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Whilst sailing went on-hold in snow-struck UK last month, the tropical waters of the Caribbean played host to one of most exciting yacht races, the RORC Caribbean 600. Read the full story on page 2... Cover: Tim Wright 2012. RORC Caribbean 600/

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THE Yacht Harbour Association has recognised 79 marinas worldwide in 2011 with its Gold Anchor Award Scheme. The voluntary-assessment scheme, which was established 23 years ago, recognises the quality and level of facilities and services provided to boat owners and has become a trustworthy measure of excellence. Amongst the award recipients was Jersey Marina, which received the prestigious 5 Gold Anchors for the

seventh consecutive year. Other 5 Gold Anchors recipients include Chichester Marina, Sovereign Harbour in Eastbourne and Plymouth’s Mayflower Marina. Poole Quay Boat Haven and the Port of Poole Marina were delighted to upgrade their awards from 4 Gold Anchors in previous years to five in 2011. Inland marinas, Upton Marina and Stourport Marina, both on the River Severn received 4 Gold Anchors, as did Castlepark Marina in Kinsale, Ireland.

destined to take line honours, crossing the finish line in Antigua in an elapsed time of 2 days 2 hours 39 minutes and 32 seconds. The monumental ketch was well outside the record time set by Rambler 100 last year; however the international team aboard Hetairos were all smiles as they were greeted by well-wishers and a cacophony of horns from megayachts in Falmouth Harbour. Hetairos were pushed hard all the way by George David’s 90ft maxi, Rambler. It was not until half way through the race that Hetairos managed to pass Rambler. The all star American team put in a fantastic performance but could not match the pace of an opponent over twice their size. George David said: “It was great to get back in the saddle for a 600-mile race after the Fastnet and to hold out so long against Hetairos.” Niklas Zennstrom’s JV72, Rán was the next yacht home, less than an hour behind Rambler to claim the overall win

after time correction. Rán’s owner and principle helmsman, Skype-founder, Niklas Zennstrom looked tired but full of joy after completing a race that he has wanted to do for some time: “The whole of Team Rán have been looking forward to this race for a while. A few of the crew have done the race before but it has been somewhat new territory for us, which is always exciting. It is a complex course, more like a series of coastal races. The close reach down to Guadeloupe from St. Barths was very memorable, fast reaching conditions in beautiful surroundings, some of the best sailing you can imagine.” Also gracing the race course was Peter Harrison’s 115ft ketch, Sojana and Gerhard Andlinger’s 124ft sloop, Team P2; the two magnificent superyachts were taking part in their first ever offshore race against one another. Jules Verne record holder, Brian Thompson, was also racing, with friends on Spirit of Juno, Ondeck’s Farr 65.

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PAGE 1 STORY THE fourth edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 was hosted by the Antigua Yacht Club and attracted some of the world’s most fabulous yachts

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A pAir of British rowers has become the first modern day, independent oarsmen to row nonstop from Agadir, Morocco to port St Charles in Barbados in their 23ft rowing boat Atlantic Calling. David Whiddon and lloyd Figgins have used the adventure to raise money for the rNli and are now the 20th pair to have rowed across the Atlantic east to west as part of the rowing challenge.

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Cowes marina develops Free FesTIvAL orGANiSerS of the British leisure Show have unveiled plans for an inspiring free-to-attend Boat & leisure Festival in Cowes, isle of Wight, over the Jubilee bank holiday on 4-5 June.

expressions of interest are encouraged from prospective commercial operators. The new building will combine existing marina facilities with selfcontained offices, a bar and restaurant facility, workshops and retail spaces. Harbour master and chief executive stuart McIntosh commented: “we the Festival is designed to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and will feature live music, hospitality and a great display of British boats and outdoor leisure activities. Amongst the attractions for

are committed to investing in Cowes. Developing the sugar store should benefit both the marina users and the local economy.” whilst preference may be given to maritime-related businesses, the new building is expected to be multi-use. It could provide the perfect relocation

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Cowes Harbour Commission has been granted full planning consent to progress development of the sugar store warehouse at its shepherds wharf site. As well as improving facilities for yachtsmen visiting Cowes harbour, the new building will create business opportunities in the marine sector.

equAlity trAining opportunity for commercial operators on the Isle of wight or for those currently located elsewhere. The build is adjacent to a conservation area, so has been drafted to assimilate surrounding features. Local Island architects have combined nautical themes and utility in an innovative style. families to see, try and buy. James Brooke, Festival Director, commented: “We’re really excited to be celebrating such an historic occasion and delighted to be working closely with the Cowes community to make this memorable family event a great success.” Berthing will be available in Cowes Yacht haven marina for visiting yachts, and there will be special mainland ferry rates from red Funnel.

to help clubs, centres and individuals develop a greater understanding of discrimination and equality, the rYA has developed a new set of equality training videos which will be officially launched at the rYA Volvo Dinghy Show on 3-4 March.

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diAry dAtes WitH the ice and snow having melted away and the temperatures soaring, the sailing season lies temptingly around the corner, bringing with it the promise of a bumper mix of events in 2012. it seems as if the whole country will be taking to the water over the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend, as clubs and organisations take advantage of the bonus bank holiday to run additional events. At the centre of all this will be the special thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, which will see one of the largest flotillas ever assembled on the river, with 1000 boats of all sizes thronging the thames and showing off in front of some 30,000 shoreside spectators. this early summer weekend’s overdose of sailing activity should spur on enthusiasm for the usual summer line up, including of course Cowes Week, Round the island Race and hundreds of championship events and regatta weeks scattered throughout July and August. And then of course comes the event to top all events: the 2012 Olympic Games. even though only a handful of Britain’s elite dinghy sailors will actually get to take part, there’s no doubt that the British sailing public will be behind our Olympians as they battle for medal victory on the waters of Weymouth and Olympic fever inevitably grips the country. the RYA is hoping to capitalise on this once-in-a-lifetime event, using the Games as a springboard to increase participation in boating with a special Push the Boat Out event, running nationwide just before the Games commence. Clubs and centres across the country are being encouraged to run a special weekend of activities to entice sailors new and old onto the water, with a

real family focus; a great initiative. And just when you thought you might have a free weekend left somewhere this season, think again. All this on the water activity is being complimented by a scattering of shows covering all boating interests. it starts of course with the RYA Dinghy Sailing Show in early March, a whirlwind weekend that unites dinghy sailors from around the country in an annual pre-season showcase of new dinghies and kit. Anyone who likes their sailing diluted with a dose of other outdoor activities, should check out the freeto-attend inaugural Outdoors Show at WPNSA on 31 March. Powerboat enthusiasts can look forward to May and the new-look RiBeX, now named the Suzuki Powerboat and RiB Show, being held for the first time at Gunwharf; whilst a brand new free festival, the Boat & leisure Festival, is being organised at Cowes. With sail boats, motor yachts, accessories and fashion wear all on display, it is designed to appeal to sailors of all sorts – that is if they’re not already out on the water; yes, you’ve guessed it; this is yet another event that’s scheduled for the Jubilee bank holiday! But it does include one exhibit that’s sure to get powerboat racing enthusiasts through the gates: an exclusive preview of teams racing in the Cowes – Monte Carlo Powerboat Race, which is a worldclass event planned for 2013. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here, one season at a time! When they say it’s going to be a great year for British boating, it’s not just about the Olympics. 2012 looks like an exciting year to be on and around the water, not to mention a busy one; best get your diary organised now… Otherwise you could run the very real risk of finding yourself double booked!

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Walk on the wild side The HUGO BOSS Sailing team has launched a video of British solo round-the-world sailor, Alex Thomson, attempting a stunt he calls the ‘Keel Walk’. The video shows Alex Thomson, dressed in a suit, making the leap from a 225hp jet ski on to the keel of his

FeedbAck wAnted tHe RYA has launched a survey to find out your views on what you want from RYA courses. it covers all aspects, from what you think about current RYA courses to what you would like to see offered in the future and what type of course format you prefer. the results and feedback will be taken on board to improve course content and delivery. the survey is anonymous and open until the end of April.

60ft yacht, HUGO BOSS, and balancing precariously beneath 8 tonnes of carbon fibre yacht. It takes several attempts to perfect, but is an impressive feat nonetheless. The stunt was first attempted several years ago and caught on camera as an iconic photograph. However, there

was always a question mark over its authenticity, which is why this time a camera crew were invited along. Exact conditions of 18 knots of wind and a slight sea state were required to pull off the daredevil act, which was performed in the Solent. http://www.

Clubs offered ex-Olympic RIBs THIS summer, RIBCRAFT will be providing over 50 boats for official use during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, after which approximately half will then be made available for re-sale at extremely competitive rates. All boats will be serviced and given an ‘as-new’ warranty. Along with a specially negotiated deal with engine supplier Suzuki, RYA affiliated clubs, training centres and class associations will be the first to take advantage of this exclusive RYA offer.

Orders will be taken between 3 and 31 March. RYA Motor Cruising Projects Manager, Andrew Norton commented: “This is a great opportunity for clubs, training centres and class associations to upgrade their RIBs at a very heavily discounted price. I would expect the demand to be great, so my advice would be to contact RIBCRAFT sooner rather than later to secure one. Our thanks go to RIBCRAFT for giving the RYA first choice.”

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RYA CHALLENGES HMRC THE RYA has issued advice to boaters following the recent HMRC announcement that, as of 1 April, anyone purchasing red diesel for use as fuel for propelling private pleasure

at the RYA, says: “There is nothing in the government’s proposals that would actually make the use of marked ‘red’ diesel for propelling a private pleasure craft outside UK waters unlawful. However, what it is attempting to do is to make recreational boaters sign a declaration acknowledging a legal situation that doesn’t exist under UK law.” In any case, the new declaration does not change the permitted usage of red diesel within UK waters; red

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SWEDISH yacht builder, CR Yachts, has chosen UK-based Roche Marine to distribute its range of CR Performance Yachts and CR Deck Saloon Yachts, both designed by Stephen Jones. The move follows the purchase of Regina Yachts by CR Yachts, for which Roche Marine is already the UK distributor.


ENTRIES for the Rolex Swan Cup are now officially open for 2012. Held every two years since 1984, the world famous yacht racing regatta sits at the pinnacle of the Nautor’s Swan calendar, attracting Swan yachts from the across globe to congregate for seven days of sailing and socialising at Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Sardinia. The event runs from 10-16 September and will incorporate the Swan 45 World Championships.


NAUTICALIA has chosen international maritime charity, the Sailors’ Society as its 2012 Charity Partner. Chris Murdoch, managing director of the mailorder company, said: “Nauticalia customers have generously helped raise more than £85,000 for a variety of nautical charities in the past. One of our aims is to help foster Britain’s maritime heritage.”


THE Moorings, leading yacht charter company, is to open a new base in Corfu, located just off Greece’s northwest coast. The base will offer a starting point for bareboat or skippered charters through the Ionian Islands, with flexible itineraries offered to suite all tastes. Cheryl Powell, Chief Operating

Officer of The Moorings, says: “This destination is highly regarded by sailors for consistently superb weather, as well as its combination of open sea sailing through longer passages to the South lonian, shorter island hops in between and even stops in scenic ports of call along the mainland.” The Moorings Corfu base will offer a

series of custom Beneteaubuilt monohulls, as well as the new Moorings 3900 catamaran, giving customers a choice of boats from 39 to 50ft LOA. With many international flight options, Corfu airport is easily reached, just 10 minutes from the new Moorings base.

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THE 18th century mill building at Birdham Pool Marina is to be sold by auction on 16 April. This impressive Grade II listed property offers an extraordinary restoration opportunity. Sam Bourne of Castle Marinas, owners of Birdham Pool, comments: “With access across Chichester harbour lock and spectacular views, there can be few buildings with such a sought-after location.” For more information, contact David Adams, Henry Adams dadams@ or Sam Kinloch, Clive Emson Auctioneers




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NEW OWNERS AT OBAN THE 115 berth Oban Marina on the west coast of Scotland has been purchased by new owners. The newly formed Oban Marina & Yacht Services Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of The North Ledaig Co Ltd. Sue Deacon who has managed the marina, with a staff of seven for five years, will continue in the hands-on role of director of operations, with new directors Peter Weir as chairman, wife Katy as company secretary, and son Tim as development director.


THE third annual inspection of the National Coastwatch Station at Gosport was recently carried out on behalf of HM Coastguard. Duty Volunteer Watchkeepers were put through exercises testing reactions to coastal emergencies. The examining team was more than satisfied that NCI Gosport provides a high standard of visual surveillance across the Eastern Solent and Portsmouth Harbour.


THE RNLI Silver Medal for Gallantry - one of the RNLI’s highest honours - is to be awarded to Dungeness RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew member Garry Clark following his exemplary bravery during the rescue of seven people from the yacht Liquid Vortex on 3 January. A bronze medal is to be presented to Exmouth crew volunteer Roger Jackson for the rescue of four people from a capsized powerboat last October. For more, see page 11.


THE Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy has announced a busy calendar for the Olympic year. Forthcoming highlights for March and April include BBC Sport Relief events in collaboration with SailLaser, and the inaugural WPNSA Outdoor Show, featuring a diverse range of outdoor and adventure activity companies, plus taster sessions.

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THE Fat Face Foundation, the charitable arm of the clothing company Fat Face, has sponsored a new sail each for Lord Nelson and Tenacious, which are the only tall ships in the world designed to be sailed by mixed crews of able-bodied and disabled people including wheelchair users. The two ships are operated by the Jubilee Sailing Trust, a charity whose

mission is to enable people to take part in tall ship sailing whatever their level of physical ability. Lord Nelson has 18 sails and Tenacious has 21, all of which get considerable wear and tear as the ships are operated all year round. The Fat Face Foundation seeks to work with organisations that enable people to actively enjoy the outdoors and respect the environment. Rachel Follett, Director

and Trustee of the Foundation said: “Sponsoring these sails fits perfectly with our ethos. It’ll be fantastic to think that the sails will be out there crossing oceans and helping to change the lives of people with a variety of disabilities.” Lord Nelson is currently in the Canaries and Tenacious is in the Caribbean. Both will return to Southampton in May when the new sails will be ready.

THE RYA has removed its recognition of Hot Liquid Southampton as a provider of RYA training courses following three serious safety related incidents involving the company between January 2011 and January 2012. In the meantime, Ondeck Maritime Training has agreed to honour all bookings made with Hot Liquid Southampton. The agreement was reached following detailed discussion between Hot Liquid and Ondeck’s management, and comes as welcome news to disappointed Hot Liquid clients. The courses will be delivered through Ondeck’s Gosport based training centre. Hot Liquid Gibraltar will retain RYA recognition for all disciplines currently on offer due to the fact that the operational safety management routines of that site are controlled separately to that of the Southampton site.

Awards open for EUROPEAN OPENING exceptional youngsters NOMINATIONS are now open for MDL’s Sail Training Awards, designed to recognise, reward and challenge youngsters who have shown exceptional accomplishments and qualities that have inspired or supported others. This year’s six award winners will experience an unforgettable sailing experience on board the Ocean Youth Trust South’s training yacht John Laing, sailing from Plymouth in July. For some, it will be their first time on a boat; they will be involved in all aspects of sailing. Since launching over 20 years ago, the

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CHEOY Lee, the Hong Kong-based yacht builder, has appointed its first independent dealership in Europe, Cheoy Lee Riviera, based in Nice, France. Cheoy Lee Riviera co-founders, Nick Lockett and Athos Cleanthous, will offer a range of luxury motor yachts built by Cheoy Lee Shipbuilding Ltd; a builder with 140 years of experience and a focus on quality and style, which recently produced its 5000th hull. Recognising the rising demand for cruising and sports fishing vessels in Europe, Cheoy Lee Riviera will focus on promoting Cheoy Lee’s signature Serenity, Bravo and Global range. In addition, Cheoy Lee Riviera will market the Alpha 76 Express, the new Michael Peters-designed luxury power yacht, which was unveiled last October. Nick Lockett says: “People want high value, quality and performance, whether for family cruising, long distance exploring or speed and adventure. Cheoy Lee Riviera intends to make yacht buying and ownership as easy as possible.”

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Record for Vice Admiral’s tHe Royal Corinthian Yacht Club’s 2012 Vice admiral’s Cup Regatta, to be held between 18- 20 May, looks set to break all previous records with more than 60 entries anticipated. the eighth edition of this hugely popular regatta will feature classes for 44-46ft series production boats, as well as the J/111, the J/109, Quarter ton and Laser sB3 classes. In addition it will provide the inshore element for the 2012 GBR team trials for the Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup; the offshore element being RoRC’s Morgan Cup Race on 5 May.

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What should sink in Room 101? WATCHING Room 101 on TV I found myself wallowing in mixed emotions. I could gladly pull the lever to send golf down the shute to the mythical room for outcast people or things – unless a Brit or an Irishman (or woman) is winning one of the majors. Camping, and especially those new fangled tents that go up in a trice but are impossible to put back in the bag, should have started in 101. I could even accept host Frank Skinner’s idiosyncracies in his choice of elements destined for the not-wanted-on-voyage department. After all, as chairman of the show he is entitled, as is a skipper, to unlimited respect for ultimate wisdom. It was that thought that got me musing about all those boating gremlins that deserve to be sunk without trace. And thinking brings back the anger... As a yotty I am bound to have high on my list those motor-boaters who, without thinking, pass by too close at full chat. It might be different if for once they could glance back behind them to see the mayhem their wakes can cause. I might be more inclined to forgive if they did it on purpose! Other yotties can be a pain too. What are they thinking about when they insist on standingon when their own knowledge and experience must tell them you may have a problem? Surely they know you are not gettng out of their way for some good reason, rather than because you don’t want to or that you don’t know the rules of the road. I recall one skipper at the end of a Round the

Island Race who became ridiculously shirty when the wind vanished and several hundred boats, including his own, were pointing in various directions at the mercy of the tide sweeping us all over the line. However many times he shouted starboard, we had no way of avoiding a collision. There was a gentle meeting of toe rails but that was sufficient to send him into a rage. The consequences were first that he yelled a protest into the VHF and, second, that his red-faced anger caused him to lose concentration and hit the outer finishing mark. Not only were we disqualified but, having hit the buoy, he retired! All quite proper but if he had remained calm in face of the inevitable, lit a cigar and hummed a pleasant tune, no-one would have noticed in the chaos. We would both have had a finishing time and his would have been a tad earlier than ours. In another island race I recall a crew who entertained us with a fusilade of unthinking abuse aimed at their own helmsman when their bow made forcefull head-on contact with the Bembridge Ledge buoy. You might have thought the poor helm was guilty of leaving the pub without buying his round, or even hitting the buoy on purpose. His colleagues’ fury did not subside until he held his tiller high in the air to show that it had broken off yards from the buoy, leaving the boat out of control. As they say, strange things can happen at sea... Let me know what you would consign to Room 101 – and don’t mention know-itall columnists!

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THE race course area for the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco has been revealed. Stretching along to the Golden Gate Bridge and tucked between Alcatraz and the city shoreline, the race course offers up-close viewing from any number of locations along the city front. The exact location of the race course area will change slightly on any given day depending on weather conditions. The 34th America’s Cup will be sailed in AC72s.

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THE Activate Your Laser Fleet scheme promises to encourage even more sailors to get back out on the water in 2012. The initiative has grown significantly since its launch in 2010, with sailors from over 70 UK clubs involved. Activate Workshops consist of discussions and debates on how on how to enthuse and inspire sailors, as well as sharing handy coaching tips and techniques. Sessions conclude with an action plan. www. Paul Booker, the new face of Waterside Properties on the Isle of Wight.


SLAM UK has confirmed major sponsorship support for the 2012 J/80 World Championship, which will now be ‘Powered by SLAM’. The regatta will take place between 9-15 June and will be jointly hosted by the Britannia Yacht Club, the Royal Dart Yacht Club and the J/80 UK Class Association. Up to 80 teams are expected to travel to the UK to take part.


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THE Royal Yacht Squadron is playing host to the RS Elite National Championships this summer, which will run from 30 August to 2 September as part of the prestigious RYS summer programme. A record-breaking number of entries are expected, including several boats from Ireland which have already signed up. Top Elite sailors, including defending 2011 champion Jono Brown and 2010 victor Crauford McKeon, will be amongst those in the hunt for the trophy. Headline sponsorship has been secured

from premium brand Wight Vodka, which will be providing pre-dinner Wight Vodka cocktails on the RYS lawn prior to the main social event. Ritu Manocha, the entrepreneur behind Wight Vodka, says: “We are very proud to be working so closely with RS Sailing and the Royal Yacht Squadron to support the RS Elite Nationals. We’re certainly looking forward to participating in a fantastic four days of highly competitive RS racing coupled with many fabulous social events.”

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R.K. Marine, a leading Volvo Penta Centre, officially opens its new Service Facility on the River Hamble on 2 March. The new centre includes purpose-built workshop, fabrication shop, cleaning bay, specialist tool store and dedicated training area. It will enable R.K. Marine to support specialist service and maintenance for the growing population of Volvo Penta IPS powerboat and sports cruiser integrated propulsion systems, as well as for the full range of Volvo Penta engines, from 1 litre units for small craft to 16 litre engines for leisure and commercial vessels. Neil Kimish, managing director of R. K.

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THE RNLI’s new £2.7 million Tamar lifeboat – which will be named Diamond Jubilee in honour of the charity’s Patron, The Queen – took to the water for the very first time on 6 February; 60 years to the day that The Queen ascended to throne. The new Eastbournebased lifeboat will also be among the highlights of the Diamond Jubilee River Thames Pageant this summer.

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The casualty RIB afterwards. INSET: Helmsman Roger Jackson, who is due to get the Bronze Medal.

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The RNLI Bronze Medal for Gallantry is to be presented to exmouth crew volunteer Roger Jackson (43) following the rescue of four people from a capsized powerboat last October. The award recognises Roger’s exemplary command and leadership, boat-handling skill and tenacity in

exceptional conditions. The story unfolded late in the afternoon on 23 October 2011 when reports came in of people in the water after a RIB capsized in the River exe estuary. Knowing four people were in the water and in immediate danger, it was decided to launch the exmouth RNLI D

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WHEN it comes to boat interiors, I’ll keep it tidy, repair anything if broken and I’ve even updated a little upholstery. Beyond that, I’d never really considered that there was a great deal more that could be done. I thought that to have a modern looking, bright, airy interior on a 70s or 80s sailing cruiser was just beyond economic sense; that if it’s important to have a modern, more attractive interior, you basically need to buy a modern, more attractive boat. This is where this book was a revelation. Flicking through its pages, I was suddenly struck by the wonders that a bit of simple joinery and sewing could work. Your taste might not chime exactly with the author’s; however, I’d imagine most readers would find at least one of the interior projects in this book would suit their tastes. Read this book like an Ikea catalogue to find inspiration or follow some of the projects step by step and transform your own boat. Author: Mike Westin • Price: £19.99 • Web:

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racing awards WE’RE all now busy gearing up for the 2012 season, but there was just one final formality from 2011 to be dealt with before we could really push forward to the season ahead - the 2011 RYA Powerboat Racing Awards ceremony. So, on 4 February, 350 powerboat racers, families, friends and sponsors descended on the De Vere Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton to see the 2011 powerboat racing champions crowned. I was honoured once more to cohost the awards ceremony with RYA Powerboat racing manager, John Puddifoot. It was great to be able to meet so many outstanding people and share their achievements with everyone. On the evening itself, we recognised the achievements of Britain’s World, European and British Champions we also gave praise to the World and British speed records that were set in 2011. There was lots to celebrate! The evening was sponsored by the organisers of the 2012 Round Britain

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simply had too many trophies to carry himself. I would need the whole page to list Ben’s achievements this year – let’s just say he is a world champion at age 11; do you know how jealous I am of him?! Meanwhile the Guernsey boys, John Richardson and Tom Sauvarin, received praise for their 3B World Championship title and were awarded the Anne Robinson Trophy for Most Successful

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Sail For Gold in 2012 Our Sporting Life’ Olympic memorabilia exhibition begins its UK tour.

Whether you live in Llandudno, Lichfield, Largs or Lowestoft, the rYA’s Sail for Gold programme aims to bring London 2012 to your doorstep. With the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing regattas taking place at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy this summer it would be all too easy for the rest of Britain’s sailing community to feel unconnected from events unfolding on the south coast. But with the Games presenting such an enormous opportunity to put the sport of sailing on the map across the country and recruit new converts into our sport, Sail for Gold provides a nationwide framework of ways for everyone to get

involved in special Olympic-themed activities to really make the London 2012 sailing events a truly nationwide spectacle. Under the banner of ‘Inspire Celebrate Support’, Sail for Gold was launched in March 2011 and since then more than 500 clubs and centres across the whole of Britain have signed up to the programme to start nudging people in their local communities about what opportunities there are to learn to sail and windsurf, and continue participating regularly, in their areas. Some simply held special Sail for Gold regattas, some hosted Sail for Gold-themed free Open and taster Days and some ran special ‘bring a friend for free’ days. Lots has been going on!


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But with the clock striking midnight to welcome in the year of the London 2012 Games, that opportunity instantly magnified tenfold. Over the course of the winter, clubs, centres and the rYA have been, and continue, to work feverishly to ensure people rally to show their support for the British Sailing team, as well as organising fantastic events at their

venues to celebrate the Games. As Celia edgington, the rYA’s Sail for Gold co-ordinator, explains: “Sail for Gold is all about Britain’s sailing community coming together and showing the rest of the country just how amazing and inclusive the sport of sailing is. It really is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to do this. “Britain has been the world’s top performing sailing nation for the past three Olympics and hopes are high that our sailors can once again shine at Weymouth and Portland. We want to use this success to inspire people throughout the country to get out on the water for the first time, or simply more often, to make a nationwide statement about what it really means to be an active, regular sailor or a member of a vibrant, friendly sailing club.”

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At rYA Scotland’s Big Weekend, sportscotland National Centre, Inverclyde, Largs - a fascinating collection of photos and memorabilia from such British Olympic and Paralympic sailing legends as rodney Pattisson and Keith Musto.

3/3 – 4/3

At the rYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2012

10/3 – 10/4

At the Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, Waterloo, Liverpool

3/5 – 24/6

At the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth – coincides with the 2012 Finn World Championships (4 - 18 May)

27/7 – 12/8

At Weymouth and Portland (venue tBC)

Sept (TBC)

At Brightlingsea Sailing Club, Colchester, essex

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2/6 – 5/6

For sail and motor cruisers, this event will provide a truly unique opportunity for participants to see the 2012 sailing venue prior to the Games and to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

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4/6 – 9/6

the final chance for all 13 Olympic and Paralympic classes to familiarise themselves with the 2012 racetrack before the big event. Clubs and centres encouraged to host special Medal race Day events on 9 June.

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the traditional gala ‘send-off’ in support of Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic Sailors in their quest for medals.

Push the boat out nationwide


Clubs and centres across the country will be encouraging as many boats onto the water as possible on the Saturday before the Olympics, creating an incredible national spectacle showing support for the British Sailing team.

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Can Britain’s Olympic sailors top their Beijing 2008 medal haul of four golds, one silver, one bronze? And can the Paralympians claim Britain’s first ever Paralympic sailing silverware? Show support by using many of the online opportunities to send good luck and goodwill messages direct to the team camp.

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being encouraged to host an event or just get out on the water for the day. the idea is to show massive, unified national support for the British Sailing team, as well as showcasing what a great sport sailing is, through local media coverage and sharing event photos and details on the official Sail for Gold Facebook page. Some clubs have already started planning special events to coincide with Push the Boat Out with ideas ranging from mini Sail for Gold regattas, to treasure hunts and have-a-go days. But it is important to remember that being part of Sail for Gold doesn’t have to mean loads of extra work for you or your organisation, or finding space in already crammed calendars. Why not just make one of your existing events Sail for Gold-branded and take advantage of everything that comes with that, from the rYA-supplied banners, medals and DVDs to the additional local publicity for your club or group that being involved in Sail for Gold brings? Among the other highlights on the national Sail for Gold calendar this year are the touring ‘Our Sporting Life – Sail

for Gold’ Olympic and Paralympic sailing heritage exhibition, which provides a fascinating walkthrough time from pre-World War I through to our present day champions. Alongside rare photos, memorabilia and recollections are also personal items shared with us by past Olympic and Paralympic greats. Plus June’s Passage to Portland at Weymouth and Portland gives sail and motor cruisers a truly unique opportunity to see the 2012 sailing venue prior to the Games and to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Get a full flavour of what’s on going on in this historic year below or to find out how you can get involved in Sail for Gold visit

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Lowering the landing-craft style bow.

A typical project with fully equipped Mk III Wheelyboat costs around £18,000. A Mk IV project is about £50,000. This year turnover of funds raised and boats supplied should top £250,000.

A wheely good idea Safe and stable, the Wheelyboat provides easy access to the water.

When an angler had an accident and became a wheelchair user, he and his friend were determined to find a solution to get back him on the water. That was in 1984 - they had no idea how their solution would change boating for wheelchair users in the UK. 28 years later, the Wheelyboat Trust they formed, now boasts 150 wheelchair accessible boats throughout the UK and is keen to expand still further. They have simple and clear charitable objectives, which is key to their success.

metre long boats are of course designed for calm waters on inland waterways, lakes and reservoirs. And whilst the original concept was to enable angling, and that remains the core usage of Wheelyboats to this day, many groups are now using Wheelyboats to provide a range of other water based activities such as sight-seeing, photography and bird watching.


I spoke to their Director, Andy Beadsley, who explained: “The design criteria for the first Wheelyboat was quite straightforward really; a flat bottom boat with wheelchair access in the form of a drop-down, landing craft style bow. And the boats have remained pretty much the same ever since. The construction material of choice was then, and continues today, to be marine grade aluminium and, although there have been four modifications of the design since the original, they are all variations on the original theme. The boats have proved themselves safe and reliable workhorses, providing opportunities for thousands of disabled people to access the water.” Being flat bottomed, the standard 4

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Propelled by small petrol or electric outboards, boats seat up to eight people. Newer designs even allow wheelchair users to helm the boat from their chair and allow for a degree of customisation by the end-users. In recent years, such has been the

demand, the Wheelyboat Trust has looked at additional boat designs whilst continuing to supply the traditional flat-bottomed aluminium boats. In conjunction with Coulam Boat Builders they have built more than a dozen 16ft GRP Wheelyboats for fishing on the Tweed and, in their first foray into inshore/coastal waters, they have teamed up with Sea Rover to build the Mk IV, a cross between a RIB and a pontoon boat. Still with its trademark landing-craft bow door, the Mk IV can take up to 12 passengers and carry a 100hp engine. The first Mk IV has been purchased by Bristol Sailability who will use the boat for delivering RYA training courses to wheelchair users. Other Mk IV’s are planned for Chichester Harbour and the River Tyne in South Shields. Andy continues: “The principal role of the Wheelyboat Trust is to help groups and organisations acquire Wheelyboats and it does this by helping raise funds to cover some, or all, of the costs of acquiring Wheelyboats. Funds for Wheelyboat projects and for day to day running costs mostly come from charitable trusts but sometimes local authority and lottery funds contribute. “A typical project with fully equipped Mk III Wheelyboat costs around £18,000. A Mk IV project is about £50,000. This year turnover of funds raised and boats supplied should top £250,000.

“As a charity, the biggest challenge we face is keeping our heads above water financially. There have been some difficult times but we are enjoying our busiest period since the Trust began and, for the last two years, income for day to day running costs has kept pace with expenditure. We have a good portfolio of Wheelyboat models that can be tailored to a variety of projects rather than a onesize-fits all solution and we also provide an excellent service; apart from our four Wheelyboat models our USP is the fundraising we undertake on behalf of venues and organisations to help them acquire Wheelyboats. “The costs of building Wheelyboats seem to be in a constant upward spiral and each new project requires more fundraising than the last. Aluminium is an excellent material but is expensive both in terms of raw material and factory costs to turn it into boats. However, a new aluminium model’s initial investment is considerably less than for plastic or GRP models. “Even though we have been operating for more than 25 years, we have barely scratched the surface of the potential for Wheelyboats in the UK and beyond. There is considerable scope for expansion and we would like to take on at least one more member of staff to augment our fundraising capabilities. The more funds we can generate the

more projects we can help.”


The Trust has spent most of its life ploughing a lone furrow but recent jointventures have revealed a more fertile land of opportunities. The Trust works to develop closer relationships, create joint initiatives and raise their profile within, and outside, the disability boating and angling sectors. “We are not an organisation that recruits members,” concludes Andy, “but we do have a network of supporters and we would be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer for us. We also need to hear from public waters and groups and organisations that would benefit from a Wheelyboat so that we can help them acquire the most suitable model for their needs. We are a charity and cash is our lifeblood – we welcome donations however large or small and promise to put them to excellent use”. To underline the positive effect Wheelyboats can have, at the launch of the Tees Wheelyboat in 2011 attended by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, wheelchair user Suzie Bennett said: ‘I’ve lived here for 37 years and have never been on the Tees…and now I can do it, it opens up a whole new aspect to life that I haven’t been able to appreciate before.”

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Have you checked your gear? IF you are going to be sailing in an area where the marinas are few and far between, it is important that you check your gear regularly. Here I recount another situation where I stepped on board a boat to help the owner check over a few key things before a trip to the West coast of Scotland. For a 17 year old boat she is in immaculate condition, but it was

important, all the same, to give her a thorough going over. The history of the rigging is not known and is currently being looked at. The engine has been given a complete service; the compass will be checked, as will the echo sounder. The log will be tested along the measured mile in Southampton Water (three runs, I hope, as near as possible to tide slack). The inventory is impressive

Carrying out regular checks and servicing will prevent little problems becoming big ones! with few items to be bought in; the sails are in good condition, running rigging looks good and all the woodwork is very well maintained.


We already looked last month at problems that can arise with anchors. Let’s take another look at this important

issue, using this further example. If you look carefully at this anchor/ chain/warp set up (photo 1), you can see that the previous owner has marked his chain with various coloured cable ties; note also that they are all pretty long. This suggests to me that the boat has not been anchored all that often, or the chain has been let out and taken in very gently. I used this method of chain marking on my boat and found that with plenty of use of the hook, not only did the cable tie ends break off, but also the marks were lost completely. So if you decide to use this method, you will need to check your chain each time you lay and weigh anchor. The other important point to note is the severe rusting of the anchor chain links where the warp has been spliced onto the chain. There is little you can do about this, except to keep a note of how heavy the rusting is. The rusting is caused by the retention of moisture in the warp when the anchor is weighed, and with wear on the links the dreaded rust takes a hold. As with your cable tie marks, you should be checking the build-up of rust on your join of warp to chain. Looking at photo 2 you see that the

Photo 2.

anchor warp has been made onto the padeye in the chain locker. This is not the best way to set things up because if you have to jettison your anchor in a hurry (because, for example, it is caught in a rock or some other obstruction), cutting through that warp will need quite a few hacks with a really sharp knife. If the warp had been made on with half a dozen turns of a 2mm line long enough to reach up to and beyond the gypsy, one slash of the galley bread knife - if you did

not have a knife in your pocket - would cut that line. A fender could then be attached and when the situation gets better, you can come back to retrieve your anchor. Top tip: before you leave anchor chain and warp on the seabed, remember to press the man overboard button on your GPS and you will have an indicator to guide you back to your hook. Remember, regular checks will prevent little problems becoming big ones!

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Property is a special section spotlighting the best residential and commercial developments by the waterside and along the coast. Peter Halliday from Waterside Properties reports.


A flexible approach such as wow-factor water views and can therefore be very misleading, a lot of the mystery of house pricing has been removed and transparency reigns. Buyers

because all other things being equal if you sell for less, you can generally buy

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In the meantime, what do we do if we really need to move? Visit any of the online property portals and you can get a good idea of what the property should sell for by looking at what its neighbour sold for. Some sites - Zoopla, for example - have a postcode-based formula for predicting actual current value for each house. Whilst one does have to be careful with such predictions as they are based on simplistic mathematical multiples ignoring obvious things such as condition, refurbishment, or attributes

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therefore know how much they need to spend; serious sellers can be realistic and not wait about for unachievable prices. If as a seller you are moving on, then this is only a relative issue anyway

for less. For those in this position it is possible to sell, even now; just listen to the market and your estate agent! For those who don’t wish to or who

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can’t sell, letting or holiday letting has, over recent years, provided a sensible and, in many cases, lucrative alternative option. An investor is now able to see a reasonable yield on their investment; with short-hold tenancy rents of £1100 per month on a £250,000 asset in many south coast waterfront locations giving a gross yield in excess of 5 percent – that’s not bad against the banks! And it’s an asset that in time should see some capital growth as well. If your agent is an estate agent and a letting agent combined, and if they are worth their salt they should be advising you on when to sell, when to let and when to switch.





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There is at last talk at least of the final phase in Ocean Village, Southampton, and the potential of further development in Port Solent near Portsmouth. Plans for the waterfront in Poole adjacent to the new Holes Bay Bridge also look amazing; these promise the waterfront a muchneeded injection of new housing stock and fresh interest for waterside lifestyle enthusiasts. There is no shortage of ideas out there - it just needs the confidence to spark it all off.

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Now is not a great time to get the best price for selling your waterfront home, but it’s not all bad news! Fewer buyers than sellers means falling prices and generally less sales activity; this means there are some genuinely good deals out there at the moment.

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The Green Blue is the joint environment programme created by the British Marine Federation and the Royal Yachting Association to encourage sustainable boating in all its forms.


I have heard many people talking about it for a long time now. Let’s be environmentally aware, lets live a sustainable lifestyle and all do our bit to help make a difference. Repeating the mantra ‘reduce, re-use and recycle’ has made a difference to the refuse facilities in a huge number of marinas; however,

I still want to see the effort extended a little further. Finally there is firm commitment out there from some new sponsors in the world of ocean racing and it is extremely exciting. Fellow Green Blue Ambassador, Mike Golding, has long been an advocate of environmental awareness. Through his links with former sponsor, Ecover, he promoted a kinder way of cleaning your boat as well as a variety of eco-friendly supermarket products. The fantastic news that Mike secured further sponsorship has seen him join forces with another company with an environmental agenda. Mike has again aligned himself with Gamesa,

It is only a matter of time before someone completes a round the world yacht race without any use of fossil fuels. As advancements have been made, fossil fuel consumption has reduced dramatically but we have yet to see this use completely cease. One team hoping to achieve this will be taking part in the Vendée Globe later this year. Acciona, who sponsor Spanish sailor Javier Sanso, are a giant Spanish company with around 34 000 employees across the globe and a diverse portfolio of businesses. They are serious in the arena of renewable energy and, as such, the new Acciona IMOCA 60 will rely solely on solar, wind and water to generate power – making it a truly ‘eco’ yacht. Acciona is covered in solar panels, she has wind and hydro generators and her only concession to fuel is a hydrogen fuel

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

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Single-handed, single-minded and going for gold PAUL GOODISON is the current Olympic Champion in the Laser class, having topped the podium with a gold medal in Beijing at the 2008 Games. Add to that a long list of World, European and National championship wins, and there’s no doubting that he has a huge depth of sailing talent. PAUL first caught the sailing bug when he trained with Ben Ainslie in preparation for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He got his own shot at Olympic glory in 2004 in Athens, but fell painfully short of the podium finishing in fourth place. Since then, his steely resolve has set in and he hasn’t looked back. With selection for 2012 well and truly

in hand, Paul has only one thing on his mind: getting the gold. Literally. When the medal race at the World Championships in December 2011 saw him slip to finish in fifth overall, he put it

Paul has only one thing on his mind: getting the gold. Literally. down to having had other things on his mind (the Games) and instead focussed on the positives he had taken away from training for the event. That’s a pretty tough attitude to take.

But let’s face it, going for Olympic gold in the Laser takes a phenomenally tough sailor. Not only is it the most well-known Olympic sailboat of all, but as a single-handed class requires an unwavering determination and personal perseverance. Since the Worlds, Paul has bounced back to win gold at the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta, and has been training hard, particularly on his physical fitness – yet another element that is essential for success in this demanding class. When he lines his Laser up on the Olympic start line this summer, it’s not going to be an easy ride; but having sailed to gold four years ago, we know Paul has what it takes.

Home sweet home WEYMOUTH and Portland Sailing Village is a step closer in its preparations to house the competitors

Sir Keith Mills with Councillor Graham Winter, Mayor of Weymouth and Portland at the official LOCOG handover ceremony.

and team officials taking part in the Olympic and Paralympic Games Sailing events. The Osprey Quay development will contain 84 houses and will be home to 700 athletes and 550 officials during the Olympic Games. Each house will accommodate around eight athletes. Heating and hot water for 58 of the homes comes from a biomass heating system and many of the houses are fitted with rainwater harvesting. Houses include all facilities except a kitchen; athletes will eat in a large dining hall which will be erected



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Paul’s focus and determination have paid dividends in his career so far.

Paul Goodison takes time out from his busy training schedule to tell us about his preparations for the 2012 Olympics. Name: Paul Goodison Age: 35 Class: Laser Sailing Club: WPNSA – Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy; started sailing at Ulley Sailing Club, Rotherham.


AAS: Describe yourself in three words? PG: Focused, determined and active. AAS: It must take extreme mental toughness to compete at Olympic level as a singlehanded athlete. What goes through your mind on race day, and how do you deal with extreme moments? PG: I just focus on the processes, analyse what happened, re-plan and learn from it. AAS: How did you feel when you heard you’d been selected for the 2012 Olympics? PG: It was a great feeling, but I was just really pleased to have the selections out of the way so I could fully focus on the Games.

specially for the event. A social area will also be made available, located in the new Chesil Cove Foundation School. Team GB sailors will take some rooms in the Village, but will also have accommodation at a separate team base, away from the official accommodation. LOCOG will take temporary ownership of the Sailing Village buildings during the Games period. In an official handover ceremony, Sir Keith Mills, Deputy Chair, LOCOG said: “The Sailing Village will be a fantastic facility for the athletes, but just as

importantly after the Games this will be a development with both affordable and low carbon housing on offer.” After the event, apartments will be converted into homes with 25% of the housing made available to a registered landlord for social housing needs.

AAS: What will be the most difficult thing about competing at Weymouth? PG: It will be hard avoiding distractions; with the Games in a different country you get away from everything. But, it will be amazing to compete in front of a crowd including family and friends on home waters there is nothing more exciting than winning at home. AAS: Are there any more major milestones in place for you to achieve between now and July 2012? PG: I have several process goals. The main milestone was qualifying and the next one is winning at the Games. Key events between now and the games are the Princess Sofia Trophy in Palma at the beginning of April, the Laser Worlds in Germany at the end and the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, Weymouth, in June. AAS: You’ve just come back from a fantastic result at the World Series event in Miami; how will you tailor your training going forwards? PG: I have a plan which is flexible but results don’t change this. At this point,

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with less than five months to go I am very focused on the processes rather than the results. AAS: Looking back, what has been the single biggest turning point in your sailing career? PG: Leaving university and taking sailing more seriously and professionally. AAS: What is it that has got you this far? PG: Determination and drive. AAS: If you had to take another person onboard your boat for the day, who would it be? PG: I would take my baby niece it would be cool to be the one to introduce her to sailing. AAS: Fav thing to do away from sailing? PG: Kitesurfing is my favourite. I’ve recently taken up golf too which helps me relax. AAS: Which car do you drive? PG: I currently drive a red Volvo V60 (D5 R-Design) – great road handling and sporty plus the colour reminds me every day of Sheffield United. My dream car would be a Ferrari 458!

BEN Ainslie CBE has been given the go ahead to compete at the 2012 Olympics after an RYA Tribunal decided not to impose further penalties on the triple Olympic gold medallist following his rule 69 infringement at the ISAF World Championships, held in Perth in December 2011. At the time of the incident, an international jury imposed a two-race ban, which forced Ainslie to miss out on the medal race and ultimately the World Championship win. The incident, which involved an altercation with a media boat on the race course, was then referred to the RYA as UK governing body; a less favourable decision at the Tribunal could have landed Ainslie with a two-year ban. The RYA’s decision comes as no big surprise, but is pleasing news nonetheless for Ainslie, who said: “I welcome the RYA Tribunal’s decision and am looking forward to fully focussing on my Olympic preparations.”

WORLD SERIES SUCCESS British sailors have been putting in some strong performances so far. The latest event in the series, the Miami Olympic Classes regatta concluded with eight medals, including golds for Nick Dempsey (Men’s RS:X), Paul Goodison (Laser) – pictured above, centre – and the women’s match racing trio of Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor.

The British SKUD and Sonar Paralympic teams also secured two silver medals; another was picked up by Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark in the women’s 470. With five of the seven events still to go, including the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta on the home waters of Weymouth (4-9 June) it’s a promising performance so far from Skandia Team GBR sailors. The next World Series event, the Princess Sofia Trophy, takes place in Palma, Majorca, at the start of April.





That’s really rubbish! These bottles will still be littering the shoreline in 450 years time.

Did you know that if you threw a coke can in to the sea it would take around 100 years to degrade? That’s 100 years of floating around in the water getting in the way of plants, wildlife and making the seas look dirty. BUT WHAT EXACTLY IS ‘DEGRADING’?

Well, in a nutshell when something degrades in the water it’s bombarded with lots of different elements; such as bacteria eating it, waves cracking and smashing it or the sun’s rays breaking it down. Over time - in the case of the coke can, 100 years - it will eventually disappear completely into thousands and thousands of tiny particles so you can’t see it anymore. Different things take different lengths of time to degrade, some taking more than 500 years! But do you know how long common bits of rubbish take to breakdown in the water, such as carrier bags, bottles, fishing line? See the chart opposite for some clues. So the best way to keep our waters nice and clean is to make sure that when you’re out and about on the water or around the seaside you throw all your rubbish away properly. Make sure don’t let anything blow overboard when you’re sailing, or leave anything in the water if you happen to capsize. Use rubbish bins, recycling points or just take it home with you.

Quiz Time 1. Can you guess how long these different items of rubbish take to degrade? Match the item with the number of years or months! Plastic bottle Apple core Polystyrene cup Orange peel

6 months 2 years 450 years 75 years

2. Can you name two things that can make something degrade? 3. Name one thing you can do with your rubbish when you are out on your boat or at the seaside to stop littering?


Want to join the RYA? Well we now have special memberships just for younger members. Junior – up to age of 11. As a Junior member you’ll receive a welcome pack containing an activity book and you’ll also be sent a quarterly newsletter with all the latest news. You’ll also have your own dedicated area on the RYA website where you’ll find games, top tips and lots more. Youth – 12 to 17 age group. As a Youth member you’ll receive a welcome pack containing an RYA Book of Knots, special e-bulletins, and have a dedicated area on the RYA website packed with top tips, competitions and even careers advice for those of you thinking about working on the water. Find out more at and click on join and renew. Answers: 1. Plastic bottle, 450 years / Apple core, 6 months / Polystyrene cup, 75 years / Orange peel, 2 years 2. Bacteria, waves or the sun’s rays 3. Recycle, use a rubbish bin or take your rubbish home

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shake-down The cold spell is over, we hope, and snowdrops and daffodils are poking through which can only mean one thing. Spring is coming and soon we can go boating again! However, you would not expect to be able to jump in your Porsche that has been stored in the garage all winter and go belting down the motorway without checking a few things? Well, probably not, but I don’t have a Porsche. Here is a summary of things to think about before venturing afloat for the first time during 2012...



Most engine failures can be attributed to fuel problems, so the most important thing to do before taking your sailing yacht, motorcruiser, sportsboat or RIB out for the first time after the winter is to make sure that your fuel system is as good as it can possibly be. When winterising your boat, always drain down your fuel system if you have a petrol engine. Modern unleaded petrol does not last as long as the old leaded four-star; it quickly evaporates and turns into paraffin, clogging up your fuel injection system or carburettor if you have one. If you have a portable tank you could simply use up the petrol in your car. Saying that, many boat owners now run diesels on ordinary BSEN590 grade road diesel as many marinas have now gone over to this fuel and stopped selling red diesel. Road (white) diesel has to contain about 11 percent bio diesel by law. It

is said by some that the bio diesel is hydroscopic and can absorb water, causing condensation in the tank and leading to a build up of fuel-bug. Some say that road diesel is slightly acidic and can damage the seals in your fuel system, even cause corrosion in copper fuel pipes. However, if your engine was built after around 1998 then you should be fine as it was about then that bio diesel started to be added to fuel and so engine manufacturer’s started using tougher grade seals. So, if you have a small diesel tank it might be a good idea to drain it down and use the fuel in a car (as long as it’s duty-paid road diesel obviously). If emptying the tank is not practical then keep the tank full over the winter to reduce the likelihood of condensation forming on the top and sides of the tank above the fuel level. It is in these areas above the fuel where the micro fuel bugs thrive. When they die they fall into the

fuel and form a build up of sludge at the bottom of the tank and then will block up your fuel filters. The next stage of the fuel system service is to replace all the fuel filters. If you have a diesel engine you will probably have a coarse fuel filter with a water separator bowl that can be used for siphoning off water that has been absorbed into the diesel. Put an empty jam jar under the water bowl and open up the tap to drain off the collected water. Replace the fine fuel filter, which is normally fitted to the engine itself. You should also purchase several spare filters and keep them to hand on the boat as dirty fuel is sadly a commonlyfound problem. Next, replace the engine oil and oil filters. Oil can become acidic after time so change it as often as you can. By draining off the oil you will be able to check for emulsion, where water has been absorbed into the oil, turning it

white and cloudy. This can happen if your engine’s internal oil cooler corrodes, allowing water into the sump through leaking coolant water pipes. This can wreck an engine but can be prevented by properly winterising an engine before it’s put to bed. Get your engine serviced by a professional, that way you have a second pair of eyes looking over it and hopefully pointing out potential problems.

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Tighten up belts, replace air filter and replace the often neglected coolant impeller. This brings me onto the next favourite cause of engine breakdown, the coolant system. The rubber raw water coolant pump impeller should be replaced at least once a year, more often if the engine is used a lot. It’s worth pointing out that fishermen often carry boxes full of impellers and fuel filters. The slightest bit of muck, twig or barnacle can rip the impeller to shreds and stop coolant water from being pumped around the engine. You should also practise changing the impeller yourself, even if you normally get your engine serviced by an engineer, so that you could do it easily whilst at sea in case you ever need to change it in an emergency. Charge up your batteries and make sure that they are properly strapped down.



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THE saildrive or stern drive unit is probably the bit of your boat that’s going to cost you the most money! Servicing them is of paramount importance or you will be faced with costly bills. Same goes for the leg of your outboard. Change the oil in your drive leg according to manufacturer’s service schedule and check the level as often as you can. Look for emulsification which could indicate that water has got into the oil through leaking seals. Doing this on a Volvo leg is easy as you have a nice big dipstick on top of the leg but you will need to buy a wide screw driver attachment for a socket wrench, as shown in the pictures. The rubber ‘bellows’ hoses on a stern drive prevent water from getting inside the drive shaft assembly and will cause a great deal of damage if they leak. The ‘bellows’ hoses should be replaced at least every second year but should be checked as often as you can. Prod them with your finger; they should be flexible and subtle and should not be cracked, stiff, perished


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It’s very important to service your lifejackets. If you’re not sure how to do this take them into your local chandlery shop and ask for advice and a service kit. It’s important to replace the gas bottle and automatic firing sensor, plus check the automatic light. Fire extinguishers should be replaced when they are five years old and checked periodically as they can leak. You should have an automatic fire extinguisher in the engine compartment and a fire extinguisher in the cockpit and cabin near to the main hatch. Make sure that the VHF radio works by calling your local marina on channel 80 or the Coastguard on channel 67. Get yourself a horseshoe lifebuoy, foghorn, pack of distress flares and a first aid kit. Finally, check your anchor for corrosion and check that your anchor windlass works before you need to use it.

or covered in barnacles. Also check the rubber seals over the leg trim rams and check the ram seals for leakage too. You might see pink hydraulic oil seeping out. Sacrificial anodes protect your stern gear from dezincification. The zinc anodes give up electrons easily and erode quickly so as to protect the sensitive alloys of your aluminium, bronze and stainless steel stern drive or outboard leg. Without sacrificial anodes your precious propeller might well decay and you will quickly notice pitting to the aluminium gear box casing and corrosion on your stainless steel trim tabs.

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Check lifejackets; local chandlers can help.

Check guardrails have not worked loose.

Cleaning. Getting all that green crud and winter slime off everything. This includes gently cleaning the teak in your cockpit or on the deck. Then give your boat a nice polish.

Refit your covers such as bimini, sail cover and sprayhood etc.

Check the battery electrolyte levels.

Work all seacocks and check them for corrosion. Make sure that all flexible hoses are sound as they can split if water trapped in the hoses has frozen over the winter.

Check the horn, navigation lights and all electrical gear such as the VHF radio and conduct a radio check with a fellow boater or your local marina dockmaster;

Clean the fridge and ditch any old food inside lockers. Then empty and refill your water tank.

Check the condition of flexible gas hoses and replace them if they are perished or if more than five years old.

Check the condition of fire extinguishers and replace them too if more than five years old.

Periodically check the condition of your mooring cleats, stanchion bases and chainplates. Make sure that they have not worked loose over the winter.

Antifoul the hull before re-launch.

Replace sacrificial anodes if necessary.

Check gas hoses for wear and age.

Ensure your safety equipment is functional and in-date.

Nick checking the chainplates for corrosion.


A fouled bottom will waste a great deal of fuel, add a lot of strain to the engine and slow down the boat. The best way to reduce fouling is to keep the boat out of the water for as much time as you can. A boatpark such as Parkstone Bay Marina in Poole is a godsend as your boat would be kept on a yard trailer, allowing you to clean it yourself but then it would be launched at short notice by a forklift. Dry stacks work in the same way but you can’t get to your boat so easily if it is four boats up in the air. Keeping your sportsboat or RIB on its own trailer at home saves on storage and protects from fouling in the same way. Keeping your stern drive out of the water with the boat ashore is also a great idea and saves on anodes and cleaning.

The best way to reduce fouling is to keep the boat out of the water for as much time as you can.



This past horrible long winter has played havoc with fresh water systems; even if you had the good sense to drain down your water tank your boat might well have suffered from split hoses. Sod’s law dictates that water leaks occur in hoses above the boats electrics. Gingerly fill up your tank and check for leaks before using the boat, as your calorifier water heater could be damaged if run dry. Turn off your 230-volt water heater until you are sure that your boat is free from leaks.

Checking dates on distress flares.

Check fluid levels.

A new propshaft anode.

Get your trailer serviced. Take it to a caravan centre or do it yourself but make sure that the wheel hubs and brakes are properly serviced and that the tyres are free from cracks and damage.

Don’t forget to put the bung in!


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Think of Windermere and you think of rugged hills, ramblers, sheep and rustic country types leaning on drystone walls discussing the price of butter and the like. You’re in the heart of Beatrix Potter country and the lake is a beautiful ribbon of water situated in southern Cumbria.

It looks like a dead end, but turn hard to port and you’re in the marina.

AT 11 miles long and about a mile and a half at its widest, it’s the biggest lake in England. With the beautiful hills of the southern lakes towering over it and an archipelago of 18 islands to explore, this is any sailor’s paradise and has proven popular with leisure boaters for centuries. In recent years, boats have tended to be bigger and more numerous and Windermere Marina Village has grown in parallel. Originally little more than a small inlet where a handful of boats were stored, it has been rebuilt, dredged and expanded, so that it now offers 400 berths for boats up to 50ft. In addition to this, the marina is surrounded by holiday cottages that make up the marina village

and also boasts a boatyard and chandler on site in addition to a small convenience store. Visiting trailer sailers are always welcomed and you can pay £25 a night for a marina berth in the summer months. Windermere was once a haven for powerboaters, but following the controversial introduction of a 10kn speed limit in 2000, sailing is on the up. There is a popular cruising association and a range of racing events held throughout the year.

to the middle of the channel and stick to the 3kn speed limit. As you head up the narrow channel, it looks like a dead end but turn sharply to port, and the marina pool opens up. The marina is extremely sheltered, making berthing a relatively stress free affair, but watch out for other users, because the channels around the pontoon twist about a bit. VHFs are not used, but you can contact the marina on 015394 46551.



The entrance to the marina is not that obvious at first glance, but you will find it just to the south of the Ferry Nab. The entrance is 1.3m at its shallowest; stick

First up, you’ll need to register your boat if you want to go on the lake. This can be done at the Lake Warden’s office, which is at the public slipway off Ferry Road,


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For even more up to the minute news visit: adjacent to the marina. In addition to the usual marina facilities, such as showers, toilets, launderette, WiFi access, and lift out, Windermere Village Marina features a few extras, such as a private beach on the lake. There is also free parking, very useful in summer. Mooring holders also benefit from reduced rates at holiday cottages, which surround the marina, and also the Old England Leisure Club and Spa. Redevelopment of the on-site bar and restaurant will now be complete in late 2012/early 2013. Boat sales and serviCe Brokerage and new boat sales are available through Shepherds of Windermere who offer a wide selection of both yachts and powered craft. Fuel and Gas Petrol and diesel are available at fuelling pontoons within Bowness Bay (3⁄4 mile by lake). Butane gas cylinders can be refilled at the Marina Office. slipWay A private slipway is available for the use of marina clients, by arrangement, for which a fee is payable. Vessels larger than 25ft or with a particularly deep draught can be launched at the nearby Ferry Nab Slipway – adjacent to the Lake Warden’s office.

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If you’re keen to try your hand at a spot of lake sailing, prepare for a few surprises. It’s very different to sailing on the sea, where you can have a steady breeze all day; out on the lake, the wind tends to funnel down the valleys, leading to massive gusts and very localised wind conditions. After a while, you get used to them and learn to use them to your advantage. Experienced lake sailors will use the fetch of the lake and wind direction in order to decide on their cruising destination. If the wind is generally from the southwest, then head south for tranquil sailing, while the north end of the lake will have choppy conditions and bigger breezes. Obviously the opposite applies if the wind is in the north. Beyond this, it’s well worth taking note of the fact that the rocks and islands are unlit at night and that if you want to anchor and go to the pub, you’ll need to leave one person aboard. Alternatively, many of the hotels and pubs around the lake have public jetties, which you can tie up alongside.

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Cruising grounds

Talking about cruising grounds on a lake may seem a little bit tricky, but Windermere has plenty of scope for exploration. Sailors seeking peace and tranquility should anchor in Pull Wyke nature reserve. No motoring is allowed within the confines of the reserve, so sailing boats can glide in under sail and drop anchor. Rawlinson Nab, a beautiful peninsula on the peaceful western side of the lake, features good shelter in prevailing southwesterly winds. A good alternative is High Wray Bay, which features a nice beach, ideal for a quick dip if you’re feeling adventurous. If you’re in search of civilisation, head to the northern tip of the lake and trek inland to Ambleside. The town is marginally less hectic than Bowness and features a pleasant range of cafes and restaurants.

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Why We love it

lancashire-based liz and Ken Wilson have kept their lifting keel Jeanneau SO 35 in the marina for six years and previously had a boat on a swinging mooring on the lake. Ken explains: “Windermere is a year round destination that always retains its beauty. every season has its different mood and the scenery here really sets it off.” Plus, the lake location means you don’t have to worry about being tied to the tides, as liz says: “I reckon we have sailed more on Windermere than any time before, because once you got on the boat, you can just go. It’s great!”

Where to shop

Chandlers: Maiden Marine is located just next door at the Ferry Nab and has a full selection of clothes and miscellaneous items to satisfy most mariners. supplies: In addition to the small convenience store at the Marina Village, which can provide you with necessities, there is also a Co-op about 10 minutes’ walk into Bowness on Windermere and Booths, a large supermarket, is situated near the railway station.

Where to eat & drink

Liz and Ken Wilson’s Jeaunneau SO35 Acme Blue.

Bowness on Windermere is a pretty big tourist destination, so there is a huge selection of restaurants in the town. the Bodega bar and tapas in

town is a favourite for its relaxed vibe. Other good alternatives slightly further afield include Zeffirellis on Compston Road in Ambleside, a vibrant pizza place that also has live jazz and world music performances most Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. You can also make a night of it here by going to the attached cinema for the ultimate dinner and a movie. Head straight to the Hole in’t Wall if you are looking for a quiet pint. this is the oldest pub in Bowness and a great place to soak up the lakeland atmosphere.

What to see

the sights and attractions of the lake District need little introduction and there are more rambling opportunities around here than you can shake a walking stick at. the langdales nearby have always been well noted for a spectacular selection of hills and tarns, but in fairness, just step off your boat and start walking. You’ll find yourself somewhere beautiful fairly rapidly. If walking isn’t your thing and you’re bored by sailing, there are numerous other tourist attractions nearby. Beatrix Potter’s house in Far Sawrey is a medium length walk and ferry ride from the Marina Village. the National trust now owns this charming old farmhouse and staff are happy to show you round the house, many parts of which were incorporated into Potter’s books. If you fancy a bit of a change of pace, a trip on one of the many historical steamboats that ply their trade around the lake is worth looking into. A good method is to incorporate a ferry trip with walking a section of the lake.




Chris Chaddock has been attending and organising boat jumbles for over 25 years; here he gives a round-up of recent Boat Jumble Association approved events.


Bargain hunting in the snow YOU have to be a hardy soul to visit a boat jumble in the winter months as the UK’s fickle weather can play havoc with your nautical bargain hunting. February was no exception with snow and some of the lowest temperatures on record challenging the brave stalwarts who ventured out to the events. However the rewards can justify the hassle, as frozen stallholders eager to sell up and go home early often accept lower prices. Luckily the first three boat jumbles of the season were all held indoors at agricultural showgrounds, helping to ensure their ‘all-weather’ status. The Ardingly event at the South of England Showground experienced a 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

good turnout in the cold, whilst the West Midlands Boat Jumble at the Three Counties Showground Malvern reported some good sales despite continuous snow on the day! Finally, the Notts and Lincs Boat Jumble, with 4 inches of snow on the ground and overnight temperatures down to -14°C, attracted a bumper crowd of hardy Midlanders who spent enthusiastically on all things nautical, enjoying over one hundred indoors stands plus the offerings of a few dozen hardy exhibitors outdoors.


Kent Boat Jumble on 11 March is another

Hardy souls braving the elements in search of a nautical bargain.

all weather affair being held indoors at the Kent Showground in Detling near Maidstone. A well-established event, one of the largest on the circuit; well-worth a visit with over 100 exhibitors usually in attendance.. For you hardy northerners the Northern

Boat Jumble on 18 March at Middlewich, Cheshire, is a traditional ‘old-school’ farmer’s field event with a 15 year history of serving up new and used marine bargains to Manchester and Liverpool’s finest boaters. Finally we move further south west to

the Dorset Boat Jumble on 24 March at Canford Park Arena near Poole. This is the only Boat Jumble Association event held in Dorset and, as such, attracts a big crowd of buyers and sellers from Dorset and its surrounding counties; well-worth a day out.

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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:

27. HASLAR MARINA Manager: Ben Lippiett Haslar Road, Gosport, Hampshire. PO12 1NU T: 023 9260 1201 F: 023 9260 2201 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:

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!

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:

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:


29. ROYAL CLARENCE MARINA The Bridgehead, Weevil Lane, Gosport, Hampshire. PO12 1AX T: 023 9252 3523 F: 023 9252 3523 VHF: 80 E: W: 30. PREMIER MARINAS PORT SOLENT South Lockside, Port Solent, Portsmouth, Hampshire. PO6 4TJ T: 023 9221 0765 F: 023 9232 4241 VHF: 80 E: W: 31. PREMIER MARINAS SOUTHSEA Fort Cumberland Road Portsmouth, Hampshire. PO4 9RJ T: 023 9282 2719 F: 023 9282 2220 VHF: 80 E: W:


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


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

40. 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:

42. 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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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:

43. 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’

41. 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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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)

Tel: 07096 692410 SOUTHERLY 105


Very well equipped with the following items NEW IN LAST 12 MONTHS. RADAR, cooker, 30 mts chain, engine (Beta 35 hp, just run in), standing rigging, Mariner 2.5 (for dinghy), electric conversion of vacuum toilet PLUS loads of equipment including chart plotter, heater, cruising chute and snuffer, electric anchor winch, bow thruster, box, autopilot, davits, modified to twin rudders and hydraulic steering on outside and inside wheels, very comfortable cruising yacht, go anywhere, just returned from Scilly Isles, view in Poole or Solent, test sail anytime until late October Good condition. Reasonable offer considered.





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)

Heavy Duty 15ft, 2 years old , used a few times, with aluminium floor.. comes with Trailer, and 30HP Tohatsu short shaft FS30S EFI bought Brand New for £2,872 in August 2010, and have only used for about 10 hours.

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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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For Sale by Tender The company (Premier Marinas Ltd) is acting as bailee under section 12 of the Torts (interference with Goods) Act 1977 in the sale of the following vessels: 8m Macwester Yacht, please quote code BRIT

8m Yacht, please quote ALCH

7m Motor Boat, please quote MERC

10.1m ‘Cigarette’ style Power Boat, please quote code SCAR

6.9m Motor Boat, please quote FROB

5m Raider, please quote ONLY

6.5m Tremlet Power Boat, please quote code BFOR

9.2m Yacht, please quote JIGG

7.5m Yacht, please quote code ARGO

4.6m Tender, please quote code TIC

6.7m Yacht, please quote ROSE

7.8m yacht, please quote JAAD

6.6m Sailing vessel, please quote code MIST

5.79m Maxum, please quote DOUB

7m Regal Power Boat, please quote JEWEL

15.3m Motor boat, please quote code SEREN

6.1m Yacht, please quote JOS

Yamaha Waverunner Jet Ski

5.2m Motor vessel, please quote code FUNG

6.7m Glastron, please quote ANNA

4.1m Galvanised Steel Trailer

7m Harrison Butler, please quote code KELA

8.9m Bavaria Sport, please quote code XMAS

5.5m Yacht, please quote LIND

9.5m Yacht, please quote LULU

Masts – various lengths ranging from 5.5m to 12.3m, both wooden & aluminium

7.5m Yacht, please quote code HENN

14m Wooden Yacht, please quote YLVA

These vessels are currently situated at brighton Marina, brighton, east Sussex. bn2 5UP.

There is a reserve on these vessels and they are sold “as seen”. Premier Marinas Limited or its agents accept no liability for defects seen or unseen.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For further information please contact Graham at Adur Boat Sales on 01273 591705


SO Colvic Watson motor sailer, built 1981 by Hall & Co, 34’6” x 13’ x 4’8”, Ford diesel 120hp engine 1981, Berswarner 2 x 1 gearbox, 1981, 6 berths in 3 cabins, 2 x w.c.lying Shoreham Harbour ............ ............................................................... £46,000

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

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

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Wines from the Alps to Sicily JUDGING from the sparse shelf space Italian wines get in our supermarkets, their attractions are much underrated by UK drinkers. This does not do justice to the genre. There is a whole spectrum of wine styles from within the one country to be enjoyed, worlds away from the old Chianti-in-a-basket souvenir. Italy is a distinctly long and narrow country. As a result, it is blessed with a diverse spread of climate, from the Alps in the north to the sunny ‘heel’ and Sicily in the south, and grapes and wine-making regions to go with it. The result is wide choice of wines to suit every occasion, palate and price. Another consequence is there are 20 official regions and a convoluted range of wine classifications, which might be a tad confusing but are worth sorting out. For help, look out for the Canaletto Autentico Italiano brand. This company offers under the one name wines from six of the most interesting regions Trentino, Veneto, Abruzzo, Sicily, Puglia and Oltrepò Pavese - authentic Italian wines it claims the Italians would drink themselves. The bottles are labelled with the regional names but, better still, there is a very useful map on the back to

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perfumed white. Sicily produces some good wines and Canaletto’s soft and voluptuous Nero d’Avola Merlot di Sicilia is typical of the excellent reds of the Vittoria region in the south of the island. There is also a Canaletto Chianti and a Prosecco to complete the full house. Canalettos are not the cheapest on the shelf, expect to pay just over £7, but they are good, safe and distinctive enough to confidently take to a supper party. It is unlikely you will find all varieties in all supermarkets. I found Pinot Noir and Primitivo in one of my local stores and Pinot Grigio and Chianti in another so you will need to keep your eyes open for them. As you look you will find other Italians which individually or collectively cover the same regions; some at lower prices and very good buys. Previously I have featured the Montepulciano and the Primitivo varieties from the Italia brand

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feature Italian icons like a gondola and the leaning tower of Pisa. They’re all still available in one of my local stores at good-value prices. So follow the regions and enjoy your own tasting voyage of Italian discovery.

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

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