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The Ancasta Easter Collection 2014
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 00:00

ancasta eventAncasta International Boat Sales has announced that Europe’s biggest brokerage event is to take place this year between the 12th and 21st April across Ancasta's eleven UK offices. For vendors, Ancasta is offering free entry into the collection, which will be presented to a massive local and international audience via printed and online catalogue listings. The catalogues, showing the biggest collection of power and sail boats the company has displayed to date, will make it easy for buyers to choose what to see and where, across Ancasta’s network of offices.

To support vendors and further encourage buyers, Ancasta is launching an incredibly generous incentivised buying promotion for all potential customers. The buyers’ package includes:

May becomes National Watersports Month
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00

May becomes National Watersports MonthFour of the leading boating and watersports organisations have joined forces to encourage the entire nation to get active and get on the water with a month-long schedule of activities.

The British Canoe Union (BCU), British Marine Federation (BMF), British Rowing and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) have come together to announce that in 2014 the month of May is to be National Watersports Month.

May signifies a great time to kick start a summer of sport and National Watersports Month promises to provide an action packed schedule of activities across the country. Canoeing, sailing, rowing, windsurfing, stand up paddleboarding, cruising and more will all be on offer from clubs, centres and marinas across England, Scotland and Wales.

Olympians step up for Andrew Simpson Foundation
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 00:00

Olympians step up for Andrew Simpson Foundation The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation has announced Paul Goodison, Stevie Morrison and Bryony Shaw as its first official Ambassadors.

The trio competed alongside Andrew as members of Team GB at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Ambassadors were announced by Sir Ben Ainslie at the London Boat Show the London Boat Show on the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation stand.

The Ambassadors will be supporting the work of The Foundation by inspiring the next generation, visiting schools to encourage children to realise the benefits of getting involved in sporting activities, and becoming great role models to the young people they visit.

Paul Goodison, Olympic gold medallist in the Laser class, commented:  “I’m delighted to be involved in keeping Andrew’s spirit alive, he was not just a best friend but the guy I always reached out to for help and advice. I am looking forward to helping support and guide young sailors in a way that Andrew inspired and helped so many people in his life. It’s a real honour to be involved with the foundation and help inspire a younger generation.”

Stevie Morrison, Olympian and 49er World Champion, added: “I hope by being involved with the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, I can just in a small way make kids new to the sport be as excited by what it has to offer, as Bart would always do for the Olympic team”.

The Foundation will be announcing a number of other ambassadors and further plans over the coming months.

Prize Draw Winners Announced
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 00:00

Prize Draw Winners Announced Entries for Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2014 were launched at the end of the 2013 regatta and over a hundred have been received already. Of the entries received to date, the Squib class enjoy a position as one of the most organised, with 14 boats entered into the Class so far.

In celebration of those entries received before the end of 2013 and to provide an added incentive for competitors to do some early planning towards Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2014, a fantastic prize draw was open to all eligible entries received before the end of last year. The great prizes on offer included a top prize bundle of an entry fee rebate; free berthing; use of a Volvo for a weekend; 25L Gill dry bags for all the crew; Chatham Marine shoes for all the crew, and Laithwaite’s Champagne Brut Premier Cru Magnum NV.

The winners were announced at the London Boat Show at a drinks reception hosted by Cowes Week Limited and the event’s clothing partner, Gill. It was the crew of the J/70 Wilson Covers who ended up bagging the top prize this time around with their entry which was submitted within two weeks of the 2013 regatta, following a podium position finish in the overall class results.

The runner’s up prizes were drawn respectively by Nick Fletcher with Widegon in the Cruiser class, David Biddle and Mike Brown with their Squib, Corsair, and Aasmond Drolsum with Magic in IRC.

Runner’s up prizes included a bar tab of £150 at the Spinnaker bar on Cowes Parade; bottle of Mount Gay Extra Old Rum; an Icom handheld radio, and  copies of the Reeds Almanac (courtesy of Aberdeen Asset Management).

Boaters to receive Annual Notice On critical safety issues
Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:00

Boaters to receive Annual Notice On critical safety issuesTV personality and sailor, Nick Knowles and Shipping Minister, Stephen Hammond MP have endorsed a new safety initiative from the RYA.

A key element of the initiative is the issue of an annual Safety Advisory Notice – a clear, easily accessible digest of current, critical safety issues.

This is the first safety awareness publication of its kind for the leisure boating community and will build on the RYA’s existing structure for offering advice on safety. The Notice will be circulated to a broad range of water users.

Other elements of the initiative include the promotion of four key safety messages: look after yourself, have a plan, keep in touch, know your limits. These will feature on an updated safety page on the RYA’s popular web site and will form part of an ongoing safety education campaign to its 100,000 plus members and the wider boating public.

An RYA Safety Advisory Group, which includes the Head of Legal and Government Affairs, the Training Manager, and the Cruising Manager, will examine safety concerns and incidents throughout the year, consolidate lessons learnt and issue further advice. The Notice will be reviewed annually but where safety concerns are more immediate the RYA will issue periodic Safety Update alerts.

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