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All At SeA MARCH 2012

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Spotlight on Windermere – check out this month’s Marina Focus on page 36

NEWS IN BRIEF AtlAntic rowers

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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eNtrieS have started coming in for the international paint poole regatta 2012, being held 2-4 June. they include Martin pearson’s ruthless, overall winner in 2010, and Katie Miller’s international paint sponsored Figaro 2. the J24 class, which is holding its national championship as part of the event, is subsidising some entries and giving free entry to an all girl crew plus an under 21 crew. With the irC Southern regional championship creating a lot of interest, organisers are expecting 200+ entries. www.pooleregatta.co.uk

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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

Pictured from left to right, James Brooke and Jon Pridham, MD of Cowes Yacht Haven. Credit: Hamo Thornycroft

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visitors will be a display of some of the finest British built yachts and motor boats, an exclusive preview of teams racing in the 2013 Cowes to Monte-Carlo powerboat race, a parade of fashion, and a range of outdoor leisure activities and accessories for

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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. www.cowesfest.com

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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thANKS to a whole host of money raising efforts and generous donations the £1 million Cowes rNli lifeboat station appeal has now raised around £700,000, of which over £150,000 came from the island. More events are in the pipeline, including a supper and auction with Alan titchmarsh at the royal Yacht Squadron on 27 March. rNli Council member, richard Acland, is entering the london Marathon, raising £4,000 in sponsorship so far.

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