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Messing about in boats

A great time to charter in the UK

2019-04-09T10:08:46+00:00 April 8th, 2019|Features, 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

2019-04-03T13:46:16+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 [...]

Australian Wooden Boat Festival – Hobart

2019-02-25T10:35:47+00:00 February 22nd, 2019|Features, Life Afloat|

   The MyState Bank Australian Wooden Boat Festival takes place in biannually in Hobart in early February. Chris Kelly (R) flew to Hobart from Sydney for the 2019 festival and sent us this report. The 2019 MyState Bank Australian Wooden Boat Festival, which took place in Hobart over the weekend of 8‑11 February, has concluded. [...]

Sibyl’s round-Britain cruise

2019-02-15T17:48:03+00:00 February 15th, 2019|Features, Life Afloat|

Sailing clockwise around the UK in a 1902 yacht Returning to where Sybil was built Visiting Barra, St Kilda and Scapa Flow The route... click on images to enlarge We took the Old Girl for a spin...    By Cornelius van Rijckevorsel We had planned this trip to attend the Fife Regatta, but [...]

Polly Agatha’s new master

2019-02-14T15:08:26+00:00 February 14th, 2019|Go-To News, Life Afloat|

It’s an exciting time to announce that the 45ft LOA Bristol Pilot Cutter, Polly Agatha, has passed into new hands with a new Master at the helm, writes Kim Hartley skipper and owner of the replica pilot cutter since her launch in 2007. Mark Boardman has now bought her and she will be based out [...]

Why buy a boat when you can just borrow one?

2019-01-29T18:39:38+00:00 January 23rd, 2019|Features, Life Afloat|

There's a cultural move towards sharing that is just beginning to take hold. The idea is that from quite soon, a decade some say, we won't own a car, but like bike racks in municipal spaces we'll track one down on our smart phone and unlock it, drive it and pay for it – all [...]

Lanzarote to St Kitts – race for Classic Sailors

2019-01-10T14:04:35+00:00 January 10th, 2019|Life Afloat|

Montage of photos and video taken in Lanzarote prior to the start of the 2019 Panerai Transat Classique, which started from off the marina at Arrecife on Janaury 8th and finishes in St Kitts. And yes, that is an original miss-spelling from 1936 on the end of Coch y Bondhu's boom. See more from our [...]

Look around a Shannon Class Lifeboat

2018-12-13T11:40:55+00:00 December 12th, 2018|Life Afloat|

The Shannon is the newest class of lifeboat developed by the RNLI.  Since 2013 14 (out of a planned 50) have been built with ten serving at stations and four in reserve. With a crew of six, the 44ft 7in (13.6m) LOA boats have a maximum capacity for 79 survivors and a 250 nautical mile [...]