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Sun Sail
Friday, 12 December 2014 00:00

A world of adventure and innovation awaits visitors to this year’s London Boat Show with many of the biggest names from the marine world displaying their latest boats, products and technologies.


With organisers promising to push the boundaries in marine shows, at the heart of this year’s show is the concept of Where Adventure starts, Pioneers Meet & Innovation shines. What are you? Pioneer, Innovator or Adventurer… take the online test here.

RYA 2014 – The Highlights
Thursday, 27 November 2014 00:00


It’s been another busy year for the RYA, protecting and promoting the rights and interests of recreational boaters, attending events and boat shows across the country and looking after their 103,000 members.  Here are just a few of the highlights from 2014…


rya1Kicking off the year at the London Boat Show the RYA celebrated 40 years of the RYA Yachtmaster scheme and city banker Joseph Macdonald was crowned RYA Yachtmaster™ of the Year 2013.  Chosen for his thorough technical knowledge of sailing, his demonstration of sailing skills and his sheer enthusiasm and enjoyment for sailing, Joseph was presented with his prestigious trophy by HRH The Princess Royal.

The RYA was also joined at the show by TV personality and sailor, Nick Knowles and Shipping Minister, Stephen Hammond MP to endorse its new safety initiative.  The first safety awareness publication of its kind for the leisure boating community, the annual Safety Advisory Notice is a clear, easily accessible digest of current, critical safety issues.  Four key safety messages - look after yourself, have a plan, keep in touch, know your limits - form part of an ongoing safety education campaign.

January also saw the launch of latest addition to the RYA’s suite of interactive online courses named the RYA online SRC course. For the first time students had the choice of either undertaking traditional classroom training or opting to work through the course using a state-of-the-art online training course.

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.)