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Bertie makes VIP visit
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 00:00

Bertie makes VIP visitA King Charles spaniel, which has become an internet phenomenon, has now achieved what must be the ultimate photographic opportunity: a chance to pose with crew members aboard Cowes RNLI’s inshore lifeboat.

Owner of four year old Bertie, Steve Powell, explained that while he and his wife ‘Beans’ were sailing their 62ft yacht in the Mediterranean he began taking pictures of Bertie and putting them on the internet.

“At first it was just meant for friends and family,” he recalled. “All of a sudden BuzzFeed and Instagram took it up and there were a lot of comments on Twitter.

Henri Lloyd Phoenix salopettes
Monday, 22 September 2014 00:00

Henri Lloyd Phoenix salopettesDesigned with the keelboat racing sailor in mind, these salopettes feature ergonomic design and a ‘wide-style’ shoulder. Made from tough 100 per cent windproof and waterproof TP fabric, with reinforced seat/knee and chunky smooth skin velcro ankle adjusters. Matches with Phoenix smock.
RRP: £200 (salopettes)

Hugo Boss set to fly
Friday, 19 September 2014 00:00

Hugo Boss set to fly Alex Thomson Racing has announced the build of the new Hugo Boss IMOCA 60 to be launched in summer 2015, with the aim of winning the 2016 Vendee Globe.

Advances in design technology and the IMOCA 60 open design rule, the boat is likely to feature foils not dissimilar to those featured on the latest America’s Cup boats.

The €3million build has been made possible thanks to support from sponsors and financial backers. The team has chosen Guillaume Verdier and the VPLP Team to design the new Hugo Boss, and is currently in negotiations with Hythe based Green Marine to complete the build.

The boat will be launched in summer 2015, with the objective to be race ready to compete in the Transat Jacques Vabre in late October 2015.

In the meantime, Alex Thomson is preparing to take on the Barcelona World Race, the double-handed, non-stop, round the world race, on 31 December together with co-skipper Pepe Ribes.

Heart on your sleeve
Friday, 19 September 2014 00:00

Heart  on your sleeveCapture your most memorable sailing trip with these stylish cuff-links from Not on the High Street. Made from solid silver, they will last, and the hand-worked design will have stand-out style.

RRP: £80

Ainslie approval for Portsmouth’s progress
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00

Ainslie approval for Portsmouth’s progress Work on Ben Ainslie Racing’s new headquarters at The Camber in Portsmouth is moving faster than one of the team’s foiling multi-hulls, as Sir Ben discovered when he went to visit.

“It was fantastic to visit the Camber site and see the new base works progressing at great pace. The support of the community has been incredible and we are really excited to see our new home being built in Portsmouth,” said Sir Ben after his visit.

The site has been levelled, site offices have been put in place, hoardings erected and the process of drilling piles is under way.

Tall ships win ‘Best Sport’ vote
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00

Tall ships win  ‘Best Sport’ vote Paralympian and television presenter Ade Adepitan boarded a tall ship to break the news to crew members that they had been named the UK’s Best Sport project in this year’s National Lottery Awards.

The Jubilee Sailing Trust brings together men and women of all physical abilities, through the adventure and challenge of sailing aboard two tall ships, Lord Nelson and Tenacious. Since the charity was established in 1978 over 38,000 people have sailed with them.  Out of these, 19,000 people were disabled and 5,000 were wheelchair users.