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Classics under the hammer
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 14:12

Classics under the hammer The inaugural Classic Boat Auction, run in partnership with Special Auction Services and Henley Sales & Charter, is to be held at Beale Park near Reading on 7 June.

It is thought to be the largest classic boat auction held in Europe for the past 15 years.

The auction includes traditional river craft, rowing and river memorabilia and model and toy boats, and promises a unique opportunity to buy at a specialist auction run by experts in both auctioneering and traditional boat brokering.

One fine example is Lot 154, a magnificent MB278 Naval Pinnance built in1914 by W White and Sons of Cowes. This little ship is a survivor, having recovered from three battleship sinking’s and a serious dockyard accident. Today she is fully restored and returned to Dunkirk in 2010 looking splendid. However the scars of her Dunkirk service still show in the bow, where machine gun bullets passed through on both port and starboard sides. The auction estimate is £50,000 to £70,000, and whoever buys her will celebrate her 100th birthday alongside the WWI centenary.

There are 197 lots altogether with estimates ranging from £30 to £300,000.

Squadron’s 200th anniversary
Thursday, 29 May 2014 00:00

Squadron’s 200th anniversary The Royal Yacht Squadron has confirmed that Rolex will be supporting the Club’s Bicentenary Regatta, the spectacular international sailing event that will celebrate 200 years of the historic club’s existence in July 2015.

The multi-format regatta which takes place from 25-31 July 2015 in the Solent will attract yachts both large and small, classic and modern, from J-Class to J80 by offering a choice of racing fleets for competitors to take part in.

The announcement of Rolex’s participation coincides with the release of the confirmed Notice of Race and entry forms. Entries are already coming in from amongst the 25 clubs invited from 19 countries around the world, specially selected by the Royal Yacht Squadron in recognition of friendships that have evolved through mutual and reciprocal sailing activities over many years. Invitations have also been extended to the Cowes Combined Clubs.

New appointments add value to Cowes Harbour Commissioners
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 15:41

Cowes Harbour Commissioners (CHC) has appointed two new Board members, Howard Pearce and Andrew Cooper. The new Commissioners will be introduced to stakeholders at CHC's Annual Public Meeting at the Island Sailing Club in Cowes on Wednesday, 18th June from 7pm.

Howard Pearce is a former senior executive at the Environment Agency, with experience in business planning, funding, investment and commercial contract management. Howard said: "My connections with Cowes and the Isle of Wight go back to the 1980s and I am delighted to have been invited to join CHC. Cowes is a vital economic and leisure gateway to the Isle of Wight and I look forward to working with my fellow Commissioners to further develop our strategy to deliver benefits to our stakeholders and the Island that we serve."

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 00:00

BOOST FOR RYA PARALYMPIC PATHWAYThe RYA has received a boost to its Paralympic Pathway with a brand new fleet of 16 2.4mR one-person keelboats, with the aim of delivering future Paralympic medals for Great Britain.

Established as two of the first Paralympic training sites through the RYA’s High Performance Club scheme, Rutland Sailing Club and Queen Mary Sailing Club are the first two venues to see delivery of a number of the new boats, which will provide promising disabled sailors of all ages access to the sport of sailing, and bridge the gap between the RYA’s Sailability programme and the British Sailing Team’s performance remit at Paralympic level.

New home for Legend yachts
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 00:00

New home for Legend yachtsLegend Yachts UK Ltd has been appointed sole distributor of the yachts in the UK and Ireland.

The company will be based at Sparkes Marina, at the entrance to Chichester Harbour which is the ideal location for the commissioning, demonstrating, handing-over and berthing of the entire range. Managing director is Nick Edgington, son of former Opal Marine director, Bruce.

The Yachts range from 27ft to 50ft with the 27, 33, new 37 and 40-foot all available with bilge keels. Legends, which are known elsewhere as Hunter Yachts, have been manufactured in Alachua, Florida since 1973.

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