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Friday, 09 January 2015 00:00
historic shipsAs the world continues to mark the centenary of the First World War and as further key events from this four year battle are remembered throughout 2015, National Historic Ships UK (NHS UK) is commemorating Britain’s surviving ships from the First World War with the launch of a dedicated website - NHS UK is also launching an appeal to the public to come forward with any further information they may have on these incredible vessels.

From dramatic sea battles and rescue missions to transporting vital supplies and equipment, ships played a vital role during the First World War and now the stories of more than 60 surviving vessels that played their part during this historic event are being brought to life. From ships such as the HMS Caroline, the sole surviving ship from the Battle of Jutland – World War One’s largest naval battle and one of the largest in history, to the fishing smack Britannia, which had a friendly encounter with a German U-boat, the website is dedicated to telling the stories of these veterans and where they are now.

Weymouth Harbour prices frozen again
Friday, 09 January 2015 00:00
Weymouth Harbour has frozen its fees for the second consecutive year to remain one of the south coast’s cheapest places to berth as well as offering fantastic, modern facilities. The harbour is committed to providing the best value for visiting yachts, boats and berth holders.

Cllr Kate Wheller, Chairman of the Harbour Management Board, explains, “Whilst 2015 may bring some changes for Weymouth Harbour post Condor Ferries’ operations, the commitment to providing customers with great value means that we are keeping our prices competitive. This is great news for our existing leisure customers, but also for anyone considering berthing in Weymouth as there are berths available; just call or pop in and speak to a member of our friendly harbour team in the Harbour Office on Custom House Quay.”

Hoegh Osaka Drama Continues
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Thursday, 08 January 2015 10:06

GroundedShipThere were initially reports of the Hoegh Osaka being "out of control" on Wednesday after coming adrift. The Hoegh Osaka, which ran aground on Bramble Bank in the Solent Saturday, is now being held by tugs after unexpectedly 'refloating' itself at 1.55pm on Wednesday due to a combination of water being pumped out, high winds and the tide.

Hugh Shaw, secretary of state representative for maritime salvage said, “Winds that came through were gusting a lot higher than forecast and got the ship off the sandbank."

Reports state the ship completely turned around, but the list of the ship remained unchanged. No injuries were reported.

The King & Queen
Thursday, 08 January 2015 09:42

pubThe King & Queen is located in the heart of the yachting world in Hamble's cobbled High Street. It is open all the hours God sends (subject to licensing law) for friendly service, real ales and a range of good homemade food. Why is it making the news you ask? This establishment is now officially the world's favourite yachting bar.

“Wow…all I can say is wow!!” said Janet Bradley, the owner of The King & Queen, when Wight Vodka rang her up on New Year’s Eve to give her the news. “The K&Q has always been for Yachties and it’s great to be acknowledged for this - We are delighted to be the first Bar /Pub in the UK to win this accolade and we hope to continue looking after those who love the sea and sailing. We are so grateful for every customer who voted for us, which speaks of the enthusiasm, hard work and dedication of every one of my team members!   From our chefs to our dishwashers, our bartenders to our waiters, this win is for you; thank you all so much!”

Aspiring Sailors Earn Boats
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 00:00


Two aspiring West Wales sailors have been awarded their very own boats, donated by the John Merricks Sailing Trust (JMST), the official charity partner of the RYA OnBoard programme.

Amelia Grant-Jones from Fishguard and Joshua Price (pictured) from Haverfordwest were among thirteen youngsters who were selected from over 70 applications after competing in the RYA Zone and Home Country Championships.

Twelve-year-old Joshua, who sails at Solva Sailing Club, was delighted when he found out he was being gifted the use of his own Topper boat. “I love being on the water, on my own seeing how far I can go before I capsize. I also enjoy the responsibility of looking after the equipment and making sure I have the boat set up to the best of my ability," he said.

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