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Sun’s out, wind’s steady, 40% off Bank Holiday weekend sailing with Sunsail
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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.

Dee joins all female team
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 00:00

Dee joins all female Team Dee Caffari (GBR), Sara Hastreiter (USA) and Elodie-Jane Mettraux (SUI) will all be joining Team SCA, the only all-female team, in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15.

Caffari is no stranger to ocean racing having competed in the Vendée Globe Race, Global Challenge, Barcelona World Race and four transatlantic races.  She is the only woman to have sailed solo around the world in both directions (east-about and west-about), as well as being the only female to have sailed around the world non-stop three times. She also holds the female crewed monohull Round Britain and Ireland speed record, a record she established in June 2009, with Team SCA crew mate Sam Davies.

Monday, 14 April 2014 11:00

ancastaThe Ancasta Easter Collection 2014 is extending across Ancasta's eleven UK offices for ten days from 12th and 21st April.  The catalogues, showing the biggest collection of power and sail boats the company has displayed to date, will make it easy for buyers to choose what to see and where, across Ancasta’s network of offices.

The Ancasta Easter Collection currently boasts 156 boats in the sail section of its catalogue and 154 boats under the power section. Catalogues can be seen online at http://www.ancasta.com/easterabc. More boats are being added daily and although the print catalogue is due to go to press, any newly listed boats will go into the ever expanding online catalogue.

Hilary’s new ocean record
Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00

Hilary’s new ocean recordQuadriplegic sailor Hilary Lister, GAC Pindar ambassador, has set a new trans-ocean record by becoming the first paralysed woman to complete the 850nm sea voyage from Mumbai in India to Muscat, Oman.

Her sailing partner, Omani yachtswoman Nashwa Al Kindi, also set a record of her own as the first Arab woman sailor to complete the trip.

The pair sailed into port at the end of their nine-day voyage which started from the busy port on the western coast of India and crossed the Indian Ocean. Back on dry land, Hilary says the hardest part was getting off the boat: “I never wanted to get off!” It was the latest in a series of challenges that Hilary has set herself. She first made it to the record books in 2005, when she sailed the English Channel, and again in 2009 when she sailed solo around Britain.

She adds: “We had a few challenges, but for me it’s all about pushing yourself to the limit. It’s meeting those challenges that gives me so much pleasure.

“We had some fun moments too. There were dolphins and whales along the way – and I even got slapped in the face by a flying fish. And at night, the sight of phosphorescence on the water and clear starry skies is absolutely beautiful.”

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