Monthly Archives: September 2010

  • What's your view on making the wearing of lifejackets compulsory?

    The enquiry into the death of Filipino fisherman William Antonio, who got tangled in the nets and was dragged overboard from the Scottish fishing boat Osprey III last year, has concluded it would be a good idea. The Procurator Fiscal Alasdair Fay said the use of lifejackets should be compulsory while working on deck, comparing their use to car seatbelts or crash helmets. Lewis McDonald representing the owners of Osprey III could not fully support this view saying it would be impossible to police something out of sight. The skipper of the Osprey III Ronald Milne however has made wearing lifejackets mandatory when shooting or hauling nets. The RNLI campaign 'useless unless worn' gives their position on the subject. What's yours? I have spent so much time sailing single handed, I'm biased against wearing them. If you fall off and the boat disappears over the horizon a lifejacket probably is not going to help unless you are carrying a PLB. However I have no objection if sailing with a crew, and even been seen hooking up my safety line when the wind is over 20 knots. The Sheriff of Banff will decide in a few weeks. Perhaps lifejackets will become compulsory in Scottish waters and the rest of us will catch up eventually.

  • The TP52 World Championship 2010 kicks off next week in Valencia

    Ten TP52s from nine different nations have already registered their entry. Alberto Roemmers' crew on Matador (ARG) will be seeking to defend the world title that they won last year in Palma, Mallorca. But they will face tough competition from a fleet which includes past world championship winning owners or skippers, Quantum Racing (USA) - which completed the double in 2008, winning both the Audi MedCup title and the worlds - and Swedish owner Torbjorn Tornqvist who steered his Artemis (SWE) crew to both titles in 2007. Two British teams, which are not Audi MedCup regulars, Jonny Vincent's Pace (ex RAN/2007 Patches) and Tony Langley's Weapon of Choice (ex 2008 Matador), join the World Championships fleet. While Weapon of Choice enjoyed racing at the Palma Worlds last year, this is Vincent's first season with the Reichel Pugh designed former Patches. Rob Weiland (NED), TP52 Class Manager comments: “Considering the economic climate and what has been happening in other elite areas of the sport, it is great to be looking forward to welcoming the same number of TP52's to Valencia as we had in Palma. It's a great reason to think of joining the class full time for 2011. The reputation of Valencia needs no further introduction and will surely allow many of the teams to feel ‘at home.' " There are several teams that are still considering taking part in this battle for the TP52 world crown, which keeps the entry list still open. “There are potential charter opportunities, not least TeamOrigin which could be available directly from their Valencia base,” Weiland concludes. The 2010 edition of the TP52 World Championship will be held off Valencia from Tuesday October 5 to Saturday October 9, and will be organised by World Sailing Management, the City of Valencia, Consorcio Valencia 2007, the Real Club Náutico de Valencia, the TP52 Class, the Spanish Sailing Federation (RFEV) and the Valencian Sailing Federation (FVV). The base for the 2010 TP52 World Championship will be the Marina Real Juan Carlos I at the heart of the port of Valencia, and the competing TP52 fleet will be docked in front of the iconic Veles e Vents building. 2010 TP52 World Championship entries: Weapon of Choice (GBR) Cristabella (GBR) Synergy (RUS) Artemis (SWE) Bigamist (POR) Pace (GBR) Bribón (ESP) Quantum Racing (USA) Matador (ARG) Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER)

  • Gill have announced their new Coast suit design for next season

    A modern and fresh design but coupled with genuine functionality. Using a tried and tested Gill 2 dot™ waterproof, breathable and durable material, the extensive features list includes: High collar with a fleece lined faceguard to protect when the weather deteriorates Large cargo pockets with plenty of stowage space Fleece lined handwarmer pockets Adjustable cuffs with PU inner seals Double storm guard over the zip to prevent water ingress Reflective panels on the chest and at the wrists for emergency recognition High visibility hood with reflective panel The Coast Trousers feature the same high durability material, with added protection on the knee and seat. For a great value waterproof suit, the new Coast from Gill covers all the bases, and is available in men’s, women’s and junior sizing and colourways. We will be stocking it as soon as they tell us they have some!

  • Happy Birthday to Laura Dekker

    who seems to be enjoying herself in the Canaries on the first leg of her circumnavigation. She's just turned 15 and sounds really happy to be out there. Bon voyage Laura. Laura's news

  • Laser Masters : New Zealands Scott Leith takes Radial Apprentice Masters World title

    New Zealand has a new World Champion in Laser Masters sailing after Scott Leith took out the Radial Apprentice Masters Division with a day to spare. The 2010 Laser Masters World Championships, which includes seven separate age determined divisions sailing in both standard rig and radial rig Lasers, has just concluded at Hayling Island, Great Britain. Scott Leith was racing in the Radial rig among a fleet of 24 sailors aged between 35 and 44 years. Dominant in his division throughout the ten race series Leith clocked up six race wins and never finished outside the top three. He had the title sewn up before the final day even started, but hit the water and rounded out the series on a high note with a couple of race wins, finishing up nine points clear of his closest rival. “I really don’t know what I feel. I am pretty amazed that it is all over just like that,” said Leith talking after his win. “I put a lot into it. The last four months of training have paid off.” Leith competed in 2009 in Halifax where he placed second. This year he arrived at the venue early for some training and he comments on what made the difference on 2010: “From last year I have improved all around the race track: strategy, starts I have been starting pretty conservatively so I am happy that I got away cleanly on every start.” “And my level of fitness is extremely high compared to last year. More time in the boat, more technique. Downwind I was probably the fastest in the fleet, and that is time on the water and just learning that it is all about timing, not trying too hard.”

  • Choosing sailing clothing Henri Lloyd style

    When considering your technical sailing clothing requirements, many people think only of the outer layer because it is the most visible, but the mid and next to skin layers are of equal importance. The Henri Lloyd product range has been developed and designed to be worn together, to create the perfect combination for any conditions that you will encounter whilst on the water. Traditionally there are three layers worn; outer, mid and base, which all offer different qualities and should work together to give the optimum result and highest level of comfort. Outer layer The outer layer will be selected dependent on your sailing activity and the conditions you will encounter, but its main role is to keep the elements out. Henri Lloyd has a varied kit list for this layer, dependent on the type of sailing planned, but the ideal product for inshore and round the cans racing, be it on the Solent or in the Med, on SB3s or TP52s is the Henri Lloyd TP2 Shadow 2G Range. With a heavily loaded feature list as you would expect from Henri Lloyd, the full range consists of the TP2 Shadow 2G Jacket, Hood Smock, Smock, Salopette and finally the Short. Part of the range is the DAME Award winning TP2 Shadow 2G Jacket, which won its category at the 2008 Awards, against stiff competition from the other leading Marine Clothing Manufacturers. The TP2 Shadow 2G Jacket features the OPTIVISION Hood System, which is exclusive to Henri Lloyd, and offers excellent peripheral vision in racing situations. The OPTIVISION Hood System incorporates transparent TPU panels which have been engineered into each side of the high visibility hood, therefore allowing a wider peripheral vision without the loss of protection to the face. Perfect for windward or leeward peripheral vision during pre-start manoeuvring or close quarter action during mark rounding to give you that all important tactical advantage. The range is constructed from Henri Lloyd’s 2.5 layer TP2 Alpha fabric technology, the fabric combines a hydrophilic laminate with a microporous coating offering dramatic performance results, whilst providing the breathability of a mid-layer alongside the waterproof protection of an outer shell. The fabric also ensures increased comfort and durability due to the inclusion of an improved Super Durable Water Repellent finish (SDWR). The SDWR has been engineered to reduce the diminishing effect that salt water has on regular water repellent finishes. Mid layer The mid layer provides the essential insulating layer of warmer air and can also offer additional protection from wind and water Henri Lloyd offers an extensive mid layer product collection, in particular our Octane WINDSTOPPER® Range, which can not only be used as a mid layer but also as a top layer in clement conditions. The range consists of jacket, vest, trousers and shorts, and has been designed with fabric partners W L Gore & Associates. The Octane WINDSTOPPER® Range is constructed using a 3 layer WINDSTOPPER® laminate design, which offers two different weights of the 100% windproof, breathable, water resistant fabric which are strategically positioned in the garments. This means that in specific high movement areas such as under the arms, high stretch panels are used to maximise flexibility. This super-stretch, ultra lightweight fabric is finely tailored to ensure an optimum streamline fit but without compromising performance. Base layer The base layer is designed to be lightweight and breathable and its main role is to move (wick) moisture away from your skin to keep you dry and comfortable. Henri Lloyd has three next to skin ranges, dependent on the climatic conditions, and comprise of the Atmosphere 3 for colder condition and the Atmosphere and Atmosphere 2 for warmer conditions, the whole collection has been designed to wear either independently in warm conditions, or as the base in a layering system in sailing and other high activity sports. All three Atmosphere products are made of a highly durable, extremely lightweight, easy care, multiple layer Fast-Dri fabric to help wick away moisture from the skin, leaving the athlete dry and comfortable over prolonged periods. The UV protection guide on all Henri Lloyd products are rated 30-50 based on the ‘Aussie Rules’ method, (a sliding scale from 0-50), and all benefit from flat lock seams for increased comfort. Atmosphere: Is the entry level product in the range using a double-layer Fast-Dri system of fabric construction which provides the all important high wicking qualities, whilst also being breathable. Available in long sleeve or short sleeve and in all sizes including a women’s fit. Atmosphere 2: Has underarm mesh panels to aid breathability, and a third, high-wicking layer within the construction of the fabric to accelerate moisture evaporation. One of the most interesting features of this product for the active sailor is the Silver Ion Anti Microbial technology used in the Fast-Dri fabric which repels bacteria and helps reduce body odour when the garments are used for prolonged periods of activity. Atmosphere 3: This is the ideal product for use as the base layer in Henri Lloyd’s cold weather layering system. In edition to the 3-layer high wicking construction, it incorporates a brushed inner layer to increase its thermal properties, whilst also being breathable and high-wicking. The Silver Ion Anti Microbial technology helps keep the garment fresher for longer.
  • Take a closer look at the Bynolyt Searanger II binoculars

    They are waterproof, filled with nitrogen to prevent fogging, they float (only 1.1kg) and they have been in service with the RNLI for the last 5 years. Superb optics let in the maximum amount of light and the damped compass along with the height and distance scale are essential aids to navigation. There's not much more you could want from a pair of binoculars. Oh, the warranty - yes it's 25years! Acting in concert with our super supplier we are able to offer the Searanger II at the unprecedented price of only £189.99 - that's a whopping £55 off the retail price. They are in stock now. Get your hands round this super piece of kit.

  • The 34th America's Cup in 2013 will be held using 22m LOA x 14m beam Catamarans

    The AC72 (22m = 72ft) will be a physically demanding boat capable of top speeds twice the windspeed. It is supposed to be capable of being raced hard in winds from 5 to 30 knots to minimize racing delays due to winds too light or too strong. So, er, 60knots boatspeed then? The AC72 is a “box rule.” This narrows down the design parameters so that while teams have freedom to create their own boats, they will be similar in dimensions in order to ensure close racing. Hulls and beams will have to be assembled in two days and disassembled in one to allow America’s Cup teams to move efficiently between venues. Perhaps the best bit though are the replaceable “crumple zone” bow and stern cones which 'will allow for quick repair in the in the cut-and-thrust of racing'. Ah, they are going to have different race rules as well. Should be fun!

  • A reminder of one reason why you should carry a hand held VHF Radio on board.

    At quarter past eight yesterday morning, Falmouth Coastguard was contacted by the master of the Motor Tanker Sea Marlin. The crew of the tanker had received on their VHF radio a pan pan urgency call. They were able to identify from the call that a yacht had become dismasted and was in difficulty. They relayed the urgency call which was made by the yacht ’s crew on their handheld radio to Falmouth Coastguard. Falmouth Coastguard asked the master of the tanker if he would turn around his vessel to provide a communications link and standby the yacht until the arrival of the lifeboat.  He duly obliged and stood by the yacht and created a lee. The Penlee RNLI lifeboat was requested to launch and now has the yacht under tow and the tanker is continuing its passage. The German flagged tanker is on passage from Port Gerome, France to Providence in Canada and is 26,548 GT. The yacht and the crew are believed to come from France. Marc Thomas, Watch Manager, Falmouth Coastguard said: Due to the yacht becoming dismasted their communication capability was limited to their handheld VHF radio. They managed to make communication with the tanker as it was passing who then passed on the call to the Coastguard.

  • Southampton Boatshow: You don't have to go to the show to take advantage of our current offers.

    We are saving the costs of exhibiting and passing those savings on to you.

    • Checkout the Smarterchart 5" colour GPS Plotter, which includes worldwide base chart C-Map with detail down to 2 miles and a free local C-Map of your choice. Real value for money at only  £345.99
    • To save you money, the Lowrance HDS plotters are currently bundled with a Navionics 28XG chart of UK and Ireland
    • 25% off Harken Furling (Units 00, 0, 1, 2 and 3 standard furlers & cruising furlers) Terms & conditions apply, please contact us for full details
    • 35% off Harken Travellers (This offer does not include T Track, Micro or new style Mid-range or Big-boat systems) Terms & conditions apply, please contact us for full details
    • There's a free winch handle with every pair of Harken Radial Self Tailing winches
    • Free 1 year membership of the RNLI with every ICOM M71, M505 or M603 VHF
    • Extra discounts on McMurdo Fast Find 210 PLB and McMurdo Smart Find Plus Auto Release G5 EPIRB
    • Specials on NASA instruments: GPS Repeater, Clipper Depth, Clipper Log and Clipper Duet
    • Autumn offer on the Baltic Hamble flotation Gilet
    • 20% off Henri Lloyd Phantom and Blizzard Jackets and Trousers. Phantom is "The perfect choice from coastal cruising to offshore use" whilst Blizzard is a superb mid-layer.

    Finally don’t forget to check in our clearance section where you will find fantastic prices on the products others take to Southampton to clear. We save – you save!

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