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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.

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.

Monday, 15 December 2014 00:00

Team Brunel

Bouwe Bekking (NED) and Team Brunel found a very timely change of gear to sweep past Dongfeng Race Team and edge to a 16-minute victory in an incident-packed Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race on 13th December.

The wily Dutch campaigner, competing in a record-equalling seventh race, looked likely to have lost out in a thrilling sprint to the finish in the 5,200 nautical mile second stage with some five hours to go.

However, Team Brunel found an extra surge of wind pressure to sweep past Charles Caudrelier’s (FRA) men even though the boats were only a couple of hundred metres apart and before long they were a mile clear.

Bouwe and his equally experienced navigator, Andrew Cape (AUS), have too much know-how to let an advantage like that slip and for the second leg running, the Chinese boat was forced to settle for the runners-up spot.

Price Freeze & Discount
Saturday, 13 December 2014 00:00
Hamble Yacht Services have announced a price freeze and early payment discount offer of 5% on every Dry Sailing contract taken out and paid for by the 31st December.  

HYS Dry Sailing prices will remain unchanged for 2015, despite considerable investment into new facilities at the internationally renowned boat yard. Some of these facilities available include a CCTV and car recognition security system operating 24/7 and a brand new marina office, loo and shower block. HYS will offer Dry Sailing clients a priority service on accident and repairs and continue to boast  fully comprehensive boat yard services and the world class Advanced Rigging & Hydraulics all on site.  HYS remain the preferred choice for those looking for conveniently located Dry Storage just minutes from the Solent, motorway, train station and all of Hamble’s local amenities.

To book your boat in, or to find out more about what Hamble Yacht Services can do for you simply phone 02380 454 111 or go to
World’s toughest canoe race
Friday, 12 December 2014 11:26


Lecturers from Sparsholt College are taking on the world’s toughest canoe race at Easter in memory of former student James Male, a crew member aboard Cheeki Rafiki when it went missing on its way home from Antigua last May.

The team of four have taken on the challenge in order to raise funds for the RNLI Forever by the Sea Fund, which was set up in memory of Cheeki Rafiki crew members.

Devizes to Westminster is described as one of the toughest, open to all, endurance events in the world. Last year there were 611 kayakers and canoeists in 334 boats. Lecturers Scott Fancourt, Lawrence Blair, Gareth Rogers and Kaj Berendsen will be competing in the Senior Doubles class which is racing non-stop over 125 miles including 77 portages. The first 52 miles are along the Kennet and Avon Canal to Reading, the next 55 miles are on the River Thames to Teddington. The final 17 mile section is on the tidal portion of the Thames. The race is a severe test of skill, physical strength, mental stamina and planning.

To support the challenge and make a donation please go to: