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Stay home and go sailing with the RYA and virtual regatta online game!

Sailors, amateur and professional, are likely to be fond of open spaces and freedom. Like so many millions of others around the world, most of those who would normally be on a boat at this time of year are taking their responsibilities seriously and staying indoors to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get out on the water virtually…

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“Dopes on Ropes in Front of Boats” and Other Anti-social Behaviour on the Water

Boy racers in powerboats flouting local speed limits, commercial skippers failing to ensure a proper watch, sailors going the wrong way up a channel, RIBs moored across the middle of a space that could easily take a couple of eight-metre or so yachts… anyone who has sailed in the south of England might have encountered similar frustrations. But how to tackle anti-social (and sometimes illegal) behaviour on the water? One harbourmaster in Devon is considering just such a problem.

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Polish and UK Hopes in the 2019 Mini-Transat

Sailors Michał Weselak (Poland) and Joe Lacey (UK) are each single-handedly representing their nations in the Mini-Transat La Boulangère ocean race, which began on October 5.

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A Farewell to Admiralty Small Craft Folio Charts? Have Your Say

Admiralty Small Craft Folios have long been an affordable way for sailors to carry detailed sets of paper charts for their favourite British cruising grounds. Now the UK Hydrographic Office has announced that it plans to withdraw these packs, and replace them with digital solutions.

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World Maritime Day Celebrates Women in Sailing

Earlier this month, Jenny Socrates (pictured), 77, became the oldest person to sail around the world solo, non-stop and unassisted. Today, September 26, the International Maritime Organisation celebrates World Maritime Day – which this year focuses on people like Jenny: women in the maritime community.

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Famed boat designer Don Pye has died at the age of 93

Man who, along with Kim Holman, stood behind much-loved craft such as Hustlers and Oysters passes away.

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New record for non-stop round-Britain dinghy sailors?

Two British sailors are awaiting entry to the prestigious Guinness Book of records after sailing around Great Britain in a 16-foot dinghy in 16 days.

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Onward Christian sailors

Christian sailors in Scotland are taking an evangelical message to the sea, with a voyage from Glasgow to Southampton this summer.

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OCC Award for Polish Sailor Szymon Kuczyński

If you thought you needed a massive yacht for big, blue water sailing, take a leaf out of Polish skipper Szymon Kuczyński’s book – he’s just won the British Ocean Cruising Club’s Jester Award in recognition of his 270-day, non-stop, single-handed circumnavigation via the three Great Capes in his 6.36-metre Atlantic Puffin.

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