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26 Jun 2017
Volvo Ocean Race entry team AkzoNobel christens brand new ocean racing yacht

Team AkzoNobel, the Dutch ocean racing team preparing to compete in the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, has christened its newly built Volvo Ocean 65 racing yacht at a spectacular event in the Netherlands.

The ceremony took place at the team’s home base in The Hague, four months almost to the day before the start of the 83,000-kilometer (45,000-nautical mile) round–the-world race, which begins in Alicante, Spain, on October 22.

Team AkzoNobel is backed by global...

22 Jun 2017

According to Mark Rushall (June “Yachts and Yachting”) Hayling Island Sailing Club is a venue sailors seem to love or hate.  Probably loved by HISC members but the strong tides, sand banks, the waiting for the wind to arrive and the long queues getting off the island are aspects just about tolerated by visitors.   

But, Aristotle famously said after his visit to Hayling Island Sailing Club “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”, and so it is.  The reason why over 200 boats...

21 Jun 2017
Magic Marine RS800 Grand Prix Event Number Four

The aptly named RS Summer Championships were held over the weekend of 17-18 June with extra water and sun screen being the order of the day as temperatures rose to 30 degrees .  With 200 boats across the RS classes present it was quite a spectacle and a very busy weekend. 

On Saturday racing started on time with the wind coming steadily from the south at 7-10kts.  As ever Luke and Emma McEwen, the reigning national champions, were hot out of the blocks and established a good lead...

17 Jun 2017
Welsh sponsors back P1 Welsh Grand Prix of the Sea

Global powerboat championships, the P1 Grand Prix of the Sea, which is heading to Milford Waterfront next month has attracted high profile sponsors from across Wales.

Thousands of spectators are expected to descend on Milford Haven on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th July to watch the world’s top powerboat racing teams go head to head in the Welsh Grand Prix of the Sea. The two competing Pembrokeshire teams performed well in the first leg of the P1 Superstock Championships in Denmark...

14 Jun 2017

RS Vareo Magic Marine Grand Prix Event NumberThree

 

We had a new venue for this year’s circuit  in Milton Keynes Sailing Club.  The event took place this weekend and was generously sponsored by Illuminis Insight Software.  RS Vareo sailors travelled from sailing clubs as far away as Emberton Park, Pennine, South Cerney and Oulton Broad to compete with the local fleet.

The wind set in as forecast at 22 knots gusting 29 on Saturday blowing straight down the lake allowing...

10 Jun 2017
RS Vareos at South Cerney SC Asymmetric Open Sat 27 May 2017

It was a great event, very challenging for most with winds ranging between Force 4 to 6; nevertheless 12 RS Vareos were keen to take to the water.

The first race was held in strong winds with three retiring during the race and many more capsizes keeping the safety boat crews busy.  A close battle between Cheryl Wood of Pennine SC, Phil O’Nions of South Cerney SC and Luke Fisher of Emberton Park SC ensued over the first couple of laps before Luke established a lead over Cheryl and...

08 Jun 2017
Adrien Hardy (Agir Recouvrement) lors de la 1ere etape de la Solitaire Urgo Le Figaro 2017 entre Bordeaux et Gijon - Pauillac le - © Alexis Courcoux

Adrien Hardy (Agir Recouvrement) seized the lead of the first stage of La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro during a very difficult second night at sea. While the remarkable bounce back of pre-race favourite Charlie Dalin (Skipper MACIF 2015) continues, clawing back nine places though an infernal night during which the passage of a front hit the fleet with gusts over 40kts, three times winner Jérémie Beyou (Charal) is racing towards the finish in Gijon under only mainsail in 23rd place 11 miles...

07 Jun 2017
Baltic Cup Estonia - Tallinn, Estonia, 27/28 May

The RS Aero Baltic Cup Estonia was held in collaboration with the Kalevi Yacht Club Championships with the Lasers from the Pirita Olympic Harbour in Tallinn. A concentrated group of sailors from three countries, Estonia, Russia and Austria, participated with the races were held in medium and light breezes.

RS Aero Europeans silver medalist Kristo Ounap won overall with three firsts. Whilst Ants Haavel and Oleg Egipte won a race each it was the consistency of Liina Kolk which took 2nd...

05 Jun 2017
Slow Start to La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro Belies Strong Winds Offshore Test

The first of four stages of La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro, the 48th edition of the French multi leg solo offshore race started this Sunday afternoon from the Gironde estuary by Bordeaux. But the all too gentle winds which required a delay to the original start time, finding the 43 solo skippers drifting and struggling to beat the tidal flow, seemed in stark contrast to the forecast for stormy winds, so strong that the race organisers have prudently shortened the stage from the proposed 525...

05 Jun 2017
Skipper revealed for Sanya's debut Clipper Race campaign

Wendy ‘Wendo’ Tuck, 52, from Sydney, Australia, has today been named as the professional Skipper who will lead the Sanya Serenity Coast team in the Clipper 2017-18 Race. 

Speaking on her appointment as Sanya Serenity Coast Skipper, Wendy said: “I am so excited to have been given the opportunity to skipper the Sanya Serenity Coast team entry during the Clipper 2017-18 Race. 

“I’m looking forward to working alongside such a dynamic new partner to the Clipper Race and to helping...

02 Jun 2017
Van Uden Youth Wins 2017 North Sea Race (Team ROST)

Dutch Ker 46, Van Uden, skippered by Gerd-Jan Poortman, is the winner of the 2017 North Sea Race. Having won both IRC and ORC overall. Piet Vroon's Ker 53 took Line Honours for the 181 nautical mile race, and place third after time correction. Ker 46, Lady Mariposa, skippered by Daniel Hardy, crossed the line just 30 seconds in front of Van Uden but was second after time correction.

Van Uden Skipper Gerd-Jan Poortman has competed in the last four editions of the  Volvo Ocean Race....

01 Jun 2017
Powerboat Battle on the broads!

The 2017 Powerboat GP RYA British Powerboat championships headed to Oulton Broad over the bank holiday for an action packed weekend as competitors battled for the Lowestoft Grand Prix title. Six championship classes lined up at the start of the weekend to compete through qualifying and then three heats to see he would reign victorious.

First in action over the weekend were the F4 catamarans. Following a clean sweep of heat wins on home water for Ben Morse at the Lancashire Grand Prix...