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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.

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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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Report into Volvo Ocean Race grounding released
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 00:00
vestasAn independent report into the grounding of Team Vestas Wind on Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race includes a set of recommendations aimed at improving safety at sea for the entire offshore racing community. In particular, it has suggested improving navigational charts and other on board software to avoid similar incidents in the future.

The Danish boat, Vestas Wind (Chris Nicholson/AUS), was stranded on a reef at Cargados Carajos Shoals in the middle of the Indian Ocean during the stage from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi on November 29. The crew were forced to abandon the boat. The badly damaged Vestas Wind has since been retrieved from the reef and is being rebuilt in the Persico boatyard in Bergamo, Italy, with a view to returning to the race for the last two stages starting from Lisbon, Portugal in June.

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Round The Island For Charity
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 12:50

news_246Over the past ten years that J.P. Morgan Asset Management has sponsored the Round the Island Race, more than £600,000 has been raised for charity. This is a  fantastic accomplishment by all concerned and the good news is there's plenty more to come as J.P. Morgan looks forward to a further two years as the Race title sponsor.

The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust has been appointed the official Race Charity through to 2016 and, so far, the Trust has raised over £189,000 through the Race, which has been invaluable in helping it to achieve its three-year plan to double the number of young people in recovery from cancer that it works with by the end of 2016.

This year the Trust is awarding a flag to proudly display on Race day to teams and individuals who have raised over £50 for the Trust. Look out for the five Trust boats on 27th June and give them a wave as you go round. The Trust's young people will be looking out for the flags so why not get involved and have some fun on Race day. There's more information about getting involved here: http://rtir.me/charity

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World Champions Lead GAC Pindar Challenge
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 12:45

Team_GAC_Pindar._Credit_Mark_LloydGAC Pindar’s record breaking world champions, Ian Williams and Seve Jarvin, will lead the Team GAC Pindar challenge as co-skippers for the second round of the Extreme Sailing Series in Oman (11-14 March 2015).

Williams joins Team GAC Pindar’s Extreme Sailing Series crew after winning an unprecedented fifth World Match Racing Tour title in Malaysia last month. Williams is no stranger to the Extreme Sailing Series; he skippered Team GAC Pindar in 2011, and appeared in key rounds over the subsequent two seasons, before taking on a coaching role within the team last year.

In the first Act in Singapore, Jarvin helped an all-Australian crew secure sixth place overall, with four race victories, two runners up and five third place finishes. Jarvin and Williams are supported by the Australian trio of James Wierzbowski (Mainsail Trimmer), Marcus Ashley Jones (Headsail Trimmer) and Tyson Lamond on Bowman duties.

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