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Mon 03 Mar 2014 at 1513 GMT
On Saturday, 1 March, at the RYZ Suzuki Dinghy Show, Natasha Lambert officially revealed her incredible 2014 sailing challenge: 'Sea and Summit'.
Mon 03 Mar 2014 at 1453 GMT
Race 9 has restarted, with strong head winds, a solid current and rough seas around the entrance to the Taiwan Strait, warming up the crews for what they will face over the coming weeks.
Mon 03 Mar 2014 at 1428 GMT
On Sunday, 2 March, a mainland couple who decided to sail across the Solent for lunch were surprised to discover the boat they left on the beach at East Cowes had become the centre of attention from rescue services.
Fri 21 Feb 2014 at 1441 GMT
After a quiet opener to Act 1, Leigh McMillan’s team arrived on the race course on Friday, 21 February, with a new energy and enjoying the fresher breeze.
Fri 21 Feb 2014 at 1411 GMT
The fleet has split early, with the yachts trying to find different ways around the many islands, as well as dealing with an adverse current.
Fri 21 Feb 2014 at 1327 GMT
A Cowes man who was tipped into the Solent from his kayak was eventually rescued by the local RNLI lifeboat after managing to radio for help while still in the water.
Tue 04 Feb 2014 at 1703 GMT
With the finish line in sight nerves were starting to build and speculation was rife as the teams tried to predict how this race would conclude.
Tue 04 Feb 2014 at 1511 GMT
It was all go for the RNLI at Cowes on Saturday, 1 February, as members enthusiastically participated in the organisation's nationwide annual SOS Day.
Tue 04 Feb 2014 at 1137 GMT
It's pretty rare, but even the Illusions sometimes have to cancel racing due to bad weather.
Mon 27 Jan 2014 at 1652 GMT
Extreme Sailing Series organisers OC Sport, have confirmed the eleventh team on the starting grid for the 2014 Stadium Racing tour as the first-ever Russian Extreme 40 team.
Mon 27 Jan 2014 at 1601 GMT
A family's Solent outing in a chartered yacht came to an abrupt halt on Saturday, 25 January when they encountered problems twice-over, requiring the urgent help of Cowes RNLI lifeboat.
Mon 27 Jan 2014 at 1539 GMT
With 2014 marking the 30th Anniversary of the IRC rating rule, the RORC Rating Office is requesting your help to record some of your most memorable racing moments for publication in the 2015 IRC Yearbook.
Mon 27 Jan 2014 at 1315 GMT
After GREAT Britain's spectacular offshore gamble saw the UK team climb into first place, the Northern Irish entry Derry~Londonderry~Doire fought back, eager to reclaim its earlier title as the leader of the pack.
Thu 23 Jan 2014 at 1341 GMT
Marking of fishing gear within Cowes Harbour limits
Wed 22 Jan 2014 at 1523 GMT
There was an excellent turnout for mid-January, with 19 Illusions racing for the Piers January Jacket Trophy over the weekend of 18 and 19 January.
Wed 22 Jan 2014 at 1155 GMT
It was a fiercely competitive night in the Bismarck Sea for the fleet, which saw Derry~Londonderry~Doire and Old Pulteney caught in a tough battle for second place on Day 10 of Race 8.
Tue 21 Jan 2014 at 1649 GMT
A total of 15 sailors have now been selected for the 2014 British Keelboat Academy Core Squad, with the first training weekend being hailed a real success by Britain's aspiring young keelboat sailing talents.
Tue 21 Jan 2014 at 1404 GMT
It had been a challenging 24 hours as the fleet approached the Vitiaz Strait into the Bismarck Sea, leaving behind the Solomon Sea on the ninth day of Race 8.
Mon 20 Jan 2014 at 1243 GMT
On Day 8 of Clipper Race 8 GREAT Britain was reportedly hit by an unexpected tornado.
Fri 17 Jan 2014 at 1253 GMT
On Day 5 of Race 8 it was all change at the top of the leader board, with frustrating squally conditions hampering the fleet's progress.