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Sun Sail
Sunbeams shine at Mylor
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 00:00

Sunbeams shine at MylorA select group of fine old ladies of the sea have been celebrating their 90th birthdays throughout 2014.

As the classic Falmouth Sunbeams emerge from their racing season, one of the oldest sisters of the fleet is showing off a new facelift completed by the expert hands of Mylor Yacht Harbour’s master shipwrights.

Mylor Yacht Harbour is Cornwall’s busiest boatyard and marina, and the only yard in recent years to build new, wooden Sunbeams on the same lines as their elder sisters.

Contemporary classic
Monday, 20 October 2014 00:00

Contemporary classic For a fresh burst of colour to brighten things up as the nights draw in, Gill’s Classic Crew Jacket has been given a re-vamp with some great new contemporary colour options, like this lovely bright blue. Snug fleece on the inside and a waterproof, breathable outer will see you shake off the elements this winter. There’s space for corporate branding too, so why not kit your whole team out?

RRP: £100

RYA adds Nuno Navigator
Friday, 17 October 2014 10:17

nunoThe RYA has revealed Nuno Navigator, the latest edition to its member reward offers and benefits. This is a marine navigation program for use on laptops and desktop computers with charting, planning and route monitoring facilities based around fast, clear, precise and professional grade charts. It enables sailors to plan their routes as they would on a paper chart but with the convenience of electronic navigation.

With this new partnership RYA members will benefit from 15% off the RRP of Nuno Navigator, while RYA Gold members will enjoy a 20% discount.

As further proof of their confidence in the program, Nuno Navigator has also been chosen by the RYA’s Training department to base its new training plotter on.

You can download and trial Nuno Navigator for free trial at

In-mast furling revolution
Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00

In-mast furling revolution  Elvstrøm Fat Furl is a major evolution from traditional in-mast furling mainsails, enabling yachts to carry a much larger mainsail area than a conventional fully battened main, with the benefits of in-mast furling for easy sail handling. With Elvstrøm’s unique head profile and vertical battens, larger sail areas can be carried in the top section, where the wind blows strongest, giving greater performance. Fat Furl sails are made from Elvstrøm’s EPEXÒ, a highly durable, stable laminated membrane, with full warranty.

RRP: varies by class and specs

Help Stop the Quagga Mussel Spreading
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00

musselImportant advice comes from The Green Blue regarding the discovery of the invasive Quagga Mussel in the Wraysbury River and Reservoir.

Jane Swan, The Green Blue Project Manager, says, “The Quagga Mussel is a highly invasive non-native species. It can affect whole ecosystems by filtering out large quantities of nutrients. It also presents a serious biofouling risk by blocking pipes, smothering boat hulls and other structures.”

“Eradication of most invasive species once established outside their usual range is very difficult so the best approach to deal with arrival of new species is to focus on better biosecurity, especially the Check, Clean, Dry routine for both inland and coastal boating activities.”

Breakwater takes shape
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00

Breakwater takes shape The Cowes Breakwater Project is beginning to take shape, as Cowes Harbour Commission’s contractors Boskalis Westminster has now deposited an initial gravel load totalling 51,000m3 to bring the crest of the gravel core up to between 3.7 and 4.4 metres above chart datum.

The construction will then be monitored during a four to six week initial resting period, before additional gravel is added to shape the breakwater up to a height of 5m above chart datum. Boskalis will spend two weeks suring October shaping the core, using an excavator and a floating barge.

The project will then be left over the winter to allow settlement and strength increase of the subsoil, with the placement of rock armour and reshaping of the breakwater to its final profile due to take place in 2015.