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13 Oct 2017
TV personality and keen amateur sailor Nick Knowles, lends his support to Sail Aid UK.

Sail Aid UK, set up in September in the immediate aftermath of Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria wreaking violent havoc across so much of the Caribbean, reports that its first major fundraising platform, the Black Tie/Loud Shirt Dinner at Land Rover BAR's Flight Deck in Portsmouth on 11th November, was virtually sold out within days of announcing it, however there are still a limited number of tickets available. Booking enquiries to:...

07 Oct 2017
New Sankey Canal restoration pledge signed

Restoration of the Sankey Canal, Britain’s first industrial canal, has been given a major boost thanks to a new Sankey Canal Partnership, formally launched at a conference at St Helens World of Glass, on Wednesday 27 September.

The Sankey Canal Restoration Society, the Canal & River Trust, plus St Helens, Warrington and Halton borough councils, all came together to pledge their support for the regeneration of the 14 mile Sankey Canal corridor. The man-made waterway begins in St...

04 Oct 2017
North Wales and Borders Waterway annual showcase

The Canal & River Trust’s North Wales & Borders Partnership will be hosting its annual public showcase in Northwich on Friday 13 October - and everyone’s invited.

The event spotlight falls on waterways in Cheshire, Shropshire, Powys, Denbighshire and Wrexham, and includes a chance to find out more about volunteering with the Trust or getting involved with other waterway groups and organisations.

More than 40 partners, stakeholders, boating groups, businesses and...

27 Sep 2017

Boats with red diesel in their tanks can continue to visit Belgium without fear of fines

The RYA has today [26 September 2017] secured confirmation from the Belgian Ministry of Finance that controls in Belgium for red diesel remain suspended until further notice.

It remains to be seen what action, if any, the formal report of the meeting of the Indirect Tax Expert Group will reveal, but for the time being at least it appears that boats with red diesel in their tanks can...

16 Sep 2017

TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show opened today in glorious sunshine. Running from now until Sunday 25 September, the UK’s biggest festival of boating celebrates the fun and lifestyle that being on the water has to offer. Offering brand new attractions for this year alongside live music and entertainment the event, this year’s event will get more people than ever out on the water to enjoy boating and watersports.

Some 500 exhibitors are showcasing everything you could possibly...

12 Sep 2017
Canal & River Trust publishes winter moorings information

The Canal & River Trust is today publishing the list of sites it will be offering for winter moorings in 2017-18.

The Trust is offering a range of winter mooring sites across the country so boaters can have as wide a choice as possible.  There is a selection of sites near facilities, as well as quieter spots for boaters who want a bit more peace and quiet.

Winter moorings will be available from 1 November 2017 to 16 March 2018, finishing ahead of the Easter holidays and...

28 Jul 2017
Torquay Marina awarded highest marina accolade

MDL Marinas, Europe’s largest marina operator, is delighted to announce Torquay Marina has been awarded the prestigious Five Gold Anchors by The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA).

The Gold Anchor Awards rate the service, quality and overall standards of a marina’s offering and they are deemed as being the highest award honour in the marine industry. 

Torquay Marina has received the best possible accolade following a rigorous testing and audit process that rates marinas...

20 Jul 2017
Helly Hansen Crew Jacket Black

The Helly Hansen Crew Jacket is a great multi-purpose jacket.  A solid performer for when the weather turns a bit chilly.  Its 2-ply construction with DWR treatment ensures it stays waterproof and windproof whilst remaining breathable.

The jacket is hip length and has the usual draw cord toggles at the hem which enable you to seal the waist when the wind picks up. 

The lined zip pockets are a nice touch along with the Velcro adjustable cuffs.

We tested the black jacket...

12 Jun 2017
Renovation Complete - Passport to Summer at St. Katharine Docks, London

Summer is here and yesterday the newly refurbished Camper & Nicholsons Marinas (CNM) St. Katharine Docks officially relaunch the marina to key stakeholders and the public before the highly anticipated opening of London on Water Show on 8th June 2017.

The relaunch of St. Katharine Docks took place on the floating events pontoon, and was well attended by key industry players keen to experience being in London’s most iconic marina destination. Guests included Boat International, IBI...

03 Jun 2017
New Milford on Sea beach huts added to the mapping database for GB

A stunning development of new beach huts on the south coast has been added to OS’s geospatial database ahead of the summer season.

The development, in Milford on Sea, replaces the old beach huts which were damaged and destroyed during a fierce storm on 14 February 2014. With building work on 119 beach huts and the surrounding area reaching a conclusion, it provided the ideal opportunity for our surveyor Joanne Lanham to officially capture and map the changes on the site.

Jo...

31 May 2017
James Neville's FAST40+ INO XXX was the overall winner of the RORC Myth of Malham Race. Photo: RORC/Paul Wyeth

RORC Myth of Malham Race - Saturday 26th May, 2017  - Cowes - Eddystone – Solent (256 Miles)

Powerful thunderstorms, driving rain and wind speeds ranging from thirty knots to complete shutdowns provided epic conditions for the 256-mile RORC Myth of Malham Race. James Neville's FAST40+ Ino XXX won the gruelling marathon, correcting out under IRC to take the overall win in the 140 boat fleet. Artur Skrzyszowski's Polish Reichel Pugh 48 Selma Racing was second...

12 May 2017
RYA reminds boaters to report entanglements

Fishing gear that poses a hazard to navigation because it cannot be readily seen has been a concern to boaters for many years and it has been on the RYA’s agenda for just as long.  If there was a simple solution to the problem, the RYA would have fixed it a long time ago. 

Legislation focuses on the marking of fishing gear for identification purposes and not for collision avoidance, which is of course the RYA’s main concern. There is a general marking requirement in UK legislation...