Sailors smuggled silver in their voyages to the east, wreck reveals

2018-08-16T08:31:19+00:00 August 16th, 2018|News|

   New evidence from the wreck of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) ship Rooswijk, off the Kent coast, tells a tale of smuggling and reveals who was on board, during major shipwreck excavation Dives start in Kent as excavation of the protected wreck site of the Rooswijk by Dutch and British maritime archaeologists continues [...]

‘Bluebird’ K3 Returns to Lake Maggiore

2018-08-08T17:29:52+00:00 August 8th, 2018|Heritage, News|

   (for the 80th Anniversary of her World Water Speed Record) From: David Knight, Secretary, Classic Motor Boat Association; Photos Lisa Beaney   After the partial rebuild of the Rolls Royce engine in 2016/17, the two-day test on Bewl Water in September 2017 was a great success. It had taken almost 18 months to get [...]

Race leaders in south east trades

2018-08-07T15:03:24+00:00 August 7th, 2018|News|

  73 year old French global racing veteran Jean-Luc Van Den Heede is leading the race. This week could determine who leads the Golden Globe Race. Forget the computer standings. As this fleet of singlehanders bash their way through the South East Trade winds towards the Roaring Forty latitudes of the South Atlantic, all eyes [...]

Lucy Hodges, on sailing blind

2018-08-16T09:03:20+00:00 August 4th, 2018|News|

In an interview with CNN’s Mainsail, blind sailor Lucy Hodges MBE discusses how she utilises her senses to overcome her condition and in turn, win two gold medals. Born with photophobia nystagmus -- a condition that causes involuntary movement of the eyes and affects eyesight – Hodges has been sailing since she was 17, relying [...]

Bridlington hosts the Cobles for third time

2018-08-03T16:07:52+00:00 August 3rd, 2018|News|

The sailing cobles will again be hosted at Bridlington this coming weekend 4th and 5th August with racing starting around 9am each day. The festival appears to be going from strength to strength, with interest and more boats this year than before and with a good number racing out of the harbour. The event is [...]

Oarsome’s new patron and canvas workshop

2018-08-03T13:59:12+00:00 August 3rd, 2018|News|

Sailing youth charity Oarsome Chance has a new patron in the person of Toby Marris, skipper of the 1913 Pilot Cutter Jolie Brise. Toby is Sailing Master at Dauntsey's school in Wiltshire as well as being chairman of Tall Ships International, an RYA examiner and on the board at ASTO. He joins Oarsome's other patron, [...]

Patchwork spinnaker made of scraps

2018-08-02T11:35:36+00:00 August 2nd, 2018|Kit, News|

A Norfolk sailmaker has found a colourful solution to save material offcuts which would otherwise be wasted. Jeckells, based in Wroxham, used leftover small pieces of brightly-coloured spinnaker nylon to make a “patchwork quilt” effect sail. Previously the company sent its scraps of sailcloth to be recycled by various companies on its behalf, to fill [...]

Classic Boat Museum Opens new “shed”

2018-08-01T12:50:16+00:00 July 31st, 2018|Heritage, News|

“After two years of hard work from all involved our goal of being able to show off the museum's collection of yachts and boats in such a historic and eclectic setting has been reached, there is still much work to do so I hope you will all spread the word… the classic boat museum is [...]