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SARAH AYTON ANNOUNCES 50,000 ONBOARD YOUNGSTERS HOOKED ON SAILING
Monday, 22 September 2014 00:00
onboardLast month the RYA announced that half a million youngsters of all ages and backgrounds throughout the country have been introduced to sailing and windsurfing through the RYA OnBoard Programme (OB). Now double Olympic gold medallist Sarah Ayton (OBE) has announced that over the past ten years 50,000 of these youngsters have enjoyed the sport so much they’ve continued to go sailing on a regular basis.

Sarah said: “It was honour to be here with the RYA and the OnBoard programme today. OnBoard is an amazing programme and I’m a great believer that it’s about creating the opportunity but OnBoard goes a step further and it gives the kids an opportunity to carry on sailing. Hopefully they’ll have aspirations to go to championships or maybe one day to compete at the Olympic Games.”

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Ainslie approval for Portsmouth’s progress
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00

Ainslie approval for Portsmouth’s progress Work on Ben Ainslie Racing’s new headquarters at The Camber in Portsmouth is moving faster than one of the team’s foiling multi-hulls, as Sir Ben discovered when he went to visit.

“It was fantastic to visit the Camber site and see the new base works progressing at great pace. The support of the community has been incredible and we are really excited to see our new home being built in Portsmouth,” said Sir Ben after his visit.

The site has been levelled, site offices have been put in place, hoardings erected and the process of drilling piles is under way.

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Tall ships win ‘Best Sport’ vote
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00

Tall ships win  ‘Best Sport’ vote Paralympian and television presenter Ade Adepitan boarded a tall ship to break the news to crew members that they had been named the UK’s Best Sport project in this year’s National Lottery Awards.

The Jubilee Sailing Trust brings together men and women of all physical abilities, through the adventure and challenge of sailing aboard two tall ships, Lord Nelson and Tenacious. Since the charity was established in 1978 over 38,000 people have sailed with them.  Out of these, 19,000 people were disabled and 5,000 were wheelchair users.

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Garmin gears up for winter
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 00:00

Garmin gears up for winterGarmin has agreed a multi-year sponsorship commitment with Hamble River Sailing Club to remain as the title sponsor of the Garmin Hamble Winter Series. 

This support from Garmin, which has its European headquarters at Southampton, reflects the event’s popularity. In 2013, the series saw an increase in entries with more than 160 yachts taking part, across IRC 0-5 classes, J/111, Farr 45, J/109 and Sigma 38 as well as one design classes, including J/80s, J/70s and SB20s.

The 2014 event – the 33rd Hamble Winter Series - runs from 4 October until 30 November, with two races a day in the first half of the series and one long race a day once the clocks change. The series also has two consecutive events, the Hamble One Design Championships, a 10-race series across two weekends and the Hamble Big Boat Championships, a 12-race grand prix event across two weekends for Farr 45s and J/111s racing one design and IRC boats above 1.040 TCF.

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Boat and Crew Tested Leaving a Frustrating Finale in Istanbul
Monday, 15 September 2014 07:54
jpmimgA tense and tough final day completed four days of racing in Istanbul, leaving J.P. Morgan BAR frustrated and disappointed with their performance at the finale of Act 6. Seven races were sailed, the final of the day acting as a double pointer, taking it to 31 in total in Turkey’s iconic and largest city.

Despite good racing conditions, a series of incidents of boat damage and gear failure left the team unable to piece together the performance they needed, and the Brits struggled to deliver on the racecourse. Skipper, Ben Ainslie summarised, “It was just a really frustrating day, between the gear failure, damage with the other boats and not sailing particularly well, it was one of our worst days of the series.
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