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Sun Sail
Solent Adventures
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Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:00

Solent Adventures

Gliding out of the lock from Sunsail’s UK charter base at Port Solent at 7am on an autumnal Friday morning, the world seemed still; yet the air was filled with potential for adventure. The narrowest of channels led from the lock and threaded its way off into the distance towards Portsmouth Harbour, its confines accentuated by the lowest of low tides.

A steaming round of coffee was brought on deck to ward off the early morning chill, as we left Port Solent behind. An informative and professional handover had been made the day before by the Sunsail UK team, and the Beneteau Sunsail Match First 40 (one of Sunsail’s matched fleet of 30 boats) was our home for the next four days.

Sunken history
Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00

Sunken history

How shipwrecks are sparking our appetite for exploring the past…

There has been an explosion of interest in what is lying on the seabed, often in the shallow and accessible waters just off our coasts. This new appetite for information has been fed by the story of Henry VIII’s flagship.

The Mary Rose sank in 1545 with the loss of some 350 of her fighting compliment. Although the location of the Mary Rose had been known since the mid-1800s, it was not until after WWII - when the basic concept of ‘frogmen’ rapidly developed into the populist sport of ‘sub-aqua’ - that wrecks such as the Mary Rose could be easily and economically investigated.


PSP Southampton Boat Show
Friday, 05 September 2014 00:00

PSP Southampton Boat Show











All aboard for a fantastic family festival at this year’s PSP Southampton Boat Show

The PSP Southampton Boat Show is nearly here! The 46th edition of the annual event promises an array of exciting attractions, exhilarating experiences and world-class boats, all set against a stunning backdrop of the show’s spectacular marina.

For the first time in the history of the show, visitors will be able to take to the air on the new PSP Southampton Boat Show Eye. The impressive ride will whisk guests more than 100 feet off the ground for spectacular 360 degree views.

Back on the ground, enjoy a festival-like atmosphere, with live music tribute acts, bars and restaurants, and seafaring celebrations. Whether speeding across the waves care of the On The Water Try-a-Boat sessions or climbing aboard the historic tall ship Phoenix, there are plenty of opportunities to take to the water during the week.

Experienced mariners can join a team of 11 other tenacious sailors for a trip on a 72ft racing yacht in the Challenge 72 Round The World Experience. (Tickets available in advance via the show website.)  

Bart’s Bash and beyond
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 09:16

barts bash

Organising the biggest dinghy event in the world in memory of one of sailing’s all-time biggest heroes was always going to be, well, a very big task.

Tim Anderton is the man who, in his own words, was lucky enough to find himself “in the right place at the right time” to take on the role of  Event Manager for the Guinness World Record attempt known as Bart’s Bash, which is due to take place at sailing clubs around the world this September. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Tim has also taken on responsibility for Sailing Development at the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre in Weymouth.

Despite having only officially been in the role for a matter of weeks, Tim’s involvement with the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation reaches back to the birth of the initial Bart’s Bash concept, in November 2013, when he became involved on a voluntary basis, alongside his then-day job as RYA Sailing Development Officer for Thames Valley.

Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00


This year’s Cowes Week regatta, which has been sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management since 2011, boasts entries from over 1,000 boats in 38 classes and crewed by in excess of 8,000 competitors racing in some of the most spectacular yachts from the UK and across the globe.

The thrill of Cowes Week doesn’t end on the water however - with an expected crowd of around 100,000 visitors the eight days of racing will be jam-packed with aerobatic displays, great parties and live music, as well as gutter boat racing, afternoon teas, flag-making and some exciting competitions to enter for spectators and sailors alike.

Undoubtedly the best place to get a view of the action taking place out in the Solent will be between the Royal Yacht Squadron castle in Cowes and the row of cannons, which will be fired at the start and finish of each race.