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Extreme 40s hit Cardiff PAGE 1 STORY The team, known as Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR), will compete in the 2012/13 America’s Cup World Series, with that campaign beginning as soon as Ainslie

finishes his 2012 Olympic event in the Finn class. The new global America’s Cup World Series circuit attracts some of the best fleet and match race sailors in the

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world to compete in high speed 45 foot wing-sailed catamarans, fore-runners to the next generation of America’s Cup boats. The series will provide a perfect testing ground for Ainslie, who has also confirmed his plan to challenge for the 35th America’s Cup, following the conclusion of the 34th Cup in San Francisco in 2013. In the meantime, Ainslie will also join ORACLe Racing for the 2013 Cup defence. he will be added to an already impressive crew line-up which includes some of the best sailors in the world; such as James Spithill, youngest ever winning skipper of the Cup, and Russell Coutts, four-times Cup winner and CeO of ORACLe Racing. Welcoming Ben to the America’s Cup, Coutts said: “It’s fantastic for the America’s Cup that we’ve got a three time Olympic gold medallist, four time Olympic medallist, hopefully soon to

The UK round of the award-winning extreme Sailing Series™, now in its sixth year, will be staged in Cardiff on 24-27 August. The Extreme 40 catamarans, raced by many of the world’s best sailors, will race on Cardiff Bay over four days, with the event open to the public between the 25-27 August as the Extreme 40 fleet race in the circuit’s action packed ‘stadium’ format. Taking part will be an impressive set of sailors from all over the globe, including skippers Ian Williams (GBR), Roman Hagara (AUT), Pierre Pennec (FRA), Ernesto Bertarelli (SUI) and Morgan Larson (USA). In a three-year deal, Cardiff won the bid to host the UK event of this global sailing circuit that is only one of four events with ISAF Special Event status. The host venue agreement with Cardiff City is backed by a Welsh Government grant for 2012-2014. The 2012 Extreme Sailing Series will be staged at eight different international venues across three continents, attracting hundreds of thousands of spectators. Alongside other significant media exposure, once again a dedicated TV series will be produced and broadcast around the world.

become five. The America’s Cup without Ben would be a little bit like Wimbledon without Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic. he’s the number one sailor in the world right now and it’s fantastic to have him involved in our team.” 2013 will be Ainslie’s fourth Cup campaign. Russell Coutts also fully backed Ainslie’s goal to create his own America’s Cup team beyond 2013, which will ultimately provide a rival to ORACLe Racing in the next Cup. On joining ORACLe Racing Ainslie said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity, I have a huge amount of respect for Russell, Jimmy and everyone involved. I think with the direction the Cup has taken in the last few years, it’s actually really important that ORACLe Racing win again and it continues on the path that it has taken. I’m very excited about it and hopefully I can help the team retain the Cup.”

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DArtmouth Sailing Week takes place from 25 August to 2 September. events include dinghy racing, yacht racing, and an offshore regatta with a passage race from torbay to Dartmouth on 29 August. organisers have promised a superb fireworks displays, funfair, plus a provisional booking of a red Arrows display.

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one of the best loved museum galleries at the historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent – the Wooden Walls of england – is to undergo a much needed renovation, thanks to £300,000 awarded by DCmS/Wolfson museums & Galleries Improvement Fund. the new gallery complements work currently being undertaken by the trust to re-tell the 19th and 20th century story of the dockyard in a new gallery ‘Steam, Steel and Submarines, the royal Dockyard Story 1832-1984’ that will open this spring.

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EntriEs are now open for the J.P. Morgan Asset Management round the island race, which takes place on 30 June. the first entry was received by the isC at 12.04am after entries opened at midnight on 20 January. the entry came from inseyandra, a

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Bavaria 46, owned and skippered by Martin thomas, who just pipped Ben Ainslie CBE to the post as the triple Olympic gold medallist filed his race entry just two minutes later. Ben Ainslie will skipper J.P. Morgan Asset Management Winston (GBr

2806L), a very competitive Beneteau First 40, and this will be the only time he will compete outside of the Finn class before the Olympic Games. Ben has the personal support of the race’s title sponsor, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, which is sponsoring the event for the

the rYA Boat Safety handbook is the latest title from the rYA, covering all the key elements in boat safety from lifejackets and buoyancy aids, moB prevention and recovery to calling for help and dealing with fire.

An official book launch was held during the london Boat Show, with the book’s author Keith Colwell. Anyone who purchases a copy between now and the end of march, will be entered into a free prize draw.

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eighth year. the first race start is scheduled for 0700 on 30 June. Early bird entries close at midnight on 25 February.

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the Shipwrecked mariners’ Society, which helped seafarers in need claim over £45,000 in statutory benefits last year, says a significant number of retired mariners are missing out. Commodore malcolm Williams, Chief executive, says many retired seafarers are either unaware that they are entitled to certain benefits or do not know how to go about claiming them.

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All AboArd By Georgie Corlett

In the spotlIght It’S been a busy start to the year for one man in particular. What, with just a few months to go until he competes for a fifth Olympic medal; the Finn Gold Cup coming up on his home waters; guest appearances at the london Boat Show; a new clothing collection from Henri lloyd to endorse; oh yes, and the small matter of a new America’s Cup campaign to announce - Britain’s most successful Olympic sailor of all time, Ben Ainslie CBe has certainly got a lot on his plate. Ben’s latest announcement means that almost as soon as he steps ashore from the last race of the Olympics, he will be boarding a plane to San Fransisco in order to take up the helm of an AC45 wing-sailed catamaran in the America’s Cup World Series. this exciting, actionpacked series starts in September and is the precursor to the America’s Cup. Ben has also stated that his next ambition, after the 2012 Olympics, is to win the America’s Cup. In return for the 3 million euros it costs to underwrite an AC World Series campaign, he has agreed to lend his services to Russell Coutts of ORACle Racing in the 34th Cup in 2013, a partnership which will most probably land him the role of tactician rather than helm, yet another chance for him to cut his teeth before he finally gets to handle his own campaign for the 35th Cup sometime after 2013. So will 2012 see Ben bow out from Olympic sailing? Unlikely. 2016 is still on his horizon, but for now, a shift in

focus has landed the Cup firmly at the top of his agenda. the only thing which might knock it off in the meantime – other than going for gold at 2012 of course - is the impending RYA tribunal following his incident of ‘gross misconduct’ at December’s ISAF World Championships in Perth. the hearing is expected to take place within the next month. Ben has repeatedly said that he “hugely regrets the situation” and acknowledges that whatever the outcome he will have to accept the decision. the RYA has it in its power to enforce a ban that will see him miss this summer’s Olympic Games, but in reality, that’s not a road the governing body is likely to want to go down. So, being as he is on the brink of becoming the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, going forwards, Ben is going to have to put up with being in the media spotlight - more so now than ever before. And once he gets his teeth properly into his America’s Cup campaign, that spotlight will only get brighter. His AC World Series crew is yet to be announced; with no guarantee he will pick from fellow Brits, it’s likely there will be a sprinkling of ORACle Racing chaps onboard. therefore it’s good to hear that Ben will be campaigning under the burgee of the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club. that such a legend will still be flying the flag for GBR as he wends his way closer to a shot at the oldest international trophy of any sport will certainly be good thing for British sailing once the spotlight falls away from our shores at the end of 2012. And so, we wish him the very best of British.

Push the boat out With flags waving and the sound of confetti cannons firing the RYA officially launched it’s ‘Push the Boat Out’ event at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show. The event, which takes place on 21 July, one week before the start of the London 2012 Games, is aimed at encouraging everyone across the country to get out on the water and show their support for the British Sailing Team, as well as showcase what a great sport sailing is. Sailing clubs and centres, training

schools, marinas and all boaters, whether sail, motor or windsurfing, are being asked to get involved and host an event or just get on the water for the day. “We are hoping to get as many people out on the water as possible on Push the Boat Out day,” explained Sail for Gold event coordinator Celia Edgington. “We would love people to choose a time in the day to wave flags and show their support for the team. We’re asking people to take photos of their day,

Big Class yachts grace the Solent ThE Royal Yacht Squadron has extended invitations to eight of the most beautiful Big Class yachts in the world to come and grace the shores of the Solent in the second edition of the Westward Cup regatta, taking place 11-16 June. Run in association with the New York

Yacht Club and the Yacht Club de Monaco with the RYS as the Organising Authority, the Westward Cup was first held in July 2010 and was a tremendous success for everyone taking part. It marked the revival of, and interest in, Big Class yacht racing in the Solent and around the world.

showing us what they got up to and to share them with us on the Sail for Gold Facebook page, along with any good luck messages, and we’ll share them with the British Sailing Team before they do battle at the Games. But most of all we just want everyone to have great fun.” Some clubs have already started planning their events with ideas ranging from a mini Sail for Gold regattas and mini Olympics, to treasure hunts and have-a-go days.

JoIn the World ArC tHe World ARC fleet has departed St lucia at the start of a 15 month long cruising rally. In total 39 boats and over 200 people will take part in World ARC 2012-13 which spans an epic 26,000 mile route. It is still possible for boats to join the fleet.

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YACHTMASTER® OF THE YEAR 2011 IFAn James from Pembrokeshire, Wales has been named the RYA Yachtmaster® of the Year 2011. Ifan was presented with the RYA Yachtmaster of the Year trophy by HRH the Princess Royal at the tullett Prebon london Boat Show.

Richard Falk, RYA training Manager, said: “Of the large number of strong and worthy nominees for this year’s RYA Yachtmaster® of the year award Ifan stood out as an extremely clear first choice, as a result of his excellent

performance in his RYA Yachtmaster® exam in which he demonstrated his outstanding competence as a skipper.” Having undertaken some of his training towards the RYA Yachtmaster® exam at Storm Force Coaching in Southampton, Ifan worked as an intern for the business and is now employed by them as an instructor. He will soon be off to sail in the Caribbean as part of Storm Force but not before

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completing his RYA Yachtmaster® Instructor exam in two weeks.

SAIl 4 Cancer has been active along the Solent for the past 10 years, helping families affected by cancer to get away from the stress of living with the disease. the charity has now established an office in Fareham to better serve families along the South Coast and inform cancer patients and their families about the sponsored respite opportunities available to them. Sail 4 Cancer is entirely dependent on fundraising and appreciates any donations to help more families. the charity is also looking for volunteers to raise funds by running the BUPA london 10K on 27 May.

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tHe tall ship tenacious, which was designed and built to be sailed by a mixed crew of able-bodied and disabled people including wheelchair users, has been chosen to take part in the thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on 3 June to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. At 65m, tenacious is one of the largest ships taking part and will form part of the ‘Avenue of Sail’ through which the smaller vessels will pass.

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ThunderCat racing, which involves close-fought action between lightweight 4-metre inflatable catamaran racing powerboats, is currently enjoying a huge surge in popularity, with racing set to take place in 18 countries during 2012. The UK is no exception. Seven rounds will make up the 2012 RYA National Championship series, combining three different styles of racing; surf racing;

flat-water circuit racing; and endurance long-haul racing, where teams test their stamina over a 60 mile long course. The first round will be held at Cornwall’s world-renowned Watergate Bay, with sandy beach and excellent spectator opportunities. Subsequent venues include Bournemouth, Lowestoft and Folkestone. Organisers are expecting an excellent turn out; interest in ThunderCat racing,

which can see driver and co-pilot push the boats to speeds of up to 65mph, has gathered real momentum recently. James Tapp the UK’s Events Coordinator explains: “The TC Racing team has worked really hard to bring new exciting venues for both the general public and competitors as well as improving the overall safety through better rules and education of competitors.”

Race organiser, Fiona Pascoe, comments: “The sport has developed a sustainable mix of affordable and competitive racing – new teams are entering every year and they are even joining from other racing series to get a bit of the action. We are not recession proof but we must be doing something right to be growing in the present climate!”

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BRIAn thompson is to be made an Honorary Member of the Island Sailing Club, Cowes, in recognition of his outstanding ocean racing career to date. Brian has said he feels ‘privileged’ to receive the recognition.

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Sail training International’s annual international conference will take place in the port city of Aalborg, Denmark, in november 2013. the two day event is expected to bring close to 400 delegates from about 40 countries to the city for a series of plenary and work-shop sessions on a range of topics relating to sail training for young people and tall Ships races.


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PRinceSS Yachts international chairman and founder, David King, received the judges’ special award at this year’s ‘Motor Boat of the Year’ dinner, held at the Savoy Hotel, london. the award recognises the incredible innovation, passion and dedication David has provided the British Marine industry over the past 46 years.

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PoweRBoAt P1 has reported that places on the P1 SuperStock UK grid are filling up fast, with several new drivers committing to race in SuperStock UK this season. SuperStock UK is the only one-make racing powerboat championship on water in Britain.

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tHe luxury superyacht sector saw continued sales growth in 2011, with a 29 percent increase on 2010 sales of yachts over 24 metres, according to Boat international’s ‘Market intelligence’. the data shows that Monaco-based Fraser Yachts continued to have the largest share, accounting for 17 percent of the market.

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DeSiGn Unlimited, the leading interior designer and stylist for production and super yachts, has entered into a partnership with Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH, the world’s largest builder of production boats. the first project on which the two companies, together with Farr Yacht Design are working, is the Vision 46 which was launched recently at Boot Düsseldorf.

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BRocKenHURSt college in partnership with composite Mouldings will be launching a series of courses in GRP wet lay-up using hand laminating techniques, held at composite Mouldings facility in Marchwood, Southampton, starting this month.

Overwhelming support A new charity which aims to get more people with disabilities on the water in powerboats has received overwhelming support at its first event, held during the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show. The Disabled Powerboating Trust held a party at Sunseeker International hosted by the inspiration for the charity, its first

ambassador and All at Sea columnist, Geoff Holt MBe. Geoff, who is a wheel chair user, encouraged individuals and companies both in and beyond the marine industry to get involved. He revealed that, although there are many sailing charities for people with disabilities, this is the first charity to use powerboats.

RiBeX revamps with new name RIBeX has been renamed ‘The Powerboat and RIB Show’ in line with major changes that will make the event even more exciting and accessible for visitors. In its 14th year, the organisers are preparing to propel the event to new heights with a new name, new location and other initiatives that they predict will elevate it to the next level. As well as being held at prestigious Portsmouth venue, Gunwharf Quays, for the first time, the exhibition will now feature powerboats of every description, making it the only show representing the

entire powerboat market under 45ft. Among the attractions will be a wide selection of RIBs, powerboats and associated products for sale, the opportunity to trial boats on the open water and free RIB rides. It will also be completely free for visitors! Taking place from 11-13 May and featuring a host of special exhibits from leading names within the international marine industry, it is expected to attract between 80,000 and 100,000 people over the weekend.

The Trust will raise money, identify providers of suitable craft, make grants and provide information to those with disabilities who wish to access the water under power. Its first goal is to get at least 25 companies to adopt the Disabled Powerboating Trust as their chosen charity for 2012.

InternatIonal lIne up for Commodores Cup

tHe Brewin Dolphin commodores’ cup will be held off cowes, isle of wight, from 21-28 July. interest from teams is running high with challenges from several nations including: england, netherlands, France, ireland and Hong Kong. eddie warden owen, chief executive of organisers, the Royal ocean Racing club, is very happy with the way things are shaping up for the 11th biennial event. He says:”it would appear that the new format of allowing teams to be made up of three boats of any size and the availability of good boats to charter, has prompted interest from outside of europe too. the Brewin Dolphin commodores’ cup is shaping up to be a very competitive regatta.” in 2008 RYA team GBR won the commodores’ cup and narrowly missed out to ireland in 2010. this year, the aim will be to pick four teams who have the potential to win this summer as well as in future years.

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The fleet of Volvo Open 70’s at the start of stage 2 of leg 3. Credit: IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race

Six Volvo Ocean Race teams are currently battling head to head on leg 3 stage 2 of the race, en route to Sanya, China. The fleet left the ‘secret’ port of Male in the Maldives on 22 January and is now taking on the 3000 nautical-mile course. Antipiracy measures taken by race organisers resulted in a cargo ship carrying five of the yachts from the stop-over port of Abu Dhabi to the ‘secret location’ and made for a tight turn around for the start. Team Sanya, which encountered gear problems on leg two and was unable to reach Abu Dhabi, was reunited with the rest of the fleet on their arrival in the Maldives.

Cited by all the skippers as one of the most challenging of the race, leg 3 takes the fleet across the indian Ocean to the north west tip of Sumatra, down through the congested waters of the Malacca Straits before turning north east for a final gruelling slog through the South China Sea to the finish on the Chinese island of Sanya. A minefield of hazards await, including monsoon winds, a collision course with hundreds of merchant ships and a brutal week-long beat in rough seas. The start of the leg saw Team Sanya determined to make up for previous disasters, as they led the fleet off the line. They continued to scrap for the

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GBR Paralympians win Worlds

AlexAnDRA Rickham and niki Birrell have etched their names on the SKUD World Championship trophy for the fourth consecutive year after a hardfought victory at the iFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships at Charlotte Harbour, Florida. The Skandia Team GBR duo, who were selected as the first athletes to ParalympicsGB in August, saw their Paralympic year off to the best possible start by claiming the world crown for the fourth time after what 25-year-old crew Birrell describes as the “shiftiest week we’ve ever sailed”. The British crew, who finished fifth at the Beijing Paralympics, secured their victory by just two

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points after a nail-biting final race, with silver going to the American pair of Jennifer French and JeanPaul Creignou. “We’re unbelievably happy to have won the Worlds again – and it’s an even nicer feeling considering it was so tight, right down to the bottom mark of the last race, to know we can hold and pull through when the pressure is on,” Birrell explained. John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas also got their Paralympic year off to a medalwinning start with a bronze from the three-person Sonar class.

FAlmoUth Watersports Centre is to host the Finn Gold Cup, taking place between 13-19 may. the event will attract the very best sailors from around the globe, with many competitors challenging for their olympic qualification and others, who have already qualified, using the event for crucial tuning ahead of the summer olympics. Five-times winner of the Gold Cup and a Falmouth local, Ben Ainslie CBe has already confirmed his entry. Ben said: “It fills me with great pride that Cornwall will be hosting the 2012

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What about your homework? MOST of us who have children could be forgiven for wondering what might have been going through the heads of the Laura Dekker’s mum and dad as she stepped off her yacht Guppy in Saint Maarten last month to become the youngest person to sail solo around the globe. It was reported that her parents, Dick Dekker and Babs Muller, her grandparents, her sister Kim and a 400-strong crowd of well-wishers on shore and in small boats jumped and cheered. Miss Dekker, we are told, waved back. Well she might but was the wave in salute to her family, to recognise a triumph or one of relief? Possibly all three, plus a few more emotions unknown to most of us who have never faced and beaten such a daring challenge. She told reporters: “There were moments where I was like: ‘what the hell am I doing out here?’ but I never wanted to stop. It’s a dream, and I

wanted to do it.” Miss Dekker, who is 16 years and four months old, cut six months off the unofficial record set in 2010 by Australian Jessica Watson, who was days away from her 17th birthday when she completed her own voyage. They make Britain’s Michael Perham from Potters Bar seem positively elderly. He was 17 years and 164 days when he became the youngest person to sail around the world solo in August 2009. Laura’s voyage caused controversy in the Dutch courts when officials - spoilsports or sensible caring adults, depending on your point of view – argued that she should be in the classroom rather than swanning around the oceans. Child court judges eventually relented, with the condition that she kept up her schoolwork online. That was a whole new take on “Get upstairs and finish your homework!”

The row led to Guinness World Records and the World Sailing Speed Record Council deciding to stop recognising records for youngest sailors to discourage dangerous attempts. Most of us who play around in boats enjoy it partly because of the thrill in

pitting ourselves against the lurking dangers of wind and water. We are none too keen on over-

zealous health and safety nonsense. When our children want to join in the fun or, like Laura, aim to live their own dreams, albeit on a much smaller scale, we do quick informal risk assessments, give them a hug of encouragement and keep watch from just out of sight, rather than over the horizon. Many probably think those Dutch officials had a point, despite all of the safety and communications devices available to modern sailors. Me? I’m not telling. I know I am not as brave as Laura’s parents in risking not only a child but the outcry if the worst had happened. Thankfully it didn’t and we should salute the courage of young Laura herself. But whatever their age, our offspring never stop being children. And I still have that niggle about who was making sure she did her homework . . .

Funding boost for clubs and centres FROM refurbished changing rooms to new pontoons, 17 sailing clubs and centres across the country are celebrating after successfully securing funding through Sport England’s Inspired Facility Fund. Part of ‘Places People Play’, Sport England’s programme to deliver a London 2012 legacy of increased mass participation in sport, Inspired Facilities is investing £50 million of National Lottery funding in up to 1000 community sports projects between 2011 and 2014. Funding will help clubs to refurbish or upgrade sports facilities or to convert existing buildings into venues suitable

for sport which are accessible to the whole community. One sailing project to successfully receive funding is Hykeham Sailing Club in the East Midlands who have been awarded £50,000 to improve their launching facilities. “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded with this funding,” explains Vincent Wilkinson, commodore at the club. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to improve the embankment of the grounds and the jetties which are over 50 years old.”

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Royal Southern hosts anniversary festival TAKING centre stage in this summer’s line-up of 175th Anniversary events being hosted and run by the Royal Southern Yacht Club is the Club’s 175 Anniversary Open Regatta. Incorporating both its regular May and June Summer Series Regattas, this special event runs from 25 May to 10 June and will comprise 16 days of activity ashore and afloat. Encompassing all classes of day boats, keelboats and ocean racing boats that regularly support the Club, the schedule even introduces some spectator-friendly model boat racing. The programme also includes the 50th running of the Cowes-Deauville Race on

1-2 June with VIP guests and sailors from both sides of the Channel participating. To date the Royal Southern is anticipating that 33 classes and over 500 sailors will participate in what will be the largest gathering of competitive yacht racing ever run under its burgee, a real Solent spectacular. The Anniversary Regatta will be rounded off in style with a fabulous Mount Gay Rum Red Cap Party on 9 June. Mount Gay Rum joins the Royal Southern’s growing family of 175th Anniversary corporate partners including Piper-Heidsieck champagne, Gaastra yachting wear, and Swarovski Optik.

Also successful are Helford River Sailing Club in Cornwall and Staunton Harold Sailing Club in the East Midlands. “There are four remaining rounds of funding between now and 2014,” explains Graham Manchester, RYA Strategic Lead on Adult Participation. “If your club facilities are looking tired and an investment would increase usage and community activity you should consider this fund. It offers a great change in the Olympic year for a lasting legacy in our sport.”

A NEW super-lightweight tender was launched by Excel at the recent London Boat Show. At 2.3 metres LOA the SL230 has adequate space for two or three crew and a comfortable adjustable rowing position. The SL230 has been constructed using specially developed Hytex fabric and high pressure air deck designed to reduce bulk and weight, whilst maintaining integrity and robustness.


JOHN Hayes MP, Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, presented two apprentices from Discovery Yachts, Kevin Baker and Roy Tidman, with their Marine Apprenticeship Graduation Awards during the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show. The event, organised by the British Marine Federation, celebrated the achievements of over 20 marine apprentices who graduated in 2011, with the technical skills required for bespoke boatbuilding.


B&G has been appointed an Official Sponsor by Skandia Team GBR and is supplying a complete suite of marine electronics for the RIB that will work with the sailors to help them prepare for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing competitions. B&G will provide the 8-inch Zeus multifunction chartplotter, along with the new Triton instrument system and the latest zero-emission Broadband 4G™ Radar.


WHAT treasure can be found on the shoreline, how to have the best day out and what wildlife you can spot throughout the year are all themes of feature articles in this year’s Chichester Harbour News and Guide. The 84-page magazine, produced annually by Chichester Harbour Conservancy, is now available from local outlets.


THE Royal Southern Yacht Club has appointed a new Club Secretary. Chris Pullinger, former House Manager at the club, will take up the role with immediate effect. Chris will work with the membership to progress the Royal Southern throughout its 175th Anniversary celebrations during 2012 and beyond.


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THE 2012 RYA Conference for Short Range Certificate Assessors is to be sponsored for the first time by Standard Horizon and will take place at The Rose Bowl in Southampton on 16 April. Organised by the RYA for its 1800 SRC radio operator Assessors, the RYA Standard Horizon SRC Assessors’ Conference 2012 will provide delegates with up to date information on any changes to the SRC courses or their emphasis.


THE RYA Active Marina Programme has celebrated the end of a successful 2011 pilot year. Partnering with marinas, RYA recognised training centres, berth holder groups and yacht clubs, the programme was created to encourage and support increased berth holder activity to help people to get more from their boating through workshops, group cruises and social events. The scheme will continue into 2012.


CORNISH sea shanty group, Stamp and Go, will be raising money for the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, which supports seafarers in need, with the launch of their latest CD on 1 February. The launch will be held at The Seiners Hotel in Perranporth and will see the group perform songs from their new CD entitled ‘Sail Away’, celebrating the lives of maritime workers.

NEIL Payne, 20, a student at Portsmouth University, has been selected to support Team Aqua at the first 2012 RC44 Championship Tour regatta in Spain in February. In 2010, Neil began training with the British Keelboat Academy, a partnership

between the RYA and Cowes-based UKSA which is developing the next generation of young British sailing talent. He is currently sailing on Farr 45 Kolgá, which has been lent to the Academy by Rán Racing. Neil is the first sailor from the BKA

to be recruited by Team Aqua. With a total of five places available to BKA squad members at different regattas throughout 2012, Team Aqua has received many applications. Neil said: “The RC44 circuit is the perfect stepping stone into other

COUNTDOWN TO SAIL FOR GOLD BALL HELD in every Olympic year, the RYA’s Sail for Gold Ball is the traditional rousing send-off for Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic-bound sailors, and the stage is set for a fitting celebration at the London Hilton on Park Lane on 13 June. Considered the most significant social event in the Olympic and

Paralympic classes sailing calendar, the Ball will bring together the sailors selected to compete for Team GB and ParalympicsGB in 2012, as well as some of Britain’s past sailing medallists and special guests from the worlds of commerce, politics, the arts and the media. Funds raised from the Ball also help to support future

generations of Skandia Team GBR sailors along the way to achieving their Olympic dreams. Peter Harrison, a staunch supporter of British sailing, will once again be title sponsor. He said: “I’m sure this will be a wonderful occasion and celebration as we wish our sailors the very best of luck.”

professional circuits and I hope this opportunity with Team Aqua will be as useful for my sailing career. I’m excited to get out there and get stuck in with preparations for the first regatta of the season.”

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RISING Laser Radial sailor Hannah Snellgrove has been awarded the coveted Marlow Ropes Award, which rewards young sailors for their determination, focus and talent. The 21-year-old from Lymington, Southampton, is a current member of Skandia Team GBR Transitional Squad.



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Praised after 9 hours at sea A LIFEBOAT crew who rescued a charity rower after his oar had broken have been praised for their professionalism. Volunteers from the RNLI lifeboat station at Barra, in the Scottish Western Isles, spent nearly 9 hours at sea when they went to the aid of Gaelic Television and Radio Presenter Niall Iain Macdonald. They launched their all-weather lifeboat

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TWO girls rescued from rocks by Tenby lifeboat volunteers on 22 January raised the alarm through Facebook. Luckily for them, Tenby RNLI volunteer Ross Edwards was online at the time and spotted the message. He insisted the girls phoned Milford Haven Coastguard immediately. Just after 4pm, Milford Haven Coastguard requested the launch of Tenby inshore RNLI lifeboat after they received a call from the girls. The lifeboat crew found the girls, who were unhurt. Phil John, Tenby RNLI Coxswain said: “It was pure coincidence that one of our volunteers was online at the time. We would never encourage people to rely on this method but to call 999 and call the Coastguard.”

into the care of the Coastguard. But all of his crew are to be thanked on my then the crew had to get home to the behalf for their stamina, professionalism island of Barra. They arrived at 12.05am and team work,” he said. on 18 November, under the command of A letter of appreciation from the RNLI’s volunteer Coxswain Donald MacLeod. Operations Director is an accolade for Michael Vlasto, the RNLI’s Operations lifeboat stations. Mr Macdonald was Director, has since written to the crew to rowing his boat from Castlebay on Barra thank them. “This was a long service in to Stornoway over a three-day period to All atMacLeod Sea 1/4 and page:Layout 1 06/12/2010 16:49 Page 1 poor weather and Coxswain raise money for Children in Need.


CALSHOT’S all-weather and inshore lifeboats were on exercise on 22 January when the volunteers were alerted to reports of a person overboard from a small dinghy near Hill Head. The man was out sailing with his two teenage daughters in single-handed dinghies when his boat capsized and he was thrown into the water. His daughters returned one dinghy to shore and headed back to the scene in the other to try and rescue him. By this time lifeboats arrived on scene. The inshore lifeboat volunteers pulled the man – who was suffering from hypothermia – aboard and transferred him to the all-weather lifeboat. He was then taken ashore where an ambulance was waiting to take him to hospital. The inshore lifeboat crew then towed the damaged dinghy with one of the daughters aboard to Hill Head harbour whilst the other daughter sailed their dinghy back to shore. Deputy Second Coxswain Mark Laughlin said: “The man was very lucky that the alarm was raised by a member of the public who saw the incident. With the sea temperature at around 8 degrees and the wind near gale force, condition could have been worse.”

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Don’t let the chilly mid-winter temperatures deter you from spending time on or by the water! Defend against the elements and ensure you stay toasty warm.


Winter wonders! FeBruAry’s forecast is currently set to bring more cold and crisp, wintry weather to the uK, with easterly winds likely to prevail and rainfall remaining lower than average giving frosty starts and blue skies. Winter days like these are ideal for

wrapping up warm and enjoying the outdoors. And why not? our coasts and waterways are at their quietest during the winter months so spending time afloat can be the perfect way to escape for a few hours. or perhaps you’re looking to invest a little time tinkering

in the boat yard, or taking a relaxing stroll by the waterside. or maybe you’re a die-hard dinghy racer. in any case, our hand-picked selection of must-have winter wear items will help you beat the cold and make the most of your sailing through the winter months.

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Precisely what percentage of body heat is lost from your head is a point for debate, but one thing is for certain, covering your head is a safe bet when it comes to keeping warm. This top of the range Buff is the ultimate in thermal protection for your head, ears and neck, whilst giving minimal hindrance to your vision; because the Hood Buff® is not attached to a jacket, when you move your head left or right you can see where you’re going, rather than the inside of the hood. Made from Gore Windstopper® and stretchy microfibre layers, the Hood Buff has an adjustable drawstring for a snug fit. The hood is available only in a somewhat-somber black; however the warmth and comfort factor of the Hood Buff® cannot be disputed. Price: £35 •

Musto waterproof outdry Gloves CLAImInG to be musto’s first fully waterproof, breathable sailing glove, these must surely be the answer to any winter boater’s prayers: dry - and therefore warm - hands! The gloves feature a waterproof, breathable OutDry® membrane which is bonded to the nylon shell fabric, sealing out water, wind, and cold. Featuring seamless fingertips, an articulated cut for dexterity and tough palm grip fabric for durability, these will go down a treat with anyone spending time up on deck when the temperatures take a dive. Price: £60 •

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THe clever i5 Headwind is a dynamic mid-layer incorporating Gill’s brand new ‘intelligent insulation’ to keep you warm. As the temperatures drop, the thermal resistance (clo value and tog rating) changes, as ‘microspaces’ close up to ensure the superfine material gives maximum thermal efficiency. As you work harder and the temperature rises, the intelligent insulation releases heat to keep you in the comfort zone. As soon as you put this jacket on you genuinely notice it starting to work, as if by magic. The i5 Headwind mid-layer is breathable, machine washable, and even packs into its own chest pocket for handy storage. Price: £105

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For fashionable shore-side layering, look no further than Fat Face’s funky range of men’s and women’s gilets. ladies looking for cosy insulation should choose the duvetesque ‘Holly Gilet’, made from lightweight duck down and feather wadding; whilst chaps opting for the ‘country casual’ look should check out the ‘Tyber’ with brushed checked cotton lining and contrast suede shoulder panel. Price: Tyber River Gilet £75 Holly Pigment Dyed Gilet £58

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For anyone anticipating a proper soaking this winter, a drysuit is a must! this top-end model features robust tX20K – three-layer, fully breathable fabric that promises performance and longevity to keep even the most active of sailors completely dry and comfortable. A storm collar gives extra protection against the elements and conceals a glide-skin neoprene seal. the Sabre has also been cleverly designed to account for body bend, with a front zip. team it with Crewsaver’s snugly fleecy Stratum one-piece undersuit, made from high wicking and fast drying fabric, and you’re sure to stay dry and warm all over. Price: Sabre Drysuit £349 Stratum One Piece Fleece £49.99

Musto sHell miDDle-layer salopettes CruiSinG sailors in need of a mid-layer salopette to fend off the chills on long winter passages should check out this new offering from Musto. Featuring a lightweight shell with high loft fleece lining for warmth, and elasticated back and shoulder panels for comfort, these trousers offer intensive insulation. tapered legs and elasticated ankle closures reduce bulk so you can pile on the extra waterproof layers on top. Price: £120

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Henri lloyd Genesis Jacket DesiGneD to offer a waterproof and extremely warm yet stylish jacket, Henri Lloyd’s versatile new Genesis Jacket can be worn on its own or used a mid-layer. not only does the outer shell repel water – ideal for more extreme conditions – it’s also wind proof and features water-resistant zipped pockets. the Primaloft fleece lining is soft and lightweight as well as breathable. Available in men’s and women’s styles and a selection of different colours. Price: £110 •

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FeAturinG new ZhikSkin SuperWarm material, the SuperWarm Skiff Suit offers extreme warmth for those sailing in the fast lane. the material cleverly combines four layers - a water repellent outer shell, super stretchy neoprene, titanium and micro fleece – to create a fabric which gives a total solution of weather protection, temperature insulation, reflective inner layer and thermal base layer, all in one. in the super cold, combine it with the SuperWarm top and/or the Zhik Spandex Hydrophobic Fleece. this clever layering system provides a warm alternative to dry suits. Price: SuperWarm Skiff Suit £199 SuperWarm Top £129 Hydrophobic Top £65



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Alliance – the green boating campaign covering the stretch of water from Vancouver Island to the British Columbia mainland coast. They even have a sea shanty to get folk going when cleaning their boats, sung to the tune of ‘Drunken Sailor’.


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APPARENTLY ‘sustainability’ is going to continue to be a buzzword for many companies in 2012 according to the Chartered Institute of Marketing, with firms keen to show their ethical sourcing policies and trim any excess in areas such as water, energy and waste – all good sense both environmentally and financially in these lean times.

So good news for programmes like The Green Blue, but the flip side is that also according to the CIM, the consumer - in other words, the ‘average’ boater, berth holder or club member - will grow increasingly tired of green claims in 2012. That means we’re going to have to work harder or perhaps smarter to keep the messages fresh and appealing.


Looking around the world at new ideas from other environmental boating initiatives, the headline topics are pretty standard fare: sewage, bilge and greywater discharges, oil and fuel, antifoul, cleaning and maintenance products, non native invasive species and interactions with wildlife. And

generally the formats are pretty similar too – posters, newsletters, signage, presentations, boat shows and online toolkits for boats and businesses. But on closer inspection there are a few unusual tactics. The Boating Clean and Green Campaign run by the California Department of Boating and Waterways and the California Coastal Commission deploy teams of ‘dockwalkers’ – volunteers who do as the name suggests and ‘walk the docks’ handing out leaflets, eco-kits and talking to boaters about what they can do on board. You may experience something similar from the ‘Eco Gestes’ campaign running along the Cote d’Azur from May to August each year. Don’t be surprised if a RIB or kayak coming alongside with a team of branded ambassadors to have a friendly chat about doing your bit on board! And if you really want to get into the spirit, take a look at the Georgia Strait


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Business woman and British Power Boat Champion Shelley Jory, from Hampshire, is one of the UK’s leading powerboat racers and the top female in the world. In her spare time she runs a bridal business.


Powering on through! WITH the British economy in the state it is and the cost of fuel still increasing, most news around powerboat racing seems to be doom and gloom, especially in the search for sponsorship to fund a race team. But despite this there’s still a positive vibe coming from the powerboat racers and with RB12 happening this year along with the British Powerboat Festival at Cowes, hopefully there will continue to be gold medals and world powerboat champions for the British powerboat racers to prove we can cut it just like the GBR sailors. Whilst I spent most of the first two weeks of January up in London at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show I did manage to take a mid-week break from appearing at the Clarks Knowledge Zone to attend the official opening of the new Scorpion RIBs facility in Lymington. As many of you may remember, I’m a bit of a fan of Scorpion RIBs like many of

the UK’s powerboat racers; I raced the infamous Cowes Torquay Cowes Race in 2009 with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston amongst my crew onboard the new Scorpion Sting, which handled like a dream in the testing conditions to bring us home 1st in class and 4th overall. Other Scorpion RIBs that have secured their place in British powerboat history include RYA powerboat racing manager John Puddifoot’s Mystic Dragon, Mike Deacon’s Hot Lemon and Christ Strickland’s Sea Hound V, with the two latter both setting 2011 Speed Records. So in this time of uncertainty in the industry it was great to be invited to Scorpion’s new facilities for a tour with managing director Patrick Byrne. Patrick explained to me that the new facility will allow for better quality control, improved efficiency, and the potential to double production to nearly 50 boats a year. Scorpion RIBs have moved their production into a new 20,000 sq foot

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facility on Ampress Park in Lymington. The move consolidates all the various elements of Scorpion production from four different sites into one streamlined, modern facility, dedicated to producing RIBs more efficiently to meet an increase in export demand. “We are proud to have our own research and design team, laminators, tube makers and finishers based in this superb, new Lymington facility,” explained Patrick.

“We have invested in our design and development team, our marketing activity, staff training (introducing an apprentice scheme), and are now streamlining our production at Ampress Park. We have a global outlook on marketing and are constantly developing export markets to continue strong sales of our boats. Our Ampress facility will allow us to expand and develop these markets more efficiently. We anticipate

increasing our workforce by 10 percent following the move to cope with our export order book.” The end of January saw Scorpion RIBs at the Dusseldorf Boat Show, the largest boat show in Europe, showcasing its three new models to the European crowds. I’d like to wish Scorpion RIBs, Patrick and all the team all the best for a successful future in their new facilities.

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Volvo Main Stage hall 2 (West hall) – at the heart of the show 10.00 Show opens 10.30 Oliver’s Travels – Sailing around the UK for charity – Olly Rofix tells us how he not only beat leukaemia but also sailed around Britain single-handed in a Valiant 18 for charity 11.15 Technology and Tactics – Billy Aylward explains how you can use GPS tracking to hone your racing tactics 12.00 Sail for Gold & Olympic preview – relive and celebrate past Olympic and Paralympic success and look forward to the London 2012 Games 12.45 Professional driving & towing – Former British touring car champion Robb Gravett gives you all the information you need to be confident while towing 13.30 Prize draws and presentations 13.45 Jack holt centenary celebration – Industry and class experts give the low down on how and why Jack holt was so influential on design of so many popular dinghies 14.30 Olympic medal racing: the rules and tactics – Chris Watts shares his top tips to keep you competitive in your own club racing 15.15 RYA Volvo Dinghy Show SailX competition final – The culmination of the virtual regatta will take place live on the Volvo Main Stage with commentary from Mark Jardine and hugh Styles 16.15 Treasure hunt presentation 16.45 Volvo RYA Champion Club presentation (Saturday only) 16.50 RYA Club of the Year Award presentation – presenting prizes to the top five clubs and announcing the overall winner (Saturday only)

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The RYA Volvo Dinghy Show, in association with Suzuki and Yachts & Yachting, is the only place to be over the weekend of 3-4 March if you’re into dinghy sailing. Showcasing all the very best that the dinghy sailing world has to offer, from kit, boats and gear to expert analysis and insight on the Volvo Main Stage and top tips from some of dinghy sailing’s leading experts and coaches in the Coaching Area. held at the magnificent Alexandra Palace, London, it is the only show in the world dedicated to dinghy sailing, with over 200 sailing clubs, classes and

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associations, chandlers and boat builders and a whole host of exhibitors, all under one roof. Despite being over 60 years old the show continues to attract new visitors, cutting-edge boats and kit and remains fresh and exciting; whilst maintaining all the original charm and spirit of the very first shows.

So what can you expect

As we head towards the London 2012 Games it’s a great time to celebrate our success as an Olympic and Paralympic sailing nation, and what better way than with the RYA’s ‘Our Sporting Life – Sail

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for Gold’ heritage exhibition. On display in Palm Court the exhibition consists of photos and memorabilia through the ages from pre-first world war through to our present day champions. “The exhibition is a real testament to our great Olympic and Paralympic sailing history,” explains Celia edgington, RYA Sail for Gold Co-ordinator. “Past Olympic and Paralympic sailors including legend Rodney Pattisson, Keith Musto, Andy Cassell, Mike McIntyre and Alistair Currey, amongst others, have all very kindly shared with us some great items for the exhibition.” In the West corridor there will be a

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Rya coaching area hall 1 (Panorama hall) – get up close and personal with our RYA experts 11.00 Basic rig tuning – Grahame Forshaw 12.00 Trapezing tips – Ant Chapman 13.00 Portsmouth Yardstick – Bas edmonds 14.00 Improving your core stability – Matt McGovern 15.00 Wetsuit and drysuit repairs – Andark Diving and Watersports 16.00 Setting the spinnaker – Grahame Forshaw

fantastic centenary celebration display of Jack holt designed dinghies, kids can enjoy the ever popular treasure hunt or they can relax and surf the net in the Volvo Chill-Out Bubble. You can also find out more about some of the country’s top sailors on the Volvo Sailing App. The show will receive a special visit from Team Volvo’s and Skandia Team GBR’s 470 pairing Saskia Clark and hannah Mills. The top sailors will take time out of their busy training schedules to head to the show for the whole weekend to inspire and motivate the next generation of sailors. The girls, who teamed up early 2011 to campaign together, will take to the Volvo main stage for an Olympic Catch Up and Q&A

focusing on how they are preparing mentally and physically ahead of the games. There will also be opportunities for one on one coaching with the Team in the Volvo Chill-Out Bubble. We have some great competitions taking place too. In the RS Design a Sail competition you could win an RS Tera, or take part in the Portsmouth Yardstick draw and you could win a laptop for your club. Find out from the RYA’s Technical Team in the Panorama hall. You could also take part in the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show SailX Championship. In this virtual regatta, race online against friends, family, fellow club members or other dinghy sailors. “The show has a really unique atmosphere and with the Games on the horizon and guest appearances from Team GBR and Team Volvo sailors, it will have an added buzz about it this year,” comments helen Waterhouse, RYA Volvo Dinghy Show Manager. Book in advance and you could help win your club prizes from Volvo, Suzuki, Rigiflex and Rooster Sailing.




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


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Sailing with an even keel The Even Keel Project provides a welcome opportunity for both able-bodied and disabled people to sail.

Many of us have seen the Artemis 20 on the water in recent years, its elegant and sleek black carbon fibre hull cutting a dash at regattas along the south coast. And if you have missed it, then you will surely remember Hilary Lister’s sail around Great Britain in 2009 in her Artemis 20, Me Too.

THE boat itself is the vessel of choice for the Even Keel Project (EKP), a charity established to help disabled and disadvantaged people realise their potential through the medium of sailing. If you think this boat is dumbed-down for disabled sailors to use, then think again. Firstly its radical design means these boats are not just sailed by disabled sailors. Its competitiveness and high performance rig makes it a boat of choice for many, regardless of ability.

The sleek lines of the Artemis 20.

However, its design also makes it configurable for a range of different setups to accommodate most disabilities if required, including solo or tandem seating options. In so doing, they have avoided the unfortunate and unwelcome stigma attached to some classes as ‘disabled only’. Although the EKP was founded three years ago using sponsorship as its operating format, a tough economic climate forced the EKP to become a charity in 2011. However, this is no bad thing, as it offers more variety and opportunities for raising funds.


The EKP has a sound development strategy that includes setting up EKP sites around the globe and the potential of including the Artemis 20 as a new class in the 2016 Paralympic Games, a goal which has the backing of many who have sailed her. The EKP also has an enviable track record of delivering on its promises, from leisurely sailing to providing sail racing opportunities to more than 400 people a year at regattas around the UK, such as the RYA Multiclass Regatta at Rutland and the Isle of Sheppey. Last year, funded by a grant from RYA Sailability, the EKP created the first disabled start line in the Chichester Federation Week regatta at Hayling Island Sailing Club where disabled competitors held their own

against their more agile counterparts. The EKP has also shown its credentials by attending the last Volvo Ocean Race during the stop-over in Galway, Ireland, where skippers and crew of the VOR boats offered their support by sailing with many of the EKP sailors and fulfilling dreams for many. The event received world-wide media attention and provided a welcome respite from ocean sailing for the skippers involved. Dave Rutter, EKP Director explains: “We also created a race during Cowes Week called the Artemis Even Keel Challenge and had Olympic and professional sailors sailing with guests. To be able to race in Cowes Week is something special, let alone if you have never sailed before and also have a disability. To be sailing with a professional yachtsman such as Brian Thompson, Nick Rogers, Steve White and Rob Greenhalgh simply adds icing to the cake.”


Although based in the Chichester area, the EKP has a proactive approach and often takes a fleet of up to six boats on the road to compete in established regattas around the UK. The idea is to demonstrate the capabilities and versatility of the Artemis 20 whilst encouraging groups and individuals to establish their own fleets. Whilst helping sailors learn to race, there is equal emphasis on reaching out to

I’M delighted to announce that my specially designed Cheetah catamaran Wetwheels has been chosen to take part in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the Thames. Over 1,000 vessels of all shapes and sizes from around the world will take part in the celebrations on 3 June. Organisers say the Pageant was oversubscribed threefold which makes my selection even more appreciated. I was encouraged to apply by Dame Mary Fagan, Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, and I’m delighted she did so. I will have a limited number of spaces for guests on the boat so I hope to take some local disabled children from Naomi House Hospice and the Rose Road Association of which I’m a Patron. It’s going to be a fantastic day, a true ‘once in a lifetime’ event, and we can’t wait to be there and see the spectacle. We will get to parade past the Queen on her Royal Barge so we will be practising our waving between now and then.

communities and groups to make them aware that sailing is a viable sport for everyone, regardless of budget. Dave Rutter continues: “The EKP is about is breaking down barriers, so it makes sense to try and have the fleet race in any ‘normal’ racing environment. Just because you are disabled doesn’t mean that you cannot take part in events, you just need the right equipment and team behind you.” And echoing those sentiments with his support, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston adds: “The Even Keel Project provides a welcome opportunity for both ablebodied and disabled people to sail, race and enjoy what is best about our sport.” This year the project aims to continue in its success by attending even more events than before including Federation Week and again, in Galway, for the finish of this Volvo Ocean Race. Its goal is to try and expose the project to as many people as possible and to get them out on the water. To continue the development of their programme, the EKP is looking for volunteers and would like to hear from anyone who feels they could help, in any number of ways from boat maintenance, delivering the boats to venues and helping them raise additional funds.

The project also offers good branding and CSR opportunities for potential sponsors and would welcome the chance to explain the benefits of helping such a marvelous project.


I think I’ll leave the last word to my friend Hilary Lister who blew the rule book out of the water when she sailed her Artemis around the UK using only her breath, sipping and puffing on a straw: “The Artemis 20 boats have enabled me to realise my dreams. These remarkable boats will be used to enable so many more people to achieve something they never thought possible. Sailing to me is the escape route from my disability. As a quadriplegic, it wasn’t apparent at first that I would even be able to passenger a boat, let alone sail one single-handedly. When I’m sailing I go into a different world, it’s like I’m flying! “The beauty of the Even Keel Project is in its simplicity: identical boats, ablebodied or disabled, a level playing field. It is fitting that these remarkable boats will be used to enable so many more people to achieve something they never thought possible.”




All you need to know in the run up to this incredible once in a lifetime event, both on and off the water.

Scorpion RIBs powering on through! – see Shelley Jory’s column on page 18


GBR Match Race Girls

Match racing demands the highest levels of team work and boat handling.

We meet the British Olympic match racing team and find out what it’s all about. LUCY Macgregor, Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor, aka the GBR Match Race Girls, earned their selection to Team GB in November 2011. They are currently ranked second in the ISAF Women’s World Match Racing rankings, behind USA’s Anna Tunnicliffe. At the ISAF World Championships in December 2011, the British team added a well-deserved silver medal to their lengthy list of international match racing successes, which includes the 2010 Women’s Match Racing World Championships. In the final match, the girls faced tough competition from their American rival who walked away with the gold medal. But with a full on training programme

in place between now and August and the support of the home crowd behind them, this tactical trio are confident of a putting in a good performance on home waters at the 2012 Olympic Games.

the three-person Yngling class. After narrowly missing out on selection for the team in 2007 the girls focused their attention on other competitive sailing for a year before the decision to replace the Yngling with match racing for 2012 was made. In 2010 Lucy’s younger sister Kate joined the team, a role which she has slotted into brilliantly and has proven to be a great success.

We are quite shorthanded onboard so there is a huge amount of OLYMPIC SAILING overlap with our jobs. ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE Lucy and Annie have been sailing together since 2005 when they began campaigning for the 2008 Olympics in


The Elliott 6m is the boat that has been chosen for the Women’s Match Racing discipline at the 2012 Olympics; it will

women’s match racing boat. The rig and sail area has been reduced from the original Elliott 6m to allow sailing in a greater wind range, with max crew weight of 205kg, and the fixed keel has been changed to allow for lifting or removal.


Closely fought racing.

make its Olympic debut at London 2012 as the newest Olympic class. Designed in 2000 by New Zealander Greg Elliott, the original Elliot keelboat, which was used at world match racing events, was modified in 2008 for use as the Olympic

Match race sailing is brilliant for spectators as it is easy to see which boat is winning. Unlike fleet racing where it’s every boat for itself, each match race consists of just two identical boats racing at any one time, one against the other. Boat handling, strategy and tactics are at a premium and there can only be one winner.



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Patience and Bithell earn 2012 call-up LUKE Patience and Stuart Bithell have been nominated to Team GB by the RYA to take part in the London 2012 Olympics.


Each race will last approximately 20 minutes, with the course consisting of four legs over a windward/leeward configuration. Spinnakers are permitted on the downwind legs, adding another dimension to the boathandling skills required.


Match racing starts are different to fleet racing starts, with the boats required to remain at separate ends of the line until a given time. 10 minute and 5 minute warning guns are fired to indicate this. Then, with four minutes until the actual start, the two boats (each flying either a blue or yellow flag) enter the start area from opposite ends of the starting line. During the next four minutes, the boats will engage in a furious pre-start battle, in which each will try to gain an advantage over the other, either by forcing a penalty or getting a better position off the line.


Each race is watched by two umpires who follow the boats in small RIBs, making instant decisions on alleged rule infringements and flying the corresponding blue or yellow flag to indicate which boat should take the penalty turn, or a green flag if they consider no infringement to have been made. Penalties can be taken at any point during the race.

Battling against their American adversary.

Find out what makes the team tick, and is there any sibling rivalry? Names: Lucy Macgregor (helm), Kate Macgregor (bow), Annie Lush (middle) Ages: 25, 21 and 31 Class: Elliott 6m Match Racing Sailing clubs: Royal Thames, Poole YC and Parkstone YC


AAS: How would you each describe yourself? Kate: Smiley Lucy: Laid back Annie: Dedicated AAS: What do you think about match racing being an Olympic sailing event – both for yourselves as competitors and for spectators? Kate: Match racing is very exciting to watch and take part in as there is so much more interaction between the boats so I think come the Games, especially with using the Elliotts, it will be quite a spectacle. AAS: How do you train for match racing? Annie: We generally do shorter, more intense races that focus on boat positioning and boat handling, as opposed to working on equipment and speed, like in fleet racing. In the gym it’s more dynamic sprint work... it’s good fun! AAS: What responsibilities do you each have on board? Lucy: We are quite short-handed on board so there is a huge amount of overlap with our jobs. Kate is mainly watching out for breeze, Annie is

watching what the other boat is doing, that leaves me trying to keep the boat sailing fast! AAS: Is there ever any sibling rivalry onboard?! Lucy: Kate and I try to keep the relationship when we’re sailing a professional one; however this is not always completely realistic and there can be the odd difference of opinion! But usually being sisters is an advantage because we have always got on well anyway and we are usually on the same page, so we generally work together really well. Scary how much time end up spending with each other though! AAS: Will you feel any extra pressure knowing that the match racing course during the Games is the one right in view of the ticketed spectator’s area?! Annie: No, we won’t feel any extra pressure I don’t think because no one can put more pressure on us than ourselves, but it will definitely be different being able to hear people cheering. In Perth at the ISAF World Championships it spurred us on - so get cheering! AAS: Congrats on the silver medal at the recent ISAF World Championship in Perth – what it take to win? Lucy: Thanks, it was a really tough event because it was so long. It was certainly a relief to get into the finals but we also felt we deserved it because it was the best we sailed all year.

AAS: How did you feel when you heard you’d been selected for the 2012 Olympics? Lucy: It was an awesome feeling being selected for Team GB and an honour to part of such a strong team but the reality of how little time there is left to go is slightly nerve racking! AAS: What will be your biggest challenge between now and then? Lucy: I think there is the potential to be quite a few distractions between now and the Games, but we have a lot to get done in not very much time so staying fit and healthy and being efficient with our time while also being able to switch off at times could be a challenge. AAS: What major milestones are in place for you between now and July 2012? Annie: My 32nd birthday is a big one, moving house is another; but in general making sure we are in the best place possible for going for gold in the summer. AAS: What was the single biggest motivation in your sailing career? Annie: Training with Shirley Robertson, Sarah Webb and Sarah Ayton in the lead up to the 2004 Olympics and watching them go on to win gold. AAS: What is it that has got you this far? Kate: Postponing university helped! The support of my family has been fantastic too.

They join 13 other sailors who have already been selected; selection trials in the 49er and Laser Radial are ongoing. RYA Olympic Manager Stephen Park said: “Campaigning to represent Team GB at the Games in this class is probably the hardest challenge – with double Olympic silver medallist Nick Rogers, sailing with Chris Grube, and double World Champions Nic Asher and Elliot Willis to contend with it’s been a tough battle to gain the British selection spot.”


The duo has been competing together since 2009 when they debuted by winning a silver medal at the 470 World Championship after spending just two weeks in a boat together. In the relatively brief time together since then, they have enjoyed a steady rise in the ISAF world rankings. They finished the 2010 season ranked fourth in the world and clinched their place on Team GB by again winning a silver medal at the 2011 ISAF World Championships in December 2011 in Perth, Australia. Speaking as the announcement was made, Stuart said: “Although we never doubted ourselves, it’s still a big relief to have been selected and to know that we’ll be there on the startline at our first Olympic Games and doing our best to bring home gold. We’re part of the most successful sailing team in the world, and at our first Games, to have the support of world’s best sailors and staff guiding us through can only be a good thing.” Luke commented: “I can’t wait to be a part of a home Games in one of the greatest cities on earth. We’re not just going for the t-shirt though. It’s been hard work getting to this point but we’re by no means letting our hair down now; we have just one goal and that’s to win a gold medal this summer in London.”



A trainer and teacher throughout his life, Sticky is a Royal Yachting Association qualified Yachtmaster Instructor, a Yachtmaster Ocean.


IT must be quite a few years since I needed to look at the galvanic table to show how metals which are ‘anodic’ or ‘less noble’ at the negative end of the series are more likely to be attacked by corrosion. For sailors the critical point is the difference in potential of the two materials being considered as a joined pair. A very small difference is likely to result in galvanic corrosion.

I am no physicist, and am open to correction by the sailor scientists, but I have been brought up to believe that stainless steel and aluminium and galvanised steel are too close for comfort. Photo 1 shows an aluminium anchor with a stainless swivel, and a stainless shackle (perhaps a bit undersize) made onto the galvanized chain. This was on a boat, raced quite regularly, and which

was moored in a marina. The anchor was probably only used for kedging on a windless day during a race; but for a cruising yacht, one would need to think about arranging things so that the combination of metals did not encourage corrosion. When I checked this anchor over on joining the boat, I found the pin on the swivel had come completely adrift, and was lying on top of the chain and warp


Photo 1.

ANOTHER problem with these swivels is that the Allen key size is so small it usually twists before tightening the bolt sufficiently. I have always preferred a good sized shackle, set up so that it cannot work loose; remember that if you are not mousing a shackle – and I do recommend you should do so – that the pin can work loose if the

in the anchor locker. Charterers should always check over all safety equipment; the boat may have had a rapid turnaround and the gear may not have been properly checked. There has been degradation of the swivels, and problems with the bolts on some anchor fittings. One owner claimed that the surface rust on his shackle helped to keep the pin in position; this may well be true, but is not a method to jerking on your chain is in the wrong direction. To ensure you get this right, when you fasten the shackle pin in your ground tackle, hold the open shackle in your right hand with the open end away from you, and put the pin through from the left using your left hand (photo 2). You should be able to see that any upward jerking of a pitching boat will tighten the shackle pin rather than loosen it. It goes without saying that the pin must be moused, and purists will mouse a galvanized shackle with galvanized

be relied on! I read of a sailor who pulled up his anchor one day, and discovered the socket head bolt through the anchor end of the swivel was out and only held by the last thread. Some get round this problem by superglueing the bolts in position, and some manufacturers do actually recommend this practice. wire and a stainless steel shackle with stainless wire. For those of us who have been sailing for some time, the good old basic designs of CQR, Danforth, Fisherman’s, Bruce et al have now been supplemented with a number of new and well tested designs, some of which are a great improvement on older designs. If you are thinking of buying a new anchor, just be aware that some far eastern products may not deliver the service they are supposed to and anchors are not only sometimes badly bent but also lost when put to use.

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New year, new home?

The current economy may have caused many of us to pause and take a deep breath before we move on, but those dreams we’ve always had of moving to the waterfront linger as strong as ever and they don’t always want to remain a dream. Amongst other momentous events coming our way in 2012, this could be the year for making your dream of living by the water come true.

Market trends

Not a lot of waterfront leisure homes have been selling over recent years; in fact the rate is probably around 50 percent of those selling before the economic crash of early 2008. Of those that have, more than 50 percent have tended to go to the investment buyer, keen to take advantage of the low volume of sales, to drive house or apartment prices down and snap up a bargain.

Price tags

In many waterfront locations, prices have found a seemingly acceptable level. In Sovereign harbour, eastbourne, for example, luxury two bedroom waterfront apartments are now obtainable for under the £250,000 stamp duty threshold and this can be repeated in other popular locations around our coast. The investment buyer would look at these and say whey hey! A monthly rent of £1,100 would yield me a return of

Universal Safety, which is part of the J M Yachting Group, provide liferaft / lifejacket services, sales and supply from our base in Universal Marina on the Hamble River. We also offer a small chandlery service for people coding or replacing safety equipment on their boats.

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almost five percent after paying service charges. Where else can I get a return like that at the moment? Well Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth or even Brighton, Southampton or Poole – to name just a few. Three bedroom houses with moorings can be acquired for within £350,000 in secure, beautiful, coastal and marina locations, a fact which is causing the relocating boat owner, leisure buyer or second home owner to sit up and take notice once again, especially when they consider the often eye watering rental cost of moorings on their own. There are always those waterfront jewels, with price tag to match, but realism has set in and even these are within certain radars. A fabulous four bedroom marina home complete with its own 18 metre pontoon mooring with easy access to the Solent could well be an ideal base for someone’s family and new luxury yacht this spring. All yours for £995,000. For the traditionalist, how about a delightful two bedroom, lock up and go village centre grade II listed cottage with great water views in hamble, hampshire at £425,000.



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Prices are now probably less the issue than at any time in recent years. For those that can get their ducks in a row, there has probably not been a better time to bag your waterside dream than now as we roll in to 2012.

Liferaft service and sales Part exchange service Lifejacket service and sales Liferaft hire EPIRB battery replacement and service  Flare disposal  Collection and delivery service nationwide     

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The nation has seen this everywhere and the waterfront market is no exception. Those prepared to go for it – have done well. Many owners wishing to sell or somehow capitalise on their investment have stayed put, and if necessary, have decided to let rather than follow sale prices down and this trend is likely to continue as a solid option so long as the demand for letting luxury waterside property continues unabated. however, this is not a permanent solution for many, and both sellers and buyers, many of whom have been on hold for some time, could well now return to the market.

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COOL STUFF FOR KIDS The show is a great place for a day out with friends.

If you love messing about on the water and want to learn more about dinghy sailing or just want to have an exciting day out then a trip to the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show could be just up your street. AT the start of March (3-4) everything you ever wanted to know about dinghy sailing, all the kit you’ve ever wanted to buy plus all the best dinghies will be crammed into Alexandra Palace in London for the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show.


If you’re a whizz at building things then the Holt Blow Boat Challenge could be for you. Here you can design and build your own boat out of paper and straws before racing it along a narrow, water filled pipe against other challengers. It’s wicked fun and very exciting. Perhaps you could challenge mum or dad to a race? Or maybe you’re a bit of a super sleuth and can track down the clues in the Olympic themed Treasure Hunt. Collect the clues from around the show and you could win an amazing folding bike and other goodies! The show is also a great place to get close to some of the best sailors in the

world and you might even get to have a chat with them. Just two of the sailors already confirmed to attend are Team Volvo’s 470 pairing Saskia Clark and Hannah Mills. They’ll be hanging out around the show or chillin’ in the Volvo Chill Out Bubble, where you can surf the net, play games or even receive some

Get your sea legs on land.

To find out more about the show, ticket prices or to book visit www. or call the ticket hotline on 0844 811 0409. WANT TO JOIN THE RYA?

We now have special memberships just for younger members. Go to and click on ‘join and renew’.

one-to-one coaching from the sailors and other experts. Some of the girls’ fellow London 2012 Olympic sailors are also planning to drop into the show for a chat and sign autographs, so come along and see who you can spot!


If you fancy winning an RS Tera dinghy then start getting creative in our ‘Design a Sail competition’. To enter visit www. and download the entry form. Post or email your entry, to arrive by 26 February and we’ll display the entries and announce the winner at the show on Sunday. Then at the show we’ll be officially launching our ‘Sail for Gold Good Luck Card competition’. If you’re aged between 5 and 16, you could win the once in-alifetime prize of personally wishing the British Sailing Team good luck in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. All you need to do is design a good luck card and you could be visiting the 2012 Sail for Gold Regatta in June, to personally deliver your card to a member of Team GBR. Come and find us in the Panorama Hall and get started on your entry. And it doesn’t stop there. You can also take part in the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show

SailX Championship 2012. SailX is an amazing online virtual regatta, where you can race against sailors from all over the world. Have a go at the show and you could win yourself a wildcard entry into the Dinghy Show Championship final, or perhaps just have a race against your friends and family! ryavolvodinghyshow Phew, that should keep you busy and if you’re an RYA member you can visit the show and do all this for FREE on

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either day. If you’re not a member, you can still visit the show for free on Sunday or it’s just £5, if you buy your tickets before the show, on Saturday. But remember, you have to:

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All shows open to the public at 10am and usually run until 3pm. For SAtNAV details on any of the mentioned shows or to enquire about selling your own unwanted chandlery items or boat, visit the official Boat Jumble Association web site

Chris Chaddock has been organising boat jumbles for over 25 years; here he gives a brief preview of February’s upcoming Boat Jumble Association approved events.

Boat Jumbles – the place to bag a bargain February is one of those cold winter months when the boat is out of the water and you are tackling the dreaded refit tasks. but all that work and no play means you are due a day off now and again, and what better way to spend it than at one of the regional boat jumbles around the country. What’s not to like about meeting up with your boating pals during the off-season for a day of nautical bargain hunting? and if you attend a boat Jumble association approved show you know it will be worth the drive, as it has to meet their vetting criteria to make the listing.

What to expect

For those who haven’t been to a boat jumble for a while or perhaps never at all, you can expect to see a 50:50 mixture of new and second-hand goods. During these difficult economic times many chandlers or online retailers attend to sell ends-of-lines at super low prices, and

private sellers can be found selling their unwanted chandlery too. So if you are in the market for antifouling, deck paint, new anodes, lines or fenders or are just looking to touch up your bright work, get along to one of these forthcoming events. I can guarantee you will find a bargain, for February is the month when the boat jumble circuit really comes alive.

Diary Dates

The month kicks off with the West Midlands boat Jumble on 5 February at The Three Counties Showground in Malvern, Worcestershire. This wellestablished show is held inside the agricultural sheds and is a guaranteed all-weather day out. Look out for two of the country’s top fishing tackle dealers and antifouling galore. a week later on 12 February you could try the Notts & Lincs boat Jumble, another indoor/outdoor event held at the Notts & Lincs Showground in

Newark-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire. It’s a firm favourite with coastal and inland waterways enthusiasts; the modern George Stephenson Pavilion ensures an enjoyable day of bargain hunting rain or shine, while outside second-hand boats and trailers are in abundance. Finally for February on Sunday 26th, make your way to the essex boat Jumble at ardleigh Showground near Colchester. This popular event is attended by large numbers of east coast and essex-based sailors, where a large contingent of private sellers are usually seen, so if you’re on a tight boating budget this is the show for you. also worth a quick mention for our Welsh readers is the Cardiff boat Jumble held on 4 March at County Hall car park on atlantic Wharf, Cardiff bay. This event is run by volunteers from Sully Sailing Club to raise funds for new projects. Outboard motors and trailable fishing boats are often to be found at this venue; check it out for some great deals.

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Conwy Marina NORTH WALES


Approached from the land, Conwy Marina is one stop after the road tunnel under the river and one A55 junction past the old train spotters’ Mecca of Llandudno Junction. From the sea, the approach is stunning with a backdrop of Llandudno’s Great Orme and the Penmaenbach mountains to port.

CONWY is a medieval walled town, its Castle built during Edward’s campaign of 1283. Mediaeval walls encircle the town and are preserved in their entirety. More than three quarters of a mile in length they provide lovely walks and fine views of the harbour and across to Deganwy. Conwy town is packed with ‘finest surviving’ monuments. From Edward’s castle to the 16th century Elizabethan ‘great mansion’ of Plâs Mawr; from the 14th century merchant’s home of Aberconwy House (locally believed to be the oldest town house in Wales) to the ‘smallest house in Wales’ on the quayside. Conwy Morfa provided the site for the building of Britain’s first ‘immersed

tube’ road tunnel. This project required huge 30,000 ton concrete sections to be fabricated in a gigantic hole, 70ft deep, dug out of Conwy Morfa itself. When the tubes were completed, the bank was breached, the tubes floated out into position, sunk and pumped dry. The hole, after much debate, became Conwy Marina – now known as Conwy Quays Marina. In 2004 the derelict harbour at Deganwy was dredged, refurbished and turned into Deganwy Quay Marina. Owned by the Crown Commissioners, it is managed by Conwy Quays Marina. There are also a lot of swinging moorings and a couple of long pontoons managed by Harbourmaster Tony Mead.

These are much nearer the town than the marina, but are disconnected from land and are subject to some fierce tides.


Conwy Quays Marina belongs to Quay Marinas, which means that berth holders can enjoy free berthing in any of the other marinas in the group, including Deganwy Quay Marina, across the river. Both marinas are manned 24 hours and both are accessed via drop sills, which open about local HW ±3hrs. FACILITIES Conwy Marina boasts a 30 ton hoist, fuel, WiFi (via BT Openspace), storage ashore, holding tank pump out and all the repair services you could wish for. TJ Rigging,



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operating a superb mobile service across North Wales, is based in the marina. You can have the boat valeted inside and out, the engine repaired or replaced and there’s a water taxi to Conwy town. Network Brokers are on site, and Network Chandlery holds a good stock of spares. TIDES Conwy: HW -0016/0000 Dover Standard port Holyhead (though the locals all use Liverpool HW+0015/ +0021 Dover).


WPT: 53°17’.97N 003°55’.56W (FAIRWAY BUOY) The approach from the north takes you east of Puffin Island and east of Dutchman Bank. Alternatively, towards the top of the tide, it is possible to pass through Puffin Sound and cross the Dutchman. From the southwest and the Menai Strait, Penmaen Swatch offers a safe, if character testing, passage with deep water in the channel and steepsided sand banks to either side. From the Fairway buoy and C2, the channel is well buoyed and must be followed closely. With up to 5kn of tide in the approach, careful pilotage is necessary to avoid being swept past the entrance to the marina. Watch for Beacons Jetty to starboard – the marina entrance opens up soon past it.

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It can be a long, wet haul from the river to Puffin Island, which has to be made when there is water on Dutchman Bank with a potential for short, sharp seas. But once past Puffin Island the whole of Anglesey is open for weekend stopovers. The east coast, with Dulas, Moelfre and (for shallow draught yachts) Red Wharf Bay, all offer protected anchorages. A very prompt departure from Conwy once the sill drops may get you round Lynas. However, 5kn tides along the north coast mean that the destinations for a weekend away are determined by the tides rather than by time and distance. Porth Wen is about as far as you can reasonably expect to go on a tide, which makes for some imaginative cruise planning. The Conwy channel buoys are all lit and are mostly within two cables of each other. Thus a Friday night exit is not a major problem. Rest overnight at Moelfre and it is off to Holyhead the following morning, timing the tidal gate at Carmel for LW slack. From Holyhead, the tides are still in control for passages to Ireland, the Isle of Man, or past Bardsey Island to South Wales. Headed south, however, few yachts will take the north coast. Everybody goes through the Swellies, passing under Menai Bridge exactly two hours before HW Liverpool. In very calm weather and with a shallow draught there may be sufficient water to cross Caernarfon Bar on the same tide, but since its tide is about an hour earlier than the tide at Menai Bridge, it is usually better to enjoy Caernarfon by spending the night at Victoria Dock or at anchor at Aber Menai. Once clear of the Bar, Ireland opens up to starboard and South Wales is dead ahead.

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Based in landlocked Sheffield, Richard and Sue Forder explain why they choose to keep their Moody 36 at Conwy: “Conwy is easy to reach by rail and is close to the motorway network. “There are lots of local walks around Conwy itself; the nearby mountains are stunning and it is not far to Snowdonia. “In the rain, we take the bus to Llandudno with its theatres, shops and historic buildings The bus service is very good, with services to Caernarfon, Snowdonia and up the Conwy valley. In periods of especially foul weather, we buy a Bus Rover for £5 a day and just let it take us places.”


The marina has a chandler on site, just metres from the high security gate. Twenty minutes walk, or a few minutes by the marina’s water taxi, Conwy town is one of those olde-fashioned places with specialist butchers, aromatic bakeries and greengrocers with their produce on display. There’s a Tesco a little further away in Llandudno Junction, while a trip to Llandudno opens up the opportunities.

The Mulberry pub is on-site and offers good food in pleasant surroundings. Just down the road, Signatures restaurant in Aberconwy Park is a little gem. Reward an early morning walk into town with breakfast at Clemence. The Berth-holders Association’s website has good local information


Within walking distance of the marina there are enough castles, stately homes, gardens and sites from pre-history, not to mention the Welsh Mountain Zoo, to keep most people occupied during the longest spell of bad weather. Plas Mawr, a 16th century ‘Great Hall’ is one of the best preserved Elizabethan houses with the Royal Cambrian Academy (RCA) Art gallery nearby. The Cambrian Gallery opens year-round with exhibitions that change at (roughly) fortnightly intervals. Conwy Castle is simply a great place to wander around, climb over and admire. Gwydir Castle, set within a Grade I listed, 10-acre garden, is a short ride up the Conwy Valley. Built around 1500, it was extended c1600 and again in 1826. 5 miles at up the Conwy Valley at Tal-y-Cafn, Bodnant Gardens claims to be one of the finest in the world, with 80 acres. Dating back 4,000 years to the Bronze Age, the nearby mines are thought to be the largest prehistoric mines discovered in the world.


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1974, Good condition. 25hp Watermota diesel and 3 blade prop. DSC Radio,GPS,Depth sounder and new auto pilot. Suzuki 4-stroke outboard and inflatable. Lots of extras and 2nd inflatable for mooring. (Devon)

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2007, Maxum 1800 2007. Red and White. 18ft 3LTR Mercruiser engine, 135hp, power steering, bimini covers, . Seats 7, sunbathing deck and sunlounger, Full UK Galvanised Trailer. Purchased from new. (West Lothian)

1985, Sunseeker Mexico Sports Boat. 2 x 151C Volvo Penta, 2 Berth Cabin, Stereo, Fishfinder, Compass, Boat clean and tidy, Serviced regulary, 20Year Survey August 2010. (Dorset)

Good condition, original gel Coat, Cuddy seats 4, Mariner 40hp Evinrude 4hp recent full service, Eagle fish finder, DSC r,adio, Garmin GPS, Trailer new wheels tyres bearings jockey wheel. Great buy. (Derbyshire)

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For sale by private treaty. To be sold “as seen” at Port Solent, Portsmouth by previous appointment only. Offers invited in the region of £12,000-£15,000. Contact Michael Kimber or Sue Wheeler. (Hampshire)

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2005, Chaparral 204SSI, 4.3 Mercruiser engine, can only be described as in great condition, she has had very little use and comes recently serviced, the trailer has also just been serviced. (Hampshire)

2 berth cabin cruiser. 15hp yamaha electric start & tilt outboard (2007). Two burner and grill, gas cooker, chemical toilet. DSC radio Cobra f55 and Garmin 210 GPS.

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1989, Sail no 118, 6 Berth, Tiller/Autohelm, Yanmar 1GM10 regularly serviced, New Hyde Sails 2008, Stackpack 2007, Cruising Chute, Depth/Log new 2008. New Heads 2008, VGC, carefully maintained. (Hampshire)

1976, Sleeps six in two doubles and two single berths in two cabins, L shaped settee converting to a double berth. Single berth opposite and _ berth to stbd. Forward focsle with double berth - (or two singles). (Kent)

1989, Rare sought after sports cruiser for sale. Lovely condition Fairline sprint offered for sale to a new home/owner. Sleeps 6 ( 4 in 2 cabins and 2 on rear deck under canopy) and can comfortably seat 8. (Dorset)

2005, looks like a see-doo powered by 115HP Johnson, Tomcat Trailer, little use, Epsom. (Surrey)

Indespension trailer (Coaster One model), hardly used, rigged as shown with jockey wheel (off frame) and winch. Suitable for boats up to 16ft. In VGC, no rust, tyres as new. (Norfolk)

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1989, Horizon lifting keel sailing yacht. 5 berths in 2 cabins. In overall excellent condition and well equipped. This is a great family boat, she is easy and rewarding to sail and a very safe and seaworthy craft. (Hampshire)

2008, This boat has been lightly used comes with 90hp outboard, lazy jacks, plus all standard bits, no trailer. (Hampshire)

1970. Iroko on Oak, Bermudan Cutter, roller headsails. Perkins Perama 29hp, 500hrs, Koden Radar, Lofran’s 12volt windlass, Simrad tiller pilot, Taylor’s & calorifier heating. Holding tank, svc batteries 2010 & full winter cover. (Suffolk)

STEAM/ELECTRIC LAUNCH. Licensed in Salcombe for 8 passengers. In regular use Cobbs Quay Poole. Trip easily arranged. Tel or email me at: for more details. Trailer & Instruction Manual & Tools included.

Weatherproof wheelhouse with 2 seats & full instrumentation. Safe walk around decks. 2+2 berths. Built circa 2000. Length 7.25m, Beam 2.61m. Draft 0.8m. Volvo TAMD 31P shaft driven. 15 knots+. Engine hours under 400.

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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: Peter Hogsden Hamworthy, Poole, Dorset. BH15 4EL T: 01202 674299 F: 01202 665217 E: W:




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11. POOLE QUAY BOAT HAVEN Manager: John Binder Poole Quay Boat Haven, Poole Town Quay, Poole, Dorset. BH15 1HJ Tel/Fax: 01202 649488 E: W:

18. SHAMROCK QUAY Manager: Jonathan Walcroft 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: Adrian Gilson 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: Neil Salter 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. PREMIER MARINAS PORT SOLENT South Lockside, Port Solent, Portsmouth, Hampshire. PO6 4TJ T: 023 9221 0765 F: 023 9232 4241 VHF: 80 E: W: 30. PREMIER MARINAS SOUTHSEA Fort Cumberland Road Portsmouth, Hampshire. PO4 9RJ T: 023 9282 2719 F: 023 9282 2220 VHF: 80 E: W:



33. NORTHNEY MARINA Manager: Carl Jarmaine Northney Road, Hayling Island Hampshire. PO11 0NH T: 023 9246 6321 F: 023 9246 1467 E: W: 34. SPARKES MARINA Manager: Mike Weldon 38 Wittering Road, Hayling Island Hampshire. PO11 9SR T: 023 9246 3572 F: 023 9246 5741 E: W: 35. EMSWORTH YACHT HARBOUR Manager: Neil Brooke Thorney Road, Emsworth, Hants, PO10 8BP T: 01243 377727 F: 01243 373432 E: W: 36. PREMIER MARINAS CHICHESTER Birdham (Chichester Harbour) West Sussex. PO20 7EJ T: 01243 512731 F: 01243 513472 VHF: 80 E: W: SMALL BOATS WELCOME

31. COWES YACHT HAVEN Manager: Ben Ferris Vectis Yard, High Street, Cowes. PO31 7BD T: (0)1983 299975 F: (0)1983 200332 E: W:

37. LITTLEHAMPTON MARINA Ferry Road, Littlehampton West Sussex, BN17 5DS Berthing Manager: Darren Humphries T: 01903 713553 F: 01903 732264 VHF: 80 E:

32. 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

38. LITTLEHAMPTON YACHT CLUB (LYC) Rope House, Rope Walk Littlehampton, West Sussex BN17 5DH Office: Fiona Boyce 01903 713 996 Berthing Master: Bill Kellett 01903 732 926 F: 01903 725 911 E: W:


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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:



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:


50. WOOLVERSTONE MARINA Manager: Trevor Barnes Woolverstone, Ipswich, Suffolk. IP9 1AS T: 01473 780206 F: 01473 780273 E: W:

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

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

40. PREMIER MARINAS EASTBOURNE Sovereign Harbour, North Lockside, Pacific Drive, Eastbourne. BN23 5BJ T: 01323 470099 F: 01323 470077 VHF: Ch 17 E: W: SMALL BOATS WELCOME

60 CRAOBH MARINA Manager: Jim Berry Craobh Haven, by Lochgilphead, Argyll, Scotland. PA31 8UA T: 01852 500222 F: 01852 500252 E: W:


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



1. LIMASSOL MARINA 2 Syntagmatos Square, Old Port, Amathus Building, 4th Floor, 3036, Limassol, Cyprus Number of berths: 670 T: +357 25 022 600 F: +357 25 022 699 E: W:


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58. TROON YACHT HAVEN Manager: Mr Stephen Bennie Troon Yacht Haven, The Harbour, Troon, Ayrshire. KA10 6DJ T: 01292 315553 F: 01292 312836 E: W:


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

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

47. WINDSOR MARINA Manager: Mike Gates Maidenhead Road, Windsor, Berkshire. SL4 5TZ T: 01753 853911 F: 01753 868195 E: W:

41. DOVER MARINA Harbour House, Marine Parade Dover, Kent. CT17 9BU T: 01304 241663 E: W:

54. 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:


52. CARDIFF MARINA Manager: Rob Freemantle Watkiss Way, Cardiff. CF11 OJL T: 02920 396078 F: 02920 345116 E: W: Dry stack for boats up to 30’

39. PREMIER MARINAS BRIGHTON West Jetty, Brighton, East Sussex. BN2 5UP T: 01273 819919 F: 01273 675082 VHF: 37 or 80 E: W: SMALL BOATS WELCOME


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


Curaçao Marnier but Cesar Ritz, founder of the Ritz Hotel, Paris, was so taken by it that he suggested it should be called the Grand Marnier. Clear, strongly orangeflavoured at 40 percent abv, its wooden, mallet-shaped bottle is very distinctive. Beautiful as a postprandial sipper or over ice as an apéritif. Cointreau was invented in 1875 by Edouard Cointreau, son of a distiller in


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Three great orange liqueurs CURAÇAO, Cointreau and Grand Marnier are three great orange-based liqueurs, once very fashionable, now hardly known to the younger generation in our local sailing club. But my ski group tasting panel votes them better than brandy for après ski and likewise for a post-sail pickme-up. They’re more warming and the sugar (they justify) provides energy for the sport in hand. I doubt if there is any scientific evidence for this but if it works for them, let it be… The technical definition for a ‘liqueur’ is sweet alcoholic beer, often flavoured with fruit, herbs, spices, flowers, seeds, barks and sometimes cream. The name comes from the Latin - ‘liquifacere’ meaning ‘to dissolve’ and they were around in the 13th century, brewed by monks and consumed at treaty-signing ceremonies in the Middle Ages. The great liqueur brands that we know today were mainly invented in the 19th century.

The orange liqueurs began as sweet Valencia oranges which were carried by Spanish settlers to Curaçao and Aruba in the Caribbean around 1500 as food stock. The oranges fared badly in the local soil and climate, becoming inedibly bitter, and so were abandoned as a crop, left to grow wild and locally become renamed as ‘Larahas’.


In the 1890s, the Senior family, emigrants to Curaçao from Spain, found something to do with them which continues to this day. First the orange is crushed and the peel dried to concentrate the fragrant natural oils, then steeped in neutral alcohol. The peel is removed and the liquid distilled again, in a copper still that has been in use since 1896. Finally, a secret recipe (of course) of spices is added. The result is ‘Curaçao’, a virtually clear liquid with a lovely bitter-sweet orange flavour at a modest 38 percent abv.

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Grand Marnier is made in France like a cognac, based on Ugni grapes with the addition of tropical oranges and a recipe of other botanicals, distilled, then aged in French oak casks for five years. It was invented by distiller JeanBaptiste Laposte whose daughter in 1876 married Louis-Alexandre Marnier, a winemaker from Sancerre. It was first called

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Angers, France. Made from sweet and bitter oranges, it has a deliciously intense aroma and is great over ice to release all its flavour. All liqueurs can be used for cocktails. Cointreau claims to be the base for the original Margarita - two parts Cointreau, one part lemon juice, four parts Tequila - a favourite of my skiing taste panel in the Alpine pit stops.

TIDAL PREDICTIONS FEBRUARY 2012 Contributors Bob Satchwell, Shelley Jory-Leigh, Sticky Staplyton, Paul Antrobus, Geoff Holt, Emma Slater, Jane Swan

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MDL Marinas Club Outlook

Fantastic benefits and savings for annual berth holders As part of your annual berthing package you’ll receive exclusive membership of Club Outlook, which gives you... Freedom Berthing

Unlimited free WiFi

Unlimited free visitor berthing at other MDL marinas* in the UK through our exclusive Freedom Berthing scheme.

Stay connected all year round with MDL WiFi, with absolutely no time restrictions.

30 additional nights visitor berthing

Berth Swap

Enjoy extra time at our UK marinas outside of your Freedom Berthing zones.

Make your own cruising arrangements with a like-minded berth holder in another MDL marina.

Smart MDL

Introduce Your Friends

Be the first to receive our latest discounts and offers whilst on the move, plus access to berth reservations and Berth Swap.

A brand new rewards scheme where introducing your friends to MDL could mean each of you receiving rewards up to the value of ÂŁ1,000*. Plus fuel at cost, discounted boatyard services and much more.

Payment now even easier Spread your annual berthing costs with our new 12 month Direct Debit scheme * Terms and Conditions apply.


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15/12/2011 11:17

WE’VE TAKEN £60 OFF THE LIGHTEST FOUR STROKE OUTBOARD MONEY CAN BUY At just 13kg the Suzuki DF2.5 is the smallest and lightest 2.5hp four stroke outboard on the market. Easy to transport and use, the single cylinder engine delivers plenty of power for small tenders or inflatables and is now being offered with £60 (Inc VAT) off*.

AAS1202 Suzuki

Pick one up today at your nearest Suzuki dealer.

*Offer is available on outboards ordered for delivery before 31st March 2012 or while stocks last. DF2.5 normal rrp £595.00 (Inc VAT) now only £535.00 (Inc VAT)

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