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Andi Robertson
The America’s Cup versus the Vendée Globe. Which gives more value? It’s a moot point but as the Cup ramped up and the Vendée finished you’d hear this discussed around the race dock in Les Sables d’Olonne. But in terms of the overall sponsorship spend
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Pip Wants To Go Round Again
Vendée Globe sailor Pip Hare has spoken about the extraordinary reception she has received since finishing the round the world race. Hare, from Poole, sailed her boat Medallia to 19th place, finishing shortly after midnight on 12 February. The perfor
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Red Diesel For GB – But Not For NI Sailors
A government decision to allow sailors in Great Britain to continue using red diesel has been celebrated by industry bodies and boat owners alike. British Marine called the budget announcement by chancellor Rishi Sunak on 3 March a ‘red letter day fo
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Fashionable Foulies
What with the Olympics and the America’s Cup, much of the recent development in sailing clothing has been focused on racing gear. While the Olympics have been postponed, and we probably don’t want to think too hard about the AC36 following Ben Ainsli
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Dubarry Aquatech
Dubarry’s new Aquatech collection has been designed as crew gear wear, able to be used for a wide variety of nautical activities. The collection consists of clothing and footwear with the clothing containing protective features ranging from UPF sun p
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Sailing Round In Circles
Can a 24ft Cornish Crabber with a lifting keel circumnavigate the island that is the south of England? This rather fanciful idea came into my head and refused to go away. Like many owners of small boats I thought I might sail round Britain one day bu
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Skipper’s View
I MUST ADMIT TO HAVING mixed emotions when I saw that Ben Ainslie and Team Britannia had managed to turn things around so magnificently in the Prada Cup. On the one hand, I was obviously excited about the very real prospect that, after a 160 year los
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“I can’t possibly get back on that boat!” I was sat on a beach that adjoins the small town of Komiza on the Island of Vis trying to comfort a sobbing charter guest who seemed to have muddled up having a severe hangover with seasickness. “In fact,” sh
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Position: The Third Man
Before designers got to creating technically complex and expensive foiling arms to make boats go faster, sailors employed simple means. This cover of Yachts & Yachting dates from 1978 and shows one idea trialled at the time. The premise was simple: w
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Ineos Team UK
All photos by Studio Borlenghi; Harry KH/INEOSTeam UK; C Gregory/INEOS Team UK ■
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Alternative Boats
Designed by Marc Lombard, the RM 1370 is probably the closest rival to the 44. This epoxy/ply design is arguably more luxurious and less performance orientated. It features the option of a lift keel and similarly startling lines. Anothe
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Three Of The Best
Farr Horizon is a fantastic full bluewater specification Farr 50 Pilot House built by BSI Marine in Sweden and has had just three owners since new. This is the three cabin, three heads layout with twin staterooms. Push button furling cutter rig with
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Vendors Face Up To £5k Costs When Selling A Used Boat Post-Brexit
Vendors of used boats could face additional costs of between £500 and £5,000, in order to comply with post-Brexit rules, British Marine and the RYA warn. The two organisations have been working to understand different aspects of the UK-EU Trade and C
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Top Five Most Popular YouTube sailing channels
Given that we’re spending a bit more time at home than is normal at the moment, we felt like this might be a time to look at some of the most popular You Tube channels out there for sailors. I’m going to front up here and say that, personally, I can’
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Jess Lloyd-Mostyn
We’re good at being well-prepared for storms. We watch the forecasts and stay out of cyclone belts and play the game of the cruising season properly. But a squall is a far more elusive creature than a storm. A squall can appear out of nowhere and ala
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Global Study Will Assess Sailing’s Equity And Diversity
The World Sailing Trust has launched a global Participation Study to assess the status of sailing in terms of equity, diversity and inclusion. Almost two years after the launch of the trust’s global survey on women in the sport, the Participation Stu
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Brexit rules are ‘resented’: Sir Robin
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has said post-Brexit rules regarding sailing are ‘resented’ by leisure boat owners. He has written to the Government, as part of a Cruising Association campaign to reduce the impact of Brexit on British small boat cruisers. Th
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JESS LLOYD MOSTYN is a writer and blue water cruiser who is currently moored in Singapore TOM CUNLIFFE is an author, journalist and TV presenter, and one of Britain's best-known cruising sailors MARK RUSHALL is one of the most respected coaches i
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Paul Heiney
I f there are any children reading this, you may not remember the days when ‘going foreign’ involved face to face time with a customs officer. You couldn’t do customs online back then because the only thing than ran on lines were trams; you had to ‘c
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Homeward Bound
This was my second time in Gijon. As I arrived in the early hours of the morning, there was a welcome sense of familiarity emanating from this old working city located in the centre of the Biscay-toughened Northern coast of Spain. I had set off saili
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Gull’s Eye Portland Marina Dorset 50° 34.46’n – 02° 27.26’w
Portland Marina is located on the Isle of Portland in Dorset. Portland is forever etched in the subconsious of sailors due to the Portland Race off the tip of this peninsula. Although referred to as an ‘isle’, Portland is connected to mainland Dorset
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Team New Zealand: A Brief History
After three unsuccessful entries in 1987, 1988 and 1992, Sir Peter Blake changed the team’s name to Team New Zealand and introduced the silver fern logo. The boats were black and Blake’s lucky socks were red. Skipper Russell Coutts, in Black Magic, l
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News Briefs
JOG (Junior Offshore Group) has changed its races until the end of May to long inshore days, to allow everyone to return to home ports. The JOG season will kick off on Friday 2 April with the One Sails Lonely Tower race. Last year 145 boats took part
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Dare To Dream
My wife Susie and I had become Day Skippers with ‘Sail Ionian’ a family company based in Vlihko on the Island of Lefkada in Greece, then having completed my Coastal Skipper practical course with ‘First Sailing’ earlier this year we now felt confident
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SailGP: Epic $1 M Season Ahead
Just weeks after the end of the America’s Cup, many of the same skippers will be resuming their on-water rivalries as the SailGP series kicks off in Bermuda. Big names from the America’s Cup, who each played key roles on one the AC75s, are Jimmy Spit
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Andy Rice
Isn’t it strange how those life-changing moments occupy a disproportionate space in our memory. It could be just a few seconds, but it was a few seconds that changed your view of the world, or yourself, a widening of your eyes to take in new possibil
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Post-Brexit Cruising
This cruise was carried out in 2019, so pre-Brexit. It is important to realise how such a cruise may have to be managed today. In 2019 I had only one “official” meeting with any authority, the customs gentleman in Gijon, Spain. Today, I would need to
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Ben Bennett Of Insurer Gallagher, Sponsor Of Club Of The Year
Why is Gallagher supporting the RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year competition? As the RYA’s endorsed club and recognised training centre insurance broker for over 40 years, we are delighted to play a part in the competition and help support
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I’m Sticking With You
It was some years ago that yacht designers spotted that racing yachts of the IMOCA generation possessed hulls that could be easily adapted to cruising yachts. At the most basic level, you just need to take a look at Ellen Macarthur’s Kingfisher circa
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Round The Island Race Entry Opens
Entry for the 90th anniversary Round the Island Race is open. The popular event, which often sees a fleet of more than 1,500 yachts, takes place on 3 July this year and race director David Atkinson said: “The focus for 2021 is on organising a great r
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