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Special Features
Bart’s Bash and beyond
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 09:16

barts bash

Organising the biggest dinghy event in the world in memory of one of sailing’s all-time biggest heroes was always going to be, well, a very big task.

Tim Anderton is the man who, in his own words, was lucky enough to find himself “in the right place at the right time” to take on the role of  Event Manager for the Guinness World Record attempt known as Bart’s Bash, which is due to take place at sailing clubs around the world this September. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Tim has also taken on responsibility for Sailing Development at the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre in Weymouth.

Despite having only officially been in the role for a matter of weeks, Tim’s involvement with the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation reaches back to the birth of the initial Bart’s Bash concept, in November 2013, when he became involved on a voluntary basis, alongside his then-day job as RYA Sailing Development Officer for Thames Valley.

Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00


This year’s Cowes Week regatta, which has been sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management since 2011, boasts entries from over 1,000 boats in 38 classes and crewed by in excess of 8,000 competitors racing in some of the most spectacular yachts from the UK and across the globe.

The thrill of Cowes Week doesn’t end on the water however - with an expected crowd of around 100,000 visitors the eight days of racing will be jam-packed with aerobatic displays, great parties and live music, as well as gutter boat racing, afternoon teas, flag-making and some exciting competitions to enter for spectators and sailors alike.

Undoubtedly the best place to get a view of the action taking place out in the Solent will be between the Royal Yacht Squadron castle in Cowes and the row of cannons, which will be fired at the start and finish of each race.

J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 12:19

Image: Paul Wyeth

2013 – the year to beat?
Last year’s Race will almost certainly be regarded as one of the best ever held since it was first run with 25 entries in 1931. On 1 June 2013, the weather was fabulous, the wind was just windy enough to produce exhilarating and competitive racing, there was a brilliant buzz throughout Cowes and in the Regatta Village in Cowes Yacht Haven.
The memorable moments were numerous and more people than ever followed the ‘as live’ Race progress on the website, through the live tracking and the Blog. The excitement was palpable right from the early morning gun, as the two Race records - fastest rounding in a multihull (the course record) and fastest rounding in a monohull, were being fought for as the rest of the UK was just waking up.

The current monohull race record set by Mike Slade on the 100ft ICAP Leopard on 1 June 2013 stands at 3.43.50.  This is 9 minutes and 45 seconds inside ICAP Leopard’s own race record set back in 2008.

The multihull race record set on 1 June 2013 by Sir Ben Ainslie on JP Morgan BAR, his AC45, stands at 2.52.15 beating by an impressive 16 minutes the previous multihull race record set by Francis Joyon in 2001 aboard Dexia Eure et Loire of 3.08.29.  

Can anyone beat these superb record-setting achievements in 2014?

Join in the fun - On The Water
Friday, 02 May 2014 09:05

On the water

May is National Watersports Month

Four of the leading watersports and boating 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) got together  to announce the initiative and British Water Ski & Wakeboard (BWSW) have joined the fun.


Racing round the world is no easy ride
Thursday, 03 April 2014 09:14

Racing round the world is no easy ride

What sacrifices need to be made to be victorious in the notoriously tough 40,000 mile Clipper Round the World Yacht Race?

Mental and physical exhaustion, sleep deprivation, foregoing a social life in port, keeping a constant focus on actively performing, not just surviving – and that’s just the beginning.
Olly Cotterell, the professional skipper of OneDLL, currently in first place in the world’s longest ocean race, says you will need to push yourself well beyond your preconceived limits and often be very uncomfortable.

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