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Classic race but no records BLUSTERY DAY, IRC Division 2D, ELAINE, IRC Division 2B at the Needles

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THERE were no records in the 79th edition of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race but nearly 16,000 sailors celebrated this year’s race as being one of the most successful on record. More than 1,600 boats finished the course and racing by top professionals and amateurs alike was extremely close throughout the

day proven by the tight finishes in most classes. There were blustery northerly winds that increased in the middle of the day to 15 to 18 knots that favoured the smaller boats. Unusually most of the boats finished before sunset after a series of staggered starts as the sun was rising over the Solent. After the 0500 start the two

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existing course record holders have again triumphed as IDEC, the multihull driven by Francis Joyon crossed the finish line at 09.34.05 so her rounding was in 04h.24m.05s and her course record still stands at 3h.08m.29s. She was closely followed by the four Extreme 40s led by Oman Sail, The Wave Muscat at 09.37.33, then Oman Sail Masirah at 09.37.57,

Team Metherell at 09.44.10 and then Ecover at 09.48.45. ICAP Leopard crossed the line at 10.10.06 so her rounding was achieved in 05h.0m.06s, way outside her record of 03h.53m.05s. The ISC Commodore Bill Pimlott presented Mike Slade with a bottle of Champagne for taking the monohull line honours. TURN TO PAGE 4

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CREW AND CONTENTS Sea talk.. ......................................................... 2 Consultant Editor Bob Satchwell

News........................................................ 2-15 Date with dinghies..................................... 8 Liverpool Boat Show.. ............................. 11 Shelley Jory-Leigh............................. 12-13

Ad Manager Katie Hawksworth

Geoff Holt.................................................... 15


UK Staycation guide................................ 17

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Managing Director Sue Baggaley

The Green Blue......................................... 24 Engine Quest............................................. 27 Cowes Week preview.. ....................... I-VIII Book reviews.. ............................................ 29 In the drink................................................ 30

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Lessons to learn from self-inflicted troubles Seatalk By Bob Satchwell

I KNOW it’s a cliché but confession really is good for the soul. So here goes: I ran aground last month. So what? I hear you say. Well, the awful thing is that we had been aboard for all of 15 minutes. It was bright, sunny and warm with a gentle breeze - a perfect evening. What’s more we were motoring quietly from our home base down Portchester creek en route from Portsmouth to Cowes – a trip completed safely and efficiently a thousand times previously. But we still ran aground. You get the picture. Hence the need for this groveling, acutely embarrassing, public admission of guilt. It is required mainly because there are one or two valuable lessons from this painful event. Oh, and too many people knew about the incident to try to keep it quiet. As I say, this was a regular route out of harbour. We had just set sail so we could be expected to be fresh, alert and as excited as at any embarkation. We were through the worst of the bendy bits in the channel. There was not another moving vessel near our course. The autohelm was set for the channel entrance. I went below briefly to change channels on the VHF leaving my companion, who also had some experience of the channel, on watch. Perhaps a minute or so later I returned to the cockpit. The first sign of trouble was when, surrounded by what appeared at first glance to be deep water, I found myself asking: “Why are we not moving?” I was about to panic about a lost propeller when it dawned on me that the unusual noise in the background was the pinging of the

echo sounder alarm. “We are aground,” I announced incredulously – perhaps with an added curse. There had been no warning crash or lurch as we bottomed out. As our inability to reverse out the way we had arrived confirmed, we had simply motored at five knots into a patch of deep, clinging mud. Passing water skiers in a RIB tried in vain to tow us off. As one of them testified by standing up with his head well above water, we were firmly aground . . . and it was now two hours after high water. Had either of us smoked it might have been one of those Hamlet moments. A few more expletives later we settled into a calm resignation that we would not make fish and chips in Cowes. No worries. We had beer and other refreshing drinks. We had bread, we had cheese, we had bacon and eggs. The weather was benign. We were hard and high aground but we just might sit up in the mud. We could look forward to refloating just before dawn. We laid an anchor and thought of pumping up the dinghy to rest the boat on. It was a beautiful evening but I thought I had better explain to the Queen’s Harbour Master why we appeared to be setting up camp on what would soon be an island. He could see us on CCTV and radar, asked after our condition and comfort and, with a touch of sympathy, said he would let the Coastguard know where we were and why. As we began to contemplate life on the slant the Coastguard phoned to enquire about our safety and sanity. I assured them that we had all we needed to endure our self-imposed predicament. Would we mind if they sent a lifeboat round to look at us? GAFIRS – Gosport Inshore rescue service was exercising just outside the harbour.

I reluctantly accepted the kind offer saying it was our own fault, we would survive the night and so long as the lifeboat was not distracted from a proper rescue or going to the pub after training. As the tide was rapidly disappearing the rescue crew arrived, asked for a halyard, lifted the anchor, and told us to hold tight. Gently, ever so gently, they tipped us over with the main halyard attached to a long tow and after what seemed like an age, they carefully pulled us sideways and at an embarrassing angle back into the familiarity of the main channel. In fact our ordeal was over in minutes. It was a truly professional operation and after giving us a few moments to check for damage and inappropriate water ingress they were off with a cheery wave. For us it was a dash to Gosport, quick calls of appreciation to QHM and the Coastguard and into the pub just in time for late fish and chips, especially welcome because it was more than we expected – or deserved. And the lessons? Always treat the most familiar of channels with respect. Don’t assume that crew members, however experienced, are as familiar with the channel or the autohelm controls as you are yourself. Pay attention from the outset even in benign conditions. Above all, remember that nothing is too much trouble for the QHM, Coastguard and rescue services. They would rather be sure we were safe than let us suffer from our own indiscretions. I am just sorry we troubled them! GOSPORT and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service is an independent 24/7 service founded in 1969, providing cover from Portsmouth Harbour to Titchfield Haven. It costs £35,000 a year to run.

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Cape Breton Island and the Clipper 09-10 fleet under spinnaker in Sydney, Cape Breton Island, at the start of Race 12 of the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race.

Plaice and chips PLAICE and chips have taken on a new meaning on Cornwall’s Roseland Peninsula. The diesel engine of the new Cornish-built Cygnus 19 ferry on the half-mile trip up the Fal from St Mawes to the village of Place is running on waste chip fat from local chippies and hotels. The route is a key link on the South West Coastal Path.

Saved by ferry TWO men spent 90 minutes in the water before being rescued by the Torquay-Brixham ferry after their water-scooter overturned two miles out in Torbay. The crew of the Island Princess spotted the men, both in their 30s. They were taken to hospital suffering from hypothermia. A Coastguard spokesman said: “Any longer and we could have had a tragedy on our hands.”

Paddling pair TWO Cornish sailors have left Falmouth to circumnavigate Britain by kayak. James Bonell, 24, and Joe Andrews, 28, expect the 3,000-mile self-funded trip to take four months. The pair hopes to raise £20,000 for charities including WaterAid.

Setting sail for home – alone CREWS in the Clipper Round the World The Challenge 67 that the team is now sailing Yacht Race reached a major milestone as they is slightly shorter and also heavier, so the fleet sailed back towards the British Isles when they is racing under IRC handicap rules. For Race passed over the line of longitude marking 12 that handicap was applied up front, hence their official circumnavigation of the globe. the early departure from Cape Breton Island In doing so they joined an elite group of rather than with the rest of the fleet. sportsmen and women. More people climb Cork crew members already had big plans Mount Everest each year than race round the for celebrating their homecoming and world under sail. supporters were expected in Cork crossed the start line at large numbers. Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club The Clipper fleet was due in Canada to begin the 2,075 to arrive in Kinsale between mile race to Kinsale in Ireland. 1 and 4 July for an eight day The Cork team, led by festival there and in Cork Hannah Jenner, had 48 hours to City. build the biggest possible lead Earlier in a tense finale to before the fleet of nine Clipper Race 11 from New York Cape 68s started to hunt them down. Breton Island narrowly missed For the first time in the out on becoming the first Clipper Race’s history this was team in Clipper 09-10 to win a pursuit race after the original the race to their home port Clipper 68 was lost when it hit a but did secure a podium place submerged reef in the Java Sea finish, taking third place after in January. a nail biting tacking match Crews from the nine with Hull & Humber and remaining boats lined the rails Spirit of Australia. of their yachts to cheer their The race started on 13 friends out to sea. A team from September last year from the the Fortress of Louisbourg River Humber and is due to leaves Sydney, Cape Breton Island, primed their 8lb replica cannon Cork finish back at Hull on July 17 at the start of Race 12 of the Clipper 09-10 to unleash the yacht towards Round the World Yacht Race. after ten months and 35,000 Photo: Heather Ewing/Clipper Ventures PLC the waiting ocean. miles of sailing.

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NEWS IN BRIEF Paignton pin up FORCES sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn, 93, is patron of this year’s Paignton Regatta in Torbay from 7 to 15 August. She was invited because the regatta has a 70th anniversary wartime theme. Events include gig and skiff races, sailing events and a round-thepier swim.

Sinking feeling HARBOUR authorities at Fowey, Cornwall, were faced with a diesel pollution scare when one of their own ships sank. The 30-foot maintenance barge disappeared from its mooring and the sinking was captured on CCTV footage. The barge was raised after two days and taken ashore.

A touch of class

Unhappy landing A NEW passenger ferry service between Ilfracombe and Swansea has been postponed until next year because of problems building a landing stage at Swansea.

Top honours ALL at Sea columnist and quadriplegic sailor Geoff Holt who sailed the Atlantic was recognised with an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Rod Carr formerly chef executive of the RYA became a CBE.

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The J Class Yacht Velsheda racing round the Needles

The Extreme 40, Ecover, skippered by Mike Golding racing past the Needles in the JP Morgan Asset Management Race in the early morning light. Photo: TH Martinez/Sea&Co/onEdition

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Built in 1933 in Camper and Nicholsons in Gosport, the classic J Class yacht Velsheda finished at 10.45.02 after starting at 5am. But as usual it was one of the smaller boats that won the overall prize on handicap. The Gold Roman Bowl went to Brian Appleyard and his crew on the Nordic Folkboat Nordic Bear. He lives in landlocked Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire and came second in 2009. J.P. Morgan Asset Management have sponsored the race for six years and they are committed to supporting the event until at least 2012. The race is organised by the Island Sailing Club and a small army of volunteers who provide a top class one-day spectacle staged over a 50 nautical mile course around the Isle of Wight, starting and finishing in Cowes, the centre of British yachting. ‘Britain’s favourite yacht race’, it is one of the largest yacht races in the world and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs. Entries come from all over the UK, mainland Europe and as far away as the USA. It embraces entrants on equal terms from first timers, families, amateurs to professionals and includes world champions and Olympic medallists competing at the highest level. As well as watching from vantage points on the Isle of Wight and the mainland shore armchair pundits and families monitored the


race via live text commentary and Twitter and the live Race Tracker. The first race took place in 1931 with 25 entries, increased to 1,813 boats in 1989, the centenary of the Island Sailing Club and that was exceeded in 2008 with a record 1,875 entries. Until the mid 1970s there was no time limit and three green lights on a pole powered by a car battery marked the finishing line. During his term as Prime Minister, Sir Edward Heath won the Round the Island Race four times. The total amount raised in the past three years has reached a fabulous sum of £350,000. During their sponsorship J.P. Morgan Asset Management have a target for the event to raise £1,000,000 for charitable causes. In 2009 the race raised nearly £100,000 with funds going to charitable causes including the four preferred Race charities: Prostate UK, The Ellen MacArthur Trust, Breast Cancer Care and Macmillan Cancer Support. The four preferred charities took part in the SailTime Charity Challenge racing on identical Beneteau Oceanis 40 yachts with crews made up of people who have been involved or benefited from the charities. Other sailors raised money for their own favourite causes. Next year the race will take place on Saturday June 25. It will be the 80th Anniversary Race and organisers are anticipating a record entry. FREEDOM CHALLENGE BOWL First GP/MOCRA Multihull to finish 17 IDEC



SILVER ROMAN BOWL & JPMAM SALVER - Second Overall IRC FGBR707 MADELAINE Madelaine and Isobella Donald

LLOYDS BANK TROPHY First ISC Rating System boat to finish GBR2016 OSPREY Mr Nickolas Imregi

SILVER GILT ROMAN BOWL & JPMAM SALVER - First Overall ISC Rating System K771 TWILIGHT Patrick Moreton


FIDELIS TROPHY - Second Overall ISC Rating System GBR5119 MIN-O-DIN John Langdon, Luke Yeates, Simon Eveleigh, Steve Pearson



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NEWS IN BRIEF Royal recognition VOLUNTEERS from Cornwall’s National Coastwatch Institution have won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The honour recognises outstanding contributions made to local communities by volunteering groups. NCI Cornwall received the award for helping to save lives along the Cornish coastline with 500 watchkeepers and trainees manning 13 stations.

Online extras CHART 3418 for Chichester and Langstone Harbours can now be viewed online. The latest version is available at www.

Book launch DINGHY sailor Melanie Welsh has written her debut children’s novel called Mistress of the Storm. Cowes on the Isle of Wight, its maritime history, landscape and tightly-bound community where Melanie was brought up, were the inspiration.

Summer scrub BOAT owners are being offered some summer discount deals on maintenance and cleaning from 1 July to 31 August at selected MDL marinas. Part of the fleet of 1,754 boats round the Needles on the Isle of Wight during the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race.

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NEWS IN BRIEF Lottery boost LOTTERY funding of £250,000 will help vulnerable people in Cornwall and Yorkshire improve their lives by developing boating skills. The two projects, one in Hayle, Cornwall, and the other in Goole, Yorkshire, use sailing and boating to help young people recover from addictions, trauma and abuse, as well as supporting them to develop skills and confidence. Sailaday OK got a £100,000 grant and The Sobriety Project Ltd received £152,000 for its activities based around running a barge at the Yorkshire Waterways Museum.

Shipping guide PUPILS at St Joseph’s RC Primary School, Hartlepool, are launching an ‘Historical Guide to Hartlepool’ to welcome the Tall Ships Races 2010 to the town in August. The free 20 - page booklet will be given to visitors.

On parade NAV Y Days 2010, from 30 July to 1 August, features 800 years of the Royal Navy with the chance to visit serving British warships and ships of foreign navies at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard,.

Royal fleet salutes 235 years of yachting history A CELEBRATION of yachting history was due to take place in the Solent as the annual gathering of the Cumberland Fleet came together to race in a regatta dating back to 1775.  The Royal Thames Yacht Club, the oldest UK yacht club was established when the Duke of Cumberland, King George III’s brother, put up a silver cup for a race on the River Thames, and the Cumberland Fleet was formed. Each year members compete for an impressive array of silverware in a three day event based at the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes.  The club’s unique Cumberland Number Handicapping system is a time corrected multiplier, allocated by the Club’s Chief Sailing Officer, used to level out the results from

Rhu marina gets £1.4 million boost

boats as diverse as a Farr 52 to a Moody 33 cruiser, by way of a 1930s classic or two.  The unique system maintains a sufficient level of mystery to ensure a suitably celebratory prize giving event. Members of the Royal Thames and their guests gather in the Royal Yacht Squadron for the annual dinner of the Cumberland Sailing Society, founded 1775, to celebrate the longest unbroken continuum of organised yachting anywhere in the world. This annual gathering is a unique celebration of the history of yacht racing. Formed in 1775, the Club was in existence in the year of Trafalgar in 1805, has trophies still in use that long pre-date the America’s Cup, and has been organising yacht racing

THE Crown Estate is investing £1.4 million in Rhu marina on the Firth of Clyde, Scotland. The existing floating breakwaters system will be replaced, providing greater all round shelter to the marina and the number of berths will increasing to 240. Simon Haigh, Managing Director

The Queen Victoria Cup

events for 235 years. While the original 1775 Silver Cup was destroyed in a fire, the Royal Thames Yacht Club displays five of the original cups from 1776 to 1782

of Quay Marinas Limited, who lease and operate Rhu Marina, said: “. Rhu customers will benefit enormously from the new breakwater arrangements, and we shall be offering excellent value berthing packages going forward into 2011. ” The Crown Estate purchased Rhu, one of Scotland’s best known marinas in April

in its Knightsbridge clubhouse.  The Royal Thames Yacht Club is home to TEAMORIGIN, the British Challenge for the America’s Cup.

2008 for £4 million. It currently provides 182 berths and related facilities on a 2.6 ha (6.5 acre) site on the Firth of Clyde. The site includes moorings, boat storage areas, marine workshops and a chandlery, as well as the RNLI station with slipway and HM Coastguard.

Spud the Still fishing giant crab escapes pot THE largest crab ever caught in the UK has been spared the pot and is now a major visitor attraction at an aquarium in Newquay, Cornwall. The box crab, nicknamed Spud, is over four feet from pincer to pincer. It was caught by skipper Matthew Keast on the trawler Harvest Reaper while turbot fishing 80 miles off the Scilly Isles. Only the eighth caught in the UK since 1900, monster box crabs normally live at depths of up to 10,000 feet. Matt Slater, curator of the Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay, said: “It looks like something from another planet and has caused a stir among visitors. It has weird eyes on stalks like bicycle handlebars and a strange pair of backward-facing pincers.” Spud, reckoned to be 40 years old, is thought to be still growing.

BILL Hocking, 81, from Downderry, south east Cornwall, is believed to be the UK’s oldest working fisherman after 70 continuous years at sea. Still fishing daily for crabs and lobsters out of the port of East Looe in the single-handed 25-foot Neptune’s Pride, Bill has no plans to retire. He doesn’t wear a lifejacket and has never learned to swim.”If he falls in that will be it,” says Margaret, his wife of 57 years.”But it’s too late to make him change his ways.” “I don’t even like fish,” Bill admits. “I never eat it. I’d much rather have a Mars Bar.”

Lighthouse reprieve

A CAMPAIGN by fishermen and pleasure sailors has saved a Bristol Channel lighthouse from being switched off as part of a review of aids to navigation. Hartland Point lighthouse, built in 1874 to safeguard the seas around Lundy and North Devon, was to be replaced with a buoy and by increasing the range of Trevose Head and Lundy South lighthouses. Now Trinity House has agreed to keep the lighthouse, automated in 1983, in operation, but will reduce its beam from a range of 25 miles to eight miles. Local county councilor Alison Boyle, who led the campaign, said: “There’s a local saying: ‘Trevose Head to Hartland light - a watery grave by day or night’.”

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Ladies relaunch and raise cash for heroes SOLO sailor Katie Miller and her bluQube team helped raise more than £16,500 for Help for Heroes in a  ‘Ladies who Launch Channel Challenge. bluQube, a leading vendor of financial management software and title sponsor for Katie Miller, one of the UK’s most promising young sailors, took part in the challenge in spite of tough conditions.  Ten boats departed from Lymington for Cherbourg. The fleet included Aquarius Ventures, Laurella Jo, Ear to Eternity, Nooka, White Heather, Nellie of Hythe, bluQube, Ellie, Crossjack VI and Molly II.   bluQube’s Jane Waghorn who took part in the event together with colleague Laurie McNeill explained how a gale forecast forced them to set off a day early: “It was a bit of scramble to get everything ready in time to leave but within an hour we had left Portsmouth and were on the open sea with 25 knot winds. “It was the first time I had been sailing in weather like this. It was

frightening at first because bluQube was steeply heeled, but once I realised that we were not going to tip over it became very exhilarating.” After 14 hours the crew arrived in Cherbourg at 02.00.  Jane added: “As Katie’s  sponsor it was great to be able to get involved and have a ‘hands on deck’ taste of what ocean sailing is all about. Although this trip was short compared with what Katie did in the OSTAR and in the Round Britain and Ireland Race, I have a much better understanding of the challenges she faces, such as sleep deprivation and the wonders of ‘boil in the bag’ food!   Event organiser Laurie Bates said: “The weather was blustery and the seas were ugly yet every boat found a window to cross to Cherbourg.   Some boats left before the gale struck while others waited for it to pass. Crews were made up of seasoned sailors and novices alike and each one felt the pride of their achievement. “Every penny of the now £16,500 was fully earned by the crews through their dogged determination to


NEWS IN BRIEF Island charms MENORCA in the Balearics has launched a campaign to attract more yachting, boating and watersport enthusiasts to the island which has the world’s second largest natural harbour in its capital Mahon. The island has 216 km of coastline and beaches.

Saving our seas AN INTERACTIVE map has been launched by the Marine Conservation Zone Project, to show how the sea is being used. The map gives more information about marine species and habitats and will help identify potential sites for Marine Conservation Zones. People can add information about their marine activities and the location of marine wildlife and habitats.

Football fever bluQube crew sets off

honour their sponsor’s generosity.” Ladies who Launch celebrates what women contribute to sailing. It was inspired by the brave women such as Ellen McArthur, Dee Caffari and Helen Tew who take to the seas, both solo and as part of a crew.  It started when a woman who was asked to parachute out of a plane for charity said would prefer to cross the channel in her yacht.   

In June 2002, five yachts from the Royal Southampton Yacht Club with all female crews crossed from Lymington to Cherbourg raising £17,000 in sponsorship for Leukaemia Busters. In 2010 Ladies who Launch relaunched for Help for Heroes. Further donations can still be made through Just Giving via a direct link at

WORLD Cup legend Sir Geoff Hurst, president of children’s medical research charity Sparks, is backing Reading businessmen Martin Wild and Robert Booker in the Powerboat P1 SuperStock Championship which runs in Britain and Ireland from May to October. Their powerboat, branded in the charity’s colours, came fourth in their first race at the Galway Grand Prix of the Sea.

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NEWS IN BRIEF Winning team WAKEBOARDER Matt Crowhurst, who won the first European junior title and a podium finish in the Pro-Men division 14 years ago with European and national titles to follow, has teamed up with O’Brien and launches a new Pro model in July. Crowhurst was one of the first in the country to push rail riding and wakeskating and still competes, teaches, and works behind the scenes at events. The O’Brien Valhalla MC will be the first European Signature O’Brien model.

Address with a view NEW luxury apartments with views over the Solent have been launched at No1 Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth. They are just minutes from shops designer outlets, restaurants and the marina. Prices for Premier Collection homes start at £495,000. Across the harbour at The Salthouse development at the former Royal Naval victual ling yard flats start at £88,000 at the Royal Clarence marina. Details page 14.

Expanding network LUXURY motorboat manufacturer, Fairline Boats has appointed a dedicated dealer for Wales and the North of England. Blue Water Marine joins the Fairline authorised dealer network, trading as Fairline Wales at Hafan Pwllheli Marina in North Wales.

Moorings secured THE Court of Session in Scotland has upheld The Crown Estate’s right to license and charge for moorings in Kames Bay on the Isle of Bute and the wider Firth of Clyde area. The Crown Estate owns the seabed to 12 nautical miles.

Power champs HARWICH has been chosen to host the European 3C Offshore and the British National Powerboat Championships from 30 July to 1 August.

DATE WITH DINGHIES Edited by Joe Adams

Yachts, dinghies and back again By Kieran Murphy MY obsession with sailing began with a book, in fact the only book that I have ever read in my life, which at 20 is quite embarrassing! On a rather dull family summer holiday on the west coast of France I spent a week inside a cramped plastic tub they like to call a mobile home where I could be found reading the novel Angels and Demons. My father being the man he is decided to get my nose out of a book and booked my older brother and me in for a three day dinghy course where I got a level 2 RYA dinghy certificate. Since then I have never read a book, sailing has taken over my life. As soon I had arrived home I called up my distant relations in the hope that one owned and raced a yacht. Luckily I found one. His boat was in Kinsale County Cork in Ireland. The first yacht I sailed was an x99. I loved racing it, no matter how beaten up, hypothermic or just annoyed with the “brains trust” and the “navaguessers” at the back of the boat, I always came off the water smiling from ear to ear. I spent about two years sailing on the X-yacht and in our tiny little club we did pretty well. But the banter on the boat was getting to me, spending three or four days a week with people my parents’ age was not ideal. So I decided the best place for me was to get involved in dinghies. I went crawling to my parents to buy me a dinghy. I was advised to go for a 420 so with the combination of two Christmases and a few birthday presents they bought me my first boat. I spent a year sailing with anyone that I could drag out. The next year I met the chairwoman of the Irish 420

association. She pushed me give up big boats and to go training with the national squad. I had to drive three hours every Saturday and Sunday to Lough Derg where I could race against people my own age. Dinghies were where I really learned the intricate bits of sailing such as how a spinnaker should look and more importantly how the spinnaker looks when something is wrong and how to change it. In dinghies I really realised how bad our sport was. There was the challenge of getting up earlier, driving to the sailing club, putting on a wetsuit as well as other dinghy gear that had been soaking in its own rancid mess. The trapeze harness was probably the most interesting bit of the morning. Putting on the thing was all right but the next half an hour of adjusting my harness for peace of mind that I would not castrate myself while body pumping later on in the day. The most accurate description of sailing came from one of my coaches, Ger ‘Gerbil’ Owens, Ireland’s 470 helm for the Beijing Olympics, which is: “Why don’t you save a lot of money and just buy a rubix cube and try to solve it under a freezing cold shower while beating yourself in the head with a frying pan”. Sailing is basically the same thing. From there I met Robert O’ Leary who took me sailing on his father’s racing yacht Antix, a Dubois 37. The first time I went racing on that was in Cork harbour and it was blowing about 16 knots. There was no going back to dinghies. I am still sailing with people about my age but now my parents have the relief of not having to fund my campaigns.

Matt Whitfield & Gareth Viney

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Fevas head Inland THE 43 Feva’s joined nine RS 600’s and eleven RS Vareo’s at the 2010 RS Feva Inland Championship hosted by Northampton Sailing Club last month. Debbie Darling and Tom Darling of Hayling Island SC were first, Matthew Whitfield and Gareth Viney of Penarth SC were second and won the Junior Inland Trophy, and Cathy Lear and Francine Counsell of Oakham School/Rutland SC were third.

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Laser Europeans

THIS year’s national championships were hosted by Brightlingsea Sailing club. Day One saw blustery conditions with force 7 to 8 gusts and colossal waves and on day two the fleet was launched but quickly turned back after encountering gale force winds. On the final day four races were sailed to catch up on those missed the day before. Chris Rust and Eddie Bridle from Brightlingsea won the event, bagging three wins out of six races. They also helped win the club trophy with three Brightlingsea SC boats finishing in the top six, with Millie Newman and Jessica Rust finishing fourth, and David Conlon and Charlotte Bond finishing sixth. David Conlon

THE Brits narrowly missed the top spots in both the male and female categories in the 2010 European Championships in Tallinn, Estonia. Current Olympic and World Champion Paul Goodison from Ulley Sailing Club missed out on the top spot which was taken by Tonci Stipanovic of Croatia. This was the first European Championships Goodison has not won for over five years. Charlotte Dobson from Largs Sailing Club won the silver medal, the first podium position she has achieved in a European Championships. All eyes will now be on her at the World Championships hosted at her home club in Scotland next month. Joe Adams

Countdown to Largs

LARGS on the Clyde estuary will stage the biggest and most significant sailing championship ever run in Scotland when the world class sailing waters off the Scottish Sailing Institute at Largs Sailing Club play host to nearly 600 competitors from 58 different countries at the Laser Radial World Championships between July 6 and 25 July.

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North East tourism is sailing tall THE economy in the North East of England is stepping up a gear as the region gets set to welcome the 2010 Tall Ships Races. Hartlepool is expecting up to one million visitors between 7-10 August when around 70 Tall Ships will sail into town from Kristiansand in Norway on the second and final leg of the races. Accommodation and coach bookings are flooding in and park-and-ride places are being pre booked. Julia Frater, head of area tourism partnership visit Tees Valley, said: “This is potentially a massive event for Hartlepool, the Tees Valley and the North East region as a whole. It provides us with a great opportunity to attract visitors from far and wide and show them what a wonderful area this is.” Tourism is worth almost £4bn to the North East economy and employs more than 60,000 people. There’s still time to arrange a day sail aboard a Tall Ship or a private function or corporate hospitality. Hartlepool Borough Council has teamed up with PD Ports and Hartlepool Marina to organise Hartlepool 2010.

Hartlepool Marina, which will host the Tall Ships

Five decades of fundraising A 72-year-old woman from Peterhead, who has been fundraising for the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society since 1953, has raised more than £50,000 for seafarers in need in the last ten years alone. Betty McLean, whose family has a long history of working at sea, began collecting subscriptions on behalf of the charity, which offers financial help to retired or incapacitated seafarers and their dependents, 57 years ago. To date, she remains the charity’s only specialist corporate fundraiser. After retiring from her job as an Office Manager for a local fishing company, rather than slowing down and taking it easy, Betty stepped up her fundraising efforts by writing

letters to some of the North Sea’s biggest oil companies asking for donations. Betty has secured regular corporate donations amounting to an average £5,000 every year, and despite being the society’s longest serving fundraiser, she is modest about her achievements as an honorary agent: “My brother, father, grandfather and great grandfather all worked as fishermen, and my nephew still goes fishing now so I have always had a connection to the sea.” Betty, who has previously received the society’s Lord Lewin Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution, is one of 200 honorary agents working around the country on behalf of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society to support the nation’s retired seafarers and their families.

Team Sarah hits golden form TEAM Sarah Ayton took a giant leap in their preparations for London 2012 with their first major win since forming the partnership at the start of this year. After leading the ISAF World Cup Series Regatta in Kiel, Germany, from the outset, double Olympic gold medallist Sarah Ayton and experienced 470 sailor Saskia Clark picked up the gold after four days of intense racing. Double Olympic gold medallist Sarah Ayton made the decision to team up with Saskia Clark for an Olympic 2012 campaign in the 470 after the Yngling class was dropped from the Olympic schedule. The final round of the ISAF World Cup Series, the Skandia Sail for Gold event, will be held at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy from 9 to the 14 of August. Fellow British sailor Helena Lucas picked up a silver medal in the closely fought 2.4mr class.



First time foreign THE Royal Yachting Association helped 19 crews, all with limited offshore sailing experience, go foreign for the first time last month as part of a ‘cruise in company, sponsored by Hamble School of Yachting and run in association with World Cruising Club. Barry Pickthall reports CRUISING abroad for the first time can be as nerve-wracking as jumping from the top dive board. You want to do it, but are uncertain about the execution – or landing! The week-long sail took the fleet from Gosport to Cherbourg, west to the Channel Islands before returning in their own time back to the Solent. For some like Christian KoefoedNielsen and his crew of three friends the confidence boost this gave now has them planning a far grander expedition, first to the Mediterranean, and then across to the Caribbean in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers. Koefoed-Nielsen, a former City trader, bought his Hallberg Rassy 37 Psyche in 2008 and sailed her from Sweden with the assistance of a delivery skipper. He had already completed his RYA Day Skipper and VHF practical qualifications and signed up with a sailing school to give

him and his crew an intensive course on boat handling and mooring in tidal waters. The RYA Cruising office planned the route and arranged berthing so that skippers could devote their energies to getting their passage and pilotage plans right, and to prepare their yachts. The RYA also produced a very detailed booklet covering every aspect and requirement for a foreign cruise. It included a check-list of documents and advice about the yacht’s registration document, radio licence, marine insurance and proof of VAT status. Crew necessities included a passport and a European Health Insurance Card. This entitles the holder to free or reduced-cost emergency medical treatment throughout the European Economic Area, but not the Channel Islands for which you now need separate travel insurance. Skippers do not require an International Certificate of Competence (ICC) when coastal cruising around France and the Channel Islands and the RYA cruise made no stipulation for Day Skipper or Yachtmaster tickets, though most participants had one or both. The RYA did however stipulate a minimum list of safety equipment

and gave suggestions for tools and spare parts from flares, VHF/DSC radio to navigation lights and manoverboard equipment. Roger Seymour from Hamble School of Yachting presented a detailed briefing to skippers prior to each stage. He was also available to check individual passage and pilotage plans and provide any detailed advice required. “Going foreign for the first time can be quite a challenge,” he said, “Skippers are going out into the unknown and often over-plan their passage and pilotage with the result that they lose sight of the overall picture and can’t prioritise. “Since most don’t have a lot of practical experience or knowledge, they don’t know what questions to ask and simply learn from their mistakes. It is our job to ensure that those mistakes aren’t major.” “We try to impress on everyone that a log book should be a journal and not just a list of lats and longs. It should say what has been happening on board, list course and wind changes, time the passage through shipping lanes and use any method to confirm position such as the sightings of a buoy or headland.” The RYA Cruise is run for one week each June.

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Photo: Barry Pickthall/PPL

Ten tips for going foreign

• Check the boat and her safety equipment thoroughly before departure. • Draw up a passage plan and include refuge ports in case problems arise. • Make a detailed pilotage plan for your destination and alternative ports • Check the weather forecast during the days leading up the voyage to give you a good grasp of expected conditions.

• Brief your crew on use of safety equipment and its stowage on board. • Insist that all crew wear lifejackets and harnesses at night and whenever they feel the need to.

• Carry a comprehensive tool kit and list of spare parts for the engine. • Carry plenty of food and water. Good hot meals are a great morale

booster and hot water, stored in a vacuum flask will allow for hot drinks to be served at any time.

• Keep a narrative log and enter the vessel’s position every hour. • Keep a good lookout, especially when crossing the shipping lanes. If a

bearing on a closing vessel never changes, then you are likely to collide. Take decisive action early.

To register interest in the 2011 RYA Cruise, call RYA Cruising on +44 (0)23 8060 4233 or email: Barry Pickthall is author of the new book Going Foreign – Cruising abroad for the first time. Published by Adlard Coles Nautical at £14.99

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Planning a show like no other NEW artists’ impressions give just a flavour of the spectacle which will be the Liverpool Boat Show in 2011 – a show that organiser say will be like no other in the world. Liverpool is at the heart of a coastline serving the whole of the Irish Sea, rich in yachting and maritime traditions. The city is also at the heart of a market which is untapped for an event such as this and a region which is the fastest growing in the UK in terms of new marinas and sailing centres.  The stunning Albert Dock, has the largest collection of Grade 1 listed buildings in the UK and will be the beating heart of the Liverpool Boat Show 2011. The Dock is being equipped with a new permanent show marina which

will accommodate large power and sail boats. Feature boats and floating VIP islands will accompany the existing bars, shops, restaurants, museums and entertainment venues which surround this incredible heritage waterfront.  Salthouse Dock, which lies between the Albert Dock and Liverpool One, is Europe’s newest shopping Mecca and home to a huge array of restaurants and bars. This combination of a world class boat show and world class retail and lifestyle centre harks back to the day when the Earls Court boat show attracted the men while Harrods satisfied the women.   The Dukes Dock, just a stone’s throw from the Albert and Salthouse Docks, will be home to the Canoe

Village and other try-a-boat activities for visitors. The Aqua Theatre will host the most versatile and dramatic display of watersports demonstrations, competitions and master classes. At the centre of this world-class facility will be the Guinness Bar and a dedicated area for affiliated clubs and associations,  The historically unique riverfront setting is five minutes’ walk from the city’s retail heart and its commercial and cultural districts.

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UK power teams turn up the heat Shelley Jory-Leigh British Powerboat Champion

NOBODY can say the world of Powerboat Racing isn’t exciting, as I found out at the GPS World Championship round in Malta last month! After securing the Silver medal on the Saturday and the championship leaders Baia down in fourth we were set for a fantastic weekend and the Malta Podium if we could finish higher than second on Sunday. However, things didn’t go quite to plan and instead of another silver medal my prize for the day was a trip

in an ambulance to hospital. We spun out and Patrick was catapulted into the water and I collided with both sides of the boat. But we’re still in second place in the championship so everything’s still to play for in Sardinia. While I was visiting the Maltese Hospital, Team 26 Daniel Cramphorn and Kim Collins fought on in the race to secure the silver medal in the supersport race for the Sunday after pushing us the for most of the way and narrowly missing out on taking the gold position from Baia. So while the UK Competitors secured silver medals in both days, in Hungary Brothers Colin and Owen Jelf were taking on the world

Heights of Abraham Team Pilot, Rupert Pugh and Navigator Dan Whapples, from Derbyshire racing in round 2 of the 2010 SuperStock race in Galway, Ireland.

in the first round of the F2 World Championship. Lap 34 saw former world champion Colin take third position from Johan Coenradi, leaving Johan and Owen Jelf to continue fighting for fourth. On lap 36 Erik Stark seemed to run into trouble on a turn buoy leaving the Jelf brothers the opportunity to take second and third. With a few laps to go, Colin managed to catch up with leader Yousef Al Rubayan but the cool man from Kuwait had nothing to worry about. With power to spare he eased his boat effortlessly across the finish line winning the UIM F2 World Championship GP of Hungary much to the delight of his Port Ghalib

Team and thousands of fans across the world. Meanwhile back on home waters the P1 Superstock Championship visited Galway where Heights of Abraham completed another clean sweep after another commanding display of offshore powerboat racing with back-to-back wins in the weekends races. A combination of finesse on the wheel and throttle control from Rupert Pugh as well as accurate positioning from Dan Whapples earned the 300 Class frontrunners a sixth successive win of the season. Rupert is another protégé of Neil Holmes training academy as I was, and it shows.

Photo: onEdition

Heights of Abraham command a 25-point lead in the series after two rounds and Pugh is delighted with the team’s rich vein of form. He told me: “It’s been an unbelievable start to the season. To win six-out-of-six races is fantastic and an excellent reward for a great team effort.” North of the Border Zapcat Racing had visited Belfast’s River Lagan and among the 14 teams that made the long journey were three from Southampton: 2009 RYA Zapcat National Champions Blue Sheets Racing 1, Craig Davis and Rob Martin, Team Mates Blue Sheets Racing 2, Dan Smith and Naomi Sareth Woods from Surrey, and 2009 Rookie Zapcat Champions SeaVacation1 Luke Wills

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and Rich Howe. Conditions were perfect and the tight course looked set to provide some close action as the racing got underway. Blue Sheets Racing 1 got off to a flying start in the Division 1 heats and again looked unstoppable. With a reduced number of teams in the national fleet every team knew that good heat results were vital in securing a place in each day’s final in the hopes of taking the gold medal and the championship points. BSR 1 stormed into Saturday’s Division 1 final in pole with the only agenda in their minds being another gold medal to add to their extensive collection. They took an early lead and with clean water ahead of them opted for a late pit lap to ensure they had a large enough lead to take them home to their third consecutive gold. Both SeaVacation and Blue Sheets Racing 2 secured positions in the Division 2 and with a flip earlier in


the day, Dan and Naomi in BSR 2 had everything to prove. Irish team Theme 49 pressed the Southampton boys at every turn of the course. Blue Sheets Racing 2 took the lead and played the tactical advantage of using the clean water to maintain their lead. Luke and Rich in SeaVacation 1 also got a flying start and just feet behind BSR2 followed suit trying to put some distance between them and the following pack. Blue Sheets Racing 2 secured gold, SeaVacation the silver with the Irish Team Theme 49 taking the Bronze. So both nationally and internationally the competition is heating up for UK Powerboat racers. My attention now turns to Sardinia on 9, 10 and 11 July where I will be back fighting to catch Baia.

The 300 Class, Race 3 winners enjoying the champagne on the podium at the 2010 SuperStock race in Galway, Ireland.

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Work hard for that sponsor’s cheque Geoff Holt I MUST admit to feeling a tad envious of our “Rock-Star” sailors with their shiny big boats, sponsors’ logos emblazoned across the sails, hulls wrapped in luminous corporate branding. - Hugo Boss, Aviva, Ecover etc. They are the “haute couture” of the sailing world. Meanwhile, when I made my voyage across the Atlantic, despite my best efforts, I failed to find one corporate entity prepared to part with cash. Sure, I had my Performance Partners who provided much needed benefit in kind; clothing and electronics, but no pound notes – as a result the event cost me personally a lot of money. Ironically the hours of worldwide TV coverage, the hours of worldwide radio coverage and the acres of worldwide printed coverage I received knocked most of the aforementioned “Rock Star” publicity into a hat. I like to think that there are chairmen of companies who rejected my approaches who are kicking themselves for missing the opportunity but I somehow doubt it. So what about my next Challenge, to sail around the world? What effect is the economy having on yachting sponsorships and what can I learn from the Rock Stars in identifying a Title Sponsor for what will be my biggest challenge to date? I sought advice from Mike Gumm, Commercial Director and marketing communications guru from Slipstream Studio. GH: Mike, explain how yachting sponsorship has changed in the past decade? MG: There’s a far greater understanding of our sport and its marketing opportunities, not least because of more accessible media channels like the internet. Ellen MacArthur’s solo circumnavigation is testimony to this. Agencies are now providing in-depth services and knowledge linked to the rights and benefits of these sailing properties, for example naming rights or building communication programmes around real life heroes. This can be adapted for a variety of corporate marketing and communication programmes across a company or group of companies and brands. GH: So what makes a good pitch and what are the processes required to engage prospective sponsors? MG: No short cuts I’m afraid, unless you get extremely lucky. It starts with research to gain an understanding of the target prospect’s business. Most blue chip companies receive over 100 sponsorship proposals every month. However good they may be, most are not read because the marketing or communications team is simply not in a “buy mode”. Know your target! Long gone are the days when a sponsorship could sell itself on its media equity alone. GH: Can you give me an example of this in practice? MG: We were appointed by a client seeking investment to pioneer a major polar expedition. We came up with a partner programme that secured an FTSE 100 company looking to bring alive their global repositioning proposition of

The former professional yachtsman who was paralysed in a swimming accident and inspired sailors when he became the first quadriplegic to sail the Atlantic.

“Achieving Potential”. The programme was measuredin terms of assisting the company value the return on investment against its internal key performance indicators including sales, recruitment and internal engagement. Multiple sponsors should be tiered by how much they choose to invest. Valuable communications rights such as naming, product endorsement, athlete appearances, advertising, including what appears on the athlete’s clothing or the yacht, plus the “money can’t buy” type hospitality, etc will be reserved for those companies who invest the lion’s share of the operating budget. By structuring the partner programme from the outset, partners will be given the flexibility to elevate up the scale should the programme deliver above expectations. GH: Where do you see the market going in the next decade? MG: I see the market increasing. If the sailing community continues to harness technology, share information, develop grass root programmes, work their stories and results in the media and such like, I can see no reason why the sport cannot attract a bigger percentage of the overall annual sponsorship expenditure enjoyed by more mainstream sports. The 2012 London Olympic and Paralympics Games will also bolster the sport’s profile on a global scale. Learn more about Slipstream at

Top tips A good proposal should consider the following: • You yourself must be worth investing in. Demonstrate this with your track record. • Look for synergies between what you are offering and the corporate values of the companies you approach. Do your research. • Make sure the opportunity delivers value across the target business rather than focus on one single area. • Bring your proposal alive in their corporate language. • Communicate regularly – get on the blower and chase up your pitch • Be on the look out for opportunities such as a company looking to reposition itself through acquisition or new brand launches • Demonstrate benefits such as driving bottom line sales, enhancing recruitment, repairing a tarnished image etc. • Be sure to set out precisely what is included and what is not. It’s far more constructive to do a few things well

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NEW from Plastimo, we have a compact, waterproof VHF radio, developed to compliment the growing range of AdvanSea marine electronics. The FX-400 fixed set provides Digital Selective Calling (DSC) capabilities when interfaced with a compatible GPS, plus a large, high-resolution display and rotary selection controls for quick and easy manipulation of the menus with cold, wet fingers. Waterproof to IPX7, the ergonomic fist microphone with alphanumerical keys provides a secure grip and is weather-resistant, whatever the conditions. All accessories are provided as standard, including bracket, external speaker connector, weather cover and bulkhead mounting kit. It’s great looking and very well priced equipment. Price: £169.99 /

THE Mobi team has come up with a new portable pressure washer that, in line with manufacturer claims, is quite an innovative piece of gear. It enjoys a slightly larger water tank than its smaller brother, but the major benefit here is the built-in rechargeable battery. By housing its own power supply, the V-17 leaves you completely free of wires and cables so you can carry it with the shoulder strap and clean on the move. With its 17-litre water tank, one charge will power the washer for approximately seven tanks (or one hour of continuous cleaning) and, should your battery run out of charge, you can power the unit either from a 12-volt socket or from one of Mobi’s own excellent Power-Packs. Compact, lightweight and extremely effective, we have spent the best part of a week getting down and dirty with this thing and we are happy to confirm that it is every bit as good as it looks. Price: £149.99

THERE are not many sunglass manufacturers with an entire range designed for the specific rigours of boating but Bolle is the exception. Bolle marine sunglasses are worn by the likes of Ellen MacArthur and, while that¹s eminently reassuring, it’s not the CV that is of relevance to us but the technical features. On all 11 models in the Bolle marine range, you get polarised lenses to combat low-level glare from the surface of the water, plus a hydrophobic coating designed to repel water from the surface of the lens. You also get a choice of lenses, designed to match the type of boating you do, whether inland or offshore. You might need to add a buoyant strap to anchor them to your face and keep them afloat if they tumble overboard, but with that in place you have a very effective marine solution. Price: various


THE Waeco S32 (a 32-litre thermoelectric cool bag) comes with 12v DC car lead and separate 230v AC mains adaptor. The bag is lightweight and folds away for easy storage when not in use. With its two-way ventilation system for fast cold air distribution, it cools to around five degrees Centigrade and is 100 per cent CFC-free. The inner foil is seamless, its lid is leak-proof and it is able to carry a 1.5-litre bottle upright. The shoulder straps are sturdy and adjustable and there are ample pockets for your accessories, such as cutlery, napkins and bottle opener. It’s well priced too. Price: £44.95

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Budget squeeze means UK is a place to charter NAUTICAL clichés are being dusted off as politicians try to explain cuts in spending and increases in taxes. As our personal budgets are squeezed the new buzz word is STAYcation rather than vacation. Paul Harvey looks at cutting your sailing cost by bareboat chartering in the UK instead of the Med. The saving could be more than £1,000. THE Med is boring. For a start, there’s no wind until after 1 pm when the island cliffs heat up and start sucking. Until then you have to endure the Yanmar quartet whilst wondering why you didn’t rent an air conditioned Sunseeker instead. That hard-earned Yachtmaster Theory course is wasted too, because there’s no tide and precious little by way of wrecks or sandbanks to test your navigation and impress your sunburnt crew. And it’s not only the sailing that’s boring - the scenery is as well. Flicking through my last four years of Med sailing pictures I couldn’t tell if they were taken in Greece or

Turkey. The islands were all sepia and barren with a grey-green haze, which the locals call vegetation. Furthermore, much of the sailing in the Med is an industry. Flights, boats, training, meals, even socialising, are pre-packed and labelled ‘flotilla’. OK, the Med does offer candlelit dining on remote islands, warm, crystal clear azure bays and sunkissed nymphets. You can also sleep on deck without needing oilskins. But these are incidental to sailing. One could enjoy these attractions on a golfing holiday. So what does southern England have to offer? Sitting on the balcony at Lymington Yacht Haven on a chilly, cloudless

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18 March morning with a 15 knot westerly got me thinking. This was everything the Med was not. But how can you access sailing in the south of England without your own boat? Because if there’s one thing the Med does well, it is to make sailing accessible to the inexperienced. Because sailing in Britain is more challenging than the Med - we have tides, sandbanks and the wrecks of Johnny Foreigner - anyone renting you a boat needs to be certain their pride-and-joy will not join the remains of Phillip II of Spain’s illfated flotilla holiday or slide into the Mary Rose’s old berth. Charter companies look for experience, currency and qualifications. Normally you need, as a minimum, a tidal Day Skipper certificate from the RYA, but experience counts. Otherwise, it’s a skippered charter. Armed with your paperwork, Chichester gives good access to the Solent and easterly cruising to Brighton, as well as having a fabulous harbour to explore your new boat’s handling in benign waters. On the south western tip of Hayling Island is Chichester Yacht Charter (, Tel: 01403 785501) run by Kevin Curran with a range of nearly new Bavarias, and a Southerly 42. High season, midweek (Monday to Friday) prices start at £1,050 for a 2007 Bavaria 37, up to £2,995 for a four-cabin Bavaria 46 for one week – Friday to Friday. They also have a Sealine 42 coming

soon for skippered charter only. For a bareboat charter you will need tidal coastal skipper practical and Yachtmaster theory with one crew member qualified to competent crew level. But, says Kevin, “there are many excellent yachtsmen with no formal qualification”, so bring along your sailing CV. Kevin recommends Priory Bay on the IOW or Itchenor for a day sail. From Priory Bay it’s about eight miles to the Hamble and Fairview Sailing. Fairview (www.fairviewsailing., Tel: 02380 457 023) has been established for 23 years and is run by Gordon Hobson and Paul Webb with 30 yachts on their books including a two-cabin, 30 foot Bavaria at £836 midweek, and a five-cabin, Bavaria 50 at £4,053 for a full week at peak season. All are available for bareboat charter. Gordon is also pragmatic about qualifications but if you want to go cross-channel, you will need at least Tidal Coastal Skipper Practical and Yachtmaster Theory. This also applies to charters over 38 feet. Gordon also recommends the IOW for a daysail, his choice would be Osborne Bay. Back on the mainland, Lymington offers excellent access to cruising to the east and, beyond the Narrows, to the west. Lymington Yachting Ltd. (www., Tel: 07717 484457) is based at the Yacht Haven and own three Bavarias offering superb value for such a prime location. A two-cabin Bavaria 32 is

available for £725 midweek whilst their Bavaria 38 costs £1,615 for a full week in high season. John Stevens and Andy Hogbourne own all the boats and have run the company for seven years. They have no hard-and-fast rules on qualifications except that one crew member must have a radio licence. They also have two First 40.7s for skippered charter. A week’s yacht charter this summer from Port Solent with Sunsail starts at £1,725 per boat, sleeping up to eight people aboard one of their matched fleet of Sunfast 37 yachts. Sunsail also operates the only flotilla in the UK in th Solent. Prices

start from £1,699 per boat with dates available between 10 July and 23 October. The company is also offering one day racing charters for Cowes Week from £1,565 plus Vat or £7,610 for the week. Call 0844 463 6578. From Lymington heading west through the Narrows, a huge sailing area opens up from Christchuch to Falmouth. So if the frantic pace of the Solent in August, with its regattas and club racing, is not for you - how about Plymouth? Liberty Yachts in Plymouth (www., Tel: 01752 227

911) have nine yachts on their books and offer a Bavaria 31 at £646 in high season, midweek, to a Beneteau 50 at £2,495 for a week. Simon Beeby looks to experience when considering a charter but if sailing to France, a formal qualification (ICC) is needed. Typically he looks for tidal Day Skipper but for the larger boats, experience on type as well. Simon also reports “increasing charter interest from those who had sold their boats but still want to sail.” The sailing area is bounded by Exmouth to Cherbourg in the east and Douarnenez, Brittany, to the

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Scillies in the west. For the less adventurous there’s the River Yealm. An early start and an easterly wind makes Falmouth in striking range, if you don’t have a night rating. In Falmouth Nick Jordan and his wife Caroline have run Cornish Cruising (www.cornishcruising. com, Tel: 01326 211800) for the last eight years and have 22 yachts on their books, as well as RIBs and motor boats. Nick takes a pragmatic view when renting, favouring ‘experience over qualifications’. Cornish Cruising will rent boats up to 32 feet to a novice (but ‘current’) day skipper but constrain them to within 20 miles of Falmouth and daytime sailing. For the more experienced, there are 40-foot plus

Bavarias, and Falmouth provides good access the Scilly Isles. Prices range from about £700 for a 32-foot Westerly Fulmar to £2,200 for a 2007 Bavaria 46 in high season for one week. If you fancy some luxury, try their 52-foot Beneteau Oceanis at £5,135, complete with skipper. Chartering in the south of England typically saves you ten to 15 per cent on yacht charter relative to the Med and, for a family of four, a £1,000 saving on airfares and airport parking. The further away from the Solent you go the cheaper it gets. However, most charters don’t include foul weather gear, typically £15 to £25 per week each and mooring charges, which can be over £30 per night away from your charter port.


View from a hill over the bay of Dartmouth, near Plymouth

Then there’s cleaning and fuel and a refundable deposit up to £1,500. Some companies charge for linen and dinghy outboards. For the less experienced who need a skipper at from £120 to £300 per day the saving would be wiped out unless it’s for a large party on a large boat. For the best value, try and negotiate a Sunday evening boarding with a Monday to Friday charter. Weekend daily rates are, typically, double the midweek daily rate. Sunset in Lymington

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What is the ? THE Royal Yachting Association has been around since 1875, initially as the Yacht Racing Association. But it has changed considerably in 135 years to become the representative body in the UK for most types of boating. Very interesting you may say, but what does that do for me? It’s easy to assume that anything with Royal and Yachting in its title could be just a little out of touch with the needs and requirements of ordinary UK sailors, windsurfers, motor boaters, yachtsmen and the rest. It isn’t! The RYA prides itself on listening to its members to take the pulse of today’s issues, uses modern techniques to communicate and runs the biggest boating information website in the UK. The organisation has 100,000 members, more than half being classified as ‘gold’ as they’ve been members for five years or more. This scale gives the RYA a voice in government circles larger than many

other sports, which is important when influencing future legislation or generating funding to develop the sport. Current campaigns include E borders, the payment of light dues and wind farms – in each case the RYA, together with industry partner BMF, identifies the relevant politicians, carefully scrutinises proposed legislation and argues the case for recreational boating. Most first discover the RYA through its training courses – from Dinghy Level 1 to Yachtmaster Offshore, the RYA training portfolio seeks to give people at every level the skills and confidence they need to enjoy their boating in a safe and responsible manner. Many then go on to join the association that has trained them to maintain contact and assist with their next steps. The RYA has 23,000 instructors who are the backbone of its training programme. Their importance has recently been

Britain’s Olympic starts at Beijing

recognised with a new instructor membership category which provides a range of benefits tailored to their requirements. The RYA is the body recognised and funded by Sport England to promote sailing to improve the health of the nation. This involves the achievement of targets for the number of active sailors and their satisfaction with the facilities provided. This funding provides both the infrastructure and programmes to bring more people into the sport. You may be familiar with the OnBoard programme, which has ran over 230,000 sailing sessions for school children over six years. There’s also Team15 that promotes windsurfing and Sailability which

Photo: Richard Langdon/RYA

enables 23,000 disabled people to go sailing annually. The RYA is now turning its attention to bringing more adults into the sport, and to encourage existing sailors to take to the water more often. There are projects to energise dinghy classes – such us ‘Activate your Laser’ working with Laser Performance and the Laser class association – through to projects aimed at encouraging cruising yachtsmen to use their boats more frequently. The RYA has recently recognised the importance of young people to its future with the launch of new Junior, Youth and Under 25 membership categories. Aimed at junior, secondary and post secondary school ages, these programmes have been developed to

gain and maintain interest in boating through a connection with the RYA. Perhaps the most exciting prospect for the RYA in the near future are the opportunities created by the 2012 Olympics. Many will be aware that the RYA has managed the most successful national sailing team at the last 3 Olympic regattas, winning double the number medals of the next best nation in China. Since 2008 Skandia Team GBR has continued to build strength in depth winning countless medals at World Cup events and major championships. However, the real benefit of a domestic Olympics lies in bringing more people into the sport and inspiring existing boaters on to the water more often – here the RYA is working on a programme of activity aimed at getting as many people as possible involved. So why should you join the RYA? Apart from being the interface with government that aims to safeguard the boating that you enjoy, the RYA provides its members with support, advice and a range of benefits appropriate to the type of boating they enjoy. It is respected for its legal and cruising advice, either through its website or by phone or email. This is supported by a range of E newsletters that focus on the issues of the day. Add in an increasing list of offers and discounts from across the boating spectrum and the economics of membership start to make sense. To find out more call 0844 556 9556 to talk with the membership team or log on to

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Keep a close watch on hard metal objects Sticky’s tips By Sticky Stapylton

WE were practising quick courses to steer and working up our estimated positions in the west Solent a few weeks ago. I always have two sets of charts for these exercises. You can have one navigator planning where to go on one chart with a second using the basic data of start point, course steered, speed, leeway, tidal set and drift working out where we are going to end up. It is vital in the course to steer exercise that the navigator, having drawn in the line on the chart of the course he wishes to make good, then checks that there are no dangers anywhere close to that line. It is no use just checking for charted depths, all dangers must be searched for and this includes, in particular, those hard metal objects which in strong tides can attract a boat like a magnet to a hunk of iron. I was down below reminding a

Yachtmaster Coastal of the procedure he needed to follow and happened to glance out of the window to see something like the view in the picture. There were two others on deck. It was raining a bit, but not much. The helm, in his keenness to steer the course ordered was, with dogged determination, gripping the tiller and concentrating on the bulkhead mounted compass to the exclusion of everything else. The fourth crew member was sheltering from the rain under the spray hood. So a proper lookout was not being maintained. We were lucky. We cleared the buoy by a couple of feet. There was no hurt to the boat but an excellent lesson was learnt. My maxim when well out to sea is that a complete scan of the horizon is made every 15 minutes. I say this because modern commercial vessels travel at about 25 – 30 knots. They will therefore cover the distance from being mast down on the horizon to where you are in 18 minutes or so. It is a very rough rule of thumb but

if you have two on watch and they make their checks alternatively, there is a good chance that a vessel will be seen in good time. In waters close to home it is a totally different kettle of fish. Bearing in mind that all tidal predictions are very much approximations and you can be taken into shallows or close to a navigational mark by tide too easily, you must exercise extra care. There will be many more vessels around particularly in the more popular sailing areas and so my rule on a busy day is that a permanent lookout is maintained especially on the leeward side where hazards can be hidden from the helmsman’s view.

Liferaft position I have been helping a friend kit out a new boat he has just bought. We have been discussing the various places he can keep his liferaft, an eight man canister. His crew are not the sort who pump iron each morning and therefore the raft must be positioned so that it can be easily manhandled into the sea.

The sugar scoop looks a good starter but space is not generous. It could be attached to the pushpit, but I have my doubts about its strength. There could be quite a strain in a heavy sea. Wherever you are going to store your liferaft it is essential that you check with the manufacturer that it can be stored on its side, and if it can be, which part should be upper most. I remember reading some time ago of a yacht which lost its keel. The liferaft was transom mounted, but once the boat was inverted, the liferaft was not easily accessible. There was no HRU (hydrostatic release unit). If a yacht sinks, the water pressure should, within four metres, activate a sharp knife which cuts a rope and the liferaft will float

free. As the yacht sinks, the liferaft painter line will be stretched and the raft starts to inflate. A weak link breaks and the liferaft can then be boarded.

Tap the glass The barometer is one of the most important items in a boat’s inventory. On long passages, it is one of those checks made every hour and if there has been a major change in pressure the watch is told to wake me. Brief your crew to tap the barometer before each reading because it overcomes static friction. My brief to my crew is to indicate with arrows up or down by the pressure reading in the log to show what is happening.

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Get hooked in the social net revolution Helen Waterhouse Development Officer The Green Blue

LAST year I was given the project of upgrading The Green Blue website and after 12 months of designing, searching for images, uploading content and getting everyone’s opinions, we finally went live. During the process it became clear that these days creating a website is just not enough and much to my horror some smart Alec suggested that we get right up to date and incorporate social networking media. But the very thought of it filled me with dread. Why on earth would we want to start tweeting and posting our status? After all, who’d really be interested in the finer details of everyday life in The Green Blue office? (By the way, Dan had a coronation chicken sandwich for lunch today from Bonne Bouche!) Well it turns out that social networking media isn’t just a fad. It’s

a fundamental shift in the way we communicate and it’s not just for the young. The fastest growing segment on Facebook is in fact 55 to 65 yearold women, and the numbers of users are vast. If Facebook were a country its population would be the fourth largest in the world. Relevance to The Green Blue – well a quick search on Facebook revealed that over 100,000 UK members mention an interest in sailing. With a huge potential target audience like that, I decided to find out more and I learned that social networking media is not as overwhelming as I first thought. Yes there are many sites, Facebook, Twitter, Bebo, My Space, LinkedIn etc, etc, but actually it’s all quite simple. The message that came through loud and clear was just do it, give it a go, get blogging and you’ll soon get followers. But who had the time for all this when there was real work to be getting on with? Well it seems that this is real work!

Apparently, we no longer search for the news, the news finds us, and it is predicted that in the near future we will no longer search for products and services, they will find us via social media. So with nothing to lose The Green Blue has jumped in with both feet, and we’ve now gained 60plus followers/fans. That may not sound like many, but the numbers are growing steadily and more importantly organically every day. That’s 60-plus people who now know who we are, who might want to come along and see the ‘Calypso’ Contessa 32 eco project at this year’s PSP Southampton Boat Show, who might be interested in applying for a Volvo Eco Challenge Club Grant or who might want to find out how to fit a wind turbine on board. So far we have just dabbled in social networking with lots more to do but the great thing about it is that you can just pick one thing at a time and get going. It occurred to me that social networking media and sustainable

boating are similar. They are both here to stay and knowing where to start can be overwhelming but burying one’s head in the sand won’t make either go away you have to jump on board and make a start. And there is plenty of help at hand. Experts to ask, workshops to attend, and grants available. Just like social networking, you don’t have to try to tackle everything at once. Just pick one issue, go for it and get some quick wins. Do what you can when you can and you may even save some money at the same time. So if you’re thinking of trying to make environmental improvements in your business, training centre or on

board, The Green Blue is here to help. We offer free advice and can support you through the maze of options ensuring that you make the right changes for your organisation. Just remember it’s ok to start with the easy stuff, do one thing at a time and see where it takes you. So why not get in touch for free guidance, check out the new website for ideas or even join the social networking revolution and follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

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A man with Cowes in the blood

Photo: Rick Tomlinson

COWES Week is the one of the world’s most celebrated yachting events and it is firmly part of the British summer. As many as 1,000 boats take part involving 8,500 amateur and professional sailors. As the small island town gears up to welcome them plus 200 to 300 spectator boats and more than 100,000 visitors, Lawry Sear reports on the history and talks to one of the men who has been at the heart of the regatta for much of his life.



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Ian Lallow

Cowes Parade Regatta, 1900

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THERE’S something special about Ian Lallow. He is the closest you get to a human piece of Cowes Week rock - the letters of Cowes Week, the traditions and the feel of Cowes sailing run right through him from head to toe. Boat building in Cowes has run in his family for four generations since 1867. And he continues the family tradition of playing a big part in Cowes Week as a race officer helping to set the courses on the challenging Solent waters which divide the Isle of Wight from Britain’s South coast. His diary has had 31 July to 7 August, 2010 - the dates for Cowes Week, this year - carefully blocked out so nothing clashes with his plans at the world’s most famous sailing regatta. The week is as much part of his life as family birthdays are to the rest of us. His memories of this event, which is so much part of Britain’s sporting and social calendar like Glorious Goodwood, Henley Regatta, Wimbledon and the Lords Test Match, go back 60 years. And he is

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looking forward with as much relish and excitement as ever to this year’s regatta, the 184th since the tradition began on 10 August, 1826, when just seven yachts competed for a £100 trophy.


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It is a rich history with Royal connections reflecting the then Prince Regent’s passion for sailing. It began with the first races in 1812. Fourteen years later, the Royal Yacht Club, later to become the Royal Yacht

Squadron, organised three days of racing on the Solent waters under the patronage of King George IV who donated a gold cup worth £100 to mark the occasion. Cowes Regatta had become reality.

It was a rich man’s sport in the 1800’s with big boats up to 160 tons and paid crews. Numbers were few in sailing then. Even in the 50s, 60s and 70s only some 200 boats competed. Now over the eight days

of Cowes Week – it starts and ends on a Saturday - there are more than 35 races a day with 80 to 100 boats taking part in some classes and as few as a dozen in others. Altogether as many as 1,000 boats in total take



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Fun and frolics o part involving 8,500 amateur and professional competitors from all over the world. And to this you can add another 200 to 300 boats spectating and more than 100,000 visitors in the small picturesque town of Cowes. The biggest event to date was in 2005 when 1,036 boats competed. Ian Lallow is chairman of Cowes Town Regatta. He has held that role for more than 20 years and follows a tradition set by his father who was also chairman for many years. The town regatta was part of the original Cowes Week. It involved sailing, rowing and swimming events along with fancy dress and stalls on The Green, like a town fete. The Town Regatta, which lasted until the 1950s, was staged for the local people while the gentry, dressed in collars and ties, raced in the Solent waters in their big competitive boats with their paid crews doing the work. Other clubs each staged their own regattas too until they combined to organise one major event. Cowes Town Regatta joined the official Cowes Week in 1964. It is one of nine sailing clubs, known as Cowes Combined Clubs, which organise racing on different days during Cowes Week. Today the collars and ties have vanished to be replaced with technical clothing in bright colours. Sailing gear has become a fashion statement for those taking part. The boats have changed too. The massive yachts of the 1920s and 1930s where nothing was shorter than 60 to 70 feet have been replaced by self-skippered 30 to 40 feet vessels. Cowes is no longer the exclusive world of members’ only clubs or a rich man’s playground. Now it is a place where sailing is enjoyed by people of all means and abilities and a wide-range of shoreside events is on offer and open to all. For Ian Lallow competing in Cowes Week races was restricted to a couple of days at the start of each week. The

rest of the time his hands were full as the family boat building business was fully occupied with running repairs for competitors anxious to return to the fray after losing a mast, a rudder or sustaining damage in a close quarter clash. Now he is occupied with the organisational nightmare of providing racing in these challenging waters. Ian Lallow sought his racing highs in building beautiful boats such as editions two and three of Edward Heath’s Admiral’s Cup challenger Morning Cloud. But his real opportunity came when he was called in as a replacement for the Prime Minister when political duties meant Edward Heath missed the 1971 Sydney-Hobart race. Starting as the crewman who set spinnakers he ended up helming Morning Cloud with the Prime Minister for five years in races all over the world. Many things have changed in the 60 years since Ian Lallow remembers the battleship HMS Vanguard standing as guard ship for the regatta. The Royal Navy no longer plays a part and the Royal Yacht, once a regular visitor, is no more. By tradition the sleepy town of Cowes is transformed into a carnival atmosphere of cocktail parties, dinners and formal balls. And there is one event which has remained the same throughout more than 150 years of Cowes Week history. By tradition the events at Cowes are rounded off with one of the UK’s most spectacular firework displays watched by thousands of people on both sides of the Solent and professional and amateur sailors from throughout the world. Throughout its rich history spanning almost 200 years Cowes Week has embraced change. But it has maintained some of the tradition which makes Cowes unique. Next month All at Sea brings you a step by step guide to Cowes Week – where to watch, who to spot, what’s happening, where to go and how to get there.

THE shore-side program Week is set to provid complement to a packed and guarantee the usual atmosphere ashore for wh is so well known. The spectacular annu fireworks display has been to a generous anonymo display will take place on at 21:30. Additional funds are towards the cost of polici and the extensive infrast to ensure the safety Organisers are therefore fans to make a donati Paypal at www.cowesw surplus funds will contrib 2011 display. The Red Arrows display, in recent years, will take p Friday 6 August thanks

All aboard the yacht ha A MICHAEL Jackson tribute act, an onstage beach party and an appearance from Doctor and the Medics will be just some of the off-water activities taking place at Cowes Yacht Haven during Cowes Week. The Yacht Haven will be aiming to cement its reputation as the ‘heart of Cowes Week’ by launching a series of firsts this year. The biggest news is the abolition of the entry fee to the Yacht Haven. For the first time access to all of Cowes Yacht Haven’s entertainment, bars and shops will be free every day other than fireworks night. The famous stage also has a new sponsor in the form of marine clothing company,

Gill. The Gill stage will play host to a bevy of acts every night, including: R&B artist Aaron Soul, Doctor and the Medics, One of the world’s top Michael Jackson tribute acts and A T-Rex tribute act. A number of special guests are also expected to be announced nearer the time. The Gill stage will be compered by BBC Radio Solent presenter, Alex Dyke. Also, for the first time at Cowes Yacht Haven, a number of berths are being held back to ensure non-racers can moor their boats and be at the very centre of the action. Although most berths are already booked for the week, the Yacht Haven

is holding a numb daily on a first com throughout the week Berthing prices f also been reduced, w per cent. The Yacht H traditions, such as outlets, plethora of bar, will all return in Events Centre Ma said: “We’ve launch initiatives to make s they’re a competito entertainment-lover heart of the action.” www.cowesyachtha

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by Artemis Investment Management for the second year running. The display will serve as a warm-up to the fireworks. Monday 2 August will be a day when efforts are focused on the activities of the official RNLI Charity Day with an emphasis on fundraising and generating awareness of the charity’s great work.  A celebration of women in sailing - one of very few mainstream sports where men and women compete on equal terms – will take place on Wednesday 4 August. A whole host of fun and celebratory activities will provide a focus for the day. Each of the shore-side venues will also be contributing to the unique festival atmosphere of Cowes Week. Highlights include: A dedicated area for Cowes Week participants and friends at Shepards Wharf Marina will host daily live bands, crew parties and themed nights throughout the week. Entrance to the site


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is free, although Competitor Cards may be required at certain times. The late night crew bar will be open until 02:00 and entry to Infernos Nightclub will be free with a Competitor Card before 22:00 throughout the week (except Friday 6 August). The chance to mingle with the two America’s Cup teams, TEAMORIGIN and BMWORACLE Racing at The 1851 Cup Village on Cowes Parade. Here, you will also be able to watch the Cowes Week racing fleets as they head to and from their start and finish lines and enjoy live entertainment throughout the week.  A buzzing town throughout the week with street theatre and live entertainments, provided courtesy of Cowes Business Association. Full details of the entertainment lineup throughout Cowes Week are now available online at www.cowesweek.

Yacht Haven stage schedule Fri 30 July:

Tues 3 Aug:

Cowes Week Beach Party, the Derek Sandy Band

Orange Street (Two Tone Ska Band)

Sat 31 July: 60’s A Go-Go party, complete with go dancers

Wed 4 Aug: T.Rextasy. Thurs 5 Aug:

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Dr & the Medics.

Revenge Of The 80’s Party with David Van Day and The Dr.

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Mon 2 Aug: Michael Jackson Dance Party with Navi the Worlds No 1 MJ tribute and R&B artist Aaron Soul.

Cowes Week Bash, Glam City Rockers. Starring original members of The Glitterband, Hello & Girls School. Sat 7 Aug: Corner Stone Party Band.




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Groupama 40, skipper: Franck Cammas and The Ocean Racing Club - Sète

Extreme 40s back to rekindle Cowes . Week excitement

Photo: Vincent Curutchet/DPPI/OC Events

THE Extreme Sailing Series returns to Cowes Week for the fourth consecutive year and there will be more days of racing this year. The fleet will be put through its paces over six days, with a mixture of the short, sharp courses the circuit has become renowned for, as well as longer ‘classical’ Cowes Week type races, stretching the legs of the dynamic Extreme 40 catamarans and the tenacity of their crews. Last year thousands gathered along the Isle of Wight shoreline in Cowes to watch the Extreme 40s in close quarter combat. The easy to understand racing was intense and spectacular, with the teams cheered on as they crossed within inches of each other and the beach. Event organiser OC Events aims to make top level professional sailing

entertaining for both sailing and non-sailor audiences. The Extreme Sailing Series Race Village at Egypt Point will have a mix of corporate hospitality and bars and food outlets for the general public and in the evening DJs. “We aim to entertain both on and off the water at every event,” said Gilles Chiorri, Event Director for OC Events. “The visitors last year were fantastic in their support of the teams and were very vocal in their enjoyment of the racing. We look forward to putting on another great show this year.” Friday 30 July will see the only UK leg of the circuit kick off with an exclusive media day, reserved for the visiting national and international media. The non-point scoring racing will give the teams the opportunity to assess each other’s improvements

in performance and teamwork over the eight weeks since the opening event in Sète at the end of May. Every morning from Saturday 31 July to Thursday 5 August, except for Tuesday 3 August, there will be a long distance morning race, starting from the Royal Yacht Squadron line. Lasting up to an hour, the longer races will pitch the teams’ boat speed head-to-head on relatively open water. The short course racing will take place at Egypt Point every afternoon. For the first three days from 3pm and for the final three, the entertainment will begin from 4pm with racing from 5pm, to ensure as many of the Cowes Week competitors can enjoy the top flight action, after the waters are largely clear of the Cowes Week racing yachts. Nine teams are anticipated to be

ALL AT SEA | JULY 2010 | on the start line including current series leader Yann Guichard and his men on Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, defending series champions, Oman Sail Masirah led by Mr Multihull himself Loick Peyron, double Olympic Gold Medallist Roman Hagara with Red Bull Extreme Sailing and local hero Mike Golding with Ecover Sailing Team. A new entry joining the line-up in Cowes will be announced shortly. Mike Golding, skipper of Ecover Sailing Team said: “It is always nice to be sailing in familiar waters in front of a home crowd but that also comes with additional pressures. “We had a good result in Sete and we are hoping to reach the podium for the Cowes event. It will be interesting to see the teams’ performances on the longer races - I’m sure boat handling will be crucial, as will the communication on board. “It’s a long race compared to the short sharp 20 minute racing we are used to, I’m sure concentration will also be key to success on the water. The Island is famous for its tidal currents, and I’m hoping local knowledge will help us gain a bit of an advantage over some of the other teams in that area.” Four Extreme 40s took part in last month’s J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race: Ecover, Team GAC Pindar and The Wave, Muscat as well as defending line honours champions, Oman Sail Masirah.



2010 Extreme Sailing Series schedule Friday 30 July 1pm - Media Day, Press Conference 2.30pm - Informal racing, first start off Royal Yacht Squadron

Saturday 31 July Monday 2 August 10am - Start long-distance race off Royal Yacht Squadron 3pm - Afternoon, short course racing off Egypt Point End of Racing - Daily prizegiving

Tuesday 3 August - Thursday 5 August 10am - Start long-distance race off Royal Yacht Squadron (no race Tues 3 Aug) 5pm - Afternoon, short course racing off Egypt Point 6.30pm - End of event prizegiving The Wave, Muscat in action on the first day of the Extreme Sailing Series in Sète

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BOOKS IN BRIEF Going Foreign

Cruising Abroad for the First Time

Adlard Coles Nautical • £14.99 • Publication date: 7th July 2010 MANY coastal sailors and motorboaters find the prospect of sailing their boat to the continent appealing yet daunting. There are so many additional aspects that all need to be taken into account, which can make cruising abroad for the first time seem a forbidding prospect. Going Foreign shows how taking a trip across the Channel or the North Sea is eminently achievable. This accessible and user-friendly book takes the boater through all the appropriate aspects in depth to dispel the mystique of sailing abroad. Foreign cruising is achievable by anyone with basic boat-handling skills and navigational knowledge. Going Foreign covers a range of topics including: • What qualifications you will need and what paperwork you should carry • How to plan your best passage including suitable ports of refuge • How to make a detailed pilotage plan for your landfall ports • How to brief your crew on safety and what

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Faster Racing Techniques

Adlard Coles Nautical • £35.00 • Publication date: 2nd July 2010 SOME people like to sail. Some people like to sail fast. This is a book about sailing faster. During the past few decades there has been a revolution in the way some boat designers and sailors have thought about, designed, built and sailed their boats. High Performance Sailing is about the new ideas which have led to these greater speeds and the faster sailing techniques which have been developed to achieve them. Now in its second edition, High Performance Sailing has been brought right up to date with new information, discoveries from new boat testing and new developments. High Performance Sailing has become the standard reference work on high speed racing techniques - the bible for racing sailors, from dinghies right through to America’s Cup

boats. Ground-breaking in its thinking on boat speed, strategy and tactics, and timeless in its application, it is a book which no serious racing yachtsman should be without. Frank Bethwaite has been at the leading edge of national and world class sailing for over sixty years. Apart from his own outstanding racing successes, he has coached every level of would-be champion from basic to Olympic standard. Within his own family, three are Olympic champions and three are world champions in four classes. From a background of aeronautical engineering and meteorology, Frank spent thirty years in military and civilian aviation and finally in scientific flying. When he retired he decided to find out how small sailboats worked - so that he could make them sail faster.

Reeds Skipper’s Handbook Adlard Coles Nautical • £7.99 THE Reeds Skipper’s Handbook, now in its 6th edition, has been a bestseller since first publication. A handy pocket size, it is an aidememoire of everything a boater would need to know at sea. Packed with a wide range of information in a concise form it is frequently recommended by Yachtmaster™ Instructors as a quick reference guide and as a revision aid for anyone taking their Day Skipper and Yachtmaster™ certificates. • Easy to find what you need • Answers all the navigational questions likely to arise during a coastal passage • Ideal for RYA Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster™ courses • The original and the best! The sixth edition has been expanded with helpful new material on boat handling, tides,

ropework and general seamanship. Reeds Skipper’s Handbook is a must for anyone going to sea in any size of boat - be they novice or old hand. Many thousands of skippers and crew have found it invaluable as a memory jogger and fresher whether at sea or on land. Malcolm Pearson has a lifelong love of boats and the sea, and has been ‘messing about’ in boats – sail and power, large and small – for more than 60 years, around the coasts of the UK, Northern Europe and America. He has also made several yacht delivery trips to the Mediterranean, some through the European Inland Waterways and others the long way round via the Bay of Biscay. Malcolm was also a Yachtmaster™ Instructor for over 20 years.

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Cornish ales and Wight cocktails for Cowes

In the drink By Paul Antrobus

CORNISH ales are great and gaining a following outside the county, led by Sharp’s Doom Bar. At Cowes Week Doom Bar will be strutting its promotional stuff in popular yachtie pubs. T-shirts and a competition to win a ride in the Doom Bar hot-air balloon will be among the attractions. But, of course, the main attraction is the beer itself. The brewery is near Rock, not far from Newquay. Sharp’s does not own pubs. All their effort goes into creating fine beers and extending their distribution to the rest of the country, from Cornwall to Kent, and even at riverside pubs on the Thames, well into the nontidal bit. Sharp’s claims to be the biggest brewery in Cornwall (St Austell brewery may not agree!), producing half a million pints a week. The brewery is ‘modern’, founded only in 1994. Doom Bar is its lead product, named after the notorious sandbank across the Camel Estuary bay at Rock. The caskconditioned beer is golden and flavoursome and, although a modest four per cent, it tastes

quite full-bodied due to the longer than usual seven days’ cask conditioning, while a spicy hops flavour comes through from using whole hop leaves in the brew. If you’re not going to Cowes but heading west to Fowey or Falmouth, say, you will find a selection of Sharp’s more esoteric brews in the local pubs and sailing clubs. Sharp’s Special at five per cent abv is an excellent example of traditional bottle-conditioned ale, full-bodied and featuring a small proportion of roasted barley in the mash. In a dark glass bottle to stop the ultraviolet light making it ferment too vigorously, it pours bright golden. Remember, it is a live-yeast beer essential for bottle conditioning and it will form a small yeast sediment, so pour gently angled to avoid the sediment entering the glass. It won’t do you any harm or change the taste but it will make the beer look cloudy. In a clear glass bottle and preconditioned, Sharp’s Atlantic IPA is a light golden traditional Indian Pale Ale. It is linked to Sharp’s support for the local RNLI, with a proportion of Atlantic sales revenue being donated. Fresh summer drinking and good at bilge temperature for on-

board stocks. Back in Cowes, watch out for Wight Vodka cocktail promotions, too. Ritu Manocha, the brand owner, is always inventing new ones for the sailing events they support.

Look out for Wight Cap, featuring Champagne top-up, and Wight Pearl, featuring lychee juice. Enjoy your summer drinks but, as the Wight Vodka people say, “tack and gybe responsibly”.

Price fighting WE knew price hikes were coming, I guess. Hungarian wines to the rescue again! Look out for Chapel Hill sparkling Pinot Grigio Brut in local supermarkets - a very useful summer fizz, usually to be found at under £7 a bottle.

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25’, hull and cabins. Concrete keel/twin bilge keels, Marine surveyor inspected 5/10/09. Requires some repairs, project for keen woodworker, in need of much TLC. In yard, on River Orwell, Suffolk. Offers.

A wooden Optimist. The hull is in great condition and newly painted and varnished so no maintenance required. This is an excellent training boat as the hull was specifically constructed for beaching. However the rig is set up to race and my son has been club racing it for the last 3 years.

7 berth, GRP, fin-keel, diesel, wheel steering, Furlex, Redcrest, Yamaha outboard. Unlaunched. Project requiring completion.

I am approaching my 70th year and retiring from sailing as arthritis becomes ever more intrusive. So “Arian” is for sale to the next custodian of this wonderful yacht. Call for full details/images.

Sailing boat, GRP bilge keels, 5 berth sailing cruiser, 8hp Johnson outboard, roller reefing, good sails, separate sea toilet, standing headroom, sink & cooker, all in good condition.

Tel: 01304 821649

Tel: 0115 849 4083

Tel: 07816 030254

Tel: 02920 512074

Tel: 01702 472482





2004 LASER DART 16



1966 WESTERLY 25’



23’ Mahogany on Oak, long keel. Tan sails, 14hp Nanni Diesel, low hours, 4 berth, cooker, toilet, beaching legs 4 steel cradle. Houdini hatch, twin batteries, pumps. Boat in good condition, Lying Portsmouth.

sail No 2378 has only been used over 2 seasons from new so its in very good working order with no repairs ready to sail comes with launching wheels, no road trailer, can deliver.

Engine new 2003, new heads and standing rigging, furling Genoa, radio, autopilot. Lying Falmouth.

Tel: 01420 82093

Tel: 07917 775530

Tel: 07775 561280


2009 BATES HAVEN 12 1/2










Twin keel Volvo engine. Please call for full details.

Much admired example of Maurice Griffiths’ classic design in very good condition. ‘Serenity’ has had a major refit over past 3 years including new tan mainsail, furling Genoa & cover (cost £1700), new s/s guardrails, new sheets & halyards, new NASA log & sounder, new rudder.

Tel: 01394 671897



1983 SADLER 26


Tel: 01992 522241




Quality Joel White/Herreschoff reproduction with Herreschoff bronze hardware throughout. Robbins Timber Super-Elite Mahogany clinker hull, finished in African Mahog and Oak. A pleasure to sail.

Sail number 1988. Recently lovingly restored to immaculate condition. Great condition combi trailer. New rudder, two sets of sails, Spinnaker and Spinnaker pole. New ropes, Cover. Call for more details or photos. £1200 for quick sale.

Snapdragon 26 bilge keel sailing cruiser built by Thames Marine of GRP. Sail number 119. Length 26’ draught 2’9’. Gold anodised alloy mast and boom. Yanmar YSE8 8hp electric start diesel inboard engine.

New Beta 13.5hp twin cylinder freshwater cooled engine, drive shaft and propeller professionally fitted in 2006. Standing rigging renewed 2006. Furling Genoa by Crusader Sails new in 2007, No.2 Genoa, cruising chute, storm jib, lazy jacks, spray hood, Clipper Duet log & depth, NASA Stingray VHF radio, Garmin GPS.

A superb cruiser with Vast accommodation. 5 berths, 6ft 1in. headroom, Large heads/shower, sea-toilet with 30 gal. holding tank. 25hp Westerbeke (30 gal. fuel tank).

Tel: 01446 751008

Tel: 07963 108133

Tel: 07824 701704

Tel: 07836 589170

Tel: 01985 212481












1980 JAGUAR 22





Fine Wooden construction, Blue hull, veneered mahogany topsides, beautiful boat in excellent condition. Proctor mast and spars, lifting rudder, high quality fittings throughout with spare mast, centreboard and rudders. Virtually unused Goacher main and Genoa plus several other sails.

Topper dinghy for sale (No. 28139), complete and ready to sail. White hull / Blue deck, launching trolley included. Excellent condition, new self bailer.

Built in 1977 by the Tyler Boat Company Ltd in Kent, designed by Einar Ohlson this 38 foot long keeled sloop with keel stepped anodised alloy mast is an excellent example of this classic design, fully equipped and ready to go blue water cruising.

Crusader sails with roller reefing genoa. GPS. VHF. Depth /Speed log, Lifting keel, Lying Pembrokeshire.

8 Metre 4 berth GRP motor sailer with 47Hp Perkins Diesel, Built in 1974, roller reefing genoa, slab reefing mainsail, sail cover, spray dodgers, standing and running rigging all new in 2005, Spacious cockpit and 6’2 standing headroom, Long keel with bilge plates, excellent condition.

Tel: 01772 783946

Tel: 07740 416245

Tel: 01273 491383

Tel: 02920 626898

Tel: 01206 381932





Certified classic fireball sail number 9829 (with measurement certificate) for sale in Saltash, Cornwall. Wooden hull, red, with varnished decks, aluminium spars, two sets of Dakron sails and two spinnakers.

Tel: 01752 846198




Fun to sail. Complete. Car topper. Must sell. Call for further details.

Tel: 01438 351577








This boat is in really superb condition. Has been completely refurbished. Full spec. and CD available. Please contact.

This is a sound fin keel (lead) yacht with a new 3 cyl Kubota diesel (23hp) fitted in 2005. The engine has had very little use since new. She is the half ton version so the mast keel stepped, taller rig and deeper draught.

Safe and stable, easily sailed single handed. Solid construction (Approx. half inch hull thickness) New Beta 2 cylinder diesel engine, sails, roller Genoa, heavy duty SS rigging, Tricolour and steaming light etc., cushions, Garmin GPS. Depth Sounder/Log.

Tel: 01273 510016

Tel: 07753 349599

Tel: 07956 269274

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Built 1983, 7.65m/25ft—Lifting keel—5 berths. Volvo MD5B 7.5hp regularly serviced. Epoxied 2003 Furling gear & genoa new 2007. One owner from new, all maintenance professionally done, no DIY. Her proud owners have sailed her in safety and comfort from Scheveningen to Trebeurden, Lowestoft to the Helford and all channel crossings in between £10 000 (inc. inflatable, 2 brand new lifejackets & other extras)

Tel: 07753 658900





1987 BEECHCRAFT 12-380

Very good condition, internal diesel engine, new sails 2005, 4 berth, Full navigation systems included. Price reduced for quick sale.

Steel Motor Sailor 1 of 3 Ice Breakers built to use in canals in Holland now a converted Motor Sailor. Long Keel, 5 berth steel, Bedford 300 series Diesel engine.

12m Steel/aluminium Beechcraft flybridge cruiser. Commissioned 1987 and conscientiously maintained and upgraded by her marine journalist owner from new. Huge modern inventory. 300hp Cummins diesel.

Powered by Twin Yanmar 306 Diesel engine’s on shaft drive. Hull Colour is Arctic White. Interior is Mirage. Counter tops are Sandstone Extras are as follows:- 5’ Spotlight, remote controlled - Bow Thruster 6hp.

Tel: 07815 198396

Tel: 07768 061570

Tel: 01823 672671

Tel: 07917 390031









1988 BAYLINER 2450








1989 ILVER 36





4 berth, TV/DVB/DVD/VHF radio, Mikuni heating, hob, fridge, BSC till 2013, 240v ring, CD player, new canopy 2009, engine serviced leg overhauled, ready to go.

Very well equipped and maintained. Many, many extras. Re upholstered, new, water tanks, water pump, helm picnic table, stackpack sail cover, cruising chute.

Substantial build quality, complete with dedicated trailer, 2.3 Honda outboard, oars, bilge pump, roller reefing jib, limited use, carefully stored ashore under own cover.

Twin 1996 Diesels. Well maintained and spacious cruiser, LOA: 37ft 4 Beam: 12ft Displacement: Approx. 7 Tonnes. This is a fantastic well maintained example of the spacious Italian made Ilver 36 sports cruiser. The current owners have spared no cost in keeping her well maintained.

Excellent small 19ft cabin cruiser. Reliable Suzuki DV 9.9 outboard engine, full cockpit canopy. On private moorings on river Nene nr Wellingborough.

Tel: 07717 415525

Tel: 01993 892211

Tel: 01692 581660

Tel: 07709 095683

Tel: 01933 665010








1990 DEHLER 25



2002 SEALINE F33





Volvo powered petrol, 260 hrs with very little use, 6 berth, cooker, fridge, shower, toilet, excellent sea going vessel.

Good small clean 4 berth sailing boat for sale self tacking jib, 4hp Mercury sailmate and satnav. Lying North Fambridge.

Launch trolley, trailer, ‘copper-coated’ hull, retractable rudder, dingy, half-battoned sails, main & kedge, 9hp Mercury outboard, boarding ladder, 2 burner stove, 4 berth, cockpit seats, easy jacks.

Boat has many extras, low engine hours of 150. A very well maintained example which is stored ashore each winter, fully winterised and serviced prior to season. Full UK specification including many sensible and practical upgrades such as plate storage and forward hinging radar arch.

4 berth cruiser. 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.

Tel: 01375 402887

Tel: 07772 512807

Tel: 01606 851339

Tel: 01323 848551





1992 ATLANTIC 49



Twin 330hp Mercruiser 1B 7.4 litre, raw water cooling, Westerbeke 4.5 kw generator, Cruisair reverse cycle air/heat, self contained luxury cruiser plus 3 axle trailer.

Fully British Registered. Vat Paid. Blue Water Cruiser. Winged Keel. Deck Stepped Mast. Furling Genoa. Reefing Main. Twin wheels. Spacious teak cockpit with Bimini. 2 triple forward cabins currently arranged as one Master Cabin. 2 double Aft Cabins. Skippers cabin. Large saloon with table to seat 8.

Tel: 01903 765143

Tel: 07554 076554





1980 LEISURE 20




Well equipped, well maintained. Stored on trailer. East Yorkshire.

Tel: 01377 250626




1995 BAYLINER 2252 CM




Bargain Reluctant Sale. 40hp Yamaha 4 stroke approx 6 years old with power tilt & trim and electric start, this will happily run at 4 mile per hour on canals or fast on the lakes or rivers, hot and cold water, shower with toilet.

Tel: 07505 977612

Tel: 01663 762181



1990 ATLANTA 24

Excellent family friendly sports cruiser. Ideal first cruiser. Engine 4.3L Mercruiser inboard, Alpha 1 stern drive. Many extras.






Opportunity to purchase ideal starter boat & road trailer. Volvo V6 205 duo prop. Toilet/shower/hot water/ bathing platform. All in excellent condition.

She is a spacious cruiser for her class with 4 berths in 2 cabins and a spacious rear cockpit, the engine well to the aft houses a 6hp Mercury outboard with electric charger with isolator switch. She is fully equipped with Mainsail, furlng Genoa fully rigged ready to sail, sale includes fenders, hook, life boy, lights, ropes, fire extinguishers, anchor, pump, compass etc, plenty of storage inside and out.

An ideal starter boat - loads of extras including outboard, life jackets and trailer, needs antifouling and a little TLC.

This Chris Craft 320 Express Cruiser is a great sports cruiser moored in the beautiful Marina Veruda in Istria, Northern Croatia. She is a very easy boat to handle and well suited for most people.

Beautifully appointed, Boat safety certificate valid until 2013, Brand new hood, Shore power, warm air heating, courtesy lights, mood lighting (in cabin), Double bed facility front and aft. Fridge, microwave.

Tel: 01619 694436

Tel: 07811 398 305

Tel: 01642 780802

Tel: 07970 861012

Tel: 07725 163728

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Force 12 ... Hurricane – whoops the Admiral’s blown over... SEAMANSHIP is all about having an awareness of your surroundings and one of the most important things to know is how strong the wind is. You don’t have to be a meteorologist (try saying that with a mouthful of toffee...) but it’s good to know what the wind is going to do before you get out on the water. You can get a forecast from the club/ harbour notice boards, internet, radio, tv and the phone. Once you’ve got the forecast you need to be able to understand what it’s telling you about the strength of the wind. So here’s a beginners guide to knowing how strong the wind is, which you can use to impress your mates with.

The Beaufort Scale In the 18th Century a chap called Admiral Beaufort made up the Beaufort Scale (pronounced bowfort) to help sailors work out how strong the wind is. It was based on describing the sea state in different winds and goes from Force 0 to Force 12. It is still the system we use today. Force 0 – calm. This means no wind at all and the sea will look like a mirror. So relax and have fun but keep a look out for ripples

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be loads of spray around. Experienced sailors can cope up to Force 6 but by Force 7 everyone is in the clubhouse!

When is a knot not a knot? on the water that tell you there is some wind coming.

will have white caps now. 11-15 knots of wind.

Force 1 – light air. There may be some constant ripples on the water and you might be able to sail, but only just. A bit frustrating! 1-3 knots of wind.

Force 5 and above? Don’t even think about it! There’ll be bigger waves now with many whitecaps and as the wind strength goes up the waves will start breaking and there’ll

When it’s a nautical mile per hour of course! The nautical mile per hour is used to measure wind speed (and boat speed). A nautical mile is a bit longer than a land mile. You can learn more from the RYAs practical handbook Go Sailing by Claudia Myatt! Go to

Force 2 – light breeze. There will be some small wavelets but generally it will be so nice and gentle you could take your granny out! 4-6 knots of wind.

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Force 3 – gentle breeze. Wow perfect sailing! Enough wind to for an exciting sail with some larger wavelets to splash your crew with. 7-10 knots of wind

Just post in your completed Sudokus to:

Force 4 – moderate breeze. Now it’s time for beginners to head for home and watch the experts from ashore! Some of the waves

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NEWS IN BRIEF Chest pain man rescued WHITSTABLE lifeboat launched to assist a man suffering from severe chest pains on a yacht in the River Swale. The Coastguard also scrambled an RAF Sea King helicopter from Wattisham in Suffolk. A lifeboat crew member went aboard the yacht and gave the man oxygen. When the helicopter arrived, the RNLI volunteers helped the man aboard their lifeboat. He was then winched up to the helicopter and flown to hospital.

THE volunteers of Fowey lifeboat in Cornwall had a busy start to the summer – especially over a weekend last month when they were called out three times in four days. The first call out was on the evening of Thursday 10 June at 4.55pm, when the crew launched allweather lifeboat Maurice and Joyce Hardy following a request from the Coastguard at Brixham. A 32-foot yacht had become disabled after a rope had become tangled around its propeller. The crew quickly located the yacht, attached a towline and guided her safely back into the harbour. On the following Saturday morning at 10.53am, the crew again responded to an urgent callout from the Coastguard. There had been a report of a person overboard from a yacht south of Looe Island. They quickly launched the allweather lifeboat and headed to the scene. Their fellow crew members from Looe were also on hand aboard their inshore lifeboat.

Good value for money STRANRAER RNLI lifeboat was called into action at 4.10pm on Wednesday 16 June to a 30foot yacht that had suffered gearbox failure and was drifting towards a dangerous rocky area. The lifeboat crew were on the scene in minutes and towed the yacht into Stranraer marina for repairs. The yacht skipper– a Governor member of the RNLI – said his direct debit was worth every penny as the RNLI do an extraordinary job of saving lives at sea.

When the lifeboat arrived on scene the casualty had been recovered back on to the yacht but needed immediate medical attention. A Coastguard helicopter was quickly on hand and the casualty was airlifted to Derriford Hospital. The Looe lifeboat took the rest of the yacht’s crew back to shore, where they were handed into the care of waiting paramedics to be treated for shock. Fowey lifeboat crew members then brought the yacht safely into port, escorted by their lifeboat. The third callout of the weekend came on Sunday evening at 8.22pm. A motor cruiser had struck something under the water, which resulted in the boat being holed below the waterline. The Fowey volunteers launched their inshore lifeboat Olive Two and headed up the river towards the boat. The all-weather lifeboat wasn’t far behind and brought a salvage pump to the scene. They realised that the damage was

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