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Burnham Week 2014
Friday, 15 August 2014 00:00


With a week to go before the start of Burnham Week (23-30 August) final preparations are underway to welcome visitors to the town, and provide competitors with challenging racing at this popular east coast sailing venue.

Although the Burnham Week ‘festival’ takes place over eight days, the three-series racing format (first Bank Holiday Weekend series, week series and final Saturday) gives competitors an opportunity to race one or all three independent sections or participate in the entire week.

Entries are flowing in, which means top class competition is expected in all fleets including IRC and local handicap fleets. Some of the biggest entries will be the International Dragon, multihull, RS Elite, Hunter 707, Sonata, Squib, Royal Burnham One-Design, and Royal Corinthian One-Design fleets, with interest in the Sandhopper, Stella, and East Coast One-Design fleets starting to build. There is also a vibrant dinghy section with Phantoms, in particular, establishing an impressive fleet.

Rising to the challenge
Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00

Rising to the challenge Cowes lifeboat crew member Andrea Vaughan experienced a lift-up in more ways than one. First she had reached the age of 50, and then she was winched aboard the Solent Coastguard helicopter during an exercise involving the Cowes station’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat.

Andrea, who lives in Gurnard, said later: “It was a birthday present I shall always remember; it was really exciting. I am very grateful to the RNLI for agreeing to me being the member of crew to be winched up, and for the professionalism of the helicopter crew.”

She was also pleased that the RNLI had recently changed its policy for RIB crew members to retire at 50, but instead – subject to passing a medical every two years - go on to 55. Having served for just three years as a crew member, her volunteer role would have been all too short otherwise.

Box of hope for Sail 4 Cancer
Thursday, 07 August 2014 00:00

Box of hope for Sail 4 Cancer Blue Box Sailing, the Hampshire-based sailing experience company, has announced a far-reaching partnership with sailing charity Sail 4 Cancer. In addition to providing free sailing experiences for Sail 4 Cancer beneficiaries, Blue Box Sailing will also carry large Sail 4 Cancer logos on the bows of its two Clipper 60 yachts.

On selected days between June and September 2014, Blue Box will provide unique sailing experiences for 60 people living with cancer and their families. In an act of immense kindness, the costs of laying on these special respite days will be borne by Blue Box Sailing and will include crew, lunch on board and the use of wet weather clothing.Graham Precey, Trustee at Sail 4 Cancer explained: “The first time I attended a Sail 4 Cancer event was on board Blue Box’s Whitbread 60 during Cowes Week in 2004. In partnership with Blue Box, we provided the most amazing respite day for several young families where a child was recovering from cancer.”

Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall to take on Yasmin and Simon Le Bon in the Artemis Challenge
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 09:29
zaraThe Artemis Challenge has a history of big names battling it out to scoop a cash prize for charity and this year is no different, welcoming back Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall as they race against experienced sailors Yasmin and Simon Le Bon in the 50 mile round-the-Island dash on August 7th.

The race forms part of Ladies Day at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, the world’s largest sailing regatta, and features a fleet of some of the fastest offshore racing yachts, ranging from 60 to 70 feet, both monohulls and multihulls, with each crewed by up to 12 sailors.

Each crew is racing for a share of the £10,000 prize fund which will be donated to a charity of their choice. Phillips and Tindall are on-board Artemis Ocean Racing II, skippered by the solo sailing big gun, Brian Thompson.

Circumnavigators smash record
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 00:00

circumnavigators smash recordTwo Bristol-based dinghy sailors have more than halved the record for sailing a dinghy around the UK. 

Phillip Kirk and Jeremy Warren from Thornbury Sailing Club sailed Wayfarer Hafren around clockwise from Weymouth, up the Irish Sea inside Ireland, then across the top of Scotland. They stormed round in 32 days and 3 hours versus the previous record of 76 days. 

Kirk commented: “Three major factors contributed; Hafren was well prepared, we did push hard and the weather was very kind.” 

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