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DRAMA ON THE OCEAN AFTER putting in a faultless performance on leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race, which started from Alicante, Spain on November 5, Team Telefónica crossed the finish in Cape Town at after 21 days five hours, 14 minutes and 25 seconds at sea. Read the full story on page 2

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Visit the home of dinghy sailing THE RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2012, the home of British dinghy sailing, will take place at Alexandra Palace in London over the weekend of 3-4 March It is the only show in the world dedicated exclusively to dinghy sailing. The show boasts free advice, free workshops and free talks, as well as being packed to the rafters with dinghies, from timeless classics to the very latest in design.

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PAGE 1 STORY EMIRATES Team New Zealand pushed Telefonica hard over the closing days but even the best 24-hour run of the leg could not get them close, while Groupama sailing team’s offshore debut saw them finish third, three days behind the winners. Telefonica leads the race with a total of 31 points - 30 for victory in the first offshore leg and one point for coming last in the Iberdrola in-port race back in Alicante. But it was not such plain sailing for other yachts. There was drama during the racing but that was nothing compared to the tales of those forced out during the 6,500 nautical mile first leg.

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Less than 24 hours after the start, Team Sanya were forced to retire from the leg with problems in the bow section of their second-generation Volvo 70 sustained in heavy seas off Spain’s Mediterranean coast. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team had already been dismasted by then and though the team briefly got back in the Leg 1 running they decided they would be better working on their rigging and shipping the boat on. The queue to find suitable shipping options to Cape Town would only get longer as the leg progressed. Once out of the Mediterranean, the survival contest turned to more traditional competition and an open ocean race southwards.

Helen Waterhouse, RYA Volvo Dinghy Show Manager, said: “This show has a really unique atmosphere; it’s a great place to get up close to your sailing heroes, look at and buy equipment, meet up with friends, win great prizes, see loads of dinghies and chat with class associations, have fun and much more, all under one roof,” Already confirmed for the show is the RYA’s Our Sporting Life exhibition, which

will guide you through our Olympic sailing history and a fantastic centenary display of Jack Holt design dinghies, alongside some show favourites such as Basic Rig Tuning and Racing Rules. The first show, called “The Build your Own Dinghy Exhibition and Conference”, took place in 1952. Tickets are on sale this month.

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PUMA Ocean Racing team were also forced to retire from the leg and faced a race against time to be ready for the

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tHe Wales Coast Path has been extended with a new stretch of the path running four miles from Flint through to Greenfield Dock officially opened by environment Minister, John Griffiths. the Welsh Government has invested up to £2 million a year since 2007 in a bid to create a continuous, 870-mile path around the coastline of Wales. the path is due for completion in May 21012 and is expected to attract an extra 100,000 new visitors to the Welsh coast each year. Photo:

Aiming for a home win Geraldton Western Australia and Singapore at the start of Race 6 of the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race from Tauranga, New Zealand, to Gold Coast, Australia

THE RYA VAS the Clipper 11-12 around the world race fleet set sail from the opposite side of the planet the date was set for the return to Southampton next summer. With Race 6 from Tauranga, New Zealand to Australia’s Gold Coast underway, organises were already planning for a triumphant Solent homecoming on Sunday 22 July 2012. Southampton City Council, MDL Marinas at Ocean Village and race organisers Clipper Ventures are preparing for the return of the tenstrong international race fleet of 68-foot yachts just five days before the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. There was a traditional Maori kapa haka farewell in Tauranga Bridge Marina

on December 4 as the teams set out into the lively waters of New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty for the start of the sixth stage. They were accompanied by a huge flotilla of local boating enthusiasts. Gold Coast Australia secured their fifth consecutive victory in the 15-race series when they arrived in New Zealand and the crew desperately want to win the sixth race. If they do they will be the first team in Clipper 11-12 to secure a coveted home port victory and only the third in the history of the event. That would also equal the most consecutive wins in the Clipper Race, a record set by Alex Thomson in Clipper 98 and held for more than a decade. Richard Hewson, skipper of Gold Coast Australia said, “If I want to win a race out

of this whole series around the world, it’s this one.” This is the first time the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race had visited New Zealand since its inception in 1996. Each yacht is sponsored by an international city, region, country or company. The crews are ordinary people who have done something extraordinary in taking on some of the world’s toughest oceans. The yachts will have travelled almost 41,000 miles by the time they return to the Solent after visiting 14 ports on six continents. Around 500 people from all walks of life will have participated, completing a full circumnavigation, or one or more of the eight legs After the east coast of Australia the

fleet will race to Singapore before heading north to China from where they will resume an easterly course across the Pacific towards California. From there the fleet will go through the Panama Canal, up to New York and Canada, before crossing the Atlantic to visit Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland and Den Helder in the Netherlands, and then Southampton. The race start in Southampton generated thousands of visitors and stimulated the local economy by filling hotels, restaurants and shops. The finish is expected to have a similar impact. A record number of prospective crew are attending interviews to take part in the next Clipper 13-14 race. To keep up-to-date with the race go to


POOle-based RNlI staff and supporters have raised £9,000 for the lifesaving work of the RNlI’s Flood Rescue team by taking part in the 21-mile Great River Race, london’s River Marathon. the RNlI team took on the hefty challenge in the three tonne William Riley – a thames class 34-foot self righting lifeboat built in 1909. the funds raised will go towards training and equipment for the RNlI Flood Rescue team.


VeNDÉe Globe entrant, Alex thompson sent a video appeal encouraging companies interested in sponsoring Vendée Globe campaigns to step forward. the video played at a press conference to mark one year until the start of the 2012 Vendée Globe. Currently, Alex thompson and Mike Golding are the only two British skippers planning to participate in the race, which will start on 10 November.

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Keep sailing! DECEMBER has brought a proper touch of seasonal chill, and so it should. We are in the deep end of winter but, although we hardly notice, the nights start drawing, or is it creeping, out again before Christmas. While we might be in a deep freeze by then, some of us begin to throw off the overcoat of seasonally adjusted gloom and begin to look forward to another thrilling boating season ahead. It might seem over-optimistic but those of us who are depressed by the dark and dank have to have something to put a smile on our faces. Boating folk are naturally obsessed with the weather and yet we can be as daft as the rest of the population when we express surprise or even comment on the unexpected. Remember the spring when there was talk of a barbecue summer? That turned out to be a distinctly damp squib. In the summer, the talk was full of dire predictions of an early winter when we would all be locked in by ice and snow. The signs were there of course. Trees and fruit bushes were overladen with produce. Migratory birds were arriving or leaving early. I can’t remember the colour of the leaves on the mistletoe or all the other harbingers of good or bad weather. It did seem boats were being lifted early and moorings in isolated creeks were being abandoned too soon. Perhaps boaters, and especially sailors, have in-built antenae just like birds and other animals. But, if they relied on their haul-itout and batten-down-the-hatches instincts, they will have missed out on a glorious autumn of long hours of sunshine, little rain and relatively balmy temperatures, in the southern

half of Britain at least. The downside for some might have been some pretty interesting breezes. Really technical racing sailors might like the challenge of pitting their skills against the most gentle of breezes but the autumn gave south coast sailors a chance to test themselves against stronger stuff, some of it gale force and more. That was no bad thing. We all need to be reminded of the ferocity of wind and waves and we need experience to be able to deal with them. The last weekend of November was a perfect time for practice in the safety of the Solent. There were some strong tides, big breezes and powerful gusts. Days were short and temperatures plummeted as darkness arrived but short days make the evenings longer. Cowes enjoyed some lively out of season gossip. The moral is: don’t put the boat to bed too early – if at all. Invest in some new thermals at the boat show and as Bruce Forsythe might say: “Keep sailing!”

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FREELANCE journalist and sailing coach Georgie Corlett is joining All at Sea as editor ready for a huge year for boating when our sailors plan to dominate the Olympics on home waters. Georgie has written about dinghy sailing and worked at the Beijing Olympics sailing centre. Read her guide to the London Boat Show this month and her expert look at some last minute Christmas gifts for boaters and welcome her aboard from the January edition. I shall remain around with Sea Talk in 2012 and until then have a merry boating Christmas.

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Fast boats from China THE third generation Clipper Race fleet is taking shape on schedule with the first hull being released from its mould in China. The first of a new 12-strong fleet of Clipper 70s has been released from its mould as the construction of an expanded fleet for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race progresses on schedule ahead of its completion next year.

This is the first of an order for 12 identical new Castro-designed yachts, with an option on four more. Clipper Chairman Sir Robin KnoxJohnston said: “The new fleet build is progressing on target in Qingdao, China. The new yachts will enter service for the Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race and continue operating until 2020.”

Digging deep to help save lives WORK has started on the foundations for a new slipway at the new lifeboat station in the Old Custom House in the centre of Cowes. The volunteer crew of the lifeboat are currently based upstream in Shepards Wharf marina. The new lifeboat station will bring the lifeboat crew four minutes closer to the open sea, which in turn could prove crucial in saving lives. The slipway will bridge the gap between the concrete flooring in front of the boathouse down to the lowest point

of the sea bed at low water. Bob Gerrard, RNLI Shoreworks Divisional Manager East, said: “The ramp will be the slipway down which a wheeled carriage will descend, in order to launch the lifeboat into the River Medina and out to the Solent.” It is anticipated that the new slipway will be completed early in the New Year. Meanwhile the £1M public appeal for funds for the refurbishment of the Old Custom House continues. For further information visit: www.rnli.

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OLI WOODCOCK, an RYA coach for the Junior and Youth windsurfing programme and Skandia Team GBR RS:X Development Squad, has been awarded Performance Development Coach of the Year at the 2011 UK Coaching Awards. Woodcock, 29, from Worcestershire has been a high performance coach for the RYA for more than eight years and has most recently been recognised for his dedication and commitment to the RYA’s Youth and Junior windsurfing programme.



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Bird’s eye views of Olympics WORK has started on groundworks for the new £3.5 million Weymouth Tower. Concrete piles are being sunk to a depth of 17 metres on Weymouth Pier to provide a circular watertight curtain for the main excavation works. An official groundbreaking ceremony will be hosted next month when a huge mechanical digger will begin the seven-metre deep hole for the tower’s foundations. The new visitor attraction from Weymouth Sea Life Park owners Merlin Entertainments Group is set to open next summer. Soaring 53 metres above the resort’s ferry terminal the tower will stand on the corner of the pier, its slowly revolving observation pod offering dramatic 360-degree bird’s eye views over the Olympic sailing arena. At its highest point the view on a clear day will extend far beyond Weymouth Bay and Portland into the English Channel and many miles along the Jurassic coast.

New staNdard for bigger berths PReMIeR Brighton marina berthing has introduced an extra package for bigger boat owners. the standard of berthing for boats over 14 metres has been raised at no additional cost. Purpose-built bigger berths will include quality dock fenders and ‘mooring mates’ for easier and safer berthing.

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eAStBOURNe’S RNlI lifeboats were both launched to aid a stricken yacht which had grounded on Beachy Head ledge with three crew on board. the holed 30-foot yacht was taking on water and although two crew members managed to scramble ashore to safety, the skipper remained on board. All three sailors were eventually ferried to safety by the inshore lifeboat. they returned to the yacht to salvage items before she had to be abandoned.


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Solid start for GBR match race team BRITISH sailors Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor battled the heat and shifting and light wind conditions to ensure a ‘pleasing’ start to their match racing World Championship title defence in Fremantle on 4 December. Skandia Team GBR’s defending titleholders got their regatta underway when Group B of the Elliot six metre

Women’s Match Racing event took to the Inner Harbour course for the first time. The British 2012-selected trio picked up three wins and one loss before a lack of wind put paid to their remaining two scheduled races. The host nation’s Olivia Price took the only point off of the British trio on their opening day, with the Poolebased trio bouncing straight back to take their third win against Anna Kjellberg.

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THE Royal Southern Yacht Club has confirmed its 2012 racing dates, National Championships and its 175th anniversary events. The club has been selected to manage national championships and the new Biscay 2012 Offshore Race will start on the 16 September, inaugurated the club in celebration of its 175th Anniversary

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A SURVeY at the Bar and Approach Channel at Chichester Harbour last month showed a least depth of 1.3m. But harbour authorities have warned mariners to assume a least depth of 0.8 metres below Chart Datum as after severe gales the depth can vary markedly.

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WORK will soon begin on two new bridges for yachtsmen visiting Dartmouth to access the town which is unable to cope with the number of visitors.


THE Swanland cargo ship that sank in the early hours of the morning on 27 November was on route to Cowes with a cargo of limestone when the hull cracked in storm force conditions. The vessel and its Russian crew of eight were positioned 20 miles north west of the Llyn Peninsula in north Wales. Cowes Pilot, Rod Hodgson, said: “The captain and crew were a pleasure to work with.” Cowes Harbour Commission extended deepest sympathies for those who died.


TOWERGATE Insurance has launched a new online guide to making the most of modern weather forecasting. With more accurate information available the guide helps boaters find the information they need quickly.


WIGHT vodka’s Best Yachting Bar competition is open for submissions as yachties around the world are invited to nominate and vote for their favourite watering hole. In addition to being recognised by the world’s yachting community, the winning bar will receive a trophy and prized bottle of Wight Vodka to celebrate.


A LIFESAVERS’ supper for Littlehampton Lifeboat station held at The Fish Factory restaurant raised more than £3,500, thanks to a team of RNLI volunteers, local businesses and more than 80 people who attended the event that was attended by Lady Mary Mumford, president, and Peter Cheney, chairman and a founder of the lifeboat station.

Students are Gill Sunsail champions Fighting for Dates released for Warsash Fal Week spring series WEST Country sailors are petitioning the government to drop plans for a marine sanctuary off St Mawes in the Fal estuary which they claim could seriously affect sailing in the area and could even harm the annual Falmouth Regatta week, worth £1.5 million to the town. The government has proposed a marine conservation zone off St Mawes Bank in Carrick Roads to safeguard wildlife and habitats and which would ban, fishing, dredging, sailing and anchoring. A Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs spokesman said a full public consultation would take place.

WARSASH Sailing Club has announced dates for the 2012 - the Solent’s premier early season event for keelboats. SIX Sundays have been earmarked for the Warsash Spring Series with starts in the central Solent. The dates are 18 and 25 March, 1, 15, 22 and 29 April 2. Dates for the Warsash Spring Championship with racing on Saturday and Sunday, are 21 and 22nd April and 28 an 29th April. A free ferry service will be available to take competitors to the club after racing.

AN action packed final weekend of racing on the Solent crowned Portsmouth University’s team, skippered by Mark Briggs, the 2011 Gill Sunsail Racing Series champions. The Briggs team managed to steal victory with nine points in front of second placed team skippered by James Anderson also with 9 points and Sam North’s team with 10 points. The inaugural year of the series in the new Sunsail F40s cemented

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HMS GANNET, Britain’s last sloop of Queen Victoria’s Royal Navy has been given a new mast. The new 70-foot lower foremast, in two sections and made up of 200 pieces of kiln dried Douglas Fir, was rigged up and fitted between HMS GANNET and HM Submarine OCELOT at Chatham’s Historic

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THE Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded just over £1.4m to the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to create new exhibitions on the Navy in the 20th and 21st Centuries. The grant will help tell the story of the Royal Navy since 1900, a largely untold part of our maritime heritage. The 18th century Storehouse 10, built in 1776, is one of the finest Georgian storehouses in the UK and will be completely restored providing new exhibition spaces for the museum’s vast collections. Storehouse 10 will be connected to Storehouse 11 enabling the museum to show four centuries of naval history properly for the first time. State-of-the-art interactive displays and exhibitions will help bring the collections alive.

Stuart McLeod, Head of HLF for the South East, said: “This project has the potential to entertain, intrigue and delight. It will not only help to bring our impressive maritime heritage alive but boost tourism too.” Dr Dominic Tweddle, Director-General of the NMRN, said: “Despite the remarkable achievements of the men and women of the Senior Service over the past 100 years, there is no single exhibition in this country that tells their story. “We are determined to have the new exhibitions opened by 2014, the centenary of the start of World War I, so the Museum can be at the centre of marking the Navy’s vital role. “By the time these galleries open NMRN will have invested £11.1m in the Portsmouth area, with more to come”

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Over the next few years, as well as the development of the NMRN, there will be a new Mary Rose Museum that is due to open in late 2012.

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YOUTH maritime charity UKSA has been awarded Approved Activity Provider status by the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The charity will deliver practice and qualifying expeditions in sailing and kayaking for the Bronze and Silver Award schemes. UKSA also has the required facilities to deliver Gold Residential programmes. The awards programme is designed to give young people, aged 14 - 25 years, the chance to develop

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skills for work and life. The scheme encourages commitment and determination, fosters a spirit of adventure and develops the ability to work collegiately with others. The award is recognised by many employers and further educational establishments. UKSA’s Youth Development Co-ordinator Lee Jones said: “Our AAP status means that UKSA can now use its expertise to help even more young people unlock their potential .”

BRItISH sailor Ian Williams was crowned the new ISAF Match Racing World Champion after defeating Italian Francesco Bruni in a tense quarter-final of the Monsoon Cup, the final event on the World Match Racing tour. It is the second consecutive year that a British skipper has won the title after Ben Ainslie took the crown in 2010. Williams, who won the Championship in 2007 and 2008, now joins Russell Coutts, Chris

UKSA has created a large fleet, a waterside campus and first class teaching expertise to challenge young people and give them the confidence to thrive and succeed in modern society as future leaders. The charity also launched Change Direction, a Job Centre funded training programme for young, unemployed Islanders to address and remove barriers to employment.

Dickson, Peter Gilmour and ed Baird as only the fifth skipper to win the World Championship at least three times. Speaking after his victory, Williams paid tribute to his team GAC Pindar crew of Bill Hardesty, Mal Parker, Gerry Mitchell and Matt Cassidy: “It feels fantastic to have won our third world title! We felt really strong as a team. they are fantastic and we can’t manage without any one member.”


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Hairy Bikers prepare for war tHe Hairy Bikers are on a mission to prove that British food is the best in the world in their new BBC2 series, the Hairy Bikers’ Best of British. episode 6 explored the theme of ‘War’ and featured HMS Victory and HMS Illustrious. the Bikers explored how the British have managed to create fantastic food even at times

of war, when supplies are often scarce, and how some of Britain’s favourite dishes have evolved out of the innovation and spirit of the people who lived through rationing. the Hairy duo visited HMS Victory to find out what Nelson’s men ate at sea and met army cooks to learn what troops on the frontline eat today.

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THE Royal Southern Yacht Club bestowed an array of silver and glassware on its members and other winners at the club’s annual Prizegiving Dinner last month. Commodore, Mark Inkster, was joined by Flag Officers and 175 guests in applauding the winners as they collected their prizes. The evening’s highlights included the bestowing of an Honorary Membership to Jeremy Robinson. Jeremy has raced a huge variety of boats for over 25 years and has been a member of the Royal Southern Yacht Club since his very earliest sailing days in Optimist dinghies. His roll call of racing achievements include Oppie Championship wins to back-to-back Rolex Fastnet wins in 2009 and 2011 aboard Ran, together with class wins in the Sydney Hobart and Middle Sea races. One of the Club’s most prestigious annual prizes, ‘The Duke of Edinburgh’s Trophy’ was presented by the Cruising Committee to Mike and Louise Dellar

Jeremy Robinson receives an Honorary Membership to the Royal Southern Yacht Club from Commodore Mark Inkster.

Lifeboat station to close THE RNLI has announced the closure of South Broads lifeboat station in Suffolk. A Coast Review concluded that public safety on The Broads would be better served by relocating the station’s assets elsewhere and improving the ability of nearby Great Yarmouth and Gorleston lifeboat station to respond to incidents in the area. South Broads is an inland lifeboat station at Oulton Broad crewed Photo: RNLI entirely by

volunteers, who operate one D class lifeboat, an XP boat, and a 4x4 vehicle. Both the D class lifeboat and XP boat will continue to serve in the RNLI’s relief fleet. RNLI East Divisional Inspector Andrew Ashton said: “On behalf of the Trustees, I would like to thank the volunteers at South Broads for their understanding, commitment and dedication to the lifeboat station over the years. “I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the local community for their support over the years.” Since the station opened in 2001 its volunteers carried out 194 rescues and saved two lives. The majority of the call-outs were made to brokendown pleasure craft.


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tHe 2012 Commodore’s Cup will take place between 21 and 28 July, with Brewin Dolphin as new title sponsor, the independent private client investment managers will be supporting the regatta which will also see an all-new race format combining three separate class starts into one, as well as a new IRC rating band added to encourage entry numbers. A oneoff Superyacht Cup 2012 will also be staged in Cowes from 22-25 July.

A teAM of six severely-wounded servicemen will set out this month to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic in 60 days, aiming to raise £1 million for the Row2Recovery campaign which supports injured service personnel. the team led by army commanders ed Janvrin and Alex Mackenzie, is based in totnes, Devon, were all wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, plan to row from Gran Canaria and reach Barbados in February. Fewer than 20 people have broken the 3,000-miles-in-60-days rowing barrier.


AN ANGleR was said to be lucky to be alive after being washed off rocks near Porthleven, Cornwall, and spending nearly an hour struggling to stay afloat in rough seas. In pitch darkness the 53-yearold fisherman, who was not wearing a lifejacket, was winched out of the water by a helicopter from RNAS Culdrose after he was spotted by a passer-by. Falmouth Coastguard watch manager Andy Condy said: “We recommend anglers wear lifejackets when fishing in rough water particularly at night.” the man was taken to hospital and later allowed home.


COWeS Harbour Commission has introduced a new online payment facility for permanent berth holders to renew their annual mooring licence. the new service has the advantages of making licence renewal quick and easy, as well as being a secure alternative to paying by cheque.


DIVeRS looking for archaeological remains between tresco and Bryher off the Scilly Isles instead found real stolen treasure. they came across a submerged sports-bag full of charity boxes containing £1,000 which had been stolen from shops, pubs and churches on the islands last summer. the bag was in eight metres of water.

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Award for two MOB rescuers THIS year’s 80th Anniversary J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race had the highest level of nominations for the Nautica Outstanding Seamanship Award. The race hosted and run by the Island Sailing Club in Cowes, Isle of Wight was the largest ever with 1,908 yachts entered and was staged in challenging weather conditions that lead to an unusually high number of incidents on the water. The Nautica award recognises acts of good seamanship on race day and is open to all those involved, whether competitors, spectators, members of the emergency services or race officers.

Among the many worthy nominations following the June 25 Race, were two strong nominations for skippers coming to the rescue of two separate ‘Man Overboard’ incidents, both in big seas. The joint winners who each received a Nautica watch were Michael Hook, skipper on the Britannia Events chartered Flying Fish, GBR 9043T, for rescuing a man overboard from a Laser SB3, and Paul Harris, owner and skipper of Tan-It, a Sydney 36, for rescuing a man overboard from Jings!, a J133. The judging panel comprising Gavin Crilly-McKean of Nautica Watches, Dave Atkinson of ISC Race Management and Simon Boulding of Britannia Corporate

Events, said the winners were selected because successful MOB recoveries in such unforgiving circumstances have to be exercised with a great deal of skill and without a moment’s hesitation or regard for the rescuer’s race results. The 2012 Race website - www. - will go live on January 20, coinciding with race organisers opening entries for the 2012 Race. The race will be held on Saturday 30 June with a first class start time of 0700. More details about the MOB rescues can be found on the official Facebook page: roundtheisland

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A KITESURFER was brought to safety by Bridlington lifeboat crew after he spent almost an hour in the sea. The man was being kept afloat by two windsurfers off the coast at Fraisthorpe near in offshore winds. He was checked over by a paramedic and handed into the care of the Coastguard.


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CALSHOT all-weather lifeboat crew were called to a dismasted yacht drifting towards the Bramble Bank in near gale force winds. The yacht, a 40-foot cruiser/racer with seven adults on board, had broken

its mast in two places. The crew were unable to use the boat’s engine as the broken rigging was hanging off the deck close to the propeller. After being alerted by Solent Coastguard on 27 November, the Calshot

lifeboat crew headed to the scene. In the gusting west by north wind and with the amount of damaged rigging around the yacht, getting alongside the yacht and placing crew members aboard was a challenging task for the lifeboat.

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But volunteers were eventually able to climb on board after placing the vessels bow to bow, reducing the risk of fouling the lifeboat propellers or rudder. Once aboard the damaged yacht, lifeboat crew members managed to secure all the loose rigging and make the boat safe enough to take a tow. They also checked the vessel for any further damage and found that it was taking on water. The lifeboat coxswain decided that the yacht needed to be taken to the nearest safe harbour. The yacht was pulled to the Trinity pontoon at Cowes.

QUEENSFERRY lifeboat responded to a six metre RIB that had suffered engine failure and, in powerful force 6 winds, was swept on to the tyre barrier at Port Edgar. Lifeboat crew member Andrew Ventham swam to the stricken vessel to get a line aboard. The lifeboat towed the RIB safely back to her berth at Port Edgar Marina.


SENNE Cove lifeboat crew were alerted after a Newlyn crabber suffered gearbox failure 15 miles north north west of Land’s End. They towed the vessel towards Newlyn, arriving after six hours. The tide prevented lifeboat recovery so it stayed in Newlyn and made it back to Sennen Cove after another four hours.


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A NEW range of innovative ‘inflatable clothing’ style lifejackets are about to hit the UK. Made by Australian-based company, Stormy, the bladder itself and activation system are neatly contained within the lining of the outer garment. Jackets and gilets are available; each with fully ISO approved 150N lifejacket systems incorporated within the lining of the garment itself - the idea being that the lifejacket is always worn. “Worn not stowed” is the motto of the company, which has adapted this idea from the fishing industry, where the concept is common place. Stormy products are designed for style and comfort. Options include manual or automatic inflation, and harness and D-ring fittings. Price includes free delivery from a European dispatch point (not Australian!) Price: From £199

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The cheapest is not generally the best and you will need the best in this market. It is likely to take a proactive agent longer to sell your property today than it did in 2007. If they are good they will earn their money. Make sure your agent is focused on your style of property. Ask your agent how many properties of your type they have actually sold over recent months and compare that to others. Having chosen your agent listen to their advice. Don’t instruct them to do what they know is wrong.


It is the agent’s job to get you the highest price possible for your property but agents are not miracle workers and it is unlikely that they are going to get you your money back if you bought in 2007. When considering price, listen to what your agent is telling you, they have been immersed in the market throughout the downturn and know what is selling, what is not and for how much. guide price is often a good caveat when offering your property for sale. It does not pin you down to accepting a specific offer.

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THE good news is that there is a market out there. Waterfront property is selling. True, volumes are down. In fact niche market agents report a 50 per cent drop in volumes in the four years since the market peak in 2007 and financial crisis of 2008. Others who want to sell but who do not want to follow the signals for market pricing may instruct agents to market their property at unachievable levels. They will sit there and eventually begin to look tired to a buying market savvy in its expectation of not having to pay more than it has to.

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EARLIER this year I attended the world’s largest Marine Equipment Trade Show in Amsterdam. METS is a truly colossal exhibition, dwarfing the likes of the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show. There were 1,250 exhibitors of which 150 featured in the Super Yacht Pavilion. You could buy anything for a boat ranging from helicopter pads, Jacuzzis or simply a cleat. Miles were walked in search of the elusive prize of a product that you were actually interested in. Between the hundreds of carbon fibre gadgets I found a few gems. Wavestream, one our very own UK companies launched a new grey water filter system for boats of 40-feet plus. It is great in that all the contaminants will be removed from your grey water so you can either reuse the water or pump it out into the environment knowing that there will not be any detrimental

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WHILE I was preparing to head out to Key West for the 31st annual Super boat World Championships at the beginning of November, Britain’s speed demons were pushing the boundaries at Coniston Records Week in search of the elusive World Speed Records. From 31 October to 4 November British Powerboat Racers from all over the country descended on Coniston Water

over the country assemble annually for and I wish the other two injured racers a been a top official and heavily involved what has been a popular event since its speedy recovery. It was a tragic week for in the sport since he started racing in the inception in 1970. It is regarded as the our sport. 70’s and he will be greatly missed. grand finale to the racing season. Also a much loved race official passed All Records are subject to ratification 2011 saw an action packed week away in November. Rob Beakhust, much by the UIM and RYA which had not been in which 41 entries made 191 record loved husband of Annie Beakhust had received at time of print. attempts and by the end of the Status Discipline Class MPH Driver week six new world and 16 new World & National Circuit S2000 125.36 Ian Wright British records had been set and World & National Offshore OFFSHORE 3S - 6Litre 114.22 Ian Blacker submitted to the RYA and UIM for World & National JetSport GP Ski 62.62 Graham Leech approval. In total Records were World & National Offshore OFFSHORE 3B EPA 61.38 Bob McCarthy set and broken some 46 times World & National Circuit GT30 56.73 Ben Morse through the course of the week. World & National Circuit GT15 43.11 Ben Jelf Coniston is a very special place National Offshore Marathon A 110.06 Dean Gibbs in British Powerboat Racing National Offshore Marathon B 108.07 Vahid Ganjavian and this year those of us who National Offshore Inboard Immersed Propeller Mono 107.94 Gareth Williams unfortunately couldn’t make it National Offshore Offshore 3C 2Litre EPA Monohull 91.42 Scott Collings had the opportunity to catch National Circuit V.P. 2.75 86.60 Christopher Loney the action through a live feed on National Circuit VP 2.00 80.09 Helen Loney National Offshore Marathon E 74.52 Nick Gilley It was fantastic to see so many National Circuit Clubman 1500 Monohull 71.50 Will Wood attempts from so many different National Circuit O1000 66.82 Peter hart people and huge congratulations National Offshore Offshore 3B 1.3Litre National Mono 62.81 Brian Peedell to all of those who set records. National Circuit P750 BluePrint 61.51 Sean Fisher On a very sad note I would just National Circuit Clubman 1000 Cat 60.43 Peter hart like to pass on my condolences National Offshore RIB SuperSport Twin Recreation 59.84 Jon Adlard to the families and friends of National Offshore RIB R1 59.74 Chris Strickland the three American powerboat National Circuit Clubman 1000 Monohull 56.80 Matt Wood racers who died in Key West at the National Offshore UKFFORC S250 31.94 Ben Jelf Superboat World Championships,




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IFLe Sabrage is not on your ‘100 things to do before you get old’ list then think again. To open a bottle of champagne by a single blow from a sword is guaranteed to raise your testosterone levels and impress the ladies to boot. OK, so it took more than one strike of my mighty sword before I popped my cork but the assembled guests seemed no less impressed. In performing my Sabrage on the

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steps of the imposing 19th century Chateau Mumm, I was partaking in an initiation ceremony into the esteemed Cordon Rouge club, an elite band of modern-day explorers and adventurers run by champagne Mumm’s delightfully charming Charlie Bell. I have been given the privilege of entering a world of living legends; the likes of Sir Ranulph Feinnes, Ewen McGregor, David Hempleman-Adams, our very own Sir Robin Knox-Johnston,

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I HAD the pleasure of being asked to be one of the judges for this year’s 2011 National Historic Ships photographic competition which was announced in November. I know what I like in a picture but that does not mean others will agree. Like any art form, photography is by nature, subjective and will mean different things to different people. To be honest, I hadn’t fully understood the depth of appreciation that is required to choose a winning picture, made all the more difficult when confronted by so many, equally worthy, equally impressive images from “snapper’s” of all ages. Composition, light, innovation, creativity and technical aptitude being just some of the criteria by which we had to judge. Having whittled the entries down to a few dozen, six other judges and I combined our scores to determine the winner. Aboard one of the UK’s foremost historic ships, HMS Belfast, on a bitterly cold, crisp, clear autumnal day on the River Thames, the overall winner was announced as Mike Garlick with his excellent entry, Maybird. Congratulations to Mike and all the other entrants whose photographs captured a cross-section of Britain’s national historic ships and many of the traditional skills and the passionate owners that keep them afloat.

champagne-paired meal, this time lunch at Mumm’s very own windmill, le Moulin de Verzenay, set on a rocky outcrop with views extending across tens of thousands of acres of Reim’s finest champagne vineyards. It is a truly magical setting and, with a few more flutes of their finest vintage champagne accompanying yet more

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TAKING place from 6 to 15 January 2012, more than 1,000 boats and nearly 500 exhibitors will gather at ExCeL London, and the doors of this show extravaganza will be thrown open to the public. So, whether you like your boats under sail, power or even paddle, there’s guaranteed to be something to whet your appetite for the season ahead. With interactive features dotted all around the show, entertainment is the order of the day. And there’s great news for anyone with little ones in tow, as kids go free this year, making this the perfect family day out. GOING FOR GOLD

Get your first taste of 2012 Olympic fever in the North Hall, where a fleet of Olympic class boats will be on display in Skandia Team GBR’s Going for Gold feature. These are the same classes that our Olympic hopefuls will sail in their quest for gold come August, and will include the Finn, as sailed by triple Olympic medallist, Ben Ainslie Britain’s most successful Olympic sailor ever. Another highlight will be the Star, the class in which the successful pairing of Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson compete. This feature is also a great starting point for anyone wanting to get the inside track on watching the big event itself, with representatives from Weymouth & Portland on hand to answer any questions you may have about the venue for the Olympic and Paralympic sailing events.


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What better way to get a taste for watersports than to get afloat and give it a go yourself? At this year’s show, visitors can once again do just that, with stand up paddleboarding (SUP), wakeboarding, windsurfing, dinghy sailing, canoeing and kayaking taster sessions all on offer. So, if you don’t mind getting wet, give it a go! There will be four public sessions per day, and experts from Neilson Active Holidays and Rockley Watersports will be on hand to give you some tips. If you’d rather soak up the action than get soaked, the poolside arena is a great place to kick back and watch. With live demos and professional championships scheduled through the week, such as the European All-stars Canoe Polo Challenge, there will be plenty of action to keep you entertained.


Brush up on your nautical knowhow with a range of informative and interactive talks from those at the top of their game. Whatever your boating background, there’ll be something to inspire, from technology and innovations to yacht cruising and dinghy racing. There are some real treats in store! Adventurer, Alan Priddy, will share his latest plans to break the global circumnavigation powerboating record, whilst Richard Harpam will tell the incredible tale of his 10,000 mile kayak challenge. Technical specialist Tony Brooks will focus on diesel systems, whilst Michelin starred chef Adam Gray

Whatever your boating background, there’ll be something to inspire, from technology and innovations to cruising and dinghy racing. will be demonstrating how to cook fresh, tasty meals that can be prepared in all sizes of galley. And as if all that info isn’t enough, the stage area will also broadcast live feeds from this year’s Clipper Round the World Race – as well as firsthand accounts from previous race participants, completing a truly inspirational line-up.


This popular feature is back again this year with an enhanced programme of demos; including spinnaker handling for shorthanded cruising boats as well as top tips for racing sailors looking to

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get closer to the front of the fleet. It has moved location though, and can now be found in the North Hall.


Located in the South Hall, Sunseeker International’s stand will be one of the stars of the show, featuring the brand new glitzy-glam 28M. At the opposite end of the hall will be the Princess stand, with the striking Princess 32 gracing its impressive yacht range. Fairline, Sealine, Bates Wharf and Rodman will also be located in the South Hall, along with Ventura, which will launch the newest addition to the ultraglamorous Riva family, the Riva Iseo, a super stylish Riviera dayboat. Yamaha will again be building its extensive ‘marina’ with a number of different brands and EP Barrus will also be showcasing a full range of brands including Quicksilver, AB RIBs, Yanmar and Mariner. Highlights of the sailing yachts on display will be Moody, Grand Soleil, J Boat, Oyster and Northshore - just some of exhibits you can check out, either in

the South Hall or on the Boardwalk.

THE CLASSIC BOAT ATTRACTION Slip back in time on the Classic Boat stand and climb an authentic mast from the 18th century sailing warship HMS Victory - Nelson’s flagship vessel that took part in the battle of Trafalgar. Children and adults alike can ‘scale the rigging’ and unfurl the sails; then immerse yourself in tales of the high seas and discover the vessels of old, with demonstrations from traditional craftsmen and a selection of restored boats to admire.


Visitors searching for a second-hand boat need look no further than the show’s special marina area, located alongside the main exhibition hall. Here you will find boats of all sizes, both sail and power, conveniently moored for you to step onboard and peruse at leisure. With up to 70 boats, there’s sure to be a bargain that takes your fancy! Run in association with, up to 70 boats will be on display here.




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ADULT tickets are available in advance from just £16, with free entrance for children aged 15 or under with each paying adult. Visitors during the final four days of the Show will be pleased to learn that their boat show ticket also gains them free entry to the London Bike Show, Outdoors Show and the Active Travel Show which take place at ExCeL London from 12 to 15 January. The Tullett Prebon London Boat Show is open daily from 10am – 7pm between 6 to 15 January 2012, with the exception of 12th January (opens until 9pm) and Sunday 15 January (closes at 6pm.) For more info or to book advance tickets, visit www.londonboatshow. com or call the ticket hotline on 0871 230 7140.

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Shopping inspiration WHETHER you want to check out the latest multi-million pound yachts, pick up a bargain from a range of chandleries, get the latest in boating gadgetry, book a sailing holiday or browse the latest shoreside fashions, there will be a fantastic showcase of boats and accessories offering shopping opportunities galore! Take your pick from books and DVDs to help you get the most from your sailing, whilst sailmakers and yacht manufacturers will be happy to advise you on performance and maintenance tips. Sailing schools and local yacht clubs will be on hand to let you know how and where you can get afloat and improve your skills if you are new to the sport. Boat owners thinking of giving their yacht a winter makeover can find everything they need, from ropes to paints to antifoul. NEW! Owners considering an upgrade on the inside should stop by Oceanair to

check out the new Roller Blind Collection, which offers a compact, discrete and practical shade solution when space is at a premium. Electronics manufacturers will be out in force, happy to demonstrate the latest in marine gadgetry and offer tips for upgrading your boat’s electronics. NEW! Take a look at Standard Horizon’s new CPN700i AND CPN1010i Touchscreen Chart Plotters, its first to harness built-in WiFi and multimedia player, available with full-colour touch screens. Also on show will be the HX290E, the new affordable floating VHF handheld radio which is packed with features such as programmable scan, dual watch and Channel 16 priority scan. For the safety conscious, the show is the best place to get advice and purchase the latest safety equipment. Lifejacket specialists, SECUMAR, will be demonstrating how a lifejacket works, with a live ‘firing’ trial every hour on

their stand (E314) If you want to find out how to keep your lifejacket in tiptop condition, try one on, understand the firing mechanism or learn how to re-arm it after use, there will be specialists on hand to show you how. In addition SECUMAR will be showing its wide range of Sport Lifejackets, all of which will be equipped with crutch straps as standard for this season. NEW! Leading marine safety equipment supplier, Ocean Safety, will have a host of new products on show, including a SOLAS and USCG approved range of new powerful and super-sturdy lifejacket lights; a new lightweight inshore liferaft; and the next generation Jonbuoy man

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overboard retrieval system. If you’re inspired by the action taking place on the indoor pool, why not take a look at the water toys and equipment on show from the various manufacturers, and get your hands on your very own wakeboard or stand up paddleboard. Dinghy sailors can take a look around a wide choice of the latest dinghy and catamaran designs from top manufacturers, including RS Racing, Topper and Hobie, with something on show for everyone; from kids to adults, racers to cruisers. The latest designs in technical clothing and footwear from leading manufacturers will also be available for you to try on and compare, from wetsuits to boots to buoyancy aids – so you can be sure you’re dressed for it!

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FOOD AND DRINK IF YOU’RE making a day of your trip to the show, take some time out to relax and enjoy a choice of bars and restaurants. Head to the Clubs and Associations Bar in the North Hall, overlooking the replica rigging of HMS Victory. This is the perfect place to meet old friends, and make new ones! Make time for lunch on the Boulevard with its selection of 30+ cafes and bars. Then, for a mid-afternoon splash of glamour, sip champagne at the Sunseeker Champgne Bar. Finish with a trip to the famous Black and White Bar – no boat show is complete without a pint of the black stuff!

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swell affecting the moored boats. The Dufour 45 we were delivering has an enormous cockpit, it must be a good 15 feet from companionway to transom. Fortunately the boat was fitted with plenty of padeyes to secure our lifejacket strops so we could be well hitched on in a heavy sea.


Non-swimmers. When the second reef goes in. ■ If a crew member feels seasick, and when he is sick if it comes on quickly. ■ When a crew member feels uncomfortable. ■ When I feel uncomfortable about a crew member. ■ In a really lumpy sea. ■ In fog. ■ At night, when leaving the cockpit to go forward, and always if sea conditions warrant it. ■ ■

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on before getting into the cockpit. I remember, many years ago, whilst sailing a Nicholson 55, a crew member failed to clip on in a rough sea and he had been catapulted some eight feet towards the stern. Luckily for him he had landed up against another member of the crew who saved him from hitting the compass pedestal with an almighty wallop! There was a very detailed weather forecast system in the Barbate marina and this showed that on the Monday that the wind was likely to drop, so we set off for the Straits but only to face near gale force winds once down close to Tarifa. As an old salt in the bar at the club house who had lived in Barbate for 25 years had suggested, the problem is that you may have f3 or f4 in Barbate, 35 miles away from the narrowest part of the Straits but the venturi effect of the land increases the wind strength exponentially, giving much stronger winds further south.

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WHILE getting out on the water in deliveries or run a water sports centre, Britain maybe the last thing you want there are no end of options open to to do at the moment, for thousands them if they are prepared to do a bit of boating Brits every year the cold, of homework. dark winter days are all the inspiration As Craig Burton, the RYA’s Chief they need to seriously contemplate Instructor Sail Cruising, said: “The working abroad. most popular time for people to work Whether it is the urge to up sticks and abroad is March to September in the find a job working overseas right now typical Northern Hemisphere tourist or the motivation to start sorting out destinations but there are plenty of seasonal work for the following summer opportunities to head to the Southern or winter, nothing provides a better kick Hemisphere for our winter too. This up the backside than a bit of British is the perfect time of year to explore winter misery! what’s about. What opportunities people may want “New cruising grounds are emerging to pursue will depend on their own all the time because of increased interests and/or qualifications. investment and new marinas and But if someone is serious about centres in different parts of the world. getting away, whether to be a dinghy For example, areas in the East, such as instructor, crew on superyachts, skipper around AllatSeaAug11_AllAtSea2011 29/09/2011 Oman 09:32and Page 1 the Gulf, are popping

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HISTORIC WHITEHAVEN Nestled behind the rugged hills of the Lake District and defying the wild Irish Sea, the port of Whitehaven has always proven to be a popular haven for any sailor transiting the Irish Sea. So much so that for a short period the port was the second busiest in the UK, trailing only Liverpool in terms of volume of traffic with collier brigs jostling with slave ships on the packed quay. The success of the port brought unwelcome visitors, and it was actually the site of the last invasion of the UK: In 1778 a disillusioned former resident, John Paul Jones, returned to the port in command of the US privateer Bonhomme Richard and proceeded to land an invading party. Happily, instead of looting and pillaging, the party headed straight to the pub and were chased off before they got down to business.



For even more up to the minute news visit: WHITEHAVEN is a friendly place with a tight knit community that’s happy to welcome visitors. Beyond an interesting town steeped in history lie the Cumbrian Mountains and the Lake District, affording unlimited opportunity to explore. With plenty to entice the visiting yachtsman, welcoming Whitehaven has been rejuvenated by the development of a magnificent marina with a sea lock, which can accommodate 288 vessels of up to 40m in length with a 5m draft. Given that the redevelopment of the town and waterfront has been fuelled by £20m worth of grants since 1990, the marina has all the luxuries you expect of a modern marina. This includes the recently opened state of the art boatyard, boasting full heating and 7,000 sq ft under cover area. Berth-holders are attracted to Whitehaven by its location, being within easy reach of the west coast of Scotland, North Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as the reasonable prices and a full range of facilities. Live-aboards are warmly received. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the fact that the Lake District, one of the country’s most beautiful national parks, is on the doorstep, perfect for walking, cycling and climbing. Whitehaven itself is a town with a rich history and is inextricably linked with the coal mining industry. In fact, it’s surrounded by some of the deepest mineshafts in the world, a number of which run out deep beneath the seabed. In addition to this, the town has some fairly unsavoury links with the slave trade. But the sense of history and exotic trading links of the past continue to give rise to a local community feel and friendly atmosphere, where the locals are always willing to help.


WPT 54°33’18N 03°36’ 21W The wide entrance to the outer harbour and distinctive white towers of the North Quay and West Quay on either side mean that the approach to Whitehaven day or night is relatively straightforward and entry is safe in most conditions. However, if you are waiting for the tide to get through the lock, then hanging around outside can get uncomfortable in onshore conditions. The good news is there are no off lying hazards, and the lock is manned 24 hours a day. The approach channel is dredged to 1m above chart datum, with the sill at chart datum and 7m of depth within the lock and marina.

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The somewhat savage Cumberland coast can, at first glance, seem like an unlikely cruising ground. Although shelter is in short supply along the coast, this is more than compensated for by the fact that you have ready access to the cruising grounds of the West Coast of Scotland, Northern Ireland and North Wales meanwhile, the Isle of Man, situated some 30 miles away provides the ideal stopover point. Other tempting stopovers within reach include Kircudbright across the Solway Firth in Scotland; Fleetwood and Liverpool to the south; and, closer to home, Maryport marina or the more adventurous destination of Ravenglass – although the latter should only be approached with local knowledge and extreme care.

BERTHING AND FACILITIES MARINA MANAGER You can contact the Marina Manager on VHF Ch 12 or by calling on 01946 692435. The sea lock can also be contacted on VHF

Ch 12 or by phone on 01946 692472. You can contact the marina direct on 01946 692435. FACILITIES Whitehaven offers fuel on site. There is plenty of car parking, water and electricity on pontoons, a launderette, showers and storage ashore. WiFi is also available to berth holders. Meanwhile, the adjoining shed offers new facilities, including 7,000ft2 boat shed with Storage for vessels up to 21m LOA. There is also a 5 tonne boat hoist. Under floor heating makes ideal conditions for fibreglassing. An open yard policy allows contractors to work on site. YACHT REPAIR SERVICES Jacksons Marine is based locally. Contact on 01946 99332. Alex Evans Boat & Rigging Repairs also comes highly recommended. Contact on 07880 791438. Whitehaven Marina Bulwark Quay, Whitehaven Cumbria CA28 7HW




Paul and Jill Manning live aboard their Moody 29 Alpagro at Whitehaven and enjoy exploring by sea and land. Jill says; “We spend about 80 per cent of our time living aboard, so where we keep her is very important and Whitehaven is in easy reach of many destinations.” Paul adds; “We have a motorbike and also love to camp, so we literally head for the hills, or Keswick, the heart of the north Lakes.”


There is no chandler within Whitehaven, but one can be found a 30 minute drive away at Nichol End Marine situated near Keswick. Tel: 01768 773082.


Tesco is probably as good a place as any to get your supplies and is about a 100m walk up New Road.


If it’s a light bite you’re after, then Anne’s Cafe is ideally situated opposite the marina, while for evening dining, Zest Harbourside is also conveniently situated on the waterfront. The quayside offers a range of cafes, bars and friendly pubs. The

Whitehaven itself has a very rich history to entice the visitor. Invasion and slavery through to the mining and trading history of the area are all well documented at the Haig Pit museum and the Rum Story museum on Lowther Street. Whitehaven also boasts one of the finest antiquarian book stores in the country: You can easily lose a day browsing through Michael Moon’s book store on Lowther Street. Moving away from the town, the hills of the Lake District are about a 20 minute drive away and offer spectacular scenery and brisk walking. The western Lake District is also much less crowded with tourists, and lakes such as Ennerdale and Crummock offer excellent walking well away from the crowds that blight the Lakeland towns of Keswick and Ambleside. For the keen cyclist, the coast to coast route starts at Whitehaven and takes you across to Tynemouth. Don’t miss some spectacular walks along the coastline around Whitehaven, with the walk towards St Bees Head a favourite. No matter what time of year, you can be rewarded with some beautiful sunsets on this coastline. Looking out across the wild Irish Sea, the views are simply stunning, with Scotland to the north, Ireland and the Isle of Man to the west, and St Bees Head to the south.




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IS IT A BIRD? IS IT A PLANE? NO, ITS WORLD POWERBOAT SPEED RECORD HOLDER BEN JELF IT HAS been a very busy and successful year for 11year-old Ben Jelf from Maidstone, Kent. Not only is he Britain’s youngest ever World and European Powerboat Racing Champion, but back in November he became Britain’s youngest World Powerboat Speed Record holder. At the 41st annual Coniston Powerboat

Records Week in Cumbria, Ben set a new GT15 World and British speed record at 43.11mph, as well as a new British record for the S250 Class at 31.92mph. We met up with this powerboat racing whiz kid to find out more about his sport, his boats, his kit and much more . . .

 How long have you been powerboat racing?

I started training in 2008 six months before my ninth birthday but I was not allowed to race with other boats until I was nine years old.

 Why did you start racing?

I started racing because my granddad, dad and uncle have raced powerboats and I have been going to races as long as I can remember. It seemed like ages before I was allowed to have a go myself.


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 Of all your races and titles which was the biggest toughest to get?

The toughest one was the World Speed Record. Racing is a bit easier as no matter what the result is it’s all over when the chequered flag comes out. With the speed record it was very frustrating trying your best every time and not always getting the speed you need.

 So, is powerboat racing difficult?

Yes. But with proper training you can overcome the difficult parts. Learning to read the water as its surface is always changing is something that comes with experience and it takes the longest time to learn. My Mum says that ‘every race is an education no matter how long you have been racing for - If you think you have nothing to learn you shouldn’t be racing’ and I think she is right.

 What skills do you need?

You need to have skill, determination, bravery, trust and to be able to keep calm when under pressure.

 What do you love most about powerboat racing?

I love the speed and the thrill you get when you are racing.

 What are your goals for 2012?

I am hoping to retain all of the titles in 2012, but it’s not easy. There are lots of really good racers in the UK and the

rest of the world who are all more than capable of winning as well. Hopefully I will have luck on my side.

 Does it interfere with your school work?

No. I have a mountain of work from my school if I have to have time away. During records week I was doing my maths homework in-between each attempt. My school fully supports my racing but they make sure that I do not fall behind with my work.

 What preparations do you make before going out on the water?

Everything from the engine mounting to the steering etc. has to be checked before the boat is allowed to go out. I am lucky to have a really good team behind me that work very hard but I am learning that it is still my responsibility to make sure everything is okay.

 For youngsters out there thinking about getting into powerboat racing what would you tell them? I would tell them to go for it! Powerboat racing is fun, competitive and safe. It’s

scary to start with, but by the time the training is finished you will have forgotten why you were worried. Anyone, from any background, can do it.

 Do you want to be a professional powerboat racer when you get older?

That would be a big dream of mine, I don’t think there are many chances to become a full-time driver but you never know; I might get lucky.

 So, who is better behind the wheel, you or your dad?

For now I would have to say my Dad. Not only is he one of the best drivers ever, he knows everything there is to know about powerboat racing and spends a lot of time trying to teach me.

 On a scale of one to ten, how much fun do you have racing?

Ten wouldn’t be enough - it would have to be 100! I always have a fantastic time at the races. To find out more about powerboat racing visit


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HIDDEN HARBOURS OF WALES THIS latest offering from prolific writer of nautical books and boating magazine regular Dag Pike covers the smaller harbours and inlets of Wales, particularly north Wales. The book is a celebration of a hugely diverse selection of possible landfalls, though you are advised against getting too excited about visiting them all unless you own a shoal draft cruiser and a pair of chest waders. It goes into all the necessary detail for people who, when standing on an expensively constructed stone harbour wall in the middle of nowhere, ask why it is there and who built it. It is a bit of a shame that the author and/or publisher have taken the view at a very early stage that nobody in their right mind will actually try to get into any of these places by boat. Where are the chartlets, Imray? What we get instead is a small paragraph per location titled ‘Water Access’ with no indication on actual depths above or below chart datum. Phrases like ‘access is only about two hours either side of high water’ beg the question, ‘In what? A 45-foot fin keeler or a Wayfarer with the board up?’ Author: Dag Pike • Publisher: Imray • ISBN: 978-1846233739 • Price: £13.95

BRITISH TOY BOATS 1920 ONWARDS: A PICTORAL TRIBUTE THIS is a pictoral tribute to the many model boats that have been built in the last century or so and it is like being reminded of old friends, long gone. The author Roger Gillham is pictured grown up but still clutching a toy yacht. It is a well illustrated and pleasing stocking filler for anone with an interest in model boats. Publisher: Veloce • Price: £19.99


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1. PREMIER MARINAS FALMOUTH North Parade, Falmouth, Cornwall. TR11 2TD T: 01326 316620 F: 01326 313939 VHF: 80 E: W: 2. MAYFLOWER MARINA Manager: Charles Bush Mayflower Marina, Richmond Walk, Plymouth, Devon PL1 4LS. T: 01752 556633 F: 01752 606896 E: 3. PLYMOUTH YACHT HAVEN Manager: Mrs Laura Whinney Plymouth Yacht Haven, Shaw Way Mount Batten, Plymouth, Devon. PL9 9XH T: 01752 404231 F: 01752 484177 E: W: 4. QUEEN ANNE’S BATTERY Manager: Chris Price Queen Anne’s Battery, Plymouth Devon. PL4 0LP T: 01752 671142 F: 01752 266297 E: 5. YACHT HAVEN QUAY Manager: Mr Will Rahder Yacht Haven Quay, Breakwater Road Plymstock, Plymouth, Devon. PL9 7HJ T: 01752 481 190 F: 01752 484 494 E: W: 6. DARTSIDE QUAY MARINE SERVICE CENTRE Manager: Shaw Smith Galmpton Creek, Galmpton, Brixham, Devon. TQ5 0EH T: 01803 845445 F: 01803 843558 E: W: 7. BRIXHAM MARINA Manager: Shaw Smith Berry Head Road, Brixham, Devon. TQ5 9BW T: 01803 882929 F: 01803 882737 E: W: 8. TORQUAY MARINA Manager: Mike Smith Torquay, Devon TQ2 5EQ T: 01803 200210 F: 01803 200225 E: W: 9. WEYMOUTH MARINA Manager: Alistair Clarke Commercial Road, Weymouth Dorset. DT4 8NA T: 01305 767576 F: 01305 767575 E: W: 10. COBB’S QUAY MARINA Manager: Dave Wilson Hamworthy, Poole, Dorset. BH15 4EL T: 01202 674299 F: 01202 665217 E: W:




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18. SHAMROCK QUAY Manager: Nicola Walsh William Street, Northam, Southampton Hampshire. SO14 5QL T: 023 8022 9461 F: 023 8021 3808 E: W:

11. PORT OF POOLE MARINA Manager: John Binder Poole Quay Boat Haven, Poole Town Quay, Poole, Dorset. BH15 1HJ Tel/Fax: 01202 649 488 Site tel: 01202 660 120 E: W:

19. SAXON WHARF Manager: Jonathan Walcroft Lower York Street, Northam Southampton. SO14 5QF T: 023 8033 9490 F: 023 8033 5215 E: W:

12. SALTERNS MARINA LTD Manager: Simon Chalk 40 Salterns Way, Lilliput, Poole, Dorset. BH14 8JR T: 01202 709971 F: 01202 700398 E: W: 13. PORTLAND MARINA Manager: Russ Levett Osprey Quay, Portland, Dorset. DT5 1DX T: 08454 30 2012 F: 08451 80 2012 E: W: SMALL BOATS WELCOME NEW DRYSTACK, BOATYARD & FUEL BERTH 14. LYMINGTON YACHT HAVEN Manager: Mr Edward Mead Lymington Yacht Haven, Kings Saltern Road, Lymington, Hants. SO41 3QD T: 01590 677071 F: 01590 678186 E: W: 15. HAVEN QUAY Manager: Mr Alistair McNeal Haven Quay, Mill Lane, Lymington Hants. SO41 9AZ T: 01590 677072 F: 01590 672717 E: W: 16. HYTHE MARINA VILLAGE Manager: Peter Hogsden The Lock Building, Shamrock Way Hythe, Southampton, Hampshire. SO45 6DY T: 023 8020 7073 F: 023 8084 2424 E: W: 17. OCEAN VILLAGE MARINA Manager: Debbie Burns Marina Office, 2 Channel Way Southampton, Hampshire. SO14 3TG T: 023 8022 9385 F: 023 8023 3515 E: W:

20. HAMBLE POINT MARINA Manager: Mike Weldon School Lane, Hamble, Southampton Hampshire. SO31 4NB T: 023 8045 2464 F: 023 8045 6440 E: W: 21. PORT HAMBLE MARINA Manager: Colin Jefferies Satchell Lane, Hamble, Southampton Hampshire. SO31 4QD T: 023 8045 2741 F: 023 8045 5206 E: W: 22. MERCURY YACHT HARBOUR Manager: Matthew Leigh Satchell Lane, Hamble, Southampton Hampshire. SO31 4HQ T: 023 8045 5994 F: 023 8045 7369 E: W: 23. UNIVERSAL MARINA Crableck Lane, Sarisbury Green, Hampshire. SO31 7ZN T: 01489 574272 VHF: 80 E: W: 24. PREMIER MARINAS SWANWICK Swanwick (on the Hamble) Southampton, Hants. SO31 1ZL T: 01489 884081 F: 01489 579073 VHF: 80 E: W: SMALL BOATS WELCOME 25. TOWN QUAY MARINA Manager: Lex Bancroft Management Office Town Quay, Southampton. SO14 2AQ T: 02380 234397 F: 02380 235302 E: W: 26. BUCKLER’S HARD MARINA Harbour Master: Mike Nicholls Harbour Master’s Office, Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour, Beaulieu, Hampshire. SO42 7XB T: 01590 616200 E: W:


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27. HASLAR MARINA Manager: Ben Lippiett Haslar Road, Gosport, Hampshire. PO12 1NU T: 023 9260 1201 F: 023 9260 2201 E: W: 28. PREMIER MARINAS GOSPORT Mumby Road , Gosport, Hampshire. PO12 1AH T: 023 9252 4811 F: 023 9258 9541 VHF: 80 E: W: NEW DRY STACK FOR BOATS, 4.5 – 10M! 29. ROYAL CLARENCE MARINA Manager: Tony Dye The Bridgehead, Weevil Lane, Gosport, Hampshire. PO12 1AX T: 023 9252 3523 F: 023 9252 3523 VHF: 80 E: W: 30. PREMIER MARINAS PORT SOLENT South Lockside, Port Solent, Portsmouth Hampshire. PO6 4TJ T: 023 9221 0765 F: 023 9232 4241 VHF: 80 E: W: 31. PREMIER MARINAS SOUTHSEA Fort Cumberland Road Portsmouth, Hampshire. PO4 9RJ T: 023 9282 2719 F: 023 9282 2220 VHF: 80 E: W:


32. COWES YACHT HAVEN Manager: Ben Ferris Vectis Yard, High Street, Cowes. PO31 7BD T: (0)1983 299975 F: (0)1983 200332 E: W: 33. EAST COWES MARINA Manager: Mike Townshend Britannia Way, East Cowes Isle of Wight. PO32 6UB T: 01983 293983 F: 01983 299276 E: W: SMALL BOATS WELCOME-


34. NORTHNEY MARINA Manager: Michael Glanville Northney Road, Hayling Island Hampshire. PO11 0NH T: 023 9246 6321 F: 023 9246 1467 E: W: 35. SPARKES MARINA Manager: Carl Jarmaine 38 Wittering Road, Hayling Island Hampshire. PO11 9SR T: 023 9246 3572 F: 023 9246 5741 E: W: 36. EMSWORTH YACHT HARBOUR Manager: Neil Brooke Thorney Road, Emsworth, Hants, PO10 8BP T: 01243 377727 F: 01243 373432 E: W: 37. BIRDHAM POOL MARINA Manager: Tony Dye Birdham Nr. Chichester West Sussex. PO20 7BG T: 01243 512310 F: 01243 513163 VHF: 80 E: W: 38. PREMIER MARINAS CHICHESTER Birdham (Chichester Harbour) West Sussex. PO20 7EJ T: 01243 512731 F: 01243 513472 VHF: 80 E: W: SMALL BOATS WELCOME 39. LITTLEHAMPTON MARINA Ferry Road, Littlehampton West Sussex, BN17 5DS T: 01903 713553 F: 01903 732264 VHF: 80 E:

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44. GILLINGHAM MARINA 173 Pier Road, Gillingham, Kent. ME7 1UB T: 01634 280022 - Berthing T: 01634 283008 - Chandlery E: W: 45. CHATHAM MARITIME MARINA Manager: Alastair Hand The Lock Building, Leviathan Way Chatham Maritime, Chatham Kent. ME4 4LP T: 01634 899200 F: 01634 899201 E: W:


46. PENTON HOOK MARINA Manager: Mike Gates Staines Road, Chertsey, Surrey. KT16 8PY T: 01932 568681 F: 01932 567423 E: W:


47. WINDSOR MARINA Manager: Mike Gates Maidenhead Road, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 5TZ T: 01753 853911 F: 01753 868195 E: W: 48. BRAY MARINA Manager: Mike Gates Monkey Island Lane, Bray, Berkshire. SL6 2EB T: 01628 623654 F: 01628 773485 E: W:

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49. FAMBRIDGE YACHT HAVEN Manager: Mr Danyal Adams Fambridge Yacht Haven North Fambridge, Chelmsford Essex. CM3 6LU T: 01621 740370 F: 01621 742359 E: W:

54. LIVERPOOL MARINA Coburg Wharf, Sefton Street Liverpool. L3 4BP T: 0151 707 6777 F: 0151 707 6770 W:



55. WHITEHAVEN MARINA Manager: Simone Morgan Whitehaven Marina Ltd The Marina Office, Bulwark Quay,Whitehaven, Cumbria. CA28 7HW T: 01946 692435 E: W:

50. WOOLVERSTONE MARINA Manager: Trevor Barnes Woolverstone, Ipswich, Suffolk. IP9 1AS T: 01473 780206 F: 01473 780273 E: W: 51. LOWESTOFT HAVEN MARINA Manager: Sarah Hanna Lowestoft Haven Marina (twin site), School Road and Hamilton Dock, Marina Office, School Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 9NB T: 01502 580300 F: 01502 581851 E: W:


52. NEYLAND YACHT HAVEN Manager: Mr James Cotton Neyland Yacht Haven, Brunel Quay Neyland. SA73 1PY T: 01646 601601 F: 01646 600713 E: W:


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56. LARGS YACHT HAVEN Manager: Ms Carolyn Elder Largs Yacht Haven, Irvine Road Largs, Ayrshire. KA30 8EZ T: 01475 675333 F: 01475 672246 E: W:


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58. KIP MARINA Manager: Duncan Chalmers Kip Marina, The Yacht Harbour, Inverkip, Renfrewshire, Scotland. PA16 0AS T: 01475 521485 F: 01475 521298 E: W:

53. DINORWIC MARINA LIMITED Manager: David Owen Y Felinheli, Gwynedd, North Wales LL56 4JN T: 01248 671500 F: 01248 671252 E: VHF: 80 Call Sign: Dinorwic Marina W:


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HYTHE (Southampton) MARINA BROKERAGE Many boats listed but all the boats shown are with us here in Hythe

Westerly Regatta 290 1993 20hp Volvo, ashore being prepared for sale. Hythe Marina £31,850

Beneteau Antares 9.80 2008 2 x D4 225hp Volvos, 30 hours run! Good extras, see website £104,850

Jeanneau 32i Odyssey 2007 Yanmar 21hp, inmast furl, AS NEW INSIDE. £56,850

Nimbus 370 Tralwer 2002 2 x 230 Volvos and Huge extras list. Ashore here in Hythe £135,000

Broom 450 2002 2 x450 Cats, stunning boat, ashore Hythe, every extra, very clean £299,000

Bavaria 30 Cruiser 2006 Immaculate interior, 19hp Volvo, high spec many extras, Hythe £49,850 try offers

Westerly Fulmar 31 1987 Fin keel, superb specification, ashore Hythe, on website £32,000

Nimbus 310 1999 Stunning order 230 Yanmar. Ashore Hythe, good extras £78,850

1995 Sealine 310 Ambassador 2 x 150 Volvo’s on Duoprops, all very clean and tidy. £49,950

Fairey Huntsman 31 2 x 220hp Sabre. Ashore Hythe, “Classic” boat. Much history Reduced now £48,950

Finnmaster 6400 Fabulous Scandinavian fast able Diesel boat with lots of kit, “as new” order, on trailer. £28,950

1989 Humber 40 Aft cabin, 2 x 275 Sabres, solid build and ability, bargain cruising. £79,850

Fairline Targa 34 Stunning 2005 boat little used 2 x Kad 300’s, immaculate. £149,850

Chris craft Roamer 40 2005 2 x 480 Volvos. Great seaboats, afloat Hythe £175,000

Contessa 32 1976 Classic boats, Beta diesel engine, ashore Hythe. £26,000

2000 Saga 29 HT 1 x 230 hp Yanmar, bow prop, radar, autopilot, etc all on website £78,850 Hythe

Nimbus 345 Coupe 2002 2 x 230 Yanmars Fabulous cruising boats on website, ashore Hythe £115,000

Searay Sundancer 270 1998 2 x 180 Mercruisers, in super order, recent engine works, great value £36,850 see website! Hythe

Avon adventurer 6.2 m rib 130hp Honda On trailer £18,500

Atlantic 40 2007 2 x 310 Volvos, superb aft cabin cruising boat, ashore Hythe REDUCED £225,000

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Benneteau 36 CC clipper 2001 Full spec on website, ashore Hythe. £70,000

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Nicholson 27, GRP sloop built 1980, Volvo 7.5 hp diesel (1987), 7 berths in 2 cabins, w.c.Navigation instruments, liferaft, full set of sails, lying Shoreham Harbour ................................. £14,500

1962, South Coast One Design, classic wooden yacht, 26’, Yanmar inboard engine, hull mahogany on oak, 4 berths, lying Shoreham .............. £3,250

Ocean 36, cutter rig, 1950, mahogany on oak, ply deck, Peugeot 65hp diesel engine, 5 berths, w.c.sails new in 2000, Ech sounder, Raymarine C120 radar 2008, log, VHF, lying Shoreham .................£24,500

Colvic Atlanta, sloop GRP, registered 1998, 4-5 berths in 2 cabins, Yanmar 1GM10, 9hp Yanmar diesel inboard engine, bilge keel, lying Shoreham ................ £17,750

1982, Jeanneau Sunfizz, GRP, 40’,8 berths in 4 cabins, Vetus Mitsibushi 46hp engine 2008, liferaft, sprayhood, dodgers,, needs tlc, lying Shoreham on quayside ...............................................................£46,000

1978 Bayliner 2250 Skagit, Volvo AQ170 (170hp) sterndrive petrol engine,4 berths in two cabins,GPS, fishfinder, fridge, hob, sea toilet, canopy, lying Shoreham harbour ...................................£10,950

Maxum 1700SR, built 1997, inboard Mercruiser 3ltr, 135hp, including trailer, lying Shoreham ......... ................................................................. £5,295

Island Plastics 24, 1988, 20hp Beta inboard engine, 2 berths, 2hp auxilliary outboard, coolbox, lying ashore West Sussex........................ £12,000

Classic folkboat, mahogany on elm,fair condition, Petter 6hp engine, 3 berths, w.c................ £3,950

Sea Lion 42, twin screw diesel yacht, built Holland 1962, fitted out by JG Meakes, 2 x Mermaid marine diesel engines, 128hp each. Aft cabin with one single and one 3/4 double, shower and toilet en-suite. Closet and 4 drawers under each bed, dressing table. Saloon with folding table, single berth, wheelhouse with nav. equipment, chart cupboard etc., separate galley, toilet with sink, forward cabin with bunks and storage. Lying on residential berth in Narbonne, France .....................................£69,000

REDUCED! 14mtrs Cal 46, grp motor sailer, ketch, Perkins 4108 diesel, 6 berths in 3 cabins, this is a round the world yacht, recently returned, full galley, washing machine, freezer, water maker, shower x 2 bath, 2 x toilets. 6kva Onan diesel generator, life raft, dinghy, radar, GPS, compass etc., needs re-fit, sails good, roller reefing twin, in boom furl, lots of gear, very interesting project, re-fit needed, with 6 berths, lying Shoreham .. ..................................................................... £49,000

34’7” x 12’3” x 4’4” timber lifting keel sailing boat. Built and designed by F C Langmaid 1990.50hp Perkins diesel inboard engine. 1 x double berth, 4 single berths in 3 cabins. Hot and cold water with calorifier. Crusader sails, slab reefing, lazy jacks. Navigation instruments included. Beautifully kept, lying Shoreham ..............£32,000

For further information please contact Graham at Adur Boat Sales on 01273 591705 Colvic Watson motor sailer, built 1981 by Hall & Co, 34’6” x 13’ x 4’8”, Ford diesel 120hp engine 1981, Berswarner 2 x 1 gearbox, 1981, 6 berths in 3 cabins, 2 x w.c.lying Shoreham Harbour ............ ............................................................... £46,000

30’ Hillyard, built 1964, 8 ton, original 1.5 BMC engine, Carvel – pitch pine with Iroko repairs, long bilge keel, navigation instruments, sails with main roller reefing, 4 berths, beautifully restored, lying Shoreham ............................................... £14,950

Tiara 31, built 1989 in USA by Tiara Boats, GRP, GM 6.5 litre V8 engines, beam 12’,draft 3’. lying Newhaven............................................... £29,500

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We’ve been busy... has your broker? With our two stands at the forthcoming London Boat Show we will have a huge presence at the show and will be available to answer whatever boat buying or selling questions you may have. We will be preparing for a large number of enquiries and all our boats for sale will be displayed. Don’t miss out contact us today!

We pride ourselves on giving a personal and professional service and going further than other brokers to make sure we deliver. All our brokers are ABYA qualified and we are also members of the BMF, so you can rest assured you are in safe hands. Our advice is always free so please do call us and we will give you professional, honest and fair advice.

Beneteau 25.7 SOLD

Beneteau 42cc SOLD

Dehler 41 SOLD

Dufour 36 Classic SOLD

Fountain 33 SOLD

Jenneau Prestige 32 SOLD

Legend 33 SOLD

Moody 49 SOLD

Southerly 105 SOLD

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Hanse 470 - 2010

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Cornish Shrimper - 1996


LM27 - 1988


Princess 460 - 1999


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Halberg Rassy 29 - 1989


Moody 346 - 1987



Fisher 30 - 1972


Hunter Channel 31 - 2000


Van Vossen 1500 Trawler Yacht - 2007

Broom 37 - 1976




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One of the pleasures of boating is a quiet little – responsible – drink


A selection strategy for Christmas cheer OH DEAR! The boat is laid up, the weather has gone haywire, the financial climate is threatening. We need some serious ‘cheer up’ for the festive season but also a strategy to keep the spending in check. It’s an observed truism that the better the wine (more expensive) and the more distinctive the flavour (full bodied, identifiably fruity) the more it becomes self-regulating as a ‘sipper’ rather than a ‘quaffer’. Less volume is consumed for the same pleasurable outcome. It’s the same for stronger beers. So this can be the basis for a seasonal strategy sippers rather than quaffers, stronger versions of regular standards, some premium mixers, marginal upgrade in wines, modest price premiums offset by the need for fewer bottles. Here are some ideas drawn from the last 12 months of All at Sea. Fizz: Italian Prosecco. (Nov ’11). Light and gently fizzy, an excellent versatile white wine for pre-drinks and meal starters. Think of it as a premium white wine, not a cheap alternative to Champagnes. Chardonnays in my local supermarkets are £8 to £12; Prosecco £8.25 to £12 right on strategy. Red wine: Merlot de Veneto (July), about £6 a bottle, or the fuller flavoured Hardy’s Australian ‘Crest’ about £7.80. A modest premium on strategy versus the Veneto but if you usually buy at under £5 a bottle, Hardy’s Stamp of Australia at £5.60 a bottle would be on strategy too. White wine: Vinho Verde from Portugal (May), the best ‘treat’ wine featured this year. £7.29 in my local

shop, so on strategy versus Chardonnay benchmarks. Fresh, a delicate touch of petillance on the tongue, a ‘sipper’ perfect with festive salmon. Gin and premium tonic: stick to your usual gin but treat yourself to a premium tonic such as Fever Tree. This tonic features real quinine and its own added botanicals, distinctly enhancing the G & T flavour. Premium price £1.35 in 500ml bottle to preserve freshness, just about on strategy for a really tasty treat. . Best gin choice would be to buy the premium gin to go with the Fever Tree tonic. Adnams Copper House Distillery First Rate gin (Oct) is a strong 48 oer cent abv and, in a lovely spinnaker-adorned box, makes a great present. There is a cute 50cl size at £25 a bottle, but actually £ per volume the 70cl bottle at £30 is a 16 per centbetter buy. Strong abv plus flavour will go further than a regular UK gin right on strategy! Check on line at www.adnams. for a Cellar & Kitchen store near you (three

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in London) or buy online for home delivery. Strong beers (Dec ’10): Brakspear Triple 7.2 per cent abv, bottle conditioned, £1.32 is especially suitable for home consumption. Or Innes and Gunn Original oak-cask matured ale at 6.6 per cent abv. Both in sensible 330ml bottles. Definitely ‘sippers’ and on strategy. Spend a wee bit more on flavour and strength, drink a wee bit less and your budget could easily flat- line, compared with last year. Happy Christmas!

TIDAL PREDICTIONS DECEMBER 2011 Contributors Georgie Corlett, Shelley Jory-Leigh, Sticky Staplyton, Paul Antrobus, Geoff Holt, Emma Slater, Jane Swan

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MDL announces its 2012 Berthing Package THINK FREEDOM – THINK MDL MARINAS Enjoy the finest locations, freedom to cruise and much, much more... A recent independent survey found that nine out of 10 MDL berth holders rate the facilities and services available at MDL Marinas as excellent or very good*, and with our outstanding annual berthing package being improved even further for 2012/13, there are even more reasons for you to find out why. For 2012 we are committed to making it even easier to berth with MDL as both new and existing berth holders can further spread the cost of their annual berthing with the introduction of a 12 month Direct Debit. What’s more, if you sign up and make your first payment by 16th January 2012, we will also waive all Direct Debit fees, and we won’t take your second payment until the first week of May. MDL customers will, of course, continue to enjoy many other exclusive benefits and savings with ‘Club Outlook’ this year. Membership of Club Outlook is automatic with your annual MDL berthing package. Benefits include Freedom Berthing, Berth Swap, fuel at cost, unlimited free WiFi, and a brand new ‘Introduce Your Friends’ scheme, which could see you earning up to £1,000 in rewards for you and each of your friends.

INTRODUCE YOUR FRIENDS We’ve introduced a great new reward scheme for annual berth holders. It’s simple – all you need to do is introduce your friends to MDL Marinas and each of you could receive rewards up to the value of £1,000†. For even greater value, existing berth holders will be able to ‘bank’ these rewards and receive up to 125% against their 2013/14 annual berthing package†.



For 2012 we have removed the 50-hour limit on WiFi access, meaning that all Club Outlook members can stay connected all year round in any MDL marina.

With MDL Freedom Berthing your cruising options have been unlocked and you can now cruise freely between MDL’s 18 UK marinas and take advantage of unlimited visitor nights away from your home marina†.


Berthing and cruising really couldn’t be easier with Club Outlook. We have created three regional zones to define the MDL UK marina network; Zone 1 – Hamble; Zone 2 – South Coast Central and Zone 3 – East, West and Thames. Annual berth holders select their home marina and then receive unlimited visitor nights in their own and other zones†. Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, said: “We knew that customers wanted to expand their cruising options, so we have listened to this feedback and created a concept which allows free visitor nights for all of our berth holders, giving them the opportunity to enjoy boating away from home at our network of marinas.” For more information about Freedom Berthing or how to join Club Outlook, please visit

30 ADDITIONAL NIGHTS FREE VISITOR BERTHING If customers want to spend additional time in other MDL marinas that may be outside their Freedom Berthing zones then they can. Club Outlook members can enjoy up to 30 free visitor nights at any MDL UK marina†, which can be used individually, for 15 separate weekends or even a whole month.

Berth Swap is a new addition to Club Outlook and it’s perfect for those berth holders who want to make their own cruising arrangements – they can simply swap with a like-minded berth holder in another MDL marina.

SMART MDL We know that our berth holders love their boats and would like to spend even more time on board. To make sure your time is well spent, we are developing more ways for you to get in touch and get the things that you want instantly – we’re calling it Smart MDL. Annual berth holders will be able to access all the latest discounts and offers, weather, tides, berth reservations and Berth Swap on a smart phone or PC.


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