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Dafty in a rafty
Thursday, 05 June 2014 00:00

Dafty in a rafty  After competing in the 2014 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race in his Quarter Tonner, Panic, owner Geoff Gritton is proposing to jump straight in to a life raft in a bid to raise funds for Sail4Cancer.

Geoff plans to remain in the life raft until noon the following day, a period of some 20 hours. The life raft will be located in Cowes Yacht Haven. It is hoped that the Cowes Yacht Haven webcam can be pointed at the raft and then snap shots during the time can be taken.

Geoff has so far set about raising awareness of his planned feat via his facebook page and on twitter, using the hashtag #daftyinarafty. To date, over £500 has been raised, and Geoff has gained additional support from a number of marine suppliers, including Spinlock, Slam, A-Glaze and English Braids.

For the weight conscious racers taking part in the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, Sail4Cancer collection buckets will be placed at the entrances to the pontoon walkways so crews can lighten their pockets of loose change ahead of the race.

Burnham Week 2014
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00
Burnham Week 2014Entry is now open for Burnham Week (23-30 August) – one of the east coast’s premier regattas – which incorporates the prestigious Town Cup for big boats on the final Saturday. This popular family regatta, that offers challenging racing and a festival shoreside spirit, is not only one of major regattas of its type but is also one of the oldest in history, dating back to the early 1900s.

The success of the three-part regatta format, introduced several years ago to encourage a more healthy participation at the event, and the introduction of Quay Day last year that resulted in 100s of extra visitors to the Town, means the organisers – Joint Clubs Committee (JCC) – are optimistic about the future of the event.

While the number of entries and the size of yachts competing at Burnham Week will probably never reach the event’s hey day years of the 1960s/70s when big, ocean racers headed to Burnham for the final regatta of the season after completing the Fastnet Race, the variety of classes and the opportunity to take part, has never been better. The format gives competitors the chance to race one or all three independent sections (first Bank Holiday Weekend series, week series, and final Saturday) or participate in the entire week.

Classics under the hammer
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 14:12

Classics under the hammer The inaugural Classic Boat Auction, run in partnership with Special Auction Services and Henley Sales & Charter, is to be held at Beale Park near Reading on 7 June.

It is thought to be the largest classic boat auction held in Europe for the past 15 years.

The auction includes traditional river craft, rowing and river memorabilia and model and toy boats, and promises a unique opportunity to buy at a specialist auction run by experts in both auctioneering and traditional boat brokering.

One fine example is Lot 154, a magnificent MB278 Naval Pinnance built in1914 by W White and Sons of Cowes. This little ship is a survivor, having recovered from three battleship sinking’s and a serious dockyard accident. Today she is fully restored and returned to Dunkirk in 2010 looking splendid. However the scars of her Dunkirk service still show in the bow, where machine gun bullets passed through on both port and starboard sides. The auction estimate is £50,000 to £70,000, and whoever buys her will celebrate her 100th birthday alongside the WWI centenary.

There are 197 lots altogether with estimates ranging from £30 to £300,000.

Squadron’s 200th anniversary
Thursday, 29 May 2014 00:00

Squadron’s 200th anniversary The Royal Yacht Squadron has confirmed that Rolex will be supporting the Club’s Bicentenary Regatta, the spectacular international sailing event that will celebrate 200 years of the historic club’s existence in July 2015.

The multi-format regatta which takes place from 25-31 July 2015 in the Solent will attract yachts both large and small, classic and modern, from J-Class to J80 by offering a choice of racing fleets for competitors to take part in.

The announcement of Rolex’s participation coincides with the release of the confirmed Notice of Race and entry forms. Entries are already coming in from amongst the 25 clubs invited from 19 countries around the world, specially selected by the Royal Yacht Squadron in recognition of friendships that have evolved through mutual and reciprocal sailing activities over many years. Invitations have also been extended to the Cowes Combined Clubs.

New appointments add value to Cowes Harbour Commissioners
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 15:41

Cowes Harbour Commissioners (CHC) has appointed two new Board members, Howard Pearce and Andrew Cooper. The new Commissioners will be introduced to stakeholders at CHC's Annual Public Meeting at the Island Sailing Club in Cowes on Wednesday, 18th June from 7pm.

Howard Pearce is a former senior executive at the Environment Agency, with experience in business planning, funding, investment and commercial contract management. Howard said: "My connections with Cowes and the Isle of Wight go back to the 1980s and I am delighted to have been invited to join CHC. Cowes is a vital economic and leisure gateway to the Isle of Wight and I look forward to working with my fellow Commissioners to further develop our strategy to deliver benefits to our stakeholders and the Island that we serve."

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