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Here are our six most recent blog posts...

Clipper Yacht Runs Aground


Most sailors are familiar with the nighttime Vestas grounding in the last Volvo Ocean Race. This time it is the turn of another round the world race, the Clipper (which is not unfamiliar with groundings), to have one of their yachts running seriously aground in the middle of the night. Andy Woodruff's new boat Greenings ran aground to the west of the Cape Peninsula at about 20 minutes before midnight the first day of their leg. The weather was not extreme and thankfully all 18 aboard esca...
Wednesday 1st November 2017

Yachtswomen Rescued after Five Months Adrift in Pacific


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The US Navy's USS Ashland has rescued two very relieved sailors along with their dogs after they had been adrift in the Pacific for five months. Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiaba set off from Hawaii for Tahiti on the 3rd of May but on the 30th of May their engine failed because of "bad weather". It is speculated that they also sustained damage to their mast. Despite this they carried on with their voyage. They drifted at sea in their yacht Sea Nymph until the 25th of October when thankfully ...
Friday 27th October 2017

Volvo Ocean Race Women


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The Volvo Ocean Race are in the midst of announcing a raft of rule changes and the first change is an interesting one. The gist of the rule is that you can have a maximum of seven men (one less than previously) or eleven women on a yacht if the crew is all of the same gender. This is similar to the 2014-15 race where Team SCA was an all woman team with more crew members than the male boats. Team SCA rotated a lot of their crew members between legs but despite this the came second last. When yo...
Saturday 14th October 2017

Hurricane Irma Damages Yacht Charter Fleets


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The Caribbean yacht charter industry is used to dealing with the hurricanes that batter their islands every Autumn. To cope they take their large fleets to "hurricane holes" where the mangroves protect the yachts from the worst of the wind and waves. Paraquita Bay is a popular hole. This is where The Moorings and Sunsail take their large cat fleets for protection. Unfortunately Irma battered her way through Paraquita Bay and has caused what surely must be millions of dollars worth of damage ...
Wednesday 6th September 2017

Edinburgh Yachtsman Wins YJA Yachtsman of the Year


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Congratulations to the novice deaf sailor from Edinburgh, Gavin Reid, who won the prestigious YJA Yachtsman of the Year 2016. Gavin beat off many of his yachting heroes to win the award for his bravery when he volunteered to leave the safety of the Clipper yacht he was crewing on out in the south Pacific ocean to swim to another yacht, scale the swinging mast and rescue a crew member that was tangled in the rigging.
Thursday 12th January 2017

Bearded Adventurer Undertakes First LEJOG Sailing Record


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One of my modern day heroes is the bearded adventurer Sean Conway because of his inspiring "can do" attitude. When he thinks about a challenge he then rapidly gets on and does it. This has culminated in him being the first person to complete a length of Britain triathlon. He's not sailed much though. Infact I venture a guess that he has swam further than he has sailed. That's about to change though. He's teamed up with experienced racers Phil Sharp and Alex Alley. They will set off up th...
Thursday 3rd December 2015
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