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Gwent sailors return to Llandegfedd reservoir
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 00:00

llandegfedd-clubhouseGwent sailors are back at the Llandegfedd reservoir after an 18 month absence due to a major refurbishment of facilities. There is a new multi-user Water Sports Centre and a Visitor Centre.

During the reservoir’s closure some of Llandegfedd Sailing Club members have taken much appreciated hospitality at Tata Steel SC and Llangorse SC. Now they are looking forward to the Topper Welsh Championships at the end of May, the International Canoe Welsh Championship in July and the RS Vareo Inland Championship in September.

Plymouth to be Transat host venue
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 00:00

transatPlymouth has won the bid to host the start of the next edition of The Transat on 8 May 2016. The 14th edition of this historic quadrennial solo transatlantic race began its life in 1960 (as OSTAR) and has transformed into one of the most important events on the professional racing calendar.

Councillor Peter Smith, Deputy Leader of Plymouth City Council, said: “We’ll be working to create a real regatta feel for the event and enlivening the Hoe, Barbican and Sutton Harbour with music, entertainment and much more for sailing enthusiasts, families and visitors to enjoy.”

Join the Race with Tall Ships Adventures
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 00:00

Tall Ships Adventures are entering all four of their 72ft Challenger Yachts for the 10th year of the J.P Morgan Round the Island Race, one of the largest yacht races in the world with over 1,700 vessels taking part.

The yacht will be crewed by twelve adults, some of whom have no sailing experience at all. The voyage crew will be supported by an experienced skipper, mate and watch leaders, who will teach them everything they need to know in order to sail the yachts safely around the Isle of Wight.

Two men rescued from £9 boat
Tuesday, 07 April 2015 12:20

Screen_shot_2015-04-07_at_13.31.10Two amateur fishermen have been rescued by the RNLI from the sea off Jaywick in Essex after drifting offshore in a homemade boat costing just £9 to build.

The boat was made from loft insulation boards, scrap plywood, laminate flooring and wire coat hangers and had been glued together with silicone adhesive.

“They were found about 200 metres from the beach in their homemade boat,” said Clacton RNLI crewman Joff Strutt.

“Neither of the men had lifejackets on and one of them couldn't swim."

The unseaworthy boat was later destroyed with the men's permission.

Image: RNLI Clacton

Glory for Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
Tuesday, 07 April 2015 10:14

volvoaprilAbu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR) buried the miserable memories of three years ago to win an epic Southern Ocean/south Atlantic crossing in Leg 5 and claim their second stage victory in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15.

In 2012, Walker’s crew were forced to return to Auckland with hull damage and eventually retired from the leg to Itajaí, Brazil. This time, though, despite taking the worst that the Southern Ocean and then the south Atlantic could throw at them, the Emirati team emerged triumphant after nearly nineteen days of ultra-challenging, super-tight sailing.

Amazingly, skipper Ian Walker reported that they had reached Itajaí with the least amount of work for their shore crew to do of any leg so far in this edition. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing also set the new best mark in the chase for IWC prize for the most nautical miles sailed in 24 hours with 551nm leading up to Cape Horn.

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