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This is where we publish our boat related stories and articles, which range from world circumnavigation to rescue missions, humour and much, much more. So make yourself a coffee and settle yourself down to a good read.

First fully up-cycled mooring rope launches

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Marlow Ropes has launched the first premium sustainable mooring rope made using 100 per cent recycled plastic.

The Blue Ocean Dockline is the first ‘technically better’ premium dockline rope manufactured using yarn wholly made from plastic bottles and is the result of the development and production of recycled polyester (rPET) yarn combined with Marlow’s engineering expertise .

Jean-Luc Van Den Heede facing fresh storm

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Jean-Luc Van Den Heede has made running repairs to Matmut’s rig, which now faces a stern test from an approaching storm. Credit: Jean-Luc Van Den Heede/PPL/GGR

What Does An Inflating Life Raft Look Like?

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

A nice quick light-hearted video taken at a recent Brighton Marina Yacht Club Class, that shows what happens when you inflate your life raft. Might be useful for you...

Waterline Boats / Boatshed Featured Boat – HI-Star 40 Sedan

Sunday, 11 November 2018

HI-Star 40 Sedan
Waterline Boats / Boatshed Featured Boat!

The lifeboat heroes of World War one who saved over 200 lives

Sunday, 11 November 2018

LEFT: Henry Blogg, Cromer Lifeboat Coxswain. Image: RNLI
RIGHT: Local gallantry awardees from Whitby involved in the Rohilla rescue. Back row l-r: George Peart (Silver Medal), Thomas M Kelly (Upgang Second Coxswain, Thanks on Vellum), Front l-r: R. Pounder Robinson (Upgang Coxswain, Thanks on Vellum), Thomas Smith Langlands (Whitby Coxswain, Gold Medal), Richard Eglon (Whitby Second Coxswain, Silver Medal). Image: RNLI/Frank M Sutcliffe

Strombolian Eruptions.

Thursday, 08 November 2018

We had stood on the edge of the Isola di Vulcano crater to admire the steam and hydrogen sulphide gas emanating from its guts but it seemed a timid volcano. From the top of the crater we had spied the much more active eruptions of Stromboli some 25 nM to the north. So after two nights at the western anchorage we heaved anchor in the early evening with the intention of sailing to and drifting off the western coast of Stromboli to see and hear Stromboli's throaty eruptions.

RYA Dinghy Show – Sailing greats announced as 2019 hosts

Tuesday, 06 November 2018

Shirley Robertson

Dates for the 2019 FAST40+ Season

Tuesday, 06 November 2018

The fourth edition of the FAST40+ Race Circuit promises more thrilling high speed action for the owner-driver class. There will be six scoring rounds including the HYS FAST40+ National Championship and the One Ton Cup. In a change to previous championships, none of the rounds will be weighted. A total of 50 races are scheduled with six discards available for the total points score for the season.

Round One for the 2019 FAST40+ Circuit will be the RORC Vice Admiral’s Cup 10-12 May. The final Round Six will be 11-13 October, hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club.

Rolex Middle Sea Race prepares in Valletta

Thursday, 11 October 2018

The 2018 golden jubilee edition of Malta’s most famous yachting event promises to be the biggest ever. The Rolex Middle Sea Race, which this year marks the 50th anniversary of its founding, will again start from the historic Grand Harbour, in the capital Valletta, on 20 October. Cannon fire from the Saluting Battery perched high above will launch the fleet on a 606-nautical mile adventure around some of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful yet challenging waters.

This year represents a significant milestone for Title Sponsor Rolex, marking six decades of partnership at the pinnacle of the sport. The Rolex Middle Sea Race, organized by the Royal Malta Yacht Club, has been an integral part of the Swiss watchmaker’s yachting portfolio since 2002. That year, the event welcomed a then record 43 boats. Today, it regularly attracts over 100 entrants, with 2014’s field of 122 being the mark to beat. And, with 149 yachts already registered, a record entry is in prospect if all these cross the start line.

eSail® Sailing Simulator

Tuesday, 09 October 2018
Officially launched at a hands-on live presentation at the Royal Southern Yacht Club, eSail® Sailing Simulator teaches you how to sail a 36′ sailing yacht, explore the sea around a collection of islands and take part in challenges and races.eSail Sailing Simulator has been developed over the past three-and-a-half years by Chris Baldwin who has a background in software development, marketing and satellite imagery. He has produced an attractive and easy to use sailing simulator for PC and Apple Mac that offers training and challenges to appeal to sailors at all levels. Beginners will learn all the basics including raising the sails, tacking, gybing, reefing, mooring and anchoring, whilst the more expert sailor can use the Quick Start tutorial, then dive straight into the Challenges. Ideal for learning – “Quite simply this is the most technically accurate sailing simulator I have experienced. Excellent A*” SIM UK. eSail is the only simulator to include a ‘paper’ chart module which enables a course to be plotted using dividers and other charting tools. Unique anchoring and mooring capabilities. Attracting a young audience – a timely initiative to boost the future of sailing. An ideal Christmas present for sailing enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. Available on the Steam platform at an Early Access price of £14.99. Learn to sail – ‘virtually’ eSail Sailing Simulator has been designed to fill the gap between theory and practical training. Books, training manuals, classroom-based or online courses are all essential tools, but nothing can beat being out on the water.  However, for many people, the opportunity to actually go sailing comes only once or twice a year. With the launch of eSail there is now an easy way of learning, practising and refreshing skills in a virtual environment, working hand-in-hand with shore-based and practical courses. eSail has 20 tutorials including a complete sailing course – ‘Learn Yachting with eSail’. Sailing skills such as reefing, mooring, charting and anchoring are featured together with more in-depth tutorials on sail twist and sail depth. Skills can be practised with challenges such as races, treasure hunts and steering challenges. Can be used in sailing classes by qualified instructors. Enjoy sailing, exploring + taking part in challenges In ‘Live Sailing’ mode you are subject to continually changing weather and sea conditions as you sail around the islands, finding points of interest such as the wreck of the Princess Zara. In this mode your position is always saved, so you can continue your journey over weeks or even years. Sail for an hour or two then moor up or anchor in a deserted bay. The following day listen to the weather forecast before raising your sails, or carefully reefing them! Jump out of ‘Live Sailing’ mode and enjoy one of the many challenges available including ‘Know Your Boat’, ‘Bear Island Race’, ‘Little Venice Treasure Hunt’ (sail through canals), ‘Collision Avoidance’ and ‘Passage Planning’ exercises.

System requirements – eSail V1.3

The underexplored underwater

Monday, 03 September 2018

Our planet is primarily water; the seas cover 71% of the Earth. NOAA’s National Geophysical Data Centre estimates the world’s water comes to around 321,003,271 cubic miles.

That’s a huge portion of our world, so just what is lurking under the waves? Dive in with Tracerco to find out.

Dartmouth Sailing Week

Monday, 13 August 2018

Dartmouth Sailing Week is one of the most enjoyable and welcoming events in Devon’s sailing calendar – an unmissable mix of fun, competitions and entertainment (not forgetting those all-important refreshments!).  Its special atmosphere makes it a firm favourite with local and visiting sailors, and spectators will find a glorious floating display to watch and admire.

The week, which starts with the Senior Dinghy Regatta and then continues on to the August Bank Holiday weekend, showcases the river Dart in all its glittering summer glory, and whether you’re afloat or on land, you’ll find yourself drawn into the exciting programme of events.  Among the mix are many old favourites – after all, Dartmouth Sailing Week is now in its 174th year – as well as new activities, ensuring that all the family are involved and entertained.

GGR Peche heads for Cape Town

Monday, 13 August 2018

Philippe Péché, pictured when sailing through the Marina Rubicon gate in the Canaries. This shows the special alloy telescopic tiller fitted to PRB which snapped later in the race, together with the Beaufort wind vane self steering system which failed two days before when the actuating arm linked to the tiller (circled in red) broke in the same way that it did on Nabil Amra’s Beaufort system two weeks before. Photo: Christophe Favreau

How Oyster could relaunch… as told by a relaunch professional

Friday, 10 August 2018

The Oyster World Rally is a 27,000 mile circumnavigation

Tracy Edwards Scoops Lendy Ladies Day Trophy at Lendy Cowes Week

Tuesday, 07 August 2018

The annual Ladies Day returned to Lendy Cowes Week on Tuesday 7th August, this year supported by Title Sponsor Lendy, with a number of celebrations culminating in the announcement that Tracy Edwards was the winner of the Ladies Day Trophy at an exclusive evening reception held at Northwood House.

The trophy was introduced for the first time in 2006 to champion the role of women in sailing and the sheer number of female competitors racing at Lendy Cowes Week.  There are some 8,000 competitors taking part in the regatta this year and around a third of them are female.

Applications invited for RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year 2019

Sunday, 05 August 2018

2018 RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year winners Notts County Sailing Club

Weekly Golden Globe Update

Monday, 16 July 2018

Here's your weekly Golden Globe Race update - all doing well, with a bit of dropping out. Good luck to them all as they head further South! Go Susie!

Swiss clean sweep in Extreme Sailing Series™ Cascais showdown

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

British INEOS Rebels UK finished day four with a foot on the podium for the first time this year. Image: Lloyd Images

Traditional Boats of Bali, Indonesia_Part 1.

Monday, 02 July 2018

On a recent trip to Bali, Indonesia Boatshed Texas was introduced to some of the traditional fishing boats the locals call Jukung or Cadik's a open wooden outrigger canoe. The fisherman that work tirelessly each day to bring in the catch head out in the early hours of the night across the Lombok Straights to bring in the days catch. The trip out in addition to being pitch black is also to windward against the elements as the prevailing winds are easterly so they are motor sailing on the outbound trip. However at sunrise there beholds a spectacle that is nothing short of a treat as if you are an early bird as i am & after traveling half way around the planet my internal clock was still back on Lone Star time; so there i was watching the Sunrise over the ocean & was able to observe this amazing sight as a fleet of sails returned to the beach in which they set off from earlier that morning.
The rig on these fishing vessels is also unique with a Lateen type rig called a Crab Claw sail made of colored cloth (although many of the newer canoes are built in fiberglass & sport dacron sails) and the out riggers are made in part with bamboo & mahogany of which is one of the primary materials for construction here in Indonesia. After a fast pace run down wind & once close to shore they lower their rigs & fire up their outboards and motor in to the beach and get as far up into the sand as possible as the tides on Bali at least on the eastern end of the island can come in quite high. After the fisherman secure their canoes, it's off to market with the day's catch of the which more often is mackerel or a similar type fish. Sometimes they catch a Baramundi which i can tell you is delicious especially when prepared on a grill with Balinese herbs & local spices.
During our visit to Bali, we were able to take a trip out on one of these amazing outrigger canoes to watch the sunset the fisherman's name was Wayan although spoke very little English you could tell that the Ocean was in his blood and this tradition had been passed down from generations before him. To observe this was a real treat and from a time & place that remains strong in local tradition it really makes you appreciate a simpler way of life. Needless to say whether you are racing around the Globe in the GGR or out fishing for your favorite bite #LifesBetterOnaBoat where ever you maybe...