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SEPTEMBER 2009 • VOLUME 9 • NUMBER 9

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Round Britain sail raises funds and fond memories

Back to old fashioned values for the boating environment

Ellen MacArthur 14

The Green Blue 12

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TOP BOATING STORIES OF THE PAST 100 YEARS See page 22

Yards or metres – get to the point of measurement Sticky’s Tips 13

Teaching an old sea dog new tricks Geof Holt, Hilary LIster and Dee Caffari at the Southampton Boat Show with Ellen MacArthur and her crew.

Shelley Jory 16 - 17

St Ives and the north coast of Cornwall

Boating Britain 19

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Ellen and Sophie wow show TWO tiny ladies, two great icons and one big show. Sailing’s Dame Ellen MacArthur and chart-topping singer songwriter Sophie Ellis Bextor are dimunitive in size but they are

giants of achievement in their very different worlds. They were the headline grabbing stars who provided a fair wind and glorious September sunshine to launch the PSP Southampton Boat Show in a mood of optimism for the boating industry. Sophie sailed in aboard a dazzling

new Princess  motor yacht called Wow, registered in that holiday resort of the stars, Nice. She went on to cut the ribbon and declare the 2009 show open. She was followed into the show marina by Dame Ellen aboard Scarlet Oyster with the young cancer patient sailors who have raised funds

by sailing The Ellen MacArthur Trust Skandia Round Britain Voyage of Discovery. They were greeted by round the world record breaker Dee Caffari, Geof Holt and Hilary Lister, the disabled sailors who have sailed around Britain. TURN TO PAGE 3 >


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CREW AND CONTENTS Sea talk.. ................................................ 2 News...................................................... 2 Kit - the latest boating gear.........10 The Green Blue..................................12 Consultant Editor Bob Satchwell

Ad Manager Katie Hawksworth

Sticky’s Tips........................................ 13 Ellen MacArthur.. ............................. 14 Sébastien Josse.. .............................. 15 Shelley Jory....................................... 16 The PSP................................................18

Group Sales Manager Jody Bratley

Managing Director Sue Baggaley

Boating Britain...........................19-21 Top 100 boating stories................ 22 Buying Guide............................... I - VII Learn to sail........................................30 Books....................................................34

South Coast Rep. Bill Oakley

Designer Flo Terentjev

In the drink........................................ 36 Private adverts................................. 40 Classifieds....................................51-53 RNLI...................................................... 54 Weather and tides........................... 54

Features Writer Tim Spicer

Editorial Assistant Sarah Cesek

Production Controller Anthony Gibbons Contributors Ellen MacArthur Sébastien Josse Shelley Jory Sticky Staplyton Paul Antrobus Alex Smith Adrian Porter Published monthly by CSL Publishing Ltd Alliance House 49 Sidney Street Cambridge CB2 3HX Tel: 01223 460490 Fax: 01223 315960 Subscriptions: 01223 444081 Recycled paper made up 79% of the raw material for UK newspapers in 2009.

Thanks – 100 times WE are not expecting a card from Her Majesty but All at Sea is 100 this month. Not 100 years but 100 editions. That may be small beer to some readers and indeed other newspapers and magazines but, apologies all round, it’s something for us to shout about. Forgive us, but we are hugely proud of the achievement. It was an innovative idea to publish a newspaper rather than a glossy magazine. It remains unusual to try to serve everyone with an interest in all things nautical rather than to focus on one part of the leisure marine party. It was a bold experiment but since taking over the helm our publisher CSL has had faith in the paper and is committed to developing it. We like to live up to the title at the top of the front page – All at Sea – and we like to join in the fun of the party that is boating. Instead of a bottle every month we bring regular columnists Dame Ellen MacArthur and her sailing team colleague Seb Josse, top woman power boat champion Shelley Jory and boating tips from Sticky Stapylton, plus lots of news and helpful features. And with due humility, we like to think our 150,000– plus readers – like us too.

Seatalk By Bob Satchwell

What’s more the industry we serve and the advertisers who support us are a growing breed. That’s no mean feat at a time when newspapers and magazines across the country and indeed the world are facing unprecedented challenges. The internet is supposed to be a threat but not for us. We are up there in cyberspace so whichever bit of water you are enjoying, you can keep up with boating news and even turn the pages of the newspaper itself at www.allatsea.co.uk So to celebrate we have delved into the annals of maritime history to remind you of some of the big boating occasions of the past 100 years. See how many you remember, and how many you did not know or have forgotten. So thanks 100 times for your time and support. Make sure you don’t miss All at Sea - pick up your free copy every month. See you on the water!

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Old and the new

PORTSMOUTH Harbour is always full of interest but how many navies can set up a photograph like this? HMS Victory, Nelson’s flagship launched in 1765, is in dry dock but still in service, proudly flying the white ensign and an admiral’s flag. Docked almost alongside is HMS Daring, the Royal Navy’s new type 45 destroyer, commissioned in July 2009.

Pay more to save marine environment THREE quarters of the public would pay more for fish caught without damaging the environment, according to a new survey. The survey revealed overwhelming public support for encouraging fishing practices that help protect

the marine environment. The majority of respondents call for action to address overfishing and 80 per cent say a healthy marine environment is important to them.  Natural England’s survey accompanies its new report, ‘Sea

fisheries: steps to sustainability’, which calls for radical reform of the Common Fisheries Policy and highlights ways in which fishing practices should be adapted to secure more sustainable fish stocks. www.naturalengland.org.uk


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Princess for a day > CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 The show will feature more than 500 exhibitors, nearly 1,000 boats, more than 65 new products including the latest sailing and motor boats, marine equipment, chandlery and clothing will be launched. New Sunseeker and Princess motor yachts were among new launches at the show. The show will attempt to break a range of world records over the ten-day marine extravaganza. More than 120,000 people are expected to visit the show and Solent Park buzzes with an electrifying atmosphere, replicating that of the ocean’s most grueling and glamorous race, as show visitors experience ’Life at the Extreme’. Widely regarded as the pinnacle of sailing achievement, the Volvo Ocean Race is an extraordinary test of seafaring prowess and human endeavour. Often racing day and night for more than 30 days at a time, the crews experience enormous tests to their boating skills, physical endurance and competitive spirit. The Ride: a high adrenaline simulator recreates the sailing conditions on board a Volvo Open 70 yacht ploughing through waves at speed. Strong winds and ocean spray provide a genuine sense of life at the helm of a racing yacht. The Dome: a cinematic experience with a difference. Seated inside a large inflatable hemisphere, visitors are taken behind the scenes of the world class sporting competition to witness the exhausting realities of life on board.  The Grinding Challenge: a taste of the physical trials aboard a Volvo Open 70 yacht. Visitors can compete against family and friends – or just the clock – in this test of strength and technique.

If you want to get more involved, the Try a Dinghy feature in association with All at Sea lets visitors get out on the water to gain experience first hand. The centre stage welcomes a host of famous boating record-breaking guests and the chance for you to become a record breaker too, in a daily semaphore record attempt. Another feature at this year’s show is the University of Southampton’s ‘Science’ ship, Callista, which gives visitors a unique hands-on opportunity to explore life underwater. Boarding Lord Nelson will give visitors a taste of life aboard a working tall ship. Sailing for 46 weeks of the year, Lord Nelson and her sister ship Tenacious have been specially designed and built to enable a crew of 20 able bodied and 20 disabled people to sail side by side. There are also dramatic Search and Rescue demonstrations from the MCA and RNLI. For another active experience the Try a Dive tank has qualified instructors, all the kit, and is free for all visitors. Sophie Ellis Bextor arrives in style on a Princess 78 Motor Yacht

Room with a view! A panoramic view on the opening day of the 2009 PSP Boat Show from of the top of the Holiday Inn

Sea Scouts enter RIB challenge

Visit the RNLI for sea safety advice

SEA Scouts Billy Brooks, 14, and Jonathan Lile, 11, will be competing in the national final of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship after stepping up to the challenge and winning the first Sea Scout championship heats last month. The HRYRC race course includes tricky timed manoeuvres to test every aspect of powerboat driving. Skill and control, and not necessarily speed, are the most important factors to help the young drivers achieve winning times.    Billy and Jonathan will face competition from 32 club regional finalists. The potential national for their troop is a brand new 4.8m Ribcraft RIB powerboat with a 50hp Honda four stroke engine on an Indespension trailer, equipped with an Icom 505 VHF radio.

AS well as sharing sea safety knowledge, free lifejacket clinics and copies of the revised and updated version of: The Complete Guide on stand C9, show visitors have the chance to experience the RNLI’s virtual lifeboat training experience, buy lifeboat gifts in the RNLI shop on stand B11, and the opportunity to get on board an RNLI all-weather lifeboat in the marina (berth 522). The Serious Fun! campaign – sponsored by Helly Hansen – aims to increase regular donations to the charity among all leisure marine and watersports enthusiasts. More than half of the 8,000-plus lifeboat launches each year to leisure craft, yet support for the RNLI among this group does not match the demand they make on the service.

Boats with stories to tell NESTLING alongside the shiny new motor and sailing yachts lining the marina at this year’s show are a collection boats with an amazing story to tell.  With over 350 years sailing experience between them, as well as a number of world records, this year’s line up features Jolie Brise, Rosenn, Steam Pinnace and science ship Callista. 

In keeping with this year’s Show theme, the marina will play host to record breaker Geoff Holt’s revolutionary boat Impossible Dream, Dame Ellen MacArthur’s yacht Scarlet Oyster, and Katie Miller’s BluQube, as well as ocean rowing boats that will take part in the toughest marine endurance event in the world this December. See them at berths 520 – 525 in the Marina.



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News in brief Hilary sails home

DISABLED yachtswoman Hilary Lister, 37, became the first female quadriplegic to sail solo around Britain. Her specially-adapted vessel, an Artemis 20 called Me Too, was designed to be operated through three “straws”. They allowed her to control the boat using a “sip-and-puff” system. The challenge has raised £30,000 for Hilary’s Dream Trust, which exists to provide assistance to disabled and disadvantaged adults who want to sail.

Cash still needed to pay for fireworks at ‘classic’ Cowes

Radar Training RAYMARINE has announced four new radar training events for the autumn. The first courses will take place on the 30 and 31 October at Mylor Yacht Club in Falmouth, Cornwall. Further courses are scheduled at The Royal Norfolk & Suffolk Yacht Club on the 13 and 14 November. Pre-book online at www.raymarine.co.uk/training

Eddystone cash THE Eddystone Charity Sailing Pursuit, the biggest event of its kind in the south-west, held in July, raised £36,000 for more than 40 charities. A total of 89 boats raced from Plymouth around the Eddystone light but were reduced to 59 by the end of the course. The firework display

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Photo: Rick Tomlinson

ORGANISERS of Cowes Week 2009 declared it a “classic year”. Nearly 900 boats took part and thousands watched the racing and the last night fireworks from on shore which attracted an estimated 50,000 spectators. But funds are still needed to pay for the traditional fireworks which many said ranked aiming the best they had ever enjoyed. An anonymous donor as well as businesses and individuals contributed towards the display and although the display went ahead organisers are still £5,000 short of their £50,000 target. Unless that is met next year’s fireworks could be in jeopardy. There is still time to contribute through www.cowesweek.co.uk where the minimum donation is £1. The 183rd year of Cowes Week was a great week, said Stuart Quarrie, chief executive of Cowes Week Limited.  “In the first half of the week we had ideal conditions and great sailing,” he said, “The second part of the week saw sunshine and light breezes which made for more challenging racing.  “Whatever the weather, the 890 plus entrants enjoyed their time on the water creating an eye-catching spectacle for visitors on the shore.” For the third successive year, the UK round of the iShares Cup was hosted during the first three days. For the first time, the racing took place within metres of the Cowes shoreline extending along The Green and Egypt Point, adding a sensational close-up display for spectators. Oman Sail Masirah won the round taking the lead in the series at the halfway stage of the Cup’s six-round European circuit. Sam Davies won the Cowes Week 2009 Ladies Day Trophy for her achievements as one of the world’s most talented female offshore sailors.  Men in pink dresses to girls in designer t-shirts ensured the Solent was awash with

MINX, ZARA, ZEST, Victory

colour as male and female crews dressed up to try to win a bottle of Champagne G.H. Mumm delivered to their boats by a stylish James Bond-inspired water butler in a sleek speed boat. Now in its fourth year, Ladies Day celebrates the achievements of women in sailing; one of very few sports where men and women compete on equal terms.  The third annual Artemis Challenge saw celebrities sail in a one day race for IMOCA Open 60s.  Famous faces included Bryan Adams, Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall, Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank, Harry Potter actors Oliver and James Phelps and ex-Coronation Street actress Denise Black.  All of whom sailed with stars from the sailing world including Sam Davies, Ellen MacArthur, Dee Caffari, and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. The initial plan for a race around the Isle of Wight was changed to a round-the-cans course in the eastern Solent because of light winds. BT was the winner of the race with Pindar in second place. There was an action-packed programme of displays in the run up to the fireworks including performances from a Sea Vixen, the Red Arrows and a rescue demonstration by the RNLI supported by HM Coastguard. Of the many notable performances were RIO in IRC Class 1 which won six out of seven races during the week, The Listening Company on board Sunsail 1 which was sailed by a number of experienced and novice sailors, and Jenga V which was the overall winner of IRC Class 5 and also of Black Group as a whole.  Cowes Week also welcomed back a number of young sailors with the youngest skipper, Fred Warren-Smith at 13 years-old, racing his Squib Aquabat. Among veteran Cowes Week racers, 75-yearold ex-Olympian Stuart Jardine racing his XOD, Lonestar was overall class winner of the largest class racing at Cowes Week this year.

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Victory Class anniversary A TURNOUT of 20 boats for the 75th Anniversary ensured the Portsmouth Victory Class was one of the biggest day boat classes at Cowes and featured boats old and new. The oldest boat competing was Kestrel built in 1934 and owned by class newcomers Phil and Adrian Parnell with Edward Younghusband.

With five past Cowes Week winners helming it was always going to be a competitive week but Jeremy Lear’s Zinnia (John Tremlett helming and crewed by Jeremy and Sally Heatlie) lead from the front by scoring five firsts and a second place to dominate the week. They won the Westmacott Trophy and second place in White group overall.


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Red Arrows salute Clipper race yachts EYES North! While thousands of boating enthusiasts flock to Southampton boat show more than 400 crew signed up for the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race were firmly focused on Hull and the River Humber. The ten stripped-down 68foot ocean racing yachts battled gales during their sail north from Portsmouth for the start of the circumnavigation on September 13. More than 400 crew have signed up for this challenge of a lifetime. Some will complete a full circumnavigation while others will race one or a combination of the seven legs available. Prior to their training, 40 per cent of the crews had never so much as stepped aboard a sailing yacht. Ahead lies a ten-month-long, 35,000 mile course that will take the race to France before crossing to Brazil, South Africa, Australia, Singapore, China, California, Panama, Jamaica, New York, Cape Breton Island, Cork and the Netherlands. The race will make its triumphant

return to the Humber on July 17 2010.  The Clipper Race is the brainchild of legendary yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail non-stop single handed around the world. He wanted to open the sport of long distance sailing to all and allow others to experience the challenges of ocean racing.  Each Clipper yacht is entered by a city, region or country and sponsors use the event to showcase themselves to the world. On the last running of the Clipper Race, more than 212 million people worldwide followed the adventure through television, print media, radio and on-line.  The fleet’s arrival in Hull marked the start of a week of festivities that include a sea shanty festival, international food festival and a music festival. The Red Arrows aerobatic display team was due to salute the sailors as they took to the River Humber to prepare for the start. www.clipperroundtheworld.com

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News in brief Disabled champs THE RYA is keen to encourage more disabled sailors to compete in the three Paralympic Classes. As an incentive to take part at a world class level, grants will be available to any disabled sailor who achieves top eight results at named international regattas. See the Crew Room section of the Skandia Team GBR website. For further information please contact Matt Grier, RYA Disability Racing Development Coach, at matt@mg-marine.co.uk.  

Lifeboat support NEYLAND Yacht Haven has presented the Angle Lifeboat Station with a cheque for £5,000 to assist towards crew training and operational support. Neyland Yacht Haven Manager, James Cotton, said: “Angle Lifeboat provides a high class professional service to the users of the Milford Haven waterway and beyond, we are delighted that we can assist them in their invaluable work.”

Doo fast SEADOO has launched its new RXT-X 260 personal watercraft. It has a an engine that outaccelerated a Ferrari F430 and goes from 0 to 50 mph in 2.9 seconds. It comes with a touring mode and a learner key. Photo: Zoe Williamson




News in brief Even Keel Project ARTEMIS Investment Management, a key supporter of British sailing, has confirmed that it will sponsor the first site of the Even Keel Project for 2009, based at the UKSA centre in Cowes. Using Artemis 20 yachts, the not-for profit project aims to promote disabled sailing and inspire individuals through the sport. Sailing opportunities are offered at no cost out of the UKSA base. The UKSA is providing facilities and accommodation to disabled sailors.

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Fastnet crews earn

Pusser’s tot ON the eve of Black Tot Day, 30 July, Charles Tobias, Chairman of Pusser’s Rum, handed over a substantial cheque to navy charities’ Tot Fund. An annual donation is made by Pusser’s to the Royal Navy Sailors Fund which was set up by the Admiralty in recompense for discontinuing the tradition of serving a daily rum tot on ships of the Royal Navy in 1970. The fund provides amenities for serving members of the Royal Navy and Pusser’s is the largest contributor to the Fund, outside the original bequest. To date, donations have reached over £1million.

Cruise grant ROYAL Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises ‘Ocean Fund’ awarded The Marine Conservation Society a £20,000 grant at the launch of Celebrity Equinox in Southampton. The society will use the money to educate UK school children about marine species living in the seas around Britain.  This programme will be implemented in schools in and around areas where Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises operate in the UK. Since 1996, the Royal Ocean Fund has awarded more than $10 million in marine conservation grants around the world.

Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

Race Start ICAP LEOPARD, Sail Number: GBR1R, Owner: Mike Slade, Design: Farr 100

THE only record broken in this year’s running Rolex Fastnet Race was one for competitor patience. The Royal Ocean Racing Club’s biennial 608 nautical-mile classic was sailed in light winds at the start and end, which, combined with powerful spring tides, made for a ‘tactically challenging’ race, and one of the longest in recent years.  Although the doomsayers were forecasting no wind for the start, in the end it could not have turned out better with an easterly wind forcing spinnakers to be hoisted in all eight classes - a magnificent colourful spectacle for competitors and the spectators crowding the Cowes seafront, alike. On Wednesday 12 August at 01:09:36 BST ICAP Leopard crossed the finish line to take line honours for the second consecutive time. The 100-foot super-maxi completed the 608 mile course in an elapsed time

of 2 days, 11 hours, 9 minutes and 36 seconds but she was unable to beat her own record set two years ago. ICAP Leopard will now look to make history, by becoming the first British boat to take line honours in all three major Rolex sponsored events in the same year: the Fastnet, the Middle Sea Race on 17 October and the Sydney Hobart Race on 26 December. Running from Cowes to Plymouth via the Fastnet Rock off southwest Ireland, the race again proved it remains one of the world’s most prestigious offshore yacht races. The 300-boat entry limit had been reached quickly, attracting boats from around the world. The IMOCA Open 60s had their own class, including stars from the Vendée Globe singlehanded round the world race such as the UK’s Sam Davies on Artemis Ocean Racing, Dee Caffari and Aviva, plus France’s

All at Sea columnist Seb Josse on BT IMOCA 60. Despite arriving on Tuesday, it was not until late on the Thursday afternoon that the overall winner on corrected time was Niklas

Zennstrom’s Ran 2. RORC Commodore, Andrew McIrvine said: “People thought it was a good, hard race. It wasn’t too rugged but it was a very tactical race which made it fun to do.”

RAN rounding Fastnet Rock, sunrise. RAN, Sail Number: GBR7236R, Owner: Niklas Zennstrom, Design: JV 72

Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo


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record for patience AMONG a 12-strong East Coast contingent was Jason and Judy Payne-James’ Dufour 44 – Heartbeat 3 of Burnham that, like many of the fleet that failed to finish the windy 2007 race, was back to complete unfinished business. Sue Pelling was on board. A BIG boat race it may have been but there was no shortage of enthusiasm among the smaller classes during this year’s tactical and challenging race. Competition remained intense throughout the week and there were only ten recorded retirements.

“The menacing-looking, black, huge rolling sea served as a stark reminder of how unforgiving a place the Irish Sea can be” As one of the 13-strong crew, I was impressed with not only how well they performed, finishing a creditable 33rd in Class 1 in 4 days, 21 hours, 44 minutes, 35 seconds, but also, as a total amateur, non sponsored team, how professionally they ran their Fastnet campaign. As regular, successful EAORA

- East Anglian Offshore Racing Association - competitors they are extremely competent and competitive but proved that a healthy balance of confidence, respect for fellow crew members, and a high regard for safety, were key to a successful Fastnet. Copious amounts of quality food played a big part but it was the general camaraderie, the teamwork, and the will to succeed that really kept the momentum going on Team Heartbeat 3. Although we were among those who failed to make the tidal gate at Portland Bill on the first night and suffered in consequence, we picked up an 8 to 10 knot westerly breeze at 0400 on Monday morning to take us around Land’s End. All the boats in close contact disappeared as we hit the Irish Sea and we didn’t see any other boats, ships or fishing boats for the entire way to the Rock.

The Heartbeat 3 of Burnham crew rounding the Fastnet rock

It was most bizarre, incredibly desolate and although we only recorded a maximum wind speed of 28kts, the menacing-looking, black, huge rolling sea served as a stark reminder of how unforgiving a place the Irish Sea can be, and how unbelievingly terrifying it must have been for those who experienced the storms of the tragic 1979 Fastnet. Dolphins, minke whales, shooting stars, rounding of the Fastnet Rock, and the windy downwind sleigh ride from the Rock to the Scillies in just

AFTER lying on the seabed for 260 years, one of the most important cannons in British naval history has been sold at auction for £55,000 to an anonymous collector. The huge 24-pounder was on Admiral of the Fleet Sir Cloudesley Shovell’s flagship HMS Association when it was wrecked with four other warships on Gilstone Rocks off the Isles of Scilly in fog in 1770 with the loss of more than 2,000 lives. It was one of the worst disasters in Royal Navy history. The cannon was salvaged by naval divers in 1967 and later went into a private collection. Auctioneer Leighton Gillibrand said: “It is probably the most important cannon of its type to come on the open market.”

Conservation project launched NET Gain - the North Sea Marine Conservation Zones project has been launched as part of a project to identify Marine Conservation Zones) in the English North Sea. Project manager Joanna Redhead, Project said: “Net Gain is one of four regional MCZ projects covering the south-west, the Irish Sea, the North Sea and the south-east. The project will bring science and peoples knowledge together at

News in brief Island grand prix THE Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is sponsoring the Honda Formula 4-Stroke Powerboat  Isle of Man Grand Prix on September 19  and 20. Representing the Island will be Stephen and Michael Baggs in the 225hp Vortigern boat. The Honda Formula 4-Stroke Powerboat Series is the largest offshore powerboat championship in the world. Since the sries was launched in 1999  F4SA has changed powerboat racing in the UK.

Vital lifejacket

Extra berths Historic for Dart cannon sold at auction PLANS for a new £175 million marina providing an extra 357 berths on Devon’s River Dart at Noss, near Kingswear, have been unveiled by developers who hope to get the go-ahead in time to have some marina berths ready for next season. Stephen Corner, director of Noss Marina, said the 36-acre development would include a five-star hotel, a conference centre, over 130 houses and flats and a marine academy. The four-year development, based on the former Philip and Sons shipyard on the Dart’s east bank, has now had its marina berth numbers doubled after criticism from local sailors. “Yacht berths are what Dartmouth and Kingswear are all about,” said Corner. “They are what the economy is driven on.”



a local level.” Carl James, Project Manager of hosting organisation, The Yorkshire and Humber Seafood Group, added: “From a fishing industry perspective, this is great news for the long term sustainability and health of our seas. Net Gain will be hosting an official launch event at The Deep in Hull on 1 October The project team will then complete a roadshow of events throughout November from Newcastle to Lowestoft.

12 hours, registered as highlights of our 608-mile race but crossing the finish line at 1030 at Plymouth on Friday 14 August in bright sunshine was undoubtedly the ultimate Champagne moment. Judy Payne James – co-owner of Heartbeat 3 and chairman of EAORA – said: “For a total non-professional crew to complete such a prestigious, demanding race as the Rolex Fastnet is an incredible sense of achievement and certainly the biggest sailing milestone of my life.”

A SAILOR spent 30 minutes in the water waiting to be rescued after he fell between his dinghy and boat on moorings at Instow, north Devon. Coastguards said the 50-year-old man’s lifejacket was “vital” in keeping him afloat while he clung to his boat and waited for a lifeboat and helicopter. He was spotted by a man walking a dog on the beach who dialled 999. After treatment for shock the sailor was released from Barnstaple hospital.

Sing and dance THE Historic Dockyard Chatham will swing to the Big Band hits of the war years at the ‘Salute to the’40s Blitz Ball’ on Saturday 19 September as part of the Salute to the ‘40s weekend. www.thedockyard.co.uk




News in brief BIBOA RIB Race LAST held nine years ago, the Royal Lymington Yacht Club will host the BIBOA RIB Race on Saturday 19 September. The event is designed to allow all boat owners the chance to race competitively and to have fun on the water. There will be five classes of entry from up to 150HP to above 650 HP with racing taking over three laps of approximately 16 nautical miles in the Western Solent and approaches. British Powerboat Champion, Shelley Jory and ex-boxing champion, Chris Eubank are expected.

Five rescued A CREW of five and two dogs were rescued from a sinking catamaran after colliding with a fishing vessel in Falmouth Bay, Cornwall while waiting to welcome the return of 17-year-old round-the-world sailor Mike Perham.

Call of the Sea THE Call of the Sea exhibition has opened at the St. Barbe Museum & Art Gallery in Lymington, Hampshire. It features the work of Peter Monamy and Charles Brooking and other early British marine painters. The exhibition has paintings from the National Gallery, the Tate, the National Maritime Museum,and from private collections which will be on display until October 17th.

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£35m refit fit for a king’s flagship KING Henry VIII’s favourite flagship Mary Rose will be withdrawn temporarily from view on September 20 for a new £35 million museum to be built around her. The 500-year-old Tudor warship has been a key attraction alongside HMS Victory and HMS Warrior in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard since she was raised from the Solent mud in 1982. She was sunk during an engagement with the French fleet off Southsea in 1545. In one of the most ambitious and significant heritage projects in recent years, the ship’s hull will be housed in a new boat-shaped museum and for the first time visitors will be able to see a state-of-the-art recreation of the wreck’s missing side. The Mary Rose Trust has received a £21 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to complete the

conservation of the hull and build a permanent museum which will also house the thousands of treasured artefacts found with the ship. The new exhibition is due for completion in 2012. The Mary Rose will remain in its current ‘hotbox’ in the centre of the museum until the conservation process is complete in 2016, allowing visitors to witness the ongoing wet and dry conservation through new viewing ports from each of the new deck-level galleries. When the air-drying phase is completed the hotbox enclosure will be removed allowing visitors to fully appreciate new and dramatic views of the Mary Rose’s original timbers. The ship has been described by historian Dr David Starkey as this country’s Pompeii, painting the finest picture of the world of 16th century life. 

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Tudor artefacts in context opposite the hull of the Mary Rose

Photo: Wilkinson Eyre

A shot of the new hull

The Mary Rose features highly on an international stage and the new museum will continue to attract visitors from all over the world and

provide a learning programme to inspire children, students and community groups of all ages  and abilities.


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First memorial to lost lifesavers unveiled

Photo: RNLI/Studio 11

RNLI lifeboat crews and supporters observed a one minute silence as a mark of respect and gratitude to the many people connected with the charity who have lost their lives helping to save others at sea. The silence took place during the Ceremony of Dedication for the first official RNLI Memorial, which was unveiled by HRH The Duke of Kent at RNLI HQ in Poole, Dorset, on 3 September The 778 people commemorated on the RNLI memorial come from all corners of the UK and Republic of Ireland. Many of their relatives, friends and closely connected crew members travelled from far and wide to attend the ceremony. The memorial ensures that those whose names it bears will always be remembered. As an additional mark of respect, RNLI lifeboat stations, lifeguard units and offices throughout the UK and Ireland lowered their RNLI flags to half-mast during the ceremony. RNLI Chairman Admiral Lord Boyce said: “Today has been a very special day for our charity. The new memorial, inscribed with the family motto of the RNLI’s founder, Sir William Hillary: ‘with courage, nothing is impossible’, provides an enduring focus which will ensure that the sacrifices of our life savers will not be forgotten.” The RNLI Memorial, designed by Sam Holland, stands more than 4.5m in height and depicts a person in a boat saving another from the water. Members of the public can pay their respects too, by adding a tribute to the RNLI Online Book of Commemoration at www.rnli.org.uk/commemorate.

News in brief Speeding fines TWO fines totalling £1,083 were handed out to two boat owners who broke the Chichester harbour speed limit. Deputy Harbour Master Richard Craven said: “The speed limit has been set at 8 knots to ensure the safety of all harbour users.”

Cat‘s life CAMPBELTOWN RNLI lifeboat rescued Sukie the cat and her owner from a 22-foot yacht four miles off the Mull of Kintyre in gale force conditions. Campbeltown RNLI lifeboat said: “We have rescued a deer before but this is first time we’ve rescued a cat.”

Honda extends HONDA Marine has launched three new models that extend its fuel efficient technology to more than half of its 4-stroke outboard range to continue its green marine development while maintaining performance. The company has also extended its UK boatbuilder alliance programme by selling Finnish manufacturer AMT’s sports and fishing craft exclusively through Honda dealers to meet increasing demand for one-stop marine packages from leisure and commercial boating customers.


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THERMAL DINGHY TOP THE popular Gill Thermal Dinghy Top has been re-launched with fabric and design improvements. It’s made from a softshell fabric which is windproof, waterproof and breathable. It also has improved adjustable seals on both the cuffs and waist which give greater fit-flexibility and better protection against water ingress. The PU cuffs have Velcro adjusters, while the neoprene waistband has twin Velcro adjusters at the front.

FINGER TIGHT FINGER Spanners from Hexhold mean you will no longer have difficulty in locating a nut or bolt in areas of restricted access. The metric or AF finger spanners come in a set of five and are from CS70 grade spring steel and hardened, tempered and finished with a bright zinc plate. The metric set contains sizes 5.5, 7, 8, 10, 13mm; and the fractional AF set houses sizes 7/16, 3/8, 11/32, 5/16, 1/4 inch. The spanners are housed in a rugged box made from polycarbonate and ABS materials keeping the tools safe in the toughest of environments. Price: £19.50 (plus Post & Packaging) www.hexhold.com

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COOKING UP A STORM FALMOUTH-based yacht builder Rustler Yachts will supply future production of their Rustler 44 with the GN Espace marine cooker. The cookers have a practical four-burner hob, an extra large thermostaticallycontrolled oven and a full width grill.  The top-of-the range Alizé marine cooker boasts a host of additional unique features. For improved safety, the cooker is the first to feature multi-dimensional gimballing, allowing the cooker to cope with both heeling and oncoming waves. www.gn-espace.com

WATERPROOF CAMERA CASE OVERBOARD, a manufacturer of waterproof travel and sports gear and official kit suppliers to the RNLI, has updated its Waterproof Camera Case. It now has transparent PVC from front to back that enables digital camera users to take shots when in and around the water and then view the screen safely sealed in the waterproof case. The case is 100 per cent waterproof and submersible to depths up to 6m/19 feet. When dropped in water the case will float. £14.99 from www.over-board.com

ON YOUR BIKE XERO is launching a foldable electric bike as a travel companion for boat trips. The ePedal Traveller has all the green credentials of a traditional bicycle with the power and speed similar to that of a scooter. The Traveller can be folded into a compact size and stored on board in a matter of minutes. After assembling with one hinge it can then be used either by cycling or in electric mode to pick up speed, combat steep hills or go longer distances. With a range up to 25 miles per charge and a speed of 15 mph, the Traveller is also economical, with electricity costs less than 1p per mile. £599. www.xerotechco.com


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Back to old fashioned values for the boating environment ATTITUDES towards the environment have changed dramatically over the last 100 years. As boaters we inherently enjoy being outside and near to the water, as was the case a hundred years ago. Back then however the marine environment was a very different place. You didn’t find plastic bottles washed up on the beach or plastic bags floating with the currents. The increased use of modern day materials such as plastics and other manmade chemicals has led to the degradation to the marine environment. In the last few years environmental awareness has increased drastically which has led to more pro environmental behaviour. Events such as the Vendée Globe inspire sailors worldwide to get afloat whilst subtly highlighting the state of our oceans. This great sporting feat exemplifies how sailors can travel for three months without throwing any rubbish into the sea. The term sustainable and sustainability is one which has

The Green Blue photo competition winners. Left, Dom Walton with “the Bad” and right, Dave Cardy with “the Good”.

many definitions and connotations. Sustainable fishing for example can be achieved to a greater or lesser extent by various fishing practices. Gone are the days when we can reconcile our heartbroken friends with the phrase “there are plenty more fish in the sea “as fish stocks are dangerously low. Perhaps the easiest way of looking after our marine habitat is to dispose

of our waste responsibly and making sure none of it ends up in the water. A good idea is to stop crew from bringing any loose items up on deck which can easily blow over the side. A plastic bag floating in the water can closely resemble a jelly fish which is the main food source of the leatherback turtle. Many turtles die annually from mistakenly swallowing plastic bags

and there are many species of turtles off the coast of the UK, in fact, the largest turtle ever recorded was found on a beach in Wales and measuring nine feet long. Your rubbish should be stored until you are at a location where you can recycle or dispose of it. The process of recycling is not new but it does seem to have been rebranded in recent years. During war many objects were recycled. Old metal boat hulls were melted down to be recycled into military equipment. During the First World War, enough metal was salvaged from corset stays to build two warships. I am often asked by people why items cannot be recycled. There are numerous explanations but the main reasons are that it has to be financially viable to recycle – that is there is a market for the recycled material – and that it does not use substantially more energy to extract the recyclate than it does to create from raw materials. With improved technologies

and more applications for recycled material more items from your boat can be given an afterlife more exciting than landfill. Your used sails can be recycled into deckchairs and coats and we are currently working with a company who can recycle the rubber from old life rafts to make pencils, pencil cases and other stationary. Finally, The Green Blue and RYA Sailability will recycle your old mobile phones and ink cartridges. This will generate money to help disabled people sail and the Green Blue to carry out projects to help educate and improve the marine environment for all of us to enjoy. So it seems that although a hundred years may have passed, we may be hankering back to old fashioned values. Perhaps we are slowly moving to the old fashioned mentality of waste not want not, from a throwaway society where the majority of waste ends up in landfill.


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Yards or metres – get to the point of measurement Sticky’s tips By Sticky Stapylton

I HAVE never been a fan of the metric system, but we have to live with it now. Pick which you would prefer: The metre, based on the distance travelled by light in free space in 1/299,792,458 of a second or one ten-millionth of the distance from the Equator to the North Pole through Paris. Or, the yard, based on the standard length of an arrow – perhaps at the Battle of Agincourt? I mention this because I was reading in a sailing magazine a simple way of working out how far an object, perhaps a man overboard, may have drifted/in a particular time. The reasoning goes something like this: the nautical mile is about 2,000 yards, roughly 2,000 arrows laid end to end, which is also roughly 6,000 feet (actually 6,080 feet). Helpfully there are 60 minutes in an hour and therefore a boat moving at one knot will travel 100 feet roughly in one minute. So all we have to do to calculate how far someone has drifted or a boat has moved is to multiply the speed in knots by 100 to get the distance covered in feet. Here is a rough table: Speed in Kns

Distance travelled in 1 minute

Distance travelled in 30 seconds

In feet

In metres

In feet

In metres

1

100

30

50

15

2

200

70

100

35

3

300

100

150

50

4

400

130

200

65

5

500

170

250

85

6

600

200

300

100

So just think about it, if someone fell off your boat at night while you were sailing at six knots, they would be 100 yards away after 30 seconds. This is why your helm has to react pretty quickly in the event of a man overboard and why perhaps the quick stop or heave-to method as an initial reaction should be the preferred. Much will depend on the weather, the sea and the on board situation but skippers may like to consider this method as better than reaching away, tacking and then coming back

to the casualty in the water. How many crew carry a torch at night? I have a laser light with a range of six miles or so, which I keep in a pocket in my lifejacket. Useful in an emergency whether you prefer metres or yards.

Anchor woes I was reading a story the other day of a yacht that started to drift one night, not in particularly bad weather. The chain was hauled up and there was no anchor attached. The skipper and crew reanchored using the yacht’s kedge anchor. The next morning someone went down to find the anchor, it was exactly where it had been laid with a shackle pin undone. At this stage of the sailing season if you have not seized your shackle pins, you could be in for a surprise when anchoring. And whilst on the subject of anchoring, I was teaching on a boat a week or so ago and was asked by the chief instructor not to dig the anchor in with the chain made on to the windlass. This has never been my practice anyway but someone had almost torn the windlass of its mountings by putting unnecessary strain on the system. I am a great believer in using a nylon warp, attached to the chain with a rolling hitch and letting out a good ten metres (or yards) of warp. The stretch of the warp will cut down the jerking in any form of sea, it will mean those sleeping in the forepeak will have a quieter night and it will mean the pull point is a lot lower and therefore the angle will be less acute and safer.

Sailing into danger with wrong lights SOME boat owners have installed LED bulbs on their boats but I wonder if they are aware that should not be used in running navigation lights. The advantage of these bulbs is that they reduce current and battery load. The bulbs do not have a defined cut-off point when fitted in a standard housing. The sectors for a masthead tricolour light could have an error of plus or minus

20° which could mean that dual light segments can be seen over a 40° horizontal range. Imagine the problems of two boats on night passage on converging courses and one with poorly defined light segments. There is a possibility of a vessel standing on into danger attempting to avoid an ambiguous light with expanded sectors. www.sail-help.co.uk

Switch in time What is your wiring like? I helped in the delivery of a boat the other day and found this bit of spaghetti in the saloon (See photo).

Wire connections had to be changed in order to get the correct lights for motoring. All goes back to a lack of preventative maintenance.


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Round Britain sail raises funds and fond memories Ellen MacArthur IT was such an amazing experience being back at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth for the first time since I came in after the Round the World record attempt. The Ellen MacArthur Trust Skandia Round Britain Voyage of Discovery in Scarlet Oyster reached Falmouth at the end of August and I was there for two evenings to give a talk to raise funds for the trust. I wasn’t expecting it to be quite so emotional but the office that I waited in before giving the talk was exactly the same one that I called my parents from before I set off on the round the world record attempt on 28 November 2004. That day, I lay back on the sofa and looked out to the pontoon where loads of people were gathering to see me and B&Q off. Sitting there again brought back all those feelings of anticipation and nervousness. I was so overwhelmed by the support I got locally, not just on my return but when I set off from Falmouth and I have to say the welcome was very warm once again. If you have not yet been to the National Maritime Museum I thoroughly recommend it. It is a great interactive experience and seeing some of the boats on display was like meeting up with old friends. One such boat is Curlew, the 28foot Falmouth Quay Punt that Tim and Pauline Carr lived aboard for 30 years. The last time I saw Curlew was in South Georgia when the Carrs invited me on board and fed me flapjacks! They were South Georgia’s only residents for many years, even restoring a house in Grytviken which operated as a whaling and natural history museum. Curlew was shipped back from South Georgia to her original home in Falmouth in 2003 when the Carrs

Flashback to 2005: B&Q coming in to Falmouth after beating the solo, non-stop round the world record

moved to New Zealand. During the summer months you can see her bobbing in the harbour, moored at the Maritime Museum’s pontoon. Another boat I really enjoyed seeing was Wanderer, a Wayfarer dinghy that belonged to Frank and Margaret Dye. They are a fascinating couple who have given great inspiration to the cruising community and dinghy cruisers in particular. They took their little boat to some amazing, unexpected places and

firmly believed that adequate preparation will see you through most eventualities. The stories of Frank’s voyages to Iceland, Norway and the Atlantic Coast of the US are aweinspiring. Margaret also did some phenomenal cruises both with and without Frank and I remember being really impressed when I met her as a child. Scarlet Oyster was planning to call in for the opening day of the PSP Southampton Boat Show

Photo: Scott Woyka, National Maritime Museum Cornwall

on her way back to Cowes for the final homecoming of the Ellen MacArthur Trust Skandia Round Britain Voyage. What has been so brilliant about the voyage is that more than 73 young people in recovery from cancer and leukaemia have sailed with us on this voyage and, MOST importantly, they have had fun! We are so pleased that the voyage has helped us to communicate the work of the trust to a much wider audience around the UK and we have

had some fantastic PR. Of course, we couldn’t have done it without our partners Skandia, the Energy Saving Trust and BT so a huge thank you must go to them. For anyone who would like to support the trust, there is still a chance to ‘Buy a Mile’ by donating £10 which will help to get our virtual fundraising boat across the finishing line too – only 150 miles to go! You can follow progress of both the real and the virtual boat at www.roundbritain.org


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Transat will test brain power as well as speed Sébastien Josse IT’S back to school time, and the BT Team Ellen is sharpening its pencils for the big autumn exams session, the Transat Jacques Vabre which is set to provide a spectacular conclusion to 2009. The IMOCA circuit has been relatively quiet recently, which is perfectly understandable for a post-Vendée Globe spring and summer, but I’m glad we did not let the pressure drop. Winning the Grand Prix Petit Navire, then the Artemis Challenge and most importantly the Fastnet has proved that the BT 60 definitely was one of the best boats in her class. Of course there is a sense of satisfaction for the whole team but resting on our laurels is not among our habits, so September is a busy and studious month for us all. BT has been in the shed in our Brittany base of Port La Forêt for a couple of weeks already, undergoing a complete check-up even though no major changes are planned. The final preparation of the keel, hull and rudders have been done. We checked, cleaned and replaced the deckware when necessary. Eighty per cent of the running rigging is being changed and we are replacing all the standing rigging. After going back in the water there is a ten degree canting keel test in order to satisfy the IMOCA rules and get the 2009/10 certificate. In the meantime and to keep ourselves alert, Jeff Cuzon - my co-skipper for the upcoming Transat Jacques Vabre - and took part in the double-handed Tour de Bretagne (Round Brittany), raced aboard Figaro OneDesign monohulls. It’s a peculiar form of training for us, as we are actually rivals on this one and not team mates: each of us has stepped aboard different boats, acting as co-skippers! For Jeff, it was a premiere in the Figaro Class, but as I write he has already won the first two legs with Francois Gabart. How impressive is that? I obviously have always known he was talented, but I have to admit this

debut left me speechless. Seeing Jeff in such in an all-conquering spirit is fantastic with the Transat Jacques Vabre coming up.  We’ll be facing a very strong opposition in the classic two-handed transatlantic sprint from Le Havre in France to Puerto Limon in Costa Rica, as some tough duos are lined-up for the race which is the pinnacle of the 2009 season. Our most famous rival will be Michel Desjoyeaux, who won the previous edition of the race in 2007, a few months before capturing his second solo Vendée Globe victory.  Desjoyeaux is teaming up with Jérémie Beyou, whom I know very well having raced against him in the Figaro Class for years. I’ll also be keeping an eye on the Jourdain - Nélias pair, who work extremely well together and are capable of pulling off spectacular tactical tricks. The TJV probably won’t prove to be a straightforward drag race, so I predict brain power will be put to the test.  Both of us are naturally looking forward to the start of the adventure, as we’ve seen how well our association works. We have validated it in training conditions but the real test was during this summer’s Fastnet race, where we managed to win in the IMOCA category beating all the fullycrewed teams in the process. I’m really thankful to the guys of the BT Team Ellen shore team, as I know the qualities of the boat herself have had a lot to do in this year’s good results and now I can’t wait as I’m sure BT will be even more of a weapon!   www.btteamellen.com 

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Teaching an old sea dog new tricks Shelley Jory British Powerboat Champion www.shelleyjory.com

THIS year has seen me race in the Powerboat P1 World Championships all over Europe but with no race on the calendar in the UK I started looking for other options as I really wanted to race on home waters. Looking at the RYA Offshore Powerboat calendar my obvious choice was the Cowes-TorquayCowes race over the August bank holiday weekend. First I had to find someone willing to lend me a boat. I knew I needed an excellent endurance boat and it was a no-brainer, it had to be a Scorpion. Having raced against recordbreaking Scorpions such as Hot Lemon and Seahound for many years and after seeing the way the all-girl team handled the Scorpion Dubois Sting in last year’s Round Britain Powerboat Race I knew it would be the perfect boat for me. So I cheekily contacted Patrick Byrne the owner of Scorpion RIBs and

persuaded him to lend me a boat. It didn’t take him long to say yes. Now all I needed was a crew. My brain wave continued while I was sitting in the BBC Radio Solent Studio for the H20 show with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. Knowing how he likes a challenge I thought why not ask Robin if he would navigate for me? Although a complete novice in a powerboat, who better to have on board than one of the most famous navigators in the world? I wasn’t at all confident that Robin would accept but he agreed instantly and asked when we could start training!   With Robin on board, Neil Sackley, producer of the H2O show, also agreed to the challenge so the team was now three. To complete the package Tracey Clarke, the third presenter of the show agreed to be our team manager, a role she is more than used to and she was invaluable keeping three egos in order! So training began. Two weeks before the race I took Team Scorpion to Andark Diving and Watersports Centre in Southampton for Helicopter

Underwater Escape Training more commonly known to powerboat racers as the “Dunk” test. It comprises three simulated ditches in the custom built ‘Dunker’ – a capsule representative of the cabin of helicopters and small aircraft. The test is a vital part of powerboat racing training especially if racing in a canopied boat. Although it was not a mandatory part of pre-race qualification for our type of boat, it is a definite safety procedure that all racers should undertake. Pre Race training in the Solent found us our final crew member as Ben Wood of Scorpion RIBs joined us to show us what the Sting could do. He was our team engineer having been involved with building the boat we knew his knowledge could be invaluable if we had a problem during the race. My attentions then turned to race day. With a strong fleet of more than 20 Endurance race boats entering the race, I briefed Team Scorpion that in a standard production boat and with our power to weight ratio compared to the race boats, a top ten finish


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Roll of honour My navigator – Robin: The old sea dog certainly has some life in him yet and as we crossed Weymouth Bay he directed me further inshore towards the coast in the hopes of finding calmer water. The moved paid off. Although the sea was only very slightly calmer we managed to make up two places during the manoeuvre, overtaking the would-be winners Cinzano as they stayed out in rougher seas.

The crew:

and first in our class would see me extremely chuffed and a great result for the team. As for the race, to say it was BIG is a lie, conditions were huge! We were in for a bumpy ride and I now wondered whether Team Scorpion’s novice powerboat racers would manage. My reservations were short lived, Team Scorpion and the RIB were second to none and I wouldn’t have been with any other team for the race. The 33-foot Scorpion Sting never missed a beat. She handled the rough conditions perfectly and was certainly in better shape than her crew by the end of the race. We were aiming a top ten finish and first in class so to manage overall fourth was an astounding result

I must admit I took a battering on the race so how BBC H2O producer Neil Sackley was feeling I can only imagine. Neil was a complete novice when it comes to boating but stood

his ground through very rough conditions that saw other teams drop out. He was a real asset to have on the team and even managed to report live three times to BBC Radio Solent during the race using a Bluetooth connection through our unfaltering DS Development Neptune communication systems. But I must give praise to the unsung hero, Ben Wood. At one point I was having difficulty steering and throttling at the same time. I asked Ben to come forward to help me throttle so I could concentrate on steering our way through the rough seas. His knowledge of the boat and how she handles were invaluable.

The competition: Congratulations to Cinzano, Hot Lemon and Team Relentless who beat us back to Cowes and to all those who competed in the race. Well done because to finish was certainly an achievement.

The kit: Special thanks to Scorpion RIBs for a first class boat. Raymarine’s C170 chart plotter was essential in assisting my very able navigator and did not falter. Predator World provided us with VX360 Helmet cameras meaning we could catch every minute of our epic rollercoaster ride. See http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=76L822Z2YA0

The Team Scorpion crew and Lady Vi

considering that we had spent little time in the boat as a team. We took our class title, Sir Robin was awarded the MEMA Trophy for being the oldest competitor, we also picked up the Motor Boat and Yachting Trophy for fourth overall and I was awarded the Ladies Trophy for the second year running. It was the toughest endurance race I have ever been involved in and I could not be more proud. Only nine out of the 20 boats that crossed the start line made it home. That was a superb testament to Team Scorpion’s skills and to their RIB’s endurance capabilities. Thank you guys.

Left to right: Sir Robin Knox Johnston,  Ben Woods, Shelley Jory , Neil Sackley

Photo: JDP Sullivan


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Why PSP is sticking by the Southampton Boat Show RECESSION and lack of funding are daily topics of discussion for not only the marine industry but also the whole country. But one MD gave us something to think about, and a breath of fresh air, when he decided to carry on his sponsorship promises. Frank Dixie, founder and managing director of one of the leading freight forwarding companies, PSP, is carrying on its sponsorship of the UK’s biggest marine event, The PSP Southampton Boat Show. PSP was already an integral part of the UK’s marine shipping market being the official logistics supplier to ISAF, Tall Ships International, Powerboat P1 and Clipper Ventures. But when Dixie decided last year that despite the financial climate they would become the first title sponsor of the PSP Southampton Boat Show, he cemented his r el a t i o n s h ip

with the industry. The company spent a large amount of money on last year’s event and has increased its spending this year. “Spending money on sponsorship was not a decision that we took lightly,” said Dixie, “but while PSP is big enough to encompass the globe, it’s small enough to be able to make decisions quickly, without having to take everything to committee. Plus, we have never been afraid to take a risk. “I’m delighted to say, however, that it has to have been one of the best decisions we have taken. Despite the economy taking a nosedive, we quickly discovered there were several very obvious benefits, which made it worth our while to continue our sponsorship this year. “Firstly, anyone who is anyone exhibits at the PSP Southampton Boat Show and it was a painless way to talk to all

the movers and shakers while they were under one roof. “It was also an excellent way to mark all the hard work we have put in as a company to raise our profile in the industry. It has opened countless doors for us, bringing us real opportunities and I think it is not too much of an exaggeration to say that it has helped shape the direction of our business as well.” Founded in 1998, PSP has a global network of offices and agents. As well as worldwide boat transportation, the company comprises international freight forwarding, international couriers, marine spares and export packing. It also operates its own charter service to the Mediterranean, the Adriatic and the Caribbean. Dixie is looking forward to a bright future, which his sponsorship and belief in the show has proved: “I think that sponsorship of the PSP Southampton Boat Show is a practical way of supporting the marine industry, as well as ensuring that the name PSP

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Jo Dixie opens PSP SBS 2008

Photo: onEdition

becomes synonymous with boat transportation. “It has been a good friend to my business and it’s a great way of giving something back to an industry which has been hard hit by the recession.” To meet the PSP team at the PSP Southampton Boat Show, please visit Stand F1. For further information about any of PSP’s services, please visit www.psap.co.uk.

Frank Dixie PSP: Frank Dixie, Managing Director

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BOATING BRITAIN

ST IVES AND THE NORTH COAST OF

CORNWALL

St Ives was voted seaside town of the year in 2007 by readers of the Guardian Gig rowing has overtaken surfing as Cornwall’s biggest watersport St Ives was the first port through which Guinness entered mainland Britain The Cornish pasty was invented as a clean meal for tin miners with dirty hands

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ALL AT SEA | SEPTEMBER 2009 | news@allatsea.co.uk Jutting out into the Atlantic, with a mild climate and links across the water, Cornwall is an altogether different kind of destination Alex Smith headed west to check it out . . . TO the British visitor, it feels distinctly foreign, while to the Cornish local, it tends to feel divorced from the British mainland and, to some, independent from it. The county of Cornwall sits out on a limb in the extreme south west of England, looking up towards Ireland, down towards mainland Europe and out across 2,500 uninterrupted miles of Atlantic Ocean towards the east coast of America. It is cut off by the River Tamar. And, while a bridge was put in place in 1859 by Brunel, ‘modern’ Cornwall retains much of that inherited island mentality of a people with powerful customs, powerful culture, a spirit of independence and a proud local language. All of this makes Cornwall a fantastic place to visit and, for the traveller with a boat, things are even better. The long, tapering shape of the county and the sheer battering it receives from the Atlantic swells makes Cornwall a place of craggy headlands, sheltered inlets and deep, penetrating estuaries. It also makes it the UK’s most coastal county, with more than 400 miles of shoreline just waiting for you

The ‘dubious’ fact file • Cornwall receives 5 million visitors a year • 99 per cent of all Cornish tourists are British • Kenneth Graham got his inspiration for Wind in the Willows from Fowey • Falmouth, 20 miles southwest of Fowey, was once England’s premier port • The Cornish pasty was invented as a quick and hygienic meal for tin miners • Jesus Christ is thought to have visited Looe • Fowey has previously been voted the most desirable place to live in the UK • Shark fishing is big sport in the local waters around Fowey and Looe • South Cornwall’s favourable climate has earned it the title ‘Cornish Riviera’ • Daphne du Maurier wrote Jamaica Inn (a real pub on Bodmin Moor) while residing in Fowey and your boat. Small wonder then that Cornwall receives five million visitors every year.

An arty and surfing paradise North Cornwall is known as a place of broad golden bays and raging surf. In St Ives, after a long drive through the heart of the county, I find myself confronted with a delightfully elegant and surprisingly cosmopolitan little town. Both the town and the people in it seem to have a lovely, relaxed

way to them and it makes you feel instantly welcome. The town itself is a maze of old streets and cobbled alleyways with fishermen’s cottages filling every spare foot of space as they wind and tumble their way down to the harbour, which, even today is plainly the epicentre of local goings on. There are lots of good cafes and bars and, as you move uphill, away from the harbour, you see small B&Bs, holiday cottages and a proliferation of little art galleries illustrating that, despite the tranquility, tourism is big business here.


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Ten top activities

St Ives RNLI stands guard

To the west of the town is an excellent surfing beach. Go east and you come to Carbis Bay, a relatively well sheltered beach for families. Art and artists are ingrained into the very fabric of the town in the same way as fishing and surfing. The St Ives September Festival is one of the year’s main events but if you miss that, there is Tate St. Ives, part of the Tate Gallery in and the Barbara Hepworth Museum, a lasting memorial to the renowned sculptress who lived and worked here. The fortunes of St. Ives have always been tied to the harbour and while tin mining is at an end and the fishing fleet is much depleted, the harbour remains very much the focal point of the town. At low water it dries to expose a large area of sand, covered with dozing boats and weed-strewn lines crisscrossing the bed. It makes a great spot for a walk and a pleasantly sheltered suntrap for taking best advantage of the region’s subtropical warmth.

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Take a trip on the scenic coastal railway. Spend a night at the remote and marvellous Gurnard’s Head. Go seal and dolphin spotting. Try your hand at surfing. Visit the Eden project. Pop across to St Michael’s Mount off Penzance. Visit the extraordinary Minack open-air theatre. Grab a fish picnic on Carbis Bay. Take a trip out to the Isles of Scilly for a night or two. Do nothing - absolutely nothing - there’s a lot to be said for it.

From the sea there are no real difficulties either in the approach or entry but pay attention to the big tidal range, keep an eye on the weather, which can be volatile, and remember that this remains primarily a working harbour, in constant use both by fishing craft and pleasure vessels. The only noteworthy hazard is the bizarrely named ‘New Pier’ - an old wooden pier SW of Smeaton’s Pier, which is only revealed at low water. There do not seem to be many visitors’ moorings within the harbour itself but if you contact the Harbourmaster on 01736 795018 or on VHF Channel 16, he can usually find you something. Fuel can be bought from the local garage about half a mile away while water is available from one of the taps on Smeaton’s Pier. There are also showers and toilets on Smeaton’s Pier and a slipway on Wharf Road at the NW corner of the harbour. 

To the southwest lies Lands End but, far more interesting if you have the time to take a look, is the Gurnard’s Head at Zennor. Not only is it a fine pub with fantastic local food, local beer and live local folk music, but it is accessible from St Ives via one of the most memorable clifftop walks you

21 will ever see. Round the corner by boat, or pretty much south as the crow flies, is Penzance. The town itself has none of that classic west-country quaintness you will find so fetching in St Ives but Mount’s Bay provides ideal conditions for sailing and watersports and the historic fortified island in the middle of the bay, St Michael’s Mount, is worth a couple of hours of anyone’s time. Penzance harbour consists of a wet dock with a drying harbour alongside. The dock gates are open from two hours before high water until one hour after high water - and the port maintains VHF watch on Channel 16 and 12 during these times and from 0900 to 1200 and 1300 to 1600 every weekday. Two vertical red lights on the signal mast indicate that the gate is open, while a red light over a green indicates that the gate is closed. The Isles of Scilly ferry goes from the South Pier of Penzance harbour but, when it is not at its berth, the pier is routinely used by boats waiting to enter the wet dock. There are around 50 berths for visiting vessels in the shelter of the wet dock, plus a fair-weather anchorage about 500 feet east-north-east of the end of the Albert Pier. Diesel is available on the south pier while petrol needs to be sourced from local garages. Water is available at all berths and showers and toilets can be accessed beneath the Harbour Office. There is a slipway next to the Sailing Club. Though rightly famous for its surf,

I found Newquay very disappointing to. It has developed a reputation as a party hub but if good surf is what you want, there are far quieter and more scenic places to get it - not least on the bays that flank St Ives. Padstow, further to the north is worth a quick look by boat but the reputation of its famous advocate, Rick Stein, sees it manically, and in most ways underservedly, overpopulated by faintly disillusioned tourists. St Ives is a long way to go for most of us and much of the coastline is as hostile to the boater as it is attractive to the surfer. But don’t be put off because St Ives could easily work as a base for a good week of boat related touring. I will certainly be going back.

Useful contacts TIC www.stives-cornwall.co.uk St Ives Harbour 01736 795018 or VHF channel 16 Penzance harbour 01736 366113 or VHF Channel 16 Tate St Ives 01736 796226 or www.tate.org.uk/stives The Gurnard’s Head 01736 796928 or www.gurnardshead.co.uk The Hub 01736 799099 or www.hub-stives.co.uk


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Milestones in nautical history To celebrate this 100th edition of All at Sea, Adrian Porter charted some of the most memorable and some of the least remembered events in nautical history over the last 100 years. 1. First radio rescue to avert a major loss of life On January 23 1909. Jack Binns of the RMS Republic sent the CQD distress signal after being rammed by the SS Florida. The RMS Baltic reached the scene 12 hours later and took on all 1,500 passengers and crew from the two vessels. 2. First San Francisco Fire Boat launched San Francisco launched its first fireboat on May 22, 1909. 100 years later the department still has two fireboats in service.

3. First SOS SOS was ratified in 1908 and slowly replaced CQD as the main emergency signal. It was not until August 11, 1909, seven months after the RMS Republic rescue, that the first SOS distress call was sent from the SS Arapahoe. 4. RMS Titanic Thought to be unsinkable, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg just before midnight on Sunday, April 14 1912. It sank just over two and a half hours later, claiming 1,500 lives. 5. Belle of Louisville In 1914, the steamboat now known as the Belle of Louisville was launched with the name Idlewild. Still going today, it is the oldest known operating steamboat in the world. 6. 1914-1916 Trans-Antarctic Expedition Sir Ernest Shackleton departed Britain on the 8 August, 1914 in Endurance, a wooden threemast barquentine. The arrival at Antarctica, the trapping and sinking of the Endurance,

9. USS Cyclops In March 1918 whilst returning from a voyage to Brazil, the USS Cyclops disappeared with 306 crew. Her wreck has never been found and remains a mystery to this day. 10. Auckland Regatta In January 1919 the Regatta held to celebrate Auckland Anniversary day saw, for the first time in the southern hemisphere, the inclusion of a seaplane and two flying boats. 11. Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni The existence of colossal squid was confirmed in 1925 after two arms were recovered from a sperm whale’s stomach. The creature is thought to grow up to 15 metres long, though we are still unsure.

the crossing to Elephant Island, the 800-mile sail to the whaling station in South Georgia and the eventual rescue of the remaining men on 30 August, 1916. Remarkably no man Royal Geographical Society from the Endurance died during the entire ordeal. Of the second ten- man party on the Auroa, three died before being rescued in January 1917 by Shackleton. 7. RMS Lusitania The British Luxury Ocean Liner, RMS Lusitania, was torpedoed by a German U-Boat on May 7 1915, 1,198 lives were lost. 8. HMS Invincible HMS Invincible, one of the first three battle cruisers built, was sunk at the Battle of Jutland on May 31, 1916.

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17. MV Kalakala On July 3, 1935, the MV Kalakala made her maiden voyage. The Kalakala was known for her ‘her unique streamlined superstructure, art deco styling, and luxurious amenities’.

13. Gertrude Caroline Ederle Gertrude Caroline Ederle achieved fame by swimming the English Channel on August 6, 1926. Not only was Gertrude the first woman to swim the channel, she smashed the men’s record by over two hours.

18. Riptide Making its debut at the 1938-39 New York Boat Show, a small 1939 Elco MY 54 was purchased by Howard Johnson. It was this boat that went on to star alongside Joe Penny, Perry King and Thom Bray in the 80’s TV series Riptide.

14. Reeds Nautical Almanac The first edition of Reed’s Home Trade Nautical Almanac and Tide Tables was published in January 1932. It is still popular today as ‘Reed’s Nautical Almanac’. 15. White-Sea Baltic Canal: The White-Sea Baltic Canal opened up on 2 August 1933. Its 277km length connects the White and Baltic seas but remains a failure in the eyes of many as the canal is only 12 feet deep, restricting large vessels from using it. It is not known for sure how many people died during its construction but some estimates are close to 100,000. 16. “Britannia rules the waves … but America waives the rules” This was the famous quote from the 1934 America’s Cup. It is said that England should have won that but the rules were changed to deny them victory. It was the first time England had competed since 1895 when a boat skippered by the Earl of Dunraven was disqualified, once again by a post-race change of rules.

19. Battle of the River Plate The first major naval battle of World War Two started on December 13, 1939. Four ships from the Great Britain’s South American Naval Division targeted the Graf Spree, a German battleship known for attacking merchant shipping. 20. HMS Hood 24 May, 1941. Three days before its own demise, the Bismarck sank the HMS Hood, the symbolic flagship of the British Navy. It reputedly sank in less than three minutes and of the 1,418 crew, only three men survived. 21. “Sink the Bismarck” … was the order given by Winston Churchill. The fearful German battleship was relentlessly pursued until its sinking by torpedoes fired from Royal Navy bi-planes and gunfire at approximately 10.39 on the 27 May, 1941. The wreck of the Bismarck was discovered in the Atlantic on the 9 June, 1989. 22. USS Arizona, Pearl Harbour On December 7, 1941, without warning, the Japanese attacked the US fleet moored in Pearl Harbour’s Battleship Row. The USS Arizona was subject to multiple bomb hits

23 before sinking, taking with it a crew of 1,177. 23. Engima Codebooks on U-559 On 30 October, 1942 the German submarine U559 was forced to the surface. Three crewmen from HMS Petard boarded the sinking U-boat and seized two vital code books that allowed Allied codebreakers to read messages sent by the Enigma. It was another turning point in World War II. 24. PT 109 PT 109 was the ship John F. Kennedy commanded when the Amigari, a Japanese destroyer, sliced through it on August 2, 1943. Kennedy, later to be president of the USA, survived by swimming three and a half miles to land. 25. D-Day On June 6, 1944 160,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy in the biggest seaborne invasions of history. It proved to be a crucial turning point in the war against the Nazi regime in Germany.

from Peru and sailed to Polynesia, arriving on August 7. The craft, which was built using no metal whatsoever, now resides in a museum of the same name in Oslo. 29. The Britannia Cup Replacing the King’s Cup, the Britannia Cup was founded in 1950 in case the America’s Cup could not be restarted after the war. King George VI presented the first trophy to the Royal Yachting Association - then the Yacht Racing Association. 30. Calypso’s first journey Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s legendary ship started life as a mine-sweeper and was later converted into a ferry. Cousteau purchased the ferry in 1950 and transformed it into his Oceanographic vessel. Calypso was first put to water in its new capacity in June 1951. 31. Slo-mo-shun IV Predating the Bluebird K7, the Slo-mo-shun set two speed records on the water as well as winning the Gold Cup Race in 1950, 1952 and 1953.

26. The Battle of the Philippine Sea One of the last and decisive naval battles of World War II took place between 18 and 20 June, 1944. Despite being the larger force, the Japanese suffered heavy losses to the United States. 27. Yamato The Japanese Yamato was one of the biggest battleships ever built and weighed in at 72,800 tons with a full load. The Yamato was sunk on April 7, 1945 after heavy bombardment. 28. Kon-Tiki On April 28, 1947. Thor Heyerdahl along with five others set sail on their raft, Kon-Tiki,

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24 32. SS United States The SS United States was the fastest ocean liner ever built. Leaving New York on July 3 1952, she crossed the Atlantic on her maiden voyage in 3 days 10 hours and 40 minutes. 33. Royal Yachting Association The Yacht Racing Association was founded in November 1875. It was only in 1952 it was renamed the Royal Yachting Association and is today best known simply by its initials: RYA. 34. USS Nautilus Launched 21 January, 1954, the USS Nautilus was the world’s first Nuclear Submarine. It is currently preserved as a national landmark in Groton, Connecticut. 35. Oxford wins 100th Boat Race The annual Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge passed its 100th anniversary on the 3 April, 1954. It was in rough conditions that Oxford took the win. 36. 4,600 year old Solar Boat Discovered On May 26 1954, two boat pits were found next to the Great pyramid in Giza. From the pits a boat was found in dismantled form, was excavated and painstaking reassembled. The boat is now on display in its own museum and is an incredible 4,600 years old. 37. SS Andrea Doria On July 25, 1956. The SS Andrea Doria collided with the MS Stockholm and sank. Of the 2,000 passengers and crew involved, just over 50 were killed. 38. Sir Winston Churchill meets John F Kennedy The Christina O was originally built in 1943 as a Canadian convoy escort. The yacht was

purchased by shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis in 1954 and turned into the most elegant and advanced ship of its time, renaming it after his daughter. It was aboard this yacht that Sir Winston Churchill met John F Kennedy for the first time in 1957. 39. First Admiral Cup 1957 was the year that the Admiral’s Cup was launched, Britain came away victorious but there was only one other competing nation: the USA. 40. USS Enterprise The eighth vessel to bare this name, the USS Enterprise was the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier completed on September 24, 1960. 41. USS Thresher During a deep water test on 10 April, 1963, the USS Thresher, a nuclear powered submarine, came apart under immense pressure killing all 129 people on board.

somersaulted, killing Donald instantly. 45. Sir Francis Chichester On 28 May, 1967, Sir Francis Chichester arrived back in Plymouth in Gypsy Moth IV, becoming the first man to sail around the globe, single handed, having made only one stop in Sydney, Australia. He was 65 when he set the record. 46. Sir Alec Rose Not the first man to sail around the globe, but one of the earliest. Sir Alec Rose circumnavigated the globe in 354 days, arriving back in port on the 4 July, 1968. 47. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston On 22 April, 1969. Robin Knox-Johnston became the first person to sail solo, nonstop around the world. Sir Robin has since been knighted, named UK’s Yachtsman of the Year three times and made his second circumnavigation as part of the Velux 5 Oceans race at the age of 68.

42. Rowing the Atlantic Between 4 June and 3 September, 1966, Chay Blyth and John Ridgway rowed across the Atlantic.

49. Black Tot Day 31 July, 1970 was known as Black Tot Day. It was on this date that the daily serving of rum was discontinued by the Royal Navy. 50. ISAF Youth World Championship The first ISAF Youth World Sailing Championship was held in Sweden, 1971. 51. RMS Queen Elizabeth It was on January 9, 1972 that the RMS Queen Elizabeth caught fire, capsized and sank. One of the most luxurious and elegant ships built, the stylish wooden interior helped the flames advance quickly through the ship. 52. The Cousteau Society Founded in 1973 by Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the society today has a membership of 50,000 and continues to observe underwater ecosystems and undertake unique explorations of the sea. 53. First Whitbread Round the World Race Seventeen boats from seven countries left Portsmouth on September 8, 1973, in the first Whitbread Round the World Race. Line honours went to Great Britain II but the overall race winner was Sayula II skippered by Mexican millionaire Ramon Carlin.

43. RMS Queen Mary Sister ship of the RMS Queen Elizabeth, the RMS Queen Mary was retired in 1967 but serves as a hotel and restaurant in Long Beach, California to this day. 44. Donald Campbell On 4 January, 1967 Donald Campbell, the only man to ever set speed records on both land and water in the same year, took to his Bluebird K7 for the last time. He was travelling at 328 mph when the bows lifted and the boat

48. John Fairfax John Fairfax became the first person to row solo across the Atlantic, arriving in Florida on 19 July, 1969.

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June, 1986 in Virgin Atlantic Challenger II. He broke the record but was denied the Blue Riband award for breaking two rules: his vessel did not have a commercial maritime purpose and he stopped to refuel. 60. Jon Sanders 1986-88. Jon Sanders holds the record for the longest series of non-stop circumnavigations of the Globe. During 657 days he made one Westabout and two Eastabout revolutions of the planet.

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54. The Cosmic Muffin 56. 1979 Fastnet disaster On 14 August, 1979 a freak storm struck the Fastnet race. Fifteen sailors died. 57. Australia II In September 1983 an Australian syndicate representing the Royal Perth Club won the America’s Cup, ending the 132 year dominance of the New York Yacht Club. The winning boat was Australia II, skippered by John Bertrand. 58. 40 tons of treasure Having been sought after for 16 years the Spanish Galleon the Atocha was found on 20 July, 1985, along with 40 tons of treasure, the biggest haul in maritime history. 59. Virgin Challenger II In his second attempt to cross the Atlantic in record time, Richard Branson arrived on 29

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61. Kay Sutton On 5 June, 1988, Kay Sutton (then Kay Cottee) became the first woman to sail around the world non-stop and singlehanded. 62. Exxon Valdez The Exxon Valdez supertanker ran aground in Alaska on 24 March, 1989, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil that was cleared up by 11,000 Alaskans. 63. Stefan Szwarnowski Stefan Szwarnowski is the oldest person to date to make a solo crossing of the Atlantic (not as part of a round-the-world trip). He crossed the Atlantic in 1989 in 72 days, aged 79. 64. Marchioness On 20 August, 1989, the Marchioness pleasure boat was carrying 130 partying passengers when it was struck by a dredger on the River Thames and 51 people were killed. 65. E-boat record set On 22 November, 1989, at the age of 71, Lady Fiona, Countess of Arran set the then record for speed achieved in an electric powered boat at 50.825 mph (81.777 km/h).

81. Dame Ellen MacArthur 66. Rubber Ducks begin epic voyage On January 29, 1992. 30,000 rubber ducks were knocked off a container ship during a storm. Two thirds of them washed up on the shores of Indonesia, Australia and South America. The other 10,000 made a 15-year voyage and started to appear on British beaches after a 15,000 mile journey in 2007. 67. Birth of GPS On June 26, 1993,

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personal yacht. On 10 April, 2003, it sustained 16 hits by a mix of missiles, shells and bombs, turning it into a useless hulk of twisted metal. Incredibly, the ship remained afloat. 79. Minoru Saito On October 16, 2000 after 233 days at sea he became the oldest man to make a non-stop circumnavigation of the globe, aged 71. 80. Royal Cork Yacht Club The oldest yacht club in the world to still be going today celebrated its 285th anniversary in 2005. They commissioned a book for the occasion: ‘A History of the Royal Cork Yacht Club’.

70. First Atlantic Rowing Race Three decades after his rowing of the Atlantic, Sir Chay Blyth organised the first rowing race across the Atlantic in 1997.

81. Dame Ellen MacArthur At the age of 28, Ellen MacArthur set a new record for solo non-stop round the world sailing when she crossed the finish line on Monday 7 February 2005. The time set was 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes and 33 seconds. Dame Ellen has since set up the Ellen MacArthur trust, a program that helps 8-18 year olds recovering from cancer, leukemia and other serious illnesses to regain their confidence by teaching them to sail.

71. Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race The annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race was marred with tragedy when fierce storms battered the 115 boats that left Sydney Harbour on December 26, 1998. Only 44 boats completed the race and six sailors died.

82. Longest Windsurfing journey The longest windsurfing journey recorded - 5,045 miles (8,120 km) - was undertaken by Flavio Jardim and Diogo Guerreiro. They surfed from Chui to Oiapoque on the Brazilian coast between May 17, 2004 and July 18, 2005.

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83. Flotilla marks Nelson anniversary In September, to celebrate 200th anniversary of Admiral Lord Nelson’s death on 21 October, 1805 at the Battle of Trafalgar, thousands came to the Thames to see a reenactment of the funeral flotilla that carried his body to St Paul’s. 84. Robert Hewitt A New Zealand diver, Robert Hewitt, was rescued on 8 February, 2006, after 72 hours adrift. Treading water until his rescue, Robert attributed his survival to the love of his family and Navy training. 85. Raphaela le Gouvello On June 8, 2006. Raphaela le Gouvello became the first person to windsurf across the Indian Ocean. She made the journey in 60 days and two hours exactly. 86. Nine months adrift After running out of fuel, five Mexican fisherman were left drifting for a little over nine months before being rescued by a Taiwanese fishing boat on August 9, 2006. Two fishermen did not survive. There has been speculation as to the details. 87. First iShares Cup The first 40-foot carbon fibre catamaran was launched in 2005, leading to the creation of the Extreme 40’s in the same year. The Extreme 40 circuit, the iShares Cup, was later put into place in 2007.

72. Jesse Martin On October 31 1999, Jesse Martin became the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe at the age of 18. This record was recently broken by Zac Sunderland and Britain’s Michael Perham from Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, who left Portsmouth, Hampshire, on 15 November 2008 and crossed a line between Lizard Point and Ushant in France at 0947 BST on 27 August aged 17 years and 164 days. 73. Sailing in Paralympics Sailing was first seen in the Paralympics as a demonstration sport at the 1996 games in Atlanta and then made a fully fledged medal sport in 2000. 74. America’s Cup, 150 year anniversary 2001 saw the 150th anniversary of the America’s cup. In 2000, Team New Zealand led by Peter Blake became the third country other than the United States to defend a previous win, having originally won the cup in 1995. 75. Four months adrift at sea In November, 2001 two fishermen, Lapahele Sopi and Telea Paa were rescued after being adrift for 136 days (four months). Two of their companions died during the ordeal. 76. Peter Blake Peter Blake was an extraordinary sailor who competed in five Whitbread competitions, the Jules Verne challenge, and two America’s Cup’s. In July 2001, he was made a special envoy of the United Nations Environment Programme. He was murdered on the Amazon on 6 December, 2001. 77. Spiegel Grove On 7 May 2002 the Spiegel Grove after a life of service was sunk to create an artificial reef. The ship did not sink as planned and was lying on its starboard side until the effects of Hurricane Dennis in 2005 set her sitting upright on the bottom of the sea. 78. Al Mansur Destroyed The Al Mansur was Saddam Hussein’s

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91. Yngling Gold at Olympics 88. Mike Perham Mike Perham became the youngest person to sail solo cross the Atlantic in January 2007, aged 14, and, see above, at 17 he became the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe on August 27 this year. 89. MSC Napoli On 21 January, 2007, the MSC Napoli ran aground in the English Channel, losing 103 of its containers. Much of the contents washed up on the beaches of Branscombe, Devon, where an army of scavengers pilfered thousands of pounds worth of goods. 90. Solar history A five-strong Swiss crew made history when their solar boat Sun21 traversed the Atlantic, arriving in Miami on 29 March, 2007, after a 117 day journey. 91. Better by bath On 17 May, 2007, comedian Tim FitzHigham became the first person to row across the English Channel… in a bath tub. 92. Gypsy Moth IV On 28 May, 2007, 40 years to the day after Sir

Francis Chichester made his circumnavigation of the globe in the Gypsy Moth IV, the boat completed a second trip around the world. 93. Yngling Gold at Olympics On 17 August, 2008, Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson - three blondes in a boat - earned a Gold Medal for Britain in their Yngling at the Beijing Olympic Games, winning in rough conditions. 94. Ben Ainslie On the same day Ben Ainslie took his third gold medal of his career and became the most decorated Olympic sailor of all time. 95. Nick Scandone, 2008 Paralympics Gold Medalist Nick Scandone was an American sailor who narrowly missed out on a spot in the 1992 US sailing team. Nick learnt he had Lou Gehrig’s disease in 2002 and started to retrain for the paralympic sailing team. Winning the Open World Championships in 2005, Nick went on to win a gold medal at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. Nick died in January 2009.

27 record time of 6 days, 11 hours, 30 minutes and 53 seconds. 98. Ten year search for S-2 A group of Swedish and Finnish divers started searching in April 1999 for a Soviet S-2 submarine that was sunk in June 1940. Ingvald Eckerman, grandson of J.A. Eckerman who had witnessed the submarine sink, was among the group. They found the submarine ten years later in April 2009. 99. Plane raised from Lake Michigan On 20 June, 2009. A Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber that crashed into Lake Michigan in 1944 was raised from its depths. The aircraft is thought to have flown at the battle of Pearl Harbor. 100. Zac Sunderland On July 17, 2009. 17-year-old Zac Sunderland broke Jesse Martin’s record as the youngest sailor to navigate around the world when he arrived back in California at 10:00am. His record was in turn broken by Britain’s Mike Perham on August 27.

96. Google Ocean Google Ocean was launched February 2, 2009. An underwater 3D map of the sea, it marks out oceanographical features, shipwrecks and other points of interest, anybody with a computer can now delve into the oceans without leaving their home. 97. Dee Caffari Dee Caffari, MBE, made history on the 16 February, 2009 when she became the first woman to make solo circumnavigations of the globe in both directions. Dee set another record this year when she sailed with an allwoman crew around Britain and Ireland in a

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How to buy a sailing boat Boat shows provide an ideal opportunity to compare and purchase a variety of boats and equipment. Tim Spicer charts a course to buying a sailing boat, a powerboat, and boating kit at the PSP Southampton Boat Show. BUYING a boat is the start of a fantastic new life on the water and is always an exciting time. For most of us it is also a significant financial investment, which is why knowing which vessel will suit your needs is important before you start looking. The key to satisfaction when buying a boat is doing plenty of research. Boat shows are fantastic because they save you the time and effort of travelling to different dealerships, looking for the right boat and the best deal. Dealers often offer discounts at boat shows, and particularly at Southampton because it is at the end of the season, so there are nearly always bargains to be had. The most important thing is to choose the right boat for your needs. There are many factors to consider, such as how big a boat you require, what you will be using it for, what features you require, how many hulls you want – to name but a few. Read on to help you on your way to buying your first boat.

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Knowing where you are going to use your sailing boat should be one of the first things to consider. Boats come in all manner of sizes so knowing the depth of the water is vital if you don’t want to destroy your new boat’s keel. Likewise, if there are low bridges in the area, you should know the height in relation to your prospective boat’s mast. Are you going to be sailing on a calm lake or in choppy seas? Larger boats handle rough water better than smaller boats but does the local area have storage facilities to accommodate? What types of materials are best suited to a boat for the waters in your area? As salt water will corrode wood faster than synthetic materials. Also, do you know where you are allowed to sail, and how much it costs to launch there? Factoring in subsidiary costs to boating is essential.

Size matters

A large boat means more on-board

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space, better stability, and faster speed. It also requires more storage space, more maintenance, more crew and, ultimately, more cost. It is all about weighing up the odds. Travelling long distances is always going to be more comfortable on a bigger boat, so you need to ask yourself what the furthest distances

you are likely to be sailing at any one time. If you are planning to spend long periods of time on your boat, then do you require a galley? Will you need cabins to sleep in? Are you going alone, or would you like a boat that can accommodate a crew? If it is for personal use or for you and a friend, then a dinghy or skiff may suit your needs. If that is too small and you would like to bring family or friends on board for entertaining, then a small yacht may be more appropriate and comfortable. Or would you like to try racing at any time in the future? Then perhaps a quicker or multi-hulled boat such as a catamaran would be more appropriate. Just remember that you can have as much fun in a ten-foot boat as a 100foot boat, and usually the handling of a small boat is more nimble but less comfortable for relaxing. It all depends on your needs.

New or used

Secondhand boats are readily available, particularly in this turbulent economic time, so there are many bargains to be found. Generally, people are passionate about their boat so regularly

invest money into it, keeping it well maintained and safe for its crew. On the other hand, boats that have been sitting in corrosive saltwater and not cared for can rot, the engine (if it has one) may not have been serviced in a long time, and therefore its sea-faring capabilities could be dreadful. However, boats such as these are easily identifiable from their neglected or archaic appearance. Going to a dealer is usually a good way to view both new and secondhand, and they will always give advice. However, they may be biased in the knowledge they impart, depending on what boats they sell. If you don’t feel confident in your own knowledge of the marketplace, you can always pay a broker do the work for you. They can help find the boat that is right for you but always remember that they are the middleman representing the person selling the boat, so your vested interests may not take priority over their commission.

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The sail is one of the most important things to consider when buying a boat, as it is your means of harnessing the power of the wind. A damaged sail is no good


ALL AT SEA | SEPTEMBER 2009 | www.allatsea.co.uk to anybody, and the wrong type of sail-plan could result in too much or too little power for your vessel. The most common type of sailing boat, a small pleasure yacht, usually has a sail-plan called a sloop. This has two sails in a fore-and-aft arrangement: the mainsail and the jib. The mainsail extends aftward and is secured the whole length of its edges to the mast and to a boom also hung from the mast. Usually, when buying a sailing boat, the sail-plan will be appropriately sized for the hull. However, when buying secondhand, it is always worth checking whether the original sails have been refitted with racing sails – as these will dramatically alter the power. You should also ensure that there are no rips or tears in the sail, and ask the seller if (and when) they have been reconditioned.

Manufacturer

There are hundreds of boat builders in the UK, which can make choosing one difficult. Reputable manufacturers usually have a good reputation for a reason. However brand names do affect the cost of a boat and, whilst you may be able to get an equally good boat by a lesser-known manufacturer, its long-term value is unlikely to be as sustainable. So, if you want something that is going to hold or even increase its price, go for a big name. Remember that saving money on a purchase up front can cost you in the long run.

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Other considerations

Other things that you should consider before buying a boat are running costs, moorings, storage, transport, and insurance. Routine maintenance, repairs and modifications to the hull, rigging, fittings, auxiliary motors and cabin fittings will be necessary over time. The old adage, ‘a boat is a hole in the water into which you throw money,’ can ring true, however, you are investing in a new lifestyle for you, your family and friends. It is like buying a house – a wonderful investment that is accompanied by routine expenses. Equipment such as life jackets, fire extinguishers, flares, a marine radio, an anchor, mooring ropes, and a trailer are also essential. And a warranty is also extremely important. No matter how new your boat is, warranties can vary tremendously. This is an area in which you do lots of comparison shopping. If purchasing a new boat, be sure to go with a boat manufacturer that stands firmly behind their product and is going to rise to the occasion when things go wrong. At the boat show, speak to dealers, ask their advice. Look at a wide variety of boats. See if there are bargains to be had. Take your time. Ask to try them out – the beauty of the Southampton Boat Show is that it is right on the water, so demonstrations are easily accessible, and dealers will be pleased to help you.

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How to buy a powerboat IF you are considering buying a powerboat, you should do plenty of research before arriving at the Southampton Boat show. Equip yourself with knowledge of what craft are available from the different manufacturers and make sure you check that they will be at the show: www.southamptonboatshow.com.

size and have space to accommodate a galley and berths. They may be more comfortable for larger groups of people, and will definitely be more appropriate for entertaining. A jet boat is propelled by a jet of water from a nozzle at the stern of the craft, making them more manoeuvrable than a boat with an outboard engine. They are usually smaller than motorboats, and are often leisure craft used for watersports such as wakeboarding.

Location

Knowing where you are going to use your powerboat should be one of the first things to consider. If you are planning to go boating at sea then you are going to want a strong and slightly larger hull than if you intend to use it on a lake. Larger boats handle rough water better than smaller boats, so consider which waters you will you be boating on. Will you be cruising on Loch Lomond, battling the choppy Solent, or even crossing the Channel?

Use and size

Will you be towing water skiers, wakeboarders, or friends on inflatable toys? Then a mediumsized RIB, a jet boat, or a dedicated wakeboat would do the trick. Will you be using the boats for fishing - to catch the big one? If so, what kind of fish? If you are

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planning to go deep-sea fishing then something bigger is going to be necessary. If you are planning fly fishing on a lake then something smaller, will do the job. Is it for cruising? Bombing round the British coastline, then you will need to know how much power you require. And are you planning to

entertain with family and friends on board? In which case, you will require a galley and perhaps a toilet. All of these considerations add up.

RIB / fixed hull / jet boat

A Rigid Inflatable Boat – a RIB - is a solid, shaped hull with inflatable, flexible tubes at the gunwale, and

an outboard engine on the back to power it. The design is stable and seaworthy. The inflatable collar allows the vessel to maintain buoyancy even if a large quantity of water is shipped aboard due to bad sea conditions. A motorboat has a solid hull, which means they can be much larger in

Many powerboats have outboard engines, which sit on the rear of the boat and contain an internal combustion engine, a gearbox, and a propeller. You should also consider which type of propeller is right for you. Four blades are more expensive, however they have a quicker hole shot and a smoother spin. Three blades allow a little more top end speed. What size engine? How fast do you want to go? Choosing the right outboard is as significant, if not more so, than the boat itself. After all, this is what is driving you, so if it has no guts - you won’t be going anywhere very fast. Engine power is measured in horse power,


ALL AT SEA | SEPTEMBER 2009 | www.allatsea.co.uk so how much do you need? 110hp for a small RIB, 300hp for a bigger motorboat, or twin 400hp outboards for a large yacht. Jet boats have an internal engine, which draws the water from under the boat into a pump inside the boat, then expels it through a nozzle at the stern. The advantages of a jet engine are no exposed propeller, increased manoeuvrability, and the ability to operate in shallower waters.

Manufacturer

There are hundreds of powerboat manufacturers in the UK, which can make choosing one difficult. However, a manufacturer with a good reputation and a strong brand name will have so for a reason, and these boats are more likely to hold

their long-term value. Saving money on a purchase up front can cost you in the long run. But always look at a boat for what it can offer you, in terms of what you need - layout, performance, perks, and overall style. Going with your gut instinct has its benefits, but sales pitches can be overwhelming so always prepare yourself with knowledge beforehand. Go online to boating forums and hunt out the manufacturers you are interested in, and see what honest people have to say about the boat you like.

In the driving seat

Once you have chosen the boat that you think is right for you, get in the driving seat. Dealers at the show will

be eager to take you out and let you try their boat. So get on board, sit at the helm and ask yourself, do the controls feel right for you? Could they be more ergonomic? Do you have a good view from the seat? Is it comfortable? Then test drive it there is no better way to know if a powerboat is right for you than to get a feel for it. You wouldn’t buy a car without first driving it, and the same should go for a boat.

Other considerations

Other things to consider such as running costs, moorings, storage, slipway fees, fuel costs, insurance, and transport. Routine maintenance, repairs and modifications. The hull, rigging, fittings and auxiliary motors plus cabin fittings and equipment. Equipment such as life jackets, fire extinguishers, flares, marine radio, anchor, dock lines, and a trailer are all necessary. Don’t overlook maintenance and repair costs to the boat. This can be the most discouraging factor to a boat owner. On average these annual costs averages around £50 per foot (boat length), however they can be significantly higher, depending on if you do the work yourself, or you let a marina do the work for you. A warranty is vital. No matter how new your boat is, warranties can vary tremendously. If buying a new boat be sure to go with a boat manufacturer that stands firmly behind their product and is going to rise to the occasion when things go wrong. Good luck hunting!




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Buying kit Clothing

IN the summer months you can wear T-shirts, shorts and flip-flops or go barefoot on board your boat but when it gets colder you will want to invest in some protection from the elements. The PSP Southampton Boat Show is a great place to go shopping for boating clothes. Sailing jackets from the likes of Musto, Henri Lloyd, Ronstan, and Crewsaver will all be available at the show, with various different styles and colours for you to choose from. Likewise, foulies are a necessary part of every boater’s attire and the show will have plenty on offer. Foulies are usually a combination of a raincoat and high-waisted waterproof trousers that will keep the saltwater and rain off, and keep you feeling comfortable. Some people prefer drysuits to foulies because you can completely protect yourself from the elements, with tight seals around your neck

and wrists. Waterproof boots are also a good idea, whether you go for leather knee highs, rubber wellies or something smaller, keeping your feet warm is essential.

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water skis and wakeboards, there are plenty of ways to have fun behind your boat. At the show there will be plenty of these watersport accessories to buy. When purchasing wakeboards, look out for package deals that include bindings as these work out much cheaper than buying the items individually.

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or her mouth and nose of his or her head’s face above the water surface when in or on water. So ensuring that you buy one which fits you correctly is paramount to your safety. Speak to the various manufacturers at the show, and they will be pleased to let you try different PFDs on and give you a demonstration.

Bits and pieces

The more time you spend on your boat, the more accessories you tend to acquire. They range from essential

for keeping your mobile phone and money safe from the water, such as a drybag, to the aesthetic. There will be dozens of chandleries at Southampton, offering you a wide range of marine supplies. Some essentials include a first aid kit, in case of an emergency, whether minor or major, when at sea there are no hospitals within easy reach. If your new boat does not already come equipped with them, then investing in a set of fenders or buoys

to protect you boat when mooring are a good idea. And if your fenders haven’t been doing their job, then anti-fouling paint is recommended. Furthermore, the show will have plenty on offer for your boat’s galley, with marine kitchenware and sanitary equipment for your bathroom.

Toys

Tow toys can make a day’s boating all the more exciting, especially if you have a family. Ranging from inflatable donuts and ringos to

Boating has moved on in leaps and bounds over the last few years, with nautical charts now seeming like an antiquated accessory. GPS (Global Positioning System) provides reliable positioning, navigation, and timing services to worldwide users on a continuous basis in all weather, day and night. There will be numerous manufacturers at the Southampton Boat Show, offering different GPS models, and combinations with route plotters and fishfinders built in. A marine radio or VHF is another essential electronic device for any boater, as these provide the most reliable means of communicating

with other boaters, harbour masters and the emergency services such as the coastguard and RNLI. Overall, the Southampton Boat Show will have an excellent array of trade stands, so is a fantastic place to compare and purchase a wide range of new boating equipment.


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Learn to sail Sailing is not necessarily a rich man’s sport. You can get afloat and learn to sail for a few hundred pounds. Tim Spicer sets the scene. DINGHY sailing is one of the best ways that you can get into sailing as for most people, part of the fun of sailing is to be with a group of likeminded people. That is as much the case when you are learning as when you are a member of a sailing club, so that is how most dinghy sailing courses are run. You can be going solo in a dinghy within an hour of stepping into one for the first time, and the only fitness required is an ability to swim. Dinghy sailing is for all ages, shapes and sizes and can be singlehanders for those who like their independence or as part of a two-person team in a slightly larger boat. There are even dinghies (skiffs) with crews of up to eight people. Dinghies are no longer the preserve of those who enjoy wood maintenance and repair or those who do not want to go fast. Developments in the last few years have resulted in many new classes,

with new materials allowing light weight, low maintenance fibreglass boats to zip along in the lightest of winds and provide howling performance when the breeze gets up. All ages and abilities can enjoy sailing. Dinghies come in all types of styles. If you want a boat to enjoy a quiet days sailing with the kids then you can buy a stable, slow dinghy. On the other hand, if you want more speed and excitement then there are plenty of dinghies that fit the bill.

How much? Dinghy sailing need not be expensive. A second-hand dinghy can cost as little as a two or three hundred pounds. Add to this club fees and clothing and you could be sailing for less than £400. New sailing dinghies can cost from between £500 for a basic boat to £10,000 for a championship-standard vessel. Training is not expensive and it is a good place to start. Half day taster courses can cost around £70, with the

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RYA two-day course costing around £175 or just over £200 for a two-day residential course at some centres. To start sailing all you really need is an appropriate pair of shoes or boots. These will cost from £20. You will need a life jacket and probably a wetsuit. £100 should cover these items if you shop carefully.

Find out more Books are always a good place to start along with the internet. Then visit clubs in your area. Find out what sort of training they offer. Ask what sort of boats they use. Are they a warm and welcoming crowd? Are their opening times convenient to you? There’s no need to rush into buying a boat, as most clubs have a few boats which members can use. Most people will tell you that if you can sail a dinghy, sailing a bigger boat comes easier but you can start on a cruising yacht. The RYA has a complete scheme for bigger bot training as well starting at competent crew up to Ocean Yachmaster. For courses contact the Royal Yachting Association on 0845 345 0386, 023 8060 4186 or visit www.rya.org.uk.

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Learn on holiday The best thing about learning to sail on holiday is that you return home refreshed and relaxed but with a skill that can lead to new friendships and new horizons. The colourful and vibrant seaside town of Brighton attracts sailors at all levels of competency and beginners are particularly welcome. At the Neilson Activity Holidays HQ on Brighton Marina, SailnetUK provide RYA courses for the complete novice as well as those with more experience. The qualified skippers train groups of up to five on 8m Sigma yachts, and a four-day RYA Learn to Sail course costs from £365. Comfortable accommodation can make your holiday, and SailnetUK have teamed up with the waterside Seattle Hotel to offer an all inclusive RYA accredited sailing course package.

If you are chasing the sun as well as a qualification then take a look at the Mark Warner Sailing Holidays and RYA courses in Greece, Corsica and Egypt. A two week holiday for a family of four at the Lakitiri Beach resort in Greece will cost from £2,740. You get lots for your money as the package includes flights, transfers to the resort, half board accommodation, sailing and windsurfing with tuition as well as tennis and a full activities programme that includes aerobics and childcare for the over twos. John and Patricia Moore run Heir Island Sailing School, which is a ferry ride from Cunnamore Pier, Skibbereen in County Cork Ireland. Beginners will be in safe hands with Hughes Traonmilin, the senior instructor who is a yachmaster with over 40 years experience. All courses are Irish Sailing Association

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(ISA) accredited and there is a programme to suit most levels of competence. The two/three day Start Sailing course doesn’t require prior experience, but children must be at least nine and able to swim. Heir Island covers 360 acres of spectacular scenery with seven beaches of silver sand, and sailing holidays can be tailored suit you and your friends or family. There is no pub, but the famous Island Cottage Restaurant is licensed as is the very comfortable Roaringwater Lodge, which is run by the family and can accommodate up to sixteen sailors. You can also learn to sail with companies such as Sunsail at some of their overseas bases and on bigger boats based at Port Solent, Portsmouth.

Contact details Heir Island Sailing School Tel: + 353(0)86-819-2342 www.heirislandsailingschool.com Three day sailing course with full board from €350 Mark Warner Sailing Holidays Tel: 0871-703-3887 www.markwarner.co.uk/sun SailnetUK Tel: 01273-628-648 www.sailnetuk.com Sunsail www.sunsail.com

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BOOKS IN BRIEF Close to the Wind

Where The Ocean Meets The Sky

Storms and Wild Water

A sailing inspiration

Solo Into The Unknown

Dag Pike • Adlard Coles Nautical • £16.99

Ben Ainslie • Yellow Jersey Press

Crispin Latymer • Adlard Coles Nautical • £8.99

Ben Ainslie is the most decorated Olympic sailor ever, with three consecutive gold medals and one silver. Now for the first time he tells his remarkable story in his new autobiography, Close to the Wind. Ben sailed from an early age, and what began as a hobby became his way of life. Always at the top of his game, by 16 he was already Laser Radial World Champion. Although he is famous for his Olympic triumphs, He has achieved much more. He has won no less than eight World and European Championships, and has been crowned British Yachtsman of the Year four times. Close to the Wind portrays Ben’s huge love for the water and reveals just how competitive he is - well, you would have to be to have achieved all that he has. Ben’s story will not only be an inspiration to young sailors, it will enthuse anyone who admires determination and focus.

Crispin Latymer had every reason to be content: a successful career, a happy family, and his own boat in which he cruised the coasts of the UK. Then he hit fifty, and had a “What now?” moment. Realising he was running out of time to do something truly memorable, and with a mounting fear that he would grow old and regret not taking a leap into the unknown, he decided to sail the Atlantic solo. Following his fathers’ transatlantic footsteps of 1964, Crispin’s trip turned into an epic. During the 23-day journey he broke two ribs and a toe, got stuck in the middle of Tropical Storm Delta, and was chased by pirates off the Mauritanian cost. And how does he describe his adventure now? ‘Magical.’ It was not what he had envisaged, but rising to the challenge it became an unexpected voyage of self-discovery, mixed with the honest emotions of setting out to understand an absent father 42 years on. Understated and entertaining, inspirational and thought provoking, Crispin’s story speaks not only to ordinary sailors but also to anyone contemplating their own unfulfilled dreams.

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Storms are terrifying, awe-inspiring and provide an unparalleled thrill to those who encounter them - and survive. This highly illustrated book, brings storms vividly to life. The gripping text recounts the experiences of small boats and large ships fighting their way to safety, and the spectacular photography brings home the sheer power of nature. Chapters feature: • What conditions whip up storms • Experiences of small boats and ships in storms • The formation of hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones • Whirlpools, maelstroms, monsoons and tsunamis • The effects of storms on harbours and harbour entrances • The impact of global warming Storms and Wild Water is a gripping and fascinating read. Dag Pike began his career as a merchant captain, went on to test RNLI lifeboats, and took up fast boat navigation, winning a string of trophies for powerboat races around the world, including navigating Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic Challenger on the recordbreaking fastest Atlantic Crossing by powerboat. He is now a navigation and powerboat journalist in demand all round the world.


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Bombay . . . a London Gin born in Cheshire In the drink By Paul Antrobus

IF Dutch Genever is the original gin, what then is Original Bombay Gin? Simply the first gin of that name by the Bombay Spirits Co of England, originally distilled in Cheshire and the forerunner of today’s popular Bombay Sapphire. Although based on a recipe dating from 1761, the Bombay brand dates only from the mid 1900’s and Bombay Sapphire was launched in 1987. Both are London Dry Gins, referring to the type of gin flavoured with juniper dominant botanicals rather than precise location. The ‘Original Gin’, Dutch Genever, came to England with soldiers returning from the 30 years war between 1618 and 1648, full of Dutch courage. And London Dry Gin came about when many gins were created in and around London to supply the demand for the new drink with a locally produced spirit. Eventually it was London Gin that was exported around the world. Gin became an essential commodity in India in Victorian times. Malaria was rife at that time, and quinine was the only known antidote. It is derived from the bark of the South American cinchona tree. Many were imported for planting in India to secure local supplies. The quinine was made palatable as a fizzy tonic – leading to commercial production of ‘Indian tonic water’ a description still used by Schweppes. The Tonic could be made even more palatable with a generous dose of London Gin added. Thus are great world renowned cocktails created. Bombay Sapphire makes a link to this history, with a portrait of Queen Victoria on the label, surrounded by a representation of the famous Star of Bombay sapphire jewel given to silent movie star Mary Pickford by Douglas Fairbanks Snr. The Bombay’s special characteristics come from a unique way to add the juniper and other botanicals. A unique ‘Carterhead’ still is used which is shaped at the top to incorporate an internal flavour basket. This is where the botanicals are put.

As the distilled vapours rise up through the basket the flavour is ‘infused’ into the gin rather than being ‘boiled’ in, which is what happens when the botanicals are added directly into the beehive shaped pot stills normally used for spirits production. Bombay Sapphire uses ten botanicals, each one shown as an illustration engraved into the sides of the distinctive blue tinted bottle. Juniper, orris, coriander . . . worth buying a bottle just for this bit of educative knowledge. The end result is smooth and delicate with a gentle nose, not dominated by the Juniper. Cocktail bar mixicologists love it because of this. The Original at 43 per cent a.b.v only uses eight botanicals and is a robust slightly old fashioned gin. It’s a good one if you like to taste the gin more than the tonic in the cocktail but it is not normally available in the UK, except on mail order from specialists like the Whisky Exchange (www.thewhiskyexchange.com T:0208 838 9388. £19). But Bombay Sapphire at 40 per cent a.b.v is available everywhere. It is £16 for 70cl at Waitrose. Reasonable for a really subtle if gentle gin.

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P15005/09

P14958/09

1989 Bruce Roberts 34

£14,000

P14784/09 aas_A/09

1986 Moody 28

£12,000

P13923/09

1979 Jaguar 27

£1,700

P13792/09

1978 Sabre 27

£6,800

1991 British Hunter 27 OOD

£23,000

A well found 6 Berth yacht (beam 3.12m, Draft 1.68m). Is a delight to sail. 36Hp Bukh marine diesel, Fin keel & tiller steering. Well equipped for cruising. Pinned lowerable main mast for Inland waterways.

1/3 Boat Share. I am looking to form a three-person syndicate to purchase a 1986 Moody 28 in genuine immaculate condition, to be moored at Chichester Marina. The price includes a year’s mooring fees. Call John on 07919 016468 for details and links to the boat’s advert and photos. ... (South)

Boat share in Greece (1/5th) Based in southern Ionion. Five weeks min. Available each season with dates by negotiation. Friendly consortium. Low cost maintenance by s/o half paid this year. Solid reliable boat; ‘09 survey.

5 berth. With replacement diesel engine with very low hours. 5 berth, blue hull, needs general tidying. Ill health forces sale. Has been out of the water for 12 months. (South West)

Ticks all the boxes. Excellent example of this fast, sure footed cruiser / racer whose performance turns heads. Owner has continually renewed and upgraded producing a boat to be proud of. Delightful cruising interior. (South)

Tel: 07814 161538

Tel: 01243 820373

Tel: 07918 057830

Tel: 01803 558789

Tel: 01962 886373

SAILING DINGHIES

P13450/09

P12865/09

P12085/09

£900

2002 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 43 DS £139,950

1980 Jubilee Colvic 26 Sailor

Motor sailor, Mariners mate, with sails, 4 berth. Needs love, so does engine, comes with road trailer. (East Anglia)

The yacht has been owned from new, by the present owners. Both retired - husband in his early 70s and wife in her late 60s‚ the boat has had gentle use. The yacht has been used exclusively for their leisure and pleasure only. The yacht is Part one registered. This yacht has the option to be used as a 2, 3 (2 fwd 1 aft or 1 fwd 2 aft) or 4 cabin layout giving up to 8 berths.... (South)

Bilge keel; 1992 18HP Yanmar 20 diesel; re-epoxied 1996; Raymarine colour plotter; new DSC radio; autohelm; Plastimo twin burner & grill 2002; Size 16 self-tailing sheet winches 2006; new heads pump; 90 ft anchor chain 2008. All good condition; two owners from new.... (South West)

Tel: 07096 692282

Tel: 07752 199585

Tel: 01237 470393

TRAILER SAILERS

CLASSIC SAIL

CLASSIC POWER

Mariners mate

P13987/09

P11820/09

£9,950

P14931/09

P11439/09 aas_A/07/08/09

1979 Colvic UFO 34

£13,495

Cruiser / Racer 7 Berth. GRP Fin-keel diesel. Wheel-Steer furlex Redcrest - Yamaha. Unlaunched. Requires completion. (South)

Tel: 02392 471230

CRUISERS UNDER 35’

P14957/09

P13296/09

1973 Hatteras Yacht Fisherman $150,000

1937 Classic Motor Yacht

Safe and exhilarating boat. 4 berths. Good condition, ready to go. M extras including new suit of sails (with asymmetric spinnaker, snuffer & pole). New kick up rudder and serviced outboard. (South)

Long-keel, cruising yacht Comfortable, fast, cutter-rigged, cruising yacht; extensive refit 2008; in commission and ready to go. Phone or email for CD with full details and lots of pics. (South)

The boat is located in Fantasy Island Marina, Roatan Island, Bay Islands, HONDURAS. The boat was customized for scuba diving, with tank racks and new entrance in the water. Perfect for liveaboard or charters!!... (Honduras)

On Chichester Canal 60ft Classic Motor Yacht on residential mooring in Chichester Canal, with views over harbour and close to yacht club. Built by A H Moody & Sons in 1937, this beautiful boat is constructed mostly of Burma Teak, it has been well maintained by the same ownership for 40 years, retaining all it’s original 1930’s art-deco fixtures and fittings 2 x double cabins. 2 toilets, 1 bath. Large deck saloon ... (South)

Tel: 07813 845890

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£12,500

1990 Blondecell Giles 38

£2,150

One year old, sailed few times, hence in very good cond. No 6386. Includes jib, bags, top cover and trolley. Lying Hayling Island. Move and old age necessitates sale! Contact: Mike. (South East)

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£79,500

2001 Jeanneau Sun 2000

2008 Topper International Topaz Uno Race Plus

P14268/09 aas_A/09

£145,000

2006 Jeanneau Merry Fisher 805 Limited

£58,995

Well looked after Low hours. Equipment includes electric windlass, bowthruster. Pressurised H and C. Shore power and m more features (South)

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2001 Sea Ray 280 Sundancer

£44,950

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P13868/09

P13478/09

1993 Bayliner 2452 CLASSIC HARD TOP £16,995

1970 CLEOPATRA 30ft

P13232/09

£10,950

£12,000

1994 Sea Ray 160 Closed Bow

£4,295

Quick sale required as we have 2 boats! Colvic Northener in good condition. Hull built by factory - fitting out etc by professional boat builder. 55hp diesel Thornycroft. Very well equipped vessel - see Bristol yacht brokerage (South West)

EXCELLENT, RELIABLE BOAT / ENGINE / ROAD TRAILER. Complete with Mercury 115HP Outboard Electric Tilt / Trim. Hydaulic Steering. Full Cover + red Bimini cover. 6 seats-Rear converts to sunlounger. Table, Navigation lights SkiPole, FishFinder, anchor, flares (Midlands)

Tel: 01323 848551

Tel: 07798 796167

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P12723/09

2003 Regal 1800 LSR *DIESEL*

P14556/09

1984 Coastline Northener

Diesel, Ford Mermaid 200hp Turbo, Radar, GPS, Depth sounder, Fridge, Shore Power, can live aboard. Ill health forces sale Lying: UK, Southampton. Open to offers.

Superb condition 4 berth cruiser which has been dry berthed and never antifouled. Nearly new trailer 5 ltr Mercruiser inboard engine fully serviced inc new manifolds and headers out drive fully serviced inc. New water pump, drive and exhaust bellows enclosed sea toilet and holding tank galley inc. 2 Burner stove, sink plus storage convertible dinette ... (South)

Tel: 02392 460018

P12873/09

£15,000

P14266/09

TOHATSU 5HP SAIL 2 STROKE

£745

Power tilt trim

P13944/09

P12927/09

£350

Farrow System 185 Blasting Unit £11,000

Berth for Rent in Gosport Marina £POA

DIESEL POWER WITH ONLY 83 HOURS FROM NEW, IMMACULATE! Immaculate as new condition, with a very economical Mercruiser 1.7dti 120hp Diesel engine and Alfa one outdrive with only 83 hours run from new. Complete with a brand new Speedline braked trailer. Full canopy covers comprising of a Tonneu and bimini cover and also full Cockpit enclosure canopy with windows which allows you to use the boat with the canopy up ... (South East)

New/Unused. F-N-R. Standard shaft. Fitted alternator. 2.5 ltr internal tank. 12 ltr tank with fuel hose. Instruction manual. Tool kit. Complete. (South)

Suzuki DF60/70hp power tilt trim unit gc with all pins and side plates (North East)

Sand blasting unit. Only 200 hours use. Just had full service and comes complete with 60 metres of blast hose. Excellent condition, trial welcome. Contact Graham on 07760269220 for more information ... (South)

Fully serviced berth in Gosport Marina available from 1 June 2009. Max length 50 foot. Contract term and price negotiable. Access 24hr, Solent 5 mins. (South East)

Tel: 07973 290258

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Tel: 07950 712724

Tel: 0033 619215713

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News in brief Busy lifeguards RNLI lifeguards at Filey beach assisted a casualty who had fallen and suffered head and knee injuries on August Bank Holiday Monday. The man had been camping with friends and was gathering firewood when he hit his head on a branch near a cliff and fell awkwardly. RNLI Lifeguards Chris Ireland and Sally Miles were the first on the scene. They made the man comfortable while waiting for the Coastguard and paramedics to arrive. The incident rounded off a busy Bank Holiday weekend for the lifeguards, who also went to the aid of three kayakers who had capsized offshore.

Saved in 8m swell THE RNLI Peterhead lifeboat went to the aid of a Norwegian 37-foot yacht with two people on board on Friday 28 August in 8m swells. The Tamar class lifeboat was called out with its voluntary crew at 1.22pm to go to the aid of the yacht, which had a disabled steering system and was 13 miles east of Peterhead. The lifeboat found the stricken vessel at approximately 2.10 pm and took it in tow to Peterhead. The two boats arrived back at the Marina at Peterhead at 4.45 pm. Coxswain Andy Brown said: “The weather was quite poor with an eight metre swell and 55 knot wind. Good teamwork from the crew efficiently established the tow when conditions were not favourable.”

Volunteers put to sea in a gale SHOREHAM’S all-weather lifeboat launched into gale force winds and rough seas to rescue the crew of a 22foot yacht. The yacht was reported to be pitching in a very heavy swell threeand-a-half miles south east of the entrance to Shoreham Harbour on Friday 28 August. The yacht Misty, with two people on board, had been on a passage from Bembridge, Isle of Wight, to Brighton Marina when it lost power in the three-metre breaking seas. The vessel had suffered total mechanical failure and lost all propulsion. The yacht’s initial distress calls had gone unheard and it was only when the dredger Arco Dee, out of Shoreham, had intercepted the broken radio transmissions that the

yacht’s plight became known. After passing on information to the Coastguard, the dredger remained close by to help communicate the last known position of the vessel. Meanwhile, the Shoreham allweather lifeboat launched and closed in on the area. In an attempt to stabilise Misty, the yacht’s crew had rigged a small sail and, having been picked up by the strong south westerly winds and flooding tide, they were well away from their original position. Neither the crew of the lifeboat or the Arco Dee could find them in the initial search area. The search was made all the more difficult due to the height of the seas, combined with the low profile of the yacht. The severe weather conditions

disrupted radio signals and made communications with the yacht virtually impossible. The lifeboat crew commenced a search pattern to the east of her last known position. It was only as the lifeboat neared the West Pier that they got their first glimpse of the stricken craft as she was being pushed, uncontrollably, along the Sussex coastline. Coxswain Peter Huxtable skillfully positioned the lifeboat alongside the heavily pitching yacht, enabling his crew to throw a heaving line over and secure a tow. As the lifeboat and the towed casualty approached Brighton Marina conditions deteriorated further and with the winds now gusting well into gale force eight,

the heavy and confused seas were breaking over both the lifeboat and yacht. After negotiating a very rough and difficult entry into the marina where the waves were crashing over the caissons of the outer defence walls, the lifeboat passed the yacht over to one of the marina’s work boats to take the vessel to a safe and secure mooring. The yacht’s crew said they were ‘extremely grateful’ to the Shoreham’s lifeboat volunteers.

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