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Sun Sail
Boat ownership, female participation and canoeing on the rise
Friday, 27 March 2015 00:00
According to new research 3.5m UK adults participated in one or more of twelve boating activities in 2014. This remains at a similar level to 2013 at 7.1% of the total adult population in the UK.

Participation in any watersports activity in addition to the twelve core boating activities2 stands at 13.1m (26.8% of UK adults).  This is a slight decline of 2% points (compared to 28.8% in 2013), however this still remains higher than in 2011 and 2012.  

The Watersports Participation Survey is conducted annually by a consortium of leading marine bodies including British Marine Federation, RYA, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, British Canoeing and Marine Management Organisation.
Spanish Yacht Charter Market is Back
Friday, 27 March 2015 00:00

Chris_Craft_28_-_PHOTO_CREDIT_EASYBOATS.COM“The crisis is over and the Spanish yacht charter market is back.”  These are the words of Lorenzo Vila, Director of 25-year-established easyboats, the first motoryacht charter company in Mallorca.

“Charter enquiries are flooding in this year,” says Lorenzo.  “Not only are they unprecedented in number but they’re also coming in, and closing, far earlier in the season than usual. Previously people waited until the last minute to book a boat, monitoring their financial situation and hoping to get a late deal - 2015 is different. We’ve signed contracts on several charters, mainly in the 45ft to 60ft sector, and some for as early as Easter.”

“Exchange rates are also affecting the make-up of enquiries,” continues Lorenzo.  “The pound is at its strongest level versus the euro for seven years, the Swiss franc has risen dramatically, as has the Swedish krona. These nationalities are picking up a bargain charter in the best cruising ground in Spain – possibly the western Mediterranean. It’s shaping up to be a very rewarding season for easyboats.”

Powerboat Racing Championships head to Folkestone
Friday, 27 March 2015 00:00

RYA-British-V24-ChampionFolkestone is to host the 2015 UIM Class 3A, Class 3B and V24 Powerboat Racing Championships taking place from 14 - 16 August. This will be the only International titled offshore event in the UK this year.

It promises to be an action packed weekend of pure racing entertainment that is free and accessible to the public. Reaching speeds in excess of 70mph, battling through the waves and frequently flying high and creating superb photographic opportunities, it promises to be a fun and thrilling sight for all of the family to enjoy.

Throughout the weekend there will also be free live music and entertainment, raft race, fun fair rides, food and drink, all part of the Folkestone Harbour Festival.  

World Match Racing Tour Even Bigger
Thursday, 26 March 2015 16:43

Screen_shot_2015-03-26_at_16.43.10The world’s longest running professional sailing series - the ISAF sanctioned World Match Racing Tour – has announced an expanded sixteen event schedule for the 2015/16 world championship.

For the first time since the World Tour was founded in 2000, the series will award championship points to all events on the schedule divided into two categories – World Tour Events and World Championship Events. Skippers will count their highest five results towards the World Championship title.

Five-time ISAF Match Racing World Champion Ian Williams (GBR) will again be defending his title at the World Championship event curtain raiser for the 2015/16 Tour in Long Beach, California from 13-17 May at the 51st Congressional Cup.

Re-joining the World Match Racing Tour after more than ten years, the Congressional Cup has been an innovator in the game of match racing since 1965, introducing the concept of on-water umpiring in 1988.

Thursday, 26 March 2015 15:55
PBO_experts_LIVE_square_2In partnership with Practical Boat Owner, the RYA Active Marina Experience will be at the Beaulieu Boatjumble (26 April) for the first time ever as part of the new ‘Ask the Experts Live’ attraction. Free practical presentations and demonstrations will be running throughout the day in the ‘Ask the Experts Live’ marquee and visitors will have the chance to quiz the experts with all their boating questions.

Workshops include a Cruising Clinic with an update on the new RYA Safetrx App from RYA Cruising Manager Stuart Carruthers, advice on how to ‘sail greener’ with RYA Green Blue Development Officer Kate Fortnam and a life raft demonstration from Ocean Safety.

Find a full list of workshops and the schedules here.

Guy Malpas, RYA Yachting Development Officer said: “There are fantastic workshops lined up with everything from lifejacket servicing to radar tips and engine maintenance to fibreglass skills.  Visitors can also test their knot tying skills in the RYA knot wall challenge.”

Ancasta announces buyers incentives for 2015 Ancasta Easter Collection
Thursday, 26 March 2015 15:43

ancasta_brokerage_imageAncasta International Boat Sales has announced the buyers incentives for the Ancasta Easter Collection, which will take place this year between 3 - 12 April.

The Ancasta Easter Collection makes the most of the increased Springtime activity, and showcases boats in both a magazine and online catalogue. The Ancasta Easter Collection 2015 will offer incentives for buyers across Ancasta's eleven UK offices for the ten day period.

Buyers putting down a deposit between the 3 - 12 April will benefit from: