The Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Race has set a new race speed record of 30.7 knots in the North Atlantic, early on in Leg 1 of the world’s longest ocean race.
The Henri Lloyd team recorded the race’s top surfing speed of 30.7 knots in the North Atlantic as the fleet head south to the equator line and their eventual goal of Rio de Janeiro. The 2011-12 speed record was 27 knots, achieved in the Pacific in Leg 6 by Visit Finland on the previous fleet of Clipper 68s.
Canadian, Eric Holden, skipper of Henri Lloyd, said: “We had sailed through the night on the heavy weight spinnaker and achieved what I thought was some very respectable speeds. In the morning we decided to drop the heavy weight as we were fast approaching the acceleration zone off Cape Finisterre.
“With the reduced sail plan I thought the speed records would be over and I went down below for some needed rest after a long night. However, it wasn’t long before I felt the boat take off. I could hear the spray flying off the hull and knew something special was imminent. I then heard the crew give a huge cheer as the speedo topped over 30 knots.”
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
7 - 15th
Salon Nautique de Paris
1 - 5th January
New York Boat Show
Javits Center, New York
4 - 12th January
London Boat Show
ExCeL London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL
18 - 26th
31 - 2nd
Goteburg Boat Show
6 - 9th
The Scottish Caravan, Motorhome and Holiday Home Show
7 - 12th
7 - 16th
Helsinki International Boat Show
8 - 10 & 14 - 16th
Belgium Boat Show
13 - 16th
Budapest Boat Show
22 - 23rd
The Big One (fishing show)
Farnborough Airfield, GU14 6AZ
1 - 2nd
RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show
Alexandra Palace, London
1 - 9th
Stockholm International Boat Show
Mässvägen 1, Älvsjö
Craignish Boat Jumble
Craignish Village Hall, Ardfern, Lochgilphead, Argyll. PA31 8QN
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The Endeavour Championship for the Topper Sailboats-supported-Endeavour Trophy is taking place at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Burnham-on-Crouch on 11-13 October.
The champions will race a fleet of 25 brand-new Ian Howlett-designed Topaz Xenons, kindly supplied by Topper with help from event sponsors Allen Brothers, Calltracks, Hyde Sails, Selden, English Braids, Petticrows, Musto, and Noble Marine. Plans announced earlier this year, to introduce the Topaz Argo for the 2013 event, are on hold due to exceptionally high levels of demand for this popular new design.
This annual end of season event promises to be one of the best yet with a quality entry including a selection of former Endeavour competitors, and former Endeavour champion Nick Craig. Craig (39) has won the Endeavour Trophy a total of five times, which makes him the joint most successful Endeavour champion in history. Nick is one of the greatest amateur dinghy sailors of all times having notched up a total of seven world championship titles and no less than 22 national championship titles in a variety of classes over the last decade, as well as the 2011 YJA Pantaenius Yachtsman of the Year Award.
In one of the greatest sporting victories of all time, Oracle Team USA have etched their place in history as the Comeback Kings - amongst them one British knight of the realm, Sir Ben Ainslie, the first Brit to sail on board a winning Cup boat for 110 years
After 19 incredible races, a jubilant Jimmy Spithill and his team sealed their win as they dramatically overhauled the challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand, on the upwind leg of the final race, retaining their lead to the finish line against the resounding cheers of a packed San Francisco shoreline.
It was Oracle owner, Larry Ellison, who was the first to leap on board and congratulate the team, who won eight consecutive victories flipping the first-half scoreline of 8-1 on its head to retain the Cup in the most convincing manner possible.
With an increased audience of 111,963 (+2%), visitors enjoyed the recent Southampton Boat Show, getting out on the water, talking to boating experts and personalities and, importantly for marine businesses, spending money. More than 600 exhibitors, from 22 countries around the world, showcased their boats and products on this global stage. More than 120 new boats made their debut whilst hundreds of products and services were also unveiled, from electronics to engines, clothing to marinas.
Murray Ellis, Managing Director at National Boat Shows said: "This year's PSP Southampton Boat Show has been another world-class event. Visitors have enjoyed their day out with us and a good number have taken the opportunity to try different types of boating and watersports. Seeing marine businesses making sales here confirms this Show as a strong selling platform; people visit our Southampton Show to buy boats and this has been very evident this year."
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