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Navigational safety questioned
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

Navigational safety questionedThe Crown Estate, manager of the UK seabed, has agreed seabed rights for six new wave and tidal current demonstration zones and five new wave and tidal current sites around the UK.

Of the 12 zones and sites announced, plans to place a further tidal current installation in Strangford Lough has caused objection from the RYA. Stuart Carruthers, RYA Cruising Manager, voiced these concerns: “We made it clear in our response to the consultation phase that the RYA does not believe that this area is suitable for a demonstration development. Further tidal current installations will compound navigational problems for legitimate users of the sea.

“Recreational boaters are already having difficulty navigating safely with the combination of the SeaGen Tidal Turbine which is very much a surface piercing hazard (particularly when the beam is raised) and the Routen Wheel, a nearby area of whirlpools and overfalls. Any further devices will only compound the problem.”

The site is located in ‘the Narrows’, the tricky entrance to and exit from Strangford Lough, with the tidal flows in the entrance reaching speeds of up to 7.5 knots at springs. In strong onshore winds breaking seas can extend well over a mile south east of the entrance. Even in much calmer conditions standing waves may be encountered.

Gosport Marine Scene launches new website
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

gosportGosport's marine business network, Gosport Marine Scene, has launched a new website to help visiting and resident yachtsmen and boat owners to find the services that they need when berthing in the town. The website provides information on everything from chandlers and riggings services to supermarkets and bars, as well as advice from the Port Authority on entering Portsmouth Harbour and a live tidal feed.

Gosport’s sheltered location directly adjacent to the Solent makes it excellent as a permanent base or a jumping-­off point for longer voyages and races. It has more than 2,400 berths and moorings and a 24-mile waterfront ringed with marinas, slips, yards, riggers and sailmakers.

Sail the Solent as first step to a dream cruise
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 00:00

Sail the Solent as first step to a dream cruiseA Solent-based yacht charter company is looking over the horizon to expand its sailing packages.

Fairview Sailing based in the Hamble with more than 30 yachts has teamed up with Dream Yacht Charter, the world’s biggest independent yacht charter organisation, to offer a taste of premium level sailing.

Dream Yacht Charter has more than 450 yachts sailing from 37 bases in 21 countries. It offers “buy-a-cabin” charters on crewed 42 to 82-foot boats with between four and 12 en-suite cabins. There are 24 cruises to choose from in 12 exotic destinations.

Kate Bray of Dream Yacht Charter said: “The standard is not unlike a cruise ship but much more intimate. The concept is ideal for those who want to be looked after as well as having a chance to sail a top-of -the-range sail boat or those who do not have the skills to charter independently.

Challenge 72 Round the World Experience at Southampton Boat Show
Monday, 18 August 2014 00:00

challenger72-4_v_325x217Get involved; get on board this 72ft round the world Ocean Race Yacht will take you on a unique adventure right in the heart of the Solent.

Climb aboard for a fun and exhilarating experience and feel what life aboard an offshore race yacht is really like. Enjoy the thrill of taking the helm, hoist and trim the sail or grind the winches all as part of 12 strong team.

This is a real hands-on opportunity to get actively involved in all aspects of sailing this exciting yacht under the guidance of our professional crew and is ideal for novice and experienced sailors alike.


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.

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