m investment at the Beaulieu River Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour.
To welcome sailors for the start of the season, the upgraded showers and facilities building has been designed to offer mooring holders and visitors first-class services in keeping with the yacht harbour’s natural setting in the New Forest National Park.
Partners and first-hand testers of Helly Hansen gear are MAPFRE, the Volvo Ocean Race team. The professionals in this team require gear that covers all conditions, from the warmer climate of the Mediterranean to the bitter cold temperatures of the Southern Ocean. The gear MAPFRE wear includes the Ægir H2Flow Jacket, winner of two design awards (the German Design award 2018 and the Good Design award 2017). The supple fabrics allow ease of movement while waterproof, windproof and breathable construction allows the jacket to be worn as an outer layer when conditions are tame. When paired with the Ægir H2Flow Salopette, sailors can enjoy full-body protection.