Monthly Archives: July 2010

  • Prize draw closes this weekend. (Now closed)

    First prize is a brilliant new Typhoon PS220 Xtreme drysuit worth £600.00. 2nd Prize is a  Cobra HH475 Bluetooth VHF worth £180. And 3rd prize is a Cobra HH330 floating handheld VHF worth £120. All you have to do is sign up for our newsletter using the box at the top left of our homepage. The winners will be drawn at random from all emails submitted before 31st July 2010 and each winner will be notified as soon as possible after this date.

  • Winter Olympic gold medallist in the skeleton bobsleigh Amy Williams

    is sailing in the Artemis Challenge at Cowes Week. Amy Williams commented: “Though I have never sailed before I am really looking forward to The Artemis Challenge at Cowes Week. I’ve always wanted to give sailing a try, and it’s great to be able to do something different; I’m sure life out at sea is pretty different to life on the skeleton bob track! I know everyone’s in it to win it, but it’s great to be racing not only for your yourselves, but also for others, since we’re all competing for charity. I just hope we have a quick boat!” Also onboard Artemis Ocean Racing is reigning Eventing World Champion Zara Phillips. Up against the pair will be Martin Bayfield - since retiring from rugby he has, amongst other things, played the role of Robbie Coltrane’s body double ‘Hagrid’ in the Harry Potter films.  Martin will be joining British sailor Dee Caffari who holds the record for being the first woman to sail solo, nonstop, around the world in both directions.  Their chosen charity is ‘Toe in the Water’. West Country sailor Steve White will be joined by James and Oliver Phelps, the Weasley twins from the Harry Potter films, who are also back for a second year in an effort to secure the £10,000 for the RNLI, their chosen charity this year and the Cowes Week official charity 2010. Back on the Olympic theme, checkout our TEAM GB gear and support our most successful sailing team ever!

  • The 2012 Olympics will be the 3rd with Team GB under the command of Sparky

    and he's been stunningly successful with 4 gold, one silver and one bronze at  Beijing. Therefore it's surprising to hear him complain that the National Sailing Academy in Weymouth is not exclusive enough. It is open to the public and foreign teams are using it as a training base. Next month's Skandia Sail for Gold regatta at Weymouth is one of the few Olympic-class events remaining before the next Games and takes place at the London 2012 venue. Most of the countries competing next month are using it as a pre-Olympic trial. How un-British to demand they get lost while team GB get on with their training.

  • Darwin is at it again - Don't swap portable gas canisters next to a candle!

    Boat owners are again being advised to avoid using portable gas appliances with integral gas canisters on board boats following an explosion on the Norfolk Broads that sent two people to hospital with burns to legs, hands and faces. The explosion happened when the gas canister of a camping stove was being changed in the open cockpit of a small sailing boat where candles and cigarettes were in use. The Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) is urging boat owners to treat all such portable gas equipment with great respect and change fuel canisters away from the boat and sources of ignition. BSS manager, Graham Watts added, “This incident is a lesson to everyone that even portable gas equipment can cause an explosion big enough to send people to hospital. In the poorly ventilated, tight confines of a boat escaping gas is more dangerous than when it happens ashore out in the open. Be completely familiar with the correct and safe way of operating the appliance, from taking out of its storage case to fitting new fuel canisters. He added “think about the alternatives, for example, if all you want is a hot drink onboard a day boat, a flask is probably the simplest and safest way. If wanting light, some battery powered or wind-up LED lights will last for ages and are far easier to use than gas lanterns. Where a simple cooker is needed aboard, think about installing a marine spirit stove as an alternative to a portable gas stove.” Inland waterway regulations do not ban portable gas equipment on boats, but when not in operation, any appliance with a canister fitted and all spare gas canisters, empty or full, must be stowed in lockers that are self-draining, or on open deck areas where any leaking gas will flow overboard. The risk of causing a pool of explosive vapour inside the boat must be avoided.

  • 3 Sad Old Blokes lift the Volvo Laser SB3 World Championships

    Lake Garda, Italy. After 14 races, with scores including 3, 5, 1, 4, 1, 11, 1, 1, 27, 18, 1, 2, 8, 9 Jerry Hill, Joe Lewellyn and Grant Rollerson (GBR) are World Champions in the Laser SB3 Class. Jerry Hill commented “We’ve been fast all week and we’ve sailed really well together. We’ve had 5 first and lots of other top 5 results. Our problem at previous World Championships has been carrying “big results”. I have to admit, I was in pieces this morning and I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to hold it together, I really didn’t think I could cope. But we sailed really well today, we didn’t have a great start to the first race today, we found ourselves quite deep, but we pulled back places and managed to get in front of Craig [Burlton]. Going into the last race we had 6 points on Craig [Burlton] and 8 points on Ian [Ainslie]. We sailed really well up wind and stayed with Ian [Ainslie] and Craig [Burlton]. At the leeward gate we saw the “T” flag, but also saw that nobody was going to the finish, so we headed up wind and tried to find the Sailing Instructions...they were soggy, but when we saw some of the back markers of the fleet sailing for the finish, we hoisted the chute. Our World Championship title rested on this decision. I am ecstatic that we were right and I am looking forward to celebrating tonight!”

  • Would you like to go racing with Emirates Team New Zealand

    on a TP52 skippered by Dean Barker in the Sardinian leg of the Audi Medcup? This amazing prize includes return flights to the race and one nights accommodation. For a chance to win simply email with your name and what type of sailing you do:

    Competition T&C's
    1. Entrants must be available to travel between the 19th and 26th of September 2010
    2. Entrants must be UK residents and hold a valid passport
    3. Entrants must be physically fit to travel and to be on board a racing yacht
    4. The winner must sign any documentation required to sail aboard the Emirates Team New Zealand TP52
    5. Entrants must be 18 or over
    6. This promotion is open to all UK residents, except for employees and their immediate families of Douglas Gill International Ltd., their agents, or anyone else professionally connected to the promotion.
    7. No purchase necessary, one free entry is permitted per person
    8. Promotion valid until August 8th 2010
    9. The free prize draw will take place on August 10th 2010 and the winner will be notified by email.
    10. The winner of the Free Prize Draw may be requested to participate in reasonable publicity.
    11. There is no cash alternative to the prize and the promoter reserves the right to offer prizes of equal or greater value. Illegible, damaged or defaced entries will be disqualified.
    12. The name of the Free Prize Draw winner will be available upon request by sending a SAE to: Gill, Manor House Road, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 1LR.
    13. The promoter reserves the right to vary or terminate this promotion at any time due to wholly exceptional circumstances beyond their control that make it impossible to continue.
  • Checkout these MIDSUMMER MADNESS offers

    Marine Binoculars Save £17, now only £29.99 Waeco Coolbox 26L 12V Save £16, now only £39.99 Garmin Nuvi 1490TV Widescreen 5.0" display - Satnav and Television! £55 off, now £244.99 Isotherm Cruise 49L Cabinet Fridge Save an incredible £136, now reduced to only £469.99 And don't forget to have a look at our bestsellers for some other fantastic offers: Typhoon Edge Lifejacket Auto+Harness. Incredible deal at only £44.99 Coastal Danbuoy now only £59.99 Neptune Cooker save £160! Jabsco Compact Manual toilet save £57!

  • Heading South instead of to the Lake District this weekend?

    The RSYC are hosting the Women's Open Keelboat Championship this Saturday/Sunday. Last year’s winner of the Women’s Open Keelboat Championship has laid down the gauntlet for challengers as she prepares to defend her title in this year’s competition.   Top yachtswoman Louise Morton will be skippering Espada once again in the 2010 Women’s Open Keelboat Championship, hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club between 24 and 25 July.   “The Women’s Open Keelboat Championship is unlike any other regatta, says Louise. “It is a great opportunity for women to sail against women which we really enjoy. It’s also fun and competitive and I’d encourage all women sailors to sign up.”   Tickets for the Women’s Open Keelboat Championship evening ‘Frocks and Flip-flops’ party, held in aid of Breast Cancer Care, are also now on sale.   The ‘Frocks and Flip-flops’ party, taking place on Saturday evening (24 July), will include a barbecue, dancing, a raffle in aid of Breast Cancer Care and much more.   “The Frocks and Flip-flops party is always really popular - last year hundreds of people came along. While it’s a women’s sailing weekend, the party is an opportunity for the men to get involved too!” said Jody Slater, a founder of the Championship. Further information

  • More good stuff for you - You can go sailing on Windermere this weekend.

    There's an open weekend on the 24 and 25 of July to coincide with the 10th Windermere Airshow. The Open weekend will allow anyone who is interested in sailing on Lake Windermere the opportunity to get out on the water with ‘try-sailing’ experiences from SailTime. The experiences will take place every couple of hours throughout both days of the show, operating from Ferry Nab, (nr. Bowness-on-Windermere). The opportunity to see Lake Windermere from the water is something all visitors to the Lake District should experience, and to be able to see a Red Arrows display from the water at the same time is an event not to be missed. SailTime offers a sailing membership akin to a club membership, where members pay a monthly fee to enjoy the use of their boats and SailTime takes care of everything else. Members can book when they want to go sailing online and turn up on the day where everything will be waiting for them. Sailtime Windermere currently has a white hulled Beneteau Oceanis 323 yacht which provides a perfect blend of comfort, ease of handling and good performance. (We have no connection with this company)

  • Vendee Globe hero Steve White to attempt solo westabout round the world record

    Steve will be sailing a Volvo Open 70, which would usually be crewed by ten people. Taking place this winter, the attempt will mark the 40th anniversary of the original record set by Sir Chay Blyth on British Steel, who embarked on the epic journey described by The Times in 1970 as the ‘Impossible Voyage’. The current record for completing the 22,000 mile course is 122 days, 14 hours and 4 minutes, and is held by Frenchman Jean Luc Van Den Heede. Sir Chay Blyth commented, “It’s wonderful that Steve is planning to attempt what many regard as the ultimate sailing challenge. Hundreds have completed the voyage following the classic eastabout route but doing this in reverse is a quantum leap removed, which is why only five people including Mike Golding and Dee Caffari have tried it. It takes a special character to tackle the trip and Steve is an extremely experienced yachtsman who I believe has the right skills, tenacity and determination to set a new World record.” When asked if he would be tempted back to re-trace his footsteps Chay said, “Not a hope in hell.”

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