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THOUSANDS PAY TRIBUTE TENS of thousands of people visited Portsmouth last month for the 75th anniversary of D-Day. At an international event on Southsea Common, an audience of veterans, military, senior figures and local residents watched an hour-long performance telling the story of D-Day and the meticulous planning by allied forces that paved the way for the invasion of Normandy. The event featured testimony from veterans, theatrical performances and live music culminating in a flypast of 24 aircraft including the Red Arrows and the iconic Spitfire. Veterans then enjoyed a reception where they met world leaders before the majority were taken to The Royal British Legion’s specially-commissioned ship, the MV Boudicca. The public spectators were

then treated to a display by the Red Arrows. MV Boudicca set sail flanked by Royal Navy ships. Along with the ships in port saluting the veterans as they went past was HMS Queen Elizabeth, the biggest ship in the history of the Royal Navy. On board to wave the veterans off was the Prime Minister, Theresa May, the Defence Secretary, Penny Mordaunt, and the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones. As MV Boudicca made its way out of the harbour the people of Portsmouth paid their respects as a lone Spitfire passed overhead and nine Royal Navy ships from frigates to small patrol craft lined her route into the Channel in gratitude for their voyage 75 years before. First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones said: “It was right here, in the waters

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around the Solent, that the majority of British and Allied assault convoys destined for Gold, Juno and Sword beaches on that fateful day were loaded and assembled. So there is surely no more fitting a venue for all of us to gather, 75 years on, to reflect on the enormity of Operation Neptune, and to give thanks for the incredible bravery, determination and sacrifice of all those who took part in the biggest naval and amphibious operation ever mounted anywhere in history.” In France further commemorative events took place. Trevor Macey-Lillie the Piper Major from 19th Regiment Royal Artillery began the D-Day commemorations on Mulberry harbours in Arromanchesles-Bains, Normandy. He played the ‘Highland Laddie’ at 06:26 BST on 6 June, D-Day veterans seen here on stage at the international event in Portsmouth. All Images: UK Crown Copyright 2019

to commemorate the first soldiers that landed on Gold Beach at exactly that time in 1944. In addition 150 troops from 16 Air Assault Brigade jumped from an RAF Hercules aircraft. Amongst those jumping with the Red Devils parachute display team were 94-year-old Jock Hutton and 95-year-old Harry Read. In total more than 4,000 personnel were involved in the UK and France in one of the biggest mobilisations of the UK Armed Forces in recent years.

NEWS SNAPS BIG BRAND BACK

Henri Lloyd is back a year after it went into administration. The brand and valuable assets were acquired last June by a group of investors led by Hans Eckerström and CEO Magnus Liljeblad. The company has launched a new logo and a clothing collection - Fremantle – both aimed at symbolising a return to the brand’s heritage, whilst also representing a fresh start. Hans says the Henri Lloyd name will be positioned as being ‘highly exclusive’ with products only available in a select number of retail stores.

BREXIT CHALLENGE

Trevor Macey-Lillie played the Highland Laddie to commemorate the first soldiers that landed on Gold Beach in 1944

ClientEarth and the Marine Conservation Society have launched a High Court challenge to the UK government’s Brexit laws, over sweeping new powers that may weaken protection for seas and wildlife in the UK. If the change was allowed to happen, the groups argue, it would be a total breach of the UK government’s promises of a ‘green Brexit’ and repeated assurances that only technical changes would be made to modify our laws under the Act.

DISCOVERY NAMED

Her Majesty The Queen and other dignitaries paying tribute to Normandy veterans at the international event on Southsea Common On board HMS Queen Elizabeth to wave the veterans off were the Prime Minister, the Defence Secretary and the First Sea Lord

The MV Boudicca sets sail flanked by Royal Navy ships

Saga tells us the Duchess of Cornwall is the Godmother of its newly built boutique cruise ship, Spirit of Discovery. The naming ceremony took place in Dover in early July. She is the first cruise ship to be named at the Port of Dover for over a decade, and the first to be docked at Dover Western Docks following the £250m redevelopment of the area.

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DID YOU KNOW? The early May Day bank holiday will be moved next year to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day. VE Day - or Victory in Europe Day - is marked on 8 May and commemorates the Allies accepting the surrender of Nazi Germany in the Second World War. The May Day bank holiday, traditionally held on a Monday, will be on Friday 8 May and form part of a three-day weekend of commemorative events. The May Day bank holiday has only ever been moved once before, when it was moved from 1 May to 8 May in 1995 to mark the 50th anniversary of VE Day. Sir Andrew Gregory, chief executive of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, said: “It is our hope that the nation takes a moment to reflect on the significance of this date, as a milestone that changed the course of history for the whole world.”

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ALL ABOARD By Jane Hyde WE are a little obsessed with the weather in this country and while sometimes it is just a conversation filler, in recent weeks we have been fully justified in our extensive discussions. I imagine the rain has impacted on a planned regatta, show or day out on the water for all of us in recent times. June is traditionally one of the driest months of the year, but not so in 2019. At the Round the Island Race, though, rain was the last thing on people’s minds as it was a glorious day. A lack of wind was more of an issue, and it was never going to be a record-breaking day, but that did not stop the more than 1,200 boats and crew enjoying their day to the fullest. And what a view for the spectators – the sight of all those craft on the water never fails to impress. Congratulations to Eeyore and her crew on their well-deserved win, especially after a couple of second places. I am sure they will be back next year too to defend their title. Fortunately, as the photos on page 3 show, wet weather also stayed away for the D-Day 75th anniversary celebrations in Portsmouth. With the combination of veterans, military, spectators, world leaders, royalty and, of course, the many ships and boats on the waters around Portsmouth the incredible tribute paid to the Normandy veterans was a huge success. There are many forgotten stories from the War and, staying on the South Coast, David Henshall has uncovered one about the scrapping of war ships in a surprising location

which still, from time to time, turns up artefacts from that period. Turn to page 25 to find out more. Next month is the world famous Cowes Week. This fantastic event attracts sailors of all abilities, many returning year after year – like Giles Peckham, the subject of this month’s Boating People Q&A. Giles certainly knows a things or two about Cowes Week having attended many times and crowned overall winner last year. Check out his top tips on page 27. If you are planning to be one of the thousands of sailors and visitors attending the regatta have a wonderful time – and hopefully the sun will shine! Turn to page 28 for All at Sea’s special preview guide. What is your boat called, or what would you love to name your boat? Some people have a lot of fun when it comes to names. Some are named after loved ones and others are sentimental. Whatever the name, we all like to think we have been original and that we will not come across the same idea, but the reality is there probably is another boat with that name. So, it was interesting to see The Boat Owners Association of The United States’ list of most popular names. There is the relatively normal Pearl and Pegasus, but what about More Cowbell or Squid Pro Quo? I like that last one, and the ever popular Aquaholic. Send your favourites (does not have to be your boat’s actual name) to us: editor@allatsea.co.uk. We will print the best ones. Jane Hyde • Editor

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EEYORE TAKES THE BOWL Images: Paul Wyeth

FROM PAGE 1… The forecast was for scorching sun and no more than 15kts of wind, which was unlikely to ever create record breaking conditions for the 1,253 entries in this year’s Round the Island Race. After 13 hours, 36 minutes and 31 seconds it was local boat Eeyore, an Alacrity 18 Bilge Keel from Cowes, that laid claim to the prestigious Gold Roman Bowl, winning this year’s race after a long tactical day on the water. With a crew of just three, skipper Jo Richards and his friends David Rickard and Duncan De Boltz, the 18ft craft was the smallest boat in the race. The day offered challenging sailing conditions for the crew of Eeyore, and the rest of the fleet, who contended with fluctuating wind speeds from every direction, with only 257 boats completing the race before the 10.30pm deadline. After competing in the Round the Island Race more times than he can remember and with two seconds already under his belt, Jo Richards said of his win: “We have been second a couple of times over the years, but reality is there are some very good sailors out there and very good boats; you have got to be lucky and get the breaks. Unless you have done the preparation and put yourself in a position to get the breaks it does not happen, but you do still have to be lucky.” The weather allowed for the first spinnaker start to the Round the Island Race in just under 10 years, and Michael Kitchen, actor, television producer and competitor, was the official race starter. Known particularly for his role as Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle in the ITV drama series Foyle’s War he said: “I could not feel more honoured with the invitation of the official starter of this iconic race. It is a huge privilege. I have competed at the event many times and we always have a cracking time.” The first finisher (with a time of 7 hours, 33 minutes and 36 seconds) was 100ft multihull Actual Leader, the grand prix racing maxi trimaran sailed by French professional skipper Yves Le Blevec and his seasoned team, which led for much of the race. Meanwhile the largest monohull, Jethou, took the line honours in its class. A delighted Yves Le Blevec said: “This is now my fourth time competing here

L-R: Duncan de Boltz, Crew; Jo Richards, Skipper; Brian Thompson, Record-breaking British Sailor

but in this boat it was tricky. We stayed in the same place for two or three hours off Ventnor in no wind, which was frustrating. Actual is designed as a round the world boat not for the Round the Island Race. It is very difficult to manage tacking or gybing so often, so we are pleased to have done so well today.” Commodore of the Island Sailing Club, David Atkinson said: “It has been a difficult day, we started in such great conditions in the morning with the wind doing exactly what we thought it would, but as the day progressed the wind became increasingly unpredictable. One example was at St Catherine’s Point where one side there was 15knts of breeze, but just around the corner, half a mile away only 5 - 6knts of breeze from a totally different direction.” Harry Heasman of Raymarine added: “The weather often varies throughout the day with conditions that change having to battle against varying currents makes it exciting and unique as an event, and is one of the big draws for people coming back year on year.” Commodore of the Island Sailing Club, Dave Atkinson summed up the race weekend saying: “It has been another great year for our iconic race and it has once again proven to truly be a Race for All, with young and old competing alongside world class, professional sailors. It was wonderful to witness the spectacular spinnaker start which is so rare.”

“It was wonderful to witness the spectacular spinnaker start which is so rare.”

For those already adding next year’s date to their diaries Dave said: “The IOW Festival Organisers announced the dates for 2020 which clash with the published date for the 2020 Round the Island Race of 13 June. We feel that the quality of the race could be impacted by trying to run the two events at the same time, so we have decided to rethink next year’s date. “Given the tidal constraints within which the race must be run, the options available are limited but we feel the best date is 30 May 2020 with an early start. We have announced this as soon as possible to give people a chance to plan and are looking forward to welcoming everyone to another great event.”

LINE HONOUR PRIZES n Observer Trophy (1st monohull): Jethou, GBR74R, Sir Peter Ogden n Conrad Ritblat Trophy (1st IRC Class): Jethou, GBR74R, Sir Peter Ogden n Helly Hansen Trophy (1st ISCRS Class): Panther, GBR6690R, James Stableford n Freedom Challenge Bowl (1st multihull): Actual Leader, 53, Yves Le Blevec

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NEWS SNAPS RACES CONFIRMED

The Royal Western Yacht Club, the organising authority of the OSTAR and TWOSTAR, has confirmed that it will again run the transatlantic races in 2020 as it has done every four years since the first race in 1960. The races, from Plymouth to Newport Rhode Island, will continue to be supported by Plymouth City Council as part of the Mayflower 400 celebrations. In 2020 the club will be celebrating 60 years of the OSTAR in which the RWYC introduced and then developed the sport of ShortHanded Oceanic Racing. www.rwyc.org

VOLUNTEER SKIPPERS Turn to Starboard is looking for volunteer skippers to help deliver their sailing schedule. They use two yachts (Bavaria 32 and Swan 43) to sail Armed Forces personnel affected by military operations from their base at Falmouth Marina in Cornwall. Ideal candidates are calm, patient and understanding and must be experienced and RYAcertified Yachtmasters. For more information contact Helen or Paul on 01326 314262 or email helen@ turntostarboard.co.uk. Read more about Turn to Starboard on page 35.

MAJOR MARINA MERGER DEAN & Reddyhoff and Quay Marinas are merging their businesses with the deal expected to complete in the autumn, at which time they will operate under one brand. There is also a £10 million investment programme planned over the next five years. The resulting business will operate the second largest number of coastal marinas with the widest network around the UK coast giving visitors and berth holders access to popular destinations including Cowes, Hamble and Portsmouth Harbour, the Bristol Channel and the Clyde. The new business will also operate boat yards, boat

repair and maintenance and boat sales. Michael Prideaux, managing director of Dean & Reddyhoff, said: “Our customers at all our marinas know what they are getting – a friendly, warm, professional experience and a great atmosphere. By merging with Quay Marinas, we will be bringing together the strengths of both companies and our joint ambition is to make our marinas the destination of choice for all types of boaters in the UK, across the whole of the UK.” Read more about the merger in this month’s Changing Face of Marinas on page 51.

DOUBLE LAUNCH SET FOR CANNES

THIS year’s Cannes Yachting Festival will be the first to see Fairline launch multiple boats to the global market, starting with the Squadron 68. The Squadron 68 adds another dimension to Fairline’s established Squadron range, designed in line with the brand’s ethos that nothing should get in the way of the perfect getaway.

The second yacht to be launched at Cannes is Fairline’s express cruiser, the F// Line 33, which draws on Fairline’s heritage of producing fun and exciting day boats. Once again designed by 2018’s World Yacht Trophies Yacht Designer of the Year winner, Alberto Mancini, the entry-level model is made for summer time entertaining. www.fairline.com

EXTREME SERIES ENDS

THE Royal Malta Yacht Club has withdrawn the Malta Altus Challenge from the 36th America’s Cup, followed by the news that DutchSail, the late challenger from the Netherlands, has also withdrawn. Despite receiving strong backing from the local marine industry and interest from a number of commercial entities DutchSail decided the clock had wound down for them to launch an effective challenge in 2021. Speaking about Malta Altus Challenge’s decision Grant Dalton, Team New Zealand boss, said: “This is a disappointing outcome. The Malta Altus Challenge had a strong foundation with some highly experienced and reputable America’s Cup personnel linked to the team. “So, for them to pull out is not just a shame for the event but also for those people that have worked so hard trying to get this challenge to the start line. We hope they will continue to build on their foundation over the next 18 months with a view to the future and challenging for the 37th America’s Cup.” Laurent Esquier, CEO of the Challenger of Record, said: “We are wanting the Prada Cup to include as many teams as possible.” “While we have done all we can to support the Malta Altus Challenge, they have not been able to bring together all the layers of complexity that are needed to continue with an America’s Cup challenge. “We are still guaranteed to have an exciting and highly competitive Prada Cup to select the final challenger to race against Emirates Team New

Zealand in the Match.” In more positive news, the other late challenger from the Long Beach Yacht Club, Stars + Stripes Team USA, has confirmed its commitment. The Long Beach Yacht Club commodore, Camille Daniels, said: “Long Beach Yacht Club is committed to making the start line at the first America’s Cup World Series Event in Cagliari, Italy. Our membership is excited and we are all working hard to achieve our goal of bringing the America’s Cup to Long Beach”. As part of their commitment Stars + Stripes Team USA will have to complete the entry fee payment process before they will be eligible to race. They have already paid their initial payment, but as a late entry challenger under the Protocol they also have a liability to pay a $1million late entry fee due in instalments by 1 October 2019.

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Could your holiday photo become a brochure cover? Nautilus Yachting want to hear from you if you have got a keen eye for photography. Send them your recent sailing holiday photos to be in with a chance of winning the competition and £500. If the photo contains people then they must have given their permission for the photo to be submitted. Closing date for entries is 26 July 2019. Send your entries to laura@ nautilusyachting.com. Read more holiday news on page 31.

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SOUND RESCUE

Image: RNLI A yacht navigating through the Cuan Sound in Scotland was assisted by Oban RNLI Lifeboat after it ran aground with two people on board. The yacht was too far aground to safely tow off the rocks and so it was decided to wait until the tide rose enough to float it off. After checking on the condition of the two people on board and that the yacht was not damaged, the lifeboat stood by until the yacht floated. Once afloat the yacht was checked over again for damage and after it was determined there was none, Oban Lifeboat escorted the yacht through the Cuan Sound where they continued on their way to Craobh Haven. rnli.org

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AFTER months of speculation, OC Sport, the Extreme Sailing Series organiser and rights holder, has confirmed all operations for the global circuit have ceased. Established in 2007, its stadium racing format paved the way for many professional sailing events that followed. Hervé Favre, CEO at OC Sport, said: “Regrettably, it is no longer financially viable for OC Sport to continue running the Series and so we have spent many

months exploring the option of a management-buy-out. Sailing continues to be a key sport for OC Sport, but it was time for our strategy to change and we are now focused on the offshore side of the sport. We will continue to manage our established offshore events including the annual La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro, La Transat AG2R La Mondiale and the four-yearly Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe and The Transat.”

After Sealine’s debut of an outboardpowered boat, the S330v, last year it has followed it up with the Sealine C330v. “The new Sealine C330v combines the award-winning qualities of the inboard version with the advantages of outboard propulsion,” said product manager Andrea Zambonini. “While the sporty outboard motors are ideally suited for shallow bays due to their low draught, they also promise maximum driving pleasure with their sporty direct steering.” The new Sealine will have its world premiere at the Cannes Yachting Festival from 10 - 15 September.


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NEWS SNAPS FESTIVAL OF SPEED

Goodwood Festival of Speed, 4 – 7 July, is the largest outdoor show in the UK, with more than 200,000 attendees. It takes place on the estate of the Duke of Richmond, north of Chichester and has always been very well known for its motoring, and more recently, aeronautical sections. This year it has added a select boating section, with companies covering a wide range of boating activities. www.goodwood.com/motorsport/ festival-of-speed

TRUST PREMIERES BOAT THE Wheelyboat Trust used Seawork, Europe’s largest commercial marine and workboat exhibition, for the premiere of its latest design of wheelchair-accessible Wheelyboat, the Coulam Wheelyboat V17. Developed in conjunction with Coulam Ltd, the V17 will be the Trust’s most versatile Wheelyboat to date suitable for pleasure boating on canals to powerboating on inshore waters. The V17 is 5.3m long and is the only GRP bow loading boat of this size. The bow door lowers to form a ramp for roll-on, roll-off boarding into an open and level cockpit that seats eight people on inland waters and six on inshore waters. Like all Wheelyboats it can be

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NEW ROYAL PATRON

The Trustees of the Wetwheels Foundation, the charity providing the opportunity for disabled people to access the sea, has announced that the Princess Royal has agreed to become Patron of the Wetwheels Foundation. Geoff Holt, founder of Wetwheels, said: “The Princess is a keen sailor herself and she truly understands the benefits to be gained for everyone from being afloat on the water, including for those people with disabilities.” Meanwhile, co-founders of TheYachtMarket. com, Richard W. Roberts and Simon White, have raised more than £700 for Wetwheels by abseiling down 100m of the Emirates Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth. TheYachtMarket.com has been supporting Wetwheels for two years and to date has raised £1,695 for the charity. www.justgiving. com/fundraising/Simon-N-White. www.wetwheelsfoundation.org Read more about sailability boats on page 36.

driven from a wheelchair and is available in remote or tiller steered versions. The self-draining cockpit is accessible throughout enabling disabled people to skipper and crew the V17 independently. The first V17 will be going to Wareham Boat Hire where it will provide disabled people with pleasure boating trips in Poole Harbour, powerboating, powerboat training and RYA Powerability. A tiller version has also been sold to a fishery in Ireland to benefit disabled anglers, while fundraising for a project on the Thames for a Sea Scout troop has been successfully concluded and their V17 is on order. www.wheelyboats.org

NEW DOUBLE RIPSTOP WINNING YACHT GOES OVERBOARD SAILCLOTH RANGE MY Song, a luxury prize-winning superyacht owned by an Italian billionaire Pier Luigi Loro Piana, was lost into the Mediterranean after slipping from a cargo ship. The 130ft Baltic 130 custom sailing yacht was being transported between Mallorca and Genoa when the incident occurred. The yacht had been due to compete as a returning winner in the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, held in Sardinia. My Song held several awards and titles, including Best Yacht at the World Superyacht Awards, and also set a speed record during last year’s RORC Transatlantic Race. David Holley, chief executive of Peters & May, the logistics company

in charge of transporting the yacht, confirmed the yacht’s cradle ‘collapsed’ causing the loss of the boat overboard. The cradle was owned and provided by the yacht and assembled by its own crew. The yacht was pictured halfsubmerged in the sea, but following a lengthy salvage operation was taken to Palma. Two large buoys attached to either side of her bow were helping keep its massive deck just above water, and when it was lifted out of the water, a number of large holes in the hull revealed the extent of the damage. While the yacht’s future is decided, an investigation is under way to determine how the incident happened.

BAINBRIDGE has announced its latest range of woven sailcloth, which maximises the advantages of a double ripstop in an all polyester construction. HSX-P has been developed to expand the Bainbridge HSX range. From the outset the brief to the R&D team was to develop a sailcloth which offers a significant step-up from plain weave HSX, combined with the functional performance advantages of HSX-V. Now HSX-P brings the proven advantages of a double ripstop woven polyester sailcloth to the cruising/ cruise race sailor. Bainbridge tells us sailors will benefit from a visually clear strength and performance advantage over traditional plain weave products. www.bainbridgeint.com

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AFTER years of speculation, 24 months of development, 12 weeks in build and numerous hours of sea trials, Sunseeker has unveiled its new high-performance day boat – the Hawk 38. Returning to its performance roots and drawing on the company’s racing heritage, Sunseeker’s latest model delivers a top speed of up to 70mph with a safe, comfortable but dynamic ride. Sunseeker CEO, Christian Marti, said: “The Sunseeker in-house design and engineering teams have excelled at delivering a remarkable boat, something truly daring. Every detail has been designed with performance in mind; from the purpose made triple-stepped hull with its incredible pedigree to the elevated level of advanced technology on board, this new model bristles with innovation. The Hawk 38 delivers ultimate day-boat appeal, its searing performance and extraordinary ride will ensure it is always first to the best anchorage or beach restaurant.”


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RECORD RESULTS

PRINCESS Yachts Ltd has announced record financial results, plus new records for yacht sales and employment at its Plymouth headquarters. The results make 2018 the British manufacturer’s most successful year in its 54 year history. Financial results for the 12 months to 31 December 2018 show a turnover of £340.3m (up £65.9m) and record operating profit before exceptionals of £29.8m (up £10.9m). In 2018 Princess also hit a record high for employment of 3,200. Recruitment has taken place across the business from engineering to exterior design, manufacturing to management, making Princess one of the UK’s largest specialist manufacturers. Princess also increased investment in its successful apprenticeship programme with 40 new apprentices brought into the business. They now make up 4 per cent of the

workforce with a 100 per cent retention rate following qualification. Antony Sheriff, executive chairman, said: “I am really proud of what the Princess team has achieved in 2018. Their focus and dedication enabled Princess to build on the previous two years of solid financial figures and beat 2017’s record results. The team launched six stunning new luxury yachts while growing revenues to over one-third of a billion pounds.” “These strong financial figures will enable us to build upon our unique, highly integrated infrastructure in Plymouth and invest even more in advanced technologies, new yachts and quality levels across design and production. We continue to forge ahead in our vision to be not just the highest quality, most innovative and successful luxury yacht manufacturer in the world, but also a great British employer.”

NEWS SNAPS BOATY DISCOVERY

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BOAT CAUGHT IN A ROCKY SITUATION DRAMATIC footage caught by the RNLI shows a 25ft yacht with two people on board stuck on rocks off the Anglesey coast. On arrival at the scene, it became clear to the lifeboat crew that the vessel could not be moved due to the low tide. The crew launched the lifeboat’s Y-boat to check the condition of the vessel and brought the yacht’s crew of two on board the lifeboat and returned them to safety at Holyhead. After consulting with Holyhead Coastguard, the lifeboat crew reassembled, along with the yacht’s owner, and launched the station’s inshore and all-weather lifeboats. The inshore lifeboat was then able to manoeuvre the yacht into a safe position, and the crew waited for the vessel to rise with the flooding tide, before being moved into deeper water for a tow to be established by the all-weather lifeboat. The yacht was then towed

back to Holyhead Harbour. Holyhead RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager David Owens said: “This incident shows how, even in calm weather, the tides can render even an experienced sailor helpless. Thankfully he had means of calling for help and did the right thing in doing so.” Watch the video of the rescue at the All at Sea Facebook page. www. facebook.com/allatseanewspaper YOUR THOUGHTS: It is another photo of a boat and crew caught out by the tides. Has it ever happened to you? Or do you simply not understand how it could happen? We would love to know what you think. As always, send your thoughts to editor@allatsea.co.uk or post your comments at the All at Sea Facebook page: www.facebook. com/allatseanewspaper.

According to UK scientists submarine Boaty McBoatface has made its first significant discovery having built a 3D map of deep ocean waters as they move away from Antarctica. Researchers previously had limited data to show these currents were warming, but investigations now confirm that turbulence is causing warm water at mid-depths to mix down and raise the temperature of the colder, denser water running along the ocean floor.

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Milda Chellingsworth, founder of Styling For You, has launched a concept called Sail in Style for the summer season on the sea. Milda has prepared an experience to connect people with leading designer brands to help them look the part. www. stylingforyou.co. See this month’s Shorestyle highlights on page 23.

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NEWS SNAPS 80 SECONDS AGAIN

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and Dee Caffari discuss the developments in yacht design during Sir Robin’s sailing career in the latest episode of ‘80 Seconds with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’. Also, for those who thought Sir Robin might have done everything on the water, what challenge is still to be ticked off his sailing wish list? You can watch the video series on the MS Amlin Yacht YouTube Channel. youtube.com/c/msamlinyacht

NAVILY GUIDE

Navily, the cruising guide for boaters looking for the perfect anchorage, is relaunching its mobile application with new features. The application has undergone a design overhaul and has updated features that include a new booking system with direct messaging system to marinas. Navily has also announced that it is scrapping its booking fees and is introducing a premium service in the coming months. www.navily.com

ZONES CREATED

The Marine Conservation Society has welcomed the government announcement about the creation of 41 Marine Conservation Zones, but warns that proper investment in their management and monitoring must be made if they are to benefit both people and wildlife. The new MCZs include inshore and offshore areas and will protect a range of marine wildlife and habitats.

COWES WEEK WELCOMES INTERNATIONAL SAILORS COWES Week Ltd is updating its InterClub Team Trophy with changes to the entry criteria designed to make it a more all-round competition across the 800 boat fleet and to encourage more international entries. For 2019 the new Solent Team Trophy will be awarded to the top team of three boats, at least one of which must come from the Black Group and at least one from the White Group. Challenges will be accepted from teams in the name of individual yacht clubs where all three are from the same club or from countries sailing under the national flags where a country has three boats in attendance, even if they are not from the same club. In time it is hoped that this might become an international competition between countries as much as it is between yacht clubs. A new trophy is being designed for the Solent Team Trophy and will be awarded at the Cowes Week prize giving on the evening of 16 August before the fireworks round out the week. Laurence Mead, regatta director, said: “I am really pleased that we are bringing back a distinctly international element to the regatta. Cowes Week was home to one of the world’s major international team trophies and it was always a huge highlight for me to watch the scoreboard being updated each evening. “This friendly competition between clubs and nations will, I hope, go some way to bringing back those days and we

Image: 2018 winners of the Team Trophy included Gladiator (Tony Langley) from the Royal Thames Yacht Club. Image: Paul Wyeth

look forward to building the competition so that it becomes a respected and desired trophy to win for yacht clubs and countries worldwide.” Entries for the new Solent Team Trophy can be made in the normal way via the regatta website. In further Cowes Week news, they have partnered with the Caribbean’s Antigua Sailing Week to further support young sailors. The Under 25 Youth initiative, which has been running since 2012, has succeeded in doing what it was originally designed for - inspiring and making it possible for young people to race at Cowes Week. The first 25 crews to enter, who are all under 25 at the time of the regatta, receive a 50 per cent discount on the entry fee.

Now CWL has partnered with Antigua Sailing Week, who are supporting the youth agenda by taking naming rights to Youth Day, which takes place on 14 August. This is an opportunity to really put the spotlight on young sailors, offering encouragement and highlighting their successes. The day will culminate in a Caribbean party for all registered competitors under 25. The Under 25 Trophy will be presented by Antigua Sailing Week at the Friday prize giving with a prize up for grabs for the skipper of the winning crew - a chance for them and a guest to race in Antigua Sailing Week 2020. CWL is also continuing to work towards making the event more

sustainable. This year, CWL has taken the decision not to give competitors bow stickers or decals for their boats. As they are a useful branding tool, however, virtual bowstickers will be applied to a range of images, post-production. CWL will also not be issuing competitor wristbands, which in the past have not been recyclable. Instead all competitors will be able to use a code in the event App in order to access a range of competitor-specific benefits including offers and discounts. CWL is once again encouraging local shops and cafés to offer free water refills to anyone with a re-usable drinks bottle. www.cowesweek.co.uk Read All at Sea’s Cowes Week preview on page 28.

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DEE’S DRAMATIC RESCUE AS a committed advocate for safety at sea, record-breaking yachtswoman Dee Caffari MBE has revealed details of her own shocking first-hand experience of falling overboard during a recent offshore race, with the hope that her story will highlight the lessons learned for the benefit of other sailors. Dee, who has sailed around the world six times and is the first woman to have sailed single-handed and non-stop around the world in both directions, was competing in the SoCal 300 ocean race from Santa Barbara to San Diego when the unimaginable happened and she found herself viewing the boat from the water. In her blog Dee explained: “I was easing the spinnaker as smoothly as possible to avoid an override and to help the helm gain control and ensure they could bear away again. “As the boat continued to heel, I remember not having anywhere to place my foot to leeward to brace myself. It was then that I felt myself falling. “I assumed I would land on the leeward side deck with my back against the lifelines. Instead I had cleared the lifelines and the next thing I knew I was viewing the boat and all the action from about 20 feet away in the water.

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“I wanted to shout out to let them know where I was and that I was okay, but I was being pulled through the water by the spinnaker sheet that I was still holding on to. I decided to try and kick for the aft quarter of the yacht. At the same time I was flailing my legs around to try and move in the water, the crew on board were dropping the spinnaker and driving the boat head to wind to slow down. This action facilitated my movement towards the back of the boat. Here, I was able to grab the aft stanchion of the pushpit and I saw a familiar face of one of the crew. “Once the spinnaker was secured down the forward hatch, the crew came aft and recovered me from the

water. I could sense the relief from those around me and this heightened my embarrassment.” In a bid to raise awareness about the best safety equipment and procedures, Dee has admitted the fault is entirely her own for not clipping on with her tether. Dee has also emphasised the importance of wearing a man overboard device, such as the Ocean Signal rescueME MOB1, to quickly alert the boat’s crew and other vessels in the vicinity to the location of the casualty. Read the full story of Dee’s dramatic ocean encounter at allatsea.co.uk/news. Read this month’s MOB expert’s column on page 39.

INVICTUS DEBUT The latest arrival in the Invictus Yacht family is the CX270. This craft, with two 220hp outboard engines, will make its world debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September.

NEWS SNAPS CRICK BOAT SHOW

More than 27,000 people visited the 20th Crick Boat Show, which took place at Crick Marina in Northamptonshire, and the sunshine on the Saturday brought in the highest ever single day attendance with just over 10,000 people visiting. Matthew Symonds, national boating manager for the Canal & River Trust, said: “Every year Crick Boat Show, now the UK’s biggest inland waterways festival, celebrates our fantastic network of canals and rivers. It is the perfect event to find everything you need to know about inland boating, with something for boaters old and new.” Next year’s show dates will be 22 - 25 May.

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SOUTHAMPTON International Boat Show, powered by Borrow A Boat, Britain’s biggest festival of boating, will return from 13 - 22 September and will attracting sailors of all ages from St Catherine’s spotlight the accessibility, flexibility and inclusivity Sailing Club and St Helier Yacht Club as well as the of boating. home port of Gorey. A large selection of beautifully designed boats With social events that include a beach barbecue and products from more than 600 global marine and prize-giving buffet, the regatta provides the brands, live music and interactive attractions will island’s sailing community with an opportunity provide visitors with the perfect opportunity to to combine shorebased fun with hard-fought discover their passion for the water. There will be an competition on the water, a combination that ensures array of on-the-water experiences from Stand Up the event’s continued popularity after 162 years. Paddleboarding to sailing experiences aboard a 72ft www.goreyregatta.org round-the-world Ocean Race Yacht. This year’s attractions will include Try-A-Boat, the opportunity to take to the water for free in a high-speed RIB or float across the Solent under sail. Show visitors can also visit Get Afloat to try something new or sharpen up existing watersports Image: Facanv/Shutterstock skills for free. Building on environmental initiatives that were launched last year including a long-term pledge to move away from single use plastics, to serve only sustainable fish and continue to recycle waste wherever possible, show organisers are introducing a number of additional commitments for 2019’s event. Features include a beach clean-up operation open to members of the public in the build-up to the show to help protect and support the iconic coastal habitat and wildlife. southamptonboatshow.com

The RYA’s 112,000 plus members can again obtain a complimentary ticket to the Southampton International Boat Show. Members can also purchase up to five additional tickets at the discounted rate of £13.50 (plus transaction fee). “Last year nearly 9,000 members took advantage of the complimentary ticket offer and all the show had to offer,” said RYA membership development manager, Conor Swift. Visitors can also drop by the RYA stand at the show for all the latest advice and information and pick up the latest RYA publications, find out about training courses, as well as enjoy launches, events and celebrations. www.rya.org.uk/go/SIBStickets

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POOLE PULLS BIG NUMBERS SOLENT SCHOOL

FLOTILLA and beach club holiday specialist Seafarer has announced the opening of its new Solent based sailing school, operating from Shamrock Quay marina in Southampton. This latest school joins their RYA recognised training centres already operating in Sibenik in Croatia and in Lefkas, Greece. A comprehensive range of RYA yacht courses from beginner to Yachtmaster are on offer, whilst an additional initiative relates to refresher and pre-flotilla courses aimed at clients planning a flotilla or charter holiday who would like to update their skills. Managing director and school principal Chris Lorenzo said: “Many of our clients sail perhaps only once a year on holiday, so our UK Sailing school

offers weekend refresher courses, specifically designed for those planning a Mediterranean sailing holiday. There is emphasis on skills such as anchoring and ‘stern-to’ mooring, which many British sailors are not used to.” Experienced sailors who do not have a qualification can formalise their experience with an ICC test, which can easily be done over a weekend, ensuring that they comply with regulations relating to skipper qualifications when chartering abroad. In the opposite direction, those who have qualified in non-tidal waters have the opportunity to do a two-day tidal conversion course. Weekend courses start at £249, whilst five-day RYA courses start from £499. seafarersailing.co.uk

SUZUKI’S DISPLAY internet connection. On top of that, this screen gives drivers access to all Suzuki engine data, so they can easily and quickly see the performance of the outboard(s) in one clear view. In addition, there are various options to enable digital switching to control things like navigation lights as well as full connectivity with other systems. It comes in a variety of sizes (7, 9, 12 and 16-inch screens) as well as a number of mounting options, to suit any boat and console configuration. www.marine.suzuki.co.uk Read more power news on page 19.

Poole Harbour Commissioners CEO Jim Stewart said: “This has been a hugely successful boat show. We have had lots of additional features this year which have proven to be very popular. We really feel that our mission to ‘get people on the water’ has been a success and attracted visitors to the show.” The next Poole Harbour Boat Show will take place on 12 – 14 June 2020. www.pooleharbourboatshow.co.uk

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THE fifth Poole Harbour Boat Show, in association with Sunseeker, welcomed a record number of visitors from across the south and beyond. The show had something for everyone, with more than 100 boats on the water, including tall ships, celebrity style yachts and motor cruisers. There were many ‘firsts’ for the show such as the Poole Bay 100 Power Boat Racing which saw over 33 powerboats in the marina, preparing to race out at sea at speeds up to 120mph. The show’s ambitious eco plans caused a stir with many new eco initiatives introduced, which were welcomed by the public. These included efforts to eliminate use of single-use plastics wherever possible, top tips provided by the organisers encouraging exhibitors to be ecofriendly, urging visitors to bring refillable water bottles and the provision of refill stations.

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NEWS SNAPS FRENCH MOORINGS

A series of 10 guides to moorings on the French inland waterways has been launched by the European Inland Waterways Section of the Cruising Association. Details are provided on all the marinas, haltes and other mooring points (even picnic stops) along the waterways, together with information on facilities, shopping and nearby attractions. www.theca.org.uk

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SUN PRINCESS ARRIVES

The Port of Southampton welcomed the Sun Princess cruise ship on her maiden call. A traditional plaque and key ceremony took place on board the ship to mark her first call to Europe’s leading cruise turn around port. The plaque and key ceremony is a tradition for all vessels on their maiden call to the port. It has its roots in the medieval history of Southampton, when visiting ships bringing business to the city were given the keys to the city walls. This is where the term ‘plaque and key’ originated from during the 1300s.

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We are delighted to announce the winners of the three competitions featured in the May issue of All at Sea. Michelle Glendinning has won a half day’s yacht valeting courtesy of Hamble Point Yacht Charters, while a Magma Marine Kettle grill is making its way to Denis Howell thanks to Sea Sure. Lastly, congratulations to Rob Hutchinson who is the lucky recipient of an AquaMarine 6K Crew Jacket.

BOAT FIRE RESCUE

Two men were safely rescued after their vessel caught fire off the coast of Selsey Bill. The two people on board, who were wearing lifejackets, had abandoned their ship to a small dinghy which was quickly spotted by the RNLI lifeboat. They were both airlifted to Southampton general hospital for treatment, and the vessel was later reported to have sunk. Watch the video at the All at Sea Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ allatseanewspaper

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Spinlock has purchased Cowes police station, almost doubling the size of the company’s base on the Isle of Wight. The police station, which has lain empty for the past three years since being put up for sale, is opposite Spinlock’s current head office, which has been home to Spinlock for more than 50 years. The new office will be used to house Spinlock’s design team, R&D Test Lab and sales and marketing division, as well as provide more space for training and hosting customers.

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A MODERN CLASSIC WITH temperatures climbing, it is time to get out the varnish brush and make your pride and joy gleam. But the question is, what to use amongst all the options and modern synthetic paints. Sometimes the old recipes are the best, and Mark Rolt of Bristol Classic Boat Yard knows a classic varnish for modern times. Le Tonkinois is a natural oil-based varnish using a Chinese formula dating back two or three centuries. It brings out the natural beauty of the timber, does not crack or flake off and is permanent. The big bonus is that brush marks will all disappear. “It lays off beautifully and you can back out without tearing, and it settles really nicely. It is a lovely gloss, and organic too. We use it on all spars and all bright work, inside and out – anywhere that needs varnish,” said Mark. www.traditionalboatsupplies.com/paint

ENGAGING RYA WITH MEMBERS THE Otam 85 GTS will see its official debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival. “The genesis of the 85 GTS goes back to the 2017 edition of the Cannes Yachting Festival,” said Matteo Belardinelli, sales and communication manager for OTAM. “We were presenting the OTAM 80,

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HRSC CENTENARY PARADE OF SAIL THE Hamble River Sailing Club is aiming to attract 100 boats to take part in its centenary sail past on 6 August, to mark the day the club was founded in 1919. HRSC is the oldest surviving sailing club on the Hamble River and has been an integral part of the community ever since. The event is intended to provide a spectacle for residents and to celebrate the wonderful life enjoyed on and around the river. It is also being held to show

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appreciation to HRSC members and other River Hamble Combined Clubs for their continued support over the years. “We encourage everyone to head down to the Hamble and Warsash shoreline to enjoy what we hope will be a magnificent atmosphere and sail by,” said Steph Merry, commodore of HRSC. Anyone with a boat on the Hamble River is invited to join the parade to celebrate this momentous occasion.

FROM March to April the RYA undertook its biennial membership survey engaging with members, non-members and ex-members to get a better understanding as to what members and people in the boating community know, and feel, about RYA Membership. When asked what was important to membership, more than three-quarters of respondents stated that access to RYA Advice – legal support and boating issues - was important and 40 per cent stated getting tips from the RYA was extremely important. Reputation

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NEWS SNAPS MEDAL DOUBLE

British sailor Lorenzo Chiavarini claimed his maiden senior major title finishing top of the European Laser Championships in Porto, Portugal. Lorenzo was joined on the podium by two-time world champion, Olympian and team-mate Nick Thompson who claimed silver ahead of Germany’s Philip Buhl in third.

CADETS’ KEELBOATS

Sea Cadets has received six new boats from Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou. They will be rotated around the country to deliver keelboat training amongst 15,000 Sea Cadets. The training made possible through these RS21 keelboats will focus on delivery of RYA qualifications and league competitions across at least eight boat stations nationally. www.sea-cadets.org

GARY BURRELL

Gary Burrell, co-founder of Garmin, has died at aged 81. Gary co-founded Garmin with Dr Min Kao in 1989 with the vision of creating products powered by an emerging technology known as the Global Positioning System. “While Gary will be remembered by many as one of the great entrepreneurs of our age, I will remember the unusual way in which he led our company, something he called servant leadership,” said Garmin president and CEO Cliff Pemble. “Whether it was about creating the best product or his behaviour as a leader, Gary always considered the impact to others before himself.”

READY STEADY TOKYO The 17 athletes that will represent Great Britain at the Tokyo 2020 test event have been revealed by the RYA. The test event, dubbed Ready Steady Tokyo, is a dress rehearsal for the Games with traditionally only one entry per nation in each of the 10 classes. The regatta, held in Enoshima from 15 - 22 August, is a key performance indicator in the run-up to Tokyo 2020, where Britain will aim to top the sailing medal table for the fifth time in six Games. Giles Scott will head to Japan fresh from being crowned European champion for the third time in the Finn, while Hannah Mills and crew Eilidh McIntyre will start on the back of gold at the Princess Sofia Trophy and silver at the 470 Europeans. Rio 2016 Olympian Dylan Fletcher and London 2012 silver medallist Stuart Bithell will contest the 49er having won the recent European Championships on the home waters of Weymouth and Portland. Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey, who both competed at Rio 2016 but with different crews, have been picked for the 49erFX spot. In the Laser Radial two-time Olympian and former world champion Ali Young will represent Britain while Elliot Hanson, winner of the World Cup Series Enoshima last year, takes the Laser spot.

London 2012 silver medallist Luke Patience will contest the men’s 470 alongside Rio 2016 crew Chris Grube, while in the RS:X class Britain will field Tom Squires and European silver medallist Emma Wilson. In the Nacra 17 class Britain has taken the opportunity to enter two teams: the recently crowned Nacra 17 European champions Ben Saxton and Nikki Boniface will compete alongside runners-up John Gimson and Anna Burnet. Selection for the test event, made by the RYA’s Olympic Selection Committee, is a key step in the RYA’s ongoing process to nominate athletes to go to Tokyo 2020 as part of Team GB.

Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre, women’s 470. Image: Lloyd Images/RYA

TRIO OF SILVERS

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WINDSURFER Saskia Sills won her first ever senior medal, winning silver in a nail-biting finish to the World Cup Series final in Marseille, France, while John Gimson and Anna Burnet took silver in the Nacra 17, picking up where they left off at the class European Championships in Weymouth and Portland when they claimed the runner-up spot. Saskia, 22, was impressive throughout the week-long regatta held at the Paris 2024 sailing venue, only finishing outside the top 10 in the

women’s RS:X 10-race series once. Hannah Mills, the reigning Olympic champion, and Eilidh McIntyre also won silver at the World Cup Series final following an epic battle with French rivals Camille Lecointre and Aloise Retornaz. It is the pair’s third consecutive medal this year, having taken the top spot at the Princess Sofia Trophy regatta in Mallorca in April and silver at the 470 class European Championships in San Reimo, Italy, in May. .britishsailingteam.com

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NEW IDENTITY FOR HUGO BOSS ALEX Thomson Racing has revealed that the brand identity of the new HUGO BOSS boat – set to launch later this year has been devised by industrial designer Karim Rashid. The IMOCA 60 race boat, which has been more than two years in design and construction, is being built with one goal in mind; to win the solo, non-stop, unassisted round-the-world Vendée Globe race. With more than 4,000 designs in production and 300 awards to his name, Karim’s work spans architecture,

fashion, furniture and interiors. This is the first time, however, that he has turned his expertise to creating an inimitable look for a racing yacht. The new HUGO BOSS boat will be unveiled this summer and will race for the first time in the classic double-handed Transat Jacques Vabre race, which begins on 27 October. Alex has also been awarded the prestigious French National Order of Merit by French Ambassador to the UK, JeanPierre Jouyet, in recognition of his services to the sport of

sailing during a career spanning more than 20 years. At 45-years-old, Alex is well below the average age of admission to the prestigious group of awardees and is among just a handful of non-French sailors to have been presented the honour. Alex said: “France holds a special place in my heart. It is where I have experienced some of the greatest moments in my career so far, and I have been warmly welcomed by the French people who are so passionate about this sport.”

much of which we do not even recognise anymore as it has become just everyday ‘stuff’. There is food packaged in plastic, plastic water bottles, plastic milk bottles, shower gels, toothpaste to name but a very few to get you started.” Deborah Meaden, entrepreneur and dragon on BBC2’s Dragons Den, said: “I am really concerned about the excessive packaging that you find in supermarkets and I will be going all out to face the Plastic Challenge head on. I know I will not be able to eradicate all single-use plastic out of my life, but I will be giving it a damn good try. I would urge everyone to give it a go. We must act now.” www.mcsuk.org/plastic-challenge

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TAKE THE PLASTIC CHALLENGE THE Marine Conservation Society’s annual challenge to the public to avoid single-use plastic during the whole of July is back, and the charity hopes that even more than the 9,000 people who got involved in 2018 will take up the Plastic Challenge this year. Erin O’Neill, MCS digital editor, is coordinating the Plastic Challenge: “We know that it is pretty much impossible to live completely plastic-free, but there are ways to reduce your plastic footprint, and we hope that by throwing down this challenge it will focus minds on trying to ditch as much of the single-use stuff as possible. “So, it is time to think about all types of single-use plastic,

NEWS SNAPS

TOP BOAT NAMES The Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) Images: onEdition has announced its annual list of the most popular boat names, which is derived from adding up requests for boat name designs from BoatUS Boat Graphics. n Aquaholic n Pearl n Forever Young n Second Chance n Squid Pro Quo n More Cowbell n Pegasus n Feelin’ Nauti n Why Knot? n High Maintenance Let us know which interesting boat names you have come across. editor@allatsea.co.uk.

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The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society is once again on the lookout for photographers to submit their favourite images of the sea for its annual competition honouring Britain’s proud maritime heritage. To enter the competition and for the chance to win the prize of £500 of photographic equipment vouchers visit www.shipwreckedmariners. org.uk or the Society’s Facebook or Twitter pages www.facebook.com/ shipwreckedmariners and @ShipwreckedSoc.

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Stand Up Paddleboarding is the fastest growing watersport worldwide. It is easy to see why: the comparatively low cost, the convenience of inflatable boards and the fact that you can just get on and go all add to its appeal. Written by the Simon Bassett, chairman of the British Stand Up Paddle Association, Stand Up Paddleboarding: A Beginner’s Guide helps you catch the SUP bug, showing you how to SUP safely, the equipment to use and where to do it. www.fernhurstbooks.com / £10.99. Check out the paddleboard featured in this month’s kit news on page 22.

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NEWS SNAPS ATLANTIC ADVENTURE

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British adventurer and novice sailor, Sir David Hempleman-Adams, arrived safely in New York after sailing more than 5,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to raise awareness of St John Ambulance. After a pit stop in Spain to assess technical glitches that risked ending his challenge, he was determined to continue, so was joined by experienced sailor Nick Davey. After 44 days at sea on a 43ft yacht, overcoming many obstacles along the way, Sir David hopes his epic journey has inspired people to push their boundaries and try something new. www.sja.org.uk

BOATS COMING BACK

Thanks to a four-year, £4m project run by the Canal & River Trust, boats should soon be returning to a section of the Montgomery Canal near Oswestry for the first time since the canal was closed following a breach in 1936. Restoration of the canal on the border between Shropshire and Wales is well underway with the creation of two nature reserve lakes to provide a home for the rare flora and fauna removed from the canal. The Montgomery is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

THE family of Simon Speirs (pictured), a sailor in the 2017-08 Clipper Round the World Race who died after being swept overboard in November 2017, has urged race organisers to urgently implement the recommendations of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch report. The accident occurred 1,500nm west of Fremantle, Australia following an accidental gybe in very rough seas while the crew were lowering the headsail. The retired solicitor, who was regarded as “very safety conscious” by his crew, was not wearing a dry suit and was clipped on with his long tether rather than a short one when he fell. The MAIB report said these actions were “not reflective of his normal behaviour and perhaps were contributed to by fatigue”. Simon’s widow, Margaret, said: “On top of the challenges of sailing in hugely testing conditions, the crew had to do repair and maintenance work including pumping water out of a perpetually leaking boat. In

Simon’s case, he was not only watch leader and coxswain but designated sail repairer, in one instance spending 20 hours out of 24 in cramped cabin conditions repairing ripped sails. As a result, the crew were immensely tired, more tired than they had ever been, putting not only themselves in danger but all the people around them as they are so dependent on each other.” After the accident Simon was initially held by his long tether, but the bowman was unable to reach him. A halyard with open shackle was passed to Simon, but he was unable to attach it to his lifejacket whilst dragging in the water before the tether hook distorted and released. The boat’s skipper, who was on the helm, tried to slow the yacht and maneuver to recover the crewman but his ability to do so was limited as a result of damage sustained during the gybe. Simon was recovered 32 minutes later but sadly there were no signs of life. In the weeks following Simon’s death the MAIB released an Urgent Safety Advisory Notice highlighting the potential for tethers to open when under lateral load, particularly when twisted or snagged. While the tethers can withstand a load of over 1 tonne longitudinally, it was found that they would deform under significantly less if loaded laterally. Following Simon’s death, and the grounding of Greenings

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(CV24) off the coast of South Africa in October 2017, Clipper also added a professional first mate to each crew from Leg 4 onwards in December 2018. In the MAIB report safety recommendations have also been made to Clipper Ventures to review and update its risk assessments and procedures particularly for foredeck operations and methods for recovery of both tethered and untethered man overboards, as well as yacht maintenance and repair aspects. Safety recommendations have also been made to the BSI Committee, World Sailing and Spinlock regarding updating guidance to raise awareness of the dangers of laterally loading safety tether hooks. Clipper Ventures has disputed claims that it ignored previous MAIB recommendations saying:

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“It is factually incorrect to state that Clipper Ventures has ignored previous MAIB recommendations. Specifically, Clipper Ventures: Is installing navigation plotters on deck at the helming position; Implemented new passage planning procedures; Introduced a paid, professionally qualified ‘Additional Qualified Person’ to aid each of the Clipper Race Skippers and Simon Speirs did have a dry suit, he chose not to wear it on 18th November 2017. “We were and continue to be very saddened at the death of Simon Speirs and our thoughts

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are with his family. The safety of our crew is our highest priority and has been since the race was established in 1996. “Every crew member undergoes four weeks of intensive, rigorous training, specifically designed for ocean racing, of which safety is at the core. This includes sea survival training which is carried out to industry (RYA) standards. All safety equipment on board is industry leading with every crew member equipped with a personal AIS beacon in lifejackets.” Next month we will preview the 2019/20 Clipper Race.


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POWERING AHEAD SIMON EVERETT ROUNDS UP THIS MONTH’S ENGINE NEWS. ELECTRIC HURDLES

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What a long spring we are having. If the current weather keeps upNiagara’s we shall allofbe Maid the Mist. swapping cars for boats. Image: Lissandra Melo/Shutterstock Is Noah still building, and if so what will he power his ark with? This is the burning question still, but in the realms of marine power, electric motors have bigger hurdles to overcome than land based transport and the same solutions cannot be applied in the same way. Rolling resistance and aerodynamic resistance are easier to overcome than the hydrodynamic resistance of pushing a boat through water, this is before you factor in plugging a tidal flow or significant breeze. Clean burning diesel is still the best return for calorific value that we have available in significant numbers of production, and for the foreseeable future that will remain. That said, Torqeedo now offers their Deep Blue electric outboards with the same batteries that power the BMW i3 series, with a price tag to match.

MONEY SAVERS

Money saving news - for anyone wanting to upgrade their outboard for this season there is a 10 per cent discount at Yamaha dealers at the moment, while Honda are offering up to £600 off selected models. Perhaps there are Sterling silver linings to these clouds, after all.

ENGINE COMMUNICATION

The march of technology is incessant, providing more information about more things than ever before and linking systems across various platforms. Raymarine has recently rolled out an update for their Axiom multifunction display with the ability now to communicate with as many as four Yamaha engines through the Lighthouse 3.9 operating system on a single MFD. It is backwards compatible, so can be used with preexisting installations and new builds that incorporate the Yamaha Command Link or Command Link Plus. The integration gives the ability to see the engine information repeated on a bigger screen at various locations throughout the boat. This is useful where remote helm stations are used, such as a flybridge or cockpit helm.

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Suzuki tells us that it has added Silver Boats to its line-up of boat brands that fit its range of outboard motors. The sole importer of the Finnish boat brand into the UK, River Shack Boats, is based in Christchurch and has been selling Silver Boats since 2016. In the main, the boats are AluTech GRP inside with an aluminium hull. However, Silver has launched a new range - the Tiger Dz and Raptor Dz - which are both constructed completely from GRP. This has the benefit of being able to incorporate cabins into the design and build. The Tiger has a two-berth and the Raptor has a four-berth, both of which will be shown at the Southampton Boat Show with Suzuki engines. The aluminium range are from 4.6m up to 6.4m and the range of GRP Silver Boats are from 6m up to 8.2m.

Cox Powertrain has continued with the development of their diesel outboard, to the extent that they will be in a position to supply units at the end of the year from their state-of-the-art production facility in Shoreham. The CXO300 is a 4.4-litre 4-stroke V8 that has returned excellent performance in trials, with maximum torque delivered right through from 1,300 to 3,000rpm, reaching a peak of 479ft lbs, which is getting on for twice the torque produced by a 300hp petrol outboard, so heavy load carrying duties will be well within its capability. Visitors to Seawork were able to test the CXO300 for themselves and the feedback was very positive with an encouraging order book filling up with purchases coming from commercial operators and those looking to power large centre consoles and RIBs. The diesel option offers reduced running costs, with 25 per cent greater range and an increased expected lifespan. The best bit is that it is a British development that is going to be

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YOUR LETTERS SAVING DORIAN Dear All at Sea, I was most interested to read your article ‘End for Dunkirk Wreck’ in the May edition of All at Sea. I strongly support the preservation of good examples of our marine heritage, but I can also understand why the owner of Compass Rose probably abandoned her. Little ships of the 1930s or earlier vintage did not generally have the accommodation and facilities of modern vessels and were made of wood, which is a high maintenance material requiring skilled craftsmen. I speak from experience because my family is currently specifying and funding the restoration of Dorian by the Dunkirk Little Ships Restoration Trust. Dorian is a 45ft motor yacht that started life as a naval pinnace in 1915 and was converted into a gentleman’s yacht in the 1930s, before being requisitioned to take part in the Dunkirk Evacuation. After the war Dorian passed back into private ownership with a fairly chequered life serving as both a motor yacht, a houseboat (see photo below) and a religious retreat. She gradually deteriorated and could well have suffered the same fate as Compass Rose had it not been for a catastrophic gas explosion and subsequent fire which destroyed most of her interior, decks and superstructure. Following the explosion and fire Dorian was inspected by the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships, who decided that although she had suffered substantial damage, the basic structure of the hull was still largely sound. Dorian is listed as an historic vessel on the Little Ships Register and was therefore deemed worthy of restoration. Ownership passed to the Dunkirk Little Ships Restoration Trust about eight years ago.

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NOT A LITTLE SHIP The wreck of Compass Rose being removed. Image: Environment Agency

Our family became involved around three years ago when previous funding had dried up. Our approach to restoration has been to keep the outside of the vessel as close as possible to its 1930s appearance, but in order to get a usable family vessel we are completely modernising the interior with an up-to-date galley, heads and cabins. A new auxiliary generator has been installed (in 1940 she did not have an electrical system other than for engine starting) and the ship will be all electric with modern instrumentation. Restoration is now well advanced (see photo below) and we hope to take Dorian back to Dunkirk in May next year for the 80th anniversary of the original Dunkirk evacuation. None of this would have been possible without the dedicated team of volunteers at the Dunkirk Little Ships Restoration Trust and the expenditure of a great deal of money. Because of her long history we felt Dorian was worth restoring, Compass Rose was not so fortunate. Regards, David Walters Thank you for getting touch and sending over the fascinating photos of Dorian. It is reassuring to know that although some old boats, whatever their heritage (see the Not A Little Ship letter) are being lovingly restored. It would be impossible – and impractical – to save every ship, but those that are must be restored properly, as you are doing. That Dorian will become a much loved family vessel is a fantastic up-date to her long story, which hopefully will carry on for many years to come. We look forward to an up-date on Dorian when she is complete. Dorian on the Thames as a houseboat

Dear All at Sea, We read with interest your article about the destruction and removal of the boat Compass Rose. While the loss of any vessel is unfortunate, I can clarify that Compass Rose was not a Dunkirk Little Ship. Kind regards, Jason Carley PRO, Association of Dunkirk Little Ships Thank you for the up-date Jason. If anyone knows anything about the history of Compass Rose we would love to hear more. In May we reported that the wreckage of the Compass Rose had been removed by the Environment Agency after it was left to sink in the River Lark, Cambridgeshire. Paul

Separovic, Waterways Operations team leader at the Environment Agency, told us: “This is a sad ending for one of around 700 boats that supported a heroic, life-saving effort during the war. It is regrettable the Compass Rose survived that momentous event only to be left to sink nearly 80 years later.” However the Agency did say Compass Rose’s role in the evacuation of more than 336,000 British and French soldiers who were trapped on the beaches at Dunkirk appears to have been lost. The Environment Agency had been told by the previous owner that the boat was involved at Dunkirk. If any readers can offer more information about Compass Rose we would love to hear from you. To find a list of Dunkirk Little Ships head over to www.adls.org.uk/t1/

BACK TO BASICS The restoration is nearing completion

Dear All at Sea, In your latest issue you asked for thoughts about the ups and downs of the America’s Cup. Personally I think it has lost some of its ‘sparkle’ because of all the off water debates and issues. In many ways the ‘business’ that it has become has taken over from the initial basic idea of a regatta between nations. I understand that sponsorship is needed and that they are pushing the technology to its limits, which should trickle down to everyday boaters, but I think those involved need to take a step back and look at what the regatta

has become and if it is truly where they want it to go. Do not get me wrong, I love the America’s Cup and will follow it closely - when it eventually gets started - but just wish it could go back to basics. It would be interesting to know what the skippers think when they are not telling us the ‘official’ team talk. I guess we will never really know. Ben Atkins A very interesting letter and an opinion we are sure will be shared by other AAS readers. We will bring you all the ‘official’ America’s Cup news as we hear it!

WE love to hear your opinions, comments, stories and letters, whether it is something you have come across on your sailing trips, a top tip for other readers or a comment about something you have read in All at Sea. The winner of the letter of the month will win a fantastic 40 litre waterproof dry tube worth £29.99 from OverBoard! Get in touch with us at editor@allatsea.co.uk, allatsea.co.uk/ contact-us or using good old pen and paper to 13a Thornwood, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5LR. www.overboard.co.uk

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Zhik has launched a breathable drysuit for adult and junior sailors. Made from a three-layer, waterproof and breathable fabric it is designed with a racing cut for a full range of movement. The high-vis neck and wrist seals are said to be more comfortable and durable than the latex seals traditionally used on drysuits. A waterproof YKK AQUASEAL® front zip keeps you dry and reduces bulk across the front of the suit, while durable fabric socks are fitted with ankle adjustment tabs for a secure fit. There is also a generous cargo pocket on the thigh for race accessories. Adult Drysuit: £469.95 Junior Drysuit: £379.95 www.zhik.com

The IC-M506GE is a new version of the IC-M506, a powerful VHF/DSC marine radio with AIS receiver and NMEA connectivity. It now comes as standard with integrated GPS and external GPS antenna so that it meets the latest ITU-R M493-14 regulations. IC-M506GE, like its predecessor, is full of features including integrated AIS receiver, ‘Last Call’ voice recording function, ‘Active Noise Cancelling’ technology plus Icom’s intuitive menu-driven user interface and large dot matrix display. £499.98 www.icomuk.co.uk

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RAINBOW UMBRELLA

We love this rainbow umbrella, which will brighten up any day. Stylish, sophisticated and boasting all the colours of the spectrum, you will be sure to stand out from the crowd. Do not forget you can also use it to shield yourself from the bright sunshine we are hoping for this summer! £12 National Theatre Bookshop shop.nationaltheatre.org.uk

THE OLDIES CLUB

Over at Nauticalia there are some great t-shirts for the summer, and we especially like the Oldies Club range which celebrates the unique sense of humour, grumpiness and wisdom that comes after accumulating an abundance of life experience. Made from 100 per cent cotton, there are six styles to choose from. If you like these t-shirts, check out the Old Guys Rule range too. £19.99 www.nauticalia.com

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S.S. James A. Farrell (Liberty Ship) with special torpedo nets fitted to heavy-lift booms. Photo released 19 July 1945. Note her deck cargo of locomotives. NH Series 80-G-700012 courtesy of the National Archives via Navy History and Heritage Command, Washington, D.C.

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BREAKING POINT During World War II many places and buildings found themselves offering alternative uses during the war effort, and here we look at the role played by one of these locations. Solent based dinghy sailor David Henshall is a well known writer and speaker on topics covering the rich heritage of all aspects of leisure boating. The completed wave screen at Haslar

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ew could argue that the recent focus has all been about the events that took place 75 years ago, as the UK’s South Coast became the springboard that launched the Allied forces across the Channel to the beaches of Normandy. A Liberty ship in the process of being dismantled at Netley near Southampton in October 1945, one of several vessels waiting to be taken apart for scrap. Image: Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans

There are, though, other less well known stories that in their own way are also deserving of a mention, all the more so as some of them are now all but forgotten. Once such story tells of how what today is a very popular spot on the shores of Southampton Water came face-to-face with the harsh

realities of war. Once the first phase of the invasion had taken place, a new activity had to start, with not only the build-up of forces, but the supply of all the materials of war, all dependent on a nearly constant stream of cargo ships. For the Germans, the situation was clear, with it being a race of who could reinforce the quickest. If, somehow, that flow of ships could be interrupted, or even cut, then the Allied bridgehead would soon be starved of everything that is needed to wage warfare. About the only way this could be done was to throw the available U-Boats into

the fray, and even though this move had been anticipated by the Overlord planners with extra convoy escorts provided, some of the attacks would still get through. SHIPS STRUCK Just over three weeks after the first assault forces had gone in, convoy ECM-17 was heading from Southampton towards Omaha Beach when it was

SCRAPYARD BEACH The grassy area that is now the location for the Netley Cliff Sailing club building was dominated by a large bank of oxy-acetylene cylinders, with their hoses stretching out to the wreck. Once the superstructure and topsides had been removed, the final remains were beached on the point and cut up for the valuable scrap. Although scavenging by the local population was strictly prohibited, with the shortages forced by wartime various bits and pieces would find their way into local homes, whilst other items of value were taken up the River Itchen to the old boatyard that came to be known as the ‘Belsize’ boatyard. One afternoon work on the hull had to stop as the salvage workers had reached the aft hold, where at long last the bodies of those killed in the attack could finally be recovered. The workers waited respectfully while the grim task was undertaken, with the remains loaded onto a work boat before being taken back to Southampton. This aside, for the local village residents of Netley, there was little in the way of a surprise to find that their beach had been turned into a scrapyard, as there was something of a historical precedent already set. An old hulk, believed to be the Martin, a wooden ship of the line that had been made obsolete by iron hulls and steam power before even being launched, had already been scrapped there after being recovered from the mud of Portsmouth Harbour. MORE LIBERTY SHIPS With the remains of the James A. Farrell now being reduced to scrap metal, the site at Netley Hard would find further use as another Liberty ship, the H. G. Blasdel, torpedoed in the same attack and extensively damaged, was also beached on the Hard prior to being broken up. There would be one more surprise for the Netley residents, as just a month after the attack on the Farrell, the Liberty Ship Samneva was hit amidships and broke in two. The bow

“The bow and stern sections ended up rafted together, side by side, looking like a bizarre form of catamaran.” attacked with torpedoes from U-984. Two ships were hit in the first attack, then a quarter of an hour later the German submarine launched a second attack with an acoustic torpedo. These tended to home in on the engine and propeller noise with the Liberty ship, the James A. Farrell, carrying 1,200 tons and over 500 soldiers, getting struck right aft, with the explosion wrecking the stern section of the transport ship. Although most of the soldiers and sailors were safely taken off, 45 were injured and five killed in the blast. The following day, the still floating Liberty ship was towed back to the Solent where the vital task of unloading the much needed cargo of supplies could commence. It might seem strange to think that a 7,000 ton cargo ship could be deemed as ‘disposable’, but with new Liberty ships arriving in a stream from the US, there was neither the time, nor the dockyard space, to effect any repairs, with the James A. Farrell being declared a ‘constructive loss’ that would simply be scrapped. She was towed into shallow and sheltered water just off the area of the old Netley Hard where everything of value was stripped off, before the process of cutting up the bulk of the hull could commence.

and stern sections ended up rafted together, side by side, looking like a bizarre form of catamaran. The bow section would fall to the cutting torches at Netley, but in another of those strange decisions of wartime, the stern section would be left, until in 1947 it was towed all the way around to South Wales where it was finally scrapped. By now peace had descended on the beaches that fringe Southampton Water, with all the evidence of the wartime work removed, so today few of the thousands of visitors who throng to the Royal Victoria Country Park, or Sophie’s Pond by the Park entrance have any idea of the part the beach area by the Hard played in those months after D-Day. Yet even now, 75 years on, the actions of the tide, aided by the bait diggers, sometimes uncover various artefacts, with corroded clips of bullets and even a hand grenade being dug up (before being swiftly and deeply reburied) along with other oddments of scrap metal that have survived the years. But for those proud ships supporting the Allied thrust into Europe, Netley will forever be their last port of call.


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WHEN DID YOU START SAILING?

I was a relatively late starter, first helming a Graduate dinghy when I was 13. The opportunity to helm a keelboat came when I was 21, thanks to a chance meeting with a lady on a train. She introduced me to Darings and, although I have raced many other dinghies and keelboats since, I have stuck with the Daring Class throughout.

No! It is really hard to be consistent at Cowes Week. The combination of strong tides and changing winds on a ‘round the cans’ course will often turn a race inside out. We expect to have to win every race in our class to be in the running for the overall trophy and that is not easy in a One Design class. We try to avoid risky tactics and hope the race is long enough that we can find a way to get around any boats in front of us before the finish. Of course, that does not always work out and last year we left it very late to find the overtaking lane in two of the races.

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Yes, we will have our traditional Cowes Week crew on board again this year. Jane and Richard RomerLee will work their magic in the bow and look after navigation and sailing instructions. Milo Carver will trim the mainsail and work out what is going on with the wind and tide around us. Milo and Richard are coowners who have sailed with us for many years and we just love the way we all work together as a team.

YOU HAVE BEEN AT COWES WEEK MANY TIMES - WHAT KEEPS BRINGING YOU BACK?

Cowes Week has a real buzz about it. There is so much going on, both on the water and ashore. The races are long and therefore often very interesting from a tactical perspective. Then, after a post-race winddown, there are endless opportunities for organised or spontaneous socialising. All very tiring…

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP TIPS FOR COWES WEEK NEWCOMERS?

Prepare before the start by checking the weather forecast and tidal streams. Then keep your eyes out of the boat to work out what the wind and currents are doing on a smaller scale around you.Write down the course for the fleet ahead of you and watch them especially. Yes, boat speed and manoeuvres are important but more can be gained and lost on tactics.

TELLUS ABOUT THE OTHER REGATTAS YOU TAKING PART IN THIS YEAR.

I will be at Cowes Classics Week too, and doing a few dinghy regattas including the RS100 Nationals, RS Aero Worlds and Europeans. I have done regattas in a Viper and a Quarter Tonner already. There is always something to be learned from sailing in other classes.

WHAT ELSE IS ON YOUR SAILING BUCKET LIST?

Cruising - there are so many new experiences to try but just not enough time for them yet.

AND YOUR DREAM BOAT IS...

One of the great things about sailing for me is the variety. I enjoy everything from racing in single-handed dinghies to cruising large yachts with friends, so in my dreams I would have to have a boat for every occasion. www.cowesweek.co.uk

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Cowes Week is quite simply the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world with hundreds of boats and thousands of competitors enjoying the thrill of racing and enjoying the incredible atmosphere shoreside. Image: Tom Gruitt

Over the years the event has attracted British and foreign royalty, and many famous faces. Image: Paul Wyeth

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he hugely popular Cowes Week will see up to 1,000 boats taking to the water in up to 40 different handicap, onedesign and multihull classes – classic and modern - for eight days of exciting racing. A highlight of many a sailor’s boating calendar, Cowes Week has been an August fixture every year since 1826, apart from the World War years. In that first race of just seven yachts few could have imagined the growth to the hundreds of boats that enter today. One of the attractions of the regatta is the mixture of yachts racing including classics like the Solent Sunbeam, Flying Fifteens and Swallows along with ultra-modern designs. Of course, as well as the range of boats increasing, so too did the length of the regatta from three and then four days up to nine days of racing by 1953. Initially run under the flag of the Royal Yacht Club (which later became the Royal Yacht Squadron in 1833), from the mid ‘40s other clubs were organising racing on either side of the original regatta. So, by the time it had reached nine days clubs were running their own events with varying start and finish lines and sailing instructions. Following a suggestion by regular competitor HRH Prince Philip, a decade later Cowes Combined Clubs was formed to run and organise the regatta. As a result The Royal Yacht Squadron line became the start line and there was one set of sailing instructions and racing marks for the week.

TAKING PART

There might be hundreds of boats at Cowes Week, but the competitors will number in the thousands. It is estimated that more than 5,000 will take part, some from the world of competitive sailing and others weekend sailors, in up to 40 races each day.

Image: Paul Wyeth

Image: Paul Wyeth

If there is one essential piece of advice it is to read the Sailing Instructions thoroughly and ensure someone else on the boat reads them too. The Sailing Instructions for Cowes Week are generally more complex than other regattas, which is why it is so important to read them carefully. They should be available to download from the Cowes Week website at least two weeks before the start of the regatta. A waterproof copy will also be issued as part of the registration process. Before racing begins it is important that sailors understand the regatta’s rules and requirements. All boats racing at the regatta, for example, need to display a class flag. The boat class will be able to provide details as to where to purchase flag, or the chandleries in Cowes may have stock available. All boats should also come equipped with a flag ‘B’ (swallow tailed red flag) to display in the event of protesting another boat, and a flag ‘Q’ (rectangular yellow flag) in case they need to accept a penalty.

Although not a requirement it is recommended that for those new to the regatta one or two sailors from each boat attend the skippers’ briefing. It will take place on the Friday evening before the start of the regatta, and this year it will take place in the Sugar Store

NO BOAT?

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to race in a 1,000 boat fleet, starting under cannon fire off the historic Royal Yacht Squadron, but do not have access to a boat of your own, chartering is an increasingly cost-effective way of getting involved. The Official Sailing Charter Partner at Cowes Week is Sunsail Events. They offer places for sailors of any ability on their yachts, which can be chartered with or without professional crew depending on experience. 02392 222221


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the exception of Firework Friday when entry after 6pm will be £5 per person. Cowes Parade Village is a waterfront venue that has something for everybody. With spectacular views of the Solent and the competing yachts, the Parade is also home to the Spinnaker Bar, where live music can be enjoyed from lunchtime until late. There are many food offerings for breakfast, lunch or dinner here too as well as shopping and activities for all the family to enjoy. Shepards is an Official Cowes Week Shoreside venue where competitors and spectators can enjoy the welcoming Shepards Wharf atmosphere. Open from breakfast until late, Shepards is renowned as the place to go for apres-racing drinks, relaxation and entertainment with live music and great food. Alternatively, the Cowes Week Lawn Lounge Bar is a regular feature at Northwood House, offering a relaxed ‘chill out’ style ambience, with lounge furniture inside the marquee and on the lawns. With signature cocktails, Live Jazz nights and additional musical acts set in a relaxed venue this is a great place to head to during the week.

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“We are looking forward to a generation of boats which may no longer have a natural home for racing joining Cowes Week in 2019.” at Shepards Marina at 1800. When it comes to starting races, as said, reading the Sailing Instructions is important. Although most starts occur on the Royal Yacht Squadron line or on the Bramble line, some will be from a committee boat line. For those starting from the committee boat line, it is important to listen to the VHF from 09:00 to ascertain where the line is likely to be. Allow plenty of time to reach the start. In terms of the course to be taken, these are designed each day based on different factors including the weather forecast, tidal streams and speed of each class of boat. It will be broadcast just after the warning signal via VHF, and via text to mobile phones. A word of warning, be aware of the restricted areas, again highlighted in the Sailing Instructions. Boats get penalised, unnecessarily, every year for this and it is easily avoided with careful preparation – by new and regular competitors. Do not assume you know the restricted areas just because you raced last year. Just as the courses are set day by day, the finishing line to be used by each group is allocated on a daily basis. The three fixed lines are either at the RYS (between the flagstaff and mark Alpha), just to the east of Cowes Harbour (between a committee boat and mark Gamma) or at the Bramble line. One to remember for the first-timers is the declaration. This must be completed after each day of racing before the deadline. It needs your finish time and ideally details of the sail number of the boat ahead and the boat astern of you at the finish regardless of class. This can be done online or by text message, or alternatively the Regatta Centre will be able to help. As for the all-important results, within minutes of crossing the finish line, entrants can see where they have finished in relation to other boats in the class and, in the handicapped fleets, whether anyone still racing can beat them on corrected time.

This information is also available on the official website, on EventTV screens around the town, the Regatta Centre and on Cowes Radio.

NEW FOR YOU

This year will see the introduction of a new racing class, the GRP Classic Class, which will be run for GRP production boats which have a design date and first build of before 31 December 1974. Boats must be unmodified and be antifouled and racing will take place under the IRC Rating System with an initial target rating band of 0.860 and 0.990. Laurence Mead, CWL regatta director, explained: “We are really excited to introduce this new class to Cowes Week. Boats that would ideally fit into this class are designs from Swan, Sparkman & Stephens, Van der Stadt, Peter Norlin, Bowman, Nicholson, Dick Carter, Scampi’s – the list goes on! “This is not a class for fully tricked-up older boats and, whilst there is no restriction on sails, the objective is to offer high quality racing to like-minded owners, so a full set of the latest carbon sails is not in the plan. We are looking forward to a generation of boats which may no longer have a natural home for racing joining Cowes Week in 2019.” Also new for 2019 is the arrival of the new global sports series, SailGP, during the first weekend (10 – 11 August). Cowes will be the penultimate event in the series before the grand finale in Marseille where the six rival nations’ teams will be battling it out to win the $1million prize. It is a fantastic opportunity to cheer on the Great Britain SailGP Team, which comprises some of the country’s top sporting stars, with a glittering trophy collection, including five Olympic medals and 17 world championship medals. Visitors will be able to see the supercharged wing-sailed catamarans in close-quarter racing at speeds up to 50

Image: Tom Gruitt

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Image: Paul Wyeth

knots, just off Egypt Point after the regatta’s races. SailGP races will take place at 3pm - 4.30pm with the Cowes Week timings bought forward on those days. Fans can visit the free-to-access SailGP Race Village between Cowes Green and Egypt Point. For those wishing to get even closer to the action, there will be a ticketed Premier Grandstand. Laurence said: “Sail GP is an amazing concept that brings the very top-end of our sport closer to spectators than ever before and pushes the boundaries in innovation in sailing. We are delighted that they have chosen our regatta, the pinnacle of keelboat racing in the UK and one of the world’s largest and best known regattas for their UK edition.” Tickets are available at SailGP.com/Cowes.

SHORESIDE FUN

Unsurprisingly the regatta attracts huge numbers of visitors to Cowes, some to take part and some to enjoy the festival atmosphere the week creates. In total, more than 100,000 are expected to visit Cowes during the week. Whether afloat or shoreside there are plenty of opportunities to watch the racing. With racing scheduled to begin at 10, a great place to watch the starts is the area between the Castle of the Royal Yacht Squadron and the cannons. Then, in the afternoon, head along the Green towards Egypt Point to watch the fleet as they finish. To follow the action on the water Cowes Radio provides continuous commentary of the sailing. For those wanting to watch from the water, there are a number of spectator boat options offering trips to watch the racing action up close. Each trip costs £12.50 for an adult and £8 for a child. Bookings can be made at the Regatta Centre on the Parade. There are also RIB rides available at £36 for an adult and £25 for a child. When not racing, competitors and spectators can enjoy all that the yacht clubs, marinas and town have to offer. Situated in the centre of town, Cowes Yacht Haven is one of the main entertainment venues for Cowes Week. 2018 saw an enhanced layout to the Regatta Village, plus a family friendly area offering a quieter space for visiting families. Entry to the Yacht Haven is free all week with

1851 Trust is continuing as the Official Event Charity for Cowes Week 2019. The charity’s aim is to inspire and engage young people from all backgrounds across the UK to imagine their futures differently. As the Official Charity of INEOS TEAM UK, led by Sir Ben Ainslie, the Trust uses the power of professional sport to inspire the next generation. In 2019, the Trust will be launching a new sailing initiative with the support of INEOS. This programme will provide 6,000 ‘first-time’ sailing opportunities to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds across the country in 2019. The 1851 Trust will be raising money during the week which will enable them to reach more young people who would not usually get the opportunity to try sailing. They will be running fundraising activities throughout the regatta, from family games on The Parade to prize draws for competitors. In the run-up to Cowes Week competitors can also offer their support to the 1851 Trust by adding a donation to their regatta registration. Rebecca Denny, fundraising manager for the 1851 Trust, said: “We are really excited to continue our work with the team, sponsors and suppliers at Cowes Week as Official Charity for 2019. We brought the excitement of the America’s Cup to young people, families and participants during 2018 through our fun activities on The Parade, raising awareness of our STEM work as well as raising money to support our programmes in 2019. We are really grateful to be given the opportunity to continue to inspire thousands of young visitors to the regatta in 2019.”

FURTHER INFORMATION n 10 – 17 August n Cowes, Isle of Wight n www.cowesweek.co.uk n entries@cowesweek.co.uk n admin@cowesweek.co.uk Moorings: n Cowes Yacht Haven: 01983 299 975 n East Cowes Marina: 01983 293 983 n Shepards Wharf Marina: 01983 297 821 n Whitegates River Pontoons: 01983 297 821 n Event Swinging Moorings (Cowes Roads) & Day Class Swinging Moorings: 01983 297 821 Dates for your diary: Cowes Week dates for the next couple of years are... n 2020: 8 - 15 August n 2021: 31 July - 7 August


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Embark on a truly unforgettable sailing adventure, where you can spend your days exploring sparkling waters with tranquil coves, stunning beaches and thousands of picture-perfect islands. Songbird is a beautifully designed and fully crewed 90ft sailing yacht offering the ultimate in luxury yacht charter. Accommodating up to 8 guests across 3 refurbished staterooms, with en-suite bathrooms, a generous and comfortable saloon, and with air conditioning throughout. The spacious exterior of the yacht has a beautiful teak deck and offers plenty of space for your morning yoga, relaxing with a book or a sunset cocktail. Yacht Songbird has a swimming platform at the stern for water-based activities, which include; stand up paddle boarding (SUP), kayaking, and snorkelling. A relaxing central seating area offers a very comfortable and shaded spot for taking meals, discussing the day’s agenda and for admiring the breathtaking views when we are under sail. From the wellequipped galley kitchen our chef will prepare delicious food and drinks using quality, local ingredients. The Captain and his crew create the perfect environment and ensure all needs are catered for, leaving you to relax in total comfort and enjoy every day as a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Songbird will spend summer 2019 sailing the breathtaking Dalmatian Coast, from the Bay of Kotor (Montenegro) in the south, to northern Croatia, however, we do love to explore and are happy to discuss tailor-made charters to your dream destination.

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BOATING HOLIDAYS

EVERY MONTH WE BRING YOU HOLIDAY NEWS AND A SELECTION OF OFFERS

THE CLUB TRIP

Seafarer Holidays launched their new ‘The Club Trip’ package earlier this year. The Club Trip is a new and easy way for sailing clubs to take their members on a beach club, flotilla or bareboat holiday. Enjoy a great value week sailing without needing to worry about the booking process. Seafarer’s Beach Clubs in

the Greek Islands include Nikiana Beach Club on the island of Lefkas, which is a great sailing destination, and Kefalos Beach Club, a worldclass windsurfing spot. Both clubs offer a huge selection of kit for their selective sports along with a sociable atmosphere in a stunning setting. seafarersailing.co.uk/sailingschool/the-club-trip

CLOUDY BAY CALLS

A SAILING FOR ALL SEASONS

“There is no `best time’ to take a fully crewed tall ship sailing,” says Fay McCormack, GM Star Clippers UK. “Some guests prefer quieter port calls out of season, others like the buzz of high summer, but it is a question that we are often asked. “The weather is frequently a determining factor, and while the Mediterranean is usually sunny and warm during the high summer months, early and late summer can be more comfortable for walking around historic sites, or visiting Venice, Dubrovnik and Rome. The same goes for the Caribbean and South East Asia where the extreme heat is great for deck top sunbathing, beach barbecues and lazing on white sand beaches, but cooler days allow time ashore to experience local culture and wildlife.” Here are Star Clippers’ top recommendations for summer and autumn sailing: SUMMER: The Mediterranean cruise season typically extends from April to October, with the seas full of vast cruise ships in high season. The flagship five masted Royal Clipper is the largest vessel of her kind, but small by cruise standards, and glimpses of her sailing the coastlines of Italy, France and

Croatia make spectacular photo opportunities. Further east, Star Flyer spends the summer cruising the Greek islands, calling into Turkey, and following in the wake of Royal Clipper to take in Montenegro, Croatia’s less frequented islands and Venice. For a summer sailing that takes in the best of the Mediterranean, Royal Clipper has 10 and 11 night sailings between Rome and Venice. AUTUMN: Both above and beneath the waves Borneo is inhabited by weird and wonderful species of plants, animals, birds and marine life. From deep uncharted jungle, to towering mountains, spectacular beaches to equatorial rainforests and interspersed with towns and villages that reflect the varied and ethnic cultural backgrounds of its people, Borneo beckons the intrepid traveller. Borneo’s average daily temperatures are from 27 – 32 degrees year round, but climates on this vast tropical island, the world’s third largest, are unpredictable with showers turning to sunshine in minutes. However, October falls between the warmer peak months of May to September, and before the wetter months of November to

Sunseeker Charters has a new addition to its ever growing fleet – the Sunseeker Manhattan 73. Cruising the stunning waters off the Dalmatian Coast, Cloudy Bay comes with her experienced crew who will be showing off the local Croatian waters and tasty cuisine to their guests. Her summer port this year is the picturesque and historic town of Trogir, which is just a short drive from Split Airport. Rates from: €38,400 pw www.sunseekercharters.com

February, and is a good month to discover this amazing tropical island when there are also fewer tourists. Star Clippers is visiting Borneo for the first time in 2019, sailing along the north and west coast from Kota Kinabalu, dropping anchor close to idyllic uninhabited islands, visiting historic waterfront towns, the lush green and gold kingdom of Brunei, gateways to rainforests and national parks, resplendent with waterfalls and wildlife, and of course the island’s magnificent tropical beaches. Departing on 15 October, 11 nights on board Star Clipper from Borneo to Singapore costs from £2,400pp, including all meals on board and port charges. Visiting: Kota Kinabalu | Pulau Tiga | Bandar Seri Begawan | Miri | Bintulu/Tanjung Kidurong | At Sea | Kuching | Kuching | At Sea | At Sea | Nongsa Point Marina | Singapore. Star Clippers reservations 0808 231 4798 or visit starclippers.co.uk.

ONE DIRECTION?

Fancy a one-way trip to St Lucia?

Sometimes you might want to only sail one way - perhaps you have a destination you want to sail to as part of a bigger holiday or you simply want to arrive somewhere in style. If this is the case, you can actually save a lot of money. In fact bareboat charterers can give you a saving of up to 45 per cent when sailing oneway routes in some of the world’s most popular sailing areas. Head over to Dream Yacht Charters website to look at their current offers, but here are a few examples to tempt you. n 30 per cent off Antigua to St Martin, 25 July – 3 August, £6,460 (six cabins) n 40 per cent off BVI to Martinique, 19 August – 26 August, £1,898 (4+2 cabins) n 15 per cent off Marseille (Vieux port) to Port Pin Rolland, 21 – 28 September, £1,377 (three cabins) n 20 per cent off St Lucia to St Vincent, 27 July – 6 August, £6,814 (4+2 cabins) www.dreamyachtcharter.co.uk/special-offers/ bareboat-offers

TOP TIP!

You might think that there are plenty of boats to choose from in the Med, but the best ones get booked up fast, so you need to be quick if you want your ideal yacht, cannot be flexible with your dates or want longer than a week-long charter. www.plainsailing.com

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FURTHER INFORMATION

n Nautilus Yachting: www.nautilusyachting.com n Nisos Yacht Charter: www.nisosyachtcharter.com n Seafarer: www.seafarersailing.co.uk n BVI Charters: www.bviyachtcharters.com n Ocean Elements: www.ocean-elements.co.uk n The Moorings: www.moorings.co.uk n Mauri Pro: www.mauripro.com n Dream Yacht Charter: www.dreamyachtcharter.com n Sunsail: www.sunsail.co.uk n Mallorca Yacht Charter: www.mallorcayachtcharter.eu n Tall Ships Adventures: tallships.org n Naleia Yachting: www.naleiayachting.com


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TENANT FOCUS

FOR THE LOVE OF GIGS There is a club based at Northney Marina that is loving both its home at Hayling Island and the growth in popularity of its sport amongst all ages.

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s leisure activities go, there is nothing better than rowing,” says Jackie Tutt, from Hayling Island. She discovered the sport five years ago, alongside her teenage daughter, and has been passionate about it ever since. Jackie rows with Langstone Pilot Gig Club, based at MDL’s Northney Marina, Hayling Island, which sits within Chichester Harbour, one of the largest natural harbours in Europe. “The first time I went I thought I was useless,” Jackie says. “I am not sporty and I thought ‘I cannot do it’. I had never rowed, sailed or done anything on the water. But then I watched the racing team, and saw women who were like me, who looked like they’d had an exciting row, and I wanted that. Since then I have been able to compete in four World Championships, become Junior Coordinator and now coach and cox.”

The club loves being based at Northney Marina

FAST GROWTH

Jackie’s transformation in a short space of time reflects the growth mindset of the whole club. Set up in 2013 by 17 members who all had a passion to bring the sport of Cornish Pilot Gig rowing to Hampshire, the club has seen a huge growth in members in the past six years. This has come about through word of mouth spreading tales of enjoyment and fitness, local newspaper coverage and a consistent approach to marketing in the community. “We visit schools and other events to promote rowing,” says Jackie. “It really is a fun way for young people to get out on the water. Our local schools are very supportive of giving us space in newsletters and at their fetes and events. Once young people join, they tend to stay

“The design of the boats has been pretty much the same since 1750 when they were used as rescue boats from wrecked ships.”

with us – and we have members who continue to row through university, work and apprenticeships.” But with this fantastic growth in membership, from 17 to now more than 145 (40 of whom are under 21), the challenge literally becomes seats in gigs. “We rented our first gig and then fundraised, received a Sport England grant, and now own three wooden gigs Heart of Hayling, Spirit of Langstone and Star of Northney - as well as two plastic training gigs. “There are only four or five boat builders who make them,” Jackie says. “The Cornish Pilot Gig Association checks the specs during the build, so all the boats are exactly the same. Plus, there is a huge amount of maintenance in looking after them – that is a key part of club life.”

BOAT DESIGN

St Mary’s beach, World Gig Racing Championships 2018

The design of the boats has been pretty much the same since 1750 when they were used as rescue boats from wrecked ships and later to pilot vessels into the Scilly Isles from the Atlantic. Now the wooden six oared gigs are built following the lines of the gig Treffry (1838), 32ft long, 4ft 10in beam and built of Cornish Elm.

“We are not just a little club in Hampshire any more. Our ladies A team placed 26 in the World Championships out of 168 gigs recently, and the club is doing really well in the Jurassic League. We now run a full training programme, with some people training every day. “It is great being based at Northney Marina – as we can get out on the water whenever we want. The MDL team has been so supportive and friendly. We like to go to the film nights and BBQs that the marina holds, and we offer free sessions for the berth holders to try out gig rowing. When we are not on the water, there is nowhere else we would rather be.” Find out more about rowing sessions at langstonecuttersgigclub.co.uk, and about Northney Marina at northneymarina.co.uk.


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We last caught up with young British sailor Jack Trigger ahead of last year’s Route du Rhum in which he finished eighth in the highly competitive Class40 division. Here Jack tells us how he got started in sailing and what his big plans are for the future.

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started out sailing Toppers aged eight and then progressed through the RYA pathways, racing in 29ers before joining the British Keelboat Academy at 18. It is hard to get on a keelboat and to do the right thing when you have not been on one before. All the basics are quite daunting, but the BKA was awesome as it gave me a transition into keelboating. When you are in that world it feels accessible because there are always people with boats looking for crew, but when you are not in that world it can feel quite closed. We were racing quite a high level in the Solent and that really set me up to get the opportunity on bigger boats and not look like an idiot. If you can get through that first impression, that is when your sailing skills come to the fore. I had already discovered my love of sailing when I was diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic at 21. Because it happened so late, I was already set on what I was going to do, and it was a little hurdle in the way and was never going to stop me. Maybe if I was 15 or 16 and people had told me I could not do it then maybe that would have got to me. Hopefully, though, it shows people that you can do it regardless of the issues and that it should not hold you back from doing what you want to do.

HIGHS AND LOWS

I decided to drop out of Oxford University after one year to pursue sailing full-time. I had planned on solo racing, but then I joined Team Concise in order to improve my skills and learn as much as I could. Overall last year was a great success; I was very pleased and I achieved everything I wanted to. I finished the Route du Rhum eighth out of 53 in the

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Class40s. To be the first type 1 diabetic to do a solo transatlantic race and to be signed off by the race organisers and race doctors was a great opportunity but also a big responsibility. I was surprised at how well I handled it and it really did not hold me back at all in the race. It gives me the confidence to do more, to make the goals a little bigger. I was really quite confident on the start line because I had been through the processes to prove I could do it and that is what is important, but there is still that little bit of you that does not know until you are out there and that is the pressure of the whole thing. I also finished fourth overall in the 2018 Class40 Championship and won the RORC Championship with three wins and two seconds in the five race series. Then in January we raced around Barbados, and we broke the 40ft record and double-handed record. However, you move on to the next thing fast, and you do not really have time to stand still.

INJURY SETBACK

Unfortunately I injured myself on the way back from the Caribbean earlier this year, so I have been recovering from that. It was an accident with a cooking device on board in which I suffered second degree burns to most of the front of my right leg. I flew back to the UK and had it treated back here, but with the risk of infection and then letting it heal I was not really able to use it at all. It was frustrating and I got a bit of cabin fever, although it was actually not a bad thing. It forces you to sit down, take time and get in the office and start thinking about the next project and talking to sponsors, which you cannot do when you are on a boat.

I am back on the water now, which is good, and a relief.

UPCOMING PROJECTS

I have set my sights on dong the Transat next May from Brest to Charleston, South Carolina. So the next big project is to be on the start line for that and try to be competitive. There is a lot happening between now and then including the RORC series, the Fastnet and looking at options to be co-skipper for the Transat Jacques Vabre in October. Longer term, the Vendée Globe is a massive challenge for me. 2020 is out of the question, as there are issues with qualifying and limited spaces. It was always an ambitious target. The real goal is to try and be on the start line with a competitive project in 2024. I am not worried about doing the Vendée Globe as soon as I can. I just want to do it, and when I do it I want to be competitive and eventually I would like to win it. There is no time pressure on that. I was the youngest skipper to finish the Route du Rhum, so I have still got time on my side.

WHICH SAILORS INSPIRE YOU?

Alex Thomson is at the top of his game. It is hard to get the experience, the advice and the expertise, so to have Alex there to take me under his wing and give me the fast-track tips is invaluable. It has been awesome. His whole team has supported me, looking after sponsors, finding sponsors and so on. You take on a project like this and it is a solo project, so there is a lot to do.


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A STAR SAILOR ow one volunteer is helping to improve the lives of in ured veterans using the calming e ects of the ocean.

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fter spending 32 years in the Royal Navy, Rob Thompson decided to use his sailing hobby to help others through a Cornish sailing charity. The story of how Rob, 54, came to hold a Yachtmaster qualification to help support the recovery of injured servicemen and women, is somewhat unique. It began in 2016 when the former Royal Navy helicopter observer, and amateur sailor, was helping to deliver a yacht for a friend. While moored at Falmouth Harbour, he chatted to the skipper of a nearby yacht who told him both his sons had benefited from a training programme at the sailing charity Turn to Starboard, and how the organisation was looking for volunteer sailing instructors. Keen to find out more, Rob paid a visit to the charity’s office at Falmouth Marina to discuss ways he could get involved.

SAILING CHARITY

Launched in 2014, Turn to Starboard has provided more than 2,000 sailing opportunities to serving and retired servicemen and women affected by military operations. Participants can choose to just enjoy the known therapeutic effects of the sea, or complete sailing courses to gain RYA qualifications and start new careers in the marine industry. The charity offers five strands of activity: RYA courses, family sailing trips, tall ship sailing, competitive racing and a Zero to Hero training programme, where participants can train up to RYA Yachtmaster level, regarded as the ‘gold standard’ in sailing qualifications and, for many, the key to a career in the marine industry. To be able to take responsibility of the charity’s yacht and become a volunteer instructor, Rob needed to gain his own RYA Yachtmaster qualification

“It was incredibly humbling, and I felt privileged to sail with people who had een in di cult situations and paid such a ig price. I genuinely felt honoured to e on oard.”

and log at least 50 days and 2,500nm at sea. Thankfully, after hearing about his keenness to help others the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity stepped forward and offered to sponsor Rob through the charity’s training programme. The plan was for Rob to help teach veterans affected by physical and mental injuries to sail and assist those in need on their road to recovery. Growing up in Wolverhampton more than 70 miles from the sea - Rob had little chance to sail before joining the Merchant Navy aged just 16. After five years at sea he transferred to join the Royal Navy where he stayed for the next 32 years before retiring in 2016.

STEPPING ON BOARD

As a keen sailor with several long-haul yachting trips under his belt, Rob took the decision to spend his retirement helping others and took part in his first sailing trip with Turn to Starboard, and

says he felt honoured to be on board: “On my first sailing trip I joined a crew with both physical and emotional injuries, something that I had never directly encountered before. After spending 32 years in the Royal Navy I was incredibly fortunate to have an injury-free career before taking retirement. “The trip was a huge learning process for me to not only help deliver sail training as the skipper’s mate, but I learned how to interact with each person on board and understand their individual needs. It was incredibly humbling, and I felt privileged to sail with people who had been in difficult situations and paid such a big price. I genuinely felt honoured to be on board.” The unique blend of people with similar backgrounds and experiences, Rob believes, creates a relaxed and cohesive atmosphere on board where skills learned in the military can be transferred to the boat.

“Whether they realised it or not, everybody had transferable skills to throw into the pot to help make the boat go forward, and watching the change in individuals once they saw their achievement was great,” he explained. Over the following year, Rob regularly gave up his time to join crews on several trips and in June last year he was invited to take part in a section of a 3,000mile sailing endeavour from Croatia to Cornwall organised by the charity. The challenging voyage was planned as a way for crew members to gain new skills and valuable miles towards their RYA Yachtmaster qualification. Rob joined the crew at Porto in northwest Portugal, sailing more than 500 miles across the Atlantic to Cornwall. “Crossing the Bay of Biscay was magical,” explained Rob. “We saw moon rises that were simply spectacular and sunsets that were glorious, we saw the Milky Way and ‘shot’ stars that shone more brilliantly than you had ever see ashore. We listened to music on the midnight watch and saw plankton glowing in the waves and dolphins under the bow. On this run across the Bay, amongst friends, it was tranquility all around, really cool and truly awesome.”

YACHTMASTER

After regular weekend sailing sessions on the Carrick Roads, a deep, meandering estuary of the River Fal, Rob was finally ready for his Yachtmaster exam and on a blustery autumn day, climbed aboard

the charity’s Bavaria 32ft yacht for a week of preparation. “Surprisingly, the prep week was great fun and enjoyable,” said Rob. “Although the weather was pretty rubbish each day, we did manage to practice manoverboard drills and night navigation in preparation for the exam at the end of the week. “When the big day arrived, I was surprised again to find the exam was good fun too. After spending so much time learning everything about sailing, you want to show the examiner all the knowledge you have and how capable you are, and by the end I still wanted to sail to more places and demonstrate my new skills.” Rob, quite literally, sailed through the exam and was awarded the coveted RYA Yachtmaster qualification, proving his competence as a skipper. “It felt great to have qualified and my reward is watching others step aboard and become capable crew members within a few days,” he said. “It feels good to help facilitate the process and provide an opportunity to help others get out on the water and spend time with likeminded individuals. “Thanks to the support from Turn to Starboard the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, I can play a small part in helping injured veterans get out on the water and move from a dark place to a good place and maybe even help some find a new career.” turntostarboard.co.uk


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SAILABILITY BOATS EXPLAINED Whether you are looking for adventure and adrenaline, or peace and nature, there is a Sailability group for everyone. DINGHIES

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Featuring a heavy centreboard or lifting keel, these small and responsive boats provide extra stability for those who are less mobile. The often simple set up makes it easy for beginners, but they are also great for racing. Single-handed or double-handed, they can be sailed by both disabled and non-disabled sailors. Examples: Hansa 2.3 and 303, Liberty, SKUD, RS Venture, Martin.

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MULTIHULLS

Twin or three hulled small boats, with forward-facing seats, adapted steering and stability provided by the righting movement. They are fun to sail, offer excellent performance and can be used in club racing. Examples: Challenger, Windrider, Weta.

“Disabled people of all ages are able to enjoy time on the water in many, varied types of boat - not just those that have been adapted. You name it, disabled people are out there sailing it!” explains RYA Sailability Manager, Joff McGill. “For some, getting the right kit can make all the difference to their independence and inclusion. It is about finding ways to get on and off the boat, getting into the right position within the boat and then having the support to control the sails and steer.” We take a closer look at some of the boats and opportunities you will commonly see at Sailability sites across the UK…

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DAY BOATS

With stability from a heavy centreboard or lifting keel and plenty of space for multiple crew members, day boats are suitable for both cruising and racing. They are fun and sociable to sail – perfect for going further afield. Examples: Traditional longboats, Luggers, Hawk 20.

KEELBOATS

These boats can be sailed single-handed or by several crew, with even greater stability provided by the keel. Some are a great way to get into racing – with a Paralympic pedigree – but others are more suitable for cruising around. Examples: 2.4mR, Sonar.

POWERBOATS

An alternative to sailing, accessible powerboats mean you can stay in your wheelchair once in the boat. Get aboard straight from a pontoon or slipway with side access or a drop bow. Examples: Wheelyboats, Wet Wheels, Pioneer.

EASY ACCESS

From transfer boards, to stacking steps and hoists, there are a variety of solutions that enable almost anyone to get in and out of a boat. Once on board, seats can be adapted to ensure the participant is comfortable and able to actively participate. From low tech beanbags to foam padding and specially fitted seats – there are numerous options and possible adaptations.

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TAKING THE HELM

Whether it is aiding strength and mobility to steer or trim the sails, or accessible navigation tools, almost anything is possible. Electric servos, joy sticks, chin switches, sip and puff straws and even eye gaze are all used to give sailors control of their boat. Talking compasses, tactile maps, audible racing marks, apps and various other tools are also all available to be used alongside navigation aids. “With advancing technology we are seeing more and more innovative solutions to enable those with even the most restricted mobility gain independence and enjoy everything Sailability has to offer.

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“But of course sailing is about so much more than just the boats. The benefits of being on the water are huge with regular participants increasing physical activity, learning new skills, connecting with others and improving well-being. “The first step is an open dialogue,” explains Joff, “you know yourself and we know sailing – the opportunities are endless and between us we can find a way.” To find out more about RYA Sailability visit www.rya.org.uk/sailability.

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SUMMER PLANNING

Bill enjoys some quality time on board and does a spot of planning

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f only ‘The Admiral’ (also known as the Wife) had suggested years ago to purchase a boat cover to protect and keep the boat clean when not in use. On receipt of the brand-new cover, we spent an honest few days work getting our pride and joy sparkling clean. This was made that much easier due to the Spring Clean I wrote about in May. After a week of strong offshore winds I was dreading returning to the boat knowing the good condition she would have been in before. You can only imagine my sheer delight when I untied and removed the cover to find her in the same pristine condition, we had left her in. Confession time – I think I love the cover maker. With no more work to be done before we headed out for a long overdue coastal trip, I spent a week reloading all the equipment I had taken home to clean and service over the winter. I am always staggered as to how much ‘stuff’ the cockpit hatches and lazarette hold - from buckets and mops to the tender and spare fenders; not forgetting the extralong emergency mooring/towing lines. With fuel and water tanks cleaned, treated and filled – we were finally ready

for our shakedown cruise down the coast. With forecasted winds continuing to be predominantly offshore, we decided to relive our long distant past and opted to anchor up at night rather than making use of the marinas. We do love the peace and tranquillity afforded by the water gently lapping at the hull and the evening breeze softly whistling through the rigging. After a magical first day’s sail we arrived at our first anchorage at about 4pm – a perfect time with plenty of day light hours to ensure the anchor was set and get the boat settled for the night. So organised was I, that I even got the tender inflated and we had a mini sojourn ashore to partake of a few well-deserved beverages. In such a perfect setting all I could think of to ruin this perfect ambience would be the anchor dragging later into the night. Thankfully this didn’t happen, and we had an event free night. Or so I thought – utter dismay flashed through me the following morning as I glanced astern to see my trusty 15-year-old tender looking rather deflated and barely holding herself above water. Luckily, I had removed the outboard engine. If only I had followed

good seamanship practice and used the spinnaker halyard to hoist the tender out of the water and strapped it alongside the hull. Old age had finally taken its toll on the tender – with minor lifting of the glued seams she was just not holding air as she used to. Just when I thought my research projects were completed for the year, I now had to start looking into the various tenders on offer. This would have to wait

With no shortage of tender manufacturers to choose from, it would come down to quality of manufacture and a boat that had all the required attachments fitted as standard at production. I have never been a fan of buying a basic boat then trying to add all the required extras - towing eyes and davit points etc - as an afterthought. I always prefer to pay a little extra and get peace of mind that all items were fitted

“Now, I only had to find a manufacturer that offered the build quality, fixtures and fittings as standard and safety features we had been looking for...” until we returned home. Although she complains vehemently about the time I spend on my ‘boating research’ projects, I honestly believe The Admiral secretly enjoys the peace and quite she gets when I am busy.

by the professionals. Not urgently needing a tender for this season – I have decided to continue my online research and use the Southampton Boat Show in September as a time to view the boats and hopefully get an amazing ‘show deal’.

We have made the decision that the new tender should have an air deck as opposed to the old wooden slatted floor we had before. The reason being that we believe this would provide a drier and more comfortable ride as well as making embarkation and disembarkation from the yacht easier. Now, I only had to find a manufacturer that offered the build quality, fixtures and fittings as standard and safety features we had been looking for. I am excited to have come across the new AquaMarine tender that apparently will be making its show debut at Southampton. With larger than average tube diameter and crucially having hot air welded seams (rather than glued) and already fitted with davit points and towing rings it looks very likely that we may have found our new addition to the fleet. The already extensive list of exhibitors and products to view at the show for season 2020 upgrades covers toilet manufacturers, sailmakers (I must find someone to talk to about HSX-P sailcloth), rope manufacturers and a host of others. Next month I will share my Southampton Boat Show itinerary with you.

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SAFETY FIRST

Wearing a lifejacket could save your life

The 2019 boating season will see the RYA launch a new digital safety campaign to highlight its key safety messages: look after yourself, have a plan, keep in touch and know your limits.

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new, year-round calendar of short, impactful safety videos will cover a broad range of topics from kill cords to clipping on, and liferaft servicing to boat fire safety and the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. Aimed at saving lives by delivering safety tips on its website and social media channels, the RYA’s new campaign is a modernised approach to its more traditional method of issuing an annual Safety Advisory Notice featuring six key topics to help boaters think in practical terms about their safety afloat.

Carbon monoxide poisoning: Get wise, get alarmed, get out. Understand the sources of Carbon Monoxide and the risks associated with it, know how to recognise the symptoms of poisoning and fit a suitable alarm.

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Cold water shock: Cold Water Shock is a cause of death that many people fail to appreciate. Adequate clothing and a lifejacket will help you to survive long enough to be recovered.

Compiled for the recreational boating community and first launched in 2014, the RYA Safety Advisory Notice has always offered a simple digest of critical safety issues including those that have arisen from incidents and tragic accidents in the past year. Reviewing the Notice annually has enabled the RYA Safety Advisory Group to examine safety concerns that have emerged throughout the year and consolidate any lessons learnt. The new digital safety campaign will ensure that any such learning points not only underpin the national governing body’s ethos of self-reliance and responsibility for safety on board, but also that the learning points can be shared in a more timely and topical manner all year round. RYA Safety Advisor, Andrew Norton said: “We first launched the Safety Advisory Notice at the London Boat Show in 2014 to

Entanglements: Snagging something around your prop, keel or rudder can cause problems ranging from the tiresome to the terrible. Avoid compounding the situation by jumping in to try and clear it, unless conditions are suitable and you are confident in your abilities.

raise awareness of particular safety issues, to help prevent avoidable accidents and ultimately to protect lives. “By highlighting the causes of incidents and how they might have been prevented, safety advisories encourage us all to think about our own actions in a different light and above all help to make better decisions both before setting off and when out on the water. “We continue to work closely with our delivery partners and other UK agencies responsible for safety on the water and with the marine trade press to progress our policy of information and education, which we believe is a powerful tool in fostering safe attitudes and behaviour on the water.”

EASY TO DIGEST AND SHARE

James Eaves, RYA Video Production Manager, added: “We know that our followers like video content because it is easy to digest, entertaining and engaging, and it is very accessible to anyone with internet access, both to watch and to share. “We are aiming to strike the right balance of providing critical safety information throughout the year and keeping the content ‘likeable’ so that boaters will want to share the new videos with their friends, fellow boaters and family members.” The video campaign is set to touch on the following safety issues… and many more.

SAFETY TOPICS…

Lifejacket and liferaft servicing: Regularly service lifejackets and liferafts according to the manufacturer’s instructions at an approved service agent. Your liferaft must be capable of being launched quickly and easily in an emergency. Clip on with care: Think carefully before clipping on. The optimum length of your safety line will vary dependent on the size of the boat and where you need to attach it for the task in hand.

Safety videos will cover important topics such as kill cords

Weather forecasts: Checking the weather forecast before putting to sea is an obligation under SOLAS2. It is advisable to obtain weather forecasts from several different sources. Boat fire safety: Fire on board can take hold quickly and when it does, it can wreak havoc on a vessel in minutes. A smoke detector can give you those precious few minutes of warning to help you and your crew get out safely.

Buoyancy aids and lifejackets: Wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid unless you are sure you do not need to; worn correctly it could save your life. ‘Get trained’ advice: Mechanical failure is the single biggest cause of rescue call-outs to sailing and motor cruisers and accounts for nearly 20 per cent of all lifeboat launches. If you know how to fix common problems and how to carry out basic maintenance and engine care, you can avoid becoming part of this statistic. Correct use of VHF: A means of calling for help in the event of an emergency is essential for all boaters, yet its misuse can be a cause of interference and danger at sea. Navigation dangers: Check up-to-date charts and current pilot books, notices to mariners, almanacs or river guides for any navigational dangers such as shoals, overfalls, weirs, overhead wires and buoyage. Be aware that counterfeit charts and publications are in circulation and pose a danger to the safety of a vessel. Love boating? Then why not join the association that promotes and protects, safe, successful and rewarding boating. Join today and support the RYA in protecting your boating rights and freedoms. Take advantage of free advice and support on all aspects of your boating, as well as enjoying a range of fantastic personal member offers. Find out more by calling 023 8060 4159, email member. services@rya.org.uk or visit rya.org.uk. LEFT: Be aware of any potential navigation dangers which could pose a risk to your boat

COMING SOON!

Look out for the videos across the RYA’s social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn and visit the RYA online safety hub at www.rya.org.uk/go/ safety for a wealth of practical advice and safety ‘top tips’ covering a vast array of boating activities.

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EXPERTS’ FORUM MAN OVERBOARD PREVENTION AND RESCUE a team of strong sailors to swiftly haul them back on board in relatively calm waters and in daylight, but consider a cruising boat out of sight of land with just two people on board, which is quite the norm. Worse still, it could be the stronger, heavier and more experienced of the two who has fallen overboard.

ALISTAIR HACKETT, MD AT OCEAN SAFETY, LOOKS AT THE OPTIONS AVAILABLE IN A MAN OVERBOARD SITUATION. Falling overboard is something that some of us have experienced, but everyone takes care to avoid. The danger of being in the water for all but the shortest time greatly increases the risks of fatality or at least hypothermia and water ingestion. Being able to retrieve a person from the water as quickly as possible is absolutely paramount. An inshore racing yacht whose crew member slips overboard during a busy manoeuvre might have plenty of manpower with

BE PREPARED There are ways to make retrieving a person from the water as easy as possible; boat owners should make sure they keep essential equipment on board. One of the most recognisable MOB recovery systems is the Ocean Safety Jonbuoy Recovery Module, which most people recognise as a neat slim – and unused - canister mounted on the transom. Once launched, however, the Jonbuoy inside deploys into a high visibility float which the casualty can rest on, and which can be winched via a halyard back on board. This is particularly helpful if the casualty is injured. Other floatation aids which can be thrown to a person in the water include a horseshoe lifebuoy or automatically inflating Jonbuoy version. These will not necessarily have

a means of getting the crew back on the boat so it is vital to carry a boarding ladder – these can be stowed away when not in use. SIMPLE SOLUTIONS It goes without saying that you should be wearing a lifejacket in all but the calmest weather and especially if you are voyaging short-handed. It only takes a small slip to land in the water and your chances of survival are far greater if you are wearing a lifejacket. Bulky lifejackets are a thing of the past, so there is no excuse not to wear one most of the time. Slimline designs with low sculpted necks are easy to put on and forget about as they are hardly noticeable. Do not forget to store them somewhere dry and get them checked and serviced regularly to make sure they are always ready to auto-inflate when needed. Having jackstays and tether lines – again regularly checked – are also important for offshore boats. Personal safety is becoming ever more manageable with the growth of PLB and AIS personal beacons. These can be tucked in an oilskin pocket or fitted into lifejackets that are designed to be ‘AIS ready’. Like the larger EPIRBs,

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RACING AHEAD reparing a oat and its team for o shore power oat racing.

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e caught up with team Southampton Dry Stack to see what preparations they undertook before the start of the UKOPRA offshore powerboat race series. Over the last few months Dennis Clemson and Lee Kattenhorn and their team have been busy preparing the race boat, which is sponsored by and named after the Southampton Dry Stack. This season’s circuit will see the painstakingly restored boat racing at Poole, Guernsey and Cowes. The team has been working alongside the builder of the boat, Richard Lucas, who lives on Hayling Island. The Forgecraft boat, built in Alton, Hampshire, was designed by Richard’s father Stephen Lucas. Forgecraft produced just five boats, two of which will be taking part in this year’s events, a first for over 10 years. Richard, who also owns the boat as well as being heavily involved with the team’s restoration work, had kept her in Scotland previously for pleasure use by his family. The driver of the boat will be Dennis Clemson and the navigator will be Lee Kattenhorn. We caught up with both of them to hear about their pathway to this season’s racing.

LABOUR OF LOVE

It has taken in excess of 500 man-hours to restore Southampton Dry Stack. The team consider themselves very fortunate as their sponsors have been actively involved and their help and support has been invaluable. The cost to the team has been two new engines, and the sponsors met most of the other costs. The team are thankful to Richard Saunders of R S Performance Boating for all his hard work on the preparation and refreshing of the engines and Paul Denford of Denford Property Management for supplying all the satellite navigation equipment. The restoration was pretty straightforward with the exception of the previous paint jobs. The team had hoped to just respray her, but on closer inspection it was decided a full bare metal respray was the best option, stripping back many layers of old paint to get back to the bare aluminium. Once bare the boat was in amazing condition with virtually no repairs, which demonstrated how well she was designed and constructed.

Ready in Poole with a new paint job. All images: Rachel Eastmead

COST OF RACING

The team is expecting the cost of competing in the UKOPRA series to be around £3,600 but with a team of five plus family members this figure might increase. The boat is currently undergoing rigorous testing, but as both driver and navigator have considerable experience they do not need additional training. Dennis has been on a healthy eating programme and has not touched alcohol since last December. His training regime includes weights and cardio vascular work, although he has always kept himself in good shape. The boat is insured in its own right and the crew will be obtaining their own personal accident policy and travel insurance to Guernsey as it is not included in the UK health care system. Dennis and Lee both love the challenge of racing on an unpredictable surface, not knowing what conditions they will be faced with and told us that it is brilliant fun, a complete adrenalin rush and something special to take part in. At the time of going to press Team Southampton Dry Stack are lying in fourth position after the Poole race with 169 points in Class 3X. ukopra.com

THE DRIVER

Dennis Clemson owned his first boat at 15 and started competing in 1984 in the Cancer Research race in a Ring 20. In 1989 he bought a Forgecraft Aluminium Racing powerboat, a sister to the Southampton Dry Stack boat, and started racing in the Class 3 2-litre series run by the RYA. Dennis raced in this series for three years with navigator Howard Ambrose. During this time they took part in the World Series in Guernsey finishing fourth overall. Various other wins followed with Dennis often racing against his current boat. He stopped racing in 1992 to concentrate on family life and his business, but his love for the sport endured. Over the past 10 years he has restored a Revenger 25, which he uses for family days out. In 2017 the current owners of the Forgecraft that he owned in 1989 contacted Dennis and asked if he would like to drive the boat again. He went on to drive her at West Bay in 2017 in an OCRDA event and then again in 2018 in a UKOPRA event in Poole, finishing first in class. Richard Lucas then came forward and offered Dennis the newly named Southampton Dry Stack boat to compete in this year’s series.

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THE NAVIGATOR

Navigator Lee Kattenhorn entered his first race in 1988 in the Northern Series of Offshore powerboat racing competing in a Ring 20. In 1989 he was in an OCR basic race as navigator and obtained a first and second place. He also participated in the Cancer Research races in 1989 in a Ring 20 and again in 1997 in a Phantom 21. He finished second in the Northern Series Championship.

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MARINA FOCUS

BRAY MARINA

Bray Marina Monkey Island Lane, Bray, Berkshire SL6 2EB (SL6 2LL for sat nav purposes). 01628 623654 bray mdlmarinas.co.uk Twitter @MDLBrayMarina Facebook @Bray.Marina

Bray Marina, in its country park setting, provides berth holders with a delightfully serene mooring in Berkshire. OFF the beaten track, Bray Marina nestles on a tranquil stretch of the River Thames. It is a wildlife haven with plenty of nesting birds including swans and coots and is even home to a species of rare freshwater shrimp. Bray is perfect for watching the river laze by under willow, oak and ash trees as well as a newly planted orchard of apple and pear trees. Plus the charming village of Bray boasts seven Michelin stars in total – including two of Britain’s five threeMichelin-star restaurants. The Waterside Inn, founded in 1972 by Michel and Albert Roux, is close by. You will also find The

Fat Duck, the pioneering restaurant from Heston Blumenthal, a short drive away, with Blumenthal’s 16th century inn, The Crown at Bray, a little further down the road. Enjoyed by motorboaters who take advantage of one of the 400 berths, or visitors who cruise between MDL’s other Thames Marinas (Windsor and Penton Hook), the marina’s popularity is down to its tranquil setting and its position right on the riverfront. Plus, being 10 minutes from the M4, 20 minutes from the M3 and 25 minutes from Heathrow, it offers a quiet, green, open break close to, but away from, the city.

FACILITIES & BERTHING

As a Five Gold Anchor marina, Bray has 400 berths (maximum length 18m) and a wide range of facilities including boat lifting and storage ashore, engineering and repair services and electric vehicle charging via three pin connection. Wide floating pontoons fully supplied with power and water make the most of the tranquil area. The site also has a 10-ton crane and yard services like jet washing and antifouling.

Other facilities include recently refurbished premium shower/ changing facilities, 24 hour security, petrol and diesel (at cost price to MDL members), Calor gas and plenty of parking. Surrounded by open green space, trees and delightful footpaths around the marina, each bridgehead, and the main gate, are controlled by an access card. MDL’s Penton Hook Marina, a four-hour cruise away, also offers

boatyard facilities including a 20-ton crane, trailer boat storage, boat lifting, storage ashore and two pump-out stations.

ACCESS

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PERSONAL RECOMMENDATION

CRUISING

The Thames is a great location to cruise. There are many places of interest within a day’s cruising of Bray. Upstream, the Thames is navigable as far as Lechlade. Between Windsor and Oxford there are several riverside inns, stately homes and gardens to visit, including Cliveden, with its extensive Italianate gardens and woodlands.

LOCAL EATERIES

The on-site Riverside Brasserie serves traditional British cuisine with a modern twist and is the ideal spot to enjoy the views of the marina. The Bray Cruiser Club, based at the marina, holds barbecues, local and tidal cruises and family fun days and is a great place to socialise with other boat owners. Those staying at the marina can buy snacks from the office,

Consider a cruise to Marlow, a vibrant Georgian town, where the counties of Buckinghamshire and Berkshire are joined by a suspension bridge. This lovely riverside town has a fine literary heritage – it was Mary Shelley’s home while she was finishing Frankenstein, and T.S. Eliot lived there too. Windsor is lovely for a day or weekend visit. MDL has another marina there which its members

or walk a few minutes to the local garage to pick up basics. It is a quick taxi ride – about five minutes – to the nearest supermarket. Fifield Inn offers a lovely menu and is perfect for a quick drink in a country setting. Popular with cyclists it has a small garden. Alternatively, the recently refurbished Greene Oak has an extensive garden which is great for

can stay at as part of the Freedom Berthing package (offering free overnights in more than 120 marinas across Europe), so people can take as long as they want exploring the castle, having cream teas and more. Perfect destinations for weekend cruises include going upriver to Henley-on-Thames. Once the home of the most pubs per head of population in the south east, it now features walking tours, ale and gin

large families – and dogs – and offers a selection of delicious food.

THINGS TO DO

Bray Marina has a footbridge across the river, and walkers and cyclists can pick up the Thames Path and explore the terrific scenery along the banks. Local area highlights include Dorney Lake, which is where the Olympic rowing events took place. This is across

tours and more within its picturesque setting. Plus, it is the home of the River and Rowing Museum said, by The Times, to be one of the best 50 museums in the world. Downriver is Runnymede, the infamous site of the signing of the Magna Carta and a lovely destination for a relaxing or educational weekend. And if boat owners use MDL’s Penton Hook as a stop-off overnight, Central London comes within cruising reach.

the river from the marina – accessed via a footbridge – and holds a wide variety of spectator events including rowing, canoeing, triathlons, fun runs and more. Well worth visiting is the Crown Estate. This is the land surrounding Windsor Castle and is free to enter, but visitors are advised to be wary of getting lost as the acreage is over 15,000. Paths are signposted through the land which includes magnificent

“I have berthed at Bray Marina for the last 16 years and have found it to be the best marina on the Thames. The staff are very friendly and attentive, nothing is too much trouble. We have someone on hand 24 hours a day, the dockmasters in the day and a security team at night. This makes our berthing really great value as we can berth our boat and know that it will be looked after. The facilities are very high-end having just been refurbished for the 2018 season. “We love it here as we do not have to go very far for some picturesque cruising. If we just want to go for an evening cruise, the ‘stretch’ between Bray Lock and Boveney Lock is around four miles so you can easily cruise for a couple of hours without having to go through any Locks. “All the pontoons have been refurbished over the last few years with new finger berths and decking. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. Every time we come through the gate all our worries disappear and we are in holiday mode!” John McNall

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deer enclosures and games of polo (in season). Also on the estate is the Savill Garden. There is an admission charge, but well worth the visit for the spectacular borders. For a full day out, consider Legoland or exploring Windsor itself. There are taxi and bus firms operating in the area. For airport pickups or local runs consider using Riviera Taxis (01628 666777).


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MARINA GUIDE JULY 2019

SOUTH COAST

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PREMIER MARINAS FALMOUTH North Parade, Falmouth, Cornwall. TR11 2TD T: 01326 316620 E: falmouth@premiermarinas.com W: www.premiermarinas.com MYLOR YACHT HARBOUR Manager/contact: Culum Matheson Mylor Yacht Harbour, Mylor Churchtown, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 5UF T: 01326 372 121 E: marina@mylor.com W: www.mylor.com

MDL BRIXHAM MARINA Manager: Andrew Millar Berry Head Road, Devon. TQ5 9BW T: 01803 882929 E: brixham@mdlmarinas.co.uk W: www.brixhammarina.co.uk

KING POINT MARINA Marina Manager - Mark Brimacombe Brunel Way, Millbay, Plymouth, PL1 3EF T : 01752 424 297 E : marina@kingpointmarina.co.uk W: www.kingpointmarina.co.uk

MDL TORQUAY MARINA Manager: Mike Smith Torquay, Devon , TQ2 5EQ T: 01803 200210 E: torquaymarina@mdlmarinas.co.uk W: www.torquaymarina.co.uk

MAYFLOWER MARINA Manager: Charles Bush Mayflower Marina, Richmond Walk, Plymouth, Devon PL1 4LS. T: 01752 556633 E: info@mayflowermarina.co.uk W: www.mayflowermarina.co.uk

WEYMOUTH MARINA Manager: Alistair Clarke Commercial Road, Weymouth Dorset. DT4 8NA T: 01305 767576 F: 01305 767575 E: berths@weymouthmarina.co.uk W: www.weymouthmarina.co.uk

PLYMOUTH YACHT HAVEN Manager: Steve Kitchen Shaw Way, Mount Batten Plymouth, Devon, PL9 9XH T: 01752 404231 E: plymouth@yachthavens.com W: www.yachthavens.com

WEYMOUTH HARBOUR Manager/contact - Keith Howorth 13 Custom House Quay, Weymouth Tel - 01305 838423 E: weymouthharbour@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk W - www.weymouth-harbour.co.uk

YACHT HAVEN QUAY, PLYMOUTH Manager: Will Rahder Breakwater Road, Plymouth, Devon, PL9 7FE T: 01752 481190 E: boatyard@yachthavenquay.com W: www.yachthavens.com

PORTLAND MARINA Manager: Paul Swain Osprey Quay, Portland, Dorset. DT5 1DX T: 01305 866190 E: berths@portlandmarina.co.uk W: www.portlandmarina.co.uk

MDL QUEEN ANNE’S BATTERY Manager: Chris Price Queen Anne’s Battery, Plymouth Devon. PL4 0LP T: 01752 671142 E: qab@mdlmarinas.co.uk www.queenannesbattery.co.uk

LAKE YARD MARINA Manager/contact - Jenny Burrows Lake Yard Marina, Lake Drive, Hamworthy, Poole, Dorset. BH15 4DT T - 01202 674531 E: office@lakeyard.com W -www.lakeyard.com

THE MARINA AT SUTTON HARBOUR Marina Manager: Mark Brimacombe The Jetty, Sutton Harbour, Plymouth, PL4 0DW T: 01752 204702 E: marina@sutton-harbour.co.uk W: www.suttonharbourmarina.com KING POINT MARINA Marina Manager: Mark Brimacombe Brunel Way, Millbay, Plymouth, PL1 3EF T: 01752 424297 E: marina@kingpointmarina.co.uk W: www.kingpointmarina.co.uk PREMIER MARINAS NOSS ON DART Manager: Andy Osman Bridge Road, Kingswear, Dartmouth Devon , TQ6 0EA T: 01803 839087 E: noss@premiermarinas.com MDL DARTSIDE QUAY Manager: Andrew Millar Galmpton Creek, Galmpton, Brixham, Devon. TQ5 0EH T: 01803 845445 W: www.dartsidequay.co.uk

POOLE QUAY BOAT HAVEN Manager: Kerrie Gray Poole Quay Boat Haven, Poole Town Quay, Poole, Dorset. BH15 1HJ Tel/Fax: 01202 649488 E: info@poolequayboathaven.co.uk W: www.poolequayboathaven.co.uk PORT OF POOLE MARINA Manager: Kerrie Gray Poole Quay Boat Haven, Poole Town Quay, Poole, Dorset. BH15 1HJ Tel/Fax: 01202 649 488 E: info@poolequayboathaven.co.uk W: www.poolequayboathaven.co.uk SALTERNS MARINA LTD Manager: Robert Golden 40 Salterns Way, Lilliput, Poole, Dorset. BH14 8JR T: 01202 709971 F: 01202 700398 E: reception@salterns.co.uk W: www.salterns.co.uk

MDL COBB’S QUAY MARINA Manager: Frank Gelder Hamworthy, Poole, Dorset. BH15 4EL T: 01202 674299 E: cobbsquay@mdlmarinas.co.uk W: www.cobbsquaymarina.co.uk LYMINGTON YACHT HAVEN Manager: Rupert Wagstaff Kings Saltern Road Lymington, Hampshire SO41 3QD T: 01590 677071 E: lymington@yachthavens.com W: www.yachthavens.com BUCKLER’S HARD YACHT HARBOUR Harbour Master: Wendy Stowe Harbour Master’s Office Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour Beaulieu Hampshire SO42 7XB T: 01590 616200 E: harbour.office@beaulieu.co.uk W: www.beaulieuriver.co.uk HAVEN QUAY, LYMINGTON Manager: Ali Neal Mill Lane, Lymington Hampshire, SO41 9AZ T: 01590 677072 E: havenquay@yachthavens.com W: www.yachthavens.com DEACONS MARINA Manager/Contact name: Rachael Foster Bursledon Bridge, Southampton SO31 8AZ T 023 80 402253 E: berths@deaconsmarina.co.uk W: www.deaconsmarina.co.uk MDL HYTHE MARINA VILLAGE Manager: David Lewis The Lock Building, Shamrock Way Hythe, Southampton, Hampshire. SO45 6DY T: 023 8020 7073 E: hythe@mdlmarinas.co.uk W: www.hythemarinavillage.co.uk MDL OCEAN VILLAGE MARINA Manager: Scott Farquharson Marina Office, 2 Channel Way Southampton, Hampshire. SO14 3TG T: 023 8022 9385 E: oceanvillage@mdlmarinas.co.uk W: www.oceanvillagemarina.co.uk

DOVER OPEN DAY GETS BIGGER WITH taster sessions, life jacket checks, a free flare amnesty and many more activities, the Open Day at Dover Marina is back bigger than ever on 6 and 7 July from 10am until 4pm. As well as hosting a fantastic group of exhibitors, the Port will be showcasing its brand new marina, due to open next year as a key part of the £250 million Dover Western Docks redevelopment. So go along and meet the marina team for first-hand information and advice.

Chris Windsor, marina manager at the Port of Dover, said: “We are really proud of our excellent facilities and location, which make Dover one of the best known marinas on the South Coast. With our brand new site due to open next year, and more exhibitors attending than ever before, we are really looking forward to showcasing our superb services to our existing and new boating fans.”

MDL SHAMROCK QUAY Manager: Jonathan Walcroft William Street, Northam, Southampton Hampshire. SO14 5QL T: 023 8022 9461 E: shamrockquay@mdlmarinas.co.uk W: www.shamrockquay.co.uk

PREMIER MARINAS SWANWICK Swanwick (on the Hamble) Southampton, Hants. SO31 1ZL T: 01489 884081 F: 01489 579073 E: swanwick@premiermarinas.com W: www.premiermarinas.com New dry stack for boats up to 11 metres

MDL SAXON WHARF Manager: Jonathan Walcroft Lower York Street, Northam, Southampton. SO14 5QF T: 023 8033 9490 E: saxonwharf@mdlmarinas.co.uk W: www.saxonwharf.co.uk

TOWN QUAY MARINA Manager: Brian Akerman Management Office Town Quay, Southampton. SO14 2AQ T: 02380 234397 F: 02380 235302 E: bakerman@abports.co.uk W: www.townquay.com

MDL HAMBLE POINT MARINA Manager: Andrew Coles School Lane, Hamble, Southampton Hampshire. SO31 4NB T: 023 8045 2464 E: hamblepoint@mdlmarinas.co.uk W: www.hamblepointmarina.co.uk MDL PORT HAMBLE MARINA Manager: Andrew Coles Satchell Lane, Hamble, Southampton Hampshire. SO31 4QD T: 023 8045 274,1 E: porthamble@mdlmarinas.co.uk W: www.porthamblemarina.co.uk MDL MERCURY YACHT HARBOUR Manager: Andrew Coles Satchell Lane, Hamble, Southampton, Hampshire. SO31 4HQ T: 023 8045 5994 E: mercury@mdlmarinas.co.uk W: www.mercuryyachtharbour.co.uk

HAMBLE YACHT SERVICES Port Hamble, Hamble, Southampton, Hampshire SO31 4NN T: 02380 201501 E: info@hysgroup.co.uk www.hysgroup.co.uk Permanent and visitors’ berths HASLAR MARINA Manager: Ben Lippiett Haslar Road, Gosport, Hampshire. PO12 1NU T: 023 9260 1201 F: 023 9260 2201 E: berths@haslarmarina.co.uk W: www.haslarmarina.co.uk PREMIER MARINAS GOSPORT Mumby Road , Gosport, Hampshire. PO12 1AH T: 023 9252 4811 F: 023 9258 9541 E: gosport@premiermarinas.com W: www.premiermarinas.com


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NAB TOWER PURSUIT RAISES OVER £4,500 Image: Max Mudie

THE Nab Tower Pursuit got off to a fine start at 10am on 15 June. They left GAFIRS slipway buoy, with SALT HEART, skippered by Kevin Raine, leading the way. A brisk southerly breeze helped the yachts as they began the Pursuit out to the Nab Tower, a distance of some 10 miles. All yachts finished by just after 2pm and were able to get ashore and prepare for the evening’s festivities. The prize-giving took place at Hornet Services Sailing Club and the Mayor of Gosport, Kathleen Jones, presented them. ASSASSIN, skippered by Mark Brown, was this year’s overall winner, having accumulated the most points. Mark took home the Gosport Challenge Cup as well as a lift-out and relaunch for

his yacht, courtesy of Premier Marinas’ Endeavour Quay. The most contested prize was awarded to the yacht that raised the most amount of money for their chosen charity. The prize went to BOMBADIER III skippered by Matthew Sleap. They raised £866 for the Step by Step charity. Charities who benefitted from the event include Oarsome Chance, The James Myatt Memorial Trust, Cancer Research UK, Alzheimers Research UK, the Jo Glover Trust, Step by Step and Gosport Marine Futures, the charitable arm of Gosport Marine Scene that provides opportunities for local Gosport and Portsmouth youngsters to engage with all things marine and maritime. Nab Tower Pursuit: 13 June 2020.

LITTER PICK SUCCESS SOUTHSEA Marina spearheaded a successful litter-pick event, which saw 50 berth holders attend and a substantial amount of rubbish collected from the coastline by the marina. The litter picking volunteers, led by Berthing Master, Liam Feasey, carried out a two hour clean-up along the foreshore and towards Milton Common and back to rid the area of plastics and other rubbish. On arriving back at the marina volunteers were then invited to stay for a complimentary lunch, provided by the onsite cafe ‘Marina Bar’ and were also given a re-useable water bottle as a token of thanks for their hard work on the day.

The event was a huge success with participants keen to take part in similar events in the future. The morning enabled attendees to put ‘green intentions’ into action and actively help to keep the local environment tidy and free of plastics and other waste. Rupert Bremer, Southsea marina manager, said: “I am delighted that so many people participated and that it was such a productive exercise. At Southsea Marina we are determined to help the environment any way we can and hopefully this will help encourage others to recycle and to look after the local area.” southsea@premiermarinas.com

PREMIER OFFER SUP STORAGE AND RENTAL BIKES IN an initiative to offer customers more reasons to get out on the water and enjoy marina life, this month Premier’s Swanwick Marina opened a SUP Store. You can now securely store SUP boards or kayaks for just £25 per month with SUP storage, or £35 per month with SUP storage and dedicated parking. The SUP store includes secure access control and CCTV to make sure equipment is kept safe along with easy access to water for customers to wash down their paddleboard or kayak before stowing it away. There is also the facility for Premier customers to hire SUP boards from Swanwick Marina’s reception either to launch from the adjacent slipway or to take away for a week or two on their boat. App Bikes have been installed at both Chichester and Eastbourne marinas to be hired and used to explore the many scenic cycle routes in the area. These App-Bikes combine smart phone and smart lock technology and are available to pick up and deposit from several locations along the south coast with the

ROYAL CLARENCE MARINA The Bridgehead, Weevil Lane, Gosport, Hampshire. PO12 1AX T: 023 9252 3523 F: 023 9252 3523 E: info@royalclarencemarina.org W: www.royalclarencemarina.org PREMIER MARINAS PORT SOLENT South Lockside, Port Solent, Portsmouth, Hampshire. PO6 4TJ T: 023 9221 0765 F: 023 9232 4241 E: portsolent@premiermarinas.com W: www.premiermarinas.com PREMIER MARINAS SOUTHSEA Fort Cumberland Road Portsmouth, Hampshire. PO4 9RJ T: 023 9282 2719 F: 023 9282 2220 E: southsea@premiermarinas.com W: www.premiermarinas.com GUNWHARF QUAYS MARINA Manager: Carl Jarmaine Marina Manager Gunwharf Quays Marina office. Gunwharf Quays. Portsmouth. Hampshire PO1 3TZ T: 02392 836732 E: marina@gunwharf-quays.com W: www.gunwharf-quays.com/marina

ISLE OF WIGHT

COWES YACHT HAVEN Manager: Katy Ednay Boat Yard Manager: Finn Kirkpatrick Vectis Yard, High Street, Cowes, PO31 7BD T: 01983 299975 F: 01983 200332 E: berthing@cowesyachthaven.com W: www.cowesyachthaven.com VHF: Channel 80

ability to pay-as-you-go, pay monthly or even annually. Running concurrently with these initiatives, The Waterfront at Eastbourne Marina is coordinating a diverse range of attractions and events

over the summer. From a children’s urban beach, live music acts, outdoor cinema experience to a Wellness Weekend event. For more information on Swanwick’s SUP Store or to purchase storage call 01489 884081, or speak to the team at the Marina Reception.

EAST COWES MARINA Manager: Mike Townshend Britannia Way, East Cowes Isle of Wight. PO32 6UB T: 01983 293983 F: 01983 299276 E: berths@eastcowesmarina.co.uk W: www.eastcowesmarina.co.uk

PREMIER MARINAS CHICHESTER Birdham (Chichester Harbour) West Sussex. PO20 7EJ T: 01243 512731 E: chichester@premiermarinas.com W: www.premiermarinas.com SMALL BOATS WELCOME

COWES HARBOUR SHEPARDS MARINA Manager - Jock Rafferty Medina Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7HT T: 01983 297821 E: shepards.chc@cowes.co.uk W: cowesharbourshepardsmarina.co.uk

LITTLEHAMPTON MARINA Berthing Manager: Darren Humphries Ferry Road, Littlehampton, West Sussex, BN17 5DS T: 01903 713553 F: 01903 732264 E: sales@littlehamptonmarina.co.uk www.littlehamptonmarina.co.uk

ISLAND HARBOUR MARINA Manager: Darren Cooke Mill Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2LA T: 01983 539994 E: info@island-harbour.co.uk W :www.island-harbour.co.uk BEMBRIDGE HARBOUR Manager/Contact - Gordon Wight The Duver, St Helens, PO33 1YB T: 01983 872828 E : mail@bembridgeharbour.co.uk W : www.bembridgeharbour.co.uk

SOUTH EAST

MDL NORTHNEY MARINA Manager: Debbie Burns Northney Road, Hayling Island, PO11 0NH T: 023 9246 6321 E: northney@mdlmarinas.co.uk W: www.northneymarina.co.uk MDL SPARKES MARINA Manager: Debbie Burns 38 Wittering Road, Hayling Island Hampshire. PO11 9SR T: 023 9246 3572 E: sparkes@mdlmarinas.co.uk W: www.sparkesmarina.co.uk BIRDHAM POOL MARINA Birdham, Chichester, W Sussex. PO20 7BG T: 01243 512310 E: info@birdhampool.co.uk W: www.birdhampool.co.uk

LITTLEHAMPTON YACHT CLUB (LYC) Rope House, Rope Walk Littlehampton, West Sussex BN17 5DH Office: Fiona Boyce: 01903 713 996 Berthing Master: Bill Kellett T: 01903 732 926 F: 01903 725 911 E: fiona@littlehamptonyachtclub.co.uk W: www.littlehamptonyachtclub.co.uk PREMIER MARINAS BRIGHTON West Jetty, Brighton, East Sussex. BN2 5UP T: 01273 819919 F: 01273 675082 E: brighton@premiermarinas.com W: www.premiermarinas.com PREMIER MARINAS EASTBOURNE Sovereign Harbour, North Lockside, Pacific Drive, Eastbourne. BN23 5BJ T: 01323 470099 F: 01323 470077 sovereignharbour@premiermarinas.com W: www.premiermarinas.com SMALL BOATS WELCOME NEWHAVEN MARINA Manager/Contact: Russell Levett Address: Newhaven Marina, The Yacht Harbour, Fort Road, Newhaven, BN9 9BY T: +44 (0)1273 513 881 E: info@newhavenmarina.co.uk W: www.newhavenmarina.co.uk


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UK AND IRELAND

KENT

GILLINGHAM MARINA 173 Pier Road, Gillingham, Kent. ME7 1UB T: 01634 280022 E: berthing@gillingham-marina.co.uk W: www.gillingham-marina.co.uk MDL CHATHAM MARITIME MARINA Manager: Alastair Hand The Lock Building, Leviathan Way Chatham Maritime, Kent. ME4 4LP T: 01634 899200 E: chatham@mdlmarinas.co.uk www.chathammaritimemarina.co.uk MEDWAY YACHT CLUB Contact: Sue Bannister Lower Upnor, Rochester, ME2 4XB T: 01634 718399 W: www.medwayyachtclub.com PORT OF DOVER MARINA Manager: Chris Windsor Address - Dover Marina, Crosswall Quay, Union Street, Dover, Kent, CT179BN T +44 (0) 1304 241 663 E marina@doverport.co.uk W www.doverport.co.uk/marina

SURREY

MDL PENTON HOOK MARINA Manager: Paul Hallas Staines Road, Chertsey, Surrey. KT16 8PY T: 01932 568681 E: pentonhook@mdlmarinas.co.uk W: www.pentonhookmarina.co.uk

BERKSHIRE

MDL WINDSOR MARINA Manager: Paul Hallas Maidenhead Road, Windsor, Berkshire. SL4 5TZ T: 01753 853911 E: windsor@mdlmarinas.co.uk W: www.windsormarina.co.uk MDL BRAY MARINA Manager: Paul Hallas Monkey Island Lane, Bray, Berkshire. SL6 2EB T: 01628 623654 E: bray@mdlmarinas.co.uk W: www.braymarina.co.uk

NORFOLK

ST OLAVES MARINA Contact: Tamsin Bromley/Mary Hall Beccles Road, St Olaves, Gt. Yarmouth NR31 9HX T: 01493 488500 E: enquiries@stolavesmarina.co.uk W: www.stolavesmarina.co.uk

SUFFOLK

MDL WOOLVERSTONE MARINA Manager: Kelly Sharman Woolverstone, Ipswich, Suffolk. IP9 1AS T: 01473 780206 E: woolverstone@mdlmarinas.co.uk W: www.woolverstonemarina.co.uk LOWESTOFT HAVEN MARINA Manager: Bob Beare 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: lowerstofthaven@abports.co.uk W: lowestofthavenmarina.co.uk FOX’S MARINA & BOATYARD Marina Manager: John Jonas Fox’s Marina, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP2 8SA T: +44 1473 689111 E: foxs@foxsmarina.com W: www.foxsmarina.com

ESSEX

FAMBRIDGE YACHT HAVEN Manager: Danyal Adams Chelmsford, CM3 6LU T: 01621 740370 E: fambridge@yachthavens.com W: www.yachthavens.com

LONDON

CHELSEA HARBOUR MARINA Harbour Master: Colin Bullock Chelsea Harbour, London, SW10 0XF T: 07770 542783 E: harbourmaster@chelsea-harbour.co.uk W: chelseaharbourmarina.com

WALES

ABERYSTWYTH MARINA Manager: Jon Booth Y Lanfa Aberystwyth, Trefechan SY23 1AS T: 01970 611422 E: aber@themarinegroup.co.uk W: www.themarinegroup.co.uk CARDIFF MARINA Manager: Rob Freemantle Watkiss Way, Cardiff. CF11 0SY T: 02920 396078 F: 02920 345116 E: info@themarinegroup.co.uk W: www.themarinegroup.co.uk

MILFORD MARINA Manager or contact: Melanie Durney Milford Marina, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire SA73 3AF Tel: 01646 796518 E: enquiries@milfordmarina.com W: www.milfordmarina.com CONWY MARINA Conwy, LL32 8EP T: 01492 593000 E: Conwy@quaymarinas.com W: www.quaymarinas.com DEGANWY MARINA Manager – Jon Roberts Deganwy, Conwy, LL31 9DJ T: 01492 576888 E: Deganwy@quaymarinas.com W: www.quaymarinas.com PENARTH MARINA Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, F64 1TQ T: 02920 705021 E: penarthoffice@quaymarinas.com W: www.quaymarinas.com NEYLAND YACHT HAVEN Manager: James Cotton Brunel Quay, Pembrokeshire, SA73 1PY T: 01646 601601 E: neyland@yachthavens.com W: www.yachthavens.com PORT DINORWIC MARINA Marina Manager: James Kinsella Y Felinheli Gwynedd, LL56 4JN T:01248671500/01248 670176 E: portdinorwic@themarinegroup.co.uk W: www.themarinegroup.co.uk BURRY PORT MARINA Harbour Master: Robert Hockey The Harbour Office Burry Port Carmarthenshire T:01554 835 691 E: info@themarinegroup.co.uk W: www.themarinegroup.co.uk

N. IRELAND BANGOR MARINA Manager: Kevin Baird Bangor, Co. Down T: 02891 45329 W: www.quaymarinas.com

CARRICKFERGUS MARINA Harbour Master: Nigel Thompson 3 Quayside, CARRICKFERGUS BT38 8BJ T: 028 9336 6666 W: www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk

BRISTOL

PORTISHEAD MARINA Portishead, Bristol BS20 7DF T: 01275 841941 E: portisheadquays@quaymarinas.com W: www.quaymarinas.com

NEWCASTLE

ROYAL QUAYS MARINA North Shields, Tyneside NE29 6DU T: 0191 2728282 W: www.quaymarinas.com

CUMBRIA

WHITEHAVEN MARINA Manager: Simone Morgan Bulwark Quay, Whitehaven , CA28 7HS T: 01946 692435 E: enquiries@whitehavenmarina.co.uk W: www.whitehavenmarina.co.uk

SCOTLAND

RHU MARINA Contact: Suzanne Bell Rhu, Helensburgh G84 8LH T: 01436 820238 E: rhumarina@quaymarinas.com W: www.quaymarinas.com

LARGS YACHT HAVEN Manager: Carolyn Elder Irvine Road, Largs, Ayrshire, KA30 8EZ T: 01475 675333 E: largs@yachthavens.com W: www.yachthavens.com TROON YACHT HAVEN Manager: Stephen Bennie The Harbour, Troon, Ayrshire, KA10 6DJ T: 01292 315553 E: troon@yachthavens.com W: www.yachthavens.com

SPAIN

ITALY

HOLLAND

MARINARA Front Desk: Federica Civilla Via Marinara 11, Marina di Ravenna, 48122 Italy T: (0039) 0544 531644 E: info@marinara.it W: www.marinara.it

MDL SANT CARLES MARINA Manager: Nicolas Gonzalez Ctra Poble Nou s/n, Apartat de Correus 192, 43540, Sant Carles de la Ràpita, Spain T: (0034) 9777 45153 T (UK): 023 8045 0227 enquiries@santcarlesmarina.com W: www.santcarlesmarina.com

JACHTHAVEN BIESBOSCH Manager: Renate Ilmer Nieuwe Jachthaven 54924 BA, Drimmelen, NL T: +31 (0)162 682249 E: info@jachthavenbiesbosch.nl W: www.jachthavenbiesbosch.nl

MDL MARINA DI STABIA Customer Service: Marika Somma Via Alcide de Gasperi 313, Castellammare di Stabia, Bay of Naples, 80053 Italy T: (0039) 0818 716871 E: marinadistabia@mdlmarinas. co.uk W: www.marinadistabia.com

N CYPRUS

KARPAZ GATE MARINA Harbour Master: Deniz Akaltan PO Box 12, Yeni Erenköy, Iskele North Cyprus, Via Mersin 10, Turkey T: +90 533 833 7878 E: info@karpazbay.com W: www.karpazbay.com

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51 ALL AT SEA JANUARY 2018 The Dean and Reddyhoff and Quay Marinas teams at Portishead Marina in June

THE CHANGING FACE OF MARINAS

Choice is a key factor when it comes to choosing a marina these days, which is why when news broke of the merger of uay arinas and ean and eddyho All at Sea set a out finding out what the change will mean for oaters.

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s berth holders and visitors look for added benefits, the marina chains that offer freedom of movement from one area of the country to another may attract boat owners who like that choice. Boaters can choose the West Country one year and Scotland the next perhaps, without losing the benefits of being a loyal customer. Or it may just be a trip along the Solent to a nearby marina for lunch that may appeal. It is a result of this kind of opportunity and the expected benefit of economies of scale that Dean and Reddyhoff and Quay Marinas have signed contracts to merge their businesses. As part of the deal, which was signed at the end of May for an undisclosed sum, there is a planned £10 million investment programme over the next five years. Both marina companies have a significant history of developing and operating marinas with first rate facilities that are part of the community. The deal is expected to complete within the next three months and the combined business will operate the second largest number of coastal marinas with the widest network around the coast of the UK. Alongside 11 marinas, 4,000 berths and 150 staff, the new business will operate boat yards, boat repair and maintenance and boat sales. Michael Prideaux, managing director of Dean and Reddyhoff, said: “Our customers at all our marinas know what they are getting – a friendly, warm, professional experience and a great atmosphere. By merging with Quay Marinas, we will be bringing together

the strengths of both companies and our joint ambition is to make our marinas the destination of choice for all types of boaters in the UK, across the whole of the UK.”

THE 11 PRIME COASTAL MARINAS IN THE NEW BUSINESS ARE:

n Bangor (serving Northern Ireland) n Conwy Quays (serving Cheshire/ Liverpool/Manchester/North West England) n Deacons, Hamble (serving the Solent, Hampshire, South East England) n East Cowes (serving the Isle of Wight/Solent, South East England) n Haslar (serving Portsmouth Harbour /Solent, Hampshire, South East England) n Penarth (serving Cardiff Bay / South Wales) n Portishead (serving Bristol / South West England) n Portland 2012 Olympic Marina (serving the Dorset Jurassic Coast / South West England) n Rhu, Firth of Clyde (serving Glasgow / Edinburgh, Central Scotland) n Royal Quays, Newcastle (serving North East England) n Weymouth (serving the Dorset Jurassic Coast / South West England)

BERTH SWAPS AND FREE NIGHTS

Current berth holders will benefit straight away with berth swaps between the marinas and free nights for those cruising between destinations. From this autumn the two companies will have completed the merger and will operate all the marinas under one brand. Michael Prideaux told All At Sea: “We have had brilliant feedback from our berth holders and we are already seeing them making the most of their free nights around the country as part of our new marina group. It really opens up the opportunities for coastal cruising around the UK.”

Conwy Marina

FUN FOR BOATERS ON AND OFF THE WATER

As well as providing berths for boats, the full range of services that customers need will be offered for experienced and new boaters. Customers can learn to sail, buy a boat, eat, drink and relax, have their boats maintained - all with the same consistent high levels of service. Simon Haigh, managing director of Quay Marinas, said: “We are all looking forward to a busy boating season. We are confident that our visitors and berth holders can look ahead to us making it even easier for them to spend time out on the water. Whether they are cruising, racing, fishing or diving,

Simon Haigh and Michael Prideaux

Royal Quays Marina

behind the scenes we will be working hard to make sure that our new company puts what our customers want at the heart of our business. “It is all about bringing the best of both organisations to all our marinas in the future so that our visitors and berth holders continue to get the benefits of our knowledge and experience.”


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How do you buy yours? The packaging that is. These days wine, and other alcoholic beverages, are available in a number of containers giving you the opportunity to select the best option for that day’s particular activities. We are familiar in this country with wine in a box. It may still carry an unwarranted stigma of low quality wine, but it is the same wine as in the under £7 ranges at supermarkets and is convenient for summer sailing and beach picnics. Now how about wine in a pouch? Wine in a box is simply wine in a thin metallised plastic bag with an airtight tap to preserve the quality inside a squared-up cardboard box. The wine pouch is a similar flexible bag without the cardboard outer. Many wines are transported from their home countries in vast container bags anyway and then repackaged here. I found Shorn wine pouches of Pinot Grigio and Malbec at my local Morrison’s at £11.50 for a 1.5 litre pouch, the equivalent of two bottles. Tesco also stocks them at a similar price. Shorn is a trendy brand based in Marlborough, New Zealand, who source some of their wines from 9 3 2 Europe and California. 2 7 8 4 Their Moldova - a land-locked country between 3 8 9 Romania and Ukraine - Pino Grigio, at 13 per cent 2 1 7 3 abv, is fresh and citrusy. The Shorn Shiraz pouch, 13 8

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