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RNLI’s Float to Live campaign

2019-07-09T18:43:59+00:00 June 19th, 2019|Life Afloat|

From the RNLI:  The latest fatality figures show that last year, 128 people lost their lives at the UK coast. Just over half (55%) ended up in the water unexpectedly – many of them walkers and runners who slipped, tripped and fell in. With Respect the Water back for its sixth year, we’re sharing our [...]

OSTAR is still from Plymouth

2019-07-09T18:44:50+00:00 June 4th, 2019|Life Afloat|

Many pages are reporting on the disappointing news that The Transat has moved its race start from Plymouth to Brest stating the loss of 60 years of ocean racing from the city. However, they are failing to report that the OSTAR (see Facebook page... Ostar and Twostar) is the ORIGINAL Transatlantic race which will start from Plymouth in [...]

The Yare Navigation Race

2019-06-04T06:58:32+00:00 June 4th, 2019|Life Afloat|

Race report from 2018 by Sandy Miller    The 43rd Yare Navigation Race was a wonderful spectacle in perfect September conditions. The 30 mile race, run by Coldham Hall SC, takes entrants of this classic cruisers race from Coldham Hall, Brundall, down the River Yare to a Breydon Water mark, near Great Yarmouth, and back, in [...]

Sailing is a low carbon activity!

2019-05-16T16:21:29+00:00 May 12th, 2019|Life Afloat|

From our friends at Classic-Sailing In the UK we create 12 tonnes of carbon dioxide per person per year. (12000 kilos) On average UK people weigh 72 kilos. That’s 230 kilos per person per week, equal to 3.2 adults per week!. When you are sailing you are creating about 53% less carbon than ashore. Source [...]

Five Broads Hire firms join forces

2019-07-09T18:45:34+00:00 May 12th, 2019|Life Afloat|

It's not all about wooden boats A taste of sailing on the Broads with Eastwood Whelpton The companies that offer yachts for hire on the Norfolk Broads have formed a new marketing partnership to promote sailing holidays in the Broads National Park. “Fifty years ago there were over 40 boatyards offering [...]

Family reunites with famous fleet

2019-07-09T18:46:42+00:00 May 3rd, 2019|Life Afloat|

A West Country family were reunited with some special boats that were designed and built in Teignmouth for the Royal Navy. Three generations of the Morgan Giles family went sailing at Chichester on the boats that were used to train naval officers from the 1960s to the 1980s. Jane Shaddick, Francis Charles Morgan Giles’ granddaughter, [...]

A great time to charter in the UK

2019-05-12T09:34:35+00:00 April 8th, 2019|Life Afloat|

This year, what with Brexit headaches and those workhorses of holiday charter flights, the Boeing 737 jets being grounded until July, it could make sense to seek a sailing holiday that is closer to home. If the season in British waters is half as good as last year, then it will be a superb summer [...]

Call to all: Come and try sailing

2019-05-03T12:25:03+00:00 April 3rd, 2019|Life Afloat, News|

The RYA’s Push the Boat Out (PTBO) campaign is set to return this May, with more than 350 venues across the UK offering free or low cost, sailing and windsurfing taster sessions. The national participation campaign aims to get more people sailing, windsurfing, having fun and getting active outdoors. With PTBO open days providing visitors [...]

Sailing to a Viking festival across the North Sea in January

2019-03-01T09:32:56+00:00 March 1st, 2019|Life Afloat, Seamanship, Snugberth Cinema|

Inspirational winter passage by Erik Aanderaa, a true latter-day Viking, sailing his Contessa 35 Tessie from Haugasund in Norway to the three-day Up Helly Aa winter Viking festival at Lerwick in Shetland (in 30 hrs!) on 29 January this year. In temperatures are around 1ºC Erik gets onto the foredeck (sans harness tut-tut) to tell [...]