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Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week
Monday, 16 February 2015 00:00

Racing-at-AAM-Cowes-Week-cThe biggest changes to the race management structure at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week in many years have just been agreed by the organising yacht clubs of Cowes Combined Clubs.

Sailing Director Stuart Quarrie says. "The idea is to have consistent race management for as much of the week as possible, in order to give a higher level of continuity and consistency.”

Under the previous triumvirate system, three different groups of race officers ran most of the racing, with each group in charge for periods of just two or three days. However, the event had already started to move away from that model, with Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club running the White Group committee boat for the entire event, the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club running the Black Group committee boat, and a consistent team of course setters through the event.


Historic Victory for Ian Williams
Monday, 16 February 2015 00:00
williamsIan Williams has become the first skipper to win sailing’s World Match Racing Tour title five times. Williams, who had previously won the title in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012, overtakes veteran Australian sailor Peter Gilmour who also had four titles.

Williams and his GAC Pindar crew went into the final event of the tour, the Monsoon Cup, knowing that if he reached the final, the tour title would be his due to the six point lead he had accrued over the season.

Williams went up against Mathieu Richard in the final, comfortably beating the Frenchman 3-0 to claim the Monsoon Cup. This represents another record for Williams, as no other skipper has won the Monsoon Cup on three occasions.

Thursday, 12 February 2015 16:49

tugA tug which was last in service 30 years ago and was saved 11 years ago is to finally be restored after receiving a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £3.8 million. The historic North West vessel the Daniel Adamson is the last-surviving Steam Tug-Tender in the UK and will re-enter service in spring 2016.

When complete people will be able to ride on the historic steam ship as part of a programme of cruises on the Mersey, Weaver and Manchester Ship Canal. When not in use, she will be moored outside some of the area’s waterside museums as part of a joint education programme to help visitors and school children explore the region’s important industrial and maritime history.

caption: Daniel Adamson in 1981 Credit John Slavin - DAPS

Loving The Isle of Wight
Thursday, 12 February 2015 10:03

valentines-day-press-copyValentine’s Day is the one day of the year when everyone is feeling the love, and this year it’s on a Saturday so you can really spoil your other half with a full day of romance, fun, surprise and laughter.

If you fancy going somewhere extra special this year, how about a day trip to the Isle of Wight? The Isle of Wight has everything you could possibly want this Valentine’s day… white sandy beaches, a plentiful supply of pubs and restaurants and fun attractions too, including a zoo, ice skating rink and a ride on a steam train.

Or you could go and see Robin Hill’s Electric Woods in Newport. You’ll be able to see stunning spectacle of illuminated woodland with a far eastern twist to mark the coming of the Chinese New Year.

RYA Powerboat Racing Awards
Thursday, 12 February 2015 09:43

Awards-2015Over 200 racers, friends, family and supporters were at the RYA Powerboat Racing Awards ceremony in Southampton to see over 50 awards presented to some of the most successful racers of 2014.

The event was hosted by Grant Harrison, from the world of powerboat racing, and Ruth Morse, well respected official and former Lancashire Powerboat Club Commodore. They were joined by special guest Tiff Needell from television’s Fifth Gear.

Throughout the evening a number of awards were presented to some of the younger racers on the circuit, including the likes of Ben Jelf, Jessica Stoneman and Thomas Mantripp, who have demonstrated skill, passion and determination to clinch their winner’s titles. There were also surprise presentations during the evening including Kayleigh Priestly who was awarded the RYA Anne Robinson Best Newcomer Award. 

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