Global Solo Challenge: racing around the world in a 34ft boat

Dafydd Hughes was the second sailor to sign up for the Global Solo Challenge. He shares how he is preparing to race his S&S 34 around the world Dafydd Hughes spent 15 months refitting his S&S 34 for the Global Solo Challenge. Credit: Dafydd Hughes The Global Solo Challenge is billed as a race like […]

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Yachting Monthly is hiring

Yachting Monthly, the UK’s foremost yacht cruising magazine, is looking for a new part-time technical editor We are looking for a talented Technical Editor to join the team. Reporting to Yachting Monthly’s editor, we’re looking for someone who has sailing and cruising experience, coupled with writing and editorial experience, to join the team on a […]

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Admiralty paper charts to cease

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has announced it will stop producing Admiralty paper charts by late 2026 to increase its focus on its digital navigation products and services From later 2026, Admiralty paper charts will no longer be in production Admiralty paper charts will no longer be produced after late 2026. The UK Hydrographic Office […]

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Easing of restrictions for EU VAT paid yachts delayed

Currently, VAT has to be paid again on all EU-VAT paid yachts, based in the EU, which were purchased before 31 December 2020 and are brought into the UK UK owners who bought EU VAT paid boats and based them in the EU will still have to pay VAT again if they want to return […]

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Pelican of London: opening doors for teenagers

  Former journalist Dave Rushby is funding seven places for 16-17 year olds on the Pelican of London to help them build confidence and life skills. He is hoping other people will do the same The Pelican of London underwent a 12 year refit before she started sailing again. Credit: Seas Your Future Pelican of […]

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Marine mortgages: Is your paperwork up to date?

Sales of boats are being delayed in the UK because cleared mortgages continue to show up as outstanding on the UK Ship Register, according to the Association of Brokers & Yacht Agents If an outstanding mortgage is still registered on the UK Ship Register, a yacht can only be sold if a declaration is completed […]

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Foiling yacht makes clean hydrogen for the first time

DRIFT Energy has announced it has successfully produced clean hydrogen using its first purpose-built hydrofoil sailboat in sea trials The world’s first foiling boat that can produce clean hydrogen gas has been unveiled by the British start-up firm, Drift Energy. A propeller underneath the 18ft yacht drives a turbine which produces electricity to power an […]

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New initiative to look at the rise in abandoned boats

The number of abandoned boats around the coasts of the UK and Europe is growing. Now a new initiative is to look at the scale of the problem and improve how end-of-life boats are disposed of The number of boats being abandoned around the UK is rising, especially in the south east and south west. […]

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Delays in RYA certifications due to staff shortages

Sailors waiting for RYA certifications are being warned to expect delays of up to six weeks due to staff shortages and demand Those passing RYA courses can expect to wait up to six weeks for their certifications. Credit: David Harding Staff turnover, the impact of COVID-19, recruitment difficulties and an unprecedented increase in demand have […]

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DIY lithium-ion battery installation could leave you uninsured

Boat owners who plan to install their own lithium batteries onboard are being advised to seek professional help or risk invalidating their insurance Lithium batteries have become more affordable, making them an option for boat owners wanting to cut down on exhaust emissions. Credit: Mark Chisnell Boat owners wanting to upgrade to a lithium-ion battery […]

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New liferaft buoyancy standards after fatal accident

All non-SOLAS float-free launching liferafts must now have sufficient buoyancy to trigger the inflation mechanism once it has been released from the cradle Joanna C’s liferaft failed to inflate when the vessel sank. New buoyancy standards have now been introduced. Credit: MAIB New liferaft buoyancy standards have been introduced for all non-SOLAS float- free-launching liferafts […]

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Sailing with a dog to Ireland this season? It could be a headache

  Sailors who want to sail to Ireland with their dog have to land at a designated Travellers’ Port of Entry, all of which are prohibited to yachts Since the end of the Brexit transition period, sailors need to inform the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine that they are bringing their dog to […]

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Orca encounters: cruisers urged to report interactions

Orca encounters have become a growing problems along the Iberian Peninsula and now sailors are being asked to assist in research to understand their behaviour The behaviour of the orcas peaks between May and October. Credit: Zoe Barlow A new online reporting platform to register orca encounters and sightings along the Iberian Peninsula has been […]

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Mark Sinclair: last finisher in the 2018 Golden Globe Race

Mark Sinclair has finished his 2018 Golden Globe Race. The Australian solo skipper took 174 days to sail from Australia to France Still smiling! A jubilant Mark Sinclair after becoming the 6th finisher of the 2018 Golden Globe Race. Credit: Bernard Gergaud The last skipper in the 2018 Golden Globe Race has finished. Australian solo […]

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Basking Shark sightings: sailors asked to help monitor these magnificent fish

Sailors cruising in British waters this summer are being asked to report any sightings of a basking shark to help researchers Basking sharks return to UK waters between May and October to feed in the plankton rich waters. Credit: Nick Robertson-Brown/The Shark Trust Sailors are being encouraged to report any basking shark sightings to The […]

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Flare disposal day at Brighton Marina

  Out of date flares can be disposed of at a flare disposal day at Brighton Marina. There will also be a chance to have lifejackets checked by the RNLI A flare cannot be extinguished, even in water, until it has run out of fuel. Credit: Graham Snook/Yachting Monthly A flare disposal day is being […]

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Mark Sinclair closes in on the finish of the 2018 Golden Globe Race

The end is in sight for solo skipper Mark Sinclair, who is around two weeks out from finishing the 2018 Golden Globe Race Mark Sinclair is hoping to cross the finish line of the 2018 Golden Globe Race by 28 May 2022. Credit: Mark Sinclair/PPL/GGR The 2018 Golden Globe Race is almost at the end […]

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Wind, Tide and Oar: fundraiser for new film

  A fundraising campaign has been launched for the film, Wind, Tide and Oar which will examine the art of engineless sailing and those who go to sea The film is being shot on 16mm film and will cover all aspects of engineless sailing. Credit: Huw Wahl/Wind Tide & Oar The artistry of engineless sailing […]

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Robin Knox Johnston’s stolen compass returned after 50 years

A compass used by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has been handed into a museum after it was stolen from his 32ft Bermudan ketch, Suhaili in 1969 Sir Robin Knox-Johnston had the compass made in India, making part of the housing himself. Credit: Graham Snook A stolen compass, which belongs to Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and was used […]

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