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Sunsail Sponsors Half Marathon
Friday, 13 March 2015 00:00
Sunsail012Sunsail has become official sailing partner and event sponsor of the Associated British Ports (ABP) Southampton Half Marathon, taking place on 26 April 2015.

This new sporting event, expecting 6,000 participants, offers runners the choice of either a half marathon or 10 km race along closed roads through the heart of Southampton passing iconic local landmarks including Bargate and QE2 Anchor. The highlight will be running both the ascent and more popularly the descent over the Itchen Bridge, which will be closed exclusively for this unique event.

In addition, Sunsail has a team of  runners ready to face the race in April, in aid of the sailing charity Sail4Cancer. Sail 4 Cancer is a charity that provides water-based respite days and holidays for families affected by cancer.


Maritime heroes to be honoured
Friday, 13 March 2015 00:00
The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society is calling on members of the maritime community and air/sea rescue organisations across the UK to nominate colleagues and fellow volunteers for their heroic acts of bravery at sea for its annual Skill and Gallantry Awards.

Among last year’s recipients were: the helicopter crew of ‘Rescue 193’ from 771 Squadron, RNAS Culdrose, who carried out the daring rescue of five French fishermen from their sinking trawler; Petty Officer (Aircrewman) Russell Adams, also from 771 Squadron, was recognised for his role in a separate incident;  RNLI Helmsman Derek Pusey for his part in the challenging rescue of two men cut off by the tide; his colleague, Crewman Clive Williams, was also honoured for swimming to the casualties; and finally, RNLI Coxswain Paul Legendre was recognised for his outstanding leadership, seamanship and perseverance in searching for a missing boy for 6 hours.

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 5 start postponed
Thursday, 12 March 2015 15:45
volvo ocean raceThis weekend’s Volvo Ocean Race Leg 5 start, from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajaí, Brazil, has been delayed due to the development of a potential supercyclone. The six-strong fleet was originally set to depart for the 6,776 nautical-mile voyage through the treacherous waters of the Southern Ocean on March 15.

But with forecasts suggesting that a grade five tropical cyclone could hit the area hard, Race organisers have taken the prudent step of delaying their exit by at least 24 hours. As a result, the earliest possible restart would take place on Monday March 16 at 1400 local NZ time, although this is yet to be confirmed. Despite the delay, a full departure ceremony including a mayoral handover and sailor’s parade will go ahead as planned on Sunday.

“Safety first,” said Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad today. “We’re making this decision now because we don’t know the exact track of this tropical cyclone yet. It’s unusually big and essentially it’s blocking the road for our sailors, so it’s prudent seamanship from our side to leave them with options.”

Southsea Fishing Show
Thursday, 12 March 2015 00:00

Southsea_Fishing_Show_LogoTaking place on Good Friday 3 April between 10am – 4pm a range of contributors will come together at the Southsea Fishing Show to showcase their services and fishing products, including bait, lures and tackle providers, boat dealers, electronics, clothing suppliers, marine and engineering companies and suppliers of marine safety equipment.

A chef from Loch Fyne seafood restaurant in Gunwharf Quays will be in attendance to provide tips and recommendations on how to cook delicious fish dishes, as well as serving up some savoury treats. Inshore Rescue will be supporting the event and the RNLI charity will run a ‘lifejacket clinic’ over the course of the day and visitors are invited to bring their jackets along to have them fully checked. Ocean Safety will also be in attendance to assist and advise on all aspects of marine safety, as well as answering servicing enquiries.

Race Win On Day 1 of Extreme Sailing Series
Thursday, 12 March 2015 00:00

Image_1Team GAC Pindar got off to a promising start during the second Act of the Extreme Sailing Series in Muscat, Oman. Record breaking world Champion duo Ian Williams and Seve Jarvin got their partnership off to a strong start by winning their second race and finishing the day just nine points from a podium position.

Following a false start in their first race the GAC Pindar crew recovered well and managed to finish in fifth place. Far better was to follow in the very next race which saw GAC Pindar claim their maiden victory of the week and fifth of the 2015 series so far.

Ian Williams, GAC Pindar’s skipper said: “This was the first day of racing for me back on the Extreme Saling Series circuit and I really enjoyed it. Following my time off the boat it was always going to take a while to familiarise myself with the EX40 characteristics, but we got through the day in good shape including a race win and we are hoping to move up the leaderboard throughout the rest of the regatta.”

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