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  • 16 Aug 2020 22:30 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Sir Ben discusses his sailing experiences, starting as a 19yr old taking part in the 1996 Atlanta USA Olympic Games.    He also describes how lifting the oldest world sporting trophy for team USA convinced him that a British team could return the America Cup next year:-

  • 03 Aug 2020 12:09 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sir Ben Ainslie and INEOS TEAM UK take Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail single-handed non-stop around the globe in 1969 (312 days solo at sea!), for his first foil.

  • 03 Aug 2020 11:51 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Try Your Luck!

    Armchair sailors and amateur enthusiasts can enter the Virtual Fastnet Regatta for free (after first registering on - finishing at Cherbourg and increasing the world's most popular offshore race to 695nm overall. 

    Starting at 1200 UTC on 3 August 2020, the game is free to play with more than 30,000 entries expected.   Get started at: or by smart phone via the downloadable Virtual Regatta Offshore App from Apple Store / Google Play Store. 

  • MOB

    17 Jul 2020 12:02 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MOB Recovery

    Although demonstrated in benign conditions, this video encourages the immediate deployment of a floating object (life-ring, fender, etc) pre-attached to an aft mooring cleat by at least 30 meters of floating rope (polypropylene, to minimise the risk of a fouled propeller).   A scrambling net attached amidships allows the MOB to climb aboard unaided or to hold on while a halyard is deployed.

    The Storm Trysail Club has released a series of tutorial videos for sailors to watch while self-isolating at home:-

  • 08 Jul 2020 22:39 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Learn The Racing Rules

    In exchange for agreeing to receive their online monthly newsletter, UK Sailmakers have clarified the racing terminology and provided some interesting animated race-course situations.

  • 01 Jul 2020 11:28 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Better than conventional radar?

    It uses less power, requires no warm up time, gives a clearer picture, needs less tuning and is simpler to use.   Working on Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) broadband pulsation solid state technology, it compares frequency changes between the transmitted and received signals.

    What impact it makes on the marine leisure market over the next few years remains to be seen!

    (see also Digital Radar

  • 25 Jun 2020 12:52 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you prepared?

    Ensure your fire extinguisher fits through a properly positioned engine compartment access hole. Check that seacocks & fuel valves can all be accessed outside the engine bay.

  • 16 Jun 2020 12:15 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Summer Sailstice 20th Anniversary events are popping up all over the world for this year’s longest day!   The Solent section plans to meet up at Stokes Bay, 10:30am, for a 2hr timed passage to Thorness Bay - just east of Newtown Creek.   Forecast: F4 southerly winds, dry & mainly sunny.

    HW Portsmouth 20 June 2020 1200hrs,

    Go to for more details.

  • 09 Jun 2020 12:47 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Italian Borders 

    Amongst the first to relax it's Covid-19 restrictions Italy opened its borders to the rest of Europe, including the UK, on 3rd June 2020 with little more than keeping to recommended social distancing and hygiene:-

  • 29 May 2020 23:11 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Help Needed

    Many ocean cruisers’ plans are being disrupted by Covid-19 immigration restrictions where countries have 'closed down' for up to a year.  With 10,000 sailors in some form of circumnavigation at any given time, many are currently unable to obtain provisions or resolve medical issues and in need of a lobbyist!   See 

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