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THE OCEAN GLOBE RACE ATTRACTS FIRST ENTRIES FROM PAGE 1… The early response to the 2023 Ocean Globe Race, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first Whitbread Round the World Race, has been enthusiastic. Commitments to enter now outweigh available places with sailors from France, Finland and the UK dominating the list. These include Whitbread veterans like Tracy Edwards who is currently making a global tour with an all-female crew aboard her 1989 Whitbread yacht Maiden. She says of the OGR: “With so many yachts from previous Whitbread races being rescued and restored, as has Maiden of course, it seems only fitting that we Image: Southampton Boat Show should race them around the world again. Count us in!” Finland’s Tapio Lehtinen, a finisher in the 2018 Golden Globe Race, has entered a Swan 55 in the Adventure Class. Tapio, who has also re-entered the 2022 Golden Globe Race, sailed in the 1981 Whitbread as watch leader aboard Skopbank of Finland Don McIntyre, race chairman, said: “Many want to remain confidential at this stage, but I can say we now have 12 confirmed entries representing Belgium, Denmark, France, Finland, Spain, Sweden, UK and USA with the strongest enquiries coming from

Tracy Edwards aboard Maiden at the start of the yacht’s current world tour with an all-female crew. Image: Amalia Infante / The Maiden Factor

Finland and France. There is also strong interest from the current owners of Sir Peter Blake’s 1981/2 Whitbread yacht Ceramco NZ and the French Whitbread winning yacht L’Esprit d’Equipe.” Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first fully crewed 1973 Whitbread Race and sailed in similar yachts with 1970s equipment including sextants and cassette music tapes, the 2023 OGR gives ordinary sailors the opportunity to race around the globe. Starting from a European port on 10 September 2023, the 30,000 mile course first stops in Africa before crossing the South Indian Ocean to Australasia and on through the Pacific via Cape Horn to a South American port before heading home. Entries are limited to approved production ocean racing yachts between 47 and 65.5ft designed prior to 1988. There are also eight places available in a third Flyer Class for yachts that competed in the first three Whitbread races and other production ocean certified sail-training yachts. Tracy Edwards’ Maiden is eligible because the yacht first raced in the 1981/2 Whitbread as Disque D’or. www.oceangloberace.com

MAIDEN TOUR STAYS CONNECTED AHEAD of the 2023 Ocean Globe Race, though, Maiden remains committed to her current project, The Maiden Factor. It is the vision of UK sailing legend Tracy Edwards to promote access to education for girls from all backgrounds and countries, and to raise funds to help young women realise their full potential. The project will see her beloved yacht circumnavigate the globe for the first time since Tracy and her crew became the original all-female team to compete in the 1989-90 Whitbread Round the World Race, coming in second place to set a new world record for women’s sailing. As they near the end of the first year of their global tour, from emotional phone calls and emails with friends and family to critical access to live weather forecasts and interaction with the world’s media, the skippers and crew on board The Maiden Factor yacht have been sharing the importance to them of Inmarsat’s global satellite connectivity. Skipper Wendy Tuck revealed that a potentially life-threatening situation was avoided when information accessed over the internet enabled them to direct their course away from dangerous cyclone activity during a challenging crossing from Sri Lanka to Fremantle. Wendy, who became the first female skipper to win a round-the-world yacht race when she

completed the 2017/18 Clipper Round the World Race, took Maiden’s helm in her home country of Australia. She co-skippered the 3,820nm New Zealand to Hawaii leg with renowned Kiwi skipper Sharon Ferris-Choat, a two-time Olympian and round-the-world sailor. Wendy said: “We rely heavily on the internet so we can get our GRIB files [weather data], so it is really important to us so we can update our weather, and to see where we need to position ourselves for wind or to get away from wind.” The iconic Maiden has already covered thousands of miles on its mission to raise funds and promote girls’ education, setting off from The Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble in November last year on a voyage to take in 25 destinations in 13 countries over two-and-a-half years. Tracy said: “It is obvious that the on board communications system has become a vital part of the mission – not only for safety and navigation, but also in keeping everyone informed about our progress, promoting our message and boosting morale.” Maiden will remain on the US West Coast until this month, postponing scheduled stopovers in Chile and Uruguay until later in the tour because of the risk of hurricanes. The next leg will take them to Antigua. themaidenfactor.org

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ALL ABOARD By Jane Hyde OVER the years we have followed the adventures of Natasha Lambert and have loved seeing all the photos of her incredible trips. If you have not come across Natasha before she has a condition called Quadriplegic Athetoid Cerebral Palsy, but she has not let her disability stop her from raising thousands of pounds for a number of charities. She had been due to start her latest challenge this month, but unfortunately has had to postpone it until next year. We caught up with Natasha to find out more about her plans and what motivates her. You can read Natasha’s story on page 28. We have been inundated with your photos again this month, so thank you to everyone who has sent one (or several!). We love looking at each and every one and, while they all go on the online gallery when we receive them (allatsea.co.uk/ readers-gallery), it can take a little longer to get them in the paper. Keep checking, though, as we will use them! You are clearly photo loving readers, and so we decided to ask a couple of pros for some hints and tips to help us capture that perfect shot. Turn to page 39 to find out more, and we look forward to seeing even more of your fantastic photos! However, your pictures definitely do not have to be professional, arty shots. We all love a photo that makes us smile or reminds us of a happy time. Just look at the dog snap on page 11 and you will see what we mean. Send in your dog photos too – they do not have to be reading All at Sea if they have a different preference!

In the news this month we discovered some of the names that will be heading to next year’s Olympics in Tokyo. Well-known sailors – and Gold medallists Hannah Mills and Giles Scott were among the 12 sailors named by the British Olympic Association as the first Team GB athletes selected for the Games. As you will read on page 6, they were not the only sailors selected with just the Nacra 17 and Laser classes still to be confirmed. For those selected, though, they can turn their focus to next summer and, hopefully, continue Britain’s success on Olympic waters with Team GB still topping the overall Olympic sailing medal table. One of the other big stories this month was the launch, at last, of INEOS TEAM UK’s first America’s Cup race boat. After an incredible 50,000 construction hours anticipation was high ahead of the launch, but now, with just months until the first World Series event, there will be a busy period of testing for Britannia and her team. While Ben Ainslie will be spending a great deal of time on the water with Britannia, for others the coming winter months mean less time afloat. Perhaps for you this means it is time to winterise your engine and boat. We have a couple of features about winterising on pages 18 and 20. Get it right now and you will be thankful for the time well spent when spring comes around and all you want to do is get on the water. Jane Hyde Editor

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FAIRLINE Yachts has announced it has accelerated the development of its larger 80ft-plus boat range thanks to the strength of sales and customer interest at recent international boat shows. Advanced plans are underway for the yard’s first 80ft-plus flagship flybridge model, set to be built at the Hythe manufacturing facility. Alexander Volov from Fairline Yachts said: “We have had an outstanding start to the boat show season. We launched the Squadron 68, which was awarded

THIS MONTH SELVA 2.5HP GUPPY .....................14

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New outboards from Evinrude and the impact of Formula 1 technology on marine engines.

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RYA MASTERCLASS ..................... 23 CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE .............. 16 If you are looking for gift ideas look no further, plus we have a fabulous selection of advent calendars.

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the World Yacht Trophy for Best Interior Design, and debuted the F//Line 33, which has been nominated for the European Power Boat of the Year Award. We have also seen unprecedented levels of enquiries for larger Fairline yachts of 80ft or more. This has prompted us to accelerate the development of our large yacht capability. “To support this exciting development, we have optimised the management structure of the company. Over the last year, David Tydeman has successfully

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stabilised boat production, significantly strengthened the senior management team and will now concentrate his efforts on developing our large yacht range and fully maximising our commercial operations capability in Hythe.” David now assumes the title of non-executive chairman of Fairline Yachts, while Peter McNulty, a longtime senior advisor to the management board has been appointed as chief operating officer.

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We have a special Boating People this month with inspirational disabled sailor and adventurer Natasha Lambert.

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NEWS SNAPS OCEANSGATE

The next phase of Oceansgate, Plymouth’s new marine Enterprise Zone, has begun. The £7.2million phase 2 will see the creation of a three story office building and 15 light industrial units, potentially creating up to 130 jobs. Councillor Tudor Evans, Leader of Plymouth City Council, said: “We are pushing ahead with our plans to support and develop Plymouth’s marine and maritime economy, attracting new businesses and supporting the growth of those already based here, which will pay dividends for the local economy.”

IMPERO SAILS AGAIN

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MV Stena Impero is seen here sailing from Bandar Abbas (Iran) after being released by Iranian officials. It had been held off the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas for more than two months.

MARINA FIRE

A fire at Sparkes Marina on Hayling Island saw two boats sunk and another two badly damaged, although no one was injured. Firefighters fought the blaze, the cause of which is not yet known, for two hours.

FIRST ATHLETES FOR TOKYO 2020 GOLD medallists Hannah Mills and Giles Scott are among 12 sailors named by the British Olympic Association as the first Team GB athletes selected for Tokyo 2020. Another Olympic medal for Hannah would make her the most successful female Olympic sailor of all time. She will look to defend her crown in the 470 Women’s event alongside crew Eilidh McIntyre, who makes her Olympic debut 32 years after her dad, Mike, won gold for GB in the Star class. The pair have rarely been off the podium since teaming up in 2017, with their success culminating in victory at the 2019 World Championships and silver at the Ready Steady Tokyo test event this summer. Hannah said: “To get selected with Eilidh, who has not been to an Olympic Games before, makes it a really exciting part of the journey.” Giles Scott has also enjoyed a run of success in 2019, claiming his third Finn class European title and a bronze at Ready Steady Tokyo. Returning for another tilt at Olympic glory are London 2012 silver medallists Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell. Luke, sailing in his third Olympics, will compete in the 470 Men class alongside Rio 2016 crew Chris Grube, while Stuart will fly the flag for Britain in the 49er class with Rio Olympian Dylan Fletcher.

Olympian Charlotte Dobson returns in Image: British Sailing Team the 49er FX, joined by Saskia Tidey who represented Ireland at Rio 2016 before joining the British team in 2017. Both representatives in the RS:X windsurfer class are newcomers to the Olympics: Tom Squires and Emma Wilson, who at 20-years-old is the youngest athlete announced. Tom takes up the mantle from veteran Olympian Nick Dempsey, the most Image: successful Olympic windsurferSouthampton ever with Boat five Games and three medals to his name. Emma, the daughter of 1988 and 1992 Olympic windsurfer Penny Way, will look to win Britain’s first Olympic medal in women’s windsurfing since Bryony Shaw’s bronze at Beijing 2008. Alison Young, the 2015 Laser Radial World Champion, earns her third Team GB call-up to round off the first wave of sailing selections for Tokyo 2020. GB for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. to seeing what they can do in Enoshima Selection for the Nacra 17 and Laser “The sailors we have announced today next summer.” classes are still ongoing. have a wealth of experience, including Put the date in your diary: the Tokyo Britain has a rich history of excellence reigning Olympic Champions Hannah 2020 Olympic Games will take place in Olympic competition, having won Mills and Giles Scott, and I look forward from 24 July – 9 August. 58 medals – including 28 golds – since sailing made its debut at Paris 1900. The Maiden Factor‫‏‬ @maidenfactor Team GB currently tops the overall Olympic sailing medal table. One of the most fun parts of #sailing on a world Mark England, Team GB’s Chef de tour is the amount of young people the crew meet Mission for Tokyo 2020, said: “We are and can spend time with, chatting about sailing, delighted to announce the first 12 empowering others and school for all! athletes who have been selected to Team

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ALL AT SEA NOVEMBER 2019 PICTURES released by the MOD show UK F-35 Lightning jets landing, taking off and hovering on board Britain’s next generation aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, for the first time. These trials are aimed at ‘end-to-end’ testing of the aircraft and personnel to ensure the aircraft are compatible with the carrier. The tests involve mission planning, arming the aircraft using the ship’s Highly Automated Weapon Handling System, flying missions and debriefing on completion.

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HIPPY DAYS YOU might remember when the oneyear-old Oyster 825 Polina Star III sank in the Mediterranean in July 2015. Many thought that was the end of her story, but after spending 12 weeks on the sea bed she was lifted out – declared a total write off by insurers. However, four brothers from Essex had a vision. They bought the salvaged hull and, after a very busy year, working seven

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days a week with a team of shipwrights and engineers, the boat is taking to the water once again after being rebuilt from the keel up. World record sailor Alex Alley is involved with the project and will be skippering the boat, renamed Champagne Hippy, in this month’s ARC race from Gran Canaria to St Lucia. We will bring you the full extraordinary story in the new year.

FINAL JOURNEY

STS Lord Nelson, one of two tall ships owned by the sailing charity, Jubilee Sailing Trust, has finished its final journey before it is officially decommissioned. For 33 years the ship has allowed people with physical impairments to sail side-by-side with people who do not have disabilities. The Trust’s other ship, SV Tenacious, continues to sail, while a decision about the future home for STS Lord Nelson is yet to be made.

SPIRIT LAUNCHED

Spirit Yachts has launched its custom built, 34m electric drive sailing superyacht at its waterside headquarters in Ipswich, Suffolk. The yacht is the largest single-masted, wooden sailing yacht to be built in the UK since the 1930s and, we are told, is one of the most sustainable superyachts anywhere on the water. The yacht will remain at Spirit to have her interior finalised and for testing before she is handed over to her European owner.

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ENERGY Observer, the world’s first hydrogen vessel, arrives in London on its 47th stopover, the final in 2019 as part of its six year world tour. The vessel, nominated as the French ambassador for the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, remained in London for 10 days at St. Katherine’s Pier. An exhibition at St. Katherine Docks showcased the future for mixed energy solutions which the vessel offers.

Pip Hare’s new co-skipper for the Transat Jacques Vabre race, which began on 27 October, is Ysbrand Endt. Ysbrand stepped in after Andrew ‘Hammy’ Baker was forced to withdraw with a broken arm. The race is an important qualifying stage for Pip’s bid to compete in the 2020 - 2021 Vendée Globe with her IMOCA 60 Superbigou.

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HMS SPEY, the last of five cuttingedge Offshore Patrol Vessels procured for the Royal Navy, has been formally named on the Clyde. The next-generation River Class ship, equipped with a 30mm cannon and flight deck capable of accommodating a Merlin helicopter, will boost Britain’s counter-terrorism and anti-smuggling work and provide essential support to defence operations. All the Batch 2 OPVs are set to be delivered to the Royal Navy by the end of 2021.

BOAT DESTROYED

Almost £3,000 has been raised after the boat belonging to 89-year-old harbour master George Collins was destroyed by fire. The boat/office was located on the River Deben estuary at Ramsholt, Suffolk. Mr Collins said the fire started when he and his brother were making a cup of tea with a gas bottle.

BRITANNIA TAKES TO THE WATER

MICRO LIFEJACKET

TeamO Marine Safety Products is to launch its new Micro lifejacket at METSTRADE 2019. The Micro been designed for day sailors, RIB drivers and anyone who is on the water for daytime sport activities. It has been developed to be a comfortable, lightweight lifejacket that will not hinder movement, but which still offers all of the ISO-standard performance needed to keep wearers safe.

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ALL AT SEA NOVEMBER 2019 INEOS TEAM UK has officially christened its first America’s Cup race boat from their HQ in Portsmouth, naming her Britannia in homage to one of Britain’s most famous racing yachts. It comes after 18 months of design, build and development of one of the most complex America’s Cup class boats in the 168-year history of the event. In total the team has put in more than 90,000 design and 50,000 construction hours to get Britannia in the water. Team principal and skipper, Ben Ainslie welcomed owner Jim Ratcliffe and the wider INEOS family, teammates, partners and suppliers to celebrate the naming day: “The quest to win the 36th America’s Cup has required a fresh approach, a new strategy and serious support from INEOS to focus entirely on the mission in hand. I am hugely proud of the team’s commitment to design and build our first race-boat. It has taken a serious amount of hard work and now we cannot wait to get Britannia out sailing on the Solent.” INEOS TEAM UK chief designer, Nick Holroyd, outlined the complexity of the challenge: “This AC75 is the first foiling monohull of this size, it is unlike anything ever seen on the water before, it is hugely ambitious and it sets out an entirely new type of boat and with only 18 months to design and build there comes challenges, but that is what makes the Cup so exciting.” The name Britannia was chosen by INEOS TEAM UK founder and owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe in homage to the racing cutter yacht Britannia whose name in turn was taken from James Thomson’s famous poem ‘Rule Britannia!’ written in 1740. The original Britannia was built in 1893 for King Edward VII, the then Prince of Wales. King George V took ownership of Britannia in her final years converting her into a J Class racing yacht, the majestic


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“It has taken a serious amount of hard work and now we cannot wait to get Britannia out sailing on the Solent.”

class that was sailed in three editions of the America’s Cup from 1930 - 1937. She eventually finished with a lifetime record of 231 race wins and 129 further podiums making her the dominant yacht of the time. King George V had decreed that his yacht should not outlive him. After his death in 1936, Britannia was stripped of her spars and fittings, and towed out to St Catherine’s Deep off the Isle of Wight where she was scuttled by the Royal Navy; in the same waters that the first America’s Cup was raced in back in 1851. Notably, the mast and fittings of the yacht were saved from the scuttling with the wheel subsequently fitted to the wheelhouse of the Royal Yacht Britannia, steering her for the next 44 years. INEOS TEAM UK now have a busy period of testing on Solent waters, before heading to Sardinia for winter testing ahead of the first America’s Cup World Series event in Cagliari from 23 – 26 April 2020.

In further Cup news, after months of simulations and trials on a smaller-scale model while the full-sized model was being built, the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team has also revealed its new, totally black, AC75 during an official ceremony at their home base in Cagliari, Sardinia. The yacht is the product of more than 90 people, including 37 of the design team, who put in a total of 78,000 working hours. “We are in our sixth America’s Cup challenge, but the excitement of the launch remains unchanged,” said Patrizio Bertelli, president of Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli. “It is the magic moment that sums up the efforts of many months of work and expectation of finally seeing navigate what until now was just a project. “In this case, then, the revolutionary innovation with which it has been reinterpreted - the concept of single-hull introduces even stronger expectation.” There is no news yet on Stars & Stripes Team USA’s boat.

IN simple terms it is possible to pair the four launched America’s Cup boats with the Kiwis and the Italian choosing one approach and INEOS TEAM UK and American Magic going in another direction. INEOS TEAM UK’s hull shape, though, is probably the most radical in appearance. While the bottom has a very clean scow like line - similar to American Magic and opposite to Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa – the deck layout has a completely new design, with a very flat and low bow, slab sides and a straight sheerline toward the stern.

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The British hull seems wider, with the foil rotation points (whose distance is fixed as per the Class Rule) appearing to be inside the hull compared to the other teams that have a dimple treatment where the carbon foil arms stick out from the hull. Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli’s design has gone in the opposite direction with a boat similar but more radical than the Defender’s. Despite a more traditional bow - giving a nod to old America’s Cup boats - the sheerline is quite pronounced and tapers towards the transom. The bottom has a rounded-V structure in the centre ending just ahead of the rudder. Image: Steve Rogers

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NEWS SNAPS SWIFT TRAWLER

The Beneteau Swift Trawler Group UK was set up in 2012 after a chance meeting of two owners at the Southampton Boat Show. This year the group met at the show to celebrate getting to 50 members. Clive Perry, group leader, said: “Having over 50 member Trawlers is quite an achievement as this represents the majority of all Swift Trawlers based in UK waters. We have had another successful season with several meet ups including in Normandy.” www.swifttrawlerowners.uk

BOAT RECOVERED

A 36ft sunken boat was recovered from Bembridge Marina after sinking the previous weekend (no one was on board at the time). The partially-submerged boat was towed to Cowes.

SPECIAL EVENT

World Sailing has announced that the 2021-22 and 2025-26 editions of The Ocean Race have received World Sailing Special Event status, one of only six events to do so. This means that World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport, formally recognises and sanctions the event. www.theoceanrace.com

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SPECIAL EVENTS (watch for our in house boards and facebook) Just phone us for booking any of the above or if you require a copy of our menu. We can email this or you can view it on our web site and also on our facebook page. COME ALONG AND JOIN US.

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NEWS SNAPS SAILGP IMPACT

The overall impact of SailGP has been revealed with a total global event audience of 1.8 billion across broadcast, social, press and invenue audiences. In its inaugural season, SailGP attracted more than 133,000 spectators to see the world’s fastest sail racing, while making a significant contribution to the five host cities, adding a total economic impact of US$115 million. SailGP Season 2 will debut on 28 – 29 February in Sydney.

VENDEE RECORD

On 8 November 2020, at 13:02, the ninth Vendée Globe will start from Les Sables–d’Olonne. At the time of writing, and with a closing date for applications of 1 November 2019, the number of candidates – 34 – already represents a first record for this 2020/2021 edition. www.vendeeglobe.org

CHINESE DOMINATE CLIPPER PODIUM

TWO of the three Chinese teams, Visit Sanya, China and Qingdao, who are competing in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race have taken the two top spots in Race 2 to Yacht Club Punta del Este, Uruguay. After 26 days of racing and covering more than 5,000nm, a tightly fought battle played out between Visit Sanya and Qingdao, but it was the Qingdao team that clinched victory. Chris Brooks, Qingdao skipper, said: “It could have been either us or Visit Sanya, China in first place – they played an amazing hand and were leading the race most of the way. It was snakes and

ladders on the course all the time. Going through the Doldrums and the equator it was really hot below deck. The conditions have not been great, but the team are so strong and rock solid – all there to help each other out and that is the ethos we want to keep on the boat throughout the race round the world.” The win for Qingdao was twice as impressive as the team had chosen to play its Joker, meaning that its points for the race will be doubled. Race 2: The Commodore’s Cup is the second of 15 races that makes up the 11 month, 40,000nm Clipper 2019-20 Race. www.clipperroundtheworld.com

Image: Clipper Race/Sarah Lacey

MAYFLOWER AUTONOMOUS SHIP AN unmanned, fully-autonomous research ship is being built by a global consortium. The plan is for it to cross the Atlantic on the fourth centenary of the original Mayflower voyage next September. The Mayflower Autonomous Ship project is coordinated by the University of Plymouth with support from IBM and ProMare and will be one of the first selfnavigating, full-sized vessels to cross the Atlantic Ocean. On board the ship will be three research pods with sensors and scientific instrumentation designed to help further our understanding in vital areas including maritime cybersecurity, marine mammal monitoring, sea level mapping and ocean plastics. Brett Phaneuf, managing director of MSubs, said: “This ship, the third

Image: Bob Stone, Human Interface Technology Team, University of Birmingham

ELECTION CALL

The Canal & River Trust is calling on people to stand for election to the charity’s governing council. “I would encourage people to stand as candidates,” said Allan Leighton, chair of Canal & River Trust. “The council plays a vital role in our governance framework and this is a fantastic opportunity to get involved with our work, find out more about the opportunities and challenges we face and channel the views of these constituency groups.” Nominations will run from 21 October until 18 November.

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The Mayflower Autonomous Ship will sail from Plymouth to the United States in 2020. Image: Whiskerstay Ltd

Mayflower, will appropriately commemorate its predecessor’s voyage 400 years ago. It will also allow us to usher in a new phase of research with state-of-the-art technology. It enables us to once again put Plymouth on the map and celebrate the huge diversity of talent we have here, people who are interested in new beginnings and like to lean forward into new opportunities.”

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RACE OVER IGOR Zaretskiy has officially withdrawn from the Chichester Class of the 2018 Golden Globe Race and will not carry on to the finish line in Les Sables d’Olonne as originally expected. Igor had faced several health issues that added to his original barnacle and rigging problems, forcing a stop in Albany, Western Australia. He then returned to Russia for urgent medical treatment and was on track for

a full recovery and had been planning to once again set sail this month, continuing the voyage through the Southern Ocean and around Cape Horn. Entrant enquiries for the 2022 GGR continue with four women considering an entry and some 2018 entrants also considering options to return for another round, so a Wait List is seemingly imminent. www.goldengloberace.com

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SCOTLAND’S BOAT SHOW KIP Marina hosted Scotland’s Boat Show from 11 - 13 October. RYA Scotland partnered with RYA Training provider You & Sea to provide free powerboat training on their 40ft motorboat Millbrook and their RIB Mustang. Longer training sessions focused on building skills using RYA training methods including berthing and manoeuvring in confined areas. At

the RYA Scotland Pavilion visitors learnt about training, safety, sustainability and the benefits of RYA membership. British Marine’s James Scott-Anderson also provided updates from The Green Blue on topics including sustainable boating and marine trade. Across the marina the Chartroom Restaurant hosted the Members Lounge where RYA

members could relax and meet some of the volunteers and staff of RYA Scotland and gain more insights about the work of RYA Scotland. Plans were also unveiled for the 2020 RYA Scotland Cruising Conference and the project Route’n’Aboot Scotland 2020, to illustrate the extent of recreational boating over the Year of Coasts and Waters.

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WINNING CRUISES

THE Cruising Association’s annual Log competition is open to CA members and in a new category - the Hammett Trophy - to Crewing Service members. The Hammett Trophy is named after former CA vice-president and HLR for Maldon, Brian Hammett, who died in 2018. The Hammett Trophy is awarded for the best log submitted by crew or skippers who have used the CA’s Crewing Service for the voyage being described. In addition to the CA’s range of 2019 log categories, judged by a well-known yachting journalist, this year they have launched The osCA, sponsored by MS Amlin Boat Insurance. The osCA will be awarded for the best video log (vlog) created by a CA member on a blog, website or channel on YouTube, Vimeo or similar. The osCA winner will also receive a GoPro HERO7 camera Silver Action Camera, courtesy of MS Amlin Boat Insurance. The competition closes on 17 January 2020. www.theca.org.uk

SUPERBOAT HITS THE WATER TEAM Britannia’s round the world superboat, made of marine grade aluminium to be both light and strong, has hit the water for the first time, near Portsmouth. The innovative 20-tonne vessel, named Excalibur, was lifted into the water, to coincide with a spring tide and maximum water at a boatyard on Hayling Island. The painstaking operation started with the removal of a temporary building that was needed to accommodate the construction of the massive vessel, which started three-and-half-years ago. The boat was then lifted, turned 90 degrees and lowered into the water. Excalibur will be moved to the Hayling Yacht Company for the final fit-out, installation of massive inflatable tubes, commissioning of the engines and jets and to allow the superstructure and deck to be wrapped. In addition to the fuel-efficient design, the vessel will be powered by a

revolutionary fuel emulsion, a mixture of wrapped she will be ready for sea trials diesel, water and an emulsifying agent and the final selection of the crew. This from Portsmouth based Clean Fuel Ltd. leaves the last two pieces of the project, The emulsified diesel appears to reduce finding a title sponsor and media partner, harmful emissions such as particulate without which we cannot start. matter and nitrogen dioxide. The emission from the emulsified fuel will be monitored by the University of Portsmouth for the duration of the voyage. Team Britannia will launch their 42,000km record attempt from Europa Point in Gibraltar before travelling to Puerto Rico, through the Panama Canal, to Manzanillo, Hawaii, Guam, Singapore, Oman, through the Suez Canal to Malta before returning to Gibraltar. They hope to cut 10 days off the current record of 60 days, 23 hours and 49 minutes, set by Kiwi Pete Bethune in 2007. Image: Team Britannia’s skipper Southampton Dr Alan Boat Priddy said: “The next steps are to attach the shafts, commission the engines and install the super tough glass. Once this has been done and the top of the boat is

SHAPING UP TO BE BIGGEST YET

“Once this is in place we will leave in one of the two annual weather windows, smash the current world record and bring the title back to the UK.” www.teambritannia.co.uk

THE International Paint Poole Regatta 2020 is developing to be the biggest event yet, with the organisers announcing that round two of the inaugural IC37 Championship will be hosted over the weekend. Also confirmed are the J80, J24, HP30 and VPRS National Championships alongside the 2.4mR Tidal National Championship, the IRC Southern Area Championship and the Shrimper Southern Championship. The International Paint Poole Regatta, 23 - 25 May 2020, promises three days of unmissable racing and social events in Dorset. www.pooleregatta.co.uk

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TICKETS FOR THE DINGHY SHOW

NEWS SNAPS CHAMPS CROWNED

Image: Southampton Boat Show

VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY

TICKETS are on sale for the RYA Dinghy Show in association with Yachts & Yachting, which returns to Alexandra Palace, London on 29 February - 1 March. More than 170 exhibitors will be filling the halls of Ally Pally across the four zones: shopping and equipment, buy a boat, holidays and training, classes and clubs.

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Did you get it right? It is Cardiff Bay

Visitors can expect a new layout, expert speakers and more interactive features. The 2020 show theme is ‘a world of opportunity - see where dinghy sailing can take you’. From competing to travelling the globe, a career on the water or simply spending time outdoors, the show will celebrate the unique wealth of opportunities that dinghy sailing provides. Visitors will be able to enjoy family-friendly show favourites including the 360° ‘On the Water’ VR experience, sailing simulators, eSailing Virtual Regatta and the model boat pool. With Tokyo 2020 just around the corner, there will also be plenty of the British Sailing Team either at Sailors’ Corner or around the show. Advance tickets are available at a discount rate of £10 for RYA members and £12.50 for non-members. Discounted weekend tickets are available at £15 for RYA members and £18.75 for non-members. 0844 858 9069 / www.dinghyshow.org.uk

Poole...

The next page in your adventure • The Jurassic Coast • Brownsea Island • Dining out • Entertainment • Fireworks Plus much more!

OCEAN literacy is defined as “an understanding of the ocean’s influence on us and our influence on the ocean”. Launched by Plymouth Yacht Haven-based charity, The Island Trust, the Ocean Literacy Project will help sail trainers and marine instructors understand the importance of the ocean, how it works and what it does for us. The Island Trust runs various Ocean Discoverability and Ocean Literacy voyages on board their fleet of traditionally rigged sailing boats including SY Moosk and SY Johanna Lucretia. Spearheaded by John Hepburn of The Island Trust, John explains how this pilot course came to fruition: “Sail Training is particularly

well suited to fostering this knowledge as many of the identified barriers to it are just not present, and The Island Trust is taking advantage of that with the Ocean Discoverability project and scheduling a dedicated Ocean Literacy voyage.” After observing very few other sail training organisations following suit, John developed a two-day course for Sail Trainers to “give them the practical help to incorporate into their programmes.” The courses takes place in Plymouth on 12 and 13 December 2019 and are open to all sail trainers, recreational and commercial sailors, and marine instructors of any discipline. theislandtrust.org.uk

The 2019 RYA Eric Twiname Team Racing Championship junior and youth champions were crowned following a weekend of racing at Farmoor Reservoir. Rutland Green claimed the title of youth champions racing in the Firefly, while RS Tera Prodigy took the junior honours in the RS Feva after an intense weekend with over 390 races completed.

PADDLE STEAMER

The Scottish government has given the Waverley paddle steamer £1m, bringing it closer to sailing again. This money brings the appeal total to £1.9m, although £2.3m is needed for the 70-year-old ship to set sail next year during Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, a year that will spotlight, celebrate and promote opportunities to experience and enjoy Scotland’s coasts and waters.

OPTIMIST RACING

Optimist Racing by Steve Irish and Phil Slater is written for those sailors, parents and coaches who are looking for success in this competitive class. Originally written by Ben Ainslie’s coach, Phil Slater, this new edition has been completely updated by top international racing coach, Steve Irish, who can be found coaching Optimist and other sailors worldwide. www.fernhurstbooks.com

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SELVA 2.5HP GUPPY HAVE YOU TAKEN THE ENGINE FINGER LIFT TEST YET? TESTED Fuel shut off is easy to reach

RIGHT: Single cylinder, carburetted, CDI ignition. Simple and rugged For many the lightweight 2.5hp outboard is ideal for their tender, being a useful blend of compact size, overall weight and power delivery for a small boat. The new Selva 2.5 Guppy is a new single cylinder engine using a proper 4-stroke cycle. Being 87ccs swept volume it is under stressed, producing around 35hp/litre and torquey, making it a very strong 2.5hp. So you could liken it to a couple of cart horses rather than a pair of polo ponies, which makes it a potent little outboard. It is a very conventional engine, one that anyone born before 1980 will understand and be able to

maintain from day-to-day. Rugged simplicity abounds; lubrication is by conventional wet sump and there is no dipstick for oil to drip out of when stored on its side - instead a sight glass is positioned behind the tiller arm pivot where you can see the oil level at a glance. There is a conventional choke lever mounted below the cowling on the front and a fuel tap set back where it cannot get knocked to shut the fuel off altogether for transport and storage.

A gear lever selects neutral or forward, steering astern is achieved by turning the entire motor 180-degrees. I found I still had throttle control by having the tiller vertical and using the carry handle to steady the engine. Sparks are provided by a capacitor discharge ignition that is powered up by a magneto flywheel, so there is nothing to go wrong - even on the brand new engine, which had not even had oil poured into it before we had it for test (it was straight out of the shipping crate from Italy). We filled the sump with the specified amount of oil and turned her over by hand a few times before fuelling. The built-in tank holds just shy of one litre of fuel, which at normal operating speed lasted us for more than an hour on the Selva 2.7m inflatable, which is representative of the type of use this outboard will get. The proper aluminium propeller is a three-bladed, weed throwing design and, thanks to the increased torque generated by having 87ccs, seems of greater diameter than other outboards of similar output. It took two pulls to prime the system, then she fired up and ran sweetly. We gave her a bit of running-in time before seeing what she had got. The performance from this little engine was a surprise, with three burly blokes and a bag of gear in the Selva 270 inflatable we managed an impressive 4.8 knots. Out on my own she spanked up to the harbour speed limit breaking level of 6.1 knots, but the stubby boat did not help; a slightly longer waterline achieved faster still and the Selva 3.2m with one man aboard achieved nearly 10 knots.

This has to be down to the ability to swing a bigger propeller thanks to that extra torque and the fact it is rated as propeller horsepower, rather than crankshaft power. As a comparison the Suzuki is the same weight but only uses a 5 3/8”pitch prop, albeit revving harder. The Yamaha is only rated to 1.8hp at the prop and is 3.5kgs heavier. The Selva is a proper, watercooled outboard and uses a splined shaft with a rubber hub and castlenut for the propeller mounting, rather than an old fashioned shear pin as found on some of the others. The tiller arm with twist grip throttle has a cruise control knob below and a kill cord attachment and stop button on the end of the arm for convenience. It is a well thought out and punchy, lightweight tender outboard that rewrites the Selva story and is well worth considering, especially as it is priced so keenly. Light enough to lift with one finger!

“The performance from this little engine was a surprise, with three burly blokes and a bag of gear in the Selva in ata e e mana ed an im re i e not Sustainable propulsion is used on SPECIFICATION: Niagara’s Maid of the Mist.

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Image: Lissandra Melo/Shutterstock OHV single cylinder 4-stroke, petrol Capacity: 87cc Fuel induction: carburettor Power: 2.5hp 1.84kw WOT: 4,500 – 5,500rpm Fuel capacity: 0.9 litre Starting: manual, recoil starter cord Ignition: CDI Cooling: water cooled, under water exhaust Propellor: aluminium, three-bladed weedless 5.5”x7.5” Weight: 13.5kgs (with prop) Price: £579 inc VAT


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POWERING AHEAD SIMON EVERETT ROUNDS UP THIS MONTH’S ENGINE NEWS. Sustainable propulsion is used on

LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN

Niagara’s Maid of the Mist.

The number seven has great significance in many countries; here we tend to think of it as being a lucky number, which is just as well because Evinrude has announced all its engines over 25hp are to carry a seven year warranty, and that is very significant. In addition to the warranty news comes the announcement of new engines in the G2 range. The new engines share the same 1.9-litre, 3-cylinder block with direct injection and carry the same advanced technologies from their bigger, V6 counterparts that set new standards for the industry. Features include electronic shift and throttle, automatic trim, integrated dynamic power steering, joystick control and a seemingly endless colour palette for custom matching to your boat. The new engines are the least polluting of any internal combustion engine on the market with as much as 99 per cent reduction in CO released at low speed and the lowest number of hydrocarbons, Nitrogen Oxide and exhaust emissions. The three engines are the E-TEC 115HO, E-TEC 140 and E-TEC 150. Matched to the new engines are BRP’s new RX3 and RX4 propellers. The high rake blades give increased lift and grip in turns. The three bladed prop gives high efficiency cruising, general operations and is the best option for use with the iDock joystick control. The four bladed design gives a greater disc area ratio to transfer more power to the water and is the choice for rough water operation.

YANMAR GAUGE

It had to happen, we are all screen mad, everything has to have a digital screen and if it is swipable, so much the better. Outboard manufacturers have linked their gauges through electronics for ages and Yanmar has joined in the fun with their new YD42 multifunctional gauge. This gauge is on another level; it can be linked through NMEA2000 compatible components, but as a stand alone it offers engine parameter information in a compact, easy-toread screen with transflective LCD technology that uses the sunlight to brighten the screen and make it more visible under sunny skies, to the tune of a 170-degree viewing angle whilst using less power to do so. I like things that harness nature. This bright screen could be a drawback for night

navigation, so to preserve your night vision there is the thoughtful addition of night mode.

The LCD panel is optically bonded to the glass screen totally eliminating condensation or fogging and rendering the unit water resistant, helped by the use of silicone keys. Apparently it is intuitive to use and easy to install, with no rear access to the dash panel required as it is front mountable, so ideal for retro fitting and repower installations. Yanmar has also introduced the YD25. Using similar technologies and compatibilities it offers the engine stop/start function and all the engine management information you could dream of in a smaller unit that offers black and white viewing at lower resolution. It is aimed at boats with small dash panels, such as RIB helm consoles and smaller yachts.

Image: Lissandra Melo/Shutterstock

FORMULA 1 KNOWLEDGE

The British will always been known for advanced design and engineering skills; many of the Formula 1 teams are based in Britain and their advancement eventually filters down to benefit the general population, in this case us, the boating public. Those Formula 1 skills have been put to good use designing the Cox Powertrain diesel outboard. This efficient combustion engine has been in development over the last couple of

years, but finally the finished styling has been unveiled. The carbon fibre cowling and sleek lower sections have a stylish elegance about them. The cowling has been created by CPC who work with upmarket automotive brands such as Ducati, McClaren and Porsche. Carbon fibre was the natural choice of material, offering strength, light weight and the ability to take complex shapes and angles. At first it will be available in either black or white, but custom colours will be available in the future.


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NEW KIT

Lots more kit tried and tested on our website: www.allatsea.co.uk

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Christmas gift guide

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Treat that special person to new Garmin kit www.garmin.com 1. GPSMAP 86 Series from £349.99 2. STRIKER Plus Fishfinder Series from £124.99 3. Quatix 5 from £429.99 4. inReach Mini from £299.99

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Another great addition to the on board kit, the Lexon Mino Mini Speaker is a rechargeable speaker that is light and small enough to be carried to and from the boat with ease to ensure everyone can enjoy the on board entertainment for the day. £29.95 (Plum, Gold, Gun metal, Copper, Blue, Black) shop.nationaltheatre.org.uk

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PhoneHug® is a funky accessory that clips to a lanyard and can be worn several ways, enabling people to keep their hands free and phone safe. The silicone phone holder is available in eight colours with a

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ADVENT CALENDARS…

The Christmas countdown has well and truly begun... the cold weather is upon us, gift ideas are everywhere and, best of all, there are advent calendars everywhere. What better way to start December… Vegan Advent Calendar £19.50 / shop.roh.org.uk Beautifully designed and filled with 24 dark chocolate cubes, including raspberry and roasted almond, this advent calendar really is a treat to start the holidays with!

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A unique collection of vintage and retro London inspired posters available framed or unframed from £14.99. This one features the iconic boat race. From £14.99 | Ltmuseumshop.co.uk

Christmas shopping without a plan is dangerous. So make a good old-fashioned shopping list and stick to it. Shops will be trying to encourage you to make those costly impulse buys, but a list will help you avoid them.

This year, make everything about Christmas truly magical and show your family and friends how much they are loved and cared about with personalised photo gifts. From £4.50 www.asda-photo.co.uk

Gibsons Christmas Is Coming Jigsaw Advent Calendar £22 / shop.rnli.org Unbox 12 festive surprises this December with this Christmas countdown puzzle. Behind each door is an 80 piece jigsaw that has been illustrated by Pimlada Phuapradit. The 12 puzzles create a panoramic Christmas scene.

The Grand Advent Calendar £68 / www.hotelchocolat.com This epic two-sided advent calendar includes Salted Caramel Vodka Liqueur (World’s Best Vodka at the World Liqueur Awards 2019), crackers filled with pecan praline, a meltingly smooth Hazelnut Bûche and Great Taste Award-winning Cocoa Gin. Dog Advent Calendar £2.50 / shop.rnli.org Reward your pup and celebrate the holidays with this advent calendar for dogs. The specially developed formula for this carob-based treat is a healthy and safe alternative to chocolate for your favourite furry friend.

Gin & Tonic Advent Calendar £95 / www.johnlewis.com This calendar includes a 70cl pink gin by The English Drinks Company. Perfect for pairing with the premium tonics behind every door, just add ice and join in the Christmas spirit.


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WHAT TO WEAR?

Bic Sport present 2 boats for use as Tenders, for fishing or for just mucking about on the water.  Safety has been a key aspect in the design of these craft and with more than 35 years of R&D every little detail has been taken into consideration.

Clothes are always a great gift and so here are a few that might make it under the Christmas tree this year. Vivi Striped Jumper Cosy jumpers do not come much better than the Vivi striped jumper from Weird Fish. Versatile and easy to wear, this jumper is cut to offer a soft and comfy fit, making it a staple piece you will keep reaching for. Just throw it on with your favourite jeans and you are ready for the day. Colours: Viridis / Dark Navy £40 www.weirdfish.co.uk

Guernsey Sweaters Guernsey sweaters, also well known as fisherman’s sweaters, have been around for over 400 years. £59.99 www.nauticalia.com

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EXPERTS’ FORUM

Each month, All at Sea invites a leading marine industry expert to share their opinion together with their top tips to help you get the most from your boating.

YOUR GUIDE TO ENGINE WINTERISATION

NICK EALES, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF SEA START LTD, HAS TOP TIPS FOR WINTERISING YOUR ENGINE. If you are planning to take you boat out of commission over the winter it is important to winterise the engine to avoid problems before the spring re-launch. The tasks involved depend on the type of boat and engine, and it is important to follow the manufacturers’ recommendations. There are a few basic tasks that apply to most engines. Fill your diesel tank to reduce condensation in the tank over the winter. Water that enters the tank as the interface between water and fuel is where diesel bug will thrive. If you do

suspect signs of the bug then use a fuel additive to keep it under control. Smear Vaseline lightly around the fuel cap to give a better seal. Change and drain the fuel pre. This is important, so you can get an idea of the condition of the fuel. If there are signs of dirt or bug you may decide to have your tank cleaned. Change the engine oil remembering to run the engine up to temperature first. The cleanest and easiest way to do this is to use a vacuum pump which has its own self-contained reservoir and tube that is inserted into the dipstick. Refill the sump with clean oil making sure it is the correct grade for your engine. . Use a good filter wrench that will not damage the filter. Put a plastic bag around the filter to catch the oil and filter. Old engine oil is full of carbon and hard to clean so try and use a barrier cream or wear latex gloves. Oil should be changed at least once a year. Check the fresh water cooling level and top up with the right ratio of anti-freeze to water. Anti-freeze or coolant protects your engine from the cold and acts as a corrosion inhibiter that protects the internal waterways within the engine. Remove the sea water pump impellor and tie to the side of the pump to stop it deforming. Change the impellor annually.

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Relax or remove the drive belts to stop them deforming or cracking. Replace them in the spring if they look worn or if there is black dust on the engine. Clean the engine and inspect it from all angles. Check jubilee clips and electrical wiring for corrosion and any water, fuel or oil leaks. Make sure bilges are clean. This make it easier to spot faults. After cleaning the engine, coat it with duck oil or corrosion block. Pay particular attention to It is important to clean the engine and inspect it from all angles

The impellor must be on the ‘to do’ list

the drive belt pulleys. These must be kept free of rust to stop belts wearing down. Remove batteries where possible, charge them up and check the water levels. and, if possible, the air inlet to the engine, using tape or a wooden bung, to prevent moisture from getting into the engine. Now, before re-launching most of the service is done so re-commissioning should be straightforward, but remember to check your manufacturers’ recommendations.

“Water that enters the tank as the interface between water and fuel is where diesel bug will thrive...”

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An impressive shot of Condor Liberation taken by Tina Jackson.

The end of a great day at Chichester Marina for Huw Williams.

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The Photo of the Month winner will receive a bottle of Spytail Ginger Rum! Every month the Photo of the Month winner will receive a bottle of Spytail Ginger Rum, based on a 19th Century French recipe of infusing fresh ginger and spices in Cognac barrels. Spytail Ginger Rum is available across the UK in an eye-catching bottle, celebrating the intrigue and mystery of French underwater exploration. Spytail is a blend of aged Caribbean rums, blended and bottled at a small distillery by La Compagnie Bathysphere in the Cognac Region of France – an area famous for spirits craftsmanship. The name ‘Spytail’ was discovered by the distillers stamped on an early engineering drawing for a submarine in the local maritime archive. They also discovered that, while submarines sailed along the bottom of the Charente River, ships laden with rum and ginger followed the same route from the Caribbean. Serving suggestion: On the Rocks, with ginger beer, cola or ginger and in a wide variety of cocktails. www.spytailrum.com Send in your photos now! Enter by email or online: editor@allatsea.co.uk / allatsea.co.uk/readers-gallery


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WINTERISE YOUR BOAT

Jane Gentry, CEO of theAWARDS Yacht Designers & Surveyors Association, has compiled a handy SAIL TRAINING guide to ensure you get back on the water as quickly as possible in the spring. 13

ALL AT SEA OCTOBER 2019

NEWS SNAPS

BELL RETURNED

The bell from a United States Navy ship which sunk the night before Operation Overlord began is to be returned to the American authorities. USS Osprey was lost on 5 June 1944 when she hit a mine and sank with the loss of six men, south of the Isle of Wight.

YOUR THOUGHTS ANSWERED…

LUCY MACGREGOR

Last month we asked: “With the Southampton International Boat Show kicking off this week, we would like to know if you miss the London Boat Show and whether you think it should return.” Here are some of your comments from All at Sea’s Facebook page. Head over to www.facebook. com/allatseanewspaper to comment on this month’s Your Thoughts (page 3) or email us at editor@allatsea.co.uk. Duncan Kent - Of course I miss the old LBS, but you’ll never be able to recreate it successfully. London is just too crowded and too difficult to get boats and people to. I’d travel to Birmingham, though, or somewhere else where there’s

room to have the show in a pleasant area to visit. I think it’d be difficult to better Dusseldorf though. Angela Jones - No, once it moved venue was never good. We love Southampton. Alisdair Sewell - Bring back the Earls Court days - it was soulless as soon as it moved to ExCel. Chris Satchwell - I agree with Alisdair Sewell - Earls Court was the best. The date of early January was not good for visitors directly after Christmas and New Year. The access to prospective clients has also changed with the internet. It will be a brave call to try to replace Earls Court after the failure of ExCel.

The YJA MS Amlin Yachtsman of the Year 2019 was awarded to Lucy MacGregor – four-time winner of the Women’s Match Racing World Championship after her victory at the Lysekil Women’s Match in August.

L-R Josh Loman, Mike Glanville, Millie Nation, Lord Iliffe, Katie Anderson, Mark Todd, Alex Salisbury

A group of young people have been presented with their Sail Training Awards by Lord Iliffe, Patron of the Ocean Youth Trust, and Michael Glanville, MD of MDL Marinas. The presentation took place on MDL’s waterside stand at the Southampton International Boat Show and marked the end of the exciting awards journey which began with nominations, included a five-day trip aboard Prolific with Ocean Youth Trust South and culminated in the presentation. Michael Glanville took the opportunity to also announce that MDL will be sponsoring 12 young people in 2020, a doubling of the numbers taking part. The awards were created to reward inspirational young people between the ages of

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REMOVE YOUR SAILS AND COVERS

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Some sails are left on for years – genoas rolled-up with only the UV strip protecting them and mainsails where tatty covers are the only thing stopping them being blown-out in a gale. Take them off and get them serviced, it will cost you less now than waiting until spring.

ENGINES & ELECTRICS

make sure that suitable antifreeze has been added  Always totally fill the fuel tank at the start of the winter. Excluding air helps prevent condensation and diesel bug  With small tanks of around five gallons, it is best to dispose of the fuel at the end of the winter, flush the tank and then refill. Or, in spring, drain some fuel from the base of the tank first  Check for a waterproof seal on the filler cap

Decommission the engine  Ensure the water intake and hose are in good condition and not left open  Check the stern gland is not weeping  Add insulation around the engine. Make sure it is not a fire risk and do not forget to remove it before re-starting  If your engine has indirect cooling,

12 and 18 who have overcome adverse personal circumstances, or shown other exceptional accomplishments. This year’s winners, Josh Loman (14), Alex Salisbury (13), Adam Slim (12), Millie Nation (14), Katie Anderson (15) and Ella Plummer (15), completed the five-night voyage which took them from Ocean Village Marina in Southampton around the Solent and further afield to Poole and Portland. The experience included night pilotage with the award winners earning their RYA Start Yachting certificate. The nomination window for 2020 awards will open in November with the trip taking place on 4 - 9 April. www.mdlmarinas.co.uk

GREEN AWARD

Spirit Yachts has been chosen alongside RS Sailing as joint winners of the first British Marine Environment Award by a panel of judges, including The Green Blue, British Marine and the RYA. The award was presented by worldrenowned sailor and The Green Blue ambassador Mike Golding OBE at the Southampton Boat Show and recognises exhibitors who have embraced environmentally responsible behaviour and sustainable work practices at the boat show. Read more from The Green Blue on page 31.

Outboard Care: Take it home, flush it with clean water, and dry. Try to use the fuel rather than let it go stale for next season. Use a specialist zero-ethanol petrol on the last run to protect the fuel system from waxing-up. Batteries: If there is a means of keeping the batteries charged by shore, solar or wind power, that is good practice. Check the terminal joints are clean and dry to help reduce any unwanted draining.

INSURANCE & SECURITY

Not all insurers will cover craft on swinging moorings over the winter, so check your policy carefully. Security: Ensure you notify the marina, yard or moorings operator, particularly if you leave your keys with them, that your boat has been winterised, just in case they are tempted to turn it on and move it. It also means if they see anyone hanging-about, they will investigate or contact you.

Image: Wendy Davies

WATER

Maintain Ventilation: Take care when maintaining a good flow of air – if this is not done properly, water will find a way in and undo all the good you have done. Dehumidifiers are increasingly popular but domestic units are not designed for the marine environment be sure you are not creating a fire risk. Reduce Condensation: If you have shore

Engines with indirect cooling need suitable antifreeze

power, a small tube heater with a frost thermostat is a great help in reducing condensation and stopping things from icing-up. Water Storage: Completely drain down anything that stores water, including pumps and water-makers. Freezing ice is strong enough to crack an engine block.

HULL

Protect The Decks: Ensure the deck and deck-fittings are watertight before any snow falls. Or use a deck cover.

Take your sails off and have them serviced

Check Your Skin Fittings: Check the condition of all through-hull skin fittings, valves, clamps and hoses. Where possible, shut them off. Inboard, the main job is to prevent icing. Drain the heads bowl and pump. Iced-up cockpit drains can cause trouble. So, if you fit a heater with a ‘frost’ setting to reduce condensation, locate it well and kill two birds with one stone. Hatches & Portholes: Check the gaskets on hatches and portholes create proper watertight seals.

Remove bedding to avoid damp. All images: Graham Snook Photography

REASONS TO REMOVE ALL YOUR KIT

 Cushions, clothing, charts and books will harbour damp  Removing electrical equipment will extend its life  It is sensible to have less kit on board in case of a break-in


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CAN I SAIL ONE-WAY? Most people like to come coming back to the starting point at the end of the holiday, but others prefer the romance of a one-way charter – so here is Plainsailing.com’s guide to one-way charters and how they work.

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ailing in a circular route is an ideal way to spend the week. You know where you have come from and where you are heading and can accurately gauge your sailing time to suit you. If you are new to a sailing area, there are almost always enough places to moor up for the night so that you do not need to go to the same place twice. To some people, though, a circular route lacks purpose, and they simply want to sail from A to B. They might see sailing one-way as more of a real voyage or more exciting. They might also like the romance of sailing oneway, or perhaps they have somewhere to be and want to arrive in style.

ONE-WAY CHARTER

If it is something that interests you, talk to holiday companies about arranging a one-way charter. Plainsailing.com, for example, will be able to help on any boat, to any destination. There are two different types of one-way charter: 1. Delivering a boat - matching your ambition to charter from, say, Split to Dubrovnik with a yacht charter company needing to get their boat to the same place at the same time. These are pretty rare, but they do crop up from time to time. Essentially, you are delivering the boat for the yacht charter company, and so there are no additional fees to be paid, and you will be able to sail from 5pm on the first Saturday to 9am on the second Saturday (as you would a normal

one-week charter going to and from the same base). 2. Arranging your own one-way charter – it is also possible to arrange a one-way charter on any boat, to any destination. That bit is simple. But there are additional impacts on money and time on board to consider: A one way fee: the yacht charter company will have to pay someone to travel down to the destination by land to meet you, and then to skipper the boat back to the home base after you disembark – probably on the motor, so they will be burning up fuel all the way. The additional one-way fees can be over €500. Leaving the boat early: in addition to the extra one-way fee, there is also a likelihood that you will have to disembark the boat early. This is not the yacht charter company trying to make money from you, it is just that they need the boat to be back in the home base and ready for the next set of holiday-makers. A boat can only go so fast, even on a motor, so you might have to sacrifice a day or so of sailing if you want to charter one-way.

TYPICAL ONE-WAY CHARTER FEES IN GREECE AND CROATIA Here are ball-park figures from Plainsailing.com for the likely costs for chartering some traditional one-way routes:

CROATIA

One way sailing charter between Split (and Trogir and Kastela) and Dubrovnik €600 - 750 one way fee, and disembarking the boat at around 9am on the Friday (instead of 9am on Saturday). One way sailing charter between Split (and Trogir and Kastela) and Biograd €400 - 600 one way fee, and disembarking the boat at around 12pm on the Friday (instead of 9am on Saturday).

GREECE

One way sailing charter between Athens and Corfu or Lefkas €1,100 one way fee, but disembarking the boat at the normal time (may not always be possible) One way sailing charter between Athens and Mykonos or Lavrio €700 one way fee, but disembarking the boat at the normal time (may not always be possible)

IS IT WORTH IT?

It depends on your budget and if you are happy to potentially lose a day of sailing. If you are really keen to see another place, then do a quick check as to how long it will take to get there by car – sailing between Split and Dubrovnik may take a week, but you can get there in three hours by land, so it might be easier, cheaper and more timeefficient to sail a circular route and then bus/taxi/transfer to Dubrovnik instead. www.plainsailing.com

Image: Chris Satchwell

“A boat can only go so fast, even on a motor, so you might ha e to sacri ce a day or so of sailing if you want to charter one-way”

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ALL AT SEA NOVEMBER 2019 LEFT: Southampton was not the only show to find that the water wanted to play a part too. The recent show at Annapolis in the USA was awash with more than an hour to go before high tide. Image: Daryl Morgan, Bainbridge International

DOUGAL

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TIME AND TIDE… WAIT FOR NO MAN

Nature is reminding us, as always, of its immense power, and all around us we are witnessing the major impact it is having. 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 Canute could not have stopped this tide! Dinghies almost getting afloat at Bosham Quay. Image: Andrew Young, Bosham Sailing Club

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he story of King Canute (or Cnut the Great), like so many 1,000-year-old legends, has become rather corrupted and changed by the passage of time. The more common version of the story has it that Canute believed he was so powerful that he could command the rise of the tide, halting it by royal decree, when in fact this has the story the wrong way around. Instead, it was the lack of his ability to control something as mundane as the rise of the tide that he declared proved the limits of his earthly power. There is plenty of debate about the reality of this tale, and even if something like this did happen, quite where he might have actually been when he tried to stem the incoming tide is unknown. Southampton thinks it has a claim, Bosham, on the shore of Chichester Harbour, feels that it could well have been the spot as the story has it that one of Canute’s daughters drowned in the millstream and is buried in the local

church, but it could also have been London as Canute had a Royal Palace there. Or, in a very different telling, it could have been inland in Lincolnshire, with the legend having it as an attempt to prevent the tidal bore that can sweep up the River Trent under spring tide conditions. What we do know is that just 30 years after Canute’s reign the Norman’s successfully invaded England and put their own stamp on the telling of history, which saw many of the old Norse histories either lost or adapted to suit the new regime. THE TIDE IS HIGH… However, in the correct telling of the tale, King Canute was being very prescient, as not only did he prove conclusively that nothing can stop the tide, but in the locations where the tale might have some grounding, the question today is not just one of could the tide ever be stopped, but now, how high will the incoming water reach. At a time when there is far greater focus on

With a backdrop of cliffs, this ancient portrayal of King Canute does not fit with any of the potential locations.

the impacts of climate change, the south and eastern coastal regions of the UK are facing a dual-pronged attack that will have serious implications for anyone or anything close to the current shoreline, with many yachting locations being right in the front line of any change. Even before the effects of the industrial revolution started to alter the whole balance of the global climate, the UK was already facing a geological condition called ‘isostatic rebound’. During the last ice age, a thick, heavy mantle of ice had covered Scotland and the North, but some 20,000 years ago the ice sheets started to retreat and once the glaciers had melted into the sea, the land mass that now comprises England and Scotland started to be rebalanced, with the North rising, whilst the South and East are pivoting down into the sea. At the University of Durham, which has led some of the most influential work on this topic, the effect is likened to ‘a sponge that has been squeezed, which then eventually regains its shape’. Some areas of Scotland could end up being lifted by 10cm, whilst at the other end of the country, the softer rocks that make up the South Coast could sink by 5cm during the 21st century. This second figure might not seem that significant were it not for the fact that at the same time, the sea levels have been rising, with the latest predictions all indicating that the rate of change is accelerating fast, with

one of the major contributory factors being global warming. This is driving the further melting of the ice cover in mountain and polar regions, with sea levels already 20cm higher than they were at the start of the 20th century. Just how serious an issue this might be was evident this summer when Danish scientists found that at high summer the Greenland ice cap was losing the equivalent of over three Olympic sized swimming pools full of water…. every second. This new flow, which is not far short of a biblical flood, has already doubled the previous rate of sea rise to 3.2mm pa, with this figure at risk of increasing, pushing the potential rise in the sea level up over the next 80 years by 60cm – a full two feet. Nor is it just a case of there being more water, for the sea itself is getting warmer and changing in terms of chemical content. As the salinity and acidity change, the very nature of the seas around our coasts will have to adapt. IMPACT ON BOATING With so many dire environmental stories now dominating the media headlines, it would be very easy to discount these details as just another ‘scare’ story, were it not for the fact that the impact of both climate change and rising sea levels are being painfully felt at the ‘cutting edge’ of our coasts already. So much of what we do in the world of leisure boating is driven by the need to be at the water’s edge. Many sailing clubs operate with just a short slipway linking their dinghy parks to the beach, and though for some the rise in sea levels might seem to make for a shorter pull of their boat into the water, some clubs are finding that at high tides their boats are at risk of being afloat already. Marinas and boatyards would also struggle, with the risk of being flooded becoming a very real concern. Sites, such as those at Hamble Point, where some of the workspace is below the current sea level, will have to build on the measures already in place to protect themselves against exceptionally high tides. Hamble Point’s pontoons and bridges are already designed to rise up to the level of the highest expected flood tide for the foreseeable future. Today, even with the combination of an astronomical spring tide and South Westerly wind, the tide line is still a good metre below the top of the marina’s slipway and the site is protected by a sea wall and flood barriers at the top of the slipway should the tide levels rise. The effects of climate change are prompting all marinas to re-assess the flood risk to plan for any necessary

alterations to infrastructure before the effects of climate change are seen. WAKE-UP CALL Now it might sound churlish to complain about having good weather, but during what is normally a very changeable midSeptember, the Southampton Boat Show was, for once, blessed with glorious all day sunshine, with some days being so warm that at Andark, one of the largest outlets for well-priced sailing wear, the concern was that it was so hot that fewer people would be trying on foul weather clothing. This was nothing more than one could have expected from a record breaking summer season that, apart from a dismal and damp July, has seen day after day of wonderful weather characterised by hot sunshine and great sailing breezes. Yet even as the show drew to a close, a deep depression swept in from the west bringing strong winds and, worryingly, lots of rain. In what became yet another abnormal weather ‘event’ 32mm of rain fell on the show area in a short period of time, and just along the road the storm drains that serve the main arterial route westwards out of the city towards the motorway could not cope, leaving the dual carriageway resembling a large boating lake. Traffic chaos ensued, with exhibitors leaving the show being especially hard hit. In the post-flooding investigation, it was found the water would normally have drained into the Test estuary, but even though tidal flap valves had been fitted, the impact of a high tide had left the storm water nowhere to go. That one incident should be a wake-up call for the marine industry and everyone connected to the sea, by location, work or just as a user of the marine environment. Already the bills for climate change and rising sea levels are mounting up, as precautions are put in place to protect things as they are now. Even more of a worry might be that whilst the immediate pains might be financial, these pale in significance to the stress that the rising sea levels are placing on the places we love the most. One of the most evocative aspects of getting afloat is that wonderful ‘smell of the sea’, which itself is something of a misnomer as it is actually the land we smell and, in particular, the odours that arise from the inter-tidal zone that exists between the low and high water marks. From the tiniest of shrimps to the most elegant of the wading birds, those sandy, rocky or muddy areas are essential to the wonderful diversity of life that makes being on the water such a delight for all the senses. As these areas get submerged ever deeper, we risk our shores becoming sterile and increasingly lifeless. Our key locations might be protected by tidal barriers or by raising the ground level of coastal locations, but as Canute proved 1,000 years ago, those limits of our own powers may prove weak in the face of the rising tides!

The wonderful setting for Warsash Sailing Club and its dinghy park is already only just about the point of HW springs. Unless action is taken, and soon, rising sea levels will become a serious issue for our top locations such as this. Image: David Henshall


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STAYING GAS AWARE The RYA raises awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas a iance and o er e entia afet ad ice

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re dangerous gas appliances putting you at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning? Do you make regular checks? The RYA once again pledged its support for Gas Safety Week in September and urged visitors to its stand at the Southampton International Boat Show to find out more about the importance of gas safety. The ninth annual Gas Safety Week saw organisations from across the UK working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Stuart Carruthers, RYA Cruising Manager, said: “The RYA strongly recommends that gas systems are checked regularly to ensure that any potential problems are spotted at the earliest opportunity – this includes looking for kinks or wear in the hose and making sure none of the clips are coming loose. “It is also recommended that marine LPG installations are regularly inspected by a suitably qualified person, such as an engineer listed on the Gas Safe Register. Regular inspection, together with a gas alarm, CO detector and safe operation will significantly reduce the risks associated with having gas on board. “Importantly, the RYA urges all boaters to understand the dangers of CO, to recognise the symptoms of CO poisoning and to heed the safety advice on the RYA website.”

THE Masterclass

WHAT IS CO?

Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless gas which is produced by incomplete burning of carbon-based fuels, including gas, oil, wood and coal. Often dubbed the ‘Silent Killer’, it can kill quickly if inhaled in high concentrations. Any fuel burning device that is faulty, incorrectly set up and or flued, poorly ventilated or not properly maintained may generate CO. If such a device is on when boaters are sleeping, the often fatal poisoning will occur gradually during sleep with no warning or chance of waking. It is an ever present risk especially for live aboard boaters, both inland and coastal. To keep you and your family safe, follow Gas Safe Register’s top tips: If you smell gas or think there might be a gas leak, call the free 24-hour national gas emergency number immediately on 0800 111 999. Never attempt to work on a gas appliance yourself. Always seek the help of a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer who can work on your gas cooker, boiler or fire in a safe way. Do not cut corners - only employ a

suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer when having gas work carried out. Always ask to see your engineer’s Gas Safe ID card. Make sure you check the back of the card, which will state which gas appliances they are qualified to work on.

SAFETY ADVICE

The RYA provides detailed information for boaters on the dangers of both gas and carbon monoxide on its safety hub – visit www.rya.org.uk/go/gas and www.rya.org.uk/go/co. Gas Safe Register is the official register for legally qualified engineers. You can find a registered engineer in your area by visiting the Gas Safe Register website at www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or by calling 0800 408 5500.

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BOATING HOLIDAYS

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

NEW BAHAMAS BASE

THREE ICONS, ONE VOYAGE

SUNSAIL has been in touch to tell us about their new Exuma charters in Nassau, The Bahamas. Sunsail offers bareboat yacht charters through the islands of Exuma that stretch 100 miles northsouth through the heart of The Bahamas. With the reputation as a luxury travel destination, Exuma is the perfect destination to sail the newest additions to the Sunsail catamaran fleet, the Sunsail Lagoon 424 and Sunsail 454W. Each sleeping up to 10 people, the catamarans combine the comfort and livability of home with high performance when under sail.

“Our suggested Exuma charter itinerary takes you from Nassau to as far south as Big Major Cay to as far north as Highbourne Cay. In addition to two free sailing days, charterers have the option to explore five unique cays, each with their own charm and island vibe,” said Josie Tucci, vice president of sales and marketing. The archipelago features anchorages along untouched beaches, year-round sailing conditions and one of the largest protected marine parks in the world, Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. 0330 332 1165 / www.sunsail.co.uk

STAR Clippers UK is offering a luxury, tailormade 11 night holiday to include travel from London on board the glamorous Venice Simplon Orient Express, three nights vintage glamour at the Belmond Cipriani hotel, Venice and seven nights sailing on board the tall ship, Royal Clipper. The holiday departs on 20 August 2020 from London Victoria station, where blue and gold livered stewards will welcome guests aboard the Orient Express. After a night’s stay in Venice (guests will return for a further two nights stay after the tall ship), guests will embark on the Royal Clipper on 22 August. A week will be spent sailing from Venice to Croatia and Montenegro beneath billowing sails on this elegant, fully crewed vessel.

The price of £7,289pp includes one night on the Venice Simplon-Orient Express, three nights at the Belmond Cipriani Venice and seven nights full board sailing with Royal Clipper, non-UK private transfers, return flights from Venice to London and port charges. Full itinerary: Venice (Italy) | Zadar (Croatia) | Hvar (Croatia) | Dubrovnik (Croatia) | Kotor (Montenegro) | Vis (Croatia) | Rovinj (Croatia) | Venice (Italy) 0808 231 4798 / www.starclippers.co.uk

OARSOME DREAM

ECO-FRIENDLY TRAVEL UNDER SAIL

Round the world sailor Alex Thomson named Oarsome Dream

DREAM Yacht Charter UK’s Dufour 460GL, which has been based in Port Hamble on the Solent, is heading to warmer climes this winter. She will spend the Caribbean sailing season in Antigua where she will join Dream’s fleet of eight monohulls and 21 catamarans. Oarsome Dream, which won the Cruiser B class at this year’s Cowes Week, is expected to arrive in Antigua in time for Christmas. Of the move Andy Byham, Dream Yacht Charter UK director, said “She is a great cruising yacht, ideal for families or groups of friends, and Antigua is the perfect winter base for her. Antigua has so much to offer to sailors, including the hugely popular Antigua Sailing Week.” Weather conditions in Antigua over the winter offer ideal sailing conditions. Trade winds between

December and May bring stable weather conditions with easterly winds reaching speeds of around 18 to 20 knots. Day time temperatures reach a balmy 30 degrees, falling to a fresher 20 degrees overnight. Water temperatures over the winter months reach around 26 degrees, perfect for snorkelling, paddleboarding and meeting the local marine life. Oarsome Dream was named for Dream Yacht Charter’s charity partner, Oarsome Chance, by Dream ambassador and Oarsome Chance patron, Alex Thomson. Oarsome Chance’s young apprentices had the chance to work on the commissioning of the yacht in advance of her entry into the UK charter fleet. www.DreamYachtCharter.co.uk 02380 455 527 sales@dreamyachtcharter.co.uk

IN the summer Greta Thunberg sailed 3,000nm to America on a high-speed solar and wind powered yacht for UN talks on taking action against the environmental crisis. Her trip was completely carbon-neutral, but what if we all did away with damaging air travel and everyone sailed to get to their holiday destinations? A common and standard sailing yacht can maintain an average speed of about five knots which means that whilst some locations are possible within a reasonable timeframe (with the right winds), other locations further afield might take a while to get to. For instance, sailing to Barcelona. If we set sail from London, it will take 10 hours to get down the Thames. You could expect the trip to take around another 360 hours or 15 days at sea, non-stop, taking in the delightfully choppy seas of the Bay of Biscay before making it into the safety of the Mediterranean and up to Barcelona. Remember, you have the same journey on the way back too.

Of course, sailing to Spain would make for an amazing thing to do in the summer holidays, and the kids would learn so much: you would just need to have your own yacht... Tommy Tognarelli, founder of yacht charter company PlainSailing.com, said “Sailing is a fabulous way to travel – it is great fun, it is great for the environment and makes any journey instantly much more memorable. “One of the joys of sailing is that you are harnessing the wind to get eco-friendly travel (and pocket friendly, since the wind-power is free), but the flip side of that is that it depends upon the weather, and it can be quite slow to get anywhere... “But just because there are more convenient choices, that is not to say that we should not be looking to use more environmentally friendly travel. Our sailing holiday customers relish the chance to slow down, take in the views and travel to new places in a responsible manner.” PlainSailing.com

GREECE IS THE WORD!

SAIL with the Jubilee Sailing Trust and explore new waters in the Mediterranean off the ancient Greek coastline with a choice of 2020 voyages, two of which we highlight here: TNS553 Piraeus - Piraeus 13 - 22 April (10 days) Many people face significant challenges in life, mental health issues or periods of social isolation. JST can help tear down the barriers on a Greek adventure where those on board can become deeply

FURTHER INFORMATION

immersed in a life-transformative experience on board Tenacious. Further information: jst.org.uk/ voyage/piraeus-round-trip/ TNS556 Limassol - Piraeus 18 - 27 May (10 days) Sailing from one historic land to another, voyage through the Dodecanese discovering thousands of years of Greek myths, all while becoming part of a diverse, accepting and respectful community on board Tenacious. Further information: jst.org.uk/ voyage/limassol-to-piraeus

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BILL PREPARES HIMSELF AND THE BOAT FOR THE WINTER This month Bill looks at all the main areas of your boat that will need to be winterised to avoid disappointment in the spring. was added during the season as the ratio could be incorrect thus still resulting in frost damage. A boat in sea water should not have a problem here in the UK with engine icing, but if ashore make sure the seacocks have been opened after lifting to clear as much water as possible. Outboards should be flushed with fresh water, and better, with a flushing agent and an anti-freeze added to ensure all water chambers are protected from freezing. Where possible take the outboard home and store ashore for the winter. Sails are best taken down, dried and stored in a dry ventilated place, along with covers that are not needed to keep deck equipment and electronics dry. At this stage, it is worth carefully looking at the condition of the sails before they are folded and put away. If there are problems with chafe, stitching and other damage, this is the best time to take the sail to a

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“Engines that have a recirculating fresh water cooling system should have the correct concentration of anti-freeze...”

IT’S hard to believe that another year has passed and it’s time to make the decision on whether to lift the boat early to have a good few months of drying out or to stay in the water until early spring and try to make the most of the glorious crisp winter days we often have. Another advantage to staying in the water is the opportunity to hone my single-handed skills, as The Admiral does not do ‘cold weather’ sailing! With four key areas to concentrate on for winterisation - below decks, engines, sails and general hardware there many decisions to be made. Either way, whether we lift early or stay afloat, the end results are the same. Starting with the below decks - I think that in all cases most of us will de-clutter the boat, if for no other reason than to prevent adding more and more of the “must have and very important items” (also known as clutter) each season. It also allows lockers to be cleared and allow air to keep circulating

and therefore reduce damp. Damp air is the best medium for mildew and is best kept at bay by good ventilation. For those of us in marina berths with shoreside power, I have been advised that it is worth considering a small wattage heater to keep the boat dry (but not warm) and also a small dehumidifier that can be set to 60 per cent humidity or less. I am reliably informed that this will also keep the headlining, cushions and woodwork clear of mildew and the boat’s interior smelling sweet. Before we moved to the marina berth and were without the option of heaters and dehumidifiers we had to remove as many of the soft furnishings as possible to be stored ashore in a dry ventilated space (spare bedroom, much to The Admiral’s misery!). Engines that have a recirculating freshwater cooling system should have the correct concentration of anti-freeze in the system. This is especially crucial if water

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sailmaker for remedial treatment. This saves disappointment in the spring when sailmakers are deluged with work by customers who have not heeded this advice. This also applies to cushions and covers. If any of the above need replacing this is also the best time to place an order. There can be mixed views about taking the sprayhood off – on the one hand it is best for the sprayhood itself, but the sprayhood continues to protect the boat from the elements. You will know your own boat, and how much protection it gives, but the ability to ventilate the interior without rain getting below may well be worth the additional weathering of the cover. Sheets and control lines not likely to be used should be stripped of the deck then washed (domestic clothes washing soaps work well), dried and stored. This massively increases the life and appearance of all rope. Halyards should be clipped well away from the mast to prevent excessive wear on the anodising on the mast’s surface that would result by slapping over extended periods. Whether ashore or afloat take the anchor chain out of its locker and wash away the dirt and salt and give it a good inspection for damage. Once done it can be returned to the locker.


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SHORESIDE LEARNING

Develop your knowledge this winter with the RYA’s range of books and shorebased courses…

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inter is closing in and the days are getting shorter. For most of us this will also mean less time on the water, so how can you best prepare for another brilliant summer afloat? The RYA’s network of affiliated clubs and training centres offer many great opportunities to get out on the water and make the most of the winter months. However, if it is not for you, or you are not getting out as much as you would like, why not maintain the momentum and keep learning with the RYA’s broad range of books and shorebased courses? “Whether you are completing practical training or boating recreationally, time spent on the water is essential to build your experience and increase confidence,” says Emma Clayton, chief instructor of the RYA shorebased courses. “Whilst this does provide a hands-on, seeing-and-doing approach, it can also mean that the acquired knowledge is largely limited to what was experienced on the day. The RYA shorebased courses can solve this problem, providing a greater depth of knowledge in a whole range of areas. “A number of the specialist short courses are just one day, with opportunities for online and distance learning, as well as in the classroom – it has never been easier to get stuck in and broaden your skillset!”

TOP PICKS RYA TACTICS (G40)

Are you ready for the racecourse? Brush up on your tactics with the newly launched, third edition of the best-selling RYA Tactics. Written by world-renowned strategist, Mark Rushall, find cutting-edge advice on everything from weather conditions to high-speed racing and positioning as strategy.

RYA KNOTS, SPLICES AND ROPEWORK HANDBOOK (G63)

Everything from bends and hitches, to loops and stoppers, materials, tools and terminology - find out more in this complete guide to knots. situation, as well as hands-on practice of operating and talking over the radio. Learn more about VHF radio in the RYA VHF Handbook (G31).

NAVIGATION

DIESEL ENGINE

Nobody wants to be stuck out at sea or in a marina far from home with engine failure. Knowing how to fix the problem could save time, money and stress. The one-day RYA Diesel Engine course is perfect for beginners, taking you through ways to prevent and solve diesel engine failure. Most engine problems can be solved by taking simple precautions, and you do not need a detailed mechanical knowledge. Find out how your engine works, how to keep it healthy by doing basic checks and maintenance procedures and how to get it started again in the event of a breakdown. Find out more about maintenance and troubleshooting in the RYA Diesel Engine Handbook (G25).

MARINE RADIO

If you have a VHF radio on board your boat, or carry a handheld VHF whilst kayaking or paddle-boarding, you need to hold an operator’s licence. The RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate (SRC) course is a one-day course aimed at anyone who wants to operate a marine VHF radio, with or without Digital Selective Calling. Vital for days out boating, it covers radio functionality, how to relay information clearly and swiftly in an emergency

Whether you are exploring new areas or revisiting a favourite destination, you need to plan ahead. How far is the destination and how long will it take to get there? When will the tidal stream assist the journey and provide enough height of tide to enter – and to leave? Are there any hazards on the route? Anybody planning a passage needs to know where – and how – to find the answers to these questions, as well as understanding what impact this will have when out on the water. The two-day RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course provides an introduction to navigation and safety awareness, whilst the week-long RYA Day Skipper shorebased course covers chartwork, electronic navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship in more detail. More experienced navigators can also enhance their knowledge with the RYA Coastal Skipper/ Yachtmaster Offshore or RYA Yachtmaster™ Ocean shorebased courses. RYA An Introduction to Navigation (G77) is essential reading for beginners and anyone interested in finding out more about the basic steps of navigation. For a complete guide and further reading for competent navigators, check out the RYA Navigation Handbook (G6).

RADAR

Cruising boats increasingly have radar on board. The International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea state that if you have a radar, you must know how to use it. Radar is probably the most versatile of all electronic navigation aids, but the best results are only obtained when you know how to use all of the functions correctly. It is not an all seeing eye, and can easily mislead those who do not understand its controls, allow for its limitations or interpret its picture. RYA Radar is a one-day course providing a clear understanding of radar and how it can be used to aid navigation and avoid collisions. For accompanying information, read RYA An Introduction to Radar (G34).

SEA SURVIVAL

For anyone going to sea, the RYA Sea Survival course is a genuine lifesaver. Hopefully you will never need to use a liferaft, but if you do find yourself in difficulty, you are more likely to survive if you know what to expect. The one-day course provides candidates with a full understanding of how to use the safety equipment on board their boat, as well as techniques on how to survive and how to be found. For most, the course highlight is a practical session in a swimming pool as you experience the problems of entering an uncooperative liferaft and assisting

your ‘crew mates’ first hand - all while fully kitted out in wet weather gear and a lifejacket. Find supporting information and further safety advice in the RYA Sea Survival Handbook (G43).

WINTER READING

Why not make the most of your time ashore with some winter reading? Find additional information and expert advice in the RYA’s range of publications and accessible eBooks. As well as books that directly support RYA training courses, there are plenty of titles that will help support your boating by improving your knowledge.

RYA YACHTMASTER QUIZZES (G79)

Test your knowledge on everything from straightforward scenarios to more complex conundrums - the perfect companion for every experienced yachtsman. Now available exclusively as an eBook, get even more from this interactive experience. For more information about RYA courses visit www.rya.org.uk/go/ courses or visit www.rya.org.uk/go/ wheresmynearest to find an RYA recognised training centre near you. Visit www.rya.org.uk/shop to browse the full selection of RYA publications.

The RYA covers all forms of boating, including dinghy and yacht racing, motor and sail cruising, RIBs and sports boats, powerboat racing, windsur ng, inland cruising and narrow oats, and personal watercraft.

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BOATING PEOPLE PROFILE AND Q&A WITH DISABLED SAILOR AND ADVENTURER NATASHA LAMBERT. WHAT NEXT?

Hello, my name is Natasha Lambert and I have a debilitating condition called Quadriplegic Athetoid Cerebral Palsy. The result of this condition is that I have no voluntary control over my limb movements and my speech is difficult to articulate. However, I do not allow this to stop me from pursuing a full, interesting and challenging lifestyle. My biggest interests are going outdoors such as walking in my specially adapted walking frame but, most of all, my passion is getting out on the water and sailing my Mini Transat, MissIsle Too. This boat has been adapted so that I can control the steering and sail trim by sipping or puffing through a straw. These adaptations have been carried out by my dad, Gary, who has developed the whole sip puff technology for my boat. Since this boat was completed in 2012, I have managed to complete a variety of sailing and climbing challenges, raising funds for charity as I go. These challenges include: Sailing round the Isle of Wight – 2012 Crossing the English Channel – 2013 Cowes to Swansea and climbing Pen Y Fan – 2014 Cowes to London and walking the London Mile – 2015 Scotland Caledonian Canal and climbing Cairngorm – 2016 Scotland to Ireland and climbing Kippur - 2017

Having completed these, the next challenge for me is to cross the Atlantic from Gran Canaria to St Lucia. For this I need a bigger boat and will obviously require crew to assist with the things I cannot do. We did have this planned for 2019, but the adaptations required for the boat have taken longer than expected so, for safety reasons, we have postponed the challenge until 2020. Work is well under way, though, to ensure that I can operate it in the same way that I do my Mini Transat.

WHAT WILL YOU MISS MOST WHEN AWAY FROM HOME?

I am very close to my nanna and grandad, so I will really miss not seeing them as often as I do.

Dame Ellen MacArthur has inspired Natasha

YOUR LATEST CHALLENGE – CROSSING THE ATLANTIC – IS YOUR BIGGEST YET. WHERE DID THE IDEA COME FROM?

I was lucky enough to meet Dame Ellen MacArthur and she presented me with a book, the Atlantic Pilot Atlas, with a lovely inscription on the front which was all the encouragement I needed.

TELL US ABOUT THE BOAT YOU WILL BE SAILING.

The boat is a Nautitech Open 46 as it has the cockpit space and helm positions that are more suitable to my use. It has three double cabins, one of which is mine (the owner’s cabin). All cabins are en-suite and we have a lovely saloon area with flat walk through to the cockpit and helm.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BUILD-UP TO THE RACE?

Collecting Blown Away at La Rochelle

It is approximately 3,000 miles to cross the Atlantic and I estimate this should take about three to four weeks, depending on weather conditions.

My challenges on this adventure will be many and varied. Generally living on the boat due to my mobility. Getting the right watch system for me will be a challenge as I find it difficult to get relaxed and into sleep mode. Next, of course, is getting sufficient exercise. Whilst at home I have a specially adapted walking frame which I use every day. On board I cannot do this, so I will need to do my physio as much as possible and I also hope to use a specially adapted treadmill when conditions permit.

MAKING CHANGES

The biggest job has been updating the Sip Puff technology so that it can operate the steering and sails on a catamaran, ensuring that both main and foresail trim at the same time. We also have the main track, which needs to operate with the main sail trim. My dad has been very busy doing all this for me, working well into the night re-writing programmes then installing and testing the systems. Frequent re-visits to the drawing board for fine tuning have been required, but he never stops.

HOW LONG DO YOU EXPECT TO BE AT SEA FOR THE CHALLENGE?

WHAT WILL BE YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGES ON THE WATER?

The boat we have for this challenge is a Nautitech Open 46, a catamaran that gives us a very stable platform for such a huge endeavour and, of course, the space for the additional crew and equipment, as well as food that will be required. I have named the boat Blown Away. Adaptations required include: putting in a hoist rail to ensure that movement around the boat is as safe as possible, setting up a treadmill for me to exercise, installing all the technology to operate the Sip Puff system, replacing the helm seats with ones that I can use and re-routing the sheeting for the main sail so that it can trip sensors at the right time.

that will be required. Training will continue through the winter building up to longer offshore passages in the spring. I will be sailing Blown Away down to the Canaries during the summer of 2020.

Due to it being a huge project, the conversion has taken longer than expected so my build-up has been getting as much time out on the water as possible in my Mini Transat so that I keep my skills fine-tuned. As the conversion is near completion, we can take out Blown Away so that I can get used to the helm and it can be tested for fine adjustments

THIS IS A HUGE CHALLENGE – DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER ADVENTURES YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO?

Do not tempt me! I drive my mum and dad to distraction with new ideas. I mean, why stop at the Atlantic? The world is a big place.

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO OTHER SAILORS WITH DISABILITIES WHO WOULD LIKE TO FOLLOW IN YOUR FOOTSTEPS?

I think that having the right people and support team around you is so important in doing anything like this. Find the right organisation and then build up the experience, setting new goals regularly.

WHICH SAILORS INSPIRE YOU?

Dame Ellen MacArthur, Geoff Holt and Brian Thompson. I have enjoyed following their adventures over the past few years and have now met them all and received sound advice and encouragement from them.

HOW CAN ALL AT SEA’S READERS SUPPORT YOU?

Watch my website, www.missisle.com, and follow my social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. There you will find updates and how you can support me in helping with equipment to donating to the three charities I am fundraising for. There will also be a new blog coming soon. www.missisle.com

“Why stop at the Atlantic? The world is a big place.”

NATASHA, WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INTO SAILING?

I first started sailing in 2009 with a visit to the Calvert Trust. This was only as a passenger on board, but I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to do more; to control the boat myself. We then bought a model boat and adapted it so that I could control it by a straw, and that was when we thought, “if it can be done for a model boat, why not a full-sized boat”. We did and it worked.

WHAT MADE YOU FIRST DECIDE TO BECOME AN ADVENTURER AND RAISE MONEY FOR CHARITY?

It all started with me walking up Tennyson Down on the Isle of Wight to raise funds for a friend to get a similar walking aid as mine. And from then, the challenges have just got bigger and bigger! To date I have raised well in excess of £65,000.

YOU HAVE ALREADY TAKEN ON MANY CHALLENGES – IS THERE ONE THAT STANDS OUT TO YOU? I have enjoyed every challenge that I have undertaken and they all stand out for different reasons. Some of the most memorable will be Scotland and Cairngorm for the stunningly beautiful scenery, rounding Lands’ End on the way to Swansea where the sea was a little lumpier than I expected and I had my first (and only) experience of sea sickness (the feeling soon went with the arrival of a pod of dolphins which made me smile) and, of course, the first trip out of sight of land when I crossed the English Channel. All my challenges to date have had many memorable moments and even more memorable people who have supported me and shared these adventures.

Natasha controls the steering and sail trim by sipping or puffing through a straw


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SOUTH WEST

PREMIER MARINAS FALMOUTH North Parade, Falmouth, Cornwall. TR11 2TD T: 01326 316620 E: falmouth@premiermarinas.com W: www.premiermarinas.com

PORT PENDENNIS MARINA Manager: Mark Webster Challenger Quay, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 3YL T: 01326 211211 E: marina@portpendennis.com W www.portpendennis.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 FALMOUTH HAVEN Contact: Barry Buist 44 Arwenack Street, Falmouth TR11 3JQ T: 01326 310990 E: welcome@falmouthhaven.co.uk W: www.falmouthhaven.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 PLYMOUTH YACHT HAVEN Manager: Steve Kitchen Shaw Way, Mount Batten, Devon, PL9 9XH T: 01752 404231 E: plymouth@yachthavens.com W: www.yachthavens.com YACHT HAVEN QUAY, PLYMOUTH Manager: Will Rahder Breakwater Road, Plymouth, Devon, PL9 7FE T: 01752 481190 E: boatyard@yachthavenquay.com W: www.yachthavens.com 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 SUTTON HARBOUR MARINA 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

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 MDL TORQUAY MARINA Manager: Mike Smith Torquay, Devon , TQ2 5EQ T: 01803 200210 E: torquaymarina@mdlmarinas.co.uk W: www.torquaymarina.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 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 PORTLAND MARINA Manager: Paul Swain Osprey Quay, Portland, Dorset. DT5 1DX T: 01305 866190 E: berths@portlandmarina.co.uk W: www.portlandmarina.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 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

SOVEREIGN SHINES

NOW in its fourth year, Sovereign Shines marks the beginning of the festivities at Premier’s Eastbourne Marina (Sovereign Harbour). A magical harbour light spectacle, berth holders and local residents are being invited to make this the largest Christmas lights display, to help raise funds for the Eastbourne lifeboat. Email sovereignshines@eastbournewaterfront.

co.uk for an application form. Plus, on Friday 13 December you can join the crowds at The Waterfront, Sovereign Harbour to celebrate the illuminations. The evening event, from 16.00 – 20.00, will feature three local school choirs, Eastbourne Rock Choir, live reindeer and an array of Christmas market stalls selling local produce and beautiful gifts.

MDL SHAMROCK QUAY Manager: Barry Radband 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 E: swanwick@premiermarinas.com W: www.premiermarinas.com

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

TOWN QUAY MARINA Manager: Brian Akerman Management Office Town Quay, Southampton, SO14 2AQ T: 02380 234397 E: bakerman@abports.co.uk W: www.townquay.com HAMBLE YACHT SERVICES Port Hamble, Hamble, Southampton, Hampshire,SO31 4NN T: 02380 201501 E: info@hysgroup.co.uk www.hysgroup.co.uk UNIVERSAL MARINA Crableck Lane, Sarisbury Green Southampton, SO31 7ZN T: 01489 574272 W: www.universalmarina.co.uk 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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CONWY MARINA GETS SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION FOR WAITING JETTY

UPWARDLY MOBILE AT HAMBLE POINT

TWO of MDL’s long-term tenants at Hamble Point Marina, Hyde Sails and Desty Marine, have moved to new onsite premises. The move by the international sailmaker Hyde Sails into its new HQ building has been motivated by growth in the business and the desire to offer a new service to its customers. Now situated at the entrance to the River Hamble, Hyde Sails’ customers can visit by water - mooring to the pontoon outside its doors – or on shore, to get a quote, drop off sails for servicing or get advice on sails and sail setting. Yacht repair and refit company Desty Marine, a tenant at Hamble Point Marina for more than 27 years, has experienced very positive growth

in recent years. This growth has led to the relocation of the business to the new larger sales units at Hamble Point Marina to accommodate increased staff and resources as well as providing dedicated meeting space. Richard Broadribb, MDL estates director, says: “We are delighted that we have been able to support both Hyde Sails and Desty Marine in their move onsite to premises which enable them to expand their businesses and the services they offer. Our tenants are a very important part of our marinas and the services on offer to our members. We have recently built eight new units at Hamble Point Marina to further develop that range of services.” MDL Estates Team: 023 8045 7155

FACILITIES REFURB

MDL Marinas’ Hythe Marina Village has completed an extensive refurbishment of its toilet and shower facilities in marina basin A. The ablutions block was completely gutted giving the designer a blank canvas to redesign and modernise in line with the changing requirements of marina customers. “We are delighted with the new look facilities,” says Dave Lewis, Hythe marina manager. “We now have double the number of showers in the ladies and updated vanity units with a bright, fresh new feel ensuring the best possible

experience for berth holders and visitors to the marina.” The marina, completed in 1985, was the first marina village of its type to be built in the UK. It comprises three basins, each with its own facilities. The work on the facilities in A basin is part of a refurbishment programme which is seeing all onsite toilet and shower blocks remodelled. Dave adds: “The feedback from our customers is really positive as we are satisfying their demand for modern facilities.”

INLAND and Coastal Marina Systems has successfully upgraded the ‘waiting’ jetty at Conwy Marina. The new pontoon is now in constant use, providing water users a safe and secure place to wait for entrance into the marina. Inland and Coastal installed a Continuous Concrete Pontoon, increasing berthing and load capacity for larger vessels. With greater wave reduction and stability properties, the system also requires less maintenance. Due to varying water levels between the outer harbour and marina basin, access to the 500-berth marina is via a tidal sill. “The large tidal range in the estuary here often causes the holding pontoon to ground at low water springs,” says Jon Roberts, Conwy marina manager. “Inland and Coastal’s continuous pontoon design works perfectly. The attention to detail also made the installation process extremely efficient. The work progressed during specific tidal gates without interfering with daily

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 Vectis Yard, High Street, Cowes, PO31 7BD T: 01983 299975 F: 01983 200332 E: berthing@cowesyachthaven.com W: www.cowesyachthaven.com VHF: Channel 80

operations and I am delighted with the quality of the new structure.’’ Jon continues: “Our customers’ first impression of the marina comes from their experience on the waiting pontoon. The new pontoon, with its additional safety features and the reangled ramp to give less steep walk ashore access, makes me confident that we are giving the best welcome possible.” “Conwy is a stunning part of the coastline,” says Oliver Shortall, Inland

and Coastal managing director. “We were delighted to provide a robust ‘waiting’ jetty. Our concrete pontoons have double the lifespan of wooden ones. The solid surfaces also offer much better grip properties - especially when wet.” As well as continuously developing pontoon solutions for marina operators, yacht clubs and port authorities, Inland and Coastal is the official UK supplier of SeaBin, demonstrated at the Southampton International Boat Show.

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: Lee Gibbons Staines Road, Chertsey, Surrey. KT16 8PY T: 01932 568681 E: pentonhook@mdlmarinas.co.uk W: www.pentonhookmarina.co.uk

BERKSHIRE

MDL WINDSOR MARINA Manager: Lee Gibbons Maidenhead Road, Windsor, Berkshire. SL4 5TZ T: 01753 853911 E: windsor@mdlmarinas.co.uk W: www.windsormarina.co.uk MDL BRAY MARINA Manager: Lee Gibbons 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

SCOTLAND

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

ROYAL QUAYS MARINA North Shields, Tyneside NE29 6DU T: 0191 2728282 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

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

TROON YACHT HAVEN Manager: Stephen Bennie The Harbour, Troon, Ayrshire, KA10 6DJ T: 01292 315553 E: troon@yachthavens.com W: www.yachthavens.com

CUMBRIA

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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MARINA NEWS SAFE AND SECURE THIS WINTER

WINTER OFFERS

WINTER OFFERS

AS the air turns chilly and the nights draw in signalling the end of the boating season, thoughts turn to putting boats to bed for the winter, either ashore or afloat. To give boat owners peace of mind, MDL Marinas has put together a range of seasonal offers across its extensive marina network providing great value berthing, dry stack, lifting and storage packages. Offer highlights include savings of up to 70 per cent on winter berthing afloat in MDL’s Hamble River marinas and over 40 per cent across its Thames locations. “For those seeking a safe and secure

home for their boat during the winter months, our berthing packages put owners’ minds at ease, knowing that their boats are looked after around the clock,” says Kerry Marriott, head of operations (Central & Chichester). “There are also savings of up to 40 per cent on winter scrubs and storage ashore at selected boatyards including Northney, Sparkes, Queen Anne’s Battery and Hythe Marina Village. Our lifting and storage packages are an excellent opportunity to do essential maintenance work and prep boats ready for the next season.” www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/offers

COWES FOR A COZY WINTER WHETHER you are taking your boat out to lay up in a boatyard for a winter’s refit, moving it to a marina for easy access to onshore facilities, or looking for self-storage for all your gear for those damp, wet months, Cowes Harbour Services and Shepards Marina have an offer for you. Wherever you kept your boat during the sailing season, you could treat yourself to the benefits of winter berthing, and if you would like to be in a marina but want to lay-up ashore, then

you can have the best of both worlds with boat storage ashore (up to six tonnes) in the serviced yard. Further up the River Medina, at Kingston Wharf in East Cowes, the Cowes Harbour Services Boatyard is taking bookings for winter boat storage in the yard. Yachts and motor boats up to 40 tonnes can be accommodated, with the 30 tonne boat mover enabling quick transit times from the hoist dock to the main yard. The boatyard team bring a

wealth of experience to all your boat maintenance projects. It is recommended to remove cushions and soft furnishings from boats over the winter; they will stay drier and make your vessel less damp and less susceptible to mildew so selfstorage, also at Kingston Wharf, is a good solution. Call 01983 299385 to find out more about their One Month Free and Introduce a Friend offers available until 31 December 2019.

WINTER WORK SEASONAL BERTHING WITH PREMIER BENEFITS WINTER OFFERS

WORK is to begin on the £2m redevelopment of Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour to reconfigure and extend the Beaulieu River marina and improve facilities over the next two winters. The project will be carried out in two off-season phases, with the first offering improved facilities and a greater number of more convenient walk-ashore berths by March. The second phase will begin the following autumn, with completion of the extended marina providing an extra 66 berths and additional large moorings by March 2021. Reservations are already being taken for increased capacity for 2020. For permanent river moorings and marina berths, a small deposit will secure reservations for 2020 or 2021. Beaulieu Enterprises managing director Russell Bowman said: “We recognise that the Beaulieu River is a very special place and are committed to undertaking the project in a sensitive and sustainable way. Its unique character remains of paramount importance to us.” The private custodianship of the Montagu family has protected the

Beaulieu River for over four centuries, as one of the few privately owned rivers in the world. The Beaulieu Estate is working with agencies including Natural England and the Environment Agency to continue to protect its unique habitats and species. As work is underway this winter, Harbour Master Wendy Stowe and her team will offer limited availability for visiting yachtsmen in the marina and provide river swinging moorings. Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour was recently awarded The Yacht Harbour Association’s Coastal Marina of the Year (for under 250 berths) trophy. Round the World race winner Mike Golding OBE recently opened its five-star facilities after a further investment. www.beaulieuriver.co.uk harbour.office@beaulieu.co.uk 01590 616200

PREMIER Marinas is offering boat owners secure winter berthing that includes a range of benefits. The berths are available at eight of the group’s nine South Coast marinas including: Eastbourne, Brighton, Chichester, Southsea, Port Solent, Gosport, Swanwick and Falmouth. Prices start from £205 per month for boats up to 8 metres with 10 metre berths on offer from £240 per month and over 14.1 metres available from £29 per metre per month. Plus, when boat owners book into a Premier marina for two months or more, they can opt to spend 28 days ashore - and save 10 per cent on a preChristmas lift and launch. Also new for this winter, and ideal for those who like to enjoy their boats throughout the colder months, Premier is offering one free visitor night

per month of winter stay, giving customers the chance to visit the group’s other marinas. Premier’s winter berthing is available up to 31 March 2020 with a minimum stay of just one month. This enhanced berthing offer started in October and is already proving to be very popular, especially amongst boat owners who summer on pile and swinging moorings and then look for a snug winter berth with electricity, water and a café on hand. Premier’s boatyards are first-class too with experienced yard teams, quality lifting equipment, high pressure wash hull cleaning equipment, well maintained cradles and a host of marine tenants on hand for winter layup jobs and routine maintenance. To find out more call 01489 884 060 or visit premiermarinas.com.


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THE CHANGING FACE OF MARINAS Consumer expectation is increasing. This brings a new challenge for marinas with increased investment needed to differentiate, e cel and pro ide e ceptional customer ser ice as well as maintain e isting ser ices. arinas is investing heavily to ensure all visitors to its marinas have the best experience possible.

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ast year MDL Marinas invested £7.5 million across its UK sites. This investment included projects from upgrading pontoons and refurbishing on-site toilet and shower facilities to dredging and purchasing large plant for yard operations. Ranging widely in activity, each of these undertakings has one thing in common - to improve the quality of the customer experience at MDL’s marinas whether they are berth holders, tenants or visitors. Of the investment in 2018, MDL’s Thames Marinas (Windsor, Bray and Penton Hook) received £1 million pounds spread across the three sites to replace and re-deck marina pontoons, refurbish toilet and shower facilities as well as general marina maintenance. “The new pontoons at Bray are a huge improvement with berth holders commenting on the increased stability. Combined with improved lighting, non-slip access ramps and the recently updated toilet and shower facilities our aim is to provide the best marina experience on the River Thames,” says Lee Gibbons, Thames Marina manager. “Our focus going forward is to extend and improve the services offered to increase customer satisfaction.” Creating a great experience for people coming to the marina is not just about capital investment. It is also about the time invested by the management team and staff at the individual marinas. “We run many events throughout the year for our customers and people from the local area to enjoy,” explains Lee. “2020 will see the inaugural Thames

Lewis, manager at Hythe Village Marina. “Recently, we installed a Tesla electric car charging point based on the feedback we received and will be installing additional car charging points going forward.” With social trends transforming leisure boating, marinas need to create a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere for people to enjoy the on-water scene and lifestyle with family and friends. “Provision of bars, restaurants and stateof-the-art facilities are no longer unique selling points for us; they are a core part of our marinas’ infrastructure,” says Maxine Lane, MDL’s head of marketing.

A lovely and safe environment at Windsor Marina

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The highly publicised fight against ocean plastics has highlighted marine pollution in general with the marine industry coming under scrutiny. This puts great pressure on marinas to be responsive. “As a group, MDL’s ethos is to reduce waste and recycle. This is reflected across all our marinas with each having separate recycling bins for different waste, as well as specialist disposal units

Boat Jumble at Bray Marina. The popular Thames Valley & London Boat Show will return to Penton Hook Marina, and there will also be berth holder parties and social activities throughout the year. It is all part of nurturing a friendly and inclusive atmosphere.”

LISTENING TO CUSTOMERS In 2018, Hythe Marina Village also received significant investment to replace and re-deck the marina’s pontoons. Like all MDL marinas, Hythe has berth holders and tenants to consider, but being a purpose-built marina village, it also has to take into account on-site residents’ needs. “We do our utmost to ensure that everyone is happy. We listen to our customers and ensure the investments we make meet their needs,” says Dave

to contain hazardous waste and stop it leaching into the marine environment,” continues Maxine. “There are also litter picks around our marinas. These do not cost much but can make a massive difference to a visitor’s experience as well as the local and marine environment.” Over the next five years MDL is committed to investing a further £31.5 million in its marinas. Some of this will be spent on environmental initiatives, such as solar panels and filtration systems, some on product development giving customers more choice on services that suit them, but the majority is earmarked for upgrading facilities and new marina hardware.

CUSTOMER SATISFACTION “Whether financial or otherwise, all our investment is focused on providing the best quality experience possible for our customers; from a clean and pleasant environment with plenty to see and do, to a safe and secure site for boat owners with excellent facilities,” concludes Lee. mdlmarinas.co.uk

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Ongoing investment in facilities at MDL’s marinas

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PICTURE PERFECT Boating offers many opportunities to take stunning photos, and so to help us capture that perfect picture we asked some professional photographers for their ultimate tips.

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e have all seen breath-taking photographs of yachts on the start line, spectacular action wildlife images or stunning coastscapes and wished we could have taken them. Part time berthing master at Dean & Reddyhoff’s Portland Marina and photographer, Steve Belasco (jurassicphotographic.com), is working on his third book. His images inspired this piece, and so we spoke to two fabulous photographers to get their insight into life behind the lens and how to take amazing images waterside. Haslar Marina berth holder Penny Slacke grew up by the sea and learnt to sail in Dorset. A fine art and wedding photographer, whitesailphotography. com, we asked Penny for her tips on how to make the most of your DSLR cameras and lenses when taking images afloat. Her favourite places to get out on the water include inshore along the Jurassic Coast and the stunning coastline from St Aldhelm’s Head to Weymouth and The Solent, especially off Yarmouth which is great for sunset shots towards Hurst Castle.

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Taking a camera on board can be quite daunting, but there are lots of ways to keep your gear protected. Penny explains that these include packing your gear in a padded waterproof camera bag or backpack and keeping the gear inside until you are ready to shoot. She says: “It is easier to stick to one lens; a zoom is best, a 100-400mm for close ups or a 70-200mm for wider angle, for context and for groups of boats, and do not try to change lenses if there is lots of spray or movement.

Keep the lens hood on, use camera straps and check that they are secure, and it can be a good idea to create or buy a plastic cover for the camera and lens with access to controls. “Pack plenty of lens wipes and cloths. If you get salt on the lens then dab very gently and very carefully and it is always good to have fresh water handy. If conditions are lively as you shoot, then keep the camera and lens pointed away from spray/inside your jacket after each shot and always clean everything very carefully and thoroughly afterwards. Keeping batteries warm and dry will help the charge to last longer.”

THE RIGHT SHOT

The rule of thirds is a good guide to positioning your subject. If you think about a grid then you can place a boat at the right or left lower intersection moving into ‘negative space’. Penny’s top tip is to shoot in RAW and to really think about the composition of the shot. She continues, “Keep the horizon low and as level as you can even if you shoot in RAW. Are there some dramatic clouds? Clouds can really enhance a boat shot and rules can be broken! "When you are shooting yachts in either portrait or landscape then get as low and as close as you can for dramatic bowshots and wave action. Keep a look out for interaction between boats and between the crew/bow on a boat and look to fill the frame with your subject.”

Images: Steve Belasco/jurassicphotographic.com

LIGHT MATTERS

As with all photography, consideration needs to be given to managing light on board. Using a polariser can reduce glare; check it is at the right position and keep the sun at 90 degrees for maximum effect. Penny suggests that if you have Image Stabilisation then use it. If you choose to work in manual mode

then check your exposure using Av priority for landscape/seascape shots and experiment with a ND graduated filter to balance the light in the sky and foreground. But do keep checking your images for ‘camera shake’, which causes blurry shots due to the low shutter speed and focal length.

ON THE MOVE

Boats tend to be moving and if either you or your subject is moving at speed then use high shutter speeds. To ensure sharp shots of action at sea it is crucial to use Shutter priority (Tv) and to set a shutter speed of around 1/1000 of a second. With a decent DSLR camera this is fast enough to get good shots of yachts/powerboats racing hard. If you have image stabilisation, do use it and continuous burst mode. You can hone your skills by holding a zoom lens steady for a period of time and capturing birds in flight.

CAREFUL COMPOSITION

Images: Penny Slacke/whitesailphotography.com

Images: Ross Young/rossyoung.co.uk

Really memorable photos of people usually appear if the subject is completely unaware that their photograph is being taken. Many people once you ask them to take their photograph start behaving less naturally. Lifestyle, corporate and marine professional photographer, Ross Young, rossyoung.co.uk, explains that shooting with a long lens and taking time to really set up the shot is critical. Ross says, “Taking time to construct where you need to be positioned to enable you to capture the image you are creating is really important, so spend some time thinking about the composition. “Part of this is working out what you do not want to be in the image too and isolating and framing your person or area of interest. So, take the time to frame the shot – it is all about the timing and being in the right place.”


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