The PSP Southampton Boat Show 2014 opening

Iain Percy together with Freddie and Hamish Simpson, the children of British sailing gold medalist Andrew "Bart" Simpson, who died during training for the America's Cup, TV presenter Matt Baker and children from the The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, open the PSP Southampton Boat Show 2014, with "Bart's" boys helping to cut the ribbon.



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The 12-21 September 2014 marks a unique date in the boating calendar, the 46th boat show in Southampton. The PSP Southampton Boat Show 2014, a festival of boating, will host almost 150 boat debuts, thousands of brands, boats, products and suppliers and features one of Europe's largest purpose-built marinas with over 2km of pontoons.

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GET YOUR ENTRY IN TO WIN A SUZUKI POWERED RIGIFLEX SAFETY BOAT FOR YOUR CLUB

Mon 15 Sep 2014 at 1516 BST

To celebrate the launch of three new safety boat packages from Suzuki Marine, the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show and Suzuki Marine are offering one lucky winner the chance to win a brand new Suzuki powered Rigiflex safety boat, worth over £4,500 (RRP) for their club.



National Coastwatch have been allocated a new dedicated nationwide VHF radio channel which is due to go live at all 50+ NCI Stations in England & Wales on 1st October 2014.

Mon 15 Sep 2014 at 1502 BST

The channel is duplex on international marine VHF Channel 65 and it will be used primarily to allow NCI Stations to pass routine local information to nearby vessels including current weather condition reports and radio checks where required



Southampton Solent Universitys Whisper

Mon 15 Sep 2014 at 1319 BST

Sea trials of "Solent Whisper" the 5.9m sailing catamaran with a cutting-edge hydrofoil system, the brainchild of Ron Price, a Solent yacht and powercraft design graduate who is now Senior Lecturer in Naval Architecture at the University’s Warsash Maritime Academy. 

Armin Strom blitzes final day

Mon 15 Sep 2014 at 1250 BST

Flavio Marazzi and his Armin Strom Sailing Team crew came out all guns blazing today to claim first place in the GC32 foiling catamaran class at the inaugural edition of Marseille One Design.



2014 Etchells UK open National Championships, held in Weymouth

Mon 15 Sep 2014 at 1244 BST

2014 UK Etchells Open National Championships, 1 event 3 Champions.

Weymouth Bay’s weather, just like the rest of Southern England and the Western Half of Europe was dominated by high pressure, and with little or no wind forecast for the weekend.

Santander 2014 Preview: Epic battle ahead for Finn fleet in Santander

Mon 15 Sep 2014 at 1229 BST

Excitement is building for the 80 Finn sailors from 32 nations heading into next week's Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships. Not only will a new world champion be crowned, and receive the coveted Finn Gold Cup, but also the first 12 nations will qualify for a place at the 2016 Rio Olympics.



2014 Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week Photography Competition Winners Announced

Mon 15 Sep 2014 at 1220 BST

Budding photographers, Sophie Hunt, Simon Dear and Will Ball have all been announced as winners of the 2014 Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week Photography Competition that challenged entrants to capture the ‘spirit of the regatta’

The south coast’s largest festival of boating got off to a flying start

Mon 15 Sep 2014 at 1207 BST

PSP Logistics Clipper 70 taking pride of place at the annual Southampton Boat Show.

This year the festival’s official charity is the Andrew Simpson’s Sailing Foundation, which aims to remember the British Olympic gold medallist and help inspire young people to get involved in sailing.  



Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, at 75-years-old will be the oldest competitor in this year’s French single handed classic transatlantic race the Route de Rhum, having completed the necessary qualification voyage.

Mon 15 Sep 2014 at 1152 BST

Sir Robin sailed the 500-mile qualifier solo down the English Channel and out into the Western Channel on his Open 60, Grey Power.  Having come fourth in the 2006-07 edition of the solo Velux 5 Ocean Race, Sir Robin will be looking to repeat his success.

ILOVESAILING CALENDAR 2015 | UNVEILED AT PSP SOUTHAMPTON BOAT SHOW

Mon 15 Sep 2014 at 1125 BST

After six months of competition, over 250 entries and the crowning of 12 amazing winners the ilovesailing calendar 2015 was officially unveiled at the PSP Southampton Boat Show on Saturday 

NEW RYA ADVANCED POWERBOAT HANDBOOK UNVEILED AT PSP SOUTHAMPTON BOAT SHOW

Mon 15 Sep 2014 at 1055 BST

Saturday (13 September) at the PSP Southampton Boat Show the RYA launched a brand new title, the ‘RYA Advanced Powerboat Handbook’ adding to its existing stable of 150 printed publications and eBooks.

NOTTINGHAM PREPARES FOR INTERNATIONAL POWERBOAT EXTRAVAGANZA!

Thu 28 Aug 2014 at 1348 BST

This weekend (30-31 August) Powerboat GP will present a plethora of Powerboat racing action as 52 powerboat racers, representing 12 countries, compete for four UIM Titles that will see one World Champion and three European Champions crowned over the course of the event.



RYA MEGA PRIZE DRAW – WIN OVER £3,000 WORTH OF AMAZING PRIZES

Thu 28 Aug 2014 at 1328 BST

One lucky visitor to this year’s PSP Southampton Boat Show could be in with a chance of winning over £3,000 worth of amazing boating related prizes in the RYA’s Mega Prize Draw.

TASH SCALES NEW HEIGHTS AS SEA AND SUMMIT CONQUERED

Thu 28 Aug 2014 at 1038 BST

Disabled sailing teen Natasha ‘Miss Isle’ Lambert successfully scaled the 2,907ft Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons to complete her phenomenal Sea and Summit Challenge today (Friday 22 August), then modestly summed up her achievement as “Not bad”!

Varuna Declared Overall Winner 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race

Thu 28 Aug 2014 at 1027 BST

The Royal Ocean Racing Club has declared Jens Kellinghusen's Ker 51, Varuna (GER), as the overall winner under IRC of the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. 

UKSA | Funded Watersports Courses

Thu 28 Aug 2014 at 0935 BST

UKSA is now offering funding for young adults to access a watersports career course.

Thanks to funding through the Isle of Wight College and UKSA’s work with national awarding body Active IQ to write a new qualification, the Watersports Instructor Training Diploma will be free or part-funded for the right candidates.

JOHN HEINEKEN IS THE WINNER OF THE ENGADINWIND KITEFOIL GOLDCUP 2014

Mon 18 Aug 2014 at 1505 BST

The best Kitfoilers of the world from 15 nations traveled up to the Engadin for the second stop of the Kitefoil Goldcup world tour. 



Squib class dominates one of the biggest regattas in the world for the second year running

Mon 18 Aug 2014 at 1443 BST

Burnham-on-Crouch (Monday 18 August, 2014): An overall win of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week for the second year in a row has further endorsed the Squib’s reputation as one of the most successful, versatile and affordable small racing keelboats on the market.



Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race | Sunday 17 August: Day Seven AM ReportRecord for Artemis-Team Endeavour - Brutal Night to the North

Mon 18 Aug 2014 at 1317 BST

Artemis-Team Endeavour, skippered by Brian Thompson, crossed the finish line of the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race off the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes at 23.00.54 BST on Saturday 16th August 2014 with an elapsed time of 5 days, 14 hours, 00 minutes and 54 seconds, setting a new World Record for Monohulls 60 feet and less (subject to ratification by the WSSRC). 



MC38 Australian Championship: Dark Star in early lead

Mon 18 Aug 2014 at 1308 BST

John Bacon has sailed Dark Star to a win in the shortened Lindeman Island Race to claim an early lead on the first day of the MC38 Australian Championship at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week today.