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Sun Sail
RIB rides
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 00:00
RIB ridesOnboard Charters are now offering powerboat rides for high-speed fun on the Solent, perfect for treating thrill-seeking teens, a family day out or an on-water experience when there’s not enough wind to sail. New for summer 2014, for those who like their history, there is 30 minute trip out to the Mary Rose Wreck site and back via Spitbank Fort – a great add-on to a visit to the Mary Rose Museum.

With festival season having well and truly kicked off with the Isle of Wight Festival and with Glastonbury already happening, the company is also offering visitors to Bestival this September an exhilarating way to start their festival experience with a high-speed RIB crossing from Portsmouth to Ryde. The rides depart from Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth, which is home to plenty of restaurants and bars for a bite to eat pre- or post-trip.
Off the cuff
Monday, 28 July 2014 00:00
Off the cuffNeed a top that can be as versatile as your lifestyle? Henley’s are a great option. Created with boaters in mind, they are made from heavy-yet- breathable cotton. Little details keep it fresh - here, Quba has tipped the sleeves with on-trend red.

RRP: £59
A shoe in
Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00
A shoe inSkate shoes and simple pumps have become a favourite for run-arounds this season, with women opting for skinny blue jeans, white tops and a pair of pumps. But if you want to make your look go one step further, choose a bright pair that really ground an outfit; Superga have nailed it!

RRP: £45
Seventh Solent Sunbeam
Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00
solent sunbeamThe resurgence in interest in classic boat racing in the past decade has not only led to a widespread rise in restoration projects, but it has gone one step further in the case of the Solent Sunbeam Class, dismissing fears of negative economic trends.

Haines Boatyard, Itchenor, has just completed a seventh brand new Solent Sunbeam, one of a batch that has been built in the last four years. The evolution of the GRP version of the classic Solent Sunbeam, whose lines were first drawn in 1922, has been driven by the need to offer aspiring owners a wider choice of hull types. These now include traditional wood, epoxy treated wood and GRP. GRP boats can be bought for around £64,000, VAT paid, less than half the cost of a new wooden hulled version.

When Misty, sail number V67, was launched towards the end of June, she was the latest of an influx of new boats, owners and crews transforming the Solent Sunbeam fleet. Two more hulls, which are moulded by Mark Downer’s company AM Structures at Sandown, IOW, are about to be fitted out by Haines.

Forgotten Fighters
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Forgotten FightersForgotten Fighters, The First World War at Sea exhibition opens at the National Maritime Museum on 2 August, exploring the naval and maritime dimensions of the conflict.

The horrors of the Western Front have long dominated our understanding of those years, and yet the war at sea was fought on an epic scale and with terrible human loss. Forgotten Fighters foregrounds the personal stories of those who participated through a wide range of objects including weaponry, photographs, medals and ship models.

The gallery takes visitors from the heroism of merchant mariners to the shattering realities of naval battle, and from the Falkland Islands and the Mediterranean to the Atlantic and the North Sea.
New discount chandlery website
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 00:00
discountYou Boat, Gosport’s destination chandlery at Endeavour Quay, has launched its new web service dedicated to retailing quality chandlery at great prices.

Located at, the site makes a wide range of marine kit available to keen sailors everywhere, from antifouling and handheld radios to deck shoes and foul weather gear. Crafted to run as happily on a mobile or tablet as on a PC, the website ensures the most current stock is sitting right there at your fingertips.