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PBO News
SEND US YOUR STORIES Email news editor Katy Stickland at, tel: 01252 555213 Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) is continuing to review safety at Cowes Harbour on the Isle of Wight following the publication of the Marine Accident Investig
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Order! Order!
Dave Selby is the proud owner of a 5.48m (18ft) Sailfish, which he keeps on a swinging mooring on the picturesque Blackwater estuary in Essex Any sailing club AGM is a heated affair, but this one was more heated than most. The thermostat in the club
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From Lightning Struck Yacht To Liveaboard
In the summer of 2018 I convinced my fiancée, Avery, that we needed to buy a yacht. Inspired by SV Delos and the glut of digital sailors on YouTube, I pictured us living aboard and cruising where the wind blows and the season dictates. As young peopl
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Mini Globe Race unveiled
A new round the world race for a one design self-built 5.8m yacht has been announced. Don McIntyre, who is behind the Golden Globe and Ocean Globe Races, said the Mini Globe Race would start from a European port in either October or November 2024. Th
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Engine Off
Sam Llewellyn writes nautical thrillers and edits The Marine Quarterly. He is currently patching up a 30ft ketch This year, as most years, we will be having a no-engine week. The idea is to climb on to sailing boats of various sizes and use only the
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3D Printed Cup Holders
Email your projects and tips to or write to us at the address at the top of page 5. We pay at least £30 for each one published As an avid DIYer I regularly spend many happy hours in my garage and always have numerous projects in mind
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Aussie Claims Non-stop Circumnavigation Record
Australian skipper Bill Hatfield has claimed the record for the oldest person to sail around the world, solo, non-stop and unassisted. The 81-year-old former fisherman chose the westabout route, against the prevailing winds and currents, completing t
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Staying Warm And Sailing Dry From the early 1970s Scandinavian yacht builders started moving into the market for wheelhouse cruisers with a vengeance. They appreciated the demand for yachts that could perform satisfactorily yet also keep the crew comforta
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Wind Vane Repairs
I noticed on a visit to the boatyard that my wind vane had suffered the ignominy of becoming a bird perch which had subsequently broken off one of the arms. Looking around the boatyard I saw that I was not alone. Fortunately the mast was booked for u
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CG66 Database Ceases At The End Of March
Boaters are being reminded to register their vessel details with RYA SafeTrx. It replaced the HM Coastguard Safety Identification Scheme known as CG66 in July 2018, with previously existing data on vessels, owners and emergency contacts being retaine
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Other New And Used Wheelhouse Cruisers To Consider
■ The German-built Sirius range is new and particularly impressive. Its 310DS, 35DS and 40DS make exceptional use of the wheelhouse format and offer a choice of fin, twin or lifting keels. ■ The Degerö 28 MS (made in Finland from the 1980s) follows t
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Bollard Mooring Hook
I have had many forays into the Dutch canals, but last year was my first single-handed. I planned to arrive at Vlissingen, where I remembered there were bollards inset into ‘pockets’ built into the wall of the lock. This means you can’t simply lasso
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RYASafeTrx Myths Busted With Matt Leat, Head Of Infrastructure For HM Coastguard
Q Do I need to use the app to register my vessel details? A No. Details of your boat, the safety equipment carried on board and your shore contact can be registered online at Q. Do I need to use the app to let the Coastguard know o
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Civilised Sigma 362
IN ASSOCIATION WITH One of my favourite designs from the 1980s is the Sigma 362. When they were still relatively new boats I was lucky enough to skipper one for thousands of miles, exploring many ports between the Solent and Ushant. The 362 is based
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PBO Ask The Experts
Got a question? Email Here’s just a selection of the latest questions from PBO readers. Email or write to the address on page 5 and our experts will answer your queries COATINGS Q We recently purchased a 1999 Wayfarer World, which ha
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Coronavirus Disrupts Supply Chain
The worldwide coronavirus outbreak is having an impact on UK marine businesses, according to British Marine. The trade body’s CEO, Lesley Robinson, said firms were seeing a disruption in the supply chain. “We will of course be keeping a close eye on
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River Crouch navigation
That cold December wind was a distant memory as I woke aboard miniature gaff cutter Shoal Waters on a steaming hot July morning. Summer had truly arrived and so too had the east wind. We’d been dealt three weeks of it: north-east, south-east, east an
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The Wild West of Shetland
We pay for your published cruising stories and harbour updates. Email or write to the address at the top of page 5 My cruising ground is the west side of Shetland, and I’d recommend it to visiting yachts: gorgeous scenery, wildlife i
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Fighting Ocean Plastic
Despite the February storms, a group of volunteers have managed to sail along part of the Cornish coast, collecting 863kg of rubbish in just ten days. The 10 days 10 beaches campaign was led by Steve Green and Monika Hertlová from the group Clean Oce
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Lazy Days In The Beautiful Thousand Islands
Lake Ontario is the smallest of the Great Lakes and is fed by the Niagara River on the south-west shore of the lake. To the north-east it empties into the St Lawrence River; at this point and straddling the Canadian/US border are the ‘Thousand Island
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Need A New Suit
Marsali Taylor sails an Offshore 8M, Karima S. She’s a dinghy instructor and author of The Shetland Sailing Mysteries starring liveaboard sleuth, Cass Lynch. My Karima needed new sails. The current ones had been fine when I’d bought her, over ten yea
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Spotlight On Women Sailors
A new initiative designed to encourage more women to take up sailing, compete in yacht racing and consider careers in the marine industry has been launched by the charter firm Sunsail and the charity The Magenta Project. Sunsail Magenta will deliver
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Round Trip To Paradise
I grew up in Romania, far from the Black Sea coast, and when I moved to Denmark I didn’t know a single thing about sailing. I couldn’t even swim. My passion for sailing and the wish for a real ocean voyage came gradually. My husband, Mikael, built us
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Honours For Golden Globe Skippers
The winner of the 2018/19 Golden Globe Race (GGR), Jean-Luc Van Den Heede, has been awarded the Cruising Club of America’s most prestigious award – the Blue Water Medal. The 74-year-old French skipper finished the race in just under 212 days aboard h
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A Unique Rig
I was taking my weekly walk along Chichester harbour when I first saw her. There, on the hard standing at Birdham Pool, was a vessel like nothing I’d seen before. Approaching from the bow the first thing that struck me was the… mast? At least I thoug
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Big Sentences For Drug Smugglers
Yacht skipper Gary Swift, 53, and crew Scott Kilgour, 41, have been jailed after they were caught with £60 million worth of cocaine hidden aboard SY Atrevido. The yacht was intercepted off the coast of Wales in August 2019 and taken to Fishguard wher
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PBO New Gear
This range of innovative marine electronics now has a UK distributor – Hampshire-based weather monitoring and datalogging specialist Richard Paul Russell Ltd. Calypso’s Portable Anemometer is a solid state wind instrument that’s waterproofed to IPX8
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Sailability Sailors And Volunteers Recognised
Volunteers who have made it possible for people with disabilities to get out on the water have been honoured for their work at the RYA Sailability Awards. Described as an ‘all-round lovely human being’, Flossy Campion, 18, from Whitefriars Sailabilit
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Simple Sail Handling
In theory, today’s deck gear should make easy sail handling attainable, without compromising on sail shape. However, in practice many boats have outdated gear or deck layouts that mimic those of raceboats that are sailed with eight crew. Even new boa
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Diary Dates
■ Open day at the royal southern yacht club, 4 April, Hamble, 10am-4pm, ■ Beaulieu river cruise, 4 April, from Buckler’s Hard, ■ Guided waterside walk by the inland waterways associati
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