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    Former Clipper Race Skipper Chasing Vendèe Globe Glory

    After more than 70 days, the Vendee Globe is set for an epic finish, with the youngest skipper to win the Clipper Race, Alex Thomson, closing in on the lead as the race enters into the final 24 hours. Alex, 42 from Gosport, made up 30 nautical miles on his French rival Armel le Clèac'h overnight to cut the deficit to around 40nm by Wednesday morning. With both sailors due back into Les Sables-d'Olonne

    Published 16:56 on 18 Jan 2017

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    One tack holds the key to Vendée Globe glory

    With around 40-nautical miles separating leader Armel Le Cléac'h from Alex Thomson, victory in the Vendée Globe is coming down to one last tack As of 0900 UTC, there are just 40.13 nautical miles between Vendée Globe leader Armel Le Cléac'h and British skipper Alex Thomson. The fight to the finish is now coming down to one last crucial manoeuvre. An anticyclone means that both Le Cléac'h and Thomson

    Published 12:38 on 18 Jan 2017

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    Conrad Colman, Vendee Globe Week 10

    Cape Horn! After 66 days, 16 hours and 14 minutes of racing, Foresight Natural Energy passed Cape Horn. Having already been around the world twice, it was not an entirely new experience for Conrad however this was the first time solo. After a tough Pacific crossing, it was a great relief « After my misadventures in the Southern Ocean I'm disappointed I can't push as hard and be as competitive as I

    Published 10:35 on 18 Jan 2017

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    A Classic Start for ARC 2016

    Following years and months of planning, two weeks of preparations and provisioning and final hours of farewells, the yachts taking part in ARC 2016 made their way out of Muelle Deportivo in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria this morning. There was an air of excitement throughout the marina as the ocean adventure truly begins for 1,307 sailors setting off to the Caribbean shores of Saint Lucia. Friends and families of the sailors as well

    Published 10:03 on 17 Jan 2017

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    Hampshire-based offshore sailor Mark Light, 45, has been appointed Race Director of the unique Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the planet's biggest ocean adventure. An experienced sailor with many ocean crossings and over 120,000 nautical miles to his name, Mark competed in the Clipper 2011-12 Race as Skipper of the Derry-Londonderry team before becoming Deputy Race Director in 2012. With four years' experience assisting the race planning, he is now looking

    Published 10:01 on 17 Jan 2017

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    Mark Covell and Helena Lucas will be joining forces to compere the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show 2017 which takes place over the weekend of 4-5 March at Alexandra Palace London. The Olympic and Paralympic medal winning duo will be hosting the Suzuki Mainstage which will welcome a fantastic range of speakers who know how to make a difference to your sailing, from dinghy adventurers to world class coaches. Mark

    Published 10:00 on 17 Jan 2017

  • ​Hyde Sails Extends Partnership with World's Most Unique Global Ocean Adventure

    We are pleased to announce Hyde Sails is returning for the fifth consecutive edition as Official Sail Partner of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. As one of the world's largest volume sail producers, Hyde is ideally placed to fulfil the demanding needs of the Clipper 2017-18 Race. Managing Director of Hyde Sails, Nigel Grogan, said: "Repeatedly supplying the Clipper Race and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston proves our

    Published 09:59 on 17 Jan 2017

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    2017 is shaping up to be a very exciting year for the team at Sailingfast, for the first time Sailingfast will be exhibiting at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show, 04-05 March at Alexandra Palace, stand B54. While the team have attended on behalf of many manufacturers over the years, this will be the first time exhibiting as Sailingfast. To add to the excitement, Sailingfast will have the UK exclusive for the eagerly awaited WASZP.

    Published 09:57 on 17 Jan 2017

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    London Boat Show - Dometic: Dometic Introduces New CFX 100W Cool Box with App Controls

    Marine refrigeration specialist Dometic introduces the largest model in its CoolFreeze CFX compressor cool box series – the new CoolFreeze CFX 100W with app control function. Featuring a specially developed, high performance compressor and efficient insulation, the 87-litre cool box consumes up to 35 per cent less energy than its predecessor. The CoolFreeze CFX 100W can be conveniently controlled by WiFi app, which means the current temperature inside the box can be checked

    Published 09:55 on 17 Jan 2017

  • ​Deaf amateur sailor pips Olympic champion to be named YJA Yachtsman of the Year

    Gavin Reid, 28, an amateur sailor who was born profound l y deaf, has beaten "his heroes", Giles Scott, the Rio 2016 Gold Medalist, and Brian Thompson, Round the Island Race Record Holder, to be honoured as the 2016 YJA Yachtsman of the Year. The award recognised Gavin's heroic act of seamanship whilst competing as a crew member in the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race, when

    Published 09:54 on 17 Jan 2017

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