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World first for disabled sailors
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 00:00

World first for disabled=The first ship to circle the world with disabled crew members completed its two-year journey as it moored alongside HMS Belfast on the Thames.

Lord Nelson crewed by a disabled and able-bodied team was accompanied by Tenacious, its 65-metre sister ship. During its voyage quadriplegic, deaf, PTSD and road traffic sufferers all crewed the ship.

The 55-metre ship was manoevred under Tower Bridge to its mooring by 38 people of whom 13 were disabled, including some blind, wheelchair bound and epileptic crew members.

Both ships belong to the Jubilee Sailing Trust, which gives people of all physical abilities, including those with significant disabilities, the opportunity to experience life changing experiences outside their normal routine.

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Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series 2015
Friday, 03 October 2014 00:00

Mount Gay Round Barbados Race SeriesRace teams planning next season’s calendar may well be signing up for the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series 2015, which runs from 16-24 January. This event, which kick starts the Caribbean race season, was re-launched in 2014 with a new race format and plenty of record-breaking opportunities. It proved such a success that an even bigger entry is expected in 2015.

Organised by the Barbados Cruising Club in association with the Barbados Tourism Authority and Mount Gay, the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series encompasses the already established Mount Gay Round Barbados Race plus a series of coastal races, and a final 300-mile sprint to Antigua to tie up with the Superyacht Challenge.

The Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series attracts race teams keen to use the event as a warm up for the Caribbean season. One of the biggest draws, other than the warm Caribbean waters, miles of gold sandy beaches and constant 12-18 knot east to east-north-east trade winds, is the opportunity to break records.

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Sailors set inspirational world record
Thursday, 02 October 2014 13:08

october_news_recordBart’s Bash, the global sailing race organised by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, set a new Guinness World Record for the Largest Sailing Race within 24 hours.
The event was a tribute to the memory of the British Olympic gold medalist who died aged 36 when the Swedish Americas Cup catamaran he was sailing in San Francisco Bay capsized in May 2013.

While the Bart’s Bash technical team were still processing the data submitted by some of the 768 venues which took part, the threshold of 2,500 boats sailing in regattas including at least 25 boats, the key criteria to meet the record, had certainly been passed.

“The event has proved a huge success and we are delighted to announce that, subject to ratification, we have set the new Guinness World Record,” said Richard Percy, CEO of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. “The turnout exceeded our expectations and we are very happy that we provided a truly global opportunity for people to come together and enjoy sailing. We hope the event will become a regular feature in the global sailing calendar.”

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Extreme Sailing Series returns to Nice
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00
extreme _sailiingAct 7 of the 2014 Extreme Sailing Series™ global tour is just around the corner, as some of world’s best sailors prepare to descend once again on to the shores of Nice, France, for the penultimate Act in the battle for the 2014 crown. The event will be broadcast live online to fans around the world from 3rd - 5th October.

Three Act victories so far this year puts Alinghi top of the Series leaderboard, and the Swiss team, helmed by Morgan Larson, will welcome back Olympic champion Anna Tunnicliffe as tactician in Nice. Just one point behind Alinghi is The Wave, Muscat fresh from a second place at the last Act in Istanbul just two weeks ago.

Following fantastic form in Istanbul that saw the Kiwis take their first Act win of the year, you wouldn’t bet against Emirates Team New Zealand, who will be reinforced by Glenn Ashby as well as Pete Burling and Blair Tuke – a duo who are quickly earning a reputation as the hottest property in sailing right now.

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Garmin gears up for winter
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 00:00

Garmin gears up for winterGarmin has agreed a multi-year sponsorship commitment with Hamble River Sailing Club to remain as the title sponsor of the Garmin Hamble Winter Series. 

This support from Garmin, which has its European headquarters at Southampton, reflects the event’s popularity. In 2013, the series saw an increase in entries with more than 160 yachts taking part, across IRC 0-5 classes, J/111, Farr 45, J/109 and Sigma 38 as well as one design classes, including J/80s, J/70s and SB20s.

The 2014 event – the 33rd Hamble Winter Series - runs from 4 October until 30 November, with two races a day in the first half of the series and one long race a day once the clocks change. The series also has two consecutive events, the Hamble One Design Championships, a 10-race series across two weekends and the Hamble Big Boat Championships, a 12-race grand prix event across two weekends for Farr 45s and J/111s racing one design and IRC boats above 1.040 TCF.

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