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Windfoiling Debuts at 2020 RYA Youth Nationals
The RYA Youth Sailing National Championships will enter an exciting new era in 2020 with the latest Olympic discipline of wind foiling set to make its debut. Windfoiling, an evolution of windsurfing, will replace the RS:X at the Paris 2024…
Aberdeen lifeboat crew help the casualty (in dark clothing, but wearing RNLI protective helmet and lifejacket) down the PSV’s pilot ladder and aboard the all-weather lifeboat Bon Accord
It’s been a busy start to the New Year with multiple callouts for Scottish RNLI lifeboat crews at Aberdeen on the east coast and Oban in the west. Aberdeen’s all-weather lifeboat was called for a medevac from an oilfield platform…
Tobermory RNLI’s lifeboat crew help transfer the casualty to a waiting ambulance
Tobermory RNLI’s volunteer crew had their first shout just 12 hours into 2020 when they went to assist a seriously injured casualty on a remote island in Loch Sunart in the western Scottish Highlands. The pagers sounded just before midday…
Spirtle as sighted off Fenit this past summer
Miracle dolphin Spirtle has returned to her home waters in the north-east of Scotland after her summer spent off Ireland’s south-west coast, as BBC News reports. The bottlenose dolphin with a distinctive sunburn scar was spotted with her family group…
The closing date for entries to the 2020 RORC Caribbean 600 is 10th February 2020
The 12th edition of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Caribbean 600 will start on Monday 24th February 2020 from Antigua. Already the early entries are nudging towards an eclectic mix of 50 boats, with competition expected to be as red…
Oban RNLI’s lifeboat Mora Edith MacDonald
It was a busy weekend for Oban RNLI in Western Scotland, with its lifeboat Mora Edith MacDonald responding to two separate incidents, covering over 120 miles. The first call came Saturday afternoon (7 December) as the lifeboat launched in gale…
From left: Caroline Isaac, Karen Scott, Mark Scott, Leonie Mead, Andrew Mead, David Isaac and James Hardie of Oban RNLI
Volunteers at Oban and Tobermory’s RNLI lifeboat stations in eastern Scotland have been recognised for their invaluable service in this year’s Excellence in Volunteering Awards. Oban’s four deputy coxswains — Mark Scott, Finlo Cottier, David Isaac and James Hardie —…
British Marine Report Success at Metstrade 2019
Last week brought success for Britain’s thriving marine equipment sector with UK companies picking up a string of accolades and revelling in a flourish of business opportunities at the world’s largest trade marine equipment exhibition, METSTRADE 2019. The event kicked…
Invergordon RNLI’s volunteer crew recovering the RIB at Nigg in the Highlands
Invergordon RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew launched at 8.36pm last night (Saturday 23 November) to reports of a vessel with no power drifting towards oil rigs in the Cromarty Firth. The all-weather Trent class lifeboat Douglas Aikman Smith made best speed…
Isabel Glasgow
The Clyde Marine Planning Partnership (CMPP) has paid tribute to former chair Isabel Glasgow, who died earlier this month of pancreatic cancer. Isabel, who was also chair of the Clyde 2020 initiative, “contributed so much of her valuable time, expertise…
Stonehaven RNLI’s Atlantic 75 Miss Betty is lowered onto a trailer for transport to RNLI HQ in Poole
It was a sad day this week as Stonehaven RNLI said goodbye to the last Atlantic 75 lifeboat in service in Scotland. The volunteer crew in Aberdeenshire watched as Miss Berry was winched out of the water to be transported…
German 'Electrified' Sailing Club Sets Example Through Electric Coach Boat with Torqeedo Propulsion
From yacht clubs to sailing schools and non-profit associations – sailing organisations around the world are using Torqeedo electric outboard engines to modernise their fleets, thereby reducing CO2 emissions and improving energy efficiency. As a pioneer, Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee…
Largs Yacht Haven has won a Yacht Harbour Award
Largs Yacht Haven in Ayrshire has been awarded the marina industry’s top accreditation, the Five Gold Anchor award, for the fourth time in a row. The Gold Anchor award scheme rates the quality, level of service and overall standard of…
Nigel Stuart from Spirit Yachts receiving his award at Mets in Holland
British Marine members, Spirit Yachts and Princess Yachts, had a fantastic night at the IBI-METSTRADE Boat Builder Awards 2019, which took place on Tuesday (19 November) at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam. Spirit Yachts’ innovative manufacturing process and yacht…
Lerwick lifeboat crew at the scene of the grounded vessel late Friday night
Lerwick lifeboat launched late Friday night (15 November) to the aid of a fishing vessel which had grounded on rocks just north of the Shetland Islands harbour. The 26-metre, Inverness-registered trawler was stuck fast and was listing when the Severn-class…
Flags of the nations, including Ireland, at today's opening ARC ceremony in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
With the majority of boats now docked in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and crews busy making preparations for their 2,700 nm Atlantic ahead of start of the ARC next Sunday - 24th November - it was time to mark…

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