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Firefighters battle it out on the Solent
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00

Firefighters battle it out on the Solent The United Kingdom Firefighters’ Sailing Challenge 2014 takes place 29 April to 1 May. In recent years, this fun but competitive regatta has attracted entries from all ‘blue light’ services, including firefighters, police, ambulance and mountain rescue crews. 2014 sees the 11th edition of the event.

Teams will gather in the Solent to pit their sailing skills against one another in identical Sunsail F40 sailing yachts over three days of intense racing. As well as attracting experienced racers, the event also welcomes those with little or no experience, enabling them to discover the thrills of racing ‘round the cans’ in a large regatta, using a handicap passage race to help level the odds.

The event raises significant money for supported charitable institutions. Over the last ten years in excess of £56,000 has been raised for various good causes. Last year saw donations going to The Firefighters Charity, The RNLI, Save The Children and Mission For Sam, all raised from competitors and event sponsors: www.ukfsc.org.uk

British Youth Sailing Team confirmed for the ISAF Youth Worlds 2014
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 07:21


After five days of action packed racing at the 2014 RYA Youth National Championships, the RYA’s Selection Panel have announced the 12 sailors who will represent Great Britain at the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships 2014. The names of the sailors who will travel to Tavira, Portugal from the 12-19 July 2014 to compete for the British Youth Sailing Team were revealed at the prize-giving of the RYA Youth National Championships at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.

Leading the charge for British Team will be Olivier Greber and his new crew Jess Eales in the multi-hull catamaran class. Greber has a wealth of experience on his side, winning a bronze medal at last year’s event in Cyprus as well as a silver medal at the 2013 SL16 class World Championships with former sailing partner James Henson.

New IRC race to Spain
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 00:00

New IRC race to SpainThe Royal Western Yacht Club is pairing up with Gijon tourismo, Spain for a race from Plymouth to the northern Spanish resort.
Starting on 22 June, the event, which is for IRC rated yachts, is a fully crewed race across the Bay of Biscay finishing in the sunshine and hospitality of Gijon.

With entries limited to 25 boats and the high value £150 race fee, it’s imperative those wishing to take part express an early interest. The entry fee includes free berthing in Plymouth before the start and three days in the marina at Gijon. Added to which, during their stay in Gijon, entrants will be treated to tours and entertainment.

Sun’s out, wind’s steady, 40% off Bank Holiday weekend sailing with Sunsail
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)
Friday, 18 April 2014 09:14

sunsailWhether you want to take the family away during the school holidays, have a birthday or anniversary to celebrate, or just want to sail away with friends – there’re so many interesting places to visit from Sunsail’s base in the UK, Port Solent.

Due to its closeness to Port Solent, the Isle of Wight is probably the first destination most sailors head for and some might have seen Dippy the penguin. Dippy ordinarily lives at Seaview Wildlife Encounter and his adventures see him travel through time and space to different locations on the Isle of Wight.

Cowes Week to feature ‘Wine Garden’
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00

Cowes Week to feature ‘Wine Garden’Cowes Week Limited has welcomed Laithwaite’s Wine to join its family of sponsors as the Official Wine and Champagne Sponsor of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, for an initial two year term.

Laithwaite’s Wine has been discovering and sharing great wines since the 1960s when Tony Laithwaite started shipping wines back from Bordeaux. As part of the sponsorship deal, Laithwaite’s will establish a Wine Corner enabling those connected with the regatta to enjoy great wine deals throughout the year.  During the event itself, Laithwaite’s will create a wine garden in Cowes Yacht Haven for visitors and competitors to relax with a glass (or bottle) of wine or Champagne after a day’s racing, they will also have a wine ‘hub’ on The Parade where visitors can sample wine and take part in tutored tastings. A range of Laithwaite’s wine, sparkling wine, and Champagne products will be available during the regatta, which takes place 2-9 August.

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