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Sun Sail
Solitaire du Figaro comes to Torbay
Monday, 22 December 2014 00:00
figaroThe Solitaire is still as ruthless and dynamic as ever, putting the world’s finest offshore talent through their paces over a gruelling month of solo competition. To mark the race’s 46-year mile stone, competitors will sail a 2015nm course between three old and two new ports in 2015.

Returning to Bordeaux, the Solitaire du Figaro 2015 will start on the 31st May from the village of Paulliac. From Bordeaux a fleet of up to 45 33ft Bénéteau Figaro IIs will race 461nm to the Sanxenxo, the Spanish town making its Solitaire du Figaro debut in 2015. From here to the Concarneau, the skippers will finish Leg 2 of the race in the familiar French waters of south Brittany. The penultimate 602nm race leg from Concarneau to Torbay will see the fleet once again round the notorious Fastnet Rock off the Irish coast, Lands End, The Lizard, and Berry Head before receiving a warm welcome in Torbay as they conclude Leg 3. Echoing the fourth and final leg of the 2013 race, the fleet will make their final charge to the 2015 finish line in Dieppe along the south coast of the UK, but first looping west from Torbay around the Island of Lundy – a 400ft granite outcrop in the Bristol Channel.

Gipsy Moth charters
Friday, 19 December 2014 00:00

Gipsy-Moth-2Gipsy Moth IV, the historic British yacht in which Sir Francis Chichester singlehandedly circumnavigated the globe in 1967, will be available between April and October 2015 for charters in the Solent, longer voyages to France and the Channel Islands and events-based charters in Cowes, including Round the Island Race, Panerai Classic and Cowes Week.

Gipsy Moth IV set a series of records during Sir Francis Chichester’s voyage, including the fastest round-the-world voyage by a small vessel, the longest non-stop passage by a small vessel, and the then longest single-handed passage.

The aim of her 2015 programme is to make the iconic vessel available to the public, raise funds for her upkeep through the private charters and to introduce a new generation of young people to maritime challenge.
Ranger to Rainbow
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 14:49
rangerRanger to Rainbow The J Class yachts is a detailed account of the development of the J Class yachts, primarily from 1996 when author, David Pitman, first became involved with the rebuild of Velsheda. He was Secretary of the class for more than twelve years and primarily responsible for the rebirth of the Class, from the launch of a new Ranger in 2002, then Hanuman, Lionheart and finally Rainbow in 2012. It is packed with many technical and sailing images of these iconic yachts. £27 (+P&P)

Gosport Marine Festival 2015
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 00:00

Gosport Marine Festival 2015

Gosport Marine Festival 2015 will be taking place on Saturday 13 June at Gosport’s Waterfront Millennium Promenade, Timespace and Haslar Marina.

It is a free community event, showcasing the wealth of on-water opportunities available on the Gosport peninsula and allowing people of all ages to have a go at a whole host of these activities. The Festival will also focus on the young people of Gosport, highlighting the learning and career opportunities within the marine industry on the peninsula.

Ben Ainslie Racing and Team Origin, who are bidding to bring back the America’s Cup to the Solent, along with renowned British solo sailor, Gosport’s Alex Thomson will all be taking part.

ISAF Sailing World Cup
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 00:00
Finn_Ed_WrightGB_340The Finn contest at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Melbourne, Australia between Britain’s Ed Wright (pictured), his friend and former countryman now sailing for Australia, Oli Tweddell captivated the crowds.

Tweddell, the hometown hero, was sick of finishing runner-up at his local regatta and Wright, on form in a borrowed boat, had no qualms relegating Tweddell to the silver medal position for the fourth consecutive year.

On the conditions Wright said, “The first upwind was really lovely with breeze up to 20 knots, then it dropped out. I was quite upset because when we were out there practising before the start the downwind conditions were epic. In the race I managed to hold onto the lead and cover Oli quite tightly on the on the second beat, then pulled away in some nice waves. I chartered a boat and the old girl went well this week…. I think I might take her home with me,” he joked.

Extreme Sailing Champions
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 00:00
extremeThere was late drama at the 2014 Extreme Sailing Series finale in Sydney when GAC Pindar Team Australia capsized in front of their home fans. After an action packed season, though, it was the Swiss team, Alinghi, who were crowned 2014 Extreme Sailing Series™ Champions after scoring the highest combined total from the eight Acts: Singapore, Oman, China, Russia, U.K, Turkey, France and Australia.

Although the eighth season of the Extreme Sailing Series came to a close after 231 races, the 2015 global tour kicks off in February in Singapore.