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Thomson Sets Sail
Thursday, 01 January 2015 00:00

clickBritish sailor Alex Thomson has set sail in the Barcelona World Race 2014 – 2015. Alex Thomson and his co-Skipper Pepe Ribes will sail HUGO BOSS, an IMOCA 60 racing yacht, the 26,000 nautical miles, non-stop, unassisted around the globe. It is expected to take up to 90 days to complete.

Thompson has history with this race having finished second with co-skipper Andrew Cape in 2007 – 2008. However, since then Thomson has successfully completed the gruelling Vendee Globe - a solo, unassisted round-the-world race - breaking a British record along the way.

Paralympics hopeful wins again
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 00:00


Paralympics hopeful Morgan Bugler has claimed the Pembrokeshire Sports 2014 Junior Disability Award for the second time, as he combines his own sailing career with helping to coach others. This Pembrokeshire award comes in the Under 16's category.

The remarkable Haverfordwest sailor is an active competitor at Neyland yacht club as well as competing nationally against able-bodied competitors with an incredible level of success. He was a member of the South West Wales regional Topper squad, as well as moving into the GB Youth squad.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014 00:00


Nominations are open for teachers, guide or scout leaders, youth group leaders, friends and employers to put forward deserving young people for the sailing trip of a lifetime as part of the 2015 MDL Sail Training Awards.

MDL Marinas has run the awards in conjunction with Ocean Youth Trust South for over 20 years, and they are designed to recognise, reward and challenge young people who have shown exceptional accomplishments and qualities that have inspired or supported others.

Natasha’s Big Challenge
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 00:00
Natasha Lifeboat ChequeNatasha Lambert who, despite being severely disabled through athetoid cerebral palsy took part in another major challenge last summer, has presented a cheque for £5,469.20 to the RNLI.

The presentation took place at the Cowes lifeboat station Christmas dinner at the Sir Max Aitken Museum in the High Street.

The £5,469.20 represents a third of what Natasha raised through sponsorship from sailing single-handed 430 miles from her home town of Cowes to Wales, where she climbed the 2,907 feet Pen y Fan mountain in the Brecon Beacons. The other two thirds of the sponsorship went to the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and the Royal Yachting Association Foundation.

Solitaire du Figaro comes to Torbay
Monday, 22 December 2014 00:00
figaroThe Solitaire is still as ruthless and dynamic as ever, putting the world’s finest offshore talent through their paces over a gruelling month of solo competition. To mark the race’s 46-year mile stone, competitors will sail a 2015nm course between three old and two new ports in 2015.

Returning to Bordeaux, the Solitaire du Figaro 2015 will start on the 31st May from the village of Paulliac. From Bordeaux a fleet of up to 45 33ft Bénéteau Figaro IIs will race 461nm to the Sanxenxo, the Spanish town making its Solitaire du Figaro debut in 2015. From here to the Concarneau, the skippers will finish Leg 2 of the race in the familiar French waters of south Brittany. The penultimate 602nm race leg from Concarneau to Torbay will see the fleet once again round the notorious Fastnet Rock off the Irish coast, Lands End, The Lizard, and Berry Head before receiving a warm welcome in Torbay as they conclude Leg 3. Echoing the fourth and final leg of the 2013 race, the fleet will make their final charge to the 2015 finish line in Dieppe along the south coast of the UK, but first looping west from Torbay around the Island of Lundy – a 400ft granite outcrop in the Bristol Channel.

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