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Circumnavigators smash record
Friday, 08 August 2014 00:00

circumnavigators smash recordTwo Bristol-based dinghy sailors have more than halved the record for sailing a dinghy around the UK. 

Phillip Kirk and Jeremy Warren from Thornbury Sailing Club sailed Wayfarer Hafren around clockwise from Weymouth, up the Irish Sea inside Ireland, then across the top of Scotland. They stormed round in 32 days and 3 hours versus the previous record of 76 days. 

Kirk commented: “Three major factors contributed; Hafren was well prepared, we did push hard and the weather was very kind.” 

Box of hope for Sail 4 Cancer
Thursday, 07 August 2014 00:00

Box of hope for Sail 4 Cancer Blue Box Sailing, the Hampshire-based sailing experience company, has announced a far-reaching partnership with sailing charity Sail 4 Cancer. In addition to providing free sailing experiences for Sail 4 Cancer beneficiaries, Blue Box Sailing will also carry large Sail 4 Cancer logos on the bows of its two Clipper 60 yachts.

On selected days between June and September 2014, Blue Box will provide unique sailing experiences for 60 people living with cancer and their families. In an act of immense kindness, the costs of laying on these special respite days will be borne by Blue Box Sailing and will include crew, lunch on board and the use of wet weather clothing.Graham Precey, Trustee at Sail 4 Cancer explained: “The first time I attended a Sail 4 Cancer event was on board Blue Box’s Whitbread 60 during Cowes Week in 2004. In partnership with Blue Box, we provided the most amazing respite day for several young families where a child was recovering from cancer.”

Get snapping to win!
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 00:00

go-greenblueGet ready to start snapping between 2nd and 9th August for your chance to win some amazing prizes at this year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week! To enter the competition, all you have to do is take a green snap and submit it via Twitter or Instagram using #GoGreenBlue. Entries can also be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

First prize is a luxury ski holiday in Banff, Canada courtesy of Crystal Ski Holidays, second prize is two tickets to the FA Cup Final in 2015 courtesy of Sportsworld (a specialist hospitality, travel and event services company accredited to ISO20121), third prize is two folding stools and a wine carrier all made from recycled sails by RagBags UK, plus four bottles of Laithwaites wine, and fourth prize is a branded hooded fleece and water bottle from Ben Ainslie Racing.

Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall to take on Yasmin and Simon Le Bon in the Artemis Challenge
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 09:29
zaraThe Artemis Challenge has a history of big names battling it out to scoop a cash prize for charity and this year is no different, welcoming back Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall as they race against experienced sailors Yasmin and Simon Le Bon in the 50 mile round-the-Island dash on August 7th.

The race forms part of Ladies Day at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, the world’s largest sailing regatta, and features a fleet of some of the fastest offshore racing yachts, ranging from 60 to 70 feet, both monohulls and multihulls, with each crewed by up to 12 sailors.

Each crew is racing for a share of the £10,000 prize fund which will be donated to a charity of their choice. Phillips and Tindall are on-board Artemis Ocean Racing II, skippered by the solo sailing big gun, Brian Thompson.

Ireland scoops Cup win
Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:00

augustnewscup3The 2014 Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup saw Ireland’s three boat team, comprising Anthony O’Leary’s Ker 39 Antix, Marc Glimcher’s Ker 40 Catapult and Michael Boyd and Niall Dowling’s Grand Soleil 43 Quokka 8, score the most comprehensive victory in the event’s 22 year history.

The Irish previously won the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s biennial flagship event for national teams with amateur crews in 2010, but were unable to defend in 2012. This year they returned with a vengeance finishing the regatta on 268 points, with an unprecedented lead of 173.5 points.

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