Lonely Rock Race

Lonely Rock Race – 16th August 2020

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The Royal Western Yacht Club of England based in Plymouth in association with the Royal Victoria Yacht Club in Ryde on the Isle of Wight has announced a new race for the offshore racing calendar.  This new biennial race, the Lonely Rock Race, will run on alternate years to the RORC Fastnet Race and is in no way meant to compete with the Fastnet Race. Continue reading

January Boat Shows

January Boat Shows around the World

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At this time of year, thoughts will inevitably turn to boat shows and the London Boat Show in particular.  However, this boat show is no more, has ceased to be, and is an ex-boat-show.   Here is a list of just some of the larger boat shows with a sailing element that you could attend in January to get the year off to a cracking start. Continue reading

Southampton Boat Show 2018

Southampton Boat Show 2018 – Celebrating 50 Years on the Water

This year the Southampton Boat Show 2018 will celebrate 50 years of boating festivities.  The show runs from Friday 14th September until Sunday 23rd September and, as usual, will be located at the Mayflower Park venue as it has been for the last 50 years.

Show Marina

So what’s to see this year?  Well one of Europe’s largest show marinas with 2km of pontoons, with space for more than 330 sailing and motor craft.  Step aboard beautiful sailing yachts and tall ships, or book a free “Try a Boat” experience.

The Hairy Bikers

Si King and Dave Myers, the Hairy Bikers, will be opening the show and then attending the show on 22nd September demonstrating their culinary skills.


With around 700 exhibitors from the marine industry showing their wares over the 10 days, there is plenty to see in 3 purpose-built undercover halls, and outside stalls around the show site.

Discount Code

This year YachtingMonthly magazine are advertising a ticket offer of 2 standard any day tickets for £26, available until 13th September 2018.  The advanced purchase price of a standard any day ticket is normally £21 each.  Just use code YM26 when using the official Southampton Boat Show online ticketing facility.

How to Find the Show

The Southampton Boat Show 2018 is situated at Mayflower Park, Town Quay, Southampton, SO14 1AQ.  There is ample parking near the show if you are driving, but it can get very busy so arrive early.  Try and use the West Quay Multi Story Car Park, normally £5 for the whole day (check out Parkopedia).  Avoid the West Quay Podium Car Park (very expensive) and also any NCP car park as they tend to hike the price for the duration of the show.  Southampton Central Station is within 10 minutes walk of the show, as is the National Express Coach Station.

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Poole Harbour Boat Show 2018

Poole Harbour Boat Show 2018

This year is the fourth outing for the Poole Harbour Boat Show, a small but cracking little boat show situated, yes you guessed it, in Poole Harbour, Poole, Dorset.

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The Boat Show is run by the Poole Harbour Commissioners, it’s a free event running from Friday 8th June until Sunday 10th June 2018 starting at 10:00 and finishing at 18:00.

Exhibitors have stands situated along the quay and they are mostly boating relating exhibitors, hardly any tat-stands unlike some of the shows.  There are lots of small, local businesses too which is lovely to see.  Down on the pontoons there are a wide selection of boats, both sailing and motorboats, including a Sunseeker to tour around.

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Other activities include demonstrations from the RNLI, Border Force, Royal Navy and jet skis.  There are tall ships to look at and a live music stage with bands playing throughout the day.  There are plenty of quay-side cafes and restaurants at which to re-fuel, and parking couldn’t be closer.

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The Jules Verne Trophy

The Jules Verne Trophy

Named for the author Jules Verne, who, in 1872, sent his protagonist Phileas Fogg off around the world in an attempt to circumnavigate it in 80 days or fewer, the Jules Verne trophy is one that quickens the pulse of any sailor, no matter their age.

In the author’s day, the technology that could propel any form of transport non-stop around the globe within the specified time frame did not exist outside the pages of his book.  Almost one hundred years later, in 1985, when a group of sailors gathered for an evening celebrating a successful transatlantic crossing, the idea of an unbroken circumnavigation of the globe – 26,000 miles – by sail power alone still seemed only slightly less audacious. Nevertheless, an idea, and a challenge, was born.The trophy differs from other sailing challenges in that it is open to any type of yacht, crewed by any number of sailors. The only stipulations are that the vessel is registered with the Jules Verne trophy organisation and the requisite fee is paid. Crews making the attempt sail from east to west around the globe, starting and finishing the race by crossing an imaginary line at the entrance to the English Channel that runs between Lizard Point in the UK and Ushant Island in France. During the challenge they must pass the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leeuwin and Cape Horn, all of which, as any sailor knows, are situated in some of the most dangerous waters in the world.

Winners of the trophy receive no financial reward.  Aside from personal pride and professional approbation, the trophy itself is the prize. It takes the form of a sculpture of a boat’s hull on a magnetic field, with the sailors’ names engraved on an aluminium base. The Paris Musée Nationale de la Marine is the caretaker and exhibitor of the trophy, with winners being given a small magnetised replica. This follows a formal ceremony in which the new record holder places the trophy’s hull into its magnetised mooring.

Back in the 1980s, the trophy was a challenge to boat designers and sailors alike. Both rose to the occasion. The first holder of the trophy was the Explorer, a Catamaran, skippered by Bruno Peyron, which managed the feat in 79 days 6 hours 15 minutes 56 seconds.

As of March 2017, there have been nine holders of the trophy, and considerably more failed record attempts. The IDEC Sport, skippered by Francis Joyon, is the present holder. The vessel completed its circumnavigation in January 2017 after 40 days 23 hours 30 minutes 30 seconds at sea.

Although promising an adventure like no other, the trophy has not been without controversy. In 2004, for example, Steve Fossett broke the previous record in the Catamaran, Cheyenne. He never received the trophy. Reports suggest that the organisers charged him a higher entry fee than other competitors, which he refused to pay.

Controversy aside, in an age increasingly hedged with safety concerns and restrictions, and where there is little fresh ground for would-be adventurers to tread, the Jules Verne trophy is a summons that many sailors still find themselves heeding with excitement, and trepidation.

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Historic Ketch Crewing Opportunity

Historic Ketch Crewing Opportunity – SV Irene

The team at S.V. Irene*, a historic ketch, has contacted Lovesail with a great opportunity to pass onto our members. Irene is looking to find 2 deckhands for a free working passage this March from the Canaries to the Solent. If you fancy putting your name forward for this free trip aboard this amazing craft please contact: julie@spindriftsail.co.uk

The opportunity is for two English speaking able-bodied deckhands to join us for our return trip from the Canaries to the UK onboard the historic sailing vessel Irene.
You must be available in the Canaries on 12th March 2017 – the voyage is expected to last four weeks. Travel costs will be paid.
No qualifications are required but some sailing experience is expected.
This is a great opportunity to gain some ocean sea miles as part of a professional crew.
There will be an opportunity for some of the delivery crew to stay on for the summer season in the UK.

*Irene is a traditional cargo ship from the West Country now converted for sailing charters. At over 120 feet in length and with nine different sails to hoist, trim and tack she demands teamwork to ensure that all hands pull in the same direction. Experience a taste of maritime heritage on board this fabulous ship, recently awarded the Flagship of the Year by National Historic Ships.

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Rona II Fundraising Challenge

Rona II Fundraising Challenge – Last 3 Places Left

The Rona Sailing Project are now only a month away from starting their 12 day sailing challenge to help raise funds for Wave 105 Cash for Kids.  They have 3 places left on the challenge boat and are appealing for adventurous folk to take part in the challenge.  The money raised from these last 3 places will go to the Rona Sailing Project itself.  The challenge starts in Universal Marina on the River Hamble on Monday 21st March 2016 returning Friday 1st April 2016 sailing on the Rona II a 68ft Oyster Ketch.  There will be a crew meeting this Sunday 21st February for anyone who signs up for the challenge.

The sailing challenge will take you around Lands’ End and the Scilly Isles, into the Irish Sea where you will then sail along the coasts of Ireland, Northern Ireland, The Isle of Man and Wales.  Once across the Irish Sea to Wales, you will be heading south for home. Passing the Scilly Isles once again and sailing along the South West Coasts of Cornwall, Devon and the Jurassic Coast of Dorset.  If time allows you may visit a French port before finishing your Challenge back at Universal Marina on the beautiful River Hamble, with a staggering 1500nm added to your logbook.  A donation of £600 is suggested for each of the 3 remaining places with all the proceeds going directly to the Rona Sailing Project.   This challenge will be an excellent learning, mile-building and training opportunity not to mention a great deal of fun whilst raising money for a fantastic organisation at the same time.

If this sounds like the type of adventure you are looking for then please contact Brid at the Rona Sailing Project to register your interest.  Her email address is brid@ronasailingproject.com.  Please don’t delay though, this is a fantastic opportunity and I’m sure the places will be filled very quickly.

About the Rona Sailing Project.

The Rona Sailing Project is one of the most respected sail training organisations in the UK and has been taking young people and those with disabilities to sea since it was founded in 1960.  By fundraising and using fully trained volunteer skippers and officers, the Rona Sailing Project can offer a life-changing experience of teamwork and adventure to anyone who could otherwise not afford the expense of a commercial training organisation.  They operate a fleet of three large, modern, ocean-going yachts all based on the beautiful River Hamble on the South Coast near Southampton.  If you would like to find out more information on the Rona Sailing Project or indeed give them a donation then visit the Rona Sailing Project website for more details.

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Southampton Boat Show 2015

Southampton Boat Show 2015 – Free Attractions

Southampton Boat Show 2015 runs from Friday 11th September until Sunday 20th September at the Mayflower Park, Southampton.

This year I thought I would list some of the free attractions on offer at the show.

Earl of Pembroke

The Earl of Pembroke is a three-masted tall ship which was built in Sweden in 1945.  She was used for trading timber in the Baltic before undergoing a complete restoration in 1985.  The ship is now an exact replica of the HMS Endeavour, the ship that took Captain Cook to Australia on his first expedition.  The Earl Of Pembroke is now used for private hire and has also been used in several films and television series such as Hornblower, Treasure Island, Longitude, Moll Flanders and The Count of Monte-Cristo to name but a few.

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The Aquarium

Southampton University have put together rockpools and tanks filled with fascinating creatures that are found in our local waters.  Also on display is a dark-room filled with coral and anemones to show off their natural ability to emit fluorescent light.  Scientists and students from Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton will be on hand to answer all your watery questions about the oceans.  Stand A134.

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Suzuki Rib Experience

Visitors can have the chance to get out on the water at the Show on a RIB.  The  7.8m RIB will whisk visitors around Southampton Water completely free of charge, provided you are over 8 years, of a certain height and promise to wear one of their lifejackets.  To book a place visit the Suzuki stand E056.

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Adventure River Canoe Ride

For the younger adventurers amongst us, the adventure river canoe ride gives little ones the chance to experience what it’s like to take their canoe down a fearsome winding river!  Height restrictions may apply and explorers may get a little wet.  Hunt out stand A133 for more details.

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Crewing Posts from August

Crewing Posts from August 2015

Some more of the crewing posts from August from Lovesail members.  If you are interested then log into your Lovesail account and click on the crewing link.  If you are not yet a member of Lovesail then come and have a look around.

Harbinger’s Cruise

Cruise to the Channel Islands and France from Southampton 18th July – 16th August, for as much, or as little, time as you can spare.


French Waterways

LATEST NEWS. On the river Saone, north of Lyon and south of Chalon. Simply enjoying the French waterways and countryside. Got a spare cabin if you would like to join me any time between now and end of September. No strings!


Lake Erie

Hi, I am in Toledo Ohio working for the summer and would love to go sailing! I can help with boat and I’m eager to learn more!



Am looking for opportunities to sail Gib Straits and environs, but don’t have a boat. If anyone in the area has a boat and looking for crew, please join this group! If anyone is, like me, boatless but looking to crew, please also join the group!


Solent Sailing Opportunities

If anyone would be interested in leisurely Solent cruising, please let me know. I keep my 26ft Sadler in Portsmouth harbour and sail from Spring to October with plenty of opportunities for anyone interested in day sailing (weekend) or longer trips (weekdays).
If you would like to be kept informed of next proposed sailing dates which can be quite short notice sometimes then please let me know.
Please message me if you have any questions.


Open ticket to ??????

The time has come to seek my next sailing adventure somewhere in this wild and wonderful world. I am available from Mid-November to mid-January and can meet your boat wherever you might be. If you could make good use of an experienced racer and/or bluewater sailor (references available) aboard your well-found vessel then please feel free to pitch your dreams/ adventures and ask me what you will…

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