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Sir Robin Knox-Johnston on Grey Power

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston on board Grey Power 

Sir Robin will return to his solo ocean racing roots in the Route du Rhum event in November 2014. 

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Royal Corinthian Yacht Club  REVIVAL QUARTER TON CUP CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY

Wed 23 Apr 2014 at 1341 BST

22 April 2014 - Cowes, UK - The success of the revived Quarter Ton Class has been nothing short of remarkable and the class continues to go from strength to strength. 

Clipper fleet on last few hundred miles

Fri 11 Apr 2014 at 1337 BST

After covering nearly 6,000 miles in Race 10 the remainder of the fleet looked set to face one last challenge, a looming wind hole which has been forecast around the entrance to San Francisco.

Thick fog hampers Clipper fleet

Fri 04 Apr 2014 at 1304 BST

Following sun, balmy temperatures and moonlight sailing, thick fog swept in to create a challenge for the Clipper Race fleet as skippers prepared for the final stretch, south to the Golden Gate Bridge finish line.

AVEVA Cowes-Deauville Race

Thu 03 Apr 2014 at 1445 BST

The late May Bank Holiday sees the 52nd running of the Cowes-Deauville yacht race, coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of the twinning of Cowes and Deauville, and start of the La Solitaire du Figaro race a few days later.

Sir Robin returns to solo ocean racing

Thu 03 Apr 2014 at 1406 BST

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, 75, will return to his solo ocean racing roots this November when he takes part in French single-handed classic, the Route de Rhum on his Open 60 entry, Grey Power.

Cowes lifeboat helps woman in distress

Thu 03 Apr 2014 at 1350 BST

A 23 foot old gaffer, with a lone yachtswoman on board, had to be towed into Cowes on Wednesday, 2 April by the local RNLI lifeboat after a mooring rope became wrapped around the propeller.

Clipper teams reach east

Thu 03 Apr 2014 at 1330 BST

The Clipper teams were reaching east towards San Francisco on Day 17 of Race 10, with the majority of the fleet positioned far enough east to stay ahead of a front associated with the next low pressure system.

Interclub Youth Keelboat Nationals 2014

Tue 01 Apr 2014 at 1331 BST

With conditions fresh to frightening, 14 teams from eight Yacht Clubs across the Solent and beyond, entered this year's Interclub Youth Keelboat Nationals on Saturday, 29 March for the Griffin Trophy, donated by RORC.

Clipper teams struggle to fly kites

Tue 01 Apr 2014 at 1259 BST

On Day 15 of Race 10, the wind had moderated after the front passed over the Clipper fleet on Monday, 31 March, causing the biggest seas the teams had seen since the start of the race.

Clipper teams experience monstrous seas

Mon 31 Mar 2014 at 1430 BST

The long-awaited northwesterly front arrived on Sunday, 30 March, causing 50 knots of wind and gusts up to 70 knots creating monstrous seas for the fleet.

Old Mickey charms a sea-going Countess

Mon 31 Mar 2014 at 1412 BST

The Earl and Countess of Wessex were delighted to meet Mickey, an old sea-dog, when they were about to board a launch at the Royal Yacht Squadron marina.

Illusions' Vernon Stratton Memorial Trophy

Mon 31 Mar 2014 at 1304 BST

In the event there were two excellent days of sailing on 29 and 20 March, so it was a bit disappointing that there were so few boats competing for the magnificent Vernon Stratton Memorial Trophy.

Local Notice to Mariners No 6 of 2014

Thu 27 Mar 2014 at 1348 GMT

Shrape Watersports Area introduced

Calm before the storm for Clipper fleet

Thu 27 Mar 2014 at 1237 GMT

Excellent racing conditions diminished overnight and winds were down to just 5 knots on Day 10 of Race 10.

Champagne ocean racing in Clipper Race

Mon 24 Mar 2014 at 1418 GMT

The Clipper Race fleet has passed the first week in its 5,600 mile Pacific Ocean test and Mother Nature appears to have been providing more rewarding racing conditions on Day 7 of Race 10.

Exciting new relationship with Laithwaite's Wine

Mon 24 Mar 2014 at 1352 GMT

Cowes Week Limited (CWL) is delighted to welcome Laithwaite's Wine to join its family of sponsors as the Official Wine and Champagne Sponsor of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, for an initial two year term.

Royal Victoria YC cadets aid Sport Relief

Fri 21 Mar 2014 at 1018 GMT

Eight sailing cadets, inspired by the success of Sir Ben Ainslie, are to sail across the Solent in their racing dinghies for Sport Relief 2014.

Illusion Nationals 2014

Tue 18 Mar 2014 at 1646 GMT

The weather held for two lovely sunny days for the Illusion Nationals held at Bembridge on 15 and 16 March.

Crippled fishing boat towed to safety

Fri 14 Mar 2014 at 1727 GMT

Cowes RNLI lifeboat lost no time in going to the aid of a broken down fishing boat on Friday, 14 March.

RYA Olympic Classes Spring Series

Tue 11 Mar 2014 at 1202 GMT

The domestic Olympic Classes racing season got underway over the weekend of 8 and 9 March with the first RYA Olympic Classes Spring Series event at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.