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Special Features
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.

 
Clipper Race fleet reaches mid-way point
Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:10

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Just over one point now separates the top two teams in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race as Henri Lloyd wins Race 8, The Old Pulteney Navigator Cup, into Singapore.

The Clipper Race fleet arrived on 13 February in One15 Marina, Sentosa Cove, Singapore after a gruelling 33 days at sea since departing Brisbane, Australia.

Wind holes and waterspouts
This leg of the race was particularly long and challenging due to unfavourable weather conditions which saw severe squalls, a water spout, stifling temperatures and wind holes frustrate the fleet. These resulted in officials having to end the race early at the Sarangani mark, just off the coast of Mindanoa in the Philippines.

From there the boats were instructed to make best speed to Singapore and arrived over two days to celebrate their success, with Henri Lloyd taking first place after a very close finish with Great Britain, just seconds apart. OneDLL clinched the final podium place, less than half an hour behind.

 
Launch & Recovery
Saturday, 01 February 2014 00:00

Launch & Recovery

You’ve managed to get your boat to water but how much thought have you given to launch and recovery? Many of us will have witnessed some fairly unorthodox methods of launching - the classic being unhitching of boat from car followed by said boat rolling uncontrollably down slipway. This kind of thing really should be avoided at all costs. Here are a few tips for hitch free launch and recovery...

Planning
Careful preparation is key; if you’re not confident with reversing a trailer, then practise somewhere secluded before heading to the slipway. Ensure your tow vehicle will cope.

Check local tide tables in advance to ensure you have enough water depth. Look at the conditions; will they make launching more tricky?

 
What’s new for 2014?
Friday, 03 January 2014 00:00

What’s new for 2014?

Ideas and inspiration for your 2014 getaway

The eastern Mediterranean has long been a favoured destination amongst sailing holiday companies, with its reliable warm winds, multitude of harbours and relaxed shoreside culture.

Putting a twist on the traditional Turkish flotilla route, leading yachting specialist Neilson is introducing a brand new route this year, taking in highlights of the Lycian Coast from its flotilla base in Demre to explore stunning coves, small villages, cosmopolitan towns and the tranquil bays of the Turquoise Coast. A new two-week one-way flotilla takes in the Gulf of Datca and Fethiye Bay and heads further east to Kalkan before ending the adventure at the base in Demre.

 
EMSWORTH YACHT HARBOUR
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00

EMSWORTH YACHT HARBOUR

Emsworth Yacht Harbour is a friendly, family-owned marina located at the northern end of beautiful Chichester Harbour and within walking distance of the village of Emsworth in Hampshire.

It is home to over 220 boats on fully serviced pontoons and offers hard standing for about 200 more, with regular winter visitors choosing to store their boats ashore or afloat.

Emsworth Yacht Harbour is a vibrant boating community, with a wide range of small marine businesses located on the site; including wooden boat specialists, a chandlers, a boat broker, marine engineers and an outboard engine specialist. Emsworth Yacht Harbour is also home to the Emsworth School of Navigation, which runs shore-based courses including VHF, diesel engine and First Aid and the award winning café, The Deck.

The aim of the owners and staff is to continually improve the services and facilities available to the customers without compromising the special character of the marina and while maintaining good value for money. There is an active programme of events for berthholders and a monthly newsletter keeps people informed of what is going on.

People choose this marina because they value the particular combination of facilities, location and atmosphere. Much of this is down to the fact that Emsworth Yacht Harbour operates as an independent marina, rather than being part of a bigger company, and this encourages a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and a strong community spirit within the marina. Couple this with the Yacht Harbour’s location – within walking distance of charming Emsworth – and you have a winning combination.

 
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