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Event News
RS Aero 2015 Calendar
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 12:03
eventSince the first production boats were delivered in July, the RS Aero Class has quickly gathered momentum and a full schedule through 2015 is planned.


29-31st August (Bank holiday) - Weymouth (WPNSA), Dorset
Racing for three days over the Bank Holiday weekend requires no precious annual leave to be taken and the fast growing Aero5 youth fleet will be able to join the adults.


New Poole Boat Show
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 00:00

Poole-Quay-Boat-HavenIn 2015, Poole will host its own dedicated boat show on the weekend of May 9 and 10 organised and operated by Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC).

The free public event will take place on Poole Quay, and at PHC’s award-wining marina Poole Quay Boat Haven, and will incorporate a variety of marine-related businesses, family focused entertainment and other elements associated with a regional boat show. Inspired by other boat shows in areas such as Jersey, PHC believe Poole is a perfect location for an all-encompassing boat show celebrating the rich and varied boating business present in the town.

Jim Stewart, Poole Harbour Commissioner’s chief executive is pleased to announce the new event for 2015. He says: “From local chandlers to rig makers and other marine-focused suppliers, we hope the Poole Harbour Boat Show will become a staple date on the regional maritime calendar. It is an opportunity for all Poole marine operators to come together and showcase the extent of work going on across the Harbour.

“As we head towards 2017 and Poole’s hosting of European Maritime Day, the new boat show enables us to highlight the many varied businesses within the marine sector here. We aim for it to grow year on year and to maintain its full inclusivity to all.”

Businesses in the marine sector are invited to take stands at the show, which has the full support and backing of the British Marine Federation (BMF) and organisations such as the RNLI will be playing a key role across the weekend. The event is also supported by Poole Tourism which will include the show in its annual events programme and has scheduled the dates in May to co-ordinate around other summer events.

Windsurfing World Cup gold
Monday, 08 December 2014 00:00

shawBryony Shaw capped off a dominant week and secured a winning end to her 2014 season with gold at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi. Shaw admitted it had been a difficult year, with a number of near misses in the medal stakes, but she was delighted to have ended the year as she had begun it – with a gold medal to add to her victory at the Miami World Cup regatta.

The Beijing bronze medallist led the women’s RS:X windsurfing event from the outset of the four day Final showcase – the first of its kind under the revamped ISAF World Cup series – with her gold topping the British Sailing Team’s tally of four medals, with victory also going to British kiteboard racer Ollie Bridge in the invitational event held alongside the Olympic Classes.

Shaw went into Sunday’s final 10-board double points medal race with a comfortable 16 point margin over the second-placed World Champion Charline Picon.  Knowing that she could finish no worse than silver, the Weymouth-based sailor controlled her French rival to finish the medal race in second place and take the overall event victory.

Torbay to host UK leg of 2015 Solitaire du Figaro yacht race
Thursday, 04 December 2014 10:33
The Solitaire du Figaro - Eric Bompard Cachemire, a 2000 mile solo race known as the unofficial world championships of solo offshore sailing, is coming to Torbay. The Solitaire is the ultimate annual sailing endurance race and brings only the very best offshore sailors to its start line and will see as many as 45 one-design Bénéteau Figaro IIs race between France, Spain and the UK.

Starting from Bordeaux on 30th May, Torbay will be the fourth stopover in a line up of five. The penultimate leg from France to Torbay is likely to see the fleet head first to the notorious Fastnet Rock off the Irish Coast, before returning across the Irish Sea and into the English Channel. Berry Head will come as a welcome sight for the increasingly tired sailors, arriving into Tor Bay on the 17th June 2015 to conclude Leg 3. With the boats safely docked in Torquay’s public race village during the stopover, the skippers will have time to rest and recuperate.

No Sandbanks Boat Show for 2015
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 12:38

webboatshowSalterns Marina and Salterns Brokerage, organisers and hosts of the award-winning Sandbanks Boat Show, have announced that the 2015 event will not be going ahead. They explained that it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep things fresh and diverse, and many other marinas are now also following the same format. For example, Poole Quay Boat Haven will be hosting their own event over the same weekend as the planned Sandbanks Boat Show (9 -10th May).

Nick Smith, Managing Director, said, “There is clearly no room for two shows to be held in such close proximity which would only dilute the standard of show that we aspire to. It may come as a blow to many exhibitors and visitors alike that our highly successful show comes to a close. We’d like to thank all who have taken part and supported us, gaining great sales and exposure over the four years we’ve been running this unique and popular event.”  

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