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GBR takes on Youth Olympics
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 00:00

GBR takes on Youth OlympicsGreat Britain is set to be represented for the first time in the Youth Olympic Games dinghy events, with the British Youth Sailing Team’s Hanna Brant securing a qualifying berth in the Byte CII class for the Games to be held in Nanjing, China, 16-28 August.

At the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010, Britain was represented in just the windsurfing events, with Kieran Martin, the current ISAF Youth World Champion in the RS:X class, securing bronze for Team GB in the Techno 293.

This second edition of the Youth Olympic Games will encompass all 28 sports on the programme for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Over 3,600 young athletes aged between 15 and 16 are expected to compete at the event, which includes the Byte CII one person dinghy for boys and girls, and the Techno 293 windsurfer for boys and girls.  

Approval for new VOR boats
Thursday, 12 June 2014 00:00

Approval for new VOR boatsFive Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 boats have already covered around 30,000 nautical miles in their pre-event preparations, giving both teams and event organisers the opportunity to test equipment and crews on land and sea.

The training runs have visited seven ports in the United States, China, Portugal, Spain (Lanzarote) and the UK ahead of the race that will start in autumn this year.

“We’re delighted with how our new one-design boat, the Volvo Ocean 65, is shaping up so far with all the crews reporting back to us positively on their progress so far,” said the event’s Race Director Jack Lloyd. The 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race will begin in Alicante, Spain on 4 October, with an in-port race. With the first leg, Alicante to Cape Town, starting on 11 October, the teams will cover 38,739 nautical miles before the finish and a final in-port race in Gothenburg, Sweden on 27 June, 2015.

Sir Ben Ainslie announces America's Cup bid
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 11:14

AmericasCupYouthOlympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie was today joined by the Duchess of Cambridge as he launched Britain's bid to win the 35th America's Cup which takes place in 2017. Ainslie has said that he hopes Red Bull Formula 1 design chief Adrian Newey will help with the British project. The team, which has a budget of around £80 million, will be based in Portsmouth subject to planning permission.

Traditionally the America's Cup winner decides the format and venue of the next event, which happens every three to five years. It usually kicks off with a challenger series, the Louis Vuitton Cup, to decide which team gets to take on the defending champions. However, qualifying races have been shortened and reorganised for the next event. The first round, taking place next year, will see the number of teams whittled down to just four who will face further races to decide who will eventually challenge the existing champions, Oracle Team USA.

Mystery wreck
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 00:00

Mystery wreck One of England’s most important 17th century shipwrecks, the London, which is rapidly deteriorating on the seabed off Southend-on Sea in Essex, is being excavated by English Heritage and Cotswold Archaeology to discover and retrieve many of the ship’s artefacts before they are lost forever.

The London sank in the Thames Estuary nearly 350 years ago in 1665 after mysteriously blowing up en route from Chatham to The Hope, near Gravesend in Kent.

The London was one of only three completed wooden Second Rate ‘Large Ships’ that were built between 1642 and 1660, and is the only one that survives.

Now lying in two parts off Southend-on-Sea, the London played a significant role in British history as it formed part of an English Squadron sent in 1658 to collect Charles II and restore him to his throne in an effort to end the anarchy which followed the death of Oliver Cromwell.

Dafty in a rafty
Thursday, 05 June 2014 00:00

Dafty in a rafty  After competing in the 2014 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race in his Quarter Tonner, Panic, owner Geoff Gritton is proposing to jump straight in to a life raft in a bid to raise funds for Sail4Cancer.

Geoff plans to remain in the life raft until noon the following day, a period of some 20 hours. The life raft will be located in Cowes Yacht Haven. It is hoped that the Cowes Yacht Haven webcam can be pointed at the raft and then snap shots during the time can be taken.

Geoff has so far set about raising awareness of his planned feat via his facebook page and on twitter, using the hashtag #daftyinarafty. To date, over £500 has been raised, and Geoff has gained additional support from a number of marine suppliers, including Spinlock, Slam, A-Glaze and English Braids.

For the weight conscious racers taking part in the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, Sail4Cancer collection buckets will be placed at the entrances to the pontoon walkways so crews can lighten their pockets of loose change ahead of the race.

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